‘Lucky’ Man Utd must improve for Barcelona: Solskjaer

first_img“We were lucky it wasn’t Barcelona today,” said Solskjaer.“They played better than us but we have one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”Felipe Anderson, who had earlier had a goal dubiously disallowed for offside, scored early in the second half to make it 1-1 and Michail Antonio went close twice, hitting the bar and watching in disbelief as David de Gea pulled off a wonder save on his header seconds before Pogba’s second spot-kick won the game 10 minutes from time.“That save is unbelievable. He won us the game because at 2-1 down, we would have struggled to create enough,” added Solskjaer.“We sit here with three points and we got the points. We were fortunate. I can’t hide that.”Solskjaer made five changes to the team that lost to Barca on Wednesday, leaving the rested Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay and Victor Lindelof on the bench, while Luke Shaw and Ashley Young were suspended.“We had Rashford, McTominay, and Luke Shaw out, and there is intensity and power in those players,” added Solskjaer.“It was end-to-end like a basketball game at times. I think the intensity was not bad, if you look at the physical stats –- but the control was not good enough.”Solskjaer was unhappy at the six-day turnaround between United’s two legs against Barcelona, while there are eight days between Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool’s quarter-final ties.“Someone needs to explain to me why in the Champions League it is Wednesday and Tuesday matches for us and Tuesday and Wednesday for the others,” he added.“We tried to Google it but didn’t find anything. UEFA should change that 100 percent.”Those Champions League ties will have VAR on hand for controversial calls and West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini believes the Hammers would have won had the technology been available to referee Graham Scott on Saturday.“With VAR, I am sure we would win the game 1-0. Felipe Anderson was onside. It was not a penalty from Robert (Snodgrass).“The last goal from Manchester United was offside, the last pass. There were a few mistakes but the decisions went for United.“I am not complaining about the referee because they were not big mistakes, they were ‘difficult’ mistakes but with technology we have a different score.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Pogba scored twice from the penalty spot to hand Man Utd a 2-1 win over West Ham © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 13 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted on Saturday that Manchester United will have to improve significantly on their performance against West Ham if they are to knock Barcelona out of the Champions League.A much-changed United were unconvincing as they beat Manuel Pellegrini’s side 2-1 at Old Trafford to maintain their hopes of a Premier League top-four finish thanks to two Paul Pogba penalties, three days before they try to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit in their Champions League quarter-final decider at the Camp Nou.last_img read more

Supporting Cloud Services Endanger Your Uptime

first_imgWhere’s your site? In a server sitting in the back room, most of us would say, or at a host provider across the country or even (if you’re planning for disaster) scattered across cloud instances around the world.The truth is we usually don’t know — and not knowing could set us up for a world of hurt.That’s because many sites depend on external Web services that, together, make up each site. Services such as third-party advertising, analytics, social-media controls or newsfeeds, just to name a few. If any of those services crash or flake out, they can take down, slow down or generally give sites the appearance of suck.Given the recent GoDaddy and Amazon EC2 East outages, and the coding problems with Facebook’s Like button that halted the loading of many client sites, administrators need to pay a lot more attention to what goes into their final site experience, because an outage or failed service can have a domino effect.Missing The ObviousIt’s a serious issue for Web administrators, though not one that comes up in covversation until there’s a problem. In a way, it’s analogous to riding in a hot-air balloon and realizing that, oh yeah, that 50-gazillion-BTU propane torch two feet from your head will be pretty darn hot. It’s obvious when you are standing there in the basket and your scalp is getting cooked, but when you see the pretty, serene pictures of the graceful balloon in flight, it doesn’t really occur to you to wear a hat to avoid first-degree burns.The analogy holds true for sites. Add some Twitter buttons or a Facebook Like button or too, throw in some banner ads, a little Google Analytics monitoring and suddenly your site is now dependent on four additional hosts in order to work at peak efficiency. It’s obvious when you think about it, but is it on your list of things to care about?Complicating the situation even further is the fact that the number of hosts that a site owner has to actually touch can changes depending on where the site is located. Cloud application-monitoring service Compuware has illustrated this pretty neatly in the map below, which shows the average number of hosts that contribute to a typical web transaction in the locations shown (based on over 250 million Web measurements).Average Website Hosts Per User Transaction, June 2012Most of the additional hosts are third-party services that sites in these locations tie into in order to deliver the full experience. With some sites dependent on 10 hosts or more, the chances for some kind of failure goes up significantly, explained Compuware’s Stephen Pierzchala, APM Technology Strategist.A Bad Taste For Visitors“A site is like a big pot of stew,” Pierzchala said. “If one ingredient tastes bad, it can ruin the whole stew.” And there are a lot of ingredients on most sites.An analytics script can fail, causing the site to load slowly, or a content-delivery network that the site uses can fail, making the site crawl for in one part of the world. Or, as with what happened last May with a faulty Facebook Like button that admins embedded in sites, pages could simply stop loading after the Like button appeared, Pierzchala said.The take-away for admins is the importance of knowing what’s on a site. What are the components and where do they come from? Just as important, who’s putting stuff on your site? If content is auto-fed to your pages from an outside provider, what happens when its server borks?Once you have identified the third-party providers, “take control of your third parties. Don’t let them control you,” Pierzchala emphasized.Identify what-ifs. Build fail-safes into your site’s code to work around failures, and set up lines of communication with service providers to ensure you can learn about problems from them, and before you hear from disgruntled visitors. Knowledge is a powerful thing to have when things go awry.Because when you site fails, all that your visitors will know is that you and your brand — not some host sitting halfway across the world — disappointed them.Images courtesy of Shutterstock and Compuware. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Web 2.0 center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffitt Related Posts last_img read more

The Essay Structure of Video Editing

first_imgA good way to plan and edit a non-fiction piece is to structure the storyline like you would a formal essay. In this post we’ll take our cues from writing fundamentals and show you how.Think back to high school English class, and having to write essay after essay. I don’t know about you, but my english teachers drilled a very specific structure into my head for writing these essays and reports. This structure proved incredibly useful when I aced my college writing class, but I also realized over time that I was subconsciously using the basic fundamentals of essay organization in my videos – specifically non-fiction ones.Some of this came through in the initial planning stages, but a lot of the time I was handed several reels worth of interviews in the editing phase with no clear plan besides “this is what they want the video for.” The basic essay structure was incredibly useful in taking all of that content and forming it into a coherent piece that was easily followed by the audience. So, indulge me for a second while I recap “Essay Writing 101” for you and you’ll see how applying these concepts to an “essay structure” of editing can make things easier for you to edit together a cohesive story and easier for your audience to get the point.There are three important characteristics of a well-structured essay that can easily apply to editing a video: An “hourglass shape”, a thesis statement and a “roadmap”.The Hourglass ShapeThe idea behind the hourglass shape is to start broad: general background on your topic to introduce it to your audience. As the intro goes along, you quickly get more specific, ending with your thesis statement/main idea, which sets the tone for the main body of your content.Your main content stays specific to your subject and is meant to backup your thesis – it’s your evidence for your main point. Then at the end, you reach your summary. Your summary reiterates your thesis in a new way to sum everything up, then you start to get broader in topic, explaining why your main idea matters in the big picture of things.So: start with a broad background, get more specific until you reach your thesis (main idea), stay specific and support your thesis, sum it all up, then get more general and explain why it matters to your audience in the big picture.One advantage of structuring your video like this is that your audience doesn’t get thrown into the story “in medias res” (latin for “in the middle of things”). Starting “in medias res” is a great technique for narrative and fiction pieces, but it can often be a hindrance to non-fiction work, especially short form where you need to get the audience up to speed quickly.Another advantage is that you have a clear understanding when organizing the story of what will support your main idea and what won’t, so you can cut your content down to what really matters.A third advantage to structuring your video this way is that by finishing with how this relates to the big picture, you give a global/grand scale of importance to your message and leave this as the final lasting thought for the audience.The Thesis StatementThe thesis is the point you are trying to make. Every good essay and every good video try to make a point – a reason why the audience should pay attention. A good thesis has a number of components, but the main two that apply here are:A clear and specific message/point you are trying to get acrossEvidence to support your pointThere are actually three types of thesis statements: analytical, expository (explanatory), and argumentative ; these just so happen to fit well with common reasons someone would want a video!An analytical piece breaks down research/evidence on an issue into the key points so the audience can better understand it, and usually comes to a non-controversial fact-based conclusion (if it even has a conclusion).An expository piece explains something to the audience, but it’s not trying to make the audience think one way or another.An argumentative piece tries to convince the audience that an opinion or claim is true/valid and supports it with evidence. It can be similar to an argumentative piece, but the thesis and the conclusion drawn are subjective, even when supported by evidence.Knowing what type of piece you are editing informs what supporting content you need to find and how best to order that content. You need to know what you’re saying and you need to know how to back it up!The RoadmapOne of the things I was taught in school is that your essay thesis should contain the topics of your supporting evidence, and these topics should be arranged to match the order of your body paragraphs, basically creating a roadmap for your essay.For example: “People should do [thing] because of [evidence x], [evidence y], and [evidence z]”. The supporting body paragraphs would cover the topics of x, y, and z in that order. This gives the audience an understanding of what’s to come.In video, you don’t always have the luxury of having your talent or interviewee say that perfect statement that summarizes all of the evidence in the right order. What you do have is the ability to either create your roadmap ahead of time and make sure you get those topics covered, or you can group all of the content you have into the different topics and decide on what best supports your message and how best to arrange it for flow.This is the basic function of an editor, but you’d be surprised how many go right into laying things in the timeline without an actual plan in place! Having this “roadmap” lets you quickly sift through content to find what fits, have an idea of what transitional content you’ll need, and lay it all in the timeline without having to guess what order works best.A Practical ExampleEarlier this year I did a project for KIPP Academy in Nashville, TN, to be shown at a fundraising event for the expansion of the program from one middle school to K–12 and 6+ schools. I’ve written about this project before from a post-production perspective, but one thing I haven’t talked about is the planning. We sat down with some of the staff from KIPP, listened to their vision and reason for wanting this piece, and we asked them questions about the school, what the ultimate outcome they were trying to accomplish, etc. As we went through this meeting, I started forming a thesis and roadmap for the project.Their ultimate goal for the video was to “develop a case for why KIPP needs to grow” and based on that, why people should donate and invest in KIPP:I had my message, they had given me an idea of what evidence we would cover, so I drew out a (super messy) handwritten timeline in my notebook:Since you probably can’t read my terrible handwriting, here’s how it was structured:History of the schoolWhat they’ve done at the middle school (results)Where they’re going (goals for community impact)Practical (better high school & college grad rate, etc.)Personal (character building, neighborhood transformation, etc.) How the audience can helpYou can see how this initial idea of a timeline in pre-production came together:This “essay structure” of editing had a huge impact on how we made this video, but I use it on everything from small corporate testimonials to huge multi-interview videos for marketing campaigns. This structure can give you a head start in your planning, even when there wasn’t a plan in place to begin with. Give it a try and share your thoughts/experiences in the comments below!last_img read more

Five dead in West Bengal as heavy rain lashes State

first_imgIncessant rains due and the subsequent deluge claimed five lives in Kolkata and adjoining districts on Tuesday. While two persons died when parts of an old dilapidated two storied building collapsed in the Taltala area in central Kolkata three others died in the districts of south Bengal.According to Kolkata Police at around 12.25 pm the old building collapsed. Three fire engines along with personnel of disaster management group were pressed into rescue operation, which went for several hours.“At around 4.25 pm the bodies of two persons-Himadri Pahar (38) and Hansa Shaw (20) were extricated from the debris and sent to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital for legal procedure,” a statement by Kolkata police said.Meanwhile, the situation remained grim in Birbhum, Purulia, Bankura, and Hooghly district of south Bengal. While two persons died in Purulia when a wall collapsed on them, one person died in Birbhum when he was washed away during the day.In Purulia two persons-Sikandar Mirza (30) and Siaz Khan (12)- died and five got injured in the Nanduara village in the district’s Raghunathpur sub-division when an earthen boundary wall of a house collapsed on them, District Magistrate of Purulia Alokesh Prasad Roy told The Hindu.He also said that so far waterlogging has not turned out to be severe in the district with only some areas of Jhalda I and Barabazr block witnessing some waterlogging.In Birbhum one person has died due to drowning in the afternoon in the Hatiea village of Labhpur block. While locals said that the situation in Labhpur has become “grim” with about 17 villages facing heavy waterlogging, the District Magistrate P.Mohangandhi claimed otherwise. “Labhpur being a low lying area, there is waterlogging in some areas. But so far it is not a cause of concern,” said Mr.Gandhi.As for Hooghly a senior district police official said that was a breach in an embankment on the Rupnarayan river at the Dhannobadi village under the Khanakul Assembly seat. “As a result nearly 16 villages in the area are facing severe waterlogging. The district administration is keeping an eye on the situation,” he said. One person Shyamal Sengupta (38) got washed away on Monday. However, Superintendent of Police Sukesh Jain said that “Mr.Sengupta’s body has not been found yet.” Areas such as Khanakul, Goghal, Arambagh in the district are facing severe waterlogging.In Bankura 1,000 people had to be to be shifted to relief camps due to severe waterlogging. “ There is severe waterlogging in Bankura II, Joypur, Kotalpur, Patrasayer, Mejhia and Onda blocks. We have set up six relief camps,” District Magistrate of Bankura Moumita Godara said.Meanwhile State’s Irrigation Minister Rajib Banerjee accused the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) for releasing waters from dams “without consulting” the State government. “The situation has become a cause of concern for us. Despite our repeated letters the DV is releasing water without consulting us,” he said. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, Bengal is likely to receive heavy rain at isolated places on Wednesday.last_img read more

Cong., BJP candidates file papers for Rajasthan bypolls

first_imgThe candidates of Congress, BJP and its ally Rashtriya Loktantrik Party filed their nomination papers on Monday for the upcoming by-elections to Khinvsar and Mandawa Assembly seats in Rajasthan, setting the stage for a keen contest between the State’s ruling party and the alliance which had won the Nagaur seat in this year’s Lok Sabha election.The Congress had lost both the Jat-dominated Assembly constituencies in the 2018 election and the seats became vacant after the sitting MLAs were elected to the Lok Sabha. Mandawa MLA Narendra Khichar won as the BJP MP from Jhunjhunu, while RLP MLA from Khinvsar, Hanuman Beniwal, supported by BJP, won from Nagaur.Mr. Beniwal’s younger brother Narayan Beniwal filed his papers as the RLP candidate from Khinvsar in the presence of senior BJP leaders. ,The Congress, which has strengthened its position in the State Assembly after the recent merger of six Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs, has given ticket from Khinvsar to former Minister Harendra Mirdha.Surprise candidateThe BJP sprung a surprise by fielding former Congress leader Sushila Sigra from Mandawa as its candidate a few hours after inducting her into the party. Ms. Sigra, a Pradhan in Jhunjhunu panchayat Samiti, was expelled from Congress after the 2018 Assemble election over her anti-party activities. She also filed her nomination on Monday.Veteran Congress leader Ram Narayan Chaudhary’s daughter Rita Chaudhary filed her nomination papers as the Congress candidate from Mandava..last_img read more