Bar Web site to be upgraded

first_img B ar Web site to be upgraded Plan would allow more member information to be included Bar members may soon be able to list more information about themselves on the Bar Web site’s information pages about individual members.Communications Committee Chair Kim Bald recently reported to the Board of Governors the committee hopes to allow members to add expanded information about themselves and their law firms by summer.Currently, when a member of the public uses the Web site’s Find a Lawyer function, only basic information is displayed, including the lawyer’s address, that he or she is a member in good standing, year admitted, whether the lawyer is certified, and sections and committees membership.Bald said the Communications Committee wants to expand that portion of the Web site information, similar to what the State Bar of Texas does.At its meeting the day before the board met, the committee received a presentation from Bar staff on what information could be added and how that would be done.Information included areas of practice, law school attended, size of the law firm, what other state bars the lawyer is admitted to, languages spoken at the office, federal courts where the lawyer is admitted, and other services that are offered by the firm.A lawyer would also be able to list his or her firm’s site address, although as presently planned it would not be a “clickable” link.The program would be set up so Bar members could log in to the Bar’s Web site to provide and update information themselves.Public Information Director Francine Walker said allowing the additional information proved very popular in Texas, where about 94 percent of its members have taken advantage of the service. Bar Web site to be upgraded April 1, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Super Eagles Begin Quest for fourth AFCON Title

first_imgHowever, the team was not impressive in its last two warm up matches prior to their AFCON opening game today. The Super Eagles struggled against Zimbabwe at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba and a 0-1 defeat to one of the tournament’s favourite in Alexandria leave much to be desired about the team’s character.Interestingly, Gernot Rohr’s men have made winning a fourth African title their priority in Egypt, and the team’s captain, Mikel Obi will be crucial if they are to do so. According to Obi’s former teammate, Efe Ambrose, the 32-year old has vast experience and would make the difference for Nigeria at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations,Mikel helped the Super Eagles win the competition in South Africa 2013, and will be aiming to lead the team to victory in Egypt.Ambrose is backing Mikel to help the three-time champions go far once again. “Mikel is the captain and also a leader in the team, he has also seen it all so his experience will be very crucial for the Super Eagles. There are so many players in the squad who are playing the competition for the first time, so Mikel’s presence will help propel them to give their best.”Ambrose also knocked off the ‘inexperienced’ tag placed on the team, insisting that the Eagles had the desire to challenge any country when the competition gets underway.“In 2013, no one gave us a chance because people felt we were inexperienced. I believe this squad has got the belief, zeal, passion and hunger and will be hoping to repeat our feat in South Africa. Also, these boys want to make a name for themselves and I am sure that the Super Eagles will not let Nigerians down in Egypt,”Efe said.Indeed, Obi has said the three time African champions will do everything humanly possible to do their teeming fans proud in in Egypt. The former Chelsea star also promised that the Eagles will be highly professional on and off the pitch in the land of the Pharaohs.Responding to the appeal by the president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick for the team to stay focused on winning the top prize at Africa’s flagship tournament when he visited the players’ camp.Mikel said “Mr. President, we thank you for all that you have done for this team over the years, as the head of Nigerian Football. We appreciate your honest approach to all issues that concern our welfare. We all are aware of what is at stake. This tournament will not be child’s play or a stroll in the park, but we are ready. It will be tough but when it gets tough, we will get tougher.”Pinnick had challenged the Super Eagles not to take any team for granted in Egypt.“Do not take any team for granted. Easy groups exist only on paper; things are different on the pitch. The NFF will ensure you get all that is due to you. This is a very important tournament and Nigerians are fully behind you. You should do your very best not to disappoint them.“The NFF is happy about the situation in camp; the commitment, discipline and dedication of each and every one of you. You have all the quality of a champion team and everything about you is positive.”Speaking in the same vein, former Nigeria midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju believes that Nigeria are among the favourites to win the 2019 AFCON based on their squad depth and quality players.While acknowledging that the Super Eagles would head into the finals in the North African country as contenders for the trophy, he feels pressurising the team to emerge as champions could serve as an obstacle for the three-time African winners.“Nigeria are always favourites because they are a team to beat and that’s why it’s not surprising when you see teams who play against them come out in full force. Those who tip the Super Eagles as favourites are not wrong because of the quality of players they parade,” Adepoju said.Meanwhile,  Rohr has urged his players to humble themselves and remain in the right frame of mind for the AFCON, just as he played down his team’s chances, even though the Super Eagles are seen as one of the Cup favourites.“Our aim at this moment is to stay humble and not get too excited. To say we have to win the AFCON is not my philosophy because we are a very young team Already the president said we must win it, but this is not the ideology. We are only making a return after a period of absence so we have to play with happiness and enthusiasm in Egypt,” the Nigeria coach told BBC SportThe 65-year-old German further cautioned that his squad are a young group, yet a semi-finals progress is possible.“Our young team will do the best. We have a chance to reach the last four, which for me is already a good result. They did very well in Russia and won hearts, I can tell from the reactions of the fans at home and everywhere I go.”Meanwhile, Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun says he feels relaxed and ready ahead of Nigeria’s kick off on this evening.“You always have your thoughts around the tournament – you train everyday with the team, but because you’re in a different country you don’t always get to do the things you’d normally do in your spare time,” Balogun told Brighton’s official website.“It’s always a relaxed feeling with the Nigerian team though, it means it isn’t hard to switch off. I always have a few books with me, I’ve brought my iPad away, so I can watch Netflix and I talk to a lot of my friends too, so I always have ways to occupy my mind.”“After the last game of the season with Brighton, I went on a little sightseeing tour for a few days to New York, since then it’s just been training,”“I went back to Berlin and had some personal training, and then met up with the national squad. Ever since that it’s been about getting ready – we had a match a few weeks ago against Zimbabwe which was very important for me because I hadn’t played at all since March with the national team.”In his reaction, Arsenal of England midfielder. Alex Iwobi disclosed that the tournament would not be an easy ride for any team. “Everyone is saying on paper that we should go through and qualify [from Group B but we know it is not going to be easy,” Iwobi told NFF media.“Every team is there to try and do their best, to try and win. It is going to be almost like a war, it is going to be a serious battle and fight, every game will be competitive.“I’m sure Madagascar and Burundi, even though it is their first, they will come to prove to everyone why they had the chance to get to the AFCON.“We know it will not be easy because it’s been a while we played at the Africa Cup of Nations but we are going with confidence and our heads held up high.“And not only that, we are still young and the future is very bright with young talent in the team. There is a lot of hope and a bright future ahead of us.”Nigeria begin their 18th appearance with a clash against debutants Burundi today in Alexandria.Burundi, a small landlocked country in the African great lakes region in the Central Eastern Africa are participating at the AFCON for the very first time. The Swallows under the tutelage of coach, Olivier Niyungeko is led by former England youth international Sadio Berahino who decided to change nationality last year after representing England from U-16 o U-21 winning 47 caps. The Stoke City forward inspired the team to qualify behind Mali ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Gabon. Berahino will team up with Captain Selemani Ndikumana to give a good showing at the tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles GLOBAL   SOCCERAfter victories in 1980, 1994 and 2013, the Super Eagles of Nigeria will today begin their quest for a fourth Africa Cup of Nations title as they host Burundi in the opening Group B game at the Alexandria Stadium Since winning the 2013 edition of the AFCON, the Super Eagles have failed to qualify for the last two editions of the biennial competition, therefore Nigerian fans are expecting a good outing from the team especially after booking a place to the competition with a game to spare.last_img read more

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Pallone Wants To Return To DC; Still Has Work To Do

first_imgGiven that position, even as a member of the minority party, Pallone said “To me it’s all new in a sense.” With his seniority and working with his fellow committee members – both Democrats and Republicans – he believes “I’ve been able to accomplish more than I’ve ever been able to.”The congressman ticked off a series of legislation that had cleared the committee, some of which are on their way to the Oval Office or at least onto the House floor for further consideration.He pointed to the recently approved bill package addressing the national opiate epidemic, the president is expected to sign into law. A group of bills providing additional access to mental health treatment and services has recently cleared his committee.A big step forward was the recent House-approved revamped Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), offering tighter toxic chemical regulation. “It’s been 14 years we’ve been trying to get that done,” he said.These examples of work done goes to another point Pallone made about the House of Representatives. The public perception that partisan gridlock has gotten so severe that nothing is getting accomplished in the Halls of Congress. “That’s just not true,” he insisted.“I constantly try to debunk that,” maintaining that with the legislative branch controlled by one party and the executive branch by the other, compromise and cooperation is governmental life’s blood, approaching that middle ground for some matters. “To be honest there is a political side to this as well,” he acknowledged, suspecting it is in the Republican leadership’s advantage to work with the loyal opposition, given the criticism congressional Republicans have gotten for being obstructionist.Pallone said he had worked very hard, working with Republican Gov. Chris Christie in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy to secure federal emergency funding over the opposition of some western and southern Republican lawmakers. But Pallone acknowledged, regrettably, there are still too many still recovering. “I’ve been very critical of both the state and federal bureaucracy,” and said now “It has to be addressed on a one-to-one basis,” relying on strong constituent ser vices from his office to help the victims.He’s been working on obtaining additional federal funds for Super Fund and brown field contaminated sites, which he believes will be of a particular benefit to New Jersey areas. That legislation, however, isn’t likely to advance this term and will need to be taken up again next January – should he continue to hold his seat.Looking back over his career, he takes pride on two accomplishments. Long very active on the environmental front, Pallone points to his work on ending the practice of ocean trash dumping. When he first took office there were about 12 permitted sites off of Jersey Shore, all of which have been closed.The other is his work on drafting and campaigning for the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. Pallone was a major architect on that defining – and highly controversial – law.“The goal was really to try to get as close as possible toward universal coverage” for health care for Americans, he said. It may not have reached that level, but it has had a profound effect for so many citizens, he stressed, and actually components are exceedingly popular for Americans – allowing children to remain on parents’ plans until they’re 26; prohibiting insurance providers to deny on the basis of preexisting conditions; expanding Medicaid coverage for many more citizens; the federal subsidies for those below an income threshold. “No question it has become part of the fabric of the health care system,” he said.“I have to say I still enjoy it,” he said, hoping to win reelection because, “I do think I can still make a difference.” By John BurtonAFTER NEARLY THREE decades in the U.S. House of Representatives, Frank Pallone still feels the passion that first inspired him to run.“I guess I just still feel that government can make a difference,” said Pallone, a Democrat, as he seeks reelection for the 6th Congressional District, which represents much of Monmouth County and portions of Middlesex. “And I like to think I’m an important part of that.“If I didn’t feel the passion I wouldn’t continue to do it,” he said. Besides, he added, “There’s a lot to do.”Pallone, 64, a Long Branch native, has served in the House since 1988, replacing long-serving Democrat James Howard who died in March of that year.In his most recent two-year term in Washington, Pallone became the senior ranking Democratic member of the House’s Energy and Commerce Committee, an influential committee that addresses among other things, health, environmental and energy issues – all areas of passion for Pallone during his legislative tenure.last_img read more

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SANTA YNEZ STAKES QUOTES – SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2017

first_imgTRAINER QUOTES             NOTES: The winning owner, Don Alberto of Don Alberto Stable, resides in Lexington, KY. MIKE SMITH, UNIQUE BELLA, WINNER: “She was a little aggressive in the gate and she was off a tad slow. I probably could have moved her, set her up a bit differently in order for her to break better, but I was scared to do that and make her react and do something I wouldn’t want her to do.“When I saw everyone else send, I thought it was a good time to take a hold of her and see what happens. It didn’t seem to bother her. When we hit the far turn, it was like she was breathing different air.“The decisions I make are quick, but you have to make it all seem casual. Otherwise, it gets to be too quick, too fast and you can react too quickly yourself and make matters worse. You have to always be prepared for Plan B and Plan C if need be.“Now, it’s more reasonable to compare her (to champion, 4-year-old filly Songbird). Again, she’s very, very talented but with room to grow. Hopefully with each step, she’ll get smarter about certain things. I’m just blessed, that’s all I can say.” JERRY HOLLENDORFER, UNIQUE BELLA, WINNER: “Well, I’ve always liked her. Today, she showed that she’s brilliant. We thought she’d jump out of there a little better. I thought she would be close to the lead. Mike used his judgement, got behind and then got to the outside so it worked out well and our other filly also got Grade II placed, so we’re very pleased right now.“We’ll relax a little bit and see where we go next. We purposely waited this long with her and pointed towards this race. I don’t know if we’ve seen all there is to Unique Bella but I’ll ask Mike.”center_img FLAVIEN PRAT, FAVORED SHANE’S GIRLFRIEND, THIRD:  “She broke well, we broke on top, but we got pressure right away from the inside and the outside.  I thought we could be second, but we weren’t going to beat the winner today.” JOCKEY QUOTESlast_img read more

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49ers’ Emmanuel Sanders does it all against Saints in thrilling win

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the video or photo gallery on your mobile device. Emmanuel Sanders may be a pretty accomplished wide receiver, but he’s found unconventional ways to contribute for the 49ers, including throwing a game-changing touchdown pass in San Francisco’s highly entertaining 48-46 win over the Saints on Sunday.In perhaps the biggest play of a half filled with them, Sanders threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Raheem Mostert on a trick play that helped San Francisco grab …last_img read more

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Color Grading: Working with Hue vs. Curves in DaVinci Resolve

first_imgHue vs. LumThe Hue vs. Lum curve will affect the hue’s luminance. While powerful, say, for bringing a hue to life in an otherwise glum scene, it isn’t necessarily used often on 8-bit footage, or footage with a highly compressed codec. That’s because it will quickly bring out the artifacts. However, even with compressed footage, you can still slightly lighten hues to give them more attention without degrading the image.At first, it seems like the Hue vs. Sat and Hue vs. Lum curves are completely similar. In essence, I guess you could say they are. They both make a hue more or less visible. However, you have to remember that luminance accounts for how much black or white is mixed with the hue, while saturation indicates how much gray (or how pure the hue is).Increased saturation on the left; increased luminance on the right.So yes, while the goal of increasing a hue’s visibility will remain the same, the visual result will differ.The Hue vs. curves aren’t designed to completely overhaul the color schematics of your entire image; they are there to tweak and correct. The next time you feel like your image is great but is missing something and you can’t figure out what it is, take to the Hue vs. curves and see if a small tweak to one of the hues completes your image.Looking for more info on using DaVinci Resolve? Check out these articles:Revive Your Footage With Resolve 15’s Automatic Dirt Repair and Dust Buster ToolsHow to Use the Shared Node Feature in DaVinci ResolveQuick Tip: How To Use Optimized Media In DaVinci ResolveRemove Unwanted Shot Features With Resolve 15’s Patch ReplacerResolve’s Lens Reflections and Film Damage FX Analyzed Hue vs. HueThe Hue vs. Hue curve changes the selected hue to any other hue. There are a few ways you can work with these curves. You can select the hue icons below the curve, which will create curve points at the corresponding hue position in the curve panel. In example image below, I’ve clicked the cyan icon, and it’s created a broad cyan control point on the curve, and by moving it up or down, the sea changes hue.This method is ok for when the hue change is a very broad adjustment. A better way of using the curves is to hover over the pixel range in the viewer, and left-click with the qualifier. This will then create a more defined curve point for precise manipulation.For example, if I’ve received instruction that the actor actually had a pink jacket on in the scene, and I need to correct it in the before shot, I’ll change the curves to Hue vs. Hue, hover over the yellow jacket, and left-click.When comparing the control points, you’ll see that when selecting the hue from the viewer itself, the control points on the curve become more defined.Now, within seconds, I can shift the yellow jacket to a new hue.This curve is great for smaller elements that need a subtle tweak, and you will find it’s much easier to get a better result than by using a qualification key, which can often be noisy. When comparing the Hue vs. Hue curve and the qualification key, you will see a more significant result using the curve. Of course, you can get the same result using the qualification key. However, it requires fine-tuning.Hue vs. SatThe Hue vs. Saturation curve allows you to change the saturation of any hue selectively. Although the Hue vs. Hue curve is arguably more powerful in regards to creative input, I find the Hue vs. Saturation curve the best curve for bringing an element in the image to life. Again, the curve works in the same manner as the Hue vs. Hue (they all work this way), and by moving over a hue within the preview monitor and clicking, I can then adjust the saturation in the curve panel with the newly added control points. Although there’s no visual indication, you increase the saturation of the hue by pushing the curve point up, or desaturate by pulling the curve point down.In the example image, while the paddle boarder is obviously noticeable as the only object in the composition, he doesn’t necessarily stand out. By increasing the saturation of his jacket, he immediately becomes more dominant in the frame.Conversely, if you felt like the paddle boarder was too visible, and the story required the character to be almost seamless with the composition, you could desaturate his yellow jacket. Note that this goes for all of the Hue vs. curves — you do not need to create a new node when selecting a different hue to manipulate. For example, if I wanted to saturate the yellow jacket and desaturate the ocean water, I could do so on one node on the same curve. Color wheels are certainly the primary grading tool in DaVinci Resolve, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore curves altogether.As an old school After Effects user, the RGB curves was my initial introduction to and primary method of color grading. Unless you had a third-party plug-in, RGB curves were the “advanced” method of color grading in After Effects around 2006-2007. Color panels and Lumetri came just after I had left the platform to become versed in DaVinci Resolve. I was excited to finally leave curves behind and jump into the color wheels, where the professionals seemingly spent all their time.Of course, there’s no denying that the color wheels are the primary grading foundation in Resolve. However, this is not to say that we should dismiss curves. In fact, with curves, especially the HSL curves, you will find a wholly new and advantageous set of tools.Let’s have a look at what the different operations will do. (If you’re unsure how to find the different curves tools, you simply open the drop-down menu next to “custom.”)last_img read more

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Aguero becomes Argentina’s third-highest scorer

first_imgArgentina Aguero becomes Argentina’s third-highest scorer with Nigeria strike Daniel Edwards Last updated 1 year ago 01:55 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Segio Aguero Argentina Getty Images Argentina World Cup Argentina v Nigeria Nigeria Friendlies Sergio Agüero The Manchester City star has overtaken Hernan Crespo to reach the all-time podium for his country after finishing smartly from Cristian Pavon’s cross Sergio Aguero is now the third-highest scorer in Argentina history after surpassing Hernan Crespo with his strike against Nigeria. El Kun had levelled the former Parma and Inter striker with the winner against Russia in Saturday’s friendly. Aguero 33/1 UCL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And the Manchester City man now has only Lionel Messi and Gabriel Batistuta ahead of him as he found the net once more in Krasnodar. Aguero was on hand to slot home from close range after fine work from Cristian Pavon out wide had stretched the Nigeria defence. GOAL! @aguerosergiokun finishes off a swift counter to double @afa ‘s lead.SIGN UP & WATCH ON fuboTV → https://t.co/zNDaRUbJFg #beINfuboTV pic.twitter.com/pMrpVETq2I — beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) 14 de noviembre de 2017 That strike put Argentina 2-0 up, after Ever Banega had earlier capitalised on a bizarre error from Daniel Akpeyi by firing home a free-kick after the goalkeeper inexplicably picked the ball up outside his area. Kelechi Iheanacho later narrowed the deficit with a fine set-piece of his own on the stroke of half time. Aguero now has 36 goals for the Albiceleste, and with two in his last two appearances, the City star is strengthening his claim to start at next year’s World Cup as the first-choice centre-forward.Argentina celebrate against NigeriaMessi lies in front as Argentina’s all-time best marksman with 61 goals, with Batistuta in second spot having smashed 54 in his 77 international appearances. Curiously, Kun has never netted at a World Cup finals – a record he will be desperate to set straight next year in Russia as Argentina look to go one better than the runners-up spot managed at Brazil 2014.last_img read more

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2010 New South Wales State Cup

first_imgApproximately 3000 players will be competing across 16 divisions at the event, ranging from Under 20’s to the Men’s 50’s division. The Hornsby Lions will be looking to take out back-to-back Men’s Open titles, and have had a strong preparation, winning the New South Wales Vawdon Cup Men’s Premier League final in November. Australian Men’s Open squad members, Dylan Hennessey and Jonathan Palau, will be influential in their side’s chances of consecutive titles. Penrith will again be a tough outfit to beat, and will be further motivated following losses to Hornsby in both last year’s State Cup final as well as last month’s Vawdon Cup final. Wests Tigers Rugby League star Benji Marshall will line up for the Wests Magpies in the Men’s Open division, and will be a large factor in his sides chances throughout the weekend. Marshall will be joined by Australian squad members Anthony Ziade (Men’s) and Daniel Rushworth (Mixed) in the Wests team, with the side to be coached by Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad. Canterbury Bulldogs will be another team to watch, with four of the Australian Men’s Open squad, Steve Roberts, Stuart Brierty, Matt Prowse and Matt Bird, in the team. Another team to watch out for is Lismore, with some of Queensland’s best players making the most of Lismore’s close geographical location to their South Queensland region. With the likes of Nathan Jones, Ryan Pollock and Sebe Ray, as well as several up-and-coming players, Lismore will definitely be a team vying for a place in the finals.  Canterbury Bulldogs will be again the team to beat in the Women’s Open division, going for its fifth consecutive State Cup title. With the likes of Australian Women’s Open squad members, Louise and Claire Winchester, as well as Kelly Woods, this is definitely a team that will be around well into finals day. After its strong win in last month’s Vawdon Cup final, the Wollongong Devils will be going into the State Cup full of confidence.  The Devils are a young team, with current Australian Women’s Open squad members, Ash Dobbins, Nicole Beck and Jess McCall to lead the side. Last year’s runners up, Easts Roosters, will be another team trying to stop Canterbury’s State Cup dominance, with an experienced side including Kristy Judd, Giselle Martin and Melissa Pitfield as well as the talented Cobie Jane Morgan, Kristin Boss and Stephanie Sorrenson. After losing to Wollongong in the recent Vawdon Cup final, Wests Magpies will be hoping to hit back, and will be looking to Australian squad members, Stacey Lapham and Nicole McHugh to help do this. The Alliance side – players from the ‘rest of Australia’ who will compete in the 2011 Elite Eight competition, will also be competing in the Women’s Open division,  and will look to Australian Mixed Open squad member, Leah Percy, as well as Australian Women’s 30’s player,  Brooke James, to show their experience in a predominantly young side. Included in the line up are teams from Scotland (Men’s Open), the Alliance (Women’s Open) as well as Victoria, who will compete in the Women’s 20’s division. Round games will be played on Friday and Saturday, before finals are played on Sunday. There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news, results and information from the 2010 New South Wales State Cup at the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium. Make sure you regularly visit the New South Wales State Cup website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-856-0-0-0 The New South Wales Touch Facebook page will also be updated regularly. To become a fan, search for the New South Wales Touch Football Network on Facebook or click on the following link:http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Earlwood-Australia/NSW-Touch-Football-Network/137384052966714last_img read more

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10 months agoWest Ham defender Cresswell: Anderson the new Payet

first_imgWest Ham defender Cresswell: Anderson the new Payetby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham defender Aaron Cresswell has likened Felipe Anderson to former teammate Dimitri Payet.Anderson has been in sensational form in recent weeks, scoring seven goals in his last nine Premier League games.Cresswell said: “I’ve obviously not played as much as I’d have liked this season but every time I have played with him, going forward he’s outstanding.”He is definitely a game-changer. You look at the amount of games he has changed for us and the amount of goals he has scored, assists, created chances, he has been fantastic and long may that continue.”He’s a similar type of player to Payet, coming in off the left and creating things, scoring goals and getting assists, and this season he is our top goalscorer now, he has been fantastic for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Excessive hygiene can cause antibiotic resistance

first_imgWhile maintaining hygiene is good for health, excess cleanliness could lead to antibiotic resistance often resulting to death and illness as well, suggests a new study. Comparing all existing microorganisms and antibiotic resistances, the researchers at Austria’s University of Graz, showed that microbial diversity decreases in areas with high levels of hygiene and the diversity of resistances increases. The team compared the intensive care unit of the institute with clean rooms subject to strong microbial control in the aerospace industry and with public and private buildings which have hardly any microbial controls. “In environments with strong microbial control in the intensive care unit and industrially used clean rooms, there are increasing antibiotic resistances which show a high potential for combining with pathogens,” said Alexander Mahnert, director at the varsity. The number of people who become ill and die from antibiotic-resistant germs is increasing worldwide, said the study, published in Nature Communications. Hence, the results indicated that a stable microbial diversity in clinical areas counteracts the spread of resistances. With the microbial control of pathogens already being used in cultivated plants and also in humans in the framework of stool transplantation, pursuing such ideas in indoor areas in future is recommended, said Gabriele Berg from the varsity. The team suggested regular airing, houseplants, deliberate use of useful microorganisms and reduction of antibacterial cleaning agents could be the strategies in maintaining or improving microbial diversity.last_img read more

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