first_imgThis weekend, Pederson made a habit of joining Dodgers assistant hitting coach John Valentin in the cage at some point during each game, usually the fifth inning. He said it helps him get loose.“It’s something I’m not used to, but it’s something I’m going to get used to,” Pederson said.His numbers — two hits in 17 at-bats coming into Sunday’s series finale — are not what was expected after Pederson won the PCL’s Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards. He batted .303 with 33 home runs and 30 stolen bases in his first Triple-A season at age 22. Of the 33 home runs, Stubbs said, “he hit one off a kid in Fresno and he hit one in Reno and one in Salt Lake that might be still going.”Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, for one, isn’t surprised that Pederson is struggling to adjust. “I don’t expect any young guys to come up and just tear it up,” he said. “I always expect there to be a little bit of a break-in period. There’s been no real surprises.”Pederson’s first major-league at-bat, on Sept. 1, came with two outs in the ninth inning of a game the Dodgers trailed by two runs. Two runners were on base. He struck out looking to end a tense six-pitch at-bat against Washington Nationals closer Rafael Soriano.As much as Mattingly may try to lower the expectations on Pederson with his words, that’s a situation that shows immense trust on the part of the manager. Maybe if Pederson was the odd rookie who didn’t struggle to adjust immediately — Yasiel Puig stands out as one example — talk of Pederson making the Dodgers’ postseason roster might not seem premature. As it stands, Pederson’s adjustment period is pointed more toward the spring of 2015 than October.“Nine out of 10 guys (called up in September), it’s about helping them for next year,” Mattingly said. “It’s about getting them comfortable and knowing what they’re walking into in camp, fighting for a job, whatever it is.”Stubbs is confident Pederson can make the adjustment at some point.“He’s probably pressing a little bit just because his timing’s a little off,” Stubbs said. “He’s going to strike out — that’s part of his game — but he’s also going to hit some home runs, also going to get some good at-bats, going to run the bases good.”Frias lined upCarlos Frias threw a bullpen session at AT&T Park, and the rookie right-hander is still in line to start for Hyun-Jin Ryu on Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies. Ryu is getting an MRI on his inflamed left shoulder Monday in Los Angeles.“Right now he’s moving toward that start,” Mattingly said of Frias. “You won’t see him coming out of the bullpen the next few days.”Also …Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon said he was OK after his knee collided with center fielder Yasiel Puig making a play in the seventh inning. … Gordon stole his major-league leading 61st base of the season in the first inning. … Mattingly said that he and the front office have discussed adding one more player already in the organization to the active roster over the final two weeks. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img SAN FRANCISCO — To understand the difference between the Joc Pederson who demolished the Pacific Coast League this season, and the one who’s been a bit player for the Dodgers in September, begin with his pregame routine.“His routine down there early in the game was like, right before the game he got to the cage by himself and we worked every day,” said Franklin Stubbs, the hitting coach at Triple-A Albuquerque. “So he got his rhythm, he got his timing and he was ready to go for the ballgame.“When you’re not playing every day, you’re talking about when you might go into the game every day or you might pinch hit. That’s a little bit different compared to when you know exactly where you’re hitting.”Pederson’s routine now is still a work in progress. There’s a batting cage just inside the tunnel leading from the visitor’s dugout at AT&T Park. It’s a busy place before the game; the starters get priority. last_img read more

first_imgONE of the GAA’s leading commentators has questioned the decision of Donegal manager Jim McGuinness to expel Kevin Cassidy from the county panel.Eugene McGee was writing extensively on the subject in today’s Irish Independent newspaper – and said he would have handled it differently.Cassidy, 30, a two-time All Star winner, was thrown out of the squad because of comments he made in the writing of a book by a journalist from Gaelic Life. Said McGee: “As a manager I had a simple rule about disciplining a player who had flouted team rules: never punish the player if it means punishing the team as well; there will always be an opportunity later for disciplining the guilty player but not at the expense of the team directly.“Losing such a pivotal performer as Cassidy, holder of two Allstars, now at the height of his power will certainly punish Donegal more than Cassidy. Above all else, Donegal people need to ponder that.”The full article is here: McGUINNESS/CASSIDY ROW: COMMENTATOR CALLS FOR MANAGER’S POWERS TO BE CURBED was last modified: November 14th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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 GAAJim McGuinnessKevin Cassidylast_img read more

first_imgThis little terrier dog will “paws’ for thought the next time he plans to chase a kitten into the engine of a car.Dooey the cross-terrier thought he would give the kitten a run for its money when he spotted it outside the family home in Letterkenny.A chase ensued but although the fluffy kitten managed to escape, Dooey got his paw caught in the engine of the family car. What followed was a rescue operation which lasted three hours and involved more than half a dozen people.Local animal rescue volunteer Adrienne McGlinchey was called about the trapped family dog and dashed to the scene.Not able to free the dog, Adrienne summoned the help of local kitchen company owner Joe O’Donnell who was working nearby at College Farm Road.A worried Dooey stuck in the car engine.Finally, after hours of working together before eventually taking off the wheel of the car, Dooey (named after the Donegal beach!) was freed. Owner Patricia McGinley said Dooey has been grounded but is still keen to chase cats outside the family home.“It was such an ordeal. The kitten managed to escape but Dooey wasn’t so lucky.“It took us almost three hours to get him out and he was a little worse-for-wear. His poor little paw got caught but he’s fine now.“He still hasn’t learned his lesson and he’s waiting at the front door to get out into the car engine again.“But he’s grounded. We just can’t ground him forever. We’re just hoping he forgets it and doesn’t go exploring up into the car engine again,” she laughed. A very happy Dooey after he was released from the engine.Trapped dog certainly won’t ‘Dooey’ that again! was last modified: August 19th, 2019 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:carDOGdonegalDooeytrappedlast_img read more

first_imgOAKLAND — Homer Bailey had to like what transpired Wednesday when he made his debut in an A’s Kelly Green and Gold uniform.Not only did Bailey allow just two earned runs over six innings, but he saw his new teammates smack six home runs.Mark Canha and Jurickson Profar both hit two homers and Chad Pinder and Ramón Laureano each added one as the A’s flattened the Seattle Mariners 10-2 at the Coliseum to extend their win streak to six games.This baseball wasn’t insured 😳@JURICKSONPROFAR#Rooted …last_img read more

first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders added veteran defensive tackle Terrell McClain Wednesday and announced the departure of three other players related to transactions made the previous day.Among those let go was defensive tackle Corey Liuget, who was signed before the start of the regular season and whose contribution was minimal. Also let go were linebacker Dakota Allen and defensive end Kasim Edebali, the latter who was with the Raiders less than a week.The Raiders made official two other signings that …last_img read more

first_imgA lichen is a symbiotic organism comprised of an alga and a fungus.  PNAS1 reported a study that showed that “antioxidant and photoprotective mechanisms in the lichen Cladonia vulcani are more effective by orders of magnitude than those of its isolated partners” (emphasis added in all quotes).  Kranner et al. found:Without the fungal contact, the alga tolerates only very dim light and its photoprotective system is only partially effective; without the alga, the glutathione-based antioxidant system of the fungus is slow and ineffective.  In the lichen, this mutually enhanced resistance to oxidative stress and, in particular, its desiccation tolerance are essential for life above ground.  This lifestyle, in turn, increases the chance of dispersal of reproductive propagules and ensures their joint evolutionary success.1Kranner et al., “Antioxidants and photoprotection in a lichen as compared with its isolated symbiotic partners,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0407716102, published online before print February 14, 2005.Take out the word “evolutionary,” because the findings only show reproductive success.  Survivability does not necessarily imply advancement in complexity; it could just as well reflect good design.    Lichens are often the pioneer organisms in a new habitat.  They contribute to the breakdown of rock and formation of soil.  Mosses, ferns and other organisms follow sometimes, and before long, a whole community of plants and animals can come to town.  In the fjords of New Zealand, for example, this happens on sheer cliff faces of rock.  After some years or decades of initial colonization by lichens, large trees can take root in the near-vertical cliffs.    Lichens show tremendous variety in form and structure.  Some are beautifully colored.  The Dec. 2004 Creation Research Society Quarterly has a photo essay about lichens and their microscopic structure.  The internet has some nice photo galleries like this one at 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For much of the Eastern Corn Belt it is widely understood that the optimal planting period is between April 20 and May 10. Research has proven that corn loses yield potential daily when planted after the beginning of May. For the Central Corn Belt, the declines in yield potential due to planting delays vary from about 0.3% per day early in May to about 1% per day by the end of May (Nielsen, 2013).Knowing that this is true, it can be frustrating during a wet spring or when field work is delayed for one reason or another. Planting is a critical component of a successful crop as it sets the stage for the entire growing season. However, it is important to keep in mind that early planting is just one of many factors that contribute to high yield potential. Planting early favors high yields, but it does not guarantee them and growers should not focus entirely on the calendar.Growers don’t have to look very far into the past for confirmation of this fact. According to data collected by the National Agricultural Statistics Service USDA/NASS, only 62% of the 2009 corn crop was planted by the week ending May 17. Despite later planting dates, the national average yield for the 2009 crop was 164.4 bushels per acre. In 2012, 96% of the corn crop was in the ground as of the week ending May 20th. The crop was off to a great start, but thanks to the drought, the national average yield was only 123.1 bushels per acre in 2012. Although it is widely understood that planting date is an important management practice influencing corn yields, 2012 proved other factors (such as the drought) can diminish the yield potential of an early planted crop.Several other factors must be considered at planting. What are the field conditions? If the soil is too wet, any field work can cause yield-robbing compaction. Planting into wet soil can cause smearing and sidewall compaction of the seed furrow.What is the soil temperature? Soil temps should be 55 degrees F or above for corn to promote germination and early growth. What does the weather forecast look like? Will it promote germination and growth or will it be a pattern for cold and wet weather, which could delay emergence and cause damage to seedlings? Planting into less-than-ideal field conditions just to beat a date on the calendar usually results in problems that hurt yield potential more than a slight delay in planting would. As spring planting approaches, producers should take into consideration all important factors when making planting decisions and avoid focusing only on the calendar.last_img read more

first_imgAs the president of Kauffman Labs, the Kauffman Foundation‘s program that supports entrepreneurship, Bo Fishback has seen a lot of startups. He’s heard a lot of pitches from companies who insist they’re “the next big thing.” So it would have to be a pretty “big thing” to make Fishback jump from what he admits has been “the greatest job in the world,” quit the Kauffman Foundation, and launch a startup of it’s own.But that’s what he’s doing, effective immediately. And by many accounts, it appears that his new project Zaarly will be – something huge. Built a few weeks ago over the course of the LA Startup Weekend, Zaarly has been in a whirlwind since: winning first prize at the Startup Weekend, getting tweets from celebrities like Levar Burton and Demi Moore promoting his pitch, and now securing $1 million in funding from some big name investors, including Ashton Kutcher and Paul Buchheit. So what is Zaarly? It’s a “proximity-based, real-time, buyer-powered market,” says Fishback. But a better explanation might invoke one of Demi Moore’s most famous movies, Indecent Proposal, and the notion that everything and everyone has a price. Zaarly’s job: facilitate that transaction.A Market For Things That Have Never Had a MarketZaarly aims to tap into the vast potential to buy and sell things that, until now, haven’t explicitly had a market. It’s a little bit eBay and a little bit Craigslist, but it’s mobile, real-time, and location-based. It’s also based on buying and selling experiences, in a way, more than simply goods and services – things we all value very differently.Imagine, for example, that you’re at a basketball game, but you want to see if you can get better seats or you didn’t get reservations at some exclusive restaurant and you want to get in now. Zaarly lets you announce your willingness to shell out money – you name your price – for someone who can get the seats for you. Zaarly then facilitates the exchange. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces audrey watters Tags:#e-commerce#mobile#NYT#web How Zaarly WorksUsing Zaarly, a buyer (that is, someone who’s looking for something, anything) enters their location, a description of what they want, the timeframe they need it in, and the price they’re willing to pay. Zaarly then broadcasts the message via Twitter (eventually, more options will be added here. This app was just built 2 weeks ago, remember?) Sellers (that is, those who are willing to agree to these terms and sell the good or service) can accept. Zaarly connects the buyer and seller on the phone, via an anonymous party-line, where the two can then rendezvous face-to-face to complete the transaction.Will Zaarly Work?Zaarly is set to launch during SXSW, which will be an excellent experiment for the startup as the event if full of early adopters who want to get into particular events and venues. Fishback says the app may require a “behavior change” as people move from buying and selling via eBay and Craigslist to the sort of more intimate transactions Zaarly will be able to foster.Of course, those intimate transactions – as Craigslist has learned – may bring all sorts of legal questions for the startup, if the experiences folks look for – all those goods and services without an “official” market – are likely to include sex and drugs. Fishback says the company will scrutinize each offer that’s posted to Zaarly at first and will design a system to check for certain keywords and pull offending and illegal content.Zaarly is currently free and Fishback says the company’s revenue model will probably involve taking a cut of credit-card and PayPal transactions. That’s the future that Fishback envisions for Zaarly, where with our mobile phones (and Square card readers) in hand, we can create a whole new buyer-controlled, geo-based market for everything. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts last_img read more

first_imgEditor’s note: Carri Beer and Michael Hindle are renovating this 1954 house in Catonsville, Maryland. Hindle is a Certified Passive House Consultant and owner of Passive to Positive. Beer is a registered architect who has been practicing sustainable architecture for 18 years. She is an associate principal with Brennan+Company Architects. The couple’s first post about the project, Rebuilding a Mid-Century Dinosaur, was published on March 2. The virtues of masochismIt was suggested in the good-humored comments at the end of our first post that perhaps we are just masochists and could use some therapy. I would not necessarily deny it, though from lack of experience I might call it a different name. Suffice it to say, that while all of the analysis one may do about the cost-benefit of energy saved against money and effort invested is well worth the consideration (and must be tackled if we are to go mainstream and fight our way out of the catastrophic climate change bag), this cost-benefit analysis is not the only consideration, and may in fact sometimes blind us to value that is less quantifiable.People make decisions all the time that have nothing to do with a cost-benefit analysis. People do not buy expensive cars for the ROI. Clients will balk about a couple thousand dollars of insulation, and then spend $10,000 on a refrigerator. You will never get a payback from your doorknob or countertop, and it is hard to put a value on grass-fed-happy-local food.But we make such decisions all the time. We buy things because we feel they are beautiful, they reflect our values, build our communities, or just go fast. Energy efficiency is the easy sell by comparison from a financial perspective. It can, unlike so many other decisions in our lives, definitely deliver a return.How should we quantify other benefits, such as being healthier, more comfortable, and far less susceptible to the vagaries of extreme weather events? These features of a low-energy home are more intrinsically valuable than lots of horsepower under a hood, but few are even thinking about it.We will never realize a financial benefit from reducing impervious surfaces on our land, reducing the heat island effect, or reducing cancer-causing chemicals. Nor will we realize a financial benefit from creating rain gardens or increasing habitat for birds and pollinators. So should we not do them? Tear down?Absolutely not. Never even crossed our minds. Though it has suffered over the years from various poor renovations and neglect, whoever designed and built it in 1954 knew what they were doing and did it right.Every part of the original building, from the foundation to the roof, is a wonderful piece of craftsmanship. And it is built of real stone.Seriously, the cost to rebuild this house in-kind would be over $1 million in our market. Many houses in our area that sell for well over what we paid don’t have half the solidity or beauty. Tearing it down would be ludicrous, and the destruction of a very nice, though modest, piece of architectural history. The 4,519-square-foot number is a gross (perhaps really gross to some) number. It includes the full basement, the mechanical room, the laundry room, all storage, and an unconditioned shop. Even so, it is more square footage than we need.On the other hand, we do have three kids, and both of us have parents that live out of state — and when they come to visit, they tend to stay for two to three weeks at a time. They are aging, as parents do, and we will be renovating the downstairs bathroom to be wheelchair-accessible in the event that a parent comes to stay long-term. In addition, Michael runs his Passive House consulting company, Passive to Positive, out of our home and requires a dedicated office.We did live for years in a 1,100-square-foot, one-bath bungalow, with three kids and a home-office corner, and it was possible though not always enjoyable. We will admit, it is kind of nice at times to have the opposite problem now … until the energy bills come!In our part of the country, people make use of all vertical space, including finished basements and rooftop decks. If we’ve got one — a basement, that is — and everybody else wants one, we want to devise healthy and comfortable solutions to meet the market demand (as well as fix the problems we have).We are, however, reducing the square footage of conditioned space in our renovation plans. One space that seemed unwieldy, unnecessary, and disproportionate is the space that we believe originally served the 1954 house as a three-season room over the garage. This 660-square-foot space was enclosed at some point with 2×6 framed walls to be a giant empty (family) room. We are carving this space in half to create a new screened porch and dining room.The house makes sense: Challenged by GBA readers after introducing their renovation plans for this house in a Baltimore suburb, the authors explain why it makes financial and philosophical sense to upgrade the house rather than tear it down or find a smaller alternative.This gives us the opportunity to build a new superinsulated wall, retrofit the existing wood frame wall, and reduce our conditioned area. RELATED ARTICLES The Big Rewards of a Deep Energy RetrofitMid-Century Gem Revived in Austin Making an Old Tract House Sunnier and More EfficientOne Man’s Quest for Energy IndependenceRetrofits versus Reductions Space extremismFunny thing about buying a house that already exists: you cannot necessarily control the square footage, or what others have done before you. In this case, the house was originally right-sized, but as is typical in our region, everyone wants a fully finished basement. The prior owners maximized rather than optimized. What’s done is done — and has to be undone, and re-done. In efforts to dispel rumors of masochism and to beat back accusations of space extremism and ill-advised suggestions of tear-downs, we would like to offer some drawings of the house we purchased and our master plan for revisions, and some reflections on how one may choose to consider the value of our investment. BLOGS BY BEER & HINDLE Rebuilding a Mid-Century Dinosaur It’s still a good investmentThat being said, according to our local real estate market we feel we are making a safe investment. This house was a short sale, and we probably paid $50,000 less than what we might have.When looking at the budget for our master plan, we anticipate investing an additional 30% of the current appraised value. This is assuming a lot of DIY, creativity, doing our own construction management, and some trade discounts on materials. After having added legal egress windows and daylighting, we can now legitimately claim that this is a five-bedroom, three-bath home. Given comparables for similar properties in our neighborhood, we feel we could recuperate most or all of that investment — and this is before accounting for saved energy costs during our occupancy.Just for kicks, we made some calculations: after all of the improvements we intend to make, the cost will work out to be approximately $167/square foot. A new Passive House, or any custom home for that matter, in our market is twice that per square foot just for the house — not including lot or site costs. Contrary to a significant number of previous comments, we think we actually are making a pretty wise investment, both financially and for our planet, by doing this renovation on existing housing stock.We advise people to do things all the time to reach goals of sustainability and to lower energy bills. It is easy to believe in something when someone else is footing the bill. But we have our own place now, and are finding that our commitment runs a little deeper than just economic self-interest. We will do what we can within our means to leave this patch of Baltimore suburbia substantially better than we found it. We will be significantly more comfortable, happier, and more fulfilled in the process.So far, we are enjoying the planning and the work. We know without a doubt that we care enough to extend ourselves beyond strict ROI and resale considerations.We both got into the work of high-performance buildings because we love the creativity of design and making, and we are continually inspired by how much more there is to learn and how much beauty is at hand.last_img read more

first_imgArt Briles is no longer the head coach at Baylor, and if the latest report by Joe Schad is true, it looks like some of his assistants may be out soon too. Schad, formerly of ESPN, posted a long note to Facebook Tuesday afternoon, reporting that a former Baylor student named Dolores Lozano claims she was assaulted by former football player Devin Chafin and that both Briles and assistant Jeff Lebby knew about it. She even alleges that she and Lebby exchanged texts about the situation. She says that she brought allegations to the Waco Police, but Chafin was allowed to continue playing. She says the school never had a formal hearing either.Schad also reports details of the alleged assault and includes photos of the injuries Lozano reportedly suffered from the incident. dolores lozano facebookHere is a photo provided to me by former Baylor student Dolores Lozano— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) June 7, 2016Jeff Lebby, currently the Baylor passing game/RBs coach, did not have immediate comment about Lozano’s claims— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) June 7, 2016The fallout at Baylor does not appear to be over just yet. Obviously, this is awful. Expect more repercussions here.last_img read more