August 13

Ronaldo says his ‘brilliance’ bothers people

first_img“I am only here because my name is Cristiano Ronaldo,” the player told the judge, according to the newspaper.Ronaldo had been expected to speak to the throng of reporters gathered outside of the court after the hearing but instead his spokesman Inaki Torres emerged from the building to announce the player “was on his way home”, prompting jeers from the press.Portuguese television SIC reported that Ronaldo aborted the appearance at the podium set up outside the court because the court hearing had gone badly, with many moments of “tension” between him and the judge.Ronaldo is not the only footballer to fall foul of authorities in Spain.His arch-rival, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, was found guilty of tax evasion last year.Other footballers have also recently run into trouble with Spain’s taxman, some of them already convicted and others under investigation.Share on: WhatsApp Lisbon, Portugal | AFP | Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo said Tuesday his “brilliance” annoys people, a day after he was quizzed by a Spanish judge investigating whether he evaded paying millions of euros in taxes.“What bothers people is my brilliance, insects only attack lamps that shine!!!!” the Portuguese wrote in an Instagram message that received over a million likes within an hour of being posted.Ronaldo spent over 90 minutes on Monday answering the questions of investigating judge Monica Gomez at a closed door hearing in Pozuelo de Alarcon, the wealthy suburb of Madrid where he lives.Prosecutors accuse the four-time world player of the year of having evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.3 million) in tax.Ronaldo, 32, has denied any wrongdoing. He told the judge he has always filed his tax returns and “never had the intention of evading taxes”, according to a statement from his representatives.Spanish daily El Mundo said the player — the world’s highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine — implied during his court hearing that he was only being investigated because of who he is.last_img read more

December 24

Softball Drops Two Games On Sunday At Hoosier Classic

first_img Preview Full Schedule Roster at Saint Louis 3/15/2016 – 3:00 PM Next Game: BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Drake University softball suffered a pair of close losses on Sunday at the Indiana Classic. Drake lost to Ohio, 4-0, before Indiana edged the Bulldogs, 1-0, in the day’s final game. Indiana’s (14-9) leadoff hitter Rebecca Blitz led off the bottom of the first inning with a single and then stole second and came around to score the game’s deciding run on a throwing error by Drake’s (8-9) freshman catcher Gabbie Jonas’ (Omaha, Neb.), who was attempting to throw out Blitz. Drake and Indiana each tallied two hits in the pitchers duel between Bulldog starter Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) and Hoosier starter Tara Trainer. Newman allowed just one unearned run on two hits while striking out six and walking one. She fell to 7-4 with the tough defeat. Trainer allowed just two hits while striking out seven and walking two as she improved to 7-4 with the win. Drake’s best scoring chances against Trainer came in the second and sixth inning as the Bulldogs had a runner on second base both times, but failed to get the timely hit. In the sixth inning, sophomore Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.) had a one-out single and advanced to second on an error by the left fielder. However, Wright was stranded as the next two hitters struck out. Ohio (11-7) scored all four runs in the first inning with two outs. The first run came on an RBI single and the next three on a three-run home run. McKinnon settled in over the next five innings allowing just five more hits. However, the Bulldogs’ offense never got going finishing with just four hits and didn’t have a runner reach second base. McKinnon dropped to 1-4 on the season with the loss. Kaitlyn Finneran (Morrison, Ill.), Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.), Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) and Wright each had one hit for Drake against the Bobcats. Drake plays a single game against Indiana on Monday with first pitch scheduled for noon.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

December 16

Impact of OpenStack Project Goes Beyond the Cloud Industry Leaders

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#cloud 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img audrey watters Since the announcement of OpenStack crossed the wire on Monday, much of the emphasis has been on Rackspace‘s decision to open source their code and what this might mean in terms of the other major (proprietary) cloud players. But there are 25 companies who’ve signed on to the OpenStack organization and the benefit of the open source project will be far-reaching beyond just the cloud service providers.I had a chance today at OSCON to talk with Peder Ulander, CMO of, about what being part of the OpenStack initiative means to the startup. offers a software platform for building and managing both public or private cloud environments. allows customers to deploy cloud services within their existing IT infrastructure, facilitating the move to the cloud. has been open source all along, with modular offerings designed to meet the needs of its customers.While the benefits, and even the inevitability, of cloud technology are clear to some, there are still major inroads to be made before adoption is ubiquitous. The fears of vendor lock-in – which is a major piece of what the OpenStack project addresses – are a big part of what’s causing some companies to hesitate about the cloud. After all, despite the frequently heard assertion that cloud computing is a “disruptive” technology, Ulander says that companies don’t necessarily want to adopt something “disruptive.” Ulander likens the adoption of the cloud to the adoption of Linux. Once major players like IBM “sanctioned” its use, Linux was able to make greater inroads in the enterprise. Similarly with the backing of major players like Rackspace, Ulander contends that the OpenStack initiative will probably help cloud computing take a big leap towards legitimacy and acceptance.It’s too early to tell if the open source project will be collaborative or competitive, but already sees the benefits of participating. is planning to adopt the OpenStack Object Storage platform into its CloudStack product, for example, allowing the company to immediately add a new feature to its offerings. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

December 15

Lenovo Moto has no plans for wearable market in 2017

first_imgLenovo Moto has confirmed it will not launch a wearable device in time for the scheduled Android Wear 2 launch and has no current smartwatch plans.Google is expected to launch Android Wear 2 early next year, but Lenovo doesn’t see the update as major enough to warrant a new smartwatch.See Also: You can bend phones, so why not wearables?Speaking to The Verge, Shakil Barkat, head of global product development at Moto, said he doesn’t see major interest in smartwatches at this time, but left the possibility of future smartwatch launches should the technology and software improve.“Wearables do not have broad enough appeal for us to continue to build on it year after year,” said Barkat. “We believe the wrist still has value and there will be a point where they provide value to consumers more than they do today.A blow for Android WearIt is a blow for Android Wear, which is already seeing a downturn in interest, as Apple starts to consolidate its position as leader of the smartwatch market. Moto was one of the first manufacturers to build an Android Wear smartwatch, the Moto 360, but sales haven’t been as high as Google, Lenovo, or Moto expected.Lenovo, the owner of Moto, has been quietly restructuring the company in the past year, trimming some of the fat and updating the brand. The decision to back away from the smartwatch market may be a direct order from Moto’s Chinese owners.Without Moto, Google is going to struggle to find innovative manufacturers that can make breakthroughs in the market. It has already lost Samsung, who decided to start using Tizen OS for most of its smartwatches instead of Android Wear. Related Posts Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#Lenovo#Moto 360#Motorola#smartwatch#wearable center_img David Curry Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

December 12

9 Tips for Stabilizing Handheld Footage

first_imgSometimes you just can’t shoot on a tripod.Heading to the set or into the field without a tripod? Getting beautiful handheld shots can be a difficult challenge – the recent influx of camera stabilizers and Steadicam equipment is a testament to that. Thinking out your approach to handheld shooting and taking several of the approaches listed below can significantly minimize camera shake.1. Use Two HandsOne of the easiest ways to minimize shaky footage is to use two hands instead of one. Even if your camera is too small to be held by two hands, find a way to use both. This can be holding your wrist or simply holding one hand around another. Adding the extra hand will essential take your camera from being on a monopod to a bipod.2. Keep the Camera CloseHolding the camera away from your body will severely increase camera shake. Most people make the mistake of holding the camera like they would if they were taking pictures, near their eyes. But for shooting video you want to hold the camera near your chin and close to your body. By resting your elbows on your chest and holding your arms parallel with your body you can create a “cocoon” that will make your footage more steady. This technique is certainly dependent on where your display screen is relative to your face, but for most DSLRs this should work perfectly.3. Use a WallIf you can, leaning on a wall is a great way to keep your footage steady. By simply putting your weight on a wall you can create a sort of tripod between your two legs and the wall.4. Bend your Knees and FloatWhen moving with your camera the best way to minimize vertical shift due to walking is to think of your camera as a cup instead of a camera. If you apply the same physics of a full cup to your hand held camera you will quickly find the camera shakes much less. Remember to relax!5. Keep Movements SimpleWhile handheld footage does give you the freedom to preform elaborate camera moves, these moves can make your footage incredibly shaky. It is much more advisable to keep your camera moves simple. Unless the shot calls for it, you may get a better result by keeping your camera stationary.6. Move Your AxisArcs make for smoother movement than pivots.When panning and titling try pretending that your camera is rotating around an axis in front of the camera. This will help you avoid the foot shuffling that occurs when you simply rotate in place. In moving your axis you will quickly find more natural and fluid movements. Think of your movements as being arcs rather than pivots.7. Use a Wider LensIt might seem like common sense, but when you are shooting handheld try using a wider lens. While telephoto lenses might offer a shallow depth of field they are incredibly difficult to keep steady, even with an image stabilizer. If you must have a telephoto shot I recommend standing completely still and not moving at all.8. Minimize FocusingAdjusting focus is one of the biggest culprits of shaky footage. Because you have to bring your hand to the front of the camera, focusing completely negates any effort you’re making to stabilize your footage. Try keeping your focusing to a minimum. In most cases I’ve even found that moving my body is much more steady than moving my focus.9. Fix it in PostIt is always better to shoot the footage right on-location instead of fixing it in post, but if you simply can’t get it right on-location there are a few things you can do to fix it in post. Namely, the warp stabilizer built into After Effects and Premiere Pro make it extremely easy to stabilize shaky footage. We’ve traditionally had a lot of success with the Warp Stabilizer, but mileage may vary depending on the shot. Shoot it great on-location, make it perfect in post.Have any other tips for stabilizing handheld footage? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

November 27

When you have diarrhea

first_imgAlternate NamesDiarrhea – self-care; Diarrhea – gastroenteritisDescriptionDiarrhea is the passage of loose or watery stool. For some, diarrhea is mild and will go away within a few days. For others, it may last longer. It can make you lose too much fluid (dehydrated) and feel weak. It can also lead to unhealthy weight loss.The stomach flu is a common cause of diarrhea. Medical treatments, such as antibiotics and some cancer treatments can also cause diarrhea.How to relieve diarrheaThese things may help you feel better if you have diarrhea:Drink 8 to 10 glasses of clear fluids every day. Water is best.Drink at least 1 cup of liquid every time you have a loose bowel movement.Eat small meals throughout the day, instead of 3 big meals.Eat some salty foods, such as pretzels, soup, and sports drinks.Eat some high potassium foods, such as bananas, potatoes without the skin, and fruit juices.Ask your doctor if you should take a multivitamin or drink sports drinks to boost your nutrition. Also ask about taking a fiber supplement, such as Metamucil, to add bulk to your stools.Your doctor may also recommend a special medicine for diarrhea. Take this medicine as your doctor told you to take it.Eating when you have diarrheaYou can bake or broil beef, pork, chicken, fish, or turkey. Cooked eggs are also OK. Use low-fat milk, cheese, or yogurt.If you have very severe diarrhea, you may need to stop eating or drinking dairy products for a few days.advertisementEat bread products made from refined, white flour. Pasta, white rice, and cereals such as cream of wheat, farina, oatmeal, and cornflakes are OK. You may also try pancakes and waffles made with white flour, and cornbread. But dont add too much honey or syrup.You should eat vegetables, including carrots, green beans, mushrooms, beets, asparagus tips, acorn squash, and peeled zucchini. Cook them first. Baked potatoes are OK. In general, removing seeds and skins is best.Some desserts and snacks to try include Jell-O, popsicles, cakes, cookies, or sherbet.Things you should avoid eating or drinkingYou should avoid certain kinds of foods when you have diarrhea, including fried foods andgreasy foods.Avoid fruits and vegetables that can cause gas, such as broccoli, peppers, beans, peas, berries, prunes, chickpeas, green leafy vegetables, and corn.Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and carbonated drinks.Limit or cut out milk and other dairy products if they are making your diarrhea worse or causing gas and bloating.When to call the doctorCall your doctor if you have:Diarrhea for more than 2 daysStools with an unusual odor or colorNausea or vomitingBlood or mucus in your stoolA fever that does not go awayStomach painReferencesSchiller LR, Sellin JH. Diarrhea. Diarrhea. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ, eds. Sleisenger & Fordtrans Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2010:chap 15.Review Date:12/4/2013Reviewed By:Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

November 7


first_imgMid way through last year the ATA went through a Management Audit of it’s structure and Touch around Australia. The Shilbury Report was the outcome of this audit and has lead to some major changes taking place in the coming months. THE SHILBURY REPORT As part of the Management Audit and Restructure several committees have been formed to help all areas of the Touch organisations come together smoothly. One group, the Business Principles Group, has been in Canberra with representatives from all around Australia, including speakers from outside organisations such as Michael McLaughlin from McLaughlin Sports Consultancy, have been meeting together at the ATA office. The meeting has encompassed a wide variety of topics and issues, with ATA CEO Kevin Thompson kicking off the four-day meeting with discussion on where the ATA is heading. Day two saw the introduction of a Human Resources consultant to help implement the Unitary Model of Management and to asses the needs of the organisation. Another crucial part of day two was the presentations given by each member of the group analysing areas of other organisations, how they operate and cope with various management issues. Examples of the organizations the group members looked at include the Sydney Swans, Tennis Australia and Surf Life Saving WA amongst others. Day three saw Michael McLaughlin fly into Canberra to facilitate the Internal Analysis sessions. He encouraged discussion on the various organisations regarding several aspects of each including: * Communication * IT Infrastructure, Management and Policy * Operating Rules and Procedures * Customer Service Principles The goal of examining the organisations and their structures is to establish a framework or current practice that can easily be adopted by the ATA. The final day (tomorrow) will enable the Chair and key stakeholders in each of the Management Audit Committees to look at the impact of one committee on another. All delegates have commented that the discussion has not only raised issues that the ATA are facing with the management restructure but also how there have been many positive discussions on solutions and ideas to help deal with the issues that the ATA may face over the coming months.last_img read more

September 28

Ohio State mens basketball takes down Michigan State

It normally spells doom for Ohio State when Deshaun Thomas struggles from the field, but Aaron Craft was there to pick up his slack against Michigan State Sunday – and then some. Craft sliced through the MSU defense and made a routine of getting to the rim on his way to 21 points (17 of which came in the second half) to help the Buckeyes secure a rare win against a ranked opponent. The junior guard shot 7-of-12 from the field and also dished out six assists in the 68-60 OSU victory. “(During the) second half he tore us apart,” Spartan coach Tom Izzo said of Craft’s performance. “He beat us every way you could beat us.” The win was OSU’s (20-7, 10-5) second in nine attempts against ranked teams this season and could prove to be valuable to bolster its NCAA Tournament resume. “This time of the year, we need to get something rolling,” Craft said. “The biggest thing is that we got a win against a great opponent. It doesn’t matter who scores, all that matters is that our team has more points at the end of the game. Hopefully, we can continue this going forward.” The Spartans (22-6, 11-4) led by six at halftime and nine early in the second half, but three 3-pointers, including two from Thomas, and a three-point play from sophomore center Amir Williams fueled an 18-4 OSU run that gave the Buckeyes a 45-40 lead it would never relinquish. Thomas, a junior forward, finished the game with 14 points on 4-of-16 shooting and added seven rebounds. “We made some shots,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. “I told my players at halftime we had some great looks, but we have to put the ball in the basket. Defensively, we challenged Michigan State to defend us.” OSU capitalized defensively too, forcing the Spartans into 14 turnovers that the Buckeyes turned into 19 points. MSU’s gameplan was clear from the get-go. Izzo’s squad fed the ball into the post early and often and MSU’s big men were able to capitalize. Junior forward Adreian Payne scored 12 points and grabbed 15 boards while senior forward Derrick Nix added 12 points and six boards of his own. MSU’s first 10 points of the game came in the paint and by halftime, the Spartans scored 24 points inside the key. But OSU’s senior forward Evan Ravenel was able to mitigate the damage as he scored 10 points of his own and was a physical presence defensively inside. “I know Payne and Nix were the focus of the Michigan State offense today,” said Ravenel, who was wearing an ice pack on his right wrist after the game for what he called a minor injury. “They were killing us on the boards. My drive to win the game and be physical was what drove me today to do what I needed to do for my team.” The win caps a successful week for OSU. Following a 22-point loss to Wisconsin that was OSU’s worst defeat since 2009, OSU beat Minnesota by 26 points Wednesday. “We came off our loss against Wisconsin and knew we had to win,” Thomas said. “When we become a defensive team, we put ourselves in the best position to win.” The Buckeyes sit in fifth place in the Big Ten and 2.5 games back of first-place Indiana. OSU next plays Thursday against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. Tip is set for 7 p.m. read more