Abedi Pele’s sons take Ghana into AFCON semi-finals

first_imgGhana, seeking a first Cup of Nations title since 1982, will play Cameroon next Thursday in Franceville for a final place.It will be a sixth consecutive semi-finals appearance for four-time champions Ghana, who were runners-up in 2010 to Egypt and in 2015 to the Ivory Coast.They overcame DR Congo without captain and striker Asamoah Gyan, who failed to recover from a thigh injury sustained in a group loss to Egypt four days ago. “We corrected some mistakes at half-time and were a totally different team in the second half,” Ghana coach Avram Grant told SuperSport.“Both our goals were fantastic, as was the one scored by Congo, who were a well organised team.”Although Ghana had more possession during a goalless first half, it was DR Congo who came closest to scoring in a stadium surrounded by dense rainforest.Giant Hull City striker Dieumerci Mbokani featured prominently for the Congolese Leopards, and one of his attempts was foiled by the woodwork.A suicidal back pass from Ghanaian Harrison Afful was intercepted by Mbokani, who rounded goalkeeper Razak Brimah, but his scuffed, angled tap hit the post.Midway through the half, Mbokani retained possession under pressure from three Ghanaian Black Stars and passed back for Junior Kabananga to blaze over.A superb pass over the defence from Mpoku gave Mbokani a half-chance on 37 minutes only for his hurried shot to fly well off target.As half-time approached, Brimah got lucky twice as DR Congo continued to look the likelier side to break the deadlock.He dribbled across a Congolese attacker inside his box when a booted clearance would have been more advisable, and gentler on the nerves of Grant.The Spain-based goalkeeper then failed to grasp a Mbokani shot from outside the penalty area, but smothered the loose ball as a Leopard darted toward it.Ghana, who did not have a shot on target in the opening half, threatened as the second half progressed and it was no surprise when they took the lead.A misplaced Congolese pass was intercepted by Mubarak Wakaso, who set up Jordan Ayew to hold off one tackle and fire past Ley Matampi.But the advantage for the Ghanaians did not last long as Mpoku took aim outside the box and his swerving drive flew past Brimah into the right-hand corner.A rollercoaster game took another turn when Joyce Lomalisa fouled Christian Atsu and Andre Ayew sent Matampi the wrong way with his penalty kick.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 3 FT: Ghana 2 DRC 1; Morocco 0 Egypt 1Oyem, Gabon | Brothers Jordan and Andre Ayew scored for Ghana as they reached the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals Sunday with a 2-1 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo in Oyem.Jordan opened the scoring after 63 minutes of a tight, bruising quarter-final in northern Gabon and Andre put Ghana ahead again from a 78th-minute penalty.They are sons of Ghana football legend Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew, ranked among the greatest African footballers of all time.Between the Ayew goals, Paul-Jose Mpoku levelled for DR Congo on 68 minutes.last_img read more

It’s Freezing Out. Who Wants To Surf?

first_imgBy Charles Hoffmann |Hat…check. Gloves…check.  Scarves…check. Wetsuit? Check!It’s bitter cold on the beach and the wind is howling. The flags are whipping loudly. Deal beach is nearly empty, with the precious few people around bundled up and layered from head to toe. A reasonable person would long for a warm coffee and an electric blanket today, however local surfers Zach Yates of Little Silver and Frank Massa of Shrewsbury are right at home despite the Arctic-like conditions.Changing their hats and gloves for a wetsuit and boots is natural for them as they prepare to “paddle out” for their afterschool surf session. As for their ritual, Massa said, “It’s hard to put into words why we like it so much, but we just do.”The two Red Bank Regional seniors are not easily affected by Mother Nature and her cold, vicious wrath. It may seem like a bizarre activity, surfing through the brutal Jersey winters, but committed wave riders won’t be hanging up their wetsuits anytime soon. This pair of adrenaline junkies are committed to surfing 12 months of the year, regardless of the temperature.Photo by Charles HoffmanAs Massa and Yates talked about their passion for surfing in the warmth of a nearby pizzeria, their faces illuminated the dreary November day. “We love to get away from the ‘everyday,’ ” Yates explained. “When we are out there, it’s like nothing else is going on in the world.”  Remarkably, the intimidating weather hardly fazes the duo. “Even on an ice-cold day with snow on the ground, I just can’t say ‘no,’ ” said Yates with conviction.“Paddling out can be pretty hard with a thick, heavy wetsuit in the winter, but it’s definitely worth it,” agreed Massa.While teens are often criticized for their time spent in front of the TV and on the computer, surfing steers far from that stereotype. It is a healthy, exhaustive activity that requires every muscle in the body to perform. Plus, it’s not only fun, it is essentially free – not including some surf wax and the post-surf session burrito. The enjoyment is obvious as the hollers and congratulatory yells can easily be heard beachside.It is certainly moving to see their youthful, carefree mentality. The sport has been overwhelmingly impactful to these two youngsters over the years. Both credit their supportive parents, who have been taking them to the beach year-round since they were kids. Mazza’s father would often photograph the beach scenes while Yates’ father would be happy to join him in the water.Surfing is clearly shaping their future paths as well; both are heading to college next fall and neither will end up far from the beach. They are each looking at schools in California and Florida.This article was first published in the Dec. 7-14, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

QPR v Derby County line-ups: Polter and Sandro subs as both sides make one change

first_imgSebastian Polter is again among the substitutes for QPR at Loftus Road this evening.Polter, who has been nursing a thigh problem, is joined on the bench by Sandro, who drops out of the starting line-up.James Perch returns after a one-match ban and there is again a starting place for Yeni Ngbakoto.Derby, who have won their last six matches, make one change, with Andreas Weimann making his first league start of the season. QPR: Smithies; Onuoha, Hall, Lynch; Perch, Cousins, Luongo, Bidwell; Chery; Washington, Ngbakoto. Subs: Ingram, Borysiuk, Gladwin, Polter, Shodipo, Sandro, Wszolek. Derby: Carson, Baird, Keogh, Pearce, Olsson; Johnson, Butterfield, Hughes, Ince, Weimann, Bent. Subs: Mitchell, Bryson, Shackell, Russell, Camara, Vydra, Hanson.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

5 Tricks App-Makers Use To Boost In-App Purchases

first_imgTags:#e-commerce#gaming#hack 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… veronica henry Why You Love Online Quizzes Even as developers continue to churn out more and more mobile apps – especially games – they’re all struggling to figure out how to get enough people to download and use their apps. Perhaps even more important, developers need a way to make money on their apps, and that combination increasingly results in the freemium model – free apps supported by in-app purchases.The trick, though, is to give people a robust enough free app to get them to download it in the first place – but still find a way to convince enough of those downloaders to part with their hard earned dollars?Do it wrong and you’ve just given away something for nothing. Do it right and it can be a lot more lucrative than charging everyone $.99 upfront.What’ the secret? Here are 5 ways app developers get users to pony up real cash:1. The Bait and HookThe psychology here is simple. Lure in the customer with an all-too-accessible free download. With that initial barrier removed, developers then only need focus on creating a fun and engaging gaming experience. After those first few minutes (or hours) of play, it’s that much easier to get the customer’s buy-in to spend a little something to continue the experience. The desire to make it to the next level can be almost addictive. A fully invested customer will be more willing to pay to play.2. Make It EasySome of the most successful games are relatively simple – Angry Birds is a perfect example. But even for the more complex games, the early objective should be to make it as easy as possible for customers to understand the rules of the game and get started. According to veteran game developer Mike Amerson, maker of the hits My Virtual Girlfriend and My Virtual Boyfriend, this is a key strategy. “Make sure the initial engagement isn’t frustrating. Use techniques like tutorials and tips, then allow the user to practice and gain a few wins before she has to face any real challenges. Then as the game progresses, it becomes harder to achieve those same results.” But by then, the customer is already invested. 3. Timely OfferingsOnly after the customer has downloaded the app, has a good feel for it, and may be feeling fairly confident in their ability to win, is it time to drop the in-app purchase suggestion. At key “choke points” in the game, when the developer knows the customer will need just the right tool to obtain a higher level of achievement, a friendly pop up alerts players of the opportunity to make a purchase that will keep the game experience going. The U.K’s Natural Motion, makers of CSR Racing, have mastered this strategy – and have $12 million in monthly in- app purchase revenue to prove it. After working through a few easy levels, it is nearly impossible to win a race without making upgrades or purchasing another car. 4. Introduce New ItemsMobile game developer TinyCo is a proven leader in this next strategy. In its game Tiny Zoo Friends, where kids manage a virtual zoo, the company introduces new farm animals for purchase every week. One animal, “The Cash Cow” (not sure if pun was intended or not), cost one young fan nearly two months’ allowance. According to TinyCo CEO Suly Ali, the revenue from this character alone was in the neighborhood of $50,000. 5. For A Limited Time OnlyOnce customers become accustomed to making in-app purchases, developers then introduce the limited-time- only scenario. Make the next purchase for half off, or at a reduced rate, but only if you buy before the offer runs out. Most shoppers will recognize this strategy from a wide variety of retail environments – because it works. Imposing a time limit to a discount provokes that buy-now-or-lose-out feeling of urgency. It’s the ultimate pay reward system.By some estimates, in-app purchasers spend on average $14 per transaction, which is why freemium has become the dominant means of monetizing apps.For serious players, though, buying a game for $.99 up front is almost always cheaper than a freemium model where you’ll need to ante up a lot more over time. Keep that in mind the next time you download a “free” app.center_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Go Remote with Compact LED Lights

first_imgIf you know you’re shooting with limited access to power, these LED lights can make all the difference.Top image via Shutterstock.If you know you’re headed for one of these shoots and you have to pack light, it might be worth acquiring an LED light that is compact, independently powered, and budget friendly. The keyword is compact; we want to look at lights that can easily fit in your gear bag.The following are the LED lights that I’ve been most satisfied with in various shooting circumstances over the years.The Aputure Amaran AL-M9 — $40The AL-M9 is a 6×9 cm palm-sized light that uses nine integrated LED chips instead of conventional LED bulbs. It’s a very basic light with straightforward options: on-off, increase-decrease brightness. However, compact lights, do not need much more functionality than this, and the AL-M9 really is compact — I can slot it into my wallet along with my debit cards.Despite its size, this LED gets extremely bright. It has a LUX rating of 950 at 0.3 meters and a very high CRI rating of 95.Because of its compact size, you can get creative with the AL-M9’s placement — in the fridge, between books on a bookshelf. You can have an actor hold the light on top of a mobile phone if the character is making a phone call. The possibilities are endless.The AL-M9 also comes with a cold shoe adapter so you can mount it on top of your camera. You just slot the light into the adapter and place it in the cold shoe mount. The adapter also allows you to direct the light to the side, which is essential if you need to bounce the light rather than directly illuminate your subject.ProsIncredibly bright for such a compact deviceComes with a carabiner so you can attach it to your belt or bag for quick access.ConsUSB Charge, no replaceable battery optionNo other filter accessoriesUnable to use with camera without adapter F&V Ultracolor Z96 — Under $100 for the Older Model, Over $100 for the Ultracolor DesignThe Z96 has 64 fewer LEDs than the YN160. However, it does have better color rendering (95). This light retails at $159, although if you look hard enough, you can catch a great deal at lesser-known outlets. Please be vigilant when buying the Z96 and the YN160 from eBay. There are many listings by third-party sellers that are knockoffs. These lights will not have the same build quality or safety measures as their official counterparts.All of these lights are great choices when you’re on the road with limited resources. If you’re flying overseas, the option of buying AA batteries abroad makes life much easier than figuring out if you can take a lithium ion battery on the plane.Do you have any go-to compact lights? Let us know in the comments. Image via F&V.You can also grab the older version (which has a CRI of 85) on the aftermarket. Recent listings on eBay suggest the older model now sells for $60-$75.You can increase the Z96’s brightness in percentages of 10, and it comes with a hot shoe attachment, a diffusion filter, and a tungsten filter. The biggest selling point for this compact LED is that you can connect several units together. Joining four units together will give you a brighter output than the average 1×1 panel! That’s a 1×1 panel that you can store in the top of your gear bag. It’s a great alternative if you don’t have the option to actually bring a light panel to your location.Much like the ML-A9, due to the compact size of this light, you can place this in a variety of creative areas to enhance your shot.In the shot below, the character is seeing the symbolic light of death before her demise. A 300w served as “the light,” and it threw the bookcase into darkness. I placed the Z96 behind the actress on the bookcase and illuminated part of the case, which also pulled the character out of the dark background. This wouldn’t have been possible with a larger light.ProsTriple power option: 5x AA batteries, DC jack, Sony NP-BatteryAttach up to 9 units togetherRobust buildConsOlder model has a terrible flicker rate for slow motionNot that bright in comparison with the others.Expensive YONGNUO LED Video light YN160 — $40-50This portable LED has been around for a while; however, as successors have improved upon this model, the YN160 has become very affordable. You can pick these up on Amazon for under $50. It’s a compact light, but you won’t be able to place this one in your wallet.The YN160 offers more flexibility of placement than the AL-M9. It has four reflective barn doors, sixteen brightness increments, and a filter slot for four filters that come with the light.As the light output isn’t that strong, the YN160 can be ideal as a kicker or fill.Like the AL-M9, the YN-160 comes with a cold shoe mount that you can tilt up and down. It would also be worth acquiring a light stand adapter so you can use these on set.Pros6 x AA batteries or Panasonic CGR-D16S/D220 – Sony NP series rechargeable batteries.Incredibly light1,480 LUX at 1mVery affordableBattery power LED light displayConsNo protective caseNot as bright as newer modelsCheap buildCRI not as high as some modelslast_img read more

Get Sharper Footage with These 7 Focus Tricks

first_imgKeep your subjects in focus and improve your project with these tips and tricks.Top image via Shutterstock.Keeping shots in focus is one of the most crucial elements of capturing an image. A subject in focus tells the viewer what to look at. With techniques like racking or pulling focus, the shift in clarity alerts us how to direct our attention as the action unfolds onscreen.One of the many hurdles of working in video production is insufficient crew, equipment, money, and time. While all of these can be significant challenges, they also create opportunities to broaden your understanding of the craft and your equipment. Cinecom demonstrates a few ways you can accomplish your filmmaking goals, whether that means racking focus or following a subject. Let’s take a look at a few solutions for the solitary shooter.Testing Your Depth of FieldOne of the simplest ways to consistently capture in-focus shots is to know your lens. For the average shreditor, knowing your gear inside and out is essential for securing consistent work. You can practice with your lens by walking toward a stationary object, while trying to keep it in focus, and memorizing how much you’ll have to turn the lens. While simple, this technique is a timesaver you can try out at home.Working with Your EnvironmentAs you follow a subject throughout a scene, maintaining a consistent distance and awareness of the camera’s position is key. This might sound difficult, especially if you’re the shooter, director, and focus puller, but there are ways to ensure a consistent approach like tying a string to your subject, excessive rehearsal, or blocking out the scene for focus pulls (arrange the mise en scène to indicate focus points).Start with the Closer SubjectOne of the rules of depth of field is that the further your subject is, the greater the depth of field you have to work with. With that in mind, if you’re struggling to pull focus accurately, start the shot on the subject closest to the camera. This allows you to establish focus, and then you can pull further away to focus on the more distant subject.Marking Your PointsA seemingly amateur yet effective approach is to mark your lens (or follow focus) with some type of sticker, marker, or tape, signifying where your points of focus will be when racking or pulling. This is much easier when you have a designated focus puller, but if you’re like me, shooting solo, you can still rack and pull effectively.Buy a Focus RingA cost-effective way to focus quickly is to use a focus ring. Ryan Connelly over at Film Riot covered this, demonstrating how to use a jar opener as a follow focus. Since lenses have such small focus rings, purchasing one of these cheap tools makes it less likely that you’ll miss the mark. You can even indicate your points of focus on the tool itself.Set the AutoFocus Before RecordingOne of the many benefits of working with Sony A-series cameras is that you can adjust the auto focus and set up the shot before recording. As you can see in this video, the process is as easy as opening the menu, changing the AF Drive Speed from Normal to Slow, and setting your focus point accordingly. No more missing your subject by a few millimeters while trying to rack. This adjustment will let you toggle at the exact length you need. Jason Vong has also uploaded a tutorial on improving focus with the Magnify Focus option.For more on auto-focusing with a DSLR, check out PremiumBeat’s 3-step breakdown for nailing the shot.Also, if you missed your mark and accidentally left your subject out of focus, here’s a post-production quick tip for correcting an out-of-focus shot.Know of any other focus pulling tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

MV Suez row won’t hit Indo-Pak talks: Govt

first_imgThe government on Sunday downplayed the row between the Indian and Pakistan navies and ruled out any adverse fallout of the incident on the Indo-Pak foreign secretary talks scheduled in Islamabad on June 23-24.Over the past two days, Islamabad and New Delhi have exchanged charges on reported “dangerous manoeuvres” carried out by each other’s warships in the Gulf of Aden.It all started with Pakistani official protesting against aggression by INS Godavari towards PNS Babur, when the latter was escorting the freed vessel MV Suez to Oman.It has been learnt that Indian ships had earlier run into trouble with PNS Babur in January and November last year as well.However, senior officials in New Delhi sought to downplay the issue and ruled out any impact on the talks later this week, which India is approaching with “an open and constructive mind”.The talks are likely to result in the announcement of key confi-dence building measures (CBMs) in areas of nuclear security, trade and cross LoC connectivity.The government does not want to up the ante ahead of the bilateral talks after it decided last February to virtually resume the ‘composite dialogue’ process that was suspended as a mark of protest after the 26/11 attack.Firing from across the LoC and increase in infiltration attempts into J&K have been a common phenomenon ahead of high level talks between the two countries.Sources said foreign secretary Nirupama Rao will be going to Islamabad with “realistic expectations” and that the two sides would try to build upon theprogress achieved in the past on various issues.advertisementIt was also pointed out that cross-border terror aimed at India would be a key component of the dialogue.”Our concerns have not, in any way, diminished by the resumption of the dialogue…How can we not take up our concerns of terrorism? It is central to our concerns,” a senior source said.The government is also disappointed with the glacial pace of the ongoing 26/11 trial in Pakistan, as the judge was changed for the fourth time recently.Sources said India has provided all documents and evidence and sought a satisfactory closure to the case.”It is not behind us,” the source said, adding that Rao and her delegation will also discuss the larger conspiracy that has emerged in the trial of Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley who has testified in a Chicago court on the links between the ISI and terror groups and the spy agency’s role in the 26/11 attacks.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

14 days agoKane raps teammates as England slide to first qualifying defeat in ten years

first_imgKane raps teammates as England slide to first qualifying defeat in ten yearsby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane rapped team-mates as England slid to their first qualifying defeat in ten years.Skipper Kane gave Gareth Southgate’s men a perfect start with a fifth-minute penalty before the Czech Republic’s pair Jakub Brabec and Zdenek Ondrasek rocked the Three Lions.Kane fumed: “It was down to us. We went ahead early and had the perfect start to an away game. After that we were sloppy with the ball, they scored not long after, and we just didn’t move it as quickly as we normally do.“We weren’t fighting, we weren’t pressing as much as we do. We gave the ball away too cheaply, especially in the first half.“We had a couple of chances to put the game to bed but didn’t and unfortunately gave one away at the end. It’s a bit of a wake-up call.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 days ago​Allardyce: Why would Pochettino quit Spurs for Man Utd?

first_img​Allardyce: Why would Pochettino quit Spurs for Man Utd?by Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bolton, Everton and England boss Sam Allardyce has questioned why Mauricio Pochettino would leave Tottenham for Manchester United.With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in danger of losing his job at United, several reporters have linked Pochettino to the top job at Old Trafford.Given the poor form of Tottenham, it is possible that a Pochettino exit could happen in the winter or summer.But Allardyce believes the Argentine coach would be better off staying put because Spurs have a superior squad to United.Metro quote “Big Sam” as saying: “I can’t see Mauricio going anywhere at the moment.”Tottenham are a better squad than Manchester United – and that is a telling fact.”It’s alright saying, ‘this is Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world’. But has it got the team to go with it to represent Manchester United?” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: South Carolina Fan Darius Rucker Pays Up On Lost Bet, Sings Notre Dame Fight Song To Mike Golic

first_imgDarius Rucker sings the Notre Dame fight song.Darius Rucker Notre DameESPN radio personality Mike Golic, a Notre Dame grad, and country star Darius Rucker, a South Carolina fan, made a bet prior to the women’s Final Four game between their two schools. Notre Dame won, so Rucker lost the bet. He paid up last night. Here he is singing the Fighting Irish fight song to Golic on stage at a concert. Here’s for all you Notre Dame fans… @dariusrucker #FightSong pic.twitter.com/rD7KqUE3CX— kenzz (@mblessingg) June 28, 2015Enjoy it, Notre Dame fans.last_img read more