Preview: QPR looking to bounce back against in-form Birmingham

first_imgTjarron Chery was on target against Birmingham last seasonQPR return to the scene of their 6-0 mauling by Newcastle when they host a Birmingham side unbeaten in four. Can Rangers end a mini-slump and return to the top half of the Championship?Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 24 September 2016Referee: Paul Tierney (Wigan, Lancashire) preview: QPR are struggling and Blues can fancy their chancesVital statistic: Rangers have won their last three home matches against Birmingham without conceding. Injuries and suspensionsQPRRuled out: Jamie Mackie (ankle), Jack Robinson (knee), Ben Gladwin (ankle), James Perch (knee).BIRMINGHAMRuled out: Tomasz Kuszczak (quad), Robert Tesche (ankle).Fitness test: Clayton Donaldson (Achilles). Possible starting line-upsQPR: Smithies; Onuoha, Caulker, Hall, Bidwell; Luongo, Cousins; Shodipo, Chery, Ngbakoto; Polter.Birmingham: Legzdins; Spector, Shotton, Morrison, Grounds; Davis, Gleeson, Kieftenbeld, Maghoma; Adams, Jutkiewicz. Facts and figuresFORM GUIDE (last five league matches)QPR: L L D W L (4 points) • Home: L D L W W (7 points)Birmingham: W D W W L (10 points) • Away: D W D W D (9 points)TOP SCORERS (league only)QPR – 4: Chery; 2: Onuoha, Polter; 1: Caulker, Sylla.Birmingham – 4: Donaldson; 2: Davis; 1: Adams, Jutkiewicz, Maghoma, Morrison.LAST FIVE MEETINGS27 Feb 2016: QPR 2 Birmingham 017 Oct 2015: Birmingham 2 QPR 18 Mar 2014: Birmingham 0 QPR 214 Sep 2013: QPR 1 Birmingham 028 Oct 2008: QPR 1 Birmingham 0QPR 4 wins, Birmingham 1 win, 0 draw See also:Hasselbaink insists QPR are ‘fine’ despite poor resultsBirmingham could be without two key men for trip to QPRQPR are struggling and Birmingham can fancy their chancesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Brenda Fassie immortalised in comic book

first_imgAn anthology of comic books featuring notable women from all over the world, Femme Magnifique, has included a South African. The late singer, Brenda Fassie, gets her own comic book. South African music legend Brenda Fassie is one of the women included in a comic book anthology celebrating those who “take names and change the game”. (Image supplied) Priya PitamberSouth African music icon Brenda Fassie is one of the women featured in a comic book anthology, Femme Magnifique.These comics “celebrate women who crack ceilings, take names, and change the game”, reads the Femme Magnifique Kickstarter website.South African author Lauren Beukes wrote the comic and Anja “Nanna” Venter drew the artwork.“I was approached by US comic book editor Shelly Bond to write on a South African for the Femme Magnifique anthology,” said Beukes. She worked with Bond previously on graphic novels Survivors’ Club and Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom.Both Venter and Beukes work at the same office, but had not collaborated before. “We’ve been dying to do something together for ages,” said Venter. “She received an invitation to participate and immediately cornered me to do art.”Easy choiceBeukes knew from her first book, Maverick, a pop history on women in the country, that there were many who could fit the bill for Femme Magnifique. “I had many to choose from, from Lilian Ngoyi to Ruth First, Krotoa Eva and Sara Baartman.“But Brenda Fassie worked on so many levels, as a provocative pop star, as a lesbian icon, as a black woman who lived through apartheid and sang about the personal and the political.”Beukes said Fassie had an incredible voice, both in her singing and in how fearless she was in being herself. “Her songs made the personal political, from Black President to Too Late for Mama, she sang about the lived black experience.“Nanna and I pitched Brenda Fassie, because we thought she would be the most fun to do,” explained Beukes.It was a way to introduce Fassie to an international audience along with other female heroes, from astronaut Sally Ride to Nina Simone and Michelle Obama, all featured in the anthology.Venter said she felt pressure to do justice to an icon such as Fassie. “Brenda was the first person to say that she ultimately ‘belonged to the people’. She had an immense celebrity which has always been well-documented, and part of the public domain in South Africa.”For the artwork, Venter said she and Beukes remixed Fassie’s rich legacy to reflect it back to the world in a new form, so a new audience could appreciate it.Short but effectiveThe story is a biographical look at Fassie’s life and cultural legacy. “Like the rest of the comics in the anthology, it’s only three pages long, so it was hard to condense it,” said Beukes.But with comics, Beukes said, the art did a lot of work too. “Nanna was able to nail her iconic looks and show her through the ages.”Venter said despite having two weeks to complete the comic, it came together “super quickly”.It will be released in September and the team at Femme Magnifique are working on international distribution.We did a short comic on the life of Brenda Fassie, art by @nannaventer, for the Femme Magnifique anthology edited by @sxbond! (Out in sept).— Lauren Beukes (@laurenbeukes) May 14, 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

How We Learn

first_imgThere are many ways to learn.We make a guess based on a hunch or intuition. We take some action to test our hypothesis. The results tell us whether or not we guessed correctly. We learn whether or not what we believed was true or whether it was false. Either way, we learn.Sometimes instead of taking an educated guess, we just go ahead and take some action with absolutely no idea whether or not what we are doing is right or if it will work. We throw something at the wall and see if anything sticks. Something happens, and sometimes that something is nothing. If we’re smart enough to pay attention, we make some observations about what happened (or didn’t), and we learn from this experience.Often something happens and we just happen to be there when it does. We recognize that something happened and we learn from that observation without having to experience it for ourselves.This is where insights come from. Sometimes we have enough experience and situational knowledge to come up with a theory and test it. Sometimes we just need to throw something against the wall. And sometimes we pay close enough attention to what is going on around us to notice some novelty.This is how we learn.QuestionsWhat hypothesis should you be testing right now?What kind of result should you try to get by taking different actions even when you have no idea what to expect?What have you observed in the last 14 days that gave you some new idea or insight you can use? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

The Big Five in North American Pro Sports

Yesterday, Ritchie King and I ran the numbers on the most popular teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and the English Premier League, according to the number of Google searches they generate.The rankings compared teams within each league. But we can also make cross-sport comparisons. What’s the most popular North American professional team in any sport, as judged by Google search frequency globally?It’s either the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox. Each generates about 30 percent more Google searches worldwide than the most popular NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys, and almost 40 percent more than the most popular NBA team, the Los Angeles Lakers. You can skip down to the giant chart at the end of this blog post to see how all teams in the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB compare to one another.The Montreal Canadiens, the most popular NHL team, aren’t particularly close to the most-searched teams in other leagues. Does that mean there’s really a “Big Three” rather than a “Big Four”? (Disclosure: ESPN doesn’t broadcast NHL games, and the league isn’t the subject of all that much focus at the network.)I’d say that the NHL’s status as a major league isn’t in question. The average NHL team generates about two-thirds as much Google search traffic as the average NBA team. There’s a gap there, but it’s no larger than the one separating the NBA and MLB. Furthermore, there’s a lot of overlap in the rankings. The 60th-percentile NHL team (roughly speaking, the Washington Capitals) is about as popular as the 40th percentile NBA team (the Philadelphia 76ers).Keep in mind that these figures are based on global search traffic, so that includes traffic in Canada. Canada — despite its much smaller population — generates almost as much revenue and fan interest for the NHL as the United States.But if we’ve included the NHL, what about Major League Soccer, the Canadian Football League and the WNBA?We have bad news for fans of women’s basketball. The most popular WNBA team, the Seattle Storm, generates only about one-quarter as much search traffic as the least popular Big Four team, the Columbus Blue Jackets.MLS has a better argument. Its most popular teams, the LA Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders, generate more search traffic than the Blue Jackets. The Galaxy and Sounders also earn about as much search traffic as the least popular NBA team, the Milwaukee Bucks.If MLS has a case, the CFL probably does, too. Two of its teams, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Edmonton Eskimos, also surpass the Blue Jackets in search popularity.But we’ve neglected the league that has the strongest case for inclusion alongside the Big Four. You may have heard of Mexico. It has the 11th-largest population and the 14th-largest economy in the world. It’s a part of North America. And soccer is awfully popular there.In fact, Mexico’s top professional soccer league, Liga MX, is comparable to the NHL in terms of global popularity. Liga MX’s most popular team on Google, C.D. Guadalajara, produces about as much search traffic as the Canadiens, the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Bulls.So, if we’re talking North America — not just the U.S. — there’s really a “Big Five”: the NFL, the MLB, the NBA, the NHL and Liga MX. The most popular teams in MLS and the CFL are more popular than the least popular teams in the Big Five, but their inclusion is debatable, especially because they are surpassed by other leagues playing the same sport on the same continent.In the spirit of inclusivity, we’ve ranked the teams in all seven North American leagues in the humongous chart below. (Rankings are taken relative to the average team across all seven leagues, which works out to be roughly the Buffalo Bills or the Cincinnati Reds.) We haven’t included the English Premier League. The top teams in the EPL swamp everybody else in global search traffic; even the Yankees are no match for Man U. read more

UEFA warns clubs over scrapping the Champions League

first_imgUEFA has warned clubs to forget the idea of scrapping the Champions League in the bid to form a Super League, hinting hey would ‘no longer be great’Speaking at the 43rd UEFA Congress in Rome on Thursday morning, UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin stood up to FIFA’s Gianni Infantino, asserting their ideas should be respected.“Respect also means telling our friends, family, colleagues, bosses, and partners when we disagree with them and when we think, in all humility, that they are wrong,” he explained.”What I can promise, is that, during this next term of office, we will work together to ensure that European football remains united, that European football remains respectful, respectable & respected, & that European football continues to demonstrate solidarity and bring hope.”— UEFA (@UEFA) February 7, 2019“It is often the yes-men who lure leaders to their demise. And conversely, it is often those who disagree in a measured, reasonable and constructive way, even if they sometimes do so in a direct, uncompromising fashion, who do them the greatest service, help them move forward and prevent them from making mistakes.“By telling FIFA that we disagree with their current proposals on the global Nations League and Club World Cup, we show them respect and we show respect to football, the game we love and the game we must protect.“We sincerely hope that FIFA will also show us respect by listening to our views… UEFA and European football deserve to be respected.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“As long as [ECA chief] Andrea Agnelli and I are in charge of these two organisations there will be no Super League. It is a fact. He disclosed via Football Italia.“[If clubs had split from the Champions League], they would have lost their status as great clubs in the hearts of the people. The only thing great about you would be your past.“Trust me, you will not regret [taking a stand against cynicism and greed].””It means thinking of our society, our children, future generations, our planet”#CommonGoal member Aleksander Čeferin, in his speech marking his re-election as @UEFA President, expressed the need for the football community to have a strong social and humanitarian vision!— Common Goal (@CommonGoalOrg) February 7, 2019The organisation equally praised the FIGC for its handling of racism in recent times.The FIGC recently announced plans to tighten up anti-racism procedure at matches after Kalidou Koulibaly was abused during Napoli’s 1-0 defeat to Inter on Boxing Day, as well as ordering the Nerazzurri to play two games behind closed doors.“The FIGC acted in the right way. It made the right choices,” concluded Ceferin.last_img read more

Adani Power plans to invest Rs 18000 crore in Karnataka

first_imgAhmedabad-based energy conglomerate Adani Power Ltd. announced on Thursday that it was planning to invest around Rs 18,400 crore in Karnataka. The company would reportedly set up a 1,600 MW thermal power plant and another 1,000 MW solar power project in the state.”We would like to submit that Udupi Power Corporation Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company has entered into memorandum of understanding with the government of Karnataka to set up 2×800 MW Coal-based supercritical power plant in Karnataka with investment of Rs 11,400 crore,” Adani Power said in its filing to the National Stock Exchange.The company further said that its subsidiary, Adani Green Energy Ltd., has shown interest in setting up the 1,000 MW solar power plant in the state with an investment of Rs 7,000 crore, the Press Trust of India reports.Earlier, the stock exchange had sought response from the company after the media reported about its investment plans in Karnataka.Last month, it was reported that the company may sign a deal worth $2.2 billion to build coal-based power plants in Jharkhand as part of its plans to double its power generation capacity in India to 20,000 MW by the end of 2020.Adani Power also has thermal power projects in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Two more thermal power projects of the company is expected to come up in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh soon. The company also has a 40 MW solar power project in Gujarat’s Kutch district.The company’s stock was trading at Rs 23.40 at around 11.16 a.m. on Friday, down 3.11 percent.last_img read more

Landmark chlamydia vaccine passes first stage of human trials

first_img MedicalXpress, 2019 We recommend First ever phase 1 trial of genital chlamydia vaccine finds it is safe and provokes immune response The results from a Phase 1 trial into the safety of a landmark chlamydia vaccine have just been published demonstrating promising signs the treatment is safe, and potentially effective in preventing the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the world.Over 100 million new cases of chlamydia are diagnosed every year, and while it is easily treatable with antibiotics, it can often be symptomless, going undiagnosed for months or even years. As well as causing inflammation, arthritis and ectopic pregnancy, the infection can lead to infertility in women if not diagnosed and treated early.”The major issue with chlamydia is the long-term consequences,” says Robin Shattock, from Imperial College London. “It is very treatable if identified, but as many people don’t have symptoms it can be missed, and the biggest problem is that it can go on to cause infertility in women. One of the problems we see with current efforts to treat chlamydia is that despite a very big screening, test and treat program, people get repeatedly re-infected. If you could introduce a protective vaccine, you could break that cycle.”This early human trial is the culmination of over 15 years of research, from first finding a weakness in the chlamydia bacterium, to developing a vaccine that exploits that weakness. As with all Phase 1 human trials, the primary outcome was to evaluate safety. Out of the 30 women in the trial receiving active doses of the vaccine, no serious adverse reactions or complications were noted. A secondary outcome was also evaluated in this trial, investigating whether the vaccine simulated an immune response in the human subjects. All the subjects receiving the active vaccine displayed significant signs of an immune response, suggesting it should be effective at preventing infections in real-world conditions.”We took blood samples of the women during the trial,” explains Frank Follmann, from Statens Serum Institut (SSI) in Denmark and co-author on the new research. “They showed that all vaccinated women had generated specific antibodies and T cells against chlamydia. Also, as local immunity in the genital tract is important to stop the infection as quickly as possible, during the trial, we collected mucous secretion in a menstrual cup and found high levels of antibodies, including the special mucosal antibody, IgA, which effectively blocks chlamydia early in the course of infection.”All prior research suggests these immune biomarkers indicate the vaccine protects against chlamydia infection, but of course this cannot be completely confirmed without broader trials. The next step for the research is to expand into larger trials with more subjects. So realistically it may be some years before this vaccine makes it into broad human use but Peter Andersen, from SSI’s Center for Vaccine Research, already envisions the vaccine easily being combined with the HPV vaccine.”The HPV vaccine has shown us how effective vaccination can be against a sexually transmitted infection,” says Andersen. “We hope to do the same with Chlamydia and, in the long term, combine the two vaccines.” The new trial data was published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases.Sources: Statens Serum Institut, Imperial College London WSU files for patent on researcher’s vaccine technology for chlamydia MedicalXpress, 2011 MedicalXpress, 2011 MedicalXpress, 2011 ‘Get vaccinated,’ says HPV expert at UB Medical School Powered by Google Analytics settings Privacy policy I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more MedicalXpress Yes No New Chlamydia test shows type of infection Vaccine targeting latent TB enters clinical testing MedicalXpress HPV vaccine is effective, safe 10 years after it’s givenlast_img read more