France Davis Cup skipper says Nadal’s absence ‘changes everything’

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Spain skipper Sergi Bruguera agree with Noah that Nadal’s absence has a massive bearing on the complexion of the Lille semi-final.“It changes a lot, it changes everything, but it is like it is, and we have a very good team all the same.“We’ll fight and see what happens,” Bruguera said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew France’s Lucas Pouille (R) celebrates with teammates Jeremy Chardy (C), Adrian Mannarino (2ndL) and Pierre-Hugues Herbert (L) after winning the Davis Cup quarter final Italy vs France against Italy’s Fabio Fognini on April 8, 2018 at the ‘Valletta Cambiaso’ in Genova. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTOFrance Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah says world number one Rafael Nadal’s absence from Spain’s team in this weekend’s semi-final “changes everything”.The 17-time Grand Slam champion has helped Spain capture the annual trophy four times, in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011, but was ruled out of facing Noah’s titleholders in Lille with a knee injury.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Chot Reyes steps down as PH men’s basketball team coach The long-standing problem flared up again at the US Open when Nadal had to retire trailing two sets to love in his semi-final against Juan Del Potro last week.“As a tennis fan I’m disappointed that he won’t be there,” Noah told a press conference at Lille’s Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“As a captain, it changes everything for the match. The set-up is totally different, especially in terms of preparation.“When Nadal plays, it’s almost (a certain) two points for Spain. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Now, that changes and we have to adapt to it.”With world number 55 Albert Ramos-Vinolas stepping in to replace the Spanish star Noah accepts that “of course we’ve got more chance”.But he cautioned: “On paper the Spanish team are still better than ours.”Joining Ramos for Spain are Pablo Carreno Busta (21st in the world), Roberto Bautista Agut (26), Feliciano Lopez (74) and Marcel Granollers (101).Representing France are Lucas Pouille (19), Richard Gasquet (24), Benoit Paire (54), Nicolas Mahut (150) and Julien Benneteau (57).ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

Speeding driver hits holidaying French teen at Wales

first_imgA visiting French 14-year-old girl is now hospitalised after a motor car reportedly struck her while she was walking along the Wales, West Bank Demerara Public Road on Saturday.The vising child has been identified as Trista Bernard.While information remains sketchy, Guyana Times understands that the teenager and her immediate family members were visiting relatives in the Wales area and were in the process of crossing the public road when a reportedly speeding driver operating a ‘silver car’ hit her.Her mother was said to have witnessed the entire ordeal. According to eyewitness reports, the girl was tossed into the air for a few seconds, but was spared from hitting the road as she ended up on a heap of sand that was near the road’s shoulders.This publication understands that she was picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH). The teen suffered lacerations to her body, especially to her legs.It was also related that moments after the accident, a Police rank was present at the scene, as he was driving a vehicle in the same direction when the accident occurred.Reports are that the driver, who was identified as a Wales resident, was taken into custody and later transported to the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station, where he remains in custody. The Police have confirmed that an investigation was launched into the accident.The teen remains in hospital, but is said to be in stable condition.last_img read more


first_imgA man’s search for a female companion to join him for a year on an isolated island off the Donegal coast has failed.John McManus, 36, advertised for a “wife/companion” who would accompany him to the island of Inishfree in January.McManus, from Leitrim, wanted the woman to spend the next 12 months with him while he lived off the land and wrote a book about his time. McManus was inspired by Gerald Kingsland, whose island adventures with a partner found via an ad were chronicled in the 1980s book and film ‘Castaway.’It was later reported that McManus had been involved in a scheme in which he offered to impregnate women for their husbands.The unemployed hotel worker offered his services in hotel sex sessions and had once advertised himself as a faith healer and as a “wizard seeking witches to join my coven.”McManus’s ad attracted thousands of queries from curious parties. But just before Christmas, he admitted defeat in his search for an island companion, saying he could not find anyone suitable who could commit for a full year and that he wasn’t planning to go alone.  MAN’S ATTEMPT TO LURE WOMAN TO ISLAND LIFE LEFT ALL AT SEA was last modified: January 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:companiondonegalInishfreeJohn McManuslast_img read more


first_imgThe owner of a lost (but very smart!) dog is being sought in the Letterkenny area.The dog which was found in Letetrkenny.The dog, which is understood to be an Akita-cross, is very friendly and can even open doors!The dog was found in the Thornberry area close to Mountain Top and has a black collar but no name-tag on it. The dog is white or golden in colour and anybody who may know its owner is asked to contactMartina on 086 0861681.HAVE YOU LOST A DOG WHICH CAN OPEN DOORS? was last modified: June 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DOGfoundletterkennylast_img read more


first_imgA Muslim man found to be four times over the drink driving limit claimed he had taken a herbal cough mixture just before he was stopped by Gardai.Letterkenny Court.Nassir Amour, appeared before Letterkenny Dsitrict Court on two charges of drink driving and dangerous driving The 42 year old from St.Mary’s Park in Donegal Town, had been involved in a traffic accident at Lurgybrack outside Letterkenny on November 27th, 2013.Amour’s solicitor James Canny said his client said his client had a very good reason why he was over the alcohol limit.He said that as a Muslim his client did not drink at all.However, he said that on the night he had consumed a herbal medication which almost completely consisted of alcohol.“He had been on and off it and had just taken it. He found that it cleared his chest,” said Mr Canny.Judge Paul Kelly replied “I’m sure it does.”Judge Kelly convicted Amour of drink-driving and fined him €200 while also dismissing the dangerous driving charge.Upon leaving the court Judge Kelly addressed Amour and said “Check the ingredients the next time.”TEETOTAL MUSLIM MAN ACCUSED OF DRINK DRIVING CLAIMED HE TOOK HERBAL COUGH MIXTURE was last modified: February 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldrink drivingherbal cough mixtureMuslimNassir Amourlast_img read more


first_imgAn evening of cooking demonstrations and stories celebrating the life and career of a much loved local chef will take place in the Redcastle Hotel, Moville on October 17.Food lovers and cooking enthusiasts will learn tips and tricks from cooking demonstrations on the night by ‘The No Salt Chef’ Brian McDermott’.Talented chef James Rehill from Muff, passed away last October from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy. His short but impressive career spans from Muff across some Donegal’s best restaurants before moving over to a 2 Michelin starred Restaurant in a Scotland hotel, then back to another Michelin starred restaurant in Waterford.James’ family, friends and colleagues will share their fond memories of him as they explore the three stages of his career.    Tickets for the event are on sale in Muff at Thomas McColgan Butchers, Lynch’s Butchers , Spar, Harkin’s and The Squealing Pig. In Carndonagh at Claire the Bakers. In Ballyliffin at Nancy’s Barn Coffee Shop and in Moville from the Brian McDermott Cookery School. You can find out more about the event on Facebook at James Rehill Memorial, on twitter @JamesRehillMemorial or email at COOKING EVENING TO CELEBRATE LIFE OF TRAGIC LOCAL CHEF was last modified: September 23rd, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:chefcooking demonstrationjames rehilllast_img read more

Second season begins for COC

first_imgThe College of the Canyons football team, the defending state champions, opens up the playoffs today against visiting Chaffey in the Western State Conference Bowl at 7 p.m. “We’re jazzed up about the game,” Canyons coach Chuck Lyon said. “The expectation level around here is pretty high. It’s well beyond the first round.” That’s not to say the Cougars (10-0) are overlooking Chaffey (7-3). The Panthers are ranked No. 8 in Southern California in the most recent California Community Colleges Football Coaches Association poll. “We’re not going to do anything different,” Lyon said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals It doesn’t appear as if changing a thing is neccessary considering Canyons is in the midst of several impressive winning streaks – most notably, perhaps, is the fact the team has won 27 consecutive games at Cougar Stadium. “We don’t lose at home,” Canyons sophomore quarterback Marcel Marquez said. Canyons has won 49 straight conference games, 38 in a row during the regular season and 24 consecutive overall. But none of that will matter if Chaffey pulls off an upset. “We’ve been here before. We know what it takes to win the playofss, Lyon said. “We know we’re good. No doubt about it. We expect to win.” The so-called experts agree. J.C. Grid-Wire, a highly respected national publication, went so far as to predict that Canyons would win 35-17. “Canyons is the cream of the crop,” said Hank Ives, editor of J.C. Grid-Wire. AT A GLANCE CHAFFEY (7-3) AT CANYONS (10-0) Kickoff: 7 p.m., Cougar Stadium Radio: 1220-AM Outlook: Canyons, ranked No. 3 in the nation by J.C. Grid-Wire, will be taking the first step toward defending its state title. Upset-minded Chaffey is looking for revenge after losing to the Cougars 33-3 in the season opener back in September. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps said goodbye to any chance of promotion last night albeit it in terrific fashion against Wexford Youths.Kevin McHugh scored but also missed penalty for Harps.The Ballybofey side twice threw away the lead and missed a penalty in what was a terrific game at Finn Park.Josh Mailey put Harps in front but Ben Ryan equalised for Wexford in the 15th minute minute. The evergreen Kevin McHugh put Harps in front again after an hour but he missed a chance to seal the points when he blasted wide from the penalty spot a short time later.McHugh’s miss was punished by Wexford who snatched a draw when they did what Harps couldn’t do by converting form the penalty spot.Both sides had chances to win the game at the death but it finished 2-2.For Harps it was their 11th draw of the season and promotion seems a dream at this stage.  DRAW SPECIALISTS HARPS SAY GOODBYE TO PROMOTION HOPES was last modified: August 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsFinn ParkWEXFORD YOUTHS. DRAWlast_img read more

These Are the Sponsors of the Real-Time Web Summit

first_imgThe ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit is fast approaching! We hope you’ll register to join us at this exciting day-long event filled with participatory conversations among the leading innovators in real-time technology, media and financial services.If you can’t make it to Mountain View, California in eight days, get ready to watch selected sessions streamed live online (thanks to This isn’t going to be talking-heads pushing their products on stage, this is going to be a high-value brainstorming, networking and collaborative learning. Check out the companies below; they are bringing financial support to this important gathering to talk together about the future of the internet.Sponsorship availability closes tomorrow, so if you’d like to offer your support for the Summit please contact for more information. We’ve posted some of our highlighted participants here as well as a sample of real-world use cases for real-time web technology.Now check out these fabulous sponsors.EnterpriseTIBCOTIBCO’s technology digitized Wall Street in the ’80s with its event-driven “Information Bus” software, which helped make real-time business a strategic differentiator in the ’90s. Today, TIBCO’s infrastructure software gives customers the ability to constantly innovate by connecting applications and data in a service-oriented architecture, streamlining activities through business process management, and giving people the information and intelligence tools they need to make faster and smarter decisions.FilteringPostRankPostRank offers a website and developer tools that make sense of social engagement data on the web. Want to discover the bloggers with the most reader-engagement or the blog posts that are hottest, in any niche? PostRank will do that for you, in real time. Whether you’re a very large company or an individual blogger, PostRank can do things for you that no one else can. We at ReadWriteWeb like and use PostRank a lot.SearchFarooFaroo is a P2P real-time search engine that combines explicit and implicit data to power its indexing and ranking technologies. The company specializes in difficult real-time analysis of international content, like breaking up long strings of Chinese characters for text analysis.PublishingWordPressWordPress is one of the world’s leading blog publishing services and software. WordPress made free real-time updates from millions of blogs available last month.AggregationNomeeNomee is an application to manage the most important parts of your digital life. The Nomee desktop client aggregates activity updates from more than 120 different sites that your friends and favorite public figures are using, filters those streams and lets you view media in a beautiful interface.These sponsors have made an important move in supporting the Real-Time Web Summit so please check out their products. If you’re interested in sponsoring the event as well, it will be worth your while. Contact for info.Please join us for this important conversation on October 15th in Mountain View, California and streaming live online. marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Real-Time Web#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Why Doesn’t Heat Flow Backwards?

first_img RELATED ARTICLES The Four Laws of ThermodynamicsHeat Pumps: The Basics Video Series: Building Science Principles Heat flow and the arrow of timeNow, back to heat flowing from hot to cold, the same thing applies. Yes, heat from the room could flow into your cold coffee. It won’t, though, because the odds for states of matter like that are tiny, tiny, tiny. It’s pretty much the same as all the air molecules piling up in one corner of the room.Another expression used in discussing this phenomenon is the “arrow of time.” If we run films backwards, a lot of what we see is funny because we know things can’t work that way. For example, the smoke in that photo at the top is diffusing throughout the air and becoming invisible. The state of those smoke molecules coming back together is so unlikely that we know if we see that happening, the film must be running backwards against the arrow of time. Likewise, a broken egg can’t spontaneously become unbroken or a cold cup of coffee suddenly warm.Oscar Wilde clearly understood the arrow of time when he said about Niagara Falls, “It would be more impressive if it flowed the other way.”Let’s also remember Homer Simpson’s admonishment of Lisa when she brought him a perpetual motion machine that just kept going faster and faster: “In this house, we obey the Laws of Thermodynamics.” Why can’t you put a cup of cold coffee on the table, wait a moment, and then enjoy a nice cup of hot coffee? We do the opposite all the time, but what makes the direction of hot-to-cold so special? If you’ve studied physics or taken a class in building science, you’ve heard that the answer is the Second Law of Thermodynamics. But what does that really mean?Ah, the meaning of the Second Law of Thermodynamics! I might as well ask, What is the meaning of life? It’s a fascinating question and one that we can approach from a lot of different angles. Since we’re talking about building science and not physics or philosophy, I won’t go too far down that rabbit hole. But let’s at least put a little life into this dry concept that seems to be the end of the discussion in so many home energy rater and building analyst classes. In the process of studying the flow and conversion of energy, scientists had to confront the fact that heat pretty much always flowed one way: from hot to cold. Yes, you can move heat from cold to hot with a heat pump, but you have to do work to make it happen. Even in that case, however, the process of picking up heat from cold outside air and then dumping it into warmer inside air involves the flow of heat from warmer to cooler bodies.The Laws of Thermodynamics aren’t as easy to state as Newton’s Laws of Motion because the Second Law can take several different forms, but below is a brief statement of each. If you want to go deeper, the Wikipedia does a good job of explaining all three Laws of Thermodynamics.Zeroth: Two systems in thermal equilibrium with a third system are also in thermal equilibrium with each other.First: A closed, isolated system doesn’t gain or lose energy. Heat and work are related, and when all forms of energy are accounted for, energy is conserved.Second: The disorder (entropy) of systems generally increases, which means that heat flows from hot to cold and getting 100% efficiency from heat engines is impossible.Third: Disorder goes to zero in perfect crystals at a temperature of absolute zero. Another form is that it’s impossible to take any material to a temperature of absolute zero in a finite number of steps. The Laws of ThermodynamicsFirst, let’s do a quick review of the Laws of Thermodynamics. At Building Science Summer Camp this year, one of the speakers gave a great summary of them:You can never win.You can’t break even.You can only lose.The Second Law came after the First Law, of course. (So did the Zeroth Law!) The First Law says that scientists, in all the many ways they’ve studied the flow and conversion of energy, have never found that any closed system ends up with more energy than it started with or less energy than it started with. You may know this law as the Law of Conservation of Energy: Energy can be neither created nor destroyed. (That is, you can never win.) The power of numbersA lot of discussions of the Second Law explain it by using the concept of entropy. I think an easier way to grasp it is with statistical mechanics. Naturally, we need to heed the warning from David Goodstein’s book, States of Matter, which was my introduction to the subject:Ludwig Boltzmann, who spent much of his life studying Statistical Mechanics, died in 1906, by his own hand. Paul Ehrenfest, carrying on the work, died similarly in 1933. Now it is our turn to study Statistical Mechanics. Perhaps it will be wise to approach the subject cautiously.Well, OK, we’re not going to go nearly as deep as they did, so fear not, intrepid readers.Think about the air in the room you’re sitting in right now. Are the molecules spread evenly throughout the room? Or are they clumped? Unless you’re in an extremely odd room, they’re spread evenly throughout. All those nitrogen, oxygen, and other gas molecules are bouncing around randomly and filling all the space in the room.One of the things that statistical mechanics attempts to understand is the likelihood that a system, say the air in your room, can be in any particular state. One state might be that all the air is clustered up in one corner of the room, leaving you gasping for air. That state, it turns out, is so unlikely that we can say with a high degree of confidence that it will never happen.Did you buy a ticket for that big lottery jackpot? Your odds of winning that were maybe one in 200,000,000. I didn’t because I don’t like throwing away money. Those odds just don’t appeal to me.When we’re talking about molecules rather than lottery tickets, the odds are way, way worse for that ‘jackpot’ that has all the air molecules in one corner of the room. First, think of the number of particles involved. We’re talking Avogadro’s number here, or something on the order of 10 to the 23rd power. For the record, Avogadro’s number is:602,000,000,000,000,000,000,000When we start talking about all the possible states those molecules could be in, the numbers get crazy big. And the main result is that the odds for unusual states like all the molecules in one corner are minuscule. No, they’re smaller than minuscule. Take your odds of winning that lottery jackpot and divide by a million. Then do it again and again and again and…In other words, it ain’t gonna happen. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a RESNET-accredited energy consultant, trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard blog. You can follow him on Twitter at EnergyVanguardlast_img read more