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Spain reports more than 23,000 new COVID-19 cases since Friday

first_img“If the appropriate safety measures are applied, the probability of transmission is negligible,” Simon said.Five people died in the past day, bringing Spain’s total death toll to 29,094, ministry data showed.Daily deaths, which tend to lag spikes in new cases by several weeks, have increased lately to levels last seen in June, but remain well below the late March peak of nearly 900 deaths per day. Topics : Illa said that the situation is not comparable to the pandemic’s first peak in March and April, noting hospitals now have greater capacity. He said that nothing can be ruled out but it would be unlikely Spain would need to close schools again or impose a new state of emergency to try to tackle the virus.Since bringing the first wave largely under control through a strict lockdown that ended in June, Spain has been hit by a sharp resurgence of infections as measures were relaxed and mass testing began.On Aug. 21, daily infections hit nearly 10,000, their highest level since the peak of the epidemic in late March. They have come down to about 9,000 to 8,000 per day last week, updated health ministry data showed.With the new academic year approaching and Spain registering the highest number of cases in western Europe, officials sought to assuage fears that schools could turn into vectors for mass contagion.center_img Spain has registered more than 23,000 new COVID-19 cases since Friday, health emergency chief Fernando Simon told a news conference on Monday, suggesting the infection rate had declined slightly from an Aug. 21 peak.Health ministry data showed 2,489 new cases were diagnosed in the past 24 hours, bringing the total since the onset of the pandemic to 462,858.”Of course we are worried because we have to stabilize and bring down the infection chain,” Health Minister Salvador Illa told Catalonia’s regional TV channel 324 late on Monday, adding that the goal is to avoid pressuring hospitals.last_img read more

The Latest: 1 player at Blackburn and 2 at Fulham positive

first_imgThe Latest: 1 player at Blackburn and 2 at Fulham positive Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Three players from English soccer clubs Blackburn and Fulham have tested positive for the coronavirus. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed.Race director Jan Lammers says “we would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands.”The other races canceled were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.Another six remain postponed.F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15-18 races this season, starting with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP in July. Players and all staff and officials had to undergo heat checks before entering the stadium and strict health protocols were put in place on the field.___Bologna says a test carried out on a member of its staff who was suspected of having coronavirus has come back negative.The club says that a “further, definitive test” will be carried out in the next few hours.The players will nevertheless train individually as a precaution. Associated Press Tickets for next Wednesday’s Hungarian Cup final between Budapest Honved and Mezokovesd-Zsory at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest will soon be sold online.___Elite sports made a comeback in Australia for the first time since March 22 with the Brisbane Broncos hosting Parramatta in the National Rugby League.Two rounds of matches were played in the NRL in March before Australia and New Zealand went into lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.No fans were allowed into the 52,500-seat stadium in Brisbane because of strict social distancing rules. But at a bone-jarring collision between burly rugby players was broadcast across Australia to signal the return of contact teams sports in the country.center_img Blackburn says captain Elliott Bennett was found to be infected with COVID-19 after testing negative last Friday.Bennett says he doesn’t “feel unwell” and doesn’t have any symptoms.Fulham says two players tested positive but did not name them.The positive cases at the second-division clubs came after tests on 1,030 players and staff from Monday to Wednesday.The three players will have to self-isolate for seven days before returning to training ahead of a potential resumption of the competition. ___The postponed Belgian Cup final has been rescheduled for Aug. 1. That is one week before the start of the league’s next season.Belgian soccer authorities say the match between Club Brugge and Antwerp will take place in an empty King Baudouin Stadium.Club Brugge has the opportunity to secure a league-cup double after it was awarded its 16th Belgian title this month following a decision to end the current season prematurely because of the coronavirus pandemic.All sporting competitions in Belgium have been suspended until July 31. The new season is set to start on Aug. 7. It would be the first positive case in Serie A since the teams started training in groups if it is confirmed. The entire squad would have to go into quarantine.Serie A has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league is hoping to restart on June 13.___The Dutch Grand Prix has become the fourth Formula One race to be canceled this season.Organizers of the first Dutch GP in 35 years preferred to wait until next year in hope fans will be able to attend, rather than hold the race without them this time. ___The Hungarian soccer federation says matches in the country can once again be held with spectators in the stadiums.The announcement comes on the back of a government decree allowing the option amid the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers are obliged to keep three seats empty between each occupied seat and no fan may sit directly behind or in front of another. Players and essential personnel on or near the field during matches must recently have tested negative for the coronavirus.The federation says clubs can decide on their own whether they want to play in front or fans again. May 28, 2020last_img read more

TKR skipper Pollard defends decision to bowl struggling Neesham

first_img… says ‘sometimes you have to back your players’ TRINBAGO Knight Riders (TKR) captain Kieron Pollard has defended bowling a struggling Jimmy Neesham at death in a thrilling super over loss against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on Tuesday night.The New Zealand cricketer had a night to forget, his four-over spell going for a record most runs conceded with 68.  On his birthday, the 29-year-old got off to a horrid start after being punished with 31 taken off his first over by top-order batsman Evin Lewis.Lewis and the Patriots were in pursuit of 216 and got within touching distance of the target, largely in part to 64 runs from a 30-ball cameo from Carlos Brathwaite.The Patriots needed 19 from the final over and Neesham, who bowled at the death for the Black Caps during the Cricket World Cup earlier this year, bowled it but conceded 18 runs as the home side’s Rayad Emrit (21 off 11 balls) and Alzarri Joseph (7 off 3 balls) forced a Super Over.Needing five to win from the last ball, Emrit was fortunate with a four that flew to the boundary after a leading edge and the scores were tied after a dramatic final over that featured misfields, overthrows and a no-ball for height from Neesham.“Obviously in hindsight, I could have bowled that last over, bowling two overs with sweat on my back but couple games before that he had done it for us bowling the last over.  Yes, he wasn’t having a great day but sometimes you have to back your players and I backed him to do it,” Pollard said.Pollard also had high commendation for man-of-the-match Brathwaite, who scored 17 in the super over, before taking the ball to respect the Knightriders to 5 for 1.“I could have easily backed myself and taken the initiative like Carlos did but it’s great to see Carlos stepping up and taking that mantle and taking the team on his shoulders.” (Sportsmax)last_img read more

Hockey unable to beat UMD

first_imgAfter being swept at home this weekend by No. 3Minnesota-Duluth, the No. 4 Wisconsin women’s hockey team now finds itself inan unprecedented slump — after dropping two games this weekend, theback-to-back defending champions record over the past six games is just1-4-1.On Saturday, the Badgers suffered what might have been theirworst loss of the season, as the team gave up two goals in the game’s final 40seconds to lose 3-2.At the start of the game, UW found itself in an early holewhen UMD’s Karine Demeule scored on a nifty backhand less than two minutes intothe first period.”The early goal put us on our heels,” head coach MarkJohnson said. “I thought we were going to come out with a bunch of energy — wehad talked about that at our meeting this morning, and the kids seemed ready togo, but we didn’t come out with energy. We didn’t play very well in the first 20minutes.”To try and kick start his team, Johnson pulled a surprisingmove and benched the alternate captain, senior Jinelle Zaugg.”I wasn’t getting much out of her,” Johnson said. “She satmost of the second period and the third period. You have to compete and youhave to play to earn ice time, and I wasn’t seeing that. She was given a lot ofopportunities, but she didn’t respond.””Coach was just trying to mix it up and see who played wellwith each other,” goaltender Jessie Vetter added. “Whatever he does seems towork, so I am sure there was reason for it.”The Badgers, without Zaugg, were able tie the game at 1-1 ona second period power play, when junior Erika Lawler was able to tip in a shotfrom sophomore Jasmine Giles. Wisconsin was then able to take their first lead in threegames, when Meghan Duggan received a pass from Giles and ripped a scorchingslap shot that found the back of the net, giving the Badgers a 2-1 lead.The Badgers looked like they were well on their way tovictory, until the Bulldogs pulled their goaltender to put an extra forward onthe ice with one minute left in the game. The move paid off as UMD’s IyaGavrilova managed to tip in the puck while there was mayhem in front of thenet. “Those are the type of goals that just ends up on theirstick,” Vetter said. “We need to get a clear before that happens, but we willget it by the end of the season.”In overtime, UW never had a chance as UMD’s Saara Tuominenfound a streaking Gavrilova, who beat Vetter and scored the game winner only 15seconds into the overtime period.”Duluth is just a fast and shifty team,” Vetter said. “Thatis one team that you definitely don’t want to give breakaways to. They are justfinishers and if you give them that much time and space on a breakaway, theyare going to make something happen. The girl fooled me and made a really goodplay.”On Friday, the Badgers struggled to find their offense in a3-1 loss. Wisconsin struggled on the power play as the team ended upgoing 0-for-7 on power play chances in the game.Johnson, though, does not think that the loss can beattributed to a lack of effort.”I am pleased with the effort,” Johnson said. “The big thingis not to get frustrated. If we are not able to score as many goals as we want,we have to play hard and find other ways to win games.”Even though they lost both games, the Badgers are lookingforward to the next time they play Minnesota Duluth.”We are already marking it on our calendar when we get to play them upin Duluth,” Vetter said. “It will be a very good series.”last_img read more

Google Apps Now Supports Multiple Domains

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts alex williams IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Multiple domain support is a standard of Microsoft Exchange. Multiple domain support is offered through its online services but there are limits on the number of domains available.Zoho also supports multiple domains. According to Raju Vegesna:“A typical business has multiple domains associated (imagine RWW having readwriteweb.com, rww.com, rrweb.com etc). Now you may want to create email addresses, subdomains etc for each of these domains. Supporting multiple domains lets you do things like create aliases that work with all domains. For example, you have [email protected], but you can easily create aliases so that [email protected] and [email protected] can point to your actual email address. There are several other advantages with supporting multiple domains. In our case, we have three divisions (Zoho, ManageEngine, WebNMS etc). For each of the divisions, we have separate email addresses with that domain name and then sub-domains, product names etc. Managing all these from a single console is a unified experience. That is how we internally use it. But we have several customers who use it in other ways.”Multiple domain support is available for Google Apps Premiere and Education edition users at no additional charge. Google Apps now has multi-domain support, allowing organizations with two or more domains to manage from a single control panel. Until now, Google Apps permitted one domain per account. That has become an issue, especially for larger organizations, migrating employees on multiple domains. Companies would either set up other domains as domain aliases or set up different Google Apps accounts for each domain.According to the blog !escunid , this is how the process worked before: Source: !escunid Online Business DevelopmentThe new multi-domain support is an admin control that allows people on different domains to keep their email addresses but see co-workers from other domains in the organization’s global address book. Tags:#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

5 Ways to Clean up Audio in Adobe Audition

first_imgWere these audio tips helpful? What else do you want to know about Audition? Give us your feedback in the comments below. Check out the tutorial below where Maxim Jago from Lynda.com takes us through the step-by-step process of using the Spectral Frequency Display to clean up your audio. Activate your Waveform by double-clicking your audio source in the Files panel.With your Waveform selected, head over to either the Effects Rack or the Effects Top Menu.Then go to Noise Reduction/Restoration > Adaptive Noise Reduction. Now that you know how to access Frequency Analysis (as well as how to apply frequency holds), let’s turn to a full tutorial (once again from Mike Russell) on how to effectively use this feature for audio clean up. Access the Waveform of your audio by double-clicking on the track.Head over to Window > Amplitude Statistics.A new window will open. Click on the Scan option in the lower left-hand corner.Once it scans, find the section that says Possibly Clipped Samples.Click on the small Diamond Shaped Node next the number. This will take you to where your audio is clipping. For an in-depth look at how to use the technique above, check out the great tutorial below from Mike Russell. He’ll run through the Amplitude Statistics process, then show you how to fix distortion in two different ways. 5. Use Frequency AnalysisAnother way to locate noises in your audio is by using the Frequency Analysis option. By activating this window, you’ll be able to see the frequencies in your audio file, which then allows you to find where random issues of clipping, excessive bass, and other noises are located. Here’s how to access this menu option. 4. Remove EchoEcho is another issue that you may hear in your audio from time to time. It happens, especially when you’re filming at a location with a lot of reflective surfaces. Surfaces like concrete, tile, brick, and metal will reflect sound and bounce it all over the space, which in turn can give you some unwanted reverb.Unfortunately, Audition doesn’t include any really polished effects that can handle this issue. However, there are several plugins you can purchase that won’t break the bank. Two great plugins you can use: Acon Digital’s DeVerberate and the SPL De-Verb plugin from Plugin Alliance.In the tutorial below, Curtis Judd gives us an in-depth tutorial on how to utilize both of the above plugins to reduce and remove echo issues from your audio. Now, you should be completing your audio mix in something other than your NLE, but if it’s a quick video project and you have echo issues, know that you can use these plugins with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.center_img Open your audio Waveform by double-clicking it in the Files Panel.As the Waveform opens in the Editor Panel, look toward the bottom of the panel.There is a small divider. Click and Hold to pull that divider up, revealing the Spectral Frequency Display.Now you have a visual reference to find the noises you need to take out. Now that you know how to access the Adaptive Noise Reduction effect, let’s find out how to precisely use the effect to clean up audio. Here’s another video from Lynda.com that runs through the process. 3. Use Adaptive Noise ReductionAnother way to reduce unwanted noise from your audio is through the use of the Adaptive Noise Reduction effect. This effect works really well at removing ambient background noise and wind noise. This effect can be applied in real-time through the Multitrack Editor, which is really handy. Here’s how to get started using the Adaptive Noise Reduction effect. Go to the Window top menu, and click the Frequency Analysis tab.Choose Logarithmic from the Scale drop-down menu.Start your playback. To Freeze, click one of the eight Hold buttons. 2. Use the Spectral Frequency DisplayHave you ever been out on location filming and some secondary interference messed with your audio? Maybe someone on set sneezed or had their cell phone ring. Maybe an airplane flew overhead. Noises like these can be taken out of your audio with the Spectral Frequency Display. There are always going to be imperfections in your production audio. Instead of scrapping it, use these tips to clean it up in Adobe Audition.No matter how experienced your audio crew, there are always issues that will find their way into your recording. It happens. But resist the urge to scrap your audio and go straight to ADR, because you might be able to salvage that audio. There are several options you can utilize in order to save this audio, but one option that’s gaining steam within the industry is Adobe Audition.With that said, here are five tips for cleaning up your audio in Adobe Audition. For each tip, we’ll run through how you can fix the issue and then post a helpful professional tutorial to guide you step by step. Let’s get started.1. Fix Distorted AudioThere may be moments in post when you discover that your field recorder settings were simply too hot. This is a problem that frequently rears its ugly head in documentary film work, especially for those working as a one-person crew. When your audio is too hot, it’s going to distort — but fear not. It can be fixed.last_img read more

Rugby 7s, golf may feature in 2016 Olympics

first_imgRugby Sevens and golf virtually secured their spots as the two new sports for the 2016 Olympic Games when the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Executive Board voted in their favour here on on Thursday.The decision, taken by secret ballot, is not binding as it has to be rubber-stamped by the entire IOC membership in a vote in Copenhagen in October – if successful it would take the amount of sports to 28.Seven sports had been vying for inclusion to the 2016 Games, the venue for which will be voted on when the IOC meets in Denmark, with baseball, softball, rollersports, karate and squash all missing out.For the five sports who lost out there is no hope of continuing their fight as IOC president Jacques Rogge has said they cannot come to the vote as an alternative option should one of the recommended sports be voted down.Rugby, which in its traditional 15-a-side format featured at the Olympics four times at the start of the 20th century, had always been the front runner.After failing in their previous bid to get into the 2012 Games the sport’s powerbrokers mounted an aggressive and effective campaign, with International Rugby Board (IRB) president Bernard Lapasset making it the priority of his first term of office.His intention was to make it a truly global sport, ‘reaching out’ as he termed it, and as IRB chief executive Mike Miller pointed out the Sevens format is ideal for television as it is ‘fast and furious’ and also has the habit of producing upsets.Golf, which also appeared briefly at the Games in the early 1900s, had attracted a certain amount of scepticism even from golf lovers, in that it was too elitist and also several members hardly espouse the IOC value of sexual equality as they belong to male-only golf clubs.Also as Australian golfer Geoff Ogilvy declared at one point ‘we are not members of a team we are individuals and we decide where we play’.2016 is also a Ryder Cup year.Several potential Olympic contenders who may be on the cusp of qualifying for either the American or European teams could well prefer to play in another tournament so they can garner enough points to make their respective Ryder Cup teams.Softball produced a very passionate campaign led by their Korean War veteran, president Don Porter, who had been stunned when they were voted out of the Games in Singapore in 2005.Indeed in a poll in the extremely influential Olympic publication ‘Sports Intern’ they topped the poll of IOC members, experts and specialist journalists – golf was fifth.However, in the end that meant little as Rogge once again showed he is without doubt the master of the IOC – having initially begun his regime looking a bit shaky – and his will prevailed.advertisementlast_img read more

Emergence of talent from outside traditional cricket strongholds reflects hinterland grit

first_imgS. S. DasIf you pay close attention to directions it is easy to find Srirampur. It is 90 km from Ahmadnagar, 30 km from Shirdi and about 60 km from Aurangabad in Maharashtra. Or maybe that’s 60 km from Ahmadnagar, 30 km from…Anyhow, it is one of those towns that,S. S. DasIf you pay close attention to directions it is easy to find Srirampur. It is 90 km from Ahmadnagar, 30 km from Shirdi and about 60 km from Aurangabad in Maharashtra. Or maybe that’s 60 km from Ahmadnagar, 30 km from…Anyhow, it is one of those towns that flash past the mainstream in a blur, names in train timetables, dots on a map, places with faded pasts and hardly a handle on the future. City slickers call them the boondocks, the hick towns, and use them as settings for witty post-colonial Indo-Anglian novels.S.S. Das22  BhubaneswarThe promising opener’s home state has only one turf wicket India’s newest opener learnt how to bat on the wicket in this picture. Das’ home club, Pragati Cricket Club, boasts a battered matting wicket and a bumpy outfield. Orissa has just one turf wicket, 25 km away in Cuttack, where practice is allowed only before tournaments, which are few and far between. But the retired schoolmaster’s son chooses to count his blessings. “The high and uneven bounce of this pitch has made me a better player off the backfoot.” Backfoot play is the opener’s stock-in-trade and Das plies it with great confidence for India.”This wicket has made me a better player.”One bunch of hillbillies has had enough and is not standing around waiting to be laughed at. This lot plays cricket for India. When you can cut Glenn McGrath like an offending, overgrown branch and make Mark Waugh look like he’s got feet of lead, no one, from sophisticate to street urchin, sneers.advertisementThey make idols out of you instead and sometimes even pray to them. The roll call of Indian cricketers now no longer echoes only in the metros or the other traditional centres of Indian cricket like Baroda or Hyderabad. More than half a dozen players in the running for spots on the forthcoming tours to Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and South Africa come from towns way off the Indian cricket landscape, including Srirampur.What is its claim to fame? That’s old stomping ground to left-arm strike bowler Zaheer Khan. Srirampur has a couple of colleges, but no proper cricket ground. Bhubaneswar, the Mecca of Odissi dance rather than opening batsmanship, has, like a gift from a kindly God, produced an old-style frontman in Shiv Sunder Das.Najafgarh, on the fringes of Delhi where life revolves around flour mills and seed production for the villages that skirt it, is home to allrounder Virender Sehwag. That’s the guy who a month ago won a man-of-the-match award in a one-day international against the Australians-with a broken thumb. And then there’s Jalandhar in Punjab’s industrial heartland, where hundreds flooded the station to welcome back Harbhajan “Turbanator” Singh when he had finished off the wizards of Oz.Harbhajan SinghIn the past too, some cricketers have grown from unfashionable roots and were often sneered at for their “lack of cricket culture”. But never before in the history of Indian cricket have so many from these new territories grown to maturity all at the same time. “I’ve seen cricket grow, seen it spreading in the past 10 years. These are the boys who prove that,” says Balvinder Singh Sandhu, head coach at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.In the 1980s, hardly anyone in World Cup winner Sandhu’s village in Punjab played the game. Today, he finds children using thick wooden laundry sticks as bats. It is an image that tells the remarkable story of cricket’s journey from a sport of colonial heritage and princely patronage to emerge not just as a powerful market force but as a pan-Indian phenomenon that has swept away all the old rules and swept up humdrum hamlet and remote district towns in its undertow.Harbhajan Singh20  JalandharThe turbanator rolled pitches before rolling his arm over His rise to the big league may seem meteoric. But the off-spinner has paid heavy dues. Coach Devinder Arora remembers Harbhajan Singh bowling on the roof of his home and wearing out the ball in two hours. A reluctant schoolboy, Harbhajan would cycle off to the cricket ground three times a day, help his mates push the roller up and down the wicket, put up the nets and begin to bowl. He says, “I knew only cricket could help me achieve something in life.” A prodigy who preferred to practise with seniors, Harbhajan said he learnt early to watch a batsman’s footwork rather than his face. He spent two nights in a gurdwara in Patiala when called for selection trials, and days at an academy in Chandigarh where, homesick, he would “cry over trivial things”. But his bowling – whether to the West Indian tourists or Sachin Tendulkar in the nets in 1996 – was marked out as extraordinary. “It was the first time I felt that getting to the Indian team was within reach,” he says. “I learnt very early that cricket is a game of the mind.””I knew only cricket could help me.”Love it or loathe it, satellite television has been a caravan of this transformation, its virtual footprints reaching distant doorsteps in one long stride.advertisementNow you don’t need to go to a city to watch the Australians steal singles, the South Africans pluck catches out of thin air and Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis bowl reverse swing: at the click of your TV switch, they’ll come to you – close-up, in super-slow motion, with bars charts, graphs and diagrams and, the icing on the cake, an army of teachers.Former Test players on commentary panels give impromptu show-and-tell classes in field positions, foot work and the basics of the modern game. To the young student many miles away from the action and equally removed from a half-decent coach, cricket television was not only razzed-up entertainment but an education.Mohammed KaifWhen Harvinder Singh decided to take up pace bowling, Younis was his first coach – through the television. Harvinder would imitate the Pakistani player’s run-up and action in front of a full-length mirror and then replicate it on the field.Dilip Vengsarkar runs an academy in Mumbai which draws most of its trainees from the northern suburbs. They arrive – age 10 and above – armed with raw talent and loads of technical questions stemming from television shows like Boycs’ and Sunny’s Master Class.The quality and quantity of cricket on television has liberated small-town India from its limitations. Cricket writer and historian Ramachandra Guha says, “If by the age of seven or eight you know the basics, and if you do have real talent, you do not have to be in Bangalore or Mumbai to ‘make it’. You do not have to be somewhere where you will be taught by trained coaches at a relatively early stage.”Mohammed Kaif20  AllahabadLeft home at age 12 to join a sports hostel Never mind the infamous power cuts in Uttar Pradesh. Keetgang Mohalla in Allahabad now has its own street light. Even as Junior India captain and middle-order batsman Mohammed Kaif tries to find his way in international cricket, he has already raised the bar for his state players a little higher. “I sometimes take it to heart too much-that I must do well for Uttar Pradesh cricket,” he says. The youngest of three sons born to Uttar Pradesh Ranji Trophy player Mohammed Tarif, Kaif left home at age 12 for a sports hostel in Kanpur where he spent eight years. The coaching there was far from modern and his predecessors were easily satisfied after playing Ranji Trophy. “I tried to spend as much time on the field as I could and make the most of every opportunity.” Today the fittest cricketer in the Indian side, Kaif has grabbed every piece of advice he could get. Allahabad’s cricket is still divided by a faction fight amongst officials. The town does not have a single professional cricket coach, there is no infrastructure for coaching or a proper net. What they do have though is an ambitious young man called Mohammed Kaif and for some it’s a good enough place to start. Kaif says, “I used to wonder what we lack in Uttar Pradesh but now attitudes among youngsters are changing. They know how playing good cricket can get you respect in life.””I must do well for cricket in UP.”What distinguishes these cricketers is not their all-consuming love for their sport, which they share with their peers. Love can, equally easily, be over-valued or undermined but the men from the fringes have used it to carry them to the furthest reaches of their inner and outer worlds.advertisementTo find their way in “big cricket” they have been ready to move mountains, one boulder at a time.Khan loved pace bowling so much that when he heard he had missed out on an under-19 selection trial in the district because a friend forgot to tell him in time, he cried as though he would never stop. After he had finished devastating local batting line-ups in tennis-ball cricket, he begged his father Bakhtiyar Khan to take him to Mumbai.One summer they came to the big city looking for a guru. Every morning, father and son went from club to club and maidan to maidan until they ran into former Test player Sudhir Naik. Naik took one look at the stringy 17-year-old’s pace and said, “Don’t touch that tennis ball again.”Virender SehwagMohammed Kaif left home in genteel, never-changing Allahabad as a 12-year-old and spent eight years in a sports hostel in Kanpur. He was the youngest of three cricket-playing brothers who had to learn to do household chores and eat institutional food.Harvinder, who comes from Chheharta, an ailing industrial suburb of Amritsar, was once told that rustics could never play cricket and made to stand behind the nets. “It hit me like a bullet and since then I have always wanted to prove that somebody from the villages can also play cricket.”When he played for India in the Sahara Cup in 1997, Chheharta kept its shops open way past midnight so that even people without televisions could watch the match live from Toronto. As a precocious teenager, Harbhajan practised landing the ball until his fingers bled, asking friends to switch on scooter headlights at sundown so that he could practise some more.Virender Sehwag22  NajafgarhTravelled 84 km by bus every day for cricket Najafgarh Ka Tendulkar. It’s a presumptuous nickname bestowed upon Virender Sehwag by Delhi’s club cricket maniacs but today he is his locality’s calling card for the rest of the country. Old men stop him in the street to give him their ashirwad for making Najafgarh known as more than just an area on the fringe of Delhi where rural gangsters seek shelter. Allrounder Sehwag, son of a flour-mill owner, was known as the boy always ready to play cricket matches against any opposition. He switched schools at the age of 15 for cricket. The school coach A.K. Sharma taught him the rudiments of the game: the copybook cover drive, how to tackle a regular cricket ball. In college, he travelled 42 km by bus – one way – to Jamia Millia Islamia University as it would help him leapfrog into inter-varsity tournaments and from there into the India under-19 and the Delhi teams. After Shoaib Akhtar cleaned him up one time, he cranked bowling machines as high as they would go (160 kmph) so he could be ready for fast bowling. Before any match, for club, state or country he prepares himself mentally, sorting out the bowling in his mind – whom to respect, whom to rip apart. “I have never doubted myself. Everyone I met told me I could be a good player-whether my coach or my teammates in Delhi or India. They believe in me and I play to justify their confidence.””I have never doubted myself.”Every coach who runs into a talented cricketer spots desire as easily as a naturally correct technique. Bangalore’s V. Jagannath, who has helped cricketers from outside the city (including Sunil Joshi) find their feet for over four decades, says, “These boys have an abundance of natural talent but they’re also physically fitter than the city boys, incredibly focused and willing to work harder.”In the smaller towns, says Harbhajan, “there are no distractions like money or glamour as in the cities”. Coaches like Sandhu and Naik say that the talent pool in the heart of cities, equally attracted to the computer and the television screen, cannot quite keep up with the intensity that the players from smaller towns bring with them.Andhra’s first Test player M.S.K. Prasad, born to a chemist’s family in Guntur, believes only when grit and skill weigh in equally can a cricketer from a background with no formal system of coaching or organised facilities aspire for the highest level. While skill helps the cricketer climb the ladder, grit helps him keep his balance in a new world where social rules assault his shyness and inhibitions.Zaheer KhanSome worry about their lack of fluency in English. Others, like a group in the first batch of the NCA last year, have to deal with advice on how to eat with forks and knives and to use toilet paper. But these are survivors who quickly pick up every thing that helps them stay competitive, so what if they mix regional accents with a global slang.Harvinder, whose roots are in rural Punjab, had a bewildering first stint at the MRF Pace Foundation a few years ago, when Dennis Lillee’s bowling tips were lost in an incomprehensible stream of English – with an Aussie accent.Harbhajan has done his sums about the value of vocabulary and says with a flourish, “Now I let my cricket speak for itself.” When he works on his batting at his home ground now, he dangles a little carrot before the net bowlers – get him out and he will give you the shirt off his back. They cannot stop coming at him with everything.Zaheer Khan22  SrirampurBowled with a tennis ball till the age of 17 When left-arm paceman Zaheer Khan runs in for India, it’s easy to forget that five years ago he lived in a town deep in the Maharashtra heartland, had never bowled with a leather ball and wanted to study instrumentation engineering. But cricket always came first. “I would watch matches on TV and always wanted to play for India.” A fortuitous meeting with coach Sudhir Naik in Mumbai and Zaheer’s photographer father had committed a year of his son’s life to cricket. A completely unpolished but gifted bowler, Zaheer learnt fast bowling in stages, first with the old ball, then came the new and only after he had some control was he given the ball used by first-class players. Baroda signed him up, the MRF Pace Foundation polished his skills some more. And then one day in Nairobi, Saurav Ganguly tossed the ball over and asked him to open the bowling for India.”I always wanted to play for India.”The knock-on effect of small-town success is a powerful thing: Das knows that in his case it sparked off a revolution in his mind. When Debashis Mohanty became the first cricketer from Orissa to play for India, a “mental barrier was broken”.Says Das: “He made us believe that if we were good we could also be playing for India.” When Orissa reeled under a cyclone, Mohanty put out the word that he was organising a benefit match for a relief fund and was overwhelmed by the response.The two Oriyas are already Indian cricket’s mavericks. Sujit Mukherjee, ex-Ranji player and author of Autobiography of the Unknown Indian Cricketer, believes Mohanty and Das have “disproved every theory about small town players”.Players from weak states have always left home and switched loyalties to further their cricket and their livelihoods. But not these two. Das captains Orissa and Mohanty still steams in for his state. Last season, the two engineered an amazing maiden victory over the zonal big boy Bengal, a side which included Saurav Ganguly. Not only did Orissa go on to win the East Zone Ranji league for the first time, it also managed to reach the semi-finals of the national championships.Harvinder SinghThe more enlightened coaches today know that cricket’s growing democracy can do for the Indian game what the discovery of oil did for the Gulf. They are moving into the oilfields at a greater speed than ever before.The first floor of Jagannath’s house is always reserved for what he charmingly calls “mofussil players”. Sandhu held a week-long seminar for 60 coaches from Maharashtra districts last winter with lectures not only on technique but fitness, sports medicine and mental preparation.Last season, the Cricket Association of Bengal sent out 20 senior coaches to the Bengal hinterland to hold clinics and spot talent. Raju Mukherjee, a former Ranji player from Bengal who now coaches juniors in Kolkata, says, “Don’t wait for the child to come to you – you go to the child.”Harvinder Singh23  ChhehartaPaceman did 2,00o sit-ups a day to get tough Harvinder Singh’s hometown belongs to a slice of Punjab countryside both famous for producing Dara Singh and Asian Games medallist Praveen Kumar and once notorious for supplying local youth to terrorists. A junior at national handball, when Harvinder was chosen for under-16 district cricket, he was grateful: “I thought Amritsar’s cricket ground was meant only for rich players.” A fitness freak who once did 2,000 sit-ups a day, he has modified an Australian fitness regime to get stronger. Wickets for Punjab took him to a national camp in Bangalore in 1996. “When Sachin Tendulkar sat next to me in the bus, I was so nervous and speechless.” And then surprised to discover that in hotels where the Indian team stayed dal makhni could actually cost Rs 350!”I sat speechless next to Sachin.”The children from anonymous villages and towns will still keep coming. Jagannath reckons that today more than 60 per cent of Karnataka’s junior players are from the districts. There are a couple of fast bowlers from Kerala, a state which has never produced a national player, now training at the MRF Pace Academy in Chennai. Ranji Trophy finalist Railways off-spinner Kulamani Parida is the son of an Orissa fisherman and is, it is said, an old hand with nets of both kinds.Every day, Bakhtiyar Khan of Srirampur gets letters from as far away as Assam, with parents asking for addresses and advice on how to make India players out of their sons. Boys land up at “Viru Bhaiya’s” door in Najafgarh asking him to recommend their names to coaches of the lush, promise-laden grounds in the capital.This is a young India pushing its way through barriers of class, culture and convention, aspiring for distinction and singularity, ready to eat rusted nails and walk on water if asked to. Its latest leader Harbhajan Singh belongs to a community of hard-working artisans called the Ramgarhias, about whom there is a joke: show a Ramgarhia a spare part of a Mercedes-Benz and he can chisel out the same on his lathe.Show this new generation of Indian cricketers a glimpse of what they can be and they will carve out their destinies from the stuff of their dreams.- with Ruben Banerjee, Subhash Mishra and Amarnath K. Menonlast_img read more


first_imgWhat started as a festival celebrating Chinese kung fu movies and Japanese monster spectaculars, has transformed to become an important industry event for producers of Asian genre films and other cult cinema. The schedule is always packed with surprises and the enthusiastic audiences are part of the experience.https://fantasiafestival.com/en/CINEMANIA (NOVEMBER 7-17, 2019 – MONTREAL, QUEBEC)Despite an abundance of French-language films available to watch in Montreal, few English-speaking Montrealers seek them out. Maidy Teitelbaum thought that was a shame so she created Cinemania to bring them an amazing selection of English-subtitled French movies, not just from Quebec, but from across la francophonie. As an added bonus, many of the movies are screened in Montreal’s majestic Imperial Cinema.https://www.festivalcinemania.com/enOTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL (SEPTEMBER 25-29 – OTTAWA, ONTARIO)If you think cartoons are just for kids, you haven’t been watching Adult Swim on Cartoon Network or Teletoon at Night, both of which give a taste of some of the brilliant animated television shows that are aimed at grown-ups. Since 1976, OIAF has been welcoming animators from around the world and screening animated shorts and features that push the envelope of the medium.https://www.animationfestival.caHOT DOCS (APRIL 25-MAY 5, 2019 – TORONTO, ONTARIO)Toronto’s other great film festival is Hot Docs, and unlike the Hollywood fare that dominates TIFF, this festival shines a light on incredible documentaries that elicit strong emotions from audiences because they know they are watching something real. Many of the festival winners go on to be nominated for the documentary categories of the Academy Awards.http://www.hotdocs.ca/CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL (FEBRUARY 7-9, 2019 – WINNIPEG, MANITOBA)Plenty of jokes are made about winter in Winnipeg, so it’s only fitting that the city is home to a film festival every February that features nothing but comedies. The festival recently underwent a name change after a long-time sponsor dropped out, but they keep coming back, vowing to be funnier than the year before. It’s the perfect festival for people who don’t like crying during movies, unless it’s crying from laughter.https://www.cicff.ca/DREAMSPEAKERS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (APRIL 27-MAY 1, 2019 – EDMONTON, ALBERTA)Aboriginal filmmakers from Canada and around the world come to Edmonton to share their stories with Canadian audiences thanks to the efforts of the Dreamspeakers Festival Society a non-profit organization that aims to supports Aboriginal creators and educate the public about aboriginal culture, art and heritage.https://dreamspeakers.org/WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL (DECEMBER 4-8, 2019 – WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA)Billed as Canada’s coolest film festival, this five-day gathering in the beautiful mountain resort town of Whistler is an important event for Canadian movie-makers who come together each year to exhibit their latest creations and meet at the “Whistler Summit” to discuss the state of Canadian cinema. For movie fans, it’s a chance to see some fantastic Canadian movies that are crowded out of the local movie theatre by a constant stream of Hollywood blockbusters.https://whistlerfilmfestival.com/BY MARK STACHIEW ~ CALGARY HERALD Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment There’s no denying that the Toronto International Film Festival is one of the biggest and most important movie events in the world, but there are dozens of cities and towns across Canada that boast film festivals of their own. From east to west, here are some intriguing film festivals that we think are worth travelling to see:FIN ATLANTIC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SEPT. 12-19, 2019 – HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA)You probably don’t see a lot of Canadian films in a year, but chances are you see even fewer from Atlantic Canada. Correct that with a visit to Halifax this summer to binge on an amazing collection of feature films, documentaries and shorts produced by creative and talented artists from Atlantic Canada.http://www.finfestival.ca/FANTASIA (JULY 11 – AUGUST 1, 2019 – MONTREAL, QUEBEC) Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Movie lovers in Canada have an abundance of choices when it comes to film festivals. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more