Chelsea’s Florent Malouda is considering an offer from Brazilian club Botafogo, the Daily Mirror report.The 32-year-old Frenchman, who has a Brazilian wife, is said to be weighing up several offers, with his first-team chances at Stamford Bridge looking likely to be limited.It is claimed that he is also wanted by another Brazilian club, Vasco Da Gama, where his ex-Lyon team-mate Juninho Pernambucano plays.The Daily Mail say QPR are poised to loan out Joey Barton, with Blackburn Rovers leading the chase.It is suggested that R’s boss Mark Hughes sees a loan to the Championship – where there is a greater volume of league games over the early part of the season – as an ideal way to run down Barton’s 12-match ban quickly.Nottingham Forest are also said to be interested in the controversial midfielder.Meanwhile, The Sun say Craig Bellamy is set to snub Cardiff and sign for QPR from Liverpool, whereas The Independent believe he will choose to join the Bluebirds. The 33-year-old striker, who played under Hughes for Blackburn and Wales, has been tipped to leave Anfield this summer.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Popular science reporter Forest Mims III heard a chilling round of applause at a meeting of scientists, reported World Net Daily. When lizard expert Eric R. Pianka suggested it would be a good thing if airborne ebola killed off 90% of the human population, he got a standing ovation – and an award. At a meeting of the Texas Academy of Science, the audience also liked his suggestion that bird flu could do the job, and chuckled when he suggested it was time to sterilize everyone on Earth. “We’re no better than bacteria,” Pianka said in his polemic on overpopulation. Mims is editor of Citizen Scientist. A former popular science writer for Scientific American, he lost his job there years ago when it was found out he entertained doubts about Darwinism. The original article by Mims about the Pianka incident can be found at the Citizen Scientist website, with a response by Executive Director Shawn Carlson of the Society for Amateur Scientists, who called Pianka’s opinions “horrifically and dangerously wrong.” Carlson, an evolutionist himself, called on amateurs to challenge an out-of-control establishment: “When the professional scientists have lost their sense of moral outrage of such ideologies, then it falls to America’s great community of citizen scientists to be the conscious of science,” he said. “If we do nothing when others stand and applaud ideologies of pseudoscience and death, then history will hold us all to account for our failure to shake the very rafters in support of truth and human life.”This is probably not that unrepresentative of the feelings of today’s leftist-leaning evolutionary biologists about you and me and their fellow human beings. We don’t see them stepping up to the plate to set an example for the rest of us. And Carlson, thanks for your moral outrage, but tell us how truth and morality could have evolved. As we approach Easter season, choose you this day whom you will trust: a bunch of wacko radicals who think you would be better off dead, and whose actions, if they had the power, would make Hitler’s look almost gentle by comparison – or the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who loved each individual so much as to lay down His life to rescue them from the judgment due their sins, even when they were in rebellion and not even looking for help (see Romans 5:5-8).(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
FREE NUKE TRAINING SERIES from The Foundry Want to jump into Nuke, The Foundry’s professional compositing and visual effects app? Check out this series of quick video tutorials to get started!The Foundry’s NUKE is one of the post production industry’s leading compositing, rotoscoping and tracking applications. The biggest studios in the biz have used Nuke (Digital Domain, Weta Digital and Industrial Light & Magic, to name a few) and Nuke has created the visual effects in such films as Avatar, The Curious Case of Benajmin Button and Black Swan.As the price continues to drop for high end compositing applications (Smoke & Nuke being two big ones), they’re now more accessible than ever. However, professional node based compositing apps can be a bit intimidating to folks who previously have only worked with the traditional layout and workflow of non-linear video editing applications. So how do you get started with a node based compositing app like Nuke?Be intimidated no more. In the following 11 part Nuke training series from The Foundry, you’ll discover how to use Nuke for your post production needs. Among the topics covered are creating and applying effects with nodes, keyframing elements, rotoscoping, keying, tracking and working in stereoscopic 3D.To get started, check out the first video in the 11 part series: the Nuke Interface Overview. Once you’ve got a handle on the workspace, click on the links below to view the more targeted tutorials in this Nuke training series.Are you using Nuke? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Seers led by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Monday demanded that they be allowed to light “thousands of lamps” and do ‘puja’ at the disputed site in Ayodhya on October 27, Diwali. The Divisional Commissioner (DC), Manoj Mishra, has, however, reportedly denied them permission.Divisional Commissioner (DC) Manoj Mishra said he made it clear to a VHP-led delegation that since the matter was in court, no new tradition would be allowed. If they wanted permission for any event apart from the facilities stipulated by the Supreme Court, they must approach it, Mr. Mishra said while rejecting their demand.The delegation comprising seers from Ayodhya and VHP spokesperson Sharad Sharma met the DC and handed him a memorandum containing the demand. They argued that it “hurt the religious sentiments” of Hindus that they could not light lamps on the “janmabhoomi premises” even as Diwali, which Hindus believe marks the return to Ayodhya of Lord Ram after defeating Ravan in Lanka, is celebrated across the country.The delegation comprised Mahant Kanhaiyadas, president of Sant Samiti, Ayodhya; Mahant Kamalnayan Das of Maniramdas Chanvi; Mahant Avadhbihari Das of Sri Ramcharitramanas Bhavan; and local BJP leader Vaishya Vinod Jaiswal.The restrictionsThe demand came amid the imposition of restrictions under Section 144 in Ayodhya till December 10 in anticipation of the Babri Masjid–Ram Janmabhoomi case verdict in the Supreme Court as well as the upcoming religious festivals in the town.The restrictions would come into force from October 12, District Magistrate (DM) Anuj Kumar Jha had said.As per the two-page official order, flying of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles in the Ayodhya parameter without the permission of the authority concerned is not allowed. There is also a ban on overloading of boats within the boundary of Ayodhya. The manufacture and sale of firecrackers on Diwali would be allowed only after obtaining permission from the magistrate concerned.“The order has been issued considering safety and security of Ayodhya and those visiting here as Govt’s paramount concerns,” Mr. Jha said on Twitter late on Sunday.The restrictions were imposed keeping in mind not just the possible Ayodhya verdict but also the number of upcoming religious events and festivals such as Diwali, Narak Chaturdarshi, Gowardhan Puja, Bhaiya Dooj, Chitragupt Jayanti, Chehelom, 14 Kosi and Panch Kosi parikramas, Karthik Purnima Mela, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Barawafat and Chhath Puja, he said.December 6 is the anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition. The Mughal-era mosque was razed by Hindutva activists on December 6, 1992.Mr. Jha said an order had been issued on August 31 covering unlawful assemblies and undesirable activities.“The order dated 12.10.2019 has been issued to cover a couple of points which were not there in the earlier order,” he said.
LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH volleyball coaching great Nes Pamilar passes away at 52 MOST READ Trevor Ariza scored 20 points, including 18 in the second half, and made six 3-pointers. Jeff Green went 4 for 7 from beyond the arc on his way to 20 points, helping Washington shoot 54.5 percent (18 of 33) from 3-point range. It was the Wizards’ first game this season making more than 50 percent of their 3s.“We’ve been passing the ball well. We’ve been spacing it well,” coach Scott Brooks said. “With Trevor, he was bound to make some of his 3s.”Washington improved to 7-4 without Wall this season and 5-3 since the injury that forced the Wizards’ highest-paid player to undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee. The Wizards also traded away Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers while adding Ariza.“Our team is totally different from the beginning of the year,” said Beal, who scored 30 or more for the 10th time this season. “It’s just a matter of us getting it together, and I think we’re finally at that point to where we can turn the corner.“We’re just dedicated to playing hard and playing the right way. I don’t know what it is. Maybe a switch clicked on or whatever it is, but we’re clicking at the right time and we have a good group of guys in here who just want to continue to get better and want to win.”ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXTBucks: Finish a three-game trip at Atlanta on Sunday.Wizards: Host Toronto on Sunday before traveling to London, where they will face the New York Knicks at The O2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Khris Middleton scored 25 points for the Bucks, who had won 11 of 13. Eric Bledsoe had 18 points and nine assists.“To play the way we want to play, you’ve got to move, move people, move the ball,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “We were just a little stagnant.”Washington used a 13-2 run to open an early 34-22 lead. Beal converted a three-point play and made a 3-pointer during the stretch, and Satoransky also made a 3.Malcolm Brogdon helped steady the Bucks in the second quarter with 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting. Washington led 57-47 at halftime and pushed back ahead after Milwaukee tied it twice in the third quarter. The Bucks fell to 2-1 this season without Antetokounmpo.“It’s an adjustment. If any of the starters were out, it would be an adjustment, but when Giannis is out, it’s even a bigger adjustment,” Brogdon said. “That was a winnable game for us even though Giannis was out. That’s on us to take a bigger role.”PLACE YOUR (FREE) BETSFriday night marked the debut of a gambling-focused telecast on the Wizards’ regional TV partner, NBC Sports Washington. The telecast included a series of questions that fans could answer on the network’s website for a chance to win a $500 prize. Fans were asked to guess which team would be the first to 75 points (Washington); whether the halftime score would be odd or even (even); and whether Satoransky would score 20 points (no). A bill legalizing sports betting has been approved in Washington but has yet to take effect.TIP-INSBucks: G Donte DiVincenzo was inactive with bursitis in his left heel. … In anticipation of Antetokounmpo’s visit, the Wizards designated Friday as Greek Heritage Night, and Greek Ambassador Haris Lalacos attended.Wizards: Improved to 13-7 at home. They are 5-18 on the road. … The Wizards’ 40 points in the first quarter tied the most points allowed by Milwaukee in a period this season. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) shoots against Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon (13), forward Khris Middleton (22) and guard Eric Bledsoe (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Tomas Satoransky got a bottled-water shower from his teammates and a postgame handshake from team president Ernie Grunfeld.The big game for the lanky Czech point guard was cause for celebration for the Washington Wizards, who are playing cohesively with Satoransky starting in place of the injured John Wall.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Satoransky had 18 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and 10 assists in his first career triple-double, helping Washington beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-106 on Friday night.Bradley Beal scored 32 points for the Wizards, who won for the third time in four games. Beal threw down an alley-oop for Satoransky’s last assist, making it 111-101 with 1:43 remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Shout out to Brad, because he called that play,” Satoransky said. “It was all love from him.”With Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo sidelined by hip and quad injuries, Washington came out aggressively and never trailed after the opening two minutes. The Wizards finished with 18 3-pointers, matching the franchise record. 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PSG coach Tuchel: We can’t underestimate Man Utdby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG coach Thomas Tuchel insists they won’t be underestimating Champions League opponents PSG.The two teams have been drawn for the round of 16 clash.Tuchel said: “I don’t think we are favourites.“It’s a challenge yet I have confidence in my side. We need to show respect to United — but we believe in ourselves.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say
LONDON – Harrods, the luxury London department store and tourist destination, is reportedly planning to remove a memorial to Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed.British media, including The Times and the BBC, reported Saturday that the bronze statue will be returned to Dodi’s father, Mohammed Al Fayed, the Egyptian tycoon who previously owned Harrods.The businessman commissioned the bronze statue depicting his son and Diana dancing after the two were killed in a Paris car crash in 1997.The statue was installed in 2005 remained at Harrods after the Qatari royal family bought the store in 2010.The news reports quoted Harrods managing director Michael Ward as saying that with a new Diana statue planned for Kensington Palace, it is the right time to return the one at the store to Al Fayed.
Ramallah (Palestinian Territories)- Palestinian investigators said on Friday that Israel is the “only suspect” in the death of president Yasser Arafat, after laboratory tests suggested he died from polonium poisoning.“We say that Israel is the prime and only suspect in the case of Yasser Arafat’s assassination, and we will continue to carry out a thorough investigation to find out and confirm all the details and all elements of the case,” Palestinian inquiry chief Tawfiq Tirawi told a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah.Tirawi said the Palestinian inquiry had studied the findings of Swiss scientists, released Wednesday, which “moderately” supported the notion that Arafat had been poisoned. “This is the crime of the 21st century,” Tirawi said. “The fundamental (goal) is to find out who is behind the liquidation of Yasser Arafat.”Palestinian officials on Thursday demanded an international inquiry into Arafat’s “killing”.“The results prove Arafat was poisoned by polonium,” said senior Palestine Liberation Organisation official Wasel Abu Yusef.“This substance is owned by states, not people, meaning that the crime was committed by a state,” he told AFP, calling for an “international committee” to probe the killing along the lines of the one that investigated the murder of Lebanon’s Rafiq Hariri.Speaking to reporters in Lausanne Thursday, the Swiss team said the test results neither confirmed nor denied that polonium was the actual source of his death, although they provided “moderate” backing for the idea he was poisoned by the rare and highly radioactive element.They said the quantity of the deadly substance found on his remains pointed to the involvement of a third party.“We can’t say that polonium was the source of his death… nor can we rule it out,” said Professor Francois Bochud of the Lausanne Institute of Applied Radiophysics.Bochud’s lab measured levels of polonium up to 20 times higher than it is used to detecting.Arafat died in France on November 11, 2004 at the age of 75 after falling sick a month earlier, but doctors were unable to specify the cause of death and no post-mortem was carried out at the time.In November 2012, his remains were exhumed and samples taken, partly to investigate whether he had been poisoned with polonium — a suspicion that grew after the assassination in that manner of Russian ex-spy and Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006.Since Arafat’s death, Palestinian society has long given currency to the rumour that he was murdered, with Israel the party most often blamed.But there has never been any proof.
Tiger Woods has officially been voted by his peers PGA Tour Player of the Year for the 11th time, based on five big wins and his return to No.1 player in the world.Friday morning, the PGA announced the results and Woods had the votes.“It’s been an incredible year to have won five times, two of those World Golf Championships and one Players,” Woods said on a conference call Friday. “It’s been just a fantastic year all around. It’s also an incredible feeling to be voted by your peers, and to have that type of respect is something that’s very humbling.”On the ballot with Woods was British Open champion Phil Mickelson, Masters champion Adam Scott, FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar. The PGA does not release the percentage of votes, so we will never know who finished second.Also, this is the third time that Woods has won the Jack Nicklaus Award while losing the majors. He is the only player to win the award more than twice, since it began in 1990.
The fleeting public outrage was enough to force the NFL to reconsider its personal conduct policy, but the league hasn’t yet codified many policies. Public pressure to do so, meanwhile, along with the media spotlight, has largely disappeared. In early September, the story of Ray Rice assaulting his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City casino exploded in the media, sparking a debate about how to prevent — and respond to — domestic violence in the NFL and society at large. But why September? The actual assault happened in February, and yet it took almost seven months for media coverage to reach its height, according to a search of Lexis-Nexis.The answer is simple: On Sept. 8, TMZ released the video of the assault, which brought the story back into the news. But even then, our attention spans — perhaps unsurprisingly — are short. Here’s a more detailed look at the media coverage that Rice, as well as the overall issue of domestic violence in the NFL, has received since the beginning of September.For the week following the video’s release, articles mentioning “Ray Rice” averaged about 1,900 per day, according to Lexis-Nexis; articles mentioning both “domestic violence” and “NFL” averaged nearly 1,120 per day. The past week, however, pales in comparison: “Ray Rice” has been written about 37 times per day, and “domestic violence” and “NFL” have been mentioned in 44 articles per day. This is despite news that Rice could be reinstated as soon as next month.Rather, NFL news is back to covering on-the-field events. For example, Google Trends shows news about Peyton Manning has been chugging along at about the same rate (not including the recent surge in coverage of his breaking the career touchdown record) and has overtaken headlines about Rice.