Sunderland v Chelsea line-ups: Hazard ruled out, Fabregas in, Black Cats make four changes

first_imgWillian and Cesc Fabregas both start for Chelsea against Sunderland, with Eden Hazard ruled out with a minor injury.Nemanja Matic makes way for Fabregas, who came on for the final 16 minutes of Sunday’s win over West Brom.Diego Costa, the match-winner against the Baggies, once again leads the Chelsea line, hoping to further improve on his record of 12 goals in 15 Premier League games.Sunderland make four changes, including reintroducing captain John O’Shea as part of a three-man defence.Jan Kirchoff and Adnan Januzaj also return, as does Fabio Borini, one of three former Chelsea players in the Black Cats’ line-up.Sebastian Larsson, Didier Ndong, Steven Pienaar and Victor Anichebe all make way, with the latter three not in the squad.Sunderland: Pickford; Kone, Djilobodji, O’Shea; Jones, Denayer, Kirchoff, Van Aanholt; Januzaj, Defoe, Borini.Subs: Mannone, Love, Asoro, Larsson, Khazri, Maja, Honeyman. Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Costa, Pedro. Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Zouma, Chalobah, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Remarkable Resuscitations

first_imgDoctors and families should not be too quick to unplug a comatose person. Look what can happen.Rip Van Winkless Awakens After Almost 3 DecadesA woman in the United Arab Emirates came out of a 27-year coma, reports Fox News. Her son kept faith that she would some day recover her awareness from an accident that left her unconscious in 1991. Medical Xpress calls this kind of resuscitation “very rare.”“When she saw the crash coming she hugged me to protect me from the blow,” said her son, Omar Webair, 32, who walked away from the crash unharmed.The mother would not see her son again for 27 years.“I never gave up on her because I always had a feeling that one day she will wake up,” he said.And her son? He grew devoted to his mother, walking to her hospital room and sitting with her for hours at a time. Year after year.“I believe that, because of my support for her, God saved me from bigger troubles,” he told the National.Munira Omar was not in a full coma or persistent vegetative state, but what’s called a state of “minimal consciousness” that allowed her to respond to some stimuli, but not all. She did not wake up suddenly, but slowly regained consciousness after a “holistic” treatment involving muscle exercise, physiotherapy and exposure to all kinds of stimuli. Soon after she regained awareness, she “was calling the names of family members and reciting prayers,” her son said. Medical Xpress says the news “startled the world.”Is Somebody in There?Nature writes about new techniques to help those locked inside their heads to be able to communicate. Under the headline, “Brain signals translated into speech using artificial intelligence,” Giorgia Guglielmi writes, “Technology could one day be used to help people who can’t talk to communicate.” The article implies that people are cognizant even when they cannot talk, and that speech is a highly efficient way for people to express themselves:Many people who have lost the ability to speak communicate using technology that requires them to make tiny movements to control a cursor that selects letters or words on a screen. UK physicist Stephen Hawking, who had motor-neuron disease, was one famous example. He used a speech-generating device activated by a muscle in his cheek, says study leader Edward Chang, a neurosurgeon at the University of California, San Francisco.Because people who use such devices must type out words letter by letter, these devices can be very slow, producing up to ten words per minute, Chang says. Natural spoken speech averages 150 words per minute. “It’s the efficiency of the vocal tract that allows us to do that,” he says. And so Chang and his team decided to model the vocal system when constructing their decoder.Initial experiments show promise for accessing the minds behind the disabilities, even though there is a lot of work to do to make the machine-generated sounds more intelligible. A more far-off goal is to turn their inner thoughts into machine-generated speech.We dare not trifle with human beings. Inability to communicate does not necessarily mean a person is “brain dead.” Situations involving comas can be complex and painful, but these stories should give families pause about disconnecting life support too soon. Let us hope that technology will continue to advance, giving patients ways to express their inner thoughts and feelings. (Visited 309 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Play Your Part and welcome CHAN visitors

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 9 January 2014 – Brand South Africa welcomes all soccer players and football fans to South Africa ahead of the 2014 Orange African Nations Championship (CHAN) scheduled from 11 January to 1 February 2014.Speaking ahead of the opening match, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “With games being played in Cape Town, Mangaung and Polokwane, visitors to our country will have an opportunity to experience our diversity and the unique quality of the different provinces.  However, the welcome of our people remains the same throughout the country and all South Africans look forward to hosting our visitors.”“During the 2009 CONFED, 2010 FIFA World Cup, and 2012 AFCON tournament, we showcased our warm and legendary hospitality and our love for the beautiful game. We are all ambassadors for this country so let us play our part and be good hosts during the CHAN tournament.”“We also urge South Africans to support our national team and fly the flag for our country and Bafana Bafana,” concluded Mr Matola.  Note to editorsMore information on 2014 Orange African Nations Championship (CHAN) Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.Follow Brand South [email protected]_SA ( us how you Play Your Part[email protected] #DoBestFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Arahna SinghBrand South Africa CommunicationsTel: +27 11 712 5061 Mobile: +27 (0) 82 491 2332Email: [email protected] Makhoba Email: [email protected] Mobile: 071 155 9192Email: [email protected]last_img read more

FBI Raids Web Hosts Over Wikileaks Advocates’ Operation Payback

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick The FBI has reportedly raided a Texas web host and worked with international authorities to search servers in pursuit of the anonymous leaders of the group Anonymous, who blocked the website of PayPal earlier this month in retribution to the company’s decision to stop its customers from making donations to Wikileaks. That according to an affidavit posted in part by the legal watchdog website The Smoking Gun today. Dallas host Tailor Made Services was raided on the 16th of December, the site reported.“These coordinated attacks, investigators allege,” writes The Smoking Gun, “amount to felony violations of a federal law covering the ‘unauthorized and knowing transmission of code or commands resulting in intentional damage to a protected computer system.’” How several hours of inaccessibility constituted damage to the system was not described in the part of the affidavit posted online.According to the affidavit, the investigation included the co-operation of authorities in Canada, France and Germany. As for code, the LOIC DDoS software believed to be used by Operation Anonymous remain available on the social code site Github and on SourceForge. Thousands of people have downloaded it from those sites. The software allegedly makes it easy for a user to donate their computer’s bandwidth to repeatedly messaging a target server until it is rendered inaccessible by other users.The ephemeral group Anonymous, or Operation Payback, co-ordinated a series of such attacks earlier this month against Paypal, Mastercard, Visa and others. These global leaders in money transfer were criticized for preventing their customers from donating money to the controversial website Wikileaks, despite the site having been convicted of no crimes. Clearly a sufficient number of people in the FBI believe the denial of service attacks may constitute felony-level damage to computer systems, but others have argued that the campaign falls broadly within the tradition of non-violent civil disobedience and political protest.FBI Agent Allyn Lynd, whom The Smoking Gun reports signed the affidavit, has been in the technology news media before. He lead a 2009 raid on at least two Texas web hosts over an alleged federal crime concerning unpaid bills to AT&T and Verizon. Those raids disrupted a number of co-located but unrelated businesses, including some that allege the disruption cost them millions of dollars. In this latest affidavit, Lynd argued again that he may need to disrupt some other servers temporarily in order to achieve his goal of determining which servers were relevant to his investigation. Due to the document’s incomplete publication, whether any sense of irony was appreciated is unclear.No information has been made available to date regarding any FBI or other law enforcement investigation of the denial of service and other technical attacks made against the Wikileaks website.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#international#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Bensonwood Enters the Passive House Market

first_imgBetting on steady growth ahead, the New Hampshire firm has expanded its line of prefabricated building components to include wall, roof, and floor panels intended for Passive House buildings. Bensonwood launched the PHlex brand as an outgrowth of its 9-month-old Tektoniks line as it sensed rising interest in buildings that can meet the strict energy and airtightness requirements of Passive House certification. The company was founded by Tedd Benson in 1973 to help revive the craft of timber framing. It’s since branched into a line of prefabricated single-family houses called Unity, and runs a custom design and construction firm. With the introduction of PHlex, Bensonwood joins a growing number of companies that see increasing consumer demand for high-performance houses assembled from factory-made components.RELATED ARTICLESPassive House Building in the Digital AgeFactories Gear Up for Passive House BuildingBringing Passive House to Production BuildingPrefab Passive House Partnership Hits a MilestoneUnity Homes Combines Prefab with Energy Efficiency “Since Passive House has finally started to gain traction in the mainstream, we thought that we have a lot of things figured out in our system that dovetailed very nicely with Passive House requirements, specifically in terms of airtightness,” Bensonwood Chief Operating Officer Hans Porschitz said in a telephone call. Tektoniks is the production line building system developed by Bensonwood that can be used in Bensonwood and Unity homes. Components also can be bought by outside firms that need the high-performance building parts but not the design services that Bensonwood has to offer. The availability of airtight building parts that arrive on the job site insulated and fitted with windows helps fill a void in the industry, Porschitz said. “There are a lot of architects and Passive House consultants who can design Passive House buildings, but they sometimes run into challenges when it comes to execution,” he said. “There’s not a high level, a broad base, of Passive House builders out there. They’re growing but they’re not quite there yet.” How the panels are made The exact makeup of the panels varies depending on the climate zone where the house will be built. The amount of insulation needed in Maine is obviously far different than what a designer would want in South Carolina, so the thickness of wall and roof panels would differ accordingly. A typical wall panel would start, on the inside, with a service cavity that may or may not be insulated, then an airtight layer of 7/16-inch oriented strand board (OSB), and then a structural framed wall of I-joists or sawn lumber. The exterior sheathing might be OSB — typically, Huber’s Zip System OSB — or a continuous layer of wood fiber insulation, depending on need. Cavity insulation is dense-packed cellulose. Porschitz acknowledged that there are some doubts in the industry that OSB can make a reliable air barrier. But, he said, Bensonwood has a source of good quality OSB, and blower door tests show the components can easily hit airtightness requirements for Passive House building. Bensonwood’s production facility in Keene, New Hampshire, uses sophisticated equipment from the more developed European panel market, including a computer-controlled cutting station for framing and a robot that picks up and delivers building materials where they are needed. (See the photos in the gallery above.) Once the panels roll off the production line, they can be shipped to the job site for assembly. As other high-performance panelizers also argue, using factory-produced components drastically reduces room for error on site. Crews that put the houses together mostly have to focus on the intersections between panels — where the roof meets the walls, for example, or where walls come together at a corner. Buildings can be dried in very quickly, and there is virtually no waste generated at the site. On the Bensonwood or Unity side of the business, the company typically sends a least a couple of people to the site to oversee assembly of the building. But Porschitz sees a future where Bensonwood customers are doing more of that work. “We want to get away from where we have to be involved in every aspect,” he said. “We are in a transition phase from having our own crews to ultimately having partner builders who are certified and trained to install these enclosure systems without a direct advisor from us on site.” How much do these buildings cost? Production-line efficiencies are aimed at delivering high-performance houses at progressively lower prices. But as other manufacturers also have found, building to the Passive House standard on a state-of-the-art production line isn’t necessarily cheap. How expensive? That’s hard to say, because the cost depends so heavily on the climate-driven specs for the building, as well as the distance the components must be shipped. The vagaries make it complicated for buyers and builders who are used to thinking about the cost per square foot, not the cost of the components themselves. “The price per square foot of living space is a very gooey metric,” he said. “We’re trying to get away from that.” Instead, Porschitz said, the object is to come up with a flat rate for a particular wall or roof section, depending on the required R-value, as the component sits on a truck in the company’s yard. Change is coming to a hidebound industry Building houses from prefabricated parts is more common in parts of Europe than it is in the U.S., but a number of design/build firms are adopting production-line techniques in an effort to boost the quality and availability of high-performance houses. Among them are smaller firms such as Phoenix Haus, Ecocor, and GO Logic, as well as a few larger companies, like Katerra. All of them are looking to change the way people shop for and buy new homes, while prying the building industry out of its 19th-century mindset. Porschitz said that increased media attention to the Passive House standard, a growth in conference attendance, and more inquiries from potential buyers helped convince Bensonwood of the opportunities for growth in that part of the market. “In the past,” he said, “Passive House was like a buzzword that people picked up on a fancy website but they didn’t quite know what they were talking about. What we’ve found is more and more professionals are getting certified with that level of expertise and knowledge, and that tells us that more and more want to put it into their buildings.” Porschitz, who with a colleague went through Passive House training at the Yestermorrow school in Vermont earlier in the year, thinks that smaller companies may have the edge as prefabrication takes hold. Larger firms have the financial backing to advance to the next level of technology, but they may be managed by executives who come from other industries. “What they’re lacking is the knowledge about the product,” he said. “They’re not carpenters.” Bensonwood is still a relatively small company, with $20 million to $30 million in annual sales and still overseen by its founder and his wife. “Tedd has always been fascinated with Passive House,” he said. “We’ve been eyeing it. Well-insulated enclosure systems have always been a big part of what we did as a company. It has always been on our radar.”last_img read more

Can UK smart city projects harness $7B in private funding?

first_imgTags:#financing#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#UK Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities New research identifies nearly $7 billion in funding for U.K. smart city projects if players can tap into flows of private capital.An article by UK Authority discusses the recent smart city research paper by Siemens Financial Services. The paper modeled private sector financing opportunities to make up the shortfall in public funds for British smart city projects.After looking at private funding sources in 13 countries, the study concluded that the U.K. could rustle up $6.98 billion for such projects.“Cities around the world are increasingly engaging in smart development to improve efficiency of local services, enhance sustainability, improve the lives of their citizens and develop their competitiveness,” said Siemens Financial’s Chris Wilkinson. “Private sector asset finance allows cities to make the full range of SmartStart technology investments in a timely manner.”SmartStart is a phrase used to describe smaller-scale, early stage smart city projects. Siemens Financial estimates that the top 40% of U.K. cities could be raising private sector asset financing for these types of projects.It identified certain early stage smart city technologies that can provide dependable return on investment and have already attracted asset financing arrangements. These include: vehicle routing, parking systems, building controls, improved medical technology, low-energy streetlights, road pricing and citizen self-service online.The research paper gets to the heart of one of the key challenges to smart city project development: an overreliance on public funding.City leaders are keen to verbally support the concept of smart cities, but the timeline for return on investment for these smart technologies is relatively long compared to the lifespan of a politician’s career.This makes it difficult for cash-strapped governments to justify such delayed payback when there are always other pressing problems that could reap benefits quicker. And this predicament is common the world over, not just among U.K. municipalities.Two main avenues of UK private sector fundingUK Authority managing editor Mark Say identifies two main avenues for private sector financing.“It can work on a project-by-project basis, often extending over a matter of decades, for initiatives with a proven RoI,” he says. “This is akin to public-private partnerships that tend to be large, complex, involve a consortium of financiers and fix the rate of return for the length of the project.”He says the other potential financing source is through asset financing. This is a short term, agile option often employed by companies for buying equipment to drive growth.“In the smart places context it would apply to projects such as a smart routing system or an energy-efficient building, which require smaller investments and can show a well-proven RoI,” he says. “The projects can stretch from a few months to a few years, and generate savings that are often realised in relatively quick time.”This comes as industry pundits are urging big government to butt out of smart city development. They instead want this left to local governments and companies who can more flexibly grow these initiatives. How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…center_img Donal Power How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Related Posts last_img read more

Firefighters halt spread of Rangeland Fire near San Diego Zoo Safari Park

first_img#RangelandFire [update] off Rangeland Road and Highway 78 in Ramona (San Diego County) is now 150 acres and 30% contained. Forward spread stopped.— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) August 9, 2018Police shut down a stretch of SR 78 near the burn zone as crews worked to subdue the blaze, dubbed the Rangeland Fire, on the ground and aboard air tankers and water-dropping helicopters.By 3 p.m., the fire was no longer an imminent threat to structures as personnel made good progress toward extinguishing the fire, Cal Fire advised.As of 4:30 p.m., the crews had halted the spread of the fire and had the roughly 150-acre burn area about 30 percent contained.The fire was burning near the site of a blaze that blackened an estimated 365 acres two weeks ago, causing no reported structural damage or injuries. **SIGALERT** San Pasqual Vally Rd closed between Bandy Canyon and Weekend Villa for approx the next 4 hours. Please use alt routes and stay clear of the area due to fire.— San Diego Police Department (@SanDiegoPD) August 9, 2018 Dan Plante, KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:54 PM August 9, 2018 Firefighters halt spread of Rangeland Fire near San Diego Zoo Safari Parkcenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN PASQUAL (KUSI) — A fast-moving wildfire threatened homes near Ramona Thursday afternoon while charring scores of open acres east of San Diego Zoo Safari Park.The blaze erupted for unknown reasons about 1 p.m. off the 18000 block of state Route 78, near Rangeland Road in northern San Diego, according to Cal Fire.In less than 90 minutes, the flames had spread to the east over about 150 hilly acres and were posing immediate hazards to houses in the rural area, the state agency reported. Posted: August 9, 2018 Dan Plante, KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitterlast_img read more