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Former QPR boss condemns Chelsea over Clattenburg allegations

first_imgFormer QPR manager Neil Warnock has condemned Chelsea for lodging a complaint about referee Mark Clattenburg.Chelsea allege that the official used “inappropriate language” towards two of their players in Sunday’s match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.“You know my relationship with referees but I have got to say I am disgusted with what’s gone on. I’m on Mark Clattenburg’s side,” Warnock told talkSPORT.The Leeds boss added: “We ask referees to man-manage and that’s what he does.“I’m sure he might have said a few things but are you telling me if Chelsea had won that game that there would have been one iota of a complaint?“He’s not had the best of games but the Torres one was the one decision he got slightly wrong.“I think he has made a mistake but they are trying to kill him and I don’t agree with that at all.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

No More Need for Embryonic Stem Cells?

first_imgHarvesting human eggs and creating embryos for embryonic stem cells may soon become a thing of the past.  Nature Science Update reported that four teams have verified that normal skin cells in mice can be reprogrammed to act identically to embryonic stem cells.    The technique, called “induced pluripotent stem cell” (iPS), holds promise to end the ethically-questionable practice of cloning human embryos then killing them for their stem cells.  “If researchers succeed, it will make it relatively easy to produce cells that seem indistinguishable from embryonic stem cells, and that are genetically matched to individual patients,” wrote David Cyranoski.    This new practice not only overcomes the ethical questions: it is easier to do, and matches the cells to the patient.  Neither eggs nor embryos are necessary.  “There’s no trick, no magic,” commented Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University, who pioneered the technique.  Another researcher was so impressed, he commented, “It’s unbelievable, just amazing.”  He compared the accomplishment to the cloning of Dolly the sheep: “It’s that type of accomplishment.”    What remains is to test the technique with human cells.  It also remains to be seen if the cells can be transplanted back into the patient for therapeutic purposes.  At least for now, biologists may have a safer and ethically favorable alternative for studying stem cells in the lab.  The Washington Post printed a follow-up story on June 7 with reaction from ethicists, religious leaders and pro-ES stem cell advocates.  The announcement coincided with Congress’s second vote to approve funding for embryonic stem cell research, reported Focus on the Family, expected to be vetoed again by the President.  The news line at Family Research Council reminded its readers that scientists had recently used adult stem cells to manufacture insulin – an important step in finding a cure for diabetes (see Bioresearch Online).    Already, it appears proponents of ES research are defending their turf.  In Science the same week, Constance Holden ended her report, “Hochedlinger and others hasten to point out that research needs to progress on all fronts because all systems ‘have their limitations.’”Keep an eye on this story and on the pro-ES advocates.  The article quoted one who said that research on embryonic stem cells remains “absolutely essential.”  Why?  It is still too early to tell, but if all barriers are removed for use of iPS instead of ES, the reaction of the embryonic stem cell advocates will be instructive.  Will the Hollywood celebrities still seek air time for tear-jerking commercials, when no law will be required to overcome ethical barriers that no longer exist?  Will the $3 billion California stem cell institute switch to the newer, safer, ethical iPS?  Will Big Science lobbyists cease their rhetoric about how ethical objections to ES will leave America scientifically behind the rest of the world?  Stay tuned.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

This Heat Pump Problem Is a Surprisingly Common Cause for High Electricity Bills

first_img Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. The electric resistance element is on all summerHis next step was to turn off the breaker to the electric resistance heat (a.k.a. strip heat) in the HVAC system. This is basically a giant toaster inside the air handler. Heat pumps use it for supplemental heat. In some homes, it’s used as the primary heat source. It’s not cheap, though, especially considering that the same electricity going into a heat pump will yield two or three times more heat.Anyway, the utility investigator turned off the breaker to the strip heat and watched what happened to the meter. In the summer time, turning off the strip heat should have no effect at all on how fast the meter spins because it shouldn’t be running. Strip heat is for cold weather.In this case, the meter went from spinning fast enough to saw wood to moving as slow as a horned passalus (photo below) going for a walk in the woods.“Well, we found your problem, ma’am,” he told her. “Your heating and cooling system was doing both at the same time, making you spend a lot of money to stay uncomfortable.” She lives in a small, simple house in southern Mississippi. It’s only 1,700 square feet. Why then, she wondered, were her summer electricity bills running more than $600?The house didn’t have any energy-hog features like a swimming pool, and she didn’t do stupid things like leave all the doors and windows open while she ran the air conditioner. What could it be?She called her electric company, one of the co-ops in Mississippi, and they sent someone out to investigate. Utility companies get calls like this all the time, and they’ve learned from experience what most of the main causes of high bills are. When the utility investigator arrived at the house, he asked her to tell him anything she knew that might help him.“Well,” she said, “the air conditioner runs all the time, but the house won’t even cool down to 80 degrees.”“Ah, that helps to narrow it down a bit.” He went to work, and it didn’t take him long to find the problem. He measured the temperature drop across the air conditioner coil and found that the air on the ‘cool’ side wasn’t much lower than the air on the warm side. And both were much warmer than they should be.OK, that could be a disconnected duct in the attic, he thought. A look in the attic, however, showed that wasn’t the case here. Besides, a disconnected duct would increase the bill, but it almost certainly wouldn’t quadruple it.center_img Thermostat wiring errorsThis problem often results from a thermostat wired incorrectly so that the system kicks on the strip heat when it shouldn’t. Since anyone can go down to the home improvement store or the Interwebs and buy a thermostat, a good number of these problems result from DIY jobs.It seems crazy to think that someone wouldn’t notice that the heat is running in their home in summer, but they don’t feel heat coming out of the vents. That heat gets mixed with the cool air from the air conditioner. They cancel each other out, both using even more energy because they’re fighting each other.Got high electricity bills in summer that you don’t understand? Check your strip heat.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool defender van Dijk lauds Shaqiri: He’s become our game-changer

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender van Dijk lauds Shaqiri: He’s become our game-changerby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveXherdan Shaqiri has become Liverpool’s game-changer, according to his teammate Virgil van Dijk.The Swiss came off the bench to score two goals in the Reds’ 3-1 win over Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.”You can concede and it happened,” van Dijk told the club’s website. “The thing then was to bounce back and make sure we kept pushing, putting the pressure on them and being patient.”That’s what we did and in the end, big Shaq came on and did the job for us.”He is a fantastic player. He showed it since the first game against Manchester United in America [in pre-season]. He is something different and sometimes that’s a game-changer.” last_img read more

Pikeville Walmart Has An Incredible Kentucky 36-0 Soda Display

first_imgPikeville Walmart's amazing Kentucky 36-0 soda display.The Kentucky Wildcats are the first 36-0 team in college basketball history, and everyone in the state – including one grocery store owner – is trying to get in on the action. The Pikeville Walmart apparently has an incredible Kentucky soda display, complete with the team’s record. In the below photo, taken by a Wildcats fan named Brian Daniels, UK’s logo is made out of Sprite Zero cases, while the W/L columns are made out of Coke Zero cases. Diet Coke cases provide the backdrop. It’s well done.Pikeville Walmart yesterday! @ACassady_KSR @KySportsRadio pic.twitter.com/uwzopMhX6W— Brian Daniels (@bdanie01) March 22, 2015Kentucky will take on the winner of Maryland vs. West Virginia next week in the Sweet 16.last_img

This Buffalo Bills Team Is Worse Than Most Bills Teams This Century

2010-21.34.35.54 SeasonDVOAPYTHagorean WINSESTimated WINSActual WINS The 21st century has not been good to BuffaloThe Bills’ past 18 seasons by Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, Pythagorean wins and estimated wins 2012-12.15.76.56 2001-22.03.94.23 2017-9.86.36.89 2007-5.04.98.07 2003-7.36.87.06 20161.08.57.47 Source: Football Outsiders 20000.67.07.38 2013-3.36.77.16 2002-8.07.57.18 2005-17.85.25.85 2008-8.47.86.77 201410.59.69.09 After the “Music City Miracle” knocked the 1999 Buffalo Bills out of the postseason, Bills fans suffered through the longest playoff drought in American professional sports. But with only a few hours left in 2017, the streak came to a glorious end. After beating Miami on Sunday, Buffalo desperately needed Cincinnati to eliminate Baltimore, and Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton complied — finding Tyler Boyd for a game-winning touchdown on 4th-and-12 in the final minute. The play sent the Bills locker room into hysterics, while fans back home braved bitterly cold weather past midnight on New Year’s Eve to greet the team plane at the airport.New head coach Sean McDermott has led the franchise out of the regular-season desert, but there’s an irony to his triumph: This Bills squad is actually worse than many of those that failed to make the playoffs since that 1999 season. There are Bills fans old enough to buy beer who can’t remember what a Bills playoff team looks like — but even they ought to be able to tell that this squad is something less than one of the 12 best teams in the NFL.“You are what your record says you are,” Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells famously asserted. But ESPN’s Brian Burke estimates that randomness accounts for about 42 percent of NFL outcomes, and the NFL’s playoff structure builds in even more inequity. The 2008 New England Patriots won 11 games but missed the playoffs, while the 2014 Carolina Panthers got in with a 7-8-1 record.This year’s Bills team finished 9-7, but based on Football Outsiders’ estimated wins and Pythagorean wins metrics,1Per Football Outsiders, Pythagorean wins are based on pure point differential, while estimated wins use a “Forest Index” to emphasize consistency and performance in high-leverage situations. it only earned 6.8 and 6.3 wins, respectively. Put another way, an NFL team that gets outscored by 57 points on the year (as the Bills did) mathematically ought to win about six or seven games.But it’s not just about wins. Pick a metric of team strength, and the Bills are typically at or below the median: 21st in scoring differential, 15th in FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, 23rd in Simple Rating System,2Pro Football Reference’s Simple Rating System is derived from scoring differential and strength of schedule. 21st in Defense-adjusted Value Over Average.3Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric breaks down every NFL play and determines its value when compared to a league baseline based on situation (i.e., down and distance, field position, score).These Bills don’t stack up well against the 17 iterations that came before them, either: The best Bills team since 1999 was the 9-7 2004 squad. At 31.3 percent better than average, it was the NFL’s No. 3 team by overall DVOA. Buffalo’s defense, led by Pro Bowlers Takeo Spikes and Nate Clements, ranked No. 1. The team’s 12.4 estimated wins and 11.1 Pythagorean wins show they were actually much stronger than what their record said.The 2004 Bills lost their first four games, three by a combined margin of just 8 points and the other a 31-17 loss to the (eventual Super Bowl champion) New England Patriots. They then went 9-2 over their next 11 games, including a six-game win streak during which they outscored their opponents 228-89. Needing one last win to secure a playoff berth, they tripped up against a Pittsburgh Steelers team resting some of its starters. Football Outsiders deemed the 2004 Bills the best team to miss the playoffs since 1986 — as far back as its data goes.Despite racking up the same number of real-world wins, 2017’s Bills are a whopping 41.1 percentage points worse in DVOA. They also produced 5.6 fewer estimated wins and 4.8 fewer Pythagorean wins. Remember that 42 percent randomness? That this year’s Bills got to the same 9-7 record as the 2004 team suggests these two squads approached the upper and lower bounds of “lucky” and “unlucky” NFL results.The 2017 Bills aren’t the best Bills team since 1999, or anywhere close — they’re actually no better than seventh-worst in any of these metrics. Outside of running the ball with LeSean McCoy, these Bills don’t do anything well: They’re 29th in offensive yardage and 26th in yardage on defense. They keep their heads above water with a per-drive turnover rate that’s a little higher on defense (13.1 percent, 10th-best) than offense (8.9 percent, eighth-worst).2012 is the most recent year the Bills weren’t better across the board than they are now — and that group went 6-10.None of this can take away the joy Bills fans everywhere felt when the Ravens’ Week 17 collapse handed their team a wild-card berth, of course. But there’s a reason the Bills organization sent the Cincinnati Bengals thank-yous: This trip to the postseason was much more about being lucky than good.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 2006-2.17.78.07 2009-10.45.96.66 20152.78.58.88 2011-9.76.47.16 200431.3%11.112.49 read more

Opinion Cleveland Browns painful losses a possible sign of future success

Browns coach Mike Pettine acknowledges fans after the Browns’ 26-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 14 in Cleveland.Credit: Courtesy of TNSBeing a Cleveland Browns fan means that Sunday afternoons in the fall have great opportunity to be a day filled of letdown, gloominess and disappointment. Frankly, this has been the case five out of the last six weeks.What may be the worst part of this expanse is the fact that the Browns have lost four of these games in the second half after having a solid lead or on the last play of the game. Here a few examples from this current season: Sept. 27 – The Browns hosted the Oakland Raiders, in which Cleveland had played a hardfought game. Quarterback Josh McCown performed well with 341 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The Browns rallied from behind to score a field goal and a touchdown with six minutes left in the game. Driving one last time, Cleveland had the ball on Oakland’s 35-yard line with 43 seconds left on the clock. McCown tried to connect a deep pass to wide receiver Travis Benjamin for a potential game-tying score, but veteran safety Charles Woodson intercepted the ball, killing the drive and thus ending the game.Oct. 4 – Cleveland traveled to the West Coast to face the San Diego Chargers. Out of all the games listed, I think this one wins the title of biggest disappointment. Another solid game from McCown and the entire team kept the Browns close in all four quarters. Under the five minute mark, Cleveland engineered a late touchdown drive, then converted on the two-point conversion to knot the game at 27. The Chargers stormed quickly down the field in response, setting an opportunity to kick a game-winning field goal. The first attempt went sailing as time expired but the ball clanked off the post. The field goal was no good.  However, an offside penalty on the Browns essentially gave the Chargers’ kicking unit a redo, which it sent through the heart of the uprights.Oct. 18 – The Denver Broncos — undefeated and led by future hall of fame quarterback Peyton Manning — made their way to the banks of Lake Erie for a visit to an electric First Energy Stadium. Cleveland was coming off a win over its rival Baltimore in thrilling fashion — storming back in the second half and eventually connecting on game-winning field goal in overtime. (It’s crazy how the Browns can be on the bright side for once). Now, back against the Broncos, the Browns’ defense had quite the game, forcing three interceptions. This enabled the offense — despite the lackluster performance — to hang on in yet another tight game. Forcing overtime for a second straight week, Cleveland had backed the Broncos into a corner by intercepting the ball and having incredible field position. On par to what the season had been thus far, the Browns offense had a brain-fart, stalling out and eventually punting to give the Broncos the ball back. As the clock in overtime continued to dwindle down, Manning and the Broncos rallied, generating an impressive drive to only end the game on a 34-yard field goal. The Browns had their opportunities but they fell through their grasp.Nov. 1 – This past week, Arizona arrived in town. Cleveland got off to sluggish start before putting on an offensive clinic in the first half. McCown connected with tight end Gary Barnidge — who appears to now be McCown’s go-to man — for a touchdown, followed by a pair of connections with former Ohio State Buckeye Brian Hartline for two scores to give the Browns a 20-10 lead heading into the locker rooms at halftime. The momentum ceased to continue in the second frame though, as the defense struggled to pressure Cardinals’ signal-caller Carson Palmer, which allowed the 13-year NFL veteran to surgically dissect the Browns defense through the air. To no one’s surprise, the offense then stalled. Though the end result was not close, the first half sure gave fans a false hope for the rest of the game. But, in typical fashion, fans were left shaking their heads as another ‘L’ was added to the Browns’ record.What is by far the most painstaking element, and the utmost epitome of Cleveland Browns football is the fact that the team consistently loses games it has been a contender in. The past few seasons are great examples, in which the final record in no way represents how the season actually went.The Browns are on the verge of something good — a winning season, a playoff berth perhaps. The games this season reflect such a bold statement. One positive season is on the way, loyal Browns fans. I feel it.But it cannot come with a quarterback struggle and rearranging of coaches and front office personnel.  It is difficult to give hope for a team that is a laughingstock of a league, but know that when these games are close, they are signs that there is success on its way. read more

NFL draft Malik Hooker selected 15th overall by the Indianapolis Colts

Former OSU safety Malik Hooker (24) and redshirt freshman longsnapper Liam McCullough (49) high-five Buckeye fans after their 30-23 overtime victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe Indianapolis Colts selected former Ohio State safety Malik Hooker with the 15th pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.The former Buckeyes playmaking safety started just one year in scarlet and gray, but took full advantage of the opportunity in OSU’s defensive backfield, becoming an Associated Press first-team All-American.Midway through the second quarter during his first start in college against Bowling Green on Sept. 3, 2016, Hooker sped from his position in the center of the field, leapt, and miraculously tipped the ball into his lap as he fell. One quarter later, he snagged his second errant Bowling Green pass of the day.The next game, against Tulsa, he picked off a pass and returned it 26 yards for his first career touchdown. By the end of the season, Hooker had racked up a Big Ten-high seven interceptions, returning three for touchdowns, tying a school record. The 6-foot-1-inch, 206-pound safety scored his final touchdown as a Buckeye — a 16-yard interception return — in the second quarter of OSU’s 30-27 double overtime win against Michigan. Only later did he reveal that he suffered injuries against the Wolverines necessitating hip labrum and sports hernia surgeries.Due to the former OSU defensive back recovering from surgery, Hooker did not participate in drills at the NFL combine or join his teammates in drills at the Buckeyes’ pro day. Instead, he watched his former teammates, including cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley, participate in workouts from afar. Despite the injuries suffered in OSU’s win against Michigan, he decided to play in the Fiesta Bowl against Clemson. Bright spots were hard to find in the Buckeyes’ scoreless performance, but Hooker did his best to keep his team in the game as he had his final interception in college during the second quarter.At the combine, Hooker said he anticipates returning to the field for rookie camp with the Colts in July.He was the second-highest ranked safety in the draft, behind former LSU safety Jamal Adams, according to NFL.com’s Mike Mayock and ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay. Among all 2017 NFL draft prospects, the former OSU safety was ranked 13th, 11th and 10th by Mayock, Kiper Jr. and McShay, respectively.Entering the 2016 season as a first-year starter, the former three-star prospect from New Castle, Pennsylvania, had played racked up just 10 tackles in the 2015 season as a reserve after redshirting his first season in Columbus. After three years of development, Hooker was the second OSU player to hear his name called in the 2017 NFL draft after Marshon Lattimore was drafted with the 11th overall pick by the New Orleans Saints.Hooker racked up 74 tackles during the 2016 season. His high of 14 tackles came during OSU’s 24-20 win over Northwestern.The Colts last season were frequently victimized through the air last season, surrendering the sixth-most passing yards allowed (4200) and tied for the 10th-most passing touchdowns allowed (27). By adding Hooker, who was tied for third among Division I schools with seven interceptions and the most returned for a touchdown (three), the Colts are looking to improve their ball-hawking ability after they finished tied for second with the fewest interceptions in the NFL last season (eight).Hooker’s likely debut as a pro will come on Sept. 10 when the Colts travel to Los Angeles to take on the Rams in the first week of the 2017 NFL season. read more

Brady is happy for his return to Ireland

first_imgThe Burnley midfielder has been called up again to the national team after he suffered serious knee damage last DecemberIn a Burnley-Leicester City match last December, defender Robbie Brady suffered serious knee damaged that made him stay away from the pitch for many months.Now, he’s back to action and he also received a call to the Republic of Ireland national team.“I had a couple of minor setbacks throughout pre-season and then over the last couple of months, but I’ve got all that out of the way now and I’ve felt stronger as the weeks have gone on and I’m feeling in a good place now,” Brady was quoted by The 42.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“It was mentally tough more than physically. It’s a lot of time on your own and a lot of time to look and pick apart things.”“But it’s just one of those things. It’s done with now, I’m back and touch wood, I won’t have another one like it,” he added.“It’s always tough when you’re not playing. It’s tougher when you know you can’t affect it in any way I’m not able to play and it’s not by choice.”“But I feel as if we’re getting there now. Everyone is getting to know each other that bit better and each trip is getting that bit better, so please God, a couple of good results this week,” he commented.last_img read more

Koulibaly delighted after captaining Napoli to victory

first_imgNapoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has revealed his delight after captaining the team to a victory over Cagliari on Sunday.The 27-year-old insists he’s happy after leading the Partenopei to a 1-0 victory over Cagliari in the Serie A at the Sardegna Arena.Arkadiusz Milik’s late winner helped Carlo Ancelotti’s side claim their 12th league win of the season and maintain their stronghold on second place on the standings.The Senegal international played the entire 90 minutes and made three tackles to ensure they keep a clean sheet and he took to the social media to express his joy over the win.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Good and determined: we have proven to be a great team. And what a pride [to have] the captain’s band from the first minute,” Koulibaly tweeted, as quoted by Goal.The win in Sunday is a welcome relief for Napoli, who suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday which meant they’ll be playing in the Europa League come next year.last_img read more

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