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  • Men’s Tennis Hosts No. 30 Oregon On Tuesday

    first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The 41st-ranked Drake University men’s tennis team welcomes No. 30 Oregon to the Roger Knapp Tennis Center on Tuesday at 12 p.m. This is the second time in three years that the Bulldogs have hosted the Ducks. In their last meeting in 2014, Oregon topped Drake 4-0. The Bulldogs are 12-6 on the season and are coming off a tough 4-3 loss to nationally ranked Wisconsin on March 13. Drake has won six of its last seven matches and has been nearly perfect at home with a 10-1 record. Scotland natives Calum MacGeoch and Vinny Gillespie lead the Bulldogs with 12 and 11 dual match singles wins, respectively. MacGeoch has won seven of his last eight matches, while Gillespie is on a four-match winning streak. The Ducks come to Des Moines riding a nine-match winning streak with their last loss coming by the hands of No. 4 Baylor on Jan. 24. Oregon is led by Daan Maasland, who is ranked 70th in singles with 8-2 record. The Ducks have three players with 12 singles wins, Jayson Amos, Thomas Laurent and Simon Stevens. Amos is on a nine-match winning streak, while Laurent and Stevens have each won eight straight.Following the match-up against the Ducks, Drake heads to the Houston, Texas where the team will square off against No. 38 Rice and No. 8 Texas Tech on Saturday, March 26. The Bulldogs wrap up their trip to the Lone Star state with a match against William & Mary on Sunday, March 27. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

  • Screw The Mall: How To Super-Charge Your Lame Gift-Giving With Digital Tools

    first_imgRelated Posts Spend some time with their Facebook or Instagram photos, dragging the best ones to your desktop as you spot them.  There’s no shortage of photo printing services. CanvasPopprints photos directly onto canvas. Fracture specializes in printing photos on glass. StickyGram turns Instagram images into magnets. Artflakes makes Instagram stickers. PostalPix lets your order high-quality paper or aluminum prints directly from your phone. Printsagram does Instagram prints, memory boxes, calendars, stickers, posters and mini-books. Or there are tried-and-true general photo-printing services like Shutterflyand SnapFish. Note: If you’re still not finished your holiday shopping for 2012, the shipping deadline for most of these photo sites has passed. So you might be looking at a visit to Kinko’s or Walgreen’s.5. Buy Things Let’s face it. Buying things online tends to be more efficient and often cheaper. You also don’t have to deal with the madness of holiday crowds. That said, some items might be sold out online, past the shipping window for Christmas, or otherwise require a visit to an actual bricks and mortar store. Personally, I’m staying away from malls and big box shops for those local, in-person purchases. That’s just me. If you are ordering online, today and tomorrow are pretty much the last days you can place those orders and still expect them to arrive before December 25 without paying a big overnight shipping premium. You’re already cutting it awfully close, though. As you make purchases – whether online or in person – be sure to add an X to the “Bought?” column of your gift-tracking spreadsheet, which is hopefully accessible from your smartphone. Even if you do most of your shopping in person, using digital tools and doing online research can dramatically simplify the whole experience, leading to fewer bouts of last-minute mall fatigue and better gift ideas. Those of us who suck at giving holiday gifts are officially out of excuses. Lead photo by asenat29.  john paul titlow Tags:#gifts#google drive#holidays#social media 3. Gather Social IntelligenceIt never hurts to ask a mutual acquaintance or another family member, but if you want to appear more thoughtful than you actually are, there’s another option: social media stalking. If the person happens to be active on Pinterest, congratulations. You’ll almost certainly find a great gift idea there, sometimes with a direct link to the purchase page. If not, browsing their pins can give you general clues about what they might like. Are they posting a lot of cupcake recipes? Maybe some cool baking gadget would work. Are their pinboards peppered with pictures of The Beatles? The band’s entire remastered catalog was just reissued on vinyl. Pinterest has general gift suggestions of its own, although there’s no personalized, social intelligence behind them. Of course, most people aren’t glued to Pinterest all day long. They’re on Facebook. Scroll through their list of “Likes” to get a better idea of what sort of things they, well, like. You can then plug some of those things into Etsy for unique, handmade gifts you couldn’t find in any mall on the planet. Or try a broader search on Google Shopping or Amazon.  Speaking of Amazon, the company realizes how powerful all that Facebook data is, so it recently launched a new feature to make all of this a bit easier. The Friends and Family Gifting portal lets you connect your Facebook account to Amazon, which then allows the ecommerce behemoth to mine your friends’ interests and give you gift recommendations for them. The suggestions are little obvious: My friend Kyle told Facebook he likes the book Catch 22, so Amazon thinks I should buy him a copy. He probably already has one. But it’s still worth scrolling through Amazon’s recommendations for ideas. Even better, if the person has a wish list on Amazon, you can browse it from here. Facebook has its own Gifts feature, which lets you send people physical gifts, but they’re pretty generic and not personalized. 4. Still Stumped? Try PhotosIf all else fails, everybody loves photos. We’re taking more pictures than ever before, but most of them are languishing on a smartphone or Facebook album somewhere. Fortunately, there are a bajillion services for turning Instagram images and other digital photos into everything from refrigerator magnets to gigantic canvas-based prints. You can get photos printed on wood, glass or aluminum. Oh, and paper. A whole book of it, even.  I am, historically speaking, not the best gift-giver. I like to think that I don’t drop the ball entirely, but I’m not one of these people who naturally and instinctively knows exactly what someone would love and where to get it. The trickiest part? Coming up with unique gift ideas, especially for people I don’t see on a regular basis. This year, things are different. Instead of stressing over the holiday gift exchange, I’m actually very much looking forward to doling out the things I’ve bought. And not once have I stepped anywhere near a shopping mall. It’s not that I’m any more thoughtful or creative of a person than I was a few years ago. It’s that the Internet is making gift-giving a hell of a lot easier. Last weekend, I carved out a few hours to dedicate exclusively to shopping for Christmas gifts.I didn’t leave the house.Instead, I fired up my Web browser, opened a Google spreadsheet and started surfing. With a mix of curated gift guides and social media-fueled intelligence, I came up with a pretty solid list of gifts within a reasonable budget. The clock is ticking, but if you’re looking for last-minute inspiration, my formula might work for you too. 1. Build A SpreadsheetUsing Excel, Google Docs or your choice of spreadsheet program, create a spreadsheet. This will serve as a central repository for gift ideas, budgeting and tracking. I prefer to use something Web-based so I can access it from my phone or any other device. Your gift idea spreadsheet should have the following columns: Person, Gift, Price, Where, Bought? and Misc. Notes. These columns will list, respectively, who it’s for, what it is, how much it costs, where to find it, whether or not you bought it yet (designated by a bold, capital X) and any miscellaneous notes worth keeping. If there a multiple gift ideas for a single person, they should each get their own line item to keep things organized and cleanly-budgeted.At the bottom of the Price column, add a SUM function so you can add everything up and keep track of your overall budget. 2.  Preliminary BrainstormThere are some people you know so well that it couldn’t be more obvious what to get them for the holidays. Others either drop unmissable hints or simply hand you a list. For everybody else, you need to brainstorm. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of websites and apps that you can go to for inspiration. This year, I spent some serious time with a handful. Fab, The Fancy, Uncrate, Etsy and the Cool Hunting gift guide iPad app are all loaded with random ideas, which can typically be broken down by price, category and gender. And those sites are just the beginning. Scrolling through endless grids of handmade housewares, gadgets, foodie paraphernalia and winter fashions can put you in a trance. But it’s a goldmine of inspiration, if you can stay focused long enough (remember, this list is for them, not you).There are also countless publisher-curated gift guides for specific types of people. Virtually every site and magazine in tarnation publishes these things. Do you have a nerdy brother? Technophobic mother? Fashionable pets? There’s a gift guide for every odd combination of adjectives and people (or animals, apparently) in your life. Just Google around, adding the words “gift guide” to each search. You might want to include “2012” as well so you don’t get outdated results. As you come across ideas, keep track of them in your spreadsheet, dropping a link in for each one. That way if you come across something better later on, you’re free to choose.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

  • Dhoni plays down role of Tendulkar against SA

    first_imgIndia captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni downplayed the role of batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar on Monday ahead of a three-Test series against South Africa.Much of the media hype before the first Test from Thursday at Centurion Park centres on the showdown between Tendulkar, seeking his 50th Test ton, and South Africa pace ace Dale Steyn.But Dhoni said that the clashes between the Tests sides ranked first and second in the world with India on top were all about teamwork. “Cricket is a team sport and not about individuals. We place more importance on the process and how we are preparing for the Tests,” the 29-yearold right-hand batsman stressed.”We know how much talent there is in the Indian squad. Preparing well and adapting well … these are the areas we are concentrating on right now,” he added. Dhoni was upbeat about the wickets amid reports South Africa are preparing pace-andbounce- friendly ones to aid their seamers at the expense of the Indian spinners.”Most of our cricketers are used to playing here, whether it is the shorter forms of the game or Test cricket. We will assess the wickets and decide how we need to play,” he said.The skipper said the Indian attack had impressed at home and abroad on wickets that were not always supportive with the bowlers adapting quickly and successfully to trigger victories.He also dismissed statistics showing India have won only one of nine previous Tests in South Africa, stressing the series was not about history or past achievements. South Africa received a double boost Monday when captain Graeme Smith and fellow batsman Hashim Amla were cleared to play in the first Test after recovering from injury.advertisementSmith broke the ring finger on his leg hand in a one- day game against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates last month and Amla hurt his wrist fielding in a Test against the same country.”Graeme’s hand is good. Doctors have cleared him and he’s ready to go. He’s confident and looking forward to this week’s preparation. We just hope that we can get out there and prepare,” South Africa said coach Corrie van Zyl. “Hashim seems to be fine and started his preparations last week.” Meanwhile, the Test series has already spiced up with the van Zyl reminding the visitors of their poor record in the Rainbow nation and said that getting used to pace and bouncy conditions would not be easy for the Indians.He, however, said they are not “underestimating” the world’s top Test side. ” India are an experienced team with much depth regarding their batting and bowling, but the record books never lie,” he said.”However, playing in South Africa under very different conditions is something else and that’s one of the reasons they came a bit earlier to get used to the conditions,” he said.- With Agency inputslast_img read more

  • James Rodriguez: World Cup’s leading goal scorer going home!

    first_imgColombia’s James Rodriguez walks off the field in tears after his team’s 2-1 loss to Brazil Full of tears and inconsolable, the World Cup’s leading scorer is going home.Statistical Highlights | Match Photos James Rodriguez put Colombia back into the match against Brazil by scoring a late penalty Friday, but it wasn’t enough. The playmaker then broke down after his team lost 2-1 in the quarterfinals.”We are sad, but we are so proud because we left everything out there,” Rodriguez said. “We gave everything to advance. Men also cry, especially when you feel like this.”Brazil defender David Luiz, whose superb free kick turned out to be the deciding goal, tried to comfort Rodriguez, putting his arm around him. The players exchanged shirts and Luiz applauded Rodriguez as he slowly walked toward the tunnel.Before he got there, Colombia coach Jose Pekerman gave him a hug.”I tried to calm him down because he deserves huge congratulations,” Pekerman said.At 22, Rodriguez had become the most feared man among Brazil fans. His six goals are two more than Brazil forward Neymar has managed and his 80th-minute penalty ignited a late surge in Fortaleza that made the home fans tense.”He is an outstanding player, a huge talent, he has ambitions,” Pekerman said. “He has tried to do his best in a hard match. This is an elimination that leaves one of the best players in the World Cup out of the tournament.”One of his goals against Uruguay in the second round has been described as among the best of the tournament, when he chested down the ball and volleyed it past the goalkeeper.advertisementWhile Rodriguez couldn’t pull off a similar moment of brilliance to equalize against Brazil, there were glimpses of his talent. In a match that saw 54 fouls between both teams and many of them committed against Rodriguez, he was still able to drive forward and at times move past defenders with ease.When Radamel Falcao was cut from Colombia’s final 23-man squad because he failed to recover from a serious knee injury, many thought the South American team would exit the tournament at the group stage. But a new Colombian star has emerged and big things will be expected of him.”He will show in the future,” Pekerman said, “that he can be one of the best.”last_img read more

  • X-Blades ‘Wild Thing’ Promotion

    first_imgThis fortnight Touch Football Australia’s (TFA) official footwear sponsor, X-Blades, will be promoting another great deal through the TFA website and newsletter.X-Blades has yet another great deal for TFA members, this time on their ‘Wild Thing’ Blue/Black boots. Usually $180, these boots are currently selling at $50 as part of the promotion, which is over 70 percent off!To take advantage of this great deal, please visit the X-Blades online shop and enter the code ‘TFAWB’ at the checkout. To visit the X-Blades online shop, please click on the following link: www.bladesfootball.com.au/shop Stay tuned to the TFA website for more great promotions from X-Blades. Related LinksX-Blades Promotionlast_img

  • Clemson’s Cool “When The Game Was Won” Video Series Recaps Biggest Plays Of Tigers 13-0 Season

    first_imgClemson defense stuffs Notre Dame at the end of the game.Instagram/clemsonfbClemson won’t suit up again until December 31, but the program’s social media team looks prepared to fill in the time and keep people excited about the undefeated Tigers. Over the last few days, Clemson has started putting together an Instagram video series titled “When The Game Was Won,” reviewing the most pivotal play of each game this season. Here are the first four:This is a cool way to recap Clemson’s first 13-0 start. Tiger fans hope they get 14th and 15th editions in January.last_img

  • JPS to Produce 45 Per Cent of Power From LNG By June 2019

    first_imgThe Jamaica Public Service (JPS) says that by June 2019, 45 percent of the energy it supplies to the country will come from cheaper, cleaner liquefied natural gas (LNG).By then, the power company’s Old Harbour and Jamaica Aluminium Company (Jamalco) plants will come on stream to join the Bogue facility in St. James, which received its first shipment of LNG in October 2016.“That is going to leave us with about 40 percent fossil fuel and 15 percent renewable,” said JPS Regional Director for Western Jamaica, T’Shura Gibbs in an interview with JIS News.She noted that the renewables will be from solar, wind and hydropower, “which are also a growing part of the energy mix”.JPS, in August, signed a power purchase agreement with United States company, New Fortress South Power Holdings Limited, for the construction of a 94-megawatt (MW) power plant on the grounds of the Jamalco bauxite operations in Clarendon.New Fortress will also supply the power entity’s 190MW gas-fired power plant being developed in Old Harbour, St Catherine.Ms. Gibbs said that in addition to bringing diversity to the choice of fuels available locally, natural gas is expected to reduce environmental emissions and provide greater stability in prices.“It will be a cleaner and greener environment,” she noted. “It is moving away from the heavy oil… the dirty oil. It is about using clean oil to generate electricity,” she added.Ms. Gibbs said that unlike fossil fuel “where the price is volatile and up and down, “there is more stability when it comes to LNG”.“What this means is that businesses will now be able to put budgets in place as it relates to planning for the future and the price of energy,” she pointed out, noting that residential customers will start to see some true benefits.Ms. Gibbs noted that last year when oil had dropped to a surprisingly low $30 perbarrel, persons questioned the wisdom of continuing on the pathway of LNG “without taking into consideration that inevitably it would go back up”.“That’s the thing about fuel,” she argued. “The price is so volatile that something in the market will always trigger a response. It was 13 years that Jamaica was trying to bring LNG as an alternative energy source and, thankfully, we were able to finally achieve that last year,” she said.“This is all about clean energy, reliable energy and, most importantly, the creation of jobs and community development,” she added.The introduction of LNG to the local energy mix is in keeping with the Government’s drive to bring cheaper and cleaner energy to the people of Jamaica.Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, in a recent visit to the JPS Bogue plant, pointed out that the introduction of LNG “represents a significant boost to the country’s diversification efforts and economic endeavours”.He said it comes at an opportune time when the country is continuing the pursuit of alternative fuel sources and creating the architecture for a sustainable energy futurelast_img read more

  • These Arent Your RegularSeason Cavs

    The Cleveland Cavaliers that swept the top-seeded Toronto Raptors out of the postseason in dominant fashion looked completely different from the Cavs team that eked out 50 wins in the regular season. And with good reason: The bulk of Cleveland’s postseason minutes have gone to, quite literally, a different team. Through the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Cavaliers have leaned heavily on a five-man lineup that had never shared the court before.In the team’s series against the Pacers and Raptors, Cleveland’s most-used lineup has been George Hill, J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, LeBron James and Kevin Love. So far this postseason, they’ve logged 110 minutes together. That’s 110 more than they played together in the regular season. Compared to the Toronto Raptors, whose most-used lineup in the playoffs1OG Anunoby, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas. logged 801 minutes together in the regular season, Cleveland looks like it’s experimenting on the fly. But it’s working. Cleveland’s most-used postseason lineup is outscoring opponents by 41 points, good for third-best in the playoffs. The Cavs’ second-most-used lineup this postseason, which features José Calderón in place of George Hill, is also without precedent. Cleveland is the only remaining team in the playoffs that has given more than 20 percent of its postseason minutes to a lineup that didn’t see any time together in the regular season.2Although it should be noted that only about half the total playoff field gave more than 20 percent of the team’s minutes to any one lineup of any description. In addition to the Cavs, the Raptors, Pelicans and Rockets have all leaned heavily on a single lineup.Midseason trades and injuries are the primary reasons for this. Right around the time Cleveland acquired George Hill at the trade deadline, Kevin Love missed 20 games with a fractured hand. By the time Love had returned from injury, J.R. Smith had been moved out of the starting lineup to run the team’s second unit. A short while later, Kyle Korver took a leave of absence to deal with a family issue and a nagging foot injury. The lineup had no opportunity for chemistry-building before the playoffs. And even then, George Hill missed three games during their series with the Pacers due to back spasms.Having Hill in the lineup unlocks a major component of Cleveland’s offense. Not only does it give the Cavs another person (besides James) to bring the ball up the court, it also allows Hill and Love to run a pick-and-roll that creates defensive mismatches that are easier to exploit than the mismatches created by the James and Love version of the pick-and-roll. After last night’s game, Love said in the postgame press conference, “And for me personally, setting a 1-5 pick-and-roll, that was something that I missed, especially in the first series when [Hill] was out with his back.”After Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, LeBron James was asked how happy he was with his team’s chemistry thus far. James noted that it was just their ninth game in the postseason together, but in some ways it was just the ninth game ever for this iteration of the Cavs.Of the seven remaining playoff teams, the Golden State Warriors are the only other club that has been using untested lineups. But now that Steph Curry has returned after rehabbing a knee injury, the Warriors are back to using lineups like the “Hamptons Five,” which they’ve featured throughout the last two seasons.How you view Tyronn Lue, Cleveland’s head coach, colors how you view his postseason lineups. If you think Lue is in over his head, you might believe that he’s making things up as he goes. But if you have more faith in his abilities, you might believe that this has been Lue’s plan the entire time. One piece of evidence in favor of the latter theory is that Lue hinted before the end of the regular season that he had something up his sleeve that he was saving for the playoffs. “We’ll probably do things we haven’t done all season when it comes to the playoffs, things we’ve been working on all year,” Lue told Cleveland.com.The playoffs are meant to be the culmination of everything that teams work on over the regular season. Coaches spend 82 games fine-tuning their schemes, rotations and lineups to find out what works and what doesn’t. By the time the playoffs arrive, there aren’t many stones left unturned. Which is why the way that Cleveland swept Toronto with an untested lineup is so surprising for the Cavaliers and so disappointing for the Raptors.In previous years, when people explained why the LeBron-led Cavaliers improved during the playoffs compared to the regular season, they usually chalked it up the to the team giving more effort — or flipping the proverbial switch. The difference this year is their lineups.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more