Van Dijk can get even better after dream start – Klopp

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp hugs Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk at the end of an FA Cup third round match against Everton at Anfield © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Jan 6 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Virgil van Dijk will get even better after he scored the winning goal against Everton in a “fairytale” Merseyside derby debut.Van Dijk headed home six minutes from full-time to give Liverpool a 2-1 victory in their FA Cup third-round tie with the Toffees after Gylfi Sigurdsson had cancelled out James Milner’s opener from the penalty spot. The Dutchman became the most expensive defender in the world when he joined Liverpool from Southampton for £75 million ($102 million, 85 million euros) this month and Klopp could not be happier with his contribution in his first match for the Reds.“Fairytale in a world with not a lot of fairy tales anymore, so I think something like that is quite special,” said the Liverpool boss.“It was a difficult decision to make to be honest because, to be 100 percent honest, the first plan was not to start him but then Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan played a lot of games in the last few weeks, so I changed my mind .“It was a big fight, it was not brilliant football, it was not the most beauty — it was how cup games should be. It is not about who is the better side, who can do this or that. Things like this can happen sometimes, but it is pretty rare.”Van Dijk was a commanding presence at the heart of Liverpool’s defence, although Klopp thinks the centre-back has only given a glimpse of his qualities as he predicted the best is yet to come from the Netherlands international.“He showed a lot of things we want him to show in the future very often,” Klopp added.“Heading of course, football-wise his first touch was good, good under pressure and then around set pieces a proper threat,” he added, praising Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for his corner.“I think first of all we should help him just to be as good as he is already because that’s why we took him. You don’t pay that amount of money for a player and think ‘OK, we can get another 80 per cent’, but of course there is room for improvement.“But the first improvement will be to adapt really to the team, how we deal in different situations. But as I said, since he is in, we spoke more about it and we did it actually on the pitch.”Everton manager Sam Allardyce felt his side had done enough at Anfield to earn a replay after a battling display.“I’m very disappointed we’re not going back to Goodison and trying to get through to the next round,” he said.“We may have saved it late on and I think it was a brilliant effort from the players, even though we’re disappointed.“The performance deserved us to be able to take them back to our place, but that’s not to be.”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ferrari’s Leclerc crashes in Baku qualifying

first_img0Shares0000Charles Leclerc’s stricken Ferrari is lifted from the track © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVBAKU, Azerbaijan, Apr 27 – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc smashed his car into the same wall as Robert Kubica to force a second delay to qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Saturday.Leclerc came to grief at Turn Eight in Q2 where Kubica had also crashed his Williams in Q1. The Monegasque driver, running on the harder compound ‘medium’ tyres despite falling temperatures, was angry with himself for pushing too hard in tricky conditions at the castle turn.“I am stupid, I am stupid,” said Leclerc.The session was halted again to allow for a clean up of debris on and damage to the circuit.Earlier Kubica’s accident was further bad news for the luckless Williams team.On Friday their British rookie driver George Russell escaped unhurt when his car was wrecked after running over a loose drain cover at high speed in opening practice, which was abandoned and cancelled.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

More Fossils Appear Abruptly

first_img(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Two more finds show spectacular stasis – the lack of evolution.Echinoderms:  A core from the North Sea shows fossils of echinoderms (a phylum including sea stars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers) doing just fine at an evolutionary date of 114 million years (early Cretaceous) – far earlier than previously supposed.  European scientists said, “the evidence points to an early Mesozoic or older colonization of deep-sea habitats by the modern fauna.”  This discovery causes another rethink: deep sea marine organisms are more resistant to presumed mass extinctions in the geological timeline than previously thought.  From the abstract of their paper in PLoS ONE:Our discovery provides the first key fossil evidence that a significant part of the modern deep-sea fauna is considerably older than previously assumed. As a consequence, most major paleoceanographic events had far less impact on the diversity of deep-sea faunas than has been implied. It also suggests that deep-sea biota are more resilient to extinction events than shallow-water forms, and that the unusual deep-sea environment, indeed, provides evolutionary stability which is very rarely punctuated on macroevolutionary time scales.  (Thuy B, Gale AS, Kroh A, Kucera M, Numberger-Thuy LD, et al. (2012) Ancient Origin of the Modern Deep-Sea Fauna. PLoS ONE 7(10): e46913. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046913.)The summary on PhysOrg emphasized the problem for evolutionary theory by quoting the lead author Ben Thuy, who said, “We were amazed to see that a 114 million year old deep-sea assemblage was so strikingly similar to the modern equivalents.”  Watch the two instances of “than previously thought” in this quote:According to the authors, this evidence shows that the ancestors of modern deep-sea animals have lived in these deep waters for much longer than previously thought. That this collection of fossils appears to have survived several drastic changes in oceanic climates also suggests that deep-sea biodiversity may be more resilient than shallow-water life forms, and more resistant to extinction events than previously thought.Another Cambrian explosion problem:  Priapulids are strange worms that show almost no evolution since the Cambrian explosion.  Science Daily shows a picture of a modern, living priapulid along with an article that describes how they cause selective physical pain to evolutionists:He explained: “The fossils from the Cambrian period can cause a real headache for evolutionary biologists. Instinct tells us to expect simple organisms evolving over time to become increasingly more complex. However during the Cambrian period there was an apparent explosion of different major groups of animals, all appearing simultaneously in the fossil record. We looked at priapulid worms, which were among the first ever predators. What’s remarkable is that they had already evolved into a diverse array of forms — comparable to the morphological variety of their living cousins — when we first encounter them in the Cambrian fossil record. It’s precisely this apparent explosion of anatomical diversity that vexed Darwin and famously attracted the attention of Harvard biologist Stephen Jay Gould.”Casey Luskin commented on this discovery at Evolution News & Views.Here at Creation-Evolution Headlines, we frequently publicize findings that contradict Darwinian expectations.  Here is a prime example: evolutionary biologists themselves, along with their lapdog media, state clearly and without contradiction that these fossil finds were unexpected, were surprising, and cause headaches.  The second story especially shows absolutely no evolution in 530 million years! (see Casey Luskin’s comparison photographs at ENV).  Science Daily stated clearly that [evolutionary] “instinct” told them what to expect, but “different major groups of animals” appeared “simultaneously in the fossil record.”  This reality “vexed Darwin” and still causes a “real headache for evolutionary biologists” today, 153 years later, because the situation has gotten worse since Darwin barfed over it.  How much falsification do you need?  Our pages are loaded with 12 years of evidence like this.  We need to hold this evidence up in front of the Sean Carrolls and Eugenie Scotts of the Darwin Party Propaganda Machine and confront them with it, without letting them get away with sidestepping or bluffing or red herrings.  They expected x, but they got non-x and even anti-x.  It’s game over for Darwin.  Make them face up to it.last_img read more

Brand SA announces appointment of global PR agency

first_imgIMC appoints MS&L as part of our strategy staff to focus on the reputation management of Brand SAThe International Marketing Council of South Africa, the custodian of the South African national brand, has announced the appointment of MS&L Worldwide as its global strategic communications advisor. The appointment follows a lengthy evaluation process which included 16 responses to a public request for proposal and a six-way competitive pitch between short listed agencies.“The appointment of a strategic communications partner comes at a time of great significance for South Africa as a country. The introduction of a new government and national leadership creates a unique platform to profile our country, its economic policies and our global competitiveness. Even more important is the realisation that we undertake this effort within the context of substantial international economic uncertainty,” said Paul Bannister, the acting CEO of the International Marketing Council.“Working with a global agency network such as MS&L will allow the IMC to build the reputation of BrandSA and promote the global competitiveness in markets where we do not have a direct presence. This is a very good fit with the IMC’s collaborative approach to reputation management,” he said.MS&L will service the Brand South Africa team in 10 key markets globally and provide additional market support in countries requiring economic, trade and investment profiling. The 10 key markets include China, India, Brazil, UAE (and broader Middle East region), Egypt, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, United Kingdom, European Union and the USA.“As an agency we have been living, eating and breathing corporate brands for many years. Building the nation brand is not only an exciting challenge, but also a great responsibility – one which we are taking on with honour and pride,” said Amanda Singleton, managing director of MS&L Worldwide | South Africa, the agency’s hub for Africa.About the International Marketing of South Africa (Brand South Africa)The International Marketing Council of South Africa was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa. At that time, the world was unsure about what to think of South Africa, with many different messages being sent out by various sources. This did very little to build the country’s brand and it was evident that to attract tourism and investment there was a need to co-ordinate marketing initiatives to make them more effective. This led to the creation of the IMC, whose main objective is the marketing of South Africa through the Brand South Africa campaign. There are many benefits to having a consolidated brand image, with the most important being that a consistent Brand South Africa message creates strategic advantages in terms of trade and tourism for the country in an increasingly competitive marketplace.About MS&L WorldwideMS&L Worldwide is a leading global communications firm made up of a network of communications brands and consultancies with 54 offices in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Mid East, Africa and Asia, as well as an extensive affiliate network in an additional 40 markets. The agency specialises in using research, insights and technology to create and execute powerful reputation strategies that are critical to long-term client success. With a unique combination of advice, advocacy and action, MS&L delivers measurable business results for many of the world’s largest companies and most successful brands. MS&L Worldwide (www.mslworldwide.com) is a member of the Publicis Groupe (Euronext Paris: FR0000130577), the world’s fourth largest communications group.For further information:Margaret DingaloDirector: Stakeholder RelationsInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaTel: +27 11 483 0122Web: www.brandsouthafrica.comAmanda SingletonManaging DirectorMS&L Worldwide | South AfricaTel: +27 11 235 4300Web: www.mslworldwide.comlast_img read more

Tax webinar for farmers Jan. 29

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Are you getting the most from your tax return? Farmers and farmland owners that wish to increase their tax knowledge should consider this webinar that will address tax issues important to them. Mark your calendars for Jan. 29, 2018 to participate in this  hour webinar from 10 a.m. to noon.The webinar, which focuses on tax issues specific to farmers and farmland owners will offer insight into topics such as new and proposed tax legislation as well as buying and selling farmland.OSU Income Tax Schools which are a part of OSU Extension and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will offer this webinar on Jan. 29 from 10 to noon.The two-hour program, which will be presented in a live webinar format, is targeted towards farmers and farmland owners who file their own farm taxes or simply wish to arm themselves with more tax information that will help them to better plan for tax filing.Topics to be discussed during the webinar include:New and Proposed Tax LegislationAg Income and ExpensesNet Operating LossesBuying and Selling FarmlandRental PropertyDemolition of StructuresThe cost for the webinar is $35. To register for this live webinar, go to https://farmoffice.osu.edu/osu-income-tax-schools/2017-farmerlandowner-income-tax-issues-webinarThe OSU Income Tax School Program is a part of OSU Extension and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.last_img read more

46% of Web Users are Ready for HTML5

first_imgUpdate: as some our commenters pointed out below, we forgot to mention two things: 1) there is still some discussion over what the canonical codec for HTML5 video will be, and 2) some of the browsers that Chitika considers to be HTML5-compatible only support some aspects of the HTML5 specs. We should have made this clearer in the original report and regret this omission.Given that the HTML5 vs. Flash debate has gotten a lot of attention lately – thanks, in no small part to Steve Jobs’ declaration of war against Flash – it is good to see that so many users are already using HTML5-compatible browsers. While the market share for Internet Explorer continues to drop, Microsoft’s browser still accounts for about half of all Internet traffic. The next version of Internet Explorer will support HTML5, but given that Internet Explorer users are rather slow at updating their browsers, it will likely be a while before all of Microsoft’s users will run compatible browsers. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… HTML5 is quickly becoming an important part of the Web surfing experience, and according to online ad network Chitika, almost half of all Internet users are already using HTML5-compatible browsers. On Chitika’s network, Firefox (version 3.5 and higher) is the most popular of these HTML5-compatible browsers, followed by Chrome and Safari, with Opera coming in a distant fourth in this race. The league of HTML5-incompatible browsers is mostly comprised of different versions of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.Firefox 3.5+ makes up almost half of all HTML5-compatible traffic to Chitika’s networks, while Internet Explorer 8 accounts for half of all HTML5-incompatible traffic. To determine a browser’s HTML5 readiness, Chitika looked at the browser’s ability to render HTML5 video.center_img In this context, it is worth pointing out that – according to Adobe’s own data – Flash still holds a strong lead over HTML5, as it is installed on 99% of all Internet-enabled desktops. Flash Player 10, the latest version of Adobe’s Flash plugin, is now installed on 97% of all Internet-enabled computers in the U.S. and Canada. It is also worth noting that Google is one of the strongest backers of HTML5, but at the same time, the company also plans to ship Flash with every version of Chrome soon. According to Google, this is meant to ensure the best possible browsing experience for Chrome users.Image credit: Flickr user squidish. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Browsers#NYT#Statistics#web last_img read more

It’s just a beginning, I want to win more medals for India: Saina Nehwal

first_img“Winning an Olympic medal is a dream come true. It is unbelievable but I did dream of it when I was eight. There is nothing greater than standing on the podium dream come true. I will still remain in the game for Olympic gold,” declared badminton star Saina Nehwal, the first London Olympics medal winner to return home. She reached Hyderabad via Delhi from London at mid – day on Tuesday. Nehwal was conscious of the fortuitous circumstances under which she bagged the bronze after World No. 2 Xin Wang who was leading conceded the match. “It was sad to see the opponent fall down and withdraw. Initially she was 20-13 up and when she asked for water after every two points I thought she was tired. Then, she gave up. I have never won a match in this manner in my career. I was lucky on that day,” recalled the 20 year old during the first media conference after her victory at the Olympics which she opted to have at the Pullela Gopichand Academy, where she trained, in Hyderabad.”I have to thank a number of people beginning with my coach Gopi sir and my father without whom I am nothing,” said Nehwal in characteristic humility. “They gave me a lot of support.” She was particularly pleased to be congratulated by the Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy who travelled, by coincidence, on the same flight from Delhi to Hyderabad. He has already announced a Rs.50 lakh award from the state for the other Olympic bronze medal winner from Hyderabad ace marksman Gagan Narang.advertisementNehwal’s triumph is also a big boost for her coach Pullela Gopichand, a former all England champion. “It is the fulfillment of a wish. Without this medal my life would have been incomplete. I had told my family when starting the Academy that one day we will bring an Olympic medal.”Gopichand pointed she had pushed hard and with her confidence she was successful. “There have been ups and downs and it was a really big challenge for at one stage last year she felt that it is not happening. But , thereafter, I made sure that I was available before the crack of dawn every day here at the Academy whenever she was in Hyderabad during the last eight months for wholly focused preparation,” explained Gopichand, adding “all the hard work paid off with God’s grace.”Nehwal is the second Indian woman, after weightlifter Karnam Malleswari who bagged a bronze at the 2000 Sydney Games, also based in Andhra Pradesh, to bag an Olympic medal.Earlier, she was given a rousing welcome on her midday arrival at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. An official delegation led by the authorities of the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh,  large number of badminton buffs, besides fellow players of the Gopichand Academy where she trains in the city, gathered at the airport almost an hour before she landed, and greeted her with flowers and cheers. From there, Nehwal, accompanied by her father Harvir Singh and Gopichand, travelled atop a flower decked open top bus emblazoned with a banner “Mera Bharat Mahan” to the Academy.last_img read more