Chelsea v Newcastle: Lampard is captain

first_imgChelsea are minus John Terry and are captained by Frank Lampard against Newcastle, who are without the injured Cheick Tiote, Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse.It is the first time Terry has missed a Premier League game this season.Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta; Matic, Lampard; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Eto’o.Subs: Cole, Mikel, Ramires, Schurrle, Salah, Ba.Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Taylor, Dummett; Anita, Santon; Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Sammy Ameobi, De Jong.Subs: Elliot, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gosling, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Armstrong.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Eskom repairing Koeberg unit

first_imgSapa 17 May 2011 There was no interruption of electricity supply as a result of the trip. “The cause of the trip was a faulty electronic component. The fault has been rectified. The Unit One reactor is in a safe and stable condition,” Eskom said in a statement. Eskom is in the process of returning Unit One of its Koeberg power station near Cape Town, to service, after the unit tripped in the early hours of Saturday morning. “Eskom will make use of its open cycle gas turbines if needed to assist it to maintain an uninterrupted supply of power to the Western Cape. We urge all South Africans to use energy efficiently.” Unit Two, which was shut down for scheduled refuelling and maintenance will return to service this week.last_img

SA family planning above average: UN

first_img15 November 2012 Nearly two-thirds of South African women aged 15-49 are making use of modern contraceptives – in line with the average level for developed countries, and three times the average for sub-Saharan Africa – according to the State of World Population 2012 report published by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Wednesday.Contraception ‘an essential human right’ The report describes access to family planning – crucially including girls’ and women’s access to contraception – as an essential human right that not only supports other basic human rights, but also unlocks huge rewards for economic development. “Making voluntary family planning available to everyone in developing countries would reduce costs for maternal and newborn health care by US$11.3-billion annually,” the UNFPA said in a statement accompanying the release of the report on Wednesday. The UNFPA cited a recent study predicting that if Nigeria’s fertility rate fell by just one child per woman in the next 20 years, the country’s economy would grow by at least $30-billion. And the benefits, according to the UNFPA, are not just economic. The report finds that the costs of ignoring the right to family planning include poverty, exclusion, poor health and gender inequality. “Failing to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents and young people in Malawi, for example, contributed to high rates of unintended pregnancy and HIV. In the United States, the report showed that teenage motherhood reduces a girl’s chances of obtaining a high school diploma by up to 10 percent.”Reproductive health: South Africa’s figures Figures given in the report show that 60% of South African women aged between 15 and 49 make use of modern contraception, compared to averages of 20% for sub-Saharan Africa, 57% for the world, and 60% for the world’s more developed regions. South Africa’s “unmet need for family planning”, according to the report, stands at 14%, compared to averages of 25% for sub-Saharan Africa and 12% for the world. “Unmet need for family planning” is a measure of the number of sexually active women who would prefer to delay having a child but are not using any method of contraception. South Africa’s adolescent birth rate (per 1 000 women aged 15-19), which represents the risk of falling pregnant for adolescent women, stands at 54, slightly higher than the global average of 49 and less than half the sub-Saharan average of 120. The country also fares well for rate of births attending by skilled health workers, according to the report, with a rate of 91% well above the global average of 70% and nearly double the sub-Saharan average of 47%Human rights-based health care Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, speaking at one of the Africa events marking the launch of the UNFPA report in Cape Town on Wednesday, said South Africa was committed to a human rights-based approach to the provision of health care. “We also recognise the significant impact of strengthening family planning, particularly in the context of climate change, sustainable development and poverty education.” Dlamini said South Africa was proud of the progress it was making in implementing the International Conference on Population Development programme of action, but acknowledged that there were still challenges. “[These include that] a considerable proportion of women in the world are still unable to exercise their sexual health and reproductive rights. Many still lack access to reproductive health and information,” Dlamini said. “They are victims of gender-based and sexual violence, which makes them vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and Aids. This harms their health and denies them opportunities of a better life for themselves and their families.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Stand Strong – 1

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matthew WildeProgressive Farmer Crops Technology EditorWatching corn quickly grow in late May solidified Neal Wikner’s plans to continue a family tradition of using starter fertilizer.His father, Clark, first put nutrients near corn seed during planting about 25 years ago. He wanted to give young plants a boost because cold and wet soils — a common early-spring occurrence in the Upper Midwest — slows root development and nutrient uptake.Persistent rain this year delayed corn and soybean planting, and emergence throughout much of the Corn Belt by several weeks, according to government crop reports. Plant development also fell behind.It took the Wikners, who farm near Farmersburg, Iowa, five days to plant 580 acres of corn in mid-May. Emergence occurred in about 10 days because of cool, wet conditions. Corn was slightly yellow initially, but stands were uniform. Plants quickly turned a healthy dark green and reached the V4 to V6 stage by the third week in June with no signs of stress.The 3 1/2 gallons per acre of 8-13-0-1-1 liquid fertilizer — nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, zinc and boron — placed in-furrow at planting spurred early development in less-than-ideal conditions, Neal believes. He hopes that translates to good yields at harvest.“We feel placing fertilizer by the seed will help corn in the early stages until it can reach the anhydrous [ammonia] layer,” Neal said. “Every infant needs extra nutrition. I can’t say for sure what starter equates to in extra yield, but it’s reasonable to expect 5 bushels [per acre].”Studies from several universities and companies indicate a similar yield bump associated with starter fertilizer.This is the first of five stories in DTN/Progressive Farmer’s Stand Strong series. Optimizing yields on every acre requires getting corn off to a fast start and establishing a sturdy stand. Stories in this series will offer tips to strengthen standability.STARTER STUDIESResearch proves pop-up and banded nutrients at planting jump-start corn growth, being especially beneficial in certain soil types and environmental and agronomic conditions.But starter fertilizer doesn’t guarantee more bushels or a return on investment (ROI), agronomy experts agree.“It’s certainly a good practice to get corn off to a good start,” said Joe Lauer, an agronomy professor at the University of Wisconsin and state Extension corn specialist. “The economics, though, are mixed at best.”Some growers question whether starter fertilizer is necessary given the resiliency of modern hybrids and recent low crop prices, Lauer explained.To provide some answers, the university is in the last year of a three-year starter fertilizer study at 11 locations throughout Wisconsin. It’s evaluating the agronomic response of corn with 4.1 gallons per acre of seed-placed liquid fertilizer (10-34-0-1 with zinc) and 200 pounds per acre of fertilizer (9-11-30-6 with sulfur and zinc) banded 2 inches to the side of the row and 2 inches below the seed at planting compared to untreated checks.In 2017 and 2018, on average, corn with in-furrow and banded fertilizer outyielded the untreated check by 1 bushel and 5 bushels per acre (bpa), respectively. Five of 11 locations had a significant response to fertilizer treatments; others didn’t.“The bottom line is that in states like Wisconsin, where there is a lot of manure applied, we don’t see a lot of response to starter fertilizer,” Lauer concluded. Soil with high to adequate phosphorus levels is less likely to see a yield response from the practice.STARTER BENEFITSThere are circumstances when starter fertilizer aids corn development, which can translate to additional bushels and profit, Lauer and other experts said.During growth stages V1 to V5, it’s important to prevent stress that can stunt corn and possibly reduce yield potential. Starter fertilizer provides easily accessible nutrients to developing plants to enhance seedling growth until they establish larger root systems to better access water and nutrients.Planting conditions that may benefit from starter fertilizer include:— soils that test low in phosphorus— soils that test high or low in pH— low soil temperatures that are associated with early planting— continuous corn— high residue cover associated with conservation tillage and no-till— northern Corn Belt locations— coarse-textured (sandy) soils low in organic matter— poorly drained soils— locations prone to substantial drought stress.Starter fertilizer improved corn yields by 4.1 bpa on average in more than 50 on-farm trials conducted by Growmark the last three years. The tests are part of the Bloomington, Illinois-based agricultural supply cooperative’s MiField Applied Research.Prior to adding in last year’s aggregated results, the average increase was 5.9 bpa.“What we’re seeing from starter is a highly variable response … the data reflects that,” explained Brendan Bachman, Growmark senior agronomy and technology manager.DOES STARTER PAY?The local environment, individual management and cropping systems will likely dictate if starter fertilizer provides an ROI, Bachman added.Growmark MiField Applied Research last year revealed liquid starter fertilizer applications lost $3.40 per acre, on average, under relatively good early growing conditions where studies were conducted. Several different products were applied at a rate of 5 gallons per acre at an average cost of $15.This year may be a different story since adverse weather delayed planting throughout much of the Corn Belt. Corn prices are also higher. A 5-bushel bump per acre at $4 per bushel could net farmers a $5 ROI.“In these tough economic times, growers are looking at every application and management practice. They’re evaluating ROI to minimize risk and boost productivity,” Bachman said.The Wikners did. Their corn yield goal is 200 to 240 bpa, depending on the field, to feed 2,000 sows and have 25% of the crop left over to sell. To help reach that goal, they upgraded their John Deere 1750 8-row planter with Precision Planting Keeton Seed Firmers with in-furrow fertilizer application.Several years of low crop prices and extreme weather events dictated the move, Neal Wikner said.“These are challenging times, especially the recent cold and wet years,” he continues. “The extra nourishment of starter helps the corn get through.”Recent Purdue University research found corn starter fertilizer increased plant height and dry matter by an average of 49% and 140%, respectively. Plants reached tasseling and silking faster, and grain moisture at harvest was up to 1.7 percentage points drier, which can save in drying costs.INSURANCE POLICYUniversity of Minnesota studies show starter fertilizer increases corn yields by 4 to 5 bpa in low-phosphorus soils. Yield benefits tend to decrease as soil test value increases or in situations where phosphorus is broadcast at recommended rates.Daniel Kaiser, University of Minnesota Extension soil specialist, urges farmers to consider the nutrients applied with a starter in their overall fertility program.“If you need nutrients, you will see some yield increase,” Kaiser said. “Really, it’s more of an insurance policy. Growers that use it generally stick with it.”Farmer Brad Theis, of Le Center, Minnesota, has used 10-34-0 starter with zinc for 25 years. He has no plans to quit.Theis added a new liquid fertilizer system to his John Deere DB80 planter as part of a $125,000 retrofit. The Precision Planting vApplyHD automatically controls rate and flow of nutrients.“Starter gets the corn to pop up quick,” Theis said. “In the north, we need to do everything we can to help it right away.”For more information:— University of Wisconsin Corn Response to Banded Fertilizers Study:— University of Minnesota Extension Corn Starter Fertilizer Guide: Wilde can be reached at matt.wilde@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @progressivwilde(ES/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

WATCH: DQ Osborne Makes Crazy Pick Against Kansas

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. DeQuinton Osborne — who shall heretofore be referred to as “The Blizzard” — had an outrageous pick against Montrell Cozart in the second half of OSU’s game on Saturday in Lawrence. He almost scored himself a Fat Guy TD but came up just short (even though he obliterated some poor Kansas offensive player). There’s a human being under there. (via @sarahcphipps) #okstate— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 22, 2016Two questions here. First, does Osborne have better hands than all of the secondary or just most of it? Two, why was a 310-pound DT 10 yards off the line? Either way, enjoy the show.last_img read more

Zach Crabtree Breaks Down Best OSU Plays of 2016

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. This is fun. More of this, please. Zach Crabtree lists his top 10 offensive plays of the 2016 season and then breaks them down on film with Allison Gappa. His No. 1 surprised me (it would not have been the one I would have picked), but I loved the self-deprecation from the Kansas State game (“I had a terrible block on my part”) and the insight into various plays OSU ran throughout the year. Also, all the Texas plays!And I still can’t believe this happened (and that it might not have been his best November truck stick …)dec-22-2016-08-37-46last_img read more

Oklahoma State Is Home of the Best Offenses In The Country

first_img1Oklahoma State81612 10Oregon263229 6Notre Dame134026.5 3Texas Tech25816.5 2Michigan71812.5 4Florida State173124 5North Carolina64425 RankTeamBasketball RankFootball RankAverage Rankcenter_img 7Louisville401527.5 Over the past decade Oklahoma State’s football team has become known for its premier offense. This year Oklahoma State’s basketball team has soared to become one of the most efficient offenses in Big 12 history.When you combine the two, you get Stillwater, OK — home of arguably the best offenses in college football and college basketball during the 2016-17 school year.I recently looked at all 128 D-1 football programs and where they ranked in points per possession. Then I combined them with there they rank in raw points per possession in hoops (OSU is actually No. 2 when in hoops when adjusted for opponent but No. 8 in raw PPP).Here is your top 10 as of right now. 8West Virginia114628.5 9Toledo49929 OSU averaged 2.89 points per possession in football and averages 1.16 per possession in basketball. Both top 20 in the country. Michigan is the only other team that can claim that.OSU’s combined total of 4.05 points per possession was not the highest, though. Western Kentucky averages a combined 4.57, but Western Kentucky ranks No. 193 in basketball PPP. OU also ranks ahead of OSU in total combined PPP with 4.48, but they are No. 2 in football and No. 254 in hoops.I thought the fairest way to normalize the fact that you are able to score more points per possession in football is to do it by national rankings. And Oklahoma State is No. 1.OSU has quite literally has had the most efficient (points per possession) offenses in the country in football and basketball this school year.I refuse to do the same ranking for defense (because I don’t want to know what I find), but this is a pretty sweet achievement for Underwood, Gundy and their assistants. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

10 months agoWoodward steps up Man Utd director of football search after Mourinho dismissal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Woodward steps up Man Utd director of football search after Mourinho dismissalby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are determined to find a Director of Football.United recognise the method of having the manager controlling every aspect of the footballing structure is not sustainable.And they want to find someone who can act as a liaison between the boss and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.The Evening Standard suggests that after parting with Jose Mourinho, United will search for a caretaker boss and a Director of Football.Candidates include the likes of Andrea Berta and Paul Mitchell. last_img

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino proud to reach another Cup semifinal

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino proud to reach another Cup semifinalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is proud to have led the club into another Cup semifinal.Spurs will meet Chelsea in the final four of the Carabao Cup after victory over Arsenal last night.Pochettino said, “It’s an important thing to be in the semi-final. It’s our fifth season and (we’ve been in) four semi-finals. “Remember, we played the final against Chelsea (League Cup, 2015), another semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley in the FA Cup (2017) and Manchester United in the FA Cup (2018). We are close. “The effort is massive and the most important thing is to be there, competing and trying and one day maybe we will get the reward we deserve.” last_img read more

10 months ago​Chelsea target Koulibaly close to signing Napoli contract

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea target Koulibaly close to signing Napoli contractby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli are close to securing their star centre-back to a new contract.Tuttomercatoweb reports that Kalidou Koulibaly will be signing a new deal that will give him a wage of €6 million per year.And the most important story is that his deal will not have a release clause.Koulibaly is wanted by both Manchester United and Chelsea.But his club are adamant he will stay, insisting they would even reject bids close to 100 million. last_img