Half-time: Swansea 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgFernando Torres went close to giving Chelsea a half-time lead at the Liberty Stadium.The Spaniard had a header cleared off the line by Leon Britton and also headed straight into the arms of keeper Gerhard Tremmel following Victor Moses’ cross.Referee Kevin Friend then waved away the visitors’ appeals for a penalty after Eden Hazard was bundled over in the area by Swansea defender Ashley Williams.Chelsea are without the injured Juan Mata and David Luiz, but Ashley Cole recovered from an ankle problem in time to play and Branislav Ivanovic is back from suspension.The Blues are attempting to regain top spot in the Premier League, which Manchester United took by beating Arsenal earlier this afternoon.Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole, Romeu, Mikel, Moses, Oscar, Hazard, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Ramires, Ferreira, Marin, Sturridge, Bertrand, Piazon.Click here for the Swansea v Chelsea 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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What A’s phenom Jesus Luzardo is working to improve for big league step

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — Jesus Luzardo enters A’s spring training with a type of buzz rarely afforded such a young pitcher.It’s an excitement that began last year when Luzardo, 21, blazed a minor league path from single-A to triple-A a little more than a year after ligament reconstruction, commonly known as Tommy John surgery. Luzardo already is being labeled as a savior of the A’s rotation, which has had solid No. 1 starters in recent years but has lacked a bona fide “ace” since the early 2000s.Back …last_img read more

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What stomach bug? A’s outfielder carried his own impressive streak into Tuesday

first_imgOAKLAND — A’s right fielder Stephen Piscotty said Tuesday he finally felt he was over the stomach bug that kept him out of the lineup for two games against the Seattle Mariners over the weekend.“Was a little weak (Monday), but today I feel like I’m over it,” he said. “Was a tough couple days, but, I don’t even want to think about it.”Piscotty never missed a beat.After he missed Saturday and Sunday’s games at the Coliseum against the Mariners, Piscotty was reinserted into the lineup on …last_img read more

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NL playoffs: Washington Nationals to play in first World Series

first_imgBy HOWARD FENDRICH / AP Sports WriterWASHINGTON — It was merely the first inning, yet the home fans kept rising out of their seats to applaud or yell or twirl their red towels, to chant “Let’s go, Nats!” and “M-V-P!” and various players’ names, enjoying every moment of a seven-run outburst that would, eventually, propel their city to its first World Series appearance in 86 years.And then, a couple of hours and several innings later, as the Washington Nationals were protecting a shrinking …last_img read more

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Debunking African agriculture myths

first_img7 July 2016In a presentation to the World Economic Forum on Africa in June 2016, Kenya-born Calestous Juma, a professor at Harvard University, explains the world has taken a generalised view of African agriculture and how this perception can be changed.Juma is an internationally recognised authority in the application of science and technology to sustainable development worldwide. He was named one of the most influential 100 Africans in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the New African magazine. He is the director of the Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project, and part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In his 2011 book, The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa, Juma outlines policies and institutional changes to promote agricultural innovation across the African continent.. @calestous #AskCJuma #TEEPagricReport pic.twitter.com/u9zHa98PQ4— GroIntel (@GroIntel) June 18, 2016See Juma’s article:From newspaper editors to TV anchors to bloggers, the default symbol of African agriculture is an African woman holding a hand hoe. This imagery highlights the drudgery African women face in farming. But it also conflates family farming with the broader agricultural enterprise.As I argue in The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa, farming is only a small but important part of the agribusiness value chain. The value chain includes resource data processing, input provision, production, aggregating (covering bulking, cleaning and grading), processing and packaging, retailing and recycling. Making the value chain work efficiently involves connecting farmers to markets.As noted in a recent report by the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Unleashing Africa’s Agricultural Entrepreneurs, the sector “accounts for 32% of Africa’s gross domestic product, and employs over 65% of its labour force.”Taking the value chain approach, the World Bank has estimated that Africa’s agribusiness market will reach $1-trillion (about R15-trillion) in 2030. This estimate does not include auxiliary industries that will arise from the expansion of the sector.For example, efficient markets rely on effective information flow. New firms such as Gro Intelligence are emerging to fill the data gap. Similarly, the expansion of rural energy, transport, irrigation and telecommunications infrastructure will also spur the rise of support [email protected] #Gro-Graphic on Africa’s developing #seed market. pic.twitter.com/hNBG6jIbTe— GroIntel (@GroIntel) June 18, 2016Too much focus on farmingThis is one of the ways the long value chain of agribusiness serves as a driver for industrial transformation. Few other sectors offer Africa such a broad range of opportunities for technological innovation and entrepreneurial development. There are templates for business models that can be readily adopted. The key is to define agribusinesses as learning opportunities from the outset, as demonstrated by the work of the Africa Atlantic Holdings.Past efforts to promote agribusiness were not successful partly because of the narrow focus on farming. This approach also failed to appreciate the importance of investing in basic rural infrastructure without which neither production nor markets can function. In addition, the focus on farming precluded consideration of the role of higher technical training in agribusiness.The general policy prescription was that farmers did not need more than primary education to function. In many cases, agriculture is more complex that manufacturing, where many functions can be automated and products can be generated just in time. The complex process of plant or animal growth demands more versatile knowledge sources and husbandry that cannot be readily automated.The focus on farming also created biases in the provision of incentives such as credit, insurance and technical support to farmers. Urban enterprises, especially those involved in manufacturing, have access to a wide range of enabling incentives. The same is not true of agriculture, especially where it is perceived narrowly as farming. Agribusiness needs to be supported like other ventures. Farmers need to be viewed as entrepreneurs and innovators, not simply as producers for downstream operations.. @thinkcally @calestous #AskCJuma #TEEPagricReport Yield & Farm Size in Kenya,Malawi,Tanzania & Uganda #Gro-Graphic pic.twitter.com/6fNVkmphou— GroIntel (@GroIntel) June 18, 2016A bright future for agribusiness in AfricaThe good news is that young people in many parts of Africa see great potential in agribusiness. But it needs to be put on par with other sectors. Because of a long history of neglect, young people venturing in to agribusiness lack access to capital. But even more critical is the lack of mentors who can guide them through the early phases of their start-ups.In addition to mentorship, young agripreneurs could also benefit from investment in adequate infrastructure. They already know the power of mobile technology. But what they might need most is access to broadband, which also helps link them to knowledge centres given the absence of extension services. Today, the cost of broadband is prohibitively expensive, despite the fact that it is essential for dynamic business operations.One possible way to resolve this could be to provide “broadband grants” in the same way the US government provided “land grants”. Private enterprises can also purchase broadband and donate it to selected agribusiness start-ups as part of their corporate social responsibility.There are many opportunities for leveraging the growing interest in agribusiness to expand the sector. These opportunities are diverse and lie not only along the full value chain, but also in farms of all sizes – small, medium-sized and large. The starting point should not be driven by opportunity or ideology or dogma about farm size. There are many enterprises that do engage in agribusiness but if given an opportunity they could diversify into the sector. This could be enterprises that are seeking new opportunities.In China, for example, coal-mining firms are starting to diversify into agribusiness in light of new restrictions imposed on the sector to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In Africa, some oil companies might also explore moving into agribusiness given the uncertainties in the sector.Agribusiness in Africa needs to be nudged towards a tipping point from which it can take off. The push will need to come from a collaboration between government, business, academia and civil society. It will require a collective effort.. @calestous #AskCJuma #TEEPagricReport #Gro-Graphic: Only 2% of SSA university graduates specialize in #agriculture pic.twitter.com/DVXsG0t6oZ— GroIntel (@GroIntel) June 18, 2016Modernising African agricultureOne additional way to promote agribusiness is to recognise individuals or organisations that have made outstanding contributions to different sections of the value chain. Many of the existing prizes tend to focus on production, thereby reinforcing the narrow farming image. The newly established Africa Food Prize, with a judging panel chaired by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, could serve as a role model in emphasizing the agribusiness approach in its awardees.The good news is that African governments, as illustrated by the case of Nigeria, are starting to appreciate the importance of agribusiness in long-term economic transformation. But appreciation is not enough. We not only need heads of state and government to serve as champions, we also need policy consistency. The two are important because of the long-term nature of agricultural transformation.In one of her signature appeals for the modernization of African agriculture, the chairperson of the African Union, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said that hand-held hoe should be in the museum, not in the hands of African farmers. The quickest way to consign this symbol of drudgery to the history books is to shift our thinking from traditional farming to agribusiness. That is the root of Africa’s coming prosperity.. @calestous @Kayisa #AskCJuma #TEEPagricReport #Gro-Graphic on ag higher education pic.twitter.com/cVQwu6902i— GroIntel (@GroIntel) June 18, 2016Source: WEF Africalast_img read more

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Medicare Trivia!

first_imgMedicare is the largest health care insurance program and the second-largest social insurance program in the United States. The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) is the single largest payer for health care in the United States. Subscribe to our mailing list for monthly eNewslettersEmail Address First Name Last Name Medicare does not pay for long-term care. If you are in need of long-term care you might consider looking into private health insurance or Medicaid. Did you know Medicare can pay for pregnancy tests? Medicare is not limited to people 65 and older. Those with certain disabilities could also be eligible for Medicare. Medicare is good about paying for services that are medically necessary. Will Medicare cover you in a foreign country? No, if you are going to travel while on Medicare you will need an alternative health coverage. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published February 12, 2016. President and First Lady Truman were the first Medicare Beneficiaries. President Truman received the first Medicare card. For more information on Medicare, including what all it covers and what plans might be best for you, check out our Back to Basics: Medicare Webinar recording. How much do you know about Medicare?Test your knowledge with our Medicare trivia questions!last_img read more

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5 Tips for Shooting Digital Screens

first_imgFollow these five helpful tips to capture the best possible footage when shooting digital screens.All images via ShutterstockIf you’ve every tried to shoot a TV or computer monitor, then you know that it’s much more complicated than simply pointing a camera at the screen. Because of the way cameras work, you have to consider a few things before and while shooting a video monitor or TV screen. Let’s take a look at a few of the best practices for putting screens on camera.1. Test Your Monitor FirstBefore you show up on set, you need to test the monitor you’ll be using. Cheaper monitors tend to have slower refresh rates that can produce a flickering screen if you’re shooting at a fast shutter speed. Other factors like rolling shutter and frame rate can also lead to screen blinking or awkward rolling bars. If you realize that your computer monitor won’t work for your given shooting scenario, the best thing to do is simply test out another one to see if it works well for you.However, if you’re already on set, try turning down your shutter speed. This will get rid of flickering or rolling shutter in most circumstances, but it isn’t ideal. If you’re still seeing a flicker in your monitor, you can try slowing down your frame rate. This may work for a couple of shots, but you should avoid doing this for more than a few shots in your film or video.2. Expose for the EnvironmentBy default, TVs and computer screens are very bright when compared to the ambient lighting found on set. Instead of adjusting your exposure for the brightness of your computer screen, expose for the environment around the computer and adjust the screen brightness as needed. This will ensure that your digital screen is well balanced in your image.3. Laptops Are the BestLaptops use an active matrix power system that holds the color values of each pixel until it is updated by new pixel information. Practically speaking, this means your pixels won’t flicker like on a desktop computer. If you have the option to choose between using a laptop or a desktop computer, I recommend using the laptop.4. Calibrate Your MonitorBy default, most digital screens are naturally white balanced for daylight. If you’re shooting a video that’s utilizing daylight-balanced bulbs, you’re fine. However, for most situations, you’re probably using a warmer, tungsten-balanced bulb. Because of this, you’ll want to change the white balance of your TV or computer to a warmer setting. You can usually find these settings in the monitor calibration menu.5. Record Your MovementsInstead of having your actor click and type information for each shot, it’s much better to simply do a screen recording and play the video back during production. This will make it easier for you nail your focus and ensure that your take is perfect every time.While there’s a lot of screen recording software out there, one of my favorite tools to use is the screen recording function found in QuickTime. After you record your screen, you can edit and export the footage in your NLE of choice. Another great tool for recording your screen is ScreenFlow.If you want to learn more about shooting TV or computer screens, I recommend checking out the How to Shoot a Laptop Screen article over at Wistia. The video tutorial included in the post features a lot of really good tips for anyone looking to practically shoot a screen on set.Got any on-set tips for shooting digital screens? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more

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Return to sender: Roger Federer looking forward to Serena Williams’ serve

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Man City, Man United rediscover old selves in EPL wins PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I admire everything she has done both on and off the court,” Federer said. “I have always thought how is it to return that serve and go head-to-head with her.”Federer made an impressive start in preparation for his Australian Open title defense with a seemingly effortless 6-1, 6-1 victory over Cameron Norrie on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionHis playing partner Belinda Bencic also won to seal defending champion Switzerland’s victory over Britain in Group B.Federer and Bencic will next take on Williams and Frances Tiafoe to kick-start the New Year with arguably the most anticipated match in the tournament’s three-decade history. “I was very happy that I was able to come out tonight and put in a good performance,” Federer said. “I was happy with all aspects of my game . footwork, offensive play, serve, return. It was all there.” TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Tickets were sold out soon after being released for the showpiece encounter, which pits Federer and Williams on court for the first time. The 37-year-olds have won 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them.“It’s very exciting for us. I hope tennis fans tune in and watch it because it’s going to be one time and probably never again in this type of competition,” Federer said.By most people’s standards, the two stars have an unusual meeting place.“I don’t know her that well. I only know her from some champions’ dinners at Wimbledon,” Federer said. “We have busy lives and a big entourage, so it’s rare to really deep dive. We can relate to each other more so now, being parents.”Federer will head into the clash in form after a masterclass 57-minute thrashing of Norrie. The 20-time Grand Slam champion moved around the court well and hit the ball crisply to overwhelm Norrie.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Serena Williams from the U.S. reacts during a match against her sister Venus, on the opening day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)PERTH, Australia — Roger Federer’s wish is about to be granted — he’s getting the chance to return Serena Williams’ powerful serve.The famously unflappable Swiss acknowledges being excited about the prospect of taking on his fellow tennis great on Tuesday in a Hopman Cup mixed doubles match between Switzerland and the United States.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

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