Mark Hughes is set to make changes for his team’s FA Cup replay against MK Dons – QPR’s second match in as many days.The new manager, an FA Cup winner with Manchester United and Chelsea, will assess the condition of several players ahead of his first home game in charge.He plans to include at least a couple of players who did not feature against Newcastle, with Hogan Ephraim poised for an outing and DJ Campbell also hoping to be involved.“It’ll give me a chance to look at players that didn’t get a chance to influence the [Newcastle] game,” said Hughes.“There won’t be as many changes as people might think though. I always treat the FA Cup with respect – it’s a competition that’s been good to me.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Manchester City dominated the first half at a rain-swept Loftus Road.Pablo Zabaleta almost gave them the lead when he headed David Silva’s cross against the bar.Julio Cesar, who has looked uncertain in the QPR goal, was also grateful to see Javi Garcia’s wind-assisted 35-yarder flash just wide.Rangers, with Fabio on the right of midfield and Loic Remy making his home debut, struggled to create chances before a quick counter-attack brought Joe Hart into action six minutes before the break.The England keeper raced from his line and produced a fine stop to deny Adel Taarabt after the Moroccan had skipped away from Gael Clichy.Cesar then atoned for some shaky moments by diving to his right to push away a shot from Gareth Barry.R’s boss Harry Redknapp named two goalkeepers – Rob Green and Brian Murphy – among his substitutes.QPR (4-1-4-1): Cesar; Onuoha, Nelsen, Hill, Traore; Derry; Fabio, Mbia, Granero, Taarabt; Remy.Subs: Green, Park, Ben Haim, Zamora, Murphy, Faurlin, Bothroyd.Click here for our QPR v Man City 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Gary Cahill insisted Chelsea can feel upbeat about their chances of reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League after their 2-1 first-leg loss to Paris St-Germain.John Mikel Obi scored a potentially vital away goal against the French Champions, who will visit Stamford Bridge for the second leg on 9 March.Cahill told BT Sport: “We are more confident at home. We know what we need to do.“We knew how tough it was to come here and get a result. The way the tie is poised, we have done it before at home.”Chelsea had to defend for much of the game in ParisWith Kurt Zouma and skipper John Terry out injured, Cahill was partnered at centre-back by Branislav Ivanovic and the pair performed well in a determined Chelsea performance.Ivanovic said: “It was a very difficult game. They scored which was massive for them, but we kept going. We know we have to do everything to win at home and go through.“We came here with courage to try and score the goals and we had a couple of chances before they scored.“We lost concentration in the end. We were a little bit open. With top strikers like PSG have, they take every single chance.“We have to be more compact and more careful, because these small details can decide a game.”More reaction from Paris to follow later.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Since the cottage had been expanded, and there is a limitation on the total area of accessory buildings, I was no longer able to build a garage. Instead we needed to build a carport. Wanting space for two cars, we decided to reduce the size of the front porch and move the house closer to the street, providing enough space for a larger carport.We worked very closely with the historic commission staff during the design process, ultimately coming up with a plan that was approved over numerous (and I feel unreasonable) objections of several neighbors, many of whom could be considered either NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yarders) or possibly even BANANAs (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything).The most complicated issues in the project were working around existing trees to comply with a very restrictive tree canopy preservation ordinance, and permeable area requirements. The lot coverage requirements necessitated using pervious paving, currently planned to be combination of pavers and concrete. I look forward to working with the materials, if not the extra cost of installation. So many green certifications, so little timeMy city, Decatur, has a green building certification requirement. I would certainly certify the house whether or not it was required, and I am currently working on certification for several local builders.The big question for me is which program or programs to use for my house. Most of my single-family certification work is with EarthCraft House. Multifamily projects tend to be either NGBS or EarthCraft. We do the occasional LEED project as well.Ultimately, I have decided to certify the house as LEED Version 4 – the most recent version that will become the only one available for all projects registered after October of this year. I decided it would be useful to have experience in Version 4 before I have to work on someone else’s project, and will hopefully be able to work out any kinks in the process. I will probably also certify under EarthCraft and NGBS. Lots of paperwork in my future. Decisions, decisionsI have decided to do some different things in this house, somewhat out of the mainstream, but not unusual for readers of GBA.First, I am going to avoid spray foam insulation, and limit foam board as much as practical. I will be using Owens Corning spray-applied fiberglass in the exterior walls and on the attic ceiling. Exterior sheathing will be Zip-R with an R-3 polyiso layer. I considered using mineral wool for the exterior thermal break, but the added thickness and complexity of construction led me to the combined sheathing and insulation product.I am going to use a passive-house type of detail on the top floor ceiling. The Zip sheathing will be installed on top of the ceiling joists, taped to the side wall sheathing, provide a complete air seal on top of the joists, instead of relying on the ceiling drywall. HVAC will be ductless mini splits from Mitsubishi, eliminating any ducts in the attic area.The foundation will be stem walls, filled with a slab floor. Because of the low floor height required and the pervious paving, any crawl space would likely end up being a swimming pool, and I’m not a big fan of crawl spaces anyway.My first draft with REMRate came up with a HERS rating of 43. Hopefully it will end up lower at completion. Since I have a full stand of mature trees surrounding the house, there are no opportunities for any PV, so I won’t be able to get anywhere near net zero.More posts to come as construction progresses, including some time-lapse movies of the construction. Feel free to comment, complain, and argue with my decisions. After two failed attempts at building a new house, I’m finally ready to get started. My first plan, started in 2009, was shot down by the historic commission.The second plan was approved, but due to the recession, I found myself unable to finance the construction. At that point, fed up with my ratty cottage and having some spare cash, I decided to renovate.Although I have been thoroughly enjoying my cottage, having recently gotten married, and with both of us working at home, 800 square feet just isn’t working. After reconsidering the last, approved design, we decided to, once again, start over with a new design.We started design work in October, working with my friend, the architect Tom Hood. We received approval from the historic commission in March, and finally wrapped up all the details and obtained the building permit in July. Ch-Ch-Ch-ChangesThe previous plan was very typical for the neighborhood: a two-story Craftsman style house with a full width front porch, with a one-car garage between the new and existing houses. RELATED ARTICLES Topping OutMovin’ On UpGreen From the Start: Home Edition, Volume 2Green From the Start: Small Victory DepartmentFinally! Starting Construction At My HouseMaking Slow Progress on My Renovation Carl Seville and his wife are building themselves a new home in Decatur, Georgia. This is the first blog in a series describing the construction project. Links to all of the blogs in this series can be found in the “Related Articles” sidebar below.
Wair anti-pollution scarfAir quality may seem like someone else’s problem unless you’re trying to go for a run or ride a bike in Beijing, London or Warsaw. IoT already enables citizens to use sensor tech to measure and monitor urban air quality around the world. French start-up Wair has created a connected pollution scarf which incorporates a filter mask which stops 99% of pollen, gas and bacterial microparticles up to PM0.1μm. A corresponding app tracks daily pollution in your locations and advises you when the filter needs changing. It retails at $68 and includes an additional filter. This is the kind of product that you wish was superfluous but evidence suggests otherwise.Verdict: Hit The GeniCanThe GeniCan is a smart device that clips onto your existing garbage can or recycle bin allowing you to add items to your grocery list automatically as you dispose of them. It also matches coupons to products, and optionally delivers items to your doorstep. It also translates barcodes and spoken word into a customized grocery list stored on the GeniCan app. People who order early can get it for $119 with the company’s Indiegogo campaign.I’m undecided on this one. Most of my food waste is not bar coded –such as veggie scraps and coffee grounds — and I’d be required to verbally tell the bin each time I was disposing of each these items, not to mention those ready cooked leftovers. In the future will it be able to talk to my smart refrigerator and compost bin to ensure that I don’t get the same product purchased in multiples by each device? What if one requires an Alexa and another a Google Home? What if they join forces and decide not to order me more chocolate? Things could get messy here.Verdict: You decide. Is it a hit or a miss? Cate Lawrence Related Posts 42TeaDo you drink a lot of tea? Apparently, you might be making it incorrectly. 42tea (IoTea-get it?!) is a connected cube and accompanying app that guides users through each of the steps of tea preparation (quantity, temperature and brewing time) based on the type of tea. The app analyzes the user’s tea consumption to create a palate profile of sorts to recommend new varieties to drink.Sure, it’s a rather harmless product in the great scheme of things, and I can imagine it ending up in Christmas stockings next year as it retails for $65. But I can’t help wondering if the kind of people who would buy this should be trusted with a kettle of boiling water and what the tea makers of China, India and Japan would think of this.Verdict: Miss Follow the Puck Well, another CES is in the books. We all got together with 165,00 of our closest friends in Vegas to check out the latest in tech, walking millions of millions of miles over more than 2.6 million square feet of exhibition space. It can be a challenge to find the shining star smart devices amidst the noise and lights, especially as the lowlights tend to show themselves pretty easily.But here’s just a pinch of some of the hits and misses of CES smart devices this year:Whirlpool ZERA Food RecyclerWith 20% of the average home’s food ending up in the bin, composting is a great way to ensure that uneaten leftovers give something back. The Zera system comes from WLabs of Whirlpool Corporation.It’s the first indoor recycler in the US that converts a week’s worth of food waste into ready-to-use homemade fertilizer within 24 hours by using a combination of oxygen, moisture, heat and mixing to expedite the decomposition process. Unlike traditional composting methods like worm farms and Bokashi bins, families can use the Zera system year-round regardless of the weather and can remotely operate the appliance through an app that monitors the fertilizing process.That said, the app seems somewhat superfluous given that each composting cycle takes only 24 hours, surely it’d be better-served monitoring the fridge’s contents to reduce overall food waste in addition to operating the compost bin? The price of $899 makes it rather prohibitive to all but the most ardent green folk. It’s progressing well on Indiegogo and it’s one of those products likely to have lower priced imitators in the future.Verdict: Hit Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Kérastase Hair Coach Powered by WithingsHave you ever thought you might be brushing your hair too hard? Rest assured; help is at hand with the smart hairbrush. The Kérastase Hair Coach is equipped with a range of rather sophisticated analytics: a microphone that listens to the sound of hair brushing to identify patterns, providing insights into manageability, frizziness, dryness, split ends and breakage; 3-axis load cells that measure the force applied to the hair and the scalp when brushing; an accelerometer and a gyroscope which help further analyze brushing patterns and count brush strokes, with haptic feedback signaling if brushing is too vigorous; and conductivity sensors to determine if the brush is being used on dry or wet hair in order to provide an accurate hair measurement.These sensors feed data automatically via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to a dedicated mobile app, which then takes into account weather factors like humidity, temperature, UV and wind. By tracking the way a person brushes and factoring in aspects of daily life, the smart brush app provides valuable information including a hair quality score, data on the effectiveness of brushing habits, personalized tips and Kérastase product recommendations.There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the tech per se, it’s pretty innovative, but I can’t help wishing the efforts were used to solve a bigger problem than hair brushing. I’m also not sure how many people would purchase it over a traditional hairbrush. It retails for $200 which is apparently pretty affordable for a specialist hairbrush.Verdict: MissOticon Opn hearing aidOpn is the world’s first connected hearing aid. Before you shout that it’s another example of “IoT for IoT’s sake,” hear me out. Firstly it’s powered by the Velox platform which according to makers, enables it to overcome a challenge that even the most advanced solutions of today can’t solve — the ability to handle noisy environments with multiple speakers.Through the use of precise sound analysis performed over 100 times a second, important sound such as speech can be located from any direction, with background noise de-emphasised for optimum clarity. Research suggests that wearers’ can enjoy 30 percent better speech understanding, 20 percent less listening effort, and up to 20 percent more recall of what was said.It also uses IFTTT to alert the wearer when the doorbell rings, the smoke detector goes off or a baby monitor is chiming (or other functions of the owner’s choosing). For an aging population which may suffer from declining hearing, this is good tech.Verdict: Hit Tags:#42Tea#air pollution#air quality#CES2017#Connected Devices#connected home#featured#Genican#Kerastase#Opn#Oticon#smart fridge#smart hairbrush#smart home#top#Wair#Whirpool#Withings Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…
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P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem But that, too, does not faze Wright.If anything, he feels this affords him the learnings his team sorely needs for the steeper trek ahead which is the playoff round.“You know, more than anything, I’m trying to find the silver lining, this really prepared us for the playoffs—what the playoff atmosphere is like with the crowd, with the intensity,” Wright said.“I’m proud of the guys that we fought. We were up almost the whole game but a couple of breakdowns—my part defensively—were very costly.Phoenix, a relatively young team in the PBA, absorbed only its second loss in the Philippine Cup. They now set their sights on their final assignment in the elimination round which is a date with defending champion San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix Fuel Masters. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix Pulse’s Matthew Wright squandered a chance to send the game against Ginebra into overtime, but the FuelMasters marksman said the missed shot—along with the lapses he made throughout Sunday’s 100-97 loss on Sunday night—aren’t going to weigh him down.For starters, it wasn’t that heartbreaking of a defeat.ADVERTISEMENT “We felt like we shot ourselves in the foot, There were a couple of calls that didn’t go our way that were unfortunate but it’s basketball,” Wright told reporters.“It wasn’t that tough of a loss. We’re not gonna let that emotionally affect us. They’re a good team and we have had a good season so far,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAfter a whirlwind of buckets and lead changes, Phoenix—the No. 1 team in the all-Filipino conference—suddenly saw themselves playing catchup late in the game.The FuelMasters’ inability to clamp down on Ginebra in the dying seconds cost them a chance at securing the first twice-to-beat privilege. “I feel like more important than our record right now is us getting better and becoming more cohesive as a team the next couple of weeks before playoffs,” Wright said.The FuelMasters tangle with the Beermen on Saturday at Panabo Multi-Purpose Tourism, Sports & Cultural Center in Davao del Norte.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Urgent reply from Philippine football chief View comments MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Isa Molde rues UP’s lack of mental toughness in loss to Ateneo 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The other four women’s pairs are DJ Rodriguez-Bea Tan, Genesa Eslapor-Blove Barbon, DM Demontano-Jackie Estiquia and Fiola Ceballos-Patty Orendain.The three Team PH men’s teams are Jade Becaldo-Mike Abria, Ranran Abdilla-Jesse Lopez and James Buytrago-Anthony Arbasto.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, logisticsRondina and Borbon teamed up in UST’s third straight UAAP beach volleyball title while Arbasto and Jaron Requinton led UST to the men’s crown.Rondina was also beach volleyball MVP while Borbon and Requinton took top rookie honors. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES A total of 28 teams in the men’s side and 20 women’s pairs from 48 countries will vie for points that can qualify them to the World Tour Finals.“The event is also a fitting tuneup for the coming Southeast Asian Games,” said Beach Volleyball Republic co-founder and former Ateneo standout Charo Soriano during Sunday’s event launch at the Alphaland Makati City Club.Last year, BVR staged nine tournaments nationwide that culminated in its first hosting of a World Tour qualifier.“We’re looking at this as a long-term project,” said Tan, also a BVR cofounder and an Atenean like Soriano. “It’s an opportunity for the international community to notice the Philippines’ potential.” —ROMINA S. AUSTRIAADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Sisi Rondina will put her UAAP Finals loss behind when she plays for one of the Philippine teams competing in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open 2019 on May 23 to 26.Rondina, who was Season 81’s Most Valuable Player but failed to steer University of Santo Tomas past Ateneo in the indoor volleyball best-of-three finals, will team up with Bernadeth Pons.ADVERTISEMENT Ace import back for SMB Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:42PH 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
Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says plans are in place to revive the country’s Culinary Arts Festival and Competition beginning next year. Introduced during the 1970s, the festival, which showcased the island’s rich culinary food and delights, was later discontinued after having been staged for a number of years. “It will now be resuscitated and have pride of place. It will include hoteliers and other Jamaicans from all walks of life. We’ll also be going into the villages. Through this effort, we’ll re-establish the cottage industry with Jamaican foods and treats,” she said. Story Highlights Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says plans are in place to revive the country’s Culinary Arts Festival and Competition beginning next year.Introduced during the 1970s, the festival, which showcased the island’s rich culinary food and delights, was later discontinued after having been staged for a number of years.“It will now be resuscitated and have pride of place. It will include hoteliers and other Jamaicans from all walks of life. We’ll also be going into the villages. Through this effort, we’ll re-establish the cottage industry with Jamaican foods and treats,” she said.The Minister was speaking at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Culinary Expo held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on August 2.Additionally, Ms. Grange said there are plans to have the festival “institutionalised, so that it can be sustained,” and has asked Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, to commit budgetary support in this regard.The JCDC’s Culinary Arts Specialist, Dr. Pamella Powell, welcomed the festival’s resuscitation, describing the move by the Culture Minister “as a great thing to revive”.Meanwhile, Ms. Grange urged the protection of certain “works (of food) and final product on display,” which can be classified as intellectual property.“Far too often, we see food shows on networks that have creations that are distinctively Jamaican, but other nations take credit. They cleverly use the term, ‘Jamaican-style jerk, juices and pastries’, with none of the input or labour being Jamaican.We have to protect them,” Ms. Grange emphasised.Turning to other matters, the Minister said plans exist to have reggae music inscribed and protected as an “intangible cultural heritage” with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).The aim of UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage is to ensure those included on the list are better protected and to bring awareness of their significance worldwide.It is expected that in November, the country will know whether it is successful in its efforts to have reggae music on the list of intangible cultural heritage.The Minister added that a submission to UNESCO will also be made to include “our food, as these strides will protect the local economy and small players”.For his part, Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, noted that 40 per cent of the expenditure of visitors to the island last year was spent on food experiences.He said that Jamaica has now established itself as the premier gastronomy destination of the Caribbean, after having been the only country in the region last year to have an exposition “which the United Nations World Tourism Organization calls the Gastronomy Prototype”.Mr. Bartlett noted that it has become necessary to train and build up the professionalism of those in the culinary profession, especially chefs, through the Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation, which graduated 150 participants a few months ago.These graduates received the American Culinary Federation (ACF) certification and American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) designation.“We want to give them certification, so that…we won’t have to be importing chefs from across the world, because we will be producing our own in Jamaica,” he said.During the expo, patrons toured several booths and sampled a number of local cuisines from hotels as well as the HEART Trust/NTA. The JCDC’s 55th anniversary cake was also cut.