first_imgIan Holloway says QPR will take no chances with Jack Robinson following the left-back’s latest injury.Robinson has returned to light training following a hamstring problem and will not be considered for Thursday’s match against Wolves.He also missed Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Ipswich, having had to be substituted at half-time during the home win against Norwich the previous weekend.Robinson, who has battled his way back from a long-term knee injury, impressed Holloway in his 45-minute outing against Norwich.And the Rangers boss is determined to give him time to make a full recovery.Holloway has been impressed with RobinsonHolloway said: “We can’t risk it. He’s out there running but with one game and then almost 10 days (without a game), we can’t risk it.“I never risk my players. I need him long term, not short term.”Holloway rates Jake Bidwell as one of the Championship’s best left-backs but Robinson’s display as a wing-back gave Holloway food for thought.“I thought he was terrific – absolutely the sort of attitude I’m looking for,” Holloway said.“We lack that a little bit in wide areas – wonderful skill. He was fantastic and we’ve got to do what’s right for him.” See also:QPR boss Holloway rules out Jackett returnLuongo passed fit to return for QPRCaulker could return to training next weekQPR youngster Shodipo signs new contract  Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_img“The credibility of South Africa being ranked as one of the top emerging economies in terms of its ease of doing business has a significant impact on its competitiveness as a country with which investors would want to do business in the future,” he said. Announced by the World Bank in Washington on 4 November, the Ease of Doing Business Index is created by the international financial institution, using empirical research to show the effect of improving regulations on economic growth. Source: Brand South Africa “In contrast to this, South Africa lost ground in areas such as starting a business, registering a company and trading across borders.” Within the World Bank’s latest index, this holds true. In areas such as investor protection, South Africa outperformed the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) averages in all four pillars. This includes extent of disclosure, extent of direct liability, shareholder suits and investor protection itself. Higher rankings indicate better, usually simpler, regulations for businesses and stronger protection of property rights. Consistent ratings as an investment market as well as a strong ranking against emerging markets – specifically the BRIC nations of Brazil, Russia, India and China – underpin South Africa’s performance in the World Bank’s latest Ease of Doing Business Index. 18 November 2010 Matola added that South Africa’s role as an emerging market which can compete comparatively with some of the BRIC countries and act as a credible connector to the 1-billion consumers on the continent had been boosted by the recent results, where all four BRIC nations lost ground, and where sub-Saharan Africa made the greatest improvements. “As with other indices issued of late, South Africa has not lost place as a result of declining scores, but rather as a result of other economies improving at a more rapid rate,” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said following the release of the latest results.center_img Matola said that Brand South Africa would continue to prioritise efforts to promote the country’s reputation as a globally competitive investment destination, guided by indices such as the World Bank’s Doing Business Index and others. Globally competitive investment destination The index is meant to measure regulations directly affecting businesses, and does not directly measure more general conditions such as a country’s proximity to large markets, quality of infrastructure, inflation or crime. South Africa lost two places in the latest index results, and is now placed 34 out of 183 economies. “Our consistent ratings are underpinned by improvements in areas such as closing a business, where we are up three places to 74; as well as in enforcing contracts, where we improved our position to 85 from 86,” Matola said. “Studies and reports such as these are key to our understanding and efforts to position and profile South Africa as a trade, investment and tourism destination of choice.” “It is critical that we align all the recent indices with our own strategic priorities and measure the direct impact of our efforts in these regions on a market-by-market basis,” he said. This article was first published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

first_img18 July 2014 Cricket South Africa (CSA) commemorated Nelson Mandela Day by making a contribution to the education of young children at SOS Children’s Villages South Africa’s Mamelodi branch on Friday. The organisation turned an unused storage container into a mobile library to be used by the children of the Village and the surrounding Mamelodi East community outside Pretoria. CSA enlisted the help of publishing house Pearson South Africa to fill the library with reading and exercise books for the primary-school-aged children of the Village. “Mandela Day should remind us of the many blessings we have enjoyed over the past 20 years and also of the enormous gratitude we owe to Madiba, the father of our nation,” CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement. “It should also serve to remind us of the many challenges that we must still tackle and resolve to ensure a better future for all.” CSA ensured that the Home was given a proper introduction to the game, recruiting the full CSA National Academy of both men and women cricketers to conduct a coaching clinic with the SOS children and staff. They were joined by KFC Mini-Cricket players from the area for a fun and action-filled mini-cricket festival. The CSA staff, along with the National Academy and members of the media, then spent their 67 minutes painting and decorating the outside of the library. “SOS Children’s Village Mamelodi is proud to welcome Cricket South Africa as part of a large family,” SOS Children’s Villages spokesperson Lizo Tom said. “We are very pleased with the new mobile library CSA have donated to us. We want to develop a new strategy around literacy and the love of books, and our children in the community will benefit a lot from the new library.” A number of partners and sponsors supported CSA to do their bit on Nelson Mandela Day. Sedgars Sport, for the fourth year running, donated two sets of full cricket kit valued at R10 000, as well as 50 KFC Mini-Cricket T-shirts to the SOS Children’s Village. KFC provided 200 kiddies meals for the children of the Village and for the KFC Mini-Cricket players, while Momentum Health added their own donation of children’s reading books for the library. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgEditor’s note: Carri Beer and Michael Hindle are renovating this 1954 house in Catonsville, Maryland. Hindle is a Certified Passive House Consultant and owner of Passive to Positive. Beer is a registered architect who has been practicing sustainable architecture for 18 years. She is an associate principal with Brennan+Company Architects. The couple’s first post about the project, Rebuilding a Mid-Century Dinosaur, was published on March 2. The virtues of masochismIt was suggested in the good-humored comments at the end of our first post that perhaps we are just masochists and could use some therapy. I would not necessarily deny it, though from lack of experience I might call it a different name. Suffice it to say, that while all of the analysis one may do about the cost-benefit of energy saved against money and effort invested is well worth the consideration (and must be tackled if we are to go mainstream and fight our way out of the catastrophic climate change bag), this cost-benefit analysis is not the only consideration, and may in fact sometimes blind us to value that is less quantifiable.People make decisions all the time that have nothing to do with a cost-benefit analysis. People do not buy expensive cars for the ROI. Clients will balk about a couple thousand dollars of insulation, and then spend $10,000 on a refrigerator. You will never get a payback from your doorknob or countertop, and it is hard to put a value on grass-fed-happy-local food.But we make such decisions all the time. We buy things because we feel they are beautiful, they reflect our values, build our communities, or just go fast. Energy efficiency is the easy sell by comparison from a financial perspective. It can, unlike so many other decisions in our lives, definitely deliver a return.How should we quantify other benefits, such as being healthier, more comfortable, and far less susceptible to the vagaries of extreme weather events? These features of a low-energy home are more intrinsically valuable than lots of horsepower under a hood, but few are even thinking about it.We will never realize a financial benefit from reducing impervious surfaces on our land, reducing the heat island effect, or reducing cancer-causing chemicals. Nor will we realize a financial benefit from creating rain gardens or increasing habitat for birds and pollinators. So should we not do them? Tear down?Absolutely not. Never even crossed our minds. Though it has suffered over the years from various poor renovations and neglect, whoever designed and built it in 1954 knew what they were doing and did it right.Every part of the original building, from the foundation to the roof, is a wonderful piece of craftsmanship. And it is built of real stone.Seriously, the cost to rebuild this house in-kind would be over $1 million in our market. Many houses in our area that sell for well over what we paid don’t have half the solidity or beauty. Tearing it down would be ludicrous, and the destruction of a very nice, though modest, piece of architectural history. The 4,519-square-foot number is a gross (perhaps really gross to some) number. It includes the full basement, the mechanical room, the laundry room, all storage, and an unconditioned shop. Even so, it is more square footage than we need.On the other hand, we do have three kids, and both of us have parents that live out of state — and when they come to visit, they tend to stay for two to three weeks at a time. They are aging, as parents do, and we will be renovating the downstairs bathroom to be wheelchair-accessible in the event that a parent comes to stay long-term. In addition, Michael runs his Passive House consulting company, Passive to Positive, out of our home and requires a dedicated office.We did live for years in a 1,100-square-foot, one-bath bungalow, with three kids and a home-office corner, and it was possible though not always enjoyable. We will admit, it is kind of nice at times to have the opposite problem now … until the energy bills come!In our part of the country, people make use of all vertical space, including finished basements and rooftop decks. If we’ve got one — a basement, that is — and everybody else wants one, we want to devise healthy and comfortable solutions to meet the market demand (as well as fix the problems we have).We are, however, reducing the square footage of conditioned space in our renovation plans. One space that seemed unwieldy, unnecessary, and disproportionate is the space that we believe originally served the 1954 house as a three-season room over the garage. This 660-square-foot space was enclosed at some point with 2×6 framed walls to be a giant empty (family) room. We are carving this space in half to create a new screened porch and dining room.The house makes sense: Challenged by GBA readers after introducing their renovation plans for this house in a Baltimore suburb, the authors explain why it makes financial and philosophical sense to upgrade the house rather than tear it down or find a smaller alternative.This gives us the opportunity to build a new superinsulated wall, retrofit the existing wood frame wall, and reduce our conditioned area. RELATED ARTICLES The Big Rewards of a Deep Energy RetrofitMid-Century Gem Revived in Austin Making an Old Tract House Sunnier and More EfficientOne Man’s Quest for Energy IndependenceRetrofits versus Reductions Space extremismFunny thing about buying a house that already exists: you cannot necessarily control the square footage, or what others have done before you. In this case, the house was originally right-sized, but as is typical in our region, everyone wants a fully finished basement. The prior owners maximized rather than optimized. What’s done is done — and has to be undone, and re-done. In efforts to dispel rumors of masochism and to beat back accusations of space extremism and ill-advised suggestions of tear-downs, we would like to offer some drawings of the house we purchased and our master plan for revisions, and some reflections on how one may choose to consider the value of our investment. BLOGS BY BEER & HINDLE Rebuilding a Mid-Century Dinosaur It’s still a good investmentThat being said, according to our local real estate market we feel we are making a safe investment. This house was a short sale, and we probably paid $50,000 less than what we might have.When looking at the budget for our master plan, we anticipate investing an additional 30% of the current appraised value. This is assuming a lot of DIY, creativity, doing our own construction management, and some trade discounts on materials. After having added legal egress windows and daylighting, we can now legitimately claim that this is a five-bedroom, three-bath home. Given comparables for similar properties in our neighborhood, we feel we could recuperate most or all of that investment — and this is before accounting for saved energy costs during our occupancy.Just for kicks, we made some calculations: after all of the improvements we intend to make, the cost will work out to be approximately $167/square foot. A new Passive House, or any custom home for that matter, in our market is twice that per square foot just for the house — not including lot or site costs. Contrary to a significant number of previous comments, we think we actually are making a pretty wise investment, both financially and for our planet, by doing this renovation on existing housing stock.We advise people to do things all the time to reach goals of sustainability and to lower energy bills. It is easy to believe in something when someone else is footing the bill. But we have our own place now, and are finding that our commitment runs a little deeper than just economic self-interest. We will do what we can within our means to leave this patch of Baltimore suburbia substantially better than we found it. We will be significantly more comfortable, happier, and more fulfilled in the process.So far, we are enjoying the planning and the work. We know without a doubt that we care enough to extend ourselves beyond strict ROI and resale considerations.We both got into the work of high-performance buildings because we love the creativity of design and making, and we are continually inspired by how much more there is to learn and how much beauty is at hand.last_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… DNT is an HTTP header that “asks” Web sites to not collect user data. But compliance is voluntary, and far from widespread. So far, only 1 of 211 top Web sites surveyed adheres to DNT principles. Microsoft’s perspective is that customers should get what they pay for, and that includes privacy. “Competing on privacy is a good thing,” Gavin said. “Consumers win when you have a point of view, as we do, that someone paid us money for Windows. Part of that is Internet Explorer, and – it’s called Windows Internet Explorer, incidentally – and giving them choice and control over privacy is a good thing, and we have incentive to support and respect our paying customers.”Microsoft’s moves haven’t been well-received by some. Apache, which powers a substantial number of the world’s Web servers, has already said that it won’t honor IE10 Do Not Track requests, precisely because turning it on violates consumer choice, in Apache’s view. Or, as Jaffe puts it: “What Microsoft is doing is claiming it’s preserving consumer choice, but what it’s doing is imposing its choice on consumers.”Tracking ProtectionTo enable Tracking Protection in IE9, go to the Settings>Safety>Tracking Protection menu, then enable your personalized list via the “enable” button in the bottom right-hand corner. You can also set up the list by telling IE how many times you wish an ad to be displayed before it gets axed. (CNET has a video tutorial if you want more.)That enables what Microsoft’s rivals call a “draconian” measure, blocking the website or tracker from getting any information about you. But Microsoft’s response is that if the sites themselves aren’t honoring DNT requests, then it has a right to enforce the consumer’s will. “Our job is to really just to say we’re going to keep consumers safe and protected online,” Gavin said. “Do Not Track doesn’t actually do much, unless… someone’s honoring that signal. I don’t have a crystal ball for when that may or may not happen, and when there would be conformance or not.“But we have a thing called Tracking Protection in IE10. Tracking protection is something we enabled with IE9, and instead of, where DNT sends a signal to a website saying, ‘Mark does not wish to be tracked,’ Tracking Protection actually stops tracking from happening at the browser,” Gavin added. “We can actually go through and subscribe to what’s called the TPL or Tracking Protection List, that can be curated by any number of groups, or individuals – you can even have one that’s built dynamically, based on sites you’re going to, and we actually don’t send signals. So when you’re in that list, we say, ‘Ah! So-and-so’s ad network is looking to add a single pixel tracker,’ so we can actually stop that. We can stop the tracking from happening.”You won’t find Tracking Protection, or its equivalent, in any of the other browsers. But ad-blocking plugins exist for Firefox and Chome, which simply prevent the ads from being shown in the first place. The ANA’s right in that blocking ads prevents websites – including this one – from displaying the ads that generating the revenue needed to keep the site up and running. On the other hand, if it’s true that major websites are ignoring consumer requests to prevent tracking them, it’s hard to argue with Microsoft’s logic. Related Posts Tags:#Microsoft#privacy#web markhachman Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This week, the ad industry blasted Microsoft’s use of a privacy feature called “Do Not Track” in Internet Explorer 10, threatening to override it entirely to barrage your browser with targeted ads. But you know what? It doesn’t matter. A little-known privacy feature in Internet Explorer means that Microsoft, and Web users, have already won this battle. Ryan Gavin, Microsoft’s senior director of Internet Explorer, reminded ReadWriteWeb that both IE9 and IE10 contain a privacy feature called “Tracking Protection,” which prevents user information from being passed to a website. While Do Not Track is a more gentlemanly request for anonymity, Tracking Protection simply shuts your browser’s mouth, as it were, and refuses to say almost anything.Microsoft has said previously that IE10, which will make its first appearance in Windows 8, will ship with Do Not Track on by default – in other words, your browsing activity won’t be tracked by advertisers right out of the box. That has left advertisers fuming, since user information is exactly what the advertiser needs to provide high-value, targeted ads. Those targeted ads typically cost more, generate higher revenue and provide a more useful advertising experience than a generic ad designed for the Internet at large, advertisers say.On Monday, the Association of National Advertisers sent Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer a letter claiming that  the ANA believes “that if Microsoft moves forward with this default setting, it will undercut the effectiveness of our members’ advertising and, as a result, drastically damage the online experience by reducing the Internet content and offerings that such advertising supports”.In other words, according to the ANA’s executive vice president of government relations, Dan Jaffe, less ad revenue means the Web’s “free,” ad-subsidized services may go away, replaced by paid subscriptions or other methods. “And if you get less revenue for websites, it threatens to have less information that’s available to consumers for free,” Jaffe said in an interview. “And [site operators] start to put up paywalls, and some of these paywalls as you read in the press have not always turned out well for consumers.”The ANA has its own voluntary advertising opt-out service at Aboutads.info, which automatically scans your machine for cookies and other trackers, then gives you the option to opt out. Still, that works only for a given browser and computer (since opting out is stored in a cookie) and only for the “participating” companies. The ANA advises that you periodically revisit the site and opt out again and again.What Is Do Not Track?The Do Not Track movement surfaced in 2007, when the FTC was petitioned to create a list of websites that would not be permitted to collect information from a user’s Web browser, somewhat similar to the “Do Not Call” list used by home phones. Mozilla developers added a custom plug-in to the browser than enabled DNT about a year later. Then, in 2009, Firefox began implementing it, even on mobile devices. Google’s Chrome will add DNT support by the end of the year, a company spokesman confirmed, and IE, of course, will enable it in IE10. Opera already includes DNT support. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgThe regional office of the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board has recommended ₹90,23,437.50 in fine on the National Highways Authority of India for violating the rules for dust abatement on construction sites. UPPCB Regional Officer Utsav Sharma told The Hindu that the NHAI had not adopted the dust abatement measures notified by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. “The fine has been calculated on the basis of the guidelines issued by the Central Pollution Control Board for penalising defaulters,” he said. The NHAI, which was penalised last year too, is into expansion of National Highway-9 in Ghaziabad in Gautam Buddh Nagar, and Hapur. “Our teams have been maintaining vigil to identify sources contributing to Particulate Matter 10 and Particulate Matter 2.5 in the region,” Mr. Sharma said. Mr. Sharma said the present Air Quality Index of the region was in the poor category, and with unfavourable weather conditions forecast, things were not expected to improve in the near future. The UPPCB has asked that under-construction materials, handled on-site, be covered and dust-breaking screens be erected wherever necessary. “None of these measures is being adopted on the project site,” he said. It also recommended a fine of ₹50 lakh on two factories in Ghaziabad district for burning plastic in boilers.last_img read more