QPR v Barnsley line-ups: Holloway makes five changes, Tykes duo on bench


first_imgIan Holloway has left strikers Conor Washington and Matt Smith out of his starting line-up for the game at Loftus Road.QPR boss Holloway has made five changes, restoring Pawel Wszolek to the side along with Luke Freeman, who has served a suspension, and the fit-again Ryan Manning.Yeni Ngbakoto also starts, as does Idrissa Sylla.For Barnsley, Adam Hammill and Gethin Jones, who picked up knocks at the weekend, are on the bench.QPR: Smithies, Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Bidwell, Wszolek, Luongo, Manning, Ngbakoto, Freeman, Sylla.Subs: Ingram, Goss, Doughty, Smith, Washington, Furlong, Morrison.Barnsley: Davies, Elder, Yiadom, Roberts, MacDonald, Scowen, James, Watkins, Mowatt, Armstrong, Kent.Subs: Townsend, Jones, Jackson, Moncur, Hammill, Bradshaw, Hedges.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

REITs to boost SA property investment


first_img1 August 2012 The new Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) structure, scheduled to become available to the South African property sector in early 2013, will both benefit local property structures and increase foreign investment opportunities, according to consultancy Grant Thornton. The adoption of the REIT structure, which is recognised in most key property markets internationally, will revive South Africa’s current systems, which are dated and often tedious, through the introduction of a scheme that has been tried and tested internationally, Grant Thornton said last week. At the same time, the REITs will “bring about much-needed tax and regulatory changes that local property structures could certainly benefit from in the long term,” the company said in a statement.Treasury, SA Revenue Service lauded The National Treasury’s proposal to introduce this listed property investment regime, aimed at aligning the South African listed property sector with its international counterparts, will also create a more attractive investment structure, significantly enhancing international interest. AJ Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen, head of tax at Grant Thornton Johannesburg, said the main reason for the overhaul “is because existing local structures, property loan stocks (PLS) and property unit trusts (PUT) are unevenly regulated and subject to different tax treatments, prompting the need for a shared set of regulations. The Tax Amendment Bill proposing REITs, which was tabled in July, will unify the approach to local property investment schemes and provide greater certainty for international investors. “The proposed tax framework reflects that global best practice for REITs has been carefully considered, and National Treasury and Sars [the South African Revenue Service] should be commended for taking international considerations into account,” Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen said.International lessons learnt “Some of these lessons were clearly learnt from the UK REIT regime, which at first levied a conversion charge of 2% of the value of the property portfolio of REITs wanting to convert and limited the REITs’ listing to the main exchange.” In an effort to be more competitive with other REIT markets like Australia and the US, the UK dropped the conversion charge, has expanded listings to the AIM exchange, and has temporarily relaxed the gearing limits. According to Grant Thornton, South Africa’s draft proposals do not contain any of these onerous provisions. Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen said the new framework would modernise the rules governing South Africa’s property investment regime and attract foreign investment. PUT and PLS structures that comply with the proposed REIT requirements will benefit from certain tax dispensations, specifically, an exemption from capital gains tax (CGT). “These tax features are certainly strong benefits of the proposed structure,” Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen said.Listing requirements He also pointed out that a company wishing to register as a REIT had to be listed, or intend to list, on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and comply with all listing regulations. At present, there are no listing requirements for PUTs, although they are regulated closely by the Financial Services Board (FSB). “The introduction of REITs will expand the investment options available to those PUT structures that elect to register.” Despite the increased flexibility, tradability and tax relief offered by REITs, Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen said that PUTs and other property investment entities would have to consider the increased administrative and regulatory burden of listing before making a decision.Additional requirements REIT-registered companies will have to satisfy four additional requirements, according to Grant Thornton. “The levels for each requirement are yet to be finalised, but as it currently stands, companies must have a minimum gross holding of direct or indirect property assets of R300-million.” In addition, a REIT “must distribute at least 70% of its profits annually, and its gearing is limited to 60% of net asset value.” A PLS, South Africa’s more dominant vehicle for property structures, is a share-linked debenture structure that is indivisibly tradable on the JSE and taxed at a normal rate of 28% with an effective CGT rate of 18.6%. Under the PLS structure, most profit is paid out to investors as interest, which is tax-deductible in the PLS and taxable income in the hands of the investor, meaning that the PLS vehicle attracts low levels of income tax. “Yet in substance, the revenue authorities have always contended that the distribution is more akin to profit than interest, and this contradicts general tax principles,” Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen said. The new framework will improve the tax treatment for PLSs, seen to be problematic and a major factor behind the proposal to introduce REITs in South Africa. Grant Thornton advises companies looking to register as REITs in South Africa to ensure that they adhere to all of the requirements to avoid profits being taxed. “Similarly, each merger or acquisition must be closely examined to ensure that the target does not compromise the company’s REIT status.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Youth get it on campaign to fight graft


first_imgYoung kids with their hands in the air showing their clean from corrupt acivities. (Image: Public Service Accountability Monitor)A campaign by Corruption Watch is calling on young people to commit to taking responsibility for their actions and to stop corruption by publicly announcing “My hands are clean”.Corruption Watch, a graft-fighting watchdog, says it is urging people to publicly announce their positive stand against corruption and join the organisation’s team of corruption fighters. These people expose corruption where they see it, but are also willing to monitor their own behaviour before holding others to account.Writing in the organisation’s 2014 annual report, board chairman Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane explained the need to put an end to corruption for the wellbeing of the nation. “The pervasiveness of corruption in our country… is robbing our youth of their rightful inheritance. Corruption is insidious and corrosive, and the damage that it wreaks today will be felt well into the future by those who had no part in it, or at least are relatively free from blame,” he said.In its campaign, Corruption Watch urges people to participate in a nomination challenge: take a selfie of your hands and nominate your friends to do the same. Using the hashtag #MyHandsAreClean or #MHAC, post your selfies on social media sites Twitter and Facebook, as well as on Google+.#MyHandsAreClean is a response to the growing awareness of how corruption affects young people, says the organisation.The step by step process to participating in the campaign. (Image: Corruption Watch)At the launch of the campaign in February, people spotted taking part online locally included Justice Project SA chairman Howard Dembovsky and Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.Dembovsky said: “The moment people stop paying bribes, whether it is to get out of something they did or didn’t do, is the moment they start curbing corruption. If you pay a bribe and you weren’t drinking, the same traffic officer will take a bribe from a drunk driver who, in turn, puts your life in danger on the road.”Vavi shared a similar sentiment, adding that corruption was at a “worrying” level. “We need to start collaborating at all positions of society because if we freely participate in small corruption, it leads the way to bigger corruption,” said the trade unionist.The campaign’s social media wall updates in real time the responses from Twitter, Google+ and Facebook, says Corruption Watch. “So far, we’ve received much-appreciated support from, among others, Transparency International chapters in Pakistan, Cambodia, France, Germany and more, Yusuf Abramjee and Crime Line here at home, NGOs, Cosatu, dozens of ordinary people, as well as the departments of Home Affairs, and Arts and Culture.”INVOLVING THE YOUTHCorruption Watch believes young people are a major factor in getting the scales to tip in favour of those trying to stop the scourge. “Our youth campaign aims to educate youth about corruption and encourage them to raise their voices and take action against this problem,” it says.The organisation is no stranger to youth engagement. On 9 December 2014, International Anti-Corruption Day, it released an anti-corruption song, performed by up-and-coming singer Fiesta Black, that has garnered substantial support.It has also begun engaging with about 30 young leaders regarding their experiences and perceptions of corruption, as well as on finding solutions on how to combat it.“This diverse group of young leaders, drawn from across South Africa, is made up of chief executive officers, student representative council presidents from universities and colleges, members of debating teams in secondary schools and tertiary education, and youth participants in leadership programmes and community-based organisations. This forum of young leaders will become the face of the Corruption Watch Youth Campaign and will inform our continuing strategy on engaging South Africa’s young people,” explains executive director David Lewis.“We’re calling on the youth to commit to take responsibility for their own actions, as well as encourage others to come clean with any kind of corruption they may have committed.”#MyHandsAreClean from corruption @PsycheDALIAc nominated me & I now nominate @AndreasFares @MohabRBeats @SummerNazif pic.twitter.com/qnzPrUHNdo— Farah (@CynicalJoyy) March 6, 2015Corruption Watch has also tackled corruption in the driving licence sector by teaming up with FunDza Literacy Trust to publish a seven-chapter short story about corruption in the sector affecting the youth.The drama, called Licensed to Lie, is available on the group’s website and on the Mxit app. By allowing young people to identify with the characters, the story teaches them about how to identify and resist corruption when they apply for their driving licences. There are two more stories scheduled for the first half of this year, highlighting corruption in the police and education sectors.No one opposes corruption more than Batman. I may not be Batman, but #MyHandsAreClean. Nominated by @TheCheif_ pic.twitter.com/Jynj4pmT1M— Duke of Burgershire (@TheAhmedRaafat) March 6, 2015last_img read more

Does Your Startup Really Need Those Game Mechanics?


first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#start I’m a fairly competitive person. I like to win. And thanks to many hours spent in front of the screen, I find myself pretty motivated when I see an opportunity to “level up.” But that being said, I still question the rush lately to add “game mechanics” to every new product and experience.As we’ve writtenbefore, the arguments for doing so are compelling. Game mechanics can be fun and rewarding. They can increase user engagement and can aid user adoption, referral, and retention. But does the addition of levels, leader-boards, and virtual trophies necessarily lead to a better user experience? Of course not.In a recent blog post titled, “Why You Should NOT Integrate Game Mechanics Into Your Service,” Gaurav Mishra, CEO of 2020Social points to the ways in which the pressure to add points and badges can obscure some of the other important considerations when developing an application or service. Mishra quotes Pascal Rettig who argues that we are confusing game mechanics – which are really about gameplay – with mechanics meant to change user behavior surrounding the product. “Where you should focus your efforts to avoid launching a dud as we roll through the game mechanics hype cycle,” says Rettig, “is on making the core of whatever system you are building more game-like (put simply, fun) and not just toss a thin-veneer of simple game mechanics around the outside.” You don’t want any game mechanics you implement to distract your users away from your core service. And you don’t want to just bow to the pressure to include badges and mayorships simply because others have incorporated them successfully. And you don’t want to assume that just because you’ve incorporated game mechanics that somehow you’ve made your app playful and fun.White label game mechanics service Bunchball respond in the comments on Mishra’s post with these insights:Have good core content. If users have no reason to come back to your site without game mechanics, they’re going to have no reason to come back with game mechanics.Have clear business objectives that you’re using game mechanics to drive.Apply game mechanics in a contextually appropriate manner for your community. Farmville and Stack Overflow both use game mechanics, but different ones, and in very different ways, that are appropriate for their respective communities.Iterate & Evolve. You’re not going to get it right the first time, and you’re going to learn from your users.What do you think? Do you find game mechanics engaging? And if so, which products do you think are the most effective and innovative when it comes to integrating game mechanics into their design? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Choosing a New Wood Stove


first_imgThe pellet stove optionOne way of taking some of the variables out of the picture is by opting for a pellet stove, which would operate more automatically than a wood stove fed by hand, Charlie Sullivan suggests.Pellet stoves incorporate electrically driven augers that move compressed wood pellets from a hopper to the firebox; the feed rate is determined by the setting the temperature on a thermostat. And that’s part of the problem: without electricity, the auger won’t work.“The issue with pellet stoves is that we’d rather not have to depend on the electric grid (and we don’t have alternative power),” Applebaum says.Granted, Sullivan says, but some pellet stoves can be run on a 12-volt battery as a backup, and the battery pack could be sized to run the stove for as long as she wanted. He points to four companies that offer than option on their pellet stoves: American Energy Systems, Sierra Products, Inc., Quadra-Fire, and Thelin Hearth Products.Dorsett suggests another problem with pellet stoves: the cost and availability of fuel.“A few years ago many people in my area got caught short during an exceptionally cool stretch of spring weather, and many of the local vendors don’t restock after early March, and there was a real run on retail pellet inventories,” he said. “It’s a more convenient fuel than cordwood in many ways, but it isn’t nearly as cheap. And (as a co-worker of mine recently discovered as she shivered while waiting for the UPS truck to arrive with the replacement board) the power controls will sometimes have reliability issues, too, just like any other electromechanical whatzit.” Err on the side of smallMarc Labrie sees parallels between the size of a wood stove and the size of a house: “Do you prefer one that is 2% of the time too small or 98% of the time too big?”Referring Appelbaum to Woodheat.org, Labrie argues there’s nothing green about a big wood stove with a smoldering fire. “Gone are the days of loading huge unspilt blocks and choking off the air supply before bed,” he writes, “a procedure that wastes much of the wood’s potential and coats the chimney with flammable creosote.”For his money, a small firebox with a hot fire keeps both the chimney and the glass doors cleaner with less work.Yes, replies Dorsett, but having a wood stove with a small firebox means someone will have to stay up to tend it. “Some amount of oversizing still works OK, and lets you get more sleep on the really cold nights,” Dorsett says. “A reasonable compromise is ~1.5x oversizing, which still means it has to hot enough that the glass will stay clean. (Some stove designs are better than others at keeping the glass clean too.) But until you’ve done the heat load calculations it’s hard to pick one.”And, Holladay points out, there is the human variable, which makes the ideal 500 degree burn target a matter of wishful thinking rather than reality.“A wood stove isn’t like a furnace. It is fueled by humans who load it with oddly-shaped chunks of wood, and who have a variety of needs: a desire to warm their cold hands, to dry their mittens, and to make a fire last all night, with coals to greet them in the morning,” Holladay says. “All of these factors mean that aiming for 500 degrees is probably not going to happen.” All About Wood StovesWood Stoves: Safety FirstUnderstanding Pellet StovesHow to Provide Makeup Air for a Wood Stove A small, hot fire is bestA fire that burns quickly and intensely is the most efficient kind because it produces the most heat per unit of fuel, and also the least amount of air pollution, GBA senior editor Martin Holladay says. Hot fires also produce less creosote than low, smoldering fires that are starved for air. RELATED ARTICLES GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE center_img Our expert’s opinionGBA technical director Peter Yost adds these thoughts:We often ask a lot — and I think too much — of our wood stoves: burn cleanly and efficiently, heat a space or room as well as a whole home, fire and heat up quickly yet accomplish an overnight burn. Their job is tough enough to begin with, being both the heating plant and the distribution system.So I would just like to add a resource and another perspective:The best resource on choosing a wood stove is “Buying, Installing, and Maintaining a Wood Stove.” This is actually great content and a collection of the best resources on specific aspects of the challenge. And note that the EPA has a list of approved products that includes both catalytic and non-catalytic stoves.Gary Goodemote is the owner of Friends of the Sun here in Brattleboro, Vermont, as well as the chair of our local Sustainable Energy Outreach Network. Gary has been selling, installing, and maintaining wood stoves for more than 25 years. When I asked him about the Applebaum situation, here is what he said:“It sounds like a medium to large stove would be a good choice. I try to get people to think of the future when they may find that a new, high-efficiency stove is more enjoyable to use than their old stove. In that case, they would do well to have a larger stove and get more use out of it. If they’re certain that they won’t use it that much, no matter how easy or enjoyable it is, than they should probably go with a medium stove. I wouldn’t recommend a large stove if the expectation is that people will use it just once in a while to heat the whole house.“It’s hard to get more than four- or five-hour burn times from a small stove. A medium stove can give a user seven or eight hours. For many people, seven to eight hours is the minimum acceptable burn time and that’s often the determining factor. New, high-efficiency stoves can be slightly oversized and still be efficient, as long as they’re heated up sufficiently to start with. If a stove is drastically over-sized, it’s hard to get it up to temperature initially without overheating the space.“One more factor that often comes into play is the setting. A small stove would look and feel okay in a room that is smaller and has a low ceiling. It may look and feel out of place in a room with a vaulted ceiling and a lot of wall space, not matter how well matched it is by the numbers.“The most difficult sizing situation for us, in the store, is for people who have very well insulated, very tight construction, small homes. It’s very likely that anything we might recommend for a wood stove would be too large.” Patricia Appelbaum is in the market for a new wood-burning stove, one without a catalytic element, to provide mostly supplemental heat for her 1,600-square-foot home. There are a lot of models to choose from, and that’s part of the problem.“We understand that a non-cat stove needs a minimum temperature of around 500 degrees for an efficient secondary burn,” she says in a post in GreenBuildingAdvisor’s Q&A forum. “But we would like to have enough capacity to heat the whole house occasionally if necessary.”Appelbaum’s family already has an older wood stove, a large model, that some people in the family like to run at a lower-than-optimum temperature. Before buying a new stove, she’d like to know whether having one with a smaller firebox would make any difference.That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Heating Stoves“Going to a stove in the 50,000-55,000 Bth/h range can still work for a house with a ~25,000 Btu/h design heat load, but try not to go beyond that,” advises GBA reader Dana Dorsett. “Once the stove is up to temperature, it will still burn cleanly when throttled back to ~25% of its rated fire, which isn’t going to roast people out very quickly.”The thermal mass of a stove becomes an important factor when the stove is used only intermittently but at high temperature, he adds. But there’s a caveat — when the output of the stove is three or four times more than the heating load, it won’t be as effective.“A soapstone stove can be 2x oversized for the heat load and still work well with an intermittent high-temperature burn strategy,” Dorsett says, “but less well at 3-4x oversizing, since it takes time to get the stove up to temperature (due to the thermal mass that helps you coast between firings).”last_img read more

Kevin Ferrer hoping to return to action for Ginebra by Friday


first_imgGinebra rookie Kevin Ferrer. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Ferrer is hoping to return to action as soon possible for Ginebra Ginebra.The Ginebra rookie is looking to return on Friday after he missed the Gin Kings’ 121-94 Game 1 rout of TNT in their 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Meralco suspends Kelly Nabong BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president The 24-year-old forward suffered a slight fracture on his left cheek after a freak fall in the Gin Kings elimination game against TNT last September 23.The former UST stalwart said he’s just awaiting the green light from the doctors. He has already returned to the team’s practice, but limited to only non-contact drills.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s already normal. There’s no more pain. I’m just resting and waiting for the go signal of our doctors,” he said.Rather than be down, Ferrer is taking advantage of the extended time to heal up as the Kings prepare for the bigger wars ahead. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “This is the time where I shouldn’t be down. I have to prepare for the time when I make the comeback and I hope that I’ll be better when I return,” he said.Ferrer has been averaging 5.25 points on a 38-percent shooting from three, to go with 1.25 rebounds in 12.4 minutes of play this conference.Ginebra shoots for a 2-0 series lead against TNT on Wednesday in Batangas.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more