Lewis Holtby is ready to again suffer the pain of rigorous training regimes devised by the man nicknamed ‘The Torturer’ in a bid to keep Fulham in the Barclays Premier League. Magath is renowned for his gruelling training sessions, acquiring other monikers such as ‘Saddam Hussein’ and ‘Medicine-ball Magath’. The latter refers to tales of Magath forcing his players to run up a hill with a medicine ball as part of their strength conditioning. As a teenager at the start of his career, Holtby worked under Magath for almost two seasons at Schalke prior to the latter’s sacking in March 2011, so knows only too well of the man and his methods. “I can’t say anything negative about him,” said Holtby, on loan to the Cottagers from Tottenham. “When I was at Schalke, for me it was very important to have him as a manager. “He built my character and made me grow up very quickly with the hard training, getting mentally and physically right. “He toughened me up as a person mentally. When you’re 18 you grow pretty quickly. That’s stayed with me until now. “I know lots of the press have called him very bad names and I don’t think it’s right to do that. That’s over the line. “It’s a bit of a disgrace if you call someone Saddam. It’s not like he killed anyone. He’s not a murderer. “Of course he trains hard, but everyone has his own philosophy. He has his own style of training and you have to respect that, along with the fact he won a couple of titles in Germany. “As a player it was really hard back in the day. I’ve witnessed a lot of things. I’m not saying we didn’t suffer, but I’m not complaining. “The thing is you have to graft through it. You have to be happy he makes you fit and mentally very strong.” With regard to tipping off his team-mates, Holtby said: “We talked about what could happen and that training is going to be very hard. “You have to be honest about that, but the most important thing is to be physically and mentally on the top level.” Holtby served as Magath’s intermediary during the game, passing on instructions because of his fluency in German despite Magath’s reasonable command of English. Despite the turbulence being felt at Fulham, and with Magath given little time to impress himself on the players, Holtby believes the club will stay up. “Of course, it’s difficult for a manager and players in the middle of a season. We’re in a dump,” said Holtby. “He has come in with a philosophy and it’s hard to adapt, but you have to do it as quickly as possible. “It’s going to be a tough challenge for both sides, but I think we can do it by getting our heads together and thinking about the situation where we have to stay up. “I have always said we have the quality needed to stay up.” Press Association New Fulham boss Felix Magath’s reign at Craven Cottage began with a 1-1 draw at West Brom, and following his arrival Holtby made his team-mates aware of the 60-year-old’s fearsome reputation. Magath managed eight clubs in his native Germany over a 17-year period, and whilst there were trophies and cups along the way, he also acquired a certain infamy.
There will be feelings of déjà vu at Super Bowl 53 as the Patriots and Rams prepare to battle for the Lombardi Trophy for the second time in 17 years.The last time these teams met in the championship game was Super Bowl 36 in 2002, when the Rams resided in St. Louis, Tom Brady was just a second-year quarterback and Jared Goff was a mere eight years old. Super Bowl 53: Tom Brady vs. Jared Goff Yet, Brady cemented himself as the starter going forward in the Patriots’ victory over the Rams, which was also the start of coach Bill Belichick’s legacy at the helm in New England. The Patriots have won five Super Bowl rings and eight AFC titles but are hungry for more as they enter their NFL-record 11th Super Bowl and ninth under the QB/coach duo.Here, we look back at the statistics from the fateful matchup which set the Brady-Belichick era into motion and how the two teams have fared in the 2018-19 season entering the big game.Super Bowl 36 statsTeamTotal YardsLeading PasserLeading RusherLeading ReceiverLeading TacklerNew England Patriots267Tom Brady (16-27-145 1-0)Antowain Smith (18-92 0)Troy Brown (6-89 0)Ty Law (7)St. Louis Rams427Kurt Warner (28-44 365 1-2)Marshall Faulk (17-76 0)Az-Zahir Hakeem (5-90 0)Tommy Polley (11)Super Bowl 36 scoring summaryQuarterTimeTeamDetail13:10RamsJeff Wilkins 50-yd FG (3-0)28:49PatriotsTy Law 47-yd Int return (3-7)20:31PatriotsDavid Patten 8-yd rec Td (Brady) (3-14)31:18PatriotsAdam Vinatieri 37-yd FG (3-17)49:31RamsKurt Warner 2-yd rush (10-17)41:30RamsRicky Proehl 26-yd rec (Kurt Warner) (17-17)40:00PatriotsAdam Vinatieri 48-yd FG (17-20)How they stack up entering Super Bowl 532002-2018New England PatriotsSt. Louis/ LA RamsWins209111Losses63160Playoff Appearances154Division Championships153Conference Championships81Super Bowl Wins40Head Coaches18*Quarterbacks (Min. 100 PA)2’14^* Mike Martz, Joe Vitt, Scott Linehan, Jim Haslett, Steve Spagnuolo, Jeff Fisher, Jim Fassel, Sean McVay Super Bowl 53: Rams RBs vs. Patriots RBs Since the 2001-02 season, there has been significantly more stability and success for the Patriots than the Rams. The Rams are returning to the championship game for the first time since that game, while the Patriots return for the eighth time in that span.On the other hand, four Rams players from Super Bowl 36 have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame (Marshall Faulk, Orlando Pace, Kurt Warner and Aeneas Williams). As of yet, no Patriots players have. Related News ‘Tom Brady, Matt Cassel^Marc Bulger, Sam Bradford, Jared Goff, Case Keenum, Jamie Martin, Nick Foles, Kellen Clemens, Kurt Warner, Austin Davis, Shaun Hill, Kyle Boller, Gus Frerotte, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Keith NullBrady vs. Goff’s first three seasonsQuarterbackSeasonsComp./GAtt./GYards/GTD/GInt./GTom Brady2000-200219.931.8126.96.36.199Jared Goff2016-201820.332.7252.11.70.7The Patriots and Rams square off in the championship Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Marshawn Lynch is calling it a career – again – as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday morning that Beast Mode doesn’t plan to play football again.Lynch first retired after the 2015 season simply by tweeting a picture of cleats hanging from a telephone pole wire, only to return with his hometown Oakland Raiders in 2017.Lynch played 21 games over two seasons for the Raiders, running for 1,267 yards and 10 touchdowns on 4.3 yards per carry.He turned 33 on Monday and is coming off groin …
Bridget Hilton-BarberI love those moments, even in the now not-so-new South Africa, when I picture the architect of apartheid, that evil old pig-dog Hendrik Verwoerd, turning in his grave. I had a particularly good one the other day. I was at the Mpumalanga provincial legislature canteen, having lunch with a colleague.Vusi gave himself an enthusiastic helping of mala mogodu (tripe). “I love that they serve traditional food here,” he said. “My wife is gonna be so jealous when she’s what I had for lunch!”The cow’s stomach lining proved too much for a semi-vegetarian mlungu like me, so I went for pap, morogo, mashed sweet pumpkin and a dollop of zingy Indo-African chilli sauce on the side. What a far cry from the days of metaphorical melktert at Tuynhuys, I thought to myself happily. Here in Mpumalanga, there’s not one whiff of nationalist or colonial heritage. Not in the canteen, not in the ethos and most certainly not in the architecture.The officially entitled Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature and Government Complex is one of the most beautiful and modern buildings I have seen. It’s a bold civic expression and a bold defiance of all things Edwardian, Victorian, Calvinist, Baroque or Tudor. There are no broekie-lace verandas, no ornate cornices, no frilly wrought-iron embellishments. There are no sloping Alpine roofs, no Greco-Roman columns or Spanish plaster.The legislature is a sexy, modern and climate-appropriate building. And thankfully, unlike much of Nelspruit and adjoining White River, there is absolutely no trace of Tuscany either. Best of all, it was designed by an Afrikaner-owned firm called Meyer Pienaar Architects. Turn, Verwoerd, turn!Coming in at an impressive 90 000 square metres, the legislature complex was the first major civic building to be commissioned in the new post-1994 democratic South Africa. It is set along the confluence of the Crocodile and Nels River, overlooking the Nelspruit Botanical Gardens. A series of office buildings hug the tree line along the river in a gentle curve, and the central feature of the complex is the giant parabolic dome, measuring 28 metres in diameter, that houses the provincial parliament.Visually it is an anchor for a place of gathering, says the architects’ website. It is a beehive, a basket, an African leitmotif. There are earth elements, reed elements and glass elements. It uses natural energy to represent not only the spirit of renewal but a culture that cares for the planet and its future.In the weeks leading up to South Africa’s fourth democratic elections that may be pushing it a bit, but for me the point is that the legislature is a wonderful functional and aesthetic space to inhabit. It’s got great décor, good karma, and the sound of water provides a soothing backdrop to the thrum of public servant chatter and the squeal of expensive car tyres. The spaces flow, people actually have to walk around, instead of taking lifts up and down high-rise hideousities.What few people know is that the legislature also houses one of the most comprehensive contemporary collections of South African art in the country, including works by William Kentridge, Esther Mahlangu, Noria Mabasa and Jackson Hlungwane. The nearby House of Traditional Leaders also has a fascinating permanent exhibition. I can just imagine Verwoerd being led humbly through the electronic security gates to view the brilliant art of the natives, gasp!From inside the premier’s office, there are pleasant views across a big granite koppie, so characteristic of the Nelspruit landscape, with the downtown urban skyline in the distance, dominated by the aggressive Absa Square. In front of the legislature complex are lawns studded with acacia trees, fever trees and the odd sprawled out worker in overalls.Sadly this is where it all ends. Next to the Mpumalanga legislature is what they call in urban planning terms, “a commercial satellite node”, which in this case is the Riverside Mall, the Emnotweni Sun and Casino and an American style value mart. It’s fabulously convenient of course for our conspicuously consumer-driven civil servants, but a horrible exercise in ersatz architecture.Bridget Hilton-Barber is a well-known travel writer based in Limpopo province. She has worked as editor of South African Airways’ inflight magazine Sawubona, debut editor of Lowveld Living, travel correspondent for Radio 702 and travel editor of FairLady magazine. She is the author of seven books.
In order to make the project more manageable, work has been carried out in phases, with phase 1A comprising the construction of the Katse and Muela dams, as well as water transfer tunnels. This phase was implemented between 1990 and 1998 and is in full operation. “We believe that this is a project, as big as it is, if it is delivered on time, it will deliver the goods as it should,” Molewa at last week’s signing ceremony in Katse Village, about 100km from Lesotho’s capital, Maseru. Moleleki added that the agreement will not only focus on hydropower, but will see both countries exploring other renewable energy alternatives, including solar and wind power. 15 August 2011 Social development, renewable energy Source: BuaNews Analysts have said South Africa could start facing critical water shortages as early as 2020. Also, despite service delivery efforts made since 1994, the availability of water is very unequal in most parts of the country, with a considerable part of the population still without access to safe water and adequate sanitation. Authorities say it is the dwindling water supplies in the country that had forced Pretoria to look elsewhere for this resource. The second phase of the multi-billion rand Lesotho Highlands Water Project, which could be the answer to the water challenges facing South Africa, was unveiled in Maseru last week. Construction is expected to start in 2012, with water transfer estimated to begin in late 2018. Phase two includes the construction of a 165-metre high, 2.2-billion cubic metre capacity dam at Polihali in the Mohotlong district. It will consist of two major reservoirs enclosed by a 145-metre high dam. A planned hydropower plant, which will eventually produce more than 1 000 MW of electricity, will also allow Eskom to access this power from Lesotho in a deal to be signed by the power utility and that country’s officials. Apart from stimulating economic growth in the two countries, officials said the water would meet the industrial and domestic water needs of Gauteng province, while simultaneously generating hydropower for Lesotho. Construction of the second phase is expected to start in 2012, with water transfer estimated to begin in late 2018. She said steps were also being taken to ensure that communities and the small business sector from both countries benefit from the project with Moleleki, saying Maseru stood to attract about R1.5-billion annually from the scheme. “Much has been said about development … [but] we forget that we are a water-scarce country that needs this resource urgently to address our growth needs, and Lesotho is providing that opportunity to us,” said Molewa. Phase 1B consists essentially of the Mohale Dam, Mohale Tunnel and Matsoku Tunnel and Weir. Construction on this phase began in 1998 and was inaugurated in 2004. Ensuring enough water for the future The new phase was unveiled by Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and Lesotho Natural Resources Minister Monyane Moleleki on 11 August, exactly a year after President Jacob Zuma urged the Lesotho government to speed up the process. Dams, water transfer tunnels Savings realised from the success of the project have been split between the two countries, with a majority percentage being allocated to Lesotho in the form of royalties from South Africa. These payments are estimated to average at approximately R7-billion over the next few years. Lesotho, on the other hand, remains one of the least developed countries in the world, with no major natural resources except for water, of which it consumes less than 6% domestically. “This does not only strengthen our relations with our neighbours, but will ensure that we have enough water for the future.” Described as a milestone by both governments, the initiative was established by a treaty signed between the two countries in 1986 to stimulate growth and economic development through water resource development projects.
2 December 2011 As delegates from 190 countries seek to negotiate a new international agreement for cutting carbon emissions at COP 17 in Durban, South Africa has urged Canada to reconsider entering into a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol. “South Africa believes the climate change talks must be inclusive to assist the process of ensuring a balanced outcome to emerge from the current talks,” Environmental Affairs Minister and leader of the South African delegation at COP 17, Edna Molewa, said in Durban on Thursday. Molewa said the effects of climate change were real and “already here with us”. The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), currently taking place in Durban, is also the 7th meeting of parties to the Kyoto Protocol, which is due to expire at the end of 2012, unless renewed.Canada ‘made similar threats last year’ Reports say Canada, which has failed to meet its emissions reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol, will announce next month that it will formally withdraw from the treaty. UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres confirmed this week that Canada had made similar threats to pull out of the Protocol last year. South Africa called on Canada and other developed countries to ensure that they heeded the call made by the developing countries, particularly in Africa and the Small Island Developing States, who bear the brunt of climate change.Kyoto Protocol ‘an important first step’ “The Kyoto Protocol is an important first step towards a truly multilateral rules-based legally binding global emission reduction regime that will stabilise GHG emissions, and provides the essential base for international agreement on climate change involving the participation of all countries in accordance with their common but differentiated responsibilities and capabilities,” Molewa said. The first commitment period of the 1997 treaty is coming to an end next year, and developing countries are pushing for a second commitment period, but major economies, including the United States and Japan, are refusing to commit. Analysts say the reluctance by Canada to sign up for a second commitment may further strengthen the position by some developed countries that the Kyoto Protocol was “flawed”. The European Union has said it would agree to the new commitment to the Protocol but has placed conditions on this, including the demand for a change in the framework of the convention. Source: BuaNews
These 10 tips are geared toward the FCP editor and will you get up to speed quickly with the nuances and new features in Premiere Pro CS6!Maybe you’ve come to Premiere Pro from Final Cut Pro or you’re a former Premiere editor looking to take advantage of the new features in CS6…In this post we’ll break down some of the changes in CS6, as well as offer up a few tips to make you a more successful Premiere Pro video editor!1. Setting Project & Scratch DiskWhen you Launch Premiere Pro for the first time you are greeted with a “New Project” dialog box. Here you choose where your Project and Scratch Disk are being saved. Premiere Pro defaults this to to user/documents/Adobe/Premiere Pro (your Scratch Disks and Preview files follow the project by default). Be aware that if you are working with tapeless media, you have to manually move your files from the card to your scratch disk, as tapeless files are considered imports and not captured media.Personally, I save my media/projects to a folder on my media drive (fastest drive). I put my Premiere Auto Saves & Previews/Renders on a separate drive and back up the projects to Dropbox daily. Whatever strategy you choose, please back up your project! If you forget or need to change your scratch after launching the project, go to Project>Project Settings>Scratch Disk to make modifications.Post Haste is a free software application that will help you with this file organization. It creates a folder structure for you, and you can modify the defaults and create your own templates.An additional resource is this handy guide for disk setups on the Adobe forums. 2. Workspace ShortcutsCreating workspace shortcuts will speed up your editing work. My rule of thumb is to make a shortcut for anything you use on a daily basis.Here’s a general guide to customizing shortcuts in Adobe Premiere Pro that’s worth a look. A few of the workspace shortcuts I use religiously:Control + U – Reset my current layout when it gets disorganized and messyCommand + 1 – Audio WorkspaceCommand + 2 – Color Correction WorkspaceCommand + 3 – Editing Workspace3. Working with Clips in a SequenceBy default when you drag a clip into a Sequence from the Source Window you perform an Overwrite Edit. If you’d like to perform an Insert Edit instead (pushes other clips down the timeline) hold Command (MAC) or Control (PC) when you drag the clip to the sequence.Often you will want to rearrange the order of clips in a Sequence. Select the clip, drag the clip to a new location, then hold Command/Control + Option/Alt before you let go of the mouse (make sure snapping is turned on). This is called a Swap Edit.4. Maximize Window ShortcutEnlarge the window you’re working in by placing your cursor over the window you want to maximize and press tilde (below the escape key). Press it again and it reverts back.I use this constantly.5. Render from “In and Out”The work area defines what clips and effects are rendered. I prefer to use “in and out” instead, as this is a standard editing convention. This setting is in the Sequence Menu pulldown. When you change this, it also changes the Sequence Menu settings to “in & out” instead of work area.Here’s two Premiere Pro render shortcuts that are worth memorizing and using!Render In/Outs – Command + RRender Effects – Option + R6. Show Audio Time UnitsThis lets you work with audio in smaller increments – particularly helpful when removing a pop or other audio issue. In the Timeline Menu pull down select “Show Audio Time Units”.You can read more on this here.7. Clip Usage in SequencesThere’s a quick way to find out where and how many times a video clip has been used in a Premiere Pro sequence. If you select a clip in the project window, at the top of window to the right of the thumbnail viewer, you will see details about the clip, including how many times it has been used in a sequence. If you click on the “clip usage” pulldown, select the instance of the clip you want to see and it will open that sequence if it is in multiple sequences. This is a handy way to find clips.8. Change Track HeightIn FCP 7 you could change the track height in the Timeline of video & audio tracks with the shortcut Shift +T or by clicking the Toggle Timeline icon. In Premiere Pro you can assign a shortcut to increase/decrease the video/audio track height (unfortunately however it’s not a toggle).You can use the FCP shortcut of Shift +T, but it conflicts with the default “Reveal Nested Sequence”. Instead, I use Cmd + H to increase track height and Option + Command + H to decrease track height. Note: The tracks have to be expanded for this to work successfully.9. Sync LockUncheck Sync Lock when you want a Premiere Pro track to stay in place. A common use for this is when you don’t want your music track to get pushed down when you perform an Insert Edit. See the highlighted sync lock button below.By default Insert Edit will push all tracks down unless Sync Unlock is off or the track is locked.10. Creating MarkersTo create a marker in a Premiere Pro sequence, use the shortcut “M”. You can see your markers in the markers Panel, change their length and add comments (very useful for adding editing or producers notes).To create a marker on a clip, load the clip into the Source Window & press “M”. The Marker Panel with show sequence markers if the Sequence is selected, or clip markers if the Source is selected.Selecting the Marker in the Marker Panel will take you to the marker in the clip or sequence – a big Premiere Pro timesaver!BONUS TIP: Using Hover ScrubPremiere Pro CS 6 defaults to Icon view, instead of list view like previous versions. Put your cursor over an icon, and the clip will play backwards or forwards as you drag your mouse. If you click on the clip you you get a yellow bar (shows the “in & out” points) and a playhead.You can drag the playhead, or use the J, K or L shortcuts to play the clip. You can set in & out with I & O.The filmstrip icon indicates clip usage in the project and the waveform icon indicates the clip has linked audio.Got a Premiere Pro tip to share?Share it in the comments below!
Watch | Ayodhya verdict: Land allotted for the construction of a Ram temple Ayodhya verdictVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:3201:32 Talking to IANS, Mr. Haji Mehboob said, “I have given my consent to AIMPLB and I will join the Muslim parties on the Ayodhya issue.”Mr. Mehboob had met AIMPLB’s expelled cleric Maulana Salman Nadwi on Ayodhya’s outskirts on Saturday, where he claimed a review was not required. Mr. Nadwi was accompanied by a representative of mediation panel Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Now Mr. Mahboob has said he will support the AIMPLB’s move.Speaking to IANS, Mr. Haji Asad said, “We will exercise our Constitutional rights to file a review petition. I and my brother Rizwan are buoyed by hope and we wish to fight the legal battle.”Mr. Maulana Hizbullah, another litigant in the case, told IANS that “I have given my consent to a review petition and it’s necessary we must exercise our Constitutional rights and we will fight till the end.”On Sunday, AIMPLB, an umbrella body of Muslim organisations in the country, said though it was not a party to the case, it had been extending legal support to Muslim litigants and it would go for a review petition if the litigants agreed. Ayodhya verdict: Muslim Personal Law Board to file review petition Mr. Haji Mehboob is a prominent Muslim litigant and resident of Ayodhya, Mr. Maulana Hizbullah is Ayodhya unit president of Jamiat Ulema Hind while Haji Asad, Samajwadi Party corporator of Ayodhya Municipal Corporation and his brother Mr. Hafiz Rizwan, are sons of one of the first Muslim litigants in the case, Haji Abdul Ahad.With this, seven of 10 Muslim parties have agreed to go for a review, barring UP Sunni Central Waqf Board, UP Shia Central Waqf Board and key litigant Iqbal Ansari.Also Read After the All India Muslim Personal Law Board decided to file a review petition against the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict, three more Muslim litigants from Ayodhya announced support for the AIMPLB in its move to file a review plea.After the meeting of AIMPLB held in Lucknow on Sunday, the Jamiat Ulema Hind had announced its decision to file a review petition, the first three Muslim litigants who supported the move were Mohammad Umar, Misbahuddin residents of Ayodhya and Faizabad, respectively and Maulana Mahfuz Ur Rahman of Tanda Tahsil in Ambedkar Nagar district in eastern Uttar Pradesh.On Monday evening, four more Muslim litigants — Haji Mahboob, Haji Asad, Hafiz Rizwan and Maulana Hizbullah announced that they will also support the AIMPLB and Jamiat in the review petition. Now the total number of Muslim litigants going for a review petition has reached seven, however another Muslim litigant Iqbal Ansari and Uttar Pradesh government body Sunni Central Waqf Board have already announced that they are not going for a review petition. What is the Places of Worship Act?Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:3601:36 Watch | What is the Places of Worship Act?