Want to speed up your Adobe After Effects workflow? In this post, we share a video tutorial that shows you a trick to being more efficient: background rendering in After Effects.One quick way to kill editing momentum is to start a render. It’s necessary, but can be painful waiting for your motion graphics or video editing app to process your project. In the past, I’ve always twiddled my thumbs while rendering in After Effects (or jump over to a different program). Now, here’s a better way.In this video by DigitalSandwich.net, you’ll see how to use Adobe Media Encoder to do background rendering in After Effects. After saving your After Effects project file, open up Encoder. Bring the AE file into Encoder and target a composition to render. It’s as simple as that.Note however, background rendering in After Effects (using Encoder) will not be as fast as if you were actually rendering in AE. Glen from DigitalSandwich explains that Adobe products place the highest priority on the application that is at the forefront of your system (the one you are actively using). So, if you’re working in AE while you’re rending your After Effects project in the background using Encoder, After Effects will get a higher percentage of your available RAM. The trade off here is that youre actually able to keep working. In that case, I’ll take the slower render speed.If you want to see how to do background rendering in After Effects check out this quick and informative video tutorial:
Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants The Spurs retired Ginobili’s No. 20 following a 116-110 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.“What am I doing here,” Ginobili said. “I had no expectations of being here when I was growing up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe and Bill Bradley are the only players to win an NBA championship, Euroleague title and an Olympic gold medal. Ginobili won four NBA titles with the Spurs. Despite all his accomplishments and talent, Ginobili accepted a role coming off San Antonio’s bench for all but 349 of his 1,057 games during his 16 seasons with the Spurs.“To me, he’s the definition of Spurs basketball because he had no ego,” former Spurs point guard Tony Parker said. Parker and Tim Duncan honored the fellow Big Three star during a funny and heartfelt ceremony that also included speeches by Popovich and former Spurs and Argentina teammate Fabricio Oberto.Former San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili’s jersey is unveiled in the rafters of the AT&T Center during his retirement ceremony after the Spurs’ NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 116-110. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)While Ginobili’s jersey now rests alongside those belonging to Johnny Moore, Avery Johnson, Bruce Bowen, James Silas, Tim Duncan, Sean Elliott, George Gervin and David Robinson, the thousands of No. 20 jerseys worn by the fans in attendance is proof he remains dear to the fans’ heart.“His presence off the court was always something special,” Popovich said. “The people here took him in as one of their own and he allowed it to happen. He’s a very warm individual and understood his responsibility to the community. It was a great marriage from day one to this day.”Ginobili spent his entire NBA career with the Spurs, where he became arguably the most beloved player in franchise history.“First time I’m on the court, you guys are cheering and chanting my name and I felt like you guys had my back,” Ginobili said, thanking the sellout crowd.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Google Philippines names new country director 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 Former San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili watches as his jersey is unveiled in the rafters of the AT&T Center during his retirement ceremony after the Spurs’ NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 116-110. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili would have been happy to retire quietly without the Spurs retiring his jersey, but San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said the humble Argentinian has no choice but to accept with the same passion he gave to the game.“When you’re that great, you have to go through it, so we’re going to make him go through it,” Popovich said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Gervin, Robinson, Duncan and Parker are among the most popular but none captured the city’s devotion as much as Ginobili. His ability to speak Spanish in a city predominantly Hispanic played a part in his popularity, but his humility, recklessness, fire and endeared him to the team’s rabid fanbase.“Because he’s always 100 percent natural,” former Spurs forward Boris Diaw said. “He just had a great connection with the fans, he spent a lot of time with them. He would never say no to take a picture, never say no to take a picture.”Ginobili’s introduction to the team was inauspicious. The Spurs drafted a then unknown Ginobili with the 57th pick of the 1999 draft and let him stay in the Euroleague for a few more seasons.“We pick people I’ve never heard of. I hear … Emmaniel Ginili,” Duncan said, recreating the puzzled look of draft day.But it quickly became apparent what San Antonio had from the moment the then-mop-topped 25-year-old stepped onto the court against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 29, 2002.“He was like a mustang out in the field somewhere,” Popovich said. “That’s how he lived his life on the court he was fearless and wild and did things that won games.”Popovich said Ginobili helped him become a better coach because he was able to take a step back and not nitpick over. Even if meant watching a pass sail into the stands.“Nobody can control Manu,” Parker said. “Manu is going to be Manu.”Ginobili also displayed an offensive style that has been adopted by an entire generation. His breakneck Euro-step, wrap-around ballhandling, hard fakes and step-back 3s have been adopted by players such as James Harden.“Manu brought something new, something different and a lot of young guys at the time look at him and trying to copy it and seeing that it was working,” Diaw said. “So, I think it’s the guys we see now on the court are the young guys (watching Ginobili) from a few years ago.” MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving GALLERY: ONE Championship holds star-studded ‘A New Era’ presser Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag View comments
Bhubaneswar, Sep 24 (PTI) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today assured ace sprinter Dutee Chand of all possible assistance for her preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Patnaik felicitated Chand for her success in the 55th National Open Athletic Championship, which was recently held at Kolkota. Dutee, who belongs to Odisha, won three gold medals in 100m, 200m and 4X100m relay at the Championship. “I will certainly bring glory to Odisha if the state government provides me a job,” Dutee told reporters. Dutee had been banned from participating in the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow after tests had shown high level of naturally occurring testosterone in her body. Later, the Court of Arbitration for Sports cleared her, saying natural level of testosterone in an athletes body is not a reason to ban women from competing. PTI AAM NN CM PM
100 m record100 meter100mathletics First Published: October 11, 2019, 7:17 PM IST Correction: it was Semi-final 1— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) October 11, 2019 Dutee Chand shattered the 100-meter national record with a time of 11.22 seconds during the semi-finals at the National Open Athletics Championships in Ranchi on Friday.The previous national record was 11.26 seconds, held jointly by Dutee and Rachita Mistry. With the time Dutee Chand also bettered her personal best time. by 0.04 seconds, that she registered at the Asian Athletics Championships back in April this year. Dutee hence moved closer to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualification mark – of 11.15 seconds for the 100m event – as the qualification period ends in June 2020. 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. Her state-mate Amiya Kumar Malik, who has been struggling to find his rhythm the whole season, won the bragging rights as the fastest man in the National Open.He won the men’s 100m in 10.46 seconds, breaking the beam a hundredth of a second ahead of Malaysia’s Jonathan AnakNyepa.Gurindervir Singh (Punjab) emerged as the winner of the bronze medal by a margin of 0.0044 seconds from his team-mate Harjit Singh.MP Jabir (AFI) rewrote the men’s 400m hurdles meet record, winning the final in 49.41 seconds.He improved on the mark of 49.67 seconds set by Ayyasamy Dharun (Tamil Nadu) last year.Dharun himself, running only his third hurdles race since recovering from an injury, will be pleased that he clocked 49.50 seconds for the second place, leaving T Santhosh Kumar (Services) in the third place.Earlier, in a close finish, Haryana’s Rahul Rohilla, 23, won the men’s 20m race walking ahead of the more seasoned K Ganapathi (AFI) and Sandeep Kumar (Services).The Group B winner of the event in the National Race Walking Championship in Chennai in February, he finished on top of a better field this time.There was some positive news for long jumper M Sreeshankar who leapt to 7.93m to lead the 12 qualifiers for the final.(With inputs from PTI) Earlier in the day, Dutee had put up a time of 11.55 seconds during the heats. With the timing of 11.26 seconds, Dutee would have qualified for the women’s 100m semi-finals at the World Athletics Championships, as she had finished 7th in the 3rd heat with a time of 11.48 seconds.Dutee later clocked 11.25 seconds in the final to claim the gold, leaving Archana Suseendran and Himashree Roy in the wake.”A couple of days ago, I had the wrong belief that my body was tired at the end of the season. I recovered well to be able to break the last national mark twice this evening,” Dutee said.11.22! 💪 — Dutee Chand (@DuteeChand) October 11, 2019
Davis Cup: India to host Spain under flood-lights By Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Aug 28 (PTI) In its endeavour to bring more fans to the stadium for watching the Indian Davis Cup team in action against formidable Spain, the DLTA has decided to conduct the World Group Play-off tie next month under flood-lights with singles matches starting at 5 in the evening. The two singles matches on the opening day of the crucial tie on September 16, will begin at 5pm while the doubles rubber will start at 7pm, the next day. The two reverse singles on the final day of tie will again start at 5pm in the evening. The decision was taken at a recent DLTA Executive meeting. The singles matches during the World Group Play-off tie against Serbia, held in September 2014, had begun at 3pm, so it can easily be said that this will be Indias first ever tie, where the matches will begin so late in the evening. “We want fans to come and cheer for the Indian players. We deliberated upon the idea how to bring more people to tennis stadium. We have kept those people in mind who have to attend offices during the day. They should not miss this opportunity to watch Indian as well Spanish tennis stars in action,” a DLTA official told PTI. “Also its going to be very humid. The evening start will help players play to their best abilities. We spoke to players to discuss the idea and only after they agreed to it, it was decided to have matches in the evening,” the official added. The tie has already generated interest after Spanish icon Rafael Nadal, winner of 14 Grand Slam singles titles, stated that the India visit is on his schedule. Although Nadals availability for the tie would depend on how he performs at the US Open, the DLTA has done well by taking this decision. The dwindling attendance at the cricket stadiums during the five-day Test matches had worried the sports administrators and organisers across the world are keenly experimenting with the idea of hosting Day/Night Test matches. BCCI, for the first time, is hosting its domestic Duleep Trophy with pink ball under lights. PTI AT PM PM PMadvertisement
Rohit Sharma’s struggles in Test cricket seem like a never-ending affair, especially after the manner of his dismissal on Day 1 of the first Test against New Zealand.The 29-year-old was once again guilty of throwing his wicket away against the run of play after settling in pretty well. In Test cricket, where you force the bowler to earn your wicket, Rohit gave an easy gift to Mitchell Santner.After negating the early tides, Rohit, who was batting on 35, lost his concentration and went for a chip over the top, giving away an easy catch to Ish Sodhi in the deep. (One-day specialist Rohit Sharma again fails India test)With Virat Kohli (9) and Ajinkya Rahane (35) back in the hut with small scores, it was time for Rohit to seize the momentum. However, his failure to do so again raises the same question – whether talent alone can merit his place in the team?TALENTED BUT STRUGGLING The ‘talented’ Mumbaikar has had quite a roller coaster ride in Test cricket. Proving his worth in the limited-overs formats after much struggle, Rohit announced his arrival in Test cricket with a bang.Since slamming two back-to-back hundreds in his debut series against the West Indies in 2013, Rohit’s repeated failures have made him fall down the pecking order, not just in the eyes of his fans but also many cricket pundits.While he has become a sensational limited-overs batsman, his numbers in Test cricket nosedived, casting doubts on his temperament to play the longest format of the game. (Cheteshwar Pujara should play ahead of Rohit Sharma: Sourav Ganguly)advertisementIn 18 Tests, Rohit has managed to score just 946 runs with an average of 32.62. Barring the two hundreds he scored against the West Indies, Rohit has come a cropper in the rest of the matches, passing the fifty-run barrier four times.Interestingly, Rohit has failed miserably against all the other teams except the West Indies.In the four matches against the Caribbean side, he has mustered 338 runs with a better-than-Bradman average of 112.66. However, in his rest of the 15 matches, Rohit managed a paltry 643 runs with a poor average of 23.81. (Virat Kohli’s Indian team on dry fruit diet, New Zealand cricketers gorge on biryani )While statistics are not always the best measure to gauge a player’s talent, it is certainly a mirror to one’s performance. It is surprising to see that while Rohit’s performance in Test cricket continues to dip, there has not been any lack of support from the team management.But with the new selection committee coming in, it would be difficult for Rohit to justify his place in the team with such scores. With someone like Manish Pandey, who has been yearning for a Test call-up after a fantastic show in the limited-overs formats, waiting in the wings, the ongoing series against New Zealand could well be a make-or-break time for Rohit – the Test batsman.Being talented cannot be the only parameter for playing for India and Rohit’s long rope in Test cricket might soon be in danger of being cut short if he does not take the responsibility of justifying his talent.
Paul Pogba boasts the potential to become a midfield general in the Bryan Robson and Roy Keane mould if he retains the Manchester United captaincy, says Ryan Giggs.Jose Mourinho has passed the armband to the Frenchman in the injury-enforced absence of Antonio Valencia.Pogba will lead the Red Devils out again at Brighton on Sunday , having been branded a “monster” by his boss in the wake of a goal-scoring showing in a season opener against Leicester . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Giggs believes the 25-year-old needs to be given greater responsibility in order to produce his best on a more consistent basis, with the stage now set for a man who has been heavily linked with Barcelona to prove that there really is no rift between him and Mourinho at Old Trafford.The United legend told Sky Sports : “I think everyone recognises the quality Paul Pogba has and he had an excellent World Cup, so after winning that it was recognition of what he can bring to the team.“From the outside he looks like a leader but what we haven’t seen is the consistency of the likes of Bryan Robson and Roy Keane, so that extra responsibility will hopefully help him maintain his levels.“The captains I played under really had that consistency and would still contribute on their bad days and I’ve got no doubts that he will reach those levels of consistency for United and be a top, top player.”While Pogba still has plenty to prove in 2018-19, so does club colleague Luke Shaw.The 23-year-old defender is another to have seen his form called into question on a regular basis in recent years, but he was also on target against Leicester and is being backed to prove his worth now clear of injury and rebuilding his confidence.Giggs added on the England international: “I’ve said a lot of times that Luke Shaw has got the quality and he’s also got great strength, but he’s not really had a real run since the horrific leg break.“He’s had a great pre-season, came back looking fit and a Luke Shaw at the top of his game is the best left-back Manchester United and England have got.“He was unfortunate Ashley Young was so consistent last season, but that’s got to serve as a reminder that he’s got to keep hold of that place now.“I’m just happy to see him back fit and scoring goals because I’m a big fan of Luke and he’s a great lad as well, so I just hope he has a great season.”
The Journey mode returns for the third time on FIFA 19, meaning gamers will join Alex Hunter one more time on his quest for football glory.Introduced in FIFA 17, The Journey has followed Hunter across the world, through all sorts of challenges and revelations, but, for better or worse, this will be the final chapter.EA Sports have secured the Champions League licence for their latest offering and, fittingly, the finale is known as ‘The Journey: Champions’. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But what’s next for the kid from Clapham? Here is the complete guide to everything that Hunter has experienced so far in the latest release of the game that came out on September 28, as well as what we can expect in the third instalment.What has happened in The Journey so far? EA Sports have put together a tale that is both familiar and fantastic in The Journey series, weaving a colourful narrative for their flagship game mode.A recap of what has happened so far follows. Be warned: Spoilers lie ahead.FIFA 17 – The JourneyThe introduction of The Journey in FIFA 17 brought Alex Hunter into the lives of gamers across the globe. A young attacking footballer with dreams of becoming a Premier League star, Hunter’s first steps see him take part in exit trials designed to help recently released players find new clubs and, after impressing, he has the choice to play for any Premier League side.Of course, things are not that straightforward and Hunter develops a rivalry with his best friend, Gareth Walker, who ends up securing a deal with the same club.Both players end up going to the United States for their club’s pre-season tour, but, despite impressing, Hunter’s chances of first-team football take a blow when Harry Kane (or Angel Di Maria, depending on what club you’re at) joins. A loan move to one of Norwich City, Aston Villa or Newcastle United follows, allowing Hunter plenty of first-team experience and he subsequently returns the following season. Upon returning to his parent club, Hunter discovers that Walker has departed – for their rivals, no less – and after both players make their way in the game, the rivalry intensifies before reaching a climax in the FA Cup final.As well as on-field drama, The Journey incorporated off-field considerations, such as earning sponsorship deals (with their concomitant perks), interacting with social media and so on.FIFA 18 – The Journey: Hunter ReturnsHaving established himself as a Premier League football in FIFA 17, Hunter returns in FIFA 18 and his journey takes an interesting tangent, which sees him swap the United Kingdom for the United States.There are encounters with stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, while retired icons Thierry Henry and Rio Ferdinand also make an appearance and there is even talk of a move to Real Madrid.However, Hunter ends up in Major League Soccer playing for LA Galaxy, where his father is involved, and the drama continues when he learns about his half-sister Kim, who is also a footballer.When the MLS season ends, Hunter has a choice to sign for one of Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid or Bayern Munich and the aim of the game is to help deliver silverware for the sake of an old coach.Additonally, Hunter has since joined the Common Goal initiative – the charity started by Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata to raise money for worldwide causes.It’s a big day as Alex Hunter, virtual star of @EASPORTSFIFA, becomes a Common Goal player! Hear what he has to say and see welcome messages from some of his new teammates! @EA will back Alex Hunter’s pledge with a donation to the movement: https://t.co/cSoexHJlcu pic.twitter.com/VI2a3p5NQY— Common Goal (@CommonGoalOrg) October 5, 2018Watch the new trailer You can watch the new trailer for The Journey in full below, which was released on August 21.What can we expect in third instalment? Hunter joins Real MadridAt the beginning of August it emerged that Hunter – now 19 years of age – had secured a move to Real Madrid. There had been some talk of a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu in FIFA 18 and it has now materialised.”It’s everything I’ve ever wanted, simple as that,” Hunter says of the move. “To join Real Madrid, the biggest club in the world, is what every kid like me dreams about.”And on top of it all, I’m just buzzing to finally get my chance to play in the biggest club competition in the world, the UEFA Champions League.”Pursuit of Champions League gloryThe trailer for The Journey: Champions shows Hunter being unveiled by the Liga club, with the likes of Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal welcoming their new team-mate.Champions League scenes figure prominently in the promotional video and it’s obvious that, after securing the licence for the competition, the pursuit of continental glory will be one of the chief considerations in this instalment of the game mode.The timing of Hunter’s arrival at Real is ideal from his perspective, because it coincides with the departure of Ronaldo to Juventus, meaning that the English youngster has less competition for a place in the team.Having come up against Ronaldo in previous games, it’s possible that the final Journey pits Hunter head-to-head with the Portuguese in the Champions League, while a Clasico meeting with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is also sure to be on the cards.Two more heroesIn addition to Alex Hunter, fans will also be given the chance to jump into the stories of Danny Williams and Kim Hunter and follow them through their respective journeys.As their stories intertwine and play out simultaneously, users will be able to switch between all three characters at any time to change up the experience.Fans can also cross paths with some of the world’s most famous footballers, including Neymar Jr., Alex Morgan, Paulo Dybala, Kevin De Bruyne, and more.Kim Hunter is a young American soccer player with dreams of playing at the highest level of the women’s game—and she also happens to be Alex’s half-sister.Alex and Kim meet for the first time after Alex joins the LA Galaxy at his father’s suggestion. Not long after, Kim gets her first cap for the United States Women’s National Team. Now she’s ready to take her career to the next level in The Journey: Champions with a call-up for the Women’s World Cup.When can I play The Journey: Champions? The Journey: Champions is ready to play now, with FIFA 19 having been released on September 28.Click here to check out all the latest about the new game, including prices and features.Is this really the last Journey? Unfortunately, yes. EA Sports has confirmed that this will be the last instalment of The Journey, but we think you’ll agree that a Champions League triumph will be a fitting send off for Hunter.It remains to be seen how, if at all, the game’s developers will replace feature in any future editions of FIFA.The next step could perhaps be full immersion, depending on how virtual reality technology progresses. In the meantime, we’ll just have to wait and see!
New Delhi, Apr 20 (PTI) With days to go for the municipal polls in Delhi, Union minister Vijay Goel today exuded confidence that the BJP will retain power with a resounding victory by bagging an “impressive tally of seats”.Asked to project the number of seats the party was expected to win, he said, “more than 200”.Goel also described the partys decision to field only fresh faces as “bold”.”The AAPs drubbing in the Rajouri Garden by-poll is a clear indication. We are going to put up an impressive show in the MCD polls as well,” The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports told PTI.The BJP has been ruling the MCD for the last 10 years. After the trifurcation of the MCD in 2012 into North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations (NDMC, SDMC and EDMC), the first election was held the same year, which was won by the saffron party.The BJP currently has 153 sitting councillors, but this time, it has not fielded any of them and instead, preferred all fresh faces.The move has been described by the opposition parties, including the Congress and the AAP, as a “tactic to counter anti-incumbency”, while the BJP maintains that the decision is to “give chance to the new generation”.”The decision to field no sitting councillor is a bold one. This will bring in the new generation and new faces, who do not have cases against them, corruption-related or otherwise.”People have shown faith (in the BJP) in the Lok Sabha and the Uttar Pradesh (Assembly) elections. Recently, even in the Rajouri Garden by-poll, the electorate gave us the indication,” Goel said.advertisementThe MCD polls are due on April 23 and the campaigning of all the parties has hit the fever pitch before the dust settles in the rally grounds and the loudspeakers fall silent.Both the AAP and the Congress have cornered the BJP over “civic mismanagement” in the city, even as the saffron party has blunted the attack, alleging that Kejriwal has “no interest” in the affairs of Delhi and he is only interested in “expanding his partys footprint” beyond the national capital.The AAP suffered a debacle in the Punjab, Goa and Uttarakhand polls recently, even as Kejriwal has said that those elections as well as the Rajouri Garden by-poll should not be seen as a “trailer of the MCD elections”.Generation-1 electronic voting machines (EVMs) are to be used in the MCD polls, even though Kejriwal has requested to the Delhi State Election Commission to delay the elections, so that only VVPAT-equipped EVMs could be brought in.Delhi has 272 wards in total — NDMC (104), SDMC (104) and EDMC (64). PTI KND RC
Baikonur (Kazakhstan), Dec 3 (AFP) A Soyuz spacecraft carrying Russian, American and Canadian astronauts arrived at the International Space Station on Monday, following the first manned launch since a failed launch in October.Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency blasted off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome earlier in the day.They successfully docked at the ISS on schedule at 1736 GMT to begin an expected six and a half months aboard the ISS, the Russian Roscosmos space agency said via Twitter.It was the first manned voyage for the Soviet-era Soyuz since October 11, when a rocket carrying Russia’s Aleksey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague failed just minutes after blast-off, forcing the pair to make a harrowing emergency landing.They escaped unharmed but the failed launch — the first such incident in Russia’s post-Soviet history — raised concerns about the state of the Soyuz programme.The Soyuz is the only means of reaching the ISS since the United States retired the space shuttle in 2011.Kononenko, McClain and Saint-Jacques smiled and gave thumbs up to the cheering crowd including relatives as they ascended into the Soyuz capsule on Monday morning.Minutes after take off, Roscosmos said the capsule was in orbit. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine meanwhile thanked the US and Russian teams “for their dedication to making this launch a success”.In a successful rehearsal for Monday’s flight, a Soyuz cargo vessel took off on November 16 from Baikonur and delivered several tonnes of food, fuel and supplies to the ISS.advertisementRussia said last month the October launch had failed because of a sensor damaged during assembly at the Baikonur cosmodrome, but insisted the spacecraft remained reliable.While flight commander Kononenko is beginning his fourth mission to add to an impressive 533 days in space, both Saint-Jacques and McClain are making their maiden trip.Crew commander Kononenko, 54, said during a press conference on the eve of the launch that “risk is part of our profession”.But he added that his team “absolutely” trusted those who had prepared for the flight.European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, NASA’s Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Sergei Prokopyev of Roscosmos were set to greet the trio on arrival at the ISS.Veteran Kononenko said the crew would conduct a spacewalk on December 11 as part of an investigation into a mysterious hole that has caused an air leak on the ISS.While on board, Saint-Jacques will be involved in an experiment called “At Home in Space” which “takes a closer look at how crew members adapt to living with each other by creating a shared culture,” according to the Canadian Space Agency.Among the dozens of other experiments the new crew members will take part in is one that will use worms to examine muscle loss in space, led by British scientists.The experiment could pave the way to new treatments for muscular conditions for people on Earth, according to the UK Space Agency.McClain, 39, served in Iraq and has represented the United States in women’s rugby.She has said training to spacewalk resembled the sport since it demands “grit, toughness, mental focus, and more”.Russia-US cooperation in space has remained one of the few areas not affected by a crisis in ties between the former Cold War enemies.But comments by the combative chief of the Russian space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, have raised eyebrows.He recently joked Russia would send a mission to the Moon to “verify” whether or not NASA lunar landings ever took place.In recent years Russia’s debt-laden space industry has suffered a number of mishaps including the loss of cargo spacecraft and satellites.At a press conference following the successful docking, Rogozin announced March 1, 2019, as the date for the next manned launch to the ISS.He said Ovchinin and Hague would be on board, along with NASA’s Christina Koch. (AFP) SCYSCY
Liverpool treated their fans to some Christmas cheer with a 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle United at Anfield on Wednesday, extending their lead at the top of the table.The win put Liverpool on 51 points at the halfway point in the season, six ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who hammered Bournemouth 5-0, and seven ahead of champions Manchester City who lost 2-1 at Leicester City.Returning to the club he led to the Champions League title in 2005, Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez picked his team with defence in mind, stringing five players across the back.But defender Jamaal Lascelles inadvertently teed Dejan Lovren up for the opening goal, carelessly heading an attempted clearance into the path of the Liverpool centre back, who cracked home a fine half-volley in the 11th minute.Newcastle managed to hold firm until halftime but within minutes of the restart they were two down as Mohamed Salah scored his 13th league goal of the season from the penalty spot following an innocuous foul on him by Paul Dummett.Liverpool’s enormous pressure threatened to give them a third goal at any moment, and it came when Xherdan Shaqiri stabbed home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low cross from close range in the 79th minute. Fabinho made it 4-0 by heading home Salah’s corner.Liverpool’s fans burst into song as news reached the Anfield stands that Manchester City had lost at Leicester, giving the Merseysiders the Christmas gift they wanted as they chase a first league title since 1990.City suffer second straight league defeatadvertisementCity suffered their second straight Premier League defeat as they were stunned by a late strike from Leicester City’s Ricardo Pereira in a 2-1 loss on Wednesday.City were looking to bounce back from their 3-2 defeat by Crystal Palace and were in front after 14 minutes when Bernardo Silva finished with his left foot after being played through by Sergio Aguero.But four minutes later Leicester were back on level terms after Marc Albrighton met Jamie Vardy’s cross with his head from close range.Leicester’s defence held tight despite an onslaught from City, with Fabian Delph and Aguero both missing good chances.Pep Guardiola’s team were may to pay for those spurned opportunities as Ricardo unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top left corner beyond Ederson with less than 10 minutes from the end.Manchester United beat Huddersfield Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued his dream start as Manchester United caretaker manager with a 3-1 Premier League win over Huddersfield on his Old Trafford debut in the dugout on Wednesday.Paul Pogba scored two superb goals in the second half after Nemanja Matic fired United ahead in the 28th minute to continue United’s revival under their former striker Solskjaer, who hit the ground running in Saturday’s 5-1 win at Cardiff City.The result left United sixth on 32 points from 19 games halfway through their campaign while Huddersfield stayed rooted to the bottom with 10 points after suffering their sixth successive league defeat.Also Read | Sunil Chhetri and I have a telepathic understanding on the pitch, says Jeje Lalpekhlua
Manchester United Cantona to Ronaldo, Beckham to Alexis – A history of Man Utd’s No.7s Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 18:20 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(15) Getty/Goal Manchester United A. Sánchez Premier League With Alexis Sanchez set to take over the iconic No.7 shirt at Old Trafford, Goal looks back at some of those to have worn it down the years…
Lionel Messi Messi targets Barcelona titles over sixth Ballon d’Or Joe Wright 15:44 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(12) Lionel Messi Barcelona Primera División Ernesto Valverde Philippe Coutinho The mercurial Argentine forward maintains that collective honours at Camp Nou mean more to him than adding to his haul of individual prizes Lionel Messi insists a sixth Ballon d’Or does not form part of his personal target list, with collective honours at Barcelona of greater importance.The mercurial Argentine remains locked in a fierce battle with eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo for the right to be considered the best player on the planet.Real Madrid’s talismanic forward has got the better of that duel in recent years, claiming back-to-back Ballons d’Or and four of the last five prizes. 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 Messi is emerging as an early favourite to reclaim that title in 2018, with 26 goals to his name in all competitions this season , but the 30-year-old superstar maintains that his focus is locked on the collection of team titles.He told reporters at a sponsor’s event: “I’ve already said my objective is not individual prizes but to get all the trophies available.”Hopefully, we will finish [the season] in the best way. I think we’re on the right track.”Luckily, things are going well. I’m happy with how things are going, although there’s still a long way to go. It’s the same [goal] as every season: to try to win everything.”Ernesto Valverde is the man hoping to guide Barca to multiple honours this term, with the former Athletic Bilbao boss having succeeded Luis Enrique at Camp Nou.Valverde endured a difficult start to his reign, with Neymar leaving for Paris Saint-Germain for €222 million in a turbulent transfer window, while the 2017-18 campaign began with a 5-1 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid in the Supercopa de Espana.Barca have only lost once in all competitions since that tie, though, and Messi is delighted with how things have gone under a new regime.He added on Valverde’s impact: “It was clear from the start. He said what he wanted and we adapted. It wasn’t very different to what we were already doing.”We became strong defensively and we have players of high quality further forward, who can win matches.”Messi is even content with Valverde’s rotation policy, insisting he accepts it is for the team’s benefit.”It’s a topic I live with normally and calmly,” he said.”The coach decides it. We talk about it and I have no problem with rotation, just like other team-mates.”Messi is also pleased to have seen Barca bolster their ranks during the winter transfer window with deals for Philippe Coutinho and Yerry Mina, especially in light of Javier Mascherano’s move to Hebei China Fortune.”Both Coutinho and Yerry could have come in the summer but they weren’t able to,” he said.”Masche is leaving and we have a centre-back to replace him and we’re happy that’s the case. We’re happy they are with us.”
NEW WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Salmon River Bridge Salmon River Bridge on Intervale Road will be closed on Monday, April 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for rescue training. Local Area Office: 902-578-9679 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George Street A section of George Street, near the Highway 125 overpass, will be reduced to one lane at various times for the construction of a new overpass. Work will take place until Saturday, April 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge During construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street, Antigonish, traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge. The temporary bridge will be in place until Tuesday, May 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until late May or early June, for replacement. A detour is available from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are now in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is located about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. They will be used until summer. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Bridge The northbound lane of MacLeod Bridge, on the Cabot Trail in Cape North, will be closed for repairs until further notice. A traffic control person will be on site until traffic signals are installed. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 -30- CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trout Brook Bridge Trout Brook Bridge on Trout Brook Road will be closed for replacement of the deck from Tuesday, April 12, until Wednesday, April 20. Detour route on Hillside Mira Road. Local Area Office: 902-578-9679 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge on the Cabot Trail, two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 CONTINUING WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 kilometres per hour and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 DIGBY COUNTY: Dick Theriault Road The bridge on Dick Theriault Road, about two kilometres southeast of the Old DAR Railway crossing, is closed for repairs. There is no detour. Transportation officials will be on site 24 hours a day until the bridge is repaired. Local Area Office: 902-769-2192
In the quiet Lalit Kala Akademi headquarters here, preparations are underway for the second edition of the International Print Biennale, a major exhibition of global printmaking, which is slated for February – March 2020, and has a special focus on ASEAN and SAARC nations with Poland as the guest country. The first eight-member ‘steering committee’ meeting, that officially set the ball rolling for the month-long Biennale, took place earlier this month with Akademi Chairperson Uttam Pacharne helming it. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe ASEAN and SAARC focus will be reflected in the Biennale entrance fee for the artists, and participants from these member-nations will pay around $21 (Rs 1,500) as compared to $50 (Rs 3,400). For Indian artists, the entrance fee would be Rs 1,000. The star of the Biennale is, however, the central European country of Poland, which has a rich tradition of printmaking. “Around the 15th century, Mughal Emperor Jahangir had a lot of etchings in his portfolio. Then, during our freedom struggle, printmaker Chittaprosad Bhattacharya made woodcuts of images of the independence movement and spread it using book covers,” Avni Bansal, a printmaker and a Lalit Kala awardee assisting the Biennale programme, said. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardShe added that in most regional centres of the Akademi, equipment for making prints – lithographs, woodcuts, intaglio, serigraphs, and relief prints – is present and is being upgraded. As a precursor to the second print biennale, national artist camps will take place in Hyderabad and Santiniketan in West Bengal. The artist-members of this year’s steering committee include Jin Sook Shinde, Kanchan Chander, Hanuman Kambli, Dattatraya Bankar, Chippa Sudhakar, V Nagdas, Ajit Seal and Dilip Tamuli. The first edition of the Biennale, that kickstarted in March 2018, saw participation from 17 countries including the US, the UK, Sri Lanka, Italy, Mexico, China, Israel, Sweden, Lithuania, Poland, Argentina, Greece, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Mauritius. The number of entries at the international level was 137 of which 50 artists were selected, and 73 of their prints were on display.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A tentative agreement has been reached with K-12 support workers in School District 60 on June 19 following a two-day session.CUPE 4653 President, Maureen Hummel, says it was a productive bargaining session.She also says she is proud of the Union’s bargaining team to ensure that no one was left behind when reaching any agreements. “It was a productive bargaining session with professionalism and respect shown on both sides. I am extremely proud of our bargaining team for their dedication and passion as they worked to make sure that ‘no one was left behind’.”The current K-12 agreement expires on June 30, 2019 and once the new agreement is ratified, the provincial agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties. Ratification is expected to be completed by the end of June.CUPE 4653 represents more than 500 members who provide services in Fort St. John and the surrounding communities within the North Peace.For more information about CUPE members working in K-12, you can visit bcschools.cupe.ca.
Rabat – Morocco’s seafood products exports recorded a 4 % increase during the first 3 quarters of 2014, Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries Minister Aziz Akhannouch said.Akhannouch, who was speaking Tuesday at the House of Councilors, added that the overall volume of seafood exports during this period reached 400,000 tonnes, worth MAD 11.3 billion.The minister attributed this growth to record maritime products exports in 2013 which reached 535,000 tons (MAD 15.7 billion). He also noted that since the implementation of the Halieutis strategy in 2009 up to 2013, the Kingdom’s seafood exports grew by 6 % year-on-year.
Rabat – A California Muslim woman has hit back at Donald Trump’s plans to force American Muslims to register on a national data base, in a letter posted on Facebook. The post has gone viral.Marwa Balkar, 22, posted the letter on her Facebook account last week, along with a picture of herself wearing a peace sign on her shirt.‘I heard you wanted us to start wearing ID badges, so I decided to choose one for myself,’ she began in the post. ‘I am not easily identifiable as a Muslim just by looking at me, so my new badge will let me display proudly who I am. I chose the peace sign because it represents my Islam.’‘The one that taught me to oppose injustice and yearn for unity. The one that taught me that killing one innocent life is equivalent to killing humanity.’The 22-year-old girl went on to invite Trump to spend the day with her since he plans to ‘track’ Muslims.“I heard you want to track us as well. Great! You can come with me on my Cancer Awareness walks at the local middle school… You can also see how my local mosque makes PB&J [Peanut Butter and Jam] sandwiches for the homeless and hosts interfaith dinners where everyone is welcome,” she wrote. “Maybe then you’ll see that me being Muslim doesn’t make me any less American than you are. Maybe if you walk in my footsteps, you can see that I am not any less human than you are,” Marwa concluded.Marwa’s post has gone viral on Facebook. It has so far been shared over 158,884 times and amassed almost 600,000 ‘likes’, including one from the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg.Marwa’s post has gone viral, amassing almost 600,000 ‘likes’, including one from the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg.Marwa told ABC 7 that she wrote the post because she felt she needed to stop Trump from ruining ‘people’s perspectives’ on who Muslim Americans are.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today approved new grants totalling $2.9 billion, drawing immediate praise from the United Nations.”We believe that the grants that were approved today will be a significant step forward to helping millions of people around the world to cope with the world’s worst epidemics,” said UN spokesman Farhan Haq.He noted that the new funds would help push forward the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria by putting 932,000 people on antiretroviral treatment for HIV/AIDS, and financing 123 million Artemisinin-based Combination Therapies (ACT) anti-malarial treatments, 44 million impregnated bed nets and Directly Observed Therapy Shortcourse (DOTS) treatment for 640,000 new tuberculosis patients.This is the fourth round of grant approvals since the Global Fund was established in 2002 at the initiative of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In total, $3 billion has been disbursed for 310 grants in 129 countries.More than 85 per cent of the grants announced today will go to low-income countries, the Global Fund said. Just under half will be for HIV/AIDS, while 40 per cent will be spent on malaria.The Fund’s Executive Director, Richard Feachem, said the grants, while only a start, would have a measurable impact. “We expect to see a noticeable reduction in mortality in a few years, in particular from malaria,” he said.The Global Fund is a public-private partnership involving governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities. It works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organizations to supplement existing efforts dealing with the three diseases.
“Liberia’s human rights obligations must take precedence over any local practices considered to be ‘cultural’ or ‘traditional’ where such practices are incompatible with human rights principles,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said as his Office and the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) released a report on the issue.The study, based on in-depth interviews with victims, family members, community leaders, Government officials and civil society between January 2012 and September 2015, shows that violations disproportionately affect women, children, elderly people, the destitute and those with disabilities, with criminal offenses going unpunished due to their perceived cultural dimensions.Some 58 per cent of Liberian women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) – generally without anaesthesia – a practice widely used by a secret society called Sande and affecting poor households twice as much as wealthy ones.“In addition to the extreme pain…the lack of medically sterilized equipment and facilities increases the likelihood of infection and lasting physical damage, and may even lead to death,” the report stressed.It also documents abductions, forced initiations, torture and rape by members of another secret society called Poro. Non-members considered to have transgressed its rules, for instance by ‘trespassing’ on its sacred ground or remaining outdoors during Poro activities, have also at times been forcefully initiated, tortured and, in two documented cases, gang-raped.“Accusations of witchcraft are common in Liberia, and often have devastating consequences for the accused, who may be subjected to trial by ordeal, ‘cleansing’ or ‘exorcism’ rituals, expulsion, ostracization, and even death,” the study reported, also citing many cases of trial by ordeal that amounted to physical and psychological torture, and in some cases even led to death.“The authorities often hesitate to investigate or prosecute cases involving trial by ordeal, due to the perceived cultural dimensions of the practice,” it noted. “This has generated widespread culture of impunity among traditional actors.”The report documents nine cases of suspected ritualistic killings, including three last August and September, in one of which a motorcycle driver in Ganta was killed, allegedly for ritualistic purposes. This sparked riots during which a man accused of this alleged ritual murder was killed by an angry mob.“These events illustrate the lack of faith many Liberians have in the capacity and willingness of local authorities to take action in cases of ritualistic killing, and of the formal justice system to hold perpetrators accountable,” it said. “This situation raises serious concerns in view of the 2017 national elections when the number of ritualistic killings is likely to increase.”Mr. Zeid called on State authorities to act to prevent these violations, ensure the prosecution of alleged perpetrators, and provide victims with all necessary medical and psychosocial support and access to redress.“While the report takes note of the progress made by the Government in combatting such practices, the recent incident in Ganta shows the urgent need to strengthen the formal justice system,” UNMIL chief Farid Zarif said.“If Liberia wants to make a good and positive use of its rich and abundant culture and traditions, it has to align some of these practices with its international human rights obligations,” he underscored.