Blackpool v QPR line-ups: Jenas starts, no Johnson, Phillips faces former side

first_imgJermaine Jenas starts for QPR at Bloomfield Road, where summer signing Matt Phillips faces his former club.Blackpool: Gilks, Basham, Broadfoot, Cathcart, Robinson, Ferguson, Osbourne, Gosling, Delfouneso, Ince, Davies.Subs: Warner, Harris, Blackett, Dobbie, Grant, Chopra, Barkhuizen.QPR:Green; Simpson, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto, Phillips, Carroll, O’Neil, Barton, Jenas, Austin.Subs: Murphy; Traore, Onuoha, Chevanton, Kranjcar, Henry, Hoilett.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Athletics fall short after late rally in loss to Cubs

first_imgCHICAGO — Marcus Semien made the most of his first visit to Wrigley Field in five years on Monday.The A’s shortstop and leadoff batter went 2 for 5 with a pair of home runs, the sixth multi-homer game of his career. And he almost had a third in the ninth that would have given the A’s a lead fell short at the left field warning track.The A’s suffered their fourth loss in their last five road games in the 6-5 setback in the team’s first visit to Wrigley Field since 2010.But they made a game of …last_img read more

Authorities ‘ready to ensure safe, secure election’

first_img5 May 2014The authorities will adopt a zero-tolerance approach towards any person or group who attempts to disrupt South Africa’s general election on Wednesday, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on the weekend.“No one will be allowed to prevent anyone from exercising his or her constitutionally enshrined right to vote,” Mthethwa told reporters on Saturday following a visit to Gauteng province’s troubled Bekkersdal informal settlement by ministers from the government’s justice, crime prevention and security cluster.“Security structures have been mobilised and stand ready to act swiftly to remove disruptive elements and ensure that our people feel free and safe to go out and exercise their right to vote,” he said.The ministers began their visit with an engagement with community leaders before conducting a walkabout in the area. They were well received by residents, who assured them that they would be going to the polling stations on Wednesday to cast their votes.The ministers have over the past two weeks visited Kwa-Mashu and Wembezi in KwaZulu-Natal, Mannenberg in the Western Cape, Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape, and Freedom Park and Itsoseng in North West province.At each engagement they spoke to communities, conducted walkabouts and obtained detailed briefings from security structures on the ground.A report by the South Africa’s security agencies notes that the country is stable and the environment is conducive for successful elections, save for a few areas that have been flagged as “hot-spots”.Mthethwa said the number of hot-spots across the country had significantly decreased, thanks to interventions made over the past weeks following the ministers’ visits as well as work by security agencies on the ground.He added that all voting stations and Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) operations centres would be secured with appropriate police deployments.“The SANDF [SA National Defence Force] also stands ready to provide additional deployments, in support of the SAPS [SA Police Service], should the need arise,” Mthethwa said. “Provincial joint operations are activated across the country and fully operational.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

A Net-Zero Passivhaus Duplex in Portland

first_imgDucted minisplit for heating and coolingBecause of the extremely low heating and cooling loads, the builders needed only a single minisplit per housing unit. Instead of opting for a wall-mounted unit, they chose a ducted Mitsubishi design, even though it’s not quite as efficient as ductless unit. The long, narrow grille is located on the wall of the foyer.“I know the coefficient of performance is a little lower for the ducted version,” Hawthorne said. “You do take a little bit of a performance hit, but I think for me every decision is kind of a balancing act. In terms of efficiency, yes, I want those units to be extremely high efficiency but there are certain things I’m not really willing to compromise on, and in this case it’s the aesthetics.“We really racked our brains on how to get a true ductless head somewhere in the unit and make it look good,” he said. “We spent a lot of time on trying to make that work. But we just couldn’t find a place where it could fit in with the modern, clean aesthetic of the rest of the project. So this was just a compromise we decided to make.”Other features include:A Zehnder heat recovery ventilator.A heat-pump water heater made by Airgenerate.A 4.8-kW photovoltaic array for each unit. A tight, superinsulated building enclosureThe building’s heating load is only 4,500 Btu/h, thanks to a lot of insulation and very careful air-sealing. It’s built on a concrete slab that was placed over 9 inches of EPS foam insulation (R-36). Walls were framed with 2x8s, packed with blown-in cellulose, and then insulated on the outside with 4 inches of rigid polyisocyanurate foam insulation (R-52).PDX framed the roof with 14-inch-deep I-joists, also filled with cellulose, and capped the roof assembly with 7 inches of polyisocyanurate foam, for a total R-value of 95.Windows are Intus Eforte, a triple-paned European tilt-and-turn design with vinyl frames.The builders took extra steps to insulate exterior doors because they couldn’t locate a high-performance door at a price they wanted to pay. Starting with a Thermatru fiberglass door, they built an extra frame on the interior and insulated it with 1 in. thick vacuum insulated panels made by Dow Corning.With an R-value of 39 per inch, the panels helped get the whole-door R-value to 16, Hawthorne said, about three times as effective as a stock door.When tested with a blower door, the units showed 0.33 and 0.35 air changes per hour at 50 pascals, roughly half the leakage allowed by the Passivhaus standard. In Portland, Oregon, both units of a two-unit Passivhaus project sold before they were complete — one of them after being on the market for only two days and the second before it was ever listed with a real estate agent.The net-zero energy O2Haus is the work of PDX Living, a company that is co-owned by Rob Hawthorne and Bart Bergquist. An earlier duplex project in Portand, called TrekHaus, was described in a GBA post by Richard Defendorf early last year.The 02Haus units are 1,690 sq. ft. each, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a one-car garage. Hawthorne says the project is the first net-zero Passivhaus spec project he’s aware of in Portland. The project is in the Montavilla neighborhood.After the first unit sold, the company had hoped to complete the second unit and schedule an open house before listing it. “But,” Hawthorne said, “a couple of people had heard about it and someone came in and said, ‘Please, please take my offer.’ It was hard to refuse it. So one of the units was never listed.”The units sold for $379,000 and $405,000. He called the quick sale of the properties, at or above the asking price, a “good sign for the green building industry.”last_img read more

Update to TFA Extreme Weather Guidelines

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) has recently reviewed and updated the TFA Extreme Weather Guidelines to be in compliance with Sports Medicine Australia guidelines, National Insurance Scheme requirements and duty of care principles. It is recommended that all state, regional and affiliate entities adopt the TFA Extreme Weather Guidelines – April 2015 version. These will take effect from Wednesday, 15 April 2015. The TFA Extreme Weather Guidelines relate to all Touch Football competitions and events conducted by or on behalf of TFA, state, regional, affiliated associations and clubs and are designed to protect Touch Football participants from injury and illness that may result by playing Touch Football in extreme weather conditions. Highlighted changes to the TFA Extreme Weather Guidelines include: » Section 1: Introduction to Extreme Weather Guidelines » Limited Air Quality/Pollution and Action Required » Section 2: Extreme Heat – Factors for consideration Committee Members, Administrators, Event and Competition managers and volunteers have a duty of care to players, officials and spectators, which includes regularly monitoring environmental and playing conditions and to take action to minimise the risk of heat stress or threat of illness or injury. Extreme weather may be defined as including weather that threatens the immediate or long-term safety of individuals as a result of heavy rain, lightening, heat or other unusual or unpredictable weather conditions. These guidelines set out the approach that the Touch Football affiliate should follow when assessing extreme weather conditions. They are not binding, but affiliates must act responsibly. A common sense approach is encouraged and consideration of the comfort and well-being of all individuals should be taken. For more information, please click on the attached memo and guidelines. For further information contact: Affiliate Services Coordinator, TFA – [email protected] or phone (02) 6212 2800.Related Filesextreme_weather_guidelines_april_2015-pdfmemorandum_-_update_to_tfa_extreme_weather_guidelines_april_2015-pdfRelated LinksExtreme Weather Guidelineslast_img read more

Agreement waiving spousal support upheld despite lack of legal advice

first_imgTORONTO – A woman who signed a deal without legal advice decades ago in which she agreed her spouse would never have to pay support if their relationship broke down has lost her bid to have the agreement set aside.In upholding a judge’s decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal said it found no error that would warrant overturning the cohabitation agreement Denise Boyda Smith inked 20 years ago.“She acknowledges that she was not coerced,” the Appeal Court said. “There is no suggestion that the income of the parties at the date of the agreement impacted her decision to sign the agreement.”Court documents show Boyda Smith and Johnny Smith began living together in March 1997. He had already been through one acrimonious separation and, in an effort at avoiding a repetition, he presented her with the agreement as a condition of continuing the relationship and buying a home, documents show.Boyda Smith signed without going to a lawyer, even though she had ample time to do so. The couple later had two children and got married, but their relationship fell apart in 2013 and she turned to the courts to have the agreement waiving spousal support set aside.Superior Court Justice Antonio Skarica ruled against her in March last year, prompting Boyda Smith to appeal. She argued Skarica’s ruling was in error because the agreement in which she waived support did not meet the provisions of the Divorce Act, which attempts to put separating spouses on substantially equal financial footing.Among other things, Boyda Smith argued a “power imbalance” existed between her and her spouse, that she had not discussed spousal support with him, and that he had failed to be fully upfront about his financial position.She also maintained the cohabitation agreement did not square with the Divorce Act because she bore primary responsibility for their children and he made more money than she did.In rejecting her arguments, the Appeal Court cited Supreme Court of Canada case law that mandates a judge look at the circumstances at the time a deal was signed, whether the agreement complies with the law on divorce, and whether it reflects the original intentions of the parties.Skarica found the couple had discussed the cohabitation agreement beforehand, that Boyda Smith did know his sources of income and assets, and that she opted to skim the document rather than read it all carefully, the Appeal Court said. It was also her choice not to consult a lawyer, and she thought the agreement fair when she signed it, the court noted.“There was no fraud, coercion, or duress,” the Appeal Court wrote. “The agreement is in substantial compliance with the Divorce Act. Both parties suffered economic disadvantages arising from the marriage.”last_img read more

Stars Share The Love At MakeAWish Valentines Ball

first_imgA host of celebrities attended the Make-A-Wish Valentine’s Ball on Saturday night, held at The Dorchester in London.Christopher Biggins at Make-A-Wish BallCredit/Copyright: Make-A-Wish Foundation UKA great night was had by all, with guests enjoying cocktails and a superb three-course dinner from Executive Chef Henry Brosi. Attendees included Christopher Biggins, who acted as auctioneer, singer/actress Holly Candy (nee Valence), who looked glamorous as she arrived with husband Nick, and former model Linda Lusardi and her husband, former Brookside actor Samuel Kane.Nick and Holly CandyCredit/Copyright: Make-A-Wish Foundation UKFormer The Only Way Is Essex star Amy Childs arrived on the arm of her boyfriend David Peters, while Dancing On Ice 2010 winner Hayley Tamaddon attended with her actor friend Dan Brocklebank.Amy Childs with boyfriend David PetersCredit/Copyright: Make-A-Wish Foundation UKAlso in attendance was former Strictly Come Dancing professional Camilla Dallerup who arrived with her husband, former Hollyoaks actor Kevin Sacre – and ex-Daybreak presenter Dan Lobb came along for the fun, too.Entertainment was provided by the cast of the West End show The Bodyguard, with performances also from Stella Mann’s Musical Theatre Students.Source:Make-A-Wish UKlast_img read more

Draymond Green Is Better Than Ever On Defense

Much like the regular season that preceded it, this NBA postseason has been marked by some eye-popping individual performances. As he tries to reach the NBA Finals for the seventh-straight year, LeBron James has been phenomenal, even by his own ridiculous standards. Meanwhile, point guards Isaiah Thomas and John Wall have been throwing haymakers at one another for the right to face James and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.But perhaps no star has raised the level of his game in the postseason as much as Golden State’s Draymond Green. Yes, he was great on offense in Game 4, recording a triple-double as his team finished a sweep of the Jazz1He averaged 16 points, nearly nine rebounds and seven assists for the series.. But it was his defense — both in this series and all postseason — that made his performance as special, if not more so, as Stephen Curry’s or Kevin Durant’s.Utah scored a meager 95 points per 100 plays with Green on the floor (down from 105 points per 100 with Green on the sidelines), connecting on just 52 percent of its shots inside of five feet with Green on the court (down from a respectable 61 percent with him on the bench), according to NBA.com. But Green’s raw defensive numbers in the series weren’t the real surprise — the Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner was statistically the best interior stopper in the NBA this season2Among players who played at least 50 games and defended three or more shots per game from close range — rather it was the emphatic way in which he repeatedly shut down the Jazz at the rim.On Monday night, Utah tried and failed to score on Green at the basket, shooting just 3 of 10 from close range with him nearby. You would have thought the Jazz had learned their lesson earlier in the series: In Game 2, they tried sneaking three alley-oops past Green, including two to Rudy Gobert, a skilled big and Defensive Player of the Year candidate in his own right. In all three instances, Green snuffed out the play.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/alleyoop1.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/draymondswat.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/greenswat2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Those plays came on the heels of a series against Portland in which Green had a couple of similar rejections at the rim.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/greenrejection.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/greenrejection2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In all, he’s blocked four dunk attempts in 283 minutes this postseason, the most in the league. It’s important to remember here that blocking the dunks of 7-foot-1-inch NBA players is about as hard as it sounds. During the regular season, players were successful on better than 90 percent of their dunk attempts, according to Basketball-Reference.com. To give Green’s postseason performance even greater context, consider this: In his entire career — five seasons and 10,627 regular-season minutes — he had four such blocks, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. Block percentage is a rate estimate of how many 2-point shots a player blocks while he’s on the court.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 2014-152.92.5 2012-131.83.5 Draymond Green’s block rate usually increases during the playoffs 2013-143.04.5 SEASONREG. SEASONPLAYOFFS 2016-173.4%6.4% 2015-163.03.8 Blocked dunks are not only difficult to accumulate, players also run the risk of becoming a potential poster. “There’s definitely a sense of urgency, but it’s also [me] not caring if I get dunked on,” Green said when asked by FiveThirtyEight about his spike in blocked dunks. “Because every time you do it, you put yourself in that position. I like the reward we can reap from getting a block. That outweighs getting dunked on. The way I see it, it’s still just two points. I try to read what the offense is trying to do and be a step early, if I can.”Green, who’s averaging just under five blocks and steals a game combined this postseason, knows his aggressive approach is inevitably going to cause some embarrassment. And that was on display in Game 4 when Utah’s Derrick Favors got the best of him on one play.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/draymonddunkedon.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But more important than a few blocked dunks, the Warriors rely heavily on Green’s instincts to read the opposing team’s offense. Many times, his ball denial or ability to close out on someone like Gordon Hayward forces the opponent to look elsewhere to get a shot; a huge accomplishment in the postseason, when teams learn which role players can handle the moment versus which ones can’t.Earlier in the series, acting Warriors coach Mike Brown was asked to compare or contrast Green’s defensive ability with that of Ben and Rasheed Wallace, from the mid-2000s Detroit Pistons teams. In his response, Brown praised Green, saying he was more versatile than those two while saying that Green took a similar leadership role in terms of how much he communicated with teammates on the court.“They anchored whatever defense they were a part of, and they did a lot of things that were kind of on the fly, that they felt,” Brown said. “That’s something Draymond does. I mean, he has carte blanche. Steve [Kerr] has empowered him since day one to quarterback the defense, and he does a heck of a job in that regard.”And as long as Green keeps improvising the way he has, it will be tough for anyone to challenge the Warriors.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Clement Lenglet Ill try to adapt as quickly as possible

first_imgNew signing Clement Lenglet is confident he will adapt to the Barcelona’s style of play as he reacts to his latest club’s switch that happened on Thursday.Barcelona activated the £31.7m release clause in Lenglet’s previous contract to complete a deal for a switch.“My style? I’m left-footed and I like bringing the ball out. I try to play hard but without making many fouls, although sometimes I make them! It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, it’s unique, something incredible. You have to get used to Barcelona.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It’s a style of play totally different from other clubs, so I’ll try to adapt as quickly as possible. Everything will be a little demanding. I don’t know how long it’ll be like that for, but everything motivates me.“It motivates me to play at a stadium like Camp Nou, playing with Messi, in the Champions League and being able to win it, winning La Liga, the Copa. Everything went through quickly and everyone’s happy. I’m at one of the best teams in the world” Lenglet said, according to Sports Mole.Lenglet’s five-year contract at Camp Nou includes a release clause of £265m.last_img read more