Half-time: QPR 0 Doncaster 1

first_imgQPR – without a win or even a goal in their previous three matches – went behind to Theo Robinson’s goal three minutes before the break.Niko Kranjcar had their best chance during a first half in which they lost Junior Hoilett to injury.Hoilett limped off in the 12th minute at Loftus Road, where Doncaster belied their lowly position – and the wet and windy conditions – by causing problems with their slick passing and movement.Charlie Austin, back in the Rangers side following a hamstring problem, had a header from Joey Barton’s right-wing cross well saved by goalkeeper Ross Turnbull.And when Danny Simpson’s low cross fell to Kranjcar, the Croatian shot wide of the target.Rovers have been a threat on the counter attack, with Mark Duffy just failing to connect with Robinson’s cross and Richie Wellens shooting narrowly wide after jinking his way into the box.The visitors’ deserved breakthrough came when Yossi Benayoun, making his home debut, was robbed by Federico Macheda, who sent Robinson through for the striker to fire into the bottom corner.QPR: Green; Simpson, Onuoha, Dunne, Assou-Ekotto, Barton, Kranjcar, Hoilett (Phillips 12), O’Neil, Benayoun, Austin.Subs: Murphy; Traore, Hill, Johnson, Carroll, Henry.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

New A’s reliever dealing with right hip issue

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — The A’s are taking it easy with one of their most valuable bullpen arms.Reliever Joakim Soria is dealing with right hip tendonitis and was held back from any hard-throwing activities during Tuesday’s workouts.“We’ll just see how he feels today after playing catch,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “It’ll probably be a couple of days and then see if we can get him off the mound.”Signed to a two-year deal in the offseason, Soria brings closing experience to the club having saved 220 …last_img read more

Will Royalties Kill The Streaming Rdio Star?

first_imgTags:#music#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… brian proffitt The ongoing tug-of-war between musicians, record labels and digital content providers inched a little more towards artists this week with the introduction of an innovative paid-referral plan from streaming provider Rdio. The new program pays artists a flat $10 fee for every user they refer, a rare form of direct-to-artist revenue in the music streaming business. But it’s only the latest move to renegotiate the flow of money in the world of digital music – and now even Congress is weighing in.Rdio’s artist program is trying to play to both artists’ vanity and their pocket books. Not only will musicians get an immediate benefit for any new subscriber that joins Rdio, if they can help boost Rdio’s current 10-million-user subscriber base to challenge Spotify’s reported 33 million users, that should also increase overall payments to artists from royalties down the road. Of course, other than that up-front fee, Rdio’s royalty payments won’t provide much padding for musicians’ wallets, primarily because Rdio, like competing services Spotify and MOG, pays royalties directly to the record labels, not to the artists.Where The Streaming Music Money GoesAll three of these services essentially negotiate their royalty rates with the record labels in the same way – directly – which can take forever. Royalty arguments actually delayed Spotify’s entrance into the U.S. market by two years, and according to Casey Rae, co-director of the Future of Music Coalition, the three major U.S. labels ended up taking an equity stake in Spotify to make sure they could squeeze every last drop of juice from the service provider.Since these deals are private, it is not known how much each service has to pay to individual labels. It is estimated that Spotify pays anywhere from 70% to 97% of its subscription-based revenue to music distributors, depending on who you ask.Pandora, on the other hand, handles things differently, Rae emphasized in a recent interview. “Pandora can play anything it wants,” he explained. “Their license is a statutory license that pays the artist directly.” The royalty is split down the middle with a music label if the artist is signed with one.That rate, as the law proscribes, amounts to over 50% of Pandora’s revenue. As a non-interactive music streaming service, Pandora has to pay the highest rate bracket within the statute, far higher than satellite or cable TV providers have to pay for their music streaming services. Broadcasters, meanwhile, don’t have to pay anything, unless they stream their content on the Internet, at which point they have to pay the same rates as a service like Pandora or Clear Channel.The Laws of the LandTwo bills now in Congress are set to adjust the rate schedule for these services toward what could be more fair treatment of the streaming services.First is the Internet Radio Fairness Act of 2012, which would adjust the royalty rate that music streaming services have to pay down to match the levels that cable/satellite providers pay. Broadcast stations still pay nothing.Second is the Interim Fairness in Radio Starting Today Act , which takes the opposite approach and would increase the cable/satellite provider rate to match that of the streaming providers’ – and remove the exemption for broadcasters.Needless to say, artists and record labels are much more excited about the latter bill. The music industry already complains about how little it receives from streaming broadcasters, and undoubtedly would express outrage at any reduction in royalty rates.The Last Song A service like Pandora, which has to scale up its royalty payments as more subscribers join, is already dealing with the clash between revenues it generates and the royalties it has to pay. Without a reduction in statutory payments, it is not clear how long Pandora will continue to operate.Rdio, Spotify and MOG, since they have negotiated deals with the content providers separately, would be unaffected by either of these bills passing into law. But they can’t take on much more royalty payments either. Spotify alone lost $57 million in 2011, even as it pulled in $236 million in revenue.It’s a complex, contentious issue, but unless the the royalty issues get worked out, the future of Rdio and its streaming music competitors is in jeopardy. If it costs more for them to license the music they stream than the revenue they can generate from it, they won’t stay in business long. But if they raise prices dramitically to cover royalty payments, they risk losing subscribers who can’t justify the higher fees. And as usual, you can bet that the artists, not the music companies or streaming services, will be last in line to get paid.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Working overtime

first_imgE.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Playing like their campaigns were on the line, Arellano and Perpetual Help hacked out thrilling overtime victories over higher-ranked foes last Thursday to muddle up the Final Four race of NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Caron Butler remains close to the game even after a year out of the NBA MOST READ Nicholls finished with only five points but his triple could just be the shot that might save the Chiefs’ season after they improved their record to 4-6 in a tie for seventh spot with the Altas.“It’s a special skill, making that shot,” Codiñera said of Nicholls.Kent Salado also made an impact with 17 points, seven assists and three rebounds for Arellano, which put to waste JRU gunner Tey Teodoro’s 30-point explosion.The Altas looked like a rejuvenated crew as they rolled past the Knights in the extra period. Quiet for majority of the first round, Dagangon came alive with 21 points to match teammate Prince Eze’s output. Eze, the MVP race leader, also grabbed 19 rebounds.Perpetual also got solid games from GJ Ylagan, AJ Coronel and Kieth Pido, who combined for 37 points. But it was Dagangon who made the biggest shots, hitting two straight baskets for an 82-77 advantage.Coronel and Eze sealed the win with free throws after the Knights came within 82-85 with 25 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Getting a timely explosion from Gab Dagangon, the Altas turned back the Letran Knights, 88-82, in overtime to move within a game off the Top Four.Not to be outdone, the Chiefs also played with a sense of urgency to overcome the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers, 115-109, in double overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutZach Nicholls nailed a desperation trey to send the game into a second overtime before Allen Enriquez, Kraniel Victoria and Archie Concepcion finished off the fading Bombers, who remained in third spot despite falling to 6-4.“I guess it was the stops that made it,” said coach Jerry Codiñera. “Other than that prayer shot of Zach, we were really down. But we were able to regroup and we got energy from our bench.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NCAA Season 93 Preview: Perpetual Help Altas PLAY LIST 03:32NCAA Season 93 Preview: Perpetual Help Altas03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The team just showed a lot of heart,” said Perpetual coach Jimwell Gican. “We knew we still have a chance of making the Final Four.”last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea No2 Zola: Ampadu has very important future here

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea No2 Zola: Ampadu has very important future hereby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea No2 Gianfranco Zola admits they’re delighted with the progress of Ethan Ampadu.Ahead of facing FA Cup opponents Nottingham Forest today, Zola discussed the teen.Ampadu committed his future to Stamford Bridge in September with a new five-year deal and assistant manager Zola stated he is highly rated at the club.The Blues legend said: “Ampadu is… when we spoke about Ampadu, me and a lot of staff, everybody shares the same opinion: he’s going to become an important player for this club.”He has intelligence, he has attitude. He has all the, in my opinion, qualities to become a top player. As a staff we value him a lot and when there is an opportunity he will get time.” last_img read more

Video: No. 9 Notre Dame Avoided The Upset Against Virginia On A Stunning Last-Second TD

first_imgWill Fuler sprints past Virginia defender on his way to the end zone.Will FulerNo. 9 Notre Dame used some luck of the Irish to pull out a 34-27 victory over Virginia on the road. With starting quarterback Malik Zaire out of the game with what appeared to be a serious ankle injury, and his team trailing 27-26, back-up QB DeShone Kizer took the team downfield in the final minutes, tossing the game winning touchdown to wide receiver Will Fuller with 12 seconds remaining. Fuller’s game-winning score stunned the upset-minded Cavalier faithful.  pic.twitter.com/o92NxfHftl— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) September 12, 2015Wow. What a gut-wrenching loss for Mike London and the Cavs, and what an escape for Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish.last_img read more

Ministry Welcomes New Pipes to Reduce Water Loss

first_imgMinister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, has welcomed the entry of new pipes into the market, which will provide the National Water Commission (NWC), and other agencies with a wider array of ways to reduce losses from non-revenue water.The Minister was speaking on Thursday, May 30, at the launch and exhibition of eZeeflow PPR HDPE Pipes and Fittings, a collaboration of Patrick Commodities Limited, and Gobal Hardware Inc, at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston.Pointing out that some 65 per cent of the water produced and distributed by the NWC is non-revenue, due to illegal connections, leakage, and commercial losses, Mr. Pickersgill said a part of stopping this “haemorrhaging, is a pipe network which is hardy, resistant, and long-lasting.”“I am not in a position to endorse any one product…but I welcome the choices available to our water agencies, particularly the NWC, which is seeking to upgrade and expand its infrastructure this financial year, at a cost of approximately $10 billion,” he told the gathering.Mr. Pickersgill said the expansion and diversification of the market for pipes was necessary, due to the country’s aging water infrastructure.“I am advised that the new pipes being introduced represent a revolutionary new technology that holds the promise of bringing more alternative choices for the water sector as well as the water infrastructure network, which is so critical to the delivery of potable water and sewerage services throughout the island,” he said.The Minister informed that investigations are being done, and measures being implemented to improve distribution, and reduce non-revenue water.“In the future, this will include the implementation of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition/Integrated Water Management System (SCADA/IWMS), which will improve NWC’s operations and maintenance capacity,” he explained.He noted that the deterioration of water and sewerage systems and non-revenue water is set against the background of increasing demands in water deficient areas.However, the Minister stressed that Government is addressing these issues, and will continue to strive to meet the growing needs of rural and urban populations, by continuing to improve and expand these water and sewerage infrastructure to increase access to potable water from 73 per cent to 85 per cent by 2017.Pipes, he said, are a crucial element of improving the infrastructure network, to meet this target.Poly Propylene Random Co-Polymer (PPR) is considered ‘food grade,’ lead free material, which can be used in major water distribution networks. These are used in a thermal fusion socket welding technique, which is cost effective, and fully leakage proof.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

HudongZhonghua Chooses Silverstream Air Lubrication Tech

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Silverstream Technologies Silverstream Technologies, the UK-based air lubrication manufacturer for the shipping industry, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, part of the CSSC Group, related to future LNG carrier projects.Under the MoU, Silverstream’s air lubrication technology will be integrated into Hudong-Zhonghua’s newbuilding designs for its future LNG carriers.This is expected to increase operational and fuel efficiencies, reduce fuel costs and emissions by between 6% and 8% for laden and ballast conditions, according to the company.As explained, the MoU is Silverstream’s first LNG class newbuild project. It is said to represent both the Asian market’s growing interest in air lubrication systems and its wider demand for greater efficiencies and sustainability in newbuild orders.“We are delighted … to have signed this landmark agreement with Hudong-Zhonghua, one of the world’s largest and most respected ship yards. It is a significant step for Silverstream as we expand into a new vessel class, and further grow our customer base in the important Asian market,” Noah Silberschmidt, CEO of Silverstream Technologies, commented.The signing of the MoU marks 12 months of in-depth collaboration between the two organizations, which culminated in the approval of Silverstream’s technology onto Hudong-Zhonghua’s LNG carrier newbuild designs. The duo plans to continue to collaborate in order “to drive the sales process with prospective shipowners, working together to ensure the optimum efficiency and design on future orders from the yard”.“In working closely with Silverstream over the past 12 months, we have seen the real attributes of air lubrication technology and the Silverstream System, and it was clear that incorporating it into the designs for our newbuild LNG vessels, in conjunction with other measures, would deliver optimum performance,” Danping Lou, Chief Technical Officer, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, said.“We are confident that these new vessels will set the benchmarks for vessel design and performance in the LNG sector.”Hudong-Zhonghua is a subsidiary of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, China’s largest shipbuilding group, and the second-largest in the world. It has a capacity for six to eight LNG carriers in its yard.last_img read more

Stormbattered Quebec towns preparing for effects of changing climate

first_imgMONTREAL – The windswept archipelago of Iles-de-la-Madeleine used to spend most of every winter firmly encased in the ice of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, protected from the worst effects of winter storms.But warmer temperatures in recent years mean the surrounding waters are more often ice-free, leaving the eastern Quebec island chain at the mercy of battering waves that eat away at the coastline and put vital infrastructure at risk.“When I was young and came home to the islands for Christmas, as of January the islands were surrounded, we were trapped in the ice,” Serge Bourgeois, planning director in Iles-de-la-Madeleine, said in an interview.“Now, the difference is so palpable that we’re more likely to remember winters when there is ice than those when there isn’t.”The town has recently had to move observation sites and a bicycle path away from the receding coast, and is facing the prospect of costlier adjustments in the next five years as the erosion creeps closer to more crucial infrastructure, according to Bourgeois.Other towns along the gulf and the St. Lawrence River are facing similar issues, as warming temperatures accelerate the age-old processes of erosion and flooding, according to Guillaume Marie, a geography professor and erosion specialist at the Universite du Quebec in Rimouski.“While we’re not seeing an increase in the number of storms in the St. Lawrence River and gulf, we’re seeing an increase in the number of storms that have an impact on the coast, which show there are fewer ice floes to protect them,” he said in a phone interview.With the funding of the Quebec government, the university has embarked on a multi-year project to study coastal resilience and develop tools to help eastern Quebec communities adapt to the realities of climate change.In many cases, this will mean making difficult and costly choices about what infrastructure to save and what to sacrifice, Marie says.Possible adaptation measures can include building rock walls or piles of stones, building bypasses around towns in case main roads are damaged, adding sand to beaches and planting vegetation on dunes — a natural way to try to both break up waves and prevent erosion.The best solution, Marie says, is to avoid building in risky areas — but that doesn’t help people who already live in those zones.For now, the university is consulting with towns in order to help them assess priorities, evaluate what’s working, and develop future strategies to mitigate or repair the damage.In many towns, the process is already underway.Perce, near the tip of the Gaspe peninsula, is in the midst of a vast coastal reconstruction project that gained new urgency last winter after its seaside boardwalk was washed away in a winter storm.The project, which is being financed by the province, involves first shoring up the beach with huge volumes of sand and pebbles, followed by an eventual boardwalk rebuild.Just north of Perce, the town of Gaspe has tightened its regulations to prevent new construction in certain zones after a higher-than-usual amount of flooding in the last 10 years, with more studies underway.“We are committed to continually refining our knowledge of these areas and studies are currently under way to characterize our wetlands and coastal areas,” Gaspe spokesman Jerome Tardif wrote in an email.Some towns, including Iles-de-la-Madeleine, have already had to make the unpopular decision to relocate people and homes, and Bourgeois says more tough decisions are coming.There’s no question the roads that link the islands will need to be shored up. But what about the La Grave historical site, the location of the island’s earliest settlement and fishery?“What do we do, as a collective?” he asked “Do we let the site go or try to find adaptation scenarios and put a price on it at the end of the line?”Bourgeois says that so far, he feels the Quebec government has been supporting towns’ efforts, especially when it comes to funding research and studies.But he’s wondering how the provincial and federal governments will react down the line, when more and more coastal towns are faced with huge rebuilding costs they can’t handle themselves.“If you add up the needs of coastal cities across Quebec and Canada, it’s going to be astronomical,” he said. “It’s then that we’ll know if governments are with the communities.”last_img read more

Judges retroactive change to sentence unfair Appeal Court frees man

first_imgTORONTO – A judge was wrong to retroactively change an otherwise appropriate sentence for a man convicted of drug possession without telling him, Ontario’s top court has ruled.As a result, the Court of Appeal quashed the prison term the judge had given Paul Hasiu, saying the process was profoundly unfair to him.Hasiu was already in prison serving six years for robbery when Judge Stephen Hunter, in November 2016, convicted him of possessing narcotics for the purposes of trafficking, and sentenced him to two years in custody.Hunter failed to say, however, whether the new term was to run concurrent to the earlier sentence or in addition to it — and no one at the time thought to ask.Prison authorities at Collins Bay Institution sought clarity and the answer from the court was “concurrent,” court records show. As a result and because he was due for statutory release, they let Hasiu go.Hasiu travelled to Kitchener, Ont., reunited with his family, and began work in his father’s business.However, three days after Hasiu’s release, Hunter changed the information recording the drug sentence to include the phrase: “Consecutive to current sentence being served.” He told neither Hasiu nor the prosecution. Police arrested Hasiu eight days after his release and sent him back to prison.Hasiu appealed, arguing Hunter had no right to do what he did.The prosecution countered it was “obvious” the possession sentence would be consecutive to the robbery sentence, which is why it didn’t raise the issue at the time. The prosecution further admitted an “administrative error” had occurred, but said the mistake was corrected quickly and caused minimal harm to Hasiu.“I do not believe the record supports the Crown’s position,” Justice Gloria Epstein wrote for the Appeal Court. “The amendment to the information seriously compromised the appearance of fairness and cannot be sustained.”For one thing, the Appeal Court said, Hunter made the changes without notifying the affected parties or giving them an opportunity to make submissions about them — contrary to the fundamental values of fairness and openness.For another, the change was “particularly unfair” to Hasiu by forcing him back to prison just when things were finally looking up for him, the court said.The court also found that it’s OK for judges to change a sentence after imposing it, but only where the change does not amount to a “reconsideration” of the original decision. But Hunter’s sentencing reasons did not clarify what was in his mind.“I am unconvinced that the amendment to the information is consistent with the sentencing judge’s manifest intent at the sentencing hearing,” Epstein said.The possibility therefore exists, the court said, that Hunter did change his mind after being contacted by the prison — which would be “profoundly unfair” and “could reasonably trouble an informed person.”As a result, the Appeal Court quashed the stiffer punishment and ordered Hasiu’s immediate release.last_img read more