Tony Fernandes took to Twitter to declare his pride at QPR’s dramatic victory against West Brom.They stormed back from 2-0 down with Charlie Austin’s hat-trick securing a 3-2 victory which lifted them out of the bottom three and up to 15th in the Premier League.Rangers chairman Fernandes tweeted: “What a win what a win. That’s the way to win. Shows true character. Happy happy happy.”Austin tweeted a picture of himself with the match ball after the amazing triumph at Loftus Road, where he scored a first-half penalty before two close-range finishes after the break swung the match in QPR’s favour.Vice-chairman Amit Bhatia tweeted: “There are just no words to describe how amazing that was! I am just so very proud. Congrats @chazaustin9 u deserve every bit of this success.”And chief executive Philip Beard added: “There are Christmas presents and there are Christmas presents but watching Charlie score a hat-trick is the best present of all. Thx Santa!”Happy Christmas everyone! #hattrick #matchball #QPRfamily http://t.co/WvMOrhAeWz pic.twitter.com/DiIROt8qAV — Charlie Austin (@chazaustin9) December 20, 2014Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand, who was again among the Rangers substitutes, tweeted: “Great character shown by the lads today. 2 zip down – 3-2 up!! @chazaustin9 shooting on sight !”And sidelined Rangers midfielder Alejandro Faurlin declared: “I’m seriously thinking of my next tatto to be @chazaustin9 what a striker my goodness!!!”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
In a typical home, the refrigerator accounts for about 8% of the total annual energy expense, according to 2005 data from the U.S. Department of Energy. While this energy consumption for food storage is significant, it’s far less than it was a few decades ago. In the mid-1970s, an average new refrigerator used about 1,800 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, making it the single most expensive energy load in many homes.Today, even though refrigerators are significantly larger than in the mid-70s, the energy use has dropped dramatically, due to more efficient compressors, improved insulation, and other features.Refrigerators sold today must meet minimum energy performance standards, which are set by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). These standards are based on a complicated formula that factors in size, configuration, and features. The maximum electricity consumption for a typical 19-cubic-foot top-freezer model works out to about 500 kWh/year. With side-by-side refrigerator-freezers that maximum consumption is a lot higher. Energy Star refrigerators use at least 20% less energy than the federal limit. Both the federal energy performance standards and Energy Star requirements have been tightened periodically since those programs were first launched.So, if you have an old fridge, chances are pretty good that it’s an energy hog and you could save a lot of energy by replacing it. To find out how much electricity your existing fridge is using, buy or borrow an electricity monitor (see last week’s column), plug your fridge into it for a week or two, then calculate the annual usage.If you decide to buy a new fridge, here are some tips:Use the yellow EnergyGuide labels to compare one model to another in the appliance store. These guides show the annual electricity consumption based on standardized testing; as with automobile fuel economy ratings, your actual energy use may vary.Choose an Energy Star-certified refrigerator. The current Energy Star standard for refrigerators requires 20% lower electricity use than the federal maximum, so if you see the Energy Star logo on a fridge, you can be confident that it’s a pretty energy-efficient model.Manual defrost saves energy. The most energy-efficient refrigerators are manual-defrost models, but these are available primarily with small, low-end products aimed at the rental-apartment market or with specialized (expensive) models designed for “off-grid” homes powered by solar or wind energy.Choose a top-freezer or bottom-freezer model over a side-by-side refrigerator-freezer. Side-by-side models use significantly more energy because of their larger size and larger door area. If you need additional freezer space, consider a chest freezer. Be aware that because the federal standards (and Energy Star certifications) vary by configuration, an Energy Star-certified side-by-side model may use significantly more energy than a non-Energy Star top-freezer model.Don’t buy a larger refrigerator than you need. Larger models usually use more energy than smaller ones—though this isn’t always the case (which is why it’s important to compare the yellow EnergyGuide labels)—see mini-fridges below.Avoid mini-fridges. Those small, under-counter refrigerators, even Energy Star-certified models, use significantly more electricity per cubic foot of capacity than full-size refrigerators. Under the federal standards, a 5-cubic-foot, under-counter refrigerator may use as much electricity as an 18-cubic-foot refrigerator-only model, yet it holds less than a third as much food! I’m not sure why the performance is so bad with mini-fridges; it has partly to do with the greater surface-to-volume ratio.Avoid through-the-door ice and water dispensers unless you really need these features, as they can increase electricity usage by 10 to 20%.Recycle the old one. If you’re getting a new fridge, avoid the temptation to keep the older one in your garage or basement to hold a few six-packs of beer or soda.Install the fridge away from heat sources. The waste heat from a kitchen range will make the refrigerator’s compressor work harder and thus use more electricity.Operate the fridge for energy savings. Some refrigerators have electric heating elements to keep the outer surface warm enough that condensation won’t occur. This feature wastes energy—both through the direct electricity use and by making the compressor work harder to keep the interior cold. If there’s an energy-saving switch on your refrigerator keep it set to the energy-saver mode unless condensation becomes a problem.
“I love it. It’s something that I look forward to because it gives me energy,” he said.Though Brown only played two games for the Beermen, it was enough to leave a lasting memory on him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe had his moments in his short stint, making game-winning putback to lift the Beermen over Meralco back in the 2011 PBA Commissioner’s Cup before getting replaced by David Young.And what made his return to the country more special was the same electric energy the crowd had at Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday. LATEST STORIES “I remember the energy the crowd gives and it was great to be back and play in the Philippines,” he said.Unfortunately for Brown, Japan remained winless in the first round of the Asian qualifiers following an 84-89 loss as the Japanese saw their comeback bid fall short against Jayson Castro and Co.“I thought we were in the game,” shared Brown, who tallied 16 points and eight rebounds for his side.Despite his solid numbers, the 6-foot-4 forward rued his free throw woes, going 2-of-10 from the charity stripe as the Akatsuki Five also missed 15 free throws as a whole in the game.“That’s terrible,” admitted Brown, who now faces an uphill climb if he wants to lead Japan to the second round of the Asian qualifiers. “I can’t do that if we want to beat teams especially on the road. I gotta do better job at that.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Lesnar set for WrestleMania rematch after 7-man Elimination Chamber Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt felt like a homecoming of sorts for Ira Brown when Japan flew to Manila to face Gilas Pilipinas for the second time in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Now playing as a naturalized player for Akatsuki Five, the 35-year-old forward’s memories came rushing back to him as he recounted his days playing in the PBA in front of the Filipino fans as a reinforcement for San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next
Pakistan hockey captain Zeeshan Ashraf has vowed to avenge their defeat against India in the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games when the two arch-rivals meet for the third time this year in next month’s Asian Games at Guangzhou, China.Pakistan were unable to counter India’s speed and accuracy in their Commonwealth Games clash in New Delhi, losing 4-7 in a highly-charged atmosphere. In a similar result, India had beaten Pakistan in their World Cup clash at the same Major Dhyan Chand venue last March.Pakistan and India will meet in a crucial Pool B contest of the Asian Games hockey event on November 20 and Zeeshan hopes to make the clash against the old rivals in Guangzhou a memorable one.If Pakistan win the gold medal, they will secure an Olympic berth but for the skipper, national pride will be above anything else.”We have to win our match against India at all costs. We played badly against them in our last match but we won’t repeat the same mistakes again in Guangzhou,” said Zeeshan.Zeeshan said that his team won’t go down in their third meeting of the year against India.”We won’t let Pakistan down again. The match against India will be really crucial for us because it might decide which team from our pool will play against Korea in the semifinals.”We are a bit short on experience when compared to India.But the boys are improving slowly but surely,” the experienced defender said in an interview to Pakistan’s ‘Geo Super’ channel.advertisementDefending champions Korea head Pool A that also includes hosts China and minnows Oman. Pakistan share Pool B with India, Japan and Bangladesh.Zeeshan said that the match against India will be Pakistan’s most important pool outing but was quick to add that his team won’t take Japan for granted either.”Japan are a very good team on their day and we can’t afford to take them lightly,” he said.The defender believes that “too many changes” over the past few months have taken their toll on the team.”There have been too many changes in the line-up and also in the coaching staff. India on the other hand have experienced more stability and now they are on the way up,” the captain added.Pakistan will take part in the final conditioning camp beginning October 25 in Islamabad before moving to Kuala Lumpur early next month to play two warm-up games against Malaysia.They will also play hosts China in a practice game ahead of the quadrennial event in Guangzhou.- With inputs from PTI
Ranjan Sharma: I remember INDIA TODAY’s reporting of some matches in Sharjah a couple of years ago and how much praise was sung for Sachin. What happened after that?Rohit Brijnath: Sachin is still the best batsman in the world. It is absurd that people should ask him to give up,Ranjan Sharma: I remember INDIA TODAY’s reporting of some matches in Sharjah a couple of years ago and how much praise was sung for Sachin. What happened after that?Rohit Brijnath: Sachin is still the best batsman in the world. It is absurd that people should ask him to give up the captaincy because the rest of the team doesn’t bat well enough. It’s too early to decide whether he’s capable or not and switching captains just now would not help.The problem lies not in the head of Sachin Tendulkar but in the amateur style of the BCCI. A flawed system will produce a flawed team.Ashok Dutta: In view of the rout in Australia, is it not time to ban all commercial ads by the cricketers so that they concentrate more on the game and less on earning a quick buck? RB: I can understand your anger, and there are times all of us feel the cricketers get paid too much. But I think they are entitled to make the best living they can. After all, unlike almost any other profession they have a very short career span. In most sports, by the time you’re in your mid-30s your career is over.So banning them from commercial ads would not be just. However, if the players are getting Rs 90,000 per one-day match, that sum should be reduced to say Rs 60,000. But there should be a bonus clause – if they win they get an extra Rs 30,000.Dilip: Don’t you think Azhar would have been a better bet than the middle order in the team to Australia? advertisementRB: There is no doubt Azhar would have done better than some of our batsmen. The reason he was excluded has nothing to do with cricketing ability. Quite simply, many players don’t want to play with him.
min read November 3, 2012 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. When people think of the most innovative companies, they think of ones that are coming out with new and amazing technology. The push for self-driving cars or augmented reality glasses can be a more compelling story than, say, a smaller iPad.But one thing highlighted in the Booz & Co. Innovation 1000 study and our conversation with co-author Barry Jaruzelski is that pushing technological boundaries is just one of the three successful paths to innovation. Each is as difficult to execute, requires as much innovation in the research and development (R&D) process, and has as much potential as the next.Here’s how Jaruzelski describes them: 1. Need seekers (think Apple)”…these are companies who’s innovation strategy is essentially around knowing customers better than themselves, identifying unarticulated needs, and then being the first to market with a product that addresses those needs. It’s very heavily reliant on direct customer observation rather than market research. It is people telling you what they want, watching customers, seeing how they interact with the product or competitors’ products, and observing opportunities in the problems that they’re having.”Apple didn’t invent the touch screen. But it’s made vastly more money than anyone else on it by focusing on how people use it, and being better than anyone else at delivering that experience.Related: Most Companies Think They’re Horrible At Bringing Ideas To Market2. Market readers (think Samsung)”…a market reader is sort of the classic fast follower, it doesn’t mean they ignore their customers, but they’re very attuned to what competitors are doing and what other people are bringing to market first and observing what seems to be gaining traction, then very rapidly coming up with their own version of that innovation. You can think about the companies set up as almost a massive coiled spring to basically pop out and copy an idea, not reverse engineer it necessarily, but, looking at innovation and coming up with their own version very rapidly to get their share. It’s very much rooted in competitive intelligence, classic market research kinds of activities in terms of the front end.”Samsung wouldn’t have jumped five spots in three years on the ranking of the world’s most innovative companies delivering bad copies of an iPhone. It creates compelling new versions of products, times them well, and adds to them. Pulling that off is an innovative and difficult strategy in its own right. Related: Why It’s A Miracle That Any Medicine Gets Approved3. Tech drivers (think Google)”The third category is what we call technology drivers. This is much more the traditional technology push kind of model, where the pendulum hasn’t swung completely away from customers and markets, but it’s much more oriented towards leveraging the technology base, seeing what you can push out, seeing where there might be applications for the technology.”This is the model that’s traditionally defined innovation, but being the first to come up with something and the best at making money off of it are very different.Every company listed here is successful and approaches R&D in a completely different way. The narrative that calls only the last group innovative may be appealing, but it’s not what investors or R&D executives care about.Related: The 20 Biggest Corporate R&D Spenders In The World This story originally appeared on Business Insider Register Now »
March 19, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global The cloud is growing larger every day, with more and more customers either storing their data there or using its other functions. In a time of rapid change, it’s easy for the cloud to be seen by some as a panacea to cure their many IT ills, while for others it presents as a source of impending woe.1: My current computer systems will work just as well in the cloud as they do today.Sadly, no. A network requires servers that can be set up either locally or in the cloud. However, servers in the cloud are shared and the management of that sharing incurs performance overhead. This performance hit could impact specialized industry systems designed for on-site servers. As a user, you do not have control over when that might happen.2: My current means of working with very large sets of data will be the same — if not better — in the cloud.Not true. The speed of the connection between where you access your data and where it is stored in your cloud might not be as fast as the high speeds you may be used to with an on-site server.3: Applications I’m accustomed to using throughout my organization will work seamlessly after their support systems go to the cloud.False. Using the cloud to host any application also means moving all of its supporting elements into to the cloud. While this shift can be beneficial, if access to the cloud is interrupted in any way, productivity could grind to a halt.4: For my organization, the cloud is an either-or proposition: I can either be in the cloud or I can keep my current setup with physical servers.In reality, the most effective way for an organization to see the benefits of the cloud is to use both setups simultaneously as they slowly transition into the cloud.5: Virtualizing my servers is all I need for my company to succeed in the cloud.Virtualizing is the process of taking a given task into the cloud, where a physical server creates a ‘virtual machine’ to help you complete it more quickly than you could on your own. But a virtualized server by itself is not enough to succeed. Just like there is more to a vacation than choosing the destination, success in the cloud relies on the automated management infrastructure around the server working well — like packing the right clothes for that getaway.6: The only way to keep hackers from breaking into my cloud is to build my own.Not true! In fact, the variety of attacks a cloud sustains can actually make it more secure. That’s because the engineers protecting the network will be able to identify and correct more weaknesses. But that doesn’t mean you need to build your own cloud. As your security needs grow, any increase in resources directed towards securing your cloud can provide an advantage, whether in money saved or attacks defeated.7: All I need is a cloud to save money on my IT needs.Not so fast. The cloud is able to easily adjust the amount of computing power you’re using, giving a lot of flexibility to your budget. Focusing on cost alone, though, and not investigating how you might achieve significant efficiencies with new cloud technologies after you migrate could diminish your return on the cloud investment.8: Once I’m in the cloud, I can help employees be more productive by giving them apps for their smartphones.They keys to a successful app are often misunderstood. While a cloud’s ability to provide enormous computing power can help an app succeed, other factors can be equally important, like whether the app will work without a network connection. A hybrid approach combining local and offline data storage while interfacing with the cloud on an as-available basis is one best practice.9: It is easy to change from one cloud provider to another whenever I want to.Not true. In fact, the bottom lines of many niche cloud providers require them to lock in their customers, typically with long-term contracts or painfully high early termination fees. If you don’t go with an industry-leading provider, make sure to read all the fine print and get a professional second opinion.10: I’m worried that my cloud provider is spying on my activity in their cloud.With privacy on many minds these days, the multi-billion-dollar cloud computing industry could collapse if even one major cloud provider was caught snooping on their user’s data — or helping others do so. These providers are actually building security mechanisms to guarantee they themselves cannot access the data. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read Register Now »