Liverpool five-a-side team: Do they really need to play Simon Mignolet?

first_img 5 Roberto Firmino – Like his countryman Coutinho, Firmino’s skills and finishing would make him a great striker. 5 5 5 Emre Can – Can is powerful and an adept defender as well as possessing a fierce long shot, a good option for defence. 5 Jurgen Klopp is still trying to get the best out of his Liverpool team the Premier League this season, but how would they fare in a five-a-side league?As all amateur footballers will testify to, the five-man game is a completely different animal to it’s 11-a-side big brother.Long balls become useless, the big man who is good in the air is redundant (sorry Christian Benteke) and the strong-tackling hard-man is pinged every time he risks his knees sliding on the astro-turf.So who would make your team’s five-a-side from the current crop of players? talkSPORT look at who would be the likely line-ups.Click the arrow above, right, to see the Liverpool five a-side team.Agree with talkSPORT’s selections? Let us know who you would pick in the comments section below!TOTTENHAM’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMARSENAL’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMMAN CITY’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMMAN UNITED’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMCHELSEA’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAM Nathaniel Clyne (goalie rush) – Click the arrow, right, to see the rest of Liverpool’s five-a-side team – Strictly speaking, you cannot have rush goalie in five-a-side, but we’ve made an exception for Liverpool, given the goalkeeper alternative. Joe Allen – Controversial perhaps, but Allen has an engine and is a decent passer of the ball which are two key components in five-a-side. Philippe Coutinho – Coutinho is full of tricks and flicks and would be able to squeeze out of any small space with the ball intact. last_img read more

Humboldt Crabs host first fan fest tonight

first_imgGrab your peanuts and Cracker Jacks because Humboldt Crabs baseball season opens Friday.This year instead of the usual opening dinner at the Arcata Community Center the Crabs have something else cooked up for their fans who have been waiting for more baseball since last summer — the Crabs fan fest from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.“We are excited,” Humboldt Crabs Board of Directors member Tracy McCormack said. “It’s the first time we’ve ever done a fan fest at the ballpark.”Organizers of the event …last_img read more

Secular Ocean Theory Evaporates

first_imgThe divination experts see a new vision emerging from meteorites, portending disaster.If there was ever a coherent theory of how the earth got its oceans, it’s gone. The new reading of meteorites forbids it. Now, inventors of solar system models have to go back to square one. Whatever they come up with is bound to take more heat.Because the early earth was pictured to be molten with volcanoes going off and meteors hitting repeatedly, cosmogonists were forced into thinking that water arrived later. The ‘late veneer’ theory (which we call the ‘water balloon’ theory) claimed that the oceans were late arrivals, the water being delivered by comets and meteorites after things cooled down a bit.*For empirical support, they appealed to elements in chondritic meteorites, believing that elements embedded in the stones can act as “fingerprints” of conditions at the time of their formation. A new paper in Nature, however, claims that stable isotopes of ruthenium falsify the late veneer theory: “these data refute an outer Solar System origin for the late veneer and imply that the late veneer was not the primary source of volatiles and water on the Earth.” Moreover, these isotopes don’t match those in earth’s crust.What this implies is that earth’s water had to arrive earlier somehow. In “Meteorite Studies Reveal Surprises About Earth’s Formation” on Space.com, Elizabeth Howell speaks of double toil and trouble:Two studies published Wednesday (Jan. 25) in the journal Nature suggest that Earth’s main building blocks were rocks similar to meteorites known as enstatite chondrites, and that the planet got most of its water gradually during the formation process, rather than in one big burst toward the end.“The results presented in these papers lead to the troubling conclusion that the meteorites in our collection are not particularly good examples of Earth’s building blocks,” Richard Carlson, a geochemist at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., wrote in a commentary article that accompanied the two studies in Nature. (Carlson was not involved in either study.)At New Scientist, Chelsea White interprets the hidden message in the stones, concluding, “Earth’s water must have arrived here earlier than we thought.” (Who’s “we”, Paleface?)THE arrival of water on our planet is shrouded in mystery. Our leading theory says icy meteorites brought it here after most of the planet and its core had formed, about 4.5 billion years ago. But now an analysis of isotopes from meteorites seems to imply that the wet stuff got here much sooner.One of the authors is sufficiently confident to declare falsification of the late veneer theory. “We can now rule out water arriving on icy comets after the planet was mostly formed.” But if, as White concludes, “Earth’s water may in fact have been part of the very dust cloud from which the planet first condensed,” a number of new demons rise out of the shroud of mystery, scaring the scientist-diviners back to reality. They know that volatiles like water would have likely escaped during the violent, hot conditions that the spirits of the meteorites tell them must have taken millions of years, with up to 20 huge impacts needed to form the moon (1/10/17). The dust-cloud origin theory also begs the question of how the dust cloud got its water in the first place. Not surprisingly, all the articles and papers ignore this new, larger mystery: how did water survive on a violent early earth?*The ‘water balloon’ theory has long had problems. See 3/26/02, 12/27/07, 10/11/11, 7/23/12, and 12/11/14.Update 1/28/17: New Scientist offers a new idea: the earth made its own water from scratch. Andy Coghlan quotes a Canadian who concocted a model showing how chemical reactions in the mantle could produce water. Pressure would increase, emitting water through volcanoes. A Brit thinks most of the water produced that way would be “small scale and localized,” so most of earth’s ocean water still had to arrive from comets. Coghlan indicates that the pressure is more likely in the scientists’ heads, not in the mantle. “A study published this week, for example, based on isotopes from meteorites and Earth’s mantle, also found that water is unlikely to have arrived on icy comets after Earth formed, as has long been assumed.” Right after that, he quotes the Brit who says it had to come from comets – a contradiction, leaving the reader thinking neither model is workable.The scientists did not see the origin of the earth or its oceans. They did not see “the arrival of water on our planet” (notice the dodge; using passive voice “the arrival of water” avoids having to explain how it arrived). Their models are emanations of their starting assumptions. The only things they can measure scientifically are elemental abundances in meteorites and earth rocks. The rest is divination.Everyone has access to, however, an Eyewitness account. That account is corroborated by our own eyewitness testimony that earth’s water is not only vital for our planet’s habitability, but is beautiful, fun, and health-giving. It looks designed for a purpose. Chelsea may be more correct than she knows when she says, “Earth’s water must have arrived here earlier than we thought.”Now read the Bible’s warnings about those who use divination instead of believing God’s word: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Micah. Substitute “scientists” for “prophets” since today’s secular scientists, entering their Yoda trances, prophesy to the people about the “arrival” of earth, its water, the moon, and everything else, using modern divination techniques.(Visited 94 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bergbau und Mineralien in Sudafrika

first_imgSudafrika, auch Schatztruhe der Welt genannt, verfugt uber reichhaltige mineralische Bodenschatze. Das Land produziert und besitzt einen erheblichen Anteil aller Mineralien weltweit.Sudafrikas Reichtum sind die schier unerschopflichen Bodenschatze: fast 90% der Platin-Vorkommen, 80% der Mangan-Vorkommen, 73% der Chrom-Vorkommen, 45% der Vanadium-Vorkommen und 41% der Gold-Vorkommen befinden sich hier. Nur Rohol und Bauxit kann das Land nicht bieten.Das Land ist ein fuhrender Produzent von Edelmetallen wie Gold und Platin, aber auch von Basismetallen und Kohle. Es ist der viertgroßte Diamantenhersteller, wobei Experten davon ausgehen, dass es immer noch potentielle weitere Vorkommen in Gebieten gibt, die noch nicht voll erschlossen sind.Stellenwert in der WirtschaftSudafrikas war uber ein Jahrhundert lang der weltweit großte Goldproduzent, wurde jedoch 2007 von China ubertroffen. Gold, einst der Schlusselfaktor in der sudafrikanischen Wirtschaft, hat an Bedeutung eingebußt, da die Wirtschaft des Landes vielfaltiger geworden ist.Allerdings ist der Bergbau in Sudafrika immer noch ein essentieller Wirtschaftsfaktor und Edelmetalle stellen 65% des Mineralienexports des Landes, was 21% des Gesamtwarenexportes 2006 entspricht. Das Land liefert 80% des Platins auf der Welt.Die Bergbauindustrie ist ebenfalls Sudafrikas großter Arbeitgeber mit uber 460.000 Beschaftigten und weiteren 400.000 weiteren Angestellten bei Zulieferern und unterstutzenden Dienstleistern.WandelDie Besitzverhaltnisse, der Zugang und der Abbau der mineralischen Bodenschatze des Landes wird im Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act of 2002 geregelt. Dieses Gesetz erklart den Staat zum Sachwalter uber diese Bodenschatze.Wandel ist eines der Hauptprobleme, mit dem der sudafrikanische Bergbau konfrontiert wird. Ein gleichberechtigter Zugang zu mineralischen Bodenschatzen wurde gesetzlich festgeschrieben. Eine erhebliche Beteiligung von bisher benachteiligten Gruppen ist der Gegenstand der brancheneigenen Verpflichtungserklarung im Zuge des “Black Economic Empowerment” (BEE).Derzeit sind uber 70% der Arbeitskrafte in dieser Industrie schwarz, davon allerdings nicht einmal 5% in leitenden Positionen. Die Regierung hat Vorgaben erlassen. Bis 209 wird von allen Bergbaugesellschaften erwartet, dass 40% der leitenden Positionen mit bislang benachteiligten Sudafrikanern zu besetzen sind.Weitere Zielvorgaben fur dien nachsten 10 Jahre sehen den Transfer von 26% der Bergbauanteile an Gesellschaften in schwarzem Besitz, und die Gewahrleistung, dass 51% aller zukunftigen Bergbauprojekte von Unternehmen in schwarzem Besitz kontrolliert werden.StarkenAls eines der Hauptbergbaulander zahlt Sudafrika hohe fachliche Kompetenz im Technik- und Produktionsbereich sowie umfangreiche Forschungs- und Entwicklungsarbeit zu seinen Starken.Das Land hat im Weltvergleich erstklassige Verarbeitungsanlagen fur Kohlenstoffstahl, Edelstahl und die Aluminiumindustrie, neben Gold und Platin. Sudafrika ist ebenfalls weltweit fuhrend in Sachen neue Technologien. Dazu gehort u. a. ein bahnbrechendes Verfahren, das geringhaltiges, extrafeines Eisenerz in hochwertiges Eisen umwandelt.Diese Art der Veredelung und somit der Wertsteigerung von Rohstoffen vor dem Export wurde vom Staat als einer der Hauptwachstumsbereiche herausgestellt. Hier liegen lukrative Ertragsmoglichkeiten fur nachgelagerte Aufbereitung und steigert den Wert von Eisen, Edelstahl, Kohlenstoffstahl, Aluminium, Platinderivat und Gold vor Ort.IndustriefuhrerZwei der weltweit großten Bergbaugesellschaften stammen aus Sudafrika. BHP Billiton, die großte Bergbaugesellschaft der Welt, kam im Zuge einer Fusion zwischen der sudafrikanischen Gesellschaft Billiton und dem australischen Unternehmen BHP zustande.Anglo American Plc, mit Borsennotierungen in London und Johannesburg, besitzt mehrere Tochtergesellschaften wie z. B. Anglo Platinum, Anglo Coal, Impala Platinum und Kumba Iron Ore.Der Diamantminenbetreiber De Beers, ebenfalls ein sudafrikanisches Unternehmen, ist im Besitz von Anglo American und einem Konsortium unter Fuhrung der Regierung von Botswana. Der weltweit wichtigste Diamantenproduzent baute 2007 ca. 51,1 Mio. Karat ab.Letzte Aktualisierung: September 2008SAinfo reporter. Quellen (Englische Websites):South Africa YearbookDepartment of Minerals and EnergyChamber of Mines of South AfricaStandard Bank: Economic Profile: South AfricaBusiness DayMining WeeklyMineweblast_img read more

The Unifying Power of Storyboards

first_imgThe best way to bring an entire crew together behind a single project is to share a vision. That’s where storyboards come in.Storyboards have been around for a long time. Think prehistoric cave paintings. In fact, some of my drawings look just like some of those ancient pictograms! One of the reasons I encourage film students to learn how to draw is because sooner or later, a drawing will convey a vision far more effectively than words ever could — particularly if you’re working abroad, where language is already an issue.Storyboards over TimeThe collage of storyboards above is a good sample of the boards I’ve worked with in my career. In the ’80s, most visual effects companies had in-house art departments that would create storyboards and key frame production paintings that captured the scale, mood, and dramatic intent of a particular scene or moment in the script. Most storyboards in those days represented all of the elements in each shot that could break down into schedule-able and budgetary terms — a visual menu, if you will. Art departments needed a lot of wall space because each board was tacked up, in sequence, for all to see and discuss.You should draw your storyboards with the project’s aspect ratio in mind. The three boards across the top are in 2:40 to 1 — or “widescreen” format. In the old, old days, art directors would actually draw with a specific lens in mind from a shoot-able spot determined from a plan view drawing — now that’s knowing your set.Storyboards vs. Pre-VisualizationWhat’s inherent to storyboards is that they are static and pre-visualization is not. The animated process of pre-vis gives the director a peek into the possibilities of framing, speed, and scale in a sequence. It’s a moving storyboard that you can edit and improve prior to actual shooting. The downside of pre-vis is that the animator may create something that is very difficult, if not impossible, to shoot. A lens may be too wide, a camera move may be too fast, or there may be a focus and magnification issue.Further, if everyone falls in love with the pre-vis, there is no room for a filmmaker to improve the sequence in the real world with real people. This happened to me once on a very big feature film: I thought I came up with a better, more efficient way to shoot a scene, pitched it passionately but was ultimately shot down because, “the studio likes it the way it is.” They had seen the pre-vis and wanted it shot exactly that way. Boring, and we also had to reshoot parts of it because the pre-vis didn’t translate well to live-action. I tried to warn them!Be Prepared.On the other hand, a storyboard is a guide that accommodates improvement during production. It’s an inventory of beats that the cinematographer will photograph in a real setting. Screen direction and blocking are TBD on the day of shooting. In other words, don’t be constrained by the boards.It’s why we mostly only board action bits and Visual FX sequences. Anything complex and potentially expensive needs meticulous planning. Never show up on the day without the equipment you need and only a couple of sketches on a napkin. The crew will punish you for it.We don’t board much in TV because they don’t want to pay for the illustrations, and there is rarely enough time to shoot the scenes properly as it is. In those cases, I’ll do some simple drawings of my own to keep track of the moments that are essential to the sequence.Work on your drawing, it’s a very handy thing to know how to do.All images courtesy of the author.What organization tips do you rely on? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Cabinet reshuffle: Prime minister tweaks portfolios but sacks no minister

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh’s first Cabinet reshuffle was expected to address governance and image deficit in the wake of a string of scams and political crises. But the consensus in the political circles as President Pratibha Patil was swearing in new ministers was that the PM’s endeavour was mostly an exercise in futility.PM Manmohan Singh announces a new teamIncompetent ministers were shifted, not sacked; he failed to infuse young blood into the council of ministers; and there was no attempt to bridge the governance and image deficit.The much-anticipated rejig failed to send out a strong message against corruption to the people or to the political class.Ministers who presided over the Commonwealth Games (CWG) scams and management mess – urban development minister Jaipal Reddy and sports minister M. S. Gill – were not dropped but let off with only a change in their portfolios.Reddy’s transfer was, in fact, seen as a promotion because he was given charge of a more important portfolio – petroleum in place of urban development that went to Kamal Nath. All the more shocking was the transfer of Vilasrao Deshmukh, who figures in the Adarsh Society flat allotment scandal, to the crucial rural development and Panchayati Raj ministry.Deshmukh’s appointment to this ministry is questionable considering that in December 2010, the Supreme Court had imposed a fine of `10 lakh on the Maharashtra government on a complaint that Deshmukh, as chief minister, had influenced the police against registering an FIR against his brother, who was facing charges of money-lending irregularities by farmers in Maharashtra’s Buldhana district.advertisementMoreover, this ministry is closely monitored by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and general secretary Rahul Gandhi. Both feel it has potential to empower the “aam aadmi”. Some in the Congress feel the suave Mumbaikar is a bad choice for rural development as his heart is in Mumbai.Meanwhile, there was no attempt to address issues of non-governance, or “governance-deficit” as the PM himself has admitted several times as known non-performers – C.P. Joshi, Kamal Nath, Virbhadra Singh – were simply transferred to different departments. Contrary to expectations, there was no infusion of young blood barring a 48-yearold K.C. Venugopal from Kerala as minister of state.The Opposition was quick to point out that the cabinet reshuffle has not addressed any issue concerning the people. “The PM has failed to punish the corrupt,” said BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain. “He has just effected a change in rooms for his non-performing and corrupt ministers.”The PM, however, tried to rekindle hopes of a major shake-up by promising a “more expansive” exercise after the budget session of Parliament which concludes in May.This is a minor reshuffle and after budget session of Parliament, we will do a more expansive exercise,” Singh told mediapersons. Ageing and ineffective ministers such as Virbhadra Singh and B.K. Handique were retained, while Beni Prasad Verma, who can barely walk, has been inducted as minister for steel. Similarly, Sushil Kumar Shinde was allowed to continue in the power ministry though the PM was apparently considering shifting him out.Compulsions of coalition politics were evident in the hands-off approach to two important departments – agriculture and railways. The PM left the allies untouched and despite persisting food inflation which is eating into Congress’s political space, the shuffle does not show any desire to arrest the price spiral. Sharad Pawar continues to occupy agriculture, the only token change being the food and public distribution being taken away from him.Gill, sports and youth affairs minister, and best known for his weak handling of the CWG mess and arm-twisting sports bodies, also escaped the axe as he was shifted to an obscure statistics and programme implementation ministry.None of the non-performing ministers holding an infrastructure portfolio was dropped. Instead they were merely shifted to other portfolios, as if these ministries are of no consequence. Another infrastructure minister Kamal Nath, who figured in the Nira Radia tapes and was considered wanting in performance, has been shifted to urban development from road transport and highways.Minister of state V. Narayanaswamy, who is articulate neither in Hindi nor in English, analysts said, was considered by many insiders to be a bad choice for the MoS slot in the PMO.The reshuffle did not convey any message to trouble-torn Andhra Pradesh, especially when the Telangana region is on the boil and state Congress leader Jaganmohan Reddy is threatening to split the party. Many party leaders from the state in private have expressed dismay over non-induction of any new face from the state.advertisementDespite sending 33 MPs, the state has only one cabinet minister in Jaipal Reddy. As against Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, which has only seven Congress MPs in the Lok Sabha, has three cabinet ministers.The re-jig does not show any strategy to bring Parliament back to normalcy. Many in the party hoped incumbent soft-spoken parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, may be replaced with someone more aggressive like Ghulam Nabi Azad to craft a strategy to take the Opposition parties on board. However, the PM opted for status quo even when the Opposition continues to remain adamant on a JPC to probe in the 2G scam threatening to cripple the Budget session.Ashwani Kumar’s appointment as parliamentary affairs minister is also circumspect. “We doubt if he can forge a compromise with the Opposition to break the deadlock over the JPC to look into the 2G scam,” a Congress leader said.last_img

10 months agoBarnes swoops to earn Burnley crucial win at Huddersfield

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barnes swoops to earn Burnley crucial win at Huddersfieldby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley produced a critical victory at Huddersfield Town on Wednesday night.The Clarets’ win, their second in three days, was sealed when Ashley Barnes slotted home midway through the second half from Ashley Westwood’s pass.Huddersfield had taken the lead through Steve Mounie’s header in the 33rd minute but conceded an equaliser and had Christopher Schindler sent off within two minutes before half-time.Wood met Dwight McNeil’s low cross from the left six yards out and swept in for his fifth goal of the season.Schindler, who had earlier been booked for a foul on Wood, was then shown a second yellow card for hauling down McNeil on the edge of the penalty area.Defeat means bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield are eight points from safety. last_img read more

9 months agoDONE DEAL: Stevenage sign West Ham midfielder Moses Makasi

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Stevenage sign West Ham midfielder Moses Makasiby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveStevenage have signed West Ham midfielder Moses Makasi on loan until the end of the season.The 23-year-old, who is yet to make his senior debut for the Hammers, spent time on loan with Plymouth last season scoring once in seven appearances.He could feature for Boro in Saturday’s home game against Crawley.”Moses is a good footballer and I am really pleased we have been able to get this one over the line,” boss Dino Maamria told the club website. last_img read more

After decades of poor water quality Enoch will be using Edmontons water

first_imgChris Stewart APTN National NewsThe Enoch Cree First Nation in Alberta isn’t on a boil water advisory – but people in the Alberta community didn’t trust the water.And with the community hosting the World Indigenous games this July, the federal government will pay for a supply fresh drinking water.cstewart@aptn.calast_img

UK service provider TalkTalk has launched a new TV

first_imgUK service provider TalkTalk has launched a new TV player to deliver on-demand movies and entertainment to its TV subscribers.The new player will house TalkTalk’s movie rental service, TalkTalk Box Office, which has been boosted with additional titles.Titles currently available include Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave.TalkTalk says it has improved discovery features on the service with a new ‘Included Channels’ feature. Viewers can browse the entire library of over 500 movies and hundreds of hours of on demand programmes, with prices clearly marked.All live channels included within the additional flexible monthly Boosts mini-packs, and the seven additional Sky channels that were recently bundled into in TalkTalk’s Plus TV package, can now be found in the YouView guide.Other features of the new player include Watchlist, allowing users to save ovies and shows to watch at another time, a ‘more like this’ feature, a green-button feature enabling them to lay every episode in a series back to back, a ‘most popular’ feature and a ‘currently watching’ feature that enables viewers that leave half way through a show to return to the point where they left off.The player will be rolled out from this week and will be complete by June 17.“YouView from TalkTalk is fast becoming a destination for family entertainment and our all-new TalkTalk Player offers more of the best TV and movies at a cost viewers can control. We’ve made our on-demand movies, kids and Sky entertainment library bigger than ever and the TalkTalk Player is faster, and smarter, making it easier to find shows and films you want to watch,” said Tristia Harrison, managing director for consumer at TalkTalk.last_img read more