West Ham to raid newly-promoted Fulham for one of their star men

first_img1 Ryan Fredericks and Tom Cairney of Fulham West Ham United are set to announce the signing of Fulham defender Ryan Fredericks on a free transfer next week, according to reports.The defender will become Manuel Pellegrini’s first signing, after agreeing a four-year deal with the east Londoners.Despite securing promotion to the Premier League with Fulham, the right-back has failed to agree terms on a new deal at Craven Cottage and will depart once his contract officially expires.According to the Evening Standard, the Hammers are also interested in Tom Cairney; Fredericks’ former captain at the Cottagers.A deal for the Scotland international will be far more tricky given that he is the club captain and will be seen by Slavisa Jokanovic as integral to keeping the club in the Premier League next season.Former Irons boss David Moyes scouted the midfielder several times during his stay in east London but, after scoring the winner in the Play-Off Final against Aston Villa, a deal for Cairney would surely be bordering on impossible to complete.The report from the London-based paper continued to say that Fredericks wanted a deal which reflected his status at the club and made him the highest earner – eclipsing Cairney on £40,000-a-week.However, it is now understood the 25-year-old will arrive at the London Stadium to provide 33-year-old Pablo Zabaleta with competition for the right-back berth.last_img read more

Trump announces withdrawal from Paris Accord

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On June 1, President Donald Trump announced a U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accord agreement that laid out a framework for countries to adopt clean energy and phase out fossil fuels in a global effort to address climate change.“President Trump promised that he would put America first and he has rightly determined that the Paris accord was not in the best interests of the United States,” said Sonny Perdue, USDA Secretary. “In addition to costing our economy trillions of dollars and millions of jobs, the accord also represented a willful and voluntary ceding of our national sovereignty. The agreement would have had negligible impact on world temperatures, especially since other countries and major world economies were not being held to the same stringent standards as the United States.”In his remarks on the decision, the president said he’d be willing to explore a new international climate agreement if it offered better terms for the United States. He also said the United States will stop implementing the Obama administration’s domestic climate change efforts and stop funding the Green Climate Fund, an international program that supports developing countries on climate change issues.The announcement drew the ire of environmentalists from around the nation and the world. Agriculture was largely silent on the issue, but the National Farmers Union was vocal.“Today’s decision by the Trump Administration is shameful, and it fails to recognize the very real and immediate threats of climate change to family farmers, ranchers, and our nation’s food security,” said Roger Johnson, president of the NFU. “We can not sustain a viable food system if climate change is left unchecked. By refusing to limit U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and lead the world in this space, President Trump is allowing increasingly unpredictable and destructive weather to wreak havoc on family farm operations, future generations, and food prices and availability for years to come.”Johnson pointed out concerns with international opinions of the United States.“This action also has enormous implications for our nation’s credibility,” Johnson said. “It is nearly inconceivable that the U.S. would repudiate sound science that the rest of the world has accepted and abdicate our leadership on an issue of such great importance.”Under the Paris Agreement, the U.S. pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26% by 2025. Many of the actions that would have helped the U.S. achieve that goal would have stimulated economic growth in rural communities. This prompted NFU to be a vocal proponent of the agreement since its ratification in December 2015.“When properly incentivized, farmers, ranchers, and forest owners have tremendous potential to sequester carbon and contribute to the mitigation of climate change,” Johnson said. “By taking away the opportunity for such revenue streams, the President has stripped rural America of valuable opportunities to confront the current farm crisis and stem the exodus of young people from rural communities.”last_img read more

After Effects Video Tutorial: Fireworks

first_img18Duplicate the composition and practice recoloring each composition to get different results. 9Duplicate the first shape layer (the one with 12 copies) and adjust it to where the keyframes line up with the duplicated (24 copy) layer. 2Set the points to 3 and the scale to 100. Set keyframes on the position of the polystar path, the scale of the transform of the polystar path, and the overall transform scale. 6Add a repeater to the shape. Set the copies to 12 and rotation to 30. 10Set the rotation of the Layer 3 to 15. Have any tips for making these fireworks even better?Share in the comments below. 5Easy ease all the current keyframes and in the graph editor adjust the keyframes so that the majority of the motion happens at the beginning of the shape layer. 4Move forward 10 frames. Set a keyframe for the position to 0,300. and set a keyframe for the transform: polystar scale to be 0,100. 3Adjust overall scale to 0,0 and the transform polystar scale to 50,0. 16Color and stylize each individual shape layer. 14Easy ease your keyframes and smooth the position so it slowly rises to it’s place.center_img 11Create a new rectangle for the “rocket” set the size to 960,3. 13Move the playhead to the point at which the fireworks explode. Set the keyframes to: size 0,3 and position 0,0. 15Offset the explosions so they look like they happen after the rocket reaches it’s peak. 8Change the copies of the new layer to 24. Set the rotation to 7.5. In this Premiumbeat exclusive tutorial we show you how to create shape based fireworks in After Effects.The following shows how to make some awesome shape based fireworks in After Effects. The tutorial covers:Shape RepeatersThe Graph EditorKeyframing4th Grade MathAlthough this tutorial is specifically designed to show you how to create fireworks, shape modifiers are a great tool for any motion graphic artists to learn – these concepts can be applied to any number of motion graphic situations. If you are wanting more info about using shapes to enhance motion check out our post on secondary animation.More of a reader than a watcher? Follow along with the step-by-step tutorial below. Click any image for larger view.  17Drop the comp into another comp. 1Create a new composition. Add a polygonal shape layer with no stroke and a white fill. 7Duplicate the layer and offset the keyframes by a few frames. 12Set start keyframes for the size and position of the rectangle. Size to 0,3. and Position to -960,0.last_img read more

Mapua’s Nieles rules NCAA Skills Challenge

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Nieles had a perfect run, but faced a slight hitch when his ball didn’t go down the net after his lay-up.“I wanted to get the ball, but (Naboa) was still shooting a layup,” he said, as he allowed Naboa to shoot two more attempts before taking the ball and cruising to the top of the arc to drill the game-winning jumper.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingNieles retained the Skills Challenge plum for Mapua after Darell Menina won the title last year.“I checked Shane’s time last year and he got 24.6 seconds. I felt I needed to best that and I was really inspired with what he did,” he said. MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe league’s best speedster remained from Mapua.Cardinal guard JP Nieles ruled the Skills Challenge in the 2017 NCAA Season 93 All-Star, beating St. Benilde rookie Unique Naboa in the Finals on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters UFC: Trilogy bout with Nate Diaz should happen at 155 lbs, McGregor insists NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Nielestopped Letran’s Jeremiah Taladua in the semifinals to earn his spot in the championship round.Still, it was a huge validation for Nieles given the Cardinals’ woeful campaign this season.“I’m really happy. It shows that even though we’re down, I can prove that some of us can still step up,” he said.Nieles recorded the best time in the first round with 20.7 seconds, leading the list that also had Naboa (21.9 seconds), Lyceum’s Jaycee Marcelino (25.8 seconds), and Taladua (27.5 seconds) to qualify for the final round.Also joining the competition were Perpetual’s Keith Pido, Arellano’s Levi dela Cruz, San Sebastian’s Michael Are, San Beda’s Radge Tongco, EAC’s Jervin Guzman, and JRU’s Karl Bordon.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentslast_img read more

Board games

first_imgGone are the days when women worked from home or joined their family’s business. Women have now ventured into manufacturing, technology and other businesses. And Deepa Shah, chairperson of Business Women Committee of the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry agrees, “During the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors summit 2011, 60 entrepreneurs expressed interest to set up business at the proposed Women Economic Zone (WEZ). These women mean business. From Shetal Shah, who heads a company that offers Geographic Information Services (GIS) to Meena Kaviya whose business had almost shut down and she had to rework the entire model. From Siddhi Shah who embarked on entrepreneurial journey to earn her pocket money to Sejal Shah who is supporting the local artisans throught her unique venture.Jewel queen She loved to mix and match and has been a creative person throughout. Shweta Pachauri, 30 studied fashion designing, then went on to study gems and jewellery and even taught at an institute. But realised her true calling lies in beads, stone and metals and started her own label, Kalash.Deciding factor: I started with diamond jewellery but then realised that there are a lot of people doing it already. So I ventured into stone jewellery.Metallic hues: I mix and match metals with stones. A combination of brass and stones in a pendant is much liked by my clients.Sports freak: I love to play badminton and have even represented Gujarat University at the state level.Travel bag: Uttarakhand is my all time favourite. I just love the picturesque hills and the thrilling adventure activitiadvertisementMapping Success Whoever said women can’t read maps should eat their words. Shetal Shah not only reads maps but prepares them which are used by different sectors like disaster management and transportation. While working at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, Shah was introduced to statistics and GIS. There she started Geographis (India) Pvt. Ltd for the same group. And in 2006-2007, she embarked on a new journey with Spin Systems. Today, her company is one of the few in India that offers GIS services.Major projects: She has been involved with projects such as preparing master plan for Kolhapur City, Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) of Ahmedabad, GIS based disaster preparedness tool for Gujarat.Biggest challenge: This sector is dominated by men and I am one of the few women in this field. Today hers is one of the few companies that provides professional services in remote sensing, analysing information.Fighting fit: I like classical dances and have learnt Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi. I spend one-and-a-half hours daily doing yoga.Big dream: I want to take GIS, mapping and remote sensing away from a jargon and technical environment to a level where it is used by the lay man. Also that GIS applications get widely used for urban planning, emergency management and other purposes.Light upSiddhi Shah’s mother once told her in a candid way to earn and then shop as much she wants to. This left her mind churning and she started designing dresses to begin with.Teething problems: I wanted to stand on my feet, without taking any finance from my parents. So the intial years were very tough.Differentiating factor: I customise for my clients so you won’t find a piece being repeated. Also, I have handpicked the artists who work for me.Book worm: I love reading Empires Of The Mind, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Stay Hungry Stay Foolish.Big dream: One day I want to come out with a book with my sketches of designer dresses.Business diaries Difficult circumstances forced Shilpa Panchal, 40 to step out of her comfort zone. “We were living a very comfortable life but then our family was facing financial problems. I decided to do something substantial to contribute my bit.” She started manufacturing plastic parts for energy meters with one machine set up at home. Her firm has grown rapidly and today she has a manufacturing unit at Odhav with eight machines.Guiding light: My father-inlaw, a practising engineer, told me that there was a need for precision plastic parts for various applications.Big challenge: Having invested in the machine and workforce, the first challenge was getting orders.My space: When I am alone I listen to old Hindi songs- Mukesh Kumar and Mohammad Rafi are my favourites.Play time: I have a son and daughter and they are a great source of joy. I love to play basketball, football, board games with my kids and their friends.Magic weave She loved doing it as her hobby but is now pursuing it for a living. Designing and embroidery were her passion which she turned into a small business 15 years ago. Encouraged by the response she got, Sejal Shah, 40 bought her own place, looked for good artisans and in no time was on a roll making ethnic wear and home linen by the name Gunthan.Number game: She has 70 artisans working for her on a contractual basis. In 2008-09, she was making 1,000-1,500 pieces in a year. Since then her business has grown by 250 percent.Recognition time: She won an award for the best women entrepreneur in the manufacturing business from Gujarat Chamber of Commerce in 2008.Support system: It would have been difficult to do it alone. My family has been very encouraging.Break free: I love dancing and I am a trained Bharatnatyam dancer. I love going to Thol Lake, the bird sanctuary near Ahmedabad.advertisementMen’s worldShe always wanted to start something of her own and when she zeroed on one, it was something unusual-manufacturing of men’s shirts. “My husband has been in the yarn business so I thought he could give me tips on the selection of quality fabrics as I didn’t want to compromise on quality,” says Meena Kaviya, 39.Initial hiccups: When one talks of women entrepreneurs in the garment sector, people only think of someone who is into womenwear or runs a boutique. So people did not take me seriously.Turning point: In 2006-2007, my main client closed down its shirts department and I had no work, which forced me to rework the business model. “I then started buying the yarn and got it woven myself to ensure quality, consistency and cost effectiveness.”Number game: Today her unit has about 100 machines with a monthly manufacturing capacity of 25,000 shirts.Great escape: Playing with my two kids, listening to songs, reading autobiographical and historic works and travelling.last_img read more

West Indies vs England 2nd Test: Roach and Gabriel bowl England out for 187 on Day 1

first_imgKemar Roach took four wickets as West Indies skittled out England for 187 runs in their first innings on the opening day of the second Test in Antigua on Thursday.In reply, West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite (11) and John Campbell (16) survived 21 overs to be 30 without loss at stumps.It was another disappointing performance from the visitors, coming on the back of a 381-run defeat in the first Test.An old-fashioned greentop pitch at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound was certainly a mitigating factor in England’s performance, especially early on when West Indies’ four-pronged pace attack exploited the favourable conditions.Although too early to write off England’s hopes on a pitch that was still offering the fast bowlers plenty of assistance, West Indies captain Jason Holder will certainly be happier than his opposite number Joe Root heading into day two.Holder had no hesitation in sending England in to bat after winning the toss, and Root said he too would have chosen to bowl.The home team’s bowlers delivered more than their fair share of loose deliveries, but aided by the pitch, produced enough quality to make short work of England’s top order, with only number three Jonny Bairstow looking comfortable at the crease.Bairstow decided attack was the best form of defence, a strategy that proved effective for a time as he took the long handle to any loose ball, clubbing nine fours and one six, scoring at almost a run a ball.He was out for 52 in the first over after lunch, lbw to Roach on video review, after the umpire had turned down the initial appeal.advertisementEarlier, Alzarri Joseph got the prize scalp of Root (7) with a virtually unplayable ball that rose viciously off a good length, struck the bat handle and looped up into the slip cordon.Moeen Ali (60) and wicketkeeper Ben Foakes (35) later added 85 runs for the seventh wicket, before the tail folded quickly.Roach, who collected five wickets in the first innings of the first Test, picked up 4-30 off 15 overs, while Shannon Gabriel chipped in with three wickets, Joseph two and Holder one.West Indies fielded the same line-up as the first Test, while England made two changes.England opener Keaton Jennings was axed after his underwhelming performances in the first Test, replaced for a Test debut by 32-year-old Joe Denly, who was out for six playing a poor shot, caught behind off Joseph.Experienced pace bowler Stuart Broad also came in for leg-spinner, Adil Rashid, who has flown back to Britain for the birth of his second child.West Indies lead the three-Test series 1-0.Also Read | West Indies vs England, 2nd Test Day 1 in North Sound: As it happenedlast_img read more