SWANSEA City have sacked Bob Bradley after only 85 days in charge of the Premier League club.The 4-1 home defeat by West Ham on Boxing Day left Swansea four points adrift of safety in the Premier League.It was their seventh loss in 11 games since Bradley became the first American boss in the top flight after replacing Francesco Guidolin on October 3.He managed USA, Egypt and Stabaek in Norway before leaving Le Havre to succeed January appointment Guidolin.The club tweeted: “Swansea City can confirm that the club has parted company with manager Bob Bradley.”Swansea 1-4 West Ham: Bob Bradley says Swans are in a ‘rut’.At the time of Bradley’s arrival, Swansea were above the relegation zone only on goal difference.
Share with your Friends:More 4. Resolve to change a habit.If New Year’s Eve is the night to kick off a new personal health habit, then Earth Day should be the day that kicks off a habit that helps you be a better environmental guardian. Perhaps this means taking half the time to shower as you normally do, or considering the environmental impact of the production of the food you eat and making some changes.5. Retrieve your archived caches.This one’s a must. Maybe you archived your cache a few months back and haven’t had “a chance” to pick it up yet. Put away the guilt and GO PICK IT UP!6. Go outside.When’s a good time to go outside? After you’ve finished reading the last word of this article. Seriously. The more time you spend outdoors, the more you’ll understand why it’s important to care for our natural spaces. Invite a friend, the kids, or the dog for a walk. Breathe in and out. Ready, set, GO.Happy Earth Day everybody! There has never been a better day to care for the geocaching game board (our planet!) than today — regardless of whether you live somewhere that celebrates Earth Day. Take a moment to think about the most beautiful place you’ve ever gone geocaching. Got it? Now consider: will that place continue to exist without the efforts of people who care for it? How can you be one of those people?The answer may depend on the space you thought of and your situation in life. But here are six suggestions to jump-start your contributions this week…and beyond.1. Sign up for a CITO event this weekend.Not only is attending a Cache In, Trash Out (CITO) event a great way to give back to our planet, if you attend one this weekend you’ll also earn a souvenir for your geocaching profile. Find a CITO event near you. 2. Find an EarthCache near you.“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” said Nelson Mandela. What better way to heed his words than by finding an EarthCache and learning something new about a geological “cache” the earth has stored.3. Do some human-powered caching.If you normally drive a car when you go geocaching, think about how you could change things up to lower your ‘caching carbon footprint. Are there geocaches within walking or biking distance that you haven’t found? Maybe it’s time to figure out the public transit system and use it to find some city ‘caches. Think about finding some geocachers in your area and carpooling with them on geocaching trips! SharePrint RelatedGet Your CITO On this Weekend!April 20, 2014In “Cache In Trash Out”You’re Part of the CITO EquationMarch 17, 2014In “Cache In Trash Out”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 13, 2011April 13, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”
In this NLE showdown, we compare the text and title generators in Adobe Premiere Pro and DaVinci Resolve — and there’s a clear victor.Earlier this year, I attended London’s VidCon with Blackmagic to demonstrate Resolve to the passing youngsters — or as many companies view them, the customers of tomorrow. Both Adobe and Blackmagic had a presence at the convention to promote their software to the up-and-coming content creators. While many young creators care little about 12-bit footage and RAW, they do long for quirky text functions. As I hear every weekend from my ten-year-old nephew, “Uncle Lewis, can you make me an intro for my YouTube channel?”So, how does each program measure up when examining title generators, built-in text effects, and pre-made presets?Resolve TextI will openly admit that I don’t like how DaVinci Resolve handles text. This is from my write-up Is DaVinci Resolve’s Title Generator a Hit or a Miss?:I love Resolve. It is, after all, a world-class color grading application, and the designers have made massive improvements with the NLE’s capabilities in 12.5 and in 14. However, the title generator is only standard NLE quality, despite a great-looking UI. It is great for simple location introductions, or to fade the name of an interviewee in and out. But for anything that is slightly creative, you’re better off working with a dedicated motion-graphics compositor.My main frustrations involved trying to do anything creative with text in Resolve. For example, in the still below, I have two text layers (because you can’t change the font size of one line in a simple fashion). One using the standard text generator, and the other using Text+. I’m able to move “The Beat” freely by simply selecting the text within the timeline viewer itself and moving the text to a new position. The PremiumBeat text, however, isn’t as easy. I must first select the text, then activate the transform tool, then move the text.Text+, which builds the text from a Fusion source, rolled out with Resolve 15, adding a number of creative controls with how the text operates — from animating the text with a write-on effect to rotating the text in z-space. Text+ also offers a lot more design choices by allowing you to adjust the shading of the color and the properties of the appearance, such as making the font appear as just a text outline.However (and again) frustrations arise when you realize that not all individual parameters have a reset function for when using Text+. And, even if you were to click Ctrl-Z to undo the action, nothing happens. It will only undo movement and font changes.From having to click through several menus to change specific properties of the text, to the tedious process of having to select the text on the track before changing the position in the timeline monitor, it’s not a fun process. We can’t forget what is perhaps everyone’s main grievance with Resolve and its text: when choosing a font, you don’t see a preview of the font’s design. You have to scroll through each font manually. (A Blackmagic representative stated in the Resolve Facebook Usergroup that this will be changing in the future.)While I have grievances with the simple text elements in Resolve, several 3D and 2D title presets were included with the incorporation of Fusion, last year. With these new titles, you can quickly drag and drop pre-made 3D custom titles to spice up your footage. Perfect for the content creator on-the-go.2D example:3D example:However, it does appear as if these presets are hard-baked into the software; therefore, you can’t customize the properties outside of the color elements.Many Resolve functions adjust with sliders rather than numerical inputs. While this isn’t inherently a negative attribute, I do find that the sliders respond a little too extremely. The slightest movement to the right can increase the text by 100 percent when you only want to move it 5 percent.Premiere TextIt’s no surprise that the company behind Photoshop offers an excellent text function in their editing software. A few years back, they removed the “add text object” and added a type tool similar to Photoshop. Being able to hit a keyboard shortcut (T) as opposed to opening the effects library, finding the title generator, and placing it onto a track is a lot more organic. And, if we want to talk about fluidity, the ability to just click on the text to move it is effortless. Of course, being able to adjust the size, font, and color of two lines of text in a single text object is a godsend. In Resolve, both lines of text would require separate text objects.Unlike Resolve and After Effects, Premiere doesn’t offer any built-in 3D text presets. As such, you would need to import them from After Effects. However, (and again) unlike Resolve, you can apply a vast number of video effects to the text object in Premiere — from transitions to the video effects themselves. In Resolve, if I were to apply a glow effect to a fusion title, it freaks out. (Although, it’s essential to note that you can apply effects to Fusion titles, but it has to be on the fusion page and added with the fusion effects.)If there’s one thing about Resolve that irritates me more than the text tool, it’s how it handles keyframes on the edit page. Whether audio, video, or text, keyframes are adjusted on the clip itself by opening the keyframe panel on the track. In Premiere, we have a separate window within the effects controls, which makes the process smoother and more efficient when animating text properties such as size or rotation.I’ve been trying to conjure something snarky to say about the type tool in Premiere, but there’s nothing to be said. It’s a simple, useful tool that’s easy to use. I haven’t edited in Premiere for over two years now, and despite pressing every incorrect keyboard shortcut, I was able to apply and animate the text quickly and with ease.I love using Resolve, and I think it’s the very best in many areas, however, text isn’t one of them. Despite not having custom presets or 3D text applications, Premiere wins this round for the simplicity of its text.Lewis McGregor is a certified DaVinci Resolve trainer.Looking for more articles on film and video editing? Check these out.NLE Showdown: DaVinci Resolve vs. Adobe Premiere Pro — Processing PowerNLE Showdown: DaVinci Resolve vs. Adobe Premiere Pro — The CostThe Complete Video Editors Guide to Working with MusicDownload, Prep, and Import Song Stems to Your Favorite NLEIndustry Interview: Documentary Editor Aaron Wickenden
The ruling Congress and Opposition BJP in Rajasthan have started the exercise for identifying candidates for by-elections to two Assembly seats — Mandawa and Khinvsar — scheduled for October 21. After facing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the bypolls will be a challenge for the Congress, while the BJP pins its hopes on new State president Satish Poonia.The by-elections were necessitated after the sitting MLAs vacated the seats following their election to Lok Sabha. Mandawa MLA Narendra Khichar won as the BJP MP from Jhunjhunu, while Rashtriya Loktantrik Party MLA from Khinvsar, Hanuman Beniwal, won from Nagaur after his regional party entered into an alliance with the BJP and joined the NDA just before general elections.The candidates’ nominations can be filed till September 30 and the date for withdrawal of candidature will be October 3. After the polling on October 21, the results will be declared on October 24, according to the Election Commission.Impact on civic pollsThe by-elections are important for Congress because of their perceptible impact on the municipal polls due in November this year, for which the rival factions in the party wish to field their favourite candidates with the winning potential. Moreover, the party wants to send across a message of its effective governance even after its defeat at all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the State.For the BJP, the appointment of Mr. Poonia — a Jat leader with strong association with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh — as the party chief may help at the two Jat-dominated seats. The party is yet to make up its mind on entering into alliance with the RLP, though former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje may not play a major role in the candidates’ selection, unlike in the Lok Sabha polls.Mr. Beniwal said on Monday that the RLP-BJP alliance would contest both the Assembly seats and he would like to field his party’s candidate in Khinvsar. “We are willing to support the BJP candidate in Mandawa. The final decision will be take at a meeting of office-bearers of both the parties in a couple of days,” he said.The Congress, which has strengthened its position in the State Assembly after the recent merger of six Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs, may give ticket to a member of Nagaur district’s influential Mirdha family. The party has lost the Khinvsar seat during the last three successive elections, as Mr. Beniwal won first on the BJP ticket in 2008 and later as an Independent in 2013 and as the RLP candidate in 2018.Mandawa was earlier considered a stronghold of veteran Congress leader Ram Narayan Chaudhary, who died in 2012. His daughter Rita Chaudhary defeated Mr. Khichar in 2008, but the latter emerged victorious as an Independent in 2013 and and as a BJP candidate in 2018.
Journalists in the Valley took out a protest march here against the continued suspension of internet services which completed 100 days on Tuesday since the abrogation of the Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5.Scores of journalists working with different media organisations assembled at the Kashmir Press Club here and took out a protest march against the snapping of internet services in the Valley on the night of August 4, hours before the Centre revoked the state’s special status under Article 370 and abrogated it into two Union Territories.The journalists demanded immediate restoration of the services to facilitate the media persons to discharge their professional duties.“We took out the protest against the suspension of internet services for 100 days now. Internet is a basic took for journalists to discharge their professional duties and we demand its immediate restoration,” senior journalist Pervez Bukhari told reporters after the protest.The Centre’s August 5 decision led to an unannounced shutdown in the valley even as authorities imposed severe restrictions, including on communication, which were later gradually eased out.Postpaid mobile services on all networks were restored in the Valley on October 14, 72 days after they were snapped.However, pre-paid mobile phones and all internet services continue to remain suspended since August 5.The government has set up a ‘Media Facilitation Centre’ at a conference hall of a local hotel here for journalists to discharge their professional duties. But the media persons complain that it has not enough computers and they have to wait for hours for their turn.
She is over the moon after becoming the first Indian woman boxer to clinch an Olympic medal but bronze is not the colour for M C Mary Kom, who feels she could have finished higher on the podium had it not been for the “confusion” that gripped her during the semifinals.’Magnificent Mary’ as she is called by the International Boxing Association, was the lone Indian in fray when women’s boxing made its Olympic debut in the just-concluded London Games.Top 10 memorable moments from London OlympicsThe five-time world champion ensured a piece of history for herself and the country by fetching a bronze in the flyweight 51kg division. But for someone who is more used to finishing at the top, bronze was less than satisfactory.”I am very happy to be the first Indian woman boxer to get a bronze medal but I am sad that I could not convert it into gold. I don’t know what happened during my semifinal bout. My body was not moving the way I would have liked and I felt as if I could not do anything. I was very much confused,” the 29-year-old, who returned to the country to a rousing reception early this morning, told PTI in an interview.Video: Mary Kom gets a rousing welcomeHundreds of cheering fans welcomed Mary Kom at the airport, breaking into an impromptu jig in which the boxer also participated. She was accompanied by her husband Onler Kom and her mother Akham Kom.Mary Kom lost 6-11 to England’s two-time world champion Nicola Adams in the semifinals and reflecting on the bout, the diminutive Manipuri was at a loss of words to explain what went wrong.advertisement”I never get nervous before bouts but that day I don’t know what was happening to me. I can’t even explain it. I was not attacking as much and may be it was the crowd also which was cheering Nicola. I generally don’t get affected by how the crowd is behaving but probably in the semifinals, it affected me,” she recalled.The Indian conceded that Adams had the bout but was not quite convinced by the scoreline which she felt was narrower than what the record books show.”I don’t think it was that big a margin even though I admit that Nicola won it. At best, it could have been a difference of 2-3 points but certainly not 6-11. Even though my body was not moving that well, I think I hit her hard and I should not have lost by that margin,” she insisted.”I don’t think she hit me so many clear punches, hers was a touch-and-go game. I had already fought my toughest bout of the competition in the first round itself,” she said.The mother-of-twins was nevertheless happy that she returned to the country with a medal around her neck.”I think I have achieved everything that I dreamt of. Of course I wanted a gold medal at the Olympics but I am happy with the bronze too because I am the first Indian woman boxer to get it,” she laughed.However, realisation of all her dreams does not mean that Mary Kom is thinking of hanging up her gloves just yet.”I am planning to continue till the next Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. I don’t know if my body will allow this to happen but if it does, then I would surely try to get a gold there,” she said.Asked to compare her five world titles with the Olympic bronze, Mary Kom emphatically said that nothing can beat the thrill of being there on the podium at the biggest sporting show on earth.”This Olympic bronze is very, very special for me. Of course the world titles also mean a lot but an Olympic medal is at an altogether different level for every athlete in the world. It is the highest honour,” she explained.”It is a perfect climax to all the hardships that I have gone through during my life. God has been kind to me,” said the boxer, reflecting on a 12-year career during which she changed three weight categories since debuting in 45kg.
In the case of tennis, the popularity of the game in the metros, coupled with the success of Leander Paes, Sania Mirza, Mahesh Bhupathi and Somdev Devvarman has ensured a steady flow of young hopefuls taking up the game. The hosting of the CWG meant a massive makeover of the R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium in the Capital. The stadium has 14 fields of play and the courts are utilised for approximately 10 hours.Nearly 500-600 youngsters practice every day and after the CWG, more than 20 tournaments, including Challengers and Nationals have been held here. The ‘Come and Play’ scheme of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) will also be implemented and 50 children have already been shortlisted for the programme. But the going has not been smooth for the stadium authorities as they do not get any funding from the government for the maintenance, and getting sponsors for the ITF tournaments is also an uphill task.”The maintenance of the stadium entails a lot of money and we do face some teething problems. But with players from Iran and Nepal also utilising the facilities with our national teams , we somehow manage to keep things going,” said R. Chauhan, Executive Director – Development and Marketing, All India Tennis Association.He also stressed the importance of conducting more tournaments. “We should conduct more ITF and Challenger tournaments. But funds are an issue. We are planning to submit a plan to the government and apprise them of the benefits of more tournaments. Our players will immensely benefit from it and their rankings will also improve if they play more Challenger tournaments in home conditions,” he added.advertisement
zoom Greek shipowner Navios Maritime Partners plans to transfer the 14-vessel container fleet acquired from Rickmers Maritime to its affiliate Navios Maritime Containers Inc. The company expects to carry out the transfer at a cost of USD 5 million and an investment of USD 30 million in return for equity.As disclosed, Navios Partners will also receive a warrant, with a five-year term, exercisable for an additional 6.8% equity interest in NMCI.In line with the terms of the deal, Navios Maritime Holdings is also expected to invest USD 5 million in exchange for equity, and receive a warrant, with a five-year term, exercisable for an additional 1.7% equity interest in NMCI.The vessels from the fleet are to kick off delivery starting the week of May 15, 2017, and the first to be handed over are five 4,250 TEU vessels, as informed earlier.These vessels are employed on charters that have staggered expirations in 2018 and early 2019 at a net daily charter rate of USD 26,850.The acquisition is still subject to a number of conditions, and “no assurance can be provided that the acquisition will close at all or in part,” the company added.In April, Navios Maritime Partners revealed its plans to acquire the entire container fleet consisting of fourteen ships from Rickmers Maritime for about USD 113 million. The move came in the aftermath of the decision of Rickmers Trust Management, the trustee-manager of Rickmers Maritime, to wound up its business.The average age of the fleet, which consists of eleven 4,250 TEU containerships and three 3,450 TEU vessels, is 9.5 years.Navios Partners is financing the purchase through a USD 20 million equity investment by Navios Partners and a secured loan facility under discussion.
Disney, Marvel Studios, Dolby Laboratories, Synchrony Bank, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Broadcom MASTERS and Society for Science & the Public are pleased to present the nationwide MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK SUPERPOWER OF STEM CHALLENGE in conjunction with the November 3, 2017 theatrical release of Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.THOR: RAGNAROK SUPERPOWER OF STEM CHALLENGEMarvel Studios is, once again, encouraging young girls to explore the superpower of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with the MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK SUPERPOWER OF STEM CHALLENGE.This program, supported by American Association for the Advancement of Science, Broadcom MASTERS, and Society for Science & the Public, seeks to inspire young girls to use the superpower of STEM to help their family, community or the world be safer, healthier or happier. MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK SUPERPOWER OF STEM CHALLENGE invites girls nationwide, between the ages 15 – 18 and in grades 10 through 12 living in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, to use the superpower of STEM to create an original Do-It-Yourself project that can be replicated by others.Five finalists will be selected to come to Los Angeles and present their projects, in person, to a panel of experts and to attend the Red Carpet Premiere of Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK. Each finalist will receive: Two round-trip tickets to Southern California for the finalist and her parent or guardian, including scheduled meals, ground transportation to and from organized activities, hotel accommodations, from October 8 through October 11, 2017; the opportunity to be on the red carpet at the Premiere of Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK, the once-in-a-lifetime peek behind-the-scenes with Dolby Laboratories on what new technology they are working on, a tour of the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California; and more. Synchrony Bank is committed to the development of women in technology; in partnership with Marvel, the finalists will have the chance to work with the Synchrony Technology Team ideating and learning. In addition, Synchrony Bank will award $1,000 deposited into a high-yield savings account for each of the finalists to start each of them on the road to future success.One grand-prize winner will be selected from the five finalists to attend an immersive three-day mentorship in New York City with Disney Imagineering to build her STEM story, creating a professional-level video teaching other young people how to recreate her Challenge-winning project. The winner will also have the opportunity to demonstrate her Superpower of STEM project live to the nation with a brief appearance on Good Morning America. (The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of Good Morning America / ABC News.) The video created during her mentorship will be made available to students, teachers and families worldwide on the American Association for the Advancement of Science education resource website ScienceNetLinks.com.Entries are currently being accepted now through 6:00PM PT on September 23, 2017. For application forms, eligibility requirements, official contest rules and more information about MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK SUPERPOWER OF STEM CHALLENGE, please visit www.marvelstudiosstemchallenge.com.In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok — the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization — at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger — the Incredible Hulk!About the Contest NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Challenge ends at 6:00PM PT on September 23, 2017. Open only to girls between the ages of 15 and 18, in grades 10 through 12, as of August 23, 2017, who are legal residents and physically living in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Limit one entry per person. Winners must be able to travel on or about October 8, 2017 through October 11, 2017. See Official Rules at www.marvelstudiosstemchallenge.com for full eligibility and entry requirements, prize description, conditions, and limitations. Void where prohibited. The official contest sponsor is Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.