Ayre: Pain will lead to Reds progress

first_imgLiverpool managing director Ian Ayre insists the “pain” associated with the cost of restructuring the squad will be worth the effort after the club posted losses of £40.5million. “The biggest cost base without doubt is player trading and player wages – but these accounts demonstrate that we are still working hard to improve that. I take comfort in the fact that the work we have done, some of which costs us a lot of money in this period and beyond, looks pretty painful at the time. “But as long as you invest in it and manage it in the right way, then hopefully it bears fruit as we go forward and gives us a better platform to exist on in a different environment and in a world where we are expected to break even. You never take comfort from any business that makes a loss but I am pleased that we’re making the progress we are making.” In the period relating to these accounts the club offloaded 11 players all signings by previous managers. The then boss Kenny Dalglish – the cost of whose sacking last May was included in £9.5million of “exceptional payments” – wanted reinforcements for his squad and that meant players had to be moved on to make room. “We see a big charge within the accounts for amortisation (depreciation in value) of players that have been disposed of within the period that perhaps came in on a higher cost,” Ayre told the Liverpool Echo. “We’ve made losses as a result of selling them but at the same time we’ve improved our longer-term position in terms of our wage bill by reducing the wages for those particular contracts. “These accounts show investment in the squad – players like Jose Enrique and Sebastian Coates – and as we have seen in accounts that flow from that – we will continue to invest in the squad both for improved playing performance but also a far better structure in deals that we have with players. “So we are fortunate in some sense in that we know we are improving in this year and we are continuing to improve.” Press Associationcenter_img The club’s debt rose by £21.8million to £87.2million in the 10 months between August 1 2011 to May 31 2012. However, the loss was less than the £49.3million made the previous year and done against the backdrop of no European football, although Liverpool did get to two cup finals, winning one. But with owners Fenway Sports Group focused on the impending arrival of Financial Fair Play, Ayre stressed there was necessary work to be undertaken. “We are continuing to transition to the point we have been working on for several years under this ownership – which is to continue to improve revenues and manage our cost base effectively,” he said. last_img read more

Pulis: Saints have got it right

first_img “Tottenham lost Bale, they are one of the top clubs in England but they lost him to one of the top clubs in the world – that happens.” Palace themselves are still embroiled in the Barclays Premier League relegation battle and welcome Southampton to Selhurst Park on Saturday with Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool still to visit south London. The Eagles also face a number of other sides in the survival battle as trips to Sunderland, Cardiff and Fulham loom on the horizon. “We know how tough this run is for us,” conceded Pulis. “We have got it as tough as anybody in the bottom 10 but we will get our heads down and work as hard as we can. “There are 10 or 11 teams still fighting for their lives and we are ahead of the game in a lot of respects because we are still in with a chance and nobody gave us that chance a short time ago. “It is very difficult to stop the players looking at things. You can get so confused and uptight and lose a lot of energy worrying about things you can’t affect.” Pulis could be without Marouane Chamakh after t he striker injured a hamstring in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Swansea. Kagisho Dikgacoi did not travel for international duty with South Africa but Pulis is hopeful he can play some part against Saints. Southampton manager Pochettino believes Shaw’s England debut has given Roy Hodgson a “very big problem” when it comes to selecting his World Cup squad. The highly-rated 18-year-old was handed his senior debut in Wednesday’s 1-0 friendly defeat of Denmark at Wembley, just 16 months on from making his Premier League bow. Shaw replaced boyhood idol Ashley Cole at half-time and slotted in seamlessly at left-back, providing Hodgson with a pleasant selection headache when it comes to choosing his squad for Brazil. Leighton Baines’ place is all but assured, so it looks to be a straight fight between Shaw and experienced Chelsea defender Cole for the other left-back berth. “I think Roy Hodgson has a very big problem on his hands,” Pochettino said of England’s selection dilemma. “I don’t know what is going through Roy’s mind at the moment regarding Luke Shaw but in light of the 45 minutes he played he showed he deserves to be in the team and has the quality to be in the team. “I thought it was an amazing moment for him, for Southampton Football Club in general and especially for all the managers and directors he’s had in the academy. “To see a child from 10 years old to making his international debut has to be a moment of great satisfaction and of great pride.” Shaw was one of 18 Southampton players on international duty this week – a proud moment for Pochettino only tempered by the negative impact it could have on Saturday’s trip to Palace. “I always enjoy watching my players when they play for their national sides,” he said. “It was really great to see Luke’s England debut, and Adam (Lallana) made a good contribution in the second half. “I was very pleased with their performances on Wednesday, but it’s always a difficult moment when you have a lot of players away. “Overall, when you include the Under-21s, Under-19s and Under-17s, we had 18 players out of the club so it’s good to have them back and to be able to welcome them into the squad. “All of the players that have been away on international duty might have a little bit of fatigue, especially those who have travelled long distances like Maya Yoshida and Victor Wanyama, who have just got back. “Of course there are some minor problems that we need to assess with certain players, especially those who have been away.” Press Association Tony Pulis believes Southampton have solved the puzzle of bringing through academy players – but warned that tempting offers from other clubs could still see that homegrown talent fly the nest. “They have done it consistently for a long time,” he said. “They haven’t just stumbled over it. They have the jigsaw sorted out and all the pieces are in the right place, we don’t do that a lot in this country. “I know a little about the club and there are people who have been there for years and years. They have a good scouting set-up and the people who work there, even before you become a professional, are very good lads. “They don’t worry about just the technical side of it, they look at attitude, commitment and responsibility. Most of the lads who have come out of that club are not only good players, they are good lads.” Other players to have come through the ranks at Southampton include talent such as Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Bale moved on to Tottenham before a massive-money move to Real Madrid, while England pair Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain are making their mark at Arsenal. Shaw has been constantly linked with a summer move to Chelsea or Manchester United and Pulis admits it is hard for Southampton to keep hold of all of their talent. “I think they accept that,” he said. Southampton have drawn the plaudits for their attractive football under Mauricio Pochettino and the backbone of the Argentinian’s side are products of Saints’ youth academy. Calum Chambers, James Ward-Prowse, Adam Lallana, Sam Gallagher and England’s latest cap Luke Shaw have all played some part for Southampton this season and Palace boss Pulis is not at all surprised. last_img read more

McKinleyville, Fort Bragg ready for rematch in NCS D-IV semifinal round

first_imgWhen the McKinleyville High baseball team last faced Fort Bragg it was in the championship round of the Fort Bragg Tournament on March 16.McKinleyville won that game 5-4, claiming its first Fort Bragg tourney title since 1995 — a year in which the Panthers went on to win a North Coast Section championship.On Friday No. 2 seeded McKinleyville (21-3) will take on No. 5 Fort Bragg (21-5) again, this time in the semifinal round of the NCS Division-IV playoffs.On March 16 little separated the two …last_img read more

Another Hominid Find Rocks the Charts

first_imgAnother hominid skull dubbed OL 45500 has been reported in Science,1 a juvenile said to belong to Homo erectus.  Its classification is problematic because it exhibits a mosaic of features rather than fitting neatly into an evolutionary sequence.  The scientists state, “Although the cranium represents possibly the smallest adult or near-adult known between 1.7 and 0.5 Ma [million years ago], it retains features observed in larger Homo erectus individuals, yet shows a distinct suite of traits indicative of wide population variation in the hominins of this period.”     Commenting on this report, Jeffrey H. Schwartz in the same issue2 accepts their assessment, but satirizes the process of classifying ancient humans:But this doesn’t clarify the question, “What is H. erectus?”  One is left primarily with the traditional approach to the genus Homo: H. erectus is not H. habilis, H. heidelbergensis, or H. sapiens, whatever they are.Schwartz calls Homo erectus a “mythical” classification after reviewing the differences between the finds lumped into the name.  He ends, putting the name in quotes,Does this exercise clarify the affinities of the new hominid fossil OL 45500?  Not yet.   But recognizing that “Homo erectus” may be more a historical accident than a biological reality might lead to a better understanding of the relationships not only of the Olorgesailie specimens, but also of those fossils whose morphology clearly exceeds the bounds of individual variation so well documented in the Trinil/Sangiran sample.  In the meantime, OL 45500 should remind us that hominid systematics must be an endeavor of testing long-entrenched hypotheses, especially when those who turn to these hypotheses acknowledge them as being problematic.For more on the controversy over this fossil, see New Scientist and BBC News.1Potts et al., “Small Mid-Pleistocene Hominin Associated with East African Acheulean Technology”, Science, Vol 305, Issue 5680, 75-78, 2 July 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1097661].2Jeffrey H. Schwartz, “Getting to Know Homo erectus,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5680, 53-54, 2 July 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1099989].New alleged human ancestor overturns previous ideas, adds to the confusion, leads to controversy, spoils the Darwin Party’s story — there is nothing new under the sun.  (See 02/27/2003 and 10/20/2003 headlines for more on Homo erectus.)(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Final year for fertilizer applicator certification

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are now into our third and final year for fertilizer applicator certification for those applying fertilizer to 50 acres or more. Ohio State University Extension will be busy with meetings for Fertilizer Certification again this coming winter months, also known as meeting season. In 2014 and with further extensions in 2015, legislators have imposed new regulations on nutrient applications in Ohio. We just learned that the Ohio Department of Agriculture has certified more than 11,000 applicators in Ohio, with maybe another 6,000 to 8,000 to go before the September 30, 2017 deadline.Training programs for the certification are provided by the Ohio State University.To find meeting plans for your area of Ohio, go to: http://nutrienteducation.osu.edu. Information is also there to understand who needs the certification, and where to sign up for and attend meetings.If you have a Pesticide Applicators license, then likely you will also need to be certified for fertilizer application; over the next winter as you re-certify for your pesticide license you can also choose to be fertilizer applicator certified at a two-hour meeting. If this is your year for pesticide license re-certification then you can find those meeting locations here: http://pested.osu.edu/Private_recert.For those new or younger folks who will be applying fertilizer, you will attend a three-hour long program; check the Nutrient Education website and just look for those comprehensive three-hour meetings.And as we get closer to winter meeting season we will post those regional and area agronomy and update meetings. Our Agronomic Crops Team calendar is pretty thin now, but will be full before Christmas. So check our website: http://agcrops.osu.edu/events/calendar, for the events and their locations. A couple of events on my calendar for crop producers include:• The Ohio No-Till Conference is December 7th at the Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 S. Jefferson, Plain City. For more information: https://ohionotillcouncil.com/2016/11/15/2016-winter-conference/.• And the annual Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium on December 20, 2016, at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. Register today at www.ohiograinfarmerssymposium.org.last_img read more

Back on top

first_imgPBA IMAGESBouncing back from a rare loss in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Barangay Ginebra on Saturday night notched a win to reclaim top ranking—which Tim Cone won’t mind losing again.“I don’t care about being No. 1, 2, 3 or 4,” Cone said after an 89-82 victory over Rain or Shine that sewed up a twice-to-beat advantage for the Kings. “[Being No. 1] just adds extra pressure on you. We want to win as many games as we can and if we end up No. 1, that’s great.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Blackwater suits up new acquisition Allein Maliksi when it clashes with back-to-the-wall GlobalPort in the 4:30 p.m. game. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  “But that’s not our goal, it’s top four,” he said after getting 28 points and 10 rebounds from import Justin Brownlee at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay where the Kings picked up win No. 8 in 10 games. “It was just really important for us to get that eighth win.”Ginebra will play TNT KaTropa to close out its elimination round schedule, and a win in that Sept. 23 game would most likely give the Kings top ranking and the lightest first-round assignment in the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCone said the team was still smarting from a loss to San Miguel Beer a few nights ago.“We need to get better to reach their level,” he said. “We’re just not there yet.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Grand Slam-seeking Beermen formalized entry into the playoffs earlier by squeaking past KIA Picanto, 118-112.June Mar Fajardo scored 41 points and had 17 rebounds, playing the entire second half and towing the Beermen to their sixth win in nine outings.Fajardo scored 20 of his total in the fourth period to send KIA to its 10th straight loss.Star and TNT KaTropa tangle in a crucial match Sunday at 6:45 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum where the Hotshots debut a third import in Iceland’s Kristofer Acox.The Texters will be gunning to improve a 6-3 card and stay well within top four contention, while the Hotshots, with a 5-3 record, will be shooting for a ticket to the next round.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Mondilla gets his redemption MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake Cuenca, Gerald Anderson talk about training for triathlon PLAY LIST 00:52Jake Cuenca, Gerald Anderson talk about training for triathlon00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Shaken by Chiefs, Pirates take shot at Final 4 vs Altas

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  So, Aronian held to semis draws Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president But while the Pirates have been untouchable this season, they nearly fell on the wrong end of an upset last Friday before surviving the Arellano Chiefs, 94-92.Lyceum coach Topex Robinson hopes the narrow win will serve as a wake-up call for the Pirates to not take other teams for granted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I was actually ready for my speech, telling the team that we’re not invincible,” said Robinson. “But the lesson there is that if we’re not gonna play our basketball, any team could beat us.”The Pirates have a wide array of weapons though as the likes of Reymar Caduyac, MJ Ayaay and JV and JC Marcelino stepped up down the stretch when CJ Perez fouled out. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn the midst of a historic run, Lyceum shoots for a first Final Four appearance when it clashes with Perpetual Help on Thursday in NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Pirates, who have won their first 12 games of the season, can clinch the first postseason berth since joining the league in 2009 if they beat the Altas in the 2 p.m. duel.ADVERTISEMENT US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH PLAY LIST 01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next San Sebastian hopes to stay in the thick of the fight for the last Final Four berth as it collides with St. Benilde at 4 p.m.Coming off a 76-65 loss to San Beda, the Stags face the dangerous Blazers, who turned in their best performance of the season last Thursday when they beat the Altas, 83-55.But while San Sebastian is hoping to stay in step with Letran and Emilio Aguinaldo College, which won their games last Tuesday, St. Benilde, with a 3-9 record, is looking to avoid early elimination.The Altas, who have a 4-7 record, have shown flashes of competitive fire against the top teams in the league.Perpetual Help coach Jimwell Gican hopes MVP leader Prince Eze and veterans GJ Ylagan, AJ Coronel, Keith Pido and Gab Dagangon can rise to the challenge and pin a first loss on the Pirates.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

La Salle bounces back, frustrates FEU

first_imgFILE PHOTO – Ricci Rivero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion De La Salle avoided  back-to-back losses and dispatched Far Eastern University, 75-73, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Green Archers, after losing to Ateneo 76-75, bounced back and improved to 6-2 to stay at second place while the Tamaraws dropped to 4-4 and barely clung on to the fourth spot.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ ‘Ready’ Jett Manuel joins PBA Draft Rivero split from the line to make it 75-73 for La Salle but his second attempt did not hit the rim allowing FEU to get possession without the clock ticking away precious seconds.Despite his late-game blunders, Rivero still led the Green Archers in scoring with 20 points while Ben Mbala had an 18-point, 17-rebound double-double.Substitute Jolo Go played quality minutes for La Salle finishing with 14 points, going 4-of-5 from deep, as he hit timely shots that prevented the Tamaraws from taking the lead in the fourth quarter.La Salle had a 60-49 lead early in the 4th quarter when FEU slowly chipped at it to make it a two-point game, 67-65, before Go scored five straight points to put the Green Archers up 72-65 at the 3:23 mark.Ken Tuffin led FEU with 14 points while Barkley Eboña handled his own against Mbala underneath with eight points and 13 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Andrei Caracut stole Ron Dennison’s inbound pass that preserved the game for the Green Archers after Ricci Rivero committed a free throw violation that almost proved costly for the Green Archers.Rivero said they just had to stick to their team’s system of focusing first on defense instead of forcing their offense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The coaches just told us to just stuck to the system, because we get our offense through our defense,” said Rivero as La Salle scored 23 points off FEU’s 29 turnovers. “Everything I did on offense started from the team’s defense.”FEU scored five straight points in the last 2:28 to cut the deficit to just one, 74-73, with Prince Orizu jamming one home at the 2.2-second mark. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

‘Invention!’ – Lopetegui rubbishes Herrera to Madrid reports

first_imgReal Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui has rubbished the “invention” of rumours linking Porto midfielder Hector Herrera with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.The Mexico international is said to have registered on the transfer radar of those in the Spanish capital as he continues to run down his current deal in Portugal.With those terms expiring, the 28-year-old will be free to speak and reach a pre-contract agreement with any interest parties from January. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Lopetegui was considered to be among those keen to bring an experienced performer on board, with the opportunity to snap up a proven free agent too good to pass up.The Blancos coach has, however, sought to distance himself from such speculation, telling reporters: “The Hector Herrera rumours are just an invention.“I wasn’t in Porto, I did go with my family on holidays, but I didn’t meet Hector.”Lopetegui claims to be happy with a star-studded squad already at his disposal, with his focus very much locked on the present.He already faces plenty of tough selection calls without bringing further fresh faces into his ranks, with all of those he can call upon ready for starting duties if required.Julen Lopetegui Spain“Of course there are 24 indisputable starters,” he said.“We will always try to find the best solutions, but it is clear that some will play more and others less. But in my head this is a long season and everyone should be prepared for when the alarm clocks sound.”Among those to have been offered more regular game time this season is Gareth Bale.The Wales international has struggled for consistency and fitness during his time in the Spanish capital, but is now thriving without Cristiano Ronaldo to cast a shadow over his efforts.He was back among the goals for Wales during the recent international break and is being backed to slip seamlessly back into the club fold when Madrid travel to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.Lopetegui said: “He has returned in phenomenal condition. He has played with Wales for 180 minutes but has had time to recover.”last_img read more