Chelsea’s Baker says loan spell has made him a better player

first_imgChelsea midfielder Lewis Baker believes he will return to Stamford Bridge a better player following his loan spell in the Netherlands.Baker has played 29 times for Vitesse Arnhem, including Europa League qualifiers against Southampton, and has scored four goals.The 20-year-old has previously been loaned out to Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons but feels his Dutch experience will stand him in good stead.He told the FA’s official website: “The culture is different and you’re away from your friends and family, and sometimes it can get lonely.“But you’re there to do a job and learn as much as you can and I have learned a lot on the pitch.“The coaches in Holland have helped. I’ve learned a lot of things for my position and it’s starting to show in games.“The more you play the more you learn because different games throw up different scenarios.“My application to the game has been much better. I’ll definitely take that back with me.”Baker is on a season-long loan at Vitesse, along with fellow Blues youngsters Dominic Solanke (seven goals in 21 appearances) and Izzy Brown (one goal in 20 appearances).See also:Chelsea youngster Baker seals loan moveHow Chelsea’s youngsters fared at Vitesse ArnhemChelsea give trial to non-League wingerMiddlesbrough boss confirms interest in Chelsea’s BakerFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

A’s have thin bench for Twins series finale

first_imgOAKLAND — The Athletics will have utility player Chad Pinder in a limited role Thursday and could be down as many as three relievers in the bullpen for their Fourth of July series finale against the Minnesota Twins at the Coliseum.Pinder is coming off an ankle injury sustained during infield practice Wednesday, and the bullpen was sretched to the limit in a 4-3, 12-inning loss to the Twins.Athletics manager Bob Melvin put Pinder at “75 percent” in terms of health but said the …last_img

New Treatment for Hyperactivity: Nature Walks

first_imgHiking in the woods seems to alleviate ADHD, say two researchers from University of Illinois, in two studies mentioned briefly in Science News.1  The article begins, “Does spending more playtime amid greenery improve behavior in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder?” (emphasis added).  Apparently, yes.  The setting, not just the activity, is part of the equation, the studies indicate.  One test took hyperactive children on walks, some in the city and some in the country.  “After the walk, children who took the nature trail performed better on a test of attention than did their counterparts who strolled in an urban setting.”1Ben Harder, “Nature reduces kids’ signs of attention disorder,” Science News, Week of Sept. 18, 2004; Vol. 166, No. 12 , p. 190.Children are too complex for experiments like this to be completely trustworthy, with so many variables to consider, but any parent should instinctively know this makes sense.  Stop depriving kids by confining them to zoos of smog, concrete, electronic gadgets and traffic noise, and then punishing them with drugs if they get rowdy.  For their health, give them space in the environment they were made for: in touch with the wonders of nature, with time to see beautiful things and reflect on their Creator’s wisdom.  A picture is worth a thousand words.  Here’s another thousand for a bonus, and some teacher/parent tips for places to go and things to do.  What a healthy idea: Creation Safaris for kids.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Human Evolution Story Confounded – Again

first_imgHuman fossils in Georgia (Asia) have confounded the timeline of human evolution again.  The UK newspaper Independent reported that the 3 skulls of Homo erectus are rewriting the history of man.  If these are as old as claimed (1.8 million years), it would toss overboard the long held belief that modern humans first emerged in Africa (e.g., 12/19/2007)  Or, perhaps, they came out of Africa, then back again.  Professor Lordkipanidze of the Georgia National Museum puzzled, “The question is whether Homo erectus originated in Africa or Eurasia, and if in Eurasia, did we have vice-versa migration?  This idea looked very stupid a few years ago, but today it seems not so stupid” – at least to some observers.    The Dmanisi skeletons (cf. 09/20/2007) show modern proportions but small stature and small brain size (cf. 08/05/2006, 08/22/2008).  Lordkipanidze said, “What is interesting is that their lower limbs, their tibia bones, are very human-like so it seems they were very good runners.”  He inferred also that “they were sophisticated tool makers with high social and cognitive skills.”Pay no mind.  They do this every couple of years (e.g., 02/07/2001, 10/09/2002, 07/03/2004, 09/03/2004, 08/16/2008) to look busy and keep the funding coming.  The “story of human evolution” is not one story; it is an endless sequence of variations on Darwin-applied-to-humans that resembles a random walk (10/27/2004)  The story’s purpose is to jam the airways so that people are distracted from listening to their consciences.  They still haven’t learnt their lessons (10/18/2006).(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

New Tool Highlights Facebook Users’ Disregard for Privacy

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Users: Not Worried or Uninformed?Another Q&A, this one between Facebook’s VP for public policy, Elliot Schrage, and NYT readers, seems to counter the claim about users’ general happiness. Instead, Schrage publicly acknowledges the rift between Facebook’s goals and the current perception of the social network. “Nobody at Facebook wants to make our users’ lives more difficult,” he laments. “It’s clear that despite our efforts, we are not doing a good enough job communicating the changes that we’re making… My biggest concern reading these comments has been the incorrect perception that we don’t care about user privacy or that we’ll sacrifice user privacy in exchange for advertising. That’s just not true.”Even among tech industry insiders, some are now claiming the media has gone too far in decrying Facebook’s supposed privacy violations. Articles, like the one you’re reading now, are adding fuel to a fire that Facebook users seemingly don’t even care about. But do they not care? Or do they just not know? We would argue it’s the latter. Case in point is an article we wrote in January about Facebook privacy, prior to the most recent radical changes, that still sits at number three on the New York Times’ most-emailed list for tech articles. And the number two article there now is also about Facebook privacy. An unconcerned audience? It doesn’t appear so. Does Facebook Care?To us, it’s clear that users do care about their privacy. But does Facebook? It’s hard to look at a site like OpenBook and think that it does, especially considering that it was Facebook’s changes made sites like this possible. We find it hard to believe that the thousands of users whose status updates are now publicly, embarrassingly on display for the world to see have knowingly opted into to this level of sharing. Perhaps there are a few exhibitionists out there (corset-wearing lady?) who are reveling in the chance to be this public, but most of these users are probably just uninformed about what going on. They assume that Facebook is still private, like it once was, and have continued treating it the same. The results are shocking. You Said What?Openbook even helpfully suggests searches for you to try, some of which we can’t even print here. Some safer-for-work examples, though, include: “drunk,” “drugs,” “called in sick,” “my DUI,” “DNA test” and “hate my boss,” to name a few. Search for those terms and you’ll find dozens, hundreds, sometimes thousands of status updates from Facebook users. You could argue that it’s the Openbook developers who should be held accountable for the embarrassments that are sure to stem from this site, but that may be misplacing the blame. Like those behind the now-shuttered, a site that aimed to inform users about the dangers of location-sharing, the builders of Openbook – Will Moffat, Peter Burns and James Home – aren’t trying to embarrass, but educate. “Openbook draws attention to the information Facebook makes public about its users via its search API,” reads the site’s About page. “Our goal is to get Facebook to restore the privacy of this information, so that this website and others like it no longer work.”We hope they accomplish their goals soon. In the meantime, you may want to check out this new tool, which helps you better determine how much you’re sharing. Tags:#Facebook#NYT#privacy#security#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos sarah perez Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification And it’s only one example. Other Facebook search engines, including Booshaka, ItsTrending, OpenFacebookSearch, OneRiot, Kurrently, and others do the same.Facebook Changes Make Public Statuses Easily Searchable Ever since Facebook rolled out its new “recommended settings” starting late last year, thousands of unwitting Facebook users have been duped into accepting changes that set everything from status updates to photo albums to “public,” meaning viewable by anyone and everyone who cares to look. This change was just the first of a number of updates to the social network that have led to serious PR issues for the company. Other new features – including “instant personalization” of websites based on your Facebook profile information, the publicizing of likes and interests and finally, the indefinite personal data storage now permitted by Facebook applications – round out the privacy worries that have attracted interest from both E.U. regulators and U.S. senators. But according to some Facebook execs, users aren’t worried. A recent interview between Facebook’s developer network director, Ethan Beard, and ComputerWorld, for example, has Beard proclaiming that the recent hubbub over Facebook’s privacy issues doesn’t reflect the true concerns of the site’s 400-plus million users. “To be honest,” he said, referring to the changes, “the user response has been overwhelmingly positive.” Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Think your Facebook profile is private? You had better double-check. A new website provides a voyeuristic look into the once-private social network by making Facebook status updates searchable. “My boss is a jerk and always tells me what I’m doing wrong!”, posts one user who we’ll be kind enough to not name (although her full name is available on the site). “Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but I’m totally wearing my new corset to work today,” another woman over-shares. “I totally cheated on the test!” brags a third. Do these people know their status updates are now available to the whole Web? Or do they just not care?We discovered these updates and (many more even worse ones) on a new search engine available at The engine parses the data Facebook users have made public and allows it to be searchable outside the social network. last_img read more

FIR filed against Srinagar Deputy Mayor

first_imgThe Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), constituted by the Jammu and Kashmir Governor’s administration, on Saturday registered an FIR against Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Deputy Mayor Sheikh Imran, officers of the J&K Bank and State government officials for “misappropriating subsidies worth crores of rupees to benefit Imran’s firm, the Kehwa Group”.A spokesman for the ACB said the FIR was lodged under the Prevention of Corruption Act for “illegal appropriation of subsidy with inflated project cost for establishment of a cold storage at Lassipora, Pulwama.”“An enquiry revealed that to usurp the subsidy component under the garb of promoting horticulture, with the connivance of the Horticulture Department officers and bank officials, the proprietor and his partners declared the facility as a non-performing asset without paying even a single instalment towards the bank. The cost of the project assessed was found much lower than the projected cost,” said the ACB. The project was submitted by Mr. Imran, also the director of Kehwa Square Private. The FIR said the company “inflated the project cost in connivance with the officers to misappropriate government subsidy of ₹16.50 crore”.The ACB said the group got its loan of ₹138 crore from the J&K Bank restructured to ₹78 crore. After a one-time settlement, surreptitiously approved by bank officials, the group’s second instalment of ₹55 crore was further reduced to ₹27 crore, the Bureau added. “The involved bank officers and a joint inspection team of government officials misused their position to confer undue monetary advantage to Kehwa group and help it illegally appropriate crores from the State exchequer,” ACB officials said.last_img read more

Reality check

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte A marked man as mentioned by Eriksson before the match, Wu proved to be a cut above the rest as his well-placed effort in the 40th minute opened the scoring for the Chinese.In front of 16,000 fans, most of them Filipino workers spending their day off at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, another moment of magic from the Chinese striker in the 66th minute doubled the advantage, before substitute Yu Dabao cashed in on some indecision from Azkals defenders off a corner.“We knew that one of the two things we needed to before the match was that we cannot give him space, but he still finished twice unmarked. We have to do a better job in this situation,” said Schrock.Defender Daisuke Sato said the Azkals have to be physically stronger at this level after the Chinese refused to pull up on some heavy challenges during the course of the match. Sato had a swollen lip after getting hit in the first half.“You cannot switch off in these types of games, in this level we are playing now,” said Schrock.The midfielder warned his team from looking past Kyrgyzstan, a newcomer in the tournament, which the Azkals have beaten twice two years ago.“We cannot overlook anyone in this group especially now that Kyrgyzstan has a chance to advance to the next round. Like I said, it’s a final. We have more time together and work something out for this game and we will take the challenge.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phil Younghusband shrugs off the challenge from Wu Xi. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Ryan LimABU DHABI—The Philippines left this city tired and disappointed after a heavy 3-0 defeat to China last Friday night that left its hopes of reaching the next round of the AFC Asian Cup hanging by a thread.Getting a grim reality check on the level of competition they are facing, the Azkals were punished by a sharp and incisive Chinese side, which capitalized on some poor defending from the Philippines to secure their second straight win and progress to the Round of 16.ADVERTISEMENT A few tactical tweaks by coach Sven-Goran Eriksson did not go as planned as the Chinese overran the Azkals midfield. Manny Ott was relegated to the bench with Carlie de Murga getting a first start.Schrock took an advanced role on the left wing, while Luke Woodland played at rightback.The Azkals, however, seemed to run out of ideas when they had the ball and struggled to settle into the match, unlike in the Korea encounter where they looked comfortable soaking up the pressure, before breaking forward in numbers.Javier Patino, just like against Korea, again couldn’t find a way through the Chinese goal, after he was released by Patrick Strauss on the counterattack.“We were all very disappointed with the outcome but just to defend in a game like this is not enough,” said Schrock. “We barely created our opportunities from our side. We had one golden opportunity with Javier on the counter and that was it.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ginebra, TNT kick off season of chasing San Miguel Beer LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening On a high after their impressive performance in the 0-1 loss to South Korea, the Azkals’ pride was pricked by China’s workmanlike and classy display that was highlighted by two sublime goals by Wu Lei.The Azkals still have an outside chance of reaching the next round after South Korea nipped Kyrgyzstan, 1-0, last Friday night, but they would need to beat the Kyrgyz side first and hope that other results go their way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe final group match is slated on Wednesday at Rashid Stadium in Dubai.“We still have hope,” said captain Stephan Schrock. “As you know, South Korea beat Kyrgyzstan last night and so we can still have a little final for the third place for maybe a place in the next round.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Change in demeanor turns things around for NU libero Jennifer Nierva

first_imgMOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Khabib Nurmagomedov doubts Conor McGregor’s retirement is for real Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Jennifer Nierva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—National University maintained its place in the race for a Final Four spot in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament and a large part of that is thanks to young libero Jennifer Nierva.The Lady Bulldogs fended off Adamson University, 28-26, 30-32, 25-21, 25-22, on Sunday to keep their hopes alive for the semifinals with their 3-7 record giving them a mathematical chance of entering the grand ball.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Nierva did display her calmness on the court with 44 excellent digs and 33 successful receptions leading the Lady Bulldogs to break their three-game skid.“My goal before the start of the game is to be the source of positivity, the source of energy, the source of happiness,” said Nierva, 19. “Since I’m the libero, I have to be stable.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Nierva said that even though she’s a rookie, her team relies on her to bring the stability on and off the floor.After NU’s three-set loss to De La Salle, 25-20, 25-18, 25-10, Nierva left the playing floor in tears, but she changed her demeanor heading into the match against the Lady Falcons.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, logistics“After that, I thought to myself that I had so much drama,” said Nierva in Filipino Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I said that I should’ve never cried after our loss and I should always be happy and enjoy the game.”“If I have that kind of demeanor, the happiness will eventually translate to the game because if I’m overly emotional you’ll limit your performance and you won’t play at the best of your abilities.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more