Spotlight on Vardy again

first_imgLONDON (AP):Record already in hand, Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is ready to make the most of every chance he gets in his pursuit of more goals.Vardy can extend his scoring streak to 12 straight English Premier League games tomorrow when Leicester play at Swansea.”You have to realise that there are not a lot of chances coming your way,” Vardy said. “Once you get them, you need to be taking them. Otherwise, you’re going to get punished yourselves.”With his goal in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United last weekend, Vardy eclipsed the Premier League record previously held by Ruud van Nistelrooy, who scored in 10 straight games in 2003.Another goal by Vardy this weekend would equal the all-time record for goals in consecutive matches in the English topflight, set by Jimmy Dunne in 1931-32 for Sheffield United. Stan Mortensen scored in 15 consecutive games for Blackpool in 1950-51 but missed matches because of injury.Leicester are in surprising second place in the Premier League after 14 games, trailing Manchester City on goal difference and leading United by one point. Leicester escaped relegation only last season by winning nine of their last 11 games.Much of this season’s success can be credited to Vardy, who signed for Leicester in 2012 from non-league soccer.”He’s very, very smart,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said, “very clever, and very cool”.City, who beat Hull 4-1 in the League Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday, face Stoke tomorrow with playmaker David Silva back. Silva played for 80 minutes against Hull.”The most important thing was to qualify,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said, “but it was important for him to have 80 minutes after a long injury.”Also, United will host West Ham, and Arsenal will welcome Sunderland. Also, it’s Chelsea vs Bournemouth; West Bromwich Albion vs Tottenham; Watford vs Norwich; and Southampton vs Aston Villa.On Sunday, Liverpool will visit Newcastle, while Everton will host Crystal Palace on Monday.INJURY-HIT ARSENALWith Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny, and Alexis Sanchez all getting injured in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Norwich last week, the team is hurting.Sanchez has scored six in the Premier League and nine overall, and it’s unclear how long he will be out.”He says it is a kick on his hamstring,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “I fear the reality is worse than that.”REJUVENATED SUNDERLANDThose Arsenal injuries, combined with a rejuvenated Sunderland squad under recently hired manager Sam Allardyce, should be a boost for the Black Cats.”We will go into the big games as the underdogs and tell the lads to enjoy themselves because nobody expects you to get a result,” Allardyce said. “Hopefully, we can shock one or two because the lads have enough confidence in their ability to play any team at any time.”SAKHO’S FITNESSWest Ham, still missing the injured Dimitri Payet and Enner Valencia, also will be without Diafra Sakho against United at Old Trafford after the Senegal striker was ruled out with a thigh injury for up to two months by coach Slaven Bilic yesterday.Sakho was hurt in a 1-1 draw with West Brom last week.”It will be four to eight weeks, maybe more,” Bilic said. “He has a bit of history with his thigh. Three injuries to our key players, especially in the offensive side of our game, it’s a blow.”last_img read more

Setting Custom Composition Displays in After Effects

first_imgCreate a more pleasant After Effects experience with custom composition displays.Cover image via Shutterstock.When I first started working in Adobe After Effects, the wide array of tools in the program intimidated me. Just take a look at the composition panel, and you’ll see a number of buttons, boxes, and drop-down menus. This is normal when you’re working in such a powerful motions graphics and visual effects program. However, often when working in After Effects, you only need access to a few tools.Let’s say, for instance, I’m working on a project that involves simply applying keyframes to one layer. Let’s also say I’m working on a small laptop that doesn’t offer me much screen space. Both of these reasons incentivize me to customize the display options of my composition.In this video tutorial, I’m going to show you how I can quickly configure the composition panel in Adobe After Effects to only display tools related to my needs. Specifically, I’m going to customize my comp panel for a keyframing workflow. This will help me cut through the clutter of tools and give me extra screen real estate for a smooth keyframing experience. Let’s get started.ColumnsAs I stated before, if you’re new to After Effects, all the buttons and options in the composition panel can be quite confusing. The panel itself consists of a number of columns, all providing some nifty tool to assist you in your motion graphics workflow. Just the switches column alone has a lot going on, including controls for motion blur, adjustment layers, effects, and 3D controls. To customize these columns, I’ll open up the panel settings drop-down menu. Under the columns section, I can select or deselect thirteen different options, including the following:A/V FeaturesLabel#Layer/Source NameCommentSwitchesModesParentKeysInDurationOutStretchIn addition to using the panel menu, I can also quickly deactivate columns by control-clicking directly over the column and selecting Hide This. For this particular workflow, I’m going to hide all of the columns except for Keys and Layer Name. Once you do this, you’ll notice I have plenty of space in the composition panel to keyframe.Special ModificationsThe panel settings menu has numerous other display options, which will help me customize a keyframing workflow. I want to select Show Cache Indicators since I will be previewing my animation. Also, I can switch from Keyframe Icons to Keyframe Indices, which will allow me to view my keyframes as numbers in order in the composition. Finally, if I command-click over the timecode indicator, I can change the display style of my timecode to frames.last_img read more

Uttar Pradesh Muslim Thakurs keen to retain Rajput legacy at the cost of Islamic identity

first_imgSajjan Khan, of Ajitganj village, prays daily at a temple built by his father Mijjan Khan and frequently goes on pilgrimages to Hindu holy places. Like many converted Rajputs in the area, he follows a Hindu way of life and seeks to emphasise the Thakur identity.Sajjan Khan prays at a,Sajjan Khan, of Ajitganj village, prays daily at a temple built by his father Mijjan Khan and frequently goes on pilgrimages to Hindu holy places. Like many converted Rajputs in the area, he follows a Hindu way of life and seeks to emphasise the Thakur identity.Sajjan Khan prays at a temple at his house every day, likes to be called Sajjan Thakur and yet is a staunch Muslim. The forefathers of the wealthy 40-year-old farmer from Ajitganj village in Uttar Pradesh’s Fatehpur district were Bais Rajputs who had converted to Islam.But Sajjan puts more store by his lineage than his ancestors’ acquired faith. The idol-worshipping Khan couldn’t care less about being branded a kafir (unbeliever) by the village maulvi. “I don’t care about our community leaders. We are Thakurs by blood. Besides, we are treated as inferiors among the Muslims, so why shouldn’t we remain loyal to our roots?” he argues defiantly.Khan is not a chance deviant. Hundreds of Muslim families whose Rajput ancestors had converted to Islam six centuries ago prefer to be called Thakur Sahibs in villages of central Uttar Pradesh. And it is not just about titles.The “Muslim Thakurs” live, dress and even worship as Rajputs do- in stark contrast to the “original Muslims”. It was in the 14th and 15th centuries that three Rajput sects-the Gautam, Bais and Dikhit-converted to Islam and settled in Fatehpur, Banda and Unnao districts. These people, particularly the Gautam Muslims, still cling to their Hindu origins.Rather proudly too. Declares Hasan Thakur, the pradhan of Missi village in Bindki, the erstwhile headquarters of the Gautam Thakurs of Fatehpur: “Our community members do not keep long beards and refuse to obey fatwas, the men don’t wear lungi, the women avoid the burqa (veil).”advertisementHasan Thakur, a village pradhan, has considerable clout among both the Gautam Muslims and the Gautam Thakurs. Proud of Thakur traditions, he is determined to assimilate the two groups even at the risk of religious ostracism by the maulvis.Sajjan’s father Mijjan Thakur affirms the cultural anomaly: “We have worn the dhoti and kurtas for ages. Why should we change?” The women too opted for the Hindu sari rather than the more community-specific salwar-kameez and burqa.This fusion of culture goes much beyond clothes. Rajput traditions have eclipsed the religious divide and forged a common identity for the Hindu Gautam Thakurs and the Gautam Muslims. Says Hasan: “The Gautam Thakurs are like one big family.” Hindu Gautam Thakurs participate in Muslim Gautam functions and vice versa.”When we meet, we touch the feet of the elders among the Gautam Thakurs just as younger people from their side would touch my feet,” says septuagenarian Gautam Nasruddin Khan, the head of Sabada village in nearby Banda district.These intercommunity functions include religious ones as well. The Gautam Muslims help organise Holi milans, Ram Lilas and kirtans. The wedding ceremonies of the former Rajputs retain many Hindu rituals: the bridegroom sports a safa (headgear) like the Hindus do and a raucous band is a must in a wedding procession as are firecrackers.In this cultural melee, it is not unusual to find multireligious practices. Sajjan, who is yet to visit Mecca, recently went on a pilgrimage to Chitrakoot. Hasan Thakur too frequently goes to Vaishno Devi with his wife and children.The Gautams’ relations with their fellow Muslims have faded into irrelevance as community bonds take precedence even in times of communal riots. If Gautams face a threat to their lives and property, the Gautam Muslims rush to protect them, and if Gautam Muslims are outnumbered in any particular place the Gautam Thakurs swell their ranks. “For more than 50 years in Independent India, none of our brothers has been killed in communal riots,” says Hasan.Haji Abdul Warsi, of Ajitganj village, proudly displays a shijre (family tree) tracing his Gautam Thakur lineagePolitically too, the Gautam Thakurs- from both sides of the communal divide-form a cohesive and substantial vote bank. The Gautam Muslims number more than a lakh though that is a fraction of the Gautam Thakur population.Hasan Thakur’s considerable influence among both the Thakurs and the Gautam Muslims brought former prime ministers Chandra Shekhar and V.P. Singh to his house to solicit votes. Hasan’s politics are dictated entirely by community concerns.”If there is a contest between a Muslim and a Gautam Thakur, our first choice will be a Gautam Thakur,” he explains. The Thakur clan’s views on political issues-generally pronounced by Hasan- are uniform, and more importantly for the political parties, they vote as a community.advertisementHistorical links are sometimes highlighted to forge a common identity. The Muslim group wants to build a memorial for Raja Bahrawat Singh, the Argal king who converted to Islam. Another concerns the martyrdom of 52 Gautam Thakur clansmen of Fatehpur who were hanged by the British for involvement in the 1857 war of independence. The Government has built a park around the tree on which the soldiers were hanged, but the Gautam Muslims want to develop it into a grand memorial.Instead of weakening with passage of time, the ties among the Gautam Thakurs are showing all signs of strengthening. The Muslim families are keen to bring “the family” closer through marriages. “I am making a lot of effort to unite the family once again, but society does not allow us to do so,” says the patriarchal Nasruddin Khan.Such clanish tendencies do not go down well with the more orthodox among the Muslims. “Their Hindu origins and customs are a major hurdle to rotibetities (economic and marital),” says Mohit Siddiqui, an “original” Muslim of Bindki.The segregation leaves the Thakur Muslims unmoved. They generally marry among their own group or at most with other converted groups. “The original Muslims look down upon us because we are converted and taunt us for behaving like Hindus. But we don’t mind,” remarked Mushtaq, a Gautam Muslim working at the Central Ordnance Depot in Kanpur.While the Gautam Muslims are unabashedly seeking to reunite with the Thakurs, the Bais and Dikhit groups are doing so more unobtrusively. But whatever the degree of caste affiliations, all three of these unique communities stick to their traditional Hindu way of life and are desperately seeking to claim a Thakur identity. It is, in many ways, a reconversion not of faith but of culture.last_img read more