Nomadesk Users Can Now Edit Files in the Cloud with Zoho Integration

first_imgUsers of desktop-to-cloud synchronization service Nomadesk can now edit files in the cloud with Zoho. Nomadesk users can right-click on a document, spreadsheet or presentation on the web-based Nomadesk dashboard and click “edit” to open the file in Zoho. Changes are then synchronized to the user’s desktop.The new feature is included in Nomadesk’s $15 per month unlimited data service. Nomadesk is working with Zoho through the Zoho Alliance Partner Program (ZAPP), and the new functionality was built using the Zoho API integration tool.Currently, there isn’t a way to save files from Zoho directly into Nomadesk, or create new Zoho files from the Nomadesk dashboard. Unlike Nomadesk competitor Memeo‘s new Gdrive, which backs up users’ Google Docs to the desktop, Nomadesk isn’t synchronizing users’ existing Zoho documents.Nomadesk offers an impressive feature set including encryption, folder sharing and mobile access. The ability to edit documents with Zoho is a useful feature that may keep Nomadesk customers from choosing or moving to competitors like Memeo and Box.net, but we’d like to see a full synchronization between Nomadesk and Zoho in the future. Zdrive anyone?Nomadesk, Ghent, Belgium, has been doing well for itself, having sealed a deal with Bell Canada to offer its backup and synchronization services to the telco’s customers. Related Posts klint finley IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Tags:#enterprise#news#Products 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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10 Essential After Effects Shortcuts

first_imgWork smarter! In this post we share the essential shortcuts for Adobe After Effects.If you are new to After Effects or just want to tighten up your post production skills, here are 10 shortcuts that will save you time and have you working more efficiently. This is a follow up to my previous 5 After Effects Tips & Tricks for Video Editors post.One quick note: as you’ll see below there is a difference in Mac vs PC keys. For Windows users the Command key is Control and Option is Alt.1. Add Footage to After Effects CompMac: Command + /        PC: Control +/Using this shortcut is much quicker than dragging layers (footage, images, etc) into your AE composition. Simply select the footage in the project, hit the shortcut and it will automatically be added to the AE comp.2. Move a Layer Up/DownMac: Command + [ or ]        PC: Control + [ or ]Select a layer in your comp and use the shortcut to move it up or down the layers. Add shift to the shortcut to instantly move the chosen layer to the top or bottom of the stack. This is much quicker and more accurate than dragging a layer up and down with the mouse.3. Select a Layer in your AE CompSelect a number on the number keypad (both Mac & PC)This is a super simple shortcut that let’s you pick a number on a numeric keypad (if you’re using one). Whatever number you select will select that layer in your AE composition.Press the number on the keypad for the layer you want to select in the Composition.4.  Toggle Between Selection Tool & Other ToolsTemporarily switch to another tool by holding it down. Then, let go to get back to the selection tool. Simple, but actually a significant timesaver.5. Creating New Layers in AECreate a new solid on Mac: Command + YCreate a new solid on PC: Control + YNew adjustment layer on Mac: Option + Command + YNew adjustment layer on PC: Alt + Control + YDepending on your workflow, these are two good shortcuts to commit to memory. You can use solids as vignettes or use them to apply an effect onto (then use Screen Mode to remove black and see just the effect). Adjustment layers are transparent layers that you can mask and add effects to, while affecting all the layers beneath them.6.Deselect a LayerMac & PC: F2Using F2 is a quick way to make sure nothing is selected in your project. This avoid having the wrong layers selected by accident have having to use a ton of undos to get back on track.7. Fit to Comp WidthMac: Option + Shift + Command + H      PC: Alt + Shift + Control + HThis handy shortcut will quickly scale a layer in your composition to fit the entire composition’s width – super useful when working with shapes or adjustment layers.8. Zoom to 100%Mac & PC: /Use this hotkey want to see your work at 100% magnification.  Adding Shift (so, Shift + /) will make it fit the entire composition window.9. Create New AE CompositionMac: Command + N       PC: Control + NAny complex AE project requires tons of individuals compositions, so it’s worth committing this shortcut to memory. Once a new comp is created you can change the preset, pixel aspect ratio, frame rate and duration. The shortcut for “Composition Settings” is Command/Control + K.10. Ram PreviewMac & PC: 0 on the number padUsing the shortcut for RAM Preview is much quicker than clicking the “Ram Preview” button in the Info panel.  To make speed up your work even faster, for every other frame ram preview just add Shift + O.For a full list of Adobe After Effects shortcuts, visit the official reference guide here. Also, it’s worth noting that you can change of any of these shortcuts to fit your own workflow and needs.  To do so, use the KeyEd UP script that you can download from Adobe here.Do you have any favorite AE shortcuts? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more

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On-Set Essentials: Production Gear You Need to Know About

first_imgNew to film and video production sets? Here are three pieces of essential equipment you should know about before you get started.Working on a set for your first time can be an intimidating experience. There are people running around you giving commands you don’t understand, like “Take this stinger to the best boy” or “Flag that diffusion above the ARRI.” If you aren’t familiar with these terms, you might think you’ve chosen the wrong profession. Don’t worry, though — with enough practice, you’ll be the one running around yelling nonsense.To get you started, here are three pieces of gear you should get to know before stepping on set.C-StandsOne of the first things you have to acquaint yourself with on set is the C-Stand. They are everywhere. You can use them to rig lights, hold up diffusers, or even support a boom pole.As film and video equipment goes, these things are pretty simple: metal rods and arms that use a series of fasteners to secure whatever you’re working with. What’s important is how you set them up. First, make sure that you place the longest leg of the C-stand underneath the weight load of your setup. This will keep your stand from toppling over. If you have sandbags, use them for extra security.When balancing a load on your C-stand, make gravity work for the C-stand, not against it. You can do this by loading the weight onto the right side of the grip handle. This will make the weight of the object tighten the grip instead of loosening it.Always place your hands on the outside of the C-stand between the base and the arms when carrying it. You can avoid a lot of pinched fingers this way.Gaff TapeAhh, gaff tape. The gaffer’s best friend. This stuff comes in extremely handy on set, and filmmakers all over the world rely on it for its versatility and heat resistance.You might think that duct tape would be the industry preference, but duct tape actually has a plastic backing that melts really easily. I’ve seen duct tape catch fire before on set because it was too close to a light. Not fun. Gaff tape actually has a heat-resistant cotton backing, which prevents the tape from melting and ruining everything in its path.You can use it to rig just about anything that might break on set — or even to prevent tripping hazards by taping down cables.When you’re on set, someone is bound to have a roll of this stuff handy. If they don’t, go out and buy a roll yourself. You’ll be a hero when things go south.Lav MicsIf you’re assisting with audio on set, you might have someone tell you you need to “lav this person up” and hand you a wireless microphone. It comes with a clip, so you can just clip it to their shirt, right? Wrong. A visible lav is distracting on camera, and it can make your production look amateur. If you want to impress, know the four ways to lav a subject:Collarbone lav: this is the most common setup. Have your talent feed the mic through their shirt, and tape it to the inside of their collar next to their collarbone.Collar lav: if someone is wearing a suit or a collared shirt, setting up a collar lav is usually the best approach. Situate the lav in the fold of their collar, and tape it up. It will be in the perfect position to capture their audio.Chest lav: if you have ever worked a sting operation, you’ve probably used this setup before. This is where you tape the lav directly to the subject’s chest under their shirt. (You will capture more bass notes with this approach compared to the others if you’re looking for a fuller vocal effect.)Ear lav: one of the more unconventional setups, the ear lav is perfect when you don’t have many other options. Tape the lav to the back of the talent’s ear and hide the wire on the back of their neck. It may look silly in person, but with some camera magic, you can conceal it entirely. Looking for more tips for working on set? Check out these links:Minimize Your Lighting Setups For Narrative Shoots What Does Everyone Do On Set?5 Must-Know Tips for Working on SetVideo Tutorial: How to Use a Vehicle as a Dolly SystemVideo Tutorial: The Secrets Behind Lighting a Shot with Firelast_img read more

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African Bird ‘Cries Wolf’ to Steal Food

first_imgFork-tailed drongos, glossy black African songbirds with ruby-colored eyes, are the avian kingdom’s masters of deception. They mimic the alarm calls of other species to scare animals away and then swipe their dupes’ dinner. But like the boy who cried wolf, drongos can raise the alarm once too often. Now, scientists have discovered that when one false alarm no longer works, the birds switch to another species’ warning cry, a tactic that usually does the trick.“The findings are astounding,” says John Marzluff, a wildlife biologist at the University of Washington, Seattle, who was not involved in the work. “Drongos are exceedingly deceptive; their vocabularies are immense; and they match their deception to both the target animal and [its] past response. This level of sophistication is incredible.”Since 2008, Tom Flower, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Cape Town, has followed drongos in the Kuruman River Reserve in the Kalahari Desert. He’s habituated and banded about 200 of the robin-sized birds, and, using food rewards, has trained individuals to come to him when he calls. After getting its snack, the drongo quickly returns to its natural behavior—catching insects and following other bird species or meerkats—while Flower tags along.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Drongos also keep an eye out for raptors and other predators. When they spot one, they utter metallic alarm cries. Meerkats and pied babblers, a highly social bird, pay attention to the drongos and dash for cover when the drongos raise an alarm—just as they do when one of their own calls out a warning. Studies have shown that having drongos around benefits animals of other species, which don’t have to be as vigilant and can spend more time foraging. But there’s a trade-off: The drongos’ cries aren’t always honest. When a meerkat has caught a fat grub or gecko, a drongo is apt to change from trustworthy sentinel to wily deceiver. In a previous study, Flower showed that the birds get as much as 23% of their daily food by emitting a false alarm and then stealing their victim’s meal. The meerkat that’s just caught a gecko, for instance, is likely to drop it and run for the nearest burrow when it hears a drongo’s alarm—whether true or false.Drongos also imitate the alarm calls of numerous other species. Altogether, the birds can make as many as 51 different warning cries. Six are those that drongos themselves use to announce the presence of various types of predators; the other 45 are the alarms of other species. And all the species—including the meerkats and babblers—know and pay attention to one another’s warning calls, Flower says. “They’re all eavesdropping on each other. It’s like they speak each other’s language.”But what benefit do drongos get by imitating the alarm calls of other animals? To answer that question, Flower and his colleagues carried out a series of playback experiments using pied babblers as the target species. The results showed that after hearing a drongo imitate a babbler’s or starling’s alarm cry, the babblers stayed away longer from a foraging area than when they heard the drongo’s warning call. The babblers also ignored alarm calls after they’d heard one type three times in a row. But when the third call was a warning that they’d not previously heard, they took flight. The experiments show that “it pays for drongos to have large alarm repertoires, to use their target’s alarm call, and to vary their calls,” Flower says.Which is exactly what the birds do. By following 42 marked wild drongos, he and his colleagues observed 151 occasions when the birds repeatedly attempted to steal food from the same victim. In 74 of these attempts, the birds changed the type of alarm they were using. They were most likely to do so, the scientists found, when one type of false call didn’t do the trick. Moreover, when a drongo changed its call, it was more likely to succeed in stealing its target’s food, the team reports online today in Science.“The drongos are producing their calls tactically. They’re changing their calls in response to the feedback they get from their target,” Flower says. “And that’s how they’re able to overcome the problem of crying wolf too often.”“The birds’ tactical deception must reflect sophisticated cognitive abilities,” says Karl Berg, an ornithologist at the University of Texas, Brownsville, who was not involved in the work. Indeed, Flower and his colleagues note that some might be inclined to see the birds’ talent as suggestive of something like “theory of mind”—the ability to intuit what others are thinking, a skill that has definitively been found only in humans.But Dorothy Cheney, a primatologist at the University of Pennsylvania, says that “simpler explanations,” such as associative learning, “are more likely” to explain “what the drongos are thinking when they produce their deceptive calls.” For example, she notes, it’s possible that drongos have learned two behavioral contingencies: “One, targets flee when they hear alarm calls,” and “Two … switch alarm call type if the previous call failed” to send the victim fleeing. At the very least, the birds seem to have an understanding of cause and effect, notes Flower, who is now working on a new study to try to nail down what goes on in a drongo’s head.last_img read more

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Odisha has checked Maoist activities

first_imgOdisha has achieved remarkable success in controlling Maoist activities. The Left Wing Extremism-affected districts have been reduced to five from 15 in the State.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will highlight this at a meeting of the Chief Ministers of the Maoist-affected States in New Delhi on August 26. Union Home Minister Amit Shah will review the status of security and development in these States.The decline in Maoist activities and the need for expeditious implementation of developmental programmes in the areas affected by LWE in Odisha was discussed at a meeting in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy, who chaired the meeting, said that the government will now give emphasis to development of road connectivity, telecommunication and extension of banking services in these areas.He said developmental activities had been expedited in the Malkangiri district after construction of the Gurupriya Bridge.last_img read more

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Mallya’s advertisement leaves Harbhajan’s mom fuming

first_imgAce off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, aka The Turbanator, is not in high spirits. This time around, he is the one facing the doosra – a commercial from Vijay Mallya’s UB group which is a spoof on Harbhajan’s ad for a rival liquor brand. Worse, Team India captain and close friend Mahendra Singh Dhoni features in the latest UB ad.Harbhajan Singh’s mother Avtar Kaur claims the UB group advertisement insults the spinner.As the liquor wars spill over into the cricket field, one person who is not amused by the commercial ridiculing her son is Harbhajan’s mother, Avtar Kaur. She has sent a legal notice to Mallya, claiming that the commercial not only makes fun of the spinner, but also his family and the Sikh community as a whole.The advertisement features Dhoni and a Harbhajan look-alike and pokes fun at the off-spinner. It takes off on a commercial for Royal Stag soda, which was a surrogate ad for its liquor brand.In the original commercial Harbhajan talks about the struggles in his life and coming to his late father’s ball bearing factory and is shown contemplating: ‘Have I made it large?’ – the punchline of the spirit.However, in the spoof, a Bhajji lookalike is depicted sitting in a factory of ball bearings, asking the same question – ‘Have I made it large?’ After which, another person slaps the lookalike, cursing and deploring him for making the ball bearings of gargantuan size. Dhoni then takes over and announces, ‘Large chhoro, kuch alag karo (Forget large, do something different)’.advertisementEfforts are being made to ensure that the relations between the two heroes of India’s World Cup win do not sour.Off-Spin Sports and Entertainment Director Sangeet Shirodkar told PTI that Harbhajan is not involved in the issue personally. “Bhajji has been totally kept out of this… and his friendship with M. S. Dhoni has not been impacted in any way… they are still very good friends,” Shirodkar said.In the legal notice, the off-spinner’s mother claims the advertisements can bring ‘disunity’ in the Indian team and should be labelled ‘anti-national’. One of Harbhajan’s lawyers, advocate Shyam Dewani, explained that more than the cricketer, it was his family which was upset at the entire episode.The suit also demands that Mallya’s company first remove the advertisement from the public domain within three days of receiving the notice and also issue a public apology in major newspapers as well as television channels.The McDowell’s ad spoofs Harbhajan Singh where his look-alike (top) claims to have made it large, only to be slapped by his father and later lampooned by India skipper MS Dhoni.”My client is serving you with the instant notice to give you an opportunity to accept your mistake and make amends. Failing this, we will have no other alternative than to take appropriate legal action including that of filing proceedings for defamation, damages and all such civil as well as criminal actions,” the notice, signed by Dewani, said.Those who have been sent notices are UB executive vice chairman S. R. Gupte, president & CFO Ravi Nedungadi, deputy president Harish Bhat and executive VP (corporate affairs) Nandini Verma. The suit also seeks a compensation of ` 1 lakh towards the cost of the notice.While, Bhajji’s family is upset that members of the Sikh community were offended by the ad, the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) did not take exception to it. “This is a personal matter between two individuals.I don’t look at it as more than a joke,” Paramjit Sarna, president of the DSGMC, said. However, not many are sure whether two sporting icons should endorse liquor brands.Surrogate advertising is one way in which companies can promote their spirits. This is done through other products like club soda and music CDs, using the same branding.The information and broadcasting ministry had amended the Cable Television Networks Rules in 2006, laying down stringent guidelines for advertising products using the very same logos as those used for alcohol and tobacco products. However, the change does not seem to have effectively stopped surrogate advertising.Though it is difficult to stop the companies from using such surrogate ads, the cricketers can themselves take a moral stand and not feature in them, as it is obvious what they promote can influence millions of their fans.Earlier this year, there were protests in Chennai where Pasumai Thayagam, an NGO, asked Dhoni not to promote alcohol. Interestingly, Sachin Tendulkar had refused to sign a mega deal with a liquor brand on moral grounds.advertisementThis isn’t the first time that Harbhajan has been involved in a controversy surrounding liquor commercials. In 2006, Harbhajan had to apologise to the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) for wearing his hair open in an advertisement for a liquor brand.Dhoni and Harbhajan are integral to the team and the latest incident might not be the best thing to happen while the team is about to face England in a four-match series where India’s No. 1 Test ranking is on the line. Dhoni might plead ignorance in the case, but the fact remains that the joke is on Bhajji.last_img
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Newly-appointed as chairman of ICC Kumble to try out fresh ideas

first_imgNew chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee Anil Kumble says he would bring fresh and modern ideas to the table to help take the game forward at the global level, besides meeting the various challenges it faces currently.The former India captain realises that his newest job is a big responsibility, but at the same time he is happy that he has an opportunity to give cricketers’ perspective to the policy making at the top.”It’s a great honour to be part of the ICC Cricket Committee. It’s a great responsibility. The people who have chaired the meetings [of this committee] have been the legends of the game,” Kumble told Mail Today.The former ace leg-spinner was referring to his predecessors and ex-captains Sunil Gavaskar and West Indies’ Clive Lloyd who had previously chaired the committee. “It’s a recommendatory committee and people listen to what this committee says. I am aware of the responsibilities and I am sure we will be able to bring in cricketers’ perspective into this whole thing. We will look at various challenges that cricket faces,” he said. “And also try and bring in some fresh ideas as well. That’s the whole objective – the game moving forward. That’s the most important thing.”Kumble said he will work in tandem with his co-members on the panel.”Hopefully, I will be able to bring in new and contemporary ideas to the cricket committee. I have just seen the current list of members and I see some colleagues of mine,” said Kumble who turns 42 on Wednesday.He was pointing to Andrew Strauss, Mark Taylor, Kumar Sangakkara, Tim May, Gary Kirsten, and Ravi Shastri.”I would like to interact with them and understand their views and challenges that a particular country face. It will be nice to interact with them on a global platform,” he said.Before being appointed head of the BCCI technical committee 10 days ago, the Bangalore-based Kumble also chaired a six-member high profile special committee that approved some suggestions and made some of its own in the Ranji Trophy for the upcoming season.Since announcing his retirement from international cricket in November 2008 at his favourite Ferozeshah Kotla, Kumble has worn many hats. He is president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association and co-vice chairman of the Karnataka State Board for Wildlife, besides being the chairman of the National Cricket Academy till some time ago.He says he has made crucial contributions to all the responsibilities that he has undertaken. And on devoting time to the various tasks, he has a clear cut demarcation. “Priorities are there and, obviously, you need to manage all of that,” he said.”I certainly have contributed to all the various hats that I have worn. It entails certain commitment, certain responsibility and contributions that people expect. And all the hats that I have worn are in honourary capacity. The only commercial interest is my business,” he clarified. Kumble doesn’t travel as much as he used to. But he points out that his commitment to his responsibilities has remained the same.”I think the most important factor is whether you are actually contributing, not necessarily whether you are spending 24×7 on one particular aspect,” he said. “There are certain contributions that I believe personally SHOULD happen. As long as I am satisfied that I am contributing rightly in all these positions I am extremely happy,” said the world’s third highest Test wicket taker (619).advertisementlast_img read more

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South Indian cinema is creatively rich, says Sonakshi Sinha

first_imgActress Sonakshi Sinha, who will be seen sharing screen space with superstar Rajinikanth in her debut Tamil film Lingaa, says she decided to make a foray into Southern cinema as it is creatively very rich.”Ever since Dabangg released I was getting lot of offers from down South but I was not able to take it up as I had films keeping me busy here. This time I wanted to make that foray into South Indian films as creatively they are rich and they make such wonderful films… I wanted to experience this whole new world,” Sonakshi told PTI.”I couldn’t have asked for a better debut in Tamil cinema. Here in Bollywood I made my debut with superstar Salman Khan in Dabangg and in South with superstar Rajinikanth. I am very happy,” Sonakshi said.Talking about the South legend and co-star, Sonakshi said, “The popularity of Rajini sir is so much that there were several fans while we were shooting. He is an amazing person and actor. He is a huge superstar but he is very humble man. He talks to everybody nicely.”Sonakshi will be seen sharing screen space with superstar Rajinikanth in her debut Tamil film LingaaAsk her if she also is a big Rajini fan, the 26-year-old actress said, “I have not grown up watching too many films of him. I had seen Hum and I used to watch it over and over again I just loved him a lot in that film.”Sonkashi’s actor-politician father, Shatrughan Sinha and Rajinikanth share a friendly equation.”I did not feel intimidated. When we were on sets, I went upto him and said ‘it is an honour to be working with you but I am nervous’. He said ‘why you should be nervous I should be nervous as you are my friend’s daughter’. That broke the ice and it was nice of him to keep the conversation humorous,” Sonakshi said.”The role is not that he would or I would feel uncomfortable with each other. It is a very well written role. I am glad to be part of the film,” she said.Directed by K S Ravikumar, the film spans generations and goes from current times to the flashback.”Lingaa is based in two eras, one in present and other in 1940s… I wanted to be part of this magical world,” she said without revealing any other details of her role.Since Sonakshi has worked with south directors like Prabhu Deva and A R Murugadoss, she says she is comfortable with the language.”Luckily language was not the barrier for me as I am good with it (languages) and accent. I have worked with lot of south Indian directors I know the basic tone of the language. I had somebody prompting the dialogue from behind so I would repeat that or somebody would hold a card so I would read it out,” she added.The shooting of Lingaa, also starring Anushka Shetty and Jagapathy Babu is currently underway in Mysore. The film will have music by A R Rahman.Sonakshi says she is open to doing more south Indian films.”I am open to working in good films, in good content films. Among the South actors I would like to work with Mahesh Babu, Ravi Teja and Surya,” she added.On the differences between the two film industries – South and Bollywood, the actress says, “I think work happens much quicker there (South) in terms of speed. The film unit there is much concise… Here there are too many people on the sets.”In Bollywood, Sonakshi will be seen next opposite Akshay Kumar in Holiday. Then she has Prabhu Deva’s next Action Jackson and Tevar with Arjun Kapoor.last_img read more

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Borussia Dortmund stun Bayern Munich to clinch German Super Cup

first_imgBorussia Dortmund players pose with the German Super Cup trophyBorussia Dortmund beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in the German Super Cup on Wednesday to win the first domestic title of the season.Dortmund shut down former teammate Robert Lewandowski, while on the other side Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored in the 23rd minute and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed the victory in the 62nd.”We defended sensationally and allowed very little,” Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp said. “We stayed with it for 90 minutes, but we are still a long way from being where we want to be.”Both teams played without many of their World Cup stars, who have only recently returned to duty.Dortmund also beat Bayern 4-2 in last season’s Super Cup, but Bayern went on to sweep the domestic double ahead of Dortmund. The Bundesliga season kicks off on Aug. 22.Lewandowski, the Bundesliga’s top scorer last season with Dortmund, stayed scoreless in his official debut for Bayern. He had one shot on goal that was well saved by Mitch Langerak. Lewandowski moved to Bayern on a free transfer in the offseason and was greeted with boos from the mostly partisan crowd of 80,667 at Dortmund’s stadium.”It was our first game and our attack was not good. Dortmund played better,” Lewandowski said.Bayern’s defensive midfielder Javi Martinez, who played as one of three defenders, left the match on a stretcher after 31 minutes with a left-knee injury.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wears the spiderman mask after scoring against BayernBayern coach Pep Guardiola later said he feared that Martinez would be out “for a long time,” while German media speculated that he had torn ligaments.advertisement”We still need time. But the bad news is the injury to Javi Martinez. We will know more on Thursday, but I think he will be out for a long time,” Guardiola said.Winger Franck Ribery also sat out the match with a reported knee injury, after announcing earlier that he was quitting the France national team. Netherlands winger Arjen Robben also missed the match for Bayern.Dortmund went ahead after a one-two between Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang and some clumsy defending by David Alaba. Mkhitaryan drove into the roof of the net from inside the penalty box.Aubameyang headed in the winner from a cross by Lukasz Piszczek – then put on a Spiderman face mask before being substituted.Manuel Neuer, one of Germany’s three World Cup winners to start for Bayern, turned away shots from Sebastian Kehl and Jonas Hofmann late in the first half to prevent his team from falling behind by an even bigger margin.Neuer also had to race back to clear from the line when a back pass from Martinez nearly took him by surprise earlier in the match.Lewandowski had his only chance at the start of the second half but Langerak, usually a backup for Roman Weidenfeller, stood his ground and saved with his chest.Langerak also turned away a free kick by Alaba, the only other time Bayern came close to scoring despite bringing on Mario Goetze, who scored the only goal in Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina in the World Cup final in Brazil. Neuer had to race far out of his area to foil a last-gasp Dortmund attempt.last_img read more

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Ayo not surprised with Serrano breakthrough: ‘He has always been a good player’

first_img‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family PLAY LIST 03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family02:27Another ‘ninja cop’ dismissed from service02:43PDEA holds surprise drug test at bus terminal in QC for ‘Undas’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas head coach Aldin Ayo has always been aware of how good of a player Encho Serrano would pan out to be.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ PSL: Petron sweeps F2 Logistics to kick off campaign Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?center_img When Serrano led De La Salle past Ayo’s Growling Tigers, 92-77, in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament, the UST mentor wasn’t surprised that such talent resided in the combo guard.Ayo, who coached the Green Archers in Seasons 79 and 80, said he recruited Serrano from Adamson University to La Salle but the two never had a chance to be in the same team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“I never had the chance to be his coach but I did recruit him. He played well and our wingmen had a hard time defending him,” said Ayo in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Serrano exploded for a career-high 29 points on 13-of-22 shooting with five rebounds, two assists, and one steal. LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ That surge of offense was also an outburst for Serrano who averaged just 6.3. points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.0 steals in La Salle’s first six games.Ayo said he knew Serrano always had the gift of playing basketball at a high level and he commended La Salle’s coaches for utilizing the guard properly.“That kid has always been a good player and he has good coaches in La Salle who know how to use him properly,” said Ayo.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more

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Coach Diego Simeone may make early exit from Atletico Madrid

first_imgDiego Simeone has opened the door to the possibility of leaving Atletico Madrid in the next two years after announcing on Friday that he had reduced his contractual commitment from 2020 to 2018.The former Atletico midfielder is one of the most coveted coaches in Europe after breaking Real Madrid and Barcelona’s stranglehold on the domestic title in 2014 and leading his club to two Champions League finals in three years.Simeone, the longest-running active coach in La Liga, signed a five-year contract extension in 2015, an unusually long deal by Spanish standards.He said the changes made this week did not mean he was intent on leaving Atletico in 2018.”We’ve decided this situation along with the club’s directors and it does not mean we will not renew again when the contract ends,” he told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s home game against Sporting Gijon.”We continue to show what we feel for the club. It doesn’t bother me that people speculate about my future but the fact I’m here is because I want to be here,” added Simeone.”I’ve stayed here for four and a half years because I feel a connection with the club and its supporters.”Simeone set alarm bells ringing after his team lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid in May by saying he was considering his future.The coach has since gone back on his words and earlier this month reiterated his commitment to leading Atletico into their new 67,000-seater stadium in August 2017.last_img read more

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French Open 2019: Novak Djokovic gets going with easy 1st round win

first_imgTop seed Novak Djokovic eased into the second round of the French Open on Monday with a 6-4 6-2 6-2 defeat of young Polish player Hubert Hurkacz.The 32-year-old Serb is bidding for a second Roland Garros title and to become the first man in the professional era to hold all four Grand Slam titles on two separate occasions.Reigning champion Rafael Nadal, the man most likely to block Djokovic’s path to a second “Nole Slam”, had earlier launched his bid for a 12th title on the Parisian clay in sublime fashion.But Djokovic more than matched the Spaniard’s display with a near faultless performance in the afternoon sunshine on Court Philippe Chatrier to seal a 22nd consecutive win in Grand Slam play since losing in the quarter-finals here last year.He broke serve in the opening game on his way to taking the opening set in routine fashion and the only blip was when he dropped serve at 4-1 in the second set.The match was more or less in the bag by then, however, and Djokovic cantered to victory to set up a second-round clash with Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen.Also Read | Rafael Nadal eases into 2nd round after comfortable win over HanfmannAlso See:last_img read more

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From Parris, with love! Stylish England see off Scotland

first_imgEngland turned on the style in their Women’s World Cup opener against Scotland, with manager Phil Neville proven correct after his headline-grabbing rebuttal of a French joiurnalist prior to his side’s 2-1 win in Nice.Having gone into the game with doubts over their label as title contenders following a shock 1-0 defeat to New Zealand, Neville’s side set the record straight with a slick, confident and attacking display that restricted their opponents to very little.The French journalist who, in Saturday’s pre-match press conference, labelled the English style of play as “based on fighting, impact, intensity” will have been disappointed with what he saw on show at the Allianz Riviera. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Neville, on the other hand, will go home with a smug smile on his face – not just because England have beaten their nearest rivals, but because he told that reporter he would see different tonight.”I think your image is wrong to be honest,” he responded frankly. “I don’t want to be insulting to anyone. I think our league is better than the French league, I think our style of football is really good, I don’t think it is all about kick and rush, and hopefully you’ll see that tomorrow night.”If he was watching, he will have seen just that. Scotland started the better of the two sides, pressing high and unsettling an England defence of whom questions have been raised.Phil Neville England 2019But the momentum of this game swung into England’s favour in controversial circumstances, with VAR, inevitably, at the centre.Fran Kirby’s cross struck the outstretched arm of Nicola Docherty and, despite no appeals from those in white, the referee would point to the spot after re-watching the incident.Nikita Parris struck emphatically from 12 yards in what proved to be a hammer blow for Scotland.Their energetic, high-pressing game degraded into a cautious, defensive style which did not allow neither Kim Little or Erin Cuthbert to get onto the ball and influence the game back into their favour.England were more than comfortable, knocking the ball around with confidence – particular in one instance playing out from the back, where Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton and Parris made a mockery of their opponents, the latter especially with an exquisite turn and nutmeg on her marker, Docherty.Parris and Bronze linked up brilliantly down the right and were simply too hot to handle – offering France a glimpse of what is to come, not only for the rest of this summer, but next season, when both will be playing for Lyon.It was their link-up that provided Ellen White with her first chance of the evening, Parris sending a teasing cross into the near post for the striker to strike first time, only to be denied by a stunning save from Lee Alexander.Alexander would come to Scotland’s rescue again – just minutes after the offside flag denied the overly-keen White a goal – as she saved well from Beth Mead’s low strike.Ellen White England 2019But England would get their second before half time, with Rachel Corsie dragged out of position to challenge Kirby for the ball, allowing it to fall nicely for White, who had all the time in the world to produce a composed finish.Scotland came out in the second half more like they had in the first half, with positivity about them but, more importantly, with Little getting more involved.After an offside flag denied Mead just 30 seconds after the restart, Little was able to lead a second half resurgence, linking up particularly well with the lively Claire Emslie, who would force a couple of saves, albeit comfortable ones, out of Karen Bardsley.And it was Manchester City winger Emslie who got Scotland back into the game with a powerful finish after Lisa Evans’ perfect through ball setting up an exciting final 10 minutes at the Allianz Riviera.But their fight-back fell short in the end, with England defending well, despite the goal and an injury to centre-back Millie Bright threatening to unsettle them.Waistcoat on the manager, England fans singing ‘it’s coming home’ and an impressive win with exciting football – France brought back fond memories of last summer’s World Cup in Russia for fans of this evening’s victors.There’s a long way to go yet if England want to go one better than Gareth Southgate’s men, who finished fourth just less than 12 months ago.But, in what Neville described as ‘the most difficult’ game of the tournament, the Lionesses certainly made a great start – while that French perception of English football is bound to change sooner, rather than later.last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img SHELBURNE COUNTY: Sandy Point Road Sandy Point Road, from Lower Jordan Road south for about five kilometres, will have one lane closures for road repairs until Sunday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CAPE BRETON: Grand Narrows Road, Georges River The Grand Narrows Road in Georges River has lane closures for culvert work and ditching. Work is taking place around three kilometres west of Highway 105. Work will end Tuesday, Sept. 30. RICHMOND COUNTY: Little Harbour Area Several roads in the Little Harbour area are reduced to one lane for paving and upgrading until Friday, Aug. 29. The affected roads are Shore Road, Mombourquette Road, and Little Harbour Road. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road There will be alternating lane closures on South River Lake Road for road upgrading, including gravelling and paving. Work will take place over seven kilometres, beginning at the intersection with Larrys River Road and moving west. Work will finish Friday, Oct. 17. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Sections of the southbound lanes of Highway 102, between Exit 9 and Exit 7, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Aug. 31. Work takes place sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 4, Port Hawkesbury Sections of Highway 4, from the Port Hastings rotary at the intersection with Highway 105 east, for about three kilometres, are reduced to one lane for repaving. Traffic control people and pilot vehicles are onsite. Work is scheduled to be finished by the end of September. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Forties Road Traffic on sections of Forties Road, from the intersection of Fraxville Road to the intersection of Barss Corner Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving. Work is scheduled to be completed at the end of September. Traffic is controlled by flag people. Work on these roads will be completed by the end of October. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, there is a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route is marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp . HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Exit 0 Ramp Closures The exit and entry ramps on Highway 102 at Exit 0 (Joseph Howe Drive) will be closed to traffic this weekend. The closure is from 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 22, until 5 a.m., Monday, Aug. 25. The closure is for work by Halifax Water. Trucks should use Northwest Arm Drive and the St. Margarets Bay Road to get to Joseph Howe Drive. The work will require lane reductions at various times. Work takes place from dawn to dusk until Monday, Sept. 15. Drive with extra caution through work areas and obey signs and flag people. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 4 Traffic on sections of Highway 4, west for about seven kilometres from east of MacNabs Bridge, are reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and repaving until Monday, Dec. 1. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work has begun on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The existing bridge will remain open during construction, but there may be occasional, brief closures during normal construction activities. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new, two-lane bridge will be completed in summer 2015. PICTOU COUNTY: Alma Road Alma Road, from Sylvester Road north to Route 376, about four kilometres, is reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HALIFAX COUNTY: Route 354 (Beaver Bank Road) Sections of Route 354 (Beaver Bank Road), from the Hants County line south for about seven kilometres, are reduced to one lane for repaving. Traffic is controlled by flag people and a pilot vehicle. The work is scheduled to be finished Tuesday, Sept. 30. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Tatamagouche Area There is brush cutting, ditching, and gravelling on the following roads in the Tatamagouche area: LUNENBURG COUNTY: Morley Bridge Morley Bridge on Windsor Road, about one kilometre from the intersection of Highway 12, is reduced to one lane for repairs until the end of August. Drivers should travel with extra care in construction areas and obey signs and flag people. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River until September 2015. A detour bridge is allowing two lanes of traffic in both directions, however, drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. NEW WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, Lower South River Traffic on Highway 104 is being detoured for one kilometre onto Dunns Loop until Saturday, Aug. 30. Speed is reduced to 60 km/h through the detour. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Alders Bridge Alders Bridge on Saunders Road is closed for repairs until Sunday, Aug. 31. A detour is available on Haley Road. 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 is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. HANTS COUNTY: Route 277 Traffic on sections of Route 277, between Old Trunk Road and Hurshman Road, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. HANTS COUNTY: Woodville Road and Ashdale Road Sections of Woodville Road, from Ashdale Road south to Ardoise School House Road, and Ashdale Road, from Woodville Road, west for about three kilometres, are reduced to one lane for repaving. Drivers should use caution and obey signs and traffic control people in the area. Work will be completed at the end of October. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 332 Route 332, from Riverport Bridge towards Bridgewater, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Traffic on Route 236, between Route 215 and Gosse Bridge, is reduced to one lane to allow for slope repairs. The work is scheduled to be completed Tuesday, Sept. 30. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Ban (USH-AK BAHN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. PICTOU COUNTY: Stewart Road Stewart Road, from Route 376 west to Durham Road, about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Lane Reduction Traffic on Highway 101 near Coldbrook is reduced to one lane during work on the railway overpass 500 metres west of Exit 14. Traffic will be controlled 24 hours a day by traffic signals. Work will be completed at the end of September. LUNENBURG/QUEENS COUNTIES: Road Paving Sections of the following roads are reduced to one lane for repaving: ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101, Bridgetown Highway 101, Bridgetown, is reduced to one lane at Exit 20 for bridge repairs until Friday, Aug. 29. Traffic signals are in place. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. Route 256 (from west of Truro Road to Route 246) Sand Point Road (from Brule Shore Road to end) Brule Shore Road (from Sand Point Road to Brule Point Road) LUNENBURG COUNTY: Hirtle Road and Llewellyn Road Hirtle Road, from Highway 103 toward Route 331, and Llewellyn Road, from Hirtle Road to Highway 103, have alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Cherryfield Bridge Closure The Cherryfield Bridge, on Cherryfield Road, about half a kilometre north of the intersection with Highway 10, is closed until Friday, Sept. 12. North River Road can be used as a detour route. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue, Victoria Road and Ward Road. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, east of the Inverness/Richmond County line at the St. Peter’s Junction CNR underpass, is reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, Aug. 29. Traffic is controlled by temporary traffic signals. CAPE BRETON: Little Bras d’Or Traffic on Highway 105 (Trans Canada Highway), between Exit 17 and 18 near the Little Bras d’Or bridge, is reduced to one lane from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly until Friday, Sept. 5. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Long Island Bridge The Long Island bridge on Grand Narrows Road will be closed for repairs starting Monday, Aug. 18. A detour route is marked on Scotch Bay Road and Route 223. Work will be completed by the end of August. Cherryfield Road: various sections from the intersection of Highway 10 to East Dalhousie Crousetown Road: between Conquerall Mills Road and Italy Cross Road Vaughn Road: from Highway 3 to end of road West Street (Queens County): from the Town of Liverpool north for about two kilometres. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 347 Route 347, from the intersection of Garden of Eden Church Loop to the intersection of Woods Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Delays are expected. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. CAPE BRETON: Port Morien Traffic on sections of Route 255, will be reduced to one lane for clearing work. Work will take place over eight kilometres from Homeville to Port Morien, and will end Friday, Oct. 31. HANTS COUNTY: Route 202 Route 202, in the West Gore area, has stop-and-go traffic with a pilot vehicle for gravelling and repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. HANTS/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Stewiacke Road and Monte Vista Road Stewiacke Road, Colchester Co., from South Branch west for about three kilometres, and Monte Vista, Hants Co., from Renfrew Road to the end, will have alternating lane closures for paving until Sunday. Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK HANTS COUNTY: Mines Road, Upper Falmouth Mines Road, Upper Falmouth, from the end of paving for about two kilometres, is reduced to one lane for gravelling and seal coat until Friday, Aug. 29. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Traffic control people are on site. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 The eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from Exit 21 at Westville to Exit 25 at Stellarton, are reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and repaving until Sunday, Aug. 31. Speed limit in the work zone is 80 km/h. PICTOU COUNTY: Moores Ford Bridge The Moores Ford Bridge on West Branch Road, between Route 256 and College Grant Road near Tatamagouche, will be closed for repairs until Friday, Sept. 12. A detour route is marked. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Balfron Bridge Closure The Balfron Bridge, over the Waugh River on Route 311 Loop near Tatamagouche, is closed for repairs. A detour route is marked. Work will be completed by Friday, Sept. 5. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 3 Highway 3, from Willet Road to the Shelburne County line, is reduced to one lane for repairs until Saturday, Aug. 30.Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Motorists should be prepared to stop and delays are possible. -30-last_img read more

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School students grab journos camera

The students, who saw the cameraman taking the footage, grabbed him and took him inside and took his camera and then erased the footage before returning the equipment. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda Students of a leading school in Maradana grabbed a video correspondent of Hiru Television and took his camera when he went to video an incident at the school.According to journalists from Hiru TV, the students had later returned the video camera after erasing the video footage taken by the cameraman. When the cameraman had gone there, he was refused permission to enter the premises. He however then took footage of the school from outside. The cameraman had gone to the school to look into reports that the students were protesting in the school and lighting firecrackers. read more

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Norfolk taxi market due for review

Norfolk County has plenty of taxis but some complain it can be difficult finding one on the weekend.The town of Delhi has 14 taxis with more to come but no one seems interested in setting up shop in lakeshore areas such as Port Rowan.A 50-year-old with a shoplifting conviction dating back 30 years can’t drive taxi unless they spend $2,000 to get their criminal record expunged. That’s an expense many unemployed people cannot afford.As a result, there is a large pool of people who would like to drive that the industry can’t hire, contributing to a shortage of reliable, long-term help.These and other problems have some on Norfolk council wondering if industry representatives should come to Governor Simcoe Square for a review and potential overhaul of the county’s taxi bylaw.The catalyst for concern at Tuesday’s meeting was an application for a taxi licence from Rene Watt, a past driver with Delhi Taxi who intends to set up shop in Delhi.This prompted complaints that the local market is saturated and that most industry participants are struggling.“We just want an opportunity to grow, just like all taxi companies want to grow,” Rob Dow of Delhi Taxi told council. “If we keep admitting companies, we won’t have that opportunity.”Norm Proctor of Why Wait? Taxi and Delivery in Delhi suggested to council that it take a look at the environment for taxi service in Norfolk before aggravating existing problems.“You guys have the right to regulate the industry,” he said. “But the way the last council regulated the industry wasn’t appropriate.”Norfolk Mayor Kristal Chopp wants to throw the floor open to suggestions.Chopp suggested that industry reps share critiques of the current system with council this spring. Chopp wants to hear from the people closest to the industry what a viable future for their companies looks like.Norfolk clerk Andy Grozelle informed council that his department is in the midst of a comprehensive review of Norfolk’s business bylaw. The results of that review should be available this summer.Grozelle said Norfolk has made great strides in recent years in improving local taxi standards. Local taxis, he said, are cleaner and more pleasant to ride in now that an eight-year life-span on vehicles is in place.Grozelle said empty liquor bottles were found in some taxis during a recent safety blitz, one that saw three cars taken off the road. The blitz included a review of driver criminal records.Chopp noted that Watt had to wait four months for his licence application to come to council. She said this is unacceptably long and that the county needs to be more responsive.Grozelle explained that the application came in October just as the clerk’s department was mobilizing for a municipal election. Grozelle said the month of a municipal election will be the busiest on the calendar for his staff. However, Grozelle added he would have expedited the application had he known it was urgent.For his part, Watt said competition isn’t the local industry’s biggest problem. He said much of what ails the industry relates to the regulatory framework overseen at Governor Simcoe Square.“Most of the problems have nothing to do with me but with the bylaw,” he said. “At the end of the day, the needs of the community are not being met.“I’ve been a driver for three years and I love it. It’s not the best money I’ve ever made but it’s the best job I’ve ever had.”Norfolk council approved Watt’s application. Once council expresses this approval as a bylaw, Watt will hang out his shingle.“I’m ready to roll,” he said.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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World officials stress UNs leadership role on 2nd day of General Debate

Tassos Papadopoulos, President of Cyprus, agreed that Africa should take priority in current international efforts “Our endeavour to make a difference there in terms of conflict resolution, peace-keeping, peace building, poverty, underdevelopment and deadly diseases will be the litmus test of the effectiveness of our commitment to meet the Millennium Goals,” he said. At the same time, there must be appropriate facilitation of negotiations to resolve long-running conflicts elsewhere, such as in his country, which was at a critical juncture. “The United Nations must take on the role of a new Moses,” urged President Alfred Palacio of Equador, the first to speak this morning. In that role, he said, it must create an equitable new world order and lead migrants and other disenfranchised people to a secure future. He added that the Organization should also take the leading role in the preservation of bio-diversity, which was the “paramount goal of this third millennium.” Fradique Bandeira Melo De Menezes, President of Sao Tome and Principe stated that the basis of international security lay in the protection of people and their education toward capacity building for community development. “Nations that do not pay attention to this set of conditions could be in permanent tension,” he said. For this reason, HIV/AIDS, poverty, political crises, ongoing violations of human rights, oppression and occupation, constitute threats to human security, he added. The President of Peru, Alejandro Toledo Manrique, said that peace and security had a social and economic component. “Social exclusion is a trigger of violence and instability. It renders democracy fragile,” he said. This is why the multilateral system as a whole, with the UN in the lead, must tackle development, he added. While each country was primarily responsible for its development, he said, each also encountered obstacles at the international level. The asymmetry that currently prevails among countries must be overcome, including unequal trade barriers, subsidies, the burden of debt, and most importantly “the absence of preferential trade conditions for developing countries.” Echoing other speakers this morning, he urged the completion of the Doha round of trade talks that focus on such issues. While also stressing the importance of the Doha trade talks, Zambia’s President, Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, focussed on the demand of the African Union for two permanent seats of the Security Council, saying “the African region, considers the reform of the organization as an opportunity to correct historical injustice that stands as a dark cloud over our people.” Robert Mugabe, President Zimbabwe said the UN should not be diverted from its important role in re-establishing multilateralism by such distractions as, for example, the dragging of his country before the Security Council by the United Kingdom. “It is my hope that the Council will reject this attempt at neo-colonialism,” he said. He also protested that black residents of the United States gulf coasts were left unprotected, while his country was the focus of UN attention. “Where are the UN-Habitat and the Human Rights Commission?” he asked, answering that they should be in New Orleans rather than his country, where they were not needed. To purge human rights and development efforts of selectivity, he supported the creation of a new human rights body under the aegis of the General Assembly. Nauru also looked to the UN to usher in a better world without poverty, terrorism and war, its President Ludwig Scotty said. For that reason, management reform was crucial, along with the reform of the Security Council, so that it better represented “the global family.” Much of his country’s wealth had been lost through mismanagement, he said, and so he appreciated the great importance of reforms to increase transparency and accountability. Toward tackling those challenges and threats, Foreign Minister Kassymzhomart Tokaev of Kazakhstan said that the World Summit had laid the groundwork for the most radical reforms in the Organization’s history. Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk of Ukraine warned Member States to make sure that a lack of unity would not be a hindrance to either making reforms or to meeting goals in development and peace and security. read more

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Ohio State synchronized swimming takes first at Jessica Beck Memorial Meet

The Ohio State synchronized swimming team performs their routine during the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet Feb. 1 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. OSU won with 93 points.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe pools of McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion provided a watery platform to allow fire to battle with ice.For the first time this season and the last time at home, the Ohio State synchronized swimming team performed its routines at the Jessica Beck Memorial Saturday. Hosting Miami (Ohio), Michigan and Ohio University, OSU proved to be in a league of its own, sweeping first place in all four categories as well as first place overall with 93 points. The next closest was Michigan, who finished 46 points behind OSU.With eight swimmers apiece — the maximum number allotted for team performance — the OSU Scarlet Team and the Gray Team portrayed the two elements of temperature. Donned in red, the Gray Team’s choreography and music portrayed fire, while the Scarlet Team sported blue and took on ice.The Scarlet Team, consisting of seniors Chelsea Aton, Yuliya Maryanko and Lauren Nicholson, juniors Katie Spada and Khadija Zanotto and freshmen Emma Baranski, Elizabeth Davidson and Lorraine Hack, placed first in the team division with a total of 88.1 points, while the Gray Team, composed of seniors Julia and Natalie Gaylard, juniors Cory Justice, Heidi Liou and Emily Muma and freshmen Alexa Aton, Jasmine Pulido and Natalie Huibregtse, took home second with a score of 84.05.The division of OSU’s varsity synchronized swimming team into two squads is based upon skill, with those athletes more refined in technicality and execution placed in Scarlet. However, Chelsea Aton, who serves as the Scarlet Team’s captain, and Natalie Gaylord, the captain who swims on the Gray Team, agreed the sub-squads make for friendly competition.“It’s really cool because we get to cheer each other on at practice and spur each other on every day, and I wouldn’t say there was any rivalry between us, but it is like a friendly competition, and we want to push each other and also encourage each other,” Chelsea Aton said after the meet.Although Scarlet and Gray secured the top spots in their first performances of the routines, coach Holly Vargo-Brown named endurance as a working point for the remainder of the season.“The routine is new, it doesn’t automatically come to you — the timing, the pattern changes, the lifts, making sure all of us are coordinated on the same effort to make sure they are super high,” Vargo-Brown said. “The Scarlet’s first lift was ‘wow’-high, super good, but it just takes time. It takes consistent practice every day next to the people around you, so it’ll come.”OSU swimmers also took the top spots in the trio, duet and solo divisions. Davidson, Maryanko and freshman Morgan Boneberg placed first in trios with 87.15 points, Baranski and Hack won duets with a score of 84.27 and Maryanko took first in solos with 89.9 points.Maryanko was one of seven seniors honored before the meet as part of senior night. Though the season is fresh in start and there is much time left before her final performance with the Buckeyes, Maryanko said the team’s support system is unmatched.“Right from the first day, I felt like I had 25 sisters,” Maryanko said. “I feel like an entire unit. We don’t feel a separation between two teams. We practice together, we always support each other no matter what, and even if one team has a day off and the other has practice, the team will come and support them.”However, the meet in itself, in memorial of former Buckeye synchronized swimmer Jessica Beck who died in her sleep Sept. 15, 2005, before her senior season, held a special place in Vargo-Brown’s heart, she said.“She was one of my swimmers at the time,” Vargo-Brown said of Beck, who was part of the Gray Team. “What’s cool about Jessica is that she continues to remain, in her passing she has continued to remain a part of this team in spirit. It’s just really nice to have been her coach and now still coaching and having an entirely new group of people who don’t know her, have never met her, we still know that her spirit has lived on and impacted the team, which is really, really a wonderful thing to see.”The team is set to compete next in Richmond, Va., Saturday.Correction: A prior headline of this article had Jessica Beck’s last name misspelled. read more

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Big Tenleading six Buckeyes drafted in 2016 MLB Draft

OSU redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic (17) gets ready to swing during a game against Bethune-Cookman on April 2 at Bill Davis Stadium.Credit: Edward Sutelan | For The LanternThe Ohio State baseball team proved in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player draft that the school can produce more than just professional football players.Following the conclusion of the three-day, 40-round draft, Ohio State led the Big Ten with six players taken, the highest total of Buckeye players taken in the draft since six went in the 1998 draft.The first player taken in the draft from Ohio State was junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson. Many viewed Dawson to be one of the premier power/speed threats among college hitters and as one of the best bats in the Big Ten conference. The Buckeyes’ left fielder slashed .331/.419/.611 with 13 home runs, was successful on 21 out of 25 stolen base attempts and was named an All-American by Baseball America for the second time in his career in a very successful 2016 campaign. Dawson ranked in the Top-10 in the Big Ten in 10 categories, including ranking first in total bases (157) and doubles (25).The highest Buckeye taken in the draft since right-handed pitcher Alex Wimmers was taken by the Minnesota Twins in the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft with the 21st overall pick, Dawson will join last year’s 439th overall pick, Pat Porter, as Buckeye outfielders drafted by the Houston Astros.The next player taken from the Buckeyes was junior center fielder Troy Montgomery. The Los Angeles Angels took him in the eighth round with the 246th overall pick. Montgomery slashed .297/.423/.466 with eight home runs and 21 stolen bases in 28 attempts. One of the most promising aspects of Montgomery’s game has been not only his power/speed combination, but his plate discipline. He was one of only two Buckeyes in the starting lineup who walked more than he struck out. Montgomery’s 50 walks on the season was most among all Ohio State hitters and second most among all Big Ten players.There was a bit of a gap between Montgomery and the next Buckeye selected, but eleven rounds after Ohio State’s center fielder was selected, junior first baseman Jacob Bosiokovic heard his name called. In the 19th round with the 560th overall pick, the Colorado Rockies selected Bosiokovic who put together a very promising season for Ohio State. “Bosi” slashed .275/.347/.488 with 11 home runs.The only concerning statistic with Bosiokovic is his tendency to swing and miss as he led the team and Big Ten with 73 strikeouts. However, his power has been something to behold this season as he was tied for fourth in the Big Ten in home runs and 14th in slugging percentage. The first baseman could eventually call Coors Field in Colorado his home. Coors Field is a power hitter’s paradise, ranked first by Fangraphs Park Factors as the easiest place to hit home runs in 2015.Shortly after Bosiokovic was taken in the draft, senior left-handed reliever Michael Horejsei was taken by the Chicago White Sox in the 21st round with the 626th overall pick. One of the most trusted relievers out of the bullpen, Horejsei was called on to make 34 appearances (second only to redshirt sophomore reliever Seth Kinker, both on the team and in the Big Ten). In those 34 outings, the southpaw was extremely effective, providing the Buckeyes with 31 innings in which he owned a 2.61 ERA, struck out 39 batters, walked only nine and gave up only 17 hits.Next up for the Buckeyes was senior co-captain Nick Sergakis. The Buckeyes’ third baseman was selected by the New York Mets in the 23rd round with the 700th overall pick. Sergakis owned the highest batting average on the team at .332 (among qualifying hitters),  and was second on the team in hits with 79. He also flashed some pop with 10 home runs and some speed with 15 stolen bases in 17 attempts.The final Buckeye taken in the draft was junior left-handed pitcher Tanner Tully. Tully was taken by the Cleveland Indians with the 782nd overall pick during the 26th round. The Friday night starter for the Scarlet and Gray was one of the best pitchers in the Big Ten. Tully’s 2.59 ERA was eighth best in the Big Ten as was his 78 strikeouts. He also led the Big Ten in innings pitched (107.2) and finished second in wins with eight on the season. read more

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Patient who went to AE 400 times in one year among frequent

“Frequent flyers” to Accident and Emergency units are going to hospital up to 400 times a year – more often than the average doctor or nurse, new analysis shows.The study reveals more than 30,000 patients who attended casualty units at least 10 times a year.This included 10 patients who went to hospital on more than 235 occasions – more than the 220 days worked on average by a nurse or doctor.The most frequent user attended on 401 times in 2017/18, the figures show.The analysis by the healthcare analysis company Dr Foster found that 31,492 people visited A&E in England 10 or more times between June 2017 and May last year. The study of NHS Digital’s hospital episode statistics found repeat visitors were more likely to live in deprived areas and to visit A&E at night, with the largest age group involving those in their 20s.Alcohol, drugs and mental health problems were commonly found among the group.Among those admitted to hospital, rates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were twice as high than that of other patients.  The main cause of the respiratory illness is smoking.The report highlights a scheme led by paramedics in Blackpool which saw a 90 per cent drop in attendances by “high intensity users” after they were offered other services, including counselling and non-emergency help.The scheme is now being rolled out more widely.An NHS England spokesman said: “The NHS long-term plan sets out a range of options for people to get urgent and emergency care outside A&E, including NHS 111 online and seven day crisis care for mental ill health.”This is precisely the sort of supportive and positive action that is improving patient care while reducing pressure on services the NHS, which will be ramped up through the long-term plan for the NHS.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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