Hughes ‘hopes Chelsea drop Terry’ and Murphy tipped to stay

first_imgThe Daily Star claim Mark Hughes thinks Chelsea should drop John Terry for this weekend’s west London derby.Picking up on a remark made by the QPR boss, it is suggested that Hughes is hoping Terry will not feature in the game at Stamford Bridge, thus avoiding more controversy in the Anton Ferdinand race row.There has been speculation over whether Rangers’ players will agree to shake Terry’s hand ahead of the kick-off.Asked whether they would do so, Hughes said: “I’ve not looked that far ahead. He’s got a busy week, perhaps he won’t play. Let’s hope so.”Meanwhile, The Daily Mail report that Danny Murphy is set to sign a new contract to stay at Fulham despite interest from QPR.Advertising on West London Sport  Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

New budget airline to take off in South Korea

first_imgSouth Korea’s already busy low-cost market will get another player in 2018 when start-up  KAIR Airlines begins flying Airbus A320s.Airbus announced on Monday that the start-up had signed a firm order for eight conventional A320s to operate from its base in Cheongju, in central South Korea. The airline will focus primarily on services to international destinations in North East Asia.  “We see enormous potential for the development of a low-cost model linking central South Korea with destinations in China, Taiwan and Japan”,  Byung Ho Kang, KAIR Airlines chairman, said in a statement. “KAIR Airlines will focus on point-to-point services at low fares while offering passengers a modern and fun product offering.”KAIR Airlines joins a slew of  existing low-cost carriers in South Korea, including Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Air Busan and T’way Airlines. Asiana Airlines Joined the fray last year with low-cost subsidiary Air Seoul, based at Incheon International Airport.LCC’s enjoy a 22 per cent market share on South Korea’s international routes, up from 16.2 per cent in 2015, and experts predict they are heading quickly towards 30 per cent.They dominate the domestic market with a combined market share of 56.6 per cent, according to November government statistics reported by the Pulse business news site.That put them ahead of network carriers Korean Air and Asiana, which between them commanded 43.4 per cent of the market.Jeju Air, Jin Air, T`way Airlines, Eastar Jet and Air Busan were profitable in 2016 with combined revenues estimated at more than 2.5 trillion won ($US2.08 billion).Airbus backed the potential of its latest customer with chief operating officer customers John Leahy saying the European manufacturer had been impressed by KAIR’s business model. “We are confident that the efficiencies offered by the A320 will contribute to a successful launch by KAIR Airlines, bringing more choice for passengers flying in the North East Asian region,’’ he said.last_img

Markets have plenty to watch as summer heats up

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileUSDA with its weekly crop progress report on May 29 put the U.S. corn planting at 92%. Huge amounts of corn were planted during the first three weeks of May, though northwest Ohio struggled severely to plant corn and soybeans timely this spring. Heavy rains fell throughout much of May causing significant delay in planting until the last few days of May. The May 29 report revealed Ohio had just 82% of its corn planted, leaving 621,000 acres yet to be done.It is interesting to note that comments on the stock market at the end of May suggest that stock traders were growing weary, paying less attention to trade developments with China and other U.S. trading partners. Meanwhile, the opposite is taking place for grains, as traders seem to hang onto any and all news of China and its trade posture with the U.S. Producers want to be optimistic, yet aware the big price decline could be just moments away. One day, traders are ecstatic at finally seeing China eliminate tariffs on inbound U.S. soybeans, then within two days they are thinking China is not buying enough U.S. soybeans.Expect that weather will easily dominate the news for the next six weeks. It would appear that extreme weather events are the current trend and not ending soon. Weather trends at times can be hard to recognize, much like not seeing the forest for the trees. Consider this spring. The Eastern Corn Belt in April ranked highly in history for its extreme cold temperatures. Yet, May for Ohio and the Midwest ranked second or third as the warmest ever. The U.S. is not the first to see huge weather extremes this year. Argentina had drought, extremely high daily temperatures, as well as prolonged excessive rains which reduced both corn and soybean production. Brazil had drought conditions, which reduced corn production. Brazil’s soybean production is record setting and is likely to get even bigger.Producers across Ohio (except northwest Ohio) praised corn conditions with consistent outbursts such as, “Outstanding, best ever, fantastic, quickly emerged, picket fence, rows closing earlier than expected,” to name a few. Producers pushed themselves in May to complete nitrogen applications in spite of afternoon prolonged cloudbursts — which appeared out of nowhere — complicating battle plans outlined that same morning.Dry conditions for wheat in the U.S. southern plains, Russia, Canada, and Australia during May pushed July CBOT soft red wheat to $5.54 on May 29. Price gains early that day failed to hold as July wheat ended the day six cents lower amid one of the biggest daily price ranges for all of 2018. Keep a strong eye on weather events in the U.S. southern plains this summer. If that area remains dry for months on end, that dry trend often moves into the U.S. Midwest. Drought monitor maps at the end of May raised concerns that dry areas in Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana were larger than the previous month.Grains this spring appear to be extremely sensitive to headlines as price activity during the night session has often been squashed during the day session. China is not going away soon. Trade rhetoric is excessive as each side, bullish and bearish, attempts to win the day, displaying they have the biggest and brightest belt buckle for all to see.Trade issues continue to be an ongoing concern for grains, at times easily outweighing the weather. While China trade issues continue to grab the headlines now and in the past, there are other countries of concern. Months ago Congress imposed its own mid-May deadline to renegotiate the NAFTA treaty. That deadline has passed without resolution, a situation especially frustrating to grain traders. Producers across the country, especially those with grain, continue to seek lasting solutions on trade issues. They know that prolonged trade wars are not bullish. The U.S. has imposed tariffs on Mexico’s steel and aluminum. Those tariffs could affect U.S. corn exports with Mexico. Months ago headlines that Argentina was exploring its potential to export corn to Mexico seemed to be a longshot. Now, not so much.last_img read more

Aiming for Energy Efficient Affordable Housing in Sacramento

first_imgUPDATED 12/15/2010: With additional details from Domus Development.When money is no object, the pursuit of green (and green) in homebuilding has been known to include some pretty extravagant renewable-energy systems, on top of whatever energy efficiency details are built into the envelope. Recent examples: the 4,539-sq.-ft. first-place winner of the 2010 Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge, which includes a geothermal system and extensive solar power system, and a 5,000-sq.-ft. LEED Platinum home in California with a $2.3 million listing price.But as is justifiably the case, projects that achieve energy efficiency at a relatively low price tend to generate more curiousity among builders. The second-place winner of the CT Zero Energy Challenge came in at 2,690 sq. ft. and about $320,000 in construction costs, and a Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity project in Charlotte, Vermont, is aiming for Passive House performance. And last week, a news report surfaced about groundbreaking on another project aiming to merge low construction costs with energy efficiency, a housing-and-commercial development just north of downtown Sacramento, California, that will include 81 units and about 5,000 sq. ft. of commercial space.A tie-in to light railThe housing plan has two parts: a four-story mixed-use building with 63 apartments in various configurations (9 studios, 24 one-bedrooms, and 30 two-bedrooms) over six “micro-commercial” spaces; and, on an adjacent infill lot, a set of 18 three-story townhouses designed to be 80% more energy efficient than comparable structures built to code. Both parts of the project, which is being developed by San Francisco-based Domus Development, will be supplemented by rooftop solar power and solar hot water systems.Called La Valentina, the project is emerging on a desolate corner lot that had been vacant for almost two decades – a location, one resident of the neighborhood told the Sacramento Press, that was dangerously derelict and seriously in need of redevelopment. The location does have a built-in advantage, however: it is a few steps away from the La Valentina/Alkali Flat station serving the Regional Transit District’s light rail system in Sacramento.Erin Kelly, a project assistant at Domus, told GBA that the portion of the project that includes the townhouses, known as La Valentina North, features three-bedroom units ranging in size from 1,005 to 1,215 sq. ft. in both flat and townhouse-style configurations. The capacity of the solar power system for the entire complex is 38.4 kW. All La Valentina North units have been designed for net-zero-energy performance, Kelly added. Although Domus is not at liberty to disclose prices at this point, she noted that all units in the complex will be available for rent to tenants earning between 30% and 60% of the area median income.last_img read more

An Alternative to Wood Window Bucks

first_imgFour sizes are availableThermalBucks come in 8-foot lengths and in four versions, corresponding to insulation or rainscreen thicknesses of 1 inch, 1 1/2 inch, 2 inches, and 2 1/2 inches.The tongue (the part of the buck that wraps around the inside of the rough opening) is 1/2 inch thick and extends into the opening 2 1/2 inches, no matter which ThermalBuck you buy. The other part of the “L” differs depending on the thickness of the exterior insulation. The bucks are pitched slightly toward the outside of the wall, and they are treated with an insecticide to prevent termite infestation.Brooks rolled out ThermalBuck at the GreenBuild conference in Washington, D.C. last fall, where it won a “Greenest of the Green” award. ThermalBucks cost between $2.50 and $3.20 per foot. For ordering information, contact the company through its website. A Pennsylvania company has developed an alternative to wood window bucks, claiming the coated polystyrene bucks offer better thermal insulation, a more effective water and air seal, and better long-term performance.Window and door bucks are used when exterior insulation, such as rigid foam, or a rainscreen is installed over sheathing on exterior walls. A buck (more properly called a Rough Opening Extension Support Element, or ROESE) ensures the window or door will be aligned correctly with the insulation or rainscreen.Carpenters typically make bucks out of wood. But wood bucks have some drawbacks, says John Brooks of BRINC Building Products, including a tendency to warp and shrink. In addition, wood has a relatively low R-value, so wood bucks represent a thermal bridge in the building envelope.So Brooks invented the ThermalBuck, an L-shaped component made from high-density expanded polystyrene encased in a blend of polyurethane and polyurea. ThermalBuck has a compressive strength of 52 psi and, according to the company, can handle hurricane force winds with “minimal permanent compression.”Mitered pieces of ThermalBuck are nailed into a rough opening for a window or door in a bed of adhesive. (Brooks specifically recommends Dow Corning 758 adhesive.) Then the window or door is installed with the flanges caulked and nailed to the outside face of the buck.last_img read more

5 Ways to Animate with Trim Paths in Adobe After Effects

first_img1. InfographicCreating an infographic can seem complex; however, it only takes a few simple steps. For a basic bar graph, I’ll first create a two-point path via the Pen tool, placing the first point at the bottom of the frame. Next, I’ll turn off the fill, and set the stroke to 150 pixels. Finally, I’ll add a Trim Path animator via the Add dropdown menu and animate the End property from 0% to 100%. To have a number dynamically change as the graph grows, I’ll add a text layer and parent the source text to the end property of the Trim Path. Lastly, I’ll add a simple value expression to round the numbers out to absolute values. And voilà — a dynamic infographic. (Check out my full tutorial on how to create infographics in After Effects here.)2. Map RouteMaps are fun, and you can quickly create an animated route with Trim Paths. First, I’ll add points and a path to a map via the Pen tool, with the stroke at 5 pixels and no fill. I can customize and stylize my map route via the properties of the stroke element. For this example, I’ll add some dashes and change the Line Cap property. Once I’m happy with the look, I’ll add the Trim Path animator and animate the end position. For a full tutorial on how to animate a map route, check out my “Create a Map Path Inspired by Indiana Jones in After Effects“ tutorial. (That tutorial belongs in a museum.) 3. Text BoxYou can use Trim Paths to quickly add detail to a lower third — or another text element. A popular look for lower thirds, and other graphics, is the animated bounding box. To create one, I’ll simply grab the Rectangle Shape tool and set the stroke to 10 pixels, with no fill. Then, I’ll create a rectangle and align it with my text. Now, I can animate the end in conjunction with the Offset for some truly desirable results. (This also works great with simple underline elements.)4. Text StrokeAnother popular look is the animated text stroke. As opposed to creating a simple box or line element, adding and animating a text stroke can be a bit more tricky. For this, I’ll first take my text and select Layer > Create > Create Shapes from Text. To change the stoke of all the characters at once, select the layer, and use the Stroke option at the top of the interface. Once I’m happy with the look of my stroke, I can add Trim Paths and animate the range to get the look I want. (Check out my stand-alone tutorial on “How to Animate a Text Stroke in Adobe After Effects.”)5. Circle BurstsThe circle burst is a fun animation element that creates simple movement, and Trim Paths can help bring these to life. Let’s create a quick circle burst and add it to a star-shaped animation. First, I’ll create a simple path (via the Pen tool) coming out from the top of the star. Next, I’ll add the Trim Path’s animator. To have the line shoot out from the center, I’ll animate both the start and end attributes, slightly offsetting each. Finally, I’ll add a Repeater with 9 copies, a Position of 0, and a Rotation of 40. Now, I can change the Y Position of the shape element to place it perfectly. (For more circle burst madness, check out this tutorial.) Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Virtual Arrival” by Cymatix“Summer Cruising” by Mattijs Muller“Midnight City” by Make Music“Fake Awake” by Tonemassif“Street Signs” by Sound ForceLooking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Using Film Convert Inside of DaVinci ResolveHow to Create a Day for Night Scene with Drone Footage in After EffectsTutorial: Create a Military Drone Look in After EffectsHow to Create the Double Exposure Effect in Four Manageable StepsVideo Tutorial: How to Create a Seamless Foreground Transition In this video tutorial, we cover how to harness the power of this simple, hidden feature in Adobe After Effects — Trim Paths.Trim Paths is a tool in Adobe After Effects that allows you to make precise adjustments to shape layer paths. However, new users may not know about it because it is hidden away under a shape layer submenu. So, what can you accomplish with this handy, little animator? Let’s have a look at five fun, useful projects.last_img read more

SMB’s Ross makes mental health a personal advocacy

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Dela Cruz, on the other hand, had himself as an example.“We’re men and we’re taught to be strong and to hold your feelings in and not to let your emotions out. Don’t get checked up for this, don’t get checked up for that, but life is tough for some people and you go through things. It is not easy for everyone,” he said.“I made some really bad choices. I lost my wife, I lost my kids, I’m trying to keep up my life again. But I wished somebody would have talked to me early on as a player to say that if you’re hurting or if you’re going through something, you need to talk to somebody, we put some phone numbers up here,” Dela Cruz shared.“I’m just one guy that has a voice. All it takes is one to reach out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “There’s 24 hours in a day and we’re spending that training with basketball for maybe five to six hours,” Ross said of a basketball player’s life.“But the other 18 hours? You’re in life. Life’s real and life’s hard. It’s more than just basketball,” Ross said during the recent Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Player Orientation program.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 31-year-old playmaker is currently using his voice to push for mental health awareness—a topic that many players have eluded talking about.Ross was joined by former Alaska big man Tony dela Cruz in the event. The pair walked PBA players through the delicate matter and suggested ways on how to approach it. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Professional basketball players, like ordinary persons, also grapple with the same problems many deem reserved for non-athletes.San Miguel Beer’s Chris Ross hopes to blot out the notion that they are immune from everyday issues.ADVERTISEMENT Tabuena eyeing third PH Open jewel Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:08Palace: No need to release Duterte medical bulletin02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “A lot of people see this as we are just basketball players, well a lot of people have families, a lot of people have businesses,” the playmaker said.“I had two really close friends in the US … And then when I came back here, I had another close friend that actually took her life,” Ross revealed to reporters.“So when you’re growing up, you kind of think that those kind of things will never affect you, that they’re never going to get close to you. But the longer you live and the more people you’re around, things like that do get to you,” he added.Ross slowly stepped into the role of a poster boy for his advocacy when he sought for the PBA fans to “just go check on people”  in a heart-felt post-game interview televised across the nation earlier this month.Ross’ motivation comes from two friends who struggled in coping, and another who actually took his life.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more