Make Dynamic Montages with This Easy Video Editing Technique

first_imgNeed to improve the montages in your next project? Check out the technique in this video tutorial to improve the flow of your edit.This is by far one of my favorite editing techniques for creating montages, and it’s super easy to do. By using this simple scale in (or scale out) technique, you can make all of your sequences flow better with more energy.Let’s dive into this video tutorial. Steps on Cutting a Dynamic MontageYou first want to assemble the shots you want to play out in the timeline together. Once you’ve created your sequence, it’s time to get grooving.Click on your first shot, then go up into its effects panel. Drag your cursor over to Scale, and then make a keyframe marker at the beginning of your clip (by pressing the stop watch). This will make a marker point of your current clip scale, which is 100.Now go to the end of your clip, and raise the scale up to 105 (or higher).This will automatically make another keyframe marker.If you play out your clip, you will see that you’ve created a digital scale.This method can be done in reverse too, creating a digital scale out. For example, start with your clip scale at 110. Then go to the end and make it 100.To make this effect work properly, you must apply it to at least three other shots in your sequence. Right-click your first shot, then select Copy in the drop-down menu.Once you’ve done that, highlight the other clips in your sequence, and then right-click. From the drop-down menu press Paste Attributes.An additional window will appear; just select Motion and press okay.This will apply your scale in effect to all of the shots you highlighted. Depending on the length of your other clips, you may need to adjust the scale manually to make sure they don’t zoom in too slow or too late.Again, I can’t express how much this little technique has gotten me through a ton of edits. You can apply to almost every project’s montage sequences.last_img read more

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PM to address 4 rallies in poll-bound Haryana

first_imgThe campaigning in Haryana will gain momentum with Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled to address four rallies across the State, starting from Ballabhgarh on October 14, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Tuesday. Mr. Tomar, who is also the party’s election in-charge for the State, said the BJP will win 75 seats and return to power for a second consecutive term. The State will go to polls on October 21 and results will be declared on October 24.Star campaigner The campaigning will gain momentum in the coming days as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is BJP’s star campaigner, will address four rallies across the state. Mr. Modi will address his first rally at Ballabhgarh in Faridabad district on October 14, Mr. Tomar said. “We will win 75 seats in Haryana. Have faith in our target. During general elections, we had said we will cross 300 seats and we did so,” he said. The mood in the State is in favour of the BJP because of several reasons including transparent administration, a strong central government and better implementation of the schemes, he said. Noting that Haryana was known for corruption, he said after many years, there is a transparent BJP government in the State with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar taking several measures for the same.Curb on corruption “Mr. Khattar has taken several steps to curb corruption. The filling up of teachers’ post in a transparent manner and without taking any bribes has created a massive impact on the peoples mind,” Mr. Tomar said. The Union Minister also mentioned that farmers are benefiting from various central schemes including ₹6,000 annual income support under the central scheme PM-KISAN. Since Haryana contributes significantly to the armed forces, people have welcomed the Centre’s decision to abrogate the Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, he added. In the last Assembly polls, the BJP had won 47 seats with 33.2% vote share.last_img read more

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India’s medal hopefuls are raring to rock

first_imgOne week is all that stands between Indian sportspersons and their shot at glory. Gold at the Commonwealth Games has often proved to be the launch pad to greatness for many an athlete, and the strong Indian contingent will be hoping that they don’t leave their home fans disappointed once the Games take off.Mail Today begins this final countdown to the Games by presenting to you the biggest medal hopes India possesses in its ranks, across all sports. From India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist – Abhinav Bindra – to world champions to top rank- holders in their respective sports, they’ll all be in the Capital within a couple of days and will be raring to go. After months of hard training, they are ready to unleash their repertoire of skills on their competition.This list is far from complete. After all, at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, India won 22 gold, 17 silver and 11 bronze medals, and finished fourth in the medals tally, behind runaway leaders Australia (84 gold), England (36 gold) and Canada ( 26 gold).This time, every national federation and each athlete is promising a big jump in the number of medals, with shooting, wrestling and weightlifting hoping to be the chief contributors to the tally.Two more sports that India can expect to dominate are tennis and archery – one is being introduced for the first time; the other is making a return to the Games after 28 years.Of course, athletics is considered India’s Achilles heel in multi- discipline events, but there are those who have proved they have it in them to not just compete with traditional powerhouses, but also stay ahead of them on the track and in the field. The time has now come for the controversies surrounding the Organising Committee and its officials to be pushed into the background.advertisementHere’s hoping that the dark shadows brought on by infrastructure, deadline and hygiene issues will disperse and the glow of sport will be the only lasting memory of Delhi 2010.ShootingThe Big Game Player: Abhinav BindraThe young man from Chandigarh took Indian shooting to an unprecedented high with a gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but his golden run goes back a long way.He struck gold at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002 in the pairs event, and finished with a silver in the singles. He went on to defend the pairs gold in Melbourne in 2006. His build- up to the Delhi Games has been quiet, as he has participated in only two ISSF events all year – finishing 24th at the World Cup in Belgrade and 25th in the World Championships.But he is known as a big- game player and one can expect him to raise his game when it matters the most – on October 5 and 6.Gold Medal Forecast: 6/ 10Lady Luck Smiles Again: Tejaswini SawantShe first shot to fame as the female equivalent of Abhinav Bindra – a 10m air rifle specialist who won the silver at the Asian Shooting Championships in Bangkok in 2005.She then struck a double gold – pairs and singles – at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Three years of disappointment followed, with no world- level medals. In this interregnum, she changed her events to 50m prone and three- position rifle.Her luck turned when she struck a threeposition bronze at the World Cup in Munich in 2009 and, at the same range a year later, became world champion in the prone position.With the field at the Commonwealth Games being decidedly weaker than the world championships, Tejaswini can be expected to add more gold medals to India’s shooting kitty.Gold Medal Forecast: 9/ 10BadmintonCarrying India’s Hopes: Saina NehwalRanked third in the world, the Hyderabad teenager has become the new face of Indian badminton. Saina made history in 2010 by becoming the first Indian woman to win two Super Series titles – Singapore and Indonesian – in back- to- back weeks. This performance also propelled her to her highest international rank ever – No. 2.Her meteoric rise started with 2006 Melbourne Games, where she played a big role in the team clinching the bronze medal. She also came close to a medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but lost in the quarter-finals. Within the four years she’s spent at the senior level, the shuttle queen has demonstrated her potential to stay the very best in the years ahead. She carries the burden of the nation’s expectations from her but that doesn’t deter her from going for gold.Gold Medal Forecast: 9/ 10ArcheryOn Target For Yellow Metal: Dola BanerjeeadvertisementArchery makes a return to the Games after 28 years and Dola Banerjee will bank on her experience as India look to make merry on home turf. Dola was the only Indian to win a gold in the women’s individual recurve event at the World Cup Grand Final in 2007 in Dubai after notching up top honours in the fourth leg of the World Cup in Dover, England, a few months earlier.The 2005 Arjuna Award winner also represented the country at the 2004 Athens Olympics. That year, she struck gold at the European Grand Prix and Golden Arrow Grand Prix archery tournaments in Antalya, Turkey. And in 2006, Dola returned home with a gold from the South Asian Games in Colombo. At the Yamuna Sports Complex next month, she will wish to be on song like her gifted musical cousins Shaan and Sagarika.Gold Medal Forecast: 7/ 10BoxingPacking A Punch For India: Vijender KumarThe Olympic and World Championship bronze medallist has earned India many firsts. It’s not mere statistics but his technique that makes him the boxer to watch out for during the Commonwealth Games.The middleweight (75kg) Vijender belongs to a class of boxers who exhibit their profound skills without wasting energy. In the ring he looks more like the thinker who plots his every move. Unlike most boxers who go all- out from the word go, he waits for his opponent to unleash his attack and then he scores on counter-attack.Vijender’s well-thought-out game strategy has lifted him to world No. 1, though he doesn’t get too many opportunities to show his class at home because of the fewer number of International competitions held here. The Commonwealth Games will be Vijender’s big chance to do so.Gold Medal Forecast: 8/ 10Table TennisPaddler In Top Form: Achantha Sharath KamalWith two Commonwealth Games gold medals under his belt, Achantha Sharath Kamal must be feeling the burden of expectations weigh him down.In Melbourne, not only did he win the men’s singles title, he also led the men’s team to the top of the podium. The 2004 Arjuna Award winner has participated in the Athens and Beijing Olympics and the 2006 Doha Asian Games, and been India’s top-ranked player for many years.Now that he has become the first Indian to break into the top- 50 in world rankings, Sharath’s fortunes will be followed all the more keenly.Gold Medal Forecast: 7/ 10 Achantha Sharath Kamal WrestlingThe Home Turf Favourite: Sushil KumarAn acolyte of 1982 Asian Game gold medalist and wrestling coach Satpal, Kumar has single-handedly brought wrestling back into the public consciousness.His bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was a surprise gift and the first Olympic medal in wrestling for India since K. D. Jadhav’s bronze at the 1952 edition in Helsinki. The Najafgarh strongman kept dating headlines when he became the first Indian to be crowned world champion in the 66- kilo category in Moscow not so long ago.His form makes Sushil, a Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna honoree, the odds- on favourite for a gold on the home turf next month. Sushil has several other achievements in the international arena under his belt. He has struck gold at three Commonwealth Championships and also bagged top honours at the 2010 Asian Championships.advertisementSushil was placed fourth in the 2003 World Championships, but could not do much at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He was conferred the Arjuna Award in 2005.Gold Medal Forecast: 9/ 10WeightliftingA Weighty Comeback: Monika DeviNot long ago, Monika Devi was fighting with her back to the wall against the ban imposed on her for testing positive in a dope test, but the 27- year-old weightlifter is now one of the top contenders for gold. She has several national records to her name and was a silver medallist at the last Commonwealth Games.From there on, her performance has just kept improving and she has followed her Melbourne milestone with two silvers and a bronze at the Asian Championships in Japan in 2007 – but the dope test scandal denied her a place in the Indian team for the Beijing Olympics. Monika returned to competitive world at the Commonwealth Games trials – two years after she was dropped from the Olympic team. She announced her arrival with a gold in her 75kg category.Gold Medal Forecast: 8/ 10Discus ThrowNothing Less Than Gold: Krishna PooniaPoonia’s greatest international achievement so far has been her bronze at the 2006 Doha Asian Games. At the Melbourne Games that year, she finished fifth, but she has put her past behind her and is brimming over with confidence. Says the Arjuna Award winner, “I will aim for gold. I am training very seriously and I hope to peak at the right time.”At the Asian All Star Athletics meet, the test event for the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in July, she clinched the gold. But Poonia is getting a tad carried away when she says: “I expect tough competition and anything less than my best effort will deprive me of a gold.”Gold Medal Forecast: 5/ 10TennisRallying From The Baseline: Somdev Dev VarmanThe young man from Tripura is the first Indian tennis player to break the top- 100 ceiling in singles in a long time. The 25-year-old from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, had an illustrious collegiate career, becoming the first player to make it to three consecutive NCAA finals, winning two of them. Somdev made his Grand Slam debut at the 2009 US Open and progressed to the second round.Earlier that year, he achieved his best tour result till date, reaching the final of the Chennai Open, where he went down to Croatian Marin Cilic. Known for his fitness, athleticism and speed around the court, he relies on rallying from the baseline.Gold Medal Forecast: 7/ 10last_img read more

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Mohammed Shami yet to join Bengal squad a day ahead of Ranji Trophy match

first_imgMohammed Shami has not yet joined the Bengal team even as the team’s Ranji Trophy match against Kerala begins in Kolkata on Tuesday.Shami had sought BCCI’s permission to play for Bengal in the Ranji Trophy and he was cleared on the condition that he would only bowl 15-17 overs per innings.Shami was expected to join his Bengal squad on Sunday but was yet to join the team on the eve of the match.However, Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary said that Shami had gone to his native house and would join the side later on Monday.”There’s a death in his family. He’s gone to attend that. Family is always first priority. He is coming this evening. I have no issues,” Tiwary said.”I don’t think he has done it purposefully. There’s a reason behind it.”Shami’s inclusion in the squad has revived Bengal’s hopes for season’s first win after they secured six points from two matches on basis of their first innings lead.The conditions are ideal for the pacers with a green top on offer at the Eden Gardens.Also read – Virat Kohli promises to retaliate if Australia start sledging war”He is the number one Test bowler for India. He is such a quality that he would not have any issues [in straightway joining without practice].”Tiwary said it was Shami’s wish to play for Bengal before leaving for the gruelling Australia tour where India will play four Tests beginning December 6.”He was very keen about playing. He said he’s available for second match. Then we did the formalities [of seeking permission from BCCI].”advertisementTiwary added Bengal have plan B in place with the team boasting four other pacers in Ashok Dinda, Ishan porel, Mukesh Kumar and uncapped Amit Kuila.Bengal’s batting on the other hand will miss the services of promising opener Abhimanyu Easwaran who is on India A tour to New Zealand.In his absence, last match centurion Koushik Ghosh is likely to be promoted while Sudip Chatterjee who’s battling for runs would come to his usual number three slot.This will be for the first time the two teams will cross swords in the Ranji Trophy and Sachin Baby-led Kerala side are excited about it.Kerala, who defeated Andhra in their last match, lead the group B table with seven points, followed by Bengal.”Back home we played on spinning track. It’s a new challenge for us. There’s a lot of grass on this wicket. We are really prepared to face the Bengal pace attack. We are excited to face Shami,” Baby said.The match will pit Kerala’s strong batting against Bengal’s pace attack. Kerala have three batsmen who have scored centuries this season including the skipper.Opener Jalaj Saxena, who scored 133 against Andhra, will look to give them a solid start while VA Jagadeesh will lend stability in the lower middle order.(With PTI inputs)Also watch –last_img read more

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No release clause for Man Utd target Perisic

first_imgTransfers No release clause for Man Utd target Perisic in new Inter Milan contract Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 19:42 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Perisic - cropped Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Premier League Internazionale Serie A The Serie A club confirmed there were offers from the Premier League for the Croatian, but they don’t fear losing him in the future Inter Milan believe they can match the achievements of Manchester United, having resisted interest from the Premier League giants in star attacker Ivan Perisic.The Croatia international was reportedly the subject of a number of bids from Old Trafford during the transfer window, but Inter held firm and tied Perisic to a new five-year contract after the deadline passed.Inter 10/1 to win Serie A Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Perisic has begun the season in fine form, scoring three goals in five Serie A games as Inter aim for a return to the Champions League picture.And, after a turbulent window in which Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain for €222million, sporting director Piero Ausilio says clubs will not be able to shock Inter in a similar way as Perisic’s deal does not include a buy-out clause.”Perisic still had a few years on his contract,” Ausilio told Sport Mediaset. “Nobody ever denied that this offer arrived from Manchester United, but we have been working to convince him to stay at Inter and that our project could be just as successful as Manchester.”The new contract was a consequence of that. There is no release clause because we did not intend to propose one, nor was it requested by his entourage.”last_img read more

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Dylan Hartley lets rip at former Saints players as Northampton close ranks

first_imgDylan Hartley Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Rugby union Support The Guardian Leicester’s Matt O’Connor rails at ‘disruption’ over Manu Tuilagi citing Topics Share on WhatsApp Dylan Hartley has rounded on the former Northampton players who have voiced their criticism of the club after a woeful run of form that cost Jim Mallinder his job as director of rugby last week. On another difficult day for the struggling Saints, Wales also brushed off the club’s attempts to lure Warren Gatland to Franklin’s Gardens.Mallinder was sacked on 12 December after a decade at the club but on Sunday Northampton’s losing run in the Premiership and Champions Cup extended to nine matches. Recent results – and the steady decline since winning the Premiership in 2014 – have led to several former players voicing opinions over where Saints have gone wrong, with the former England wing Ian Hunter pointing the finger at the forwards coach, Dorian West, last week. Asked about comments made by former Northampton players on social media, Hartley said: “I’d tread lightly on that sort of stuff and unless you were sat in our changing room, in our kit, I don’t think you should take any opinion or advice from people who are not in our group.“It’s not fair unless they know and if you’re not sat in our changing room you don’t know. And at a time like this, when you haven’t had a win, it’s easy for people to point fingers, especially if you’re not involved.”Hartley did acknowledge that the current Northampton squad, who face the champions, Exeter, on Saturday must take responsibility for their plight, as well as for Mallinder’s. “There’s nowhere else to look other than ourselves for improvement and results now. The spotlight is on us. We’ve been through periods like this before and it is rough but we’ll come out the other side of it. Four seasons ago we were at this stage at Christmas time and then as the close of the season came we had to win every game to make the top four. We ended up doing it, so it’s do-able, there is a way out.”Wales, meanwhile, have told Northampton to forget about attempting to bring Gatland to the club. The president, Keith Barwell, said this week that they had shortlisted Gatland before appointing Mallinder 10 years ago and that the Wales head coach, who also led the British & Irish Lions on their past two tours, was someone in whom the Saints are interested.“I did not lose a beat to be honest,” the Welsh Rugby Union chief executive, Martyn Phillips, said when asked for his reaction to Barwell’s remarks. “Warren is going to get linked to all sorts of jobs because he is one of the top coaches in the world. There are so few people on that list that those who are will be talked about a lot. I would like to believe he will be here for the World Cup [in 2019].”Gatland’s contract with Wales lasts until the end of that tournament and a three-man shortlist has been drawn up for his successor. It would cost Northampton a seven‑figure sum to buy Gatland out of it because as well as his salary, he will receive a bonus if he sees out his time in the country he moved to 10 years ago. Could Stuart Lancaster be the man to get Northampton on the up again? Warren Gatland Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Northampton Share via Email Read more Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Whoever takes over from him – Glasgow’s head coach, Dave Rennie, is the favourite – will be expected to work closely with the country’s four regions. Phillips said that the professional end of the game was now made up of five interdependent bodies, Wales and the quartet, a contrast to the previous WRU regime which erected a barrier between the national side and those under it.“It is important that the successful candidate sees the big picture,” Phillips said. “We want a pretty rounded individual, not just a great coach, although it is important that he has a track record and has won something important, and nationality is not an issue. We have a shortlist of three and they all have to buy into our model: it is not random any more.”Phillips also said the WRU is considering making a part of the Principality Stadium an alcohol-free zone after the next Six Nations following complaints from spectators last month about fans constantly getting up during the match to go to the bar or the toilet. “We are collecting data from spectators and if there are things we think we can do to improve the experience for people, we’ll trial those next autumn, but I don’t want to penalise one group against another,” he said. news Wales rugby union teamlast_img read more

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ESPN Releases College Football Playoff Picks After Week 1

first_imgA pylon at the CFP National Championship game.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the ESPN Pylon Cam during the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The first Saturday of the college football season has wrapped up. The games did not disappoint.Auburn-Washington and Notre Dame-Michigan came down to the wire. Alabama looked dominant as usual, as did Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma.It is way too early to really think about the College Football Playoff, but never too early to make some projections.ESPN’s panel of experts released its College Football Playoff picks after Week 1. Andrea Adelson, Edward Aschoff, Chris Low and Adam Rittenberg made their selections.Check them out below:Alabama and Clemson are locks, and the other two spots are up for grabs. There’s a lot of football left to be played though.In fact, there are two more games this weekend. Miami and LSU play tonight in Dallas, with Florida State and Virginia Tech playing tomorrow.Miami and LSU will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.last_img read more

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Korea Development Bank Increases DSME Stake

first_imgzoom The state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB) has increased its stake in the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME), according to a stock exchange filing.Namely, KDB, one of DSME’s main creditors, increased its ownership in the shipbuilder from 49.74 percent to 79.04 percent through a debt to equity swap.In November 2016, DSME’s creditors KDB and the Export-Import Bank of Korea unveiled their intentions to financially support the shipbuilder with KRW 2.8 trillion.Under the plan, KDB intended to convert KRW 1.8 trillion of debt into equity. The bank previously converted around KRW 400 billion worth of loans into DSME stocks.The company’s second creditor, the Export-Import Bank of Korea, was expected to buy KRW 1 trillion worth of bonds that would be sold by the shipbuilding company.The creditors earlier said that the financial aid would be provided under the condition that the company’s labor union accepts the restructuring scheme, introduced in order to prevent the shipbuilder’s delisting from the stock market.During the first nine months of 2016, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s net loss shrunk to KRW 1.42 trillion from a net loss of KRW 2.19 trillion reported in the nine-month period in 2015.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Anas smashes own National Record Hima wins 3rd gold

first_imgNew Delhi: Mohammad Anas bettered his own national record in men’s 400m to clinch a gold and qualify for the World Championships while Hima Das won the women’s 200m event for her third international triumph in less than two weeks at the Kladno Athletics Meet in Czech Republic. The 24-year-old Anas clocked 45.21 seconds as he won an easy race, finishing nearly one second ahead of silver winner Omelko Rafal (46.19) of Poland in the race run on Saturday night. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherApart from re-writing his earlier national record of 45.24 seconds which he recorded last year, he also qualified for the World Athletics Championships to be held in Doha from September 27 to October 6. The World Championships qualification time is 45.30 seconds in men’s 400m race. In the women’s 200m race, Hima clocked a much improved time of 23.43 seconds to win the gold. She has a personal best of 23.10 sec in 200m. This was her third international gold in 11 days. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenIn her first competitive 200m race of the year, the 19-year-old Assam runner had clocked 23.65 seconds on her way to gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland on July 2. After that, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet, also in Poland, on July 7 with a time of 23.97 seconds. At this Czech Republic city of Kladno, the Indian trio of Vipin Kasana, Abhishek Singh and Davinder Singh Kang took the top three spots in men’s javelin final with efforts of 82.51m, 77.32m and 76.58m respectively. In men’s shot put event, national record holder Tejinder Pal Singh Toor managed a creditable best throw of 20.36m to win the bronze. He holds the national record of 20.75m. In the women’s 400m, V K Vismaya clocked her personal best of 52.54 seconds to win the race. Saritaben Gayakwad was third with 53.37. Meanwhile, in the XXII International Memorial Competition in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Indians also bagged 6 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze, with national record holder M Sreeshankar winning the long jump event with a creditable 7.97m. The other gold winners are: Archana in 100m (11.74 sec), Harsh Kumar in 400m (46.76 sec), Lili Das in 1500m (4:19.05), Sahil Silwal in javelin throw (78.50m), women’s 4×100 relay (45.81 sec). Rahul (1500m; 3:50.69), Jisna Mathew (400m, 53.76) and Gajanand Mistry (400m, 47.23) won silver medals while Rohit Yadav bagged a bronze in javelin throw (73.33m).last_img read more

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US airports hit by shutdownfuelled shortage of air traffic controllers

first_imgWASHINGTON — Two of the busiest airports in the United States are reporting flight delays due to a shortage of air-traffic controllers, believed to be a direct result of a federal government shutdown that’s now in its 35th day.Arrivals at New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International in New Jersey are being delayed by what the Federal Aviation Administration is calling a “slight increase” in sick leaves at two key air-traffic-control operations in Florida and Washington, D.C.According to the FAA’s website, arrivals at both airports are being delayed at their departure points — by up to 90 minutes at LaGuardia and an hour at Newark.The effects have hit Canadian airports, where departure boards are showing delays and outright cancellations of flights bound for American destinations.Air-traffic controllers are among the federal employees who are required to work without pay as a result of the partial government shutdown, the result of President Donald Trump’s dispute with Congress over funding for his southern border wall.A statement from the association says the impact is being managed by augmenting staffing, rerouting traffic and allowing more space between flight departures, and urges travellers to check with airlines for information about possible delays.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Saudi Arabia to Borrow Money from International Market

Rabat – Saudi Arabia has begun talks with potential investors to launch a deposit of international bonds based on the U.S. dollar in order to borrow money from the international market for the first time in its history.The news came from the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), which explained that the Ministry of Finance has put together “an international program to issue the instruments of debt…and has appointed a number of national and international banks in order to coordinate a series of meetings with investors in debt instruments.”The same source iterated that the Saudi Ministry of Finance has tasked these investment banks with the mission of managing and organizing the first deposit of the international bonds denominated in U.S. dollars, adding that “this deposit will depend on the conditions of the market.” According to the Arabic-speaking news source France24, Oxford Economics analyst Patrick Dennis told the French news agency (AFP) that the funds that Saudi Arabia will raise are estimated around $15 billion, which is sufficient to face the economic problems that resulted from the drop of oil revenues since circa mid-2014.Dennis added that due to its nonexistent debt record, Saudi Arabia will not face any significant issues in raising capital, but it will be the first time the kingdom finds it necessary to borrow from international marketsThe Saudi daily newspaper Alhayah, quoted in France24, noted that the Saudi debts have gradually increased, with deficits of $11.8 billion in 2014, $37.9 billion in 2015 and $73 billion in 2016.This deficit coupled with the $170 billion decline in Saudi reserves, pushed the Saudi government to launch a new program last April called “Saudi Vision 2030.” This program aims to diversify the kingdom’s sources of revenue, which has primarily been based on oil for decades.Dennis told AFP that due to its nonexistent debt record, Saudi Arabia will not face any significant issues in raising capital, but it will be the first time the kingdom finds it necessary to borrow from international markets. read more

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CAF: Kenya Loses Eligibility to Host 2018 Africa Championship

Rabat – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) withdrew the hosting rights for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) from Kenya after Accra’s CAF Executive Committee meeting Saturday.The African confederation said that Kenya will not be able to complete its infrastructure projects in time for the competition which is scheduled to take place in January 2018.The announcement came a few days after the Kenyan government approved SH 4.2 billion in order to prepare the venues for the competition. With an overwhelming majority of the members present, the Committee decided to revoke the hosting rights for the competition from Kenya in light of accumulated delays documented by reports of the various inspection missions conducted in the country, the last of which took place from September 11 to 17, 2017, according to the CAF’s official website.The same source added that CAF had opened a bidding process for a new host. “The deadline for receipt of applications is seven days from Sunday, September 24. The identity of the bidding countries will be disclosed within a maximum of 15 days after the opening of the bidding process.”Morocco and South Africa are expected to submit applications to host the 2018 CHAN amid speculations that CAF would take the competition to one of those two countries.Edited by Elisabeth Myers read more

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A stunning rebuke President Donald Trump signs report contradicting his own views

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s views on trade have been clobbered in a report released by the White House — and signed by none other than the president of the United States himself.The self-rebuke includes some of his talking points about Canada.The president regularly bemoans a trade deficit with the northern neighbour and was complaining again on Monday about Canadian trade, saying: “We lose a lot with Canada. People don’t know it. Canada’s very smooth. They have you believe that it’s wonderful. And it is, for them. Not wonderful for us.”But a different story is told in the newly released 2018 White House “Economic Report of the President” — an annual document prepared by Trump’s own team, in which Trump’s own signature appears below the introductory foreword.Why a NAFTA collapse isn’t such a scary prospect to many of America’s CEOsNAFTA talks have made limited progress, Canada’s chief negotiator says, because they’re moving too fastCanadians love free trade, but that doesn’t mean they’re any good at itIt contradicts a number of trade statements and policies already articulated by Trump.One example involves the supposed trade deficit with Canada. Trump keeps insisting it exists, but the document he signed states Canada is among the few countries in the world with whom the U.S. runs a surplus.The document states that in three different places. For example, it says, “All countries show a (U.S.) services surplus offsetting a goods deficit, with the U.S. running a net bilateral surplus only with Canada and the United Kingdom.”And again: “The United States ran a trade surplus of $2.6 billion with Canada on a balance-of-payments basis.”And once again: “The United States has free trade agreements … with a number of countries — some of which represent net trade surpluses for the United States (Canada and Singapore), and some of which represent deficits (Mexico and South Korea).”There’s more.The report also contradicts the president by saying trade has helped the U.S. economy grow, that economies are shifting away from manufacturing, that foreign trade is increasingly important, that America has a good record of success in international dispute panels at the WTO, and that reworking trade agreements is no way to address a trade deficit.“Trade and economic growth are strongly and positively correlated,” says the White House report.The report does concede that trade deals create winners and losers in a country. But it says the states along the border have been the biggest winners in NAFTA. It concludes that, in general, trade creates jobs and wealth, and cites a study that every percentage point increase in trade-to-GDP ratio raises per capita income by between 0.5 and 2 per cent.“(This) is a stunning rebuke of … the president and his trade team,” Scott Lincicome of the pro-market Cato Institute tweeted after the report was released last week.The 563-page document was produced by Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers. He appointed the council.Meanwhile, there are reports in U.S. media that Trump is looking to promote trade hawk Peter Navarro to a more prominent position in the White House. read more

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Man 82 charged with manslaughter in death of fellow longterm care

An 82-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter in connection to the death of a fellow nursing home resident in Mississauga. Peel police say 79-year-old Keith Wood fell to the ground after he was hit by another resident at Camilla Care Community on November 2. Wood suffered blunt force trauma to his head and was taken to hospital. He later died from his injuries.Arnold Kendall, 82, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with manslaughter.

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Peacekeeping a tool to advance political not military solutions – UN deputy

Noting that existing mechanisms are not always suited to meet new challenges, he stressed the critical role the Special Committee plays in setting the direction of comprehensive reform of peace operations.“Strengthening UN peace operations is a multi-year agenda,” Mr. Eliasson said in the opening session, which was also addressed by Under-Secretaries-General Hervé Ladsous and Atul Khare, who respectively head the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), and the Department of Field Support (DFS).Mr. Eliasson said that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon established the High-Level Panel on Peace Operations to examine and develop the range of United Nations tools in order to prevent and resolve conflicts, as well as to sustain peace. Ban’s agenda centres on three priorities for action: strengthen conflict prevention; build more effective global and regional partnerships; and improve the planning and conduct of UN peace operations.However, peacekeepers are operating in ever more insecure environments as extremist and criminal groups thrive from and exploit chaos and instability, he said, warning that targeted, asymmetric attacks often take place against UN peacekeepers, such as last Friday’s attack in northern Mali. Seven peacekeepers were killed, including a woman, according to Ban’s spokesman.On the other hand, when there are cases of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers, there must be swift accountability, he said, stressing that preying on the vulnerable is a betrayal of trust. Mr. Ladsous said that this year’s substantive session of the Special Committee comes at the heels of a pivotal year for the UN system as a whole and peacekeeping in particular. In addition to the peace operations review, the review on Security Council resolution 1325 on ‘women, peace and security,’ as well as the peacebuilding architecture review, have all made important recommendations that will contribute to the conduct of peacekeeping in the years to come. He said he will elaborate in greater detail on DPKO’s plans to take forward the reform agenda proposed by the High Level Panel on Peace Operations, and the Secretary-General’s subsequent implementation report. Mr. Khare urged Member States to contribute more to help strengthen the safety and security of UN missions, either directly, or in cooperation with others, and bring those who kill peacekeepers to justice.The Special Committee was established by General Assembly resolution 2006 (XIX) of 18 February 1965 to conduct a comprehensive review of all issues relating to peacekeeping. It reports to the General Assembly on its work through the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) and is comprised of 147 Member States, mostly past or current contributors to peacekeeping operations. read more

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Ohio State uses late 143 run to beat Notre Dame 6461 stay

Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) drives to the basket during a game against Delaware Dec. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 76-64. Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerWith just 58 seconds remaining, it looked as if the Ohio State Buckeyes were going to be knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten.No. 3 OSU trailed Notre Dame, 58-50, but used a 14-3 run over the final minute of play to beat the Irish, 64-61, in the Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden.OSU’s leading scorer, senior guard Lenzelle Smith, Jr., did not enter the scoring column until the final minute of the game. His nine points just before the final buzzer coupled with a free throw by senior guard Aaron Craft with three seconds left helped the Buckeyes hold on to win.The Buckeyes (12-0, 0-0) led 33-26 at halftime after shooting 50 percent from the field and holding Notre Dame to just 34.4 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes.But the Buckeyes would hit a dry spell in the second half, going nearly nine minutes without a field goal. That allowed the Irish to take an eight-point lead.Back-to-back baskets by junior center Amir Williams and junior forward LaQuinton Ross cut the lead to four, but the Irish (8-4, 0-0) were able to extend the lead back to eight before giving up the late run to OSU that cost it the game.Four turnovers and a missed free throw allowed OSU to regain control for good.Ross led the Buckeyes with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Williams added 13 of his own. Craft and junior guard Shannon Scott chipped in with 10 each.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return home Dec. 27 against Louisiana-Monroe (3-3, 0-0). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Ohio State baseball wins in walkoff fashion takes down Penn State 76

The OSU baseball team celebrates a walk-off win on April 5 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU defeated Penn State, 7-6.Matt Wilkes / Lantern photographerThere’s no place like home.Dorothy might have said it in “The Wizard of Oz,” but that’s been the theme for the Ohio State baseball team throughout the month of March, and now into the first week of April. That stretch has seen the Buckeyes win 12 of their last 14 games at Bill Davis Stadium, and the run continued through the weekend.In a back and forth battle, OSU beat the Penn State Nittany Lions in walk-off fashion Sunday afternoon, giving the Buckeyes their fifth walk-off win of the year.After struggling in the batters box for five at bats, sophomore outfielder Troy Montgomery dug in again with a runner on base. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions were tied, but Montgomery got the hit when it counted most, smashing a double to right field that allowed freshman outfielder Tre’ Gantt, who had come in as a pinch runner, to score, giving the Buckeyes (21-7, 6-2) the 7-6 win.“When you have a chance to win a ballgame, you have to win a ballgame,” OSU coach Greg Beals said. “This is a series where we need to take care of business, to play good baseball.”Getting runs and coming up with big hits in crucial moments has become a trend for the Buckeyes, and redshirt-junior second baseman Nick Sergakis attributed that to the team’s resiliency.“We are overall a scrappy team, top to bottom,” Sergakis said. “We fight till the last out is made and I think that’s the biggest difference between this year and last year.“We remember last year. It’s good to go out there and when we need it, we get the hits. It’s good to know we have that ability.”OSU struggled to put any runs on the board until the bottom of the third, when senior catcher Connor Sabanosh stepped to the plate. Sabanosh continued his dominance at the batters box with the first home run of his OSU career.The catcher has impressed with a .426 slugging percentage and a .373 on-base percentage. He has also recorded six doubles this season to go along with his career-high 14 RBIs.The Buckeyes also hit back-to-back home runs for the first time since 2011 this weekend, as senior outfielder Pat Porter and junior third baseman Troy Kuhn slammed back-to-back homers in sixth inning to give OSU a two-run lead going into the seventh.“These guys just continue (to) battle, we have two outs, nobody on and we just barrel two balls and Porter and Kuhn get two big hits to get us back in the lead,” Beals said.After hitting 23 total home runs last season, OSU is on track to surpass that with 20 home runs so far in 2015. The Buckeyes swatted a total of four home runs this weekend with sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson tallying the lone homer in Saturday’s 7-1 win over the Nittany Lions.“We have confidence, there’s no doubt about that. I think that ability to win, our guys feel that,” Beals said. “Winning is a learned thing and our guys have that right now. They feel like they can get hits and find ways to win games.”The Buckeyes are set to complete their third Big Ten series on Monday at 1:05 p.m. against the Nittany Lions at Bill Davis Stadium. read more

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Chief Constable suspended over investigation into criminal activity

first_imgI sincerely hope that the PSNI investigation is concluded quickly in a way that could allow me to lift the suspension and Mr Gilmore to return to his post and continue the vital work to ensure communities are safer and feel safer.Gilmore has not been arrested but was told to step down temporarily.Six men were arrested as part of the investigation on Tuesday.Two men were arrested in England and were brought to Northern Ireland for questioning, while four men were arrested in Antrim, Down and Tyrone.The suspects were arrested by the Serious Crime Branch on suspicion of a range of offences including bribery, misconduct in public office and procuring misconduct in public office.Read: Police officer among six men arrested over awarding of PSNI vehicle contracts> THE CHIEF CONSTABLE of West Yorkshire, Mark Gilmore, has been suspended over a PSNI investigation into the awarding of PSNI vehicle contracts.The Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said:“I would like to stress that the suspension of the Chief Constable is a necessity in the public interest until the full facts have been established.last_img read more

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Campaigner appeals for parks dog ban

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Tireless Victorian nature advocate Steve Karakitsos has started a campaign to ban unleashed dogs from Mornington Peninsula National Park.With fewer than 600 hooded plovers left in the state, the endangered species, which inhabits sandy beaches, has come under increasing attack by dogs running amok.“The Mornington park is the only national park in Australia that didn’t enforce the dog ban even though it was declared a national park in 1988,” says Mr Karakitsos, “A dog ban throughout the Mornington Peninsula is being fought over 20 years to safeguard the future of the threatened species.”“Additional leash-free zones to accommodate the needs of dog walkers is also being sought from local government as part of an effective solution,” he adds.According to an investigation by BirdLife Australia commissioned by Parks Victoria, dogs have been identified as the principal cause of the hooded plovers’ diminishing numbers“If anything, this highlights the importance of imposing a complete dog ban within the Mornington Peninsula National Park,” stresses Karakitsos.“Given the nature and urgency of the protection of what amounts to less than 600 threatened birds, Environment Minister Lisa Neville’s swift response in her role as protector of the environment is required.”Apart from the site in Rye intended to be added to the repertoire of leash-free zones in the area, the St Andrews Beach Recreation Centre is also unofficially used by locals.last_img read more

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Naissance de lunivers le LHC ouvre la voie de la nouvelle physique

first_imgNaissance de l’univers : le LHC ouvre la voie de la nouvelle physiqueSuisse – Six mois après la mise en route du plus grand accélérateur de particules du monde (LHC), les physiciens du Cern ont annoncé mardi avoir probablement découvert un phénomène encore jamais observé au cours des nombreuses recherches menées sur la formation de l’univers.Les expériences menées grâce au Grand collisionneur de hadrons (LHC) commencent à révéler “des signes de phénomènes potentiellement nouveaux et intéressants”, se réjouit sur son site Internet le Centre européen de la recherche nucléaire (Cern). Les physiciens ont découvert que “certaines particules sont intimement liées, d’une manière qui n’avait encore jamais été observée dans les collisions de protons”. Un phénomène qui s’est dévoilé dans les analyses du Cern au mois de juillet, a précisé le chercheur Guido Tonelli, lors d’une présentation des premiers résultats produits par des collisions de protons poussées à une puissance de 7 TeV.Les physiciens refusent de tirer des conclusions trop hâtives, ce lien devant encore être confirmé par de nouvelles études. “Nous avons maintenant besoin de plus de données pour analyser complètement ce qui se passe et faire nos premiers pas dans la nouvelle physique, un nouveau monde que le LHC, nous l’espérons, va nous permettre de découvrir” a expliqué M. Tonelli. Pour l’instant, les chercheurs se contenteront donc d’évoquer “des similitudes avec des phénomènes observés dans les collisions de noyaux au RHIC du Laboratoire national de Brookhaven (États-Unis), qui ont été interprétés comme pouvant être dus à la création de matière dense et chaude dans les collisions”.Le 22 septembre 2010 à 18:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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