In September new Shenhua manager Wu Jingui called the 33-year-old, one of the highest-paid players in the world on a reported 730,000 euros a week, overweight and ordered him to shape up.Tevez, known by his detractors in China as “very homesick boy” because of his previous behaviour in jetting back to Argentina in times of trouble, appears to have taken note and has been putting in extra training to lose the bulk.And with the first leg of the FA Cup against rivals Shanghai SIPG two weeks away, the former Manchester United and Juventus forward has gone from 78 kilos (170 pounds) at the start of the year to 72 kilos now, a Shenhua spokesman said, confirming reports in Chinese media that Tevez wants to prove his doubters wrong.Tevez played all 90 minutes of Sunday’s 5-1 home rout of Yanbian Funde, scoring just his fourth Chinese Super League (CSL) goal this season.The season-ending FA Cup final takes place over two legs this month and Tevez has previously hinted that he would look to quit China when the season finishes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Carlos Tevez, among the highest earners in football, has endured a miserable nine months in China and did not feature again at the weekendSHANGHAI, China, Nov 2 – Carlos Tevez has lost several kilos in weight and wants to prove himself to sceptical Chinese fans who have booed him and labelled him “very homesick boy”, his club Shanghai Shenhua said on Thursday.The former Argentina international has endured a turbulent 10 months in China since arriving to a hero’s welcome from Boca Juniors, missing around half the matches this season injured or unavailable.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champNevertheless, Nunez told the Bee that he is willing to consider a tax increase for Californians. Only this welfare state does a better job of taking care of employee unions, retired public workers and special interests than it does taking care of the sick and the needy, not to mention the average taxpayer. If Nunez does find a way to raise taxes, he will end up with even more social problems. Taking money out of people’s pockets – consumer spending is the largest sector of the economy – reduces economic activity, slows job growth and leads to unemployment. The economy, particularly in the Inland Empire, San Diego and other areas whopped by the real estate meltdown, is having enough trouble. Nunez should think of ways to cut spending, and taxes, to become competitive with neighboring states like Nevada and Arizona that have been not-so-quietly sucking jobs out of California for years. Nunez said he would consider raising taxes in two ways: Internet sales and restoring the vehicle license fee Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger successfully lowered. The Internet, along with California’s dominance over many of its marquee businesses, is one of the economy’s bright spots and should not be tampered with. Assembly speaker proposes raising California’s taxes at the worst possible time. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez clearly learned about more than wine on his European vacations financed by campaign donations. As he told reporters the other day, he went to France and Spain for an education. He appears to have learned something about taxes, telling The Sacramento Bee on Friday that he would consider increasing them to close the state’s $14billion budget shortfall. Much of the European Union, including France, uses high taxes to finance its welfare states. The result, for many countries, is a high level of services – coupled with staggering unemployment, particularly for younger workers. Car fees would hurt another important segment of the economy, auto dealers, and take money out of drivers’ purses and wallets. With gasoline prices so high in California, driving is already prohibitively expensive and is one of the reasons inflation is looming. The speaker told The Sacramento Bee that he is looking to close tax “loopholes” for major corporations. The corporations, of course, will respond by spending less money on hiring and wages in California. It’s that simple. The governor is opposed. He prefers a reduction in spending. So would we. We assume that he has probably learned a few things in Europe, too.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Out of 14 girls interviewed as a group, all but one said they knew someone who had an abortion. Six said they would voluntarily tell their parents if they got pregnant, but none thought Proposition 73 was a fine idea. Teens being disowned, beaten or forced to have unwanted babies were just a few of the disastrous results they envisioned if the law passes and takes effect in 90 days. “I wouldn’t tell them until it got too late (for an abortion) because they would be hecka mad,” said Chanay Jackson, 16. Serah Fayola said a friend who had an abortion told her family afterward and was rejected. “Her whole family won’t talk to her, basically, and she can’t do anything anymore. I don’t know why she told them,” Serah said. “That extra stress from your family, I just don’t feel that’s needed.” Under the amendment, adults would not have to give permission before girls 17 and younger could go through with an abortion, but doctors would be obligated to give a parent or guardian 48 hours notice before performing one. The notification could be given in person or delivered in writing, by certified mail with a return receipt requiring the parent’s signature confirming they were notified. Doctors would only have to prove the notice was sent to avoid getting sued under the law. Several girls in Berkeley suggested it would be easy enough to circumvent the law by pilfering the notification letter from a mailbox, forging a signature and obtaining a fake ID. Or worse, they could get an abortion illegally. “It’s like with a tattoo. They are going to get around it,” said Nora Ali, 17. Births to teen mothers have declined nationally and in California since the early 1990s. Data from 2000, the most recent year available, showed Berkeley had a teen birth rate of 8.8 per 1,000 girls ages 15-19, compared to Fresno’s 86 per 1,000, a rate higher than state and national averages. In Fresno, where anti-abortion sentiment runs deeper, nine of the 14 girls interviewed said they personally opposed abortion, and they were much less spooked by the prospect of Proposition 73. Outside Roosevelt High School, best friends Thavy Noy and Coua Xiong, both 17, agreed that parents deserve to know if their daughters get pregnant. “Teenagers just assume we always make the right decisions, when we don’t,” Coua said. She predicted one of two responses from her own mother if she came home pregnant. “She might disown me because our culture considers marriage as a really big deal,” said the teen, who is of Hmong descent. “Or she would completely get mad at me and let it go.” The ballot measure allows minors to ask a juvenile court judge for a notification waiver. The exception was designed as an alternative for girls from abusive homes or in other situations where parental involvement is not an option. Teens on both sides of the abortion issue dismissed the provision as the work of clueless grown-ups. “That is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of,” said Berkeley High School junior Michela Allen, 16. “Yeah, right, I’m pregnant and going to go through all that? I might as well tell my parents and take the yelling.” Ana Juarequi, 14, a sophomore at Roosevelt High School in Fresno, saw it the same way. Although she personally opposes abortion, she can’t imagine any girl getting up the gumption to plead such a personal matter before a judge. “If I can’t tell my parents, I would feel even more uncomfortable telling a stranger,” Ana said. Fifteen other states already have parental notification laws, and studies have shown that fewer teens got abortions when they were implemented. Claudia’s experience, however, shows it can work the other way, too. When she got pregnant last spring at 15, she wanted to keep the baby and told one of her seven sisters who would support her decision. But word spread among other siblings, who made it clear they thought she was “smarter than that” to have a baby at such a young age. Under the tension, she got an abortion. She told her mother, who flew out from Philadelphia to be with her. Her father found out later and Claudia could tell he was disappointed. “He just told me he didn’t want to talk about it and had put it past him,” she said. Claudia wishes she hadn’t had the abortion. When she read about Proposition 73, she couldn’t help but think how she would be seven months pregnant now if she hadn’t gone through with it. The pink card in her purse lists the phone number of a confidential post-abortion counseling line operated by the Roman Catholic Church along with the message, “I regret my abortion. … If you do, too, there’s hope.” Now and then, she takes it out and reads it. “I’ve tried calling, but have never been able to get through,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week For almost as long as abortion has been legal in California, minors have been guaranteed the same unrestricted access to the procedure as adult women. If it passes, Proposition 73 would break that 34-year practice. The amendment’s sponsors hope the notification requirement would reduce California’s teen abortion rate – the nation’s fourth-highest – by getting parents in on the decision. Yet virtually unheard in the debate over the measure are voices of the people it would affect most – teenagers not yet old enough to vote. The city of Fresno has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in California. Berkeley has one of the lowest. Interviews with nearly 30 girls in the two politically polarized towns found little awareness of the initiative. When told about it, however, they agreed that the notification requirement would make abortion a more daunting option. But whether teens think that is a good thing varies as much as their relationships with their own parents and their views on abortion itself. Not surprisingly, perhaps, the proposed amendment was a lot more unpopular in liberal Berkeley, where the local health department operates a high school clinic that provides condoms and emergency contraception, also known as the “morning-after pill,” as well as pregnancy testing, counseling and other services. FRESNO – Claudia Valdez knows what can happen when a pregnant girl’s family gets involved in her decision to have a child or an abortion. A pink business card the 16-year-old tucked in her purse five months ago reminds her. “Was someone you know pressured into having an abortion?” the card asks. “Are they ready for help?” Perhaps that’s why the Roosevelt High School junior’s eye was drawn to a newspaper article about Proposition 73, a constitutional amendment California voters will consider Tuesday requiring parents to be notified before their daughters get abortions. “I don’t think they should let their parents know about it,” the teenager said as she waited for a friend who was picking up contraceptives at a clinic across the street from school. “It’s personal. It’s our own life.”
A Letterkenny chef has been refused a renewal of his gun license because of his convictions for cannabis possession.Letterkenny court.Peter Byrne, who is originally from Dunkineely, appeared before a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court looking for his license to be renewed. The court heard that Mr Byrne, 30, had been shooting with his father since he was 17.His father Michael also gave evidence of how he had taught his son to shoot and how he was a very responsible gun handler.He said he had been shooting for 52 years and his father and grandfather before him had also hunted.Peter Byrne told the court that he liked to shoot and also he liked to cook the animals he hunted for and that it was part of his life.However, the court was given evidence of previous convictions against Peter Byrne under the Misuse of Drugs Act.The court was told that as well as small amounts of herbal cannabis, the chef had also been found in possession of a cannabis grinder and weighing scales.The gun at the centre of the license application is currently held under lock at Killybegs Garda station.After reviewing the case, Judge Denis McLaughlin said he was refusing Mr Byrne’s application.“I feel the Superintendent’s refusal is entirely justified. I would like to know that the guy beside me had not got a habitual cannabis use.“I think I would be reckless if I allowed this appeal,” he said.JUDGE TELLS CHEF HE WOULDN’T LIKE HABITUAL CANNABIS USER OUT SHOOTING WITH HIM was last modified: March 21st, 2014 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:chefDunkineelygun licensePeter Byrne
Boxing star Jason Quigley, popped in to wish Michael Murphy well with his new business venture, and wished him good luck ahead of Sunday’s crunch All-Ireland semi-final clash with Dublin. Quigley is currently back home enjoying a short holiday before he heads back to LA to begin training for his next professional bout.But before he headed back stateside, the Ballybofey boxer popped in to wish both Michael and Neil all the best with their new business and good luck against the Dubs at Croke Park on Sunday. While he was in the store, Quigley also checked out the custom-built golf section and tried out his golf swing on the northwest’s only golf simulator.The Sky Sports news team also spent the morning in the shop interviewing Michael in advance of this weekend’s showdown with Dublin.In advance of Sunday’s game, Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure is running a competition on its Facebook page inviting people to share pictures of their Donegal colours.Some lovely images have been uploaded to date and the picture with the most likes will win its owner a pair of Dublin vs Donegal tickets for this weekend. The winner will be announced on Friday at 4pm.Since opening its doors, the shop has attracted thousands of customers and a whopping 11,600 likes on Facebook.The new store offers a wide range of leading brands across almost 7,000 sq feet of retail space.Leading sports brands including O’Neills, Nike, Adidas, Asics, Puma, Mizuno and Canterbury, along with a comprehensive range of golfing brands, including Callaway, Ping, Taylormade, Titleist, Under Armour, Cobra, Footjoy, Clevland and Srixon.The new store also stocks everything required for the upcoming big match, including jerseys, hats, flags and scarves. As well as in-store, customers can shop online and sign up to a unique loyalty scheme at www.michaelmurphysports.ie or keep up to date with all the latest news, competitions and special offers via Facebook and Twitter.PICTURE SPECIAL – JASON QUIGLEY SHOWS HIS SUPPORT FOR MICHAEL MURPHY SPORTS AND LEISURE was last modified: August 27th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FeaturesJason QuigleyMichael Murphynewspicture specialSport
Johnny Damon has just done a really cool thing, something we should all consider.Writing on The Players Tribune, Damon, who played for 18 seasons in the major leagues, penned a “Letter to My Younger Self.”Damon spent one of those seasons, 2001, with the best A’s team to never win a postseason series.You only had to watch Damon in a handful of games to know he’s the fun-loving sort. The advice he gives “Little Johnny” is at once impish (duck boats have no bathrooms, so maybe don’t “consume a …
19 June 2012 South African Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo town of Lubumbashi on Tuesday for the second leg of an Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI) that began in Kinshasa last week. The ITI is part of the Department of Trade and Industry’s export and investment promotion strategy, that focuses on targeted high-growth markets, with the objective of creating investment and export opportunities for South African companies and promoting South Africa as a trade and investment destination. “We are looking forward to fruitful engagements between the Congolese and the South African government and business leaders during the three days of our stay in Lubumbashi,” said Thabethe, who is accompanied by more than 60 South African businesspeople on the two-legged visit. Thabethe said the first leg of the visit was a great success. “The huge number of businesspeople who attended the seminar and exhibition last Thursday showed there is a greater hunger and enthusiasm from the Congolese businesspeople to do business with South Africa.” Thabethe hoped that business people in Lubumbashi, which has been described as the commercial capital of the DRC, would come in their numbers to discuss possible deals and joint ventures with their South African counterparts. Thabethe was due to deliver a keynote address at a business seminar hosted by the department at the Grand Karavia Hotel on Tuesday, before opening an exhibition of South African products and services. The exhibition was due to be followed by business-to-business meetings. On Wednesday, Thabethe is expected to address a gala dinner where top South African artists, Kwela Tebza and Ringo, will entertain guests, before returning home on Thursday. Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Several members of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will sell over 100 consignments in the OCA Replacement Female Sale on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Company facility in Zanesville, Ohio. Consignments include approximately 20 mature cows, less than five years of age, and approximately 90 bred heifers.Breeds represented will include Angus, Charolais, Maine-Anjou cross and commercial females. Service sire breeds represented include Angus, Charolais, Maine-Anjou, Red Angus, Shorthorn, Simmental, and hybrid composites of theses breeds. All of the females selling will have a safe pregnancy status verified within 60 days of the sale and all lots will be eligible for interstate shipment.“Now is a great opportunity for cattlemen to add numbers to their herd or get started in the beef business. With cattle prices seeing a bearish market after coming off of a record-high for the past couple of years, we’ll undoubtedly see increased herd expansion,” says John Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinatior. “This sale represents an excellent opportunity for cow-calf producers to add quality bred heifers to their herds and potentially take advantage of the positive long-term economic outlook for the beef industry that will come as the supply and demand margin narrows.”To view the consignments, visit the OCA YouTube page and view the 2016 Replacement Female Sale playlist. For more information about this event visit www.ohiocattle.org or contact John Grimes at 937-763-6000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The presentation by Steve Jobs opening Apple’s developer conference today was packed full of details large and small about the company’s hardware and software, but the one detail that could have the biggest long-term impact well beyond Apple itself was the introduction of Apple’s new video calling system, FaceTime. Jobs said on stage that the system was based on extensive use of open technical standards, and that the company intends to work hard to make FaceTime an open industry standard itself.Live mobile video, interoperable across different phones and carriers, could be a force for major changes in the way we experience the Web and the world. It could be one of Apple’s most important contributions to the future.Mobile Video Calling is Coming & It’s Going to Be BigAnalyst Alfred Poor estimates in research released today from GigaOm Pro that approximately 3.2 million consumers will have access to mobile video chat in 2010. Poor believes that number will grow almost 50-fold in the next five years, to an estimated 142 million consumers. “The first few years of the market will see fairly small numbers with the main adoptees being early adopters,” he writes, “but by 2012 the market will reach beyond the enthusiast audience to a more mainstream audience, and we’ll see adoption rates similar to that of SMS and other messaging formats as illustrated in the middle of the last decade.” “The power of video communications,” Poor argues, “lies in the ability of the participants to detect subtle emotional nuances during conversations.” (Report: The Consumer Video Chat Market, 2010-2015 Subscription required.)Video communication isn’t just about experiencing face-to-face-style interactions remotely, though. It has the potential to enable new forms of cultural experience all together.As Jake Dunagan and Mike Liebhold wrote in a Skype-sponsored report by the Institute for the Future last fall:“We’ve seen throughout history that each new medium comes with its own possibilities and limitations, impacting individuals and the social order in profound ways. The printing press democratized communication and made a literate (and revolutionary) civil society possible. Ubiquitous and accessible communication applications are now allowing more people to join the growing global symphony of text, voice, and video conversations, with vibrant new cultures and practices emerging. We all have the potential to use video-enabled networked devices to communicate in modes and manners we never have before. As Kevin Kelly of Wired magazine wrote, we are witnessing the birth of a new culture around video communication – we are in the midst of becoming ‘people of the screen.’”The Future of Real-Time Video Communication (PDF)Barriers to the FutureLive mobile video consumption, creation and chat and calling have been held back by a number of factors. Mobile computer processing power has been a big limitation and the iPhone 4’s ability to pull it off pushes the envelope. This is presumably a substantial part of why the iPhone 4’s FaceTime implementation is only able to call other iPhone 4s at launch. (Note that Nokia phones have supported video conferencing for years, though.)Bandwidth is another major limitation, and one that Apple is avoiding for now by limiting FaceTime calls to Wi-Fi connections. Jobs said today that the feature is limited to Wi-Fi in 2010, but the company is “working with the cellular providers to get things ready.” Note the use of the word providers, plural.Cries for more and cheaper bandwidth, and more efficient ways to use what is available, will be a defining issue for the near-term future of software development, tech political policy and user experience. See Stacey Higginbotham’s excellent write-up of AT&T’s new 3G data cap last week for more details.Interoperability has been another major challenge. Mobile phone users can make voice calls across networks (AT&T to Sprint, for example) and email users can email across networks, but mobile video calling across networks still requires a technical standard that is agreed upon and implemented widely.That’s what Apple aims to do with the introduction of FaceTime. The awkwardly named protocol could be implemented by all major handset manufacturers so that consumers could perform video calls as easily as we perform voice calls today.Will other companies adopt Apple’s proposed standard? If Apple maintains its dominance in desirable markets, they may. Cross-network calling would make the market explode, as long as carriers can build out capacity fast enough. Unfortunately, there is some doubt that all parties will see big increases in consumer use of their products as a good thing. Some carriers are liable to prefer less use for more pay, and if they can spit in your eye as part of the deal – all the better.Nothing can be taken for granted, but if Apple can help advance a cross-network standard for real-time mobile video communication – that could become one of the company’s most important contributions to the world. marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
In a typical home, the refrigerator accounts for about 8% of the total annual energy expense, according to 2005 data from the U.S. Department of Energy. While this energy consumption for food storage is significant, it’s far less than it was a few decades ago. In the mid-1970s, an average new refrigerator used about 1,800 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, making it the single most expensive energy load in many homes.Today, even though refrigerators are significantly larger than in the mid-70s, the energy use has dropped dramatically, due to more efficient compressors, improved insulation, and other features.Refrigerators sold today must meet minimum energy performance standards, which are set by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). These standards are based on a complicated formula that factors in size, configuration, and features. The maximum electricity consumption for a typical 19-cubic-foot top-freezer model works out to about 500 kWh/year. With side-by-side refrigerator-freezers that maximum consumption is a lot higher. Energy Star refrigerators use at least 20% less energy than the federal limit. Both the federal energy performance standards and Energy Star requirements have been tightened periodically since those programs were first launched.So, if you have an old fridge, chances are pretty good that it’s an energy hog and you could save a lot of energy by replacing it. To find out how much electricity your existing fridge is using, buy or borrow an electricity monitor (see last week’s column), plug your fridge into it for a week or two, then calculate the annual usage.If you decide to buy a new fridge, here are some tips:Use the yellow EnergyGuide labels to compare one model to another in the appliance store. These guides show the annual electricity consumption based on standardized testing; as with automobile fuel economy ratings, your actual energy use may vary.Choose an Energy Star-certified refrigerator. The current Energy Star standard for refrigerators requires 20% lower electricity use than the federal maximum, so if you see the Energy Star logo on a fridge, you can be confident that it’s a pretty energy-efficient model.Manual defrost saves energy. The most energy-efficient refrigerators are manual-defrost models, but these are available primarily with small, low-end products aimed at the rental-apartment market or with specialized (expensive) models designed for “off-grid” homes powered by solar or wind energy.Choose a top-freezer or bottom-freezer model over a side-by-side refrigerator-freezer. Side-by-side models use significantly more energy because of their larger size and larger door area. If you need additional freezer space, consider a chest freezer. Be aware that because the federal standards (and Energy Star certifications) vary by configuration, an Energy Star-certified side-by-side model may use significantly more energy than a non-Energy Star top-freezer model.Don’t buy a larger refrigerator than you need. Larger models usually use more energy than smaller ones—though this isn’t always the case (which is why it’s important to compare the yellow EnergyGuide labels)—see mini-fridges below.Avoid mini-fridges. Those small, under-counter refrigerators, even Energy Star-certified models, use significantly more electricity per cubic foot of capacity than full-size refrigerators. Under the federal standards, a 5-cubic-foot, under-counter refrigerator may use as much electricity as an 18-cubic-foot refrigerator-only model, yet it holds less than a third as much food! I’m not sure why the performance is so bad with mini-fridges; it has partly to do with the greater surface-to-volume ratio.Avoid through-the-door ice and water dispensers unless you really need these features, as they can increase electricity usage by 10 to 20%.Recycle the old one. If you’re getting a new fridge, avoid the temptation to keep the older one in your garage or basement to hold a few six-packs of beer or soda.Install the fridge away from heat sources. The waste heat from a kitchen range will make the refrigerator’s compressor work harder and thus use more electricity.Operate the fridge for energy savings. Some refrigerators have electric heating elements to keep the outer surface warm enough that condensation won’t occur. This feature wastes energy—both through the direct electricity use and by making the compressor work harder to keep the interior cold. If there’s an energy-saving switch on your refrigerator keep it set to the energy-saver mode unless condensation becomes a problem.