Reyes set for Tigres move

first_imgDiego Reyes is set for a Liga MX return with Tigres.The northern Mexico club announced Sunday that Reyes is set to arrive in Monterrey on Monday morning to finalize his contract and undergo his medical exams.Fenerbahce made Reyes a free agent Sunday morning, with the defender not in the Turkish club’s plan for the future. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Able to play center back or defensive midfielder, Reyes missed the 2018 World Cup with an injury but has helped the Mexico national team to a pair of Gold Cup titles. He also took part in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with manager Miguel Herrera.However, he’s struggled to win playing time at either position in the past several seasons, with his parent clubs in Europe sending him out on loan but those moves resulting in little action.🛬 Mañana lunes llega a Monterrey @Diego_Reyes13🤴🏻, a las 09:45 A. M. para negociar los términos de su contrato con @TigresOficial y realizar los exámenes médicos.¡Bienvenido, Diego! 👊🐯Presentado por @CervezaTecate#SomosFutbol📸Mexsport pic.twitter.com/gBGbVz5Ljy— Club Tigres Oficial (@TigresOficial) August 25, 2019He joins a Tigres defense that has a number of aging members and that has at times been hit by injuries this season. The squad, coached by Tuca Ferretti, began an overhaul of its back line at the start of the year by signing Reyes’ international teammate from Eintracht Frankfurt, Carlos Salcedo. Salcedo has regularly started at center back with Hugo Ayala, but Reyes could slot in and replace the veteran Mexican center back. Or, Ferretti may return to a four-man back line. Guido Pizarro and Rafael Carioca generally form the defensive midfield partnership.America, Reyes’ first club and the team currently coached by Herrera, also was reportedly interested in bringing the 26-year-old back to Mexico but Tigres are set to win out for his signature.Reyes moved from Mexico City to Porto in 2013 but struggled to win a place in Europe during his various stops. In addition to Porto, he played with Real Sociedad and Espanyol. Fenerbahce signed Reyes only to loan him out to Espanyol after a horrendous start to the 2018-19 season.America and Tigres met Saturday at the Estadio Azteca, with the match culminating in a 1-1 draw. Tigres won an earlier meeting last week in a Leagues Cup semifinal to earn a spot in the final of the nascent competition.last_img read more

Homebrewing 101 An Introduction to Extract Brewing

first_img The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene 7 of the Best Drink References in Music So, you’ve decided that you like beer. Scratch that, you love beer and you want to learn how to make your own. Now you’ve found yourself going down rabbit holes of internet searches, Idiot’s Guide books, and video tutorials. Launching your homebrew hobby can be intimidating. You’ve quickly realized there are as many ways to brew as there are brewers — and everyone thinks their way is the best.But if you’re just testing the waters, keep it simple. There’s no need to tackle the most complex processes right away or invest in a ton of expensive equipment. Ease yourself into the world of homebrewing and set yourself up for success by using a malt extract kit.The first step of brewing is to extract sugar from grains. All-grain brewers handle that entire process themselves, using crushed grains to make a tea through a process of mashing (soaking) and sparging (rinsing) the grains. That tea then gets boiled down into wort, or unfermented beer.Brewing ingredients. Malt extract is in the bottle at the top right. Lee Heidel/The ManualWith extract brewing, that time-consuming and intricate first step is already done for you. Instead of mashing and sparging the grains, your brew day begins with the sugars already extracted, either in a thick liquid or powdered form. You simply combine the extract with water and bring the mixture to a boil. The remaining steps in the brewing process are essentially the same. In short, with extract brewing, you’re saving time and resources with a shorter brew day, less room for error, and smaller up-front costs on equipment.In short, with extract brewing, you’re saving time and resources with a shorter brew day, less room for error, and smaller up-front costs on equipment.If using extract is so easy, why do so many brewers prefer an all-grain method? With all-grain brewing, you have more creative control. A brewer can fine tune the malt bill and other elements for a unique recipe that dials into exact specifications. Extract is also more expensive than using grains once the all-grain equipment costs are recouped.Even with those caveats, malt extract brewing doesn’t have to be one dimensional. Steeping grains can help add new flavors to your favorite malt extracts. Malt extracts can also be combined to get custom blends. Adding your hop combinations and adjuncts like spices or other flavor additives can further customize a standard malt extract.The best way to get started using malt extracts is with a malt extract kit from a home-brew supply store. Your local shop can help you assemble the ingredients to brew your favorite style or even replicate your favorite commercially available beer. Or, you can head to an online home-brew shop like Austin Homebrew Supply or Great Fermentations. Just make sure you’ve got the necessary equipment to start homebrewing, or you’ll be left with a bucket of syrup and no alcohol to drink.Though, if you want an even easier way to start homebrewing, you can look into these tabletop homebrewing appliances. PicoBrew MultiBrew Gives You the Power to Brew (Practically) Anything Editors’ Recommendations Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About last_img read more

An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering

first_img The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure SolStock/Getty ImagesFor a good answer to the question “What is bouldering?” we asked Tom Adams, the Director of Outdoor Recreation for the entire state of Utah:“Bouldering is rock climbing without the use of ropes or harnesses. In bouldering, climbers scale natural small rock formations or artificial rock walls, usually less than 20 feet tall. It doesn’t require tall rock walls or obscure knots. Most climbers use climbing shoes to secure footholds and chalk to keep their hands dry and provide a firm grip … there’s also a protective pad on the ground to help protect the climber in case they fall down.“Bouldering ‘problems’ are relatively short sequences that prioritize climbing power and technique over the long-term endurance often required for routes. Bouldering includes various levels of difficulty based on either the Hueco system, commonly known as the ‘V-Scale,’ and the Fontainebleau system, aka the ‘Font Scale.’”The V-Scale, so called for the nickname of its developer, famed boulder climber John “Vermin” Sherman, is an open-ended scale. The grading commences at V0 with easy climbs most amateurs could tackle and ascends from there; at present, a rank of V17 is the highest applied, and it marks some of the hardest bouldering problems yet identified. (There is also a grading of VB, in which the B refers to “basic” — these are the easiest rock formations out there).Jacoblund/Getty ImagesThe Font Scale gets its name from the Fontainebleau region of France, an area where Alpinists used to practice for mountain ascents on the many large boulders. Technically, the Font Scale starts at 1 and goes to 6, with an alphanumerical combination thereafter representing difficulty — 6A is easier than 6C, e.g. In practice, you will rarely see a Font grade lower than 3. And watch for plus symbols when a problem is just a bit more challenging than a comparable route, but not so much as to be a new number or letter, so 6B+ just under 6C, for example.Bouldering EssentialsClimbing shoes, which can be rented at a gymChalk, which can also be rentedCrash pad, if you’re bouldering outsideComfortable clothing The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States How to Make a Blood and Sand Cocktail 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Editors’ Recommendations Today, you can find indoor climbing gyms with bouldering setups in almost every city of decent size, and you can practice the sport anywhere there are decent rock formations. The minimal gear required for bouldering coupled with the relatively low risk of serious injury remove two of the common barriers to rock climbing. The sport may well serve as a gateway to true mountain climbing for many.As Adams explains: “Bouldering doesn’t require much equipment. All you need is a pair of beginner-friendly climbing shoes, which you can buy or rent from your local climbing gym. You can add a chalk bag or chalk bucket and climbing chalk to keep your hands dry and able to grip securely. Inside a gym, that’s all you’ll need. Just throw on your shoes, chalk up your hands, and start climbing — no knots, no belays, no fuss. Bouldering is the cheapest and most accessible form of climbing. Once you’re ready to head outside, you might consider investing in your own bouldering crash pad.”A Brief History of Bouldering“Originally, bouldering was a method of training for roped climbs and mountaineering, so climbers could practice specific moves at a safe distance from the ground. In the latter half of the 20th century, John ‘Verm’ Sherman would develop the V-Scale in the bouldering hotspot of Hueco Tanks, Texas. By that point, bouldering was catching on: guidebooks were printed, climbing shoes and crash pads were mass-produced, and bouldering became a recognized sport. Today, you will see climbing gyms across the globe, which has been a catalyst in getting bouldering into the 2020 Olympic Games,” explains Adams.FatCamera/Getty ImagesIf you’re looking to try your hand at this low-altitude, high-adrenaline sport in one of the finest spots in America, you need to drive about 150 miles south of Salt Lake City to the county seat of Emery County, the town of Castle Dale, Utah. Population 1,630 at the time of the last census, Castle Dale was known for the Hunter Coal Power Plant and not much else. Then came the climbers. Surrounded by hundreds of miles of Bureau of Land Management country, much of which consists of the short cliffs and rock formations perfect for bouldering, the small city of Castle Dale is a boomtown for bouldering.Further ReadingThe Essential List of Gear for the Climbing GymThe Best Rock Climbing Places around the World In fact, the sport has taken off there to such a degree that one of the most celebrated annual events centered on the sport takes place there every autumn. This year, September 26 -29, the Joe’s Valley Bouldering Festival will see hundreds of climbers (and fans) descent on Emery County to enjoy music, food and drink, beef jerky making, rodeo, and, of course, dozens of perfect short climbing pitches.“It’s not just a bouldering festival, it’s a community celebration that brings the locals and folks from around the world together,” explains the mayor of Castle Dale, Danny Van Wagoner. “No matter who you are or where you’re from, the Joe’s Valley Fest is an event you will feel welcome at and will absolutely love.”Keri Oberly/Getty Images“The Fest,” as it’s known among the devotees, started back in 2015 and in less than a half decade, has brought climbers from across the country to rocks that, just a generation ago, were essentially unknown.Then again, the sport as a whole was all but unknown just a generation or two ago. While professional climbers used short pitches for practice, bouldering as a separate discipline wasn’t popular until the middle decades of the 20th century. The first indoor climbing gym opened in the late 1980s, and beyond the cadre of mountain climbers, the sport didn’t take off, indoors or out, until the 21st century.Popular outdoor bouldering spots are plentiful in the U.S. Some of the finest include:Horse Pens 40, AlabamaYosemite Valley, CaliforniaCarter Lake, ColoradoRocktown, GeorgiaRumney, New HampshireThe Gunks (Shawangunk Ridge), New YorkHueco Tanks State Park, TexasBig Bend Bouldering Area, UtahLittle Cottonwood Canyon, UtahWind Rivers, WyomingInterview With an ExpertHow should you start your own bouldering adventure? Maybe take it from noted American athlete and climber Isaac Caldiero, bouldering enthusiast and one of the first two Americans to secure a coveted Total Victory in the American Ninja Warrior competition.The Manual: What is the best training regimen someone can follow for a sport like bouldering?Isaac Caldiero: Spend as much time as possible out climbing on the rocks with other climbers who have more experience than yourself. After a few months of building a more solid base to avoid injuries, you can then begin more rigorous training in an indoor facility.TM: What drew you to the sport yourself?IC: From a young age I was extremely adventurous and always had to be climbing or jumping on my surroundings. When my best friend introduced me to climbing, I knew right in that moment that is was the perfect match.TM: What are your favorite spots to get on the rocks?IC: I’ve traveled and lived in numerous locations all over the world for climbing. I remember my first outdoor climbing adventure was in 1997 at Joe’s Valley. I instantly fell in love with the style and colors of the rock Joe’s had to offer, and eventually wrote a guidebook to the area to commemorate its inspiring beauty and uniqueness to the climbing world. It does it for me still to this day. One other area that is on my top list is called Fontainebleau in France.last_img read more

Military told to be alert to activities of LTTE supporters

“Modern day threats are also complex. Production of a biological weapon at a small laboratory could be done faster than making a weapon. We got to think big and be prepared for any eventuality through our own tailor-made initiatives. We can have our own preventive and deterrent solutions without going only by theoretical aspects alone. Therefore, education is the most important experience that an officer could get,” he said at a seminar on approaches to countering terrorism in modern environments.The seminar was designed to broaden the horizons of military knowledge in terrorism and its impacts among top level and middle grade officers of the army, navy, air force and the police. (Colombo Gazette) He warned that the army needs to be alert to the sensitivities connected to the possible re-assembling or resurgence of LTTE supporters and overseas activists who would still be promoting the ideological perception of the rebels while working against Sri Lanka’s economic and development aspirations. The military has been told to be on alert to the activities of LTTE supporters, the army media unit said.Major General Milinda Peiris, Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka army briefed the military on emerging terrorist trends at global level and the need for modernized approaches with novel counter-measures. “We need to be knowledgeable to face any future challenges considering transnational effects of terrorism. We are living in fast changing environments which are highly complex. Unlike those days, an arrest of a suspect too would end up as a violation of fundamental rights and you would have to end up in courts,” the army media unit quoted Major General Milinda Peiris as telling the military and the police. read more

As inequality grows the UN fights for a fairer world

NASA/Aubrey Gemignani NASA’s first dexterous humanoid robot, Robonaut 2The beginning of 2019 saw a focus on the role of technology on the world of work, and the impact it is having on inequality. The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched a landmark report in January: the Global Commission on the Future of Work. This study concluded that technological innovations provide “countless opportunities” for workers, but warned that, if these technologies are not deployed as part of a human-centred agenda based on investing in people, work institutions and decent, sustainable employment, we run the risk of “sleepwalking into a world that widens existing inequalities and uncertainties.”One of the key technological innovations mentioned in the report, one that garners significant media attention, is artificial intelligence (AI). A report from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), published at the tail-end of January, noted a “quantum leap” in AI-related patents, suggesting that AI could soon “revolutionize all areas of daily life beyond the tech world.”AI inspires as much fear as excitement, evoking  a dystopian world in which more and more work is carried out by machines, with society split between a tiny super-rich elite and the rest, an unemployable mass of people with no prospect of finding work.Kriti Sharma doesn’t see things that way. She has been recognized by the UN as a Young Leader For Sustainable Development Goals, in recognition of her work to ensure that AI helps to create a better, fairer world, through her AI For Good organization, and her role in the Sage Future Makers Lab, which was set up to equip young people around the world with hands-on learning for entering a career in Artificial Intelligence. Inequality is an “entrenched imbalance”The question of inequality was raised several times by the UN in January: speaking at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, UN chief António Guterres pointed out that, while technological progress and globalization have led to “fantastic improvements” in many areas, they have also increased inequality and marginalized millions.And, in her annual letter, Lise Kingo, CEO of the UN Global Compact, which supports private sector efforts to do business responsibly, noted that, in 2018, we saw “a small group of individuals are getting exponentially richer as billions are left behind in poverty.”Inequality is not only rising, it is also an “entrenched imbalance,” according to Richard Kozul-Wright, a globalization expert and Director with the Trade and Development agency UNCTAD.In an interview with UN News, which you can listen to here, Mr. Kozul-Wright said that notionally high employment rates in many economies mask the fact that wages and working conditions are not improving, and that whilst wages have been stagnant for a decade, dividends on shareholdings have been recovering, benefiting financial asset holders. His remarks came in the wake of the January launch of the 2019 World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) report which showed uneven growth (both between and within countries) that is often failing to reach where it is most needed.Will AI take away our jobs, or transform them? UN Sustainable Development SectionKriti Sharma, United Nations Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals.Speaking to UN News, Ms. Sharma acknowledged that people who live in countries which are on the wrong side of the digital divide (with less access to data) will be at a disadvantage, and pointed to studies that show a gender divide is looming, with women twice as likely to lose their jobs to automation, because of the kind of work they are involved in: “We need to make sure that we give people enough opportunities to reskill themselves, otherwise we end up creating more inequality that we had before.”However, she believes that one of the biggest risks is failing to embrace this technology, and not equipping people with the skills to use it to solve global problems. Ms. Sharma laid out three ways to help ensure that AI brings about a fairer world.First of all, it is important that a diverse group of people from many backgrounds are creating this technology, people who “understand society, policy-makers.” The second point is to ensure that AI is being used to solve the “right problems,” such as accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals, by diverting energy, research and funding into this area. And, lastly, international standards must be agreed upon, to make sure that the technology we create is used in a way that is safe and ethical for the world.No progress without international cooperationSo, what is the way out of the “entrenched imbalance” of inequality? For the UN, a greater emphasis on international cooperation is an important part of the solution. The 2019 World Economic Situation and Prospects report concludes that, at a global level, a “cooperative and long-term strategy for global policy” is the way towards progress in reducing income inequality, and warns that a “withdrawal from multilateralism will pose further setbacks for those already being left behind.”As the Secretary-General told the audience in Davos, a coordinated and global response is the only way to fight inequality, because “we need to work together. There is no way we can do isolated responses to the problems we face, they are all interlinked.” read more