Ex-boss lifts lid on Hill’s Palace move and his attempt to sign him for Leeds

first_imgIn his weekly column in The Independent, Neil Warnock recalls his signing of Clint Hill for Crystal Palace from Stoke City in 2007 and his unsuccessful efforts to take him to Leeds United while manager at Elland Road.Hill later followed Warnock from Palace to QPR, where he played in the Premier League and is now captain.But there were serious doubts about his fitness prior to his move to Selhurst Park.Warnock wrote: “It was around his 29th birthday and he’d started four games in nine months.Hill was a key player for Warnock.“In his four years at Stoke he’d missed many more matches than he’d played and I was told ‘It’s no good taking Clint Hill as he won’t play more than three games before he’s injured.’“That was like a red rag to a bull to me. I wanted to sign him. However, there was no way he would pass a medical.“Simon Jordan, Palace’s chairman, met him, realised how determined Clint was to play, and agreed to sign him.“It was a risk, as a medical protects a club’s insurance pay-out if a player gets injured. Clint didn’t let either of us down.”Warnock, sacked by Rangers in 2011, was keen to be reunited with Hill at Leeds when the defender was initially out of favour during Mark Hughes’ time at Loftus Road.“I tried to sign him again, for Leeds, but the chairman said he wouldn’t pay good wages for a player well into his 30s,” Warnock claimed.“Leeds’ loss was QPR’s gain. Clint’s 35 now, but still their captain and looks like winning another promotion. The lesson is ‘Don’t look at the age, look at what’s under the shirt’.”See also:Redknapp reluctant to let Leeds United sign QPR duoNo approach from Leeds United for 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Redwoods women and men lose at home to Lassen

first_imgIn their first conference home game of the season the College of the Redwoods women’s basketball team fell to Lassen Community College 72-61 in a Golden Valley Conference matchup on Saturday night.Redwoods (8-9, 1-2) put themselves in a 13-2 hole early in the first quarter but rebounded and took a 29-28 lead over Lassen (14-9, 2-2) midway through quarter number two. “We had some first home game jitters, and it took us a little bit to settle down,” Corsairs Head Coach Jain Tuey said.Lassen …last_img read more

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Beef demand strength update and implications

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The combination of substantial price changes in cattle market prices since the start of this year coupled with the sheer amount of money at stake in each managerial and marketing decision continues to magnify producer interest in current information regarding supply and demand fundamentals. While a wealth of information is available on current (and upcoming) meat and livestock supplies (e.g. reports including Cattle Inventory, Cattle on Feed, and Cold Storage), there comparatively is much less information available regarding demand strength. Nonetheless, nearly all economists highlight it takes an understanding of both supply and demand to appreciate the current and possible future market situation.One key source of retail beef demand information is provided by quarterly demand indices maintained at Kansas State University. While more details are available online, the KSU demand indices can best be succinctly described as comparing expected beef prices with realized prices to identify if demand has strengthened or weakened. If the realized price is higher (lower) than expected given changes in beef volume, then we have evidence of demand improving (declining). This comparison of expected and realized prices relies upon information from BLS regarding retail meat prices, USDA estimating per capita beef disappearance, and the academic literature indicating that beef prices increase (decrease) 0.542% for each 1.0% decrease (increase) in quantity available.In the first quarter of 2015, beef prices increased by 13.48% and per capita consumption increased slightly (+0.01%) compared to 2014 levels. While the change in consumption was small, it is imperative to note both prices and consumption volume increase only if beef demand improves. That is, if demand was unchanged (or declining) a lower beef price would be necessary to facilitate purchase of the increased beef volume available. The KSU All Fresh Beef Demand (AFBD) index estimates this Q1.2015 demand increase was +15.5% which was the largest quarterly increase in the life of this series going back to 1990. In fact, the AFBD has increased in 18 of the most recent 19 quarters.Implications of this demand improvement are best highlighted by two interpretive examples. The AFBD index was 80.3 in the first quarter of 2014 implying that retail beef prices were 19.7% lower than they would have been had beef demand been at its 1990 level. Fast forward to the most recent quarter and the AFBD index of 92.8 implies first quarter 2015 beef prices were only 7.2% lower than they would have been had beef demand been at its 1990 level.Substantially closing the gap between current and past periods of demand strength is critical. As higher retail prices are realized, the derived demand increases throughout the industry from wholesale beef to seedstock producers leading to higher sales prices.As the industry proceeds to likely continue the process of expanding the breeding herd and hence beef production, the recent period of substantial supply-side price support will at least partially subside in coming years. During this process, the ever-present but often overlooked role of beef demand strength will become increasingly clear. Join me in hoping for both ongoing beef demand strength and enhanced understanding of implications by industry stakeholders.last_img read more

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Reeling from the California Wildfires

first_imgThe region will struggle for yearsAs firefighters struggle to contain the conflagrations in the wine country north of San Francisco, it is clear that the region, an economic powerhouse for California, will continue to suffer long after the flames are extinguished and the human toll has been counted.The disaster is expected to ravage the housing markets of this highly prosperous region, with slashed prices, scarce availability, and wrecked infrastructure — all factors that will need to be taken into account as displaced homeowners decide whether to return and rebuild, or leave the area for good. The multibillion-dollar tourist industry, and the jobs it provides, is also at risk. It’s likely to take up to a decade to rebuild the homes, businesses, and essential services such as schools residents will need should they choose to return.Wildfires are common in California, as well as the Western states of Washington, Oregon, and Colorado, in late summer and fall. But those burning in Northern California are unusual, says Tom Jeffery, a senior hazard scientist at CoreLogic, a real estate information company.“When you have a wildfire occur in an area that’s uninhabited, it can be a good thing for the environment. You have to have fires to have certain plants [like certain pine species] to reproduce,” he says. “[But] whenever you have homes exposed to it, then you have a potential disaster.”The median home price in Napa County was a whopping $876,200 on September 1, according to realtor.com data. In neighboring Sonoma County, the median home price was $750,000. But that was before the fires.More than 172,000 homes are now at risk of going up in flames in the Napa and Santa Rosa metropolitan areas, which are usually not prone to wildfires, according to an analysis from CoreLogic. (Napa is the name of a town as well as of the surrounding county.) It will cost an estimated $65 billion or more to rebuild them. An existing housing crisis won’t helpPlus, they’ll have to find a place to live while they rebuild — which won’t be an easy feat.“We had a housing crisis before the fire,” says Santa Rosa-based Realtor Daphne Peterson, of Keller Williams Realty. “We’re in a very high-cost area. Our vacancy rate was about 1%. Now we’ve lost about 1,500 to 2,000 homes. We have no place for people to stay.”Homeowners who decide to sell won’t have it easy, either. Those whose homes survived should expect the properties to sell at a 10% to 35% discount. That’s because it’s not as desirable to live near burnt-out houses or with fewer services and businesses nearby.“People don’t buy a house,” Bell says. “They buy a neighborhood.”Meanwhile, properties whose homes were charred or destroyed altogether could see discounts as high as 60%, he says. Sellers should expect an army of investors, a combination of home flippers and landlords, to swoop in.But the price breaks won’t last forever. These will likely dissipate after about five years, he says.“I know that it will all come back,” says Sonoma-area Realtor David Kerr, of Terra Firma Global Partners. “People in the North Bay are resilient. They will get through this.” But he worries about the farmhands at the vineyards and the other residents or workers who aren’t quite so well off. “It’s not going to be easy for [everybody].” RELATED ARTICLES But despite their devastating losses, Lee and his wife know they were lucky.Forty-two people have died in the wildfires burning through seven counties, including the famed wine-producing areas of Napa and Sonoma, as of October 18, according to The Los Angeles Times. About 3,500 homes and buildings have been incinerated by the blazes, which have ravaged about 170,000 acres, mostly in Northern California. (That’s larger than the island of Manhattan.) The causes of the fires have not yet been established. Clare Trapasso is senior news editor at realtor.com. Reprinted from realtor.com. By Clare Trapasso, realtor.com. Q&A: Rainscreens, Wildfire Hazard and Other Unintended Consequences Designing Homes and Communities That Can Survive a Disaster A “charred-to-the-ground moonscape”Californians are just beginning to come to grips with the scope of the disaster.“Multiple neighborhoods are burnt out,” says Randall Bell, CEO of the national real estate appraisal firm Landmark Research Group, based in Laguna Beach, California, which has assessed areas damaged by wildfires. “It’s street upon street of just charred-to-the-ground moonscape. All you see are chimneys and foundations. It’s a sad sight — and you see hundreds of them.”What will happen to the housing markets once the wildfires are extinguished?Only about a quarter to half of the original residents whose homes were reduced to ash are likely to return and rebuild, Bell predicts.“Emotionally they’re overwhelmed. Financially, they’re overwhelmed,” he says. “When these fires come through, they don’t just burn houses. They burn stores, restaurants, the churches, the schools. They burn everything. You may rebuild a house, but where’s your infrastructure?”Lee, the real estate agent whose Santa Rosa home burned down, doesn’t plan to rebuild. He and his wife plan to move to Kentucky, Tennessee, or North Carolina, where they have friends who might be able to find him work.“I’ve started an insurance claim and hopefully I’ll do well. … [But] I’m a real estate agent and there’s nothing to sell anymore,” he says. “I’m starting over from scratch at 63 with achy joints and an achy back.”Even homeowners with insurance premiums may not get enough money to rebuild their entire homes to what they were before, Bell says. That’s because the price of construction is likely to skyrocket with the extra demand for construction workers, for which there is currently a national shortage compounded by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and building materials. Some will get loans, others will tap into their savings.Those who do rebuild are in for the long haul. The area is expected to recover only about 10% to 15% each year, according to Bell. That means it’s likely to take five to 10 years before homes, businesses (including employment and tourism), and the local infrastructure is back to normal. Late Sunday evening, Russel Lee was relaxing on his deck in Santa Rosa, California, drinking a glass of wine. Then he smelled the smoke. He checked the local police scanner app on his phone and learned that wildfires blazing out of control were moving in on his four-bedroom townhouse in Northern California’s Sonoma County.The 63-year-old real estate agent and his wife, an artist, dug out their three cat carriers and frantically began packing some clothes, valuables, and important paperwork. At around 1 a.m., the police came banging on the door, yelling: “Get out now!” The Lees made it to a makeshift emergency shelter at the local veterans center, along with some folks who hadn’t had time to change out of their bathrobes and slippers before fleeing.Their home was burned to rubble, and they lost nearly everything — including one of their beloved cats, Alya, who refused to get into her carrier in time. His wife’s artwork, much of which she had already sold online, was all destroyed along with the antique furniture that had been in his family for generations. 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PSL trims schedule for PH squads

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds The Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference kicks off Tuesday with a shortened calendar to accommodate the national team’s campaign in international competitions.Foton, last year’s Grand Prix champion, and newcomer Cherrylume collide at 5 p.m., while Cocolife and Generika-Ayala clash at 7 to usher in the “flagship project” of the PSL.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ PSC director Ian Laurel said this year’s AFC calendar was tweaked to accommodate the schedule of the national team to the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Seniors, both slated this August.TV5 executive Patricia Hizon lauded the gesture of the league, many stars of which are part of the national team rosters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe PSL will have a formal opening ceremony on Saturday to bring in the weekend crowd. The tournament will end July 15, just in time for the national team to begin its camp in Japan. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments Pumaren, GlobalPort brace for top seed Ginebra Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPlast_img read more

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10 months ago​Burnley boss Dyche to stick with back-three against Arsenal

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Burnley boss Dyche to stick with back-three against Arsenalby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSean Dyche has admitted that he will continue with a back three for Burnley’s upcoming clash against Arsenal.The Clarets changed up their formation against Spurs at Wembley, but lost 1-0 to a stoppage time goal from Christian Eriksen.They were solid defensively and may continue the same setup against the Gunners this weekend.”I think it’s something we would consider again, we didn’t just do it for a gimmick, we did it because we thought it could be effective,” said Dyche to the Lancashire Telegraph. “In many ways, it was. The hardship when you come to these places is then being effective on the attacking side – how many times can you get that real moment of truth to open them up?”We had a few, but it is difficult. We limited them by their standards.”They are a top side and I think we’ve delivered a performance that has made it very tight, and they have had to work incredibly hard to get something from the game.” last_img read more

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Trafigura Names 1st of 35 New Tankers

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Trafigura Singaporean commodity trader Trafigura today named the first of its 35 crude oil and product tankers being built in South Korea and China.The tanker, a 150,000 dwt Suezmax vessel, was christened Mt Marlin Singapore at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries’ shipyard in Jeolanam-do, in the southwest of South Korea. The second vessel from the batch, also a Suezmax, will be named Mt Marlin Siena, Trafigura revealed.The order for the 35 newbuild vessels that includes Medium Range (MR) tankers, LR2s and Suezmax tankers has been placed by an unidentified “close Asian financial partner” of Trafigura and the vessels are being leased on delivery to Trafigura with options to purchase at a later stage. As disclosed earlier, the newbuildings will be hired for a period of 10 years bringing the contract value to USD 1.5 billion.The vessels are being constructed by Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries Group and China’s New Times Shipbuilding.The ships are being delivered from today and throughout 2019, with the majority of vessels being delivered in the first quarter of 2019. All the ships from the series will be registered in Singapore.“The super eco-efficient vessels are being built to the highest technical specifications which also meet the upcoming IMO 2020 regulations,” said Rasmus Bach Nielsen, Global Head of Wet Freight Shipping for Trafigura. “We’re looking forward to employing the vessels within our trading division.”last_img read more

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Opinion How former Buckeyes are exceeding in the NFL

Dallas Cowboys rookie and former OSU running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) leads the NFL in rushing yards with 799. Credit: Courtesy of TNSIt’s halfway through the NFL season, but former Ohio State Buckeyes have already asserted their NFL dominance. With half of the season still remaining, here are a few former Buckeyes who have been top performers around the league.Ezekiel Elliott has been as good a running back as anyone else in the NFL. As a rookie, Elliott is leading the league in rushing yards as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. He has already reached 799 yards through seven games, and he still leads the league after he’s had a bye week. Playing behind the best offensive line in football, Elliot is on record pace. Many people believe he has a chance to break Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson’s record of 2,000-plus yards by a rookie, which would be an incredible feat.Malcolm Jenkins is poised for back-to-back pro bowl seasons, leading the new-look Eagles defense that has been performing at one of the highest levels in the NFL. Jenkins has been making key plays for Philadelphia all year thus far with a 66-yard pick six against Washington and a huge fumble recovery for a touchdown in a winning effort against Minnesota. Jenkins, a former cornerback, has made the switch to free safety and has been playing all over the field for the Eagles. He is a jack of all trades when they need him to be.A bright spot on a not-so-bright team is Carlos Hyde with the 49ers. He has racked up six touchdowns this year while carrying much of the load for the San Francisco offense. Hyde is one of the few backs in the league with multiple games of two touchdowns or more. As of now, he is on pace for a 1,100-yard season along with 16 touchdowns. Needless to say, his Pro Bowl level of play is something San Francisco fans can look forward to.An overlooked performer is Terrelle Pryor with the Cleveland Browns. It’s easy not to pay attention when his team hasn’t won once in eight weeks, but he really is talented. He is on pace for a more than 1,000 receiving yards this season, which is not bad for a former quarterback making the switch to receiver. With a key touchdown over Josh Norman, one of the league’s premier corners, Pryor showed his ability to perform against good competition. In an outing against the Tennessee Titans, he had 75 yards receiving to pair with two touchdowns. A possible Pro Bowl selection, Pryor is making sure his name is heard throughout the league.Arguably the most impactful player for their respective team is Joey Bosa of the San Diego Chargers. He has been an absolute monster this year and has played only three games. Through three games, he has four sacks, 11 tackles and a safety. For a rookie to dominate at the line of scrimmage this early in his career is an exciting sign for Chargers fans. As of now, he is on pace for 16 sacks in 12 games. As the third overall pick in this year’s draft, Bosa has lived up to every ounce of the hype to this point and Chargers fans can finally rejoice after his contract holdout.The Buckeyes’ early success in the NFL is a true testament to Urban Meyer’s ability to develop his players. After their record year of 14 NFL draft picks, former Buckeyes have not let their foot off the gas. With many exciting Buckeyes around the league, the future looks very promising. read more

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Womens gymnastics No 18 Buckeyes spring into competition against Iowa

The Buckeyes placed first in their home quad-meet last Saturday against No. 11 Michigan, Kent State and Washington, topping the Wolverines for the first time since the 2012 Big Ten Championship.After earning their first Big Ten win and their second consecutive win of the season, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team plan are carrying that momentum into their second conference meet against Iowa this Saturday.“We’re happy about the win over Michigan, but we’re really focused on this weekend,” coach Carey Fagan said. “They’re a good team, so we’ll have to be on our A-game if we’re going to remain undefeated in the conference.”With a mindset of continuing to make improvements, OSU focusing on small, but crucial details in practice that the team missed in its last meet.Two OSU competitors stepped out of bounds on floor last week, which has prompted Fagan to contemplate a lineup change in the event.OSU has 12 athletes on the team with only six competition spots per meet based on NCAA guidelines.Even with the small mistakes made on floor, the OSU team performed very strong on vault, scoring 49.125, with bars and beam as a close second and third.The team saw three competitors score career-highs, including junior Alexis Mattern who scored a 9.9 on vault. Senior Jaine VanPutten and freshman Olivia Aepli each posted 9.825 on bars.“What’s so great about this team this year is that we have so many people fighting for lineups,” VanPutten said. “The depth of the team, it’s incredible, and we’re pushing each other, day-in and day-out. And by us pushing each other, it’s making the people that are in lineup have to push and go harder.”The Buckeyes are ranked No. 18 in the country, which puts them on the track to be a contender in the Big Ten and reach NCAA qualifiers at the end of the season.“It’s been a couple of years since we qualified for NCAAs, and we’re on track to do it [again],” said Matter. “It’s just going to be a lot of continued hard work and dedication in and outside of the gym. I think that everyone has started to put in that work, and only good habits can form from here.”Riding on their collection of wins, and with their focus on the common goal of improving each week, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team is heading into what they deem as a very successful season.“This is our year, and we know it,” said VanPutten. “We went into (the last meet) knowing that this was our meet to beat Michigan, and we did it. So with that mindset, we can conquer anything.” read more

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Football Kickoffs have hurt Ohio State all season long It was no

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley returns opening kickoff for a 97-yard touchdown on Oct. 28 in Ohio State’s 39-38 victory against Penn State. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNinety-seven yards and a cloud of dust.On the opening kickoff of Ohio State’s game against Penn State, running back Saquon Barkley caught the kick on the Ohio State 3-yard line and took it the distance.Kickoffs have been head coach Urban Meyer’s No. 1 complaint after nearly every game. The unit did not improve against Penn State, and it nearly cost the Buckeyes their season. There was nothing inherently wrong with the opening kick. It was to the corner Ohio State is always shooting for, and the coverage converged on the spot. But there was a hole Barkley found on the left side, and he exploded down the sideline and into the end zone with ease, coming close to contact only momentarily after catching the kick.By the time the game was over and the dust from Barkley’s run had settled, Ohio State emerged victorious against Penn State with a 39-38 win. But the special teams nearly cost the team its season on multiple occasions. Meyer was so flustered by his team’s poor play, he did not even want to discuss it with the team.“Our kickoff coverage, I’m not even going to take questions on that,” Meyer said. “We’re just going to have to make serious changes on personnel and everything else. That was a comedy — comical.”From that point on, the Buckeyes avoided Barkley on their kickoffs, but it didn’t seem to matter. On the third kickoff Ohio State sent, the Buckeyes stopped Penn State at the 20-yard line, but an offsides penalty on the call forced them to redo the kick. The result? A 6-foot-1, 237-pound linebacker named Koa Farmer caught the ball and brought it back 59 yards to Ohio State’s 23-yard line. Penn State converted the excellent field position into seven points.Every time the ball was in the air, everyone in the stadium collectively held their breath waiting to see the end result. At one point, the Nittany Lions began their drive at their own 30-yard line, causing a roaring ovation from the fans that the damage was limited.For the most part, Penn State’s offense was kept relatively in check. Barkley was limited on the ground to only 44 yards on 21 carries, and McSorley was only 17-for-29 with 192 passing yards and two touchdowns. The problem for Ohio State was that the Buckeye defense found itself starting in its own territory nearly every time the Nittany Lions received the ball. It got to the point where all Penn State had to do was travel 50 yards or less to score points. The struggles at kickoff have led to a revolving door of players tasked with kicking off the ball. Freshman Blake Haubeil opened the season as the kickoff specialist before alternating with redshirt junior Sean Nuernberger over the past couple games. Against Penn State, it was all Nuernberger.But as has been well documented, the blame is not solely the kicker’s to bear. Often it would appear the kick was placed exactly where the Buckeyes wanted the kick to land, and still the coverage would fail to do its part. Both the touchdown and the return from Farmer were on kicks executed nearly as well as Ohio State could ask for. The rest of the unit missed tackles and allowed the returners to get free and break off big runs.By the end of the game, Ohio State was squib-kicking the ball down the field, exchanging the potential to pin the opponent back and the risk of a big return for the safety of a near guarantee Penn State would not return the kickoff for a touchdown.The last drive of the game for Penn State, with the Nittany Lions down by only a single point, began on a squib kick that was caught before it could get too far and put Penn State at its own 40-yard line with 1:45 to go. All Penn State needed to do was drive 30 yards or less to be put in field goal position and potentially win the game.The defense prevented them from moving forward and sealed Ohio State’s victory.But the kickoff unit for the Buckeyes put them in compromising position after compromising position almost every time it was forced to take the field. Ohio State managed to escape with a win this time, but those problems could become major obstacles in Ohio State’s path to another title.Meyer might not want to talk about the problems in front of the media. But he will need to address them eventually if the team is going to add a ninth championship banner. read more

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