It has recently been announced that the country will host a Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2023, and important boxing matches have already taken place. In addition, Al Hilal, champion of the previous season of the Asian Champions League, is a team from Saudi Arabia. For this reason, the Saudi government wants to privatize its main football teams.These rumors circulate because it would not be the first time that a European club is bought by a country in the Middle East. In 2008, Abu Dhabi bought Manchester United, and later, in 2011, Qatar bought the PSG.The reason for the investment made by these countries was to soften the risks in the face of political instability in the Gulf, moving their assets abroad. Saudi Arabia, however, is less concerned with mitigating risks, as it is one of the political, religious and ideological powers of the region.For this reason, if the Riyadh government invests abroad it would be for commercial reasons. Even so, this option is unlikely since the Saudi government focuses more on the national level. In fact, such a purchase would mean a significant change in the policy of the Saudi government. Despite rumors about Saudi Arabia’s interest in buying an English football team, the Saudi sports strategy is based on national investment to achieve its growth.During the past three years, several have circulated rumors about the interest that Saudi investors have in buying a Premier League club. The biggest rumor is that Newcastle United is being persecuted by the Public Investment Fund of the government of Saudi Arabia. It is also believed that Mohammed Bin Salman, Crown Prince of the kingdom, is very interested in buying the Manchester United.The idea would be to buy a football club and then sign some of the best players in the world and thus be able to promote yourself as a tourist destination.But The objective of the Saudi government focuses more on the national level. For now, Saudi Arabia will spend billions of dollars on projects that attract tourists to the country and position the kingdom as one of the tourist destinations and host of the most important events in the world.
Dear Editor,Even though I don’t know the relatives of the late Latchman Benjie, my children and I would like to express our heartfelt sympathies to his family and relatives for their loss, which I am quite sure will leave such small children traumatized for a very long time.Over the years, I have been travelling to many places in Guyana, and using the waterways was the main way of travelling; and based on my observation, I have concluded that citizens, on the whole, are very irresponsible with their lives, whilst they also endanger other people’s lives. Most of them are accustomed to one way of life, and even though it’s dangerous, they prefer that way instead of adopting changes that would be safer for them and others.With the change in Government, many rules that was there but were not being implemented were being reinforced, but those who directly would be affected have protested against this move.Editor, the reason I say this is because most of my time at different locations, my attention would be drawn to the dangerous scenes around me, and I would always point them out; and many would ignore, or they would defend these actions, saying that is what they accustomed to. At many places, public and private water transportation could be seen traversing the waterways at night without any lights on the boat. On the waterway, sometimes it’s very dark and visibility is very poor, one cannot see upcoming traffic until its close. Many of these boats, owned by individuals for their personal use, would be laden with various items, and sometimes they are overloaded, making the boat sway in the water dangerously, especially when the water is rough. What is more dangerous is that sometimes they would have their families in the boat, and sometimes some might be small children, and not one life jacket could be seen in any of these boats that are being used for personal purposes. Go to Hubu Koker and see many families loading their boats or discharging their goods, and most of the boats are barely above the water. They prefer making one trip to save gas, risking lives instead of doing the right thing.All over I went to is the same way everyone operates. Sometimes you are lucky to see children as small as seven years old manoeuvring an engine boat. While this is admirable, it’s also dangerous, especially when the boat is laden. As is the case of Latchman Benjie, if he had on long boots, those should never have been on, because many people would tell you that is a dangerous move, especially if you have to go into water.Editor, those responsible should ensure proper safety precautions are in place, and private boats should have life jackets, especially for children; lights on the boats for nights, and emergency life rings on it. There should be a limitation to weights on the boats, based on the boat size. In order to save lives, we must ensure these rules are in place. Even though it might be hard for them to regulate themselves, they should, because not every day an accident occurs or who have more experience and knows what he/she is doing. Over the years, we’ve heard of many accidents on the waterways, and most of them are deadly compared to the roadways. That should tell us that the waterway have no sympathy; even though boats travel around 10-40 feet away from land, lives are still being lost.Sahadeo Bates
0Shares0000Barcelona forward Neymar is reportedly mulling a huge move to Paris Saint-GermainMADRID, Spain, Jul 30 – Spain’s football league chief Javier Tebas said he will file a complaint with UEFA for financial fair play breaches against Paris Saint-Germain over their pursuit of Brazilian superstar Neymar.PSG are rumoured to be weighing up a bid for the Barcelona forward at more than 200 million euros, enough to trigger the 25-year-old’s transfer release clause. “La Liga will file this complaint because it’s a problem for La Liga’s competitiveness. Today it’s happened to Barca, tomorrow it could happen to Real Madrid, it’s happened to Atletico Madrid,” Tebas, the La Liga chairman, told Mundo Deportivo.Should PSG bid, and then pay, the 222 million euros needed to prise Neymar from the Catalan capital, they would struggle to meet UEFA’s financial fair play conditions that limit a team to losses of no more than 30 million euros over a three-year cycle.And that is despite a mega-money sponsorship deal with the Qatar tourism board.According to Tebas, “no-one believes” the commercial revenue figures presented by PSG to justify their spending.“PSG cannot have figures in which PSG’s commercial rights exceed those of Real Madrid and Barcelona,” said Tebas.“No-one believes that. We’ve carried out economic studies and it’s impossible.“It means that the Qatari state is injecting money and that violates UEFA’s financial fair play rules and the European Union’s norms of economic competition, and we’re going to file a complaint.”In 2014, PSG were fined 60 million euros and handed transfer spending restrictions by UEFA for breaching financial fair play rules.UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) has also stated that PSG’s 200 million euros a year image rights contract with the Qatari tourist board is inflated and double its “true value”.PSG are owned by Oryx Qatar Sports Investments.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Manchester City’s striker Sergio Aguero (R) connects with this header to score their late winning goal past Bristol City’s goalkeeper Frank Fielding during the English League Cup on January 9, 2018 © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Jan 10 – A goal in stoppage time by Sergio Aguero saved Manchester City’s blushes as it was enough to secure a 2-1 win over second-tier Bristol City in their League Cup semi-final first leg clash on Tuesday.The Argentinian’s 19th goal of the season and a fine effort by Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne cancelled out Bobby Reid’s first-half penalty to give the hosts a club record-equalling 16th successive home win. However Bristol City, this season’s giantkillers who have eliminated four Premier League sides including holders Manchester United, gave their 8,000 travelling fans — the highest away attendance at the Etihad Stadum in its 15-year history — much to cheer.Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola sportingly congratulated his Bristol City counterpart Lee Johnson at the end.“We created a lot of chances and that’s why we win in the end, but today we knew we are not going to finish our job — that will have to happen away in Bristol when we travel there,” the Spaniard told the BBC.Manchester City’s midfielder Kevin De Bruyne celebrates after scoring against Bristol City on January 9, 2018 © AFP / Oli SCARFF“They were really good, so we tried so hard, all the players tried and we’re really happy,” added the 46-year-old, who has lost five of his last six semi-finals including City’s last domestic loss to Arsenal in last season’s FA Cup.Johnson, who last season received a death threat and had to move house as a result after Bristol City lost eight matches in a row, said he was proud of his players.“They can’t be disappointed as we are still in the tie,” he told Sky Sports.“They have shown the world we are good footballers.”Manchester City went close to breaking the deadlock on the quarter-hour mark when a flowing move concluded with Bernardo Silva’s goal-bound shot taking a deflection off a Bristol City defender.– Stones upends Reid –The visitors, though, were not in the least intimidated and went close themselves immediately afterwards, Claudio Bravo saving Joe Bryan’s long-range shot.Bristol City’s striker Bobby Reid scores from the penalty spot against Manchester City on January 9, 2018 © AFP / PAUL ELLISBristol City — appearing in their first major semi-final in 29 years — were more than holding their own but a poor clearance saw De Bruyne force a good one-handed save from Frank Fielding as the hosts pressed for the opener.The hosts turned the screw as the half progressed forcing a series of corners but without the end reward.However, it was Manchester City who cracked in the 43rd minute as the shaky Eliaquim Mangala was dispossessed and John Stones made a rash challenge on Reid to concede a penalty.Reid dusted himself off and although Bravo guessed the right way and got his fingers to the penalty, he was unable to prevent it going into the net for the scorer’s 14th goal of the season.Aden Flint ensured the Championship side went into the break 1-0 up when he produced a superb header to clear over his own bar as Raheem Sterling’s shot looked destined to bring the sides level.However, there was nothing the visitors could do about the equaliser in the 55th minute.De Bruyne surged forward playing it to Sterling who laid it back to him and the Belgian rifled the ball into the net to provoke a sigh of relief from players and home fans alike.Guardiola decided to send on his only out-and-out striker Aguero for Yaya Toure with 20 minutes remaining and the club’s record goalscorer did not disappoint, firing in the winner for a barely deserved victory.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
‘BROTOX’ – ANTIWRINKLE TREATMENTS FOR MEN: The use of cosmetic treatments for men is becoming much more common and accepted. There has always been a stigma regarding men seeking treatments to help them look younger, however the use of antiwrinkle injections or Botox in men is becoming more common year on year.We exercise and eat well to improve our appearance and feel better, so why not consider other ways to obtain a fresh and youthful appearance? Men are beginning to realise that it is possible to improve how they look, as well as looking less tired and angry, but in a very subtle way with little or no down time. Dr. Fitzgerald of Letterkenny’s Ballsbridge Medical Aesthetic Clinic tailors Botox treatment to suit male clients. There are important differences in treating a male versus a female face to give the best and most natural result. Treatments are performed in a private setting on an appointment only basis so there is no busy waiting room to contend with.For further information or to arrange a free consultation see www.ballsbridgeclinic.ie or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BallsbridgeClinic/ .Dr. Róisín Fitzgerald of Letterkenny’s private Ballsbridge Medical Aesthetic Clinic has completed advanced training in the UK (including London’s Harley Street) in anti-wrinkle injections for the face and neck, as well as other treatments including dermal fillers and facial peels. DD Cosmetic Medical Column: Breaking News, men get wrinkles too! was last modified: August 25th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:CosmeticFeatureslifestyleMedical ColumnistnewsWrinkles
Weather-watchers across County Donegal can no longer complain about a lack of warning over icy roads or frozen footpaths.That’s because Donegal County Council is to launch its own weather website.The website will be a complete one-stop-shop to keep the public in touch with the weather in their area and how the council is reacting to it. The site www.donegalcocowinterweather.ie will be officially launched this Friday at 10am in the council chamber at the Letterkenny Pubic Service Centre.The website is not officially up and running yet but viewers can get a sneak preview of how they can interact with the site.When live the site will keep the public up-to-date with all aspects of the weather including gritting in their areas during cold snaps.The website is a radical departure by the council to service the needs of the Donegal public during unpredictable weather patterns. DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL TO LAUNCH ITS OWN WEATHER WEBSITE was last modified: November 27th, 2012 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Donegal County Councilweather website
A well-known former Donegal Garda Sergeant has paid tribute to the brother of Garda Robbie McCallion who was found dead following a tragic incident in Co Mayo.Christy Galligan said he got to know Garda John McCallion following the tragic death of his brother Letterkenny-based Garda Robbie McCallion.Robbie died ten years ago in the line of duty when he was struck by a car at Tara Court. Robbie’s brother John was found by the roadside while out cycling in training for a Mizen to Malin cycle on Friday morning.Here Christy Galligan remembers John and his family.I received the sad and tragic news that Garda John Mc Callion of Swinford, County Mayo died while out training for a charity cycle run near his home. I got to know John after the death of his younger brother Robbie, also a Garda, in 2009. I was Robbie’s Sergeant In Letterkenny on the fateful night when he got knocked down responding to a call with two other colleagues to the theft of a car in Tara Court, Letterkenny, in March 2009.John was the spokesperson for his family and was the one whom I made contact with and spoke with during that very sad and upsetting time and came to know and appreciate over the past decade.His calm exterior and humility belied the sadness and turmoil at losing his kid brother, but he remained a stalwart in the face of all of the publicity from Robbie death until the trial and conviction of the accused person.I had that privilege and honour of getting to know all of the Mc Callion family,from Bob and Nancy, the parents, to Noreen, Deirdre and John, and all their children during this past decade.John, like Robbie, had a deep sense of duty, but with that deep sense of duty came responsibility. With it came a great sense of humility, honesty and dedication to all those who made contact or came in contact with them. They epitomised all that was good, not just in their personal lives, but also to duty to the public they served.The Mc Callion family typified the dedication to duty as John and Robbie’s dad, Bob, and Uncles were members of the Garda Síochana also.They exuded all that was good and right. They did not shirk from their duties or responsibilities as front line members of the force or as family men.I met John and all the Mc Callion family when a Garda select team from Donegal went to Swinford to play in the Robbie McCallion memorial park in March of this year commemorating the tenth year of Robbie’s death. I also met the family in the Memorial Gardens of Dublin Castle remembering all our fallen colleagues of the Garda Síochana only on the 18th of May last.Knowing the family as I’ve got to know them, and that is only minuscule compared to those in this close-knit group, they exuded all that was good and right.John was training for the Garda Cycle Run from Malin to Mizen Head, and it was this sense of dedication and love for others that makes him stand out as the incredible person that I will remember him as.To his wife Colette, daughters Sarah and Grace and son Robert, and all the Mc Callion family, friends and work colleagues, I mourn with you at this great loss but always remember that your Husband, Father, Uncle, Son and Friend and Colleague, will never be forgotten just, like his brother Robbie.They will always be very much a part of our lives, and those of us who knew John and Robbie will know that we had the privilege and honour of meeting that which was good and honest and caring in society, and one that we all strive to be.Ar Dhéis Dé Go Raibh a hAinm Dílís.Christy Galligan, (retd. Gda. Sgt)Letterkenny,Co. Donegal.Former Donegal Garda Sgt remembers tragic colleague was last modified: May 26th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)Tags:Garda Robbie McCallionletterkennytragedy
The deepest dinosaur bone ever found, a part of a Plateosaurus, has been found by Norwegians 1.4 miles under the North Sea floor. This sets a new depth record for a dinosaur fossil. According to LiveScience, “Researchers said it’s quite possible there are many more fossils down there.” More on National Geographic News, News@Nature and the BBC.A four-ton land rover buried in sediment a mile and a half under the seabed – think about it. Does this sound like the setting described in the article: “dry plains with rivers running through them”? If the dinosaur lived in that environment, what happened? Meanwhile, they should look for more down there. What if the dinosaur fossils we find on the surface represent a tiny fraction of bones buried deep under the sea, all over the world?(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Everybody can agree that Apple’s next couple of iPhones need to be more than just iterative updates. From the design to the hardware to iOS, Apple clearly needs to do… more. But some people like to take that idea of “more” to ludicrous extremes. Usually it is some obscure blog trying to make a name for itself (if ever so briefly). Other times it happens to be the founder and CEO of one of the largest and most respected industry analyst groups in the world.Forrester’s Chief Wants Smartphones To FoldForrester CEO George Colony posted an entry on his “Counterintuitive CEO Blog” at Forrester on Tuesday titled, “Apple’s Foldable Future.” The post talks about how Apple must go big with the iPhone 6 (not the iPhone “5S” expected later this year, but the version after that) and he suggests the “foldable smartphone.” Yes, foldable. Like, you know, a towel or a piece of paper. Colony writes:Without any inside knowledge of Apple or other makers’ plans, I believe that the coolest future smartphones will fold. To demonstrate, take the current iPhone 5, lengthen it by 1.5 inches, widen it by an inch, make it 30% thinner, then fold the whole thing in half. In your hand… you would be holding a square device with a full screen of icons, video, pictures – ready to make a call or open an app.But when you open the phone, you would have a massive screen (there’s display glass on both sides of the device) with a diagonal of nearly seven inches. That’s bigger than the non-folding Galaxy Note 2 which is often called a “phablet” in polite circles and “the sandal” in rougher company.Let’s ignore the obvious caveat here where Colony admits that he has absolutely no idea if this is something that Apple would do. Colony’s view on foldable computing is pie in the sky thinking at best. Delusional at worst. Dual Screens & Bendable ≠ Foldable Over the last several years several companies have demonstrated the concept of “bendable” displays. Nokia had a bendable display showcased in its research and development kiosk at Nokia World in London in October 2011. Samsung has shown off the bendable displays at multiple trade shows. Apple, as far as we know through various patent submissions, is working on curved glass displays, possibly for the release of the so-called “iWatch.” In addition, several concepts of the “dual screen” smartphone have emerged over the past couple of years at trade shows like Mobile World Congress and the Consumer Electronics Show. None of them have worked particularly well, gotten anywhere near a decent review or been mass produced by whatever manufacturer thought it up.But dual-screen and bendable displays do not a “foldable” smartphone make. While those are interesting concepts in their own right, they don’t appear to be what Colony is getting at – a single-screen device that could folded to be bigger or smaller. (Let’s hope he’s thinking of something more than the next generation of the once-popular flip phone.)Foldable = FormidableTo his credit, Colony admits building a foldable smartphone would definitely be a challenge.Now this won’t be easy. The hinge technology will have to be an engineering marvel, and making the folding crease of the screen invisible will pose problems in materials, optics, and touch technologies.The basic concept that Colony is getting at, outside of the “foldable computing is cool and the future” part (which I do not quite buy), is that a foldable iPhone/iPad device would turn what is basically an iPhone into a small tablet with a fold. This could be a more sophisticated approach to the “phablet” concept of very large smartphones, like the Galaxy Note II (which has a 5.55-inch screen).(See also Samsung Galaxy Note II: The Tale Of The Comically Large Smartphone.) Phablets, on a conceptual level, remain controversial. Mobile analytics company Flurry, which tracks nearly a billion smartphones and tablets worldwide, notes that phablets are likely a fad. The entire “small tablet” category (from 7-inches to 8.4-inches) remains very small, despite devices like Google’s Nexus 7, Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Apple’s own iPad Mini. Sure, those devices are relatively new, but their market share is even tinier than their screens. Look past the foldable phone, though, and Colony does make an important point. Whether it be a foldable iWhatever or some other type of moon shot, Apple clearly needs a huge win with the iPhone 6. If the company does not achieve that, Colony argues, Apple could very easily turn into the next Sony – a once-great company that grew stagnant and no longer sets the agenda for cutting-edge innovation.“Foldable” iPhone concept photos from Forrester. Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Apple#iPhone dan rowinski The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
The Ping Pong mode is inclusive – the last frame of the sequence is always repeated. For example, a five frame sequence would be: 1-2-3-4-5-5-4-3-2-1-1-2-3-4-5. The Ping Pong+ mode is exclusive, so the last frame of the sequence is never repeated creating a sequence that is always 1 frame shorter, but does not create stuttering with a frame repeat.Are you using Autodesk Smoke for video editing and compositing?Got questions about Smoke nodes?Let us know in the comments below! Smoke’s Motif NodeThe Motif Node is a great node for pattern creation and kaleidoscope effects. The node creates tiled symmetrical textures. This tool has a lot of simple features to not only create kalidiscope effects with video images, but can also be used for to create some interesting motion graphic elements.Source clips can be transformed before the Motif symmetrical effects are applied. You can transform the image through the Motif effect with animations in X/Y position, scale and rotation. Transformations are applied to both the front and matte clips simultaneously and are available on the output.There are 2 types of symmetry patterens. Radial and Region of Interest (ROI). With the Radial mode you can set the geometric number of sides to create the kalidiscope effects. The ROI has triangle and square options. Both options allow you to adjust the scale and position of the Motif focus. The Motif node also contains a softness parameter to blur the edges or seams where the Motif images connect.Creating the look you want is pretty easy with the on-screen widget. The widget controls the transformations of the symmetry pattern and the GPU processing allows for a fluid working of the tool. Our breakdown of the nodes in Autodesk Smoke’s ConnectFX continues by exploring the uses of the Matte Edge, Motif, and MUX nodes in your next composite.Smoke’s Matte Edge NodeSmoke’s Matte Edge Node is typically used in the Modular Keying pipeline. It contains many functions for altering the edges of a matte to help you finesse a better key…and create a better composite. The Matte Edge Node’s tools include Matte Edges, Shrink, Erode, Blur, Noise and a Matte Luminance Curve function. The tools are additive effects as you effect your matte and work your way across the UI. Not only can these tools be used in traditional ways, but they can also be used in creative matte effects and transitions.[Click on Images for Larger View]The Edge Menu can pull 3 different edges: Basic, Advanced, and Smooth. With each type you can select the minimum and maximum luminance values. Advanced Edges gives you the added ability to define the width of the edge on both the inner and outer edge of the matte. The Smooth Edge allows you to generate a soft or blurred edge matte.The Shrink Menu is normally something you don’t want to do to your key as it is very destructive to the edges. But when you use it with text and graphics you can create an animating edge transition by setting keyframes for the shrink value. You can add a bit of softness to the shrink as well.The Erode Menu will blend the light and dark edges of the matte.The Blur Menu will blur the interior of the matte.You can control the opacity of the black, white, and gray values in the matte with the Luminance Curves. The left side controls the black values and the right controls the white. You can add points and move them along the curve.The Noise Menu will add noise to the transparent areas of the matte. You can control the weight of the noise as well as the size and softness. You can allow the noise to be static and set the position with the X&Y sliders, or set the noise to impulse which will cause the noise to animate on every frame.When you combine graphic textures to the matte from the text node, you can create some organic holes and erosions to the matte by using the different tools in the Matte Node. This makes this node very powerful in graphic design as well as traditional keying. Smoke’s MUX NodeThe MUX Node is located in the I/O panel of ConnectFX. I guess technically it is not an effects node, but does have features for clip timing. The MUX node is often used to help organize your schematic when you have repeating connections, and thereby making it easy to change sources.If you have a schematic setup like the one pictured, making a change of sources can often be frustrating with the breaking and creating of connections. By adding a MUX to the mix, you only have to change one connection.1. Select your source.2. Press SHIFT+ALT the connections become highlighted.3. Release ALT, but still hold down SHIFT.4. Double Tap the MUX node.5. The MUX node is added in-between the connections.6. Replace the source clip by only needing to break and connect one link. NOTE: Smoke 2013 also allows you to hover a clip over another clip to drag and drop replace it as well.The MUX node also allows you to alter the frames that travel through the node. This allows you to slip the timing of the frames to sync video or effects up with other elements in your schematic. You can also limit the frames of the clip. By activating the FX Range, you can set the input frame and output frame. Setting the frames to the same value will give you a freeze frame of the input connection which is often quite useful. You also have the option to set how the frames before and after the in and out frames are processed. Your options are: Repeat, No Media, Black, White, Live, Loop, Ping Pong, and Ping Pong+.