Rangers could sell Taarabt to German club – report

first_imgWolfsburg are set to make a bid for QPR’s Adel Taarabt, according to The Sun on Sunday.Taarabt, who is about to enter the final year of his contract, has been linked with a move to the German club for some time.And it is claimed that Rangers could be willing to sell the Moroccan.Related West London Sport stories:Hughes insists Taarabt will not leave QPRQPR star in line for bumper contract offer Boss Hughes keen to cement Taarabt’s future at QPRMeanwhile, the Daily Star on Sunday claim QPR manager Mark Hughes is looking to sign Paul Konchesky from Leicester in a £1m deal.The Sunday Express, who also suggest Hughes wants Konchesky, report that Joey Barton will be given a final chance by Rangers to mend his ways.The club are tipped to issue Barton with a public warning and move to curtail his outbursts on Twitter. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Half-time: Norwich 1 QPR 1

first_imgBobby Zamora’s equaliser meant QPR went in at the break on level terms at Carrow Road.The striker’s first goal of the season came after Norwich had punished some slack Rangers defending to go ahead in the 12th minute.Fabio, playing at right-back in place of Nedum Onuoha, was sucked into the middle, enabling Anthony Pilkington to collect Robert Snodgrass’ pass and cross from the left for Simeon Jackson to head home from close range.Rangers were handed a lifeline six minutes later, when Sebastien Bassong, making his Canaries debut, was adjudged to have fouled Djibril Cisse in the area.The resulting spot-kick from Cisse was pushed onto the post by keeper John Ruddy, but Zamora was on hand to rifle the rebound into the far corner of the net.Rangers keeper Rob Green produced a decent-looking save late in the first half, pushing over Snodgrass’ 25-yard effort.Click here for the Norwich v QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Groves discusses Johnson and a potential clash with Froch

first_imgHammersmith’s George Groves talks about his Commonwealth super-middleweight title defence against Glen Johnson this weekend and the possibility of a future showdown with Britain’s world champion Carl Froch. (Video courtesy of iFilm London)See also:O’Meara to fight for Commonwealth titleGroves believes he can stop JohnsonWatch the Groves v Johnson pre-fight press conferenceWatch Groves and Johnson square-up at their weigh-inJohnson speaks ahead of his fight with George GrovesDuo weigh in ahead of title showdownsGroves and DeGale in new war of wordsYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Improbable Sailors: Do Animals Raft the Oceans?

first_img(Visited 74 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 To keep their phylogenies and dates intact, evolutionists propose ocean voyages by unlikely animals—maybe even all of them.MonkeysEvolutionary biologists have a problem with New World monkeys. They are assumed to have evolved from Old World monkeys, but the New World split apart before its monkeys’ ancestors could have gone along for the ride. A new paper in Nature has to get them there somehow. One might call it a naturalistic version of Noah’s ark:South America and Africa have been separated since the early Late Cretaceous, so vicariance of primates [i.e., geographical isolation] does not appear reasonable as an explanation for their appearance in the Eocene on two continents separated by the Atlantic. Numerous studies have focused on the possibility of primates crossing the Atlantic to reach South America from Africa (for example, refs 20, 21), with rafting across the Atlantic usually considered a feasible way for how primates arrived in South America, presuming they originated in Africa. It has also been proposed that perhaps more than one rafting event carried more than one primate taxon successfully across the Atlantic in the Palaeogene,  suggesting a possible early African diversification before arrival in South America. This might favour the arrival of different higher clades in South America, thus allowing the diversification of more than one lineage.While they’re on that “possibility,” why not add some more passengers?A similar means of arrival in South America has often been proposed for the hystricognath rodents, the dispersal of amphisbaenian and gekkotan lizards, and the Opisthocomiformes, a Neotropical group of birds (hoatzins) with weak flight capabilities and alleged African origin. And, with the discovery of the Santa Rosa primates, the re-established, relatively contemporaneous first appearance datum of primates and rodents in South America leads to consideration of possible similarities of intercontinental dispersal mechanisms for the two mammalian groups. However, the derived status of Santa Rosa rodents relative to contemporaneous African rodents hints that rodents and primates might not have had simultaneous crossing episodes. Or, alternatively, the two groups had differing rates of diversification after arrival in South America.Evolution is sure a flexible concept.LizardsEver heard of “worm lizards”? They’re not worms, but a type of burrowing lizard that spends most of its life underground. There are six families of these critters, found on five continents, “puzzling biologists as to how these creatures became so widespread.” Underground lizards seem like improbable sailors, but once again, phylogenetic problems are making evolutionists look seriously at the rafting hypothesis. Bristol University shows a picture of a little pink specimen, and explains the problem:Tiny, burrowing reptiles known as worm lizards became widespread long after the breakup of the continents, leading scientists at the universities of Bristol, Bath, Yale and George Washington to conclude that they must have dispersed by rafting across oceans soon after the extinction of the dinosaurs, rather than by continental drift as previously thought.The scientists used information from fossils and DNA from living species to create a molecular clock to give a more accurate timescale of when the different species split apart from each other.Dr. Nick Longrich of the University of Bath apparently finds this astonishing conclusion to be worthy of Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” collection of oddities:“It seems highly improbable not only that enough of these creatures could have survived a flood clinging to the roots of a fallen tree and then travelled hundreds of miles across an ocean, but that they were able to thrive and flourish in their new continent.“But having looked at the data, it is the only explanation for the remarkable diversity and spread of not just worm lizards, but nearly every other living thing as well.“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever you’re left with, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”Not only that, the article says, these delicate animals survived the asteroid wallop that finished off the dinosaurs.Evolutionists are funny. They never even think to entertain the possibility that their concepts of time and evolution are just plain wrong. Faced with “highly improbable” consequences of their visions of unobservable history, they just call it “the truth” and move on. This is  known as “science,” you see.We recall that evolutionists often claim that biogeography is one of the strongest evidences of their theory. Why are these evolutionists wringing their hands?We propose a test. Take a ship out in the Atlantic and count the monkey rafts, rodent rafts, lizard rafts, and weak-flying bird rafts observed passing by per unit time. If that is too hard, watch how many arrive at the beach in Brazil. Here’s another one: float a tree into the Atlantic from an African beach with worm lizards clinging to its roots and monkeys in its branches. Observe its fate. Report your results in a peer-reviewed journal. Hey, we’re just trying to help.last_img read more

India’s Varsha, Aishwarya bag bronze in Asian Games sailing event

first_imgSkipper Varsha and crew Aishwarya finished the race, one minute and 41 seconds behind the Thai crewThe Indian pair of Varsha Gautham and Aishwarya Nedunchezhiyan finished second in the 12th and the final race to claim the bronze medal in the 29er – women’s two person dinghy – at the 17th Asian Games at the Wangsan Sailing Marina here Tuesday.Skipper Varsha and crew Aishwarya finished the race, one minute and 41 seconds behind the Thai skipper-crew pair of Noppakao Poonpat and Nichapa Waiwai in the 12th race. The Thai duo went on to win the gold medal with a net 19 points.The Singaporean duo of Rui Xi Priscilla Low and Rui Qi Cecilia Low finished third in the final race, 2.08 seconds behind the Thai girls, but went onto clinch the silver medal with net 21 points.The Indians had net 25 points. They started off well winning the first three races and then lost way and were even disqualified in their seventh race. The made a stunning comeback in the last two races finishing first and second, respectively.last_img read more

Readers Digest Association Taps Paul Tomkins as CFO

first_imgThis morning, the Reader’s Digest Association and parent company RDA Holding Co. announced that Paul R. Tomkins is set to succeed Tom Williams as executive vice president and chief financial officer with the company. Tomkins is also slated to join RDA’s management executive committee. Tomkins will start his new position on May 23, joining RDA from the non-publishing sector where he was vice president controller of AT&T’s Business Solutions.Former CFO Williams became RDA president and CEO when Mary Berner parted ways with the company in late April. After Berner’s departure, Randall Curran, CEO of telecommunications company DELTACOM, Inc., filled her position as chairman of the RDA board.This announcement trails shortly after RDA announced its first quarter financials. Overall revenue in the first quarter of 2011 was $326 million, falling from $413.9 million in the first quarter of 2010 (during which RDA emerged from bankruptcy on February 20). From February 20 to March 31, 2010, RDA’s revenue totaled $156.2 million. RDA cites fewer magazine/book renewals, unprofitable product lines and less magazine issues for the revenue loss and for the EBITDA in the first quarter of 2011, which was at negative $25.2 million. In the first quarter of 2010, EBITDA was up at $9.5 million.last_img read more

Google Assistant launches first celebrity cameo with John Legend

first_imgGoogle also hinted that more celebrity cameos could be on the way thanks to the company’s WaveNet tech — a speech synthesis program that helped bring John Legend to your countertop smart speaker. In the meantime, here is Google’s list of questions you can ask to hear a reply from John Legend: Easter eggs: “Serenade me.” “Sing me a song.” “Are you John Legend?” “Do you know Chrissy Teigen?” “How are you?” “Sing Happy Birthday.” “Tell me a joke.” “Who’s your celebrity crush?” “What’s your favorite song?” “What’s your best pickup line?” “Compliment me.” Ordinary questions: “What’s the weather?” “How far away is the moon?” “What are jazz hands?” “How do you cook bacon in the oven?” “Is there an atmosphere on the moon?” “Is Venus the same size as the Earth?” “Why is the sky blue?” “What’s the temperature outside?” “Do I need an umbrella today?” $99 Smart Home Culture Share your voice Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot Google Assistant is everywhere at CES 2019: Here’s everything announced so far 6:59 See it Walmart Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Google Home News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today CNET Smart Home Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house $79 reading • Google Assistant launches first celebrity cameo with John Legend CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Google Almost a year ago, Google announced a bunch of new voice options for the company’s digital helper, simply known as Google Assistant. Singer and songwriter John Legend headlined the group of voices, which were otherwise of the AI-generated variety. The rest launched shortly after the May announcement, and finally, starting Wednesday, Google’s first celebrity cameo for Google Assistant goes live. John Legend’s voice will be available in English in the US on any device with Google Assistant — smart speakers like the Google Home, smart displays like the  Google Home Hub and smartphones. You can enable it in the settings of the Google Assistant app or by telling your device to “Talk like a Legend.” (Here’s more detail on how to give Google Assistant John Legend’s voice.) Note that your default Google Assistant will still respond to most of your queries. John Legend’s voice will respond only to certain relevant questions like, “What’s your favorite music?” as well as some more general ones like, “What’s the weather?” And apparently, John Legend’s voice will be available only for a limited amount of time. $69 Now playing: Watch this: • See It Mentioned Above Google Home Comment Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now See It Google Assistant makes your Android texts smarter Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected How To • Make Google Home get your groceries CNET Smart Home Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it 1 24 Photos Tags Crutchfield See All Google Assistant Googlelast_img read more

Reports Rick Perry Lands Spot In Trumps Cabinet As Energy Secretary

first_imgMarjorie Kamys CoteraGov. Rick Perry addresses media at a press conference following the unveiling of his official portrait at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2016President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly selected erstwhile rival and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to serve as his energy secretary.If confirmed, Perry will oversee American energy policy and its ramifications on the economy, environment and national security.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016CBS News and other outlets reported the news late Monday night, hours after Perry met with the president-elect in New York. It was the second time Perry had made the trip to Trump Tower. Yet Perry has previously supported abolishing the Department of Energy entirely. Famously, during a presidential debate in November 2011, Energy was the third federal agency that Perry couldn’t name while trying to list the three he wanted to eliminate.“It’s three agencies of government when I get there that are gone — Commerce, Education and the, um, what’s the third one there? Let’s see,” Perry said, before finally giving up with his now-infamous “oops.”The appointment marks a full repair in Perry’s relationship with Trump. Perry called Trump “a cancer on conservatism” last year while the two men were in a crowded field for the Republican presidential nomination. But Perry was one of the first members of the Republican establishment to back Trump, once it became clear in May that the real estate mogul had secured the party’s nomination.Perry’s background as governor of Texas, a state rife with natural resources, is a key qualifying credential for the post. But this Cabinet role can go well beyond oil and natural gas. The outgoing secretary of energy, Ernest Moniz, had a physics background and played a central role in President Obama’s Iranian nuclear deal.If confirmed, Perry will be the third Texan to serve as secretary of energy. Previously, Houstonian Charles Duncan served in this role under President Jimmy Carter, as did Laredo native Frederico Peña in the Clinton administration.Perry will face Senate confirmation once Trump takes office. Republicans control the Senate, making that process all the easier for the president-elect’s nominees. Read related Tribune coverage:Throughout his campaign, Trump cultivated a number of loyal allies in Texas, making for no shortage of options as his transition team looks to staff the incoming administration.Trump passed over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas for U.S. attorney general, opting instead for U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama.Patrick Svitek contributed to this report.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2016/12/12/rick-perry-lands-spot-trumps-cabinet/. Sharelast_img read more

Streeter Harrison Poised to Take County Council Seats

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comOn July 6, the Prince George’s County Board of Elections released the results of the absentee and provisional ballots cast during the June 26 Democratic and Republican primaries. The races for District 7 and District 9 of the county council were the ones of most interest.The results showed Rodney Streeter, chief of staff to Prince George’s County Council member Andrea Harrison (D-District 5), had the most votes with 2,818, followed closely by Krystal Oriadha with 2,787 for the District 7 council seat. Prince George’s County Clerk of the Court Sydney Harrison squeaked past political activist Tamara Brown, with 7,125 to 7,070 for the District 9 council seat.Following the counting of absentee ballots and provisional ballots, Sydney Harrison is the council member-elect for District 9 of the Prince George’s County Council. (Courtesy Photo)Streeter will replace Prince George’s County Council member Karen Toles (D), who unsuccessfully sought an at-large council seat, while Harrison will follow Prince George’s County Council member Mel Franklin (D), who also won an at-large seat.The AFRO was unable to reach Streeter or Harrison at press time. However, on his campaign web site, Harrison posted “You elected Sydney Harrison Prince George’s County Council District 9.”Neither Streeter nor Harrison has a Republican opponent so they will be elected to their offices by default in the Nov. 6 general election.last_img read more