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Stay with Dreamliner

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first_imgWith many punters finishing among the winners on Wednesday, the Pick-9 and Super-6s start anew at Caymanas Park tomorrow with guaranteed minimums of $1 million and $750,000, respectively. THE Pick-9 will be conducted from race two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10. We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a $450,000-$400,000 claiming race over 1100 metres to be contested by seven starters, including down-in-class FORCE DE JOUR under leading jockey Shane Ellis, the consistent COUNTRY TRAIN, and recent winner SHADE OF BEAUTY. All three have won races in recent months, but in so far as class is concerned, victory should go to the Anthony Nunes-trained FORCE DE JOUR, who finished second to CLASSY PROSPECT over 1300 metres on a $550,000 claiming tag in the recent Emancipation Day Trophy. TOUGH OPPONENT The American 4-y-o colt, who last won over 1200 metres on June 28, faces a tough opponent in the Marlon Anderson-trained COUNTRY TRAIN, who was narrowly beaten by SHADE OF BEAUTY over the straight recently, but is so genuine that she will only go down fighting with former champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry riding her from the handy mark of 51.0kg. SWEET DIMENSION, who has been knocking loudly at the door in recent races, should appreciate the easier pace of a mile in the second race for maiden three-year-olds and should stave off STIR IT WUP with Ellis aboard, SIR BIGGS with Henry aboard, and STERRI’S CHOICE under four-time champion Omar Walker. The Patrick Lynch-trained SWEET DIMENSION came a trifle late when beaten a driving finish by MARKOFAPRINCE over the straight last Saturday, and with Shamaree Muir retaining the ride, the hint should be taken. DREAMLINER, who strolled home by 11 lengths on his recent debut, represents a five-star banker in the third race for two-year-olds over the round five course, this for the Terremoto Trophy. From the stables of 14-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, the bay colt by Porto Santo out of Golden Olympio has looked even sharper at exercise, galloping 1100 metres in a brisk 1:07.1, and with in-form Robert Halledeen again the saddle, DREAMLINER should lead home another unbeaten runner FEDORA in a field of six. MARISHA STAR, the mount of Wesley Henry, has flattered to deceive in recent races, but now taking orders from returning trainer Collin Blair for the first time and better prepared, should win at the expense of ROMAN SPY and EMPRESS TRUCK in a 10-strong field of five-year-olds and up. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by BRAWN, who was not disgraced in finishing a fifth to BUZZ NIGHTMARE over 1300 metres in the O & S Tack Room Trophy last Saturday, and DOC HOLIDAY, who was an easy winner over 1500 metres at the same meet. Their respective dangers are SOUTHERN CRUISE and LEGENDARY PLEASURE. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) FORCE DE JOUR/COUNTRY TRAIN (2) SWEET DIMENSION/STIR IT UP (3) DREAMLINER (4) MARISHA STAR/ROMAN SPY (5) BRAWN/SOUTHERN CRUISE (6) DOC HOLIDAY/LEGENDARY PLEASURElast_img read more

PEOPLE WIN FIGHT TO KEEP LETTERMACAWARD POST OFFICE OPEN

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first_imgLettermacaward Post Office will not now close.There had been fears that the pending retirement of postmaster Brian Cannon would see a downgrading of postal services in the area.A recent meeting of locals saw hundreds of people turn up to show their opposition to any proposed move. However Junior Minister Dinny McGinley has now been informed by An Post management that the closure will not now take place. PEOPLE WIN FIGHT TO KEEP LETTERMACAWARD POST OFFICE OPEN was last modified: June 5th, 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:Lettermacaward Post Officelast_img read more

HAVE-A-GO RECIPE: RED PEPPER AND LENTIL SOUP

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first_imgHave A Go Recipe: Red pepper and lentil soup(Aldi have lovely sweet red peppers on offer at 39c for two).Ingredients 1 vegetable stock cube1 onion chopped into chunks2 red peppers chopped into large chunks.Optional – 1 clove of garlic or a pinch of cumin, 1 tin of tomatoes 200g of split red lentilsRoast the peppers and onion in the oven with the garlic with olive oil for about 20 mins.Blitz the onion and peppers in a blender and add to a pan with vegetable stock.Add the split red lentils and simmer for 30 minsOr, you can blitz everything at same time. Add salt and pepper to taste.HAVE-A-GO RECIPE: RED PEPPER AND LENTIL SOUP was last modified: February 6th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Donegal Dailyrecipered pepper and lentil souplast_img read more

NEWSREADER ANNE SAID SHE HAS NO REGRETS ABOUT McDAID RELATIONSHIP

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first_imgFormer RTE newsreader Anne Doyle says she has no regrets having a relationship with former Donegal Minister Jim McDaid.The well-known reporter embarked on a six month relationship with Dr McDaid fifteen years ago.Deputy McDaid was then the Minister for Tourism in 1998. Anne, 61, said “I had a brief and enjoyable relationship with James.“We parted amicably, both lucky to move to happy places. I don’t regret anything.”NEWSREADER ANNE SAID SHE HAS NO REGRETS ABOUT McDAID RELATIONSHIP was last modified: July 22nd, 2013 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:Anne Doylejim mcdaidRTElast_img read more

Merry Christmas

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake I do support the troops – I just don’t support them to death. Brian Levy Simi Valley Wall it up Re “Border wall angers Mexico” (Dec. 21): How dare you use the same policies that we use against illegal immigration – that’s the message we get from our friends on our southern border. While Mexican officials don’t accept illegal immigrants coming into their country, they demand we accept the illegal immigrants that sneak into ours. I think it was Benjamin Franklin who said good fences make good neighbors. I can see no better use of taxpayer money than to get this wall built as quickly as possible. Robert Gardner Sylmar Not shocking Re “Feds slug state’s poor” (Dec. 22): Is anyone really shocked that the Senate cut federal aid to California? Elected officials in Washington make a habit of reaching into our pockets to balance the difference when they overextend themselves financially. Something or someone is always just a little more important than the struggling families here on the West Coast. The fair thing to do is to create a flat tax for all Americans and force the feds to stick to the budget and only borrow during a national emergency. Cutting the pork out of bills and directing Homeland Security funds to the states that truly need them would also be fiscally responsible. They can start by not building a useless “bridge to nowhere” up in Alaska. Kyle Laurent Newhall Isn’t it ironic? It is depressing that our government has decided to chop billions from the federal budget set aside for the poor and elderly. Each year, more than 1 million additional Americans fall below the poverty level, while corporate CEO paychecks now average 180 times more than the average pay of their workers and 45-plus million Americans do not have health care insurance and depend on Medicaid. I was born and raised in America, Los Angeles, California. Christmas is a federal holiday. I will always say Merry Christmas to those I greet, not Happy Holidays or anything else. To all the others, I wish them well, and want them to celebrate their special day. Pat Werth Granada Hills Rocky responds Re “Stinky deal” (Dec. 19): The Bradley Landfill settlement was the latest of many successful environmental justice prosecutions and will bring Para Los Ni!tildelown!os, a premier child health and welfare agency in Southern California, to the children of the San Fernando Valley for the first time. The environmental protections and compliance brought about as a result of the Bradley settlement are a victory for Valley residents. However, the donation to Communities in Schools and the opportunity to attract an agency with the credibility and track record of Para Los Ni!tildelown!os to support the resources that currently exist, will result in incalculable improvements to the lives of Valley residents for years to come. Rockard J. Delgadillo Los Angeles city attorney Lost liberties I think pretty much everyone except Sens. Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer realizes that the ultimate loss of one’s civil liberties is when you are lying dead in the street as the result of a terror attack. Once again, the Democrats have a tin ear when it comes to the War on Terror – they will regret their hysterical rhetoric when they see W.’s poll numbers tick up another couple of points. President Bush looks strong and forceful and the Democrats look weak on defense, which of course they are. Bobbi Leigh Zito Porter Ranch How cynical How cynical of certain right-wing politicians to resort to low-down tactics to push unpopular programs on the American people! I support any effort to block drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Of course the Republican propaganda mill will view that as supporting the troops since they have the two issues confused. This administration has meanwhile reduced the taxes for wealthy Americans, while spending billions of dollars on Iraq. It is ironic that it is the poorer people in America who are sending their sons and daughters to fight a war to make the wealthy Americans richer at a cost of over 2,100 lives and still counting. Gus L. Keolanui Woodland Hills Close the LAUSD There is no reason for Los Angeles Unified School District officials to continue to spend more and more of our tax money. They have not improved the education level of our children. They have spent public money as if it were endlessly available to them. The solution is to totally close the LAUSD down and eliminate it. Then make all of Los Angeles schools charter schools. Charter schools have proven they get better results improving our children’s education level, have a closer relationship with the parents. If something bad happens the principle can take immediate action. Look at the statistics and results; Charter schools win each time. Charles Dusheck Chatsworth Wiretaps R America It is interesting to hear all the liberal and democratic voices raised in outrage over the practice of eavesdropping on the enemies of America in a time of war. They conveniently ignore the fact that every president since Ronald Reagan, including their beloved Bill Clinton, used this same tactic. John Green Northridge Hardest job in U.S. Re “The best job in America?” (Dec. 18): I wanted to respond to let people know how my job as the councilwoman representing the Port of Los Angeles has changed in response to Sept. 11 and the growth of the international trade industry. While I did have the highest number of absences during the past year, I missed City Council meetings working on big issues at the port. In fact, 10 of the days I was absent from council were spent on port-related issues, including fighting for more port security from the federal government and implementing a program to move goods out of the port during nights and weekends – finally offering some traffic relief both in the Harbor Area and throughout Los Angeles. I take my job as a council member seriously. But, in all honesty, I am usually more productive and able to get more done for my constituents outside of council chambers. By implying that council members only work three days a week during council meetings, the Daily News misrepresented and devalued the hard work that my colleagues and I do 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Janice Hahn Los Angeles city councilwoman Let the MTA decide Re “Bill may revive Wilshire subway” (Dec. 17): Rep. Henry Waxman’s bill dealt with safety, not whether a subway should be built. But Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, in his infinite wisdom, wants to use this NIMBY approach to kill the Wilshire subway. We still have the no sales tax to be used for subway construction law in place, and that means most likely we could not get federal funding for subway construction. It should be up to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board to determine if we should build a subway or not, not a single supervisor from Antelope Valley who is for a cost-inefficient monorail system. Robert Leabow Rolling Hills Estates Shameless arrogance Supervisor Michael Antonovich shows the levels he will go to to prevent any progress on the Wilshire subway. I could understand him objecting to tunneling costs, but to advocate retaining the methane gas law when it no longer applies is the epitome of shameless arrogance. Dane Pereslete Glendale160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Sebuguzi and Ssenyange win fourth round of NRC in Fort Portal

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first_img Tags: NRCRonald Sebuguzisusan muwonge Sebuguzi (left) and co-driver Leon Ssenyange won in Fort Portal (Photos by Agencies)Ronald Sebuguzi and co-driver Leon Ssenyange finally over came their woes and won the Fort Portal Challenge Rally on Sunday.The two had previously failed to finish the two last races in Fort Portal but see their Mitsubishi Evo X emerge victorious this time round.With championship leader Jas Mangat pulling out just days before the race, it was anyone’s race from the start.Sebuguzi want into the last two sections which totalled to 38 kilo meters, only 25 seconds ahead of fellow Shell sponsored crew of Omar Mayanja and Hussein Mukuye.But as luck was on Sebuguzi and Ssenyange, their competitors rolled in the Mpanga section, the same area where the eventual race winners have twice fallen out previously.Sebuguzi managed to negotiate passed the Mpanga section this time roundThat meant that second place was up for grabs and Kephar Walubi and co-driver capitalised to finish second, ahead of 2011 NRC champion Susan Muwonge.Kephar is now second on the NRC standings with 180 points, 10 ahead of Susan Muwonge.The event attracted a total of 34 drivers seeing top guns like Posiano Lwakataka who won the last race in Masaka and Christakis Fitidis fail to finish.Fitidis, the reigning NRC champion started the weekend in third position on the standings, only 60 points behind leader Mangat.Yusuf Bukenya and Frank Sserugo experienced a narrow escape after their Mitsubishi Evo IV caught fire at the Bukuku section and the former suffered an injury on the face.What they said after the race:Ronald Sebuguzi, race winner.“I would like to dedicate the victory to my sponsors who have stood by me for the past few years when things were not going my way.“And it’s also one for my fans who have previously endured the pain I travelling to this area only to be disappointed.Suzan Muwonge, finished third.“It was a challenging route and we broke our suspension but thank God we managed to bring the car back.“It is not the best of finishes in terms of place but one we can go back home proud of.Susan Muwonge finished third in Fort PortalNext on the calendar is the Pearl of Africa Rally that is slated for next month.Race results.1. Ronald Sebuguzi – 01:43:102. Kepher Walubi – 01:46:033. Suzan Muwonge – 01:46:534. Fred Wampamba – 01: 49:395. Omar Mayanja – 01:52:09NRC standings after four rounds.1.Jas Mangat – 200pts2. Unisan Bakunda – 194pts3. Kepher Walubi – 180pts4. Suzan Muwonge – 170pts5. Ronald Ssebuguzi -150pts6. Christakis – Fitidis – 140 pts7. Fred Wampamba – 115Pts8. Dr Ashraf – 110pts9. Ponsino Lwakataka – 95pts10. Duncan Mubiru —75ptsComments last_img read more

Minimizing harvest loss

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The growing season has offered enough challenges for producing bushels this year that any type of excessive harvest loss is a significant concern. With that in mind, as harvest gets started this fall it will not hurt to give the combine a good once over and check to see how many bushels are not making it out of the fields.“The industry standard from university studies have found anywhere from 1% to 3% is acceptable combine loss. We should be able to get it down to 1% with a newer machine, depending on the field conditions,” said David Booth, Case IH combine specialist. “Use a one-foot by one-foot screen, piece of floor mat, piece of rubber, or whatever you want to use as long as it is a foot by a foot. Throw it between the wheels under the combine as it goes by. Whatever grain you see on the bottom of that screen is going to be from the combine head or from pre-harvest loss that was already there. Any of that loss needs to be addressed at the header. If it is on top of the screen it is coming from the machine. Roughly two kernels of corn and four beans on or under that screen is around a bushel of loss. That is if the combine is in spreading mode for all of the residue.”For harvest loss at the combine head, there are several things to address on the corn head.“For corn, you want to make sure you’ve got your stripper plates set correctly on the corn head. They should be an eighth of an inch wider at the rear than at the front. That will allow the trash and material to feed through there in the row unit itself.You need to make sure the gap between the stripper plates is just the width of the stalk you are harvesting. That, a lot of times, is where the loss comes through,” Booth said. “You also need to make sure when you are harvesting that stalk it is getting processed about halfway to three-quarters of the way up those deck plates.It should be on center because if it is not, you’re going to pull that stalk down at an angle and that is going to cause butt shelling and that will cause loss right there at the head. You need to make sure your row units are lined up and your deck units are centered on the row. We also want to look at the point-to-point knife roll and we want to make sure those knives are good and sharp. If they are worn out they will not process that stalk efficiently.”For soybeans, there are also a number of areas that could lead to losses from the head.“Make sure you have got good sharp sickle section and make sure you guards are not worn so you are getting a very clean cut and good shear point,” Booth said. “The other thing to look at is your reel speed. It should be roughly 10% faster than the ground speed. If your reel speed is too fast you will be knocking some beans out of the pods before they get into the head. You want to have the reel in the right position so it is engaging about the top one third of the crop.”Addressing the corn and soybeans on the top of the screen will require a look at what is happening in the machine.“If it is coming out of the machine, you have to look at where it could be coming from — the sieve, the rotor or somewhere else. To do this, you need to do a kill stall where you get the machine up to harvest speed and then kill the machine to get a snapshot of exactly what is going on inside that combine,” he said. “On a Case you take the hydro handle and shove it all the way forward, pull the throttle down and ride the brake until it kills itself. You may have to shut the key off if it doesn’t die.”Once the combine is stalled, problem areas can be safely inspected.“You want to start at the feeder house and see if you have any damage there or if grain is being lost. Then go into the rotor area. The front half of the rotor is where all of the threshing is going to be taking place — all of your grain should be threshed out in the front half,” Booth said. “As you go back into the cleaning system everything should be fairly evenly distributed and not just piled up on one side or the other. That will allow for maximum cleaning efficiency. You can see losses in the threshing area if you are not getting all of the grain threshed. If there is unthreshed grain getting into the separating area, we call that rotor loss. If you are in corn and you see pieces of the cob that still have the kernels on them you will usually want to tighten up your concave area a little bit to get those remaining kernels. That will move the concave closer to the rasp bar and speed up the material flow through the rotor.“Cleaning system loss can be dictated by your fan settings. If your fan is set too high with a dry crop it can blow the grain out the back of the machine.”Booth advises that checking the owner’s manual for more combine specific tips is also important.last_img read more

Three Steps to Building an Online Brand

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first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Gritty Entrepreneurs#NYT#start#StartUp 101 center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This is one post/chapter in a serialized book called Startup 101. For the introduction and table of contents, please click here.The three steps to building an online brand are:1. Look good,2. Get noticed,3. Build trust.In the long run, only the last one matters. Enron’s logo was just fine, and it got noticed, but on that last count, well…Look GoodYou need to do many things on the cheap. but there is one thing on which you should spend as much money as you can afford. Spend for it in cash if you have it. Spend for it in equity if you don’t. Do it yourself if you are brilliant at it. If you are lucky enough to have a friend who is brilliant at it and will do it for free, well, good for you (but the fair thing would be to give her or him some equity).The thing we’re talking about here is logo design. Your logo will set the theme of your site’s design. It will visually key off the story that you tell in words.Yes, you can re-design it later when you have the money. But when you need to get noticed and you need those first impressions to be good ones, a great logo really does matter.Get Noticed, Part 1: Don’t Rely on PR MechanicsWhen you are established, you can be a “PR mechanic” and do the basics, such as:Send emails to bloggers,Announce news via wire services,Send press releases with embargoes.Those mechanical tasks are fine when you are big and established and well known. But they are totally pointless when you are working out of your garage and no one has heard of you. You can do these things yourself — they don’t cost much time or money — but just don’t rely on them for results.When starting out, you need to be a PR artist. You need a bit of magic to get noticed. You cannot delegate this. You or your partner have to do this because, first, you cannot afford to hire a PR person yet (at least not a good one) and, secondly, anyone who picks up on your story will want to speak to the person who was passionate enough to build the service.You have to begin with an insanely great Web service. PR artistry won’t help a poor site. Some people might take a look, but then they will ignore it just as fast.If you have a great service, then getting noticed is very easy. You tell someone, who tells someone else, who tells someone else… That happens fast in a networked world.Get Noticed, Part 2: Study the Networking Science of PR ArtistsMagic is merely a science you don’t understand yet. The magic of PR artists is understanding how networks of influence work and getting into those networks wherever they can.If you are a serial entrepreneur and your last venture was a roaring success, simply contact a few mega-hubs of influence. They will surely listen to you and get the word out, even if your new service is rubbish (in which case, it will die after a short burst of hype).But for you, the first-time entrepreneur, who doesn’t know anyone famous, just getting anyone to listen to you is a small victory. Luckily, today you have a couple of amazing social media tools to traverse those networks of influence. The one you choose depends on your service:Twitter for a consumer service,LinkedIn for a business service.Some fans may be annoyed that I left out Facebook, but there is a reason. Facebook is designed to communicate with your friends. Those friends may or may not be able to help you. If they can, that is probably a coincidence. And relying on coincidence to build a business is not good.Twitter is the easiest way for your consumer service to get noticed because it is so open. Find experts in your area; it’s not hard. Google around until you find some people who write intelligently about your market. Then find those people on Twitter; they are probably there, but if not, don’t worry: plenty of other experts will be.Following those experts does not mean that they will follow you back. But you can look at who they follow. Choose the ones who are experts in your subject, and follow them too. See what hash tags they use, and put out some tweets using the same tags. Re-tweet some of what they say; they will notice it on their wall of vanity.If one of the people they follow mentions you, your target expert may notice. If two or three mention you, they certainly will.This is certainly much, much easier and more effective than cold calling, cold direct-mailing, or cold emailing.Similar techniques are possible on LinkedIn. But by the time you read this, they may be overused, ineffective, and regarded as spammy, and LinkedIn or Twitter may have put in place controls to block certain techniques.So, as you look at the current social media world, just remember:Everything is a network. Traverse the network until you find some entry points, and then start from there.Everything social revolves around conversations, and conversations often start with a story and move on to a question.Get Noticed, Part 3: Tell a Good Story and Ask a QuestionNow you have a great site and a great logo. All you need now is a great story. All three have to be in harmony. You need to be able to get that story across in:One sentence in an email. 140 characters is as good a limitation as any.30 seconds verbally, at any F2F event when someone is in front you. (If you are lucky enough to trap them in an elevator in a tall building, you may have plenty of time. But you will more likely be at a cocktail party after a conference and have far less time.)One page, or five minutes, once you have the person’s attention.People have been telling stories ever since they have been hanging out in caves, and all stories tend to have these characteristics:A beginning, middle, and end. Being a startup, you can tell only the beginning. But you are claiming to know how the middle and end will play out. You are spinning a science-fiction tale.Protagonists, tension, good vs. evil, with good winning out in the end.Corny? Sure. Effective? Definitely.Whatever you do, though, don’t waste a good story-telling opportunity with bland corporate-speak, PR-washed, yawn-inducing, click-away drivel. Ask any journalist or blogger friend to send you the most cringe-inducing examples of this to scare you straight. Keep the story human and real and simple.Once you’ve told your story, have a question ready. That is how you engage in a conversation. The questions come at strategic points in your flow. When you have finished your 140-character, 30-second story, ask a question. Ask another question once you have finished your one-page, five-minute version.Here is the golden rule of questions:Questions must be open-ended.A closed question invites a “No.” You make it too easy for the person to walk away. Basically, the question should be something along the lines of:“Well, what do you think?”No, this won’t work every time. It won’t even work most of the time. You will have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince.Build TrustOnce you get noticed, you will have to build trust. In the end, a brand is simply a representation of trust. You trust Red Bull to keep you awake without damaging your system too much. (Okay, maybe not. Not everyone trusts every brand.)With a website, you are promising four things:This is not a scam.We will not abuse your privacy in any way at all. Period.We will not waste your time with buggy code, clumsy user interfaces or long-winded articles that promise more than they deliver.We will give you something either useful or entertaining (or better yet, both, which would be magic but is not imperative). bernard lunnlast_img read more

Lords Test: Won’t regret missing out on ton if we win Test, says Indian opener Murali Vijay

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first_imgMurali VijayIndian opener Murali Vijay has said that he will not feel dejected on missing out on a century at Lord’s if his team goes onto win the second Test against England on Monday.Chasing 319 for victory, the hosts slumped to 105 for four at stumps on day four. This was after Vijay’s patient knock of 95 runs had guided his team to 342 in their second innings.”It is disappointing to miss the hundred but I will take it any day if we can win the Test match tomorrow,” said a smiling Vijay after the day’s play.”The game is very well placed and (Ravindra) Jadeja is spinning the ball well. The fast bowlers can help too because it is doing a lot for spinners because of footmarks on the pitch. It will be a fifth day pitch and it will have wear and tear,” he added.While Jadeja will have a prominent role to play as a bowler on the final day of the Test, he had a major say as a batsman in how things shaped up on the fourth day here.Jadeja struck his maiden Test fifty, scoring 66 runs overall and his 99-run partnership for the eight wicket with Bhuvneshwar Kumar came in a whirlwind manner to knock the wind out of England.”Jadeja really played well and that helped us gain momentum. Obviously Bhuvneshwar is hitting the ball really well in this series and that has put us in a good position,” said Vijay.When asked if the James Anderson incident in the first Test at Nottingham had inspired him, the batsman replied, “When Jadeja came into bat, I could feel the energy that he will do something special. His intent was very special. I was playing the anchor role but I got out and he capitalised on his intent. He is a fighter and he was showing it with his celebration on reaching the fifty as well.” .advertisementBut the ground work for this impactful innings was laid only by Vijay’s patient and calm knock. He faced 247 balls and struck 11 fours, building a 79-run partnership with skipper MS Dhoni and helped India get into a position of advantage.”They were bowling in an off-stump channel and the wicket was doing a bit, I just thought I will tire them out. If I get a good ball there isn’t much I can do about it. So I just focussed hard and batted.”The first hour of play here is very crucial, especially in this match it has been tough because the ball is moving around. I thought there are more attacking batsmen after me so I will just bat till the second new ball comes,” said Vijay.”I have waited for my chance and worked hard. I believed that I will get my turn and when I have got it, I have just grabbed it. In international cricket, you have to play your natural game because the game is unpredictable,” he added, reflecting on his recent success.The final question then remains is if India can go on to win their first overseas Test since 2011.”We are all pumped up to do something special, we are here to prove a point and win a game,” was Vijay’s reply.last_img read more

Finals slot in sight

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first_imgThe physicality of the match hit Phoenix hard, as the Fuel Masters lost two players—Alex Mallari and Jaypee Mendoza—to ejections.Calvin Abueva finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Fuel Masters, but he was the only player in double figures for his squad, which gave up 100 points for the first time this conference.A lot of that had to do with the Beermen finding their range, with five players finishing in double figures—and that doesn’t even include June Mar Fajardo, the reigning five-time MVP who played limited minutes and finished with just nine points.The Beermen also kept Marcio Lassiter’s minutes at the minimum after the gunner missed Game 3 due to a sore back.San Miguel’s defense also bared its teeth, with the Beermen holding the Fuel Masters to just 35 percent shooting from the field. With Matt Ganuelas-Rosser in the lead, the Beermen also held Phoenix gunner Matthew Wright to just six points on 3-of-14 shooting. And the Beermen, on the heels of a 114-91 semifinal rout of the Phoenix Fuel Masters in Game 4 late Tuesday night, are now on the verge of a Finals berth in the PBA Philippine Cup.“Finally, we had a good start. And that’s what we really needed to dictate the game,” coach Leo Austria said after a late burst in the first quarter gave the Beermen the early lead at Cuneta Astrodome.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut the Beermen really put the game away in the third, when offseason acquisition Terrence Romeo waxed hot and helped his team cruise—leading by as many as 30—on the way to a 3-1 series lead.Romeo, who finished with 20 to lead the Beermen, drilled five of his six looks from deep in the third to deflate Phoenix in a game which turned physical several times. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Already flashing a defense that was both unflinching and unforgiving, San Miguel Beer got a huge boost in the third quarter when its offense began humming.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Battle for survival Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Romeo dropped 17 of his total in the third period alone.“I think that was the turning point. He was, at the right time, at the right place,” Austria said of his ward. “He was the main man tonight.”The Beermen can finish off the Fuel Masters on Thursday in Game 5, an opportunity that Austria targeted going into Tuesday’s match.“Game 4 was very important. We didn’t want to go into a 50-50 situation. I think we’ve learned a lot from our quarterfinals experience,” Austria said.“Whatever they threw at us, we were ready,” Austria said. “Everyone wanted to win so badly.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more