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Redknapp says he doubts QPR will sign Olsson or Hangeland

first_imgHarry Redknapp claims there is little chance of QPR signing Brede Hangeland or Jonas Olsson this week.The Rangers boss would like to land both players but recently had a bid for West Brom defender Olsson rejected.And he says he does not believe Fulham will listen to pre-deadline offers for Hangeland, whose contract expires at the end of the season.Redknapp said: “I’d like to have both of them but the clubs don’t want to sell them. I don’t see them being possible – I wouldn’t have thought so.”Fulham have shown an interest in Olsson, who is keen to move to London, while West Ham are monitoring the situation.Meanwhile, West Brom have rejected a second bid from QPR for Peter Odemwingie despite the forward publicly making it clear that he wants to move to Loftus Road.“It’s a difficult situation for West Brom. The whole situation has been a bit too public, but that’s not our doing,” said Redknapp.Redknapp also insists Rangers have not received an approach for Jamie Mackie.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Jokanovic: Odoi deserves to be Fulham’s hero

first_imgSlavisa Jokanovic insisted Denis Odoi deserved to be Fulham’s hero after the defender’s header took them to a Wembley play-off final. Odoi headed home only his fifth goal for the club as they beat Derby 2-0 in the second leg to book a clash with either Aston Villa or Middlesbrough on May 26 for a place in the Premier League.Odoi nearly left Fulham last summer but switched from right-back to centre-back and then became an instrumental part of Jokanovic’s promotion-chasing team.And the Fulham boss said: “I’m not Santa Claus, I am a football coach, and I don’t give any of my players presents.Embed from Getty Images“They need to deserve it, and Denis deserves to be the hero of the night, and not because I gave him any presents. He is an important part of my team and has done a great job for us.“In the end he scored a fantastic and important goal for us, but on the defensive side he played a fantastic game as well.“I am delighted to make Wembley. We played fantastic football, we were focussed and organised, and I must be satisfied for the supporters. These people deserve such a special night.“I have been asked many times about our trust and self-confidence. I must be satisfied what my team showed tonight.“Many times we have been close to brilliant, tonight we were close to perfect.”See also:Odoi’s header takes Fulham to WembleyFulham boss wants more of the same at WembleyReam: Sessegnon must earn birthday presentFulham v Aston Villa head to head – their strengths, weaknesses and key playersAdomah confident Villa will beat Fulham Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youDubai Hotels | Search AdsDubai Hotels Costs Might Amaze YouDubai Hotels | Search AdsUndoApartments for Sale | Search AdsApartments in Dubai Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkApartments for Sale | Search AdsUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoTop Journey Mag15 Things Men Should Never Wear While FlyingTop Journey MagUndoProperty Investment | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Investment Properties May Surprise YouProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoFitness Engage10 Vitamins You Need to Take to Stay FitFitness EngageUndogamersrack.com15 Hilarious Cats Who Can Make You Laugh Guaranteed Don’t Blow Your Mind When See Last One!gamersrack.comUndoTopGadgetAdvisorAre You Looking For a Remedy For Neck Pain?TopGadgetAdvisorUndolast_img read more

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Pro/Con: Vinyl Is Green

first_imgVinyl’s affordability can help green go mainstreamBY PATRICK MOOREArchitects and home builders across the nation are increasingly interested in green building. Yet, especially in this time of deep economic uncertainty, green building must not only be environmentally friendly, it must also be affordable.Green products that are out of reach for the average consumer will remain niche products that have little chance to make a positive impact on the environment.Moving green building beyond niche status and into the mainstream requires the use of affordable, widely available, and environmentally friendly products. We know how to measure affordability and availability, but how do we determine what’s environmentally friendly?Fortunately, tools are being refined that help builders and consumers choose. Life-cycle analysis (LCA) is the science of examining a product’s entire life, from extraction of raw materials and manufacturing to transportation and installation to final disposal or recycling. Another tool is risk analysis. All activities, including making and using products of various materials, carry risks. Risk analysis helps us put risks and benefits into perspective.LCA shows that two of the most important environmental features of products are renewability and durability. Renewable materials and energy sources are green by nature. Durable materials last longer and require less upkeep. So which materials perform well in life-cycle and risk assessments? Wood, of course, is abundant, renewable, requires far less energy to make than either steel or concrete, soaks up carbon dioxide, and has diverse applications. It has a strongly positive life-cycle impact.So does vinyl. More than half derived from common salt, vinyl is one of the most energy-efficient materials to make. Vinyl’s energy-efficiency attributes are further highlighted in the performance of products such as windows. It is durable and lasts for decades with relatively little maintenance compared to that required for other materials. At end of life, it can be managed in the same fashion as other building materials. We are constantly learning of increasingly successful techniques for recycling vinyl building products at the installation and even end-of-life stages.Yet vinyl gets targeted by environmental activists. Some have created lists of objections.The fact is that vinyl’s environmental issues have been thoroughly studied and answered.Dioxin? The vinyl-products industry was always a small contributor of dioxin in the environment (somewhere between 8 to 10 grams annually in the U.S.) and has worked to reduce even those emissions. Dioxin levels in the environment have been falling for decades (a regulatory success story you probably have not heard about). Those concerned about this issue today should be objecting to backyard burning, power plants, vehicle emissions, and other larger sources of dioxin.Heavy metals? You don’t need lead, cadmium, mercury, or other “heavy” metals to make vinyl.Plasticizers? According to government health review bodies in Europe, Canada and the United States, there is no evidence that phthalates – the plasticizers in vinyl products – cause harm.Vinyl scores well in life cycle tests. The U.S. Green Building Council, the European Commission, and the state of California all looked comprehensively at vinyl’s pros and cons and concluded that its overall impacts were in line with those of other materials – and that vinyl could do better than the competition in some applications.Vinyl products are constantly being improved and – under programs such as FloorScore, Green Label Plus, and Greenguard standards – new products are now being certified by third parties as low emission.The best way to deliver affordable, safe drinking water is through a vinyl pipe. The best way to insulate electrical wiring is with a vinyl coating. In hospitals, vinyl is used widely for floors and wall coverings because it is easily cleaned and disinfected. Vinyl is a durable, cost-effective siding for buildings because of its low maintenance requirements and long life. Building with vinyl saves on energy and material costs.At a time when sustainability, affordability, renewability, and durability are paramount, we should be using more, not less, of the materials that score well in comprehensive life-cycle evaluations.And in case you don’t think affordability has a place in this discussion, don’t forget that the money saved upfront on energy-efficient materials like vinyl can be spent on other environmental add-ons, such as a ground-source heat pump that uses clean geothermal energy to make a home even more sustainable._An advisor to government and industry, Dr. Patrick Moore was a co-founder of Greenpeace and is now chairman and chief scientist of Greenspirit Strategies Ltd., www.greenspiritstrategies.com._Read an opposing view: Vinyl is Lethal RELATED ARTICLES center_img Vinyl Is LethalVinyl Windows and Vinyl SidingGBA Encyclopedia: Vinyl Siding Study Linking Autism to Vinyl Flooring Stokes Phthalate DebateLife-Cycle Assessment is a Tool, Not a Silver BulletAssessment of Technical Basis for a PVC-Related Materials Credit for LEED Should We Phase Out PVC?last_img read more

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My 6th Commandment: Don’t Try to Be Something You’re Not

first_imgYou know what I’m talking about. You have had the same questions yourself, I am sure. But once we move beyond those obvious questions and the discussion gets deeper—down to the good stuff, where we all really start to learn about the greening of our industry—I occasionally get asked some different questions — second-level questions that are not as obvious.They are usually some variation on: What do I have to watch out for? What is my biggest risk? And my answer is the same, each and every time: Do not try to be something you’re not! You can’t fake this stuff any more than an Irish Catholic can fake his way into a Protestant pub in Belfast! (I know, because I tried it once). Well, I guess you can try it (I did), but it’s certainly not for the faint of heart!Where’s the beef?Not that being you is a bad thing; it’s just that it will be your death knell in trying to establish your credentials as a green professional, if your prospects see right through you.You tell me you are a manufacturer of “green” plywood, and I want to hear more than it is made from pre-consumer recycled content. You tell me you are selling green products for the lumberyard, and I want to see if you know more than what’s on the back of your company brochures. And if you are telling your sales prospects that you are a green builder or remodeler, you’d better be able to back that up, too.You can’t be part-time green and still call yourself green. Either you build green or you don’t. You can’t be a green professional and not have credentials like CGP, LEED AP, or LEED Green Associate to back it up. You can’t say you build green homes if you are not willing to submit the plans and construction methodology to the independent, qualified third-party analysis and testing of a recognized local or national green building program.There is no honor system anymore, folks. We had the chance as an industry to build right, and we blew it. If you are going to sell yourself as a green professional, you need to earn industry-recognized credentials to prove it, and you need to submit your products or homes to third-party review. So, don’t portray yourself as somebody you are not, and you will never violate my 6th commandment of building green. My advice to those involved with residential construction: if you are not sincere in your efforts to be a green builder/remodeler/supplier/architect, don’t try to be something you’re not. Quit fooling around, get out of the way, and do something you believe in. Otherwise, it will not be long before you are uncovered for what you are.Everyone wants to go greenOver the past several years I have traveled around the country, speaking to (and with) building professionals of all different types: custom builders and remodelers, midsize “custom” builders, and large production builders. I have also met with designers of every persuasion, from architects, engineers, and interior designers to do-it-yourself decorators with no credentials whatsoever. Some of my most powerful conversations have been with the most senior management of Fortune 500 suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers in the residential construction industry as well as owners of local mom-and-pop hardware stores.In every case, the conversation is about “going green.” Their business, my business, every business—and how we are all selling our products and services—is being impacted by the green tsunami sweeping over every aspect of our lives.Silk purse or sow’s ear?The most obvious questions I get asked regularly are: What’s green? Will it last or is it a fad? Can I really make money selling green? How do I “do” green? Other Blogs in this Series My 1st CommandmentMy 2nd CommandmentMy 3rd CommandmentMy 4th CommandmentMy 5th CommandmentMy 6th CommandmentMy 7th Commandmentlast_img read more

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The 5 Most Pivotal Moments For Digital Music In 2012

first_imgThere could hardly have been a more symbolic official end to the Napster era and more importantly, the beginning of one in which all-you-stream music subscription services are seen as a legitimate way forward for the industry. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich not only shared a stage with Napster cofounder Sean Parker to announce the band’s arrival on Spotify, he hugged him. Major questions remain about the viability of Spotify’s business model and whether it can fairly compensate artists, but it’s still early in the game and the fact that Metallica has embraced the model is a positive sign. Don’t hold your breath for The Beatles, though. 3. BitTorrent Goes Legit2012 was the year the strict association between the word BitTorrent and piracy started to erode. It still has a long way to go, but BitTorrent, Inc. has been aggressively marketing itself as a legitimate content distribution platform and teaming up with established artists and authors to prove it. Author Tim Ferriss may be the most high-profile content producer to partner with Bit Torrent, but musicians have been experimenting with the platform as well. After Pretty Lights published a bundle of free music and videos on BitTorrent, it soared to the top of Pirate Bay’s download chart, the DJ saw a 700% increase in traffic to his website, collected 100,000 email addresses and, probably not coincidentally, sold out two concerts at the Red Rocks amphitheater in Colorado. For musicians, BitTorrent may provide an unexpected path to revenue. 4. Internet Radio Fairness Act IntroducedInternet radio providers like Pandora and iHeartRadio are expensive to operate. That’s largely because these companies operate under a different royalty rate regime than terrestrial and satellite radio stations, both of which pay far less than Pandora to copyright holders. In September, a bill called the Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that aimed to level the playing field. Record labels, royalty collection organizations and some artists were less than thrilled with the IRFA. Congressional testimony and debate got underway in November and the issue is expected to continue to be a contentious one in 2013. Whatever happens with the IRFA as it was originally drafted (many predict its demise), something needs to give, and that something will have to balance the need for innovation with the rights of those who create music for a living. The end result of the debate that kicked off in 2012 will have a huge impact on radio’s future. 5. Amanda Palmer’s Blockbuster Crowdfunding Experiment2012 was the year that independent musicians, desperate for a new business model, started taking the crowdfunding craze seriously. In an age when revenue is harder and harder to come by for musicians, many turned to fans to help fund the recording of their album, production of music videos and other projects.There were plenty of successful campaigns, but none got more attention than that of Amanda Palmer. The singer took to Kickstarter to fund the release of her album and ended up blowing past the $100,000 goal to rake in more than $1.1 million. Suddenly, crowdfunding looked like a viable model for musicians. The Amanda Palmer example is not without its caveats, though. For one, not all independent artists will have a fan base as rabid as the famously social media-savvy Palmer. About half of all music-related Kickstarter projects fail to reach their goal. For the right projects and artists, though, crowdfunding can work quite well, as Palmer demonstrated. Any artists that do luck out on Kickstarter might want to do their best to avoid the public relations headache incurred by Palmer after she invited unpaid musicians to play with her onstage – and was subsequently lambasted across the Web. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. 2. Lars Ulrich Hugs Sean Parker, Embraces Spotify  9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App john paul titlow Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 2012 was a big year for music. No, I’m not talking about Adele, Call Me Maybe or the Tupac hologram. The big news this year were the shifts at the intersection of music and technology that occurred as the industry continued to figure out its digital future. Indeed, the biggest moments in music tech this year all had to do with piracy or the tricky evolution of a business model to replace the one that started dying a decade ago. 1. The Death Of SOPA / Megaupload Raid These two events were not officially related, but they happened within 24 hours of each other and they both helped frame the debate about content piracy. In late January, the uber-controversial anti-piracy bills called SOPA and PIPA were tabled by the U.S. Congress after massive online protests. The death of SOPA meant the fabric of the Internet would be spared from the wrath of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and set the stage for new legislative battles.  Just as that attempt at fighting piracy ended, an even more dramatic one began when New Zealand police – by request of the U.S. Justice Department – arrested Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and several of his colleagues in a military-style raid. The hacker group Anonymous responded with large-scale Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that took out the Department of Justice’s website. For the first time, the so-called “piracy wars” started to look like an actual war. The Megaupload raid marked the beginning of a lengthy legal procedure, but it also raised major questions about the rights of non-infringing cyberlocker users and caused similar services to get more serious about fighting piracy, if they didn’t shut themselves down all together.  Tags:#digital music#internet radio#Kickstarter#music#Pandora#SOPA#spotify#streaming music 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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The Reason Your Dream Client Doubts You

first_imgOne of the reasons you may have trouble compelling your dream client to believe and take action on the idea that they can produce better results is that they simply don’t believe you. The reason your dream client doubts you is that they’ve been lied to before.Your dream client used to believe that they could produce better results. They used to believe the vendor or partner they use to do what you do was to blame. It’s easy to believe that when you aren’t getting the results that you want that your vendor is to blame. And sometimes this is true.Fool Me OnceOver time, your dream client met with salespeople who promised that if they would only replace their existing supplier with their company that all of their problems would be solved. More still, they would be solved at an even lower price. This is what your dream client wanted to believe. So they took a shot, only to be disappointed.But your dream client didn’t give up so fast. They saw more salespeople, each of whom made the same promise: better, faster, cheaper. It sounded good. So they once again changed suppliers. And once again they were disappointed.When you suggest that you can do a better job than your competitors, that you can be faster, and you can do so at an even lower price, you sound exactly like all the salespeople who lied to your dream client. This makes it incredibly difficult for them to believe your promise.Fool Me TwiceIf you had been told the same thing three or four times and followed a salesperson’s recommendations each time to be disappointed, would you not be incredulous now?If it were easy to produce better results, someone would have already done it. If the results could be produced faster than they are now, someone would’ve helped them do so. But most of all, if it could be done at the price your dream client is paying now, it would be being done. The reason your dream client doesn’t believe they can produce better results is because no salesperson has been willing to tell them the truth.Tell the TruthWhat is that truth? The truth is that they are going to have to change what they are doing more than they want to. The truth is they’re going to need to invest more money than they’re presently investing. The truth is that they are going to need to embark on a change initiative that is going to require time, effort, and money.Your dream client isn’t necessarily going to like this story. And it isn’t going to be easy to help them agree to make all the changes necessary. But if you want to be a trusted advisor or a consultative salesperson, this is what you are going to need to do. It isn’t easy, and that’s why we call it selling.last_img read more

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Sonam Kapoor makes maiden visit to Israel

Sonam Kapoor makes maiden visit to Israel

first_imgBollywood actress Sonam Kapoor recently made her first visit to Israel, accompanied by her mother where they spent time unwinding and relaxing while still visiting the sites and sights, enjoying the vast cuisines and the culture in Jerusalem, Dead Sea and Tel Aviv.The Neerja star was in Israel to shoot the cover story of Harper’s Bazaar Bride Magazine in the stunning Jerusalem. Sonam extended her trip after the shoot and also met Amir Halevi, Director General – Israel Ministry of Tourism, along with Hassan Madah, Director – Israel Ministry of Tourism India.“Israel is beautiful and exciting. I was thrilled while exploring Israel and everything about this place is so unique! When I was in Jerusalem, the character of the city, the culture, beautiful alleys, markets, and lovely people kept me hooked all the time. I also felt that Dead Sea is out of the world experience which I will always cherish. I hope to be back here soon,” said Kapoor.“Bollywood music is popular in Israel, but the sighting of a Bollywood star is not common so we were happy to welcome Sonam Kapoor as she is among the first few Bollywood celebrities to visit Israel. Sonam’s visit was special because she was accompanied by her mother Sunita, and after a successful photo-shoot in Jerusalem, they extended their trip to discover parts of Israel and also meet some of her fans. As India is an important market for us, we continue our focus to attract Indian travellers to Israel for leisure travel like honeymoon, family vacations or adventure, as well as MICE, and we hope that Sonam Kapoor’s visit will attract her fans to visit the country as well,” added Madah.last_img read more

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Mortal Kombat Movie select actor Joe Taslim to play SubZero

first_imgBack in early May we started to hear rumblings of a new Mortal Kombat movie beginning preparation for filming, now recent news has surfaced regarding who is to play as Sub-Zero.    According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor Joe Taslim who is known for his roles in The Raid and Fast & Furious 6, has now been selected to play as Mortal Kombat’s Sub-Zero. Since we first started hearing about the new Mortal Kombat movie, this is the first actor who has been officially casted. Now one of the burning questions that remain is who is going to be ‘getting over’ to the set to play Sub-Zero’s counterpart, Scorpion.  If you were wondering if this Mortal Kombat movie would be a continuation of the last one that was released (Mortal Kombat Annihilation released in 1997) then I can tell you that its not. This new Mortal Kombat movie will bring a fresh new take to the franchise, essentially being a reboot of what we already know. The specifics for the films direction have not be released, and there isn’t that much information available as of yet.  All we know so far is that the movie will be shot in Adelaide, Australia and will be directed by Simon McQuid and produced by Aqua Man director James Wan. The film is expected to arrive in theaters sometime in 2021.last_img read more

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