AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe ACC Concrete Technology program has been successfully running for 50 years! Many of the instructors in the program are former students and are current professionals. Students feel that their experience at ACC has prepared them for their future internships and jobs. On Friday November 3rd the college will host a ceremony to honor and celebrate the program.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious First Fright Lights Alpena A Spooky SuccessNext DNR Seeks Bear Dens
Team UgandaAthletics: Ayikoru Scovia, Leni Shida, Nanziri Emily, Nakaayi Halima, Nannyondo Winnie, Ajok Dorcus, Juliet Chekwel, Chelangat Mercyline, Chesang Stella, Lalam Josephine, Adome Pius, Alli Ngaimoko, Opiny Leonard, Musagala Ronald, Chemutai Albert, Kipyeko Phillip, Cheptegei Joshua, Thomas Ayeko, Toroitich Timothy, Kiplimo Jacob, Chesakit Alex, Chemonges Robert, Mutai Munyo Solomon.Badminton: Bangi Shamim Bridget, Nakiyemba Aisha, Kasirye Brian, Ekiring EdwinBoxing: Bwogi Musa, Kiiza Joshua, Muwonge Latibu, Nasir Bashir, Simbwa RegarnCycling: Kagimu Charles, Sekanga ViennaNetball team: Lilian Ajio, Irene Akello, Kizza Betty, Birungi Conchepta, Nanyonga Florence, Nakabuye Hadijah, Nakacwa Halima, Achan Jesca, Nampungu Joan, Procovia Peace, Nanyonga Racheal, Meme Ruth, Nanfuka Stella, Oyella Stella, Namuwaya MuhayiminaRugby team: Ijongat James, Kasiita Eric, Kasito Adrian, Kermundu Kevin, Kisiga Timonty, Manano Achaji, Odongo Marvin, Ogena Pius, Oketayot Byron, Okia Solomon, Okorach Michael, Wokorach Phillip, Sebuliba Kayiwa, Ruhweza-Ayera Desire, Magowu Ivan, Muwumba Timothy Mudoola, Jadwong Joseph, Ofoyrwoth AaronSquash: Rukunya Ivan, Kawooya MichaelSwimming: Meya Avice (women) and Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza Elisha (men)Weightlifting: Irene Kasubo, Kalidi Batuusa, Julius Ssekitoleko, Ssempereza HakimTable Tennis: Nyaika Ronald (men), Nambozo Halima (women)Shooting: Mungoma CleopatraTweets about #GC2018 uganda **** Ugandan netballers celebrate. PHOTO via @waihue Uganda ?? 54 Malawi ?? 52Gold Coast, Australia | THE INDEPENDENT | Captain Peace Proscovia was the star with 35 goals as Uganda’s netballers snatched a first win in their tough Group B at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on Saturday.Ugandan netballers, competing at their first Commonwealth Games, recovered from Thursday’s opening day 64-51 defeat by New Zealand to tame Malawi 54-52 in a thrilling game. Uganda’s She Cranes are African champions while Malawi are the continent’s top ranked team in the world, one ahead of Proscovia’s team at 6th.In the second straight game, the tall and agile Proscovia remained a model of consistency under the Uganda hoop while receiving solid support from goal attack Rachel Nanyonga. The defeated Malawians were left in tears at the final whistle. Nanyonga grabbed 19 goals as Uganda got off to an early lead, 18-10 in first quarter, 30-25 in quarter 2, 42-39 in quarter 3 before holding on to win 54-52 after a late surge by Malawi.No 7-ranked Uganda return to action on Sunday against another fancied side, England ranked 3, on Sunday.Uganda is represented at the Commonwealth Games by teams in netball, swimming, rugby, squash, athletics, shooting, badminton, boxing and cycling.Athletics remains Uganda’s main hope for medals, and the tone of the country’s performance at this Commonwealth Games will be set in the event’s day-one when Joshua Cheptegei runs in the 5000m final on Sunday.Cheptegei came close to gold at the World Championships 10,000m race last year, edged by Mo Farah in a tough final. He skipped his favourite 5000m race due to fatigue at the World Championships, and the schedule this time makes him a firm bet to do the double.The double was achieved by Moses Kipsiro in Delhi in 2010, winning the 5000 and 10,000m gold.Uganda has taken part in every Games since 1954 (with exception of 1978) and has this time sent a team of 69 to compete.SATURDAY RESULTS netball Uganda 54 Malawi 52 swimming Women 50m butterfly Meya 27th of 29 boxing #bantam Dlamini(SWZ) 4 Nasir 1 weightlifting # Kasuubo 9th out of 12 1pm #welterW Bwogi v Clair (MRI) Share on: WhatsApp
Pittsburgh had better count their blessings because a “Batch” in the hand is worth a “Leftwich” in the bush. Remember, a tad less than a fortnight ago, Batch’s roster position was tenuous at best, and in the worst case his playing days seemed to be headed straight for the undertaker’s slab.Even though he might not have been named the starter, answer this question for me. How many times has the career of Charlie Batch been assumed to have been dead and buried only to have the Steelers organization in their time of need exhume the body because as we all know “anybody is better than nobody at all.”Dennis Dixon is the right choice to open the season for Pittsburgh. It is fortunate that he got in more reps with the first team in light of the injury to Byron Leftwich. A few weeks ago I wrote that Big Ben Roethlisberger was getting far too many reps with the first team during training camp with the “real” season peeping from behind the nearest tombstone, or something to that effect.The only drawback to Batch and Leftwich is that over the past several years both men have been subject to injury. If there are any reservations about either athlete one would be that their injuries are many and would cause any GM to be a bit squeamish about dedicating a roster spot to either one. But let me make one thing perfectly clear. If either man is healthy both can toss the rock with considerable speed and accuracy, as long as they have competent pass catchers and adequate pass blocking.Mike Tomlin did not listen to the talking heads. He did the right thing. If Dixon was not ready, at least according to the experts, why in the heck would they line him up with the first team for such a considerable amount of time during the preseason?At least Tomlin and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians did not repeat the “fiasco” of last season. During the 2009 campaign just at the “zero hour,” Dennis Dixon was anointed the starter just prior to a crucial Baltimore Ravens game after Roethlisberger had suffered a possible “concussion” the week before. In spite of his “injury,” Big Ben continued to take all the first team reps during the week leading up to the game. Was there a saboteur lurking about?Dixon was told that he was going to start around 24 hours before that game and without any first team reps or a credible game plan. In spite of that scenario, coupled with lousy play calling by the Arians, Dixon almost defeated the Ravens.After that emotional and heartbreaking loss, number seven’s heart, mettle and toughness were questioned by one of the toughest players to ever play the game, teammate Hines Ward. Ward had this to say. “There was a 50-50 split in the locker room as to whether or not Ben should have played.” Ward also went on to say that “he’s [Ward] played with concussions in the past.” Shortly thereafter Ward was unceremoniously tied to the whipping post and verbally assaulted in print and on radio and television.Dixon now has a little less than a week to prepare for the Atlanta Falcons, not just a mere 24 hours. He has more time to study the Falcons’ defense and the Steelers do not have to employ a “kindergarten” version of their offensive playbook. They cannot run the “Einstein” version but they do not have to revert to the Peewee Herman variety either.If Dixon plays well, we may have a quarterback controversy on our hands. If he falters, the red carpet will be rolled out for Big Ben. But one thing is perfectly clear, if Dixon performs with an acceptable amount of competency, just as Roethlisberger has earned and been anointed the starter of this football team, Dixon will be the number two man in charge. Who has the third or fourth position is well, just a crapshoot.The Steelers face another not so discernable dilemma, and that is not whether Roethlisberger starts or does not start. The dilemma is not the inexperience of Dixon or Batch being a bit “long in the tooth.” The difficulty that Pittsburgh currently faces is the indecisiveness of Tomlin. Tomlin had better seize the wheel of his “ship” and make those walk the plank that don’t march to the beat of his drummer.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or by phone at 412.583.6741.) This coming weekend the Steelers begin their 2010 campaign in the city that is quickly earning the name, “The Big Queasy.” There is lots of stomach churning and Tums chewing going on “n’at” over at the headquarters of Steeler Nation. Just when I thought all was lost in the guts and fortitude department, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin did not name the more experienced Charlie Batch as his temporary starter but the more raw and athletic “young buck,” Dennis Dixon.
When I say, “Tale of Three Cities” I am not rewinding my life back to my Schenley High School “daze” by sharing with you the contents of the final book report of my sophomore year “Tale of Two Cities.” Most of you should recall the novel based on the French revolution, Tale of Two Cities. Basically unlike America in general and sports in particular because the “have-nots” basically won over the “haves.” Ya know those who got it and those who don’t. Heads were rolling and the heads were not the ones earning minimum wage or less. The “po-folks” took it to the streets and got really, really busy, you dig. That being said there is a sort of mini-revolution going on in the National Football League. Lots of “small” market teams are spending dough. During the resurgence of the Pittsburgh Steelers Football Club beginning with the team’s appearance in Super Bowl XL against the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks. There were many emotional components that came into play in order for the team to be competitive and ultimately lay claim to the Lombardi Trophy. First and foremost, Pittsburgh was playing the game less than 3 hours from Heinz Field whereas most of the Seattle faithful had to travel close to 3,000 miles just to sports their teams colors and lead them on. The folks from Seahawks land came and saw and lost. Secondly, in a very highly publicized promise, ‘big” Ben Roethlisberger who the year before had played a less than stellar game in the AFC championship game against the New England Patriots simply known as the “cheaters” Bowl when evidence later revealed that the Patriots headmaster Willam “bill the cheatster” Bellichick had videotaped the Steelers offensive and defensive signals thereby giving the team from Foxborough a sorta, kinda competitive advantage. After that fiasco of a game Roethlisberger promised dejected Steelers running back and future Hall-of-Famer Jerome Bettis that he would bring him back to the championship game the following year and he kept his promise. The first city was the cold bitterly cold city of Detroit. At the risk of sounding repetitive; The “po-folks” of Deee….troit took it to the streets of the motor city trying to get some “gravy” and got really, really busy. Hey the government even got in on the act they even gave the majority of the disenfranchised, (not be confused with former NFL franchise owners) homeless folks temporary “cribs” for a week. I actually missed the victory parade in Pittsburgh for the Steelers because I was on a flight layover in Denver on my way to Honolulu to cover the Pro-Bowl. Oh by the way, I took a very tidy gift with me from Hawaii courtesy of the motor city. When I arrived in America’s 50th state I was informed after I continued to experience a consistent and resistant cough that held on for dear life, (my life) that brother “pneumonia” had hitchhiked to Hawaii with me as a result of almost a week of running around the frigid city of covering the pre-game activities of Super Bowl XL. Now back to Super Bowl XL. Retired Steeler Hines Ward caught 5 passes for 123 yards and scored a touchdown. “Hine-sy” also set up Pittsburgh’s initial touchdown when he caught a 37-yard third-down pass, which gave Pittsburgh a 7-3 lead with less than two minutes to play in the first half. After that Ward made caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Antwaan Randle-El that clipped the Seahawks wings for good. Hey boys’ and girls’ Ben Roethlisberger’s QB rating was the lowest in the history of the Super Bowl (less than 28.00) for a winning QB. Did Mike Holmgren borrow some footage for Bill Bellichick? And compound that with the fact Willie “warp speed” Parker pulled off a 75 yard scamper from scrimmage for a TD that made things a little more relaxed for the boys from the steel city. Rapunzel had let down her golden hair to the win starved Steelers and the new Pittsburgh Steelers revolution was about to begin. Super Bowl XLIII was as exciting as Super Bowl’s are expected to be. Unlike the writing of Gil Scott-Heron; the continuing revolution of the Steelers was televised from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa as the saga continued. Super Bowl XLIII featured the AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers against the NFC champion Arizona Cardinals. The Steelers (15-4) defeated the Cardinals (12-7) by a score of 27-23, earning their sixth Super Bowl win, a new NFL record. It broke three-way tie among the Steelers, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys each team had five Super Bowl wins. The game was played on February 1, 2009, at Raymond James Stadium. Except for the 100 yards plus pick run back for a TD by ex-Steelers linebacker James Harrison. For most of the game the offense of the Black and Gold seemed to be sleepwalking with the exception of the final drive for the winning touchdown with a miraculous “ballet” type catch by ex-Steelers wideout Santonio Holmes. Also our media bus featured two non English speaking drivers who got lost going to the stadium and coming back. I swear folks; I am not making this stuff up. AUBREY BRUCE
Facebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by TOGETHER!On Saturday May 13th, 2017 TOGETHER! held their annual Awards of Excellence ceremony at South Puget Sound Community College. Back for the second year following a hiatus and reinvention, Awards of Excellence now honors and celebrates South Sound youth whose paths have been marked with adversity and whose grace and strength continue to shine through. More than 29 different schools and youth centered organizations nominated participants to receive the award. This year 35 awards and 10 scholarships were given, including a 1-year tuition waiver for SPSCC, as well as 2 continuing scholarships to 2016 Awards of Excellence scholarship winners.Aylin Gonzales was a 2016 scholarship winner and won a continuing support scholarship at this year’s awards. Photo courtesy: TOGETHER!Honorees were featured in The Olympian newspaper and publicly recognized at the Awards of Excellence ceremony. More than $10,000 in scholarships were awarded thanks to Gateway Rotary (our top scholarship donor), TwinStar Credit Union, Tumwater McDonald’s, and a year tuition waiver from South Puget Sound Community College Scholarship Foundation! Based on the knowledge that supporting and encouraging young people helps our community thrive, TOGETHER! and partners are proud to continue this tradition for another year!Aylin Gonzales, a 2016 scholarship winner is incredibly grateful for the continuing support scholarship awarded at Awards of Excellence 2017. “Thank you so much for supporting my education again this year. Awards of Excellence has been such a great support for me. It’s been a relief not having to stress over paying for my classes, and [the scholarship has] helped me focus more on school. As some of you know, I am working towards becoming a registered nurse and getting my Associates degree is the first step. Awards of Excellence has helped me to be able to go to school and take the classes I need to reach this goal, one step at a time,” Aylin said.Charissa DeWitt., a 2017 and 2017 scholarship recipient spoke at Saturday’s event. Photo courtesy: TOGETHER!“Higher education comes with a high price [however], and being an independent youth it’s not easy doing the college process all alone.” said Charissa DeWitt during a speech at the 2017 Awards of Excellence ceremony. “Thanks to the TOGETHER! scholarship I have the opportunity to help people in the near future.” DeWitt, a 2016 scholarship winner also benefitted from continuing scholarship support in 2017. She continued to say, “I want to say thank you [TOGETHER!] for the opportunity to get this award and the good that’s being done here should really be continued for all the other students that are going to need it in the future.”In addition to the heartfelt speeches from Gonzalez and DeWitt, handing out the scholarships and awards, the event also featured a sincere speech, and musical performance from Gryffen Murry, a 2016 Awards of Excellence honoree who also emceed the event with Bobby Williams of The Bridge. CYS’s The Bridge, and the Olympia High School’s UpStanders delivered music and poetry performances.Group photo of the 2017 award recipients who are excited to continue their education with a little help. Photo courtesy: TOGETHER!The ceremony was a hit; emotions from TOGETHER!’s staff and nominees were clearly visible. Pride, laughter and applause filled the air. Awards of Excellence was live-streamed on Facebook with 412+ views (despite tech challenges) and growing. Like any great thing, this event is possible only through the collaboration and partnership of many. TOGETHER! would like to especially thank our sponsors and in-kind donors: Gateway Rotary, Tumwater McDonalds, South Puget Sound Community College Foundation, TwinStar Credit Union, The Olympian, Forrey’s Forza, DZines, The Bridge, TAGS Awards and Specialties, Shanna Paxton Photography, Tumwater Safeway, Tumwater Costco, and Ralph’s Thriftway. Thank you also to event emcees Gryffen Murray & Bobby Williams, to The Bridge performers Gryffen Murray, Shanelle Berry, Lelh Inman (a.k.a Shady B & Taw_Nae), and to The UpStanders (Olympia High School) performers Mikayla Fisher-An, Maitlynn Reed, Andrew Pizana, Savantè Givens, and Rose Rinehart. For more information, visit the TOGETHER! website.
Mitchell Smith won the English super-featherweight title with a commanding points victory against the previously unbeaten Peter Cope at Bethnal Green’s York Hall.The 21-year-old prospect from Harrow Weald largely dominated the 10-round bout with his hand speed to extend his unblemished professional record to 9-0.He floored Cope in the sixth round – just as the Hartlepool man was having his best spell of the fight.Cope landed with body shots and a straight left to the head before being tagged by a left to the temple which disorientated him and meant a follow-up right was enough to send him to the canvas.To his credit, Cope battled on, had some moments of success and absorbed a number of powerful shots from the former ABA champion.After being caught by a left uppercut in round nine, Smith responded with a thunderous right and underlined his class by continuing to pick Cope off with crisp shots.Smith was a clear winner on all three scorecards, with the judges scoring it 99-90, 100-89 and 100-90 in his favour.Earlier in the evening, Wembley’s Gary Corcoran maintained his unbeaten record with a third-round stoppage of Bolton’s Chris Jenkinson.See also:Corcoran maintains his unbeaten record Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
NAPA — After steadfastly declining to talk about issues relating to wide receiver Antonio Brown, Raiders coach Jon Gruden sounded like a man Saturday night who had a pretty good idea his most valuable offensive player along with quarterback Derek Carr would soon be back in the fold.“I support this guy,” Gruden said. “I think that’s what needs to be said.”Brown was not with the Raiders during Saturday night’s 14 … (CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)
12 February 2008South African wheelchair racing superstar Ernst van Dyk’s lofty status in the international Paralympic community was recently underlined when he was chosen as one of 11 Paralympic ambassadors by the International Paralympic Committee.The 11 ambassadors will serve as role models for young athletes, both disabled and able-bodied, and help to increase the profile of Paralympic sports.Joining Van Dyk as ambassadors are:Verena Bentele (Germany, Nordic skiing)Hou Bin (China, athletics)Cheri Blauwet (USA, athletics)Kirsten Bruhn (Germany, swimming)Muffy Davis (USA, alpine skiing)Michael Teuber (Germany, cycling)Tanni Grey-Thompson (Great Britain, athletics)Esther Vergeer (Netherlands, wheelchair tennis)Chris Waddell (USA, alpine skiing)Henry Wanyoike (Kenya, athletics)The 2006 winner of the Laureus Sportsperson of the Year Award for an athlete with a disability, Van Dyk is a legend of the Boston Marathon, having won it six times in succession from 2001 to 2006. His wins included a world record time of 1:18:27 in 2004, which marked the first time the one hour 20 minute barrier had been cracked.Wheelchair marathon giantA true giant of the wheelchair marathon, with other victories in New York, Paris, Seoul, Los Angeles, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Oensingen , Schenkon, and Oita, Van Dyk has also excelled in much shorter races, winning international meets over distances as short as 400 metres.In 2001, competing at the Swiss Nationals, he set a world record in the 800 metres of 1:32.17.Van Dyk was the first ever winner of the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour Hand Cycle race in 2005, and repeated his victory in 2006 and 2007.Early sports careerBefore he made his mark in wheelchair racing and handcycling, Van Dyk, who was born with congenital birth defects that required a double amputation of his legs from the knee down, also shone as a swimmer.He won national colours at the age of 17 and in 1992 participated in the Barcelona Olympics, both as a swimmer and a wheelchair athlete. He finished fifth in the pool and made it into the semi-finals of his wheelchair events. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Shooting with only available light is enticing because it requires less setup time than using a lighting kit but can still produce incredible results when approached properly. Follow these 3 tips for effectively shooting with available light.Before you decide to go out and shoot your next film with no lights at all, there are a lot of pros and cons to consider along with some general cinematography principles which are worth noting. For instance, it is important to recognize is that any time you save setting up your lighting/shots you will need to spend extra time in prep or post. I’ll elaborate more on this throughout this blog post, but generally getting a really nice shot takes time no matter how you swing it.Here are my top 3 tips for shooting with available light:1. PrepareShooting with available light doesn’t mean you can be lazy. In fact it can actually be a lot more difficult in many situations to get a nice looking image when you can’t just pop a china ball in front of someones face. This is where preparation becomes essential. For instance, let’s say you want to shoot a scene in a parking garage that involves dialogue between two actors. If you haven’t done any test shooting or proper location scouting, you may arrive and realize that there are so many mixed sources of light in that location that it makes it nearly impossible to shoot in. Or maybe the fluorescent bulbs are weak and causing a flicker on your image. There could be a thousand and one issues that you will not have control over when you actually arrive to set to shoot, so if you prepare at least you’ll know what you’re getting yourself into.The same logic applies to daytime/sunlight shots. If you don’t prepare and just walk out on the beach to get your shot in the middle of the day, your actors aren’t going to look good. They’re going to get raccoon eyes and your image is going to be very contrasty, so make sure you know exactly which time of day is best to shoot there. Ultimately whether you’re shooting interiors or exteriors, you absolutely need to plan ahead, and recognizing this fact alone will put you ahead of the curve. Location scouting is crucial.2. Block Your Actors EffectivelyThis may sound obvious, but I can’t tell you how many films I’ve seen that were shot using available light that could have looked fantastic, but ended up looking pretty amateur as they suffered heavily from poor blocking. If you have a scene with two characters set next to a window and then they get up and walk to a darker part of the room, you need to be very careful about their blocking/marks to ensure that you don’t completely lose them in the shot. Set their ‘number 2’ mark to fall in a pocket of light cast by another window or by a practical light source in the background.If you’re outside, this is especially true. Using the sun as a backlight is absolutely critical if you want to maintain a nice looking image when shooting in daylight without a lot of fill. You can get some gorgeous results by letting the sun hit the back of your actors heads and creating a natural rim light. Whether you’re shooting interiors or exteriors, sometimes the slightest changes in blocking or positioning can make a world of difference. You may rotate an actor 45 degrees for example, and now instead of having an ugly light source next to them that is blowing out in the frame and creating a harsh side light, it can act more as a back light, being effectively hidden from the frame.There is no exact science to this, just your own intuition and willingness to pay attention to detail.3. Color Grading Is CriticalShooting with available light can cause a lot of little issues that need to be addressed in post-production. One of the examples I gave above involved mixed light sources that didn’t come across well on camera. While you are going to do a lot of prep work to get your shots looking just the way you want them to, there will still be issues. There always are! But that’s okay as long as you address them in post.In the mixed light scenario, you could color grade your shot in a way that would minimize the different color temperatures in the image, or go a step further and adjust specific colors. For example, you might have a scene that was shot inside of a house using mostly warm tungsten bulbs, but in the background there is some sunlight pouring through the window that looks neon blue (assuming you are white balanced at 3200). In this scenario you can simply pull a ‘key’ of the blue light and change it’s color to be warmer and less saturated. There is a lot you can do in post, especially if your original image is looking good to begin with.Another issue that you will likely encounter if you’re shooting with available light is noise or grain. Shooting a night scene under a street light is going to mean that you’re probably shooting at a high ISO – maybe 1600, 3200 or above. This is bound to create grain in your image which can look absolutely terrible, but is fixable with plugins like Neat Video, or even built in denoise tools you may have in your NLE or compositing software.When Available Light Doesn’t WorkShooting with available light can be challenging, but can also yield some stunning results when approached carefully. Many directors (Terrence Malick for example) primarily use available light and make it work for them beautifully. There is certainly a time and place to use it – in fact it’s probably my favorite way to shoot. But there are also productions where it isn’t appropriate to go this route. And not necessarily because of the budget or size of the production, but more so because of the subject matter and genre.I tend to believe that available light works really well with dramas, horror films, certain comedies and thrillers, but not so well with sci-fi or action films. There are exceptions to this rule of course, but if you try to picture a blockbuster like ‘Iron Man’ being shot with available light, you can probably imagine it wouldn’t be as effective. If you’re going after a really commercial, blockbuster type of look, you’ll always want to use some type of lighting set up. You’ll need to get more specific with your placement, creating rim/fill light on many shots and generally making it feel more polished. That’s not to say it looks any better – just different.In short – only use available light if it truly suits your project and genre, and not as a means to cut corners as it is still a lot of work. If you do go down this path, do lots of prep work/test shooting before hand, make sure your blocking is spot on during production, and save time and money for post so you can get the most out of your image.
Concerns are mounting for the Maharashtra government after a consortium of leading public and private banks recently conveyed its inability to extend more credit for major infrastructure projects, especially road and highway works. The consortium of five to six banks, headed by the State Bank of India (SBI), has conveyed to the government that they have nearly exhausted their loan limits and credit cannot be extended to big-ticket projects until the government itself gives a guarantee or does so through the Centre.According to government sources, there is no alternative but to look for temporary ‘bridge loans’ on its own for the time being to meet an immediate capital expenditure on the lines of ₹4,000 crore extended to the Mumbai-Nagpur Communication Expressway.Maharashtra aims to complete construction of nearly 30,000 km of roads by the end of July 2020 under the Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojna. If the banks do not extend credit, much of these works could come under a cloud, said senior officials. “We have reviewed the situation with Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta, and are trying to manage the crisis for now. For now, it only threatens the road works since those have a greater exposure to bank credit, but we don’t want it to spread to other projects,” said a senior bureaucrat.Last week, the government called an emergency meeting to clear a ₹4,000-crore ‘bridge loan’ for the Mumbai-Nagpur Communication Expressway. The State Cabinet, while clearing the proposal, said the 700-km highway will cost ₹55,000 with nearly ₹28,000 crore to be raised from private and public sector banks. The Cabinet decided to clear the proposal to extend a bank guarantee for the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), the implementing agency, to raise the bridge loan of ₹4,000 crore. The Cabinet had clarified the sanctioning of loans was taking longer and MSRDC needed money urgently to continue work on the highway. However, sources said the emergency meeting was called after banks refused further extension of credit limits unless the financial closure was arrived at for the previously pending loans. “This is surely a direct result of, as they (banks) have told us, the crisis in the banking sector following mess created by the Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited scam. We didn’t have a choice but to bail MSRDC out. This is likely to hit all road projects,” said the bureaucrat. MSRDC needs to pay ₹1,200 crore to the contractors every day for work on the Mumbai-Nagpur highway. The arrangement with banks is only to pay the interest on loans till a road is complete. Once the project is over, MSRDC will repay the banks through toll. The super expressway, which is scheduled to be completed in 2021, will cut the travel time between Mumbai and Nagpur to less than nine hours. With motorists expected to pay over ₹1,200 as toll for a one-way journey, it will be one of the most expensive roads in the country.