Gibbs impressed by newcomer Sanchez

first_img “It’s great for the confidence of the squad. When players like Ozil and Sanchez come in it makes everyone feel good,” Gibbs said. “Mesut didn’t come in with an arrogance about him – he came in like he still had something to prove, like he wasn’t already a world-class player. “Alexis has that same mentality. He’s like an animal in training and on the pitch. He’s everywhere. He never stops running. That’s what we need. “We can’t just sign a superstar and think we’re going to win everything. It’s about attitude as well.” Ozil enjoyed an excellent start to life at Arsenal last season but the 25-year-old’s form fell away as the campaign progressed, with fatigue and injury gradually taking their toll. Signings from abroad often take time to adapt to the intensity of the Premier League but Sanchez’s physical style may mean he is better-suited. “Alexis has got straight into us,” Gibbs said. “You always worry about some players coming in and adapting to the Premier League but, to be honest, I don’t see him struggling. “You can see it in him that he’s a tough character. He’s come in and he can be that 20-goal-a-season striker every team needs.” Conceding goals – rather than scoring them – has been the greater problem for Arsenal in recent seasons, with many questioning the defensive spine throughout the side. The Gunners were more solid last term but heavy defeats to Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City mean there is still room for improvement. “We’ve got an exciting team and a lot of players who can make a difference going forward, so we just need to be aware as well of the other side of the game,” Gibbs said. “We want to be careful as well. We want to be well-balanced. We want to be aware we’ve got responsibilities. “We’re not going to be an all-out attack team this season and we’re working hard in training on all aspects of our game.” Arsenal return to Wembley on Sunday with fond memories after beating Hull to win the FA Cup in May. The victory ended an agonising nine-year wait for a trophy and Gibbs hopes the triumph is just the start of things to come. “The boys definitely needed it – everyone involved in the club needed it,” Gibbs said. “It was a nice feeling and we need to use it as a stepping stone now for the rest of this season. “It’s not something where we think we can take our foot off the gas now, it’s made us put our foot down even more.” Gibbs added: “It was a special feeling and extra-special because it was so long coming. “It does feel different now. The ceiling is higher, we just feel more responsible and more mature because we’ve gone through a lot to win and you realise what it takes.” Arsenal face Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday, looking to lay down an early marker ahead of their Barclays Premier League opener against Crystal Palace. The Gunners parted with around £35million to bring Sanchez to the Emirates this summer, a year after spending £42.4m on Mesut Ozil. Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs says Alexis Sanchez is like “an animal” in training and believes the forward’s arrival has injected added belief into the Gunners squad. Press Associationlast_img read more

Striding past stereotypes, misconceptions

first_img“I want my daughter to grow up knowing that the only real limitations in life are letting the stereotypes or misconceptions stop us from pursuing our dreams.” – Ellen Stohl Padu stands perfectly still Wednesday morning as volunteers lift Ellen Stohl from her wheelchair onto the saddle on his back. A few feet away, Zoe’s eyes never leave her 39-year-old mother and the therapy horse. At 2, she’s still at least a year away from being old enough to ride her own horse in the ring with her quadriplegic mother at Strides Therapeutic Riding Center in Northridge. Ellen was paralyzed from the waist down and has limited movement in her upper body. There’s no rush. She’s still having fun practicing on her rocking horse at home and sharing the saddle on Padu with her mom three times a week. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Zoe knows my legs don’t work, that I have to use a wheelchair,” says Ellen, who has been a quadriplegic since a 1983 automobile accident. “She’s aware there’s a difference between me and other moms.” But not here. Not on horseback. Here, mother and daughter have four strong legs to carry them, and plenty of time to dispel the stereotypes and misconceptions about having a disability. Plenty of time together, riding Padu and pursing a dream. “Having a physical disability, I worried that I would be limited in the activities I could share with an able-bodied child,” Ellen says. “I wasn’t going to let a wheelchair put me on the sidelines of my daughter’s life growing up. “I knew we would never kick a soccer ball around the yard or play softball together. But on the back of a horse, anything is possible. I’ve already ridden horseback in Big Bear, Mount Hood, Ore., and along the Baja coastline. “As Zoe grows up, we’ll be able to climb mountains, stroll along the coastline and share things I never thought possible because of the confidence – physically, mentally and emotionally – therapeutic horseback riding has given me.” Sitting in the shade only a few yards from the riding ring, Meredith Vincent watches her 9-year-old son, Sam, ride a 22-year-old therapy horse named Chiquita. The boy has Asperger syndrome, a neurobiological disorder that causes autistic-like behavior. “Sam is extremely bright and verbal, but he doesn’t understand social nuances,” Meredith says. “He can’t relate to people on an emotional level. But when he’s out there riding Chiquita, he totally relates to that old horse. “They say horses can sense how a rider feels, and I know riding Chiquita touches something emotionally inside my son nothing else ever has.” Nora Fischback has seen plenty of stereotypes and misconceptions about disabilities destroyed in the six years she’s run Strides Therapeutic Riding Center. She started with 40 physically disabled riders and Chiquita. Today, there are 70 riders and 18 horses that have been donated over the years. “Good therapy horses are extremely responsive to emotions and the riders on their backs,” she says. “I’ve seen horses take a step sideways to get underneath a rider losing his balance, or just stop and refuse to move because they could feel the rider was out of balance. “Look at them out there,” Nora said, watching Padu carry Ellen and Zoe around the ring. “You would never know Ellen has a disability. Anything is possible on the back of a horse.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 [email protected] HOW TO HELP For information on Strides Therapeutic Riding Center and its next month’s ride-a-thon to raise money for a handicap-accessible bathroom at the center, call Nora Fischback at (818) 341-4737 or see www.strides.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chiefs looming, how these Raiders react to Jets KO will define their season

first_imgLosing 34-3 to the New York Jets on Sunday had nothing to do with a trap.A so-called “trap game” comes when a supposedly superior team begins to think too much of itself and overlooks an overmatched and vastly inferior opponent.That’s not the Raiders, nor is it what happened at MetLife Stadium. This Oakland team was the classic over-achiever in getting to 6-4, with a deliberate, balanced offense and a defense ranked near the bottom in the NFL even with a moderate improvement during a …last_img read more

Liberty Holdings expands in Kenya

first_img“This transaction checks all three of those boxes and while the acquisition is small within the context of the overall group it provides a strategic platform which is expected to add significant value to shareholders into the future.” Hemphill said that the company’s intention was to enter markets that were benefitting from political and regulatory stability, where there is strong economic growth, and where there is potential for greater penetration on wealth products. CfC will be positioned to benefit from economies of scale, the extraction of synergies between the businesses and from greater capital efficiency, resulting in improved returns for all shareholders; and the restructured businesses will provide Liberty with a sound platform for organic and acquisitive growth in Kenya and elsewhere in the region. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Potential for wealth products “The acquisition provides us with the full range of wealth pillars and opens up further opportunities in East Africa, a region that is of strategic importance to Liberty,” said Humphill. Liberty expects the medium- to long- term benefits in acquiring control of the business to include: As a separate listed entity with Liberty as an anchor shareholder, CfC will benefit from greater focus and the value available from having a strategic shareholder with significant insurance expertise and access to funds for growth; “CfC is an ideal platform from which to achieve Liberty’s growth objectives of establishing a leading position in the life, health, short term and asset management wealth pillars in East Africa,” the statement read. South African wealth manager Liberty Holdings is to bolster its African footprint when its assumes an approximately 57% controlling share of CfC Insurance Holdings, a leading Kenyan life, health and general insurance group consisting of CfC Life Assurance and The Heritage Insurance Company. “Liberty has made clear its strategic intent to grow its business within Africa’s important economies, leveraging off Standard Bank’s presence, and specifically to develop a presence in East Africa,” said Liberty Holdings CEO Bruce Hemphill in a statement this week. 4 December 2009 “A combination of these factors provides an ideal opportunity to build critical mass in the region,” he explained. This follows the restructuring of the East African assets of Standard Bank, which controls Liberty Holdings through its 53.6% stake. CfC Life and Heritage are providers of life, health and short-term insurance products in both the Kenyan and Tanzanian markets. Acquisition benefitslast_img read more

Hyperlocal Heartbreak: Why Haven’t Neighborhood News Technologies Worked Out?

first_imgNeighborhood news aggregator Outside.in has been acquired by AOL, according to multiple reports this morning. Apparently it’s being bought for less than the big pile of money that high-profile investors put into it, back when hopes were high. It’s sad, really: the ambitious hyper-local news technology services of the last few years don’t seem to be working out very well.Outside.in, EveryBlock and Fwix are the three sites best known for building out automated collection and analysis of news about particular neighborhoods of cities around the United States. There is huge, exciting potential there – but it takes resources to develop technology and media sites like this. Maybe a shortage of resources is why none of these sites are the thriving hub of activity that many people hoped they would be. There are many different theories why, but all three of the leading startups in this space feel like a disappointment so far.Give me the news about my neighborhood, please. Give me the restaurant reviews, the crime reports, the events listings, the gossip. Give me the art and the music I can find if I walk out my door. Give me a robot that finds the news stories too small for almost anyone else to care about. I care about what’s happening in the neighborhood around me and I want to see the fabulous new technologies of open government data, online news syndication, social networking and data mining all put to service to fulfill hyperlocal news wishes and dreams I didn’t even know I had yet.Outside.in, for one, has been hobbled by uninspired Web design, the same shortage of users and community that all the big hyperlocal news sites have and a limited feature set. Everyblock, despite being acquired by MSNBC and having more and better data than all competitors, is a ghost town with an inflexible UI and a stale feature-set in the limited number of cities it serves. (I love Everyblock and check it every day, but even a redesign the site is currently testing is little more than a cosmetic brush-up. It’s disappointing.)The third leading startup in this space, Fwix, looks good and works well all over the country – but feels lightweight and less inspiring than a magic mix of multimedia news about my neighborhood ought to. We wrote excitedly about another machine-powered hyperlocal news startup called Nozzl Media a year ago, but looking at that site makes you suspect that company’s answer would likely be the same that several competitors offer: don’t judge us by our anemic home pages, we’ve got a powerful API that’s feeding hyperlocal news into countless partner sites around the Web where things are going great. All of these sites are led by widely respected news reporting super-nerds, but they don’t seem to be building what they could be.Check out my neighborhood on Everyblock, for example. So far this morning there’s a beautiful big house for sale in the neighborhood, and a nice little condo. There a couple of good restaurant reviews and a couple of negative reviews for other local businesses. Last night there was an unwanted person report down the street, a meeting of local French speakers practicing, a car ran into a bicyclist and the police arrested a guy for allegedly holding people up at gunpoint at ATMs. Am I glad I scanned all that news? Yes, I am. Maybe most people just want to know about the ATM robberies on TV news though, and that’s enough for them. I think the rest of the news is interesting, but Everyblock does a terrible job presenting it well. It doesn’t feel like this whole hyperlocal news technology thing is working out very well, so far at least. Maybe it’s not fully baked enough yet. Maybe the public hasn’t caught up enough. Maybe the economics aren’t there yet. Maybe local TV news is still good enough for users. Maybe hyperlocal is best when it’s hyper-human, not powered by robots. Maybe not very many people want what these sites offer. See the discussion below for other peoples’ thoughts on why this hasn’t worked out.Whatever the problem, maybe AOL can solve it with Outside.in as a part of its small but growing local news effort Patch.I sure hope someone can nail it. Give me the news about my neighborhood, please. Give me the restaurant reviews, the crime reports, the events listings, the gossip. Give me the art and the music I can find if I walk out my door. Give me a robot that finds the news stories too small for almost anyone else to care about. I care about what’s happening in the neighborhood around me and I want to see the fabulous new technologies of open government data, online news syndication, social networking and data mining all put to service to fulfill hyperlocal news wishes and dreams I didn’t even know I had yet.It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen yet, though. 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Remove Unwanted Shot Features with Resolve 15’s Patch Replacer

first_imgThe FixTo get started, first we need to head to the color page, find the clip that needs the fix, create a new node, and finally apply the Patch Replacer from the Resolve Revival category. This section of the Resolve Effects library is where you will find the tools to revive or fix your footage.When you first add the Patch Replacer onto a node, you’ll see these two ellipses: the source patch and the target patch. If we relate back to Photoshop’s clone tool, this works in a very similar fashion. You place the target ellipse (which can also be changed to a square or an alpha channel) over the area of the image that needs removal and the source patch over an appropriate space to clone.Resolve, by default, uses an Adaptive Blend fill-in-method. This method uses pixel data from the source but will blend the edges of the target area with color and lighting data from the surrounding area of the target patch. The adaptive blend isn’t so much a direct clone but a blend of both to make a more organic-looking replacement. I find this method works great when patching over shrubbery or a tree line. Unlike a lot of tools used to repair errors, the patch replacer is relatively easy to use and can quickly become a one-stop solution. If you have a stationary shot with the mic slightly in the frame, simply drag the effect to a node and position the source and target regions. Mission accomplished.However, there are going to be situations when the default settings aren’t appropriate, and you will need to change them.First, we have the fill-in method. You can change this from adaptive to clone or to fast mask. The clone option literally clones the source to the target. While at first, the harsh edge makes the patch replacement quite distinct . . .. . . with an increase in the Blur Sharp Edges slider, which essentially feathers the target patch, you may find it sometimes produces a better result than the adaptive fill (depending on the shapes and colors of the original image.Then we have the Fast Mask. This eliminates the source patch and instead does a quick pixel blend from neighboring pixels. Generally, this will only ever be useful for minute errors such as a drop of water on the lens, but even then, the results will vary.The other adjustable settings are fundamental parameters such as global blend, position, and size. While you can adjust the size of the source and target patch on the preview monitor, you may get more precise results using slider or numerical input in the inspector.This is the Patch Replacer. Based on the image, it seems like a simple tool to use, and to some extent it is. I’m sure that with just a small tweak of the settings, the most inexperienced Resolve users can remove most foreign objects within a frame. The difficulty in using the effect, however, comes into play when the shot is moving.Once you have positioned and corrected the patch, it then needs to be tracked so it follows with the camera movement. It’s only recently with the addition of Fusion into Resolve that I’ve started doing these sort of fixes in Resolve — and not taking the media clip to an additional program like After Effects. With that, there were a few hurdles in understanding how the FX tracking works in Resolve.With the Patch Replacement complete, open the tracking window (found in the middle of the group controls) and select FX from the drop-down menu on the top-right of the panel. As with the stabilization and power window tracking, you hit one button, and the task is complete. Since Resolve has a world-class tracking system, there’s little need for additional user input. However, that isn’t the case for FX tracking.If I were to hit the track forward button, I would see the following text: “No live features to track.”This is because we haven’t manually added a track point — there’s nothing to track. To do so, you need to add a tracker by hitting the add tracker point button (one that I initially couldn’t find for quite some time despite it being glaringly obvious).You want to add tracking points to very visible elements that surround the area that needs a patch. In a perfect situation, you would want to add tracking points to the equipment in the shot; however, in this specific example, the slider is out of focus and would make for poor tracking. The white and red strips of paint on the other hand are great examples of visible elements to track. When you have added the tracking points, hit track forward (and track backward if needed), and your patch replacement should remain in place when the clip plays forward.Like the clone tool in Photoshop, there are limitations to the Patch Replacer. It only replaces patches, if the majority of your frame consists of visual errors, it might take something a little stronger than Resolve 15 to correct that.Lewis McGregor is a certified DaVinci Resolve trainer.Looking for more Resolve trips and tricks? Check these out.Resolve’s Lens Reflections and Film Damage FX AnalyzedVideo Tutorial: How to Configure The ADR Panel In Resolve 15Your Guide to Working with Project Files in DaVinci ResolveThe New Features of DaVinci Resolve 15’s Edit PageGet To Know DaVinci Resolve 15’s Super Scale Feature Do you need to remove some unwanted elements from your footage? DaVinci Resolve 15’s Patch Replacer has got the fix you need.Resolve has always offered tools that can help you remove unwanted features from your images, but with Resolve 15, these tools have been streamlined, and new additions are now available. Let’s have a look at how you can patch an unwanted element from your image with the Patch Replacer.In the shot below, the edge of the slider is visible.The slider is only in the frame for a few seconds, and I’m sure we could use the 2:35:1 output blanking or slightly increase the scale to hide the slider, but they are cheap fixes and not always viable solutions. We want to remove this error. We could do this by using a power window to create a digital paint job; however, now in 15, the patch replacer plugin can do the same job more efficiently. The patch replacer is essentially Resolve’s answer to the clone tool in Photoshop. It clones, either adaptively or directly, a patch from the source to the target.If you watched the Blackmagic Design Resolve 15 announcement at NAB, the host of the video also demonstrates that this tool can duplicate onscreen features, so we don’t have to use this tool solely to patch errors; there are creative elements that we can also use.last_img read more

UPSC CISF AC(EXE) LDCE Exam 2018: Registration, rules and examination pattern

first_imgThe Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the official notification for the Central Industrial Security Force CISF AC(EXE) Limited Departmental Competitive Examination, 2018 on its official website. The dates on which and the places at which the examination will be held, shall be fixed by the Commission.Eligibility criteriaEducational qualification:Those interested in applying should have completed graduation from a recognised universityPossession of NCC ‘B’ or ‘C’ certificate will be a desirable qualification and will be given consideration at the time of interview/personality test only.Age limit:The age of the candidates should not exceed 35 years. Relaxation in age will be provided as per the government norms.Selection procedureThe candidates will be selected on the basis of a written examination, physical and medical standard tests or personality/interview tests.(Read: UPSC releases NDA/NA merit list 2017: Shivansh Joshi secures highest marks in exam)Written examination schemeThe written examination will comprise two papers as follows:Paper 1: General ability and intelligence and professional skill, (300 marks) (150 questions) (2.5 hours)Paper 2: Essay, precis writing and comprehension- 100 Marks (2 hours)Medical test Personality testPhysical make-up:AppearanceBearingManners and mannerismGeneral intelligence, aptitude and interest:Ability to perceive, analyse and present facts and situationWork related aptitudes, like disciple, empathy etcExtra-curricular activities-participation in games, sports, debates, etc.Disposition:Leadership, drive, determination, quick decision making etcSelf relianceAbility to face stress and crisisCourage-coral and physicalBehavioural aspect of personality:Inter-personal relations with superiors and subordinatesCommitment to values, integrity, secular and national orientationHow to applyInterested, eligible candidates will be required to apply online at the official website and a hard copy of the same is to be routed through proper channel to the CISF authorities for verification and onwards transmission to the Commission.advertisementRead: Declared! RBI Assistant Prelims Result 2017 out at rbi.org.in, check here Read: Don’t wear full sleeves clothes, shoes for Delhi Police Constable Exam: Here’s the list of banned itemslast_img read more

9 months agoBournemouth boss Eddie Howe: Everton defeat hard to take

first_imgBournemouth boss Eddie Howe: Everton defeat hard to takeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe refused to criticise his players after defeat at Everton.Goals from Kurt Zouma and Dominic Calvert-Lewin sealed the three points for the hosts, who move up to tenth. Howe said, “It’s a difficult one to take and one that is similar to our recent run. Personally, I’m really pleased with our performance.”We started strongly, created chances, defended well and then we switched off for a second and got punished. The game is then more difficult. We penned them in but couldn’t get that goal. “At the time, I thought the first penalty shout on Brooks probably was a penalty. I haven’t seen it back, so I may be wrong. At the end, I’ve then been told there was a stonewall, but that’s the way things are going for us at the moment. “In terms of Andre Gomes, certainly from my view, I thought the first one could’ve been a yellow, as well as the second. If you add them together, he is lucky to stay on the pitch. I haven’t seen back the one at the end, though.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoEverton boss Silva delighted with form of Yerry Mina

first_imgEverton boss Silva delighted with form of Yerry Minaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva is delighted with the form of Yerry Mina.Silva feels the Colombia defender is now showing his quality.He told the Liverpool Echo: “I am really happy with him. It was a tough season, last season, for Yerry Mina. He changed, two seasons ago, from Brazil to Barcelona and the top, top, top level in the world. He didn’t play so much but around that club, around those players every single day you are improving, playing or not.“After that he joined us in the Premier League, as an expensive signing and all of the things around that. Unfortunately for us, he had a bad injury in that period and lost two or three months. He had short, good moments, but he had some very good moments last season. The competition was tough and if you look at our central defenders last season, all of them improved but I am really happy with Yerry.“He is taking his role in the team, he is performing well. Like always he has many, many things to improve but I am really happy with him and I will tell you why.“What I can see in Yerry – his English is improving and all of these things – is one player who comes to Finch Farm everyday to improve and with a big desire to win, every single day and not just on a matchday, but everyday. He wants to learn, he is always paying attention to the feedback the technical staff give him and always with a big desire to improve and win. It is something I really appreciate in a football player, when they come everyday with a big, big desire to improve.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more