Burns, Pavelski put together career nights in Sharks win

first_imgDENVER — Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski proved why they’re all stars. Erik Karlsson got in on the fun, as well.On a day where Burns and Pavelski received invitations to the 2019 NHL All Star Game at SAP Center, both players put together career nights, recording four points as the Sharks handed the Colorado Avalanche their sixth straight loss with a 5-4 win in Denver.Karlsson, who will also be representing the Sharks at the mid-winter classic on Jan. 26, picked up an assist, giving him points in …last_img

Airways traffic jam

first_imgAirliners and airlines have never been so efficient, but it’s taking longer than ever to get to our destination.That was one of the main beefs raised by airline executives at a commercial aviation summit in Washington DC last month organised by the industry’s main representative body, Airlines For America (A4A).And America is just one of the countries around the world where chronic congestion of airports and airways is forcing airlines to add more and more hours and minutes to the scheduled flying time of each flight.The president and chief executive of New York-based JetBlue Airways, Robin Hayes, told the A4A summit that the so-called block time – the official scheduled flying time – between New York and Washington DC used to be 60 minutes. But that has ballooned to 80 minutes to allow for airways congestion.And it is replicated on routes across the country. Airlines once allowed around five hours 30 minutes for the westbound journey against prevailing headwinds from New York to Los Angeles.Now, no airline allows less than six hours and some, like Delta, which ironically opposes airspace reform, allow six hours 25 minutes.With the US Department of Transport publishing monthly on-time performance statistics, no airline wants to gain a reputation among flyers for unreliability. Airlines would rather increase block times.Even the definition of “on time” has been massaged in the past 20 years to reflect chronic airways congestion. “On time” is now officially defined – in most countries, not just the USA – as within 15 minutes of schedule. So your flight can be 15 minutes late and still gets the “on time” tick of approval in the official statistics.“Proponents of the status quo either don’t understand, or they misrepresent, the data,” A4A president and chief executive Nicolas Calio told the Washington summit. “Airlines are increasing block time to accommodate delays in the national airspace … That’s not a sign of improved airspace.”It’s a global problem.Even in the sparsely populated continent of Australia, flights that used to take an hour can now take 30-40 per cent longer.Adelaide West Beach airport to Melbourne Tullamarine – 643 kilometres, according to global aviation supplier Rockwell Collins’ database – used to take 65 minutes eastbound and 70 minutes westbound. Airlines now allow 80 and 85 minutes.The official flying time for Australia’s busiest route, the 706 kilometres between Melbourne and Sydney, used to be 70 minutes northbound and 75 minutes southbound. It’s now officially 85 and 95 minutes.Adelaide-Melbourne is a virtually identical distance to the route connecting Europe’s main business capitals, London and Frankfurt, which are 656 kilometres apart (Heathrow airport to Frankfurt Main airport, named after the nearby river). Yet the official flight time, once around one hour 30 minutes, is now as much as one hour 50 minutes for an actual flight time of less than an hour.This is in spite of the European Union’s attempts to reduce airspace congestion through an initiative called the Single European Sky (SES), launched in 2004 through its air traffic co-ordinator, Eurocontrol.”Inefficiencies in Europe’s fragmented airspace bring extra costs of close to five billion Euros each year to airlines and their customers,” the EU complained in 2013 at the announcement of yet another attempt to reform the system. “They add 42 kilometres to the distance of an average flight forcing aircraft to burn more fuel, generate more emissions, pay more in costly user charges and suffer greater delays. The United States controls the same amount of airspace, with more traffic, at almost half the cost.”According to the EU, the problem in getting all of Europe’s national ATC agencies working together is all about money. “Experience shows that member states, which are either sole or majority owners of (air traffic management) service providers, have a strong tendency to focus on steady revenue streams of the user-financed system of air traffic control services, and can be therefore reluctant to endorse fundamental change towards a more integrated operating airspace,” it says.”The existing SES decision-making processes allow too easily  progress to be blocked by national vested interests.”Britain (which has just voted to leave the EU) found its solution to fixing air traffic control (ATC) issues in the partial privatisation of its ATC provider, National Air Traffic Services (NATS), at the turn of the century.As a public-private partnership separated from the aviation industry regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority, NATS, which has garnered a global reputation for innovation, is now owned 54 per cent by the UK government, 42 per cent by the Airline Group (of European airlines) and four per cent by Heathrow airport.While not supporting full privatisation, critics of the mess that US airlines find themselves in see the separation of the ATC provider from the regulator as a first step in providing the necessary investment to renovate the airspace system.A4A and the ATC union earlier this year supported a proposal to separate ATC services from the US Federal Aviation Administration as a new non-profit agency, but the idea was stalled in Congress.American Airlines chief executive Doug Parker says backers of reform won’t give up. “Those who understand the system best, support reform,” he told Air Transport World. “There is simply nothing radical or unusual about this concept. “More than 50 other nations have moved to this structure in one form or another. Some did it decades ago. None have chosen to reverse course. We need to get this ATC reform done.”With air traffic doubling every 10 years on average and tripling every 20 years, the global problem of ATC delays is becoming more urgent.last_img read more

Ohio Nutrient Management Record Keeper (OnMRK) available

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Nutrient Management Record Keeper (OnMRK) is a computerized recordkeeping system that sync’s with your smartphone or tablet to create a simple, easy and quick way to record all of your fertilizer and manure applications from the field. The free app which works on tablets, iPads and smartphones can be downloaded from the Google Play store for Android devices and iTunes for the Apple products.To get started, simply go to the app’s website www.onmrk.com.  After setting up your account, enter your farm and field information. Download and open the app on you smartphone or tablet and enter your applicator key. All of the data that has been entered on your computer will now synchronize with your smartphone or tablet. The app features drop‐down menus and quick entry fields which make it fast and easy to enter the required information.Click here for Ohio Nutrient Management Record Keeper InstructionsThe application information you enter from the field is combined with the GPS Location data from your smartphone or tablet. Both the current weather data and the weather forecast for this location is recorded. Once the application is saved the data is synced with the website. From the website you can print your application records or export them to a spreadsheet. The app was developed with input from OSU Extension Knox County, Ohio Farm Bureau and Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District to meet the new state record keeping requirements for both Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) and Senate Bill 150 (SB 150).A detailed set of instructions can be downloaded from the OSU Extension – Knox County website at www.knox.osu.edu.last_img read more

Books + Online Video = Vooks: Watchable, Readable, & Very Cool

first_imgTags:#web jolie odell Another one of the Vooks we saw was a cookbook – another product type that meshes very well with the hybrid book/video offering.We see vooks being awesome for many verticals. Celebrity-penned tomes interspersed with video interviews or anecdotes, how-to books with video tutorials, biographies, et cetera. But how does the format work for literary fiction, pop attorney dramas, or romance? Time and experimentation will tell.Still, for nonfiction works, we think that ebook formats that can integrate intelligently with online video are where it’s at, and we applaud Vook’s direction. If they can just get the licenses to splice The Princess Bride film footage with the ebook text, we’ll personally invest our two cents. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Vook is a new company that’s come up with a method for blending text and premium video to create an interesting mobile multimedia experience around popular literature.It combines the (relatively) old skool readability of a Kindle with the engagement of a YouTube series, all wrapped in the delicious flavor of a usable, interactive UI for web users and iFanboys alike.Of course, no experiment involving new media and books would be complete without reference to our dear friend Mr. Gary Vaynerchuk, whose new title, Crush It!, was just published in every imaginable format, including this one. And as skeptical as we were about the marriage of books and video, at least for this author and product, the format really seems to work.last_img read more

Why I Endorse Twitter’s New Changes, With Reservations

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Over the years, there are few services that have permeated my life so deeply as Twitter. It has become an irreplaceable part of my modern existence. Yesterday, Twitter changed its rules for how developers can build for the platform. While I hold reservations about what Twitter is doing, I am not only happy that Twitter made the changes, I wholeheartedly endorse its direction. Go forth Twitter, make money and be happy. Most importantly, make sure Twitter exists for a long time.Twitter has become many things to me over the years. A place to report the news, give opinions on a variety of topics, ask opinions about music, complain or pontificate about the Boston Red Sox, share my articles and more. It is a nuanced ecosystem that each user can employ to their specific wants and needs.  Twitter’s new terms for developers, while expected for over a year, are causing outrage among pundits and app makers that value open systems and free access to data. Twitter’s changes, they say, are messing with their livelihoods.To that, I say: what about Twitter’s livelihood? This is an American-bred company that has every right to do what it has to do to not only survive, but thrive. Twitter has every right to consolidate its platform, impose its own design rules on how tweets are displayed and fashion its business model to guarantee its viability not just for the short term, but for years down the road.Where it All Began: The UberMedia SkirmishOne of the biggest problems that people have with the new Twitter rules for developers is that it severely curtails who and how third-party clients can use the service. Those clients include services like Hootsuite, TweetBot, Echofon and others. Twitter told its developer ecosystem last year to stop making third-party clients as it continued to push users to Twitter-owned properties. In this way, Twitter can control the eyeballs that see its tweets and effectively advertise to them. The new rules for developers do not allow them to change the timeline (the Twitter “stream”) in their clients means that services that allow muting or blocking of tweets will be curtailed. In this way, any ads that Twitter places into users streams will be the same no matter what client a person is using.The impetus for cracking down on third-party clients came early in 2011. A company UberTwitter (later UberSocial and now called UberMedia) began acquiring as many third-party Twitter clients as it could lay its hands on. The idea for UberMedia was to do what Twitter had not done to that point: make money from the vast stream that are peoples’ daily tweets. To Twitter, this was a case of clear and present danger. Allow UberMedia to control the monetization of the stream and Twitter the company could essentially kiss its future goodbye. The battle came to a head when UberMedia reportedly bought the popular application TweetDeck for $30 million in February 2011.This was unacceptable to Twitter. The TweetDeck to UberMedia deal never went through and Twitter itself later bought the application for $50 million in May 2011. ReadWriteWeb lamented the sale of TweetDeck at the time, mourning a lost opportunity of a true unified interface for all social interactions.The UberMedia skirmish was the first resounding in Twitter’s ongoing battle with its developer ecosystem that has led to this point. I did not have a problem with what Twitter did then and, despite my colleagues reservations, was actually happy that TweetDeck went to Twitter (as long as Twitter did not shut it down completely). In my mind, whatever Twitter can do to strengthen its core, the better.This is where my reservations begin.What About Flipboard and Zite?For a long time after its TweetDeck acquisition, no meaningful updates to the platform came for any its applications including desktop, iOS or Android. In that time, TweetDeck became increasingly buggy and difficult to use, especially on its mobile clients. My reservations about Twitter’s moves to restrict third-party clients revolve around what has happened with TweetDeck. If Twitter is going to own and operate the most popular third-party client, it needs to make sure that client gets the attention it deserves. If Twitter cannot or will not do that, then it should let its developer ecosystem do it for them. Many people love TweetBot, perhaps the largest independent Twitter client, but its long-term future is now in doubt.Then there is the case of Flipboard and Zite.Flipboard is a popular application that was launched shortly after the release of the first iPad. It is a magazine-style app that draws its content from Twitter streams (along with other sources like Facebook). Zite is similar in that it is a serendipitous content discovery engine by aggregating and weighting various social factors including Twitter. The new rules for the Twitter API and display guidelines makes it unclear whether or not these applications (and several like them) will be able to function, hence putting their survival in question. Flipboard’s CEO Mike McCue recently relinquished his place on Twitter’s board of directors, likely in opposition to these changes.To me, the Twitter integration into Flipboard is a beautiful thing. I imagine it as a curation engine for my thoughts, articles, pictures and interactions. My interaction with Zite is similar in that it is a service that I use to find article topics, see the industry buzz and find new voices to read.Twitter wants its platform to be integrated everywhere. Indeed it has. It permeates mainstream media, giving an easy online identity people that were once upon a time inaccessible to the average consumer. Twitter has no problem with developers building for integration. But, when it comes to changing how and what a tweet looks like and how the timeline can be viewed, Twitter has put its foot down.This creates a quandary that is hard to reconcile. I want Twitter to do everything in its power to preserve its future. In this, I accept and endorse the fact that is has to make hard decisions in regards to its developer ecosystem. Some eggs need to be broken to make a frittata. On the other hand, exceptional services that rely on Twitter need to have the freedom to tap the platform.Twitter has grown into a company that has become important enough to eclipse the status of just another social media platform. It is now a social utility and is a powerful method of communication. With the status of utility and power, Twitter has the obligation of doing whatever it can to make sure it remains viable for years to come. That obligation also comes with an imperative to support the exception members of its supporting ecosystem, whether they follow the precise letters of Twitter’s law or not. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#twitter#web dan rowinskilast_img read more

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a month agoRoma coach Fonseca happy with goalscorer Dzeko for Sassuolo win

first_imgRoma coach Fonseca happy with goalscorer Dzeko for Sassuolo winby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma coach Paulo Fonseca was delighted with Edin Dzeko for the win over Sassuolo.Dzeko struck in the 4-2 victory.Fonseca said, “I spoke to Edin Dzeko a great deal during pre-season. He is a very important player. He scored a goal today, could’ve had more, but he is an excellent forward.“We changed a few things this evening. Pellegrini played as a trequartista. With Jordan Veretout and Mkhitaryan, we’ve got a better capacity for maintaining possession. Everyone played well today.“I tell everyone to press high and that is an important element. It worked well this evening. That does mean running some risks, but the high press is important and, when done well, actually gives you fewer risks in defence.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Opinion Additions of Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh the best thing for

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action against Penn State on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Michigan won 28-16.Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe rivalry between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines is about to get a lot more interesting on Saturday.This will be the first game in which Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh will face off in what many would consider the most intriguing meeting between the two teams since 2006. Harbaugh has been a successful head coach on both the college and professional level. In stops with the University of San Diego and Stanford, Harbaugh posted a 58-27 record with two conference championships at San Diego in 2005 and 2006, respectively. After Stanford finished 12-1 with an Orange Bowl win over Virginia Tech in 2011, Harbaugh left the collegiate ranks for the NFL, becoming the head coach for the San Francisco 49ers. He posted a 44-19 record, including a loss to his brother’s team, the Baltimore Ravens, in Super Bowl XLVII in 2013. After a rift between Harbaugh and the 49ers front office following an 8-8 finish in 2014, Harbaugh left San Francisco to go back to his alma mater and coach the team he onced quarterbacked: Michigan. Both Michigan and OSU have been teams to be reckoned with in the Big Ten this season, and part of that is due to the job that both Meyer and Harbaugh are doing at their respective schools. ESPN College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit said this game will be different because of what Harbaugh brings to the table as the man in charge at Michigan. “Spice. Intensity. For me, even when Ohio State was winning with Jim Tressel, the fan in me liked Woody (Hayes) and Bo (Schembechler). I like the angst, the emotion, the, ‘I’m not going to cross midfield to shake his hand,’” Herbstreit said. “I don’t know if we are going to get to that level with (Meyer) and (Harbaugh), but it’s going to be different. It’s going to be different just because of the personality of (Harbaugh). I’m one of these guys that starting Sunday morning, I don’t know if I’ll sleep because of what could be at stake this weekend. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”Despite much of the focus being on the two successful coaches, Harbaugh said in a Monday press conference that the focus should not be on them but on their players.“My reaction to the coach vs. coach build-up is he’s not going to be blocking anybody; he’s not going to be tackling anybody,” Harbaugh said. “I’m going to be on the sideline blocking and tackling nobody.”OSU coach Urban Meyer stands on the sideline during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost 17-14.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorEven so, it’s hard to ignore the impact the coaches have had on their respective programs and in turn, the rivalry in general. When each coach took the helm, the program finished under .500 the year prior. In Meyer’s first season in Columbus in 2012 and Harbaugh’s first one this year, the teams made major strides. Based on the first-year improvement, it’s completely reasonable to assume that the programs will maintain a level of success for years to come. That is the reason why these two teams have the potential to re-establish arguably the biggest rivalry in all of sports. With these two premier coaches leading the programs, the recruiting classes for these two teams should be among the best in the country, so the talent pool should be overflowing. With all of the eventual talent coming to these schools, the rivalry will only grow. And with that, the prominence of one of college football’s biggest rivalries will be restored. read more

Lenglet Dembele is not restless at Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona defender Clement Lenglet insists fellow Frenchman Ousmane Dembele remains fully committed to the clubThe Catalan giants signed Dembele in 2017 from Borussia Dortmund for a staggering €105m deal following a stunning season in the Bundesliga.However, life in Catalonia has not gone smoothly for Dembele with injury problems and a lack of opportunities spoiling his debut campaign.And things don’t appear to be improving for Dembele after failing to make manager Ernesto Valverde’s squad last Sunday, which saw Barcelona suffer a shock 4-3 home defeat to Real Betis.Valverde’s decision to omit Dembele came after his absence in a training session last week.The 21-year-old has only started two of his last five matches for Barcelona now, but Lenglet is certain there are no problems at Camp Nou.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“If Dembele looked serious in the stands I think that is understandable,” Lenglet told Goal on Dembele’s behaviour.“We were losing and if he started to laugh people would not understand that either.“I don’t think there is any problem with him, he was ill, he couldn’t make training and the coach chose another player.“These are things that happen at every club and we all have to pull in the same direction to reach our goals.”Barcelona will return to action on November 24 in a La Liga game away to third-place Atletico Madrid.last_img read more

KNWR Opens For Christmas Tree Cutting On Thursday

first_imgTrees may be taken anywhere on the Refuge with hand tools, except within 150 feet of a road, lake, stream, trail, campground, or picnic area. The refuge asks the public to trim the stumps as close to the ground as possible for aesthetic reasons. No tree cutting is permitted in the Refuge Headquarters/Visitor Center area and along Ski Hill Road. Trees are free for personal use with a limit of one per household, and may not be taller than 20 feet.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge announced that the Refuge will open for Christmas tree cutting from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day. For additional information, contact the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge office during regular business hours at (907) 262-7021.last_img