Petulant Ramirez did not deserve red card, claims Bruce

first_imgSteve Bruce bemoaned the red card given to Gaston Ramirez in Hull City’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham, claiming the decision changed the whole complexity of the match.The on-loan Southampton midfielder kicked out at Jan Vertonghen after the pair came together at the start of the second half, with the Tigers leading the match 1-0.But Bruce believes the incident did not warrant a red card, saying it was a moment of petulance from the 23-year-old rather than violent conduct, while also criticising the Spurs defender’s reaction to the incident.“There was a bit of provocation,” said Bruce. “He [Ramirez] thought it was a free-kick and he didn’t get it.“Vertonghen’s gone over and I’d be really disappointed as a centre half, and he is a top player, to go over like he did.“I can’t say anything about the referee because he [the linesman] is in his ear to say that it is a red card.“It’s hard enough to win with eleven let alone ten and it [red card] just changes the whole complexity and spectacle because it was a really decent game.”last_img read more

WhatsApp takes SA mobile phones by storm

first_img21 February 2014More than half of South Africa’s urban adult mobile phone users are using instant messaging service WhatsApp, according to researchers World Wide Worx and Fuseware.Releasing an update of their South African Social Media Landscape 2014 report on Thursday, the researchers said a recent survey of adult cellphone users living in South Africa’s cities and towns indicated that at least 10.6-million urban adults were using WhatsApp.The release of the findings follow Wednesday’s announcement that the world’s biggest social media network, Facebook, is to acquire WhatsApp for US$19-billion as its seeks to consolidate its domination of both social media and instant messaging.Facebook still dominantAccording to the World Wide Worx/Fuseware survey, Facebook remains the dominant social network on local phones, with 45% – or 9-million South Africans – using it on their mobile devices at the end of 2013.“Total Facebook use in South Africa was at about 11-million at the end of 2013, putting it marginally ahead of WhatsApp – for now,” the researchers said.“Future expectations expressed by respondents indicate that WhatsApp will rise to 63% penetration in the next 12-18 months, while Facebook’s mobile penetration will rise more moderately, to 53%.”Mxit, BBM, Twitter, Google+The previous darling of the South African instant messaging market, Mxit, remains stable, and is used by 25% of adults, with the figure expected to rise to 29% in the next 12-18 months.BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) also continues to grow, the survey found, and is now used by 21% of adults, “with the figure potentially reaching 28% if BlackBerry is able to maintain its handset sales momentum in South Africa”.Twitter has reached 20% of the adult market, with expectations of it rising to 30% in the next 12 to 18 months.“The dark horse is Google+, which was shown last year to have low usage in terms of users posting content – fewer than half-a-million users had done so – but has an exceptionally high user base: 32% of adults say they use it on their phones. However, many respondents confuse the Google search app with the Google+ social networking app.”Two up-and-coming social apps also appear in the survey: Cape Town-based 2Go now has 8% penetration, expected to rise to 14%, while Chinese service WeChat, launched in South Africa in mid-2013, has reached 5% of the market, and is expected to rise to 13%.Strong urban-rural divideAccording to the researchers, the social and instant messaging market is characterised by a strong urban-rural divide, with WhatsApp used by 61% of urban dwellers, compared to 37% outside urban areas. The survey did not include “deep rural” users living outside cities and towns.Age is also a major differentiator, especially among Facebook and Mxit users. Facebook has 58% penetration among under-25s, 45% among those aged 26-45, and 25% among the over-45s. Mxit penetration drops dramatically through the age groups, from 43% to 21% to only 8%.“WhatsApp is more spread out, with 58% and 56% penetration, respectively, among the under-25s and 26-45s,” the researchers said. “It drops to 38% among over-45s. For both Facebook and WhatsApp, penetration among over-45s is now higher than overall penetration had been a year previously.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Green Buildings Aren’t Truly Green Without Location Efficiency

first_imgI was one of the lucky ones. I spent only two hours in my car when the big snowstorm of 2014 hit Atlanta on Tuesday. We got only about 2 inches of snow in my part of the city, but I made the mistake of going out for lunch at a restaurant right next to Emory University and the CDC compound. It took Jeffrey and me an hour and 45 minutes to drive the 2 miles back to the office. In the first photo below, you can see that the roads themselves were still in good shape at 2 o’clock, at least where we were.While I was sitting there in the passenger seat, I decided to take a look at the rest of Atlanta traffic. The map below, with all the red showing bad traffic, shows what it looked like at 1:45 p.m., near the beginning of our sojourn. Then it got worse.The good news, though, was that the grocery store near our condo was still fully stocked with milk (photo below). I can’t believe our neighbors allowed this to happen and hope they show the appropriate level of panic next time. What happened?If you paid any attention to the news, you heard plenty of horror stories about the tremendous pain caused by a meager 2 inches of snow. One woman couldn’t get to the hospital so she gave birth to her new baby in her car, stuck on I-285 (the Perimeter). Kids were stuck in school buses until late at night, or even overnight. There were 1,254 traffic accidents in a 24-hour period. And on and on… Look for the helpersOne of the great things that comes out of a nightmare like this is hearing about the people who went out of their way to help others. I saw a photo of a man passing out snacks to people stuck in traffic. Many people helped push cars and try to get them unstuck. Businesses and organizations opened their doors to stranded commuters. Teachers calmed their students by treating the event as an adventure.I grew up in the ’60s and loved to watch Mr. Rogers on TV. The stories of the helpers remind me of something he said: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ “ RELATED ARTICLES Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Will we learn our lesson?It remains to be seen if this will be a tipping point for us. I’m a bit skeptical because our state government prefers funding highways over public transportation. I’m sure we’ll hear some calls for more lanes and more roads as a solution, but I doubt the results would have seen different even if we’d had double the amount of roads.But there is hope! The Atlanta Beltline, shown in the map below, is ramping up and offers some relief, at least in some areas of the city. The Beltline includes transit-oriented development, light rail, trails, and parks. It’s a really cool project, dreamed up by a Georgia Tech student in 1999. We need more of this kind of planning!center_img Why we melted down in the big freezePlenty has been written about it, and you can read some good analyses in this article in The Atlantic as well as this article in Politico Magazine. Yes, the school districts could have helped to avert the nightmare by canceling school in advance. The governments could have pretreated the roads. People could have stayed home from work. The problem is actually deeper than that, but why didn’t anyone do those simple things anyway?Some people have blamed the meteorologists, saying weather reports were calling only for flurries in Atlanta with most of the snow going to the south of us. That’s not what I saw. I get my weather news from the Weather Channel app on my phone, and it had been calling for snow two days in advance. What they were forecasting 24 hours ahead is exactly how it played out.The National Weather Service did get it right. The American Geophysical Union published an article showing that we were under a Winter Storm Watch starting at about 5:00 a.m. on Monday. They upgraded the Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Storm Warning at 3:39 a.m. on Tuesday, about 8 hours before the snow started falling, with a prediction of 1 to 2 inches of snow. The problem wasn’t a lack of warning from the weather forecasters.Despite our governor blaming bad weather reports, however, the problems go still deeper. Where You Build May Matter More Than What You BuildLocation EfficiencyLocation Efficiency Trumps Home Energy EfficiencyGetting Around Without Fossil FuelsReduce the Need for DrivingDriving Our SUVs to the BP ProtestsTo Save Transportation Energy, Change BehaviorHouses Versus Cars When suburbia goes sprawlingYeah, it definitely could have been handled better to mitigate the trauma we experienced this week. The root cause, however, is suburban sprawl with few alternatives to getting around by automobile. We have MARTA, with its sparse heavy rail and its buses. I use the train when I go to the airport, but it’s difficult to live here without relying pretty heavily on your car.When the MARTA rail lines were built, some of the suburban counties rejected having them extend out to their areas. In 2012, we had a statewide referendum on approving new tax money to fund transit projects that could provide alternatives to cars. Sadly, voters rejected it by a large margin.Yes, weather forecasts and bad decision-making affected the results. Better long-term planning could have had millions of people safely at home instead of sleeping on grocery store floors, in churches, or in their cars. The drive-till-you-qualify housing market lets people have bigger houses, but at a cost. The basic facts are that everyone went about their lives as usual on Tuesday. Adults went to work and kids went to school. The snow started coming down around noon. All the schools and many workplaces released everyone to go home at about the same time. The roads gridlocked quickly. The snow hit the roads, melted, and then froze into ice.The government bodies in charge — and there are many, with over 60 mayors of cities and towns in the metro area — didn’t pretreat the roads. People here don’t have snow tires or chains, for the most part. The result was abysmal driving conditions, leading to all the accidents and even more gridlock.last_img read more

Battle for survival

first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Garcia echoed his star player’s remarks, adding that Magnolia’s recent victory that leveled the series does not afford the Hotshots any sort of advantage. It was just that: A win.“It’s nothing like they gained any momentum,” Garcia said. “They just tied it. It’s not like exhaustion is catching up to us this time around. For me, while the way we finished the game is a positive thing, we still lost.”The pair is hoping that they’re able up the ante in the next meeting.“It’s going to be about the survival of the fittest,” Garcia said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James Yap. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOf course, Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia was disappointed after letting a golden chance on Monday slip away.But he feels that he learned something from losing Game 4 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series with Magnolia, and vows to use that knowledge to the fullest when they break a 2-2 standoff at 7 Wednesday night at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Tigers push series back home for KO match “From the start of the game, they were very physical,” Garcia said. “I just told the players at halftime (of Game 4) that we just have to man up.”Missed opportunityFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Elasto Painters trailed big early and came out a different team for the last two periods that night, getting back in the fight only to bungle a golden chance to forge overtime when James Yap barely missed a triple at the buzzer of a 94-91 loss.For Garcia, matching Magnolia’s take-no-prisoners ruggedness in the final frame was the very reason why they were able to move within a point in the final four seconds. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Going into Game 5, we have to be more physical. When we were in the second half, that’s when we were able to come back,” he added.Breakthrough performanceThe Elasto Painters clawed themselves out of a 21-point hole and nearly sent the game into overtime, mostly thanks to Yap’s breakthrough scoring performance in the series.“They knotted the series,” the decorated veteran Yap said in Filipino. “It’s now going to boil down into a best-of-three. The next game is going to be our Game 1 and I’m sure my teammates and I are on the same page.”“It’s going to be crucial for both teams,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more