When it comes to betting on football, Chelsea offer great value

first_imgChelsea lost out to Manchester City at the weekend but could still be worth a bet for a trophy this season.When it comes to betting on football, there’s no doubt that Premier League leaders Liverpool have established themselves as the overwhelming favourites for the title this season.The odds on champions City retaining their crown have come in slightly following the win over Frank Lampard’s side, but oddsmakers still see Liverpool as the team to beat.Sites such as Bet365, Betfair and Betvictor are generally good places to place a bet and, while the odds on Liverpool are narrow at present, the likes of Chelsea and City should not be ruled out with sites like Betting.com and OLBG backing Chelsea for this weekend’s derby based on their recent form despite being unlucky vs. Man City.The win over Chelsea left Pep Guardiola’s men nine points adrift of Liverpool after 13 matches, while fourth-placed Chelsea are 11 behind the Merseysiders, whose nearest challengers at the moment are second-placed Leicester – few would have bet on that being the case at this stage of the season.Few would also have bet on Lampard enjoying such a strong start after inheriting a difficult situation when he took over as manager in the summer after leaving Derby County to return to Stamford Bridge, where he enjoyed such great success as a player.Chelsea had just lost talisman Eden Hazard, who got his dream move to Real Madrid, and were restricted by a two-window transfer ban imposed by FIFA for a breach of regulations on signing players under the age of 18.Youngsters deliveringHowever, the transfer ban led to a silver lining – with several of the club’s young players being given a chance to impress. For many years Chelsea fans have been dismayed at the lack of homegrown players coming through to the first team. But now there’s an abundance of them, which is in no small part down to the club being unable to make signings.The young batch includes Tammy Abraham, who had to bide his time while waiting for a chance at Chelsea. He impressed in the Championship while out on loan but seemed to have little prospect of making the breakthrough at Chelsea until Lampard showed great faith in him – even after a shaky start in the opening-day 4-0 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford.Abraham has responded by scoring 10 goals for the Blues this season and forcing his way back into the England reckoning. It’s been a remarkable success story and the striker continues to go from strength to strength.In midfield, Lampard has an abundance of options. One of them is Mason Mount, another academy product to have made a name for himself this season. With N’Golo Kante back from injury, Ruben Loftus-Cheek – another youth product – on the way back and Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic in fine form, plus Ross Barkley giving Lampard another option, the Blues are stacked with midfield talent. Young Billy Gilmout will also be one to watch in the coming years.Smart money could be on ChelseaFew teams in the Champions League, for example, boast that much firepower up front and creativity in midfield. The way Chelsea overcame Ajax in their group suggests they could well be a smart bet for the trophy, especially if the draw for the knockout stage is kind to them.Chelsea’s recent winning run – six in a row before the loss at City – showed they can also offer great value for moneyline bets – in other words, betting on the final score. Lampard’s side are consistent and for gamblers that’s important.They also offer value in the over/under market – essentially because they pose a threat going forward but have often looked vulnerable at the back. The loss of Toni Rudiger, who has played just once this season because of injury, has been a blow. It’s meant that Chelsea are likely to concede as well as score goals, so betting on at least three goals being scored in a Blues match is usually a sound investment, as the 3-1 defeat at City highlighted once again.That could change in the coming weeks for two main reasons. The first is Rudiger’s comeback, which should lead to the defence being shored up. The experienced German centre-back will surely make a difference. The second is the possibility that Lampard could yet be able to sign players sooner rather than later. A successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport would lead to the transfer ban being lifted in January rather than at the end of the season.In the meantime, though, gamblers should look to take advantage of Chelsea’s habit of producing goals at both ends.James is one to watchProposition betting is also popular when it comes to football – and here the emergence of another Chelsea youngster could be significant.Proposition betting covers certain things happening during a game, such as the first goalscorer, how many saves a goalkeeper will make and so on.Abraham’s record this season suggests he is always worth a shout for first goalscorer. But if you fancy more of a quirky bet, then make the most of Reece James’ elevation to the first team.Young right-back James was recently preferred to captain Cesar Azpilicueta and there is every expectation that he will eventually oust the older man from the team altogether.James has many notable attributes and one of them is his crossing. His delivery from the right is outstanding and could prove to be a big asset for Chelsea for many years to come. It could also be an asset for gamblers, because the chances are James will serve up more than a dozen accurate crosses in each game he plays. The odds being offered on a defender doing that are likely to be fairly generous, at least while James is a relatively unknown quantity among oddsmakers.Another potential win for gamblers to be aware of comes in the live betting stakes. Michy Batshuayi has had his problems at Chelsea but his goals-per-appearance ratio is actually very decent. When Batshuayi comes on as a substitute he is always worth a bet for next goalscorer! Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? 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R3bn boost for SA’s fight against HIV

first_img9 October 2013 South Africa has received R3-billion from the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe announced during a meeting of the South African National Aids Council (Sanac) in Rustenburg, North West province on Tuesday. Motlanthe, who is chairperson of Sanac, said the approval of the largest Global Fund grant South Africa had ever received would allow the country to expand its programmes for the treatment of Aids and TB, but also for the important work of preventing new infections. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said 52% of the grant would go to the national Department of Health, with the rest being divided among a range of NGOs working in the field, such as Right to Care, the National Religious Association for Social Development, and the National Aids Convention of South Africa. On HIV/Aids, Motsoaledi said the money would be spent on various programmes, including the procurement of antiretroviral (ARV) medicines for 350 000 patients within the country, and on strengthening the central procurement unit to avoid drug stock-outs. Sanac CEO Dr Fareed Abdullah said the grant would also allow the country to tackle the causes of new infections in young women, as well as in high-risk populations such as sex workers.TB: focus on prisons, mines On tuberculosis, Motsoaledi said the biggest concentration of TB in South Africa was in the country’s prisons. On World TB Day in March, a new diagnostic tool, GeneXpert, had been unveiled at Polsmoor Prison. Between March and August, in Polsmoor alone, 12 656 inmates had been screened for TB, of whom 2 327 had been found suspicious and taken through the GeneXpert technology, with 176 being diagnosed with TB. Eight of them were found to have multiple drug-resistant (MDR) TB, and all were receiving treatment within 24 hours. “With this money, we are going to be able to do it in all the correctional services facilities in the country,” Motsoaledi said. “Every inmate will have to be screened and those [found to be] suspicious will be taken through GeneXpert. Those with TB will be put on treatment immediately. [We will] also follow their families, who will be visited and also be screened.” The funding would also enable the Department of Health to de-centralise treatment, with an increasing focus on community-based treatment to ensure that patients were treated in their communities. From the prisons, Motsoaledi said, the department would move to the country’s minse. Over 100 000 miners in small mines would be screened. Follow-ups will also be done in big mines to check their compliance with TB treatment/prevention programmes.SA ‘on track’ to meeting targets During Tuesday’s meeting, it was noted that South Africa was making progress towards achieving the global target set by the United Nations of reducing HIV and Aids by 50% by 2015. The country has successfully rolled out its ARV treatment programme, with two-million people receiving free treatment, making it the largest treatment programme in the world. The country is also on course to achieving the target of eliminating mother-to-child HIV transmission by 2015. South Africa’s transmission rate is now at 2.7%, down from 8% in 2008. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Hulu’s Facebook App: Posse Up for the Heroes Premiere

first_imgdana oshiro A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Five years ago it was strange to see TV (a form of entertainment built for at-home consumption) rally people to congregate outside of their homes. Special programming like heavy weight boxing title matches, the Super Bowl and the Oscars could encourage viewers to establish a shared viewing experience, but regular shows rarely commanded the same effort. Today, bar-hosted TV screening parties are as common as beer. In an effort to build on the shared viewing experience, popular HD television site Hulu is expanding beyond its walls. The company launched its Watch Now Facebook App where audiences can watch season premieres and comment in a group setting. Watch Now is very similar in design to the White House Live Facebook App. While the White House’s app allows users to debate alongside a live stream of Obama’s speeches, the Hulu app offers users a more lighthearted experience by building dialogue on the latest shows. From here, fans share their favorite clips through Facebook messages and profile updates. They can also return to their bookmarked programs as the season progresses. One of the most interesting features of the Facebook app is the fact that show fans can attend online screening events. Individual shows are listed as Facebook events and users add themselves as guests in order to receive show screening reminders and share links and info. Hulu’s first premiere event is for the Fall premiere of Heroes on Tuesday September 22. A complete list of the premieres is available in the Watch Now App.Earlier in the week, ReadWriteWeb covered Rupert Murdoch’s hints that Hulu is experimenting with a subscription service. With the new Facebook app, it will be interesting to see if the company can continue to build momentum beyond its free service. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Facebook#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

The Cooperative Extension System as a Force Multiplier for Communities

first_imghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Force_multiplicationhttps://personalmba.com/force-multiplier/https://www.nap.edu/read/4980/chapter/2#8https://nifa.usda.gov/extensionhttps://nifa.usda.gov/cooperative-extension-system What is a force multiplier?Force multiplication, in military usage, refers to an attribute or a combination of attributes that dramatically increases the effectiveness of an item or group, giving a given number of troops (or other personnel) or hardware the ability to accomplish greater things than without it. The expected size increase required to have the same effectiveness without that advantage is the multiplication factor. For example, if a certain technology like GPS enables a force to accomplish the same results of a force five times as large but without GPS, then the multiplier is five. Such estimates are used to justify an investment cost for force multipliers. 1 Examples of force multipliers in the military include: training/experience, morale, mobility, technology, and geographic features.Although the term was coined for military use, force multipliers can come in many forms – such as a hammer multiplying a physical force, allowing a nail to be driven into something solid, or a social media platform that allows a voice to be heard by thousands of people for little to no effort. Force multipliers are often expensive, the more effective they are, the higher the investment to access the force multiplier. Factory production and distribution systems are large scale force multipliers that make it possible to deliver value to thousands of paying customers in a very short time.2 The costs to these systems are high but allow capabilities that would be otherwise out of reach. Investing in force multipliers often frees up time, energy and allows one to focus attention elsewhere.In the realm of community capacity building, there are often organizations within a community that act or have great potential to act as force multipliers. Land-grant system and subsequently, the Cooperative Extension System, are great examples of this.A Brief History of Land-Grant Universities and the Cooperative Extension SystemTo provide some background, in 1862 under the Morrill Act, each state was given public lands to be sold or used for a profit to create at least one land-grant college. The college would specifically focus on teaching agriculture and mechanical arts. In 1890, the Second Morrill Act was passed, which provided that federal funds be appropriated annually to each state to support their land grant college. Today, there is a land grant college or university in every U.S. state, territory and even the District of Columbia. The philosophy behind the appropriation of these funds is that each state would hold an institution that could act as the backbone of scientific research and at the same time disseminate the most current information through its educational programs.In 1914, the Smith-Lever Act was passed, which allowed the colleges to take on another function, the “extension”, which was designed to further extend the knowledge generated by the college out to the farms and consumers around the state. Extension was to be a cooperative activity between the federal government (through USDA) and the states. 3 The extension agents of this time could be found educating farmers on improved techniques to increase farm productivity, and investigating issues that were a risk to U.S. agriculture. It is also worth mentioning that a decade earlier (1902), 4-H was founded, and became a national organization with the passage of the Smith-Lever Act. The activities conducted by 4-H mirrored the education provided by the extension agents, extending the research based practices to youth in counties across the U.S.Cooperative Extension System, by CountyExtension TodayToday, the land-grant system and cooperative extension system continue to lead the way in providing access to current research and information across federal, state and county lines. The Cooperative Extension System has evolved significantly and may operate differently on the individual, local level, but their mission is the same: Extension provides non-formal education and learning activities to people throughout the country — to farmers and other residents of rural communities as well as to people living in urban areas. It emphasizes taking knowledge gained through research and education and bringing it directly to the people to create positive changes.4 The role of Extension agents & educators has expanded beyond agriculture and mechanical arts, the Cooperative Extension System now has the resources and capacity for education in many content areas.Capacity Pools of Cooperative ExtensionTranslating Research into ActionUniversity faculty members, who are disciplinary experts, translate science-based research results into language — written, verbal, and electronic — appropriate for targeted audiences. County-based educators work with local citizens and interest groups to solve problems, evaluate the effectiveness of learning tools, and collect grassroots input to prioritize future research. By living and working in communities, county educators are able to rely on existing relationships to respond to local needs, build trust, and engage effectively with citizens.5ConclusionSo there you have it – the opportunity offered by the land-grant system and Cooperative Extension System are too great to pass up! Contact your county extension office today to find out how you can utilize this system as a force multiplier in your community!last_img read more

What Is A Vectorscope? A Premiere Pro Tutorial

first_imgFrom this – about a third of the way down – click on the word ‘Vectorscope’ to get the following circular graph:VectorscopeObviously, your vectorscope will be different than mine, as you will be looking at a different piece of footage.Reading a VectorscopeOK, so what are we looking at?  The first thing to point out is that a vectorscope has similarities to a color wheel (as can be seen from this color wheel from the Fast Color Corrector effect):Fast Color Corrector Color WheelA color wheel shows ‘Hue’ in terms of 360 degrees starting at red and going around the circle to end up back at red again. The vectorscope is also displaying color in the same places as seen in this color wheel, with red to the top left, cyan to the bottom right etc. So when we see a line or dot in the vectorscope we can quickly see that it is giving us information about the color or ‘chrominance’ of a shot. This information is essentially the ‘Hue’ (or the specific color) and the ‘Saturation’ (or the strength of that hue) of the colors in your shot.The vectorscope shows us how strong a particular color is by the length of the line out from the middle of the wheel. The longer the line, the stronger (or more saturated) the color!All vectorscopes have small color targets:Target Points on a Vectorscope (Magenta and Blue)These vectorscope points are linked with a little drop-down that has is essential to reading the scope:Vectorscope Drop-Down The default is set at 75%. What this means is that when you look at the two little targets in the vectorscope, the little box in the outer most target represents 75% saturation of a given color. For typical broadcast systems you should not go over that 75% limit as that will probably take you into what is called ‘illegal’ colors or ‘non-broadcast safe’ colors.As always, you should check with your customer for their delivery specifications, but as a rule of thumb don’t go over 75%.However, if the drop-down has been set at 100% then both of these little targets change with the inner box now being the 75% point and the outer box being the 100% (or total saturation) point.Let’s take a look at how this translates when working with a video image in Premiere Pro. Start by creating an ‘HD Bars and Tone’ by either selecting it from the new items icon or by going to File > New > HD Bars and Tone …Then drop this item onto the ‘New Items Icon’ to create a sequence with it.  Now, have a look at the vectorscope:HD Bars and Tone Readout in the VectorscopeAs you can see, little points of green light are placed at the 75% point for some items as well as at what would be the 100% point for others. Using color bars in conjunction with a vectorscope is actually a really great way to calibrate any reference monitors or displays that you may have attached to your system!  In this instance the colors are represented just as dots because they are set colors and not gradients.Let’s try adding a gradient ‘Ramp’ effect to a piece of footage.  Change the ramp end colors as shown below (pure saturated red and white) …Ramp End Colors… your vectorscope will look like this:Vectorscope Looking at a RampNote that this scope is set up to see 100% and that the end of the ramp which used saturated red is at the 100% target in the scope. However, as the color gets less saturated the line moves to the centre of the graph.Also note also that this has nothing to do with brightness. I could have set the end of the ramp at pure black and the graph would have looked exactly the same.You can also see an ‘Intensity’ option in the Premiere Pro vectorscope (default being 50%). However, this is only to do with the brightness of the display of the graph and will not affect your clips in any way.Skin Tones & the VectorscopeOne really useful feature of the Premiere Pro vectorscope is the often used ‘Skin Tone Line’. This is the line on the scope between the Red and the Yellow sections at about the 10:30 or 11 o’clock position:Skin Tone LineThe skin tone line in the vectorscope represents the color of blood flowing through human skin.  Regardless of the ethnicity of the person you’re filming, you can use this line to check the accurate representation of their skin tone color.  The closer their skin tone appears to this line the more accurate the video image is to ‘real life’.The problem, of course, is how to just look at the skin tones in a shot, when there are so many other colors in the image?  The trick then to color correcting skin tones in Premiere Pro is to use a garbage matte.  First, access the garbage matte:Video Effects > Keying > Four-Point or Eight-Point or Sixteen-Point Garbage Matte.If you apply this to the video clip you can then click on the name of the effect or the small icon next to the effect as shown below …Icon to click to get points to adjust in the program monitorThen pull the points so that they just cover skin of the person in your shot.Adjusting the PointsPoints Just Covering SkinOnce you’ve done this, have a look at your Premiere Pro vectorscope and see how close the end result is to that skin tone line:Vectorscope Looking at Just SkinAs you can see, this has ended up very close to the line.  To move it, all I would have to do is apply the ‘Fast Color Corrector’ and tweak the ‘Hue angle’ until it is exactly over the line.Hue Angle AdjustmentAs you can see, the Premiere Pro vectorscope is a really useful tool to show you if your colors are broadcast safe, as well as providing an accurate representation of skin tones in your video image.  However, before you make adjustments to your skin tones make sure that you have done other tasks such as white balancing your clips and basic color correction.  Skin tone adjustment should really be a task done towards the end of the color correction process rather than at the start.Although the vectorscope is important for determining the hue and saturation of colors within a shot, don’t forget to let your eyes help you in this process.  If it looks odd after you’ve made a change, chances are it is odd!  So, make a change, look away and then come back and check again.Got color correction tips to share?We want to hear from you in the comments. The vectorscope is an essential video scope for color grading or color correction work.  In this post, we’ll examine how to use a vectorscope in Premiere Pro when tweaking skin tones and color correcting footage.Like most video editing apps, Adobe Premiere Pro offers several video scopes to aid in post production.  Video scopes provide quantitative data about the properties of a video image – much more detailed information than we can garner with our own eyes.  Plus, everyone sees differently, so using a video scope is the only way to get an accurate assessment of the color and exposure of an image.In this post, we’ll focus specifically on the vectorscope in Premiere Pro – where to locate it in the app and how to use it to improve your video image. Let’s jump in…Accessing the Premiere Pro VectorscopeProbably the best way to look at the ‘Vectorscope’ (apart from launching the ‘Reference Monitor’ as a floating window) is to use the Premiere Pro Color Correction workspace. To get this setup go to Window > Workspace > Color Correction.  Then access the reference monitor (it should be directly below your program monitor unless, of course, you have customized your workspace in some way).At first, the reference monitor displays composite video.  However, if you click on the small icon (shown below) you can access the setting for the panel and then choose from a wide range of video scopes.Spanner Icon – ‘Settings’last_img read more