Nelsen confirms QPR deal

first_imgRyan Nelsen has told New Zealand newspaper The Press he is looking forward to being reunited with Mark Hughes at QPR.Hughes signed Nelsen for Blackburn, where the defender spent seven years before agreeing a short-term deal with Tottenham at the end of January.Confirming that he has agreed a one-year contract at Loftus Road, New Zealand captain Nelsen, 34, said: “I owe him [Hughes] pretty much everything. He gave me my chance.“That was a big factor. I know Mark and his staff really well, and they all really helped me when I was first over here in England, so it’s nice to go full circle towards the end of my career.“Hopefully, I can still help them [QPR] out. They’ve got a lot of ambition – it seems like it’s going to be a good fit.”See also: Nelsen agrees move to Loftus Road (15 June)Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Madiba magic for Proteas’ campaign

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma and the Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula wish the Proteas well as they set off to compete in the Cricket World Cup (Image: Bongani Nkosi) President Jacob Zuma met with the Proteas, South Africa’s national cricket squad, in Pretoria recently to wish them good luck for the World Cup taking place in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka later this month. “On behalf of the government and people of South Africa, we wish you all the success in this international campaign,” he said to the team.Led by captain Graeme Smith, the World Cup squad comprises Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Morne van Wyk.All members were present when Zuma wished them well.“We have assembled a fantastic team,” said Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula, who was also there to encourage the team. “We want to wish you well as you get ready to begin the battle. We are a winning nation and believe you will do well.”Zuma said the sport was a national asset and he was happy to see an increased number of young people coming through the development structures of South African cricket.Special nation“May this nation’s traditional winning streak see you through the ferocious spin bowlers of the Asian sub-continent, and also make you bring the trophy home.”The president called on the team to use the country’s previous successes as their motivation for winning the World Cup. “We are certain you will win. You are part of a special nation. South Africans are special people – we can do things others can’t do.”To show support for the squad, Zuma urged all South Africans to wear their Proteas shirts on Fridays as part of the Magnificent Fridays campaign launched by the Ministry of Sports and Recreation.“We did this successfully for the Fifa Soccer World Cup, and we thank you for bringing back the excitement,” he said.Mandela will be watchingZuma delivered a message from former president Nelson Mandela, whom he visited before meeting the team. “When he talked about you his smile got broader and broader. He wants you to know he supports you all the way and said he will be watching you on the television.”“We will support you to the final until you bring the trophy back and hand it over to Nelson Mandela,” the president said.Captain Greame Smith said they were honored to receive a message from the former leader. “The message from Madiba will stand strong inside of us as we try to make our country proud. It is especially humbling to hear him pledge his support and praise for the squad.”Making the country proudSmith said as a team they were encouraged by the knowledge that the country was behind them. “It will be the support from the fans back home that will carry us on,” he said.He also thanked the president and the sports minister for their support. “It’s always an incredible honour to have the opportunity to meet with the president.”Smith gave both Zuma and Mbalula a number 15 Proteas jersey, representing the team’s supporters.Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola also thanked the president and sports minister for their backing. “Thank you for getting the nation behind us. It means a lot to us to have the nation’s support as we go.”Majola said this would help inspire the team to excel on the pitch. He then paid tribute to the players for being ambassadors for their country.“Enjoy yourselves and bring the trophy home,” he added.Before sending the team off with their final marching orders, Zuma sang for skipper Graeme Smith, who was celebrating his 30th birthday.The player said he was “incredibly humbled” by the gesture.last_img read more

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Are Distributed Teams Less Effective?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#biz Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… john paul titlow Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Are colleagues who collaborate remotely via the Internet at a disadvantage compared to their bricks-and-mortar office-bound counterparts? One recent study from Harvard University suggests so, according to a blog post by Wired columnist Clive Thompson. The study, titled “Does Collocation Inform the Impact of Collaboration?” examined this very question using a sample 35,000 biomedical research papers. The team of three scientists calculated the physical distance between the authors of each paper and looked at how many citations the papers received, as a way of measuring how influential they were. The study found that researchers who lived closer together produced more impactful research. In fact, the closer the authors were, the better. “Teams located in the same building did better than teams that were merely in the same city, and teams that were in the same city did better than those that were inter-city,” writes Thompson. This is a potentially important question for businesses of all sizes, as the workforce becomes increasingly mobile, thanks to smart phones and cloud-based Web apps. Of course, it’s hard to know if these results apply to other forms of work, beyond biomedical research. The advantages and disadvantages of working on a distributed team may well depend on the type of work being performed, with some tasks and projects being more ideal for being worked on remotely than others.What do you think think? Is it better to work remotely or in the same physical space? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.Photo courtesy of Flickr user brad montgomery Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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China is Alleged Source of Illegal Blowing Agent

first_img RELATED ARTICLES A Banned Threat to the Ozone ReappearsAvoiding the Global Warming Impact of InsulationSlow Progress on New Blowing Agents for PolyisoNext Generation Spray Foams Trickle into the Market CFC-11 is cheaper and more effectiveBlowing agents produce the gas bubbles in foam insulation that make polyurethane such an effective thermal insulator. But scientists linked a decline in the ozone layer to the production of CFC-11 (trichlorofluoromethane), and an international pact called the Montreal Protocol called for phasing it and certain other chemicals out of production.Scientists began detecting elevated levels of CFC-11 after 2012, and now the EIA says it knows why Chinese manufacturers like it so much: It works better and costs less than the blowing agents that were supposed to replace it.Acting on the report in Nature, EIA investigators found several possible sellers of CFC-11, some of which were advertising online. EIA sources later contacted a number of concerns in China’s growing polyurethane market. Of 21 companies that responded to their inquiry, 18 confirmed their use of the chemical to make polyurethane (PU) foam.“Producers and traders of PU foam blowing agent told EIA sources that the majority of China’s foam industry continues to use CFC-11 due to its better quality and lower price,” the report said.One seller of CFC-11 told the EIA that while alternatives have been developed, their manufacturers force buyers to use other ingredients as well. He called it a “price fixing system, very different from what you can get from us pricewise.” Some companies apparently keep drums of a more environmentally friendly alternative, HCFC-141b, on hand “just for show” when inspectors show up.Enforcement efforts to shut down companies making the chemical illegally “seem to have had limited impact.” One company said that as much as 90% of its foam production used CFC-11.The EIA’s Avipsa Mahapatra told The Guardian that investigators were “dumbfounded” when the companies admitting using CFC-11, adding, “These companies, again and again, told us everybody else does this.”center_img Researchers earlier this year said were surprised to find atmospheric levels of a banned blowing agent used in the production of spray polyurethane foam were much higher than expected. All they could deduce was the source was somewhere in East Asia.Now, a Washington-based organization called the Environmental Investigative Agency says in a new report that the CFC-11 blowing agent is coming from Chinese factories making rigid polyurethane foam insulation. Use of the banned chemical, which damages the atmosphere’s ozone layer as well as contributes to global warming, was said to be “widespread and pervasive.”“EIA has evidence from eighteen companies in ten provinces that they use CFC-11,” the report’s introduction reads. “Detailed discussions with company executives make clear that these are not isolated incidents but instead represent common practice across the industry.”The rise in emissions that began in 2012 was detailed in a study published in the journal Nature in May.Investigators also said there is “significant potential” for illegal trade in the chemical, raising the possibility that foam could be made with the chemical in other countries. The EIA called on both China and parties that signed the Montreal Protocol banning the chemical to take immediate action to investigate and halt the practice.last_img read more

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‘Refocused, more confident’ Joshua Pacio to show up in ONE strawweight title rematch

first_imgMOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess That painful loss in Jakarta, Indonesia also made Pacio a better fighter and he intends to show his improvements in front of his hometown crowd.READ: Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio yields ONE strawweight to Yosuke SarutaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I was a bit caught off guard the last time we faced each other and out of focus but I’m more focused and more confident this time around,” Pacio told reporters during the Roots of Honor press conference Tuesday at City of Dreams.“I’m not going to hesitate this time and I will stick to our game plan.” Joshua Pacio and Yosuke Saruta face off at the ONE: Roots of Honor press conference on Thursday. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Joshua Pacio vows to show the best version of himself when he meets Yosuke Saruta in the cage in their title rematch in ONE: Roots of Honor Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena.The Team Lakay bet yielded the strawweight world title after dropping a close decision to Saruta in their first encounter three months ago.ADVERTISEMENT The 23-year-old Pacio admitted he failed to execute his fight plan and that cost him the unfavorable result.READ: Joshua Pacio banking on hometown support in latest ONE title bid“Last time our fight looked like a rookie versus a veteran but now I won’t even think about his advantage in terms of experience and age. I will just go out there and do everything,” said Pacio, who is eight years younger than the Japanese champion.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte WATCH: Manny Pacquiao coaches son Jimuel who aspires to be a boxer Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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The Bucks Game 1 Win May Come To Haunt Toronto

MILWAUKEE — The Bucks have dropped only one contest all postseason, but for much of Wednesday night’s game against Toronto, Milwaukee was falling victim to the same problems that doomed them in that defeat.The Raptors, just like the Celtics in Game 1 a round earlier, were walling off the painted area with several stoppers, making life difficult around the rim for likely MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Those efforts in half-court situations often dared the Bucks’ role players to shoot from outside — something Milwaukee was ready and willing to do, but generally failing with.But unlike in that loss to Boston, the Bucks found their stroke just in the nick of time against Toronto, and they paired that offensive breakthrough with a defensive effort that stifled the Raptors’ scorers late. The result: The Bucks earned a 108-100 victory here in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.Milwaukee big man Brook Lopez (29 points) was sensational, hitting three triples in the final quarter, including what turned out to be the game-sealing three with just under two minutes to play. He helped turn the tide in what up to that point had been a dismal 6-of-35 performance from deep by the Bucks, the most prolific 3-point shooting club after the Rockets during the regular season.Even after Lopez and his Milwaukee teammates shot 5-of-10 from there in the fourth, the Bucks finished at just 25 percent (11 of 44) on the night, easily one of their worst showings all year. On many levels, that — paired with a relatively mild night from Antetokounmpo (24 points and 14 rebounds on 7-of-16 shooting) — suggested that the Raptors were in great shape to steal a game on the road. And none of that even covers the Raptors’ biggest bright spot: Guard Kyle Lowry, who’s been impactful but inefficient on offense during these playoffs, having a stellar 7-of-9 night from deep. Lowry went scoreless in Toronto’s playoff opener but was decisive on Wednesday, pouring in 30 points.Yet it was all for naught in a game that will haunt the Raptors if they ultimately lose the series. Toronto got almost nothing after halftime from its non-All-Stars. Excluding Lowry and Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors shot 1 for 23 from the floor in the second half (and that lonely basket was a third-quarter buzzer-beating triple from Pascal Siakam). Arguably even worse: Outside of Lowry, no Toronto player even scored a basket in the fourth period, a span in which his teammates shot 0-for-15. Leonard had two free throws; Siakam had one. No one else scored.Norm Powell missed on his lone attempt. Fred VanVleet and Danny Green misfired twice each. Leonard and Siakam tried and failed three times apiece. And Marc Gasol bricked all four times.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It’s fair to wonder if fatigue is partly to blame for the Raptors’ shooting struggles — they missed a handful of open looks down the stretch after entering the series with far less rest than Milwaukee got. But the Bucks’ No. 1 defense also deserves credit for making life tough on Toronto.Antetokounmpo said after the game that Milwaukee, which deployed Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon on Leonard, sought to push the Raptors star to his left throughout the night. The numbers bear that out: 11 of Leonard’s 15 drives were to his left on Wednesday (or 73 percent), according to data from Second Spectrum. That’s a pretty substantial shift from what he normally does: 57 percent of his drives were to his right over the course of this season. (The Bucks have made this a regular part of their defensive effort against elite scorers, most notably against lefty James Harden, whom they had success against by forcing him to his right.)Using other wings on Toronto’s best player, a replication of what the Bucks did during the regular season, allowed Antetokounmpo the freedom and energy to roam and offer help on D. He made a pair of huge plays on that end to stop the fire-breathing Lowry in the fourth quarter, impressively forcing the guard into a double-dribble early in the period before literally swatting away the Raptors’ last-ditch effort in the closing seconds of the ballgame.It’s worth mentioning that Toronto did plenty right in this game, too. Unlike in Game 7 against Philly, in which a handful of Raptors looked almost afraid to shoot, Lowry and others weren’t hesitant on open looks, even if their shots were off the mark in the second half. And the Raptors’ defensive plan likely would have earned them a victory had it not been for Lopez’s outburst in the last period. Early on, they swarmed Antetokounmpo whenever he entered the lane. The Bucks shot 23 percent (3 for 13) on drives during the first half, down from the 55 percent Milwaukee shot in drive situations in the first two rounds, according to data from ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. Toronto found success when it forced Giannis into half-court scenarios during that span, limiting him to just 3-of-9 shooting from the field with three turnovers. (By contrast, he shot 3 of 4 during the first half when he managed to get out in transition.)Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The real difference was Lopez, a player the Bucks signed for a criminally cheap amount of cap space this past offseason, finding his touch from outside. His last triple stemmed from a play on which the Raptors, again concerned about an Antetokounmpo drive through the lane, overcommitted with one too many help defenders. Gasol helped too far down into the paint on Giannis, leaving Lopez wide open behind the left wing. Lopez’s play will be worth watching going forward. If Toronto can’t slow him down with their current lineup, the Raptors may have to go smaller in hopes of speeding up the game, which would make it more challenging for Lopez to defend and stay on the floor.Toronto showed it can more than hang with the Bucks. But given that Milwaukee shot unusually poorly from outside and didn’t get an otherworldly performance from its superstar, the Raptors should be kicking themselves that they didn’t close the game better and find a way to steal one on the road. Opportunities like those don’t come very often against teams of Milwaukee’s caliber.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Germany Takes the Top Spot in Soccer Rankings

Here’s another stunning aspect of Germany’s 7-1 domination of Brazil on Tuesday: We have a new best soccer team in the world. The blowout changed the landscape of ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI) ratings. Going into the match, here’s what the SPI top five looked like:Despite somewhat unimpressive play in the World Cup, Brazil still ranked first over Argentina by a healthy margin, and the Germans ranked fourth. But when ESPN’s Stats & Info team recalculated the SPI on Wednesday morning, a very different picture emerged:Essentially, Germany’s incredibly lopsided victory caused it to flip spots with Brazil. Now the Germans have a sizable lead over the rest of the field (nearly as big a separation as Brazil had going into the tournament), and Brazil has dropped to fourth behind the Argentines and Colombians. (Note, too, that Colombia’s SPI dropped marginally, because Brazil’s loss affected the strength-of-schedule component of its rating.)SPI was wrong Tuesday in its estimation of the relative qualities of Germany and Brazil, even after adjusting for the loss of Brazil’s superstar forward, Neymar. But the good thing about a rating system like SPI is that it can use new information to revise its estimates; the stronger the new evidence, the greater the adjustment. And a 7-1 win is strong evidence that SPI had Germany rated too low and Brazil too highly. read more

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Jincy Dunne a head above competition following redshirt season due to concussion

Ohio State women’s hockey defenseman Jincy Dunne surveys the ice trying to find an open skater against Minnesota on Oct. 21, 2016. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsWhen redshirt freshman defenseman Jincy Dunne signed to play for Ohio State women’s hockey in 2015, she had a resume brimming with on-ice accomplishments and was looking ahead to a promising future at OSU. A member of the U.S. Women’s National Hockey team for multiple years, Dunne was set to represent the U.S. at the U18 Women’s World Championships that same year. There was nowhere to go but up, until Dunne encountered the biggest roadblock of her career. Shortly after scoring the winning goal for the U.S. in the gold medal game of the world championships, Dunne skated head-on into boards, resulting in the worst concussion of her career. The injury forced her to sit out for the 2015-16 season, putting her time with OSU women’s hockey on hold.“It was hard. Obviously, I wanted to be a part of the team, just be with the girls and everything they were going through,” Dunne said. “But in the same breath, I was trying to look at it as a chance. I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason, so I was just really trying to take a step back and learn about where I was and what position I was in.” After a challenging offseason, Dunne, who is often referred to as the Jack Eichel of women’s college hockey, has returned to the ice at full strength, and is looking to prove herself as a tough competitor and dedicated teammate. “I know coming back from an injury … it’s just frustrating at first,” Dunne said. “So really (I’m) just focusing on trying to be a good teammate and trying to stay positive through all of it.” Dunne has been quick to make an impact on OSU women’s hockey, playing in every game so far in the 2016-17 season. She is tied for second in points on the team, with two goals and seven assists. OSU coach Nadine Muzerall said that Dunne’s work ethic both on and off the ice has helped elevate the Buckeyes’ overall intensity . “She is an outstanding, solid defenseman,” Muzerall said. “Her vision on the ice is always two steps ahead of everyone else, so her playmaking is sensational. She also has incredible hands in tight areas.” Despite being ranked near the top of the roster, Dunne remains humbled and focused on her one true goal: playing the sport that she loves. “I really try to go out there and just be fearless and not worry about making mistakes or being as good as I once was, but instead to really just enjoy it, have fun, live in the moment and do my best,” Dunne said. Her dedication to hockey and OSU doesn’t go unnoticed by her teammates, especially sophomore forward Maddy Field, who said Dunne’s encouragement and leadership keep the team going through tough times “She knows that she’s a very big player on our team,” Field said. “She’s very calm and collected on the ice and she knows that she’s kind of like the quarterback back there. She knows how to calm us down and get us pumped up right.” Even with all the praise and accomplishments, Dunne isn’t too caught up in becoming a decorated player while at OSU. She said she’s more concerned with enjoying her time here and be the best teammate she can be. “I just want to be a part of it,” Dunne said. “I just want people to remember me as someone who really helped build something and who really cared and put her heart and soul into the program and her teammates, and really just tried to leave this program better than she found it.” read more

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Ohio State womens basketball races by Nebraska

Some fans may have mistaken the Ohio State women’s basketball team for a track squad Thursday night. The No. 12-ranked Buckeyes (18-1, 5-1 Big Ten) capitalized on several miscues by No. 20 Nebraska (15-3, 4-2 Big Ten), which resulted in 20 fast-break points and, eventually, an 82-68 victory. “It’s like we’re all fast in all different ways,” senior guard Samantha Prahalis said after the game. “We all add something to defense that gives us offense, so I think that’s kind of scary.” The Cornhuskers took the opening score against the Buckeyes, but it was the first and last time Nebraska would have the lead. “There were 20 points in the game where we didn’t guard them because they either stole it from us or they leaked out and got an easy basket, so transition offense was really critical” said Nebraska coach Connie Yori. “I’m not sure our kids knew the quickness level that was going to be on the floor today.” Although the Buckeyes were ahead for a majority of the game, the team understood the Cornhuskers were undefeated in the Big Ten when trailing. “When I watched film on Penn State, it seemed like Penn State was in control but they kept coming back so I kind of knew that all of the momentum might be on someone’s side, but I knew they could still comeback,” Prahalis said. Junior guard Tayler Hill led all Buckeye scorers with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Prahalis followed with 19 points and nine assists, while sophomore center Ashley Adams and redshirt junior Amber Stokes added 13 and 12 points respectively. The Buckeyes were 32-of-61 from the field, while going 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Nebraska was lead by freshman forward Emily Cady who contributed 24 points, while sophomore Jordan Hooper added 19 points. The Buckeyes have won three straight games since suffering their first loss against Michigan on Jan. 7. “I don’t think I’m coaching any sopranos, concert pianists, I haven’t seen a violin in the locker room. Basketball is their thing and if losing a basketball game sends you crazy then I got serious issues,” coach Jim Foster said. “It happened to my team last year, but they figured it out. Again it’s about today, and now it’s about Illinois.” The win improves the Buckeyes to 3-0 this season against ranked opponents. Before the game OSU and Nebraska were tied for second place in the Big Ten. The win puts the Buckeyes one game behind No. 13 Purdue (15-3, 5-0 Big Ten) for first place in the conference. The Buckeyes will meet the Boilermakers on Feb. 12 at the Schottenstein center. While the Buckeyes can celebrate this victory, they will travel to Lincoln, Neb., on Feb. 26 to play the Cornhuskers again in the final game of the regular season. The Buckeyes will next host Illinois on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Schottenstein center. read more

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