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Mark Hughes ‘very disappointed’ to lose his job at QPR

first_imgAssistant manager Mark Bowen says Mark Hughes is “very disappointed” to have lost his job as QPR boss.Bowen took charge for Rangers’ 3-1 defeat at Manchester United, where Harry Redknapp watched from the stands.Hughes believed he should have been given more time to improve results, but he was fired on Friday morning.“I’ve spoken to him and he’s obviously very disappointed. But that’s football and he knows it is a results-driven business,” said Bowen.New manager Redknapp is expected to appoint his own backroom team, leaving Bowen and others brought in by Hughes facing an uncertain future.Bowen added: “At the moment no-one has said anything to me, but I’m still employed by the club.“I played under Harry earlier in my younger days, but he will have his own ideas.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

New uniforms for needy pupils

first_imgRay Maota Pupils at N’wa Mhinga attended their first day of the 2013 schooling calendar on 9 January. Nedbank managing executive Ciko Thomas, and the minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, spoke on the importance of a good education and helping those pupils that are disadvantaged so they can also achieve their best. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nkosinathi Msiza  Nedbank: Communications  +27 71 670 3560 RELATED ARTICLES • Class of 2012 does it better • Kids Week nurtures young lives • Nurturing the children • Schools lead way in recyclingThe commencement of the public schooling calendar can be stressful, with some parents having to dig deep to make sure their children look great for their first day at school.For some poor families, help was at hand on 9 January when Gauteng schools opened their doors for the first term of 2013. Nedbank, in association with the Department of Basic Education, handed over school uniforms, shoes, stationery, books and bags to learners at N’wa Mhinga Primary School in Saulsville, Pretoria as part of the financial institution’s Back to School Campaign.Initiated in 2011, the campaign aims to help those less privileged across the country with basic learning resources – and ultimately make children’s first day at school memorable. It runs through the month of January only.This year Nedbank is investing R2.5-million (US$291 123) towards the campaign that will benefit 2 000 disadvantaged pupils. In Gauteng, pupils from N’wa Mhinga, Dominican Convent School, and Thuto Ke Matla Comprehensive School will benefit.The pupils were selected through the assistance and guidance of the principals and teachers who work with them on a daily basis. Children in the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal will receive their new school uniforms, shoes and bags on 15 January on 17 January respectively.Ciko Thomas, Nedbank’s managing executive, said: “Allow me to congratulate the Class of 2012 and the Department of Basic Education on the excellent matric results.“We believe the matric results are good indication of how we as business and society support as well as prepare our youth to plan and embrace their future – as tomorrow’s leaders of our nation and the South African economy.”Thomas added that Nedbank, by the end of 2013, would have invested R6.5-million ($756 921) towards these basic learning resources, benefiting over 6 000 primary and high school pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga said: “We appreciate the support from Nedbank as they help in areas were the department cannot.“To the teachers, I believe we need to protect teaching time and not be doing personal business during school hours; and to the parents you should motivate and support your children.”N’wa Mhinga Primary School principal Elizabeth Maluleka thanked Nedbank and the department of basic education for making sure less privileged pupils receive good education without impediments. The campaignThe Back to School Campaign forms part of Nedbank’s Fundisa holistic programme which follows a two pillar education intervention model.The first pillar focuses on education across an individual’s life stages, starting from early childhood development right through to tertiary education. The second enables a holistic support for beneficiary schools through infrastructure development; teacher training; building leadership capacity; and, providing classroom based support.Kone Gugushe, divisional executive for corporate social responsibility at Nedbank, said: “Education is one of our corporate social responsibility’s focus area and we are determined to enable as many pupils as we can to focus on their studies rather than on school resources.“The Back to School Campaign ensures that even those pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds have an equal opportunity at being the best they can be.” How to contributeMembers of the public can join the fight to equip disadvantaged pupils through: * dropping off uniforms, shoes, stationery and bags at their nearest Nedbank branch;* Donating a minimum of R100 ($11) to Nedbank Savings Account 2001120915 and use “Back to School” as the reference; or* SMS-ing “school” to 40017 to donate R20 ($2). The public can also follow the campaign on social networks Twitter and Facebook. The no fee schoolN’wa Mhinga was founded in 1931 at Marabastad in Pretoria but it moved to Atteridgeville also in Pretoria in 1941 during the forced removals of the apartheid regime.The school has an enrolment of 578 pupils and offers Grade R to Grade 4. It is a no fee school and uses Xitsonga as the language of instruction. In addition, the school has a feeding scheme were pupils are given breakfast and lunch.All pupils attending no-fee schools are exempt from paying fees, although at N’wa Mhinga parents have agreed to pay R100 ($11) a year.last_img read more

A Look at the Energy Star for Homes v2.5 Delay

first_imgAlthough it was announced on December 1, the rescheduled launch of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Version 2.5 guidelines for the Energy Star for Homes program didn’t generate widespread coverage online. So we’ll look at some highlights here.Originally set to take effect on January 1, 2010, the v2.5 guidelines are now scheduled for implementation on April 1. Single-family homes permitted before then are eligible to qualify for an Energy Star label under the current guidelines, Version 2, until July 1, 2011.Note that the July 1, 2011, qualification deadline using v2 guidelines – aimed at new single-family homes that are at least 15% more energy efficient than comparable homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code – is the same as it was when the EPA announced the original implementation schedule for v2.5. All homes both permitted and completed between April 1 and December 31, 2011 (between January 1 and December 31, 2011, under the original schedule) must be qualified using the new, v2.5 guidelines, the EPA says.The reconfigured implementation schedule also means that condos and apartments in multifamily buildings that are permitted before April 1, 2011, will be eligible for qualification under the current, v2 guidelines until January 1, 2012.Version 3 still on trackOne thing that doesn’t seem to have changed – at least not yet – is the EPA’s scheduled implementation, set for January 1, 2012, of the guidelines for Version 3. That will be the final stage of the progression, although v3 will be subject to periodic updates, based on program-partner input and evolving standards, with an appropriate adoption schedule for each update. (Click here for links to v2.5 and v3 program documents and scheduling details.)The EPA also clarified a few key terms and issues: “Completion date,” for example, is the date of the final field inspection (not the Energy Star inspection) for the home; the Energy Star rater may define the “permit date” for a project as either the date that the permit was issued or the date of the contract on the home; and Energy Star uses the term “single-family homes” to include detached homes, townhouses, row houses, duplexes, and triplexes.In addition, the EPA modified the treatment of basements as it relates to ”Benchmark Home Size” (a reference point based on average home sizes for a specified number of bedrooms) and the “Size Adjustment Factor” (a system for accommodating homes whose square footage deviates significantly from benchmark sizes) in both v2.5 and v3 of the guidelines: “Bedrooms and floor area in basements shall not be counted for the purpose of determining a home’s Benchmark Home Size and Size Adjustment Factor if at least half of the basement’s wall area is below grade.” The EPA also adds that, “as a result of this policy, a home has zero applicable bedrooms with regard to the Benchmark Home Size determination, then the Benchmark Home Size for one bedroom shall be used.”To read an earlier report on changes to the Energy Star Homes specification, read Raising the Bar for Energy Star Homes.last_img read more

Lt Col Purohit’s appeal rejected

first_imgThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday rejected the appeal filed by Lt Col Prasad Purohit against the special court order rejecting his bail in Malegaon blasts 2008.A division bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice Shalini Phansalkar Joshi was hearing the appeal filed by Lt Col Purohit seeking for bail after the NIA filed its supplementary chargesheet dropping charges of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act against him.The Bench reserved the order on February 17 and said the appeal is dismissed on merits and that trial court should not be influenced by this order.On September 26, 2016, Special Judge S D Tekale at the City Civil and Sessions Court rejected his plea by that “prima facie” there is evidence and a case against the Col. The court said, “Considering all the facts as well as peculiar circumstances of the case, nature and gravity of the offence coupled with restrictions imposed by provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), he is not entitled to be granted bail on this ground,” the judge said.He has charges of murder, voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons, promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony on him. He is also being charges with relevant sections under The Arms Act, The Indian Explosive Substance Act, and UAPAlast_img read more

Wimbledon 2011: Federer blows away plucky Kukushkin

first_imgIt’s hard to be Roger Federer. When he wins, he has to answer gamut of questions and when he loses he grilled. And when he walks through a first round match at The Championships, there are still many more questions from the media to be answered.On Tuesday, as Londoners enjoyed bright sunshine and the swirling winds forced people to pull out their woollens, Federer did not have too many problems.The six-time champion took his time to check out newcomer Mikhail Kukushkin from Kazakhstan before forcing a 7-6( 7/2), 6-4, 6-2 victory in the first round.Since the time Federer landed in London last week, he has been repeatedly asked how he feels about going for Pete Sampras’s record of seven titles at the Wimbledon. On Tuesday, Federer answered some of those questions he served well and handled the tough conditions find his feet on Centre Court.Playing on the big stage for the first time, Kukushkin was composed and even had some of the fans cheering for him. Federer didn’t mind it really as he has seen so many of these journeymen in his career.A third seeding for Federer here is something unusual. And even as people fuss over Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Federer was happy to put away Kukushkin, with his potent serve again catching the eye. Proof of it came through the 12 aces he rifled in.”It’s nice to win in straight sets. I thought I played a really good match. Tough conditions as it was windy out there,” said Federer. As one who has seen the highs and lows at Wimbledon, Federer knows it is best to get past the first round as quickly as possible.advertisementAndy Roddick got past Andreas Beck of Germany 6-4, 7-6, 7-3. Like Federer, Roddick also spoke of how it felt good to get past the first round.”There’s always anxiety before you play your first round.You saw last night with Andy Murray and then he found his groove. It’s just a matter of getting through,” said Roddick.Novak Djokovic made a highly impressive start to his bid for a first Wimbledon title with a crushing 6-4 6-1 6-1 win over Jeremy Chardy on Tuesday.The Serbian second seed, who has only lost one match all year, overpowered Frenchman Chardy with a superb display of grasscourt tennis as the evening shadows slowly made their way across breezy Centre Court.Djokovic, wearing a strap below his left knee, broke the world number 54 twice early in the second set to storm to a 4-1 lead. The third set was largely repeat of the second as Djokovic broke the 24-year-old’s first service game to take an early lead.On Monday, Andy Murray swept the last 15 games after an uncertain start to beat Daniel Gimeno- Traver 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-0.Playing under the roof because of rain, the fourthseeded Murray broke for the first time in the seventh game of the second set and didn’t lose another game.- With inputs from agencies For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Keeping Valtteri Bottas looks a ‘no-brainer’, says Toto Wolff

first_imgKeeping Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes next season looks an obvious decision but the Formula One champions need to consider their long term options, team boss Toto Wolff said after the Finn shone in Sunday’s British Grand Prix.”It is almost a no-brainer,” he told reporters at Silverstone.”I would just like to set the puzzle together and it’s not only about 2018. I think that is logical. I think it’s about looking forward and what happens in 2019 and 2020, the risk and opportunities,” added the Austrian.”That’s why after Budapest, hopefully a good race again, I’m going to contemplate on a beach about what’s right and wrong for the team.”Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton won Sunday’s race, a record-equalling fifth victory in Britain and his fourth in a row at Silverstone, to slash Sebastian Vettel’s championship lead to a single point.The Briton has also won five times in Hungary, the last race before the August break.Bottas has proved an ideal replacement for retired 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg since he joined in January on a one-year deal and Hamilton, out of contract at the end of 2018, has emphasised how well they get on.After Rosberg’s sudden decision to quit last December, Mercedes will want a clear indication of Hamilton’s intentions while also keeping themselves open to any top talent that might become available.Ferrari’s Vettel is out of contract at the end of this year and there has been talk of Mercedes lining him up for 2019. There has also been speculation that Hamilton could seek to see out his career at Ferrari.Wolff recognised that the Italian team was one every racer dreamed of driving for, but added that Hamilton had the fastest car at present, while the dynamic in the team was “the best”.”So all of the talk outside has no relevance to me. Zero,” he said.Bottas has triumphed in two races that Hamilton was in no position to win, denying Vettel important points and also proving a loyal team player.On Sunday he started ninth thanks to a five-place penalty but fought back to anchor the team’s second one-two of the season and pass Vettel, who dropped to seventh after a late puncture.While Ferrari have relied on Vettel, winner of three races, for the bulk of their points, the Mercedes drivers have been more equally matched. Bottas is third overall and 22 points behind Hamilton.last_img read more

MintStyle with Rachel Weingarten: Spending More to Save…More?

first_imgWho would have thought that a holiday that began as the commemoration of an ancient saint would become one of the biggest spending days of the year? According to the National Retail Federation, the average person will spend $130.97 on… Full Story,Aside from the temperamental weather, scarcity of holidays and pervasive universal cranky moods, one of the worst parts of winter is the feeling of being trapped indoors for months at a time. While bears are too busy hibernating to take… Full Story,I recently joked to friends that late last year most of the updates on my social networks involved mass food consumption (and accompanying pictures.) For the first week of the New Year, most of the updates involved or included exercise… Full Story,We are three days into the New Year and you may already be having a hard time following through with your resolutions. Financial resolutions are always popular choices but sticking to a budget and tackling your financial goals is an… Full Story,My inbox is full of questions about how to usher in the New Year while getting the most bang for your buck. As with most of my Q&A columns, the following are composites of several similar questions. At Home Celebration… Full Story,You’ve made your list and you’ve checked it twice. You’ve even added it to your Google calendar and synced with your extended family members. You are probably so efficient that every gift on your holiday list is not only accounted… Full Story,It’s December and you know what that means: The frenzy of the gift-giving season has begun again. I’m a fan of gifts of experience and “two-part” gifts. The gift of an experience can harbor memories that last a lifetime. For… Full Story,One of the more interesting facts to emerge from the Black Friday shopping weekend is that a majority of us splurged on ourselves instead of others. Since many of us still face daunting gift lists, I’ve enlisted the help of… Full Story,If you’re reading this, chances are good that as much as you love the turkey, trimmings and time with family, you’re already secretly plotting the best holiday shopping plan of attack. To save you time crowded against thousands of other… Full Story,If there is one wardrobe staple that gets a lot of play every winter, it’s your coat. It doesn’t matter how well cut your pants are or how striking your sweater is, and even if you live someplace only a… Full Storylast_img read more

The 10 Best States to Make a Living

first_imgMy birthday is on Halloween, so every year I get super excited. I plan what my costume will be, decide how I want to celebrate and text all my friends to let them know. Last year, I was finally able… Full Story,Technology has transformed the way we dine out in groups. Gone are the days when friends take turns treating each other to nights on the town. Now that apps make money accessible everywhere, tabs are paid down to the cent… Full Story,Occupation: Copywriter Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 29 Location: Indianapolis, IN Paycheck (BiWeekly): $2,100/mo after HSA and 401(k) removed Monthly Expenses: Rent: $462.50 Car lease: $300 Insurances: $85 All other expenses Utilities: $200/mo Pet supplies: $30/mo Phone: $50/mo Streaming services: $15/mo… Full Story,Occupation: Digital advertising Age: 30 Location: San Francisco Bay Area Income: $5,200 month net post 401K, health insurance / HSA, and taxes Total Debt: $0 Monthly Expenses: Rent and utilities: $1,800 Auto: $275 including car insurance Internet/mobile: $120 10:00 am:… Full Story,The holidays are time for family. Here are some fun ideas from our friends at Quotacy on how to make the most of this holiday season with your loved ones, with a bit of humor. ?   With the rise… Full Story,Occupation: Social Media Manager Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 26 Location: Indianapolis, IN Paycheck: $2,500/month after health/vision insurance deductions Monthly Expenses Rent: $700 Car Insurance: $65 Renters Insurance: $16 Utilities: $75 (Internet, Electric, Gas) Dental Insurance (not through work): $15 Hulu:… Full Story,On November 30th, The Financial Diet is kicking off their nationwide book tour for The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide To Getting Good With Money in New York.  Join us when the tour hits your city and don’t forget… Full Story,Occupation: Data Analyst Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 31 Location: Menlo Park, CA Paycheck (BiWeekly): $1,700 after auto-savings, 401k, ESPP purchase, renters & auto insurance and health care removed I have everything removed automatically as I have trouble with in-the-moment spending…. Full Story,Occupation: Account Services & Freelance Writer Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 39 Location: Longmont, CO Paycheck (3): $4,700/mo includes salary and three freelance clients (side hustles) Monthly Expenses Rent: $900 Car loan: $275 Credit card payment: $450 All other expenses… Full Story,If you’re still in college or a recent grad working with a limited budget, the idea of implementing a healthy lifestyle can seem overwhelming and very expensive. If you aren’t careful, you might find yourself shelling out lots of cash… Full Storylast_img read more

What You Need to Know About Obamacare and Health Insurance Exchanges

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New synthetic polymer kills antibiotic-resistant superbugs from the inside out

first_imgA research team composed of scientists from the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and IBM Research has produced a new synthetic molecule that can target and kill five multidrug-resistant bacteria. This synthetic polymer was found to be non-toxic and could enable entirely new classes of therapeutics to address the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.The synthetic molecules are called guanidinium-functionalized polycarbonates and were found to be both biodegradable and non-toxic to human cells. Essentially, the positively-charged synthetic polymer enters a living body and binds specifically to certain bacteria cells by homing in on a microbial membrane’s related negative charge. Once attached to the bacteria, the polymer crosses the cell membrane and triggers the solidification of proteins and DNA in the cell, killing the bacteria.“We have demonstrated the first example of a biodegradable synthetic macromolecule with broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity in mice, unique killing mechanism and no toxicity,” says Yi Yan Yang, one of the authors on the study. “Once the polymer finishes its job of killing the bacteria, it will be naturally degraded after three days and will not remain in the body. This antimicrobial agent shows great promise for the treatment and prevention of multidrug-resistant systemic infections.”In mouse experiments the molecules were successful in eradicating five commonly known superbugs found in hospitals around the world. The process showed no notable signs of toxicity in the mice and following multiple treatments the bacteria displayed no signs of developing a resistance to the polymers.Researchers at IBM have been working for several years to develop synthetic polymers that have a variety of medical uses. Back in 2012, a research team stumbled across what they then called “ninja polymers.” The revelation that these synthetic molecules could target and kill bacteria led to an exciting series of discoveries the team calls “macromolecular therapeutics.”“In 2016, we demonstrated the efficacy of synthetic polymers to combat deadly viral diseases,” explains James Hedrick, from IBM Research. “The current research for treating bacterial infections rounds out our ability to someday treat a spectrum of infectious diseases with a single, new type of mechanism without the onset of resistance.”The next phase of the research is to work to develop the technology into a specific antimicrobial treatment that can be clinically tested in humans and hopefully become a new way to treat infections in the body.Sourcelast_img read more