RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Juventus midfielder Paulo Dybala has told teammate Cristiano Ronaldo that people in Argentina “hate” the Portugal forward. Former Real Madrid star Ronaldo has shared a rivalry with Barcelona’s Argentine striker Messi for many years, with fans of both players constantly debating who the better player is. Dybala, a teammate of Messi’s with Argentina, has become friends with Ronaldo since the Portuguese’ arrival at Juventus in 2018. And Dybala has told Ronaldo about how he is perceived in the South American country. “I said to him: ‘Cristiano, in Argentina, we hate you a bit because of your figure, because of how you are, of how you walk,’” Dybala told the Argentinian Football Association. “The truth is that you’ve surprised me [since we met], because I’ve found you to be different.” Dybala was one of three Juventus players – alongside Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi – to be diagnosed with coronavirus in March, but said he has been recovering well after a period of self-isolation. Last month, Juventus players took pay cuts amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in order to protect the Serie A club’s non-playing staff. Head coach Maurizio Sarri also accepted a wage cut.Tags: ArgentinACristiano RonaldoJuventusLionel MessiPaulo Dybala
Andrea Canales, freelance soccer journalist: “For many Americans, the default team to support is Borussia Dortmund. Not only did Der BVB develop one of the top American players today, Christian Pulisic, but they also have possibly the next American star on their roster now: Giovanni Reyna, son of USMNT legend Claudio Reyna. Who wouldn’t want an excuse to watch young Reyna step into the world spotlight? The club competes regularly for titles but isn’t such a juggernaut that winning them becomes expected instead of special.”Rob Miele, head coach, Belle Vernon Area (Pa.) High: “If I had to try to persuade an American to support a team in the Bundesliga, it would be Borussia Dortmund. The club is probably familiar to some because this is where Christian Pulisic became a big name. Dortmund’s fan base is like no other in terms of dedication. Their style of play is very high-tempo and electric. They like to score goals, which is what a new viewer to soccer would want to see. They have a roster built on a ton of youth players, including Gio Reyna, who looks to be a future cornerstone of the U.S. men’s national team.Joe Dilling, host, “Indy Reds” podcast: “I think it all depends on how you see yourself. If you tend to be a glory hunter — Yankees, Patriots, etc. — FC Bayern is your club. They have a crazy amount of history, win the league most years, are the richest, typically best run. The hipster pick has to be Borussia Dortmund. Liverpool fans like BVB for a host of reasons, including The Yellow Wall’s passion and singing of “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” They have one of the most exciting English talents in Jadon Sancho. However, I’ll be paying attention to two teams: Schalke FC and RB Leipzig. And Schalke to watch one of my favorite Americans, Weston McKennie. While Christian Pulisic gets the headlines and is the second coming of Landon Donovan, McKennie is my pick due to his flexibility to play anywhere in the midfield. If he can stay healthy, my podcast brothers and I think he’d be a great player to add at Anfield. Leipzig is a team I really like. Any discussion about RBL starts and ends with Timo Werner. He is flat-out amazing. From the American standpoint, you have to be excited by Tyler Adams. A very exciting talent whose future is bright. There will be sports. Real sports. Live sports. Major league sports. Not another great game from the past, where if you didn’t quite remember the outcome, your TV directory is only too happy to remind you before you sit down to watch. And not a documentary about a great team or player from long ago.What we get with Germany’s Bundesliga returning to regular-season soccer competition Saturday morning, featuring a matchup between second-place Borussia Dortmund and sixth-place FC Schalke 04, is one of the world’s top sports leagues playing real games whose outcomes have real consequences. With fake fans, we’ve been told.MORE: The secret behind Bundesliga’s famously passionate supportReally, at least one team in the league, Borussia Monchengladbach, has been selling to fans the right to have cardboard cutouts of their likenesses placed in the stands at home games. And the response has been enormous. That’s how eager those who love German soccer are to see the league resume.What about us, though? What about those who love sports and soccer but haven’t invested heavily in following the Bundesliga to date? The U.S. has its own Division I league, Major League Soccer, and England’s Premier League has been the most popular European domestic league here for two decades. There are many fans of Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Leicester City, but none of those teams is active at the moment.The Bundesliga is what we’ve got, so we checked with some of this nation’s soccer experts and soccer lovers to see which teams they suggest American fans should follow:Jason Davis, host, “United States of Soccer” on Sirius/XM: “I think it’s really hard. I’ve gone through this process. It makes for good radio fodder: I’m an American, I do an American soccer show, so I’m definitely going to lean toward a team with an American on it. Josh Sargent is in a relegation fight with Werder Bremen. Zach Steffen is injured at Dusseldorf. Timmy Chandler is at Eintracht Frankfurt, but nobody cares about Timmy Chandler anymore. I love John Brooks as a player, but he’s such a quiet unassuming figure and already established. So I think it’s really hard not to just land on Dortmund because Gio Reyna is 17, son of an American legend. They already had Christian Pulisic. And they’re the Red Sox of Germany; they’re not the biggest-spending team, but they have the clout to take down the big, bad monster (Bayern Munich). They ride that line very well being a well-funded team that can compete at the top level, but they still feel like a club of the people.”Michael Lewis, Front Row Soccer, dean of American soccer writers: “The easy way out would be to say Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund. But I am going to pick Dortmund, anyway. Dortmund, which trails Bayern by four points, has a history of securing promising American teenagers — Christian Pulisic and Gio Reyna come to mind — and letting them develop. What a fantastic opportunity for U.S. soccer fans to watch Reyna move to the next level. Second choice to RB Leipzig because former New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams is there. When healthy, he can impact a game.Pat Brennan, FC Cincinnati beat writer, Cincinnati Enquirer: “Are you an American soccer fan looking for an adrenaline rush to close out the Bundesliga campaign? Relegation-threatened Fortuna Dusseldorf is exactly the club for you to follow. The club should provide ample suspense, as it’s currently third from the bottom of the table. U.S. national team players Zack Steffen and Alfredo Morales are in the side, too, so there’s an added bonus, although Steffen is injured and it’s unclear when or if he’ll return to action.”MORE: Bundesliga’s return shows it’s better to have no fans than no gamesJon Lipsitz, director NPL academy at San Ramon FC, former Kentucky women’s coach: “For me FC Bayern Munich. Yes, this means I risk being accused of just rooting for the top team, but this fandom goes way, way back. The tradition, the excellence — and this year’s team can score some amazing goals. Can they hold onto the lead at the top of the table?”
Liberia and the People’s Republic of China have signed a US$13.5 million Economic and Technical Agreement aimed at covering expenses for projects agreed upon by both countries.The agreement came shortly after the new Chinese Ambassador, Zhang Yue, took over the embassy near Monrovia.Foreign Minister, Augustine K. Ngafuan, signed on behalf of the Liberian Government while Ambassador Zhang Yue signed on behalf of his country.Making remarks during the signing ceremony on February 25, Minister Augustine K. Ngfuan, lauded the People’s Republic of China for its immense contribution to Liberia’s post-war recovery.Commending the Chinese Envoy, Minister Ngafuan said Liberia looks forward to signing more agreements with China for the mutual benefit of the two nations.“We are happy that you have arrived with new vigor, and promise that we at the Foreign Ministry will make sure your tour of duty will be fruitful and rewarding.” the Minister added.Speaking earlier, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue noted that China values its relationship with Liberia, acknowledging the recent signing of an agreement for technical equipment for the Armed Forces of Liberia as another significant step to strengthening the ties between the two countries.Ambassador Yue also expressed his government’s renewed commitment to enhancing cooperation with Liberia and supporting the country’s development programs with the aim to assist the livelihood of the Liberian people, adding “we can work together cooperatively with Liberia using our resources to enhance cooperation.”Meanwhile, Liberia has over the years benefitted from China’s gestures under the “One China Policy.”Presently, plans are underway for the construction of a modern ministerial complex, renovation of the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, the Monrovia Vocational Training Center and an annex for the National Legislature.Several reconstruction projects are also being implemented by Chinese companies including CICO and CHICO, with China Union taking over the old Bong Mining Company once operated by the German government before the Liberian civil crisis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
5. Lobar (Unidirectional)Perfect for: narrative film, controlled setsWhile there is technically no such thing as a true unidirectional mic, a lobar pattern is the most directional pickup pattern you can use. While it may be appealing to a filmmaker to get a microphone with a lobar pickup pattern, you should seriously consider how difficult it will be to use a lobar microphone.The only microphone that can have a lobar pickup pattern is a shotgun mic, so you’ll almost always need someone to assist you when operating a microphone with a lobar pickup pattern. If your boom pole is typically operated by a careless PA, you might want to opt for a supercardioid mic instead, as the pickup pattern will be more forgiving.Notable lobar mics:Sennheiser MKE 600 – $329Sennheiser MKH 8060 – $1,249 6. Bidirectional (Figure 8 Pattern)Perfect for: podcasts, radio interviewsA bidirectional microphone is a mic designed to pickup audio equally from the front and back of the mic. Typically, bidirectional microphones are used for radio interview recording or podcasting. You will probably not find much use for a bidirectional microphone on a film set, but they can sometimes be used as a backup mic for talk shows when placed on the hosts desk.Notable bidirectional mics:Blue Yeti – $99Studio Projects B3 – $159Rode K2 – $699 4. Supercardioid (Shotgun)Perfect for: reality television, scripted contentSupercardioid mics are the most popular types of microphones for indie filmmakers because they give users the ability to isolate audio while still allowing for a slight margin of error. Supercardioid pickup patterns are typically only found in shotgun mics which are used on boom poles or mounted to the top of a camera. It should be noted that a supercardioid pickup pattern does pickup some audio from behind the microphone. So if you mount a supercardioid mic to your camera, you’ll need to keep your operating noise to a minimum.Notable supercardioid/shotgun mics:Rode VideoMic Pro – $193Rode NTG2 – $269Schoeps Colette – $1,622 3. Hypercardioid (Mini-Shotguns)Perfect for: on-camera mics, documentary recording, and instrument recordingA hypercardioid pickup pattern is a directional pickup pattern that is great for isolating audio. While you may find some lav mics with hypercardioid pickup patterns, you’ll typically only see this pickup pattern in shotgun mics. While every brand is different, the biggest difference between a hypercardioid mic and a supercardioid mic is how much of the rear and side noise is picked up. Hypercardioid mics are typically used for instrument recording.Notable hypercardioid mics:Audix SCX1-HC – $479 Sennheiser MKH-416 – $999 2. CardioidPerfect for: documentary recording, weddings, eventsA cardioid pickup pattern is a highly flexible pickup pattern that is great for all-purpose use. Cardioid microphones come in all shapes and sizes. A cardioid mic, while slightly directional, should not be confused with a hypercardioid or supercardioid mic. Cardioid mics will still pickup background noise if they are not in a controlled environment.Notable cardioid mics:Polsen SCL-1075 Shotgun Mic – $55Rode VideoMicro – $59Audio-Technica Pro 70 Lavalier – $129 Don’t pick the wrong mic! Find out when to use certain microphones by learning these six essential microphone pickup patterns.A film is only as good as its audio. While it can be easy to get captivated by the visual side of a film, audio should be high on the priority list of any director or producer. Bad audio can quickly turn off an already distracted audience, so it’s important to pick the right mic for the job. Let’s take a look at six essential microphone pickup patterns that every filmmaker should know.There is no one-size-fits-all solution when recording audio on a film set. You will likely want to bring a good assortment of lavs and shotgun mics to accommodate different shooting scenarios on set.1. OmnidirectionalPerfect for: interviews, moving subjectsOmnidirectional mics are the easiest to understand. Simply put, omnidirectional mics record audio from every direction. Typically you will want to use an omnidirectional mic when recording audio that you can’t control very well (like ambience, a press conference, or a moving talking head). Omnidirectional mics are the most flexible mics, but they are also the noisiest. It’s certainly a balancing act when on set. In a filmmaking context, you will almost exclusively see omnidirectional pickup patterns in lav mics.Notable omnidirectional mics:Polsen OLM-10- $22Rode smartLav+ – $79Sennheiser MKE-2-PC – $399Sennheiser EW 112-P G3 Wireless System – $629 Overview of Mic Pickup PatternsIf you want to learn more about microphone pickup patterns (and hear audio examples of each mic in action), check out this awesome video created by Videomaker. The video touches on all of the microphones included in this post.What’s your favorite microphone to use? Let us know in the comments below.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan’s thumb injury during the match against Australia has the Indian team management in a spot of bother at the World Cup 2019. With their next match slated against Pakistan, the focus is to get the team combination right for the most anticipated game of the tournament. But with Dhawan set to miss the tie in Manchester, speculations are on as to when the left-hander will be able to regain full fitness.Former India captain and opener Sachin Tendulkar, in an exclusive chat with India Today expressed his faith in ‘fighter’ Dhawan, saying that he believes that it’s not necessary to play him at this stage keeping in mind the semis-finals and final where he could be key to India’s success.Tendulkar also recalled India’s tour to New Zealand in 2009 when he played with a broken finger and believes that if needed, Dhawan can do the same for the team.”I actually played a whole tour of New Zealand in 2009 with a fractured finger. I remember, in Hamilton in the very 1st match, I took a catch and broke my finger. If you noticed I used to have a huge padding protecting my fingers but I played with a broken finger. I think players learn to play with some discomfort and Shikhar is a fighter and I know he will come back fighting,” said Dhawan.Sachin said that Dhawan doesn’t need to prove himself anymore as his ICC tournaments record ‘speaks for himself’.”His numbers speak for himself and he doesn’t need to go out telling the world what he has done in ICC tournaments. All he has to do is get fit, come back and deliver,” said Sachin.advertisementOn the question of how players manage such injuries and what should be the team’s approach towards handling such situations, Tendulkar is of the opinion that it’s important to see if Dhawan is comfortable while fielding. If he doesn’t feel pain while catching or fielding, then Sachin feels that India can take the gamble of playing him later in the tournament.”While batting the thumb is going to jar a bit. But I am worried about fielding and I will leave that to Patrick (Farhart – Team India’s physio) and all, but if he is not fit I don’t want to take that chance of risking playing him. The knock-outs are the most critical part of the World Cup and if he can catch without much pain then only I would gamble on him playing,” said Sachin.KL Rahul is expected to open the innings with Rohit Sharma against Pakistan. India are currently on the 3rd spot in the points table with 5 points from 3 games after the washout against New Zealand on Thursday.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz will target Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | India-New Zealand would have been a nice match-up: Coach Gary Stead rues Nottingham washout
zoom Greek shipping company Metrostar Management Corporation has ordered two more Aframaxes from South Korea’s Daehan Shipbuilding, VesselsValue data shows.Under the agreement signed on June 15, the shipbuilder is scheduled to deliver the two 114,000 dwt vessels to Metrostar Management in 2019.Athough the financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, VesselsValue informed that the ships have a market value of USD 41.4 million a piece.The order comes only a month after the Greek owner sealed a deal with Daehan for its first 114,000 dwt Aframax tanker duo.Metrostar Management, which is paying USD 86 million for the two tankers, expects to take delivery of the vessels in 2018.World Maritime News Staff