West Ham keeper Green ‘agrees £50k-a-week deal’

first_imgWest Ham goalkeeper Robert Green is set to join QPR after agreeing a £50,000-a-week deal, The Daily Mail report.The England international, 32, will soon be a free agent after West Ham refused to meet his pay demands.It is claimed that Rangers opted for Green after briefly considering Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes.Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror say Brendan Rodgers is trying to persuade Salomon Kalou to snub Schalke and sign for Liverpool now he’s left Chelsea.Rodgers, who recently took over as manager at Anfield, knows Kalou well from his time on the Blues’ coaching staff.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Earliest Galaxy Points Out Flaws in Secular Cosmology

first_img(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 More evidence points to a fully-formed universe very soon after the beginning.Using the magnifying glass of a gravitational lens, astronomers at Johns Hopkins University have located “a galaxy dating back to a mere 500 million years after the big bang,” reported Science Magazine (Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, “Warped Light Reveals Infant Galaxy on the Brink of the ‘Cosmic Dawn’,” Science 21 September 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6101 p. 1442, DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6101.1442).   The discovery was announced in the  rival journal across the pond, Nature (Wei Zheng et al., “A magnified young galaxy from about 500 million years after the Big Bang,” Nature 489, 20 September 2012, pp. 406–408, doi:10.1038/nature11446).This is the latest of a trend to find mature structures closer and closer to the big bang – leaving cosmologists little time to go from random particles to “lumpy” structures like stars and galaxies (see links in commentary below).  This galaxy’s redshift (z = 9.6) is a record, indicating it existed close to the beginning: “Light from the primordial galaxy traveled approximately 13.2 billion light-years before reaching NASA’s telescopes,” PhysOrg stated. “In other words, the starlight snagged by Spitzer and Hubble left the galaxy when the universe was just 3.6 percent of its present age.”  Even so, the galaxy was estimated by the astronomers at 200 million years old.  This implies its formation was even earlier.  The original paper in Nature said,We estimate that it formed less than 200 million years after the Big Bang (at the 95 per cent confidence level), implying a formation redshift of ≲14. Given the small sky area that our observations cover, faint galaxies seem to be abundant at such a young cosmic age, suggesting that they may be the dominant source for the early re-ionization of the intergalactic medium.Modern cosmological theory places an “epoch of re-ionization” after the first generation of stars that ionized the interstellar medium.  Something with enough energy broke up the hydrogen gas into protons and electrons.  Nature‘s paper was pretty straightforward, explaining how the discovery was made and the math used to determine its redshift, etc.  But Science Magazine took the occasion to point out substantial gaps in current cosmological theory:In the timeline of cosmic evolution, the galaxy represents an era that is still filled with mystery. The universe was a soup of hot plasma for a few hundred thousand years after the big bang. Then the electrons and protons in the soup combined to form hydrogen. The first stars and galaxies are believed to have been born some 300 million years after the big bang. Over the next 700 million years or so, something re ionized the universe, breaking its hydrogen back into electrons and protons.Studies of the cosmic microwave background have broadly confirmed this timeline. But key early details are missing, including what led to the reionization. Many astrophysicists have suggested that ultra violet (UV) radiation from early galaxies may have played an important role.Nature probably did not have time to incorporate the latest findings from the South Pole Telescope, reported by PhysOrg.  Astronomers now put the epoch of re-ionization earlier and shorter than previously thought – between 250 and 500 million years after the big bang, not 750 or more.  Assuming stars were involved in the re-ionization, this implies “First Stars, Galaxies Formed More Rapidly Than Expected.”  The article explained the implications:The epoch’s short duration indicates that reionization was more explosive than scientists had previously thought. It suggests that massive galaxies played a key role in reionization, because smaller galaxies would have formed much earlier.But if massive galaxies played a key role, it compresses the time available for the first stars to form, the first dwarf galaxies to form, and then the massive galaxies to form.  The early birds must have been awesome.  They had to be in order to have the energy required for the re-ionization epoch: “The first stars that formed were probably 30 to 300 times more massive than the sun and millions of times as bright, burning for only a few million years before exploding.”The trend over the last decade has been for observations to exacerbate the lumpiness problem in cosmology (the puzzle that a smooth beginning produced stars, galaxies, clusters, superclusters and other “lumpy” objects, separated by large voids of empty space).  Follow the trend with these previous entries:5/30/01: Cosmologists still lack many basic answers.  How did galaxies form?  “The details are devilishly difficult to understand.”6/05/01: Quasar 800 million years after big bang.  It’s going to turn a great number of astronomical theories on their head and confirm others.”1/08/02: Universe began with fireworks grand finale.  The idea that “the fireworks ran backwards… is not at all intuitively what one would have predicted.”1/23/04:  Should cosmologists get worried yet?  “It’s not quite time for theorists to panic, but we’re getting there,” said astronomer Roberto Abraham of the University of Toronto, Canada, after announcing his group’s discovery of a startling number of mature galaxies in the young universe.”10/14/05: Old man in the stellar maternity ward.  “These chunky babies may be pointing to a cosmic crisis.  They don’t seem to fit the leading theory of galaxy formation, which cosmologists have relied on for more than 2 decades….”8/18/06: Early spiral resembles Milky Way.  It is also puzzling that the most massive galaxies were more abundant and were forming stars more rapidly at early epochs than expected from models.”9/24/06: Mature galaxy 700 million years after big bang. “The simplest explanation is that the Universe is just too young to have built up many luminous galaxies at z approximately ~7-8 by the hierarchical merging of small galaxies.”12/08/09: Hubble Ultra Deep Field.  “600 million years after the Big Bang.  No galaxies have been seen before at such early times.”12/17/10: Whopping celestial baby boom revealed in early universe. “The new glimpse of such a productive early universe – seen as it looked 3 billion years after the Big Bang – may change the way scientists think about star formation.”3/09/11: Young galaxy cluster already mature.  “Surprise!  Ancient Galaxy Cluster Still Looks Young.”4/14/11: Mature galaxy with old stars 950 million years after big bang pushes star formation earlier, suggests “that the first galaxies have been around for a lot longer than previously thought.”6/17/11: Clumpiness of distant universe surprises astronomers: twice the clumpiness per unit distance found than was predicted.1/11/12: Cosmologists forced to “In the Beginning.”  — “serious threats to our existing understanding of the cosmos.”Other examplesLook through the Cosmology links for other examples.  Upsets are common, confirmations of theory are not.  Secular cosmologists did not expect to find early maturity, like old men in a maternity ward — but they did.  Remember these stories when someone tries to pull a scientism bluff on you.last_img read more

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SA cautions against attacking Syria

first_img6 September 2013 Military intervention in Syria would have serious consequences, plunging an already volatile region into deeper conflict, the South African government has warned. Pretoria is of the view that a military attack would put peace and security in the entire region in danger and close the door on a political solution. “We are concerned that the use of chemical weapons, as deplorable as it is, will detract from the larger picture of finding a sustainable resolution to the conflict in Syria, which should remain the primary focus of the international community,” International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said on Friday. Speaking to reporters in Pretoria on current international developments, Ebrahim said the approach to the Syrian situation should be guided by the principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter. “The UN Charter, which is the supreme standard of international law, is clear that only the United Nations Security Council can mandate the use of military force, and only if other measures are deemed insufficient in bringing about a peaceful resolution of a conflict situation.” Condemning the use of chemical weapons, Ebrahim said Pretoria’s stance on prohibiting the use of chemical weapons was consistent and clear, but that conclusions on Syria should not be made prior to the release of the investigation results. The biomedical and environmental samples collected by the Swedish scientist Doctor Åke Sellstrom and his team at sites in Syria where chemical weapons were allegedly used on 21 August, have now arrived at four laboratories in Europe for analysis. The scientists are working “around the clock” to ensure a rapid result that also respects the highest professional standards and without compromising its integrity, according to the UN. Once the results are available, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon would report them “promptly” to the Security Council and all 193 UN Member States. Ebrahim said the report of the UN inspectors was vital in this regard and that its findings should be thoroughly examined for an acceptable way forward. “The UN Inspectors are uniquely placed to independently establish the facts in an objective and impartial manner,” he said, stressing that the investigators’ final report should be the basis for a decision. He said South Africa believed it was essential that a political path be supported by “a united, cohesive international effort towards a Syrian-led negotiated political transition aimed at establishing a democratic pluralistic society in which minorities are protected”. In this light, Ebrahim reiterated the call on the members of the UN Security Council to unite in purpose in moving the parties to a negotiated settlement. South Africa has maintained that only a political solution can serve to resolve the ongoing conflict in Syria and has repeatedly shown its support for an all-inclusive national dialogue, free of any form of violence, intimidation or outside interference, in order to satisfy the legitimate democratic aspirations of the Syrian people. More than 100 000 people have died in the ongoing conflict in the country, 4.25-million people have been displaced within the country, and at least another two-million are now refugees, according to the UN. US President Barack Obama and his top aides have launched a full-scale political offensive to persuade Congress to approve a military strike against Syria. Congress will vote next week on whether to support his plans. Source: SAnews.gov.za-Xinhualast_img read more

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Banyana in 4-0 win over Zambia

first_img25 August 2014Banyana Banyana outplayed Zambia in an international friendly at the Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on Sunday, recording a convincing 4-0 victory.Shiwe Nongwanya gave the South African national women’s team the lead at the break, while veteran striker Portia Modise netted a hat-trick in the second half to ensure coach Vera Pauw’s charges’ triumph in the contest.African Women’s Championships’ preparationThe match was the fifth match the Sasol-sponsored team has played as part of its preparations for the African Women’s Championships, which will take place in Namibia from 11 to 25 October.The home side enjoyed most of the possession in the opening 10 minutes of the match and put Banyana Banyana under pressure by forcing them to play in their own half.Great saveSouth African goalkeeper Roxanne Barker was forced into making a great save by tipping the ball over in the fifth minute as she denied “She-polopolo” the opening goal.In the 22nd minute, South Africa came close to breaking the deadlock, but the Zambian goalkeeper reacted well to get her hands on a cross from Simphiwe Dludlu to stop the danger.Opening goalSasol Banyana Banyana then hit the front on the half-hour mark after Nongwanya received a great pass from Refiloe Jane, before scoring from inside the box.Pauw made her first substitution of the match at the start of the second half, replacing youngster Thembi Kgatlane with Silindile Ngubane.With Banyana Banyana changing the pace of the game in the second stanza, they enjoyed the better of the ball possession.Modise’s firstModise doubled the score for Sasol Banyana Banyana in the 63rd minute after receiving a hard and low cross from Nongwanya, which she finished with an easy tap-in.With the 2012 African Women’s Championships runners-up now comfortably in charge of the match, Modise completed her brace in the 73rd minute and a hat-trick in the 90th minute as South Africa ended the match handsome 4-0 winners.Forthcoming friendlySasol Banyana Banyana travel back to South Africa on Monday afternoon to continue with their camp ahead of their next assignment in Polokwane against Tanzania on Saturday, 31 August.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Maneuvering though the Medicare maze

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Taxes come into play with more expenses — including healthcare. This month, let’s talk Medicare. Medicare is health insurance for people 65 or older, people under 65 with certain disabilities, and peopleBrian E. Ravencraftof any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) but it works like no other insurance you have known.Medicare is not a one-size-fits all system. Rather, it is made up of several parts with each part covering different aspects of health care costs. There are many decisions to be made and much to understand with regards to deciding if and/or when to sign up for the various parts of Medicare. There are also various deadlines for enrollment for the various parts with potentially expensive and permanent penalties for failing to meet them.A good place to start is an overview of the various parts and what they cover. Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) helps cover:Inpatient care in hospitals and certain limited skilled nursing facility care including services of professional nurses, semiprivate room, meals, other services provided directly by the hospital or nursing facility including lab test, prescription drugs, medical appliances and supplies and rehabilitation therapyHospice careHome health care.Medicare Part A might more accurately be called coverage primarily for nursing care. It does not cover the services received from doctors, surgeons, or anesthetists while in a health care facility. It also does not cover custodial or long-term inpatient care in a skilled nursing facility.The vast majority of people in Medicare are eligible for Part A at no cost for premiums. It is essentially paid for in advance by the Medicare payroll taxes contributed from earnings while working. It is “free” unless the enrollee or their spouse has not accumulated 10 years of work credits in Social Security. Those without enough work credits will pay a premium for Part A coverage. However, Part A services are not free. The patient is responsible for deductibles and co-payments for specific services. Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) helps cover:Medically necessary services from doctors and other health care providersOutpatient careSome inpatient care when patients are placed under observation instead of being formally admittedApproved Home health care not covered by Part ADurable medical equipmentA wide range of preventive healthcare services (with little or no cost).Unless income is low enough to qualify for assistance from the resident state, enrollees must pay a monthly premium to receive Part B services. If modified adjusted gross income as reported on the enrollee’s IRS tax return two years ago was above a certain amount the enrollee may be required to pay more.If yearly modified adjusted gross income in 2015 was:File individual tax returnFile joint tax returnFile married & separateMonthly premium in 2017$85,000 or less$170,000 or less$85,000 or less$134Above $85000 up to $107,000Above $170,000 up to $214,000N/A$187.50Above $107,000 up to $160,000Above $214,000 up to $320,000N/A$267.90Above $160,00 up to $214,000Above $320,000 up to $428,000Above $85,000 up to $129,000$348.30Above $214,000Above $428,000Above $129,000$428.60 In addition to the monthly premium the enrollee pays a share of the cost of most Part B service. This amount is almost always 20% of the Medicare approved cost.A person must be a U. S. citizen or be lawfully present in the U.S. to get Medicare-covered Part A and/or Part services.Part A and Part B together form what is known as traditional or original Medicare. The other parts make up fee-for-service Medicare.The enrollee can decline Medicare B coverage if they have other health insurance that meets Medicare requirements. If the other coverage is lost, he/she can enroll in Medicare Part B with no penalty if application is made on a timely basis. Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage)Medicare Part C is also called fee-for service Medicare. This is a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) type coverage. Medicare Part C includes:Includes all benefits and services covered under Part A and Part BUsually includes Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D) as part of the planRun by Medicare-approved private insurance companies that follow rules set by MedicareMay include extra benefits and services for an extra cost. Medicare Part D (Medicare prescription drug coverage):This is optional Medicare coverage and usually requires a premium. Medicare Part D:Helps cover the cost of prescription drugsIs run by Medicare-approved private insurance companies that follow rules set by MedicareMay help lower prescription drug costs and help protect against higher costs in the futureGenerally an HMO or PPO.Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap)Original Medicare pays for many, but not all, health services and supplies. Medicare Supplement Insurance policies, sold by private companies, can help pay some of the health care costs that traditional Medicare doesn’t cover, like copayments, coinsurance and deductibles.Every Medigap policy must follow federal and state laws and must be clearly identified as “Medicare Supplement Insurance.” Insurance companies can sell only a “standardized” policy. All policies offer the same basic benefits, but some offer additional benefits so you can choose which one meets your needs.The enrollee must have Part A and BThere are monthly premiumsCovers only one personCan’t have prescription coverage in the Medigap plan and also have Part DCosts can vary and may go up with ageGood all over the country when using doctors and other providers who accept Medicare payment.For more information about Medicare, feel free to each out to me with any questions you may have. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.com or at BRavencraft@HolbrookManter.com.last_img read more

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Police seek Amazon Echo recordings to answer murder whodunit

first_imgTags:#Amazon Alexa#Internet of Things#IoT#murder#police#voice control Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… The Amazon Echo and Google Home sold in record numbers this holiday season. These devices, which boast a similar set of features including smart home control, are designed to listen in on your conversations. These devices are like robotic people in the room, anxiously awaiting your command so they can leap into action delivering hit tracks on Spotify or turning your thermostat down.Police have issued a warrant for information gathered by an Amazon Echo owned by James Bates, an Arkansas man charged with a first-degree murder that took place in 2015. It is believed that the murder took place in Bates’ home, and that the Amazon Echo in the home may have captured vital information.See also: Amazon Alexa now has more skills; listens betterIt’s because these devices hear so much that police are interested in them. These devices could act as a virtual witness to the crimes themselves. If they happen to record something pertinent to the investigation. Fortunately for us, accessing information takes a bit more doing than dragging the Echo downtown and putting it under a hot light.In fact, very little audio is actually stored — at least according to Amazon and Google. This audio is the conversation that takes place after you say the command phrase. For the Amazon Echo, that phrase is typically “Hey Alexa.”Everything you say, now in the cloud?These conversations, which are typically short phrases such as questions about the weather or the height of the Empire State Building, are kept in the cloud and made accessible to the user to play back. This is the same on Amazon’s service as it is on Google’s. The user can choose to delete specific recordings at their leisure. This data is used to create more accurate results and to improve on voice recognition.In the case of Bates’ Amazon Echo, police have stated that they retrieved some information from the Echo itself. This is surprising, considering the Echo doesn’t have a real hard drive that would store any significant amount of data.In fact, the Echo itself requires an Internet connection to send your voice command to the cloud to be processed. Amazon has declined to hand over recordings to authorities twice, but have handed over Bates’ basic account information and purchase history.Whether or not these devices will one day be sitting in the witness chair in a courtroom remains to be seen. In any case, it’s probably a good idea not to ask your smart speaker for any tips for committing a crime. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Ryan Matthew Piersoncenter_img Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts last_img read more

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Amit Shah meets seers in Allahabad

first_imgAmid a growing demand of BJP leaders for renaming Allahabad as Prayag, party chief Amit Shah on Friday visited the Sangam city where he interacted with Hindu seers and participated in prayers and rituals. While Mr. Shah did not speak to media during his day-long visit of the city, it is being seen as politically significant as Allahabad is set to host the Kumbh Mela (formerly known as Ardh Kumbh) from January to March 2019, around the time when the campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections is expected to be at its peak.The Yogi Adityanath government plans to make the upcoming Kumbh an even bigger spectacle than the 2013 Maha Kumbh. The State claims that 120 million pilgrims and tourists are expected to visit the Kumbh Mela. The government also aims to attract at least four-five pilgrims from each of the over 6,00,000 villages in the country. NRI delegates who will attend the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas summit in Varanasi (January 21-23) during the same time would also be shown around the Mela.In Allahabad, Mr. Shah laid the foundation of a yoga and meditation centre at the Sangam and offered prayers at the Maujgiri temple of the Juna Akhara. He also inaugurated a ghat for the Maujgiri temple on the banks of the Yamuna, besides performing aarti at the Yamuna ghat, and offered prayers at the famous Bade Hanuman Mandir. Mr. Shah’s visit to Allahabad comes amid a demand by senior BJP leaders and the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP), the apex governing body of 13 major Hindu akharas in the country, to rename Allahabad as Prayag. U.P. Cabinet Minister Sidharth Nath Singh had recently written to Governor Ram Naik requesting him to rechristen Allahabad. In his letter, Mr. Singh cited the significance of Prayag in “ancient Hindu texts” as a cultural centre. Then on July 22, a delegation of seers led by Swami Narendra Giri, head of the ABAP, met Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya and pressed the same demand.Talking to The Hindu, Swami Narendra Giri said Mr. Shah had assured him that Allahabad would be renamed Prayag soon. “[My] demand has been fulfilled. There will be no hurdles. This proposal is going to be passed by the State Cabinet,” Swami Narendra Giri said.The seer also said Mr. Shah’s interaction with seers during his Allahabad trip, which included a lunch at the Baghambari Gaddi, was focused on the preparations for the Kumbh Mela. He said the Ram Mandir issue was not discussed on the day. ‘Not political’BJP spokesperson Chandramohan said Mr. Shah’s visit should not be linked to politics or the 2019 polls. “It was a spiritual yatra on the day of Guru Purnima,” he said, adding that the visit was focused on reviewing preparations for the Kumbh and also a part of his outreach programme, ‘Sampark for Samarthan’.Mr. Shah’s visit came a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicks off a two-day visit of Lucknow where he will launch 95 projects related to urban housing and infrastructure, and the Smart Cities scheme, and participate in the ground-breaking ceremony of mega projects in U.P. worth a massive ₹60,000 crore that were pledged by investors during the UP Investors Summit 2018 in February.last_img read more

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