Salah spared national service


first_img Press Association Chelsea’s Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah has been spared national service, the Barclays Premier League club have confirmed. It was feared that Salah would be forced to return home to fulfil the military obligation that lasts between one and three years, but he has been given permission to continue his promising career at Stamford Bridge. The 22-year-old became eligible for military service, which is postponed for students, after cancelling his enrolment in one of Egypt’s education institutes. center_img Salah has made a positive impact since completing an £11million transfer from Basle in January, scoring two goals in 10 Premier League appearances. The move came after he impressed when the Swiss club faced Chelsea in the group stage of the Champions League last season. He was on target in both games. A fine international record reads 17 goals in 29 appearances and the news that he will not be required for military service enables him to participate in Chelsea’s pre-season training camp in Austria. Meanwhile, the Blues have declined to comment on reports that Didier Drogba will return to Stamford Bridge for the 2014-15 season on a one-year deal. last_img read more

U.S. Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Father and Son off Florida


first_imgThe U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for two missing boaters last night off the Treasure Coast.The father and son have been missing since February 18th when they were supposed to make a stop in Vero Beach.81 year-old Gerald Cook and his 55-year-old son, Pete along with four dogs, departed Panama City on Feb.13 on a 52-foot vessel named ‘Rome’ en route to Fort Myers. The Coast Guard air and surface units conducted over 56 searches covering more than 100 thousand square nautical miles since the search began….but no luck father and son are still missing.last_img

Teams head to English Men’s County Finals


first_img Northumberland are already in the golfing headlines thanks to the win of the City of Newcastle Golf Club in the English Champion Club tournament. County champion Phil Ridden helped in that triumph and will be back in action this weekend.  The championship starts on Friday when Hampshire play Somerset in match one; and Staffordshire play Northumberland in match two. On Saturday the match one winners play the match two losers; and the match two winners play the match one losers. On Sunday the round robin will be completed.  Hampshire, which includes the Channel Islands and the Isle of Wight, will bring a line-up which features Matt Wilcox, the British mid-amateur champion and Martin Young, a past winner of the English mid-amateur title.  Staffordshire: Ryan Brooks, Jack Gaunt, Tom Hewitt, Lewis Pearce, Gian-Marco Petrozzi, Ollie Read and Jake Walley The teams include some of England’s finest players. Somerset’s team includes French open winner Josh Hilleard, boy international Tom Plumb and Dutch Junior Open winner Tom Sloman.  Somerset: Jamie Clare, Josh Hilleard, Thomas Plumb, Will Poole, Tom Sloman, Matt Turner and Philip White. County pride will be on the line this week when teams from Hampshire, Northumberland, Somerset and Staffordshire meet in the finals of a national championship.  The four teams will go head to head in the English Men’s County Championship from Friday September 29 to Sunday 1 October, battling it out over three days of match play at Trevose, on the Cornwall coast.  Among the Staffordshire representatives are Welsh open champion Gian-Marco Petrozzi and fellow international Jack Gaunt, together with Ollie Read, who tied for the English Boys’ County Champion of Champions, only to lose out in a play-off.  Teams Hampshire: Mark Burgess, Ryan Harmer, Billy McKenzie, Tom Robson, Colin Roope, Matt Wilcox and Martin Young.  Click here for the championship webpage  25 Sep 2017 Teams head to English Men’s County Finals Northumberland: Sean Heads, Matthew McClean, Andrew Minnikin, Craig Penny, Phil Ridden, Daniel Shevill and Sandy Twynholm. The action will unfold on the Championship Course, which is ranked as one of the top links in the British Isles, and it’s guaranteed that the wind will play its part in the outcome of this fiercely contested tournament.  Northumberland, Hampshire and Staffordshire have all won this title before, but not recently. Hampshire’s sole victory was in 1996, Staffordshire won six times between 1938 and 1975, and Northumberland had a purple patch of four wins in the early 1960s. Somerset are targeting their first win. Tags: competitions, County Finals, Menslast_img read more

Mount Sentinel sets lofty goals for B.C. High School A Girls Volleyball Championships


first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily SportsAre you ready for some volleyball?The Mount Sentinel Wildcats had better be ready to bring their A-game to the B.C. north or else.Because the head coach is not at all keen to watch from the sidelines when the Cats begin play at the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships beginning Thursday in Prince George.‘Happy to be at the provincials better not be our goal,” said Mount Sentinel coach Joe Moreira an emphatically.“I have made this very clear during our preparation,” Moreira added. “We are not going to PG, spend $4000 to watch other teams compete.“While we can acknowledge that we are young and had to work very hard to advance from our zone, we now need to re-set our goals and mean it. I don’t think we are ready to beat the top 4 teams, but after that we must be prepared to grovel for every point.”Mount Sentinel embarks on the marathon road trip Tuesday, traveling to Kamloops during day one of the trek.Wednesday the Cats complete the 15-plus-hour trip to Prince George in preparation of Thursday’s opening round games.The Cats, seeded 11th in the tournament, open up against tenth-ranked Houston Christian.Mount Sentinel then meets ninth ranked Cedar of Vancouver Island before concluding the power-pool draw against 12th Ebenezer of Smithers. Teams then enter the playoff round Friday before the medal round games Saturday.“We are not going to intimidate anyone with thundering kills, but our ball control often substitutes for power,” said Moreira when asked about the secret to the Cats success.“There is no mystery to what this team needs from every player to be successful; sustained ball control and tough serving.”Mount Sentinel enters the tourney with a young team of players.Still Moreira believes a quarterfinal date is not out of the question for the Cats.“Yes, it is realistic, but it will require more than just showing up in a Mount Sentinel uniform,” he said.Kootenay top seed Golden, the team lost to in the zone final, enters the tourney ranked second in the 16-team field.Elkford, the third team from the Kootenays, is ranked [email protected]last_img read more

QPR said to want Green as Kenny is again linked with Leeds


first_imgQPR will try to beat Tottenham to the signing of goalkeeper Robert Green if West Ham fail to win promotion, according to the Daily Mirror.West Brom and Spanish side Malaga have also been linked with the England international, whose contract expires this summer.It is claimed that R’s boss Mark Hughes is ready to offer him as much as £50,000 a week to move to Loftus Road.Rangers’ current number-one keeper Paddy Kenny is tipped to join former boss Neil Warnock at Leeds United.West Ham are expected to offer Green a new deal but it seems less likely he will re-sign for them if they lose to Blackpool in the Championship play-off final.This page is regularly updated.Click here for Friday’s QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Some cows may be predisposed to subacute ruminal acidosis


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Scientists are not sure why some cows develop the condition known as subacute ruminal acidosis, or SARA, but producers know it causes a number of minor symptoms that add up to major problems over time.“Subacute ruminal acidosis is what happens when the pH of the rumen — the large compartment of a cow’s stomach — gets too low. It’s not severe, but it’s lower than ideal. It’s difficult to detect. Because of that, we don’t have a great understanding of how it happens and what are the contributing factors,” said assistant professor of animal sciences Josh McCann.Left untreated, cows can develop inflammation, laminitis (a hoof issue related to lameness), or liver abscesses. Constantly fighting low-level ailments leaves cows with fewer resources to invest in milk or meat production, and McCann says that leads to higher culling rates in dairies.To get a handle on what is happening in the rumen during SARA, McCann and his collaborators tried to induce the condition in dairy cows by simulating the behavior of rapid feeders — the cows that are most often affected by SARA. They fed the SARA cows a restricted diet followed by full feed, measuring rumen pH and sampling the microbial community before and six days after initiating the feeding treatments. It turned out that their treatments did not always predict which cows developed SARA.“Differences between animals on day six were observable on day one,” McCann said. “Bacteria in the phylum Bacteroidetes and the genus Prevotella were overrepresented in some cows on day one; those were the ones that were going to get SARA, regardless of what we fed them. These bacteria may be a marker for SARA or are actually contributing to it happening in some animals.”The researchers observed that the epithelium, or lining of the rumen, also changed as a result of SARA. Within 24 hours of SARA induction, they saw genetic evidence that the epithelium was responding to the SARA challenge; the genes for proteins holding epithelial cells together were more active compared with the healthy animals.“The epithelium is a barrier, it’s the fence that keeps bacteria out. I think our data shows that the epithelium ‘sensed’ the challenging conditions and sent the defense signal to attempt to maintain barrier function. When it fails to do that in more prolonged cases of SARA, bacteria can enter the bloodstream to cause liver abscesses or other problems,” McCann said.Liver abscesses can be treated with antibiotics, but the condition is costly. McCann says the feedlot industry loses upwards of $400 million per year due to liver abscesses stemming from SARA.The average producer is not going to test for rumen pH, microbial community, or gene expression of epithelial proteins, but the research takes us a step closer to better detection and possible prevention of SARA. For example, McCann hopes that his research team will be able to develop a relatively inexpensive blood test for the condition. He also thinks a key to detection and prediction lies in understanding individual feeding behavior.“If we can identify animals that are at risk — maybe those that vary a lot in their feed intake — we can look at some nutritional measures of prevention. Maybe adjusting their diet, or a targeted feed additive like a probiotic,” McCann said.The article, “Induction of subacute ruminal acidosis affects the ruminal microbiome and epithelium,” is published in Frontiers in Microbiology. The work was a collaboration with other U of I animal sciences faculty, Phil Cardoso and Juan Loor, as well as Ehsan Khafipour at the University of Manitoba. The research was supported in part by the American Jersey Cattle Association Research Foundation.last_img read more

10 Things to Know About Starting a Production Company


first_imgStarting a production company isn’t easy. Here’s what you need to know to get started successfully.Let’s go ahead and repeat what we said up top, because it’s a hard truth: Starting a production company isn’t easy. It’s a lot of hard work. But if you dedicate yourself to it, then you can make it happen. I learned a thing or two after starting a production company of my own in 2013. So let me share some advice I was given when starting out. Hopefully these ten points will help you as much as they helped me.1. Have an Idea of What You Want to DoThis can be the hardest step in the entire process – but it doesn’t have to be. You should know going into all of this what you want to do, whether that be films, commercial, industrial, etc. If you don’t? Now is the time to figure it out. It’s also beneficial to write out your short term and long term goals. Identify your strengths and see how you can build your company around them. Just be sure to have all of this in place before you begin the process of developing your company. 2. Research What Others Have Done Well and Not so WellNow that you know what you want to do, you’ll need to do a lot of research. This is key. If you are doing commercial or industrial work, then you need to research your local area and gauge who else is doing this same type of work. Use a site like ProductionHUB to help aid in your research. Pay attention to the services and fees that other companies provide and charge. If you can find this information, then you can find ways to compete in the market.If you’re going into film, then you need to really research areas of the industry that fit your talents. You may be an incredibly skilled artist and could offer pre-visualization services. Maybe you’re great at promotions and could offer film marketing. Look at other successful production companies in your field and read how they got started. Use this information as a road map.3. Be Creative With Your NameCreating the name for your production company is key — this will eventually become your brand. So make it good and make it something relevance to you. For instance, Steven Spielberg’s production company is Amblin Entertainment, whose name came from Steven’s very first completed film Amblin. Or you could go another route and use part of your name like Ridley Scott did for his production company Scott Free. Just be creative and make sure your company stands out.Here’s a great article from Ian Mohr of GQ that gives you insight on How to Name Your Hollywood Production Company. There’s some great humor here — and a lot of truth.4. Research and Make Sure Everything is LegalOnce you have your name hammered out, you need to begin looking ahead. One thing you need to be aware of is that you’re eventually going to want to trademark the name. Now this doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it is. For example, years ago I applied for a trademark for my production company. However, another company had a name close to what I had created. They were also using the same classification code I was applying for. Because of this, I was not awarded the trademark and had to start all over.Be very creative with your name and then check that name against the USPTO trademark database. Scour the internet for already established companies. You’ll eventually want to contact an attorney who works with trademark law. They can do a comprehensive search and help you file for your trademark. Just be aware that a trademark filing will run you $2000 or more when all is said and done.5. Decide What Type of Company You’ll BeWe know what you want to do with your company. We know the name. But now what type of company are you going to be? Confused? It’s okay, I was too when the question was posed to me. You want to decide early on if you need to be a DBA, LLC, C-Corp, S-Corp, etc.This decision is going to affect the cost of filing to do business. It will also affect your tax filings as well. Check out this information from the Small Business Administration.Sole Proprietorship: “A sole proprietorship is the simplest and most common structure chosen to start a business. It is an unincorporated business owned and run by one individual with no distinction between the business and you, the owner.”LLC (Limited Liability Company): “A limited liability company is a hybrid type of legal structure that provides the limited liability features of a corporation and the tax efficiencies and operational flexibility of a partnership. The “owners” of an LLC are referred to as “members.” Depending on the state, the members can consist of a single individual (one owner), two or more individuals, corporations or other LLCs.”Cooperative: “A cooperative is a business or organization owned by and operated for the benefit of those using its services. Profits and earnings generated by the cooperative are distributed among the members, also known as user-owners.”C Corp (Corporation): “A corporation (sometimes referred to as a C corporation) is an independent legal entity owned by shareholders. This means that the corporation itself, not the shareholders that own it, is held legally liable for the actions and debts the business incurs.”S Corp (Corporation): “An S corporation (sometimes referred to as an S Corp) is a special type of corporation created through an IRS tax election. An eligible domestic corporation can avoid double taxation (once to the corporation and again to the shareholders) by electing to be treated as an S corporation.”Partnership: “A partnership is a single business where two or more people share ownership. Each partner contributes to all aspects of the business, including money, property, labor or skill. In return, each partner shares in the profits and losses of the business.”6. Find a Certified Public AccountantNow that you have your name and your structure, you’ll need to find someone to help you navigate the world of accounting for your business. This is not something you want to do yourself. Hire a Certified Public Accountant. A good CPA will not only help you figure out what will be required of you when tax season comes around, but they can help you set a realistic strategy for your business as well.With all of this said, don’t just pick the first CPA that you find. Go in and sit with them and talk with them. Find out if they are the right fit for you. Research them online and look for reviews from others who have used their services. You’re going to be working very closely with your CPA, so find the one that is right for you and your company.Try using the CPA Directory to get started, or just Google CPAs in your area.7. Create Your Business PlanEvery business needs a plan. A production company is no different. This is the time when you want to take the short and long term goals you set for yourself and turn them into a business plan. Get really detailed and try to map out your path for the next three to five years. Give the description of your production company, what area of the industry it will focus on, and who will be running it.Also, include all of the research and market analysis you did in the beginning that helped you determine what type of production company you’ll be. A business plan is a must have for any business and it’s a great way to gauge your progress and keep that progress on track.8. Consult an AttorneyOnce you get rolling and want to take it to the next level, you’re going to need representation. While this shouldn’t be one of the last things you do, it usually is the costliest, so it tends to get put off for as long as possible. Don’t wait too long to consult with and find an attorney to represent you — at some point you are going to need them. Better to have them in place early than too late.Just like the CPA and Trademark Lawyer, take your time meeting and researching attorneys. You want someone who is going to work hard for you. One way to find a good corporate or company attorney is to talk to people you know in the industry. Gauge their recommendations and then go from there.Check out this really good article from Entrepreneur.com on How to Hire an Attorney.9. Secure Start-up CapitalNext to creating the name of your company, the hardest thing to do is to secure start-up capital for your company. If you’re working in commercial and industrial, you’ll need a certain level of equipment — which means you’ll need money. I’ve never been a fan of taking out loans, but I’ve seen some people do this and capitalize on it to start a really successful business.For film production companies, there are all sorts of venture capitalists out there looking for ways to expand their portfolio. One of the good things about being in film is that pre-production is usually going to be the cheapest part of the process. With that said, you might be able to float this part of the project and get something together that can impress potential investors. Just be sure to have a well-developed presentation before you go into these meetings. If you can show that you have the skill and development to pull this off, then you should be able to secure some sort of funding for your film.10. Get Out There and Spread Your NameThe biggest part about our business and this industry is networking. You really can’t ever talk too much about your project and your production company. But in order to maximize your visibility, make sure you have a presence online. Start with a website for your company, then start looking at social media like Facebook and Twitter. Then jump to the next level of social media that exists specifically for film professionals like Creative District and Stage 32.Want to read more about the business side of the industry? Then check out these articles from PremiumBeat:How to Pick the Right Structure for a Video Production CompanyThe Best Camera Options for Production Company Startups5 Trends That Filmmakers and Video Pros Should Be FollowingAre you about to start your own production company? Was this information helpful at all? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Residents demand scrapping of tender for HCMTR project


first_imgA number of city-based NGOs under the umbrella of Nagrik Kriti Samiti (NKS) have demanded that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) scrap the tender floated earlier this year for the controversial 36-km High Capacity Mass Transit Route (HCMTR) project.The NKS has alleged that the bids for the project were grossly inflated and that the lowest bid received by the PMC on this project was 44% higher than the estimated project cost.“There is a significant discrepancy in the estimated project cost and the bid quotation, which raises questions on the financial feasibility of the project and merits a re-evaluation of the costing by third party. The lowest bid for the HCMTR tender was ₹7,535 crore, 44 % higher than the estimated project cost of ₹5,192 crore,” the NKS said a recent statement.Members of the NKS have further contended that the tender, floated in February, could not be considered valid as 40% of the project alignment was through private land and that the land acquisition process had yet not started.The project, as proposed in the city’s 1987 Development Plan (DP), was a rail and bus public transport solution to bypass the city as it was more than 30 years ago. However, the city has dramatically changed since.A number of noted activists have pointed out that the initial objective of the project, meant to improve access-controlled public transport, has ended up facilitating private vehicles.“Large sections of areas in the HCMTR plan, which was based on the 1987 DP, will now have to be elevated as the city’s topography has changed. It is anybody’s guess from where will the PMC get such fantastic sums for this project at a time when they cannot fund basic hygiene and sanitation projects. The authorities have not taken the new alignment into consideration at all,” Major Gen. (retd.) S.N. Jatar of the Nagrik Chetana Manch told The Hindu.Major Gen. Jatar said the PMC must not be permitted to acquire land on a piecemeal basis until a detailed project report (DPR) is prepared to study the project’s viability.Vivek Velankar of the Sajag Nagrik Manch said, “When the DPR is yet to be completed, how did the HCMTR project come up for tendering? The new DPR would certainly bring out the manifold flaws in this project. Further, on what grounds has the PMC arrived at the ₹5,000 crore project estimation cost without any fresh preliminary study in more than 35 years? The face of the city has changed completely since 1987.” Road activist Sujit Patwardhan, founder of the NGO Parisar, said the basic objective of the HCMTR project — as proposed in the draft DP of 1982 and sanctioned in the final DP in 1987 — was to substantially enhance the level of public transport in the city and give public transport a dedicated route to connect with the congested parts of the city and its newly developing localities. While saying the concept was sound, Mr. Patwardhan has demanded a “complete re-look” by the municipal and State administrations on how they proposed to execute big projects like these.“In contrast to the project in the original development plan, the HCMTR as being currently envisioned has only two lanes for Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) with the remaining six being left for private vehicles. This will only encourage more cars instead of improving Pune’s public transport system, which is in a shambles,” Mr. Patwardhan said.In July, Pune residents started an online campaign clamouring for the project to be scrapped. The petition contended that the project was a misguided attempt by the PMC at development that would destroy the city’s green spots.last_img read more