Sh13b too cheap, but hard to keep hold of Hazard, admits Sarri

first_imgHe admitted his first goal was “something special” as after collecting the ball just inside the West Ham half, Hazard jinked past three defenders before coolly slotting home.However, Chelsea may be forced to cash in on their prized asset as their number 10 has just over one year left on his contract and has so far refused to extend his deal.Should they refuse to sell this summer, Chelsea run the risk of losing their top scorer on a free transfer in 2020.“It (£100m) is too cheap in this market! We have seen in the last few windows every price I think,” Sarri said.“I’m sure the club doesn’t want to sell him, but of course we all have to respect his decision, I think.“He is in the last season of contract, if he wants to have another experience we have to respect it. We will try in any way to convince him, but it is not easy.”The prospect of losing Hazard is even more daunting for Chelsea as they are currently banned from signing any new players due to a one-year transfer ban imposed by FIFA.“From the technical point of view no, not at the moment,” added Sarri when asked if Chelsea can cope without Hazard.“Also because it is impossible to find another Hazard. At the moment there is not another Hazard, because the level is too high.”– Hazard focused on top four –Victory ensured Chelsea moved into third in the Premier League, two points clear of Tottenham and three ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal in the race for a top-four finish.Both their London rivals and Manchester United — five points back in sixth — now have a game in hand on Sarri’s men.But Hazard insisted he is focused solely on delivering Champions League football for Chelsea next season either via a top-four finish or winning the Europa League.“For now I am just focusing on Chelsea until the end of the season,” he said.“I want to finish in the top four and do well in the Europa League. We still have a lot to do and then we will see.”With trips to Liverpool and Manchester United to come in Chelsea’s last five league games, much will depend on Hazard with Gonzalo Higuain showing little sign of hitting form.The Argentine striker stated his desire before kick-off to make his move permanent should Chelsea successfully appeal their transfer ban, but he had another night to forget in front of goal.“When Hazard is able to play like in the last two matches of course for the team it is easier,” Sarri said. “We can win against every team.”Having failed to muster a single attack of note before the break, West Ham sparked into life in the second half and could have made Chelsea pay for their failure to kill the game off.Marko Arnautovic’s clever cut-back picked out the unmarked Manuel Lanzini at the edge of the box, but his shot was too close to Kepa Arrizabalaga before Aaron Cresswell then arrowed a shot inches wide of the far post.Sarri was growing increasingly frustrated on the sidelines as Chelsea continued to miss chances to make the game safe.But the Italian was finally able to relax in stoppage time when Hazard was given acres of space to control Ross Barkley’s pass and produced the finish to match his performance.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eden Hazard’s wonder goal helped Chelsea beat West Ham on Monday © AFP / OLLY GREENWOODLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 9 – Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri admitted it will be hard to deny Eden Hazard a move to Real Madrid this summer, even if a reported Sh13 billion move is “too cheap” for the Belgian captain.Hazard was in stunning form as the Blues moved up to third in the Premier League, scoring both goals in a 2-0 win over West Ham on Monday.last_img read more

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Chelsea v Palace: Cuadrado, Drogba & Courtois start

first_imgChelsea were forced in to a late change in midfield, with Juan Cuadrado replacing Ramires who is ill.Didier Drogba starts up front at Stamford Bridge, where a win would seal the title for the home side.Drogba gets the nod despite Loic Remy being available again after injury. Remy is among the Blues substitutes, while keeper Thibaut Courtois returns to the starting line-up.Meanwhile, Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward has been passed fit to play following a shin injury. Eagles forwards Fraizer Campbell and Marouane Chamakh are sidelined. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Cuadrado, Hazard; Drogba. Subs: Cech, Filipe Luis, Zouma, Mikel, Ake, Loftus-Cheek, Remy. Crystal Palace: Speroni; Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward; Ledley, McArthur; Puncheon, Mutch, Zaha; Bolasie. Subs: Hennessey, Hangeland, Kelly, Lee, Jedinak, Sanogo, Murray. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Takeaways: Oakland Athletics rip four home runs against Rangers to snap skid

first_imgJune’s spat began over Sampson purportedly stepping on Ramon … OAKLAND — Wish Kid August Wold wanted to get the full baseball player’s experience. Turns out, in the A’s 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday, he’d get just that… with a little more spice.The A’s moved to 59-47 and into a tie for the second AL wild-card spot with the Boston Red Sox. Here are the takeaways.Rivalry revivedThe Adrian Sampson contention for the Oakland Athleticsbegan in Arlington, Texas, last month.last_img

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The Enceladus Problem Heats Up

first_imgHow can a small icy moon produce hot-water geysers?  That is the Enceladus problem: for a small moon assumed to be 4.5 billion years old to be forcefully gushing out water from its south pole was a great surprise when the Cassini spacecraft first detected the geysers in 2005 (11/28/2005).  Ever since, scientists have been puzzling how to get the plumes to last so long (03/01/2006).  A new paper in Icarus1 concedes this is a bigger problem than thought; it would require tremendous heat at depth to keep the system going.    The existence of nitrogen in the plumes, assumed to result from decomposition of ammonia, leads to estimates of 500K to 800K (440-980°F) in the moon’s interior: “a very hot environment” for unusual chemistry and explosive physics.A major question is how is it possible to get high temperatures inside Enceladus, while it is already surprising to observe ongoing geological activity at this satellite.  We prefer to approach the problem the following way.  Pre-Cassini geophysical models have failed to account for the young surface of Enceladus observed by Voyager.  There is a need to revisit the assumptions and initial conditions used for these models.    Several other lines of evidence now point to the existence of high temperature material (well above the melting point of water) in at least some portions of Enceladus’ interior.  The plumes themselves and the thermal power radiated by the south polar anomaly suggest higher heating levels than currently provided by long-lived radiogenic species and current tidal dissipation combined (Porco et al., 2006).    Supplying the heat required to explain the observed phenomena is a major challenge for theoretical models of the satellite’s thermal history.The only suggestions they can come up with are (1) maybe tidal heating is more efficient than thought, or (2) maybe Enceladus formed early when short-lived radionuclides were able to melt the interior, then subsequent long-lived radioactive decay maintained the heat for all this time.  They referred to other papers on these ideas but did not speculate on how long such heating could persist, and why it did not affect similar moons, like Mimas, in the same way.    At the end they speculated briefly about how inner heat might cook up a “rich, warm, aqueous, organic ‘soup’ below the surface” up to and including “hydrocarbons, nitriles, methanol and possibly amino acids” not yet observed.  Sniffing some of the ingredients might be possible if Cassini is able to sweep through the plume a year from now (March 12, 2008).  Though the authors did not mention the L word life (except for the indirect word prebiotic), some of the popular news media were quick to pick up on this thought (see BBC News and Space.com).  The JPL press release, though stating that “all key ingredients for life” are present, was careful to qualify that “no one is claiming that we found life by any means” – only that “we probably have evidence for a place that might be hospitable to life.”  National Geographic, however, made the L word its centerpiece, announcing, “Saturn’s Icy Moon May Have Been Hot Enough for Life, Study Finds.”1Matson, Castillo, Lunine and Johnson, “Enceladus’ plume: Compositional evidence for a hot interior,” Icarus, Volume 187, Issue 2, April 2007, pages 569573, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2006.10.016.Enceladus has nothing to do with life, OK? (time to review 02/15/2007).  Scientists and reporters should stop throwing out this distraction from the real issue: an observational fact is at clear variance with assumptions about the age of the solar system.  The researchers admit that the known heat sources are inadequate separately and in combination.  Two years ago, it was admitted Enceladus lacks a rocky core that could store enough radioactive sources (see 04/08/2005), and last year another scientist admitted that short-lived radionuclides are just a knob one can twiddle in the models without being able to make a hard statement (see 03/01/2006).  Meanwhile, the geysers are real.  They continue to erupt enough material to replenish the E-ring and spray-paint neighboring moons with ice (02/10/2007).    If this were the only anomaly in the evolutionary dating scheme, perhaps they could do some special pleading, but then there is Titan’s surface (05/04/2006, 06/09/2005) and atmosphere (10/18/2006, 09/14/2006), Saturn’s rings (09/06/2005), Io’s volcanoes, the surface of Venus, our moon (11/09/2006), comets (06/10/2006) and much more in the solar system arguing against long ages.  The earth-based dating methods that give long ages are not without their own problems (e.g., 08/08/2006, 05/08/2006); without the need for geological epochs for evolution to occur, the difficulties with all dating methods would be apparent.  The E-ring is young (07/11/2006), the geysers have finite energy sources, and the surface of Enceladus is young (08/30/2005).  Why not accept the obvious inference that the whole moon is young?  If Darwin didn’t need the time, it would be obvious to everybody.  This “major challenge” must be faced (02/06/2006).  We agree it is time to “revisit the assumptions and initial conditions” that have “failed to account for the young surface of Enceladus observed by Voyager.”  Stating the inference to the best explanation – that Enceladus is young – will require courage on the part of a planetary scientist willing to go where the evidence leads.(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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South African poet takes African women’s message to the world

first_imgPoet Koleka Putuma is a South African cultural icon-in-waiting. Her straight-talking multimedia poetry tackles racism, sexism and social ills head-on, giving young African women a formidable global voice.Koleka Putuma is a South African spoken word poet who uses poetry, music and the power of the internet to give African women a voice. (Image: Facebook)CD AndersonPutuma’s words are never minced and are delivered without formula or platitude. Whether in spoken word format or written, her poetry tackles serious issues with the gravity they deserve.Following her win at the inaugural South African National Poetry Slam in 2014, as well as a 2016 PEN SA Student Writing Prize, Putuma released her first anthology of poetry in April 2017, titled Collective Amnesia. The book has gone on to sell more than 2,000 copies; this in a local literary market where poetry books rarely sell more than 100 copies.The anthology is a top seller in a number of South Africa’s most popular independent bookstores, but what makes Putuma’s success different is her approach to delivering her work to the world.Embracing new media such as video and social media, she delivers her voice directly to the people.Collaborating with video artist Jarryd Kleinhans and photographer Andiswa Mkosi, Putuma presents visual interpretations of her work through online video-sharing sites. The effect is immediate and collaborative, changing poetry from being a monologue into an interactive dialogue.However, to read her words in print, in book form or through her social media postings, the full effect of her use of language and metaphor offers a closer exploration of her work.Following an intense three-month book launch performance tour to 13 centres across the country, and as it is about to enter its third print run, Collective Amnesia has been chosen as a prescribed text for second-year university students. Putuma is turning South African poetry into the new rock ‘n’ roll.Born a year before South African post-apartheid democracy, Putuma is of a generation that doesn’t have a living memory of apartheid, yet she still feels and can articulate the repercussions ingrained in modern social ills of gender violence, entrenched patriarchy and ongoing discrimination.Milisuthando Bongela, cultural editor of the Mail & Guardian, praises her precocious talent, saying: “This person who was born in 1993 was never meant to experience apartheid or any sort of discrimination, has now written a book that archives her experiences in this so-called free country that we live in.”Her performances are delivered in an idiosyncratic and eccentric style, a very modern mix of meme-culture, quirky slang and unapologetic youth coolness.The poem 1994: A Love Poem is an acidic tongue-in-cheek take on South Africa’s middle-class obsession with Nelson Mandela and how it is very different in real life interactions between black and white South Africans: “I want someone who’s going to look at me and love me the way white people look at and love Mandela. You don’t know love until you’ve been loved like Mandela/ You don’t know betrayal until you’ve been loved like Mandela/ You don’t know [expletive] until you’ve been loved like Mandela.”Koleka Putuma is a South African spoken word poet who uses poetry, music and the power of the internet to give African women a voice. (Image: Andiswa Mkosi)Her poems celebrate young Africanness, yet mourn the deep-rooted problems of gender politics. In the poem Black Solidarity, Putuma explores the hypocrisy of sexism and patriarchy, particularly in social and political activism: “How come your revolution always wants to go rummaging through my underwear?… How come references to your revolution are limited to Biko and Fanon and Malcolm?/ Do you read?/ Your solidarity, it seems, is anchored by undermining black woman’s struggle.”Speaking during a Johannesburg launch of her book at the end of June 2017, Putuma explained her position: “I used to look at my mother and my auntie’s choices and think, ‘Why would you stay? Why would you choose that in that particular situation?’ But after writing this book and having experienced things as a black woman, I learned that, in that particular situation, your mother and aunt chose silence so that they could live, or so that there could be peace in the house, so that they could eat.”Established South African poet Lebo Mashile calls Putuma a revolutionary new voice in South African poetry. “She’s exploding the model of South African literature, which is a wonderful thing. She is emerging, and with authority, to claim her space and audience. The work that [she is] doing is very necessary. [She is] opening the way for [young people, particularly girls and young women to find their voices]. Ten to 15 years from now, they will reference and thank [her].”For a more in-depth look at Putuma’s work, visit her website and Facebook page.Source: Okay AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Last Call: GIFF Videos Due July 1st

first_img SharePrint Related5 Tips for getting your video into GIFF 2015June 15, 2015In “Community”Calling all filmmakers! Create a film for GIFF 2019May 7, 2019In “News”6 Tips for Submitting a Film to GIFFApril 3, 2017In “Community” When you log a geocache, do you secretly practice your movie star autograph? Well, here’s your chance to put all that practice to good use. At this year’s Geocaching Block Party, we’re going to showcase geocacher stardom with the second annual Geocaching International Film Festival. Films can be in any family-friendly genre: narrative, documentary, music video, animation, experimental, etc…If you are “spoiling” a geocache in any way in your film, you must have geocache owner permission.Film length must not exceed 4 minutes (including credits)Only 2 submissions per person will be accepted. A separate submission form is required for each entry.Non-English language films are encouraged, but must be subtitled in EnglishNo submission feeFinalists will be selected to screen at the second annual Geocaching International Film Festival from 8pm–10pm on August 15, 2014.Awards will be announced directly following the screening. You do not need to be present to win an award. A single film can win more than one award.Submission deadline: July 1, 2014Think you have what it takes to be a geocaching star? Read these 5 tips for getting your film into GIFF. Then, submit your film.Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img General Ruleslast_img read more

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Use OutLook? Liaise Intelligent Assistant Available Now

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Outlook users can now use email plug-in Liaise to automatically extract action items, delegation and priority levels from the free text of email conversations. This is software that’s so cool it makes me jealous of Windows users.Liaise launched in September and won the Peoples’ Choice Award for Enterprise Products at DEMO but is available to the public at large for the first time today.In removing its Beta label, Liaise has added a few new features, including calendar integration, group collaboration and more user control over the UI. Check it out, I think if you’re an Outlook user this is something you could really find useful.Need to stay up-to-date on the ways the web is changing?Real-time delivery of information is impacting more and more places online. You can develop an in-depth understanding of the emerging real-time web so that your organization can have a competitive advantage by reading our authoritative research report The Real-Time Web and Its Future. It’s based on more than 50 interviews with industry leaders and is getting great reviews. Click here to learn more and see a free sample section of the report. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#news#NYT#Product Reviews#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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The High Cost of Deep-Energy Retrofits

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. How much does it cost to perform a deep-energy retrofit at a 100-year-old single-family home? Thanks to a recent study in Utica, New York, we now know the answer: about $100,000.The research was sponsored by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), an agency that administers programs funded by public benefit charges tacked onto electric utility bills. The program paid for deep-energy retrofits at four wood-framed buildings in Utica, New York.The project manager for the study was NYSERDA engineer Greg Pedrick. At the recent Better Buildings by Design conference in Burlington, Vermont, Pedrick gave a presentation, “Research Findings and Momentum for Deep Energy Retrofits,” explaining the scope of work and summarizing the costs of the retrofits.A big fan of deep-energy retrofits, Pedrick explained, “I want to see a fatter house with a smaller mechanical system.”Pedrick’s team selected four wood-framed buildings; brick buildings were deliberately excluded. All are owned by low-income families who had applied for weatherization assistance. Three of the buildings are single-family homes; the fourth is a duplex. All of the buildings are about 100 years old.The work was paid for by NYSERDA; there were no out-of-pocket expenses for the building owners.The researchers’ goal was to reduce energy use by 75%. To achieve this goal, the plan was to retrofit slab floors to R-10, below-grade walls to R-20, above-grade walls and roofs to at least R-40. The windows would be upgraded — either with low-e storm windows or new windows — to achieve a maximum U-factor of 0.25. The airtightness goal for the homes was 0.15 cfm @ 50 pascals per square foot of surface area.To insulate the basement floors, the contractors first installed a layer of Platon dimple mat on top of the existing concrete slabs, followed by R-10 rigid insulation and a layer of Durock cement… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

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The Five Silliest Hacks Ever

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid lauren orsini How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Not all software is going to be the most efficient use of time and resources, that much is certain. Some, however, go a step further to achieve maximum silliness.Think of them as jokes with programming as the medium to deliver the punch line. Like what iFart did for the first iPhone, these hacks justify their existence with nothing more than humor. There are dozens of hacks out there that do little more than make us chuckle. Here are just a few that are way sillier than they are helpful. Usefulness aside, many of these have gone full on viral, so you’ve likely heard of some of these. This is by no means an extensive list, so be sure to share your favorite silly hacks in the comments. DoloForget your universal friend finders. What if you need to find a friend in the 14-acre area of San Francisco that is Dolores Park? Dolo provides exactly that tiny scope that you weren’t looking for. I can’t help but wonder if it’d be easier, even for San Franciscans, to just use Foursquare to check in to the park instead of downloading a new app exclusively for that purpose. Does this kind of thing exist in other towns, too?Let Me Google That For You Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts Tags:#humor Perhaps one of the most famous silly hacks, Let Me Google That For You makes itself useful simply through the exercise in smugness that it allows its user. It’s the perfect one-click response to a friend or commenter asking out into the void something like, “Is avocado a fruit?” LMGTFY puts the questioner in their place while making you feel superior. Is It Christmas?Christmas isn’t one of those crazy holidays that move around confusingly from year to year (I’m looking at you, Thanksgiving and Easter). It’s always on December 25. Which is why there’s really no reason for Is It Christmas?, which was created solely to answer in the negative 364 days of the year. See also another similarly useless hack: Has the Large Hadron Collider Destroyed the World [email protected] iambic pentameter Twitter bot @Pentametron is silly, but it isn’t stupid. When I interviewed the coder behind the bot last year, he told me it scans “400 to 500 tweets a second” in its scavenging for rhyming couplets. Like misheard conversations, Twitter users’ banalities find a second life as poems. It’s a surreal bot that gives meaning to the meaningless. Twitter in particular is a huge resource for entertaining programs. From @YourMomBot to @YesYoureRacist, humor bots are practically a silly hack sub genre. Hipster IpsumRemember Lorem Ipsum, the absurd but essential Latin gibberish designers use to mimic finished text in page mockups? Hipster Ipsum is a modern take on the same idea. Instead of a hodge podge of Latin words, fill your text boxes with “PBR” and “Brooklyn.” Hungry for more? There’s Bluth Ipsum and Cupcake Ipsum, just to name a few.Image courtesy of Dolo. last_img read more

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The One Way to Scale Things That Don’t Easily Scale

first_imgCaring doesn’t easily scale. You might care very deeply about helping your clients achieve the outcomes they need while, at the very same time, someone else on your team couldn’t care less. You see this everywhere, don’t you?The only way to get everyone to consistently care is to build a culture of caring.Passion doesn’t easily scale either. The cynics, the critics, the has-beens, and the never-will-be’s are too cool to drink the Kool-Aid. They’ll never allow themselves to be vulnerable enough to feel anything.Unless you build a culture of passion, passion doesn’t scale.Craftsmanship doesn’t easily scale. It isn’t easy to scale the kind of craftsmanship that differentiates the exceptional from most products or services. You know this kind of professionalism when you see it, the attention to detail, the deep knowledge, and the meticulous care that goes into it.Unless you build a culture around craftsmanship, it doesn’t easily scale.Execution scales fine when the outcomes are easy, low cost, and low risk. But execution of real, tangible, business outcomes isn’t easy to scale. Getting complex, intangible business results is difficult. You know by now that the only answer is a culture of execution.Resourcefulness doesn’t easily scale. Resourcefulness is what the human spirit is made up of, but it’s been driven out of most adults in the workforce. Business has spent more than a Century building dependents.You can scale resourcefulness if you build a culture around identifying new ideas, finding away, and killing sacred cows.The way to scale things that don’t easily scale is to build a culture around those values. It’s the leader’s job to build that culture—and defend it from anyone and everyone that threatens that culture. It’s your job to live that culture, to breathe life into, to make it real. This is your real competitive advantage.QuestionsWhat do you do that’s difficult to scale?If it scaled, what intangible could provide your competitive advantage?How important is culture to an organization’s success? It’s survival? Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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