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Chelsea have turned into a soap opera, claims former Blues striker

first_imgFormer Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes the fractured relationships within the current Blues squad is completely unprecedented – and manager Jose Mourinho is ‘shell-shocked’ at the ongoing turmoil.The Premier League champions have endured a torrid start to the season, languishing in 15th after losing half of their ten league games so far including a 2-1 defeat to West Ham at the weekend.Mourinho, meanwhile, has publicly slammed his players and faced numerous FA charges for his behaviour with disharmony at Stamford Bridge seemingly rife.Cascarino believes Chelsea have turned into a soap opera, particularly as defender Gary Cahill was forced to face the media instead of his manager after the West Ham defeat.“It feels like every week that there is another episode in front of us. You just don’t know what’s around the corner now,” Cascarino told Drivetime.“I think Mourinho must be shell-shocked because he has never experienced anything like this in his career – we are all expecting things to change but they haven’t.“The strange thing about Saturday was that Cahill faced the media. He had to explain their loss to West Ham and what was happening which I thought was really strange.“There must be relationships at the club that are nowhere near as strong as they once were. “When the books come out a few years down the line we’ll find out a lot more about this period because one thing is for sure – it doesn’t all add up.”last_img read more

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first_imgManufacturing and agriculture have always been a major contributor to the South African economy. A large percentage of this contribution has historically come from imports, but the tide is fast turning: South Africans are now producing for South Africans and the world.Buying locally grown, produced or manufactured goods and services is a key contributor to stimulating the economy. Localisation of goods and services fuels new employment and new opportunities for small and medium enterprises, which create a big percentage of new jobs.In this era, we are witnessing the dawn of young creators, and it is enlightening. South Africa’s youth is buying into agriculture more than ever before, (in one year, 800 young people enquired about farming from the African Farmers’ Association of South Africa (Afasa), an institution that supports emerging young farmers, and 15 571 job opportunities for young professionals in the field of agriculture opened up. According to a government land audit based on deeds office data released in February 2018, South Africa has 419,005 farms averaging at 264 hectares each. In addition, we are home to some of the world’s best designers, artists and creatives. Creative platforms like Design Indaba which promote the work of creatives around the continent provides an excellent opportunity to market African design aesthetic and is a typical showcase of what we have to offer. South Africa’s diversified manufacturing industry shows great potential and ticks all the right boxes to compete in the global market. It’s no wonder local knitwear brand MaXhosa by Laduma Ngxokolo ended up on Hollywood’s most-esteemed red carpets!So why should we make our shopping carts more local?In addition to benefitting  the manufacturing and agriculture sectors, buying local accelerates the adoption of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for business and ensuring that in in the field of e-commerce we stay abreast with global trends.Geraldine Mitchley, Visa Senior Director for digital solutions -Sub-Saharan Africa told Fin24 that e-commerce in South Africa is estimated to have brought in R10bn during 2017, compared to just reaching R9bn in 2016. “Local internet retailers are modifying channels to be able to add more value for their consumer base. They are simplifying and improving accessibility and offering more benefits,” she said.“Companies are eagerly implementing a variety of digital initiatives to transform the customer experience.”Think of this: every time you support a local entrepreneur, you are changing a life. South Africa is rich in natural resources and talented people, a formidable combo that deserves enormous investment. It is up to us to believe in South Africa the way the rest of the world does.Additional reporting: Fin24.comlast_img read more

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Free Alternatives to Photoshop With All the Bells, Whistles, Filters, & Layers

first_imgLet’s face it: If cropping was all you needed to do, you’d just use MS Paint. Photoshop, Adobe’s industry standard for image editing, costs a whopping, unforgivable $600; and because there’s no affordable and equivalent option for non-pro users, we’re willing to wager Photoshop places high in the rankings for the most illegally cracked warez of them all. But when you need tools such as layers, filters, and other effects, 101-level apps such as Picnik and Picasa just don’t cut it. So we’ve rounded up and road-tested seven free resources that pack the punch of Photoshop’s bells and whistles without the price. You just might find your dream freebie below.First, here’s the test photo we used on all the image editing resources listed here:1.Photofiltre is a desktop app with a UI reminiscent of Photoshop and a pared-down set of functions. This app eliminates layers and some user controls for certain tools but leaves plenty of room to play with color, saturation, and effects.The toolbar allows for certain types of painting and selection, but basically, users are limited to making whole-image adjustments. jolie odell Our finished product isn’t something we’re terribly proud of, and we certainly wouldn’t call the result “professional,” but the app was quick and simple to use:Has: Curves, a range of photo filters and effects, one-click palette adjustments, and a decent set of color adjustment toolsLacks: The ability to change settings and strengths of many effects, and, as aforementioned, layersIf Photoshop Is a Ten: flauntR is a 4.7.FotoFlexer is a convenient, quick, in-browser editor with lots of great features. It’s also got an API, which we find fascinating.While we weren’t able to experience the levels of magic we would have liked (we couldn’t create new layers not based on existing images, for example), we did get to jerry rig a few cool effects and create an image that looks ‘Shopped enough.Users can register accounts to store their edited images on the site, and they can also pull photos in from Flickr, Facebook, and similar social sites. Has: Lighting effects, a full paintbrush tool set, pen tool path selection, layer masksLacks: Adjustment layers, some effects previews, layer effectsIf Photoshop Is a Ten: GIMP is an 11, because it gives users 90 percent of Photoshop’s functionality at zero percent of its cost.4.Aviary is the hot new kid on the block when it comes to image editors. The four-app suite is a web-based beauty that allows for separate functions for images, vector graphics, design work, and more. Photos can be imported from Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, and a number of other sites.And although having separate apps for different levels of control and execution is the perfect way to scale the overall functionality for different user groups, we found having to switch back and forth between, for example, the Peacock effects editor and the Phoenix image editor, was disconcerting. And Peacock itself is a radical departure from current image editing paradigms, confusing in a way that is only rivaled by Yahoo! Pipes and tax documents. Instead of launching themselves and their work right into the UI, users will have to spend some time in tutorials and make an initial investment before they see a payoff in their results. Has: Mask layers, layer blend modes, toolbar, selection modification, layer filters, keyboard shortcutsLacks: Previews of many filters/effects, controls for customizing effects, continuity and integration between appsIf Photoshop Is a Ten: Aviary Phoenix is a 7; with Aviary Peacock, it’s a 2-9, just depending on how much time you want to spend on tutorials.5.Splashup is just about as good as it gets. Although it lacks a few crucial tools, it makes up for it all by delivering a beautiful knockoff of the Photoshop interface. It actually looks – dare we say it? – a lot sexier than Photoshop. The app also allows for easy importing of photos stored on social sites such as Facebook, Flickr, and more.Without so much as registering an account, users are taken immediately to a pared-down, in-browser PS with an abbreviated but adequate set of capabilities. This is the Photoshop Lite we’ve all been asking for all these years. The tools presented allow for just enough control and just enough subtlety to create professional-looking results: Has: Levels, lots of color correction and highlight/shadow options, clone stampLacks: Layers, settings and controls for certain toolsIf Photoshop Is a Ten: Photofiltre is a 5.2.Paint.NET is a fascinating desktop app we just found out about through reader recommendations. And our readers were completely right. We found that this app, even though it required a multi-step download process, just might be able to replace Photoshop entirely for many users. We were able to adjust layer blend modes and opacities, create new gradient layers, apply and adjust a bevy of effects and filters, and just about everything an average, non-professional Photoshop user would do.The toolbar and palettes were familiar, and although some of the breadth and scope of the features felt a little shallow, there’s a lot that can be done with this tool. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Has: Layers, full toolbar, levels, curvesLacks: Sophisticated color correction/alteration, paintbrush, and selection tools; adjustment layersIf Photoshop Is a Ten: Paint.NET is an 8.3.The GIMP is touted by many as the be-all, end-all of image editing apps. This open-source, desktop-based piece of work has been part of amateur designers’ stable of resources for a long time and retains a solid place among Photoshop’s free competitors.All things being equal, there’s not a lot we can say to criticize GIMP. As an open source app, it is subject to continuous rounds of improvement; there is no free app that will duplicate the Photoshop experience as well as GIMP will. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Has: Layers with effects and blend mode/opacity options and a full, floating toolbarLacks: Curves, levels, vibrance, and a slew of the less-used Photoshop featuresIf Photoshop Is a Ten: Splashup is an 8.6. Users must register accounts to use flauntR app suite. This Flash-based, in-browser app is definitely one of the best-looking of the bunch, but it lacks the all-important layers that take the amateurish edge off an edited image. Without layers, the final results will always look just a little bit ham-fisted. Nevertheless, flauntR gives users a quick, effective way to adjust images and apply effects.Images from Flickr, Facebook, and other sites can be pulled into the editor, as well. In addition to offering print services through the printR app, the mobilR app also allows for creating background images for several mobile devices, a cool and unique offering. The profilR moreover allows for the automatic creation of appropriately dimensioned avatars for various social network profiles. Tags:#Features#Product Reviews#web Has: Equivalents of Curves, Pen selection, Magic Wand, Layers, Liquify, and a ton of easy-to-use filtersLacks: Full-featured opacity settings and blend modes, a Paintbrush equivalentIf Photoshop Is a Ten: FotoFlexer is a 5.There are quite a few apps we left out of this list; which ones are your favorites to use? If we missed anything crucial, please be sure to let us know in the comments. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Pakistan Cricket Board replaces Shahid Afridi with Misbah-ul-Haq as ODI captain

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday removed Shahid Afridi as captain for the two-match ODI series against Ireland retaining the all-rounder in the squad.PCB chairman Ijaz Butt told media that Misbah-ul-Haq would lead the team to Ireland for the ODIs scheduled on May 28 and 30.The decision comes in the wake of Afridi’s open outburst against coach Waqar Younis accusing him of interfering with the selection of the playing eleven during the West Indies tour. Despite leading Pakistan to a 3-2 win, Afridi was replaced by Misbah as the skipper for the Ireland tour.Afridi’s removal comes as a shock in the cricket circles as he had also led Pakistan to the World Cup semi-finals, before winning the ODI series against the West Indies. On the other side, Misbah got the captaincy despite losing the first Test to the West Indies.The PCB had earlier issued a notice to Afridi for making comments on team’s affairs after returning from the West Indies.Both Afridi and Younis were members of the on-tour selection committee in the West Indies for the playing eleven. It had been reported that Afridi was unhappy with Younis’s interference in the selection of the side ahead of the fourth ODI against the West Indies.A report had earlier claimed that Afridi had almost walked out of a selection meeting and had to be persuaded by team manager, Intikhab Alam, to come back.Team: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Younis Khan, Taufiq Umar, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Salman, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Tanvir Ahmed, Hammad Azam.advertisement- With agency inputslast_img read more

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