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Round-up: Zouma’s pledge, QPR youngster’s loan deal, Chelsea defender wanted, Faurlin fitness race

first_imgKurt Zouma has pledged to return “stronger than ever” after the Chelsea defender’s season was ended by a knee injury.Zouma was stretchered off during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United and a scan has subsequently revealed he suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage.Meanwhile, Borussia Mönchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has said the German club are keen to sign on-loan Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen on a permanent deal.Christensen is highly thought of at ChelseaThe Daily Mail have since claimed that Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have been monitoring the Dane but say Chelsea will block any attempt to sign him.QPR midfielder Alejando Faurlin is optimistic he will be available for Saturday’s derby against Fulham despite an ongoing thigh problem.The R’s have agreed to extend youngster Darnell Furlong’s loan at Cambridge United until next month.Furlong has impressed while on loan in League TwoBrentford’s recent signing Emmanuel Onariase featured as the Bees’ development side drew 1-1 with Ipswich at Griffin Park.In snooker, Pinner’s Martin Gould is celebrating the first ranking title of his career after he beat rising star Luca Brecel 9-5 at the German Masters.And in handball, Ruislip Eagles responded to last week’s defeat by Cambridge by beating Manchester 39-25.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

MLB considering drastic rule changes that could speed up games, create universal DH

first_imgBy Dave Sheinin | The Washington PostMajor League Baseball and its union have had substantive discussions in recent days over a series of proposals, among the most drastic proposed changes in years, that could bring significant rule changes to the sport in 2019 and beyond, according to two sources familiar with those talks. The discussions have included both on-field rule changes, pushed by Commissioner Rob Manfred, and proposals from the union to improve competitive balance.According to …last_img read more

Purdue looks at impact of GMO crops

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Higher food prices, a significant boost in greenhouse gas emissions due to land use change and major loss of forest and pasture land would be some results if genetically modified organisms in the United States were banned, according to a Purdue University study.Wally Tyner, James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics; Farzad Taheripour, a research associate professor of agricultural economics; and Harry Mahaffey, an agricultural economics graduate student, wanted to know the significance of crop yield loss if genetically modified crops were banned from U.S. farm fields, as well as how that decision would trickle down to other parts of the economy. They presented their findings at the International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research in Ravello, Italy, last year. The findings of the study, funded by the California Grain & Feed Association, will be published in the journal AgBioForum this spring.“This is not an argument to keep or lose GMOs,” Tyner said. “It’s just a simple question: What happens if they go away?”The economists gathered data and found that 18 million farmers in 28 countries planted about 181 million hectares of GMO crops in 2014, with about 40 percent of that in the United States.They fed that data into the Purdue­developed GTAP­BIO model, which has been used to examine economic consequences of changes to agricultural, energy, trade and environmental policies.Eliminating all GMOs in the United States, the model shows corn yield declines of 11.2 percent on average. Soybeans lose 5.2 percent of their yields and cotton 18.6 percent. To make up for that loss, about 102,000 hectares of U.S. forest and pasture would have to be converted to cropland and 1.1 million hectares globally for the average case.Greenhouse gas emissions increase significantly because with lower crop yields, more land is needed for agricultural production, and it must be converted from pasture and forest.“In general, the land­use change, the pasture and forest you need to convert to cropland to produce the amount of food that you need is greater than all of the land­use change that we have previously estimated for the U.S. ethanol program,” Tyner said.In other words, the increase in greenhouse gas emissions that would come from banning GMOs in the United States would be greater than the amount needed to create enough land to meet federal mandates of about 15 billion gallons of biofuels.“Some of the same groups that oppose GMOs want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the potential for global warming,” Tyner said. “The result we get is that you can’t have it both ways. If you want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture, an important tool to do that is with GMO traits.”With lower crop yields without GMO traits, commodity prices rise. Corn prices would increase as much as 28 percent and soybeans as much as 22 percent, according to the study. Consumers could expect food prices to rise 1-2 percent, or $14 billion to $24 billion per year.In the United States, GMOs make up almost all the corn (89 percent), soybeans (94 percent) and cotton (91 percent) planted each year. Some countries have already banned GMOs, have not adopted them as widely or are considering bans. Tyner and Taheripour said they will continue their research to understand how expansion of and reductions of GMO crops worldwide could affect economies and the environment.“If in the future we ban GMOs at the global scale, we lose lots of potential yield,” Taheripour said. “If more countries adopt GMOs, their yields will be much higher.”last_img read more

Advice for New Cinematographers

first_imgGive your career a boost with some expert advice from legendary cinematographers.If you want to be a better Director of Photography then you would do well to listen to the advice of such legendary cinematographers as Roger Deakins, Vittorio Storaro, Sean Bobbit, Paul Cameron, Vilmost Zsigmond and more. Thanks to Cinefii.com you can learn a huge amount from some of the world’s most respected cinematic craftsman.“You have to have your own way of seeing, if that’s not too pretentious a way to put it, you have to have something to offer.” – Roger DeakinsAdvice for Aspiring CinematographersTriple Academy Award winning Vittorio Storaro is probably most famous for shooting Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, but he has 65 other credits to his name. In this clip his advice to aspiring cinematographers is to lean towards rather than technology. “Nobody is explaining to us (at filmschool) the meaning; the philosophy of light, the philsophy of colour.”Don Burgess ASC shares the piece of advice that’s most stuck with him throughout his career and concludes that “You can’t control everything.” Don was nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA for his work on Forest Gump. In the clip below he shares his advice for up-coming cinematographers who want to progress in the business. “What I try to keep in mind always is that one of the most important things to be a cinematographer making movies is to keep the energy and passion for what we’re doing.”Eduard Grau has shot some visually very interesting features including Tom Ford’s A Single Man, and Rodrigo Cortes tense thriller Buried. In the clip below he shares the best piece of advice that he’s ever been given. Dante Spinoti has shot some my my favorite films – LA Confidential, Heat, The Insider, and in this short clip he shares some encouraging wisdom for young cinematographers.center_img “Cinematographers aren’t born, they develop over time.”Sean Bobbitt is probably most know for his work on 12 Years A Slave for which he was nominated for numerous awards and has worked in all sorts of field’s as a cameraman, including war zones. His advice to would-be cinematographers is to shoot as much as you can as often as you can. Sound advice for any craftsman.“It’s the most difficult thing to break in to be a cinematographer, the only ones who will survive are those who really cannot live without out it.” – Vilmos ZsigmondVilmos has worked on some exceptional movies including Heaven’s Gate, The Deer Hunter, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and many many more.Dean Cundey has shot many more films that you might love, than you would know from not really recognising his name, but he was DoP on Jurassic Park, Apollo 13, Back To The Future to name just a few. Dean has some astute wisdom to share in these two clips.“I think one of the things that is surprising is that you have to fit into a team… and learning how to collaborate only comes with experience.”last_img read more

What Are You Enabling?

first_imgSales enablement is an important role with lofty goals. The mission extends way beyond sales operations; it includes sales management and sales leadership. But what are you enabling?Are you enabling your team to do their very best work? Are you giving them the tools, the technology, and the training? Are you helping them to get chops?Or are you really enabling them to go it alone?Are you enabling the individuals on your team to grow? Are you helping them acquire increasingly challenging opportunities that stretch them? Are you helping them make sense of what they are learning so they can apply it in the future?Or are you answering their questions, giving them direction, and creating dependents?Are you enabling the individuals on your team to shed old, unhealthy beliefs and exchange them for new, healthier beliefs? Are you helping them with the mental game that underlies all of their results–or lack thereof?Or are you enabling their deeper entrenchment in unhealthy beliefs, a poor attitude, and a victim mindset?Are you enabling your sales force to create value at the highest level? Is what you are doing providing them the ability to generate breakthrough results for your clients? Are you enabling them to develop relationships of value, the kind of relationships that make lifetime clients?Or are you sending them out into the world unequipped, making them value destroyers?What kind of enabler are you?last_img read more

Serena Williams wins clay opener; sister Venus next in Rome

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Venus, who won her only Rome title 20 years ago, defeated Elise Mertens 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (4) after more than three hours, requiring nine match points before eliminating her Belgian opponent.The Williams sisters’ last match on red clay came in the 2002 French Open final won by Serena. In their last match in Rome, Venus won their second career meeting way back in the 1998 quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“That’s crazy,” Serena said. “I vaguely remember that, so I don’t really remember. … We play each other a lot. Seems like every tournament nowadays we meet early. It is what it is.”Serena is now a 37-year-old mother and Venus is 38. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Others advancing on the women’s side included Madison Keys, Garbine Muguruza, Johanna Konta and Dominika Cibulkova. View comments Steph or Seth Curry? Coin flip to decide who mom, dad represent Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Serena Williams, of the United States, enters the central court to start her match against Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Monday, May, 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME — Serena Williams looked sharper than in her previous match two months ago as she opened her clay-court season with a routine 6-4, 6-2 win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson on Monday.Next up at the Italian Open: Sister Venus Williams in the siblings’ first meeting on European clay in nearly 17 years.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Serena fell behind 3-1 in the first set but then began to take control with her baseline power on a windy day at the Foro Italico.When Serena ran down a passing attempt from Peterson and replied with a cross-court winner to break for 5-2 in the second set, she let out a scream and bent over as she pumped both of her fists.In the final game, Serena served two aces and saved two break points before closing out the first-round match.Serena finished with 28 winners to Peterson’s eight, and committed only two more unforced errors than the 58th-ranked Swede, 22-20.Serena was playing for the first time since withdrawing ahead of her third-round match in Miami because of a left knee injury. The last time Serena played in Rome was in 2016 when she won the last of her four Italian Open trophies.Serena is playing only her fourth tournament of the season and was unable to finish her last two due to physical ailments.“I haven’t been able to train or practice a lot. I was out much longer than I expected,” Serena said. “But I did everything I could to stay fit and to keep my cardio up. I knew that I love the clay season and I wanted to be a part of it.”In men’s action, Italy’s top player Fabio Fognini wore a shirt featuring a design of Rome’s skyline during a 6-3, 6-4 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga; and Borna Coric rallied past Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 in a matchup of two of the top young players on tour. Auger-Aliassime struggled with his serve, hitting seven double-faults to Coric’s one.Also, Karen Khachanov overcame a partisan crowd to beat Italian wild card Lorenzo Sonego 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-3; while last year’s French Open semifinalist Marco Cecchinato was inspired by the home fans to beat Alex Di Minaur 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas eliminated Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-1; and Denis Shapovalov beat Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 7-6 (5). “It doesn’t change at all. We’re just as fierce, Venus is just as fierce,” Serena said. “We both really want to get some match play. We’ll both do the best that we can.Serena leads the career series 18-12.“I know that she’s going to play really well and compete really well,” Venus said. “That’s a given.”In March at the Miami Open, Serena needed three sets to beat Peterson.“It’s been a while. I haven’t played a ton of matches this year,” Serena said. “Not my choice, just by force. I really, really actually desperately wanted to be on the tour and to be playing. It felt good to finally be back out. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep it up.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

We are looking to win as many games as we can, says Sheldon Jackson

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders (KKR) wicket-keeper Sheldon Jackson did not want to put a figure to the number of points needed to make the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs but said the more the team wins the better.KKR on Friday cantered to a seven-wicket win with 22 balls to spare against Delhi Daredevils, a match Jackson made his debut in. KKR are on top of the league table with 14 points from nine matches.Jackson remained not out on 12 along with skipper Gambhir who starred for the team with an unconquered 71.”Everyone plays the IPL to make the playoffs. There is no such number but as many as you win is better,” Jackson told reporters after the game.On Gambhir, Jackson said: “It’s the best thing that could have happened to me on debut. Batting with him was great. He is such a person who knows his games. He said when I went to him that ‘I am there to back you and just play your game’. That’s all was what was needed.”Jackson had to keep wickets from the 10th over in the first innings when Robin Uthappa picked up a knock.”I was ready to keep as I was told to be ready. It always feels good to do things you know how to do better,” he said.last_img read more