Step-by-step guide to identifying and treating lame cows   

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Farmers Weekly

Lameness levels have increased from 38 to 40 cases per 100 cows, probably as a result of heat stress over the summer and more time spent standing to cool down. But this has not been helped by a slow uptake of recommended treatment protocols, research shows. In 2015, the results of an extensive four-year AHDB […]

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SF Beautiful Skin Iray Genesis 8 Female   

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Beautiful Skin is back for Genesis 8 Female!

Here are the popular Beautiful Skin Iray shaders updated for Genesis 8 Female and better than ever with all-new sculpted normal maps, translucency maps, and even conforming Eyebrows! This set presents a different shader doctrine than the default Daz character shaders or any other set regarding settings, and as a result it not only looks amazing in a different way, it renders faster than almost any other set on the market.

Here you'll find not only basic presets to apply the shader and normal maps, but detailed presets to apply many tints and shades of skin, whether light or dark or alien. After many customer requests, this set also supports the female genitalia that come with Victoria 8! Even if you want to use the normal and translucency maps a character came with instead, there are mapless presets that only use shader settings, too. Every Genesis 8 Female character can benefit from these settings. It's time for Beautiful Skin!

What are Sculpted Normal Maps?

A sculpted normal map is made by subdividing the base mesh and then sculpting its surface at very high resolution to add tiny wrinkles, imperfections, pores, and other details, then baking those details to a normal map for use on your model. These are the kind of normal maps this product has, sculpted in Zbrush.

Normal maps can also be made automatically from the bump or diffuse maps using a 2D program like PhotoShop, the GIMP, or Shadermap Pro. These normal maps are much faster to make, but they're not sculpted, and they don't add any detail that is not already in the diffuse.

Promo Lighting (all presets from Recommended Lighting folder):

  • - Main Promo (close-up of blue-eyed lady): Three Point Lighting and Tone Mapping
  • - Popup 01 (reclining black-haired lady in black lingerie): Recommended HDR and Default Tone Mapping
  • - Popup 02 (Base Genesis 8 Female comparison): Default HDR and Tone Mapping (Dome rotation 35)
  • - Popup 03 (Victoria 8 comparison): Various
  • - Popup 04 (Dark-skinned lady in red circle): Recommended HDR and Default Tone Mapping
  • - Popup 05 (Blue-skinned warrior):Three Point Lighting and Tone Mapping
  • - Popup 06 (RawArt's Princess Ali Albino): Recommended HDR Intensity 0.8 and Default Tone Mapping
  • - Popup 09 (Eyebrows): Recommended HDR and Default Tone Mapping

Price: $19.95 Special Price: $9.98


          

SF Beautiful Skin Iray Genesis 8 Male   

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Beautiful Skin Is Back for Genesis 8!

Here are the popular Beautiful Skin Iray shaders updated for Genesis 8 Male and better than ever with all-new sculpted normal maps, translucency maps, and conforming eyebrows! This set presents a different shader doctrine than the default Daz character shaders or any other set regarding settings, and as a result it not only looks amazing in a different way, it renders faster than almost any other set on the market.

Here you'll find not only basic presets to apply the shader and normal maps, but detailed presets to apply many tints and shades of skin, whether light or dark or alien. After many customer requests, this set also supports the Male genitalia that comes with Michael 8! Even if you want to use the normal and translucency maps a character came with instead, there are mapless presets that only use shader settings, too. Every Genesis 8 Male character can benefit from these settings. It's time for Beautiful Skin!

What are Sculpted Normal Maps?

A sculpted normal map is made by subdividing the base mesh and then sculpting its surface at very high resolution to add tiny wrinkles, imperfections, pores, and other details, then baking those details to a normal map for use on your model. These are the kind of normal maps this product has, sculpted in Zbrush.

Normal maps can also be made automatically from the bump or diffuse maps using a 2D program like PhotoShop, the GIMP, or Shadermap Pro. These normal maps are much faster to make, but they're not sculpted, and they don't add any detail that is not already in the diffuse.

Promo Lighting (all presets from Recommended Lighting folder):

  • Main Promo (Michael 8 Close Up): Three Point Lighting and Tone Mapping
  • Pop01 (Reclining man): Three Point Lighting and Tone Mapping
  • Pop02 (Base Genesis 8 Male comparison): Default HDR and Tone Mapping (Dome rotation 35)
  • Pop03 (Michael 8 comparison): Various
  • Pop04 (Dark-skinned man): Recommended HDR and Default Tone Mapping
  • Pop05 (Green alien):Three Point Lighting and Tone Mapping
  • Pop06 (RawArt Prince Albane albino): Recommended HDR Intensity 0.8 and Default Tone Mapping
  • Pop07 (Eyebrows): Recommended HDR and Default Tone Mapping
  • Price: $19.95 Special Price: $9.98


          

8 Advantages of Studying English   

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It is little wonder that so many students, both international and local, choose to study English courses. Proficient and skilled use of the English language can enhance career prospects, allow you to achieve success in business and can open up many opportunities when you choose to study with a credible English school.
While there are many good reasons to study English, here we provide an overview of eight of the most important advantages of studying English:
#1: Without question, English is one of the most widely spoken languages. English is used in many parts of the world and is often the language that is common to people who have a first language other than English.

#2: When it comes to business and matters of trade, the English language tends to be the common currency. By studying English through a respected English school, you can expect to be able to conduct business transactions, write and respond to documents such as: emails, memos, contracts, agreements and reports and possibly pursue a career in business.
#3: Arguably the greatest advantage of studying English is that your career prospects and employment opportunities can vastly increase. People who can speak English fluently (possibly together with a first language) are highly sought after by companies of many types, including international companies. When seeking work, proficiency and confidence in speaking and understanding English can put you at a distinct advantage.
#4: With the world becoming so much closer and more connected, opportunities to travel and explore different parts of the world are more available and, as a result of having studied English, travellers are better able to communicate. In so many parts of the world, English is the common language that is spoken and when you have a command of the English language, travelling and interacting with people of different nationalities can become easier and more enjoyable.
#5: In terms of academia, English is the language most commonly spoken by academics worldwide. Of course, some important research and work occurs in all countries and in a variety of languages, but the vast majority tends to have been conducted, composed and published with the English language as its basis. Academics and scholars that have some knowledge of English frequently find that sharing their ideas and findings with their peers globally is more readily facilitated by their mastery of the English language.
#6: Technology is vital and significant in the day and age in which we live. English is very often the language used for many software programs and for those that are technologically minded and ambitious, the study of English can provide them with useful benefits and knowledge.
#7: Australia has many English schools that are renowned for their success in teaching students’ English and the quality and range of the English courses that they provide. Successful English schools and colleges tend to offer great value for money and support structures to assist students to learn effectively and grow in knowledge, skills and confidence. When you do choose to study English, your education is an investment and it is incredibly important that you derive exceptional value for your money.
#8: English courses are available and specifically tailored for people of varying levels of English proficiency and for those who wish to study English for different purposes. For example, some may want to undertake a very general English course, whereas others may wish to study English in relation to business or for academic purposes.
Through the study of English, a range of advantages are available. Quality courses offer candidates the opportunity to improve job prospects, the capacity to communicate with others and access to information right across the world.

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Button of Three Pretty Cats by kohaku16   

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3.00 USD

Great for a cat lover!


This item is a pinback button by default, but we can make it as a magnet only instead if you wish. That is where the pin part of the backing is removed before pressing the item and you get a magnet sent along; this way you can wear/use the button without putting holes in fabric! You can also ask for it as both magnet and pin together, just to keep your options open. Let us know if you want anything changed, otherwise you will get the default pinback form.

The pin is made of durable steel pieces, and the high-quality paper is covered with a strong, clear plastic. Made to last for a long time!

The slight fuzziness on the right side of the above image is just a result of the scanning process and is not present on the actual button.


          

Trump Sows Turkey Chaos as U.S. Denies Endorsing Syria Incursion   

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Trump Sows Turkey Chaos as U.S. Denies Endorsing Syria Incursion(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump hasn’t endorsed a Turkish incursion into Syria, a senior administration official said, deepening confusion around his policy after an uproar from Republicans that he planned to abandon U.S. Kurdish allies.The official said Trump has cautioned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he will bear responsibility for Islamic State prisoners in the region, as well as a resurgence of violence if the militants are freed and any harm to civilians in areas Turkey occupies.The official briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.Trump later suggested his move to clear the way for a Turkish invasion was intended in part to pressure European countries including France and Germany that, he said, have refused to accept the return of citizens who joined Islamic State.Trump said at a meeting with military leaders that he had urged U.S. allies to reclaim their citizens, but they had refused.“We’re not going to move the fighters to Guantanamo Bay and take care of them for many, many years into the future, that’s not for us,” he said. “Now it’s time for Germany and France and all of the nations where they came from to take them back and they chose no. Maybe they’re going to change their tune now, I don’t know.”Trump has come under criticism from allies including Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and his former United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, for his announcement late Sunday that the U.S. wouldn’t stand in the way of the Turkish incursion.The White House statement was read around the world as Trump abandoning U.S. policy that Kurdish allies would be protected from Turkish aggression in exchange for their help in defeating Islamic State.Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is among the top Democratic contenders to challenge Trump’s re-election in 2020, said in a statement that “once again, an impulsive and erratic president has abandoned friends of the United States with a late-night tweet.”American officials didn’t immediately explain the president’s change in position on Syria. Trump’s order to remove about 50 U.S. troops from a Syria border region Turkey intends to invade doesn’t represent a green light for the incursion, the U.S. official said. The official added that Trump had discussed the decision with officials at the State Department and Pentagon before the White House announcement, and that the agencies should not have been surprised.The U.S. had successfully dissuaded Turkey from an invasion for two years, but if Erdogan orders an operation, the U.S. doesn’t want its soldiers endangered or caught in the crossfire, the official said.I’ve told President Erdogan, I hope he’s going to treat everybody with great respect,” Trump said at the meeting with military leaders. Earlier, he told reporters at the White House: “I have consulted with everybody.”“I fully understand both sides of it but I campaigned on the fact I was going to bring our soldiers home,” he said.The administration official did not say that any U.S. soldiers would be brought home as a result of the withdrawal. The troops moved from the border region, mostly special forces soldiers, would be re-positioned at different U.S. bases in Syria, the official said.(Updates with more Trump remarks, beginning in fourth paragraph)To contact the reporters on this story: Josh Wingrove in Washington at jwingrove4@bloomberg.net;Justin Sink in Washington at jsink1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alex Wayne at awayne3@bloomberg.net, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Boris Johnson Preparing for Brexit Talks to Collapse: Spectator   

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Boris Johnson Preparing for Brexit Talks to Collapse: Spectator(Bloomberg) -- Boris Johnson’s government is preparing for Brexit talks to collapse, a move for which it will blame Ireland and European Union leaders, according to a text message from one of the prime minister’s officials reported by the Spectator magazine.The message, which ran to nearly 800 words, was published in full by the magazine on its website. It was attributed simply to someone in Johnson’s office.It blamed the EU’s refusal to move on the Irish border question, which has stalled talks for more than a year, on Parliament for passing a law that aims to stop Johnson taking the U.K. out of the bloc without a deal. As a result of that, the author claimed Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar had decided not to make concessions on the border.The message suggested that the main way Johnson would try to avoid delaying Brexit would be to try to get an EU country to veto one. It said Britain would offer rewards to any country opposing an extension to negotiations. According to the Spectator, the U.K. would also threaten cooperation on areas including defense and security if it stays in the EU.Johnson Warned Against Big Tax Cuts as U.K. Faces No-Deal ShockNevertheless, the author seemed to accept that an extension was likely, and that Johnson would then fight an election, promising a no-deal Brexit immediately if he won.Talks about Johnson’s Brexit plan, announced last week, are due to continue Tuesday in Brussels. The U.K. side has given more legal detail about how its plan would work, but EU leaders are still demanding that Britain drop its plan to introduce a customs border on the island of Ireland. There’s an informal deadline for the talks of the end of this week. Johnson yesterday called counterparts in what Brexit minister James Duddridge told Parliament was an attempt to “whip up enthusiasm for the deal and avoid no-deal.”Rules and QuestionsMeanwhile, Johnson’s government has delayed publishing its rules for when it would be able to intervene to help businesses after a disagreement over what those rules should be.According to a person familiar with the plans, speaking on condition of anonymity, changes to state aid rules were going to be published Tuesday. That has now been held back.The precise nature of the disagreement isn’t clear, but for months there has been an argument within government on the issue. The Treasury has argued that the European Union’s rules should be copied into British law, to give businesses continuity, and to promote competition. EU rules aim to prevent governments from distorting markets by helping particular companies.On the other side of the argument are ministers who want the government to be able to help businesses struggling in the wake of a no-deal Brexit. Without the constraints of the EU’s rule, the government would be able to back national champions, potentially undercutting rival European firms.To contact the reporter on this story: Robert Hutton in London at rhutton1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, Robert JamesonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

U.S., Japan Sign Limited Deal on Farming, Digital Trade Deals   

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U.S., Japan Sign Limited Deal on Farming, Digital Trade Deals(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. and Japan signed a limited trade deal intended to boost markets for American farmers and give Tokyo assurances, for now, that President Donald Trump won’t impose tariffs on auto imports.The accords on agriculture and digital trade cover about $55 billion worth of commerce between the world’s largest- and third-biggest economies, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said at a ceremony in the Oval Office alongside Trump.The accord is a “game changer for our farmers” and ranchers, Trump said at the event.The goal is for the accord to take effect Jan. 1.Trump, who faces re-election next year, was eager to make a deal with Japan to appease U.S. farmers who have been largely shut out of the Chinese market as a result of his trade war with Beijing. American agricultural producers, also reeling from bad weather and low commodity prices, are a core component of Trump’s political base.Under the deal, Japan will lower or reduce tariffs on some $7.2 billion of American-grown farming products, including beef and pork.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s priority was to win a pledge that the U.S. won’t slap tariffs on Japanese automobile exports, a sector valued at about $50 billion a year and a cornerstone of the country’s economy.Read more: Click here for the most recent research from Bloomberg EconomicsThe written text of the deal doesn’t explicitly cover auto tariffs, but Abe has said he received assurances that Japan would be spared from them.The proposed pact won’t lower the barriers protecting Japan’s rice farmers -- a powerful group supporting Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party. This could help the prime minster smooth the deal’s course through parliament, where it must be ratified before coming into effect.The U.S. has said this agreement -- which was signed in principle on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly last month -- is just the first phase of a broader agreement.To contact the reporters on this story: Justin Sink in Washington at jsink1@bloomberg.net;Jennifer A. Dlouhy in Washington at jdlouhy1@bloomberg.net;Brendan Murray in London at brmurray@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Margaret Collins at mcollins45@bloomberg.net, Sarah McGregor, Robert JamesonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Trump boasts of 'great and unmatched wisdom' and threatens to 'obliterate' the Turkish economy   

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Trump boasts of 'great and unmatched wisdom' and threatens to 'obliterate' the Turkish economyPresident Trump seemingly set out to quell fears Monday that the White House was creating an opening for Turkey to attack U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in Northern Syria.The White House announced Sunday night that U.S. troops would leave northern Syria and that Turkey would launch an invasion in the region. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan considers the Kurdish fighters "terrorists," as a result of a longstanding separatist movement among Kurds in Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey, but the U.S. considered the Kurdish forces in northern Syria their strongest allies in the fight against the Islamic State, which is why Trump has received bipartisan criticism for leaving them vulnerable to Turkish forces.Trump, though, said that Turkey won't do anything he, in his "great and unmatched wisdom," considers "off limits" or else he'll "totally destroy and obliterate" the Turkish economy -- again.> As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I've done before!). They must, with Europe and others, watch over...> > -- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019Trump doesn't mention the Kurds by name, but he has boasted about preventing Erdogan from attempting to "wipe out" the Kurds in the past, so it stands to reason he was referring to them. > Trump in June: https://t.co/Y1U2Za6clN pic.twitter.com/FQJsG6YZg1> > -- Dan Froomkin (@froomkin) October 7, 2019



          

SKMU Dumka Result 2019 Check B.A B.Com B.Sc Part 1 2 3 Result   

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UOK Result 2019 Latest B.Sc BA B.com M.A M.Com Part – 1 2 3 Result   

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Kota University Exam Result 2019 check now university of kota BA B.com B.sc Result 1st 2nd 3rd year Uok Result 2019 Ba 1st Year Uok Result 2019 Ba 3rd Year Www.Uok.Ac.In Result 2019 Uok Result 2019 Bsc 1st Year Uok Ba Result 2019 Kota University Result 2019 Uok Result 2019 Uok Bsc Result 2019 Kota […]
          

MMU Mullana Result 2019 B.Tech BCA BBA MBBS   

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MMU Mullana Result 2019 Maharishi Markandeshwar University Results 2019 MMU Mullana Result 2019 for Diploma, Under Graduate, Post Graduate Courses MM University Mullana Ambala Result 2019 B.Tech MBBS BDS Courses Exam Result 2019 Latest Exam Result News Update MMU Exam Result 2019 Latest Updates On 07-10-2019 :- The MMU Will Soon Declare UG PG and […]
          

Herbert Spencer observes that class structures emerge in societies as a result of war and violence (1882)   

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Herbert Spencer observes that class structures emerge in societies as a result of war and violence (1882)


          

Tacko Fall ignites the crowd in Celtics preseason debut versus the Hornets    

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7'7" rookie Tacko Fall signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Celtics organization this summer and will find out what the future holds before the start of the season. Photo via Garrett Ellwood
Last night, the Celtics faced off against Terry Rozier and the Charlotte Hornets at the TD Garden in Boston for their preseason opener and it sure was a night to remember.

There were various headline-grabbing storylines that came as a result of the Celtics' 107-106 victory over Charlotte, but perhaps the biggest and most notable (on social media anyways) was the massive reception Boston fans gave to undrafted rookie Tacko Fall.

It is still unclear whether or not Tacko will end up signing an official deal with Boston for next season, but if last night was an indication Celtics fans will be heartbroken if the team doesn't look to sign the 7'7" center.

Started by a pair of fans dressed as literal tacos at the game, the Garden roared with chants of "We want Tacko" on numerous occasions. It took over three-quarters of the exhibition match, but Coach Brad Stevens finally gave the people what they wanted. Fall played 8 significant minutes of the close game and tallied up 5 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks on 67% shooting along with the most shared highlight reel of the night.

 

After the game, Stevens had this to say about the 23-year-old rookie, his future in the NBA, and the reception he received from the fans:
It is clear to everyone how hard Fall is working on securing a roster spot for this season and how much that has meant to Celtics' fans everywhere. Having this kind of fan support along with the heaps of potential in his game, it would be pretty hard for the Celtics' front office to just let this man walk away from Boston entirely. He is still a very young and raw talent for sure, but paraphrasing what Tommy Heinsohn said in the game's commentary last night he's the type of player that will only get better the more he plays.

Hopefully, we will get to see that talent continue to grow in a green and white Celtic uniform. For now, we will just have to wait and see how things go and trust that general manager Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens, and the rest of the Celtics' front office make the right decision moving forward.

But what did you think of the hype for Tacko in last night's game??? Where do you stand on his future with the Celtics based on everything you have seen so far??? Let me know in the comment section below.

You can follow Thomas Desmond on Twitter @td_654.
          

Edward Gibbon wonders if Europe will avoid the same fate as the Roman Empire, collapse brought on as a result of prosperity, corruption, and military conquest (1776)   

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Edward Gibbon wonders if Europe will avoid the same fate as the Roman Empire, collapse brought on as a result of prosperity, corruption, and military conquest (1776)


          

Thibaut Courtois Dropped From Real Madrid Squad After Club Dismiss ‘Anxiety’ Rumours   

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?Real Madrid have dropped goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from their matchday squad which faces Granada on Saturday, but the club have stressed it’s not been as a result of anxiety. The Belgium international was substituted at half-time against Club Brugge on Tuesday as Real Madrid were held to a 2-2 draw, prompting rumours to pop up which … Continue reading Thibaut Courtois Dropped From Real Madrid Squad After Club Dismiss ‘Anxiety’ Rumours
          

LINK: Petre Otskheli at the National Gallery   

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I've put the blog ever so slightly on the back burner over the past month, in part because I've been working on a number of Tbilisi-related travel articles for additional publications. The first of these extra-blog projects - a review of the Petre Otskheli retrospective at the National Gallery over at Kunstpedia - has hit the press:


Staging Alienation: Petre Otskheli at Tbilisi's National Gallery

For the ill-starred heroes of Greek tragedy, the life of the individual was a study in alienation: the self, whether Oedipus or Antigone, forever caught in the meaningless machinations of quibbling deities or subdued by the incomprehensible decrees of Fate. So too for one of Georgia's greatest modernists, Petre Otskheli (1907-37), the theatrical wunderkind whose creative partnership with Kote Marjanishvili, director of the avant-garde Marjanishvili Theatre, was cut short by the terrors of Stalin’s Great Purges. Otskheli’s phantasmagoric collection of stage sets and costume designs, currently on display through September 7 at Tbilisi's National Gallery, suggest an equally grim picture of the plight of man. Trapped in increasingly geometric worlds of sharp angles and collapsing shapes, dwarfed by swaths of fabric that grotesque distort the body's silhouette, Otshkheli's characters, from the battered Othello to the imperious Beatrice Cenci, contend with a surreal landscape that is at once profoundly Classical and, in its nods to Art Deco and expressionism, thoroughly twentieth-century.


The blog will return to full functionality in the coming weeks, with profiles of the new Best Cafe to Write a Novel in Tbilisi (following the heartbreaking closures of Near Opera, Caravan, and Tashkent), a full retraction of anything bad I might ever have said about Batumi (since restored to fin de siecle glory as a result of some long-overdue renovations), and profiles of Svaneti and Khevsureti - the latter perhaps the most beautiful place in Georgia.

          

Israel's Arab citizens are not the enemy   

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Opinion: The social terror plaguing the Arab community is a result of organized gangs operating unhindered, as they institute a regime of fear and lawlessness and try to seize control of municipal governments; there is 'magical' solution but our entire community is ready to face it
          

Timbers Step Up, Qualify for Postseason in Style   

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by Abe Asher
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Heading into the decisive final day of the MLS regular season, there were plenty of bad omens for a struggling Portland Timbers team in need of a result to qualify for the playoffs.

Brian Fernandez was suspended. Diego Valeri was out with a lingering calf injury. And the San Jose Earthquakes were coming into Providence Park with everything to play for — in need of a win to keep their own season alive.

This time, though, after a month of of ugly soccer and bad breaks and disappointing results, the Timbers got the job done and did it with room to spare.

Goals from Larrys Mabiala, Dairon Asprilla, and Sebastian Blanco were more than enough to lift the Timbers to their first win in six games on a lovely fall afternoon, jump into sixth place in the Western Conference, and bring the curtain down on San Jose's remarkable season.

All of the sudden, after all they endured this fall, the Timbers can look forward to a third-straight playoff appearance that will begin with a game against Real Salt Lake — a team that they've already beaten twice this year, at a venue that they've won at in both of their previous visits under Giovani Savarese.

Things are looking up. Facing the biggest test of their season, the Timbers had the right gameplan and executed it to near-perfection.

With San Jose man-marking in the ubiquitous system installed by their Argentinian manager Matias Almeyda, Savarese — in a move reminiscent of Portland's surge last fall — set his team up to defend deep and hit the 'Quakes on the break.

The early returns were positive. The Timbers nearly took the lead after a quarter of an hour when a Blanco corner hit Chris Wondolowski and forced San Jose goalkeeper Daniel Vega into a sprawling save, and generally were contesting the game on their terms.

The Timbers were getting traction going forward, and while the Earthquakes had plenty of the ball — they'd finish with 61 percent possession and complete nearly 200 more passes than the Timbers did — they were completely unable to break down the Timbers' defensive lines.

A slaloming, one-man run aside, Jorge Villafaña held the dangerous Cristian Espinoza was held in check. Vako completed only four passes during the entirety of the half on the opposite flank, Wondolowski just two from his position at center forward.

The Timbers' attack was limited somewhat with Asprilla and Andy Polo playing on the wings, but with Ebobisse dealing up top and Blanco slashing through the middle, it had a balance that had often been missing over the last several months.

It was on a set piece, though, that the Timbers would strike first.

Just before the half hour mark, Asprilla settled a recycled corner on the edge of the penalty area and slipped a ball wide left for an onrushing Villafaña, who whipped a pass across the face of goal that Mabiala, who had stayed in the box after the initial clearance, stuck out his trailing leg and dragged in.

Just like that, San Jose was in serious trouble — in need of multiple goals, with a third of the game gone, having failed to create a single significant chance yet. But they still had Wondolowski, and, with him, the ability to conjure a goal from thin air.

With halftime closing in and the score 1-0, that's exactly with they did. Off of a pre-planned corner routine, Espinoza hit a cross to the near post and the 36-year-old record MLS goalscorer beat everyone to the ball and flicked a diving header off of the ground, off of the underside of the crossbar, and in to tie the game.

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It was vintage Wondolowski — a purely instinctual, fearless finish, his record eleventh goal against Portland, a one of the most important of his season.

As the second half began, with Dallas running riot over Sporting Kansas City, everything was on the table. One of these teams was going to be playing its final 45 minutes of the season, one was going to move on.

Enter, not for the first time and not ever unremarkably, Asprilla. Handed his first start in a month ahead of Marvin Loría, the Colombian with a penchant for scoring the most timely of goals repaid Savarese's faith with another memorable contribution.

Just before the hour mark, Asprilla drifted inside to pick up a cross-field pass from Ebobisse, cut past Florien Jungwirth with an excellent first touch, and went barreling through on goal. Vega stopped his first shot, but the rebound squibbed underneath him — and Asprilla, at the second time of asking, tucked it in.

Whatever his past, for a player who has had the most abject of seasons, this was a stunning moment: a truly excellent goal, all of his own making, thanks to the kind of decisive turn of pace that you almost never see him make when he receives the ball.

At this time of the year, though, there's no rhyme or reason when it comes to Asprilla. He's just a different player.

Almeyda emptied his bench almost immediately the goal, making all three of his substitutions and trying to push his team — again in search of two goals, now with just 30 minutes left to play — into a more overtly attacking posture.

In the process, which included removing a defensive midfielder, the 'Quakes opened themselves up on the counter. The Timbers had several chance to ice the game in the following minutes, with Ebobisse and Cristhian Paredes coming closest, but it'd take a special moment from Blanco to make the result secure.

With a quarter of an hour to play, and Valeri off the field, it was the diminutive Argentine who stepped to a free kick from 25 yards away and fired it into the top corner.

No player on the field more deserved to score. The Timbers were never worse over the last month than when Blanco was out of the lineup, and on a day when they were missing their two most high profile attackers, he brought the heat in every phase of the game.

With that, San Jose was buried. They finished the season having lost six straight, a sour end to an otherwise triumphant first MLS campaign for Almeyda.

The Timbers' run-in wasn't much prettier. But Savarese, who has never missed the postseason as a manager, was understandably pleased with his team's perseverance. They didn't throw in the towel, and they made it to the finish line with their season intact.

"It has been a very difficult season in so many ways," Savarese said after the game. "So that’s why I think even in this moment that we have been able to make the playoffs, I’m more proud than ever for all the guys we have on the team.”

The slate is clean. Salt Lake away, a team the Timbers know they can beat, and then the specter of another playoff meeting with Seattle. The possibilities, just as they should at this time of the year, abound.

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Lurking: How a Person Became a User by Joanne McNeill   

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Lurking: How a Person Became a User   
by Joanne McNeill (2020)

read: 29 September 2019
rating: [+]

I got an advanced readers copy of this book from Joanne and was happy to get it. I was also briefly interviewed for part of it. This is a story about how the old web, where we were just learning how to interact with one another, became the new web where everyone was trying to “sell our eyeballs” to people and just how much that changed the experience of interacting there. Joanne spent a lot of time online and talks about what she found there, both in the early web being a person interacting on Echo or Friendster, and today where she uses Twitter a little and basically ignores Facebook. It’s really nice to read an account of the early web which isn’t just about “The men who built it” There is some of that in this book but it’s useful. What’s more useful is how Joanne talks about the people she interacted with there, the friendships she made, the “there” that was there as a result of the way people had genuine interactions with one another, in a place that many people didn’t even see as real. She has a great way of evoking sense memories for things many of us have only experienced through typing and reading. And for someone who spent a lot of time in some of those same places (and also in other ones) there’s a very real feeling about that which is nice to read about, it feels like a very genuine reflection of how it felt to be there.


          

NLRB Orders CC Traffic to Make Whole & Reimburse with Interest Local 727 Members   

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The National Labor Relations Board has issued a default judgement against CC Traffic and Property Management Company LLC as a result of the Company’s failure to respond to NLRB-issued complaints from 2018. The case against CC Traffic initially stems from an unfair labor practice charge filed by Teamsters Local 727 against the Company on March […]
          

Adria Airways Files for Bankruptcy   

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Another European airline has bit the dust.  Adria Airways, a Slovenian airline operating scheduled and charter service, filed for bankruptcy and ceased operations. “Bankruptcy proceedings were initiated by the management of the company because of the company’s insolvency,” the airline, , which is owned by German investment firm 4K Invest, said in a statement. As a result of the filing, the country’s minister of economic development, Zdravko Počivalšek, said that the government ...
          

LIMOS & SEATBELTS   

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We recently wrote about school buses and seatbelts, see blog of October 2, 2019. As a result of the limousine accident in Schoharie County, New York on October 6, 2018, Federal investigators issued new safety recommendations for limousines seeking to improve dangerous seating issues. 20 people died in that limousine crash. The new safety measures focused on the lack of lap and shoulder seatbelts and modifications made to stretch limos that would reduce the chances that passengers could survive such crashes. Federal safety experts also called on New York to improve it regulations and laws controlling inspection of limos. The regulators claim that the 20 deaths were part of a complex breakdown of government oversight and accountability according to The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). According to an article in The Journal News on October 3, 2019 by David Robinson, the NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt spoke to the potential for saving lives across the Country if limo…
          

How a Plaintiff’s Fault Plays into a Washington, D.C. Personal Injury Case   

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A state appellate court recently considered a case highlighting the importance of local contributory negligence laws in Washington, D.C. slip and fall cases. According to the court’s decision, the defendant, an auto car dealership, hired a cleaning company to clean the dealership. The plaintiff was an employee of the cleaning company and was covering for another employee janitor while cleaning the dealership one night. While cleaning, the plaintiff decided to take out the trash before scrubbing the floors of a certain area of the dealership. On his way to the dumpster, however, he slipped in a puddle of oil and transmission fluid that he had not seen previously. As a result of his slip and fall accident, the plaintiff suffered a severe knee injury, and he eventually brought suit against the defendant dealership to seek monetary compensation. In his suit, he argued that the dealership was negligent by breaching their duty to maintain reasonably safe premises for him and…
          

Dismissed Charges Still Showing Up On Background Check in Minnesota   

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If you’ve gone through the process of being charged with a crime only to come out victorious by having the charges dismissed, you probably hoped that everything would just go back to normal. However, even though you were cleared of those charges, they can still show up on a background check, and that can spell disaster for your career, even though employers aren’t supposed to take those dropped charges into consideration when hiring. So if you were falsely accused of a crime, how can you prevent those dismissed charges from showing up on a background check? We explain what you need to do in today’s blog. Dismissed Charges in Minnesota If you’ve ever searched your name or someone else’s name on a court’s public records site, you may have come across some interesting information. If you were acquitted or your case was dismissed as a result of a Continuance for Dismissal or Stay of Adjudication, that case should not be able to be accessed by the…
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