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Arsenal job would tempt Pochettino… Gunners should axe Emery and get him NOW


first_img4 Max Allegri had a great record at Juve but has no Premier League pedigreeCredit: ReutersThey also need a good communicator to deliver a strong message to Arsenal’s restive fanbase after 18 months of Emery’s indecipherability.Emery’s decision to award the captaincy to Granit Xhaka, a move which sent supporters into open revolt, was a typical example of a manager who simply doesn’t get his club.Pochettino, at his motivated best, would be capable of reversing all that.The likelihood remains that the 47-year-old would turn down any overtures from Arsenal.Perhaps because he needs a sabbatical on the farm after years of ceaseless work; perhaps because he fancies his chances of landing the Manchester United or Real Madrid job in the near future, rather than any desperate desire not to upset Spurs fans.But the prospect of Poch to Arsenal is an intriguing one.And you would have to imagine that it would even intrigue the man himself.LEFT RY ’N DRYAMID the Jose Mourinho love-in at Spurs, spare a thought for £25million summer signing Ryan Sessegnon.The former Fulham prodigy was voted the Championship’s Player of the Year, at just 17, two seasons ago.And he long craved a move to Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham, where kids would always get a chance.Yet Sessegnon arrived at White Hart Lane with injury problems.He also found Poch in a dark mood before the Argentine was axed and replaced by Mourinho — whose mistrust of youth is legendary.Sessegnon did not even make the bench for Mourinho’s opener at West Ham on Saturday and a January loan move is already on the cards.4 Former Fulham hero Ryan Sessegnon faces being loaned out in January after failing to make the Spurs first-teamCredit: PA:Press AssociationGET LIONS OUT OF A JAMJAMIE VARDY is not only clear at the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts but his excellent assist for Ayoze Perez’s opener at Brighton showed off the Leicester man’s exceptional awareness and unselfishness.If Gareth Southgate could hand out a token testimonial-style cap to Wayne Rooney two years after his previous appearance, then he can canvas Vardy for an England comeback at Euro 2020, despite his international retirement after the last World Cup.YOUNG SOLSMANCHESTER UNITED’S fightback at Sheffield United on Sunday, which saw three homegrown kids score in seven minutes, suggests the average age of the side will get younger still.As Frank Lampard is proving at Chelsea, promoting kids is a surefire way of increasing a manager’s popularity and lifespan.There is plenty wrong at Old Trafford. But the emergence of Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood, as well as the revitalisation of Marcus Rashford, gives boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the supporters something to cling on to.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticSILVA’S HAD HIS DAYEVERTON’S next five games are Leicester, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man U and Arsenal.After that little lot, you’d expect the Toffees to be in the bottom three, with Marco Silva axed.They have spent almost half a billion since Farhad Moshiri’s takeover in 2016, yet the club’s staggering mismanagement remains largely beneath the radar.Man City boss Pep Guardiola hints that Mikel Arteta could replace Unai Emery at Arsenal SO if Arsenal’s board do as they should, and issue a lucrative offer to make Mauricio Pochettino their next manager, would the Argentinian remain true to his word?Asked last year whether he could ever cross the North London divide, Pochettino couldn’t have been much clearer.4 Ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is an ideal successor to Unai Emery if the Spaniard is axed and the Argentinian can be lured to big rivals ArsenalHe said: “I am never going to be manager of Barcelona or Arsenal because I am so identified with Tottenham and Espanyol.“That is my decision because I prefer to work on my farm in Argentina than in some places.”So will we see the sacked Spurs boss back home on his tractor, milking the cattle and singing ‘ee-aye-ee-aye-oh?’Or, like most arch-professionals in football, might he be tempted by the opportunity to manage one of Europe’s foremost clubs, where the infrastructure and much of the squad suggest the right manager could bring a rapid upturn in fortunes?After all, Poch’s successor Jose Mourinho swore blind that he would never manage Spurs, out of respect to Chelsea fans, during his second spell at Stamford Bridge in 2015.Last week, the current Chelsea chief Frank Lampard was asked the same the same question about Spurs and insisted: “There are some things you wouldn’t do . . . I can firmly say no. You can replay that again in ten years if you want!”Yet as his own uncle Harry Redknapp proved, when he moved from Portsmouth to Southampton and back again, local rivalries are for fans to worry about, not managers. ‘BEST CANDIDATE AVAILABLE’George Graham served for three years at Spurs, while Steve Bruce has managed both North East clubs, both Birmingham clubs and both Sheffield clubs without too many people claiming he isn’t, at the very least, a thoroughly good bloke.There should be no surprise that Pochettino is being strongly linked to Arsenal, where Unai Emery is now a dead man walking.Poch is available and has a fine track record of Premier League over-achievement. Not even the most blinkered Gooner could deny that — putting aside local bitterness — he is the best available candidate.Of the other front-runners, Mikel Arteta is untried and was not especially popular with players during his days as an Arsenal coach.And former Juventus boss Max Allegri has no pedigree in English football. He would represent a shot in the dark similar to Emery’s appointment 18 months ago.The mood music suggests it is now a matter of if, not when, Emery is sacked. And should Pochettino give the slightest indication that he would be interested, there would be a sharp acceleration.4 Man City coach Mikel Arteta is thought to be a contender should Unai Emery exit Arsenal – but he is untried as a managerCredit: AFP or licensorsThe story of the Kroenke family ownership of Arsenal has been one of drift, neglect and complacency.Arsene Wenger was allowed to go on for several years too long, the club have become Europa League regulars and, as proved in this weekend’s fortuitous home draw against struggling Southampton, the defence remains a shambles.For once, could the Kroenkes make a decisive, positive move and persuade Pochettino? Because the truest indication that Arsenal are in crisis came with a suggestion that even the posh old boys in the boardroom are becoming restless.Chairman Sir John Chippendale ‘Chips’ Lindley Keswick is said to be considering his position because of the heat the board are under over Emery’s continued employment.And while Sir Chips is little more than a figurehead, these port-and-cigars men have rarely been known to rock the boat in such fashion.His fellow director, Lord Harris of Carpets, could be tearing at the shagpile next.Arsenal need to find a proven manager who can hit the ground running to unite and energise a fractured and under-achieving squad.last_img read more


Suárez-dependence in Barça away from Camp Nou


first_imgThus, Suarez scored a goal in the victory 0-2 from Getafe after one ‘assistance’ by Ter Stegen; it was basic in the comeback in Leganés, where Barça won 1-2 thanks among other things to somewhat Uruguayan and also actively participated in the 0-3 from Eibar. When you have not marked, has been able to attend. Made screen for Messi in the Wanda 0-1 goal. The Argentine, after exceptional driving, relied very well on the Uruguayan to beat Oblak. In Liga, Suarez had a very prominent paper also in some draws In the 2-2 of AnoetaHe attended Griezmann for 1-1 and advanced to Barça after a pass from Messi that left him facing goal. Y against Espanyol, made a Golazo center of Alba and gave another spectacular pass to Arturo Vidal. In Champions, his participation was also decisive in Prague (He participated in the 1-2 that was granted at his own door) and in Milan, assisting Ansu in a similar way to Messi in the Wanda for 1-2. The Barca has had certain Suárez-dependence this season out of home. The Uruguayan is a player with whom you can go to war, especially outside Camp Nou. Have spirit and prints character to the team. his absence is noted. So much that, a journey through the statistics of the course discover that in all the games that Barça have won out this season, Suárez has been participation. Newly operated of the right knee for the second time in two years, the lesion of Suarez makes a tremendous damage to Barça. It is not only his figures, that also (until his injury, he had participated in 41% of Barça’s goals). It is your job to make Messi happier in the grass and open corridors that now the Argentine will have to find in other places and with the help of other colleagues. Suárez is not expected until May. We’ll see if it’s late or not for Barça.last_img read more


Warriors cruise past San Antonio


first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):Golden State’s Stephen Curry scored 37 points and hit six 3-pointers in three quarters as the reigning champions, Warriors, showed that they still rule the NBA’s Western Conference by beating nearest rivals San Antonio 120-90 on Monday.The Spurs were chasing a win that would have left the conference’s top teams only one game apart but were never in the contest against a Warriors team that has now won 39 consecutive home games.Golden State’s Curry had 15 points in the opening quarter and shot 12 for 20 as he recorded a personal best-points total against San Antonio.Kawhi Leonard scored 16 for the sloppy Spurs, who had won their previous 13 games.Chicago came from eight points down in the fourth quarter to win 89-84 at Chicago.Dwyane Wade had 28 points, including 10 in the fourth, and Chris Bosh added 18. Pau Gasol had 19 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Bulls.Memphis’ Jeff Green scored a season-high 30 points to lead the Grizzlies to a 108-102 overtime win against Orlando.Cleveland struggled against Minnesota before a spurt late in the third and early in the fourth that set up a 114-107 win.LeBron James scored 25 points and Tristan Thompson had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Karl Anthony-Towns led Minnesota with 26 points and 11 rebounds.Pint-sized point guard Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points in three quarters, and five other players finished in double figures as Boston defeated Washington 116-91.Atlanta completed a four-game Western Conference road trip with a 119-105 win at Denver, with Paul Millsap scoring 22 points.Detroit’s Reggie Jackson scored 29 points as the Pistons led from go to whoa in beating Utah 95-92.Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins set a team record with 56 points – the most by an NBA player this season – but it was not enough to prevent the Kings losing 129-128 to Charlotte.Houston’s James Harden scored 35 points and Trevor Ariza added a season-high 31, and the Rockets needed all of it to edge undermanned New Orleans 112-111.last_img read more


Hart, L.A Baptist get top seeds


first_imgL.A. Baptist earned a first-round bye in the Div. V-A bracket and will host either Mesrobian of Pico Rivera or San Gabriel Academy in the second round at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Knights (17-6) are led by Andreanna Marshall, who averaged an area-best 26.3 points per game. Five Marmonte League teams were selected to the Div. I-AA bracket, but none are expected to seriously contend for a title in the Southern Section’s toughest division. No. 10-seed Moorpark (23-3), No. 11 Newbury Park (19-7) and No. 13 Royal of Simi Valley (21-5) will be favored in Saturday’s first-round games. Flintridge Prep of La Canada Flintridge (Div. IV-A) and Village Christian of Sun Valley (Div.V-AA) received No. 2 seeds and figure to contend for division titles. kevin.connelly@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Britney Fitchpatrick and Amanda Adjari add an experienced backcourt for Hart, the Daily News’ top-ranked team, which will host either Poly of Riverside or Glendale in the first round at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Indians will be heavily favored until the quarterfinals Feb.24, when they could potentially face No. 5-seed Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach (20-6). Mira Costa beat Hart 46-45 on Dec. 27. center_img The Southern Section girls’ basketball playoff pairings created little surprise Sunday, as Hart of Newhall and L.A. Baptist were the local schools to earn top seeds, and several others earned favorable spots. Hart earned the distinction in Div.I-A after winning its sixth consecutive Foothill League title earlier this season. The Indians (24-2) are the defending Div. I-A champion, and they have one of the most dominant front lines in the state with Tatianna Thomas, Megan Ford and KaLana Inemer. last_img read more


Everton legend becomes free agent after leaving club


first_img1 Everton legend Tim Cahill is on the search for a new club after he reached a mutual decision with New York Red Bulls to terminate his contract with MLS side.The 35-year-old moved to the United States in July 2012 after eight successful years at Everton, signing a deal which was due to run until the end of the 2015 season.But the Red Bulls announced Cahill’s departure on Twitter on Monday evening – around six hours before the 11pm UK transfer deadline – before quoting the player as saying: “I’ve enjoyed every moment of my time at the Red Bulls and leave with great memories.”The announcement has sparked talk that the player could be on his way back to the Premier League, where he became a firm favourite during a Goodison Park stint which saw him turn out 278 times for David Moyes’ Toffees.Cahill is Australia’s all-time leading scorer with 39 goals in 82 appearances and helped his national team secure a maiden Asian Cup title with a 2-1 extra-time victory over South Korea in the final on Saturday.The former Millwall man has also reportedly attracted interest from China, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, and as a free agent does not face the time pressure to sign for anyone in England before the deadline passes at 11pm on Monday night. Everton hero Tim Cahill last_img read more


HUNDREDS TO TRAVEL TO SEE X FACTOR STAR JANET DEVLIN RETURN HOME


first_imgHUNDREDS of Donegal fans of the X Factor are set to travel to Omagh tonight to see X Factor star Janet Devlin return home to turn on the town’s Christmas lights.The teenage singing sensation will sing for thousands of people in the centre of the Tyrone town this evening. Letterkenny-based fan Janet Doherty told us: “There’s a pile of is going over to see her. She’s a real star and this will be a great chance to see her.”Janet – from Gortin – is a regular visitor to Donegal, spending summers at the beaches around Inishowen with her family.The teenager will be followed home to Gortin and on to Omagh this evening by a TV crew from ITV for a special package to be shown on this Saturday’s show.Tonight’s event is free and police in the North are warning of traffic delays on the main Donegal-Dublin road. “Everyone has been talking that Janet would be coming to switch on the lights, but a lot of us didn’t believe that she would be able to find the time after going through to the final five of the X Factor ,” said local councillor Patrick McGowan.“She had done the North West proud.”The Christmas lights switch-on in Omagh is expected to start at 6.30pm with a programme of music and entertainment at the courthouse.Janet will be joined by local band the Hootenannys, and previous X Factor contestant Eoghan Quigg from Dungiven with Santa set to arrive shortly before 7pm.According to Boylesports bookmakers, Janet Devlin – at 4/1 – is still the best backed contestant to win the X Factor.Click the video to see Janet’s performance last Saturday. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comHUNDREDS TO TRAVEL TO SEE X FACTOR STAR JANET DEVLIN RETURN HOME was last modified: November 23rd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)Tags:donegaldonegaldaily.comJanet Devlin X FactorKiss MeOmaghx factorlast_img read more


Mere Biochemistry: Cell Division Involves Thousands of Complex, Interacting Parts


first_imgIn biochemistry, the stem -mere means “part” (as in centromere, telomere) and -some means “body” (as in chromosome, ribosome).  Biochemists are learning that these cell organelles are not -mere bit parts, but -some fit bodies.Telomeres and chromosomes:  PhysOrg reported that the chemical “caps” on the end of chromosomes, called telomeres, have a special code to keep them intact.  Scientists from Portugal and U of Indiana found that a histone tag near the telomeres keeps the DNA Damage team from tying separate chromosomes together – a response that would spell death for the cell.  “It’s amazing,” a Portuguese scientist remarked, “but it appears to be this single change that underlies the cell’s ability to distinguish the end of the chromosome (i.e. a telomere) from a break in the middle.”  Described as “like the plastic caps on shoelaces,” telomeres not only keep chromosomes intact, but are also implicated in the aging process as they wear off, or in cancer when they go awry.Ribosome quality control:  Cells need to search and destroy nascent proteins that fail to have a “stop code” when being translated in the ribosome.  PhysOrg reported that a quality control mechanism in bacteria that corrects or deletes failed polypeptides in the ribosomes operates similarly, but is unrelated to, the system in eukaryotes.  Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute used a “homology approach” to identify a protein in yeast that performs the same inspection role on nascent proteins that a different protein plays in bacteria.  “The [bacterial and eukaryotic] mechanisms are very different, but the concepts are remarkably similar,” one researcher said.  “—that’s the beauty of it.”  We know all about that.  Search engines are a concept, but the manifestations (Google, Bing) can be very different.Centromere code:  It goes without saying that heredity depends on accurate copying of DNA at each cell division.  PhysOrg reported on a finding at Pennsylvania School of Medicine that showed how the “histone code” epigenetically (i.e., apart from DNA inheritance) identifies the center of each chromosome – the centromere – so that the spindle apparatus accurately connects to it during cell division (see also 05/06/2010 and 12/17/2007).  Science Daily described how a “centromere identifier attracts other proteins, and in cell division builds a massive structure, the kinetochore, for pulling the duplicated chromosomes apart during cell division.”  The article quoted a researcher happily saying, “Our work gives us the first high-resolution view of the molecules that control genetic inheritance at cell division.  This is a big step forward in a puzzle that biologists have been chipping away at for over 150 years.”Telomere linemen:  Researchers at the Wistar Institute identified another key player in the cell’s task of keeping its chromosome ends (telomeres) intact.  A two-part protein named Cdc13, which has a “crucial support role in maintaining and lengthening telomeres,” is able to simultaneously grip the tail end of the telomere while recruiting the telomerase enzyme to add more cap units.  Emmanuel Skordalakes of Wistar had an interesting analogy to describe the action: “You can think of Cdc13 as if it were you hanging on to the edge of a cliff, with one grip stronger than the other,” he said.  “You’re going to keep that strong hand on the cliff’s edge while your weaker hand reaches into your pocket for your phone.”Centrosomes untangled:  Centromeres, centrosomes; what’s the difference?  Centromeres are the center parts of chromosomes where attachments are made to pull paired chromosomes apart during cell division.  The centrosome is also involved in cell division, but it is a “complex made up of several hundred different proteins,” reported Science Daily, that includes the centrioles and the spindle apparatus that winches the paired chromosomes apart.  In attempting to dissect differences between normal divisions and faulty ones, German biochemists investigating centrosomes in fruit flies “identified more than 250 different proteins making up this complex…. They found a whole series of proteins responsible for the separation of chromosomes, number of centrosomes and their structure.”  They hope their detective work will “unravel regulatory networks in the future, which will help to target and interfere with the division of cancer cells.”Switched-on mitosis:  A casual look at cells in identical circumstances seems to show them dividing at random.  Some scientists have preferred to think there is something inherent in a cell that tells it when to divide.  There is: a toggle switch.  Scientists at Duke University found a switch in the cell that determines which cells will divide, and which ones won’t.  PhysOrg said this “gene circuit” acts like a “bistable switch.”  The article explained, “The gene circuit is in all cells and can tell identical cells to live in two states simultaneously, either on or off.”  When the signal to divide comes, some respond, and some don’t.  This helps reconcile competing hypotheses about how cells know when it’s time to divide.  “Bistability is not unique to biology,” the article said.  In electrical engineering, for example, bistability describes the functioning of a toggle switch, a hinged switch that can assume either one of two positions – on or off.”  The bistable switch in the cell determines which cells will be the dividers and which will not.  “Genetic switch underlies noisy cell division” was PhysOrg’s headline.Coded chromosomes:  Cell division is like a symphony, reported Science Daily, describing what researchers at Rockefeller University have found.  They found hard evidence for the “histone code hypothesis,” the idea that tags on the histone proteins on which DNA is wound provide an independent epigenetic code, distinct from the DNA code, that affects heredity (for historical background, see 11/04/2002, 02/16/2004 and 07/26/2006).   “The orchestration of the exact timing and localization of the vast array of molecules and processes involved in reproducing the chromosomes is one of the basic wonders of biology and is at the core of both healthy living and diseases such as cancer, that arise when the process goes awry,” the article said.  “We cracked one code,” Hironori Funabiki, head of the Laboratory of Chromosome and Cell Biology at Rockefeller, said, “but there are yet many to be decoded to understand how chromosomes orchestrate mitosis.”PhysOrg reported that scientists at the University of Edinburgh “were able to define some 4,000 proteins involved in the division of cells.”  These proteins “protect the fragile genetic material and help it fold into the correct shape before it splits into two new cells.”  They were astonished at “the intricacies of this process” but had nothing to say about evolution.This is some of the de facto intelligent design research taking place around the world.  Keep pouring on the evidence: nothing in biology makes sense in the darkness of evolution; nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of intelligent design.(Visited 49 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Feeding Farmers Week 3 — Winegardner Farms, Allen County


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The third week of 2016 Fall Feeding Farmers in the Field took the Ohio Ag Net crew to the eastern edge of Allen County to Winegardner Farms. The family operation, ran by brothers Kent and Lyle, as well as Kent’s son Kendell deals with corn and soybeans in addition to side businesses, including Winegardner Petroleum. Watch the video below as Dale Minyo speaks with Kent and Kendell on the family, their farm, and this year’s harvest.Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood jumped in the combine with Lyle Winegardner to see up close and personal just how harvest is going. The soybean field they were in was looking to average around 70 bushels per acre, exceptional for this year’s growing season. More in the Cab Cam below.Special thanks to sponsors of Feeding Farmers in the Field, fall edition: T102, AgroLiquid, A.G. Boogher, Farm Credit — Delphos, Fennig Equipment, Fertilizer Dealer Supply, RRR Tire, Stine Seed, and VanTilburg Farms. Kent Winegardner Kendell Winegardner Lyle Winegardner in the family’s unique “mancave”last_img read more


Presents For the Would-be Energy Savers Among Family and Friends


first_imgWith Black Friday behind us, it’s time for my annual Christmas shopping list — ideas for energy-saving and green living gifts this holiday season. Most of these products can be purchased locally — benefiting the local economy. Discounts may be available for both in-store and online purchases.Concept SL-100 Solar-Powered LED Security LightI haven’t actually used this product, but I read user reviews of some of the leading solar security lights, and the Concept SL-100 32 LED Solar Security Light with Motion Detector seems to be the top-rated product right now. It is installed without an electrician and requires no connection to your home’s wiring system. A small (two-watt) amorphous-silicon photovoltaic (PV) panel charges a lead-acid battery that powers a motion-sensor-controlled outdoor light source consisting of 32 individual LEDs. The manufacturer claims comparable light output to a 20-watt compact fluorescent lamp with ten hours of continuous operation on a full charge. The PV panel can be mounted up to 12 feet from the light. List price: $79.95. (I looked everywhere but was unable to track down the actual manufacturer; information on the product can be found on Amazon and many other websites.)Belkin Conserve Switch Surge Protector with RemoteThe problem is that a lot of our electronic equipment keeps on using electricity when it’s turned off. Home entertainment centers, TVs, DVD players, stereo equipment, computer monitors, cable modems, and wireless routers often consume electricity 24/7. The Belkin Conserve Switch Surge Protector allows you to quickly and easily turn off all the devices plugged into the power strip using a wall-mounted, wireless switch. Sure you could save as much energy with a simple power strip if you remembered to turn it off when you weren’t using the equipment, but convenience means a lot. The remote switch for this Belkin surge protector can be mounted right next to your light switch–making it easy to put an end to these phantom loads. List price: $39.99.Water Heater BlanketIf you have a storage-type water heater, “standby losses” account for a significant portion of its annual energy use. Those standby losses can be reduced by fitting the water heater with an insulating blanket. Most are made with fiberglass insulation and vinyl facing. Use care if insulating a gas-fired water heater; for safety reasons the air inlet must not be blocked. Cost: $15 to $35, depending on product; rebates may be available from some utility companies or energy offices.Public Transit PassLooking for gifts for employees? In an urban area with a public transit system, consider transit passes. You will encourage an energy-saving and pollution-reducing alternative to commuting by automobile — and you might actually improve productivity at the workplace, by allowing employees to relax or check e-mail on their way to work. Cost: varies widely depending on location, duration of pass, etc.Hand RakeHand rake? It’s a great alternative to a gasoline-powered or electric leaf blower. It saves energy, is easier on the ears (yours and your neighbors’), reduces pollution, and gets you outside to enjoy the fresh air. Available in bamboo, plastic, and steel. Cost: $8 to $60, depending on quality.Caframo Ecofan for Wood Stoves and Gas StovesThis is not only a functional present that can help deliver heat from your wood stove or freestanding gas stove, but it’s also a really cool gadget that demonstrates the fascinating process of thermoelectric power generation. When the Caframo Ecofan is placed on a hot surface, the base heats up, while an upper metal surface remains much cooler. A thermoelectric material sandwiched between these two layers uses that difference in temperature to produce electric current. Technically, this is called the Seebeck effect, after the Estonian-German physicist Thomas Johann Seebeck. With the Caframo Ecofan, the electricity powers a silent fan that pushes warm air rising from the wood stove into the room. List price: $159.99 for the larger three-blade model (#802). Different model sold for certain gas stoves.Accutire Digital Tire GaugeSome pundits made fun of candidate Obama when he touted the energy-saving benefits of keeping tires properly inflated, but he was exactly right. The Accutire MS-4021 Standard Digital Tire Gauge is the best-rated digital gauge on the market. With a tire-pressure range from 5 to 150 psi, it works for bicycles as well as cars and trucks, and the accuracy of 0.5 psi allows precision monitoring of tire pressure. For highway driving, keep tire pressure at the upper end of the recommended inflation range to reduce rolling friction and improve fuel economy. The downside is that it does require small batteries that have to be changed after a few years. List price: $14.99.The book “Your Green Home”All right; I’m  a biased judge of the value of this book, since I wrote it. But if you have a friend thinking of building a new home, this is a great starting place. Published in 2007 by New Society Publishers. List price: $17.95 from your local bookstore.In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex contributes to the weekly blog BuildingGreen’s Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of those blogs by e-mail — enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any BuildingGreen.com blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more