Manchester City are a ‘wounded animal’, warns West Ham midfielder

first_img1 Manchester City West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate has warned his team-mates they must be prepared to face a ‘wounded animal’ when they play a disheartened Manchester City side on Sunday.The Premier League champions have seen any dreams of a title defence shattered in recent weeks and may have to turn their attentions instead to fending off Liverpool’s attempts to usurp them in the race for Champions League qualification.Manuel Pellegrini’s side have four defeats in their last six games, including a crushing 4-2 defeat in the Manchester derby on Sunday, but Kouyate issued a reminder of who the Hammers’ opposition is in Sunday’s encounter.“Anything is possible in football, but we mustn’t forget who we are up against. They are a wounded animal because they need points so they have to wake themselves up to win,” the Senegalese international told“A team like Manchester City can’t afford to make mistakes, so for us it’s a good time to face them, but we mustn’t underestimate them, there’s life in them yet.”West Ham have experienced their own malaise in recent months with just one win in all competitions since January, but Kouyate insists the incentive is just as strong for the Hammers to cement their position in the Premier League’s top half.He added: “We need the points as well, because we want to remain in the top 10. It is not going to be easy because we will be up against one of the best teams in the country and last year’s champions of England.“If we are going to get anything there, we have to enjoy it and really play as a team and work as a team.”talkSPORT will bring you live and exclusive coverage of Manchester City against West Ham this Sunday from 1.30pm.last_img read more

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O Beautiful for Amber Waves of Fossils

first_imgStriking examples of life encased in fossil tree sap open eyes on creation vs evolution.Lizards, geckos and chameleons entombed in amber were reported in Science Advances recently. Images and information about the “dinosaur-era” creatures were reported by the BBC News, New Scientist and PhysOrg. The world’s oldest chameleom had a catapulting tongue already in place. The geckos also had their adhesive toe pads in the mid-Cretaceous, “suggesting the gecko’s climbing lifestyle evolved much earlier than thought.” The BBC calls the chameleon a missing link, but at 80 million years older than the next oldest fossil chameleon, it “significantly pushes back the origins of the group and challenges long-held views that chameleons got their start in Africa,” PhysOrg says. The amber pieces are from Myanmar in Asia.The specimens were collected decades ago and put into museum drawers. They are just now being analyzed. With modern CT scan techniques, the scientists can generate 3-D models of the animals to examine their anatomy in detail. Another PhysOrg talks about a new micro-CT scanner that is allowing scientists to view the insides of fossils, even tiny ones, with exceptional detail without destroying the rock. Details of a frog’s nervous system can be imagined with this newly-adapted technology.Other Burmese amber samples from Myanmar reveal new details about ants. “Ants were socializing — and sparring — nearly 100 million years ago,” Science Daily reports about the Cretaceous fossils. Though dead and immobilized in the amber, scientists infer that ants were social way back then, as they are now. This particular species, outfitted with large fighting jaws, is no longer extant. Termites have also been found in the amber. A press release from the American Museum of Natural History also discusses the fossils, playing up the “evolution of eusociality” angle (which, if it already existed in the Cretaceous, says nothing about how it evolved). Even though the ants and termites look different from living species, “Eusociality was going strong in both groups during the Cretaceous,” the scientists surmise.The findings were published in Current Biology (#1) and Current Biology (#2). The record for oldest termite previously was 17 million years; the amber fossils push them back 83 million years into the Cretaceous (100 Ma.), yet they already had a well-developed caste system. “These discoveries demonstrate the Mesozoic antiquity of specialized termite caste systems and corroborate that among all social species, termites probably had the original societies,” the abstract says. Both the ants and termites are labeled “basal” by the paleontologists, but what were their ancestors? If they already looked like termites and ants, and already had their characteristic caste systems, whatever is “basal” had to be further back and remains undiscovered.One other critter was reported in Burmese amber. Science Daily says that a microwhip scorpion was found, the first from the Mesozoic (also about 100 million years old). Though 97 million years older than the next oldest fossil of this order, it looks pretty much the same. “Because it looks so similar to other microwhip scorpions still found today, it most probably shared the same habitat and preferences as its modern-day kin.” No evolution here for 100 million years.Extinction is not evolution. Where is the ancestry? There was a lot more diversity in the past in many groups. O, the word games these evolutionists play! Calling something “basal” does not make it primitive. It does not demonstrate ancestry. These were full-fledged ants, termites, chameleons, lizards and geckos that had all the representative equipment of their species, even if they looked slightly different. The ants and termites had division of labor and eusociality already. Why talk of the “evolution of eusociality”?These samples are not 100 million years old. They are only assigned that age to keep Charlie from getting embarrassed, because he needs the time. But they can’t even keep their own story straight. Over and over, we see them surprised that things “evolved much earlier than thought.” The only ones who thought that are evolutionists. (Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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South African invests R7bn in ports, ocean economy

first_img9 March 2016Transnet National Ports Authority has allocated R7-billion to build new port facilities to grow South Africa’s ocean economy.Already, 200 jobs had been created in new port facilities. Over the last 12 months, existing ports had been refurbished and maintained, the Economic Sectors, Employment and Infrastructure Development cluster said yesterday.The cluster held a media briefing in Cape Town on Tuesday, 8 March, which was chaired by Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti. The cluster said work to grow the ocean economy was gaining momentum.Oil and gas hubs“Through the public-private partnership to establish Saldanha Bay as an oil and gas hub, an investment of R9.2-billion has been realised, which will be utilised over the next five years,” Nkwinti explained.“With 14 licences issued for oil and gas exploration, drilling of two exploration wells for potential oil and gas finds will take place along the South African coast. The investment in gas infrastructure has commenced and will contribute to energy security.”Work on the offshore supply base has started, which will lead to Saldanha Bay attracting oil rigs for maintenance and repair. This will create secondary job opportunities for surrounding communities.Boatbuilding infrastructureThe boat-building sector had been revitalised, according to the cluster, leading to 500 direct jobs and 3 000 indirect jobs.The Port of Durban in #SouthAfrica is Sub-Saharan #Africa‘s largest port. Credit: CNN— African Biz Central (@AfriBizCentral) June 21, 2015Nkwinti clarified that “an amount of R353-million over the next three years has already been unlocked in the ports of Durban and Cape Town for boat-building infrastructure through incentives provided by government.“Further investments in boat building – catamaran production, workboat ferries for the navy, two offshore mining vessels and tugboats for the ports authority – and a fuel storage facility amount to approximately R3.6-billion.”Transnet National Ports Authority to spend R800m on security upgrades, starting in Durban— BDlive (@BDliveSA) February 16, 2016Port rehabilitation and maintenanceFor the 2016/17 financial year, R80-million has been allocated for the rehabilitation and maintenance of proclaimed harbours in Gansbaai, Saldanha Bay, Struisbaai, Gordons Bay and Lamberts Bay, as well the establishment of three new harbours in Boegoebaai in Northern Cape, Port St Johns in Eastern Cape and Hibberdene in KwaZulu-Natal. This will provide opportunities for local and rural economic development.AquacultureThe aquaculture sector has unlocked investments of more than R400-million across 10 aquaculture farms, which are already in production.In Hamburg, in Eastern Cape, the first harvest of dusky kob (kabeljou) has been realised, where the Siyazama Aquaculture Co-operative has sold its first harvest of the fish to the Cape Town Fish Market at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.The cluster said the expansion of aquaculture projects to inland and other coastal areas in support of SMMEs will create 3 200 jobs and contribute R500- million to the gross domestic product over the next year.The first two bulk carrier vessels have been registered in Port Elizabeth, and a third tanker in Cape Town, providing opportunities for South African cadets (trainees) boarding these vessels.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

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Facebook: Again, We’re Not Doing a “Facebook Phone”

first_imgsarah perez Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Facebook#mobile#news#NYT#web New rumors about a Facebook-branded phone resurfaced this week. Again, Facebook has shot them down. According to multiplepublications, mobile manufacturer HTC was readying either one or two so-called Facebook phones for launch at next month’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. The smartphones would be the first to display Facebook’s branding and colors, and would offer deep integration with Facebook services.What Was the Rumor?Both BGR and City A.M. published rumors about the upcoming phones, with some hazy details on what the devices would offer. In BGR’s case, the source was a tipster who served on a recent focus group for what he or she believed was a “Facebook phone.” Based on the questions asked during the focus group session, BGR believed the new phone would offer always-on GPS and possibly automatic check-ins, location-aware coupons for Facebook Deals, a ticker-style message notification system on the device’s homescreen and more.City A.M. offered a similar report, noting that the tweaked version of Android on the phones will prominently display Facebook News Feed messages on the homescreen. It would also have integration with Facebook contacts, letting you call or email friends using the contact information they’ve stored on Facebook. City A.M. also identified the manufacturer as HTC.But a Reuters news report from today has squashed these Facebook phone rumors…. yet again. (This isn’t the first time we’ve heard reports of a Facebook-branded device, actually. But last time, the manufacturer was unknown). According to a statement made by Dan Rose, head of business development at Facebook, at a company event in London, “the rumors around there being something more to this HTC device are overblown,” he said. He also flatly denied the phones would support Facebook branding.But HTC is Doing Its Own Facebook Phone?So, wait. Rewind. HTC is launching a phone (or phones) featuring deep Facebook integration?Apparently so. “This is really just another example of a manufacturer who has taken our public APIs (application programing interfaces) and integrated them into their device in an interesting way,” Rose said, which essentially confirms that this device (or devices) do exist and that HTC is behind them.But you just can’t call it a “Facebook phone” because Facebook didn’t make the phone itself. And it’s not blue. And there’s no Facebook logo on it.The phones, the earlier reports say, will be unveiled next month. And both the older and newer reports say that two top-level Facebook engineers, Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos, are involved. We’ll have to wait until next month to find out what the truth is, it seems.center_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

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How Editor Paul Machliss Cut Baby Driver in Real Time on Location

first_imgDive into the real time production and post-production workflow of this tightly synced film.Top image via Paul Machliss / Avid.Editor Paul Machliss, ACE has cut some of the most ambitious film and television projects. Most recently, he cut the hit musical thriller Baby Driver.Image via TJ Maher.My brother and I were fortunate enough to stumble upon Machliss’s presentation at NAB 2017 at the Avid booth. He discussed Baby Driver being the most difficult edit he’s ever had to manage. He also talked about his previous experiences working with director Edgar Wright on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The World’s End, and Spaced. You may also recognize his comedic editing style from other television series, like The IT Crowd.Cutting Baby Driver on SetThere’s a very good chance you’ve already heard plenty about Baby Driver and the film’s rave reviews. If not, here’s a look at the trailer.The film follows the story of a getaway driver, Baby. The main thing to note is that Baby has tinnitus, and to cancel out the hum in his ears, he is constantly listening to music. Thus the birth of an action film set to the soundtrack of the main character’s collection of iPods and mixtapes.That means the film is constantly set to the music, and much of the action unfolds to musical cues. In Paul Machliss’s presentation, he immediately came out and said “that [Baby Driver] was the hardest job I’ve ever worked as an editor.”Image via Working Title Films.While describing the film, he mentioned that Baby’s “life becomes regimented by music. That, he always seems to have the right track for the right mood.”The music “helps set everything up . . . We had to clear all the tracks first, because we only knew these scenes would only work with these songs. And of course the beauty of it, all the music is commercial . . . It’s commercial music roughly over a 40 year period.”Image via Working Title Films.As for the choreographed musical style of the film, Machliss is quick to comment that Wright had a very distinct vision that didn’t wait for audio cues; action would naturally fall to the beat: “I wouldn’t say it’s a musical, it’s a film full of music. But the integration of the two is quite unique.”The goal was “not make it feel like a musical where everything is heavily choreographed. We didn’t want you to notice that someone puts a bottle down on a chair. It may happen to be on the beat, but we don’t want you to think we are waiting for that moment.”Image via Paul Machliss / Avid.The distance between production and post-production on the film was seemingly non-existent: “Baby Driver is probably the ultimate expression of the way Edgar and I work together. Built from some reshoots we did on Scott Pilgrim, then to The World’s End we put together a lot of the action scenes together with me on set. To this film, where actually Edgar saying ‘Yeah, you know I think I might want you out there everyday’ basically…”For the film to work just right, Machliss had to be on set editing to verify that the timing of each shot was perfect: “To make it work you had to sort of be there at the moment of creation . . . I was there every day of every moment of every take. Edgar would do a take and yell ‘Cut!’ and then from the other side of the set go ‘How was that Paul?’ . . . and sort of wait until you went . . . ‘Yes it’s good.’ Then he felt he could move on. The advantage, of course being, we knew that six months down the line we weren’t gonna go ‘Ugh, we missed a trick here,’ ‘This didn’t work.’”Image via Paul Machliss / Avid.To keep up with the production, Machliss had to be mobile and fast. He managed to put together an editing cart, pictured above: “This was the edit cart, basically, which was loaned to me by the sound department when we very quickly learned that I had to be absolutely mobile.”The cart is pretty bare bones — a MacBook Pro, some external hard drives, “[Avid] Media Composer with an A-grade monitor which doubled either as a second screen for Media Composer, or as a full screen in its own right when Edgar wanted to come over and say ‘How does that look?’” Also, take note of the keyboard in the picture above. You’ll see it again once production wraps.If you look at the monitor on the cart, you’ll notice the film’s storyboards embedded in the edit. That’s because nearly every sequence underwent meticulous calculation in pre-production to properly sync the action and music. As Machliss recalled, “I had the storyboards running on a lower video layer, because . . . it’s very important to realize in things like this, you can’t do a shot that slightly runs over. Normally you go, ‘Oh, ok, the shot’s about a second longer,’ but when you start to put it together and you start to realize ‘Oh I’m now two and a half seconds out from the music track’ that becomes a problem.”Image via Paul Machliss / Avid.Since this film’s protagonist is a getaway driver, that meant Machliss would have to take his editing bay on the road: “Roadside editing, you know, this is anywhere, anytime basically. This was for a climactic chase sequence, and you could literally wheel it out of the main truck and be ready for Edgar in minutes.”In a unique setup, Machliss also found himself riding on the back of a process trailer editing the car conversations being shot behind him.Images via Paul Machliss / Avid.“Edgar said, ‘We’re filming on the road, I’d like you to be with me editing as we’re filming’ . . . So basically, we lashed up to an apple crate . . . and on this particular day, this is how it worked.”Image via Paul Machliss / Avid.“This was editing quite literally on the fly. Edgar sitting next to me yelling ‘Cut,’ I could immediately grab the shot from video assist, and we’d put this little sequence together exactly in this manner.”By the end of production, Machliss’s gear was worn by the elements. Remember the keyboard?Image via Paul Machliss / Avid.“This was the keyboard after we had taken it out on location after 15 weeks. Once we wrapped on this . . . I took it home . . . and framed it. It’s on the wall, retired. It’s the keyboard that did Baby Driver and nothing else.”You can watch Paul Machliss’s entire presentation on Avid’s website.Edit in the Style of Edgar Wright FilmsWant to follow in Paul Machliss’s steps and cut your own Edgar Wright-style films? Check out these video tutorials.Create Audio Swell TransitionsThis tutorial will show you how to manipulate SFX to build anticipation for the next shot. You can read more about the technique in this article from RocketStock.Create Custom Swipe Transitions in Premiere ProMuch like the transitions used in Scott Pilgrim and Hot Fuzz, you can easily create custom swipe transitions in Premiere Pro with some simple masking and keyframes. You can read more about the process here.Visual Comedy in the Style of Edgar WrightThis classic Every Film a Painting episode dissects Edgar Wright’s knack for visual comedy. A great video essay to help inspire better storytelling through editing tricks and transitions.Cut on Avid Media Composer FirstReally want to edit like Paul Machliss? You now have access to a free copy of Avid with Media Composer First. You can read more about the program in our review. Download it and take it for a spin.Have you ever edited in real time? 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10 months agoReally? Man Utd player claims ‘90%’ of squad AGAINST Mourinho

first_imgReally? Man Utd player claims ‘90%’ of squad AGAINST Mourinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA senior player says Jose Mourinho has lost “90 per cent” of the Manchester United locker room, it has been claimed.The Sun says backroom staff who have fallen out with the Portuguese boss are confident they will outlast him at the club.Mourinho branded Paul Pogba a “virus” infecting the dressing room after United drew 2-2 at Southampton two weeks ago.Yet one star seen as loyal to Mourinho is said to have told pals following the Saints game that 90 per cent of the squad no longer back the manager.And morale is believed to have fallen so far since then there are fears United could get a hiding at Liverpool.One member of staff who had a run-in with the manager is reported as saying: “I’ll be here long after he’s gone.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoDONE DEAL: Barnsley sign Fulham striker Cauley Woodrow

first_imgDONE DEAL: Barnsley sign Fulham striker Cauley Woodrowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarnsley have signed Fulham striker Cauley Woodrow on loan until January, when the deal will become permanent.The 23-year-old scored eight times in 54 league appearances for the Craven Cottage side.The former England Under-21 international also had loan spells with Southend, Burton and Bristol City.Woodrow, who could make his debut against Scunthorpe on Saturday, will replace Tom Bradshaw after he joined Millwall on Thursday. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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5-Star LB/DE Erick Fowler Flips From LSU To Texas

first_imgErick Fowler flips his commitment from LSU to Texas.Erick FowlerIt’s possible that no one will have a better National Signing Day than the Texas Longhorns. Charlie Strong already has several four-star commitments in the fold, and Manor (Tex.) five-star linebacker/defensive end Erick Fowler just flipped his commitment to UT after being pledged to LSU since June 2015. Reporter Victor Diaz is on the scene at Fowler’s announcement ceremony and has video. Manor’s Erick Fowler chooses #UT. Big get for the Longhorns.— Victor Diaz (@VictorOchoDiaz) February 3, 2016Manor is the No. 7 outside linebacker in the 2016 class according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.last_img read more

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Port Henderson Road Works to be Completed May

first_imgRepair work being undertaken along the Port Henderson Road in Portmore, St. Catherine should be completed within the next six to eight weeks.Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, made the disclosure during a tour of the area on Wednesday, March 20.The Port Henderson roadway, which is a major link between Spanish Town and Portmore, was damaged by floodwaters associated with Tropical Storm Nicole in 2010.The works being undertaken include reinstating the roadway, training of the Rio Cobre river and the bonding of the river bank to minimise erosion. Mr. Azan said just under $100 million has been spent on the project to date.He explained that while the road was closed, motorists were using a side road “and we have taken the decision that we would just repair it under this project.”The Minister, who toured several areas in the parish, was accompanied by Communications Manager, National Works Agency (NWA), Stephen Shaw and other Ministry personnel.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Buckeyes hold tight grip on No 1 seed but 3 remaining top

While it’s clear the Ohio State men’s basketball team (24-0, 11-0 Big Ten) is a front-runner for the NCAA Tournament’s top seed, there’s still much debate about who will get the three remaining No. 1 spots. The Big East, arguably the nation’s deepest and most competitive conference, has seven teams ranked No. 16 or better in The Associated Press‘ Top 25 poll. According to CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm, six of those teams are still in the running for a No. 1 seed in the big dance. “You got three spots up for grabs and nine teams that could grab it still,” Palm told The Lantern. “Maybe more than nine, because you probably got half a dozen in the Big East alone.” Fourth-ranked Pittsburgh (22-2), No. 8 Notre Dame (19-4), No. 9 Villanova (19-4), No. 10 Connecticut (18-4), No. 11 Georgetown (18-5) and No. 12 Syracuse (20-4) can all win their way to the top of a regional bracket, Palm said. “You got half a dozen teams that are capable of playing at that level and making the kind of run that it would take,” Palm said. “In my bracket, I have six Big East teams in the top 13.” Pittsburgh’s road to a No. 1 seed got a little harder after its leading scorer Ashton Gibbs injured his left knee in Saturday’s win against Cincinnati. The 6-foot-2 junior guard is averaging 16.3 points per game while shooting 46.3 percent from 3-point range. He’s expected to miss up to two weeks. However, Gibbs’ absence didn’t stop the Panthers from beating West Virginia on the road in their “Backyard Brawl” rivalry game, 71-66, on Monday. Big 12 teams Kansas (23-1) and Texas (20-3) hold the No. 2 and No. 3 ranks, respectively. Palm said while Kansas is the least accomplished team in the top four, it still deserves its ranking. Texas has already beaten Kansas in their only scheduled meeting of the season Jan. 22, though they may meet again in the conference tournament. If they do, it’s possible that a No. 1 tournament seed will be on the line, along with a Big 12 Championship. Fifth-ranked Duke also remains in the running for a top seed, and has a favorable schedule ahead. The Blue Devils don’t play another ranked team until North Carolina on March 5, their last game of the regular season. Palm said he doesn’t believe OSU will finish its regular season undefeated, but it would take a string of losses to cost the team a No. 1 seed. He pointed to Saturday’s road game at No. 13 Wisconsin (17-5, 7-3 Big Ten) and the Feb. 20 contest at No. 14 Purdue (19-5, 8-3 Big Ten) as the toughest games remaining on the Buckeyes’ schedule. OSU coach Thad Matta has never won a game at Wisconsin’s Kohl Center during his tenure at OSU, while Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan is 75-6 there in Big Ten play since he took over for the Badgers. But the Buckeyes have given their best performances against good oppositions, most notably against Florida, Minnesota, Illinois and Purdue. Matta’s players have said all season that they don’t feel the pressure associated with their No. 1 ranking. “To be honest I don’t think we really feel pressure at all because we don’t really talk about it as a team,” senior guard Jon Diebler said. “I think the coaches have done a great job at having that next-game mentality and focusing on the next game at hand.” Fifth-year senior forward David Lighty agreed. “When you start looking too far ahead, that’s when you lose sight of what’s in front of you,” he said, “and you end up losing.” read more

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