Blues star comes through scare on eve of Champions League clash

first_imgDavid Luiz is expected to be passed fit for tonight’s Champions League clash with his former club Benfica despite an injury scare on the eve of the game.The Chelsea defender was a doubt for the quarter-final second leg but trained on Tuesday evening with his knee heavily strapped.And there was a tense moment for the Blues camp when Luiz took a heavy knock in a challenge from team-mate Fernando Torres during the session at Stamford Bridge.But Luiz played on and is tipped to be available this evening along with Branislav Ivanovic, Didier Drogba and Raul Meireles, who have also been nursing injuries.See also:Huge fitness boost for Chelsea ahead of Benfica clashDi Matteo wary of Benfica’s away recordFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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The Met in New York showcases 100 years of West African photography

first_imgWest Africa’s rich photographic tradition is getting worldwide attention at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition showcases nearly 80 portraits from countries such as Ghana, Senegal and Sierra Leone dating back to the 1870s. Images such as Bundoo Girls from Sierra Leone (above), will be one of nearly 80 images on display Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Some of the works are being shown to the public for the first time. (Images: Metropolitan Museum of Art) • Gallery: South Africa’s rich and colourful heritage • Cape Town night sky tops at photo contest • Exhibition exposes apartheid, celebrates South African photography• Gallery: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid • Photo competition to showcase a positive Africa Shamin ChibbaNew York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will exhibit nearly 80 images chronicling a century’s worth of West African photography. In and Out of the Studio: Photographic Portraits from West Africa will cover work from the 1870s to the 1970s, when the region was producing some of its best photography.According to museum organisers, the exhibition “seeks to expand our understanding of West African portrait photographs, by rendering the broad variety of these practices and aesthetics”.JD ‘Okhai Ojeikere and Samuel Fosso are just some of the well-known photographers whose images will be on display. The exhibition runs from 31 August to 3 January 2016.Click to view larger images. Five men photographed in Ghana, 1880-85, at Lutterodt and Son Studio. Man Standing in a Courtyard in Senegal, 1959-68. Reclining Woman by Seydou Keïta, 1950s – 60s from Mali. Seated Man, 1930s-1940s, by an unknown photographer from Senegal. Self-Portrait by Malick Sidibé, 1956, Mali. Senegalese Woman from around 1910 by an unknown photographer. Two Girls, Indoors, 1915 by an unknown photographer from Senegal. Untitled (Modern Suku), by J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere. Suku is a form of hair braiding from Nigeria. A group of Bundoo Girls from Sierra Leone, 1905-1925. The artist is unknown, but it is thought to be Alphonso Lisk-Carew.last_img read more

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Facebook Home Shows Endless Possibilities For Android Launchers [Poll]

first_imgRelated Posts dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … If you really love Facebook on your smartphone, today is a big day for you. Facebook Home – the social giant’s new skin for Android – launches today. Facebook also has a dedicated phone running home, the HTC First, which is now available at AT&T stores. Are you so addicted to the world’s largest social network that you would turn your phone into a Facebook-centric love fest?Are there any other services that you cannot live without where you would want your smartphone to be all in all the time with it? For instance, would you want an Instagram Phone? Maybe a Spotify Phone? Twitter Phone? Or maybe it would be an Amazon Phone? All of these companies could do what Facebook has done and create a launcher skin that lays on top of Android and give their service the front-and-center treatment.If you could have any skin you wanted on a smartphone, what would it be? That is the topic of this week’s ReadWrite Mobile poll.Facebook Home user interface What Facebook Home DoesThe HTC First – also known as the “Facebook Phone” – is really just an Android with an application layer that gives the user the option to use Facebook as its application “launcher.” That is Facebook Home. A launcher is the user interface that companies use to differentiate experiences on Android. For instance, Samsung’s “TouchWiz” is technically a launcher. So is HTC’s “Sense.” In fact, if we really want to get into it, the stock Android user interface that can be found in Google Nexus devices is technically its own launcher as well. Another term for launcher is “skin.” On the HTC First, if you do not want to use Facebook Home, you can strip it away and the launcher left underneath is just plain Android. When you turn on a device with Facebook Home, you get a screen that slowly scrolls through your Facebook newsfeed. This is called Cover feed, where you can swipe to see recent updates from Facebook. If you get a message from Facebook Messenger, your friend’s head will pop up on the screen, no matter what app you are using. You can toss the head around the screen, then throw it out on the bottom when the conversation is done. This is known as ChatHeads and it is oddly pleasing, in a weird, sadistic type of way.The launcher will allow you to open any apps that you have downloaded through Google Play. The app drawer accessible through Home is essentially the portal between Facebook’s custom user interface layered on top of Android and Android itself. That’s it. Facebook Home is not complicated (though it can be a little confusing going between the Home experience and Android). It is sleek, kind of fun and really delivers exactly what it sets out to do – make your smartphone all Facebook, all the time.Opportunity For EverybodyBecause Home is so simple at its base level, Facebook has essentially created the blueprint for any company to do the exact same thing to Android. Facebook does have a bit of an advantage because it has a variety of services it can bake into Home (like Messages, Camera, Newsfeed, Pages and so forth), but the basic principle is easy to replicate.There are several third-party launchers for Android available through Google Play. There is the ADWLauncher, GO Launcher, Launcher Pro, Regina 3D Launcher, Crazy Home, Zeam Launcher and an endless count of others. These all provide interesting user interfaces for Android but none are really tied to a specific service. For instance, Twitter could probably make a great launcher for Android. The micro-blogging service is transforming from a straight message platform to get into the TV space, the music space and direct people to apps and media through its new Cards feature that it is rolling out. We call this Portal 2.0 and it would look great as a central user interface to a smartphone.Amazon could easily do the same thing. The e-commerce king has the transactional elements to turn your smartphone into a buying machine while also serving up music, video and apps. An Amazon Android phone has long been rumored to be in the works. Amazon is likely more interested in forking Android (creating its own build based on the source code that Google releases) than just layering its own functionality on top the way Facebook has. That is, after all, what it did for the Kindle Fire device.Instagram? Why not. It doesn’t have the apps and media, but it can use Android for that and have deep Facebook integration anyway (it is owned by Facebook). And you could have all those pretty Instagram pictures scrolling as your home screen.The possibilities are basically endless. Heck, even Apple could create a launcher for Apple based on iOS features. Are custom-built launchers from prominent third parties something that users want? You tell us. Take the poll and let us know in the comments how you would skin and Android to make it the perfect device for you. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Create An Animated Website Presentation Using After Effects

first_imgLooking for more on After Effects? Check out these tutorials:Video Tutorial: Animate a 2D Mobile Device with After EffectsUnderstanding Keyframe Interpolation in Adobe After Effects5 Ways To Create A Background in After EffectsCreate A Shootout Scene In After Effects + Free Muzzle Flashes and SparksVideo Tutorial: How to Stitch 360 Footage in After Effects If you’re looking for an amazing, ready-to-go website presentation, check out Header at RocketStock.com. What to Take Away from This TutorialLearn how to stitch together your website screenshots and animate them to create a smooth scroll effect. Furthermore, you’ll also learn how to create callout titles and add information to your presentation. Beyond the basics, this After Effects tutorial takes a close look at 3D animation and how to animate the website however you like.Here are a few of the main takeaways from this After Effects tutorial:Composite your website together using multiple screenshots.Animate your presentation in 3D space with rotation.Create titles that animate with your scrolling website.center_img In this video tutorial, learn how you can capture and animate a website presentation for your projects using Adobe After Effects.Whether you are a video editor or a motion graphics artist, at some point, you may need to display a website in a video project. A simple way to do this is to video-capture the website while scrolling through it. However, the scrolling may look jumpy when you scroll down an entire web page. Plus, you’ll have to download video-capture software to record the screen. If you want the best quality and the most control, this After Effects tutorial has you covered!To create a smooth scroll effect with complete control over your website animation, take screenshots of each portion of the web page and composite them together in After Effects. This approach yields the best results and gives you the option to design your website presentation however you want it.last_img read more

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FBI probe docs list range of payments to top college basketball players

first_imgFILE – In this March 30, 2017, file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert answers a question at a news conference in Glendale, Ariz. Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports. NCAA president Mark Emmert says in a statement Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, the allegations “if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America.” (AP Photo/Matt York)New details of payments to athletes in a federal investigation that has lurked in the shadows since first rocking college basketball last fall mark the latest threat to the sport’s basic foundation, showing the breadth of alleged corruption.Bank records and other expense reports that are part of the investigation list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding According to the report, players over the past several years and family members allegedly received cash, entertainment and travel expenses from former NBA agent Andy Miller and his agency ASM Sports. Line items in four pages of documents released by Yahoo showed a wide range, including some five-figure payments and two dinners for less than $40 each.Don Jackson, an Alabama-based attorney who has worked on numerous college eligibility cases, said the root of the problem is that the NCAA’s model of amateurism doesn’t work.“This problem can be solved if players are compensated,” Jackson said. “The NCAA is not capable of adequately policing tens of thousands of athletes around the country.”A balance sheet from December 2015 lists several payments under “Loan to Players,” including $43,500 to Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith, who played one season at North Carolina State in 2016-17. Another document says Smith received $73,500 in loans.N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow said the school disassociated itself from Miller in 2012.ADVERTISEMENT The depth of the violations raises questions about the structure of college athletics, a business funded primarily through college football and basketball, including $19.6 billion in TV money for the NCAA Tournament over the past 22 years — a hoops extravaganza American sports fans know as March Madness.NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement Friday the allegations “if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutYahoo said Friday that the documents obtained in discovery during the investigation link current players including Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, Duke’s Wendell Carter and Alabama’s Collin Sexton to potential benefits that would be violations of NCAA rules.Michigan State and Duke officials said Friday they didn’t believe their players did anything wrong, and Alabama coach Avery Johnson said Sexton, who was held out of the season opener for violating NCAA rules, will play Saturday against Arkansas. LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa AFP official booed out of forum Jackson said the NCAA or the schools would need to conduct their own investigations as opposed to making any rulings based on the documents from the FBI probe.“They can’t just automatically accept the credibility of this document,” the Alabama-based attorney said.Emmert said the NCAA Board of Governors and recently formed independent Commission on College Basketball are committed to “making transformational changes” and will cooperate with the federal prosecutors to “identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Documents also said Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead received $26,136 while a freshman at Seton Hall, and Tim Quarterman, now playing for the Agua Caliente Clippers of the NBA G League, received at least $16,000 while a junior at LSU.The story said the mother of Bridges received $400 in a cash advance. Current Kentucky player Kevin Knox, Carter and Sexton are listed among players or families meeting or having meals with former ASM Sports associate Christian Dawkins.Coaches and athletic officials at several schools, including Clemson, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Southern California, Utah and Wichita State said they did not know of the alleged payments until Yahoo’s report was released, but pledged to cooperate in any investigation. Several coaches distanced themselves from Miller.“Personally, I welcome the scrutiny on the sport of men’s basketball because the behavior of some agents, along with reports of other illegal recruiting activities, is hurting the sport,” Utah athletic director Chris Hill said.Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said he isn’t surprised by anything that happens in college hoops.“We can sit here and talk about it for days on end if we wanted to, all the things that have gone on in college basketball,” Barnes said. “I’m not surprised by any of it.”Lawyers for two of the 10 defendants arrested in the federal cases said it was inappropriate for Yahoo to have the documents.“An effort was clearly made to embarrass some defendants and cast aspersions on some current student athletes whose only ‘crime’ may be that their relatives didn’t reimburse an agent for a single steak dinner,” said Jeffrey Lichtman, who represents former Southern California assistant basketball coach Tony Bland, who was fired last month after his arrest. Bland is accused of receiving a $13,000 bribe for steering the team’s players to Dawkins and a financial adviser when they became professionals. Bland pleaded not guilty in November to charges related to bribery and wire fraud.Dawkins attorney Steven Haney Sr. said the report doesn’t mean Dawkins broke the law.“In the most simple of legal terms; prove it,” Haney said in an email. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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Beside The Points For Thursday March 8 2018

See more NBA predictions All newsletters Oh, and don’t forgetKHL is acting shady We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeAn out-of-line interview questionLSU running back Derrius Guice said that a representative of an NFL team asked him if he was gay during an interview at the NFL combine. This is not the first time that an NFL team has gotten in hot water over inappropriate and prohibited questions about potential draft stars’ sexuality, and the NFL Players Association wants the team in question prohibited from attending the combine. [The Washington Post]Neymar edges out MessiNeymar has an expected goals and assists rate of 1.18 per 90 minutes, which is the best performance in that stat in any of the top European soccer leagues right now, just beating out even Lionel Messi. Right now, comparing Neymar’s season to any other player besides Messi isn’t really possible; there are only ten player-seasons since 2010 where players had more than 0.9 expected goals plus expected assists per 90 minutes, and more than five progressive passes and runs per 90. Angel Di Maria’s 2015-16 is one of them, Neymar’s is another, and Messi accounts for the other eight. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Damian Lillard taking Portland to the postseasonDamien Lillard is creating 101 points for every 100 chances running the pick-and-roll. He’s hitting 103 points per 100 chances on drives. Portland certainly has a defense, but it’s also not an obvious one — they don’t force many turnovers or limit free throws or block all that many shots. Yet, they rank seventh in defensive rating this season. [FiveThirtyEight]Stallings out in PittsburghBasketball coach Kevin Stallings is out at Pittsburgh after just two seasons. His record: 24-41. The Panthers were 0-19 in ACC games, and I’m not a particularly adamant college basketball fan but even I know it’s vastly preferable not to lose every single one of those. [ESPN]POLL: Florida badAn NHL players’ association poll asked the league’s players to weigh in on coaching, the point system, their colleagues and who they’d want on their side if they needed to win a game. More importantly, the survey identified the Florida Panthers as having the worst ice in the NHL — 16.8 percent of respondents said the Panthers have the worst rink. [ESPN]Big Number659.5 milesThat’s how far away New York City, where the Big Ten Conference plays its conference tournament, is from Knox, Indiana, the town that is actually the geographic center of the conference. Realistically, Knox’s neighbor Chicago, only 65 miles from the geographic center, would be a better call than Madison Square Garden. Indeed, the ACC’s tournament in Brooklyn and the Big East’s call of New York is also a bit off too. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: neil:LSU RB: At combine I was asked ‘do I like men’I am amazed that teams haven’t been reprimanded for these kinds of garbage questionsThis has been going on for yearsand they continue to get away with itMiami GM sorry for Bryant prostitute queryFalcons asked Ohio State CB Eli Apple if he likes menidk how it works exactly in the context of a collectively bargained process like the NFL, but many combine interview questions appear to violate fair hiring laws(the combine itself is probably also sketchy, although again idk how that was bargained with the union)Predictions NBA read more

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