QPR should beat Preston – and Fulham’s odds are cut after good start

first_imgQPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was critical of referee Darren Bond after the 3-2 loss to Barnsley in midweek, but his side can get back to winning ways against struggling Preston at Loftus Road on Saturday. The Lilywhites are without a point from their first three games and the R’s are much-fancied for this one.Rangers are 21/20 to win, with the draw 9/4 and the visitors outsiders at 14/1.QPR are 33/1 for the title after their reverse in south Yorkshire and they really should have too much for the Lancashire outfit, who have only scored once in their three games to date.Fulham were denied the win their performance deserved when Leeds scored a stoppage-time equaliser at Elland Road.But that should not detract from another excellent performance from Slavisa Jokanovic’s side, who have been cut from 40s to 25/1 for the Championship title at BetVictor, and from 12/1 to 9/1 for promotion.The Whites entertain Cardiff and are 11/10 to get back to winning ways. A Bluebirds win is 5/2, as is the draw.Two own goals from the hapless Shane Duffy gave the South Wales side their first win of the season, against Blackburn Rovers, but this is a game I expect Fulham to win.Only the woodwork prevented Matt Smith from making it three goals in three games in the Championship, and the striker is 7/1 to score the opener and 23/10 to find the back of the Cardiff net.That looks too big given Smith’s current form and must be the recommendation.Brentford, having enjoyed back-to-back home wins, are away to a Rotherham side that has picked up just a solitary point from their three Championship matches so far this term.The Bees are 31/20 to win, with Rotherham 7/4 and the draw at 12/5.I reckon that one will be a 1-1 draw, which is priced at 6/1.For all the latest odds, check out www.betvictor.comHave a good weekend everyone.CharlieFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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49ers’ George Kittle sends touching note to his college coach, penned on a jersey

first_imgTalk to any teacher whose students come back to say “thank you.”It’s invariably a lump-in-the-throat moment.LeVar Woods got a double dose Tuesday. Woods? He was a student-athlete at Iowa who followed his bliss to the NFL — where he played seven years as a linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans.He is now back at his alma mater as special teams coordinator.  But before he got that assignment, he coached tight ends. One of his students was a young man named …last_img read more

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Smoother rides for Delta passengers

first_imgSome Delta Air Lines passengers are enjoying smoother rides these days thanks to a new app for pilots.Developed in conjunction with US defense contractor Basic Commerce and Industries, the app should help take a bite out of turbulence encounters shown by long-term data from the US National Transportation Safety Board to be the leading cause of serious passenger injuries.To underscore the often out-of-the–blue viciousness of some turbulence, the NTSB says the phenomenon accounted for just 3 percent of all weather-related accidents between 2000 and 2011 but still seriously hurt more passengers than any other type of accident.One case-in-point is the August 12, 2016, encounter with rough air by JetBlue Flight 429. The A320 was headed from Boston to Sacramento when turbulence hit hard. The aircraft diverted to land at Rapid City, South Dakota, where 24 passengers were hospitalized. One compared the experience to a “bad dream” while another told CNN people were “flying out of their seat belts and hitting their heads on the ceiling; it was very scary”.Not only does turbulence exact a human toll, but it costs the airlines plenty: $100 million for US airlines every year, much of it in maintenance bills.The Delta/BCI application isn’t for passenger consumption, tt’s purely for pilots. A blog post on the Delta News Hub says it “allows pilots to plug in their flight plan and view where turbulence is and how it’s being encountered.” The display is depicted on a 3-D, color-coded map.Enabling the application are algorithms developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research derived from data from sensors on more than 300 aircraft.The process entailed combining vertical accelerometer readings with things like pitch, roll and wind speed. Taken together, they paint a picture that’s sometimes a must to avoid. That picture is fed back into forecast modelsDelta says the app “customizes” the data by aircraft type. Different aircraft respond in different ways to turbulence. The ride you get in a 737 may be decidedly different than one in a larger A330—the flagship of Delta’s intercontinental fleet.And how are the people at the front of the plane adapting to app?   First Officer (co-pilot) Jason Rice labels it “the most incredible enhancement to en-route situational awareness since the glass cockpit (electronic, digital displays in lieu of older analog ‘round-gauge’ dials).“The forecasts are accurate, the reports objective and indicative of actual conditions,’ he says.Delta has already installed the turbulence-reporting algorithm on its Boeing 737s and wide body 767s, and has plans to cover international flights soon when it adds the app to its Boeing 777s and Airbus A330s.last_img read more

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Teaching people to work with nature

first_imgThe Living Beehive, which represents aself-sustaining ecosystem, is a dome-shaped structure that draws onthe architecture of a traditionalZulu beehive hut.(Image: Kevin Joseph) The roof and exterior walls are coveredwith a living layer of foliage.(Image: iKind Media)MEDIA CONTACTS • Lungi ShangeThe Communications Firm+27 11 463 7550RELATED ARTICLES• Waste gives Such artistic inspiration • Soweto building on award shortlist• Top green rating for SA building• Bee fence keeps elephants outWilma den HartighA sustainable architectural installation, designed to get people talking about how healthy ecosystems can help communities cope with climate change, was unveiled at the Durban Botanic Gardens as part of the COP17 climate change conference.The installation has been described as one of the most stimulating exhibitions at the COP17 expo.The Living Beehive, which represents a self-sustaining ecosystem, is a dome-shaped structure that draws on the architecture of a traditional Zulu beehive hut.Traditional Zulu beehive huts, known as iQhugwane, are efficiently-designed homes which use natural and sustainable materials. They are warm in winter and cool in summer, with built-in ventilation.South Africa needs new ideas to deal with the challenges of a changing climate. This installation shows how traditional knowledge and natural resources can inspire modern innovation to find solutions to climate change.The Living Beehive was created from a combination of traditional beehive hut construction techniques, modern day materials such as industrial steel, and indigenous plants.A work of artThe 17-metre wide and nine-metre high installation is a beautiful work of art. The frame was built using high-tech steel, while a walkway through the interior of the dome enables visitors to experience the integration of infrastructure and the environment.The roof and exterior walls are covered with a living layer of foliage such as forest and wetland plants, as well as indigenous grasses typically found in grasslands in KwaZulu-Natal.Creepers are suspended in dense mats down the sides of the dome to allow just enough air to circulate into the cool interior.At the event, deputy minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Rejoice Mabudafhasi said that the Living Beehive is an example of nature and people working together.“By recognising the importance of built and ecological infrastructure, and by bringing together natural and man-made design, the Living Beehive shows us the possibilities for job creation, service delivery and economic growth in a truly green economy,” Mabudafhasi said in a statement.Statistics provided by the Durban Botanic Garden indicate that more than four-million rural South Africans depend directly on healthy ecosystems for their livelihoods.Greater efforts to conserve and restore natural landscapes can provide more opportunities for job creation and the development of biodiversity-based industries and jobs.A living legacy projectThe Department of Environmental Affairs and the UN Industrial Development Organisation jointly funded the Living Beehive project.The South African National Biodiversity Institute, the eThekwini Municipality and the Durban Botanic Gardens Trust are responsible for implementing the project.The installation is permanent and will remain in the botanical garden as a COP17 legacy project.Mzansi’s Golden EconomyThe Living Beehive is one of many art, culture and heritage events at the COP17 conference.As part of the arts and culture offering at this year’s climate change conference, Arts and Culture minister Paul Mashatile launched the department’s new strategy for the arts, culture and heritage sector.The new strategy, known as Mzansi’s Golden Economy, highlights the sector’s contribution to economic growth, job creation and social cohesion.The Department of Arts and Culture has also organised a series of events to flaunt South African identity and highlight the gravity of climate change.The events will demonstrate how artists can contribute to fighting poverty, job creation and skills development, with minimal damage to the earth.last_img read more

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Major Newspaper Chain Goes Open Source

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “The Ben Franklin Project not only proves that websites and newspapers can be freed from the restraints of legacy, proprietary publishing systems, but also heralds the potential of an open and transparent news-gathering process. The Project allowed audience members to help shape editorial story budgets through crowd sourcing.”Ben photo by Mark Skrobola Related Posts Tags:#New Media#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The argument over the utility of open source has one more voter in the yes camp. This time, it’s the Journal Register Company, a U.S. newspaper chain with 170 publications. Calling it the Ben Franklin Project, the company tried open source for a month. Things went so well it decided to make it permanent and company-wide for its 18 daily newspapers and their websites. In a somewhat cutesy press release, the company declares its “independence from proprietary publishing systems.” Newspapers have seen a sustained drop in readership, and therefore in revenues, over the last half-decade. The ability to cut cost on something as elemental as production, by dropping expensive proprietary software, is exciting. But so is watching a company in an allegedly change-resistant sector see the light bulb go off over its head. last_img read more

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