Liverpool v Chelsea: Traore and Begovic start

first_imgBertrand Traore and keeper Asmir Begovic start for Chelsea at Anfield, where John Mikel Obi will play as a centre-back for the Blues.Traore comes in for Diego Costa, who has a hamstring problem, while a defensive reshuffle is necessary because Branislav Ivanovic has a groin injury and skipper John Terry is suspended.There are also starting places for Baba Rahman and Pedro in a much-changed Chelsea line-up. Gary Cahill will captain the side.Meanwhile, academy products Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Kasey Palmer are among the Chelsea substitutes.Liverpool also make changes, with Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Kolo Toure, Emre Can and James Milner all starting.Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge.Subs: Bogdan, Skrtel, Smith, Lucas, Allen, Ojo, Benteke.Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Mikel, Cahill, Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Matic; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Traore.Subs: Amelia, Tomori, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Palmer, Pato, Abraham.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Of cupcakes and hockey sticks: Sharks say they have routines, but not superstitions

first_imgSAN JOSE — The first rule about having superstitions is to not to refer to them as being superstitions.They’re called routines, in case you were curious.“Superstition has this stigma about it,” Sharks winger Evander Kane said. “Superstitions are fine. Everybody has them, whether they admit it or not.”The Sharks have won six straight going into Tuesday’s home game against the Edmonton Oilers. They’ve completely turned around their season in that time, going from a team that was at the …last_img

Reader Project: Calculate the Speed of Plant Package Delivery

first_imgGet out your pencil and hand calculator.  A team of Swedish and French scientists measured the velocity of a message traveling on the intraplant internet (see 08/12/2005, 11/09/2004, 10/04/2004 and 07/13/2001 entries).  Publishing in Science,1 they believe they have witnessed a signaling molecule, in the form of a messenger-RNA (mRNA; see yesterday’s entry) moving through the phloem, from leaf to shoot, telling the tip to begin flowering.  The leaf is sensitive to day length.  When the clock strikes that the days are right for flowering, messenger molecules travel to the tips to initiate the process.  This is one method by which a plant, distributed in space without a central nervous system, can keep synchronized with itself.    The mRNA moved 6 to 7 mm in an Arabidopsis leaf to the tip in 2 to 5 hours, which they calculated as 1.2 to 3.5 millimeters per hour.Problem:  Calculate what speed range that would represent in miles per hour if the mRNA were the size of a delivery truck on a freeway.  You need to find out the approximate size of an mRNA molecule and work it out with proportions.  Send your answer here.1Tao Huang et al., “The mRNA of the Arabidopsis Gene FT Moves from Leaf to Shoot Apex and Induces Flowering,” Science, Vol 309, Issue 5741, 1694-1696, 9 September 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1117768].Your answer can be reprinted here to help other readers visualize what a human might see if shrunk to the size of an mRNA molecule.  The answer will be simplified somewhat since it will not take into account how many twists and turns the molecule must make on its route, nor the amount of traffic and inspections it encounters, but it should be interesting.  One reader estimated 20-60 mph, one 23-66 mph or up to 68 to 200 mph, another 2000 to 6000 mph, and another, 8181 mph.  Give us your best calculation: write here and tell us how you arrived at it.  Hint: an RNA molecule is about 1 nanometer wide (10-9m).  You need to figure not only the length of an average mRNA, but whether or not it folds into a more compact structure before traveling.    The reader who seemed to work the hardest on the problem said, “if we use 5 nm as the width of the mRNA folded up on itself, the scaled speed increases dramatically, and would be in the range of 1100 to 3300 mph.”  Additional factors would need to be known, like how compact the mRNA folds, and whether it passively “rides along” in the sap for part of its journey.  Anyway, it was an interesting investigation – thanks to all who wrote in with their calculations.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bollywood yes for Cape Town

first_imgSea Point in Cape Town, with Lions Headin the background.(Image: Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tammy EvansMedia liaison, office of Alan Winde+27 82 378 2235• Linton RensburgCape Film Commission – Communications,Media and 2010 Manager+27 82 508 0990 USEFUL LINKS• Cape Film Commission• Cape Town Film Studios• Filmmaker South Africa• Department of Trade and Industry• Cape Town TourismJanine ErasmusAnother high-profile Bollywood film, featuring some of the Hindi film industry’s most popular stars, is taking shape on the streets of Cape Town – and regional government hopes there will be many more to follow.The police action comedy No Problem, directed by Anees Bazmee, has also taken the superstar cast to various locations in KwaZulu-Natal.The cast includes veterans Anil Kapoor, fresh from Slumdog Millionaire success and a stint of filming for TV series 24, and Sanjay Dutt, in real life a politician too. The film also features the ever-popular Sunil Shetty, former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen, and Akshaye Khanna.Dutt, who turned 50 while filming, celebrated his birthday at a quiet gathering in Cape Town with family and friends.Sought-after film destinationThe calibre of Indian stars visiting South Africa’s shores lately is good news for the city, the province and the country. This is in part due to the efforts of the Cape Film Commission, which has implemented a long-term plan to market the Western Cape as an attractive film location.During a recent visit to the No Problem set, Cape Film Commission CEO Laurence Mitchell expressed his delight that the hard work of the past five years, aimed specifically at pulling in big film productions, is now reaping rewards.“The production of No Problem on our shores has already had significant spin offs,” said Mitchell, “with at least 80 local people being employed as crew and cast members.”Other industry sectors that have benefited include catering, transport and security services. Cape Town hotels have also received a big boost, said Mitchell, with the accommodation of cast and crew accounting for over 2 000 bed nights in less than a month.Later in 2009 the Cape Film Commission is due to travel to India to market the local film industry in the subcontinent, and interact with Bollywood bigwigs.Contribution to economyThe good favour of the super-lucrative Bollywood film industry is a huge boost for Cape Town, and indicates that the local film industry is poised to contribute significantly to regional economy.The US$6-billion (R47-billion) Indian film industry churns out over 1 000 films every year. Of those, the Hindi and Telugu film sectors account for about 300 films each, with the remainder shared among other languages. However, Hindi films bring in half of the industry’s total annual revenue.Provincial Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Alan Winde, who accompanied Mitchell to the set of No Problem, was optimistic that the local industry could handle the challenge. “In order to ensure that we grow this contributor even further, we need to make sure that our service offering, whether in tourism or film, is exceptional.”Winde attributes the ongoing presence of Bollywood’s leading men and women to the fact that Cape Town is recognised as a global film industry destination. He added that the province was now setting its sights firmly on the potential of the Indian and Middle Eastern film markets.Thumbs upCape Town has recently played host to casts and crews from the romantic comedies Seasons Greetings and Life Partner, psychological thriller Tasveer, action comedy Cash, and the horse-breeding film Race, among others. Race went on to become the fifth most successful Bollywood film of 2008, in terms of revenue.And the country gets the thumbs-up from the stars themselves. In 2006 Anil Kapoor was appointed as global brand ambassador for South Africa by South African Tourism. Big names such as Akshay Kumar and Govinda are regularly seen enjoying the Cape Town ambience.Kapoor said that with Cape Town’s unique offerings of locations, weather, culture and world class services, the city would become a magnet for large Bollywood productions.Sunil Shetty told the Sunday Times Extra that he believes his films have been such big hits because many of them were filmed in South Africa.“I’ve loved South Africa from the first time that I came here. The things I love most about the country are its beauty, food, particularly the seafood, Nando’s chicken, beautiful terrain and fantastic weather,” enthused the actor, adding that South Africa is also his favourite holiday destination.Cricket successEarlier in 2009, the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament drew thousands of excited fans to South Africa, as well as team part-owners Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty, all influential Bollywood stars.The success of the tournament has added to expectations that Cape Town will become the African base of the Bollywood machine.According to Winde, the province received huge exposure in India because of the IPL. “Images of our country were beamed into the homes of millions,” he said, “and this provided the Western Cape with a wonderful opportunity to access this significant tourism and film market.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at read more

Top 5 Spotify Apps For Music Discovery

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App john paul titlow Tags:#discovery#lastfm#music#Recommendation Engines#spotify Spotify wasn’t built for discovery. The Swedish music streaming company realizes this and instead of trying to natively bake a zillion features into its service, it launched a platform for third party developers about a year ago. Spotify’s app directory now features almost 60 HTML5-based add-ons for the service’s desktop client. These apps perform a lot of different functions – some are social, while others sonically augment album reviews from big name publishers. The thing for which they’re probably most useful is discovering music you might like but may never have heard otherwise.1. MoodagentSince launching on Spotify last year, Moodagent has been one of the most interesting apps on the platform. That’s because it takes standard algorithmic music recommendations and beefs them up with emotional intelligence. There are at least a dozen apps that let you build a playlist based on related artists, but Moodagent factors in the mood of each song to build out something that feels more consistent. The options look broad, but are surprisingly powerful. A playlist can be sensual, angry, happy, tender or some combination of all four. You can even base them on tempo, playing back a series of similarly paced songs. Tie these characteristics to the same kind of artist-to-artist matching algorithm that fuels so many other music-discovery apps, and you have a uniquely intelligent system for finding new music. 2. has been around for a decade now, but the Internet radio and music recommendation service is still a reliable tool for discovering new artists. It works by keeping track of everything you listen to and using a Pandora-style algorithm to recommend related artists and albums. It’s a simple concept, but one that apparently holds up quite well over time. Existing users of will feel right at home in its Spotify app, which more or less frames a slightly modified version of the service’s usual interface into Spotify’s desktop client. The results occasionally need to be tweaked, but on the whole the recommendations are pretty solid. A few albums in my own physical record collection landed there thanks to’s ability to turn up hidden gems.  3. Swarm.fmOh great, another social music-discovery app. Ho-hum.Actually, is pretty useful. It uses data from Facebook to show you what music your friends are listening to, even if they’re not signed up for If they are, that data becomes much more detailed and easily explored. will also let you know if any artists in your own collection have new releases, which is far more relevant than the new releases coughed up by Spotify itself. That tag cloud on the home tab might look like just another collection of metadata, but it’s actually informed by your social music data. I listen to a number of artists who don the tag “space rock” – and when I click that tag, it shows me dozens of similar bands. I can then sort those artists by popularity and what’s trending on, which is a good way to pinpoint worthwhile listens.4. ShareMyPlaylistsWhen I first opened ShareMyPlaylists, I thought “Oh, this is looks fairly generic.” Alternative, Classical, Blues, Dance. One-size-fits-all playlists.I was wrong. When you scroll down, you see a wide variety of very specific playlists: Beatles covers, the songs sampled by Nas and music from Quentin Tarantino films, songs featuring Moog synthesizers. It’s a random conglomeration of curated listening experiences, but one that is well worth browsing. ShareMyPlaylists has something for absolutely everyone. Devotees of popular music from the charts can browse the “Top 50” tab while those with more under-the-radar tastes will find plenty of new stuff under the “Recommended” tab, which finds playlists based on the artists you listen to the most. If nothing in either section suits your mood, you can always run a search or use the app’s built-in playlist generator. 5. The Hype MachineIt’s been a wildly popular MP3 aggregator on the Web for years, so it only makes sense that The Hype Machine would find its way into Spotify’s app store. It’s right at home on top of the streaming service’s massive library of music. The Hype Machine eschews the complex algorithm in favor of human-curated playlists. Specifically, it aggregates tracks from popular music blogs across a wide range of genres, each of them very heavily populated. Dream Pop, for example, isn’t exactly a top 40 genre of music, but the Hype Machine pulls together no fewer than 100 different blogs classified as such. It’s loaded with music, all hand-selected by Internet tastemakers and guaranteed to introduce you to something you haven’t heard before. A Growing Universe Of Music Discovery AppsNarrowing this list to just five selections wasn’t easy. There are plenty of discovery apps on Spotify worth checking out – top charts from We Are Hunted and Billboard and social music from TweetVine, Soundrop and Sifter. Depending on your tastes, the critic-curated recommendations from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, NME or KCRW can be invaluable. It’s also worth mentioning that the new, supposedly Pandora-killing Spotify Radio feature is worth playing with. Its Echo Nest-powered recommendations are not quite as granular and effective as Pandora’s, but they’re quite good. Not only can you create a station based on any album or artist, but you can build one off of an entire playlist. This is pretty powerful. For instance, if you’ve starred a lot of music on Spotify, you can build a radio station based solely on those favorites. Here’s another Spotify Radio trick: The app will let you generate a Spotify a playlist based on your dozen or so most-played  albums of all time. You can then start a Spotify radio station based on that playlist, which is sure to contain a few tracks you’ll love, but have never heard before. And isn’t that the point of music discovery?center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts last_img read more

Maoists open fire at cops, torch bus

first_imgOne policeman was seriously injured in a Maoist attack in Korchi division of Gadchiroli district on Friday.The Maoists opened fire at police constables Manit Harami and Ashish Madavi who were in plain clothes and were travelling to Korchi from Kotgul village on a motorcycle. Mr. Madavi was wounded in the firing and airlifted to Nagpur for treatment. In a separate incident, Maoists stopped a private bus belonging to Vishwanath Travels on Bhopalpatnam-Bareguda road, asked passengers to disembark and set it on fire in Bijapur district on Thursday night.last_img

Scientist’s body found

first_imgMaggot-infested and decomposing remains of a 64-year-old retired scientist were discovered on Thursday morning at his one-room accommodation in the PUSA Complex Staff Quarters here.Yashvir Sood’s siblings, who the Delhi Police claimed are mentally disturbed, were allegedly living with his remains for the past few days. His older sister Kamla and younger brother Harish, both in their 60s, lived with him. All siblings are unmarried.Foul smellThe body of Dr. Sood, who retired as principal scientist from the Nuclear Research Laboratory of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, was found in the cramped room on a folding bed. Suspecting something was amiss due to the foul smell emanating from Mr. Sood’s residence, the neighbours raised an alarm.“There was a terrible stench… I went to the house but Ms. Sood didn’t allow me to enter inside. So I told the security guard of the next building,” said Manju, their 30-year-old neighbour.last_img read more

Unintended Pregnancy Estimates

first_imgPosted on December 16, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Earlier this months, estimates of unsafe abortions were published in Reproductive Health Matters. A related paper in Studies in Family Planning written by researchers from the Guttmacher Institute estimates rates of unintended pregnancies in various regions.According to the authors:Unintended pregnancy can carry serious consequences for women and their families. We estimate the incidence of pregnancy by intention status and outcome at worldwide, regional, and subregional levels for 2008, and we assess recent trends since 1995. Numbers of births are based on United Nations estimates. Induced abortions are estimated by projecting from recent trends. A model-based approach is used to estimate miscarriages. The planning status of births is estimated using nationally representative and small-scale surveys of 80 countries. Of the 208 million pregnancies that occurred in 2008, we estimate that 41 percent were unintended.The authors estimate 86 million unintended pregnancies resulting in approximately 41 million abortions worldwide, roughly 35 million of which took place in “less developed regions.” Given the relatively high rate of unsafe abortion leading to maternal morbidity and mortality in developing countries, a move towards further reducing unintended pregnancies could greatly improve the health outcomes for women in the developing world by decreasing the number of unsafe abortions.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

2012 Trans Tasman Player Profiles

first_imgTo view, please visit the following website and click on ‘2012 Player Profiles’ in the top menu: There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following Facebook – – (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets)YouTube –

Touch Football Australia forges closer ties with Japan Touch Association through historic agreement

first_imgFollowing the successful hosting and securing of the 2015 Touch World Cup mid last year, Touch Football Australia today confirmed an historic partnership with Japan Touch Association (JTA). The agreement (MoU) demonstrates the strong desire and commitment of the world’s leading Touch Football nation to help facilitate growth of the game internationally and build further on the great relationship between both countries. The key elements of the five-year agreement focus on improving Japan’s competitive standard of international competition through coaching support and athlete improvement and participation at events.Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire was in Japan last week with an Australian touring party of High Performance representatives, signing off on the MoU together with JTA Chairman, Shusaku Kuchimoto, and officials in Tokyo. “We are delighted to be in a position to partner with and form a long-standing agreement with Japan Touch Association and help shore up their future on the international stage,” he said.“The agreement provides a robust pathway for their growth and competitiveness against international teams in future years and enshrines our commitment to support them in their quest for excellence and improvement,” Maguire added.“The overall objective of the MoU is to assist the overall High Performance and development objectives of the JTA by facilitating overall access to TFA resources both human and material: these are inclusive of coaching support which we have thoroughly enjoyed through our current visit and participation in international and domestic events.“To this end, this will see Japanese teams joining the 2016 Trans Tasman Series event in Auckland (April) for the first time and expanding their presence in future years’ instalment of the Trans Tasman and other events.”By extension, Australian Men’s Open captain, Steve Roberts, fresh from his Touch World Cup success and who was also in Japan conducting coaching clinics alongside TFA High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant, has been confirmed as head coach of the Japanese teams, effective from the 2016 Trans Tasman event. Maguire went on to say the agreement is part of the ongoing commitment by both Touch Football Australia and Touch New Zealand to open the doors to the world to participate more often against the two best nations in the world. “Notwithstanding the level of competition but our events are also the best in the world and buoyed by the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the 2015 Touch World Cup and the mounting desire to participate in our events, we will further expand into 2017,” Maguire said. “This will include the facilitation of entry of Japan and other nations around the world to join the 2017 Trans Tasman event in Open and Senior divisions.“Our key partners at Touch New Zealand are equally excited to extend the invitation for Japan to compete and significantly open up their development and exposure opportunities.”  Related Files160125_tfa_and_jta_mou_media_release_v1_0-pdfRelated LinksTFA/JTA Agreementlast_img read more