Tweeting Often and on Weekends is More Effective, Suggests Data

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#biz#tips john paul titlow Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market How often should you post updates to Twitter for maximum impact? Is there a time of day that works best? What about a day of the week?These are the types of questions that Dan Zarrella is constantly trying to answer. Instead of relying on intuition and hearsay, however, the self-described “social media scientist” prefers to take a look a look at things more objectively, using data. Zarrella, who works for HubSpot and has authored such delightfully nerdy reports as “The Science of ReTweets”, recently hosted a webinar titled “The Science of Timing” that took a close look at how the timing of social media activity impacts its effectiveness. The hugely popular webinar had a number of interesting takeaways, some of which were surprising. For example: Tweeting later in the day and later in the week results in more retweets.The click-through-rate on tweeted links appears to spike in the late morning and then again around 5pm.The click-through rate on links tends to decline as more links are tweeted per hour. After about six links per hour, click-throughs essentially drop off. Still, tweeting more frequently leads to more followers, but Facebook is a different story: Too many posts on Facebook can more easily alienate people.Weekends are an ideal time for sharing on Facebook.More people tend to open marketing emails in the early morning than any other time during the day. Weekends also appear to be effective for emails.Check out the slides below for more data-backed social media pointers. The Science of Timing View more presentations from HubSpot Internet Marketing Related Posts last_img read more

BuildingEnergy: The Best Little Conference in the Northeast

first_imgThe official theme of this year’s NESEA conference was “Real Solutions, Real Experts.” But that’s kind of a cop-out. NESEA’s conference is always filled with experts and solutions every year. The unofficial theme, it seemed to me, was “How Deep is Your Deep Energy Retrofit?”A keynote address from deep in the energy trenchMarc Rosenbaum (“I are an engineer”) wove his keynote address from peak oil to deep energy retrofits with a side trip to whether or not LEED-certified buildings use more energy than code-compliant buildings (a commentary on the conference’s public forum ).Deep energy retrofits are the most important part of the housing sector because of the number of existing houses compared to the number that are being built (there are about 160 million existing houses, about 60 million of which were built before the energy embargo of ’73 — meaning that they’re really leaky). Despite what the lobbyist group for commercial real estate developers claims , Marc and many of the NESEA attendees are proving that super-efficient buildings are old news — they’re possible, affordable, and easy to accomplish.Marc then took us on a tour of a few deep energy retrofits that his company, EnergySmiths has been working on. The slide show of his presentation is here if you want to have a peek at some of the projects.What Would Mother Nature Do?After the keynote, I headed off to the hour-and-a-half sessions: First stop, Ecological Sensibility in Home Building (with a healthy dose of biomimicry thrown in). The presenter, Kevin Stack , is a builder in upstate New York who does many things right. Kevin focused most of the presentation on new construction, but much of his emphasis was on site work, which most ecologists would qualify as retrofit work.Among one of the more interesting tidbits of Kevin’s talk was using exterior Velcro (the design for which came from nature) to attach siding. There are no nails to penetrate the sheathing, and it’s a built-in rain screen. The Velcro, Kevin said, would delaminate plywood and pull the foil facing off polyisocyanurate foam board before the adhesive pulled off. He’s only two years into this test, so it’s still early, but “so far, so good,” he reports. Look for Kevin and his houses to be appearing in sometime soon.What Would Dr. John Do?Next up was John Straube ’s “What Would I Do?” session. Dr. Straube took us on a journey of his (and his gal Victoria’s) deep energy retrofit of a bungalow (which looked suspiciously like a ranch to me) in Toronto. One tip from Dr. Straube: Buy an ugly house that has bad siding. Why? Because it’s easiest to do energy retrofits from the outside, and it’s easy to justify tearing off bad, ugly siding. According to Straube, a simple shape is better because it’s easiest to keep the air, thermal, and water barriers continuous.John used a modified Larsen truss to thicken the outside walls so that he could spray five or six inches of foam on them. He drove gutter spikes through a 2×2, used a three-inch scrap of PVC pipe as a standoff, and then drove the gutter spike/2×2 into the walls. A pretty quick, cheap, and elegant solution. He kept the vented roof and flat ceiling, making sure to seal all the leaks between house and attic with a Froth-Pak before filling the attic with cellulose. Let me repeat that: filling the attic with cellulose (except for the vent channels, that is). His reasoning? Cellulose is cheap, and the majority of the cost is getting the guy into the truck and out to the house. A few extra minutes and a few extra bags of insulation only cost a few extra bucks.As for R-values, John quit counting after R-60. The basement was detailed like all Building Science Corp. basements — rigid foam and a thin concrete slab on the floor, spray foam on the walls followed by a stud wall and drywall. Dr. Straube’s presentation“Don’t Do What Paul Eldrenkamp Did”The last session of the day before my long drive home was a tag-team session with Paul Eldrenkamp of Byggmeister Construction and Mark Rosenbaum of EnergySmiths. I already talked about Marc (let’s just say he had microphone troubles again), so I’ll stick to Paul. Paul presented a series of stories and lessons learned in the deep energy retrofit arena.The lessons:1. Deep energy retrofits aren’t always about insulation.They’re also about how people who live in houses use energy.2. You have one chance to get the envelope right every 30 or 40 years. Don’t blow it.The easiest way to tighten the envelope is from the outside: Replace the siding, add foam, tighten, and replace windows. It’s now or never.3. Every now and then, stop and think about whether you’re doing the right thing as a builder. Consider the types of projects that you do and don’t do. Paul decided to focus on deep energy remodels and lost a million-dollar contract because the potential customers weren’t interested in using less energy. It was hard to lose the job, but it was the right thing for his company to do.4. Much of our nation’s climate policy is being determined by the sales skills of remodeling contractors. Related to the above lesson. Most deep energy retrofits aren’t economically justifiable until the energy costs are real and they reflect the true cost of consuming. Remodelers that can succinctly explain to customers the real costs and benefits of energy-efficient houses can help us out of our energy quandary faster than Congress can. Hint: Payback doesn’t reflect future energy cost increases or better health.5. Don’t be unduly scared of people named Joe.6. Don’t install interior finishes until after the blower door test. Don’t assume that foam insulation is foolproof; experiment responsibly, and monitor for durability.All in all, the best little conference out there. I go every year because the people at this conference know the answers to the big questions and are enthusiastic about digging in. Some other conferences are full of people who complain about having to change and look for ways to drag their feet.last_img read more

Urban Rustic: Choosing Windows

first_imgEditor’s note: This post is one of a series by Eric Whetzel about the design and construction of his house in Palatine, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. A list of Eric’s previous posts appears below. For more details, see Eric’s blog, Kimchi & Kraut.   When my wife’s cousin found out we were trying to build a high-performance new home (a mix of Passive House and Pretty Good House), he suggested we incorporate his company’s self-tinting glass. Used largely in commercial applications since its introduction, the product (Suntuitive) is beginning to make inroads into the residential market as the cost comes down.RELATED ARTICLESCutting-Edge Windows that Can Be Tinted on DemandSiting with the Sun: Passive Heating and DaylightingChoosing Triple-Glazed WindowsWhat Windows Should I Buy?Understanding What Makes High-Performance Windows Perform For anyone near the northwest suburbs of Chicago, you can see the glass in person at the Ziegler Maserati dealership in Schaumburg, Illinois. As the product has continued to evolve, they’ve been able to remove much of the green tint of the glass. This is evident in the Ziegler dealership glass, but even in that application I didn’t think that it was all that prominent. The overall look of the glass was still impressive. As to function, the Suntuitive coating between the layers of glass adjusts its level of tint based on the temperature of an inner layer. In the summer, this has obvious benefits when high outdoor temperatures combine with glaring sun to heat up a structure, particularly in the east in the morning and the west in the afternoon (even to the south without some protection with overhangs). But the really nice thing about the product is that it doesn’t tint on the coldest days in winter, allowing for some solar heat gain and natural daylight exactly when you want it most on sunny, wintry days. For energy reasons, and also personal aesthetic choices, we decided to forego any windows on the east side of our house. Instead, we just have our front door facing the street (it has a limited amount of privacy glass to let in some morning light). On the other hand, because we wanted to use a significant amount of glass on the west side, which faces our backyard, and we knew overhangs couldn’t offer much relief from the summer afternoon sun, Suntuitive was a great solution for us — especially since we wanted to avoid using blinds or curtains as much as possible. Following Passive House principles for glazing, we wanted to optimize our views and connection to the outside through our limited and strategically placed number of windows. Here’s a useful video showing the effects the sun can have on a structure in various seasons. And here’s an interesting video discussing the challenges associated with managing both solar orientation and scenic views when they’re in conflict: We have only a single window to the north (for my daughter’s bedroom). The majority of our windows are on the south side, where we spend most of our time in the living spaces (open kitchen and family room). In effect, we’ve limited our windows in private areas of the house, mainly two bathrooms. Besides energy concerns, we didn’t think it made sense to add additional glass to our north, mainly because our neighbor’s house blocks any meaningful views while also reducing privacy. Additionally, we have a significant overhang on the south side, which allows us to block out most of the summer sun while allowing in plenty of winter sun for passive solar heating during our coldest months, so the windows on the southern facade easily take care of most of our daylighting needs. By utilizing the Suntuitive glass on only the west-facing windows (family room and master bedroom) it allows us to maintain our open view of the backyard while avoiding migraine-inducing summer afternoon sun. Here are the specs for the particular glass we chose to use. (They have a wide variety of options, including color variations.) Although we lose some potential solar heat gain through these windows in winter (compared to glass in a typical Passive House certified window), we feel that blocking hot, bright summer afternoon sun more than compensates for the loss. Here’s a company video describing the Suntuitive product in real world applications: Choosing a window manufacturer My wife’s cousin suggested a couple of options for the Suntuitive glass: Kolbe Windows and Unilux Windows. We went to see the Kolbe windows in a local showroom, but they didn’t seem impressive. It also didn’t help that the salesperson was dismissive of the product, suggesting that if we were considering Kolbe we should just use Marvin instead (another brand the store sold). The salesperson literally had to wander around looking for a sample unit, eventually finding one buried in a corner. We’re not even sure if what we saw represented the full breadth of the Kolbe product line. At any rate, since Unilux was willing to work with the Suntuitive glazing, it made it easy to go with them rather than trying to convince another Passive House certified window maker that Suntuitive could be compatible with their product line. Note: Suntuitive is constantly adding new manufacturers willing to work with their product, so contact them directly if you have a specific brand you’d like to use on your own project. After deciding to go with the Unilux windows and doors, we ended up with the following specs: Main floor windows (excludes west-facing windows with Suntuitive): Interior wood with aluminum-clad exteriors. Unilux triple-pane Super-Thermo 3 glass, with a whole-window U-factor of 0.18. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of 0.53. Basement Windows: Isostar: Interior uPVC with exterior aluminum-clad. The same glass as the main floor windows. Two doors: One for our front entry, and one for our kitchen. They both have the R-11 (center of glass) glazing, with the kitchen door having a significant amount of privacy glass (it faces south), which is really enjoyable on cold days with the sun shining. We chose PVC for the basement windows to save some money, but also because we thought the natural wood finish on a basement window might look out of place — we’re painting the concrete foundation walls, and partially drywalling an office area, but otherwise we’re  leaving the basement unfinished. (It will look finished for our tastes at any rate.) The total cost for the windows and doors was just over $26,000 (including the Suntuitive for the windows facing west), with the two doors representing almost $10,000 of this total. Suntuitive glass currently selling for roughly $31/square foot, depending on specific application requirements. You can contact my wife’s cousin, Dan, at his email address if you have technical questions, or if you’d like to get a quote for your own project: [email protected] I don’t believe the Unilux windows and doors are technically certified by the Passive House Institute U.S. or the Passivhaus Institut in Germany, but their performance metrics are close to the necessary requirements, so we were comfortable using them, especially since we had no intention of pursuing official Passive House certification anyway. Hitting some bumps in the road The biggest disappointment regarding our new windows and doors was the behavior of our Unilux sales rep. For instance, when the crew was ready to set the first window in place we realized the integrated window sills were going to be way too narrow (the Unilux sills ship separately and need to be screwed to the front of the windows). Our Unilux rep immediately suggested moving the windows farther out, near the outside edge of the bucks, in order to make these narrower sills work. There are a couple of reasons why this was infuriating. First, and most important, it would’ve undermined the integrity of the windows since they would’ve been resting solely on the 3/4-inch plywood window bucks, rather than the 2×6 framing. (The units are heavy, especially the windows for our family room and master bedroom, which were each 9′ wide and 4′ tall.) Second, his suggestion told me immediately that he had not bothered to look at the construction drawings and Hammer and Hand videos I had emailed to him. The drawings clearly note the proper placement of the windows, and I had explicitly noted this desired mid-wall position in an email. Luckily, before I could say anything, Tony, one of the carpenters, spoke up and pointed out that the windows needed to be screwed into the 2×6 framing members. I can’t tell you how grateful I was that he had the courage to speak up (in my experience, most people wouldn’t). The guys also pointed out that I could have custom sills made and then installed during the siding process. Not the end of the world. Sounds good. Once the Suntuitive glass was installed, the guys broke for lunch. The Unilux rep then pointed out to me when we were alone that of the six pieces of glass, four of them had the Suntuitive glass logo installed upside-down. He shrugged and smirked, perhaps suggesting that it was the carpenters’ fault, or that it was no big deal. Fair enough, I guess, since it doesn’t impact performance, but boy does it look dumb. Instead of taking a few extra seconds with each piece of glass to make sure that it had the proper orientation, our Unilux rep either forgot to do this, or he just didn’t care. It was hardly the carpenters’ fault since they had never installed Suntuitive glass before. Still later in the day, when it came time to start installing handles, rather than having what I had ordered on site, our Unilux rep had a cardboard box filled with random handles of various styles. He had only two of the correct handles out of nine. At the very least, this gave the impression that our Unilux rep was disorganized. It turned out he was missing all of the drip caps as well. Our rep was similarly unhelpful on a number of other points. And later that week, we received the Unilux rep’s final invoice. It showed that he was double-billing us for job-site delivery, and it tacked on a $1,500 storage fee we were not expecting. (The contract included no mention whatsoever of a storage fee.) The whole situation is unfortunate, since we really like our windows and doors. Apart from an adjustment required on our front door and a kitchen window, they’ve been wonderful to live with. They’re beautiful to look at, and they function really well. All of this is undermined by the actions of our Unilux sales rep. Of all the trades and services we knew we’d have to hire for our build, our Passive House window and door supplier was the last one we expected to have issues develop with customer service. Installing the Suntuitive glass Bob Riggs and the guys installed the windows with the Suntuitive glass at an ideal time of the year (June 2017), just heading into the hottest and sunniest weeks of the year for us here in the Chicago area. It immediately gave us an opportunity to see what the glass can do, and how it behaves on a daily basis. It took a couple of days to get used to the colored tint, but we don’t even notice it anymore. It’s a subtle, beautiful gray that goes well with our charred cedar siding. We quickly realized how well the glass works in direct summer sunlight. The Suntuitive glass really is like sunglasses for a structure. And even when it’s at its darkest, it doesn’t take long for it to go clear once the sun begins to set. When the sun starts to set, it doesn’t take long before the glass begins to clear. The transition is subtle and feels natural. And you get a real sense of just how effective the tinting is when you stand inside and look out between a picture window and an open window. The center sash in full sun darkens significantly. Even in the hottest sunlight, the interior side of the glass only warms slightly. And because the tinting isn’t automatic, its effect is subtle and feels natural as it changes. It’s a really impressive product. With most of the windows and doors installed, I could start thinking about installing my ERV and ductless minisplit system, planning for my first blower door test, and scheduling the install of our siding. It felt like a really big step in the build — and it meant no more blue tarps covering the window openings to keep the rain out. Although the days were long, it helped having my wife and daughter on the job site all the time. It also gave my daughter a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play on an active construction site, and she had a blast. My daughter had a blast playing on an active construction site. Six months had gone by, and we had already survived a lot, with much more to come. Other posts by Eric Whetzel: Attic Insulation Installing an Airtight Attic Hatch Air Sealing the Exterior Sheathing Installing a Solar Electric System Prepping for a Basement Slab Building a Service Core Air Sealing the Attic Floor Ventilation Baffles Up on the Roof A Light Down Below Kneewalls, Subfloor and Exterior Walls Let the Framing Begin Details for an Insulated Foundation The Cedar Siding is Here — Let’s Burn It An Introduction to a New Passive House Projectlast_img read more

Coming Soon: Desktops Hosted On The Cloud, Usable Anywhere

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… brian proffitt IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Tags:#cloud computing Related Posts A new video technology quietly announced late last week could mark a landmark change in how apps are deployed on PCs, tablets and smartphones for years to come – and also have big ramifications on how companies like Apple do business.You wouldn’t think that the technology launched by the Mozilla Foundation and graphic-rendering vendor Otoy on Friday would be all that big a deal. After all, the software, which is known as a codec, was originally designed to allow for the playback of videos on HTML5 pages within a browser without plug-ins.That alone is pretty cool, from a consumer’s point of view. There’s are still videos out there, such as those encoded with the H.264 format, that need a special plug-in to be viewed, thanks to the patents tied to the H.264 specification. Live TV and HD video can be viewed with any HTML5 browser that can support WebGL (hold that thought).But the other thing the new codec, known as ORBX.js, features is much, much more significant: it also enables steaming of desktop applications. An application (say, Microsoft Office) could be hosted on a company’s server and then used by any employee who logs in to the application. It would not matter what operating system they were using (Windows, OS X or Linux) or even what platform (phone, tablet or desktop), because the browser would be the only thing that matters.“This is not just remote desktop tech, or X11 reborn via JavaScript],” [blogged Mozilla Foundation CTO Brendan Eich, “Many local/remote hybrid computation schemes are at hand today, e.g., a game can do near-field computing in the browser on a beefy client while offloading lower [level of detail] work to the [game processing unit] cloud.”When Cloud Becomes The PlatformUsing streaming video to deploy remote desktops is not new, of course, this is pretty much the way Logmein does it with their remote desktop technology. But as good as Logmein and other RD vendors are, they still use a dedicated client and the speed of the remote setup can be hampered by the power of the source desktop as well as the limitations of bandwidth.If the application were to be hosted in the cloud with more resources, as Eich suggests, then only bandwidth would become a limit to application performance. In fact, if ORBX.js performs as promised, you won’t even need a “beefy” client, as Eich says we have now – nearly all of the processing work will be done in the cloud and streamed to the waiting browser client.Streaming apps, if this technology works, would then represent a big change for end users and even a potential cost savings – if the bulk of the processing power is situated in the cloud, then hardware requirements for end-user devices can stay where they are or even be lowered.Another big change – if all you need is a decent screen and an interface to connect to applications, you could host your entire work/home environment in the cloud and access it from any compatible device at any time. It could be a full version on the desktop or laptop, and perhaps a scaled-down version on your tablet or smartphone, but the apps and your data would always be there, on any of your machines.Walled Garden? What Walled Garden?If applications can be delivered effectively through this kind of enhanced video streaming, currently that also puts Apple and Microsoft at a strong disadvantage against competitors like Google and Blackberry, especially in the mobile space.Recall the requirements for the JavaScript-based ORBX.js: any HTML5 browser that can support WebGL.As it stands right now, the Safari browser on the iOS mobile platform does not support WebGL at all (except for iAd developers) – and on OS X, Safari only offers partial support for the standard (if the user has up-to-date video drivers). Internet Explorer does not support WebGL at all, either.Android is a little tricker: neither the native Android browser or Chrome for Android support WebGL, but Firefox for Android does. As of BlackBerry 10, the BlackBerry browser will support WebGL, too.This would mean that Android and BlackBerry users could run cloud-based apps on their devices right now, while Windows Phone, Windows 8, Windows RT and iOS users would be out of luck.That’s probably no accident, either, since any application that streams in through browser is one the operating system vendor can’t monetize. In other words, Apple and Microsoft won’t get their app store cut from apps that are streamed.That this is a deliberate choice on the part of Apple and Microsoft seems likely. Even Google has yet to support WebGL on its mobile-device browsers, possibly for the same reasons.But given that Google’s Chrome browser is all in for WebGL, Google could still reap the benefits of cloud-based applications soon. If that proves a success, or if BlackBerry’s WebGL bet pays off, then it won’t be a long wait for the Android browsers to come around to WebGL.At which point, it will be anyone’s guess if Microsoft and Apple will jump on board, too. There are already rumors that Internet Explorer 11 will support WebGL, so Microsoft may be on its way to enabling cloud-based streaming apps.Cloud applications will never supplant native apps – connectivity issues and security concerns will make sure of that – but it’s a future that looks pretty cool for users who want to use their applications and data any where, any time.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more

Pistons take care of business against LeBron-less Lakers

first_imgMOST READ “I wish we could play G League teams or high school teams,” Casey said. “We’ve got to play who’s here. I’ve been through that over the years, and teams have different visions and focuses, and still, how you look at tonight’s schedule, I guarantee somebody’s going to have a tough game against one of those teams. Those guys get paid twice a month.”Andre Drummond had 19 points and 23 rebounds , and the Pistons took advantage of James’ absence, beating Los Angeles 111-97 on Friday night. The Lakers, who have fallen well off the pace in the Western Conference playoff race, have been managing James’ minutes, and he sat out this game entirely. Los Angeles played at Toronto the previous night .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Lakers were also without Lonzo Ball (left ankle), Tyson Chandler (neck), Brandon Ingram (right arm) and Lance Stephenson (toe), but they trailed by only four in the third quarter before Detroit went on a 13-0 run to make it 73-56. Reggie Jackson started that stretch with two 3-pointers and a jumper.“We had to play with pretty much everyone we had, we were down in bodies,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “We played hard enough to win, but we didn’t make enough shots to win.” Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy The Pistons were coming off losses of 28 and 34 points to the Nets and Heat, but the win Friday put Detroit percentage points ahead of Brooklyn for the No. 6 spot in the East. Langston Galloway scored 23 points and Jackson had 20 for the Pistons.“I know everybody was excited to see LeBron, but we’re here for a different reason,” Casey said. “No matter who goes, whoever’s on load management, we can’t control that. I still say those teams are going to come out and compete, and that doesn’t mean automatic win at all.”STILL THE STARJames hadn’t missed an entire game since Feb. 2. He didn’t suit up for this one, but there was certainly a buzz among the fans behind one of the baskets when he emerged around the midway point of the first quarter and walked over to the bench to join his team. He went back toward the locker room at the start of the fourth.NOT THRILLEDADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles Lakers forward Johnathan Williams (19) and Detroit Pistons forward Thon Maker (7) try to control the loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — After beating the Lakers while LeBron James sat out, Detroit coach Dwane Casey was asked if he wished his Pistons had been able to face a Los Angeles team that was closer to full strength.Please.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments Blake Griffin was rather subdued after his team’s victory over the undermanned Lakers.“I don’t know that we’ve had the right spirit over this stretch of games,” Griffin said. “Even tonight, we put together a win, but I don’t think we’ve been great.”Griffin didn’t have a great game himself, scoring 15 points on 3-of-12 shooting.“I’m not saying I’m not a part of the problem,” he said. “I am. My energy hasn’t been great, I haven’t made the plays I should and gone the extra mile. If anybody notices that, we should speak up.”TIP-INSLakers: Rajon Rondo had 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Kyle Kuzma had 12 points and 10 assists.Pistons: Drummond is four rebounds away from posting a sixth straight season with at least 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Only seven players have accomplished that: Wilt Chamberlain (10 years), Bill Russell (10), Bob Pettit (nine), Elvin Hayes (seven), Walt Bellamy (six), Dwight Howard (six) and Jerry Lucas (six).UP NEXTLakers: Visit the New York Knicks on Sunday.Pistons: Host the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss FIFA push to spread 2022 Qatar World Cup faces resistance LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crashlast_img read more

Celtic sign striker Edouard on loan

first_imgTransfers Celtic take advantage of Mbappe move to snap up striker Edouard on loan from PSG Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 06:42 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Brendan Rodgers - cropped Getty Images Transfers Celtic PSG Premiership Ligue 1 The teenage frontman has headed out of Parc des Prince on an initial season-long agreement which includes the option to buy next summer Celtic have made a late addition to their squad on transfer deadline day with the signing of Odsonne Edouard on a season-long loan deal from Paris Saint-Germain.The 19-year-old striker agreed to a contract extension with the French club until 2020 before moving to Celtic on a temporary basis, with the Scottish champions also having the option to buy the player.Bhoys 13/5 to beat or draw with PSG Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Edouard, who was loaned out to Toulouse last season, follows Jonny Hayes, Kundai Benyu, Olivier Ntcham and Patrick Roberts in joining Brendan Rodgers’ squad during the window.”I am absolutely delighted to be joining Celtic, one of the world’s truly great football clubs, and I can’t wait to wear the famous Celtic jersey,” the Frenchman told Celtic’s official website.”I am really looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and we will work hard together to bring our fans as much success as possible.”Welcome to #CelticFC, Odsonne!He joins from @PSG_English on a season-long loan, with the club obtaining an option to buy the player.— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) August 31, 2017Eduaord heads out of PSG on the day that the big-spending Ligue 1 outfit completed a deal for Kylian Mbappe, with the France international joining a well-stocked striking department on a loan deal which includes the option for a €180 million deal in 2018.last_img read more

a month agoMalta Tourism Authority deny value of Man Utd deal

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Malta Tourism Authority deny value of Man Utd dealby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMalta’s minister for tourism, Konrad Mizzi, has denied reports claiming the department will pay close to €20 million (US$22 million) over three years for its sponsorship deal with Manchester United, reports, Premier League outfit agreed a deal with the Maltese government and the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) earlier in September to promote the country as a tourist destination. The agreement will see the Visit Malta brand given advertising space at Old Trafford, United’s home stadium, and also publicity via the club’s digital marketing channels,It was first reported by the Times pf Malta on 23rd September that the contract is valued at €20 million over three years.However, Mizzi has branded the report as ‘fake news’ in a series of posts on social media, while also describing the valuation of the deal as ‘meaningless and extraordinary’. The MTA has since released its own statement refuting the Times report.’The article is clearly based on the journalist’s own speculation and assumptions, in an attempt to create a negative aura around the partnership agreement concluded between the MTA, Visit Malta, and Manchester United,’ the statement read.’Although the cost of the actual partnership is commercially sensitive, the figure invented by the said journalist is a complete fabrication and nowhere close to the actual committed funding, which is in line with the Malta Tourism Authority’s marketing budget.’According to the Times of Malta, a source told the newspaper that the deal was ‘directly negotiated between the MTA officials and Manchester United’s commercial arm and no agents were involved’. last_img read more

UP Governor wants to reduce her security

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel has set a new example in putting an end to the tradition of VIP culture.She has asked the state government to withdraw 50 security men posted at the Raj Bhawan.According to sources, the Governor said that these security personnel would do better to serve the people.Though there was no statement on this issue from Raj Bhawan, a government spokesman confirmed that the Governor had sought reduction in her security. Patel was sworn in as the 25th Governor of Uttar Pradesh on July 29.Additional chief secretary Home, Avanish Awasthi, meanwhile, said that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also asked for a curtailment in his security.Adityanath has been given ‘Z’ plus security by the Centre but he wants excess security personnel withdrawn.last_img read more

PartyNextDoor shouted out his mom at hometown show review

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Facebook What should have been a triumphant homecoming turn for the Mississauga-raised R&B auteur Jahron Anthony Brathwaite — who gifted Rihanna and Drake with 2016’s arguable single of the year, “Work,” and whose latest album, P3, cracked the Billboard chart in August at No. 4 in Canada and No. 3 in the U.S. — felt oddly perfunctory even before Party himself conceded three-quarters of the way through his 70-minute set that his heart hadn’t really been in the evening’s lacklustre party all along. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “I didn’t really wanna come out here tonight. I wasn’t really feeling it,” he confessed. “It’s nothing to do with y’all. It’s just been an awkward day, that’s all.”It wasn’t clear what made the day awkward.Holdups at the border were reportedly responsible for delaying the scheduled 1 p.m. opening of a PartyNextDoor pop-up shop at 5 Brock Ave. on Thursday by about five hours — set to reopen on Friday, promising the possibility of an appearance by Party himself — so it’s entirely possibly Brathwaite and his crew were simply exhausted on their way back from a Monday-night gig in New York. The fact that onetime OVO associate the Weeknd elected to host a pre-release listening party for his new record, Starboy, mere blocks away from Rebel in a studio on Commissioners St. while PartyNextDoor, the first actual signing to Drake’s label, locally celebrated the release of his own latest album might have stung a bit, too. Login/Register With: Prediction: PartyNextDoor kills it at Rebel on Friday evening.He’s got some unfinished business to do in Toronto. He didn’t kill it on Thursday night at the venue — the notably improved, if still logistically remote, Toronto port lands space formerly known as Sound Academy and the Docks. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Podcast Clippers Collapse Rangers Squeakers And Baseball Embraces Statcast

Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to this week’s episode of “Hot Takedown,” our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (May 19, 2015), we look at the matchups in the NBA’s conference finals, whether the Houston Rockets are winning with analytics and why the Clippers collapsed. Nate Silver discusses why the New York Rangers continue to win so many close NHL games. And we ponder whether baseball needs even more statistical analysis as MLB embraces Statcast. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week on Chelsea’s oft-disciplined Cesc Fabregas.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss in this week’s show:The Clippers’ win probability during Game 6 against the Rockets peaked at 98 percent.Stephen Curry is unguardable.Lebron James is dominant in the conference finals.The future of MLB stats and video tracking.Analyst vs. Statcast, who should you trust?Nate Silver on postseason goaltending and the Rangers’ ability to win close game after close game.Significant Digit: 14 points. In a game in which Chelsea clinched the Premier League title, Cesc Fabregas also pulled into a tie for the most discipline points among all players. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Embed Code read more