0Shares0000Gareth Southgate congratulates England defender Harry Maguire © AFP / Johannes EISELENIZHNIY NOVGOROD, Russian Federation, Jun 24 – England coach Gareth Southgate was keeping his feet firmly on the ground after England’s 6-1 World Cup group-stage rout of Panama, declaring “I didn’t particularly like the performance”.With a grin Southgate explained to the BBC: “I’m being hyper-critical, but I didn’t like the start, I didn’t like the goal at the end. The bits in the middle were pretty good though!” Southgate was speaking after a hat-trick from Harry Kane, a double from John Stones and another from Jesse Lingard saw off Panama and qualified England into the knockout stages.As it stands England are level on goal difference with also-qualified Belgium but top the group by virtue of yellow cards — two compared to the Belgians’ three.The countries meet in Kaliningrad on Thursday.Asked about possible changes to his XI to face Belgium, Southgate commented: “I want to keep the momentum, we have to think about the team we want to put out, it’s an opportunity for players who need a match who haven’t played for a while but on the other hand we want to keep winning.“It’s a nice decision to have!”Reflecting on a record World Cup win for England — their previous best result was 3-0 — he added: “I was a bit anxious at the start, they (Panama) had six at the back and three in middle, but once we worked that out I thought we played some really good stuff for 35 minutes.Southgate’s main gripe was his defence allowing Felipe Baloy to score Panama’s first ever World Cup goal in the 78th minute.“At half-time we talked about one more goal to be top of the group, that’s why the goal at the end was disappointing,” he said.“We’d rather be in control of the group than not, and confidence wise it’s important to score goals.“It was a big moment for Lingard and great for the captain (Kane) to score a hat-trick, that way he didn’t have the hump when I took him off!”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Tragic mum Lorraine Gallagher is backing plans which could see cyber bullies sent to prison for up to three years.The late Erin and Shannon GallagherThe Dail is set to debate legislation which is being adopted in New Zealand which will make cyber-bullying a new offence of ‘incitement to commit suicide.’Lorraine (37) whose daughters Erin, 13, and Shannon, 15, took their own lives, says something drastic is now needed to stop the epidemic of online hatred. “It has got to the stage where a strong message needs to be sent out to cyber bullies that they can no longer do this.“We don’t know how many young people have given up on their lives because of being tortured online.“If young people think there is a chance that they could end up behind bars then I think that threat may stop some of them from doing it.“The message needs to go out that if you abuse other people online then you are leaving yourself open to the full power of the law,” she said. Lorraine, from Ballybofey in Co Donegal, recently marked the first anniversary of her youngest daughter Erin who took her life on October 27th last year.Erin had complained that she was being bullied online and a full investigation has been launched into those complaints.Just six weeks later in November last year, Lorraine’s only other daughter Shannon also took her life because she could not cope with Erin’s loss.Lorraine, who gave birth to a baby son Lennon in May, said she must continue her life for her two sons.“When Erin and then Shannon died I honestly didn’t know how I could go on. “But I have had to find the strength to go on for Sean James and Lennon.“The girls just doted on Sean James and I know they would have been the same with Lennon.“My doctor told me that I have to live for the living and not live for the dead.“It’s difficult at the moment when we are remembering the girls’ first anniversary and all they did. “But I have to do it now for my boys,” she said.TRAGIC MUM LORRAINE BACKS PLANS TO JAIL CYBER BULLIES was last modified: November 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ballybofeycyber bulliesdailErin GallagherLorraine Galaghernew lawshannon gallagher
“The Board of Directors of San Francisco Baseball Associates is closely … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer will take a leave of absence beginning immediately.Baer, 61, was involved in a public altercation with his wife Pam, 59, in San Francisco on Friday.The Giants board of directors issued a statement Monday announcing that Baer has requested to take time away from the organization.
An astrobiologist looks forward to the day when everything he says is totally wrong.What makes a planet habitable? In a BBC News article, astrobiologist Christopher Watson (Queen’s University, Belfast) piles on the constraints:“Clouds are reflective and therefore will cool the planet, acting to push the habitable zone closer to the star.Just to complicate matters, the habitable zone also depends on the type of star the planet orbits.Red dwarfs like to chuck out large flares, stellar eruptions that release charged particles and X-rays. Given the close proximity of the planet, this might cause substantial atmospheric losses.High doses of radiation also tend to be harmful to biological material, and X-rays are capable of dissociating water – thereby depleting any water supply.Massive, hot stars are real gas-guzzlers. Yes, they may have far larger “fuel tanks” (they have a lot more mass to “burn”), but they gobble that fuel much, much faster, and die much younger than small, frugal cool stars.Based on our knowledge of how life evolved on Earth, it is unlikely that even simple life would have time to evolve around stars that are all that much hotter than our Sun.Well, we hit another issue – the fact that the variance in the amount of energy red dwarfs emit over their lifetime, known as their luminosity evolution, is quite drastic… a red dwarf may change its luminosity 10-fold!I haven’t even begun discussing some of the ‘rare-Earth’ arguments that point out a range of factors that affect the Earth that may be necessary for life, but that may be rare for other planets.These are things like the presence of Jupiter (which may or may not deflect asteroids and comets from striking the Earth)…or the presence of the moon (which may stabilise Earth’s spin).”Watson isn’t trying to be a spoil-sport; just a realist. But how realistic is his ending conundrum?The pace of discovery is astonishing and in 20 years’ time I suspect I will look back at this article and find I was totally wrong about everything.This is what progress is.That’s an odd way to define progress. It follows that 20 years after that, the ones who showed him he was wrong could be wrong themselves. An infinite regress looms.We’ll help him out. He’s totally right about the constraints on habitability, but he’s totally wrong that life emerges on a habitable world without purpose, plan, and intelligence to act on matter and create it. We just saved him 20 years by reading Isaiah 45:18-19.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The balls are made of old billboardmaterial stuffed with plastic shoppingbags. Unemployed women with sewingexperience are able to bring in anincome from the sale of the balls (Image: CLE Communications) MEDIA CONTACTS • Makgabo Seema EnviroServ public relations +27 11 422 2560 or +27 82 969 5120RELATED ARTICLES • Playing a part to back the Boks • Zuma: 2011 the year of job creation • Springboks given euphoric send-off • Pumping up Bok support for World Cup• Amarula project uplifts SA womenEmily van RijswijckRugby is not normally associated with job creation and recycling, but a resourceful new project called Touch Initiative is teaching unemployed seamstresses to manufacture rugby balls out of old billboards.Initiated and sponsored by Gauteng-based waste management company EnviroServ, the Touch Initiative hopes to use the momentum of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, currently under way in New Zealand, to create more awareness around the drive.“This particular initiative will focus on rugby balls to tie in with the World Cup,” says Thurlow Hanson-Moore from Thewinwingroup, the advertising agency that conceptualised the project.In time Touch will be expanded to create other types of balls and products, he says.Jobs through wasteThe emphasis of the Touch project is on job creation through innovative waste management.According to EnviroServ’s marketing manager Delia Lavarinas, there can be no greater waste than that of wasted talent in South African communities.“We also wanted to harness the energy around rugby in 2011, giving communities a tangible reason to get excited about the world cup.”The campaign provides industrial sewing machines and training for unemployed women with a background in sewing. So far 20 seamstresses have been trained to make these balls, at six hubs in Mpumalanga.The women are able to earn up to R200 (US$24.4) a day from sales of the balls, which cost R50 ($6.1) each. Of this amount, R30 ($3.7) goes straight back into the community and the balance contributes towards operating costs.Once the template is cut from the billboard material, women stuff the balls with up to 30 plastic shopping bags which have been reclaimed from the streets. This too represents an employment opportunity, as people are needed to gather the bags.According to Hanson-Moore, response to the initiative has been enthusiastic, with orders of up to 1 000 balls streaming in.“The idea is to get corporate support, and we are approaching the various rugby unions to get them involved as well,with a positive response.”The plan is to roll the initiative out across the country, establishing employment hubs in all nine provinces. “We want to keep the drive going beyond the World Cup,” confirms Hanson-Moore.To find out more or to place an order for balls, contact Hosia via email or call +27 72 288 9088.Creating jobs, tackling povertyEnviroServ’s core business is to provide innovative and sustainable waste management solutions for South Africa. The company has a number of corporate social initiatives on the go – one of them is the Intuthuko Sewing Project in Etwatwa near Springs in eastern Gauteng.Art lecturer Celia de Villiers and businesswoman Susan Haycock facilitate this embroidery project.EnviroServ approached De Villiers to start the project as the company operates a waste management site in the area and wished to couple it with poverty alleviation in the nearby township. The project employs 35 women and one man.In 2004 the Intuthuko project won an award for its magnificent Journey to Freedom embroideries. The women have since purchased a stall at the Rosebank Rooftop market and are doing exceptionally well.Kick-offThe 7th IRB Rugby World Cup is underway in New Zealand and will conclude on 23 October with the final at Eden Park in Auckland. Nineteen other countries are battling to snatch the title of world champion from reigning champions South Africa, who walked off with the laurels at the previous competition in France in 2007.South Africa and Australia are the only two countries who have been able to win the Web Ellis Trophy twice, and the national team, the Springboks, are campaigning to be the first team in history to successfully defend their title, as well as to win it three times.The Rugby World Cup is now established as the world’s third biggest sporting event after the Olympic Games and Fifa World Cup. In recent years it’s achieved its goal of merging the traditional rugby powers with new and emerging nations to make it a truly worldwide sport, according to the world cup website.The competition takes place every four years under the auspices of the International Rugby Board. England will host the competition in 2015 and Japan in 2019.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Trump administration indicated it is planning a trade relief package in response to the U.S. trade dispute with China. President Donald Trump tweeted that he would use money raised from the recently increased tariffs on China to purchase $15 billion in agricultural products for humanitarian aid to help the ailing farm sector.“U.S. pork has suffered from a disproportionate share of retaliation due to trade disputes with Mexico and China. This retaliation turned last year — which analysts had forecast to be profitable — into a very unprofitable time for U.S. pork producers. The financial pain continues; the 20% punitive tariff on pork exported to Mexico alone amounts to a whopping $12 loss per animal,” said David Herring, president of the National Pork Producers Council. “While there is no substitute for resolving these trade disputes and getting back to normal trade, NPPC welcomes the offer of assistance from President Trump. We stand ready to work with the USDA to facilitate U.S. pork exports as food aid to a number of nations. This assistance should not cannibalize commercial trade. Rather, it should help people in need who otherwise would not have access to this high-quality U.S. protein.”There are economic concerns that buying U.S. products for humanitarian aid would do little to help the domestic farm economy and could potentially disrupt local markets in the foreign countries receiving the aid. Despite those potential concerns, NPPC is supporting the move from the Trump Administration.“Pork producers have been innocent bystanders in these trade disputes. Unlike most of the population, they have suffered severe economic dislocations as a result of trade disputes,” Herring said. “It is fair and right that the U.S. government purchase significant quantities of pork over the next 18 months to ship as food aid to help ease the financial burden placed on producers.”
2. Find Edges and Camera BlurFor this method, duplicate the image and precomp it, telling it to “Leave all attributes” in the original comp. Open the precomp and apply a Find Edges effect. You’ll use this as a matte to blur out any pixelated edges. I hope these three methods help when you’re stuck using tiny assets! If you’ve got any of your own recipes for minimizing grain in After Effects let us know in the comments below! Here are three quick ways to minimize pixelation and artifacts in low-res pictures!No mater how much you try to avoid it, eventually you’re going to have to use some images in a project that are just too small. There are some creative motion-graphics solutions for getting around scaling the images up to a point where you see any pixelation, but here are three quick ways to minimize pixelation when you really need to scale them up to full-fame or larger in After Effects.Here’s the low-res picture we’ll be using at it’s original size in a 1080p comp.Yes, that’s me. I was an awkward teenager. Can we ignore that please! 🙂I’ve had to scale it up to 450%, so you can see the artifacting below:1. Detail-Preserving UpscaleThe Detail-Preserving Upscale effect is a relatively new feature in After Effects, and it’s pretty simple to use. Leave the layer’s scale at 100%, then increase the layer scale in the effect itself. It does a pretty great job, though sometimes the images come out looking just a bit over-sharpened. Go back to the main comp, turn off the precomp, and apply the Camera Blur effect to the original picture. Set the Blur Map to the precomp and set the Blur Radius to 1. This kind-of has the opposite effect of the Detail-Preserving Upscale. You lose a bit of detail/definition, but it’s not a total blur of the whole image.3. Add Film GrainMy personal favorite, and in my opinion, the easiest of all. If you don’t mind a bit of a vintage look, film grain is a great way to cover pixelation. I pulled in a “16mm” clip from my personal Cinegrain package (any equivalent film grain will do), set it to overlay.I then selected “Freeze Frame” (an optional step). Right away, you can see that almost all traces of the pixelation/artifacting are hidden by the grain. The heavier the grain, the more pixelation/artifacting it covers up!
Croatia will be eager to register their first points in the tournament as they take on CameroonMario Mandzukic scored two goals Wednesday to keep Croatia in the mix at the World Cup with a 4-0 win over 10-man Cameroon, which will be going home after the group stage. Mandzukic, who returned to the team at the Arena da Amazonia after sitting out the opening loss to Brazil through suspension, headed in a corner from Danijel Pranjic in the 61st minute and then knocked in a rebound in the 73rd of the Group A game.Ivan Perisic also scored one goal and made another for Ivica Olic.MATCH COMMENTARY Cameroon was reduced to 10 men after midfielder Alex Song was given a red card for elbowing Mandzukic in the back in an off-the-ball incident in the 40th minute.The team started without the injured Samuel Eto’o, the team’s best player.Croatia now has its future in its own hands. If the 1998 World Cup semifinalists beat Mexico on Monday, they will guarantee themselves a spot in the second round. The Mexicans will advance with only a draw.Cameroon is out, however, and can only play spoiler in its final match against five-time champion Brazil, also on Monday. If the 1990 World Cup quarterfinalists beat Brazil, the host country could still advance or be forced out of the tournament on goal difference.Darijo Srna started the move for the first goal, whipping a cross into the area from the right in the 11th minute. Mandzukic and Nicolas Nkoulou then collided while going for it, but the ball popped loose to Perisic. The Croatia midfielder stepped up and coolly slid the ball into the path of Olic to tap in.advertisementPerisic did it all himself early in the second half, beating Cameroon defender Dany Nounkeu to a long pass from goalkeeper Charles Itandje and taking it all the way back to where it came from.Perisic, with Nounkeu chasing him, ran into the area down the left and gave himself a tough angle before slipping his shot between Itandje and the near post in the 48th.Mandzukic was left unmarked to head home Croatia’s third goal and followed up with the simplest of tap-ins when Itandje spilled a shot from Eduardo.Cameroon knew it needed points against Croatia, and the team came out fast in an effort to take the early lead. Several dangerous attacks down the right flank caused concern to the Croatia defense early, but none of them materialized into any real danger.A few late chances came close, but nothing got past Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa.The loss of Eto’o, who came to Brazil with a right knee injury, was a blow to the team, however. Although Cameroon still went on the attack even without their best attacker, the finishing class of the former Chelsea and Barcelona striker was missing.The loss of Song didn’t help, either.The midfielder, well away from the ball, was running back from the Croatia end when he lashed out and elbowed Mandzukic in the back. Referee Pedro Proenca of Portugal immediately pulled out his red card and sent Song off.Song is the cousin of Cameroon great Rigobert Song, one of only two players to be sent off at two different World Cups. The other is Zinedine Zidane.Team Line-ups(from):Croatia: Stipe Pletikosa; Darijo Srna, Vedran Corluka, Dejan Lovren, Danijel Pranjic; Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Perisic (Ante Rebic, 78th), Sammir (Mateo Kovacic, 72nd); Ivica Olic (Eduardo, 69th), Mario MandzukicCameroon: Charles Itandje; Aurelien Chedjou (Dany Nounkeu, 46th), Nicolas N’Koulou, Benoit Assou-Ekotto; Stephane M’Bia, Alex Song, Joel Matip, Eyong Enoh; Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Edgar Salli, 75th), Vincent Aboubakar (Pierre Webo, 70th), Benjamin Moukandjo