SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* Horse Sport Enews More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Germany’s Wilhelm Genn closed out the 2021 $5,000 1.30M Rising Star Classic series with a win aboard the scopey Van Gogh in the The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour Finale which runs March 24 – 26, 2021.As his namesake once painted stars in the night sky, Van Gogh’s massive stride and brilliant bascule painted his course over the jumps and resulted in a blazingly fast second round clear to secure the pair their second win of the season in the class. Friday’s competition at Polo West will mark the final day of the 2021 Turf Tour and will include an end of season competitor’s party catered by RV Advisors of Broward County.Genn and Van Gogh were the final combination to tackle the course designed by Leopoldo Palacios. The track, which began with a vertical rollback to an oxer, also featured a number of one and two strides, bending line oxer to verticals, and a triple combination oxer-vertical-vertical to close out the first round. Catherine Pasmore and Nestor were the first double clear, setting the standard at 34.282 seconds in the jump-off. Kim Farlinger was the next to top the leaderboard, piloting Ibalius SMH to a final time of 32.533. The Genns then swept in late in the afternoon to post numerous double clear efforts, with student Natalie Thornell aboard Snow White finishing in 34.210 seconds to end fourth. Ryan Genn and Coco Chanel M jumped to third in 32.842, and Wilhelm Genn and Van Gogh split the second close to its origin on 32.082, leaving Farlinger and Ibalius SMH in second.“It was a good day, I didn’t fall off and the horse jumped really well,” said Wilhelm Genn. “The Turf Tour reminds me of showing in Europe when I was younger, its a great experience and so nice to get the horses out on the grass at different venues. Our barn and students really enjoy this event during our time in Wellington.”The 2021 Wellington Turf Tour features 13-weeks of jumper competition at all heights and prize money classes including weekly $15,000 1.40M Grand Prix, $5,000 1.30M Rising Star Classics, and $3,000 1.30M Speed Stake, all held at beautiful venues in Wellington.Complete results here. Tags: Kim Farlinger, show jumping, Wilhelm Genn, Van Gogh, Turf Tour, Ibalius SMH, 1.30M Rising Star Classic, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.
One of the biggest ever tractor runs happened on Sunday for the late Elaine McGlinchey in Donegal. Starting off at Cloughfinn, the 500 strong tractor run made it’s to Castlefinn, via Raphoe, Convoy and past Elaine’s home in Loscooley before returning back to Cloghfinn.Elaine’s husband John McGlinchey and Elaine’s father, Roy Porter, are two well-known contractors in Donegal and they wish to express their thanks and gratitude to all who took part in the run, for all the help leading up to the event and money raised for the chosen benefactors. Photos: Clive WassonJohn McMenamin arriving at the Elaine McGlinchey Memorial Tractor Run on Sunday last. Photo Clive WassonGillian smyth and Lisa Wauchope greeting drivers at the Elaine McGlinchey Memorial Tractor Run on Sunday last. Photo Clive WassonElaine McGlinchey Memorial Tractor Run. Photo Clive WassonAcers of tractors at the Elaine McGlinchey Memorial Tractor Run in Castlefinn on Sunday last in aid of The Sperrin Unit, Altnagelvin Hospital. Photo Clive WassonSylvia McGlinchey and Louise Doehrty at the Elaine McGlinchey Memorial Tractor Run in Castlefinn on Sunday last in aid of The Sperrin Unit, Altnagelvin Hospital. Photo Clive WassonHarvesters lead the way at the Elaine McGlinchey Memorial Tractor Run in Castlefinn on Sunday last in aid of The Sperrin Unit, Altnagelvin Hospital. Photo Clive WassonGerard Doherty and Puppa with Louise Doherty and Rachel McGlinchey at the Elaine McGlinchey Memorial Tractor Run. Photo Clive WassonMichael Lafferty and James Bradley at the Elaine McGlinchey Memorial Tractor Run in Castlefinn on Sunday last in aid of The Sperrin Unit, Altnagelvin Hospital. Photo Clive WassonHannah Orr with Harvey at the Elaine McGlinchey Memorial Tractor Run in Castlefinn on Sunday last in aid of The Sperrin Unit, Altnagelvin Hospital. Photo Clive WassonDrivers gathered at the Elaine McGlinchey Memorial Tractor Run in Castlefinn on Sunday last in aid of The Sperrin Unit, Altnagelvin Hospital. Photo Clive WassonAaron Carlin, Vickie Galvin, Jennifer McManus and Patrcik McMenamin at the Elaine McGlinchey Memorial Tractor Run in Castlefinn on Sunday last in aid of The Sperrin Unit, Altnagelvin Hospital. Photo Clive WassonCallum Laffferty, Paul Lafferty, gerard Grieve, Michael Lafferty, Tyler Lafferty, Mark Lafferty, Logan Grieve, John Grieve, Christine Maguire and Aisling Grieve at the Elaine McGlinchey Memorial Tractor Run in Castlefinn on Sunday last in aid of The Sperrin Unit, Altnagelvin Hospital. Photo Clive WassonAlex Porter at the Elaine McGlinchey Memorial Tractor Run in Castlefinn on Sunday last in aid of The Sperrin Unit, Altnagelvin Hospital. Photo Clive WassonCalvin and Troey Wylie at the Elaine McGlinchey Memorial Tractor Run in Castlefinn on Sunday last in aid of The Sperrin Unit, Altnagelvin Hospital. Photo Clive WassonJohn Mortimer and TJ Wylie at the Elaine McGlinchey Memorial Tractor Run in Castlefinn on Sunday last in aid of The Sperrin Unit, Altnagelvin Hospital. Photo Clive WassonTrevor Kee, Michael Doherty and Terence Dullighan at the Elaine McGlinchey Memorial Tractor Run in Castlefinn on Sunday last in aid of The Sperrin Unit, Altnagelvin Hospital. Photo Clive WassonJack Meehan, Sam Meehan and Patrick Anderson at the Elaine McGlinchey Memorial Tractor Run in Castlefinn on Sunday last. Photo Clive WassonJohn Vance and Thomas Meehan at the Elaine McGlinchey Memorial Tractor Run in Castlefinn on Sunday last in aid of The Sperrin Unit, Altnagelvin Hospital. Photo Clive WassonLeeanne mcGlinchey and Sylvia McGlinchey at the Elaine McGlinchey Memorial Tractor Run. Photo Clive WassonIan Clarke and Philip Johnston at the Elaine McGlinchey Memorial Tractor Run in Castlefinn on Sunday last in aid of The Sperrin Unit, Altnagelvin Hospital. Photo Clive WassonPicture Special: 500 strong tractor run held in memory of late Elaine McGlinchey was last modified: July 29th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
OAKLAND – Warriors veteran reserve Andre Iguodala will be out for Sunday’s game against the Miami Heat because of left hamstring tightness.Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that Iguodala’s hamstring “flared up” toward end of the Friday’s win in Phoenix.“He felt a little tweak in there,” Kerr said. “So we’re going to play it safe.”The Warriors have always been cautious with any ailments the 34-year-old Iguodala has. He has missed a combined five games this season because of right hip tightness …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Reese8 sub-watersheds;Nearly 1.5 million acres;Around 7,000 farmers;Roughly $1.8 billion to implement Comprehensive Nutrient Manangement Plans (CNMPs) and replicate efforts in the Grand Lake St. Marys Watershed on all farms in the 8 watersheds being considered;Potentially 2,100 new Natural Resources Conservation Service staff members required to implement the CNMPs throughout the watersheds and replicate efforts in the Grand Lake St. Marys Watershed on all farms in the 8 watersheds being considered;$8,195 in average expense for each of the 7,000 farmers for developing a CNMP;$1 to $2 million in soil sampling costs for farms in the watersheds every three years:The Ohio Farm Bureau dug into the numbers of the proposed Watersheds in Distress designation currently being considered by the Ohio Soil and Water Conversation Commission (OSWCC). These numbers have generated ample concern for Ohio agriculture but are worth tackling for those desperate to make some progress in the daunting challenges of the incredible resources of Lake Erie. The ongoing battle between Ohio’s two massive economic, social and environmental behemoths of Lake Erie and agriculture took center stage today as the OSWCC met to review input from the Distressed Watershed Task Force.The directors of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the Ohio Department of Agriculture each weighed in with strong support for a “yes” vote today for the Watersheds in Distress designation.“To me the commission has a very simple question before it, which is the designation of the eight watersheds as watersheds in distress,” said Craig Butler, director of the Ohio EPA. “Complex issues about data quality and quantity have been asked and, frankly, answered. By every measure, every standard, the eight watersheds should be designated as distressed. Any time for delay should be over. Frankly tactics that have been employed about misinformation and grandstanding frankly should stop. Ohioans expect this commission and its members not to do what is best for any individual member or group but what is best for all Ohioans. We need to set aside any personal animus, and get down to the business. Let the science speak and let it inform the policy of this Commission and the State. Delay tactics jeopardize the integrity of the Commission in my opinion. We need to protect Ohioans and protect Ohio. I’m a non-voting member but I think it is imperative that this group move forward with this vote so we can move forward with the business of answering these unanswered questions about implementation and rules. Please do not delay. Please do not play politics with this issue.”Other OSWCC members pointed out concerns about funding, the scope of the designation and the specifics of the rules of the designation that are currently being reviewed by Ohio’s Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR).“I also have concerns about the rules as we really don’t know specifically what they are,” said Kent Stuckey, Commission member with the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. “I do feel that we have a responsibility to everybody in Ohio. We need to look at this. We need to make sure the rules are in place, that they are rules that everybody can live with and that will actually be effective. At this point, we don’t know what that is.”After all of the comments were heard, Stuckey made a motion to “table the vote until and when the proposed 2018 watershed in distress rules package currently before JCARR is approved by the Soil and Water Conservation Commission by Feb. 15.” After hearing the comments, the OSWCC members voted 4-3 to wait on a vote on the designation of Watersheds in Distress.To see the comments leading up to the vote and the vote itself, click here.Agricultural interests were pleased with today’s outcome.“I think it is the right decision. We know the complexity of this issue to make sure we step back and involve everybody in this process. We all have the same goals about improving water quality and there are so many unanswered questions. We need to make sure we can answer those questions. Agriculture wants to do more but I think we have got to get some answers to these questions as we move forward for these next steps,” said Elizabeth Harsh with the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, who served as a Task Force member. “There was a lot of commonality in terms of the goals. This is not a political situation necessarily. It is about making the right decisions that really, in reality, improve water quality. I think we got to that in the Task Force discussions. With some of those issues and parts of the executive order, nobody could really guarantee that we were actually going to be able to have meaningful impact on improving water quality.”A public meeting for comments and questions about the proposed rules being considered through JCARR will be held 9 a.m. on Nov. 20, at the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Bromfield Administration Building, 8995 E Main Street, Reynoldsburg.See what’s next in the process to tackle water quality issues in this video.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Soggy weather dominates the next couple of days. Rain starts to nose into far western and southwestern Ohio around midday to early afternoon today and then really ramps up and starts to spread east closer to sunset. By midnight, the entire state will be seeing rain, and we expect the most intense period of rain to come from this evening through tomorrow morning. Scattered, lingering showers tomorrow don’t add a lot of moisture, but keep a damp feel as we finish the week. Rain totals today through tomorrow will be from .25”-.1” with coverage at 100%, and the heaviest action will be in over southern Ohio. The map at right shows total potential liquid through sunrise Saturday.Cold air waits until Saturday morning to arrive, and moisture will be long gone by then. We expect a dry day Saturday as clouds break for sunshine, but temps will be below normal. We won’t rule out light snow coming overnight Saturday night through the first half of Sunday over northern Ohio, but will say mostly from US 30 northward. South of there we see basically nothing. We see the potential only for a coating to an inch or so…not a big deal. High pressure generally will be in control over the state through the weekend, with sun coming back in the north Sunday midday, and around all day in central and southern Ohio.Clouds build through New Year’s Eve next Monday, and our next round of moisture pushes up from the south overnight Monday night through Tuesday. All of that action comes as rain, and this morning it looks like there is a slightly more northerly push to the event. Rains are still the heaviest in southern Ohio, where near the river we wont rule out rain totals up to 1.5″! In northern Ohio, we won’t rule out some minor scattered showers either, but there is a better chance that we miss out. For a statewide look, rain totals for the event will be a few hundredths to no more than a tenth from US 20 northward, and then a tenth to .25” down to near I-70. From I-70 southward, we can see .25”-1’5” of rain, with the heaviest near the Ohio River. Moisture will be winding down by late New Year’s afternoon.Dry weather returns New Year’s night, and then we stay dry from Wednesday through Saturday. Cold air blasts in behind the New Years day system and temps go below normal again, but then we moderate closer to the weekend.In the extended period, a frontal complex brings moisture for Sunday the 6th, mostly as snow. This system has total liquid equivalent potential of .1”-.3” and coverage of 60%, so any snow potential is not spectacular. Bitter cold air follows, and we could be as much as 15-20 degrees below normal from the 7th through the 9th, while we go dry and sunny. Temps begin to moderate closer to the 10th, and another front brings chance of scattered snow showers around the 11th.
Apollo S has been making steady energy upgrades to his pre-war Cape Cod style house in Massachusetts. He’s replaced a steam heating system with a heat pump, and with help from the state’s energy efficiency program, he air-sealed and insulated his attic with cellulose.As a result, his $250-a-month energy bills are one-quarter what they used to be, and Apollo now has his eye on the next round of upgrades.“In a couple of weeks, I am getting a MassSave contractor … to dense-pack all empty walls with cellulose, so we are looking at, what — R-1 walls turning into R-12 or so?” he asks in in a Q&A post at Green Building Advisor. “Two-thirds of the walls are empty in a 3,000-square-foot house, so this should make a dent in my bills. Most windows are new, too.”The four or five layers of paint on what is probably the original cedar bevel siding are peeling badly, and Apollo assumes that he will have to re-side the house sooner rather than later.So here’s how his question shapes up: Will he be better off by adding 3 or 4 inches of rigid polyiso insulation over the sheathing when he re-sides, or using the same $20,000 to buy a 7-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system for the house and skipping the foam?That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Another option: Spray foam on the exteriorApollo wonders whether it’s worth considering a second option for adding insulation to the outside of the house: Could he attach 2x4s to the siding, spray the new exterior stud bays with polyurethane foam, and then add a new layer of sheathing and siding? The old paint-contaminated claps would be entombed in a layer of foam, meaning no one would have to handle them, or the paint.It’s a possibility, says Dorsett. Another possibility is a Larsen truss filled with cellulose or open-cell spray foam. It would take a Larsen truss of up to 6 inches deep to get the thermal equivalent of 3 inches of polyiso foam (assuming that the truss are filled with cellulose or open-cell polyurethane).“Adding 2x4s and open-cell spray foam is the thermal equivalent of 2 inches of rigid polyiso,” he says. “A lot more labor is involved, and [the approach is] not necessarily cheaper on material cost. If going for big-R, say R-50 whole-wall, adding trusses may be easier and cheaper than a foam-over.”When weighting the costs of rigid foam, Dorsett adds, Apollo might consider sources in Massachusetts for reclaimed roofing foam. Such rigid foam is often available for $12 to $15 for a 4×8 sheet of polyiso — much less than the $55 to $65 it would cost as brand-new stock at a lumberyard. He mentions Nationwide Foam Recycling and Green Insulation Group as two possible sources. “What you can’t figure out with BEopt is just how much more comfortable R-30-35-ish whole-wall houses are compared to R-12,” Dorsett writes. “The higher R walls raise the mean radiant temperature in the rooms, which makes it palpably more comfortable.”Second, Dorsett says, BEopt won’t be able to measure how much more resilient the exterior walls will be when the structural wood is kept warm.“When you dense-pack the walls, the sheathing and siding will run colder and wetter,” he continues, “which accelerates the rate at which the multi-layered siding paint goes downhill. Without a rainscreen for the siding and sheathing to dry into, any moisture accumulation on the exterior layers takes a long time to dry out. Moisture in the wood under impermeable paint expands and vaporizes when the sun shines, causing the paint to separate and crack, eventually flaking and peeling.”Simple heat loss calculations are much simpler than estimating the overall heating requirements of a house, says Charlie Sullivan. Apollo would need to consider only the different R-value options, the square footage of the exterior wall surface, and the number of heating or cooling degree days (available at BizEE Degree Days). He would, however, have to estimate the Coefficient of Performance (COP) — a measure of efficiency — of his heat pump system.And in addition to the two intangibles mentioned earlier by Dorsett, Sullivan says, another consideration is how a better insulated house would be able to reduce peak loads on the grid on cold nights.“At some point residential customers might start getting charged for that,” Sullivan says, “And your ability to ride through a power outage would also be improved.” Weighing the return on investmentWhen the decision boils down to a return on investment (ROI), Dorsett says, it can get complicated.“There are no simple rules on ROI,” he says. “Energy costs vary by location (a lot), even within Climate Zone 5, and also vary (a lot) over time. The actual return is dependent on both present and future energy costs, the cost of money, etc.“But code minimums are very financially conservative on a life-cycle basis,” he adds. “In most markets, going quite a bit higher [than code] can be financially rational even without energy price inflation assumptions. R-12 whole-wall (U-0.83) is not code-minimum for Zone 5. According to table Table N1102.1.3 (R402.1.3), it needs to be U-0.057 (= R-17.5 whole-wall, including interior & exterior air films), so you’re quite a bit shy.”Just 1 inch of polyiso would get the house to the minimum code requirement, and would be enough to control the dew point at the sheathing in Apollo’s climate. However, the labor cost to install 2 inches of foam is about the same as installing 1 inch, and the thicker foam is very likely to be worth it on a medium- or long-range energy cost basis. Retrofits versus Reductions Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam SheathingEnergy Modeling Isn’t Very AccurateThe High Cost of Deep Energy RetrofitsDeep Energy Makeover: One Step at a Time Lead-Based Paint and Green Remodeling Doing the energy calculationsSoftware developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, BEopt (a free download that runs on the Windows operating system), would give Apollo some answers. Dana Dorsett’s guess is that an additional 3 inches of polyiso could even get the house into net-zero energy range, depending on factors such as insulation and windows.But, he adds, BEopt will not be able to calculate two things: comfort and resilience. The elephant in the room is lead paintGiven the age of the house, lead paint will undoubtedly be an issue should Apollo attempt to rehab the clapboard siding. He’s already devoted a month’s worth of weekends and evenings to stripping lead paint from the interior of the house. (The federal government permitted manufacturers to include lead in house paint until 1978.)“Peeling lead paint worries me,” says Sullivan, “not just for how to deal with it when you do new siding, but for reducing the amount that goes into the soil in the meantime. A friend’s child ended up with high blood levels of lead, which they traced to vegetables grown in their garden next to a house with lead paint, some of which had gotten into the soil at some point.”GBA senior editor Martin Holladay has this warning: “Don’t attempt DIY lead abatement unless you’ve taken a course and become certified in lead abatement. There are too many ways you could inadvertently poison your family.”“I wholeheartedly agree,” Apollo replies. “I took the online course, read a manual on the subject, bought the special EPA-approved vacuum, approved IR paint peeler, etc. In the end — not worth the effort to save any trim or doors with lead. Took me 6 hours per door.“In my case, I have a whole dang acre around my house, so there aren’t going to be any kind of vegetables anywhere within 100 yards of the house. And most of the house should have a 4-foot concrete ‘skirt’ by the foundation, which is easy to vacuum.” RELATED ARTICLES Our expert’s opinionHere’s how GBA technical director Peter Yost sees it:This sort of “path-to-net zero” puzzle is exactly what BEopt was designed for, but it was designed for new homes and later expanded to retrofit capability. I am no BEopt master, but when I have tried to use it for a retrofit, I have found the program difficult and not gratifying. For example, if there are portions of the whole building that are insulated to different levels, I could not figure out how to build this into the modeling. So, I wish anyone all the best on using BEopt for retrofit analysis — and please let us at GBA know if you figured out how to fare better than I have.Two important issues that a straight financial analysis doesn’t include are thermal comfort and resilience. If the performance of the building enclosure is optimized, it not only increases energy efficiency, it improves the thermal comfort of any space “seeing” an exterior surface. And at some point, the performance of the enclosure can substantially change the distribution system needed as a part of the HVAC system. On the other hand, an “islandable” PV system makes any home more resilient, in terms of the already mentioned power outages. At some point, comparing building enclosure options to PV becomes a bit too much “apples and oranges” for my taste.But the most frustrating aspects to me of any discussion of very long-term investments in building performance are:the inadequacy of any sort of payback analysis, and alsothe complexity of any of the alternative financial investment assessment calculations — Building Life Cycle Cost Analysis (BLCCA), Net Savings (based on ASTM E1074), Savings-to-Investment Ratio (based on ASTM E964), Adjusted Rate of Internal Return (based on ASTM 1057), and finally Discounted Payback (based on ASTM E1121).Note: I have found these two resources to be pretty helpful for anyone who wants to tackle Building Life Cycle Cost Analysis: “Guidance on Life Cycle Cost Analysis” and “Introduction to Life Cycle Costs Analysis Based on ASTM Building Economics Standards.”It should not take a finance degree to understand, much less explain, each of these ways of thinking about long-term investments, but it does. And all of these life-cycle analyses require knowledge about (or prediction of) the future costs of both money and a barrel of oil 25 to 30 years down the road — while many if not most economists can’t even tell us much about either of these even 12 months in the future.Finally, in my own case, I went for a deep energy retrofit long before I even thought about a PV system. (My blog about the retrofit was called “Deep Energy Makeover.”) This was in no small part because when I went to my wife — a bookkeeper and head of our family finances — some years ago, and she learned that I wanted to commit thousands of our dollars to a PV system that we could not use if or when the grid went down, she pretty much just laughed at me. So for us, the relatively new PV “islandable” and electric-car-integrated systems are game changers.For more on this topic, see, for example, RMI’s “Smart Garage.”
Tags:#photography#social media Embarking on a Photo A Day project? Worried you won’t be disciplined enough to keep it up? Blipfoto is a unique photo community that prompts you to take and publish a new photo “entry” every day. In fact, the free service actually limits you to one image per day.Blipfoto is a good alternative for people looking for quality over quantity, for something like Instagram but without the excessive hype. Follow other users’ journals in a friend feed, geek out over your own statistics or join groups to indulge in ultra-specific photography categories with other members. DeviantArt A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts lauren orsini Embraced by a younger, geekier crowd, DeviantArt is sometimes overlooked as a prime photography haven. Offering free user profiles that can double as all-medium art portfolios, the community is perfect for photographers. At the basic, free level, DeviantArt gives you the opportunity to store, share and showcase 2 GB worth of photos. They’ll then show up readily in DeviantArt’s sophisticated search function. If you’re interested in improving your work, you can request critical feedback with the DeviantArt Critique tool. With 27 million members, there’s a good chance you’ll make connections with other photographers, and perhaps even watch your fanbase grow with DeviantArt’s “Watchers” function.Do-It-YourselfHonestly, the best photo-sharing solution for you might not even be a purely photo-centric community, but another type of service altogether. Some of the Web’s most popular social networks—Google+, Facebook and Pinterest—all offer built-in image uploading features where you can share your own photos and photo galleries with your vast social networks. Want a photo gallery that you can regularly update and easily view in a linear way? A photo blog at WordPress, Blogger or Tumblr might be your best bet. Want an online storage space that lets you share with friends and family, but keeps your photo galleries hidden from strangers? Dropbox and Photobucket both have privacy options so you only need to share with people you care about. Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. All other screenshots taken by ReadWrite. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Ever since its Yahoo-prescribed makeover last spring, there’s no shortage of press about Flickr. But despite what you’ve heard, the photo-uploading community isn’t the only one of its kind. When you’re deciding where your summer vacation snapshots ought to live on the Web, check out some of these less-considered photo-sharing alternatives: SmugMugDon’t mind spending a little money? SmugMug is a slick lightbox of a photo site that offers unlimited storage for every user, for a fee. You can also customize your gallery with themes, backup your photos and opt out of searches other users perform to keep your content private. The site also just underwent a huge redesign in July, opting for an enormous lightbox image display like competitor Flickr. SmugMug’s most basic package costs $5 a month or $40 a year, and its most upscale costs $35 a month or $300 a year. With the high-end option, you’ve got the ability to use your SmugMug portfolio as a customizable online storefront for photos and prints. Pro photographers will get the most use out of this alternative. 500pxToronto-based photo service 500px has long been one of Flickr’s pluckiest competitors. By offering free accounts with easier tools and a more modern interface, it was a no brainer over earlier designs of Flickr. Even though Flickr has cleaned up its act, 500px is still a considerable alternative. Now that Flickr’s “Pro” level has doubled in cost to $50 a year, 500px’s comparable “Plus” level seems like a bargain at $25. And at any level, 500px’s comment structure and user voting system will make you feel like part of a community. Blipfoto
Arsenal F.C. head to Anfield on Sunday seeking to improve their poor recent record against other ‘Big Six’ teams amid growing uncertainty surrounding their most creative players, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.Arsene Wenger’s side have not won at Anfield since 2012, since when they have played 50 matches against their major rivals, only winning 11, drawing 19 and losing 20. Away from home, they have just won two of 24 games at Chelsea F.C., Liverpool F.C., Tottenham Hotspur F.C., Manchester City F.C. and Manchester United F.C.Anfield also was the scene for one of their greatest humiliations when a vibrant Liverpool F.C. side thrashed them 5-1 in 2014, ripping them apart with four goals in the first 20 minutes.The contrast between their recent failures and that last victory in September 2012, when two of their summer signings, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla, scored the goals, could not be more stark with Wenger again this week bemoaning the state of the transfer market as he seeks to add to his summer business.Wenger needs to sell before he can buy long-term target Monaco winger Thomas Lemar and has described his 33-man squad as “unmanageable”. But, in a familiar refrain, he this week lamented the market difficulties experienced by English clubs.”There is no transfer market anymore because the price depends only on the identity of the buyer and when you are English, you have straight away 50 per cent [extra] on the price of a player and that makes it difficult to act,” said Wenger.advertisementReuters Photo His failure to offload any underperformers, given the disappointment of last season when Arsenal F.C. failed to qualify for the Champions League, has surprised respected Irish commentator Johnnie Giles, the former Leeds United midfielder.”I’ve always been a great fan of Wenger and I think he has done a great job with Arsenal F.C. over the years – I think everybody agrees with that,” said Giles on Eamon Dunphy’s The Stand podcast.”But when you have Ozil in the team, again, and Chamberlain in the team, again, Walcott still there, Xhaka — these are proven failures, and why they are there, I don’t know. I think it will be the end of Wenger.”I thought they would be out, start from scratch, good players in, or better than he has. These are proven failures and why he is sticking with them, I do not know.”Not everyone agrees with that assessment, particularly of Oxlade-Chamberlain, who Wenger insists is not for sale despite interest from Chelsea F.C. and Liverpool F.C.With Sanchez also linked with a move to Manchester City, there could be several ins and outs ahead of next week’s transfer deadline.Before then, Wenger will be desperate for some reward at Anfield, his favourite English stadium, on Sunday after last week’s defeat at Stoke City F.C.Laurent Koscielny is free to return after missing the first two games through suspension. His presence should bolster a defence that has conceded four goals in two games.Sanchez is also expected to be in contention after missing the opening games with an abdominal strain.