Self-assured

first_imgWould you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletters To access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week.last_img

CONFED CUP: Etoile’s Panenka Penalty Grounds Rangers in Enugu

first_imgPanenka is a technique used in penalty kick-taking in which the taker, instead of placing the ball to the right or left of the goalkeeper, gives a subtle touch underneath the ball, causing it to rise and fall within the centre of the goal, thus deceiving the keeper who may have opted to either side of the goalpost. The famous style was introduced by Czech player Antonin Panenka in 1976.Tunisian Iheb Msakni took the important penalty to double his team’s lead when Rangers’ goalkeeper, Nana Bonso was left stranded as the feeble kick sail slowly into the net and extended a frustrating day to the half filled crowd at the stadium.The result sees the Tunisian side at the top of the Group B with seven points from four games while Rangers are last on four points.It was a slow start to the match with both sides tentative in attack, but it sprang into life in the 19th minute when Maher Hannechi gave Sahel the lead after a clinical finish.Rangers took control of the match after that and dominated the possession stakes, but their decision in the final third resulted in very few decent scoring chances.In fact, despite have 61 per cent of the ball in the opening half, Rangers only managed one shot on target as the half ended 1-0 in favour of the visitors.The start of the second half saw the home side continue to dictate terms, but the wind was taken out of their sails when Etoile du Sahel doubled their lead after Iheb Msakni converted from the penalty spot in the 69th minute.The Tunisian side sat back in defence after that and seemed content to defend their lead.Rangers tried to attack, but much like the first half they were wasteful in front of goal as the match ended 2-0 in favour of Etoile du Sahel.Rangers will try to bounce back from this loss next weekend when they face Salitas of Burkina Faso on Sunday, March 10. Etoile du Sahel will also be in action on the same day away to CS Sfaxien. By Femi SolajaThe quest of Rangers International FC to revive their chance of reaching the knockout phase of the CAF Confederation Cup may have hit the rock following the 0-2 home loss to visiting Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia yesterday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.The visiting team achieved the result in grand style with the famous Panenka penalty that gave them the second goal to extinguished any hope of the Nigerian side reaching the knockout phase of the second tier continental club competition. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Bundle Up and Head Out For The Dery Bennett New Year’s…

first_imgSANDY HOOK – On January 1, 2012, the American Littoral Society will hold its 36th annual Dery Bennett New Year’s Day Beach Walk on Sandy Hook. Society staff will lead members and the general public on a bracing walk on the beach, departing at 11 a.m. from Society Headquarters, 18 Hartshorne Drive, Highlands, NJ, 07732.  After the walk, the group will gather at Society headquarters for free hot dogs, hot cocoa, cider, and desserts.The annual walk was started in the 1970s by Dery Bennett, who led the American Littoral Society for more than 30 years. He wanted the public to start each year with a focus on the coast. After Bennett passed away in 2009, the Society renamed the walk after him to honor his many years of protecting and preserving New Jersey’s coastal wildlife and habitat and for inspiring so many others to follow his path.The walk is free and open to the public but donations are always welcome. Participants should dress for the weather and bring a dessert to share – finger foods only, please. This is a rain or shine event; however, in the case of an extreme weather event, check the Society’s homepage for a cancellation notice by 7 a.m. the day of the event.The American Littoral Society is a membership-based, non-profit, coastal conservation organization headquartered on Sandy Hook in Highlands, NJ. Since 1961 the Society has promoted the study and conservation of coastal marine life and habitat, defended the coast from harm, and empowered others to do the same through advocacy, education, and conservation. To learn more visit www.littoralsociety.org.last_img read more

MRAZEK RETURNS FROM NEW YORK TO HEAD $100,000 THOR’S ECHO HANDICAP AT SIX FURLONGS MONDAY AT SANTA ANITA

first_imgMAGIC MARK: Idle since winning the one mile Bertrando Stakes versus state-breds at Los Alamitos one year ago, this 6-year-old Benchmark gelding will hope to run well fresh for owner/breeders Dorine and John Lanza. Trained by Ron Ellis, he has a sparkling six furlong gate drill in 1:11.20 here on June 26 (best of 13 at the distance) and must be respected with five wins from 14 starts. Out of the Deputy Governor mare Jewel Magic, he has earnings of $258,734. LOVE MY BUD: A 5-year-old Pamela Ziebarth homebred gelding, he was bred in Kentucky and is California sired, by Tizbud. A state-bred or sired allowance winner going 5 ½ furlongs two starts back on April 22, he tired late to finish sixth, beaten 2 ½ lengths, in an open first condition allowance going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf here on May 19. A longshot, he’s out of the Forest Wildcat mare Kathwen and he has two wins from five starts. RACE PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED 3-YEAR-OLDS AND UP THE $100,000 THOR’S ECHO HANDICAP IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS Race 8 (of 9)                                       Approximate post time 5 p.m. PDT RAISED A SECRET: Third, beaten 6 ¾ lengths by eventual Grade I Triple Bend Stakes winner Lord Nelson on June 3, this Mark Glatt trainee was a close third two starts back in the Grade III, six furlong Los Angeles Stakes on April 16 and rates a huge chance dropping in class on Monday. Owned by Rodney Orr, the 6-year-old full horse by Songandaprayer will hope to get a stalking trip from his rail post position. Never worse than third in nine tries at six furlongs, Raised a Secret is 30-5-10-8 overall with earnings of $490,130. MRAZEK: By red hot sire Square Eddie, he’s out of the Wild Rush mare Heckuva Rush. A well beaten 10th in the Grade II, seven furlong Woody Stephens Stakes June 11 at Belmont Park, he was second, beaten a neck two starts back here in the Grade III, seven furlong Lazaro Barrera Stakes on May 14. A winner versus statebreds of Del Mar’s 5 ½ furlong Graduation Stakes last August, Mrazek is quick from the gate and should relish his post position on the far outside. He has earnings of $169,437 from an overall mark of 7-2-4-0.center_img Raised a Secret–Santiago Gonzalez–123Love My Bud–Rafael Bejarano–117Forest Chatter–Mike Smith–122Nardo–Flavien Prat–118Magic Mark–Drayden Van Dyke–122Mrazek–Mario Gutierrez–115First post time on Monday, Independence Day, is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. Monday is also Fan Appreciation Day and there will be one dollar beers, sodas and hot dogs offered throughout the day. ARCADIA, Calif. (July 1, 2016)–Reddam Racing’s homebred Mrazek returns from a disappointing foray to Belmont Park on June 11 to head Monday’s $100,000 Thor’s Echo Handicap at Santa Anita. To be contested at six furlongs, the Thor’s Echo, which attracted a field of six, is a part of the Golden State Series and is for California-bred or sired 3-year-olds and up.Mrazek’s competition includes Raised a Secret, who comes off a third place finish to recent Grade I winner Lord Nelson, consistent Forest Chatter, comebacking Magic Mark and Nardo, who comes off a pair of recent allowance wins.                 FOREST CHATTER: Winless from just one start on dirt, all five of his career wins have come on turf, which is no longer an option at the current meet. Trained by Richard Mandella, he showed good speed in his only main track appearance, a close fourth three starts back versus statebreds in the seven furlong Cary Grant Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 22. Third and subsequently second in a pair of statebred stakes down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course on Feb. 27 and May 28, the 5-year-old Kentucky bred and California-sired gelding by Dixie Chatter retains the services of Mike Smith. His overall mark stands at 13-5-2-2 and he has earnings of $268,510. NARDO: Trained by Mike Puype, he comes off a pair of recent allowance wins at 6 ½ furlongs and appears to be a “now” commodity for owner/breeders Tony and Suzy Narducci. A 4-year-old gelding by Olmodavor out of the Decarchy mare Bella Castagna, Nardo appears to be coming to his best as he tries stakes competition for the first time. With an overall record of 7-3-1-2, he’ll be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Flavien Prat.last_img read more

Warriors-Mavericks cheatsheet: Young Mavs ready to end their losing ways at Oracle

first_imgMavericks … The young Mavericks (15-15) come into Oracle reeling after losing four straight. However, Dallas won’t back down from the champs, after beating Golden State (21-11) last month. Coming into Saturday’s matchup, the Warriors are hoping history doesn’t repeat itself.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.When/Where: Oracle Arena, 5:30 p.m. (NBCSBA)Mavericks projected starting lineup: Harrison Barnes, Luka Doncic, DeAndre Jordan, Jalen Brunson, Wesley Matthewslast_img

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — December 14, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 171214No change in thought process this morning. Snow is pushing off to the east this morning, with action only around over the eastern third of the state and leaving quickly. The best snows are already in the Appalachians. We stay cold for a couple of days behind last night’s clipper system as north winds dominate, but temperature moderation going to attempt a push into the state this weekend.High pressure behind the system keeps us dry today into most of tomorrow. We have to keep an eye on some lake snow potential both days, but that mostly lingers in the northeast. Sunshine should be a dominant player over central, western and southern parts of Ohio, but clouds will likely hold firmer up north. Temps will continue to moderate statewide Saturday, with only north central and northeast Ohio staying closer to freezing.Sunday looks wet, but not until later in the afternoon. Strong southwest winds will be in to start the day Sunday, and rains push in for midafternoon over western Ohio, spreading east from there. We like rain totals of .25”-.50” over about 90% of the state, Models are in disagreement on whether we see a secondary push of moisture after midnight Sunday through midday Monday that can bring a little more liquid. Either way, it will be a nice little batch of rain that will get rid of most snow cover.Monday afternoon we go drier behind that system, and we stay dry through Thursday morning. Temperatures moderate through the period, and will be normal to even slightly above normal by midweek next week. Our final front of the 10 day period arrives late next Thursday afternoon into Friday the 22nd. This front again brings mostly rain, as the cold air waits to arrive until after the moisture is gone. We look for a few hundredths to .3” of rain over 70% of the state. That system will be the one that puts the nail in the coffin for a white Christmas, unless cold air can come faster.Dry for the 23rd into the 24th. Extended models are suggesting a potential late Christmas Eve system that goes through Christmas day. This system does not have as strong of characteristics this morning, but we are not going to remove it from the extended forecast window completely.  If it can survive, and if the air is cold enough, we still may have a chance at a white Christmas…but for now those thoughts have to go on life support.last_img read more

Quick Tip: Keeping Smooth Edges in After Effects

first_imgHere’s a quick tip that will keep your After Effects graphic project looking sharp!  Force After Effects to use whole pixels for smooth interpolation.If you’ve noticed that your graphics and text aren’t looking super sharp in After Effects, it’s likely they are not be positioned on whole pixels.  AE is set to interpolate elements in your project at a subpixel level.  While this is useful for pinpointing precise location and scale, it can result in soft or distorted edges on graphic elements in your project.  This is especially true when the graphic has keyframed motion.Graphic artist and programmer Chris Silich describes this:“When things are tweened, even in the tiny actual size comp, they often moved at sub-pixel speeds…and when that happens, AE anti-aliases the whole thing, giving our cool block pixel art weird soft edges.”Here’s an example of the type of edge distortion that he’s describing (notice the blurred edges on the top box):So, how do you get that clean interpolation that we see in the second box? Chris uses an After Effects expression called Math Round, that will force AE to interpolate at whole pixels only.  The code for the Math Round expression is at Chris’ post here.Further expanding on Chris’ expression, Motionworks.com.au’s John Dickinson has created a simple AE preset of the Math Round expression. Just apply the preset to get smooth edges in After Effects.  Download the preset here.If you’re racking your brain trying to figure out how to get smooth edges in After Effects this is the trick!last_img read more

India vs West Indies: India beat West Indies by 16 runs in T20 match

first_imgPutting up a splendid all round show, India scored a comfortable 16-run win over the West Indies in the one-off Twenty20 international to begin their Caribbean tour on a resounding note here on Saturday.It is India’s first win over the West Indies in T20 format as they had lost the previous two encounters at Lord’s and Kensington Oval.After being invited to bat on a tricky Sabina Park Oval strip India recovered from a top-order collapse to post a competitive 159 for six and then restricted the hosts to 143 for five.Host skipper Darren Sammy had asked second-string India to bat under helpful conditions for the pacers and he himself did all the damage with four wickets as the visiting batsmen struggled to adjust to the bounce of the pitch.India owed their recovery to top-scorer S Badrinath (43) and Rohit Sharma (26) as they combined for a 71-run stand for the fifth wicket after the visitors were reeling at 56 for four inside nine overs.Yusuf Pathan (15 off 6) and Harbhajan Singh (15 off 7) hit some lusty shots towards the end to help India cross the 150-run mark.Indian bowlers then complimented the good batting effort from the middle-order with a disciplined performance.Harbhajan Singh (2/25) took two wickets while Praveen Kumar (1/27), R Ashwin (1/30) and Munaf Patel (1/35) contributed in the win with a wicket apiece.For the West Indies, Darren Bravo hit a-run-a-ball 41 and Christopher Barnwell sparkled with a 16-ball unbeaten 34 but that only reduced the defeat margin for the hosts.- With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

World champion Lewis Hamilton finishes F1 season with win in Abu Dhabi GP

first_imgWorld champion Lewis Hamilton coasted to victory from pole position at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.Having already secured a fifth F1 title, the British Mercedes driver beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at the Yas Marina circuit to secure his 11th win of the season and 73rd of his career.It was a symbolic finish to a season where, again, he showed his superiority under pressure to beat Vettel into second place overall for the second straight year.Wins #AbuDhabiGPImpromptu audition for Magic Mike 3 #F1 @LewisHamilton pic.twitter.com/FF3WcnFRPBFormula 1 (@F1) November 25, 2018″I am so happy right now,” said Hamilton after Hollywood actor Will Smith brought down the chequered flag at the floodlit Yas Marina circuit on Sunday.The Brit, who has won 51 of the 100 races in the V6 turbo hybrid era, became the first driver to score more than 400 points in a season with a final tally of 408.His victory also left him 18 wins away from Michael Schumacher’s all-time record.DRIVER STANDINGSAs the chequered flag falls, the final points of 2018 are in… @LewisHamilton becomes the first driver to break the 400-point barrierKimi *just* holds on to P3, with Verstappen and Bottas right behind #AbuDhabiGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/pKRfEC9UsnFormula 1 (@F1) November 25, 2018Red Bull driver Max Verstappen finished third ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo for a fifth straight podium.The race was held up after a spectacular crash on Lap 1 involving Nico Hulkenberg, who was sent tumbling into the barriers and eventually settled upside down by French driver Romain Grosjean. The Renault driver was unharmed and eventually climbed out.advertisementVeteran Spanish driver Fernando Alonso placed 11th with McLaren in his last F1 race with the team.With both championships already won, Hamilton taking his in Mexico with two races to spare and Mercedes sealing their fifth successive constructors’ and drivers’ double in Brazil, Sunday’s focus was on the race and those moving on — particularly Alonso.We knew they were comingBut we didn’t know it would be these three #AbuDhabiGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/PAZF1QEsfAFormula 1 (@F1) November 25, 2018Hamilton, Vettel and the Spaniard — three great champions — spun their cars in a cloud of smoke at the end of their slowing down lap, before stepping out for hugs and words of mutual respect.(With inputs from AP and Reuters)last_img read more

The broad strokes of adding variety to an investment portfolio through art

first_imgTORONTO – David Heffel says he likes art as part of an investment portfolio because it provides daily dividends.“They’re assets that you can live with and enjoy on a day to day basis, but more importantly you can share them with family and friends.”Heffel, president of the Heffel Fine Art Auction House, has seen his share of paintings bought for a pittance sell for hundreds of thousands or even millions that prove to be fantastic returns on investments.But while returns are far from reliable, investment advisors say it can be a creative way to add a bit of diversity to an investment portfolio.“I think it’s a great idea,” said Michael Taglieri, who studied art history and worked in the art world before transitioning to become senior wealth advisor at Assante Capital Management Ltd.“It’s another way to diversify a portfolio, which is important, and it’s a good way to support culture.”The sentiment is part of a wider trend among wealth advisors who see art as part of growing passion-based investments.Deloitte’s Art and Finance report said 88 per cent of wealth managers polled said they think art and collectibles should be part of wealth management offerings and about half say diversification is one of the strongest reasons to include art in wealth management.The 2017 report showed the market can provide steady returns, citing Artnet indices that showed the global contemporary art market had a compound annual growth rate of 8.54 per cent over the previous 15 years.Investors shouldn’t, however, bank on such returns, as even some high-end art segments have shown negative returns in recent years, while average investors generally don’t have access to the higher-end art tracked in the indices.Taglieri’s advice to potential buyers is to look for young or emerging artists because the costs of entry are generally much lower.“If you’re going to an auction and buying from the secondary market of an established artist, your investment is a bit safer, a bit more solid, but you’re going to pay for it.”People looking to devote a small portion of a portfolio to dabbling in art should look around at many galleries, magazines and auctions to find what style they like, and make sure they love what they’re buying since it’s quite a speculative purchase, said Taglieri.“You really have to enjoy a piece, because it may take a long time to appreciate.”Heffel said that while the costs of entry are higher, he prefers to stick with more mid-career artists because the vocation is just so challenging that many artists drop out before being able to establish themselves and add value to earlier works.“I like to focus on mid-career painters that have some track record of some museum recognition, a public collection inclusion, and if you’ve had an opportunity to meet those artists, that they have a lifelong dedication.”To improve the chances of making a sound art investment, Heffel recommends exploring online databases of private auction sales and other online tools to understand the art market itself and which kind of art holds or increases in value.Buyers should also factor in insurance costs and make sure the paperwork is in order so the provenance of a piece can be proven, he said.For investors who would rather avoid the process of identifying, buying and storing high-end art, there are art funds where investors pool capital and buy pieces that would otherwise be out of reach.However, they don’t come cheap. Art funds are generally only accessible to high net-worth individuals, and can have opaque structures and sometimes onerous terms, making them a fairly niche product.The funds also run counter to the advice of collectors like Heffel who recommends buyers explore the creative world of fine art and carefully buy according to your taste, and budget.“In the early stages look at as much art as you can…standing face to face in front of as many art works as you can to educate your aesthetic eye.”last_img read more