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first_img Press Association The former England midfielder’s assessment of his former club was scathing after they only just edged past third-tier Sheffield United in Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie at Old Trafford. A clearly frustrated and emotional Scholes said United’s players looked bored after a 1-0 cup win that “was not good enough”. Paul Scholes feels “loads better” after watching Louis van Gaal’s side perform like a Manchester United team of old against Newcastle.center_img Van Gaal’s men were unable to follow that up with another victory on Tuesday, but the entertaining 3-3 draw at Newcastle left Scholes feeling much more positive. “Loads better,” he told BT Sport. “To go and watch Manchester United, whether it’s home or away, is entertainment, it’s goals – whether you concede goals or whether you can score goals. “Tonight that was like watching a Manchester United team. Okay, they didn’t win but they should have won, really. “(Marouane) Fellaini’s header – what a chance to make it 4-2 – and Jesse (Lingard) has had a great chance, and that’s just what I expect. “I expect positive play from Manchester United all the time, whether you’re at home or away. “Sometimes it’s a little bit easier to do it away from home, actually, when a team comes out at you and really has a go like Newcastle did. “Now they have to try and transfer this type of form to Old Trafford.” last_img read more

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first_imgPORTLAND, USA:Omar McLeod’s coach, Douglas Case, was beaming with delight following the athlete’s gold- medal win in the men’s 60m hurdles at the IAAF World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre yesterday.”I knew the competition was very good, but then I watched him at practice every day and I knew how good he could be, and I hate to say I expected him to win, but I really did. He looked like he could do it in practice, and from everything I saw, he was the guy to beat in reality,” Case told The Gleaner.It was sweet redemption for McLeod after his disappointing sixth-place finish at the outdoor World Championships in Beijing, China, last August.”It’s been a great indoor season. We really tried to have a minimal indoor season. We under- trained and under-raced because it’s a big Olympic year for him and I think he’s got a lot more to come from him this year,” Case added.last_img read more

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first_imgSwan Football Team, with a number of players drawn from Swan’s Under-15 and Under-18 teams, firmly withstood a spirited challenge to demolish St Cuthbert’s Mission in a three-way competition that would see the winner being selected to represent Region Four in the 2018 Heritage Football Competition.Swan goal scorers: Eran Hussain, Mellon Joseph, Ishmael Pulsram and Edson WilliamsIn a match reminiscent of the biblical youth David taking on the colossal Goliath, the well uniformed Swan team took on the St Cuthbert’s Team in an encounter played out at the St Cuthbert’s Mission ground; and evidently, a number of older players were in the St Cuthbert’s lineup.Swan opened the scoring in the eleventh minute through Eran Hussain, who skilfully dribbled three St Cuthbert’s players before sending the ball rocketing into the net with a solid right foot kick.St Cuthbert’s had a perfect opportunity to level the score four minutes later through a penalty taken by Lorenzo Clenkian, but Clenkian kicked the ball way over the cross bar, messing up his team’s chances.However, 23 minutes into the game, St Cuthbert’s equalised when Zack Ferreira stunned the Swan goalkeeper with a terrific bolt of lightning that exploded at the back of the Swan net.Playing a better game, Swan scored their second goal in the 31st minute when Mellon Joseph did the honours, and they held on to the one goal lead until half time.In the second-half play, in the 53rd minute, Swan increased their goals through Ishmael Pulsram.St Cuthbert’s Mission goal scorers: Zack Ferreira and Leo EvansThen in the 57th minute, Edson Williams added his lot to the Swan tally, making the scoresheet read 4-1 in favour of Swan.But a determined St Cuthbert’s Mission team was evidently determined to reduce the score, and was able to remind of their presence in the 59th minute through Leo Evans. Thus the final whistle blew with the score reading 4-2 in Swan’s favour.Coach and manager of the Swan Football Team, Andre Gonsalves, expressed satisfaction at his team’s triumph. He noted that the players stuck to their original game plan of seeking to control the ball while looking for opportunities to score.“I think we may have missed about two or three scoring opportunities; but, overall, we played very well, and it is reflective in the results,” he said.Gonsalves expressed confidence that his team would win the play-off, thus earning the right to represent Region Four at the National Heritage Competition.“This is our first year playing in the competition, as we pulled out last year before the play-offs owing to what we termed unprofessional and unsportsmanlike behaviour of some of the players representing other teams. However, thus year we are here, and I can assure you that while we are fielding a young team, the guys are very determined to win this playoff,” Gonsalves declared.St Cuthbert’s Mission will now play Laluni Football team, with the winner playing Swan in the final for the opportunity to represent Region Four at the National Heritage Games slated for this weekend in Georgetown.last_img read more

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first_imgThe organisation has a visible presencein the area, with several branded responsevehicles on call. Close cooperation with the local policehas resulted in more successes thaneither organisation could achieve alone.(Images: Bossie’s Justice)MEDIA CONTACTS • Ivan DoncasterBossie’s Justice+27 82 411 2728Emily van RijswijckA voluntary crime fighting initiative started by a proactive group of people in Mpumalanga’s Mbombela Municipality has drastically improved safety in the area and has been pivotal in making police efforts more effective.The organisation Bossie’s Justice is run entirely by volunteers with the help of donations. Their mission is to help make the greater Mbombela area safer, and so far things are going well.Working closely with the South African Police Service (SAPS) and security companies operating in the area, Bossie’s Justice has helped to uncover the first-ever drug laboratory in Nelspruit – also known as Mbombela – and with the help of paid informants, managed to secure the arrest of one of the province’s most wanted criminals.At the heart of its crime prevention approach is a simple solution – funds received from donations are used for recruiting and paying for informants,  na d for rewaring those who come forward with useful information.While the police are sometimes able to pay an informer, the amount of bureaucratic red tape involved means that often the information is received too late to be effective, says the organisation’s media spokesperson Ivan Doncaster.It is the unique approach of Bossie’s Justice, and the fact that it is entirely community driven, which is making the initiative so effective, believes Doncaster, a medical doctor working for the organisation in his spare time.“Thanks to the public this idea is a success.”The Bossie’s Justice emergency number, available to anyone in need, is 082 567 5212.Equipment and skillsFunding also covers the provision of much-needed equipment such as bulletproof vests and infrared night vision to helicopters, as well as acting as back-up support to the police, where this may be required.The initiative also makes use of donations to appoint lawyers to oppose bail for dangerous criminals.Now in its second year of operation, Bossie’s Justice has notched up a number of anti-crime successes and continues to grow, thanks to the efforts and enthusiasm of an increasing group of volunteers.“Our primary operational role is to enlist informants on the basis of providing a fee to them, and where possible, act on tip-offs to prevent crime before it even happens,” says Doncaster.He reiterates that all efforts are aimed entirely at being there for and ensuring the safety of the entire community. As such it is a non-political, non-racial effort by a group of passionate individuals wanting to make a difference, he says.“We help anybody in need of assistance, whether the person has donated money and time, or not.”Something had to be doneThe project was launched after the murder of husband and father Bossie Bezuidenhout in his new home in Nelspruit in January 2010.At the time, Bezuidenhout’s friend Rupert Taljaard felt something had to be done, especially after the criminals ransacked the victim’s house twice in two weeks, bringing further trauma to the grieving family.At first established to bring Bezuidenhout’s murderers to justice by providing a reward to anyone with information, Bossie’s Justice has grown into a fully fledged crime fighting operation.Taljaard dreams of having the concept replicated in other parts of South Africa.“I am very positive with what we have achieved so far,” he says. “We have helped a great deal with crime prevention in the area and I would like to take this model to the rest of the country.”So far the organisation has been involved in up to 150 crime prevention operations and attended to about 200 distress calls made by the public. Recently, it has also made trauma counselling available to victims of sexual assault who can’t afford it.Community policing forumsIn South Africa, a formalised cooperative arrangement between communities and the police exists and is known as Community Policing Forums (CPFs). A number of CPFs are extremely successful and proactive and play an important role in being the eyes and ears of the police in designated areas in the country.CPFs are voluntary and fall under the SAPS Act of 1995.As the name implies, these forums act as a structure for joint cooperation between communities and the police station servicing those communities. Social media platforms are proving to be helpful in spreading the message and getting the job done, as shown by the official Facebook page of the Parkview Community Policing Forum.Among their many functions, CPFs often initiate neighbourhood watches and regular patrols in their area; they run crime prevention awareness campaigns among the community; and members carry out a citizen’s arrest where necessary.Regular meetings are held between forums and the local police station, which helps to maintain a close relationship.last_img read more

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first_img“I really believe our local guys can do super well at the World Champs this year, possibly even having four riders finish in the top 20!” predicted Croeser. Apart from seeking a top personal performance Croeser, is hopeful and confident that the rest of the South African under-23 competitors will have a solid outing on race day as many of the locals look to burst into the cut-throat environment of elite racing in the next year or two. “The fact that the event is being held at Cascades is also a huge benefit to us locals. We can go up there and train on the course whenever we like and we race there all the time. PlansDetailing his plans in the lead-up to the event, Croeser said: “I will also get myself a place up in Maritzburg for the week before the race. I’ll stay up there and just make sure that I’m as comfy as possible, don’t have to travel too far, and try to take out as many of the little stresses as possible. “I really know the course at Cascades and for some reason it just seems to suit my style of riding. I don’t know what it is, but I just feel good on that course, which really helps you prepare mentally,” he reckoned. Croeser will look to make full use of his wealth of international racing experience, as well as the advantage of racing at home. “Just last week I was up there twice in five days, riding sections over and over again, and in the next 10 weeks building up to the World Champs I will complete over 60 laps of the course in World Champs’ specific training, which can only be a good thing,” added the Orange Monkey competitor, who competes in the colours of Kargo MTB Pro team locally. Vital roleFamiliarity with the route and surroundings, the comfort of being close to home and the support of the local crowd are all small elements on their own. However, when added together, Croeser believes they play a vital role in developing a smooth routine in the period just before race day, which is a huge advantage he will have over those travelling from abroad. ‘High hopes’“I have really high hopes for the World Champs,” he said. “I’ve been to the Worlds since I was a junior and this will be my fifth World Champs I’ve competed in, so I now know what to expect and I’m really looking forward to this year’s event. Having grown up in Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal’s (KZN) Zululand region, Croeser was fortunate to then spend two years living and competing in Europe, which is something he feels has helped his riding immensely. Leading South African under-23 cross country mountain biker Rourke Croeser has set his sights on a top performance at the 2013 UCI MTB & Trials World Championships, to be held at the Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg from 26 August to 1 September. SAinfo reporter “Having done as many laps as I would have by the time the Worlds get here also gives me huge confidence. I’ll know beforehand what sort of tyre choices, tyre pressures, gears and the rest of the setup works best for me in almost all conditions. He now calls Ballito on KZN’s north coast home and with regular training trips to Cascades and having competed in countless races at the venue, Croeser is relishing the opportunity August’s global spectacle presents. 4 July 2013 “James (Reid) knows how to do well in Maritzburg, Brendon (Davids), if he gets it right on the day, can do really nicely and a couple of the others are going really well, so hopefully it all just comes together for all of us on the day of the race. “It’s those little comforts that all add up and make a big difference and when you look at the margins that we’re dealing with, that little bit really counts at this level,” he added.last_img read more

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first_imgGive a little shake to your footage with these free Premiere Pro presets.Top image Deadpool via 20th Century FoxThe built-in camera stabilizer within After Effects has become incredibly powerful over years of its operation. In 2011 it got even better when Warp Stabilizer feature was introduced. It very quickly became a favorite tool for those who could net yet afford tracking or stabilization equipment. Of course, stabilization tools do have their limitations. You cannot expect a handheld shot from camera operator who is running to be fixed in post.But what if you need the opposite effect? What if you have stable footage and need to introduce camera shake? Can you do this within your NLE?There could be a number of reasons you would want to do this. If the edit isn’t creating the emotion you want to convey, adding handheld movement to a static shot might help bring the scene to life.Check the short film below, Apricot by Ben Briand, for an example of a static scene moving to handheld. Throughout the course of the dinner table conversation the shots are static and have fluid movement, but towards the end when Madeline becomes unsettled with the direction of the conversation the static cinematography switches to handheld to help convey her emotion. Camera movement can be a character itself.Being able to add a camera shake leaves you two paths to travel down, whereas shooting handheld will likely only leave you with handheld footage. Remember, stabilizing footage only works to an extent.There are several ways to achieve the camera shake. Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot covered a tutorial on introducing camera shake using the wiggle expression in After Effects. You’ll find the method of using the presets a lot faster and you are able to stay within Premiere Pro.Camera Shake Presets Courtesy of DeadpoolImage Deadpool via 20th Century FoxVashi Nedomansky, of vashivisuals.com, was hired as a consultant to work alongside Julian Clarke on the 20th Century Fox superhero production Deadpool. The film was cut on Premiere Pro, and although you can achieve a camera shake within Premiere by animating the key frames, that method is ineffective and slow and the team needed a real-time solution.Vashi reached out to Jarle Leirpoll, an editor and founder of PremierePro.net, to see if he could create custom presets for the production. The result was seven fantastic Premiere Pro presets. Three presets can be used on footage with matching resolution, and the remaining presets are for sequences which incorporate oversized footage. As a side note, it is recommended to use the largest resolution available. That way you’re not upscaling footage if your output render is 1080p.The presets were created by organically capturing handheld footage and converting the movement into thousands of keyframes. As Vashi puts it,The difference between human and computer generated data may not look different viewing the keyframes… but there is an inherent honesty and palpable naturalness to ACTUAL human handheld movement compared to computer-generated randomness.Here’s a quick demo of the presets in-action:You can download the presets for FREE from Jarle’s website.Other ways to Add Camera ShakeIf you also happen to have After Effects, you can use these FREE Camera Shake presets from PremiumBeat. They are perfect for HD or 4K footage and look great with motion graphics too.You can download the 15 free camera shake presets from PremiumBeat here.How do you add in camera shake in post? Share you techniques in the comments below.last_img read more

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first_img“The government has done some things back home that are great, but we still have a long ways to go,” he said on Sunday following a 9-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. “That’s our reality. It’s pretty tough to go celebrate when we’re where we’re at. I’d rather not go and be consistent with everything.”Cora recently said he might attend the ceremony and say something, but had a change of heart after speaking with family and friends.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We talked about it and decided (not going) was the best way to do it,” he said.Cora said he informed the Red Sox of his decision a few days ago. Boston plays at Baltimore Monday through Wednesday and has a day off on Thursday. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Shortstop Xander Bogaerts also said on Sunday he won’t visit the White House.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Max Homa returns from ‘low place’ to win first PGA Tour event LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (20) talks with the media before a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)CHICAGO — Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora will not attend the ceremony at the White House on Thursday honoring the 2018 World Series champions.Cora cited the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in his native Puerto Rico as the reason for his decision.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more

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first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea manager Lampard: Christensen injury not severeby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says Andreas Christensen’s injury isn’t severe.The Dane sustained a knee injury in Sunday’s loss to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.But Lampard could not provide an indication of when Christensen would return to action.The head coach said: “Andreas is not too severe. “Hopefully he won’t be out for too long but I can’t give a timeframe.” last_img

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