Liverpool to sign Schalke centre-back Joel Matip on free transfer – reports

first_img Schalke defender Joel Matip Schalke centre-back Joel Matip will join Liverpool on a free transfer at the end of the season, according to reports.The 24-year-old Cameroon international is set to arrive on Merseyside in the summer once his contract with the Bundesliga side expires.It is claimed he will pen a four-year deal at Anfield.The German-born player, who can operate in a holding midfield role as well as in central defence, has 27 Cameroon caps and came through the Schalke youth academyMatip made his Bundesliga debut at the age of 18, scoring in a 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich in November 2009, and has over 200 senior club appearances to his name.The Reds’ interest in the defender has been known since January, although Schalke had not given up hope he would sign a new deal at the German club.At least two French clubs were also thought to be in the running, but Liverpool was his chosen destination and the move set to go ahead after penning a pre-contract agreement with the Premier League side. 1last_img read more

5 Killer Filmmaking Hacks

first_img3. Lamp LightThings You’ll Need: A Lamp and Possibly a Lamp ShadeFilm lights are crazy expensive, but if you’re working on a budget you don’t necessarily need to get ‘production’ lights to get good lighting results. You can easily use various lamps and bulbs laying around your house to adequately light, if you know what bulbs to choose. The easiest thing to do is to simply go with Tungsten Balanced (orange) bulbs and a simple diffuser. To diffuse the light, you should use a white lamp shade. A few common household lamp choices are either china balls or the rectangular lamps found at simple home furnishing stores like Ikea.The following video from FICTION is pretty simple, but it does outline the cinematic potential of using a simple lamp like a china ball. 2. Tripod GlidecamThings You’ll Need: A TripodWhen it comes to shooting cinematic footage, stabilization is the name of the game. Unfortunately, stabilizers can be super expensive. So instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a specific rig, you could always use your handy-dandy tripod as a makeshift steadicam. Sometimes simply giving your camera a little more weight and changing the center of balance is all you need to do, and a tripod can pull off the trick. After you shoot the footage, you can then move it into your NLE and stabilize it even more.This tutorial from icunowlibra shows us how to create a simple steadicam rig using a photographic tripod, but you can really use any tripod if you simply collapse the legs. 4. Shower Curtain DiffusionThings You’ll Need: A Shower Curtain, A Stand, and ClampsDiffused light is often praised because of its versatility. Luckily, it’s incredibly easy to make any light softer if you simply go grab the shower curtain out of your bathroom. Using a simple stand and a curtain or sheet, you can easily diffuse harsh lighting and create soft, flattering light. This tutorial from Film Riot shows us how it’s done. 5. Car DollyThings You’ll Need: A CarWhile you’d certainly be hard-pressed to fit a car into an indoor location, if you happen to be shooting outdoors, a car can be a smooth way to track alongside your subjects. Cars can be great for tracking or dollying. Plus, if you’re downscaling 4K footage to HD, you can stabilize your car-dolly clips to get ultra-smooth footage.This staff-picked video from Vimeo shows us a few of the creative possibilities of using a car on a production. In the video, the hosts outline a few further ways that you can use a car for filmmaking beyond simply tracking and dollying.Know of any other great filmmaking hacks? Share in the comments below. These filmmaking hacks are a great way to get epic footage while not breaking the bank.When you’re shooting a video, there are a lot of different pieces of equipment that you need to remember. It’s not uncommon to bring dozens of pieces of equipment to your set. But if you forget an important piece of gear, you can still get good results with a few hacks. Here are a few of our favorite filmmaking hacks.1. Zip Tie Follow FocusThings You’ll Need: Zip Tie, Rubber BandWhen it comes to smooth focusing, nothing can quite match a follow focus… but for a few small pieces of plastic and metal, a follow focus can cost a pretty penny. It’s not uncommon to see a follow focus north of $500. So what are you to do? Well, one quick hack that you can use is to simply use a zip tie and a rubber band around your focus ring. It looks like this:In this video tutorial, commentacious takes a look at how to do this hack step by step. The end result is by no means perfect, but it’s much smoother than using your hand.last_img read more

10 months agoBologna director Di Vaio reveals plans to add psychologist for players

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Bologna director Di Vaio reveals plans to add psychologist for playersby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBologna director Marco Di Vaio admits they’re hiring a psychologist to work with the players.The Rossoblu sit third from bottom with just 12 points, though earned a credible draw with AC Milan in midweek.“Bologna are thinking about bringing in a figure who can help work with the players on their minds and mentality,” Di Vaio told Il Resto del Carlino newspaper.“He’d be a psychologist more than a mental coach. The last few weeks have been full of pressure and tension. “It’s not always easy to challenge oneself.” last_img

a month agoEx-Liverpool star Sturridge could face another betting ban

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Liverpool star Sturridge could face another betting banby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge is in even more trouble regarding betting offences.The Englishman, who is now in Turkey with Trabzonspor, could be facing another ban.Per The Sun, the Football Association is appealing the decision that saw Sturridge get a fine and a six-week ban for breaching betting rules.If The FA are successful, it is possible that Sturridge will get an even lengthier ban.The Association believes that Sturridge should be made an example to ensure that players do not even think about placing bets related to games or transfers that involve themselves.Sturridge told his brother Leon to bet on him signing for Sevilla in the January 2018 transfer window. last_img read more

Video: Watch Arizona’s Football Players Do Their First Haka War Dance Of The 2015 Season

first_imgArizona players watch as teammates perform their first Haka dance of the season.Arizona Haka DancePregame routines don’t get much more intimidating than Arizona’s “Haka” dance. The dance, a traditional Maori war dance from New Zealand, has become a tradition for the Wildcats. Arizona’s football players have performed the first Haka of the season. It’s pretty awesome. First Haka of the Year #HardEdgeCamp #BearDown pic.twitter.com/BpIvKAUEXe— Matt Dudek (@AZ_Matty_D) August 23, 2015That’ll get you fired up. Arizona opens its 2015 season Sept. 3 against UTSA.last_img

Treasury head wife mocked for photo of them holding money

first_imgWASHINGTON – A photo of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife posing with a sheet of new $1 bills — the first notes bearing his signature — is prompting people to poke fun at them online.The Associated Press photo shows Mnuchin holding the sheet of money as his wife Louise Linton stands behind him, her gloved hands touching a corner.Some remarked that the pair resembled villains from the James Bond movie franchise. Others used the image to mock the Republican tax plan, which critics say would mostly benefit high earners and corporations.The pair prompted a public outcry this summer after revelations he requested a military jet to fly them to their European honeymoon. It never happened, but the department launched a review of Mnuchin’s use of government aircraft.last_img

The price of silence

first_imgThe small municipal town of Pollachi in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district has numerous first generation learners. It is easier to soft-target women in such a situation, as precisely has happened in the small town. The apprehension of few accused at the end of February brings more than a semblance of justice to the victims; it brings to highlight the prevalence of normalised sexual abuse of the vulnerable to appalling extents. This has snowballed into a major scandal with the emergence of local reports that at least a few hundred women in the town were victims of organised racket of sexual abuse, blackmail, and extortion. The reports state that just one survivor has filed a complaint despite that fact that many have confirmed on police helpline that they have suffered abuse, blackmail, and extortion at the hands of predators. The apparent reason for them not putting in a written complaint is the pervading culture of victim-shaming. Further, among the accused was a member of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (who was subsequently removed from the party), and Opposition parties allege that the case involves those much higher in the State’s ruling party leadership. What we see here is that the crumpled social fabric is losing focus from the issue at hand and instead, this incident is pushed towards unnecessary politicisation. The case was subsequently handed over to CBI upon the Governor’s consent, but this does not address the reasons that led to such disgrace. Also Read – A compounding difficulty Sexual abuse, assault, misconduct are much more prevalent than perceived but hardly spoken about due to social apathy in general for such things. The price of not speaking up is enormous – and is paid collectively. Young women from the town are expressly avoided for matrimonial consideration by neighbouring regions and communities. Apart from taking a toll on their self-esteem and self-worth, higher education of women is severely threatened. They are encouraged to enroll in correspondence courses instead of regular ones. This is a very retrograde trend whereby education is a mere formality or socially acceptable method of biding time (until marriage) and not valued for its intrinsic quality. If women are not free to go out and get education, they are virtually incapacitated to go out and do anything on their own. Legal intervention is only the first step in setting things right. Ultimately it is a social issue that must be addressed by a concerned civil society. Silence must be actively discouraged. Survivors must be supported.last_img read more

BJP banks on sitting MP Rao Inderjit Singh for Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: BJP has once again relied on Rao Inderjit Singh for Gurugram Lok Sabha constituency seat. After the BJP announced his name on Saturday, Singh will be hoping to win from the Gurugram seat for the fifth time. Rao Inderjit is the son of Rao Birender Singh who has also won from the Gurugram seat a number of times.In 1998, Rao Inderjit Singh contested from Congress and won. His victory was shortlived as in 1999 he was defeated by Sudha Yadav from BJP who besides being a tall leader of the saffron party is also the widow of Sukhbir Singh Yadav, a martyr in Kargil war. In 2004, Rao Inderjit defeated Sudha Yadav and from thereon he has been winning the Gurugram Lok Sabha seat regularly from Congress and BJP seats. In 2014, Rao Inderjit for the first time fought on BJP ticket and won by more than one lakh votes. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDespite being a prominent leader nationally, Rao Inderjit in the past has not shied away in expressing his displeasure on the workings of the state government. Recently, he disagreed with the state government policy of moving the substantial portion of Aravallis out of the Punjab land and preservation act (PLPA). He has also stated several times that it is the Central government that has played a much greater part in revamping the city’s infrastructure by improving roads and connectivity. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThough Rao Birender Singh and his son have had a formidable record in winning the Ahirwal belt maximum number of times, they have been defeated a few times. After the emergency, Rao Birender Singh of Congress was defeated by lawyer Manohar Lal Saini from Janata Party. Later in 1980 elections, Saini was defeated by Rao Birender Singh. The victorious reign of Rao Birender Singh carried on with huge wins in 1984 and 1989 elections. The tides for Rao Birender Singh changed in 1991 elections when he was defeated by Colonel Ram Singh, a retired Army soldier who had represented India in 1962 and 1965 war with China and Pakistan respectively. Colonel Singh was instrumental in ensuring BJP win for the first time in the belt when he defeated Rao Birender Singh in 1996 General elections. This is for the last time Rao Birender Singh contested in the General elections.last_img read more

Spalletti bemoans penalty decision

first_imgInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti has blamed a “clear as day” penalty decision after they lost 1-0 at home to Parma.There was also controversy in the match, as Dimarco appeared to make contact with the ball his elbow, but VAR officials refused to award Inter Milan a penalty. A decision that has drawn the ire of Spalletti.“Now I see the video, that really did look to be handball. I don’t know how VAR works, but he really did deflect the ball away from the goal with his arm. It was outstretched, that ball could’ve gone anywhere. That was clear as day.” Spalletti told Sky Sports Italia.“It’s disappointing that Parma came out to obstruct and time-waste, we even saw Luigi Sepe throw an extra ball on to the pitch to stop us taking a quick corner.”Spalletti also questioned his side’s attitude during the game.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I don’t understand this sluggish approach in some situations compared to others. Nothing is owed to us, no matter what our names are.“That attitude can at times come from the desire to do something more, it doesn’t work, so we get disorganised and the opposition takes advantage.“We messed up too many crosses, too many passes for the quality at our disposal. We introduced Matteo Politano for the second half to add fresh legs, but he looked weighed down by the pressure and could barely run. It’s not physical form or fitness training, it’s the desperate attempt to do more and it leads to fractures within the team’s organisation.“Now we must do well to analyse these games in the right way and realise we have the capability to do far more than this. If the players perform below their capabilities, that is the responsibility of the Coach.”last_img read more