Last weekend’s penultimate round of matches provided a mix of emotions for our local clubs.Blue Square Bet Premier club Hayes & Yeading United needed to win at Lincoln City to have any chance of avoiding relegation.The Imps were in reasonable form but Nas Bashir’s side still managed to pull off a fine 1-0 win. Sadly Newport County, the team they had to catch, also won to leave them marooned in the bottom four with a game to go.It brings to an end a three-year-spell in the top division of non-League football for Hayes, who have done superbly to stay there that long.With crowds rarely reaching 400, it was always going to be a struggle competing against ex-Football League clubs like Luton Town who average over 6,000.Their final game of the season against Stockport County takes place at Kingfield on Saturday.To get the biggest crowd possible for their last match at this level, Hayes have slashed admission to just £5 for adults and £1 for U16s.In the Blue Square Bet South, the division below, back-to-back defeats on Saturday and Tuesday have left Hampton & Richmond Borough on course for relegation too.The home games against promotion chasing Welling United and Basingstoke Town were always going to be tough but draws against the likes of Woking and Sutton United had given the Beavers hope.Unfortunately Mark Harper’s team failed to match their opponents and lost both fixtures 2-0 to stay second from bottom, two points adrift of safety going into the final day.Even if they win at bottom club Thurrock, who are already down, they will still have to rely on Maidenhead United and Havant & Waterlooville both slipping up.If they do go down, one side hoping to replace them are Wealdstone who continue to do well in the Ryman League Premier Division.Their push for a play-off spot has been boosted in the last few days by away wins over Metropolitan Police and Margate as they have climbed to fourth.They now only need to draw their final game at home to Concord Rangers, who have nothing to play for, to make sure of a place.It is still quite possible that they could be joined in the play-offs by local rivals Hendon who kept themselves in touch with the top five by thrashing Tooting & Mitcham United 5-0 on Saturday.However, with Lewes and Bury Town still ahead of them they know that a win at already relegated Aveley is absolutely essential if they are to have any chance but ultimately it may still not be enough.One side who could do the Greens a big favour on the last day of the season are Harrow Borough who travel to play Lewes at the Dripping Pan.Until last Saturday this looked liked being a huge game for both clubs but Boro managed to pull off a surprise 1-0 home win over title chasing AFC Hornchurch to make sure they avoided relegation.The result also ensured Billericay Town were crowned Ryman League champions – maybe Dave Anderson’s side can rise to the occasion again and help boost the promotion ambitions of their old rivals from Vale Farm too.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
7 March 2014Tennis South Africa on Thursday named two leading consultants to assist South African Davis Cup captain John-Laffnie De Jager in selecting his future Davis Cup teams.The consultants, former professional players Robbie Koenig and Michael De Jongh, will sit with the captain at intervals throughout the year and discuss the performances of the country’s top players on the international circuit, and together debate the selection of players for the Davis Cup.Doubles partnerKoenig played on the ATP World Tour from 1992 to 2003 and reached a singles ranking high of 262 and doubles ranking high of 28. Ironically, Koenig partnered De Jager for a number of seasons as a professional, with the two reaching the semi- finals of the 1998 US Open.During his career, Koenig won five doubles titles and was a finalist on six occasions. He also represented South Africa in the Davis Cup in 2003, against Portugal and Poland.Nowadays Koenig is active on the ATP Tour as one of the world’s leading television commentators, working for the ATP at all their major events.Providing insightHe said he was happy to assist Tennis South Africa and the Davis Cup captain in an advisory role. “With me being involved in high level international tennis on a weekly basis, I’ll be able to provide both with plenty of insight. John-Laffnie is very experienced in his role and I’ll be there to discuss any issues relating to Davis Cup should he so require.”De Jongh played professional tennis, but made his name as a leading coach on the professional circuit coaching the likes of Martina Navratilova, Mary Pierce and Amanda Coetzer.Since retiring as a touring coach, he has been active in tennis as a Tennis South Africa board member and television commentator.‘Experience and knowledge’“Tennis South Africa’s decision to appoint consultants of the ilk of Robbie Koenig and Michael De Jongh to assist and advise John-Laffnie on the Davis Cup Team and programme is a recognition of the substantial contribution of both experience and knowledge that South Africa’s former international players can bring to tennis in South Africa,” Tennis South Africa Vice President Gavin Crookes said in a statement.“Furthermore, it also provides our Davis Cup captain with an important and objective sounding board that he is able to use and draw upon in his and Tennis South Africa’s quest to achieve South Africa’s goal of returning to the World Group Division of this team competition.”SAinfo reporter
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A conversation with…Mark Lyons, Global Vice President and head of greater China for Alltech who spoke at the recent National Institute for Animal Agriculture meeting in Columbus.OCJ: What are some things you want farmers to know about what their consumers in China are looking for?Mark: I would say that the first thing is that it is a market that is developing quickly, food tastes change a lot and at the same time there is a perception that American products are high quality. There is a desire for those products. I think a lot of us were quite skeptical and nervous when there was a Smithfield acquisition and what we have seen from that is that they have put out all the branding. It says Smithfield and there’s an American flag there, they really use that as a way to sell a premium product. We’ve seen over the last few years, more than a doubling of pork imports from the U.S to China. I think that same type of model can be followed with other commodities. We can find U.S. beef in China, it’s probably coming from Hong Kong, but that market is also a huge potential, as is poultry. I think if we can resolve a few of the political issues maybe that could open up an opportunity we hope. Agriculture is probably more politically sensitive to China than it is in the U.S. right now, at least with these two administrations. I think the other piece that’s kind of a funny thing, one of the chefs in Beijing right now is actually from Cleveland, Ohio and works in one of the 5-star hotels and is one of the top three chefs in Beijing. There are other opportunities and there are people like that talking about high-quality food that he can get back home and trying to bring more of that in. OCJ: Those consumer-to-producer relationships are going to be really important no matter what the administrations are talking about. An economist here in Ohio said that one of the bigger threats to U.S agriculture is Donald Trump’s Twitter account out of concern that it could make the folks in China upset and they could reduce of eliminate U.S. agricultural imports. How legitimate of a concern is that?Mark: I think the comments around very sensitive areas are a concern. The way that China approaches these things is all very smooth on the surface and they have the tougher talks one-on-one in private and I think that conversation can be very devastating. I think they have a pretty sophisticated understanding of how our political system works and I think they also understand that in a way, you have a president or an individual who is sometimes speaking on behalf of his country and sometimes speaking on his own. The overall sense that I have gotten is that in the beginning it was a much greater concern, but in the last few months it’s been more about maybe this is something we can work with type of thing for China. I think whether it’s the North Korea stuff or other more pretentious issues, it’s probably not very helpful, but at the same time I think they are well prepared. Probably the biggest concern is how prepared are we and how do those things work out. In general, I think in agriculture we have the chance to have a very ag-focused ambassador. Governor Brandstad from Iowa as ambassador from the U.S to China is very positive. He is very good in his actions and he understands agriculture so that’s something that could work out. I think we can remain positive. OCJ: You also talked about having the right mindset going into this and looking at opportunities not just in China but other countries in the region. What are some bright opportunities you are seeing out in that region in the world that we need to be thinking about?Mark: One that I think will surprise people is Vietnam. The image of Americans in Vietnam is so positive and that’s found as so weird to us. That is a place that’s really blossoming with over 20% growth in feed production in Vietnam right now. There’s tremendous development in that market and I think that’s something to think about. There’s a lot of other markets that are coming in that might be even more interesting to people. Mongolia can be a very interesting place to go if you wanted to raise a grass-fed beef type of product or feedlot finished or put some sort of hybrid system together. You are looking at these big green grasslands and a very interesting terrain and story. There are so many different markets and then you have your higher end markets like Korea and Japan that are consistently looking for quality and I think engaging in those markets and finding new quality attributes that they like and being able to meet those is a huge value added position. There’s an incredible number of different types of markets and I think it’s a matter of going there, learning about them and looking at which ones fit your production systems and what you are interested in.
A settlement for nearly 2,000 years, London is today the most populous greater metropolitan area in Europe with over 13 million residents. Home to popular tourist locations such as Big Ben, The London Eye and Buckingham Palace, London’s skyline is unmistakable. While London often serves as the representative bridge from Europe to the United States, it also is the seat of Europe’s rapidly expanding entrepreneurial landscape.The London startup scene saw its first major consumer Internet success in 1998 with LastMinute, a travel site similar to Expdedia that eventually traded publicly on the London Stock Exchange beginning in 2000. UK companies like LastMinute were largely able to avoid the doom and gloom of the dot-com bubble burst at the turn of the century due to the nature of the venture funding scene.RWW’s Never Mind the Valley series:AustinBangaloreBeijingBostonBoulderIsraelLondonLos AngelesNew YorkPortland 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Never Mind the Valley#start chris cameron A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts The key difference between the startup communities in London and Silicon Valley is that the latter has VCs more willing to take risks with their investments and give money to early-stage companies. The opposite is true in London, meaning that during the dot-com era, there were fewer startups and fewer risky investments. The more daring VCs of Silicon Valley choose to ride the roller-coaster of risk vs. reward and often find success that way, while London VCs choose to take safer bets, investing money in established companies with traction. The major UK firms, such as Index Ventures, Accel Partners and Balderton Capital used this to avoid the pitfalls of events like the dot-com bust, but they sacrifice the possibility of higher returns because of it. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… It is this attitude that has created a difficult venture funding scenario for early-stage startups looking for seed money in London. Azeem Azhar, founder of Viewsflow, a platform for identifying valuable business information online, says that three obstacles stand between startups and success in London. The first problem is the difficulties in securing capital due to apprehensive VCs and a lack of second- and third-generation entrepreneurs. The second problem Azhar notes is one of talent.“Silicon Valley’s talent depth is astonishing, and when you get smart people in the same room they make better ideas,” Azhar told ReadWriteWeb. “The numbers are comparatively smaller in London, and there are better industries for engineers to go into, like banking.”The third problem Azhar sees is that the markets in Europe are significantly smaller than US markets. According to Azhar, a typical European early-stage company will sell for less than $50 million, while VCs are looking to make $100 million or more. This complements the first problem, allowing already cautious VCs to become more fastidious than before. However, things have begun to turn around for the London startup scene. In the past, entrepreneurs would leave the UK and cross the pond to the US to find the money to get off the ground. More recently, however, organizations like Seedcamp and The Accelerator Group, as well as new funds like Atomico Ventures and PROfounders Capital, have begun to provide young startups with funding and resources.Mark Littlewood of The Business Leaders Network, a UK-based membership organization that helps connect CEOs and founders with investors and possible customers, says that the VC firms in London are letting their influence slip away.“The most significant trend recently has been the decline in influence (in start up terms at least) of the venture community,” Littlewood told ReadWriteWeb. “VC firms have either been struggling to raise funds whilst at the same time have focused on investing later in more mature businesses.”What is driving this new force of organizations and funds for early-stage startups? It’s the second generation of entrepreneurs from previous successful London startups. The most successful project to come out of London (and perhaps all of Europe) is Skype, which was founded in 2003 by Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis and later acquired by eBay for nearly $2 billion in cash. Zennstrom is now the co-founder of Atomico Ventures. The fund is an effort to invigorate the venture capital industry in the London area so that it may be more like the US – a dichotomy Zennstrom knows well.“I think we went to over 20 VCs here in Europe, and no one wanted to touch the company,” Zennstrom recalled about Skype during a keynote at LeWeb in 2009. “Always the Silicon Valley option seemed very very attractive because it’s such a powerful ecosystem with VCs that are brave that are willing to take risks.”But Zennstrom, along with countless other entrepreneurs, stayed in Europe and managed to create a successful company. Major successes to emerge from London include Last.fm, an Internet radio service acquired by CBS in 2007, Bebo, the largest social network in the UK, which was acquired by AOL in 2008, and Playfish, a social gaming platform acquired by EA in 2009. Other London startups include MOO, TweetDeck, Playfire, LOVEFiLM, HuddleWAYN and Seatwave. With the cycle of returning second-generation entrepreneurs like Zennstrom, the startup scene in London is beginning to grow and be more inclusive. Saul Klein, a partner at Index Ventures and a former Skype employee, has played a large role in mobilizing the startup community by founding both Seedcamp and the Open Coffee Club.Stephanie Robesky, an entrepreneur in residence with Atomico Ventures, says that thanks to the new funds and organizations in London, things are looking up for the future.“There are great opportunities for people to start businesses in London with not just financial support, but operational support as well,” Robesky told ReadWriteWeb. “I think that it is going to continue developing and maturing. The Valley has years on London and Europe, but the Europeans are ambitious.”Other London-based startup events and organizations include DrinkTank London, NESTA, Springboard and Glasshouse London.Photo credits: Trodel and Ian Muttoo.Special thanks to Azeem Azhar, Mark Littlewood and Stephanie Robesky for information and a crash course in London.
Net-Zero-Energy versus Passivhaus Energy-Efficient Retrofits: Insulation or Solar Power?Green Basics: Photovoltaic (Solar) RELATED ARTICLES Our expert’s opinionWe asked GBA technical director Peter Yost for his take on this question. Here’s his response:I think all of the points made in this discussion are fair and accurate. But the decision to select grid-tied or off-grid PV is completely one of context for me. If you have access to the grid, tie into it. Of course there is no guarantee that one home’s excess PV will shut down a coal-fired plant, just as one of us biking to work won’t shut down an oil field. We all make incremental contributions that nudge us along and bank on the “Horton-Hears-a-Who” phenomenon. GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE Yes, grid-tied systems make senseWhile it’s unrealistic to think that small amounts of electricity fed into the grid will allow fossil fuel plants to be shut down, there are benefits nonetheless, Damon Lane writes.“A lot of distributed energy would have some benefit by reducing the load and therefore the fuel consumption of those plants,” he says. “Also, while off-grid systems completely remove the building’s load and therefore many such buildings may allow a plant to shut down, all the batteries required probably offset the environmental benefit.”There also is the issue of efficiency. Utility-produced electricity is only about one-third efficient, due mostly to losses during the conversion of fuel to electricity but also due to losses during distributing the power through the grid.“Anyway,” he adds, “by reducing demand through efficiency or on-site generation you effectively save more than what you generate because you are also removing the losses and power plant inefficiencies associated with that power so primary power savings might be three times the on-site savings.” Grid losses are relatively smallRoberts thinks transmission losses are about 9%. However, Ben Wilson, who identifies himself as a distribution engineer at a large electric utility, says they are probably even less.“Most of the losses on a distribution line itself come from the transformers serving customers, and these rarely account for a loss greater than 5% or so,” Wilson writes.“Excess power produced by an on-site renewable source will be consumed by neighbors and other users connected to a distribution circuit,” Wilson says. “The fact that power does not need to flow all the way back to a generating plant is actually the main reason why renewables are so beneficial to a utility system — the losses in transmission, distribution, and transformation are eliminated, therefore making the total power required to be produced at a generating plant much less than the offset demand provided by the renewable.” Photovoltaic CollectorsDoes this mean, he wonders, whether homeowners should be steered more toward off-grid installations, or systems that split the electrical load between on-grid and grid-tied generation? How renewables may affect electric ratesWilson raises another point: how net-metering may one day affect the cost of electricity. Net-zero energy homes, which generate as much power as they consume over a given length of time, are possible because utility customers are billed only for total consumption.“However, as we should be well aware,” Wilson writes, “most on-site renewables cannot meet a home’s demand at all times, especially during the times of highest loading. Utilities must provide this marginal power to a grid-tied home, and as renewables become more widespread, utilities will begin to bill for this benefit via real-time pricing, time-of-use rates, or something similar.“In other words, a net-zero home might lead to no electricity bills today, but it is possible (even probable) that the electricity bills will return as utilities learn how to more properly bill their customers for the benefits they provide.”Not so, says Kevin Dickson, who argues that a “smart grid” should make possible real-time pricing and time-of-use electric rates. That leads to another benefit of solar photovoltaics: panels have their highest output when time-of-use (TOU) pricing is the highest.He cites an article arguing that a fair TOU rate structure will actually reduce the size of a PV array on a net-zero energy house by 28%.Wilson says his experience in the Midwest is that net-zero homes typically produce far more energy than they use in spring and fall, but less than required in winter and summer.“The fact that PV produces more energy during the summer is more than offset by the usage of AC in many of these homes,” he says. “At the end of the year, the spring and fall surplus cancels out the summer and winter deficiency. With TOU rates, however, canceling out may not be enough.”Another factor is what utilities pay in a net-zero energy arrangement. Bob Coleman says utilities often pay “market rates” for the excess power that’s generated, but are still billing consumers at a rate that can be double that.Finally, it’s important to point out that during the summer, when solar electricity production is high but off-grid homeowners’ usage is low, much of the electricity produced by an off-grid PV array goes to waste. If your batteries are all topped up by 10:00 a.m. on a sunny day, there’s no easy way for an off-grid homeowner to sell excess power to the neighbors. Most houses with solar electric panels remain grid-tied, meaning the house is still connected to the utility’s grid even as it has the means to produce its own power. Off-grid houses, which once accounted for the lion’s share of installations, are now in the minority.And that seems to make sense. Grid-tied houses get the benefit of solar electricity, but also can tap into grid when panels don’t produce enough power to meet demand. Net metering allows houses to sell power at times when the panels are over-producing, and grid-tied systems are cheaper because they don’t require banks of deep-cycle batteries.But is the situation really that cut and dried?In a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor, Tristan Roberts says a chat with an expert at the Department of Energy got him poking at these widely accepted premises.“If that electricity is feeding into the grid, we were discussing the difficulty in accounting for environmental benefits,” Roberts writes. “It’s hard to know if the 2 kW that you fed into the grid at 12 p.m. really resulted in the utility being able to reduce their coal-fired output by 2 kW. In fact, there are a lot of reasons to conclude that nothing of the kind happened…The point of our conversation was that the best use of on-site renewables, from a thermodynamic and environmental point of view, is on site.”
At least 17 passengers were killed and 16 more injured when a mini bus skidded off the road and plunged into a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district on September 14, officials said. The accident occurred at Dandaran, near Thakrai, when the driver of the mini bus, which was on its way to Kishtwar from the Keshwan area, lost control of it and the vehicle plunged into the over-300-foot gorge, near the Chenab riverbed, on September 14 morning, they said.“A total of 17 persons died and 16 others injured in the unfortunate incident,” District Development Commissioner (Kishtwar) Angrez Singh Rana told PTI. He said the dead included three women and the driver of the ill-fated vehicle Ashraf Hussain.Interestingly, Hussain was fined by the traffic police the day before for overloading, officials said.Mr. Rana said most of the victims died on the spot. One of the 11 critically injured persons, airlifted to Jammu for specialised treatment, was declared brought dead by doctors at the Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu.Officials said the bus was carrying over 30 passengers. They said five of the injured were undergoing treatment at a local hospital and their condition was stated to be “stable”. This is the third major accident in Kishtwar district in the last one month.While 13 Machail Yatra devotees were killed when their cab plunged into a gorge on August 21, seven persons were killed and 12 others injured when two vehicles were hit by boulders a day earlier.
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony The Philippines ice hockey team celebrates a goal during their Ice Hockey round robin game against Malaysia during the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYThe Philippines swept its way to the Southeast Asian Games’ inaugural ice hockey gold medal Thursday night.READ: Filipinos break ice with 12-0 thumping of IndonesiaADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH bet Beram makes it two golds Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Majority of the team are homegrown talents who learned to skate at SM mall rinks, which has existed in the Philippines for two decadesThat worked to the Filipinos’ advantage in the SEA Games ice hockey tournament, which was also played inside a mall in construction in Kuala Lumpur.Members of the team are Benjamin Jorge Imperial, Carl Michael Montano, Daniel Pastrana, Francois Emmanuel Gautier, Javier Alfonso Cadiz, Gianpietro Iseppi, Jan Aro Regencia, John Steven Fuglister, Georgino Orda, Jorell Crisostomo, Jose Inigo Anton Cadiz, Joshua Carino, Julius Frederick Santiago, Lenard Rigel II Lancero, Miguel Alfonso Relampagos, Miguel Serrano, Paolo Spafford, Patrick Russell Syquiatco, Paul Gabriel Sanchez and Carlo Martin Sison Tenedoro. Head coach is Daniel Brodan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The PH ice hockey team nipped Thailand, 5-4, in a tense final to seal the country’s 15th gold medal in a historic undefeated run.READ: SEA Games: PH stays unscathed at 2-0 in ice hockey FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Filipinos beat Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia before frustrating the Thais, who managed to close in at the end of the second period despite an early deficit, in the last match.READ: SEA Games: PH beats Malaysia on penalties, takes shot at ice hockey The Philippines got an early 4-1 lead but Thailand refused to go away and cut it down to one in the second.After a scoreless third period, Niko Cadiz struck goal no. 5 with eight minutes left to play as the Filipinos held on to the win.Ice hockey was played for the first time in the regional sporting meet.READ: Philippine ‘Mighty Ducks’ sets out to shock in SEA GamesIt was quiet a debut for the nation’s hockey team, which was only assembled a few years ago.ADVERTISEMENT