RelatedPosts Ramos penalty kick again wins it for Real Madrid Real Madrid close in on La Liga title as Ramos strike sinks Getafe UCL: Man City stun 10-man Real Madrid Sergio Ramos will appeal a fine by Spanish tax authorities for irregularities concerning his image rights between 2012 and 2014.The Real Madrid and Spanish international defender was fined one million euros according to El Mundo, while Ramos said he would contest the decision.In a statement, Ramos said a change in the law was to blame for the penalty.“I’m aware of all of my obligations to the Spanish Tax Agency,” said Ramos.“The Tax Agency notified me of a different settlement amount for me in the 2012-14 period after changing the criteria that they themselves had told me in previous years, a settlement which I have fully paid.“It is an administrative fine, not a criminal penalty.“Given my disagreement with the change of criteria from the Tax Agency and, I reiterate, given my payment has been made, I have exercised my right to appeal the agency’s decision.”Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and former Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo were both handed prison sentences and fined after being found guilty of tax fraud. However, neither served any jail time after agreeing to deals under Spanish laws.Tags: Sergio Ramos
Khemraj Shaffy, 49, of Lot 29 Hadfield Street, Lodge, Georgetown, was on Friday released on $10,000 bail by Magistrate Leron Daly, when he reappeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a threatening language charge.Shaffy pleaded guilty to the charge that was previously read to him. Initially, he had told the court that he was not aware of his actions based on the fact that he was intoxicated.The court heard that on June 3, 2018, the defendant used threatening language towards his neighbour, Basil Persaud, and had already been placed on a court bond to keep the peace.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield objected to bail being granted and informed the court that Shaffy was previously charged and placed on a bond to keep the peace for a similar matter.The matter will continue on June 22.
The NFL’s four-game preseason schedule doesn’t carry much value these days, but the month-plus leading up to the first regular-season game — the practices, scrimmages, press conferences, and conversations that surround those four close-to-meaningless games — carries plenty of worth.The preseason — the whole of it — is supposed to clarify a team’s scheme, depth chart, and (in some cases) aspirations for the upcoming season.But heading into the fourth, final, and least useful preseason game …
We were blown away by “Skills” an impressive seamless design project. Learn some animation tips/tricks from the motion designer behind it.Seamless design (animated objects transitioning into one another without any visible cuts) can be as impressive visually as it is challenging to create. Due to complex projects, slow computers, and multiple artists, we aren’t always able to create an entire scene in just one composition, or at least not easily. As a result, we are forced to look at a project as small elements that make up a whole composition with actions and reactions woven together to make interesting design.Good designers know this and are able to blend small elements together to create a seamless design. The trick is in hiding the cuts. One such example is the demo reel/teaser trailer I recently came across online called Skills. If you haven’t seen it yet here it is:Skills is a great example of blending multiple elements together to create a seamless design. Motion designer Marc Urtasun used a wide variety of programs to achieve this awesome animation including Cinema4D, After Effects, and Vray. The thing that mesmerized me was the way in which objects seemed to “flow” together, playing off shared shapes.Now it’s one thing to recognize common shapes shared between say a spray can and a skateboard, it’s an entirely different thing to actually sit down and animate it. How would you even begin going about animating something like that? The following video created by Marc gives us some insight into how ‘Skills’ was created. Notice in the video, an extensive the research and development portion of the project is. Pre-production isn’t just for live-action projects. In fact, in a lot of ways pre-production is more important when doing motion graphics work.While this video provides great background into the process, we wanted a little more info about how Skills was created. We asked Marc a few questions and he was kind enough to hit us back with the answers:Q: How did you begin conceptualizing the design for “Skills”?I wanted to create something new with references to artists that I admire, and of course, learn new things. There’s a video from Plenty.tv that caught my attention that mixes different characters and I wanted to go further in this concept, but with a very different topic. Also, I wanted to mix motion graphics with a photorealistic render, because I really think that it transmits a powerful image.Q: Where did you learn how to use Cinema4D?I learned the basics in college. However, I learned the majority of Cinema 4D just on my own…and I am still learning everyday. I think the most important attribute for anyone looking to learn is interest and curiosity. There’s always something to learn or improve on, especially in 3D graphics and motion.Q: What other software programs did you use?I used Photoshop and Illustrator for designing, for video and postproduction I used Adobe Affects and some Final Cut.Q: What was the hardest part about creating “Skills”?The hardest part was the render and Vray. I never used Vray for C4D and I had had some technical problems which took me a while to solve. I had a ton of problems on this project and for that reason this project has helped me learn a lot. I found that the difficulties I encountered in this project actually helped me grow my skills! I also had difficulties with the microphone scene, namely the oscillatory motion.Q: How difficult was it to make the animation seamless?This depends a lot on the objects you are working with. You have to look at the shapes and similarities between objects. If you work with 3D I think it is much more difficult because the process becomes of the higher amount of detail. The kind of effect I incorporated is usually used with 2D or flat style, but the result when done in 3d is awesome. It was sometimes much easier than it seems because you can “cheat” the eyesight. Everything happens in only few seconds so the most important thing is that the design looks fluid. This method isn’t always the same so you have to adapt it to the object.Q: Do you have any tips for people looking to make seamless design?Morph static objects is more difficult than objects that are moving. Work on dynamic movements and take advantage of any move that can give fluidity. I based the project on the “Squash and stretch” principle of animation. With deforming and re-forming the object the animation becomes more fluid and it becomes easier replace the desired object. We have to take into account that each object is different, but a good way to practice is to try with basic objects.Q: Do you find it more difficult to create the animation or come up with the idea?In the case of Skills I have had total freedom for the creation process and I feel like I was able to express the concept I imagined. Because of that, I think I’ve had more difficulty with the animation process and placing all the objects one after another.You can check out more of Marc’s work on his Vimeo channel. Thanks for sharing your insight Marc!If you are interested in learning more about motion design check out the Premiumbeat Blog. We have hundreds of tutorials and articles dedicated to helping you become a better motion graphic designer.What did you think of skills? Have any questions for Marc? Have any seamless design you want to share? Share in the comments below.
Your pipeline looks rock solid. You’ve got five clients working their way towards a close. Even though you’re never absolutely certain you will win all of them, your confidence is high that you will win each of them. So your working your deals, as you should be.But as you work these deals through your pipeline, there are periods of time when there isn’t much happening. There are days where you don’t need to do anything. There are weeks between some meetings. These deals are in the middle of your sales process, and you are sitting on them like a mother hen, keeping them warm, making sure they hatch.But in the meantime, your pipeline is getting weaker.Your Future Results NowYour future results are being determined by the actions you take now. Today.It’s a mistake to go long periods of time without prospecting, without nurturing your dream clients, and without doing the work of building your future pipeline. You need to do the work that ensures that you win the clients you now have in process, but that doesn’t mean you can go without doing the work that provides you with new opportunities after you’ve won them.It’s an enormous mistake to stop prospecting because your pipeline is healthy right now. And it’s easy to let up on the most difficult part of selling when you feel that you have your number made.Wave after WaveMaking the mistake of letting up on prospecting because you have a good number of deals in your pipeline produces sporadic results. You have a good quarter, and then you go a couple quarters without putting up any numbers. Those empty quarters are the result of your not having done the work you needed to do two, three, or four quarters in the past.This is a recipe for missing your number. It’s a recipe for missed opportunities. And it’s one of the biggest mistakes you can make.You’re going to have some waves in your results anyway. It’s natural. Through no fault of your own, some deals don’t make it across the line. But you make the waves worse when you don’t do the work that would flatten out your results and keep you delivering successful quarter after successful quarter.You’re a good salesperson. But you could be a great salesperson. The difference is in what you do when there is nothing to do.QuestionsWhy do we resist doing the work we need to do when we have a strong pipeline?How much time do you really have for opportunity creating activities when you are working live deals?Are your results as consistent as you want them to be? Or are they sometimes sporadic?Is the cause of the variations in the result something you’re doing? What might you do differently?
OSU then-sophomore guard Asia Doss (20) defends during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern file photoOn Nov. 13, 2015, the OSU women’s basketball team opened its 2015-16 season with an 88-80 road loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Just over a year later, the Buckeyes will get a chance at revenge.OSU will host the Gamecocks on Monday in a battle between two of college basketball’s best. South Carolina currently sits at No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll with the Buckeyes close behind at No. 7.“We know we’re going to be in for a real battle,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said.Tipoff in Columbus will serve as the season opener for the Gamecocks. In its only exhibition match on Nov. 6, South Carolina downed Benedict College by a score of 120-49.A season ago, the Gamecocks went 33-2 with an 11-0 record on the road. The team’s only loss in the regular season came to the eventual-champion UConn Huskies at home, snapping South Carolina’s perfect 22-0 record. The Gamecocks also fell 80-72 to Syracuse in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament to end its season.South Carolina has lost seven players from last year’s team. Guards Khadijah Sessions, Tina Roy and Tiffany Mitchell, and forwards Sarah Imovbioh and Asia Dozier have graduated, and forwards Jatarie White and India Farmer have departed from the program as well.With the losses, South Carolina lost 37.7 points per game on offense, good for 47.9 percent of the team’s scoring a season ago.Despite the roster turnover, the Gamecocks still possess plenty of talent. Two of South Carolina’s top-three scorers from a season ago have returned. Junior forward A’ja Wilson led the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game and senior center Alaina Coates contributed 12.1 points and a team-high 10.3 rebounds per game.Three ESPN top-100 prospects have joined as true freshman. 5-foot-10 point guard Tyasha Harris (No. 28), 5-foot-6 point guard Araion Bradshaw (No. 33) and 6-foot-2 forward Mikiah Harrigan (No. 72) will join 5-foot-8 guard Victoria Patrick to form the Gamecocks’ talented new class.Former Kentucky forward Alexis Jennings, who put up 10 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Wildcats in 2015-16, has transferred into the program and will sit out the entirety of the 2016-17 season.“They have an absolutely loaded roster with talent,” McGuff said. “I have great respect for them.”The Buckeyes have no shortage of talent on its roster, either, and this year’s team figures to be in a more favorable position than a year ago.“We’ve got a little more depth,” McGuff said. “We’ve got a little more size and physicality around the basket.”In last season’s matchup between the two teams, the Buckeyes got 36 points from then-sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell and 23 from then-senior guard Ameryst Alston. The rest of the team combined for just 21 points.The main difference in the contest was the play of the bigs. Wilson led the Gamecocks with 20 points and 14 rebounds and Coates added 17 points and 13 boards. OSU got just eight points out of its forwards and center, but the group did grab 33 rebounds.The Buckeyes will now be able to balance the Gamecocks’ post play with the addition of redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga, who put up 15 points and 14 rebounds in OSU’s season opener against Duquesne.OSU looked like a much better all-around team against Duquesne than they did in its exhibition win over Ashland, but Mavunga knows the team must be even better to compete with South Carolina.“We need to still get better defensively and get better with rebounding,” Mavunga said. “We need to communicate a little bit more, but I think we’re headed towards the right direction.”The matchup itself is something that McGuff believes is a positive for women’s college basketball.“It’s a great opportunity and it’s great for our game,” McGuff said. “There needs to be more games like this in women’s basketball in November just to create some excitement.”Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. on Monday at Value City Arena.
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.”
Fans walk into Rose Bowl Stadium prior to the start of the Rose Bowl featuring Ohio State and Washington on Jan 1 in Pasadena, Calif. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor PASADENA, Calif. – The Ohio State Buckeyes faced off against the Washington Huskies in the 105th Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 1. Ohio State won 28-23. Photos by Casey Cascaldo
Liverpool will welcome offers for goalkeeper Loris Karius in the remainder of the European transfer windowThe German’s future at Anfield has been put into major doubt after Liverpool broke the bank to sign Alisson Becker from AS Roma following his high-profile mistakes in last season’s Champions League final.Now the Liverpool Echo reports that Jurgen Klopp is willing to consider any suitable offers for Karius, even though he didn’t initially plan to sell him or fellow shot-stopper Simon Mignolet.Turkish giants Besiktas are believed to be the front-runners for Karius’ signature.Although it will likely only be a season-long loan deal for the 25-year-old with the option of making the move permanent at the end of the season.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Karius himself recently admitted that his Liverpool future is in doubt following Alisson’s arrival.He said: “Of course (Alisson signing) that’s not perfect for me, but I cannot say much more about that either.“I do not know that (whether he will leave before the deadline). I cannot say what I’m doing right now, there’s still some time left.”Karius made 33 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions last season.
Julen Lopetegui is not a current option for the managerial vacancy at the Mexican national teamThe 52-year old coach is out of work following Monday’s dismissal from his post at Real Madrid after a poor start to the season.Reports in the Spanish press indicated that Lopetegui was being lined up for moves to Russian side Spartak Moscow and Mexico.But ESPN announced that the latter is definitely no option for Lopetegui at this stage after consulting the Mexican football federation (FMF).Furthermore, no contact has been made with Lopetegui whatsoever.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…El Tri have been managerless following Juan Carlos Osorio’s departure at the end of the World Cup.Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti has since been in charge of the national side on an interim basis, until a permanent successor is found.Outgoing Atlanta United manager Gerardo “El Tata” Martino is the favourite to succeed Osorio in the dugout.Despite his ill-fated tenure at Real though, Lopetegui had a successful stint at international level with Spain.He was undefeated in all of his 20 games in charge, which 14 of them were won, before June’s shocking dismissal just days before the World Cup following his appointment as Real manager.