first_imgZurich, Switzerland | AFP | FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Friday said that “no match” is worth “risking a single human life” and that world football’s governing body would be able to help financially national federations during the coronavirus pandemic.The majority of top football leagues and international competitions have been suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak.Infantino insisted that games would not resume until it was safe.“Our first priority, our principle, the one we will use for our competitions and encourage everyone to follow is that health comes first,” he said in a video message.“I cannot stress this enough. No match, no competition, no league is worth risking a single human life.”The German Bundesliga reportedly could restart behind closed doors in May, with players already back in training, while other leagues could also resume in the summer.“It would be more than irresponsible to force competitions to resume if things are not 100% safe,” added Infantino. “If we have to wait a little longer we must do so. It’s better to wait a little bit longer than to take any risks.”Infantino said that national football associations which are struggling financially would receive help from FIFA’s emergency relief fund.FIFA last week postponed all international matches scheduled for June.“We are today in a very strong financial situation,” Infantino said.“But our reserves are not FIFA’s money. It is football’s money. So when football is in need, we must think what we can do to help… It is our responsibility and our duty.” FIFA president Gianni Infantinocenter_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_img5 Apr 2013 England’s Alice Hewson wins Scottish U16 championship England’s Alice Hewson birdied her way to a superb six-under 66 today and a two-shot victory in the Scottish U16 open stroke play championship at Strathmore.“We had really good scoring conditions today and the course was there to be taken – and I took it!” said Alice, 15, from Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire (image © SLGA.)She had eight birdies in her round and finished the 36-hole championship on five-under, two clear of Sophie Madden, the English U15 champion from West Essex, who had five birdies and an eagle en route to a second-round 68.Alice, a past winner of the English U13 title, becomes the fourth successive England player to hold this title, following Cheshire’s Bronte Law, Lancashire’s Emily Taylor and last year’s winner, Gabriella Cowley of Essex.Alice also helped England to win the team trophy, combining with Sophie Madden and Lancashire’s Eloise Healey (pictured below) to finish eight shots ahead of Ireland. The England 2 team of Emma Allen (Meon Valley) and Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) were third. All five England squad players finished in the top ten of the individual competition.Eloise Healey, from West Lancashire, led at the halfway stage with a fine level par score of 72 in cold and breezy conditions, one ahead of Alice Hewson, Sophie Madden, and Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey.The second day brought much better scoring conditions and Olivia Mehaffey was quick to take advantage, setting the early pace with a three-under 69 which made her leader in the clubhouse on two-under for 36 holes.Soon, though a battle royal was being played out between Alice and Sophie. Alice took the championship lead when she played the front nine in four-under par, but she dropped behind after a double bogey on the par four 11th, where she went out of bounds. It was the only hole where she dropped shots all day.Sophie, meanwhile, playing in the group in front, birdied the 10th and eagled the 12th to share the lead and then picked up birdies on 14 and 15 to get to five-under par for the round.Alice, in turn, responded admirably to the disappointment of the 11th with three birdies in a row from the 13th and was also five-under for the day as she approached the closing three holes.The par five 18th proved to be the decider. Sophie bogeyed the hole, while Alice knocked a rescue club on to the green and rolled her first putt stone dead for a birdie.“I had a rough idea what Sophie was doing on the back nine, but I hadn’t got a clue what she had done on the way out,” said Alice. “I just went out there to make as many birdies as I could.”England’s sixth squad member, Victoria Mallett of Sutton Coldfield Ladies’, had to pull out of the event after suffering chicken pox.Leading final scoresPar 144 (2×72) CSS 72139 Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) 73 66.141 Sophie Madden (West Essex) 73 68.142 Olivia Mehaffey (IRE) 73 69.145 Julie McCarthy (IRE) 77 68.146 Fiona Liddell (SCO) 76 70, Emma Allen (Meon Valley) 74 72, Eloise Healey (West Lancashire) 72 74.148 Samantha Fuller (Roehampton) 74 74, Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) 75 73.149 Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) 79 70, Louisa Brunt (Ashton-under-Lyne) 75 74.Click here for full scores.last_img read more

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |RUMSON – In its current state, Piping Rock Park isn’t much to look at with tractors, steamrollers and construction materials piled on to what has been one of the borough’s most vibrant and active patches of open space.The site is currently under construction as the borough conducts a series of recreational improvements to the 4.3-acre parcel; it is due to reopen in spring 2019. But Thomas S. Rogers, Rumson municipal clerk and administrator, said that timeline was nearly disrupted last month when a 1,000-gallon heating oil storage tank was discovered.“It was a total surprise,” Rogers said in a Nov. 13 interview with The Two River Times. “But we acted quickly and responsibly and had it removed in a timely manner.”This potential snag in the process came when the park’s playground jungle gym was being removed. During that procedure, the contractor uncovered the concrete foundation for Peter’s Piping Rock, an old borough restaurant from the 1940s previously located on the site.Next to that foundation was the underground oil tank which still contained an estimated 400 gallons of oil, according to Rogers.Rogers said the borough hired an environmental engineer to oversee the safe removal of the tank and, upon inspection of the area, a small oil spill was discovered.“It was determined (the oil spill) either happened while they were filling the tank years ago or it might have been there from a prior tank,” Rogers said.Before the launch of Peter’s Piping Rock, the land was part of the estate of Rumson’s first mayor Frank McMahon. The tank could have been used to heat the furnace of a structure on the estate or the restaurant itself.“We dug out less than a cubic yard of soil and had it removed in a 55-gallon drum,” said Rogers, who added that all of the soil around the spill has been tested “and came back negative” for trace contamination.Construction on the site has continued as scheduled and Rogers said the project’s completion date is not in jeopardy.“If the weather cooperates, we’re expecting the tennis courts to be open before the end of the year,” Rogers said. “But there’s still some work to be done on the fields that will improve the quality and longevity of the grounds.”In September the borough began laying the groundwork for this renovated facility situated opposite Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School along Forrest Avenue by selectively trimming trees, removing existing park equipment and preparing to relocate the park’s 9/11 memorial to a more prominent position near the Carton Street entrance.When October came so did a completed plan for the scope of the work, which included a 250-foot radius baseball and softball field, with a patch of outfield turf that will double as a 180-by-330-foot multipurpose natural grass field, which can accommodate soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and football practice activities. The dirt diamond will be surrounded by a new backstop, team benches, spectator bleachers and an irrigation system for improved site drainage.The plan also included reconfigured parking lots along Carton Street and East River Road and additional parking stalls. New ADA compliant entry points and pathways and a modernized playground facility are also in the works for the 4.3-acre parcel.The pair of tennis courts on-site are being carried over from the park’s previous layout, even though the initial concept looked to have these courts removed due to a lack of use after the high school transitioned its teams to new facilities at Fair Haven Fields last year.By October’s end new concrete curbing and sidewalks had been installed along Forrest Avenue, which Rogers said eliminates the need for pedestrians to walk behind parked cars to gain entry to the park, “which is a major public safety improvement.”Rogers said an irrigation system is being installed in November, as is the new playground and a drainage system for that playground. Playground equipment, he said, will be arriving soon.This article was first published in the Nov. 15-21, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_imgTwo Nelson swimmers registered some impressive results at the Swim Canada’s Age Group Championships this past weekend at Laval University in Quebec City.Kelsey Andrusak and Samuel Matthew, both swimming with the Kootenay Swim Club, were especially pleased with the results competing at this level of competition for the first time their careers.This meet is designed to give swimmers ages 12 through 18 years of age the opportunity to race against the best athletes in their age group in Canada.The long course meet is held every summer in various cities across Canada.Andrusak and Matthew competed in four events during the championships.Andrusak started the competition on fire, turning in her best swim of the meet, finishing in tied for 11th place in the 50 breaststroke.The result was a new personal best.  As a result of the tie Andrusak had to have a swim off to determine who the first alternate would be in case one of the top 10 was not able to start in the final. Andrusak then finished 19th in the 100-meter freestyle and 21st in the 100-meter breaststroke and the 50-meter freestyle.Meanwhile, Matthew opened with a personal best, and a 21st place finish in the 50-meter breaststroke before placing 19th in the 100-meter breaststroke with a new best time.Matthew then swam his best race of the championships, erasing two seconds off his personal best time to finish 15th in the 200-meter breaststroke and taking 22nd in the 200-meter individual medley. “(We) would like to thank Coach Chris Wright for his dedication and support,” the two swimmers said. “Unfortunately due to the cost and time commitment Chris was unable to attend in Quebec but the preparation that he provided over the course of the year certainly showed in the results that were obtained.”Andrusak and Matthew now turn their attention to the upcoming season, which begins in September.The two Kootenay Swim Club swimmers have already achieved 2 of the 3 time standards at the next Age Level that they need to qualify for the 2016 Age Group Championships, which will be held in Calgary. In addition Andrusak and Matthew have both qualified for four events at the 2016 Speedo Western Championships, which will be in Winnipeg next spring.Andrusak and Matthew are also grateful for the community support through the recent bottle driv.For more information on the Kootenay Swim Club please check ou the club’s website.last_img read more

first_imgConvert your AVCHD .mts files for video editing with these handy FREE applications!If you’re working with AVCDHD files then these helpful tips should assist with any kinks in your workflow. The most important thing to remember with any digital card format is to copy the entire card, as this will maintain the folder/file structure that a lot of non-linear editing applications need to work with the files.For the first tip. head over to Shedworx to download a free app that will let you preview the first frame of your .mts files in the finder window.  This is a quick way to find the footage you need when rummaging through several cards at a Finder level.Ingesting AVCDHD Media In AvidChris Hocking and have put together an incredibly detailed step by step guide to ingesting AVCHD media into Avid Media Composer which you can directly download here. Its a great guide for anyone new to Avid (like me!) who wants to do things in a methodical manner.Also for visual learners Alex Walker has posted this walk through of an offline/online AMA workflow using AVCHD media:Importing AVCHD into Premiere ProImporting your AVCHD files into Adobe Premiere is incredibly simple – you just drag and drop them into the bin and you’re done. If you’re looking for a document on the ins and outs of working with AVCHD media and the Adobe suite of programs check out this handy official paper.Importing .MTS files into FCPXFor an in-depth tutorial on working with file based media in FCPX, Larry Jordan has a great freebie from his FCPX training series available on Youtube. Larry demonstrates how to import AVCHD media into FCPX and you’ll also learn plenty of other great keyboard shortcuts and tips on working with FCPX at the same time. When importing .MTS files into FCPX it’s important to remember to go to ”Import from Camera > Open Archive” rather than going straight to ”Import”.Importing .MTS files into Final Cut Pro 7It is pretty straight forward to work with AVCHD files in FCP7 – just copy the card structure to your hard drive and then ingest via Log and Transfer. Set the transcode codec in the preferences cog of Log and Transfer.The tutorial below from Genius DV walks you through the FCP7 ingest steps in a couple of minutes. If you ever get a red exclamation mark in FCP7 this quick tip will show you how to solve it.Free Apps for converting .MTS filesWhat happens when you don’t have the whole card structure to work with? Well these apps will convert standalone .MTS files for you for free.Re-wrap in Quicktime Pro X: Apparently you can simply use Quicktime Pro X on Mountain Lion to re-wrap your AVCHD media out of its .MTS wrapper and into a friendly .mov wrapper (keeping the internal H.264 codec that was inside the .MTS file all along).  As I’m still on Snow Leopard I can’t check this for myself but Apple talks about it here.Media Converter: This free app  lets you batch re-wrap .mts files into Quicktime H.264 .movs with uncompressed audio. Download the app from the Kiwi Fruitware source-forge site. Then download any of the presets you like, including the Re-wrap AVCHD for Quicktime – uncompressed Audio Preset. Pretty nifty and all for free!  Thanks to for pointing out this app.Paid Apps for Converting .MTS filesIf you want more options and power for converting your .MTS files then you can’t do much better than Divergent Media’s moustachioed ClipWrap ($49.99) which will batch convert or re-wrap your AVCHD and HDV files at great speed. I’ve used it for a long time and I’ve never had a problem with it.Another app that comes in both a paid and lite flavour is Rarevision’s 5DtoRGB which also works with AVC files. One of the benefits of 5DtoRGB Batch ($49.99) is its high quality 10-bit encoding and timecode compatibility  You can also download a lite version (that doesn’t do batches) from the Rarevision site.5DtoRGB takes a no-compromise approach to quality. 5DtoRGB bypasses QuickTime decoding altogether, works internally at 10 bits and uses your video card’s GPU for its YCbCr to RGB conversion. It also recognizes Canon’s full range 8 bit YCbCr values (0-255), avoiding clipping and the resulting loss of picture information. The resulting files are the absolute highest quality you’ll ever get out of the camera. In fact, you could argue that they’re even better than the camera originals since they’ve undergone high quality chroma smoothing.The AVCHD Folder ”Cannot Open” ErrorIf you’ve ever run into the situation where you get a ”Cannot Open” message from Mac OSX while using a NAS (network-attached storage) device or a case sensitive disk, then this helpful blog post from Adam Wilt on PVC will show you how to fix the problem…and with a free app too!AVCHD and DaVinci ResolveAs a last little tip my DP friend Adam Roberts has posted a quick tip on a smooth workflow using FCPX and DaVinci Resolve to ensure you maintain quality and easy playback when grading from your AVCHD files.Got AVCHD tips to share?Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea winger Pulisic: I know scoring touch will come backby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChristian Pulisic isn’t worried about his lack of goals for Chelsea.The American played an integral role in Chelsea’s winner against a stubborn Newcastle outfit on Saturday.He is yet to score for the Blues, but that didn’t ruin his positivity after the 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.”It was a really good game, happy for the team, had a strong performance, they defended really well, and I was happy to make an impact,” Pulisic told ESPN after the match. “I was going to shoot last-second, but I saw Tammy wide open and then DeAndre [Yedlin, Pulisic’s US team-mate] made an unbelievable block, so maybe I should have shot it. “I just don’t have that scoring touch but I know it will come back.” last_img read more

first_imgESPN Analyst Names Sleeper Team In The SEC In 2018The team with the best chance of going undefeated this fall is not the team appearing No. 1 in most preseason polls. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index (the “best predictor of a team’s performance”), Oklahoma – not Alabama – is the team most-likely to go undefeated heading into bowl season. While the Crimson Tide are the likely preseason No. 1, it’s the Sooners with the best chance of reaching the College Football Playoff. Here’s the full top 10:Oklahoma – 16.9 percent chance of going undefeated before bowl seasonFlorida State – 10.6 percentClemson – 8.6 percentBoise State – 8 percentMichigan – 5.8 percentLSU – 5.3 percentTennessee – 4.5 percentOklahoma State – 2.4 percentWashington – 1.4 percentNotre Dame – 1.2 percentSome other notable percentages: Alabama – 0.6 percentOhio State – 0.4 percentNebraska – 0.4 percentMichigan State – 0.1 percentOle Miss – 0.1 percentYou can view ESPN’s full FPI here.last_img read more