How to Create and Share Title Templates in Premiere Pro

first_imgGive your videos consistent design with title templates, a helpful tool in Premiere Pro.One little-known feature in Premiere Pro is the title template tool. This feature is not to be confused with Live Text templates in Premiere Pro, which can be used to import and manipulate After Effects sequences in Premiere. For more on Live Text templates, check out our corresponding blog post here on PremiumBeat.Instead, a title template allows you to quickly recall a title design in Premiere Pro for use on multiple projects. This can be a handy way to create design consistency on projects with multiple collaborators or projects with multiple episodes. Here’s how to create title templates in Premiere Pro.Create Title Templates in Premiere ProBefore we jump into how to create title templates, it must be noted that titles in Premiere are created for specific aspect ratios. If you open an HD title template in a 4K project, it will have severe cropping. So, if you’re going to be working on a project with varying aspect ratios, it’s best to create multiple versions — or, at the very least, create a high-res version you can scale down with the Scale to Frame size feature found under Clip > Video Options > Scale to Frame Size.Step 1: Design the TitleFirst things first, you need to design your titles. To do this, create a new title by hitting Command+T on a Mac or Control+T on a PC (or simply navigate to File > New > Title). You’ll be prompted to name your title. For the sake of this demonstration, the title name isn’t important. Just give your title an arbitrary name and click OK.Once your title editing box pops up, create a title template in whatever way you see fit for the template you are trying to create. Just keep in mind that you want your titles to tell a consistent story. Don’t go overboard. A well-designed minimal title is far more useful than an ultra-specific title that can only be used for a single project.You can use any combination of shapes and text when creating titles — as long as the person using your titles has the font installed on their computers.Step 2: Save the TemplateAfter you’ve created your title, it’s time to save the template for future use. This is really what makes this method superior to the ‘New Title Based on Current Title’ technique. Navigate to the Templates button right next to the font selection box at the top of the title editing window (or simply hit Command+J on a Mac or Control+J on a PC).If this is your first time working with title templates in Premiere Pro, the screen that pops up should be blank. Don’t worry… simply navigate to the small menu button near the top right of the pop-up and select Import Current Title as Template. You will be prompted to name your new template. Name your title template and click OK.Step 3: Create a New Title in Your Desired ProjectNow it’s time to create a new title using the title template. One of the perks of using a title template is that you don’t have to create a new template for each project as long as you’re working on the same workstation. With your desired project open, create a new title, name it, and click OK.Note: The cool thing about title templates is they transcend projects and don’t have to be copied to another collaborator’s workstation if you share the project files. For example, if you used a template to create your titles using a title template on Computer A, you can share the project on Computer B without worrying about the titles getting messed up. Step 4: Select the TemplateIn the title editor, navigate to the Templates button next to the font menu near the top of the window (or hit Command+J on a Mac or Control+J on a PC). You should now see your title template. Select the template and edit your text as you would with any other project.Using this method, you can create an unlimited number of visually consistent titles.Share Premiere Pro Text TemplatesPremiere Pro title templates save in a .prtl file format. Thankfully, Premiere Pro title templates can be easily imported into Premiere Pro applications on other computers. Here’s how it’s done.Step 1: Save Your TemplateSaving a text template is simple. After you’ve designed your text template in the title editor, select the Templates button located near the top of the window next to the font selection menu. A small window will pop up. Select Import Current Title as Template. You’ll be prompted to give your template a name. Use whatever name you find appropriate.Step 2: Find the File on Your ComputerWhen you save a template using the method listed above, it saves the template into the following structure by default:Documents > Adobe > Premiere Pro > Version # > Profile > TemplatesFind the .prtl file by navigating the file structure above (or simply search for the file name on your computer). After you find the template file, you can copy it like you would any other document to share with another computer. I typically like uploading files like this via Google Drive, but a flash drive may do the trick if you work in the same building.Step 3: Copy the TemplateUsing the same file structure listed above, place the template file into the templates folder on the computer. While you don’t necessarily have to place the file into the templates folder, it’s a best practice for staying organized.Step 4: Import the TemplateTo import the text template, go to the title editor by creating a new title (File > New > Title) or hit Command+T or Control+T on a PC. In the text editor, navigate to the Templates button located to the left of the font menu near the top of the window (or hit Command+J or Control+J). From the small pop-up window, select the menu button on the top right and select Import File as Template. The new template has now been added to your template library.How do you use text templates in your Premiere Pro workflow? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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7 Things to Check Before You Begin Recording Yourself

first_imgBefore you hit record on the next film or video project featuring yourself, be sure to work through the items on this checklist.In today’s age of social media, YouTube vlogs, and DIY filmmaking, the concept of solo filmmaking has become less of a gimmick and more of revolution. Still, while technology has become more accessible and automated, this type of filmmaking is no easy feat.Solo recording and filmmaking are tricky endeavors. A lot can go wrong after you hit record and jump into the frame. It requires patience, lots of takes, and attention to detail. However, it is possible — especially if you check these 7 essential things every time.1. Frame Your ShotImage by Dmitri Ma.First off, you’ll want to frame your shot. If you have a friend handy, you could ask him or her to serve as a stand-in while you put on your director of photography hat. If no one is available, you can use a mannequin or a hat on a light stand as a stand-in. Try to choose a place with good lighting and an interesting background. Mind your edges and look out for odd lines or colors.2. Set Your FocusImage by Chailalla.One of the biggest mistakes of solo shooting is dealing with focus. Without a person behind the camera, you won’t be able to adjust focus in real time. To compensate, you have two options: one — if your camera has auto-follow focus technology, this is exactly what it’s meant for. Make sure it’s turned on, and adjust its settings; and two . . .3. Make Your MarksImage by fizkes.. . . If you’re forced to used manual focus, you’ll need to compensate for your natural on-camera movements. Jump in front of the camera and go through a rehearsal of all your movements. Mark your spots at the ends of your range of movement, both forward and backward (again with a stand or stick). Go back behind the camera and make sure you’re getting a depth of field that will keep both spots in focus.4. Test Your Audio LevelsImage by lapandr.Similarly, with audio, you also have two options. You can use either auto audio-leveling technology in your camera or your audio recording device. Or you can set your range manually by testing both your loudest and softest speaking voices.5. Mind the LightingImage by lapandr.Lighting is another concern. For those just starting off, remember that light is your friend. The more light, the better the quality of your footage. Try shooting near a window or bright light source set behind the camera and shining directly onto you and your face. However, if you are using natural lighting, be wary of changes in intensity due to clouds or the movement of the sun — and how that may affect continuity and changes in color tone.If you’re looking for a more professional setup, consider using a standard three-point lighting setup. You’ll need your stand-in person or object again to make sure you have a good balance.6. Take Test Video (or Photos)Image by KAMONRAT.The best way to check your shot before you record for good is to simply take a test video or photos. For photos, your camera should most likely have a timed photo option, which you can set and get in place. You can also just always hit record then hurry to get into place, then head back and review your footage. This can take up lots of card space, however, if you do it too many times, so be sure to delete your test footage right away.7. Check Battery and Card SpaceImage by RMIKKA.Finally, before you hit record for your take, double-check both your camera’s battery and its available card space. You won’t be able to monitor it in real time, so your camera may fill up or turn off before you finish your take. Most cameras will give you a minutes and seconds remaining readout for both battery and recording if you check through the options.Cover image by fizkes.For more tips on solo shooting and DIY filmmaking, check out some of these articles.The Shreditor’s Guide to Shooting Videos and Commercials By Yourself5 DIY Tips for Your Next ShootThe Solo Operator’s Guide for Getting Perfect Wedding ShotsDIY Filmmaking: How to Build Your Own Dolly for $50The Perfect Gear for One-Man Corporate Video Shootslast_img read more

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So, Here’s My Post

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Right now, we are in the middle of an epidemic. I believe I am the first to report this epidemic in a public forum, and I hope by doing so I can spare you from being ravaged by this new disease.The epidemic is the filler word “so.”By the time I noticed this epidemic, I was already infected. I noticed it when I started to begin sentences with the word “So,” for absolutely no reason whatsoever. I never use filler words. As a public speaker, filler words are the devil, and here I was starting sentences with a ridiculous filler word.Then I noticed the word “so” being used to begin sentences everywhere, including a sales conference at which I was speaking. Almost every speaker, mostly executives from the within the company, was already infected.I started counting the times I heard a sentence begin with this new filler word in regular conversations. Two or three out of five sentences started with “so.” I could almost see the infection spread as one person used “so” and the person they were speaking with immediately matched them by beginning their next sentence that way.It’s crazy. I know, right? Just sayin’ (I’m kidding. I’m not “just saying.”)last_img read more

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5 held for attack on Swiss couple in Agra

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police on Thursday arrested five youth for the assault on a Swiss couple at Fatehpur Sikri near Agra. The Swiss tourists were stalked and harassed by local youth before being brutally assaulted with stones and sticks on October 22.Quentin Jeremy Clerc and his partner Marie Droz, both in their twenties, sustained severe injuries in the attack and were shifted to the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in Delhi after being taken to a PHC and then a government hospital in Agra. Mr. Clerc suffered a fractured skull while Ms. Droz had a broken arm and many bruises. According to the doctor treating them, their condition is stable.Dr. Rajendra Prasad, senior consultant neurosurgeon, said, “Mr. Clerc came in with extensive injury to his skull. He had a fracture and blood clots. His nerve leading to the ear has sustained injury causing hearing loss. He was put in the intensive care unit and was later shifted out after his condition stabilised. Ms. Droz had a fracture on her forearm which was attended to.”“They just want to be left alone at the moment and are not ready to speak to the media just yet. All they want right now is to recover soon and leave,” said an official from the hospital.The locals who harassed and assaulted the couple had allegedly tried to engage them in a conversation and insisted upon clicking selfies with the woman. After a set of intrusive questions, the accused surrounded them and assaulted Mr. Clerc with stones and sticks. Ms. Droz was attacked when she came to his defence.Police said they were informed of the incident through an emergency 100 alert by a local person. After the victims communicated to the police their ‘refusal’ to lodge an FIR, the police filed a non-cognizable report suo motu, U.P. Additional Director General of Police, Crime, Chandra Prakash, said.Sushma seeks reportExternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has sought a report from the State government and directed officials of the MEA to meet the victims in the hospital.The attack could have a negative impact on the image of the country, Union Minister of State for Tourism K.J. Alphons said in a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.Meanwhile, CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karat has written to the Swiss Ambassador Andreas Baum, saying the “shocking and horrifying” attack on two Swiss nationals in Agra was “extremely shameful” for Indians.last_img read more

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Rick Pitino’s Greek team reaches final after opponent walkout on refs

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town Greece’s government has condemned a walkout by the basketball club Olympiakos during the Greek Cup semifinal game on Wednesday. The club forfeited the game in Athens after leaving while trailing 40-25.A spokesman for the team said he was “disgusted” with the quality of the refereeing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesGiorgos Vassiliadis, the deputy minister for sport, described the game as a “blow to the sport” but said he couldn’t interfere with the referee selection process.Pitino tweeted after the incident, “Well, in 42 years of coaching, I thought I had seen it all.” Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki share eventful history as honorary All-Stars Pitino’s Panathinaikos team will play in Sunday’s final against PAOK in Crete.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 FILE – In this Jan. 4, 2019, file photo, Panathinaikos coach Rick Pitino reacts during a Euroleague basketball match between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos in Piraeus near Athens, Greece. Greece’s government has condemned a walkout by the basketball club Olympiakos during a Greek Cup semifinal game against rival Panathinaikos following complaints over the refereeing. Olympiakos forfeited the game at Olympic Stadium in Athens on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, leaving at halftime and trailing 40-25. A spokesman for the team said he was “disgusted” with the quality of the refereeing. The action handed Panathinaikos and American coach Pitino a place in Sunday’s cup final against PAOK in Crete. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece — Rick Pitino is back in a final.However, the Greek team he’s coaching reached the final after their opponents walked out at halftime because of poor officiating.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Premier League: Arsenal Optimism Faces First Major Test at Liverpool

first_imgManchester: The two remaining teams with 100 per cent Premier League records this season go head-to-head on Saturday when Liverpool host a new-look Arsenal at Anfield in an encounter that will act as a barometer to measure the London club’s progress.Unai Emery’s Gunners have made a strong start to the campaign with wins at Newcastle United and at home to Burnley but they do not need to look too far into their history to realise this will be a very different challenge. In December, amid talk of progress in Emery’s first season, Arsenal were crushed 5-1 at Anfield with Brazilian Roberto Firmino helping himself to a hat-trick.It was a display which emphasised just how far the North London club had fallen behind the genuine title contenders and was the latest in series of crushing losses at Liverpool.The two previous meetings at Anfield ended in 4-0 and 3-1 defeats for Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal teams, but there is a fresh optimism around the club after a successful transfer window.Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos, on loan from Real Madrid, has made the biggest impression, but Brazilian defender David Luiz has also made a solid start.A real buzz though surrounds winger Nicolas Pepe, who could help provide ammunition for the impressively prolific strike pairing of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Pepe, signed from Lille, for a club-record 72 million pounds ($87 million), has yet to start but showed flashes of his talent during a substitute appearance in the 2-1 win over Burnley.European champions Liverpool, however, have won a club-record equalling 11 straight Premier League games and are unbeaten at home for the past two seasons – their last league defeat at Anfield was in April 2017 against Crystal Palace.Manager Juergen Klopp will still be without his first-choice goalkeeper, Brazilian Alisson Becker, so Spaniard Adrian will continue to deputise.Champions Manchester City, held at home to Tottenham Hotspur last week, face a tricky trip to the Vitality Stadium to play Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth on Sunday.Also on Sunday, Spurs take on struggling Newcastle who have lost their opening two games under new manager Steve Bruce.The weekend kicks off with promoted Aston Villa, yet to earn a point on their return to the top flight, at home to an Everton team who may fancy their chances of breaking into the top six this season.Manchester United, who were held at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday, look to return to winning ways when Crystal Palace travel to Old Trafford on Saturday.That match will pit new United defender Aaron Wan Bissaka against the club he left in the close-season. 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. AnfieldarsenalJuergen Kloppliverpool First Published: August 22, 2019, 3:43 PM ISTlast_img read more

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World T20: We need to play better against Pakistan and India, says Steve Smith

first_imgAustralia will have to play better cricket than what they have managed to do so far in the World T20 to have a shot at reaching the semifinals, captain Steve Smith said.Australia suffered a batting collapse in their loss to New Zealand before they huffed and puffed to beat Bangladesh by three wickets in their second match.”We have to play a bit better than we have been in our first two games. We have not been at our 100 per cent yet and that could work for us. You don’t want to be playing your best cricket at the start of the tournament. We are next playing two quality opposition in India and Pakistan and we have to beat both of them to qualify. As simple as that,” Smith said on the eve of their match against Pakistan.Asked if the team was feeling extra pressure ahead of their must-win match, Smith said, “Well, there is always pressure in a tournament like this. We are excited about the challenge. (Shane Watson to retire after World T20 )”As I said it will be tough beat two top sides like Pakistan and India. The conditions here (Mohali) are as closer as you can get in India and hopefully we can make use of that,” said the Australian skipper.Smith is banking on rookie legspinner Adam Zampa to deliver the goods against Pakistan after his three-wicket haul against Bangladesh. He said it’s always good to have a legspinner in the side.”I think they (leg-spinners) have a bit of variation. If you miss the middle of the bat, you quite often end up getting a wicket. You see a lot of batsmen getting caught on the fence (off leg-spinner). The variation a leg spinner brings creates those chances. They have done well traditionally in T20 cricket and I am very proud of the way Adam Zampa has bowled for us. Hopefully we can see more of that.advertisement”I certainly think he can be a threat for tomorrow. He has got good skills, reads the batsmen really well. We will just wait and see what the wicket has to offer. I certainly feel he can play a big part,” said Smith.Smith also compared the ground here to the massive MCG in Melbourne, saying the conditions will suit the Australians. He has also picked Shane Watson’s brain on some of the Pakistani players as the all-rounder was part of the Pakistan Super League.”We had a meeting yesterday. We got a fair bit of inside intel on some of their players. It was nice to get some of his (Watson’s) thoughts. As I said, they (Pakistan and India) are both very tough sides. We saw India scrape their way out of a difficult situation which they do so well in these conditions. Pakistan is a quality outfit as well,” Smith said.Australia have been the most successful team in the 50-over World Cup but are yet to win the T20 showpiece event. Smith tried his best to analyse that record.”I guess you have to ask the teams who have won it. From my point of view, it is a very tough game. It is a fickle format. One player can win you the game. It is a tough one and I believe the squad we got here, we are going to play our best cricket in the next two games and anything can happen in semis and final. We are excited,” he said.last_img read more

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Venus Williams settles lawsuit in fatal car crash case in Florida

first_imgVenus Williams has settled a lawsuit related to a fatal car crash in Florida in June last year.Venus was involved in a two-car crash on June 9 in 2017 at a Florida intersection that resulted in the death of a 78-year-old man in the other vehicle.Palm Beach County court records show that the case was closed on Friday. Terms of the agreement between Venus and the estate of Jerome Barson, 78, weren’t included in the documents.Palm Beach Gardens police previously cleared both Venus and Barson’s wife, Linda, in the crash that fatally injured Barson. A police report said an unidentified third vehicle illegally cut off Venus as she tried to cross a busy six-lane highway near her home, setting off a chain of events that ended with a sedan driven by Linda Barson, 68, slamming into the passenger side of Venus’s SUV.Jerome Barson died 13 days after the crash, and his wife suffered a broken arm and other injuries. Venus, 38, was not hurt.Officer David Dowling, the lead investigator, said in his report that video from a nearby security camera shows Venus legally entered the intersection from a road exiting her gated neighborhood on a green light. As she started to cross, a dark sedan cut her off, forcing her to stop. When the sedan cleared her path, Venus began moving forward in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia, but that put her in the path of the Barsons, who now had the green light. The Barsons’ 2016 Hyundai Accent hit Venus’s SUV at 40 mph (65 kph).advertisementDowling said in his report that state law required Venus to exit the intersection and that even though Linda Barson had the green light she was obligated to make sure the intersection was clear.Venus has career on-court earnings of about $40 million, her own clothing line and endorsement deals with Ralph Lauren, Kraft foods, Tide detergent and Wilson sporting goods. She also owns a small percentage of the Miami Dolphins.Attorneys for Venus and the Barsons didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

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Not heard anything on players workload, shouldn’t be a problem: KKR

first_imgEven as the BCCI has dropped a hint that it will keep an eye on the workload of India players during the Indian Premier League (IPL), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) CEO Venky Mysore on Tuesday said they have not got any directive of that sort yet, also expressing confidence that a situation like that will not arise and things will work out well.”It’s a hypothetical situation to be honest. I don’t think it will arise because, having been around cricketers and coaches, they always feel that when you’re playing competitive cricket it’s better than having net sessions and what not,” Mysore told reporters on the sidelines of the Mayors Cup at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.Besides Mysore, KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik and head coach-cum-mentor of the academy Abhishek Nayar were also present to give away prizes.”The way it plays out, the final is only two teams on May 12. Then in the playoffs… so it is not like everyone involved in the tournament is going to be… depends on which teams make it and all that… I think its all going to work out well,” Mysore said.BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and chief selector M.S.K. Prasad have recently hinted that they will keep a close eye on the workload of India players during the IPL keeping in the mind the forthcoming ICC World Cup in May.The World Cup, to be played in the UK from May 30 to July 14, comes close on the heels of the IPL, starting March 23.advertisement”We have not heard any such thing from them. The tournament is finishing early enough. If May 12 is the final, and India plays its first game on June 5, I think there is enough of a gap but we have not had any such guidance or instruction,” Mysore said when asked whether they have heard anything from the board yet.Last November, in a meeting convened by the Committee of Administration (CoA) members Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji and attended by Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ravi Shastri, Ajinkya Rahane and chief selector Prasad, the India captain had suggested that key pacers like Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and others in the fray for the World Cup should not play a big part in the cash-rich T20 tournament.Due to the general elections, IPL games this time might take place at neutral venues as the BCCI might have to do away with the home and away format.Mysore said there is a “strong possibility” of that happening and as a franchise they would hope that they get to play as many matches as they can at Eden.”There is a strong possibility of that. From what I hear, they want to have the whole tournament in India. So it could be that there are neutral venues in India rather than neutral venues outside and we are happy with that.””It is a different year. Let’s hope somehow the dates will work out in a way that we have as many games as possible at Eden,” he said.The fixtures of the first two weeks was announced on Tuesday while the rest of the schedule is likely to be announced after the election dates are out.With KKR set to open their IPL campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad at home on March 24, Mysore said the pre-tournament camp could be held in the second week of March.Time to #KorboLorboJeetboHere’s our schedule for the first 2 weeks of VIVO #IPL2019! #KKRHaiTaiyaar pic.twitter.com/LEh5ctCpnqKolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) February 19, 2019″We are still trying to figure it out because a lot of it depends on player availability.””They have different domestic and international commitments. Ideally we target at least 10 days before the start of the tournament. So it can March 12 or 13. Let’s see, many of the players might end up being in Mumbai for some reason. So we may have three-four days of something there and then we come over here,” he said.Mysore was asked if the franchises were consulted by the BCCI before taking the decision to host the IPL in India.”The overwhelming view on everyone’s part was that we should play in India. IPL is one of the biggest sporting products that has come out of the world. So why take it out? But having said that, it is a big year for the country from an election standpoint.”So the BCCI asked all of us before taking the call. When they asked me I said I would rather play at a neutral venue in India than anywhere outside. They were happy to hear that,” he said.advertisementHe was also asked about KKR’s contribution to the Pulwama terror attacks.”We got something yesterday. We have been thinking about it. On a continuous basis we do a lot of things. We also have a CSR side to our activities.”We have always been doing whatever is necessary. So to step up not only in the form of writing cheques but also in kind and time. That’s the tougher part. We do a charity golf tournament to raise money for good cause. This is something that we are looking at,” he said.Also Read | IPL 2019 schedule for 17 matches out, CSK to take on RCB on March 23Also Read | Dinesh Karthik vs Rishabh Pant for World Cup: MSK Prasad weighs in on debatelast_img read more

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St Helens storm into Grand Final after seven-try blitz blows Wigan away

first_img Since you’re here… Support The Guardian St Helens Super League “I don’t want to think about two weeks too much but if we get another crack at them, it will be completely different,” Wigan’s coach, Adrian Lam, said. Even he could not deny afterwards that his side were comprehensively outplayed by the Super League leaders in every department here. Led by the no-nonsense approach from their pack, the seven tries Saints scored were of the highest class. This was not so much a progression to Old Trafford as it was a procession.By half-time, they had already scored four of those tries to lead 26-6 and even so early in the contest, it was difficult to plot a way back for the Warriors. Theo Fages and Kevin Naiqama broke the deadlock and, coupled with three goals from Lachlan Coote, the hosts led 14-0 in as many minutes.Wigan’s one and only breach of the St Helens line in that first half temporarily reduced the gap to ten when Liam Marshall finished a Chris Hankinson break, but normal service was quickly resumed. The outstanding Luke Thompson restored their 14-point lead, before Jonny Lomax’s wonderful solo try realistically put the result beyond doubt even at such an early stage.The critics had pondered whether a week off in the opening round of the play-offs as a result of finishing top would hinder, rather than help, Saints. This was as emphatic a response as anyone could have hoped. “I was delighted we had the week off, and I guess it’s good we’ll get another next week,” Justin Holbrook, the St Helens coach, said afterwards.This was also a poignant night for Holbrook, his final home game in charge before heading to the NRL next year to coach Gold Coast. Fittingly, given the way he has revived St Helens’ fortunes, his farewell will be at Old Trafford. Any lingering doubts over whether they would reach the final were quickly extinguished after the break though, when Coote’s wonderful pass sent Zeb Taia over.That made it 32-6 in the Saints’ favour: and it was the catalyst for Holbrook to withdraw his big names with half an hour remaining. However, the hosts weren’t done, and two wonderful handling moves close to the Wigan line enabled Mark Percival to cross for two well-taken tries. By then however, many visiting supporters had made their way for the exits. This wasn’t their night.By the time Bevan French scored a consolation for the Warriors in the dying seconds, St Helens supporters responded with chants of “Salford, Salford.” They know who they want to meet in a fortnight’s time – but the danger for whoever wins that final eliminator is that if the Saints replicate this performance, it will take an almighty ask to defeat them. Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Wigan Warriors Share on Messenger Rugby league Share on Twitter St Helens Coote; Makinson, Percival, Naiqama, Grace; Lomax, Fages; Walmsley, Roby, Thompson, Taia, Peyroux, Knowles. Interchange Amor, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Ashworth, Smith. Tries Fages, Naiqama, Thompson, Lomax, Taia, Percival 2 Goals Coote 6 Wigan Hardaker; Marshall, Hankinson, Gildart, Burgess; Williams, Leuluai; Clubb, Powell, Partington, Isa, Farrell, O’Loughlin. Interchange Byrne, Flower, French, Smithies. Tries Marshall, French Goals Hardaker Referee C Kendall Attendance 14,508 match reports Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on WhatsApp It may well be a stretch for Wigan supporters to concede they have been thoroughly outplayed from their great opponents from across the Billinge Hill – but for everyone else, this was about as close to a perfect display of play-off rugby from St Helens as you are likely to find.This, their fourth win of the season against Wigan, ensures they are the first team to book their place in the Grand Final – for a record-breaking 11th time. But should the Warriors defeat Salford next week to set up a fifth meeting of the year, history has shown us that Wigan have produced their best on the biggest stages. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Report: Tunisia 0 Spain 1

first_imgTunisia 0 Spain 1: Aspas seals late win for unimpressive Spaniards Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 04:40 6/10/18 aspas-cropped Getty Images Iago Aspas scored the winner late on in Krasnodar as Spain just about did enough to beat a well-drilled Tunisia ahead of the World Cup. Spain produced a disappointing showing in their final World Cup preparation friendly, needing a late Iago Aspas strike to secure a 1-0 win over Tunisia on Saturday.Julen Lopetegui’s men go into the finals in Russia as one of the tournament favourites, yet they showed little evidence of their qualification form in Krasnodar, appearing toothless in attack before Aspas’ fierce 84th-minute effort.Although Spain’s knack for keeping the ball still seems in good health, they did not do a great deal with it in a particularly unimpressive first-half display. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Tunisia looked a far greater threat in the final third, but their finishing left a lot to be desired – Ferjani Sassi and Naim Sliti particularly culpable with bad misses.Spain had a little more control in the second half and managed to carve out a few chances, David Silva and Diego Costa going close.Tunisia nevertheless looked to have done enough to claim a commendable draw, but Aspas drilled home after Costa showed good awareness to pick him out, meaning Spain head into the World Cup in winning form and unbeaten since Euro 2016.9 – Iago Aspas has been involved in nine goasl in his ten games for Spain (five goals & four assists), all of them in the second half. Prince pic.twitter.com/pJ50cYKgHS— OptaJose (@OptaJose) June 9, 2018For all of their possession, Spain showed precious little going forward during the early stages, with Tunisia looking much brighter.The underdogs had to rely on a Spain error for their first chance, as Thiago Alcantara’s pass across the defence was cut out by Anice Badri and he managed to tee up Sassi in the middle of the area. Fortunately for Spain, the Al-Nassr midfielder’s first-time effort was tame and straight at David de Gea.Spain appeared to have been roused as they went close twice in quick succession in the 22nd minute – Rodrigo Moreno glancing a header wide before Sergio Ramos’ 30-yard drive flew just over.That was hardly the start of an extended period of pressure, however, as Spain were lucky to not fall behind just after the half-hour mark.Badri again caused problems on the left, crossing into the danger zone for Sliti, who inexplicably failed to hit the target from six yards.Spain tightened up at the back upon the restart and eventually crafted a decent chance just before the hour, as Silva met Ramos’ deep cross and fired wide from a tight angle.Costa was introduced from the bench soon after and he quickly looked to make an impact, shooting from the edge of the box and forcing Aymen Mathlouthi into a fairly comfortable save.Spain stepped things up towards the end and were rewarded for their efforts as Costa – who initially appeared to have wasted the opportunity – broke into the box and opted to tee up Aspas instead of going for goal himself, the Celta Vigo star duly blasting in left-footed.Yet it was not a performance that will worry Portugal ahead of their World Cup opener on Friday. read morelast_img read more

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Bad weather continues to hamper fire dousing efforts on container ship

first_imgHALIFAX — Poor weather conditions are still preventing crews from extinguishing a fire burning aboard a large Halifax-bound container ship about 1,775 kilometres southeast of the city.A spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard in Portsmouth, Va., says a Belgian tugboat arrived on scene last night to offer assistance to the crew of the Yantian Express once weather conditions are a bit better.The 320-metre container ship was en route to Halifax on Thursday when a fire started inside a container on the ship’s forward deck and then spread to several other containers.On Saturday, Chief Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Canup says there’s still some smoke, but there’s no word about the status of the fire itself.There were no reported injuries to the eight officers and 15 seafarers aboard the ship, which was built in 2002 and is capable of carrying 7,510 standard 20-foot containers.In an email, Tim Seifert, spokesman for international shipping company Hapag-Lloyd, says it’s still too early to assess damage to the ship or cargo, and there is no estimated time of arrival for when the ship will arrive in Halifax.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Poor weather prevents attempt to free entangled North Atlantic right whale

first_imgHALIFAX — Poor weather conditions have forced a whale rescue team to postpone its bid to disentangle a North Atlantic right whale from fishing gear that is trailing from its head.The federal Fisheries Department issued a statement late Sunday saying the Campobello Whale Rescue Team was unable to help the 18-year-old whale, which has been tangled in gear in the Gulf of St. Lawrence for at least two weeks.A team from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration attached a tracker to the whale on Friday.The endangered animal, known as 3125, was first spotted on July 4 by the crew aboard a Transport Canada aircraft east of Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula.Philip Hamilton, who works at the New England Aquarium, says the whale has a rope deeply embedded in its head and over its blow hole.The Fisheries Department confirmed Friday that two more whales had been found dead, bringing the total number of right whale deaths in Canadian water this year to eight. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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12K raised to fund doc is missing and no one seems to

first_imgBut when it came to time collect,  the money was nowhere to be found, she told CBC Toronto on Friday.“I don’t know if it was stolen by a hacker, or re-directed by mistake,” Showker said, “but we have been trying for four months to get Indiegogo to take action.“There’s costs to finish a film: you have music; you have finishing touches on post production, so we’re in a post production stage … We had over 100 people donate and  we haven’t been able to deliver.”Indiegogo is strongly disputing Showker’s version of events.A company spokesperson said Showker provided an incorrect transit number. So when they delivered the money to the Royal Bank of Canada, as Showker had asked, the money went to the wrong branch.Kelly Showker says she’s been waiting months for the money she raised with a crowd funding campaign to be delivered. In the meantime, production of her documentary about sexual assault survival is on hold. (Martin Trainor/CBC News)“Indiegogo dispersed the funds to the bank account that the campaign owner provided when she set up the campaign. The campaign owner later realized that she had provided an incorrect routing number and she has admitted that this was her mistake,” the company said in a statement to CBC Toronto.“We have been working with her to remedy the situation and have advised her to escalate it at her bank. Traces and recalls can take time, sometimes up to several weeks. Indiegogo will continue assisting the campaign owner as appropriate.”Showker said that while it’s possible a member of her team entered the wrong transit number, she’s not completely convinced that happened.The bank also provided a statement Friday, telling CBC Toronto on Friday that they are looking into the problem and are hoping to resolve it soon.SOURCE:  CBC LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement To raise money for the production, Showker ran a two-month-long Indiegogo campaign earlier this year that ultimately raised over $12,000.Sexual assault victim Mandi Gray poses with her dog CeCe. A documentary based on her ordeal has been held up by a funding snag. (Martin Trainor/CBC News) Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement A Toronto filmmaker is finding out that one small number can produce some very big problems after her effort to crowd-fund her latest documentary went wrong, resulting in the disappearance of thousands of dollars.Kelly Showker is completing a film based on the high-profile sexual assault of York University student Mandi Gray by a fellow student in 2015.The feature length documentary called Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial, plus several shorter versions meant to be screened for high-school aged women, is designed to offer advice and encouragement to victims. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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A holiday miracle Stores try to cut down on long lines

first_imgNEW YORK — Retailers will once again offer big deals and early hours to lure shoppers into their stores for the start of the holiday season. But they’ll also try to get shoppers out of their stores faster than ever by minimizing the thing they hate most: long lines.Walmart, Target and other large retailers are sending workers throughout their stores to check out customers with mobile devices. And at Macy’s, shoppers can scan and pay for items on their own smartphones.Retailers hope the changes will make in-store shopping less of a hassle. Long lines can irritate shoppers, who may leave the store empty handed and spend their money elsewhere, or go online.“I’m all about quick and convenient,” says Carolyn Sarpy, who paid for a toy basketball hoop on a mobile device issued to a worker at a Walmart store in Houston. Sarpy says she “will turn around and walk out” of a store if she sees long lines.Walmart says workers will stand in the busiest sections of stores, ready to swipe customer credit cards when they are ready to pay. To make them easier to find, workers wear yellow sashes that say, “Check out with me.”The world’s largest retailer first tested the service in the spring at more than 350 stores in its lawn and garden centres. It fared well, Walmart says, and expanded the program for the holiday season.Retailers are trying to catch up to technology giants. Apple, for example, has let those buying iPhones, laptops and other gadgets in its stores to pay on mobile devices issued to workers. And Amazon has been rolling out cashier-less convenience stores in San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle.Barbara Kahn, a marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, says shoppers know the technology is out there for faster shopping. “That makes them even more impatient,” she says.The true test of their success will be whether retailers can handle the big crowds who are expected to turn out for Black Friday weekend. The day after Thanksgiving is expected to be the busiest shopping day this year, according to retail analytics company ShopperTrak. The Saturday after Thanksgiving also ranks in the top 10.“The biggest pain point on Black Friday is standing in line,” says Jason Goldberg, senior vice-president of commerce and content practice at consulting group SapientRazorfish.J.C. Penney, which has been offering mobile checkout for years, says it sent an additional 6,000 mobile devices to stores this year so workers can check shoppers out quicker, like when lines get long on Black Friday. Other stores are testing it for the first time: Kohl’s says iPad-wielding workers will roam 160 of its more than 1,100 stores.Macy’s, which announced its program in May, says customers need to use its mobile app to scan price tags and pay. After that, they have to go to a mobile checkout express line and show the app to a worker, who then removes security tags from clothing.Target’s mobile checkout program, which is being rolled out to all its 1,800 stores, is similar to Walmart’s. Target says that at its electronics area, where there are usually two cash registers, four workers will be sent with handheld devices to help ring up customers buying TVs, video games and other devices.“This is about servicing the guest however they want and as quickly as they want,” says John Mulligan, Target’s chief operating officer.Joseph Pisani And Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Lanka defiant after vote

The Sri Lankan government remained defiant despite losing a key vote at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris said that most countries which voted with Sri Lanka were acutely conscious of the danger of setting a precedent which enables ad hoc intervention by powerful countries in the internal affairs of other nations. Cuba, Ecuador, Russia, Thailand, Philippines, Uganda, China, Maldives, Indonesia and Bangladesh were among the countries which rejected the U.S sponsored resolution while Sri Lanka’s biggest neighbor India and the EU were among those who backed the resolution. “In its failed efforts to block the council resolution, the Sri Lankan government saw fit to put its own citizens at risk through vicious personal attacks on rights advocates,” De Rivero said. “It’s a credit to Human Rights Council members that they saw through the government’s scare tactics to avoid accountability.” (Colombo Gazette) Peiris said that with 15 countries voting with Sri Lanka, and 8 countries abstaining, the final result was that 23 countries, out of a total of 47 members of the Human Rights Council, did not support the Resolution, while 24 supported it and so the margin was narrow. Meanwhile Human Rights Watch said that the United Nations Human Rights Council’s adoption of a resolution on Sri Lanka demonstrates strong international support for accountability for abuses committed in Sri Lanka’s armed conflict.“The Human Rights Council’s vote demonstrates broad international dissatisfaction with Sri Lanka’s accountability efforts in the three years since the end of the war,” said Juliette De Rivero, advocacy director at Human Rights Watch in Geneva.  “Many countries have recognized that this resolution is an important first step toward serious action to investigate the many abuses by both sides during the conflict.”The resolution calls upon the Sri Lankan government to fulfill its legal obligations toward justice and accountability, and to expeditiously provide a comprehensive action plan to implement the recommendations of its Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and also to address alleged violations of international law. It also encourages the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and other UN human rights envoys to assist Sri Lanka in implementing these steps. “The most distressing feature of this experience is the obvious reality that voting at the Human Rights Council is now determined not by the merits of a particular issue but by strategic alliances and domestic political issues in other countries which have nothing to do with the subject matter of a Resolution or the best interests of the country to which the Resolution relates.  This is a cynical negation of the purposes for which the Human Rights Council was established,” he said in a statement.The minister further said that as far as Sri Lanka is concerned, its policy in respect of all matters will continue to be guided by the vital interests and wellbeing of the people of the country and that this cannot yield place to any other consideration. read more

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Thajudeens body buried again in Dehiwala

The body of former Sri Lanka rugby player Wasim Thajudeen, which was exhumed at the Dehiwala Muslim burial grounds last month, was buried again today.Thajudeen’s body was exhumed in order to investigate his death as there was suspicions that he was murdered and not killed as a result of a car accident.

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NCPA investigates complaint on incident at international school

In 1990, Sri Lanka also became a party to the United Nations Child Rights Convention (UNCRC) where state parties have taken on legal obligations to take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect her children from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury, abuse or maltreatment. (Colombo Gazette) Positive discipline methods enumerated in Circular No. 2016/12 issued by the Ministry of Education should be resorted to, by all teachers in Sri Lanka where non–violent means such as advising the child and speaking to the parents, among other things, have been set out as a means of facilitating a sense of decorum and discipline in classrooms. In response to a complaint made by a student an investigation is being carried out by the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) in relation to an incident at an international school where nine children had been made to kneel down and their ears were pulled by a teacher as punishment for forgetting to bring their reading book.Chairperson of the National Child Protection Authority, Marini de Livera (Attorney at Law), said that such cruel and degrading treatment is a violation of Article 11 of the Constitution of Sri Lanka. read more

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Bombardier delays CSeries first flight and cuts 1200 railway jobs

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 7, 2012 4:34 pm MDT Bombardier delays CSeries first flight and cuts 1,200 railway jobs MONTREAL – Bombardier is giving no guarantees that the six-month delay in the first flight of its new CSeries aircraft announced Wednesday is the final extension to the most complex new program development in the company’s history.“Things are coming together at a good rate and the team is very, very focused on getting it done so I feel very confident, but there is no guarantee,” CEO Pierre Beaudoin said during a conference call.The company, which is gearing up to build the next-generation CSeries commercial jets, said it now expects the plane to have its first flight before the end of next June.Beaudoin said the CSeries program is making “good progress” but needs more time to address delivery challenges faced by some suppliers. Over the last few months it developed a harmonized supplier schedule that will ensure that parts arrive for assembly in the correct order.He wouldn’t single out a specific supplier or part of the aircraft that was causing headaches, adding that the rear fuselage provided by its Chinese supplier is performing well. But analysts believe software related to its “fly-by-wire” flight control system could be one culprit.Entry into service for the smaller aircraft model has been pushed back to June 2014. Delivery of the larger model remains unchanged for the end of 2014 because it has common parts with the CS100.“The future of Bombardier is bright and the next year will be exciting as we start seeing our products in development come to life,” Beaudoin said.The Montreal-based railway and aerospace manufacturer also announced Wednesday that 1,200 railway employees will be cut across its global network next year as it reduces costs to improve its “competitiveness and cost structure.”The closure of its plant in Aachen, Germany, will affect 350 direct employees while the remaining 800 positions slated for elimination will be spread across facilities that employ 36,000 workers. Contract workers will first be affected followed by regular employees. Bombardier expects to take a charge up of to US$150 million in the fourth quarter.“The transportation team is putting the plan together and I can’t tell you exactly where the job cuts will be, but it will be throughout the transportation organization, including North America,” Beaudoin said.The announcements came in Bombardier’s (TSX:BBD.B) third-quarter financial results, reported in U.S. dollars. Net income in the three months ended Sept. 30 rose to $212 million but its revenues came in lighter than analysts had expected as weakness at its rail equipment division continued.Revenue slipped to $4.3 billion, down about $300 million from the third quarter of 2011. Most of the decline was from Bombardier Transportation while revenue at Bombardier Aerospace fell slightly.The company’s net income was equal to 12 cents per share and compares with $192 million or 11 cents per share a year earlier.Bombardier had been expected to earn 11 cents per share in adjusted profits on US$4.67 billion of revenues in the third quarter, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.The weak results prompted several analysts to lower their target prices for Bombardier shares.Walter Spracklin of RBC Capital Markets cut his 12-month target 20 per cent to $4, while Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial trimmed 25 cents off his target to $4.“Although we can see the potential for long-term upside from the current share price, we believe that the stock will remain depressed for the next two to three quarters,” Doerksen wrote in a report.Spracklin said his change was prompted by significantly reduced transportation revenue and margins, lower aerospace margins and Bombardier’s expectations of using $800 million in free cash flow for the year.He said the six-month delay in the CSeries test flight was widely anticipated.“The key question will be whether the project’s delay will indeed be limited to six months. It is our view that the shares are reflecting a 12-month-plus delay,” he wrote in a report.Doerksen added that he believes the new schedule seems achievable, but the market will remain highly skeptical until the plane flies. Other manufacturers have faced sustained delays in the development of new aircraft. Boeing also initially delayed its 787 program by six months in 2007. But the plane was more than two years late with massive cost overruns.“We don’t think the CSeries faces nearly the same issues that the 787 did — CSeries is a more conventional design, has had a longer development timeline and Bombardier has had better control on its suppliers — but the risk of further delays will remain until entry-into-service.”Doerksen said the delay exceeds the three-month extension predicted by most analysts given the company’s recent progress reports.“Presumably, Bombardier has built some buffer into this new timeline as a second delay would be a more serious blow to credibility.”He said a late delivery won’t likely lead to cancellations but will delay new orders until the program has more certainty.Bombardier said additional costs caused by the delay have been built into its business plan. But Doerksen said he’s not convinced even though it has $3.5 billion of liquidity.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier’s shares dropped 16 cents, or 4.43 per cent to C$3.45 in Wednesday trading. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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