QPR ‘to bid for Birmingham keeper’ as Kenny is again linked with Leeds

first_imgQPR plan to offer Birmingham City £6m for goalkeeper Jack Butland – possibly paving the way for Paddy Kenny to join Neil Warnock at Leeds, the Daily Mail say.Kenny has been strongly linked with a move to Elland Road since former R’s boss Warnock took over as Leeds manager.It is claimed Rangers are to make a bid for England Under-21 international Butland, who has been watched by Manchester United.Related West London Sport story: Hughes to make Villa an offer for Given (21 May)And the Mail again link QPR with Fulham’s out-of-contract striker Andy Johnson.There is more speculation about Joey Barton’s future following the FA’s decision to ban him for 12 matches for his violent outburst against Manchester City.The Daily Mirror say it would cost Rangers £10m to get rid of him. Other papers, including The Sun, suggest it would cost £11m.The Daily Star claim QPR have lined up Tottenham’s Jermaine Jenas as a £4m signing to replace Barton and are also looking to sign keeper Ben Foster from Birmingham.Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has launched a bid to sign Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea, according to the Star.Pulis expressed an interest in the Belgian striker last season and is said to be keen to capture him, with West Ham also linked.The Star also say Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Porto forward Hulk.Meanwhile, The Sun say Didier Drogba has been made a lucrative offer by Juventus.It is claimed the Italian giants have offered Drogba a two-year contract worth £80,000 a week.The out-of-contract striker, who is leaving Chelsea, has been tipped to join Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.Thursday’s Chelsea quiz: Bye-bye BosingwaDoes Joey Barton deserve to be sacked by QPR? Click here to voteFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Smoke ConnectFX Nodes: Edge Detect, Filter, Flip, and Field Merge

first_imgThe Edge Matte node can also be found in the Modular Keyer. It’s here where pulling edge mattes can aid in creating Light Wrap effects with your keys…or aid in making cleaner composites.[Click for larger image]Blurring your image a bit can also effect the edge detection as more blur will create fewer edges created. This will allow you to focus on the main edges in an image and not all of the details in the image that can get in the way of creating the edge you want.Smoke’s Field MergeThe Field Merge Node is very simple. When dealing with interlaced clips, you can blend the fields together, essentially creating a progressive clip. This differs from the Deinterlace Node in that it doesn’t split the fields or lengthen the clip. It can also reduce field flicker in an interlaced clip. You can set the value at 100% for complete blending or less if needed.Field merge will soften the image, as you are blending moving fields, so the adjustment will help give you the best result. I often use field blending to create a “film-look” effect as it helps to lessen the “video” look of an image.[Click for larger image]Smoke’s Flip NodeThe Flip Node performs a very simple Flip of your image along the Vertical or Horizontal, or Both Axis. When you flip a clip vertically, you may need to reverse the fields so that the clip plays back in the proper field order.There are many other ways to flip a clip in X or Y, so why would you use this node over 2D Transform or through Action? On my MacbookPro setup, I found no difference in rendering speed between the Flip Node, 2D Transform, Action, or Axis on the timeline. This is an older node, which is why it still exists in the bin. It is fast. When you just need to flip a shot that might be in the middle of a large CFX node schematic you can just pop the node into the flow.[Click for larger image]Smoke’s Filter NodeThe Filter Node uses old school mathematical matrices on a per pixel bases to perform image processing like Blurs, Edge Detection, and Emboss to a clip. Most of the effects that you can do with the Filter Node can be done better and with more flexibility in other nodes. There are many presets you load to see how the effects are applied. The basic understanding of how a Matrix operation works is that a grid is placed around each and every pixel. The grid can be as small as 3×3 or as large as 11×11. The operation replaces each pixel with the weighted average of the pixels around it, where the weights are given by the matrix.A Matrix that looks likes this produces no change in the image.To be honest, this type of image processing was great in the 1990’s, but it has long since been practical. Smoke’s other nodes like Blur, Glow, & Bump Displace are tools built in the modern era. I am sure some old school users relied heavily on this node in the past, but not anymore. It’s my guess that this is a node you won’t ever use. If you are mathematically inclined, you may find more creative uses as you can define your own pixel comparison matrices. If you look through the presets you can find a few of the settings that still produce a unique look. Check them out and see if you can find some use for them. When dealing with softer video shot with DSLR and compressed to H.264, I do find the Sharpen Filter does do a nice job of making the edges crisper.[Click for larger image] In this post we explore more nodes inside Autodesk Smoke ConnectFX. In this Smoke tutorial we’ll show you how to use Edge Detect, Filter, Flip, and Field Merge nodes in your editing projects.This week we blitz through some simple nodes inside Smoke’s node-based compositing environment – ConnectFX. Edge Detect and Filter are the more creative tools, whereas Flip and Field Merge are more utility operations. Some nodes you may only use once year. Other nodes you use every day. In our series on Smoke ConnectFX nodes we’re breaking down how each node works and what you can do with it. So, when you need to do that ‘one thing’ you’ll know what node to use!Smoke’s Edge DetectThe Edge Detect Node will define an edge and output a matte for that edge for use further down your ConnectFX schematic. The edges are based on colors and luminance between pixels. You can choose to define edges based on RGB, HLS, Chroma, or Mono.[Click for larger image]You can set the Result output as the composite of the input image with the matte generated by the edge detection. Or, select Edge Only to output only the result of the matte generated by the edge detection. You can also choose what to output from the nodes matte output. You can choose to simply pass the original input matte through or output the created Edge Matte effect. The Edge Detection settings area is where you define the edge based on the input image. You can adjust the weight of the individual Red, Green, Blue channels. Changing these values form 100% will increase or decrease how much of that channel is being used to define the edge. In RGB, HLS, and Chroma settings, it will adjust the color of the edges created. The Threshold setting can be set for the minimum and maximum values. Think of it like the min/max settings of the 2D Histogram. The Softness setting in this area is adjusting the width of the softness between edges in your image and the gain of that softness. It will blur the edge matte and increase the luminance of it.In the Edge Effects area you can create a Double Edge which will perform a second pass of the edge detection. There are more min/max settings and Softness settings affecting the Double Edge. You can skew the softness in a direction by activating the direction button and setting the angle. This can act like a change in lighting on the generated edge matte.You have Color controls inside this node. These controls color the edge matte even further, increasing or decreasing colors.With the Use Matte button enabled, you can choose common blend modes with transparancy, used with the color correct controls to create edge effects in your image.center_img Follow all of our coverage of the new Autodesk Smoke. Please let me know your Smoke questions/thoughts/experiences in the comments!last_img read more

Your Metrics Are Your Own

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now What someone else does to succeed has no bearing on what you have to do to succeed.You might need to make 80 dials to produce the number of appointments that result in the number of opportunities you need to reach your goals. For whatever reason, someone else might need to make half as many. They might be more effective than you are when it comes to gaining the commitment to meet. If they are in a different industry, with a different solution and a different value prop, their metrics might be very different.You might need 4 opportunities to yield a single win. That metric means in your business, you win 25% of the time. The person sitting in the next room might win 2 out of 4 opportunities, or maybe even 3 out of 4 opportunities. Someone in a different business might win 15%, specifically because of the factors that exist in their business, and another person might win 85% because of how they define “opportunities.”There is a good reason to measure your performance against your peers, and a good reason to measure your performance against different industries.By measuring your performance against your peers, you have an idea of what is possible. If someone can produce double your results with half the effort, you want to study them to discover what you need to do differently. If someone in a different industry has an approach that is yielding them greater returns on effort, you want to explore that to see if you can port their strategy over to your business.That said, your metrics are your own. If it take you 80 dials, you need to make those dials until such a time that you can generate the results you need with fewer dials. As it turns out, making those dials is what helps you improve.If your win rate is lower than you want it to be, you have to do the work review your wins and losses, get some coaching, and change your strategies and tactics to improve that number.Know your metrics, and do what is necessary to succeed. Then be thoughtful about learning what adjustments you need to make to do better.last_img read more

Arunachal Pradesh BJP unit breaks relation with PPA

first_imgThe Arunachal Pradesh BJP unit has severed relations with its North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) partner, the Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (PPA).The announcement to this effect was made by state BJP president Tapir Gao during the state executive meeting of the party here on Thursday. NEDA Convener Himanta Biswa Sarma passed on the decision of the BJP central leaders to break alliance with PPA to Gao, who made the announcement on Thursday, a party release informed here on Friday.“The BJP will treat PPA at par with the Congress as an opponent political party,” the release added.The BJP has 47 MLAs in the Arunachal Pradesh assembly with effective strength of 59 with two independents supporting the party. The PPA has nine MLAs and the Congress has one legislator.The NEDA was formed on May 24, 2016 by BJP along with regional political parties like Naga People’s Front, Sikkim Democratic Front, People’s Party of Arunachal, Asom Gana Parishad and Bodoland People’s Front in Northeast India.The NEDA was formed to protect the interest of the people of the region and also for uniting non-Congress parties in the Northeast.last_img read more

Ind vs Ned: India survive Dutch scare, win by 5 wickets

first_imgIndia beat the Netherlands by five wickets after being pushed to the wall by an inexperienced Dutch side in their World Cup Group B match at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. Score | PhotosChasing 190, India started off in an explosive fashion with openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag putting 69 for the first wicket.But Sehwag’s dismissal started a slide and at one stage India were 99/4 before Yuvraj Singh staged a revival and helped India home in the 37th over with 191/5 on board.After scoring a six and a four, Sehwag fell to left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar when he went for another big hit. He failed to clear Alexei Kervezee at point and India lost their first wicket on 69/1. He scored 39.But another wicket wasn’t far and the Dutch players got their man when Seelaar struck again to claim Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar on 27. He fell for 80/2 in the first ball of the 10th over. He too went for an aerial shot but failed to clear the man in the deep.More celebrations followed even as the shell-shocked Indian spectators didn’t understand what was happening at the Kotla. For a few minutes later big-hitter Yusuf Pathan too fell and against it was Seelaar to the fore. India were 82/3. So Seelaar sent back two big players in one over.Another wicket and India were reduced to 99/4 in the 14th over and this time it was the Dutch captain’s turn to show his bowling prowess. He landed the ball on the off and it turned in to take the insides edge of Virat Kohli’s bat and shatter his stumps. He scored a partly 12.advertisementFinally Yuvraj Singh, who had scripted India’s victory against Ireland in the last match, and Gautam Gambhir tried to steady the Indian innings. The two batted with caution rotating the strike and helping India inch closer to the target, which had assumed mammoth proportions following early attacks. But, just when the spectators thought that the two might bat on till the end, Gambhir fell.A regulation ball from the Dutch medium-pacer Mudassar Bukhari, pitched outside the leg stump but Gambhir tried to work it away but missed and in the process the ball made its way towards his stumps. He fell for 28 and India went down to 139/5 on the first ball of the 24th over.Finally, Yuvraj Singh and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put on an unbeaten 52 for the sixth wicket as India won the match by five wickets.The Netherlands inningsEarlier, after electing to bat the Netherlands scored 189 and batted on till the 47th over even as the India bowlers tried hard to get the opposition wickets.The Netherlands captain Peter Borren won the toss and elected to bat. But, the plan failed as ‘minnows’ Netherlands managed to put just 189 on board despite a decent start.Eric Szwarczynski and Wesley Barresi forged 56-run first wicket partnership before leggi Piyush Chawla decided to come up with a fine googly to send him packing on 28. Surprisingly, the Dutch team pushed Eric Szwarczynski up the order in place of regular opener Alexei Kervezee.Then it was the turn of Yuvraj Singh to show his bowling prowess. He scalped the other opener Wesley Barresi with a turner that rapped on his pads and Barresi was walking back with an LBW written against his initials. He fell on 26 and Netherlands fell to 64/2.Post Barresi’s dismissal, Tom Cooper and Ryan ten Doeschate got on with a partnership. However, Yuvraj wasn’t finished yet. He got the better of danger-man Ryan ten Doeschate to push the Netherlands to 99/3 on the first ball of the 29th over.The spinners and their day, so how could the paceman be far behind. Ashish Nehra took the strike in the 30th over to scalp Tom Cooper on 29. His away moving ball took the edge of Cooper’s bat to land in skipper M.S. Dhoni’s gloves behind the stumps and the Ntherlands team were down to 100/4.Taking cue, Zaheer Khan too went for the kill and was rewarded with Bas Zuiderent’s wicket. The length ball landed on the off and curved into the batsman to hit his pads. The umpire raised the finger but the Dutch went in for the review. But, they failed to en cash it as the ball was clearly striking on the top of the stumps. Zuiderent fell without opening his account and Netherlands went down to 101/5.Soon the Dutch team came under pressure and at such a stage, a run out isn’t far away. And that’s what happened when Tom de Grooth got run out on 5 in Yuvraj’s over. Grooth was short of his crease by a mile and keeper Dhoni used all the time in the world to take his bails off. And Netherlands went down to 108/6.advertisementPiyush Chawla had more reason to celebrate as he struck back to claim Alexei Kervezee on 11 and the Netherlands fell to 127/7 in the 39th over.Surprisingly, the Dutch decided to take the Batting Powerplay in the 43rd over after they had lost their seven wickets. But, it didn’t really go in their favour as in a bid to up the tempo the Netherlands lost another wicket with Bradley Kruger getting run out in 43rd over.At death skipper Peter Borren and Mudassar Bukhari tried their best to raise the run rate in the Powerplay by hitting a few shots across the fence but it was too late to script a revival. Skipper Borren top scored with 38 on board before he fell to Zaheer Khan.last_img read more

No Stone Unturned concert unites families of MMIWG

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN NewsAn annual Winnipeg concert to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls turned 10 years old this weekend.No Stone Unturned began as a way to raise money to help with the search for Claudette Osborne-Tyo who went missing in July 2008.As Brittany Hobson shows us, it has now turned into a way for families to support each other.bhobson@aptn.calast_img