The arrogance of Barca fans! ‘Why would Pedro join a tinpot club like Man United?’

first_img Pedro set for Manchester United transfer from Barcelona 1 Speculation persists that Pedro is on his way from Barcelona to Manchester United, but while the Red Devils are one of the world’s biggest football clubs, not everyone sees the potential move in a good light.The Spanish international has won 11 major trophies with the Catalan club, including two Champions Leagues at the expense of United.Now on the periphery of the Barca first team, Pedro came on as a substitute to score the winner in a thrilling UEFA Super Cup final, to make it 20 winner’s medals overall in club football for the diminutive attacker.But despite United’s wealth and heritage, some fans have suggested moving to Old Trafford would be a major step down for Pedro…last_img

Half-dozen local leaders receive `05 Arabian Awards

first_imgVAN NUYS – A half-dozen civic and public officials were honored Friday for community service as recipients of Justice Armand Arabian Leaders in Public Service Awards, given by the Encino Chamber of Commerce. More than 400 people attended the luncheon honoring Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich of Glendale; retired Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Ron Bergmann of Winnetka; philanthropists Jane and Bert Boeckmann, owners of Galpin Motors in North Hills; City Controller Laura Chick of Silver Lake; and U.S. District Court Judge Dickran Tevrizian of Pasadena. “These are a tremendous collection of outstanding individuals who have dedicated their lives to working for the public good,” said Arabian, a retired California Supreme Court justice for whom the awards are named. “They could have done many other things, but they decided to serve the public, and that’s what makes us proud of them.” In introducing Bergmann, who served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 32 years, including more than four years as commanding officer for the Valley, Arabian said, “When you see the door of a police car that says `To protect and serve,’ this is the poster boy for that message.” Bergmann thanked the group for the honor and added, “More than anything, the Valley is full of great people.” Antonovich, whose Fifth District includes the San Fernando Valley, said the field of public service “needs to have people who have the ability to say `no’ when `no’ is called for,” and with the strength to pursue ideas and goals without being discouraged by naysayers. And Chick talked about the potential for the city’s residents, noting, “We’re in an extraordinary time of opportunity.” Ruth Sepanian, 18, a graduate of North Hollywood High School, also was awarded a $1,000 scholarship at the event. She currently attends California State University, Northridge, where she is majoring in biology and aspires to become a doctor. Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 lisa.sodders@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The award honors public- and private-sector leaders who have demonstrated outstanding volunteerism and used creativity in enhancing the areas they serve. Tevrizian said it meant a lot to him to be honored by the Encino Chamber of Commerce. “This is the pulse of the Valley,” he said. “They are the buffer between government and the people trying to bring high-quality jobs to the city.” The Boeckmanns were honored for their philanthropic support of the community. Jane Boeckmann said she started Valley Magazine, for which she is editor-in-chief and publisher, in order to shine a positive spotlight on the San Fernando Valley – “to raise the image of the Valley – that there are people who not only have value, but are of value.” last_img

Warriors earn first win of the season, beat Pelicans 134-123

first_imgNEW ORLEANS — Warriors forward Draymond Green faked a dribble handoff at the top of the arc to Stephen Curry, then blew by New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor for an open layup. And 11 seconds into their third game, the Warriors had their first lead of the season, and one they would not give up.Things seemingly came easy after that in route to the Warriors’ (1-2) first win of the season, a 134-123 victory over the Pelicans (0-4) Monday at Smoothie King Arena in New Orleans. The Warriors …last_img

Lab-Produced Meat on Rise

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — In March 2017, Australian real estate mogul Tim Gurner advised millennials to quit wasting money on expensive avocado toast and coffee if they struggle to buy their first homes.The avocado market suddenly surged and continues to thrive.In the food business, consumer preferences and demand can change at the speed of light in the internet age.Responding to sudden changes in consumer demand is something farmers — by the nature of the business — find difficult to do.For example, Arlington, Nebraska, farmer J.P. Rhea seized opportunity in organics, but completely remaking his 11,000-acre farm didn’t happen overnight.“Dad always said you have to adapt to survive,” Rhea told an audience at the Food and Ag at the Intersection symposium in Omaha, Nebraska, on Thursday.“The main lesson is, as farmers we have to adapt. Going to organics is completely changing everything I’ve ever done. We’ve got to dramatically rethink risks if we want farmers to dramatically change production systems.”The growing development of a cell- and plant-based meat industry is attempting to respond to market demands from millennials. Many millennials want food produced with certain attributes — environmentally friendly, made with animal welfare in mind, and so on.TAKING NOTICEJarrod Sutton, vice president of domestic marketing for the National Pork Board, said the milk industry’s 14% loss of sales to alternatives such as almond milk, is a reason the pork industry should take notice of the alternative meat industry.“The lesson for us is to be aware and understand how consumer trends are changing,” Sutton said. “There’s going to be jabbing back and forth. It is the new reality. Meatless Monday is a thing. We have to stay in the dialogue and make sure the facts are presented.”Sutton said the cell-based and plant-based protein markets are “about saving the earth.”“They’re pouring a lot of money into this,” he said. “It’s Silicon Valley. It’s about failing slow.”Jayson Lusk, distinguished professor and head of the ag economics department at Purdue University, said although news stories don’t feature a lot of good news for the meat industry, there continues to be rising demand for animal proteins.His research shows beef demand is highest among conservative Republicans, but as education levels grow the divergence increases.“Beef demand is becoming increasingly polarized over time,” Lusk said. “Conversation about meat consumption are going to become more difficult over time.”In addition, he said when consumers have the same price points for real beef and beef alternatives, demand for beef doesn’t really change.“Even if real beef is more expensive, demand for real meat stays over time,” Lusk said.GROWING INDUSTRYBruce Friedrich, executive director of theGood Food Institute, said plant-based and cell-based meats have a $3.7 billion market. Currently there are more than 25 companies operating in the space.Friedrich told DTN in an interview the market provides some opportunity for traditional row-crop and livestock farmers.“Obviously … there are quite a few cattle ranchers who are making an excellent living, but there are not a lot of chicken farmers or pig farmers that are making an excellent living,” he said.“And slaughterhouse jobs are not exactly coveted. This is a net advantage for those sorts of folks. It should be a net advantage for people who are farming crops, because it will allow them to get higher prices for other legumes, primarily. Pea protein, chickpea protein and lupine are being turned into plant-based meat. So you end up with a situation where you can go to more crop rotation, less mono-cropping, basically turning back the clock. The plant-based stuff should end up with a lot of opportunities for farmers.”More traditional food companies are launching plant-based segments in their businesses in an attempt to respond to the market quickly.For example, Tyson announced plans this year to launch vegan plant-based products. Archer Daniels Midland is entering the plant-based protein space with its pea-based proteins.On Thursday, Beyond Meat launched its initial public offering, raising about $240 million in selling 9.6 million shares at $25 each. The company is valued at about $1.5 billion. The plant-based burgers and sausages company based in El Segundo, California, faces competition from the likes of Tyson and Burger King.Earlier this week Burger King announced plans to launch the plant-based “Impossible Whopper.” In addition, Tyson was an original investor in Beyond Meat, but sold its shares to launch its own business.Friedrich said the question remains about how fast Beyond Meat can scale up production. It could take five to 10 years, he said.FOOD COMPANY INVESTMENTSWhen it comes to cell-based meat companies, the likes of Tyson and Cargill have invested in a company called Memphis Meats. Tyson also has invested in a company called Future Meat Technologies.Cell-based meat companies are working feverishly to scale up the technology. That involves using a cell from a single animal and essentially immortalizing the animal through growing meat in a laboratory at a rate far faster than livestock producers who raise animals.“So that one cell can lead to the production of millions and millions of pounds of meat,” Friedrich told DTN.“For farmers who are treating animals well, and for farmers who are focused on regenerative agriculture, our hunch is that you’ll see more of a market for that. The market for that is pretty small at the moment. There are significant opportunities for farming. It’s the nature of any changing economy. Families are changing how they feed their families, it is a market that is growing more and more and more. It will be extremely lucrative, and should be something farmers should be looking at.”Steve Lerch, founder of Story Arc Consulting, said the food system is moving toward a benefits-driven system, because consumers have more information at their fingertips.Food companies and farmers face a challenge to keep up with changing consumer preferences.For instance, Lerch said consumer are beginning to lose interest in the GMO debate, while companies began responding five years ago by moving toward offering GMO-free products.“There are quick, simple things [you] can do to catch waves,” he said.“Companies don’t have to create waves. There is value in telling consumers something. If Burger King today created a message that there is no rubber in our hamburgers, they get benefits from this. Some people may then begin to think, ‘Does McDonalds put rubber in its hamburgers?’”Todd Neeley can be reached at todd.neeley@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(BAS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The Internet May Not Be Doing Our Brains Much Good [Video]

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Pause#The Brain brian proffitt Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Pick a time to watch it on your own schedule, and then think about ways in which you can start unplugging a bit more in your busy online life. You may not buy into this, but we can share one thing with you: every writer who has written for our Pause series of stories has reported a reduction of stress or some other calming effect.Taking time for yourself to just think and be is not only relaxing, it may help avoid the dinosaurs and sharks in your life.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Working on the Internet every day, you start to have certain suspicions about how it affects the way you think and process information. Turns out, there’s something to that.Readers of Nicholas Carr’s 2010 book The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains will certainly confirm this. While the Internet is a fantastic tool to conduct business and communicate with friends and colleagues, the constant distractions can and do have an interruptive effect on how we think and learn.The animation team at Epipheo Studios recently interviewed Carr and put together a video on the topics expressed in The Shallows. It is presented to you here, somewhat ironically, as one of those distractions that the Internet can present you during the course of the day. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Cleveland rocked: Indians’ season comes to stunning halt

first_imgMOST READ Ace right-hander Corey Kluber pitched poorly. All-Stars Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez didn’t hit, and the Indians committed seven errors in the final two games when they didn’t look anything like a team thatwon 102 games or was favored to take home the championship coming into October.“It actually stinks,” closer Cody Allen said in a subdued clubhouse. “They just flat-out played better than us the last three days.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUnable to finish off a young Yankees team fighting for its manager, the Indians became the first team in history to blow a two-game series lead in consecutive postseasons.It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary After getting to Game 7 of the World Series a year ago, the Indians set out to win it all in 2017. This was supposed to be their year.Instead, it’s just another heartbreaker for a Cleveland team that appeared unstoppable and had Kluber on the mound at home for the biggest game this season.“It’s disappointing,” manager Terry Francona said. “We felt good about ourselves. We came down the stretch playing very good baseball, and we did some things in this series that I don’t think were characteristic of our team. We made some errors, kicked the ball around a little bit.“Sometimes you don’t swing the bat. That’s part of it. But we made it harder to win in some cases, especially the last two games.”But the presumptive Cy Young Award winner wasn’t himself in two starts, posting a 12.79 ERA and looking ordinary. Following Game 5, Francona hinted that Kluber may have been bothered by a back injury — and other health issues — that put him on the disabled list earlier this season.ADVERTISEMENT Cleveland Indians’ Jason Kipnis throws his bat after striking out against New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman during the eighth inning of Game 5 of a baseball American League Division Series, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long)CLEVELAND — The end came quickly, painfully and with little warning.When the final out was made, and Cleveland’s season crashed way before it ever imagined with a 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees, the Indians retreated to their clubhouse to try to figure out what went wrong.The list was long.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president ESPN, TV5 join forces for rebranded ‘ESPN 5’ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “I don’t think we need to get into details of that,” Kluber said when asked about the injury. “I was healthy enough to go out there and try to pitch. I don’t think anybody is 100 percent at this point of the year, but good enough to go out there and try to compete.”Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius homered twice off Kluber in the first three innings, staking the Yankees to a 3-0 lead.“I made two mistakes to Didi,” Kluber said. “He’s a good hitter and he hit two home runs. I felt like I threw the ball better than I did the other day, but ultimately it wasn’t good enough.”When they left for New York on Friday with a 2-0 lead, the Indians seemed to be in the driver’s seat.But a team that won 22 straight games — the longest streak in AL history — couldn’t prevent its first three-game losing streak since July 30 to Aug. 1.Outfielder Jay Bruce, who was so clutch after coming over in an August trade from the New York Mets, was stunned by the Indians’ unexpected slide.“It’s a missed opportunity for us,” said Bruce, eligible for free agency this winter. “I’m still very proud of the way we played this year, but obviously it doesn’t mean much when you get to the postseason and can’t do the job.“I don’t have any explanation for it. I don’t know if there’s an exact science for closing out a series. We couldn’t get it done. We got beat. They played better. That’s the bottom line.”Jason Kipnis, who moved from second base to center field late in the season, was having trouble accepting Cleveland’s fate.“They deserved to win, but I’m not going to tell you the better team is going on,” he said. “I still think we’re the better team, but they played better than we did the last three games.“When you have that good of a season, over 100 wins, it makes it that more disheartening when you don’t finish the job. Everyone in here knows we had higher hopes than this, but that’s baseball. This game is tough. It just didn’t work out.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more