Striker set to join Stoke for £12m – just days after joining another club

first_imgGetty Benik Afobe is set to join Stoke… just days after completing a permanent move to Wolves 1center_img Stoke City are reportedly closing in on a surprise move for Benik Afobe, despite his move to Wolves only being made permanent less than a week ago.It is understood the Potters are likely to land the striker for around £12million, to boost their immediate promotion hopes.Afobe only completed a move from Bournemouth to Premier League new boys Wolves on Friday.The 25-year-old, who initially left Molineux for the Cherries for £10million in 2016 having scored 22 goals in 46 league games, returned on loan in January and the club triggered an option to buy him back for the same fee they sold him for.Afobe scored six goals in 17 loan appearances as Wolves the club won the Championship title.Stoke were relegated from the Premier League last season and have since appointed Gary Rowett as their new boss.And the manager is reportedly closing in on making Afobe his first summer signing.The Potters chief has also had a bid for West Brom winger James McClean rejected as he looks to rebuild his team for promotion back to the top tier.last_img read more

Football Returns Home Saturday against Jacksonville

first_img Live Stats Binda Jr. and Terrence Smith combined for five touchdowns and rushed for 86 and 82 yards, respectively. As a team, San Diego rushed for 195 yards on 36 carries. Sinnett finished 23-of-28 with 281 yards and one touchdown. Dalton Kincaid had 117 receiving yards on five receptions with one touchdown catch.  Print Friendly Version However, on San Diego’s next drive the Bulldogs’ defense came up with a huge Toreros’ turnover deep in their own territory. Senior tackle Victor Jergens (Webster City, Iowa) sacked quarterback Reid Sinnett who fumbled as senior and fellow tackle Gavin Dineen (Algonquin, Ill.) pounced on the football. Four plays later on fourth down, Corwin pushed it in the end zone from one yard out. Story Links Live Video Jacksonville is in search of its first PFL win after it nearly rallied against Stetson. The Dolphins had a potential game-tying 53-yard field goal try with one-minute left fall short as the Hatters held on for a 27-24 win. Drake has won four consecutive games over Jacksonville, which trails 15-3 all-time in the series with its last win coming in 2014. Following Saturday, Drake plays its final regular season home game Nov. 16 when Dayton visits Drake Stadium. Kickoff with the Flyers is scheduled for 1 p.m. A senior day ceremony will be held prior to the game between the longtime PFL rivals. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team returns to Drake Stadium Saturday, Nov. 9 against Jacksonville. Kickoff between the Pioneer Football League teams is scheduled for 1 p.m. with Chuck Reed on the radio broadcast on 1350 ESPN Des Moines. Fans can also watch on Mediacom/MC22 and at www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com. Saturday is Military Appreciation Day as military personnel receive up to four complimentary tickets by showing their military ID at the ticket office. PreviewWhen Jacksonville (2-7, 0-5 PFL) and Drake (4-4, 4-1 PFL) kickoff Saturday, the Bulldogs will look to move forward from a tough 49-7 loss at league leader San Diego. Drake, which sits alone in second place and holds a one game lead over four teams tied for third, had its four-game winning streak stopped by the Toreros. Drake’s offense will need to improve after it scored the fewest points since the first and second games of the season. The Bulldogs’ defense will also look to improve after giving up the most points all season. Fifth year Drew Lauer (St. Peters, Mo.) rushed for 42 yards on 14 carries for Drake. Corwin had three carries for 18 yards and in the air completed 14-of-32 for 159 yards with three interceptions. Senior Shane Feller (Charles City, Iowa) had five receptions for 88 yards while fifth year Devin Cates (Yuba City, Calif.) also had five catches and netted 67 yards. The Bulldogs’ defense opened the game with a huge fourth down stop deep in their own territory after the Toreros failed to convert a fourth and four from Drake’s 36-yard line. However, Ian Corwin’s (Tulsa, Okla.) pass was picked off on the team’s first offensive play. San Diego capitalized by moving the football down the field 56 yards on seven plays as the drive was capped by a one-yard Jojo Binda Jr. touchdown. Drake’s offense just couldn’t sustain any progress the rest of the first half as the team never moved the football outside of its own territory, turned the ball over once more and had three punts. San Diego broke open the game by scoring touchdowns on its next six drives helping it lead 35-0 at halftime. RewindIn a battle of first-place PFL teams, the San Diego Toreros defeated Drake, 49-7, Saturday, Nov. 2 at Torero Stadium. Drake had its four-game winning streak stopped as San Diego won its 34th-straight league contest. Drake Game Notes Jacksonville Game Notes Drake went three plays and out of the halftime break as San Diego scored another touchdown after the three-and-out. Following the score, the Bulldogs’ offense moved the football to the Toreros’ 23-yard line but turned it over on downs when Corwin’s fourth down pass to senior Alex Bray (Muskego, Wis.) was incomplete. San Diego scored its final touchdown on the next drive courtesy of another touchdown run by Binda Jr.last_img read more

This Bug Is Whiter than White, Brighter than Bright

first_imgDetergent manufacturers should get a load of this beetle.  Cyphochilus, a resident of southeast Asia, is clothed in one of the brightest white surfaces (per unit thickness) known.  British scientists reporting in Science1  were intrigued how the bug accomplishes this shining performance.  Most bright-white surfaces, such as paint and paper, need a hundred times the thickness to achieve such brilliance.    Some insects and birds are able to intensify particular colors using photonic crystals, which are regularly-spaced pits or shapes on scales or wings (see 01/29/2003, 10/13/2003).  The microscopic geometric patterns serve to add up particular wavelengths and cancel others.  White light, though, requires a high degree of scattering across the spectrum.  The scientists found that the 5-micron thick scales of Cyphochilus contain “a random network of interconnecting cuticular filaments with diameters of about 250 nm.”    Imitating this trick may lead to several applications.  Brighter paints and paper could be in our beetle-inspired future, and maybe even whiter teeth.  See also the articles on Live Science, BBC News and University of Exeter.1Pete Vukusic, Benny Hallam, and Joe Noyes, “Brilliant Whiteness in Ultrathin Beetle Scales,” Science, 19 January 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5810, p. 348, DOI: 10.1126/science.1134666.Good science can discover, understand, and imitate the natural world without any need for evolutionary storytelling.  That’s another reason why biomimetics can provide a nonsectarian, nonphilosophical escape hatch for disillusioned Darwinists.  The authors did not need to mention evolution.  Intelligent design was not mentioned either, but was implicit.(Visited 71 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

China-Australia travel boom: bonanza for AirAsia X

first_imgFrom its Malaysian hub, AirAsia X – the long-haul version of the short-haul carrier of the same name – has quietly developed a big so-called “transfer market” in the past three years to carry travel-hungry Chinese to Australia and New Zealand via Kuala Lumpur.Hub-and-spoke national carriers like Singapore Airlines and Malaysian Airlines have been doing that for decades and now AirAsia X, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017, is starting to cash in on the unmet demand for travel from China to the south-west Pacific.That’s one of the major reasons AAX is asking for more capacity entitlements in the next Air Services Agreement between the Australian and Malaysian governments, which determines the number of weekly seats carriers from both countries may operate.Australia has been a gold mine for airlines from the USA to the Middle East cashing in on unmet demand for outbound travel from Down Under to the rest of the world.That’s working in reverse for AAX, which is tapping into the foreign travel boom emanating from China.In the past five years, AAX’s total number of seats to and from Australia has grown from around 30 per cent to 45 per cent of its total operations.At the same time, servicing the China boom now accounts for around 25 per cent of its seats in and out of Kuala Lumpur.Together those two markets are nearly three quarters of AirAsia X’s flying, presenting new travel possibilities for customers at both ends of the network.Importantly for Australia, China is about to overtake New Zealand as the country’s biggest source of foreign visitors. Already more than a million Chinese are heading to Australia each year.After cutting back on Australian services about two years ago, AAX is now pressing the Australian government for new capacity entitlements so it can increase services to its Australian destinations Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast.It also wants to use the Gold Coast, currently served 11 times week from Kuala Lumpur, to expand its services to New Zealand, following the introduction of Kuala Lumpur-Gold Coast-Auckland services in March this year.And it is looking to take advantage of an incentive scheme the Australian government introduced about 20 years ago, under which capacity restrictions are removed for any foreign airline flying to regional destinations outside of the four major cities, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.The airline’s chief commercial (marketing) officer, Arik De, told a recent aviation industry conference AAX was actively considering Canberra, Townsville and Cairns as new destinations and may return to Adelaide, which it abandoned in 2014.Singapore Airlines recently became the first foreign carrier to launch flights to the Australian and New Zealand national capitals, with four services a week from Singapore to Canberra and Wellington, beginning on September 20. Canberra has revamped its terminal facilities to encourage more foreign carriers to begin services.As well, AAX is keen to begin flights to the Queensland capital, Brisbane, which it has so far shunned in favour of the Gold Coast, 80 kilometres to the south-east.And the airline is examining the viability of a non-stop service between Kuala Lumpur and Auckland, after axing its first New Zealand destination, Christchurch, in 2012.”Just recently we did announce Melbourne back to double daily flights, Sydney back to double daily, Perth back to double daily, AirAsia X chief executive Ben Ismail told AirlineRatings.com.”And the biggest thing was the Gold Coast moving from daily to 11 times a week. “We may look at some routes where we will go to three a day. We’re not sure yet. That’s something that we’re analysing.”One of the problems outlined by Arik Do is that AAX can’t increase Melbourne, Sydney and Perth to triple-daily flights from Kuala Lumpur without exceeding the current government capacity limit.Ismail says Chinese demand for Australian holidays is one of the key considerations behind the need for more flights. “China is our second-biggest market in capacity and revenue to Australia and if we can connect those two it would be great,” he says. “And that’s what we’re doing. We fly to 18 Chinese destinations and that’s something we want to build on to connect. “We’ve seen a lot of (Chinese ) connections coming through. Predominantly, a lot of that traffic is going to Sydney, Gold Coast and Perth and there’s a lot of connections to Melbourne from the Chinese.” Even though flying via an intermediate stop increases the fare, Chinese heading Down Under are lapping up the cheaper prices a low-cost carrier can offer compared with full-service carriers. “I think the good thing is the price,” Ismail says. “There’s a lot of price sensitivity of what we offer in the market. It gives (Chinese heading for Australia) a lot of encouragement to go on us even with the one stop in Kuala Lumpur.”last_img read more

Will lenders shape 2016 acres?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As farm budgets get tighter, bankers are growing more anxious. Some farmers are taking some unique steps to help secure credit, even bringing in back-up expertise to help them plead their case for securing operating loans.Steve Gauck, a field agronomist for Beck’s Hybrids in southeastern Indiana has gone with farmers to meet eight to 10 lenders since harvest.“Some of my customers have invited me in to the meetings to show the banker what it takes to grow corn and why it is important,” Gauck said. “I just try to explain things and help the banker understand why corn may cost more to put out but also why it can be a better return on the investment. I show them the benefits of the right seed and proper fertility and talk about how some guys are putting their nutrients down for both corn and soybean before corn. That can look like a lot of money up front, but when you break things down for them it can make it easier to understand and they can see the potential. Some of the conversations have been interesting.”Gauck has encountered varying knowledge levels about agriculture from the lenders he has worked with on behalf of his seed customers, but has found them to be receptive to learning more about the challenging situation facing corn and soybean growers.“There are some excellent bankers who really understand agriculture,” he said. “I think there is a lot of pressure from higher up than the loan officer for them to be able to justify these expenses. Some of them are surprised when they see how high the costs of soybeans can actually end up being and how we can work to push corn yields higher for a higher return.”Though farmers bringing their seed guy to meet with their banker has not necessarily been the norm in previous years, Gauck sees value in developing more of these kinds of relationships in the future.“In the past there hasn’t been a lot of that kind of thing but I think more of a team approach to this is going to be important as times start getting tough,” he said. “I would encourage more growers to get together with their seed and fertilizer guys on some of these kinds of things.”Even with teamwork, though, the high risks and big dollars required to plant a crop in 2016 are raising concerns with lenders that could ultimately shape the realities of the 2016 growing season. There are differing opinions of how things will develop as spring planting season approaches.“I have heard about a couple of young kids who were farming pretty hot with most of their 2,500 acres rented and Farm Credit pulled their operating loan for this year,” said Ron Strasburg, owner of Strasburg Financial Group in Wapakoneta. “Cash flow is going to drive credit concerns from lenders. I fully expect a heavy shift from corn to soybeans this year because soybeans are cheaper to put out. I am already hearing that guys are shifting to soybeans — maybe a 60-40 shift or 70-30 shift to beans or more. The banks may only give you so much and that will be a factor in going to beans so they can reduce that cash output.”Cash supplies are going to make a big difference in the coming months.“Some of my clients went through Chapter 11 bankruptcies back in the 80s and they managed to keep everything. They are doing well now after making pretty good margins, saving up cash and reducing debt,” Strasburg said. “There is a group out there though, whose dads went through the 80s, with a couple of million dollars in new equipment and a couple million in debt to go with it and they are getting uncomfortable.”This year may be tough for some, but Strasburg sees 2017 as a very crucial year for many corn and soybean farms.“I think 2016 will still be OK. There will be minor incidents here and there where people are not going to get their operating loan and banks will be looking for second mortgages. But I don’t see grain prices going anywhere but south from here and I think 2017 is going to be the tough one,” he said. “When corn gets below $3 things will change quickly. Inputs are still high and it takes a year or two for the seed and chemical guys to pull back on their prices. That will help, but there is always a year or two lag after grain prices go down while the inputs are still full price. The guys who have saved surplus cash will be in good shape in 2016, but by 2017 that surplus cash will be gone and things will get tougher. It will be interesting to see what happens. Today farms run on massive amounts of credit to put crops out and I think we are going to start seeing some high levels of discomfort by 2017.”While tight credit allocations may favor soybeans, actual farm economics still favor corn, according to Ron Barga II, CFO for Premier Crop Insurance and ag loan consultant for Greenville National Bank, who works with farmers around the state.“I don’t think credit will affect corn acreage. It depends on who their banker is. I look at the gross numbers on soybeans and do the math. With 54-bushel beans, the best price you’re going to get may be $8.90 or $9. That is only $480 of gross revenue. Most costs on beans are hovering around $500 to $525 an acre. If you can do 175-bushel corn at $4, you are now grossing $700 and I know plenty of guys with a cost of production of $500 on beans with their corn costs down around $700, so at least they are breaking even with corn,” Barga said. “With corn, there are more gross dollars to cover their fixed costs. Corn cost numbers are higher and that can cause bankers issues, but the lower cost of beans won’t let them gross enough to cover their fixed costs.“There are plenty of bankers out there too worried to do those loans, but I would be shocked if we see a big shift away from corn. All of the farmers I am working with are sticking with their normal rotations of recent years — some guys I know have already been heavier on beans because of cash flow reasons. My opinion is that credit may play a part in 2016 acreage, but not as big of a part as some people may think.”last_img read more

Soybeans, China, and the rest of the world: Changing of the guard?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Strong import demand is largely credited with soybean’s relatively high current price, especially in the face of a U.S. soybean yield that currently is a record by 3.4 bushels per acre. China remains the largest source of growth in world soybean imports measured in bushels, but its projected growth rate for the 2016 crop year is smaller than the growth rate for the rest of the world. If this projection holds, it will be the first time China has not had a higher growth rate since it became a continuous soybean importer in the mid-1990s.This study begins with the 1995 crop year and ends with the current projections for the 2016 crop year. Since 1995, China has been a net importer of soybeans. PerspectiveOver the past 20 years, China’s annual imports of soybeans exploded from essentially zero to 3.2 billion bushels currently projected for the 2016 crop year. Its share of world soybean imports grew from 2% to 63%. In contrast, soybean imports by the rest of the world flat lined at 1.3 billion bushels between the 1997 and 2012 crop years. Since 2012, growth has reemerged, with new records set in each crop year starting with 2014. Soybean imports by the rest of the world are currently projected to be 39% higher during the 2016 versus 2012 crop year. Growth pathChina’s percent growth rate in soybean imports has consistently trended lower. Annual average change over five years is used to smooth individual year fluctuations. China’s downward trend in part reflects math. Because economic constraints exist, it is easier for measures of economic activity to have a higher percent change when the measure has a lower than a higher value. More interesting is that the 2016 crop year could be a pivot point. If current projections are realized, the percent growth rate in soybean imports will be smaller for China than the rest of the world for the first time since China emerged as a consistent importer of soybeans. For the world as a whole, the growth in soybeans import is now faster than at any time since the early 2000s.Notwithstanding the Importance of the preceding point, it is equally important to note that, because of its dominant size in the world soybean import market, China remains the dominant actor in terms of the growth in physical quantity of soybean imports. For example, since 2012, China’s imports of soybeans measured in million bushels have increased twice as much as imports by the rest of the world.In terms of countries besides China with the highest growth in soybean imports measured in million bushels since 2012, it is a diverse, worldwide collection of countries. About the only common denominator is that they are not among the countries with the highest per capita income.Summary observations are:China’s growth rate for soybean imports is slowing.The 2016 crop year could be a pivot year. If current projections hold, percent growth in soybean imports will be lower for China than the rest of world for the first time since China emerged as a consistent importer of soybeans in 1995.Although China remains dominant in terms of annual growth in physical quantity of soybean imports, the preceding point clearly implies that it is no longer sufficient to simply follow China to understand demand growth for soybeans. A worldwide perspective is needed.Growth in soybean imports by the rest of world since 2012 underscores the important role of price in demand growth, in this case the decline in prices since 2012.Moreover, the double digit growth in China’s demand for soybean imports until recent years was likely a factor in the non-growth in soybean imports by the rest of the world between 1997 and 2012 as China’s growth crowded out growth by other countries.Reemergence of growth in soybean imports by the world outside of China is a positive price factor going forward. However, price is a function of the growth in both supply and demand. Thus, as for the last half century, a key question for world grain and oilseed markets is whether demand for soybeans grows faster than the yield of soybeans? If the answer is yes, the price of soybeans must be high enough relative to other crops to pull more acres into soybean production.last_img read more

Quiz für Geocache-Verstecker

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAn alle derzeitigen und künftigen Geocache-Owner: Das hier ist für EuchDecember 1, 2014In “Deutsch”You’ve hidden your first geocache, now what?April 13, 2015In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Present and Future Geocache Hiders, This Quiz is For YouDecember 1, 2014In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”last_img

Seesmic Web Gets Lists and Geolocation

first_imgSeesmic just announced the launch of Twitter lists in its browser-based Seesmic Web Twitter client. Earlier this week, Seesmic released the first desktop Twitter client with support for lists. Despite Seesmic’s best efforts, Brizzly managed to become the first company to release a web client with support for lists earlier today. Seesmic Web offers another first for web-based Twitter clients, however: support for Twitter’s geolocation API.Lists With Auto-Updates In Seesmic’s web interface, users can now simply hover their cursor over profile pictures and a menu will appear. This menu, among other things, allows Seesmic’s users to add others to lists. One nice aspect of the web interface is that it auto-updates lists when new tweets come in. The desktop app – at least in the current version – doesn’t do this and forces users to manually refresh lists to see updates.GeolocationIn addition to supporting lists, the new version of the web client also supports Twitter’s geolocation API. Seesmic users can’t share their locations, but whenever a Twitter user broadcasts location data, a little pin will appear underneath the profile picture, and hovering over this pin will bring up a map. Only a few users actually have the ability to broadcast their locations at this point. Twitter is only giving platform developers access to this feature for now, but it should soon become a standard feature in mobile clients like Tweetie 2 and Twitterrific. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#news#twitter#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img frederic lardinois Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, April 9 2011

first_imgWe’re always on the lookout for upcoming Web tech events from around world. Know of something taking place that should appear here? Want to get your event included in the calendar? Let us know in the comments below or email us. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#events#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market ReadWrite Sponsorslast_img read more

Element Critical to go after data center acquisitions

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts Data center provider CentralColo has announced a comprehensive rebranding, starting with a name change. It is now called Element Critical and will be pursuing an “aggressive acquisition strategy” to combat the limited customer data center choices.Element Critical currently has two data center facilities in Northern Virginia and Silicon Valley. It is looking to expand at a rate of two to three properties each year, with a possible interest in international acquisitions.See also: How data center consolidation will change how we store data“We live in a world where one size doesn’t fit all and the combination of data center elements change more frequently than ever before,” states Ken Parent, CEO of Element Critical. “We’re designing solutions ranging from a customer moving a lab into a data center for the first time to hyperscale Artificial Intelligence companies requiring liquid cooling for their 30-45 kW racks. We’ve assembled an impressive roster of industry veterans who possess the vision necessary to execute upon a simple proposition – translate data center requirements into custom solutions for less than the big box providers.”A new world for data centersIt’s been a wild few years for data centers. It’s a bit of a wild west feel as IoT needs, as well as heavier content loads driven by new technologies like AR/VR, are driving a land-grab around capacity. At the same time as large cloud providers like Amazon, Microsoft and Google are building out their offering, “on-prem” data centers run by companies themselves are consolidating and modernizing, due to mergers and tech upgrades.As well, pressures to move compute capacity to the edge to accommodate growing networks of linked devices, from wearables to autonomous cars, will continue as will the needs of data-acquiring firms to manage and process that data as efficiently and cleanly as possible.Parent says within these forces at work, there are opportunities to acquire data centers with some existing client base but whose footprint needs optimization across to unlock value.center_img Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… David Curry Tags:#AI#CentalColo#data center#edge computing#Element Critical#MWCA17#Silicon Valley last_img read more