Fulham boss keen to sign Tottenham midfielder – report

December 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgFulham manager Martin Jol wants to sign midfielder Tom Huddlestone from Tottenham, according to the Daily Mail.Linked with Huddlestone bid.Huddlestone played under Jol at Spurs and the Dutchman apparently sees him as a possible replacement for Danny Murphy.Meanwhile, Liverpool are the latest club reported to be considering a bid for Newcastle striker Demba Ba.There has been speculation about Ba’s future because of a clause in his contract which allows him to leave St James’ Park for £7m before the end of this month, and Chelsea have been strongly linked with a move for him.The Daily Mirror say new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is also considering making an offer. The Guardian and Mail both report Chelsea’s imminent bid for Southampton’s highly-rated 16-year-old defender Luke Shaw.The Independent suggest Shaw may prefer a move to Arsenal, who are also believed to want him.Related West London Sport story: Chelsea to table bid for Saints prospectThe Mail also claim that Tottenham, who are poised to appoint former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas as manager, are lining up a £10m move for Blues forward Daniel Sturridge.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors to honor Omri Casspi with a ring before Monday’s game vs. Memphis

December 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThough he did not play a single minute with the Warriors in their NBA playoff run, the Warriors plan to give Omri Casspi a championship ring. The Warriors (9-1) will present Casspi with a ring before Monday’s game at Oracle Arena against the Memphis Grizzlies (5-2), which signed Casspi this past offseason.The Warriors waived Casspi before the NBA playoffs started, both to create a roster spot for emerging point guard Quinn Cook and because Casspi had missed the previous 10 games with a right …last_img read more

The Sanctuary of Monteisola — Geocache of the Week

December 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgLocation:Lombardia, ItalyN 45° 42.117 E 010° 05.351 TraditionalGCVTP2by fasusi The Sanctuary of Monteisola GCVTP2Normally, one must take a ferry to find the remote geocache, “The Sanctuary of Monteisola” in Lombardia, Italy. Then, one must hike for an hour uphill, passing small hamlets along the way with century-old churches filled with frescoes and statues. The views are spectacular, glorious, and oh-so-romantic.From June 18 to July 3, 2016, many geocachers were able to walk to the cache rather than take a ferry thanks to environmental artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. They created, “a modular floating dock system of 226,000 high-density polyethylene cubes installed at Lake Iseo…The fabric created a walkable surface between Sulzano, to Monte Isola and to the island of San Paolo.”Thousands of people came to the small island of Monte Isola during this time to experience art first hand and discover this gorgeous area. Maybe a few art lovers were exposed to geocaching, and geocachers inspired by art.A ferry is usually requiredBeautiful hike to the cacheNear the geocacheGorgeous views“The Floating Piers” from the trailConnecting Sulzano to Monte IsolaTiny island of San Paulo“The Floating Piers” at duskWalking on waterArte!Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Difficulty:3Terrain:3 SharePrint RelatedSalar de Uyuni GC2M6GC GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK December 26, 2011December 26, 2011In “Community””Ile aux Nattes – Lighthouse” GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – November 1, 2010November 1, 2010In “Trackable Items”Go Geocaching Like a LocalDecember 24, 2014In “Community”last_img read more

Google Makes Finding Places Easier on Android’s Google Maps App

December 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology The app offers a list of standard categories, such as bars, attractions or ATMs, and allows for user-added frequent searches. In the initial search results, you’ll get a basic smattering of information, including operating hours, distance and even compass direction from your current location. When you find what you’re looking for, clicking on the link will bring you to a place’s “Place Page”, where you’ll find information like pricing, hours, parking, menu, aggregated user-submitted reviews, maps, contact information and on. The latest version of Google Maps is available for Android users running Android 1.6 and higher, and will be coming soon to BlackBerry users on the mobile website. iPhone users will have to wait for any similar features, or use the mobile website, as the iPhone app is made in-house by Apple. mike melanson Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces With nearly 1.5 billion mobile users estimated to be using location-based search and information services by 2014, it’s no secret that the race is on to take the lead in serving up local search results on mobile platforms. To that end, search engine giant Google has made efforts on multiple fronts, including its latest aggregation of mapping and business information, Google Places.Today, the company announced an update to Google Maps for Android users that it says will offer “an even better way to find places nearby”.As Michael Siliski, the product manager for the Google Mobile Team, writes on the Google Mobile Blog, providing local search results has been a “continued focus” for the company and the addition of Google Places to the Android version of Google Maps is its latest offering. On Android-powered phones with Google Maps 4.4, you’ll find the new Places icon in the app launcher with the rest of your apps. Press and drag it right onto your home screen to use it when you’re looking for a restaurant, shoe store, movie theater or any other type of local business. You’ll get a detailed list of all the nearest places and can choose one to learn more about it on its Place Page. Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Google#Location#mobile#news#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Building Resilience for a ‘Close Encounter’ with Disaster

December 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Defining Habitable Temperatures Designing Homes and Communities That Can Survive a DisasterResilient CommunitiesResilient Design: Passive Solar HeatResilient Design: Dramatically Better Building Envelopes Designing Houses and Communities To Be Smarter and More ResilientResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense StormsMaking the Case for Resilient DesignGreen Building Priority #9 – Create Resilient HousesMaking Houses Resilient to Power Outages Avoid deadly heat during summertime blackoutsBe careful to balance heating and cooling. Summertime blackouts can be deadly, with high indoor temperatures causing heat stroke. Before air-conditioning was common, we reduced our need for cooling through simple design measures. For example, small roofs or overhangs over different designs over windows are a nifty design feature, common on older homes, that make your window’s paint job last longer. They can also be designed to allow in low-angle winter sun, when you need it for heating, but block summer sun that is high in the sky. Using awnings and blinds, as well as opening windows at night to flush the heat out are other great ways to naturally stay cool. Use onsite renewables. When a tree hits the power line, or worse, it’s great to have a renewable power source onsite. We live off the grid, and at one point last fall, our neighbor stopped by to charge her iPhone at our house after a tree knocked out power on our road. I was happy to share the electrons, which were plentiful that day. Sometimes being a practical person isn’t that fun. Last night my wife and I were watching the classic 1977 movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”Leading up to the climactic scene, the protagonists are racing to the location where they expect aliens to appear, while outrunning the U.S. Army and the United Nations. To do this, they must escape the authorities and their cattle cars, drive a station wagon off-road through Wyoming, and spend several hours scrambling up the dry, rocky landscape around Devil’s Tower.Setting aside whether they or their station wagon are capable of these feats, I kept thinking, why the heck didn’t they bring some water along? Forget the aliens—I’d be trying to slake my thirst after a couple hours of this! Instead of the closing credits, I’d like to see the scene after our hero boards the flying saucer, as he figures out how to intone to the alien, “Do you have some H2O?” Hopefully that’s on the in-flight service menu. I just got off the phone with a reporter from Florida who saw my column from a couple weeks ago about how to measure nuclear radiation and contamination. He asked me, “How can homeowners shield themselves from the types of plant accidents that are occurring in Japan? Are there green solutions that may make life easier should such a disaster happen nearby?”He immediately assumed that there is not much you can do, relative to nuclear safety. Not so—there is a lot you can do depending on the situation. I’m a journalist, not an expert on nuclear issues, there is a lot you can to do to protect yourself from the worst fallout by staying sheltered. Regional and federal authorities, as well as other groups, have a lot more information on those issues. Would you be prepared?Let’s say there has been an incident where your most practical and safe option is to stay at home, but external power, water, and services are not functioning. Would you be prepared, or would you be like the guy trying to figure out how to ask aliens for water?A lot of us have learned the hard way that we’re not very well prepared. A couple major ice storms in the last decade in New England, the August 2003 blackout, Hurricane Katrina, flooding in the Midwest—you may not have to look far back in your memory banks for a situation that challenged your home’s livability, or at least someone you know or saw on TV. There is a lot you can do — it’s called passive survivabilityThe good news is that if you’ve thought about things in advance, there is a lot you can do to make your home or community more livable in extreme conditions. There is a concept for this, pioneered by my colleague Alex Wilson: passive survivability. Passive survivability is, in short, a building’s ability to maintain critical life-support conditions if services such as power, heating fuel, or water are lost. Resilient design is another term for this, and both concepts can be extended from the building to the community scale.The neat thing about passive survivability is that it’s not just for emergencies. Using these practices can reduce your environmental impact, and your energy bill, year-round. center_img Using, not wasting, solar heatingLosing power or heating fuel in the winter can not only render buildings quickly uninhabitable, but exposing water piping and hydronic heating pipes to freezing temperatures can cause catastrophic damage both to those systems and to the home itself, due to water damage.To counter this, maximize your use of passive solar heating. If building new, orient on an east-west axis, with the long side facing south. Use windows on the south face with a high solar-heat-gain coefficient. (With good insulation, passive solar doesn’t take as many windows as you may be picturing, by the way.)If you don’t have the luxury of spinning your home around on its lot to get better solar orientation, stop and observe. How is solar heating as a resource is being used—or blocked? Blinds that are always closed, or landscaping that started out small but that is now blocking the sun through the winter, may be hindering your access to free heat. Doing an energy audit may reveal easy ways to make your home tighter, and keep inside the solar heat you do get. Intermediate steps to going off the gridGoing off the grid is a big move, but there are intermediate steps. For a few hundred bucks you can buy out-of-the-box systems that use a couple of small solar panels and basic electronics. These can help with smaller essentials like charging a phone in the event of an outage.For a more sophisticated system, get help from a local professional. It’s common these days to use grid-tied solar power, and that’s a great way to get started, but you won’t have access to that power if the grid goes down unless you design it with that in mind. That may require an inverter, a battery bank, and other switches and controls. Look at key appliances that you would like to keep on during an outage—like your furnace, for example—and try to keep a system affordable by addressing just these loads. It will cost you a bit, but there are very attractive tax incentives in place right now to lighten the load. Don’t forget the root cellarOne great resource you don’t hear discussed a lot these days is a root cellar. Having canned goods and root vegetables put away for the winter (or as part of your year-round pantry) used to be common practice, but the 24-hour supermarket seems to have blotted this kind of space from our memories. Besides having access to tasty, nutritious food from your own garden year-round, a root cellar provides a great buffer in case services get interrupted following an earthquake or oil embargo. The empty shelves in Tokyo last month demonstrate the value of that. Your house may have had a root cellar in the past, or you may find a space like the bulkhead that’s perfectly suited to it.Consider storing extra water. You can get kits at any hardware store to set up a gutter and a rain barrel to collect a few extra gallons, or you can get fancy and set up a rainwater harvesting system tied into your home water supply. Either way, such a system will provide a buffer for washing your hands, flushing the toilet, or even cooking and drinking with (provided the system is designed with proper sanitation), in case you lose power to your well pump, or the city loses power to its treatment systems.And you’ll always have a glass of water on hand in case you want to chase down some extra-terrestrials. Just make sure to offer them some, too. Mars is pretty dry these days. Making life safer and easier if Fukushima happens nearbyI don’t do well without food, water, and other basic stuff like that. Sometimes it makes me complain about movie plots. Sometimes it leads to interesting conversations. Tristan Roberts is Editorial Director at BuildingGreen, Inc., in Brattleboro, Vermont, which publishes information on green building solutions. What are your thoughts on resiliency in your home and community? Leave your comments and questions below.last_img read more

Kashmir Valley remains silent on Ayodhya verdict

December 1, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgKnown till recently for spontaneous statements from separatists and regional leaders, and public protests, the Kashmir Valley has been mute to the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute on Saturday. The silence is symptomatic of a sense of dejection and dissatisfaction gripping the younger generation.Fida Iqbal, a retired Kashmir University Professor, was not surprised by the lack of any overt reaction to the verdict over the past three days. “When the Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6, 1992, a shutdown was observed in Kashmir. But not on account of the demolition. Kashmir, on the call of the separatist Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, had then observed a bandh against the killing of human rights activist H.N. Wanchoo on December 5, 1992. Kashmir has mostly maintained a distance from the mainland Muslim issues. The trend continues,” said Mr. Iqbal.It is not only the street, but even traditional political camps, including separatist Hurriyat, and the mainstream parties like the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), reserved their reactions on the issue that has been part of mainstream political discourse close to 30 years and saw the BJP’s surge to power in the 1990s.The silence by the political quarters seem deliberate and meaningful, as the fact remains that all top 34 political leaders detained at Centaur Hotel in Srinagar were watching news channels all day and indulged in agitated debate during the lunch hour on Saturday, sources said Detained in the Centaur Hotel in Srinagar, all three former chief ministers, — NC’s Dr. Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, and PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti — were reportedly glued to news channels through the day, even though there were massive power outages, due to heavy snowfall.“What has befallen Kashmir on August 5 is of greater consequences. People are yet to react to that episode. People are living with a deep sense of fear due to the clampdown on the civil society and political leadership. Silence is not normal,” said Imtiyaz Khan, a political science lecturer in Srinagar.However, the younger generation, mainly in their 20s is internalising the episode. A law student Amir Majeed, 23, described it as “the beginning of India drifting from its core values pronounced in 1947 and putting on display a brazen Hindutva agenda.”“The verdict has ached our heart. It was as much a sentimental issue for Muslims as it was for Hindus. It was bound to inflict a wound. This memory is going to stay for many, many years to come. The Hindu fundamentalism will only give birth to Muslim fundamentalism, and it will see the space for secular politics shrink fast in the Valley. The verdict for sure has disappointed many in the Valley,” said Majeed, a resident of Srinagar old city.last_img read more