Polariod ND fader FilterGenus ND fader FilterLightcraft Fader ND Mark IITiffen Variable NDSingh-Ray Vari-ND FilterHeliopan 77mm Variable ND FilterWhat is a neutral density filter?For those unfamiliar, a neutral density filter is a glass filter that you affix to the end of a camera lens. The filter modifies light intensity, which gives a photographer or DSLR video shooter more flexibility in their shot, with the ability to use a larger aperture. Neutral density (or ND) filters range in price and quality/effectiveness. Dave tested the ND filters for the following factors:SharpnessBokehColor CastSee which ND filter Dave named a best bet based on quality and cost. For anyone looking to purchase or learn more about professional grade ND filters, this video is a must watch: Looking to buy an ND filter? Be sure to check out this video review. 6 popular ND filters go head-to-head and one is chosen as a best buy for pro photographers and DSLR shooters.LearningDSLRVideo.com’s Dave Dugdale recently completed a thororgh test on 6 commercial neutral dentisty filters for photographers and DSLR shooters. The real world test of these filters included the following brands and models:
Advertisement AdvertisementOne of the biggest stars in world boxing Manny Pacquiao has reportedly signed with powerful manager/advisor Al Haymon, thus by leaving his longtime promoter Bob Arum according to the BoxingScene report has just recently done the same with business manager Michael Koncz.The source says that Pacquiao will likely fight Adrien Broner at the beginning of 2019, then after rematching his longtime rival Floyd Mayweather Jr.Pacquiao’s decision to hook up with Haymon also comes with another perk, said the source. Who is joining hands with renowned dealmaker Sean Gibbons in the negotiations with Mayweather and Haymon.“It will be an opportunity for other Filipino fighters to shine in the US,” he said, noting that ex-world bantam champion Marlon Tapales will soon be fighting under Pacquiao’s MP Promotions.Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) is most recently coming off a stoppage win over Lucas Matthysse in July in a thrilling fight which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Also Read-Boxing: Canelo Alvarez to face Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden on Dec.15
Flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi says a well-balanced India hold the edge over Pakistan in the marquee clash of the Champions Trophy on Sunday.”As a passionate Pakistan supporter, it’s natural that I would want my team to finish on the winning side against any team, and especially against India.”However, recent history and the depth of the India squad gives it a slight edge heading into the game,” Afridi wrote in a column for the ICC.Afridi said Pakistani bowlers will have to bring their A game to the field against a formidable Indian batting unit led by captain and star batsman Virat Kohli.”Led by Virat Kohli, the Indians possess a formidable batting line-up that can flay any bowling attack on its day,” he said.”Kohli’s credentials as a top-order batsman are known to all and he has played some memorable innings in the ODI format.”I have vivid memories of his sublime century against us in the 2012 Asia Cup, while he was at his absolute best in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 clash at Adelaide, laying the foundation of an Indian win with a masterful hundred.”For me, bowling to Kohli was always a challenge and Pakistani bowlers would have to be on top of their game against him.”They must try and attack, especially when he is new at the crease. If Pakistan dismisses Kohli cheaply, it will significantly increase its chances of restricting India to a low score,” said Afridi.The former Pakistan captain feels India also have a potent bowling attack to compliment their strong batting line-up.advertisement”While batting is India’s traditional strength, it is also fielding a balanced bowling attack that includes some skillful bowlers led by the wily Ravichandran Ashwin.”The off-spinner has truly come of age and has become a pivotal part of India’s recent successes across the three formats. Ashwin has great control and bowls an impeccable line and length which troubles the best in the business.”He gets great support from left-armer Ravindra Jadeja, who has been another vital cog in the Indian line-up in recent years. The conditions in England might not suit spinners much but both Ashwin and Jadeja have the quality and accuracy to make run-scoring difficult for batsmen.”The spinners will be complimented by what I feel is a more than capable seam bowling line-up led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami,” he said.Pacer and death overs specialist Jasprit Bumrah has hugely impressed Afridi.”I am hugely impressed by the skillset and temperament of young Jasprit Bumrah. He bowls what I call the ‘Pakistani Yorker’ almost at will. He reminds us of our pacers of yore who had mastered the skill of bowling the perfect yorker, especially during the 90s,” added Afridi.
New Delhi, Aug 8 (PTI) Tyre major Bridgestone India today said it will invest USD 304.3 million (around Rs 1,940 crore) over the next five years to expand its two manufacturing plants in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.The company, which is a part of Japans Bridgestone Corporation, plans to expand facilities at Pune (Chakan) and Indore (Kheda).The investment will be done in a phased manner over the next five years starting this year, Bridgestone India said in a statement.”This investment affirms our commitment to expand Bridgestone?s footprint in India, which is one of the fastest growing markets in the world,” Bridgestone India Executive Director Kazutoshi Oyama said.The investment will enable Bridgestone India to be equipped with advanced manufacturing technology and processes that will allow it to better serve its customers with superior quality products, he added.The expansion of the plants will enable Bridgestone to meet increased tyre demand in India, owning to growing vehicle population and production.The production capacity of the two plants is expected to increase by around 15,000 tyres per day, bringing total daily production to around 41,000 tyres by 2022.In addition to capacity expansion, the investment will also enable the company to enhance its products mix to cater to new models being launched in the domestic market.The expansion will also help in creating 450 additional jobs for skilled manpower at the two facilities, Bridgestone said.Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation is the world?s largest tyre and rubber company.Besides, selling tyres for use in a wide variety of applications, it also manufactures a broad range of diversified products, which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods.advertisementThe companys products are sold in over 150 countries around the world. PTI MSS BAL
“It’s down to us to execute it in the tournament, but the first half today was an excellent performance with the ball, with really good movement and interchanges between the front four. We overloaded midfield and, whenever Raheem or Harry came short, our midfielders made some fantastic runs in behind. There was a lot of unselfish one- and two-touch play. Our play from the back had good composure. It was as good a half as we’ve had. We give the players a structure and ask them to make the type of runs we think can cause opposition problems, but it will come down to their awareness and touch. With a bit better decision-making, we’d have had more than two goals.”Kane, captaining the side for the first time since officially being appointed for the tournament, took his tally to six goals in five games while wearing the armband. “He has great standing in the world game now,” said Southgate. “His belief in what’s possible, his belief in being able to score every time he plays … but he’s an unselfish player. It wasn’t a case of him taking a shot every time he got the ball. He dropped deep to link, played one fabulous pass through to Dele in the first half, and his link play was very good. He played in an unselfish manner. That’s the best possible impact you can see, if your centre-forward is playing in that way.” Friendlies Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Gareth Southgate praised his team’s slick approach play and the unselfish contribution from the captain, Harry Kane, as England offered indications they are finding some attacking bite going into the World Cup in the friendly success over Nigeria.Although England have managed only 25 goals in 17 fixtures under Southgate, and scored from a set piece and a goalkeeping error against the Nigerians, there was promise in the combination play mustered by Kane and Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli. Those glimpses have left the manager optimistic this team can unsettle opponents at the tournament in Russia.“There will be teams with incredibly experienced defenders and different structures which will cause us to find different solutions to the way we play when we get to Russia,” said Southgate. “But what I liked about the interchanges and the unselfish running was, wherever the spaces were, they seemed to smell them and find them. The guys are intelligent enough to work those solutions out, and have the technique to do that. I was pleased with that. We’ve had defensive solidity. A big focus in training has been how we create more goalscoring opportunities, and make more runs like the ones we did today. Read more Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Raheem Sterling makes his point on and off the pitch for England Share via Email Of more concern was the brief period immediately after the interval when England’s defensive jitters seemed to grip again. Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi scored in that passage of play, though the hosts recovered their composure to stave off an equaliser with Jordan Pickford, expected to be the team’s first-choice in Russia, offering some much-needed reassurance.“We were a bit slow to react to their tactical change at half-time, and it ended up as a really good test for us,” added Southgate. “We had to manage a game which could have gone against us for a brief spell. We got our composure back after that, still caused them problems with the ball, and didn’t really concede any clear chances after that. We can improve on what we did. That five- or six-minute spell we have to learn from because, in a tournament, that could be enough to put you out.“We’ll give consideration to who plays in goal against Costa Rica over the next 24 or 36 hours, but I was really pleased with what Jordan did. Normally, when you play for England, there’s not an awful lot of opportunity to produce a lot of saves. But his decision‑making on crosses, the punch he made, his distribution and calmness to slide passes into midfield … that was really important to the way we want to play. He can be very pleased with his performance. The game was a good exercise and another step in the right direction in terms of building belief in these players.” Share on LinkedIn news Nigeria football team England blow hot and cold against Nigeria after Gary Cahill’s quick start The Observer Dominic Fifield Topics England Read more Reuse this content
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy is nothing if not understanding of your frustrations. Here’s what he said last week about OSU’s crappy run game and often-stalled-out offense.“We stink on first down. I don’t know what else to say,” Gundy said. “You know I put a suggestion box outside the stadium for anybody that’s got any ideas on first down. We’re just not very good on first downs. We need to improve in that area. We have a six-game self-scout and it shows how poor we’ve been on first down.”Awesome. He probably actually did it, too.His offense hasn’t actually been that bad. Perception and recent history don’t help things.AdChoices广告“For years here, we were scoring 45 points a game on offense and we were average on defense,” Gundy told the Oklahoman. “So everybody got accustomed to it and that’s just what everybody expects at Oklahoma State. It’s a little different this year.”OSU actually ranks No. 16 in the country in points per long drive (80+ yards) and No. 30 overall in points per drive. That speaks partially to how good Mason Rudolph has been with basically a ghost of a running game, but it also speaks to the fact that it’s really, really hard to have a top 10 defense and top 10 offense nationally (Pokes are No. 28 in defensive points per drive).[Go Pokes]
During the Oklahoma State game in Ames on Saturday, Ben Grogan missed what was virtually a chip shot and caught some grief from some fans who weren’t too pleased.Fortunately for Ben, it didn’t end up costing the team the game, and he showed some humor in his response in the postgame. The lesson in all this? Don’t mess with the ice pirate.AdChoices广告 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
We looked at the unknowns when it comes to Big 12 coaches earlier this week as well as the coaches who still have something to prove. Now on to the big four in the Big 12. The big boys. The coaching stalwarts in this conference.Group 1: The Established GiantsThese guys run their schools. They aren’t going anywhere unless they want to.4. Bill Snyder, Kansas StateThe Silver Fox. The Windbreaker. Whatever you want to call him, Bill Snyder has won consistently for a long time in the Big 12. Even at 76, Bill Snyder is still kicking, with a career record of 193-101-1, beginning in 1843 (Actually it was 1989, it just feels a lot longer).Before Snyder took the job at K-State, the school had an all-time record of 299-510 all time in 93 years of play. That’s good for a .370 winning percentage! In his years in Manhattan as the head coach (1989-2005, 2009-present) the Wildcats have won the Big 12 twice, and won the Big 12 North four times when the Big 12 was still split into two divisions.It’s no wonder that Kansas State named their football complex Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium — there is no football program without him.3. Gary Patterson, TCUGary Patterson has been a longtime staple of TCU football, since taking over in 2000. Patterson has amassed an impressive 143-47 record in Fort Worth, and the Horned Frogs have won at least 10 games in 10 of the last 14 seasons at TCU.The last two season have been impressive in particular, with the Horned Frogs going a combined 23-3 and winning the Peach and Alamo bowls- If they can keep this pace up after the loss of superstars Josh Doctson and Trevone Boykin, Patterson will likely jump Mike Gundy on this list as he continues to prove himself in the Big 12.2. Mike Gundy, OSUAs mentioned above, Gundy is the second most winningest coach in the Big 12 since 2010, going 58-20 overall and 37-16 in the Big 12 during that time. Gundy gets the most out of his team and is among the most beloved and successful head coaches at their Alma Mater in the country, despite constant turnover in the coaching staff and consistently being out-recruited by Texas and Oklahoma within conference.1. Bob Stoops, OUBig Game Bob (ahem, 4-6 in BCS bowl games) and his Sooners have had a stranglehold on the Big 12 for the majority of the 2000s. Since 2000, Bob Stoops and Oklahoma have won an amazing 9 Big 12 titles, including a National Title in 2000. Despite his many critics, Stoops owns a 179-46 record at OU, and an 8-9 record in bowl games.Stoops is also the only head coach in the BCS era to have won the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma has been a national power as long as he has been at the reins in Norman and show no signs of slowing down. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
There are plenty of talking points that came out of Oklahoma State’s 43-37 road win over Kansas State.Mason Rudolph put up the second-highest passing total of his career with 457 yards (fourth-highest in OSU history).The Cowboys were careless with the ball, coughing up three turnovers and committed some inopportune penalties on the road against a team that’s almost impossible to beat when you beat yourself.But one of the most surprising of talking points should be the Cowboys’ effectiveness running the ball.Oklahoma State was able to put up 180 rushing yards on a team that ranks first in the Big 12 in rushing defense. After Saturday’s game, Kansas State is still No. 12 nationally allowing 110.89 yards per game. The Wildcats started Saturday allowing only 102.25 yards per game.The 180-yard performance is not exactly staggering but was a good sign for a Cowboy team still trying to find its way on the ground. It was their third-highest rushing total of the year behind only the Baylor game (213 yards) and Kansas game (228 yards).The Cowboys averaged 6.9 yards per carry, thanks mostly to Chris Carson’s 9.9-yard average on seven carries and chunk-yardage runs from Rennie Childs and Barry J. Sanders. That 6.92 yard average is the best single-game average for the Cowboys since the 2013 Iowa State game.The biggest run of the day was undoubtedly Chris Carson’s go-ahead touchdown dragging two defenders 10-plus yards to the end zone to put the Cowboys up for good.Carson has been downright fantastic since coming back from a hand injury he sustained in Week 2 against Central Michigan. Since returning three weeks ago, Carson has averaged 7.2 yards per carry and has four touchdowns (three rushing) in three games.“I was proud of our ability to run the football,” said Mike Gundy after the game. “I thought Chris Carson was excellent. I thought twenty-seven was excellent.”The Cowboy running game is by no means where they want it but the gradual improvement of the offensive line and the emergence of Justice Hill should give Cowboy fans plenty to look forward to. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Maybe Mike Gundy was right. Maybe we should be watching SpongeBob instead of the CFB Playoff show. On Tuesday, after the rankings came out, Texas Tech athletic director and CFB Playoff committee chairman Kirby Hocutt proved the playoff is basically a beauty contest between the most traditionally gorgeous schools.This is simply amazing to read.Q. West Virginia as a one-loss team has over the last two weeks kind of fallen further and further behind the other one-loss teams, and this week they’re even behind a three-loss team. What is the committee seeing with West Virginia that is causing hesitation to move them higher?KIRBY HOCUTT: “The committee spent a great deal of time this week talking about West Virginia, and I think at this point in time, West Virginia having only played one game against a current CFP top-25 team, which was a loss for them, and that is what we spent a great deal of time debating, discussing, is the fact that the quality win is not there yet for West Virginia. Their only game against a top-25 team was a loss to Oklahoma State.”OK, that seems reasonable, right? Just wait.Q. What is the difference between them and Oklahoma, who’s sitting up in the top 10 and has two losses and I don’t believe has a top-25 win?KIRBY HOCUTT: “Yeah, the difference there is the committee discussed the last couple of days is the head-to-head win over West Virginia.”Uh oh. No, Kirby. Don’t do it.Q. No, not Oklahoma State, Oklahoma.KIRBY HOCUTT: “Okay, I’m sorry. You know, Oklahoma is a team that has a tremendous offense. They’ve continued to bounce back from two early-season losses. They’re on a seven-game winning streak. The committee believes that Oklahoma is deserving of that 9 spot, and still looking at West Virginia to get a quality win.”A tremendous offense! Oklahoma has zero wins over CFP top 25 teams. That’s the same number as West Virginia. Zero! They got housed be a maybe-above-average Houston team. Housed. But their offense is good!Your thoughts, Dana.Threat level: Holgorage pic.twitter.com/M9vkkCbgte— Deadspin (@Deadspin) November 12, 2016What a mess, but this is what happens when you let a committee decide the goodness or badness of various teams and don’t let the teams sort it out on the field. The built-in biases we all have will eventually take over. Heck, I think OU is better than West Virginia because they’re OU. But the folks on the committee are not supposed to think that way … even though they do.
Same here.And here.And he’s shown that he can make plays with his legs like here.And with this dangerous karate move to Keenen Brown. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State kicks off the 2017 season two weeks from today. Let’s look at a Cowboy who could go from a casual fan’s afterthought to the most important player on the roster at any time.How he got to OSUQuarterback Taylor Cornelius hails from Class 2A Bushland High School (Texas) near Amarillo. He wasn’t heavily recruited but that wasn’t for lack of trying — or production. His senior season, the 6-foot-6 QB threw for 3,815 yards and 46 (!) touchdowns — all while completing 65 percent of his passes. He was a star basketball player and also competed in baseball and track and field. How that alone didn’t earn him a scholarship offer from Gundy, I have no idea.What he’s done in StillwaterCornelius has been in a backup role since 2014 when he and Mason Rudolph came in together. While Rudolph turned into a record-setting star and Heisman candidate, Cornelius has stood behind the scenes working on his game and his body. Coming in as the walking portrait of lanky — 6-6 and 184 pounds — Cornelius has added over forty pounds to his frame and is up to 225.Heading into this past spring game, all the buzz surrounded redshirt freshman Keondre Wudtee and early enrollee Jelani Woods. But it was Cornelius that was able to make plays going 5 of 9 for 77 yards and a touchdown. He also ran it four times including a 21-yard play.How much would Cornelius have played had he graduated high school one or two years earlier? It’s a good question. He was an inexperienced walk-on true freshman when Gundy and Co. decided to burn their highly-rated rookie’s redshirt at the end of 2014. But what if they stakes weren’t so high? What if there wasn’t a Mason Rudolph in front of him? What could Cornelius have done with a little more opportunity?On an episode of our PFB podcast, Kyle Porter asked former OSU wide receiver David Glidden to name the most underrated quarterback he ever played with at Oklahoma State.“To be honest with you, I might have to say one of the most underrated and overlooked guys is a guy that’s here right now in Taylor Cornelius,” said Glidden.“The kid throws an outstanding ball. He’s big. He runs a lot better than people think, a lot more athletic than people think and he’s worked ever since he’s gotten here.”Glidden raved about Cornelius’ work ethic and how he came in as a “twig” but has built his body up. He also talked about the obvious talent he brings to the table.“Some of the plays and throws that he typically makes in practice kind of opened up eyes for a lot of people,” Glidden continued “especially guys that practice with him everyday. It’s not really a surprise now to see him put balls on the money or even get out and scramble a little bit and kind of run away from a few people.”Oklahoma State fans hope they don’t have to see what Cornelius can do with the spotlight in 2017. But what about 2018? Could he make a strong case to compete for the QB1 role next year?Role in 2017The competition to be Mason Rudolph’s backup is a two-man race. Redshirt freshman Keondre Wudtee has shown some nice things in his year-plus in Stillwater and still may have the most upside but Cornelius seems to have a much better grasp of the offense. The battle hasn’t been decided as of yet but all through camp, it’s seemed like Cornelius’ to lose.Noteworthy stats and highlightsCornelius’ reps have come in garbage time but we did get a decent sample size against Southeastern Louisiana, regardless of the level of competition.He showed he could find the open man.
Cristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo battles ‘nothing personal’ to PSG star Dani Alves Chris Burton 18:29 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar PSG Real Madrid Ligue 1 Primera División The former Barcelona defender has locked horns with the Real Madrid talisman on a regular basis down the years, but insists he has nothing against him Dani Alves insists a long-running duel with Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is “nothing personal” following their last coming together.Having previously found themselves on opposite sides of a Clasico divide in Spain, the pair have locked swords at regular intervals.Dani Alves was never afraid to put his boot in while on the books of Barcelona, while he also came up against the Portuguese in the 2017 Champions League final as Real downed Juventus. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Their rivalry was recently rekindled in a European showdown between Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, with Dani Alves accused of wiping snot on an old adversary.The Brazilian has strenuously denied those allegations and reiterated that his personal battle with Ronaldo has been overplayed, telling Esporte Espectacular: “It is part of the game, heat of the moment, part of football and nothing personal.”He added on the accusations levelled at him following his latest meeting with Ronaldo: “Thank God that my son does not like football, because football is losing the essence which made me want to be a player.”Look at the game with Real Madrid, for example. They have said that I put snot on Cristiano’s shirt. Is it me or are the people saying these things three years old? It’s stupidity without limit.”PSG came unstuck against Ronaldo and Real over the course of two legs, with a 5-2 aggregate defeat seeing the French side fall at the last-16 stage of this season’s Champions League.Their cause was rocked by an untimely injury to €222 million superstar Neymar ahead of the second leg of that continental contest, with the Brazil international having been forced to undergo surgery on a broken metatarsal.Dani Alves is among those to have been credited with luring a fellow countryman to Paris in a record-breaking deal, but he has once again played down such claims.He said: “People think that Neymar is a puppet, but children grow up and make their own decisions. “He is growing, maturing and learning to deal with difficult moments.”Like Neymar, Dani Alves claims his decision to join PSG was driven purely by sporting ambition, although the 34-year-old concedes that the money in football, from which he and his team-mates are benefiting, has spiralled out of control.The legendary full-back added: “I came to PSG for the sports project, for how they have valued me as a footballer.“But if I am very honest, I do not think my salary is in line with my value – it is too much.”
STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 23: The Penn State Nittany Lion prepares to usher the Blue Band onto the field as the Lion celebrated his 100th birthday in front of a home coming crowd of 108,062 as the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated Penn State 6-4 during NCAA football at Beaver Stadium on October 23, 2004 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Free agency in the NFL has taken the sports world by storm, as several marquee players have changed teams. Considering that Penn State regularly produces top prospects in football, it’s no surprise that some former Nittany Lions were on the move.One of the first Penn State alums to change teams this offseason is Adrian Amos. The star safety signed a four-year deal with the Green Bay Packers, worth $37 million.Although Khalil Mack and Eddie Jackson receive most of the credit for Chicago’s elite defense in 2018, Amos was equally important. In fact, his versatility in the secondary is the reason teams were in line for his services.Packers are giving former Bears’ safety Adrian Amos a 4-year, $37 million deal that includes $14 million in year one and $21 million in first two years of deal, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2019Amos isn’t the only former Penn State product leaving his original team this free agency. It turns out that Cameron Wake is moving on from the Miami Dolphins.Wake has become the heart and soul of Miami’s defense for the last decade, but he’ll now take his talents to Tennessee. He’ll earn $23 million over the next three years with the Titans.The Titans have made multiple moves this offseason in an effort to improve their playoff chances.Cameron Wake and the @Titans have agreed to a three-year, $23 million deal. (via @TomPelissero) pic.twitter.com/YxKOMp63N1— NFL (@NFL) March 13, 2019Another Penn State alum switching teams for next season is Jesse James, who signed a four-year deal, worth $25 million with the Detroit Lions.James found himself splitting time at tight end with Vance McDonald in Pittsburgh. However, Detroit is giving him the opportunity to shine in a starting role.The #Lions have signed unrestricted free agent TE Jesse James. pic.twitter.com/RIMgfrxrhl— Detroit Lions (@Lions) March 14, 2019While a few NFL players from Penn State have found new homes in free agency, Donovan Smith got an extension from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The left tackle will make roughly over $41 million over the next three seasons.All smiles as Bucs tackle Donovan Smith discusses his new three-year, $41.2-million extension with general manager Jason Licht. pic.twitter.com/pzC4WjmpnL— Greg Auman (@gregauman) March 6, 2019Former Nittany Lion Robbie Gould will also remain with his current team as the San Francisco 49ers applied the franchise tag for 2019.Kyle Shanahan said franchise tag guarantees Robbie Gould will kick go #49ers this season. Sides continue to talk about multi-year extension.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) February 27, 2019The final Penn State alum to reach an agreement this offseason is Ross Travis, who will return to the Indianapolis Colts.We have signed TE Ross Travis to a one-year contract extension. https://t.co/zJakeMab4B— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) February 26, 2019Although the first wave of free agency is over, a plethora of impact players remain available on the open market. That includes former Penn State offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski.
zoomImage Courtesy: Gasum Gasum’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel, Coralius, conducted its first bunkering in the port of Rotterdam.During the ship-to-ship operation LNG was supplied to the chemical tanker Bit Viking. The event represented a milestone for Coralius when proving its availability in the ARA (Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp area).“Finally, being able to bunker our clients in the ARA area increases LNG availability and security for the LNG fueled fleet. The amount of LNG driven vessels is growing rapidly globally, and we will definitely be part of the growth in being present where LNG is needed,” Kimmo Rahkamo, Vice President, natural gas and LNG, Gasum, said.Coralius mainly operates in the North Sea and the Skagerrak area, where it celebrated its 100th bunkering operation in late Fabruary.Gasum said it expects an increase in the average amount of delivered stem, as it will perform bunkerings on shuttle tankers and other bigger vessels.
Aliant and EastLink have new contracts, announced today, March 5, to provide telecommunications services to the government of Nova Scotia. The current agreement with Aliant for local voice services is being extended until 2011. The agreement is worth about $5 million per year. The extension will allow the province’s IT branch, CITO, to plan how these services will be delivered in the future. EastLink, owned by Bragg Communications Incorporated, was awarded the contract to integrate government’s data network management services. The contract will also expire in 2011, and includes an option to extend it for two years. “We spend millions of dollars a year on our telecommunications needs,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “We’re confident the successful bids on the various contracts will result in the best service, at the best possible price, for taxpayers.” In 2006, government’s IT branch developed a strategy for telecommunications services based on consultation with the industry, lessons learned from the previous procurement process, and a review of procurement in other jurisdictions. Darrin MacKeigan, the branch’s senior project manager, said government decided to tender for each service individually and for individual components of data network services. “The successful bids meet very specific technology and service level standards, and the business needs of government departments and agencies,” said Mr. MacKeigan. Contracts for mobile wireless services, long distance, core data network, regional data circuits, corporate Internet and high-speed Internet services will be announced in April.
Scam Alert LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – As students across the state return to college campuses, the Better Business Bureau of Central & Eastern Kentucky is warning students to be aware of scammers.The BBB says students out on their own for the first time are prime targets for scammers.- Advertisement – According to 2018’s BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report, 41.6% of students reported a loss when exposed to a scam as compared to 28.3% of non-students. Students who are now exposed to managing their own finances are online looking for ways to save. Some of the more common scams targeting college students:• Safe Credit Reports – After the age of 18, it’s a good idea to start becoming more aware of your credit score and start adapting some healthy money habits. It’s also a helpful signifier of any unusual activity and possible ID fraud. While there are multiple traps online trying to snag your Social Security number with a fake credit score scam, safely check your credit score at www.annualcreditreport.comRelated Article: Better Business Bureau• Scholarship and Grant Scams – Beware of phone calls or emails from companies that guarantee they can help reduce or “forgive” student loan payments or set you up with a large “grant.” Search the company making the offer at bbb.org. Don’t deal with anyone who tells you to send a “fee” to get a grant or scholarship. Contact the school’s financial aid office for advice on any available scholarships/grants. • Employment Scams – In 2018, employment scams were the #1 culprit for scams attacking 18-25 year olds. Job offerings can be sent directly to a student’s school email address, promising flexible hours and high pay. Be wary if you are offered jobs such as “reshipping packages,” “processing paychecks,” “mystery shopping,” or anything that involves a cashier’s check being sent to you. Some scammers will “interview” you in non-traditional settings, like Google Hangouts. Other red flags include being asked to pay a fee up front for a job or send a Social Security number via email or a website.• Too-Good-to-Be-True Apartments – It’s hard to not jump on a convenient apartment or house close to campus, especially if it advertises affordable rent. It’s tempting to hand over credit card information online to lock in a great spot, but it’s always worth seeing the apartment in person prior to any transaction. If the property owner says he/she is out of the country and needs you to wire a deposit via money transfer, LOOK OUT. This also applies to Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace listings of other students looking for roommates. • Protect Your Identity – Lock up important papers, credit cards or other documents containing personal information, especially if you share living quarters with others. Be mindful of public Wi-Fi when making any sensitive transactions online where scammers could gain access to your information. Make certain that smart phones, laptops and tablets are all secured with codes to unlock them, as well as have updated virus protection installed. More information on different types of scams can be found at www.bbb.org/scamtips. Students are urged report any scams to www.bbb.org/scamtracker. Speak to BBB representatives to check out scams, businesses or for other assistance at (859) 259-1008.
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have released surveillance video showing a man stabbing a woman and her mother inside a Miami Beach grocery store, late last year.The security footage shows a heavy-set man, later identified as 63-year-old Joseph Floyd Kennett, inside the Christal Food Store, located at 7451 Collins Ave., Dec. 2. Moments later, he is seen punching a woman standing behind him, identified as 27-year-old Jennifer Gaal. The victim is then seen falling to the floor.Seconds later, Gaal is seen striking back at her attacker, just before Gaal’s mother, identified as 55-year-old Blanca Nieves, enters the store and tries to intervene. Kennett is then seen reaching for an object inside his right pant pocket. Police said he used the object to slash and stab the women repeatedly.Detectives said the footage captures Kennett stabbing Gaal three times in the stomach and Nieves once in the chest.Speaking with 7News hours after the incident, Gaal’s sister, Jacqueline Nieves, asked for the public’s prayers. “I hope that you guys can pray for my family,” she said. “My sister is a very good person, and my mom is a very good person.”Police said they caught up with Kennett, who stands 6 feet tall and weighs 295 pounds, as he tried to get away.Investigators said the victims had gone to the store on a beer run. Friday afternoon, 7News showed the disturbing footage to a woman who works next to Christal. “Oh, my God, I have the goose bumps, because I work next to the store,” said Georgina Fernandez.Gaal and Nieves have were released from the hospital and continue to recover.Kennett remains behind bars on charges of attempted felony murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He is next expected to appear in court on June 2.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Koti: ENT experts on Sunday conducted an awareness programme on head and neck cancer at ENT Hospital here. Medical students and patients attended the event. The organisers explained how the disease spreads, preventive measures to be taken up and whom to consult. Tests for about 500 persons were conducted during the programme.A representative of ENT Experts’ Association, Dr L Sudarshan Reddy said cancer could be treated if detected at an early stage. He stated that the programme was being organised as there was no adequate public awareness on cancer ailments. He said head and neck cancer is caused by pollution, consumption of tobacco, gutka and liquor. Dr Reddy said free radio/chemo therapies and treatment would be provided to cancer patients.
The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is reconsidering its proposal to allow online withdrawal of provident fund (PF) money by subscribers who possess Aadhaar-linked bank accounts, following a recent Supreme Court ruling.Currently, the subscribers have to manually apply to the EPFO to withdraw their PF money.”We are re-examining the proposal of online PF withdrawal facility for subscribers having Aadhaar linked bank and PF accounts. We have sought legal opinion on the issue in the backdrop of latest apex court ruling,” EPFO’s central provident fund commissioner KK Jalan told PTI.In its ruling, the apex court had said that “the production of an Aadhaar card will not be a condition for obtaining any benefits otherwise due to a citizen”.The EPFO is looking to roll out “specialised services” for subscribers who have enrolled for “Universal Account Number” and whose KYC linking is “complete and digitally authenticated”.Members of the EPFO, whose PF and bank accounts are linked with Aadhaar, will be allowed to apply online for PF withdrawal under the “specialised services”. A claimant will have to submit a copy of a cancelled cheque of his Aadhaar-enabled bank account.The retirement fund body was also examining a proposal to enable its subscribers, whose PF and bank accounts are linked with Aadhaar, file for PF withdrawal without the intervention of the employer.Earlier this month, Jalan had said that the EPFO settled a total of 11.56 lakh claims in July, with 43% of the applications settled in three days, 83% within 10 days and 97% within 20 days.The body has also revised the time to be taken to settle PF, pension and insurance claims to 20 days compared to an earlier time limit of 30 days.
High Court IllustrationThe High Court on Tuesday ordered deployment of law enforcement members at big mango orchards in Rajshahi within seven days to prevent the use of chemicals, reports UNB.The bench of justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader issued the order after hearing an appeal filed by lawyer Manzill Morshed.Morshed said that the Rajshahi divisional commissioner and deputy inspector general of police of Rajshahi range had been asked to execute the order.Besides, an inspection team has been ordered to monitor the fruit market and warehouses across the country so that no one can use chemicals to ripen mango.The police chief, RAB chief, BSTI managing director and its director (chemical testing wing) have been asked to carry out the order and submit a report within 30 days.Morshed said that the court issued a seven-point directive on 29 February 2012 about mango orchards.”But last year we saw a tendency to use chemicals. So, we filed an application to have the directives issued again,” he said.