3 DIY Camera Jibs and Cranes

first_imgGive your video productions sweeping crane shots without dropping a ton of dough.  Give one of these do-it-yourself options a try!Professional camera jibs and cranes can be prohibitively expensive.  For the full-time videographer or filmmaker it might be a worthwhile investment.  However, if you don’t anticipate using a crane or jib often (or simply want to save some dough) these DIY projects are an excellent alternative to commercial models.Looking for more cool DIY video production projects?  See our previous posts on DIY boom poles and camera sliders.DIY Mini JibThis is a very simple jib that can be built quickly and for less than $25.  Great for small video shoots, it’ll setup quick and give you up to a 5 feet range of motion.  The construction of this DIY video jib is made of light aluminum tubing, so it’s ideal for lighter weight cameras.  See OliviaTech’s site for written instructions on building this cool mini jib.UPDATE: Post has been removed by creator. Frugal Crane 2.0Premiumbeat favorite “The Frugal Filmmaker” recently updated a previous tutorial he did on creating a DIY video crane.  The new and improved crane (showcased in the following video) makes a few improvements, one of which is to include compatibility with popular DSLR cameras.  You can build this cool rig by using supplies from your local hardware store (including a garage door pulley).Note, this is a full-on crane with a video monitor at its base to see what you’re shooting.  Its a bit technical, but if you’re up for the challenge its a very cool tool to give your video productions sweeping crane shots.Note: You may want to give the initial Frugal Crane 1.0 video a watch as well, as it goes into great details the basic construction.Light Camera CraneAlthough it’s a DIY project, this impressive camera crane is certainly on par with many commercial models.  This is a beautifully designed rig, but to make a similar one yourself you’ll need to be quite handy in the workshop (and have access to a range of power tools).  Although the video documents each step of creating this DIY camera crane, it doesn’t lay out every step in detail.  A beautifully shot tutorial!last_img read more

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American Mayors Visit India to Discuss Stronger Cities

first_imgThe Mayors of Louisville in Kentucky and Anaheim in California are on a 10-day visit to India for improving trade relations. Also on the cards is a trip to meet Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama.The trip has been organized by the Strong Cities Network, a global network of municipal-level policy makers working towards building social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism in all its forms.“Visits like this are great opportunities to promote our city,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in statement. “Our focus on compassion is something that resonates worldwide and is so relevant in today’s world. And I always welcome to the chance to tell our city’s story to potential investors and business interests that may be looking to expand in the U.S.”Fischer and Anaheim mayor Tom Tait are going to meet government, business and thought leaders to discuss different approaches to making cities safer and communities stronger amid the rise in violent extremist groups around the globe.We look forward to welcoming @louisvillemayor Greg Fischer to #Mumbai as part of the @Strong_Cities network effort to make cities safer and communities stronger in India and across the world. Read more about his upcoming visit here: https://t.co/31FlkLTot9— US Consulate Mumbai (@USAndMumbai) February 13, 2018Tait had earlier visited India in 2015 to meet the Dalai Lama.The mayors will meet business leaders at the Indian Merchant Chamber of Commerce in Mumbai as well at the mayor of Mumbai, Vishwanath Mahadeshwar. They are also scheduled to have a discussion at the chamber of commerce on Feb. 16 on “Countering Violent Extremism Through Compassion and Kindness.”Fischer was chosen for the trip because of his focus on compassion, according to Rebecca Skellett, a manager with the international mayor’s group.“Mayor Fischer and Mayor Tait are both driving forward innovative practices to build social cohesion with citywide Charters for Compassion and Kindness, which offer tremendous value to residents and businesses alike,” Skellett said in a statement. “This is why we’re delighted to be taking these two U.S. Mayors to Delhi, Mumbai and Dharamsala — to share their journeys, inspire Indian cities and policy makers, and learn more about how India’s diverse range of communities live together side by side.” Related ItemsAnaheimLouisvilleUnited Stateslast_img read more

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Mahesh Manjrekar’s Crusade

first_imgYou all know Mahesh Manjrekar as the director of such critically acclaimed films as Vaastav, Astitva and Viruddh, but the Bombay-born filmmaker wears many hats. He’s producer, actor, writer and even playback singer!  Now add to that – promoter of Marathi cinema!  He was in the United States recently to root for Marathi cinema, where he got his beginnings.“Marathi films don’t have exposure here even though there’s a big population of Maharashtrians in America,” he says. “So I wanted to create an outlet over here, a scheme which would be good for audiences here as well as for the people who make movies.”Manjrekar was in Edison, NJ, for the first ever Marathi Film Festival. Says Manjrekar, “We are not looking to make money out of it, but to create a little awareness. No one is taking initiative to bring these films here. I am a born Maharashtrian and I feel the state of Marathi films is going down.” Indeed, even in Maharashtra almost every one speaks Hindi, so Bollywood has made inroads into the audience for Marathi films.The director plans to shoot a film in New Jersey and has only admiration for NRIs: “They are contributing to both countries and are still connected to the culture. These people have adapted, but they have not let go of where they came from. After so many years of being in America, they have not lost touch with their language. In fact we have lost touch living in Bombay! I’m amazed at the way people speak Marathi and the way they grasp the language. They are still doing Marathi and Hindi theater. I could live here for one year and still not feel homesick!”Manjrekar fans have a treat coming up. The director, who’s known for his realistic films, is currently making a film about a struggler in the city of Bombay – and it has just one character, Manjrekar himself:  “It’s an experimental film. I’ve acted in it and directed it and written it. It’s a one-man show for one hour and 40 minutes. It goes all around Bombay and though its one character. I’m the only actor. I feel it’s two characters because the camera is a character too.” Related Itemslast_img read more

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Expat Voice: Meghalaya Musings

first_imgTwenty five km from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, lies a homestay called Maple Pine Farm run by Meghalaya-born Canadian James Perry and his Khasi wife, Valeriena. Right in the bowl of the valley, surrounded by hills and cutting through by streams, the humble homestay is a short trek away from the famous Sacred Groves of Mawphlang, a dense forest protected by the Khasi tribe.The entrance to the homestay is right after a stream crossing. You can see scattered wooden cabins with green roofs, an isolated yellow room for traditional massage services and windmills and solar panels lining up on one side, generating all the power needed to run the place. You will be greeted by Gunner, their dog and maybe, you will spot Ira, their horse.Perry, 52 and Valeriena Perry Syiemlieh, 41, are people you would meet over the Khasi-style dinner they prepare for all their guests. The dinner is eaten in the common room, where curated music plays, and a hilarious list of quotes is put on the back of the door. Sample this: “If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around”.Perry speaks to Little India about his coming to Meghalaya and the building of the homestay:How Maple Pine Farm Came About From 1997 to 2010, I was involved in taking mostly foreign travelers all over Northeast India. At that time there was not much commercial tourism in the region, and Meghalaya in particular. While travelling, I wondered why don’t people think of their own area and offer places to stay instead of waiting for the government to do something. Usually, that means high expenditure with very little benefit to the locals.The Maple Pine Farm was built this thought. The first cabins were built in 2012-2013 with whatever finances we had.A group of travelers at Maple Pine FarmThe Project Starting the project, Valerie and I had no definite final goal. It was based on what happened and what the market allowed. It could have just stayed as a place for our own family to go away to on weekends and people we knew to come and stay. However, with the changing of tourism scenario in Meghalaya, we saw a need to do something different and not preach about it. If people saw what we were doing and wanted to work hard, do something similar themselves, we offer help and advice. The concept is to start small, with what you can handle and let the market dictate expansion.Tourism in Meghalaya The tourism scenario of Meghalaya is growing fast and without any plan. It is just catering to the people who are coming. For example, Mawlynnong is called the “cleanest village in Asia”. When the media broke the story, swarms of people rushed to the village, crowded it, looked around and came back to Shillong. Were people of Mawlynnong prepared for this kind of attention? What is the point of traveling to a place when you don’t engage with the local community there? Are the local people on the table when tourism promotions plans are made?Local communities should be able to decide how they want tourism in the area to be taken forward and how they want to engage with travelers, before they are robbed of the choice in matter.Challenges on the Way When we built the first cabin, we had no real capital. We took a risk and many things fell into place after that. The energy took some time to get working properly. We had to understand the limitations of solar, wind energy and storage of energy in batteries. As with any non-conventional system, the storage of energy is an obstacle. But the solar system has been a great help in how we present ourselves and what we do.Growing Up in Meghalaya My parents came to Meghalaya in 1963. My father was a math and science teacher, and my mother, a nurse. They were sponsored by church to run a school here. I was born in Meghalaya. I went to the school that my father was the headmaster of. The school was meant for poor people, the language was Khasi, no uniforms were required and education was free. My father would say if the school was not good enough for his own kids, it was not good enough for anybody.I lived in Meghalaya and then Assam until I was 13 years old.Journey to Canada and Back  I returned to Canada for high school and university education. It is also where I learnt building. I had no intention of coming back to India to live. Like many things in my life, I mostly just let things fall into place, with a very loose long-term place I wanted to be in. Not a place in terms of material things, but a place in stability and always having a goal of being satisfied.I visited Shillong in 1995. I was sponsored to run a marathon in Singapore and decided to fly to Shillong from there for a quick visit to my birth place. It was near a transition time in my own life. So again, many things just fell into place without a plan. I came back the next year for longer. I had an attachment to the place. After getting married in 1998 to Valerie in Shillong, we went to Canada for a year. It was more to let her see what my life was like. We then decided to come back to Shillong and make a go for it here.Learnings from Canada and Meghalaya It is more something I may have taken from my life in general and my parents — determination, being adventurous and not being caught up in materialism. Many people would say, “You must be rich, you can come here and travel”. I could never make people understand that friends my age could not or did not do what I did because of choice.My travels have never been about a particular place. It is about the experience. Even some of the supposedly worse experiences can be made positive.Expat Voice is regular column on expats in India. Email us at expat@littleindia.com to nominate yourself or another expat for the column. Related ItemsExpats in Indiaforeigners in IndiaJames Perry Valeriena MawphlangMaple Pine Farm MawphlangMaple Pine Farm MeghalayaMaple Pine Farm ShillongMawlynnong homestayMawphlang CanadianMawphlang homestayMeghalaya tourismShillong travellast_img read more

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NRI Voice: Charmed by Canada

first_imgRukshan Mehta led a sheltered life in Mumbai until she moved to Toronto, Canada, in 2001 with her parents at the age of 13 years. From making her own decisions in Canada and exploring the country, to working and studying in different nations, Mehta feels the move exposed her to different cultures and infused her with great confidence. She tells Little India about her life in Canada and the multi-cultural environment that she grew up in.Discovering a New CountryI was only a teenager when we moved to Toronto with my parents from Mumbai. It was when I moved there that I realized the number of opportunities that I had. I feel privileged that I got a chance to study in Canada. My parents were quite clear that they did not want to stay in an Indian neighborhood and because of that I was exposed to different cultures — a very close friend was Korean, and I had friends from other countries like Russia. In Mumbai, I led quite a sheltered life, but in Canada I was making my own decisions, making mistakes and learning from them in the process. People from various nations have made Toronto their home and that is the best part about Canada.As a family, all of us were trying to settle in and finding ways to adjust to a new country and a new culture. So my parents did not have the time to handhold me as much as they did in India. This helped me in many ways and more importantly, it helped me evolve as a person.Studying in CanadaI studied at the University of Toronto, which is one of the best institutions in Canada. It was a melting pot of different cultures and gave me a great deal of exposure academically. It was only when I went to college that it hit me that I was an immigrant. I would be asked questions like, “How can you speak such good English?”I feel that as an immigrant one has to work harder, whether it is academics or any other field. Having said that, I also feel that the kind of exposure that I got in the university opened a whole world of opportunities for me. I put in more effort to prove myself and get noticed. It was during this time that I discovered the field of international development and decided to pursue it seriously.Rukshan Mehta at the Canadian Museum of HistoryPursuing DreamsIn the third year of college, in 2008, I traveled to Kenya to volunteer with Students for International Development (SID). I volunteered with them till 2014 when I moved to New Delhi as I got a fellowship with the Aga Khan Foundation and worked in India for a few years. In 2016, I decided to enroll for a Ph.D program at Emory University in Atlanta, United States, and have been studying there since then.Life in CanadaThe culture in Canada is such that everyone leads their life quite independently. Most families have a nuclear set-up and since the society has a mix of many cultures, everyone ends up celebrating each other’s festivals. Since I belong to the Parsi community, we look forward to the Parsi New Year and other festivals of our community. Canada is one of the best places to savor the world cuisine, whether it is Korean, Chinese, Japanese or Indian. The country has a wonderful mix of everything. Related ItemsCanadatorontolast_img read more

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Indian Origin Couple Arrested for “Keeping Man as a Slave” for Four Years

first_imgAn Indian origin couple has been arrested for allegedly keeping a man as a slave in their garden shed for four years.According to an official report, Palvinder, 54, and Pritpal Binning, 56, have been accused of forcing a Polish builder as a slave in exchange for food.The couple, arrested by the Gangmasters and Labor Abuse Authority (GLAA) on Oct.30, is accused of turning the person from Poland into a victim of “modern slavery.”ICYMI: Earlier this week we arrested a man and woman on suspicion of modern slavery offences near Southampton after a potential victim claimed he had lived in a concrete shed for the last four years pic.twitter.com/RiAnw81pgE— GLAA (@UK_Glaa) November 2, 2018According to the GLAA officers, a frail Polish man came at a walk-in-center and informed the staff about his conditions. He told the officers that he had been sleeping under the shed at the bottom of the garden and “was given out of date food to eat.” He also said that he had no flushing toilet and that his kitchen was a fridge and barbecue.The report notes that the victim, in his 40’s has been accepted into the UK government’s National Referral Mechanism, a procedure which helps and supports the victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.Pritpal Binning, known as a former Southampton University health sciences lecturer along with her husband Palvinder, who works for U.S.-based IT firm BMC Software, own a luxurious five-bedroom property situated at Chilworth, near Southampton, but the victim was only given a plastic sun lounger to sleep on, Daily Mail reported.A female neighbor in her 70’s has claimed seeing the man around along with other men after the renovation of the Binning’s property started. She stated, ‘The most recent building started about October last year when they had some scaffolding put up which came about 3ft onto my land, so I rang Palvinder about it.”“They have had quite a few eastern European men doing building work around the property and I initially thought that this man I kept seeing was one of them.”‘I would see him more than the other workers, I would see him walking along the road outside the house.”‘I believe Pritpal runs a wedding business as well and she has a lot of wedding paraphernalia, which she had been keeping in a neighbor’s garage.‘But when that property was sold, she had to move it all back to her house. I saw this man, who was about 40, moving it all for her,” the publication quoted the neighbor as saying.The couple, who were arrested following the raid and reportedly released later, is under investigation currently pending further inquiries. The property has been searched thoroughly for the undergoing probe and evidence were seized which may prove critical to the investigation, the GLAA official report notes.GLAA Senior Investigating Officer Tony Byrne said, “In the 21st century, no-one should be forced to live in such degrading and disgusting conditions.”“Following the two arrests we made, our investigation is ongoing as we examine and assess the evidence we collected from the property.”Test Valley District Commander Chief Inspector Kory Thorne said, “Instances of modern-day slavery in the Test Valley are rare. However, when information is received suggesting someone is being subjected to modern-day slavery, we will work with partner agencies to investigate and where necessary take action against those people responsible.” Related Itemslast_img read more

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Athletes to blame for dope shame says NADA boss

first_imgNational Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) director-general Rahul Bhatnagar on Saturday brushed aside the claims by some of the athletes that the national sports federations (NSF) do not educate them about banned substances.”We follow the rules set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and their rules are very clear. There is no complexity in them. The ultimate responsibility is of the players to be very careful about the substances or food supplements they are taking as this is a matter of their career. They are repeatedly told that the doping can cost them their careers,” Bhatnagar said.It came as a national shame when six wrestlers, three swimmers, two athletes, one weightlifter and one netball player tested positive for banned substances – mainly methylhexanamine.Most of them were also part of the Delhi Commonwealth Games squads. These athletes will face an anti-doping disciplinary panel hearing on September 22.”This campaign against doping is in full swing owing to the reason that in some places doping is rampant. Some players are deliberately and knowingly doing it to enhance their performances.There is a huge list of banned substances on the WADA website as well as on our (NADA) site. Whenever the WADA add any substances in the category of banned substances, they do it after an thorough research and after consulting many countries.But now, for us it is very difficult to say which thing consists what,” Bhatnagar said.He also cautioned the athletes to be careful enough before buying anything which is not recommended to them or which they are not aware of.advertisement”There are so many things available in the market. Therefore, it becomes really difficult to find out what has banned substances and what doesn’t. This is why we instruct the athletes to avoid buying any food supplements or any other content which may spoil their career.”Overall, 2047 samples were collected from January to August in the country and 103 of them turned out to be positive with 12 of them testing positive for the same substance – methylhexanamine. We have informed WADA about this and they have not reacted yet but they will surely do it soon,” Bhatnagar said.”I spoke to some of the top tennis players recently and they told me they do not buy anything if they do not know about its substances.They are very careful and do not touch anything which may jeopardise their career. I feel the onus finally lies on the athletes if they fail the doping test – it is they who have to suffer.”last_img read more

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VAR to the rescue yet again as AC Milan scrape past Roma

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementAC Milan after a disappointing last week against Napoli, losing after taking a lead of 2-0 to 3-2 played well against AS Roma last night after they won the match, scoring at the dying minutes of the game.Patrick Cutrone the super sub scored for the team to assure the team it’s winning goal at the 95th minute on Friday. Milan’s manager, Gennaro Gattuso feels relaxed after the clash as speculations of former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte replacing him for a bad start to the season were rumored for quite a long time.Both the teams faced goals getting cancelled after referee Marco Guida consulted Video Assistant Referee (VAR), Higuain seeing his goal cancelled for getting trapped of off-side and Roma’s Steven Nzonzi suffered a handball for their goal dis-allowance.Determined to bounce back after a disappointment against Napoli, Milan kept on attacking the other half as Roma keeper Robin Olsen denied Higuain and Suso before Franck Kessie netted in the 40th minute. Roma equalised just before the hour as centre-back Federico Fazio unleashed a sharp volley to level the scoreline.Olson made two more stunning saves but couldn’t keep  Cutrone’s deciding strike to make things go in favour of AC Milan. Also Read :Usain Bolt’s football debut: Will the Speed King become Football King?last_img read more

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Slaven Bilic confirms Michail Antonio to miss West Ham’s start of season

first_imgWest Ham United midfielder Michail Antonio is recovering ahead of schedule from a hamstring surgery but will still miss their opening Premier League game against Manchester United, manager Slaven Bilic has said.Antonio, voted the club’s player of the player last season, is recovering from a hamstring injury that ended his campaign in April during a 1-0 victory over Swansea City.Both Antonio and teammate Andy Carroll, who is also on the sidelines with a long-term injury, were left out of the squad for pre-season tours of Austria and Germany.”Michail and Andy are in London,” Bilic told reporters during the club’s pre-season trip to Germany.”He (Antonio) is ahead of the plan. The plan is for him to miss the first game of the season.”Bilic was less optimistic about injury-prone striker Carroll, who has featured only 12 times for the club in 2017.The 28-year-old England international endured a stop-start campaign, nursing groin and knee issues for the majority of last season.”Andy is still not able to train with the team but he is working hard at Rush Green with the physios,” Bilic added.”I am frustrated he cannot play, now he is still injured and it is a big loss for us.”West Ham meet Werder Bremen in a pre-season friendly on Friday before facing the German side again on Saturday.last_img read more

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Ranji Trophy 2017: Vidarbha chase history in title clash vs Delhi

first_imgVidarbha will be chasing history when they take the field on Friday against Delhi, who will be chasing their eighth title at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.After five decades, Vidarbha will finally have a crack at the title in their 267th Ranji Trophy match. But standing in their way will be a Delhi side led by young Rishabh Pant, who have the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Nitish Ran and Unmukt Chand in their ranks. A battle-heartened Delhi have put behind their mediocre performances in the last two seasons and look rejuvenated in their bid to lift the title.Vidarbha will certainly be the underdogs but their consistent performances to reach the final will be a tough challenge for the hungry Pant-led side, who last won the title a decade back.Delhi have certainly had a great turn-around from last season, where their off-field antics made more news than what was going on it. The spat between then captain Gautam Gambhir and coach KP Bhaskar was out in the open and that severely affected their performances.Gambhir has come out rejuvenated and the out-of-favour India opener has scored three centuries and two fifties this year and would be happy to add to it. From scoring a crucial 95 in the fourth-innings quarterfinal chase against Madhya Pradesh to the century versus Bengal in the last-four stage, Gambhir has had a decisive role in the team’s progress to the final, and a substantial outing here would be befitting. Talking about his form he said that he is looking to score runs and help his team because that’s what makes him happy.advertisement”It has been satisfying (season). You want to put your hands up and perform in crucial games for your team. That’s what the team expects you to do as well. Scoring runs makes me happy. It keeps me motivated. Winning a game of cricket is equally important to me,” Gambhir told Mail Today in an interview.Gambhir gave up the captaincy and it has certainly helped him. Talking about it he said: “Sometimes I feel I have done enough. Captaining the entire season is a very long time. It is not like the IPL where you just finish in two months. Captaining day in and day out can be very tiring as well. So I thought it is time someone else does it.”However, given Vidarbha’s spirited run to their maiden title clash, Delhi are well aware of the threat the first-timers could pose over the next few days.Not one to take anything for granted, Delhi skipper Rishabh Pant said on the eve of the match,”We are just focused on the job at hand. We know we will have to play really well to win the match.”Medium pacer Rajneesh Gurbani has become the toast of the domestic scene since he ran through season favourites Karnataka’s a star-studded batting line-up in the semifinal in Kolkata.Vidarbha hero Gurbani reflects on �??dream come true�?? moment. While speaking to https://t.co/LpYM4tHRTK the fast bowler says he was determined to book his team�??s maiden @paytm #RanjiTrophy final berth – https://t.co/Ffu8QHYzU8 pic.twitter.com/jZZzcXxZEH- BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) December 21, 2017Gambhir’s much-younger opening partner, Kunal Chandela, too is coming off a century in the semi-final, and Delhi are fortunate to enter the season’s biggest game with their openers in top form.Nitish Rana has scored a lot of runs batting in the middle-order.The seven-time winners have a young captain in Pant and though he has had a quiet season, the wicketkeeper would certainly look to impress the national selectors present there, with handsome contributions.Navdeep Saini, the 25-year-old pacer, has been a consistent wicket-taker for Delhi this season. His seven- wicket match haul against Bengal in the semifinal contributed to his team s innings win.The bowler from Karnal, whose rise has been documented over the past few days, meant business in the group stages too, picking up wickets against Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.Saini’s pace bowling colleague, Kulwant Khejroliya too took four wickets against Bengal, as the duo bundled out their opponents for a paltry 86 in the second innings.Left-arm spinner Vikas Mishra has been the leading wicket-taker for Delhi this season, and has shone through the league, snaring a bag full of wickets against Madhya Pradesh, Hyderabad, Maharashtra and Railways. He has been accompanied by another left-arm spinner, Manan Sharma.As far as Vidarbha are concerned, their charge has been led by the experienced Faiz Fazal (843 runs at an average of 76.63) and his opening partner, Sanjay Ramaswamy (735 runs at an average 66.81).advertisementLast but not the least are veteran Wasim Jaffer and coach Chandrakant Pandit, who have won multiple titles with Mumbai.The duo have been inspiration for the Vidarbha youngsters as they know the recipe for winning India’s blue riband trophy.Squads Vidarbha: Faiz Fazal (C), Sanjay Ramaswamy, Wasim Jaffer, Ganesh Sathish, Apoorv Wankhede, Vinod Wadkar (WK), Aditya Sarwate, Akshay Wakhare, SiddeshNeral, Rajneesh Gurbani, Karn Sharma, Shalabh Srivastava, Siddhesh Wath (WK), Akshay Karnewar, Suniket Bingewar, Ravikumar Thakur, Aditya ThakareDelhi: Rishabh Pant (C and WK), Gautam Gambhir, Kunal Chandela, Dhruv Shorey, Nitish Rana, Himmat Singh, Manan Sharma, Vikas Mishra, Vikas Tokas, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Akash Sudan, Shivam Sharma, Unmukt Chand, Milind Kumar.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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It would be crazy not to include Steve Smith and David Warner in World Cup squad: Langer

first_imgSteve Smith and David Warner will not be rushed back into the Australia side as soon as their bans expire next month but coach Justin Langer thinks it would be “crazy” not to include them in the World Cup squad.The former Test captain and vice-captain, Australia’s best two batsmen, will become eligible for state and international cricket on March 29 after serving one-year bans for their part in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.The prospective return of both has been complicated by elbow injuries with Smith’s more serious problem requiring major surgery and likely to sideline him right up to the expiration of his ban.Coach Langer, who will prepare sides for both the World Cup defence and Ashes tour over the next few months, said the timing of their international returns would depend both on the injuries and also on how much cricket they were able to play.”They’re going to need to get some cricket before coming back into the squad. It’s all part of the management. We’ll have to wait and see,” he said.”We know it’s been a tough time for them, it’s been a tough time for Australian cricket, but we know the … integration has been going for the last nine or ten months … it’s getting closer, isn’t it? And that’ll be a continued process.”It’s about how much cricket they get to play between now and then. They’ll find opportunities. We’ll find opportunities.”We’re talking about two great players, we’re not talking about two really good players,” he added. “Two great players who on paper we’d be crazy not to have them in the team.”advertisementWith both retained by their franchises for this year’s Indian Premier League beginning on March 23 and Australia playing an ODI series against Pakistan in March-April, there will be plenty of opportunities for them to show their form and fitness.Australia must select their squad for the World Cup on April 23 and the Cricinfo website reported that Smith might even be left out to allow him to play longer-form cricket and ensure he is good to go for the Ashes.However, Smith’s manager Warren Craig said that the right-hand batsman remained on track to be available for selection ahead of thein England and Wales.”Until the brace comes off we don’t know for sure but all current opinion is that he’ll then have about three and a half weeks (before being ready to play),” Craig told cricket.com.au.”The intent is that he will play in the IPL and then the World Cup and then the Ashes.”The Australian newspaper said the pair were unlikely to be involved in the series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates but would play in the IPL as preparation for the World Cup.Also Watch:last_img read more

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Players Are Being Accused Of Faking Injuries During Game Today

first_imgSyracuse fans holding signs during College GameDay.SYRACUSE, NY – FEBRUARY 01: Syracuse Orange fans holds up a signs during ESPN College GameDay prior to the game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome on February 1, 2014 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)Florida State’s rough start under new head coach Willie Taggart continues today in the Carrier Dome.The Seminoles trail Syracuse 23-0, and it could be much worse, if not for the Orange stalling out twice in deep FSU territory.To make matters worse, the ‘Noles are having real issues with the conditions. The Carrier Dome, which is not air conditioned despite the name, gets really hot and sticky in September, and by all accounts it is very hot today.On numerous occasions, usually with Syracuse on offense, Florida State players have gone down with apparent cramps.Syracuse (and other) fans have started booing the down Florida State players, and are accusing them of going down to halt the Orange offense’s momentum.Under Dino Babers, ‘Cuse plays at a blistering pace. It’s hard to know if guys are actually faking injuries, but it has made this game a very choppy experience.Plenty of Florida fans are mixed in too, as you would expect.Another convenient cramp injury timeout by FSU up here in the Tropics #FSUvsSyracuse pic.twitter.com/9R97qgx1SY— Söze, Keyser (@gravestonedoji) September 15, 2018@ACC #FSU faking cramps to slow down Syracuse and no penalties? Really? Getting real tired of this.— Penny Royal (@PradorKing) September 15, 2018FSU players faking injuries…we have reached peak #GoACC— Jay Anderson (@HereGoJayAgain) September 15, 2018But why are FSU players faking injuries to slow down Syracuse tempo? ?— Ilive4saturdays (@Ilive4saturdays) September 15, 2018fsu faking all these injuries to slow up that high octane Syracuse offense. Smh.— Virgil Runnells Jr (@GatorVirgil1) September 15, 2018fsu faking all these injuries to slow up that high octane Syracuse offense. Smh.— Virgil Runnells Jr (@GatorVirgil1) September 15, 2018Taggart is getting blasted for it as well, and for good reason, if that is what is actually going on.After the season-opening loss to Virginia Tech, Taggart accused Hokies players of doing exactly that during a conference call with reporters.Florida State football coach Willie Taggart believes Virginia Tech defenders faked injuries to slow down his offense during Monday night’s season opener between the two teams.“It happened too often so it’s hard not to,” Taggart said Wednesday during the ACC’s coaches teleconference. “It happened too often.”Virginia Tech beat Florida State 24-3 on Monday night in the debut of Taggart – and his uptempo offense – with the Seminoles. The Hokies defense dominated the game but after a few longer plays by FSU, Tech defenders were down on the field with injuries.Faking injuries probably happens, but it can get really humid and gross in the Dome. We should probably take the ‘Noles at their word here, and Taggart should do the same with his opponents.last_img read more

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Remote Arctic wildlife area benefits from US foundation funding pledge

first_imgA northern national wildlife area is benefiting from a billion-dollar pledge from an American charitable organization.The Wyss Foundation, a private conservation group, says it will spend C$750,000 over the next three years to help fund an Indigenous guardians program for Edehzhie in the Northwest Territories.The money is intended to help local people study and manage the vast stretch of forest, wetlands and lakes in an area twice the size of Banff National Park.The money is part of a billion dollars worth of global conservation spending pledged by the foundation.Although the Wyss Foundation has long been active in the United States and around the world, this is its first Canadian investment.The Wyss Campaign for Nature, together with the Nature Conservancy and National Geographic, is making the pledge to encourage and assist governments to conserve about 30 per cent of the planet’s surface by 2030.last_img read more

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Equifax faces growing scrutiny as CAA says thousands may be impacted

first_imgTORONTO – Equifax Canada is facing intensifying calls for transparency on its massive cyberhack as the Canadian Automobile Association informs thousands of its members that their data may have been compromised and frustrated consumers ask questions about why they’re being treated worse than their U.S. counterparts.CAA said Thursday it partnered with Equifax on its identity protection program and is notifying the roughly 10,000 members who participated that they may have had sensitive data divulged in the security breach made public last week.The auto organization’s program required members to register their personal information such as credit cards, banking information and email address, with the option of providing a social insurance number.It appears that the sensitive information of CAA members who signed up for the identity protection program was stored with Equifax USA, said Ian Jack, CAA managing director of communications and government relations.The company has shied away from public comment, however Equifax Canada’s customer service agents have told callers that only Canadians who have had dealings in the United States are likely to have had their information compromised in the data breach. That includes those who have lived, worked or applied for credit south of the border.“Equifax has not been forthcoming with information to us despite our repeated requests,” Jack said.The identity protection program began in March 2015 and was terminated on July 1, weeks before Equifax discovered the hack on July 29.Jack said the CAA has been trying since the first reports of the Equifax breach surfaced to determine if it affects any of its approximately 10,000 members who signed up for the program. It is also writing to Canada’s privacy commissioner to express concern and ask that they push Equifax to provide more information to Canadians.“We value our members’ privacy. Our contract with Equifax explicitly said customer data would be governed by Canada’s privacy law, PIPEDA,” Jack said.“We chose them as a partner because of their then high reputation. CAA did not handle or retain any of the information provided to Equifax.”Equifax Canada did not respond to requests Thursday from The Canadian Press.The development comes as Canadians who are worried they might be victims of the Equifax Inc. voice concern they are being treated as an afterthought in the wake of one of the largest online data breaches in history.Equifax Inc. said last Thursday that a security breach occurred over the summer that compromised the private information of up to 143 million Americans, along with a undisclosed number of Canadians.But the company has not provided further details, including how many Canadians may have been exposed.The company has provided consumers in the U.S. with a website that shows whether they are at risk of identity theft and is allowing them to monitor their files for free for one year.But the online database does not provide Canadians with accurate information because it is based on U.S. social security numbers. The Equifax Canada website says it costs $19.95 per month for the monitoring service.Toronto lawyer Frances Macklin said she is frustrated that Canadians are more in the dark than U.S. consumers and questioned why there isn’t a dedicated portal for consumers north of the border.“We’re equally affected. Just because I don’t have a social security number, I don’t get access to information,” said the partner at Gowlings law firm. “I’m completely bewildered by that.”Communications expert Warren Weeks believes Equifax could not have handled this issue in a worse way.“We’re talking about the gateway to all of your financial information in your life,” said Weeks, owner of communications firm Weeks Media Group.“And Canadians, in specific, don’t know if they’ve been targeted or not or they’ve been impacted or not? I think in 2017, that’s unacceptable.”However, he added, it’s common for a Canadian subsidiary to be told to keep tight-lipped by its U.S. parent when issues arise.Equifax may also be under more regulatory pressure in the U.S. than in Canada, said Tamir Israel, a staff lawyer with the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic in Ottawa.The U.S. has federal regulations in place that govern credit reporting companies such as Equifax, which outline both proper business practices and identity theft, Israel said.“If they don’t deal with this issue appropriately, [that law] is likely to get expanded to address whatever shortcomings they had.”In Canada, credit reporting agencies are regulated by individual provinces and territories, he added.“Because of that mismatch, it falls through the cracks a little.”last_img read more

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Reno gives preliminary approval for downtown strip clubs

RENO, Nev. — Reno officials have given preliminary approval to allow strip clubs to remain in the city’s downtown.The Reno City Council voted Wednesday on a series of regulations on adult businesses, approving a number of operating restrictions but rejecting proposed bans on alcohol and digital signs.The council will vote again on the regulations on May 8. The regulations will become law if the council approves them again.The council approved restrictions prohibiting private booths or lounges for private dances in the clubs.They also voted to increase the minimum age requirement of dancers from 18 to 21 and to require performers and employees to obtain work cards.The Associated Press read more

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Trial for Sukhvinder Rai starts today

The trial began today for Sukhvinder Rai, the man who crashed his truck into the Skyway Bridge back in July 2014.He is facing six charges, that include, impaired driving over .80, dangerous driving, mischief, and endangering life.The first witness testified was driving behind Rai and saw the crash.The trial is expected to last until the end of the month.Sean Leathong is covering the trail and will have a full report on the Evening News at 6.

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FROM THE FIELD New sensors protect vulnerable Malawians against deadly lightning

In tropical countries like Malawi, people who work outdoors are particularly susceptible to lightning strikes. (November 2018) by UNDP MalawiThere are more deaths from lightning in developing countries, especially in tropical electrical storm-prone regions, largely because more people work outdoors and fewer buildings are protected against strikes.  In Malawi, UNDP has been working with government agencies to install eight lightning detection sensors across the southern African country which can warn people – particularly those who could be in danger like farmers and fishing communities – that a storm is on the way. Read more here. read more

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Ohio State hockey interim coach named

Ohio State has named Steve Rohlik as the interim coach of its men’s hockey team, according to a press release. Rohlik, who served as the Buckeyes’ associate head coach for three seasons, will replace former coach Mark Osiecki, who was let go by the program Monday. Rohlik said he doesn’t know why Osiecki was fired. “It has been a difficult couple days for everybody. I’m just focusing on my role of getting the players to finish up the semester in the way they need to do and that’s what my focus is on right now,” Rohlik said in an interview with The Lantern Tuesday afternoon. Rohlik joined OSU’s staff in 2010 after spending 10 years as an assistant coach at Minnesota Duluth. While he was on staff, the team advanced to two NCAA tournaments from 2001-2010, including a Frozen Four appearance in 2004 and the 2009 WCHA playoff title. Rohlik also served as an assistant coach for three seasons at Nebraska-Omaha from 1998-2000. Prior to that, he spent 1991 on the Wisconsin coaching staff. Like his predecessor, Rohlik is a Minnesota native and graduated from Wisconsin. He was a two-time captain for the Badgers hockey team, which won a national championship his senior year. Rohlik said he doesn’t know what his salary will be yet. “There’s been nothing like that right now at all,” Rohlik said. “Like I said, I’m just focusing on what my role is right now.” As of Tuesday afternoon, a description of the men’s hockey head coaching position was still available on OSU’s career website. The position’s description had not changed upon the announcement of Rohlik being named interim head coach. read more

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HERO CPL Playoff tickets on sale CEO says games in Guyana

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL idols departing cricket knowledge before tournament gets underwayJuly 26, 2018In “latest news”Hero CPL signs historic deal to have playoff games in GuyanaJuly 4, 2018In “Sports”CPL 2018: Fastest 50 award to be sponsored by eZoneJuly 23, 2018In “latest news” Tickets for the Playoffs of the Biggest Party in Sport are now on sale online and at the local box office and will be sold on a first come first served basis, according to a release from CPLT20.The Hero CPL Playoffs will be at Providence Stadium in Guyana for the first time and sellout crowds are expected so fans are encouraged to buy early to avoid disappointment.Last year there were four Hero CPL games in Guyana, this year there are five group games and the two vital Playoff matches in Providence as Hero CPL brings more superb sport to the cricket loving public of Guyana.Fans can expect an even bigger party in 2018 with Hero CPL planning to make these the must attend events in Guyana this summer. The Playoffs are a hugely important part of the Hero CPL season as we find out who will be taking part in the final of the fast growing T20 tournament.The matches will take place on Tuesday 11 September and Wednesday 12 September as the six team Franchise tournament approaches its dramatic conclusion. This is the ticket that everyone in Guyana wants and these matches are just reward to the Guyanese public for their wonderful support of Hero CPL over the yearsFans wanting to buy tickets for these fixtures can do so at www.cplt20.com and at the ticket office which is located at 238 Camp and Quamina Streets, Georgetown. Tickets are also on sale at Lot 19 Princess Elizabeth Road, Queenstown, New Amsterdam and at Imam Bacchus and Sons General Store at Affiance Essequibo Coast. Fans are  encouraged to buy soon as the tickets are expected to sell out very fast.Speaking about the release of tickets for the Playoff games Damien O’Donohoe, CEO of Hero CPL, said: “The support that we have over the years from the Guyanese government and the Guyanese public has been outstanding. The games in Guyana have an atmosphere like nowhere else on earth. This is the biggest sports event of the year and I urge fans to get their tickets early and not be left disappointed. There was so many fans who missed the home games as the tickets sold out so fast. We also have a few surprises up our sleeve for the Playoffs… so make sure to follow us on www.cplt20.com” read more

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