Lacklustre Man Utd seal second with stalemate at West Ham

first_imgA third blank in their last five league games for United means local rivals Manchester City can seal another Premier League record by winning the league by at least 19 points if they win at Southampton on the last day of the season on Sunday.“We are the second best team in the Premier League, a fantastic competition with lots of good teams,” said Mourinho.“We came second. I am not totally happy (because) that is not my nature, but since the moment we felt it was impossible to finish first, we had the target to finish second and it is done today.”In United’s first game since legendary former manager Alex Ferguson had to have emergency surgery on a brain haemorrhage, the visiting fans showed their support to the 76-year-old Scot with persist chants of “we all love Alex Ferguson”.There was a more subdued atmosphere from the home fans at the end of another deeply frustrating campaign for the Hammers. Two years ago to the day, West Ham waved goodbye to Upton Park in a thrilling 3-2 win over United on a night of high emotion in East London.That victory also helped secure European football, but the move to the London Stadium, sold to supporters as West Ham’s chance to compete with the Premier League elite, has so far proved a false dawn.Survival was only mathematically secured last weekend and West Ham remain in lowly 15th place.“It’s a big achievement for us,” insisted West Ham manager David Moyes of keeping his side in the top flight.“We had to get the players in order a little bit after we came in, and we have done that. This is a big club and there are big expectations from the supporters so they will need to improve.”Mourinho reacted to Friday’s meek 1-0 defeat at Brighton by making eight changes with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial relegated to the bench despite the continued absence of the injured Romelu Lukaku.However, that failed to provoke an immediate response as West Ham posed the early threat.Marko Arnautovic’s goals have kept Moyes’s men up and the Austrian muscled his way into a good shooting position on six minutes but placed his shot too close to David de Gea.Adrian has been restored in the West Ham goal for the past three games in place of England international Joe Hart, and showed why with a hat-trick of fine saves.Jesse Lingard was first to be denied with a fiercely struck long-range effort before Adrian showed quick reflexes to save from Alexis Sanchez and then get back on his feet to turn Shaw’s effort onto the post.A lacklustre United display was reflected in Pogba again failing to take control of the game.The £89 million midfielder did have the visitors’ best chance when he headed wide just after the hour mark from Antonio Valencia’s pin-point cross.The Frenchman came a lot closer moments later with a strike that curled just past the post from a narrow angle.Pogba’s frustration then spilled over when he was lucky to escape with just a yellow card after grappling with West Ham captain Mark Noble as tempers flared in the latter stages.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000West Ham goalkeeper Adrian kept Manchester United at bay © AFP / Ian KINGTONLondon, United Kingdom, May 10 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho refused to criticise his side despite another display lacking inspiration in attacking areas as they sealed second place in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw at West Ham on Thursday.In a game of precious few clear-cut chances, Luke Shaw hit the post and Paul Pogba headed wide with United’s best opening.last_img read more

Fulham, Everton and Wigan keen on Spanish keeper – report

first_imgFulham are battling to sign Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, according to The Sun.Everton and Wigan are also said to be interested in the 26-year-old along with Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.Espanyol are apparently asking for only £1m for Casilla, who left Real six years ago.Harry Redknapp wants talks with QPR chairman Tony Fernandes when the club’s relegation is confirmed, the Daily Mirror report.It is suggested that Redknapp is willing to stay on as manager but equally willing to leave, with a number of clubs apparently likely to be interested in hiring him.Meanwhile, Chelsea are on alert after Napoli striker Edinson Cavani revealed he is considering his future, the Daily Express say.It comes after Cavani told Italian newspaper La Repubblica: “I’m fine in Naples, but  there are lots of things to consider.“I can only say that I will give my all in this shirt until the last day I wear it.”It is claimed Chelsea and Manchester City want the Uruguayan and that Arsenal could make a move for him if their Middle East takeover goes through.City are touted as the frontrunners for the 26-year-old, who reportedly has a £60m release clause, with Real Madrid also said to be interested.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Second-half latest: Chelsea 1 Stoke 0 – Blues edging towards win

first_imgChelsea remain on course for victory after at Stamford Bridge thanks to Bertrand Traore’s breathtaking first-half strike.Traore, playing up front because of a tendon injury to Diego Costa, turned sharply 25 yards from goal following a Nemanja Matic pass and crashed the ball in to the far corner from the edge of the box.Stoke came close to levelling soon after the restart when Marco Arnautovic tested Thibaut Courtois with a fierce shot from distance, while the Belgian keeper also saved well from Xherdan Shaqiri’s low strikeAt the other end the impressive Eden Hazard – on his 200th Blues appearance – fired an attempt across goal following a swift break by Willian.The only goal came with Chelsea well on top but Stoke had started brightly and created three good chances on the break.Courtois made a decent save from Ibrahim Afellay’s long-range strike and Mame Diouf twice wasted good shooting positions.But Chelsea started to threaten more regularly after the half-hour mark, mainly through the recalled Willian, who blasted an effort narrowly wide and also saw a shot blocked after a fine run by Hazard.The Blues and the Potters are both chasing a fourth consecutive Premier League victory. A Chelsea win would take them above Stoke in the table and could take them up to seventh place in the table.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Baba, Ivanovic, Cahill; Matic, Mikel; Willian, Hazard (Loftus-Cheek 63), Oscar; Traore (Remy 68).Subs: Begovic, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Fabregas, Pato.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Aliens Invade Science News

first_imgWhat are aliens doing in science news reports?  There is no evidence they even exist.  That has not hindered some scientists from speculating.  BBC News reporters Pallab Ghosh headlined an entry “Astronomers hopeful of detecting extra-terrestrial life,” and adorned it with a Hollywood-style alien corpse.  The article highlighted the optimism of Lord Rees, the president of the Royal Society and Astronomer Royal of Britain, who thinks we are getting close to discovering alien life.  And whatever the discovery shows them to be, “It would change our view of ourselves and our place in the cosmos.”    Frank Drake of SETI fame was also given very good press by the BBC News for finding nothing for 50 years.  Drake was praised for inventing an equation that, to evaluate, would require knowledge of several factors that are beyond observation or measurement.  Reporter Jonathan Amos focused on what our reactions would be if we discovered aliens.    New Scientist went even further and speculated on what aliens will look like.  Reporter Stephen Battersby acknowledged there is no evidence for “Tentacled monsters, pale skinny humanoids, shimmery beings of pure energy… When it comes to the question of what alien life forms might look like, we are free to let our imagination roam,” he said.  “The science-in-waiting of extraterrestrial anatomy has yet to acquire its first piece of data, so nobody knows what features we will behold if and when humans and aliens come face-to-face.  Or face to squirmy something.”  From there, various astrobiologists and origin-of-life researchers weighed in with their imaginative speculations.  Stephen Benner thought life might be built on alien chemistry.  Battersby speculated about life in our solar system.  “In our eyes, the Titanians might seem pretty laid back.  At around 93 kelvin, Titan’s seas are very cold and that makes chemical reactions super slow.” Dirk Schulze-Makuch (U of Washington) who said, “Things could be very slow-moving and slow-growing.  The lifetime of such an organism may be 10,000 years, or perhaps as much as a million.”    Battersby switched over to SETI and let his imagination run loose: “Even without knowing the details of their chemistry or habitat, it is possible to hazard a few guesses,” he said.  He used “convergent evolution” to speculate that aliens might look like us, and even put English words in their mouth. So if our aliens come from a planet with a range of habitats not too different from those on Earth, they might well have some of the same characteristics.  A well-lit world like ours would probably produce beings with eyes – so maybe a recognisable face after all.  And our cosmic correspondents would presumably need some manipulating organs to fiddle with the nuts and bolts of their technology.  They might even have hands, but then again why not a prehensile tail or a trunk instead?  “Maybe it’s an antenna, maybe a tentacle,” says [Lynn] Rothschild [NASA Ames].  “Maybe an octopus would look at us and think ‘How can you expect this organism to develop technology with its two clumsy front limbs?’”While we’re speculating, let’s not let empiricism get in the way.  They might even be machines; or “we might find tentacled monsters, pale skinny humanoids, shimmery beings of pure energy….”  At least we can take comfort in the probability that the aliens are green – that is, environmentalists.  The NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) tells us, for good or for ill, “Astrobiology Opens Pandora’s Box.”  Pandora has improved her reputation since the movie Avatar.  “Lisa Kaltenegger from NAI’s MIT team discusses exoplanets and science fiction with CNN World, noting that it’s likely many moons such as Avatar’s Pandora exist, and we’re that much closer to finding them with NASA’s Kepler mission.”  Actually, Pandora does exist.  It’s a little bitty moon inside Saturn’s F-Ring (see Planetary Photojournal).  But since this is an article about Astrobiology, the implication is that where big-world Pandoras of the Avatar kind form, Pandorans – environmentally-friendly sentient communicators – are sure to emerge.  Why?  Because evolution is a force throughout the universe.  Whether green sentient slime or general electric beings of pure energy, it good things to life.    For more on SETI speculation, see the 10/31/2009 entry. If this is New Scientist, don’t ask what New Rationality is supposed to be.  Can you imagine the reaction of these “scientists” if theologians or historians were to flip out in unsubstantiated imagination like this?  This is nothing but Darwinism, with all its silly concoctions like “convergent evolution” (01/26/2010) projected into space.  They call it “science-in-waiting.”  Gnomology could be called that, too (09/01/2009, 09/17/2008, 04/21/2008, and 03/16/2008 commentaries).  Let’s throw in alchemy, astrology and natural magic.  After all, no data are needed, and those “sciences” actually had more to work with.  While the alien hunters are speculating in Fantasyland pretending to be scientists, maybe they could tell us how many aliens made of pure energy could dance on the head of a pin.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio farm custom rates 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Barry Ward, Leader, Production Business Management, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics & John Barker, Extension Educator Agriculture/Amos Program, County Director, Ohio State University Extension Knox CountyFarming is a complex business and many Ohio farmers utilize outside assistance for specific farm-related work. This option is appealing for tasks requiring specialized equipment or technical expertise. Often, having someone else with specialized tools perform a tasks is more cost effective and saves time. Farm work completed by others is often referred to as “custom farm work” or more simply, “custom work”. A “custom rate” is the amount agreed upon by both parties to be paid by the custom work customer to the custom work provider.Ohio Farm Custom RatesThis survey summary reports custom rates based on a statewide survey of 352 farmers, custom operators, farm managers, and landowners conducted in 2018. These rates, except where noted, include the implement and tractor if required, all variable machinery costs such as fuel, oil, lube, twine, etc., and the labor for the operation.Some custom rates published in this study vary widely, possibly influenced by:Type or size of equipment used (e.g. 20-shank chisel plow versus a 6-shank) Size and shape of fields, Condition of the crop (for harvesting operations) Skill level of labor Amount of labor needed in relation to the equipment capabilities Cost margin differences for full-time custom operators compared to farmers supplementing current income Some custom rates reflect discounted rates as the parties involved have family relationships or are strengthening a relationship to help secure the custom farmed land in a cash or other rental agreement. Some providers charge differently because they are simply attempting to spread their fixed costs over more acreage to decrease fixed costs per acre and are willing to forgo complete cost recovery.The measures shown in the summary tables are the summaries of the survey respondents. The measures are the average (or mean), range, median, minimum, and maximum. Average custom rates reported in this publication are a simple average of all the survey responses. Range identified in the tables consists of two numbers. The first is the average plus the standard deviation, which is the variability of the data from the average measure. The second number of the range is the average minus the standard deviation. The median represents the middle value in the survey responses. The minimum and maximum reported in the table are the minimum and maximum amounts reported from the survey data for a given custom operation.The complete summary of part 1 is available online at the Farmoffice website:https://farmoffice.osu.edu/farm-management-tools/custom-rates-and-machinery-costslast_img read more

[Infographic] Where Malware Comes From

first_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts dan rowinski A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Open Source#security#web Malware is a worldwide problem. If there is electricity, an Internet connection and a computer, there will be viruses, worms, Trojans and other sneaky programs trying to gain access to your computer. Where do these nasty creatures come from?A large percentage of the world’s malware comes from China. According to AlienVault’sOpen Threat Exchange platform, China is the capital of malicious Internet addresses, based on 95,249 addresses analyzed. The United States comes in second with 60,346, well ahead of the third, fourth and fifth malware vectors: South Korea (16,115), Russia (13,367) and Taiwan (12,504). How is this malware being delivered? The average virus wants to find its way into computers. Direct injection (where a virus is not hidden in a different type of file) is fairly rare. Far more commonly, malware hitches a ride on an otherwise benign file. This is the reason why security programs scan all files downloaded to a computer. The top malware-infested file type is .exe, the most common file type for a Windows program.The second most common carrier is HTML content, which can be found on almost any Web site as well as in emails. Zip and RAR files, which bundle together other file types, are the third most common, while Adobe PDF and Flash files are also prevalent malware delivery vehicles. The top types of viruses are all associated with Windows. While Mac malware exists and is becoming more prevalent, the amount of Windows malware on the Internet is nothing short of stunning. The top five malware content types found by the AlienVault community are all derivations of Windows viruses. Since February, the AlienVault Open Threat Exchange has analyzed over 5 million suspicious URLs. That is a drop in the bucket in comparison to the billions of sites on the Internet, but a large enough sample to provide a sense of how much malware is present on the Web. The company received nearly 30 million entries from its users and found a little more than a million malicious addresses. See the infographic below for more details.The data was aggregated from AlienVault’s Open Threat Exchange from Feb. 20 to July 20, 2012. The data comes from the company’s customers as well as its Open Source Security Information Management (OSSIM), an open-source security information event-management platform.  8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Big thinkers wanted for the future of automated transport

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Department of Transportation#IoT#self-driving cars How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… As the future of self-driving cars becomes a reality, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is now looking for a few bright lights to join its Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation (ACAT).According to the DOT, it is seeking 15 people for ACAT that have expertise on such topics as robotics, intelligent transportation systems, enhanced freight movement, air traffic control and advanced transportation technology deployment.Committee members will serve two-year terms, with a maximum of two consecutive term re­-appointments.The government says that ACAT is being struck in order to provide the transportation department with advisory assistance when developing policy around automated transportation.“This committee will help determine how, when, and where automated technology will transform the way we move,” said Anthony Foxx, U.S. Transportation Secretary. “The Department has advanced some of the life-saving benefits of automated technologies, including automated vehicle policy, but we are looking outside the government for innovative and thoughtful leaders to uncover its full potential across all modes.”Committee members will be kept busy evaluating the DOT’s current policy, research and regulatory support for the continued advancement of autonomous vehicles.As well, those on the committee will help with information gathering, developing technical advice and giving recommendations to the Secretary.Technologies that the DOT expects the committee to review include: aviation automated navigation systems technologies; unmanned aircraft systems; automated and connected road and transit vehicle technologies; railroad automated technologies; advanced deployment in surface transportation environments; and enhanced freight movement technologies.Committee needs to keep an eye on the futureLastly, the DOT expects committee members will also be tackling future technologies, to prepare the DOT for the impact of disruptive “not-yet-conceived” innovations.The DOT’s decision to develop the autonomous transport committee comes as a recent poll found that Americans as a whole are becoming more amendable to these vehicles.A survey by Consumer Technology Association found that 70% of Americans are ready for an autonomous future.This marks one of the first large surveys to show an overall positive reception for self-driving cars.Previous results have shown mixed or negative views on full automation, and a worry that self-driving cars will not be able to make the correct decisions at key times.Interested? Then get in touch with DOT at automation@dot.gov. Donal Powercenter_img Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more