Slaven Bilic in positive mood as West Ham look to wreck Tottenham’s title bid

first_img1 Slaven Bilic says West Ham are ready to finally banish the threat of relegation – while hammering a huge dent in Tottenham’s title hopes.Spurs could go into the weekend just one point behind leaders Chelsea with victory at the London Stadium on Friday night.But the Hammers still need a point or two to take themselves out of the equation at the foot of the table, and Bilic knows a win against their London rivals would be the perfect way to do it.“This is a big match anyway,” said the West Ham boss.“It is a derby, whether you need the points or not, it’s a derby game against Spurs at our stadium.“They need points, we need points, so it is massive game for us and a massive game for them. We will try to get the points that will mathematically secure our status.“You don’t need extra motivation when you play against Tottenham. Last season’s game at Upton Park, when we beat them 1-0, was one of the most electrifying atmospheres.“It is a big game for us, a big game for the supporters, it is under the lights which is always a special one, and we are ready for it.”West Ham are also desperate to finally christen their new stadium with a major scalp, having taken some pastings from the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City this season.But Bilic admits his side face a daunting task against the team he feels are playing the best football in the Premier League.“I have nothing but praise for Chelsea, I have great respect for them to make the gap they have,” he added.“Don’t get me wrong, Chelsea deserve to be on top, but Spurs are playing maybe the best football.“Spurs have been in good form for the past couple of months and are playing good. But we have to be positive.“We are four games unbeaten and have three cleans sheets as well. Our form has improved and we are positive and optimistic.”Bilic will hand Andy Carroll a late fitness test on the groin problem which has sidelined him for the last two matches, while fellow striker Diafra Sakho will miss the rest of the season with a back injury. Slaven Bilic last_img read more

Birds Excel in Distance, Harmony

first_imgBird feats are outstanding.  Two notable cases were announced this week:Air Marathon:  The longest animal migration in the animal kingdom is performed by the sooty shearwater, reported National Geographic News.  They migrate 40,000 miles a year from New Zealand to the North Pacific, in complex figure-eight patterns that touch the coasts of South America, California Alaska, Korea, Japan, New Zealand and almost to Antarctica.  When crossing the equator they can fly 640 miles in a single day.Choral Wrens:  National Geographic also reported that tropical “Plain-tailed wrens sing what is perhaps the most complex and coordinated birdsong known.”  Groups sing antiphonal renditions of a-b-c-d patterns with 15 variations per phrase.  The males and females alternate the parts.  Researchers found seven birds participating in one of the choruses.  They “are so precise that a casual listener wouldn’t realize there was more than one singer, experts say.” See a picture and description of the sooty shearwater at WhatBird.com.  The NG article on wrens includes a sound recording of their complex concerts.If birds kept natural history guides, would they publish amazing facts about human feats in airline flight and choral music?  If so, they might remark how wasteful and inefficient our jets are, or how dull and slow our singing is.  But they still might be impressed at how hard we try.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

China Keeps Rein on Soy Sales

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — Among the frustrations right now in selling commodities such as soybeans to China is that officials in the country are only allowing government-owned businesses to buy commodities, which is one of the main ways Chinese officials keep close restrictions on the market.Lindsay Greiner, president of the Iowa Soybean Association, spoke to DTN on Thursday from Guangzhou, China, about some of the details about soybean buys that he and a team from the group have learned this week touring the country.Chinese officials have agreed to buy close to 20 million metric tons (mmt) of U.S. soybeans this year, but Greiner said there’s a catch, because private buyers in China are still not allowed to buy U.S. soybeans. Only government-owned entities in China are allowed to make buys.“It’s frustrating to some of the privately held companies, because they are being left out of the market,” Greiner said. “So there is a little bit of controversy going on over here because of interest in buying our beans.”Private Chinese companies are still buying from Brazil, but the Chinese government has made it clear those buyers can’t turn to U.S. beans even if they were willing to pay the 25% import tariff, Greiner said.According to USDA export sales data, China has imported nearly 4.7 mmt of U.S. soybeans and has another 6.5 mmt in outstanding sales for the marketing year. At this time last year, China had imported 25.8 mmt. In the 2017 marketing year, the U.S. shipped more than 31 mmt of soybeans to China.The Iowa soybean delegation is touring parts of China as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin start talks Thursday in Beijing with top Chinese officials looking to reach a trade deal that would end tariffs from both countries that began just under a year ago.A visit with U.S. officials last week in D.C. gave Greiner some optimism that a deal would get done. He said he hasn’t sensed that same optimism, though, in visits with Chinese businesspeople.“Chinese buyers aren’t quite as optimistic as we are when it comes to thinking about a resolution to this trade dispute,” Greiner said. “Some of them don’t know if a deal will get done anytime soon. So there you go — it’s about 50-50.”Greiner said he’s optimistic, but acknowledged some of the major topics outside of agriculture are complicated and could end the talks without a quick resolution.“But you know they (the U.S. and China) are both pretty astute negotiators, so nobody is laying their cards out on the table to see what’s going on,” he said. “And my personal opinion is there are some demands being made that could be lowered a little bit to get a deal made so everybody can walk away as a winner.”Private Chinese soybean users, however, are looking for a resolution, because they are anxious to get back into buying U.S. beans, Greiner said. “To me, that’s the most optimistic thing I’ve heard.”Greiner visited Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou with fellow ISA board member and president-elect Tim Bardole; Grant Kimberley, ISA’s market development director; and Aaron Putze, director of communications for the group.China has been trying to curb overall soybean demand in the country and use other oilseed options. Greiner also noted the severity of African swine fever in China is expected to reduce soybean imports as well.“We’re hearing varying reports that 20% to 30% reduction in the number of hogs, so that is going to have an impact on soybeans too,” Greiner said.Greiner added that Chinese officials and the pork industry don’t quite know how to deal with the African swine fever problem, but it will likely reduce the number of smaller hog farmers.“What we’re hearing is a lot of smaller producers are being hit with this disease, and they are probably going to liquidate and go out of business and never get back in,” Greiner said. “So it’s going to take a toll on a lot of smaller producers over here, and in my opinion, it’s going to take time to build their hog herd back up, and when they do, it’s going to be in larger farms and fewer hands.”Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Innovate100: Enter to Be The World’s Most Promising Startup

first_imgThe Guidewire Group just launched its Innovate!100 competition to highlight the most promising companies of the year. Early-stage startups are encouraged to submit applications and compete in one of 22 pitch slam events across Europe and North America. Winners will enjoy global visibility and may share in sponsored awards including cash and in-kind prizes, valued at over $1 million dollars. In addition to being an international competition, one of the things that makes this contest different from other events is the fact that shortlisted companies’ assessments will be made public. ReadWriteWeb caught up with former DEMO producer and Guidewire Group President Mike Sigal to find out why he’s sharing his company’s secret sauce through something called the G/Score. Contrary to popular belief, the G/Score is not a rating of your startup’s street smarts. The score is the Guidewire Group’s attempt to rate your company across a variety of categories and help you improve your prospects. The company’s assessors include VCs, journalists, economic development strategists and executives from companies like Microsoft, Motorola and Research in Motion. Scores are assigned to demystify what investors, media and partners yearn to discover – namely, are you a fit? Says Sigal, “Investors have a fiduciary duty and it’s not our place to give investment advice. What we’re doing is creating a resource to highlight companies and make them accessible to the greater community… The response from entrepreneurs is that fundamentally, if it means that we’ll save them time by connecting them with the right people, they’re all for it.”While the top company scores will be made public for the Innovate!100 Program, entrepreneurs who choose to work with Guidewire on subsequent G/Scores have the option to keep their scores private and apply for re-scoring after correcting their weaknesses. Because all pitch slam finalists will be judged using the scorecard, those applying should consider the following questions as they pertain to the Guidewire methodology: BusinessThis part of the G/Score is all about the nature of your business idea.1. Concept: Can you prove a need for your product? Will you create a new market or disrupt existing leaders?2. Market: Are there enough potential customers to create a compelling business? Will you have to share the market with a lot of other players?3. Competition: Who else is competing for your market’s attention? (Sigal explains that this isn’t just direct competitors, but indirect competitors, alternatives and even customer indifference or inertia).ExecutionThis section is all about reality, not projections. Here you are expected to give a picture of your everyday business.1. Business: How many users, partners and major stakeholders do you currently have? What is your adoption rate amongst them?2. Product: Does your product exist or is it just an idea? If it does exist, do you have user adoption? If you were to stop providing a service today, would your customers have noticeably worse lives?TeamHaving a team of famous second-time entrepreneurs is great, but not if you’ve only got engineers. Have you got a well-rounded team of individuals who can fulfill the responsibilities of running a successful business? Business ModelA revenue stream is not a business model unless it has been proven through a repeatable process. In his own words, Sigal says, “This section is all about the Benjamins. Are you making money and can you continue to make money over time?”FundingAre you self-funded, seed funded and/or VC funded from $2.5 million to more than $25 million dollars? Tags:#start#StartUp 101#startups Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro To apply for one of the Innovate!100 Pitch Slam events go to Innovate100.com/program. Registration for the program is $75 dollars USD and includes 2 pitch slam registrations, access to online pitch training and inclusion in the program promotions. European entrepreneurs should start applying now as the first event kicks off in Barcelona on March 1st. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Cherry on top

first_imgEvery point Cherry “Sisi” Rondina produced, she topped with a jubilant jump and a megawatt smile that further egged the University of Santo Tomas faithful to roar even louder.ADVERTISEMENT Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:11CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Tigresses had lost 15 straight games to the powerhouse Lady Eagles over the last few seasons. They only need one more win over Ateneo to claim their first crown since Season 72.Unloading a new dimension to her game—running attacks that resulted in sharp, booming kills that shredded the Ateneo defense—Rondina finished with 23 points and admitted she got a big boost from UST legend Mary Jean Balse.“She called me in the morning and said to give a good fight, put your heart into the game and make it our turn this time,” said Rondina, who is set to be named MVP before Wednesday’s Game 2.Eya Laure added 11 points and provided the Tigresses with an attacking option that befuddled Ateneo’s fearsome blockers at the net.Rondina and Laure led an attack squad that produced 46 attack points, almost double the output of the Lady Eagles (24).ADVERTISEMENT The extra spring in her celebratory jigs and her overall aura showed just how distant last season is, when she had to shoulder a lot of responsibilities for the Tigresses.“The burden that Sisi (Rondina’s nickname) feels this year isn’t as heavy as last year when we really pushed her to the limit,” said UST coach Kungfu Reyes in Filipino. “This time we don’t have to rely on her too much because there are people who can now help her and let her play her own game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAnd it showed.Freed from back-breaking responsibilities, Rondina unleashed her ferocious form as University of Santo Tomas stunned top seed Ateneo, 25-17, 25-16, 25-20, in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid A league for their throne MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img After controlling the first two sets, UST encountered a challenge in the third, something that severely tested the charcter of a team that tends to go through precarious drops in performance in the middle set.Kat Tolentino capped a fight-back by the Lady Eagles, who came to within a point, 21-20.But the Tigresses passed that test. And but as if to flaunt its array of options, UST turned to Erika Raagas to provide a two-point buffer. Rondina then took charge, shoving the Tigresses to match point with an off-balanced kill.“Sisi has a much better aura now compared to before because back then she was not allowed to make a mistake, but this time she has a room for errors,” said Reyes. “But she makes up for those errors with more points.” —WITH A REPORT FROM BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more