Premier League Golden Boot: 2016/17 winner and top 10 REVEALED

first_img 3. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – The Chile forward scored 24 Premier League goals in 2016/17 12 The Premier League season is finally over, which means it’s time for all the individual awards to be handed out.The biggest award is arguably the Golden Boot, which is handed to the player who scored most league goals across the course of the season.So, just who was the Premier League’s most prolific goalscorer in 2016/17?You can see the top 10 scorers, and the Golden Boot winner, by clicking the right arrow, above… =10. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) – click the right arrow to see the top 10 Premier League scorers for the 2016/17 season – Benteke scored 15 Premier League goals in 2016/17 =10. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) – England striker Defoe scored 15 Premier League goals in 2016/17 12 12 1. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – The England striker scored 29 Premier League goals in 2016/17, winning the Golden Boot =8. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – The Belgium winger scored 16 Premier League goals in 2016/17 12 =10. Fernando Llorente (Swansea City) – The Spain forward scored 15 Premier League goals in 2016/17 =4. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – The Argentina striker scored 20 Premier League goals in 2016/17 6. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) – The England midfielder scored 18 Premier League goals in 2016/17 12 12 =8. Joshua King (Bournemouth) – King scored 16 Premier League goals in 2016/17 12 =4. Diego Costa (Chelsea) – Spain striker Costa scored 20 Premier League goals in 2016/17 2. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – Belgium’s Lukaku scored 25 Premier League goals in 2016/17 7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) – Sweden’s Ibrahimovic scored 17 Premier League goals in 2016/17 12 12 12 12 12last_img read more

Fifa mulls ‘easier’ 2010 tickets for locals

first_img18 January 2010The 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) confirmed this week that moves are afoot to change the way tickets are sold in South Africa in order to accommodate local fans.Speaking to BuaNews, LOC chief executive Danny Jordaan said they had raised the matter with Fifa and that it would be discussed at the next executive meeting to be held in Zurich.At the moment, tickets can be bought by filling in application forms at First National Bank (FNB) branches or fans can apply for tickets online.The process has sparked an outcry from football fans, who complain that it is just too complicated to secure tickets for Africa’s first world cup tournament.Unfamiliar technologySome soccer analysts have also pointed out that ordinary soccer supporters in South African may not be familiar with the internet and other technology used to apply for World Cup tickets.“We are definitely in the process of changing this and as a member of the ticketing committee, I am confident that Fifa will understand our position,” Jordaan said, adding that fans can expect to buy their tickets over the counter from April.Jordaan cautioned though, that people should not wait for that time and should in the meantime use the current process to purchase their tickets: “If you wait for that time, there is danger that there will be few or no tickets at all,” he said.Around 50% of the three-million tickets made available by Fifa have been sold.The move comes with only a week before the closing of the third ticket sales phase for the general public on 22 January.New sales phaseMeanwhile, Fifa also announced the creation of a new sales phase between 9 February and 7 April, to ensure that fans from the qualified associations have more time and easier access to tickets to watch their teams.The arrangement will only cater for supporters of the participating member associations and add to previously taken measures directed at South African residents.“Only one such phase had previously been planned, starting on 5 December 2009 and closing on 13 January 2010. This sales phase will run at the same time as the fourth sales phase for the general public carried out via and the FNB branches (in South Africa only) and will operate on a first-come-first-served basis,” said Fifa.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Brand South Africa proud of South Africa’s competitive bid for SKA

first_imgBrand South Africa would like to congratulate the Department of Science and Technology; the SA SKA bid team, and Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor, on their success in hosting the Square Kilometre Array, in partnership with Australia.Brand South Africa CEO, Miller Matola, says that South Africa is thrilled with the opportunity to share the hosting of the SKA as the partnership with Australia will open up new avenues for skills development as well as ideas and cultural exchange.“The SKA will bring advancements of astro-sciences to both countries and facilitate knowledge sharing between young and older astronomy and cosmology experts. The opportunity to share the SKA with Australia will also highlight the benefits of partnerships on a global scale, and will improve industry cohesion and co-development in astronomy and other related fields.”In addition to the SKA, South Africa’s plans to focus on developing the field of astronomy will be enhanced by the MeerKAT project in the Northern Cape. The MeerKAT is a powerful scientific tool in its own right and it will attract the best scientists and engineers to work in Africa and will provide unrivalled opportunities for scientists and engineers across the continent and the country.Matola adds that the building of the MeerKAT will also spearhead the Department of Science and Technology’s campaign to introduce astronomy to scholars and students across the country, and develop and retain human capital in the field of science and engineering.“We thank the bid committee for giving us and our African partners the platform to bring the stars and the universe closer to the leaders and explorers of tomorrow. SKA funding and infrastructure will encourage our scholars and students to take up science and technology subjects, and a new class of scientists will be developed. The SKA will showcase the innovation from African communities and will embolden career interest in the diverse field of physics and cosmology.”last_img read more

South Africa turns to jobless for its War on Leaks

first_imgThe War on Leaks campaign will train 15 000 young people to mend leaking taps and pipes and help the country save R7 billion in water.Trainees had to have a minimum of matric or an N3 certificate and a science and math background before being accepted for training. (Image: GovZA)Brand South Africa reporterA total of 15 000 young people with the minimum qualification of Grade 12 matric or N3 with maths and science, will be trained for campaign called War on Leaks, set up to save water through stopping water leaks.It was launched by President Jacob Zuma on 28 August in Port Elizabeth. South Africa is said to lose more than R7-billion worth of water annually because of leaking taps and pipes.Given this, the youngsters will be trained to fix leaking taps. They will do repairs, retrofitting and replacements. They will also be able to identify aged infrastructure, one of the causes of the problem.Zuma said the programme was expected to be rolled out countrywide. “Our key message to you today is that we must save water. Water is not unlimited. If we do not look after it, we will lose it.”It was everyone’s responsibility to save water. “When you see a leaking tap, close it. When you see a leaking pipe on the road, inform the authorities. Nobody should waste water; it is very scarce.”A long-term national water plan was needed to address the country’s future needs regarding water and sanitation, he added.Through War on Leaks, the government would train unemployed young people as water agents. “They will be responsible for visiting communities to investigate water leaks and to teach people to save water,” said the president.“We will also train plumbers who will assist to do a number of things such as reducing water losses and repairing the sources of the leaks.”Training is followed by community outreach to find and fix leaks and teach people how to save water. (Image: GovZA)Training will take place in three phases: in phase one, 3 000 people will be trained in the 2015/16 financial year; in phase two, 5 000 will be trained in 2016/17; and in phase three, 7 000 will be trained in 2017/18. About R680- million has been budgeted for the campaign in the current financial year.In addition, Zuma said the Department of Water and Sanitation had committed funding for the construction of the Nooitgedacht Water Scheme, which would boost the water supply to the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality.Construction had started and the scheme was scheduled for completion in February 2017.Earlier in the day, the president visited the home of Cynthia Ncapayi in Zwide. The family’s water bill ran into several thousands of rand and it had been discovered that water leaks were to blame for the consumption figures. The family was unable to pay the high bill.Similar cases are being reported throughout the municipality’s townships and metro.Municipal capacityWater and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said 27 district municipalities in the country were in a dire state in terms of water capacity.“Working together with the water boards, we will train youngsters, give them accreditation through [sector education and training authorities] and they will be attached to our different water boards. That will help us with capacity.”Many young people, she added, would also be placed in district municipalities where interventions were needed.Over and above the first 3 000 trainees, Mokonyane told the SABC, a further 1 000 trainees had been targeted to ” deal with the cleaning of our dams, the cleaning of infrastructure in KwaZulu-Natal”.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training will continue

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are still getting a lot of questions about Fertilizer Certification from farmers.As a reminder, your legislators recently passed two laws regarding the application of fertilizer and manure. Remember, our legislators are in place to represent the voting public of the state of Ohio. Ohio State University is not a regulatory agency; our goal is to deliver unbiased, fact-based information. We were invited by the Ohio Department to conduct the training for your fertilizer certification. We have been delivering research-based information on managing nutrients for 100 years.Before 2014 we had laws in place only for large animal feeding operations to set manure application limits, and for fertilizer we only counted the tons used in the state. Since 2014 we now have a law based on Senate Bill 150 outlining the requirement to be certified to apply fertilizer — fertilizer meaning nutrients with an analysis. In 2015 legislators passed SB 1 (apparently it was their first priority of the year) to limit fertilizer and manure applications in northwest Ohio. This bill also brought state-wide requirements for certification if you apply manure from a concentrated animal feeding operation.A third change legislators brought in House Bill 64 — the budget bill of 2016-17 — was to move the Soil & Water Conservation Districts to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The former SWCDs are now within ODA as the Division of Soil & Water Conservation. This places an office of the Department of Agriculture in every county in the state.Senate Bill 150 gives Ohio farmers until September 30, 2017 to become certified to apply fertilizer. We are now in April of 2016, and at the end of the winter meeting season, meaning you have next winter to become certified. This site gives more details on the legal issues: State University Extension is delivering the educational programs. We have delivered more than 150 programs around the state for over 10,000 attendees so far. From estimates within OSU Extension, we think perhaps about 20,000 may need fertilizer certification. From a conversation with Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Daniels last week, there are probably many more who need the certification.Record keeping requirements start when you receive your yellow Fertilizer Applicator Certificate. If you are a farmer you maintain the records for three years. If you are a dealer and apply the fertilizer, you maintain the records for three years and supply a copy of the record to the grower who purchased the nutrients.Within 24 hours of any nutrient application, record: Name of fertilizer certificate holder Name of applicator working under direct supervision of certificate holder (if any) Date of application Location (field ID, farm) Fertilizer analysis (such as 11-52-0) Rate of fertilizer application (in pounds per acre) and total amount applied Fertilizer application method (surface-applied, incorporated, etc.) Soil conditions For surface applications only: is ground frozen or snow covered? Temperature and precipitation during application Weather forecast for day following applicationOne very good place to get and print weather records and a forecast is I had a call last week from a grower who forgot to record the weather information for his nutrient application in February when we had that dry spell. One site I have found to look at for past weather forecasts is on Weather Underground. Go to, click on “More” near the top of the page and then choose “Historical” to see past weather information. But I am not sure this is a “good” record; remember the intention is that you will gather this information before the application.One other item almost buried in SB 150 was the development of nutrient management plans. To me this may be the best way to manage our nutrient loss concerns — consulting with a nutrient management planner at the Soil & Water office, with a consultant, with Extension, with NRCS or a retailer can find those most likely areas of loss and help to reduce them.last_img read more

GIFF starts this weekend – log your Will Attend now!

first_imgThe smell of popcorn in the air, gnomes dancing everywhere… it can only mean one thing: It’s time for the 2017 Geocaching International Film Festival!From November 2-6, the 17 never-before-seen GIFF finalist films will make their international debuts on hundreds of screens all over the world. Some GIFF events will be cozy—like this outdoor GIFF barbecue party in Tokyo. Some events will be extravagant—like this Spanish movie night hosted by one of this year’s finalists. All GIFF events will show this year’s hilarious, dramatic, and poignant geocaching films. And if you need one more reason to love GIFF: attending any official GIFF event will earn you the GIFF 2017 souvenir!Don’t miss your chance at popcorn, films, and GIFFy fun… explore this live map of all official GIFF events to find one near you. Tag your GIFF stories and photos with #geocachingfilmfestival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for a chance to have them shared on the official Geocaching channels!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGIFF starts this weekend — log your Will Attend now!November 6, 2018In “News”GIFF Weekend 2015August 24, 2015In “GIFF”Calling all filmmakers! Submit your film to GIFF 2017.March 13, 2017In “Community”last_img read more

How to Create Hand Drawn Text in Adobe After Effects

first_imgIn this After Effects video tutorial you’ll learn how to create a stop motion pen animation in After Effects!Breathe life into your text with a stop motion write-on animation in After Effects. Hand drawn text is fun and playful, making it appropriate for wide variety of subject matter and video projects.In the following tutorial you’ll discover that it’s quite easy to create an organic hand drawn effect in AE. Using only the tools that are within After Effects (no third party plugins required), you can create the hand drawn effect using simple expressions and the AE pen tool.Pick up lots of little tricks here to make the hand drawn effect appear more organic. For instance, AE expressions are added to the background paper layer to pull of the stop motion effect.Check out the full hand drawn text in After Effects tutorial (best viewed full screen) or read the full video transcript below: [color-box color=”gray”]In this After Effects tutorial we will be faking stop motion animation using a fake ballpoint pen. I’m Evan Abrams from You don’t even need multiple pieces of paper or a real ballpoint pen. So, let’s open up After Effects and start faking stop motion animation. Inside After Effects, the first thing we’re going to do is create a new composition, and we’re going to go with the HDTV 1080 24 frames a second preset, duration 30 seconds. Now, we’ll also need a paper background, so, go ahead and import one of those and we’ll drag that out to be on the composition.It’s best if you use paper textures that are larger than the frame of the composition. In this case, this one is “3,000 by 4,000,” which goes well beyond the bounds of the frame. And we’re just going to apply a “curves” to it and push the curves up to lighten it and we’ll apply as well a tint because we’re not interested in any of the color information. And, because we’re going to be faking a stop motion type effect, we’re going to change it’s position and rotation to have expressions on them. Those expressions are going to be wiggle and then 10 times a second and, in the case of the position, it’s going to wiggle 8 pixels and, in the case of the rotation, it’s going to wiggle 0.25 degrees.So, you can see every frame it’s slightly different and you might want to amplify this effect to be more significant if you want it to appear like it’s much more different pieces of paper every time. So, there we go, and that is the paper taken care of, so, lock that layer so we don’t disturb it and now we’re going to create the lines of the ballpoint pen that are drawing onto the paper. So, we do that by creating a text layer and typing out a guide, in this case, simply using the word guide, and then scale it up to be the size you need and use the align panel to align it to where you’d like or position it by hand. Now, if you’d like, you can go layer, create shapes from text and it’ll create outlines around the outside of the shape, but what I’d like to is to use the pen tool to create a more hand-drawn look by just clicking and drawing a path.So, make sure you have nothing selected, and then just click and draw and it will create a new shape layer for you as you draw. I’m just using the Bebas Neue font as a guide in order to draw down this new shape. So, it’s created a shape layer and it’s put a shape inside it with a path. I’m going to change it’s stroke color to be a white, a pure white, and the stroke size is good at 10. So, keep that layer selected, go back to the pen tool and then draw out the rest of the shapes, keeping in mind that you want to draw them similar to how a hand would draw them with different curves and slight differences in how they start and stop, kind of flowing them into each other, perhaps putting things like little curves in the corners and overlap when they end.So, now we have our lines and however you’ve generated that shape layer is not necessarily important. You don’t need to look at the guide anymore, so that can go away. And now we will change the stroke to be something we can see on the paper, so a nice, dark color, even pure black will work for this. And what we’re going to do is we are going to animate on this text using the trim paths, so just add trim paths, it’ll add trim paths to each of the shapes, and we’ll change it from simultaneously to individually and set the ends to be 0, put a key frame there, move ahead to approximately 3 seconds, and set a key frame as 100% complete.So, as you can see, the layers are drawing on and they draw on in the order from top to bottom, so you may have to change the order to make sure that they’re going in the order you expected. And when you watch them play back, everything looks pretty good and normal. Now, styling this is very important. Now, all of the styling comes down to the effects that you applied to it. So, we’re going to use a roughen edges, and a roughen edges, as you can see, is just going to change the consistency of the line, and we’re going to change the scale here down to 20, so it’s a lot rougher. And that roughness is meant to simulate the ink bleeding into the paper.And then we are also going to be changing it’s evolution here. In the evolutions options, hold down ALT, click on random seed and then type in wiggle 10 comma 8 so that it’s constantly changing on every frame what it looks like. And the next thing to do is to add to it a wiggle paths, again back into the shape stack where you can add things. And the wiggle paths causes the path itself to change, so, not only are we change the thickness to be variable, we’re changing the line itself to be variable. Now, we’re just going to change the size to be down to 2 and the detail is probably good at 8, and instead of corner we would like it to be smooth.That’s good. Now, we can have it’s wiggles per second go at about 25, or 10, or something very similar to the variation we have elsewhere. So that’s causing variation in the line. Now, we’re also going to add to this a turbulent displace, which causes larger displacements. So we’re going to change its amount to be 1, its size to be 350, and we are going to change its evolution options to, again, change that random seed to be wiggling 10 times a second, 8 units. And you can see that it’s bulging and changing with that addition. Now, the next thing we want to do is change its position and rotation to also have wiggles on them. So, hold down ALT and click on the stopwatch for those and we’re going to set them to wiggle 10times a second. And, in terms of the position, we’re only going to change that by 2 pixels and we are going to copy and paste that to the rotation and, instead of 2 degrees, it’s going to be 3.25 degrees.So, it’s moving and changing a little bit on every frame. Now, to make this really look like pen, it has to kind of sink in and blur it more to the paper. So, we’re going to take this shape layer and we’re going to precompose it, you can do that by going layer, selecting pre-compose, or Control Shift C or Command Shift C, and we’re going to name this “pen strokes” and we’re going to duplicate this twice. On the topmost layer we’re going to leave it as-is, but we’re going to layer, layer styles and we’re going to add a bevel and emboss to it. And what this will do is create that shiny, indented look by changing it from up to down, and change it’s size by down to 3. You can see here, at the bottom, it’s getting kind of a glossy indent.And then to the layer below it we would like to apply fast blur to it, setting its blurriness to something like 5 pixels, and then copy that fast blur and apply it to the pen stroke below it and we’ll set that up to 10. Just zoom in here and have a look at how deep your pen gouge is into the paper and maybe just change it to be not as deep. Maybe 25% deep could be good so it really looks like something as been pressed in there but not somuch that it looks comical. Now, last thing to do is take all of those, change them set to be multiply except for the top layer, which can remain as normal, and we’re going to change their opacities to be down at 60 because it doesn’t need to be totally, fully bright. You might want to goin and adjust that the alpha of these to be slightly more blob-like. So, you can do that by applying a fast blur, setting the blurriness to 2, and then applying a curves to that layer and affect it’s alpha to be more contrasting. And then, when you go back, you can see it become a little bit more blob-like in how the ink is behaving. So, we you play that back, we have this nice, stop motion movement of everything and it looks plausibly like stop motion pen.So, the last thing to do is put on a new solid, set it to be black, make it the composition size, and we’ll just apply a vignette using an ellipse path that is set to subtract, then alter it to have a feather of 960 and an expansion of, roughly, 450 and you are all done. This has been Evan Abrams for, your source for royalty-free music and sound effects. Stop by the blog to see more tips and tricks in After Effects and other applications and I’ll see you next time for more tutorials. I’m Evan Abrams and thanks for watching.[/color-box]last_img read more

Officer who probed Sohrabuddin case seeks voluntary retirement

first_imgGujarat-cadre IPS officer Rajnish Rai, who had probed the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case and arrested three senior police officers — Rajkumar Pandian, D.G. Vanjara and Dinesh M.N. in 2007 — has reportedly sought voluntary retirement from service.The 1992-batch IPS officer is currently on central deputation and is posted in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, at the Counter Insurgency and Anti-Terrorism School of the CRPF. According to sources, Mr. Rai has written to the Gujarat government seeking premature retirement from service. The State government has received his application but is yet to forward it to the Centre.He is the second IPS officer to opt for retirement after Rahul Sharma, who had probed the 2002 Gujarat riots cases. Both these officers were at loggerheads with the State BJP government owing to their investigations into the Sohrabuddin case and 2002 riots cases.Transferred frequentlyIn 2014, Mr. Rai was sent on central deputation as Chief Vigilance Officer to Uranium Corporation of India at Jaduguda, Jharkhand, where he had exposed alleged corruption and financial irregularities. He was then transferred to Assam as IG, CRPF. There also he had in a report alleged that two operatives of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (S) were gunned down in a staged shooting by the Army, the Assam Police, the Sashastra Seema Bal and the CRPF in Chirang district. Following his report, the Home Ministry had set up a panel to probe the allegations of extrajudicial killings.last_img read more

India Today @ the Olympics: Welcome to London, but keep your wallets handy!

first_imgHaving heard horror stories about the preparedness of the Heathrow airport to handle huge passenger traffic, I moved towards the immigration officer with trepidation.No doubt, the lady officer behind the immigration counter was curt and wanted to clear me quickly, but she had to fully satisfy herself that the finger-print matching was done properly. These days, with the clock ticking away fast for the opening ceremony on July 27, nothing can be left to chance if you are entering London.Past immigration, getting the media accreditation card was also not a problem at all. It really came as a surprise how all this was happening so smoothly as athletes had complained they had to face long waits.But the bigger surprise was how the transportation by tube, or the Heathrow Express, into Paddington in central London was even more efficient. The fear of getting lost by official cabs was not there and in less than half an hour, five Indian mediapersons were in central London. The surprise did not end there as shared cabs were there for onward travel from central London to Stratford, where the Olympic Park is situated.Cabbies the world over like to talk. Mike, as the 64-year-old wanted to be called, was no different. Once he got talking, it was hard to stop him.He spoke of everything — recession, high prices of tickets for the London Olympics, how Stratford was a dirty area and now had been transformed.But his anger was aimed towards the London organisers (LOCOG) as he felt the tickets were overpriced. “It’s just too much paying 150 pounds per ticket for athletics and I have been told I will be allowed inside the arena for just three hours. Imagine, I spend 1,000 pounds for the family and it seems like a waste,” Mike thundered.advertisementThe mood all over London, where the pound sterling is such a strong currency, is similar. The commoner does feel tickets have been overpriced and of the million tickets up for sale, many have disappeared!That’s a story very similar to our own Commonwealth Games, where the organising committee first printed lesser number of tickets, which resulted in empty stands.Our cabbie Mike then went on to thank us for bringing sunny weather to London. After heavy showers for weeks, bright sunshine saw Londoners strip their woolens and dress lightly. He was again cautious when he said, “Don’t be fooled, one can never say when it will again start raining.”Finally, when I reached Stratford, the virtual Olympic hub in east London, I got a glimpse of the Olympic Stadium. Security was tight and like the Delhi cops, they were shooing us away from vantage points, minus the abuses.Stratford in itself is a sleepy suburb. A new shopping complex and plenty of commercial malls have come up in a big way, but the crowds aren’t huge really. Locals who live closer to the Olympic venues aren’t the ones who will be filling in the arenas as tickets are priced high and had to be booked in advance.Inside the high security Olympic Stadium complex, which also houses the international broadcast centre and the main press centre, the final coat of paint is being applied. There is a busy look and security is very tight. From wallets to cell phones, cameras and even wrist watches, everything is put through the scanner.Yes, the security personnel are courteous, but they do look worried as the crowds have started trooping in. Food outlets are getting ready and junk food stalls are bound to do good business.However, the worrying factor is a high price one has to pay for communication. Unlike New Delhi’s Commonwealth Games, where the data cards were free, here there’s a 180 pound sterling charge, which comes to almost Rs 16,000 for the entire fortnight.If you want to extend your stay for the Paralympics, it costs a bigger bomb. Welcome to London!last_img read more