Could Judge still force through QPR move with Tractor Boys playing hardball?

first_imgEven though Rangers have completed the signing of former Bournemouth wide man Marc Pugh on a one-year deal, it’s still possible that the Hoops could sign Ipswich playmaker Alan Judge before the closure of the August transfer window. Judge, who made it known to Ipswich boss Paul Lambert that he’d like the chance to talk terms with Rangers, has seen two offers rejected by Ipswich owner Marcus Evans.Evans has previous history when it comes to retaining Town’s top talent, having spurned Leicester City’s advances for David McGoldrick when a £7m bid came calling in 2014. More recently, Bartosz Bialkowski was the subject of a £3.5m bid from Birmingham City for his services after being in the Polish national squad at the 2018 World Cup. The two bids from QPR for Judge were in the region of £250,000 and £450,000 respectively. Considering that Judge is a Republic of Ireland international, it’s understandable that Ipswich found those valuations far too low. The cost of replacing Judge like-for-like in League One would far outweigh those fees.Loftus Road: An ideal switch for Judge – personally and professionallyHowever, it remains to be seen whether Ipswich boss Paul Lambert will be content with having a player on his hands that might not be 100% committed to the cause. It’s well-documented that Judge’s family base is in west London, so a switch to Loftus Road would have made perfect sense for the Irishman from a logistical point of view. From a professional point of view, it would also have enabled Judge to continue playing Championship football.Judge was a key player for Brentford under Mark WarburtonEyebrows were raised when Judge agreed a new two-year contract with Ipswich just a few weeks before the end of last season, when it was almost certain that the Suffolk side would be relegated. In the eyes of the Ipswich supporters, it was a statement from Judge that he was committed to being the centrepiece of Town’s bid to gain promotion back to the second tier at the first attempt. Certainly, most pre-season football tipsters expect Ipswich to be challenging for an immediate return to the Championship, due largely to some savvy signings such as last year’s League Two top scorer, James Norwood from Tranmere.So, with the transfer deadline closing in for Championship teams, it remains to be seen whether Judge and his agent will do anything they can to force a move. Should Judge make an official transfer request, it would certainly leave a bad taste in the mouth among Ipswich supporters. Town were, after all, the club that allowed Judge to regain his form and fitness after struggling to get game time at former employers Brentford. On the flip side, football is a very short career and Judge will fear not playing Championship football again if he and Ipswich fail to bounce back at the end of 2019/20.Becoming an Ipswich outcast would do Judge no favours at allOf course, should Judge throw his toys out of the pram and demand a move publicly – and a deal still doesn’t transpire – the 30-year-old would be left in something of a career limbo. This scenario could see him as an outcast at the training ground, and also have a negative impact on his international career. Bear in mind that Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has already reassured Judge that playing in League One would be no barrier to his inclusion in the squad and it makes a promotion push with Ipswich a little more attractive than a possible survival battle with QPR.It’s well-documented that Rangers don’t have a very big transfer kitty for boss, Mark Warburton to play with. His latest capture of target man Jordan Hugill will almost certainly have come at the cost of a loan fee. So, unless Judge and his agent could create such unrest that a £500,000 deal would become necessary for Ipswich and Marcus Evans to accept, it seems that the ship has sailed in terms of a reuniting of Warburton and Judge – a duo that enjoyed such success together at Griffin Park. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youProperty Investment | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Investment Properties May Surprise YouProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoApartments for Sale | Search AdsApartments in Dubai Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkApartments for Sale | Search AdsUndoNoteableyAfter Bride Found Out Her Fiancé Cheated, She Got Revenge In Front Of All Their Wedding GuestsNoteableyUndoTop Family Mag15 Dog Breeds That Hardly Ever BarkTop Family MagUndoBest BikesTop 10 Most Fastest Cars In The WorldBest BikesUndoHealth & Human ResearchWhat Is The Best Natural Antibiotic?Health & Human ResearchUndoFood Eat SafeThe Foods To Eat To Prevent CancerFood Eat SafeUndoWork From Home | Search AdsWork From Home Jobs Might Actually Surprise YouWork From Home | Search AdsUndolast_img read more

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South Africa increases R&D spend

first_imgMost South African R&D work were performed in the research field of the engineering sciences (20.9% of total R&D), followed by the natural sciences (20.3%) and the medical and health sciences (15.1%). Meanwhile, the demographic profile of researchers in South Africa is changing, with women researchers now comprise 39.7% of the total researchers, compared to 12.4% in Japan, and 31.7% in Norway. Among the developing countries, Argentina leads the way with 50.5 percent women researchers. Ten-year innovation plan The information is critical to South Africa’s forward planning, particularly in specifying the targets for the Ten-Year Innovation Plan, which aims to help drive South Africa’s transformation towards a knowledge-based economy in which the production and dissemination of knowledge leads to economic benefits. The higher education sector undertakes 20% of national R&D activity, while the government (including the science councils) performs 22.8% of the total but finances 33.9% of R&D. “It is important to have a strong basic research component in a country’s national system of innovation in order to challenge and train new researchers,” Mjwara said in a statement. Source: BuaNews South Africa currently has a total of 30 986 full-time equivalent R&D personnel, comprising researchers, technicians and other support staff. Wide research fields According to the survey, the strengthening of the R&D system through national policies and mechanisms including special support for cooperation across what is termed the “triple helix” of business, government and higher education sectors can only lead to a more competitive international position through R&D based innovation. “Applied research and experimental development contribute to economic development by providing new R&D based products and processes with potential for introduction to the market.” Mjwara said that the local business sector was the major performer and financer of R&D activity in the country, performing 55.9% of all work undertaken and financing 51.3% of total R&D. A new survey by the Human Sciences Research Council finds that South Africa spent at least R16.5-billion on research and development (R&D) over the 2006/07 financial year, an indication that the country is progressing towards being a knowledge-based economy. About 10.6% of South Africa’s R&D activity is financed from abroad. Altogether about 18.6% of total R&D performed in the country comprised basic research representing an expenditure of about 0.18% of GDP. 18 September 2008 Speaking in Pretoria this week, Department of Science and Technology director-general Phil Mjwara said the growth in spending puts the country on course to meet its goal of spending 1% of gross domestic product (GDP) on research and development by the 2008/9 financial year. The purpose of the survey, conducted by the HSRC’s Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators, found that R&D expenditure had increased from R14.1-billion in 2005/06.last_img read more

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Rwanda gas deal gets US$142m boost

first_imgRwandan capital Kigali will benefit from the country’s expanded power generation capacity. (Image: Yahoo Groups) The schematic demonstrates how gas will be extracted from Lake Kivu. (Image: Kivu Gas) MEDIA CONTACTS • Rwanda Ministry of Infrastructure + 250-585503  RELATED ARTICLES • Namibia ups power-supply capacity • Zambian hydro projects in full swing • Liquid fuel from coal • SA’s R80bn methane projectBongani NkosiRwanda’s bid to complete its first major gas-power generation project has been boosted by a recent investment guarantee from the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (Miga).Miga’s guarantee on the KivuWatt project will be handled by ContourGlobal, a New York-based company developing Rwanda’s largest methane-gas extraction and power-generation facilities. The group announced the assurance fund on 5 May 2011.“Miga’s issuance of this guarantee package is an important development milestone for the KivuWatt project and comes as the project is just one year away from full operations,” ContourGlobal CEO and President Joseph C Brandt said in a media statement.The US$142-million (R960-million) KivuWatt project, under way at Lake Kivu in Kibuye, will result in the generation of much-needed electricity for Rwanda. A 25 MW power plant to support the national grid will be created in the area after the completion of the project’s first phase.It’s expected that phase two of the project will expand power generation capacity to 100MW.ContourGlobal has applied for a $99-million (R669-million) guarantee from Miga, a World Bank member designed to stimulate investments in developing countries, for guarding against risks such as expropriation, transfer restriction, civil war and breach of contract. The guarantee is effective for 20 years.Methane gas from the waters of Lake Kivu will be processed to produce electricity. The gas was discovered in 1936, apparently after people realised the lake had fewer fish than other bodies of water in the region. Comprehensive studies on the lake’s potential to produce electricity started in earnest in 1976.Lake Kivu is one of Africa’s great lakes, bordering Rwanda on the one side and the Democratic Republic of Congo on the other.ContourGlobal said a lake barge, from where gas extraction will take place, is nearing completion and its launch is expected to take place in early June 2011. KivuWatt is scheduled to start production by 2012.Construction of the power-generating station was set to begin in May 2011. A Finnish electrical company Wartsila is currently manufacturing the electricity-generating engines and will also build the plant, said ContourGlobal. “We are grateful to Miga for their dedication, support and the leadership they have shown in committing to the project at this critical stage,” ContourGlobal’s Brandt said. ContourGlobal has announced that it will also bankroll a new financing scheme with a lending consortium that includes the African Development Bank, the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, and FMO – the Dutch development bank.Miga bought into KivuWatt after identifying it as an important project that would stimulate Rwanda’s economic growth, the agency said.“Rwanda has tremendous potential for economic growth, but the persistent challenge of a lack of power infrastructure has been a huge constraint,” says Izumi Kobayashi, Miga’s executive vice president.“We are pleased that we were able to facilitate this investment into a complex renewable project that will help Rwanda achieve one of its key development objectives.”Rwanda’s electricity driveThe Rwandan government has a steep challenge to improve the country’s electricity generation capacity. It’s set out to expand capacity to at least 130MW by 2012 through hydropower and methane gas power projects.The country’s total installed power generation capacity is currently under 100MW and less than 10% of the population is on the national power grid. Until now the country has had to rely on expensive diesel generators for power.Its electrified regions, mostly cities, were plunged into darkness in 2004 due to load shedding. The Ministry of Infrastructure said it was that year’s severe power shortages that “prompted the government to hire emergency power solutions and invest in increasing generation capacity”.The methane in Lake Kivu needs to be exploited for electricity as its abundance may be detrimental to the environment within 100 years, studies have found.last_img read more

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SA approves R33bn in renewable projects

first_img5 November 2013 The government has approved an additional 17 renewable energy projects, paving the way for a further R33.8-billion (US$3.3-billion) worth of investment that will add up to 1 470 megawatts (MW) of clean energy to South Africa’s national grid. The Department of Energy said on Monday that it had signed agreements with 17 new preferred bidders in the third window, or round, of its renewable energy programme for independent power producers. This follows the signing off of 47 projects in the first and second rounds of the programme, for projects already well under way provide South Africa with around 2 400MW of renewable energy, involving investments totalling around R150-billion. Announcing the new preferred bidders in Pretoria, Energy Minister Ben Martins said that most of the first- and second-round projects were currently under construction, with come expected to start delivering energy by December. Martins noted that a total of 93 bids (for solar photovoltaic, wind, concentrating solar power and landfill gas) amounting to 6 023MW had been received for the third round of bidding. No bids had been received for biogas, even though the department had a 12MW maximum allocation for this round. “The bids amounted to 6 023MW, while the available megawatts for allocation is only 1 473MW,” Martins said, adding that department had been pleased with the competitive pricing offered by the bids. According to Business Day, the average price offered for power generated from wind – which received the bulk of the third round allocation – had dropped from R11.43 per kilowatt hour (kWh) in the first round to R6.65/kWh in the third round. State electricity company Eskom will buy power from the new plants once they up and running, in terms of power purchase agreements signed with the producers and backed by the government. South Africa is presently rated as the 12th most attractive investment destination for renewable energy. “This bodes very well for South Africa, as the programme has achieved international acclaim for fairness, transparency and certainty of programme,” Martins said, adding that there had been a progressive increase in the local content and job creation numbers offered by the bidders. The department’s director-general, Nelly Magubane, said that some bidders had exceeded the local content requirement of no less than 40%, with some indicating that their projects would involve up to 56% local content. Martins said the energy sector was expected to play a major role in creating green sector jobs, developing skills and transferring technology into South Africa’s economy. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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FlexConnect – New Soybean Inoculant Technology

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio-based Morral Companies have been early adopters of Flex Connect soybean inoculant technology from Verdesian Life Sciences. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins traveled to north central Ohio to learn about this new innovation and see it an action.last_img

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An Interesting Moisture Problem in a Trendy Restaurant

first_imgIt looked like there were a few drops of condensation on the diffuser closest to our table, which I’ve shown in the closeup photo (see Image #2, below). I really didn’t see much on the others in that row of diffusers by the windows. The outdoor weather that day was fairly dry, with a dew point of about 61°F, so maybe there’s more condensation when the dew point is higher.Another set of diffusers near the kitchen, however, seemed to be covered with condensation. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a photo of those diffusers, but there wasn’t as much discoloration on the drywall surrounding the diffusers. More drops of water on the metal; less darkness.Finally, the indoors was at a really high negative pressure. As I left the restaurant, I had to push really hard to open the door.HypothesesOK, let’s see if we can come up with a reasonable hypothesis as to the causes of the moisture problems here. First, where is the moisture coming from? One obvious potential source is the kitchen. Cooking produces a lot of moisture. The diffusers nearer the kitchen being covered with condensation supports the idea of moisture from the kitchen.But with all that negative pressure, how would any moisture escape from the kitchen? And why would the diffusers in the bulkhead on the exterior wall have more discoloration? Let’s take the questions in order.Just having really strong exhaust hoods pulling a lot of air doesn’t mean all the moisture and contaminants get pulled in. There’s this thing called capture efficiency. It’s a measure of how much of the stuff coming off the range or out of the ovens gets pulled into the hood. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab is doing work on this topic, so maybe someday we’ll be able to select range hoods based not only on how many cubic feet per minute they pull but also their capture efficiency.Restaurant exhaust hoods probably have better capture efficiency than what you have in your home, but I didn’t get a look in there to see what theirs look like. There’s a lot going on in restaurant kitchens, and even if the hood does a good job capturing the stuff coming off the range, cooks move steaming dishes around and dishwashers also put out moisture. So, it’s certainly possible that at least some of the moisture is coming from the kitchen.But the bulkhead diffusers don’t have as much hanging condensation and they have more discoloration. I believe the moisture there is coming from above. Even with a decent air barrier, the strong negative pressure in the restaurant could be pulling outdoor air into the bulkhead. If the ducts or boots (the metal part that the diffusers attach to) aren’t well insulated, the water vapor from the outdoor air is likely to condense on their surfaces. That water drips down to the drywall, keeps it wet all summer, and the result is the discoloration you see. Using zonal pressure diagnostics, we could measure the pressure inside the bulkhead with and without the exhaust fans running to test this hypothesis.Another possibility is that the conditioned air is too cold and all the moisture is coming from indoors. Maybe the diffusers near the kitchen had more condensation just because they were closer to the air handler and the air was colder when it got there. The discoloration in the drywall would come from water on the diffusers wicking into the drywall. I don’t think this is the answer, though, because the bulkhead diffusers had more discoloration, which tells me the water is coming from above over there.Potential fixesThe first thing I’d fix in this restaurant would be the negative pressure. Commercial buildings are required by code to have makeup air, but this one clearly doesn’t have enough. Adding makeup air and reducing the negative pressure may completely solve the problem with the bulkhead diffusers. It may even solve the problem with the other diffusers if the moisture there is coming from outdoors, too.If the zonal pressure diagnostics indicates an air leakage problem in the bulkhead, and adding makeup air doesn’t solve it, then the air barrier is going to have be tightened up there. I’d probably want to get rid of that drywall anyway, because who knows how bad the problem is above?If the air temperature from the AC turns out to be too low, the air conditioning system needs to be checked to find out why. That should be an easy fix.All buildings tell a story. This one is issuing a cry for help. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLESRaining, Dripping, Crying Duct Boots Q&A: AC register condensationKeeping Ducts IndoorsHumidity, Mold, and Indoor Air QualityPreventing Water Entry Into a HomeWhy Is It So Humid In Here?Indoor Condensation Plagues This Chicago HomeMakeup Air for Range HoodsThe Hazards of Cooking With Gas I’ve got the curse, you know. I can’t walk into a building and not check out what’s going on with ductwork, windows, and anything else that lets me apply what I know about building science.Recently, I went to lunch at a trendy restaurant near Emory University and of course looked up at the ceiling. You can see what caught my attention in photo at right. The restaurant is only three or four years old, so I’ve been watching this problem get worse for a while now.I have a few ideas about what’s happening here. Do you?The cluesBefore we get into the speculation part, though, let’s lay out the facts of the case. First, those are supply diffusers for the air conditioning system. They’re in a bulkhead over the windows on an exterior wall. The dark areas around the diffusers have been growing over the past few years. It’s hard to tell what those dark areas are, but it’s probably either dirt or some kind of microbial infestation (e.g., mold).last_img read more

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