Five selected for England title defence

first_img Five players have been selected for the England team which will defend the Girls’ Home International title at Lanark, Scotland, from 5-7 August. They will be joined by three more players who will be picked at the end of next week’s English girls’ championships at Sheringham and Royal Cromer in Norfolk. The whole team will travel together, flying to Scotland on Sunday, 2 August. They will target England’s eighth consecutive win the championship. The five players already selected are Emma Allen of Hampshire, Annabel Bailey of Leicestershire, Sammy Fuller of Surrey, Hollie Muse of Lancashire and Lizzie Prior of Surrey. All five represented England in the recent European girls’ team championship and Allen, Muse and Prior were in last year’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals. The players: Emma Allen, 18, (Meon Valley) was 14th at the recent English women’s amateur championship and won the girls’ title at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. Annabel Bailey, 16, (Kirby Muxloe) was runner-up at the 2014 English girls’ championship and tied 10th in the 2015 Helen Holm Scottish strokeplay. Sammy Fuller, 16, (Roehampton) tied for the Irish U18 stroke play, but lost a title play-off. She was 16th in the English women’s amateur where she shot 66 in the first round. Hollie Muse, 15, (West Lancashire) helped England beat Spain in the mixed international and has won the Scottish U16 championship and The Leveret and was third in the St Rule Trophy. Lizzie Prior, 17, (Burhill) was joint runner-up in the English women’s amateur and has won the Fairhaven Trophies and the Critchley Salver this season. She also tied second in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. 22 Jul 2015 Five selected for England title defence last_img read more

Track-Based Tricks for Dialogue in Premiere Pro

first_imgIn Premiere Pro CS6, I previously used the Dynamics effect to level out minor audio levels, but the new Multiband Compressor in Premiere CC is way better and way easier. I generally add this effect to the Master Channel as an easy way to compress everything to the rough neighborhood I want my audio in – averaging (not peaking) at around –12 dB.The default preset – Broadcast – does a pretty good job with one minor adjustment that you don’t have to even open the effect UI to get to: Drop the “Output Gain” to –9bB. That seems to keep things right around the range I want, as long as the incoming signal isn’t too loud or too quiet. Track-based effects in Premiere Pro are incredibly powerful and can make taking care of some audio issues super easy!Track-based mixing and effects have become my go-to way of dealing with audio in Premiere Pro. After encountering audio sources that have varied widely in level, quality, characteristics, etc., I’ve compiled a few quick, easy tools for simple dialogue sweetening and fixing in Premiere using track effects.You’ll get way more control and power out of a program like Audition, or even some of the more advanced plugins and settings in Premiere’s track effects, but these are easy ways to get something good quickly.First, let’s take a look at how you get to your track effects (if you don’t already know). In the track mixer, click the disclosure triangle in the top-left corner. The top half of what appears are “slots” where you can add effects. Just click on the triangle on the right of each slot and you get a drop down of effects you can add. Once you’ve added an effect, you can open up its settings and UI (if it has one) by double-clicking it’s name. One specific type of noise I run into every now and then is 50/60 Hz hum, which is caused by electrical interference of some sort. The DeHummer filter in Premiere has a preset just for these kinds of hums…and it works great. Just select the appropriate hum and choose how many “harmonics” you need to get the job done with the least amount of effect on your source audio.Track-based mixing and effects have become such a part of my Premiere Pro workflow that I pretty much never touch clip-based mixing or effects if I can help it. In my experience, I’ve also found them to be much more stable in Premiere. I hope you have the same kind of success with track-based effects that I have. If any of you audio pros have tips or suggestions, please leave them in the comments! Master Multiband Compressor in Premiere Procenter_img Premiere actually has a decent track-based DeNoiser built-in. For audio that was recorded too low and boosted, some air conditioner or appliance noise, etc., the DeNoiser effect can work some pretty good magic. All you have to do is apply the effect to the track and set how much to reduce the noise.Premiere Pro analyzes the track to automatically detect the noise it needs to remove. However, because it is a real-time effect, it analyzes from the beginning of the track. This means that it works best when you have some room tone or a silent sample of the noise at the beginning of the track.You can even have the volume of that part of the track all the way down (using the track keyframes, not the clip keyframes) and it will still pick up the noise you want removed. While it can automatically adjust to different noise samples, it takes it a second or so to adjust to the new noise, so it’s best to put audio with different noise types on different tracks.Premiere Pro DeHummer Premiere Pro DeNoiserlast_img read more

Arunachal institute NERIST in turmoil

first_imgUnion Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has been under fire from students’ organisations for “not doing enough” to bail a premier Central technological institute in Arunachal Pradesh out of academic decadence.The 34-year-old North East Regional Institute of Technology (NERIST) at Nirjuli, near Itanagar, has been without a regular director for more than four years now. The institute is also short of faculty members. This has left students of six engineering courses in the lurch, while many students pursuing PhD have left the institute for non-disbursement of scholarship in time. Some face a bleak future as they are almost past the age – 36 for local scholars and 32 for non-residents – of applying for jobs.“We launched an indefinite strike on February 27 after the expiry of a month’s deadline given to the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) on January 24 to appoint a regular director. We are disappointed with our MP for not solving the crisis that has put the career of more than 2,000 NERIST students at stake,” Banta Natung, president of Students’ Union of NERIST, told The Hindu on Thursday.‘Minister’s apathy’The students resented Mr. Rijiju’s inability to meet them despite being in nearby Naharlagun to flag off the Arunachal Express, a special AC train to New Delhi. They also said the Minister failed to ensure the appointment of a regular director within a month from October 30 last year. “I had assured the students after the (HRD) Ministry informed me that the new director could be appointed by December 2017. But the matter got stuck in a cumbersome process,” Mr. Rijiju told reporters in Itanagar, apologising to the students for the delay.The powerful All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has thrown its weight behind the NERIST students. “We are not blaming anyone, neither Mr Rijiju nor MHRD. But isn’t it his responsibility to see that a premier institute in his home state is not endangered?” AAPSU president Hawa Bagang said.“Besides meeting Mr. Rijiju, we have made representations to MHRD officials and Minister Prakash Javadekar, but in vain,” Mr. Bagang said.“Tamo Mibang, the Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University, has been reluctantly handling additional responsibility of NERIST. He comes here sometimes for three hours a day but is in no position to handle the problems we are facing,” Mr. Natung said.Mr. Mibang could not be contacted, but university officials said his “hands are full” with issues related to the university.last_img read more

London Olympics: How Deepika became India’s big hope, and biggest disappointment

first_imgBefore the 2012 Olympics, there was a buzz around Deepika Kumari. The young girl from Ranchi was being talked about as one of India’s standout medal hopefuls. Even MS Dhoni, the Indian cricket captain, who also hails from Ranchi, was rooting for her. In fact, some believed that a spot on the podium was a given.The hype was perhaps justified. After all, Deepika did have the world number one tag on her bow. She had won a medal at every event that she had entered in the past few months. She was, on paper, the woman to beat in London.But all the hopes were shattered in the first few days of the archery competition in the iconic fields of the Lord’s cricket ground. Deepika flopped big time in the team event. The faithfuls termed it a blip. She would show her mettle in the individual competition, they claimed.On came the singles event. India watched with hope and anticipation. However, the result was disappointing again. In many ways, worse than what it was in the team competition.So what went wrong? Did form desert Deepika? Did the conditions play traunt with her? Or was she just not good enough?Over the last few days, it has become clear that the last, rather harsh, criticism is what the Indian contingent might have to come to terms with.Experts suggest that Deepika’s world number one ranking, which eventually led to a host of expectations, was simply an eyewash. Although the Indian shot well in various events in the run up to the London Olympics and made the most of her chances, many believe the performances didn’t quite merit the kind of climb that she had in the rankings.advertisementThose in the know of archery claim that Deepika’s ascent came about because other top competitors around the world stopped competeing in ranking tournaments and concentrated on the Olympics. Yes, Deepika was the number one in a list on a computer, but still no match for the best in real terms.What made matters worse was the Indian archer’s inexperience at the big stage. Participating in the Olympic Games is always a daunting prospect for any athlete. Deepika turned out to be no different. She clearly felt the jitters with every arrow she shot in this arena of champions — nerves got the better of her.To some extent, the weather too played a part in giving Deepika cold feet. The grey and damp mornings in London weren’t quite to her liking and it showed through the competition.In hindsight, the hype around Deepika may have turned out to be over the top. But the truth is, she is better than the bracket — first round loser — she finds herself in. Age is on her side and with some tough lessons learnt, she can surely return stronger in Rio in four years.last_img read more