Cech explains main reason for Chelsea’s group exit

first_imgPetr Cech believes Chelsea’s 2-2 draw at home to Juventus in September after they had led 2-0 was the biggest factor in their Champions League exit at the group stage.Chelsea walloped Nordsjaelland 6-1 but Juve’s victory over Shakhtar Donetsk meant the Italian side went through as group winners and the Blues became the first holders to go out of the tournament before the knockout phase.Chelsea finished level on points with Shakhtar but the Ukrainian team progressed because they scored more goals at Stamford Bridge than the defending champions managed in the reverse fixture.And keeper Cech told Sky Sports: “Unfortunately really the damage was done before. We did what we could and could only hope, but the other result didn’t go our way.“I think obviously you have results away from home – we lost to Shakhtar and Juventus – but the main difference was the Juventus draw at home after being 2-0 up.“If you drop too many points in the group then you can’t go through. There were lots of positives from this performance, it’s just a pity it’s not enough to take us through.”See also:Benitez targets Europa League gloryChelsea are out despite resounding 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fortuna claims AIBT championship, and it wasn’t close

first_imgDrew Gillette scored a game-high 35 points and was named tournament Most Valuable Player after leading the Fortuna Huskies to a 74-62 victory over Piner in the championship round of the 51st Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament, Saturday night at Arcata high.The Huskies (8-0) thoroughly dominated the tournament, winning by an average of 17 points over their three games.After falling behind 5-0 to Piner (9-1) Fortuna went on a 22-7 run to finish the frame behind 13 first quarter points …last_img

South Africa’s Route 62 is world’s best road trip

first_imgThe scenic Route 62, between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, has been named by CNN Travel as the world’s best road trip destination. Here are five must-see stops along the legendary Western Cape route.Voted the best road trip in the world by CNN, Route 62 in the Western Cape has it all: wildlife, good food, fine wines, beautiful views and lots to do. (Image: Route 62 website)CD AndersonA CNN Travel poll, as voted by tourists and travel journalists, puts the scenic and fun-filled road between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, Route 62, as the top road trip destination in the world, beating out a host of legendary global grand tours including Canada’s Alcan Highway and the Ticlio Pass in Peru.While Route 62 primarily connects Cape Town to Oudtshoorn, and ultimately the Garden Route further east, a host of attractions and activities along the road, and off its beaten path, incorporate smaller towns in the area, including Montagu, Humansdorp and parts of the Klein Karoo.CNN calls the road “a journey to the unexpected”, with something for everyone, highlighting the natural beauty of the region’s “fauna, rivers, valleys and plains” and the diversity of activities available that turn the seemingly mundane commute into an adventure.Everything and anything from wine tours and safari drives, heritage and art tours, hiking and mountain climbing, water sport and fishing, or just quiet contemplation while watching one of kind views with a cold drink and a good meal, Route 62 has it all.Ronnies Sex ShopThe legendary roadside bar, midway on the route, is a quirky and fun stop, popular among tourists and regular road warriors alike.Legend has it that in the late 1970s, local farmer Ronald Price opened a roadside produce stall, complete with a proudly handpainted sign. Friends of Ronnie mischievously amended the sign to its now infamous title, and convinced Ronnie to turn the stall into a coffee shop-bar for bikers and other travellers.Forty years later, and the quirkiness of the place didn’t end at the sign. Inside, the bar is completely covered with travellers’ graffiti, donated neckties, bras and other random bric-a-brac, ceiling to floor. Ronnies includes a full restaurant, overnight accommodation, communal pool with vista views of famous Karoo sunsets and good old-fashioned peace and quiet from the busy road, with just a touch of good-natured anarchy.ZA Route 62 – Oudtshoorn – Cango Caves & more https://t.co/AWzTXTPzPA pic.twitter.com/AIt9CuL3ri— Overlandtour (@overlandtourDE) March 2, 2017Route 62: Ronnies “Sex” Shop https://t.co/kGE3TBtLAa pic.twitter.com/ApX9em4r20— Sabine Ludwig (@sl4lifestyle) February 9, 2017Drive Route 62 Western Cape….and leave your name on the wall of Ronnies Sex Shop…best cheese and onion toasties ever….. pic.twitter.com/rMH6Njparg— Ross Nicholas (@rossrenee1) October 22, 2016The world’s longest wine routeIncorporating hundreds of small, up-and-coming winemakers and larger, more established wine farms, Route 62’s world class wine route centres on the industry’s defacto capital – the town of Robertson – where not only can you visit the Klipdrift brandy plant and see how this South African magic is made, but you get to taste some of the country’s award-winning wines. The town’s annual Wacky Wine Festival (between April and June) is a must-attend event, gathering the best wines of the region for wine fans with a sense of humour and a taste for the adventurous.Just beyond Robertson, the mountain town of Montagu is not only the home of South Africa’s dried fruit and nut industry, but it also has a popular natural spring spa and some of the best rock climbing in Africa.Bestee jou volgende #SaligeSondag op dié pragtige vrugteplaas net buite #Montagu! https://t.co/AzbtsEzGg3 @MontaguRoute62 #KleinKaroo pic.twitter.com/MEqL0ar2za— LekkeSlaap (@LekkeSlaap) February 19, 2017Take a trip down Route 62 to Montagu and go rock climbing – http://t.co/GKDiCfeaOq // pic.twitter.com/zfR7eFl1TQ— Nightjar Travel (@NightjarTravel) January 13, 2014Friday o’clock means a #brandy tasting at #Klipdrift #Distillery. #robertson #southafrica pic.twitter.com/9mzEKJDHcq— The Robertson Small (@Robertsonsmall1) August 14, 2015Cango CavesLocated inside the foothills of the Swartberg range and just outside Oudtshoorn, this extensive limestone system of tunnels and chambers dates back millions of years, and reaches almost 300m underground.Visitors can choose to see the caves as part of a conventional walking tour, or do something more daring in the Adventure Tour. It offers guided climbing tours through the caves’ darkest, narrowest and deepest chambers.All #AdventureTours for #Monday26December are #SoldOut. #LimitedSpace on the #HeritageTour. #BookYourTour @ 044-2727410 pic.twitter.com/TpDuwddzmR— Cango Caves (@CangoCavesOdn) December 24, 2016Call us on 044-2727410 to #BookYourTour. #OpenForBusiness #Heritage #Adventure #FamilyFun #LoveOudtshoorn #MeetSouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/xd7GwzE8XA— Cango Caves (@CangoCavesOdn) October 28, 2016All #AdventureTour tickets are sold out for tomorrow, #29December. Book @ 044-2727410. pic.twitter.com/CH71cP434g— Cango Caves (@CangoCavesOdn) December 28, 2015WildlifeLike the rest of South Africa, the Route 62 region is rich in and famous for its variety of flora and fauna, from the world famous Garden Route bloom in September to the ostrich industries of Oudtshoorn. Here, visitors can ride an ostrich, buy ostrich curios and even sample the famous ostrich steak.There are a number of wildlife reserves, both private and public, including the Touwsberg nature reserve, near the town of Ladismith, and the Sanbona reserve. The latter offers both a heritage tour of the area’s indigenous San culture and there’s a chance you’ll see the only free-roaming white lions in the world.Animals that can be spotted regularly in the area include smaller buck: klipspringer, steenbok, duiker and springbok, as well as larger game such as wildebeest, kudu, giraffe, gemsbok and the Cape mountain zebra. Predators include leopard, rooikat and jackal.Meerkat Magic, also outside Oudtshoorn, is a one-of-a-kind research reserve, dedicated exclusively to studying the habits of wild meerkats. Open to the public, visitors can join guided tours of meerkat colonies with knowledgeable guides, and even learn how these popular creatures communicate.All the very best #Meerkat Magic Mojo my friends for 2017! From Grant Mc Ilrath The #Meerkat Man: Conserving wild #Meerkats since 1993. pic.twitter.com/rCbED4ZI5V— #Meerkat Mc Ilrath (@The_Meerkat_Man) December 31, 2016Ranger Marco photographed this healthy sub-adult ‎#WhiteLion at ‎#Sanbona this week. pic.twitter.com/G5sup8AS8s— Sanbona (@SanbonaSafari) July 4, 2013Oudtshoorn is a town in the Klein Karoo area of South Africa. It’s known for its ostrich farms and rests along the Route 62 wine route. pic.twitter.com/DnqZqfyOdN— Travel2SA (@Travel2SA1) December 10, 2016The views#DailyEscape: Oudtshoorn, Klein Karoo? : https://t.co/uZGrZ5iOP2 pic.twitter.com/w66plh2h2k— Travel Channel SA (@travelchannelsa) January 31, 2017#KleinKaroo #? https://t.co/HBOLywSLqr pic.twitter.com/qojZBRAvUw— Annalogy (@AnnaMartFourie) January 23, 2017Relive the nail-biting moments of the season 3 finale of @UltimateBraai on the banks of the Breede River at 4pm #WhatToWatch pic.twitter.com/yCVT0aD1DZ— Travel Channel SA (@travelchannelsa) November 15, 2016Swartberg Pass, from the appropriately named ‘Die Top’: September 2016———————————————————… https://t.co/MvXxZUfOGI pic.twitter.com/SQPJN2kE76— ESK Photography (@ESKPhotos) February 19, 2017The views from the top of the Swartberg Pass are stunning pic.twitter.com/xwigOF9OSC— Brian Lee (@LeeBJM) January 22, 2017From the dusty hum of the Klein Karoo and the lush, rolling valleys of the Breede River to the never-ending Swartberg mountain massifs in-between, while Route 62 might offer the best food, drink and roadside entertainment, there is still nothing that compares to just stopping anywhere along the route to appreciate the peaceful beauty of the region’s diverse landscape.Watch a video of the great views captured by Route 62 travellers here For more insight on Route 62 and the surrounding area, visit the Route 62 website.  Source: CNN, Official Route 62 website Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Trackables on the Move!

first_imgShare with your Friends:More What adventures will the Heffleys get into on the road? Find out when Greg Heffley and his family hit the road in author-illustrator Jeff Kinney’s latest installment in the phenomenally bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul arrives in stores on November 4, 2014, and is available for preorder. Want to make sure you’re the first to know about Wimpy Kid news, games, events, sweepstakes, and more? Sign up for the Wimpy Kid newsletter. They’re on the move! The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Trackables are making their way into the hands of geocachers across North America. As the colorful Heffley Family themed tags move from geocache to geocache, you can keep an eye out for them and help the Heffleys find their lost luggage!Greg, Rodrick, Manny, Mom, and Dad have hit the road, but they’ve lost a few things along the way. Can you help them find what they’re missing?The Heffleys need your help finding 6,000 Wimpy Kid trackables hidden across North America. Each trackable features an item the Heffleys have lost. When you find a Wimpy Kid trackable, use the code to log it and then keep it moving by putting it in another geocache. Make sure you log it to see how far your trackable goes! When you place it in a geocache, others will have a chance to help the Heffleys, too!When you find and move (or discover) a Diary of a Wimpy Kid Trackable, you’ll get a cool trackable icon to add to your list of trackables: SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 11): The Magic of trackable promotionsMay 10, 2018Similar postFive reminders about trackablesAugust 28, 2018In “News””Diary of a Wimpy Kid” Author Talks GeocachingJune 1, 2015In “Community”last_img read more

LinkedIn Is Trying To Ban The World’s Oldest Profession

first_imgLinkedIn just rolled out a number of changes to its privacy policy and user agreement, informing its more than 200 million members through a notice on the professional network’s website.Most of the changes are simplification of the legalese. But one in particular caught our eye. According to LinkedIn, thou shalt not:i. Even if it is legal where you are located, create profiles or provide content that promotes escort services or prostitution.What surprised us was that this was even necessary. On a site where every action you take is tied to your professional identity, would anyone really take the risk of advertising adult services?Apparently, yes. Prostitution, in fact, is a skill for which you can get endorsed on LinkedIn. (Many self-identified experts on the topic work in law enforcement or religious ministries, suggesting that their experience is with catching or counseling offenders rather than offering such services.)Judging by the suggestions LinkedIn’s search algorithm offers, LinkedIn members are actively looking for this kind of professional help. Search on “escorts,” for example, and LinkedIn will prompt you to search instead for the following terms:female escortsindependent escortscall girlshot girlsadult entertainmentescort servicesdubai escortsThis ban is not completely new. LinkedIn previously forbade advertising “unlawful” services. However, prostitution is legal in some European countries and parts of the United States, and escort services fall into a legal gray area in many jurisdictions.The clarification appears necessary, as some LinkedIn members appear to have been skirting the older terms to offer risqué business. For instance, check out this profile, which we’ve redacted just a bit: Tags:#LinkedIn#prostitution A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… owen thomas Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Lead image via Flickr user Bruce Tuten, CC 2.0 The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

A Cheap Trick for Lighting a Daylight Interior Car Scene

first_imgWant more lighting techniques? Check these out.Free Practical Lighting Techniques for a Cinematic LookThree Quick Tips for Filming in the Midday Sun Without Diffusion ToolsNature’s Lighting: A Guide on Shooting With or Against the SunLighting in a Pinch: Five Tricks Using Your Mobile PhoneProduction Tips for Shooting in Outdoor Lighting Conditions Here are a few techniques to master the subtleties of lighting a car interior in daylight — without breaking your budget.Lighting an interior (stationary) daylight car scene on a no-to-low budget project presents more of a problem than you might initially expect. The car, by design, is going to block direct overhead lighting. And, unlike shooting an interior car scene at night, you can’t flood the car with lights imitating streetlights. Likewise, pointing any form of directional lighting straight into the vehicle is going to be very apparent to the viewer. By all accounts, if you were to direct light straight into a car, a more preferred setup would be to have a Joker — or light similar in power — directed into a diffusion sheet, and light the car with a diffused light source. However, these tools are not very budget-friendly.If you’re shooting without any additional tools, you have two options:1. Expose for the actor and let the bright, sunny background clip . . .2. Bring those highlights back into control, but have the actor drop into unflattering shadows.Instead, let’s take a cue from great cinematographer Darius Khaondji — but budget-friendly, of course. Earlier this year, I received the book Conversations with Darius Khondji. The film Se7en is an all-time favorite, as is Khondji’s photography. So, I was disappointed to discover the section covering Se7en was quite short. I decided to search for more behind-the-scenes material myself and found this photography, which spurred a variety of ideas.Image via American Cinematographer.The Low-Budget MethodI had a short to film inside a stationary car in broad daylight, and the budget was zero. (The short was for one of these annual competitions that seemingly every company is doing each month. R∅DE’s competition has just closed, Aputure’s has just opened, and FilmSupply has just announced their 2019 edit challenge. It’s a great time to make short films!)The idea, based on Se7en‘s behind-the-scenes photo, was to fill the car with ambient bounce. You could always position your car so it’s front-facing the sun, with the sunlight brightly lighting the actor. However, in doing so, the illumination of the actor may be brighter by a stop or two than the exterior background. Therefore, I would suggest positioning the vehicle so the sun enters the windows at an angle. In doing so, you’ll also get shadows from the curves and edges of the car and interior elements, making for a layer of shapes in the vehicle.So, the almighty inexpensive tool we’re going to use? The reflection sheet from Westcott’s Scrim Jim kit.While their scrim kit is primarily for diffusing and bouncing light, most of their packages have a reflective silver sheet for more direct reflection.Take your reflective sheet and place it on the passenger seat of the vehicle, in direct view of the sunlight. Usually, I find the silver side of a reflective sheet to be somewhat overpowering. But, if in the bright conditions, you’ve brought your exposure down to save the background from burning out, it should balance nicely.Immediately, your car should be incandescent with a soft light. It’s not at all noticeable or distracting, but you’ll certainly miss it when you remove the sheet. However, you have to be careful with the placement of the reflection sheet — if it’s crinkled, it may cast unwanted bounce streaks within the vehicle. Depending on the available space and position of the camera, you may also find it beneficial to place a bounce board, or reflector, in the back of the car to bounce light onto the actor’s face. Since the reflective material on the seat illuminates the vehicle as a whole, the bounce board will provide more direct keylight to the side of the talent’s face.Of course, let’s discuss the elephant in the room. In my example, there’s only one actor in the vehicle. So, suddenly, this tip becomes less viable if you need to film two actors in a shot. Likewise, if I’m using a scrim kit, surely it would have been more productive to set up the scrim and actually diffuse the bright sunlight correctly. And, while that would have been my preferred setup, we were filming in a public car park with limited time and space before it became busy.Alternatively, if you wanted an entirely soft light and the windshield isn’t in shot, you could just place a diffusion sheet across the windscreen. Roger Deakins offered this tip on his forum when answering a question about Revolutionary Road.I think I had some diffusion on the front windscreen and that was giving the soft, warm effect. I can’t specifically remember but that is what I imagine I would have done . . . All it is an off white cloth. You could use bed sheets for that matter.You can watch the final result in the video below.last_img read more