We fancy Chelsea to beat Liverpool and QPR to see off Stoke

first_imgChelsea are 29/20 favourites at BetVictor to land their third FA Cup in four years in 90 minutes at Wembley, with Liverpool 21/10 and the draw 23/10.The Blues are 8/13 to lift the trophy with the Reds 6/5 – and the 11/1 we have quoted for Liverpool to win on penalties has been the most popular bet.The last time the cup was decided on penalties was 2006 when Liverpool beat West Ham. They also won the Carling Cup from the spot back in February and their last Champions League triumph was decided from 12 yards back in 2005!Wednesday night’s defeat against Newcastle more or less guaranteed that if Chelsea are going to be playing in the Champions League next season it will be as holders given they are now 16/1 to finish in the top four.Tongue firmly in cheek, we have a market between Liverpool and the Chelsea Pensioners (Drogba, Terry and Lampard only) and bet:Chelsea Pensioners 7/2Draw 2/1Liverpool 4/5Note all three Chelsea stars must start or the bet is void.Didier Drogba and Luis Suarez are 10/1 joint favourites with BetVictor to be named man of the match and as both were given the accolade in their respective semi-finals I do think that is just too big.Rangers are 4/5 to be relegated to the Championship and, with a visit to the Etihad Stadium next weekend, they really have to beat a poor Stoke side who were extremely fortunate to get a point against Everton on Tuesday having been outplayed for long periods of the game.That said I think the R’s will get all three points at 20/23 with the Potters 33/10 and the draw 11/4.The final spot for the drop looks to be between Rangers and Bolton, who were very ordinary against Spurs on Wednesday.Sunday is a must-win game for the Hoops and, after their drubbing at the Bridge, they owe their supporters another three points. But will it be enough?Fulham must have travelled back to Merseyside hardly full of confidence after their loss to Everton, but history was made at Anfield and they are a shade of odds-on at 20/23 to beat a struggling Sunderland side.The honeymoon period for Martin O’Neill is long gone and the Black Cats are 7/2 to land all three points with the draw at 27/10.Clint Dempsey has had another wonderful season and the American is 5/1 to score the opener which would be fitting after the campaign he has had for the Whites.For all your weekend odds check out betvictor.com.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fuel price: govt considers options

first_img13 June 2008The government is not considering cutting fuel levies, but is instead looking at other proposals to keep escalating fuel prices in check, government spokesperson Themba Maseko says.Briefing the media following a Cabinet meeting in Cape Town on Thursday, Maseko said the Cabinet had discussed the fuel levy proposal and noted that South Africa’s levy was a specific tax which was adjusted once a year and which remained constant irrespective of changes to the fuel prices.He said that this differed from a percentage-based duty that would fluctuate along with the changes in fuel prices.The current levy on diesel is 111 cents and 127 cents on petrol per litre, while the Road Accident Fund Levy is 46.5 cents per litre and the Southern African Customs Union levy is 4 cents per litre.“These levy amounts remain the same for a full year irrespective of changes in the price of fuel,” Maseko said.He said the meeting resolved that the ministers of finance and minerals and energy should consult with a view to identifying the best, most practical ways of mitigating the impact of the rising cost of fuel on food prices and other goods and services.Maseko said that a task team was looking at other ways to make the impact of escalating costs less, particularly on the poor.“We are looking at, for instance, the possibility of exempting certain foodstuffs from Value Added Tax,” he said.The ministers will present a package of proposals to Cabinet in the near future.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Aids-free generation achievable: UN

first_img1 December 2010An Aids-free generation is achievable if the international community steps up provision of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and social protection, while focusing on the most disadvantaged communities affected by HIV, says a new UN report marking World Aids Day.According to “Children and Aids: Fifth Stocktaking Report 2010”, released in New York on Tuesday, while children worldwide have benefited enormously from stronger Aids responses, “there are millions of women and children who have fallen through the cracks due to inequities rooted in gender, economic status, geographical location, education level and social status.“To achieve an Aids-free generation we need to do more to reach the hardest hit communities,” Anthony Lake, executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), said in a statement. “Every day, nearly 1 000 babies in sub-Sarahan Africa are infected with HIV through mother-to-child transmission.“Our Fifth Stocktaking Report on Children and Aids highlights innovations like the Mother Baby Pack that can bring life-saving antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to more mothers and their babies than ever before.”According to the report, in low- and middle-income countries, 53% of pregnant women living with HIV received ARVs to prevent mother-to-child transmission in 2009, compared to 45% in 2008.“One of the most significant increases occurred in Eastern and Southern Africa, where the proportion jumped ten percentage points, from 58% in 2008 to 68% in 2009.”“We have strong evidence that elimination of mother-to-child transmission is achievable,” said Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organisation. “Achieving the goal will require much better prevention among women and mothers in the first place.”Young women still shoulder the greater burden of HIV infection, and in many countries women face their greatest risk of infection before age 25. Worldwide, more than 60% of all young people living with HIV are female. In sub-Saharan Africa, that figure is nearly 70%.“We need to address gender inequalities, including those that place women and girls at disproportionate risk to HIV and other adverse sexual and reproductive health outcomes,” said Irina Bokova, director-general of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).“While we are encouraged by a decline in HIV incidence among young people of more than 25% in 15 key countries in sub-Saharan Africa between 2001 and 2009, we must do everything possible to sustain and increase such positive trends in order to achieve universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support.”The report also emphasises the importance of tailoring education programmes to target the most vulnerable young people – those who are out of school – with information about HIV prevention.“We must increase investments in young people’s education and health, including sexual and reproductive health, to prevent HIV infections and advance social protection,” said Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, executive director of the UN Population Fund. “Reaching marginalised young people, including vulnerable adolescent girls and those who are not in school, must remain a priority.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

13 Fusion Tutorials Every Motion Designer Should Watch

first_img12. Normals Passes in After Effects and FusionCreated by: Kert GartnerWhen it comes to compositing, you want more than one pass of each 3D object. For example, you might have a depth pass, a color pass, a specular pass, etc. This gives you further control when you jump into your compositing software like After Effects or Fusion. In this video tutorial, we’ll look at how to work with multi-pass renders in both Fusion and After Effects. If you want to learn Fusion from scratch, the best resource I can recommend right now is Digital Tutors. While it does cost money to subscribe, they currently have nine different courses that cover the basics of Fusion. If you do decide to go this route, I recommend checking out the Artist’s Guide to Fusion course first. I went from knowing absolutely nothing about nodes to exporting finished video in less than an hour after using this course.Know of any other awesome Blackmagic Fusion tutorials? Share in the comments below! New to Blackmagic Fusion? Get inspired and level up your skills with these must-watch Fusion tutorials.With the recent release of the Fusion 8 beta, PC and Mac users alike can now use Fusion to create amazing VFX sequences. However, if you’re used to working with a layer-based software like After Effects, it can be incredibly daunting to try to figure out how to use a node-based software. That’s why we’ve created this list of must-watch Fusion tutorials for beginners.It’s a little strange at first, but once you get it down, Fusion can be a fantastic tool for compositing. Let’s begin!1-9. Fusion QuickStart GuideCreated By: eyeonsoftwareIf you’re looking to learn the basics of eyeon Fusion from the people that created it, I highly recommend checking out this QuickStart series from eyeon Blackmagic Fusion. The series covers everything you need to know to get started. The tutorials covered include the following topics in this order:The InterfaceConnecting ToolsLoading and SavingAnimatingTools IntroductionTools OverviewBasic 3DBasic ParticlesInstancing ToolsAfter you watch the first video, the player below will automatically skip to the next video. You can also navigate to a different video by selecting the menu icon in the top left of the player window. 11. Mocha to Blackmagic FusionCreated By: Imagineer SystemsDid you know that you can track footage in mocha and copy that tracking data into Fusion? In this video tutorial from VFX artist Steve Benjamin of Muse FX, we take a look at what a motion tracking workflow looks like in mocha and Fusion.center_img 10. Node-Based Compositing Tutorial with FusionCreated by: Kert GartnerIn this tutorial from Kert Gartner, we take a look at the cinematic potential of Fusion. In the video, Gartner breaks down how he created a cool sci-fi shot using some pretty basic green screen footage. If you’re new to Fusion, the first thing you’ll probably notice is the collection of squares with lines connecting them at the bottom. That is actually called a node tree and it’s made up of effects and files. Think of it as a layered timeline, but instead of being stacked on top of each other, layers can be placed anywhere. 13. Volume Mask ToolCreated by: Jeff KrebsAs you’ve probably already found out, Blackmagic Fusion is for serious VFX artists and compositors. In this tutorial from Jeff Krebs, we take a look at how to use a Volume Mask to isolate certain portions of your scene. In order to do this, you’ll need to export a world position pass in your 3D application.last_img read more