Lakers’ Jeanie Buss compliments Luke Walton but makes no guarantees

first_imgAs speculation about Luke Walton’s future with the Lakers continues to mount, co-owner Jeanie Buss offered some praise for the embattled coach. However, she wasn’t willing to make any guarantees when it came to who would be at the helm of the franchise next season.During an appearance Tuesday on a podcast called “Sports Business Radio Road Show,” Buss expressed confidence in Walton’s leadership style and said she still has good faith in him even though Los Angeles (35-43) missed the playoffs and are 11th in the Western Conference. As for what’s next for Walton? Buss sidestepped questions about the speculation. The interviewer began by asking: “If he were to be the coach going forward … ” But Buss cut him off and said, “I’m not gonna answer that question.”“We’re as tight as any two people, any two executives,” she added. “We’ve got a mission and a purpose of what we’re trying to do and we’re not done yet but I think we’re going in the right direction. In terms of basketball decisions, I will always defer to Magic.”Walton, 39, has two years remaining on his contract with one year guaranteed. The Lakers hired him in April 2016 after spending two seasons as an assistant to Warriors coach Steve Kerr. Buss gave credit to Walton for working through the adversity of playing without a fully healthy roster for much of the season. She revealed the Lakers suited up the entire squad for just five games all season.”That’s a challenge for a coach to constantly be changing lineups, and it’s hard,” she said. “But we were in a position where things were all going in the right way, and we beat Golden State on Christmas Day, which was a great present for me, but then also LeBron (James) got hurt. So it really puts a lot of pressure on the coaching situation in terms of what he’s able to do when he’s short-handed with players.” LeBron James on helping Lakers recruit free agents: ‘It’s very critical to me and my future’ “Luke has always been somebody that — he came to the Lakers as a rookie,” Buss said. “The last year of Shaq and Kobe. He kind of bridged two Lakers teams in the Shaq-Kobe era and what you would call the Kobe-Pau (Gasol) era. He is somebody I think who doesn’t even realize what a natural he is and that leadership that he has in terms of getting people connecting with people in all ages. I think he’s done a terrific job.“He’s a hard worker and somebody that players gravitate towards. He’s done an incredible job under a lot of challenging circumstances.” Related Newslast_img read more

Cascadia Awards Westport Winery Best of Class

first_imgFacebook140Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery’s Little Wild Marionberry Riesling earned a double gold medal and best of class award at the 7th Annual Cascadia International Wine Competition held in the Tri-Cities in mid-April. Director of winemaking Dana Roberts said, “I love working with the Sauer family at Red Willow Vineyard on everything we harvest there. The Riesling grapes were among our first contracts with them, so they are among my favorites.”Photo courtesy: Westport WineryLittle Wild features a photo by Tokeland artist Marcy Merrill of winery founders Blain and Kim Roberts Chow Chows playing the roles of the bears. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties Master Gardeners. A sculpture commemorating this wine by South Bend artist Warren Heathers is located on the Tapestry of Thyme in the winery’s 15-acre display garden.Charterboat Chick, the winery’s varietal Cabernet Sauvignon, also earned a gold medal. These grapes were harvested at Mays Discovery Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA and Conner-Lee Vineyard in the Columbia Valley AVA. The label features a photo of Kim Roberts when she was working in the fishing industry in Westport in the 1980s. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Westport Charterboat Association. The sculpture commemorating this wine is a school of salmon carved by Dave Thompson of Ocosta.Westport Winery Seaside received the 2019 Rising Star Award from the Seaside Chamber of Commerce. Westport Winery and the Roberts family were honored with Seattle Business Magazine’s Community Involvement Business of the Year for 2018. In 2017 the Westport Winery Garden Resort was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. USA Today named the Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort one of the top five winery restaurants in the nation. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine.Photo courtesy: Westport WineryIn 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They are finalist to the Best Washington Family Business competition by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.In Oregon, Westport Winery Seaside and Seaside Kites are open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. To book Westport Winery Seaside Retreat (a three, king suite vacation rental) go to read more

Man United set to seal deals for French and Belgium internationals? Transfer latest

first_imgManchester United mean business this summer, according to Robin van Persie.The Red Devils spent over £200 million in an attempt to force their way back into the top four last year and the striker expects Louis van Gaal to spend a similar amount over the coming months.Old Trafford won’t be content with a mere return to the Champions League; fans will expect a challenge both domestically and on the content next term.Significant strengthening will need to take place if United are to compete with the very best consistently and talkSPORT has assessed the latest batch of transfer rumours concerning the club.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to discover the latest Man United transfer news. Morgan Schneiderlin – Has the path been cleared for the Frenchman to join the Red Devils? Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more Man United transfer rumours – The Southampton midfielder is one of the most sought after players in the Premier League and has attracted interest from a host of sides. However, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is believed to have ended his interest in the Saints star, report the Express, which could now open the door to a switch to Man United. 5 5 5 Radja Nainggolan – The Belgian midfielder has been in form for Roma, but the Italian outfit are willing to let him go, according to reports. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more Man United transfer rumours – Kevin Strootman has long been heralded as the Roma player that Louis van Gaal is keen to sign, but it is now Nainggolan that is firmly on the Dutch tactician’s radar. Although the midfielder was a key figure within the Serie A outfit’s side last term the Metro has reported that a fee of £10.9 million could be enough to convince the Belgian to move to the Premier League. Dani Alves – The Barcelona full back appeared to bid farewell to the Spanish giants on Saturday night and Louis van Gaal is still in the hunt for his signature. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more Man United transfer rumours – The Brazilian defender has enjoyed a memorable week following the Catalans’ Champions League victory, but his future remains uncertain. He is yet to agree to a contract extension at the Camp Nou and the club seem to found his replacement in the form of Aleix Vidal. Meanwhile, Although Alves has spoken glowingly of AC Milan of late, United are still keen on the 32-year-old, according to the Daily Star. Hugo Lloris – The France international has admitted that he is monitoring the situation of Red Devils goalkeeper David de Gea. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more Man United transfer rumours – The Tottenham Hotspur shot stopper told the Sun that he is keeping an eye on De Gea’s circumstances at Old Trafford, which appears to hint that he is interested in replacing the Spaniard, should a move to Real Madrid take place. However, given that the 28-year-old is under contract until 2019, the north London outfit will be desperate to cling onto one of their prize assets. 5 5 Javier Hernandez – The Mexican’s career at Old Trafford is coming to an end but former Man United boss David Moyes is keen on a shock reunion with the striker. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more Man United transfer rumours – The 27-year-old forward was once a trusted member of Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad, but struggled for game time once the Scotsman retired. His loan spell with Real Madrid will not be made permanent and Louis van Gaal is unlikely to afford him a place in United’s squad. So, with the striker set to be on the hunt for a new club, Real Sociedad will offer Chicharito an opportunity to revive his career, according to the Daily Mirror.last_img read more


first_imgDRUMKEEN NOTESCake SaleEoghan, Sean and Jerome would like to thank everyone who supported the cake sale last weekend. Special thanks to those who donated to the sale or sponsored the boys in any way. The three players have been selected to take part in the Galway Cup next week. Everyone in Drumkeen would like to wish them the very best of luck as they test their skills against the best soccer talent in Ireland. Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 23rd July 02, 04, 10, 21. No jackpot winner. Winnie Doherty, Carrigart and Cathal Mc Connell Dunfanaghy each win €50. Next week’s jackpot €2,625. Go raibh maith agat. Birthday WishesBest wishes to Maeve Mc Gettigan, Myles Conway, Henry Patton and John “JC Sound” who are all celebrating big birthday’s this week from all in Drumkeen.Foyle CupWell done to Drumkeen Utd U-16 who participated in the prestigious Foyle Cup last week. They played a total of 4 games which included a match against the famous Cliftonville FC from Belfast who were the eventual winners of the competition. A great experience for the boys who are the current U-16 East Donegal league champions.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Drumkeen Notes Anyone wishing to have material included for next weekPlease Email: [email protected] or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm)DD LOCAL – DRUMKEEN SOCCER PLAYERS THANK ALL FOR THE CAKE SALE SUPPORT was last modified: July 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more

Brand South Africa hosts JCI

first_imgBertolt Daems, the world president of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) and the South African President of JCIBertolt Daems, the world president of the Junior Chamber International (JCI), was hosted by Brand South Africa today, on his first visit to the country. Daems is in South Africa to engage young active citizens in creating sustainable positive change in society.Daems, who will be in the country until 3 November, arrived at the Brand South Africa head office in Houghton to a warm welcome from the organisation’s director of stakeholder relations, Iggy Sathege. JCI South Africa is a non-profit organisation affiliated to the international body, a worldwide community of young active citizens between the ages of 18 and 40 who believe that to create positive change, people must improve themselves and the world around them.With more than 200 000 active JCI members and millions of JCI alumni, such as former president FW de Klerk and Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary-general, the organisation leads projects in the areas of individual, business, community and international development in over 100 countries.During Daems visit, strategies will also be mapped out for empowering young people by improving their lives and those of the people in their immediate communities, irrespective of the adversities they face. Brand South Africa will be partnering with the JCI to encourage active citizens, such as those on the group’s Play Your Part website.Spearheaded by Brand South Africa, Play Your Part is a nationwide campaign created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of the nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing – because a nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone, it says.On 2 November, Daems will speak to youth and civil society organisations about issues that will help to create a change in the country. This event will also be hosted by Brand South Africa.The involvement of young people in attaining the Millennium Development Goals will be discussed, as will the participation of South African youth in global initiatives such as the Malaria Nothing but Nets campaign and the United Nations’ Global Compact. Programmes of JCI locally and internationally will also be promoted.Rounding off his stay in the country, Daems will visit Soweto on 3 November.last_img read more

Emergency forages for planting early to mid-summer

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mark Sulc, Extension Forage Specialist, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science and Bill Weiss, Extension Dairy Specialist, Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State UniversityMany dairy producers are facing a critical forage shortage to feed their herds. Forage stands were damaged across Ohio this past winter, and the wet spring has further deteriorated the few stands that initially appeared they might recover from winter damage. It is now too risky to try to establish new perennial forage stands, with the warmer summer weather coming on. We should wait until August to establish perennial stands. Meanwhile, what options can we consider for growing forage this year?We are well past the time when cool-season species like oats, triticale, Italian ryegrass, and spring barley can be planted. Sudangrass, sorghum x sudangrass hybrids, pearl millet, and forage sorghum grow rapidly in summer and yield a total of 3.5 to 5 tons of DM with acceptable nutritive value. Forage sorghum can produce up to 8 tons/acre of DM in a single cut in Ohio. For dairy cows, varieties with the brown-midrib (BMR) trait should be planted, as BMR produces forage almost as good as regular corn silage (although lower in starch) with very good fiber digestibility. Variety performance data are available at:•    Ohio:•    Ohio:•    Kentucky: (see Annual Grass Report)Soil temperatures should be at least 60 to 65 degrees F before planting the sorghum species. They can be planted up to late June in northern Ohio and mid-July in central and southern Ohio. For those needing additional forage as soon as possible, sudangrass and sorghum x sudangrass, including the BMR varieties, can be ready for harvest in as little as 40 days at which time up to 2 tons/acre of DM is possible. Additional cuttings are possible thereafter.In the fall, the sorghum species will have the danger of prussic acid poisoning potential after frost events. Pearl millet is essentially free of prussic acid poisoning potential. Nitrate toxicity is possible with all summer annual grasses and management steps should be taken to reduce that risk under high nitrogen conditions and if the summer becomes very dry. Ensiling reduces risk of both prussic acid and nitrate poisoning.Teff is a warm-season grass that can be used for hay, silage, or pasture. Soils should be at least 60 to 65 degrees F before planting Teff. The first crop should be ready in 40 to 50 days. It produces 3 to 4 tons/acre of DM over several cuttings and can tolerate both drought-stressed and waterlogged soils. More details on managing this forage can be found in a factsheet from Cornell University ( species can be planted for fall grazing by cattle or sheep. These species contain high moisture content, so they should be used for grazing only. Brassicas have very low fiber and high energy and should be treated more like a concentrate than as forage in diets. For more information on brassicas for forage, see the Penn State factsheet at: Rates and MixturesPlant high quality seed of a known variety, which will ensure high germination rate and avoid unpleasant surprises regarding varietal identity and crop characteristics. Table 1 outlines recommended seeding rates and dates for the different annual grasses. Mixtures of summer-annual grasses and legumes, such as field peas and soybeans, are marketed by some seed dealers. The legumes can increase protein content but only in the first harvest because they don’t regrow after cutting. Legumes increase the seed cost, so consider the benefit of including legumes versus supplementing with other protein sources.Chopping and ensiling or wet wrapping are the best mechanical harvest alternatives for most of the summer annual grasses. Wilting is often recommended; storage and harvest costs are greater; and fermentation quality can be poor with crops less than about 30% DM. Ideally, silage should be left undisturbed for at least two weeks to allow the forage to reach stable fermentation. If forage is needed sooner, consider daily green chopping of forage or wet wrapping individual bales for feeding until the silage is ready. Except for Teff, dry baling the summer annual grasses is a challenge. Grazing is really the only option for the brassicas because of the high moisture content.Table 1. Guidelines for seeding various annual forages. Ranges for yield and nutritive values are for forages stored as silage, which vary greatly with maturity stage at harvest. Generally for hay, expect lower crude protein (CP) and higher neutral detergent fiber (NDF) concentrations.last_img read more

EU Report Warns of “Digital Dark Age” if Digitization of Cultural Heritage Left to Private Sector

first_imgThe European Union says its member states must do more to digitize Europe’s cultural heritage and not simply leave that work to the private sector. To do otherwise, suggests a recently commissioned report, could steer Europe away from a digital Renaissance and “into a digital dark age.” The report by the “Comité des Sages” was delivered to the European Commission earlier this week and calls for continued development of Europeana, the portal to Europe’s digital libraries, as well as for efforts to expand access to public domain material. EU member states must ensure that all material that’s digitized with public funding is available online and that all public domain masterpieces are available via Europeana by 2016. Works that are still covered by copyright but are no longer distributed commercially need to be brought online as well, and if the rights holders do not do so, cultural institutions must have the opportunity to digitize the material and make it available to the public.“We are of the opinion that the public sector has the primary responsibility for making our cultural heritage accessible and preserving it for future generations,” the report argues. “This responsibility for and control over Europe’s heritage cannot be left to one or a few market players, although we strongly encourage the idea of bringing more private investments and companies into the digitisation arena through a fair and balanced partnership.”That’s an oblique reference to Google, whose efforts to digitize the world’s books have caused some concerns in Europe over copyright issues and licensing agreements. The report notes that Google has digitized about 15 million of the world’s 130 million unique books and has entered into exclusivity agreements with some institutions. The report urges agreements of this sort between the private sector and public cultural institutions to be made public, with the preferential use for the digitized material to be kept to a maximum of seven years.The report does recognize the importance of these private efforts and says that EU member states need to find a way to match private investment and build partnerships with private companies. But as the report notes, “Can Europe afford to be inactive and wait, or leave it to one or more private players to digitise our common cultural heritage? Our answer is a resounding ‘no’.”Photo credits: Trinity College Library via Plants Need Water Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#E-Books#news#web last_img read more

See Tech’s Most Obnoxious Tweeters Right Here [Infographic]

first_imgUnless you’ve ever seen your Twitter feed fill up with the same avatar spouting one annoying opinion after another, you may not have ever known the uncontrollable urge to unfollow. And if not, then count yourself lucky. Obnoxious tweeters may be less common than those self-righteous Facebook friends, but they’re always there, just waiting to suck the joy out of your feed.No other industry is home to as many of these stereotypical egotists than the very one that helped create and nurture the platform in the first place. That’s why Sivan Cohen from Conduit compiled this clever infographic categorizing the major classes of obnoxious tech industry tweeters.Do you recognize any famous names in the tech industry here? The humblebragger? The know-it-all developer? Are you guilty of any of these behaviors yourself? Let us know in comments.  Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Tags:#twitter center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit nick stattlast_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Hustlers Harness Their Enthusiasm

first_imgHustlers pursue their goals and dreams with great enthusiasm. There is no hedge, no half-measures, nor self-doubt. Once the hustler has set her sights firmly on her goals, her enthusiasm moves her ever forward towards those goals.The would-be hustler doesn’t possess this same enthusiasm. Their lack of confidence and their ideas prevent them from allowing their passion to overtake them. They hedge. They doubt themselves.Enthusiasm is driven by a deep belief that what you are doing is important. It’s something that you absolutely must do. It doesn’t matter to the hustler how long it will take to reach their goal; enthusiasm creates a sense of urgency. It matters not that the hustler doesn’t yet have everything they need to succeed. Their passion propels them to act despite the fact they are missing resources.Enthusiasm turns drudgery into play. And play increases your enthusiasm. An excited passion for a project or a goal makes even the most onerous tasks pleasurable. The would-be hustler doesn’t easily give themselves over to their passion, and so enthusiasm eludes them. The hustler, however, allows themselves to be swept up by their passion, and work no longer feels like work.The hustler’s enthusiasm provides them the stamina necessary to focus for long periods of time. Never let anyone convince you that the hustle is conferences, parties, being seen, and pitching investors. The hustle isn’t glamorous. Hustlers work. Long hours. Early hours. Late hours. Enthusiasm is what fuels the work being created and completed.Hustlers infect others with their enthusiasm, drawing people to their cause. You can’t sell an idea about which you are not over-the-top passionate. If you are madly in love with your goals and your ideas, your enthusiasm will spread to others. The would-be hustler, lacking passion and enthusiasm, cannot move others to action because they are unable to move themselves. Enthusiasm is the catalyst for ideas to spread and for others to take up your cause.If you are going to hustle, you are going to have to allow your enthusiasm to overtake you. 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

Nashik set for a humdinger of a mayoral contest today

first_imgThe acrimony between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena is set to cast its shadow on the Nashik mayoral election to be held on Friday.In what is touted to be a humdinger of a contest, the Sena, in league with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and other parties, is trying hard to queer the BJP’s pitch.While the BJP has a clear majority of 65 corporators in the 122-seat Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), it faces a major split in the civic body owing to the machinations of Balasaheb Sanap, former BJP MLA and rebel who dramatically switched to the Sena last month.Mr. Sanap, the former Nashik city unit chief of the BJP, wields considerable clout in the NMC and was the BJP’s first mayor in the NMC as well.The Sena and Mr. Sanap — their Trojan horse — along with the NCP are combining forces to keep the BJP away from power. The Sena has 34 corporators in the NMC, while the Congress and the NCP have six each and the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has five.The Nashik drama has been a microcosmic replay of the power struggle going in the State. Earlier this week, the BJP moved all its corporators at a safe remove from Nashik to a resort in Sindhudurg district, the bastion of BJP leader Narayan Rane. However, in a major setback to the BJP, 12 of its corporators, most of whom are said to be close to Mr. Sanap, have not gone to the resort and are reportedly incommunicado.As many as 11 candidates have filed their nomination for the mayoral post, of which six are from the BJP, four from the Sena and one from the Congress. Of them, Kamlesh Bodke, a rebel BJP corporator said to be a protégé of Mr. Sanap, has filed his nomination for both the mayor and the deputy mayor’s post in defiance of the party top brass’ orders.last_img read more