Preview: QPR looking to get back on track against Preston

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first_imgRangers were impressive against Leeds in their last home league matchWednesday’s 3-2 defeat at Barnsley was a setback for QPR after two wins and two clean sheets in their opening couple of Championship matches. Today they will look to get back to winning ways at Loftus Road, where they will face a Preston side who have been enduring a difficult start to their seasonKick-off: 3pm, Saturday 20 August 2016Referee: Andy Madley (West Yorkshire)Five key battles: Including Steven Caulker v Jermaine BeckfordBetVictor.com preview: QPR should beat PrestonVital statistic: QPR have scored at least two goals in each of their three Championship games this season.Injuries and suspensionsQPRRuled out: Grant Hall (one-match ban), Joel Lynch (abdominal strain), Ariel Borysiuk (ankle), Jamie Mackie (ankle), Jack Robinson (knee).Fitness test: Ben Gladwin (ankle).PRESTONRuled out: Calum Woods (knee), Stevie May (knee)Fitness test: Paul Huntington (abdominal strain). Possible starting line-upsQPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Caulker, Bidwell; Henry, Luongo; Cousins, Chery, Nbakoto; Polter.Preston: Lindegaard; Grimshaw, Wright, Clarke, Cunningham; Pringle, Browne, Gallagher, Robinson; Doyle, Beckford. Facts and figuresFORM GUIDE (last five league matches)QPR: L W W W L (9 points) • Home: W W D W L (10 points)Preston: L L L D W (4 points) • Away: L W D L W (7 points)TOP SCORERS (league only)QPR – 3: Chery; 2: Polter; 1: Caulker, Onuoha.Preston – 1: Robinson.LAST FIVE MEETINGS19 Mar 2016: Preston 1 QPR 17 Nov 2015: QPR 0 Preston 019 Feb 2011: Preston 1 QPR 120 Nov 2010: QPR 3 Preston 127 Mar 2010: Preston 2 QPR 2QPR 1 win, Preston 0 wins, 4 drawsSee also:The QPR v Preston quizQPR should beat Preston – and Fulham’s odds are cut after good startQPR v Preston: five key battlesQPR wait for news on Gladwin injury Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


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first_imgThe total volume of water in aquifers is more than 100 times the amount found on the surface and 20 times the fresh water stored in African lakes.The World Economic Forum in Africa has already flagged water security as one of the fastest-growing social, political and economic challenges today. (Image: Flickr)Wilma Den HartighMany African countries have always been considered water scarce, but new research findings suggest that the continent isn’t as dry as previously thought. Scientists have for the first time produced the most detailed maps yet which show that Africa has vast reserves of groundwater, hidden in aquifers under the surface.This incredible discovery by researchers from the British Geological Survey (BGS) and University College London is good news for a continent that is considered one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to global warming and climate variability.The new report, Quantitative maps of groundwater resources in Africa, published in the environmental research letters journal on IOP science online, comes at a time when water security in Africa has become a talking point.According to the paper, the maps indicate that the total volume of water in aquifers is more than 100 times the amount found on the surface and 20 times the fresh water stored in African lakes.This is a considerable water reserve – but what does it mean for people who live in water-scarce regions in Africa?A greater focus on water security for AfricaThe report helps us to understand more about nature’s way of storing water in aquifers – these are underground layers of porous rock that act like large sponges, allowing water to infiltrate the soil through pores and cracks. The water held in aquifers is known as groundwater.The new maps offer an accurate assessment of groundwater reserves, which are an important buffer to climate variability and change on the continent.Dr Anthony Turton, a South African scientist specialising in water resource management, agrees that there is an emerging trend in the global water sector to focus on groundwater resources.“The aquifers are a remarkable discovery and it is good news for South Africa,” Turton says. “If we can get the water out, it could substantially increase water availability on the continent,” he says.But Turton also has another idea – he thinks that the aquifers present great opportunities not only for water extraction, but also storage.“It is a good water security solution,” he says. “Instead of only seeing aquifers as a resource to pump water out of, we should pump water into them,” he says.Whether the problem is one of too little water over long periods of time, or too much water at once, the World Economic Forum on Africa has already flagged water security as one of the fastest-growing social, political and economic challenges today.Analysts predict that the demand for water in all sectors will increase. It is up to decision makers and water experts to find solutions to deal with the 40% global shortfall between expected demand and available supply by 2030.More than 300-million people in Africa don’t have access to safe drinking water and greater access to improved water supplies has become an international priority.Increasing the number of hectares under irrigation is another pressing issue. According to the report, only 5% of arable land is irrigated. There is a need to increase this figure to help meet the rising demands for food production to combat growing food insecurity.Where are the aquifers?The origin of the maps is an interesting story involving earth- penetrating radar, satellite cameras and the search for oil reserves.“Satellites have the capacity to map the earth to identify oil reserves,” Turton explains. “As the satellites detect oil in underground reservoirs, over the years they also pick up the presence of fresh water aquifers.”Drawing up the new maps was a major feat as areas of North, Central and West Africa didn’t have good quality maps. Where available, the new aquifer maps are based on an extensive review of available hydro-geological maps, but scientists also had to consult many individual studies.According to Helen Bonsor from the BGS, one of the authors of the paper, the greatest groundwater volumes are in large sedimentary aquifers in North African countries such as Libya, Algeria, Chad, Egypt and Sudan.Turton says South Africa and the SADC region also have large hidden underground water reserves. “There are about 12 to 15 aquifer systems, of which three are considered very important for the future.”“In South Africa a very substantial resource lies in a massive dolomite aquifer system east of Johannesburg in Gauteng,” he says.This aquifer covers a vast area, extending from Springs and Brakpan east of Johannesburg; to Lenasia south of the city; Zuurbekom, Carltonville and Magaliesberg on the West Rand; Kuruman in the Northern Cape and even as far as parts of Botswana.“To give you an idea of the size, the Witwatersrand mining basin’s aquifer storage capacity is about the size of Lake Kariba,” he says.Other countries such as Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and Ghana also have hidden aquifers.Getting the water outAlthough there is a lot of water underground the next big question is how to get it out, and if it is economically viable to extract it.The BGS paper points out that in certain areas, appropriately sited and developed boreholes for low-yielding rural water supply and hand pumps could be successful. However, the paper also warns that the potential for higher-yielding boreholes might not be possible.Extracting the water could also be very costly. “In many cases the water will have to be pulled up from a fairly great depth,” Turton says.Dr Alan MacDonald, lead author of the study, told BBC News that high-yielding boreholes should not be developed without a good understanding of local groundwater conditions.Large parts of Africa don’t receive rain very often and this means that many aquifers are not filled regularly. Scientists are concerned that aquifer water resources might be depleted if large-scale development of boreholes goes ahead.Turton points out that the logistics of mass extraction of water from aquifers is a big challenge. “So much cabling, piping and drilling will be needed, which will increase the cost of getting the water out.”However, he says large-scale drilling becomes more viable if the rock is very porous and has good transmissivity, a measure of the quantity of water that an aquifer can transmit horizontally.Transmissivity is also used to determine the water that an aquifer can deliver to a pumping well.“Highly transmissive systems are very suitable for exploitation,” he says.Aquifers for water storageTurton believes that extracting the water for use in hand pumps might not be the best option. “The true value of aquifers lie in their use for future storage of water,” he says.Underground storage is an efficient way to store water. The resource won’t be vulnerable to evaporation losses and it is fairly safe from contamination. Water found in aquifers is often cleaner than surface reserves because the permeable rock layers act as natural filters that purify water by removing impurities.Turton says in Africa the conversion ratio of rainfall to runoff is very low and a large amount of water is lost to evaporation.At continental level, the conversion rate is only 20% and in South Africa, the figure is even lower, between eight and 10%. In two of South Africa’s most important river basins, the Limpopo and Orange, the ratio is only 5%.“This has to be improved and aquifers are an excellent opportunity for this,” he says.The challenge from an engineering perspective is to find new ways to use ground water aquifers as underground storage dams.“Instead of storing water in dams above ground, water can be treated and stored underground to prevent large-scale evaporation. Building dams isn’t the only way to go,” he says.“It is possible to store water 200 to 300 metres underground for 25 years or even longer.”The idea presents many engineering challenges, but it is not impossible.A few years ago, the Department of Water Affairs in cooperation with the Water Research Commission, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and Groundwater Africa, released a document about the possibility of developing a national artificial recharge strategy as part of the country’s water management planning.Artificial recharge (AR) is the process whereby surface water is transferred underground via boreholes and infiltration basis to be stored in an aquifer.When needed, the water can be pumped from the aquifers via boreholes to users. Locally, AR is an ideal way to promote water conservation.Turton says that South Africa can learn from Botswana’s example. The ministry of water in that country built many smaller dams on a river system to capture water in peak periods. The dams are designed to leak, allowing the water to seep naturally into the ground.“This type of development could attract investment into the country and we need more investment in the water sector to attract the technology we need to do this,” he explains.Source: Department of Water and SanitationWould 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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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) determined, based on professional engineering assessments, that dam safety improvements completed over the past eight months — nearly one year ahead of schedule — allow for water levels to be increased two feet above winter pool at the more than 3,100-acre Buckeye Lake.The first phase of the Buckeye Lake improvements are now complete and provide the community and the residents downstream with a structure that offers significant protections against potential dam failure, as well as allowing for interim water levels to be raised above winter pool. The new seepage barrier and stability berm have been planned and constructed just 15 months after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deemed the lake to be at risk for catastrophic failure and had recommended draining the lake.“This project is an enormous undertaking, and I’m proud of the engineers and staff that have worked around the clock to build a safer structure for the residents of the Buckeye Lake community and all who enjoy this wonderful state park,” said James Zehringer, ODNR Director. “While the final project is not yet complete, we have cleared an enormous hurdle, allowing us to maintain a higher water level and provide more recreational opportunities for visitors and businesses around the lake.”Following completion of the stability berm and seepage barrier, engineers from Gannett Fleming and ASI, the contractors building the dam, assessed the structure. At that time, they recommended to ODNR that two feet above winter pool would be an acceptable level for the water to be maintained at this stage in the project. ODNR dam engineers have reviewed and accepted that recommendation, with the understanding that proactive lake management will be utilized to keep the water at a safe level.“The team that ODNR assembled, including Gannett Fleming, ASI and all of the subcontractors, worked day and night to get phase one done in less than a year, in anticipation of bringing the water level up, and we appreciate everyone’s patience,” said Robert Kline, Gannett Fleming Vice President and Deputy Manager of the Dams and Hydraulics Section. “The Buckeye Lake Dam is in a much safer state than it was prior to completing phase one, and therefore public risk has been significantly reduced.”The water levels at Buckeye Lake will continue to be proactively monitored and maintained at this recommended depth during the recreational seasons, until the dam replacement project is completed, which is scheduled for 2019. When the new dam meets the required safety standards, the water will be returned to full summer pool.Initial estimates regarding cost and timeline have been significantly reduced thanks to exceptional planning and aggressive timelines. Initial estimates placed the cost of the new dam at $150 million, but current estimates indicate that the state could achieve nearly a 20% savings on total cost. In addition, the completion of the first phase of the project nearly a year ahead of schedule is allowing recreational boating to occur on the lake much earlier. Phase two of the Buckeye Lake Dam replacement project is currently being designed.last_img read more


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first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Salem last broke the 10-point barrier back in Sept. 16 against La Salle when he had 12 points and the following four games saw Bulldog wingman average just 4.5 points a game.And Salem put up just 3.8 points a game during the Bulldogs’ three-match skid.“Coach (Jamike Jarin) texted me and told me to just relax, play my game, and ‘we’re here for you,’” said Salem. “It’s just within me and that I just had to relax.”ADVERTISEMENT The Bulldogs were in dire need of a win to finish the first half of the season on a positive note when Salem finally hit his stride.NU’s captain fired 21 points in the Bulldogs’ 77-70 win over University of the Philippines, and Salem couldn’t help but breathe a huge sigh of relief.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout View comments Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt took almost a month for Matt Salem to get his scoring groove back, and oh did he recover just when it mattered the most.National University was in a three-game skid in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament and slipped to a dangerous 2-4 record near the end of the first round. ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “It’s a learning experience for me and I’ll take these struggles I had in the first round and put it to good use,” said Salem Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “Those things are something you come to.”“I might have been putting too much pressure on myself and it was affecting my game.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City UST, FEU advance to UAAP beach volleyball semifinals MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


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first_imgFormer Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi, an accused in a corruption case, was slapped with aDelhi High Court notice on a plea opposing his visit to London during the Olympics later this month.The court has also sought a response from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) within three days, and asked Kalmadi not to leave the country prior to July 26, his scheduled date of departure.The Public Interest Litigation filed by advocate Rahul Mehra on Wednesday sought the court’s direction to restrain Kalmadi from visiting London saying he was facing trial in a corruption case and could not be allowed to represent the country in an international event.A division bench of Acting Chief Justice AK Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, issuing notice to Kalmadi and IOA, which he heads, said: “Issue notice to respondents (IOA and Kalmadi)… He (Kalmadi) is not going to leave the country before his scheduled date of July 26.”The bench posted the matter for July 24 for further hearing.The court asked Kalmadi, who is also president of the Asian Athletes Association and member of the Council of International Association of Athletes Federation, not to advance his slated July 26 departure for Olympics.Mehra, objecting to the London trip of Kalmadi, said he was going to attend the games on public money and in violation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) code of ethics.He also alleged that Kalmadi was in jail for nine months in a criminal case and the IOC charter also prohibited such persons from attending any event organised by it.advertisementA special CBI court July 13 had allowed Kalmadi to visit London from July 26-Aug 13 for the London Olympics 2012.During the hearing countering the argument of Mehra, senior advocate Rajiv Nayyar appearing for Kalmadi, who is out on bail in a graft case related to 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, told the court that Kalmadi was leaving for London Olympics on his individual capacity and not in his official capacity as IOA president.On a court question to Nayyar as to in what capacity Kalmadi was going to London, he said: “He is not representing the government. He is going in his individual capacity as he is being invited there.”Mehra told the court that Kalmadi, as a president of IOA, had given two undertakings (in January and February) to remain on prolonged absent from IOA and not to interfere into its day-to-day affairs, following a letter from IOC to comply with its code of ethics, as he was facing a criminal case.last_img read more


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first_imgRanbir Kapoor’s character in Barfi doesn’t have a single dialogue. The trailer of the film, keeping his deaf and mute character in mind, relies completely on the background score to highlight Ranbir’s performance.Ranbir, who sports a thin, golden braid in Barfi, had a blast with the two leading ladies of the film – Priyanka Chopra and southern siren Illeana D’Cruz at the unveiling of the film’s first look by director Anurag Basu in Mumbai on Monday.The trailer of the film was simultaneously released on YouTube, and has received more than 1,66,000 hits within no time while Ranbir’s deaf and mute act in the film was appreciated so much that he was trending on Twitter.The 2.27-minute long fast-paced trailer on YouTube has no dialogues and shows Ranbir clowning around. He has shown great chemistry with newcomer Illeana, who is his romantic lead in the film. Priyanka, who plays a mentally challenged girl, sports short, curly hair and dowdy outfits in the film. She has gone completely de-glamorous to get into the skin of the character.Ranbir has drawn inspiration from “Charlie Chaplin and Mr Bean” for his character, where he has to convey everything through his actions and emotions. His fans have also been gushing about his braid.Illeana, a Goa-based model who has worked in several hit southern films such as Pokiri, Devdasu and Kedi, plays a Bengali girl in the film.Netizens have gone gaga over Ranbir-Illeana’s chemistry in the trailer, which doesn’t have much of Priyanka.advertisementAt the launch, Ranbir clowned around with his co-actors, putting to rest speculations that he and Priyanka shared cold vibes. Rumours were rife that the actors had a misunderstanding on the sets of their previous film Anjana Anjani in 2010.”Illeana has the maximum dialogues in the film. Since Ranbir’s character is that of a mute boy, he emotes through actions while Priyanka too has to rely on her facial expressions in the film,” director Anurag Basu said, explaining his forthcoming dark comic thriller. Basu, who has previously made films such as Life?in a Metro and Gangster, had scored a dud with his last film, the Hrithik Roshanstarrer Kites.Meanwhile, Ranbir’s fans have already declared the film a hit. “Even though RANBIR KAPOOR’s character doesn’t talk in #BARFI. He as an actor speaks volumes. Period!” tweeted Devansh Patel. “Barfi trailer charming. This Ranbir Kapoor grabs your attention and won’t let go,” tweeted producer Pritish Nandy.last_img read more


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first_imgRoma captain Daniele de Rossi: Retirement ever closerby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma captain Daniele de Rossi admits he senses his career is coming to the end.The 35-year-old has been out since October 28 with a cartilage injury, and is unlikely to be fit to face Juventus on Saturday.“When I was young I’d have signed in any way to play half the Serie A games I have,” De Rossi told DAZN.“I’m a lucky guy, I’ve done the job I love, in the city I love, with the people I love. It weighs on me to look over the ravine, because I know the end is near, especially with this injury.“I’ve tasted what it means to be away from the squad, and I know it’s going to hurt me when I stop doing this job.“Whether that’s six months, a year, or three years, time is running out on my career.“This is the most serious injury of my career, it’s a cartilage problem, I’ve suffered a serious injury. It would be very serious if I were to tear it again at 35.“It takes time, I’ve started running and kicking the ball but I’m still behind.“The future? I have this dream of being a Coach, and if I have to think about all the things a Coach has to do what scares me most is doing 100 interviews a week!” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


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first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Spain U21 coach De la Fuente happy with attitude of Barcelona whiz Ansu Fatiby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona attacker Ansu Fati could debut with Spain’s Under-21 side against Montenegro on Tuesday.But his national team coach Luis de la Fuente doesn’t want to single the player out.The Barcelona forward replaced Carles Perez in the La Rojita squad, after the latter withdrew due to injury.”[Ansu Fati] was very calm when he arrived and wants to enjoy his football like the others,” De la Fuente told MARCA. “There are players who make a difference immediately, he is not the only case, but he has various qualities for his age and youth.”He has many chances to improve but we have to be cautious.”He is just starting out and we have to help him.”Ansu’s situation is the same as [Iker] Muniain’s in his day.”We have to treat him normally.” last_img read more



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first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsPeople in Manitoba are set to hit the polls next week for the 42nd provincial election.The NDP, Liberals and Green parties are attempting to dethrone the governing Progressive Conservatives.While many promises have been made from all four parties, what has seemingly been missing is what each party will do for Indigenous people in the province.Brian Pallister says his government has spent the last three years working to repair relationships with First Nations.During a press conference he cited the Tories work on the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels.“We’re moving on flood protection projects and give people a chance to grow in their own communities,” he said.“We’ve been working really hard on the duty to consult framework to make sure we’re involving communities and individuals [to] have the chance to be involved in dialogue from top to bottom when we make changes.”But Pallister’s consultation process was heavily criticized at a First Nation town hall meeting on the flood project last month.Pallister has also come under fire for axing several agreements with the Manitoba Metis Federation over Hydro projects.Pallister committed to advocating for Indigenous women and girls.“I spent a decade of my life standing up for Indigenous women’s rights in respect to matrimonial property,” he said referring to his work as an MP before becoming party leader.If re-elected, the Conservatives say they will address the 231 calls for justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls through it’s Gender-Based Violence Committee of Cabinet, which was launched in December.The NDP is headed by Wab Kinew.He says his party is committed to creating a cabinet committee to act on the Inquiry’s findings.“What I can tell you is it’s not going to be me overseeing the recommendations it’s going to be folks like Nahanni Fontaine, Bernadette Smith, Amanda Lathlin who have lived experience of what it’s like to be an Indigenous woman in Manitoba,” said Kinew at a party news conference.Kinew is set to make history is his party wins.He will be the first First Nations man to become premier of Manitoba.But his campaign hasn’t been without controversy.In 2017, a woman came forward with allegations of domestic assault against Kinew, which stemmed from 2003.Kinew has denied the allegations.Kinew has repeatedly turned down requests for an interview from APTN News to discuss the campaign and the allegations.The Tories have made this the focus of attack ads over the past month.Healthcare is the main plank in the NDP platform, especially for the north.“That involves more clinics, health centres and specialists being located in the north. We’ll work with northern communities including northern First Nations to bring those services closer to home,” said Kinew.Green Party leader James Beddome has also stated the importance of healthcare, especially when it comes to youth in remote northern communities.God’s Lake First Nation recently called a state of emergency after four young people died by suicide over the summer.Beddome said his party will take advantage of telehealth options but admits this isn’t always possible.“It’s even a challenge in some of those communities because even the internet is not reliable so we’d certainly have to look at that. But there is going to be a need to have more psychologists up there,” he said.The Liberals plan to open 24/7 safe spaces for women fleeing domestic violence.Party leader Dougald Lamont said if his party forms government they will create a Manitoba police service with an Indigenous-lead unit.He added addressing many of the MMIWG Inquiry’s recommendations starts with tackling poverty.“We’re proposing a basic minimum income for all Manitobans that would basically end Employment and Income Assistance,” said Lamont.“The goal is to get every Manitoban out of poverty within four years. First Nations are Manitobans as well so we would partner with the federal government to make sure that is working on reserve as well.”Voters hits the polls on Sept. 10.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more