Burton v QPR: Taarabt plays

first_imgAdel Taarabt is included in a much-changed but experienced QPR side to face Burton in the second round of the Capital One Cup – his first appearance for Rangers since May 2013. Burton: McLaughlin, Edwards, Cansdell-Sherriff, Mousinho, Taft, Sharps, MacDonald, Knowles, McGurk, Palmer, Harness. Subs: Lyness, McFadzean, Bell, Weir, Beavon, Blyth, Slade. QPR: Murphy, Simpson, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill, Henry, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips, Hoilett, Taarabt, Phillips.  Subs: Green, Fer, Mutch, Zamora, Ehmer, Doughty, Harriman.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Live updates: Warriors vs. Kings, Friday at 7 p.m.

first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis Friday at 7 p.m. as the Warriors look to rebound from a real stinker when they face the Kings at Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center.The Warriors (19-10) had arguably one of their poorest efforts of the season Wednesday when they got smoked 113-93 by the Raptors in a showdown of the favorites to meet in the NBA Finals. Listless Golden State came into Oracle on a four-game winning streak and exited with some memories it would like to erase Friday.The Kings …last_img read more

National Geographic Rates Noah’s Flood

first_imgPictures of the record floods in the eastern United States this year have been shocking and alarming (examples on Fox News).  They raise questions about the potential for flooding on this planet: how big can they get?  National Geographic News decided to look at some of the biggest floods in history and included the granddaddy of them all, Noah’s Flood–but only to cast doubt on it. NG used the public worry about floods to recall a study in 2004 by James O’Connor [USGS] of the largest freshwater floods in history.  The biggest in the list was the ice-age flood that carved the Channeled Scablands of eastern Washington (see June 21, 2010). Others in Russia, Alaska and on the Amazon River were notable.  But Noah’s flood rated “Not Listed” for several reasons: one, that it was not a freshwater flood, according to O’Connor.  Ker Than’s report briefly entertained the Black Sea Flood hypothesis, but recalled that later revisions drastically reduced its height. Second, the article tried to make the Flood sound fictional.  “Even though a real flood may have inspired the story, O’Connor thinks there’s a simple reason it couldn’t have been a days-long meteorological event like the one suggested by the Bible,” the article ended, quoting O’Connor: “There’s just not that much water in the atmosphere.” If Than and O’Connor would just read their Bibles instead of speaking off the cuff, they would realize that the major source of the water was not the atmosphere, but the “fountains of the great deep” described in Genesis 7:11-12.  If they would further read any creationist studies of the Flood (e.g., CreationScience.com or ChristianAnswers.net) they would have known that creation scientists agree the major source of the water was subterranean. To avoid embarrassment in debate, it is essential to understand your opponent’s position.  Creation scientists do a much better job of this than uniformitarian geologists and evolutionists.  If it weren’t for the fact that the secularists have the media and textbook writers in their lap, they would be too red-faced to make such blunders.(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Kruger Park: free entry week for locals

first_img27 August 2013 For one week in September, South Africans will once again be allowed to enjoy their natural heritage free of charge, with day visitors getting free access to the Kruger National Park and almost all other national parks in the country. The eighth annual South African National Parks (SANParks) Week runs from 9 to 13 September, and offers South African citizens free entry into almost all 19 national parks, with the exception of the Namaqua National Park and the Boulders Penguin Colony in Table Mountain National Park. “A number of events have been lined up to encourage South African citizens to visit the park and experience the beauty,” Kruger National Park spokesperson William Mabasa said this week. Mabasa said the aim was to encourage South Africans to take care of the country’s conservation areas. South African day visitors who present their green bar-coded identity documents will be allowed free entry that week. Children under the age of 12 will not need proof of identity. Groups regarded as commercial ventures, such as private open safari vehicle operators, tourists who come to the park on tour buses, and overnight visitors will not qualify for free access. “The normal daily quota at the gates will still apply during that week, and preference will be given based on first come, first served basis,” Mabasa said. As part of the week, Kruger Park management will be engaging with neighbouring communities in Limpopo and Mpumalanga province. “We will be visiting sick children at Maphutha L Malatji Hospital in Phalaborwa and hosting a group of individuals with visual disabilities, affording them an opportunity to touch and feel the bush.” Mabasa said that nature conservation should not be out of anyone’s reach as it formed part their culture and heritage.Table Mountain National Park For Capetonians, there’s the opportunity to visit Cape Point – part of the Table Mountain National Park – and spend the day exploring the majestic most south-westerly point in Africa. Free guided walks along the coast of the Cape of Good Hope will be available from Tuesday, 10 September to Thursday, 12 September on a first come, first served basis. Walks are scheduled for 10h00, 11h00 and 12h00 from Tuesday to Thursday and are two to three hours in length. Early registration is essential, as there is only space for 20 people per walk – email lauren.howard@sanparks.org before Thursday, 5 September to sign up. Metrorail and their preferred bus-service provider, HGTS Tours, are offering daily return train-trips from Cape Town to Simons Town, followed by a luxury coach journey to Cape Point for the duration of SA National Parks Week (including Saturday 14 September). The cost for this transport package is R120 per adult and R60 for children up to the age of 12, students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Meghan Horne of Metrorail’s Rail Tourism Promotions Department on 021 449 3018 / 2366 or email promotions@metrorail.co.za. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

A tale of two trackables

first_img SharePrint RelatedTrackable Stories of the WeekSeptember 16, 2011In “Community”Share Your Trackable StoriesSeptember 12, 2010In “Community”MAT – the Travel Bug® that TeachesSeptember 18, 2012In “Learn” On September 19, Jedi Master Yoda was moved from California to New York City.Jedi Master Yoda traveled from California to New YorkWhen I looked closely, I realized that both Travel Bugs were in the same geocache on the same day: Snug as a Bug in Central Park (GC12F8M). Thor was placed September 18th and moved September 19th. Yoda was placed September 19th and moved the next day. I have no way of knowing if both Travel Bugs were in the geocache at the same time, but they were clearly logged in on the same day.GC12F8M – A view from Snug as a Bug in Central ParkWhat are the chances of this happening: two Travel Bugs created by the same person, placed thousands of miles apart, and brought to the same geocache by different people on the same day?This is why we love Geocaching. I wanted to share my store with the Geocaching community but wasn’t sure how. That’s why I’m writing you here. Please feel free to share this story!Share with your Friends:More Geocacher Heidi, aka teamhine, wrote in to Geocaching HQ to share this amazing coincidence about two Travel Bug trackables that happened recently. Last April, I created a trackable for my daughter and named it Thor. We dropped Thor into GC5RCNK – Left Field Bench in Wilsonville, Oregon. But subsequently my sister, who geocaches under ljh, traveled to Europe and took Thor with her. They traveled together throughout Germany, Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands.TB6VTCJ – Thor, the Baseball Travel Bug On September 18, Thor was moved from Europe to New York City.Thor traveled from California to Europe, New York, and Australia In August, I created a Jedi Master Yoda trackable for my son. We dropped Yoda into GCXYTC Seaside View on Angel Island, California where he stayed for about a month before getting grabbed and taken to the east coast.TB6C97M – Jedi Master Yoda, the Key Travel Buglast_img read more

The Acquisition of Etacts and Email as a Platform

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web Etacts, an email add-on that layers social network profiles, conversation history and other relationship management information on top of your email conversations, announced abruptly this morning that it is shutting down its service, deleting all customer data at the end of next month and has “decided to pursue other opportunities.” Having raised more than a half million dollars from some of the hottest investors in Silicon Valley just over six months ago, it’s unlikely the Etacts team has decided to go do something unrelated. It is most likely the company has been acquired by a larger firm that does heavy business in email. The Inbox 2.0 market has long been expected to heat up and indeed it has. Etacts competitor Rapportive also recently drew big name funding, Gist is rumored to be in acquisition talks with RIM and now Etacts announces a mysterious shut-down. Update: See our subsequent coverage, it appears to be Salesforce that has acquired Etacts.FundingIn May of this year, Tomio Geron at the Wall Street Journal summed up the funding story thusly:Etacts, which completed the Y Combinator incubator program in March, has just closed a $700,000 seed round from prominent angels including Ron Conway’s SV Angel; Eric Hahn, former chief technology officer at Netscape; Joshua Schachter, founder of Delicious; Jim Young, co-founder of HotOrNot; Barney Pell and Lorenzo Thione, co-founders of Powerset; Jawed Karim, co-founder of Youtube; Ashton Kutcher, actor and now angel investor; Robby Walker and Wayne Crosby, former Y Combinator participants; and Irene Pedrazza, founder of CheetahMail.Etacts raised the funding quickly – in just over a month – and had intended to raise $500,000 but decided to let in more investors because of the strong interest, said [Howie] Liu, who co-founded the company with classmate Evan Beard after the two graduated from Duke University last year. You don’t take Ron Conway money and then just give up in six months.Rapportive raised a small round from other impressive funders 3 months later. Gist raised $4 million in between those two announcements, in July.Etacts hasn’t replied to our request for comment, but an acquisition certainly seems the most likely explanation for the service’s decision to shut down.Email as a PlatformWe wrote about email as a platform for application development most recently in August. Yahoo’s Eran Hammer-Lahav, then working on developer relations for Yahoo Mail, explained why so many companies are interested in this space.“It’s pretty clear that email provides a huge potential for extensibility, given the wide range of ways people use it. The inbox is much more than just a place for incoming mail, it is the primary dashboard for many web users – it is how they manage their lives. So when looking at email as a platform, the opportunity of making it more useful and productive reaches most areas of online activities.So far the focus has been on taking social information to help better manage email overflow, but the platform has much more potential beyond that.”What will its likely acquirer do with Etacts? Presumably displaying the social networking profiles and past conversations we’ve had with the people who sent us emails is just the beginning. How will other email providers respond, lest they fall behind in richness of user experience? That’s where things will get really interesting. Personal Data as a PlatformPerhaps even more interesting is the way that all of these services use data about the people who have sent you email that they have acquired through services like Rapleaf. Services that scoop up and wholesale personal profile data (“the person attached to this email uses this LinkedIn profile, this Twitter profile, owns a home, has kids and loves short videos about kittens”) are wildly controversial but also very useful. Nowhere is that usefulness more clearly demonstrated than in the email CRM services like Etacts, Rapportive and Gist. Perhaps if Etacts’ feature-set goes mainstream in some big email program, the story of value built for everyday people (not just marketers) from aggregate online personal data as a development platform would become easier to tell.That would be very good news. Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Flights diverted to Agartala

first_imgSeveral passenger aircraft landed at the Agartala airport on Monday as flights for Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport were diverted to different destinations due to bad weather. Eight flights made a halt at the airport which could not even operate routine flights for Kolkata.“There was an emergency situation due to incessant rains and heavy winds in Kolkata. Nearly 30 midair flights were diverted to different sectors as a safety measure,” an official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) told The Hindu.He said flights were told to land in the Agartala, Bhubaneswar, Bagdogra and Ranchi airports. The diversion started in the morning, he added. The situation also disrupted normal flight operations from Agartala.last_img read more