Round-up: Motta talks, Fulham exit, latest transfer speculation, duo ready for Australian Open

first_imgQPR and Brentford are 13th and 10th in the Championship table respectively after their matches tonight.Sam Saunders scored for Brentford as they drew 1-1 at home to Leeds, while Rangers drew 0-0 at Nottingham Forest.Rangers have won only one of their 11 matches since Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink took over as manager, but the Dutchman was pleased with the point.Earlier, Brentford boss Dean Smith insisted he is not pursuing a deal to sign Nottingham Forest’s Jamie Paterson and that he hopes to keep Alan Judge at Griffin Park.The fit-again Saunders scored against LeedsQPR, meanwhile, have been discussing personal terms with Marco Motta after deciding they want to sign the Italian right-back on a short-term deal following his recent trial at the club.With Monday’s deadline approaching, there has certainly been plenty of transfer speculation, including over the futures of the likes of Moussa Dembele, Patrick Bamford and Matt Phillips, while Chelsea have been linked with Robin van Persie.There has been a transfer today involving Fulham – Adam Taggart has left after failing to make a first-team appearance for the club. The Australian has returned to Perth Glory.Fulham’s Under-18s made it seven wins in row when they beat Arsenal 3-1 this afternoon.And in tennis, West London pair Jordanne Whiley and Andy Lapthorne begin their Australian Open campaigns in the early hours of Wednesday.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Athletics’ Matt Chapman leaves game after getting hit in back of head by pitch

first_img What A’s winter ball performances can tell us about the second base race KANSAS CITY — In his first at bat of Wednesday night’s game, Matt Chapman took Jakob Junis’ 91 mph fastball to the back of his helmet.Chapman tried to evade trainer care, at first, and jogged up to first base. After consulting with trainers, Chapman took first base and stayed in the game.Related Articles Former Oakland A’s lefty Brett Anderson finds new home with Brewers center_imglast_img

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South African writes best world children’s book

first_imgSouth African author Anita Pouroulis has scooped the Best World Children’s Book Award at the China Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) in Shanghai on 9 November.Anita’s books are a hit with children around the world. (Image: Anita Pouroulis, Facebook)Aneshree NaidooGood children’s books share qualities with good adult novels, according to Australian teacher Rosie Charles.“Quality writing is never boring,” she says on School A to Z, an Australian education website. “Good children’s books, no matter how simple or complex, have a sense of joy. They can make us laugh and cry. Regardless of how young, readers need strong characters who they can relate to and care about.”In writing just such a book, South African author Anita Pouroulis has scooped the Best World Children’s Book Award at the China Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) in Shanghai on 9 November. The fair’s Golden Pinwheel Best Children’s Book Awards are divided into two categories: China Original Children’s Book Award for books originally published in China, and International Original Picture Book Award for books published in any country including China. Pouroulis’s Oh, What a Tangle!, illustrated by Monika Filipina Trzpil, was voted Best International Children’s book.“The Shanghai jury explained that their decision was based on what they felt represented excellence in children’s storytelling,” said her publishers, Digital Leaf.Anita Pouroulis lives in Spain with her family. (Image: Fundaciotrams.org)Oh, What a Tangle! tells the tale of Kiki, who’s too busy having fun to brush her hair. Her adventures truly begin when a family of birds nests in her tangled tresses. Pouroulis says her daughter, who “refused to brush her hair for many years”, was the inspiration for the book. “Having been surrounded by children most of my life, since I was a school teacher for many years, then a mother, I would say that all the children I have known have most certainly given me a rich repertoire of personalities to draw from.”Published in the United Kingdom in 2012, Oh, What A Tangle!, was voted on to The Guardian website’s Family Favourites list by its readers, who praised it as “elegantly written”. And popular books blog The Bookbag called it “wonderfully funny”.About the Golden Pinwheel award, Pouroulis, who now lives in Spain, says: “I feel surprised… and quite delighted.” Oh, What a Tangle! is Pouroulis’s fourth book. It was published in South Africa earlier this year. A former primary school teacher, she left the classroom to begin her writing career at Blush, a local teen magazine that is no longer published.She holds a bachelor’s degree in primary education from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where she was born, and a second degree in psychology. As a teacher, she read “every single book in the libraries of the schools in which I taught”. She says: “I’ve always wanted to write books. As a child I would write countless stories in my old school exercise books. I just wish I could find them all!”And all she needs to write her best is “a cup of good, strong tea and some Ouma rusks”. Pouroulis has an “eclectic” taste when it comes to reading. Having loved Enid Blyton as a child and critically acclaimed writer Judy Blume as a teenager, she now counts South African author Jenny Hobbs among her favourites. Pouroulis also paints and draws, and plans to illustrate her next book. When she isn’t writing, she’s painting, or “being a mom”.Why children should readReading is often brought up in informal conversations on and research into childhood development and learning, and many authors and academics have weighed in on its benefits, specifically focusing on children’s literature. Asked once how to make children intelligent, Albert Einstein replied: “If you want your children to be intelligent read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”Charles adds that good books teach children things subtly while still telling a great story. A US education website says reading helps children gain new vocabulary, empathise with others’ feelings and problems, develop an interest in new subjects and hobbies, understand the heritage of their own and other cultures, stimulate cognitive development, stimulate and expand their imaginations, and stretch their attention spans.Building empathyCelebrated young adult and adult fantasy author, Neil Gaiman, agrees that reading fosters empathy, and says: “Empathy is a tool for building people into groups, for allowing us to function as more than self-obsessed individuals.” Yet he also takes a slightly different view of the importance of children’s literature: “I don’t think there is such a thing as a bad book for children.”Speaking at a Reading Agency lecture in 2012, hosted at London’s Barbican, Gaiman said: “Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child’s love of reading: stop them reading what they enjoy, or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like, the 21st-century equivalents of Victorian ‘improving’ literature. You’ll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and worse, unpleasant.”Pouroulis says she encouraged her “reluctant reader” daughter by reading to her at bedtimes: “When a child is tired and comfortable in layers of bed linen, there’s nothing better than having a story read out loud by a parent. With my daughter, her interest in books was roused by our bedtime reading ritual, and she now reads herself before going to sleep each night.”Gaiman is also a strong advocate of “escapist” fiction, saying it “opens a door, shows the sunlight outside, gives you a place to go where you are in control, are with people you want to be with (and books are real places, make no mistake about that); and more importantly, during your escape, books can also give you knowledge about the world and your predicament, give you weapons, give you armour: real things you can take back into your prison. Skills and knowledge and tools you can use to escape for real.”Pouroulis’s book is available in print, as an app and as an interactive iBook on Apple iTunes, Google Play and Amazon at £5.99 (R98.77) for the book and £1.99 (R32.81) on iTunes. It will also be translated into Spanish. She is working on a new series of children’s books, but hopes to dabble in teen fiction as well, saying: “As a teenager, I found novels relating to the teenage angst and dilemmas I was going through so inspirational and reassuring. I would love to give the same experience to a new generation of teen readers.”The Golden Pinwheel Best Children’s Book Awards were instituted to help stimulate advancement in a number of areas, including excellence in children’s publishing, reading among children, cultural diversity and international exchange. It also showcases leading children’s book publishers, the latest international children’s reading materials and aims to raise the overall quality of children’s reading materials, according to the CCBF website.This year, the fair ran from 7 to 9 November and featured children’s authors and illustrators from China and overseas. Children’s literature critics, early childhood education experts, and publishers, amongst others, selected the winners and presented the Golden Pinwheel Awards.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Unknown Rhinestone Detail Bowknot Metal Hair Clip Barrette Tone : Great clip

first_imgRhinestone Detail Red Bowknot Metal Hair Clip Barrette Gold ToneProduct Name : Hair Barrette;Material : Metal, PlasticClip Size : 75 x 19 x 17mm/ 3″ x 0.75″ x 0.67″ (L*W*H);Bowknot Size : 85 x 25 x 11mm/ 3.3″ x 1″ x 0.43″ (L*W*T)Color : Red, Gold ToneNet Weight : 27gPackage Content : 1 x Hair Barrette Lovely Hair Piece Posted on September 18, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Clips & BarrettesTags Unknown It is beautiful and amazing for the price. Waiting for the delivery was worth it. Great clip, only rated one star less than the rest of the clips i bought as the red enamel is a bit thin in places and the gold background is “grinning” through. But as i also bought the identical purple one, the purple enamel is perfect so maybe it’s a little hit and miss but still looks good. Looks great and defo goes with what outfit u have on. Was really cheap and worth every penny. Would buy it again if it ever broke. It’s so beautiful and well made. Wounderfull product great size holds all of hair back in one. Fast delivery and very pretty. This item was excellent and i will certainly order something similar when i can find this item, preferably fake pearl or similar. Great price and really pretty hair clip. Rhinestone detail red bowknot metal hair clip barrette gold tone is very elegantexceptional colour and sparkle, would buy more like this. Beautiful, recommend, very light weight but seems very well made. Lovely held my hair all day people said how nice it looked ☺️. It’s bigger than i expected, but is really nice. My wife was pleased with this item. Was a good size and was available in different colours, was light for the wearer and arrived nice and quickly. I just love this slide and it is great value for money. Beautiful hair clasp with a barrel closure. More suited for thick hair, but it is a lovely accessory. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-09-18 22:34:48Reviewed Item Rhinestone Detail Red Bowknot Metal Hair Clip Barrette Gold ToneRating 4.8 / 5  stars, based on  31  reviews Arrived today its perfect thanks for the extra. I have not wore it yet but it really is good value for the money. It looks not as good as what they show on the photo, but it looks still ok but you might feel it looks like a cheap things. Holds my hair tight with a good strong clasp. And i’ve had many compliments. Five Starslast_img read more

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World’s Fastest Supercomputer, Brought to You By Game Tech

first_imgTitan, the supercomputer introduced by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), is on track to be the world’s fastest. At least until the next one comes along. It can handle over 20,000 trillion calculations a second. That’s the equivalent of seven billion people carrying out three million calculations per second. You know what it has to thank for all that power? Computer gaming. The graphics processing units (GPUs), usually reserved for consumer and entertainment purposes are the same ones that fuel a machine that could potentially save the world.  No exaggeration: Titan is capable of everything from predicting climate change and weather events (including monstrous hurricanes) to finding cures for Parkinson’s and cancer. All because of the same little processor that makes Call of Duty look so realistic. Faster, Better, Stronger Compared to its predecessor, Jaguar, Titan is faster and 10-times more powerful, while taking up no more physical space. (It does consume about two megawatts more energy). Inside the Titan reside thousands of NVIDIA’s latest GPU accelerator, the Tesla K20. Each of the computer’s 18,688 nodes holds one of these GPUs as well as a 16-core AMD Opteron central processing unit (CPU). Researchers at NVIDIA found that the processors they created were starting to resemble the ones used for simulating physics. The rapid-fire calculation solving done by GPUs resembled the way supercomputers simulated problems using CPUs. By combining the two, the CPU is able to handle creating the problem, or simulation, while the GPU is what does the heavy calculations. This makes complex calculations happen faster and allows them to cover more scientific ground. Added bonus? Combining the industry standard CPU with a high performance graphics processor not only makes the supercomputer faster, it also makes it more energy-efficient. Wait, what? It uses more power, how is that more energy efficient?Power consumption is a big deal for supercomputers these days, and according to Jeff Nichols, associate laboratory director for computing and computational sciences at ORNL, GPU’s could hold the key to improving that. “Combining GPUs and CPUs in a single system requires less power than CPUs alone and is a responsible move toward lowering our carbon footprint.” While the Titan consumes enough energy to power a small town, one GPU uses eight times less energy per calculation than a CPU. Titan’s size and power makes the uptick in energy usage well worth it, it does more with less energy than a supercomputer of the same size running on the standard method of CPU-only use would. Skeptics Be Damned Steve Scott, CTO of NVIDIA’s Tesla business unit told the Washington Post that this isn’t the first time CPUs and GPUs have been combined, and that a lot of people didn’t think it would make much of a difference. The size and scale of the Titan project made the stakes that much higher: the new supercomputer had to be able to handle six applications in tough areas of research including astrophysics, biofuels and nuclear energy. Scott wanted to prove using GPUs in supercomputers wasn’t a stunt. If people see it that way now, at least it’s one that worked. The goal wasn’t just to create the biggest and baddest supercomputer, it was also to create a new standard. Building a supercomputer using components that many people use to play games shows just how far consumer technology has come – remaking not just business tech but also the even-more-complex world of research technology. Image Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory . Related Posts christina ortiz 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

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Steady and progress carries Lady Warriors out of cellar

first_imgStar libero Kath Arado said that even though UE won’t qualify for the Final Four, it’s still important for them to finish strong in their remaining games to give way for the younger players for the next season.“This is extremely important for us graduating players that we will leave our teammates with a high level of confidence,” said Arado, who’s in her final playing year, in Filipino. “We don’t want them to go through the same experience that we did in the past wherein every season we’re at the bottom.”UE is at the sixth spot of the standings and is tied with National University while the Lady Falcons are at the bottom at 1-11.“Us graduating players broke the curse of UE, so we’re ecstatic with this win,” added Arado who was the Season 77 co-Rookie of the Year and Season 80’s Best Digger and Best Receiver.Roselle Baliton, who flipped flopped from being a middle blocker and a setter in her years with UE, said the Lady Warriors’ shouldn’t be contented with winning just a couple of games every season and their campaign in Season 81 was the picture of slow but sure progress for them.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The Lady Warriors’ best record in the past four seasons came last year after they finished at 2-12 under the tutelage of interim head coach, and UE’s athletic director, Rod Roque.Considering the team’s futile seasons in the past, a two-win campaign was already considered an achievement for the Lady Warriors and the girls in red had one more comeuppance with regards to their own ability.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsUE thrashed Adamson University in straight sets 25-14, 25-19, 25-22, late in the second round of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament to bump its record to 3-9.That mark may be a humble tally for any team but for UE, it’s already considered as a job well done. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Robert Dozier brings familiarity, defensive smarts to Phoenix in another PBA tour Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img “We felt that we shouldn’t just end seasons with two wins under our name or even like my first year when we won nothing,” said Baliton, who finished with 14 points, in Filipino.As for the team’s offensive conductor, Lai Bendong said UE getting three wins was already an achievement since it’s been nearly half a decade that the Lady Warriors were consistently at the bottom of the ladder.“This is quite an achievement for us because UE’s always been at the bottom,” said Bendong, who had 24 excellent sets, in Filipino. “We might not be in the Final Four, but we still improved from finishing as the no.8 team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MANILA, Philippines—University of the East hasn’t been the most glamorous program or the past four years compiling a collective record of 4-52 from Seasons 77 to 80.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View commentslast_img read more

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10 months agoReal Madrid midfielder Luka Modric: I’ve always had my doubters

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric: I’ve always had my doubtersby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Luka Modric admits he’s always had to battle against doubters.Modric won the Ballon d’Or and FIFA The Best awards this year.But the Croatian admitted that the path to the top hasn’t been easy, and that he’s had to overcome many obstacles.”I’ve been surrounded by doubts since my childhood,” he told GQ.”Because of my physique, because of my height…”Some thought those elements were important to succeed in life and in football, but I never doubted myself.”All of the difficulties that happened in his childhood helped him to become stronger.”Thanks to that trust and that faith in myself, I came to the best club in the world,” he added.”At the beginning many people didn’t believe in me either, it’s part of my life, always surrounded by doubts, always hearing that no I won’t reach the top.”All the recognition, such as the FIFA World Player or the Ballon d’Or, are worth much more when you are aware that nobody has given you anything.”Nothing has been given to me by anyone, I’ve had to work for it.” last_img read more

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9 months agoArsenal keeper Cech announces retirement

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal keeper Cech announces retirementby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech will retire at season’s end.The 36-year-old will be out of contract in the summer, but has decided against finding another club.He posted in a message on social media: “This is my 20th season as a professional player and it has been 20 years since I signed my first professional contract, so it feels like the right time to announce that I will retire at the end of this season.”Having played 15 years in the Premier League, and won every single trophy possible, I feel like I have achieved everything I set out to achieve.”I will continue to work hard at Arsenal and hopefully win one more trophy this season, then I am looking forward to seeing what life holds for me off the pitch.” last_img read more

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6 days agoBrighton boss Potter proud of players in Aston Villa defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Potter proud of players in Aston Villa defeatby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter was proud of his players following their last-gasp defeat to Aston Villa.The Seagulls fell to Matt Targett’s last-minute strike, with the hosts prevailing 2-1, and the head coach stressed how proud he was of the players having seen his side play for a large part of the contest with ten men.He said, “It’s tough to take because the players were amazing and gave me everything.“With 11 players we were really good and worthy of our lead – the sending off affects the game and we played for nearly an hour with a man less, while still contributing to the match. “We still attacked often, so it’s heartbreaking to lose with the last kick, but I’m really proud of the performance.”Despite being a man down, Potter’s men created chances throughout the match in the Midlands, and the boss discussed the attacking style his side continued to maintain. “We still looked to win the game and the best way of hanging onto something is to continue to be yourselves,” he continued. “We played through their defence numerous times and weren’t camped inside our own half trying to defend.“We were positive and that’s what makes it more difficult to take – the reaction of the fans afterwards showed that they saw the quality and courage, but the game can be cruel.” last_img read more

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