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Video Tutorial: Creating a 3D Timeline in After Effects

first_imgDisplay dates visually with a 3D timeline! In this After Effects tutorial you’ll learn how to create a dynamic timeline animation – great for documentary or corporate video projects.If you’re looking for a powerful way to showcase a chronology of events in your video projects – this After Effects tutorial has got you covered. In this AE video tutorial we’ll create a 3D timeline, complete with dates and images (although the images can easily be swapped out for video).This After Effects animation project can be completed with the tools in the app – no 3rd party filters or plugins required. You’ll learn how to create the visual timeline ticks and date markers using After Effects shape layers. Then, you’ll animate the timeline through 3D space using a combination of After Effects expressions, keyframes and the AE camera.This is an intermediate After Effects tutorial, so previous experience and familiarity working in AE is encouraged.Best viewed full screen:[color-box color=”gray”] This is Evan Abrams for Premium and today we are going to be creating a 3D timeline in After Effects for playing photos and dates. We are going to be a bunch of tiny things, build them into a timeline and then show you how to quickly replace the content in those things with the pieces you really want.The first thing to do in After Effects is going to be create a new composition, and we are going to call this composition, Timeline Segment. The first thing you want to do is create the smallest parts possible, and then assemble those into larger parts, and then assemble those parts into your final piece. So we’re calling this timeline Segments, because we’re going to make segments we can use to build a timeline. We’re going to use the HDTV 1024 per second preset, and we’re going to use a duration of one minute, because the longest this comp is going to be is going to be a minute so we want all of the parts to be around for all of that time. We’re going to put a rectangle in there so just take your rectangle and double click and we’ll make a shape layer with a rectangle in it, and within that rectangle, we are going to change the size. It’ll be 4×50, that is 50 on the vertical and 4 on the horizontal, and we’re going to use a fill color that is 25% bright, and that’ll do for now. So the first thing we need to do is, since we are creating a timeline of days and months, is we have to create the units by which that scale will be measured. Visually I’m just going to cheat a little bit and I am going to go add Repeater and I’m going to set the Repeater to create 30 copies to represent the roughly 30 days that go into a month, and we need to have the transform repeater only move these 10 at a time.We now have what represents a month of tiny ticks here so we want 30 and then we need to times that by 12 for the 12 months which will compute all the months that we need. Now we need to have a marker for all of those months so I’m just going to duplicate this layer, hit UU to bring up everything I changed about it, and now I’m going to change the size to be 5 times 75, so it is both thicker and taller, and copy is going to need to be 12, but we need to change the spacing in between them all to be quite a bit larger. We know the spacing between each of the days is 10 and there are 30 of them in each segment. We are just going to take 10 and times that by 3 to give us 300 and now we have populated text that will stand in for the months.Now we also need a final set of ticks that are going to stand in for the years so we’re just going to duplicate this, and hit UU to bring up all of its properties, delete the repeater because it doesn’t need to be repeated, and it is now going to be 7 wide by 100 tall and that will stand as our marker for years. So we have years, days, and months being displayed, so I am going to change these to say year ticks, and then the next shape will be month ticks, and then the final shape will be day ticks. And you want to make sure you have them labeled so you know what they are.And now this is the final step, I am going to set them all to be three dimensional so that when I start using collapse formations, which are these and other comps, we will render them all correctly. So this is the timeline segment. We are now going to take that timeline segment, drag it on to a comp and create a whole new timeline.We are just going to rename this timeline Complete because it is going to be the completed timeline and this timeline segment, we are going to create collapse transformations on and make it 3D as well. Now we can duplicate and manipulate this in 3D space. So, we are going to duplicate it, and we know that we want it to start at the end of the other comp. so what we can do is we can call up the position of these and we can use an expression to make sure that this comp is at the end of this comp. So we are going to write an expression, then Alt, click on the Stopwatch, and we’re going to type in, “value plus” and then in the square brackets, “x,0,0”, and then we just need to go one line up and then define what “x” is equaled to, and just expand this so we can see what we’re doing. It’s going to give me an error because I existed prematurely, so we are going to say “x=” and it’s going to equal the index value-1 so if we have an index of 2, which is this number here, we would like it to be 1 so index minus 1 would generate a number, put that in round brackets and then multiply that number by 3600. And it’s 3600 because we have 12 months and each of those is spaced out by 300 so the total length of this thing is actually 3600 units so you can see by accepting that it pushes it to the end of the other one. So, now we just duplicate as many of those as you need. We’re going to have a total of five segments. And you can see when we go to a custom view 1that we have a timeline extended out into space.So now what we need to do is call up the positions of all of these, and we want to go from it having to be expression oriented to be key frame oriented, so we are going to go, animation, key firm assistant, convert expressions to key frames”, and what this will do is basically it will “bake” their positions so they cannot be changed when the index values change. So hit the stopwatch and remove all of those and now you’ve had the computer stick all of these in a line for you. If you need more than five, go ahead and make more than five, but do the entire process for all of those. So this is the timeline completed, but now we need to put elements on the timeline, so we’re going to create a marker that indicates where the years are and we will need to create a frame in which we can put content. So I am going to create a new comp, and I’m going to call this marker. Hit OK, and in the marker comp, I’m just going to make a simple rectangle. So make that rectangle by double clicking again.Open up its properties here, and change it to be something like 500 by 250 or maybe even 500 by 100, so it will create a small marker. And then inside that, we are also going to create a polygon and this polygon we’re going to change into being a triangle, and now we’re just going to go ahead and change its rotation to 90 degrees, and bring the outer radius down, and we’ll just align it to be correctly situated here as a point coming off of the rectangle, so you might want to go in there and just get really close to it, and do some fine adjustment of these things, so you have this path here. Go ahead and zoom in and use your arrow keys to nudge it into place so that there are no erroneous pixels and that looks good.So the next thing you want to do is just use its anchor point to align it in the center and we’ll do that by calling up the title in action safe, adjust the anchor point here until it comes to rest on the point of this object so everything will be in reference to the center of this comp. Now we go back to the timeline here, and we’ll just install the marker out there somewhere so you have the marker out there. We’re going to change the color to fuchsia and we’re going to make it 3D and now we will go in and position it somewhere that we want it. We’re going to take this and we’re going to parent it say to the second timeline segment so the next one along, and then will we parent it, we’ll call up the position and the rotation. First the rotation, we need to rotate it a good 90 degrees so the orientation is now 0-90-0, and then we just need to push this back until it arrives at the start of that line, and it’s going to be at 960 along.Now if we use the camera tools by cycling rules by cycling through hitting “c”, we can move this comp along to see exactly where this is positioned, and we just need to move this up a little bit so it is above the line of this timeline so that will put it at 960, 500 which is quite agreeable, and you can move this up even higher if you would like, so maybe even at 450, just so that it will floats above the line. And if you would rather have this tilted in or tilted out or tilted wherever, it’s totally up to you. In the original example, it was tilted in at 000 so I guess we’ll leave it there for this.The next component we want to make is the frame, so I’ll make a new comp. We’ll call this Frame, and within this we’re going to create again a rounded rectangle so that means we go into the rectangle here, and we set it’s roundness to be about 25 on its size. We are going to unlink those, and then we’re going to subtract 100 from each of these values so that sets it right there, and then we’re going to duplicate this layer and called his first one Frame Back, and we’re going to call this one Frame Cover and we’re going to duplicate that again and just call this one Frame. And so on Frame Cover, hit “UU”. I’m going to subtract 100 from these values again just to bring it in, and we’re going to give it a stroke of 10 and we’re going to leave it with a fifth so that’s okay. And the frame of above it, we’re going to give it a stroke of 10 and we’ll change its size down minus 100 on each of these so it’s the same size as the thing below it.The cover will basically define the alpha of a picture so just go ahead and grab a picture and I’m going to use one random pulled from Wikipedia, and make it large enough to fit in here and then we’re going to take the frame cover and make sure it’s the alpha mat of that picture. and then the frame on the top here just take its fill away. So that looks pretty good. The next thing to do here is on the Frame Back we want to go to its fill and make sure that it has an opacity change on its fill to be 50 percent or less, and give it a stroke to about 10 as well. So everything has strokes on here and you’ve created a frame of this thing so the frame is a picture and we’re ready to integrate this into our timeline. So we go to timeline complete. We would like to bring out the frame so let’s just place it above everything and we’re going to make it 3D, and now we need to position it basically where the marker is so we’re going to take it and parent it to the same layer here and then we’re going to call of its position in rotation and we’re going to put 960 and the orientation we’ll put 90 so it’s oriented correctly there. And now we’re going to use the anchor point to shift this all the way out so we’re just going to set this at 0 and then we’ll have to adjust this as we go. So we basically have our first piece is done on the timeline and so let’s change the color so that we’ll know where they are. So the timeline elements you see here are all the sandstone and then we have an orange and a fuchsia.We’re now going to take this timeline complete, drag it onto a new comp, make these 3D and collapse its transformations and then set it to be the active camera, and we’re going to create a new null object and a new camera and we’re going to make it a 50mm preset, and we’re going to go with two on the F stops and give it a blur level of 200 percent, and we’re going to take the camera and parent it to the null object. The null object we’re going to continue to move back and then we’re going to move up and down or to the side to get everything we want in frames, so we can see that as we animate that along, everything moves and rotates and comes into view so that is so far so good. So now we’re going to have a camera hang out there for another 50 frames, set a key frame for the position and we going to move ahead a bunch of other frames and set a new key frame by adding to the 3600 here so we just take this value and we go “+ 3600” because we know that is the distance to the next stop or however you’ve mathematically calculated that out to be, and now we need to add content here that we’re going to be looking at as well. If you go into the timeline, and since you already know that everything is well framed up outside, we’re just going to duplicate the frame and marker, shift them to be under the other frame and marker, and we’re going to set them to be parented to the next layer down basically. And now we’re going to go into their position, and then change these to be 960 again, which will fit them correctly right where they need to be here.Now in order to go through and complete the rest of the timeline, you’re just going to be duplicating the same steps you already did. So once you have all of these placeholders in, you’re going to want to take this framed comp you did over in the timeline, and you’re going to duplicate it, which will make Frame 2 and duplicated begin to make Frame 3, and the same with the marker. You’re going to duplicate, duplicate so that you have new instances that you can use to edit. For example, then you could go into Frame 2. You can go in here and make changes. You can swap this out for a new thing. You can just edit this one, for example, so that you can tell the difference, we’re going to fill this in with red real quick, and then we go back into the timeline. Then we go into frame, and we want to change this to be Frame 2, while hold down Alt, and after you’ve selected both of these things, click and drag, and then you’ve changed the one in to the new one. Then when we go back and we look at the final year, we’ve made that change can and now that is the new thing. And you need to just continue this process all the way down the line so that’s how you fill out the timeline. Now you can smooth out your new timeline by taking all of these key frames, hitting F9 to easy ease them, and then what I do is I go in here to the position and I take the last key frame, and I drag its handle so that you smooth into the motion a lot more so it accelerate hard at the get go and then moves slowly into it.These are basic methods and techniques by which you will create a 3D timeline. The rest of it is all going to be style and totally up to you but the idea is you want to create smaller units, use those tiny units to make big things. Then duplicate instances and replace them with unique instances so that you’re able to make create the entire timeline.So this has been Evan Abrams for, showing you the basics on how to create a 3D time line or really any kind of complex 3D object, but in this case it’s been a timeline. Hopefully you have found this helpful and come to and check our blog for all sort of tricks and After Effects and other programs, and of course come to Premiumbeat for all of your royalty free music and audio FX, because really no timeline is ever complete without excellent music and a whooshing sound when you go between eras. So again, I’m Evan Abrams, thank you so much for watching, and I’ll see you next time if you subscribe which you should because there’s new stuff coming to Premiumbeat all the time. Thanks a lot and have a nice day. [/color-box]last_img read more

The Start of My Second Life

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now I came to while strapped down in a van of some sort. When I realized I was being taken, I assumed I was being arrested or abducted. I fought the restraints, but I could not break them. Then I tried to argue my way out the situation, arguing being a greater competency for me than physical strength at the time. I told my captors to release me, that I had done nothing wrong and that I knew my rights.One of the paramedics tried to talk me down from my heightened emotional state, telling me: “You are not being taken. You are in an ambulance. You just had a Grand Mal seizure.” When you have a Grand Mal seizure, you don’t know what happened.Being supremely pigheaded, I insisted that I knew my rights, that I could not be taken against my will. It turns out, without having any idea what I was talking about, I was right. It was the law that I could not be taken, even in an ambulance, against my will. The paramedics had to let me out of the ambulance.Being stubborn, and just having had a Grand Mal seizure, I refused to go to the hospital, until my neighbor volunteered to drive me to UCLA with the ambulance following. I was immediately given a CAT scan and then an MRI. The first guess after seeing a massive spot on my brain was that I had cancer. That would require a lobectomy, the removal of the front right lobe of my brain. Fortunately, that diagnosis was incorrect. What I had was an arteriovenous malformation, a large group of arteries and veins that had grown into a massive knot that was filling with blood and pushing on my brain. Not great, but better than cancer.I am reminded today that the negative events in life can be a greater blessing than you can realize at the time. Negative events can also change you in the most positive ways, acting as a catalyst for growth and becoming a better version of yourself. A negative event can help you wake up to what is real and what is important.Today is the 25th anniversary of the day I had my Grand Mal seizure while walking up the stairs to my Brentwood, CA apartment, the start of my second life.last_img read more

Fly Bye

first_imgIn the face of severe market contraction, India’s airlines are rapidly dumping foreign pilots, who they had wooed only a few years earlier.India opened up its skies to private carriers just as Western and U.S. airlines were in decline following 9/11 and went on a recruitment binge for foreign pilots to fly their newly acquired planes.The 800 foreign pilots in Indian airlines, almost a fifth of the country’s pilot corps, are the most experienced — and the most expensive. So Indian airlines, which lost over $1.5 billion during the last fiscal year ending March 30, with encouragement from the government, are purging their ranks of foreign pilots. The government has mandated that Indian airlines phase out all foreign pilots by July 2010. In addition, Jet Airways recently sacked all 120 foreign air hostesses from its crew in a cost saving move.In recent months, even immigrant friendly countries, such as Malaysia and Australia, have announced plans to scale back their reliance on foreign workers as they struggle with rising domestic unemployment rates. Related Itemslast_img read more

Google, Fiat Chrysler to partner on self-driving minivans

first_imgAlphabet Inc’s Google unit and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV have agreed to work together to build a fleet of 100 self-driving minivans in the most advanced collaboration to date between Silicon Valley and a traditional carmaker, the companies said Tuesday.The deal marks the first time that Google has worked directly with an automaker “to integrate its self-driving system, including its sensors and software, into a passenger vehicle,” the companies said in a statement on Tuesday.Google and Fiat Chrysler engineers will work together to fit Google’s autonomous driving technology into the Pacifica minivan. Some engineers for both companies will work together at a facility in Southeast Michigan, where Fiat Chrysler has its major North American engineering center, the companies said.Google said it is not sharing proprietary self-driving vehicle technology with Fiat Chrysler, however, and the vehicles will not be offered for sale to the public.The agreement between Google and Fiat Chrysler comes as rival technology and auto companies are accelerating efforts to master the complex hardware and artificial intelligence systems required to allow vehicles to pilot themselves.General Motors Co in March agreed to acquire San Francisco self-driving car startup Cruise Automation. German automakers Daimler AG, BMW AG and Volkswagen AG last year bought digital mapping company HERE to accelerate their autonomous driving development.Some features already available on mass market cars, SUVs and trucks take steps in the direction of replacing a human driver, such as automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and automatic lane-keeping.Some analysts said a self-driving minivan would make sense for testing the technology in a fleet of mass transit vehicles deployed in a controlled environment, such as a Google or Fiat Chrysler campus or a city center.advertisement”Minivans fit into the transportation fleets easily,” said Karl Brauer, a senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book. “They can be a box-on-wheels and can move more humans around.”Google’s self-driving car engineers had previously purchased Lexus sport utility vehicles made by Toyota Motor Corp and retrofitted sensors and other hardware into the cars on their own.Tuesday’s deal holds benefits for both companies. Fiat Chrysler has a net debt pile of 6.6 billion euros ($7.6 billion). Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne has been trying unsuccessfully for more than a year to convince reluctant rivals, including GM, to consider a merger to spread the rising costs of advanced safety and emissions technology.Fiat Chrysler shares rose more than 2 per cent in after market trading after the Google agreement was announced.Google has said that it does not want to build self-driving vehicles on its own and has explored alliances with auto companies, but none have been finalized. Working more closely with Fiat Chrysler could help Google refine its systems as a step toward offering them in regular production cars.The deal does not preclude either FCA or Google from cooperating with others, the companies said in their statement.”The opportunity to work closely with FCA engineers will accelerate our efforts to develop a fully self-driving car that will make our roads safer and bring everyday destinations within reach for those who cannot drive,” John Krafcik, chief executive of the Google Self-Driving Car Project, said in a statement.Collaborating with Google provides an opportunity for Fiat Chrysler “to partner with one of the world’s leading technology companies to accelerate the pace of innovation in the automotive industry,” Marchionne said in a separate statement.The Fiat Chrysler vehicles will more than double Google’s testing fleet, which currently includes about 70 Lexus SUVs and small prototype cars designed by Google. Google is now testing self-driving vehicles in four U.S. cities.Executives at other automakers, including GM, Ford Motor and Daimler, have expressed wariness about alliances with Alphabet or other technology companies that could relegate them to the role of hardware suppliers.John Elkann, Fiat Chrysler’s chairman, in April dismissed the idea that automakers must shoulder alone the burdens of heavy investments in automated driving or ride sharing. By 2030, Elkann said, fully self-driving cars will likely account for just 15 percent of global sales.”Boring old car makers need to figure out how to make this profitable and guard against falling into the … trap of ignoring that business while chasing profits in other parts of the value chain,” Elkann said.last_img read more

Murray digs deep to down Raonic in thriller and reach London final

first_imgWorld number one Andy Murray survived his second marathon of the week to beat Milos Raonic 5-7, 7-6(5), 7-6(9) in a nerve-jangling semi-final thriller at the ATP World Tour Finals on Saturday.Outplayed at times by the big-serving 25-year-old Canadian who had a match point at the death, Britain’s Murray scrapped and clawed his way to a career-record 23rd consecutive win in three hours and 38 minutes of spellbinding combat.Should four-times defending champion Novak Djokovic defeat Kei Nishikori in the day’s second semi-final, Murray and Djokovic will face off on Sunday with the title and the end-of-season world number one ranking on the line.Murray’s hold on the top spot he wrestled off Djokovic this month seemed to be loosening when an inspired Raonic took the opening set and broke early in the second.But Murray, who had lost his three previous semi-finals at the year-ending tournament, regained his rhythm just in time to storm back in a fever-pitch atmosphere.Raonic came within two points of victory at 5-5 in the second set tiebreak and kept his nose ahead in the decider until an exhausted-looking Murray pounced to break at 4-4.Twice Murray served for the match, at 5-4 and 6-5, but Raonic showed incredible resolve to break and force a tiebreak.Going into the breaker the points score was 127-127 and defeat would have been cruel on either player.Murray had a match point at 5-6 but Raonic saved that with a blistering forehand. Raonic gave him another one when he drifted a backhand long but Murray sent a backhand over the baseline.advertisementAn ace brought up a third chance and again Raonic survived with a nerveless volley. Next it was Raonic’s turn to have a match point, at 8-9, but Murray tucked away a winning volley.A swinging wide serve gave Murray a fourth match point and Raonic finally succumbed as he has done six times against Murray this year, including in the Wimbledon final.The match lasted 18 minutes longer than Murray’s group stage win over Nishikori on Wednesday which set a new record for the longest three-set clash in the tournament’s history.last_img read more

Record-breaker Woodburn helps Liverpool reach League Cup semis

first_imgLiverpool reached the League Cup semi-finals after 17-year-old Ben Woodburn enjoyed a night to remember by becoming the club’s youngest ever goalscorer when he wrapped up a 2-0 victory over Leeds United on Tuesday.The youngster volleyed powerfully into the net from close range in front of the Kop in the 81st minute to double Liverpool’s lead and simultaneously erase former England striker Michael Owen from the club’s record books.At 17 years and 45 days, Woodburn was 98 days younger than Owen, when he found the net for the first time in 1997.It had been a testing evening for Liverpool, who were frustrated for the majority of the tie at Anfield and were outplayed at times by their second-tier opponents, with Leeds pegging them back and striking the woodwork in the second half.However, the hosts’ Divock Origi slid home the opening goal after 76 minutes before Woodburn struck four minutes later against the Anfield side’s old rivals.”We all know how young Woodburn is, but it doesn’t look like this in training sessions,” Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp told Sky Sports. “It’s a nice story and all the boys are really happy for him. Everybody is smiling in the dressing room.”Liverpool will be joined in the last four by Hull City, who got past Championship (second-tier) leaders Newcastle United as the visitors missed three penalties in a 3-1 shootout defeat after the match had finished 1-1 at the end of extra time.EIGHT CHANGESWith a host of injuries to deal with and a congested festive fixture schedule looming, Liverpool coach Klopp rang made eight changes from the side that beat Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday and gave several youngsters an opportunity to shine.advertisementThere was a makeshift feel to the way Liverpool played in the first half as Leeds enjoyed the best chances with Hadi Sacko forcing a superb early save from Simon Mignolet and Kemar Roofe curling a beautiful effort against the post after the break.It was not until later in the second period that the hosts began to find some rhythm, with Georginio Wijnaldum striking the post minutes before Origi slid in to poke a brilliant cross from another youngster, Trent Alexander-Arnold, in at the near post.Woodburn’s moment arrived five minutes later with Origi’s cross to the far post finding the young striker unmarked. He smashed the ball high into the net and wheeled away in celebration in front of a jubilant Kop.A drab encounter that finished 0-0 after 90 minutes at Hull sprang to life in extra time as Newcastle took the lead when Mohamed Diame prodded home in the 98th against his former club.The advantage lasted just a minute, however, with Robert Snodgrass equalising for Hull, who played with 10 men in extra time after striker Dieumerci Mbokani was sent off in the 89th.Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic was the shootout hero, saving from Jonjo Shelvey and Yoan Gouffran, while their Newcastle team mate Dwight Gayle hit the crossbar.Arsenal host Southampton and Manchester United welcome West Ham United in the two remaining ties on Wednesday.last_img read more

The last walk: Gisele Bundchen bids adieu to the ramp after 20 years

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Pressure now on coach Ravi Shastri, captain Virat Kohli to deliver

first_imgOn July 11, Ravi Shastri became the new head coach of the Indian cricket team. While many were quick to attribute his good fortune to the new powerhouse of Indian cricket, Virat Kohli, what went largely unnoticed is the support Shastri’s candidacy got from fellow Mumbaikar Sachin Tendulkar.To begin with,,On July 11, Ravi Shastri became the new head coach of the Indian cricket team. While many were quick to attribute his good fortune to the new powerhouse of Indian cricket, Virat Kohli, what went largely unnoticed is the support Shastri’s candidacy got from fellow Mumbaikar Sachin Tendulkar.To begin with, after Anil Kumble’s resignation, the job of choosing a new head coach fell to the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC)-consisting of Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman. The decision came down to choosing between Shastri and Virender Sehwag. It is no secret that Ganguly was dead set against Shastri as head coach. The last time Shastri was interviewed for this post, in June 2016, Ganguly didn’t even attend the interview. This time, Tendulkar saw merit in letting Kohli have his way. This was possibly because of the conditions surrounding Tendulkar’s own failed captaincy, perhaps the master blaster didn’t want Kohli to have to deal with the same difficulties he had faced. As a BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) source put it: “Ganguly batted for Sehwag, but Tendulkar did not want another conflict between captain and coach.”The story of Tendulkar’s rapid elevation, and subsequent debacle, begins in the autumn of 1996. The inevitability of handing over the reins of Indian cricket to him had become stark. Tendulkar, then 23 and the best batsman in the world by some distance, was already India’s second youngest Test captain. The hope was that he who could make a billion dreams come true with his bat would probably conjure up magic with his captaincy too, even though rumours about matchfixing in Indian cricket were also doing the rounds around the same time.advertisementTendulkar was the BCCI’s golden boy, but there were a few holdouts among the stakeholders in Indian cricket, the selectors. One of the ‘five wise men’ later revealed that two among them had been worried that Tendulkar would become the supreme authority in Indian cricket. “Woh ek Imran Khan ban jayega (He will become an Imran Khan)” was the gist of their opposition. (Khan was notorious for regularly ignoring or overruling the advice of Pakistan’s team selectors, using his personal stature as a form of official authority.) “We knew that if we got rolled over by [Tendulkar] in selection meetings, his aura would diminish our roles. The selection committee would have become redundant,” says one of the selectors. In order to ‘show Tendulkar his place’, the selection committee ignored his wish list for the team he was to captain.For whatever reason, Tendulkar’s captaincy did not produce the magic so many had hoped for. A couple of stormy selection meetings left him practically in tears. There would be no Imran Khan in Indian cricket. Tendulkar quit and Mohammad Azharuddin returned as captain. He was succeeded by the aggressive and instinctive Sourav Ganguly, thinking heads Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble and then M.S. ‘Captain Cool’ Dhoni as captain. They had their moments, and mostly got what they wanted. Then came Virat Kohli, who has been rewriting every cricketing norm in the country.Cut to the evening of July 10. That was when the Indian media was informed by Ganguly that they would have to wait for the announcement of India’s new cricket coach. “You see,” Ganguly reasoned, “[we should] let Virat come back to India from his US vacation. We need to sit with him and explain to him the role and scope of the coach.” This perhaps hinted at an upcoming rap on the knuckles for the Indian captain, but before any of that could happen, the phone lines were ringing, from New York to London and Singapore.Late that night, Kohli, sensing that Shastri’s chances of becoming coach were slipping, called Tendulkar in London, pressing for Shastri to be given the job (and, immediately). Kohli also spoke with the chief of the committee of administrators (CoA), Vinod Rai, who was in Singapore at the time. This, and also the manner in which Kohli fell out with Kumble, has made many in cricket circles wonder if the selectors’ fears from 1996 are coming true now, does Indian cricket finally have an Imran Khan of its own?Insiders say that Kohli was displeased with Shastri being passed over in favour of Kumble last year, but with the BCCI’s senior management also wanting Shastri out, he had little control over the situation. However, the team kept winning, and with Kohli’s truly spectacular performance in 2016, his stature within the cricket establishment has never been greater. A member of the Indian team told India Today that it was during Australia’s tour earlier this year that the captain and coach started questioning each other, publicly and vocally. During the IPL, Kohli reportedly complained about Kumble to BCCI officials and a few former teammates, saying the coach was prone to panicking if things didn’t go according to plan. He apparently even issued an ultimatum: Kumble would have to go or he would resign as captain.advertisementKohli can afford to issue such threats because he heads a team with no challengers to his supremacy. When Sunil Gavaskar led the team, he had teammates like Gundappa Vishwanath and Bishen Singh Bedi in the 1970s and Kapil Dev and Dilip Vengsarkar in the 1980s. When Mohammad Azharuddin led India, there were many stars in the team, including Tendulkar. When Sourav Ganguly ruled the roost following the matchfixing scandal in 2000, he had Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Kumble, Javagal Srinath and Laxman to contend with. Even Dhoni had superstar contemporaries: Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh to name a few. The current Indian team features only three superstars, Kohli, Dhoni and Yuvraj. Dhoni and Yuvraj are well past their prime. Not a single player from the playing eleven, barring Kohli, can claim a permanent place in all formats of the game. On top of that, the captain has been in supreme form, winning several matches single-handedly, many in crisis situations, a feat not associated with most Indian skippers.A BCCI insider says that while it’s too early to speculate, too much power in the hands of one or two people, Kohli and Shastri, has its perils. “Today, he doesn’t want Mr X as coach. Tomorrow, he may not like Mr Y as selector. Then what?” he asks. “There have been powerful captains like Ganguly and Dhoni, but [Kohli] has to be very careful from here on. He will be under tremendous scrutiny.” Kohli is known to be comfortable with Shastri and is a great fan of his methods, more man management than coaching. And once Shastri was given the job, the duo took on the board yet again.Ganguly and the CAC had recommended Dravid as batting consultant for overseas tours and Zaheer Khan as bowling coach. But Shastri brushed aside the recommendations and had his own choice for bowling coach, Bharat Arun, confirmed. By doing so, the captain and the coach may have taken a huge risk. Having already stepped on several toes, they had better do well in upcoming matches or there’ll likely be a backlash. And considering that India will play most of its cricket overseas over the next two years, stern Tests await in South Africa, England, Australia and New Zealand, not to mention the 2019 ODI World Cup in England, they will need a lot of luck.What has made life easier for Shastri and Kohli is also the confusion within the BCCI. The organisation’s hierarchy is in a state of flux, and has been since its administration was taken over by the Supreme Court, appointed CoA. The ad-hocism was manifest in CoA chief Rai’s admission to the media that the committee was originally not even aware that Kumble’s contract was valid for just one year. And when the CAC appointed support staff for Shastri, they were told that their authority did not stretch that far. The CAC then shot off an angry letter to Rai, which read in part: ‘There have been suggestions that the CAC has exceeded its ambit in going with (Zaheer) Khan and (Rahul) Dravid and these two legends of Indian cricket have been foisted on the head coach. Also we did inform you (Rai) over the phone along with Rahul Johri and Amitabh Choudhary of all that transpired immediately after the meeting was over.’ A week later, in an interview, Rai said that the incident taught him that he should not have taken anyone’s statements at face value.advertisementBut what makes Shastri tick? Former India captain Kapil Dev says: “Shastri wasn’t blessed with the best of talent, but [is] someone who [knows] how to use his resources. For someone who started as No. 11 batsman to score a double hundred as an opener in Australia and hundreds against the pace attacks of the West Indies and Pakistan… his confidence [is] his best ally.” Another teammate, Madan Lal, says Shastri’s in-your-face nature is what draws him and Kohli together. “Once, in the 1980s, when we had lost a game, the then, captain was afraid to speak up against some senior players. Shastri singled them out for harsh words on their commitment. They had no option but to pick up their game from the next match onwards.”Then there are some who feel that while Shastri was a good player in the 1980s and early 1990s, his stature really only grew after retirement, while he was doing commentary alongside Sunil Gavaskar. It was in this role that Shastri was always on the right side of the BCCI, being on every important panel or committee related to Indian cricket. Shastri and the BCCI actually needed each other, they say, his ability to switch sides made him valuable, flipping from being a vocal Lalit Modi fan to criticising him or siding rather openly with N. Srinivasan in the IPL matchfixing scandal of 2013. But, sources say, he doesn’t want to be always seen as a ‘yes man’ to powerful individuals or establishments, the way he remained vice-captain for most of his cricketing years.A day after the appointment, Shastri was asked what worked in his favour. Pat came the cocky reply: “I am Ravi Shastri.” In his latest avatar as head coach, he has promised a new and aggressive approach. In his presentation to the BCCI, he made it clear that while he would always be a player’s coach, they would not be allowed to take him for granted. There will be no compromise on discipline either, a concern many have voiced, considering the flamboyant lifestyle Kohli has and Shastri’s own habits during his playing days.The new post will be a challenge both for him and Kohli. Shastri’s first stint didn’t really see the Indian team winning much, with the defeats in the 2015 World Cup semis and the 2016 World T-20 semis hurting the most. But in Kohli, Shastri has a solidly in-form captain for all three formats. Now, though their friendship is already the talk of cricketing circles, it’s their vision and delivery that need to click. The BCCI has stood by them, but what can be given can also be taken away. Tendulkar, Ganguly, Kumble and Dhoni would probably tell them so.with Ateet Sharmalast_img read more

Andres Iniesta announces Spain retirement after World Cup 2018 exit

first_imgAndres Iniesta announced his retirement from international football on Sunday after Spain crashed out of World Cup 2018.He was surprisingly benched to start the round of 16 game against Russia but went on in the second half with the score at 1-1. The score remained 1-1 after extra time and Russia went on to win 4-3 on penalties to secure a spot in the quarterfinals.Iniesta departs after experience a glorious international career, during which he won two European Champions title and one World Cup.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”It is a reality that is my last match with the national team,” Iniesta said. “Sometimes the endings are not as one dreams. It is the saddest day of my career.”The diminutive midfielder played 131 matches for spain and scored 13 goals, including the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final against Netherlands.Lowest ranked team of World Cup 2018 shocks former world championsIniesta was also a main member of Spain’s golden generation which saw them lift the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.World Cup 2018: Russia stun Spain in penalty shootout to reach quarter-finalsSpain coach Fernando Hierro paid his tribute Iniesta.”I give my whole hearted recognition to one of the greatest players of our history. He’s an outstanding professional. The way he played on the pitch when he substituted on was like he was playing in his first cap and I want to thank him whole-heartedly,” said the Spanish coach.The Spanish footbal federation wrote on Twitter: “We can only say thank you, Iniesta. You gave us the glory, you took us to the top. Exemplary friend, unique, unrepeatable. Eternally Thank you, Andres.”advertisementNo podemos más que decirte gracias, @andresiniesta8. Nos diste la gloria, nos llevaste a lo más alto.Compañero ejemplar, único, irrepetible.Eternamente gracias, Andrésón Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) July 1, 2018The midfielder recently left Barcelona after 22 years with club to join Japanese side Vissel Kobe on a two-year deal.last_img read more

Classic Cuban Cars to Take You Back in Time (Photos)

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first_imgA black matte Chevy with some serious rims (left) looks like the Cuban version of Knight Rider. On the right, is that a Cadillac Eldorado in a shade of eggplant or Batmobile?Parked next to the central square of Havana (right) , this looker’s driver stopped for a quick coffee at the iconic Hotel Inglaterra of Havana.  Check out this vibrant portrait of purple versus pink (top left) at Cuba’s Museum of Fine Arts. We discovered a study in blue courtesy of a Buick (bottom right) in Urban Historic Centre of Cienfuegos. Clearly, pastels and bright colors are favored among the classic car crowd.However, we were also able to find a few palate cleansers, like this Chevrolet (bottom left) in front of the mosaics in Fusterlandia and this white wonder (bottom right) pulling up to the artist commune in Cienfuegos.Walking up to the main square in Santiago de Cuba, we spotted this tiny Russian number. The USSR backed Cuba from just after the 1959 revolution until its dissolution in 1991. Approximately 60,000 pre-1959 cars are still plying the streets of Cuba. The gold logo on the front of this Cadillac (left) is the icing on an already perfectly polished cake. You should have heard the horn on this fellow red beauty (right). We don’t think it was original since it sounded like the honk from a Model T, but a little bit of anachronism never hurt anyone.An all-time favorite, this 1957 Chevy  (left) — complete with winged fenders and rocket-ship rear lights — drops guests off at the historic (and UNESCO-protected) Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca in Santiago de Cuba. The Best Valet Trays for Keeping Your Stuff Together Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs Public transportation is hard to come by in Cuba and many inventive locals have turned their trucks into bare-bones, bone-rattling, people-moving machines (top left). However, other taxis boast more recognizable bodies. Check out the tiny flames on the Jeep (top right).Before you visit yourself, be aware of these important travel tips.Photos by Cator Sparks/The Manual. Article originally published November 30, 2017. Last updated by Nicole Raney. 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic While we knew Cuba was known for its abundance of classic American cars,  nothing quite prepared us to witness these behemoths barreling down grand avenues and marauding along the famous Malecón.How did all of these vintage rides end up on the island? It all started when Fidel Castro overthrew the mafia-loving Cuban president Fulgencio Batista on January 1, 1959. When Castro rode into town, many wealthy Cuban’s immediately fled the country, leaving behind their homes and their cars. Because of the following trade embargo with the United States, which forbade further export of American cars to Cuba, those abandoned classics that were once luxuries of the elite became necessities to the locals who inherited them (or simply walked up the driveway and drove off in them, since many still had the keys in the ignition on January 2).As the decades of hardship droned on, those classic American cars had to be maintained with whatever parts were available on the economically isolated island. The Cuban’s nicknamed these cars “The United Nations” because the bodies are American (like the UN headquarters in New York) but the insides are made up of parts from around the globe.While new cars are now easily imported to Cuba (minus any from the U.S.), these vintage cars are well loved by locals and tourists alike. Most of them are now used as taxis and are a great source of income for Cubans.Since the average monthly salary is the equivalent of a whopping $30, taking a one-hour tour around Havana in one of these beauties for $50 is well worth the price and helps drivers achieve a better life for not only their families but their country as a whole.While we had to stop ourselves from photographing every single classic car we saw, here is a fleet of photos of some of our favorites we spotted in Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba.One of the first classic cars we spotted was in downtown Havana. It sports a very “parade-car” vibe as if the ghost of Fidel might ride in the back of this puppy down Havana’s main drags. 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee last_img read more

Govt dispels Jaitley health rumours

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first_imgNew Delhi: The government Sunday said reports on the deteriorating health of outgoing Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are false and baseless, and media should stay clear of rumour mongering. Amid speculations on the state of Jaitley’s health, government spokesperson Sitanshu Kar took to Twitter to clear the air. “Reports in a section of media regarding Union Minister Shri Arun Jaitley’s health condition are false and baseless. Media is advised to stay clear of rumour mongering,” he tweeted. While Jaitley remained unreachable despite several attempts, his office said he is resting at home. Sources aware of his condition had on Friday stated that Jaitley is unlikely to be part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet in the BJP government’s second term due to his ill health, which may require him to travel to either the UK or the US for treatment.last_img read more

Senior politicians step aside prompt MPs to reflect on changing attitudes

first_imgBrown was a Conservative backbencher under Prime Minister Stephen Harper from 2006 to 2015, when he stepped down to run for leader of the Ontario PC party.Current federal party leader Andrew Scheer said the allegations against Brown must be investigated fully.At a caucus meeting in Victoria, Scheer said he never heard any allegation of any kind about Brown, until now.“I certainly invite anybody who feels that they have been a victim of these types of things in the past to reach out to our office. We’ll certainly do our best to make sure that any program or service that could be made available to them will be,” Scheer said.“I’m encouraged by the spirit that this is happening now, where you have all-party agreement in the House of Commons to deal with these issues seriously.”Brown “did the right thing” in stepping down, said Ontario Conservative MP Lisa Raitt.Fellow Ontario MP Marilyn Gladu said she believed the provincial party should take the lead on the Brown issue, but added the federal party would also likely become involved since Brown was an MP at the time of the alleged incidents.Conservative MP Tony Clement was more blunt, calling the behaviour utterly unacceptable.“Our staff had to be treated with dignity and respect. We should always keep our policies and procedures respectful.”Clement said he expected the federal party to have “more discussions about this.”NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh also said Brown was right to resign based on the serious nature of the allegations.“With Mr. Hehr, I don’t know. I don’t know the details to that extent. What I do know is you have to believe survivors. That’s the starting point.”Trudeau has repeatedly said his government has zero-tolerance for sexual misconduct, and he used his keynote address at the World Economic Forum earlier this week to urge companies and politicians to do more to confront the problem.“Me Too, Time’s Up, the Women’s March – these movements tell us that we need to have a critical discussion on women’s rights, equality, and the power dynamics of gender,” Trudeau said Tuesday.“Sexual harassment, for example – in business and in government – is a systemic problem and it is unacceptable. As leaders, we need to act to show that truly, time is up.” The swift sidelining of two prominent politicians jolted MPs into reflecting Thursday on the societal shift in attitudes about allegations of sexual impropriety, and how to ensure their parties handle the issue in the best possible way.Patrick Brown resigned as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives after CTV News reported that two women have come forward with graphic sexual misconduct allegations against him _ allegations he denies.The Brown case prompted a woman who once worked at the Alberta legislature to state publicly that Liberal MP Kent Hehr made sexually suggestive comments about her when he was an MLA a decade ago _ an accusation that cost him his job as sport and disabilities minister, pending the outcome of an investigation.Harassment of any kind is unacceptable, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.“As a government we take any allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and we believe that it is important to support women who come forward with allegations and that is exactly what our government will do.”For his part, Hehr echoed the sentiment, saying the current conversation about harassment is a very important one.“Throughout my career I have always tried to conduct myself with respect towards others, and I understand the most important thing is how each individual feels.”Earlier Thursday, Trudeau applauded the courage of those who levelled allegations of sexual misconduct against Brown.“My thoughts turn immediately to the women who came forward, knowing how difficult it can be, to salute them for their courage and their leadership,” the prime minister said at a news conference wrapping up his visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.Trudeau said he hopes the women who have spoken out about Brown retain support among their friends, families and communities at large.“I certainly hope their example will resonate.”last_img read more

‘Om’ engraved on prisoner’s back, Tihar initiates inquiry

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first_imgNew Delhi: Tihar jail has initiated a DIG-level inquiry after a Muslim prisoner has alleged that he has been burn stamped with ‘Om’ by a jail Superintendent.The inmate Nabbir alias popa, who was recently shifted to Tihar from Mandoli jail because of his notorious behaviour made serious allegations against the superintendent of jail no-4. He took off his shirt before the duty magistrate in Karkardooma court and showed her the symbol ‘Om’ burn marked on his back allegedly by the Superintendent who he said was annoyed after the repeated complains about non-functioning induction cooker provided by the jail. He also alleged that he was denied food for two days. After his family informed his counsel, the counsel moved an application in the court. The court then issued a notice to Tihar authorities and asked for an explanation from Director General of the jail. Nabbir, a resident of Seemapuri is lodged in Tihar in an arms supply case. In an order calling for an enquiry, the court said, “The allegations raised by the accused are of serious nature and required immediate intervention… a notice is being issued to DGP, Prisoner, Head Quarter, Jail No. 4, New Delhi to get the medical examination of accused Nabbir conducted with immediate effect and also to make enquiry report regarding the burn imprinted ‘Om’ mark on the accused.” The court has also ordered the jail authorities to provide CCTV footage and statement by other jail inmates. “As a precautionary measure, we have shifted him from Jail number 4 to jail number one in the high-security ward. We have initiated a DIG-level inquiry into the matter and a report would be submitted at the earliest to the honourable court,” said DG Prisons, Ajay Kashyap.last_img read more

Norfolk to unveil redesigned transfer station

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The public will be seeing a safer, more environmentally friendly waste transfer station in Simcoe.Norfolk County Public Works will unveil a completely redesigned drop-off station on May 14 at 1 p.m.Construction on the $1.1 million project began last year and opens just in time for the county’s $16 days, which allow residents to dispose of up to two metric tons of waste per day.The station was designed by Walker Environmental based in Niagara Falls and allows for the separation of more material and gives users a safer drop-off area.“The re-designed drop off area has received positive feedback by users thus far,” said  Merissa Bokla, Norfolk’s supervisor of waste management,  in a press release. “It allows for better traffic flow, the separation of additional materials and a safer drop off area for residents. We hope that residents enjoy using the site.”Norfolk’s station in South Walsingham underwent a $650,000 redesign last July.Both stations will be available May 13 to 18 for $16 days. The Simcoe location (164 Fourteenth Street) is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.- 4:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.The South Walsingham station (1180 3rd Concession, Port Rowan) is currently operating on winter hours until the Victoria Day long week-end – Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.Accepted items include sofas, couches, desks, chairs, tables, bathtubs, toilets, sinks, stoves, and microwaves.Items not accepted include farm machinery, electronics, tires, paint cans, and automotive parts.For the entire list, visit read more

Oilsands through the hourglass Defining moments that shaped an economic juggernaut

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Suncor’s base plant with upgraders in the oil sands in Fort McMurray Alta, on Monday June 13, 2017. The Canadian oilsands industry is beset with environmental concerns and low crude prices. Nonetheless, production is expected to grow. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 21, 2017 8:05 am MDT Last Updated Jun 21, 2017 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oilsands through the hourglass: Defining moments that shaped an economic juggernaut The Canadian oilsands industry is beset with environmental concerns and low crude prices. Nonetheless, production is expected to grow. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers estimates that oilsands output will reach 3.7 million barrels per day in 2030 from 2.4 million bpd last year.Some key dates in the history of the oilsands:1719: A Cree man named Wa-Pa-Su presents an oilsands sample for trade at the Hudson’s Bay Company to Henry Kelsey, who was the first recorded European to see it.1923: Dr. Karl Clark of the Alberta Research Council develops a process that uses hot water to separate oil from oilsands, which he patents in 1928.1967: Philadelphia-based Sun Oil opens its $240-million Great Canadian Oil Sands project with an initial production capacity of 45,000 barrels per day.1974: The Alberta Oilsands Technology and Research Authority is formed to develop a way of recovering the 80 per cent of bitumen buried too deep for mining. The method is known as “in situ,” Latin for “in place.” The result was steam-assisted gravity drainage, known in industry parlance as SAGD, where steam is injected into a reservoir to warm the thick bitumen so that it can be pumped to the surface.1978: Syncrude Canada opens a mining operation using large draglines and conveyor belt systems to excavate and pile oilsands deposits.1993: Suncor Energy adopts more effective and cost-efficient truck and shovel technology to replace less reliable bucket-wheel excavator and conveyor belt systems, resulting in the loss of about 400 jobs.2001: After several years of operating as a pilot project, Foster Creek becomes the first commercial oilsands project to use SAGD technology. It is now owned by Cenovus Energy.2004: Alberta oilsands production reaches one million bpd.2008: Actress Neve Campbell tours the oilsands, becoming one of the first celebrities to speak out against the industry . Since then, a number of high-profile figures including director James Cameron, anti-apartheid leader Desmond Tutu, singer Neil Young and actor Leonardo DiCaprio have made similar trips to draw attention to environmental concerns.2012: Oilsands production from thermal in situ wells and other non-mining methods reaches 960,000 bpd, surpassing output from strip mines at 930,000 for the first time.(Sources: Oil Sands Discovery Centre, Suncor Energy, The Canadian Press) read more

UN committee adds 20 new items to intangible cultural heritage list

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The traditional weaving of the Ecuadorian toquilla straw hat, the Buddhist chanting of Ladakh (India), the cherry festival in Sefrou, Morocco, and the craftsmanship and performance art of the long-necked lute known as the Tar are among the elements chosen by the 24-member Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.To be inscribed by the committee, which is meeting this week at the Paris headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), elements must comply with a series of criteria, including contributing to spreading the knowledge of intangible cultural heritage and promoting awareness of its importance. The new elements added today represent Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Ecuador, France, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mali, Morocco, Oman and the Republic of Korea.Intangible cultural heritage encompasses practices and living expressions handed down from one generation to the next. The committee will examine close to 60 candidacies for inscription before the current session closes on Friday. In addition to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the committee will also consider candidacies for inclusion on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, which is designed to rally international cooperation and assistance to safeguard threatened cultural expressions, as well as the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices.Only those countries that have ratified the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage can present elements for inscription on the lists. To date 146 countries have ratified the Convention, which was adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference in 2003. read more

UNICEF scales up response in Central African Republic to conflictaffected children

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“From what we have seen in some of the hardest hit areas, including N’dele, Bria, Bombari, and Kaga Bandoro, children are living in extremely precarious conditions,” said the UNICEF Representative for the CAR, Souleymane Diabaté. “It is critical we reach them now with immediate assistance, but we urge all parties involved to make long-term welfare an urgent priority and a critical part of any political settlement,” he stated in a news release.The CAR has a history of political instability and recurring armed conflict. State authority is weak in many parts of the country. Most recently, the country has been dealing with the impact of an alliance of rebel groups – known collectively as ‘Séléka’ – which had been advancing on the capital, Bangui, but agreed to start peace talks under the auspices of the regional group known as the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).According to UNICEF, the recent conflict has affected nearly 1.8 million people and left 800,000 in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.The agency said its priority would be to reach communities that have been inaccessible and lacked food, medicine, water, sanitation, hygiene, education and protection. It currently assists 45,000 people.To scale up the immediate response, some 17 tons of supplies, including medicine, water purification tablets, therapeutic food, cooking sets, tarpaulins, mosquito nets and other essential household items, have arrived to the country by air, and another 52 tons will arrive by road this week.Even before the recent outbreak of fighting, CAR was one of the poorest countries in the world. It has the ninth highest rate of child mortality with 8 per cent of children between six months and five years of age suffering from moderate acute malnutrition and 1.9 per cent with severe acute malnutrition. In conflict-affected areas, only 48 per cent of children, and only 42 per cent of girls, are enrolled in school. There have also been recent reports of child recruitment by armed groups that had previously made commitments to stop this practice.“We urge all actors to unite to work for the benefit of their people, especially children,” said Mr. Diabaté.UNICEF will be working with Government ministries and other partners to prevent and respond to children at risk of trafficking and armed recruitment, prevent child mortality through medical support, improve access to water and sanitation, provide support to displaced families, and ensure children regain access to education in safe schools.The agency said $2.1 million is needed immediately to support the emergency response, and an estimated $11.5 million is needed to sustain emergency life-saving assistance for nearly 1.8 million people through 2013. read more

Mens lacrosse Statement made No 18 Buckeyes blast topranked Denver 167

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team huddles before its 8-7 win over University of Massachusetts on Feb. 18. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe No. 18 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team didn’t just make a statement against No. 1 Denver; it annihilated the top team in the nation.Freshman forward Tre LeClaire led the Buckeyes (8-0) with five goals as they demolished the Pioneers, 16-7, at Ohio Stadium. LeClaire is the the team’s overall leading scorer and making a case for national freshman of the year.OSU coach Nick Myers said he saw the potential in LeClaire on the recruiting trail, and it’s not a surprise the way he is playing in his first season in Columbus.“He’s working hard and he’s a humble kid, but he’s in a position where he knows he has to shoot the ball when his hands are free,” Myers said. “And I thought he did a nice job of that today.”Senior attack Eric Fannell and senior midfielder Johnny Pearson each had a hat trick.OSU redshirt senior goaltender Tom Carey was excellent in net, saving 11-of-17 shots on goal. Carey made his first save within seconds of the first faceoff by deflecting Denver junior midfielder Trevor Baptiste’s first shot of the game. After that, the Buckeyes pounced with three quick goals in the first period.LeClaire opened the scoring for OSU, but following a goal from Denver’s senior midfielder Tyler Pace, the Buckeyes exploded on offense, refusing to let up.With 11:50 remaining in the first period, Pearson took the 2-1 lead. Then, ten seconds later, Fannell scored a goal. Pearson scored his second of the day with 4:26 remaining in the first. Before the end of the quarter, senior midfielder J.T. Blubaugh put another on the board for an early 5-1 lead.In the second quarter the Buckeyes continued to shutdown the Pioneers’ offense. LeClaire scored twice and junior attack Colin Chell scored once, giving OSU a stunning 8-1 lead at the half.To open the third quarter, the Buckeyes put two more on the more to cap 10 unanswered goals and an insurmountable 11-1 lead.Myers said he told the team to keep going at the Pioneers and not to let up.“I told the team at halftime to stay aggressive,” he said. “We need to play another 30 minutes of Buckeye lacrosse and — versus a team like Denver — we have been in that position before and we can’t let up.”Fannell scored twice in the quarter with assists from freshman midfielder Ryan Terefenko and Chell.With 2:32 left in the third quarter, the Pioneers finally got on the board again when Connor Cannizzaro scored, but LeClaire answered emphatically with his fifth of the day and second in the quarter, giving OSU a 12-2 lead after three.In the fourth, Denver outscored OSU 5-4, but little did that matter.Terefenko, Blubaugh, Pearson and senior attack Austin Shanks all scored in the quarter, suppressing any chance of a comeback.Sophomore attack Austin French, junior midfielder Sean Mayle, freshman attack Ethan Walker, sophomore midfielder Colin Rutan and junior attack Colton McCaffrey all scored for the Pioneers in the quarter.Fannell said this victory should grant OSU more respect than it had been receiving.“We know as a team that we’re good and (if) people aren’t going to give us recognition, then we’re going to keep running it down teams’ throats,” he said.Next week OSU will travel to South Bend, Indiana, to play No. 2 Notre Dame in an attempt to extend their undefeated season and beat another top program. read more

Sitdown Sunday 7 deadly reads

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first_imgPic: Chris Ison/PA Wire.3. Losing a $50k Twitter nameNaoki Hiroshima tells us the story of how a man lost his Twitter name, which he says was worth $50,000. It happened, he says, due to an attacker who accessed his accounts. (Hat-tip to Paul Fitzgerald)(Medium – approx 9 minutes reading time, 1824 words)The attacker tried to reset my Twitter password several times and found he couldn’t receive any of the reset emails because it took time for the change of my domain’s MX record, which controls the email domain server. The attacker opened issue #16134409 at Twitter’s Zendesk support page. Could she tell me about a private joke between them, a special phrase, even if she didn’t want to tell me what it meant? She shrugged. And then something shifted and she said she was in love with her friend, had just realized she was gay, and she didn’t know how to tell anyone, especially the most important person.2. Playing gender judo Joan C Williams writes about whether women need to practice ‘gender judo’ in the workplace, saying she believes women “have to behave in ‘masculine’ ways to be seen as competent”, but “are still expected to be feminine”. Can they balance between the two?(Washington Post – approx 9 minutes reading time, 1970 words)Powerful women often take feminine stereotypes that can hold women back — the selfless mother and the dutiful daughter, for example — and use those stereotypes to propel themselves forward. I call it gender judo. The martial art of judo, which means “gentle way” in Japanese, focuses on using your opponent’s momentum to overpower him. IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair. We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. Love letter ghostwriterBonnie Dowling was a love letter ghostwriter, who answered an ad on Craigslist and found herself writing romantic missives for lovelorn people. Here’s how she did it:(The Awl– approx 10 minutes reading time, 2002 words) 4. The secret life of Johnny LewisBill Jensen writes about Johnny Lewis, a talented actor who met a sad and tragic end. It transpired that Lewis had a secret life that contributed to his sad death.(LA Mag – approx 26 minutes reading time, 5287 words)About 30 minutes after meeting Lewis at his door, Blackburn heard his wife, Gloria, anxiously calling for him. He rushed outside to find Lewis on top of the housepainter, pummeling him with his fists. The worker’s face was covered in blood. Specks of it were landing on the actor’s body. Blackburn stepped in to pull the five-foot, ten-inch Lewis off the painter, grabbing him by the shoulder and yelling at him to stop. In one motion Lewis leaped to his feet and slugged Blackburn, who is in his seventies, in the eye, knocking him to the ground. A protester throws a Molotov cocktail during clashes with police in central Kiev, Ukraine. Pic: AP Photo/Evgeny Feldman5. Revolution in KievIlya Varlamov took to LiveJournal to share photographs and his experiences of the unrest taking place in Kiev.(LiveJournal– approx 15 minutes reading time, 3078 words)The authorities turned several water cannons at the demonstrators. Surprisingly no one is afraid of the water. This scout is climbing a balcony to see what’s behind the smoke screen. The drenched people dry at the campfires. And some just walk around wet. There’s an incredible atmosphere here: on one hand you can feel the weariness of the frustrated people, on the other hand euphoria and expectation of victory. In such light, no one is paying attention to wet clothes. Only medic volunteers ask people to go warm up to avoid frostbite.6. Murder in 48 HoursTerrence McCoy and Craig Malisow write about The First 48, a TV show that looks at the first 48 hours of a police investigation. They argue that if you’re charged with murder on the show, ‘you’re guilty for life – even if you’re innocent’.(Houston Press – approx 21 minutes reading time, 4282 words)Unfortunately, God subsequently dropped out of the investigation, and the three alleged eyewitnesses recanted. But not until after Coker spent nearly three years in jail. The recantations, along with the fact that prosecutors withheld police reports from Coker’s attorney showing that investigators had information on another suspect, led the Harris County District Attorney’s Office to drop the charge.…AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES…File. Pic: AP Photo/Alexander F. YuanIn 2000, Rian Malan told the story of a song many of us will know as ‘Wimaweh’, or ‘In the Jungle’. He traces its history back to 1939, when it was written by a man called Solomon Linda… who died a pauper despite the popularity of his composition.(Rolling Stone – approx 53 minutes reading time, 10793 words)Its epic transcultural saga is also, in a way, the story of popular music, which limped pale-skinned and anemic into the twentieth century but danced out the other side vastly invigorated by transfusions of ragtime and rap, jazz, blues and soul, all of whose bloodlines run back to Africa via slave ships and plantations and ghettos. It was in the nature of this transaction that black men gave more than they got and often ended up with nothing.Interested in longreads during the week? Look out for Catch-Up Wednesday every Wednesday evening.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday >The Sports Pages – the best sports writing collected every week by >last_img read more

Loppsi 2 génère une vague de mécontentements

first_imgLoppsi 2 génère une vague de mécontentementsFrance – Depuis hier, Loppsi 2 est étudiée à l’Assemblée nationale. Ce nouveau projet de loi encadrant l’usage du Net ne satisfait pas les acteurs du Web, qui refusent les changements qu’apporteraient cette “Loi d’orientation et de programmation pour la performance de la sécurité intérieure”.Le projet de Loi d’orientation et de programmation pour la performance de la sécurité intérieure (Loppsi 2) fait un tollé dans le milieu du Web. Outre le fait de filtrer davantage les sites pédopornographiques et d’aggraver les sanctions en cas d’usurpation d’identité, c’est sa propension à donner pouvoir aux autorités de poser des mouchards sur les ordinateurs des suspects qui dérange. À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Acrimed, un observatoire critique des médias, estime que :”Les motifs sont légitimes mais pas les méthodes. De plus, les filtres en vue de lutter contre les sites pédopornographiques ont montré leur inefficacité. En Australie, la moitié des sites visés n’ont aucun lien avec la pornographie infantile.” Acrimed va plus loin en dénonçant la philosophie de cette loi : “Ces dispositions remettent en cause la neutralité du Net, qui veut que tout individu puisse accéder à tout contenu sans discrimination.” Jérémie Zimmerman, porte-parole de la Quadrature du Net, s’inquiète : “Installer des filtres, c’est permettre la censure du Web. Quelles en sont les limites ?”Le 10 février 2010 à 15:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more