After four years with Sevilla, there is an agreement between all three parties for the 27-year-old to become the first signing at Atletico this summer. Sport.es Simeone wants to take advantage of the Spanish international’s versatility, given he can play at right-back as well as in a range of forward positions. Vitolo will cost Atletico 40 million euros, which is the cost of his release clause and there was also some interest shown by Barcelona. IN SPORT.ES Sevilla forward Vitolo Machín has an agreement in principle to join Atletico Madrid for the 2017-18 season. Noticia SPORT: Vitolo llega a un acuerdo con el Atlético de Madrid Upd. at 10:21 22/05/2017 Regardless of the potential transfer ban, Vitolo was Cholo Simeone’s top target. The Argentine coach want to push a deal no matter what happens with the outcome of their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport — even if it means he can’t play until January 2018. CEST Talking recently, Vitolo said that “if Sevilla intend to sell me, I will accept it, it’s a decision between both parties, so we will see. There’s still nothing yet.”
By DR JEFF CAVE, DISTRICT VETERINARY OFFICER WE ARE at the height of our summer and heat stress in livestock…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.
In Showjumping, Michael Whyte from Glenamaddy Equestrian Centre jumped into the 5th and final round of the biggest puissance of the year on Monday night at the 4 star Liverpool Theraplate International Horse Show on his horse Amaretto. This is the second year in a row the pair have jumped to the final round at the Puissance and at 2m 21cm the final round set a new record for the class with four British riders eventually sharing the top prize. There was even better news for Irish showjumping on New Year’s Eve when Billy Twomey from Cork claimed the UK Grand Prix at the same Liverpool International Horse Show for the third time in the five-year history of the show. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Three Southland teams picked up conference wins Friday night via the shutout. Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana blanked McNeese State and UIW, respectively, by the scores of 3-0 while Nicholls silenced Central Arkansas 4-0. Other solid pitching performances included Lamar beating New Orleans 9-1, Oral Roberts beating Stephen F. Austin 11-1 and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi topping Houston Baptist 14-1. Rounding out Friday action was Sam Houston State defeating Abilene Christian 8-3.Northwestern State 3, McNeese State 0LAKE CHARLES, La. – One run in the seventh inning and two in the ninth was plenty for Adam Oller in a complete game shutout to force the Northwestern State baseball team in a three-way tie for first place in the Southland Conference with a 3-0 win over McNeese State Friday at Cowboy Diamond. | Northwestern Recap | McNeese RecapSoutheastern Louisiana 3, UIW 0HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana right-handers Andro Cutura and Dylan Hills combined to pitch a five-hit shutout Friday against Incarnate Word, 3-0, in Southland Conference play at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. | Southeastern Recap | UIW RecapNicholls 4, Central Arkansas 0THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University baseball team blanked the University of Central Arkansas 4-0 in the series opener on Friday at Ray E. Didier Field behind opportunistic hitting and stifling defensive play. | Nicholls Recap | UCA RecapLamar 9, New Orleans 1BEAUMONT, Texas – Will Hibbs put together another strong start on the mound, and the Cardinal offense gave him plenty of support as the Lamar baseball team beat visiting New Orleans 9-1 at Vincent-Beck Stadium on Friday night. | Lamar Recap | UNO RecapOral Roberts 11, Stephen F. Austin 1NACOGDOCHES, Texas – For the second time this season, the Oral Roberts University baseball team opened a conference series with a mercy rule victory as the Golden Eagles defeated Stephen F. Austin on the road 11-1 on Friday. | ORU Recap | SFA RecapTexas A&M-Corpus Christi 14, Houston Baptist 1HOUSTON, Texas – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team saw its offense explode in its series opener with Houston Baptist, as they picked up a 14-1 run-rule victory in seven innings Friday at Husky Field to snap a three-game losing streak. | A&M-Corpus Christi Recap | HBU RecapSam Houston State 8, Abilene Christian 3HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Shortstop Corey Toups hit a pair of home runs behind Jason Simms’ solid start on the mound to lead Sam Houston to an 8-3 win over Abilene Christian at Don Sanders Stadium Friday. The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 4:00 p.m. | Sam Houston Recap | ACU Recap
Honorable Mention: Ben Clark, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Kartavius Hamilton, McNeese StateHamilton set a personal record with a first-place leap of 24 feet, 9.75 inches in the long jump Saturday at the Cowboy Relays. The junior from Colfax, La. (Grant H.S.), now holds the third-best mark in the nation for the long jump and his leap is the top mark in the Southland this season. Hamilton helped the Cowboys to finish second in the home meet. Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – 4×800-Meter Relay Team (Oliver James, Brock Moreaux, Finlay Murray and Bryson Skinner), McNeese StateMcNeese State’s 4×800-meter relay team comprising of Oliver James, Brock Moreaux, Finlay Murray and Bryson Skinner shattered the school record with a time of 7:50.70 to capture first place in the event at the Cowboy Relays in Lake Charles Saturday. James is a sophomore from Sunderland, England, while Moreaux is a senior from Delcambre, La. (Delcambre H.S.). Murray and Skinner are both freshmen as Murray hails from Tain, Scotland. Honorable Mention: Valentinas Rudys, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Deion Hardy, UIW. FRISCO, Texas – McNeese State’s 4×800-meter relay team of Oliver James, Brock Moreaux, Finlay Murray and Bryson Skinner were selected Southland Conference Men’s Track Athletes of the Week while junior Kartavius Hamilton was named field athlete of the week, the league announced Wednesday. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the athletes of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own student-athlete. To receive honorable mention, an athlete must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.
My client sent me an email message, saying something wasn’t working correctly on their website. They made some changes, but now the site was acting “wonky.” Their words, not mine. I asked, if they installed any new plugins, modified settings for installed plugins, or if they deleted anything. “I’m not sure what happened,”, my client replied. “I don’t remember what I did. Can you fix it?”If this has happened to you, it can be like a treasure hunt trying to discover what the user changed in WordPress. Without some clues, where do you begin? You want to find out if the user:Changed the themeDeleted the themeMoved a widgetGave access to a new administrative userChanged a menuAnd many more itemsTracking down what users, especially users with administrative access, have changed on a WordPress site can be a challenge without a map. Thankfully, there are a couple plugins that provide you a map that can make your treasure hunt a lot easier.The ARYO Activity Log plugin allows you to quickly find out from your Dashboard what changes have been made to the site, and by whom. The plugin tracks who has created, updated, or deleted posts, pages, custom post types, tags, categories, taxonomies, comments and media. Find out which users have logged in, logged out, and whether the user’s login failed. What I found helpful was discovering if a widget was added or deleted (the source of my client’s issue), or if the widget order was changed.ARYO Activity Log is easy to install, with minimal configuration. It adds another administrative menu choice to your Dashboard, near the top of the menu. There are only two tabs in the settings options. You can set the maximum number of days to keep updates (no more than 30 days is recommended). And by setting up custom notifications, you can be emailed when certain events take place.Stream, which was released late last year, offers similar tracking features and functionality, though with more customization options than ARYO Activity Log. Once its installed, you’ll find a new “Stream” menu choice near the top of the administrative menu where you can track changes made to the site’s pages, posts, media, tags, categories, and comments. In Stream Records, you can filter logged actions by connector, context, action and IP address, making it simple to track down changes. Stream Settings offer you more configuration options, allowing you to restrict who has access to the activity log by role or by user name. Using their Developer API, you can create your own custom connectors. According to their description, Stream won’t pollute your default posts table with records or slow down content querying on your site.Both plugins are free. Note that email notifications in Stream are only available through their premium extensions.Do you think you’ll use ARYO Activity Log or Stream for tracking? Or are you using something else to track changes on your WordPress sites? Share your thoughts 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…RelatedShare Your Favorite Plugin: Simple HistoryActivity monitoring plugins are essential for troubleshooting a site when something isn’t working correctly. Without a log of what changed on a website, you can feel like you’re on a treasure hunt with no clues. I’ve written about WordPress plugins to track changes in the past and how they can…In “WordPress”Common Plugins I Install on WordPress SitesI’ve chatted with WordPress designers and developers about the standard plugins they install on WordPress sites. You know, the common plugins you install to set up a default WordPress site. After hearing from several friends and colleagues, and sharing my default setup in online forums and chats, I thought it…In “WordPress”Share Your Favorite Plugin: File ManagerWhen you don’t have the FTP credentials or web host credentials for a site, the File Manager plugin allows you to edit, download, delete files in WordPress. Use with caution, it’s a powerful plugin.In “WordPress”
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterAUBURNDALE — Paiton Richardson had 23 points and nine rebounds, and the Auburndale girls basketball team pounded Northland Lutheran 59-14 in a Marawood Conference South Division matchup Thursday night at Auburndale High School.Auburndale cruised out to a 21-5 lead after the first quarter and went up 45-10 by halftime in a dominating performance.Taylor Gotz added 13 points and seven rebounds, and Shannon Yahnke had 11 points for the Apaches. Auburndale improves to 15-4 overall and finishes its Marawood South season with a 9-3 record. Northland Lutheran is now 7-13 and ends up 2-10 in the conference.Auburndale hosts Athens in a nonconference game Tuesday and will play in the Marawood Conference third-place crossover game on Feb. 20 against an opponent yet to be determined.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Apaches 59, Wildcats 14Northland Lutheran 5 5 2 2 – 14Auburndale 21 24 9 5 – 59NORTHLAND LUTHERAN (14): Beka Edelberg 0-5 2-4 2, Ashley Colby 0-4 0-0 0, Hannah Kloehn 2-6 2-6 7, Mesa Haag 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor Fenske 1-4 0-0 3, Sidney Moore 0-2 0-0 0, Halley Engelbrecht 0-6 0-0 0, Erin Gast 0-1 0-0 0, Melissa Neumann 0-2 2-2 2. FG: 3-31. FT: 6-12. 3-pointers: 2-10 (Kloehn 1-1, Fenske 1-4, Neumann 0-1, Engelbrecht 0-1, Edelberg 0-1, Colby 0-2). Rebounds: 14 (Neumann 6). Record: 7-13, 2-10 Marawood Conference South Division.AUBURNDALE (59): Rachel Gronemeyer 0-1 0-1 0, Cassie Mitchell 0-3 0-0 0, Ashley Peplinski 0-2 1-2 1, Allison Linzmeier 3-4 0-0 6, Cheyenne Karl 0-1 0-0 0, Jenna Peplinski 0-2 2-4 2, Sylviann Momont 1-7 1-2 3, Paiton Richardson 9-15 5-6 23, Shannon Yahnke 4-7 3-4 11, Taylor Gotz 4-14 5-6 13. FG: 21-55. FT: 17-25. 3-pointers: 0-1 (A. Peplinski 0-1). Rebounds: 34 (Richardson 9). Assists: 13 (Momont 3). Record: 15-4, 9-3 Marawood Conference South Division.
Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material South African mountain biking fans are in for a treat. Pietermaritzburg has been awarded the opening round of the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships. The announcement was made on Friday after a meeting of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Management Committee, and comes on the back of the successful hosting of the opening round of the 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. The report, based on feedback from, among others, technical delegates and riders, was overwhelmingly positive and reflected favourably on the strides made since South Africa first hosted a UCI MTB World Cup event two years ago. There will also be another addition, starting with next year’s 2012 UCI MTB World Cup, which will comprise 10 events in nine countries on three continents, with seven rounds for each of the traditional disciplines: a cross-country eliminator, in which several rounds will go towards a final ranking, will be run over a 2 000 metre short course and add to the action. Those eight days are divided into two: 21 to 25 August and 29 Aug to 1 September. They include trials, which have not yet been held in Pietermaritzburg. The other events are cross country, downhill and four-cross. “The terrain of the region also lends itself to cycling activities,” he added. PerspectivePutting the 2013 event into perspective, Lenferna explained: “The World Champs are about three to four times bigger than the World Cup and take place over eight days.” A report by the UCI on South Africa’s 2011 World Cup event concluded: “In all aspects, the event improved a lot after a first experience in 2009.” Overwhelmingly positive 21 June 2011 “The 2012 World Cup is going to be bigger and will be important as a preparatory event for the 2013 World Championships,” Lenferna said. “Cyclists who haven’t been to Pietermaritzburg before will need to visit in 2012 because it will be their only chance to see the course before the 2013 World Champs.” Rising stars, like Andrew Neethling, who finished tenth in the downhill in the World Cup in Pietermaritzburg this year, bode well for the future of mountain biking in South Africa. Stander is also among the world’s elite, having won on the World Cup circuit, and is a former under-23 world champion as well as this year’s Absa Cape Epic winner alongside Swiss legend Christoph Sauser. HotspotWhy has Pietermaritzburg become such a hotspot for cycling in South Africa, hosting UCI-endorsed mountain biking, BMX and road cycling events in recent years? Lenferna says it’s simple – the KwaZulu-Natal government and the city have put themselves fully behind the events. “They went the events,” he said. Of course, the fact that Minnaar remains one of the world’s elite downhill riders is a huge positive, so too is the fact that the country’s leading cross-country rider, Burry Stander, hails from Port Shepstone on the KwaZulu-Natal coast. ‘Incredibly good advice’“Greg’s always been a strong supporter [of Pietermaritzburg],” he said, “but, more than that, he’s been a point of contact, offering incredibly good advice and ideas of what would work from his experiences at events overseas.” Event organiser Alec Lenferna is the man who was behind the first two World Cup events and will be the man behind the forthcoming competitions in 2012 and 2013. Improvement can be expected every time an event is hosted, he told SAinfo. The fact that Pietermaritzburg has a three-time World Cup overall winner and former World Championship winner in Greg Minnaar has also played a big role in drawing support from local MTB enthusiasts for the UCI MTB World Cup events but, Lenferna let on, Minnaar has done more than be a star for South African mountain bike fans to rally around.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Number of U.S. IPOs by year, 1980-2011, with pre-IPO last 12-month sales less than (small firms) or greater than (large firms) $50 million (2009 purchasing power). [Credit: Prof. Jay Ritter, for testimony before the Senate Banking Committee]The fact that a great deal of the content produced by tech news sites concerns startup companies might make an observer from another planet think America is a veritable nursery for brilliant business ideas. The real truth is, since the “Internet bubble” burst in 2001, initial public offerings have not resumed the vitality levels of the late 1980s, let alone the boom years of the ’90s.This week, President Obama is scheduled to sign into law a bill that eases the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) auditing and reporting requirements on new companies looking to go public, as well as effectively legalizing the principle of crowdfunding – pooling the resources of micro-investors to make small batches of seed capital available to early-stage startups. It’s a move that’s not without controversy, and not even the people who are happy with it are completely happy with it. But it could affect one thing right away: the level of buzz and information surrounding young IPOs, which no longer have to keep mum.Make Way for the On-RampThe most important belt that the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act loosens concerns the amount of capital a new company may raise through the sale of securities in a 12-month period. Previously $5 million, the securities sales cap will be raised to $50 million. That cap will now specifically apply to a broader group of small companies: those with annual gross revenues of $1 billion or less (adjusted for inflation), within a five-year interval from the sale of its first security.We’d better get used to the new phrase, emerging growth companies (EGCs). It’s the term proposed by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) in a proposal last October (PDF available here), and this week it will be codified into law. It refers to this specific, new group of young, low-revenue companies for whom some of the SOX reporting regulations will no longer apply.The NVCA recommended the five-year period as part of what it called the “IPO on-ramp.” As the proposal read, “We recommend that companies with total annual gross revenue of less than $1 billion at IPO registration and that are not recognized by the SEC as ‘well-known seasoned issuers’ be given up to five years from the date of their IPOs to scale up to compliance. Doing so would reduce costs for companies while still adhering to the first principle of investor protection.”In testimony before the Senate Banking Committee last December, Kate Mitchell, former head of the NVCA and currently Managing Director at Scale Venture Partners, stated that EGCs were overdue for relief. Her case was that the reporting requirements applicable to public companies like Exxon and Apple were strangling small companies, making them less attractive to investors.“As someone who has spent the last 15 years seeking out, evaluating, investing in, and helping to build promising young companies, I cannot overemphasize the value of a robust and accessible IPO market,” stated Mitchell. “In our survey of emerging growth company CEOs, 86% of respondents listed accounting and compliance costs as a major concern of going public… Over 85% of CEOs said that going public was not as attractive of an option as it was in 1995. Given these concerns, for CEOs of successful companies deciding between pursuing an IPO or positioning themselves for an acquisition, the scaled disclosure and cost flexibility provided by the bill could help make an IPO the more attractive option.”Because EGCs were under the same burdens to remain quiet as the larger, established ones, Mitchell and NVCA argued, they couldn’t generate enough buzz. You read that right: Not a lot of people are that interested in startups.This argument raised objections from Prof. Jay Ritter of the University of Florida’s prestigious Warrington College of Business Administration. In testimony before the same Banking Committee last month (PDF available here), Prof. Ritter alluded to what appeared, at least to him, to be a plethora of news sources emerging in just the past few years devoted in large part to emerging tech startups – perhaps you’ve read a few yourself. Citing data from a study he conducted in conjunction with two Hong Kong universities last month entitled “Where Have All the IPOs Gone?”, Ritter acknowledged that the reporting requirements were a burden for EGCs, but argued it wasn’t enough of a burden to keep the tech bubble of the ’90s deflated throughout the 21st century.“I agree with the conventional wisdom that these factors have discouraged small companies from going public, but I believe that only a small part of the drop in small company IPO volume can be explained by these factors,” stated Prof. Ritter. “Instead, I think that the more fundamental problem is the declining profitability of small firms. In many industries, over time it has become more important for a firm to be big if it is to be profitable. Emerging growth companies are responding to this change in the merits of being a small, stand-alone firm by merging in order to grow big fast, rather than remaining as an independent firm and depending on organic (internal) growth.”The hole in the NVCA’s data, the professor alleges, comes from a factor that perhaps would be obvious if anyone bothered to read those non-existent venture sites: mergers and acquisitions. In short, small companies aren’t entering the IPO state because they had no desire to be independent in the first place. The earnings, the UF team believe their data indicates, come from being part of someone else’s desire to scale up.States the Florida/Hong Kong study, “Our explanation is that earnings are higher as part of a larger organization that can realize economies of scope and economies of scale, and this regularity is the main reason why many small firms are choosing not to remain independent, but instead merging as a way of getting big fast. If our explanation is correct, regulatory reforms aimed at restoring the IPO ecosystem will have only a modest ability to affect IPO volume.” Two’s Company, 2,000’s a CrowdThe crowdfunding business is already well under way, as evidenced by the existence of online marketplaces such as Appbackr.com. The business itself was technically illegal, although its practitioners were never prosecuted. Once the JOBS Act is signed, new statutes will effectively legalize the practice, while limiting the sale of all crowdfunding transactions with a particular business to $1 million per year.While The Economist hailed the passage of the bill as a whole, it cast a skeptical eye on simply enabling crowdfunding sources to exist without firmer regulations. “Crowdfunding is an efficient way for entrepreneurs to raise seed capital,” the editors wrote. “But it is also a good way for hucksters to fleece suckers.”The magazine’s comments play into the now-legendary testimony last November of Columbia Law School Professor John Coffee, who dubbed the crowdfunding bill that was later incorporated into the JOBS Act “The Boiler Room Legalization Act of 2011.” Coffee took issue with an aspect of that bill – which will indeed be signed into law – that increases the minimum shareholder number threshold for SOX reporting restrictions from 500 to 2,000. “There is no need for such an open-ended exemption, largely benefitting larger firms,” he told Congress, “or for such a dramatic retreat from the principle of transparency that has long governed our securities markets in order to spur job creation at smaller firms.”But in her arguments for the JOBS Act, the NVCA’s Mitchell stated that rolling back these requirements could save EGCs as much as $2 million each per year, suggesting that startup firms may have owed more in reporting costs than it was ever possible for them to raise through crowdfunding alone.Stock image by Shutterstock. scott fulton Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#startups
Man and the machine: Guido Bothe with the HammerWhat does the Hindi word “chinkara” have in common with German’s “schnell”? Everything, to 47-year-old German expatriate Guido Bothe.Resident of Alibag and the mastermind of Chinkara Motors, run in partnership with wife Shama, Bothe produces hand-made adventure vehicles. His most famous is,Man and the machine: Guido Bothe with the HammerWhat does the Hindi word “chinkara” have in common with German’s “schnell”? Everything, to 47-year-old German expatriate Guido Bothe.Resident of Alibag and the mastermind of Chinkara Motors, run in partnership with wife Shama, Bothe produces hand-made adventure vehicles. His most famous is modelled after the smallest Asiatic gazelle, “sleek, graceful, nimble and very quick”.The Chinkara 1.8 S Roadster – the S stands for schnell, or “fast” in German – made its debut at the Mumbai Auto Show 2003, receiving much acclaim as India’s first indigenous sports car. The vehicle comes customised and takes three-and-a-half months to complete.Bothe’s most recent creation is the Hammer, which made its first appearance at Delhi’s DefExpo ’06 in February. The vehicle looks like a 1960s Corvette Stingray, with a machine-gun mount on the back and armoured in hand-fitted layers of Kevlar and ceramic. It weighs 1,100 kg and is equipped with a 130 hp engine.Bothe predicts that the Hammer has a “huge” potential market among border patrols, special task forces, forest departments and antipoaching squads. “Like a hammer, you get in, hit your target fast, then get out fast,” he explains.It is not a high turnover business. Bothe and his 11-man team of welders, moulders, mechanics and fitters have custom-built 11 of the Chinkara Roadsters since 2003; it will take at least 50 of them to be sold for the company to even break even on its investment.Each Chinkara Roadster costs between Rs 6 lakh and Rs 7 lakh and Bothe admits his consumer base isn’t large. But he isn’t worried. “Success in numbers is minuscule,” he says, insisting that Chinkara is in business for the long haul to “look at the fun-factor of vehicles”, especially since a growing number of people consider cars as “not just a means of transport”.advertisementShama handles the administrative responsibilities-besides, being an Indian she technically owns the company- while Bothe attends to the workshop, re-engineering and finishing auto parts into the works of his imagination. Since the company’s inception, Chinkara has expanded its product line to include all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and speedboats.In his youth, Bothe had travelled the world, experimenting with extreme sports and at 36, he took a holiday in Maharashtra where he met Shama while sailing with her cousin. “When I went back (to Germany), it was like being in the wrong movie,” he says.”People were white and grey. I had such a good time in India, I decided to move here and stay with the good times.”