January 28, 2021 Find out more November 22, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Frontier Post staffer released from prison Follow the news on Pakistan News PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News News June 2, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Organisation Munawar Moshin Ali, letters page editor of the English-language dailyFrontier Post, has been released from prison in Peshawar after the HighCourt on 12 November acquitted him of blasphemy charges.Ali was sentenced to life imprisonment in July 2003, for having”intentionally” published a letter in the 29 January 2001 issued of thenewspaper that the authorities viewed as offensive.Through his lawyers Kamran Arif and Zhoorul Haq, Ali managed to convince thejudges that he had not known the contents of the letter in question. Thecourt ruled that the prosecution had failed to demonstrate that the offencewas deliberate.Ali told Reporters Without Borders as he left prison, “Now I know whatfreedom means, after spending nearly four years behind bars”._______________________________________________________10.07.2003Journalist gets life sentence for “blasphemy”Reporters Without Borders expressed outrage today at the “extremely harsh” sentence of life imprisonment imposed by a Pakistani court on Munawar Mohsin, a former sub-editor on The Frontier Post, for blasphemy because he published a reader’s letter considered insulting to Islam and which sparked riots across the country. “Because he printed something written by someone else does not necessarily mean he agreed with its content in any way,” said the organisation’s secretary-general, Robert Ménard. “He simply gave readers space to express their opinions.” Ménard called for his immediate release and a speedy review of his trial. Mohsin, who has been in jail since the letter appeared two and a half years ago, was sentenced on 8 July by the North-West Frontier Province High Court and also fined 50,000 rupees ($900) for publishing the letter. He has several days in which to appeal. Two other staff members of the paper – the then news editor, Aftab Ahmad, and Wajeehul Hassan, who was in charge of its computers – were acquitted. The court issued a warrant for the arrest of the paper’s editor, Mahmood Shah Afridi, who is being sought by police.The offending letter, which appeared on 29 January 2001 and was from a reader called Ben Dzec, was considered insulting to the Prophet Mohammed. Mohsin, who was in charge of the paper’s letters section, was arrested the same day and imprisoned in Peshawar. Violent demonstrations protesting against the letter broke out all over the country and religious extremists set fire to the paper’s printing press in Peshawar. The government suspended the paper for two months.Blasphemy is punishable by death under Pakistani law but such a sentence has never been applied. RSF_en to go further Receive email alerts April 21, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News
PANAMA CITY, Panama – With the Panama Canal expansion scheduled to open in 2014, authorities are focused on preventing the country from serving as a transit point for illegal merchandise and drug trafficking. A total of 5% of global trade currently passes through the Panama Canal. With the construction of a third set of locks, the canal’s capacity will double, according to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP). From January to September 2013, a total of 10,149 vessels have traversed the route through Panama, according to the country’s Comptroller Office. “[The Panamanian government will not allow the canal to be used as a route by] international criminals transporting illegal merchandise,” Panamanian Public Safety Minister José Raúl Mulino said shortly after the July seizure of the North Korean freighter Chong Chon Gang. “Our geographic position, the canal and our lake and sea waters are not a passageway though which international criminals can move with impunity.” The detection of the North Korean ship, which was transporting Cuban weapons to the Asian country – a violation of United Nations resolutions levied against North Korea – was described by analysts as a success because of the speed in which intelligence agencies shared information about a vessel loaded with suspicious cargo. “The canal is a large area that supports global trade and the best way to protect it is through prevention,” said Alberto Alemán Zubieta, the former administrator of the Panama Canal. “Through intelligence work, it was possible to locate the prohibited cargo on board the Chong Chon Gang. The way to prevent terrorism and other illegal acts is through the international community and awareness about the need to prevent situations like these.” The country is taking steps to prevent its territory, including the canal, from being used to smuggle illegal substances. Operation Martillo plays a fundamental role in these efforts, according to the director of the country’s National Aeronaval Service (SENAN), Commander Belsio González Sánchez. “Through Operation Martillo [a multinational military initiative led by the United States that is combating drug trafficking and organized crime in Central America], we’re creating a symbiosis of operations with many different countries, particularly the United States, which has helped to stop incursions by drug traffickers,” González said. From January to Nov. 15, authorities confiscated about 19 tons of drugs, up from the 12 tons seized during all of 2012. The country is implementing a new base in the southern Pearl Islands in the Gulf of Panama to strengthen surveillance in the area, which will enter into operation in January 2014. Panama also has acquired speedboats, helicopters and 19 radars, to conduct coastal surveillance and combat drug trafficking in the Caribbean and the Panamanian Pacific, which are slated to become operational by April 2014. “Any investment made to enhance security is always a good thing,” said Roberto Aparicio, a professor of maritime law at Panama’s Maritime University. Regarding the canal’s operations, González said work is carried out in conjunction with the ACP to protect cargo and ensure that all permits are in order. “We work with [the ACP] on issues related to high value trafficking, because there are ships passing through with hazardous materials over which they are given custody,” González said. “[To combat drug trafficking] we have a joint operation. [The ACP makes sure that] the permits for the vessels are in order, but it does not get involved in intelligence matters.” Former Panamanian Ambassador Ricardo Arias, who directed the United Nations Security Council in 2007, has applauded the steps authorities are taking to protect the country from drug traffickers and organized crime. “Though the shipment of drugs doesn’t affect the functioning of the canal or put it at risk, Panama must introduce mechanisms to prevent the entire country from being used to smuggle illegal substances and drugs,” he said. By Dialogo December 20, 2013
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIn what is a preview to the first round the upcoming Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division playoffs, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks found another way to defeat the Nelson Leafs.A goal by Daniel Bishop at 12:42 of the third period stood up as the winner sparking the Nitehawks to a 3-2 KIJHL victory Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.Nelson opened the weekend Friday with a 6-4 victory over Spokane in the Lilac City.The win was the sixth in seven games for Beaver Valley, which opens the KIJHL playoffs against Nelson February 14 in Fruitvale.“I don’t know if there’s any secret, I think we’ve been fortunate in some games, we’ve had great goaltending in some games . . . some games our power play has been good and their goaltending hasn’t been that good,” said Beaver Valley head coach Terry Jones.“I think (Nelson) is a good team that has added some good players so I feel it’s going to be a close series when the playoffs start.” Nelson jumped all over the Hawks, out shooting the visitors 15-3 in the opening frame, but once again Beaver Valley backstop Zach Perehudoff shut the door.Taylor Love opened the scoring before Nelson finally saw some reward for all the hard work with 1:32 remaining in the frame. Cody Abbey, with his first of two, scored on the power play deadlocking the teams at 1-1 at the intermission.Leaf killer Ryon Sookro restored the Beaver Valley goal in the second with a power play marker. But Abbey once again tied the contest three minutes until recess.Nelson out shot the Hawks 29-20 in the game but saw it’s wide advantage dwindle in the third when Beaver Valley held an 11-6 margin.The teams do it all up again this afternoon in Beaver Valley to complete the season series.Stewart turns the heat up on former Spokane matesFormer Brave Joel Stewart continues to beat up on his old mates.The Spokane native scored twice to lead the Nelson Leafs to a 6-4 victory in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night in the Lilac City.The win secures third place in the Murdoch Division for the Leafs. Spokane trails Nelson by 12 points in divisional standings with six games remaining on the schedule. But the Leafs lead the season-series tiebreaker 6-2.However, Friday’s win was not quite according to way Leaf coach Chris Shaw designed the contest on the drawing board.Nelson twice overcame two-goal deficits, taking over the game with five goals in the second period. The goals came in a span of 11 minutes.Of course the 20-year-old Stewart, traded to the Leafs earlier in the season, got the ball going in the right direction with a power play marker five minutes into the second, his second of the game.Cody Abby, Dallon Stoddart, Marcus Dahl and Walker Sidoni completed the onslaught for the Leafs.The goal for Stoddart, a grad of the Nelson Minor Hockey system, was his first since November 20 against Kamloops.Stoddart, finishing with two assists – his second straight two-point game — was his fifth of the season.Mitch Fowler, Van Stefanou, Rance Hughes and Jesse Collins replied for Spokane.Taylor O’Neil and Connor Enright each had two assists.Nelson returns home Saturday to face the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the first game of a two-game home-and-home series. Game time is 7 p.m.ICE CHIPS: Colton Schell has overtaken injured Gavin Currie for the Leafs scoring lead. Schell has a point Friday in Spokane. Currie has been out of the lineup since December 31 . . .Joel Stewart, with 25 points in 22 games since coming to Nelson, is three points behind Schell. . . .The Leafs won three of four games against Spokane both home and away, out scoring the Braves 30-20. . . . Stewart has eight points against his former Spokane [email protected]
When observations don’t fit your ideology, invent paranoid delusions.Observational astronomy continues to militate against the expectations of big-bang cosmologists:Neutral result charges up antimatter research: Scientists push boundaries of antimatter research in quest for answers (Science Daily): The Antimatter Problem continues to resist natural explanations. The work is “the latest contribution in the quest to chase down the answer to the basic antimatter question, “If matter and antimatter were created in equal amounts during the Big Bang, where did all the antimatter go?‘” No success yet, despite hope. Roger Jones has nothing to offer in his “Explainer: What is antimatter?” on The Conversation. The universe doesn’t play by the theorists’ rules, he says. “It is almost entirely made of matter, so where did all the antimatter go? It is one of the biggest mysteries in physics to date.“This Monster Galaxy is Too Bright for Its Own Good (Space.com): A huge galaxy appears to be tearing itself apart, emitting huge amounts of energy and creating turbulence. “If all the galaxies in the universe lay at the same distance from the sun, this one would shine the brightest,” Nola Taylor Redd says. Something 12.4 billion light-years from the Milky Way is uncomfortably close to the big bang to be so large and compact.Monster Galaxy Cluster Is Biggest Ever in the Early Universe (Space.com). This is the old Lumpiness Problem. There shouldn’t be large structures early in the universe.Newly discovered star offers opportunity to explore origins of first stars sprung to life in early universe (Science Daily). Still eagerly searching for Population III stars (the first generation after the big bang), astronomers proposed this rare candidate star, an ultra-metal-poor “relic from the Milky Way’s formative years.” But it’s not metal-free. Meaning; it’s at least a second-generation star.Traces of the First Stars in the Universe Possibly Found (Space.com). “An enormous cloud of dust and gas may bear the fingerprints of the first stars in the universe.” What can clouds of gas say about stars, though? This is divination, not empirical science.Green pea galaxy right after the Big Bang (Science Daily): This article is about the Reionization Problem. What it needs is some observational evidence. “Despite twenty years of intensive research, no galaxy emitting sufficient radiation had been found” to kickstart the ionization of hydrogen. Some astronomers find a candidate galaxy, but it only “opens an important new avenue for our understanding of the early Universe.” The avenue has no passengers. Maybe the James Webb Space Telescope will help.Gravitational-wave rumours in overdrive (Nature). Has the LIGO instrument found long-predicted gravitational waves? Some are excited about the rumors, but one commenter complained, “Krauss, Motl and those who seem unable to restrain their wishful thinking, should STOP it. It is harmful to science and the public’s view of science when the much-hyped hints and rumors fall flat. We all would like to see a bona fide detection of gravitational waves, but most of us hold our tongues until the evidence becomes compelling.“With mounting anomalies and few confirmations, cosmologists continue to wander further off the reservation (5/17/14). They are deep into Fantasyland now, as the following news items demonstrate:Time might flow backwards as well as forwards from the big bang (New Scientist). Joshua Sokol follows Caltech materialist Sean Carroll into Alice in Wonderland’s mirror world of imaginary realities. A “trippy idea,” indeed. Wake up and come to.Black Holes Set the Clock for Life on Earth (Space.com). Rational people will stop reading this after the first line: “There is a chance – just a chance – that if black holes rule the universe, they could have ‘switched on’ habitable planets, such as Earth, allowing them to support complex life.“Theorists propose a new method to probe the beginning of the universe (PhysOrg): Bendable clocks, quantum wiggles and heavy particles behaving like pendulums decorate fanciful speculations by Xingang Chen about what came before the inflationary epoch of the big bang, even though the article admits, “The beginning of the cosmos is cloaked and hidden from the view of our most powerful telescopes.” Can clocks reveal what produced the initial conditions of the big bang? If so, what gave the initial conditions to the clocks?Maxwell’s demon as a self-contained, information-powered refrigerator (PhysOrg). “The work of the team led by Pekola remains, for the time being, basic research, but in the future, the results obtained may, among other things, pave the way towards reversible computing” (see Perhapsimaybecouldness Index). Don’t they realize that the higher entropy of the demon swamps the reduced entropy of the result? Go back to basic thermodynamics.New theory of secondary inflation expands options for avoiding an excess of dark matter (PhysOrg). Spike Psarris suggests we not be too harsh on this proposal. “After all, the evidence for secondary inflation is just as good as the evidence for primary inflation” (i.e., none).Supermassive black holes might be hiding entire universes inside (New Scientist). Need we respond? Let them waltz into their own fantasy: “A quirk of our leading theory of cosmic history could mean that black holes were once portals to a multitude of universes beyond our own.” Spike Psarris’s third DVD dismantles the multiverse as not just bad science, but anti-science.It’s nice to see that some cosmologists recognize they are in trouble. Thomas Kitching on The Conversation writes, “Cosmology is in crisis” – but then adds – “but not for the reasons you might think.” We’ve just shown some pretty good reasons to think that. What is his reason?We still have no idea what the vast majority of the universe is made of. We struggle to understand how the Big Bang could suddenly arise from nothing or where the energy for “inflation”, a very short period of rapid growth in the early universe, came from. But despite these gaps in knowledge, it is actually human nature – our tendency to interpret data to fit our beliefs – that is the biggest threat to modern cosmology.Bingo.Thank you, Thomas, but who’s “we”? All “your” problems would vanish if you would trust the Manufacturer’s Manual. One reliable Eyewitness trumps a thousand imagineers, especially when they are all demonstrably psychotic (for evidence, buy this video). (Visited 65 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
So What’s the Big Deal with Film Grain?If you aren’t familiar with using film grain overlays on digital footage, you may be wondering, “What’s the point?” Well, I think of it like music — how some people prefer listening to music on a vinyl record player. The hums, hisses, and pops of a vinyl record fill in the empty space and create a full sound that feels . . . warm. Digital silence is much different than analog silence — in digital silence, there’s no information being processed, so there is no sound output. With an analog source like a record player, the needle will continue to play the information that it finds in the grooves of the record. It’s comforting in an odd way. Film grain works the same way — it cuts the “silence” of digital video with a bit of motion and grit that brings warmth to an image.Now whenever I first posted this video to YouTube, the first comments were all pretty much the same — “Why not just shoot on film?” Yeah, okay, that is definitely the preferred way to get film grain. But, the thing is, it isn’t practical. Most people do not have access to a cinematic film camera, let alone can they afford rolls and rolls of 16 or 35mm film, which is very expensive. I remember an episode of Project Greenlight wherein the director wanted to use real film cameras for his feature, but he wasn’t able to since it was going to increase their expenses by about 40 percent. For the average filmmaker who doesn’t have the clout to demand film cameras on set, it just isn’t feasible to shoot with them on a basic budget.So, your second best option is using film grain overlays.Using Small Amounts of Film Grain in Your ProjectIf you want to avoid obvious film grain, whether for aesthetic or practical reasons, you can blend it lightly into your project with the opacity settings. Overlay it with the blend modes in the opacity tab, and then bring down the opacity to 15 or 20 percent. This will just lay a thin veil of grain onto your project, and it might be the slight touch you need to get the look you want. (There is also a very fine 35mm film grain in Shutterstock’s download package that you can use — it has very tiny grains that still act as a cohesive element, but without being as obvious as a coarse grain.)Film Grain and Motion GraphicsFilm grain also adds a cinematic feel to motion graphics. Most motion graphics come out looking very sharp, which could stick out when being integrated into a stylized project. When you overlay film grain onto a motion graphic, it acts like a cohesive agent and “glues” all of the layers together so they don’t look so separate from each other. It also smoothes out the harsh edges of digital shapes, and it even reduces banding on gradient backgrounds. Give it a shot — throw a fine grain overlay onto your next motion graphic and blend it into your layers. You’ll be surprised how much difference it makes.Looking for more post-production tips and tricks? Check these out.Quick Tips: Improving Your Product Shots and Commercials3 Easy Stereo Recording Techniques For Your Next ProjectAre Bedsheets a Viable Option for Low-Budget Light Diffusion?Quick Tip: Fixing Rolling Shutter Flash with Opacity BlendsVideo Essay: The Significance of the Shot-React-Shot Sequence4K Film Grain Overlays Dirtying up a clean digital image with a film grain overlay is relatively simple, and it’s a perfect way to add a touch of nostalgia your project.When working with digital images and videos, you may come across a relatively new problem in the filmmaking world. Your video is too clear and too sharp. I know that sounds ridiculous — “My footage is too perfect!” — but really, sometimes you look back at your footage after shooting, and it just seems a little off. Certainly, there are times to use film grain, and there are times when you shouldn’t (we’ll just leave the whole can of worms about using it in the first place for you to fight about on the internet). But film grain has plenty of other uses than recreating an old film look.Recently, Shutterstock Tutorials gave away 5 free film grains recorded using actual film cameras, and here, I’ll show you why you should be using them — and some unconventional uses for your next project.
While the Congress focuses on issues related to farmers and the economy, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to highlight the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir on the campaign trail for Assembly polls.With BJP national president Amit Shah set to kick off the Rashtriya Ekta Abhiyan from Mumbai on Sunday, the party has planned a rally in each constituency, focusing on Article 370. A number of senior BJP leaders, including executive president J.P. Nadda, Ram Madhav, Lok Sabha MP and former Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh, and spokespersons Sambit Patra and Gaurav Bhatia, will address rallies at different district headquarters. Mr. Nadda will be in Pune on September 23, while Ram Madhav will be in Aurangabad on September 29. Mr. Singh will address a rally in Satara in front of retired Army officers and families of soldiers who died on duty. The leaders will meet eminent personalities to inform them about the abrogation of Article 370 and its importance. State BJP secretary Rajesh Pande, who is coordinating the Abhiyan in the State, said the party will approach around 4,000 prominent personalities with its message. “Senior leaders will address public meetings at the district level, but similar rallies will be organised in each constituency. The Abhiyan will continue till the first week of October,” he said. Congress strategyThe Congress, meanwhile, is focusing on the economy and farmers’ problems. “The BJP-Shiv Sena government’s claim of having given the country’s biggest loan waiver of ₹34,000 crore to 89 lakh farmers has proved to be false. More than 50% farmers are yet to benefit from the scheme,” Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said. He said that as on August 31, the government had waived loans worth ₹18,761 crore of 44, 04,147 farmers, keeping nearly 45 lakh farmers waiting.Addressing a press conference in Mumbai, Congress spokesperson Gaurav Vallabh said bank loans to industries in Maharashtra declined for the first time in 30 years in 2018. “The government should declare how much foreign investment came into the State through the Make in Maharashtra initiative and publish online district-wise data on how many new businesses are being set up,” he said.
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celtics ink Paul Pierce to one-day contract Bracketed with Australia, Chinese Taipei and Japan, the Philippines will play games in those countries starting in November, before hosting the Aussies, the Taiwanese and the Japanese in games in Manila.The new scheduled is an arduous one and will have Gilas playing two games each in November, February and June next year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWith the new PBA opening schedule, the league also penciled its calendar to be playing elimination round games in the February and June playdates so as not to jeopardize title chances of teams where Gilas players will come from.Participation of the PBA’s veteran stars in the next Gilas event, the Fiba Asia Championship in Lebanon near the end of August, still hangs in the balance as it will run smack into the season-ending Governors’ Cup that opens this Wednesday. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer, the reigning three-time PBA MVP, Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort, Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra and Calvin Abueva of Alaska are just some of the names considered shoo-ins for Gilas in its toughest international tournaments.Gilas sent its team of Cadets and several amateurs led by Ray Parks and Kiefer Ravena to the Jones Cup here where the Filipinos hold a 2-1 record going into a clash with Japan’s Under-24 team at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.This same squad – save for import Mike Myers – will be flying to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to defend the Southeast Asian Games gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Team Philippines is assured of being represented by its best when the World Cup Qualifying starts in November as the PBA has agreed to push back the opening of its next season to December.This move, plans of which came out in an Inquirer reports several weeks back, was approved when the league’s board met a few days ago as the PBA does its part in helping Gilas Pilipinas come up with the best selection possible.ADVERTISEMENT
Karim Benzema scored three goals as France romped to a 3-0 win over Honduras Karim Benzema scored twice and created a third that was confirmed by goal-line technology as France eased into its World Cup campaign with a 3-0 victory over Honduras on Sunday.The convincing victory – albeit against a 10-man team for more than 45 minutes – was in stark contrast to the team’s performances in South Africa four years ago, when the highly paid squad failed to win a single match and was sent home in a disgrace after going on a training strike.It now tops group E and, with Switzerland and Ecuador left to play, stands a good chance of staying there.”Winning 3-0 at a World Cup isn’t easy,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. “(The players should) savor the moment, there’s nothing more wonderful. We’re going recover and then go again in five days’ time.”Benzema’s first goal came from the penalty spot just before halftime after Wilson Palacios was sent off with his second yellow card for charging into the back of Paul Pogba. The Real Madrid striker calmly slotted the ball to the left of Noel Valladares to give the French a deserved lead going into the break.”It’s my first World Cup and I think we’re all satisfied with the result,” Benzema said. “It was important to win this match.”With Honduras down to 10 men, France didn’t take long to double the score, thanks again to the Real Madrid striker and the first decisive use of goal line technology in a World Cup.advertisementYohan Cabaye, whose pass had earlier picked out Pogba to give the French their penalty, struck a long ball that Benzema shot across the goal. The ball came back off the post across goal before Valladares fumbled it over his own line. With the new technology system confirming the ball crossed the line, referee Sandro Ricci gave the own goal despite Honduran protests.MATCH COMMENTARY Benzema got his second on the 72nd minute, firing in powerfully from inside the area after a long-range shot by right back Mathieu Debuchy was blocked.”Obviously Karim did well because he scored and he was decisive for us,” Deschamps said. “But I was also pleased with our team spirit and our collective way of playing. They defended with a lot of aggression; it was pretty difficult to find an opening even though we hit the crossbar twice. The sending off changed things. We had a lot of space and could take advantage of it.”Les Bleus, featuring just five holdovers from 2010, dominated from the opening whistle against a Honduran team seeking its first World Cup win. The Central Americans had a reputation for aggressive play going into the match, and their 14 fouls and one expulsion will only add to that.The Hondurans’ physical approach succeeded in stifling some of the approach play of the French, but the 1998 champions looked especially dangerous down both flanks in the first half hour.Blaise Matuidi connected with a cross but saw his header tipped onto the bar by Noel Valladares, while Antoine Griezmann, playing in place of Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, also rattled the woodwork after climbing high in the six-yard box.French keeper Hugo Lloris didn’t have to touch the ball until the 31st minute and didn’t have to make a save all night against a team that managed just 37 percent of the possession.”I think they played better than us so there are no excuses,” said Honduras coach Luis Suarez. “There are certain things that we will have to improve in the future, but sometimes it is difficult to play with a man less, especially when you are facing a team that’s very well organized.”He denied his team had played rough.”I don’t think we crossed the line,” he said. “Of course we have a strong and intense style, but we respect the game.”The only downside for the French fans was that the teams’ national anthems weren’t played before the game because of an apparent malfunction – meaning they didn’t get a chance to sing “La Marseillaise.” FIFA later saidt was a malfunction and promised that it wouldn’t happen again.Team Line-ups(from):France: Hugo Lloris, Mathieu Debuchy, Mamadou Sakho, Raphael Varane, Patrice Evra, Yohan Cabaye, Paul Pogba, , Blaise Matuidi, Mathieu Valbuena, Karim Benzema, Antoine GriezmannHonduras: Noel Valladares, Brayan Beckeles, Maynor Figueroa, Andy Najar, Victor Bernardez, Emilio Izaguirre, Luis Garrido, Luis Garrido, Carlo Costly, Roger Espinoza, Jerry Bengston
Murali VijayIndian opener Murali Vijay has said that he will not feel dejected on missing out on a century at Lord’s if his team goes onto win the second Test against England on Monday.Chasing 319 for victory, the hosts slumped to 105 for four at stumps on day four. This was after Vijay’s patient knock of 95 runs had guided his team to 342 in their second innings.”It is disappointing to miss the hundred but I will take it any day if we can win the Test match tomorrow,” said a smiling Vijay after the day’s play.”The game is very well placed and (Ravindra) Jadeja is spinning the ball well. The fast bowlers can help too because it is doing a lot for spinners because of footmarks on the pitch. It will be a fifth day pitch and it will have wear and tear,” he added.While Jadeja will have a prominent role to play as a bowler on the final day of the Test, he had a major say as a batsman in how things shaped up on the fourth day here.Jadeja struck his maiden Test fifty, scoring 66 runs overall and his 99-run partnership for the eight wicket with Bhuvneshwar Kumar came in a whirlwind manner to knock the wind out of England.”Jadeja really played well and that helped us gain momentum. Obviously Bhuvneshwar is hitting the ball really well in this series and that has put us in a good position,” said Vijay.When asked if the James Anderson incident in the first Test at Nottingham had inspired him, the batsman replied, “When Jadeja came into bat, I could feel the energy that he will do something special. His intent was very special. I was playing the anchor role but I got out and he capitalised on his intent. He is a fighter and he was showing it with his celebration on reaching the fifty as well.” .advertisementBut the ground work for this impactful innings was laid only by Vijay’s patient and calm knock. He faced 247 balls and struck 11 fours, building a 79-run partnership with skipper MS Dhoni and helped India get into a position of advantage.”They were bowling in an off-stump channel and the wicket was doing a bit, I just thought I will tire them out. If I get a good ball there isn’t much I can do about it. So I just focussed hard and batted.”The first hour of play here is very crucial, especially in this match it has been tough because the ball is moving around. I thought there are more attacking batsmen after me so I will just bat till the second new ball comes,” said Vijay.”I have waited for my chance and worked hard. I believed that I will get my turn and when I have got it, I have just grabbed it. In international cricket, you have to play your natural game because the game is unpredictable,” he added, reflecting on his recent success.The final question then remains is if India can go on to win their first overseas Test since 2011.”We are all pumped up to do something special, we are here to prove a point and win a game,” was Vijay’s reply.