Half-time: Aston Villa 1 QPR 1

first_imgQPR conceded a goal seconds before half-time to undo an otherwise excellent 45 minutes at a rain-soaked Villa Park.Jermaine Jenas gave Rangers a deserved lead midway through the half, slotting home after Bobby Zamora’s shot had been saved by keeper Brad Guzan.But Villa pulled level with virtually the last kick of the half, Gabriel Agbonlahor rising above the visiting to defence to power home a header from Matthew Lowton’s cross.QPR, chasing a rare away win, largely dominated proceedings.Guzan made two outstanding stops in the space of a couple of minutes to deny Chris Samba, using his fingertips to turn a header over the bar and later flying to his left to keep out the defender’s driven effort.After Jenas’s goal, Rangers came close to doubling their lead on three occasions.Zamora saw a free-kick whistle inches over the crossbar, Guzan produced another fine stop to deny Loic Remy and Jose Bosingwa’s free-kick hit the post.Villa enjoyed spells of concerted possession but keeper Julio Cesar – back in at the expense of the injured Rob Green – was untroubled until Agbonlahor pounced.QPR: Cesar, Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Fabio, Park, Mbia, Jenas, Remy, Zamora, Townsend.Subs: Murphy, Taarabt, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Granero, Onuoha, Hoilett.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Forest v Fulham player ratings

first_imgSee also:Magath again blames officials after defeatManager Magath is sacked by FulhamSymons wants Fulham manager’s jobRuiz set to be offered way back at FulhamFulham youngsters need time – SymonsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Violence Is Natural, Darwinians Say

first_imgThe implications of saying violence is a product of natural selection are disturbing.Lethal violence is rooted deep in our animal ancestry, says Mark Pagel in Nature. “Researchers estimate that the incidence of human lethal violence at the time of the origin of our species was about six times higher than for the average mammal, but about as violent as expected, given our great-ape ancestry.” Well if researchers say it, it must be true, right? The researchers are from Spain, with their Nature paper titled, “The phylogenetic roots of human lethal violence.” Phylogeny is code for universal common ancestry by natural selection, i.e., neo-Darwinism. Pagel makes that clear:One of Charles Darwin’s great insights was that all living things evolve by a process of descent with modification, such that species give rise to daughter species that inherit many of their ancestors’ traits. Comparative biologists can use the family trees (phylogenies) that arise from this process to infer the history of biological evolution, to date past events, and to reconstruct probable ancestral features of species that lived hundreds of thousands to hundreds of millions of years ago.Hopefully the “researchers” were peace-loving when they wrote this. Otherwise, why don’t they act out what their roots tell them is natural? They try to justify peacefulness by saying, “the level of lethal violence has changed through human history and can be associated with changes in the socio-political organization of human populations.” But since gorillas and chimpanzees, our alleged nearest evolutionary neighbors, are violent, they have to believe that humans are just more of the same. Other apes have “socio-political organization” in their populations, too – maybe not as advanced as ours, but evolved nonetheless. One thing neither Pagel or these Spanish researchers can claim is that violence is immoral and peacemaking is desirable. If humans over time have learned to curtail their violent tendencies, the only cause for that is the Stuff Happens Law.Read John West’s book Darwin Day in America to get angry and depressed at the many evil fruits of Darwinism. West describes, for just one instance of many, how the notorious defense attorney Clarence Darrow of Scopes Trial fame got two brutal young murderers, Leopold and Loeb, off the hook by arguing that they were just doing what evolution made them do. This is just one more clear evidence that the teaching of Darwinian evolution as fact as terrible for society. Think also of the Columbine massacre where the two murderers wore T-shirts saying “Natural Selection.” They felt the same as Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, who believed blacks and mentally handicapped people were human weeds that needed to be eradicated. That evil organization just celebrated its 100th anniversary this month. (Note: Hillary Clinton announced in the third Presidential Debate that she would support Planned Parenthood, and did not deny that the unborn have no human rights, even up to the moment of birth.)The evil that Darwinism did to our justice system alone is incalculable. Add to that its evil fruit regarding sexual mores, abortion, law, art, education, and even architecture. Jesus warned, “By their fruits you will know them.” That’s a prime reason for CEH: to expose the evil root that brings evil fruit.Speaking of Columbine, look for the new film documenting the courage of Rachel Scott who died at the hands of the Columbine murderers when she openly affirmed, “Yes, I believe in God.” This film is called “I’m Not Ashamed” and comes out in theaters today.(Visited 97 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA firm scores with Virgin Atlantic deal

first_imgTDF will also be participating in the International Sales Person of the Year Awards (ISPY) later this year, with a view to winning more accolades that prove the company’s strong relationship with its concessionaires’ crew. It also holds the rights to the American Express Foreign Exchange franchise in South Africa. Concessions other than Virgin Atlantic currently under TDF management include TAAG Angola Airlines, South African Airways, Kenya Airways, South African Express, Interair and Air Mauritius. South African company Tourvest Duty Free (TDF) has had its contract to manage the in-flight duty-free sales of Virgin Atlantic Airways renewed until 2014, the second renewal since the company first won the contract in 2004. “TDF’s success in managing in-flight duty free concessions is underwritten by a philosophy based on partnership, technology, integration, innovation and world-class practices,” said Grimsley. Focus on tourism “We are looking to provide Virgin Atlantic customers with an enhanced product, offering even more choices such as a range of in-flight snacks to complement those already on offer.” 13 August 2010 TDF has won the prestigious Frontier Award for the Best In-flight Retailer of the Year five times since the company’s inception in 1999, with its latest success in the most recent adjudication last year. Award-winning services SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The contract covers Virgin Atlantic’s entire route network consisting of long-haul flights from the United Kingdom to North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Far East and Australia. “This focus on service standards and world-class processes ensure that the commercial benefits to our partners continue to be significant.” “We are extremely pleased to continue our partnership with one of the best global brands in the world. We’ve achieved many milestones together and having our commitment recognised is naturally rewarding,” TDF chief executive Selwyn Grimsley said in a statement this week. TDF forms part of the travel retail division of the Johannesburg-based Tourism Investment Corporation (Tourvest), which is involved in a wide range of tourism related activities, from designing and marketing international holiday packages, to providing in-house travel management to companies; and running stores and restaurants targeted at travellers.last_img read more

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PHIUS Measures Its Approach to Spray Foam

first_imgOn December 12, GBA posted an item about a Passive House Institute U.S. proposal to disallow use of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation using hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) blowing agents with a high global warming potential. PHIUS also was considering extending the stricture to other petroleum-based insulation materials whose embodied energy is linked to greenhouse gas emissions.The proposals generated a number of responses from the building community that prompted PHIUS to present the issue to the organization’s recently formed technical committee, whose members include Passivhaus consultants and other building-science experts.“It’s clear, though, that lots of folks in the Northwest community and elsewhere feel strongly about this issue,” PHIUS Executive Director Katrin Klingenberg wrote in a December 14 note to members of the “Passive House Northwest” Google Group. “Therefore, PHIUS will refer the spray foam/blowing agent matter for consideration to our Technical Committee, which comprises practicing Certified Passive House Consultants and building science experts from around the United States, including Graham Wright, whom many of you know. (The original determination was made before the Tech Committee was launched.) Whatever the Committee decides is fine. We are confident that we will move away from the blowing agent in question in the near future regardless.”Weighing GWP vs. benefitsThe technical committee is still formulating guidelines on insulation material that use HFC blowing agents. In the meantime, Klingenberg, in an email to GBA, said that PHIUS “will continue to assess the CO2 impact on a case-by-case basis until we have a final, more detailed determination and report from the tech committee.”She also pointed out that a GBA article posted two years ago by Alex Wilson, executive editor of BuildingGreen, LLC, offers solid background, relevant to PHIUS concerns, on the global warming potential of HFCs in blowing agents for both spray foam and certain types of rigid foam (such as extruded polystyrene), and the relative energy-saving benefits of those types of insulation.This page on the Environmental Protection Agency website lists the GWP of a variety of HFCs, some of which are used as blowing agents, some as fire suppressants and propellants, and some in refrigerant blends.last_img read more

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Collapsing Sales Into Only What Is Objective

first_imgThe number of dials a salesperson makes is easily measured. So is the time they spend speaking with prospects and clients. The hours they work is also easily captured. You can also count the number of emails a salesperson has sent.The value of a potential opportunity is also easy to measure. Whether the opportunity is measured by revenue, gross profit, or margin, it’s relatively easy to determine the value of a deal.The days an opportunity has lived in a certain stage is very simple arithmetic. You subtract the date the opportunity entered the stage from today’s date to determine the number of days (or weeks, or months, or years if you allow your pipeline to be stuffed with what are actually leads).You can also verify that you have the necessary deals to reach your goals by ensuring that you have 300 percent of your goal in your pipeline at all times. This is easily measured and requires the smallest amount of math.While all of these measurements provide good and useful information, sales effectiveness cannot be collapsed into objective measures alone. The difference between success and struggling to produce results is found in more subjective measures, none of which lend themselves to objective measurement.Subjective Measurements and ContextHow effective is the salesperson making the calls or sending the emails? Is there enough value being created for the client who receives the communication to agree to their request for a meeting? If the results are not forthcoming, then focusing on objective measurements is of no use to you in making an improvement.The value of an opportunity, as easily measured as it may be, provides little to no information at all about the likelihood of your capturing it. It says nothing about how compelled the client is to change, how well the salesperson is doing helping them, or how susceptible you are to a competitive threat. You can only determine the real value of the opportunity to your organization by looking at more subjective factors.Why has a deal been in a stage for longer than normal? Why did a deal move through a stage faster than expected? Does more time mean the deal is at greater risk of being lost? Does less time mean that the deal is progressing fast because the client is seriously motivated to change or because they are skipping the commitments they need to make to really change?Objective measurements provide one small part of a much larger picture. Reducing everything to what can be measured is to ignore the subjective factors that give you a fuller picture of what is true. The subjective is more difficult to assess, but the conversations necessary to surface the subjective factors that can’t be easily quantified is how you improve your results.Qualitative measurements are what allows you to determine what the objective measurements mean. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Wards of the State Rescued from Burning Building – Hero to Receive Award

first_imgKingston resident, Kimani Ramon Anderson, who singlehandedly and heroically rescued three young girls, all wards of the State, from a burning building at the Walker’s Place of Safety in January, will receive the Badge of Honour for Gallantry from the Government.He is one of nine persons shortlisted for the award, and is among more than 200 persons being recognised for outstanding service to Jamaica during this year’s Honours and Awards Ceremony at King’s House on National Heroes Day, Monday, October 15.Mr. Anderson tells JIS News that he is honoured by the recognition being accorded him for braving the raging flames to extract the three girls who were trapped in their dormitory on the night of January 16. The 32-year-old security officer recounts bolting from his house to the Home after being awakened by screams and the sound of breaking glass emanating from the facility, which is situated beside his residence on Lyndhurst Crescent in Kingston.Mr. Anderson says he instinctively kicked in the door to the dormitory, sections of which were already on fire and filled with smoke, and extracted the girls.He tells JIS News that after doing so, he discovered that a fourth ward, who was physically challenged, was still in the dorm after seeing her by the room’s window screaming and crying. Mr. Anderson, who remarkably sustained no injuries, says he was unaware of the fourth occupant as the smoke obscured his view of the entire room. This, he adds, was compounded by the panicky state of the other girls and the urgent need to exit the building, occasioned by the rapidly raging inferno.He recounts being restrained by neighbours who converged on the premises, in his attempts to find a way back inside to retrieve the trapped girl.  Mr. Anderson points out, however, that the heightened intensity of the fire, which by then had almost engulfed the entire building, put paid to this effort, resulting in the young girl’s untimely death. She was one of the two youngsters who perished in the fire.Mr. Anderson says the image has remained vividly etched in his mind and weighs heavily on his heart because “if I had known she was in the room, I would go to her first and get her out, seeing that she was physically challenged”. “So, while I am thankful for and humbled by the award that I am getting… it will be a bitter-sweet moment for me. What I did was done out of the love I have for the youth,” he says.Mr. Anderson, who continues to bask in the adoration  and commendations from family, including his mother, Eileen Maxie; colleagues; friends and residents of his neighbourhood, encourages persons to show kindness to each other by extending a helping hand to persons in need.“If you see a person who really needs help, don’t turn a blind eye. Try and see if you can assist in any way… no matter how small, because sometimes, a little assistance is all they need to get back on their feet,” he tells JIS News. “Though we have diverse backgrounds, we are all one family… and we must remember that when members of our own biological families need assistance, we seek to help them. So, why not try and do the same for others,” Mr. Anderson adds.Mr. Anderson, who is the proud father of a five-year-old son named Javoni, says he will share this memorable moment with him when he is older and better able to understand its significance.last_img read more

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