Chelsea v Atletico: Key players return

first_imgJohn Terry and Eden Hazard return to the Chelsea side for the Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge. Samuel Eto’o, also back from injury, is on the bench. The Blues, level at 0-0 from last week’s first leg, start with Fernando Torres up front.Chelsea: Schwarzer, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Hazard, Willian, Torres.Subs: Hilario, Kalas, Van Ginkel, Oscar, Schurrle, Ba, Eto’o.See also:Five things Chelsea’s victory at Anfield provedFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

SA Airways voted best airline in Africa

first_img13 July 2012 South African Airways (SAA) has been voted the best airline in Africa for the 10th year in a row by UK global aviation research organisation Skytrax. The awards were handed out at the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK on Thursday and received by SAA chief executive officer Siza Mzimela and the chairperson of the SAA board, Cheryl Carolus. “Skytrax has again confirmed that SAA, with our excellent service and very convenient connections to 26 African destinations via our Johannesburg hub, ranks with the best in the world,” Mzimela said in a statement. The airline also won the Best Staff Service in Africa award for the third time in succession. “We are immensely proud of our staff, because it is their consistent, professional and dedicated approach combined with our reliable fleet, our hospitable and advanced on-board products and the convenient connectivity we offer through our global route network that led passengers to again rate SAA number one in Africa,” Mzimela said. The Skytrax awards are based on customer responses to a survey which is run over a period of 10 months. In 2012, over 18-million businesses and leisure air travellers from 100 countries were polled by telephone, questionnaires and online. The survey covered over 200 airlines, from the largest international airlines to the smallest domestic airlines. It measured passenger satisfaction across nearly 40 key performance and service indicators including the airport and on-board environments, from check-in to boarding, on-board seat comfort, cabin cleanliness, food and beverages as well as staff behaviour and service standards and consistency. Skytrax chairperson Edward Plaisted said SAA’s success was a clear indication of the esteem that passengers had for the airline and the dominance it has. The World Airline Awards are the global benchmarks of airline excellence. Other accolades that SAA has received this year include a four-star rating in February by Skytrax. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau funding water quality projects across the state

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For the third year in a row, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is funding county Farm Bureau-led projects that help improve water quality in local communities. This round of funding will put total investment by Ohio Farm Bureau and partner organizations at more than $1 million in county water quality projects.“What an incredible effort by our members and partners in reaching the $1 million mark. These projects over the past couple of years have helped improve water quality in communities across the state with the help of more than two dozen county Farm Bureaus and more than 110 partner groups,” said Jordan Hoewischer, OFBF director of water quality and research.This year, more than $154,000 in OFBF and matching funds will be put to work in local communities.The county water quality grants are part of Ohio Farm Bureau’s comprehensive Water Quality Action Plan launched in September 2014. OFBF has invested $2.3 million in member funds for projects and measures that help protect the environment and preserve farmers’ ability to produce food. The complete story on Farm Bureau water quality initiatives is at farmersforwater.org.County Farm Bureaus receiving funding and their projects include the following. Crawford County: A water quality learning area will be created to educate farmers, school groups, elected officials and the general public about the positive measures farmers are taking to improve water quality by minimizing nutrient runoff. The area will be next to cropland and consist of a 1-acre surface-fed pond with a drainage ditch and small creek feeding into it. Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams counties: The four county Farm Bureaus will partner with Farm Bureau counties in Michigan to buy radio and television advertising that promote the different measures agriculture is using to protect Lake Erie. Fulton County: County Farm Bureau members will visit Ohio State University’s water research center, Stone Lab, on Lake Erie as well as the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms to learn about water quality efforts. Logan County: Water testing from subsurface tile and from surface waterways will be done at county farms that have a permanent agricultural easement to demonstrate how they are good stewards of the land. Also planned is a presentation by two national experts on soil health and cover crops. Lucas and Ottawa counties: Two tours of the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms will be offered to showcase conservation practices and research being done on the three farms. The first tour is for county Farm Bureau members, public officials and legislators. The second is for county FFA chapters, and students will have the opportunity to prepare for their FFA soil judging contests. Mahoning County: This project will provide education to agricultural and residential landowners on proper soil testing and nutrient management. Mercer County: Two different methods will be used to research the differences in soil health between a long-term no-till system and a minimum tillage system. Data will be collected for 16 months and followed up by community outreach. Muskingum County: In support of a two-year project to gather nutrient data, a video will be produced and informational meeting held to share with local farmers the results of the study. The research tracked soil test levels and tissue levels of crops throughout the season along with water samples from tile outlets. The project findings will help farmers when making nutrient management decisions. Putnam County: An agricultural tour will showcase what farmers and the county are doing in regards to water quality. Stops include the Ottawa Wastewater Treatment Plant, a newly constructed swine nursery operation, a dairy farm, a hydroponic farm and a vineyard. Seneca County: Infield data collection equipment will be provided along with manure nutrient sampling and consultation. Quarterly scientific nutrient management newsletters will be sent to farmers. Educational efforts will be supplemented by personal contacts. The county will host multi-county educational tours to share information. Tuscarawas County: Members of OFBF’s Young Agricultural Professionals will be invited to canoe the Tuscarawas River to see the region’s natural assets and learn about the different tributaries and riparian areas and how they relate to water quality. Wayne County: Dairy manure application plots will be set up and yield data collected to determine the effectiveness and best time to do side-dress application of manure, which is done after crops have started growing.last_img read more

Why 5G Technology Will Be a Game-Changer for Healthcare

first_imgHow Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Related Posts Follow the Puck Geoff GrossFounder and CEO of Medical Guardian Geoff Gross is the founder and CEO of Medical Guardian, a leading provider of personal emergency response and connected care solutions. Geoff’s passion for connected care, healthcare tech, and IoT helps customers live without limits. Tags:#Connected Devices#health#healthcare data#Healthcare systems#IoT#Med Tech Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces A complex regulatory environment and deeply embedded legacy systems traditionally have made the healthcare industry a laggard when it comes to adopting new technologies. But the proverbial floodgates opened over the past several years, with technological innovation transforming care and transforming lives.Healthcare technology is about to get another shot in the arm.This year will bring us the fifth generation of mobile internet connectivity, also known as 5G. The latest generation should deliver significant improvements in care quality and patient experiences — as well as lower costs and more operational efficiencies.5G will usher in an era of personalized, self-directed healthcare, empowering patients with the ability to manage their health and medical conditions better.Ultimately, the goals of healthcare aren’t limited to finding better treatment solutions; medical practitioners also strive to build preventative practices that preclude treatment. 5G will make those goals a reality.Already, wearable technologies consisting of continuous monitoring and sensory processing devices are helping patients achieve wellness and independence. We’ve only scratched the surface of their potential, in part because of the limitations of 4G. One of the biggest challenges that IoT solutions face is slow network speeds because of congestion.Providers are interfacing with many patients each day, and transmitting large amounts of data can be an incredibly slow process on existing networks. Wearable devices require consistent, uniform, and uninterrupted connectivity to be viable, and 5G will provide this connectivity an unprecedented level.5G technology has the potential to help healthcare organizations meet the growing demands of IoT-focused transformation by providing a pathway for more significant amounts of data to be shared — faster — across networks.AT&T claims its live 5G network recently eclipsed the 1gigabits-per-second mark, and the technology theoretically should be able to achieve download speeds of 10 Gbps with one millisecond of latency. Compare that to 4G speeds that average 15 megabits per second with a latency of 50 ms.But speed is only part of 5G technology, which is superior to 4G in every sense. For starters, its lower latency will allow for new and more advanced IoT applications that require rapid responsiveness, such as remote equipment control.Moreover, 5G will revolutionize data management. The technology can handle large and vital data sets more efficiently, enabling the consolidation of information into one platform. 5G networks also have super high bandwidths, which will allow more people to transmit larger files without slowing things down.In the near future, remote monitoring tools powered by 5G will enable doctors to not only keep an eye on local patients but also to attend to anyone around the world without having to leave the office.According to a study by Market Research Future, the telemedicine market is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of about 17% through 2023. Growth will primarily be due to government-driven healthcare initiatives and the demand for better healthcare in rural areas. Unlike its predecessor, 5G will be able to support the high-resolution video requirements of telehealth appointments.This means patients will have more accessible healthcare, including access to specialists who might otherwise be unavailable.5G technology will allow medical professionals to quickly transmit massive files from X-ray machines, MRIs, and other imaging machines. With immediate access to substantial data files, the people — and machines — charged with making critical decisions about patient health will be able to make them faster and with more information.Already, we’ve seen that AI is capable of fully diagnosing patients and recommending proper treatment plans. It also can predict possible complications in outpatients, which allows care providers to put preventative measures in place.But AI systems need a massive amount of data to learn and improve in real time, and that data typically comes from disparate sources and is delivered via mobile devices. In many cases, 4G hasn’t been able to support this continuous flow of data reliably — that won’t be a problem for 5G.Still, none of this is to say that every healthcare problem will disappear thanks to the next generation of connectivity. Seamless integration is far from guaranteed, but it’s absolutely necessary if digital processes will directly affect the health of individuals.Increasingly widespread concerns about patient privacy and the potential negative impact of healthcare data breaches are well-founded, and they aren’t going anywhere. Security is imperative, particularly when healthcare practitioners are transmitting medical data.Implementing new technology is also expensive. With the introduction of 5G, old devices and infrastructure elements may be rendered incompatible. Replacing those devices will be costly for providers. Those issues will need to be ironed out with urgency, though.Dr. Joseph Kvedar, VP of connected health at Partners HealthCare, nicely summed up the implications of 5G on patient care in an interview with HealthTech Insider: “If you put in an Amazon order and it doesn’t happen, the world doesn’t stop. But if it’s your pacemaker, that’s a different matter.”While 5G technology has the potential to improve the way we deliver healthcare, providers must be incredibly strategic about how they use this new technology.With a little caution and some creative problem-solving, the next generation of internet connectivity is certain to change things for the better. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

The Wolf of Wall Street Visual Effects Breakdown

first_imgVideo editors and compositors will geek out on this impressive visual effects breakdown for the blockbuster film The Wolf of Wall Street.If you’re anything like us, you’re a sucker for visual effects breakdowns. It’s always interesting to see how they pull off ‘movie magic’…and this recent breakdown for Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street doesn’t disappoint.In the VFX breakdown video below, NYC’s Brainstorm Digital shows off the work they did on the film. It’s not a film touted for it’s special effects, so you may be surprised to see some of the detailed compositing work that went into it. Be sure to stick around for the last shot – a jailhouse scene that was completely built in post.At 3:00 minutes, this VFX breakdown is a worthwhile watch for anyone interested in filmmaking or special effects.Have you seen any other good VFX breakdowns?What did you think of Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street?Share your thoughts in the comments below!last_img read more

Donors contribute ₹4 crore for Meghalaya flood relief

first_imgAbout 100 donors in Meghalaya have contributed nearly ₹4 crore to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for flood assistance in the state, officials said. The funds will be used to provide relief to flood- affected people in West Garo Hills district, they said on September 2.“We have collected ₹4 crore through donations to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund,” a senior official at the Chief Minister’s Office told PTI. He said that the funds would be used to buy mosquito nets, school books, bags and blankets for distribution to the affected families.School children have also contributed to the CMRF, he said.Floods in West Garo Hills district and South West Garo Hills district in July caused death of five people, besides damage to public and private properties.last_img

Spanish league opener: Messi scores 2 goals in Barca’s win over Elche

first_imgLionel Messi scored twice to help 10-man Barcelona start the Spanish league with a 3-0 win over Elche in the debut of coach Luis Enrique on Sunday, with the Argentina star looking eager to put last season’s disappointments behind him.Messi used a signature burst of speed to dribble free of a pack of opponents before slotting in Barcelona’s first goal in the 41st. Minutes later Barcelona lost Javier Mascherano to a direct red card when he fouled Elche’s Garry Rodrigues with only goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to beat. But Barcelona’s 18-year-old Munir El Haddadi, starting for the injured Neymar, scored seconds after halftime before Messi got his second goal in the 63rd after again confounding a group of defenders.Elsewhere, Eibar beat Real Sociedad 1-0 for a winning debut in the first division, while Celta Vigo beat Getafe 3-1.After Barcelona lost its Spanish league title in the last round of last season and Argentina lost to Germany in the World Cup final, Messi summed up his desire for the new campaign to begin by writing on Facebook before the game: First match today!!! I hope God is on our side for a great season.It started with a bad omen, though: Just seconds after kickoff, the game was paused when a black cat ran onto the Camp Nou pitch before stewards managed to herd it off. But aside from Mascherano’s red card, there was no bad luck for Barcelona.Messi looked back to his best and his pair of goals seemed the perfect answer to critics who had said the four-time world player of the year had lost a step. He was lively from the start, both in attack and in defense, and scored his goals in classic Messi fashion: putting the ball on his left boot to breeze around his markers before picking his spot in the opponent’s net.advertisementWith Neymar out and new signing Luis Suarez suspended until October, Munir got the nod from Enrique and had Barcelona’s first chance when he fired the ball off the goalframe in the 22nd.Andres Iniesta followed suit with a strike onto the crossbar in the 32nd as Barcelona piled up chances before Messi converted. Sergio Busquets sent an errant Elche pass to Messi, who used four quick touches to open an angle around three Elche players before slotting home his first goal.Moments after Barcelona grabbed the lead, Busquets’ poor back pass forced Mascherano to foul Rodrigues to stop a one-one-one opportunity with Bravo. Elche failed to take advantage of the extra man and Munir, who had only debuted with Barcelona’s B-team in March, doubled the lead with a skillful tap with the tip of his left boot to float Ivan Rakitic’s long pass over goalie Przemyslaw Tyton.Messi added the third goal despite being shadowed by four defenders, skirting along the edge of the area until he saw the chance to slot the ball inside the post.last_img read more

SEAG caging in small venue? SBP won’t take it sitting down

first_imgLATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash “We will ask the help of Mr. (Ricky) Vargas (the Philippine Olympic Committee president) on this matter.”According to the report, the MOA Arena is unavailable because of prior bookings.“Maybe Mr. Vargas can talk to [the Phisgoc] and ask what happened,” he said.The SEA Games will happen after the World Cup in China, and Panlilio admitted that the SBP still doesn’t have a final composition of the team that will play in the biennial conclave.The Philippines has won all but two of 19 cage golds in the Games, finishing second to Malaysia in 1979 in Jakarta and in 1989 in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Harvey Carey hits milestone, plays 700 games with TNT “We need bigger venues for Philippine games,” SBP president Al Panlilio, who is already in Shenzhen for the World Cup draw that will happen on Saturday, told the Inquirer over the phone, expressing dismay as to why this decision was arrived at.“If it would be a game between Myanmar versus Malaysia, which no one will watch, maybe that could be played in a small venue,” Panlilio said. “But if it’s a Gilas game, our countrymen will definitely watch that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesReports have come out on Thursday that the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) had failed to secure the MOA Arena for the cage competition, putting the games instead at Filoil Flying V Centre with a capacity of just over 5,500 fans.And this is a development that does not sit well with Panlilio and the entire national basketball team leadership. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony The Filipinos have won the last 12 editions ever since that debacle in Malaysia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Basketball, the sport which this country embraces like a religion, will be played in a small venue when the Philippines hosts the Southeast Asian Games later this year.But the ruling Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) won’t take that sitting down and will do everything it can to remedy that.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more