Video Tutorial: Creating a Lava Lamp Effect

first_img1Create a new composition. 33. Create a new white solid and a black circle shape layer. 4Use the motion sketch tool to apply a custom tracked “wave” effect to the black circle. Create a groovy lava lamp animation in After Effects.In this Premiumbeat exclusive tutorial, you’ll discover how to create a lava lamp effect in Adobe After Effects. The tutorial covers intermediate level techniques including:Using fast blur and levels to create a “morphing” effectUnderstanding the motion sketch toolSimulating metal using the “light sweep” effect.Prefer reading to watching? Check out the full step-by-step tutorial below.Can you think of any other situation in which using the fast blur and levels slider can be helpful? If so, please let us know in the comments below!Lava Lamp Animation in After Effects 6Add a fast blur and levels effect. Condense the level sliders to make the layers morph. 8Animate the offset from 100 to – 100 over the course of 10 seconds. 2Create a lava lamp outline on one shape layer. Add a light sweep effect and adjust to add shimmer to the base. 7Create a mask around the lava layer. 5Repeat 4 times and precompose.last_img read more

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Alvarez promises fireworks for Golovkin bout

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? “Canelo is ready, 100 per cent. I know him, he’s the best. I have a plan, my coach Abel Sanchez has a new idea.“His power, his timing, he has a good team, he lives well, he has everything. He’s tough.”‘Fighting the very best’It was all very respectful and the most interesting point of the press conference came when British pugilist Billy Joe Saunders, the WBO world middleweight champion who was sitting among journalists, asked Alvarez why he had relinquished the WBC title and not fought Golovkin sooner.“There were a lot of conditions from the WBC and a timeline, they put conditions in the purse split,” said Alvarez through a translator. “I had a court case in Miami and they wanted to negotiate with them (Golovkin’s management team) within 15 days. I couldn’t do it.”Saunders asked if he could fight the winner, but Golovkin was non committal. “You talk too much, you are a boxer, not a promoter,” said Golovkin addressing Saunders. The lack of trash-talking between Golovkin and Alvarez will contrast to the build up of the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and UFC star Conor McGregor who clash in the same Las Vegas venue on August 26. Mayweather is returning from two years ‘retired’ to face Irishman McGregor and, despite the questionable competitiveness of the contest it is expected to generate more global interest and revenue. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ambulodto sinks game-winner as Wangs snaps skid vs Gamboa Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs), 26, came face-to-face with WBC-IBF-WBA champion Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) at a press conference in London, the first leg of a global media tour to promote their fight.Both boxers have a high knockout ratio and Golovkin’s last fight, against American Daniel Jacobs in March, was the first time he had been taken the distance since 2008. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I have to be careful with everything when facing him because he’s good all around,” said Alvarez.“There’s a lot of probability there will be knockout, as we can both punch. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage In this file photo, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin pose in Las Vegas. The much anticipated Sept. 16 middleweight title fight between Golovkin and Alvarez will take place on the Las Vegas Strip. Promoter Oscar De La Hoya said Monday, June 5, 2017, the T-Mobile Arena on the Strip won out in bidding over AT&T Stadium in Texas. APMexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez believes there is likely to be a knockout when he challenges Kazakhstan legend Gennady Golovkin on September 16th for three versions of the world middleweight title in Las Vegas.Their bout is regarded as boxing’s biggest world title fight since Floyd Mayweather Jr fought Manny Pacquiao in 2014.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Mayweather-McGregor could make more than the record $623.5 million made when Mayweather beat Pacquiao in a world welterweight title unification fight.Oscar De La Hoya, Alvarez’s promoter, made a thinly-veiled dig at Mayweather-McGregor.“Both fighters have the type of action packed style that the fans clamour for and something fans will not see in any other fight this summer,” said De La Hoya. “You have two fighters here who are stepping up and fighting the very best.“I know for a fact that what you have seen from Gennady has been amazing and what you have seen from Canelo has been incredible.“But they are going to step up their game and move on to a new level.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m Mexican and he’s trained by a Mexican (Abel Sanchez) and the fans are in for a treat. There’s a high probability there will be a knockout.“I’m going to have to be smart and elusive to avoid his punches. He’s very powerful if you stand in front of him.”Golovkin, 35, has made 18 consecutive world middleweight title defences but was given his toughest test yet in his last outing against Jacobs.The Kazakh admits Alvarez will be an even more difficult opponent.“This is the most difficult,” said Golovkin.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire 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 Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View commentslast_img read more

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Pakistan rise completes journey from isolation to triumph

first_imgPakistan have long been regarded as a talented yet inconsistent side, but through a combination of sheer hard work, application and a little help from some inclement Caribbean weather, the South Asian side sit atop the Test rankings for a first time.Misbah-ul-Haq’s men thrashed hosts England at the Oval, the venue of one of the country’s darkest moments in cricket, earlier this month to earn a 2-2 draw in the four-Test series and prove to many that they can compete on any surface.Last Wednesday, Sri Lanka completed a 3-0 whitewash of table-topping Australia to allow India to go top of the ICC rankings and when four straight days of rain denied the Indians a 3-0 series win in the West Indies, Pakistan were elevated to the top of the pile without bowling a ball.”This is what cricketers play for and want to achieve in their careers. It is a reward for something we had planned as a group a few years ago and have worked extremely hard to achieve it,” Misbah told reporters of the rise to the top.MILITANT ATTACK AND FIXING SCANDALUnable to play at home since a 2009 militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore and shorn of bowling prospect Mohammad Amir in the wake of a damaging spot-fixing scandal at the Oval in 2010, Pakistan have ploughed a lonely furrow in cricket’s wilderness.Undaunted by the isolation, Amir has returned after serving a five-year ban and immediately added fire to a formidable pace attack that, supplemented by the guile of imposing leg-spinner Yasir Shah, can run through any batting order.advertisementLed by the evergreen Misbah and his able aging cohort Younis Khan, their vital experience has enabled a younger generation of batsmen to shine as Pakistan have capitalised on the dust bowl pitches in their UAE surrogate home to see off all-comers.’NO. 1 RANKING NOT A DESTINATION’In the last two years, Pakistan have beaten Australia and England at home, drawn with New Zealand, and earned impressive away series wins in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh before the 2-2 draw against the English gave the world notice of their class.”For us, the number one ranking is not a destination but part of a journey,” Misbah added.”Our long-term objective and strategy is to remain competitive, continue to challenge the top sides with good cricket and once again become the most followed side like the Pakistan teams of yesteryear.”While climbing to the top has been a long and arduous journey, the real challenge for Pakistan is staying there and Test series in New Zealand and Australia at the end of the year will be the biggest indicator of just how far they have come.last_img read more

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Correctional Officers Accept Wage Restraint

first_imgThe island’s Correctional Officers are the latest group of public sector workers to accept a wage restraint until 2015.The Senior Uniformed Officers Association and the Jamaica Federation of Correctional Officers inked the Heads of Agreement at a ceremony, held at the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Heroes Circle, in Kingston, on May 16.Speaking at the signing ceremony, Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, Hon. Horace Dalley, commended the officers for the bold move they have made, particularly in light of the country’s fiscal constraints.Mr. Dalley said during the period of wage restraint, the Government would ensure efficiency, harmony and better use of resources within the sector.“We intend to work with our workers to ensure that during this period of wage restraint, that we do all that we can to ensure industrial harmony at the workplace; understanding between management and workers, to ensure that waste is reduced; (and) to ensure that efficiency is enhanced in all the public sector,” he said.The Minister noted that wage restraint is one of the conditions of the government’s agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in ensuring that it is successful.In the meantime, he said the Government is committed to narrowing the gap among the various uniformed groups in the island.“We have programmed in the budget this year to start the process of the narrowing of the gap between the groups- Jamaica Constabulary Force, Jamaica Defence Force, Correctional officers and the Fire Brigade officers. We will not be able to close the gap, but the administration is determined to narrow the gap between these various uniformed groups,” the Minister said.For his part, Commissioner of Corrections, Lt. Col. G. Sean Prendergast, who spoke on behalf of the groups, said they should be commended for the compromise they have made.“It is to be recognised that there was some tough negotiations taking place behind the scenes and both groups should be commended for the compromise that they have reached that have led to the signing of these agreements,” he said.Meanwhile, President of the Senior Uniformed Officers Association, Leslie Campbell, said the decision was taken in the best interest of the country.“It is a hard road that we have to travel, but after consulting with our senior officers, we realise that the Government needs help and so we have decided to come on board,” he said.In his remarks, Chairman of the Jamaica Federation of Correctional Officers, Arlington Turner, said the organization is looking forward to continue working with the Government to ensure that the officers receive the best benefits possible.Contact: Chris Pattersonlast_img read more

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BCSHOT HARRY AND MEGHAN MOVIE SEQUEL DRAMATIZES THEIR LIVES AS NEWLYWEDS

first_imgMeghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watch a musical performance as they attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11 in London, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Facebook Advertisement Advertisement “Harry and Meghan’s core values are put to the test as they try to find the balance between honouring Royal tradition and staying true to their beliefs,”  a press release says.The sequel casts new actors in the lead roles, with Tiffany Smith playing former U.S. actress Markle, while Charlie Field plays the prince.Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal airs May 31 on W Network.THE CANADIAN PRESS Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement A sequel to the made-for-TV movie about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s whirlwind romance will hit screens next month.W Network set the date for Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal just as the real-life couple awaits the arrival of their first child.The British Columbia-shot film is a followup to 2018’s Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance and promises to delve into the first year of marriage for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Cuba reduces newspaper length due to paper shortage

HAVANA — The Cuban government says a newsprint shortage is forcing at least six state-run newspapers to cut back on pages and circulation days in a potent sign of the cash shortage confronting the island.The newspaper Granma said in Thursday editions that the Cuban Communist Party organ and several other papers are cutting back from 16 to eight pages on Wednesdays and Fridays. The changes take effect Friday. The newspaper of the Communist Youth League, Juventud Rebelde, will stop publishing on Saturdays.Granma attributed the change to “difficulties in the availability of newsprint in the country.” The government has been suffering cash-flow problems forcing cutbacks in a wide range of imported products.The last major cutback in newsprint was during the “special period” after the fall of the Soviet Union.Associated Press, The Associated Press read more

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Over 3500 arrested in islandwide Police operation

The Police said that 3,876 suspects were arrested in the operation conducted between last night and early this morning.Among those arrested are 950 suspects with arrest warrants issued against them. (Colombo Gazette) The Police arrested over 3,500 suspects who have been accused over various offences, in an island-wide operation, the Police media unit said today.Among those arrested are suspects with arrest warrants already issued against them.

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Tackling the trolls Twitter threats spark debate about how to confront online

LONDON – If Twitter is the chirping chatterbox of the Internet, trolls are its dark underground denizens.The collision of the two is driving a debate in Britain about the scale of online hatred and the limits of Internet free speech.The furor erupted this week after several women went public about the sexually explicit and often luridly violent abuse they receive on Twitter from trolls — online bullies and provocateurs who send abusive or disruptive messages, often for their own amusement.Many regard trolls as an annoyance to be ignored, but there are growing calls for action when their abuse crosses over into threats.Police are investigating a threat of rape and murder made to Labour Party lawmaker Stella Creasy by a user with the Twitter name @killcreasynow. The crude and graphically violent tweet was one of many Creasy received after she tweeted in support of feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez. Criado-Perez was sent a torrent of invective after she campaigned, successfully, for novelist Jane Austen to appear on a British banknote.Two men have been arrested in connection with the Twitter threats, but have not been charged.Such abuse is neither new nor confined to Britain. American writer Lindy West wrote earlier this year about receiving a slew of sexual threats after she appeared on a TV debate about rape jokes.But the subject has received an unprecedented level of public exposure this week, sparking debates on British radio and television news programs and articles in national newspapers — even the tabloids. Creasy and Criado-Perez are among a growing group who have decided to face down the abusers, retweeting their messages in an attempt to “name and shame” the offenders, and reporting the most threatening messages to police.“This is not about Twitter,” Creasy told the BBC. “This is about hatred of women and hatred of women who speak up.”Online trolls don’t just target women, although women come in for a specific kind of abuse, says Claire Hardaker, a lecturer at Lancaster University in northwest England who researches aggression, deception and manipulation online.Trolls pick out one defining characteristic to attack their victims, she said. “If you are a Muslim, it’s all Islamophobia. If you are gay, it’s all homophobia. If you are a woman, it’s all misogyny.”Hardaker said that while the stereotypical image of a troll is of a man in his late teens or early 20s, they are a surprisingly disparate group — 30-something women and men in their 60s have been caught trolling.The motivation ranges from revenge to entertainment to boredom. While it seems a solitary activity, there is an online community of trolls who use sites like the anarchic forum 4Chan used to swap congratulations and criticism and egg one another on.And while the technology is new, the impulses are as old as time.“We have long been entertained by watching violence happen to other people,” Hardaker said. “It isn’t that the Internet has turned us into monsters. It has produced this online Colosseum where we can go and throw people to the lions ourselves.”The relative anonymity of the Internet makes online abuse hard to stop. Many trolls change online identities frequently and use software that masks their ISP address, making them hard to track down. Police are sometimes reluctant to spend major resources on what can be seen as minor online crime.British campaigners are calling for Twitter to do more to block bad behaviour. The site’s rules explicitly bar threats of violence, but users currently have to fill out an online form to report abuse, a process some say is time-consuming and unwieldy. An online petition calling for the social networking site to establish a single “report abuse” button has more than 100,000 signatures.Lawmaker John Whittingdale, the head of Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said the group was planning to summon Twitter bosses to appear before it in the fall, “to determine whether they are doing as much as they can or whether they should do more.”Twitter insists it takes the issue seriously and is planning to expand an abuse-reporting button, already available on its iPhone app, to other platforms.“We absolutely do work with law enforcement on issues like these,” Del Harvey, Twitter’s senior director of trust and safety, told the BBC’s “Newsnight” program. “These sorts of threats are against the rules. We suspend accounts when they’re reported to us. We’re working to make it easier to report those accounts. We think this is really important.”Some say Twitter can’t, and shouldn’t, police the Internet. While the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that First Amendment protections of freedom of speech apply to the Internet, restrictions on online expression in other Western democracies vary widely.In Germany, where it is an offence to deny the Holocaust, a neo-Nazi group has had its Twitter account blocked. In Britain, hundreds of people are charged each year for sending menacing, indecent, offensive or obscene messages. People have been convicted for making offensive comments about a murdered child and for posting on Facebook that soldiers “should die and go to hell.”Some civil libertarians are wary of criminalizing even more online activity.They argue that most online talk is just that — talk, never intended to translate into action. GQ magazine recently reprinted some of the blood-curdling threats it received from One Direction fans after running a cover story on the boy band that some fans found insufficiently reverential. Many of the comments were obscene, intemperate and violent — but few people suggest the tweeters should be prosecuted.Padraig Reidy of civil liberties group Index on Censorship cautioned that the “report abuse” button was no quick fix — it could itself be abused by governments to silence their opponents or by celebrities to muzzle their critics.He said stopping “real harassment, threats and incitement” would involve co-operation by Twitter, police, prosecutors and users of social networking sites.“We often think that just because things are happening online there is a technical solution to make the Web a better place,” Reidy said. “But it’s going to take real engagement.”Anti-trolling campaigners have already taken matters into their own hands — retweeting abuse in order to expose the problem to the light.A group of women in Britain has coined the #everydaysexism hashtag to chronicle the extent of misogyny many women still face. Last month it was used to draw attention to dozens of tweets calling Wimbledon women’s tennis champion Marion Bartoli “fat,” ”ugly,” a “slut” and even more offensive terms.Sometimes such “naming and shaming” can be remarkably effective.This week a Twitter troll sent an abusive and sexually explicit tweet to Mary Beard, a Cambridge University classicist and television presenter. Beard retweeted it to her 43,000 followers, and soon a second Twitter user was offering to supply the mailing address of the offender’s mother so she could see what her son had written.He quickly became contrite. “I was wrong and very rude,” he wrote. “Hope this can be forgotten and forgiven.”___Jill Lawless can be reached at http://Twitter.com/JillLawless Tackling the trolls: Twitter threats spark debate about how to confront online abuse AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Aug 1, 2013 5:46 am MDT read more

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The importance of Lean Manufacturing in Advanced Manufacturing

7 OctoberA group of 20 Business Studies students, aged 15-16, will participate in a factory tour looking at how lean tools and techniques are used across the plant to eliminate waste and continuously improve manufacturing processes.The students will then take part in a Kando activity, which is an assessment tool used in the Jaguar Land Rover recruitment process which focusses on lean manufacturing, quality, communication and teamwork. To finish the day, the young people will participate in an exhilarating off-road demonstration on Solihull’s Land Rover Experience course.Our Education Business Partnership Centres run all year round and offer bespoke, innovative, curriculum based sessions in a real business environment. Our support includes programmes for all ages, abilities and qualifications. Please contact us for more information.VenueJaguar Land Rover Solihull Advanced Manufacturing Centre, Lode Lane,West Midlands, B92 8NWOrganiserJane Harman, Education OfficerSolihull Education Business Partnership Centre0121 700 3035Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Wimbledon Strawberries revealed to have been subsidised to keep price same for

first_imgTo ensure their freshness, they are picked at sunrise each morning at the Hugh Lowe Farm in Kent, which has supplied the championships for more than 20 years.Hugh Lowe Farm’s managing director, Marion Regan, has previously warned that strawberries may have to be imported after Britain leaves the EU, amid fears there will be a shortage of migrant fruit pickers.But Mr Davies said: “Obviously that would be her view, our view is that we think we will be able to maintain British strawberries.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Davies said: “Food price inflation at this time is running higher than it has in previous years, but it’s something we saw coming down the line. For us it’s about making the right choices so our guests have the best experience. “What’s really important to us is that our strawberries are accessible and we do help subsidise the strawberry offer in order to make it more accessible for our guests. We will pay a portion of that to Compass to deliver on those prices year on year.”Mr Davies said that strawberries have become more popular year on year, resulting in 28 tonnes of strawberries being sold last year. Meanwhile, the BBC’s Today at Wimbledon programme has attracted criticism for using a large bowl of strawberries as a display piece on the show with fears the fruit was going to waste.However, a BBC spokeswoman said: “There’s a plastic insert in the bowl to make it appear that there are more strawberries in there than there actually are.”The strawberries have been in the bowl since Monday night on the TV, they are kept in the fridge and at the end of the day they go on the same show.”Asked whether the strawberries would be handed out to staff before they went bad, she said “who can say”. Meanwhile, the AELTC revealed that sushi has also soared in popularity as both spectators and competitors opt for high-protein snacks, with sales increasing by 306 per cent from 2014 to 2016. center_img Wimbledon has revealed that it subsidises its strawberries and cream treats in order to keep the price affordable for customers.A bowl of strawberries and cream, a traditional part of a day at the championships, has remained at £2.50 for the last seven years.There have been fears that the cost of fruit will increase after Britain leaves the EU, with some studies suggesting the price of soft fruit could increase by as much as 50 per cent.But Anthony Davies, head of food and beverage, at AELTC, said the club’s caterers, Compass Group, will continue to subsidise the cost of strawberries to make sure it was affordable for all.  In 2014, the club sold 17,900 pieces of the raw fish delicacy but by 2016 the figure had increased to 54,784 pieces during the championship fortnight.The club said players have also requested that low-fat chocolate milk be on offer in the cafe as it is thought to aid their post-match recovery.Andy Murray is known to be a sushi fan, but his mother Judy warned: “You have to be careful how much sushi you eat, you can end up with too much mercury in your system.” “We do help subsidise the strawberry offer in order to make it more accessible for our guests”Anthony Davieslast_img read more

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DCEU News Black Lightning Trailer Wonder Woman Day and More

first_imgcharlie hunnam on playing green arrow…..its not a no ladies and gentlemen pic.twitter.com/911rO0ZWOm— edgelord allan poe (@haarleyquin) May 15, 2017He could just be being nice, but if Stephen Amell can’t play Green Arrow in the movies, Hunnam wouldn’t be a terrible choice. As the interviewer says, he does look like Oliver Queen a lot, and he’s a good actor. I already think it’s a huge mistake not using the wonderful Arrowverse for the DCEU (particularly the choice to pass over Grant Gustin as The Flash), but the DCEU has made their celebrity-shaped bed on that one. As far as Oliver Queens go, you could do a lot worse than Charlie Hunnam. Now let’s hope this hypothetical/probably inevitable Green Arrow keeps the politics of the character intact. Unlike certain other adaptations. #Countdown2WonderWoman 17 days!!Check out one of the tie-in posters for the Chinese market. pic.twitter.com/QBhA3qJHFD— Nicola Scott (@NicolaScottArt) May 15, 2017Gamespot points out that American movies have a history of getting cool takes on movie posters in Asian countries. Like one for Kong: Skull Island that made it look like a classic kaiju monster movie. As much as I’d love to see this poster in American movie theaters, I can see why it’s not. It could possibly make you think you’re about to watch a Wonder Woman anime. Which… thinking about it, that would be awesome! Hey DC, where’s our Wonder Woman anime series?Finally, even with two DCEU movies right around the corner, some are already thinking about its distant future. Specifically, some are wondering if they’ll ever get around to making a Green Arrow movie, according to Movie Web. Though there’s been no serious talk of one, Charlie Hunnam has said he would like to play the character. The idea was floated to him first in an interview back in March for The Lost City of Z. He wasn’t too excited about it, saying he didn’t grow up with comics and had no real interest in superheroes.Fair enough, but more recently, Hunnam appears to have had a change of heart. Enough fans want to see him as Oliver Queen that he’s opened up to the idea. He still doesn’t know the character at all, but he asked the interviewer if he looks like Green Arrow. The interview told him that he does, in fact, look like the character in the comics. That was enough for him. “Well, come on DC, what’s up? Give me a call; I’m here.” It’s a good time to be a DC fan, at least as far as TV is concerned. On the CW, DC superheroes rule the network with Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. Now, another DC hero is joining the network. Black Lightning will premiere at midseason, which generally means January 2018. That’s aways off, but we already have the first trailer for the upcoming series. Though it clearly has a different feel from the networks Arrowverse shows, it doesn’t look any less fun. There’s a lot of great-looking superhero action here.If it feels separate from the Arrowverse shows, that may be by design. Though, like the other DC superhero series on the network, Black Lightning is produced by Greg Berlanti, it’s not part of the Arrowverse. According to Deadline, CW president Mark Pedowitz says there are no plans for a five-show crossover involving Black Lightning. Even though they’re all based on DC comics, they won’t take place in the same universe. Keep in mind, this all comes with a big “for now” attached to the end of the sentence. Just because it doesn’t happen in the first season doesn’t mean it’ll never happen. It’s not like traveling between universes is hard on these shows.Of course, Pedowitz did say there will be another big four-show crossover event between Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash and Legends. The alien invasion storyline last November was so much fun, and so popular that another giant crossover was inevitable. It’s still a fun stunt, and we can expect the network to keep doing it as long as we all keep watching. Let’s just hope they can keep the quality of last year’s event.Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Warner Bros.)Over on the movie side of things, Wonder Woman is only a couple weeks away, and DC Comics is preparing for Diana’s first solo film in a really cool way. The publisher is holding a special event the day after the movie premieres where they’ll give away comics, and guest speakers. The event will be held in bookstores, comic shops, and libraries. Big chains like Walmart, Barnes and Noble, Costco and even Amazon will have special promotions to celebrate the character as well, according to The Hollywood Reporter.The free books include a reprint of Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 and DC Super Hero Girls Wonder Woman Day Special Edition, which will have an excerpt from an upcoming graphic novel aimed at young kids. The guest speakers will include creators who have written some of Wonder Woman’s most memorable stories, including Greg Rucka, Cliff Chiang, Marc Andreyko, Shea Fontana and Cat Staggs.This will mark the end of DC’s year-long celebration of Wonder Woman’s anniversary. In the week leading up to June 3, DC’s website will put up interviews with comics creators and people involved in the upcoming movie discussing Wonder Woman’s history. There will also be some kind of comics sale on the site, which should come in handy if you aren’t caught up on Wonder Woman’s story in DC’s Rebirth universe yet.That’s not the only cool piece of Wonder Woman news out today. The poster for the China release of the upcoming movie is out, and it looks better than anything we get over here. DC artist Nicola Scott tweeted out the poster that makes the movie look like a Wonder Woman anime.last_img read more

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Deschamps Its a young team who are on the top of

first_imgAs France wins the 2018 World Cup, the second time after their 1998 win at their home soil, the coach Didier Deschamps who was a player in their 1998 win has claimed that their loss in the Euro 2016 final was a useful lesson ahead of Les Bleus’ run and eventual triumph at the 2018 World Cup.France beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow to once again lift the highly competed trophy.“How marvellous! It’s a young team, who are on the top of the world,” Deschamps told reporters at full time quoted in Sports Mole.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“Some are champions at the age of 19.“We did not play a huge game but we showed mental quality. And we scored four goals anyway. They deserved to win. The group worked so hard and we had some tough moments along the way. It hurt so much to lose the Euro two years ago, but it made us learn too.“The win is not about me, it’s the players who won the game. For 55 days, we have done a lot of work. It is the supreme coronation. We are proud to be French, to be Blues. The victory in the match belongs to them. Vive la Republique!”last_img read more

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51st Annual Police Fire Olympics in San Diego

first_img Elizabeth Alvarez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe United States Police and Fire Championships returns to San Diego this year where it originally started back in 1967.“We have archery happening here along with bench press and push pull rowing beach volleyball and are newer sport pickleball” said Cheli Mohammed, Cheif Operating Officer of the US Police and Fire Championships.And those are just some of the sports to name a few.County law enforcement and fire department officials gathered at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center for a news conference Tuesday.The event has grown into a national event that attracts more than 450 different agencies and departments across the country.Chief Mike Davis from the Carlsbad fire department tells us he’s getting ready to compete in surfing this year.“It helps us not only physically in the day-to-day job… Also the opportunity for us to build the camaraderie there’s no better place than to throw down and it big bean bag competition or surfing or any of the events.One of the oldest competitors is 86 year old Mark Croshier, a retired Chula Vista Police Officer who’s now an incredible swimmer.When I asked him what his secret was, his reply was: “I don’t know. My life is pretty much dedicated whatever got Wills need to do and try to maintain what I still have left (laughs)” said Croshier.From June 2nd through the 9th There will be over 38 olympic-style sports, held at 33 venues throughout the county.They are all free to attend.Coinciding with this year’s championships is a bean bag toss Showdown put on by San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore.The sheriff is inviting all enforcement and other agencies to compete in a gnarly game of cornhole.For more information click here. Updated: 11:58 AM March 27, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez, center_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 51st Annual “Police & Fire Olympics” in San Diego Posted: March 27, 2018last_img read more

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Fasttrack pending railway works CS Joshi tells officials

first_imgHyderabad: Chief Secretary S K Joshi on Thursday instructed officials concerned to speed up the works on pending railway projects in the State. Chief Secretary held a meeting with the railways and other officials at Secretariat and discussed on the progress of railway projects in the State. Joshi also sought to know about works on Road over Bridges (RoBs) and Road under Bridges (RuBs) and asked them to talk to District Collectors to see that the land issues were resolved. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Coordinate with other departments and speed up the works to complete them as per plan, he exhorted them. The Chief Secretary also instructed the officials to work out a strategy to complete the works and ensure better services to people. The officials informed about the works at Narayanpet, Peddapalli, Mancherial and others.last_img read more

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Press freedom to be at stake if controversial act made BNP

first_imgBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Saturday urged the people of all walks of life to put up a strong resistance against ‘Digital Security Bill, 2018.“It’s a dangerous black law which will be passed to establish Awami League’s full control over the state power,” BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.He said a parliamentary standing committee finalised a report on the much-talked-about Digital Security Bill, 2018 ignoring the opinions of people of all strata.The BNP leader further said that the freedom of press and journalists would be at stake if the bill is passed.“We would like to say this bill can’t be passed. We urge all irrespective of party and opinion to create a united resistance against this black law,” Rizvi said.On Tuesday, the parliamentary standing committee on post, telecom and ICT ministry finalised its report on the bill.About the medical board formed by the government for BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s treatment, Rizvi said the physicians who are active in Awami League politics are there in the board but her personal physicians were left out.He alleged that such a medical board was formed to give a report on Khaleda’s health condition as per the directives of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.”We think the medical board was formed dropping our leader’s (Khaleda’s) personal physicians as part of the government’s evil plan. It’s also a mockery with her (Khaleda’s) serious illness.”Rizvi warned that the consequences will be very dire if anything bad happens to Khaleda due to the government’s ‘vindictive’ attitude towards her.On Thursday, the government formed a five-member medical board with physicians from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for examining Khaleda’s health condition and ensuring her treatment.On 9 September, a high-profile BNP delegation, led by party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, met home minister Asaduzzaman Khan and urged him to take steps for ensuring Khaleda’s treatment at United Hospital.last_img read more

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Houstons Scrap Tire Ordinance Means Businesses Will Have To Register With The

first_img X Listen 00:00 /01:08 Al OrtizCity officials say scrap tire illegal operations and dumping them are a problem because they become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.Houston is ramping up efforts against illegal used tires operations and Mayor Sylvester Turner says that will help the city with a public health battle.The grace period for the scrap tire ordinance, which the Houston City Council passed in 2015, ends this week.All used tires operators will have to register with the city and get permits.Mayor Turner says one reason these illegal operations are a problem is they become breeding grounds for mosquitoes that can carry diseases, like the Zika and West Nile viruses.“The reality is just since we started the clean-up program in our battle against Zika we have picked up more than 19,000 tires, so there are a lot of people who are abusing the process,” Turner said at a press conference after the city council’s weekly meeting.The registration will cost $93 dollars for businesses that store and sell used tires and companies that transport the tires will have to pay $172 dollars.Those that don’t comply can be fined $250 dollars, per day, per offense.The Houston Police Department will also play a role.“We are gonna be attacking it, as far as an enforcement perspective, from several different ways. Obviously, the patrol officers on the street will have some training on what the permits look like,” noted interim Chief Martha Montalvo.City officials say Houstonians can help reduce the amount of used tires by buying retreaded units. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

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Dellums Says Agnew Attack Helps

first_imgOctober 17, 1970By Johnny BowlesBERKELEY, Calif.Congressional Candidate Ronald V. Dellums has lashed back at Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, calling him an “irresponsible politician” who may be a “little un-American.”The 34-year old self-proclaimed “radical” said he “welcomed the attack the Vice President made in a Fort Smith, Ark. speech in which he labeled Dellums the most radical of the “radical liberals.”Dellums, alluding to the Vice President’s campaign in 1968, said the attack would help to make my name a household word.” Agnew, not well-known when chosen as Nixon’s running mate in ‘68, strived to make his own name a “household word.”Ronald Dellums, a constant force for change as a prominent member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a former mayor of Oakland, California, died July 30 at the age of 82. In 1970, the AFRO wrote about Dellums’ campaign to get elected to the House of Representatives. (AFRO Archives Photo)Dellums said he was not a political extremist, but added, if Agnew “talked about himself he probably would be more accurate.” Dellums defined a political extremist as one who “attempts to raise scapegoats and manipulates the people through demagogic tactics.”Dellums said “that description of a political extremist suits the Vice President more than Ronald Dellums.”Dellums, currently a member of the Berkeley City Council, defeated incumbent Jeffrey Cohelan in what was termed a landslide.He must now face 2-year old Vietnam veteran John Healy, a Republican moderate.Dellums said Agnew’s criticism was “an effort to move into this campaign with the full weight of the White House.”And though he told the AFRO it was still to early to tell, Dellums felt sure he detected signs of the “solidification” of support as a result of Agnew’s attack.In an AFRO story last week, Dellums said he was concerned that the massive black, brown and student support which helped him to win the primary, would not be forthcoming during the general election because of apathy.Asked if he thought the Vice President would come into the area to campaign for Healy, Dellums said “that would be too good to be true.”As for the label of “radical” which has been tagged with, both by Agnew and by Healy, Dellums said, “If it means that I want to end the war, death and destruction, then I am a radical.”“If it means I believe in the need for a guaranteed annual wage, am opposed to corporate power and the military-industrial complex, then I am a radical.”Dellums went on to say that he believed that if there were any relevance in political action, it must be that those in office should not just say what people want to hear, but to spread the truth.Political figures, he said, “must play the role of educator, dissident, advocate, they must be willing to tell people what they have to know.”Asked about Agnew charges he was a “keynote speaker” at the famed “Huey Newton Birthday Party.” Dellums explained that he read a resolution which he submitted to the Berkeley City Council, of which he is a member.The two-part resolution asserted that Huey’s rights had been violated under the 14th Amendment because of discriminatory jury selection procedures both for the grand jury and for trial juries.Only one member of the grand jury which handled Newton’s case, he said, was black. That person was not present for the indictment. Minorities make up forty percent of the community.Referring to the fact that he has been declared the “number 1 target of the California Republican Committee,” Dellums said there were signs of considerable money in the campaign of his opponent, and that it was rumored that Sen. Barry Goldwater would come into the area to campaign against him.He said he anticipated a “fear campaign” based on Agnew-like charges that he was a “radical,” insurgent black.” He said he believed most people were byond that kind of demagoguery.But Dellums said he was not so much worried about apathy as he had been just two short weeks ago.He had the Vice President to thank for much of that.“Our coalition of blacks, browns, students and labor now realize that this will be a serious campaign and that we must remain mobilized until Nov. 3,” he said.Article transcribed by Matthew Ritchie, AFRO Intern.last_img read more

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Best Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere Moments

first_imgStay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future The last season of Game of Thrones is finally here, and after a year and a half of waiting, we witnessed key alliances, reunions, and warnings in Season 8, Episode 1.(Warning: There are major spoilers ahead, so if you’re not caught up on Game of Thrones, you’re going to want to stop reading this right now.) The White Walker army hasn’t arrived at Winterfell yet, however, most of the characters are tense while they’re preparing for the upcoming battle.Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 1 had some key scenes, including the cold meeting between Daenerys Targaryen and Sansa Stark, Theon Greyjoy rescuing his sister Yara Greyjoy, and of course, the Night King’s “message” to Westeros. Here are the top 5 moments from Game of Thrones Season 8’s premiere, according to Rotten Tomatoes.The Tension Between Daenerys Targaryen and Sansa StarkPhoto Credit: HBO“Winterfell is yours, your grace,” Sansa Stark told Daenerys Targaryen with an unfriendly tone. (Yikes.)Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 1 revealed the cold exchanges between the two leading characters, as they met at Winterfell and discussed the threat of the Night King’s army.Sansa Stark made it clear that she doesn’t like Daenerys Targaryen, and she’s even more annoyed when she has to bulk up on food and supplies, including feeding Daenerys Targaryen’s two ginormous dragons. It will be interesting to see how they’ll work together during the show’s final season.Theon Greyjoy Rescues Yara Greyjoy From a ShipPhoto Credit: Helen Sloan/HBOSibling relationships are important on Game of Thrones, and Theon Greyjoy rescuing Yara Greyjoy was a major moment in Season 8, Episode 1. The operation itself wasn’t elaborate, however, Yara Greyjoy managed to “affectionately” headbutt Theon Greyjoy after he went on a ship, killed people aboard, and rescued her from the sea vessel’s chambers.Jon Snow Rides a Dragon for the First TimePhoto Credit: HBOJon Snow isn’t the “Mother of Dragons,” but it was very funny to watch him ride one of  Daenerys Targaryen’s fire-breathing creatures for the first time. Rhaegal made sure Jon Snow was having a ball, as he swooped down ice canyons and twisted in the air on the trip, just enough to make viewers a bit queasy. While Daenerys Targaryen gracefully rode Drogon, John Snow wasn’t having the best of luck on Rhaegal’s back, however, maybe he’ll actually master the art later on.Samwell Tarly and Jon Snow’s Intense Meeting at the Winterfell CryptsPhoto Credit: Home Box Office/HBOSamwell Tarly just found out that his brother and father were executed by Daenerys Targaryen, which sends him in a brief emotional spiral. He doesn’t want to tell Jon Snow that he’s heir to the Iron Throne, but Bran Stark insists that he does so. “He trusts you more than anyone,” Bran Stark said. “Now’s the time.”Samwell Tarly heads down to the Winterfell Crypts, where he discloses everything to Jon Snow, including how Daenerys Targaryen killed his family members and why they’re fighting this major battle with the White Walkers.“Your mother was Lyanna Stark. And your father – your real father – was Rhaegar Targaryen,” Samwell Tarly told Jon Snow. “You’ve never been a bastard. You’re Aegon Targaryen, true heir to the Iron Throne.”(All the chills here!)The Night King’s Warning to All of WesterosPhoto Credit: HBOThe Night King hasn’t arrived at Winterfell yet, but he’s making it clear that Westeros watchers should “be scared out of their minds” for the big confrontation.At the Umbers’ castle, Tormund Giantsbane, Beric Dondarrion, and a group of the Night’s Watch survivors stumble upon the remains of a once-inhabited structure. There is blood everywhere, furniture thrown around, and the most uncomfortable sight of all: A dead Lord Umber mounted on a wall and surrounded by human body parts.But, that’s not all. Before the squad has a moment to let it sink in, young Lord Umber, now a wight, starts shrieking at the top of his lungs, prompting the group to set him and the gristly sight on fire.The Night King doesn’t play games here.Catch Game of Thrones Season 8 on HBO.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 1 Recap: Homecoming Party11 People We Want to Die in the ‘Game of Thrones’ Premiere‘Game of Thrones’ Algorithm Predicts Who Will Live or Die in Season 8last_img read more

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Analyst Amazons Fire Phone Simply Not Compelling Enough

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Register Now » September 9, 2014center_img Updated 4:00 pm ETAmazon unveiled its Fire Phone with much fanfare in June, but after only two months on the market, the company has dropped the price of the $199 32-gigabyte model to 99 cents, with a two-year contract. The 64-gigabyte version, originally priced at $299 is now $99, according to a release from Amazon.Customers who bought phone at the initial price can speak with customer service if they are interested in a rebate, and those who purchase the phone now can still get a free 12-month Amazon Prime membership, though for a limited time. The announcement comes amid anticipation of Apple’s latest big event and hype around the iPhone 6.Related: Amazon Drops $970 Million on Game-Streaming Service TwitchOf the price slashing, Tuong Huy Nguyen, a principal research analyst at Gartner told Entrepreneur.com that “any kind of fire sale is meant to generate volume.” The promotion seems to be working for the moment. The 32G Fire Phone is currently number one on Amazon’s list of bestselling contract phones, while it previously was behind the Samsung Galaxy S5, though on the site’s most “wished for” list, it sits at no. 18 spot.  Nguyen thinks that while the phone was a “solid offering” in terms of hardware, he believes that it had trouble gaining traction with customers because ultimately, “given the already high rate of smartphone ownership in the U.S., consumers need an extremely compelling [reason to buy]. The features of the device were not compelling enough to do this.” Additionally, the phone’s Android platform meant that the apps consumers can use are “essentially a subset of what’s already available to Google Play users.”Related: By 2017, the App Market Will Be a $77 Billion Industry (Infographic)However, even though the Fire Phone hasn’t made as strong a showing as Amazon may have hoped, Nguyen foresees the potential of some of the innovations that came out the phone’s four-year development, such as the interface’s Dynamic perspective and features like the content recognizing app Firefly. “I still hope to see these types of functionalities integrated into the broader market [and] other devices across all vendors,” he says.  Related: 9 Things Small Businesses Should Know About Amazon’s New Mobile Payments Reader Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

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