QPR’s bid to sign defender Michael Dawson from Tottenham has stalled.Rangers have so far been unable to agree personal terms with the England international, who has been told he can leave White Hart Lane.Hughes is keen to sign Dawson.Mark Hughes has not given up hope of persuading Dawson to move to west London but has admitted that talks have not gone well.“At the moment it’s not where I hoped it would be,” said the R’s boss.“It may change closer to the transfer window closing – perhaps we’ll revisit it – but at the moment it’s not progressing.”But Hughes confirmed that progress has been made in attempts to offload Joey Barton to Marseille.Rangers are keen for Barton to join the French club on loan and believe they may be able to agree a deal.Hughes explained: “I said before that there had been some communication in terms of e-mails exchanged and interest expressed.“Since then I think things have moved forward. I’m not sure where things stand at the moment, but it is something that could happen.”Click here for the Norwich v QPR quizSee also:QPR plan late attempt to sign Spurs manQPR accept defeat in bid to sign defender from TottenhamQPR may make another move for DawsonFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
RALEIGH, N.C. — A shaved beard, a Wookie defenseman and a race to the glass. Together, the Sharks and the Carolina Hurricanes are breaking the NHL free of its chains.They call the NFL the “No Fun League”. The nickname could just as easily describe the NHL. For years, the NHL snuffed out the personality of its players, elevating the concept of team over individuals. It’s an idea that’s dripping with virtue, but too often produces cardboard characters and canned answers. Boring stuff for fans.Bu …
Experiments with split-brain patients in Amsterdam lend support to the idea that one immaterial being operates the physical brain, even when damaged.The University of Amsterdam UVA News posted an intriguing headline: “Split brain does not lead to split consciousness.” Split brain refers to a condition when the corpus callosum, the “pipeline” between the brain’s two hemispheres, has been severed. Classic experiments seemed to show that the left side of the brain could only perceive objects on the left side, and vice versa, leading researchers to conclude that each hemisphere generated its own conscious identity. UvA psychologist Yair Pinto has run new experiments to show that is not entirely true. The experiments are difficult because of the rarity of people having the condition. Pinto had two subjects to work with, allowing a certain level of confirmation of his findings.To the researchers’ surprise, the patients were able to respond to stimuli throughout the entire visual field with all the response types: left hand, right hand and verbally. Pinto: ‘The patients could accurately indicate whether an object was present in the left visual field and pinpoint its location, even when they responded with the right hand or verbally. This despite the fact that their cerebral hemispheres can hardly communicate with each other and do so at perhaps 1 bit per second, which is less than a normal conversation. I was so surprised that I decide repeat the experiments several more times with all types of control.’The following graphic in the article illustrates how Pinto has disconfirmed earlier studies.What do the new findings imply?According to Pinto, the results present clear evidence for unity of consciousness in split-brain patients. ‘The established view of split-brain patients implies that physical connections transmitting massive amounts of information are indispensable for unified consciousness, i.e. one conscious agent in one brain. Our findings, however, reveal that although the two hemispheres are completely insulated from each other, the brain as a whole is still able to produce only one conscious agent. This directly contradicts current orthodoxy and highlights the complexity of unified consciousness.’If consciousness were a mere phenomenon emerging out of the physical brain, these results would seem impossible. They seem to indicate that an individual soul or spirit (what psychologists dub consciousness) can still operate through this disability, as if a person could still operate a machine that splits into two parts.Pinto et al.’s results are published in Brain: A Journal of Neurobiology.There are a couple of lessons here. One is that previous studies that seem to indicate one conclusion can later turn out to be fake science (as in the case of Bateman’s Principle; see 1/22/17). The other, more obvious interpretation, is that the Bible was right, all along: we are individual persons regardless of the condition of our physical brains. We are, as Wernher von Braun once said, “souls cast in animal bodies.” The soul drives the body – not the other way around. This has implications for the Personhood movement.(Visited 200 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
14 August 2012 There was a hive of activity and a warm display of South African national pride at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International on Tuesday morning as crowds waving flags and blowing vuvuzelas welcomed the country’s Olympic heroes back from the London Games. In true South African style, the supporters broke out in song, singing the national anthem as they met the athletes, who stood in a line with their hands over their chests. Placards displaying messages such as “Welcome back home Team SA”, “Well done incredible rowers” and “Welcome back heroes” could be seen among the hundreds gathered at the airport. Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula Mbalula said there were no words to describe the joy that swept over the nation when Team SA members won medals at the highly contested Games. “Today, we are united … because of your deeds; you’ve inspired a nation and for what you’ve done, you will remain in the archives of history.” Mbalula said Olympic silver medallist Caster Semenya represented what a young African woman could achieve with determination and support. “[Semenya] represents a symbol of a courageous young woman … who toils out of difficulties to become a symbol of success and greatness.” The Limpopo-born runner said although she was somewhat disappointed with her achievement, she tried her best. “I am a little disappointed. At least we’ve won silver and I am now focusing on 2013’s world championship in Moscow,” said Semenya, who also promised South Africans that she would continue to make them proud. South Africa’s two silver medals came from flag bearer Semenya and swimmer Chad Le Clos (who also won gold), while canoeist Bridgitte Hartley won bronze. The three gold medals came from swimming sensations Cameron van der Burgh and Le Clos, and the rowing team comprising Sizwe Ndlovu, Matthew Brittain, James Thompson and John Smith. “When Cameron van der Burgh won the gold medal … South Africans reverberated with joy and blew their vuvuzela to the ears,” Mbalula said. “Even those who were far away could hear that South Africa had arrived.” Le Clos snatched the gold medal from United States swimming legend Michael Phelps in the 200m butterfly, before winning silver behind Phelps in the 100m butterfly. South African stalwart Winnie Madikezela-Mandela was among the South Africans who came to the airport to give the Olympic team a warm welcome. Popular Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana supporter Mukwevho said: “I am here to give our heroes a warm welcome because I’m satisfied with their performance. With their performance, I am quite certain that we will do better in the upcoming Olympic Games.” His views were echoed by another well-known football supporter, Sadam Maake. “These athletes made us proud and as a result of their performance, we are well-known the world over, so they deserve a heroes’ welcome.” The team’s chef de Mission, Patience Shikwambane, said: “We’ve done very well as Team SA at the London Olympics compared to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where we were ranked 71 and now we are leaders in Africa. “To the athletes, you are world champions and you must not start to walk tall. You need to stay humble … You are what you are because of the support you received from the nation, family and friends. To the medallists, we salute you. You’ve made us proud.” SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Gideon Sam, who had set a target of 12 medals for Team SA, gave the Olympians hearty congratulations. “I am 100 percent satisfied with the performance and what we’ve achieved. We set the target precisely because we wanted to work towards something. “We tried our best, and in the coming weeks I will give the medallists a programme in preparation for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.” The government also joined in congratulating Team SA. “We join the multitudes of sport enthusiasts in congratulating our athletes for their best performance and grit at the games,” said government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi. “Team SA has emerged as shining stars and are now exemplary to those who want to achieve greatness. Government hopes that these achievements will inspire our local youth to follow in their steps and realise South Africa’s dream.” The medallists were also thanked with monetary rewards. Le Clos received R600 000 for winning gold and silver, while his coach Graham Hill, who was not present to receive the dummy cheque, got R150 000. Van der Burgh got R400 000 and his coach received R100 000. The four members of the rowing team each received R100 000, while Semenya pocketed R200 000 and her coach Maria Mutola got R50 000. Hartley took home R80 000. Source: SANews.gov.za
A technology startup has developed a way to give crystalline silicon solar panels the look of grass, tile, wood shakes or just about anything else the buyer wants.Sistine Solar promises to “elegantly marry form and function” and speed the adoption of solar energy by making solar panels beautiful to look at.SolarSkin panels are the brainchild of Senthil Balasubramanian and Ido Salama. The business partners met as graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. According to a story posted on the Sistine Solar website, they cooked up the idea of panels whose appearance could be customized at a campus watering hole called the Muddy Charles.In an email, Salama said the company is accepting orders for the panels and quoting prices on jobs in Massachusetts, New York, and California. Installations are scheduled for the last quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017.Salama said technology developed by Sistine Solar “allows us to recreate and imprint graphics into a solar panel whereby a majority of the light gets transmitted and the rest that gets reflected recreates the original image.”The 65-inch by 40-inch panels use standard crystalline silicon technology to generate electricity. Panels are 15% to 17% efficient, and have a rated capacity of 250 watts each.“We found that people really like to customize their home,” Salama says on a video posted at the website. “Up until now, though, solar panels have been stuck in the last century. Much like a 1915 Ford Model T, you can get any color, as long as it’s black.”SolarSkin panels can be made to look like whatever roofing material has been used on a house. If homeowners want the solar array to look like a portrait of Elvis, that’s possible, too.The company wouldn’t discuss costs. An article posted at Yahoo, however, said that the panels would be “slightly” more expensive than typical panels on the market.The company won the 2013 MIT Clean Energy Prize in renewable energy and last year won a $1 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative.
Destination Dubai’s new campaignIndian actress and TV presenter Koel Purie features in the latest edition of the promotional campaign ‘In Dubai Everyday is an Opportunity’ launched end of March. The advertisement showcases the Dubai International Film Festival. Koel Purie plays herself as a presenter on the red carpet and manages to interview the latest Indian movie star who returns from filming in the desert just in time for the festival. The advertisement will be online until the end of June.New services at Tourist Info ViennaLast-minute tickets for 11 venues in the city are now available from the tourist information office on Albertinaplatz in the first district. The Last Minute Ticket Corner, open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. offers 25-50 percent discounts on tickets for performances later that day. A new tactile map of the first district and map of the city is also available at the Tourist Info Vienna. Printed materials are now available in a choice of 13 languages.Hot deal: Get 60 percent off on 3 nights/4 day holiday in thailand (1 night at four points by sheraton bangkok & 2 nights in siam bayview pattaya). Pay Rs. 16,070 per couple instead of Rs. 40,176). www.vamoose.inIndia’s first in-cab entertainment serviceThe EasyCabs in-cab entertainment service in Mumbai has four categories: Entertainment, Around the World, Fashion and Lifestyle, and Sports and Tech. Content partners include Fox History and Entertainment, NewsX, Times Internet, India Today, TechCrunch TV, Who What Wear and Bollywood Masala. The service, currently available in 40 cars, will soon be expanded to all 500 in Mumbai before being taken to New Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad.New bike-sharing scheme for Miami Beach The DecoBike scheme allows you to insert your credit card and choose a bike, returning it to one of the 100 solar-powered stations dotted around the city. You don’t need to pay another dollar above the membership fee if you return the bike within 30 minutes. A monthly pass costs US$ 15, a one-day access costs US$ 14 and three days will set you back by US$ 30. More details on www.decobike.comWatergate exhibition at Nixon MuseumThe Watergate Gallery, the new permanent exhibition at the Nixon Museum in Yorba Linda, California, chronicles the events of one of the country’s biggest scandals. Admission free. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; www.nixonlibrary.govKorea’s first visa application centre in IndiaVFS Global will manage Korea’s visa application centre at the International Trade Tower in Nehru Place, New Delhi. Timings: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Tel: (011) 4109 2834; e-mail: email@example.comSiyahi’s second literary festival in BhutanThe second edition of Mountain Echoes, a literary festival organised by Siyahi, will be held in Thimphu from May 20-23. The various workshops and talks will cover a range of topics such as oral traditions, fiction, poetry and popular fiction. The list of speakers at this year’s festival includes Gulzar, Imtiaz Ali, David Davidar, Namita Gokhale, Chandrahas Choudhary, Aman Nath, Valmik Thapar, Namita Bhandare and Pushpesh Pant. For special offers on travel, visit www.mountainechoes.orgGoa witnesses spurt in tourist arrivals from Eastern EuropeFor the last several years Goa has seen the highest number of tourist arrivals from UK. This year tells a different story. Goa has recorded a marked rise in tourist from Eastern Europe including countries like Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Official charter statistics recorded by the tourism department shows a total of 781 charter flights carrying 1,56,541 travellers from 11 international destinations have landed into Goa since the start of the tourist season in October. Of these, 392 flights came from Russia itself as compared to 216 from the UK.Hot deal: Yatra.com’s 7 nights/8 days discover ladakh package starts at Rs. 24,999 per person (twin share). Includes airport transfers, daily breakfast & dinner, and sightseeing. www.yatra.comTV show on France’s wine regionsBBC Entertainment’s new show–Oz & James Big Wine Adventure–features wine expert Oz Clarke Top Gear’s James May. The series captures their travel together for over six weeks, in James’s specially chosen Jaguar XJS, through Bordeaux before heading south through the Languedoc-Roussillon and on to Provence. Premieres May 8; Fridays 8 p.m.Stolen King Tut statue returns to Cairo MuseumA gilded statue of Tutankhamun that was stolen from the Egyptian Museum in January has been returned, along with three other objects. A government news release said that the figure had been slightly damaged, with a part of its crown and pieces of the legs missing, and also that the whole statue would be restored. It was among several dozen objects looted from the museum on January 28, in the midst of the protests in Tahrir Square.New Roman museumLovers of Baroque art and architecture can add one more stop to their Rome travel itinerary: the recently inaugurated Museo Missionario di Propaganda Fide. The new museum has opened in part of the 17th-century Palazzo di Propaganda Fide, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. Visitors to the museum will have access to halls and chapels in the Palazzo.Titanic memorial cruiseDriven by high demand, organisers of the Titanic Memorial Cruise confirmed that a second historic cruise will set sail to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the disaster. The 8-night charter voyage–now open for booking–will depart on April 10, 2012. Prices start at 2,911 per person. Visit www.titanicmemorial cruise.com for details. Aviation Lufthansa to fly A380 to MiamiThe German carrier will operate its daily Frankfurt-Miami route with an A380 aircraft from June 10, replacing the B747 currently serving the US city. Miami will be the sixth Lufthansa destination to be served by the superjumbo, and the third US city after New York and San Francisco. From April 10, Lufthansa will also increase the number of A380 flights between Frankfurt and Beijing from three-times weekly to daily.Hot deal: Kenilworth beach resort & spa goa offers 3 nights/ 4 days from Rs. 24,000. with meals, beverages & sightseeing. valid till may 31. Tel: (0832) 669 8888Air France’s premium economy service now in DelhiThe Premium Voyageur, located between business and economy cabins, is now available on all Air France flights departing from Delhi. The cabin offers 40 percent additional space compared with Economy Class, with an average of 21 Premium Voyageur seats available over a surface area which used to occupy 40 Economy seats. The cabin has reclining shell seats. The baggage allowance is more than in Economy and there are priority check-in desks and baggage delivery at the airport for Premium Voyageur flyers.Delhi-Manila flights from Philippines AirlinesPhilippine Airlines is now operating six flights a week from New Delhi to Manila. Flight PR759 departs Delhi on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3 a.m. and reaches Manila at 12 noon (local time), while one-stop flight PR753 via Bangkok leaves New Delhi on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2.45 a.m and reaches Bangkok at 8.25 a.m. and Manila at 1.50 p.m. the same day.Singapore Airlines flies to Brazil The Southeast Asian carrier’s new service connects Singapore to Sao Paulo via Barcelona. The Brazilian city is Singapore Airlines’ first destination in South America, which has become the sixth continent in its route network. It will operate three flights a week on this route.Qantas starts paid seat selectionInternational economy passengers flying with Qantas can now choose their seats in advance online, for a fee of A$ 20 (Rs. 920 approx) per flight. The Australian carrier is not levying the fee for business or premium economy passengers. It will not charge the fee for domestic flights, nor for higher tier members of its own loyalty scheme.Mobile check-in on United’s int’l routesThose flying outside the US with United can now check-in online through web-enabled mobile device 24-hours prior to departure. Mobile boarding passes will initially be available for flights departing from London, Munich, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, Zurich, Moscow and Osaka, with plans to extend the service in the coming months to Frankfurt, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Trade Europe’s first Hyatt Place hotel to open in 2013 The first Hyatt Place property in Europe will be a 330-room hotel located close to Amsterdam Schiphol airport. The brand is currently only available in the US, where there over 160 properties, although there are 30 Hyatt Place hotels currently under development in the US, India, Panama and Costa Rica. Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport will be located close to the A4/A5 motorway, which connects The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, and around 12 km from Amsterdam’s RAI exhibition and congress centre.Yatra.com starts cash-on-delivery serviceYatra’s new Cash on Delivery (COD) service enables you to pay cash against travel bookings. The COD payment option is available for international air, domestic and international holiday bookings. A Yatra.com representative will visit you to collect the cash, following which e-tickets/package vouchers will be sent. This service is currently available in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune and Chennai.Hot deal: Get 6 nights/ 7 days in turkey for Rs. 93,899 onwards (twin share). includes return airfare, accommodation, visa, breakfast & some meals, sightseeing & airport taxes. valid till october 31. www.makemytrip.comiPad version of Vienna Hotels magazineYou can now read the magazine of the Vienna International Hotels & Resorts, a group with 34 hotels across Europe, as a free app for the iPad. The current spring issue can be downloaded for free from the iPad App Store. The version has slideshows and videos. An innovative language option allows you to switch between the German and English editions: if you hold the iPad in portrait orientation, the text is in German; turning it to landscape position switches to English. Downloads are available at the iPad App Store and at www.vi-magazin.comLeela chairman felicitated The second edition of The Maharashtra Economic Summit conferred Capt. C.P. Krishnan Nair, chairman of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, with the Y.B. Chavan Memorial Awards for Excellence in Hospitality, in Mumbai last month. The award is in recognition of Capt. Nair’s business practices, leadership qualities and for raising the bar of the hospitality industry with his achievements.Eurostar unveils new logoThe European rail operator has unveiled a brand new logo as it gears up for the launch of new trains this year. Eurostar will also refurbish its current fleet next year, and has introduced new menus for Business Premier class. It will also launch mobile apps for iPhone and Android users, and you will soon be able to book taxis while on board a Eurostar service.W Hotels to debut in IndiaStarwood’s first W hotel in India will be at the forthcoming Namaste Tower in Mumbai’s Lower Parel. W Mumbai is scheduled to open in 2015. Other Starwood hotels set to open this year in India include Le Mzridien Coimbatore, and the Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway, next to the World Trade Centre. Business New Lufthansa First ClassThe German carrier will revamp its existing fleet of B747-400s by November. Although there will be no significant changes to business and economy classes, the revamped first class window seats will be converted into full-length, lie-flat beds over two metres in length. The cabin will also have sound-absorbing curtains and sound-deadening insulation beneath the carpet. The revamp means the number of seats on the B747-400’s upper deck will be reduced from 16 to eight. Seating will be configured 1-1 with the bed positioned alongside the window.Rolls-Royce Phantom at Mandarin Oriental Dhara DheviThe Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, is now offering the use of a brand new Rolls-Royce Phantom. The THB 48 million (roughly US$ 1.6 million) Rolls-Royce Phantom is available for airport pick up at THB 4,500 (Rs. 7,000 approx) one way and THB 8,000 (Rs. 12,000 approx) round trip. It can also be rented chauffeur-driven on an hourly basis for THB 12,000 (Rs. 18,000 approx) per hour or for the whole day (10 hours) for THB 80,000 (Rs. 1.2 lakh); www.mandarinoriental.comHot deal: Get 3 nights/ 4 days in kenya for Rs. 64,500 onwards. includes return airfare, accommodation, meals, park entrance fees, game drives, and services of a guide. valid till june 30. http://india.arzoo.comAccor launches smartphone applicationAccor’s new application for BlackBerry and Samsung Bada smartphones provides access to 3,000-plus hotels through its website (www.accorhotels.com). You can search according to predefined criteria, such as location and date and refine your search. Member of the AClub loyalty programme can enter card number and earn points with every booking made from a smartphone.Airside bedrooms at HeathrowUK’s independent air lounge operator No.1 Traveller is to open its latest airport lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3 this August, complete with bedrooms with ensuite showers. The lounge will be the first paid-for facility to offer airside accommodation at Heathrow. You pay a minimum of 25 for stays of up to three hours lounge access. Stays cannot exceed six hours and Priority Pass, Airport Angel, Diners Club, TTT MoneyCorp and WEXAS loyalty members can enter for free.iPad app from Priority PassThe worldwide airport lounge programme has launched an iPad application and enhanced its iPhone application. Both apps contain a ‘Find Nearest Lounge’ tool with GPS, and those who like to plan ahead can use a fast off-line search for lounges at any airport.Cathay reopens The Wing lounge at HKThe airline’s renovated premium signature lounge has 26 workstations with printers. It also offers a more extensive buffet. The Wing is open to First and Business class passengers as well as to its loyalty programme members.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement
Brief scores – Australia (194/3) beat India (190/4) by 7 wickets to sweep series 2-0 in Bengaluru. Maxwell (113*), Short (40), Shankar (2/38). Scorecard | HighlightsIndia captain Virat Kohli didn’t mince his words and conceded that his team was completely outplayed by Australia in all three departments throughout the two-match T20I series on Wednesday.Australia rode on Glenn Maxwell’s unbeaten 113 to chase down the target of 191 set by India in the second T20I and sweep the series 2-0 at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.Kohli did feel that his bowlers were hard done by the dew on the field in the second innings but also admitted that Maxwell’s knock was just too hot to handle for the hosts.”Australia outplayed us in both games, they were more clinical with bat, ball and on the field. We put up a decent total, 190 is a good score on any ground, but there was too much dew around, and when Maxy plays an innings like that, you can’t do too much,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference.An outstanding knock of 113* from Maxwell guides the visitors to a 7-wkt victory in the second T20I.Australia win the series 2-0 #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/CAdMFQdBa5BCCI (@BCCI) February 27, 2019″We would have liked to get across the line in at least this game but I can’t be too hard on the bowlers due to the amount of dew.Bangalore wicket was back to normal, you could trust your technique and game and just go for it, tonight was one night where it came off, but it doesn’t matter because we lost.”advertisementThis was Kohli’s first bilateral T20I series loss at home since he took over the captaincy from MS Dhoni in the limited-overs formats in 2017. India had lost the first match by 3 wickets in Vizag.In fact, India have lost just four bilateral series at home in the shortest format.Kohli now has the five-match ODI series to look forward to where India will be looking to fine-tune their 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup in May.”Every team will look to fine-tune whatever they need to before the World Cup, and we’ll keep doing that in the ODI series too, but we still want to win every match we play.”We wanted to give everyone some game time, we’ve seen how these guys react in different situations, and we have a few more games to see how they keep doing under pressure,” Kohli said.Earlier, India posted 190 for 4 after being put into bat with Kohli top-scoring for the hosts with 72 off 38 balls while KL Rahul (47) and MS Dhoni (40) also made significant contributions.The focus now shifts to the five-match ODI series which will begin on March 2 with the first match, which will be a day-night game, to be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad.Also Read | Glenn Maxwell’s 3rd hundred delivers historic T20I series win for Australia vs IndiaAlso Read | India vs Australia: MS Dhoni stretches 2.14 metres to foil Handscomb stumping attemptAlso Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni hit 50th career sixes in T20 InternationalsAlso Read | India vs Australia: Shikhar Dhawan 6th Indian to feature in 50 T20Is