Barcelona confirm signing of Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich

first_img Vidal won three league titles and one German cup while in Munich 2 Vidal joined Bayern from Juventus in 2015 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? three-way race Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM Barcelona have confirmed that they will sign Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich.The 31-year-old midfielder has agreed join the club on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee – reported to be in the region of £27m. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED Inter Milan were seemingly on the verge of signing Vidal, however Barcelona have swooped at the last moment to secure his signature.Last week the Blaugrana acted similarly to snatch Malcom from Roma, after the Serie A side announced that they had already signed him. targets Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Latest Transfer News Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ moving on LATEST TOP WORK A statement on the Catalans’ club website read: “FC Barcelona and FC Bayern Munich have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Arturo Vidal.“The agreement is for the next three seasons and is pending the medical examination that the player will undertake over the course of the next few days.“FC Barcelona will shortly inform everyone about the arrival of the player and the agenda of the presentation ceremony.” Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer RANKED targets IN DEMAND Bayern Munich released a statement from the Chilean shortly afterwards, in which he paid tribute to the two clubs involved in the deal.“Thanks to FC Bayern and all the fans,” said Vidal. “I really enjoyed my time in Munich.“I would like to also thank the club for giving me the chance to embrace a new challenge in Barcelona.”The German champions’ CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge added: “On behalf of FC Bayern I’d like to thank Arturo for three wonderful years.“We celebrated may titles in this time, to which he made a significant contribution. He always turned up in important games and we could always rely on him.” 2last_img read more

Letterkenny takeaway forced to close over food safety concerns

first_imgUpdated: 2.30pm 9/12/2019A closure order was enforced on a Letterkenny takeaway last month over breaches of food safety regulations.East Ocean at 61 Port Road Letterkenny was served with a temporary closure order by the Health Service Executive on 5th November. The order was lifted on the 12th of November. The takeaway was found to be in breach of the FSAI Act 1998.Closure orders are served on businesses if authorised officers find that there is or there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health at/or in the food premises.An inspection at East Ocean last month found a number of food safety breaches.Failure to protect food from contamination Food was stored uncovered in dirty fridges and freezers and food was stored in dirty containers throughout the premises. Some peppers were being prepared on the draining board of a sink that was also being used to wash dirty containers. Prawns were being drained into a dirty colander. A container of raw eggs was placed in noodles at one point during the inspection.The inspector noted that there was a failure to provide hot water for cleaning and disinfecting, which is a risk of food contamination, and there was no washhand basin available for staff. As a result, thy reported that no hand washing was seen taking place.There was a ‘lack of confidence’ that the food business could provide safe food as there was no evidence of a management system for food safety and the “person in charge had poor knowledge of food safety risks and of the measures necessary to ensure the safety of food…”Closures Orders can refer to the immediate closure of all or part of the food premises, or all or some of its activities.The Orders are lifted when the premises has improved to the satisfaction of the authorised officer. A total of 20 Irish businesses were served with closure orders for breaches of food safety legislation in November.Letterkenny takeaway forced to close over food safety concerns was last modified: December 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Tigers hold off Fortuna to hand Huskies first league loss

first_imgThe Arcata varsity boys basketball team won a thriller over Big 5 rival Fortuna 63-60 Wednesday night in what was the first of two Big 5 league games on the schedule. The loss drops Fortuna out of first place in the Big 5, moving McKinleyville into sole possession of the conference’s top spot at 3-0.Hunter Santsche led Arcata (11-8, 2-2) in scoring with 15 points. Teammate Parker Gray added 14 points and Kai Pajares reached double-digits with 10 points for the Tigers.Fortuna’s Zac Claus led …last_img

An Apps Driven Government? White House CIO Vivek Kundra and His Beliefs About the Cloud

first_imgalex williams Will Kundra succeed? We think so. But it will be another issue all together to gain adoption. The US. Congress is made up people who represent hundreds of constituencies. How they react to data centers shutting down will have its own affects on policy, no matter how great the benefits may be from cloud computing. TransparencyTransparency. We hear that term a lot but we’d argue that it’s a key reason why the American people have a more clear idea about the Obama Adminstration’s technology policy than prior administrations. It’s working for Obama and Kundera will continue to drive this topic. It’s illustrative of a core foundation of society in the belief that information about our government should flow freely. It also again demonstrates the power of the cloud. Takeaway: USA.gov and usaspending.gov are hallmarks of the Obama administration’s transparency. These services will continue to serve as examples for Kundra to show what can be achieved with cloud computing while continuing to embrace ideals centering around accountability. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… U.S. Government as a Platform: Apps Drive Public PolicyKundra maintains that the U.S. Government needs to operate as if it is a platform. The data generated from the platform must drive public policy. The federal government can not be an island separate from the people of the United States. Cloud computing will enable people to interact with the federal government, using the data to generate ideas and shift the debate about public policy issues.Takeaway: Cloud-based Data.gov is an example of the platforms that need to be built in order for the interaction to occur between citizens and the government. Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting An Infrastructure Shift Is UnderwayKundra talks a lot about the fundamental shift in infrastructure. He makes a connection between small business and the public sector. Small business is shedding its IT assets so they can save money but also work in real-time. it allows for productivity. The public sector can achieve the same results through consolidationTakeaway: It’s a matter of economics. Data centers consolidation and greater use of cloud-based applications can save billions. Upsides include cross-agency collaboration, greater degrees of interaction with citizens and a modern infrastructure for the workings of government. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Vivek Kundra is Obama’s evangelist for cloud computing.On Friday, Kundra, the White House Federal CIO, faced one of his first big tests as he testified before the U.S. Congress about cloud computing and why the Obama administration believes it’s key in helping the government modernize its technology infrastructure.To get a picture of what Kundra believes, Cloudbook featured several videos featuring the president’s technology advisor. In reviewing the videos, Kundra repeats four key points about why it is critical for the U.S. Government to adopt cloud computing:Government IT is outdated and sometimes antiquated. People work on mainframes at work and on any number of Web oriented platforms at home. Federal data centers now number more than 1,000. Consolidations is essential but so are smarter methods for using apps that leverage the cloud.. The private market is cutting back in data centers through private clouds, hybrids and public services. Cloud-based, data driven services can drive policy. What this requires are platforms that provide a base for interaction between constituents and stakeholders in federal agencies. Interoperability between agencies across platforms requires cloud-driven services with core sets of standards. In such an environment, apps provide a level of portability and means for decreasing the need for multiple on-premise servers to run one application.Transparency for Kundra means the capability to get real-tine access to public data. The cloud makes that more of a reality.On to the videos…Government Is Far Behind the Private SectorIn his address last month to the Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop, Kundra lead his discussion by underscoring the problems he faced on his first day of work at the White House. It was like walking into a technology environment that was 10 years old. Obama had to fight to get a Blackberry. He used the story to illustrate how behind government is compared to the private sector.Takeaway: Kundra argues for modernization, making it clear that the government needs to be on par with the private sector. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

DaVinci Resolve Tutorial: Extreme Color Looks

first_imgHighly-stylized extreme color looks are easy to nail down through heavy color tinting. Achieve radical color grades with this DaVinci Resolve tutorial.In a two-part post here and here last month, I took a look at recreating several Instagram-style looks in DaVinci Resolve. These discussions led us to analyze looks that were certainly stylized, but not all that extreme. One day, you may come across a project where your client is open to a more extreme approach. If you do, hug that client and work with them again. Let’s explore some of these looks.Approaching the GradeOne way to achieve radical grades is by employing heavy color tinting. To encourage a bit of an unrefined look, adjust the control surface sensitivity in the preferences beforehand. A higher sensitivity number will make the trackballs and dials slide around quicker, allowing you to dial in extreme looks fast.Try setting the RGB balance sensitivities to around 80 and watch the colors get thrown out of whack with the slightest push. It’s like coloring with a fat marker as opposed to a thin pencil. It’s going to get a little messy.Click the gear icon on the bottom left in Resolve’s interface and select the Control Panel preferences. To see dramatic changes, alter the RGB sensitivities for the lift, gamma and gain to somewhere around 80, out of a maximum value of 100. Just for today, throw realism out the window. Let’s abandon natural skin tones in favor of a color treatment that imposes itself on the image. The challenge will still be to make our images look visually interesting.Executing the LooksHere’s the image we’ll be working on. I picked it because it is fairly neutral, but mainly because this lady looks awesome. She’s the perfect canvas for some extreme grades.As always, perform an initial balance on the image, then create a new node for screwing with the colors. Here are some looks I came up with, along with the color wheel “answer keys.”Depending on the type of image you choose, the colors will react quite differently at the outer limits, but since we’re thinking outside the box, there are really no wrong answers. At such extremes, adjusting the saturation by a smidgen will lead to another look itself, so try that too. Trust your eyes and visual acumen to guide you to what looks good. Pushing the Concept FurtherWhile we’re not touching the luminance values too much for the purposes of this tutorial, it can be helpful to use luminance to qualify sections of the image in the interest of processing them separately. First, pull just a luminance key on half of the image. To do this, increase luminance Low Clip or decrease luminance High Clip.When about half of the image appears in the qualification, soften the corresponding Softness control. This will ensure that extreme corrections will still have a smooth falloff in the extreme color ranges.I’ve pulled the High Clip down on just the luminance, then increased the High Soft enough to gradually recede the correction. Then I created an Outside Node to color the values outside the first node. On the newly keyed portion of the image, go crazy with one of the trackballs. When you’ve destroyed the image to your liking, create an Outside Node to invert the qualification and tint that part of the image.This creates a more controlled look that can be tuned in greater detail. Now that both sides of the shot are tinted, experiment with the qualification point in the original node. The image changes as values are included or excluded.   To further complicate our look, create another node and qualify a different section of the luminance, maybe this time from the bottom third of the image. Tint that with a different color altogether. Maybe this node could even be desaturated. Now you’ve got a bunch of colors playing against each other in psychedelic glory.In addition to the luminance split above, I’ve added a third node that selects a more narrow range of luminance values. Then I went wild on everything for a different look altogether. Dial it BackNow that we’ve got a bunch of insane looks, let’s see if we can make them more usable for a traditional job. If you balanced your shot in a separate node at the beginning, you can mix it with the extreme node(s) to bring the look closer to normalcy. To do this, select the Key tab in the lower-middle section of the screen and adjust the Gain parameter underneath the Output heading.A value of less than one will essentially lower the opacity of the node correction to mix it with the base correction node. Increasing the value of Gain more than one won’t accomplish anything.Setting the Output Gain to 50% pulls one of our extreme looks back into a more commercial realm. When you’re destructing your image, keep track of digital degradations. It’s up to you to determine if these are acceptable for your grungy look. If not, consider dialing back your look, as colors in the vectorscope can also clip out. Alternately, try using noise reduction or soft clipping to limit the amount or severity of artifacts.Yikes! This is what clipped colors in the vectorscope look like. Yeah, you can slice colors too, just like whites are sawed off on an overexposed image. Sure, we’re going for something extreme, but you may want to avoid this. Going ExtremeExperiment with how different colors and the image ranges play off each other. This will actually inform traditional grading approaches for more conventional jobs. Taking colors too far can be instructive. See what kind of crazy results you can come up with, then dial them back into the realm of acceptability.Here’s our palette of nine looks. Hopefully you can see the huge range of possibilities in color grading, no matter how extreme your client wants to go.If you’re feeling gutsy, why not try some of these out on your next commercial job? Your client may think you’re insane, but maybe they’ll be into a unique style that makes their commercial stand out from every other ad. As colorists it can become easy to color each project in a similar manner, and playing around with images in an extreme way can help things from getting stale. Have fun and check out these additional DaVinci Resolve tutorials:Color Grading: Bleach Bypass Looks in DaVinci ResolveSunkissed and Sepia Looks in DaVinci ResolveThe Isolated Color Look in DaVinci ResolveDid this DaVinci Resolve help you see color grading in radical new ways? Got any examples of extreme looks you’d like to share? See you in the comment section!last_img read more

Control What Is In Your Control – Episode 205

first_imgIf much in your business is outside of your control, you need to be wicked gooad at what is in your control. You can communicate. You can hustle. And you can care!last_img

Raptors Shred The Nets, 91-74

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Hours after one of their best defenders had surgery, the Toronto Raptors got back to defending the way they know they can.Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Raptors handed the Brooklyn Nets their eighth straight home loss, 91-74 on Jan. 6.Even without DeMarre Carroll, who could be out a while after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee across town, the Raptors held the Nets below 40 percent shooting and won easily even while missing 18 of their 22 3-point attempts.“We’re going to have games where we’re not going to be able to score,” guard DeMar DeRozan said. “We’ve got to understand we’ve got to be able to win games in the 80s and keep teams, like tonight, in the low-70s, high-70s.”Kyle Lowry had 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists. He made all seven shots inside the arc but was 0-for-7 from 3-point range as Toronto bounced back after giving up nearly 120 points per game in consecutive losses to Chicago and Cleveland.Brooklyn is at the other end of the Eastern Conference standings, and its poor play at home is one of the reasons. The Nets haven’t won at Barclays Center since beating Philadelphia on Dec. 10.“We need to work through some things,” center Brook Lopez said. “It hasn’t all gone as planned.”DeRozan scored 15 points.Carroll is one of the Raptors’ best defensive players, but the Raptors had no trouble getting their defense back on track after their back-to-back losses. They have won 15 straight games when holding opponents below 100.“I thought overall we needed a game like that to show from start to finish we put our defensive imprint on the game,” coach Dwane Casey said.And it helped on the other end to have a strong game from Valanciunas with their outside shots not falling.“I think JV just did a good job of being in the right spots tonight,” Lowry said. “He was much more active and going against a true big like Brook he just got up for the challenge.”Lopez had 24 points and 13 rebounds for Brooklyn, which wore black uniforms reading “Los Nets” instead of its usual whites.But the result was the same as usual at home, where the Nets heard a few boos as the Raptors led by double digits throughout the fourth quarter.“It was just overall domination,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said.The Raptors outscored the Nets 16-2 to close the second quarter, then finished the third with a 13-4 spurt that gave them a 70-56 lead. Toronto quickly pushed it to 18 to put it away.Joe Johnson, battling a bruised left quad, finished with five points on 2-of-7 shooting. He was scoreless until hitting a 3-pointer in the third quarter, giving him a field goal in 919 straight games, the longest active streak in the NBA.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more

Federer Wins Dubai Final to Join Connors in Century Club

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Add a century of career titles to Roger Federer’s staggering list of tennis achievements.The 20-time Grand Slam champion became the second male player to win 100 tour-level tournaments in the professional era when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Dubai Championships on Saturday.Jimmy Connors is the other player to reach the milestone, and the American ended his career on 109 titles.“Welcome to the ‘Triple Digit’ tournament victory club,” Connors said in a Twitter post to Federer, “I’ve been a bit lonely — glad to have the company!!!”By beating a player nearly half his age, the 37-year-old Federer continued his record of winning at least one title every season since his first in 2001 in Milan. Eight of his victories have come in Dubai.“It’s been a long, wonderful journey . I have loved every minute,” Federer said. “It’s been tough but the sacrifice has been very, very worthwhile and we’ll see how much more I’ve got left in the tank.“Reaching 100 is an absolute dream come true for me.”As well as his record haul of Grand Slam titles, which includes a record eight wins at Wimbledon, Federer has won a record six ATP Finals and topped the rankings for a record 310 weeks — including 237 straight.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece returns the ball to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their final match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)In a battle of the generations, Federer avenged his loss to the 20-year-old Tsitsipas, a rising star from Greece, in the last 16 of the Australian Open in January.Federer broke serve in the first game and took the set on his fourth set point.The second set was more even, but Tsitsipas made the first big mistake in dumping an easy shot into the net to lose serve for a 5-4 deficit. His opponent then held serve to love to join Connors in the century club.“I’m so happy I’m still playing,” Federer said. “It all started as a junior world champion. It’s been great. I wouldn’t do it any differently.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham striker Kane to be awarded OBE

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham striker Kane to be awarded OBEby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane is set to be awarded an OBE.The Sun says he has been notified of the award for his services to sport, which will be unveiled in the New Year’s Honours list.But like England boss Gareth Southgate, also in line for an OBE, he has been asked to keep quiet until next weekend’s official reveal.A close pal said: “Harry is overwhelmed and excited about the idea of going to Buckingham Palace.“Playing for England was one of the proudest moments of his life but to be honoured by the Queen for his achievement will top the lot.” last_img

11 days ago​Argentina boss Scanoli reveals Aguero not involved in full Man City training

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Argentina boss Scanoli reveals Aguero not involved in full Man City trainingby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArgentina boss Lionel Scaloni has claimed that Sergio Aguero often sits out of full training at Manchester City.Aguero has been involved in most of City’s games this season, managing eight goals in as many games this term.But he is carrying an injury, according to his international boss.Scaloni spoke about Aguero and said to reporters: “Sergio Aguero is not here because he’s been carrying a problem and has not been training 100 per cent with his club.”It is unclear what injury is troubling Aguero and whether he will be fit for his club’s next Premier League game after the international break.The 31-year-old is still one of the key players at the Etihad Stadium club, and will be needed if City are to catch up on the eight point deficit to Liverpool in the Premier League table. last_img read more