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By Dialogo August 04, 2010 Honduran president Porfirio Lobo’s administration announced Tuesday evening that jurist Jorge Arturo Reina has been named ambassador to the Union of South American Nations (Unasur). “Jorge Arturo Reina has been confirmed as a roving ambassador to handle all aspects of our relationship with all the Unasur countries,” foreign minister Mario Canahuati affirmed in statements to the press. Due to their close and friendly relations with deposed president Manuel Zelaya, the majority of Unasur countries have not recognized Lobo’s administration, which took office on 27 January. Lobo needs the support of the thirty-two other member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) in order for Honduras to be reintegrated into the inter-American organization, from which it was suspended as a result of the 28 June 2009 coup d’état against Zelaya. Reina, known as a leftist political activist, has close ties to Zelaya, who even named him ambassador to the United Nations, despite the fact that the United States had cancelled his visa due to his ideological militancy.
Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information Throw down · The Lexus Gauntlet spices up the USC-UCLA rivalry and is not just a marketing strategy, staff writer Brian Wagner writes. | Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information The USC-UCLA rivalry is getting even more intense.Another competitive season of college athletics has come and gone and the Lexus Gauntlet has been awarded to the USC for the second consecutive year.The Lexus Gauntlet is an annual ongoing competition between USC and UCLA that tracks all head-to-head wins the schools rack up against one another. Since its establishment in 2001, there had been no repeat winner before this year. USC ensured its hoisting of the cup through the men’s and women’s track and field squads. The annual dual meet against the Bruins took place on May 2, and USC’s performance allowed it to retain the Gauntlet for a second year. In the eight years of the Gauntlet’s existence, USC has now won five to UCLA’s three. For fans, the Lexus Gauntlet, no doubt, brings more excitement. It allows fans to be more attentive to all collegiate sports and truly exemplifies the utter importance and variance of the rivalry. Senior USC student Adam Kossoff explained the greatness from a fan’s perspective: “I really enjoy following the Lexus Gauntlet. [It’s] more than just football and basketball. The Gauntlet brings out all parts of the rivalry.”Football may still be the sport that earns the most bragging rights for each school because of its overwhelming popularity, but it is golf, tennis and rowing, for example, that have an extensive impact on the Gauntlet, along with every Division-I sport. It really brings the whole rivalry into perspective. “We always want to beat UCLA, but when [the Gauntlet] is involved, it’s very motivating,” said Tom Glissmeyer of the USC men’s golf team. Glissmeyer affirms that he and his teammates, along with the rest of the student athletes, hold a large interest in the Lexus Gauntlet. As Tom Walsh, the USC women’s cross country head coach, said, “The Gauntlet puts the USC-UCLA rivalry more into focus. This rivalry has always been great, but now it adds more attention to the minor sports.” Walsh stresses the true meaning of college athletics. It doesn’t revolve around one sport or two, he said, but rather the sum of the program, analogous to the 19 respected sports in USC’s athletic department. But when it is all said and done, the Gauntlet means most to the athletes themselves. And two questions are left unanswered when the Cup is awarded to the winning program: Do the athletes appreciate the competition of the Lexus Gauntlet? Or is it merely a marketing strategy? After speaking with many collegiate athletes and coaches, ranging from all sports, there cannot be more of a clear-cut answer. There is a certain entity in the cross-town rivalry that isn’t found everywhere you turn. These athletes from USC and UCLA compete to be the best, and within this rivalry, pride is at the core of it all. “It becomes much more than a game. It no longer becomes a match of wins and losses, but also of pride,” said Alison Ramos of the USC women’s tennis team. “When we defeat UCLA and take the cup, we keep our pride over a prestigious rival.” The athletes certainly recognize the prestige of the Lexus Gauntlet and the rivalry as a whole. Along with the goals of Pac-10 titles and national championships beginning with each new season, beating UCLA remains to be of utmost importance to USC athletics. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know it is one of the most touted accomplishments for the program, and the athletes convey that message very clearly through their fierce competition. “There is most definitely a large sense of pride involved when beating UCLA,” states USC’s men’s track and field star Aven Wright. “On top of competing against UCLA, there is that extra pressure because of our school pride.” The Lexus Gauntlet is a tangible element that demonstrates the intense rivalry that is USC-UCLA. The school pride for both programs has been there since its origin, but the Gauntlet has indubitably spiced things up. And has done so for the better.There is no doubt the USC-UCLA rivalry is one of the greatest in all of sports. And there is no doubt the initiation of the Lexus Gauntlet has added a little extra motivation for the athletes, and added excitement and awareness for the fans. USC’s athletes identify that the Lexus Gauntlet simply reinforces the rivalry as one of the best. As far as being victorious, it is certainly an honor to be awarded the Lexus Gauntlet Cup, and the athletes are very aware of it what it entails — to themselves, their teams, their program and their fans. Although it’s at a relatively young age, it is easy to see the Lexus Gauntlet is energizing a rivalry that is already one of the best. And the athletes are happy to be a part of it.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A healthy and normal birth is just the first in step raising livestock. Anyone who has ever had livestock born on their property knows that the fun has just started but the work is not over.The eight Pygmy goat kids born in my barn in late February were a tremendous blessing. Eight was the largest number of kids I have ever had born from just three does. I have enjoyed caring for the kids and playing with them, but it has not all been fun.With an increase in numbers, of course comes an increase in the chance for things to go wrong. The first sign of trouble was baby goat with scours. I assumed poor Arthur just had an upset tummy so I treated him with products I had on hand designed to rectify issues like his.After two days of treatment, Arthur wasn’t any better so I stopped by my vet’s office and purchased another treatment designed to prevent scours. The scours went away, but a few days later, I found Arthur lying in the barn with a fever of 105.5 degrees Farenheit.Because I found Arthur in this state on a Sunday, I treated him myself with products that my vet had sold me to keep on hand for such occasions. By the next day, Arthur’s fever was gone, but he had developed another startling symptom — seizures. A trip to the vet with Arthur in tow was definitely in order.Before Arthur’s scheduled appointment, a previously undetected abscess blew out of the top of Arthur’s head. Both the vet and myself were relieved to have a visible source for some Arthur’s symptoms.My vet prescribed additional treatments for Arthur based on a diagnosis of the abscess and a guess that his seizures might have been caused by a Vitamin B deficiency.Two days later, Arthur’s fever was still gone, his appetite was better but his seizures were more frequent and severe. I called my vet back with the sad news that I thought Arthur was probably going to need to put out of his misery. The seizures were pretty constant and violent at that point.My vet wanted to try one more treatment and boy am I glad I took his advice. After another course of antibiotics and steroids, Arthur is symptom free of seizures and infection.Our best guess is that the abscess was the result of a rare infection from his disbudding (dehorning) procedure and that perhaps, because baby goats’ skulls are not yet fused, the infection got into his brain and caused the seizures.Whatever the cause, I’m happy to report that Arthur is back to normal. I’m thankful that I had access to excellent veterinary care to help me through this very rare side affect — infection — of the very necessary procedure of disbudding. The even more rare side affect of the infection — seizures — could not have been overcome without the advice and care given by my vet.Thank goodness for large animal veterinarians that are willing to take the time and go the extra step to help their customers and patients. Be kind to your local veterinarians. You never know when they just might help you save a life.
Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Open-source users will be a bit less inclined to use MySQL following Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems.The news comes from a report by the 451 Group, which surveyed people in the open-source community about the issues surrounding the acquisition.The 451 Group surveyed 347 people. Of those, 82.1% now use MYSQL. By 2011, 78.7% of respondents expect to use MySQL. The total will decline to 72.3% by 2014.The Oracle acquisition has a part to play in that decline. 15% of open-source users and 14.4 % of current MySQL users said they would be less likely to use MySQL if it is acquired by Oracle.The news is not all that dire. The majority – 57.9% of all users and 63.9% of MySQL users – indicated that they would continue to use MySQL where appropriate.On the flip side, Oracle Database usage is expected to rise from 19.3% today to 19.6% in 2011 and 21.6% in 2014.About 32% of respondents said they would prefer that MySQL be turned over to a foundation. But only 4 percent said that they would want Oracle to sell MySQL to another software company.But there may be more trouble ahead. European authorities have particular concern about the future of MySQL under Oracle ownership and have it under review.More about the report is available on the 451 Group’s web site. alex williams IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#news#NYT Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now
(Eds: Changing word ‘sedan’ with ‘sports car’ in headline, para 1) New Delhi, Jul 16 (PTI) Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) India today launched F-TYPE sports car with a new petrol engine with price starting at Rs 90.93 lakh (ex-showroom). The model now comes with a four-cylinder ingenium petrol engine, leading to an overall weight reduction of 52 kg of the model, JLR India said in a statement. Jaguar F-TYPE 2.0 litre Coupe starts from Rs 90.93 lakh while the 2.0 litre Convertible starts from Rs 1.01 crore, it added. “This will make our sportscar brand more accessible to Jaguar fans and customers across the spectrum. Enthusiasts are sure to be thrilled by the appeal of this pure breed F-TYPE with its own unique driving character,” JLR India President and Managing Director Rohit Suri said. PTI MSS SBT MRMR
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: G E Shipping India-based Great Eastern Shipping (G E Shipping) has reached an agreement for the purchase of a secondhand very large gas carrier (VLGC), built in 2007.Featuring 81,617 cbm, the unit is scheduled to join the company’s fleet in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.G E Shipping did not unveil the financial details of the purchase deal, nor the name of the seller.In late February, the company revealed that it decided to expand its fleet with a secondhand medium gas carrier. The agreement for the 36,567 cbm ship was signed with an undisclosed seller.As informed, the 1996-built vessel is expected to join G E Shipping’s fleet in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.G E Shipping’s fleet currently stands at 47 vessels, comprising 32 tankers and 15 dry bulk carriers with an average age of 10.37 years aggregating 3.88 million dwt.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James addresses an official during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 10. at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Cleveland won, 118-111.Credit: Courtesy of TNSWhen LeBron James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he knew the team would have an adjustment period.“It’s something that I was ready for,” James told ESPN.com on Nov. 24. “I knew that it was going to be my biggest challenge of my career thus far, so I accept the challenge, and when we lose, I take full responsibility. When we win, the team wins. That’s what it’s about.”And a transition it has been. Through their first 16 games, the new “Big 3” of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and James have gone 9-7 and currently sit in sixth place in a weak Eastern Conference.However, it takes time for everything to play out.But what is everything though? Everything consists of team chemistry to off-court relationships and both offensive and defensive playmaking. James knew that the Cavs would go through all of this. And it’s because he’s done it before.Many fans and media expected the Cavaliers to start the regular season being a great team, and with James’ first “true” point guard in Irving, many thought this team could rely on its playmaking alone.Despite having a 5-3 record through the middle of November, the Cavs lost four straight, causing many to wonder if coach David Blatt was the right coach for one of the most talented teams in the NBA. Some fans have even wanted Blatt fired, as James has taken on a coaching role because Blatt has never played or coached in the NBA before.Blatt played collegiately at Princeton and then went on to play and coach in Israel, as well as coach the Russian national team in the 2012 Olympic games, leading the team to a bronze medal.But the NBA is different from any place Blatt has coached before, and it shows.Coming into Tuesday’s game against Milwaukee the Cavs, despite being 11th in the NBA in points per game with 103.3, ranked 24th in total rebounds per game with 41.1. Defensively, it ranks 17th in total points allowed per game with 99.3. They are also 27th in assists allowed per game with 24.8.Love was also on the record saying that his new team was going to have a transition period.“It’s going to take a little bit of time, but we’re going to clean this up, I guarantee you that,” Love told ESPN.com. “Team morale is great. We get along, but we know we have a ton of work to do.”Through everything the Cavs have gone through this season, many fail to mention that James and his former team, the Miami Heat, had a transition period of nearly a month and a half, before the team started to get a feel for one another’s style of play.It wasn’t until Dec. 2, 2010, when the Heat played the Cavs, in what was James’ first game against his former team, that the Heat turned the corner. Despite Cleveland going into that game with two straight wins, the Heat beat the Cavs, 118-90. After that, everything seemed to click for the winning team. From there, the Heat continued their three-game winning streak and won 20 of their next 21 games.Before going on that run and heading into 2011 at 25-9, some were calling for the firing of coach Erik Spoelstra.Despite taking the Heat to the NBA Finals in his first two seasons coaching the team, its start was something many didn’t expect.In their first 18 games together, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and James went 10-8, with key wins coming against the Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers, who both made the playoffs that season. Rumors had spread that Heat President Pat Riley would relieve Spoelstra of coaching duties and take over. Instead, Riley did nothing, and the Heat lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals that season.Sixteen games in, the Cavs have key wins against the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards and are still going through some growing pains, but have won four-straight.But like the Heat, it doesn’t matter what is going on now, the future is more important. That’s why people say it’s not how you preform in the first half of the season, it’s how you preform in May and June.So while fans may be worried about how the Cavs preform, remember that it just takes time.Time is one of the hardest things to live with as a sports fan because as a team is going through a rebuilding phase, the product you see on the floor isn’t necessarily the product you’ll see at the end of the day.By the beginning of January, I guarantee Blatt and the Cavs will have figured something out and will continue to fight toward a potential birth in the NBA Finals. Only so much can be learned during training camp, and time for adjustments in the regular season has to be learned in practice and during in-game situations.
Ohio State redshirt senior first baseman Zach Ratcliff at bat during the Scarlet and Gray World Series in October 2016. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsA matchup between reigning Big Ten tournament champions and reigning Big Ten regular season champions was sure to be a much anticipated matchup among fans.And with a 2017 record 2,342 fans in attendance at Bill Davis Stadium, there were plenty of eyes set to take in a Friday night matchup between a pair of heavyweight pitchers.Those fans were treated to quite the pitching battle between the two starters, but the Gophers bullpen held on to the late lead they were given and helped propel Minnesota to the 5-2 victory in the Big Ten opener for both teams.The Gophers got on the scoreboard first with a sacrifice fly off the bat of junior first baseman Toby Hanson in the top of the third inning, scoring junior right fielder Alex Boxwell from third base.Two innings later, Boxwell would again step up to the plate, and this time crushed the second pitch of the at-bat over the batter’s eye in straight-away center field to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead.After five anemic innings from the Buckeye offense, it was again the freshman second baseman Noah West who provided his team with a spark.West extended his hitting streak to five games with a single through the left side. He proceeded to register his first-career stolen base, swiping second and giving the Buckeyes only their second runner in scoring position on the day. And after a bunt single loaded the bases for senior shortstop Jalen Washington, a wild pitch scored West from third to bring the score to 2-1.A groundout by Washington after the wild pitch scored junior center fielder Tre’ Gantt from third, knotting the game up at two.With the game tied, OSU coach Greg Beals opted to pull redshirt senior starting pitcher Jake Post in favor of redshirt senior reliever Joe Stoll. Post finished the day with two runs (one earned) over six innings of work. He walked just two while striking out five and giving up seven hits.Just a half inning later, the Gophers would get the bats going again. With the Buckeyes’ starter out of the game, a walk and a single put runners on the corners for redshirt senior catcher Matt Stemper who rolled a grounder to junior reliever Seth Kinker. Kinker fired on to home, unable to nail the runner at the plate and the Gophers took the 3-2 lead.A single to right field put the second Gopher run of the inning up on the board and an error in right allowed the runners to reach second and third. Kinker retired the next two batters to keep the game at 4-2.The Gophers scored once more in the top of the ninth to seal their victory at 5-2.The bullpen blowing the lead was a tough blow for a team that had battled back to tie the game up late in the game, and Washington believes it took some of the momentum the team had built up out from under them.“We preach throwing a zero after a big inning,” Washington said. “Came out and got two and we couldn’t stop them the next half inning. We wanted to throw a zero and they got a few hits, maybe a walk or so. But that kind of crushed a bit because we had a bit of momentum going that inning so definitely hurt us a little bit.”It was Post’s third time this season reaching the sixth inning and his fourth time allowing two runs or fewer in the outing. But for Beals, this was the kind of outing the team was looking for as he was able to keep his team in the ballgame against a tough opponent.“I think it was kind of a workman’s outing for him,” Beals said. “I thought he did a great job getting through six innings, a quality start for us and that’s what you expect out of the senior to do that. Give his ballclub a chance like he did tonight.”Post said that he was not his best at the beginning of the game, but settled in and found his groove towards the end.“It was kind of the same trends as the last three starts,” Post said. “First inning or two, just kind of moving to quick. And then I settle in and I felt a lot more comfortable towards the end of the game, or towards the end of my six innings.”One big reason the team struggled to provide Post with some runs was a result of the dominant outing turned in by Minnesota’s starting pitcher.Junior starting pitcher Lucas Gilbreath limited the Buckeyes to two runs, only one earned, across 6.2 innings of work. He did not issue a single walk during the game, while striking out seven batters. Beals tipped his cap to the opposing pitcher, acknowledging that their southpaw did a fine job keeping the Buckeye batters off-balance all day.“Gilbreath did a good job, he pitched the ball well, commanded both sides of the plate with his fastball,” Beals said. “We were prepared for arm-side run on the fastball, we weren’t as prepared for him to come inside like he did. I thought he did a good job of keeping our hitters off-balance with the fastball on both sides.”There has been a change in the OSU baseball schedule. Rather than play on Saturday and Sunday, OSU will face off against Minnesota in a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon.Though the change in schedule was not announced until Friday afternoon, Beals said the team will be ready for the matchup and that they are just taking each game one at a time.“I hate to be cliche, but you can’t think about the doubleheader. We’ve got to win Game 1,” Beals said. “We’re going to go with (sophomore starting pitcher Connor) Curlis still in Game 1 and get a quality start. I think him being a left-hander versus the steady diet of left-handers that are in their lineup ought to be a solid matchup.”Curlis and sophomore starting pitcher Ryan Feltner will start Game 1 and Game 2 of the doubleheader, respectively. First pitch for Saturday’s game is scheduled for noon.
Aaron Ramsey has just 12 months left on his contract with Arsenal and the situation around him remains unclear – but his teammate Alexandre Lacazette claimed that he should extend the contract and stay.The French striker believes that the Wales international is kind of a legend at Emirates and he should stay at the club to help with the rebuilding phase and be one of the true leaders.The former Lyon striker spoke about Ramsey as he said, according to Standard:“Ramsey is really important. Aaron is there for maybe 10 years, he’s a legend in the club so we have to be respectful for everything he has done.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Of course with his quality, he can help the team to be better.”“He’s an example for all the young players. Of course, we need Aaron in the team.”“I hope and I think you’ll see a better Alexandre Lacazette than last year. Now I have one year in the Premier League, of course, I will be better.”