Sports Briefs

first_imgMarcelo under fire for diveMADRID (AP):Real Madrid left back Marcelo has been widely criticised for diving against Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.The Brazilian defender appeared to kick and headbutt Maximilian Arnold, then threw himself to the ground after pretending he had been hit in the face by the German midfielder.His antics in Real Madrid’s 2-0 loss in Germany on Wednesday led to a yellow card to Arnold, who could miss the semi-finals if he is booked again in next week’s second leg and Wolfsburg advance.Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking was still upset by the incident after the match and reportedly had an angry exchange with Marcelo in the tunnel to the changing rooms.Marcelo was booed off the field by fans at Wolfsburg Arena, while Arnold, who scored the second goal, said afterwards the incident was “part of football”.US women rout Colombia 7-0EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP):Allie Long scored her first two international goals, and the United States routed Colombia 7-0 Wednesday night in the Americans’ first exhibition since five players filed a wage-discrimination action against the US Soccer Federation (USSF).Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, and Becky Sauerbrunn filed an action last week with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing the USSF of unlawfully paying them less than members of the US men’s national team. The union for the women’s national team is in a legal battle with the USSF, claiming it can terminate its labour contract. The USSF claims the deal runs through December.”We weren’t really thinking about all that stuff because at the end of the day, that stuff will work itself out,” Lloyd said. “We have to continue to make sure we are putting a good result out on the field.”The US team was not the only one fighting money issues. The Colombian team has not been paid in two months, Philly.com reported last week.Kerber in last eightCHARLESTON, South Carolina (AP):Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Slovakia’s Kristina Kucova at the Volvo Car Open yesterday.Kerber is the defending champion after winning the title in last year’s Family Circle Cup. The second-ranked German star was not at her best but was good enough to put away Kucova, who is ranked No. 142. Kerber broke her opponent’s serve seven times, including the final game.Kerber needed a third-set tiebreaker to win her opening match at the Volvo on Tuesday night. She quickly gained control over Kucova and won 10 of the final 13 games.last_img read more

Kei rail steams ahead

first_imgJanine ErasmusSouth Africa’s Eastern Cape region has been described as the crucible of modern South African history and identity. The eastern part of the province, where the former black homelands of Ciskei and Transkei were located in the 1970s and 80s, has inherited a legacy of under-development as a result of the so-called independent status foisted upon them by the apartheid government during the homeland phase. But that is about to change.The area is to receive a much-needed boost with the re-opening of the rail route that runs between the port city of East London, and Mthatha, 235 km to the northeast. Both freight and passenger services on the 281-km stretch of line came to a halt in 1988, as the route was carrying less than 400 000 tons of freight a year and came to be regarded as low-density.Kei Rail received its operating licence on 5 February 2008 from the Rail Safety Regulator (RSR). Both passenger and freight services will be offered; 1 March has been officially named as the starting date of the Kei Rail passenger service while freight services will commence later in the year. It is hoped that the latter will reduce the high levels of heavy-duty traffic on the road between the two towns, thus cutting down on the costs of road maintenance and repair.The resurrection of the route is expected to “lay a firm foundation for future economic expansion in the impoverished eastern half of the province”, says Eastern Cape Member of the Executive Council for Safety, Liaison and Transport, Thobile Mhlahlo.A passenger service between East London and nearby King Williams Town is also expected to commence before the end of March 2008.“This is a great day for the people of the Eastern Cape,” said Mhlahlo. “They will now have a safe and reliable transport option in an area with limited options. The revival of the Kei Rail line, which has lain dormant for many years, has been a focus of the Department of Roads and Transport for some time now. ”Rich in historyThe railway between East London and Mthatha dates back to 1916. The re-opening of the long-dormant route is only one component of a wider socio-economic initiative of the Eastern Cape provincial government intended to increase economic activity and job creation and alleviate poverty in one of South Africa’s poorest, yet most historically rich, provinces.Mthatha, in the OR Tambo municipality, was previously known as Umtata, and between 1976 and 1994 was the capital of the former black homeland of Transkei.Statistics reveal that 88% of the households in this area live below minimum poverty level, and 77% of the economically active population is unemployed. A massive 93.3% of inhabitants live in rural conditions.Many prominent South African leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu hail from this part of the province. The Nelson Mandela National Museum, situated in Mthatha, is visited by thousands of local and international tourists every year. Development of a better public transport route to the town is expected to attract even more tourists.Great economic potentialThe area has never been allowed to reach its full economic potential. The Glen Grey Act of 1894, which was driven by mining magnate Cecil John Rhodes, took away the land rights of the indigenous people in certain areas and pushed them into reserves, leaving the way open for industrial development and exploitation of the lands which were historically theirs.The Glen Grey Act, and other legislation such as the Land Act of 1913, which limited land ownership for black people to black territories, as well as the so-called land betterment schemes, had a profound effect on the region. These schemes effectively stifled traditional African techniques of agriculture and animal husbandry that, in hindsight, were better adapted to local soil and climatic conditions than the government-initiated strategies that replaced them.In addition, the railway line, once established, took resources away from the area. With limited opportunities to earn a living, workers were forced to seek jobs further afield. Many of them left the area to take up employment in the mines in Johannesburg. Agricultural and mineral produce was shipped out, destined for bigger markets.Eventually the economy of the area became so stagnant that the decision was taken to close the passenger and freight services.Transport is a developmental priorityDeteriorating transport infrastructure has also played a role in the depressed economy of the region because of limited access to markets and labour. The Eastern Cape provincial government has identified transport as a vital component in economic growth. It has accordingly earmarked R1.48 billion to improving transport infrastructure as part of its 10-year provincial growth and development plan, which is designed to reduce poverty and attain sustainable levels of economic growth and job creation.The timber industry, in particular, will benefit from the resumption of rail services – it is estimated that more than 2.4 tons of timber will travel on Kei Rail over the next 20 years. A strong transportation network will facilitate the movement of timber products to foreign markets. The improvements to the East London-Mthatha line will also benefit the agricultural industry, with the shipping of 1.4 million tons of grain and 500 000 tons each of red meat and wool. Additionally, 200 000 tons each of fertiliser, lime and fuel are forecast.Phasing in the serviceLaunched in 2003, the R117 million Kei Rail project created jobs for more than 500 skilled and semi-skilled people in the initial phase and to date has afforded more than 1 400 people the chance of employment. The Eastern Cape government envisions the creation of 28 000 jobs over the next 20 years through the project.Initially the train will run on weekends only, and during the day – because pedestrians have become used to the empty rails and they are often found walking on the line. So for safety purposes the train will only operate when it is most visible.The Department of Roads and Transport also conducted an awareness programme to inform people of the dangers of an operational railway line. This took the form of a poster campaign and a radio and print advertising campaign, as well as flyers and visits to communities along the line. Learners participated in a colouring-in competition, and industrial theatre visits were arranged for schools in Butterworth, Komga, Dutywa and Viedgesville – these communities are situated along the railway line.Railway police to ensure commuters’ safetyA related initiative of the Eastern Cape provincial government is the launch of the Eastern Cape Railway Police Unit, in collaboration with the South African Police Services and Metrorail. The launch took place on 11 February and forms part of the provincial government’s Safety and Security Month programme. The unit aims to be 1 000-strong by 2010 to ensure the safety of commuters who will be visiting the Eastern Cape to watch matches during the Fifa World Cup.Said Mhlahlo at the launch, “Today we are making history as the province of the Eastern Cape by reintroducing strong security measures that guarantee the safety of our people when they use trains.“Our main objective is to have a law enforcement contingent, which is founded on democratic values and observance of human rights, which are matched by issues of development, cooperation and peace. The new unit’s duty is to provide a security service to the people who use the trains.”The numbers of the Railway Police Unit will soon be swelled with the deployment in December 2008 of 215 student constables, currently enrolled at the Police Training College in Bhisho, the capital of the Eastern Cape.Rail services in South Africa have experienced high levels of crime in recent years, but with the new Railway Police Unit on patrol the government hopes to restore the confidence of citizens in the rail service, easing the daily traffic congestion on the roads.Partners in the Kei Rail resuscitation project include the Eastern Cape Department of Roads and Transport, Sheltam Grindrod, the South African Rail Commuter Corporation (Metrorail), Transnet Freight Rail, and Rail Focus.Useful linksKei RailEastern Cape Department of Roads and TransportEastern Cape Provincial GovernmentBuffalo City municipalityOR Tambo district municipalityMetrorailTransnetSouth African Police ServicesThe Construction Education and Training AuthorityStatistics South Africa onlinelast_img read more

Alexandra gears for Football for Hope

first_img26 March 2010During the final week of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, 32 teams from across the globe will converge on Alexandra township in Johannesburg for a very different festival of football. On Thursday, the 2010 Football for Hope Festival site was officially inaugurated.From 4 to 10 July, in a specially built stadium in the heart of Alexandra, mixed teams of boys and girls aged 15 to 18 will compete in a fast-paced tournament – part of a broader festival of education, culture and football – to be crowned 2010 Football for Hope world champions.“For the first time, the social dimension of the game will be celebrated as an official element of the Fifa World Cup,” Fifa president Sepp Blatter said in a message read out at Thursday’s ceremony. “We hope that the eyes of the world will be on Alexandra and we will create new heroes for this community.”The young people who take part in the festival will be drawn from disadvantaged communities worldwide, and selected for their contribution to building a better future in their communities.The names of the boys and girls who will be representing Alexandra were announced at Thursday’s inauguration. Among them is 15-year-old Thumeka Mabayi, who is relishing the chance to meet other young people from different countries during the festival.Despite her disadvantaged background, Mabayi aspires to play a vital role in changing her community. “I’m extremely excited to be part of this,” she said. “For me, it is an opportunity to empower myself and learn more about other cultures.”Among the guests attending Thursday’s site inauguration were 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee South Africa CEO Danny Jordaan, streetfootballworld managing director Jurgen Griesbeck, and Johannesburg’s mayoral committee member for community development, Bafana Sithole.Jordaan said that South Africans, more than most people, “understand the importance of social development and the power of sport to influence positive social change, so the Football for Hope Festival is a key initiative for us.“The world’s best footballers will be in South Africa for the Fifa World Cup, but we believe the equally deserving footballers and incredible stories from around the world also warrant global recognition, and we encourage people to come and attend the festival in Alexandra.”Griesbeck said the festival would be “a celebration of the people who dedicate their lives to helping others in their community, using the game we all love.”Alexandra is one of the oldest townships in South Africa, and was one of the key areas where apartheid was fought and defeated.While it does not enjoy the same international prestige as its Soweto, it is home to some of the country’s top leaders, and has produced some celebrated footballers, including Maimane Alfred Phiri, who played for South Africa in their first ever World Cup appearance in France in 1998.Phiri was on hand on Thursday, along with other football celebrities such as former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Brian Baloyi, to take part in an “All Stars” football match, with 2010 World Cup mascot Zakumi a keen spectator.An official World Cup event, the 2010 Football for Hope Festival is being organised by Fifa, streetfootballworld, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa, and the City of Johannesburg.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

The first “Cab Cam” of 2015 as planting ramps up in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With an unusual break from rain and cold weather this spring, many farmers across Ohio headed to the fields to work ground, spray and in some cases even begin the 2015 planting season. Ty Higgins found The Kocher Family of MKB Farms in Galion, Ohio doing just that. Nick Kocher was Ty’s guest for the first Cab Cam of the season.last_img

Dynamic Editing & ‘Play Around’ in Premiere Pro

first_imgIn this post, discover how to make precise edits during playback in Adobe Premiere Pro –  this is dynamic video editing!Premiere Pro makes it possible to dynamically trim your edit points while playing through your timeline.  As playback loops around an edit point you can make precise cuts – especially useful for more complex projects as well as timing edits to music cues.  To make this possible we’ll need to modify our  ‘Play Around’ and ‘Loop’ settings in Premiere.  So, let’s dive in…The first step is to know how to use the ‘PLAY AROUND’ function. You can either add a button to the program monitor for this function or learn the keyboard shortcut for it.  I’ll show you both:The ‘Play Around’ Button in PremiereWhen you click on this button at the bottom of the program monitor (or the source monitor) …Button Editor… you get the following optional buttons which you can drag and drop alongside or underneath the present buttons in your monitor.Button OptionsWhile you can add the button to your present set of buttons and then click ‘OK’ to close the box, if you hover over any of the buttons you get a tool tip telling you what the keyboard shortcut is (if that button has one).  Below I have hovered over the ‘Play Around’ button and you can see that its shortcut is ‘SHIFT + K’‘Play Around’ Button and Short-CutsNow you know what the shortcut is there’s no need to add the button and clutter up your monitor panel (but you certainly can if you choose).How Does ‘Play Around’ Work?In Premiere Pro, ‘play around‘ will will play a predetermined amount of seconds before and after a playheads starting position.  The ‘play around’ default in Premiere Pro is set at 2 seconds before and 2 seconds after – giving a total play time of 4 seconds.This figure is set in your Premiere Pro preferences and can be changed to any length you wish. Simply go to your preferences:  Premiere Pro > Preferences > Playback (on a MAC) or Edit > Preferences > Playback (on a PC).  You can change that number here:Play Around TimingsPre-roll is the amount of time in seconds Premiere Pro will play before the starting point of the playhead and post-roll is the amount of time in seconds that Premiere Pro will play after the starting point of the playhead.For me, 2 seconds for both pre-roll and post-roll is a little long and I often find that 1 second for each is sufficient – but set it to whatever works best for you.  Just as a side note, you can’t set these to fractions of a second – only to whole seconds.Looping Playback in Premiere ProPresently, we can use ‘Play Around’ with our SHIFT + K shortcut but it will only play once and then stop. What we want is for ‘Play Around‘ to continuously loop as we work on the edit point so that we don’t have to keep starting it over and over again.  This is done with the ‘LOOP’ function.Once again you can add a button from the Button Editor to have a button for ‘LOOP’ in your monitor (and if you need to turn it on and off often then this may be a good option). This is the ‘LOOP’ button if you want to add it …‘LOOP’ ButtonIf you really do end up using this function a great deal it may be worth creating a keyboard shortcut for it.However, there is another way to set the ‘LOOP’ function through the panel menu and this is a good way to set it up so that it keeps looping. This works well if you don’t need to keep turning the ‘LOOP’ function off and on.Panel Menu ‘LOOP’ OptionNow that we have both ‘Play Around’ and ‘LOOP’ set up – when we hit SHIFT + K our play-head will keep looping around the place ut was originally set, until we hit the spacebar or K to stop playback.Now, let’s move on to editing.Dynamic Editing in Premiere ProTo start dynamic editing in Premiere Pro we need to get into the edit mode and this is done by simply hitting the ‘T’ key. This will snap the playhead to the nearest edit point and give us the ‘ROLLING EDIT’ tool by default.Entering Trim ModeOur ‘Program Monitor’ will look something like this:Program Monitor in ‘TRIM’ ModeHowever, when we hit SHIFT + K to start ‘Play Around’ it seems that we may have exited TRIM mode because our program monitor starts to show the 2 seconds before the play-head and the 2 seconds after the play-head and the TRIM display has gone. But do not be deceived, if you look in your timeline you will see that the edit point it still active (shown in red – see above) and available for editing.Trimming Shortcuts in PremiereWhat we need now is the ability to move the edit point right or left as needed and while this can be done with the mouse (click and drag on the edit point), the whole point of this editing technique is to get as fine control as possible over the dynamic edit.  So, the best way to do this is with keyboard shortcuts while in the ‘Play Around’ mode.For a quick reminder of what the trimming keyboard shortcuts are, go back to TRIM mode by pressing ‘T’ again and getting the Program Monitor window shown above. Then hover over the buttons shown below to get the appropriate keyboard shortcut (+1 frame, -1 frame, etc).  See our previous post on using “Trim Mode” in Premiere Pro for more details on trimming shortcuts.Here’s how dynamic trimming should work….Hit SHIFT + K to start ‘Play Around’ and look at your edit in the Program Monitor.Then, use ALT + Right/Left Arrow keys (on PC) or OPTION + Right/Left Arrow Keys (on Mac) to trim your edit point frame by frame.You will see it update ‘live’ as the playback continues (because you have the ‘Loop’ mode activated).If you end up trimming a clip beyond the present view, simply stop playback, reset the placing of your playhead and hit SHIFT + K once again.Then, when you want to get to the next edit point use the DOWN arrow to go down the Premiere Pro timeline or the UP arrow to come back up the timeline, hit SHIFT + K and off you go.This type of dynamic trimming in Premiere Pro can become second nature if used regularly.  Happy editing!last_img read more