Big night for Rangers at Loftus Road

first_imgQPR are preparing for a vital game at Loftus Road, where a win against Swansea would ease their relegation fears.Rangers have won their last two home matches, beating first Liverpool and then Arsenal, and a victory tonight could take Mark Hughes’ side three points clear of the drop zone.Bobby Zamora and Joey Barton, who both missed Sunday’s defeat at Manchester United, are set to return.For updates on the night’s events, follow us on Twitter. A report and post-match reaction will appear here later.last_img

World Cup Becomes Most Popular Web Event Ever

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Real-Time Web#Social Web#web Related Posts deane rimerman The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The 2010 FIFA World Cup is now the most popular event in Web history. Record usage began last Friday before the wins and losses. Not since Obama’s election day victory has the Web swayed under a greater burden of Internet-connected hope.The official FIFA World Cup website is currently receiving as many page views as Facebook. For all of us creators of the Web it’s a great time to learn more about real-time visualizations as well as how to better handle soaring usage numbers. So here’s a roundup of how Twitter, Facebook, Univison, ESPN/ABC and app makers are handling all the excitement. Univision Promises 900 Hours of is an official internet broadcaster of the World Cup and is offering live streaming of all 64 matches. On average a quarter of a million people in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are watching live streams of each match. These streams have helped drive 16 million page views to Univision’s interactive media platform, including mobile and mobile apps. Its Soccer App also recently became the second most popular free app in the iPhone store.World Cup on TwitterThe official FIFA World Cup website is currently receiving as many page views as Facebook.Radio and TV once gave the world real-time soccer coverage. But today you can forgo both and simply watch Twitter’s World Cup tweets as fans of each team go head to head as each game is being played. With peaks up to 3,000 tweets per second this marvel of millions of soccer tweets is inspiring, except that Twitter can’t really handle it. In a recent blog post Twitter suggests users brace themselves for weeks of Fail Whales.Facebook CoverageAs always Facebook is in the thick of it with its campaign to get you to like everything. Facebook’s sports page has a passion rank, which currently puts Chile’s victory over Honduras in the number one spot. Almost a half a million people have liked Chile’s World Cup profile. And in related soccer-passion news, Chile’s capitol city of Santiago used tear gas and water cannons to disperse celebrants and arrest 81. This year is the first time in 48 years that Chile has won a World Cup match!World Cup on ESPN/ABCThe match between England vs. the U.S. drew 16 million viewers, and became the fifth most popular World Cup match ever covered by U.S. television. Complimenting this coverage was 1.7 million visitors to the ESPN website during the first four days. Of additional interest is analysis that indicates multi-platform users who switch between TV, radio, mobile and the Web are engaged for five times longer than those who only watch on TV.Flood of Soccer AppsOf course this roundup would not be complete if we didn’t mention the huge flood of Phone and iPad apps that are begin offered. The number of people trying to get us to promote their World Cup apps has skyrocketed. And while there are plenty of top World Cup app posts out there, I would only recommend one: the Vuvuzela iPhone app. It’s currently the number one free soccer app at the iTunes store. Even though this app is only capable of emitting 90 decibels (a real Vuvuzela horn hits 130), in the hands of a small child this app could be almost as annoying as all the Vuvuzela haters combined. last_img read more

Odisha teacher held for selling fake BEd degrees

first_imgA teacher allegedly involved in taking lakhs of rupees from students and providing fake BEd degrees was arrested by the police in Odisha’s Malkangiri district.According to Malkangiri town police station inspector in-charge Ram Prasad Nag, accused Arun Sen was arrested on Tuesday after three FIRs were filed against him. Mr. Sen is reported to be posted as a teacher in Udupa Primary School in the Malkangiri district. The police have started investigation to ascertain whether he had used fake certificates for his appointment or not.The certificates provided by Mr. Sen were in the name of universities and institutions outside Odisha, especially Bihar. “Persons like me who got a BEd certificate from Mr. Sen never appeared for any examination,” said one of the cheated youths Ganesh Sarkar. Through RTI applications to institutions concerned, it was found that they had received fake certificates.Mr. Sen had allegedly taken ₹1.5 lakh to ₹4 lakh in instalments from each student. He is reported to have cheated at least 20 youths.“He used to come to pur homes to motivate us to go for higher studies, like BEd, through distance education and collect money,” said Madhuri Biswas. Mr. Sen also took cash and online transfers into his account as well as his wife’s.According to complainants, Mr. Sen never arranged for any classes or examinations. Later, he handed over fake certificates to them. “When we enquired, Mr. Sen said somebody else appeared for us in exams,” said M.R. Sarkar. He also claimed that he and several others like him had got government jobs by using such certificates.last_img read more

Notre Dame’s Malik Zaire Drops Cryptic Tweet About Upcoming QB Battle

first_imgMalik Zaire pictured in a kitchen.Notre Dame will have a quarterback competition this off-season between redshirt sophomore Malik Zaire and incumbent Everett Golson. Both players played well in the program’s Music City Bowl win over LSU, and each candidate brings a different skill set to the table. In order to play a high-profile position such as quarterback at Notre Dame, one needs to have an abundance of self-confidence. If his Twitter this morning is any indication, Zaire is very confident in his own abilities.Never apologize for being confident in yourself.— Malik Zaire (@LuckyLefty8) March 5, 2015If you think you should have my spot. Play me for it. -KD— Malik Zaire (@LuckyLefty8) March 5, 2015The second tweet is a quote from NBA superstar Kevin Durant in regards to criticism that he was unworthy of a starting spot in this year’s All-Star game after missing time due to injury. Zaire seems ready to bring it on the field, and he should be a formidable competitor for Golson at the very least.last_img read more

Men must be more Involved in Family Planning – UNFPA

first_imgDirector, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean, Geeta Sethi, says men must play a greater role in making family planning decisions. Her comments come against the background of a recommendation in the State of the World Population Report 2012, for the engagement of men and boys in family planning, for their own benefit and to support the right of women and girls to use contraception. Ms. Sethi, who was addressing the launch of the report on November 14, at the Comprehensive Clinic in Kingston, said the issue is not only a challenge in Jamaica, but across the world, where family planning is largely seen as the responsibility of the female. “I think that’s (unacceptable) because a child doesn’t get born with one parent. Yes, there is artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization. But by and large….this is a joint decision by both partners, who contribute to the creation of that life. So it cannot be taken by just one person; it needs to be the couple,” she stated.  She noted further that the enjoyment of sexual relations is seen as a man’s prerogative, and men are not taught to be responsible for pregnancies outside marriage. “They learn to pursue their own pleasure, rather than mutual pleasure and respect,” Ms. Sethi said. Acting Executive Director of the National Family Planning Board (NFPB), Dr. Sharlene Jarrett, said the agency is cognizant of this issue, and is working to find ways to reach males to sensitize them of the important role they play in family planning. The State of the World Population Report, published by the UNFPA, calls for developing and developed countries, international organisations and civil society, to do a number of things to make family planning accessible to all. The report suggests that countries need to radically increase financial and political commitment to ensure that quality family planning services are available to everyone; promote family planning as a right; and integrate voluntary family planning into broader economic and social development. It also called for the elimination of economic, social, logistical and financial obstacles to voluntary family planning so that everyone can have access; and reduction in the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions by increasing availability, reliability and quality of family planning supplies and services, including emergency contraception. Countries are also urged to make family planning programmes available to the full range of users including adolescents, unmarried people, and all others who need it. For her part, Acting Manager of the Population and Health Unit at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Toni-Shae Freckleton, said through support from various partners, Jamaica has been working to strengthen its family planning and reproductive health programmes.   “As we strive to meet our international and local obligations to promote family planning as a human right and promote choice rather than chance, we are cognizant of the strategies to strengthen this approach. Jamaica, through support from all its partners within government, civil society and our international development partners, have made significant contributions to achieve the progress we have made, to date, in this area,” she said. The report titled: ‘By Choice, Not By Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights and Development’, examines the challenges in ensuring that all women, men and young people are able to exercise that right and suggests actions that governments and international organisations can take to give everyone the power and the means to decide freely and responsibly, how many children to have and when to have them.last_img read more

PM Says JCF Undergoing Strategic Transformation

first_imgMr. Holness noted that the implemented initiatives have already been reaping rewards.“Already, the JCF is changing before your very eyes. You may not see, you may not even believe it, but your organisation is changing to become what we all want it to be – a force for good,” he told the many policemen and policewomen in attendance.“There was a time when you could not turn on your radio or your television and not see someone decrying the JCF, particularly as it relates to police killings,” the Prime Minister added.Mr. Holness said the perception of the JCF as a brutal force in changing, and it is now at the point where citizens are thinking differently.He noted that the violent perception of the JCF was prevalent for much of its 151- year history; however, in recent times, that has changed, partly due to the efforts of the organisation’s leadership, which took a serious look at the JCF’s operational procedures and use-of-force policy to ensure that officers are changing the way in which they use force.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister informed that the Commissioner has implemented a new welfare department to address the issues of rank and file officers.“This is very important because the conventional thinking of the force that existed for many years was that welfare was not the responsibility of the administration of the JCF,” Mr. Holness said.The Prime Minister noted that officers are prone to non-communicable diseases because of the nature of their jobs, and, as such, he has pledged to provide funding for the construction of gyms for JCF members through his Positive Jamaica Foundation.“I know that the Commissioner has already started discussions to ensure that for those members who want to have access to gym facilities, that access can be put in place, and sometime ago, I had made a commitment to assist with a gym, but in speaking to the Commissioner, he said that one gym cannot help,” the Prime Minister said.“So, the commitment that I am making now is, through my Foundation, which is separate from anything to do with Government, I will work with the Commissioner and the Federation, to make a small contribution towards the access to gyms right around the country, ” Mr. Holness told the police officers.For his part, Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, said the Government is committed to improving the working environment of the police officers, citing the ongoing construction and rehabilitation of several police stations across the island.This, Dr. Chang said, is to ensure that officers can perform at their optimum. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has been undergoing a strategic transformation that augurs well for the welfare of police officers and the organisation’s image. “There is a deliberate, planned and strategic intent to transform and to change the JCF, and the Jamaica Police Federation is an integral player in the transformation of the Force,” the Prime Minister said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has been undergoing a strategic transformation that augurs well for the welfare of police officers and the organisation’s image.Speaking at the Jamaica Police Federation’s 76th annual conference at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on May 29, Mr. Holness pointed out that as part of the ongoing transformation, Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, has implemented several initiatives, and there are some in the pipeline that will be implemented over time.“There is a deliberate, planned and strategic intent to transform and to change the JCF, and the Jamaica Police Federation is an integral player in the transformation of the Force,” the Prime Minister said.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (left), is greeted by Chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation, Corporal Arlene McBean, at the Federation’s annual conference, held at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on Wednesday (May 29).center_img Story Highlights Speaking at the Jamaica Police Federation’s 76th annual conference at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on May 29, Mr. Holness pointed out that as part of the ongoing transformation, Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, has implemented several initiatives, and there are some in the pipeline that will be implemented over time.last_img read more

Energy Minister tells Business In Vancouver that Petronas is buying a stake

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Michelle Mungall has reportedly let it slip that Petronas will be taking a stake in the Shell-led LNG Canada project near Kitimat.According to Business In Vancouver, Mungall said during an interview that Petronas made it clear when it announced the cancellation of its Pacific NorthWest LNG  project last year that the cancellation was due to market conditions, and had nothing to do with the change in government.“And to fully emphasize that point, Petronas is now investing in LNG Canada’s project,” said Mungall during the interview.Business In Vancouver says that neither LNG Canada nor Petronas have confirmed Mungall’s statement. The Globe and Mail has previously reported that since scrapping Pacific NorthWest LNG last July, Petronas has been looking at acquiring a minority stake in LNG Canada, and has also said to be interested in acquiring Chevron’s stake in the proposed Kitimat LNG project. LNG Canada confirmed last week that it has awarded the engineering and procurement contract for its proposed LNG export terminal to the partnership of U.S.-based Fluor Corp. and Japan-based JGC Corp.Story courtesy Business In Vancouver: With files from The Globe and Mail.last_img read more

Old Fort Residents still without power no estimate on when it will

first_imgResidents can use the water taxi to transport fuel to the Old Fort but will need to organize transportation to the boat launch.Hydro crews did start the work to restore the outage, but crews were told to evacuate due to the area they were working was now under an evacuation order.  There is no estimate on when B.C. Hydro will be allowed back into the area to try and restore power. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Residents of the Old Fort are still without power, and there is no estimate on when power will be restored.The power went out at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday night, and B.C. Hydro crews were trying to restore power but were evacuated due to the landslide.  In a post to Facebook on Sunday, the Peace River Regional District said they would not be providing generators to residents of the Old Fort.last_img read more

AAP slams Ramesh Bidhuri for his abusive behaviour

first_imgNEW DELHI: AAP Delhi State Convenor Gopal Rai along with party’s South Delhi Lok Sabha Candidate Raghav Chadha presented Report Card of BJP’s sitting South Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhuri where the AAP slammed him for his “abusive” behaviour. “While no one, starting from Parliamentarians, party workers, constituents of South Delhi, etc has been spared his abrasive speech, his lips are sealed when it comes to development of Delhi,” said Rai.”Many residents of South Delhi take the Delhi Metro for their daily commute. But because of the increase in the metro rates, locals have faced inconvenience and transport has become unbearably expensive. Despite that, Ramesh Bidhuri failed to represent their interest and did not raise his voice against Metro fare hike either in the parliament or on the streets of Delhi. Similarly, even on the matter of sealing, Ramesh Bidhuri held his silence while merchants continued to suffer,” he said. Leaders said that in Ramesh Bidhuri’s adopted village, apart from one Mohalla Clinic constructed by the Delhi Government, he failed to provide any health or educational infrastructure in the village.last_img read more

NBA Power Ratings And Playoff Odds Waiting On Durant

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for another edition of FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings. The least you need to know about how these numbers work: Each team is ranked according to a projection of its strength over the upcoming week — and the upcoming week only — using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For more details on the ratings, see our introductory rankings post.(Note: These ratings were calculated before news broke that Chicago’s Jimmy Butler would miss three to six weeks with an elbow injury. Butler carried a strong +3.2 RPM rating, so replacing his 26 minutes per game with a replacement-level player would drop the Bulls from 11th place to a tie for 19th with the Pistons. Chicago’s saving grace might be that the average player below Butler on the team’s depth chart is significantly better than replacement level, but there’s no doubt that this news reduces the Bulls’ rating.)Some observations about the rankings this week:The Oklahoma City Thunder climbed more in the rankings from last week than any other team, leaping from No. 13 to No. 6. The biggest reason? The expectation that Kevin Durant will return in some capacity this week, even if in reduced minutes, was worth 1.7 points per 100 possessions to OKC’s overall rating. The ripple effects of Durant’s return extend beyond his own increased minutes. Our playing-time projections also see Dion Waiters (whose extremely negative RPM falls below the replacement level) getting fewer minutes on the wing — a boon of 0.8 points/100 to the Thunder’s rating. More minutes may also go to plus-minus darling Andre Roberson,1Relative to other metrics at least; from his awful 9.9 Player Efficiency Rating (PER), you wouldn’t expect his RPM to be a strong +2.4. and fewer minutes will go to guard D.J. Augustin, an additional 0.6 point boost for OKC’s rating. The mix of very good and very poor players on the Thunder roster makes the team a great case study in how much effect playing-time reshuffling can have on a team’s overall talent rating.The Atlanta Hawks dropped four spots in this week’s rankings, largely because Al Horford (+2.3 RPM rating), Jeff Teague (+1.3), DeMarre Carroll (+1.2) and Pero Antic (+0.8) are all listed as day-to-day in the team’s injury report. Those slight playing-time downgrades gave more minutes to a host of negative RPM players; chief among them are Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore.Joining the Hawks with a four-slot decline this week are the Toronto Raptors. More than half of Toronto’s 1.8 point ratings drop is driven by an injury to Kyle Lowry — and the resulting uptick in playing time for the man behind him on the team’s point guard depth chart, Lou Williams. Williams’s box-score numbers are very good, and Toronto has played much better with him on the court this season. But Real Plus-Minus isn’t convinced despite his great 2014-15 season to date. His long-term predictive RPM is currently -1.9 — with a -3.6 defensive mark — numbers only slightly improved from his -2.0/-3.7 ratings from the end of last season.For all the changes just outside the league’s top tier — in addition to the rise of OKC and declines of Atlanta and Toronto, the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets both moved up a pair of spots — the top four in our rankings stayed constant. This marks the first time that’s been true since we introduced the rankings in mid-January.With Oklahoma City’s gains, the Western Conference playoff picture is all but set. Seven teams have postseason probabilities in excess of 97 percent, and the Thunder don’t sit too far behind, at 92.7 percent. As for the East, it boasts six teams with playoff odds of 99.6 percent or greater, although there’s some drama to be had with six teams battling for the conference’s final two playoff berths. The Indiana Pacers have the inside track for one of the slots, with a 62.7 percent playoff probability, but none of the five teams behind them are any more than 40.2 percent likely to qualify, which ought to bring at least some tension to the final month and a half of the season.Related to the previous point, it’s worth mentioning that the Utah Jazz have a zero percent probability of making the playoffs despite ranking 12th in talent. What happened? Utah’s record has undershot its Pythagorean expectation by three wins, but the team has also improved its talent rating recently (granted, by too little and too late) by jettisoning Enes Kanter and his -2.5 RPM in a three-team trade with Oklahoma City and the Detroit Pistons.Finally, who on earth is Joffrey Lauvergne? Our projections had the French big man down for 2.8 minutes per game for the Denver Nuggets last week, but he ended up averaging 21 minutes per game instead (and even got a starting nod against the Jazz on Friday). Denver might be toning down Lauvergne’s playing time after he shot 38 percent from the floor and posted a -36 plus-minus in that lone start, but his expected role increase — and -4.4 RPM rating — is still enough to help the Nuggets drop by five slots in the rankings. They’re still not New York Knicks bad, but after their mass talent exodus at the trade deadline, the Nuggets now bring up the rear of the non-Knicks/Philadelphia 76ers division of the power rankings. read more