DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): All-rounder Andre Russell grabbed three wickets to help fire Islamabad United into the final of the Pakistan Super League, with a 50-run victory over Darren Sammy’s Peshawar Zalmi’s in yesterday’s last semi-final. United posted 176 for three off 20 overs after being sent in at the Dubai International Stadium and then restricted Zalmi to 126 all out of 18 overs to book their spot in the championship game against Quetta Gladiators tomorrow. Seamer Russell picked up three for 37 from his four overs, including the wicket of captain Shahid Afridi, who smashed a 17-ball 38 with two fours and four sixes. Left-arm spinner Imran Khalid was the best bowler with four for 20, while opener Kamran Akmal stroked the top score of 45 from 32 deliveries. Sammy made nine from eight balls with two fours before he was fifth out at 80 for five in the 13th over. Earlier, opener Sharjeel Khan smashed 117 off 62 deliveries to propel United’s innings. He put on 108 for the first wicket with Barbados and West Indies right-hander, Dwayne Smith, who made a painstaking 19 off 37 balls. On Saturday, in contrast, Smith hit an unbeaten 50 from 48 deliveries to help United post a nine-wicket victory over Karachi Kings.read more
Banks No Longer Willing to Provide Construction LoansISSAQUAH, WA — Construction of the Z-Home project, a ten-unit zero-energy housing development in Issaquah, Washington, has been halted by the credit crunch, according to the Issaquah Press. The project’s two main developers are the City of Issaquah and Howland Homes of Shoreline, Washington, with further help from Puget Sound Energy, King County Built Green, and the Washington State University Energy Program.Among the planned features of the Z-Home buildings are 11-inch-thick cellulose-filled double-stud walls, ground-source heat pumps, rooftop photovoltaic arrays, and real-time energy monitors with living-room displays. Construction of the Z-Home townhouse project, touted as “the first multi-unit zero-energy project in the country,” was announced last fall before all of the necessary financing had been secured.“The day the stock market dropped 800 points was the day of our groundbreaking,” said Brad Liljequist, the Zero Energy Project Manager for the city of Issaquah. “It was stunning. Within a two-week period, we went from a number of banks saying, ‘Yes, we’re on board and we’re interested,’ to banks saying, ‘No, we can’t do it.’ ” Liljequist says that the planned October 2009 completion date for the Z-Home townhouses now “looks doubtful.”The Issaquah Press story quoted David Fujimoto, Issaquah’s resource conservation office manager. “The Bank of America is not doing any lending for home construction on the West Coast,” Fujimoto said. “It’s a volatile time.” For more information on Issaquah’s zero-energy project, visit www.z-home.org.read more
In this tutorial we’ll show you how to create the popular circle burst animation in After Effects – perfect for titles or logo reveals.With the popularity of flat motion design we’ve been seeing more and more of the circle burst style animation as of late. This clean effect can really make your titles and graphics pop – and it’s quite easy to create in After Effects.In the After Effects video tutorial below I’ll walk you through the steps of creating a highly customizable circle burst animation. This approach uses shape layers, without the need for third party plugins or graphics.First, we’ll create animation by keyframing size, position and rotation of shape layers. Then we’ll multiply these settings to new shape layers with simple expressions to create the circle burst.This After Effects technique is useful anytime you want to animate a series of objects in a circular rotation. How will you use it in your project? Let us know in the comments below!read more
MOST READ View comments “But there’s a lot of things we have to improve. We have to be more patient when we build up. But the most important thing is that we got the goal and did not concede any goal.”Ceres is now three points clear of Singapore’s Home United, which suffered a 3-2 loss to Boeung Ket in Cambodia Tuesday night. Shan and Boeung Ket have three points each, but the Myanmar champions are ahead on goal difference.Only the top team in the group is guaranteed of a spot in the Asean zone semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Guiao, NLEX brace for Paul Lee: ‘He’s the biggest problem’ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving BACOLOD CITY—Stifled for long periods and missing numerous golden opportunities, Ceres Negros could have easily settled for a point.But the Busmen, buoyed by an energetic Panaad Stadium crowd, struck twice late in the second half to turn back a stubborn Shan United side from Myanmar, 2-0, Tuesday night to keep top spot in Group F of the AFC Cup.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Substitute Patrick Reichelt and Bienvenido Maranon found the back of the net in the second half as the Busmen’s persistence finally paid off, enabling them to increase their tally to seven points from three matches.Reichelt’s 79th minute goal came off a defensive error, but the strike was a vital one as the Busmen finally broke through against a team that was set out to frustrate their attack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA moment of brilliance from Mike Ott set up Maranon for the second goal that finally sealed maximum points for the hosts. Ott beat three defenders on the left before cutting the ball back to Maranon who made no mistake.“It’s not easy to play teams that are dedicated at defending, but the effort was good and of course the players gave everything,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic. LATEST STORIESread more
The World Cup winning Under-19 cricket team of India returned home on Tuesday. The Boys in Blue were given a hero’s welcome at the Mumbai airport on their arrival. India vs Australia U-19 finals: See PhotosSkipper Unmukt Chand and his team scripted history by defeating hosts Australia in the finals on Sunday to claim their third U-19 World Cup.The victorious team landed at Mumbai airport around 2.20 pm after a long flight from Australia.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has planned a grand felicitation party for the victorious team in the evening. The board has already announced a Rs 20 lakh reward for each member of the squad.On their way to the World Cup title, the Indians had defeated archrival Pakistan in quarterfinals and New Zealand in the semi-finals.
MANILA, Philippines—If there’s one team who has proved it can endure a five-setter, it’s Far Eastern University.ADVERTISEMENT Petron turns back F2 Logistics to keep PSL Grand Prix crown Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “I asked them [after the fourth set] if they really want this win, because it’s important for us to play in terms of what they want,” said Pascua, whose Lady Tamaraws came into the Final Four at a twice-to-beat disadvantage.“I told my players to claim this game because it’s not over yet. The important thing for us is to show the eagerness and willingness to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “We always practice this in training, the fifth sets, just in case we arrive at this kind of a scenario,” said Pascua in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “That’s why I’ really not worried if ever we lost in the earlier sets because what’s important for us is how we finish.”Compared to the other Final Four contenders, Ateneo owns a 2-1 slate in extended matches while University of Santo Tomas and De La Salle have done 1-1 and 0-3 cards, respectively.“I know that they can handle the pressure because we always practice this in training,” said Pascua.FEU displayed tremendous courage during the fifth set, effectively erased the bitter memory that is the fourth set, where the Lady Tamaraws were at the Lady Eagles’ mercy and absorbed seven service aces.FEU, though, had the last laugh when it closed out the match on an 8-1 run forcing a rubber match with Ateneo on Wednesday for a spot in the best-of-three finals.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Of the four teams in the semifinals of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament, the Lady Tamaraws have the most experience in that nerve-wracking frame.FEU’s 10-25, 25-23, 25-22, 12-25, 15-8 victory over Ateneo to stretch its semifinals series was its seventh five-set win against just one loss, making the Lady Tamaraws the most successful team when a match goes to the full extent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLady Tamaraws head coach George Pascua said the Lady Tamaraws have been preparing for that kind of pressure-packed scenario whole season long.READ: FEU escapes Ateneo, lives to fight another day for UAAP finals berth DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESread more