Stars pay tribute to Baresi at 60

first_img “I had the good fortune and privilege of having him as President for 30 years,” he told MilanNews.it. “He was looking to the future, and, for me, that was fundamental. “He brought his winning mentality to the football team.” Here are some of the messages to Baresi on his big day from his former companions: Carlo Ancelotti: “Dear Franco, it is with pleasure that I wish you all the best wishes for your birthday. We are at 60 but it means that we have had many good memories and I have had many beautiful ones with you. A hug and best wishes.” George Weah: “It’s a great opportunity to stay thank you for everything you did for me when I was at Milan. Captain, my big brother, you are a person with a big heart. Happy birthday. You are ageing well, as you are still young. Happy birthday my captain.” Roberto Baggio: “It’s a very important day for you, you have reached a great milestone. I hope you your family are well. I wish you all the best and send you a hug. I hope everything will go how you wish. Ciao Capitano.” Jean-Pierre Papin: “Dear Captain, I wanted to wish you happy birthday. For me it was a privilege to be able to play with you and with many other great champions in this great team.” Massimo Ambrosini: “Happy birthday, Captain. I must confess that the most difficult thing when I arrived at Milan was to address you informally. Happy birthday, thank you for everything. I love you.” Frank Rijkaard: “Hi Franco, legendary Captain. I wish you a happy birthday, I hope it will be a wonderful day for you. A big hug. Ciao Maestro.” read also:Italian Mafia chased me OUT of AC Milan Marco Simone: “Captain, happy birthday. In this double-digit, there’s the number six, a number that you have managed to lift like no one else in the history of football. I often think of everything you have taught me as a footballer and as a man. Ciao Capitano.” Demetrio Albertini: “Every time I look at this photo, I relive the infinite emotion of the captain’s embrace. It gives me goosebumps. His eyes spoke more than his words. Happy birthday Franco 6.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldShockingly, Some Foods We Eat Every Day Have A Bizarre BeginningWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldOnly Those Who Live In 1980s Know What It IsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Celebs Who Are Turning 50 This Yearcenter_img Franco Baresi’s former Milan teammates have paid tribute to the legendary defender, on his 60th birthday. Born in Travagliato on May 8 1960, Baresi joined the Rossoneri academy at a young age. He was picked up at the age of 12 but rejected by city rivals Inter. He would go on to make his debut in 1978, working hard to establish himself in the starting XI the following season. Baresi won the World Cup in 1982 but stayed at Milan, despite their relegation to Serie B, to help them win promotion for the second time during his first five years at the club. He was rewarded and formed one of the greatest defences of all time, with Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Costacurta and Mauro Tassotti, picking up five Scudetti and three European Cups. It started with Arrigo Sacchi but continued with Fabio Capello, as he helped the Diavolo to an unbeaten run of 58 games, including the invincible season of 1991-92. “Franco was a visual example for everyone, a serious man who gave everything he had to offer and with the qualities he already obtained,” Sacchi told Sky Sport Italia. “Great players are those who play with and for the team. “I think he played a derby with a broken hand once.” Baresi retired at the age of 37, following the 1996-97 season, and the club retired his No 6 shirt. Two years later, he was voted Milan’s player of the century. Former CEO Adriano Galliani recalled how nobody ever dared to knock on President Silvio Berlusconi’s door to try and lure the champion away from Milan. “After Berlusconi and I arrived, no one ever asked us about Baresi,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “No team ever asked us for one of our champions at that time, they knew we would never sell them. “Franco had the Rossoneri shirt on his skin. He could have gone away twice when Milan went to Serie B, but he didn’t, let alone after Berlusconi’s arrival.” Baresi, for his part, feels he was the lucky one to have Berlusconi as President at San Siro.last_img read more

BHP, Sime Darby, Others Owe Taxes

first_imgFour leading concessions in Liberia have been accused of owing taxes to the government of Liberia. BHP Billiton, Sime Darby, AmLib and Golden Veroleum have all been accused by the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA)of failing to pay their taxes to the Government.Making the disclosure to journalists recently at a local resort in Monrovia, the LRA Commissioner General, Elfrieda Tamba revealed that BHP Billiton owes government US$400,000, Sime Darby US$ 25,000, Amlib US$ 36,000, Golden Veroleum US$50,000 and BHP Scientific Research US$50,000.The LRA boss had earlier assured the general public that within the first year of its operation, LRA would prosecute persons or institutions found guilty of tax evasion.  They will be sued on criminal charges, depending on the magnitude because tax evasion is a criminal offense, she said.She promised that “the LRA will ensure that these companies fullfil their tax obligations to the Government of Liberia.”  She pointed out that the LRA’s  strategic principles include the enforcement of revenue law; efficient organization; effective systems  and procedures, voluntary compliance and self-assessment systems as well as setting up customer service centers throughout the country where taxpayers can proceed to pay their revenues.The LRA boss admitted that there have been leakages in the revenue system of the country. The entity will therefore be mandated to prosecute those evading the system, she said.The LRA boss further disclosed that the new management structure hopes to adapt the principles to ensure that the leadership of the entity will make a big difference in collecting the revenues of the country.She appealed to government to invest more in the LRA as an institution in order to strengthen it to collect needed revenues to finance development projects across the country.“We believe that if government will invest in this entity, we will have an increase in tax collection motivation and an improvement in staff integrity,” said the LRA boss.Mrs. Tamba said that the revenue collected by the entity is used directly by the government to fund public services to benefit all citizens as well as residents and non-residents, legal and non-legal aliens, “because government uses these tax resources to provide basic services, such as, building schools, medical services, electricity and good road facilities.”As part of the LRA’s modernization programme, she said, the institution has promised to implement more modern and innovative strategies to enhance revenue collection.Meanwhile, the Domestic Task Division of the LRA is engaging various entities to see how best they can meet up with their tax obligations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Vilane shows the way to the top

first_imgAdvice from Sibusiso Vilane, “You’ve got to dream and then set out to achieve your dreams.” (Image: Sibusiso Vilane)• Sibusiso Vilane+27 83 630 3391• Antarctic team did it for children • Will Vilane make North Pole history? • South Pole adventurers return • Sibusiso Vilane’s trek to the top • SA pair for south pole recordSulaiman PhilipNothing is impossible, Sibusiso Vilane told assembled scouts when he was unveiled as the new Chief Scout of South Africa in March 2014. “You are limitless!” sounds like a call to action when you are among the greatest adventurers alive.Vilane has endured glacial temperatures and violent snow storms to become one of fewer than 150 people to climb the highest peak on all the continents. Once he had completed the Seven Summits, Sir Ranulph Fiennes goaded him into taking on a real challenge – the Goliath Challenge. Goliath, or the Three Poles Challenge, recognises adventurers who have climbed Everest and have walked unaided to the North and South poles.In 2008, along with partner Alex Harris, Vilane reached the South Pole. In April 2012, he reached the South Pole, becoming the first African, and one of only a handful of people, to accomplish the Explorers Grand Slam. As Vilane reminded the scouts: “Strive for great heights and remember that it is not about where you were born, where you live or what you become, do or have. It’s about what legacy you want to leave behind.”Sibu, as he is affectionately known, was born in what is now Mpumalanga before his mother moved with him and his sister to rural Swaziland where his income as a cow herder kept food on the table. As the sole provider he was kept out of school until he was 10; but it was not that he was older than everyone else that bothered him. “I had no shoes because there was no money, and I had one uniform. As a child my family’s poverty embarrassed me.”“There will be challenges but it’s about just being persistent and not giving up,” has been Vilane’s advice to children that he gives motivational talks to. (Image: Sibusiso Vilane)While working as a game ranger at the Malolotja Nature Reserve in Swaziland he met former British high commissioner John Doble. Impressed by his strength and stamina, Doble suggested that Vilane join him in a climb on the Drakensberg. That expedition was in 1996.And on to EverestIn 2003, Vilane found himself at Everest base camp unsure even of how to wear his climbing harness. Physically and mentally he felt ready to face the challenge, it was just the mechanics of climbing with which he needed to get comfortable. “I was attracted to the mountain so it came down simply to getting into the mindset. Not once in the 60 days it took to reach the summit did I think that Everest was impossible.”It is a message that forms a big part of the talks Vilane gives to corporate clients and schoolchildren: with determination, hard work and perseverance there is nothing you cannot achieve. Standing above the world was, at the time, the highlight of his life. Along with a South African flag, Vilane placed a copy of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, at the summit. “Reaching the top and Mandela’s example were proof that we are capable of accomplishing anything we set our minds to. That message, that we Africans can reach great heights, was all over the world – I could have died there but I would have been the happiest man.”In Nepalese, Everest is Sagarmantha, “Goddess of the sky”. In June the temperature can drop to below -30°C, and it takes just two minutes to freeze to death. On 3 June 2005, Vilane summited Everest for the second time, this time ascending from the more difficult North Ridge. Returning to base camp alone and without water and oxygen, he came the closest to death he ever did.Resting in the howling wind, trying to catch his breath, he began to fall asleep. “The music of the devil was sounding very clear. The mountain was beckoning me to lie with her forever. She had so much energy, felt so alive, as if she was going to consume me like so many other climbers,” he wrote in his autobiography, To the Top From Nowhere.Saved by ubuntuHe was saved by Mingma, a Sherpa who had given up his opportunity to reach the summit to bring Vilane oxygen and water and guide him to safety. By saving his life, Mingma had confirmed a long held belief of Vilane’s: that working together, people can accomplish miracles.It’s an idea that inspires his charitable endeavours too, ensuring he is playing his part for others. Three children’s charities benefitted from his second Everest climb: the Birth to Twenty Research Programme at Wits University, the Africa Foundation and the SOS Children’s Village in Swaziland.Since 2006, he has been the African ambassador for Lifeline Energy www.lifelineenergy.org. He dedicated the 1 113 kilometres he trekked to the South Pole to the children of South Africa. And in May 2008, Lifeline Energy gave 300 Lifeline radios to children from the Nkomazi district, where he was born, thanks to those who sponsored his trek. “The future entirely depends on the education of children, their access to information to broaden their thinking and understanding of the ever-changing and challenging world,” he says.There have been plenty of other efforts to help others, such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Caring4Girls and youth leadership development programmes, and running the Comrades Marathon in aid of the 46664 Bangle Initiative www.46664bangles.com.In his book, the adventurer talks about the lessons he learned from surviving and overcoming near-death experiences; in the end you can depend on none but your own strengths. “Nothing but myself can break me. By self-limiting, by not entertaining that the impossible does exist in my mind, as long as I believe, then nothing can break me.”Expedition bugVilane has the bug now. He has gone from a poor boy to a man who leads expeditions to the top of the world, a man who claims that boredom would overtake him if he was not climbing mountains or testing himself in the worst conditions on the planet. “I never dreamed I would be ‘the first’ to do anything in my life but now, I cannot live without an expedition. When I am not on an expedition, I am preparing for one or I am dreaming of expeditions to come. There are so many more challenges I strive to conquer.”For all his firsts, Vilane calls his 20-year marriage his finest achievement and his four children his greatest joy. One day he hopes that his children will join him on an expedition. His wife, Nomsa, while wary, would not have a problem letting her children join their father on top of the world. “When he returns you can see how much he enjoys having his family around. I see how climbing mountains have made him appreciate life so much more and to pass that gift on to our children would be a blessing.”Climbing mountains, testing yourself against nature is something that everyone should aspire to says the motivational and inspirational speaker. Testing yourself in adversity makes you a better person and can help change the world. No matter what challenge you choose for yourself, “it’s important to have the ability to persevere, despite the difficulties that lie ahead of you. It matters that you know that you are capable of anything.last_img read more

Become a Master of Blending Modes in Final Cut Pro X

first_imgUsing Blending Modes in Final Cut ProStep 1: Select Your FootageBlending modes in Final Cut Pro only work if there are two or more video layers stacked on top. If your footage is in your timeline, simply select the footage layer that’s on top.Step 2: Navigate the InspectorThe Inspector is the panel located in the top right of your Final Cut Pro window. In the Inspector, you’ll see a video and info tab. Select the video tab.Step 3: Select Your Blending ModeSelect your blending mode by navigating to the bottom of the Inspector. Locate the section labeled Compositing, where you’ll see a menu next to the term Blend Mode. Select that menu and choose your blending mode of choice. The blending mode you select will depend on what video effect you’re going for. Some of the more popular blending modes are multiply, screen, overlay, add, and color burn.Want to learn more about Final Cut Pro? Check out the rest of our exclusive Final Cut Pro tutorials over on our Final Cut Pro Editor Kits page.What is your favorite blending mode? Share in the comments below. Add quick stylization to your video projects with blending modes in Final Cut Pro X. Learn the technique with FREE stock footage and music from Shutterstock and PremiumBeat.Using a video element with a blending mode is one of the fastest ways to add a custom look to your project. If you’re not already familiar with the term, a blending mode tells Final Cut Pro how to interpret the colors and luminance of a video layer. For example, the screen blending mode will completely remove black pixels in your video.There are dozens of different blending modes in Final Cut Pro X that can affect your footage in different ways. Let’s check out a few of our favorites in a new tutorial.But don’t just watch the clip… fire up Final Cut Pro X and make some blending-mode magic! We’ve teamed up with Shutterstock to give you FREE assets so you can follow along.You can download the free footage, music, and assets from the Final Cut Pro X page here on PremiumBeat.Download Free Blending Mode Assetslast_img read more