The way young people live tells the story of who they are. Although Harris Harkangon Gonqueh is a full time student with the University of Liberia and has a part-time teaching assignment with a school in Springfield, Community-Airfield-Sinkor, Monrovia, he still finds time to volunteer with Messengers of Peace-Liberia as youth coordinator. He, like every young male volunteer, has been instrumental to the successful implementation of our various programmes like the ‘dollar for peace campaign’ among others.Harris, upon joining MOP-Liberia, believes in direct experience that immerses him in the elements he loves-volunteering for peace.The stories of our volunteers’ action that we’ve always been drawn to are the unfiltered ones that take us out of the usual and predictable youth activities into the selfless services of young people behind the scene doing great things for the benefit of many through helping young people find new areas to make them responsible citizens.We look to our peace volunteers for inputs from their youth based activities, passion and commitment to peace and we partner with them to provide a holistic approach to sustainable peace in Liberia. According to David McCullough Jr., “… The great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself”.In his own words, Harris reveals how he plans to inspire others through his undiluted experience. Read on:My name is Harris Kankeh Harkangon Gonqueh, Age 27, a senior student of the University of Liberia majoring in Biology and Chemistry as minor. I am a permanent resident and an official member of the Springfield Community, Airfield, Sinkor, Monrovia. In 2012, I declared my membership to Messengers of Peace (MOP) – Liberia through the strong influence of Miss. Charney Rogers, a onetime special assistant to the Executive Director of Messengers of Peace – Liberia, Miss. Gwendolyn S. Myers.Initially, during the inception of our interaction, Miss. Rogers expounded and divulged the key values of Messengers of Peace. After sifting the organization for a period of time, I became deeply motivated especially when I saw those professed values being truly demonstrated by those I met on board and especially through a young and energetic Executive Director of this trust worthy cost (Messengers Of Peace – Liberia).The Messengers of Peace – Liberia (MOP) is an embodiment of stout hearted and undeviating Volunteers from diverse background, standing for key Peace values. Members of Messengers of Peace – Liberia (MOP) are staunch pacifists- i.e. peace lovers.Messengers of Peace take serious indignation at social injustices, believing that social injustices are the recipe for internal conflict. They also glower at vindictive justice and really have an unyielding courage to conscientiously object to any form of violence anywhere in the world.Based on this backdrop, I am far more passionate to contribute my quotas in making these values viable.In effect, as a youth coordinator and a focal person for the Matadi and 20th Street, Sinkor Peace Clubs under Messengers of Peace – Liberia (MOP), I have helped to dissimilate and share Peace messages to hundreds of people through the Messengers of Peace – Liberia’s Advocacy and outreach programs. In fact, my contribution, most especially in the Peace building arena, is an immense asset to the upkeep of the group.As a pacifist, I wish to encourage all youths of Liberia and the world at large to join the global Volunteerism Campaign for Peace advancement, acknowledging that Young People have a pivotal function in ensuring sustainable Peace in any Society or Country. Let us join this global fight against all types of violence and let us not be used as a tools or instruments of violence. We can be the next Madam Gbowee or Martin Luther King’s of Liberia.Personally, I wish to become a medical doctor in the next five years. And meaningfully taking advantage of my career, I wish to become a central actor of global Peace Mission to achieve Peace especially in the troubled regions of the world.It is my anticipation, in the next five years, to seeing a world where human dignity and values are venerated and upheld. As a Peace Messenger, I will not be happy or satisfy if my friends and brothers in other parts of the world live in perpetual conflict.I am ardently convicted that my aspiration is attainable. The Messengers of Peace – Liberia (MOP) is a Pivot I can hinge – onto – to reach my zenith. I am realizing my potential as a Peace Messenger. I am a volunteer and so could you.PEACE FIRST, PEACE LAST. LET PEACE RINSE OUR MINDS AND HEARTS IN LIBERIA AND THE WORLD AT LARGE!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez insists he will produce redistricting reform this year, taking away the authority to draw political boundaries from the Legislature and giving it to a new independent commission. But roadblocks put up by his own party may test his optimism just as he begins to put pieces in place. Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, returned from a meeting with members of the Democratic congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. last week with a singular message in hand: In no uncertain terms, they told him an independent commission drawing congressional boundaries was unacceptable. And for the obvious reason. Any losses to the Democratic congressional delegation from more competitive seats created by redistricting could threaten the Democrats’ tenuous control of Congress. “Originally, I was going to include congressional districts, but at this point, I’m not,” Nu ez said. “But I’m open to discussions with all groups and members of the Legislature. We’re not drawing the line in the sand.” Nu ez’s vow comes on the heels of last year’s failed effort at redistricting reform, when a bill approved by the Senate died before it reached the Assembly. Critics accused Nu ez and other Democratic lawmakers of backing down on their reform promises under pressure from their congressional delegation. Nu ez is expected to hold meetings with key groups over the next couple weeks as they hammer out details of a remapping plan – and the congressional issue will undoubtedly be a sticking point. Nu ez, in a Politico.com article, said he was forewarned by members of the congressional delegation that he should expect a $10 million campaign against the reform if it includes congressional districts. And a spokesman for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, said she supports national redistricting reform, but opposes any legislation that would single out California. But just as congressional Democrats insist their boundaries should not be part of the process, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative Republicans say it must. And, on this issue, Republicans have some leverage because it takes a two-thirds vote to put any measure on the ballot. “It’s one of those drop-dead issues,” said Assembly Minority Leader Mike Villines, R-Fresno. “It makes no sense to do redistricting without including congressional seats. But I will say redistricting reform is so important that I’m willing to talk to the speaker on all levels.” When the Assembly passed a proposal last week to move up the 2008 presidential primary to Feb. 5 – a certainty to be signed by Schwarzenegger – it paved the way for redistricting and also term limits to be included on that ballot. Having legislators produce a redistricting measure for the ballot is considered central to proving to voters that legislators are worthy of having term limits loosened. The more willing that lawmakers are to give up the power to redraw their districts, experts say, the more support voters would show for a term limits adjustment, which would allow legislators to stay in one house for 12 years rather than six in the Assembly and eight in the Senate. “Term limits without any real redistricting reform will get defeated,” said Villines. “Nobody will get what they want.” Legislators want to be seen as “doing something to clean up their image,” said Ned Wigglesworth, policy advocate for California Common Cause, “and doing something that makes government more accountable and responsive to the needs of voters.” There also is incentive for legislative Democrats to have some control over the redistricting process – and especially over how members of a new commission are selected. If they don’t, they risk others doing it for them. A separate initiative was filed recently with the Attorney General’s Office by advocates of government reform that includes Congressional districts and a citizen’s commission chosen from a jury-style pool of interested residents. “If we don’t do it, someone else will,” said Assemblyman Curren Price, D-Los Angeles, the chairman of the Elections Committee. “Certainly, we want to have a hand in how it’s fashioned.” Democrats want legislators to have some say in who gets on the citizen’s commission, either by having a hand in selecting the commission members or to being able to remove candidates. But reform advocates want legislators to keep their distance. “Independence means independence,” said Republican strategist Dan Schnur, the co-chairman of Voices of Reform, a group backing redistricting reform. “We see a very plausible role for legislative leaders in striking names from the pool, but a pro-active selection role for the Legislature undermines the independence of the commission and the selection process.” email@example.com (916) 441-2101160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes a hungry Jurgen Klopp would “be the best fit” to replace Brendan Rodgers at the Anfield helm.Klopp, formerly in charge of Borussia Dortmund, is favourite to become the new Reds manager after Rodgers was sacked following Sunday’s 1-1 Merseyside derby draw – a move welcomed by Owen along with many other ex-players of the Premier League club.Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group are moving quickly to secure Rodgers’ replacement and have taken steps to sound out Klopp.Klopp has long been seen as the ideal fit at Anfield – he is certainly the popular choice of fans – and even though three-time Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti is available, the overwhelming support is for the German.Owen, who scored 158 goals in 297 appearances for Liverpool in an eight-year spell at the beginning of his career before joining Real Madrid in 2004, told Sportlobster: “If indeed these are the two main men [Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp], I would think that Klopp is the better fit for Liverpool at this time.“I think that a younger and potentially hungrier manager in Jurgen Klopp would be the best fit for Liverpool in their current predicament.”The 35-year-old former England international believes having Klopp in charge would bring some much-needed confidence back to Liverpool which was lost under Rodgers.He added: “His appointment would certainly excite the Liverpool fans who had become so disillusioned with Rodgers and in this day and age their part in the whole process cannot be over-estimated.“He would also bring a burning desire to succeed and to take the club from their true position of ‘top six’ to right back in the mix for winning the title and where finishing top four is a given every season.“The other big advantage that Klopp has over Ancelotti is that whereas Ancelotti has generally managed at clubs who were already very successful with a squad full of top players, Klopp took over at Borussia Dortmund when they were in a similar position to that which Liverpool find themselves in now.”Regarding Ancelotti’s record, Owen said: “Nobody can fault Ancelotti’s track record over the years and with a coaching resume that includes Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Real Madrid there can be little doubt that he would be a success at Liverpool.“However, I’m not sure that Liverpool need a safe pair of hands at this time.” 1 Jurgen Klopp
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“We match up with anybody,” Brentson Buckner said. “If they tell us to come out and play on the moon, we’ll play on the moon. Everything we want to do is still ahead of us. We didn’t win the division, but we’re in. We took care of business.” Carolina is going back to the playoffs after reaching the Super Bowl two seasons ago. The Panthers got off to a 1-7 start last year, then made a remarkable turnaround to give themselves a postseason chance going into the final week, but were eliminated by a 21-18 home loss to the Saints. With only two victories in their final eight games, the Falcons (8-8) not only missed the playoffs after going to the NFC championship game last season, but they also kept alive the franchise’s failure to post back-to-back winning seasons throughout its 40-year history. ATLANTA – The Carolina Panthers had just the right opponent for clinching a trip to the playoffs. It was the listless, banged-up Atlanta Falcons, who seemed more interested with getting started on the off-season. DeShaun Foster rushed for 165 yards, including the longest scoring run in team history, and Jake Delhomme threw for two touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a 44-11 rout of the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Carolina (11-5) clinched one of the two NFC playoff spots still available going into Week 17 and settled for a wild card when Tampa Bay clinched the South Division title with a win over New Orleans. The Panthers, coming off the biggest win in the franchise’s 11-year-old history, will travel to New York to play the Giants on Sunday.
Schwarzenegger also disputed accusations that his practice of having his staff members serve on his re-election campaign is a conflict of interest. Some critics have argued that campaign contributors are, in essence, paying the campaign salaries of the same staffers who are evaluating policy issues that may affect those contributors. Schwarzenegger said he and his wife, Maria Shriver, personally contribute substantial funds to his campaign, so he believes he is personally paying the salary of those staffers on the campaign payroll. He also said conservatives who are upset with his recent moves to the political middle, including hiring a Democrat as his chief of staff, shouldn’t be surprised because he has worked with Democrats his whole life. He said he surrounds himself with people he considers best for the job, regardless of their party affiliation, and noted that before he took office, a majority of the people working for him were Democrats, while his wife comes from a well-known Democratic family, the Kennedys. He reiterated his position against signing a bill to grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants until the issue is fully resolved at the federal level. Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card He had proposed changing the retirement system to a defined contribution plan, similar to corporate 401(k) plans. Under the current defined benefit system, participants contribute a fixed amount and receive a fixed amount when they retire. Democrats and other unions had also resisted his pension reform efforts, but Schwarzenegger said he hopes to craft a package upon which both parties can agree. Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee, expressed skepticism that the governor was serious. “I think it’s a really low probability they’ll come back,” Laird said. “To go from a place where he said, ‘This (is) a priority; I’m putting it on the ballot; circulate signatures,’ and a year later say, ‘I’m forming a committee,’ I think that’s a face-saving way of pretty much walking away from the situation.” SACRAMENTO – Even as he pushes a massive infrastructure bond plan, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday he will continue fighting for some of the reforms he proposed last year, including revamping the state’s pension system. Schwarzenegger said he will appoint a committee to study reforms to the pension system, which has a massive unfunded liability. “We need the reforms on all of the issues that we fought for last year,” Schwarzenegger said during his annual appearance before the Sacramento Press Club. “Those things didn’t go away.” Schwarzenegger included pension reform as part of the government overhaul effort introduced last year, but it was dropped after firefighters and police officers complained the proposal would eliminate death and disability benefits.
Musician Caroline Kay penned a touching song for an Irish blogger who documented her experience of losing a baby this week.Rebecca Flynn, the woman behind Body Positive Ireland, discussed her miscarriage frankly and bravely this week on her Snapchat in an attempt to break down the stigma and silence surrounding miscarriage, and to identify with women who have also been through a loss. She also aimed to give women who have not suffered a miscarriage an understanding of what it is like.Inspired by Rebecca’s bravery, Caroline penned the powerful song, ‘A Quiet Love’. With over 24,000 views since it was uploaded yesterday, the lyrics and gentle melody have touched women across the globe who can identify with the hardship of losing a baby.Caroline says; “I’ve been following Body Positive Ireland’s Snapchat story and have been incredibly moved by Rebecca’s bravery, courage and honesty in sharing her experience of miscarriage. I wrote this song for her on my flight home to Dublin the other day and sent it to her. It is not my attempt at understanding or explaining what she is going through, but when something moves me, I write.“Rebecca has asked me to share it in the hopes that other women might appreciate it too – once again thinking of helping others even when she herself is feeling low and grieving.“Rebecca, you’re an inspiration.” Watch: Musician writes touching song about miscarriage was last modified: July 26th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:caroline kaymiscarriageMUSICrebecca flynn
The Prize Winners of the 2013 Donegal Schools Poetry Competiton have been announced.The winners are pictured here at the Prize Giving Ceremony with Eamonn Bonner from North West Words on right.All the winning poems are below for you to enjoy (we liked the one about Homework). Congratulations to all.North West Words 2013 Schools Poetry CompetitionSecondary Schools Senior Cycle 1ST PrizeRachael Mc Geehin Loreto CS MilfordRemember the time…Remember when every story started with Once Upon a time,Waking up and wiping the last nights dreams out of your eyes.When everything was magic All you had to do was close your eyes and make believeSpending hours doing nothing but playing hide and seekWhen safety was a hug from MumDad was as tall as trees Bananas in Pyjamas was your favourite show on TV.When bubble baths were specialButterflies were really fairies in disguiseYou had your Mums bleach blonde hair and you Dads small blue eyes.When your bedroom was your castleYour eyes lit up in the snowStarting wars with your neighbours until someone got too cold.When grown ups always told the truth,Something was always under your bedWhen things were always simple and your biggest worry was being told ‘Wake up Sleepy Head’*****************North West Words 2013 Schools Poetry CompetitionSecondary Schools Senior Cycle 2nd PrizeJack GrahamLoreto CS MilfordIndividualityLet them rise up to heavenLet them sink in the seaLet them do what they want toI’ll always be me.****************North West Words 2013 Schools Poetry CompetitionSecondary Schools Senior Cycle 3rd PrizeMarie MurrayLoreto CS MilfordOlly MurrayWith tiny hands and tiny feet,a boy was born I wanted to meet.In the hospital there he lay,in his cot with nothing to say.As he looked up at me,I looked down full of glee.Days go by and he gets old,learning to walk without being told.Two years old now,years go by in the blink of an eye.He’s a brother and a friend,and he’s my nephew till the end.*********************************North West Words 2013 Schools Poetry CompetitionSecondary Schools– Junior Cycle 1st PrizeZachary GillespieSt Columba’s Comprehensive, Glenties.The SeaA dark rippling pool,A serenity so peaceful and calm,A lake of pearl encrusted beauty,An ancient entity in nature’s palm.A gushing mist of aqua,A shimmering wall of timeless age,Rearing its foaming hooves to the heavens,Bellowing with a furious rage.Underneath the glossy azure skin,lies a world teeming with wonder,Beasts of magic power and mystic,Bringing stormy skies alive with deafening thunder.A thunderous tranquillity,A charging ram,A raging peace,A bursting dam.Confined to the shores,Immense power yet free,Patrolling the horizon,Our shield, the sea.************************North West Words 2013 Schools Poetry CompetitionSecondary Schools– Junior Cycle 2nd PrizeAlisha CollDeele College, StranorlarSpring MorningArching up then down, Red and OrangeSweeping blue sky;Yellow and GreenMeeting green earth, Blue and IndigoMelding sun and rain, and Purple too.The red blossom bendsAnd from it drips the morning dewLike a tear it fallsVanishing into the green belowSweet chirping sounds from high aboveCalling the light of a new daySpread trimmed feathers wide;Leaping into the fresh new blue .She jumps right out of sleepAnd enters a damp new day;With hopeful rainbows and dripping silk rosesTaking in the mixes weather sceneAs the birds soar overhead, singingAnd chasing the last drizzle awayThe sun nudges through the shallow murkFlinging warmth and drying out for another new day.********************************North West Words 2013 Schools Poetry CompetitionPrimary Schools – 1st PrizeAlanna Harkin6th Class Faugher NS DunfanaghyBeachI hear the cheerful screams and shouts,as the water goes in and out.The waves crashing on the rocks,children struggling to find their socks.I step into the soft salty sand,and feel it with my feet and hands.I make my way to the sea,very cold it will be.I stepped into the water,it was like icicles in the snow.It was very cold like the temperature has gone low,low,low.I swam for a while,less than a mile.So when it’s time to gochildren shout NO! NO! NO!I get my towel and wrap it around meI have to leave very sadly.*************************North West Words 2013 Schools Poetry CompetitionPrimary Schools– 2nd PrizeCiarán Doyle3rd Class Faugher NS Dunfanaghy.HomeworkHomework oh homeworkget out of my head.You’re making my blood turnblue not red.So next time I get some that Iwill dread,I’ll pretend I’m sick and stayin my bed.*******************North West Words 2013 Schools Poetry CompetitionPrimary Schools– 3rd PrizeKerri Boyle5th Class Murroe NS DunfanaghySoundsThe quietest sound in the world must be,when a mouse is crawling up to me.The saddest sound in the world must be,when you hear a foghorn across the sea.The funniest sound in the world must be,when you hear a clown screaming in a marquee.The loudest sound in the world must be,when my Dad is snoring next to me.DONEGAL’S BEST YOUNG POETS ARE HONOURED was last modified: July 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL’S BEST YOUNG POETS ARE HONOURED
What another week of entertainment clubbers had at Donegal’s No.1 nightspot Voodoo Venue. The No.1 venue in the North-West has firmly established itself as the best clubbing spot around.This is evidenced by the masses coming through the doors every single night. With this pattern being repeated during the week, it should come as no surprise that Voodoo Venue was nominated for a prestigious award for providing live entertainment every week.Their dedication and excellence in customer service will ensure it will remain the No.1 clubbing venue in the North-West in 2015.Every week in conjunction with Donegal Daily, Voodoo Venue run a picture special competition on the site.If your face is circled in the picture special above, then you’ve just won FREE Champagne and FREE VIP entry for four. Contact Voodoo via Facebook and claim your prize now. 🙂Make sure and check out their Facebook page below for details of this weekend.https://www.facebook.com/VOOD00venueletterkenny PICTURE SPECIAL FROM DONEGAL’S NO 1 NIGHTSPOT VOODOO VENUE was last modified: February 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewspicture specialVoodoo Venue
Premier League: Man City out to close gap on leaders Liverpool as Chelsea, Spurs face winnable home fixtures
Everton vs West Ham UnitedGoodison Park, LiverpoolSaturday, 19-10-2019 @2:30pmReferee: Paul TierneyWest Ham go into Saturday’s game away to Everton having claimed two victories in the past three league meetings with the Toffees, as many as in their previous 22 attempts (D7, L13). Everton have won 25 games and scored 83 goals against the Hammers – both Premier League club records against a particular opponent. The Hammers have failed to score in four of the past six league encounters.Everton loanee Djibril Sidibe is set to make his first Premier League start in place of the suspended Seamus Coleman. Fabian Delph remains doubtful due to a hamstring injury, while Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Cenk Tosun are both out.West Ham’s Declan Rice has overcome the illness that caused him to miss England’s win in Bulgaria. Aaron Cresswell and Robert Snodgrass are also available following knocks but Lukasz Fabianski, Michail Antonio and Winston Reid all remain out.AFC Bournemouth vs Norwich CityVitality Stadium, DorsetSaturday, 19-10-2019 @5pmReferee: Lee MasonAdam Smith could be in contention to play for Bournemouth after a seven-week absence because of a hamstring injury. David Brooks, Dan Gosling and Junior Stanislas remain long-term absentees.Norwich will be strengthened by the return of several players, including goalkeeper Tim Krul after a back problem. Alex Tettey, Tom Trybull and winger Onel Hernandez are back fit, and Ben Godfrey will travel after a successful hernia operation. Jamal Lewis, Kenny McLean and Todd Cantwell have all overcome the injuries that caused them to withdraw from international duty.The only previous Premier League meetings came in the 2015-16 season, with Bournemouth winning 3-0 at home after losing the reverse fixture. Bournemouth knocked Norwich out of the League Cup in their most recent encounter a year ago. They could earn three successive victories against the Canaries for the first time. Norwich have won only two of their past 13 league matches versus Bournemouth (D5, L6).Aston Villa vs Brighton and Hove AlbionVilla Park, BirminghamSaturday, 19-10-2019 @5pmReferee: David CooteAston Villa are unbeaten at home to Brighton in all competitions, with eight wins and three draws in 11 meetings. This is the first top-flight encounter between the sides since a goalless draw at Brighton’s Goldstone Ground in March 1983. They met at the Amex Stadium last month in the League Cup third round, with Aston Villa winning 3-1 against a youthful home side.Aston Villa pair Tom Heaton and Bjorn Engels are fit after minor injuries. The only absentees are Jota, who has had a hernia operation, and James Chester, who is building up his fitness after a pre-season hamstring problem.Brighton winger Leandro Trossard has returned to training following a groin problem and could be among the substitutes. Solly March and Shane Duffy are also available but Bernardo and Jose Izquierdo remain sidelined.Chelsea vs Newcastle UnitedStamford Bridge, LondonSaturday, 19-10-2019 @5pmReferee: Andre MarrinerChelsea have won six successive Premier League home games against Newcastle, scoring 17 goals and conceding three. Newcastle have won just one of their last 25 league visits to Chelsea, losing 17 and drawing seven. The Magpies’ only victory in seven Premier League meetings came at home in May 2018.Chelsea have won four consecutive matches in all competitions, having triumphed in just two of their opening eight fixtures under Frank Lampard. They have only kept one clean sheet in 12 games during Lampard’s tenure. The 14 Premier League goals conceded is nine more than at this stage last season. Only five of the Blues’ 14 league points have come at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have scored 13 Premier League goals via English players this season, five more than any other side. Tammy Abraham has scored nine goals in all competitions in 2019-20 – the joint-most of any Premier League player, along with Raheem Sterling. Lampard was unbeaten in all 17 Premier League appearances as a player against teams managed by Steve Bruce (W13, D4), scoring seven goals. Olivier Giroud has scored a career-high eight Premier League goals against Newcastle. However, he has failed to score in the last six meetings.Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been ruled out after returning from international duty with a groin injury. Defenders Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger remain out, but Mateo Kovacic is back in contention following a thigh problem.Newcastle have no new fitness concerns and are expected to keep faith with the same team that beat Manchester United. Isaac Hayden is still suspended, while fellow midfielder Matt Ritchie is sidelined with an ankle injury.Leicester City vs BurnleyKing Power Stadium, LeicestershireSaturday, 19-10-2019 @5pmReferee: Jonathan MossLeicester’s James Maddison has got over the illness that caused his withdrawal from the England squad last week. Midfielder Dennis Praet, who remained in Belgium after international duty for personal reasons, should be available.Burnley’s Johann Berg Gudmundsson faces several weeks out after suffering a hamstring injury playing for Iceland. Erik Pieters has overcome an ankle problem while Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes, who have respective shoulder and groin injuries, will be assessed. Midfielder Danny Drinkwater has not yet recovered from an ankle injury.Burnley have not won in eight visits to Leicester since a 1-0 Championship victory in November 2006 (D4, L4). Leicester are unbeaten at home this season, winning their last three at the King Power Stadium. They could win five of their opening nine Premier League fixtures for the first time since the 1997-98 season.Tottenham Hotspur vs WatfordTottenham Hotspur Stadium, LondonSaturday, 19-10-2019 @5pmReferee: Chris KavanaghTottenham’s Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon are back in full training and could be involved. Christian Eriksen faces a fitness test after suffering a dead leg on international duty, while Hugo Lloris is out until the New Year.Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has confirmed center-back Sebastian Prodl will miss out because of a hamstring injury. Etienne Capoue, Isaac Success and Troy Deeney are also absent.Watford’s current run of nine successive top-flight away defeats at Spurs, by an aggregate scoreline of 24-4, is their longest such streak against a single opponent. Tottenham could equal their longest top-flight home winning run versus a single opponent of 10 victories, set against Blackburn from 1933 to 1966. Watford’s only victory in 12 Premier League meetings came last season at Vicarage Road (D3, L8).Tottenham have conceded 10 goals in two competitive games for the first time since December 1997, when they lost 6-1 to Chelsea and 4-0 to Coventry. Spurs won their first four matches at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in all competitions, but have been victorious in only three of their subsequent eight home fixtures. They have lost five of their past 33 Premier League meetings against sides starting the day bottom of the table – all five of those defeats have been against teams beginning with ‘W’: West Ham, Wigan, and West Brom three times. Mauricio Pochettino has used 23 players in the Premier League this season, the joint-most in the top flight along with Watford and Norwich. Spurs’ last nine Premier League goals have been scored in the first half of games. Their last second-half league goal came from Lucas Moura against Manchester City on 17 August.Wolverhampton Wanderers vs SouthamptonMolineux Stadium, West MidlandsSaturday, 19-10-2019 @5pmReferee: Peter BankesWolves have won four of the past five meetings in all competitions. However, they have only won once in the last 10 top-flight encounters – 2-0 at home in September 2018 (D2, L7).Wolves are assessing the fitness of Diogo Jota, Romain Saiss, Pedro Neto and Morgan Gibbs-White. Leander Dendoncker should be available despite missing Belgium’s recent games because of illness.Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has hinted he is considering a recall for goalkeeper Alex McCarthy in place of Angus Gunn. Moussa Djenepo and Cedric are nearing a return from injuries but Saturday’s game will come too soon.Crystal Palace vs Manchester CitySelhurst Park, LondonSaturday, 19-10-2019 @7:30pmReferee: Anthoney TaylorCrystal Palace have taken four points from their last three league games against Manchester City. However, the Eagles are winless in four home league meetings (D1, L3).Manchester City have lost two of their past four league games, as many as in their previous 24 matches. They have won 10 of their last 11 away matches in the division. City have scored in 15 successive away league fixtures, including two goals or more in each of the last four. They have scored 27 league goals this season, seven more than any other side prior to the weekend. Sergio Aguero has played in six Premier League games at Selhurst Park and never scored. Kevin De Bruyne has provided eight league assists this season, twice as many as any other player.Manchester United vs LiverpoolOld Trafford, ManchesterSunday, 20-10-2019 @6:30pmReferee: Martin AtkinsonDetails to follow laterSheffield United vs ArsenalBramall Lane, SheffieldMonday, 21-10-2019 @10pmReferee: Mike DeanDetails to follow later Comments Tags: arsenalChelsealiverpoolMan Citymanchester unitedpremier leaguetopTottenham Hotspur
This custom After Effects transition simulates the classic look of a slide projector.A quick and easy way to add some interest to transitions between pictures in a video (especially older looking pictures) is to create a “slide projector” effect, complete with sound effects. The analog nostalgia will add interest to your transitions. The effect is actually pretty simple to create in After Effects, and even easier to apply to multiple pictures once you’ve done it the first time.I’ve created a comp at 1920×1080 with a few pictures in it. Your values for the keyframes below may vary depending on your comp’s resolution. One important note – your images need to be slightly larger than the comp. you’re going to be moving them around, so you’ll need a “bleed” on each side.Slide Transition in After EffectsTo start with, add an adjustment layer above your pictures, and add a blur effect to the adjustment layer. I used the Fast Blur for ease, but you can use whichever blur you’d like. Start by adding two keyframes at the default values of the blur. Put the first keyframe 3 frames before the beginning of the second picture (what we’ll call the “transition point”), and the second keyframe 2 frames after the transition point.Both of these keyframes are set to the default value of “0”:Next, 1 frame after the first keyframe, add a new keyframe and set the blur to 15.Now, move to the transition point and increase the blur again to 20.Now, add the Distort > “Transform” effect to the adjustment layer, and add keyframes to “Position” at the default values to the same places you did for the blur.Add a new keyframe one frame after the first, and move the position a little to the left of center. Go easy…small changes make a big difference in this effect. I did it by eye and ended up with a value around 918.I did this by eye to make it a relatively small move:Go one frame forward and add a new keyframe where the position moves about an equal distance to the right of center. I ended up at 1016.It should move about the same distance right of center that it did left of center the keyframe before:Last, skip ahead 2 frames and move it just the tiniest bit left of center. I set it to 953. It’s just barely to the left. Only about 7 pixels in the example below.That’s the whole effect! I usually do a few things to make it easier to copy from one transition to the next. First, add a layer marker at the transition point, then trim the layer to only the keyframes duration. These adjustments let you easily duplicate the layer and move it to another transition. You can use the layer marker to line it up, and it will work perfectly!It’s very easy to apply to other transitions:Here’s a look at it in action:One last thing you can do to enhance the effect is to add sound effects. PremiumBeat has several slide style sound effects that will work for this transition. I trimmed the sound effect to just the first click:You can also combine this effect with borders! Check out an example here.