Stars Group investors back Flutter combination outright April 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Flutter maintains confidence in Stars Group agenda March 27, 2020 Related Articles Flutter shareholders greenlight Stars Group merger April 21, 2020 FTSE100 betting group Paddy Power Betfair (PPB), has moved to strengthen its corporate governance advisory, confirming the appointment of Nancy Cruickshank as a non-executive director.The appointment is confirmed, following PPB’s annual general meeting (AGM), where the FTSE firm’s investors approved of PPB’s upcoming rebrand to ‘Flutter Entertainment Plc’.Nancy Cruickshank is the current Senior Vice President of Digital Transformation for Danish multi-national brewery Carlsberg Group.Cruickshank is an expert in media strategies, digital marketing and enterprise planning, having worked and advised leading international media firms such Conde Nast, British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC, now Sky PLC, and Telegraph Media Group.Confirming Cruickshank as a non-executive director, Paddy Power Betfair Chair Gary McGann said:“We are delighted to welcome Nancy as a non-executive director. She brings with her a wealth of digital and non-executive director expertise combined with her entrepreneurial spirit and will serve as a great addition to the board.” Share
By Craig Lawrence, Slocan Valley Rec. Commission The Kootenay Slocan Lions Club have recently received a grant through the Government of Canada, New Horizons for Seniors Program to keep seniors (55+) active. The purpose of the Seniors on Bikes and Skis (SOB’s) is to allow seniors to pursue some healthy outdoor activities enjoying the Slocan Valley in all seasons. It will also give senior novice skiers the opportunity to try out an activity before deciding on whether they want to commit to purchasing their own equipment. The Lions have used the funds to purchase a variety of cross country ski packages and bicycles (including electric assist) and will be making them available to seniors in the Slocan Valley in the months ahead. Starting in January, the ski equipment will be available to seniors throughout the valley. To access the equipment, contact either Don Munro (project organizer) at 250-226-7855 or Slocan Valley Recreation 250-226-0008. For those needing a little bit of help getting started, Slocan Valley Recreation will be hosting a ski/training day on Monday, Jan. 10 beginning at 10 a.m., meeting at the Slocan Park Hall. Everyone will be going out and enjoying a ski along the Slocan Valley Rail Trail. After that, skis must be pre-booked for use. A limited number of skis are available, so please let us know if you want to use them. In the months ahead, the group will be providing several bicycles (including a four-wheel bike), some of which will have electric assist, to help seniors reach a little farther. These too, will have to be pre-booked and it’s expected they will be popular. The Kootenay Slocan Lions are working with the Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society on this project, and the Slocan Valley Rail Trail is the primary location that all equipment will be used on. To find out more about the project, contact the numbers noted above.
The members of the team include, back row, L-R, Naomi Perkins, Christina Champlin, Erica Tolles, Courtney Shrieves and coach Rachel Stewart.Front, Shaen Panko Dool, Morgan Sabo, Soleil Babcock and Charly Defouw. Missing, Sophie Borhi and coach Yoshie Measures. Nelson Figure skaters did more than just turn in solid performances at the Rossland Mini Competition, the Heritage City contingent won the event for the second time in 30 years.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute members of the winning Nelson Figure Skating squad with Team of the Week honours.
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Wigan have lined up Arsenal’s young Japanese star Ryo Miyaichi as a potential replacement for Victor Moses, the Daily Mirror suggest.It is claimed Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is in talks to sign Miyaichi on a season-long loan deal as he prepares for the expected departure of Moses, who looks increasingly likely to join Chelsea.Meanwhile, Portuguese media have touted Porto full-back Alvaro Pereira for a possible move to Chelsea – although no formal offer has been made.Napoli and Paris St-Germain are also said to be interested in the Uruguay international.His agent Flavio Perchmen is quoted as saying: “We are waiting to find out if there is any offer.“We think everything will go well and that he can leave the club, but right now we do not have any concrete offer.”This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
African countries are emerging as global green energy leaders, although electricity constraints still hamper growth in many regions of the continent. The Africa Progress Report points to inequality in pricing and a need for greater investment. Kofi Annan says that one of the alarming findings of the African Progress Report is that 621 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have a lack of access to electricity. (Image: Screen grab via YouTube) Melissa JavanSeveral African countries are emerging as leaders in the global transition to low carbon energy, according to the African Progress Panel (APR).South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda were identified as the frontrunners in the report. These countries are developing very large power generation plants that use renewable energy.The report, which was released on 5 June, revealed that South Africa generated half of the electricity in sub-Saharan Africa.The report is the annual flagship publication of the ten-member Africa Progress Panel. The panel is chaired by Kofi Annan, the Ghanaian diplomat and former secretary-general of the United Nations, and Graça Machel, the human rights advocate and board chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health.“The APR draws on the best research and analysis available on Africa and compiles it in a refreshing and balanced manner,” explains the panel. “The panel makes policy recommendations for African political leaders and civil society who collectively have the primary responsibility for spurring Africa’s progress.“In light of the continent’s dynamic links with the rest of the world, the APR also highlights critical steps that must be taken by leaders in the international public and private sector.”The title of this year’s Africa Progress Report is Power, People, Planet: Seizing Africa’s Energy and Climate Opportunities.Watch the press conference with the panel here:ChallengesAnnan says it is alarming that an estimated 600 000 Africans die each year as a result of household air pollution, half of them children under the age of five. For this reason, he explains, the report recommends that aid donors and financial institutions do more to unlock private investment through risk guarantees and mitigation finance.He adds that 621 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa, lack access to electricity. Another concern is that the poorest people in Africa are paying among the world’s highest prices for energy per kilowatt-hour kWn.For example, people in the US pay $0.12 for energy per kilowatt-hour, while poor households in Africa pay $10 per kilowatt-hour.The APR estimates that 138 million households use charcoal, kerosene and firewood and similar fuel for energy. The report’s findings show how the poorest of Africa are suffering without electricity. (Image: Infographic from African Progress Report)The poorest affectedTurning to climate change, the report reveals that the most severe and immediate effects will be felt by the rural poor. “If global average temperatures are allowed to increase by 4˚C, large areas used for cropping sorghum, millet and maize would become unviable,” it says.“In some areas drought could become more prolonged and severe. In other cases, productivity levels will be affected by unpredictable rainfall, increased temperature and flooding.“Rising sea levels could threaten coastal cities such as Accra, Dar es Salaam and Lagos. Hydropower systems could be compromised by reduced rainfall and increased evaporation.”EndorsementsThe APR strongly recommends that governments and private institutions work together to deliver affordable energy to the poor in Africa. Its recommendations include:Stopping the secrecy – foreign investors and African companies should provide full disclosure of their beneficial ownership structures and report transparently on energy-related contracts, including electricity off-take arrangements.Linking African cities to the growing range of global city networks to unlock new opportunities for knowledge exchange, capacity building and financing.Watch Kofi Annan call on the international community to make commitments needed to limit global warming:
brian proffitt To mark the scurrilous website’s tenth anniversary, the Pirate Bay team has launched PirateBrowser, a re-branded version of Firefox intended to allow users to circumvent censorship for many websites—especially The Pirate Bay itself.According to the main PirateBrowser page, “PirateBrowser is a bundle package of the Tor client (Vidalia), FireFox Portable browser (with foxyproxy addon) and some custom configs that allows you to circumvent censorship that certain countries such as Iran, North Korea, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Italy and Ireland impose onto their citizens.”The use of Tor, a network of sites that anonymizes web traffic by routing requests for content through computers within the network, is particularly interesting. But no one should use the PirateBrowser thinking it will make them anonymous. PirateBrowser simply enables users to bypass any limitations on sites that might be imposed upon them by their Internet provider. Thus, if your ISP was blocking you from, oh, say, the Pirate Bay website, this browser would have another system on the Tor network serve up the site’s pages to you. The browser is pre-loaded with bookmarks for commonly blocked sites such as Bitsnoop, EZTV, H33t and KickassTorrents.The browser itself is so far only available on Windows for now, though TorrentFreak is reporting that Mac and Linux versions are on the way soon. The Pirate Bay teams members have some additional ideas about how to prevent sites like theirs from being blocked.The Pirate Bay team informs TorrentFreak that ‘PirateBrowser’ is just the first step in their efforts to fight web censorship. They are also working on a special BitTorrent-powered browser, which lets users store and distribute The Pirate Bay and other websites on their own.In theory, this will allow sites to exist and update even without having a public facing website. As a result, it will be virtually impossible to block or shut them down.The Pirate Bay’s efforts are, of course, self-serving, and will go a long way for keeping the torrent file site accessible to many for the foreseeable future. But there is also a thread of truth in their claims that the mere availability of software packages like this will improve access for many users.Many, but not all. Even using Tor and virtual private network software for anonymous surfing carries its own risks in truly oppressive regimes. While packets of data within such networks are encrypted and anonymous, Internet service providers are still aware you are using VPN or Tor, and in some countries that may be enough to bring the authorities knocking on your door.Image courtesy James Losey, via Creative Commons 2.0 license Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#censorship#online piracy#The Pirate Bay Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid
How It’s DoneMany of the scenes from the Harry Potter sequence are in slow-motion, and I find that using slow-motion footage will yield a better result.Step 1Import your footage into After Effects, create a new composition, and add the Transform effect from the Distort category in the effects library. You may be thinking “Lewis, why don’t we just open the transform options on the clip itself?” As you can see below, the skew is not among the basic transform options.Step 2Since we will be distorting the footage beyond its standard aspect ratio, we’re going to see beyond the contents of the video — meaning a black matte. Therefore, we’re going to have to increase the scale slightly. I’ve set mine to 115. Since we’re distorting the footage, you don’t have to worry too much about losing the clarity of your image. By default, the skew is vertical and not horizontal, so we also need to change the axis to 90°.Step 3Select the keyframe stopwatch, head to the timeline, and press U after selecting your clip. You should now see the keyframe timeline for that effect. How far you want to skew your footage and how fast you want the skew to switch position depends entirely on the effect you’re going for. In the Harry Potter footage, the effect is predominantly slow and minimal.Therefore, I’ve set my first keyframe at 15, which will skew the composition to the right, and then three seconds in, I’ve set another keyframe at minus 15, and this repeats for the shot. Finally, you want to change the keyframe to an Easy Ease keyframe, so the transition from left to right isn’t abrupt. PointersI found that if you skew the footage in the direction of the on-screen action, it offers a more pleasing result. For example, using my footage below, I skewed the footage to the right when the young girl threw the rock in that direction.Given the unique effect, achieving the look is surprisingly simple. If you refer to the Deathly Hallows sequence, you can see that the filmmakers increased the skew when the shot was a close-up and reduced the effect on wide shots. Secondly, they also didn’t repeat the skew using the same repetition throughout the entire sequence. In some shots, the footage skewed from left to right, then on the cut, the next shot skews from left to right again. But hey, that’s how the filmmakers behind Harry Potter did it — you can give it your own touch.For my sequence, I’ve added Trapcode’s Starglow to the highlights for a more otherworldly feel, but I’m happy with how trippy the skew makes the footage look. Need a flashback sequence for your next project? Take a page out of the Harry Potter playbook with this After Effects walk-through.Fantasy and sci-fi genre films are often at the forefront of new and exciting filmmaking techniques for portraying a different reality. While a lot of these techniques are unique to these genre films, sometimes we can take a new idea for something like a flashback sequence and give it our own spin.In Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, we were treated to this beautiful sequence:It’s the scene that — spoilers — proceeds Snape’s death, and Harry takes a vial of Snape’s tears to the Pensieve to review his former nemesis’s memories. One of the takeaway effects from this sequence is the ink drop transition, which became a hot effect to try and replicate.However, one of my favorite elements from the sequence is how they display the memories. A tried-and-true device for flashbacks is to use a bloom or glow to represent the past; however, in this sequence, due to how Harry is viewing the memories (in the Pensieve’s water), there is an organic movement to the footage that the filmmakers added in post-production.After some analysis, it looks similar to a moving-water effect. There are three methods (that I can think of) at work here: skewing, rotation, and digital zoom. (Although the last two are used sparingly, it’s primarily the skewing of the footage that gives the sequence its unique, watery feel.)Recently, after watching the sequence, I combed through my After Effects effect library searching for the distortion tool that would give me the same effect, as I assumed it surely wouldn’t be as easy as animating the skew, but, well, it is.Kind of. Let’s start with this image. Cover image via Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros.).Looking for more After Effects tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Video Tutorial: Create a Callout Graphic in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Create Anime Speed Lines in After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Fine-Tune Keyframes in Adobe After EffectsHow to Make 3D Split-Depth Videos in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Morph Graphics Using Adobe After Effects
New York: Serena Williams overcame a scary fall to maintain her pursuit of a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the US Open Sunday while Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty and Karolina Pliskova crashed out in the last 16.Williams, a six-time US Open winner, romped to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Croatian 22nd seed Petra Martic to set up a quarter-final with China’s Wang Qiang, the conqueror of world number two Barty. The 37-year-old American star required a medical timeout in the second set after rolling her right ankle as she approached the net but promptly recovered to reach the last eight in New York for the 16th time.”I just rolled it (my ankle) I don’t know why, I was volleying and it just went over — that was frustrating but I wanted to get it compressed really fast,” said Williams, who received further strapping to an already heavily-taped ankle.Eighth-seeded Williams, who has battled knee and back injuries this season, felt a mental setback when it happened but battled through to win.”I’ve had a rough year with injuries,” Williams said. “It was like, ‘Oh my God. Not again. I’m finally walking.'”Williams, who last won a major at the 2017 Australian Open and hasn’t won the US Open since 2014, is seeking a 24th career Slam title to match Margaret Court’s all-time record.She will play 18th seed Wang for the first time as the Chinese 27-year-old extended her best Slam run with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of an erratic Barty.The Australian, who beat Wang twice last year in their only prior meetings, was undone by 39 unforced errors at Louis Armstrong Stadium. “It’s a tough day at the office today. But it has been a year where we’ve hit our goals,” Barty said.”We’ve had a great season in Grand Slams for singles. We’ve made the second week every single one, which has been really special.”Now we’ll sit back, reflect, and look forward to a big couple months to finish off the year.”McNamara spirit with WangWang became the first Chinese player to reach the women’s quarter-finals since Peng Shuai made it to the last four in 2014.”I think I’m really focused on the court, really enjoyed the way I played. I’m so happy I won,” said Wang, whose breakthrough run has been fuelled by the memory of her late coach, Peter McNamara.The former Australian Davis Cup tennis star and Wimbledon doubles champion passed away in July at the age of 64 after a battle with prostate cancer.”He helped me a lot. It was really tough to me to hear he passed,” Wang said. “I think he has always been there with me.”Johanna Konta avenged her Rome final loss to Pliskova in May, beating the Czech third seed for just the second time in eight tries, 6-7 (1/7), 6-3, 7-5.The British 16th seed has raised her game at the Slams this season, and is enjoying her best run at Flushing Meadows, having twice reached the fourth round.”To go one step further is a massive achievement for me and I’m really hoping to make that one, two, three steps forward,” Konta said.Konta has experienced middling fortunes on the WTA circuit while producing some of her best tennis at the majors, reaching the semi-finals at Roland Garros and then advancing to the last eight at Wimbledon last month.”To make the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the third time this year is a massive achievement for me.”Pliskova, the 2016 US Open runner-up, saw her hopes of returning to world number one this fortnight extinguished by the loss.”She (Konta) played extremely well at some points. Of course, I had my chances, maybe the set and break. I didn’t play that well there,” Pliskova said.”But I think overall she just went for it, she played more aggressive than maybe the matches what we played before.”Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina takes on 2017 finalist Madison Keys in the evening session at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Ashleigh Bartykarolina pliskovaSerenaserena williams First Published: September 2, 2019, 7:16 AM IST
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante suffers injury setbackby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante suffered an injury in the warm-up before France edged a Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Iceland.Kante reportedly picked up a muscle injury and was replaced in the starting line-up by Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko.Blues team-mate Olivier Giroud scored his 37th international goal for the world champions from the penalty spot in the second half.France stay second in Group H, but are six points ahead of Iceland in third.