Chelsea and Man City linked with defender

first_imgChelsea want Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio, according to the Express.Manchester City are also said to be keen on the centre-back, with both clubs apparently set to battle Barcelona for his signature.Elsewhere in Spain, Sami Khedira has agreed a new three-year deal at Real Madrid, supposedly disappointing Chelsea.The Daily Star claim the Blues were looking to sign Khedira, who has also been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal.Madrid’s former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti was reportedly unwilling to let Germany midfielder Khedira leave, having seen Mesut Ozil join Arsenal in the summer.Another ex-Chelsea boss, Rafael Benitez, is looking to see off competition from the Blues and sign St Etienne defender Kurt Zouma for Napoli, according to Talksport.Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Kevin de Bruyne continues to be linked with a move to Germany, where Kicker has reported that he is set to make a straight choice between Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg.And Italian media continue to report that Chelsea face competition from the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United in their apparent pursuit of Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia.For more transfer speculation see this morning’s Paper Talk.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

FNB pours R40-million into local football

first_imgFNB is contributing in developingSouth Africa’s future football stars. FNB’s Derek Carstens, right, handingover an R18-million cheque to Safa. Legends Kalusha Bwalya and LucasRadebe are programme ambassadors.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Mphilo DlaminiCorporate CommunicationsFNB+27 11 371 8381Bongani NkosiFirst National Bank, one of South Africa’s four major banks, will invest R40-million (US$5.8-million) in developing the country’s young footballers over the next few years.The bank will sponsor the national under-17 boys and girls teams, as well as school football tournaments. It’s already built four pitches in as many communities, and another will be finished in 2011.FNB’s investment was announced to the media on 9 December in Nasrec, Johannesburg. It is part of the bank’s legacy programme following the recent 2010 Fifa World Cup, into which it pumped R30-million ($4.3-million).“We’re happy to announce this, especially at a time when I can assure you that things are not easy in corporate South Africa,” said FNB brand director Derek Carstens.The government and the South African Football Association (Safa) praised the bank for its pledge.The biggest chunk of the sponsorship will go to the under 17-boys and girls teams, respectively known as Amajimbos and Abantwana. FNB has already channelled R18-million ($2.6-million) into these teams, which are eyeing spots in the next Fifa World Cups for their age group.“The key objective we’ve set ourselves is that Amajimbos and Abantwana qualify for the World Cup in 2012 and 2013,” Carstens said.FNB has been involved with the Amajimbos for a number of years now, but the Abantwana sponsorship is a new venture. “We look at male and female sports as equally important,” he added.Bringing the Beautiful Game back to schoolsThe FNB Festivals are tipped to become the next biggest fad in school football. A total of 162 schools will participate in the inaugural event in 2011, after which it will become an annual fixture.Twenty schools will battle it out in the Lucas Radebe Tribute Festival, which is the Soweto leg of the competition in south-west Johannesburg. St Davids Marist in Sandton, also in Johannesburg, will see 42 schools slugging it out for glory.Grey College in Bloemfontein will host 20 schools, while a further 32 schools will use Durban’s Kloof High School as their battlefield. Victoria Park and Benoni High, schools located in Port Elizabeth and east of Johannesburg respectively, will each host 16 school teams.The schools competition is viewed as a great way to get pupils back into the swing of the Beautiful Game. Local football experts agree that the sport has long lost its ground in both urban and rural schools, which has impacted negatively on talent development. This is blamed for the current under-performance of national squads.“Our football in schools, I must say, is dead,” said Serame Letsoaka, Safa’s technical director. “This is where we tapped in for talent.“Thank you FNB for creating this opportunity to go back to schools.”R15-million on turfsThe bank channelled about R15-million ($2.2-million) into the development of football pitches before the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The pitches were created in Thohoyandou in Limpopo, Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, Mthatha in the Eastern Cape and George in the Western Cape.A pitch in Kimberley, Northern Cape, will be completed by June in 2011, the bank said.Community leagues will play their matches here, and may also host touring international junior teams. “We’re looking at teams like Boca Juniors of Argentina to bring their under-17s to play at the turfs,” said Carstens.Carstens said they have partnered with local municipalities in the areas to maintain the grounds.Coaches will be groomed for all the venues. Letsoaka, a coach himself, is excited about coaching clinics that will be run at the pitches. “We have been saying, let’s produce developmental coaches. These are the areas where we’ll develop coaches,” he said.Lucas Radebe, the former Bafana and Leeds United captain, has been appointed the ambassador of FNB’s legacy programme and he’ll oversee activities on the pitches.Intensifying Soccer Classic ClashesThe bank’s Soccer Classic Clashes competition, which was launched in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, in 2007, will also be extended. Starting in 2011, there will be far more venues and matches than in previous years, according to FNB.Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula said: “This legacy programme will impact on thousands of lives. A number of Bafana Bafana and Banyana Banyana (national male and female teams) will be drawn from this programme.”last_img read more

World Aids Day: five things you need to know

first_img1 December 2015The first day of December is observed the world over as World Aids Day, a special commemoration of the global effects of the HIV/Aids pandemic. Begun in 1988 as a way to fight the stigma of the disease and educate people about prevention and treatment, the ultimate objective of World Aids Day 2015 is: Getting to Zero.1. The origin of World Aids DayFrom Visually.Share on Share on EmbedTap to Expand Embed the above image on your site Customize size read more

Tell the Story of Your Geocaching Journey

first_imgDon’t Forget to Log Your Geocaches OnlineThere’s more to a geocache than just a location and a container. Every time it’s found—or not found—there’s a story. Those stories are the logs geocachers leave on the geocache’s page. The reasons to leave quality logs on the geocaches you attempt are numerous, but here are just a few to get you started:– Geocache owners love reading new logs. It also helps them keep tabs on how their geocache is doing.– Other geocachers may check previous logs for hints or information.– DNF logs help let others know that the geocache may be more difficult than expected or may need maintenance.Let’s show the geocaching community what it means to write a great log: head over to the Geocaching Facebook page and share the best log you’ve ever read (or written).(Hier kannst Du den Artikel auf Deutsch lesen)Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedDIY “Wow Power” for Your Next LogJune 8, 2014In “Geocaching Quizzes”It’s Time to Kick It Up a Notch — Apollos pool with the million dollar view (GC13VNK) —Geocache of the WeekSeptember 25, 2013In “Geocaching with Kids”Here are 9 Geocaching Tools – What Else Should You Pack?February 6, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Totally Virtual: How ReadWriteWeb Operates

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#conferences#Events Guide#Features#web#Web Office Recently I was the keynote speaker at the Unlimited Potential W2W (Wellington to the World) event in Wellington, New Zealand. The topic of my presentation was running a virtual company. In the presentation, written by our Marketing Manager Elyssa Pallai, I spoke about the unique nature of ReadWriteWeb’s virtual business model and culture. Watch the video of my entire presentation below, for details of how our company is run and the Internet tools we use.As I explain in the video, ReadWriteWeb is a totally virtual organization. We have no head office, or any office for that matter. Our team works from home or on the road, around the globe, in multiple time-zones, 24/7. Being totally virtual is about a cultural change — a mind shift. Presentation, video-taped by Spring TV and available on Viddler:Slides, via Slideshare: richard macmanuslast_img read more

Hide a Face in Premiere Pro: New Feature

first_imgThe next update of Premiere Pro that Adobe has some major new time saving features, with one of the biggest additions being the ability to quickly track effects.Check out the Premiere Pro Blog and Adobe TV for an overview of all the new Premiere Pro CC features.The ability to track effects is a common request, as you often need to be able to blur or otherwise obscure someones face/product because of permission/copyrights. You can also use this on a color correction effect to relight part of the frame. This is huge in that you can now do more of your work in Premiere Pro without switching to After Effects.Lets jump in and look at how you set this up…1. Apply an effect in Premiere Pro. You can apply a mask to any effect in Premiere Pro CC. This will also work on third party effects that are installed. At the end of this post I have an example where I used Red Giant Colorista to brighten the talents face.In my example I used fast blur. You can adjust the settings in the effect controls panel.2. Click the Create Ellipse Mask icon. You will see options for Mask Path, Mask Feather, Mask Opacity, and Mask Expansion. These options are the same that you have in After Effects when working with masks. 3. Click on Mask in the Effect Controls. Mine is called Mask 1 (if you have multiple masks a number will added to each one).This allows you to move the mask in the Program Monitor so it is covering the person’s face. You can adjust the mask shape by clicking on the squares on the mask and dragging them so they fit your subject.Adjust the feather to soften the edge of the mask, and increase the mask expansion so you don’t see the person’s face. You can also rotate the mask by moving your cursor outside of the mask and dragging.Check the “Repeat Edge Pixels” box so you don’t a fringe/halo on the edges of the frame.4. Make sure you are on the first or last frame, then click either “track selected mask forwards or backwards” button.The default track type is Position, Rotation, and Scale. This is accessed from the wrench icon. You can also pick position or position and rotation.You can adjust and keyframe the feather/expansion, amount of blur and the blur dimensions after you apply the track…handy if your mask needs some adjusting.Let’s take a look at a few examples using different effects in Premiere:Tracked blur in Premiere Pro:Tracked mosaic in Premiere Pro:Tracked Colorista in Premiere Pro:last_img read more

Alvin unleashed: After scoring 49, Pasaol hopes for 50 next time

first_imgMOST READ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “Alvin was awesome tonight, he really gave us a show tonight,” said Pumaren. “I was really praying that he’ll get 50 but we’ll take 49.”“And Alvin is unlike any other player I’ve coached like [Jun] Limpot, Allan [Caidic] in the amateurs. Alvin will look like someone who isn’t listening to anything you’re saying but once they play he knows it.” Mbala lauds Pasaol for record-setting career game LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlvin Pasaol had just set the record for the most points scored in a single game for the UAAP this century with 49, and he did that not only against defending champion La Salle but also on a bum right ankle.And although the husky forward laughed and smiled saying he wasn’t aiming to get to that high of a number, Pasaol is confident he can reach 50 in the near future.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City READ: Mbala lauds Pasaol for record-setting career game“Hopefully I can play at a hundred percent on Saturday [against University of Santo Tomas], and maybe even score 50,” said Pasaol in Filipino after losing to La Salle 106-100 Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPasaol reached 49 points with around a minute remaining in the game and he needed just one more free throw to get to half-century but the ball clanked off and he never got the opportunity to shoot for it again.“Actually I don’t have any words on my performance, I think I just played my best and did what Manong [head coach Derrick Pumaren] asked me to do to just play my game.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight READ: La Salle sends UE to 0-6, spoils Pasaol’s 49-point explosionPasaol may be lost for words on what he just did, but the man who owned the record prior had a lot to say.National University head coach Jeff Napa was the previous owner of the record when he put up 43 points against Adamson University back in 2002 and he said that Pasaol should strive harder to exceed 50.“I’m happy for him, but it would’ve been better if they won,” said Napa who led the Bulldogs to a 98-90 win over the Soaring Falcons 15 years ago. “What he just did should serve as a motivation not only for his personal career but for his team also.”For Pumaren, what he saw in Pasaol was unlike any other.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

a month agoWatford captain Deeney urging supporters to get behind them

first_imgWatford captain Deeney urging supporters to get behind themby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford captain Troy Deeney is urging supporters to get behind the players.Deeney says the players remained confident that they could still have a good season, but said fans needed to be a bit more patient after the change of head coach from Javi Gracia and Quique Sanchez Flores.”We can’t panic yet. If we start panicking what does that transmit?” said the skipper.”Obviously there’s quality there [in the team], but the main quality that’s needed now is hard work and resilience and not to fold because as you saw tonight at half time, some fans were a bit iffy and it’s six games in. There has to be a sense of realism.”We’re not spending £50 million on centre halves, we’re not paying people 200 grand a week. We’re still Watford, we’re still learning, we’re still building, but when we win, we win together and when we lose, we lose together and that’s where I think we’re getting a little bit lost in the connection between fans and players.”Don’t get me wrong, lose 8-0, you deserve to get battered, we all do. We take that on the chin, but at the same time when we win, be with us.”We’re growing and ultimately changing manager, you’ve got to find your best team and best formation and we’ve got a lot of attacking talent now, so how you mould that and get everyone playing and clicking at the same time. It’s difficult.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Apps and websites help air passengers get compensation for flight problems

first_imgMONTREAL – Airline passengers who use social media to vent their rage at being stuck on a tarmac for hours or waiting days for their luggage to arrive may get some apologetic words from the company, but are unlikely to recoup any money for their efforts.That’s because the percentage of Canadians who actually apply to airlines for compensation is in the single digits, something that Jacob Charbonneau hopes to change.The former airline employee is co-founder and CEO of Flight Claim, a Quebec-based company that has helped passengers reclaim $1.5 million in compensation for flight delays, cancellation, lost baggage and overbooking since starting less than two years ago.Charbonneau saw the service’s potential after helping a colleague fight an airline over a $900 claim.“I didn’t find that it was fair that people weren’t able to get the compensation only because they’re not aware of their rights or they’re not aware of how to get that compensation,” he said in an interview.There is plenty of untapped potential because less than five per cent of Canadian passengers bother to file claims for compensation, Charbonneau said.With Flight Claim, passengers complete an online form and leave the company to handle the rest.There’s no fee, but the company gets paid 25 per cent of the award if it is successful.A similar business model is used by a myriad of competitors that operate abroad under names such as Weclaim, Green Claim, Refund.me, EUclaim and Flightright.While airlines are getting better at managing their fleet, a five per cent annual growth of passengers is straining airports, airlines and air traffic controllers, resulting in more delays, cancellations, and the odds of getting bumped, according to Henrik Zillmer, founder of AirHelp, which offers a service similar to Flight Claim. It also takes a 25 per cent commission.Only 15 per cent of global passengers obtain compensation, leaving 85 per cent high and dry, he said.“It’s very much a secret that the airlines have kept from you that we are now trying to tell all air passengers,” he said from New York City.The company says it has helped more than 20,000 Canadians who stumbled upon the service even though it only formally launched in Canada last month.Customers can allow AirHelp to link with their email to automatically monitor if they are entitled to any compensation on flights they have taken.AirHelp sometimes steps in to sue airlines that reject refund applications knowing most passengers will give up and not attempt to force the situation by filing suit within the three-year expiry period, Zillmer said.Gabor Lukacs, founder of advocacy group Air Passenger Rights Canada, says he supports efforts to help passengers get the compensation they deserve, but he’s not confident that for-profit companies will bear the expense of helping the more challenging cases that would require litigation.“Not all companies are the same in the sense that many of them are just looking for the low hanging fruit,” said Lukacs, a mathematician who has gone to court and challenged regulator rulings in the defence of passengers.While online tools or apps can be useful, Lukacs warns passengers not to rely solely on their opinion.His group’s website offers free advice and has templates of letters that should be sent to airlines in the case of baggage claims. Its 7,000 members also offer advice based on their own experiences through its Facebook account.“We work as a community. It’s a non-profit network where we try to give people some guidance on what they’re next steps could be,” he said.Lukacs is also unconvinced that passengers will get more money from Ottawa’s proposed air passenger bill of rights because the yet-to-be-passed bill will relieve airlines from being obligated to pay compensation for maintenance issues that cause delays.“The Liberal government’s bill is going to double the amount of money passengers are not going to get.”Experts suggest that passengers who think they might be eligible for compensation keep documentation on expenses paid, ask for the reason for the flight delay or cancellation in writing, record interactions with airline staff, not accept food vouchers in lieu of claims and not trust advice from airline ground staff who are likely not familiar with the law.“In Europe, things are much easier,” Lukacs said.“But in Canada because you may be facing a high level of burden of proof, you should really document things … as meticulously as you can.”last_img read more

PRRD holds special meeting on next steps for Caribou Recovery

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District Board held a special meeting on Friday, August 23, to hear about the next steps for Caribou Recovery in the Peace Region.Presenting to the Board on the next steps for Caribou Recovery were Community Liaisons Blair Lekstrom and Lorne Brownsey. Also in attendance was Cassie Doyle of Environment and Climate Change Canada.Brownsey says he was appointed by Premier John Horgan to facilitate an engagement process that aims to establish a pathway to conclude the Caribou Recovery agreements and in a manner that reflects the concerns of all community members. According to Brownsey, they have two goals that focus on the recovery of caribou and ensuring the success of the affected communities, while also maintaining a form of dialogue that will allow community members to have future input on the matter.Doyle says establishing a leadership table and a common knowledge base is important when it comes to Caribou Recovery.“That’s exactly what we were thinking through is a leadership table that would be able to oversee and provide input for the development of the Section 11 and the Partnership Agreements. I think that establishing a common knowledge base is really important to ensure that everything is known, from on the state of the caribou, on the economic analysis, and that is shared and everybody has an opportunity to question the experts that have done that work.”Lekstrom says he remains optimistic that they can develop a path forward, adding that it will take everybody at the table to form a resolution on the Caribou Recovery Program.“I remain optimistic that we can find a path forward but it will take, as it was laid out here, everybody at the table to find that resolution.”The full special meeting can be found on the Regional District’s website.last_img read more