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first_img1 Lyon have beaten Chelsea to the signing of highly-rated Argentine defender Emanuel Mammana.The Blues were impressed by the promise shown by the 20-year-old since he broke into River Plate’s first team in 2014.He has made 24 league appearances for the club as well as impressing for Argentina’s youth sides.Antonio Conte is a big fan of the youngster and reports had suggested that the new Chelsea boss had instructed the club to sign Mammana.However they faced competition from across Europe and it has now been confirmed that Ligue 1 side Lyon have completed the signing of the centre-back.“I am very proud to have signed for a big club like Lyon,” Mammana told OLTV.“I will do everything within my powers to reward the club for the faith shown in me. I have arrived at a big club to learn and to win titles.” Emanuel Mammana was apparently a target for Chelsea boss Antonio Conte last_img read more

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first_imgAs an NFL quarterback, Brett Favre was a genius, equal parts intuition, daring and joie de vivre. You didn’t have to be a football fan per se to enjoy watching him play.It was a subdued, occasionally stammering Favre who appeared Thursday on Megyn Kelly Today.“How many concussions did you have?” Kelly asked the man who retired at 41 with the most passing yards and touchdown passes in NFL history.“That I know of, three, four maybe,” Favre said. “But as we’re learning about concussions, …last_img

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first_imgSouth Africans supported the 2010 Fifa World Cup and national team Bafana Bafana as a nation united. (Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library)On 24 September 2010, South Africa celebrates its national Heritage Day, which aims to highlight and promote the country’s diverse cultural expressions – such as music, languages, food, and craft – and heritage. These important factors together contribute significantly to nation building.During this year’s Heritage Month, the South African government will celebrate the successes of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and the contribution of all South Africans in making the tournament the triumph that it was.While events will take place all around the country under the theme Celebrating 2010 Fifa World Cup successes: our heritage, the main gathering will be held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on 24 September, with President Jacob Zuma in attendance.South Africa’s globally acclaimed hosting of the World Cup has instilled a spirit of hope and the belief that the country can achieve even greater things.“The successful hosting of the tournament has become part of our legacy and national heritage, and will always be a source of inspiration and hope to future generations,” said government spokesperson Themba Maseko.‘Keep the spirit of ubuntu going’Earlier in September, Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana urged South Africans to use Heritage Month to deepen the country’s humanity and unity, as they did during the World Cup.Let us work together to sustain the spirit of ubuntu and patriotism that prevailed during the global event,” Xingwana said.She urged South Africans to celebrate their collective achievements during the Fifa World Cup, from the building of infrastructure to the feeling of goodwill and exuberance that pervaded the country. The hard work and sacrifices of the various sectors of society during the World Cup is just cause for celebration this Heritage Day.“We believe that it is important to sustain the positive memory [of the World Cup], and mobilise all the sectors of our society in the celebration of this distinctive period in the history of our country,” Xingwana said.She added that it was important to keep the World Cup momentum going, and to commit as a nation to strive towards social cohesion.• Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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first_imgThe National Treasury announced the official establishment of the New Development Bank (NDB) headquarters in Shanghai, China on 27 February. This marks the completion of legal procedures that will now allow the bank to begin its operations.The South African operation has started a national recruitment process, and the Treasury has encouraged South Africans with the necessary skills and qualifications to apply via its website. (Image: BRICS Business Council, via Facebook)The National Treasury announced the official establishment of the New Development Bank (NDB) headquarters in Shanghai, China on 27 February, which marks the completion of legal procedures that will now allow the bank to begin its operations, in a statement released on 7 March 2016.#China, #BRICS bank sign #documents. Read more: https://t.co/iAtjjnwSuv pic.twitter.com/afZd2Z4vdk— Fakhrul Alam (@fakhrulalam88) February 28, 2016The headquarters was first opened in July 2015, following the formal agreement on the bank’s establishment between BRICS leaders at its fifth annual summit, held in South Africa in 2013.The NDB is busy establishing its Africa Regional Centre in Johannesburg, as outlined by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his 2016 Budget Speech.The South African operation has started a national recruitment process, and the Treasury has encouraged South Africans with the necessary skills and qualifications to apply via its website for a variety of mid- and high-level positions at the institution.South Africa’s first instalment of R2-billion was paid to the bank in December last year, according to the minister’s 2016 Budget Review, and the budget makes provision for further commitments over the medium term.The NDB will begin operations with $50-billion (about R770-billion), which will expand to the full $100-billion in the next five to 10 years.While China may have the largest share of voting rights in the bank with its $41-billion pledged contribution, the South African contribution and its work in the organisation will go a long way to developing the rest of the continent as an emerging economic power.“This initiative,” Gordhan said his address to Parliament, “gives impetus to our role as a financial centre for Africa and will facilitate access to global finance by African investors and institutions.”The bank will focus on lending money to developing countries to help finance infrastructure projects. Economists consider the NDB a viable and necessary alternative to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, one that will bring the focus back to developing the BRICS member nations as well as emerging nations on their respective continents.To achieve this, the bank will support public and private projects through loans, guarantees, equity participation and other financial instruments.This primary focus will complement BRICS’ existing efforts of multilateral and regional financial institutions for global growth and development. The NDB will also co-operate with international organisations and other financial entities, and provide technical assistance for projects to be supported by the bank.The BRICS economies comprise more than 3 billion people – over 40% of the world’s population – and cover more than a quarter of the world’s land area and global gross domestic product.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry HagstromDTN Political CorrespondentWASHINGTON (DTN) — Following the defeat of two bills to address 2018 and 2019 disasters on the Senate floor Monday evening, Democrats offered a new plan to address Puerto Rico while Republicans criticized their colleagues for blocking urgently needed aid to other parts of the country.Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Tuesday introduced a substitute to the emergency disaster supplemental while the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee addressed the issue at a hearing on the rural economy.Democrats want more aid for Puerto Rico than the Republicans have proposed. On Monday evening, neither a Republican proposal that contained $600 million in additional food stamp benefits for Puerto nor the House-passed bill that is more generous to Puerto Rico got the 60 votes needed to proceed.Meanwhile, Senate Republicans blamed Democrats for stopping both the aid to Puerto Rico that was in the Republican bill and aid to farmers.Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said, “Senate Democrats yesterday blocked a bill that provides much-needed funds for Puerto Rico’s nutrition program, also aid for the 2018 hurricane and wildfires, and thirdly assistance to Midwest states in the midst of a flood crisis.”“That includes at least Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, maybe other states,” Grassley said.“Now, the people that voted against it say it was because they care about Puerto Rico. But the bill they blocked takes care of the urgent funding shortfalls there in that commonwealth,” he said.“Playing politics with disaster aid does a disservice to the people of Puerto Rico and the people of states like Iowa that are suffering right now from these floods,” Grassley said. “Why would these senators want to come to campaign in Iowa when they don’t show sympathy for Iowans suffering from the floods with the vote that they cast last night?”At a House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the rural economy Tuesday, Paxton Poitevint, the president and CEO of Southwest Georgia Farm Credit in Bainbridge, Georgia, said that while crop insurance, commodity programs and trade agreements are helping, the cotton and nut farmers whose crops were devastated by Hurricane Michael and timber growers in his area “need federal disaster assistance now.”House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., said at the hearing, “To be honest, I did not think we’d still be sitting here in April without a disaster aid package signed into law.”Bishop added that he is “extremely frustrated” and “hopeful it will happen soon.”Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., whose district has been devastated by floods, said that as bad as the agricultural losses are now, they “are going to mount.”Iowa officials estimate about $214 million in agricultural losses and more than $1.6 billion in total disaster losses. Nebraska officials estimate agricultural losses could top $1 billion because of as much as $500 million in livestock losses and $400 million in crop losses, as well as prevented planting challenges this spring. Nebraska officials estimate another $450 million just in road damages. Missouri officials have not released any estimates, but parts of northwest Missouri and southwest Iowa remain underwater.The Leahy/Schumer amendment totals $16.7 billion and includes $2.5 billion in new funding for disaster-stricken communities in the Southeast and Midwest and restores certain funding for Puerto Rico and other territories.Leahy and Schumer said, “We cannot pick and choose which American citizens to help in times of crisis. Democrats are ready to stand with all American communities affected by recent natural disasters. We hope Republican leadership will stand with us in this effort.”The amendment includes increased funding for Community Development Block Grants and grants to help rebuild damaged water systems in Puerto Rico. It also provides Medicaid funding for other territories and mandates that the Department of Housing and Urban Development speed up the release of billions in Community Development Block Grant funding the Trump administration has been withholding from disaster stricken communities.Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., whose constituents suffered from wildfires and forest fires in 2018, voted against the Republican bill and said, “In California, the scale of last year’s destruction was unprecedented. Wildfires killed 85 people, destroyed nearly 14,000 homes and burned more than 150,000 acres, including the entire town of Paradise. Recovery efforts are already underway and additional funding is needed to prevent any delay.”“Tragically, Californians aren’t the only Americans still trying to recover,” Feinstein said. “Victims of recent typhoons, volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes, including those that struck Puerto Rico two years ago, are also counting on Congress to approve this funding.“Congress used to set politics aside after major disasters and help victims in their time of need. Partisan infighting won’t rebuild a single home or school. It’s time we pass an emergency supplemental bill that includes funding for all disaster victims.”President Donald Trump has said he does not want to provide any aid to Puerto Rico beyond the money for food stamps. Trump called the leaders of Puerto “incompetent and corrupt” and made statements that are factually incorrect, The New York Times reported.Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at jhagstrom@njdc.comFollow him on Twitter @hagstromreport(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_img SharePrint Related By: Lackey – Annie Love (Love)Lackey Annie LoveWhat do the inventor of the Geocoin, one of the oldest cities in the world and a night time cycling tour have in common? They are all aspects of a unique Mega-Event known as Geocoinfest. Geocoinfest Lisboa 2012 (GC3N1YQ) takes place in just about three weeks in the capital of Portugal. It promises to be an exciting event and I’m thrilled to get the opportunity to attend.This will be my fifth Geocoinfest Mega-Event I’ve attended and yet another opportunity to connect with the amazing community. I enjoy working with geocachers and Geocoins every day as part of my work at Groundspeak. I’m privileged to attend this event with my coworker Jon Stanley (Moun10bike), who plans to bring the very first Geocoin for all to discover.Geocoins add a fascinating element to the game of geocaching for me and many others.  Beautiful designs, unique icons, and the stories and pictures they collect as they move from cache to cache, or as they’re discovered in private collections, provide a fun experience for enthusiasts everywhere.  I love walking around Geocoinfest events and seeing geocachers showing off the pride and joy of their personal collections to new friends and old.  It always reminds me that the task of generating tracking codes (the unique set of numbers and letters that identify each Geocoin) at Groundspeak HQ  has such a greater meaning than I realize on a day-to-day basis.[vsw id=”IFybmekFhHQ” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]A dedicated event committee of over 50 Portuguese geocachers came together to organize this amazing event for Geocoin fans and collectors in a short amount of time. The committee is divided into eleven groups that cover the individual pieces that make up the Mega-Event.  One of these organizers, António Casimiro (Acasim), explained that “A Geocoinfest event is a special Mega-Event, a themed event related to Geocoins. But in reality it is much more than that. It’s a gathering of people from many different countries, an opportunity to meet some Groundspeak Lackeys, famous Geocoin designers and producers, and many many Geocoin collectors and geocachers in general, who often carry their Geocoin collections to show around or to trade at the event.”Along with viewing the latest and greatest Geocoin designs, I’m hoping to enjoy some of those other aspects involved with the event. Music, games, a flashmob, tasting local wines, attending an evening bicycle tour of Lisbon to discover the city, and of course finding geocaches! The organizers have done an amazing job putting the event together and I personally can’t wait to see their efforts in person.Silva provides some great tips for those interested in attending the 2012 European Geocoinfest:– Book travel and hotel as soon as possible, to get better prices (accommodation pointers are provided on the event website)– Add your “will attend” log and register for the event, providing the requested information– Look at the provided program and prepare your own schedule, to make the best possible use of time– Periodically look at the event web site for news and updates– Contact the organization in case you have any questions — everyone will do their best to help you!Find more details for planning on the official event website.  If you can’t make it to the European Geocoinfest,  the annual US event (GC2XW58)  is in the U.S. state of Colorado this October. Geocoinfest U.S. 2012 offers a similar experience in North America. Check out the official Geocoinfest U.S. 2012 website and register here. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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first_imgA happy mini-cacher making the find. Photo by geocacher Fee&meGeocaching can be a bit like searching for hidden treasure. For instance, just like having an X on a map, we have satellites that tell us exactly where the “booty” is hidden. And just like a treasure chest filled with gold doubloons, we have ammo cans that are filled with…Well maybe that’s a bad analogy. Anyway, it’s no secret that geocachers have a certain affinity for seafaring, treasure-hunting, patch-and-parrot-adorned pirates—so finding a pirate-themed geocache like this week’s Geocache of the Week should be on every geocacher’s to-do list.Geocacher Nashuan‘s first geocache, creatively named Nashuan’s First Cache (GC1D56C), is an extraordinary pirate-themed geocache located in New Hampshire, USA. While this is a two-stage multi-cache, the difficulty and terrain ratings are only 1.5, so the journey shouldn’t be too taxing. However, be sure to pay attention to the geocache description—without it, you’ll be left locked out of the geocache.The pirates trying to figure out how to access the booty. Photo by Frau PotterOnce you’ve arrived at the final location and unlocked the final stage, this geocache shows the true reason why it’s being awarded Geocache of the Week. You unveil the scene of, “Captain Jack, his first mate Arthur and his second mate Nate in the dungeon of the Castle Waltraud; trying to get into the treasure room in search of gold doubloon sig. item coins that they can use to place in caches throughout the area.” The scene is complete with a goblet that tilts down to reveal travel bugs and a leather-bound logbook.The geocachers who have earned their smiley on this geocache agree: the craftsmanship and creativity that went into creating this geocache is incredible. In a recent trip to the area, Geocaching HQ staffer Frau Potter had the opportunity to find this geocache. In her log, she writes, “Wow! I have found many geocaches. This one is near the top of the heap. The kids were delighted since they are often disappointed that other geocaches don’t have “treasure”. It was a dream come true to find the “x” marks the spot. Thanks to the cache owner got the great effort it took to construct and maintain this one. You sure set a high standard for others.”For a closer look at the geocache and how it was made, check out this video Nashuan made of the creation process:  (Warning: Spoiler Alert)We’re continually blown away by geocachers who push the limits of creativity with the geocaches they publish. What geocacher has hidden geocaches that totally blow your mind? Let us know in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to pr@geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedCelebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day — Pirate’s Quest Stolen Treasure (GC28T4Y) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 18, 2013In “Community”When a geocache is more like a theme park. — Dead Men Tell No Tales (GC46ZT4) — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 29, 2014In “Community”Geocaching with Zorro – A Literary ChallengeMarch 21, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

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first_imgLooking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Roundup: Back to Basics with Essential Camera MovementsTips for Directing and Acting (At the Same Time)Learning How to Edit While You Shoot9 Things You Should Check Before Recording Audio7 Things All Video Professionals Should Share with Clients Fading to black is the smoothest dissolve transition there is. But it’s good for more than just endings. Let’s take a look at what this classic move can do.Cover image via #000000.If you read any editing textbook, you’ll learn that editing should be invisible. If an editor has done their job correctly, the work will go unnoticed. It’s only when we see jarring cuts that we lose the sense of immersion. The moment the audience becomes aware of the cut is the moment you’ve failed.In the book In The Blink of an Eye, Walter Murch argues that editing should proceed with natural human reaction. For example, if an action takes place offscreen, and the character looks at the noise, we should cut to the action just like we would turn our heads. If a character slides a hidden note to our protagonist, we should cut to a close-up of the note. Yet, fading out to black (or white) is seemingly unnatural. Other than falling asleep (or passing out), when else do we see something fade to black?. By fading a scene to black, we are pulling the audience out of the film, so why does it work so well?In an interview with FilmSound.Org, Kiran Ganti asks veteran editor Walter Murch if, during a transition, editors are trying to make the audience aware that it’s happening?Yes. At the level of a cut from shot to shot, the transition is either below consciousness, as in the classic American School of editing which tries to hide the cut, or it is made conscious, as in the Soviet School. In that sense, Soviet-style cuts are mini-transitions, American-style cuts are not. My tendency, as I think is the case with most editors today, is to fall somewhere in the middle. We realize that there are moments when it is better to emphasize the cut. And then there are moments in the same film where we want to make the cut almost imperceptible like butter as the phrase goes.When To Fade OutImage via Kozlik.In part, the fade to black, or dissolve to black (since it’s technically a dissolve to a black matte) also works so well because it’s an unequivocal theater throwback. In theater, a fade-out/fade-down (which, again, is also called a fade-to-black), occurs when the lights gradually fade until the stage is in complete darkness. In a practical sense, this is when the crew changes the set and the actors change costumes. But in a metaphorical and narrative sense, the fade-to-black concludes the entire scene. And in essence, that’s what this classic move is in filmmaking: the visual conclusion of a chapter.As with most aspects of filmmaking, there’s no set way to do one thing. However, the fade-to-black transition tends to work best in the following circumstances:Fading from the end of a theme to the beginning of another.Fading from one character’s narrative to another.Fading into a later date.If you were to fade out from a family dinner scene, which lacks a definitive thematic ending, to a scene later on in the night (in the same location), the transition wouldn’t feel natural.We can see these principles in action in any blockbuster trailer, such as the following.We see two dozen fade-ins and -outs during the trailer — quite often from clip to clip. However, each fade-out or fade-in adheres to the principles we discusssed above. Scenes that look chronologically close to one another are cut together, yet scenes that take place at different times or in different locations get a fade-out. These are recognized cinematic traits; they tell us that we are transitioning to a later moment in the story — either thematically, temporally, or geographically.Since this article is addressing the basics of the fade-to-black transition, let’s touch on a few ways to include them using popular NLEs. There are many ways to do this, but here are a couple of examples.Premiere ProExpand the thumbnail height, use the Pen Tool (P) to create two opacity keyframes, and lower the further keyframe to 0% opacity.OrOpen the effects panel, and drag the Dip to Black transition to the end of your clip.Note: if you use the transition preset, it will also affect the adjacent clip by fading it from black. To only affect one clip, you must make sure there is at least a 1-frame space.DaVinci ResolveDrag the white handles at the beginning and end of every clip. This will create a fade-in or -out, with a duration determined by how far you’ve brought the handles in.OrUse the Dip to Color video transition. However, this transition requires the user to fully implement the parameters of the transition in the inspector panel. This is great for further customization but not so great for a fast-and-easy fade-to-black.last_img read more

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first_imgYou have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast, as the name implies, is to break the fast between dinner and lunch. It is well-established that starting the day with a wholesome breakfast can benefit everyone. If you have type 2 diabetes (T2D), breakfast is necessary and it can have real benefits. Do you think that skipping breakfast can help manage your blood glucose better? Researchers say the opposite is true. In a study, 22 people who controlled their T2D with diet alone or diet plus metformin were studied on two different days. On one, they ate three identical meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. On the other, they ate only lunch and dinner. On the days they skipped breakfast, their peak blood glucose was 36.8 per cent higher after lunch and 26.6 per cent higher after dinner than on the days they ate breakfast. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAnother study highlighted that a high-energy intake breakfast of around 700 kcals (vs a low energy breakfast of 200 kcals) decreased the overall high blood sugar (hyperglycaemia) in T2D patients over the entire day. It has been established that better management of blood sugar has been associated with preventing complications of diabetes. Regular consumption of breakfast is potentially important for preventing T2D. A recent study tested 17 healthy adults on three separate days: Once when they skipped breakfast, once when they had three regular meals and once when they skipped dinner. Skipping breakfast led to higher glucose concentrations after lunch than skipping dinner. The key to a healthy morning meal is to choose a variety of foods to get a balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fats and other nutrients like vitamins and minerals — along with the much-needed fibre that helps manage blood-sugar levels. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Here are some options to consider: Whole grains: Oatmeal, muesli with no added sugar, wheat flakes with added bran, whole-wheat daliya/chapatti/khakhra/paratha/ bread, whole grain millet (ragi, jowar, bajra) preparations. Whole grains are a good source of carbohydrates (including fibre), vitamins and minerals. Dairy: Use non-fat or low-fat milk instead of whole milk. If you don’t drink milk, try non-dairy milk alternatives like soy, almond, coconut milk, etc. Choose plain rather than sweetened versions. Fruits and vegetables: Fresh fruit is a great addition to any breakfast given that they provide fibre, vitamins and minerals. However, limit fruit juice. Vegetables (like carrot, French beans, capsicum, leafy greens like palak, methi, etc.) can be added to all the traditional breakfast foods. Lean protein: Protein foods may help control hunger, manage blood sugar and maintain lean body mass; so include protein at breakfast. Sources of protein include low fat milk/curd/yoghurt/paneer/cottage cheese, eggs, tofu, whole pulses like moong, channa, vatana, rajma, among others, and split pulses, which are all the dals. Healthy fat: Fat can help you feel full but it is important to choose wisely. Go for nuts and seeds, avocados, among others in small to moderate mounts.last_img read more

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