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first_imgQPR goalkeeper Rob Green produced two early saves at the Liberty Stadium.Green was off his line quickly to deny former Rangers man Wayne Routledge and did well to tip away Kyle Bartley’s header.At the other end, Niko Kranjcar curled a free-kick over the bar.Richard Dunne, available again after suspension, returned to the QPR side, with Nedum Onuoha moving to right-back and Mauricio Isla dropping to the bench.Kranjcar kept his place, while Bobby Zamora is still out. QPR: Green, Onuoha, Caulker, Dunne, Yun, Vargas, Barton, Henry, Fer, Kranjcar, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Ferdinand, Isla, Mutch, Phillips, Hoilett, Zamora.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

2010 Fifa World Cup: success stories

first_imgSouth Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup™ put to rest, once and for all, the idea that Africa is incapable of hosting world-class events of this magnitude. Fifa gave the country a near-perfect 9 out of 10 for the show it put on – here are just some of the reasons why:Take a bow, South Africa!John Carlin, author of Playing the Enemy, says all the stories about the 2010 Fifa World Cup being the 1995 rugby World Cup all over again, about healing racial wounds, uniting the fractured nation and so forth, were off the mark. “It was much, much better than that.” SA’s World Cup ‘near-perfect’: FifaAs Fifa president Sepp Blatter gave South Africa a near-perfect 9 out of 10 for its hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, analysts said the spin-offs of improved perceptions abroad could have a long-lasting impact not only on South Africa and its development but on the continent as a whole. 2010 ‘one of our greatest achievements’The 2010 Fifa World Cup was one of the greatest achievements of post-apartheid South Africa, President Jacob Zuma said at the national Heritage Day celebrations at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium. World Cup surveys highlight successThe successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup has done wonders for South Africans’ national confidence and the country’s image abroad, according to pre- and post-tournament surveys commissioned by Fifa. International awards for SA stadiumSouth Africa’s FNB Stadium, previously known as Soccer City, was a major hit with the fans during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. It’s also been racking up the design and construction awards, most recently being named the overall winner at the prestigious international Leaf Awards. South African ‘can-do’ wins againA novel beer vessel introduced in South Africa during the 2010 Fifa World Cup has been named Can of the Year 2010 by The Canmaker magazine, which reports on innovations in the metal-packaging industry. Bafana, Tshabalala do SA proud2010 was a good year for Bafana Bafana, and it ended on a high, with news that South Africa was up to 50th in football’s latest world rankings, and that Siphiwe Tshabalala’s blistering opening goal of the 2010 World Cup was among 10 nominees for Fifa’s goal of the year. Pride for Africa as Spain strike goldOnly 12 kilometres separate Spain from Africa at their closest point, and they were united in celebration at the finish of a 19th Fifa World Cup that sent a fault line of happiness stretching all the way from Bloemfontein to Barcelona. South Africans the ‘true stars’: ZumaThe people of South Africa were the “true stars” of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, uniting to prove to the world that the country and the continent was capable of hosting a world-class event, says President Jacob Zuma. South Africa’s World Cup wins heartsThe aftermath of hosting what has been hailed by one and all as a successful 2010 Fifa World Cup will no doubt leave South Africans with a massive hangover. However, the tournament has given them a new sense of pride, confidence and optimism, and opened a new chapter not only for the hosts but for the African continent. World Cup: Cape Town takes a bowAs Cape Town played host to the semi-final clash between the Netherlands and Uruguay on Tuesday night, the city bid farewell to its 2010 Fifa World Cup journey. For the city residents, it has been a memorable month that will live with them long after the tournament. Durban a hit with World Cup fansSouth Africa’s “Surf City” was the place to be on Friday as fans streamed in by the thousands for one of the most anticipated matches of the 2010 Fifa World Cup group stages, Brazil versus Portugal. While the match itself did not live up to the hype, the city of Durban certainly did. SA the ‘plan B’ of future World Cups“There is not a single part of this World Cup where we have not been able to go beyond the level of past World Cups,” Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke said at the halfway mark of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. “South Africa will become the ‘plan B’ of any future World Cup.” South Africa’s 2010 tourism harvestSouth Africa is set to reap lasting tourism rewards from the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with visitors pouring into the country in numbers, from new as well as traditional markets, and responding to the country’s offerings – and the energy and warmth of its people – with surprise and delight. Special courts key to World Cup successOne of the great successes of the 2010 World Cup – and there have been many – is how the special courts set up for the tournament have succeeded in dealing with the criminal activity that is part-and-parcel of hosting an event of this magnitude. World Cup so far ‘a success story’As the 2010 Fifa World Cup approaches the half-way mark, initial glitches have been ironed out and the competition is progressing magnificently, says Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan, adding that interest will only increase as the tournament progresses. Volunteers: World Cup’s unsung heroesWhile the on-field action draws the crowds, it is the thousands of hard-working volunteers busy in the background, making sure that each match runs with operational precision and professionalism, that should also be awarded a trophy. African welcome wins players’ heartsWhatever their fortunes on the pitch, players from the competing nations at the 2010 Fifa World Cup are enjoying the experience off it. The temperatures might be low, but the visiting teams are feeling the warmth of the African spirit. Huge crowds at World Cup fan festsFifa Fan Fests, organised at 16 venues around the world, played host to more than a million supporters during the first six days of the biggest sporting party in the world – with maximum capacity reached in almost every venue each time the respective national team played. Cup visitors enchanted by South AfricaThe world’s attention is focused on the southern tip of Africa as the greatest football showpiece plays itself out on the fields and in the streets of South Africa. But once the final whistle has blown on 11 July, it seems as though a lot of happy fans will be coming back to the country. Record SA audience for opening matchThe opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup between hosts South Africa and Mexico drew a record South African TV audience. The tournament is also getting good viewership ratings in North and South America, Europe and China. Soccer City one of world’s best: BlatterThe majestic Soccer City Stadium, venue for both the opening and final match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, has won rave reviews from Fifa president Sepp Blatter, who described it as “a five-star stadium” and one of the most beautiful in the world. South Africa’s ‘quantum’ football stadiumThe Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban’s spectacular 2010 Fifa World Cup venue, has scored not only an engineering first for an African stadium with its majestic arch. It has also become the world’s first “quantum” stadium. 2010 stadiums: mission accomplishedAfter six years of sustained hard work and intense global scrutiny of their ability to deliver, South Africa’s nine host cities have produced 10 World Cup stadiums – matching and exceeding international standards – which will soon be known to television viewers the world over.last_img read more

EPA went for compromise in its RFS levels

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tried to strike a balance between proponents and opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standards in setting levels for production of biofuels through 2016, said Purdue University energy policy specialist Wally Tyner.“Biodiesel appears to be a big winner with its mandate steadily growing over time and far exceeding the congressionally mandated level,” said Tyner, Professor of Agricultural Economics.For corn ethanol, Tyner said the EPA accepted arguments that the “blend wall” is a legitimate barrier to significantly increased production and did not accept arguments that E85 fuel would grow if the EPA mandated higher ethanol levels. But its 2016 mandate of 14 billion gallons requires some growth of E85 and E15 without reaching the original legislated level of 15 billion gallons.“Thus, it is a compromise position,” Tyner said.The EPA on May 29 proposed total renewable fuels production at 15.93 billion gallons for 2014 — the actual production for that year — 16.30 billion for 2015 and 17.40 billon for 2016.The RFS has been a topic of debate for several years in part because of the corn ethanol blend wall, which is a bit less than 10% of national gasoline consumption, currently at 135 billion gallons per year. Most gasoline in the U.S. is consumed as a 10% ethanol blend.The proposal now goes through a public comment period, which ends July 27. The EPA then will make its final decision in the fall.Tyner explained the EPA’s balancing approach, with gallon figures for each biofuel for 2014, ’15 and ’16:• Cellulosic (33 million, 106 million, 206 million): EPA essentially used data on existing and projected future plants and set the RFS mandate to match the projected production levels. It other words, it is a “build it and we will come” approach. The original legislated level for 2016 was 4.25 billion gallons.• Biodiesel (1.63 billion, 1.70 billion, 1.80 billion): The original congressional mandate was for at least 1 billion gallons, and the 2016 level reaches 1.8 billion gallons. “EPA believes that the market can provide and absorb significant increases for biodiesel.”• Conventional (13.25 billion, 13.40 billion, 14.00 billion): EPA allows small growth in the implied corn ethanol mandate. Essentially, the EPA believes the blend wall is a strong barrier, with little possibility for increasing E85 or E15 fuel. EPA set the 2015 level essentially at the 10% blending level. Ethanol producers believe that the market could absorb higher levels. EPA’s 2016 level assumes some consumption beyond the E10 blend wall.• Other advanced biofuels (202 million, 244 million, 494 million): EPA set these levels fairly low with some growth over the period. Ethanol from sugarcane can be used in this category. Also, biodiesel and cellulosic biofuel can be used here. “So, in fact, even more biodiesel could be used to meet the ‘other advanced’ mandate.”last_img read more

Ohio Crop Progress — May 21, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Planting proceeded despite continued wet weather this week, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 3.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 20. The wet conditions were ideal for plant emergence. Oat planting is near completion and corn planting is not far behind. Soybean planting is only halfway complete. Some hay cutting was done this week along with other field activities, including spreading manure, applying herbicides, and tilling. Overall crops are in good condition.Click here to see the full reportlast_img

Belowrez App Puts Your Cat in a Retro Video Game

first_imgGertrude was no match for Mimosa in the grand scheme of things as the feline heroine gave her adverse-possession-claiming nemesis an arrogant sniff before sending her plummeting five stories off the cat condo. Cue Mimosa looking poignantly off into the distance.10. Game over  phillip mlynar The hero of Super Mimosa World II is, of course, Mimosa. She’s a tiny cat who likes lounging and real estate — but more of that in a minute. I used one of the less pixelated filters to show off her adorable face.3. Introduce a villain  Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Canny use of cat treats prompted Mimosa to start assailing her cat condo in the name of adventure. The pink ball was meant to be one of Gertrude’s minions but she just walked straight past it.7. Level two Mimosa is so angry at Gertrude’s flagrant behavior that she’s gone green in the face and turned the world around her a dangerously fiery hue. It’s an effect that’s easy to create with Belowrez.6. Player one, begin!  See also: Apple Slams The Door On Super Mario Every good retro video game needs an end screen. Here Mimosa is sitting atop her reclaimed cat condo and contemplating taking a well deserved nap.Do you like what I did using the Belowrez app? What would you use it for? Show us some pictures in the comments! More stories from Catster:Oh, the Games My Cats and I Play with TreatsCat-opoly Is Just Like Monopoly, but with WAY More CatsiPad Games for Cats: It’s a ThingConfession: I Play Hide and Seek with My CatAre Laser Pointers Actually Good Cat Toys? Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at Catster. Anyone who’s ever dreamed of having her cat star in a retro video game was in luck earlier this month as the Belowrez app launched. Available on iPhone, the app turns your photos into highly pixellated 8-bit-style images—just like the ones from the days of the N.E.S. and Sega Master System. It’s a cinch to use and, with a little bit of creative prompting, a natty way to add yet another fictional backstory to your favorite feline friend. Here’s how my cat, Mimosa, found her way into a platforming adventure game with a steely real estate sub-plot.1. Pick a title  The plot behind most video games is little more than a hammy excuse to justify the platform-hopping and bad-guy-pulverizing action to come. Super Mimosa World II is slightly different because the plot doesn’t involve a princess with a penchant for being kidnapped or an alien invasion that threatens to end humanity as we know it. No, the back story here is one cut from real life: Gertrude has been a long-time houseguest of Mimosa’s cat condo. Unfortunately, she’s now decided to take ownership of the cat condo herself. Drama.Being that cats love real estate and asserting their assumed right to claim possession of any sort of object that enters your house, it’s up to Mimosa to scale the cat condo and kick evil Gertrude out. Action will ensue.5. Add special effects  5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout For Mimosa’s inaugural video game appearance, I went with a classic appropriation of the Super Mario World video game. I turned it into a sequel to add some mystique, and used the lurid pink filter to attempt to catch the eye. Or hurt your retinas.I used another free app, Photolettering, to add some title text to the opening screen.2. Create a hero Tags:#cat#Catster#Video Game Gertrude attempts to rain fire and brimstone down from the heavens as Mimosa prepares to face off against her foe in an energetic climax….9. The battle  There is nothing wrong with a bit of gloating after an epic victory. Here I used the grey-scale filter to signal Gertrude’s demise.11. Congratulations!  The villain of this particularly story is Gertrude, a petulant owl who has links to the Martha Stewart corporate machine. Insert maniacal laugh.4. Invent a tenuous backstory 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Continued use of cat treats persuaded Mimosa to keep climbing the cat condo. You can see Gertrude starting to hide at the summit as Mimosa gets close. Different filters allow different levels of pixelated detail — such as, er, Mimosa’s poo-box in the background.8. End-of-level-boss alert!  12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Monster effort from Nikola Jokic carries Nuggets past Trail Blazers in series opener

first_imgBikes, shortcuts, bibs for cash: China marathon cheats run rampant “It was a good offensive game but I thought the turnovers really made the difference,” Stotts said.TIP-INS:Portland: The Trail Blazers lost three of four to the Nuggets in the regular season, but the Nuggets only outscored them by a cumulative six points. … The Trail Blazers outshot the Nuggets 51.9% to 50.6%. …Denver: The Nuggets are 4-1 at the Pepsi Center in the playoffs after going an NBA-best 37-4 at home during the regular season. … Denver was 27 of 31 from the free throw line. … Back-to-back layups by Lillard pulled Portland to within five points with nine minutes left, but Jokic sank a pair of free throws off CJ McCollum’s flagrant foul sandwiched by a pair of dunks by Mason Plumlee as Denver pushed its lead back to double digits at 107-96.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Lillard, who struck for 50 points, including a 37-footer at the buzzer to oust Oklahoma City in five games, scored two more points than Jokic. But he had a-half dozen turnovers, missed 8 of 12 3-point attempts and Gary Harris blocked his 3 from behind in the closing minute to keep the Trail Blazers from closing in.“We just made him uncomfortable,” said Jamal Murray, who added 23 points and eight assists for Denver to go with just one turnover.FEATURED 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, logisticsDespite logging 41½ minutes after playing 43½ two nights earlier, Jokic continued his playoff coming-out party by dominating once more. He made 11 of 18 shots and all 12 of his free throws to go with nine boards and a half dozen assists.“He’s a sponge,” Paul Millsap said. “He picks it up. He sees how people are playing him and guarding him and he makes the right play every time. That’s what’s great about him — he doesn’t force anything. Everything is going to be the right play. He’s going to make the right reads. He’s like a quarterback out there. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess That, said Jokic, was “a really good game for us. It’s Game 7 against an experienced team and I think the level of physicality, the level of pace was at a really, really high level that night. It was a really tough game for us to win and we won it. It gave us an example of how we need to play.”That’s exactly the kind of mettle Malone was looking for from his team, the youngest in the West.KANTER RETURNSThe Trail Blazers got a boost from Enes Kanter, who separated his left shoulder in Game 5 against the Thunder. He scored 26 points in his return to the lineup.“Enes was terrific, very efficient, finished around the basket playing through the shoulder injury,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “I couldn’t have asked any more of him.”Kanter was more concerned about facing Jokic.“I didn’t even think about my shoulder,” Kanter said. “It’s the playoffs.”SLOPPY PLAYThe game was marred by 30 turnovers, but the Blazers turned 12 takeaways to just six points while the Nuggets turned Portland’s 18 turnovers into 23 points.“I think today’s game was really sloppy,” Jokic said. “There wasn’t much defense.” Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, pushes off Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Monday, April 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — The Denver Nuggets avoided both an emotional letdown and another Damian Lillard masterpiece.Forty-eight hours after dispatching the Spurs in their first Game 7 triumph in 41 years, the Nuggets rode a 37-point performance from Nikola Jokic to a 121-113 win over the well-rested Portland Trail Blazers in the opener of their second-round series Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “I consider him like a Tom Brady — he’s always going to pick you apart and make the right reads. Commend him for doing that at this stage in his career. It’s unbelievable.”Denver coach Michael Malone was more concerned about his team’s emotional state than his players’ physical state after a hard-fought series with San Antonio while the Blazers, making their sixth straight playoff appearance, were enjoying nearly a week off.“Saturday night, an emotional high, winning a Game 7, that was part of my biggest concern about tonight,” Malone said. “Obviously you’re worried about guarding them but how would we react from that emotional hangover? I thought our guys did a pretty good job.”Game 2 is Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center.The Nuggets were coming off a 90-86 win over San Antonio 48 hours earlier, their first Game 7 victory since May 3, 1978, against Milwaukee.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Video: Pitt RB James Conner Went On ‘The Ellen Show’ To Discuss Cancer Battle

first_imgJames Conner escaping an Iowa player's tacklePITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 20: Tailback James Conner #24 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers runs with the ball against the University of Iowa Hawkeyes during a college football game at Heinz Field on September 20, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Hawkeyes defeated the Pitt Panthers 24-20. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)Pitt running back James Conner has inspired many during his battle with Hodgkin lymphoma. The Panthers star was diagnosed in December, and has participated in off-season workouts and practices while undergoing chemotherapy.Conner, who missed almost all of last season with an MCL injury, is aiming to be back in action when Pitt opens up its 2016 season against Villanova on Sept. 3. This afternoon, Conner’s story will be detailed on The Ellen Show. The full show airs at 4:00 p.m. ET, but you can check out Conner’s segment on YouTube below. Conner is truly an amazing story and someone worth pulling for.last_img read more

DEADPOOL 2 With Ryan Reynolds Additional Photography in Vancouver From February 20th

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Deadpool will be back in Vancouver next Tuesday, February 20th, for a week of additional photography.Working Title: Caribbean Blue.Cast: Ryan Reynolds. Josh Brolin. Zazie Beetz. Jack Kesy. Stefan Keapicic. Brianna Hildebrand. Morena Baccarin. TJ Miller. Leslie Uggams. Shioli Kutsuna.Will the mutant-transfer train ride again? LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img

Mother of 2 booted by Ottawa housing corp over child tax benefit

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn Ottawa, hundreds of Aboriginal families sit on a waiting list for a place to call home.Gignul non-profit housing is the place where many of those families go for affordable housing.But a mother of two teenaged boys is no longer welcome by the social housing corporation.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story.last_img