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first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesReading boss Jaap Stam says he is “not overly worried” by the possibility of losing both captain Paul McShane and goalscorer Jordan Obita for the second leg of their play-off semi-final with Fulham.McShane is definitely out after he was sent off in the closing stages at Craven Cottage for a knee-high challenge on Kevin McDonald.Obita, meanwhile, left on a stretcher after twisting his ankle after blocking a cross and will be a major doubt with the return leg just 72 hours away.Stam said: “Fredericks came bombing forward and he [Obita] tried to block the cross and you can see when there’s no tension in the ankle, you twist it. So we will have to look and see how he feels.“They are very important for us, Jordan and Macca, but we’ve got a big squad. We’ve got choices and players who can play in those positions, so I’m not overly worried.”Stam also defended his side’s physical approach in the 1-1 draw, after opposite number Slavisa Jokanovic said they had played “on the limit of the laws”.The Dutchman insisted: “I think it’s a normal approach. In this league, there are teams who play more physically than we do.“In these games, you need to be aggressive, you need to win your battles on the pitch – then when you have the ball you need to be a threat going forward.”See also:Fulham draw with Reading in first legReading played ‘on limit of the laws’ – Jokanovic   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceBALTIMORE — Since the Giants moved from New York to San Francisco in 1958, the club’s starting rotation had never performed as poorly over a full month as it did this May.Giants starters finished May with a miserable, league-worst 7.32 ERA as two veterans –Derek Holland and Drew Pomeranz– lost grips on rotation spots while three others –Andrew Suárez, Tyler Beede and Dereck Rodríguez– shuttled back and …last_img read more


first_img4 October 2012 Communications Minister Dina Pule launched the demonstration of South Africa’s digital terrestrial televison (DTT) technology in the Northern Cape on Wednesday, ahead of the December launch of the country’s migration from analogue to digital TV broadcasting. South Africa’s commercial DTT launch will take place in December, marking the beginning of a year-long “dual illumination” period, during which both analogue and digital TV signals will be available. After the December 2013 deadline, South Africans who still have analogue TVs will need special set-top boxes – converters of digital to analogue signals – in order to receive images on their TVs.Set-top box subsidies for the poorest The government will provide a 70% subsidy towards the cost of the set-top boxes to the 5-million poorest TV-owning households. Those who fell above a certain income band will be expected to buy their set-top boxes at full cost. The set-top boxes will be distributed through the country’s post offices, and through mobile post offices in under-served areas. While the deadline for South Africa’s analogue switch-off had originally been planned for November 2011, the new deadline is well in line with the push by UN agency the International Telecommunication Union to have analogue signals worldwide switched off by 2015. “In keeping with our mandate, we will ensure universal service and access by providing broadcasting services through the digital migration process that promises to enhance diversity and access, especially for the previously marginalised,” Pule said at Wednesday’s launch of a countrywide awareness campaign. “All South Africans will benefit from and be able to afford to move from analogue to digital television in line with world standards,” Pule told her audience in Motswedimosa outside Kimberley.Up to 24 000 new jobs Apart from providing better picture quality, enhanced clarity, and more channels and content, up to 24 000 new jobs would be created through the migration process, Pule said. “Digital migration creates an opportunity for South Africa to build a globally competitive export sector that will create jobs and grow the economy. The manufacture of set-top-boxes has the ability to unlock the potential of the electronic hardware manufacturing sector and stimulate job creation.” Pule said an envisaged 800 jobs would be created in the manufacturing industry, while 20 000 young South Africans would be trained in the installation and maintenance of set-top boxes (STBs), ultimately creating up to 6 000 jobs. Four thousand call centre operators would be employed to deal with queries relating to the STBs, while the South African Post Office would have to employ an additional 500 staff to help with STB distribution. “The launch of digital television will also free up space for the introduction of more television channels, and the content industry has the ability to create more than 10 000 jobs,” Pule added. The Department of Communications expected to award contracts to STB manufacturers by the middle of October, with the first deliveries of STBs due to take place from the end of November, Pule said.Broadcasters ‘ready to roll’ South Africa will adopt the DVB-T2 digital television standard, which has the capacity to give viewers access to 14 channels using the same amount of spectrum. DVB-T2 (Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial Second Generation) has a higher bit-rate than its predecessor, DVB-T, making it a more suitable for carrying high definition (HD) signals on a terrestrial television channel. DVB standards are maintained by the DVB Project, an international industry consortium with around 250 members. Pule said that state signal distributor Sentech had currently achieved digital terrestrial televison (DTT) network coverage of 61% of the population, and was on track to reach 80% coverage by March 2013 and 88% coverage by December 2013. The remaining 12% of households will be covered by satellite technology. At the same time, Pule said, South Africa’s broadcasters were “ready to roll”. “The SABC is fully prepared to transmit SABC 1, 2 and 3 on the DTT network. It will also have a 24-hour news channel available for the DTT launch. Both SABC and e-TV are collaborating on a free-to-air partnership. e-TV and M-Net are ready to launch on the DTT platform and are awaiting approvals on Icasa regulations and tariff structures.” SAinfo reporter and SANews.gov.zalast_img read more


first_img21 January 2014 Tennis South Africa on Monday announced the South African team to take on Monaco in a Euro/Africa Zone Group 2 Davis Cup tie. The teams will meet at the Irene Country Club in Pretoria from 31 January to 2 February. With John-Laffnie de de Jager serving as captain, the South African team is Izak van der Merwe, Rik de Voest, Raven Klaasen, Ruan Roelofse and Nikala Scholtz. De Jager will be forced to trim the squad down to four players by the start of the tie, but he does at least have options, unlike when South Africa had to face Russia in Moscow in October with a team decimated by withdrawals. The highest ranked South African for that tie was Dean O’Brien, at number 529. He’s not among the five players from which De Jager will select his team.‘I am happy’ Despite South Africa’s top player Kevin Anderson not making himself available for the tie, De Jager will be able to welcome Izak van der Merwe back into the team. “I am happy that Izak has recovered from his injury and this can be a good start for him,” De Jager said of the injury that had sidelined the 2011 Soweto Open winner for many months. Ruan Roelofse has proved, according to De Jager, to be “a great all-round player that can play singles and doubles”, thus allowing the captain a number of good choices when naming his final four.Playing the best tennis of his career A key member of the team is the evergreen Raven Klaasen, the team’s doubles specialist. At the age of 31, he is currently playing the best tennis of his career. Ranked 45th in the world doubles ranking, Klaasen has reached the quarterfinals of the year’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, with his American partner Eric Butorac. The pair, who bagged three titles on the ATP World Tour in 2013, shocked top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan of the USA, the winners of 15 Grand Slam titles, in straight sets in the third round.‘A very experienced team’ “I am very happy with the team to face Monaco. It is a very experienced team I selected,” commented De Jager. “Rik, Raven and Izak have more than 20 years of Davis Cup experience between them. It is crucial for us to win this match because we want to be back in Group 1 in 2015.” “Irene Country Club is a great venue and we hope to get lots of support from the local tennis supporters.” Monaco will name their team on Wednesday. South Africa is 34th in the Davis Cup rankings, while Monaco occupies 59th place. SAinfo reporter In April of 2013 Van der Merwe suffered a chronic injury due to playing an excessive amount of tennis. ‘Preparing hard’ “I have not played any events since surgery [a small part of the heel bone was removed] on the 18th of April last year,” Van der Merwe said in a statement. “Davis Cup will be my first event back. I have been training for the last few months, preparing hard for this tie. “The recovery from my heel injury has been a slow process, but it has gone very well. Over the last few weeks I made great progress on the practice court. It has taken a lot of patience, but I look forward to getting back on the Davis cup team and competing on the ATP Tour,” he added. The tie will be a special one for Rik de Voest who will be playing international tennis for the first time at his home courts in Irene where he started the game at the age of five.‘It is going to be amazing’ “It is going to be amazing to play a Davis Cup tie at Irene Country Club,” he said. “I believe the exposure to international players and the national team will further benefit the development and interest in tennis at Irene. “Now nearing the end phase of my tennis career, and with my long history with the club, it’s going to be extra special to play a Davis Cup tie at the club where it all began for me.” Assessing his players, De Jager said De Voest and Van der Merwe were very good high altitude players and said Nikala Scholtz has also enjoyed success at altitude.last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistWe are monitoring wheat disease in an effort led by OSU Extension wheat specialist, Pierce Paul.We follow growth stages of wheat to know when to apply herbicides safely but also to know when, or if, we should apply fungicides. Growers who rely on the height of the crop as an indicator of crop development may miss Feekes Growth Stage 6, a critical growth stage for herbicide application, and Feekes GS 8, a critical stage for managing foliar diseases with fungicides. Do not rely on the height of the plants or calendar dates alone (especially this year) to make your management decisions. Walk fields, pull tillers from multiple places, remove the lower leaves, and examine these tillers for the presence of nodes and the emergence of the flag leaf. At Feekes GS 8 the tip of the flag leaf, the fourth leaf above the first node, is visible. Plants of different heights and sizes may all be at the same growth stage. Feekes 8 marks the beginning of the period during which we recommend that fields be scouted to determine which disease is present and at what level.Results from university studies have shown that the greatest benefits from foliar fungicide applications were obtained when applications were made between Feekes 8 and 10. This is largely because most of our major foliar diseases usually develop and reach the flag leaf after Feekes 8-9. For Head scab, we need to protect the plant at flowering so closer to Feekes 10.5 — that will be later in May. Septoria and Powdery MildewSeptoria develops best under cool, wet conditions with frequent rainfall, whereas powdery mildew likes cool, humid conditions.Scout for powdery mildew and Septoria on the lower leaves. Unlike head scab, fungicide applications for these and other foliar disease do not have to be made at one specific growth stage. Instead, applications are based on disease thresholds, weather conditions, and variety susceptibility.For instance, if it stays cool and wet and a few lesions are observed on the leaves below the flag leaf, a fungicide should be applied to protect the flag leaf if the variety is susceptible.On the other hand, if it stops raining and warms up, you may want to save your fungicide application for head scab and late-season diseases like Stagonospora and rust, as warm weather usually prevents both powdery mildew and Septoria from spreading up the plant.If you still plan to apply a fungicide to control early-season diseases, choose one like Propiconazole or Tebuconazole that are cheap, but effective. Rarely are two fungicide applications necessary or economically beneficial in Ohio, but, if an inexpensive fungicide is applied early in the season, then it may be feasible to make a second application at flowering to manage scab and late-season diseases. Stagonospora and rustsStagonospora is very similar to Septoria in that it develops best under wet, rainy conditions, but unlike Septoria, it likes warm instead of cool weather condition. So, although Stagonospora can affect the crop at any growth stage, it tends to be most severe late in the growing season. In fact, conditions that are favorable for head scab are also favorable for Stagonospora leaf and glume blotch. It therefore means that a single application at flowering is often effective against both head scab and Stagonospora.This is also true for the rust diseases. Since the rust fungi cannot overwinter in Ohio, spores have to be blown up from the south, and this usually occurs during the latter half of the season. In most years, the first symptoms of rust are observed between the boot and flowering growth stages, making a fungicide application at flowering also effective against these diseases. However, it is not uncommon for rust to develop early in the season, particularly in the southern half of the state. Head scab on wheatIt is still too early to apply a fungicide to manage head scab. Use the scab forecast system (http://www.wheatscab.psu.edu/) to monitor concerns. If you plan to spray for head scab, Prosaro or Caramba should be your fungicides of choice. The new fungicide, Miravis Ace, which seems to be just as effective as Prosaro and Caramba, based on a limited number of trials, may not yet be available. Stay away from the strobilurins when it comes to head scab management — these fungicides tend to increase rather than reduce vomitoxin contamination.I know that the idea of “protecting the crop” with a “preventative treatment” seems to suggest that the fungicide has to be applied before the crop reaches the critical growth state — flowering in the case of wheat. But results from more than 20 years of scab research show that you are better off applying a few days “late” rather than a few days “early.” Remember, with head scab you are also trying to reduce grain contamination with vomitoxin, and fungicides are certainly more effective against this toxin when applied at or 4 to 6 days after flowering for wheat.last_img read more


first_imgNobody likes being on hold — but it doesn’t have to be torture! Use the right royalty-free on-hold music to keep your callers sane and satisfied.A person — let’s call them [YOUR NAME HERE] — has spent their life trying to live with kindness. For years, this person has been sure to say “please” and “thank you” and hold the door for strangers and give generously to charity. Every morning, this person looks in the mirror and repeats a mantra: “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Now empowered and self-edified, this person heads out into the world, buys a coffee for the person in line behind them, and relishes the hard-fought peace that defines their existence.And then they have to call the cable company.Being on hold is a fact of life. If you’re hoping to keep your callers happy — and keep them as customers — you’ve got to make the on-hold experience as non-soul-sucking as possible. The right royalty-free on-hold music (like the tracks at the bottom of this post) can help.Hold Music, Episode I: The Silent HoldIn his more-interesting-than-we-thought-it-would-be piece for Slate, “Your Call Is Important to Us,” Tom Vanderbilt shines a light on the history of being on hold. According to Vanderbilt’s research, being on hold was just a part of making a call back in the day. He cites a 1928 New York Times article:Writing about the first transatlantic telephone call from New York to Paris, in 1928, the New York Times described the dizzy experience: ‘For those who speak for the first time there is no thrill comparable to that which comes with first signal. “Your New York call is coming through.” Hold the line. Wait a minute. That minute is a thing of very mixed emotions. One feels that something memorable should be spoken and can think of nothing to say.’As the phone-call experience became more familiar, waiting around in silence became more frustrating. Vanderbilt hits the nail on the head when he explains, “But there was a more elemental problem with the silent hold: there was no way to know if one was still actually on the line.” Uh oh.Hold Music, Episode II: Alfred Levy RisesIn 1962, Alfred Levy — inventor, factory owner, entrepreneur, hero — applied for a patent. Here’s what the paperwork described:It is an object of the present invention to provide a system of the character described which upon actuation of a hold instrumentality, e.g. a key or button, will connect the incoming call to a source of program material, e.g. music, thereby to pacify the originator of the call if the delay becomes unduly long, and also to while away the idle time of the caller who is awaiting connection to a certain party or extension.You know, hold music. According to Vanderbilt, Alfred Levy “discovered that, by dint of a loose wire touching a steel girder, his company’s telephone system was picking up broadcasts from the neighboring radio station. When callers were placed on hold, they no longer heard silence; rather . . . music. The world of “music on hold” was born.” Phew!Hold Music, Episode III: The Power of DistractionSimply put, on-hold music is vital. Vanderbilt says, “Hazily sourced statistics blare from the websites of hold message companies: 70 percent of callers put on silent hold will hang up within one minute!”Also simply put, on-hold music is a vital distraction. He cites industry experts to explain how hold music keeps callers on the line:As the Journal of Retailing put it, ‘[M]usic reduces the negative effects of waiting because it distracts attention from the passage of time, and, as a result, consumers perceive the length of the wait to be shorter than that when there is no music.’ The less you pay attention to time, the faster it seems to go. The longer one feels one has waited, the thinking further goes, the lower one’s satisfaction with the experience.Of course, hold music isn’t the only way businesses keep you distracted and (sorta) happy. Vanderbilt explains:Influenced by advances in other forms of queue management, hold technology has advanced. As with rides at Disney, we now expect estimated wait times (people shown a wait time are up to two times less likely to ‘balk,’ research has shown) . . . A lot of wait time is sneakily siphoned off by Interactive Voice Response systems (‘press “3” if you are a calling about an international flight.’ There are even ‘tandem queues,’ for people with multiple issues (‘I’ll have to pass you off to my supervisor . . .’).So, yeah. Technically, everyone who keeps you on hold is manipulating you. They’re playing with your very humanity. Nonetheless, hold music helps. Just remember, when you’re picking your hold music off of the royalty-free playlist below, keep that humanity in mind. Think of the caller. Put yourself in their shoes and focus on choosing a track that you wouldn’t mind listening to for [YOUR ESTIMATED WAIT TIME IS TWENTY-THREE MINUTES].Just do your best. The fate of the younglings is in your hands.Hold Music, Episode IV: A New Hold Music PlaylistWe curated the playlist below to solve all of your royalty-free on-hold music needs. The songs cover a wide range of genres, all of them are perfectly pleasant and chill, and each can be yours in perpetuity with a simple $49 Standard License. Should you encounter any problems, give us a call — PremiumBeat’s hold-music game is strong.Cover image via Antonio GuillemHeader image via Carsten ReisingerPlaylist header image via lenetstanLooking for more royalty-free music? Well, here you go!Saddle Up With This Royalty-Free Playlist for WesternsGet More Laughs With Royalty-Free Comedy TracksRoyalty-Free Soundtrack Suggestions for VloggersSound as Lighting: The Mood-Altering Magic of Atmospheric Royalty-Free MusicSlinky, Smooth, and Slow: A Sensual Royalty-Free Music Playlistlast_img read more


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first_imgAustralia captain Aaron Finch said it was a nice feeling to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals after his side defeated England by 64 runs at Lord’s on Tuesday. Australia, the defending champions, are the first team to reach the last four of the 2019 World Cup.Australia have won the World Cup 5 times: in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015. This year, India and England were the overwhelming pre-tournament favourites even as many experts refused to rule Australia out.Australia are now top of the table with 12 points from 7 matches. India are almost through but England, the hosts, find themselves in a very tricky spot. Their last two matches are against India and New Zealand who are yet to lose a match in this World Cup.It was a clinical performance by Australia at Lord’s. After being put in to bat, Finch and David Warner added 123 for the opening wicket. While Warner fell for 53, skipper Aaron Finch scored 100 to keep his team on course for a strong total.Finch was named man-of-the-match ahead of Jason Behrendorff who picked 5 for 44 off 10 overs. But the Australian captain was happier with where his team is now.”That’s (semi-final qualification) the first part ticked off, which is a really nice feeling. I think England are a stand-out side who can take you apart with ball and bat quite quickly. It was nice that we found ways to keep getting wickets,” Finch said at the post-match presentation ceremony.WATCH: The moment Australia became the first team to reach the #CWC19 semi-finals! #CmonAussie pic.twitter.com/YIODIdU5mYadvertisementICC (@ICC) June 25, 2019Behrendorff’s was an inspired selection and he with Mitchell Starc rocked England’s star-studded top-order. Not surprisingly, Finch was elated with his top wicket-taker on Tuesday.”Behrendorff bowled beautifully, we’ve you’ve got a guy who can swing the ball back down the line to the right handers, that’s an asset,” Finch said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Australia crush England to storm into semi-finalsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Our fate is in our own hands, says England captain Eoin MorganAlso Read | David Warner 3rd Australian to hit 500 runs in a single World CupAlso Read | England vs Australia World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan looked scared, says Kevin Pietersenlast_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: A woman journalist suffered injuries on her face and hand after she was attacked by two bike-borne robbers in broad daylight who dragged her out an auto-rickshaw snatched her phone and managed to flee.The incident occurred on Sunday near Chittaranjan Park in New Delhi when the journalist, Joymala Bagchi, who works for ANI, was travelling in an auto-rickshaw. Bagchi suffered a fracture in her jaw and got stitches on her chin. She also suffered injuries on her hand. Bagchi was profusely bleeding when the locals came to her rescue. She was later taken to a nearby hospital by Delhi Police and later shifted to AIIMS. “We have received a complaint and have registered a case against the accused persons under Section 394 – for voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery,” said Atul Thakur, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South). P3last_img read more

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