Hogan might be rested for Bees cup tie

first_imgBrentford striker Scott Hogan could be rested for Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Eastleigh.Hogan has a gluteal muscle problem and has been to see a back specialist.Bees boss Dean Smith says Hogan is “50-50” for the game with Martin Allen’s National League side and won’t be risked unless he is fully fit.The 24-year-old has been the subject of rejected bids from both West Ham and Reading, while Watford have made an enquiry.However, Smith has insisted any decision to leave him out would be unrelated to the interest being shown in the player.Defender Andreas Bjelland is unlikely to feature because of an ankle injury.MORE: Hogan ‘a good prospect’, says West Ham bossSee also:Brentford reject West Ham bid for HoganHogan ‘a good prospect’ – Bilic   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Erik Karlsson’s injury creates more concern, uncertainty for Sharks

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio — Pete DeBoer chose the right word to describe the Sharks clunker in Columbus: “fugly.”The blowout to the Columbus Blue Jackets proved to be one of those games that rear themselves a handful of times during an 82-game season where you simply burn the tape and move on.The Blue Jackets played with extra jump, skating with Matt Duchene on home ice for the first time. The Sharks lacked fire and energy. The combination produced a game that looked, well, we’ll just stick with the …last_img read more

How to Clean Up Your Image Background in Photoshop

first_imgShooting on a white seamless? This handy Photoshop tutorial will show you how to quickly clean up solid backgrounds to make your images clean and polished!Solid backgrounds are never actually solid, are they? If it’s a cloth background you’ll get wrinkles. With paper backgrounds, you’ll pick up dirt and creases. And no matter how much time you spend on lighting, it’s nearly impossible to get an evenly lit background without creating shadows and lighter/darker spots.Luckily, it’s super-easy to clean up solid color backgrounds in your images using Photoshop. Although there are several ways to do this, Aaron Nace from Phlearn.com demonstrates one of the most effective in the video tutorial below. Here are some of the video’s highlights:Using Photoshop curves and threshold adjustment layers with the histogram to see trouble areas in an image.Make a selection of everything that should be a solid color and make it a layer mask.Refine the mask for clean edges (feather and contrast).Create gradients to give the image definition.Phlearn’s a great resource for any photographer or Photoshop user. Check out their quality FREE tutorials, and jump to 2:00 in the video below to dig into the Photoshop image background tutorial.Be sure to check out PremiumBeat’s blog for more Photoshop tips, tricks, and techniques — for photographers and video editors alike!Got any post-production tips for fixing background issues? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more

Kashmir, where hope and despair flit back and forth

first_imgThe gains made through the Army’s ‘Operation All-Out’ that left 212 militants dead in Jammu and Kashmir this year have been offset by the unprecedented local support to militancy, with the youth from the Valley joining its ranks in south Kashmir.Why is it a worry?The disturbing figures of November, from police data, show that at least six more local youths joined militant ranks. This happened despite the soft-approach adopted by both the Army and the police towards the locals. Armed local militants are offered the option of surrendering even while encounters are raging. They are allowed to return to a normal routine without facing any charge in police stations or forced to hand over weapons, as was the case in the past. Yet, over 150 local militants continue to be active in north and south Kashmir. As the count of the dead mounted, the Opposition National Conference (NC) sought an apology from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for failing to stop violence against civilians.The NC alleged that over 60 civilians were killed in 2017, including women and schoolchildren. Most of these civilian deaths were reported during counter-insurgency operations, especially when the people converged on the encounter site to help the trapped militants escape. Over 70 local militants were killed in such operations.According to a police assessment, around 117 locals, the highest number in the past decade, joined militancy this year. The ostensibly less militancy-affected districts in north Kashmir also showed an upward trend, with locals picking up arms: four from Kupwara, six from Baramulla and seven from Bandipora joined the ranks of militancy. This comes after the official figure of the number of local boys joining armed groups dipped to 23 in 2011.How can it be tackled?One of the biggest success stories of the security forces this year was the return of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) recruit Majid Khan, 22, in Anantnag, a central district in south Kashmir. Khan, an ace footballer who bears a resemblance to English cricket all-rounder Ben Stokes, was fast emerging as a poster boy for militants. His return and the subsequent efforts of the security agencies to wean away other youths was a welcome trend. It helped that families released emotional videos to recall their sons.Over 60 youths, according to the police, have been pulled away from militancy in 2017. However, after the surrender of Majid, around a dozen cases saw the “silent return” of armed youths back to a normal routine. The rounding up of at least three local injured armed militants from encounter sites also earned the good faith of the locals for the security agencies.Will carrot-and-stick policy work?Besides extending the carrot, the security forces dented the capabilities of the militant groups to strike by regularly zeroing in on their top operational commanders, especially the LeT’s Abu Ismail and Abu Dujana, both foreigners.Several battle-scarred local commanders, including Arif Lelhari, Junaid Mattoo, Bashir Lashkari, Sabzar Bhat, Shahbaz Shafi alias Rayees Kachroo and Aijaz Mir, were killed. One top-prize, Hizbul Mujahideen commander Abdul Qayoom Najar, was killed while he was infiltrating through the Line of Control at Uri in Baramulla to revive the militant ranks in north Kashmir.With the capabilities of the LeT and the Hizbul Mujahideen dented this year, the security agencies grapple with a new challenge: resurgence of the dreaded Jaish-e-Mohammad and pro-al-Qaeda ideology group, led by local commander Zakir Rashid Bhatt alias Musa, who left the post of divisional commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen for being “too soft.” As Jammu and Kashmir stares at 2018, the State continues to slip into the hands of more hard-line militant groups in the absence of confidence-building measures to address the larger political question. The appointment of Dineshwar Sharma as the Government of India’s Special Representative has raised hopes over the dialogue process, but will he be able to take everyone along?last_img read more