1 Rangers have confirmed Ryan Kent has joined them on a season-long loan from Liverpool.The 21-year-old winger will be in familiar surroundings at Ibrox, with Anfield legend Steven Gerrard in charge and Michael Beale as a first team coach.“I think when the opportunity came around to join a club of this magnitude, it was a bit of a no-brainer,” Kent told the club’s official website. “They have got a person in charge now in Steven Gerrard who has played at the highest level and achieved many great things.“To learn from him is great, and I already know some of the players here. To have Michael Beale here too, he got the best out of me in under-23s football at Liverpool.“So I think it is a really exciting move for me, and I am looking forward to the opportunity.” Asked about the sort of player supporters can expect to see this season, Kent explained he plans to entertain.“I would say I am an exciting player, and I never hold back. I don’t fear getting on the ball, even if I’ve lost the ball. I am hopefully going to bring a lot of excitement to the fans here at Rangers,” he said.Having been part of the club’s academy since the age of seven, he has had stints at Bundesliga outfit Freiburg and with Bristol City in the Championship last season where he played 17 times.“I spoke in-depth with him [Gerrard] about the opportunities I will get up here and how he can benefit me and how I can benefit the club,” he continued.“I had to take a lot of time speaking with my family and my representatives to make this decision as last season was quite a disappointing year.“This move had to be the perfect one, and when Rangers came around, I think it is.“On a personal level, I would like to get a lot of game time this year. I think I have to prove a lot of people wrong from last season, and it is a chance to add numbers to my game – so to get a lot of assists and goals.“I want to get back to enjoying my football again.” Ryan Kent will play under Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard
SANTA CLARA — And the first 49ers quarterback hurt at an injury-marred training camp is … not Jimmy Garoppolo.C.J. Beathard watched Tuesday’s practice with a wrap — possibly a soft cast — on his right thumb, which he banged into a helmet on his final play of Saturday night’s exhibition opener.A 49ers spokesman called it a “sore” thumb, and although there was no metion of it being a long-term issue, this appears a significant setback in Beathard’s bid to beat out Nick Mullens as Garoppolo’s …
JP LandmanTwo South Africans worth keeping an eye on – Bobby Godsell (previously with Anglogold and now with Eskom) and James Motlatsi (past union leader and now with Thebe Investments) – launched a book in December in which ordinary South Africans are given guidelines on what they can do to make the country a better place.*It is practical and action-oriented. The authors identify nine areas in which each one of us can make some contribution – from building stronger family ties to avoiding unnecessary debt.One of the nine areas – “Beyond the tribe, outside the ghetto” – drew my attention. It deals with building common community values and a sense of responsibility toward the greater good of all. We cannot live within our own tribe and ghetto as if the outside world does not exist.We are still a nation in the making and still working toward those common values which bind us.But at the moment we are caught between two opposing forces in South Africa, making the process that much harder.On the one hand, there is a natural inclination to be with one’s own kind. Here a comfort zone exists which makes it preferable and easier to be on the inside than on the outside.But this is exactly what nation-building requires of us. To move out of our comfort zone so that we can reach out to those who are not like us.It is this conflict that runs through our public debate.For instance, after Barack Obama’s election victory two white writers were quick to point out that the US is now non-racial – and that South Africa can only claim this right once a white person is elected president.Excuse me? What about a coloured or Indian person? Surely it is about minorities, and not about being white or not.And seen in the light of the 350 years of white domination in this country, such an opinion smacks of arrogance.Just take a moment to look at this from a black South African’s perspective.Instead, we still view things from within the tribe, rather than “Beyond the tribe, outside the ghetto”.Another example is the Springbok rugby emblem. Put in the shoes of their white colleagues, black sport enthusiasts must surely feel the same emotional connection associated with the Springbok and all it stands for – being the best; the hero of the nation.And the same applies to white people – placing themselves in the shoes of a black rugby player in the 1960s who was denied the right to this honour; never even to be considered for it. How does that feel?A third example is the media, defining itself as an instrument serving a particular tribe or ghetto, and not the greater community.Serving a particular target market is one thing – blowing on the flames of xenophobic hatred and encouraging an inferior mentality quite another.Afrikaans offers an opportunity in the reverse. This language can play a unique role: reaching out beyond the tribe to the greater community.It has the potential to strengthen South Africa’s social capital and bring renewal to the language at the same time. Not so that we can create a new and larger ghetto that only includes the Afrikaner tribe – that specifically not.Reaching out beyond the traditional tribe and ghetto must be based on common values and a sense of the greater community.Fortunately most South Africans seem disinclined to go for such a new ghetto idea. It is with these people that I add my voice.Godsell and Motlatsi come from different ghettos. They have reached out for the sake of common interests – Anglo mines and job opportunities. And now they share enough values to build a new nation. It’s everyone’s own choice.*Do It! – Every South African’s Guide to Making a Difference by James Motlatsi and Bobby Godsell. Jacana Media, 2008.JP Landman is a self-employed political and trend analyst. He consults to SA largest private wealth business, BoE Private Clients, and works with several SA corporates on future scenario trends. His focus areas are trends in politics, economics and social capital.Among some of the unique research projects his consultancy has undertaken was the role of public institutions in battling corruption (quoted by the UN in a report on corruption), the interplay of demographics and economic growth, and an overview of trends around poverty alleviation in SA. Whilst working as an analyst on the JSE in the 1990s he was voted the top analyst in political trends.He is also a popular speaker who has addressed diverse audiences locally and internationally and enjoys consistently good ratings.He has a BA and LLB degrees from Stellenbosch (1978), studied Economics and Development Economics at Unisa (1979 and 1980) and later at Harvard (1998 and 2005), and obtained an MPhil in Future Studies (cum laude) from Stellenbosch (2003).
Forest fires in California, the plane landing on the Hudson river, the Mumbai hotel attacks – these historical events and many more have been recorded by everyday people on the ground, using Twitter. The historic record may be much, much richer as a result – but you can’t access it through search.twitter.com right now.Many people have worried that the inaccessibility of historical Twitter search results might mean that the messages weren’t being saved at all. Company co-founder Biz Stone told us otherwise by email today, though. Twitter is in fact saving all the tweets. You just can’t access them through search “right now.”We wrote to Twitter to inquire about the company’s stated plans to scrub forthcoming geolocation data from messages after 14 days. That plan is said to be aimed at avoiding subpoenas, though the publishing of the location data at all is opt-in in the first place.Scrubbed geolocation data after two weeks and no way to access historical information at all? That sounded like a pretty bum deal for a world-changing new communication platform. So we emailed to ask.This was the reply we received from Biz Stone: “We definitely save all the tweets although you’re right in noting that our search focuses more on newer content right now. And yes, the plan is to drop the coordinates after 14 days.“There you go. Now that Twitter is putting $100 million more into the bank, it would be great to see some of those resources dedicated to making information retrieval on the service a first class function. The future would be thankful. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Features#Info Architecture#NYT#web marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
On my thousand-mile quality assurance road trip last week, I visited a house that was designed to produce more energy than it uses, making it a net zero energy home. You can take any house all the way to net zero just by giving it enough on-site power production (photovoltaics, wind, hydropower…), but that’s not the most effective way to achieve the goal of net zero energy use. First, you want to make the house really efficient, and that’s what these folks did. Super efficient and powered with renewable energyThey did a great job with the rest of the energy efficiency details, too. It’s becoming the norm these days, but I’ll mention anyway that they used double pane, low-e windows. The ceiling fans, lights, and appliances all were super efficient as well. They also installed a ground-source heat pump with all ducts in the conditioned attic. That means there was no duct leakage to the outside. Of course, they installed a solar hot water system, too; you can see the solar thermal collector on the roof, to the right of the PV modules, in one of the photos.Once they made the house as efficient as possible, the amount of on-site power production they needed to get to net zero was smaller. The photovoltaic system on the south-facing roof ended up at about 8 kilowatts, which actually should put them below net zero. That means that the power company will be sending them money each year.So, how do you build a net zero energy home? The first thing to do is to have someone like Jack Cowan on your team. Jack is a HERS rater in the Memphis, Tennessee area, and he started his rating company, Cowanhouse, over a decade ago. The house described in this article is going to be his nephew’s home, and Jack has helped with the design and construction, as well as being the rater on the project. He’s done a number of other renewable energy projects, too, including another net zero house whose owners have never paid a utility bill. Jack did all the modeling and specifications for the PV system here.Meeting great people doing amazing work is one of the reasons I love what I do so much. As tight as a Passive HouseIf you’re a home energy pro, the photo of the duct leakage test fan hooked up to the Blower Door frame may look a little odd to you (unless you work on Passive House or similar super-efficient projects). That’s my setup when I was testing the house for air leakage. Yes, I really was running a Blower Door test with a Duct Blaster fan. Even better, I was running the fan with the smallest ring (Ring 3). Because the house was so tight, I needed to use equipment that would give me better resolution than the larger Blower Door fan.This house was really, really tight. The air leakage was 200 cfm50, which translated to about 0.5 ACH50. For reference, the Georgia energy code requires all new homes to test at 7 ACH50 or less. The Passive House standard for air leakage is 0.6 ACH50. Any house that tight needs mechanical ventilation, of course, and they installed a combined ERV and HEPA filter system made by Broan.Wondering how they got the house that tight? They took a number of measures, all of them designed to eliminate the common sources of air leakage:Simple design – only 4 corners and a single gable roofSlab foundationInsulating Concrete Form (ICF) wallsSpray foam insulation on the roofline