Tottenham has sent American defender Cameron Carter-Vickers on loan to another second-tier club for the season. In this Wednesday, July 25, 2018 file photo, Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers leaps over Roma defender Luca Pellegrini during the first half of an International Champions Cup tournament soccer match. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File) The 20-year-old center back will play for Swansea, the south Wales club that was relegated from the Premier League in May. He spent the first half of last season at Sheffield United and the remainder at Ipswich in the League Championship.Carter-Vickers remains in Tottenham’s long-term plans, though, having recently signed a new contract through 2021.A son of former NBA player Howard Carter, the Tottenham academy graduate made four appearances for the London club in the 2016-17 season.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Dobbs is good with numbers. JOSHUA DOBBS has performed well in the Steelers’ first two preseason games, but he may be on the outside looking in when the Steelers establish their QB depth chart—unless they decide to keep four quarterbacks on the roster. (Photo by Courier photographer Brian Cook) Look no further than his aerospace engineering degree as proof.Still, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback isn’t in the mood to do the math heading into his team’s final preseason game on Thursday night against Carolina.The Steelers have four quarterbacks under contract. The odds of there being four on the roster when they head to Cleveland to get things going for real on Sept. 9 are slim.Very slim.Ben Roethlisberger has the starting job until he doesn’t want it anymore. Landry Jones is a capable backup. The Steelers used a third-round pick on Mason Rudolph in April. That leaves Dobbs — a fourth-round pick in 2017 — as seemingly the one most likely to be elsewhere come September. He insists he’s not worried about the future.“I think that’s something that you guys (the media) like to play with,” Dobbs said. “But for me I just play football. I can’t control a lot of things. I can control how I approach every day and how I practice and how I play.”And Dobbs has taken significant strides in his second camp. The game has slowed down and his decision-making has sped up. He’s thrown for a team-high three touchdowns during the preseason while completing 68 percent of his passes.“Last year (as a rookie) when you break the huddle, you’re trying to figure out your eyes, figure out what you’re trying to do, to make sure you say the play right in the huddle and then get to the line of scrimmage, read, react and play football,” Dobbs said.“Now you know how each play is trying to attack the defense, where you want to go with the ball and if they give you an obscure look you know how to get your team in good plays.”Dobbs has also become more patient in letting a play develop instead of just taking off at the first hint of trouble.“Now when he’s running, he’s running at the right time,” Jones said.Coach Mike Tomlin didn’t immediately rule out the Steelers holding onto all four quarterbacks past cut-down day on Saturday when rosters are pared from 90 to 53.“You are certainly capable of it,” Tomlin said. “If you look at what happens in the National Football League it has been done. In today’s NFL, two are probably kept more times than four so it’s probably less frequent than two at this juncture.”Cutting Dobbs outright and hoping to stash him on the practice squad seems unlikely. He’s shown enough flashes that he would almost certainly be picked up on the waiver wire. The Steelers, who have depth concerns at offensive line and tight end, could also hold on to Dobbs then deal him before the opener.Dobbs will do his best to drown out the noise and focus on putting what he can on tape that will serve as his resume to hold on to the job he has in Pittsburgh or to find one elsewhere.“I think I’ve performed well,” he said. “I know that ultimate decision isn’t in my hands … I’ll (play) however long they want me. I’ll take advantage of all the reps, I tell you that.”While Dobbs and dozens of other players try to make one last impression in Pittsburgh, newly acquired wide receiver Ryan Switzer will try to make his first.The Steelers acquired Switzer from Oakland on Monday. He arrived in Pittsburgh early Tuesday, practiced that afternoon and Thursday night will find himself returning kicks and possibly even getting in for an offensive snap or two.“I know the return game is going to be something I can pick up quicker,” Switzer said. “I’m going to try and dive into the offensive playbook and find my niche there.”The Steelers have no plans to have All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown to return punts but no heir apparent came to the fore during training camp. Enter Switzer, who averaged 8.8 yards per punt return while playing for Dallas as a rookie in 2017.Switzer is well acquainted with Heinz Field. The Charleston, West Virginia, native managed to get on the field for a competition as a kid then starred for North Carolina in two trips to Pittsburgh to face the Panthers. He returned nine kicks (seven punts, two kickoffs) for touchdowns for the Tar Heels. After being traded twice in five months, he’s ready for a chance to exhale and just go play.“Hopefully I can get back to what I was doing in college and things that made me the player that I am,” he said.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
23 February 2010Table Mountain in Cape Town is among the world landmarks that will go dark from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on 27 March, as part of the Earth Hour initiative which calls on individuals, businesses, governments and communities to turn off their lights for one hour to show their support for action on climate change.The worldwide “switch off”, a global initiative of the WWF, aims to get billions of people in cities across the world to turn off their lights for one hour in a demonstration of support for determined international action on climate change.Earth Hour co-founder and executive director Andy Ridley said the actions shown by cities of the world and their inhabitants were crucial to leading a low-carbon resolution to climate change.“The C40 suggests that cities are responsible for up to 75% of the world’s carbon emissions, so their role in addressing what is unequivocally the greatest threat to the planet today is absolutely vital.“By turning the lights off their landmarks for Earth Hour, cities are reflecting the aspirations of their citizens as a community that has resolved to take action on global warming,” Ridley said.Iconic landmarksIconic landmarks around the world, including the CN Tower in Toronto, Grand Palace in Bangkok, and the world’s second tallest building, Tapei 101, will plunge into darkness.World-famous landmarks across the US, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Empire State Building, Mount Rushmore, and even the lights of Las Vegas will also switch off in a decisive display of climate action from one of the most significant nations on the climate landscape.In London, lights will dim on the world-famous London Eye as the Coca-Cola sign in Piccadilly Circus switches off, highlighting the resolve of its people, businesses and local governments to take action on climate change, while Hiroshima will become the first Japanese city to participate in the campaign.The event began in Sydney in 2007, when 2-million people switched off their lights. In 2008, more than 50-million people around the globe participated.In 2010, Earth Hour aims to reach out to 1-billion people in 1 000 cities.Source: BuaNews
Deciding between Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro X and Avid for pro video editing? Here are a few thoughts and opinions to help you make that call.As a decade-long loyal and faithful FCP editor, the time seems to be coming of the true death of FCP7. When you start to encounter workflow slowdowns and workarounds that would not otherwise be needed when working in up-to-date applications, it feels like it’s time to start looking around at other options.The options are still basically what they were five years ago — Apple, Avid, and Adobe. But while that hasn’t changed, other things have.Apple dropped the FCPX launch so spectacularly it is still embedded in the popular consciousness (even though FCPX has come a long way since then). Adobe is freaking people out with their Cloud move. And Media Composer is chugging along, (possibly with company-wide financial difficulties), but is still seen by many as the only choice for large institution-sized outfits.There have been many discussions online and off in the last two years about the merits of Final Cut Pro X versus other video editing applications. This post is not intended to prove which video editing system is the best, but rather look at considerations of each and how it may affect your choice of primary application.So, what is an editor to do?Well my first thought would be to download the free trial of each app, cut something on it, and see how you go. Googling articles like this one probably won’t supply you with the information you’re really after — what’s it like to actually use the video editing program? However, articles like this one can supply you with other useful information and resources, so do keep reading!Budget: Premiere Pro vs. Final Cut Pro X vs. Avid Media ComposerIf you’re a cost-conscious creative, then what does the scenario look like? Avid Media Composer is now available for a steady $999 and comes with Sorenson Squeeze thrown in. You pay once and you can keep it forever. Avid are still releasing free point patches for old versions, and upgrading between versions will cost you a small fee (the upgrade from Media Composer version 6.5 to 7 is $299).The cost of Final Cut Pro X, purchased via the Mac App Store, is only $299.99. Motion 5 and Compressor 4 are both $49.99. Again, you get to keep the software for as long as you like and (so far) all of the updates to FCPX have been free.Adobe currently has two options available. Buy a suite of software like Production Premium CS6 for $1899 or move to the Creative Cloud versions for $49.99 a month. With Adobe CC, you’ve got access to every single Adobe application, plus 2GB of online storage. So, how does that shake out in the long run?If you bought Production Premium CS 6 and kept it for three years it would cost you $1899. $49.99 a month for three years is $1,799.64.If you only want one application like After Effects CS6 ($999), Photoshop CS6 ($699) or Premiere Pro CS6 ($799) as a single app, CC rental ($19.99/month) after three years that would be $719.64.In product development terms, even three years is a long time. So if Adobe does not increase their monthly prices, and this quote from VP of Professional Business in Adobe’s Digital Media Business Unit Mala Sharma seems to try to allay those fears, then moving to the Cloud could save you a few bucks and keep you up to date.My only rational response to that is that we can’t [push up prices]… It’s in our best interests to win our customers’ trust – as every month they’re going to be choosing whether they want to stay engaged with us or not. We have never been more vulnerable, in my opinion, than in [moving to a subscription model]. It’s a really big bet.But Adobe’s Creative Cloud is still more expensive than either of the other two competing video editing options (though that’s not a fair direct comparison when you consider the number of applications involved).Common OpinionsThe Internet is awash with opinions on whether or not to move to the Creative Cloud — just check out the number of comments each of these articles has generated. Oliver Peters, who’s usually right on the money, offer this cautious recommendation:My suggestion for most users in similar shoes would be to buy one of the CS6 bundles now as a perpetual license. This gives you a fallback position. Then if you want to move forward with the Cloud, run the numbers. If you are a power user of Photoshop, Premiere Pro or After Effects and want to have the latest version of that one application, simply buy a single-application subscription. If you use three or more applications on a regular basis and want those all to be current, then the full Creative Cloud subscription makes sense. You still have the CS6 versions if needed, as long as you’ve maintain backwards project compatibility.Aharon Rabinowitz has written a couple of excellent blog posts (Part 1 and Part 2) that cover his opinions, interactions with Adobe, and his readers’ thoughts. It’s worth reading through the blog posts (if not all the comments), as Rabinowitz covers quite a few of the common concerns creatives are raising.Jahron Schneider from Fstoppers also walks through the Adobe Creative Cloud maze and comes out in favor of it: If the software and delivery of that software makes your life easier, it’s a good thing right? That’s what you should focus on when contemplating the Creative Cloud, because it does make your life easier. I’m comfortable saying that the Creative Cloud is better for Adobe and better for the consumers. It’s a great service, and one I’ll continue to use.For a short video covering the major new features in Adobe CC (and a few extra thoughts on the future of FCPX), check out this post-NAB 2013 comparison between FCPX and Adobe CC. What About the Future of Final Cut Pro X?A lot of pros still claim FCPX is unusable, and although the Coen Brothers might be moving to Premiere for their next feature, plenty of other folks are cutting 4K feature films in FCPX. Apple is working hard to frequently update FCPX, and with the growth of third party apps, more and more one-man-band operations are embracing the affordable app.One of the people who has shared their FCPX workflow in detail is Sam Mestman. If you want to see FCPX with fresh eyes, check out his presentation below.As a quick nod to Avid Media Composer 7, you can check out the official MC7 site listing all the new features from Avid and also this quick round up from NAB 2013.As the FCPX launch proved, things in this industry can change quickly and dramatically. Knowing every system well has distinct advantages. If you’re a one-man band or small post house, you’ll want to choose a video editing application and stick with it for a few years.Which NLE is your favorite and why? Share your opinions and experiences in the comments below!
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid midfielder Modric delighted to win CWC: A perfect yearby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was delighted to score in the Club World Cup final victory over Al Ain.Although he admits maybe he should shoot more, Modric is not overly concerned by his lack of goals for Los Blancos.”Everyone tells me that I have to shoot more, but I like to give the pass to my teammates,” Modric said. “I don’t shoot a lot, it’s true, but when I do shoot it often goes in.”I have to do it more, but it doesn’t obsess me.”I help the team in other ways.”Lifting the Club World Cup ends an incredible year for Modric, in which he won the Ballon d’Or.”It has been an unforgettable year,” he added. “It has been perfect.”This year will always have a special place in my heart and I cannot ask for more.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool ace Salah escapes diving ban; free to face Arsenalby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Mohamed Salah will be free to face Arsenal on Saturday.The FA have reportedly decided against charging Salah with retrospective action following an incident during Wednesday’s 4-0 win over Newcastle United.Referee Graham Scott awarded Liverpool a penalty two minutes into the second half after he deemed Paul Dummett to have pulled back Salah.Replays showed Salah going down with minimal contact, but Sky Sports say the FA have deemed to action not to have reached the threshold “attempting to deceive the referee”, which means the Egyptian will avoid any punishment.Salah converted the penalty to put Liverpool up 2-0 after Dejan Lovren’s early opener.
Inter Milan coach Spalletti hails Ranocchia commitmentby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti paid tribute to Andrea Ranocchia after their Coppa Italia victory over Benevento.After the game, Ranocchia wrote about his feelings on social media.“Whether it’s a minute, a half, one game or 10, it is always wonderful to play for this team and with these lads! Forza Inter.”In response, Spalletti paraphrased John F Kennedy with a statement that could be seen as a sideswipe at Icardi.“This is the message of someone who asks constantly what he can do for Inter, not what Inter can do for him.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd, Chelsea know Kane unsettled at Spursby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Kane is unsettled at Tottenham.The Times says the England captain fears this Spurs team have reached the end of it’s cycle.And he is now considering his future at the club.Manchester United and Chelsea are monitoring developments closely, well aware that Kane is unsettled.Though it is Spain which is regarded as the favoured option where Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is a huge fan. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 6: Members of the Alabama Crimson Tide take the field before the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Former Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard, who went undrafted after the 2014 season, is apparently upset with how things shook out for him in his final few years in Tuscaloosa. Tuesday, Hubbard took to Twitter to blast former outside linebackers coach Lance Thompson, who is now with Auburn. He also made claims that Thompson was “fired” from Alabama for “messing” with freshman quarterback Blake Barnett’s mother.Hubbard actually tweeted his rant twice. The first time, he made the claim about Barnett’s mother. He then deleted the tweet and posted a different one, which refers to “messing with recruits parents.” Here’s the original post, in its entirety:Here’s his revised version.It’s Roll Tide until I die pic.twitter.com/AboowMjMyM— Adrian Hubbard (@__unchained42) October 27, 2015It’s eye-opening, to say the least. We’ll see if there’s any fallout from it.
zoom Nakilat, the shipping arm of Qatar’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, has assumed full ship management and operations of the Q-Flex LNG carrier Mesaimeer from Shell Trading and Shipping Company Ltd. (STASCo).With a cargo carrying capacity of 216,312 cubic meters, Mesaimeer is the sixth wholly-owned LNG vessel that will come under the management of Nakilat Shipping Qatar Ltd. (NSQL).The transition brings the total number of vessels managed by NSQL to 14, comprising of 10 LNG and 4 LPG carriers.Chartered by Qatargas, the vessel was built in South Korea by Hyundai Heavy Industries and delivered in March 2009.The management of the vessel was transferred with effect from March 23 as part of the planned and phased transition agreed in October 2016 between NSQL and Shell.Under the deal, the management of a total of 25 LNG vessels, including fourteen Q-Max and eleven Q-Flex LNG carriers, will be transitioned from Shell to NSQL.