Birdies and blunders, but a healthy week for Tiger Woods

first_imgWe are young Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Westbrook’s 5th straight triple-double lifts Thunder over Pelicans MOST READ Tiger Woods reacts after putting on the third hole during the final round at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Nassau, Bahamas. APNASSAU, Bahamas — The return of Tiger Woods was more about the big picture than any of his big numbers.And that started with the sight of that red shirt on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View comments Senators to proceed with review of VFA As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Woods showed no stress in his swing or in walking five straight rounds, starting with the pro-am. He had plenty of length, at times going after his driver with a little more pop to clear a bunker. He holed a few long putts . He missed a few short ones. At times, he looked like he had never been away for that long. And at times it did.“It’s kind of new to me again, the feel of playing, the feel of adrenaline in my system, hitting shots,” Woods said.One day after he briefly pulled within two shots of the lead, it was clear early on this day would be a struggle.Woods was scrambling for pars instead of being in a position to attack pins. He twice made double bogey on a par 5, starting at No. 6 when he blasted out of the sandy area to the back side of a double green, forcing him to chip off the putting surface. Still, he rallied with three straight birdies to play the front nine in even par.He was never going to win the tournament — Matsuyama was too far ahead — but it was a chance to post a decent number and take more positives into what figures to be a two-month offseason. Instead, Woods added two more double bogeys and shot 40 on the back nine.He made his third double bogey of the week on the 18th hole without even going into the water. His tee shot landed in a thick palmetto bush, and he had to take a penalty drop to take it out. Just his luck, his drop in the sandy waste area settled right in front of the nub of another bush. He got that back to the fairway, went just over the green and took two putts from there for his 6.“What he did here showed that he’s certainly up for the task and his game is there. He’s ready to go,” Jordan Spieth said. “Even with Tiger, every time we set expectations, he exceeds them.”Woods at least starts his climb from No. 898 in the world, the product of not playing since Aug. 23, 2015.He said he wants to play a full schedule in 2017 — that typically means no more than about 20 a year — and will look at his options over the next few weeks.“I need to play more tournaments. Zero in 15 months is not a lot, so this is one,” Woods said. “I thought I made some good, positive things happen this week. Made a lot of birdies, also made a lot of mistakes. That’s something I know I can clean up.” Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes His caddie, Joe LaCava, offered the best perspective.“I wasn’t going to compare him to the rest of the field. They’ve been playing all year and they’ve been playing great,” LaCava said. “Honestly, my goal was to get him through five rounds on his feet. That was big.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK The other players were not about to measure him by his score — not yet, anyway.“The whole world is watching a couple of rounds of golf,” said British Open champion Henrik Stenson, who finished second to Hideki Matsuyama . “It’s great to see him back and healthy and playing. I want to see him up in contention and try to beat him when it matters the most.“Give him three or four tournaments, maybe six tournaments, maybe around the Masters,” he said. “It’s easy to overanalyze a very limited amount of golf.”Rarely has a December event attracted this much curiosity. Woods, the dominant player of his generation, had gone 466 days since his previous tournament because of two back surgeries. The recovery at times made it difficult for him to walk and led him to wonder if he would ever play.“Getting back to this point is beyond anything that I’ve ever experienced in my lifetime,” said Woods, who turns 41 at the end of the month. “The pain issues that I had, it was rough. Quite frankly, there some pretty dire times where I just couldn’t move.”ADVERTISEMENT Woods grumbled about three more double bogeys in the final round of the Hero World Challenge. Considering how badly he has felt in the 15 months since he last played, he still was able to keep it in perspective.“It feels good to be back out here playing again, competing and trying to beat the best players in the world,” Woods said. “I missed it. I love it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliHe even loved some of his golf at Albany.Woods made 24 birdies, the most of anyone this week. He also had six double bogeys, three of them in the final round. The last one on the final hole, his third of the week on the 18th, gave him a 4-over 76. It was the highest score of the tournament, and he finished 15th in the 17-man field.last_img read more

Should You Consider Infinite Scrolling for Your Website Design? [Infographic]

first_imgMention infinite scrolling on a website to a roomful of designers and you’re bound to get a lot of feedback on the recent design trend.If you’re not familiar with it, infinite scrolling is a design method where an automatically updated stream of content is presented to the user. You’re seen it in practice if you’re active on social media. Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn use infinite scrolling to display user-generated content on their websites and applications.Updates and statuses continue to display as you scroll the interface of any of the three social media sites. You’ll never reach the “the end” of a page; new content continues to be updated.Infinite scrolling works well for social media, where users can quickly browse a firehose of information without waiting for pages to load. However, infinite scrolling can be overwhelming and distracting to the user who wants control, isn’t sure what content is new vs. content already viewed, or is searching for something specific on a website.In this infographic, the staff at WebDesignerDepot share the benefits and drawbacks of infinite scrolling, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of a design method you may want to consider for your next web project.Check out the key takeaways of the infographic. Source Infographic: Pros & cons of infinite scrolling | Webdesigner Depot.Key TakeawaysWhat’s Infinite Scrolling?It’s a web technique that continously loads content as a visitor scrolls down the site. This technique eliminates the need for pagination, the process of dividing content into discrete pages. But, for every infinite scroll success story, there is also a failed attempt.Here are some things to consider when deciding on infinite scrolling.Pros of Infinite ScrollingEfficient use of full screen. No more clumsy pagination links or buttons. Sixty percent of people use smartphones to browse on the internet.Made for touch devices. When using it with a smartphone and tablets it produces a natural sensation when browsing.Higher engagement. User like to explore content in this way.It lends itself wonderfully to image heavy sites.Faster browsing. Infinite scrolling provides for a more enjoyable experience.Produce curiosity. It seems to trigger automatic responses based on curiosity and alleviation of the expectation produced while waiting for new information. Convenient for readers. Infinite scrolling is helpful and convenient when reading information that is displayed in a feed usage.Cons of Infinite ScrollingMemory usage. Browsers can potentially run out of memory and crash, expecially when the page loads tons of images.Limited use cases. Is only appropriate on certain types of sites, and for certain types of content.Goodbye, footer. You can’t have both infinite scrolling and a footer, it’s one or the other.Bookmarks are useless. Since a point of interest won’t be marked on a discrete page but floating somewhere in the flow of entries.No skipping, you just can’t jump from page 1 to 100.Browser compatibility. Some media devices may be running browsers with limited scripting capabilities.Disorientation. The loss of pagination can cause users to lose their sense of orientation or location on a page.My Thoughts on Infinite ScrollingI find the technique useful on social media sites, but admit I’m frustrated when I’m on infinite scrolling sites and searching for specific information. I just want to find the information and get out. Having said that, some of the challenges of infinite scrolling—performance, distinguishing new vs. viewed content, and returning to the spot the user last viewed—can be improved through development and interface changes.Your thoughts on infinite scrolling on websites? Like it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWeekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: February 13, 2015In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources you’ll learn about a remote research webinar series, find out why the National Association of the Deaf is suing Harvard University and MIT, learn about the legal aspects of including third-party content on your site, and more. If you’re new…In “Web design & development links”September 13, 2019: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn why it’s best to avoid infinite scroll, find a helpful WooCommerce guide, discover how to encourage stakeholders to understand the importance of accessibility, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: May 2, 2014Welcome to my weekly roundup of web design and development resources. I hope you had a great week. I have to say I’m glad April is over. Looking forward to a warm and spring-like May in southeast Michigan. In this week’s roundup you’ll learn about the risks for horizontal scrolling…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more

Mobile money solutions ‘a hit in Africa’

first_imgIncreasing confidence, convenience South Africa’s First National Bank has seen a huge uptake in its mobile money solutions by customers of its African operations, with cellphone banking transactions growing 150% and eWallet transactions surging by 1 384% year-on-year in December 2011. FNB Cellphone Banking Solutions CEO Ravesh Ramlakan said the growth of the service in African markets was due to consumers’ increasing confidence in their mobile handsets as transactional devices, coupled with the convenience of mobile money solutions. The bank’s customers in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and Zambia conducted 2.4-million cellphone banking transactions to the value of R214-million during December last year, up from R986 000 recorded in December 2010. Botswana, which is FNB’s leading subsidiary outside South Africa in terms of cellphone banking activity, saw just over 1.3-million transactions and in the same month, recorded a 126% increase year-on-year. 16 February 2012 FNB eWallet Solutions CEO Yolande van Wyk said that although eWallet had only recently been introduced to markets outside South Africa, the service has demonstrated strong potential for continued growth into the future. Since inception, FNB eWallet has generated 407 110 original “sends” in its four African operations (Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zambia) as at the end of December 2011. In Botswana FNB eWallet, saw an increase in original sends of 1 236% year on year from December 2010 to December 2011. “Innovation has played a key role in growing cellphone banking across Africa,” Ramlakan said in a statement this week. “Our ability to adapt the service for use on any cellphone has been an important driver of this growth.”center_img eWallet allows FNB customers to send money to anyone within the borders of the country in which the service operates. The recipient does not need to have a bank account. The money is transferred instantly and the recipient uses a pin code sent to their cellphone to access the cash from FNB ATMs. “eWallet reduces both risk and cost, and in African markets we have found this to be essential in any financial product offering,” Van Wyk said. Users can conduct a number of transactions using FNB Cellphone Banking, including transferring money between their own FNB accounts, buying prepaid airtime and making third party payments. Namibia recorded year-on-year growth of 155%, Zambia 308% and Swaziland 227%. “A country like Zambia, for example, has 5.4-million mobile phone users and a large informal sector, making a solution such as eWallet ideal in helping bridge the financial services gap between the banked and the unbanked,” Van Wyk said. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Bridging financial services gaplast_img read more

How To Stop Analysis Paralysis With Design

first_imgHow To Stop Analysis Paralysis With DesignYou are here: Amazon displays sponsored products on a search results page before organic products. (Source: Amazon) (Large preview) HomeWeb DesignHow To Stop Analysis Paralysis With Design Amazon shows a table of similar products to customers for easy comparison. (Source: Amazon) (Large preview) The next two rows do contain organic search results. However, the products either don’t have any reviews or high enough ratings to rave about.To make matters worse, Amazon adds three more rows of sponsored products to the end of this page: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve struggled to make a decision on Amazon, only to discover one of these comparison tables and immediately been able to make up my mind. It’s just so much easier to see a bunch of lookalike products all at once and to say “This one definitely won’t fit in my kitchen” or “That’s the exact color I’m looking for”.You can do this with other kinds of websites, too. Verizon Wireless, for example, uses a side-by-side comparison to make choosing between its plans easier. The next page of the Sotheby’s search process starts to show matching results, but not before letting them know that there are “55 Luxury Homes for Rent in London”. And if that number is just too much to handle, that’s fine. Directly to the right of that note is a filters widget. There are scroller dots below this block that indicate to customers that there’s more to be found. All they have to do is scroll to reveal more plan options. And because the scroller breadcrumbs are kept to a reasonable amount, this doesn’t seem like that burdensome of a task.The next block over, for instance, contains the information for the 4GB plan: A search for “snowboard socks” on Amazon yields 728 results. (Source: Amazon) (Large preview) Sotheby’s helps visitors narrow down their choices even further with comprehensive filters. (Source: Sotheby’s International Realty) (Large preview) Notice how the top of the page isn’t littered with an inventory. Instead, the primary focus is on the Halloween sale.This is clearly BarkShop’s big rock right now. If they don’t get their Halloween items out the door by October 31, they run the risk of losing money on the seasonal inventory. And while they could leave it up to their visitors to assume there are Halloween toys and treats available, why do that?It’s hard enough showing up on a site like this and deciding what you’re going to buy for your dog this month. So, let your big rock become their guide.You can see that it’s not just about the Halloween line either. Just below the banner, BarkShop has prioritized its top-trending toys. This is another trick you can use when designing product inventories and news sites. Display the most popular or top-rated/shared items first. There’s a greater likelihood they’re going to click on something that others have shown interest in than a bunch of random items they have to explore on their own.Another way you might tackle big rocks in design is to go the way of Apple: There are 728 matching results for snowboard socks. While that’s nothing compared to the size of Amazon’s marketplace, it’s still way too many results to sift through on one’s own.So, the shopper decides to narrow their search down to “knee-high snowboard socks antimicrobial compression”, which hits all of the key features they’re looking for: Again, Apple could’ve shown a bunch of its iPhones and iPads here or pointed visitors to different categories of products and accessories to explore. Instead, it’s put its big rock right up front: the iPhone 11 Pro.Sure, there are probably plenty of Apple customers who come here looking for older models. But what makes more sense?Showing a bunch of similar-looking smartphone graphics that visitors are immediately put into analysis paralysis mode with?Or showing them the latest model that everyone wants?You can do this with other kinds of websites, too. Blogs, for instance, will use the sticky post feature to show off their “big rocks” to every visitor who stops by. This might be the most popular post of all time or it could be something relevant to something happening at the moment.Whatever it is, there’s a conscious decision made to stop visitors in their tracks and give them a moment of calm before they have to enter decision-making mode.Gate Off the ChoicesWhile you want your visitors to know that there’s a plenitude of things available, you don’t need to tell them how much there is. It’s only going to add to the pressure of the decision-making process.So, whenever you can, gate off the choices.eHealth Insurance is a website where Americans can purchase health insurance for themselves or their companies. With a wide variety of healthcare providers and dozens of plans available for each, a service like this is necessary for insurance-wielding U.S. citizens. Essentially, Amazon has tripled the number of products the shopper has to look at now. Not only that, but one could argue that it’s polluted the search process with so many paid products.It’s just a poor experience all around.It’s a similar story on mobile. The main difference is that, when the narrow search is applied, only five results remain. That said, Amazon continues to muddle search results by prioritizing sponsored posts. This is what the shopper sees above the fold: Once the shopper scrolls, they’ll see two organic products (with no ratings, much less) before being shown yet another sponsored product: Amazon fills mobile search results with paid product listings. (Source: Amazon) (Large preview) What should have been a succinct product search page ends up running on and on with sponsored listings and Amazon recommendations. As you can imagine, this is an even bigger problem for mobile shoppers who don’t have the patience or time to waste.How To Simplify Decision-making With DesignPsychologist Barry Schwartz gave a TED talk on this exact problem and explained how it doesn’t just lead to abandoned purchases, but to less satisfying purchases.Essentially, Schwartz argues that too many choices cause consumers to:Have too-high expectations whereby no option ever seems perfect or satisfying.Focus on minute details or features they missed out on by not making a different choice.Regret the option they settled on even if it proved to be the best.Blame themselves for spending too much time analyzing a decision and still making the “wrong” choice.In other words, an abundance of choice puts your audience in the wrong state of mind. And if your site or PWA can’t afford to process returns or watch visitors walk away at a rate that a company like Amazon can, then you can’t let paralysis analysis become part of the decision-making process to begin with.Here are some things you can do to make decision-making more bearable, even with too many options available.Prioritize Your “Big Rock”There’s a productivity hack called the “Big Rocks” method. Essentially, it says that if you want to get more stuff done, you have to take on your biggest challenge or priority first thing. All of the smaller tasks and requests nagging at you get slotted in once you’ve tackled the most critical ones.And now I’m suggesting you do something similar with your design.Basically, what you want to do is this:Look at all of the “stuff” you’re trying to put in front of your visitors.Ask yourself (or your client): “Which one takes top priority right now?”Then, stick it to the top of your home page.Why do this? Well, for starters, it’s much less overwhelming to show one thing than to throw everything you have at your visitors right away — or to force them to dig around and figure out where to start. Plus, chances are good that there’s something especially pressing you want every visitor to see.BarkShop shows us one way you might do this: The home page of the BarkShop website displays a Halloween sale banner. (Source: BarkShop) (Large preview) Even though the specs can’t be seen see side-by-side, the details are simply broken down and are consistently laid out. So, when someone moves from plan to plan, the same details are in the same place which makes flipping back and forth quite easy.Another thing I really like about this is the summary provided at the top of each card. The 2GB one tells customers right away that it’s the best plan if you mostly talk and text whereas 4GB is better if you stream a lot of content and surf the web. This way, if all the technical details don’t mean much to customers, the layman’s summary will help them more confidently decide.While I realize side-by-side comparisons might be something you’d normally try to avoid on mobile screens, these two examples show that it is possible to do so without introducing too much friction to the experience.Wrapping Up As I said before, you can’t do anything about scaling back the multitude of options your clients want to present their audiences with. If they want to sell thousands of products to customers that are demanding them, then good for them.That said, the way you design around these options can have an impact on how well or poorly they’re received. Just remember what Barry Schwartz teaches us about the psychology of choice. If your visitors, users or customers walk away feeling overwhelmed, drained or disappointed with the experience, it’s going to cost you. So, be mindful of how much you present the options to them. (ra, yk, il) The eHealth Insurance form asks qualification questions of visitors to help list the right options. (Source: eHealth Insurance) (Large preview) That takes the list of 728 products down to a more manageable 8. However, there are a number of problems with this.For starters, Amazon doesn’t actually present only eight options. The first thing it shows is a banner with sponsored results:center_img Posted on 11th November 2019Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Amazon search results display only sponsored products above the fold on mobile. (Source: Amazon) (Large preview) An Amazon search results page promising 8 results is full of sponsored products. (Source: Amazon) (Large preview) Once filled out, eHealth Insurance shows the user a list of providers and plans that are available in their area. This keeps the consumer from having to:Visit individual health insurance websites to do their own research.Sift through hundreds of options all at once (some of which they’d probably be ineligible for and others that would just be a bad fit).Websites like these typically allow you to compare up to three items at once, making the decision-making process even simpler.Another way to gate off your choices is by asking visitors to start narrowing their choices from the moment they arrive as Sotheby’s International Realty does: The first thing the Sotheby’s International Realty PWA asks visitors to do is narrow down their search results. (Source: Sotheby’s International Realty) (Large preview) How To Stop Analysis Paralysis With DesignSuzanne Scacca 2019-11-11T10:30:00+00:00 2019-11-11T12:35:39+00:00 A search for “knee high snowboard socks antimicrobial compression” on Amazon yields 8 results. (Source: Amazon) (Large preview) The only decision it asks visitors to make is what kind of insurance they’re looking for. It then asks them to fill out a simple enough form. It’s what eHealth Insurance uses to pare down the options: Sotheby’s helps visitors narrow their searches by location. (Source: Sotheby’s International Realty) (Large preview) From our sponsors: How To Stop Analysis Paralysis With Design How To Stop Analysis Paralysis With Design Sotheby’s filters are great. Not only are all the essentials covered, but it’s even divided up the filters by category.Let’s recap how smooth this experience is going to be for already-anxious home-buyers or renters:The first thing they see on the Sotheby’s home page is a search bar.If they do the search, the next thing they see is the number of properties in the area.If that number is too intimidating, the filters widget is there to help them narrow the list even more.By keeping the rentals off of the home page and even away from the top of the fold of the internal page, Sotheby’s can control how calmly visitors go through the decision-making process.Enable Side-by-side ComparisonInternally, there’s not a lot you can do about choice overload except giving your visitors a really great set of sorting and filtering tools. Even then, once they start to see lists of related products, recommendations on previous purchases and so on, the analysis paralysis is going to creep back in.One thing you can do to make this less stressful is by including side-by-side comparisons.It’s similar to laying out pricing plans side-by-side. Rather than make prospective customers review their options one-by-one, stack up the top few choices. Then, align the specifications so it’s as easy as looking across a row to weed something out because it doesn’t fit the budget or the product is too large.Although Amazon doesn’t handle analysis paralysis flawlessly, I do like what it does with its side-by-side product comparisons: The eHealth Insurance website gates off its insurance provider options and plans. (Source: eHealth Insurance) (Large preview) The Apple home page banner advertises only its iPhone 11 Pro. (Source: Apple) (Large preview) Verizon Wireless displays the details for its 4GB wireless plan. (Source: Verizon Wireless) (Large preview) This way, consumers aren’t distracted by all the great-looking properties or even the attractive prices. They’re still focused on taking action (e.g. finding a rental), but it’s more about taking baby steps towards the desired result which makes it much less intimidating. It’s also going to lead to a more satisfying result in the end as they won’t spend time looking at rentals they can’t afford, that don’t allow cats or that are too far away from their kids’ schools. As a web designer, you do your best to remove friction from the decision-making process. You place only one CTA above the fold. You keep interactive elements to a minimum. You make the menu only as large as it needs to be.But what happens when the content itself causes analysis paralysis?There’s an overabundance of choice all around the web, from e-commerce stores with thousands of products to content generation machines pushing out new posts every day. While you can’t do anything to stop the flood of information or items going out to your visitors, you can design your interfaces in a way that makes the decision-making process easier to bear. What’s more, you can help them walk away feeling more confident with their choice, too.Let’s look at what it is about the psychology of choice that can be detrimental for conversions and what you can do to keep your PWA visitors from succumbing to it.Why Analysis Paralysis Is Hurting Your Conversion RateParalysis by analysis is what happens when someone finds a situation or decision too overwhelming or difficult. Despite thinking over the circumstances or options, they’re unable to make a clear choice, often leading to no action at all.It’s the exact opposite of what we want to happen with our visitors and customers. And, yet, we see it all the time.Take Amazon, with its hundreds of millions of products. Let’s say a shopper is looking for socks for an upcoming snowboarding trip. So, they search for “snowboard socks”: Verizon Wireless displays the details for its 2GB wireless plan. (Source: Verizon Wireless) (Large preview) Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019last_img read more

Milan wanted Puel

first_imgThere are reports that Milan’s hierarchy couldn’t agree on who should replace Marco Giampaolo, with Ivan Gazidis wanting Claude Puel.  Giampaolo was sacked after a dismal run of form in which Milan won only three of their opening seven games. Il Giornale reports that Milan CEO Gazidis wanted former Lyon and Southampton manager Claude Puel to take over from Giampaolo. However, the report also states that directors Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban wanted an Italian coach, or at least one who was experienced in Serie A. This led the club to go for Luciano Spalletti, who rejected their advances. Milan then turned to Stefano Pioli, who agreed. This isn’t the first time the three have butted heads, as Gazidis only wanted to sign young players last summer, whilst Boban and Maldini believed that the squad needed some experience, with rumours that a deal for Zlatan Ibrahimovic was nixed by Gazidis. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more

10 months agoBVB, Liverpool target Hazard focused solely on Gladbach

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say BVB, Liverpool target Hazard focused solely on Gladbachby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThorgan Hazard says he is fully focused on Borussia Monchengladbach.The Belgium international is currently being tracked by Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.He told Monchengladbach’s official website: “Max Eberl [director of sport] and I spoke before the winter break and I confirmed that the only important thing for me right now is that I can help our team here to be successful.”Max knows that my head is here at Borussia and I am fully concentrated on my job here.”I am not considering a transfer right now.”I cannot say what will happen after the end of this season. I may possibly extend my contract as I’m very happy here and family are also settled.”Max and I will speak about this when it is the right time.” last_img read more

Kentucky vs. Stony Brook – Game Time, TV Channel, Announcers, Betting Line, Predictions

first_imgCoach Cal talking to Jamal Murray.LEXINGTON, KY – JANUARY 23: John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to Jamal Murray #23 in the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Rupp Arena on January 23, 2016 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Tyler UlisTyler UlisThe 2016 NCAA Tournament Bracket was just revealed on CBS. The Kentucky Wildcats out of the SEC earned the No. 4 seed in the East region, where they will face the 13th-seeded Stony Brook Seawolves out of the America East Conference. Each team won its respective conference tournament. The winner of this match-up is rewarded with a meeting against the winner of fifth-seeded Indiana and No. 12 seed Chattanooga.Date: Thursday, March 17Time: 9:30 p.m. E.T. TV Channel: CBSLocation: Des MoinesAnnouncers: Nantz/Hill/Raftery//WolfsonOpening Betting Line: TBAkentucky logoPrediction: The Wildcats didn’t look like themselves for a while during the regular season, but boy did they finish on a tear. Guards Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray are studs, and freshman big man Skal Labissiere has gone from phenom to bust to bona fide contributor.If anything, this UK team is under-seeded. That might hurt them in round two against Indiana, but it shouldn’t deter them from winning this game.last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Announces His Wife Is Pregnant With His 7th Child

first_imgjim harbaugh on the sideline at the ohio state gameCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks up at the scoreboard in the third quarter after the Ohio State Buckeyes scored at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 62-39. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is going to be a father – for the seventh time, in fact. Monday, Harbaugh announced at one of his program’s camps that he and his wife Sarah are pregnant with their fourth child together. Harbaugh, now 52 years old, also has three children with his former wife, Miah.Harbaugh’s first marriage, which lasted from 1996 to 2006, saw three children – Jay, James and Grace. Jim and Sarah, who were married in 2008, also have three children – Addison, Katherine and Jack. Sarah is 38 years old, if you were wondering.Jim Harbaugh is having another kid. Found out yesterday. “Attacking this pregnancy with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.”— Matt Pargoff (@MaizeBlueNews) June 20, 2016Jim Harbaugh announces at camp his wife is pregnant— The D Zone (@TheD_Zone) June 20, 2016Congrats to the Harbaugh family.last_img read more

More Vessels Join MPC Container Ships Fleet

first_imgzoom MPC Container Ships, a subsidiary of MPC Capital AG, took delivery of the 2003-built sister ships Carpathia and Cordelia on May 31, 2017.The vessels, which were bought in a batch of seven ships for USD 38 million on May 22, have a capacity of 2,824 TEU each.Additionally, MPC Container Ships said that the acquisition of the 2003-built Mare Frio, a 1,200 TEU ships which will be renamed AS Fiona, has been finalized. The boxship is set to join its owner by end of June 2017.Ahrenkiel Steamship is the technical manager of the former two vessels and Columbia Shipmanagement of the latter.MPC Container Ships’s investment for these vessels totals USD 11 million, excluding working capital requirements and docking cost, whereas the company holds a 50% interest in Carpathia and Cordelia.Besides the seven container ships purchased in May, featuring capacities ranging between 966 TEU and 2,824 TEU, MPC Container Ships has agreed to add six more vessels to its fleet.After completion of these transactions, including working capital and docking cost, around USD 80 million of the USD 100 million raised at the end of April will have been invested, the company earlier informed.last_img read more

Klaipeda LNG Terminal Receives 50th LNG Cargo

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: KN On May 25, the 50th LNG reloading operation took place at Lithuanian liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal operated by AB Klaipedos Nafta (KN).The 50th load was delivered to the Klaipeda Port by the Arctic Voyager, which has already visited the facility several times. The LNG carrier brought 140,000 cubic meters of LNG from a liquefaction plant in Norway.Since October 2014, when the FSRU Independence began operations in Klaipėda, the terminal has received 42 LNG imports — 5.4 million cubic meters of LNG.Gas has been supplied to Lithuania from four countries — Norway, the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, and Nigeria.Tadas Matulionis, LNG Business Director at KN, estimates that since 2016, utilization of Klaipeda terminal has been one of the highest among all of the LNG terminals in Europe, supplying about half of all of the natural gas consumed in Lithuania: “The demand for LNG terminal services remains high, with the terminal operating at over 90 per cent capacity during some months.”The utilization of the terminal is also increased by the reloading of LNG to small-scale LNG vessels. The first such reloading operation was performed in the beginning of 2017, when the first small-scale LNG vessel, the Coral Energy, had been received and loaded at the terminal.After successfully reloading LNG from the FSRU, LNG export activities gained momentum, and since early 2017, the terminal has already performed eight LNG reloads for re-export to small-scale LNG import terminals in Sweden, Finland and Norway. Lithuania has become the 12th country in the world that LNG is re-exported from, as explained by the terminal operator.last_img read more