Fulham v Sheff Utd: team news

first_imgFulham boss Rene Meulensteen named a strong side for tonight’s FA Cup fourth-round replay against Sheffield United at Craven Cottage.Fulham: Stockdale; Passley, Hangeland, Burn, Amorebieta; Kasami, Tanković, Parker, Kačaniklić; Dempsey; Rodallega.Subs: Stekelenburg, Sidwell, Karagounis, Duff, Dejagah, David, Christensen.Sheffield United: qHoward, Harris, Brayford, Maguire, Flynn, Porter, McGinn, Collins, Coady, Scougall, Murphy.Subs: Long, Hill, Baxter, Miller, Kennedy, De Girolamo, Dimaio.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Social cause meets food production business at Waterfields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseClad in jeans that were torn when she bought them and neon pink rubber work boots, Erica Byrd does not necessarily match the typical idea of a farmer from Ohio. But, she never intended to be a typical farmer.Byrd works at Waterfields LLC — a hydroponic supplier of premium microgreens based in Cincinnati to provide jobs and quality products to the community.“I had no money for real. I was living from paycheck to paycheck. Then Waterfields called me. I never had heard of Waterfields but I knew I wanted to work here. I went to the interview and was amazed. I had to work here. I bugged them every day and I got the job. And from then, everything has gone up from there,” Byrd said. “I was just calling them plants for the first couple of months and I had to keep saying microgreens, microgreens, microgreens. I love it. I love watching the seeds grow to be teenagers, then into adults, then go off to the chefs. I never thought I’d be a farmer.”Waterfields started with five partners and no employees as a social mission in Cincinnati and has turned into a thriving agricultural enterprise.“Cincinnati has some negative things attached to it like gun violence and poverty. Vic Garcia is a pediatric surgeon who kept seeing kids come in with gunshot wounds. He thought he could save more lives by addressing the root causes of what was going on as opposed to his work in the emergency room. He was a very accomplished surgeon and is a very smart and talented guy. He decided to put his effort into addressing these root causes,” said Daniel Klemens, who handles marketing for Waterfields. “One of the root causes of these problems is a lack of jobs and employment.”Waterfields pairs a social mission with a viable food production business in Cincinnati. Daniel Klemens is one of the founders.And, one of the results of Garcia’s efforts is Waterfields, created to provide jobs in parts of the city with limited employment opportunities through a successful business model. The hydroponic production of microgreens seemed like it could be a good fit for the area.“We started knocking on doors of restaurants to talk with chefs about the idea of them buying microgreens. We wanted to do the smallest viable test possible to see if it would work and it did. It just clicked. The Cincinnati restaurant scene was really picking up and the chefs were really helpful. There is community here and they supported us,” Klemens said. “We wanted to get people from that neighborhood, teach them agriculture and employ them with a meaningful living wage. We worked to identify people who wanted to work and we found them. We launched in November of 2013. We had seven customers and we really took off after that. We started this with $5,000 or $6,000 and leased an old warehouse in Lower Price Hill — there are no businesses there. There is a convenience store and that is it. It is a rough part of town. You wouldn’t walk around there.”Because they were producing food, it was no small amount of work getting the old facility set up to meet Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) required for food safety.“If you sell to distributors you have to have your GAP certification from the USDA.It is lot of paperwork. We developed a system to use smart phones to track our trays. Each tray has a bar code. There is a lot of administrative stuff that goes along with food safety. It is work, but it opens significant doors,” he said. “In that first location, we built a room within the room we called a ‘bubble’ using vinyl to make it reasonably food safe. We got that first facility GAP certified, but it took a lot of work.”Along with their social mission, the folks at Waterfields knew they needed to offer a superior product and top-notch customer service to be viable long-term.“The chefs we work with were used to getting cut microgreens with a shelf life of five days. We came in with living microgreens and the shelf life is one to three weeks. We had a better tasting product that could be a meaningful ingredient on their plate. We had a product that could stand on its own besides the social issues. We got referrals all over. Today we sell to over 130 chefs just here in Cincinnati within the 275-loop. We deliver there in a truck. We also send products to Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland, Chicago, and Nashville in a six-hour radius to chefs and other distributors, including Premier ProduceOne with warehouses in Dayton, Columbus and Cleveland,” Klemens said. “We started with just living microgreens. We seeded stuff and if it germinated well we went with it. We were growing 10 or 12 different microgreens at first. Today we have 35 to 40 different living microgreens, cut microgreens, edible flowers like viola, nasturtium, marigolds, and specialty lettuces. We focus on the best product for our customers.”Many outside the culinary world may not know what microgreens are. Basically, they are just-sprouted plants that often have concentrated, unique flavors.“There is a whole genetics side of microgreen seeds, but in many cases it is just regular seed grown and harvested early,” he said. “We do a lot of experimenting with different varieties and if they will work for us — cucumber sprouts, peas, radishes, cilantro and many others.”The hydroponic production process starts with seeds planted in proprietary inert polyester grow media in a germination chamber. The germinated seeds are moved (still in the grow media) to grow rigs that contain shelving with levels of PVC channels. Water containing the necessary nutrients runs underneath the plants and grow lights are on top. Temperatures are kept around 68 degrees with a relative humidity of 70% to 75%.“Depending on the variety, it will be in the germination chamber for three to five days with just water in a temperature and humidity controlled environment,” Klemens said. “They are delicate but quick cycling. Then in the grow rigs at just one facility there are about 800 to 1,000 10-inch by 20-inch trays a week and stuff is always going in an out. The quickest turn around is seven days from seed to out the door. The longer stuff can be 40 days, but generally we are looking at an average of two weeks per tray.”Demand exploded for Waterfields products, particularly the still-living plants growing in the media. They also grow plants in the fields and greenhouses.“We sell a lot of different ways. We sell the living 10 by 20 trays locally. We sell half trays too that are 10 by 10. We also sell cut products in 4 or 8 ounces and others are sold in mixes,” Klemens said. “Every season for the last three years we have done significant outdoor production in the city. The ground used to be farmed but hasn’t been for a while. It is tucked away. You turn down this gravel road in town and you are in this old farming district. We grow the flowers there and some of our specialty cuts. Some of it is started in greenhouses and a lot is just planted from seed or starts. The total field production is less than an acre. We have a greenhouse that is part of Diamond Oaks Vocational School and we fill their greenhouse space through an agreement we have. We have a second greenhouse in an old flower district that we lease. A lot of our production is in that greenhouse now. We have a total of five locations in production.”In terms of the indoor production there have been multiple expansions.“We expended twice now. We moved out of our 8th Street location at Lower Price Hill after we ran out of electrical capacity and couldn’t produce any more. We leased another space — an old slaughter house — with concrete floors, more electric and floor drains, but then we outgrew that and then leased our current 10,000 square foot facility that used to be a meat distributor,” he said. “The No. 1 goal is to have the same conditions year round and these are very well insulated facilities, which helps with that.”The consistent, year-round production is an important part of meeting the needs of chefs but it is also important in maintaining year-round jobs for the community. Three of the initial five partners are now working full time jobs at Waterfields and the business has created additional jobs for seven people in the community.“Most farmers need seasonal help. With our social mission we wanted full time workers and everyone we’ve hired has been from the communities in which we operate. It is important for us to provide that living wage job for them. We work with some non-profits that work with folks on their resumes and get them ready to work. As we have grown we’ve hired more people and their responsibilities have grown too. Our first employee now handles all of our outdoor lettuce production,” Klemens said. “We had one or two problems with some systemic issues with trying to get people out of poverty. Transportation for example, is an issue. It is very difficult for someone relying on bus transit in Cincinnati to get here so we try to work with folks to make it work.”And for people like Erica Byrd, it has worked.“Erica is the mother to all of these plants and she embraces that. We don’t hire folks to be in entry-level positions forever. We can train people the basics and then they can really be successful,” Klemens said. “Erica knows more about the plants than I do now and she is a role model for those around here. There is a ripple effect in her home community because of what she has learned working here. We have a product that can stand on its own and we also have this social issue behind us that lets us empower individuals to really become something. As much as we are growing plants, we are growing people.”last_img read more

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SOA: Revolution in Computing — Event Stream Processing

first_imgOracle proposed a vision of next-generation SOA called SOA 2.0 based on asynchronous events being triggered by alerts and event notifications.  While the Oracle marketing machine faltered with that vision, the idea an SOA architecture with ‘smarter’ events may not be too far off the mark as the next direction of SOA.Event Stream Processing (ESP) — and sometimes called Complex Event Processing (CEP) — is a technique for processing many streams of events and extracting meaningful information and relationships from event patterns.  ESP isn’t new.  It’s been applied in applications like financial trading, logistics, RFID processing and fraud detection.  Companies like Apama have built complex financial trading platforms on a CEP foundation.One example of CEP in action is an airline scheduling system that processes constantly changing feeds of flight positions and weather data and that can make scheduling decisions based on that data. ESP applied to SOA allows causal, temporal and spatial event relationships to be processed.  The result is something that is called ‘stream computing’, an approach that integrates the monitoring of real-time performance indicators into the SOA process.ESP was developed in the mid-1980’s when researchers concluded that relational databases were good for doing rapid calculations made against data collected in the past but that they weren’t efficient when used to process rapid streams of new data.Much like SQL, the language of traditional relational databases, ESP has something called EPL, or Event Processing Language, which can be used to query and retrieve data from an event data store.  The event data store typically chronologically caches captured events as well as derived events that may be created while processing other events.SOA and ESP both involve the processing of current data, and that point is key to understanding the synergies of the two technologies, especially when applied to real-time decision support systems, such as those used for financial transactions.  For those kinds of systems, relational databases take a back-seat role and are used mainly for archival of less time-critical data.    (Image from www.eventstreamprocessing.com)last_img read more

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Adobe Premiere Pro: Applying Audio Effects to Multiple Tracks

first_imgUse the audio sub mix feature in Adobe Premiere Pro to apply audio effects to multiple tracks at once – a trick for working smarter, not harder!If you’re looking to speed up your workflow, improve consistency in the sound of your clips and better organize your audio, consider applying audio effects to submixes in Premiere Pro.  Submixes provide a quick and easy way for multiple audio clips (and tracks) to all use the same effects and filters.  Make one change to an effect and it will change all the audio clips associated with that submix.  Huge timesaver!In this Adobe Premiere Pro tutorial we’ll tackle:When to apply audio effects to multiple tracksUsing the Audio WorkspaceCreating a SubmixApplying audio effects to a SubmixWhen to Apply Audio Effects to Multiple Tracks in PremiereBefore we get into the details, lets talk about when you would need to apply audio effects to multiple tracks in Premiere Pro.Say that you have 2 tracks of  narration that you want to apply the same EQ to. The hard way would be to apply EQ to each clip on each track separately.The less hard way is to apply the effect to to each track, and the easiest is to apply the effect to a submit so the EQ effects multiple tracks.I tend to go ahead and make sub mixes in Premiere Pro even if I have just one audio track. That way if I do add multiple tracks later, the submit is already setup and I just assign the additional tracks.Using the Audio Workspace in Premiere ProUsing Premiere Pro’s workspaces save you time in that they set up a layout suited to specific tasks.  In this instace we’ll want to work with the Audio layout.Go to Window > Workspace> Audio. This workspace rearranges the layout, with the Audio Mixer on a tab with the Source Window and  the Project top left.Click on the triangle top left on the Audio Mixer to reveal the Effects and Sends panel.Creating a Submix in Premiere ProTo use the same effect on multiple Premiere Pro audio tracks, you create a submix and send both tracks to it, and apply the effect to the submix.For Audio 1, click in the Sends panel, and in the first slot click and select create stereo submix.Below that click on the Master pulldown and change it to submix 1.  Now Audio 1 is sent to submix 1.Repeat the steps to send other tracks to the submix.   Simple enough, right?  Now, let’s look at how to apply effects to submixes.Applying audio effects to a SubmixClick in the the top slot of the Effect panel (top left panel of the Audio Mixer) to add an Effect. (I added EQ).To adjust the EQ, double click  it to open the parameters for the EQ and adjust as needed (I rolled off the low and high end)You can add up to 5 effects and 5 submixes.  You can also rename your tracks and sub mixes as needed by clicking on their names (turns blue).Utilize the submix feature in Adobe Premiere Pro is a surefire way to make your editing more efficient!Got a Premiere Pro comment or tip to share?Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

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Adobe to Scale Back Sales of Creative Cloud From Resellers

first_imgAdobe is scaling back the sales of their CS6 software suite. CS6 will not be sold through certain volume-licensing plans or resellers.UPDATE from Todd Kopriva, quality engineering at Adobe :Adobe is still selling CS6 perpetual licenses through the Adobe website, and will be for quite some time to come.What has been announced is that CS6 software will not be sold through certain volume-licensing plans and through resellers.Adobe’s Creative Cloud was first released in 2012 and has been growing in popularity ever since. Mathematically the cloud is much cheaper for those who regularly upgrade from one edition of a software to the next (but may prove more expensive for those that are content to sit on older versions of software). With the Creative Cloud being so successful, Adobe has announced that they plan to scale back the sales of the CS6 app suite.Adobe’s Encore has been a favorite authoring software for DVD’s and Blu-ray’s alike but it is not available in the Creative Cloud. In an interview with Larry Jordan regarding this issue Adobe stated that for those that need DVD/Blu-ray Disk authoring, “Encore CS6 will remain an entitlement to CC subscribers, there is no plan on changing that.”. Although the “all-digital” approach hasn’t been adopted by major film distribution networks we do expect this to slowly become the norm.Going forward we can expect CS6 support (both from Adobe and third party developers) to be less and less.Right now there are a few alternatives to using the Creative Cloud. Apple’s Final Cut Pro X is still a buy outright software that users will own forever, and Avid’s Media Composer is the same way. But with the success of the Adobe Creative Cloud we wouldn’t be surprised if the other major video editing applications begin to offer (or completely change to) subscription based pricing models.It should also be noted that The Foundry, developers of the popular node based editing software Nuke, have just announced Nuke Studio which should be available around October of this year. Nuke Studio is set to be a completely subscription based software…further validating the success of this pricing model for creative arts.Do you prefer to buy your software outright or have access to continuously updated versions via the cloud?Share in the comments below!last_img read more

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Ara hooch tragedy: all 15 accused convicted

first_imgAll the 15 accused in the Ara hooch tragedy case, in which 21 poor people had died in December 2012, were convicted on Tuesday by a local court and sent to judicial custody. The court will pronounce quantum of sentence against them on July 26.While hearing the case, Additional District and Sessions Judge-1 Ramesh Chandra Dwivedi held all the accused guilty under various sections of the IPC, the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the Excise Act. Of the 15 accused, five are women. The quantum of sentence would be pronounced on July 26. Legal experts told The Hindu that the guilty are likely to face a minimum punishment of 10 years in jail and a maximum of a life term.On December 7, 2012, a total of 21 people from the Mahadalit community of Mushari Tola of Anaith village under the Nawada police station of Ara in Bhojpur district had died in the span of three days after consuming illegal country-made liquor. Their death had sparked widespread protests in the district with hundreds of students blocking roads and burning tyres. Later in April 2016, the Nitish government had declared Bihar a dry State with promulgation of a stringent Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016.last_img read more

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I’m being unfairly singled out, says Navjot Singh Sidhu

first_imgAt the receiving end of Punjab Chief Minister and Congress leader Amarinder Singh’s criticism after the Lok Sabha poll results, State Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday said he was being unfairly singled out in the name of poor performance of his department. Mr. Sidhu said the Ministry had worked in the most transparent manner. “The department has been able to generate ₹6,000 crore and all its projects are being completed on a war-footing.” There were a few people who didn’t want him in the party, he said. After the elections, Capt. Singh said he would take up with the Congress high command Mr. Sidhu’s “damaging remarks”, which might have led to the defeat in the Bathinda seat. He also said that Mr. Sidhu’s performance should be reviewed. Reacting to the remarks, Mr. Sidhu said the party had never been able to win the seat in the past 40 years. “Capt. Amarinder and his son Raninder Singh also lost from Bathinda,” he said.last_img read more

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