Angel Di Maria’s 24th-minute free-kick – his first goal for Manchester United – put them ahead before strikes from Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney put them in total control.Following a needless foul by Clint Hill, Argentine Di Maria whipped a great delivery in from the right flank that flashed past everyone, including Rob Green, and into the far corner of the net.Di Maria was also involved in United’s second, carrying the ball 50 yards before finding Rooney.The England captain’s shot was blocked but Herrera pounced on the loose ball and belted home from near the edge of the penalty area.And Rooney fired past Green at his near post a minute before the break, taking full advantage after Steven Caulker was far too slow to challenge him.QPR, thrashed 4-0 at Tottenham in their last away league match, had got men behind the ball and managed to keep United at bay in the opening 20 minutes.Rio Ferdinand, playing against the club he spent 12 years with, was given a rousing reception by the home fans and was presented with a special trinket by United legend Sir Bobby Charlton just before kick-off.But Ferdinand and the rest of the visiting defence were soon under pressure as United, full of optimism after a number of eye-catching signings, made a predictably high-tempo start to the game.Former Chelsea man Juan Mata fired over after being found by Herrera, but otherwise Harry Redknapp’s side kept their shape well and keeper Green did not have a shot to save before Di Maria’s goal changed everything.Rangers have barely threatened, but out of nothing were given a chance to equalise after David de Gea’s misjudgement left the United keeper in no man’s land, but Matt Phillips’ tame effort was easily cleared by Jonny Evans.QPR are without midfielders Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch at Old Trafford, where Sandro is making his debut and Niko Kranjcar is making his first appearance since returning on loan.Barton had been expected to recover from a hamstring injury in time to play, while Mutch has also been nursing a knock.For United, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind are making their debuts, while fellow new signing Radamel Falcao is on the bench. QPR: Green; Isla, Caulker, Ferdinand, Hill; Sandro, Kranjcar, Fer; Phillips, Hoilett; Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Traore, Zamora, Onuoha, Taarabt, Henry, Vargas.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Vermont’s largest electric utility is beefing up its campaign to get ductless minisplit heat pumps into the homes of more people as it expands its no-money-down pitch to consumers in its entire service area.Homeowners who sign up get a heat pump from one of three manufacturers and finance the cost of the installation over 15 years, making loan payments from $49 to $81 per month for a single-head heat pump. There is no down payment, and Green Mountain Power says that heating bills in this Climate Zone 6 state can be reduced by between 25% and 50%. Maintenance is included.Efficiency Vermont, a ratepayer-financed program designed to lower energy consumption, will chip in $600. Green Mountain Power, which has some 265,000 residential and business customers, first started a heat pump program in 2013 in the Rutland area. It had planned to include up to 200 customers, but within a week more than twice that number said they were interested. Not everyone who applied could take advantage of the program, either because their homes did not have open floor plans to encourage heat circulation or because the wood stoves they had were already heating efficiently. But by 2014, the utility was renting 150 heat pumps.The pilot program that began in Rutland County now extends into Addison, Bennington, Washington, and Chittenden counties. GMP also offers a program called eHome, designed to help homeowners reduce energy consumption Impact on consumer billsNearly half of all Vermonters (44.6%) currently heat with fuel oil or kerosene, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with another 32% using some form of gas. Only 4.6% of all households use electricity for heat, and another 17% take advantage of the state’s ample woodlands and heat with wood.At its website, Green Mountain estimates that a minisplit would use 5,300 kWh of electricity per year. At the residential rate of 14.8 cents per kWh, that customer would pay $784 more per year for electricity. The additional monthly use of electricity — 442 kWh per month — would almost double the amount of power an average Vermont household uses, according to the website Electricity Local. But homeowners would still save money because ductless minisplits produce more BTU per dollar than furnaces that burn oil or propane, according to GMP.Carlson said that Green Mountain generally uses five-year averages for gas and oil prices to calculate savings estimates.“We can do this on a customer by customer basis depending on fossil fuel usage and the space the customer would like the heat pump to heat and cool,” she said. “GMP takes the customer’s historic use (as they tell us) of annual fuel consumption, convert that to BTUs. Then we take a designated increase of kWhs for the heat pump size recommendation, convert that to BTUs so we have an apples-to-apples calculation to show how many gallons of heating fuel we are offsetting.” RELATED ARTICLES Heat Pumps Get a Leg Up in VermontHeat Pumps: The BasicsAre Ductless Minisplits Overpriced?Ductless Minisplit Heat PumpsJust Two Minisplits Heat and Cool the Whole HouseInstalling a Ductless Minisplit System Will Minisplits Replace Forced-Air Heating and Cooling Systems? Impact on fossil fuel dealersGreen Mountain’s ductless minisplit campaign is unlikely to have much of an impact on the state’s 150 oil and gas dealers, says Vermont Fuel Dealers Association Executive Director Matt Cota. A number of them already install heat pumps, and even the up-to-date heat pumps that the utility is promoting won’t be able to replace conventional heating equipment completely.Instead, he said in a phone call, most heat pumps being installed in Vermont are going in as air conditioning units, with the heat they provide useful mostly in the shoulder seasons. When the heat pumps are “installed and used correctly,” he said, they might be able to offset as much as 30% of heating costs.“What they won’t do is replace your [heating] load in the middle of the winter, during the 90 coldest days of the year when you need wood, gas, oil heat, or kerosene in order to keep the pipes from freezing,” he said. “Unless we’re talking about a newly built, net-zero house — yeah, in that case forego the oil, but that’s not going to happen in 99% of the cases.”Vermont homes traditionally have been heated hydronically, meaning they’re equipped with boilers rather than ducted furnaces. “We largely have radiant-heat, boiler-based homes, and as a result there is less ductwork,” he said. “More boilers, less furnaces.”Cota also suggested the minisplit program is helping Green Mountain offset the impact of more rooftop solar. As the number of solar households goes up, and net metering payments increase, fewer customers are helping to pay for the poles and wires that distribute the power, he said. Increasing the consumption of electricity for heat and transportation fuel can help offset the decline.“That’s really what’s unique about Green Mountain Power’s plan — they’ve embraced that,” he continued. “Now, because we have so much net metering, it’s not about using less so we don’t have to build less power plants. It’s about selling more so we share the costs and we don’t have to raise rates that way.” Kristin Carlson, GMP’s vice president for strategic and external affairs, said in an email that the utility has now installed 1,125 heat pumps. GMP arranges for the installation with a contractor. The heat pump brand and model is chosen by the contractor; installed brands include Daikin, Fujitsu, and Mitsubishi, with outputs ranging from 9,000 Btu/h to 18,000 Btu/h. Loans have an APR (interest rate) of 10.74%.GMP says that payments will range from $49 to $81 per month, depending on the model of heat pump that’s installed. At $49 a month, a homeowner would end up paying $8,820 for a single-head minisplit over the 180-month payback period; at $81, a homeowner would pay a total of $14,580. That doesn’t include the electricity required to run the unit.Should a homeowner sell the house before the loan is repaid, GMP says it can offer a buy-out price for the heat pump, or the new owner could pick up the payments.
Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Americans have a very conflicted relationship with technology. According to a new Harris Interactive poll, 71% of Americans believe that technology has improved their overall quality of life, with 65% believing that technology helps them be more creative. That’s good, right?Well, it would be, except these numbers are down from last year. In fact, by every measure Harris Interactive polled, satisfaction with technology is fading.Losing Our (Technology) ReligionHarris Interactive first launched this survey in June 2012, tracking Americans’ love affair with tech. It was a buoyant time for technology, with 78% declaring that technology improved their overall quality of life. When pushed, a majority declared tech improved their social lives and many felt it also improved work and home.In just one year, that 78% has dropped to 71%. While still a majority, it suggests a negative trend, particularly when more people also describe technology as “too distracting” (from 65% in 2012 to 69% in 2013), fewer suggest technology “enhances their social lives” (from 56% to 52%) and fewer still cite technology as an “escape from their busy lives” (from 53% to 47%). In 2013, satisfaction with technology’s impact on specific aspects of daily life has also fallen across the board:Work productivity (down from 42% in 2012 to 34% in 2013)Work life (from 41% to 34%)Safety and security (from 42% to 36%)—In fact, those citing technology having a negative impact on safety and security rose from 15% (2012) to 20% (2013) over the past yearProductivity at home (from 39% to 34%)Relationships with my family (from 43% to 39%)And lest we think this is a generational rift, with the oldies crabbing about those pesky kids and their newfangled gadgetry, Harris Interactive’s poll shows younger respondents both more likely to own gadgets and more likely to be dissatisfied with tech. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Tags:#Harris Interactive#research#Survey#technology Matt Asay And yet completely incapable of divorcing themselves from it.You’ll Have To Pry My Cell Phone From My Cold, Dead HandsActually, this inability to give up on technology that isn’t making us happy crosses generational divides. According to the survey, which asked how long Americans could go without a range of technologies, respondents they could endure a week or less without the following technologies:Internet access (68%; 28% couldn’t give it up at all)Computer/laptop (64%; 24% not at all)Television (57%; 23% not at all) (Of course, if they have Internet, they might also have Hulu, Netflix, etc.)Mobile phone (56%; 26% not at all)Anyone who has tried to live without email will understand this contradiction. We recognize that we’re becoming slaves to our inboxes, yet we can’t break away. We begin to measure our importance by the size of our inbox and our productivity by the amount of time it takes to pretend to whittle it down. The very thing that feeds our egos also dismantles our happiness.And yet we can’t stop. Is Technology Making Us Stupid?Nick Carr once asked if Google were making us stupid by reprogramming our brains for short-form reading and expectations of instant gratification. His article generated a lot of commentary, but no conclusive answers.In similar manner, Harris Interactive’s survey raises questions as to our conflicted relationship with technology. But it’s likely that our discontent with technology will continue, even as our unwillingness to part with it grows stronger. It’s codependence between person and machine. It’s not going to get better anytime soon.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
MONTREAL – A Montreal-area river burst its banks early Wednesday, flooding several homes and streets northwest of the city in Pierrefonds and Ile-Bizard.It appears water from the Rivieres des Prairies rose quickly and residents had little time to react.Montreal police and firefighters were called on to help rescue some residents affected by the floods.There is also flooding reported in several areas of western Quebec and in communities both north and south of Montreal.Quebec’s Ministry of Transport reports several roads are closed due to flooding.It may be a while before the water levels subside, with Environment Canada calling for heavy rainfall on Friday and Saturday in several regions of Quebec.
CALGARY – Family and friends of three people found dead in two Calgary homes say they have been torn apart by the deaths.Dustin Duthie, who is 25, faces three counts of second-degree murder.The dead have been identified as Taylor Toller, who was Duthie’s girlfriend, and his parents, Alan Pennylegion and Shawn Boshuck.Shane Graham, a family spokesman, says Duthie’s siblings and others continue to struggle with what has happened.He says they are all hopeful that justice will be served and asked for privacy as they process their grief.Police say they will not release the cause of death at this time.“The family has been torn apart,” Graham said at a police news conference Thursday. “It is nothing short of a tragedy that has many ripple effects and has affected many people in different areas.”Police were called to two homes on Tuesday, one in the southeast community of Applewood and another in the northwest community of Hidden Valley.Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta with the Homicide Unit said investigators believe Toller died on or about July 26.Court documents allege Boshuck and Pennylegion were killed the same day they were found.Police have said it appeared the deaths were connected, but no motive has been confirmed.Duthie was in custody at the Rockyview General Hospital, where he is also under suicide watch.None of the charges has been tested in court. Duthie is to have an initial psychiatric assessment before his next court appearance Aug. 8. (CTV Calgary, The Canadian Press)
One year after Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth launched Survival International’s campaign to save the Awá, Earth’s most threatened tribe, a large number of international celebrities have joined him and his wife Livia in backing the urgent campaign.Colin Firth Supports the Awá peopleCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalLivia Firth stands up for the AwáCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalHollywood star Gillian Anderson, British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, Californian rock band Allah-Las, actors Mark Rylance, Sophie Okonedo, Emilia Fox, Sinead Cusack and stars of the hit series Game of Thrones Oona Chaplin, Natalia Tena and Finn Jones are among the celebrities photographed with the awáIcon, which reads ‘Brazil: Save the Awá’.Hollywood star Gillian Anderson brandishes the awáIcon which sends the urgent message, ‘Brazil: Save the Awá’.Credit/Copyright: Survival InternationalGillian Anderson told Survival, ‘We must as human beings collectively wake up and help save the Awá: the Earth’s most threatened tribe. We cannot have another people become extinct due to the negligence and greed of others. We all have a duty.’Davina McCall shows her support for the AwáCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalOther British celebrities backing the campaign to save the Awá include Olympic star and winner of Strictly Come Dancing Louis Smith, TV and radio presenters Davina McCall and Dave Berry, MTV presenter Lilah Parsons, human rights activist Peter Tatchell, artist Kurt Jackson and many others.The Awá in their forestCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalThe Awá of northeastern Brazil live under the threat of extinction due to violent attacks and the theft of their land by loggers and ranchers. Brazil’s authorities have done nothing to evict the invaders from the Awá’s heartland, despite experts warning of a ‘genocide’ if no action is taken.Destruction in the Awá homelandCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalPire’i Ma’a Awá, an Awá man told Survival International, ’We’ve been waiting too long. When the rains stop, the loggers will come back. The loggers will close in on us, here around our community. The police must be brought here!’Invasion of the forestCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalThe celebrities joined a worldwide movement to save the Awá which has seen over 50,000 letters sent to Brazil’s Justice Minister and the awáIcon photographed at famous landmarks around the world – from Brazil’s Sugarloaf mountain, to the Eiffel tower in Paris.Ross Thomas supports the AwáCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalSurvival’s Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘As celebrities join the campaign to save the Awá, Brazil must not ignore the growing number of voices being raised in support of the world’s most threatened tribe. Its reputation hangs in the balance.’Sophie Okonedo shows her support for the Awá.Credit/Copyright: Survival InternationalSee more of Survival International’s picture gallery of celebrities supporting the Awá here.To watch videos and learn more about the incredible lives of the “Earth’s most threatened tribe”, before and after contact with the outside world, visit SurvivalInternational.org/awa.Source:Survival International
APTN National NewsWhen Iqaluit raised the gay pride flag during the winter Olympics, some local politicians spoke against the move.Now, the leader of Nunavut Inuit also jumped into the debate.APTN’s Kent Driscoll with this from Iqaluit.