After ending a one-year stay with Inter Milan in 2012, Forlan has played for five clubs, including Mumbai City in the Indian Super League last year.But Forlan, who has now played for clubs in eight different countries, said he is enjoying a new lease of life with Kitchee, where he is regularly finding the net.“It’s great. Great relationship, good guys from different countries, so I’m really enjoying my time here,” Forlan said in an interview with AFP.Diego Forlan trains with Hong Kong and says he still loves playing at the age of 38 © AFP / ANTHONY WALLACE“I really enjoy (it), it’s beautiful. It’s been my work for almost 20 years and it’s been great. I don’t feel (it is) like working, it’s something that I enjoy playing, something that I’m privileged (to do), so that’s why I’ll keep going and keep playing.”Forlan isn’t the only footballer to enjoy a late-career flourish in Asia, whose increasingly wealthy leagues have attracted a steady stream of veteran players.This week he will return to Japan, where he had an 18-month spell with Cerezo Osaka in 2014-15, as Kitchee face Kashiwa Reysol looking for their first win in the AFC Champions league.– Trophy treble –After losing 3-0 at Tianjin Quanjian in China and 6-0 at home to South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors in Group E, Forlan said the debutants “need to improve a lot”.“We know it’s a difficult competition, so we hope we can do much better than the way we’ve done it in the first two games,” he said.“For the next game it’s going to be difficult,” added Forlan, ahead of Tuesday’s match in Kashiwa, about 50 kilometres from Tokyo. “Every game is difficult for us, we know they have really good teams.“Going back to Japan is going to be nice, I really enjoyed my time there with family.”Forlan twice topped the La Liga scoring charts in Spain, with Villareal way back in 2004-05 and Atletico Madrid in 2008-09.He acknowledged that becoming the first Hong Kong club to reach the knockout stages of Asia’s premier club competition is going to take a remarkable turnaround.But Forlan has his sights set on a domestic treble with the reigning Hong Kong champions, who are 11 points clear of Pegasus in the current domestic standings.“We hope we can win the league. We have a big lead over the second and third team,” he said.Diego Forlan trains with Kitchee in Hong Kong © AFP / ANTHONY WALLACE“And then to see (if we can win) the FA Cup and also the Sapling (League) Cup, that will be awesome for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Diego Forlan takes a breather during training with Kitchee in Hong Kong © AFP / ANTHONY WALLACEHONG KONG, China, Mar 5 – Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan said he hasn’t lost his passion for football and has no plans to retire as he embraces his latest challenge: firing Hong Kong’s Kitchee in the Asian Champions League.Uruguay’s Forlan, now 38, has shone on the sport’s biggest stages with Manchester United and Atletico Madrid, and also when he won the golden ball at the 2010 World Cup.
It all started with a trip to Europe to visit his brother a year and a half ago. From then on, Gus Johnson’s desire to play football overseas after his career at Humboldt State came to an end was something he always thought could be a possibility.It’s now become a reality.Johnson, who was the Jacks’ starting right guard this past season, has signed a contract to play in Spain for Murcia Cobras Club de Football Americano, a team that is located in the southeastern part of the country and a …
11 January 2006The International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank, has awarded a US$3-million (about R18-million) grant to South African company IST Holdings and US partner Plug Power to install 400 fuel cells in remote locations and cities of South Africa over the next three years.The fuel cells will provide a reliable source of electricity and will replace polluting technologies such as diesel generators. Fuel cells use an electrochemical reaction, rather than combustion, to produce electricity.Announcing the project on 15 December, New York-based Plug Power said in a statement that the company would produce the five-kilowatt fuel cell systems which IST, based in Pretoria, would import, distribute, install and maintain.According to Plug Power the project, worth a total of $14-million (about R85-million), will represent the largest number of commercial fuel cells to be installed in a developing country to date.“When completed, the fuel cell installations will have the capacity to generate about two megawatts – equivalent to the electricity needed to power 1 300 households,” the company said. The electricity is targeted initially for use in backup and prime power applications in telecommunications and other industries across South Africa.The cells installed using this grant “will provide a reliable source of electricity for industrial and information technology applications and for telecommunications systems, including wireless infrastructure,” Plug Power said.“They will help displace highly polluting and noisy diesel generators, providing electricity more efficiently, emitting very little greenhouse gas emission, and operating virtually noise-free.”The International Finance Corporation (IFC) grant is the first under a $54-million programme, funded by the Global Environmental Facility, that aims to bring clean, reliable electrical power to places in developing countries where grid power is unavailable or unreliable. Its long-term objective is to catalyze the creation of sustainable markets for fuel cells in developing countries.Rachel Kyte, the IFC’s director for environment and social development, said the project would not only provide a clean energy source in South Africa, but would also provide reliable electricity to remote areas of the country.Plug Power chief marketing officer Mark Sperry said the initiative would have a positive impact on businesses and customers in South Africa’s telecoms and utility markets who are often affected by power outages.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Download the FREE Unstitched 360 Video FootageHow This 360° Stitching Method WorksAs mentioned earlier, this method is ideal for any 360° camera that has two fish-eye lenses and allows you to access the unstitched footage from the camera. (Some cameras will save each view as their own file. Others, like the Samsung Gear 360, will save both views into one file. Either way is fine.)The first step is to separate each fish-eye view into their own composition. We’ll then add both views into a new “output” composition that has a 2:1 aspect ratio. A 2:1 aspect ratio is ideal for the stitched equirectangular 360° footage. (Resolution size of your output composition will depend on the original size of your footage, but the aspect ratio should be 2:1.)Next, we will use the Immersive Video effect VR Converter on each of our fish-eye views, changing their output to equirectangular. (This will convert each view so that it covers up 180° of the equirectangular composition.) From there we can add masks and adjust the VR Converter FOV (field of view) to blend/stitch both views together. You can continue to make refinements using the VR Comp Editor, which can be used to remove seamlines. In this easy-to-follow video tutorial, we take a look at how to manually stitch dual-lens 360° footage in Adobe After Effects.If you own a consumer-level 360° camera (which usually have two fish-eye lenses), you may have realized your options for manually stitching the footage are quite limited. Most consumer 360° cameras include some form of basic stitching software that will automatically stitch your footage. However, the results are often less than desirable and almost always have noticeable seamlines. (And in some cases, the stand-alone software can actually degrade your 360° footage even more.)In this tutorial, we’ll look at how we can manually stitch dual-lens 360° footage entirely in Adobe After Effects with the new Immersive Video tools. This can benefit people who don’t own an expensive stitching program but do have After Effects. With this method, users can now stitch their own footage, which often yields much better results than the basic stitching software that comes with consumer-level 360° cameras.Ready? Let’s dive into the tutorial. (Make sure you download the free unstitched 360° footage clips to follow along!) Looking for more After Effects tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: How to Loop an Animation in Adobe After EffectsHow to Export Illustrator Icons to Use in After Effects and Premiere ProNew 360 Video effects in After Effects and Premiere Pro CC 2018Precision Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro’s Trim ModeMake Dynamic Montages with This Easy Video Editing Technique Keys to Remember During StitchingTurn on GPU Acceleration in the After Effects Project Settings, which is required for the Immersive Video effects.Each shot composition needs to be 1:1 aspect ratio. (Each shot composition will be perfectly square.)The output composition needs to be 2:1 aspect ratio, which is ideal for the equirectangular 360° format.Adjust the FOV of VR Converter to make both shot compositions overlap. Feather one of them with a mask so they will blend together.Use the VR Comp Editor after you have stitched your footage to paint out seamlines.Render your equirectangular 360° output from After Effects. After that, you can compress that file to H.264 format in Adobe Media Encoder. (Make sure you check “Video is VR” before exporting from Adobe Media Encoder.)
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Kolkata: An under-construction shed collapsed at Shalimar railway station in Howrah district on Monday, injuring a few workers, a spokesperson of the South Eastern Railway (SER) said here. The construction work was being carried out by IRCON, a turnkey government-undertaking, the official said. The injured have been hospitalised, he said, adding that the incident occurred outside the passenger area. Further details are awaited.