Wednesday’s QPR quiz

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Bournemouth 2-1 QPR: Highlights of Rangers’ defeat against the Cherries

first_imgCharlie Austin returned to action but QPR missed another chance to put pressure on second-placed Burnley.See also:Austin returns but Rangers are beatenQPR must be ‘careful’ with Austin – HarryBournemouth v QPR player ratings Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Fishing the North Coast: Kings still sitting at Humboldt Bay entrance

first_imgNot much has changed since the Aug. 1 opener.The salmon remain stacked just outside of the entrance to Humboldt Bay. The only real wild card the boats face on day to day basis is whether the forecast will be accurate, and will the salmon be on the north or south side of the jetty.While not every day has ended with limits of big, fat kings, it’s about as good of fishing as anywhere on the coast. And it’s been steady too. There have been a few days where the weather allowed a little more …last_img read more

Saving South Africa’s wildlife

first_imgIn 1973 Clive Walker, James Clarke and Neville Anderson established the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), dedicated to conserving endangered species and restoring the delicate balance in southern Africa’s ecosystems.The organisation has, since then, played a major role in conserving many of Africa’s unique species.Droughts, floods, poachers and predators make survival for Africa’s wild animals a difficult affair and a growing human population encroaching on their habitats is driving many species to near extinction“We as human beings rely heavily on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems and without them we jeopardise our own wellbeing,” says Nomonde Mxhalisa, communications manager for the Endangered Wildlife Trust.“People around the world can no longer ignore the fact that the environment in which we live underpins every single human need.”The EWT has worked to bring issues of conservation to the fore in terms of issues in the way of social and economic development.THE THREATDroughts, floods, poachers and predators make survival for Africa’s wild animals a difficult affair and a growing human population encroaching on their habitats is driving many species to near extinction.The quagga, which used to be a subspecies of the plains zebra or common zebra, once roamed the African landscape in large numbers. But the animal was hunted to extinction in the 1880s, when the last quagga died at the Amsterdam Zoo.Other indigenous African species such as the African wild dog and the black and white rhinoceros face the same fate. To preserve these animals, the EWT has created a number of programmes targeting threats such as poaching, deforestation, disease, traditional migration route interference, and mitigating the impact that human involvement is having on their habitats.The Riverine Rabbit or Vleihaas is South Africa’s second most endangered animal after the De Winton’s Golden Mole. Pictured above is a juvenile Riverine Rabbit. (image: Endangered Wildlife Trust)PROJECTSMost animals are suited to very limited environments; humans however can adapt environments to suit their needs, and with a growing human population needing food and other resources, natural areas are getting smaller and smaller. Animals that lose their habitats often can’t survive this encroachment and can eventually go extinct. Recognising that humans and animals need to share environments the EWT works on programmes to teach communities, like farmers, how to run their farms without driving the animals out.The Wildlife Conflict Mitigation Programme, involving the Livestock Guarding Dog Project aims to reduce this kind of human/animal conflict.“We often deal with a great deal of human/wildlife conflict particularly when it comes to our work with carnivores,” Mxhalisa explains.“We have solved these issues however by introducing mitigation measures such as the livestock guarding dogs that we encourage farmers to use to ward against their livestock being eaten by various carnivores.”The Livestock Guarding Dog Project encourages farmers to use guard dogs to drive predators away, instead of shooting the animals or poisoning them (images: Endangered Wildlife Trust)Livestock farmers need to protect their domestic animals; but these animals are easy prey for carnivores such as lions, leopards, hyenas, wildcats and the now endangered African wild dog and cheetah. The programme encourages farmers to use guard dogs to drive predators away, instead of shooting the animals or poisoning them.The Livestock Guarding Dog Project has, since it was taken over by the EWT in 2008, helped farmers reduce their annual losses from an average of R3.4-million, to about R150 000.“. . . The work we do is literally bringing amazing creatures back from the brink of extinction and that means we’ve bought more time for all people to enjoy these species and to continue to reap the benefits of living in ecosystems that are healthy and thriving,” says Mxhalisa.“Many of the EWT’s staff live and breathe care for the environment.“Many of us are idealists who want to make a difference, to leave a real and positive mark on the world. We believe the work is important and the results and successes we have keep us pushing forward.”Another project, the African Crane Conservation Programme, in partnership with the International Crane Foundation, helps to ensure the sustainability of wetland, grassland and Karoo ecosystems that crane species such as the Blue Crane, South Africa’s national bird, depend on.PLAY YOUR PART“You can make a difference to the environment simply by not littering, not wasting water or electricity, disposing of rubbish and oil correctly and spreading the word that you are forever linked to your environment and without it we will suffer,” says Mxhalisa.The EWT also regularly holds talks “about biodiversity and conservation at the Country Club Johannesburg and events that commemorate the various wildlife and biodiversity days that take place during the year”.Along with individual action, the EWT needs funds to manage and run its programmes; it accepts corporate sponsorships and private donations. Corporate sponsors can contact Debbie Thiart on debbiet@ewt.org.za or call her on +27 (0) 11 372 3600.For more information on the organisation’s programmes and lectures, or how to donate, visit its website or call +27 (0) 11 372 3600/1/2/3.last_img read more

Watch the trailer for GIFF 2019

first_imgNow, back to the sneak preview… SharePrint RelatedSneak preview: GIFF 2017October 10, 2017In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Watch the trailer for GIFF 2018October 2, 2018In “News”Ready, Set…Plan Your GIFF Event!August 20, 2019In “Community” There are now 516 GIFF (Geocaching International Film Festival) Events (and counting!) in 42 countries featuring 16 films. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll earn a smiley, and the GIFF 2019 souvenir! GIFF 2019 is November 7 – 17. Learn how to attend or host a GIFF Event at www.geocachingfilmfestival.comShare with your Friends:More GIFF 2019 is November 7 – 17, 2019. Are you ready? Find a GIFF event near you and log your Will Attend! No events nearby? Try hosting! Just be sure to submit your events by October 24, 2019 so it has time to be published on Geocaching.com!last_img read more

Boulder Commons Sets New Standard for Net-Zero Leases

first_imgBridging the landlord-tenant divideAt Boulder Commons, Morgan Creek Ventures worked with RMI and its counsel, the legal team at Holland & Hart, to develop a first-of-its-kind lease structure that built a strong business case for both tenants and landlords to actively contribute to meet the development’s net-zero goals.This process resulted in a lease that allocates a budget for factors like energy use or transportation that could make or break the development’s ability to meet energy demands through on-site renewable energy sources (in this case, a 596-kW PV system) on an annual basis. So, for example, RMI is incentivized to stay within its plug load energy budget of 7 kBtu/sq. ft. If RMI exceeds this budget, it will be charged a fee to offset this overage with renewable energy certificates (RECs), and be required to meet with the landlord to discuss ways to more proactively manage energy use. This establishes a win-win situation, because RMI has full control over how this energy budget is allocated and managed through plug loads, and Morgan Creek Ventures can more accurately size its PV system because it knows what types of loads to expect.Transportation-related emissions are treated similarly. Unbundled parking in the lease, where the costs for parking are separated from the cost for space rent, incentivizes RMI to use alternative commuting. If RMI’s staff commute by public transportation, carpooling, or riding their bikes instead of using personal vehicles, over time RMI will pay less in rent as parking spaces are turned back over to the landlord to be put on the market. (Parking costs account for approximately 13% of RMI’s total lease cost.)“For RMI, Boulder Commons is a great choice because it is in line with our mission. This will also attract many other companies that may not even care about sustainability or energy because it is simply a better space, and less expensive than comparable buildings in the area that don’t perform as well,” said Cara Carmichael, a manager with RMI’s buildings program. “Developing the net-zero lease was particularly exciting because we created something new. There is no template.” Growing the net-zero movementIt was only one year ago when RMI opened the doors to its very own beyond net- zero energy Innovation Center in Basalt, Colorado. This 15,610-square-foot owner-occupied office and convening center has since garnered national and international attention as the highest performing building in the coldest climate zone in North America.The new agreement reached at Boulder Commons enables RMI to not only continue to “walk the talk,” but to also advance the entire building industry with market-based solutions to net-zero buildings, developments, and districts.Net-zero buildings have experienced a boom in popularity over the past year. A report from New Buildings Institute revealed a 74% increase in certified and emerging net-zero buildings from 2015 to 2016. But despite industry progress, the number of leased net-zero buildings lags significantly behind owner-occupied projects. This presents a challenge to the industry’s long-term growth and viability.Although the value proposition for an owner-occupied net-zero building is clear (lower energy and maintenance costs, higher employee productivity, and fewer employee sick days), the value proposition for both landlords and tenants in a leased building depends on a more complex relationship.How do you true up energy use and costs on a monthly basis when they are typically calculated on an annual basis? How does a developer recoup the investment from a PV system when traditionally tenants pay a monthly bill to an electric utility and landlords have committed to buying less, not more? How can tenants prioritize energy efficiency when they manage and control only a small portion of the energy-using infrastructure and equipment? And conversely, how can landlords encourage tenants to save energy, particularly as plug loads overtake lighting to become the driving end use in net-zero energy buildings?Managing these complexities while giving shared net-zero goals “legal teeth” is where the net-zero lease comes in. RELATED ARTICLES Creating a net-zero lease model for othersOnly a handful of other developers are actively developing net-zero multi-tenant projects, and we consulted with all of them on their process, cost structure, and lessons learned.According to Carmichael, one of the biggest challenges with NZE buildings — and an area where there was truly no precedent in leased spaces — was the need to build ongoing annual energy reviews into the lease to enable continuous improvements in the building’s operations. This led to a lease requirement around base building commissioning, and a continued dialogue about other means to explore efficiency with each tenant in the building.Another groundbreaking component of the lease is its treatment of offsets. At Boulder Commons, any energy purchased from the utility is required to be offset with RECs. But, committing to a single compliance path — especially when spread over a potential eight-year lease term — made project financiers uncomfortable because of long-term price uncertainty. Therefore, RMI negotiated that alternative offsets for any “dirty” power used could be implemented, including community solar, white tags (energy efficiency certificates), green power directly from the utility, or other “clean” energy attributes.“We’ve pushed the concept of net zero in lease scenarios and established completely new ways of billing tenants for operating building use,” said Carmichael. “By having this as a model for others to use, it goes a long way. The more prototypes we can celebrate, the more confidence we’ll inspire among developers and financiers that net zero is not only a better standard environmentally but a better standard economically, as demand for high-performance buildings continues to outpace supply.” My Net Zero ConundrumZero-Energy Construction Is ‘Set to Explode’ The Department of Energy Chooses a Definition for Net ZeroA Business Model for Net-Zero Energy DistrictsNet-Zero-Energy versus PassivhausCalifornia Leads the Nation in Net-Zero Projects © 2017 Rocky Mountain Institute. Published with permission. Originally posted on RMI Outlet. Kelly Vaughn is RMI’s marketing manager. Just two miles from downtown Boulder, Colorado, a new net-zero energy (NZE) development is under construction: Boulder Commons. The project consists of two commercial buildings totaling roughly 100,000 square feet of professional office space and boasting a restaurant, coffee shop, and community gathering flex space — all accessible by Boulder’s vast trail and public transportation network.Rocky Mountain Institute’s Boulder-based employees will be proud to call 14,000 square feet of this development home upon project completion this fall. But perhaps more exciting than the organization’s forthcoming move is a recent major milestone involving the building owner, Morgan Creek Ventures: the signing of the first net-zero lease in the state of Colorado, and the first net-zero lease for any multi-tenant development of this size.“Boulder Commons is setting a new bar for sustainability, and our tenants share the belief that how we act as a company matters,” said Andrew Bush from Morgan Creek Ventures. “Having RMI as an anchor tenant as well as a partner in developing a lease structure that aligned landlord and tenant goals and incentives around net zero on an annual basis pushed us further than we could have ever gone ourselves.”last_img read more

At Microsoft’s TechFest, The Future Is Big. Big Screens, That Is

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Buying and installing a wall-sized display might seem ludicrous at the moment, but let’s bear with Microsoft for a moment — this is the future, after all. What Pahud’s video shows us, though, is how close this future is to reality.Some of what Pahud describes may seem familiar. Placing a finger on the screen opens a “palette” of available options next to it, similar to the radial menu that Microsoft included in its OneNote application. If the user spreads his fingers, the palette expands to include new options. Part of this could be enabled with a touch display; alternatively, a Kinect sensor could also be used to “see” how a user is actually interacting with the display.When a user approaches with a Windows smartphone, the phone syncs with the display. When the user is close to the display, the phone shows the palette options. Farther away, the phone shifts into a “remote control” mode, presenting a keyboard and allowing the user to search and control via his voice.“So in conclusion we have been looking at the strengths of the large display, the strengths of the phone, and combine them together as a society of appliances,” Pahud said.A second video, authored by Microsoft researcher Bongshin Lee, takes the concept of “palette” in a different direction. By drawing an “L” on the display, the SketchInsight technology concept draws a graph; writing the labels for the X and Y axes not only assigns values to both, but also begins filling in the data (from a predetermined source, I assume). In a nifty trick, drawing a battery icon populates the graph with the appropriate data, also using the elongated icon as a the element of a bar graph.Lee’s video isn’t nearly as impressive as Pahud’s demonstration, if only because the source of the data is never really made clear, nor is how the data should be bounded. Creating a pie chart merely by drawing a circle is a nice touch, however, and shows how data can be herded into the appropriate format using the appropriate tool.Microsoft also presented research papers on:Adaptive machine learning. As a front-end tool, this is a bit difficult to conceptualize. Microsoft showed off several examples of machine learning, ranging from the relatively trivial — using machine learning to decide the category of a business expense — to the more profound, such as using a manufacturing profile to determine whether a semiconductor wafer was defective or not.Analyzing viral content. Much as you would expect, Microsoft’s research showed that “viral” content doesn’t originate from a single source, but is spontaneously shared by a number of influencers, whose content ripples across the online sphere. But Microsoft researcher Jake Hofman also developed a tool that would help analyze the “clout” of individuals on the Web, and track the virality of content they share. The Kinect handgrip. While this may seem relatively trivial, Microsoft views the ability to close one’s hand into a fist — the “handgrip” — as the gestural equivalent of a mouse click, and the company said that it would be supported in future versions of the Kinect SDK.Microsoft’s TechFest doesn’t necessarily mean that these products will come to market and be built into next-generation Microsoft-branded products. But it’s a good indication that this is the direction the company is headed.Here are some more images from TechFest:Freeform Sketching: Using Microsoft’s SketchInsight tool, the user sketches an exampleicon, and SketchInsight automatically completes the chart by synthesizing data fromexample sketches. SketchInsight also enables the presenter to interact with the data charts.3D Scene capture: Using several live color and depth images, this technology builds a high-resolution composition of the visible surfaces in a scene using voxels, a sort of three-dimensional pixel. Unlike previous methods, Microsoft’s project captures people moving and talking, using the graphics chips found within a PC.3D Haptic Touch: A way to move through 3D models. The X and Y interactions come via X and Y touch interaction on the screen, visually scrolling in two dimensions. Pushing “into” the display physically moves the screen down, and the video renders the appropriate depth.Lead image courtesy of Microsoft Tags:#Microsoft#research#smartphone Maybe you’ve wanted to control your big-screen TV with your smartphone for years, even though the idea has been a nonstarter for most of that time. Now Microsoft, which insists that it sees large-screen computing devices playing a dominant role in the home and workplace, says it will make that a reality.On Tuesday, Microsoft kicked off TechFest, a research fair of sorts where the company’s engineers emerge from their darkened labs and reveal their notion of the tech future. And perhaps more important, how we’re going to get there.Over twenty projects will be on display, including older exhibits such as one that lets you animate household objects using your body. One of the most significant presentations came from senior researcher Michel Pahud, who showed off how users could interact with large-screen displays, either directly or using their phone.Why is this important? Consider the following concept video, which shows how Microsoft imagines users interacting with massive interactive displays projected onto walls and ceilings. It’s a showcase for what Microsoft calls “natural user interfaces,” or ways of interacting with computers via touch, voice and gestures instead of a keyboard. (Microsoft has authored similar videos before, such as the “smart glass” concept from 2009 and a similar video in 2011 that showcased holograms.)The problem with controlling displays such as TVs via smartphone is that the phone is usually sitting right next to a remote control — a purpose-built, and often superior, device. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… markhachmanlast_img read more

Creative Inspiration: Light Painting + Light Pollution

first_imgGiven the subject matter of light pollution, the team behind this video utilized a fresh light painting production technique.  Check out these very cool in-camera effects.Light stroking (or light painting) is an increasingly popular effect showing up in all types of videos.  Often motion designers and video editors will create this effect in Adobe After Effects, utilizing third party plugins like the popular Trapcode Particular by Red Giant Software.   In a recent post we showed how it’s even possible to achieve a light stroke or light painting in After Effects with the application’s default tools.  Check out that article here.It’s refreshing then to see a production team create a high production value PSA video using light painting effects, but without any post-production or CGI magic.  From the Vimeo page:This video incorporates the following techniques: light-painting, light-graffiti, timelapse, hologram with iPad and stop motion. Everything was shot on camera, no Particular, Echospace or other CGI light generator.They get extra points for using a cool light technique in a video highlighting the ‘hidden costs’ of light pollution…pretty clever.Check out the video on their site or below (best viewed full screen):last_img read more

Teams get down to the nitty gritty

first_imgBy BEN HARRISSydney Rebels got win number 34 but only just.The three-time defending mixed open champions were pushed to the edge by ACT Pirates on day two of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.After racking up consecutive win number 33 by downing North Queensland Tropical Cyclones 9-4, the Rebels had to dig deep to defeat the Pirates 12-11 in round four.Rebels lead Pool A by four points and will meet second-placed Sydney Mets on day three.The Pirates and Cyclones are third and fourth followed by Hunter Western Hornets and Japan.In Pool B, Brisbane City Cobras are five from five and lead the group.South Queensland Sharks were circling the Cobras as the two teams were undefeated, however last year’s runners-up hammered their southern neighbours 12-3 to go it alone on top.Behind the Sharks are Sunshine Coast Pineapples in third and Northern Eagles in fourth. They are followed by Northern Territory, Defence Warriors and Sydney Scorpions.Five Queensland sides dominate the men’s T-League division.South Queensland Sharks (A) lead Pool A and Brisbane City Cobras are in front in Pool B.But closing the gap are Central Queensland Bulls and Sunshine Coast Pineapples – both in Pool A – and South West Queensland Swans in Pool B.Rebels and Scorpions are the only NSW sides putting up a fight to the Queenslanders while the international teams, Japan and Papua New Guinea, continued to impress.It’s tight in Pool A of the women’s T-League division with Hornets, Swans, Cobras, Victoria and Northern Territory all within eight points of each other.It is a little spread out in Pool B with Scorpions and South Australia leading the way.The Sharks remain unbeaten following six matches of the men’s 30s division.They are in front of Pineapples, Hornets and Scorpions.Scorpions have their own problems as ACT and Sydney Mets are on the same points as Scorpions but behind on percentages.Swans finished on top in the women’s 35s and will play the winner of the Hornets-Pirates preliminary final match.Cyclones and Northern Territory play in the other preliminary final with the loser eliminated from the title race.Scorpions and Sharks are equal on points in the men’s 40s but the Sydney side has a game up their sleeve.Defence Warriors are third, and Hornets and Cyclones are in a battle for fourth spot.Scorpions will be hard to beat in the women’s 40s after winning all their round matches.They will meet Hornets or Northern Eagles in a qualifying final tomorrow. Western Tigers take on ACT in the other qualifying final.Men’s 45s seems to be a two-horse race with Scorpions and Hornets undefeated.The men’s 50s is set to go down to the wire with four points separating the top four.Mets, Pineapples, Sharks and Hornets occupy the top four positions in the division.Eagles, Cyclones and Scorpions will be battling each other for the two spots in the men’s 55s.In the senior mixed, Sharks have all but confirmed their spot in the grand final but the Hornets and Cobras are going head-to-head for the last spot.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNTL results day twolast_img read more

13 days agoChelsea striker Giroud: I do not accept this situation

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Giroud: I do not accept this situationby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlivier Giroud admits he’s unhappy with his situation at Chelsea.The France international, who scored the only goal in Friday’s win over Iceland, has hinted at talks with Frank Lampard but insisted he would never seek to insult his manager.”Accept it? No, I do not accept it,” he told Le Pelerin.”You do not have to be fatalistic in certain situations. I have always been respectful and humble. Even if I do not agree with the coach, I do not criticise him.”But in myself, I cannot accept it because I know what I’m worth on a pitch. Last year, when I felt that I deserved to play, I asked the coach for explanations.” last_img read more