Striker Scott Hogan and teenager Tom Field make their first starts for Brentford in the west London derby against Fulham, for whom Moussa Dembele is only on the bench.Field, 19, starts at left-back with Jake Bidwell out injured, while Maxime Colin replaces Josh Clarke on the other flank.Hogan, who had been restricted to five substitute appearances since returning from a serious knee injury, finally starts a game for the Bees almost two years after joining.Sam Saunders and Konstantin Kerschbaumer come into midfield, with Alan McCormack and John Swift making way.Fulham make four changes from the side that lost to Nottingham Forest last weekend, with Ashley Richards and Richard Stearman slotting into the back four.Ryan Tunnicliffe is in for Emerson Hyndman, while Dembele’s absence from the starting line-up allows boss Slavisa Jokanovic to strengthen midfield with Lasse Vigen Christensen.Brentford: Button; Colin, Dean, Barbet, Field; Yennaris, Woods; Saunders, Kerschbaumer, Canos; Hogan.Subs: Bonham, Clarke, O’Connell, Cole, Swift, Gogia, Hofmann.Fulham: Bettinelli, Richards, Stearman, Amorebieta, Ream; Parker, Ince; Cairney, Christensen, Tunnicliffe; McCormack. Subs: Lonergan, Fredericks, Burn, O’Hara, Hyndman, Dembele, Smith.
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Whatever criticism that has arisen from the Raiders’ agreed-upon trade to get Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers has centered on the wide receiver’s unpredictable behavior.Brown left the Steelers last season with the playoffs on the line in Week 17 and reportedly had issues with quarterback Ben Roeethlisberger as well as occasional missed meetings.And here come the Raiders and coach Jon Gruden, … (CLICK HERE, If you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)
15 November 2005Maropeng, the state-of-the-art visitors’ centre at South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind world heritage site, has won the British Guild of Travel Writers award for the best new tourism project worldwide.The award, presented at a gala dinner at the Savoy in London on Sunday night, is judged by 150 international travel writers. It is awarded to a major new (less than two years old) international tourism project that combines responsible tourism development with local economic, environmental and community benefits.Maropeng was up against developments from Spain and Italy. The 2004 winner was from the Gambia.The Cradle of Humankind world heritage site includes the fossil hominid sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai and environs in Gauteng, the Taung fossil site in North West and Mokapane’s Valley in Limpopo.Together, the sites have been key to tracing humankind’s journey from its beginnings to the present day.‘The place where we once lived’Maropeng, a Setswana word meaning “the place where we once lived”, has been developed as a centre for visitors to the Cradle of Humankind. Rising from the dust of the Magaliesberg mountains in North West province, it is set to open on 9 December 2005.The centre consists of an interpretation centre, where visitors explore the history of the earth and humankind. It lies on the side of a koppie, where ancient rocky outcrops mark the setting of a huge tear-shaped burial mound, referred to as a “tumulus”: a partly disguised grassy mound 20m high and 35m wide.The site is visible from the road with seven tall concrete pillars, representing the seven daughters of Eve. After the visitor has parked, entrance to the site is via an excavated marketplace containing stalls, a restaurant and a curio store.A walkway leads to the entrance into the tumulus, an exploration area with a boat ride on an underground lake exploring the different forms of water. From there the visitor walks down an underground spine, exploring through interactive displays the discovery of fire, bipedalism, extinction and DNA, among other things.It is hoped that there’ll be real fossils, such as Little Foot and Lucy, on display in a high-security room.Once through this area, the visitor exits at the crest of the koppie and relax with a picnic basket, taking in the view of the Magaliesberg.At this point there is a children’s cave where the kids can set up their own dig. The cave is built with local stone in a jagged wall, representing shards of broken bone.The site also has 24-room boutique hotel and a hostel for schoolchildren. Some 3 000 people are expected to visit the centre every day.The Cradle of Humankind development, a Blue IQ initiative, is a R347-million project and the first public-private partnership of its kind in South Africa. The project is an undertaking by the Gauteng provincial government to develop the site as a premier tourist destination. It is managed by Maropeng a’Afrika LeisureThe University of the Witwatersrand is the owner of the Sterkfontein Caves and is the major excavator of the 47 000 hectare Cradle of Humankind world heritage site. Standard Bank donated 100 hectares for Maropeng.“This development is not only part of our national pride, but to the world,” said Rob King, CEO of Maropeng a’Afrika. “It denotes the universal relevance of the Cradle of Humankind as the ancestral home to all, no matter what colour, culture or creed.”SouthAfrica.info reporter
In an earlier Formtek blog I described and compared BPEL and BPMN 2.0 technologies and discussed how both are important to BPM. BPEL is a language that describes the flow and coordination of interactions between published business component interfaces. BPMN is a notational language that can graphically describe business processes. In the current spirit of all-things 2.0, Ismael Ghalimi even suggests that the next generation of BPM is a combination of these two: BPMN + BPEL = BPM 2.0.Now, after three years of redesign, from September 10th through November 9th, an updated WS-BPEL 2.0 specification is out and available for public review and comment. John Evedon, co-chair of the OASIS specification group and architect at Microsoft, has a list of relevent links related to the new WS-BPEL 2.0 spec.What’s new with WS-BPEL 2.0? Quite a lot. BPEL 1.1 had a lot of unfilled holes that vendors filled in ways that best matched their own product architectures. The result was that BPEL 1.1 did not live up to the goal of avoiding vendor lock-in — vendors did not implement the specification consistently.Because of that, moving up to BPEL 2.0, a lot of syntactic and semantic changes were made to the specification so that it is not backwards compatible. The unpleasant side effect of these mid-course corrections are that upgrading from 1.1 to 2.0 versions of BPEL will not be without pain.It’s unlikely though that the incompatibility problems of the version 2.0 release will stop the momentum behind BPEL. The upside is that long-term the changes should realize the originally envisioned inter-operability of BPEL engines.Microsoft, BEA, Oracle and IBM have been involved with the BPEL specification as editors and have shown strong support of BPEL with their products. Of interest is IBM’s recent purchase of FileNet because it further reinforces their investment in BPEL. FileNet was also an active participant in the BPEL spec and used BPEL for the support of their workflow processing.Many people think that BPEL will power the infrastructure of SOA by allowing business processes to be composed from Web Service interactions. BPEL, Web Services and SOA will enable BPM. If done right, SOA-based BPM could lead to significant ROI.One missing piece of the puzzle, even with the BPEL 2.0 specification, is how human interaction can be drawn into a BPEL-automated business process. But BPEL 2.0 is clearly a step forward.
On Tuesday, the first day of the winter session of Parliament, the Lok Sabha was adjourned by 4.30 pm as it had no business left on the agenda.The removal of Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan took the wind out of the Opposition’s sails.The unprecedented situation arose because the House functioned normally without much chaos. The Opposition parties, particularly the BJP, had been threatening to stall the House on a string of scams, including the Commonwealth Games, the Adarsh Housing Society and 2G Spectrum ones.In the past few years, the Opposition parties have consistently got the House adjourned for one or two days at the beginning of each session by raising one issue or the other to put the government on the mat.The government, which had been expecting the first two to three days of the winter session, too, to be adjourned in a similar manner, had, therefore, not listed enough business for Tuesday.They believed the Opposition was planning to raise the issue of corruption in full force.The sacking of Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan apparently took the wind out of the sails of the Opposition’s campaign against corruption that may have forced a change in its script.The House assembled at 11 am and after a brief exchange among the Congress, the Left and the NDA over corruption, functioned normally. Both the question hour and zero hour went off peacefully.Going by a revised list of business home minister P. Chidambaram moved a Bill changing the name of Orissa to Odisha, after zero hour.advertisementLater Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar made a statement regarding the status of implementation of the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution.After the lunch recess, the House took up the last item on the agenda — matters under rule 377 (of urgent public importance).However, by 4.30 pm all the issues raised by the members were exhausted and the chair was forced to adjourn the House for the day.Earlier, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar praised the sportspersons of the country for their excellent performance at the CWG. Kumar said the just-concluded Games will act as a catalyst that helps project India as a sporting nation and motivate the youth to participate in sports events.Although the Odisha Bill, was passed at the session, its passage was marked by a clash between members of the BJD and the Congress after an MP from the ruling benches attacked the Naveen Patnaik government for giving a clearance apparently to the Posco plant.Soon after the Bill was moved for consideration, Congress member Bhakta Charan Das took the opportunity to attack the Navin Patnaik-led BJD government accusing it of playing into the hands of corporates.Amid strong protests from BJD members, Das alleged that the Patnaik government was trying to convert the state into a land of corporates at the cost of tribals who are the original inhabitants of the region.Accusing the state government of violating the constitution and law, Das demanded the state government’s dismissal which was endorsed by thumping of desks by Congress members, including party chief Sonia Gandhi.He referred to efforts made by Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, besides Sonia, Rajiv and Indira Gandhi, to protect the interests of tribals in the state.As the MP from Orissa launched the attack on the state government, Gandhi and others were seen egging him on even though, Kumar repeatedly told him to conclude his speech.