by Dr. Henry L. RichterCertainly one of the most amazing objects in the universe is the basis of everything: the lowly atom. How atoms exist at all is most remarkable. We can describe them in physical terms, using mathematics, but their “why” is most certainly a mystery. The forces that allow them to form and to exist are truly amazing.The simplest atom is hydrogen with one proton and one electron; the most complex consist of many, many protons, neutrons, and electrons and the largest are extremely unstable, many undergoing radioactive decay immediately, giving them a lifetime of tiny fractions of a second after being formed.Atoms are mostly empty space with a nucleus containing the proton and neutrons, surrounded by a cloud of circling electrons, all in precise orbits around the nucleus. Protons have a positive electrical charge, electrons a negative electrical charge, and neutrons no electric charge. Why don’t the positive protons attract the negative electrons, and pow! – they would neutralize each other and create a neutron? This does not happen because for some reason the electrons endlessly circle the atom’s nucleus containing one or more protons. Why does this happen? As far as I can tell, no one knows why electrons follow prescribed precise orbits around the nucleus.The electrons are arranged into shells with a maximum number allowed per shell. As the number increases in more complex atoms, additional shells are formed, again with a fixed maximum number of electrons permitted each shell. The orbits of the circling electrons in each shell arrange themselves so that they do not bump into each other; again, how could this happen so fortuitously?And also amazing, when two hydrogen atoms combine to make H2 (hydrogen gas), somehow the two electron shells merge to re-form into a figure eight shell. Or when a hydrogen atom loses its electron and becomes a positive hydrogen ion (like in an acidic solution), or in an interstellar plasma, the proton maintains its space. It does not bump into other nearby particles, but remains separate. Sometimes moving with high energy, they do bump into each other causing disruptions.By simply varying the number of protons and electrons, the chemistry and physics of the resulting chemical element changes drastically. One proton and one electron gives hydrogen. H2 can be a gas, a liquid, or even a metallic solid (believed to exist in the cores of some planets). Make it two protons and two electrons and you still have a gas: Helium. Go to three protons and three electrons and now we have the first metal: Lithium. Jump to six protons and six electrons (plus a few neutrons) and we find carbon, the basis of all life and chemical compounds numbering into multiple hundred-thousands of types, each with its own properties.Jump to 25 protons and electrons, and you get Iron, in the midst of a jumble of other metals with close numbers of elementary particles. How amazing that such minor changes in the composition of an atom can result in such wide differences in the resulting elementary characteristics!The beauty of how all the different elements fall into groups of similar characteristics is best shown by the Periodic Table of the Elements, as first proposed in 1869 by the Russian chemist, Dimitri I. Mendeleev (1834-1907).Pictured below, the table is arranged by atomic number (the number of protons in the nucleus). The vertical columns are elements of similar characteristics. This is the most common representation, but there are other ways to diagram the elements, as March Lorch illustrates at The Conversation.Can this be considered an accidental universe? Everything has to work perfectly, particularly the behavior of atoms. Wow!Somehow, when the Universe came into being, atoms were created or formed by some process. We can describe the forces that make sub-atomic particles interact, but forces do not create themselves. They had to be finely tuned for atoms to exist. From the very beginning, they conformed to a scheme that allowed them to remain stable without self-destructing. As explained above, atoms have a configuration requiring negative electrons to assume positions and motions keeping them apart from the positive protons. In the scheme of things, this is a marvelous way to put matter together. How did it happen? It took some unfathomable super-intelligence to do that. And then think of all the atoms in the universe. It is estimated that there are 1022 stars, and probably more than that is the number of planets. All these are made up of tiny, perfectly operating atoms!Isn’t creation wonderful? From the atom to the universe, everything is finely tuned to allow for beings like us to consider, and ponder the wisdom of the Mind that made it all.Update 01/09/19: Dr Richter informed us of an article at Chemical and Engineering News by Sam Lemonick that came out Jan 7, “The periodic table is an icon. But chemists still can’t agree on how to arrange it.” Lemonick shares some little-known background about the table’s history, and the predecessors and successors to Mendeleev. The important thing to remember is that the periodicity of the elements is real in nature, but the ways to represent it graphically are human approximations. Exceptions to the arrangement prove the rule: most elements and their properties follow a periodic order, which the most-common diagram exhibits well in a useful way. Richter comments, “I guess we do not need to rewrite the article.”Footnote: Did you know that 2019 has been declared the International Year of the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements? Did you also know that the discoverer of this order was a Christian and Bible believing scientist named Dimitri Mendeleev? He is our Creation Scientist of the Month to celebrate this year honoring his “iconic symbol of science.” Dr Richter himself is among the distinguished members of our biographical series.Dr. Henry Richter was born in Long Beach, California, and served a short tour of duty in the U.S. Navy in World War II. From there he received a BS and PhD (Chemistry, Physics, and Electrical Engineering) from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena California. Then he went to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which became part of NASA. While there he headed up the development of the free worlds first earth satellite, Explorer I. He then oversaw the scientific instrumentation for the Ranger, Mariner, and Surveyor Programs. From JPL, he went to Electro-Optical Systems becoming a Vice President and Technical Director. Next was a staff position with UCLA as Development Manager of the Mountain Park Research Campus. He then owned an electronics manufacturing business and afterwards became the Communications Engineer for the L.A. County Sheriffs Department. Since 1977, he has been a communications consultant to Public Safety organizations. He is a life member of APCO, the IEEE, and the American Chemical Society. His book America’s Leap into Space details the origins of rocketry and his own role in the launching of the first American satellite, Explorer 1, in 1958. Henry Richter is also author of Spacecraft Earth: A Guide for Passengers, with co-author David Coppedge (Creation Ministries International, 2016). Creation-Evolution Headlines is honored to have Dr Richter as a contribution writer. 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Ray Maota This picture of the first test betweenSouth Africa and New Zealand in 1970won Wessel Oosthuizen the SA SportsPicture of the Year at that time. Oosthuizen released his career chroniclingcoffee-table book, Portrait of Rugby,in 2010.(Images: SA Sport Picture Agency)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wessel OosthuizenSA Sports Picture Agency+27 83 443 7111RELATED ARTICLES• SA shines at Precision Flying Champs• Afrika takes top sevens accolade• Rugby sewing initiative kicks off • Rugby World Cup: back the BoksSouth African veteran sports photographer Wessel Oosthuizen has been honoured at an exhibition in New Zealand, where his image was rated second out of 120 submissions.Oosthuizen’s photo was part of the Union: The Heart of Rugby exhibition at Auckland City Hall, which took place during the recent Rugby World Cup. The display was viewed by more than 6 000 people.A coffee table book of the same name will be published in November 2011.Oosthuizen’s image, which shows an off-duty Western Cape police officer playing rugby and ready to make a line-out throw, was rated by exhibition viewers as the second most iconic shot that captures the essence of the sport.This image is one of six that were published in Oosthuizen’s book, Portrait of Rugby, in 2010.Oosthuizen said: “It is a great honour for me and the picture was published on the back page of the New Zealand Herald this week together with Ross Land’s winning picture of Richie McCaw, of the All Blacks, bleeding after a game against the Springboks.”Included in the exhibition were audio-visual interviews from outstanding World Cup players over the years like John Kirwan, Nick Farr-Jones, Joel Stransky, Martin Johnson and Philippe Sella.Kelsen Butler of Sports Inc said at the time of the event: “Union: The Heart of Rugby is a unique exhibition. The Auckland Town Hall is one of the city’s most iconic and historic buildings and is an ideal venue to showcase a world-class event to a large number of people.”Butler added that the two most photographed players featured in the exhibition were former New Zealand player Jonah Lomu and Sebastien Chabal of France.For New Zealanders onlyDuring the exhibition New Zealanders were invited to submit images from amateur rugby settings, which were entered into a competition.The images had to show one of the characteristic rugby values: heroism, pride, glory, passion, teamwork, courage and friendship.There were two categories: “College” for high school pupils and tertiary education students, and “Open” for all other amateur photographers.Laura Leach won the College category for an image of muddied youngsters playing rugby, while Wayne Dowd took the Open section for his image of two youngsters walking hand-in-hand after a match.Hall of FameOosthuizen was inducted as a member of the South African Sport and Arts Hall of Fame in 2009 and has over 50 years of experience as a sports photographer.He has covered a variety of sporting codes, including football, rugby, golf, gymnastics, boxing and tennis.He was named the SA Hockey Photographer of the Year in 2005 and 2010, and the Sasol Springbok Photographer of the Year in 2007 and 2008.In 1970 he took the SA Sports Picture of the Year, which showed Frik du Preez and the All Blacks’ Chris Laidlaw in action during the first test between South Africa and New Zealand of that same year.Oosthuizen said about the photo: “I had captured two other dramatic pictures in the same game. People seem to have forgotten about it.”Although he has covered most types of sport, rugby is his first love.It is believed that his only rival as a rugby photographer is New Zealand’s Peter Bush.A portrait of rugbyOosthuizen’s photographic career is well documented in the limited-edition Portrait of Rugby, an A3 landscape-size book of which only 1 000 copies were printed.Oosthuizen said: “When I page through the book I am still astounded that I have actually been to all those venues: from Twickenham in London to Westpac Stadium in Wellington, from Beervlei Dam in the Karoo to Stewart Island, the southern-most rugby field in the world, below New Zealand’s South Island.“I have worked with the best rugby photographers in the world and the last chapter, ‘Friends and Colleagues’ was dedicated to them and to our friendship. They are kindly allowing me to use some of their greatest pictures.”The book, a collector’s item, is priced at R4 500 (US$ 576).
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ag Leader Technology, a leader in precision farming hardware and software solutions, announces the newest product in its popular precision farming display line up. The InCommand family, comprising of the InCommand 1200 and InCommand 800, brings a host of valuable features and the ability for growers to easily take their precision maps and data with them on their iPad, new with the AgFiniti Mobile app.The InCommand display improves real-time decision-making with features such as enhanced mapping with row-by-row detail and split screen view which will allow growers to identify machine control issues easier and sooner. Paired with AgFiniti Mobile, growers can seamlessly take their maps with them on their iPad at the end of the day, allowing for quick and convenient decision making on the go.Additionally, the InCommand displays feature an integrated lightbar, tablet-like user interface consisting of an app filled homescreen and pan, pinch, swipe gestures, similar to the mobile devices growers are using today. The reliable and dedicated InCommand displays will continue to provide all the same machine guidance and implement control functionality users have come to expect from Ag Leader.“The InCommand displays build on our proven platform of efficient machine and implement control to include features designed to make critical decisions inside and outside of the cab,” said Al Myers, Ag Leader Technology President. “With AgFiniti Mobile, growers can sync their iPad with the InCommand display for viewing their maps and data on the go.”The new InCommand displays are available to order through Ag Leader dealers. AgFiniti Mobile is a free download from the Apple App store, available in early December.For more information visit www.agleader.com.
The Cowboys prepare to take on the Iowa State Cyclones Tuesday night in Hilton Coliseum for their final away game of the regular season. The Cowboys will try and avenge their 96-86 loss against the Cyclones in Gallagher Iba Arena in early January.In the first meeting between the two teams, the Pokes frequently turned the ball over to the Cyclones, who used fast break layups and points off turnovers to end the night on 52 percent shooting.“We gave them the ball in the first game,” Underwood said. “We had 16 turnovers that led to literally uncontested layups. So we’ve got to be better with our ball security and running offense, but they’re a team that traditionally puts a lot of pressure on you to be good offensively because they’re very good offensively.” The Cowboys head into Tuesday with both a five-game and five-game away win streak. But the Cowboys have recently struggled against the Cyclones in Ames, and they haven’t won in Hilton Coliseum since Travis Ford’s second season in 2009-2010.ISU is traditionally one of the better conference teams in home record, and this year is no different, as the Cyclones have a 14-4 home record this season and home wins over No. 25 Miami and No. 11 Baylor. But the Cowboys’ players aren’t fazed by the environment, and even take pride in playing the spoiler.“I honestly love playing away,” said sophomore guard Davon Dillard. “I love going into someone else’s gym and beating them. It feels good, especially when you can get a road win in somewhere like Ames with a crowd just like that. And the team feeds off that so I feel like going on the road and beating a team in a gym like that shows how good our team is.”Junior forward Mitchell Solomon expressed similar confidence headed into the Cowboys’ game against the Cyclones. “Iowa State is an incredible environment,” Solomon said. “Their fans are some of the best, so it’s gonna be a tough one. But I think if we come in and play our game, we can do our thing [and win].”The Cowboys will try and earn win No. 21 Tuesday night at 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast following the Duke-Florida State contest on ESPN2. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
“I look at bump-and-run corners. Not too much of a zone corner. So if you’re a man corner the Big 12 is the place to be. Not only Oklahoma State, but this is where I’m at so I’m rooting for Oklahoma State.”The Big 12 (and Oklahoma State) have traditionally lacked more compared to other conferences when it comes to interior defenders (although Joe Bob Clements is doing his best to rectify that). But I thought that was such a great point by Williams.If you’re a safety or a corner, why wouldn’t you come to Stillwater or Austin or Norman to play college football? Why would you go to Auburn or Athens or Nashville where you might defend only two or three passes a game?The Big 12’s reputation has a long way to go, but I think it can be a place (just like Stillwater can be a place) where elite offensive players attend school and just-as-elite defenders follow them. As Williams pointed out, it’s a smart route to take if you want to get better and eventually end up getting drafted in the first round like Gilbert. It wasn’t a surprise to us to hear offensive players talk about the allure of playing in a high-tempo offense like the one Mike & Mike have constructed in Stillwater. Oklahoma State’s lineage of elite, NFL-like receivers is growing, and more and more recruits want to be a part of it.“The offense,” said redshirt sophomore transfer Tyron Johnson. “They’re throwing it around. It’s something a receiver like me wants to be in. Any receiver actually. You see a team throwing it around like that it will catch your eye. That expectation has been met. Here they throw it a lot. A lot.”“It’s the offense,” said senior Chris Lacy. “Being a receiver we like to catch passes, and Oklahoma State is known for throwing the ball and putting receivers in the league. That’s what I wanted to do is come here and catch passes so I’m loving it.”AdChoices广告This pair will make up two of the cogs in what should be one of the best passing games in the country. It helps the reputation of your offense and school when you’re catching passes from pros, too. What was a bit of a surprise is that this same high-flying offense that averaged 2.89 points per drive last season tempts defensive players to come to Stillwater, too. Or the fact that other teams in the Big 12 have to toss it all over the yard to keep up with the OSUs of the world does, anyway.“I got to run into (Justin Gilbert) at the spring game,” said redshirt freshman corner Rodarius Williams. “I got to talk to him, him being a first round pick. He told me, ‘It’s a bunch of man to man so you’re going to get a lot of exposure with the ball.’ I was like, ‘I’m that type of corner that wants to be thrown at.’ So I was like, ‘I’m committing on the spot.’ He told me I’m making a great decision.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Atlético Madrid Simeone: Adding Costa has improved Griezmann’s form Jamie Smith 09:58 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Atlético Madrid Antoine Griezmann Leganés Atlético Madrid v Leganés Primera División The French forward struck four goals in a brilliant performance against Leganes, and his manager thinks his strike partner has helped his form Diego Simeone believes the January introduction of Diego Costa into the Atletico Madrid first team has helped Antoine Griezmann move to the next level with an extraordinary period of goalscoring form.Griezmann struck all four goals in a 4-0 defeat of Leganes in La Liga on Wednesday, following up his treble in a 5-2 win at Sevilla four days earlier.The France international brought up 100 Atletico goals in all competitions with his first of the game before going on to reach 15 La Liga strikes for the term, with only three players more prolific this season – Iago Aspas, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp With 13 goals in all competitions since Costa’s return from Chelsea, Griezmann’s strikes have helped Atleti cut Barca’s lead at the top of La Liga to four points ahead of Sunday’s showdown between the top two at Camp Nou, although Ernesto Valverde’s men first face Las Palmas on Thursday.And although Griezmann’s stunning goalscoring shone in a comfortable win over Leganes to warm up for Barca, Simeone was keen to hail Atletico’s collective efforts.”The season until December had been very good for the team,” Simeone told a post-match news conference. “Costa’s presence not only improved Griezmann’s moment, but that of the team. For his tenacity, courage and what he transmits to the team.”The team is in a good moment, and from humility we go match by match as always. “The moment is good for the team, we need to focus on continuing to improve as a team. The team was more forceful than in Sevilla at the end of the game [where Atleti conceded two late goals] – that speaks of an improvement.”Now to prepare the Barcelona match in the best way, against a rival who has never lost. It’s a nice challenge.”We score as a team, we celebrate as a team!Atlético fans, we’re a family! #AtletiLeganés #AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/DNeTipBMwV— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) February 28, 2018Griezmann’s relationship with Atleti supporters has occasionally been sticky, with the striker criticised for ‘shushing’ fans during a 1-0 win over Valencia at the start of February.”People are passionate, they are behind what they perceive,” Simeone said. “They want to win, and if they see players who give everything, run, work and score they will always be applauded. It happens at Atletico and in all the teams of the world.”[Griezmann] had other seasons playing at this level. He is an extraordinary player, he has shown it more times, and the team is accompanying him to perform at this level. The passes of Koke, Filipe [Luis] and Costa were fantastic.”
Barcelona 3 Chelsea 0 (4-1 agg): Ton-up Messi blows Blues away Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 05:38 15/3/2018 Getty Images Barcelona stormed past Chelsea in the Champions League as Lionel Messi hit a brace either side of Ousmane Dembele’s first goal for the club. Lionel Messi brought up 100 Champions League goals with a strike in each half as Barcelona dumped Chelsea out of the competition with a 3-0 win at Camp Nou.The sides were locked together at 1-1 after Messi’s equaliser in the first leg of the last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge and Antonio Conte’s men held their own for long periods once again, only to be undermined by uncharacteristic defensive errors.Messi scored the earliest goal of his professional career in the third minute, with Ousmane Dembele opening his Barcelona account in style to ground an encouraging Chelsea response. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Thibaut Courtois was tamely beaten in the first instance and Barca’s ruthless qualities on the break were in full view as Dembele clattered into the top corner and Messi secured his latest landmark after the hour.Chelsea’s attentions now turn to scrapping for a top-four place in the Premier League and a face-saving tilt at the FA Cup, with Conte’s prospects of seeing out his contract until the end of next season done few favours by Wednesday’s result.By contrast, opposite number Ernesto Valverde has gone from seemingly managing a damage-control operation at the start of the campaign to being on course for a sensational treble.100 – Lionel Messi has now scored 100 Champions League goals in just 123 appearances, 14 games fewer than it took Cristiano Ronaldo (137) to reach this milestone. Extraordinary. pic.twitter.com/CfbtoVKb7y— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 14, 2018The hosts rumbled straight into their familiar passing rhythm, pushing and shifting Chelsea whichever way they desired from kick-off, and the breakthrough came after a mere 128 seconds.Messi began one of his trademark dribbles towards the right edge of the Chelsea area and, even though the angle was against him when Luis Suarez sent the ball back in his direction, Courtois contrived to let a speculative right-footed prod through his legs.Chelsea’s response was encouraging, with Eden Hazard sparkling, but ex-Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas left his team-mates with a mountain to climb.There was much for Messi to do when he pickpocketed Fabregas on halfway, but he glided past a wild challenge from Andreas Christensen and drew some defensive detente from a backpedalling Cesar Azpilicueta.Once in the area, Messi picked out Dembele, who seemed to put every ounce of frustration from his injury nightmare this season into a vicious, rising right-footed finish.Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen repelled Marcos Alonso’s strike from Willian’s cutback in the 37th minute and, after N’Golo Kante bustled into the box with the second ball, Fabregas got in the way and his team-mate slashed wide.Alonso then struck the outside of the post with a superb free-kick in the 45th minute, ensuring the half started and finished with frustration for the reigning Premier League champions.So far, so good! #BarçaChelsea pic.twitter.com/xthAvGLd8z— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 14, 2018Courtois resumed in howling fashion, passing to Suarez, but at least stood firm to keep out the resulting shot.Conte’s touchline fury reached new levels in the 50th minute when Alonso tumbled in the box under clumsy pressure from Gerard Pique, but no penalty was given.Pique halted Alonso by indisputably legal means after the hour passed, launching a sliding block as the marauding wing-back fired goalwards.Alonso was the standout performer of a tireless Chelsea performance, but their efforts were compromised as they surrendered possession again in the 63rd minute.Suarez tore at the away defence and fed Messi to ease around the outside of Azpilicueta and clip the ball home – once more via a nutmeg of Courtois.The Belgium goalkeeper at least kept out a Paulinho header five minutes from time before the crossbar denied Antonio Rudiger a consolation goal that the visitors’ toils merited. Key Opta facts:- Lionel Messi has scored 100 Champions League goals in just 123 appearances, 14 games fewer than it took Cristiano Ronaldo (137) to reach the milestone.- After failing to score in his first 10 Champions League appearances against English teams, Lionel Messi has since netted 20 goals in his last 18 games.- Messi’s opener was the fastest goal that he has scored in his club and international career (02:08).- Barcelona have only lost four of their 40 Champions League knockout games at home (W26 D10), with Liverpool the only English team to secure a victory there (2-1 in February 2007).- Chelsea managed 14 shots in this match, six more than Barcelona, although the Blues only landed three on target. read more
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal star Ramsey requires ‘small procedure’ in blow to Wales Alex Fisher 22:28 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Wales China PR v Wales China PR Arsenal China Cup Premier League UEFA Europa League Gareth Bale Ryan Giggs has revealed the Gunners midfielder will be forced under the knife during the international break, forcing him out of his nation’s plans Aaron Ramsey has been left out of Ryan Giggs’ first Wales squad so the Arsenal midfielder can undergo a “small procedure”.Ramsey has reportedly been managing a hamstring injury that he sustained before the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City on February 25.The 27-year-old featured in the Gunners’ Premier League loss to City and the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie with AC Milan, scoring the second in a 2-0 win. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Giggs expects Ramsey to feature in the second leg with Milan on Thursday, but he will then treatment that has ruled him out of the China Cup.”We’ve been in discussions with Arsenal and Aaron,” Giggs told a media conference on Thursday. “He’s got a small procedure, it’s the ideal time in the break to get it done. He’ll be in the squad for AC Milan.”It’s a good time to get this done. It’s a blow because he’s a quality player but it’s the best thing for the future for Aaron.”While Ramsey misses out, Gareth Bale is part of Giggs’ first squad for the tournament that sees Wales face China on March 22, with Uruguay and the Czech Republic the other nations in action.”You want your best players and Gareth is a tremendous player,” added the manager. “He’s someone who lights up the pitch whenever he’s on it.”You want your best players to travel. He’s got a game just like most of the players at the weekend so we’re constantly monitoring the players injury wise.”There’s been a few players who have picked up knocks this week so it’s about constantly monitoring players and fingers crossed everyone’s on the plane.”There is no place for Hal Robson-Kanu, though, with Giggs instead handing a first call-up to Preston North End forward Billy Bodin.Danny Ward is not among the goalkeepers due to “administrative problems with the passport and his visa”, while Ashley Williams will retain the captaincy.Wales squad in full: Goalkeepers: Michael Crowe (Ipswich Town), Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Chris Maxwell (Preston North End)Defenders: Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), James Chester (Aston Villa), Ben Davies (Tottenham), Chris Gunter (Reading), Declan John (Rangers), Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers), Christopher Mepham (Brentford), Connor Roberts (Swansea City), Neil Taylor (Aston Villa), Ashley Williams (Everton)Midfielders: Joe Allen (Stoke City), Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic), Ryan Hedges (Barnsley), Andy King (Swansea City), Joe Ledley (Derby County), Marley Watkins (Norwich City)Forwards: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Billy Bodin (Preston North End), Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley), Tom Lawrence (Derby County), Harry Wilson (Hull City), Ben Woodburn (Liverpool), Sam Vokes (Burnley).
Michelle Murrain at Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology is hosting a carnival on “Nonprofit Data Management: from slips of paper to CRM.” I think that’s a good topic, so I’ve asked my esteemed colleague Cheryl Gipson who is Network for Good’s Director of Nonprofit Services to contribute the following post. When the full CRM carnival goes up on Monday, I’ll link to it so you can read what other folks think!Before I turn things over to Cheryl, I’d like to cover the basics. CRM means “customer resource management” — it’s software that allows you to centrally store and access information about donors or other constituencies. Why do you need this? So you can better organize fundraising data and more easily build a long-term, personalized relationship with donors. You can learn more at TechSoup about why you might want to get a database. If you’d like to get on Network for Good’s email list of free tips on CRM, email me at robinhood at networkforgood.org.Here’s Cheryl on how to actually get your donor database in place successfully. She offers a helpful checklist.Steps to a Successful CRM implementation from Cheryl GipsonConverting or implementing a CRM database is a big step for a nonprofit organization. Generally a conversion or implementation represents a sea-change within the organization, brought on by management changes, fundraising need, programmatic expansion, or extreme discontent with current systems. The data within a database is one piece of the data conversion pie, as the steps surrounding the data, and what the data represents (donors, money) are the life-blood of a nonprofit organization.A successful data conversion/implementation has several component parts:*If an implementation, a plan to establish workflow and data structures for processing incoming gifts and reconciling data with accounting *If a conversion, an established plan for how to maintain current workflow and data structures while the data is being converted.—Parallel processing: two systems are run simultaneously (legacy/new) parallel to one another with duplicate gift processing—Gradual Legacy Switch: the new system is established and people work in the new system with new data after processes have been established, keeping the legacy system running for old data. Legacy data is imported on a time-based plan—Planned Legacy Switch: a date is set for the new system to go live. Legacy data and systems are re-worked, a cut-off time is established for the old system, several test conversions are conducted, and the new system goes live. *A strong internal champion for the database project with a database administration background. This individual will work closely with the implementation consultant to implement new procedures, train themselves in the new product, document the procedures within the nonprofit organization and train other staff *A strong executive champion for the database project willing to understand the importance of investing time, money, and human resources into the success of the project *A fundraising database implementer who understands fundraising strategies, gift processing workflow, nonprofit accounting laws, and best-practice coding structures for development reports. They must also be technically savvy in multiple fundraising databases and understand how to write queries, import and export data, manipulate and “clean” data using tools such as Excel or Data Junction *A mutual understanding between the nonprofit organization and the database implementer that converting a database involves organizational change, and this can be stressful and threatening for employees. Both the database implementer and the nonprofit organization will need to establish in the project plan the metrics and deliverables that comprise success *Detailed procedures/documentation on the part of the database implementer for contact and gift counts. Verifiable data transfer is the metric that can be used for the client to understand the success of the conversion and helps to create confidence from both sides *Training of new procedures and workflow. This will be specific to each organization It is also worthwhile to note that the size of the database or the size of the organization do not diminish the complexity of a database conversion, because the issues of coding structures, workflow, fundraising practices, and accounting reconciliation are all the same. What’s different is scale. Small nonprofits are in the uncomfortable position of having to handle these issues without the same level of human or monetary resources enjoyed by large nonprofits.THE FULL CARNIVAL IS HERE if you’d like to read it.
Belgium 3 Japan 2: Last-gasp Chadli completes comeback Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 04:00 7/3/18 Getty Images Brazil will face Belgium in the quarter-finals of the World Cup as Roberto Martinez’s side came from 2-0 down to beat Japan 3-2. Nacer Chadli’s 94th-minute winner completed a sensational comeback as Belgium beat Japan 3-2 to book a World Cup quarter-final against Brazil.After a goalless first half, Japan struck twice in seven minutes following the interval to take full control of a gripping last-16 tie in Rostov-on-Don on Monday.Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui scored stunners as Japan looked set to reach the first World Cup quarter-final in their history. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar But, instead, Belgium became the first team to come from two goals down to win in a World Cup knockout game since 1970 and will now face five-time winners Brazil on Friday.Jan Vertonghen’s looping header somehow beat goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima and Belgium’s aerial power started to tell when Marouane Fellaini thumped home Eden Hazard’s brilliant left-wing cross.Keisuke Honda almost beat Thibaut Courtois with a free-kick in injury time but a clinical Belgium counter-attack, which ended in Thomas Meunier setting up Chadli for a simple finish, broke Japanese hearts.:bow_and_arrow::bow_and_arrow::bow_and_arrow: Goaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal !! 3-2 !! @NChadli #REDTOGETHER#WorldCup#BELJPN pic.twitter.com/yh0j4bhhCI— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) July 2, 2018 Belgium did not record a shot until the 17th minute as Axel Witsel and Vincent Kompany had shots blocked while Inui headed at Courtois at the other end as Japan – who reverted to their XI from the first two group games – sent a warning about their counter-attacking threat.And a moment of madness from Courtois almost handed Japan the lead just before half-time, the goalkeeper spilling a tame shot from Yuya Osako but recovering to claw the ball back.Japan had never scored a goal in the World Cup’s knockout rounds but they ended their wait in the 48th minute through Haraguchi.Another Belgium move broke down on the edge of the Japan box and Roberto Martinez’s men fell victim to a rapid break, Gaku Shibasaki slipping a pass through to Haraguchi, who rifled a stunning shot across Courtois.Hazard struck the post from Dries Mertens’ pass as Belgium almost levelled immediately.But within four minutes of taking the lead Japan were 2-0 up, Inui’s strike perhaps even eclipsing Haraguchi’s outstanding opener.Shinji Kagawa was the creator, collecting a loose ball after a poor clearance and feeding Inui, the midfielder working himself a yard of space before arrowing home a 25-yard rocket.It’s 4:18 in Tokyo.If you are a #JPN fan who has stayed up late or woken up early for this – you are not dreaming! #JPNBEL 0-2 pic.twitter.com/zKJvXMRyy7— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 2, 2018When Romelu Lukaku somehow headed a perfect Meunier cross wide Belgium seemed to be heading out.But they were given a lifeline when Vertonghen’s looping header eluded goalkeeper Kawashima after a corner caused chaos in the Japan penalty area – and five minutes later they were back on level terms.Hazard twisted and turned to create space on the left wing, his cross perfectly delivered for substitute Fellaini to climb above his marker and crash in a downward header that gave Kawashima no chance.Both sides had chances to win it, Kawashima making a magnificent save to tip over Lukaku’s header before Courtois turned a speculative Keisuke Honda free-kick wide in added time.Japan sensed their chance to snatch a late winner but Courtois claimed the resulting corner and within seconds the ball was in the net at the other end.Courtois found Kevin De Bruyne with a long throw and the Manchester City playmaker freed Meunier with a terrific pass that left Japan struggling to cover the break.Meunier kept his cool to square a low cross and, when Lukaku dummied the ball, substitute Chadli was on hand to sweep Belgium into an unlikely quarter-final meeting with Brazil.2 – Belgium are the first team in #WorldCup history to have two subs coming on and score a goal in a World Cup knockout game. Masterminded. pic.twitter.com/9Z5oNWScxa— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) July 2, 2018 Key Opta stats:- Belgium are the first team to come from two or more goals down to win a World Cup knockout stage match within 90 minutes since Portugal beat DPR Korea in the 1966 quarter-final (0-3 down, 5-3 win).- Belgium have reached the World Cup quarter-finals in successive tournaments for the first time.- Belgium have never kept a clean sheet in their 12 World Cup knockout round matches, shipping 28 goals in total.- Japan have scored six goals at the 2018 World Cup, their highest ever tally in a single World Cup tournament.- There have now been nine 90th minute winning goals in the 2018 World Cup. There were just 10 in the previous five tournaments combined (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014).- Takashi Inui is only the third player to have scored multiple goals in a World Cup tournament for Japan, after Junichi Inamoto in 2002 (2) and Keisuke Honda in 2010 (2). read more