FILE PHOTO: LiverpoolBarcelona, Spain | AFP | Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool are ready to end Lionel Messi’s Champions League mission by beating Barcelona in the semi-finals.Messi has been rested for Barca’s last two league games and appears more motivated than ever in Europe, after pledging to “bring that beautiful cup back to Camp Nou” at the start of the season.But Klopp has warned his players not to focus only on the Argentinian.“It’s not only about Messi but of course it’s about him as well,” Klopp said at a press conference on Tuesday.“Can we concentrate on Messi? We should in a lot of moments but if we only concentrate on him there are 10 other world-class players who can decide the game as well.“Messi said before the season, ‘we want to bring back that cup’. That sounds like a threat to me. Now we did it, now we are here and all I can say is we want to go to the final as well.”Barcelona play Liverpool four days after celebrating winning La Liga on Saturday, and with a Copa del Rey final to come next month against Valencia. It means a treble is in their sights.“Leo has been a La Liga champion 10 times in 15 years and of course, after seeing him lift the cup (on Saturday) with such happiness, that motivates everyone,” said Ivan Rakitic.“If Leo is happy to win every title, it makes us even more eager too. We know we’re Barca, we have to give everything and following the best player in history gives us more confidence to do that.”Liverpool hope to have their own striker back in time for the first leg, after Roberto Firmino trained after recovering from a muscle strain.“If he is 100 per cent ready to play he will maybe play,” Klopp said. “He is here. Tomorrow we have another session.”Messi is likely to be flanked by two former Liverpool players, with Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho expected to start in an attacking three.But while Suarez has flourished in Spain, Coutinho has struggled to find his feet since joining Barca for 120 million euros in January last year. “We miss Phil Coutinho a lot because he is a world-class player and I loved working with him,” Klopp said. “When I first heard he wanted to go to Barcelona I couldn’t imagine it would be good. But we had to deal without him and we did well.”Barcelona have not lost at home in the Champions League since 2013 while the last English opponent to beat them on their own turf was Liverpool in 2007.– ‘Mean a lot to win’ –“A draw would not be the worst result in the world, not that we would go for it but it would be okay,” Klopp said.“It would mean a lot to win. It’s difficult, so many teams came here with an idea to do this or that and they got a big knock.“But we saw the game against Real Sociedad and they did well. Levante did well a couple of days ago. But the better the opposition is, the higher the stakes are, and the more they are engaged.“Now they are champions, they can completely focus on the Champions League.”Liverpool have lost only once in the Premier League this term and are still fighting with Manchester City to win the title.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino already boast 68 goals this season between them.“We need to stop them running at our defence,” Rakitic said. “We are going there to score but we mustn’t lose our heads.”“We know in these ties one good game is not enough, you need to play two great games,” coach Ernesto Valverde said. “If you switch off for five minutes against Liverpool, they can finish you off.”Share on: WhatsApp
Women club golfers are being asked to support the England Golf Trust Stableford Competition to raise funds for boys and girls who need financial help to play the game.The competition includes a club round – any stableford before July 7 – and a national final at Kings Norton Golf Club, Worcestershire, on August 16.Each club will add together the stableford points of their highest scorer from handicap divisions 1-3 (handicaps 20 and below) and from divisions 4-6 (handicaps 21-36).The top 30 pairs will be invited to the final which will be played as a better ball stableford competition. The entry fee is just £1 per player, with a minimum club entry of £20.Next year, the competition will be extended to include men and juniors.The England Golf Trust was launched last year to provide grants and bursaries for young people in education or aged up to 21. It replaced and extended the work of the former EWGA Trust, which ran a fundraising stableford competition for several years, successfully raising thousands of pounds.In 2015 the England Golf Trust gave almost £6500 through 18 individual grants and funded seven Angela Uzielli Bursaries and three Bellamy Bursaries. For the first time boys were recipients of individual grants.Click here for more information about the England Golf Trust Stableford CompetitionCaption: Young golfers at last year’s launch of the England Golf Trust (Image © Leaderboard Photography) 4 Feb 2016 Competition backs the England Golf Trust
By The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s now or never for the L.V. Rogers Bombers.LVR is looking for its 15th straight trip to the B.C. High School AAA Boy’s Soccer Championship Wednesday in Cranbrook when the Bombers meet the Mt Baker Wild.The one-game showdown determines the Kootenay rep at the 16-team provincial tournament. In the lone meeting this season between the two teams, Baker won 1-0.LVR finished second in the Wild tournament to go with a gold medal finish at Summerland and a 12-th place result in Chilliwack.However, LVR was missing a handful of players for the Wild tournament contest as Sean Hickson, Luis Loeschnik, Bruno Moro and Conrad Lanaway failed to make the trip.The Bombers, finishing 12th out of the 16 teams in 2009, expect to have a full roster when the teams hook up for a 1 p.m. MDT Wednesday.SIDELINES: Bomber head coach Keith Williams is looking for his tenth trip to the B.C. High School AAA Boy’s Championships. Former coaches Mike Sedlbauer and Hogue Tyler took LVR to the championship tournament for five consecutive years before Williams assume the [email protected]
QPR defended well as both sides struggled to create clear-cut chances during the first half at the iPro Stadium.The fit-again Charlie Austin, back in the Rangers starting line-up, sent an effort over the bar, as did Daniel Tozser and Yun Suk-Young.At the other end, James Perch produced a last-ditch challenge to deny Johnny Russell, and Jacob Butterfield fired over before keeper Rob Green was able to comfortably gather mis-hit shot from Andreas Weimann.Chris Martin had a decent opportunity for the Rams shortly before half-time but his glancing header from Russell’s cross drifted wide.Rangers boss Chris Ramsey opted to pack the midfield, restoring lone striker Austin, Perch and Alejandro Faurlin to his starting line-up and bringing in Yun in a wide-left role – the South Korean’s first appearance of the season.Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Tjaronn Chery and Massimo Luongo are absent for Rangers, who are without the injured Clint Hill.QPR: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky, Henry, Faurlin, Tozser, Yun, Phillips, Austin.Subs: Smithies, Angella, Fer, Hoilett, Doughty, Polter, Blackwood.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
20 May 2015Saying a resolute #NotToXenophobia by their very presence at this year’s National Arts Festival, Zimbabwe’s leading dance company Tumbuka will be staging a production that explores the “Zimbabwean self, focusing on the masculine presence, through dance, movement and space”.South Africa’s biggest arts event runs from 2 to 12 July in Grahamstown. Portrait of Myself as My Father was co-created by New York-based Zimbabwean performer/choreographer Nora Chipaumire in 2014 when she visited Zimbabwe as part of a research tour of four African cities supported by the New York Live Arts Suitcase fund.Since the company’s inception in the early 1990s under the dynamic leadership of British choreographer Neville Campbell, Tumbuka have been making bold and passionate statements. Narrated through a uniquely Zimbabwean movement vocabulary that is at once vigorous, energetic and direct, they have tackled social issues ranging from the AIDS struggle, to Rwandan genocide, to first-hand accounts of the dire economic situation in Zimbabwe.“With contemporary dance you can talk about anything in life,” says Tumbuka dancer Mathias Julius. “Any issue that we need to talk about, we do.”“kuTumbuka” is a Shona word meaning “to flower or bloom” and this is a company that truly lives up to its name. Tumbuka rose to international acclaim in the 1990s, touring extensively throughout Africa and Europe. But the company almost collapsed in the early 2000s, with the withdrawal of donor funding and many of the country’s leading dancers leaving for elsewhere.Undeterred, they have battled on under impossible circumstances to keep dance alive in Zimbabwe. They return to the National Arts Festival this year with fresh energy following a winning performance of Portrait of Myself as My Father at the Johannesburg Dance Umbrella in February.“Chipaumire spent two months in the studio with the Tumbuka dancers in a research process that explored Zimbabwean movement and identity, the culmination of which is a 50-minute work for 10 dancers and three musicians,’ says Tumbuka Dance Company spokesperson Anna Morris. “She donated her work to the Tumbuka repertoire in an effort to help us emerge from a decade of difficulty and re-establish our identity as a premier African contemporary dance company.”In Portrait of Myself as My Father, Chipaumire “celebrates masculinity, male presence and representation, the black African body and performance”.Breaking through the current fearful climate of xenophobia to bring Grahamstown audiences the best of contemporary Zimbabwean expression, Tumbuka’s performances at this year’s National Arts Festival are bound to be heartstopping.Source: Mational Arts Festival
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) honored conservation leaders from across the country during the organization’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn. at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.The NACD along with the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) “Olin Sims Conservation Leadership Award” is presented annually to an individual, district or organization that has gone above and beyond in promoting conservation on private lands. This year’s award was presented by Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Acting Chief Leonard Jordan to Kris Swartz, a Wood Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Supervisor.Swartz is a fifth-generation farmer from Perrysburg, Ohio. He and his wife, Sue, operate a 2,000-acre farm in Wood County where they grow soybeans, corn and wheat. Swartz is the past president of the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD). Under his leadership, Ohio became one of the leading states in adding Soil Health Champions to NACD’s Soil Health Champion Network. Additionally, his efforts have brought more attention, funding, training, and education centered on water quality, 4Rs, and nutrient stewardship activities carried out by Ohio’s SWCDs.“I am deeply honored to receive this award,” Swartz said. “This award belongs to my conservation family in Ohio and our efforts to strive daily to make a positive impact on our soils and water,” continued Swartz. “Thanks to NACD and NRCS for this recognition. Our collaboration is vitally important as we seek to keep lands productive and waters clean for future generations.”AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Kris Swartz about winning the Olin Sims Conservation Leadership Award.NACD Winner Kris Swartz
The origin of a radical ideaThis week at the Forum on Dry Climate Home Performance, Rick gave a short talk on the difference between what the models show and whas actually been achieved, and he concluded by suggesting seven measures which he believes should be required in California. The measures originated from some deep thinking he did upon re-reading Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System by Donella Meadows while he was on vacation last year. In that paper, Meadows argues that your best bet at achieving transformation is to change the paradigm. The least effective avenue is through standards and codes. RELATED ARTICLES How to Install Flex Duct ProperlyThe 7 Biggest Opportunities for HVAC ContractorsEnergy Modeling Isn’t Very AccurateAll About Furnaces and Duct SystemsKeeping Ducts IndoorsReturn-Air ProblemsSealing DuctsDuct Leakage Testing Four steps to transformationAs Rick thought about those nagging questions, he realized that four things needed to happen.1. We have to pay attention to human nature. People will take the easier path when there are no negative consequences for doing so.2. Move from energy models to reality. At the Dry Climate Forum this week, “modeling” has been taboo. It’s referred to here as “the M word,” and speakers who talk about it risk not being invited back to the conference. These folks are into measured results.3. Take the narrative away from the box manufacturers. Most installed HVAC systems perform like crap because HVAC companies follow the lead of the manufacturers, who just push the heating and cooling equipment and ignore the distribution side and commissioning.4. Train the workforce. A great many of the installers and technicians are woefully undertrained in proper installation of HVAC systems. Rick Chitwood’s proposed seven mandatory measuresRick works in California, which has a lot of requirements due to their building code, Title 24. One of those requirements is for HERS raters to do Title 24 compliance inspections and verification, and most builders, according to Rick, would like to eliminate the cost of that third-party verification.Here’s his seven-step plan to accomplish that objective and, at the same time, transform the construction industry in California.1. When modeling, downrate HVAC performance 50%. You can get credit for the other 50% by measuring full delivered performance once the system is installed.2. Post the energy model results where everyone can see them. Energy compliance documentation includes predicted energy use in each category (heating, cooling, domestic hot water, baseload) in dollars (based on site energy use and the current rate structure) and these predictions must be posted on the electrical panel in every new home.3. Publish energy modeling results and identify stakeholders. Place predictions (numbers from the computer models) for every new home in the registry and list the builder, energy consultant, HVAC contractor, and insulation/air sealing contractor. Make this information public.4. Assure quality and hold stakeholders accountable. Installers should test the delivered performance of their work on every system and record the results to the registry. Eliminate all HERS verification. Have the California Energy Commission do quality assurance on 1 in 100 systems. If cheating or errors occur every system installed in the last year must be tested — at the contractor’s expense.5. Register actual disaggregated energy usage for every house every year. Compare actual with predicted.6. Exempt home builder from Title 24 requirements if builder claims net zero energy and registers the actual performance every year. Registry is public info and home is connected to the builder, energy consultant, HVAC contractor, and insulation/air sealing contractor.7. Every builder pays the utility bills on every home he builds for the first three years of occupancy. The best way to create a system that works well, Rick told me, is not to adopt the wrong paradigms in the first place. “That was me. I never learned the conventional HVAC approach. I didn’t learn the bad habits.” Imagine home builders paying the energy billsI think the last of his seven measures has the power to reconstruct the construction industry. It is absolutely brilliant. I don’t know how much of a chance he has of getting this adopted, but wow, what a change it would bring if he’s successful. In California, it really could work because the builders would get some benefits by doing away with the current third-party verification system.Just imagine how energy efficient new homes would become if builders were on the hook for the first three years of energy bills! It wouldn’t take them long to get all the air sealing, duct sealing, HVAC location, and insulation effectiveness right.Can this work outside California? Maybe. It may sound onerous to home builders initially because they’d see it as another cost they’re asked to bear. But I think the good ones would jump on it.In fact, it could even become something that builders do voluntarily as a sales tool. They probably wouldn’t do a full three years in that case, but home buyers would certainly take notice of a home that comes with the first year’s energy bills covered by the builder. It’s really the next logical step from guaranteed energy bills, which some companies offer.What do you think? Three questions have been nagging at Rick Chitwood over the past 5 or 6 years. First, why is the HVAC industry in California, where he lives and works, so pathetic?Second, why have California’s strict energy standards, which have been in effect since 1978, not corrected the problem?Third, how is it that he, who came to the HVAC business through a nontraditional route, has become a leader in the industry? Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.
Looking for more filmmaking inspiration? Check out these articles.How the Buddy Comedy Continues to Enamor AudiencesHow the Team Behind Thor: Ragnarok Crafted an Epic Action FilmHow David Fincher Shot and Edited Netflix’s “Mindhunter”Learn How Legendary Filmmaker David Fincher Tracks His CharactersHow to Stylize Your Cinematography Like Wes Anderson Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film (Titan) — $39.95Typically, art books from comic book films feature little to no informational text on the making of the film itself. However, Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film breaks away from that norm and offers full, written breakdowns about crafting the world of the movie.The book, unlike others on the list, often uses photography stills rather than concept art to showcase a specific design or production breakdown. While more concept art would be great, the production stills are a welcome change. This title also offers 3D renders of sets to show you the full scale of some of the sets the filmmakers used.The Making of Dunkirk (Titan Books) — $46.65The Making of Dunkirk is very much a filmmaker’s book. It documents the full making of the historical epic — the title isn’t even The Art of Dunkirk, it’s The Making of Dunkirk, and it often reads like a biography rather than a volume of concept art.The book delves deep into the production of the film, covering issues such as procuring ships and planes from that era and production difficulties — like rigging an ARRI to the wing of a Spitfire.A surprising rarity among art books, The Making of Dunkirk also explores the film’s post-production. (Sound design and scoring are at the forefront of that chapter.) This volume is a real complement to the film, and if we never receive a “making-of” documentary, this is the next best thing. The Art and Soul of Blade Runner 2049 (Titan) — $39.95One of the first things you’ll notice about The Art and Soul of Blade Runner 2049 is its size. It’s 2cm taller and 6cm wider, which allows you to appreciate the finer details of this dystopian world.Blade Runner 2049 was arguably one of the most stylistic feature films of 2017. (Considering the film is a sequel to one of the most stylistic and influential sci-fi films of all time, it was always going to be spectacular.) The Art and Soul of Blade Runner 2049 offers an informative look at the making-of the sequel, from the design of the technology to intricate designs such as the neon adverts.Filmmaking aside, the book also gives readers more about the environment and lore of the world of Blade Runner 2049, since the mythos of Blade Runner 2049, for the most part, is only available in the two films, unlike Star Wars and Marvel titles. In The Art and Soul of Blade Runner 2049, we explore characters and locations and additional information not present in the film.Like The Making of Dunkirk, this book also dives into the production aspect of the film. It offers insight into the construction of the sets, location lighting, and the production challenges of making this film.The Art of Guardians of The Galaxy Volume 2 and The Art of Thor: Ragnorak (Marvel Worldwide) — $50.00The Marvel art books typically don’t offer as much production insight as the other books on our list. You can browse through 5-10 pages and read fewer than a dozen paragraphs of text. The books are very concept art-heavy, but as Thor: Ragnorak and GoTG V2 are visual spectacles, you’ll find a heap of inspirational art with outstanding character and production design on every page.For aspiring set designers, VFX artists, costume designers, prop makers, and other filmmakers, these books are a treasure trove of information. As I mentioned in the introduction, films adapted from comic books often have an abundance of material to work with, and as a result, you’ll find many, many character designs throughout. It’s often daunting to see how many choices the filmmakers began with, and how a given character would have ended up completely different if the director went with design three over design five.It’s important to note that Marvel art books are often printed in limited runs, and once they sell out, that’s it. Some of them can become as expensive as the older comics they are based on. Now that we’ve all made it through 2017, let’s take a look back at the best, most inspirational film art books of the year.For the past few years, companion film art and making-of books have risen in popularity. They’re the perfect tie-in merchandise that reels in a variety of consumers: the collector, the super fan, the filmmaker, and the artist.Art books rose to prominence with the surge of comic book movies. Because many comic characters have dozens of costumes and aliases, there’s a lot of design to draw from — and with that, a lot of design work to fill a book. However, over the last decade, we’ve also seen art books accompany films outside of the animated and superhero genres, such as Dunkirk and Mad Max: Fury Road.With that said, let’s have a look at some of the best books of 2017.The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Abrams) — $40Since the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in 2015, each Star Wars film has inspired an art book published by Abrams Books (No tie to TFA director J.J. Abrams). Unsurprisingly, these books are the crème de la crème of art books. Rich with pre-production notes and concept art, production highlights, and composite renders from post-production, the book is full of information for all kinds of filmmakers. From cinematographers to costume designers, filmmakers everywhere can draw inspiration from these books.Unlike many other books in this list, the books from the Art of Star Wars series are text-heavy. Author Phil Szostak digs incredibly deep into the process of making a Star Wars film, and you’ll often find written contributions from the filmmakers themselves. Each chapter explores the stunning visual world created by the artists at Lucasfilm, and most importantly, there’s even a page dedicated to the creation of Porgs.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Calvin Abueva came off the bench to shoot 22 points, grab 14 rebounds and block two shots that pumped up the Fuel Masters no end as a total of seven players finished in twin digits in scoring for Alas.Painters triumphIn the second game, James Yap came off the bench to score 21 points while Javee Mocon added a career-high 18 points and 16 rebounds as Rain or Shine turned back San Miguel Beer, 108-98, and bounce back from its first loss in the conference.The Elasto Painters used a huge second quarter to gain control before fending off several uprisings by the Beermen and get back on track losing to Blackwater, 111-99.The Elite were so off that had it not been for a momentary loss of focus on the part of the Fuel Masters, they would have been blown off the floor beyond recognition.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “It’s not the way you start. We have to sustain this,” Alas said after his Fuel Masters ran roughshod over Blackwater, 114-95, at Ynares Center here, to stay in the elimination round lead and remain the only unbeaten team in the lot.The Fuel Masters opened up a 19-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back, fattening the gap to as large as 37 on the way to rising to 4-0 and dealing the Elite their third loss in four games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We didn’t expect this outcome; we were actually worried coming into this game,” he said as the smile couldn’t be wiped off his face because of another reason that took place earlier on Friday.“We played flawless defense [in the game], although we had some lapses [in the fourth period],” said Alas, who became a grandfather for the first time to baby girl Kamy. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Krauss Two boxers off the list Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Calvin Abueva. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Louie Alas refuses to dwell in Phoenix Pulse’s early PBA Philippine Cup success.That’s because Alas knows what he’s talking about.ADVERTISEMENT Mike DiGregorio, who scored 27 points in the Elite’s 111-99 upset of Rain or Shine just a couple of nights back, was held to five points on 1-for-10 shooting from the floor.Phoenix also dished out 29 assists, an eye-popping number considering that the Fuel Masters were in the tail-end of that department in the conference.Alas will have a week to plot his game plan for the Fuel Masters’ next outing, which will be against NLEX, as his charges brace for a rough stretch where they will clash with the tournament heavyweights.“We’re looking for five straight [wins],” he declared. “But we have to address our bad tendencies when we get big leads.”Alas has legitimate reason to be guardedly optimistic about his team’s scorching start.Phoenix also started out hot in the last Governors’ Cup but lost steam when it mattered, losing a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals to Meralco.And that’s what this team would want to erase here.Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra looks to snap a two-game slide when it slugs it out with Columbian in the main game of an interesting Petron Saturday Special double-header also at the Antipolo venue.Tip-off is at 6:45 p.m.The Road Warriors, on the other hand, shoot for their first winning streak when they battle sister team Meralco at 4:30 p.m. LATEST STORIES View comments
Jonathan Kodjia to be fit for Aston Villa clash with Brightonby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJonathan Kodjia could be fit for Aston Villa’s clash with Brighton.The striker has not featured for more than two months after suffering an ankle injury in the 3-1 opening day defeat at Tottenham, before then breaking a cheekbone in a freak training ground accident. The Express & Star says Kodjia has now been training for more than a fortnight wearing a specially designed mask and is ready to fight for a place in the squad for the match against the Seagulls.The 29-year-old is now behind both Wesley and Keinan Davis in the pecking order but will provide boss Dean Smith with further competition up front.Villa are stepping up preparations for the weekend as they look to kick on after their excellent 5-1 win at Norwich prior to the international break. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say