After Effects Next: 10 Feature Refinements & Tweaks

first_imgImport AdditionsAfter Effects Next will offer support for DNxHD, Sony 4K and AVC-Intra 200 (Panasonic) footage.  RED .r3d Files now have more options in “Interpret Footage”.  Click “More Options” to bring up the Settings.Interpret Footage is the icon in the Project that looks like 2 audio cassettes (icon on the far left in this screenshot):You can choose REDcolor3 & Redgamma3, which is Red’s updated color science that gives you a better look without a lot of adjusting/tweaking.  Previously this required a separate download from Adobe Labs.Arri RAW files can now be adjusted in “Interpret Footage More Options” (image courtesy of Convergent Design). You can adjust color space, exposure index, white balance and tint:Layer SnappingPreviously you could snap an After Effects layer to guides, and align and distribute to arrange layers.  However, you couldn’t snap a layer to a layer.Now you can snap a layer to another layer (anchor point & center position to name a few), and snap items to any point on a mask path. To do this Command or Control click as you drag a layer or check the snapping box in the Tools panel.While dragging, 2 square outlines appear to show you where you are snapping to: Adobe Media Encoder ChangesAdobe Media Encoder is a separate application for encoding your video projects into a variety of codecs and file formats.  Encoder integrates with Premiere & After Effects.  Previously to use Media Encoder you added the After Effects Comps in Media Encoder. Now you have the ability in After Effects to send your compositions to Encoder via “Add to Adobe Media Encoder Queue”.DNxHD export has been added to Adobe Media Encoder and the “Match Source Settings” now apply to more formats.  This is more streamlined than in the past, as don’t have to enter a bunch of settings to get your exports to match your composition settings.New Output OptionsIn Previous Versions of After Effects audio output was set to ‘off’ by default. Because of this it was easy to accidentally not output audio.After Effects Next will output audio by default.  Additionally, you will have the options for sample rate, bit depth, and stereo or mono.Lastly, if you are working with OS 10.8, ProRes export is automatically supported without having to install the codecs (only available for Mac users).Although most of these are small additions to After Effects, it shows that Adobe is dedicated to the pro user and is integrating features to keep the app up to date and more powerful than ever. Dependencies – Collect FilesProject management isn’t sexy but it is important for any successful post production workflow. A variety of project management options in After Effects are now consolidated under “File > Dependencies”.  Added to this is the ability to find missing effects/fonts/footage. Check out these 10 time saving tips to look forward to in the Next version of Adobe After Effects!Adobe announced the Next version of After Effects at NAB 2013. There were some big new features announced as well as some smaller but welcome tweaks and refinements.  They haven’t announced a release date, but if you have a Creative Cloud membership you can download it when it becomes available.Let’s jump in and look at 10 helpful feature additions in After Effects NEXT that you can look forward to in your future AE projects!Refine Edge ToolAfter Effects’ new Refine Edge Tool is about as close as you can come to an “easy button” when doing rotoscoping or isolation work on part of a video.This is a big addition that is borrowed from the “Refine Edge” tool in Photoshop. You could previously paint with the Roto Brush in After Effects to select part of a video, but it didn’t handle semi-transparent edges well.Rotobrush Without Refine Edge:Rotobrush With Refine Edge:Click and hold on the Roto Brush tool (man with a paint brush icon) to reveal the “Refine Edge Tool”.  Then, paint over the edges with this tool creating partial transparency for areas of fine detail.After you paint with the “Refine Edge Tool”, you will see the X ray view in Layer panel (the blue and tan X icon in bottom left) showing you a black/white outline where you have painted.You can also set an edge transparency by tweaking “Base Refine Edge Radius”. Time Saving Right Click OptionsNow you can quickly see where a layer in a composition lives on your hard drive –  a welcome time saver.Previously you had to first “reveal layer source in Project” and then “reveal in Finder”.  This may seem like a small After Effects feature but if you do this 15-20 times a session it adds up.Close Other Timeline Panels is another big time saver. Right-click (or Control-click for Mac OS) on the tab of the Timeline panel and select “Close Other Timeline Panels”. Think of it as your own virtual maid to keep your timelines neat and tidy.Pixel Motion BlurThis AE tool fakes motion blur, which is handy for adding blur to rendered video and animations. Pixel Motion Blur isn’t a new feature, it’s just easier to access now.In my example I used it on a stock animation clip to enhance the blur when the bowling ball hits the pins. Previously you had to use a third party effect to do this like ReelSmart Motion Blur or Kronos. Retooled has a helpful video tutorial on After Effects Pixel Motion Blur here.With Pixel Motion Blur:Without Pixel Motion Blur:Bicubic ScalingIn After Effects Next you can choose between the new bicubic, and the previous bilinear, sampling for selected layers scaling and other transformations.Bicubic sampling is generally the best choice for photos, while Bilinear is usually the best for working with graphics.You can select these choices by right clicking on a layer or clicking in the “Quality and Sampling” box for the layer (highlighted in red in the screenshot below).Gradient RampI use Gradient Ramp in After Effects when creating backgrounds and making text more visually interesting.  This effect was previously called the Ramp effect and the name change makes sense as it is easier to find.Adobe has also added the ability to swap colors with one click!last_img read more

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Video Tutorial: A Brief Guide to the Warp Stabilizer

first_imgIn this video tutorial, we go over how (and when) you can use the Warp Stabilizer effect in Adobe Premiere Pro to smooth out shaky footage.Top image via Cocos.Bounty.Shaky footage is almost inevitable once you go handheld. Without a manual stabilizer (like a tripod, a gimbal, or a glide cam), your footage falls victim to walking, running, wind, and other elements — or just regular ol’ shaky hands. Many filmmakers still rely on handheld capture because it’s quick, intimate, and usually cheap. So how do they deal with shaky footage?A quick antidote for shaky footage is the Warp Stabilizer effect in Adobe Premiere Pro. The effect smooths out jittery footage with just a few clicks. It can’t fix everything – don’t expect to smooth out handheld clips you shot while running for a chase scene — but it can even out smaller shakes and jitters, like those that occur while you’re standing still or walking slowly. There aren’t many options for doctoring shaky footage in post, but the Warp Stabilizer just might be able to save your project.We made this quick video to walk you through a few situations when the warp stabilizer can help out. You’ll see the effect at work on shaky static shots, which is a good way to demonstrate its capabilities.So, how does the effects actually work? Well, according to Adobe,You can stabilize motion with the Warp Stabilizer effect. It removes jitter caused by camera movement, making it possible to transform shaky, handheld footage into steady, smooth shots.Now, within the effect, there are more ways you can control how it functions with the clip you’re adjusting. (All the specifics about how the effect will work or how you can alter it are available here.) Like any effect in Premiere, you’ll need to play around with the Effects Controls to figure out what your video needs.For another fantastic example of how Warp Stabilizer works (and when you can or should use it), check out this video by the always-trustworthy Sam and Niko.So, the Warp Stabilizer isn’t a perfect substitute for the art of smooth camera movement, but the tool can save you under the right circumstances. For more coverage of stabilization techniques, check out some of our other articles.Find Out Why You Should Stop Using a Gimbal On Every Shoot8 Ways You Can Save a Shot in Post-ProductionYou Can Pull Off These 4 Amazing Camera Shots with Zero GearCrafting Exposition That Won’t Bore Your AudienceGrip Tricks: Do-It-Yourself Camera Rigslast_img read more

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NAB 2019: Canon Announces its First PL Mount Prime Lens Lineup

first_imgLooking for more coverage of NAB 2019? Check out these articles.NAB 2019: G-Tech Releases a Virtually Indestructible DriveNAB 2019: Wipster Announces Collaborative Audio ReviewNAB 2019: CineMatch Plugin Matches Cameras in SecondsNAB 2019: Teradek Introduces an Inexpensive Wireless SystemNAB 2019: Aputure’s Secret Party and What They Announced At NAB 2019, Canon announced their new Sumire Prime Lens lineup as their answer to fans who hoped to get the “Cooke Look.”First off, Sumire is prounounced “Soo-mee-ray,” which led me to saying “These lenses are the Sam-u-rai of lenses.” It made me laugh (in my head). I hope you liked it, too.It’s been a long week already.Anyway, the lenses are beautiful. Canon’s previous lenses, like the Canon Cine Primes, were known for their sharpness, but many people expressed a desire for a more filmic look with more character. That brings us to now.The Sumire Lineup consists of seven fast T-stop prime lenses. This will help low-light shooting — as well as creating good bokeh. Another aspect that helps that warm softness we wanted is the 11-blade iris, which is supposed to produce more “rounded levels of bokeh.” The lenses also offer a 300-degree focus rotation angle and consistent gear positioning. These support 4K full-frame cameras, Super 35, APS-H and APS-C.At the NAB booth, there’s a sign that lists the “qualities” of the lens. This is what you’ll see:Associated with floral gentleness and beauty.Bright T-stops and Canon’s renowned warm energy.Unique optical design creates nuanced look as the lens aperture approaches its maximum setting.Subtly modifies the textual renderings of the human facial close-up.A smooth transition to the fall-off portions of the frame and a pleasing bokeh.Here’s a picture:Here’s the full Sumire lineup:CN-E14mm T3.1 FP XCN-E20mm T1.5 FP XCN-E24mm T1.5 FP XCN-E35mm T1.5 FP XCN-E50mm T1.3 FP XCN-E85mm T1.3 FP XCN-E135mm T2.2 FP XPrice: $7,410 per lensRelease: Late summer 2019 for the 24, 35, and 50mmFall 2019 for 14, 20, 85, and 135mmlast_img read more

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The Leadership Playbook: 4 Intelligences Necessary for Leadership

first_img Free Webinar Series! Create a culture of value creation. Signup for this free webinar! In three, short, power-packed webinars, you will learn what you need to do to create a culture of value creators who create and win new opportunities. Download Now Howard Gardner, a developmental psychologist, made an important observation about human intelligence. That observation was that one’s cognitive abilities provide a view of only one type of intelligence, a general intelligence. Gardner posits a theory that is now well accepted, that there are additional types of intelligence, like musical intelligence, kinesthetic intelligence, intrapersonal intelligence, interpersonal intelligence.Cognitive: Leadership requires that one be able to assess the current state, envision a better future state, and to determine the strategy, tactics, and actions for bringing that future state into being. This work requires that one be intelligent enough to be able to do each of these things in an environment of accelerating, constant, and disruptive change with limited resources.Intrapersonal: This is the Ancient Greek admonition: “Know thyself.” The ability to understand one’s own feelings, thoughts, and motivations is a recognized form of intelligence. When a leader knows themselves, they know who they are, their strengths, their deficiencies, and what areas that they may need help. This intelligence is a large part of what allows the leader to develop and utilize the next intelligence.Interpersonal: The effectiveness of a leader is limited by their ability to lead the people in their charge. This requires a higher than average intelligence when it comes to people. This intelligence is what allows the leader to understand others, to interact with them in ways that cause them to grow, inspiring them to act, and recognizing their feelings. This is the ability to take multiple perspectives, especially 2nd person, 3rd person, and likely even greater numbers.Moral: Hitler was high enough on the cognitive line. He was also intelligent enough when it came to interpersonal skills. Certainly, we can guess that he was lacking as it pertains to intrapersonal intelligence. But when it comes to moral intelligence, he is one of four or five people in modern times vying for the lowest possible score. Every leader needs a list of non-negotiables, and much of that list will be values. Determining what those values are and building a culture around them requires a moral intelligence.Of all the human capacities, leadership is surely one of the most demanding. It is also one that requires the development of multiple lines of intelligence that make one an effective leader. You may believe that there are more intelligences necessary to lea, but you are unlikely to be able to subtract from these without also reducing the effectiveness of the leader.last_img read more

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Cabinet nod for AIIMS in Himachal Pradesh

first_imgThe Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved setting up of an AIIMS in Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh with an outlay of Rs. 1,350 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Surakhsa Yojna (PMSSY). According to an official statement, the 750-bed AIIMS will have a medical college with an intake capacity of 100 seats and a nursing college with 60 seats, an official statement said. The new AIIMS which will have 20 speciality and super speciality departments including 15 operation theatres will be completed in 48 months. It will also have residential complexes and allied facility services on the pattern of AIIMS, New Delhi, the statement said, adding that, there will also be an AYUSH department with 30 beds for treatment in traditional system of medicine.“The new AIIMS will also help create a large pool of doctors and other health workers in the region, who would be available for primary and secondary level institution facilities being created under National Health Mission,” the statement added.last_img read more

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Sentencing of Lalu Prasad deferred yet again, likely to be pronounced on Saturday

first_imgThe special CBI court in Ranchi on Friday deferred for the third consecutive day the quantum of sentence for Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and 15 others in a fodder scam case.CBI Judge Shiv Pal Singh completed the hearing of five convicted persons, including Prasad, through video conference and adjourned the court. He will complete the hearing against others on Saturday and pronounce the quantum of sentence.Earlier in the day, lawyers of Prasad submitted a petition to the court, seeking a consideration of his ”ill-health.” The Judge is said to have agreed in affirmation.A large number of RJD supporters and workers gathered on the court premises and there was heavy police deployment.last_img read more

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FIR not lodged days after death in custody over power bill

first_imgIt has been six days since Brijpal Maurya fell in the revenue jail of Sahaswan in Budaun district and subsequently died during treatment, but an FIR is yet to be lodged against officials responsible for his ill-treatment during custody, alleged his brother Mahesh Maurya. The police confirmed that an FIR had not been lodged but a magisterial inquiry was under way.‘Mistaken identity’In his complaint to the police, Mr. Mahesh said his 40-year-old brother, who worked as a distributor of Ayurvedic medicines, was picked up by revenue officials on September 23 from his village Zarifnagar Durgpur for non-payment of a power bill of ₹81,497 against his shop. He told The Hindu over the phone that the shop didn’t belong to his brother and it was a case of ‘mistaken identity’.“Even if he was in the wrong, he was not supposed to be kept in custody for 11 days and ill-treated. He was dragged by the revenue officials to the police vehicle like a hardened criminal. When he told us he was not feeling well in custody, we pleaded to the district officials and local MP Sanghamitra Maurya but nobody came forward to help us. We were not told when he was being taken to the hospital; we were informed after he passed away,” he claimed.He also underlined that a video of his brother surfaced after his death, in which he explained how he was being framed.“The administration is creating pressure on us to arrive at a compromise,” said Mr. Mahesh, adding that the family would approach the judiciary if they didn’t get a “just” response from the local administration.Ashok Kumar Tripathi, SSP, Budaun, confirmed that an FIR has not been registered but reminded that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered by the District Magistrate. “The post-mortem report says that the cause of death could not be ascertained,” said Mr. Tripathi.Political gain Political parties have jumped into the fray. The Congress and Samajwadi Party have linked the case to the increase in electricity tariff in the State. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted in support of Brijpal Maurya and former Samajwadi Party MP from Budaun, Dharmendra Yadav visited the deceased’s family. “We are demanding adequate compensation for the family and if the FIR is not registered, we will sit on an indefinite fast from Wednesday,” said Shafi Ahmed, president, Youth Congress, Budaun.last_img read more

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Rajasthan government initiates action over delay, cost escalation of Kalisindh Thermal Power Project

first_imgThe Rajasthan government has initiated action over the delay in the works of the Kalisindh Thermal Power Project’s first and second units in Jhalawar district, which has led to its cost escalation by ₹200 crore. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has approved the Finance Department’s proposal to increase the project’s cost from ₹9,479.51 crore to ₹9,680.03 crore.Mr. Gehlot gave instructions on Monday for taking administrative action against the government employees and the private firm responsible for delay in the project. The work for establishing unit-2 could not start on the scheduled date in July 2014, which caused an increase in the project’s cost.Mr. Gehlot said the responsibility of the firm concerned would be ascertained and the liquidity damages charged for delay. The amount collected on account of liquidity damages will be adjusted against the project’s cost to revise it.Official sources said here that the proposal approved for cost escalation also included sanction for an additional amount of ₹40 crore as the State’s share, which was 20% of capital cost of the project. But the State government will provide this amount within the limit of its share for the project cost allocated in the 2019-20 State Budget.The Kalisindh Thermal Power Station, situated 12 km away from Jhalawar town, is operated by Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam. The plant gets water supply from the Kalisindh dam reservoir near Bhanwarasi village, while the coal is sourced from Parsa East and Kanta Basan coal blocks in Chhattisgarh.Meanwhile, the State government has started reworking on the single window system for industries to make it more transparent after Mr. Gehlot directed the officials to implement a revised version of the mechanism by the year-end. Mr. Gehlot said the changes would keep the entrepreneurs at ease for setting up their ventures by applying at a single desk.Long-term policyThe Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation is also formulating a long-term policy for new industrial zones to facilitate the allotment of land to investors for establishing their industries at suitable locations and affordable rates. Mr. Gehlot said at a review meeting here that the policy would have provisions for safeguarding the interests of workers in the event of dissolution of an industrial unit.last_img read more

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Anti-military rule protests burn Pakistan, President Zia-ul-Haq faces tough time

first_imgNo dictator in history has ever known when exactly the bells begin to toll for him. In June and July, Pakistan’s third military dictator. General Zia-ul-Haq was masquerading at home and abroad as one the timber of whose six-year-old regime was as durable as mortal minds could fathom. Came the,No dictator in history has ever known when exactly the bells begin to toll for him. In June and July, Pakistan’s third military dictator. General Zia-ul-Haq was masquerading at home and abroad as one the timber of whose six-year-old regime was as durable as mortal minds could fathom. Came the ides of August, and a political storm burst over Pakistan taking everyone by surprise.In less than a week the entire province of Sind was aflame, and there was hardly any major city in all Pakistan where large knots of people did not march protesting military rule and demanding that democracy be restored. Outside Sind, rural Pakistan was quiescent until the last days of August, but no one knew if it would be so in September. Exceptionally largely attended protest meetings in Lahore enabled leaders of the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD) to decide that September be the month of reckoning for the Zia regime in Punjab. Punjab dominates Pakistan with 59 per cent of the country’s population, the cradle of its army and its bureaucracy.In the second week of the MRD agitation, there were signals of a larger storm brewing. The main Baluch parties had stayed away from the civil disobedience movement, still licking the wounds that Bhutto had inflicted on Baluchistan in the ’70s.But on August 18, one of the major Baluch organisations, the Pakistan National Party, banned and defunct like all other parties in Pakistan but all still mysteriously functioning, decided to joint the movement and called for a general strike in Quetta on August 23.The call was heeded by a surprisingly large number of people. Much of the city downed its shutters. In Peshawar, the aged Frontier Gandhi, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, had asked his followers to keep their distance from the MRD movement.advertisement His son Wali Khan was holidaying in London and had been recently joined by his wife. Begum Wali Khan flew back to Pakistan on August 17, went immediately into a huddle with her father-in-law, from which two events followed: she took over leadership of MRD, and was at once taken into custody by the police, while Ghaffar Khan reversed his previous stand and asked his supporters to join the movement. He was put under house arrest, but the anti-military regime movement quickly spread to the college and university campuses.Protest Toll: In the first 10 days of the unrest, Zia’s police carried away well over 1,500 political leaders and workers. More than 30 Pakistanis were killed in “police” firings, all in Sind; at least 300 were wounded, some of them identified in the Pakistani press as students.Only once before during Zia’s rule were mass arrests made in Pakistan – in 1981-82 in the wake of the hijacking of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane to Afghanistan.In those fearful months, by arresting 20,000 Pakistanis (or 2,000, according to the regime), Zia was able to pre-empt a political challenge from the newly-constituted MRD. In the next 15 months, most Pakistanis resigned themselves to a long spell of military rule. The regime remained alienated from the people. But there was no air of confrontation in Pakistan.There was, instead, a vapid air of cynicism amongst the Pakistani elite. And a sharp loss of credibility in MRD as a viable vehicle of political change in Pakistan – from arbitrary and corrupt military rule to representative government. For the cynicism and loss of credibility, leaders of the MRD were themselves to blame.A coalition of nine “defunct” political parties, MRD is a khichri of left, right, centrist and moderately Islamic elements. Its leaders belong to the same social class and the same age-group – sporting famous Punjabi or Sindhi surnames that carry a feudal odour.Politics for most of them is, or has long been, business and pleasure by other means. They live in richly furnished houses, ride imported cars, fly out of Pakistan every now and then, disagree on most issues when they huddle “secretly” in Karachi or Lahore.Most of the smaller parties nurse old scars inflicted by Bhutto; they are more afraid of than in love with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) presided over by the “Bhutto women”, Bhutto’s wife Nusrat (now under medical treatment in Europe), and his daughter, Benazir, long under house arrest.Above all, the PPP leaders are afraid of the political workers of their own parties, younger men of militant orientation, chafing to go into action against military rule which they passionately hate. While the PPP leaders remain unreconciled to Zia, leaders of other groups occasionally meet him privately, even counsel him on how to run the country.advertisementThus, when MRD decided to launch a civil disobedience movement to coincide with Zia’s much-flaunted “new political structure” to be launched on August 14, Pakistan’s 36th anniversary, few people expected anything big to happen, least of all Zia himself.All dictators make one fatal mistake from which history takes its own course and there’s no turning back. Zia is a nimble politician. Perhaps his fatal mistake was to allow a certain constitutional process to be revived in Pakistan.Opposition leaders demonstrating on the streets of KarachiIf he had kept to himself the task of handing down to the people a “new political structure”, king-like, he would not have faced the confrontation that suddenly erupted in mid-August. Anxious to carry some kind of a popular sanction with him, Zia appointed three special committees, one of the hand-picked Majlis-e-Shoora, one of the Council of Islamic Ideology which backs him the whole hog, and a third, of the Cabinet.The 30-member special committee of the Shoora presented its recommendations to the Shoora itself and there was a debate for more than a week in which a large number of members took part and which was reported in the mass media.The result was an animation in Pakistan on what the “new” political structure should be. a public debate the like of which never took place since Zia pushed Bhutto out of power and seized the reins of government in the summer of 1977.The highlights of the Shoora recommendations that caught the imagination of broad sections of the Pakistani people were: In the first 10 days of the unrest, Zia’s police carried away well over 1,500 political leaders and workers. More than 30 Pakistanis were killed in “police” firings, all in Sind; at least 300 were wounded, some of them identified in the Pakistani press as students.that the 1973 Constitution be restored in its basic essenials, including the fundamental rights and a totally independent judiciary;and that there be a balance between the powers of the President and the prime minister, which ruled out a presidential system of government.The Shoora also approved certain amendments to the 1973 Constitution to allow for freer play of Islamic values. During the debate in the Shoora, a majority of some 70 participants asked for the “full restoration” of the 1973 Constitution. Extract from a typical day’s report of the debate in an Islamabad newspaper: “A majority of the members taking part in the debate on the report of the special committee on the system of government on the fourth day in the Majlis-e-Shoora strongly pleaded for the restoration of the 1973 Constitution and the parliamentary system as well as holding of general elections in the country,”In fact, in a matter of mere two weeks, a national consensus emerged in Pakistan around two demands: restoration of the 1973 Constitution with minor modifications to suit Zia’s Islamic preferences, and a cabinet system of government through parliamentary elections contested freely by the political parties. This was more than Zia had bargained for.High Expectations: Pakistanis were agog with expectations and fears as they waited impatiently for Zia-ul-Haq’s “new political structure”. Wrote the Muslim of Islamabad, “Never in recent memory have people looked towards August 14 with such anticipation and apprehension as this year.” Echoed Dawn of Karachi,advertisementPolice arrest Jamiat-i-Ulama-e-Islam leader Qari Sher Afzal in Karachi”From the foreign diplomat to the civil servant, down to the average citizen, almost everybody appears to be looking forward to the August 14 pronouncement.” Apprehending a groundswell of popular feelings, Zia made known through his Information Minister, Raja Zafarul Haq, that the Delphic voice would be heard two days in advance, on August 12.The newspapers went on feeding the great white hope of the masses. Dawn reported that the President was about to offer “something concrete” if only to defuse a possible popular protest under the auspices of MRD. Dawn also warned the regime that “anything halfhearted or lukewarm, any scheme short of total restoration of democracy” might turn out to be “counter-productive”.The Muslim tuned in. “A hopeful factor, insofar as political parties of different leanings and persuasions are concerned, is that there is a clear consensus on 1973 Constitution as providing an agreed framework for the country’s governance. The Government, too, appears to be basically in agreement with this position.”Whether the newspapers were playing the game by their own rules or were ignorant of Zia’s intentions, when the presidential commandments were handed down, a pall of gloom descended on Pakistan and soon it turned into a red film of anger.Taking refuge behind the fig-leaf of “differences” among the three special committees on what kind of political system would suit Pakistan best, Zia gave his countrymen a post-dated cheque on a nearly insolvent bank. His great design envisaged a presidential form of government in which the prime minister would be chosen by the President, enjoy limited powers and rule at the President’s pleasure.The President would be indirectly elected by an electoral college which remained undefined; he would be commander in-chief of the armed forces as well as head of the Government with power to veto legislation passed by Parliament.Zia promised step-by-step election to a national Parliament, beginning with party-less election to the local bodies in September, followed by provincial elections in March 1984, and then, in March 1985, parliamentary election. Since there was a lot of time between now and the two later polls, he remained mum on the role of political parties, thereby giving an impression that the parties would be kept outside the political process. Candidates would be screened for their Islamic credentials by bodies that remained undefined. Zia made only two concessions to public opinion: the 1973 Constitution would be restored in a symbolic form, and there would be no integral role in the political process for the armed forces.Subtle Machinations: At a press conference on August 15, Zia was asked if he would run for President. With characteristic modesty, Zia replied that he had no “political design”, but hastened to add that his only goal was to take the “process of Islamisation to its logical conclusion from where there will be no turning back”. Then, with characteristic ambiguity, he remarked that it was a “lifetime process” though he had not decided to invest “my whole life” in it. He had only announced a 500-day programme in which he would try to “complete the process”.”How long has Zia got?” Pakistan’s own chequered political history offers no clue except that when a military dictator totters, his fall cannot be far away.In the elliptical language of Pakistani politics under military rule, what Zia said was immediately interpreted to mean that if election were held under the scheme pronounced by General Zia-ul-Haq, the first President to rule Pakistan ‘constitutionallv” would be Zia-ul-Haq. For how long, nobody knew, for the August 12 announcement did not define a presidential term.The Guardian read a sombre meaning in the presidential design: “Zia is not sure of himself.” Why else should he, after six years of military rule, set a date in 1985? Why else should he “hug a quaking Constitution to his chest”? MRD had called for civil disobedience for a week; its leaders did not expect anything more than small knots of political persons courting arrest in most cities of Pakistan thereby registering a symbolic mass protest against Ziaulhaqisation of Pakistani politics.In the lazy morning of August 14, the military Government went ahead with officially sponsored celebrations of Pakistan’s 36th Independence Day. The military-bureaucratic-landlord-industrial complex that rules Pakistan did not even notice the deep anguish written on the faces of the people who gathered in surprisingly large numbers in Karachi and Lahore, chanting anti-military regime slogans and demanding return of democracy.What newspapers merely described as a “big gathering” assembled at the Mazar-e-Quaide-Azam in Karachi and listened for 90 minutes to MRD leaders denounce the military rule and tear apart Zia’s “political structure”. The leaders and an indefinite number of political workers were whisked away by policemen dressed in civilian clothes. After the meeting the protesters marched towards Islamia College. The police burst teargas shells and made a lathi-charge. Thus began the great confrontation between the regime and the people in Karachi and Sind.Police Action: The police succeeded in preventing a protest rally from taking place in Rawalpindi. But in Lahore, despite a police cordon thrown from Iqbal Park to Kila Lachman Singh and the presence of a contingent of mounted police, a “large number of political workers” entered the Minar-e-Pakistan. Reported a major Pakistani daily, “The presence of such a large number of political workers at the Minar was beyond the expectation of political circles.” Protest demonstrations were held in Peshawar also, where a former speaker of the North West Frontier Province Assembly, Mohammad Hanif Khan, and two former ministers, Abdul Razik Khan and Abdul Mastan Khan, were among the leaders picked up by the police.More significant was the participation in the movement of two leaders of the Jammat-ul-Islami (JIU), Maulana Binouri and Maulana Abdul Bari Jan, because only a day before JIU had announced that it would not join the MRD protest.The first clash between the people and the police occurred in Karachi on August 16. Undaunted by the presence of a large police force, a big crowd gathered near the Regal bus stop in the hot and humid early afternoon. Exactly at 3.15 p.m. a public bus halted at the stand and from it alighted two MRD leaders, Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi and Meiraj Mohammad Khan.As soon as the crowd spied them, they rushed to greet them shouting slogans against martial law. Policemen, again wearing civilian clothes, grabbed them by the collar and pushed them towards a waiting van. The van was chased by the crowd for a distance, and then the crowd was chased away by the police.Among the protesters were seen four women who were quickly taken away by the police. Shops and hotels in the busy area of the port city closed down. The “people and the police stood face to face.” The police began to pick up people at random. The crowd became angry. They set a government bus on fire on M.A. Jinnah Road.On the third day, the agitation spread all over Sind, and the first police firing occurred at Dadu, a town north of Karachi, where frenzied masses stormed a jail and released 100 prisoners, ripped away several metres of rail track, burnt buses and damaged a passenger car at the railway station.In the police firing one man was killed, while a DSP and three policemen were injured by missiles hurled by protesters. Protest meetings were held in Lahore, Rawalpindi. Quetta and Peshawar. At Dera Ismail Khan, in the Frontier Province, among those arrested were a former president of the Peshawar University, Azam Afidi, and a former principal of the degree college at Mardan, Said Kamal.MRD circles in London claimed that the police had arrested 5,000 Pakistanis and that Pakistan was “in complete turmoil”.  A BBC newscast in the evening of August 18 said, “On the fourth day of the civil disobedience campaign, thousands of supporters of MRD again defied martial law to hold protest meetings and marches. MRD supporters were reported out in force in many of the towns and cities along the Indus Valley and the disturbances appear to be intensifying in certain areas.”The BBC correspondent in Pakistan said the agitation had had a profound impact on Sind. Troops were moved into Dadu. There was a “confrontation” between the Sind police and “paramilitary forces” in which one policeman was killed. In the next three days some 15 towns in Sind were placed under army control. The Voice of America (VOA) reported on August 20 that troops “are remaining in alert all over Pakistan. The movement had left at least 10 dead and more than 1,000 people arrested.” Judges were handing in “strict sentences”, including hard labour, heavy fines and lashes.The MRD limit of July 22 passed, by which date most of the MRD leaders were in jail. But the agitation appeared to be spreading rather than tapering- off. A remarkable feature of the campaign was the huge masses that turned out for protest meetings and demonstrations.What Pakistani newspapers described as “large numbers” was quantified in BBC and VOA broadcasts as 20,000, 40,000 and in Western wire services as even 50,000! The police fired several times at different unruly crowds in Sind.What do the disturbances of March portend for Pakistan? Soon after the disturbances started, The Guardian of London asked the question that was gnawing at the minds of foreign offices the world over: “How long has Zia got?” Pakistan’s own chequered political history offers no clue except that when a military dictator totters, his fall cannot be far away.When a scuffle between students and policemen broke out in Rawalpindi Poly-technique in 1968, few saw it as a great mishap; yet by March the same year, Ayub was out. A helplessly cornered Yahya Khan ordered the first one-man-one-vote election in Pakistan in December 1970 as a possible way out for himself and his regime ; one year later he was a non-person and Pakistan lay dismembered.Diplomatic circles in New Delhi saw three possible scenarios developing in Pakistan in the coming weeks and months. If the movement snowballs to Punjab, Zia will have no alternative to talking with MRD leaders and setting a timetable for orderly election and transfer of power.Nusrat Bhutto (left) and daughter Benazir in happier timesScenario two would be the ouster of Zia by another general if the agitation goes on gathering momentum and if it threatens to break up the unity of the military-bureaucratic biradari (community). The third possibility is that Zia, with united support from the generals and the top brass of the bureaucracy, suppresses the movement with severe use of ruthless coercive force.The crucial factor in all these scenarios is the momentum of the anti-Martial Law agitation. If the movement spreads to Punjab, the Frontier and Baluchistan, and draws in larger sections of students, industrial workers and the peasantry, Zia will probably have to step down, either in favour of another general or after an early election.If another general replaces Zia, he would like to continue Pakistan’s foreign policy, but will have to work out with the political leaders an agreed transition to civilian rule. The army in Pakistan is not like the army in Turkey, a country that Zia-ul-Haq apparently holds in high esteem. The Pakistani armed forces are too stretched and too much a part of the people. In a sustained political struggle between the people and military rule, the sympathies of the jawan will be with the people.Possible Repercussions: Whether MRD will be able to offer a viable, stable representative government to Pakistan is a question that must disturb a lot of people within and outside the country.Whether the Opposition will be able to offer a viable, stable representative government to Pakistan is a question that must disturb a lot of people within and outside the country. Its lack of a charismatic leader may turn out to be its greatest advantage.Its lack of a charismatic leader may turn out to be its greatest advantage. If the PPP has learnt the correct lessons from the excesses and follies of Bhutto, it will respect the other opposition parties, try genuinely and honestly to work with them, and keep the army strictly confined to its legitimate role: defending the frontiers of Pakistan.Only one one issue would PPP leaders insist on having their way: the fate of a fallen Zia-ul-Haq.What would be the regional and world repercussions of a regime change in Pakistan? The West, especially the US, placed high stakes in the stability of the Zia regime. If it crumbles, the disaster for America in the Persian Gulf-South Asian region will be completely comparable to the fall of the late Shah of Iran. The US will have to overhaul its strategies for the Middle East, the Indian Ocean, the Persian Gulf and South Asia. The great American “loss” will be a significant Soviet gain.Even if Zia does not fall in the near future, any perceived weakness of his regime, wobbling of his political grip of Pakistan will affect at least two major diplomatic processes ongoing for some time. The USSR will not be over-anxious to negotiate and conclude a political settlement of the Afghan issue with a Pakistani regime that may not last next year. It would rather wait for the political parties to get back to power because most of the MRD constituents are committed to pursue friendly relations with Afghanistan and the USSR.Wali Khan (left) and Khan Abdul Ghaffar KhanThere is a hubris in most human affairs, but none as menacing as it is for a dictator. He is the monarch of all he surveys as long as the going is good. Something snaps some where and an entire edifice, built with so much glitter on crushed hopes and aspirations of millions, comes down like a house of cards.The remarkable thing of the hubris of dictators is that they never learn from the hubris of one another. Zia-ul-Haq only learnt two wrong lessons from his two predecessors: not to hold election to a sovereign parliament and not to allow the political parties to come back to Pakistan’s political life. Even if he survives, neither he nor his regime will be the same again. The days of both now seem to be numbered. Whether the date is 1984 or 1985 the coming months will tell.INDIA: DOUBLE-EDGED DECLARATIONRao: shrewd statementAfter the Indian Government’s admirable restraint on the Sri Lankan issue, most observers – and foreign diplomats in New Delhi-were taken by suprise by the statement made on behalf of the Government in both Houses of Parliament on August 25 with regard to the mass movement in Pakistan against military rule and for restoration of democracy.The decision to make the statement was evidently taken at the highest level. Identically worded statements were read by the Minister for External Affairs, P.V. Narasimha Rao, in the Lok Sabha, and by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, in the Rajya Sabha.It was a shrewdly worded statement. Starting by expressing the Government’s concern over the arrest and detention of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, it landed on the sensitive terrain of the domestic upheaval in Pakistan.”We have been watching with uneasiness and distress the recent happenings in Pakistan and the sufferings of people who have been demanding restoration of democracy in the country,” it said, and finished “As a nation we are committed to democracy.”Talking to India Today, Rao tried to blunt the edge of his statement: “I do not want to say anything which might be construed as interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan.” But he could not expect the Government of Pakistan and other governments not to read in the statement an attempt to extend India’s sympathies and moral support to the agitators.Jeopardising Relations; If the military government in Pakistan survives the present crisis, it is more than likely to react negatively to India’s act. More important, it will almost certainly jeopardise the on-going negotiations for a treaty relationship between India and Pakistan, apart from the impact it will have on the newly-born regional cooperation in South Asia.In domestic terms, observers viewed the statement as another attempt on the part of the prime minister to embellish the image of her government in preparation for a mid-term poll about six months from now. Undoubtedly, the Government’s statement struck a responsive chord among broad sections of Indian people.In political and diplomatic circles, Rao’s statement has, however, been viewed in a longer-term perspective. Even if the MRD in Pakistan emerges finally victorious in the current confrontation with the military regime and a popular government is set up after elections, large sections of people in Pakistan will undoubtedly remember with extreme discomfort, if not open resentment, that the Indian Government did come out with a pronouncement which was seen by almost everyone as a moral and benign intervention in Pakistan internal affairs.If any confirmation was required that Rao’s cue had come from the highest levels, it was not long in the coming. The day after Rao’s statement in Parliament, Mrs Gandhi, addressing the general body meeting of the Congress(I) parliamentary party, came out in implicit support of the MRD.”The people of Pakistan have been struggling for democracy of which they had known only a brief spell,” she declared, adding “We have to fight injustice everywhere. We want that there should be democracy everywhere.”Though qualified by the remark that “India had never interfered in the internal affairs of other countries” a major portion of the speech was given to the turmoil in Pakistan.Apart from her support for the movement for democracy, she came out strongly against the arrest of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan. “It is incomprehensible how he could lead a movement or agitation or be a threat to any regime.He is being unnecessarily harassed. He is so ill and so old, it is beyond our imagination to believe that a person of over 92 can prove a threat to any regime. He is a symbol of freedom and democracy.”Earlier, the prime minister took a subtle sideswipe at Zia when she stated that “We have to oppose injustice. India has always condemned political killings”, and went on to refer to the execution of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. She also said that some time back she had written to Zia expressing concern about the “torture of Nusrat Bhutto”.Mrs Gandhi’s unexpected outburst left no one in any doubt that the Government had decided to take a definite stand on the crisis in Pakistan. The fact that she had chosen a purely local party platform to make her feelings known meant that it was deliberately designed. But for what purpose only the last act of the unfolding drama in Pakistan will reveal.last_img read more

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Untraded Anthony Davis returns to action as Pelicans beat Wolves

first_imgMOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Stephen Curry breaks out of slump, helps Warriors extinguish Suns LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Playing for first time since asking to be traded, Davis had 32 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in 25 minutes, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-117 on Friday night.Jrue Holiday had 27 points and nine assists and Kenrich Williams had 19 points — and they led the Pelicans offense in the fourth quarter, when Davis was kept on the bench despite the fact that the teams were separated by as little as one basket several times in the waning minutes. Instead of playing Davis, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry sent in Julius Randle, who came through with a pair of inside baskets and clutch free throws in the final minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesKarl-Anthony Towns scored 32 points for Minnesota, and his driving dunk pulled the Timberwolves as close as 114-112 in the final minute. But Randle responded with one of his late baskets inside and then rebounded Towns’ missed jump hook with 16 seconds left.Davis looked determined from the outset to justify his continued presence on the court, however awkward it may be for a franchise that had seemed inclined to move on without him. 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 Pressured by the NBA not to sit a healthy star they had refused to unload by Thursday’s trading deadline for this season, the Pelicans announced that Davis would return to the starting lineup.He scored 10 points in the first seven minutes. In the opening minutes, he went strong to the rim while being booed and dunked, at which point a segment of the crowd cheering largely drowned out the boo-birds. Later, as Davis stood on the foul line taking free throws, part of the crowd booed while others chanted, “A-D, A-D!”By halftime, Davis had 24 points and his highlights included a reverse alley-oop tip at the front of the rim while being foul and crashing to the floor on his back. Davis was fine, and reached the 30-point mark before the middle of the third quarter.Andrew Wiggins had 23 points for Minnesota, which shot and rebounded marginally better than New Orleans, but was outscored 27-16 at the free throw line.Randle and Time Frazier each scored 12 points for New Orleans, which has won two straight.ADVERTISEMENT New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) takes the court to warm up for the team’s NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, his first game since injuring his left index finger last month, in New Orleans on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis didn’t need long to win back the crowd after being booed during his pregame introduction and the first few chances he had to handle the ball.But the Pelicans sought to close out a close game without Davis on the court anyway — and narrowly pulled it off.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town TIP-INSTimberwolves: Jerryd Bayless sat out with soreness in the big toe on his right foot. … Jeff Teague was available coming off the bench after missing eight games with a left foot injury. He played x minutes and had 12 points, five assists and four rebounds in 17 minutes.Pelicans: Randle finished with 12 points. Center Jahlil Okafor sat out with a left ankle sprain that occurred late in New Orleans’ victory at Chicago on Wednesday night. … Guard E’Twaun Moore also was ruled out shortly before tipoff with a left thigh bruise that also had sidelined him the previous five games.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.Pelicans: At Memphis on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

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Nagal or Nadal? Tennis Fans in Awe as 22-year-old Gives Roger Federer a Scare in US Open

first_imgIndian qualifier Sumit Nagal took a set off the great Roger Federer before losing his first ever Grand Slam match at the US Open on Monday night.Playing at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, World No. 190 Nagal did not let the occasion get the better of him and played some fine tennis to win the first set before going down fighting to the holder of a record 20 Grand Slam titles 6-4, 1-6, 2-6, 4-6. The 23-year-old Jhajjar-born player had won three tough qualifying rounds to enter the main draw, but no one before the match had given him any chance of troubling Federer and were treating it as a walkover for Federer.The naysayers were proved wrong as Nagal made India, and the world, sit up and take notice of his talent as he started the match nerveless and matched an error-prone Federer shot for shot, chased down every forehand and backhand and emerged triumphant in the first set. But errors also crept into his game as the match went on and Federer got back in his groove and took the second and third sets comfortably, before closing out the match in the fourth set.But Nagal’s gutsy performance earned the plaudits from everyone, both fans and experts alike. After a long gap, the Krishnan era, his son Ramesh, Vijay and Leander before he shifted to doubles, a ray of hope in the gutsy Sumit Nagal. Terrific speed, strong forehand hold promise of better things in future.— Pradeep Magazine (@pradeepmagazine) August 27, 2019 Midnight approaches and Roger Federer has come back to beat Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. Nagal, who has come a long way in tennis with the odds heavily against him, can hold his head very high— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) August 27, 2019 So proud of you Sumit Nagal. Great debut in the #USOpen ,putting in a spirited performance against Roger Federer. Way to go… 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳@nagalsumit pic.twitter.com/M23RqfYyTh— Naveen Jindal (@MPNaveenJindal) August 27, 2019 @rogerfederer won the match but @nagalsumit won the heart 💟 Well played sumit nagal 🙏🙏🙏#USOpen— umanandan mishra 🇮🇳 (@UmanandanKumar) August 27, 2019 This moment 😍😍😍😍… Hopefully, this is just a start from young Sumit Nagal. pic.twitter.com/j1XPijvVlt— Hari Priya CR (@cr_hariPriya) August 27, 2019 Naturally, there were also a lot of jokes on Nagal’s name sounding a bit like a certain player called Rafael Nadal. While before the match, Twitterati called the first-round match as the knock-off version of the Nadal match, they said, Nagal played like the Spaniard, at least early in the match. Sets won against Roger Federer at the #USOpen, an alphabetical index excerpt.…NADAL, Rafael – 0NAGAL, Sumit – 1…— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) August 27, 2019 Even the post-match presenter asked Federer in jest if he felt he was playing against Nadal in the first set, and not Nagal, which evoked a lot of laughs from the crowd in the arena. Federer praised Nagal performance and credited him for his performance. Nagal turned up as Nadal today. Even though could only one set aganist the mighty Federer, it was an excellent game. He never backed down. Superb 👌👌👌 pic.twitter.com/bbXHNRVz1o— Wilfredo (@wilfredov) August 27, 2019 Take a shot everytime they say “not nadal, but nagal”Good luck— Tennys Sandgren (@TennysSandgren) August 27, 2019 Alas we won’t get more Nagal – Nadal jokes now. Would have been good material for drinking games. #USOpen #FederervNagal— Saket Parekar (@saketparekar) August 27, 2019 Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. federernagalRoger Federerroger federer vs sumit First Published: August 27, 2019, 10:39 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Brendan Rodgers makes managerial return at Celtic

first_imgBrendan Rodgers was hired as the new coach of Scottish champions Celtic on Friday, sealing a return to soccer management seven months after being fired by Liverpool.”I have followed Celtic all my life,” Rodgers said after agreeing on a 12-month rolling contract, “and to be given this fantastic opportunity and to be part of such a truly great football club is a dream come true.”REPLACES RONNY DEILAThe 43-year-old Rodgers is replacing Ronny Deila, who has left after guiding Celtic to its fifth straight Scottish league title.His first season at Parkhead will coincide with the return to the Scottish top flight of Rangers, Celtic’s fierce Glasgow rival, after its spell in the lower leagues for financial mismanagement.”We wanted to bring one of the biggest and best names to the club to match our own aspirations and those of our supporters. We believe, in appointing Brendan, that we have done this,” Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said. “We have appointed a special manager and we are sure he can bring some special times to Celtic.”INCONSISTENT AT LIVERPOOL Rodgers was heralded as one of British soccer’s brightest coaches when guiding Liverpool to a second-place finish in the Premier League in 2014. Liverpool nearly won the title that year, which would have ended a 24-year wait for the league trophy.Rodgers was admired for his style of football, his tactical awareness, and his insistence on giving youth – and domestic players – a chance, but Liverpool slumped in the following 18 months because of poor signings and the departure of key players like Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard.advertisementHe was fired in October.Rodgers’ first task is to keep Celtic as the top team in Scotland in the season Rangers returns to the big time. He is also tasked with improving Celtic’s fortunes in Europe, having missed out on qualifying for the Champions League group stage this season.”I can’t wait to be in paradise with our team and our fans as we all get to work,” Rodgers said.last_img read more

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BCCI will make every effort to ensure India are best in all formats: Anurag Thakur

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) newly-appointed president Anurag Thakur seems to be wasting no time in making efforts to take cricket in the country forward. After being unanimously appointed as the BCCI chief earlier today, Thakur, who addressed a Special General Meeting in Mumbai said the board would make efforts to ensure India men and women’s teams climbed up the ladder in all formats of the game.  (Aslo read: BCCI to advertise for post of Team India coach today, says Anurag Thakur) India are currently second in T20Is and Tests and are placed fourth in ODIs. The women’s team is ranked fourth behind Australia, England and New Zealand. “Will take every step to make India the number one team in all forms of cricket,” Thakur said. ATTENTION TO WOMEN’S CRICKET Thakur stressed on the importance of giving more attention to women’s cricket in the country. At a time when there are voices raised in favour of equal pay for women and men, Thakur shed light on the Indian cricket board’s policy saying they have raised the match fee and have brought the players under contract system. “As far as women cricket is concerned, we have increased their match fees, brought them under contract system,” he said. (Also read: Anurag Thakur – Politics in blood, administrator by nature)  MORE TOURNAMENTS FOR WOMEN Thakur also said he had sought a report from the Women’s Committee of the International Cricket Board to decide on what should be done to improve the quality of women’s cricket. “They will play more tournaments in coming year. Have sought a report from women cricket committee on what should be done,” he said. ENERGY EFFICIENT STADIUMS The ongoing Indian Premier League season took a hit after matches were moved out of Maharashtra owing the persistent drought crisis in the state. The BCCI, now, seems to have learnt a lesson and is mulling options to make the stadiums energy efficient. Thakur promised that all the stadiums that are to be built in the country will be made green stadiums. “Future stadiums will be green stadiums in India. BCCI to provide all help for the same. Rs 100 crore earmarked for initiative,” he announced. Thakur added that stadiums will be audited for energy efficiency. “Energy audit of stadiums will be done on how rain harvesting systems, solar panels can be installed.” NOT RUNNING AWAY FROM LODHA RECOMMENDATIONS Former boss Shashank Manohar stepped down citing Lodha Panel heat. He said a few of the committee’s recommendations were not in the interest of the board. However, Thakur who had been positive about implementing the desirable ones, said BCCI had started the reforms even before the committee came up with its report. “BCCI took various reformative steps even before recommendations of Lodha committee report was out. We understand our responsibility. “We are not running away from the recommendations of Lodha committee. We are trying to see what can be practically implemented,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

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I have only 10 fingers: Klopp cannot count all of Liverpool’s mistakes vs Red Star

first_imgJuergen Klopp failed to point fingers at the reasons for Liverpool’s 2-0 shock defeat against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday in Serbia, that left the English club with a tricky road ahead for knockout.Red Star outperformed Liverpool in a passionate display while the Reds failed to make their chances count and suffered a surprising defeat away from home.In the post match press conference, Klopp was asked to put a finger on what went wrong on the night but Klopp was out of answers for the embarrassment they suffered on the pitch.”I have only 10 fingers [not enough to point out all the mistakes]. The start was pretty intense and to strike back the way they did. But we had the first big chance, I think it was Daniel with a very big one, and each goal in a game like this leads the game in a specific direction,” Klopp said.Klopp was particularly critical of the number of set-pieces conceded by Liverpool.”We gave them too many set-pieces before they scored, so they could kind of train it in a big match like this, and then they scored with the header from a corner.A memorable night for Crvena zvezda in Belgrade! #UCL pic.twitter.com/6mDD8LA2hwUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 6, 2018″The second goal was kind of out of the blue, we had the ball and gave it away. That’s not cool in a game like this, in an atmosphere like this, in a situation like this.advertisement”I tried to change for the second half. We had out chances in the box, we had scrappy situations with the ball twice, I’m not sure, on the line and they cleared the situation. If you score in a situation like that, everything can change but it’s pathetic we didn’t score.”Klopp insisted that Liverpool were “not surprised” by the aggressive approach Red Star came with and in fact said they were the same as the first game but the difference was in Liverpool’s performance.”If you saw the first game it was similarwild and direct. They were aggressive. They were aggressive in the last game as well only then we did better. In Liverpool we controlled the game, tonight we didn’t. We made life a bit too easy for Belgrade. That is the main problem.”They deserved it with the passion they showed. They gave everything. For us it was not clicking, it was not easy. We never came back into situations. We had the moments, we played good balls in at the right moments, but then we had the ball in the box and could not really finish.”last_img read more

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Faf du Plessis to continue as South Africa’s Test captain

first_imgCricket South Africa’s acting director Corrie Van Zyl on Tuesday confirmed that Faf du Plessis will remain as the skipper of the Test side and he would be in charge of the team scheduled to tour India later this year.”Faf will be the captain of the Test team and then we will talk about the white-ball strategy to 2023 and how that will affect decision-making,” ESPN Cricinfo quoted van Zyl as saying.There were huge speculations in the media as CSA had earlier released a statement suggesting that there might be an interim captain for the upcoming series against India.CSA acting director hinted towards the appointment of a new skipper for the limited-overs format looking ahead at the 2023 World Cup. Currently, du Plessis is the skipper of the limited-overs team as well.”It’s important to look forward to 2023 as well. We need a strategy to 2023, so in terms of appointing the captain, we will look at how we approach that. We are having a selection meeting in the next day and a half to confirm that,” Van Zyl said.South Africa had failed to make it to the semi-finals of the recently concluded ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup as the team finished at the seventh position with seven points from nine games.”I’m 35, I’ve probably got two or three years left, hopefully, more. You can’t plan for that kind of thing, you have to try and plan for what every year looks like – and those are what the conversations with CSA will have to be,” du Plessis had said.advertisement”Even though I was disappointed after the World Cup, it is still special to play for this team. I wasn’t thinking about quitting, it’s about weighing up what the next year looks like in terms of all three formats. It’s a lot of time away playing cricket. As you get older you have to start looking at other tournaments. That’s the balancing act that would need to happen,” he had added.Earlier, coach Ottis Gibson and his staff were removed from their positions by the CSA as they opted for a re-structure in the way cricket is run in the country.South Africa will play against India in three T20Is and as many Test matches. The T20I series begins from September 15 in Dharamsala whereas the Test series will commence from October 2 in Visakhapatnam.Also See:last_img read more

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Hazard rules out PSG switch

first_imgTransfers Hazard rules out PSG switch after seeing Chelsea exit mooted Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 21:31 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Getty Images Transfers PSG Eden Hazard Chelsea Ligue 1 Premier League The Belgian forward has been linked with the Ligue 1 giants in the past, but says he would only link up with Lille again if he ever returned to France Eden Hazard has ruled out the prospect of him leaving Chelsea for Paris Saint-Germain at any stage in the near future.The Belgium international has been heavily linked with the Ligue 1 giants on the back of their emergence as a European heavyweight.Hazard 66/1 to be CL top scorer 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 Hazard has previously starred in the French top-flight for Lille, with Chelsea luring him to west London on the back of their Champions League triumph in 2012.His performances in England have sparked the transfer speculation, with Real Madrid another of those to be closely monitoring his situation, but the 26-year-old has moved to end any talk of a switch to PSG.”There are some big clubs, and it was an attractive league even when I played in it six years ago,” Hazard told SFR Sport on the progress being made in French football.”Big stars want to play in Ligue 1, and that is a good thing.  But if I am to return it will be to play for Lille – they are my club.”I still have a career to carve out, with a number of seasons ahead of me.”PSG’s ability to spend big has helped to raise the profile of Ligue 1, with their summer business capturing the imagination.A record-breaking €222 million deal for Neymar means that they now boast one of the finest players on the planet, while they also have a €180m agreement for Kylian Mbappe in place, with the exciting teenage forward having joined on an initial loan from domestic rivals Monaco.Hazard would be another high-profile addition to the Ligue 1 ranks, but he is currently tied to Chelsea until 2020 and is working on adding to a trophy haul at Stamford Bridge which already includes two Premier League titles, a League Cup triumph and Europa League win.last_img read more

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PSG’s Emery happy to avoid injuries ahead of Madrid

first_imgSochaux v PSG PSG coach Emery happy to avoid injuries ahead of Champions League tie with Real Madrid Jamie Smith 08:32 2/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Unai Emery AFP Sochaux v PSG PSG Neymar Sochaux Coupe de France Real Madrid v PSG Real Madrid UEFA Champions League With a last-16 Champions League tie against the Blancos just a week away, avoiding injuries in a Coupe de France win pleased the Paris side’s manager Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery was happy to avoid injuries ahead of facing Real Madrid in the Champions League as his side cruised through to the Coupe de France quarter-finals with a 4-1 win at Sochaux.With Neymar rested after celebrating his 26th birthday at the weekend, Angel Di Maria took a starring role with his first PSG hat-trick helping secure a comfortable win for PSG, who are seeking a fourth straight Coupe de France title.Edinson Cavani was also on target in a win that never felt in doubt despite Florian Martin cancelling out Di Maria’s first-minute opener at the Stade Bonal on Tuesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player After Di Maria wrapped up his first treble since 2010, Emery was able to rest Marco Verratti and Cavani for the closing stages, although Dani Alves had to go in goal for the last few seconds after Kevin Trapp was dismissed for a foul on Thomas Robinet outside his penalty area.Layvin Kurzawa came through an injury scare after initially appearing to be hurt in a collision with goalkeeper Lawrence Ati that was reminiscent of a similar clash between Kylian Mbappe and Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes last month.And Emery, who welcomed Thiago Motta back to action after the midfielder missed a month of action with a calf injury, was pleased his squad is intact ahead of next Wednesday’s trip to the Spanish capital to play Champions League holders Madrid.”The goal was to qualify, without injury and to collect information for the future,” Emery said.”We respect the Coupe de France and an opponent who has already won this competition and recently knocked out Ligue 1 clubs.”Even though Sochaux equalised, I knew it was an offensive team and I respected them, and in the second half they had fewer chances.”125 – @PSG_English have scored 125 goals in all comps this season, at least 23 than any other team in the top 5 leagues (Man City – 102). Scary. pic.twitter.com/6o4LcNI3oi— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 6, 2018Sochaux captain Florian Tardieu suggested pre-match that PSG players attending a birthday party for Neymar in Paris on Sunday demonstrated a lack of respect for his Ligue 2 side, but PSG skipper Thiago Silva denied that was the case.”We wanted to play technically today, the pitch was not very good, but the quality of our players made the difference,” the Brazilian said.”The statement of the opposing captain that we do not respect the teams is wrong. We respect all teams we play against – that’s why we win, that’s why tonight we played well.”last_img read more

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CBSE introduces experiential learning from 2019-20 session

first_imgCBSE introduces experiential learning from 2019-20 sessionCBSE along with NCERT has been planning school syllabus under experiential learning from 2019-20 session onwards which would include life skills and other important topics.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 15:47 IST To promote the teaching profession in the education sector, Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal during a Lok Sabha session on Monday, July 08 informed about the funds to be allocated for the education sector. Since most schools come under the state government, funds are being provided by the government in the current financial year 2019-20 in order to encourage teachers to function as the first level counsellors in schools.Various steps have been taken by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to make the teaching process student-friendly:Guidelines have been issued to transact curriculum in a student-centric manner with the promotion of active learning through a focus on reflections and creating and constructing knowledge.Teachers have been advised to follow inclusive principles and not label children as ‘slow learners’ or ‘bright students’, or ‘problem children’.CBSE has introduced Experiential Learning from 2019-20 session onwards. Therefore, there will be certain changes in the study pattern, such as:1. The schools will plan the curricular activities in such a way which enable students to connect the content of their learning areas and subjects with their own lives and the world around them.2. The learning outcomes developed by NCERT help the teachers to direct their teaching-learning in the desired manner and make other stakeholders responsible and alert towards their role for ensuring quality education.3. In order to promote life skills and value education, CBSE has integrated health and physical education with academics. Every school provides for one period per day for sports which leads to better stress management for children and also creates a better environment for learning.advertisement4. In line with the National Curriculum Framework (NCF), 2005, NCERT has developed textbooks that cover the aspects of stress, anxiety and other related problems in schools.The Psychology textbook of class XI addresses peace concerns in its chapter on ‘Motivation and Emotions’. The concerns for health and well-being have been taken up in the Psychology textbook of class XII in chapter 3 on ‘Meeting Life Challenges’, which tries to equip the student with aspects and causes of stress and the development of positive health.NCERT through its Adolescence Education Programme tries to inculcate life skills in the students who are at this crucial stage of their lives.5. NCF, 2005 advocates facilitating healthy growth and development of students across all school stages and scope for guidance/counselling at each of these school stages from elementary through secondary and higher secondary stages.NCF has also articulated the concern to provide guidance and counselling in schools to deal with stress-related problems and to guide students, parents and teachers to lessen the students’ stress. It particularly emphasises the need to provide guidance and counselling by trained professionals to create the support system for meeting academic and social pressures.Also read: HRD Ministry drafts new National Educational Policy: 19 changes recommendedGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAyshalast_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Alton Road north to the tracks near Brookfield will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic-control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4050 Fax: 902-625-0763 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 KINGS COUNTY: Fred Saunders Bridge Fred Saunders Bridge is closed for repairs until Thursday, Sept. 27. Detour routes: Spicer Road to Russia Road to Route 360 1.2 km – Route 360 to Spicer Road to Baseline Road 1 km – Baseline Road to Route 360 to West Black Road 4.3 km – West Black Rock Road to Baseline Road to Russia Road 1.2 km. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Truro Heights Connector Truro Heights Connector from Truro Heights Road, east to the entrance to Wal-Mart will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic-control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16 from the intersection at Larrys River Road north to Church Street will have intermittent one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday with occasional Saturdays. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 22 Trunk 22, Louisbourg Highway from Highway 125, Sydney Bypass to Landry Crescent will have one-lane closures for paving and repairs to guardrails until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work take place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 pm. KINGS COUNTY: Lovett Road Lovett Road from Trunk 1 to Brooklyn Street will have one-lane closures for gravelling and repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Traffic-control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Intersection of Salmon River, Brookside and Pictou roads. Motorists are advised of a one-lane closure at the intersection of Salmon River, Brookside and Pictou roads for upgrades to the intersection until Wednesday, Oct 31. Traffic-control people will be on site. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Leitches Creek Bridge The eastbound lanes of Highway 125, over Leitches Creek, will be reduced to one lane, 24 hours a day, until Sunday, Sept 30. This will allow concrete repairs, waterproofing, and repaving of the bridge deck. Drivers should use extra caution and be prepared for traffic delays in the construction area. Keltic Drive is available as a detour. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902- 485-5254 Fax: 902- 485-7047 QUEENS COUNTY: Labelle Brook Bridge – Labelle Road Labelle Brook Bridge, north of Greenfield on Labelle Road and south of South Brookfield on Molega Road, will be closed for replacement from Monday, Sept. 17, until Saturday, Oct. 6. A traffic detour is available on Trunk 8 and Rout 325, Route 210 and Route 208 will have posted detours. A temporary pedestrian walkway will also be available. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 344 Route 344 from the intersection at Trunk 16 easterly to MacPherson Lake Road will have intermittent one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday with occasional Saturdays. KINGS COUNTY: Maple Court Maple Court to the end of English Mountain Road will have a one-lane closure for gravelling and repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic-control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Trunk 30, from Highway 105 intersection (Exit 11) north for about five kilometres, will have one-lane closures for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes palce from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Traffic on Trunk 19, north of MacLean Street in the Town of Inverness, for about 8.3 kilometres will be reduced to one lane until Sunday Sept. 30, to allow for road improvements and repaving. Drivers should reduce speed and expect delays in the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 PICTOU COUNTY: Millers Ford Bridge Millers Ford Bridge over the West River on a connecting road between Saltsprings Loop and West River East Side Road will be closed for replacement until Wednesday, Nov. 14. A detour route is provided on Trunk 4 and West River East Side Road. Local Are Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-7352 Local Area Office: 902-798-6888 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 PICTOU COUNTY: Westville Road and Trunk 4 Traffic on the Westville Road (Route 289) will be reduced to one lane from Exit 23 of Highway 104 for 2.5 kilometres southwest to the Westville town line. Traffic will also be reduced to one lane on Trunk 4 (Truro Road) from the intersection of the Westville Road (Route 289) for 2.5 kilometres to the west. The reductions will allow for repaving. Work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is scheduled to be complete by Sunday, Sept. 30. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sedgiwich Bridge Sedgiwich Bridge, near the intersection of the Arhibald Brook Road and the Higginsville Road, will be closed until Sunday, Sept. 30, for replacement. Traffic will be routed through the site over a one-lane temporary bridge controlled with traffic lights. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Gaspereaux Brook Bridge on Trunk 7 at Liscomb will be reduced to one-lane for repairs until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of signs and traffic-control people. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Some possible work on Saturdays. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 306 Route 306, for about 4.5 kilometres, from Acres Road southeast to the intersection of Route 349 and Route 306 in Sambro will be reduced to one lane at various locations until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels, pilot vehicle and traffic-control people. Motorists are advised to be cautious while travelling through the marked work site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 207 Highway 207 from West Lawrencetown Road to Three Fathom Harbour will have intermittent delays for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY – Route 209 Route 209, from the Trunk 2/Rte. 209 intersection westerly toward Diligent River will have one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be a traffic-control person and pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 from Kempt Shore east to Sherman Lake Road will have one-lane closures for repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Work is expected to continue until Sunday, Sept. 30. Motorists are advised there will be lane closures and to expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 256 (Scotsburn Road) Traffic on Route 256 (Scotsburn Road) from Durham Road west for about three kilometres to Campbell Hill Road will be restricted to one lane to allow for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic will be controlled by traffic-control people and signs. Reduce speed in the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Little Bass River to Economy River will have one-lane closures for ditching and paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from East Bay west for about four kilometres to the Ski Ben Eoin area, will have one-lane closures until Friday, Nov. 30 for paving and construction of a left-turning lane into the golf and ski area. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Sections of Route 333 from the West Dover ball park for eight kilometres to Blind Bay at the intersection of MacDonalds Road will be reduced to one lane until Sunday, Sept. 30 for repaving. Work will take place from sunrise to sunset. Traffic control will consists of signs and traffic-control people. Terence Bay Road, 7.7 kilometres Lower Prospect Road, 2.3 kilometres Lower Prospect Branch, 0.30 kilometres Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-1776 Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 RICHMOND COUNTY: Route 320 Traffic on Route 320 will be reduced to one lane from north of the intersection of Route 206 near Arichat north for 4.5 kilometres toward D’Escousse for repaving. Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. and traffic will be controlled by traffic-control people. The project is scheduled to be completed by Saturday, Sept. 22.center_img Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-749-2244 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-860-5615 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 near Pictou Landing, is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288 KINGS COUNTY: Aylesford Road Traffic on Aylesford Road from the intersection of Dalhousie Road north for about six kilometres will be reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Oct. 31 for repaving. Drivers should expect delays and use extra caution in the construction area. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Three Sections Paving has started on three sections of road in Halifax Regional Municipality. Sections being paved are: COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102, southbound lane, from Como Road south to Shubenacadie River, will be reduced to one lane for repaving and patching until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road South River Lake Road, from Route 316 east for 6.1 kilometres, will have intermittent one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 252 and Shore Road Route 252 from the intersection of Trunk 19 in Mabou east for 10 kilometres and Shore Road from the intersection of Trunk 19 in Judique north for 3.2 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. until Saturday Sept. 29. Traffic control will be pilot vehicles and Traffic-control people. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-237-0068 Fax: 902-835-1860 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107, from Little Salmon River Bridge to Exit 18, will have one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of cones, barriers and traffic-control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Lockhart Mountain Road to Lovett Road will have one- lane closures for widening, traffic lights, sidewalk and repaving until Monday, Dec. 31. Traffic-control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 HANTS COUNTY: Bishopville Road The Bishopville Road will be closed at Highway 101 for construction of the new Highway 101 structure over Bishopville Road until Friday, Nov. 30. Detour route via Rand Street, Bog Road and Old Post Road. Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 SHELBURNE COUNTY: Barrington Passage – Trunk 3 Barrington Passage – Trunk 3 from the intersection of the Oak Park Road to the intersection of Route 330 will be reduced to one lane for cold planing until Sunday, Sept. 30. Motorists should expect delays and speed reductions in work zone. Cyclists should use caution. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: MacKay Bridge MacKay Bridge on Toney Mills Road, Toney River will be closed for repairs until Friday, Sept. 28. Detour route is available on Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 INVERNESS COUNTY: MacDougall Bridge MacDougall Bridge on Reservation Road in Waycobah will be closed to all traffic until Friday, Oct. 12 for bridge repairs. Traffic should detour on Highway 105. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 The intersection of Highway 104 and Beech Hill Road will have a one-lane closure for improvements and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic will not be stopped, but will be slow. Traffic control will be marked with signs. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset seven days a week. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Kearney Lake Road Kearney Lake Road and the Highway 102 northbound exit will have one-lane closures for intersection improvements, signal installation and widening until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Indian Sluice Point Bridge Indian Sluice Point Bridge is opened to vehicles less than two tonnes. Work is expected to end Friday, Oct. 5. Vehicles more than two tonnes are advised to find an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. CONTINUING WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Ingram River Bridge Ingram River Bridge on Highway 103 will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Monday, Oct. 29. Traffic control consist of flashing-unit display. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 Fax: 902-896-2259 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from about six kilometres, south of Route 276 at Goshen, south to the Guysborough-St. Mary’s municipal boundary will have intermittent one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Cabot Trail from Victoria/Inverness county line south for 1.7 kilometres and Cabot Trail from Gold Brook Road south for 1.8 kilometres will have one-lane closures for road repairs until Thursday, Sept. 28. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Black Brook Bridge Black Brook Bridge on Route 347 (East River, St. Mary’s) will be closed for replacement until Friday, Nov. 30. A temporary detour is parallel to the existing structure. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling though construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Route 201 Route 201 between Paradise Lane and Nictaux Road will be restricted to about 2.5 metres wide for repaving until Friday, Sept. 28. Wide-load detour: Paradise Lane, Trunk 1, Elliot Connector, Highway 101, Brooklyn Street, Trunk 1, Trunk 10, Nictaux Road. Wide load detour 20.7 kilometres. Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 -30-last_img read more

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LENNY STOUTE NEEDS YOUR HELP

first_imgCLICK HERE TO VISIT LENNY’S GOFUNDME PAGEYour donations will help this great man who has helped, promoted and supported so many musicians in the past. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Lenny Stoutecenter_img Lenny Stoute is a veteran entertainment journalist based in Toronto, Canada. His credits include entertainment columnist for the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, editor for Music Express, Canada’s national music magazine, as well as stints at the Globe & Mail, Eye, Metro and assorted like-minded media outlets.  He is currently the Editor at Cashbox Canada magazine.Lenny needs your help … he is in chronic pain 24/7, restricted mobility and will need surgery.“This got me thinking. If every single publicist, and every single band who received media coverage from Lenny Stoute over the years donated a few dollars – this could really help. Think back – coverage in Rock Express, The Toronto Star, Performer, The Globe and Mail or Cashbox Canada? I encourage your support.” – MaryLenore Arsenault (Be-Bop PR) Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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