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Exporting Tip: Creating Multi-Aspect Compositions in After Effects

first_imgWhile After Effects may be an extremely powerful VFX and motion graphics tool, it can be just as useful for workflow tasks — including creating multiple deliverables of the same project.It’s extremely common today for clients to request multiple deliverables of the same project, often requiring different aspect ratios and formats. For instance, television broadcasters in some markets may still request a 4:3 center cropped version of your 16:9 television project.By the same token, other broadcasters may be fine with a 16:9 version of your project — but your master file may exist in a wider (2.39:1) aspect, which means that you’ll need to deliver several variations of your final project.Personally speaking, it’s quite common for the projects I work on today to require at least three or four different deliverables. There’s typically one high-quality ProRes master, an h264 web master, and a reframed 16:9 broadcast deliverable at the very least.In order to streamline the process when delivering three or more files to my clients, I’ll often use pre-created compositions in Adobe After Effects to save time. Specifically, my compositions/deliverables have been set up using the following two steps:Step 1: Create Master CompositionCreate a master After Effects composition (in full 4K resolution) that will house the high-quality master file of the project.Step 2: Create Secondary CompositionsCreate secondary After Effects compositions with various aspect ratios and resolutions that all contain a scaled version of the master composition in the timeline.I have a project template that’s been set up in this way, so whenever I need to create deliverables, I can simply drop my master file into the master composition (step one), and it’ll automatically populate in the secondary compositions (step two).That way, since my project template was already set up before hand, all I need to do is drop the master file into the right comp, and the rest of the work is automated for me. The only final step involves adding each comp to the render queue and sending the files off to the client.Every project is different and not all of my projects require the exact same deliverables, which is the case with most filmmakers. That said, I try to include as many possible variations of frame sizes and aspect ratios as possible in my template (4:3, 16:9. 720p, 1080p, etc.) and then I’ll only add the comps that I need to the render queue for any given project.This is just one of countless ways that Adobe After Effects can be used to enhance and streamline your workflow — and it works like a charm every time.How do you work with mutli-aspect deliverables in After Effects? Give us your tips and techniques in the comments below!last_img read more

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Muslim women ignorant of their faith, says JIH

first_imgWhile accusing the media and “anti-Islam forces” of showing Muslims in a negative light, prominent Islamic organisation, the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, says the current debate on ‘triple talaq’ and objections raised on Muslim personal laws are a consequence of the “rot” and religious ignorance in Muslim society.In a 16-page booklet titled “Problems Facing Muslim Women and their Solution,” released as part of the Muslim Personal Law awareness campaign, the organisation lays the burden of preserving Islamic family tradition on the Muslim women. Terming Muslim women as “supervisors” and “managers” of the family, the JIH says the “un-Islamic customs and traditions prevalent in society today are due only to the women unaware of her din (faith).”The JIH also says those Muslim women who approached the Supreme Court against ‘triple talaq’ and polygyny are “irresponsible and ignorant of Islamic teachings” for thinking they are “oppressive to women.” It also justifies polygyny among Muslims claiming it is “compatible with human nature.”While declaring that is a “great sin” for a man to pronounce three talaqs in one go, the booklet says it is not desirable if a man makes “haste in bringing his matrimonial life to an end.” Even as it claims that both men and women have rights to divorce under Islamic Law, the booklet discourages Muslim women from divorcing their husbands. However, it acknowledges that women are being deprived of their rightful share of inheritance under Quranic laws.It argues against taking disputes to court, saying that “when the cases are made public, anti-Islam forces get a chance to point fingers against Islam.”last_img read more

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JD(U) posters make pitch for Nitish

first_imgThe ruling Janata Dal (United) in Bihar on Wednesday put up new posters for the Lok Sabha election with slogans in praise of the party president and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.“Sachha hai…achha hai, chalo Nitish ke saath chale [honest and good…let’s go with Nitish] says a huge poster put up at the party office in Patna. At the bottom, the poster adds, “Sankalp hamara, NDA dubara [our resolve, NDA again]. Another poster says, “hum kaam mein biswas karte hain [we believe in work],” while the third one declares, “kaam kiya, sammaan diya [done work, given respect].” Another poster on the boundary wall of the party office says, “Hamara sankalp…sharab mukt, dahej mukt, bal vivah mukt rashtra [our resolve…liquor-free, dowry-free, child marriage-free nation].” However, Opposition leaders have taken a dig at the new posters. “Everyone knows how honest Nitish Kumar was when he betrayed alliance partner RJD and joined hands overnight with BJP,” senior RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari said.last_img read more

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Hall of Fame Mets all-star pitcher diagnosed with dementia

first_imgFILE – Hall of Famer Tom Seaver throws out the first pitch before the 84th MLB All-Star Game on July 16, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFPFormer New York Mets all-star pitcher Tom Seaver has been diagnosed with dementia at the age of 74, a spokesman for the New York Mets announced on Thursday.The 12-time all star, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992, will retire from public life, the Seaver family said.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIES Seaver won the Cy Young Award as baseball’s top pitcher three times and helped power the Mets to a memorable World Series triumph in 1969.The Mets are planning to celebrate that World Series’ team in June.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We’ve been in contact with the Seaver family and are aware of his health situation. Although he’s unable to attend the ’69 Anniversary, we are planning to honor him in special ways and have included his family in our plans. Our thoughts are with Tom, Nancy and the entire Seaver family,” said Mets spokesman Jeff Wilpon.Seaver was named the 1967 Rookie of the Year. He led the league in strikeouts five times and finished his career with 311 wins and 3,640 strikeouts. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 He also pitched for the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox, and finished his 20-year career with the Boston Red Sox in 1986.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Now dominant Naomi Osaka out to ‘get another one’ at Indian Wells MOST READlast_img read more

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Jemal Vizcarra returns with a bang for Parañaque Patriots

first_imgPatriots’ Jemal Vizcarra. MPBL IMAGESAll those months away from MPBL action fired up veteran sharpshooter Jemal Vizcarra in his return for the Parañaque Patriots.Unable to see action last season due to issues within the management of the team, Vizcarra, the former University of Santo Tomas gunner, showcased his terrific touch from beyond the arc with five triples as the Patriots stunned the Valenzuela Classic, 89-83, in the MPBL Lakan Season at Valenzuela Astrodome.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:16Duque: It’s up to Palace to decide on Dengvaxia’s fate02:42PH 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 ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img LATEST STORIES Vizcarra, 35, took charge on offense, finishing with 27 points, but his younger teammates more than picked up the slack defensively as they shut down the Classic in the final period to erase a 12-point deficit and claim their first win.“I can’t ask for anything more from my teammates because of the way they played defense,” said Vizcarra.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Admittedly, I find it difficult to play with that type of intensity on the defensive end. But I was really excited to play today and fortunately, my shots were going in.”Point guard Dwight Saguiguit, a standout from Olivarez College, pumped in 19 points for the Patriots, who actually rallied from 20 points down to complete a night of upsets. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ray Parks turns down Gilas Pilipinas pool invite, says Guiao Parañaque also spoiled a 29-point performance from Chris De Chavez, who set a league record with nine three-pointers.Ex-PBA player Ronjay Buenafe and former Quezon City Capitals guard Alwin Alday formed a deadly 1-2 punch as expansion team Bicol Volcanoes overcame the star-studded Pampanga Giant Lanterns, 82-70, in the first game.Buenafe had 20 points, while Alday finished with 15 for the Volcanoes, who bounced back from an 84-93 loss to the Basilan Steel on opening day last week.Alex Nuyles tallied 10 points and Hafer Mondragon added eight and nine rebounds as Bicol pounced on a surprisingly lethargic Pampanga team boasting of ex-PBA players Mark Cruz, Michael Juico, Reil Cervantes, Levi Hernandez and Dexter Maiquez.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

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Resolute Marc Pingris has triumphant return for Magnolia after long layoff

first_imgSports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “I was ready to give up and I was telling my wife that I don’t want this anymore and I like to thank her so much because she kept telling me to ‘just be patient, it happens that you’re going to get to this stage, and I’m always here to support you.’”Pingris’ perseverance ultimately paid off as he was able to play for nearly eight minutes and grab three rebounds.It may be for a brief moment, but Pingris was ecstatic for the time he spent on the floor especially that the victory saw the Hotshots improve to a 3-2 record after starting the conference at 0-2.“When I was playing earlier, I was thinking that I would just like to go all out and scream my lungs out,” said Pingris. “I want to take the ball and throw it. It’s euphoric, I really missed playing.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too But amid the storm, he found a ray of light that ultimately gave him that glimmer of hope.Pingris said it was his wife Danica that gave him the patience to endure the five-hour a-day workouts and that his hard work would ultimately see him return to the parquet floor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 6-foot-5 big man made a successful comeback to the PBA on Saturday and he helped the Hotshots hold off Phoenix, 99-96, in the Commissioner’s Cup.“Danica and I prayed for one year and four months so we’d like to thank the Lord for this,” said Pingris in Filipino. “I’ve been working out for five hours every day and I’ve been doing that for a year and it does burn you out.” Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Stanley Pringle trade to Ginebra not one-sided, says Sol Mercado PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Marc Pingris was gone from the game of basketball for nearly 16 months after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and it was in this idle time that the energetic power forward nearly walk away from the game he dearly loved.From playing nearly nonstop to being relegated as a cheerleader on the Magnolia bench, Pingris had to overcome his doubts, his fatigue, and his fears.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Jimmy Butler headed to Miami Heat in 4-year deal

first_imgIn this file photo taken on May 9, 2019 Jimmy Butler #23 of the Philadelphia 76ers points against the Toronto Raptors in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. -(Photo by Mitchell Leff / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)Jimmy Butler has agreed to a $142 million, four-year contract and will be traded to the Miami Heat by the Philadelphia 76ers.Miami and Philadelphia were still working out some aspects of the swap, such as the addition of Dallas as the third team, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the move had not been finalized. ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ Caron Butler remains close to the game a year out of the NBA PLAY LIST 04:32Caron Butler remains close to the game a year out of the NBA00:38Compton, TNT import Johnson hug it out after heated exchange01:56Clinton gets Jennifer Lopez boost in Miami02:42PH 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 The Heat will be sending Josh Richardson to Philadelphia and were in talks to trade Goran Dragic to Dallas as part of the move.Butler met with the Heat right when free agency began at 6 p.m. Sunday and made clear that he wanted to be in Miami.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Damian Lillard gets Supermax, and NBA spending spree begins View commentslast_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar to bat for Maharashtra’s tigers

first_imgCricket icon Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar will now bat for Maharashtra’s endangered big striped cats by becoming a ‘Tiger Ambassador’, an official said here on Monday. Last Thursday (Aug 13), Tendulkar wrote to Maharashtra Finance and Forests Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar expressing his willingness to join the cause of conserving and protecting tigers in the state. The development came three days after Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan agreed to become a Tiger Ambassador.The duo’s response followed Mungantiwar’s personal letters to on July 29, which was the World Tiger Day, an aide to the minister said. “I compliment your team on the efforts being undertaken for Project Tiger and would be happy to meet you to discuss this. I have always been concerned about tiger conservation and distinctly remember dedicating one of my Test centuries, during my playing days, to increase awareness of the cause,” Tendulkar wrote. Also read: Court dismisses petition against Sachin Tendulkar’s Bharat RatnaHe sought details of the government’s expectations from him in the capacity of a Tiger Ambassador and how he could promote the cause. Last Tuesday, Mungantiwar called on Bachchan at his office and discussed the modalities of his new real-life role as the state’s first Tiger Ambassador. “I have around 42 million followers on social media. I am confident that these followers will understand and appreciate my role as Tiger Ambassador. Maharashtra is bestowed with abundant resources of nature and wildlife which is not known to many people in and out of Maharashtra,” Bachchan said on the occasion. advertisementMungantiwar presented a life-size replica of a tiger and books published by the forest department on the topic to Bachchan. Maharashtra has six tiger sanctuaries, including five in Vidarbha (eastern part of the state) and one in the Sahyadri ranges in the western part, besides Madhya Pradesh’s four, Chhattisgarh’s three and Telangana’s one. The state has asked the central government to allocate special funds to conserve and protect the big cats in these four states. Mungantiwar pointed out that Vidarbha had the potential to become the ‘tiger capital’ of the country, with its tiger population rising from 169 in 2006 to 190 in 2014. India is currently home to 2,226 tigers, shooting up significantly from 1,706 in 2010.last_img read more

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Cincinnati Open: Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic in men’s singles final

first_imgRoger Federer will be up against Novak Djokovic in his quest for a record-extending eighth Cincinnati Open title after he eased into the final with Belgian David Goffin retiring due to a shoulder injury.Federer has a record of seven titles in seven finals at Cincinnati and will be playing his 150th final when he take on Djokovic on Sunday.Even though Djokovic has a 23-22 advantage over Federer in their head-to-head record, Federer has won all three of their Cincinnati Open final meetings.Federer said he had not known for most of his semi-final that his Belgian opponent had been carrying an injury.”I did realise he wasn’t serving very big,” the Swiss told ESPN.”I wasn’t sure if it was a tactic to get a higher first serve percentage.”Itll be an *EIGHTH* Cincinnati final for @rogerfederer!The world No.2 sets up EPIC Sunday showdown with Novak Djokovic.#CincyTennis pic.twitter.com/Ld0SkEpdSpWestern & Southern Open (@CincyTennis) August 19, 2018Federer was happy with the short night’s work after playing until after midnight in his quarter-final against Stan Wawrinka.”I got to bed at 3.30 in the morning,” he said. “I’m tired. I’m going to recover for tomorrow and hopefully be in better shape.Federer said there was a lot on the line in the final.”This is a big match. I think we’re all a bit mentally and maybe physically tired but I’m looking forward to this final. There’s also a lot at stake for me. I’m going for my 99th title.”advertisementEarlier, Djokovic, who has lost all five of his previous Cincinnati finals, was not at his best in a match that stretched for two hours and 32 minutes against Cilic.Djokovic overcame a battling Marin Cilic 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach his sixth Cincinnati Masters final on Saturday.Welcome back to the final, Novak! @DjokerNole remains *UNDEFEATED* in Cincinnati semifinals, improving to 6-0 with 6-4 3-6 6-3 win over Marin Cilic. He awaits the winner of Roger Federer-David Goffin in the title match. #CincyTennis pic.twitter.com/1V22H9ix7QWestern & Southern Open (@CincyTennis) August 18, 2018″It’s been a rollercoaster week with matches, interruptions, and rain delays and everything,” Djokovic said.”I managed to win the last three matches in the third set. Very few points decided a winner and I just managed to pull through.”After dropping the second set, Djokovic broke to go 3-1 up in the decider before complaining to the chair umpire about music that was audible from outside centre court.Also read – Serena Williams worst loss came right after her half sister’s killer was freedIt seemed to break Djokovic’s concentration as he immediately went down 0-40 on serve before digging his way back to deuce, only to lose the game with a weak second serve into the net.However, Djokovic broke back in the eighth game before serving out clinically to secure victory.”I didn’t like that music in the first few games of the third set,” he said, adding that he planned to watch the Federer-Goffin semi-final on television.”Of course, I’ll watch, from my bed or bath,” he said.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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a month agoReal Madrid coach Zidane pushes Modric to snub Croatia selection

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Zidane pushes Modric to snub Croatia selectionby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane wants Luka Modric to snub national team selection.Modric is currently sidelined with injury, though is expected to be called up by Croatia for the Euro qualifiers against Hungary and Wales, which will be held on October 10th and 13th.Marca says Zidane wants Modric to stay in Madrid and avoid risking a setback in his recovery.Zidane’s stand has the full support of the board, which will make the request on his behalf. last_img read more

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Legendary Coaches Weigh In On Chance Dabo Swinney Would Leave Clemson For Alabama

first_img Some other top coaches from years past have weighed in on the decision Swinney May have to make in a few years, and think the choice is pretty clear, though.Longtime Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden, and former Georgia and Miami head coach Mark Richt believe Dabo Swinney will stay at Clemson.The two college football greats spoke to The State about the oft-discussed predicament. Bowden has personal experience with this exact thing; he turned down the chance to leave FSU for Alabama in 1990, as Florida State was becoming a college football power.Like Swinney, Bowden grew up in Alabama and dreamt of coaching the Tide. And, as he suspects Swinney feels, he came to learn another place was the right one for him.“Let me say this — all of my life I wanted to coach at Alabama. I was raised there,” Bowden told The State. “I went there out of high school but I didn’t stay. But that was always my home and I really felt like I’d probably have to go back there one day. But as time grew by it was very obvious to me Florida State is where I ought to be.”[…]“He’s got that thing going pretty good. And it’ll always be his. It’ll be his,” Bowden said. “Not go to Alabama and you’re second to Saban or second to coach Bryant. That’s something Dabo has to decide. It’s natural him being an Alabama graduate, being raised in Alabama, for that kind of talk to come up. It’s strictly conversation.”Richt, who is very familiar with both Alabama and Swinney’s Clemson from his time in the SEC and ACC in recent years, is set to be an analyst for the new ACC Network. His take is simple: “why would you leave Clemson?”“Why would you leave Clemson the way things are going right now?” Richt said. “I’d be shocked to see Dabo Swinney anywhere other than Clemson for the rest of his career, to be honest with you.”Swinney’s new contract includes a clause making it more expensive for Alabama to poach him, while having no such deal if the NFL was to come calling. That he would agree to it should make Clemson fans feel better, but it is not there for no reason either. Still, it seems like Clemson is doing everything right in order to hold on to its elite coach, through whatever opportunities pop up.[The State] Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Will Dabo Swinney eventually be the one to replace Nick Savanna at Alabama? It is the question that has been on the mind of just about everyone in college football, since Swinney elevated himself to the top tier of the sport’s coaches.Swinney is pretty clearly the best coach in Clemson history. He has turned what was previously a solid if inconsistent ACC squad into an Alabama-level superpower. He can stay with the Tigers for his entire career and build on an unmatched legacy at that school if he wants.He is, of course, also an Alabama native, and an Alabama football alumnus. The connection to the job is impossible to deny.Swinney has said what he needs to when asked about the possibility. However, it is easier to say that you won’t take over the Crimson Tide than it will likely be to turn down a blank check from the school.last_img read more

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Paint-Inspector: Big Jobs in the Far East

first_imgzoom In July of this year PIC (Paint-Inspector.Com) was contracted by Heerema Marine Contractors in the Netherlands to provide the Paint Superintendents for their project H851.H851 is one of the biggest barges around the world and is used to transport big items, such as topsides, part of rigs or any other big industrial items. Since the general condition of the barge is excellent, Heerma Marine Contractors decided to carry out a Life Time extension program on the barge. For this reason, a total 326,000 square meters of water ballast tanks will be completely blasted and coated.PIC is supervising with one paint superintendent, a team of three paint inspectors for Heerema Marine Contractors and two paint Inspectors on behalf of the Paint Manufacture Hempel Coatings to assure that agreed quality will be delivered by the YuLian ship yard in Shenzhen China.Heerema Marine Contractors chose to apply Hempadur Quatro 1763 of Hempel Coatings in 2 coats of 150 micron on a blasted surface of SA2. As it is the case with all bigger projects, the beginning was difficult and various small contract items needed some fine-tuning. However after the first tanks had been delivered by Yulian Ship yard, they started to make progress with a high quality, which was accepted by all parties involved.It is very important that at the beginning of such big jobs the expectations in regards to quality and delivery time are very well defined. PIC has the experience to help project owners to obtain their goals and set up a good quality inspection protocol. it is important for owners to know that the problems, which could arise during the project implementation, should be resolved in the pre-execution stage of the project.For this reason, PIC recommends conducting of an audit on the paint contractors prior to starting a project or signing a contract.PIC, November 22, 2013last_img read more

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Nova Scotia Companies Honoured for Export Success

first_imgSeven Nova Scotia companies have been honoured for excellence in exporting at the 22nd Annual Export Achievement Awards. This year’s award winners have made a combined contribution of more than $370 million to Nova Scotia’s economy. “I am pleased to congratulate this year’s winners on their export success,” said Kerry Morash, Minister of Economic Development. “By offering products and services that are competitive in the global market, these companies are growing our economy and making Nova Scotia a better place to live, work and do business.” The winning companies and their awards are: New Exporter: C-Vision Limited Long-Term Exporter: Clearwater Seafoods Limited Export Growth Through New Markets: Acadian Seaplants Limited Export Growth Through Product Development: Ocean Nutrition Canada Export Growth Through Partnership: Jacques Whitford Export Growth Through Sales: Secunda International Limited Canadian Market Development: Master Merchant Systems Software. Ocean Nutrition Canada also takes home the award for Exporter of the Year. This year’s keynote speaker is David Fung, chairman and CEO of ACDEG International Inc. and a leader in Canadian export. Mr. Fung’s objective is to outline opportunities for companies to achieve their export potential. “These companies have proven to the world that Nova Scotia businesses have what it takes to succeed globally,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “They embody the best Nova Scotia has to offer; our province’s educated workforce, innovative spirit and resourcefulness.”last_img read more

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Pak court extends by 7 days Maryams remand period in graft case

first_imgIslamabad: An accountability court in Pakistan has extended by seven days the remand of Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, for interrogation in a corruption case, according to a media report. Maryam, 45, the Vice President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, is in the National Accountability Bureau’s custody since August 8 in connection with the Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) case. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has accused the Sharif family of using the CSM for money laundering and availing millions of rupees in subsidy without actually exporting sugar. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The Express Tribune reported that Maryam was presented in the court of Judge Ameer Muhammad Khan in Lahore on Wednesday amid heightened security, along with one of her cousin Yousuf Abbas, who is also one of the accused in the case. The NAB investigation officer told the court that Maryam, her mother Kulsoo , grandfather Mian Sharif, brother Hussain and some other members of the Sharif family were members of the company’s board of directors. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls He said Maryam also acted as the CSM’s chief executive office in 2004. The company, he said, also took loans from various companies. “The NAB has summoned record of the loans from all these companies as well as the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). As the NAB will interrogate the accused in the light of SBP report, it is requested that there remand period may be extended, he said. Opposing the NAB’s request, Maryam’s counsel Amjad Pervaiz said the agency’s report was contrary to facts. He said in 1992 all properties were owned by Mian Sharif, who transferred them to his children and grandchildren from 1992 to 1999. “All properties owned by Maryam are legal,” he said. However, after hearing the argument, the judge extended Maryam’s remand period. He directed the NAB to produce them on September 25.last_img read more

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Sharath KamalSathiyan advance

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian men’s doubles pair of G Sathiyan and Achanta Sharath Kamal sailed into the quarter-finals of the 24th ITTF Asian Table Tennis Championships with easy win over Mahfoodh Sayed Murtadha and Rashed Rashed of Bahrain at Yogyakarta, Indonesia on Thursday. The Indian duo beat Murtadha and Rashed 11-8 11-6 11-3 in a lop-sided affair. In the quarter-finals, Sathiyan and Sharath Kamal will be up against Chinese pair of Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuEarlier in the day, after receiving first-round bye, the Indians got the better of Jordan’s Abo Yaman Zaid and Aldmaizy Zeyad 11-4 11-7 11-7 in the round of 32. But the other Indian pair of Harmeet Desai and Anthony Amalraj, after enjoying a bye in the round of 64, lost to Chinese Taipei’s Liu Hsing-Yin and Peng Wang Wei. Harmeet and Amalraj fought hard before losing 11-5 7-11 11-3 8-11 6-11 against their accomplished Chinese rivals. It was curtains for India in the women’s doubles as the pair of Manika Batra and Archana Kamath and Madhurika Patkar and Sutirtha Mukherjee bowed out the tournament. The pair of Manika and Archana had an easy round of 64 outing, beating the Kazak duo of Lavnova Anastassiya and Khusseinova Gulchekhra 3-0 but lost in the next round to Korean combination of Yang Haeun and Jeon Jhee 6-11 9-11 7-11.last_img read more

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Alloy of 8 Ancient craft

first_imgPukhuria wakes up to the sound of a bowl in the process of being made and not to the call of a rooster as is common with any average Indian village. It is an unsung and unheard-of village in Bankura district, roughly about 250 kilometres from Kolkata. It was a chance visit to the village on the day when Cyclone Fani hit the eastern coast that enlightened me to the existence of something as vivid and musical in a remote corner of West Bengal. My first encounter with these bowls was during a visit to Kalimpong a few years ago. These dainty musical bowls are a frequent sight in Buddhist shrines as well as Tibetan gift shops. But their strange existence and conception in this dowdy village was what caught my interest. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyAs one walks through the narrow alleys of this village, s/he experiences a welcoming assortment of sounds and vibrations in the air. Since ancient times, a craft associated with the making of ashta dhatu (a mix of eight metals) utensils for religious offerings, weddings and other social ceremonies and even personal use, has existed in India. Eventually, the demand for these speciality bowls emerged. These bowls are reportedly used for meditative purposes and quite popular in treating ailments using music therapy. Their vibrations and resonance are claimed to soothe the surroundings and bring calmness to the body and soul. Also Read – The future is here!The commercial transactions of these bowls involve countries like Nepal, Japan and even distant Australia. However, the major chunk goes to Delhi and from there they begin their overseas journey. Despite these connections, the village seems way more content to keep a quiet profile, not preferring to harp on its claim to fame. The village The village has practised the craft reportedly for 150 years but its origin has not been historically documented. Till date, everything is done almost as was about all those years ago. There are roughly about 75 saals (workshops) in the village, with roughly 400 to 500 people directly associated with the singing bowl manufacturing. The craftsmen claim to have never been trained professionally but passed down the skills from their forefathers as a legacy. The village comprises of about 85 per cent karmakars (metal workers), the dominant community here. Each saal engages about 5-6 karigars (craftsmen). The master craftsman is known as the garandar, while the rest are the berandars. The bani (charges) varies on the basis of the category of the craftsmen involved, the garandar being the chief craftsman, bags about 55 per cent while the remaining 45 per cent is equally shared among the berandars. The bani can start from Rs 220 per kilogram (kg) and may increase, depending upon the quality of the alloy. Traditionally, the alloy comprised of eight metals (gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, iron, tin, antimony or mercury) not only to improve the quality but also to uphold the purity and auspicious eminence of ashta dhatu in Hindu religious customs. The more precious the metals that go into the making of the alloy, the higher are the charges. However, in recent times, the alloy has shifted to a combination of copper and zinc oxide with a 4:1 ratio for economic and practical purposes. The bowls range in weight from 1.5 kg to about 15-20 kg, depending upon the purpose of their use. The process The raw material is brought in by the agents, which is then formed into the required alloy. The making of the bowl involves forming the blank, shaping it and giving it form, trimming, fine-tuning and finally polishing. Forming the bowl requires the craftsmen working in unison. There is one who continuously pedals, driving the lathe and the air to the furnace. Once the blank has been warmed in the oven, two of the craftsmen hold the hot blank on either side with iron tongs, one supporting the blank from falling off and the chief craftsman begins beating the blank out. The hammering of the blank towards making the bowl take the final desired shape is performed by three craftsmen. The bowl is then hammered to tune up and the edge is shaped up. The bowl is then cooled off rapidly which makes it ready for polishing. Internal finishing creates the evenness of tone. The final sound is tested by the agents through whom the finished items reach all over India and overseas. Every stage is significant and requires experienced coordination of the artisans that are painstakingly supervised by the chief craftsman. The making of these bowls provides money for the economy to run. However, a section of the newer generation is moving out of the village, which would make it difficult to continue the art form. A key challenge is the availability of coal and the metal for the alloys. The entire manufacturing process is sheer austerity. The day begins at around 5 o’clock in the morning and ends at 12 noon. Though the winters may be a bit lenient, one can only imagine summers, with the temperature soaring up to as high as 48 degrees Celsius, not to mention the incessant noise. The proximity to the fire, the complete manual labour and absolute lack of safety measures makes them vulnerable to respiratory disorders, ophthalmic accidents and even disfiguration. The state administration seems to have no inkling of the existence and the need for infrastructural and medical assistance to these craftsmen. Even though the problems exist, the manufacturing of these bowls have continued through ages and is fascinatingly being pursued by a fraction of the next generation. It is mainly due to the stable and lucrative financial returns that they assure. Amidst the sultry weather outside their saals, the heat of life and livelihood keeps the fire burning in the furnaces. Soaked in sweat and glazed in soot, they keep the fire burning and hammering the bowls relentlessly. Pukhuria certainly knows how to work in harmony. The village undoubtedly speaks the language of music and will hopefully continue to resonate and flourish musically forever. (The author is a faculty member at CAD Centre in Jadavpur University, Kolkata. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Kajol writes foreword of Sridevi The Eternal Screen Goddess

first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Kajol has penned the foreword of the much-awaited book on the life and times of cinema legend Sridevi, announced the publishing house. The book, ‘Sridevi: The Eternal Screen Goddess’, written by author-screenwriter Satyarth Nayak and is approved by the late actor’s producer husband Boney Kapoor. Kajol said, she hopes Sridevi fans across the world will embrace the book which charts her five-decade long journey from child star to megastar. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”I have grown up watching Sridevi’s super-stardom on film-sets and her magic on the big screen. She is an institution of acting and will forever remain my most favourite icon,” Kajol said in a statement. Nayak said that Kajol is the perfect choice to write the foreword. “Kajol is an industry kid and has had first-hand experience of Sridevi’s glory in the 80s and 90s. Also as one of our finest artistes, Kajol has keenly observed and emulated Sridevi over the years.” Sridevi passed away at the age of 54 in February 2018 in Dubai.last_img read more

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Americans mourn trailblazing IndianAmerican Sikh police officer

first_imgHouston: Lt Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal put the Sikh imperative of selfless service on display for all and touched a nation with his example, a senior US official has said, amid an unbridled outpouring of grief from many Americans over the gruesome killing of the first Indian-American police officer in Texas. Dhaliwal, 42, who made national headlines when he was allowed to grow a beard and wear a turban on the job in the US state of Texas, was gunned down while conducting a mid-day traffic stop in northwest of Houston on Friday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportFamily, friends and strangers prayed on Saturday at Dhaliwal’s memorial off Willancy Lane in northwest Harris County. Dhaliwal’s youngest sister Ranjeet Kaur joined the crowd and lit a candle for her brother. She remembered a man who loved his job. “He was a really great person. He didn’t deserve all this. He was a great person. He helped everybody. He never said no. He does as much as he can. I think this was the wrong time and the wrong place,” Kaur was quoted as saying by an US news channel. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsReacting to Dhaliwal’s killing, US acting assistant secretary for South and Central Asia Alice Wells said, “We mourn alongside colleagues, friends and family of Lt Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, 1st Indian-American in Texas to serve as a police officer while maintaining articles of faith. “Dhaliwal put the Sikh imperative of selfless service on display for all & touched a nation with his example,” she tweeted. A 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s office and its first Sikh deputy, Dhaliwal was taken by helicopter to a hospital where he died, a decade after becoming the force’s first Sikh and pushing for a historic expansion of religious rights in the department. Dhaliwal worked with United Sikhs, a global humanitarian relief and advocacy nonprofit, to help organise the donation of truckloads of supplies for first responders after Hurricane Harvey. “Sandeep was a trailblazer for the Sikh-American community. He served not just the Sikh community here in Houston with honour and dignity, but all of his community,” Bobby Singh, south-east regional director for the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund said on Twitter. Houston mayor Sylvester Turner called Dhaliwal “a bold and groundbreaking law enforcement officer in the eyes of our county, our state, our nation”. Texas senator Ted Cruz said the state was “mourning a hero”. In 2012, Washington DC became the first major US police force to make explicit accommodations for Sikhs to preserve their appearance on duty. An estimated 500,000 Sikhs live in the US as a whole.last_img read more

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Govt to set up working group on proposed new industrial policy

first_imgNew Delhi: The government will soon constitute a working group on the proposed new industrial policy which is aimed at promoting emerging sectors, reducing regulatory hurdles and making India a manufacturing hub, an official has said. Earlier, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) had prepared the policy and sent it for the Union Cabinet approval, but certain new suggestions have been made with regard to the policy. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe working group will rework on it and submit the same to the DPIIT, the official said. The group will have members from different government departments of the Centre and states, as well as from industry chambers, including the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). This will be the third industrial policy after the first in 1956 and the second in 1991. It will replace the industrial policy of 1991 which was prepared in the backdrop of the balance of payment crisis. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe DPIIT had initiated the process of formulation of a new industrial policy in May 2017. The new policy will subsume the National Manufacturing Policy (NMP). A consultative approach had been taken for policy formulation wherein six thematic focus groups had been used to obtain inputs. The six areas include manufacturing and MSME; technology and innovation; ease of doing business; infrastructure, investment, trade and fiscal policy; and skills and employability for the future. It was proposed that the new policy would aim at making India a manufacturing hub by promoting Make in India. The department had floated discussion paper on the policy with an aim to create jobs for the next two decades, promote foreign technology transfer and attract $100 billion FDI annually. It had outlined several constraints to industrial growth — inadequate infrastructure; restrictive labour laws; complicated business environment; slow technology adoption; low productivity; challenges for trade; and inadequate expenditure on R&D and innovation.last_img read more

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