QPR manager Chris Ramsey believes he is still the best man for the job despite overseeing his side’s second relegation in three years after a dismal 6-0 defeat at Manchester City.A Sergio Aguero hat-trick and further strikes from Aleksandar Kolarov, James Milner and David Silva condemned the Hoops to an embarrassing loss which saw them join Burnley in next season’s Championship.Ramsey has mustered just one win from 11 games since taking charge in February, but the interim manager is confident he can steer the club back into the top flight at the first time of asking.“I think I am the man for the job and I am sure this club will be back where it should be,” said the 53-year-old.“I am a fighter myself, I’ve now got an opportunity to save their status. We were on the slide before I took the job. It’s a great club and they deserve to be in the Premier League.”Ramsey did not attempt to defend his players after their abysmal showing at the Etihad which seemed more a formality of when, rather than if, they would relegated.He said: “Today was disappointing, the way we performed in front of a big TV audience and big crowd here.“I didn’t think it was good enough at all. It’s not been what we’ve become used to in the last few weeks.”The Hoops boss cited a necessary overhaul to help revitalise the club with a lot of players nearing the end of their contracts and many more looking disinterested and disenchanted.“It’s well documented that a lot of the squad are coming to the end of their contracts. There are some good lads there,” Ramsey added.“But you don’t end up at the bottom of the league just in one game, it’s something that has been happening all season.”
Loic Remy has hit back at claims he pulled out of a move to Newcastle in order to join QPR.The striker was targeted by Magpies boss Alan Pardew before Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes offered significantly higher wages and clinched his capture from Marseille for around £8m.Pardew had been confident of signing Remy and has described the player’s snub as “a little strange”.Remy says his decision was not made for financial reasons and also denies indicating he would move to St James’ Park and then performing a U-turn.“I was no closer to joining Newcastle than QPR before the time came when I had to make a decision,” he said.“I spoke to Alan Pardew and Tony Fernandes. Unlike what has been reported in the press, I was not in the advanced stage of discussions with Newcastle.”Remy also insists he was not swayed by the opportunity to live in London.He said: “I had heard Newcastle was in the north and that it’s cold there, but that’s not really important.“It wasn’t the lifestyle which made the decision for me.”Click here for our West Ham v QPR quizSee also:Remy: QPR move ‘not based on money’QPR boss would be happy to sell 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
A study partly funded by NASA and published in Nature1 has thrown a “monkey wrench” into theories of the origin of the solar system, according to a press release from the University of Toronto. Small grains of minerals called chondrules in two meteorites are “young” – too young to have been formed in the assumed primordial solar nebula. When Alexander Krot and Yuri Amelin dated these chondrules, they found them too young to have formed at the beginning of the solar system. They postulate that heat from a collision much later might have formed them. “It soon became clear that these particular chondrules were not of a nebular origin,” Amelin said. “And the ages were quite different from what was expected. It was exciting.”1Krot et al., “Young chondrules in CB chondrites from a giant impact in the early Solar System,” Nature 436, 989-992 (18 August 2005) | doi: 10.1038/nature03830.By “young,” Amelin and Krot are not claiming really young, but only a few millions less than billions: some 5 million years after the assumed birthday of the solar system, when meteorites were supposed to have formed. They exaggerate this birthdate to five significant figures: 4.5672 plus or minus 0.0007 billion years ago. With such contrived precision (see 06/05/2003 entry), Amelin and crew feed the Age of the Solar System (q.v. acronym) Myth. The rest of the scientific community falls in line, never questioning these ages. Here, we see that Dr. Moyboy himself (“millions of years, billions of years”) has found an anomaly that allows him to throw in a thickening to the plot and get more fame in Nature. If this helps solar system theorists question their assumptions a little, that’s a modicum of progress. Does it demonstrate that these two chondrules really are 4.5627 +- .0005 and 4.5628 +- 0.9 billion years old? Better read the caveats at the end of their paper:This formation event [the hypothetical impact that formed the chondrules] has probably homogenized radionuclides in chondrules and metal of the CB chondrites, and reset short-lived radiogenic isotope systems…. For establishing consistent Solar System chronology, these chronometers have to be linked together and tied to an absolute timescale. Most meteorites are made of components formed at different time, and/or experienced complex and prolonged post-formation metamorphic history, and are not suitable for linking short-lived chronometers. In contrast, the correlated studies of multiple short-lived isotope systems in CB chondrites can potentially test the consistency among them and provide a tie to an absolute timescale, which will be an important step towards the unified timescale of the earliest Solar System. (Emphasis added.)With such wheeling and dealing going on behind the scenes, would you trust a resultant date to five significant figures? If so, try Madame Bluffy’s panacea potion. She mixed a pinch of bat wing, a smidgeon of spider eye and a handful of shredded Amanita mushroom gill in a solution of approximately half goat milk and half vodka. She guarantees it 99.263 +- .004% effective in the treatment of warts, goiter, acid reflux and toenail fungus.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas steven walling Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Boomi is a platform for on-demand integration of software as a service. Until recently, all their tools for migrating and manipulating data from SaaS applications were self-service: you built a custom pipeline from point A to point B every time. Now, business users with little-to-no coding ability can create connections between their favorite apps with Boomi Widgets that are pre-built. Speed and ease of integration is a major concern for SaaS use in the enterprise, and these widgets show great potential for streamlining that process. The regular version of Boomi supports a full range of standard business software, from Quickbooks to Oracle Database and SAP ERP. Boomi’s widgets are basically browser-based GUI controllers for how information is ported from a SaaS application and either another software as a service or an on-premise solution. They make it easy for anyone with a little knowledge about how tables work to integrate enterprise software platforms and create a pipeline of information that is extensible.Any Boomi customer can create one of these widgets from their integrations that already exist, and this should save businesses the time and energy usually invested in creating the same integrations over and over again. Boomi also says that soon anyone will be able to create and sell a widget on their platform with a significant revenue share. However, it looks like currently only the Salesforce.com and Netsuite connections have been widgetized and offered on the site. Unless Boomi picks up the pace and gets a wider array of them out on the market, this isn’t going to create any kind of significant marketplace.
I recently read a New York Times article on the coal problem. In the future, the article notes, we won’t be able to burn coal at our current rate, so there is an obvious need to make a transition to alternative sources of energy. According to the Times article, the most likely replacement for coal is solar energy.Because most industrial economies currently depend heavily on coal, the Times notes that the economic effects of this transition will be perilous. On the bright side, the article cites recent “revolutionary” technical improvements in solar technology that will ease our transition to a solar future, noting that engineers have developed solar power plants that can produce over 7 watts per square foot of collector. “The new power is as exhaustless as the sun itself,” the Times gushed.Here’s the kicker: the article was published on September 10, 1868. That’s right — over 145 years ago. I came across the article by chance, when I entered the word “solar” into the search box on the New York Times web site, and then (on a whim) clicked “oldest to newest.”The article (“The Coal Problem and Solar Engines”) is so interesting that I have reprinted a good chunk of it on this page (see the sidebar below).“The Coal Problem and Solar Engines”[Editor’s note: The following article appeared in the September 10, 1868 issue of The New York Times.]About two years ago, a very earnest discussion, as our readers will remember, sprang up in England on the prospective exhaustion of the coal-beds of Great Britain and Europe. Not only the scientific Press, but the literary and social — the Saturday Review, the Spectator, the Times, the magazines — took it up. Sir Wm. Armstrong and other scientific men attempted estimates of the duration of the… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.
A spirited West Indies kept alive their semi-final hopes after pulling off a sensational win over New Zealand via Super Over in their final Super Eights match of the ICC World Twenty20 here today.Needing 18 to win in the Super Over, West Indies rode on Chris Gayle and Marlon’s Samuels pyrotechnics to finish the game with a ball to spare at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium which saw a tied game with both teams finishing on 139 in regulation time.While Gayle started the chase in the Super Over with a huge six over long-off off a no ball by Tim Southee, Sameuls completed the job with a maximum over deep mid-wicket.With three loses from as many games, New Zealand have crashed out of the tournament.The game went into the Super Over after New Zealand made heavy weather of a modest 140-run chase.Ross Taylor, who gave New Zealand hope with his aggressive batting in the Super Over, played a captain’s knock but his unbeaten 62 went in vain as chasing 140, New Zealand managed 139 for seven in their alloted 20 overs.Sunil Narine shone with the ball for West Indies with figures of three for 20 from his four overs, which included the penultimate over of the New Zealand innings in which the off-spinner conceded just three runs besides picking up a wicket.Earlier, pacers Doug Bracewell and Tim Southee came up with superb bowling efforts to help New Zealand bundle out West Indies for a lowly 139.New Zealand’s decision to field first produced the desired result as the Kiwi bowlers managed to frustrate the opposition batsmen throughout. Southee (3/21) and Bracewell (3/31) claimed three wickets each, while Nathan MuCullum took two for 19 to end Windies’ innings in 19.3 overs.advertisement