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Half-time: West Ham 0 Chelsea 2

first_imgA Frank Lampard penalty and a crisp Oscar strike gave Chelsea a commanding lead at half-time at Upton Park.After a muted first 20 minutes, Lampard was gifted the opportunity to put the Blues in front when Hammers goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen sent Oscar sprawling.The England midfielder struck the spot-kick firmly down the middle for his first Premier League goal since August and his sixth for Chelsea against his former club.The goal arrived after a fairly nondescript first 20 minutes, with neither side stretching the other bar an Oscar effort which flew high and wide.Following his goal, Lampard had two other chances to double the lead, scuffing a shot straight at Jaaskelainen and then heading wide.Chelsea’s dominance in midfield paid dividends when Oscar exchanged passes with Eden Hazard and was afforded the space to run at the West Ham defence before drilling a shot into the bottom corner.A frustrated Sam Allardyce made two substitutions five minutes before the break, withdrawing Jack Collison and ex-Blues favourite Joe Cole to a chorus of boos, and bringing on Modibo Maiga and Mohamed Diame.Chelsea remained on top, however, and Jaaskelainen produced a fine save to keep out Samuel Eto’o’s effort.Chelsea (4-2-3-1):  Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Ramires; Oscar, Lampard, Hazard; Eto’o.Subs: Cole, Essien, Mata, Schurrle, Ba, Willian, Schwarzer.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Zamora: Redknapp can turn things around

first_imgQPR striker Bobby Zamora says it is “crazy” that there are doubts over the future of Harry Redknapp. Manager Redknapp’s position is under scrutiny following a poor start to the season by Rangers, who are bottom of the Premier League table after seven matches.Zamora said: “Harry has a wealth of experience; relegations, promotions, finals – he’s seen it all. It really is crazy talking like this with so many games to go.“You can win two games and you’re right back up there. It hasn’t come to the point where it’s panic stations – far from it.“We just need a couple of wins – and although they are tough games they can be won. With 31 games to go there’s plenty of time to get out of this.”See also:The Redknapp recap: Harry on Liverpool, injuries, QPR fans and moreFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

As Mayock steps in, Raiders fire Reggie McKenzie’s right-hand man

first_imgAs the Raiders embark on a new era with Mike Mayock as general manager and Jon Gruden as head coach, they rid themselves of their former general manager’s right-hand man.Joey Clinkscales, the Raiders’ director of player personnel and Reggie McKenzie’s No. 2, has been fired, the Bay Area News Group has learned.This move was expected after McKenzie’s firing, and Clinkscales, who normally traveled with the team, hadn’t done so since the Raiders let McKenzie go on Dec. 10.“I have 15 years worth …last_img

Attacks on foreign nationals: South Africa responds

first_imgAfter violence against foreigners, many of them from elsewhere in Africa, erupted in communities across the country over the past week, the government, civil society and ordinary citizens have condemned the attacks, sought ways to alleviate the suffering, and looked for ways to end the conflict. Watch: Is South Africa’s brand equity in question after xenophobic attacks?The wave of xenophobic attacks has brought into question South Africa’s brand equity. Brand South Africa’s acting chief executive officer Alice Puoane joins CNBC Africa senior anchor David Williams to discuss the issue. Peace restored in communities after xenophobic attacks29 April 2015 – Peace has returned to South African communities riven by the recent xenophobic violence, and the supply of food, shelter and other support for foreigners forced to flee their homes has been stepped up, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe told a press briefing on Tuesday. MORE > Watch: Media briefing on xenophobia28 April 2015 – “We want to reassure those who have plans to travel to South Africa that our government is in charge. The violence has stopped,” Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe told the media at the first briefing by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on migration. MORE > Inter-Ministerial Committee on Migration media briefing statement28 April 2015 – President Jacob Zuma has appointed an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Migration to strengthen and broaden the scope of the work started by Ministers Mahlobo, Gigaba and Nhleko. In the coming weeks and months the IMC will work with all the affected parties so as to seek a lasting solution to the issues raised by communities and foreign nationals. MORE > Our African bonds defy borders28 April 2015 – The South Africa where foreigners fear for their lives is not the South Africa envisioned by Nelson Mandela and the Freedom Charter, writes Thebe Ikalafeng. MORE > Media statement: South African government responds to the decision by the Nigerian government26 April 2015 – The South African Government takes note that the outgoing Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has recalled its Acting High Commissioner to South Africa. A government resorts to such an extraordinary diplomatic step to express outrage at actions or behaviour of another government. MORE > Booklet: Stop attacks on foreign nationals24 April 2015 – The South African government appeals for peace and tolerance following the recent violence against foreign nationals. In addition to the human cost, the attacks damage the country’s reputation and development, and ignore migrants’ contribution to our society, as a new booklet explains. Read and download the booklet here. MORE > Watch: We Are the World Africa sings out against xenophobia23 April 2015 – Organisers of the MTN Radio Awards have called on radio stations across the continent to stand in solidarity against the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa by broadcasting the new Africa Against Ebola and Xenophobia rendition of “We Are the World”. MORE > Zuma meets stakeholders to discuss migration and attacks on foreign nationals23 April 2015 – On Tuesday 22 April South African President Jacob Zuma met representatives from different sectors of society to discuss the country’s migration policy and explore ways to promote orderly migration and good relations between South Africans and other nationals. MORE > Buti Manamela addresses National Union of Mineworkers Youth Council23 April 2015 – “These images of violence and criminality directed at foreign nationals have been splattered over the front pages of our newspapers and our television screens. They have tugged at our hearts and sometimes brought tears to our eyes.” MORE > Social support to continue as foreign nationals are reintegrated into communities23 April 2015 – Foreign nationals who have been accommodated at a temporary settlement next to the Primrose Police Station in Germiston, East Rand, after they fled fearing attacks, will continue receiving social support services from social workers as they are reintegrated into their communities in Makawusi and Marathon informal settlements. MORE > High-level ministerial committee to tackle migration issues22 April 2015 – On Tuesday 21 April South African President Jacob Zuma convened the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Migration, instructing members on what they need to do to promote orderly and efficient migration as well as peaceful coexistence between citizens and non-South Africans. MORE > Watch: South Africans must support the government in fighting xenophobia – Sexwale South Africa to host anti-xenophobia football friendlies21 April 2015 – The South African Football Association and the Premier Soccer League are organising two international friendly matches against neighbouring countries to create unity in the wake of attacks on foreign nationals. MORE >  Watch: AU chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma pleads for calm Pandor takes a stand against xenophobia21 April 2015 – Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor has expressed her dismay at the recent xenophobic attacks and said that some of South Africa’s scientific achievements may not have been possible without eminent African scientists working in our universities and science councils. MORE >  Attacks on foreign nationals20 April 2015 – The South African government condemns in the strongest possible terms the recent outbreak of violent attacks in parts of the country against foreign nationals, particularly fellow Africans from other African countries. This the government’s response so far. MORE >  President Zuma to build partnerships for peaceful migration20 April 2015 – President Jacob Zuma is to hold consultative meetings with stakeholders to discuss South Africa’s migration policy and how different sectors of society can work with the government to promote orderly migration and good relations between citizens and foreign nationals. MORE >  Watch: Newsroom discusses business and xenophobia South Africa acts against xenophobia20 April 2015 – The South African government is taking steps to bring the latest outbreak of attacks against foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng under control. President Jacob Zuma cancelled a trip to Indonesia and visited refugee camps in Durban on Saturday. MORE >  Maponya: We must collectively say no to xenophobia20 April 2015 – Brand South Africa’s chairperson, Chichi Maponya, says our African neighbours helped us during apartheid and says it is time for South Africa to play her part for the continent. MORE > Department of Energy condemns attacks on foreign nationals20 April 2015 – The Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson and her deputy, Thembisile Majola, join President Jacob Zuma in strongly condemning the current attacks on non-South Africans in parts of our country. MORE >  Sport is fighting against xenophobia20 April 2015 – Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, has lauded the sports bodies taking a stance against the xenophobic attacks and says that sport, yet again, is playing a role in uniting people in our country. MORE >  Displaced foreigners successfully reintegrated into KwaZulu-Natal communities18 April 2015 – The KwaZulu-Natal government and eThekwini Metro are satisfied that great progress is being made in reintegrating displaced foreign nationals in a number of areas affected in greater Durban and greater Pietermaritzburg. MORE >  Statement from Brand South Africa on the current developments in South Africa17 April 2015 – Brand South Africa joins the rest of the country in condemning the acts of violence that have been levelled against some foreign national residing in some of the nine provinces of South Africa. MORE >  Thousands march for peace in Durban17 April 2015 – South Africans took to Durban’s streets on Thursday to call for calm and an end to the attacks on foreign nationals, which have claimed five lives and displaced hundreds of others in KwaZulu-Natal over the past two weeks. #WeAreAfrica #StopXenophobia MORE > Watch: President Zuma condemns the spate of xenophobic attacks Zuma: Xenophobic attacks defy South African values16 April 2015 – President Jacob Zuma expressed his condemnation of the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in KwaZulu-Natal when he addressed the National Assembly on Thursday, 16 April. MORE >  Zuma condemns xenophobic attacks15 April 2015 – President Jacob Zuma condemned the attacks on foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal and Johannesburg in an interview with the SABC, South Africa’s public broadcaster, on Wednesday night. MORE > Watch: Foreign nationals anticipate more attacks African Union statement on xenophobic attacks in South Africa15 April 2015 – Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the chairperson of the African Union Commission, has described the attacks of foreign nationals in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal as “unacceptable,” calling for their immediate halt while again expressing her deep concern about the violence. MORE >last_img read more

Technology Needs to Make Healthy Food Scalable and Affordable

first_imgTrends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Related Posts Many have been calling the healthy and organic food category the next trillion-dollar industry. With allergen-free foods experiencing 30 percent sales growth in the U.S. and healthy snacks alone estimated to top $138 billion by 2020, it’s not surprising that 88 percent of consumers say they’ll pay more for access to healthy foods.The demand is there, but the problem is scaling health food production to meet it. And many worry about what will happen if healthy food doesn’t become more cost-effective to produce: American adults hit an all-time high in obesity in 2017, with just shy of 40 percent considered obese. Nineteen percent of young people fit in the same category.Some big corporations have jumped in the fray to produce healthy foods at scale, from Coca-Cola’s Honest Tea to PepsiCo’s KeVita kombucha. But many who purchase natural and organic foods argue that big corporations create synthetic products or dilute the richness of the products offered by smaller manufacturers using traditional methods.The onus is on technology to make health food production more scalable and cost-effective, as Humm Kombucha’s Eric Plantenberg explains.Old-School vs. High-TechPlantenberg, the chief sales and marketing officer at Humm, remembers watching his mother make kombucha in their family kitchen. His mother, a nurse who grew up on a largely organic farm, made the drink for its health benefits. “We’re full of low-nutrition food these days as a country,” he explains. “Thirty to 40 years ago, the entire food industry changed from producing high-nutrient food to high-caloric because it was less expensive to produce.”Plantenberg continues, “It was a great ‘feed the world’ mentality, but it completely stripped foods of nutrients. And the bacteria in your stomach drives your tastes and preferences — if you eat an apple a day, you crave an apple because your body wants what it knows. People have been feeling bad — they’re unhappy with their bodies, not just in image, but in microbial discomfort — and it was a setup for the entire movement of natural foods.”Humm was founded by friends Michelle Mitchell and Jamie Danek in the middle of the recession in 2009.  They got 15 orders after trying to sell the homemade product to friends. Plantenberg says it had a viral effect immediately — people felt better after consuming the fermented drink, even if they didn’t change their daily Snickers or McDonald’s habits. That momentum often propelled customers to take on other lifestyle changes, including food modifications.But as the call for kombucha grew, the grassroots brand had to keep up with it, transitioning from making 10 gallons per week in the kitchen to making 250 in the first six months. The company struggled to figure out how to get bigger vessels, transport the large quantities, and manufacture 50,000 gallons each week. “How do you bridge a very small-batch process and scale it to something 20 million people are asking to drink?” Plantenberg asks.Following a Steep TrajectoryHumm’s team felt the steep growth of the health food market. “We’ve been through a lot to figure out how to make the tech scalable,” Plantenberg says. “The affordability issue of clean, healthy food is very real. Natural products facilities’ processes are very labor- and time-intensive.”He explains, “Whole Foods gets a bad rap, but the markup on junk food is so much higher than it is on healthy food. The whole supply chain of healthy foods is broken, and demand has far exceeded our capacity to make products. How do we do this and maintain our quality? A warehouse brand approached us to buy massive amounts of our product, but the quality has to remain the same.”Mackenzie Stabler, the brand’s director of innovation, has been trying to help the brand do just that: “When Jamie and Michelle started out in the kitchen, they had recipe flexibility, but also inconsistencies from batch to batch. These days, we define quality as having consistency, but it has to make sense with our size.”She said there’s very much been a relationship between technology and the brand’s ability to keep its products accessible. “Four years ago, we didn’t need a full lab and guard columns (GC). We measure consistency through technology: GC, data tracking, flavor profiles layered on top through GC information to see the peaks and valleys from batch to batch.”Scaling up has been challenging, as what worked even a year ago doesn’t make sense now. The company has adopted data analysis akin to other high-tech business segments. “Everything we do now is through data collection, algorithms, and quality control software — we’re finding where things correlate, extrapolating trends and outcomes, and doing variable testing. It’s been huge in scaling our process development,” Stabler says.Jumping HurdlesTweaking each aspect of the process to scale has created new hurdles to overcome. Stabler says the brand had a flavor in a conventional version that it had to reformulate as organic. It had created a sensory experience with one conventional product, but it couldn’t replicate it with a singular organic product. Instead, the brand put the new version together through all-organic flavor compounds and aromas.Stabler says tech-fueled tweaks have also lowered the sugar in Humm’s kombucha, making the healthy product even healthier. “The relationship between sugar and acidity allowed us to change the flavors,” she says. “We had the same base product and just adjusted the sweetness or acidity in either direction and used the lab to determine the content of each item.” The brand’s new line extension has only 5 grams of sugar per serving.But this testing carries a price. Stabler says mass-manufactured kombucha tends to share more similarities with juice from concentrate than 100 percent juice, which is more akin to handmade kombucha. “When a company is using concentrate, the first ingredient will be water; full-strength products will list kombucha first and then the ingredients of kombucha in parentheses,” she explains. “There’s no legal requirement to advertise whether it’s from concentrate or not; from concentrate is cheaper, diluted with water, and it doesn’t require the business to manufacture or grow cultures. They’re essentially a co-packer of a kombucha product.”Healthy foods, Stabler says, are in the beginning stages of their revolution. “Go back to when beer started — looking at the tech advances, it was very similar to how kombucha has grown,” Stabler says. “But kombucha, until the 1980s, was a pocket thing that still resembled how it had been made in China and Russia. Now, we have mainstream demand to make more, but a consistent, safe product only happens with technology. You can’t do things the old-fashioned way and serve a million people. We want to be sustainable.”As Humm’s experience proves, the healthy food market may be the next trillion-dollar industry, but it’s already flagged a ripe opportunity for entrepreneurs in the tech arena: healthy food manufacturing. If tech companies shift some of their focus to automating and streamlining the production of healthy food, data-heavy companies like Humm will be able to meet demand — and make people healthier — that much faster. 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. Tags:#food#health#healthy food#Trending What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWritelast_img read more

After Effects Video Tutorial: Particle Dance

first_imgCreate a stunning particle dance effect in After Effects using Trapcode Particular.If you’re an experienced After Effects user you’re likely very familiar with Red Giant’s Trapcode Particular. We highly recommend the plug-in which allows users generate particles with much more functionality and control than Particle World (AE’s built-in particle generator).As a result of having such great control you can create some pretty awesome designs that would have otherwise been impossible to make. The following video tutorial by MotionSquared shows what can be accomplished using Particular. This After Effects video tutorial covers:Using ParticularOpacity Life-cyclesRepeatersColoring particlesWorking in 3D Space.Red Giant also recently created the Red Giant Universe which gives users some free plug-in’s to use in After Effects, Motion, FCPX, and Premiere. You can read more about the Universe on our blog and on Red Giant’s site.This video was first shared on the MotionSquared Youtube channel. Thanks for sharing guys!Know of any other great Trapcode Particular tutorials? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

No G20 member has climate plan strong enough to meet Paris targets

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s push to be an international leader in the fight against climate change may be hampered by a distinction that it produces the most per-person greenhouse gas emissions among G20 economies.Climate Transparency, a coalition of international climate organizations, is releasing its latest report analyzing the climate polices of G20 members, just two weeks before the group’s leaders summit in Argentina.The report says none of them has a plan in place to cut emissions enough to hit the goals of the 2015 Paris climate change agreement.The analysis says, on average, each Canadian produces 22 tonnes of greenhouse gas per year — which is the highest among all G20 members and nearly three times the G20 average of eight tonnes per person.Canadians are also the highest per-capita users of energy, with emissions from both the transportation sector and buildings four times the G20 average.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, who is about to impose a national price on carbon, acknowledges Canada needs to do more — but says her focus for now is to implement the climate framework and then consider more-ambitious targets in the future.The Canadian Presslast_img read more