Mason Mount picks up foot injury ahead of Derby’s clash with Chelsea

first_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow Mount’s big day could be in jeopardy But Mount suffered a knock to his foot against Middlesbrough on Saturday and was subsequently removed on the hour mark.Who is Mason Mount?Rams boss Frank Lampard, who is contending with his own emotional return to Stamford Bridge, did not give much away regarding Mount’s chances of starting.“We’ll see,” Lampard responded to questions about the midfielder’s fitness. REVEALED Lampard believes Mount can become a special player 2 Mason Mount is in a race to be fit for his dream trip to Stamford Bridge due to a foot injury.The 19-year-old, on-loan from Chelsea with Derby, was granted special permission to face his parent club in the Carabao Cup tie on Wednesday along with fellow Blues loanee Fiyako Tomori. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card BEST OF no dice “They are Chelsea players and this is an incredible opportunity for them. I don’t want to heap it on Mason but his quality, his talent and his work rate means he can be very special.“Even if he is having a game where he can’t affect anything, his work rate without a ball is outstanding and that’s what picks him out.“Mason and Fikayo deserve the chance. This is an incredible opportunity for them and they should thank Chelsea and they should thank me for making the calls.” MONEY REVEALED ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED Chelsea could be without their star man Eden Hazard as he continues to recover from a back injury, although it is likely he would be rested for the Carabao Cup anyway.Lampard, who was a team-mate of Hazard at Chelsea, described the Belgian as the world’s best player with Lionel Messi out injured.He added: “I love watching him. He’s the main man at Chelsea.” Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2last_img read more

South Africa targets new satellites

first_img7 October 2011 South Africa is planning to build its third satellite, to form part of a new African satellite constellation, as part of a government drive to grow the country’s share of the global market for small- to medium-sized space systems. “Our intention is to expand our investment in ‘micro’ satellites, building on the existing SumbandilaSat platform,” Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor told delegates at the 62nd International Astronautical Congress, the prestigious annual congress of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), in Cape Town this week. The country’s second satellite, the two-year-old SumbandilaSat, has been out of commission since a blast of solar radiation damaged its on-board computer in July. Sandile Malinga, chief executive of the SA National Space Agency (Sansa), announced last month that South Africa hoped to start building a new, fully operational satellite – not just a prototype or “pathfinder” satellite such as SumbandilaSat – as early as 2012, for possible launch by 2014/15. The new satellite would cost in the region of R400-million – compared to the R26-million spent on SumbandilaSat – and would also be used for earth observation, in line with the country’s space strategy, which seeks to apply satellite data to help to improve livelihoods, reduce poverty and manage natural disasters in the country and the region.African Resource Management Constellation Ideally, the new satellite will be one of at least four satellites together forming the African Resource Management (ARM) Constellation of satellites which was formally agreed on between South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria and Kenya in 2009. “The basic idea behind the ARM concept is that a number of African countries each contribute one satellite to the constellation, but can access data from all the other satellites as well,” Pandor said in Cape Town this week, adding that ARM was “open to other interested African countries to join on the basis of their needs and capabilities.” Nigeria and Algeria each have two satellites already up and running, Business Day noted this week, as does Egypt, while Angola has one – leaving South Africa somewhat lagging in Africa’s “space race”. “But unlike the others, we build our own satellites,” Business Day quoted Malinga as saying this week. SumbandilaSat was built by Stellenbosch-based company Sun Space and Information Systems (SunSpace). Its predecessor, Sunsat, launched in 1999, was designed and built by Stellenbosch University staff and postgraduate students, leading to the formation of SunSpace, in which the state is seeking to acquire a majority shareholding.Space facilities ‘that are unique in Africa’ “SunSpace has secured orders from international clients for satellites and subsystems, and has also demonstrated that it can train engineers in other emerging space nations,” Pandor told delegates at the IAF’s congress this week. “In the field of satellite development, South Africa possesses some space facilities that are unique in Africa. These include a satellite assembly, test and integration facility, situated not far from here in Grabouw, and a launch facility situated at Arniston [also in the Western Cape].” Further development in this field, Pandor said, would be accompanied by the development of applications for the provision of geospatial, telecommunications, timing and positioning products and services in the country. “Here we are working to develop our capabilities in earth observation, communication and position, timing, and navigation,” which would play a big role in understanding the causes and effects and climate change, among other applications. “We are particularly interested in South Africa in tele-medicine and tele-education, and we have only just begun to tap the possibilities,” Pandor said.SumbandilaSat programme ‘successful’ While SumbandilaSat is now out of action, it had succeeded as a satellite technology demonstrator programme, Malinga maintains. The satellite was designed and built from scratch in one year, at low cost, by South African engineers, who also developed a world-class mission control system for the programme. SumbandilaSat delivered over 1 000 very usable, cloud-free images before being damaged by solar radiation, and became well-known by the amateur radio satellite society worldwide for the excellent results from its amateur radio payload. “The success of the programme as assessed by the international space science community has put South Africa on the map for its ability to develop and operate small- and medium-sized satellite programmes,” Malinga said in a statement last month. “Many of the nine black satellite engineers trained as a result of the programme are still active in the satellite industry and are performing excellently.”SA exploring own satellite launch capability Malinga said that Sansa was also exploring whether or not South Africa should try to establish its own satellite launch capability. At least one South African company has an interest in this. Marcom Aeronautics & Space recently announced that it was developing a rocket engine as part of its development of a two-stage, liquid-fueled launch vehicle capable of delivering a 1 000kg payload into low-Earth orbit. Sunday Times reported last year that the government was considering reopening apartheid-era space rocket launch sites in order to fast-track the country’s national space programme. Last month, defenceWeb reported that South Africa “has existing infrastructure that could be utilised for local satellite launches, notably facilities at Air Force Base Overberg.” Marcom head Mark Comninos told defenceWeb that, although Overberg’s launch pad was destroyed as part of South Africa’s nuclear stand-down and the payload processing facility was mothballed, the site had retained almost all of its space launch capability, including mission control centre, radar and telemetry tracking facilities and range safety systems. “According to the UK Space Strategy, the overall world market for the space industry is likely to grow from £160-billion in 2008, to at least £400-billion by 2030, with a yearly growth rate of 5%,” defenceWeb wrote. “In September 2010, Space News reported that the global satellite market stands at between 20 and 30 satellite launches a year. “In April 2010, the trade publication Satellite Markets & Research said that Africa was one of the fastest growing markets for telecommunications and satellite services and is growing at nearly twice the global average of 6-7%. This growth is set to continue well into the next decade, spurred by demand for cellular and internet connectivity as well as government initiatives, Satellite Markets reported. “An estimated 20 new satellites with coverage on Africa will be launched in the next five years to address the current capacity shortage on the continent.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Socialtext Brings the Twitter Annotations Spec into the Enterprise

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#news It’s the machine-to-machine communication that makes this most significant. In many respects it’s a reminder of how far we have come since the first versions of RSS became such an integral part of the Web. RSS, Atom and other syndication technologies have shown us how the Web can be programmed for machines to communicate, trigger events and provide us with information and insights for our daily work.It’s that connection which makes annotations powerful. Apps can be connected by providing, to use a metaphor, an invisible thread that finds the event and pulls it to the surface.But is this new? It’s similar to Salesforce.com’s activity stream that surfaces events from the Force.com platform. It’s also similar to Socialcast, which pulls in updates from legacy applications into an activity stream.The annotations that Socialtext is adopting is part of a deeper effort to build on the work done in recent years to preserve what many call the open Web. The Socialtext news is also a sign that the enterprise is advancing faster with activity streams than their consumer counterparts.Today, the Web is transforming in a way that requires machines to better communicate. This is especially true in the enterprise where the Web is the network that operates both internally and externally to systems of multiple varieties, such as wireless networks and fast emerging smart systems. One trillion sensors will emerge in the next five years on everything from smart meters to heart devices. That means the Web becomes just a part of the Internet, serving as a system to connect other systems.Socialtext co-founder Ross Mayfield says activity streams are quickly evolving into application streams. As more software emerges so will be the need to connect machines to trigger events. People will be notified through this complex network. Socialtext Connect will provide the ability for events from these systems to be passed as a message that people or machines can subscribe to and follow. An application could subscribe to another application that triggers an event such as a reminder to a system to replenish an inventory system.These “app bots,” as Mayfield calls them, serve as an environment for messaging.Michael Cote, an analyst with Red Monk, made the point in conversation that there is this new interest in messaging services. Annotations fit that bill to some extent. Is middleware the new hot stuff? It is starting to seem that way as the need continues for that special glue that can connect all aspects of the dynamic supply chain. alex williams Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Socailtext is adopting Twitter annotations for a new service it is calling Socailtext Connect. The service is a method for connecting legacy apps by surfacing events that appear in an activity stream.The service, now in beta, uses the work done on the Twitter annotations spec to create a social layer that makes events in systems readable both by machines and human. The connector serves as a bridge between an on-premise or cloud-based enterprise application. last_img read more

The Four Keys to a High-Performance Home

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the fourth and last installment in a series of blogs by Michael Trolle about the construction of his Passivhaus home in Danbury, Connecticut. The first part was published as “Building My Own Passive House.”In my previous blogs, I’ve explained how the foundation, walls, and roof of my house are built using familiar American construction materials; but they are framed, air-sealed, and insulated somewhat differently from conventional building practice to create a thermal envelope that requires much less energy to heat and cool than a typical new home of the same size would use.The four critical factors are high levels of insulation, a thick layer of continuous insulation uninterrupted by framing, an airtight envelope, and great windows and doors.The result is a peak winter heating load (energy needed to heat the house on a cold winter day) of less than 6,000 Btu/hour. A new home built conventionally would require 22,000 Btu/hour. An older existing home might require 30,000 Btu/hour or more. My cost to heat the house for all of last winter was about $220, which kept the house at 70°F, which compares to a predicted cost of $1,000 for the same size home built conventionally and kept at 68°F. An air-source heat pump does the workMy house is both heated and cooled by an air-source heat pump (ASHP). This technology works by extracting heat from the outdoor air to heat the house and by dumping heat from the indoor air to cool the house. An ASHP is able to heat a house even when it is very cold outside. Mine is able to provide 92% of its rated capacity at 5°F, and it continues to work down to -17°F.Last winter, when it was -12°F, my ASHP kept us at a comfortable 70°F, and it cost me very little to operate even then. Moreover, the outdoor unit makes less noise than a person whispering in a library!While my single ASHP hangs on a wall and heats the entire 1,650-square-foot house, my company is using the same equipment to heat large homes with multiple zones. In these cases, we use ducted units to heat and cool zones of whatever size, wherever we want. The flexibility is so great, and the efficiency is so high that we have stopped using ground-source heat pumps (GSHP) altogether.While GSHPs are slightly more efficient, they cost much more to install, are difficult to maintain properly, and cannot be set up for multiple small zones the way ASHP can. Moreover, our homes use so little energy that the extra efficiency of a GSHP doesn’t matter much. ARTICLES BY MICHAEL TROLLE Building My Own Passive HouseTearing Down to Start AgainBuilding an Airtight Envelope Mechanical ventilation is a mustAirtight homes need mechanical ventilation to achieve high indoor air quality. By choosing to ventilate mechanically, we are able to bring exactly the right amount of fresh, filtered air into the house, allowing occupants with allergies or asthma to live symptom-free at home.We built a similar home in Ridgefield for a couple with allergies who described how wonderful it was to come home, shed their allergen-contaminated clothing, take a nice shower, and then enjoy life, symptom-free. There is no secret to doing this. In fact, the first home I built 15 years ago was an American Lung Association-certified Health House, which pioneered the same strategies.My Passivhaus, like all of our homes, uses an energy-recovery ventilator (ERV) to bring in fresh air and exhaust stale air. An ERV brings in exactly the same amount of fresh air as it exhausts stale air, which is called balanced ventilation. This helps to keep the air pressure in the house the same as the outside air pressure, which means that there is no pressure difference to induce unwanted air flows in and out of the house. This means that when doors are opened in the winter, there is no rush of cold air into the house, which is a nice comfort feature.My European ERV transfers about 90% of the energy in the air, in the form of both heat and moisture, from the exhaust air to the fresh air during the winter months, essentially pre-heating my fresh air almost for free. In normal operation, my ERV uses between 15-30 watts of electricity, about the same as a CFL light bulb. During the summer months, when the house is closed up and I have the AC running, the ERV transfers the heat and moisture from the incoming fresh air to the outgoing stale air, essentially pre-cooling my fresh air, again almost for free. RELATED ARTICLES Passivhaus For BeginnersJust Two Minisplits Heat and Cool the Whole HouseRules of Thumb for Ductless MinisplitsHow To Buy a Ductless MinisplitAre Affordable Ground-Source Heat Pumps On the Horizon? Designing a Good Ventilation SystemAlternatives to Clothes DryersHeat-Pump Clothes DryersEnergy-Saving Clothes Dryers Hit U.S. Markets Heating comfort with a simple systemBecause my heating requirements are so small, my house does not need a conventional central heating system. Instead, we heat only the great room using an inexpensive wall-hung heat pump, and then use a small ducted fan system to move conditioned air from the great room to other rooms.Heating only a single room in a 1,650-square-foot house only works in a house like mine with a highly efficient thermal envelope. A conventionally built American home — even a new one built to meet code — loses so much heat through the exterior walls and ceiling or roof that it can only be kept comfortable by distributing heated air to every room.Last winter, I used a heat gun to measure surface temperatures all over my house. What I found was that the interior surface temperature of my exterior walls was exactly the same as the air temperature, throughout the house, on both floors. This is possible because of the superinsulation and the airtight envelope.My European windows get slightly colder than the air but still stay within 7 F° degrees of the air temperature on a 14°F winter day. This means that wintertime window condensation is a thing of the past because the glass never gets cold enough to reach the dew point temperature. Michael Trolle is a co-founder of BPC Green Builders, in Wilton, Connecticut. This post, and the ones to follow, were originally published in slightly different versions at The HomeMonthly.com but also are available at the BPC Green Builders website. On October 7, 2015, BPC Green Builders was named Grand Award Winner in the Custom Home category in the Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Awards. A condensing clothes dryer wastes less energyIn order to maintain the airtight thermal envelope of a Passivhaus, you want the minimum number of holes, because each hole is a potential source of air leakage. One common hole in most American homes is the dryer vent pipe. A typical clothes dryer is essentially just a big electric hair dryer that heats house air, pulls it through wet clothes in a spinning drum, and then pushes it through a four-inch duct to the outdoors.This works well to dry clothes, but it uses lots of electricity to create hot air, and then wastes that energy when the hot air is expelled outdoors. Moreover, the expelled hot air is replaced by cold outside air (air in always equals air out) which enters the house through the thousands of tiny holes in the thermal envelopes of most homes.Worst of all, the vent hole in the house is never sealed well, and large amounts of cold air enter the house whenever the dryer isn’t in operation, which is 95% of the time. Depending upon the air pressure in the house, you can often feel cold, outside air as it flows into a house through the dryer. You can check yours by feeling for a draft around the door, especially when it’s really cold outside. A backdraft damper could limit this problem. Making the whole assembly airtight would help even more, but exhaust-type dryers will never be the most efficient way to dry your clothes.My condensing clothes dryer is different. Like a normal dryer, it uses electricity to heat house air and pulls the hot air through wet clothes in a spinning drum. But then, instead of exhausting the hot air to the outdoors, it pushes the hot damp air through a heat exchanger, which causes the vapor to condense (the water is then drained). The remaining hot and dry air is then returned to the house for space heating purposes. In other words, the energy used to create the hot air that dries the clothes is also used to heat the house through the cold months of the year.During the summer months, keeping the hot air in the house adds to the cooling load, which requires energy; but we live in a heating climate, and a condensing clothes dryer saves a lot of energy annually. To avoid the summer energy penalty, an old-fashioned clothesline is a great answer. The situation for cooling is no different. The same high levels of insulation and air-sealing work just as well in reverse to keep heat out. My peak summer cooling load is only 2,500 Btu/hour, whereas a new home built conventionally would need 14,000 Btu/hour. My cost to cool the house for the entire summer was about $84, keeping the house at 72°F, which compares to a predicted cost of $132 for the same size home built conventionally and kept at 78°F.The savings are smaller on the cooling side because all homes have to remove a lot of heat generated by the people, lights, and appliances inside.last_img read more

Eoin Morgan the outsider has changed the DNA of English one-day cricket

first_imgReuse this content Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Pinterest Sport Eoin Morgan is a liar, a bluffer and an outsider. They are three of his greatest qualities. In the last three years Morgan has developed into a captain of rare brilliance, with a style that resembles the great Michael Vaughan. Both brought fresh eyes and independent thought to an apparently impossible challenge – beating Australia, in Vaughan’s case, and winning a World Cup in Morgan’s.Unlike Vaughan, Morgan has never really been taken to heart by the public. It’s hard to be certain what constitutes public opinion these days, but theere is a strong sense that plenty of England fans still think the team would be better without Morgan. An alternative take is that the whole thing falls in a heap without his leadership, and that he does not get anything like the credit he deserves. He probably needs to win the 2019 World Cup for that to happen, yet it shouldn’t be contingent on that. In changing the DNA of English cricket, Morgan has already achieved something extraordinary.Since the last World Cup, England have gone from pitiful stragglers to awesome pace-setters. They are the most exciting one-day team in the world, and much of that is down to a captain who dragged them kicking and screaming into the 21st century only 15 years late. He’s the miracle worker nobody bothers to thank.It’s not easy to discuss Morgan objectively. He’s been this writer’s favourite player since 27 September 2009, when he dumped South Africa out of their own Champions Trophy with a thrilling assault. It was all so different: unorthodox, unfettered and un-English. Nobody had played one-day cricket like Morgan did in the first 18 months of his England career, when he produced a series of outrageous match-winning innings.His batting does not stand out as it once did, mainly because everyone else now bats like him, but his leadership does. Most captains are judged by what they do in the field or off their own bat; it’s rare for somebody to have such a profound influence on all the other batsmen. After the 2015 World Cup Morgan created a culture in which batsmen could express themselves and trust their instinct without fearing the consequences. To paraphrase an old Mike Brearley quote about Sir Ian Botham: the sky is not England’s limit, it’s their target. Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Twitter Share on Pinterest Cricket Eoin Morgan In the third game of their one-day series against New Zealand in 2015, England batted first and were bowled out for 302 in 45.2 overs. They lost the game and the old school chuntered about how they had wasted 28 deliveries, as if it would have been worthier to plod grimly to 171 for nine just so long as they used all 50 overs.When he was asked about it after the match, Morgan went on the counter-attack: he said he was proud of his team and that they were totally committed to a change of mindset. He did not give an inch. “We got 300 on the board – we were aiming for a lot more, which is the important part,” he said. “As long as we set the standards really high we’ll win more games than we lose playing in this manner.” Since that game, they have won 37 and lost 14.It takes a lot of strength to challenge received wisdom as Morgan has done, especially in the modern world. In hindsight, it was always going to take an outsider to change the culture of England’s one-day cricket. Though Morgan’s Irish background is a big part of that, it is not as important as his fiercely independent nature. Few players have such courage of their convictions.Morgan has an open mind, and has learned a lot from playing in T20 leagues around the world, but he also knows when to close it. He is decisive when it comes to filtering advice, and has a rare certainty that allows him to take decisions that are unpopular or unconventional: not touring Bangladesh as captain because of security concerns, leaving himself out of a T20 series decider against South Africa, taking a month off in the middle of the season. Morgan doesn’t care about perception, faux outrage, what people are saying on social media or any of the nonsense that makes so many of us compromise our beliefs to avoid a bit of hassle.You may not agree with all of Morgan’s decisions. But in an age of groupthink, it is refreshing to see somebody so intent on doing what they think is right rather than being seen to do what others think is right. And if he wants to fool around with a dildo on Jos Buttler’s stag do, that’s exactly what he’ll do.It’s difficult to know too much about a dressing-room you’ve never been in, but Morgan gives the impression of being like a cool teacher – somebody who can join in the fun without compromising their authority. You suspect most of the players would vouch for his man-management skills. The performances of Adil Rashid in particular reflect the skilful, sympathetic way he has been handled. Morgan helped an erratic, fragile leg-spinner become the second highest wicket-taker in ODIs since the last World Cup.Morgan’s use of attacking options like Rashid make him almost a must-watch captain. The middle overs are rarely boring while he is scheming. He sets booby traps for opposition batsmen, backs his hunches, has attack as the default option and generally behaves as England captains are not supposed to in one-day cricket.He also gives the impression of being in complete control. Sometimes he is; sometimes he isn’t. This is an area where Morgan does care about perception. He knows so much of international sport is about bluff, and he has worked extremely hard to develop one of the better poker faces in world cricket. This was one of Vaughan’s greatest strengths – he was inscrutable under the most extreme pressure in the field, and Steve Harmison called him “the best liar I ever met” for his ability to make the team feel confident at all times.Even if Morgan was not scoring a run, he might be worth his place as captain. Yet his ODI form is actually better than ever. Since the revolution began in 2015, Morgan has an average of 43 and a strike rate of 95. Anyone not happy with those numbers needs to watch a video of England’s one-day cricket from 1993-2015 at their earliest convenience.Morgan’s problem is that his form tends to be either volcanic or glacial, and those who do not rate or warm to him tend to only remember the latter. It doesn’t help that, when he’s out of nick, he can look pretty terrible. But then when he’s in form, he makes six-hitting look like the easiest thing in the world. Morgan has hit more sixes for England in international cricket than anybody else, a whopping 215. He has entertained us royally for the best of the decade, and he is a fiercely impressive captain. What’s not to love?Well, he was born in Ireland. It shouldn’t matter, but we all know how birthplace can affect the levels of affection towards England cricketers. He also makes little attempt to fit in. Morgan doesn’t play the game – and we don’t just mean first-class cricket. He does not court popularity or do the public-relations dance that modern society demands.The things that make Morgan such a good captain, from his cool detachment to his disdain for received wisdom, aren’t necessarily conducive to winning popularity contests. Not that he will care about that. As long as he continues to do things his way, England will win many more games than they lose.This is an extract taken from The Spin, the Guardian’s weekly cricket email. To subscribe, just visit this page and follow the instructions features Share on Facebook The Spin Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Topics Support The Guardian Morgan departs for a duck during the 2015 World Cup defeat to Bangladesh. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Imageslast_img read more