QPR v Hull: Dunne urges Londoners to follow Tigers’ blueprint for success

first_imgRichard Dunne has urged QPR to follow Hull City’s blueprint for success.The Tigers visit Loftus Road this weekend for the first game of the season, fresh from progressing to the next qualifying round of the Europa League, and Irishman Dunne knows they will provide a stern test.The no-nonsense defender knows a number of current Hull players, like Paul McShane and David Meyler, through the Republic of Ireland national team, and he appreciates the quality of new faces like Tom Ince and Robert Snodgrass, who were added over the summer as they look to build on last term’s success.“The players they signed [last summer] were what we’re trying to do, in terms of knowing the league and at a good age,” Dunne said.“They got them in early [last summer], played well and probably surprised a few people, but over the course of the season they did brilliantly.“They’ve got European football this season which might make it more difficult for them, but again the manager has strengthened with more British players coming in. They are going to be a good side again.” 1 Richard Dunne in pre-season action for QPR against Leipzig last_img read more

JUST FOUR COMPLAINTS TO RTE OVER DOG-DROWNING FILM

first_imgJUST four people have complained to RTE over the showing of a 1970 Donegal documentary which featured the drowning of a dog, the station has said.The film – made on Gola Island – examined the declining population there. It was re-broadcast as part of RTE’s 50th anniversary.However six minutes into the documentary, it showed how a family pet was tied up and chucked overboard from a boat taking them to the mainland. The footage showed the collie pet struggling to stay above water before disappearing in a burst of bubbles as it perished beneath the tide.The film sparked huge controversy last week with complaints from some viewers about the programme, with some believing the scene should have been edited out.However RTE said the continuity announcer had warned viewers before the broadcast last Tuesday about possibly distressing scenes.“We have received four complaints,” said a spokeswoman. PREVIOUS ARTICLE HERE:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2012/01/05/horror-as-rte-show-footage-of-dog-being-drowned-off-donegal-coast/© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comJUST FOUR COMPLAINTS TO RTE OVER DOG-DROWNING FILM was last modified: January 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dog drowninggola islandlast_img read more

Marseille and Inter Milan meet at Griffin Park

first_imgTwo of Europe’s biggest clubs go head-to-head in the second semi-final of the NextGen Series at Brentford’s Griffin Park on Wednesday night.The academy sides of Inter Milan and Marseille are competing for a place in the final of a new tournament which has been dubbed ‘the Champions League of youth football’.Tickets are £5 for adults and £2 for under 16s.Sixteen of the continent’s top clubs took part in the group phase which began back in August, with Aston Villa, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur representing England.Of those clubs, Liverpool went the furthest, getting knocked out in the first semi-final by Ajax.The winners of tonight’s game will face the Dutch team in Sunday’s final at Leyton Orient’s Brisbane Road ground.last_img read more

QPR v Brentford: past Loftus Road derbies

first_imgJust a week after Brentford host Millwall in another London derby, the focus shifts to a far more localised affair. On 10 November, the Bees will visit Loftus Road for a second-tier match for only the eighth time, hoping to equal an all-time record of four consecutive visits unbeaten. Both sides have had indifferent first halves to the season and, while Brentford were once favoured in the betting for Championship promotion, they have since stumbled and former relegation favourites QPR could be looking to overtake them and push on.Last August, Brentford maintained their hoodoo over QPR with a 4-1 drubbing at Loftus Road in the EFL Cup.The last encounter here was certainly a memorable one.QPR 2-2 Brentford (27 Nov 2017)A midweek derby under the Loftus Road lights is always a spectacle to behold. After a goalless first half, it looked like it was going to be another damp squib, but a Danish dynamo would quickly change that. Whatever was said in the visitors’ dressing room at half-time clearly had a profound impact on Lasse Vibe, who opened the scoring just seven minutes after the restart.After Brentford weathered the expected QPR fightback, Vibe netted what appeared to be the killer second goal nine minutes from time. Rangers fans left in droves as their red and white counterparts partied in the visiting section, but on 93 minutes, QPR pulled a goal back. Matt Smith nodded home the goal that started the comeback, and then knocked down just a minute later, enabling Luke Freeman to pounce and equalise.QPR 1-0 Brentford (11 Nov 2003)With Brentford odds-on at most bookmakers to beat Millwall, prior to their meeting with the Lions on 3 November, there is clearly a lot of faith in Brentford when it comes to London rivalries. With Brentford also having odds of just 5/2 against their promotion prior to said clash, the informed neutral is currently far more inclined to use betting offers (such as a £30 free bet) to back Brentford rather than QPR. Fifteen years ago, however, there was no doubt at all as to which team had the greater standing.Back in November 2003, QPR were gunning for promotion, and hosted a relegation-threatened Brentford on Remembrance Day. While there was just one goal in this clash, the game was not short of passion. By this time, QPR were in the midst of their third season in the third tier of English football, and growing ever more adrift of its former heights. After an opening run of just one defeat in thirteen matches, QPR were on their own slide, having taken just five points from the previous twelve.It was Tony Thorpe who rose to the challenge, scoring two minutes before the break. Though Brentford put their hosts under immense pressure after it, the Hoops held out – and gained promotion six months later.QPR 1-3 Brentford (9 February 1946)With Brentford unbeaten in their last three visits to Loftus Road across all competitions, just one clean sheet on 10 November will be enough to see the club equal its existing record of four without defeat there. That record was set in February 1929, when both clubs occupied Division Three (South), which was then the third tier of the league system.Brentford also have the accolade of winning the only ‘hoops v stripes’ FA Cup derby ever played here, doing so back in February 1946. Gerry McAloon was in the midst of a heady season, and having turned around a 2-1 deficit in the second leg of the previous round with a hat-trick, scored the opener at Loftus Road. Fred Durrant and Dai Hopkins added the killer goals, with QPR producing only one in response. Brentford sealed progression to the sixth round after a 0-0 draw in the return leg. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

South Africa sets new Aids targets

first_imgThe government has set itself the target of getting 80% of HIV-positive South Africans on antiretroviral treatment by 2011, while bringing the rate of new HIV infections down by 50%. 3 June 2009 President Jacob Zuma, in his state of the nation Address in Cape Town on Wednesday, said the government was concerned at the deterioration of the quality of health care, aggravated by the steady increase in the burden of disease in the past 15 years. During his budget speech on February, former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel allocated an additional R932-million to the Health Department’s HIV/Aids grant in 2009/10. He said the government had to work together with stakeholders to improve the implementation of its HIV/Aids treatment and care plan, which aims to reduce the rate of new HIV infections by 50% by the year 2011. “We have set ourselves the goals of further reducing inequalities in health care provision, to boost human resource capacity, revitalise hospitals and clinics, and step up the fight against the scourge of HIVAids, TB and other diseases,” Zuma said. These funds were expected to be used to screen more pregnant women for HIV and to phase in an improved drug regimen to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission. Comprehensive treatment Budget allocation Over 630 000 people are on government’s anti-retroviral programme currently, and the medium-term expenditure framework provides for an increase to 1.4-million people by 2011/12. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SA firms ‘planning higher wages in 2013’

first_img20 March 2013 Workers in South Africa can expect to see higher wage increases than their global counterparts in 2013, according to the latest Grant Thornton survey on international business trends. Grant Thornton’s International Business Report, based on interviews of 3 450 chief executive officers in November and December 2012, indicates that 68% of South African businesses will increase salaries in line with inflation this year. More than a quarter of South African businesses – 26% – will increase wages by more than the rate of inflation, while less than 5% will not increase pay at all, the report shows. Only 15% of BRIC (Brazilian, Russian, Indian and Chinese) businesses, and 14% of global businesses overall, will offer increases higher than inflation in the year ahead, while approximately half the businesses in each of these geographical areas will offer increases in line with inflation. “South Africa’s labour unions and collective bargaining councils ensure that employees get salary increases every year, which sets the tone for the private sector,” managing partner of Grant Thornton Cape, Ian Scott, said in a statement on Monday. This was also reflected in Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Speech on 27 February, when Gordhan reaffirmed the government’s focus on poverty, unemployment and inequality eradication. “We applaud government for raising this concern so vocally in the Budget Speech 2013,” Scott said. “However, while pay rises are certainly a necessity to help eradicate poverty concerns, unrealistic wage hikes will only bring added pressure to an ailing economy.” Scott said another concern to deal with was a skills shortage epidemic, which is exacerbated by lack of qualifications and experience. “South Africa urgently needs to address the enormous dichotomy between the skills shortage and unemployment,” he said. “We need to find innovative solutions, for example, initiatives that allow a percentage of the total workforce to be treated more flexibly.” The report also showed, however, that 43% of the country’s businesses hired more people and that Gauteng province saw the highest employment increases – 48%. This was in line with BRICS countries, which averaged a 45% increase. Staff retention was also an area South Africa did well in. “When questioned about staff retention, more than a third of SA businesses (37%) experienced no staff retention problems, while only 7% of BRIC businesses claimed the same,” the report said. Grant Thornton’s International Business Report surveys listed and privately held organisations and provides insight into the views of over 12 500 companies annually across 44 countries. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Twitter Upgrades Android App – Users Still Denied Official Push Notifications

first_imgLast September we interviewed a number of User Experience experts from throughout the tech industry about what push notifications would mean for the iPhone. I think the most important response came from Aviel Ginzburg, UX guy at Seattle-based Untitled Startup, makers of Twitter bulk-conversation analysis tool RowFeeder. I think Ginzburg’s predictions for what iPhone push would mean to Twitter users have proven correct. Check them out and ask yourself, “ought not Android users be offered this as well?”“Those of us who have been using Twitter since the days that it was largely (entirely) text messaging driven perceive Twitter much differently than mainstream users.“Two days ago I was having coffee with a friend of mine, who has been on Twitter for a little over a year (tweets everyday, DMs, @replies people, and even owns an iphone w/Twitter for iPhone) and as my phone beeped over and over again, she asked me if something was wrong. I said no, I just get my DMs text messaged to my phone. Her response was, ‘you can do that?!’“She has been using Twitter like people use Facebook, as a way to consume (mainly) and share content in a ‘on your own time’ fashion. When she uses Twitter, she really uses it, but in controlled bursts when she is physically engaging.“The way that the site has been restructured in the past several months including the new search, celebrity, and brand focus, categories, featured tweets, promotions, etc have drawn in the mainstream in such a way that they aren’t perceiving Twitter in the way that the early adopters do – as a real-time communication platform that will one day replace text messaging, email, and even phone calls. Just look at the Twitter homepage… it’s a text media consumption site.“With the announcement of push notifications, they’re bringing the messaging platform core value proposition back to the forefront, and pushing the mainstream, who joined Twitter for entirely different reasons, to experience Twitter in the same way us early adopters do — as a real-time communication channel that you never disconnect from. The concern of course is: have these users really signed-up for entering a service where the are expected to be available and engaged at all times?“It may seem like a small and logical update (cut out the text messaging middle-man), but really, Twitter is going to be dramatically changing the way its mainstreams users experience and use Twitter.”We asked Twitter for any details about push on Android. Their response, “nothing to share right now.” Twitter announced a new version of its app for Android today, which it says is now one of the top 5 most popular ways to access Twitter. The new version is easier to read updates on without having an account, has more granular search options and interface more like the one iPhone owners see.What may be most notable though is the abscence of new features. Twitter for iPhone got push notifications for @ mentions and direct messages a whole three months ago. Twitter said at the time that it hoped to add push to Android soon, but it’s not in this new version. Also missing: any ability to log in to multiple accounts. Other power-user features may or may not come to Twitter’s official app someday, but the abscence of official push notifications is a real loss.Twitter on Android does perform periodic polling for replies, but it’s not in real time like real push notifications and users complain about the cost to battery life.Perhaps Twitter aims its own app at the most mainstream of users, the people it imagines mostly reading Tweets from famous people and a few friends or family, and assumes the rest of us feature-hungry types will get our fix from 3rd party apps. That could be a good strategy. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … marshall kirkpatrick Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Total proctocolectomy and ileal- anal pouch

first_imgDefinitionTotal proctocolectomy and ileal-anal pouch surgery is the removal of the large intestine and most of the rectum. The surgery is done in one or two stages.Alternative NamesRestorative proctocolectomy; Ileal-anal resection; Ileal-anal pouch; J-pouch; S-pouch; Pelvic pouch; Ileal-anal pouch; Ileal pouch-anal anastomosis; IPAA; Ileal-anal reservoir surgeryDescriptionYou will receive general anesthesia right before your surgery. This will make you sleep and unable to feel pain.You may have the procedure in one or two stages:Your surgeon will make a surgical cut in your belly. Then your surgeon will remove your large intestine.Next your surgeon will remove your rectum. Your anus and anal sphincter (the muscle that opens your anus when you have a bowel movement) will be left in place.Then your surgeon will make a pouch out of the last 1 1/2 feet of your small intestine. The pouch is sewn to your anus.If you have an ileostomy, your surgeon will close it during the last stage of the surgery.Why the Procedure Is PerformedThis procedure may be done for:Ulcerative colitisFamilial polyposisRisksRisks for any surgery are:Blood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungsBreathing problemsHeart attack or strokeInfection, including in the lungs, urinary tract, and bellyRisks for this surgery include:Bleeding inside your bellyBulging tissue through the cut, called an incisional herniaDamage to nearby organs in the body and nerves in the pelvisScar tissue that forms in the belly and causes a blockage of the small intestineThe place where the small intestine is sewn to the anus may come open (anastomosis), which can be life threateningWound breaks openWound infectionsBefore the ProcedureadvertisementAlways tell your doctor or nurse what drugs you are taking, even drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.Before you have surgery, talk with your doctor or nurse about the following things:Intimacy and sexualityPregnancySportsWorkDuring the 2 weeks before your surgery:Two weeks before surgery you may be asked to stop taking drugs that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), Naprosyn (Aleve, Naproxen), and others.Ask your doctor which drugs you should still take on the day of your surgery.If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your doctor for help.Always let your doctor know about any cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illnesses you may have before your surgeryThe day before your surgery:Eat a light breakfast and lunch.You may be asked to drink only clear liquids, such as broth, clear juice, and water after noon.Do NOT drink anything after midnight, including water. Sometimes you will not be able to drink anything for up to 12 hours before surgery.Your doctor or nurse may ask you to use enemas or laxatives to clear out your intestines. They will give you instructions.On the day of your surgery:Take the drugs your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital.After the ProcedureYou will be in the hospital for 3 to 7 days. By the second day, you will most likely be able to drink clear liquids. Your doctor or nurse will slowly add thicker fluids and then soft foods as your bowel begins to work again.While you are in the hospital for the first stage of your surgery, your nurse and doctor will teach you how to care for your ileostomy.Outlook (Prognosis)You will probably have 4 to 8 bowel movements a day after this surgery. You will need to adjust your lifestyle for this.Most people recover fully. They are able to do most activities they were doing before their surgery. This includes most sports, travel, gardening, hiking, and other outdoor activities, and most types of work.ReferencesCima RR, Pemberton JH. Ileostomy, colostomy, and pouches. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Sleisenger MH, eds. Sleisenger & Fordtrans Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2010:chap 113.Fry RD, Mahmoud N, Maron DJ, Ross HM, Rombeau J. Colon and rectum. In: Townsend CM, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 52.Cunningham D, Atkin W, Lenz HJ, Lynch HT, Minsky B, Nordlinger B, et al. Colorectal cancer. Lancet. 2010;375:1030-1047.Review Date:12/10/2012Reviewed By:Robert A. Cowles, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, and Stephanie Slon.advertisementlast_img read more

Helping State Competition

first_imgRepresentatives from five States and Territory’s came to TFA to discuss State competitions. Wednesday saw Peggy Sanders from the Northern Territory, Phoebe Burgoyne-Scutts from the ACT, Lewis Tuck from Victoria, Mitch Collins from WA and Renee Bryant from SA come to TFA in Canberra to discuss competition development.The aim of the meeting was to create best practice guidelines for State Competitions. It was of benefit to streamline competitions, for other development opportunities.There was also a visit from BMTA’s Matt Hall. BMTA is Australia’s best-run affiliate, and Matt was there for competition analysis. This meeting will help all State-based competitions, and ultimately affiliates.last_img read more