Relaxed Groves unfazed by Froch – trainer

first_imgGeorge Groves’ clash with local rival James DeGale was a bigger test of his nerve than this weekend’s world title fight, according to the Hammersmith man’s trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick.Groves, then 23, upset the odds by edging a close points decision against Olympic gold medallist DeGale in front of a sell-out crowd at the O2 Arena in May 2011.And Fitzpatrick believes that experience is partly why the unbeaten challenger is unfazed by being the underdog ahead of Saturday’s showdown with super-middleweight champion Carl Froch.“Here’s a dude who is very composed and very at peace with where he is,” Fitzpatrick told West London Sport.“He’s been on the big stage far before Carl Froch was in his career. In only his 12th fight he fought on pay-per-view [against DeGale] in front of 20,000 people.Groves is convinced he will overcome Froch.“And this fight is easier emotionally than that one. Then he had to fight a fellow Londoner from the same district, the same amateur gym.“Emotionally that is very testing and trying and he’s proven that he can keep it together.“Don’t forget out of 31 experts before that fight, 29 had him losing, so opinions don’t mean anything.“You can be in a room and when someone walks in you can pick a vibe up from them.“I think anyone around George at the moment would pick up the vibe of a man who is very much relaxed about where he is right now.“He’s already proved to himself that he is ready emotionally for this stage and he’s proved technically in all his fights that he’s ready. Now he’s got to show everyone.”Irishman Fitzpatrick stepped into the breach after it was announced in September that Groves was no longer being trained by Adam Booth.Fitzpatrick had previously been part of the Groves camp and was an obvious person for the former British champion to turn to.Booth’s absence has raised eyebrows ahead of his protege’s step up to fight a man with considerable top-level experience who is widely fancied to successfully defend his WBA and IBF belts.But Groves and his team point to weaknesses of Froch which were exposed in defeats against Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler as well as a questionable points win against the slick Andre Dirrell and a last-gasp stoppage of a fading Jermain Taylor.“By nature we’re pretty much all sheep. You get one man in a crowd who nods and then they all nod,” Fitzpatrick added.“Carl has had two years now with Eddie Hearn where he’s been promoted wildly and he is a warrior – he’s top drawer.“So when you have somebody who is proven against somebody who is coming through, there will always be the question about whether he’s ready.“When the champion is a strong champion they usually say [about the challenger] that it’s too soon and he hasn’t done anything yet.“But you can’t have done it until you do it. Carl did it in his 24th fight, Joe Calzaghe in his 23rd, Andre Ward in his 19th and now George will do it in his 20th.”See also:Confident Groves squares up to Froch after final press conferenceHearn predicts Groves will go on the attackGroves: Froch is wrong, I’m ready for himFroch claims Groves will be ‘annihilated’Groves stays cool at tense weigh-inGroves reveals his plan to beat Froch in Saturday’s world title clashFroch v Groves: Live updatesGroves says Froch ‘has 48 hours to readjust’ after gameplan is revealedGroves’ trainer reveals he had reservations about fight 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Raiders vs. Ravens: 3 things to watch

first_imgDerek Carr’s quest to ruin the Raiders’ chances at the No. 1 pick continues in Baltimore on Sunday, but one of the league’s stiffest defenses stands in his way.The Ravens only allow 300 total yards per game, fewest in the NFL, and their 205.4 passing yards surrendered per game rank second.Baltimore snapped a three-game losing streak with a three-point win over the Bengals last Sunday in rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson’s starting debut, and he’ll get the go again on Sunday against the …last_img read more

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Wet weather swamping early May

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Andrew Armstrong – Clark CountyIt is nice and soggy over here. When we started planting two weeks ago, it took us all day to get the problems worked out of the corn planter. We did get 100 acres of corn planted and that was it. It started raining that evening and we have not been out in the field since. As of yesterday and today we mowed an awful lot of grass. That is all we have been able to accomplish. The corn has spiked through, but it is pretty slow going. Between yesterday and today I am guessing it will jump up a little bit more.We haven’t set out a rain gauge. We can measure it but as far as we are concerned it is just too wet and we really don’t want to know how much rain we have gotten. If we did have a rain gauge out it would have probably washed away by now anyway.We did not spray our bean stubble when we did burndown, just the corn stubble. The corn stubble is looking fine but the bean stubble fields are looking pretty bushy right now.The people I have talked to are not depressed or anything yet, but we are getting anxious. It is going to get done. Back in 2011 we had a year resembling this right now and we got done and in fact had a pretty good year that year. We had some record yields for fields that year. As we are waiting, I am doing a parts inventory so if something were to go down when we are in the fields we’ll be able to go to the shelf, grab it and go. Hopefully that will help us keep moving when we are able to get in the fields.Yesterday and today are about the only days where there are no chances for rain. Tuesday and Thursday are our next big chances for rain. I heard someone say they are friends with a meteorologist who said it really doesn’t look good for the rest of the month until the beginning of June. But, of course, that is a meteorologist and we know how they can be.We’ll get it done one way or another. We always seem to find a way. We are not trying to push the envelope, though. It still is just the beginning of May.Dylan Baer – Wood CountyWe are stuck in the Black Swamp. I do not know the exact amount of rain we have gotten but last Saturday was day 9 of consecutive rainfall. When it rains a little every day it adds up. There is no real flooding, just wet holes everywhere that never get a chance to dry out. There has not really been any field work.Before that 9 days of rain there was a day and a half where we did some ATV spraying to kill a neighbor’s wheat field that didn’t make it. We are hoping maybe tomorrow we can start on some pre-emerge. Yesterday and today are the first days we’ve seen sunshine in a while.The wheat does not look good. This is officially the latest we have not gotten our wheat topdressed. There were a couple of days where it was maybe dry enough to go, but it was windy. We should have gone out, but we didn’t. But then again, with 8 or 10 inches of rain in the last 3 weeks, if you have all that nitrogen out there, you could really lose a lot.We only need 8 or 10 days of good weather to get everything in. It is still just the first part of May and we are trying to keep ourselves from looking at the calendar and just watch the weather. With the markets the way they are, there is just not as much excitement to get into the fields anyway.There are a couple of corn stalk fields with some peppergrass showing up and some dandelions. Most of our fields are hanging in there pretty well. We have an adequate stand of rye in our bean stubble ground and they are still pretty clean. It has just been wet. In the next couple days we will hopefully dry out some. We’ll get our window. We always do.Nathan Brown – Highland CountyOn April 24 we got 32 acres planted in a cereal rye field that was systematically tiled 4 or 5 years ago. Everybody else was pretty wet. The cereal rye and the drainage really helped that field dry out. We were able to at least get that one field of soybeans planted to get things worked out with the planter so we are ready to go. It was kind of a rolling field anyway. The rye did a nice job of pulling out the moisture. There was one damp spot in the field where the stand of rye was pretty thin right in that area. Nearly all of the field was in perfect condition.I have not checked the beans in the last day or so. Last Thursday, about 8 days after they’d been planted, they had a good sprout on them. If the weather holds this week, I hope we’ll have some beans out of the ground.The beans planted March 24 were planted at 2 inches deep. I thought that would keep them in the ground longer to avoid frost, which it did. But, being 2 inches deep, there was not enough warmth to actually get them up and out of the ground once they germinated. Next year I’ll hopefully try planting early again in another plot and I’ll shallow up my planting. I learned a lot from the experiment.We are wet and pastures are wet, but guys are running out of hay. It was tough to make hay last summer because of the wet weather and now people are running out. If you run out of hay you have to do something. Guys are going ahead with grazing, trying to keep the cows out of the low areas and stay on the high ground to do the least amount of damage possible.Wheat looks really good. I am surprised it does with as much rain as we’ve had. We are getting ready to go out and pull tissue samples and we are thinking about spraying some fungicide next week. We think with the weather we’ve had we may have lost some nitrogen. The tissue samples will help us to know where we are at, at least within the plant.Lamar Liming – Trumbull/ Mahoning CountyWe have water sitting lots of places. I do not know a rainfall total, but we are a lot wetter now than we were two weeks ago. We’ve been doing some burndown spraying. The fields are starting to green up pretty good now. We finally started on that the last day or two. But other than that, there has not really been any field work.The hay seems to be coming right along and it looks pretty good. It has some good growth to it.The temperatures have been up one day and down another. It is supposed to be 75 today and then start cooling down again some. It is hard to get fields warmed up with this weather. A lot of the days when we don’t get rain there is still no sun or warmth and we don’t really dry out any, even when we aren’t actually getting rain.There is a lot of concern about the calendar and the weather forecast doesn’t look good either. I don’t know how backed up we are going to get. There is a high percentage chance for rain a couple of days this week.The milk price has been bumping up the last month I guess. Maybe there is little hope there. It still has a little ways to go and there is a lot of ground to be made up.We have been able to haul enough to keep ahead of the manure. Some people are getting really backed up, though. Since the end of last summer spreading manure has been a real challenge.last_img read more

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Beware of Predatory Lending Practice

first_imgNever sign a loan contract you don’t understand and always check that terms that were told to you orally (e.g., interest rate and fees) are the same in the loan contract. Also be wary of lenders who swamp borrowers with a lot of papers to discourage reading everything closely. Never sign loan documents because you feel pressured to do so. Also, be very suspicious of lenders that you did not contact first. Most reputable mortgage or credit lenders do not solicit business over the phone, via e-mail, or door-to-door.Visit MilitaryConsumer.gov for free resources, tip sheets, and blog posts from national consumer protection experts. Below is a 5-minute video that demonstrates a predatory loan application in progress with a slick lender.To join the July 28 webinar, Predatory Lending Practices & How to Avoid Them visit the event page.This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on July 7, 2015. Walk away from any lender that encourages you to borrow more than you need (and can afford), requires credit life insurance, provides a blank contract with spaces “to be filled in later,” charges excessively high costs (e.g., closing costs as much as $5,000 on a $25,000 loan) and doesn’t answer all your questions. Be especially wary of calls and visits about “bargain” loans that are “available only for a very short time.” Read loan documents carefully before signing and always get a copy for your records. By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®July 15 is Military Consumer Protection Day so July is a good time to explore frauds that affect service members and their families. The Personal Finance team will present a webinar on Predatory Lending Practices & How to Avoid Them on Tuesday, July 28 at 11 a.m. ET.Most lenders are reputable and community-minded and charge a fair price for the use of borrowed money. Unfortunately, there is also a relatively small subset of lenders, called predatory lenders, who take advantage of others. Predatory lenders do just what the name implies. They market to vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, minorities, and people with poor credit histories, and charge excessively high interest and up-front fees.Photo by Jason Comely (Creative Commons CC BY 2.0.)There is no precise definition of predatory lending. Rather, it consists of a number of practices that exploit consumers and can result in the loss of homes and life savings. A common element of all predatory loans is exploiting a consumer’s ability to repay. Borrowers are often lent amounts far in excess of what their incomes can support. In the case of mortgages, lenders are assured of a profit- either through loan payments or foreclosure (seizing a borrower’s home). Interest rates and fees are also well above average market costs.How can military families avoid predatory loans? By being cautious and skeptical. Consider the following tips:Always check out a lender before signing any loan documents, particularly if they contacted you first and they are not located in the city or county where you live. Start with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). To get the name of the BBB closest to you, visit bbb.org. Local or state consumer protection (consumer affairs) agencies can also provide information about whether a lender has had complaints from consumers.last_img read more

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7 Options to Consider When Choosing Kodak Motion Picture Film Stocks

first_img6. TRI-X Black and White Reversal Film 7266 (16mm and 8mm)As a reversal film, this stock offers a steady degree of contrast across the entire image. It’s ideal for studio applications with a controlled lighting environment. Kodak TRI-X Reversal Film 7266 is a high-speed, panchromatic black and white film, offering fine grain and sharpness suitable for general interior photography with artificial light. And because our films don’t require processing in a bleach containing heavy metals, they’re easier on the environment.7. Eastman Double-X Black and White Negative Film 5222/7222 (35mm and 16mm)As a more traditional black and white option, the Double-X provides a classic look and approach to this timeless aesthetic. Eastman Double-X Negative Film 5222 / 7222 has the subtleties in tone scale that you’ve come to expect. Designed for general production use outdoors and in the studio, in dim light, and anywhere you need greater depth of field, without increased illumination.If you’re looking to shoot your next project on film, discovering which stock to use is a fun, exciting process. Even if you have no experience shooting film, you’ll quickly discover that the film community is a vibrant, inviting scene, willing to answer any questions you may have.Cover image via thanasus.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check these out.Production Tips: Getting Started with High-Output Lights on Set“The Lucas Effect”: When Filmmaking Creativity Goes UncheckedContent Creator Starter Kit: Folk HorrorLearn How to Speak Filmmaking: Formatting the ScreenplayThe Advantages of Hard Light and the Benefits of Using It on Set 5. Kodak VISION3 50D Color Negative Film 5203/7203 (35mm, 16mm, and 8mm)The 50D stock is slated as the finest grain structure of all Kodak’s motion picture stocks. As a result of the fine grain, it displays a clean, crisp, and stable image structure that is worthy of archival applications. As a 50 ASA and daylight-balanced film, it’s ideal for bright daylight exterior scenarios, where you have a torrent of available light.  3. Kodak VISION3 250D Color Negative Film 5207/7207 (35mm, 16mm, and 8mm)The 250D is the perfect middle-of-the-road film stock. Offering 250 ASA and a daylight balance, it’s sensitive enough to use indoors with plenty of natural light, or outdoors without risk of overexposure. As a result of the lower sensitivity, this stock offers a cleaner grain structure than the 500T. This stock also offers an increased highlight latitude, preserving your imagery.  Kodak offers a wide range of options for film stocks. Here, we take a look at what’s available for your next project — and what you should expect.Although digital has largely taken over as the primary capture format, many filmmakers are now choosing to shoot their projects on film. Whether you’re looking for a specific creative aesthetic or just enjoying the process of film, understanding film stock options will help you in this stage of the creative process.1. Ektachrome Color Reversal Film (16mm and 8mm)Kodak re-releasing Ektachrome is one example of the current resurgence of filmmakers shooting their projects on film. Previously discontinued, this stock is back on the market. Ektachrome is a daylight-balanced, color-reversal film offering a unique blend of vibrant, saturated colors. At an ASA of 100, this film is great for outdoor scenarios or situations with plenty of light. It’s currently available in Super 8 and 16mm options. 2. Kodak VISION3 500T Color Negative Film 5219/7219 (35mm, 16mm, and 8mm)As Kodak’s most sensitive motion picture film, the 500T offers a beautiful grain structure to complement its low-light performance. As a low-light performing stock, this film would be perfect for indoor applications, or when your lighting package may be smaller. With the 500 ASA and tungsten balance, it could make a perfect independent film or documentary stock, thanks to its versatility.  4. Kodak VISION3 200T Color Negative Film 5213/7213 (35mm, 16mm, and 8mm)The Kodak 200T is a 200 ASA and tungsten-balanced film, introducing reduced grain and beautifully vibrant color renditions. Perfect for studio applications with tungsten lighting fixtures, this stock creates a beautifully cinematic and filmic image. last_img read more

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Student raped by director, teacher of Rajasthan school

first_imgAn 18-year-old student of Class XII was allegedly raped by the director and a teacher of her school for three-four months at Ajeetgarh, in Sikar district of Rajasthan, and was forced to undergo an abortion. The accused, Jagdish Yadav and Jagat Singh Gujjar, are now absconding.After her condition deteriorated following the abortion carried out at a private hospital in Shahpura, the girl was shifted to the Sawai Man Singh Government Hospital here last week. The girl’s family stated in the complaint lodged with the police that the accused would call the victim to the school on the pretext of extra classes and sexually abuse her. The police said that when the girl’s abortion was carried out last month, the two accused tricked the family members into believing that a surgery was being conducted for treatment of her stomach pain.Neem-Ka-Thana Deputy Superintendent of Police Kushal Singh said on Monday that a case of gang-rape and causing miscarriage without the girl’s consent had been registered. The police have recorded the statement of two doctors at the hospital in Shahpura.last_img read more

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World Cup Twenty20: Failure on all fronts against the Aussies

first_imgWhen a team gets annihilated by nine wickets with 31 balls to spare in a Twenty20 International , ‘what went wrong’ is a tough question to tackle, since the answer could be just about everything.As India took to the practice nets at the Colts Cricket Club ground on Saturday, the psychological effect of the defeat at the hands of Australia was writ large on the players’ faces.While it would be easy to blame Dhoni’s dropping of Virender Sehwag, Friday’s troubles went much deeper than the absence of one star batsman. Sehwag sat out of practice on Saturday as well. He played a bit of football, and just sat and joked around.The other six looked listless, and nothing summed up the Indian innings better than Irfan Pathan’s 30-ball 31 at the top of the order. The all-rounder got off to a flying start against the pace bowlers, but once spinner Brad Hogg was introduced at the end of the Powerplay, he could barely get the ball off the square. He also survived a couple of close shouts for LBW, and seemed to withdraw into a shell.Once the in-form Virat Kohli had perished for just 15, the middle-order found itself in the unfamiliar position of having to rebuild without their star batsman around.They flunked the test, with Yuvraj Singh succumbing to a bouncer and Rohit Sharma to his Achilles Heel, the in-swinging delivery.The batsmen just didn’t seem intent enough to hit the big shots and play to their strengths, letting the Aussies put the choke hold on them.Still, 140 for seven was a score on the board, and a couple of early wickets on the slow track would’ve put the untested Australian middle order under pressure.Whatever pressure Zaheer Khan created with a strong spell of fast bowling was let off by Ravichandran Ashwin at the other end. The fifth over was the key, as Ashwin gifted the dangerous Shane Watson two long hops that were duly deposited beyond the on-side boundary.Piyush Chawla bowled two loose deliveries to Watson and watched them disappear; Harbhajan Singh pitched it up to David Warner twice and then picked up the shattered bits of his confidence from the cow corner fence.For swashbuckling batsmen like Watson and Warner, a couple of freebies are enough to feel good about life, and Dhoni’s strange tactical decision not to bowl his best new-ball bowler, Pathan, till the 10th over was another factor. When he did get the ball, he bowled long hops, and conceded 19 runs. There were also misfields, a dropped catch, and terrible body language once the going got tough.advertisementlast_img read more

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