It was a match that was envisaged to be a very competitive one; between two of the best sides in Europe.Barcelona faced Man United in the 2011 Champions League Final at Wembley as they searched for their second trophy in three years.Both teams were already domestic champions and were expected to produce a very close final.That’s exactly how the first half ended, with Wayne Rooney cancelling out Pedro’s opener for Barcelona.It was like night and day. While Man Utd kept themselves in the game in the first half, the Red Devils were played off the pitch in the second.Lionel Messi and David Villa scored to give Barcelona the win but even before the final whistle, United’s players were completely done.Barcelona ended with 63% of possession, 19 shots to Man Utd’s four and 12 shots on target to one for the Red Devils.The Blaugrana were so dominant it forced Wayne Rooney to beg Xavi for mercy.“That’s enough, you’ve won. You can stop playing the ball around now,” Rooney told Xavi, according to the Spaniard’s teammate, Sergio Busquets in an interview with The Guardian.Xavi confirmed this, saying Rooney approached him and pleaded with him.“It must have been around the 80-minute mark,” the Barcelona captain at the time said.
A Donegal man who poured petrol on himself before setting himself on fire, has died in hospital.The man, who was in his 60s, was rushed to St James Hospital in Dublin after the incident in Ballintra last night.The man suffered extensive burns and was flown to hospital in Dublin at 10pm. But despite exhaustive efforts to save his life, he passed away overnight. MAN WHO SET HIMSELF ON FIRE DIES IN HOSPITAL was last modified: August 6th, 2014 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Ballintradiesdonegalfirehospital
1 April 2014Cycling and walking are being promoted by the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport as a viable alternative to motorised transport, helping to reduce congestion and create cleaner and sustainable cities.The Gauteng Transport Commission hosted a cycling indaba in Boksburg on Monday to discuss non-motorised transport infrastructure in the province’s municipalities.There are plans to distribute 3 000 bicycles to scholar transport and to create 5km of cycle lanes in Vosloorus (east of Johannesburg) and 10km in Kaalfontein (north of Johannesburg), Octavia Mamabolo, spokesperson for the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport, said in a statement. This would help learners get to school safely and in reduced time.Mamabolo said the creation of a “dedicated network of high-quality pedestrian and cycling routes will promote social integration among city residents. Integrating cycling at public transport nodes by making cycling cool through awareness and mind-set change [would also help to promote integration].Integration“Amending relevant technical roads standards and planning requirements will also reduce road deaths, amounting to 40% of road fatalities, which occur at intersections and cost the public health system, police, traffic departments and third party claims to escalate.”The City of Joburg’s infrastructure roll-out programme includes the township of Alexandra in the north of Johannesburg by integrating walking, cycling and public transport.The plan is expected to improve the township’s pavements, and there will also be dedicated cycle paths and safe links to Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transport system.Mamabolo said the department acknowledged the need to shift to “a new paradigm and policy approach for making non-motorised transport a mode of choice for short distances as well as for recreation.”SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Crop scouting may transition from a boots-on-the-ground job to an artificial intelligence endeavor in the sky thanks to research from The Ohio State University (OSU) and investments made by the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) and soybean checkoff. Dr. Scott Shearer, professor and chair of OSU’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and his team are testing the use of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) in Ohio fields to automate the scouting process with data collected directly from the crop canopy.To dig deeper, OSC talked with Dr. Shearer about the project and the impact it could have on Ohio agriculture.Q: Tell us about your current work with AI and sUAS.A: We have developed a stinger platform suspended beneath a multi-rotor drone, or sUAS, to insert sensors into the crop canopy. These sensors capture high-resolution imagery from within the plant canopy, which can be used for real-time plant stress classification.Over the past two growing seasons, we have been scouting soybean fields and building an extensive image library of soybean crop stress imagery. Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs), AI algorithms used for image recognition, have been trained using the image library to support real-time classification of crop stress. The resulting CNN classifiers are being field tested for accuracy.Currently, the predominant sensing technique uses low-cost RGB cameras. However, additional work has been conducted this growing season to include a near-infrared spectroscopic sensor as well as tissue sampler, both suspended on the stinger beneath the drone.Q: How does this technology benefit Ohio soybean farmers?A: The direct benefit to Ohio soybean farmers is a more efficient and accurate scouting approach for improved crop health monitoring. Current scouting practices require the farmer to scout three or more locations within a field. However, the sUAS approach significantly expands the scout’s ability to monitor many more sites within a field and to automate the stress detection and specification process using AI.Ideally, farmers using this method will be alerted of stressors affecting their soybean crop sooner so they can implement corrective measures more quickly and preserve yield potential for improved profitability. This rapid assessment approach will move the industry toward a more prescriptive approach to crop stress management where economic thresholds are addressed on a refined spatial basis.Q: When do you anticipate this technology could be commercialized?A: Researchers and technology commercialization managers have been in contact with several venture capitalists and ag tech providers to explore commercialization options. The approach is somewhat constrained by the ability to develop regional and crop-specific reference libraries to train the CNN classifiers, so the value of this approach depends on who can develop those libraries. It’s likely the first commercial deployment of this system will occur within three to five years.This technology may be a few years from your farm, but there are many other innovations coming available every day to help improve the efficiency of your operation. Find out which technologies are currently working for other Ohio soybean farmers here.
The team behind the recent viral video walk us through how they created the sounds for the action micro-masterpiece.Top image via CorridorDigital.The most recent viral hit from the consistently brilliant Corridor Digital is the instant classic Nerf John Wick. The video captured everything we love about the recent smash action franchise with a twist of childlike wonder. Here at PremiumBeat, we’re big fans of Corridor and have mentioned them in the past for their unique take on tutorials and general filmmaking insight.They’ve been working on the John Wick video for some time, and the finished product was definitely worth the wait.There are so many awesome parts to this video, we were hoping and praying we’d get a peek at how Corridor created it, and lo and behold, Corridor’s secondary channel, SamandNiko, has recently uploaded a stellar behind-the-scenes look at how they created the sound design for the video.Creating the SoundsFor the sound design and sound mixing, the team used Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Audition. The video breaks down one of the key action scenes, showing how each individual effect and recording contributes to the full scene. The key point is this tutorial’s simplicity. At one point, the foley artist is literally using his finger to flick the dart, creating a impact sound. Brilliant. Corridor are forthcoming about the lack of resources and how a budget is the first hurdle — but that it shouldn’t keep you from creating engaging and believable content.Gear UsedZoom H4N — $189.95Aputure Diety Full Mic Kit — $429.00If you don’t have the money or time to create your own sounds, check out PremiumBeat’s full sound effects and music library.In addition to the insanely creative sound design for the project, SamandNiko also released a behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating the stunts. Seeing the two leads work out how to maneuver and load nerf guns in a stylish and graceful manner is entertaining in itself.Their channel is a shining example of how passion and hard work can yield huge results for low-budget filmmakers. Corridor has put out consistently good content for years and continues to push the boundaries of what being a content creator in this day and age can mean.What are some of your favorite Corridor Digital videos? Let us know in the comments.
After Katrina Kaif and Vidya Balan, it’s Rani Mukerji’s turn to do a lavani item number. She has done it in Aiyya and the song has been choreographed by Vaibhavi Merchant.”Rani does three item numbers in her dream in Aiyya. In this film, the girl has this habit of dreaming. One of her item numbers is a lavani song, again in her dream,” Sachin Kundalkar, director of the film, told IANS.”She was quite good with her lavani dance. She shared a great equation with Vaibhavi Merchant. She did rehearsals on the sets. So it’s a rapid, classical, sensuous lavani song,” he added.Co-produced by Anurag Kashyap and Viacom 18, the movie is said to be about a woman who finds a man desirable because he smells good. Rani plays a Marathi girl in the movie and is paired opposite southern star Prithvi Raj.Final editing of Aiyya has been locked and Kundalkar added that “final edit happened yesterday (Sunday), which was locked by Anurag Kashyap. He really liked the film”.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton midfielder Steven Alzate withdrawn from Colombia U23 squadby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Steven Alzate has been withdrawn from international duty for Colombia.Colombia have agreed the versatile Alzate, who was called into their under-23 squad for two friendly matches against Peru in Lima, should remain with Albion for treatment on a minor injury.Alzate, who signed a new contract on Friday, came off in the 88th minute in the 3-0 win over Spurs yesterday. Alireza Jahanbakhsh is also out of Iran’s squad due to injury.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton want transfer guru to replace Ross Wilsonby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton will seek to replace Ross Wilson after his departure for Rangers.Wilson, who had been director of football operations at St Mary’s, has officially left Saints to head north of the border after four years on the south coast and is expected to take up a similar role at Ibrox. The Daily Echo says Saints are comfortable with the structure they have and the personnel leading the other areas of the club, but feel they need a proven expert in player trading.There is clearly much work to be done to the squad to restore Saints to a team regularly battling for the top ten, starting with shifting on a large amount of deadwood while also trying to bring in enough quality within their budget to improve.Saints remain committed to manager Ralph Hasenhuttl and are fully bought into his plans and vision for the squad and are now seeking the right person to deliver for him.
Redshirt-sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (left), redshirt-junior quarterback Cardale Jones and redshirt-senior quarterback Braxton Miller share a laugh during OSU’s national championship celebration on Jan. 24 at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen two recent Heisman Trophy candidates and the reigning National Championship starter play quarterback for the same team, things could get ugly.But at Ohio State, “it’s all positive” between redshirt-senior Braxton Miller, redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett and redshirt-junior Cardale Jones, coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday.“If you watch the three of them, they’re always talking,” Meyer said.Miller — who has been in the top-10 in Heisman voting twice — was the undisputed starter heading into fall camp in 2014, but he tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder less than two weeks before the season started. That paved the way for Barrett to take the reigns of the OSU offense. After losing to Virginia Tech in his second start, the Wichita Falls, Texas, native led the Buckeyes to 10 straight wins.But Barrett ended up fracturing his ankle in the regular-season finale against Michigan, forcing him to miss the Buckeyes’ postseason run. Injury and all, he ended up in fifth place in Heisman voting.Jones replaced Barrett for the Big Ten Championship and the College Football Playoff, and picked up a 3-0 record as he led OSU to a national title.Now just three practices into spring camp, the trio is locked in an open competition for the starting job next season.Even though they’re competing every day, Meyer said the players have been supporting each other in practice.“I just happened to turn around and Braxton and J.T. are talking about football,” Meyer said. “And I saw Braxton walk up and hit Cardale, you know, tap him, ‘Nice job.’ And I just see that, that’s not common.”While the players are technically all in the race for playing time, only Jones is fully fit. Miller is still recovering from his shoulder surgery while Barrett’s ankle isn’t yet completely healed.Meyer said OSU’s medical staff has pulled back on Miller, but stressed that was for precautionary reasons. He added that Barrett has been ahead of schedule so far this spring.“J.T. is doing good, he’s doing more,” Meyer said. “I thought he would be much more limited but he’s getting every mini field and 7-on-7 rep.”As Barrett and Miller continue the rehabilitation process and Jones continues to grind, Meyer said, in general, everything is positive when it comes to his options at quarterback.“Talent, quality people, value to the program, investment in the program,” Meyer said. “Check, check, check, check.”But with all the positivity, there’s just one problem: Only one quarterback takes the field at a time.“It’s not like receiver where you can put three of them out there,” Meyer said. “That’s the only thing that’s starting to eat away at me a little bit.”Regardless of who ends up winning the battle, the Buckeyes are set to take the field against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va., to kick off the 2015 season.
Ohio State defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis is honored on the field for Senior Day. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFormer Ohio State defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis was selected as the No. 64 overall pick in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.A three-year starter for the Buckeyes, Lewis played in 55 games, playing in as many games as any Ohio State player in history. Lewis combined to rack up double-digit tackles for loss in both his final two season and accumulated 23.5 sacks during his college career. In 2016, Lewis was named the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and was a first-team All-Big Ten honoree, recording 10.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks. Lewis continued that success into his final season in Columbus, this time as a captain. He repeated as a first-team All-Big Ten lineman, recording 9.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Lewis recorded 122 inches on his broad jump and had a 35.5-inch vertical. Lewis did not participate in the 40-yard dash or bench press at the NFL combine due to the flu, but he worked out at Ohio State’s pro day.The Colts ended last season with 25 sacks, the second-fewest in the NFL. On the ground, they gave up 120.4 rushing yards per game, the seventh most in the league.Lewis and the Colts will open up the 2018 season on Sept. 9 with a matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.