Syracuse hopes to maintain improved passing, attacking rhythm against Louisville

first_imgIn the fourth set against Georgia Tech on Oct. 24, Gosia Wlaszczuk set a ball to Silvi Uattara. For the Yellow Jackets, only one blocker slid to cover Uattara’s spike.For Syracuse, one blocker sliding is a rarity. Uattara faced four and six hands throughout Atlantic Coast Conference play because SU’s attack was slower, allowing multiple opponent blockers to set up.Although Syracuse’s hitting was inconsistent for most of this season, the Orange has begun to turn it around in the second half of October and make its attack less predictable.Against Louisville (13-8, 5-4 Atlantic Coast) on Friday at 7 p.m., Syracuse (8-13, 1-8) will look to continue to improve its passing to attack successfully. Better passing allows Wlaszczuk to be more aggressive and it gives SU more attacking options, taking pressure off of Uattara and reducing the amount of blockers the Cardinals will be able to set up.“If we pass well, you can look at the stats, Gosia’s hitting a lot and it’s helped,” said head coach Leonid Yelin. “… Monika (Salkute) was getting more sets than Silvi, which is really good to get away from Silvi and let her hit when (we) really need it, when it’s really tough.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs the setter, the offense runs through Wlaszczuk. She dictates who gets the ball, when they get the ball and how much they get the ball.Yelin thinks a setter can make players look much worse or much better. Players have to trust each other’s timing and precision. The setter has to trust where the hitter will be and when she’ll be there. Hitters need to trust where and when the ball will get to them.“(Trust has) definitely gotten better as the season’s gone on, as we’re more comfortable playing with each other,” said Lindsay McCabe, a senior blocker.The team’s improved passing allows Wlaszczuk to be aggressive and try fake sets. Wlaszczuk at times will go up in position for a set with both hands under the ball and suddenly hit the ball over the net instead of passing. It adds an element for opposing teams to look for.In the first set against Georgia Tech, the Orange passed seamlessly, Wlaszczuk tried her fake spike and it worked perfectly, with not a Georgia Tech blocker in sight. Passing became stagnant at times later in the match. Wlaszczuk tried the same move later, but the Yellow Jackets set up a front-line player to block her attack.Passing helps the team the most by taking pressure off of Uattara. For most of the season, Uattara was the team’s only attacking threat, so teams game-planned for only Uattara.“They know (Uattara’s) good and they (are) serving to her not because she’s a bad serve receiver, but just to keep her busy,” Yelin said.Defenses slide simultaneously with the offense’s pass and in ACC play — until recently — Uattara would regularly see two or three blockers in front of the net to stop her spike. A triple block leaves nowhere to hit the ball. If Uattara hits the ball over the blockers, it could go out of the back line and if she hits it to the side, it could go out of bounds.But recently, triple blocks haven’t been set up against the Orange. Salkute and McCabe have contributed offensively. Teams haven’t been able to key in on Uattara because of the increased attacking options.Keeping pressure off of Uattara and moving the ball to all hitters will play an important role in how the Orange performs the rest of the season, and continues with the Cardinals on Friday night.“I want to have a trust in my hitters, the same I did last game,” Wlaszczuk said, “so as soon as I will see they (are) all performing well and no one is taking a break, I feel that I can use them all and that helps to distribute (the) ball.” Comments Published on October 30, 2014 at 12:08 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Paddy Power sponsors CONIFA ‘Rebels’ World Football Cup

first_imgPaddy Power has become the lead sponsor of the ‘CONIFA – World Football Cup 2018’ tournament, which will be hosted in London (31 May – 10 June).CONIFA, the ‘Confederation of Independent Football Associations’ is the international governing body for Non-FIFA syndicated football associations.Paddy Power marketing, details that it wants to support the ‘rebels and wildcards of world football who FIFA refuse to recognise’.Countering the FIFA Russia World Cup, this summer’s CONIFA tournament has been expanded to sixteen teams, including the exiled people of Tibet, the Zimbabwean region of Matabeleland, the Isle of Man and Yorkshire.Confirming its sponsorship, Paddy Power released a Youtube video featuring CONIFA president Pers Anders Blind and former Premier League stars Paul Ince and Sol Campbell.Paddy Power will further support the CONIFA tournament streaming the tournament’s matches across its social media channels.Company spokesman Paddy Power said: “We love the idea of a tournament which represents the underdog, and sticks one up FIFA.“English fans have little or no incentive to go to Russia, so we thought we’d give them an alternative right on the doorstep.No millionaires, no prima donnas, just decent lads who are every bit as patriotic as every other international player.” Submit Share Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Related Articles Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Rosler: Bees can take heart from cup battles

first_imgBrentford manager Uwe Rosler said his players can take heart from their FA Cup tussles with Chelsea despite their 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.Rescued by Fernando Torres’ late equaliser when the teams met at Griffin Park, Chelsea were again caused problems by the League One promotion chasers in the fourth-round replay.They eventually took control of the game, with Juan Mata’s 55th-minute opener proving to be the turning point.But a proud Rosler declared: “The fact that we are here, that we were 0-0 at half-time and the fact that Rafa [Benitez] put out a strong team says a lot.“My players saw that collectively, when we stick to the gameplan, we can compete against opposition who are better than us individually.Brentford battled at the Bridge.“Nothing takes away from the effort and also the quality my players have shown, and I’m very, very happy.”That gameplan hinged on keeping the game goalless in the second half and bringing Harry Forrester off the bench.The all-important first goal was therefore a hammer blow for Rosler’s men as it was scored just as Forrester was preparing to come on and Chelsea were struggling to break Brentford down.“We had a very good shape and there were periods when Chelsea were running out of ideas,” said Rosler.“But obviously when they have the ball and we are having to run so much without the ball, at some stage you are going to get tired – first and foremost, mentally.“They used one of those moments to score the first goal. We had very good control in terms of denying Mata space but from a long ball forward he got the second ball and had a fantastic shot.“We gave our all and we forced them to also give their all in order to beat us. I feel the final scoreline doesn’t really reflect the game.“The only thing we have to look at is that after the first goal we got too loose too early.“The plan was always to bring Harry Forrester on and go for the win. But, by doing that, we got too loose and they punished us.”Brentford were also unfortunate in the first half, when Marcello Trotta stuck the ball in Chelsea’s net only for a free-kick to be awarded to the visitors.The whistle had already been blown for a foul on Adam Forshaw by Blues defender David Luiz near the edge of the penalty area.Rosler admitted: “You have to have an extremely good day if you are coming to Chelsea and you want to go further.“It’s up to us to make things happen, but you also need a little bit of luck.“As a club like Brentford playing against the European champions, you need the 50-50 decisions going in your direction.“On a better day he could have waited one or two more seconds and we would have been 1-0 up.“Overall though, I would not complain about the referee. The referee has not decided the game. We take the defeat in the right way and have learned a lot.“That experience will help the players for the next months and years to come.”See also:Chelsea see off Brentford in cup replayLuiz apologises for Reeves incidentBenitez denies bust-up with TerryChelsea v Brentford player 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sex Cells: The Evolution (or Design) of Genitalia

first_img(Visited 88 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 There’s been a lot of news about sex organs in recent days.  Which does a better job of explaining the facts of life: design or evolution?People either get squeamish or excited at the subject of genital organs, but we all live with our undercover parts every day and might respect them more if we understood what’s going on down under.  Toward that end, we need to be able to talk about reality with the dispassionate demeanor of the physiologist.  Then we need to consider how things got the way they are.  So no prurience in this entry; just factual analysis of what science is learning about our so-called privy members.  Much of the news (mostly about the male of the species, but some about both) is quite surprising.Protein record:  New Scientist reported research coming out of the Human Protein Atlas, a map of the human “proteome” (the set of all proteins made by the body).  In “Amaze balls: Testicles site of most diverse proteins,” Andy Coghlan noted one unexpected result:The proteins in our cells and tissues are responsible for everything from repair and maintenance to the production of signalling chemicals. You might expect that the brain, being our most sophisticated organ, would produce the widest array of proteins. But while the brain hosts 318 unique proteins that we know of, testicles are home to 999.Many of those proteins are directly involved in sperm production and meiosis, the researchers found.  “What’s going on in the testes is unique, as sperm must survive with half the chromosomes and outside the human body,” lead researcher Mathias Uhlén of the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, said.  An article about this on the BBC News says that the “testes had more distinctive proteins because of their focus on producing large numbers of sperm without any errors in their genetic code.”Uhlén expects that a similar number of proteins are made in the female reproductive organs, but “eggs are made inside fetuses, so he will not be testing this theory.”Frozen:  Must we lose the capacity to reproduce in limited years of youth?  Medical Xpress reports that “Sperm grown from the frozen testicle tissue of newborn mice has been used to produce healthy offspring.”  This offers hope to men scheduled to undergo surgery for testicular cancer “as a way of preserving their fatherhood prospects.”  There’s also been talk of freezing female eggs as a job benefit for career women not wanting to lose their motherhood prospects because of work; Apple and Facebook recently were reported to be offering egg freezing to attract female engineers.  Live Science published “5 Things You Need to Know” about egg freezing; though it’s better now than it used to be, it’s not guaranteed, it requires a lot of doctor visits, and it’s not recommended as a way of delaying pregnancy, Rachael Rettner warns.Meiosis:  The cell division process that yields sperm and egg cells with half the usual chromosome count is very complex.  To keep the chromosomes from separating prematurely, the chromosomes must lock together tightly with molecular “glue”.  The Stowers Institute for Medical Research identified a “molecular scissors” that separates the pairs at just the right time.  The press release begins with admiration of the process:The development of a new organism from the joining of two single cells is a carefully orchestrated endeavor. But even before sperm meets egg, an equally elaborate set of choreographed steps must occur to ensure successful sexual reproduction. Those steps, known as reproductive cell division or meiosis, split the original number of chromosomes in half so that offspring will inherit half their genetic material from one parent and half from the other.The scissors is an enzyme named Topoisomerase II, “able to cut and untwist tangled strands of the double helix.”  Without it, meiosis cannot succeed, and the organism (in this case, a fruit fly) is sterile.  One of the researchers thinks the choreography is kind of messy and crazy.  “This method of segregating shorter chromosomes may be clunky, odd, crazy, and as noncanonical as it gets, but that doesn’t matter, because the cells survive,” he commented.  “In the end, these processes don’t have to be elegant, they just have to work.”  And work it did, or he wouldn’t be here to say so.  The article did not mention evolution.Plant meiotic inversion:  Plants do meiosis with a variation, a press release from the University of Vienna says.  While describing it as an “orderly” process, the scientists found, surprisingly, that plants “show an inversion of the canonical meiotic sequence, with the equational division preceding the reductional.”  Also, their chromosomes attach to spindle microtubules along their full length, rather than to distinct kinetochores, as in animal cell division.  “These connections seem to provide sufficient force to allow proper orientation and disjunction during the second division, the article says.Endowment:  In an article beginning with a photo of two large brass balls, Lizzie Wade explained for Science Magazine why human testicles are much smaller than those of chimpanzees.  It’s evolutionary, she says.  First, the metrics: “Human brains are nearly three times larger than those of chimpanzees, but we’ve got nothing on our closest cousins in the testicle department,” she begins.  “Whereas human testes top out at about 50 grams, chimpanzees’ routinely reach weights of 150 to 170 grams.”  Why?  It has to do with mating habits, she claims; primates like chimps that are more polygamous during mating season need more sperm-producing mass, while the more monogamous, like humans and gorillas, get by with less.  Then comes the just-so story:But hope is not lost, puny humans! Our primate ancestors appear to have switched between mating types—and, therefore, testicle size—at least six times before we came along, suggesting that testicle tissue may respond to evolutionary pressure more rapidly than other body parts do.It’s not clear what Lizzie, a woman, wants to gain from bigger testicles in men.  Is she advocating promiscuity?  Men seem to do fine with what they have; the last thing one would think an evolutionist wants is a promiscuity-driven human population explosion.  Incidentally, a survivor of testicular cancer is pushing a six-foot ball around the country as a “giant inflatable testicle” to raise awareness of the need for young men to be tested early, Breitbart News reported.  Hopefully Lizzie Wade is not hoping for that level of “hope” for “puny human” endowments, or else the underwear industry would be cast into confusion, to say nothing of male athletics.  Even with “puny” testicles, it’s quite remarkable the amount of motion that external male genitalia can sustain without damage during running and jumping sports.Middle leg:  Another popular evolutionary story making the rounds claims that the penis is a derivative of limb tissue. Another just-so story “Where the penis comes from” (Science Magazine) was echoed by Live Science (“How Sex Organs Get Their Start”) and another by David Cameron on PhysOrg, “Genesis of genitalia: We have one. Lizards have two. Why?”  No one is claiming that lizards or humans fail in the reproductive act because of their equipment.  Quite the contrary:When it comes to genitalia, nature enjoys variety. Snakes and lizards have two. Birds and people have one. And while the former group’s paired structures are located somewhat at the level of the limbs, ours, and the birds’, appear a bit further down. In fact, snake and lizard genitalia are derived from tissue that gives rise to hind legs, while mammalian genitalia are derived from the tail bud. But despite such noteworthy contrasts, these structures are functionally analogous and express similar genes.So what’s the evolutionary point here?  No one is arguing that the “variety” works well in one species and poorly in another.  It would make sense in a design view that functionally analogous organs would express similar genes.In Science Magazine, Elizabeth Pennisi speaks more of functional design and health of sex organs, tacking on a short evolutionary story at the end.  (Note to women: your anatomy is included in the discussion.)It’s not a question a lot of scientists ponder out loud, but it’s key to much of life on Earth: Exactly how does the penis form?  Today, two teams of researchers report having solved one part of this mystery, pinpointing how the organ gets its start in snake, lizard, mouse, and chick embryos. Now that they understand the penis’s origin, researchers can track its development in more detail to understand what drives it to follow a different path in females and become a clitoris. The finding doesn’t just answer a biological conundrum; it could also help millions of people born with genital malformations….Regardless of this difference of opinion [about whether the specific tissues in the embryo are destined for limbs or genitalia], these new insights into how the penis gets started in the embryo are impressive, says Gunter Wagner, an evolutionary biologist at Yale University who was not involved with either study. “It’s seems like a pretty complete story to me.” For him, the work begins to address the question of how novel anatomical structures arise in evolution. And in that respect, he adds, “it’s a big advance.”Most of the other reporters leapt onto the notion that the penis evolved from a limb.  Live Science wandered into storyland:“There’s always been a suggestion that limbs and genitalia might have co-evolved,” said Patrick Tschopp, a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School, who led the study. “When animals made the move toward dry environments, two things had to change.“First, the earliest animals to crawl onto land hundreds of millions of years ago had to evolve limbs from fins so they could get around, Tschopp told Live Science. Second, the creatures had to find a way to protect their eggs and keep them from drying out. They were facing a much more hostile environment, and they could no longer just release their eggs and sperm into the water. Nature’s solution was internal fertilization — direct delivery from the male to the female, which required external genitalia.Well, if “Nature” required it, then natural selection was there to produce it—that seems to be the suggestion.   Thus, we have two SEQOTW winners in this post.  Nevertheless, it is interesting that limbs and genitals share embryonic pathways.  The BBC News reported that the scientists turned limb cells into genitals by switching certain genes on or off during development.  This is not surprising, since the fates of many organs, including male genitalia, are switched on at set points during the embryo’s growth.  That is why both males and females have nipples, which form before male genes are expressed.Female mystique:  The female reproductive apparatus came up in a New Scientist article.  Reporter Kayt Sukel took issue with Vincensio and Guilia Puppo for publishing an article claiming to be the “final word” on female orgasm, saying that “the vaginal orgasm (and the G spot) does not (and could not) exist” and that the clitoris is simply a “female penis” with similar response to stimulation.  “Female sexuality, including the female orgasm, is complex,” Sukel writes—too complex for such simplistic descriptions.Origin of copulation:  Evolutionists at Flinders University seem deliriously happy that the origin of sex has been “discovered.”  In Science Daily‘s report, “Origins of sex discovered: Side-by-side copulation in distant ancestors,” the article was not really about the origin of sex at all (sexual reproduction was abundant in the Cambrian explosion and exists even among eukaryotic microbes).  Rather, it’s about the earliest claimed example of internal fertilization, or copulation.  It was inferred from fossils of “primitive” armored fish called placoderms.  It’s not clear how the “origin” of sex fits the data, since internal fertilization was already up and running in these animals.  “Our new discovery now pushes the origin of copulation back even further down the evolutionary ladder, to the most basal of all jawed animals,” they say—raising the question of how it evolved at all.  Wikipedia laments, “The evolution of sexual reproduction is a major puzzle.”Finagle’s 2nd Law states: “No matter what the anticipated result, there will always be someone eager to (a) misinterpret it, (b) fake it, or (c) believe it happened according to his own pet theory.”  Darwin’s corollary can be stated: “No matter the phenomenon, there will always be an evolutionist eager to make up a just-so story about how it came to be.”  It should be obvious from these news items that sexual organs and the processes going on inside them are out of reach of unguided natural processes.  Genitalia, like every other part of the human anatomy, show profound evidence of intelligent design, from the macro to the micro level.  Good grief; evolutionists have a terrible time explaining the origin of sex, let alone genitalia and the profoundly elaborate, irreducibly complex systems involved at every stage in baby making.There’s been increasing openness in the media to discuss sexual organs.  It’s becoming more common, for instance, for both men and women, including political commentators, to equate courage with having balls and cojones.  Is that healthy?  It’s certainly a big change from the prudishness of the 1950s and early 1960s.  Laws about indecent exposure, and social norms about subjects considered improper for polite conversation help to protect women and children (men, too), from harassment and embarrassment.  Leaked photos of nude celebrities recently produced an uproar in the media, with worries about privacy—a concept in retreat.  Yet too much body shame can have negative consequences, too.  People should be able to discuss genitalia in the right context with a certain level of emotional maturity.  Everyone admires Michelangelo’s David, and most people have no qualms over nude sculptures in outdoor fountains in Rome and Washington DC.  What should a creationist think?In the 1970s, Dr. James Dobson—certainly opposed to indecency—nevertheless warned that shaming children who are inquisitive about their genitalia can be harmful to their spiritual development.  He advocated nonchalantly covering up if a family member was caught in an unguarded moment, and speaking matter-of-factly about body parts in response to questions.  Children are not naturally ashamed of nakedness, so the level of respect for privacy that is appropriate must be learned.  Parents walk a fine line here.  Christians and creationists believe we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:13-16) and that “everything created by God is good, and that nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with thanksgiving” (I Tim. 4:4-5).  That doesn’t imply that everything created should be exposed or flaunted.  Yet overreaction to body exposure seems discordant with the teaching that God’s designs are good and worthy of praise.As with anything, the Bible is our guide.  The Bible is not prudish about body parts, but is steadfastly opposed to lust and lewdness; it also associates nakedness with shame quite often (e.g., Rev. 3:18).  Other than that, the amount of covering that is appropriate seems culturally determined to some extent.  We are not to offend or take offense, but seek the good of our neighbor.  And what is appropriate depends on context; beach attire is not appropriate in the office.  Male-female differences must also be factored in.  What’s at issue is not the body parts (which God created and pronounced “very good”), but the mind (which is fallen), and our responsibility to those around us.Christians are understandably appalled at the lewdness of modern society.  We have the opportunity to present a righteous standard, reacting but not overreacting.  How do we teach and express a good balance?  What has been your experience?  Has it changed at all, the more you learn about the intricate design of sexual organs?  Your comments are invited.last_img read more

SA company to make Airbus parts

first_img26 August 2003South African aeronautical design and engineering company Aerosud is to commence production of aircraft sub-assemblies for the world’s best-selling jetliners, the Airbus A320 family.The contract forms part of Airbus’ offset obligation linked to the supply of 41 new jetliners to South African Airways. However, Aerosud won the business after Airbus and one of its aerostructures suppliers, Labinal, launched an open competition to identify the most suitable sub-contractor to produce avionics bay assemblies for the four members of the 107-185-seat A320 family, the A318, A319, A320 and A321.The avionics bay is located in the forward fuselage beneath the flight deck. While the cockpit instrument display screens present an interactive front-end between the pilots and the plane, the avionics bay is described as the aircraft’s “brain”, as this is where all of the back-end – sophisticated navigation, communications, flight management and flight control units and associated wiring harnesses – are located.Public Enterprises Minister Jeff Radebe said SAA’s selection of Airbus aircraft for its fleet modernisation programme had created this opportunity for South African skills and capabilities to collaborate “on arguably one of the world’s most technologically advanced and popular jetliner programmes.“This newest partnership is further proof that government’s statutory policy of leveraging international industrial participation through strategic state procurements does deliver new economic benefits to South Africa.”Aerosud is a privately owned company which designs and makes aerostructures and aircraft cabin interior fittings such as galleys, cabin dividers, crew rests and window panels. The company was established in Midrand in 1990, but recently relocated to a purpose-built facility adjacent to the Air Force Base in Waterkloof near Pretoria. Aerosud employs more than 300 people representing a wide variety of skills.Remarking on the new venture, Aerosud chief executive Paul Potgieter said: “Our focus has shifted 180 degrees since the mid-1990s, with virtually all of our output now being for the export market … This new contract marks the beginning of an exciting new relationship between Aerosud, Labinal and Airbus and we look forward to expanding this partnership into further areas of manufacturing.”The deal follows a similar export-oriented offset partnership launched last October between Airbus, NDT Expert, Bureau-Veritas and BEE group Black Economic Aviation Management Services. The agreement established a non-destructive testing and quality assurance centre in Gauteng to serve the local and foreign aerospace, automotive defence and other high-technology manufacturing sectors.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Video Tutorial: Impressive Sky Replacement in After Effects

first_imgDiscover how to create a stunning sky replacement in post using the tools in After Effects.Shooting sky can be tricky.  Getting a balanced outdoor image, with the foreground and sky both in perfect exposure can often be a technical challenge.  If you’re properly exposing your video subjects, it’s common that the sky will be completely blown out or end up looking dull and drab.  You can apply basic color correction to give the sky a little boost, or you can take your cues from this tutorial and make a boring sky look totally extraordinary.In the following tutorial, Adobe After Effects expert Kert Gartner shows you how to do an After Effects sky replacement.  Transform the image of an uninteresting afternoon sky into a dramatic cloud filled sunset shot, using the tools from within AE.Kert tracks the position, rotation and scale of the original footage and then applies this tracking information to a still image of a vibrant sky.   Matting, edge blurs and displacement maps are added to the composition to blend the images into one seamless shot.   Finally, a lens flare is added (the one in the example is from Video Copilot) to give the shot a stunning dramatic look.Kert’s clear and engaging delivery makes the tutorial accessible to even the After Effects beginner.  This After Effects sky replacement technique is applicable for all types of footage, so experiment with it to improve the look of all your outdoor shots!Visit VFX Haiku for the After Effects sky replacement project file and more information.last_img read more

Video Tutorial: How to Build a $25 Overhead Camera Rig

first_imgTake Your MeasurementsSo, the measurements for this build are going to depend entirely upon the space where you’re planning on putting it. If you want the rig to sit on your desk, make sure it’s wide enough without being too close to the edge.For my build, the boards are 35 inches long — for the most part. You’ll see in the video that I originally planned support beams that were a bit smaller on the sides; however, the wood I bought was warped and kept cracking, so I stuck with the thicker 1 1/2 inch-wide beams that I used for the four main support beams.(8) 35 inch long boards (1 1/2 inch wide).(1) 33 inch back support beam (1 1/12 inch wide).(1) 38 inch camera mount board (1 1/2 inch wide).Be sure to use “construction screws.” The length and width of the screws will vary based on the widths and lengths of the beams. Just make sure they’re long enough to connect.Designing the Camera PlateFor the camera board, you can use a couple of different methods. As you can see in the video, you can attach the camera directly to a 1/4 inch-wide hex bolt. The camera will be secure as long as you screw it in all the way, but if you want to be extra cautious (if you’re using rented gear) you can also attach a quickdraw plate like you’d use on a small tripod or gorilla pod and screw the camera in that way.To keep the board on track and prevent it from moving around on the top support beams, I recommend attaching two small pieces of wood on the bottom of the board. The little piece might split, so be ready to try out bigger sizes (like I did).For more DIY builds like this, check out our past coverage:How to Build Your Own Dolly for $50 Grab These Low-Budget Lighting Accessories for Under $10Build Your Own Butt/Pedestal Dolly for under $140 Using nothing but wood and screws, you can measure out and build an overhead camera rig. We’ll show you how in this video tutorial.If you’ve ever seen a Tasty video, a Casey Neistat animation, or any how-to video, you’ve seen this top-down shot. Today, we’re going to look at how you can build your own setup for an office or studio. Unlike a C-stand or tripod, this model is a stationary rig, perfect for anybody who needs a one stop-shop for their YouTube channel or freelance projects.Let’s take a look at how to piece the rig together from the drawing board.last_img read more

Hopeful Messi keen to end Argentina title drought

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Raptors miss opportunity in Game 5 of NBA Finals But, as so many times before, Messi was unable to recapture his Barca form while on international duty and dejection followed as the albiceleste were sent home in the second round after a 4-3 defeat to eventual winners France.But while Messi then missed Argentina’s next six matches — all friendlies — there was no talk of retirement this time.His son Thiago “loves it when I play for the national team,” Messi told Fox.But the disappointments have kept piling up despite a 10th La Liga crown secured in May.‘Beautiful cup’Messi had made no secret at the start of the season that winning the Champions League for the fifth time was his priority as he wanted to bring that “beautiful cup back to Camp Nou”.Things looked so good as Barca took a 3-0 advantage to Anfield for the semi-final second leg last month.What happened next — an inspired Liverpool stormed to a 4-0 victory and 4-3 aggregate success — left as bitter a taste in Messi’s mouth as had the Germany loss five years ago.“To lose a final of the World Cup is the most important of all, it is a big disappointment,” he said in May.But he admitted that the Liverpool loss felt a bit worse “because we were winning and we didn’t expect them to come back”.Messi has long been talisman for club and country but he will be even more so in Brazil with a rejuvenated squad full of inexperienced campaigners. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Argentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Nicaragua during their international friendly football match at the San Juan del Bicentenario stadium in San Juan, Argentina, on June 7, 2019. (Photo by Andres LARROVERE / AFP)With Neymar sidelined by an ankle injury, Lionel Messi heads into the Copa America this weekend as the competition’s main attraction but one with a desperate need to end more than a decade of hurt with Argentina.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has one of the most impressive trophy hauls in football history but there is a glaring void when it comes to national team accolades.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport But that hasn’t dampened expectation either within the group or the country as a whole.“We’re going there with the same hope and desire as ever. Argentina is going through a process of change with young and new lads,” he told TyC Sports last week.“For most of them it’s their first official tournament, but that won’t stop Argentina trying to win the competition,” he added.It’s 26 years since Argentina last won the Copa America, despite contesting four of the last five finals.“It’s been a long time since Argentina won it and we all want to celebrate again, us and the fans want a title.”None more so than Messi himself, who turns 32 on June 24, the day after Argentina’s final group B game against invitees and 2024 World Cup hosts Qatar, the reigning Asian champions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Four Champions League crowns and 10 La Liga titles with Barcelona are not matched by Argentina success.And the 31-year-old knows he’s running out of time to rectify that anomaly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I want to end my career having won something with the national team, or at least try to do so as many times as possible,” he told Fox Sports last week.Four finals played with Argentina, four defeats, including the last two Copa finals on penalties against Chile. But the most painful was the 2014 World Cup final to Germany at the iconic Maracana, where Messi will hope to return on July 7 for the Copa title decider.That Germany defeat began a run of losing finals in three successive years and after the last of those, a bitterly disappointed Messi announced his international retirement.He and his team-mates came in for a torrent of abuse and criticism.“People were attacking us from every side,” he said.His retirement lasted just six weeks, though, and it was his hat-trick in Argentina’s final qualifier that secured a 3-1 win in Ecuador that sent the team to the World Cup in Russia last year.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

10 months agoEx-Real Madrid fitness coach Mauri: Ancelotti would’ve kept winning

first_imgEx-Real Madrid fitness coach Mauri: Ancelotti would’ve kept winningby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGiovanni Mauri, Carlo Ancelotti’s long-time fitness coach, has spoken of their demise at Real Madrid.Mauri only ended his association with Ancelotti this season at Napoli, though his son is now part of the staff.On Real Madrid, Mauri told TuttoNapoli: “Not only did we win the Decima, but also a Copa del Rey, a Super Cup, a World Cup … The memory is beautiful, despite the end.”I went from being defined as a ‘hidden genius’ to being regarded as ‘the designated one’, and all for reasons of the Merengues leadership.”Yes, those seasons were the best of my career, a pity that it would end like that, we could have continued to win as my friend (Zinedine) Zidane did later.”They said that the defeat with Juve was the fault of our athletic preparation, which they defined as soft, but it was a lie: we know very well what was behind that year. We achieved the club’s record of consecutive victories, 22, and that says it all.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more