Nikica Jelavic punished some all-too familiar half-hearted QPR defending by volleying Hull ahead in the 16th minute.Rangers failed to deal with Tom Huddlestone’s free-kick and Jelavic pounced after Steven Caulker’s weak header to fire into the bottom corner.Full-back Darnell Furlong, making his senior debut, almost equalised with a header that was tipped away by keeper Allan McGregor.Furlong, son of former QPR striker Paul Furlong, is playing because Nedum Onuoha and Mauricio Isla are both injured.Rangers are also without the likes of Richard Dunne and Leroy Fer, but Charlie Austin was passed fit to return following a foot problem. QPR: Green, Furlong, Ferdinand, Caulker, Yun, Phillips, Barton, Henry, Kranjcar, Zamora, Austin Subs: McCarthy, Hill, Traore, Wright-Phillips, Vargas, Zarate, Doughty. Hull: McGregor, Dawson, Bruce, McShane, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler, Brady, Jelavic, N’Doye. Subs: Davies, Hernández, Harper, Aluko, Ramírez, Robertson, Quinn. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
What do Stonehenge and Chaco Canyon have in common? On opposite sides of the globe, they illustrate human nature.StonehengeMost visitors to Stonehenge marvel at the engineering required by “primitive” people to hoist gigantic stones onto rock pedestals. What they may not know is that one of the rock quarries is 140 miles away. PhysOrg announces that geologists found the source of the “bluestone” elements of the structure a distance of 140 miles from the monument. They figure that the two-ton stones were transported overland. It didn’t necessarily require muscle power to haul and erect the stones back in 2900 BC. Here are some ideas how they did it:The special formation of the rock, which forms natural pillars at these outcrops, allowed the prehistoric quarry-workers to detach each megalith (standing stone) with a minimum of effort. “They only had to insert wooden wedges into the cracks between the pillars and then let the Welsh rain do the rest by swelling the wood to ease each pillar off the rock face” said Dr Josh Pollard (University of Southampton). “The quarry-workers then lowered the thin pillars onto platforms of earth and stone, a sort of ‘loading bay’ from where the huge stones could be dragged away along trackways leading out of each quarry.”Chaco CanyonSome of the most impressive architecture constructed by ancient Puebloans can be seen at Chaco Canyon in the San Juan Basin of northwestern New Mexico. Multi-story dwellings of wood and stone reveal an organized society with social complexity and cooperation. Science Daily says,About 240,000 trees were used to build massive structures, some five stories high and with hundreds of rooms, in New Mexico’s arid, rocky Chaco Canyon during the time period 850 to 1140 [AD]. The buildings include some of the largest pre-Columbian buildings in North America.Now, an “unexpected” find shows additional intelligent design and ingenuity by the builders. Researchers publishing in PNAS used tree-ring dating to identify the sources of timbers—the first time tree rings have been used to identify wood sources in the southwestern US.—and were quite surprised to find two sources both 50 miles away. This solves an “enduring mystery” about the source of the wood but raises new questions about how “large numbers of timbers were harvested and transported from distant mountain ranges to build the great houses at Chaco Canyon.”The Puebloans did their work thousands of years later than the early Welsh ancestors at Stonehenge, but we should remember that the two groups were separated not only by time but by distance. Ancestors of all New World tribes had crossed over the Bering Strait long before Stonehenge was built. There was no technology sharing between East and West, yet we see human nature operating similarly in both cases. This is why the evolutionary timeline is so unbelievable. Human beings are intelligent, resourceful, and cooperative. They make tools, build things, and create social communities with leadership, goals, and division of labor to achieve those goals. They didn’t just sit around in caves, or go hunting and gathering all day. They found ways to use resources to improve their lives with intelligent design.The Biblical timeline makes sense of the artifacts we find. It makes no sense to believe that early humans inhabited this planet for up to a million years before some mutation happened and cities sprang into being. Given our uniform experience with human nature, and its observable exceptionalism over animals, the logical conclusion is that mankind is young, and therefore the earth is young. (Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
23 July 2012 The newly launched South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) will help the government address South Africa’s energy needs, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said at the launch of the organisation in Johannesburg last week. Sanedi will help government in ensuring that the African continent moves away from being the “darkest continent at night”, Peters said. “Sanedi is responsible for energy research. We must be well-positioned to enable the energy sector to respond to future energy needs and challenges.” It was established through the merger of the South African National Energy Research Institute (Saneri) and National Energy Efficiency Agency (NEEA). Sanedi chief executive officer, Kevin Nassiep, said the establishment of Sanedi would promote the green economy and job creation in the country. “We also need to develop solutions for sustainable development in the future. South Africa needs to be a pioneer of innovation,” Nassiep said. Research done by the entity will be used to inform government policy and its strategic energy plan. Its primary focus will be to address the country’s rising energy demands in areas such as energy efficiency, green transport and advanced fossil fuels. Sanedi’s strategic plan will include smarter grids to provide better services to South Africans. It will also help the country move towards a low-carbon economy, as the country is among the world’s highest carbon gas emitters. It was important to be energy-conscious, Peters said, adding that when buying household products, people should consider energy-efficient products. Government also needed to also become more energy-efficient. “Government spends a lot of money on electricity,” she said. Funds set aside for energy efficiency in government departments had been used for other purposes, but Peters said this was being addressed through measures such as the release of building codes by the Trade and Industry Department. Sanedi and the Transport Department were also in negotiations for the funding of green transport projects, which had been largely untapped. Peters appealed to the public to assist in the campaign to install one million solar water heaters by 2014 as this could save up to 3 000 megawatts – enough to supply a power plant. Source: SANews.gov.za
27 May 2013Gerald Ciolek’s sixth place stage finish on Sunday ended Team MTN-Qhubeka’s successful appearance at the International Bayern Rundfahrt in Bavaria, Germany. Victory on the final stage went to Heinrich Haussler.The Team IAM rider won an exciting finale after 169.9 kilometres between Kelheim and Nurnberg ahead of Basque Juan-Jose Del Lobado (Euskaltel) and Belarussian Yauheni Hutarovich (AG2R).Milan-San Remo winner Ciolek finished the only German stage race for professionals tenth behind the overall winner, Italian Adriano Malori (Lampre-Merida).‘We have reached our goals’“Unfortunately our hope for a stage win didn’t work out today, but with one stage win and the top 10 ranking overall, we have reached our goals,” said Ciolek after the finish.“We can be satisfied with our team’s appearance at the only remaining German stage race. We rode for the win in every stage.”“Gerald and the guys once again presented the Qhubeka project to German sports fans in a great way,” said directeur sportif Jens Zemke.‘A lot of potential’“There is a lot of potential in this team and in African cycling. There is still a lot of work to do and we can’t rest on our laurels.”The last stage was marked by an escape group, which got away despite the bad weather conditions of rain and cold but, as in the days before, the peloton caught them shortly before the closing city circuit in Nurnberg and the expected sprint finale in the Nurnberger Old Town was set up.Team MTN-Qhubeka once again showed itself to be on the same level as the best pro teams at the Bayern Rundfahrt. Riders wearing the yellow MTN-Qhubeka jerseys finished in the top 10 in every single stage of the race.Stages successesTeam captain Ciolek opened the race by sprinting to fourth and second place on the first two stages before winning the third stage on Friday, which gave the team its first yellow leader’s jersey.On Saturday, Lithuanian Ignatas Konovalovas proved his good form after a lengthy layoff because of injury by finishing tenth in the time trial and Ciolek rounded matters off with a sixth place finish on the final stage.This year the 34th Bayern Rundfahrt ran over five stages and 785,4 kilometres from Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm in the Hallertau over the Bavarian forest to Nurnberg.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
12 January 2015The first unit of the Medupi power station, unit six, is close to first synchronisation, according to power supplier Eskom.The only step necessary before finally admitting steam to the turbine is to clean the boiler and associated pipework from all scale, welding residue and contaminants, which arise from construction.It adds that “while the commissioning process towards the synchronisation is at an advanced stage, each of the remaining steps requires critical assessment of the inherent risks to both safety of people and the equipment integrity before proceeding to stage”.Eskom has not given an official revised date for the first synchronisation of the unit; it missed the previous deadline of 24 December. “Before the end of February” has been targeted by spokesperson Andrew Etzinger. He said the 794 MW unit should be fully operational “by winter”.It is the latest delay to the critical project, following various technical problems and labour disruptions. The original date for synchronising unit six was in 2011; this was moved to the end of 2013, then the end of 2014, and now to the beginning of 2015.Technical issues, related to steam blow-through, have again been cited for the latest delay.Initial cleaning is done by chemical flushing, which removes all major contaminants as well as any foreign objects. This is followed by steam blow-through: specific steam flow conditions are prescribed to achieve a minimum velocity and disturbance factors inside the various elements of the boiler. A number of steam blows have already been performed.“While specified cleanliness levels have not been completely reached, a full technical risk analysis has been performed, which shows clearly that the consequences of admitting steam which is not quite clean enough are only slightly accelerated erosion of the high pressure or intermediate pressure turbine blades and possibly valve seats, during the first few days of operation. Thereafter, stable, reliable and predictable operating conditions will be achieved,” Eskom explains.It will take several months for the unit to ramp up to full and stable power following its first power.The budget for the power station has already been increased from R91.2-billion to R105-billion but a revised budget is expected in light of the improved construction processes.Highlighting the importance of the coal-powered station coming on line as soon as possible, on 9 January Eskom again started stage one load shedding in some areas as a result of high demand and urgent maintenance being performed at certain power stations.“We would like to appeal to customers to reduce their electricity usage as much as they can, as it will ease the pressure on the system,” the power utility said.SAinfo reporter
A 20-year-old Dalit man was allegedly burnt alive over his relationship with a woman from another caste, the killing causing his mother to die of shock.According to the police, the suspected case of honour killing occurred at Bhadesa area of Hardoi district on Saturday.Abhishek alias Monu was beaten up, kept hostage in a house and set ablaze, Superintendent of Police Alok Priyadarshi said.Locals rushed to the spot on hearing his cries and took him to a local hospital. He was referred to a Lucknow hospital but succumbed to injuries on the way on Sunday, Mr. Priyadarshi said.A relative said Monu’s mother died of shock after hearing the news.According to the Mr. Priyadarshi, locals said Monu was in a relationship with a girl and had gone to meet her when the incident took place.He was returning after arranging ₹25,000 for the treatment of his ailing mother, Ram Beti (60), his uncle Raju said.Monu was stopped and taken to a house by some people with whom the family had an enmity. They also snatched the money and set him ablaze, according to Raju.An FIR has been filed against five people, including two family members and two neighbours of the girl, the Superintendent of Police said, adding that an investigation is on.
The Indian women’s recurve team fell at the final hurdle as they lost 207-210 to Italy and settled for a silver medal at the world archery championship in Turin (Italy) on Sunday Deepika Kumari, Chekrovolu Swuro and Laishram Bombayla Devi had a onepoint lead at the halfway stage, but let the advantage slip as the Italians went on to take the title.It was India’s maiden entry into the final of a women’s event. The maiden entry into the final seemed to weigh heavily on the minds of the Indians. They shot a disappointing third end for a score of 50 points out of a possible 60 which allowed the Italians to turn the table on their rivals with a fine round of 55.It gave the hosts a whopping four-point lead that was enough for them to clinch the final.The Indians -shooting in the order of Deepika, Chekrovolu and Bombayla -compiled 54 in the final end but fell short by three points. Italy were represented by Guendalina Sartori, Jessica Tomasi and Natalia Valeeva. Both teams were off to scratchy starts in the final and after the first end, the Indians led 51-50.The Italians managed their first 10 in their 10th shot but with two of their arrows landing out of the yellow zone in the second end, they still trailed India by one point at the half- way mark (102-103).After Sartori and Tomasi opened the third end with two 8s, former world champion Natalia Valeeva gave her team a lift with a 10. The Italians were back on track with a 10-9-10 sequence after that. With the Indian trio only managing a 50-point series at that time, the hosts reversed the score to lead by four (157-153).advertisementEven with a commanding lead, the last end was not a foregone conclusion. Before the last three arrows, the Indian team came back to within three points and even two after Sartori managed an 8.The last but one arrow was a 9 for each team and the gap remained static.As Bombayla finished with another 9 for her team, Valeeva needed an 8 to win. The experienced Italian sealed the deal with a 10 to bring the gold medal to Italy. Italy had won a silver medal in Beijing (2001) after clinching the gold in 1999 at Riom in France.India and Italy had faced off seven times before Sunday with the Europeans holding a slender 4-3 head-to-head lead.Significantly, the Italians had won the last two encounters, at Porec (Croatia) in 2010 and Shanghai at the 2009 World Cup. However, the Indians were going into the final high on confidence after their dramatic semi-final victory over world champions and favourites South Korea. Italy had beaten China in their semi-final.Korea had the consolation of the bronze medal, defeating China 222-214. The Koreans won the gold medal in the men’s team recurve event, defeating France 226-217. Italy took the bronze with a 212-210 victory over Mexico.Korea came out on top in the mixed team recurve event as well when they defeated Mexico 151-144. The bronze went to Britain, who got the better of Poland 147-139. India have reasons to be satisfied with the women’s recurve team booking a spot for the London Olympics. Jayanta Talukdar also sealed a spot in the individual recurve event.
Touch Football Australia (TFA) today announced that Steve Mitchell will stand down from his role as Chief Executive Officer in February 2019 to become CEO of the Gold Coast Titans.Mitchell will continue his work with TFA in an advisory capacity to the TFA Board, to assist with the progression of the NRL/TFA Alliance and the NRL Touch Premiership.TFA has seen significant structural change during Mitchell’s time as CEO. These changes include the relocation of key national managerial and operational staff to the NRL’s headquarters, Rugby League Central, in Sydney, to work directly with NRL management teams.A heightened commercial focus in the organisation has resulted in successfully securing nine new national commercial partners, enhanced digital content, improved sports delivery resourcing, and the introduction of new formats of the game to drive participation.The close working relationship with the NRL also provided an opportunity for Mitchell to lead the TFA team to transform Touch Football Australia’s elite domestic competition into the new NRL Touch Premiership. In 2019 the NRL Touch Premiership will be even bigger than in its inaugural year – it will see eight NRL clubs, including the NZ Warriors, field elite men’s and women’s sides in a 17-week competition broadcast on FOX Sports.“I am extremely grateful to Anita Hagarty and the Touch Football Australia Board for giving me the opportunity to join the organisation and to work closely with them to achieve the advances we’ve made over the past 15 months,” said Mitchell.“Touch Football is a fantastic sport with a huge participation base, great athletes and a very bright future. I’m looking forward to assisting its development in the years ahead in an advisory capacity.”On behalf of the TFA Board, TFA Chair Anita Hagarty is grateful for the fantastic contribution Mitchell has made to the sport during his time as CEO. “In 2017, the Board saw the need to set a new direction and put Touch Football on a more commercial, strategic and professional path to achieve future growth. Stephen’s appointment as CEO has been integral to achieving success in this endeavour. By any measure, Stephen has done an amazing job driving our sport forward with his passion, commitment and energy.“We look forward to his ongoing involvement over the coming years in an advisory capacity. He leaves us with a team of very hard-working professionals that will lift the sport to new heights, and in particular, the continued progression of the NRL/TFA Alliance over the coming years, which will be important to the futures of both organisations.”NRL CEO Todd Greenberg agreed, applauding the advances Mitchell has made in strengthening the NRL and Touch Football Australia’s Alliance, and said he looked forward to continuing working with Mitchell as the Titans’ CEO and advisor to the TFA Board.
The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks have faced off in plenty of playoff showdowns over the years, including four clashes in the 1980s alone, during the heyday of Larry Legend and Sid the Squid. This year’s series renewed the rivalry after a 31-year hiatus, and it’s largely lived up to expectations so far: Game 1 featured a pair of buzzer-beaters at the close of regulation before Boston won in overtime, then the Celtics handily took Game 2. But the Bucks managed to claw their way back, running away with Game 3 before winning Game 4 in thrilling fashion to tie the series up.Here are four questions to ponder as the teams head back to Boston and begin what’s now a best-of-three affair.Can Milwaukee’s offense stay hot?The biggest statistical trend helping to turn the tide in this series has been the newfound efficiency of the Milwaukee offense, which went from averaging a mediocre 105.9 points per 100 possessions1The league’s regular-season average was 106.2. in Games 1 and 2 to a scorching 122.8 points per 100 in Games 3 and 4, according to NBA Advanced Stats.You don’t heat up an offense that quickly without an abrupt change in shooting fortunes, and the Bucks have certainly turned things around from beyond the arc. In Games 1 and 2, Milwaukee averaged just 7.5 3-pointers per game — a number below its paltry regular-season average of 8.8 — with only Khris Middleton (who, granted, made a whopping 4.5 threes per game) providing any consistent spacing from the outside. Over the past two games, however, Milwaukee has increased its threes per game to 13, with 10 different players making at least one 3-pointer. In Game 3 alone, the Bucks set a franchise postseason record with 16 threes, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group.So much of the Bucks’ offense is tied up in the playing style of its leading talent, Giannis Antetokounmpo, a player whose unmatched combination of size, length and athleticism allows him to get shots as close to the basket as he wants. (During the regular season, Giannis led the NBA in paint scoring at 15.7 points per game, and the Bucks were tied for the fifth-most buckets from the restricted area.) But as great as Antetokounmpo is, the reality of the modern NBA is that such a defense-collapsing force needs to be complemented with shooting that pushes opponents into impossible defensive dilemmas.The Bucks have often struggled to pose such a threat from deep; they made the league’s fourth-fewest threes per game during the regular season. But they hinted at a fuller offensive potential over the past few games versus Boston, with their increased focus on long-range shooting. It’s worth watching to see if Milwaukee can keep pairing those threes with a Giannis-led interior attack to potentially key a playoff series victory.Can Boston get Terry Rozier back on track?One of the keys to whether Boston could survive the loss of Kyrie Irving has been the play of Terry Rozier, the third-year guard who enjoyed a breakout regular season and took on an increased role in March after Irving’s knee surgery. Rozier was stellar in the first two games of this series, averaging 23 points (on 46.9 percent shooting) and zero turnovers per game as the Celtics built their 2-0 lead. But he has cooled down substantially, with his averages falling to 9.5 points (on 26.3 percent shooting) and 3 turnovers per game in Boston’s pair of losses.Which Rozier will show up now? It will depends on how he cracks the defense of Eric Bledsoe and, increasingly, Matthew Dellavedova — who guarded Rozier with success in Games 3 and 4. That pair has succeeded in making Rozier much less dynamic as both a passer and a scorer in the past two games, holding him to 8.5 potential assists per game (down from 10 in Games 1 and 2) and a usage rate of 18.4 percent (down from 20 percent).The Celtics have still gotten plenty of scoring punch from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who in Game 4 became the second pair of teammates under 22 years old to ever notch 55 combined points in a playoff game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau — joining Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant from 2010. But with Rozier suddenly struggling, the Celtics are missing an important version of the stellar backcourt production that had been so central to the team’s success, both with and without Irving.Will Giannis’s teammates keep up the help?As noted, Milwaukee’s chances are inextricably tied to the Greek Freak — and Antetokounmpo has been holding up his end, delivering a superstar performance. Over the past two games, he’s anchored the Bucks with a 30.1 percent usage rate, 64.5 true shooting percentage and 28.9 assist percentage as the team was fighting its way back to draw the series even. But the irony is that those numbers weren’t too different when Milwaukee was falling into its early series hole: In Games 1 and 2, Antetokounmpo had a 30.2 percent usage rate, a 66.3 true shooting percentage and a 28.8 assist percentage.So for the Bucks, the determining factor isn’t merely how well Giannis plays — it’s how much everyone around him contributes. In the two opening losses, Antetokounmpo’s teammates averaged 74 total points and 13 total assists per game, with a 57.3 percent true shooting mark. In the Bucks’ two victories, those numbers skyrocketed to 87 points, 20.5 assists and a 65.2 true shooting percentage.Of particular note has been the strong play of Middleton and an expanded role for Jabari Parker, who was limited to about 12 minutes per game in Games 1 and 2. Parker has come on strong since, averaging 16.5 points (on 54.5 percent shooting), 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.5 steals and only 0.5 turnovers per game in Games 3 and 4. He helped Milwaukee’s bench outscore Boston’s 31-15 in Game 4, an important edge in a matchup decided by just two points.This doesn’t mean Giannis should be taken for granted, of course. He’s personally dominating this series, with his own play putting teammates in a position to produce efficient numbers for themselves. He willed the Bucks to victory in Game 4’s closing seconds, fighting off Tatum under the rim to tip home the game-winning bucket with 5.1 ticks to go. But the biggest difference between Milwaukee’s losses and wins in this series has been how well the Bucks not named “Antetokounmpo” have been able to execute in their supporting roles.Where’s Al Horford?Though Irving was forced to shoulder Boston’s scoring attack after Gordon Hayward went down with injury five minutes into the season, the 2017-18 Celtics’ most valuable player might have been center Al Horford, whose mega-efficient combination of skills make him the unsung catalyst who improves everyone around him.Boston’s first two games against Milwaukee featured Horford at his versatile best. He scored 20 points per game — while needing only 9.5 shots per game to do it — grabbed 8.5 rebounds and dealt out 4 assists. Every time you looked, he was doing some kind of proverbial “little thing,” like setting a key screen, contesting a shot or getting to the line. Despite taking responsibility for only 15.2 percent of Boston’s offensive attempts2Including shots and turnovers. while in the game, Horford managed to personally account for 17.8 percent of all the positive actions that took place on the court (for either team), according to NBA Advanced Stats.Horford didn’t play poorly in the following two games. He still averaged double-digit points and shot better than 50 percent from the floor. But he individually accounted for only 11 percent of the positive events that happened when he was on the floor, and the Celtics went from plus-4.9 points per 100 possessions with him to minus-8.9. On defense in particular, he had few answers for Antetokounmpo’s forays to the basket (in fairness, who does?), as the Bucks’ offensive rating swelled to 119.9 with Horford on the court.One of Horford’s greatest gifts is that he doesn’t need plays called for him to make a big impact. But there’s a fine line between unselfishly playing all-around basketball and not being involved enough, and Horford was probably on the wrong side of that line as Milwaukee chipped away at Boston’s 2-0 lead — especially in Game 4. He’ll need to get back to exerting his influence at both ends of the court in Game 5 for the Celtics to turn this series around.Check out our latest NBA predictions.