Chelsea v Brighton line-ups: Morata back as Conte makes changes, Brighton trio return

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Alvaro Morata returns to the Chelsea side for the game at Stamford Bridge.Cesc Fabregas also starts, with Pedro and Willian dropping to the bench. Gary Cahill plays instead of Andreas Christsensen.Blues boss Antonio Conte appears to have switched to a 3-5-2 formation, with Eden Hazard supporting Morata up front.Meanwhile, Ezequeil Schelotto, Shane Duffy and Jose Izquierdo return for Brighton.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard, Morata.Subs: Caballero, Drinkwater, Pedro, Zappacosta, Willian, Ampadu, Batshuayi.Brighton: Ryan, Dunk, Duffy, Suttner, Schelotto, Stephens, March, Kayal, Pröpper, Izquierdo, Hemed.Subs: Krul, Bruno, Baldock, Knockaert, Gross, Murray, Goldson.last_img read more

Brandon Belt’s success with Giants flying under the radar

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — There are several different ways to evaluate a hitter’s contributions to a lineup, but one of the most important is a player’s ability to get on base.Over the last three and a half weeks, no one in baseball has been better at doing so than Giants first baseman Brandon Belt.If you’re surprised to learn Belt has the highest on-base percentage (.474) in baseball since May 23, you’re not alone. Belt’s recent success has flown under the radar, in large part because of the way …last_img read more

South Africa to begin smart ID roll-out

first_img17 May 2013 South Africa will begin rolling out its new smart card IDs in the third quarter of the year, issuing them to to all first-time and re-issue applicants, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor announced earlier this month. The Cabinet welcomed the announcement at its fortnightly meeting in Pretoria this week, with Acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams calling on South Africans to support the process in an effort to ensure that all citizens had their smart card IDs by 2020. “This key milestone holds the potential to speed up government services while cutting down on crime and corruption involving identity documents,” Williams said on Thursday. The new smart card IDs will contain microchips embedded with biometric data unique to each individual. The information on the chip will be laser-engraved to prevent tampering. Besides cutting down on identity theft and fraud, the smart card ID will speed up the process of establishing a modern, reliable population register. The Department of Home Affairs plans to issue the smart card ID to all South Africans over the next eight years as it phases out the current green bar-coded ID book. To begin with, 27 Home Affairs regional offices, three in each province, will process smart card IDs, with more offices to follow suit over the next three years. Pandor said the cost of the smart card IDs would be the same as the amount paid for the green bar-coded ID, which currently costs R140. IDs are free for first-time applicants. According to Pandor, the new ID will take about three days for applicants to receive – compared to a 54-day turnaround time for the green bar-coded ID. She also gave her assurance that those in possession of the new IDs would be able to use them to vote in next year’s general elections. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Jeremy Goyings, Aug. 29

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have gotten little bit of rain but it has been awfully spotty. We got just over an inch and a half in August. If you go to the north edge or the south edge of our farm it has been more like a half-inch or three-quarters.Last week there were tornadoes about three miles to the north and seven or eight miles south. Then another storm brewed up and there were two more tornadoes on either side of us. They took out some houses and barns in the north part of the county. We sat on our front porch and watched the tornado in Cecil about two miles from us. That was plenty close.The three-quarters of an inch we got that night was the most rain we have gotten at one time. Up until that rain, things were just hanging on. The crops were doing better than I thought they should be based on the amount of rain we had. After that three-quarters of an inch, stuff perked up. The beans opened back up and have a full canopy again. I hope now they will fill the rest of those pods that they hadn’t dropped. Beans will probably be 10 to 15 bushels off of trend line. I’d be pretty happy to see beans in the 45- to 50-bushel range.Corn is a huge guess yet. You can walk a field and grab ears that look like 175 and you can grab ears that are more like 130. If I am being optimistic, I’d put corn in the 160- or 165-bushel range. We are getting a little tip-back in the corn, but not as much as I would expect for as dry as it has been. The kernels seem like they are going to be small and we were also hurt early by the cold weather that will pull yields back.last_img read more