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first_img The cast of “Brokeback Mountain” earned the most Screen Actors Guild Award nominations of any film Thursday, with Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams all receiving individual nods, as well as an ensemble nomination honoring the film’s entire cast. Competing against “Brokeback” for best ensemble, and in some individual categories, are the casts of “Capote,” “Crash,” “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “Hustle & Flow.” Ledger’s nomination for lead actor was his first while Gyllenhaal was nominated in the supporting actor category. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Ledger will compete in a tough field against “Cinderella Man” star Russell Crowe, a seven-time nominee and former winner; Philip Seymour Hoffman, who played the title role in “Capote” and earned his sixth SAG nod; “Walk the Line” star Joaquin Phoenix, whose third nomination came for playing country music legend Johnny Cash; and David Strathairn, nominated for his portrayal of Edward R. Murrow in “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Meanwhile, Felicity Huffman was anything but desperate, as the star of “Desperate Housewives” earned three SAG nods – the most of any actor – for her part in the hit ABC show and for her big-screen turn in “Transamerica.” Huffman was the only star of “Housewives” to earn an individual nomination, although the entire cast was nominated in the best comedy ensemble category. Competing against Huffman in the motion picture category will be nine-time SAG nominee and two-time winner Judi Dench (“Mrs. Henderson Presents”), 2004 winner in this category; Charlize Theron (“North Country”); and first-time nominees Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) and Ziyi Zhang (“Memoirs of a Geisha”). Performances from independent films dominated the nominations, which included a supporting actress nod for first-time nominee Amy Adams in the little-seen “Junebug.” “More than any other award, this feels really personal to your work because it is other actors and people who really pay attention to performance who are less swayed by studios or budgets,” Adams said. “I’m just extremely flattered.” Get all the latest award nominations coverage. More » center_img In the television categories, “Boston Legal” and the miniseries “Empire Falls” received the most nominations, with four each. The cast of “Legal” was nominated in the comedy series ensemble category while James Spader, William Shatner and Candace Bergen earned individual nominations. Acting legends Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward received nods for outstanding male and female actor in a television movie or miniseries for their roles in “Empire” as did their co-stars Ed Harris and Robin Wright Penn. Among those competing against Woodward and Penn will be S. Epatha Merkerson, nominated for her Emmy-winning role in “Lackawanna Blues.” “At 53, this is a great thing to happen,” a joyful Merkerson said. “I’m loving it. I’ve been kicking the boards a long time and for this to happen now is very sweet.” Merkerson added that should she win, she will hold her speech in her hand. At the Emmys last fall, she had placed the speech down the front of her dress, but as she made her way to the stage, it slipped down so far that she could not retrieve it, in one of the evening’s comic highlights. “I learned my lesson,” she said, laughing. Alan Alda, nominated for Oscar, Emmy and Tony awards in 2005, added a SAG nod to his list of recent accomplishments for his role as a presidential candidate on “The West Wing.” “When the actors started giving out awards, I wasn’t sure it was such a good idea, but now I think it’s a great idea,” Alda said. “I’m always surprised and delighted to be nominated. I had the chance this year to have the amazing experience of doing the live debate, and that was an extraordinary event.” Kyra Sedgwick, star of TNT’s “The Closer,” had two reasons to celebrate Thursday. Not only did she nab her first SAG nomination for outstanding female actor in a drama series, she also received a second nod for outstanding acting ensemble along with the rest of the cast of one of cable television’s biggest hits. “It’s just amazing, just an amazing thing,” said a breathless Sedgwick, who wasn’t aware SAG nominations were to be announced. “I was not looking to do a TV show, but it’s just been like this gigantic gift that keeps giving. It has inspired me so much.” Sedgwick is competing in a tough category that also includes current Emmy winner Patricia Arquette (“Medium”), Geena Davis (“Commander in Chief”), Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”). Arquette was ecstatic at the news of her nomination. “I’m a fourth-generation actor and my whole life has been surrounded by actors,” Arquette said. “This is like really my people, the people who understand how it works, when it’s difficult, and the process of television. I love actors and I love acting.” The ABC Sunday night hit “Grey’s Anatomy” earned three nods overall, including best ensemble cast and individual nominations for Patrick Dempsey and Oh. “We’re very proud and very excited. I think Patrick and Sandra are really pulling it home for us,” said “Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo, who was on hand early Thursday morning along with Benjamin Bratt and SAG President Alan Rosenberg to announce the nominations. The 12th Screen Actors Guild Awards will be held Jan. 29 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center and will be broadcast live on TNT and TBS. -Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758, greg.hernandez@dailynews.com SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS What: Presentation of the 12th annual awards, live from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. Where: TNT and TBS. When: 8 p.m. Jan. 29.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Planting ProgressOn our farm in SE Nebraska corn planting is complete and beans are underway. The balance of the central corn states are making progress on corn plantings and are likely on pace with the five-year average. While north of I-90 weather is limiting planting. This is still within normal range, but if cold and wet conditions continues to linger then upside potential in the market is possible. WheatSome are suggesting that wheat may be damaged by cold temperatures, which may motivate farmers to put it up for hay, or tear it up and plant it to corn. Others say the cold weather may reduce test weight but increase protein levels. There is still a lot of wheat in storage from last year with low protein and heavy test weight, this could ultimately provide for great blending opportunities and limit any upside potential. Without a wheat rally it will be very difficult for corn futures to move significantly higher.Lack of droughtFor the first time in seven years the drought monitor shows no extreme drought conditions across the U.S. Once showers forecasted for the mid-south region move through, there will be few, if any, dry areas across the Corn Belt. In other words, weather conditions for the 2017 crop look nearly perfect to start, which is limiting price increases.2016 option tradesAs I will finish my 2016 options positions in late June, I compared the number of trades and profits I made this year to previous five. Interestingly, I made the most options trades in 2016; however, it’s worth noting that frequency of trading doesn’t correlate to increased profits.YearOptions tradedPremium per Bu.201638$.2520155$.0220145$.01201321$.01201217$.08201122$.10 Why is there so much variance year to year?Each marketing year is different and requires different strategy approaches. What works in one year, doesn’t always work in the next. This year the market stayed mostly sideways. Because of this, trades with shorter time periods and increased frequency were more profitable. While I never had more than 33% of my crop tied up in options throughout the year, I managed to collect 25 cents of trading options premium for all of my production bushels. I’m very happy with those results.Understanding the impact of broker commissionsWith so many options trades I mention above, it’s important to take into consideration broker fees when determining profitability. This is often dismissed by farmers as a small fee, but if not considered can make an impact on the bottom line.Two weeks ago May corn was trading around $3.60. I had previously sold a May $3.75 corn call for 11 cents give or take. On a particular day two weeks ago the $3.75 May call was trading for 3/8 of a cent to buy it back. I did NOT buy it back for what seems like nearly nothing. A farmer questioned my reasoning on that day, saying that weather could send the market higher than $3.75 in a matter of days. While I understood his point, and I hoped he was right, I still didn’t buy it back. The reason — my broker and CBOT exchange fees along with the 3/8 of a cent to buy back the call would have totaled nearly 1 cent per bushel.Seeing this individual trade outside of my marketing plan may seem shortsighted. Why wouldn’t someone do a sound trade that reduces risk exposure for 1 cent? The main reason: this trade only represents 10% of my 2016 crop production. I still have 85% of my 2017 crop production to sell and I need higher than current prices to be profitable. So, if the market swings above $3.75, and the worst decision I’ve made was to not buy back a call for 1 cent, I’m fine. When thinking about the big picture, I’m willing to sacrifice a loss on 10% of my crop when 85% of my next crop will benefit from that loss.(The call in question above was part of a straddle trade, which also involved a sold put position. Generally speaking when doing straddles it is usually best to let the call expire worthless while a case could easily be made to repurchase the short put position for less than a penny because the nature of a short put position can make a farmer have to buy corn which adds risk.)The total cost of commissionsUnfortunately, the market settled well under the strike price, so I made the right decision not to buy the call back. Often farmers don’t account for commissions in their marketing plan and don’t even realize what they are missing because individually they are usually small and seen as the “cost of doing business.” But, those commissions can really add up for farmers. For example, in the last year I’ve had 15 options expire worthless and eight that I let get exercised by choice (turning automatically into a futures position). If we assume each of those 23 trades were one contract each, I saved over $1,000 in commissions by not buying any of those options back. That $1,000 is a lot of money to pay for commissions on trades that are not likely even needed, despite the small reduction in perceived risk.Conflicts of interestFarmer’s also don’t always recognize the conflict of interest between brokers and their farmer clients. Generally, brokers make commissions based upon the number of trades executed. In other words, the more trades made, the more brokers make. To be clear, I’m not suggesting that most brokers intentionally make unethical decisions to increase their profits. For instance, in the example above it would be easy to justify buying back the $3.75 option two weeks before expiration because it would reduce my risk exposure. I’m just saying that farmers need to include the cost of doing a trade into their decision, and I doubt most brokers detail that out for them as to what and how fees are applied or why the farmer might not want to make the trade at all.Broker fee structuresFee structures vary from broker to broker. There is no set standard. Some charge the full “in and out” of an option upfront because they know some farmers will ride trades to expiration and not get out of them. Others charge more for options than futures (for the same reason). Unfortunately, I’ve also seen fee structures that were so strange and confusing that I would never consider working with a particular broker. I urge farmers to look carefully at their broker’s fees to make sure they are understood. Also, farmers should be wary of brokers who recommend excessive trades, suggest highly speculative trades, or do not fully explain not only the potential benefit of each trade, but also the potential concerns.Identifying good brokersPersonally, I have a great relationship with my broker and have worked with him for 10 years. I feel confident he watches my back and advises me when there is a potential of wasting money on commissions. For example, when I need to make a trade and he identifies a way to avoid extra commissions, he lets me know. The best brokers understand that it’s more about having a long-term relationship than making a quick buck. If both the broker and the farmer are making money, it’s a win-win. The expense of going aloneI’m also not saying that farmers should attempt to do options trading without the support of a reputable broker, even if that means slightly different or more expensive fee structures. Far from it. Trading options is very complicated and farmers would likely make more expensive mistakes going alone that would cost then more than the commissions of a broker. Sometimes you do get what you pay for. That being said, it’s important that farmers understand that brokers and farmers have different priorities and objectives. Brokers usually think like speculators and weigh each trade on its individual merits. I recommend that farmers aggregate all of their trades to an overall strategy, not just a few ideas. By doing that, most farmers would likely move from a strategy full of speculation to a less risky long-term strategy that will generally be more profitable. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

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first_imgAt first glance, Somdev Devvarman seems to be an average guy. He loves his Tshirts, denim and flipflops. He also has his share of girl problems-finding one being the biggest. But the similarity ends there, as he has been found to be dangerous- calculative, dogged, blinkered and merciless. His weapon of choice: The Babolat Pure Drive. His latest victims: Australia’s Greg Jones at the CWG and Uzbek’s Denis Istomin at the 2010 Asian Games, feats that lead to his automatic entry to the Chennai and Australian Open. Hop on as we unravel this tennis steed like no one has ever done before.On successSomdev DevvarmanThere isn’t any specific formula for success. Take for example, my performance last year. People have been asking me if I did anything differently to win the CWG and Asian Games Gold. My answer is No. It’s not so much what I’ve done differently; it’s just that all the hard work I’ve put in over the years is finally coming together. This definitely feels good but there is still a long way to go. The idea is to continue training and pushing yourself to the limit to get better.On failureEveryone wants to be successful, but only a few realise that failure is as important. You have to be very lucky to hit the big time at the very beginning of your career. So an occasional rock bottom is necessary, because it is what makes success alluring, as we tend to strive even harder once we are down. Having said that, it’s best to take each day as it comes and keep working towards your goals.advertisementOn fame and moneyIt might sound clichd, but I have never been motivated by money and fame. My motivation to play tennis has been my love for the game and nothing else. Tennis is my profession and the money that comes in is definitely appreciated. But it’s not the driving factor. I also firmly believe that things like fame are very temporary.On balancingWith so much of travelling, my personal life can get quite tricky. But it’s a life I’ve chosen. Dating, and hanging out have taken a backseat for the moment and I’m OK with it. Right now, my career is more important than anything else. It’s all about setting your priorities right. One needs to do what is important and necessary at a particular time.On Indian TennisThe facilities in India are getting better, but there is still room for improvement. Moreover, I don’t think any talent can reach the top by staying in one place for a long time. You need exposure to other training techniques and styles. So it’s important to travel, to play tournaments and to interact with other players. It gives you perspective and it plays a very important role in your growth as a player as well as a person.On six-pack absThe six-pack phenomenon seems to be catching up in India. But for me, sporting a six-pack is not the ultimate sign of fitness. Fitness is more than just having a goodlooking physique. It means being free from illnesses, having the stamina to play longer under harsh conditions and being able to do that day in and day out, week after week for the whole year. But if sporting a six pack is your thing, go for it. Any kind of motivation that helps you lead a fit life is great.On technologyTechnology and development have made it easier for us to travel, keep in touch. Thanks to our growing economy, it is now easy for us to go abroad for studies or work, thereby making it possible for us to have friends across the globe and also observe other cultures. However, just because we are thinking global doesn’t mean we are in conflict with our value system. Respecting our elders, treating people right, making an honest living are an integral part of our value system and can be kept intact no matter where we are.On Indian foodI love Indian food and I eat it at every chance I get! Don’t believe anyone who says that Indian food is unhealthy. It’s a myth. There is obviously something right with it-just look at our wrestlers for proof. Every country has its share of healthy and not-so-healthy foods. The trick is to find the nutritious ones. On having a role modelI look up to tennis greats like Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Raphael Nadal and many more. The way they conduct themselves on and off the court are such great examples to follow. I’ve interacted with Andy Roddick very closely, and it’s a real eye-opener to train with a guy who’s been in the top 10 for so many years. It is important to have a role model, as it helps you to get a direction of what you want to make of yourself or where you want to be..advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgMike Thomas makes a one handed catch.Twitter/@DMoutonWWL Mike Thomas was a key to Ohio State’s 2014 and 2015 offenses, and the 2016 second round pick is already impressing with the New Orleans Saints. During a practice on Friday, Thomas made a phenomenal falling one-handed grab over the top of the defense, on a pass from backup quarterback Luke McCown.Mike Thomas’ tremendous catch. As shot by @sayneykid pic.twitter.com/WISeQWLTJw— Doug Mouton (@DMoutonWWL) July 29, 2016Mike Thomas has quickly earned the trust of Saints quarterback Drew Brees.The future Hall of Famer praised him from the connection the two have developed in a very short time back in June. Brees gave an example of a practice rep, of a route the tandem had not run before, to ESPN:“In fact, I don’t think we’ve ever even talked about it,” Brees said. “But it was one of those where I’m just in the moment, and hey, he’s my guy over there at that position. So I kind of give him a look, give him a signal or whatever, and he goes and makes the play. And ran the route just like I imagined.“So that makes you feel good too. ‘Hey, we’re on the same page even though we haven’t even talked about that yet. You kind of know this offense, you have a feel for the game.’ So I like when I see that stuff out of young guys, where you kind of feel like there’s some instincts there.”Thomas came on strong for Ohio State in 2014, catching 54 passes for 799 yards and nine touchdowns en route to a Buckeye national title. He followed it up with a similar 56 catch, 781 yard, nine touchdown 2015 campaign, despite some turmoil at the quarterback position for OSU. Now, he’s charged with helping replace longtime Brees-favorite Marques Colston, who was released by the Saints this off-season after 10 years with the franchise.last_img read more

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first_imgThirty-Two writers were named finalists in nine categories for the 42nd Annual HUMANITAS Prize, it was announced today by HUMANITAS Executive Director Cathleen Young and President Ali LeRoi.The writers will compete for $100,000 in prize money to be handed out at the annual luncheon, which will take place on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The HUMANITAS Prize was created in 1974 to honor film and television writers whose work inspires compassion, hope and understanding in the human family.“We received a huge number of worthy submissions this year, which made narrowing the field down to these exceptional finalists especially challenging — and rewarding,” said Young. “These were truly the best of the best, writers whose work engaged, illuminated, inspired and entertained, all while exploring the range of human experience from fresh and diverse perspectives. Or as HUMANITAS founder Father Bud Keiser put it, works that ‘tackle the big questions…and challenge us to seek out our own answers.’”“At a time of great cultural and political division in our country and around the world, it’s easy to write off entertainment as a frivolous distraction,” added LeRoi. “But great stories can play an essential role in people’s lives by reminding us of our common humanity and motivating us to be our best selves. Many of the extraordinary works by this year’s finalists touch on issues of inclusion, equality and tolerance, ideas that are of particular importance in today’s conflict-ridden world.”The HUMANITAS Prize finalists are:Feature Film Category
ARRIVAL Written by: Eric HeissererHACKSAW RIDGE Written by: Robert SchenkkanHIDDEN FIGURES Written by: Allison Schroeder and Theodore MelfiSundance Feature Film Category
THE BIRTH OF A NATION Written by: Nate ParkerFIRST GIRL I LOVED Written by: Kerem SangaTHE FUNDAMENTALS OF CARING Written by: Rob BurnettTALLULAH Written by: Siân Heder30-Minute Category
BLACK-ISH “Hope” Written by: Kenya BarrisGRACE & FRANKIE “The Party” Written by: Alexa JungeTHE REAL O’NEALS “The Real Grandma” Written by: Casey Johnson60-Minute Category
THIS IS US “Pilot” Written by: Dan FogelmanMADAM SECRETARY “Waiting for Taleju” Written by Joy GregoryTHE NIGHT OF “The Call of the Wild” Written by: Richard Price & Steven ZaillianChildren’s Animated Category
THE LION GUARD “Never Judge a Hyena by Its Spots” Written by: Kevin HoppsNINA’S WORLD “Nina’s Brother for a Day” Written by: Maria EscobedoSOFIA THE FIRST “Dads and Daughters Day” Written by: Rachel Ruderman & Laurie IsraelChildren’s Live Action Category
AN AMERICAN GIRL STORY “Melody 1963: Love Has to Win” Written by: Alison McDonaldDEGRASSI: NEXT CLASS “#TurntUp” Written by: Courtney Jane WalkerGIRL MEETS WORLD “Girl Meets The Forgiveness Project” Written by: Matthew NelsonDocumentary Category
13th Written by: Ava DuVernay120 DAYS: UNDOCUMENTED IN AMERICA Written by: Ted RoachJIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY Written by: Chris Chuang & Heather MacDonaldDavid & Lynn Angell Comedy Fellowship 
Magdalen Silberman, University of Texas at AustinJonathan Talbert, Loyola Marymount UniversityBeau Ballinger, University of Texas at AustinDrama Fellowship
Daniel James Boddicker, Columbia University J.J. Braider, University of Southern California Munis Rashid, American Film InstituteSince its inception in 1974, The HUMANITAS Prize has awarded over $3 million to more than 330 deserving television and motion picture writers whose work affirms the dignity of the human person, probes the meaning of life, and enlightens the use of human freedom. HUMANITAS exists to encourage, stimulate and sustain the nation’s screenwriters in their humanizing task, and to give them the recognition they deserve.The HUMANITAS Prize is funded by an endowment established through the generosity of individuals, networks, studios and foundations. Winners of the HUMANITAS Prize have included: Wash Westmoreland & Richard Glatzer (Still Alice); John Ridley (12 Years A Slave); Damien Chazelle (Whiplash); Larry Kramer (The Normal Heart); David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook); Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild); Denis Leary & Peter Tolan (“Rescue Me’); Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious); Steve Levitan (”Modern Family,” “Frasier”); Ryan Murphy (“Glee”); Robert & Michelle King (“The Good Wife”); David E. Kelley (“The Practice,” “Picket Fences”); Ben Affleck and Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting); Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List); David Shore (“House”); Aaron Sorkin (“The West Wing”); Tim Robbins (Dead Man Walking); Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights”); Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon and Pete Docter (WALL-E); Nancy Oliver (Lars and the Real Girl); Eric Roth & Michael Mann (The Insider); Paul Haggis (Crash); Steven Bochco (“Hill Street Blues,” “NYPD Blue”) and Keir Pearson & Terry George (Hotel Rwanda).For more information, please visit the HUMANITAS Prize at www.humanitasprize.org.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Monaco footballer believes the team needs to continue fighting hard to get as far from the relegation zone as possibleFor AS Monaco player Kamil Glik, this is a very important time to get out of the relegation zone in the French Ligue 1.“We won a very important match on the pitch of Amiens but we must continue. We always need points,” he told the club’s official website.“All matches are important especially in this context but it is true that the derby, we can be well prepared mentally. We miss winning at home. We will try to get it Friday.”Thibaut Courtois, Real MadridReport: Courtois’s agent arrested in money laundering case George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois agent has been arrested as part of a money-laundering investigation.The ugly word corruption is again staining the world of football. In…“These are never easy matches, both teams give everything to win and there is a lot of commitment. I will try to recover well to prepare well for this meeting,” he added.“Benoît Badiashile has been with us for a short time, he is a boy who has a lot of talent. He had a very good match in Amiens, as did the whole team.”“We played well defensively. We must try to keep this balance. Everyone gave the effort, from the goalkeeper to the attackers. I hope we will continue in this direction,” he concluded.last_img read more

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first_imgBrendan Rodgers revealed the shock and stress of being fired by Liverpool caused him to end up in hospitalThe Northen Irishman coached Liverpool for three years and in the 2013/14 season he won the club’s first Manager of the Year award in 20 years after leading them to a second-place finish in the Premier League.Rodgers was soon awarded a new four-year contract at Anfield, but things soon began to fall apart with Liverpool finishing down in sixth the following season before he was fired on October 2015 after a 1-1 draw against Everton.While the 45-year-old was immediately offered a new job the day after being dismissed, Rodgers needed a timeout before an unexpected hospital visit came his way.“I took the call on the Sunday evening, after the Merseyside derby,” Rodgers told The Coaches’ Voice.“The owners felt they needed to make a change. I accepted the decision, and from that point I was no longer the Liverpool manager.“On the Monday, I was offered another job. But I had always felt that I wanted to go in, where I could, at the beginning of a season.“On top of that, I needed the recovery. Needed to get away. Liverpool had been an emotional rollercoaster.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“At such a huge club, one of the great clubs of the world, even the good days are difficult. I enjoyed every single minute of it, but it had taken a toll.“I went to Spain for a week. Then I came back, and flew to Dubai. Within a couple of days in Dubai, I was rushed into hospital.“I went through all the tests. It was felt that I was having some issues internally, but then they got into the process of what had happened with work, with my life.“They pieced it all together, and it was simply a case of my body being so tense, so tight, from all that had happened in finishing my time at Liverpool.“It reminded me of the pressures you experience, and the expectations you carry, as a manager. Especially at the bigger clubs.“It reinforced for me that it was time to find a calmness, to re-energise and make sure I was genuinely ready for the next challenge.”Rodgers is now the manager of Scottish Premiership side Celtic and has led them to two league titles and Scottish Cups along with three Scottish League Cups.last_img read more

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first_imgStory Links Persistent rain in the Knoxville area on Saturday postponed the University of Louisville’s softball games against Kansas and Bradley in the Tennessee Classic. The tournament will resume on Sunday with the Cardinals (4-5) facing Kansas at 9 a.m. and  Bradley at 4:30 p.m. Louisville is slated to wrap up the tournament Monday at 11:30 a.m. with a rematch against Bradley and will take on host No. 7/8 Tennessee at 4:30 p.m. Tennessee Classic Schedule Sunday, Feb. 249:00 a.m. – Louisville vs. Kansas4:30 p.m. – Louisville vs. BradleyMonday, Feb. 2511:30 a.m. – Louisville vs. Bradley4:30 p.m. – Louisville at Tennessee Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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first_img Jarillo-Herrero is a scientist at MIT. He worked with Thiti Taychatanapat, at Harvard, to investigate some of the properties of bilayer graphene, and to determine how electronic transport works under certain conditions. Their findings are described in Physical Review Letters: “Electronic Transport in Dual-Gated Bilayer Graphene at Large Displacement Fields.”One of the reasons that semiconductors work so well in digital electronics is that they have what is known a band gap. This band gap allows semiconductors to be switched on and off. In order for graphene to work as a viable replacement for these semiconductors, some sort of gap would need to be opened up in the electronic structure. “It has already been shown that it is possible to open a band gap in bilayer graphene,” Jarillo-Herrero says. “However, the effective electronic transport gap is about 100 times smaller than the theoretical band gap or optical band gap. This difference presents problems. We want to understand the properties of bilayer graphene that make this happen, and how it can be changed.”Jarillo-Herrero and Taychatanapat offer a systemic look at how the band gap works in bilayer graphene. They found that the band gap is smaller by measuring at low temperatures of less than four degrees Kelvin. “Our studies show that the band gap is still large enough to switch the transistors on and off, but the on/off ratio is only high enough – of order a million – at low temperatures, and we report this for the first time in bilayer graphene,” Jarillo-Herrero says.However, the main problem is that in order for bilayer graphene to work as a viable semiconductor replacement, it needs to be operable at room temperature. Jarillo-Herrero is hopeful, though. “This is a very important first step that helps us scientifically understand what is happening at low temperatures, and understanding the mechanism that does not permit the electronic transport to work as well at higher temperatures.” One of the issues, Jarillo-Herrero believes, is that the graphene is usually put on silicon oxide, which introduces electronic disorder. “On silicon oxide, the electrons don’t see their full band gap,” Jarillo-Herrero explains. “So we try to characterize the disorder and get rid of it. One way to do this is to try putting the graphene on different substrates. When this is done, enormous progress is made. Boron nitride is especially promising, but a number of groups are also trying bilayer graphene on different substrates.”In the end, Jarillo-Herrero hopes that the information learned from this demonstration will help lead to the use of bilayer graphene in digital electronics. “Our work offers a beginning for learning how bilayer graphene transistors operate, and learning about the mobility of electrons in graphene. Hopefully, as we understand the properties of graphene better, we can work toward future integration with electronics and other applications,” he says.“This sort of basic science research is very important,” Jarillo-Herrero continues. “Things always have to start at the basic level before we move on, and our work could lead to the use of graphene in electronics.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Toward a better understanding of bilayer graphene (2010, October 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-bilayer-graphene.html More information: Thiti Taychatanapat and Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, “Electronic Transport in Dual-Gated Bilayer Graphene at Large Displacement Fields,” Physical Review Letters (2010). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.166601 Explore furthercenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — “Graphene is a very exciting material with a number of interesting possibilities, including for use in electronic devices,” Pablo Jarillo-Herrero tells PhysOrg.com. “However, all graphene systems are electronically different from each other. Single layer graphene has different properties from bilayer graphene, and these have different properties from graphene with more layers. What we want to do is to understand the specific properties of bilayer graphene so that we can learn how to use it for different applications.” Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Can graphene nanoribbons replace silicon?last_img read more

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