Torres and Schurrle start in Istanbul

first_imgFernando Torres starts for Chelsea in their Champions League clash with Galatasaray in Istanbul, as does Andre Schurrle. Blues legend Didier Drogba starts up front for the home side. Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Lampard; Willian, Hazard, Schurrle; Torres.Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Kalas, Mikel, Oscar, Ba, Eto’o.Galatasaray: Muslera, Eboue, Chedjou, Hakan Balta, Alex Telles, Selçuk, Melo, Burak, Sneijder, Hajrovic, Drogba.Subs: Ceylan, Gulselam, Bulut, Kaya, Kurtulus, Colak, Sarioglu.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

West Ham linked with Salah, plus more speculation over Oscar’s future

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving Chelsea…West Ham have launched a bid to sign Mohamed Salah from Chelsea, according to the Daily Mirror.There has been much speculation about Salah’s future since the end of last season, which he ended on loan at Fiorentina, who are keen to keep him.Several other clubs have been linked with the Egyptian, including Tottenham, Inter Milan and Juventus.And the Mirror reports that West Ham want to take Salah, 23, on loan with a view to a permanent move.There continues to be speculation about Salah’s long-term futureFollowing reports in the Italian media, the Daily Mail say Chelsea have discussed a £10.7m bid for Augsburg’s Ghana left-back Baba Rahman, who is said to be a target for Juventus.Meanwhile, Oscar continues to be linked with a possible move to Juve.The Mirror say he could offloaded by Chelsea in exchange for Paul Pogba, who has been consistently linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.And the Daily Star say Atletico Madrid will  snub a cash plus-player-offer from the Blues for Antoine Griezmann.Chelsea, it is claimed, are willing to give Atletico either Salah or Filipe Luis for the forward, who is apparently rated at £43m.Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Tuesday that Chelsea could offer Salah as part of a swap deal for Griezmann.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Pan-Africanism ‘to unlock our future’

first_img24 May 2013 Debates by Africans from all walks of life are reaffirming pan-Africanism as a guide to action and the foundation for Africa’s renaissance, African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said on the eve of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU). Addressing the 23rd Ordinary Session of the AU Executive Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday, Dlamini Zuma said that, as in May 1963, the eyes of the continent and the world were focused on the deliberations of the continent’s foremost governance body. “Like in 1963 when the founding states took their first steps into political independence, in 2013 we see Africa taking off towards peace and prosperity. Through these celebrations, we will reclaim the African narrative as we reflect on the past, assess our present state and plan our future.” Dlamini Zuma said that, as the AU Executive Council worked on the 50th anniversary proclamation, “we must be mindful of the inputs from our people … We must be mindful of our people’s expectations that we should emerge from this summit, as our founders did in 1963, with a mission that will unite Africa and set her on the path to peace and prosperity.” She expressed optimism that Africa’s natural resources, its unused arable land and water, its potential for energy generation and its long coastlines, rich in marine resources, would be used to achieve the 2063 agenda. The AU Executive Council meeting will provide the framework for the proclamation on the 50th anniversary of the OAU/AU and the implementation of the Africa 2063 vision. The draft proclamation comprises inputs from civil society, including the youth assembly, business forum, women, African editors, and academicians. It frames the African Union’s key objectives for the next five decades around the themes of African identity and renaissance. This includes agendas for integration, for social and economic development and prosperity, for peace and security, for democratic governance, and for self-reliance and Africa’s place in the world. “In each of these areas, the proclamation must spell out the continental mission and strategic objectives for the next 50 years in a bid to help Africa to comprehensively deal with the challenges ahead,” Dlamini Zuma said. Source: read more

The Evolving Role of a Colorist

first_imgWhat is a digital colorist? What are they responsible for? Let’s take a look at the ever-changing duties of colorists in film and video production.Top image Colorist Jennifer Mendes via Alexis Van HurkmanThe role of a colorist has changed dramatically over the past two decades. Much like the evolving role of a Digital Imaging Technician, the job has transcended from a role with fixed responsibilities to one with constantly changing duties. Not only has the colorists job changed, the role has also fallen upon video editors to learn the basics of color correction and color grading for their own edits.Colorists: A Brief HistoryYou don’t have to go far back to realize how different a colorist’s job was about twenty years ago. The job was much more of a broadcast television role. To keep the same look on a variety of different color televisions, as well as meeting FCC public broadcasting standards, jobs like colorists, color timers, and telecine operators were crucial to productions.Image via ShutterstockColorists also worked out of multi-million dollar color suites that used industry standard color grading tools. A job in color would also require an apprenticeship; newcomers would start off in roles like tape operators before working their way up to junior colorist working on grading dailies and night-shift work. By the time they became senior colorists, they could have easily worked in the industry for a decade. Many longtime colorists and senior colorists would soon see major changes once technology caught up.In the 1990s, new cameras were created to capture accurate skin tones of people of color. In this video from Vox, you’ll see how the new cameras were embraced by the likes of Oprah and BET. No longer was caucasian skin the standard for color, but whole new categories of Shirley cards were created for several other skin colors. This was one of the first major advancements in digital color.In film history, color was created through film emulsion alchemy — the process of adjusting the look of the actual film stock itself. Adjusting the final look of the film required the use of techniques like bleach bypass and flashing. Digital colorists started to appear in the late 1990s and early 2000s, perhaps most famously with the release of O Brother, Where Art Thou? The comedy from the Coen brothers was the first full-length feature to be digitally colored. The astonishing results accomplished by Cinesite would set the future standards of digital color grading.Today, anyone with a computer has access to color grading software, but the art of color grading isn’t easy to achieve. Just like the skill of video editing, it takes years to learn how to manipulate the software to achieve the results you want.Traditional colorist jobs in broadcast television do still exist — but not nearly with as many positions. Many scripted series will now uses digital colorists for their final look. Jobs like senior colorist and color timer primarily reside in live productions — sports broadcasts, musicals, and unscripted productions. As far as post-production colorists, there are a fair amount of both professional colorist specialists and generalists who do work editing and coloring projects.The middle of the market has been partially consumed by generalists. It was absolutely inevitable, once the technology reached a certain threshold.I think it’s inarguable that below a certain budget, clients are looking for post professionals who wear multiple hats. They’re looking for one professional who can do multiple things for one price. That’s the reality for that market, but that creates opportunities for, say, editors who want to embrace finishing and color. — Alexis Van HurkmanWhat Does a Colorist Do?Image via ChainsawColorists — specifically digital colorists — are those who color correct and color grade footage in post-production. That said, the job is evolving.A lot of colorists are now finding themselves in pre-production – working with cinematographers to create LUTs to capture the look the director wants. There may also be colorists who work with the DIT on set to create color-graded dailies.Primarily, the colorist’s main responsibilities are color correction and color grading. The two terms are often used interchangeably, yet there are differences between correcting and grading. Historically, color correction was the term used in video production and broadcast, while color grading was used in reference to film production. Once the color industries started using many of the same programs, the terms shifted in meaning.Color correction deals with technical aspects and adjustments made to exposure, white balance, ISO, and contrast. Color grading often refers to the overall look and style that sets the tone of the project. Here’s an easy way to remember it all: Color correction is one individual adjustment. Color grading is the sum of all the adjustments made.Colorists create the final look of a film or video by correcting any errors in color or exposure, matching shots captured on various days or different cameras, and creating style and depth.If you are interested in hearing from professional colorists on their duties and evolving roles, be sure to check out our interviews with pro colorists Alexis Van Hurkman, Patrick Inhofer, Mark Todd Osborne, Rob Bessette, and Colin Travers.Color Suites and SoftwareImage via Post RepublicThe colorists traditional role of grading and correcting footage will be done in a color suite using color grading software. The suites differ in size and cost, but all color suites are built with the same basics. Color suites themselves are often painted a neutral color, primarily middle grey. This is to keep a colorist’s eyes from adjusting to ambient colors. Ambient light must also be fully controlled. Any light can cause a colorist’s eyes to adjust, causing them to improperly correct footage.High-end calibrated monitors are a must. A laptop isn’t going to cut it for accurate picture quality control. Finally, colorists will prefer to work with a color grading surface — a control board that allows colorists to accurately and precisely control adjustments.Color grading surfaces traditionally have at least three track balls that control the color wheels. In addition, there will be a multitude of buttons and dials to allow colorists to make speedy adjustments. There are many reasons to use a color grading surface over a traditional keyboard and mouse, primarily the ability to speed up the overall workflow. For more on the construction of a color suite, check out this great post from Mixing Light.Image via Mixing LightColor grading surfaces work with color grading software to create the final look of the film or video. Many professional colorists use programs like DaVinci Resolve, Avid Symphony, Nucoda, and Baselight. Generalists and video editors will traditionally use DaVinci Resolve, Magic Bullet Colorista, or the built-in color correction tools in their NLE, like Premiere Pro’s Lumetri Color panel or the color wheels and match color feature in Final Cut Pro X.As more generalists and video editors take on color grading, prepare to see DaVinci Resolve continue to make major strides as an NLE — and watch all the NLEs continue to advance their internal color grading abilities.What are your experiences working with color? Is it something you’re trying to do more of? Share your experiences in the comments below!last_img read more

On Unhealthy Shortcuts

first_imgVery few shortcuts are healthy (here’s one). Most are an attempt to get results now without having to pay the price for those results.There is no shortcut to exceptional health. You have to do all of things that lead to exceptional health, like getting enough sleep, making healthy food choices, getting enough exercise, and staying away from things that are harmful. Anything shortcut you take likely harms your overall health.There is no shortcut to true wealth (whatever that means to you). If you want financial freedom, you have to work hard and hustle. You have to create more value than anyone else. You have to create more value for more people. You have to put some of your money away for later. Any shortcut you take is a pipe dream at best, immoral or illegal at worst.There is no shortcut to excellent relationships. You have to care enough about other people to make frequent, meaningful deposits in those relationships. You have to spend time with the people who matter. You have to listen. You often have to put their needs first (and the most successful relationships you will ever have will be a contest when it comes to putting other’s needs first). Any shortcut you take with relationships only damages them.There is no shortcut to building your brand. You have to be someone that creates value for other people. Influence isn’t something you do; it’s something that you are: influential. It takes time. It takes commitment. It takes character. Anything you do to shortcut the process makes you a candidate for a reality television show.Well, this is THE sales blog, isn’t it? There isn’t any shortcut to selling faster. You have to do the work good selling demands of you. You have to make the calls. You have create value. You have to go through your process, even if it feels like you can skip some steps. Any shortcut you take only makes a sale less likely—and stretches out the real timeline.QuestionsWhat shortcuts are you trying to take? How’s that working out for you?Why do you resist doing the real work necessary to the results you seek?Why is fast really slow and slow really fast? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee biography

first_imgFather – Promileswar Banerjee, Mother – Gayatri BanerjeeEducation: Completed graduation with honours in history from Jogamaya Devi College in south Kolkata. She earned a master’s degree in Islamic History from the University of Calcutta. This was followed by a degree in education from Shri Shikshayatan College. Later, she got a law degree from Jogesh Chandra Chaudhuri Law College, Kolkata.Major Moments:Started political career with Congress (I) in the early 1970s, General Secretary of state Mahila Congress (I) from 1976 to 1980.In the 1984, elected to Lok Sabha as one of the youngest parliamentarians, beating veteran Somnath Chatterjee from the Jadavpur in South Kolkata, became the General-Secretary of the All India Youth Congress.Lost election in 1989, returned to Lok Sabha in 1991 by shifting to Kolkata South constituency, was made the Union Minister of State for HRD, Youth Affairs and Sports, and Women & Child Development.In 1991, Banerjee fractured her head in an attacked by a CPI-M goon Lalu Alam.  The incident took place at Hazra crossing in southern part of Kolkata when Banerjee was leading a Congress rally.In 1993, Banerjee was physically hackled and thrown out of state secretariat Writers’ Buildings by the police for protesting in front of the then chief minister Jyoti Basu’s office.In April 1996, she alleged Congress was behaving as a stooge of the CPI (M) in West Bengal, and demanded to “clean Congress”.In 1997, resigned from Congress, established All India Trinamool Congress.In 1999, joined the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, allocated the Railways Ministry. In 2000, in her first Railway Budget, introduced a lot of new express trains in West Bengal.advertisementIn 2000, Trinamool Congress took over the reigns of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, with Subrata Mukherjee as the Mayor.In early 2001, she walked out of the NDA cabinet and allied with the Congress for the state assembly elections to topple the Left Front government, but failed as the alliance won only 86 seats.In 2004 Lok Sabha elections, she was the only Trinamool Congress member to win a seat from West Bengal.In August 2004, Banerjee had fractured second and third ribs of her right cage during a dais collapse incident at Gopiballavpur in West Midnapore district. The accident occurred when she was addressing an anti-Left Front rally.In October 2005, she protested against the industrialization policy of the Left Front government in West Bengal and protested against the entry of Indonesia-based Salim Group’s interest in the state.In 2005, Trinamool Congress lost control of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the Mayor Subrata Mukherjee defected to Congress.In 2006, Trinamool Congress could win only 30 seats in the state assembly election. On 4 August 2006, hurled her resignation paper at the deputy speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal in Lok Sabha as her adjournment motion on infiltration by Bangladeshis in West Bengal was not allowed.In 2007, launched campaign to stop a chemical hub (SEZ) at Nandigram in East Midnapore district, resulting in killing of 14 villagers in police firing. Trinamool Congress staged blockade, protests and strikes. The Left Front government shelved the proposed chemical hub project.Mamata Banerjee gained a huge political benefit from Nandigram, performed better in Panchayat election in 2008, and won two Zilla Parishads.In 2008, drew international media attention by stopping Tata Motors’ dream Nano (the cheapest car in the world) project at Singur in Hooghly district over land acquisition controversy.Towards the end of 2008, took active part in extending support to the uprising against police atrocities at Lalgarh in West Midnapore district. Left Front accuses her of working in tandem with Maoists.Trinamool Congress shook Left Front’s foundation in Lok Sabha election in 2009, bagging 19 MP seats. Its allies Congress and SUCI also got 6 and 1 MP seats respectively. Mamata Banerjee takes over as Railway Minister.On May 28, 2010, derailment of Jnaneswari Express near Jhargram in West Midnapore district, killing 149 people, Mamata Banerjee alleges that the sabotage a handiwork of ruling CPI (M), demands CBI inquiry.In June 2010, Trinamool Congress fought municipal election alone (without alliance with Congress), and registered a landslide victory.In August 2010, surprised everyone when she said at a public meeting in Lalgarh, the Maoist heartland that Comrade Azad was killed in cold-blood, and toe Maoist demand for an inquiry into the killing.In August 2010, a truck hit a vehicle in the convoy of railway minister Mamata Banerjee at Kolaghat in East Midnapore when she was returning from West Midnapore’s Lalgarh after addressing a rally.last_img read more