Chelsea want £35m defender in January (and it’s not John Stones]

first_img Jose Luis Gaya 1 Chelsea are lining up a January swoop for Valencia left-back Jose Gaya.Jose Mourinho wants to add another left-sided defender to his ranks with Cesar Azpilicueta expected to be shifted to right-back to replace the out-of-form Branislav Ivanovic.Chelsea did sign full-back Baba Rahman in the summer but it is understood that Mourinho is still not completely satisfied with his defensive options.According to Sport, Chelsea will have to pay £35m to trigger the player’s release clause and could face competition from Premier League rivals Manchester City.The 20-year-old was subject to interest from a number of top European clubs in the summer but decided to stay at the Mestalla to compete in the Champions League with Valencia.last_img read more

Beef crisis agreement reached as dispute talks end

first_imgAn agreement to the end beef crisis has been reached after marathon talks over the weekend, the agriculture minister has confirmed.The deal includes an immediate increase in prices for farmers and reform of the Irish beef sector.The agreement withdraws all legal proceedings against farm organisations and individual farmers. Dozens of farmers in Carrigans joined the nationwide protest last month outside the Foyle Meats factory.All parties to the agreement agreed to work to end blockades and protests at meat factories.Cattle slaughtering at blockaded plants has been halted during the talks process.Some retailers have experienced beef supply issues and several large processors are struggling to meet export contracts, as a result of the protest. The deal will see the current bonus for 30-month cattle increase from 12 to 20 cent per kilo.A new bonus for steers and heifers aged 30-36 months, of eight cent a kilo, is to be introduced.And a new bonus is also to be introduced for some O grade cattle, the 12 cent a kilo bonus will benefit dairy farmers in particular.A new Beef Taskforce is to be established. It will examine the beef industry and will be independently chaired.An independent review of price composition in the supply chain is also to be commissioned. In a statement, the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said: “I wish to thank all participants in this process for their contribution towards agreeing a way forward for the Irish beef sector.“I hope that this agreement will prove to be a first step in fostering stronger partnerships in this critical sector for the Irish economy and for rural Ireland.”Meat Industry Ireland welcomed the agreement this afternoon.In a statement released this afternoon, MII said: “We recognise the challenges all involved in our industry face. The agreed package contains significant positive financial initiatives by MII members, in areas of specifications, bonuses and supply chain transparency. “The agreement requires that all protests and illegal blockades cease immediately so that normal processing can recommence, employees can return to work, farmers can sell their animals, and efforts can be made to rebuild customer confidence.“This has been an extremely damaging episode for all stakeholders in the beef and sheep sectors. It has occurred at a time of significant and continuing challenges in the EU beef market.“It is of particular concern given the closeness of Brexit and the major implications that a no-deal outcome presents for our sector,” said the statement.Beef crisis agreement reached as dispute talks end was last modified: September 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

TV tonight: Warriors feted on Sports Illustrated awards show

first_imgTV picks for Thursday, Dec. 13WATCH THIS:“Thursday Night Football” (5:20 p.m., Fox, NFL Network and Amazon Prime): The Thursday-night schedule wraps up with a big game between Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs and Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers, in KC. Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman, along with reporters Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink, call the action from Arrowhead Stadium.“Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year Awards” (6 p.m. PT, NBCSN): All hail the Golden …last_img read more

Make Your Video Graphics Stand Out with These 6 Tips

first_img2. Lower the OpacityAdjusting the Opacity of an underlying video layer is another way to bring attention to your overlying graphics. Simply lowering the opacity of a video or still image will make your text stand out. Lowering the Opacity in conjunction with blurring is a quick and simple way to really make your text pop. Control your opacity in the Effect Controls panel. 6. Add a Shape LayerIf you’ve ever created captions in Adobe Premiere Pro, you’ll notice that a black background accompanies the white text. This makes the white text visible, no matter what’s in the background. You can manually create this in the essential graphics panel by adding a new rectangle shape layer and then resizing it. After you have your rectangle in position, adjust the opacity for the look you want. 4. Create MotionUse motion graphics templates to bring some life to your graphics. In Adobe Premiere Pro’s new Essential Graphics panel, you’ll find a handful of presets. I’ll grab one and bring it into my project and modify the text. Then, I’ll add a few additional keyframes to create constant-yet-subtle movement while the text is onscreen. A simple scaling or position animation can bring a graphic to life. 1. Blur the BackgroundOne of the main ways to make graphics stand out in your video is to make adjustments to elements in the background. Apply a slight blur effect to your underlying video layer and instantly draw the viewer’s attention to your overlying text. Think about when you shoot with a shallow depth of field during an interview to blur out the background. This makes your interview subject stand out from the background, drawing the viewer’s eye. To find several different blur effects, open the Effects panel and then search through Video Effects > Blur & Sharpen. 5. Change the PositionAs simple as it sounds, positioning can play a large role in how your text displays on a screen. Depending on what you have onscreen and the color of your text, the position can make your graphic stand out or blend into the background. If I’m using basic white text, for example, I want to find darker parts of the screen so that the contrast will help my text become more visible. 3. Add a StrokeIf you’re in a situation wherein you can’t or you don’t want to lower the opacity or add a blur effect to your background, you can add a stroke to your text layer. To show you how a stroke can help make your text more visible, I’ll use an example with simple black-and-white text. If I take white text and place it on a white background you cannot see the text at all. However, if I add a black stroke to my white text, it instantly becomes visible. Even if I change the background to black we still see the white text. Make your text graphics stand out in Premiere Pro with these 6 six tips.Cover image via Shutterstock.Adobe Premiere Pro’s latest update introduced the brand new Essential Graphics panel, an entirely new way to work with graphics. However, while the new layout offers video editors a different way to create and customize graphics, design principles remain the same. Let’s take a quick look at six simple tips to make your text stand out in Adobe Premiere Pro.last_img read more

Harry Brook outshines big names to give Yorkshire hope against Essex

first_imgCricket Essex … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… County Championship Division Two Share on Messenger Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Facebook County Championship Division One Topicscenter_img Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter match reports Jonny Bairstow, Alastair Cook and Joe Root are all on show here at one of the more extraordinary Championship matches in recent memory. But it is a star in the making, the teenager Harry Brook, who shone brightest with his maiden century as Yorkshire kept their hopes of a remarkable comeback win alive by setting Essex a target of 238 on day two and restricting them to 97 for four.England’s under-19s captain had posted a top score of 38 in seven previous first-class appearances, though he had shown enough in every one to suggest a much better return was close. And, in many ways, this was the perfect time to prove that correct with 124 off 187 balls.After being bowled out for 50 in the first innings on Friday – Yorkshire’s lowest total since 1973 – and conceding a lead of 92, they were up against it in testing batting conditions again yesterday. Brook was even replaced as opener by Bairstow as the visitors aimed to put the pressure back on to the champions.He arrived at the crease midway through the first evening and played superbly from No 3, taking a particular liking to Simon Harmer’s off-spin, regularly advancing down the pitch and lofting him over cover. It suggested a supreme confidence against spin, something that should take him a long way.He started day two unbeaten on 57 with Yorkshire at 161 for two and leading by 69 and advanced towards three figures – off 129 balls – for the first time with some comfort. A former Sedbergh School pupil, Brook moved from 90 to 98 by crunching Harmer twice through the covers for four. By this time he was in unison with the England Test captain, Root, who avoided his second duck in the match and made 35.Root must have been mighty impressed by a 19-year-old who has often spoken of the simplest of game plans: “It’s just see ball, hit ball,” he has been heard to say on more than one occasion. The pair hugged in celebration.Yorkshire will be frustrated, however, at not making the most of Brook’s work given they were very much on top midway through the afternoon at 276 for three, leading by 184. Either side of the second new ball their last seven wickets fell for 53, the first of which was Root bowled off the inside edge as he drove at Ravi Bopara’s medium pacers. Brook was then caught at long-on having miscued Harmer. In falling to spin in this instance, his strength proved to be his downfall.Peter Siddle finished with four wickets and eight in the match before Essex’s chase got off to a stuttering start, with Cook dropped on 20 in the slips before being bowled as he attempted to play Steve Patterson to leg for 26. Later in the 10th over, Patterson trapped Tom Westley lbw for his third straight duck, leaving the score at 34 for two. The metronomic seamer then struck twice more shortly afterwards before Dan Lawrence and Ryan ten Doeschate steadied.The Surrey captain, Rory Burns, having started day two on 137, fell seven short of a second career double century as his side posted a first-innings 434 against Worcestershire at the Oval before the visitors started their reply strongly. It was a similar story for Somerset, who scored 429 against Lancashire at Old Trafford. Keaton Jennings then reached 91 not out in a reply of 217 for two.In Division Two the South Africa Test opener Aiden Markram scored his third duck in three innings as Durham struggled against Leicestershire at the Riverside. Warwickshire are closing in on a home win over Derbyshire. Yorkshire Share on WhatsApp The Observer Support The Guardianlast_img read more

Alia Bhatt to kickstart shooting for Rajamoulis RRR featuring Ajay Devgn Ram

first_imgRRR release dateSS Rajamouli’s RRR is currently the most-talked-about movie in Tollywood. It is a known fact that Alia Bhatt has been roped in to play one of the female leads in the movie. Fresh reports are that Alia Bhatt will be part of a one-month schedule. As per the report, Alia Bhatt is all set to head to New Delhi to start shooting for RRR. Alia is to be seen as one of the female leads in this movie which is a fictional representation of the lives of two patriotic heroes. Ram Charan and Alia Bhatt are paired up to play the roles of Alluri Seetharama Raju and Sita, respectively. Alia BhattTwitterIt has been reported that one of the shoot schedules was recently wrapped up. One of the sources believes that the one-month schedule would be shot at different places and real locations, rather than laying huge sets. The same source reports that a few action sequences will be compiled too. So, it appears like SS Rajamouli and team are going to have a busy summer.NTR is to play the role of Komaram Bheem in this movie. SS Rajamouli has invited the public to propose for an apt title which would match the abbreviation for RRR. Ajay Devgn will be seen in an important role in this fictional drama.Rajamouli intends to wrap up the shoot this year and move on to post-production works. RRR is all set to hit the screens on July 30, 2020.last_img read more

Local Boys Candle Business Expanding to Macys

first_imgBy Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROWhen three of Celena Gill’s sons asked her to buy them a Nerf gun and more than $500 in video games, she told them to get a job or start a business. She was only kidding. But her sons, Collin, 14, Ryan, 11, and Austin, 8, they took her words to heart and launched Frères Branchiaux Candle Co. in October 2017 to make soy and vegetable wax candles, room sprays, diffusers, soaps and bath bombs out of the home they share with their parents in Prince George’s County. Young entrepreneurs Ryan Gill, Collin Gill and Austin Gill with their candles. (Courtesy Photo)Frères Branchiaux means “Gill Brothers” in French — Collin is already fluent in the language while his younger brothers are studying it. “We wanted to do Gill Brothers Candle Company, but there’s Gill Brothers’ Trucking, Gill Brothers Air Support,” Ryan Gill explains.   In the 22 months since they started their company, the boys have sold more than 10,000 units — candles are their top-selling product and range between $18 and $36. “It’s really all word of mouth,” Celena Gill told the AFRO. “Like, I rarely reach out to people.” They’re already selling their products in more than 30 stores and they’re looking to expand.  Starting in November, their products will be sold on The Workshop at Macy’s alumni e-commerce site, confirms Katelyn Yannie, Macy’s manager of Northeast Relations. And the brothers are raising $20,000 on gofundme.com to buy a truck that’ll serve as a mobile store for their business. This will make it easier for them to sell their wares at various events. “It’s easier than a van and we … don’t have to pack the candle stuff in it,” Ryan Gill explained. The truck would also double as a mobile training center where the boys could help coordinate job training for homeless trying to get back on their feet or as a hub for the brothers to pass on their entrepreneurial skills to various youth groups and schools. As it is, they donate 10 percent of their profits to the homeless.The boys settled on making candles not only because their mother loves burning in the house, but also because her research found candles are the most successful kiddie business, Celena Gill said. They started out experimenting with candle making using formulas their mother brought back from a candle class that her friend and soror Danita Nikki Brooks, founder of Zen in a Jar, a home and body care line, ran. Then Celena Gill went to a pro candle maker workshop to learn more techniques that helped her boys learn little tweaks. “Making candles is purely science,” Celena Gill said. “Everything matters, whether your candle cannot burn or (if) it’ll blow up. It’s a very deliberate product because you can burn someone’s house down.”  The boys made candles as a lesson in school — Celena Gill homeschools her younger sons and Collin Gill will soon begin his freshman year at St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C.After about two weeks, they were ready to start selling, Celena Gill said. The boys have made more than enough to buy all the things they wanted and then some. They earned six figures for their work last year and are on pace to double that in 2019, their mother says.At the time the boys launched their business, their mother was already selling inspirational T-shirts, mugs, lapel pins and pillows through her website, Celena Gill Design and she did pop-ups as well. Meanwhile, her husband, Patrick Gill sells personal care and beard products for men through his company, Black Oak Grooming. “All of us do something,” she told the AFRO. In those early days, the boys relied on their family members, as well as their parents’ friends, school and business contacts, fraternity brothers and sorority sisters.Looking to the future, the boys plan to focus more on the retail end of their business and training other kids to become entrepreneurs. “If they don’t want to do it, you can’t make them if the effort isn’t there,” Celena Gill said of kids thinking about opening their own business. “Some people love working nine to five and there’s nothing wrong with that.”last_img read more

A tribute to Kishore Kumar

first_imgTo pay tribute to the legendary playback singer – Kishore Kumar, the Kishore Kumar Memorial Club organised a cultural programme at Pyarelal Bhawan, New Delhi recently. The programme was inaugurated jointly by an eminent promoter of Art and Culture in the country –Lala Ram and Amarjeet Singh Kohli, who is the Chairman of the organisation ‘Sakha’. K J Alphons, Tourism Minister, Government of India was invited as the Chief Guest at the event. Besides, the 17th Kishor Kumar Awards were also conferred to deserving artists who were present on the occasion in his memory. Apart from that, The Tourism Minister also released the book written by Kamal Dhiman on the life and times of Kishore Kumar ‘Filmmaker Kishor Kumar’ on the occasion. A rare Photo Exhibition on the life and works of Kishor Kumar was also organised on the occasion to commemorate this great play back singer of the country.last_img read more

Are your clients impacted by Dreams La Romana closures Heres the list

first_img FORT LAUDERDALE — Renovations are on the way for the soon-to-be-rebranded Dreams La Romana and that means closures to certain sections of the resort, however the enhancements will be phased in over time and by section to ensure minimum disruptions for guests.Dreams La Romana will get its new name, Hilton La Romana, an All-Inclusive Resort on Nov. 20.In a deal announced last week and reported on Travelweek.ca, the strategic alliance between Hilton and Playa Hotels & Resorts will introduce Hilton La Romana, an All-inclusive Resort, and Hilton Playa del Carmen, an All-inclusive Resort, adding 1,269 new Hilton guest rooms to its existing global portfolioAs part of the transaction Playa Hotels & Resorts is taking over management of Dreams La Romana. Playa Hotels & Resorts has been the owner of Dreams La Romana while it was managed by AMResorts.Also part of the deal, The Royal Playa del Carmen will become Hilton Playa del Carmen, an All-inclusive Resort.The agreement between Playa Hotels and Hilton also includes the potential for the conversion and management of 8 additional resorts by 2025.Following the rebranding Dreams La Romana will undergo a soft goods room renovation, says Froemming.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe first phase of renovations will close the adult-only section on Dec. 1, 2018 and scheduled to reopen on May 1, 2019.On May 1, 2019, the family section will close with expected reopening date of Dec. 1, 2019.“While certain elements will be closed during the renovation, we will maintain a variety of sophisticated and casual outlets and cuisines. Throughout the change in management, the majority of the staff that you have come to know, and love will also remain. The concept of Preferred Club accommodations will also remain,” says Kevin Froemming, Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer, Playa Hotel & Resorts.Upon completion on Dec. 1, 2019, the resort will consist of an age restricted section for guests 18 and over and a family friendly section designed for guests of all ages.Here are details regarding future bookings:Guests who have booked stays before Dec. 1, 2018 will not be impacted.Guests booked in the Adult-Only section from Dec. 1, 2018 to April 30, 3019 can be accommodated in the all ages section or have the option to relocate to another Playa Hotels & Resorts adult-only resort/section including Dreams Punta Cana; Dreams Palm Beach; Jewel Paradise Cove; Jewel Dunn’s RiverFamilies booked in the All Ages section from May 1, 2019 to Dec. 1, 2019 can be accommodated at a Playa Hotels & Resorts family friendly resort including Dreams Punta Cana; Dreams Palm Beach;  Jewel Runaway Bay; Panama Jack Resorts Cancun; and Panama Jack Resorts Playa del CarmenAdult guests booked in the family sections from May 1, 2019 to Dec. 1, 2019 will be accommodated in the adults only section or have the option to relocate to another Playa Hotels & Resorts adult-only resort/section including Dreams Punta Cana; Dreams Palm Beach; Jewel Paradise Cove; and Jewel Dunn’s River.Guests also have the option to cancel their booking and reschedule once the resort reopens should they choose to do so.Existing wedding and group bookings will be honored as is.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Agents who have any additional questions regarding rebooking are asked to contact their Playa sales representative or customerservice@playaresorts.com. Monday, September 24, 2018 Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Are your clients impacted by Dreams La Romana closures? Here’s the list of reno dates Tags: Dreams Resorts & Spas, Hilton, Openings & Renovations Travelweek Group last_img read more