26 Dec

Pep Guardiola shoots down claim of release clause in Man City star’s contract

first_img revealed Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? whoops England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Most read in Premier League The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City tense Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Pep Guardiola has denied knowing Kevin De Bruyne’s release clause after the Manchester City manager was claimed to have to revealed it in an interviewDe Bruyne was said to be available for any club willing to cough up £223million according to Guardiola, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News. 2 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings SORRY latest predicted The former Barcelona manager is reported to have said: “He’s an incredible boy. The clause is €250million. I’m sorry, he’s not for sale.”The 27-year-old, who is City’s highest earner, was one of the best players in the Premier League last season as Guardiola’s side became the first team to hit the 100-point mark. He missed out on the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year awards to Mohamed Salah, but remains widely rated as the greatest player in the division.Making the release clause public knowledge could have been a worry for City as rival teams would know just how much they’d have to pay to prise the Belgium international away from the Etihad.However, Guardiola went back on his claims on Friday, revealing in a press conference he does not know De Bruyne’s release clause. Is De Bruyne worth £223million 2 changes The Belgium international has played 143 times for Manchester City gameday cracker silverware Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? “I don’t know what his release clause is,” Guardiola said ahead of Man City’s Premier League clash with Fulham. “The journalist asked if I would sell him for £250million and I said no.”last_img read more

26 Dec


first_imgHello,Monday morning has beckoned upon the Media Box HQ once again, the week ahead of us certainly is a busy one; we’ve plenty of exciting events to keep us busy.  And let’s not forget Super Valu’s Super Hero charity mountain climb is taking place this Sunday. The climb is in aid of the Donegal Hospice and Super Valu plan to raise €30000 by October for the good cause. There certainly is “Summit” about them!  We have been customising our costumes for weeks and we can’t wait to show them off, pink makes the boys wink and all that! Check out how well our training has been going in the exclusive picture! A massive congratulations to Mary Given from Laghey, Co. Donegal who is the lucky winner of €1,000 in this week’s Gallagher’s Bakery Grab a Grand competition. Mary is definitely a lucky name! Mary Given is actually the third Mary to have won the competition so far! After finding her golden ticket in her White Sliced Pan bought in Kee’s of Laghey, Mary was entered into a draw with other contenders and was randomly selected as this week’s Grab a Grand winner.Each week Gallagher’s Bakery will put 20 lucky golden tickets into their famous White Sliced Pan with one ticket holder walking away €1,000 richer. To be in with your chance to Grab a Grand pick up your Gallagher’s White Sliced Pan from any store, enjoy the new and improved recipe and keep your fingers crossed for the lucky loaf with the golden ticket.Our friends over at Smyth’s Daleside Feeds have been inundated with entries for the “Little Farmers” search. Smyth’s are looking for “Little Farmers” aged 15 and under to star in their 2012 calendar “Growing up on the Farm”. The calendar will highlight the top class quality of Smyth’s products whilst featuring junior farmers helping out on the farm. To see your son, daughter, niece, nephew, brother or sister, feature as little Miss/Mr. January, February or March please send a picture of their best farming pose to Smyth’s Daleside Feeds: contact@smythfeeds.com All applications must be made by a parent/ guardian over the age of 18.We will be minding our P’s and Q’s this week as we have several corporate events to plan! And there is nothing the Media Box team loves more than a good old challenge! Our top tune for today is “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, hopefully it will get everyone in the mood for the big climb ahead of us. Please feel free to logon to http://www.facebook.com/mediabox and sing along.We hope you enjoyed this week’s update on our office antics and keep an eye on our Facebook page to hear all the latest news. Until next week….keep running in heels!The Media Box Team. XMEDIA BOX BLOG: RUNNING IN HEELS was last modified: August 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

25 Dec

VVHS topples Barstow

first_img Rudd finished with 144 yards on 22 carries including two touchdowns to lead his squad in a dramatic second-half turnaround in both teams’ Desert Sky League opener. “We decided to go to a different offense in the second half,” Victor Valley coach Leland Euddy said. “If they were going to key in on him we wanted to make sure to get him a couple of blockers and see what he can do.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Barstow (2-4) held Victor Valley to minus 17 rushing yards and 22 passing yards in the first half. However, four turnovers and 135 yards in penalties prevented the offense from puting any points on the board. Barstow finished with 22 penalties to Victor Valley’s 10 penalties (72 yards). A Barstow fumble at the Jackrabbits 10 set up the Aztecs’ only score. Three plays later, Victor Valley QB Victor Rivera fumbled the ball in the end zone, but his knee touched the ground giving the Aztecs a safety. “Our defense really played tough and kept us in the game when we had too,” Euddy said. “We actually shut them out, they didn’t score and that’s tough to do, there a tough team.” Victor Valley’s Robert Wheeler took the second-half kickoff 95 yards for a score giving his team necessary momentum. Rudd added a two-point conversion to make it 8-2. A Barstow interception haulted the Aztecs’ next drive at their 46. Rudd then came alive with runs of four and three before breaking through a huge pile for a 39-yard TD. VICTORVILLE – By the end of the first half Victor Valley’s Tyrone Rudd had one rushing yard and his squad was trailing 2-0. At the end of the game, Rudd was holding the coveted “axe” and was celebrating his team’s 28-2 victory over archrival Barstow in the 82nd installment of the High Desert’s oldest rivalry. center_img A poor Aztecs punt gave the home team the ball at the Aztecs 22 and it took only four plays for Rudd to score on a five-yard TD run to make it 22-2 with four minutes and 22 seconds left in the third quarter. “We just got outplayed,” Barstow coach Dan Smith said. “There’s not much to say about that, we got outplayed.” Rivera added a 1-yard keeper for a score in the fourth quarter with 10:31 left to ice the game. Barstow senior tailback Jamar Brown was held to 48 yards on 13 carries. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

24 Dec

Men’s Golf Splits Matches On First Day of Yestingsmeier Match Play

first_imgSophomore Chase Wicklund recorded the Bulldogs lone victory in the setback to Ball State. He won 4&2 as he got out to a quick start winning three of the first four holes and then went up four holes on the 10th-hole. Results Story Links The Bulldogs will square off against Ohio for fifth-place on Tuesday. Print Friendly Version Dade City, Fla. – The Drake University men’s golf team fell to host Ball State, 5-1, but bounced back to beat MVC foe Loyola, 4.5-1.5, to advance to the fifth-place match at the Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play Monday at the Lake Jovita Golf Club in Dade City, Fla.center_img “I was proud how we played today. We competed from start to finish. I think the guys battled their rust and feel better about their games at the end of the day. It was nice to beat a conference opponent in the afternoon match,” said Drake head coach Matt Lewis. “The first round we played well. We lost a couple close matches that made a big difference. Chase (Wicklund) played very solid in the morning and made several birdies. The other guys played well but Ball State just played a little better.”  In the consolation semifinal, Drake was led by junior Jack Kennedy, who won 6&5. Kennedy managed to get up four holes through the front nine and then eagled and birdied to seal the win. Freshman Tim Lim and Wicklund won 4&3, while junior Tommi Avant won 4&2. Senior Drew Ison managed to win the final two holes to halve his match. “The second round we got up in four matches quickly. Chase, Tommi, Jack and Tim were in control and stayed ahead of their matches. All four won in convincing fashion. Drew and Kyle (MacDonald) were down one to two holes most of the day and battled hard to the finish strong.” said Lewis. “The guys really enjoyed playing match play. It was the first time we have played a collegiate match play tournament. We definitely talked about our strategies and plan for our matches. We are looking forward to tomorrow playing against Ohio.” last_img read more

22 Dec

Kansai Plascon, Amuka register wins on Big League match-day 5

first_imgAmuka Bright Stars defeated Entebbe on Thursday (file photo)FUFA Big League 2018/19Thursday, 06-12-2018Rwenzori Group:• Bumate FC 1-0 Ntinda United• Kiboga Young 2-1 Kitara FC• Kansai Plascon 2-0 Kabale Sharp FCElgon Group:• Kataka FC 1-1 Light SS FC• UPDF FC 0-2 Bukedea Town Council • Entebbe FC 0-2 Amuka Bright StarsThe FUFA Big League resumed on Thursday with six games played across the country.In the Rwenzori group, Kansai Plascon smiled to a 2-0 home win against Kabale Sharp at the Bishops S.S playground in Mukono.New entrants Kiboga Young shocked high flying star-studded Kitara 2-1 at the Bamusussuta playground in Kiboga district.Ntinda United fell 1-0 on the road to Bumate United at the Christ High School playground in Bundibungyo.The three games in the Elgon group witnessed two outright wins and a home draw for Kataka.Lira based Amuka Bright Stars condemned Allan Kabonge’s Entebbe 2-0 at the Mutesa II Wankulukuku Stadium.Bukedea Town Coun beat UPDF 2-0 at the Bombo Military Stadium and Kataka was held by league debutants Light S.S to a one all draw at the San Siro playground in Mbale.Kataka, a side coached by Geoffrey ”Toldo” Awach has not managed any win at home this term thus far.The Doves All Stars home duel with Jinja Municipal Council Hippos in Arua was pushed ahead.The same could be said of Kira United’s home tie with Proline because of the unavailability of Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.The Kira United  – Proline game will be played on Saturday, 8th December 2018.On Sunday, Wakiso Giants shall be away to Kyetume at the Nakisunga playground.Comments Tags: FUFA Big League 2018/19last_img read more

21 Dec

Latest: QPR 0 Leicester City 0 – Rangers go close and ‘Suarez’ holds up play

first_imgQPR made a lively start at Loftus Road, where the teams have had to contend with wet conditions – and a squirrel on the pitch that has twice held up play.Kasper Schmeichel comfortably saved from Gary O’Neil following Matt Phillips’ low cross and the Leicester keeper also kept out a stinging drive from Niko Kranjcar.And after ‘Suarez’, as he was dubbed by the home fans, halted play for a second time, Clint Hill’s header from Phillips’ corner was cleared off the line by Paul Konchesky.Recent signing Yossi Benayoun is among QPR’s substitutes.QPR (4-2-3-1): Green; Simpson, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto; Carroll, Barton: Phillips, Kranjcar, O’Neil; Austin. Subs: Murphy; Traore, Onuoha, Jenas, Henry, Hoilett, Benayoun.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

19 Dec

Shosholoza’s story of Good Hope

first_img21 April 2006South Africa evokes the image of the sea that bathes its coasts – on one side the south Atlantic, one the other the Indian Ocean. It was a precarious coast for many mariners, as evidenced by the names given it: the Skeleton or Savage Coast, and the evocative Danger Point.The Cape: a mythical passageSucceeding the Phoenician sailors by about 2000 years – if we trust the Greek historian Herodotus – the navigator Bartholomeu Dias reached the Cape of Storms in February 1488 aboard the caravel Sao-Cristovao.The Cape was sailed again by Vasco da Gama in November 1497, five years after Christopher Columbus reached America.The King of Portugal, Johannes II, preferred to name the rocky spur swept by howling winds the Cape of Good Hope, to mark his interest for this pathway to India and its wealth.The new name did not prevent Dias from dying there 12 years later during an apocalyptic storm.Many other adventurers, travellers and sailors met the same fate, because this Cape remains a place for shipwrecks, especially when the icy southeasterly wind, nicknamed the “Cape Doctor”, bursts out.The history is such that yachtsmen of the world would shiver uncomfortably at the thought of the America’s Cup being sailed in the rough waters off Cape Town.Return towards Europe“We are not here to bring the America’s Cup to Africa. We are here to bring a part of Africa to Europe and the America’s Cup,” was the poetic explanation of Captain Salvatore Sarno when he introduced his Team Shosholoza to the America’s Cup world.It was as if, five hundred years after the arrival of the Europeans at the Cape, the wheel of history had turned, with Africa coming to make a conquest (albeit peacefully) in Europe.When announcing on 4 June 2004, under the Royal Cape Yacht Club banner, the first African challenge in the history of the America’s Cup, Sarno explained his team’s challenge as “an opportunity to show that all of South Africa’s citizens can work together, do well and have success together. In essence it is an opportunity to be part of the African renaissance.”An Italian by birth and an enthusiastic resident of Durban, South Africa for more than 20 years, Sarno is the South Africa president of a maritime transport company and an able yachtsman himself.He has been a tireless supporter and promoter of his adopted homeland, and with his friend Ian Ainslie (a South Africa yachting champion) has supported a sailing school for disadvantaged children in the Cape.In fact, a handful of the team members on Shosholoza have risen through the ranks of the Izivunguvungu Foundation created by Ainslie in 2001, which trains young people in yachting as a way of instilling discipline, pride and teamwork.It is another remarkable story arising out of the ashes of the difficult past in this country.Shosholoza: forging ahead“The Cup gives us the chance to present South Africa as a modern, dynamic, exciting country,” Sarno said. A country that forges ahead, as in the name of the team: “Shosholoza”.Shosholoza, the folk song of migrant labourers on South Africa’s mines, became something of a second national anthem after the country won the 1995 Rugby World Cup.The Zulu word “shosholoza” means “go forward”, “make way for the next man”, or “make your road, forge ahead” – more than fitting for a South African team engaged in the 2007 America’s Cup.“In the America’s Cup every team has its own story, but there is only one team who is the soul of sailing,” Sarno said.And as if to prove this claim, in April 2004 Shosholoza became the first syndicate to launch a newly built version 5.0 ACC boat.One month later, in Valencia, the magnificent Shosholoza (RSA-83), decorated by the graphics inspired by Zulu and Ndebele designs, was christened by the mayor of Valencia, Rita Barbera.After a difficult debut in the Louis Vuitton Acts of 2004, the team struggled to open the 2005 season. But the progress of the team since has been nothing short of spectacular, as Shosholoza concluded the 2005 season with a fifth place finish in the fleet races in Trapani.“The guys have been working hard and you can feel the hunger among the team,” was the assessment of one team member.The spirit of the America’s CupThe history of South Africa was darkened for a long time under the apartheid regime, and during these hard years South African yachting was isolated and underestimated.Nevertheless, sailing in the country has a long history, and was popular as far back as the 1850s, when the yacht America was beginning the story of the America’s Cup in England.In 1857, a local newspaper, the Natal Mercury, spoke of the regularly scheduled regattas organised by the Durban Regatta Club, which was succeeded in 1863 by the Royal Natal Yacht Club.Further to the west, in Cape Town, the introduction of yachting came later. Founded in 1882, the Southern Cross Yacht Club disappeared in 1888.Nevertheless, the Cape received occasional visits from some of the most prestigious navigators: Joshua Slocum with Spray in 1897 and, seven years later, Captain Voss with Tilikum.It may have been visits like these that inspired the foundation of the Table Bay Yacht Club in 1905. In the same year, sailors on the Cape were momentarily inspired by a book of illustrations showing the races for the America’s Cup – but nothing came of this premature exposure.In 1914, the Table Bay Yacht Club changed its name to the Cape Yacht Club and, on 28 May of the same year, the Royal Cape Yacht Club.Prior to that, an eminent member of the Table Bay Yacht Club, Sir Pieter van Blommestein, a pioneer of the former Southern Cross Yacht Club, obtained from Sir Thomas Lipton the gift of a trophy known as the Lipton Cup. The first challenge was sailed in 1911.In 2002, the Lipton Cup, now the most prestigious regatta in South Africa, was won by Salvatore Sarno’s L26 Class MSC Orion Donna Mia, skippered by Ian Ainslie.On board was 21-year-old Golden Mgedeza, the first black sailor to win the Lipton Cup. Mgedeza is the bowman of Shosholoza, as sure a symbol as any of the new South Africa.Source: Americascup.comlast_img read more

19 Dec

Vodafone in R22bn Vodacom deal

first_img7 November 2008Telkom has announced the sale of a 15% stake in cellular operator Vodacom, worth R22.5-billion, to multinational cellular operator Vodafone. The deal, one of South Africa’s largest recent foreign direct investments, will also see Vodacom becoming one of the largest South African companies listed on the JSE.The transaction will see Vodafone’s share in Vodacom increased from 50% to 65%, giving the UK-based cellular operator full control of South Africa’s largest cellular operator by subscriber numbers.Telkom will distribute its remaining 35% stake in Vodacom to its own shareholders by way of an unbundling process, and investors will for the first time have direct equity in Vodacom.Major foreign direct investmentCommunications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri said the sale represented one of South Africa’s largest recent foreign direct investments and signalled Vodafone’s confidence in the future of the country.“Furthermore, it enables Telkom to speed up its deployment of enhanced, fixed and mobile, services to South Africans,” she said.“We are confident that this transaction is beneficial to the nation, as well as to Vodacom and Telkom, and look forward to them entrenching their positions as communications champions across the African continent.”The transaction is subject to approval of 75% of Telkom’s shareholders, as well as competition and industry regulatory authorities. The South African government and the Public Investment Corporation, two of Telkom’s largest shareholders, have already given their support for the transaction.The 15% stake will be sold for R22.5-billion in cash, less Vodacom’s attributable net debt of R1.55-billion. Telkom will distribute half of the after-tax proceeds to its shareholders by means of a special dividend that will be paid out on completion of the transaction, which is expected to take place in the first half of 2009.Unlocking value“The Telkom board is confident that this transaction will unlock significant value for shareholders, and will facilitate the transformation of Telkom into a leading converged information and communications technology player on the African continent,” Telkom CEO Reuben September said in a statement this week.“The retained portion of the proceeds from the disposal will be used to accelerate the development of our mobile and data strategies, while also allowing us to selectively expand our geographic presence.”He said that the shareholders agreement between Vodafone and Telkom placed several significant restrictions on both Telkom and Vodacom, and with that out of the way, Telkom could now act independently.Furthermore, Telkom would no longer be restricted from offering mobile voice services in South Africa or making mobile acquisitions in Africa south of the Equator. Vodacom, in turn, would be Vodafone’s expansion vehicle in sub-Saharan Africa, excluding North Africa, Ghana and Kenya.“Our approach will be to utilise the retained proceeds prudently with the aim of ensuring that Telkom remains an attractive and strongly competitive company after the transaction,” September said. “Telkom will be well capitalised and will focus on its goal of becoming the leading ICT player on the African continent.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

12 Dec

Post-Production Tip: Isolating and Hiding Noise in Your Footage

first_imgLoad in ResolveWe’ve loaded our clip into Resolve’s media pool, added it to a timeline, and are in the color tab. Now, we click the “Nodes” tab 3 times. (No, I don’t know why once wasn’t enough.)We’re going to select the starter node and apply some basic corrections to bring this clip to proper exposure.Once we’ve gotten it dialed in, I’m creating a new node by pressing Alt+S for Windows or Option+S on Mac.Create Layer NodeFrom here, we’ll right-click the new node, navigate to the Nodes expander menu, and select Layer Node.Our single node has split in two, and a “Layer Mixer” now appears after the layer nodes.Layer Nodes allow the single node grade path to split into two distinct chains for separate, concurrent grading. There are endless uses for the layer mixer, including separating highlights from shadows for work on each individually. Today, we’re using the layer mixer to separate the Chroma and Luma channels to apply more targeted noise reduction without losing too much detail in the shot.The majority of distracting noise comes from the chroma channels, whereas the noise in the luminance channel usually has a more organic structure and motion similar to film grain. Over-reducing the luminance channel results in extremely mucky and unusable footage.Let’s split our video to start managing this noise. There are dozens of ways to reduce noise in your footage, but today, we’re diving into DaVinci Resolve for one of the most power noise reduction techniques around.In this article, we’ll take a look at DaVinci Resolve for some powerful tricks for isolating and reducing distracting noise without losing detail in your shot.In a previous article on noise reduction, we covered many of the basic components of noise in footage. We’ll keep working with the same still frame from the underexposed clip I shot for a documentary a few years back for even more image polishing today. Reduce Chroma NoiseClick the bottom (chroma) node, and navigate to the Motion Effects panel of the Noise Reduction controls.To begin noise reduction, select the number of frames for temporal analysis. Now, unlink the luma and chroma controls on both temporal and spatial reduction before adjusting the chroma reduction on temporal and then spatial controls.From here, it’s just a matter of dialing in the sliders while watching the areas with the noise that you want to reduce. Based on personal experience, I usually find the best results when the temporal threshold controls are at about half the value of the spatial controls.Now we’ve selected the top (luma) layer node and are applying a touch of reduction to the luminance channel. I want to bring down a little bit of the grain without giving the footage a smoothed look.I think I’m pleased with these results for now, so let’s move to the blur panel.Blur ChromaEven without the Noise Reduction of the full Resolve suite, we can still bring down the distracting chroma flutter in this footage.All we do is select the chroma layer, then navigate to the Blur/Sharpen panel. We’re blurring the information in the chroma channel. This helps to virtually expand the grain structure of the color noise, which can help to significantly reduce the appearance of noise in most footage.Sharpen Y ChannelWith the chroma noise blurred, we can actually go back into the luminance node to add a bit of sharpening if blurring the chroma channel has softened the image up at all.Adjusting ResultsThe last thing I want to do before checking my work is to add another node after the Layer Mixer and use it to make a few minor adjustments to bring the image up just a little more and really emphasize our noise reduction.Before and AfterAll that’s left now is to compare the before and after Noise Reduction to make sure we haven’t overdone it. Desaturate Top NodeTo isolate the luminance channel, click the top layer node and navigate to any pane of the Color Wheels panel. All we’re doing is sliding the saturation all the way to zero. Don’t worry if you aren’t seeing any changes yet.Remove Y InformationNow, select the bottom layer node and navigate to the Primaries Bars of the Color Wheels panel. All we’re doing here is working in the Gain controls and sliding the Y slider from 1.00 all the way down.The image is crazy now, but we’re about three clicks away from normal.Change Blend ModeTo get the image back to its recognizable form, go to the Layer Mixer, right-click, navigate to the Composite Mode expander, and select Add.Now, you’ve successfully separated out the chrominance and luminance channels and are ready to begin noise reduction.Noise ReductionOne of the main differences between the free and paid version of Resolve is the Noise Reduction Panel. (For the Resolve Lite users, hang with me: we’ll get to a way to reduce the chroma noise without the Noise Reduction panel in just a second.)The Noise Reduction panel in Resolve is split into two sections: Temporal and Spatial NR. Here’s a quick primer for readers unfamiliar with the difference in the two techniques.Spatial Noise ReductionSpatial NR evaluates common problematic frequencies for noise (high, medium, low). These frequencies are “scanned” in each frame and noise reduction applies in the specified regions of the frame.Simply, Spatial NR looks at each pixel of a still frame, locates noise, and turns the noise down.Temporal Noise ReductionTemporal NR examines the noise profile across multiple frames by “watching” how each pixel’s values change over time. Because most noise is random, Temporal NR can usually quite easily detect the fluttery nature of the most common types of noise.A blend of both techniques usually yields the best results, so that’s what we’re doing today.center_img Getting Set Up I think this is looking really great. We’ve brought the exposure up to great levels and reduced the noise so it shouldn’t be a distraction.Resolve’s ability to quickly separate out the chroma and luma channels into two distinct layers makes it one of the most powerful tools for noise reduction on the market today. And you can get similar results using the free version. I think that everyone who handles any type of video post-production should have a working grasp of the workflow for noise reduction covered in this article.Do you have a folder of unusable, noisy footage collecting digital dust on your hard drive? Fire up Resolve and see what you can do to fix it!Cover image via Pro_Vector.Looking for more post-production tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Improve Your Masks with Hue, Saturation, and Luminance QualifiersUnderstanding Image Noise in Your Film and Video ProjectsPost-Production Tips: How to Save Corrupted FootageUnderstanding the Opacity Blend Modes in Adobe Premiere ProHow to Make 3D Split-Depth Videos in Adobe After Effectslast_img read more

3 Dec

E.U. Commission wants to divert Horizon 2020 money into new investment fund

first_imgThe new boss of the European Commission has sparked criticism with plans to raid the European Union’s science budget to fodder a new investment fund aimed at boosting Europe’s sluggish economy and creating new jobs.In his first big move after about 3 weeks in office, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has proposed diverting €2.7 billion from Horizon 2020, the bloc’s €70 billion, 7-year research funding program, into a new “Investment Plan for Europe.” Combined with money from the Connecting Europe Facility, which funds broadband and transport projects, from the European Investment Bank, and from unspecified “budget margins,” the fund would put €21 billion on the table. Juncker says this could attract 15 times that amount from industry and national governments, to reach €315 billion in the next 3 years.Some research organizations aren’t convinced that the €2.7 billion cut from Horizon 2020 will eventually benefit research, as Juncker claimed yesterday when he presented the plan to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. “Horizon 2020 is not a lemon! 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The commission has issued few details but says it wants to focus broadly on broadband and energy networks, transport infrastructure, education, research and innovation, as well as renewable energy and energy efficiency. As an example, the commission says the money could help speed up the construction of a “laser-based research infrastructure.””I know some of you are worried about the impact on the research and infrastructure allocations. You fear that redirecting money from the Horizon 2020 and Connecting Europe budget lines will mean that money is lost,” Juncker told the Parliament yesterday. “But this is not the case. Every euro from these programs paid into the fund creates 15 euros for those very same research and infrastructure projects. We are not just moving money around, we are maximizing its input.”But some say that plan is too optimistic. “What can you do with €21 billion in an economy that amounts to over €12 trillion or more? [Juncker]’s trying to do a miracle with very little,” says Guntram Wolff, director of the economics think tank Bruegel in Brussels.Wolff doesn’t believe national and private funds will multiply the commission’s €21 billion by a factor of 15. “Maybe 5 if we’re lucky,” he says. The plan is likely to bolster projects that would have happened anyway in this short time frame, enabling investors to make higher profits instead of attracting actual new investment, Wolff says. To finance the scheme, it would be wiser to tap into other parts of the E.U. budget, such as funds for agriculture or regional development, instead of Horizon 2020, he adds.LERU says the new fund’s money is likely to go to “quick win projects that may please politicians and citizens but that will not invest in Europe’s future.” LERU’s secretary-general Kurt Deketelaere called the plan a “fairytale diversion” that would squeeze the Union’s research budget. “Let’s stick with the Horizon 2020 budget, which we all welcomed in 2012,” he said.It is still unclear which parts of the Horizon 2020 budget would suffer. “None of [Horizon’s] money [for that period] has been committed at this stage, so nobody can claim to be losing out,” says a commission representative. “On the contrary, everyone should mobilize to put forward really good projects.” Public bodies, companies, or nongovernmental organizations will be able to submit proposals, which will be vetted by an “investment committee,” the representative says.Juncker hopes to get the plan off the ground by mid-2015—but he will first have to win the approval of the Parliament and member states, which have to agree on the details of the future regulation.last_img read more