Vipers out to reclaim top spot in Azam Uganda Premier League

first_imgAzam Uganda Premier LeagueVipers SC vs Masavu FCSt. Mary’s Stadium, KitendeTuesday, 24-04-2018 @04:30pmVipers SC welcome Masavu FC at the St. Marys stadium in Kitende knowing that victory will see them move to the top of the Azam Uganda Premier league.The Venoms who last tasted league glory in 2017 go into the fixture three points behind the leaders SC Villa but any sort of victory will see Miguel Da Costa’s men move top as they are currently only a goal behind the Jogoos in terms of goal difference and have scored four more than them(Villa).Assistant coach Edward Golola will take charge from the suspended head coach Miguel Da Costa after the Portuguese was given a four match suspension following confrontations with the referee during and after the 0-0 draw at Bul early this month.Edward Golola will be on the touchline following Miguel Da Costa’s suspension.Vipers will welcome back left back Dan Birikwalira who missed the trip to Masaka through injury but will be without the services of the suspended duo of Tadeo Lwanga and James Alitho.Lwanga will return on Friday as his suspension is for only one game due to accumulation of yeloow cards but Alitho is on a four match ban for unsporting conduct after he assaulted the assistant referee against Bul.Speaking ahead of the game, Vipers assistant coach Edward Golola had this to say.“It’s an important week for us since we have 5 games in 10 days and we have to attach a lot of importance in the remaining fixtures starting with Masavu FC tomorrow.”“The team is ready for the match on Tuesday that is what I can assure everyone.“Masavu have players who can decide a game at any given moment and it will be a tough encounter since they are fighting relegation.Masavu go into the encounter bottom of the league but three points will see them move to 13th as Express who are currently occupying the spot are just two points ahead of the Entebbe side.Match Stats:This is the second Entebbe Road derby between these two sides, the first one ended in a 2-0 victory for Vipers at the Fisheries Institute in Bugonga.The first game ended 2-0 in favor of Vipers(courtesy pic)Vipers head into the game unbeaten in their last 13 games in all competitions (W11 D2). The Venoms last tasted defeat at home to URA in November last year.In the league, they have gone 10 games without losing, winning eight and drawing two in the process.Vipers have been exceptional at home for a while now, losing only one of their last 18 league games (W13 D4).For Masavu, they have won only one of their last 11 fixtures in all competition (D6 L4). That victory came in their last league fixture at home to Soana.They have won only two of their 12 away fixtures in the league this season (D4 L6).Other Matches to be played on Tuesday:-KCCA FC vs URA FC @04:00pm-Soana FC vs Proline SC @04:30pm-UPDF FC vs Bul FC @04:30pmComments Tags: Azam UPLBul FCedward gololajames alithomasavu FCmiguel da costatadeo lwangavipers sclast_img read more

Half-time: West Ham 0 Chelsea 1

first_imgEden Hazard’s close-range header gave Chelsea a half-time lead.The Premier League leaders played with supreme confidence early on and could easily have gone ahead had 17-goal striker Diego Costa not fired over the bar after a glorious move.West Ham responded, with Cheikhou Kouyate forcing a fine close-range stop from the recalled Thibaut Courtois.But the Blues, with Oscar restored to the side and Kurt Zouma once again playing in midfield, were dominating possession and constantly probing the home defence.And Hazard deservedly headed them in front after a fine counter-attack saw the Belgian head home an enticing Ramires cross.Costa was then denied the chance to get a shot away by Carl Jenkinson when through on goal while the Hammers wasted a wonderful chance when Diafra Sakho’s weak header from six yards was saved by Courtois.Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Zouma, Fabregas, Oscar, Hazard, Costa. Subs: Cech, Luis, Willian, Cuadrado, Loftus-Cheek, Drogba, Remy . Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Are Smartwatches For Real Or A Head Fake?

first_imgThe road to wearable watches has been long and bumpy, leading some to wonder whether this technology will ever be deployed.The Financial Times is reporting that Apple is “aggressively” hiring team members to work on the so-called iWatch.The company has begun hiring “aggressively” for the project in recent weeks, say people familiar with Apple’s plans for the wearable device, a move that shows it has stepped up development but which raises questions over the ability of its own engineers to develop wearable technology.Meanwhile, The Verge is reporting that Microsoft’s existing smartwatch team is being re-organized into the Microsoft Surface team.Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Surface plans have revealed to The Verge that the company is now prototyping devices directly under the Surface team as the firm moves its wrist-worn device closer to reality.This move is part of Microsoft’s larger reorganization, but it underlines the seriousness with which Microsoft is giving the prospect of a smartwatch project.Clearly, the two tech companies haven’t consulted with our esteemed leader, who has his own objections to the notion of wearable computers on wrists. But beyond the market drivers for wearable computers, the constant buildup and positioning does lead us to wonder if a true smartwatch is even possible.The surge towards wearable computing devices is capturing a lot of attention among the major tech companies, as no one seems to want to be the one to get caught without a decent wearable device. To date, Apple, Microsoft and Samsung seem to be taking the path towards watches, while Google experiments with the Glass device.See also Arm Race: Samsung To Build A Smartwatch TooWhat remains to be seen is whether any of these devices will actually get built. Sometimes the whole “arm race” to launch a smart wrist device has the feel of the end of another arms race, when U.S. President Ronald Reagan proposed the Strategic Defense Initiative in 1983.SDI, derisively known as “Star Wars,” would be strongly criticized in the Western media, but taken seriously by the Soviet Union as a viable challenge to the centerpiece Mutual Assured Destruction strategy of the Cold War. The USSR would spend billions to try to counter such a project which would supposedly contribute to the military overspending that would lead to the collapse of the USSR.History is unclear whether Reagan was simply bluffing the Soviets, but there is a strong case that he was. Similarly, there is a strong sense of history repeating itself when we see leaked plans for smart watches from companies like Apple. Is the iWatch really on its way, or is this all one big plan to distract other companies from making better progress in the tablet and smartphone sectors?Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Apple#Google#Microsoft#Samsung#smartwatch Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces brian proffittcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

9 months agoMonaco boss Henry targets reunion with Chelsea striker Batshuayi

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Monaco boss Henry targets reunion with Chelsea striker Batshuayiby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMonaco have joined the race to sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.The Belgian’s loan with Valencia was cut short on Thursday.He scored just once in 15 appearances for Los Che, but that hasn’t stopped a number of teams expressing an interest in his services.Everton and Marseille have been linked, and L’Equipe claims that a reunion with his former Belgium coach Thierry Henry could eventuate for Batshuayi.Henry is working hard to revamp his squad for the second-half of the season and could use an experienced goalscorer like Batshuayi. last_img read more

Contrast this with senators and congressmen who st

first_imgContrast this with senators and congressmen who stay in office for decades on end, selling all sorts of favors, amassing multi-million dollar campaign funds, and making themselves rich in the process. Most of them never really go away. At this point, our philosophical forefathers would be looking for places to buy torches… and they would be ready to beat anyone who called a system that supports such shenanigans a democracy.#4: Citizens chosen for positions like overseer of the marketplace were chosen completely at random. The word democracy is held in awe these days. Mention it almost anywhere and you’ll get instant nods of approval. People actually believe that democracy gives us harmony and peace, not to mention wealth. They are sure that it is the ultimate and inevitable end of human development, created by the wise and noble Greeks and given to us, the enlightened society that took it to the ends of the Earth! But if the ancient Greeks could see what we call ‘democracy,’ they would spit at it. They’d probably want to burn it down. As many problems as they had (and they had plenty), they were not fools, and it wouldn’t take them a day to condemn what the West now worships. Why would the old Greeks be so upset? Let’s take a look at their (Athenian) system and see how our modern form stacks up: #1: Greek citizen assemblies met 40 times per year in an open, public forum. Any citizen could speak and any citizen could vote. A vote of those present was final. Have you paid attention to the DC crowd lately? Have you noticed that they never leave? Instead, they slide back and forth between congress, commissions, agencies, lobbying firms, mega-corps and media. Have you noticed how often their children marry each other? Imagine choosing the boss of the IRS at random. We all know what would happen: You’d get a housewife from Portland one year and a plumber from Topeka the next. And they’d act like humans, rather than unfeeling automatons. The sanctimonious abuser state would crumble.#5: At the beginning of their democracy, the citizens of Athens were divided into ten tribes (and NOT along regional or family lines). This was done specifically to break the power of the aristocratic families. Because of this, the Greeks would be insulted when you assured them that we have “the rule of law.” They would say that when people can’t know the law, they are living in a tyranny, and no amount of fancy argumentation would convince them otherwise. And, again, they would be right. If you are ignorant of the law (80,000 pages of government-speak) but are still subject to punishment under the law, you are living in a tyranny. The founders would have no confusion about that.#3: A Council oversaw the daily affairs of the democracy. Each of ten tribes provided 50 men. But, only one tribe’s men (50 of them) served at any one time, and only for one month. (The Greeks had ten months in their year.) And once any person served as a Councilor, they were forbidden from serving again for ten years. That’s called “aristocracy.” However, people who are emotionally bound to the system can’t see it. The Greeks certainly wouldn’t be fooled.Losing Our Religion Do you remember a haunting song from the 90s called Losing My Religion? If so, cue that up in the back of your mind, because that’s what stands in front of the people of the West. The majestic “Democracy” that was supposed to be our savior is actually an abusive fraud. It’s time to let it go. That’s not easy, I know, but it needs to be done. Will you take the first step? Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comcenter_img Under this arrangement, playing tricks became almost impossible: as soon as the first of the month came along, the next tribe could turn your tricks around and do worse to you. If you were to take an ancient Greek to see “our laws,” they’d be looking at more than 80,000 pages of almost indecipherable language. (And those would be only the Federal laws.) The citizen is clearly unable to participate or even to understand what’s going on. Just this fact would cause the “fathers of civilization” to pronounce our system a fraud, and rightly so. The citizens are non-participants.#2: Laws were inscribed on stone pillars (stelae) and posted in prominent locations so that everyone would see them. Contrast that with what passes for (American) democracy now: Only special people are allowed to attend the assemblies. On top of that, there are far, far more meetings than anyone could hope to follow: General sessions, meetings for dozens of committees, party caucuses and more, running at all hours. No one person can come remotely close to keeping up with it all. Greek laws were accessible to every Greek. Not only were they required to be posted, but this requirement also guaranteed that there couldn’t be too many of them. Look at the Presidential lineup: Bush – Clinton – Bush – Obama – Clinton? – Bush?last_img read more

CASEY Severe but survivable event coming

first_img CASEY: “Severe but survivable” event coming This event will have repercussions on everything from how and where you shop and seek medical care…to how you invest and receive fixed income benefits, such as Social Security. Click here to learn more. Is it time to buy beaten down energy stocks? Energy prices have collapsed over the past 19 months. Last week, oil closed below $27 for the first time since 2007. Oil is now down 70% since June 2014. The price of natural gas has dropped 53% over the same period. Last month it hit $1.74, its lowest price since 1999. Shares of giant U.S. energy companies have crashed… Since June 2014, Exxon Mobil (XOM), the largest U.S. oil company, has fallen 25%. Chesapeake Energy (CHK), the largest U.S. natural gas company, has plummeted 89%. Halliburton (HAL), the largest U.S. oil services company, has plunged 56% since June 2014. Oil services companies sell “picks and shovels” to the oil industry. •  Kinder Morgan’s (KMI) stock has tanked… Kinder Morgan is the largest U.S. pipeline company. It operates 84,000 miles of oil and natural gas pipelines. Companies pay Kinder to transport oil and gas through its pipelines. In the early stages of the energy collapse, brokers sold Kinder stock as a less-risky way to invest in energy. Investors looking for safe income piled in. In 2014, Kinder Morgan paid a 4.8% annual dividend yield…2.5 times higher than the S&P 500’s dividend yield of 1.92%. Big energy companies’ profits depend on oil and gas prices. But as a “toll road” that makes money based on the volume of oil and gas it moves, Kinder should be able to withstand low oil and gas prices. At least that was the theory… In reality, crashing oil & gas prices have slammed Kinder’s business. Last year, the company’s first-quarter sales dropped 11% from the year before…second-quarter sales dropped 12%…and third-quarter sales dropped 14%. Last Wednesday, Kinder Morgan’s stock hit an all-time low of $12.01. That’s a 73% decline in less than two years. •  After Wednesday’s close, Kinder Morgan reported an 8% drop in fourth-quarter sales… The company lost $0.29 per share. It was the worst quarterly loss in the company’s history. •  Many investors were caught off-guard when Kinder Morgan’s stock tanked… Market Watch reported last month: Pipeline and fuel storage companies have been prized by many investors as the safest way to invest in the U.S. shale boom. But the companies paid out most of their available cash to shareholders eager for reliable dividends, which left many of them with large debt loads and at the mercy of lenders’ and investors’ willingness to continue lending to fund new projects. Until recently, borrowing or raising more money hasn’t been a problem. The fees that pipeline companies charge brought in steady, toll road-like revenue, and the companies were much loved by yield-hungry buyers, often wealthy retirees, who wanted steady dividends with little risk. Now that oil and gas prices have plummeted to less than half their 2014 peak, lenders could be tightening their requirements to tap more capital. •  On its earnings call, Kinder Morgan announced major spending cuts… The company slashed this year’s capital spending budget from $4.2 billion to $3.3 billion. Last month, the company cut its quarterly dividend by 75%. It was the first time in company history that Kinder cut its dividend. As Casey readers know, Kinder Morgan is one of many major energy companies to cut spending recently. According to banking giant Barclays, global energy producers cut spending by 23% last year and plan to cut another 15% this year. New Law Cracks Down on Right to Use Cash The U.S. government is trying to restrict your access to cash. But not for the reason you think…According to leaked evidence, it’s much, much worse. We’ll let you know when oil and gas stocks start to carve out a bottom. Chart of the Day Are gold miners carving out a bottom? Today’s chart shows the performance of the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX), which tracks the performance of major gold mining stocks. Gold miners are leveraged to the price of gold. When the price of gold jumps, shares of major gold miners can jump two or three times more. GDX has been in a downtrend since gold peaked in 2011. In the summer of 2015, it started to carve out a bottom. As you can see, the price held above $13 for about six months. However, GDX recently broke below $13 and hit a new low. Although it didn’t drop much below $13, this is a reason to invest with caution. It’s a possible sign that the carved bottom won’t hold. We’re optimistic on gold miners. GDX has fallen 80% since 2011, making gold stocks extremely cheap. When gold stocks rally, the gains could be huge. However, we’re taking a cautious stance for now while we wait to see if this recent bottom holds. Recommended Links Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida January 25, 2016 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.center_img •  Investors were happy with Kinder’s cost-cutting plan… Kinder Morgan’s stock jumped 15.6% on Thursday. It was the stock’s best day ever. And it climbed another 11% on Friday. The rally has many investors calling a bottom in Kinder stock. Barron’s published a story over the weekend titled “Kinder Morgan Hits Bottom”… We think these calls are premature. The chart below shows the performance of Kinder Morgan’s stock since the start of 2014. You can barely see the recent spike in Kinder’s stock price… •  The energy market is highly cyclical… It goes through huge booms and busts. Today, the energy market is in a major bust. As Casey readers know, large oil and natural gas deposits (and the companies that own oil & gas infrastructure) are some of the most valuable assets on the planet. Owning these top resource companies can make you rich…if you buy at the right price. Buying top resource companies at bargain prices is a key strategy we use to build lasting wealth. •  But we’re not buying Kinder Morgan stock yet… Kinder Morgan stock is still plummeting. And it’s extremely risky to buy a stock that’s plummeting. Instead, we like to buy stocks that have “carved out a bottom.” “Carving out a bottom” is a simple concept. A stock in a downtrend carves out a bottom when it stops falling, forms a bottom for a period of time…and then starts climbing higher. A stock that’s carving out a bottom should hold above a certain price for a significant amount of time. This is a key signal that buyers are stepping in at this price, giving the stock a floor. The chart below shows video streaming giant Netflix (NFLX) carving out a bottom. It traded in a range for 17 months before finally breaking out in January 2013. The stock went on to gain 257% over the next 11 months. – —last_img read more

USA Today published an opinion column by President

first_imgUSA Today published an opinion column by President Trump Wednesday in which the president falsely accused Democrats of trying to “eviscerate” Medicare, while defending his own record of protecting health care coverage for seniors and others.The column — published just weeks ahead of the midterm elections — underscores the political power of health care to energize voters. But it makes a number of unsubstantiated claims.Here are 5 points to know1. The political context: Health care has emerged as a dominant issue on the campaign trail in the runup to the November elections. According to the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks congressional advertising, health care was the focus of 41 percent of all campaign ads in September, outpacing taxes (20 percent), jobs (13 percent) and immigration (9 percent). Democrats are particularly focused on health care, devoting 50 percent of their ads to the issue, but health care is also a leading issue in Republican commercials (28 percent), second only to taxes (32 percent).Perhaps sensing that Democrats are gaining traction, Trump has decided to go on the attack, targeting the Democratic proposal known as “Medicare for All.”2. Cost of the plan: Trump claims that expanding the federal government’s Medicare program would cost $32.6 trillion over a decade. But as Business Insider reports, that would actually be a discount compared with the nation’s current health care bill.Trump’s figure was calculated by the libertarian Mercatus Center, but he fails to note that total health care spending under Medicare for All would be about $2 trillion less over the decade than currently projected. The federal government would pay more, but Americans on the whole would pay less.Remember that the U.S. already spends far more per person on health care than does any other country. And when you count the tax break for employer-provided insurance, the federal government already pays about two-thirds of this bill. But because of the fragmented private insurance system, the government gets none of the efficiency or buying power that a single-payer system would provide.3. Health care rationing: Trump claims — with no supporting evidence — that “the Democratic plan would inevitably lead to the massive rationing of health care. Doctors and hospitals would be put out of business. Seniors would lose access to their favorite doctors. There would be long wait lines for appointments and procedures. Previously covered care would effectively be denied.”Detailed implementation of any single-payer plan would of course be subject to substantial negotiation. But the Medicare for All bill drafted by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., states explicitly that “Nothing in this Act shall prohibit an institutional or individual provider from entering into a private contract with an enrolled individual for any item or service” outside the plan.4. Pre-existing conditions: Trump notes that as a candidate, he “promised that we would protect coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions.” In fact, Trump and his fellow Republicans tried — unsuccessfully — to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which guarantees insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. GOP plans would leave it up to the states to craft alternative protections. In addition, Republican attorneys general have sued to overturn Obamacare’s protections, and the Trump administration has declined to defend them.America’s Health Insurance Plans, the trade group for the insurance industry, warns that ending the Obamacare guarantee could result in hardship for the estimated 130 million Americans under 65 with pre-existing conditions.”Removing those provisions will result in renewed uncertainty in the individual market, create a patchwork of requirements in the states, cause rates to go even higher for older Americans and sicker patients, and make it challenging to introduce products and rates for 2019,” AHIP said in a statement in June.5. Strength of Medicare: Trump writes that “Democrats have already harmed seniors by slashing Medicare by more than $800 billion over 10 years to pay for Obamacare. Likewise, Democrats would gut Medicare with their planned government takeover of American health care.”He is repeating a claim that was widely debunked during the 2012 election. The Affordable Care Act actually strengthened the solvency of Medicare, but it has since been weakened again by the GOP tax cut.The president is trying to play on the fears of seniors — who vote in large numbers — with the claim that any effort to improve health security for younger Americans must come at their expense. But that is a false choice. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

The American Medical Association is suing North Da

first_imgThe American Medical Association is suing North Dakota to block two abortion-related laws, the latest signal the doctors’ group is shifting to a more aggressive stance as the Trump administration and state conservatives ratchet up efforts to eliminate legal abortion.The group, which represents all types of physicians, has tended to stay on the sidelines of many controversial political issues, and until recently has done so concerning abortion and contraception. Instead, it has focused on legislation that affects the practice and finances of large swaths of its membership.But, said AMA President Patrice Harris in an interview, the organization felt it had to take a stand because new laws forced the small number of doctors who perform abortions to lie to patients, putting “physicians in a place where we are required by law to commit an ethical violation.”One of the laws, set to take effect Aug. 1, requires physicians to tell patients that medication abortions — a procedure involving two drugs taken at different times — can be reversed. The AMA said that is “a patently false and unproven claim unsupported by scientific evidence.” North Dakota is one of several states to pass such a measure, even as researchers who study the procedure say it’s not effective.The AMA, along with the last remaining abortion clinic in the state, is also challenging an existing North Dakota law that requires doctors to tell pregnant women that an abortion terminates “the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.” The AMA said that law “unconstitutionally forces physicians to act as the mouthpiece of the state.”It’s the second time this year the AMA has taken legal action on an abortion-related issue. In March, the group filed a lawsuit in Oregon in response to the Trump administration’s new rules for the federal family planning program. Those rules would, among other things, ban doctors and other health professionals from referring pregnant patients for abortions.”The Administration is putting physicians in an untenable situation, prohibiting us from having open, frank conversations with our patients about all their health care options — a violation of patients’ rights under the [AMA] Code of Medical Ethics,” wrote then-AMA President Barbara McAneny.It’s an unusually assertive stance for a group that has taken multiple positions on abortion-related issues over the years.Mary Ziegler, a law professor at Florida State University who has written several books about abortion, says that the AMA’s history on abortion is complicated. In general, she says, the AMA “didn’t want to get into the [abortion] issue because of the political fallout and because historically there have been doctors in the AMA on both sides of the issue.”In recent years, the AMA has taken mostly a back seat on abortion issues, even ones that directly addressed physician autonomy, leaving the policy lead to specialty groups like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which has consistently defended doctors’ rights to practice medicine as they see fit when it comes to abortion issues.Ziegler says it is not entirely clear why the AMA has suddenly become more outspoken on women’s reproductive issues. One reason could be that the organization’s membership is skewing younger and less conservative. Also, this year, for the first time, the AMA’s top elected officials are all women.In its earliest days, the AMA led the fight to outlaw abortion in the late 1800s, as doctors wanted to assert their professionalism and clear the field of “untrained” practitioners like midwives.Abortion was not an issue for the group in the first half of the 20th century. The AMA became best-known for successful fights to fend off a national health insurance system.Leading up to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide, the AMA softened its opposition. In 1970, the AMA board called for abortion decisions to be between “a woman and her doctor.” But the organization declined to submit a friend-of-the-court brief to the high court during its consideration of Roe.In 1997, the AMA, in a surprise move, endorsed a GOP-backed measure to ban what opponents called “partial-birth abortions,” a little used procedure that anti-abortion forces likened to infanticide. A year later, however, an audit of the AMA’s leadership found its trustees had “blundered” in endorsing the bill and had contradicted long-standing AMA policy.One reason the organization may be moving on the issue now could be the shifting parameters of the abortion debate itself. In 1997, the abortion procedure ban that the AMA endorsed “polled well and allowed abortion opponents to paint the other side as extremist,” Ziegler says.Exactly the opposite is true today, she says, as states pass abortion bans more sweeping than those seen at any time since Roe. Yet most public opinion polls show a majority of Americans want abortion to remain legal in many or most cases.”As abortion opponents take more extreme positions, the AMA is probably a little more comfortable intervening” Ziegler adds.Molly Duane, a lawyer from the Center for Reproductive Rights who is arguing the case for the AMA and North Dakota’s sole remaining abortion clinic, says the laws being challenged are “something all doctors should be alarmed by. … This is an unprecedented act of invading the physician-patient relationship and forcing words into the mouths of physicians.”Kaiser Health News is a national health policy news service. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, which is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2019 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Building a Car or Fixing a House These YouTubers Can Help

first_img Apply Now » Guest Writer Building a Car or Fixing a House? These YouTubers Can Help. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue 41shares Not long ago, I found a YouTube video that provided step-by-step instructions on how to fix the lid on a kitchen trash can that’s supposed to open when you step on the pedal. Whether you need to learn how to play a bass or fillet a bass, chances are there’s at least one video on YouTube that will provide a detailed how-to for the task at hand.It’s reminiscent of the podcast explosion. If you search for a podcast about heavy metal bands who only sing about fly fishing, chances are you’ll find one.For DIYers who like to make their own furniture, one of the YouTube superstars of the so-called maker video scene is a 50-year-old master craftsman named Jimmy Diresta. The guy can fabricate anything out of wood, steel and synthetic materials. Diresta has a million-plus YouTube subscribers who watch him work magic in a 5,000-square-foot Catskills Mountain work space. His toolset includes everything from rusted, century-old lathes to state-of-the-art CNC machines such as routers and plasma cutters.”Everything I’ve ever done for a living was making something,” said Diresta, who started making and selling signs to other kids when he was in elementary school.As an adult, Diresta spent 18 years building prototypes for the toy industry Then he started doing TV shows for Fox and the Discovery Channel. But he soon grew frustrated bending to the will and whim of his producers and clueless executives. So he turned to YouTube and hasn’t looked back. Diresta estimates he’s done more than 400 videos at this point, including exclusive content for Make magazine (the journal of the maker movement), the industrial design website Core77 and Rockler, which sells woodworking tools.Diresta says the key to a successful a maker video channel is producing content that your audience will want to share. Twenty-five of his videos, including videos about a sword that is concealed in a cane (below) and a hollow log treasure chest, have had more than a million views on YouTube. A few, including one in which he attached a multi-tool to a bowie knife, have have been viewed more than 5 million times.Diresta’s fans come from all over the world to visit him in New York. And some who don’t make the trek send him handmade stuff with the Diresta logo stenciled on it, a hat tip to his YouTube videos, which conclude with Diresta spray painting his surname on his projects with a stencil. In another nod to YouTube tradition, Diresta unboxes gifts from his fans on camera.The man receives a continuing stream of emails from other makers who initially express admiration for his video handiwork and then write back to alert him to their first videos. “My style has been stolen a million times to Sunday,” he says, “but I don’t mind. I like it.”Building houses and making gnocchiOne of Diresta’s admirers, who is starting to make a name for himself on YouTube, is Gardner Waldeier, a 34-year-old woodworker, auto mechanic and gourmet chef in Waterford, Maine. Waldeier is known as Bus Huxley on YouTube, a name he says just came to him. His videos are often made with the help of both a 60-year-old Ford tractor and a brand-new iMac.Waldeier has been cutting down trees on his land, milling them nearby, and building a new house with the lumber. There are 21 episodes so far in his A House Built from Trees series, with no end in sight. But he doesn’t limit himself to building in his videos. His eclectic channel offers screen time to baby raccoons, recipes for tacos and pickled jalapenos and such wacky endeavors as using a chainsaw to propel himself across a frozen lake.When he started making videos, Waldeier used an iPhone with a cracked screen someone gave him and a low-resolution garden cam that allows you to record video one frame at a time by setting the interval between frames.Waldeier’s videos do not yet have the reach of similar videos from Diresta. His four-minute video on fixing the brakes on a Toyota Corolla garnered fewer than 100 views. But his tutorial on changing a gas tank on a 1996 Ford pick-up truck had 12,000+ views. Waldeier’s most widely seen video is a step-by-step demonstration of how to make gnocchi, which accrued some 21,000 views.”I get many comments from people who say, ‘I’m trying this [recipe] tonight,’ and then the next day they write and say, ‘This is a great recipe. It worked just as the video said it would.’ That is hugely satisfying to me,” Waldeier tells PCMag.Diresta says he gets feedback from his subscribers every day. “Sometimes it’s someone who never thought to work with metal, but because I’ve been doing a lot of metal projects, they say, ‘I finally got my first welder. I never, ever was interested in welding but I see the combination of wood and metal you do, so now I’m going to try and do that.'”Diresta says his videos appeal to people who are not makers.”I always strive to make sure my videos include a transformation. If it shows a transformation, I think people become entertained and educated,” he said. “They say, ‘I didn’t know that pile of wood could become that beautiful piece of furniture.’ Or, ‘I never understood how a giant chunk of metal gets machined and turned into this other shape.'”Pushing gadgets to the limitThe makers on YouTube couldn’t do what they do without a GoPro or other small so-called action cameras.”You can plop them and drop them everywhere,” says Diresta, who owns a bunch of GoPros and swaps them out when the batteries drain. “GoPros just open up a whole new world of looking at things from underneath, inside, outside.”Waldeier has positioned his GoPro in some strange places: on shears he used to prune an apple tree (below), on the steering wheel of a cross-country ski trail groomer, in a pot into which he was ricing potatoes, on the scoop of an excavator he used to pull tree stumps out of the ground. It’s not surprising, then, that his GoPro has been subjected to more than a fair share of abuse.”I’ve dropped it from a 90-foot pine tree. I’ve run it over with my tractor. I’ve hit it with a hockey stick,” he says. “It’s incredible. It’s cracked but it’s holding up.”Not all Waldeier’s creative attempts to provide his YouTube followers with a birds-eye view pan out. Footage he recorded with a GoPro submerged in sap wasn’t used in his video about making maple syrup.These maker videos often violate some of the cardinal rules in filmmaking. Jump cuts abound, and what might be deemed as hokey attempts at magical realism also pass muster. During editing, Waldeier can take a tire off a car in an instant with the magic of his cursor, while vegetables seem to dance across a cutting board.Most of the time, the action in these step-by-step video are sped up. The first task in a project may be shown in real time but then the footage zooms by to give the viewer a sense of the project’s entirety. But there’s also a time for slowing things down.”If I’m holding up something that’s important, I’ll literally grab those three seconds and slow it down to… six seconds so that people can absorb it,” says Diresta. “I slow things down so people can do a frame grab on it and look at it and see what it is. So, I’ll show a bottle that I’m using only for an instant of a second, knowing that someone will just click through the frame rate and then, ‘Oh, I see it. Okay, that’s edge coat for leather. Let me write that down and go find that.'”The technique of speeding up or slowing down footage is as old as motion pictures themselves, but Waldeier says slow motion can have a powerful effect.”You can see the ax going into the piece of wood and see the wood splitting apart,” observes Waldeier. “And the same with sawdust shooting out. You see things happening [in slow motion] that you’re not aware of in regular life. It’s a whole unseen world.”Two other YouTube channels worth checking out are Tim Sway, a Connecticut-based maker who specializes in upcycling discarded objects into furniture, and a Swedish immigrant in Oregon who uses the nom de YouTube Darbin Orvar. Her maker career started in second grade in Sweden, where she was required to study wood-working and sewing in school. Among her YouTube projects are a concrete vase, a Bluetooth speaker, an upholstered headboard for a bed and a camera bag. Jon Kalish Writer Next Article July 24, 2017 For DIYers who like to make their own furniture, one of the YouTube superstars of the so-called maker video scene is a 50-year-old master craftsman named Jimmy Diresta. YouTube Image credit: YouTube via PCMag The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This story originally appeared on PCMag 8 min readlast_img read more