Latest: Chelsea 0 Liverpool 0 (Agg: 1-1)

first_imgChelsea face extra time in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge, where if the score remains the same they will progress to the final on the away goals rule.The Blues have twice been denied a penalty – and they lost Cesc Fabregas after he picked up an injury soon after the interval.With the tie finely poised after a 1-1 draw at Anfield in the first leg, they looked to attack from the start and might have had a penalty as early as the fifth minute.Diego Costa got the better of Mamadou Sakho on the right-hand side and picked out Willian, whose shot was blocked by Lucas with the ball hitting the Liverpool man’s hand as he threw himself in the way.At the other end, Raheem Sterling scampered towards goal after Kurt Zouma had misjudged a long ball, but the centre-back recovered to tackle him after Sterling had gone past Chelsea skipper John Terry.The hosts were soon back on the attack and Costa appeared to be fouled in the box by Martin Skrtel, but again referee Michael Oliver ignored appeals for a spot-kick.With Terry back in the side after being rested for Saturday’s FA Cup debacle against Bradford, Blues boss Jose Mourinho made a bold decision by retaining youngster Zouma and instead dropping Gary Cahill to the bench.And Chelsea were caused some problems at the back in the first half, twice relying on keeper Thibaut Courtois to prevent Liverpool going ahead.The Belgian saved superbly from Alberto Moreno following a clever pass from Steven Gerrard.Soon afterwards Courtois was called into action again, this time saving with his legs to keep out an effort from Philippe Coutinho, who showed great skill to get himself into a shooting position but ought to have then scored.Chelsea were dealt a blow four minutes into the second half when Fabregas was hurt after colliding with Terry as both went for the ball. The Spaniard was replaced by Ramires.But they stayed on the front foot and Eden Hazard fired wide after a brilliant run saw him ride three challenges near the edge of the area.Costa then saw a deflected shot stopped by keeper Simon Mignolet, who also saved at his feet after a ricochet led to the ball dropping to the Chelsea forward.Tonight’s winners will face Tottenham or Sheffield United in the final.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Filipe Luis (Azpilicueta 78); Matic, Fabregas (Ramires 50); Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa. Subs: Cech, Cahill, Ake, Remy, Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Zuma, Branson plan Disease Control Hub

first_img23 July 2009President Jacob Zuma and British entrepreneur Richard Branson have met to discuss a possible partnership between Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of Branson’s Virgin Group, and the government to establish a Disease Control Hub in South Africa.Branson, Zuma, Planning Minister Trevor Manuel and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi met at the Union Buildings in Pretoria this week.‘Unique public-private partnership’The Presidency said in a statement that the initiative would be a unique public-private partnership to tackle priority diseases such as HIV/Aids, TB and diabetes in the country and the southern African region.It will also help ensure that existing health initiatives were better integrated and supported.“Health is a key priority for government, and the Disease Control Hub is an innovative and needed resource to help strengthen our health system and health information,” Zuma said, praising Branson for contributing to the initiative.Saving ‘millions of lives’Branson said that by delivering better data and helping to scale responses more quickly, the initiative would play an important role in transforming South Africa’s health sector.“The Disease Control Hub is a critical initiative to help stop needless suffering from diseases such as TB, Aids, and other health conditions that have needlessly killed large numbers of people and hampered the growth of this incredible country,” he said.“We are pleased to be working closely with the South African government, and would like to call out to other business leaders, foundations and international bodies to join us in this partnership that will ultimately help save millions of lives.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Mike Lutmer, Nov. 17

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I was wanting to finish beans last week and then a few things came up, we got a shower and we switched over to corn for a few days. Then we bounced back to beans and it looks like everything should be done before Thanksgiving — knock on wood. The corn yields have been average, not great. The last field I planted was around 18.5% moisture and was yielding in the 150s or so. On that side of town we didn’t have a lot of water. I was really concerned about one field and it only ran 115, but it didn’t have the water. I thought corn yields would be a little higher than we have seen but the beans were above my expectations.We had a field of beans at my brother’s that was pushing an 80-bushel average. I thought bean yields would be lower and I have been pleasantly surprised. Is it going to make up for the corn yields being lower? More than likely not.The corn price in the mid $3-range is not a good situation no matter what the yields are. If you can put it in the bin and sit on it I think that may help. We did some more contracting with beans. We are just trying not to overextend ourselves, try to hedge a little bit and take it day by day.We talked about doing some fall spraying and we have some ripping to do. We have had beautiful weather, but it sounds like a drastic change is coming. We’ll have to get everything winterized.All the wheat that we planted looks good. I don’t think there is a lot of wheat planted in the state. There was a good amount last year and a lot of straw baled and it will be interesting this next year.We couldn’t have asked for any better weather this fall.last_img read more

Harver is on the Way to Reinvent High-Volume Hiring with $15M Series B Funding

first_imgBrad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite 4 Painless Ways to Pay off Small Business Loans… A leading pre-employment assessment platform Harver has raised $15M in Series B funding led by Insight Partners, bringing the company’s total funding to $35M. The company with offices in New York, Amsterdam, and London aims to digitally transform volume recruiting into an enjoyable process for recruiters, hiring managers and candidates alike. For more information on Harver, visit here.Through a combination of scientifically validated assessments and customized situational judgment tests, companies can make data-driven hiring decisions and mitigate against unconscious bias.Recruiters and hiring managers see how the candidates’ skills and characteristics match the role and the company, rather than having to make assumptions based on their background or previous experience. With Harver, organizations can focus on assessing characteristics that are truly predictive for success on the job.Harver is helping clients like KPMG, Zappo, and Booking, to manage large volumes of applicants and at the same time, provide an engaging candidate experience.Besides applying on mobile, Harver also allows candidates to self-schedule interviews and receive updates on their application process. As a result, recruiters and hiring managers save hours on pre-screening, leaving them with more time for other, arguably more important tasks.“In a reality where technology takes care of all the tedious work while removing biases, recruiters can do what they love to do: build a true connection between the applicants and the organization. Harver will provide this reality,” says Barend Raaff, CEO at Harver.By automating parts of their recruitment process, organizations can significantly decrease the time spent on filling their vacancies. One of the largest European supermarket chains, Albert Heijn, reduced their time to hire by 40 percent after implementing Harver.The company is planning to use the recent investment to further expand its product. The investment will help more companies digitally transform their recruitment process, empowering recruiters and hiring managers to make fast and data-driven hiring decisions.“We have been at the forefront of recruitment innovation since the inception of our company. This investment will enable us to take another leap forward in eliminating bias from the recruitment process and create a level playing field for all job seekers,” concludes Raaff. Related Posts Business Loan vs Equity Financing: How to Fund … Pyze Announces $4.6 Million Funding Round for A… Tags:#Harver#hiring#Hiring Process#Reinvent high-volume hiring Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Venture Capital Is Just One Funding Option, Rem…last_img read more

Video Gear for Traveling Road Warriors and Frequent Flyers

first_imgDo you frequently travel with your camera? Here are a few pieces of must-have support video gear for traveling video pros.Even seasoned traveling videographers and filmmakers can get stressed out when it comes time to pack up their gear. Check out this checklist of essential video gear for shooters on the move, plus some rules and tricks for getting through security faster.PowerImage from Philip BloomDepending on your location, you may not have access to electricity while you are shooting. Make sure you’re charged up and have plenty of batteries before arriving. Also, traveling with batteries is a huge pain in airports. You need to carry-on all of your batteries. Don’t put batteries in your checked luggage unless you want dogs sniffing your bags before a SWAT team destroys it.You need to know each batteries wattage as well. As long as each individual battery is under 100 Watts, then you shouldn’t have any problems in the airport. Passengers are only allowed to carry 2 batteries that are over 100 Watts. Also, make it a habit to put some gaff tape over the connection points. It puts security at ease, and will helpfully help you get through checkpoints faster.Don’t forget that you will also need to charge all those batteries when you make it back to a hotel. Be sure to bring battery chargers and surge protectors. If necessary, bring quality travel adapters, car chargers, and/or portable usb chargers for your phone and laptop.If you find yourself low on power in the middle of nowhere, you may have to get creative. Check out this video from Tim Johnson at Whitespace Films. He figured out a way to use his Canon LP-E6 batteries to power his Sony a7s. MemoryWait. So the first two things on a travel list are batteries and memory cards? YES! You will need a lot of them. It’s always better to have too many memory cards rather than not enough. If the cost of memory cards is a factor, then invest in a portable hard drive or at least some thumb drives. You’ll definitely want an external hard drive that does not need power. Just keep in mind that if you are constantly dumping footage in the middle of nowhere, your laptop battery will die. Are you starting to see the vicious cycle here?Don’t forget that you will also need a memory card reader. You’ll also want the cables to connect your card reader and hard drive as well. Bring an extra cable or two. They can get damaged or just stop working. If you are dumping footage straight to your laptop, you’ll certainly want to remember your laptop charger.LightLight kits are actually a hot topic among travelers. Some swear by packing them, and some tell you to rent on location instead. I fall in the middle category. If you are going somewhere that you can easily rent a light kit, it’s usually the better option. If you are traveling to remote areas without plumbing, you may have a hard time finding a rental house.I found the easiest thing to take are cheap video lights. If they get damaged in transport, it’s not a big deal. You can grab a cheap $30 video light and get by. It’s also a good idea to pack a flashlight or headlamp. A headlamp will help you search for gear in dark locations — and (if you are in a pinch) you can use that as a video light. Combine a cheap $30 light, a flashlight, and a cell phone, and you have the cheapest three point lighting system. Hey… if it works, it works.Don’t forget that lights need batteries. VICIOUS CYCLE!StabilizationAny videographer should know how important it is to have stable footage. Having stable footage while traveling becomes a real challenge. You’re most likely trying to pack as lightly as possible. You don’t want to carry around too much gear if you are hiking up mountains. Heck, I don’t even like trying to get all my gear to my car in the driveway. Compact is key.The type of shoot you’re on will determine what you need to bring. I am a big fan of monopods for travelers. They are so much easier to work with than just about anything else. If you are going to need a slider, then a monopod won’t cut it. I frequently use the travel size Kessler Stealth slider when I am abroad. It’s small enough to fit in my check bag, and I can carry it around pretty easily on location. If you are using a slider, you will also need to grab a travel tripod. Be sure that it can support the weight of the camera, lens, and slider. (Author’s Note: I am not sponsored by Kessler. I just give them my money.)A Glidecam is another option to stabilize your footage. Glidecams come apart fairly easily and are easy to pack. The difficult part is knowing how many counter weights you need to pack for you camera. You’ll really start to question yourself for carrying actual weights around in your bag. MoVI and Ronin are other choices as well, but I find that they don’t travel very well. They’re fantastic tools, but not the best for long distance.Cleaning KitWhen I say cleaning kit, I don’t mean just for your camera. Yes, you will need microfiber wipes, sensor wipes, cleaning solution, a brush, and a dust blower. Go ahead a grab a nifty little cleaning kit like this one from Giottos.On top of camera cleaning kit, don’t forget a first aid kit too. Don’t go for the cheap kind with bandages that slide right off. Invest in a decent quality kit, one that has alcohol wipes. You’ll never know when you’ll get a cut or roll an ankle. True story: I once partially dislocated my kneecap when traveling for a shoot. I got checked out and then hobbled my way to a drug store to buy pain pills and a knee brace. I spent the next day hopping around while shooting. Now my first aid kit always includes aspirin and a compression wrap.While on the topic of cleaning, don’t forget to pack toilet paper if you are going to a very remote location. You can even use it in the airport instead of relying on the so called paper that their bathrooms offer. In very remote locations, you’ll also want bug spray and sunscreen.BagsFinding the right bags and cases for traveling is going to be a trial and error process. It’s different for every person. The one thing I can certainly say is this: rolling bags are great for checked items and to get things to a hotel room. Other than that, they will be a curse. A rolling bag should never be your primary bag. Find yourself a quality backpack that you can wear all day long.Another thing to consider is your location. If you will be in a big city, thieves are on the lookout for camera bags and gear. Sometimes it’s best to use an inconspicuous hiking backpack. One that can still store the gear you need. You don’t always have to have a lens placed safely in a foam cube. You can wrap it in a t-shirt and be just fine.Messenger bags are great for when you don’t have to carry much gear at once. That’s why they are so popular amongst photographers who only need a camera, lens, and maybe a tripod. But if you are hiking long distances, do yourself a favor and properly balance your weight with a backpack. That audio equipment, laptop, and all the extra gear will take its toll on your body as you get tired.Bonus: Waterproof JacketA rain jacket is always handy. Obviously it’s great for rain, but you can also use it to cover up your gear. If the sun is beating down on you and you can’t see your monitor or screen, you can use a rain jacket to make a monitor hood. When packing for travel, always think of multiple uses for everything you have. Then you will save yourself the trouble of packing too much. Got any other must-have video gear in your travel kit? 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Sachin is a mammoth of world cricket: Strauss

first_imgMany an adjective has been used to describe Sachin Tendulkar in a career spanning more than two decades and England skipper Andrew Strauss added another one, calling him a mammoth of world cricket.Strauss was all praise for Tendulkar, who scored his 47th ODI ton while batting against England at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Sunday.”He is one of the mammoths of world cricket for the last two decades,” Strauss had told reporters ahead of India-England clash in Bangalore.”The fact that he has been doing that for so long and so consistently is a great testament to his preparations,” he added.Strauss also acknowledged that there is hardly any negative point in Tendulkar and said he is a true legend. “There are normally no negative words that you can say about Tendulkar. He is absolutely a great legend,” Strauss said.In the 2003 World Cup and was honoured for making most runs (673).last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea No2 Zola: Ampadu has very important future here

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea No2 Zola: Ampadu has very important future hereby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea No2 Gianfranco Zola admits they’re delighted with the progress of Ethan Ampadu.Ahead of facing FA Cup opponents Nottingham Forest today, Zola discussed the teen.Ampadu committed his future to Stamford Bridge in September with a new five-year deal and assistant manager Zola stated he is highly rated at the club.The Blues legend said: “Ampadu is… when we spoke about Ampadu, me and a lot of staff, everybody shares the same opinion: he’s going to become an important player for this club.”He has intelligence, he has attitude. He has all the, in my opinion, qualities to become a top player. As a staff we value him a lot and when there is an opportunity he will get time.” last_img read more

a month agoChelsea attacker Willian wanted by Juventus

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea attacker Willian wanted by Juventusby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea attacker Willian is wanted by Juventus.The Telegraph say the Turin club intends to move for the Brazilian next summer, when his contract with the Londoners expires.Willian’s agreement with Chelsea expires in the summer of 2020 – and so far negotiations for its extension have not been successful .The 31-year-old striker moved to Chelsea in 2013 from Anzhi. During his time with Chelsea, Willian has played 203 matches in the Premier League and scored 28 goals. last_img read more

Lanka Catholic churches stop public mass for now

first_imgColombo: Sri Lanka’s Catholic churches on Thursday suspended all public services until the security situation improves as the head of the church urged politicians to leave aside differences to rebuild the country struck by the Easter Sunday bombings that killed nearly 360 people. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the head of the local Catholic church, said that Easter Sunday’s attacks were coordinated by an organised group with powerful nations behind them and also noted that these attackers had no religion. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAll Catholic churches were asked to stop public mass until the security situation improves, Cardinal Ranjith’s office quoted him as saying. “There will be no public mass said until further notice,” an official said. He urged the government to leave aside all political differences and work together at this time to rebuild the country again. Sri Lankan media and some ministers have criticised the rift between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe after it emerged that authorities had prior intelligence from India and the US about the possible attacks by the National Tawheed Jamath (NTJ) jihadist group.last_img read more