Latest: QPR 1 West Brom 2 – Austin scores after nightmare start for Rangers

first_imgCharlie Austin’s penalty – his ninth goal of the season – hauled QPR back into the game after they made a diabolical start at Loftus Road.Rangers fell behind when Joleon Lescott headed home after Sebastien Pocognoli’s right-wing corner had been flicked on at the near post by Stephane Seesegnon.And Silvestre Varela doubled West Brom’s lead when he waltzed through the QPR defence and applied the finish after exchanging passes with Sessegnon.But Rangers were given a much needed boost when James Morrison was adjudged to have impeded Leroy Fer following Joey Barton’s corner and Austin smashed in the resulting penalty.Albion caused Rangers problems on the right-hand side in the early stages.In the second minute, Sessegnon pulled the ball back for Craig Gardner, whose shot was pushed out by keeper Rob Green.There was another anxious moment for the home side when Sessegnon took on Yun Suk-Young – who later went off injured – and found Baggies forward Brown Ideye, who fired wastefully over.Lescott made no mistake, however, nodding in his first goal since joining Albion in the summer.Sessegnon was also involved in the second goal 10 minutes later and Albion looked in complete control before Austin, back from suspension, netted for the fifth consecutive home game. QPR: Green, Onuoha, Dunne, Caulker, Yun (Hill 29), Vargas, Henry, Barton, Fer, Austin, Zamora.Subs: McCarthy, Ferdinand, Phillips. Mutch, Kranjcar, Hoilett. West Brom: Foster, Wisdom, Lescott, McAuley, Pocognoli, Gardner, Dorrans, Morrison, Varela, Sessegnon, Ideye.Subs: Myhill, Baird, Dawson, Gamboa, Yacob, Mulumbu, Berahino.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Jean Barton: The reach of social media, cattle convention report

first_imgSocial media is amazing. Facebook had this post from Logan Ipsen, which Matt Macfarlane had shared, using GoFundMe.“If you know John Dickinson, there’s no question you have a good story to tell. He’s the jovial, kind-hearted friend of everyone. He’s one of those rare people in which others happily gravitate towards and if you meet him one time, you will have a friend for life. His impact on our industry will be more than lifelong.“On Jan 27, at the start of the Red Bluff Gelding Sale, John’s …last_img

IDC to pump R5.2bn into green energy

first_img8 December 2011 “The criteria with which the successful bidders will have to comply are extensive and include the key elements of localisation and job creation,” Busa added. The 28 preferred bidders were announced when the Department of Energy released its first list of preferred independent power producers on Wednesday. The IDC, a national development finance institution set up to promote economic growth and industrial development, said the 12 bidders have broad black economic empowerment (BEE) credentials and will further enhance the localisation of green industries in South Africa. “Busa would in particular like to commend the government for the thoroughness of the process … which reflected both the high level technical rigour, as well as the security employed, to ensure a transparent process,” the organisation said in a statement this week. The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is to provide R5.2-billlion in finance to 12 of the 28 independent power producers chosen as preferred bidders to supply South Africa with renewable energy. Private sector participation A full list of the preferred bidders is available on the department’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Procurement Programme website www.ipp-renewables.co.za. Transition to a green economycenter_img Source: BuaNews “The IDC has approved R5.2-billion towards the implementation of the 12 projects,” IDC green industries head Rentia van Tonder said in Pretoria this week. According to South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan, a 20-year projection on electricity supply and demand, about 42% of electricity generated in the country – about 3 725 megawatts (MW) – is required to come from renewable resources. Meanwhile, Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has welcomed the announcement of the successful bidders, saying it was in line with the organisation’s views on increased private sector participation in electricity generation. “Vigorous implementation of the Industrial Policy Action Plan and the Green Economy Accord – in which commitments were made to localisation by the renewable energy subsectors – will be required to ensure the job creation benefits of the [independent power producer] program are realised.” In August, the department put out a request for proposals on new generation, asking IPPs to submit their proposals for the first window, which closed on 4 November. There are five window phases in which potential bidders can submit their bids to provide power, with the second deadline in 2012. “These are located in various provinces of South Africa, including the Northern Cape, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and North West, and are expected to boost much-needed economic activity in these areas.”last_img read more

Reddit Calls Out “Experts” for “Misunderestimating” Its Traffic

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#advertising#Statistics#web A week ago, social news and bookmark site Reddit sent out a call for help to its users. While some questioned who would just give money to a website for an undefined service in return, more than 6,000 people paid to join Reddit Gold.Now, the website is saying that “‘Experts’ misunderestimate our traffic, and we don’t know why”.The basic problem the site has been facing, Reddit programmer Mike Shiraldi explained in a blog post last week, is that the site’s four engineers have not been able to keep up with the traffic. We’ve been kinda bummed at reddit these days. It seems like every week something comes up that slows performance to a crawl or even leads to a total site outage. And we almost never get a chance to release new features anymore. […] The bottom line is, we need more resources.The problem the site is having now, it says, is that “advertisers generally don’t trust Google Analytics numbers” and “have their own preferred sources of traffic information that they put their faith in.” According to Google Analytics, Shiraldi writes, Reddit has seen more than 8,000,000 unique visitors in the last 30 days and 400,000,000 pageviews. “The numbers are very accurate, because there’s a blog of Google Analytics javascript on every reddit page that lets them directly measure our traffic.”Shiraldi then goes on to compare the numbers provided by a number of web traffic measurement services. Compete.com reports 927,000 unique visitors a month – around 7 million less than Google Analytics. Quantacast, meanwhile, reports 10 million visits, which Shiraldi says is anywhere from a half to quarter of the true numbers.The problem here, according to Shiraldi, is that advertisers are relying on numbers from third-party measurement services that just aren’t true. In the site’s efforts to raise more money – and therefor hire more engineers, buy more servers, increase performance and continue the cycle – these numbers appear to be hurting its bottom line. The problem Shiraldi points to looks like one that would have broad implications for any number of websites trying to make a buck of advertisements and traffic. If all of the web measurement services out there have this large of a discrepancy between them, who’s really making out in the end? Does a site just need to find the most favorable analysis and stick with it or should something be done to reconcile the numbers? last_img read more

You Had a Good Run, OId Stamps: SMS Codes for Postage Coming to Europe

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#international#web Sticking a stamp to the front of an envelope could become so last century, if a logical plan in Europe ends up spreading as far as it could. Danish letter mailers, beginning April 1st, will be able to send an SMS to that nation’s Postal Service and receive a short code back, confirming that they have paid to mail a letter. They’ll write that code on the envelope and then the post office machines will scan that, instead of a stamp. Sweden says it’s working on a similar system.It makes a lot of sense, presuming of course that people continue to mail letters on paper at all. It’s also a little sad. Of course such news likely represents just one more move towards the eventual collapse of many different types of transactions into an act of mobile e-commerce based on a strong relationship between a phone owner, their mobile carrier and a third party in any type of transaction. Phones are trusted commerce platforms, they enable multiple forms of authentication (including location verification) and they go everywhere with us. They’re more intimate than wallets, at least as associated with status as handbags – who needs stamps when you’ve got such a magical device in your pocket?On the Loss of StampsAccording to Wikipedia, adhesive stamps are only about 170 years old. (The first one, the UK’s Penny Black, is pictured above.) Hardly something to get too misty-eyed about, right?See also our coverage of more moves toward carrier-level services: Angry Birds Opens a Bank; Here’s What it MeansThat entry says they were invented in large part so that the sender could be the one who paid to mail something. Prior to the invention of stamps, the recipient was expected to pay for the mail. Sometimes they couldn’t or wouldn’t pay for it. Sometimes the sender would send big, bulky packages because hey, they weren’t paying for it.So stamps came on the scene out of clear need. They probably aren’t needed anymore, though.Might they be worth keeping anyway, just for the art of them? Some countries around the world are experimenting with stamps turned into QR codes for Augmented Reality. That’s cool but I wouldn’t put my money on QR/AR postal stamps sticking around.It seems unlikely to me that in ten or twenty more years, functional postal stamps will still be printed in large quantity at all. SMS as a replacement just makes too much sense. Build that collection while it’s still cheap, I suppose. I like stamps and am a little saddened by the prospect of their obsolescence. center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more