Boss vows to protect Sterling

December 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted he will protect Raheem Sterling if necessary.The 17-year-old from Harlesden has had a major impact since stepping up to first-team level and has been included in the England squad.And Rodgers said: “I don’t have any worries about Raheem Sterling being called in the England squad – he’s in capable hands.“He has coped with everything, and the big thing is his courage. I have seen him grow from a young kid to a young man in the last few months. He’s really grown and developed.“But the point I’ve made since the very beginning is it is about making sure the timing is right for these players, not to let them have too much too young and get over exposure.“He is 17 and we have to protect him. Maybe we will let him out of the pram when he’s 18!” 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Burnley v QPR: Rangers include youngsters

December 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgYoungsters Cole Kpekawa and Michael Petrasso start for QPR at Burnley, as does keeper Matt Ingram.Left-back Kpekawa keeps his place, having made his full league debut for Rangers in the recent draw against Reading.Winger Petrasso is also given a chance to impress, and Ingram keeps his place in goal.French teenager Axel Prohouly, an attacking midfielder who joined the R’s last summer and was previously at Monaco, is named among the substitutes.Meanwhile, promotion-chasing Burnley are without Dean Marney, who was unable to recover from a hamstring problem in time. Joey Barton plays against his former club.Burnley: Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Boyd, Jones, Barton, Arfield, Vokes, Gray.Subs: Robinson, Tarkowski, Dyer, Taylor, Hennings, Barnes, Darikwa.QPR: Ingram; Onuoha, Hall, Hill, Kpekawa; Henry, Faurlin; Phillips, Hoilett, Petrasso; Polter.Subs: Lumley, Perch, Grego-Cox, Prohouly, Gladwin, El Khayati, Washington.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South African team uncovers answers to the origin of turtles

December 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_img4 September 2015Professor Gaberial Bever and the research team at Wits University’s internationally respected Evolutionary Studies Institute (ESI), believe their detailed analysis of the skulls of Eunotosaurus africanus confirms a definite link between pre-dinosaur reptiles and the modern turtle.Eunotosaurus is a lizard-like prehistoric reptile, first discovered in South Africa in the 19th century and long believed to be an ancestor of the turtle. It lived during the Permian Period, 30 million years before the first dinosaurs and 20 million years before Pappochelys, the creature uncovered in Germany in June 2015 that is believed to be the earliest-known turtle.At just 30cm long, Eunotosaurus had a wide and rounded ribcage and skull with similar characteristics to the modern turtle – one scientist famously described it as “a strange, gluttonous lizard that swallowed a small Frisbee”. These similarities have been the subject of much debate since its discovery.Bever told Reuters news agency this week: “Where turtles came from, evolutionarily speaking, and how they are related to the other major groups of living reptiles – lizards, snakes, crocodiles and birds – has been a topic of vigorous debate for as long as we’ve had a theory of evolution.”Using advanced scanning technology, the team digitally dissected the cranial bones of the skulls of the four fossil specimens available, to confirm Eunotosaurus as the oldest-known member of the turtle group. “Using imaging technology gave us the opportunity to take the first look inside the skull of Eunotosaurus. What we found not only illuminates the close relationship of Eunotosaurus to turtles, but also how turtles are related to other modern reptiles,” Bever said.With this new insight, along with information from previous research, including Pappochelys and another fossil found in China in 2008, the Odontochelys (a little younger than Eunotosaurus, at only 220 million years old), Bever’s team “now have a remarkable series of transitional forms that take us from an almost lizard- like creature to the modern turtle body plan that is so interesting and bizarre”.What has the skull revealed?ESI found that the Eunotosaurus’ skull is diapsid, with a pair of openings just behind the eyes that allowed its jaw muscles to flex during chewing. This is unique and distinctive in modern lizards, snakes and some birds, yet not found in modern turtles, which have the anapsid skull formation – fused directly to the jaw bone, giving the turtle its characteristic slow biting and chewing movements.The argument Bever and the research makes is that “if turtles are closely related to the other living reptiles, then we would expect the fossil record to produce early turtle relatives with diapsid skulls”.In terms of previous theories on the evolution, the anapsid-diapsid distinction was used to argue that modern turtles were from an ancient lineage, and not closely related to modern lizards, crocodiles and birds who have a diapsid ability. They are not.“The new data from Eunotosaurus rejects this hypothesis. and we can now draw the well-supported and satisfying conclusion that Eunotosaurus is the diapsid turtle. This is the fossil that science has been searching for, for more than 150 years,” Bever explained.“Imaging technology gave us the opportunity to take the first look inside the skull of Eunotosaurus, and what we found not only illuminates the close relationship of Eunotosaurus to turtles, but also how turtles are related to other modern reptiles,” Bever said.The next step for the Wits team is to use the same techniques to find links between other diapsid reptiles and the modern turtle, and build up a detailed family tree of the species’ journey to now.“The beauty of scientific discoveries is that they tend to reveal more questions than they answer, and there is still much we don’t know about the origin of turtles,” the professor concluded.The ESI is the largest palaeontological and palaeoanthropological research entity in Africa and one of the largest of its kind in the world. An amalgamation of the Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research and the Institute for Human Evolution, the institute publishes over 80 research publications annually based on global research collaborations, extensive fieldwork and some of the world’s most cutting-edge palaeontology technology.It is one of the world’s foremost brains trust for evolutionary study and research, and continues the work of and builds on the reputation of one of the university’s most beloved and globally celebrated palaeoanthropologists, the late Professor Emeritus Phillip Tobias.Bever’s full report and detailed video analysis has been published in the international science journal, Nature.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Say cheese! Guggisberg once again named U.S. champions

December 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel PenhorwoodGuggisberg Cheese of Millersburg, Ohio has topped the U.S. Champion Cheese Contest once again.The 2019 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest put the Guggisberg’s baby Swiss entry at the very top at the annual competition’s gathering this past week. The company also won in 2015 with their Swiss entry.No matter which way you cut it, it’s an extremely prestigious honor, said Ursula Guggisberg-Bennett.“This is an absolutely huge honor for us,” she said. “It’s one thing to win the top of your category, which we won first place in the Swiss category and then first place in the baby Swiss category. But then to win the grand champion overall over 2,555 entries it’s just an absolute phenomenal win for us. We’re so, so excited.”The company continues to take pride in their northeast Ohio settings, saying the unique mineral deposits of the surrounding soil add a unique feature to their final dairy products.“It’s definitely a collective effort. It starts with quality milk,” Guggisberg-Bennett said. “We have wonderful producers — you can’t make quality cheese without quality milk.”In addition to thanking their dedicated staff, she also highlighted the unique history behind their cheese, particularly that of baby Swiss.“It’s an art and a science combined with experience that was brought back from Switzerland from Alfred and Margaret Guggisberg,” she said. “Their son Richard has really kept the high standards of quality. We take pride in that.“Alfred and Margaret came over from Switzerland. Alfred came over in the late 40s. He had a lot of experience making cheese in the Alps. We are in the largest Amish community in the world and the Amish were looking for a place to bring their milk.“Alfred perfected his premium swiss recipe and it was very much loved by the locals. One thing he noticed was the pallet over here was a little bit different than that of Europe as far as what they want their Swiss to taste like. In America, they don’t really appreciate the strong, robust flavors that they do in Europe. So he set out to create a milder version of his traditional Swiss. He worked and experimented and came up with the recipe for baby Swiss. That’s how it came about. His wife Margaret looked at it and noticed it was smaller in shape — it had smaller eyes, and she said, ‘Oh, it’s a baby Swiss.’ That’s how baby Swiss came about. That story means a lot to us and it means a lot to have won the grand champion with that particular cheese.”With the strong history, it’s important the company selected the right cheese to take to Wisconsin. It’s not an easy prospect, said Guggisberg-Bennett, since the entry itself has to be completely intact for the judges. A number of considerations go into the judge’s selections, including flavor, texture, color, appearance, and much more.“It is pretty difficult. You want to do your best in picking the cheese that you think is going to look great as well as taste great,” she said. “Unfortunately, there’s not really any way to know 100% until the judging itself. We can’t cut into the cheese or anything like that. It’s difficult, but we’re excited we chose right.”Guggisberg is the third cheesemaker now to win the U.S. Champion Cheese title twice. Marieke Gouda in Thorp, Wisc. took home second and third place.last_img read more

Ask to Correct Your Mistake before Losing a Deal

December 9, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgHave you ever walked out of a sales call, jumped in your car, and entered the freeway on your way back to the office only to realize that you left the client’s office without asking them something crucial to what comes next in the sales conversation?Worse, have you left your client’s office without even acquiring the next step at all, being struck by the idea that you have lost control of the process and worrying that you are going to have start chasing them on voice mail and email to get something scheduled?If you haven’t had a meeting not go the way you wanted—or needed it to go—only to realize that you ended up with a more significant conflict on the other end of the meeting instead of a resolution to the challenge you were trying resolve, at some point, you will.It’s possible to get your solution wrong and have to make major adjustments after believing you had captured your client’s needs perfectly.If you make a mistake, miss something, lose control of the process or mishandled a conversation, ask for the opportunity to correct that mistake rather than allowing it to cause you to lose a deal. There are many reasons outside of winning (which is a good enough reason on its own) to ask for a do-over, including:demonstrating that you care about getting things right,that you are the kind of person that recognizes their mistakes and does something about them, andthat you will do what is right instead of what is easy when there are challenges in your relationship or execution.If you make a mistake, ask for the chance to correct it. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Takale finishes 2nd in Thailand Rally

November 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgNew Delhi, June 18 (PTI) Sanjay Takale overcame a wrong selection of tyres to finish a creditable second in the 4×4 Open class in round 1 of the Thailand Pre-Rally Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, bordering Cambodia. Takale had come with hard-knobbed tyres, suited for muddy terrains, but had soft gravel roads to contend with. However, he managed to keep his Isuzu DMax utility vehicle under control despite struggling for grip. The Pune rally driver drove for Delo Sport with experienced Thanyaphat Meenil as his navigator. Choice of tyre made us pay early. Even though I struggled to find grip with hard and knobbed tyres, sometimes no grip on soft gravel terrain, we managed to put up a great show to finish second overall, said Takale. Isuzu driver Wichawat Chotrawee, who had no. 1 navigator Chupong Chaiwan of Thailand by his side,won the 4×4 Open class ahead of Takale. Takale was up against a Toyota driver, whose car had gravel tyres that suited the soft and fast terrain of Huay Bong. A total of 37 cars competed over nine special stages that comprised three stages going thrice over for a total distance of 72.48 km. Our team came fitted with mud tyres of hard compound, but I still managed to keep my car clean on the fast lines and beat my teammate, who was seeded ahead of me, added Takale. The two-day rally was the precursor to the four-round Thailand National Rally Championship 2018 that opens in the first week of July. PTI Corr ATATadvertisementlast_img read more