continue reading » When I arrived in the United States in 1991 to study economics at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on a Fulbright Scholarship, the first question people inevitably asked me was, “Where are you from?” I was born and raised in Panama, so the answer was easy each time I was asked. And I was asked the question a lot.For the most part, I’ve lived in the U.S. ever since that time. I married my wife—a Wisconsin native— and settled in the city of Janesville where we raised a son and a daughter. I was granted U.S. citizenship in 2014 and carry a U.S. passport. And I still get asked the question, “Where are you from?” These days, the answer isn’t quite as simple.Like many Hispanics in America, I identify strongly both with my country of origin and my adopted home. Fluent in both Spanish and English, I move comfortably in both worlds, and yet don’t feel fully a part of either one. There’s a duality to my life, an “in-between,” a situation that exists for many Hispanics. I tend to think of it as an “otherness,” with both feet planted firmly in each of two distinctly different cultures and not fully anchored to either one.Fortunately, I’ve turned what some see as an insurmountable challenge into distinct opportunities. It took a while for me as a young man to learn the norms and behaviors acceptable in my new American home. But I was an eager student and made it a point to understand and accept changes without fully losing aspects of my Panamanian culture and heritage. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Manuel Pellegrini accepts speculation linking Pep Guardiola with his job at Manchester City is inevitable. The rumours have resurfaced in recent days because Guardiola suggested he would make an announcement about his future in the next week. But Pellegrini, who was displaced by Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid in 2010, said: “We don’t know what Pep will do next season. There are rumours, speculation about what he wants to do. “I think Pep is one of the best coaches in the world so if he doesn’t continue at Bayern maybe a lot of teams can try to have him manage their team. “In my case, I don’t have any pressure about that. Maybe there are a lot of rumours – not only this season but going back to the other seasons – but the only pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself to win. “When you have experience and manage so many big clubs, you know with every result that is not the result the club wants the media will start with different rumours about different things, but if you are worried about that it’s impossible to work in a big team.” Pellegrini guided City to Barclays Premier League title success and the Capital One Cup in his first season in charge. Their defence of their league title last season was poor but they still finished second and they are the favourites to take the crown this term. Such facts weigh heavily in Pellegrini’s favour and reclaiming the title – and perhaps winning other silverware – this season would make any decision to remove him seem particularly harsh, even if Guardiola was available. But the Chilean, who is contracted to City until 2017, said: “I cannot talk about what other people want to manage the club. Every owner has the right to see what is the best future for their club. “It’s not my problem because I don’t think for them. My thinking is to try to win and continue in a job where I am happy. After that it’s not my decision.” But the City manager claims he could not work properly if he let such rumours affect him. Bayern Munich’s much-coveted former Barcelona boss has been a reported target of City for several years, since even before Pellegrini arrived at the Etihad Stadium in 2013. Press Association
Comments After Syracuse was called for a two-minute bench minor for having too many players on the ice at 14:04 in the second period Friday, Connecticut desperately tried to break out on the power play to cut into the Orange’s two-goal lead.But Connecticut couldn’t even manage a shot and failed to capitalize on the power-play opportunity after SU freshman forward Shiann Darkangelo lay out at the top of the zone to block a shot just seconds before SU returned to full strength.‘We had a couple penalty kills, and it seemed like we blocked 10 shots out there,’ senior Jessica Sorensen said Saturday. ‘It definitely just got the spirit up on the bench, and we kept it going.’SU’s defense and penalty kill unit led the Orange (5-6-0, 0-0 College Hockey America) to a weekend sweep of Connecticut (1-7-2, 1-1-0 Hockey East), winning 4-0 Friday in front of 164 and 2-1 Saturday in front of 263 at Tennity Ice Pavilion. The Orange smothered the Huskies’ nine power-play opportunities on the weekend and set up the offensive attack to spark SU to both victories.The Syracuse defense frustrated Connecticut from the drop of the puck on Friday, relying on physicality to secure its first shutout of the season. The Huskies’ frustration was also the result of an improved effort from the Orange penalty kill, which was tested often throughout the weekend.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU frequently found itself with a player in the box in both games and blocked multiple shots to end UConn’s scoring threats. Syracuse spent 18 minutes with a one- or two-player disadvantage due to its nine penalties.The Orange’s success blocking shots started at practice on Monday, when the defense practiced blocking shots on the penalty kill by shooting rolls of masking tape at each other, a drill designed for players to tame their fear of getting hit by the puck. Just four days later, the defense implemented the technique to perfection against Connecticut.‘Of course it’s fun in practice when you’re shooting tape at each other,’ freshman forward Allie LaCombe said. ‘But the concept is actually smart because you have to train yourself not to be afraid of the puck.’The SU defenders played composed during penalty kills and kept everything in front of them by maintaining good positioning. And as they had practiced with rolls of tape days earlier, the defenders frustrated Connecticut’s ‘BU-style’ power play, which isolates a player on the weakside for a one-time slap shot. They interfered with shooting lanes, which forced the Huskies’ forwards to shoot the puck wide of the net.That aggressive blocking technique was on display when Darkangelo and the SU defense stifled the UConn power play on Friday.On Saturday, Syracuse fended off another important Connecticut power-play opportunity when the Orange had two players sent to the box early in the second period. The defense pulled out all the stops on the two-player disadvantage and kept the Huskies’ lead to one goal. ‘You seize the momentum by killing that five-on-three, and we did a great job,’ head coach Paul Flanagan said. ‘That’s a lot of hard work and great goaltending.’Flanagan and his players credited the tremendous defensive play to their much improved penalty kill effort. The Orange was clicking defensively, which led to quality shots and possessions on the offensive end. The SU defensive effort was backed by solid play between the pipes. The Orange’s two-goalie system, with sophomores Kallie Billadeau and Jenesica Drinkwater, kept the Huskies’ forwards in check and made 17 saves and 22 saves, respectively. They also sparked the offense with outlet passes that Flanagan called ‘textbook cycling.’But the Syracuse defenders’ biggest contribution came on the penalty kill. They blocked plenty of shots when they needed to and helped the Orange overcome its mistakes to beat the Huskies.‘We made mistakes, but we recovered well, and that’s a good sign,’ Flanagan said. ‘We had a great attitude for 60 minutes.’[email protected] Published on October 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
Keane has been in the firing line over reports of an alleged fallout with Harry Arter and Jon Walters possible standings Whyte is congratulated for his first international goal just seconds after coming on MONEY 2 RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade smart causal Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? As well as England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland were in action on Tuesday night.Here is the best from their international friendlies.Poland 1-1 Republic of IrelandAiden O’Brien marked his senior international debut with a goal as the Republic of Ireland came within minutes of ending a turbulent week with a morale-boosting victory in Poland.The 24-year-old Millwall striker looked to have won the game with his 53rd-minute header, but substitute Mateusz Klich’s 87th-minute equaliser snatched a 1-1 draw to spare the Poles’ blushes on a night when skipper Robert Lewandowski had to wait for his 100th cap. impact 2 BEST OF silverware Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Having spent much of the run-up to the game in Wroclaw having to handle the fall-out from assistant Roy Keane’s X-rated summer rant at Harry Arter and Jonathan Walters, Ireland boss Martin O’Neill saw his depleted squad provide a response to their Nations League drubbing in Wales on Thursday evening.O’Neill’s men were roundly criticised in the wake of a 4-1 reverse in Cardiff, where they were porous in defence and toothless in attack as they slipped to a fourth defeat in five games.However, a team featuring only two regular starters in keeper Darren Randolph and midfielder Jeff Hendrick, reverted to type in front of a crowd of 25,455, denying the Poles time and space and looked to have nicked victory until Klich intervened.Northern Ireland 3-0 IsraelGavin Whyte needed less than two minutes of his Northern Ireland debut to find the net as Michael O’Neill’s side enjoyed a 3-0 win over Israel in a friendly at Windsor Park.Whyte scored the third goal of the night moments after coming on as a substitute to add to first-half strikes from captain Steven Davis and Stuart Dallas. It helped the hosts to a first win in four and a much-needed result after the frustration of Saturday’s 2-1 UEFA Nations League loss to Bosnia & Herzegovina in a match Northern Ireland dominated. Latest Football News Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade REVEALED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions
OAKLAND – As he stepped to the free throw-line, Klay Thompson heard a loud chant coming from the visiting Lakers fans in the upper deck. They did not boo him. They greeted him.“We want Thompson!!!” the Lakers fans yelled. Moments later, those same fans yelled to Kevin Durant, “We want KD!!!”The Lakers definitely want a lot of stars to join their team. Add New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis to the mix after his public trade request this week that may or may not yield a deal before the …
19 April 2012 The R450-million 2010 Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust, aimed at ensuring that South Africans continue reaping the benefits of hosting Africa’s first Fifa World Cup, is now fully operational. This was announceed by the world football governing body’s secretary-general, Jerome Valcke, following the inaugural meeting of the Trust’s board at South African Football Association (Safa) headquarters in Johannesburg on Wednesday. “We are very pleased that the Trust is now fully operational,” Valcke said. “It is the first time in the history of the Fifa World Cup that such a trust has been established and it required a complex administrative process, which is why it took us some time to set it up. “I’m glad that we are now entering a phase that will focus on implementing the vision to ensure that the legacy can benefit the host country.”Range of public initiatives The 2010 Legacy Trust will support a wide range of public initiatives that harness football for sport development, education, health and humanitarian activities in South Africa. Fifa has transferred R450-million into the Legacy Trust accounts. This will be administered by international auditors Ernst and Young. This is in addition to the R700-million already allocated by Fifa a legacy of the World Cup and given to Safa in the build-up to the event for preparation purposes (R450-million) and for the construction of Safa House (R150-million). Safa was also given R40-million for football development projects, and a further R70-million for investment in a fleet of buses and cars to enable the 52 regional structures of the association to transport their teams.Grassroots level “From today, we can look forward to the fruits of 2010 being enjoyed at grassroots level and within communities across South Africa,” Safa president Kirsten Nematandani said on Wednesday. The Trust Board will be chaired by Safa fourth vice-president Danny Jordaan. The other trustees are Nematandani and Eric Mtshatsha, with Alec Moemi and Michael Katz representing business, and Valcke, development director Thierry Regenass and CSR head Federico Addiechi representing Fifa. Other legacy initiatives that have been implemented by Fifa since 2005 include the 20 Football for Hope Centres, the Win in Africa with Africa initiative, the Football for Health project and the 2010 Fifa World Cup Ticket Fund. Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The new Heritage Cooperative Marysville Ag Campus encompasses 277 acres, which includes a grain elevator, two fertilizer warehouses and rail access. With the ribbon cutting, the new Marysville Heritage Cooperative Ag Campus and Research Farm is officially open for business! The new Marysville Heritage Cooperative campus has one of only two loop tracks in Ohio, with 11,700 feet of railroad tracks on site The grain elevator at the new Marysville Heritage Coop Ag Campus currently holds 1.5 million bushels of grain, with an additional 1.7 million bushels of storage coming soon The new Marysville Heritage Coop facility’s grain elevator has the ability to load a unit train of grain in 7 to 8 hours The dry fertilizer building on the campus of the new Marysville Heritage Coop facility. The new Heritage Coop Marysville facility includes a 30,000 ton dry fertilizer building and the size is equivalent to 1.2 acres under roof. The new Heritage Coop Marysville facility is equipped with computer automation to maximize operator and facility efficiency The 10,000 ton, double wall, liquid UAN storage tank at the new Heritage Cooperative facility in Marysville is equivalent to 3 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Holding enough product to cover about 40,000 acres of corn The liquid fertilizer building on the campus of the new Marysville Heritage Coop location The agronomy liquid fertilizer portion of Heritage Cooperative’s new Marysville facility will have 24/7 access to meet customer needs The more than 2 miles of track at the new Heritage Coop Marysville location will allow for higher train velocity through the facility with greater employee safety
Slow graphics performance got you down? Well, thanks to Blackmagic you can go ahead and just plug in a much much better GPU — externally and affordably.Top Image via Blackmagic Design.External graphics processors are a somewhat new concept, but they’ve slowly built steam over the last few years. There have been a few pretty decent ones released at price-ranges slightly outside of the consumer market. However, there’s been nothing quite accessible for average users to invest in. Until now.Today, Blackmagic announced the release of their new Blackmagic eGPU (“e” stands for external, probably). It’s an external graphics processing unit that will enhance the graphics performance of your video editing, motion graphic design, and yes, even your gaming. The Blackmagic eGPU sells for $699 USD and is available now exclusively on the Apple website and in Apple stores.Image via Blackmagic Design.Blackmagic developed the eGPU in conjunction with Apple and features a Radeon Pro 580 graphics processor. It also includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports, HDMI 2.0, 85W of charging power, and four USB 3.1 connections.Designed to address the needs of professional video editors, Hollywood colorists and visual effects artists who need to remain mobile, but want the power of a desktop class GPU added to their MacBook Pro, the Blackmagic eGPU is incredibly flexible and simply plugs in via Thunderbolt 3, so users can benefit from improved graphics performance and acceleration of computational tasks. It’s perfect for speeding up professional creative application workflows including editing, color correction and visual effects with DaVinci Resolve. The Blackmagic eGPU adds the performance customers need to make the latest 3D games and VR look more realistic than ever. That means customers will get higher resolution images, higher frame rate gameplay, better lighting and more detailed textures for truly immersive experiences, even on a laptop computer. — Blackmagic Design Press ReleasePerformance BoostBlackmagic has positioned this release as a way to turn your laptop into a full-powered desktop-class graphics and rendering machine.With the eGPU you get 8GB of GDDR5 RAM for up to 5.5 teraflops of processing power. It also includes support for Metal graphics technology from Apple, which provides almost direct access to the GPU for enhancing graphics performance with games and applications.In the above graphic, there are a few examples of different operations within DaVinci Resolve. They’re much quicker (certain ones almost 7x faster) with a standard Macbook 13″.Additional Connections Included + ChargingImages via Blackmagic Design.Another benefit of using the device is that it adds more connections and inputs/outputs to your setup.The eGPU has a built in USB 3.1 hub that supports up to 4 devices. It has two thunderbolt 3 ports, and an HDMI 2.0 output as well for monitoring up to 4k (which is great for outputting to an external reference monitor for color grading, etc).The device also has 85 watts of power output, so you can plug in and charge your devices on the go as well.
Man Utd planning offers for Rice and Koulibalyby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will pursue Declan Rice and Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, regardless of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future.The Norwegian is under to pressure to keep his job, with reports stating he could be sacked if United are pummelled by Liverpool after the international break.A poor start to the season which sees them lie in 12th has prompted the club’s board to plan transfers for January, with Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic and Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen considered.Goal says the transfers of West Ham youngster Rice and Napoli defender Koulibaly are being targeted for the summer.Both players could cost a combined total of over £200m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ATHENS, GA – MARCH 03: Aaron Harrison #2, Andrew Harrison #5, Willie Cauley-Stein #15, Karl-Anthony Towns #12 and Tyler Ulis #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats rush down the court to get back on defense against the Georgia Bulldogs at Stegeman Coliseum on March 3, 2015 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Georgia locked up five-star quarterback commit Jacob Eason during his official visit, and the entire athletic department tried to do its part to ensure that he would stick with his commitment. Head basketball coach Mark Fox tweeted out video from last weekend, when Eason was on campus, of his team proving that it needs a quarterback. The basketball team runs a play, and a deep ball almost leads to disaster for one receiver. We tried to show a certain recruit we needed a QB at practice last weekend… pic.twitter.com/2GeANJrP0e— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) December 16, 2015The hedges at Sanford Stadium are probably a bit more forgiving than that wall, and they’re not so dangerously close to the end zone. We’re not sure if Eason, who we can’t quite identify in the blurry video, was impressed with the display, but he re-upped with the Dawgs either way.