Fernando Torres and Adel Taarabt have surely got to find the net soon.We have a match bet on who will score first in the Premier League and bet:Will Torres score before Taarabt?Torres: 8/11Taarabt: EvensIt was no surprise to see Andre Villas-Boas leave Stamford Bridge after Chelsea’s lamentable performance at The Hawthorns, but who will be in charge of the side on the opening day of the 2012/13 season?Jose Mourinho is 2/1 favourite at BetVictor with Rafa Benitez 4s and Pep Guardiola and Roberto Di Matteo 6/1.The manager of the German national side Joachim Lowe has been supported into 10/1 from 33s and refused to comment on the speculation earlier in the week.Chelsea manager for opening fixture of 2012/13 season:Mourinho: 2/1Benitez: 4/1Guardiola: 6/1Di Matteo: 6/1Capello: 10/1Low: 10/1Moyes: 12/120s BarChelsea entertain Stoke this weekend ahead of their vital Champions League clash with Napoli on Wednesday night. Arsenal came close to pulling off a shock earlier in the week and the Blues are 9/4 to progress to the quarter-finals with the Italians 1/3 to make the last eight.6/1 to be Chelsea boss next season.Chelsea (2/5) should have too much for Stoke (17/2) with the draw at 15/4.It will be interesting to see how many of the senior players are returned to the starting line-up and Didier Drogba is 19/4 to grab the opener with Torres 5s and the in-form Mata 7s.Rangers are first up when they travel to the Reebok for Saturday’s early kick off.Bolton are 6/4 favourites with the R’s 2/1 and the draw at 12/5.Djibril Cisse (13/2 to score first) has served his three-match ban and is available for a game that Rangers simply cannot afford to lose.The Trotters would leapfrog Rangers if they land all three points and it now looks as if relegation will be fought out by the bottom five.QPR are 5/6 for the drop and 5/6 to survive ahead of the six-pointer.Fulham travel to Villa Park with man of the moment Pavel Pogrebnyak looking to add to his impressive start to life at Craven Cottage.The striker is 6/1 to net the opener and 7/4 to score any time during the 90 minutes.The Villa Park faithful have never taken to Alex McLeish who must do without Darren Bent. Fulham look overpriced at 21/10 with the hosts 6/4 and the draw 23/10.The Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the racing year and our Festival microsite is up and running with all the offers, market movers and news at your fingertips: http://cheltenham.betvictor.com/Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
After watching Klay Thompson light up the Knicks for 43 points Tuesday night, maybe it’s time for Steve Kerr and his staff to deliver a pointed message to the Warriors star: Don’t dribble the ball.We were reminded what a devastating weapon Thompson can be when his offensive game just consists of moving, catching the ball and shooting it. He dribbled the ball just four times while making 18 of his 29 shots in the Warriors’ 122-95 win over the Knicks.That’s not a typo. Four. Dribbles.Can’t …
BREAKING NEWSAustralia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Thursday afternoon that a Royal Australian Air Force Orion was being diverted to check on two objects that may be the wreckage of MH370 which disappeared on March 8 on a flight to Beijing.Mr Abbott said that three more aircraft including the P8 would be over the area later on Thursday.Mr Abbott said he has informed Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak of the developments.However he warned against drawing any premature conclusions or hopes on the search. “We must keep in mind the task of locating these objects will be extremely difficult and it may turn out that they are not related to the search for flight MH370,” Mr Abbott said. One of the objects is 24m in length.Here is the statement from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority:The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is coordinating the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft, with assistance from the Australian Defence Force, the New Zealand Air Force and the United States Navy. AMSA’s Rescue Coordination Centre Australia has received satellite imagery of objects possibly related to the search for the missing aircraft, flight MH370. RCC Australia received an expert assessment of commercial satellite imagery on Thursday. The images were captured by satellite. They may not be related to the aircraft. The assessment of these images was provided by the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation as a possible indication of debris south of the search area that has been the focus of the search operation. The imagery is in the vicinity of the search area defined and searched in the past two days. Four aircraft have been reoriented to the area 2500 kilometres south-west of Perth as a result of this information. A Royal Australian Air Force Orion aircraft arrived in the area about 1.50pm. A further three aircraft have been tasked by RCC Australia to the area later today, including a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion and United States Navy P8 Poseidon aircraft. The Poseidon aircraft is expected to arrive at 3pm. The second RAAF Orion is expected to depart RAAF Base Pearce at 6pm. The New Zealand Orion is due to depart at 8pm. A RAAF C-130 Hercules aircraft has been tasked by RCC Australia to drop datum marker buoys. These marker buoys assist RCC Australia by providing information about water movement to assist in drift modelling. They will provide an ongoing reference point if the task of relocating the objects becomes protracted. A merchant ship that responded to a shipping broadcast issued by RCC Australia on Monday is expected to arrive in the area about 6pm.
Enough complaining — down to the nuts and bolts of the standardThe WELL Building Standard Version 1.0 is applicable to new construction, major renovations, tenant improvements, and “core and shell developments.” Pilot programs are available for educational buildings, multifamily residential buildings, sports facilities, retail stores, and healthcare facilities.The standard is a set of 102 individual metrics, sorted into seven categories: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort, and Mind.Depending on the building type, there are between 27 and 41 requirements (called “preconditions”) for certification. The remaining items (called “optimizations”) provide points to move up to silver, gold, or platinum certification. I guess everyone has to stake a claim, but why does each program use different terminology? Is there really a difference between a prerequisite and a precondition or a credit and an optimization?There is a rather obtuse calculation to determine your certification level, but I won’t worry about that unless I end up working on a project. According to the executive summary, “The WELL Building Standard focuses on the people living in the building.” It claims to be “The first standard of its kind that focuses attention solely on the health and wellness of building occupants.”I accept that this is a worthy goal, but I am having trouble believing that another comprehensive program, designed to work “alongside” LEED and the Living Building Challenge (LBC) is necessary. We need to think about reducing the different options for the building industry instead of creating even more of them. We are rapidly approaching “green fatigue,” a term coined by my friend Jim Hackler, and while more programs make give green geeks the jollies, I think they only serve to alienate the average building professional. When I first heard about the WELL building standard, in a New York Times article, I was both amused and offended, and trashed it appropriately in a blog. Since then, WELL has created the International Well Building Institute (IWBI), affiliated with both the Living Futures Institute and USGBC, and has released Version 1.0 of the WELL Building Standard.Given that there is now an official document rather than a journalist’s interpretation to review, I think it only fair that I give the standard another look.I recently sat down and dug into the 218-page document and was amused, surprised, and confused — and ultimately decided that while it has some good things in it, I can’t see where it makes much sense in the real world of building development and construction. RELATED ARTICLES Get Your Own Healthy Green Home for Only $15 MillionThe EPA’s Indoor AirPlus Program Asthma and Poor Indoor Air QualityHealthy Child Healthy World, Part 1Healthy Child Healthy World, Part 2Healthy Child Healthy World, Part 3Ventilation Rates and Human HealthHelping People With Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Things I don’t quite understandThe requirements for lighting and glare control make sense, but when they started talking about circadian lighting and “equivalent melanopic lux” being present for four hours, I was clearly above my pay grade. I expect that some highly paid lighting consultants will get a lot of work out of WELL building projects.And not being an acoustical engineer, I was somewhat lost trying to decipher the acoustical requirements, leading me to believe that those consultants will also benefit from WELL projects. Things I don’t like about itOne precondition that I think is a lost opportunity is moisture management. Buildings must have either a free-draining space (vented rainscreen) between the WRB and the building cladding or a capillary break between the foundation and walls. These are both good practices, but in wet climates, the rainscreen will make a huge difference; the other option gives builders an easy out that shouldn’t be there.And although WELL requires a continuous air barrier, air leakage testing is optional. Many buildings struggle with envelope leakage issues, often leading to air quality problems. If WELL wants to be a real leader, the standard should require testing and set strict limits.One requirement requires a 10-foot-long walk-off mat at building entrances; that’s a good idea, but maybe a bit excessive. They do, however, allow installation of carpet tiles inside. I would think that a program devoted exclusively to air quality and wellness would have the guts to keep all carpet out. Tiles are definitely better than wall-to-wall, but still pose a challenge to air quality. Things I like about itFirst off, I appreciate that in the official standard they did not include aromatherapy, vitamin enrichment of water, and posture supportive flooring.Much of what is in the new standard refers to well established criteria in LEED, LBC, and common air quality, HVAC, and lighting standards documents. They have put forth some interesting ideas, many of which are, to use the correct terminology, “preconditions.” Smoking, including use of e-cigarettes, is banned indoors and restricted outdoors.Only safe pesticides that meet the San Francisco integrated pest management criteria — including coyote urine — can be used. (Oh, those Californians!)Building-wide plumbing leak detection system are required. Potable water must be tested and be within limits for numerous pollutants. Projects that have four stories or less must encourage stair use through stairway location, stair width, and amenities such as windows, artwork, and lighting.The Nourishment section really pushes the envelope, and while I truly appreciate their goals here, I am skeptical that it will gain much traction. If food is sold in the building, fresh, non-fried, fruits and vegetables must be featured; flours must be whole grain; food cannot contain trans-fats; added sugar is limited in drinks; all food containing a long list of allergens must be labeled; and there must be an express checkout line for healthy foods.As I said, great goals — but this is ’Merica, folks. What are you expecting? And yet more letters to put after our namesThe IBWI is planning to create a professional accreditation program, the WELL AP, scheduled for launch in 2015. They are “committed to designing the WELL AP program to work harmoniously with AIA, ASID, LEED AP and other credentials.” People working on the current class of WELL buildings will be the first APs. Then, I assume, there will be a training and testing process to obtain the accreditation. I disliked the LEED AP Homes test enough that it’s not likely that I will seek out WELL AP certification for myself — although if opportunities arise, I may change my mind.Overall, I am pleased that the WELL standard got rid of some of the wacky things that were noted in the original article. The standard is reaching very high, and we may find that the standard both makes inroads into construction and has a lasting effect on building practices.I remain skeptical that it will gain much traction, either as a stand-alone program or “alongside” other programs. Time will tell.
Microsoft officially released a preview of Windows 8.1 this morning, coinciding with the opening of Microsoft Build, the company’s annual developer to-do here in San Francisco.The preview release (get it here) offers no major surprises. Codenamed Windows Blue, Windows 8.1 smooths out some of the rough edges of Windows 8, most notably bringing back the one feature users missed most when Windows 8 was released: the Start button.(See also: 5 Ways Microsoft Can Fix The PC — And Windows 8) The Start button’s return is part of Microsoft’s tacit acknowledgement that the Windows 8 Metro interface isn’t for everyone. Windows 8.1 will feature the capability to boot into Metro Start screen or a more traditional-looking Windows interface with the Start menu.(See also: Microsoft Confirms Return Of The Start Button)Adaptability seems to be a core principle of the preview release. Users can configure their lock screens, customize windows and tiles and, ideally, use the new Windows on whatever device they choose.Windows 8.1 will also include unified searching, so you can search for applications and files in one tool, rather than in separate search bars. Bing, naturally, will play a front-and-center role in the refreshed operating system, given that search is becoming a bigger feature in Windows.Microsoft has spent a lot of time integrating Internet Explorers 11 into Windows 8.1 and optimizing the browser for touch, a feature that may give it a slight edge against competitors Chrome and Firefox.Tighter integration with the cloud will play a key role in Windows 8.1, with smoother paths into Office 365, SkyDrive and the aforementioned Windows Store.Windows 8.1 isn’t exactly a game-changer. But it is going to make right a lot of what some users thought was wrong with Windows 8.Images courtesy of Microsoft. brian proffitt Tags:#Microsoft#search#Windows 8 Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
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AARP Foundation has announced the esteemed members of the host committee for the AARP The Magazine’s 15th annual Movies for Grownups Gala.The 2016 host committee will be co-chaired by Rob Friedman and Sherry Lansing. Committee members include Ed Asner, June Squibb, Ed Begley Jr., Jeff Bridges, Blythe Danner, Robert Forster, Sid and Nancy Hult Ganis, Ken Scherer and Jane Seymour.“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our Movies for Grownups Gala host committee members for their support of this event,” said Lisa Marsh Ryerson, AARP Foundation president. “There are millions of vulnerable adults 50 and older facing housing, hunger, income and isolation challenges. This important event will help draw attention to these issues and create new opportunities for struggling seniors.”The annual awards gala supports AARP’s charitable affiliate, AARP Foundation, which helps struggling people 50 and older in Los Angeles and around the country transform their lives through programs that focus on functional and affordable housing, adequate and nutritious food, steady income, and strong and sustaining social bonds. AARP Foundation serves more than three million low-income seniors every year.AARP The Magazine will host the 15th annual Movies for Grownups Gala on Monday, February 8, 2016, at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles. Several awards will be presented, including best actor, best actress and best director. Chase Card Services will be the Premier sponsor of the event.“Chase is a proud supporter of AARP Foundation’s hunger programs and we are excited to come together on this event to highlight the importance of addressing senior hunger as a basic health issue,” said Richard Quigley, president of Chase’s partner card business. The event aligns with Chase’s commitment to donate up to $1.1 million to AARP Foundation in 2016 through a cause-marketing campaign with the AARP Credit Card from Chase.For more information, click here.
It’s Black Monday — the day after the NFL’s regular season concludes — when 20 to 25 percent of teams (usually of the non-playoff-bound variety) have historically begun their offseason by firing (or otherwise parting ways with) their head coaches. This year, the New York Jets have fired Rex Ryan, Mike Smith is out in Atlanta and Jim Harbaugh left the San Francisco 49ers in a mutual split. Further changes may be coming.Teams don’t take these coaching changes lightly, but for all the focus on the coaching carousel, it’s been difficult for researchers to figure out how much who’s wearing the headset matters.Teams that change coaches have a strong tendency to improve the following season, which could be taken as prima facie evidence that swapping in a new coach makes a profound difference. But it also could simply be the residue of regression to the mean. A poor record is generally required for a team to consider dismissing its coach, but much of the differences in NFL team records is due to luck and not the comparative skill levels of the teams themselves. When that luck evens out, the team appears to improve, even if its underlying skill didn’t change all that much.And this phenomena is essentially what the research on NFL coaching changes has found. Although the average team to change coaches since 1994 has seen its winning percentage improve from .383 to .428 the next season, that’s mostly regression to the mean at work. In fact, once we account for the teams’ previous Elo ratings and the inexorable pull that a .500 record exerts on NFL teams from year to year, there’s little evidence that changing coaches helps teams at all.The aforementioned sample of teams had an average Elo rating of 1437 at the end of the regular season with their old coach, which tends to translate to a .463 winning percentage the following year whether a team changes coaches or not. But the season after making the change, those teams averaged a .428 winning percentage — about 35 points lower than we’d have expected based on their previous Elo ratings. This may speak to broader institutional issues that are correlated with coaching changes but beyond the influence of the coach himself, such as dysfunctional ownership, a poor general manager or players who consistently win less than point-differential-based metrics would predict.These types of findings lend credence to the theory that NFL coaching changes offer franchises little more than the illusion of control over their future. While it may feel satisfying to fans and owners to fire a coach after a disappointing season, it’s tough to quantify the real benefits of such a move — if any even exist.
Men’s Tennis falls in indoor championships The No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team advanced to the championship match in the ITA National Team Indoors after defeating No. 2 Virginia, 4-1, Sunday, but fell to No. 1 USC, 4-3, in the final match. The loss was the Buckeyes’ first of the season as their record drops to 12-1 overall. OSU returns home to face Kentucky for a match scheduled for Feb. 25. Baseball’s Dezse named Big Ten Player of the Week Ohio State sophomore first baseman and pitcher Josh Dezse was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for his performance in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge. Dezse went 7-for-14 overall including a home run, five RBIs and four runs. In all three games Dezse had at least two hits as OSU won two out of the three contests. Many publications named Dezse a preseason first-team All-American. This is the third time in Dezse’s career that he’s been named the conference’s player of the week. The baseball team will travel to Atlanta, Ga., for a three-game series against No. 10 Georgia Tech this weekend. Spooner in contention for player of the year honors in women’s hockey Senior forward Natalie Spooner is one of 30 final candidates for the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which is given to the top player in women’s college ice hockey. Spooner helped lead the Buckeyes to a 16-14-4 regular season record while averaging 0.94 goals per game. Men’s Lacrosse upsets No. 5 Denver The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team beat Denver, 10-9, Sunday to bring their record to 3-0 on the season. Junior attackman Logan Schuss had five goals in the contest which helped him earn ECAC Lacrosse League Offensive Player of the Week honors. Schuss has had at least one point in every game of his collegiate career. He has totaled 15 points and 10 goals on the season, which brings him to 123 points in his career. That total makes him 20th in Ohio State history. Dean earns Big Ten Co-Gymnast of the Week honors Junior gymnast Colleen Dean was named Big Ten Co-Gymnast of the Week along with Nebraska freshman Jessie DeZiel Monday. Dean won first place in the all-around competition in a dual meet with Denver Saturday. The team combined for a program record 197.625 points. The team next competes at home against Penn State Saturday at 4 p.m.
With just two games left on its slate of regular season games, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is back on the hardwood to face Illinois Thursday in Champaign, Ill. After taking down Michigan State, 67-60, at home Monday night, the Buckeyes might be looking to salvage what’s been an otherwise disappointing season. “We played great Monday night and the win was important,” said OSU coach Jim Foster. “The team just needs to keep getting better and Illinois will be a tough test.” The Buckeyes (15-12, 5-9 Big Ten) have struggled in conference play this year. But the victory against the Spartans has OSU motivated heading into its contest with the Fighting Illini. “Winning games, especially the other night, helps a lot in terms of confidence,” said senior guard Amber Stokes. “This season has been somewhat of a struggle, but winning our next two games would be huge and we’d have some momentum going into the Big Ten Tournament.” Illinois (16-10, 9-5 Big Ten) head into the game coming off of a 13-point win against Indiana on Feb. 23. The game against OSU is Illinois’ final home game of the season and, as such, it’s Senior Night for the likes of senior forward Karisma Penn, who averages 19.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. In a 79-73 win against OSU on Jan. 6 at the Schottenstein Center, Penn scored 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. “That was really a bizarre game,” Foster said. “We sent them to the foul line over 30 times and we dealt with some injuries. It was very strange, but since then, I think we’ve gotten a lot better.” In that contest against the Illini, Stokes suffered a sprained MCL in the first half that sidelined her for four additional games. Stokes, who returned to action in a 71-56 loss to Penn State on Jan. 27, is relishing her time back on the court. “It was a tough loss, and spraining my MCL in the first half, then not returning, was terrible,” said Stokes. “I really want this win, it would be huge.” Senior guard Tayler Hill, who is averaging 21.2 points a game, has been a consistent force for the Buckeyes in spite of their ups and downs. “We have to take one game at a time and play as a team,” said Hill. “Everybody needs to play their role and we just have to play defense.” Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. Thursday at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill.