Half-time: Watford 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgChelsea started and finished the first half strongly at Vicarage Road but were caused plenty of problems. They had most of the early possession without creating a clear-cut chance before a spell of Watford pressure suddenly had the visitors on the back foot.The dangerous Odion Ighalo missed a great chance for Watford when he was unable to connect properly with a header from Jose Holebas’ cross.And Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois was called into action twice in quick succession, gathering Sebastian Prödl’s firm header from Ben Watson’s corner and then keeping out Etienne Capoue’s shot following good work by José Manuel Jurado.Chelsea responded with some pressure of their own and Cesc Fabregas’ fine ball found Diego Costa, whose goal-bound shot was deflected inches wide by Hornets defender Craig Cathcart.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Oscar; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Cahill, Baba Rahman, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Traore, Hazard.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Chelsea’s Baker says loan spell has made him a better player

first_imgChelsea midfielder Lewis Baker believes he will return to Stamford Bridge a better player following his loan spell in the Netherlands.Baker has played 29 times for Vitesse Arnhem, including Europa League qualifiers against Southampton, and has scored four goals.The 20-year-old has previously been loaned out to Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons but feels his Dutch experience will stand him in good stead.He told the FA’s official website: “The culture is different and you’re away from your friends and family, and sometimes it can get lonely.“But you’re there to do a job and learn as much as you can and I have learned a lot on the pitch.“The coaches in Holland have helped. I’ve learned a lot of things for my position and it’s starting to show in games.“The more you play the more you learn because different games throw up different scenarios.“My application to the game has been much better. I’ll definitely take that back with me.”Baker is on a season-long loan at Vitesse, along with fellow Blues youngsters Dominic Solanke (seven goals in 21 appearances) and Izzy Brown (one goal in 20 appearances).See also:Chelsea youngster Baker seals loan moveHow Chelsea’s youngsters fared at Vitesse ArnhemChelsea give trial to non-League wingerMiddlesbrough boss confirms interest in Chelsea’s BakerFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa updates yellow fever requirements

first_img4 February 2015Travellers from countries that have recently been declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as “low-risk yellow fever countries” will no longer have to produce proof of the vaccination when they arrive in South Africa, the Department of Health said on Tuesday.The African countries on WHO’s low-risk yellow fever list include Zambia, Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia, Sao Tome and Principe.Based on recommendations taken at WHO’s recent executive board meeting, all travellers to South Africa from these countries will not be required to produce proof of vaccination against yellow fever. “This provision is with immediate effect,” the department said.Yellow fever is a tropical virus disease that can affect the liver and kidneys, causing fever and jaundice and is often fatal. It is transmitted by mosquitoes.In accordance with International Health Regulations, South Africa requires all citizens and non-citizens over one year of age travelling from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate.“As a result, South Africa implements measures for all travellers from yellow fever risk countries who are unable to produce a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate at the point of entry,” the department said.Travellers who fail to produce valid yellow fever vaccination certificates can be denied entry into South Africa; or they can be placed under quarantine surveillance until either their certificates becomes valid, or for up to six days if they do not have vaccination certificates and are from high-risk yellow fever countries.“Travellers who are in possession of an exemption certificate due to medical reasons will be will be allowed entry, required to report any fever or other symptoms to the health authorities, and be placed under quarantine surveillance,” the department said.A valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate requires a vaccine approved by the WHO and administered at least 10 days before departure to South Africa at a yellow fever- approved vaccination centre. The vaccine offers protection 10 days after administration.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Wheat head scab potential

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Pierce Paul, Ohio State University ExtensionMore rain is in the forecast for later this week as wheat fields in the northern half of the state go through the flowering growth stage. Fields flowering today (May 30) are at low risk for scab in the northwestern corner of the state, but the risk will increase progressively later in the week as tropical storm Alberto comes through. Fields in the southern third of the state are now at much less susceptible growth stages for infection by the scab fungus.Treating fields with an effective triazole fungicide (also called DMI) such as Caramba or Prosaro at flowering will reduce scab and vomitoxin by about 50%. On the other hand, treating fields with a strobilurin fungicide (also called QoIs) such as pyraclostrobin, azoxystrobin, fluoxastrobin, of trifloxystrobin when conditions are favorable for head scab will increase vomitoxin in the grain. On average, strobilurin fungicides increase vomitoxin by about 15% when applied at boot and about 17% when applied at heading.Premixes of strobilurin and triazole fungicides (QoI+DMI) such as pyraclostrobin + metconazole, azoxystrobin + propiconazole and trifloxystrobin + prothioconazole are much less effective than Caramba or Prosaro against scab, and some combination products may even increase vomitoxin contamination of the grain by as much as 15%.last_img read more

A Free Visual Programming Language for Big Data

first_imgUntil the last few years, large scale data processing was something only big companies could afford to do. As Hadoop has emerged, it has put the power of Google’s MapReduce approach into the hands of mere mortals. The biggest challenge is that it still requires a fair amount of technical knowledge to set up and use. Initiatives like Hive and Pig aim at making Hadoop more accessible to traditional database users, but they’re still pretty daunting.That’s what makes today’s release of a new free edition of EMC’s Greenplum big data processing system so interesting. It draws on ideas from the MapReduce revolution, but its ancestry is definitely in the traditional enterprise database world. This means it’s designed to be used by analysts and statisticians familiar with high-level approaches to data processing, rather than requiring in-depth programming knowledge. So what does that mean in practice? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts Visual programming can be a very effective way of working with data flow pipelines, as Apple’s Quartz Composer demonstrates in the imaging world. EMC has an environment called Alpine Miner that lets you build up your processing as a graph of operations connected by data pipes. This offers statisticians a playground to rapidly experiment and prototype new approaches. Thanks to the underlying database technology they can then run the results on massive data sets. This approach will never replace scripting for hardcore programmers, but the discoverability and intuitive layout of the processing pipeline will make it popular amongst a wider audience.Complementing Alpine Miner is the MADlib open-source framework. Describing itself as emerging from “discussions between database engine developers, data scientists, IT architects and academics who were interested in new approaches to scalable, sophisticated in-database analytics,” it’s essentially a library of SQL code to perform common statistical and machine-learning tasks. The beauty of combining this with Alpine Miner is that it turns techniques like Bayes classification, k-means clustering and multilinear regression into tools you can drag and drop to build your processing pipeline. Traditionally it’s been a development-intensive job to implement those algorithms on large data sets, but now they’re within the reach of analysts without requiring engineering resources. Even better, because it’s open-source users of other database systems are able to take advantage of the code, though then they won’t benefit from Greenplum’s underlying processing engine.This release from EMC is only free for non-production use, and the majority of the product is not open-source, so it’s definitely not an immediate threat to Hadoop adoption. It is a sign that the traditional enterprise world is starting to pay attention to the wider world though, and demonstrates some of the areas where free solutions are lacking, especially in terms of their ease-of-use. The engine is an extremely powerful tool for large-scale machine learning, as this example from O’Reilly’s Roger Magoulas demonstrates. Will it open up these sorts of enterprise tools to a whole new set of academic and startup users? Tags:#Big Data#hack Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… pete wardenlast_img read more

Kaveree Bamzai on the police’s sensitivity to crime

first_imgShobhit Modi was like any other young man in a Delhi mall. Tissot watch, check. iPhone, check. Chauffeur-driven car, check. That was till he was stabbed to death just outside his posh South Delhi apartment on May 5 and became another statistic for the National Crime Records Bureau. Soon, we,Shobhit Modi was like any other young man in a Delhi mall. Tissot watch, check. iPhone, check. Chauffeur-driven car, check. That was till he was stabbed to death just outside his posh South Delhi apartment on May 5 and became another statistic for the National Crime Records Bureau. Soon, we had a police narrative of his life that went thus: He had more than one girl’s number on his phone. Was he a two-timing Casanova? He occasionally sniffed glue as many boys do in posh schools. Was he part of a drug cartel?Only his family knows the truth, and in this day and age of aggressive individualism, perhaps not even they. But anyone who remembers the initial police narrative on Aarushi Talwar’s murder will hear the echoes. Here was a girl who chatted with her friends, many of them boys, till late in the night. Who was allowed the freedom to go out with her friends unescorted. Who was left unsupervised by a known adult for some part of the day.There is no doubt that there is a clash of civilisations. What one class thinks is indulgent enabling is parental duty for others. What one class believes are luxuries are necessities of metropolitan adolescence. The class that investigates the murder invariably has no comprehension of the lifestyle of the murdered. How can a student with no known source of income afford an expensive phone or daily visits with friends to a mall? Or how can a young girl, barely 14, have so many friends on Facebook who are boys? For that one would have to explain how buying a phone is considered a rite of passage in an affluent adolescent’s life. And how having Facebook friends is a marker of one’s existence. If you don’t have them, you are a non-person.advertisementThese are issues that even the most educated parents are grappling with. And don’t even ask about sexual experimentation and recreational drug abuse. Neither our teachers, who still treat sex education like an embarrassing relative who has to be wheeled out at family functions, nor parents, who cannot even begin to count the ways children find to get high on intoxicants, are prepared for this universe. It’s not surprising. Our police officials see the worst of human behaviour.They see parents who kill their daughters for their izzat, men who set their wives on fire for dowry, and children who are routinely sexually abused. They are also now seeing gigantic financial frauds using the most sophisticated legal advice, murders arising out of cyber bullying, and teenage crime related to drugs and sex. A particularly repulsive movie recently, Luv Ka The End, aimed at the so-called youth demographic, had its hero being part of a Billionaire Boys Club. Their sport? Putting their sexual encounters online and winning points. The highest, 1,000 points, was for bedding a virgin. To use the wonderfully expressive terms of this generation. Eww. Indeed. But don’t be surprised to see it playing at a home near you.last_img read more

Fleetwood Town’s Nathan Pond: ‘Jamie Vardy helped get us where we are today’

first_imgFA Cup “I hope so because Danny, our kitman, and Ted, who makes our brews, are really looking forward to seeing Jamie again,” says Pond. “Training and playing with him you could always see Jamie had a lot of quality. He had great speed – we played lots of long balls to maximise it – and he was also very aggressive. He was always a very good player and the money our chairman got for him has helped get us where we are today.”Pond, Uwe Rösler’s key defender, has also played a significant part in Fleetwood’s rise. A one-club man, the 32-year-old has entered the Guinness World Records after playing in seven divisions, winning six promotions as the team ascended football’s pyramid.After being deemed not good enough to play for Preston North End, his hometown club, and having abandoned hope of signing for Manchester City, his boyhood heroes, Pond arrived at Fleetwood, then in the North West Counties League, as a 17-year-old midfielder.“I didn’t turn professional until I was 26,” he says. Before that he worked full time as a driver’s mate for a delivery company, supplying bakeries with 25kg bags of flour and sugar. Night matches at away grounds sometimes meant returning home as late as 2am but the day job dictated he had to be up at 4.30am. “It’s the non-league mentality,” says Pond. “It’s not pleasant, it’s hard when you’ve got back from games in the early hours and when you’ve got to train in the evenings after work, but it’s just what you do to keep playing.” Liam Rosenior Share on Messenger Reuse this content Jamie Vardy FA Cup is where even the smallest of teams are afforded chance to dream Topics Happily he benefited from an equally dedicated chairman and owner, in the local businessman Andrew Pilley. Aided by the Vardy transfer fee, Pilley transformed Fleetwood from non-league also-rans to a team that came within touching distance of promotion to the Championship last spring. After finishing fourth, Rösler’s side lost a play-off semi-final to Bradford City and, although they are mid-table, promotion remains this season’s principal aim.“When the chairman took over, I remember him sitting all the players down and telling us about his plans,” says Pond. “At the time we didn’t really believe he’d be able to do it. But Andy put his money in and everything he predicted has happened.”Back in the early North West Counties days, let alone the interludes when he was loaned out to Kendal and Grimsby, Pond would hardly have dared believe he would be captaining Fleetwood against the 2016 Premier League champions.“This club has never reached the fourth round of the FA Cup so beating Leicester would be a great achievement,” he says.As part of the preamble to a tie selected for live BBC television, the trophy has arrived at Fleetwood’s Poolfoot Farm training ground on the Fylde coast and Pond joins Rösler in holding it aloft for countless photographs. By now, the captain has answered so many questions about a certain former team-mate that the name Vardy is echoing in his ears.“My journey’s been very different to Jamie’s but we both appreciate where we’ve come from,” says Pond. “It’s a dream for me to be a full-time professional so I don’t take it for granted; I want to make sure I make the most of it because I’ve seen the other side.” Share via Email Leicester City Share on Twittercenter_img Read more ‘The atmosphere was incredible. Imre Varadi was hit square in the face by a pie’ Share on Facebook “I expect you’re going to ask me about Jamie Vardy,” says Nathan Pond. “The whole day has been Vardy, Vardy, Vardy.”Not that Fleetwood Town’s captain and centre-half is really complaining. Indeed Pond seems slightly amused by the media circus surrounding the League One side’s FA Cup third-round meeting at home against Leicester City at Highbury, Lancashire, on Saturday.After a day spent regaling assorted reporters with his memories of playing alongside Vardy at Fleetwood he greets the news the England striker is struggling to overcome a groin injury in time for the game with an air of slight disbelief. Whether or not Vardy plays – and that seems unlikely – it will be a major surprise if he does not watch from the stands at the club he helped into the Football League before joining Leicester for £1m in 2012. Read more Share on LinkedIn features Share on WhatsApp Fleetwood Town Share on Pinterestlast_img read more