A’s players break down ‘that air of arrogance’ as postseason looms

first_imgOAKLAND — Outside the Coliseum’s confines — maybe on MLB Network or certain corners of Twitter — is the place to feel the deserved pressures and drama surrounding an excruciatingly close American League wild card race. With nine games left, just a few slip ups separate the comforts of home field advantage in the jaws of sudden death and just another October night in front of the television.Step into the Coliseum’s confines and all that tension slips away at the door. Just like any other day …last_img read more

World Cup: 130 000 more tickets sold

first_img19 April 2010More than 130 000 tickets for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ have been sold in less than two days as soccer fans rushed to the counters during the fifth and last ticketing phase, which kicked off on Thursday at the 11 ticketing centres and 600 FNB branches countrywide.“75 000 of those were sold at FNB branches, 25 000 at the ticketing centres and about 30 000 via FIFA.com and call Centre,” Fifa said on Saturday.According to Fifa, things appeared to have moved smoother on Friday than they did on Thursday, with the ticketing system’s improved speed helping fast track transactions.Due to high demand of over- the-counter sales, at both ticketing centres and FNB branches when they went on sale across the country on Thursday – chaos erupted at some centres. There were scenes of excitement, anger, frustration and outright chaos at many ticketing centres when problems emerged with the online system.Fifa has announced that tickets for the opening and closing matches were sold out.Buying a ticketThe process to obtain a ticket is simple – fans can just walk into a ticketing centre with cash, credit or debit cards and buy tickets over- the-counter or from vending machines.The vending machines, which take only credit and ticket purchase cards, give customers step-by-step instructions on how to buy tickets, which will then be printed out.The second method of purchasing tickets can be done at the 600 FNB branches nationwide which are open five days a week from 9am on 15 April. The process is new and fans can order tickets, make payment and get ticket confirmation immediately; the actual tickets need to be collected at the Fifa ticketing centres or Shoprite/Checkers sales points.Check the for the nearest ticketing centres and participating Shoprite/Checkers sales points here.Tickets can also be purchased through the official Fifa website, as well as through the call centre hotline on 083 123 2010 for South African residents or 0041 445832010 for international residents.Fans will need to bring an ID, a credit card or cash when applying at the ticketing centres.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Drama ensued when prisons pulled pork

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Bacon, of course, is delicious, but pork tenderloin is a Reese family staple and one of the most-preferred swine products of choice for most get-togethers. In fact, pork tenderloin was the subject of intense hoopla in a recent Reese family culinary showdown.My dad makes tasty pork tenderloin — there is no point in denying this. He was making delicious pork on the grill long before I fired up my first outdoor propane burner. But, as my generation ages, my brothers and I feel we each have come into our own when making delicious pork tenderloin, surpassing the elder Reese.In an attempt to settle the ongoing dispute, there was a three-man pork cook-off last summer at the annual family reunion in Mt. Cory (I was not present this year). In the competition, my brothers Aaron and Jeff took on the more experienced, elder Reese. Those in attendance cast votes.All reports confirm the three entries were indeed delicious and the event was enjoyable for all involved, but it was not without controversy. In terms of actual votes, Jeff won narrowly with slow-smoked pork tenderloin glazed with the juice of fresh peaches.Dad claimed that his pork was the best and that his vote was the only one that mattered since he taught everyone else how to grill it. Aaron felt his entry was the winner based on the fact that none of his pork was left in a “popular vote” kind of victory. Jeff, however, squealed about that conclusion claiming that Aaron’s slices were cut thicker and his pork disappeared simply due to less supply, not greater demand. And, no matter how you slice it, any final conclusion is a moot point because I can personally confirm that an entry from the best Reese griller of pork was not even represented in the competition.While there is no doubt that properly prepared pork is delicious, this apparently is not the general feeling of inmates in the federal prison system. Despite the fact that October is National Pork Month (Porktober), the Federal Bureau of Prisons implemented its decision to remove pork from the menu at its 122 facilities beginning Oct. 1. The decision was based in part on a survey of inmates about their food preferences and costs. The announcement about removing pork from the menu for the 206,000 federal inmates caused quite a stir.Understandably, the National Pork Producers Council had some concerns about the decision. NPPC asked the Federal Bureau of Prisons for more details. In a letter sent in mid-October to Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels Jr., NPPC expressed its dismay at the decision and requested a copy of the survey instrument and the results. It also questioned the cost factor, pointing out that pork prices are less than beef and nearly equal to chicken.“Pork is a very economical, nutrient-dense protein that ought to be a food option for federal prisoners, and the U.S. pork industry has a variety of products that could meet BOP’s needs,” NPPC said in its letter.The federal pork controversy did not stop there. It did not take long for the decision to get political. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) also sent a letter to Samuels Jr. pointing out the consequences to the nation’s pork industry and the concerns about the decision. Grassley, who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees the federal prison system, said in the letter:“According to a spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons, the decision was based on a survey of prisoners’ food preferences that reflected that pork has been the ‘lowest-rated food’ by inmates for a number of years.To corroborate the validity of the claim that prisoners indicated a lack of interest in pork products, I am requesting copies of the prisoner surveys and responses that were used to support the determination to no longer serve pork in federal prisons. Additionally, the spokesman indicated that pork had been the lowest rated food, ‘for several years.’ Please supply the surveys and responses dating back as far as prisoners may have indicated their dislike for pork products. In addition, please provide a line item description of the costs incurred to conduct each survey performed.The Bureau of Prisons spokesman indicated that pork was expensive to provide. Please provide any economic evaluations the Bureau of Prisons has relied on that detail the cost of pork as compared to beef, chicken, and non-meat products such as tofu and soy products.”From there, conservative political pundits began questioning the decision and weaving a tale suggesting President Obama was catering to the Islamic community by removing pork from the prison menu. This drew a response from the Islamic community in the Washington Post.“That this manufactured issue is even a controversy,” said Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in a statement, “is a clear indicator of the rise in Islamophobic conspiracy theories fueled by those who seek to demonize Islam and to marginalize American Muslims based on bigotry and misinformation.”At any rate, after a week or so of high-level prison pork controversy surrounding the abrupt removal of pork dishes from the menu for federal inmates, the government put pork roast back on the prison menu. It seems clear that none of the parties involved in the decision about removing pork from federal prisons have been to a Reese family gathering to taste truly delicious pork tenderloin. That could have saved quite a bit of pulled pork drama.last_img read more

YouTego: An Addictive App for Self-Visualization

first_imgRelated Posts For the visual component, the user is asked to select a thumbnail for each tego. These images are found through a lightbox-type feature in the app, and can come from any number of sources, including Google search or a specific Flickr account. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Visualization#web If all your interests and skills were reduced to a scannable set of tags and thumbnails, what would your ego look like?That’s the question startup YouTego attempts to answer with its Web-based app that asks users to spend a few minutes in navel-gazing self-definition to create a snappy page of terms and related images. It’s simple, social and actually quite fun once you get the hang of it.The thing that impressed us about YouTego is that it’s part of a growing trend of simple self-tagging systems such as Glue that allow users to claim mastery of, or affinity for, concepts, objects, groups, places and people. With relatively little profile information, users are able to identify themselves within the context of the universe around them.In YouTego, the UI isn’t quite as intuitive yet, but the results are pretty slick. Users have the option of telling the app a little bit about themselves. Then they can identify “tegos” (tags for the ego, according to the site) to show what they can do, where they work, where they go/went to school, what they love and more. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Once tegos are created and elaborated upon through expressions and impressions, the user can be matched to others on YouTego or other users’ content, and then can star other users’ tegos and add TegoMates or friends.It would be cool to see the service integrated with Facebook and Twitter, which it doesn’t appear to do currently. And the app is very young and has its bugs. For example, it doesn’t play well with Chrome at all.Still, it’s gathering a lot of good data about related tags, tags related to images and how people connect over expressions of their own personalities.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Italy, Uruguay to clash for last-16 berth

first_imgLuis Suarez after scoring a goal against England.Italy and Uruguay will clash on Tuesday to decide which team will proceed to the last 16 stage from Group D in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2014. While a draw will be enough for Italy to proceed to the next round, a win is a must for Uruguay to advance to the last 16.While Italy will be banking on its experienced line up, Uruguay will be hoping that Luis Suarez will perform like he did against England.Team wise Italy looks in better shape. However, they will not like to take Uruguay lightly especially after losing to Costa Rica. Uruguay, after defeating England 2-1, are in a upbeat mood and will prove to be a difficult challenge for Italy.Considering that only one team will proceed to the next round, a high-octane competition is expected from both the teams.last_img read more

Bielsa agent confirms talks with Leeds

first_imgLeeds United Bielsa agent confirms Leeds talks following Heckingbottom sacking Tom Maston & Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 15:06 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcelo Bielsa Lille Getty Images Leeds United Premier League Championship The former Argentina boss has emerged as the surprise frontrunner to become the fourth manager at Elland Road in just over a year Marcelo Bielsa’s shock appointment as Leeds United’s next manager seems to be moving closer following confirmation from his agent that talks had been held.The Elland Road outfit are looking for their fourth manager in just over a year following the decision to sack Paul Heckingbottom on Friday.Former Argentina, Chile and Marseille manager Bielsa has emerged as a surprise frontrunner to take over the Championship club as they look to return to the Premier League for the first time since relegation in 2003. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now And while the likes of Michael Laudrup and Claudio Ranieri have also been linked with the now vacant post, Bielsa’s agent and brother, Rafael, has confirmed that he is in conversation regarding his client’s future.”Conversations are in progress,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post when asked about reports that Bielsa was in pole position to take the role.Heckingbottom’s tenure was ended after just four months and 16 matches in charge of the club since being plucked from Barnsley to replace Thomas Christiansen in February.He was only able to muster four wins durng his time in charge as the former European Cup finalists ended the season 13th in the Championship table.And managing director Angus Kinnear confirmed that the club is now looking for a more experienced head to lead the team into the 2018-19 campaign.Paul Heckingbottom Leeds United“Paul came to us during a difficult period in the season and has conducted himself in an exemplary manner despite results not going as any of us had hoped,” Kinnear said in a club statement.”Our objective is to bring in a head coach with more experience who can help us reach the goals we have talked about since we became custodians of the club last summer. We are confident of making a quick appointment and we thank our fans for their continued support.”Leeds have endured a difficult 2018, having to give up on plans to introduce a new badge after a poor response from fans, while the club was criticised for embarking on a post-season tour of Myanmar .last_img read more