A Major League Baseball official said the commissioner’s office is looking into the matter. But that investigation appears to be merely procedural in nature, and it is highly unlikely that Kuo would face punishment by MLB for failing a drug test in a competition that took place separately from, and independently of, MLB. “Kuo did not take anything illegal or against major-league drug policy,” Chang said. Kuo did not travel with the team for Monday’s Grapefruit League game with Baltimore, but he did tell the Associated Press back in Vero Beach that, “I just play baseball. I didn’t take anything.” Chang said he has been in touch with Dodgers officials about the matter and that those officials were satisfied with the explanation. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti was traveling and unavailable for comment, but the club issued a statement. “We have spoken with Kuo and his agent, and we are aware that Major League Baseball is looking into this issue,” it read. “Given Kuo’s explanation that this was simply cold medicine, we consider it a non-issue unless new developments come to light.” FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Dodgers left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo, who pitched five strong innings to help his native Chinese Taipei to victory in the first round of the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, in December, tested positive for the banned substance ephedra before that event. But it doesn’t appear Kuo intentionally ingested the substance, nor does it appear the test will create a problem for either Kuo or the Dodgers. A Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee official told the Associated Press that Kuo and two other Taiwanese players who tested positive for ephedra had ingested the substance innocently through either a cold or pain medication. The three reportedly were then asked to clear all future medications through the team’s doctors. Kevin Chen, secretary general of CTOC, told the Associated Press that the situation is, “completely innocent.” Alan Chang, Kuo’s Chicago-based agent, said his client took an herbal medicine that “could cause the positive test result.” Chang wasn’t sure whether the medicine actually contained ephedra or another substance that might mimic ephedra in a drug test. Chang also denied that the drug test was the reason Kuo didn’t pitch in the championship game, saying Kuo instead had shut himself down at the request of Dodgers officials because he felt mild pain in his pitching arm. Kuo didn’t pitch again until he arrived last month in spring training, but he appears to be healthy now and is a slight favorite to land the vacant fifth spot club’s in the starting rotation. [email protected] (818) 713-3675 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard insists the side will not dwell on their disappointing 2-1 defeat to Tottenham, and will put all their focus on getting back to winning ways against Hull City on Wednesday.Roberto Martinez’s men took an early lead following an explosive start at White Hart Lane in Sunday’s Premier League clash, Kevin Mirallas finding the net with a stunning curling strike.But the visitors failed to build on their supremacy, as Spurs went in front before the break through goals from Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado and held on in the second-half to secure victory.The result ended Everton’s run of eight games unbeaten in all competitions, but Howard has assured fans the team will not allow the defeat to affect them over a hectic festive period, starting with their midweek Tigers tie.“We were expected to win I think, so we’re disappointed from our point of view,” said the USA international.“Spurs are a good team, there’s no question how talented they are going forward, we tried to expose them a little bit but we just didn’t do that enough.“But we’re not a team, and our manager isn’t a manager, who dwells on results, we’re just looking forward to the Hull game now.“We’re at home, it’ll be an opportunity for us to get three points and we are confident we can do that, so we go again.“It’ll be good to be back at Goodison Park to get that feeling again of getting out there in front of our own supporters and have them roar us on.“This doesn’t knock us. It’s unfortunate we lost, but we’ll go again and I’ll tell you what, if come Thursday morning we’ve got three points in the bag we’ll feel on top of the world again.”
A round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving Chelsea…With Everton having refused to sell John Stones before the recent transfer window closed, there is already speculation that Chelsea will try again to sign the England defender when it re-opens in January.The Sun on Sunday say Chelsea are planning to offer Bertrand Traore to Everton as part of an exchange deal.The Sunday Mirror, meanwhile, predict that Chelsea will make what would be their fifth attempt to take Stones, 21, to Stamford Bridge.The Blues will need to bid close to £40m in order to get their man, it is suggested.The Sunday Mirror also say Branislav Ivanovic could move to the United States at the end of the season.Ivanovic has made a poor start to the seasonIvanovic, who turns 32 in February, is in the final year of his contract at Chelsea and it is claimed that New York City – where his former Blues team-mate Frank Lampard plays – and LA Galaxy would want him.Again it is claimed, this time by the Sunday Times, that Chelsea tried sign Anthony Martial prior to the French teenager’s pre-deadline move to Manchester United from Monaco.And the Sun on Sunday suggest Martial had been on the radars of Chelsea and Manchester City since the age of 11.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
New arrival Jordan Cousins makes his first QPR start and there are chances for Darnell Furlong (pictured) and Cole Kpekawa to impress in tonight’s friendly.Steven Caulker and Grant Hall once again play at the heart of the defence, while Matt Ingram keeps goal against his former club.Michael Doughty and Michael Petrasso, who only made a handful of league appearances last season, are named in midfield, with Nasser El Khayati playing up front.Rangers’ other three summer signings, Joel Lynch, Jake Bidwell and Ariel Borysiuk, are all injured.Teenage winger Olamide Shodipo, who started the match at Northampton, is among the substitutes, as is Conor Washington, returning to the fold after his Euro 2016 exploits with Northern Ireland.QPR: Ingram; Furlong, Caulker, Hall, Kpekawa; Doughty, Henry; Emmanuel-Thomas, Cousins, Petrasso; El Khayati. Subs: Lumley, Perch, Onuoha, Gladwin, Shodipo, Chery, Washington, Polter.See also:QPR must be patient in search for players – HasselbainkHasselbaink rules out loan move for QPR youngsterFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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!
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 17, 2010June 20, 2017By: Pam Barnes, President, EngenderHealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The MHTF is soliciting reactions from the maternal health community to the newly released UN MMR data. Our hope is that, together, these comments will serve as a springboard for discussion and provide momentum towards MDG5.Trends in Maternal Mortality, 1990 to 2008, just released by the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNFPA, and The World Bank, reports that the number of women dying globally due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth has decreased by 34%, from 546,000 in 1990 to 358,000 in 2008. This is one more piece of evidence that investments to improve maternal health are indeed paying off. It also corroborates research published in Lancet earlier this year that showed a similar, modest decline in the number of women dying from pregnancy complications.While we know that fewer women are dying, there is clearly much more work to be done. In this latest United Nations report, only 10 out of 87 countries with maternal mortality ratios equal to or over 100 in 1990 are on track to achieving Millennium Development Goal No. 5 (MDG 5) by 2015. Also, 30 countries made insufficient or no progress since 1990. (See the full report and press release for more information.)Furthermore, for every life lost due to pregnancy or childbirth complications, about 20 women suffer from maternal morbidity, including obstetric fistula. And if we are going to continue this positive downward trend, we must improve the health of mothers in places with high levels of HIV, specifically Sub-Saharan Africa, and refocus attention to address women’s holistic needs, providing high-quality family planning, obstetric, and HIV services under one roof.As we were reminded at the recent Global Maternal Health Conference 2010, which brought together nearly 700 maternal health experts, solutions exist, and we know what they are. To reduce maternal mortality and morbidity, women must have better access to:Family planning, with other related sexual and reproductive health servicesSkilled care during pregnancyEmergency obstetric careImmediate postpartum careNext week, the world’s leaders will descend on New York City for high-level events, including the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals and the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. The good news is momentum behind MDG 5 has never been higher. This is welcome news for all of us who care deeply about improving sexual and reproductive health in the world’s poorest communities. The key now is to harness this energy to ensure that our governments deliver on their commitments to ensure universal access to reproductive health and to reduce maternal mortality by 75%.Read EngenderHealth’s blog here to get the latest updates.Share this:
Chelsea boss Sarri eager to strengthen wide positionsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is eager to strengthen his wide positions.Chelsea sit fourth in the Premier League with the mid-season window now open.The Daily Mail says the former Napoli gaffer wants “better wide, creative options”.Sarri already has wingers Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro among his ranks, as well as youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi.But his preference for playing Hazard in an unfamiliar No 9 role seems to have shaped his January plans. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
BRANTFORD – Complaints are once again popping up on social media about the Amber Alert that woke people up early Thursday morning.Brantford police say they were inundated with calls and emails, including one person who is under investigation after calling to complain 11 times about the alert that woke people up around 3 a.m.Police issued a statement, calling out some of those who emailed their complaints to them.“3 o’clock in the **** morning- no- I haven’t seen her. This went off five **** times. I am in oshawa . What in the **** are you thinking”“You guys are absolutely crazy with your Amber alerts. I live 6 hours drive away, in another province and you feel waking me up at 3 am is required.”“Yes, I leave my phone on, but not because I want to be harassed by law enforcement, because I have elderly parent who may have a legitimate need for help.”“Respectfully, do your job and stop harassing citizens.”“Perhaps if you do your job, we could sleep.”Brantford police defended their use of the alert system while reminding the public that contacting police to complain takes resources away from legitimate police investigations.“When a child is abducted, it is our duty to utilize any and all resources available to facilitate a lawful investigation, and to locate the child as soon as possible. We expect the public to support our stance,” said Insp. Scott Williams.“Time is critical in saving the lives of abducted children, and the main objective of the Amber Alert is always the safe return of the child. The decision to utilize the Ontario Amber Alert is based on established criteria, and is never taken lightly.”A recent petition on Change.org is calling on the province to fine people who call 9-1-1 to complain about Amber Alerts. So far, more than 80,000 people have signed the petition.