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Fans on Twitter react to news QPR still want Hoilett

first_imgQPR fans on Twitter gave a mixed response to news that Rangers are still hoping Junior Hoilett will return to the club.The winger is a free agent, having so far failed to secure the top-flight move he has been looking for since rejecting a new contract at Loftus Road.Director of football Les Ferdinand said this week that the door is still open for Hoilett and that Rangers would like him to return.And some supporters would also be happy to welcome him back, although some feel it should only be on significantly reduced wages.This makes me happy https://t.co/xZHXtY7zR9— J. (@HoiIett) September 7, [email protected] @WestLondonSport Yep – why not. He would add to the squad. That’s what we are looking for. Anyone to improve what we have.— Rajeev Datta (@rajeevdatta) September 7, 2016I know I’m on my own but I’d take him back in a heart beat. Can be very good at this level https://t.co/Qe9hkIJweR— Mr QPR (@QPRforum) September 7, [email protected] @WestLondonSport all day long for me— Paul Gibbons (@superhoops10) September 7, [email protected] @WestLondonSport yep no brainer …. Championship experienced player exactly what we need …— Scott Perkins (@ScottyPerko1) September 7, [email protected] @WestLondonSport Yes. QPR not blessed with width considering JFH’s preferred formation. Would need to be reasonable wages.— Clayton Ravine (@samuelclayton) September 7, [email protected] @WestLondonSport yeah at £20l a week tops— Tony Risbridger (@0Risbridger) September 7, [email protected] @WestLondonSport I like him and would love him to stay!— Donna Wood (@DonnaWood10) September 7, [email protected] @WestLondonSport yes on reduced wages— J.E.D (@Ramsgatehoop) September 7, [email protected] @WestLondonSport definitely, although would have to come in on reduced wages— Sam Prior (@samprior1882) September 7, [email protected] @WestLondonSport I’d take him back. JFH seemed to be getting the best out of him, be shame to waste 4 years work— R__ _r__ks (@RobBrooks2) September 7, 2016However, other Rangers fans made it clear they would not be favour of Hoilett returning.No way… He can do one!! https://t.co/vVywNKYMDX— Garry Ramsden (@garry315) September 7, 2016Personally I still wouldn’t take him back with his attitude – not the sort of mentality we’re looking for as a club. https://t.co/uW3UAwCyyx— Shonagh (@Shonagh_25) September 7, [email protected] Hmm. Only players who want to be here please. Rather watch 100% passion and slightly less ability then vice versa.— Tommy Saline (@tommysaline) September 7, [email protected] @WestLondonSport Top player on his day but I’m happy to move on and leave the past exactly where it belongs.— George (@autogeorge) September 7, [email protected] @WestLondonSport If he’s not already committed and needs persuading doesn’t bode well for his attitude going forward!— neil flynn (@neilflynn61) September 7, 2016“I cant believe he doesn’t want to get back in so we’ll keep knocking on the door.” Sounds like a reason to close it https://t.co/TWFD45IBzF— Richard Norris (@richardnorris75) September 7, [email protected] @WestLondonSport why would anyone want a player who was holding out for another club? That failed, now were his 2nd option— modern man (@SamQpr__) September 7, [email protected] @WestLondonSport last of the mercenaries #aurevoir— Neil Gee (@_neilgee) September 7, [email protected] @WestLondonSport seriously, we have brought two wingers, we have two young wingers plus Gladwin and El Khayati, why?— balhampa (@balhampa) September 7, [email protected] no thanks— Zak Green (@Zakiemakie) September 7, [email protected] Too expensive, too erratic, too little, too late, toodleoo!— breadesign (@breadesign) September 7, [email protected] @WestLondonSport It would show the people who run the club have learnt nothing— Kevin McSweeney (@McShabby) September 7, 2016Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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SETI Mania Strikes Again

first_imgAnother unexplained anomaly has SETI enthusiasts scrambling for their telescopes.Either it’s fundraising time at the SETI Institute, or something really strange is going on. Just weeks ago, the news media were aflame with news about “Tabby’s Star” as a possible site for an advanced civilization (8/18/16). Now, Russian scientists reported a strong signal from HD 164595, a star 94 light-years away. Will this be the new “Wow!” signal? (Space.com explains the history of that.)The signal is consistent with something an alien civilization might send out, astronomers have said. But that’s just one scenario, and not the most likely one, researchers cautioned; the signal may also have resulted from a natural celestial event or terrestrial interference of some sort.Seth Shostak, playing the cautious and dispassionate scientist, warns that we may never know the cause of the signal unless we get a follow-up detection. Even non-detections, though, can serve the SETI community, in the same way bad publicity is still publicity. For instance, SETI enthusiasts still point to the “Wow!” signal of 1977 to keep the dream alive, even though nothing of intelligent origin was ever confirmed.HD 164595 is called an “earth-like” planet with one known Neptune-sized planet. The signal was phenomenally strong, Live Science says. “Based on the received signal’s characteristics, aliens would have to generate about 100 billion billion watts of energy to blast it out in all directions. And they’d still have to produce more than 1 trillion watts if they beamed it only to Earth for some reason, Shostak said.” Still, without confirmation, it is just “interesting”.New Scientist is less hopeful. “Mysterious signal unlikely to be aliens after SETI draws a blank,” Shannon Hall writes. The cosmos remains so quiet, “You could hear a pin drop.” The Russians were “either extremely lucky to detect this source in their observations, or that the transient is due to local interference or other calibration issues”, write Steve Croft of the Berkeley SETI Research Center. Nevertheless, various radio telescopes will be watching the star.Instant Recall: No sooner had we written the above than the claim was retracted:That ‘Alien’ Signal? New Observations Are Coming Up Empty (National Geographic)‘Alien’ Signal Had Earthly Cause, Russian Scientists Say (Live Science)We’re no strangers to ‘alien’ false alarms – one was caused by a microwave oven (Mark Gallaway, The Conversation)Party’s over. It was fun while it lasted.Astrobiology UpdateTwo Yale researchers have come up with “a better way to learn if alien planets have the right stuff.” Astrobiology Magazine reports on their new model that takes into account the chemical composition of a planet, not just its distance from its host star. The subject of “diamond planets” enters their discussion.Like mysteries? New Scientist printed the headline, “Mystery object in weird orbit beyond Neptune cannot be explained.” The “rebellious” TNO has a 110-degree inclination and orbits the sun backwards. “It’s wonderful that it’s so confusing,” an astronomer said.To follow up on our story about Proxima b, the newest “earth-like planet” candidate (8/25/16), New Scientist now says that the star may be blasting away the planet’s atmosphere. Red dwarf stars are notorious for sending out massive flares that would fry any life on an orbiting planet, even if it were in the habitable zone. Despite the probable bad news, Seth Shostak weighed in on the significance of finding life there, even if it is unlikely. In Live Science, he gave the reason why astrobiologists and SETI enthusiasts remain hopeful against the odds. A confirmed detection would do the following:For one, it would demonstrate that the emergence of life is not a miracle unique to Earth, Shostak said.“I think that from the philosophical point of view — set aside all the biology and other scientific implications — the philosophical import would be very substantial: sort of like being in Europe in 1492 and learning of the existence of a New World,” Shostak said.[Astena] Coustenis added that any discovery of life in the universe — even if it’s evidence of past life — would be “mind-blowing.”“It would turn around all kinds of scientific models and put everything into perspective in a very different way,” she said. “Whether life is found in the solar system or outside it, to me it’s the same thing. And either a positive or negative result would have huge implications for what we understand about the emergence of life.“Ross Anderson is surprisingly criticial of this enthusiasm in his essay for The Atlantic. “Fancy Math Can’t Make Aliens Real,” he writes. You can’t make a case for anything with a sample size of one. You can’t even make a case for life with 2,000 exoplanets now known. Evolutionary theory does not necessarily guarantee the emergence of intelligence, he argues.We can’t extrapolate from our experience on this planet, because it’s only one data point. We could be the only intelligent beings in the universe, or we could be one among trillions, and either way Earth’s natural history would look the exact same. Even if we could draw some crude inferences, the takeaways might not be so reassuring. It took two billion years for simple, single-celled life to spawn our primordial lineage, the eukaryotes. And so far as we can tell, it only happened once. It took another billion years for eukaryotes to bootstrap into complex animal life, and hundreds of millions of years more for the development of language and sophisticated tool-making. And unlike the eye, or bodies with legs—adaptations that have arisen independently on many branches of life’s tree—intelligence of the spaceship-making sort has only emerged once, in all of Earth’s history. It just doesn’t seem like one of evolution’s go-to solutions.At Space.com, Nola Taylor Redd puts out some reality-check facts about habitability. Being in “the habitable zone” is not enough, she says. The temperature of a planet depends on its interior composition as well as its atmosphere and distance from a star. The media spin now? Space.com writes, “Is the Nearest Alien Planet Proxima b Habitable? ‘It’s Complicated‘.”The bad news is usually outweighed by the hope. Astrobiologists have their evolutionary “scenarios” that are almost guaranteed to popular the universe with life, some of it like ours. On PhysOrg, a “geospatial expert” delivers her post-mortem spin, describing all the wonderful spin-offs that might come from imagining aliens out there.The thing to note here is the mental attitude of the SETI enthusiasts. Their minds are geared up for a big find. Based on their evolutionary worldview, the universe must be populated by other intelligent beings like us. They really expect to make contact at any time. It escapes their notice, of course, that they must use intelligent-design reasoning to infer aliens as the source of an anomalous signal (see Shostak try to work his way out of that trap, 12/03/05).So what if they do make contact? Could this be part of the great deception that the Apostle Paul spoke of in II Thessalonians that would precede the coming of the Lord? Jesus warned of false christs and false apostles in the last days who would perform great signs and wonders that might “lead astray, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24). SETI would be the perfect setup for Satan. He could engineer a signal to deceive the world. Most SETI enthusiasts believe that aliens are probably far older and wiser than humans, and have much to teach us. Satan would love to fill that role.Given the prepared minds of the world’s intellectuals, many could fall for the deception. Satan doesn’t even need to mimic a communication; just evidence of an advanced civilization would be enough to send the secular science community, the media and the world to believe the lie. Then he could indwell the anti-Christ and his false prophet on earth, pretending to proclaim knowledge from the aliens to save humanity. They’ve already rejected their Creator and chosen to live in sin and self-love. “Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (II Thessalonians 2:11-12). Satan gets a brief time of glory before the Lamb returns in power like a Lion, destroying Satan along with his lies and his dupes.“See, I have told you beforehand,” Jesus said to his disciples. The deception may not come in the form of SETI, but it is coming. Be prepared. Watch. Wait. He who endures to the end will be saved, Jesus said. Only the redeemed, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, will have the power to endure. He won’t let a single one out of His hand. (Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Immelman a ‘Compleat’ winner

first_img21 February 2007Trevor Immelman was named SA Golf Digest Player of the Year in December. Now another South African publication, Compleat Golfer, has concurred with that decision, naming Immelman its Golfer of the Year. The award caps a fine 12 months for the world number 13.Immelman really made his mark in the US in 2006, enjoying a superb year on the PGA Tour. He was named Rookie of the Year after finishing ninth on the money list, and also secured his first win on the Tour with victory in the Cialis Western Open.Apart from that victory, Immelman came close to other wins twice, as he lost in a playoff to Jim Furyk in the Wachovia Championship and finished runner-up in the EDS Byron Nelson Championship.His earnings of over US$4-million were a record for a rookie. They were also enough to keep him just ahead of tenth-placed Ernie Els and eleventh-placed Retief Goosen on the money list.Five-Star Golf Club awardsCompleat Golfer also announced its Five-Star Golf Club awards, with recognition going to the following South African layouts: Pezula Championship Course, Royal Johannesburg & Kensington, Sun City, Pecanwood, Fancourt, Leopard Creek, Arabella Country Club, Country Club Johannesburg, De Zalze, Steenberg, Erinvale, Atlantic Beach, Selborne, and Prince’s Grant.Golf Digest’s top 10 saw Leopard Creek Golf Estate and C.C named number one for the third year in succession. Following the Malelane course was the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City, The Links at Fancourt, Durban Country Club, Arabella Estate and Golf Club, the Wild Coast Sun Country Club, Glendower Golf Club, The River Club, George Golf Club, and Pecanwood Golf and Country Club.Bobby Locke Trophy winnerMohammed Tayod picked up Compleat Golfer’s award for the Sunshine Tour’s Leading Rookie, receiving the Bobby Locke Trophy. Former winners include Immelman, Retief Goosen, David Frost and Charl Schwartzel.Schwartzel, who gave up his position in the WGC Accenture World Matchplay Championships in order to chase his third Sunshine Tour Order of Merit title at the Telkom PGA Championship this weekend, received the Gary Player Trophy for the leading stroke average on tour. He also won the Syd Brews Trophy for winning the 2005/06 Order of Merit.The Ladies Amateur Golfer of the Year award was shared by the South African team of Ashleigh Simon, Kelli Shean, Stacy Bregman and Sandra Winter (non-playing captain), who captured the Espirito Trophy for winning the World Amateur Team Championships in Stellenbosch in October.Other winnersAmong the other award winners, Sunshine Tour pro Kevin Stone, who took victory in the Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour at Pezula in 2006, was named PGA Club Pro Champion of the Year, while Dale Hayes received a Lifetime Achievement award for services and support of the PGA.Branden Grace was named Men’s Amateur Golfer of the Year, while Junior Golfer of the Year went to Rhys West, and Ben van Zyl won the Nedbank Disabled Golfer of Year award.Two men were recognised for their Contribution to Golf. Robbie Marshall, co-founder and CEO of Golf Data, who has spent 25 years in golf course design, was recognised along with the late Sid Brews, who won the South African Open eight times. Brews’ son Harry accepted the award on his behalf.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Calculate your carbon footprint

first_img27 October 2008Global conservation organisation WWF has partnered with messaging solutions company BulkSMS to launch MyCO2Print, South Africa’s first mobile carbon footprint calculator.WWF spokesperson Carolyn Cramer explained that MyCO2Print was primarily an awareness tool.“It is far simpler than the carbon footprint calculators available on the web,” she said in a statement earlier this month.“We wanted a tool which would enable South Africans to measure their carbon footprint in terms of travel and energy use, and to try to improve it on a monthly basis.”MyCO2Print provides users with an approximate rand value of carbon emissions they are producing, with the calculation based on figures derived from the Stern Review.According to online encyclopedia Wikipedia, the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change is a 700-page report released in October 2006 by economist Lord Stern of Brentford for the British government. It discusses the effect of climate change and global warming on the world economy.“Although not the first economic report on global warming, it is significant as the largest and most widely known and discussed report of its kind,” the Wikipedia entry says.The tool also records users’ data and allows for a comparison of results on a monthly basis.Youth focusWhile MyCO2Print will be useful to everyone, Cramer says the organisation is particularly hopeful that it will be relevant to the “younger generation”.“We envisage school teachers using it as an innovative tool in the classroom to educate [students] on climate change and the environment.”To try out the MyCO2Print mobile carbon footprint calculator, sms the word “CO2” to 34017 using a WAP-enabled cellphone. The SMSs are charged at R2.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more