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Liberty defender scored against Kotoko for fear of losing tilapia bet!

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first_imgWhen Alfred Nelson lashed in the final goal that buried Kotoko on Sunday, fans were bemused by his…fishy reaction.Those who watched the game at the Carl Reindorf Park felt the player was simply thrilled about scoring against the mighty Porcupine Warriors. It wasn’t the sole reason.“My senior brother had called me before the game,” the defender told Joy Sports after the game. “He told me that if I scored, he was going to surprise me. But then if I don’t score, then I had to send him to our favorite tilapia joint!”And there was another pearl.”[If I didn’t score, then] I had to make the tilapia order and do everything,” Nelson said The player is Liberty Professionals’ Alfred Nelson (above, left) and according to him, a mutual love of tilapia with his brother leads to these spicy bets now and again.”I knew I was going to score because it was a challenge and anytime I do that with him, I always score. So when I was playing, I knew I was owing at the back of my mind and I needed to pay!”It’s been a tough few weeks for the youngster, who was part of Ghana’s local Black Stars team that performed poorly at the recent COSAFA Cup tournament in South Africa. The bet, and the subsequent goal, were just the hook he needed.”I was not surprised because I was desperate and hungry for a goal and it happened. So it was a good thing,” he said. It is however not clear if Liberty Professionals will be making more tilapia available to the player to get more goals out of him. That will get his seal of approval, for sure.–Follow on Twitter: Kweku @nana_odum & Gary @garyalsmithlast_img read more

MLB trade rumors: A’s asking Mets about Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler

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first_imgOakland’s addition of Diekman solidifies the bullpen, which allows the A’s more wiggle room to solidify their starting rotation. Either that, or building up a strong and deep bullpen could take the pressure off the current relievers.The addition of any of the three pitchers the team is interested in can fill that plan out. Oakland already acquired left-hander Jake Diekman this week and also asked the Tigers about Shane Greene. The Athletics have been trying to bolster their bullpen before the July 31 trade deadline and now are trying to appeal to the Mets, who may, or may not, be trying to move Syndergaard. Related News MLB trade news: Twins acquire reliever Sergio Romo from Marlins Yankees’ Larry Rothschild takes the blame for team’s recent woescenter_img Another suitor has entered the race to get Mets pitchers Noah Syndergaard or Zack Wheeler.According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics have asked about trading for one of the Mets Aces. An earlier report from The Athletic states that New York is exploring a three-team trade which would send Syndergaard to the Padres and bring the Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman to New York.Several reports have indicated that the Mets are determined to trade Syndergaard, who has two years left on his deal after this season is done. It’s unclear how, or if, Wheeler would fit into these plans should Syndergaard be traded.For Wheeler, his case is more clear cut since he is a pending free agent for a club that doesn’t have the best playoff chances at the moment.last_img read more

SUNSHINE MILLIONS FILLY AND MARE TURF SPRINT QUOTES – SATURDAY JANUARY 30, 2016

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first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES -30- KENT DESORMEAUX, VELVET MESQUITE, WINNER: “I want to thank John Harris for breeding possibly the most gorgeous-looking mare. She has perfect balance; she’s a monster.“She is really coming into her own. I think Blake and the whole team have figured her out. She just strutted her stuff today. I was so confident after only 50 yards. She was a completely different ride today, she really has turned a corner and she won. This was the first time going to the gate where she didn’t turn a hair. That was the incredible difference. I think that if she goes to the gate like she did today, there’s nothing she can’t do. The way that she was brining me around the racetrack, I knew they were all going to be in trouble and they were; she won.” TRAINER QUOTES BLAKE HEAP, VELVET MESQUITE, WINNER: “Her last race (Grade II Monrovia) was a tough one. Shrinking Violet (second in that race) was in there and we broke a little slow. Rafael (Bejarano, who rode her in the Monrovia) just nudged her, and you don’t really need to nudge her. Going in forty-three was too much for her, and to hang on against top-class fillies is very tough. She’s come into her own and she’s a top-class filly. She’s tough. Today, everything went perfect. She wants to be just off the pace and everything went right.”center_img JOHN HARRIS, VELVET MESQUITE, WINNER: “It always looks easy, but we always liked this filly. She showed a lot of promise every year, but as a mare gets older, you’re not sure if they can maintain their form. They’re run out of condition, so they have to be good to make it work. So now, our big quandary is to breed her or keep her running. But today, she made a pretty good case for staying in training.“There are a lot of options to breed her; it’s always tempting and we will. It would have been an easier decision if she ran a mediocre race. But now, it’s hard to quit winners. She’ll be a great broodmare. Six (years old) is sort of on the cusp, but she can race a few more times and we can still breed her.“I got into the racing game when I was 10, so it’s been over 60 years.”             NOTES: Winning owner/breeder John Harris resides in Coalinga. BLAKE HEAP, VELVET MESQUITE, WINNER: “Last time she broke a bit slow and Rafael really didn’t know her (Bejarano, up for the first time in Velvet Mesquite’s most recent race down the hill on Jan. 3rd) and he was thinking he had to have her near the lead. He urged her a little, tiny bit and going in forty-three was too much for her and to hang on against top class fillies, is very tough. She’s come into herself good, she’s a top class filly; she’s tough.”last_img read more

Winter wheat management: What are tillers and how do they contribute to yield?

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the coming months as the weather warms, up winter wheat will break dormancy and will begin to green up. After a period of about 2 weeks producers should evaluate their stand in order to make management decisions for their wheat crop. Part of this evaluation includes counting tillers to determine if there is an adequate stand for achieving high yields. According an article in a 2014 C.O.R.N. Newsletter written by Laura Lindsey, Ed Lentz, Pierce Paul, “Yield potential is reduced if tiller numbers fall below 25 per square foot after green up.”So, what is a tiller? And how should they be counted? Tillers are additional stems that develop off of the main shoot of the plant. Primary tillers form in the axils of the first four or more true leaves of the main stem. Secondary tillers may develop from the base of primary tillers if conditions favor tiller development. On the wheat plant pictured above, you can count 6 tillers in addition to the main shoot.Tillers, especially those that develop in the fall, are needed to achieve high yielding wheat. The plant pictured above has the potential to develop 6 to 7 heads. A wheat stand of 1.65 to 1.7 million plants per acre with this amount of tillering (6 to 7 heads), a 100 bu/ac yield is possible. While fall tiller development is promoted by timely planting and applying fall N, determining if stands are adequate and applying N at green up are also critical components in a management program that produces high wheat yields.last_img read more

Why This Guy Quit His Sports Radio Dream Job… To Write Software

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first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#developers Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?center_img dan rowinski Sometimes, life throws you a curveball. Jon Rish was living, breathing and sleeping his dream job as a sports announcer calling Red Sox games for a Boston radio station. Then, after several months spent working without a contract, he suddenly faced a 30 percent pay cut.So he stepped to the plate and started looking for options. And on May 1, he starts learning Ruby on Rails in preparation for his second career — as a software developer.“I am taking a leap of faith into the world of development. I would say that I’m entering the process wide-eyed and eager to learn,” Rish told me via email.The Daunting Decision To Change CareersRish graduated from Boston College with a degree in communications in 1994. By 1997 he was doing “flash” news updates for WEEI and calling Boston College hockey games, a gig he continued until 2011. A little more than halfway through that process, in 2006, Rish became a studio host on Red Sox games and did some fill-in play-by-play.Jon Rish“It became clear towards the end of the 2012 season that there was a very real possibility that my future was not with Entercom,” the corporate owner of WEEI, Rish said. “I started by exploring other opportunities in broadcasting. As the offseason went on I began to think more and more about a career outside of broadcasting.”Rish, who has four kids and a mortgage, went back to Boston College’s career center, which put him in touch with an outside career specialist. A phone conversation turned into weekly meetings, and the conversation gradually started turning towards technology.Sports media is a tough racket. There’s no shortage of people who’d love nothing more than to watch games for a living and get paid to write and talk about them. (Full disclosure: I used to be a sports reporter for WEEI.com. Rish and I didn’t know each other at the time).As a result, there’s always a young up-and-comer gunning for your job who will work longer and for less. Seats at the table are precious, and those sitting in them will frequently do almost anything to hold onto them. It’s exceedingly rare for someone like Rish, even facing a pay cut and an uncertain future, to give up his seat in order to learn brand-new skills for a completely unrelated industry.The Desperate Need For DevelopersSoftware skills are in extremely high demand these days. And it’s not just local startups or large tech companies doing the hiring. Brands and enterprises are always on the lookout for talent that can build an app, connect a backend system, design a website or write a script.We have noticed this at ReadWrite in a big way. Our most popular article over the last week as been “15 Programming Skills Most Coveted By Employers.” The fact of the matter is that almost any programming skill is now coveted by employers.Rish will learn Ruby On Rails, a general scripting language with a wide array of uses. By the end of his 10-week program at Boston-based Launch Academy, which teaches coding skills, Rish will theoretically be qualified to become a junior Ruby developer.Launch Academy’s website says junior Ruby developers have starting salaries between $75,000 and $90,000. Of course, that depends on the company and local demand, but it is true that programmers tend to make more money than the average sports broadcaster. If the programmer is any good, there is also much more job stability than the cut throat industry of sports media.Launch Academy, founded by Boston-area developers Dan Pickett and Evan Charles, is similar to other types of developer and startup programs. The courses are short in terms of weeks spent in the classroom, but intense. Launch Academy partners with local businesses and makes money from both tuition and recruiting fees when a company hires one of its graduates.In this respects it is similar to San Francisco-based Developer Bootcamp or Boston-based Startup Institute (which teaches all aspects of startup skills including marketing and product as well as programming).“On a personal level I see myself as a happier person with a better work-life balance. I see myself with skills that are in demand in an industry that has the potential for continued growth,” Rish said. Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

How to Zoom in Premiere Pro for Simple Transitions

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first_imgUsing zoom makes static subjects come to life, and helps smooth transitions. Throw a little “Ken Burns” flavor into your video with the help of the zoom.The zoom effect could be argued as one of the most used effects within Premiere. I’m constantly using the zoom to either crop into a clip, or to add a little motion to an otherwise stationary clip. Today, we are going to do a little guided tour around creating the zoom effect in Premiere, and then I’ll show you how to incorporate that zoom into a transition. Let’s get started!Step 1: Add Your Clip to the TimelineTo create a zoom effect in Premiere Pro, we’ll be using keyframes for the zoom and position parameters.First, let’s start by adding our image or footage to the Premiere Pro timeline.Step 2: Adding Keyframes to Scale and PositionNext, with the clip selected, we’ll navigate to the very FIRST frame of the clip. This will be where our FIRST keyframe is placed. In our effects controls window, click the stopwatch icon next to the SCALE and POSITION parameters. You just added your first keyframe for the scale and position of the clip.Step 3: Creating & Polishing the ZoomAfter you click and enable the stopwatch for a parameter, Premiere will automatically add keyframes when a parameter is adjusted. So, all we have to do now is navigate to the LAST frame of the clip and adjust our scale and position parameters.As soon as you adjust the parameter, a new keyframe is automatically added at the current time. Make sure that you create the position to where you want the final shot to be, as Premiere will automatically interpret the motion into a zoom between the two keyframes.I usually scale up just a little bit and adjust my position to zoom into the main subject of the image.If you want to smooth out the ending of the zoom, you can always add the Ease in or Ease Out tool to give the ending of the clip a little bit more slide.To do this, right click the end keyframe and select either Ease in or Ease Out, depending on if you are going in or out of a clip.Step 4: Saving the Zoom as a PresetFor bonus points, you can save this zoom effect as a preset to use quickly later on any other clip.In the “Effect Controls” window, with “Motion” selected, click on the panel menu at the top right. Click “Save Preset.” Make sure that you choose “Scale” as the type of preset. This will rove the animation for the entire duration of the clip. Name the preset something relative, like “Ken Burns effect” or “scale up 100-120%.Click the panel menu in your “Effect Controls” window, click “Save Preset” and then name your preset.Now, whenever you need to throw the zoom effect onto a clip in a hurry again, just look in your presets folder in your effects window.Keep in mind, you can also reverse the effect we just did, and have the image zoom out. This is good for revealing certain things in the image over time. You can also add keyframes for other things to make it more interesting, such as rotation. In Premiere Pro, like most video editing applications, you can even get really creative and add keyframes to things like color effects, blurs, etc.The Zoom TransitionOne really popular use of the zoom within Premiere is creating a transition between two clips by utilizing the zoom tool. It’s used all over vlogs and social media as a way to show off your latest vacation footage. Creative Ryan has a really simple tutorial on this subject that we are going to use as our example.All you have to do is take the two clips that you want to transition between, and add the Transform effect to both of them. On the first clip, set a key frame at both the end of the clip, and about three or four frames before the ending. On the very end keyframe, scale up your Transform effect, and increase the shutter angle to 360. Make sure to also unclick “Use Composition’s Shutter Angle,” which will add the motion blur that you are looking for in this type of transition.To match the first clip’s zoom, do the same thing to the second clip, but in reverse. Add the zoom to the beginning of the clip, and have it return to normal settings after a few keyframes. Bam! You’ve got yourself a neat little zoom transition to use on your next killer vacation video.Want more tips on using Premiere Pro? Check these out.How to Create Text Effects and Animations in Premiere ProMaster Premiere Pro’s Timeline with Source PatchingHow to Speed Up or Reverse a Clip in Premiere ProVideo Editing 101: How to Stabilize Footage in Premiere ProThe Many Different Ways to Use the Crop Effect in Premiere Prolast_img read more

In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Michele Steele

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first_imgAn ESPN sign hanging that's very old Instagram/SteeleInstagram/SteeleOver the past few weeks, we’ve all been seeing a lot more of ESPN bureau reporter Michele Steele. Why? Because she’s been given the honor of filling in for Chris McKendry with co-host Jay Crawford during the 11:00 AM ET SportsCenter show. Steele, who is usually based in Boston to cover the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics, has done a fantastic job in her new role, leading many to wonder if she’ll ever be given the full-time gig, like her coworker Cari Champion.Where is she from? How did she get her career started? Is she single? We’ve got those answers and more, along with a few photos of the rising star.In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Michele SteelePages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7last_img