Kick Off: England special – Friday, July 8

first_imgMark Saggers is joined by Stuart Pearce and Michael Calvin to talk all things England in the wake of their failure at Euro 2016.They discuss the importance of England players making it a priority to play for their country, how the FA will plan for the future whilst choosing the next manager, and Stuart talks about his experiences as manager of the Three Lions Under-21s, and the Great Britain Olympic team.Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTunes, along with previous versions.last_img

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RFS proposal offers long awaited good news for biodiesel

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn and soybean growers waited, and waited, and waited for the Environmental Protection Agency to release Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rules that determine the volume of Ohio biofuels blended into the nation’s fuel supply. By law, EPA is supposed to finalize biomass-based diesel volumes 14 months in advance of the applicable year, making the agency significantly overdue in setting the volumes for 2014, 2015 and 2016 with the release of the proposal in May.After the long wait ethanol supporters were not pleased with the RFS numbers, but for biodiesel backers it was a different story, which will likely be reflected in the 60-day public comment period that ends on July 27.“This is an RFS that is not perfect, but it is an RFS that works well for biodiesel,” said Adam Ward with the Ohio Soybean Association. “The demand will not only come from the biodiesel category, but also the advanced biofuel category — biodiesel is the only domestic fuel that qualifies as an advanced biofuel. The OSA is working with American Soybean Association (ASA) and the National Biodiesel Board to craft comments on the RFS during the comment period.”Ward said that biodiesel production broadly benefits agriculture by supporting the soybean oil market.“It is important for Ohio soybean growers to understand that in the past the oil market has been driving the meal market. With the demand for soybean oil increasing with the RFS that is now back in place, we should see lowering soybean meal costs because of oil demand being up,” Ward said. “That benefits everyone. Animal agriculture should see some reduced feed costs with the new RFS in place and more demand for soybean oil.”EPA proposes setting the biomass-based diesel and the total Advanced Biofuels volumes at the following levels:2014 — 1.63 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel, 2.68 billion gallons of advanced biofuels2015 — 1.7 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel, 2.9 billion gallons of advanced biofuels2016 — 1.8 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel, 3.4 billion gallons of Advanced biofuels2017 — 1.9 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel“The proposal is a step in the right direction, and we appreciate the administration’s efforts to strengthen and grow the RFS,” said Anne Steckel, vice president of government affairs for the National Biodiesel Board. “However, there is plenty of room for improvement before it is finalized in November. We intend to make sure policy makers in Washington understand biodiesel’s full potential to help grow the economy and strengthen our energy security while sharply reducing pollution.”The volumes proposed by EPA are an increase over the previous proposal, which would have set the biomass-based diesel requirements at 1.28 billion gallons for 2014 and 2015. The increases proposed by EPA will provide some benefit and certainty to the domestic biodiesel industry. However, ASA believes the EPA and the Obama Administration could do more to capitalize on additional benefits that could be achieved with more robust biomass-based diesel volumes.EPA intends to finalize the rule by Nov. 30, 2015.last_img read more

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Echo Labs debuts a wearable medical lab on your wrist

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Amanda Razani How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Follow the Puck A small startup company, Echo Labs, is working to integrate a new level of health monitoring into wearable technology.Echo Labs provides health care organizations with analytics to allow for better care of their patients, decrease hospital admissions, and reduce spending. Its first generation wearable offers health information by creating continuous vital sign tracking.See Also:  Samsung skips robots to focus on health wearablesThe company is now working on its newest device. The company states that the new tracker will be able to determine what’s going on inside the bloodstream, which is a first for wrist-based wearables.  The tracker utilizes optical sensors and spectrometry to measure and analyze blood composition and flow. It also monitors heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and full blood gas panels.The company explains that the band measures blood content with a light and a proprietary algorithm. Basically, it sends electromagnetic waves through human tissue, and then measures the reflection of varying light frequencies in order to find the concentration of molecules in the blood.“The wearable and sensor are the gateway to understanding the state of the body at any point in time. We can identify deterioration 3 to 5 days before it happens,” the company states.The “glucose problem” could be solved soonAccording to Echo Labs’ Co-Founder, Elad Ferber, the algorithm is strong enough to continuously measure blood composition, whether a wearer is running or sitting. He also believes his team can crack the glucose problem in a few years.Pierre-Jean Cobut, also a Co-Founder, and Ferber began their company three years ago after meeting at Stanford business school. Their team consists of top medical researchers and experts in biological signals acquisition & analysis, machine learning, and statistical signal processing.“We wanted to provide users with real insights, with things that they can act on,” explains Cobut.center_img Tags:#Echo Labs#Internet of Things#IoT#medical lab#wearable Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts last_img read more

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SC nod to Puri eviction drive

first_imgSolicitor General of India Tushar Mehta and Supreme Court-appointed Amicus Curiae Ranjit Kumar said on Saturday that the Odisha government’s decision to remove structures within a 75-metre radius of Shree Jagannath Temple was in sync with the grand design to make Puri a heritage city.“The development projection made by the State government for Puri is in the interest of the people,” said Mr. Kumar, adding that the administration is holding negotiations as it proceeds with the demolition and no one is being coerced. The Puri administration had begun demolition of structures near the 12th century Jagannath Temple, including centuries-old mutts, from the fourth week of August following a Cabinet decision.last_img

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Liverpool thrashes Maribor 7-0 in Champions League

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, left, celebrates with Philippe Coutinho after scoring during the Champions League soccer match between Maribor and Liverpool at the Ljudski vrt stadium, in Maribor, Slovenia, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)MARIBOR, Slovenia — Liverpool rediscovered its potency by thrashing Maribor 7-0, matching the biggest away win in Champions League history and emphatically securing its first win in Group E on Tuesday.Mohamed Salah scored twice to follow up goals from Roberto Firmino, in the fourth minute, and Philippe Coutinho as Liverpool took a 4-0 lead at halftime.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Rockets rally to spoil defending champion Warriors return BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Firmino added a second goal before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain — his first for Liverpool — and Trent Alexander-Arnold completed the rout for Maribor’s heaviest loss in the competition.“Our attitude was outstanding — we were spot on from the first second,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said.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 shutoutLiverpool started off with draws against Sevilla and Spartak Moscow, but this win lifted the English team to the top of the group on goal difference from Spartak, which thrashed Sevilla 5-1.Liverpool has struggled to turn chances into goals in recent games, notably draws in the English Premier League against Burnley and Manchester United that have dropped Klopp’s team off the title pace. Read Next “We had bad luck in the last three or four games,” Salah said. “Everyone was confident a good result was coming.”It was the biggest margin of victory for an English club away from home in the European Cup or Champions League.Two other teams have also won 7-0 in the Champions League: Marseille over MSK Zilina in 2010 and Shakhtar Donetsk over BATE Borisov in 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View commentslast_img read more

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Bajaj Auto introduces new look Pulsars

first_imgBajaj Auto has launched Pulsars with an exciting range of two-tone colours.The new range is all set to re-define the sporty and sought-after design of the Pulsar 150, 180 and 220. This new range will now provide Pulsar enthusiasts choice of three striking colours including Pearl Metallic White, Sapphire Blue and Cocktail Wine Red. The new two tone Pulsars will be available at no additional cost.Commenting on the launch of new range of Pulsars with two-tone colors, Mr. Sumeet Narang, VP (Marketing), Bajaj Auto said: “The Pulsar is India’s No1 Sports bike for more than a decade now. As a market leader in the sports category it’s our endeavor to constantly offer our customers state of the art technology, best in class features and performance and of course great styling. We had earlier introduced vibrant two-tones in the Pulsar 200NS and received an overwhelming response from our customers and hence we have now extended the concept on the entire range of Pulsars. We are confident that the new avatars of Pulsar will appeal to the new age biker, who is seeking a bike that not only offers great technology, but also unparalleled aesthetics.” The success of Pulsar range is an acknowledgement of Bajaj Auto’s commitment to unparalleled design and development.last_img read more

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ESPN Suing Verizon

first_imgESPN is suing Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package.The complaint filed Monday in New York’s state Supreme Court alleges Verizon is breaking its contract with ESPN, owned by Walt Disney Co., by unbundling the sports channel from the main programming line-up of Verizon’s FiOS TV.The legal showdown could have ripple effects on how other pay-TV programming is packaged. Cable and satellite services are scrambling to retain subscribers as the advent of Internet video spawns new and less expensive ways to stay entertained and informed.Verizon is allowing customers to subscribe to a bare-bones package of 35 channels for $55 per month, with the option of adding other two other tiers of programming such as a sports package that includes ESPN. The streamlined packages are meant to appeal to budget-minded consumers weary of paying for dozens of TV channels that they rarely watch.Pay-TV providers such as Verizon are under pressure to give subscribers cheaper and more flexible choices as they face intensifying competition from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon.com and other online services that stream TV series and movies over high-speed Internet connections.Those market forces prompted Time Warner Inc.’s HBO, a long-time staple in pay-TV lineups, to recently begin selling an Internet-only service for $15 per month.“Verizon’s current skirmish speaks to the trouble distributors will have in creating a slimmer package that is attractive both from an economic and content perspective,” MoffettNathanson Research wrote in an analysis Monday.ESPN is fighting Verizon’s discounted “custom TV” package because it gives subscribers the option of bypassing the sports channel in their programming selections. That violates pay-TV requirements stipulating that ESPN be included in the main bundle of programming, according to ESPN. Despite the alleged breach of contract, ESPN hasn’t yet pulled its channel from the sports pack that Verizon is selling as part of its discounted service.New York-based Verizon Communications Inc. denies its new options break its ESPN contract. “Consumers have spoken loud and clear that they want choice, and the industry should be focused on giving consumers what they want,” the company said in response to ESPN’s lawsuit.In its statement, ESPN said it favors innovation as long as it doesn’t violate existing agreements. The sports channel recently worked out a deal that enabled Dish TV’s Sling service to include ESPN and ESPN2 in an Internet video service that costs about $20 per month. ESPN is included in the main programming line-up of Sling, though.While ESPN took Verizon to court, CBS Sports Network disclosed plans to join Verizon’s separate sports package beginning May 1.Few details of ESPN’s claims against Verizon were available Monday because the material in the lawsuit is currently considered confidential.ESPN is highly prized by pay-TV providers and advertisers because the channel has the rights to a variety of major professional and college sports that still command large audience who watch the programming live instead of on DVR recordings that let viewers skip the commercials.The sports channel’s allure has established ESPN as the most expensive channel in basic pay-TV channels, based on estimates from data provider SNL Kagan. ESPN charges pay-TV distributors $6.61 per monthly subscriber compared to just $1.65 per subscriber for the second most expensive basic channel, TNT.MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Business Writer___AP Business Writer Tali Arbel in Washington contributed to this story. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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