QPR midfielder Henry could face his former clubKick-off: 12.30pm, Saturday 23 January 2016Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northampton)Match in a nutshell: Rangers aim for only their second home win since October against a Wolves side missing two key players.Five key battles: Including Karl Henry against former team-mate Dave EdwardsInjuries and suspensionsWOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERSRuled out: Jordan Graham (knee ligaments), Michal Zyro (calf), Emiliano Martinez (thigh), Nouha Dicko (knee ligaments).QPRRuled out: None. Possible line-upsWolves: Ikeme; Iorfa, Batth, Ebanks-Landell, Doherty; Coady, McDonald; Van La Parra, Edwards, Henry; Le Fondre. Subs from: McCarey, Golbourne, Hause, Price, Saville, Byrne, Enobakhare, Sigurdarson.QPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Phillips, Henry, Fer, Hoilett; Polter, Washington. Subs from: Ingram, Lumley, Hill, Angella, Yun, Tozser, Doughty, Faurlin, Luongo, Chery, Petrasso, Emmanuel-Thomas, Grego-Cox, Mackie. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesQPR total: W D L D L (5 points)Home: L D D D W (4 points)Wolves total: L W W W W (12 points)Away: W W L W D (10 points)Top scorers – all competitionsWolves: Afobe 10; Henry 5; Edwards 4; Le Fondre 3, McDonald 3, Ojo 3, Zyro 3; Batth 1, Byrne 1, Dicko 1, Doherty 1, Ebanks-Landell 1, Enobakhare 1, Graham 1.QPR: Austin 10; Emmanuel-Thomas 5, Phillips 5; Chery 4, Hoilett 4, Polter 4; Onuoha 3; Fer 1, Hill 1.Last five meetings19 August 2015: Wolves 2 QPR 34 February 2012: QPR 1 Wolves 217 September 2011: Wolves 0 QPR 318 April 2009: Wolves 1 QPR 06 December 2008: QPR 1 Wolves 0QPR 3 wins, Wolves 2 wins, 0 drawsSee also:QPR v Wolves: five key battlesQPR sign Ingram and plan short-term Motta dealFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Steven Caulker misses QPR’s game at Wigan after failing to recover from a groin problem in time.It means James Perch starts at right-back, with skipper Nedum Onuoha partnering Grant Hall in the centre of defence.There are places on the bench for Rangers youngsters Olamide Shodipo, Osman Kakay and Chris Paul.For Wigan, centre-back Jake Buxton returns after a three-game suspension.Wigan: Bogdan, Buxton, Power, Gilbey, Grigg, MacDonald, Jacobs, Garbutt, Morgan, Warnock, Powell.Subs: Jaaszkelainen, Gomez, Flores, Davies, Burke, Wildschut, Burn.QPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Bidwell; Henry, Luongo; Cousins, Chery, Ngbakoto; Polter.Subs: Ingram, Borysiuk, Washington, El Khayati, Shodipo, Kakay, Paul.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers are reviewing their pyrotechnic safety practices after a fan was hit by fireworks debris at Levi’s Stadium before the start of last Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, officials said.According to a witness, and confirmed by the team, the fireworks were set off at the end of the national anthem, and a golf-ball-sized remnant fell out of the sky and hit a man in the shoulder. Kickoff was scheduled for 1:05 p.m. that day.The fan who was hit was …
5 August 2003A revolutionary financial system set to be introduced by the department of justice will allow divorced women to draw their maintenance money from automatic teller machines (ATMs) installed at magistrates courts throughout South Africa.To make it easier for people with minimal literacy, the ATMs will be equipped with a biometric device that will read the recipient’s fingerprint, making it unnecessary to key in a pin number.Another huge advantage of the new system is that it will allow for traffic fines to be paid at any bank rather than at the magistrate’s court in the district where the offence was committed.Alan Mackenzie, chief financial officer of the department of justice, said negotiations were well advanced with banks and other institutions that would be involved in the system.“What it means in essence is that we [at the justice department] will hand over our entire cash management system to banks who have the manpower, financial system and expertise to handle it”, Mackenzie said.Eliminating corruption“Apart from the fact that it will expedite maintenance payment to people who are in desperate need, it will also eliminate corruption and mismanagement of money, a problem currently plaguing the department.”Mackenzie, who has been seconded to the justice department from Business Against Crime (BAC), said the management of money held in trust relating to bail, fines imposed by magistrates, traffic fines paid by motorists, and maintenance money, would all be administered by banks once the system was implemented.“We have received the go-ahead from government. What needs to happen now is to get the banks on board to provide the services required by the system.”One of the issues currently being negotiated is for commercial banks to allow savings account users the use of services such as debit orders without incurring bank charges.Once the system is implemented, it will make a significant contribution to poverty alleviation in rural areas.“At present, a divorced woman in a deep rural area has to travel to the nearest court to request payment of maintenance due to her”, Mackenzie said. “Depending on how far away she is from the court, she could incur significant charges for a taxi. It is often necessary for a second visit to collect the cheque.”ATMs to cut pension queuesMackenzie said the new financial plan has the full support of Justice Minister Penuell Maduna. “He is absolutely determined to root out corruption and mismanagement. He believes very strongly that by eliminating cash handling from courts, this will go a long way to achieving the goal of cleaning up the department.“In addition, he is of the view that it will make the department more efficient in investigating cases of errant husbands falling behind in payments and in administering the whole system.”He said an additional R20-billion had been made available by the department to get maintenance investigators in place to improve the payment of maintenance.Source: Business Against Crime
Revisions planned for the Ontario Building Code will increase energy efficiency in new homes, close existing efficiency loopholes for high-rise buildings, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A post at the website Lexology says that the proposed changes, which are scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2019, are designed to support the government’s 2016 Climate Change Action Plan by moving new construction closer to net-zero energy performance and making it harder for developers to build high-rise buildings with inefficient glass curtain walls.Two key amendments will require that new large buildings have roof designs that can handle the increased loads of solar equipment, and obligate builders to include conduit on new houses for the eventual installation of solar panels or a solar hot-water system.The idea, the post says, is to include these steps during construction rather than turn them into expensive upgrades later. The changes were announced on July 14 by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, which opened a public comment period extending to Sept. 29. The Solar Ready Guidelines were worked out jointly by National Resources Canada and the Canadian Solar Industries Association. Pilot projects designed to explore the impact of the guidelines found that “a few simple, inexpensive design modifications made up front in the design and construction phase of a new home enabled building owners to significantly save on future installation costs of a solar domestic hot water system or photovoltaic system.” Savings for a typical home added up to $1,000. RELATED ARTICLES Savings from Building Energy Codes Are a Big DealAn Encouraging Study on Energy Code ComplianceAre Energy Codes Working?Could a Bare-Bones Energy Code Work? Making building envelopes tighterStarting in 2020, the code would begin to close a loophole that currently allows builders to substitute high-efficiency heating equipment for less efficient building envelopes. In the current code, builders following the performance path to code compliance can get away with a leaky or under-insulated building envelope as long as they install high-efficiency HVAC systems. This, the post explains, is a problem in condos and apartment buildings where developers want the aesthetics of floor-to-ceiling windows that reduce energy performance and are willing to pay for them with better HVAC equipment.Proposed changes would make these trade-offs less likely, and eliminate them completely by 2022. After that, builders could compensate for weaknesses in the building envelope only with enhancements to the building envelope, not with better mechanical systems. Poorly performing windows, for example, would have to be offset by more insulation.Also beginning in 2022, heat or energy recovery ventilators would be required in apartment buildings and condos to compensate for tighter buildings that allow fewer fresh air leaks. HRVs and ERVs pull fresh air from outdoors through a heat exchanger to minimize energy losses: in winter, for example, warm air from inside the house heats up incoming air from outdoors before it’s expelled.Other changes target continuous insulation, energy-efficient windows and air tightness requirements.After the public comment period ends, a technical advisory panel will offer suggestions as the new requirements are readied for a 2019 launch. However, the post notes that proposed changes could be upended by provincial elections next spring.
by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDDeployment of a spouse can be stressful for the partner left at home. As the family prepares for deployment, attention may be focused on the military member preparing to deploy with packing, getting chores done, visiting friends, saying goodbye and many other activities. During deployment, the spouse and children can feel disconnected, communication with the deployed spouse may be challenging, and the family at home will worry about the service member’s safety.Mollie Gross, a comedian, motivational speaker and author of “Confessions of a Military Wife,” made Marine Corps Base Hawaii spouses and service members laugh – and sometimes cry in a recent presentation. (DVIDS, U.S. Marine Corps photo by Kristen Wong)No matter how well a military family is prepared for deployment, the shift in family roles adds to the stressors experienced by the military family, and the role of social support for the spouse becomes more important. In a recent article, Skomorovsky (2014) surveyed spouses of Canadian military service members regarding their level of stress, well-being and depressive symptoms, and their sources of social support during and after deployment. Four types of support were examined: 1) Military spouse; 2) Family of both the military member and spouse; 3) Friends; and, 4) Military contacts. During deployment, having strong social support from family members was key for the non-military spouse’s adjustment and well-being. After deployment, support from friends and the returned spouse, as well as family members, helped predict better adjustment. Both during and after deployment, support from military contacts did not appear to provide significant help to the military spouse.ImplicationsSocial support, particularly from partners, family, and friends outside of the military play an important role when considering the psychological well-being of spouses when a partner is deployed. When working with military spouses, clinicians may consider emphasizing the importance of seeking social support both during and after deployment.For videos to help spouses and families talk about deployment and illustrating social support, visit Sesame Street’s Talk, Listen, Connect. Other recent MFLN blogs related to this topic can be found here: Marital Adjustment After Deployment; Deployment and Single Parenting: A snapshot into the Experience of Navy Moms.ReferencesSkormorovsky, A. (2014). Deployment stress and well-being among military spouses: The role of social support. Miiltary Psychology, 26:1, 44-54. doi: 10.1037/mil0000029This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.