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Wolves v Brentford line-ups: Canos on bench, two changes for Wolves

first_imgBrentford make one change to their starting line-up for the visit to Molineux.Toumani Diagouraga returns to the side at the expense of Liverpool loanee Sergi Canos, who drops to the bench.Nico Yennaris continues at right-back, with Chelsea loanee John Swift again starting.Dave Edwards (groin) has failed a fitness test, with Wolves making two changes from the side that lost at Derby.Conor Coady starts his first game since being sent off against Brighton while Sheyi Ojo, also on loan from Liverpool, is recalled.Brentford: Button; Yannaris, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell; McCormack, Diagouraga; Judge, Woods, Swift; Djuricin.Subs: Bonham, Hofmann, Kerschbaumer, Vibe, Gogia, O’Connell, Canos.Wolves: Martinez; Iorfa, Batth (c), Hause, Golbourne; Henry, McDonald, *Coady*, *Ojo*; Afobe, Le Fondre.Subs: Ikeme, Doherty, Price, Wallace, van La Parra, Byrne, Enobakhare.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

RED Two for electricity delivery

first_img8 August 2005South Africa’s second Regional Electricity Distributor (RED) is scheduled for launching in Gauteng province early in 2006. The first, known as RED One, was signed into operation in Cape Town in July.Plans are to set up six such distributors across the country, combining the distribution function of power utility Eskom with that of 187 municipalities already distributing electricity in the country.RED Two will service Ekurhuleni, Motheo District Municipality, Mangaung, Matjabeng, Maluti-A-Phofung, Metsimaholo, Sol Plaatjie, Gamagara and Dikgatlong Local Municipalities.This is according to EDI Holdings CEO Phindile Nzimande, who briefed the National Members Assembly of the South African Local Government Association (Salga) in Cape Town on Friday.“The target is to launch the second RED towards early 2006,” Nzimande said. “The sequencing is being finalised and an announcement will be made by the Department of Minerals and Energy.”EDI Holdings is a public entity set up by government to oversee the establishment of the distributors.“The establishment of REDs needs to be done in a way that will ensure service delivery in an efficient and sustainable manner,” Nzimande added.The distributors are established primarily to provide competitive electricity tariffs and offer an efficient service.They comprise Eskom’s distribution and local authorities. The latter will buy electricity from power generators such as Eskom at wholesale prices determined by the National Electricity Regulator.Explaining progress made thus far in the establishment of the other REDs, Nzimande said that 33 municipalities had signed cooperative agreements as at January 2005, with 25 still in negotiations.In his 2004 State of the Nation Address, President Thabo Mbeki said the process of establishing these structures would be completed by January 2007.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Will reverse drift modelling find MH370?

first_imgThe University of Western Australia oceanography department says it may be able to establish the general crash zone for MH370. By using reverse computer modelling of the drift of what is believed to be the Boeing 777 wing section that washed ashore at Reunion Island yesterday, they can track the piece back to where the aircraft most likely hit the ocean.However working against the effort is that only one apparent piece has been loacted and more are needed to refine the origin. Over 12 months ago, Charitha Pattiaratchi Professor of Coastal Oceanography at the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering & UWA Oceans Institute predicted that any debris from MH370 which disappeared on March 8 last year with 239 aboard would come ashore in East Africa or the offshore islands around this time.The debris is carried by the anti clockwise Indian Ocean current which flows up the WA coast and then westward to Africa. Professor Pattiaratchi is hopeful that more debris will be found in the area of Reunion Island which will enable his team to give searchers an even more accurate location for MH370.The wing piece that has been located is called a flaperon and is used to control the Boeing 777 in flight.While officials are tight lipped about confirming it is from a Boeing 777 and thus MH370, the aeronautical engineering community is abuzz with confirmation of its origin being from a Boeing 777.Late yesterday the British Guardian newspaper was quoting Julien Delarue, a journalist with Journal de L’île de la Réunion, saying that a mechanic from the Réunion-based airline, Air Austral, which operates 777s had concluded with 99.9 per cent certainty that it originated from that type of aircraft.Transport Minister Warren Truss said the debris was the first real evidence there was a possibility that part of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 had been located.The Malaysian government has dispatched an investigative team to Reunion Island to examine the debris, Malaysian Minister of Transportation Liow Tiong Lai told media in New York.“We need to verify. We have wreckage found that needs to be further verified before we can further confirm if it belongs to MH370,” said Liow Tiong Lai.last_img read more

The True Cost Of Facebook Keeping Secrets From Its Users

first_imgFacebook recently announced three important projects, all of them potentially successful, all of them at risk. Why? Because the social network doesn’t know how to communicate with its users.Note: Guest writer Ted Rheingold Is VP, Social at SAY Media and was the founder and CEO of Dogster.com and Catster.com. You can follow him on Twitter at tedr.First, in late September, the company introduced a gift-giving feature that promises big success. Mom’s birthday coming up? Facebook will remind you, and then suggest great gifts you can buy on the spot. Your neighbor did a big favor for you? The perfect thank-you is just a few clicks away. Your child’s sports coach, your busines associates, your spouse – they all deserve a token of your esteem, and Facebook will make it easy to give it to them.This isn’t the only thing Facebook has been up to. A month ago, the social network unveiled its ad network. The new network allows for retargeting. This means that if users visit Site A and then move on to Site B, they can receive an ad for Site A’s product there. Less widely noted is that Facebook has partnered with Datalogix, a company that aggregates purchase data, which Facebook plans to use to track purchases made after seeing an ad on Facebook. Turning ad impressions (versus ad clicks) into purchases is a Holy Grail of online advertising, and Facebook will be able to do it. Moreover, Facebook will share members’ purchase histories with all its advertisers. If you buy a bike, other sellers will be able to target you with ads for bike lights, racks, jerseys, and so on.Having watched Facebook community relations since its newsfeed launched and run the sizeable online communities of Dogster and Catster, I’m confident that Facebook has needlessly set itself on course to derail these initiatives, if only for a time. Why? Because it’s not telling users that it will be tracking them, analyzing their purchases, and sharing the analysis with other parties. The company needs to tell its customers gently but clearly what it is doing, and right away, or it risks the whole ball of wax.Proactive Communication versus Reactive MobOn Oct. 1, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said:Privacy and trust is a cornerstone of our business . . . I think people do believe that we have an incentive to violate users’ trust to build our ad business. That’s exactly wrong. We have every incentive to protect our users’ trust so that we can build an advertising business that’s very protective of the information they share. That’s the whole business. Will users who made what they thought was a private transaction believe that Facebook is very protective of their trust when it becomes clear that the site has sold information about their action? I doubt it. And no matter how often or loudly CEO Mark Zuckerberg says, “this is the future,” his customers will be taken aback.He needs to bite the bullet and share changes with users in advance or real time, so they can remain in control of their experience. Sure, he’ll face a backlash. But it won’t be nearly as bad as the firestorm if he lets users find out some other way. The outcome of Facebook’s latest round of data sharing is easy to foresee. Facebook will get plenty of industry ink for its Holy Grail offering. Privacy blogs will raise alarms, which Facebook will ignore, as it will ignore the chatter on Twitter, HackerNews and Reddit. Then mainstream publications like the Guardian, New York Times, and Atlantic will write scary reports about how purchases are being tracked and sold. Facebook will refute selected points in these articles, missing its last chance to avoid raising users’ hackles. Because at that point scare-mongering coverage will run rampant in 24-hour news channels, local newspapers, lifestyle magazines, mommy blogs, you name it. Hyperbolic Facebook groups will see viral growth and politicians will rattle sabers. Facebook will struggle to explain why its innovative initiative isn’t a bad thing and how much it cares about users – but no one will trust it.The takeaway will be, “protect your privacy and don’t buy anything via Facebook,” effectively destroying Facebook’s promising gifts opportunity. Meanwhile the press and politicians will scrutinize datalogix, Facebook retarget sites, and every ad network partner – the last parties who want to have to defend their business practices against pitchfork-wielding mobs.I’m sure Facebook and its partners will weather the storm. But it’s going to lose a year of gift buying, incremental ad buys, and related revenue. All because it doesn’t know how to treat customers with respect.  Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts ted rheingoldcenter_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#social networks#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar demonstrates how team effort wins matches, not individual performances

first_imgClassy COG: TendulkarBefore the tour of the West Indies, an indian cricketer was asked whether it was the batsmen who lost matches for the team overseas by failing to put up enough runs. He was not amused, “When we lose a match, we all lose. It’s not like the batsmen,Classy COG: TendulkarBefore the tour of the West Indies, an indian cricketer was asked whether it was the batsmen who lost matches for the team overseas by failing to put up enough runs. He was not amused, “When we lose a match, we all lose. It’s not like the batsmen lose and the bowlers don’t. That’s stupid.” It is indeed. Trinidad has shown exactly how stupid.On Day 1 of the Test, Sachin Tendulkar equalled Sir Don Bradman’s record of 29 Test centuries with his steeliest hundred yet. His innings was analysed, the genuflections completed, the tributes paid. By Day 5, in the face of something more powerful, it quietly stepped into the record books. The lingering memory from the Queen’s Park Oval will always be the sight of the Indians after the last wicket fell.They raced around crazy-eyed, seemingly directionless. Then almost by magic, they gravitated towards each other, all the time shrieking wordlessly like kids being let out in the open after five days cooped up in a classroom. Tendulkar put it best, “Nobody has got a five-wicket haul and nobody has a big hundred from this game. Still we won. That’s what winning for a team is all about.”That’s the way it will always be. Tendulkar should know: he has spent 13 years on the team but was part of only the third away Test win of his career last week. He has played in three World Cups, the best being a semi-final spot. He is often lauded for his genius and increasingly now is damned by it; India fails often, it is said, because the great Tendulkar is not great enough and cannot haul them home when needed.That is not about to happen. Find someone else.Find three batsmen willing to forge partnerships and build respectable totals from rock bottom, if necessary. Find two bowlers willing to sweat, another who will not stagger. Find a wicketkeeper and supporting fielders who hold on to chances like a shipwrecked man does a log of wood. They have, Tendulkar included, been with the team for some time. In Trinidad, India found them all.The clash of talents and egos that is Tendulkar vs Lara is enjoyable. But remember Lara scored 688 runs in three Tests against Sri Lanka in the winter and still the West Indies lost 0-3. Tendulkar got a second-innings duck in Trinidad and still India won.If there’s anything that Trinidad should bring home it is this: Tendulkar is a cog in the wheel; a priceless, 24-carat cog, a diamond-studded, precision-crafted cog, sure. But a cog nevertheless. He cannot and should not be expected to be the force that pushes the wheels ahead. The wheel will move only when its other parts are in working order. advertisementlast_img read more

Novatek Japanese Firms Partner Up on LNG Projects

first_imgzoom Russia’s natural gas producer PAO Novatek has agreed to cooperate with Japanese firms in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector by signing several agreements during the meeting between Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, and Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held in Tokyo on December 16. On the occasion, Novatek inked memoranda of understanding (MOU) with Mitsui, Mitsubishi Corporation and Marubeni Corporation Tokyo. In addition, OAO Yamal LNG, an LNG project with Novatek as its largest shareholder, signed a credit line facility with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) for the amount of EUR 200 million (around USD 209 million).According to the first MOU Novatek signed with Mitsui, one of the largest keiretsu (conglomerates) in Japan, the parties intend to pursue strategic cooperation in the upstream and liquefaction sectors in Russia, LNG and liquid hydrocarbons supply, equipment and technology supply as well as in the joint development of LNG markets.“I am confident the cumulative potential of our companies will allow us to increase the efficiency of our projects by utilizing the prolific hydrocarbon resource base of NOVATEK in the Arctic,” Leonid Mikhelson, The Chairman of Novatek’s Management Board, said.Under the agreement signed with Mitsubishi Corporation, a trading company, the duo intends to cooperate in implementing LNG projects in Russia and in supplying LNG and liquid hydrocarbons.“Japan is presently the largest consumer of LNG and has significant experience in LNG technologies, marketing and logistics. By joining our efforts with Mitsubishi Corporation, we will implement our long-term projects and strengthen the economic links between Russia and Japan,” Mikhelson said.Under the third agreement signed with Marubeni Corporation, a Japanese trading and investment conglomerate, the two parties aim at cooperating in the upstream and midstream Novatek Arctic LNG 2 project in Russia as well as in supplying of LNG, shipping arrangements, gas related infrastructure projects and transactions of other liquid hydrocarbons.According to Yamal LNG, the loan agreement with JBIC and another one signed with Intesa Sanpaolo bank on December 12, 2016, are part of the project financing package for the total amount equivalent to USD 19 billion, including financing from the Russian and Chinese banks and the National Welfare Fund of Russia.Yamal LNG is involved in the construction of a 16.5 million tons per annum natural gas liquefaction plant on the base of the hydrocarbon resources of the South-Tambeyskoye field. First LNG production is scheduled for 2017.last_img read more