Celebrate Women’s Day Of Health Event Set For Monday

first_imgBROOKVILLE – Local women are invited to participate in the 6th annual Celebrate Women’s Day of Health from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 18.The free event is presented by the Laurel Public Library in conjunction with Fayette Regional Health System.It’s a chance for women of all ages to participate in an entertaining and educational event highlighting the health and wellness opportunities the community has to offer.Fayette Regional and numerous other vendors will be on hand to speak to women one-on-one, answer questions and hand out health & wellness information. Attendees can take advantage of free health screenings.In addition to the free health screenings, women will be pampered with hand massages, fruit smoothies, paraffin hand dips and more!A free light lunch will be provided, and the keynote speaker is Christy Pflum, NP at Fayette Regional HealthPlex in Brookville beginning at noon.She will offer a discussion on the topic of “Women’s Preventative Health.” Christy’s focus at Fayette Regional HealthPlex is on preventive care and wellness for the entire family. Christy grew up in the Whitewater Valley, and is now a resident of Oldenburg. She received her nurses training at Ball State University, Muncie, IN.All who attend will receive free promotional gifts from vendors, and can register to win any of the door prizes that will be given away at the end of the keynote speaker program.last_img read more

Broward’s Reopening Plan Limits Groups, Encourages Telework

first_imgBroward officials had not sent a formal letter regarding the reopening plans to DeSantis as of Wednesday afternoon. “Whenever feasible,” the plan also encourages employees to “telework or establish a rotation or staggered schedule to reduce the number of employees working on site.”When working on site, people must wear masks when they are within six feet of someone else.”I want a balanced, careful, and safe reopening. There is no such thing as a safe opening to a beach. I believe we need to start with a phase one that is phased in and I don’t think beaches should be part of that. Limit restaurant capacity to 25% at first,” says @senatornanrich— Broward County Commission (@browardinfo) May 12, 2020 Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that the county would learn “very soon” if businesses can partially reopen this Monday, May 18. A draft of the county’s plan which was obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel restricts groups to no more than 10 people. The draft plan allows for “professional services and other businesses located in multi-business office buildings in Broward County [to] continue normal operations,” but does not allow public access unless the business is considered “essential.” Violators to the new rules in Broward could face fines of up to $500 per violation.center_img Commissioner Mark Bogen says the county is expecting the governor to approve the plan, which is still being finalized, “quickly. And we’ll be moving forward quickly.”Miami-Dade officials are also trying to reopen some businesses in they county by this Monday. On Wednesday, the city of Miami announced it plans to open some of its businesses starting May 20. However, the governor said at a news conference that he plans to decide soon whether the county could reopen. “Broward has definitely trended well,” DeSantis said regarding recent reductions in the numbers of people becoming infected with COVID-19.Despite the potential Monday reopening, Broward’s beaches will remain closed until further notice. New rules for Broward County’s imminent reopening would require that salons, restaurants and stores limit their number of customers or get fined. In addition, businesses are advised to “develop a plan for monitoring your employees’ health, with a particular focus on COVID-19 symptoms, with the goal of preventing ill employees from working.”last_img read more

CAS defends independence amid TTFA allegations of bias

first_imgLUASANNE, Switzerland (CMC) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has chastised the ousted executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) for accusing it of bias in the battle against the sport’s world governing body, insisting that it is “independent and impartial from all parties”.In correspondence confirming the termination of the action that the William Wallace-led United TTFA had filed against FIFA, deputy president of CAS appeal division, Dr Elisabeth Steiner, defended the Switzerland-based court, saying its independence “has already been confirmed by several national and international tribunals”.“Any statement to the contrary, such as the ones which have been published in some media, is totally unacceptable,” she stated.Wallace – who led the TTFA before FIFA removed the executive and installed a normalisation committee in mid-March because of mounting and potentially crippling debt – and his three vice-presidents had filed an appeal against FIFA’s takeover with CAS in April.However, complaining that they were not likely to get a fair hearing, given some of the decisions CAS had taken in the early stages of the case, they withdrew the case last month and turned to the High Court in Trinidad and Tobago to deal with the matter instead.The former executive, through their attorneys, had written to CAS pointing out some “irregularities” that demonstrated the court’s bias towards FIFA. They complained that the TTFA was asked to pay all the fees for the arbitration – in contravention of the court’s regulations which require that the parties split the cost, which FIFA refused to do – and that the court had accepted FIFA’s request for the case to be heard by three arbitrators which tripled the cost of the proceedings.CAS head of arbitration, Antonio De Queseda,   had responded to those concerns, rejecting the alleged irregularities. He indicated that CAS had decided to use a three-member arbitration panel instead of a single arbitrator as requested by the TTFA attorneys because of the legal complexity and sensitivity of the case, and stated that the association’s lawyers did not provide a single reason to justify their request.In the correspondence sent on Monday, Steiner indicated that TTFA would not have to pay anything more than the 1000 Swiss Francs (1 US$ = 1.04 CHF) it had deposited to register its appeal.“Consideration that the present order is rendered without costs, except for the court office fee of CHF 1000, which was paid by the appellants and which is retained by the CAS,” she explained.“The appeal filed by the appellants shall be deemed withdrawn and the procedure CAS 2020/A/6915 Trinidad and Tobago Football Association et al FIFA shall consequently be terminated and deleted from the CAS roll.”In its case filed in the High Court last week, the former TTFA executive is asking for: a declaration that FIFA’s removal of the TTFA executive, which was elected to office on November 24, 2019, is null, void, and of no legal and/or binding effect; a permanent injunction preventing FIFA from interfering in, and/or seeking to override the fair and transparent democratic processes of the TTFA and/or attempting to remove the duly elected executive from office; and a permanent injunction preventing FIFA and/or its agents and/or assigns and/or servants from interfering in the day-to-day management of the TTFA, including the association’s bank accounts and real property.FIFA has officially informed the High Court it will defend itself against the legal challenge.The TTFA stands to be suspended as a result of taking FIFA to the local courts, as Article 64 of the FIFA statutes prohibits member associations from taking internal disputes, or disputes affecting leagues, members of leagues, clubs, members of clubs, players, officials, and other association officials to ordinary courts of law.last_img read more

Sumner Newscow Candidates Forum: Pat Zeka vs. Bob White – Wellington School Board

first_imgWellington students have traditionally not scored well with State Assessment Tests. Do you feel this should be a priority in future testing or do you believe there is too much emphasis on educating toward the tests? White — That is not a true statement. The elementary schools have achieved level of excellence on many occasions. The middle school has achieved level excellence as well. The move away from block scheduling, changes to the math department and the other changes at the high school were instituted to address this issue. Good progress is being made at the high school. There is too much emphasis on the state assessment tests.Zeka — I don’t think it’s fair to make a statement saying that our students have traditionally not scored well on the assessment tests.   Overall in grades K-12 there have been a lot of individual school scores and groups that have done very well.Too much emphasis is put on the tests but it’s easy to see why when getting money is tied to those tests.  That is not to say it’s right.  Changes are being made that will hopefully bring the testing more in line with curriculum being taught.  We need to give our children the tools they need to succeed in whatever it is they choose to do. The school no longer has its own honors classes but do offer advanced placement classes. Do you feel eventually Wellington should reimplement its own honors program much in years past? White — The advanced placement classes are part of a nationally recognized curriculum that will carry more weight on a transcript for college entrance. The goals of the Honors Program as it existed were sometimes ambiguous and vulnerable to manipulation. If a student wants to compete for higher academic honors, the should compete like they do in the real life, head to head.Zeka — Since AP classes are governed by a college board they are more easily recognized and students are able to take advance or higher level college classes bypassing the entry level.I think our own honors classes that were in place when my own kids went through the high school were good but I know not many subjects offered the honors weighting and they weren’t always recognized as “honors” or “advanced classes” when applying to colleges. What is the main reason why you are running for USD 353 school board? White — The Wellington schools are good, they are strong. All three of my children were wonderfully prepared for success in college and in life by the Wellington schools. I want the same for each and every student that attends the Wellington schools.Zeka — It’s time for a change and I feel people need a choice.   I also want to ensure that my grandchildren and all the other youth in our community get the best education possible.  Education is my passion.  I recently retired after 30 years of teaching and I feel that experience will be invaluable. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +19 Vote up Vote down credence · 281 weeks ago Has the board looked into revamping the student to administrator ratio as a cost savings? From what I have heard in the past we currently have one administrator position for every 63 students, is this true? I would think this is one area that should be reviewed and any possible reduction resulting in saving resources could be applied to the classroom. Mrs. Zeka did comment that consolidating the assistant superintendent position with the curriculum director might be something to look at, I think that would be a good start. Report Reply 0 replies · active 281 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Duane · 281 weeks ago What are the thoughts on the new scheduling for next year? That is an hourly schedule like is in effect for this year on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. And block scheduling on Tuesday and Thursday? Report Reply 0 replies · active 281 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down WHS_Grad · 280 weeks ago If you look at the test scores during those years of block scheduling, following individual classes, you would see that the fall in scores started in seventh grade, continued in eighth and then rose when the students were in high school. Knowing what standard of excellence truly means, tarnishes that “accolade” for me. It would be nice if Mr. White seemed to be aware of these things, as he has been a school board member for so long and wishes to be so again. It saddens me that as a community, we continue to send the message to these students, that they are failures because of a standardized test. Both candidates are right in their perception that there is too much emphasis put on these tests. Report Reply 0 replies · active 280 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments What is your No. 1 priority if elected to the school board? White — My number one priority, if elected, is to provide each child an even chance at life and see that taxpayers receive maximum value for their tax dollars.Zeka — I have always said that Wellington schools could and should be the Maize and Goddard of South Central Kansas.  I want that to become a reality.  One of the first things a new family checks out when moving to a new community is the schools.  We can’t expect Wellington to grow if families choose to go somewhere else because of our schools.  Changing the image people have of our schools is extremely important and to do that we have to believe we are the best as well.   We should be accentuating the positive and correcting the negative things.Money is going to get a lot tighter before it gets better for our schools, so we have got to stop using the excuse that we don’t have the money and make the most of what we have.    We need to hire people qualified for their positions the day to come work, and we have got to treat those that work with our children 7.5 hours a day the respect they deserve.Follow us on Twitter. By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This is the first of the Sumner Newscow political candidates forums. This will feature Robert White and Pat Zeka who are vying for a four-year team for the District 3, Position 3 Wellington School Board.We will feature the At Large Position 7 candidates forum between Jackie Glasgow and Janette Moser on Thursday.Angie Ratcliff in District 1 Position 1 and Jackie Berryman in District 2 Position 2 are unopposed. Both did not submit answers to the questionnaires.Pat ZekaBob WhiteThe Wellington school board election will be held on Tuesday, April 7. All registered voters in the USD 353 school district are eligible to vote.Here are some important election dates for the 2015 City/School General Election to remember:•March 18             Advance voting by mail began.•March 31             Advance voting in person begins•April 3                   Advance by mail ends•April 6                   Advance voting in person ends at 12 (noon)•April 7                   Election Day.Tell us about yourself. Provide background information such as where you grew up, where you went to school, where you started your career, and any biographical information you find pertinent to why you are running for the elected position. White — I’m Robert White, and I am a life-long resident of Wellington. I graduated from Wellington High School in 1969. I started my farming career in July of 1968. I still live and farm south of Wellington.I have been employed by Renn & Co., Inc. as a crop insurance agent since August, 1986. My wife, Barbara, is a 1976 graduate of Wellington High School; our three children all graduated from WHS in 2003, 2006, and 2008.Zeka — I am a 1972 graduate of Wellington High School.  I attended the University of Kansas for three years, transferring to Wichita State University and graduating in 1976 with a degree in Elementary Education.  In 1988, I received my Masters of Education from Southwestern College in Winfield, Ks.I taught for 30 years in the Wellington school system, retiring in 2013.  I began at Washington Elementary where I taught Kindergarten five years.  I moved to Kennedy where I taught first grade for 21 years.  For two years I taught K-1 physical education and finished my career at Lincoln Elementary where I taught first grade.My husband Robert and I have four grown children, Colby, Julie, Blaine and Taylor and 13 grandchildren. Governor Sam Brownback says the school formula is needing revamped. Do you agree with this assessment? Why? White — No. The current formula is fair and has worked well to give an equal educational opportunity to all students in Kansas. Whether you grow up in Johnson County or rural Kansas, a student should have access to the same resources. This is a constitutional mandate in Kansas. Governor Brownback’s proposal to shift to block grants is merely a masquerade to hide his crippling cuts to public education.Zeka — I do not agree with changing the current way schools are funded.  It works and it’s fair, when funded and used correctly.School consolidation may become an issue in the next four years. Are you in favor of taking on another school district even if its state mandated?White — To a small rural Kansas community, the schools are the heartbeat of the community. It is the reason some small towns survive. Lose the schools and you lose the town. If consolidation does take place, I expect the Wellington schools to do what we have always done: accept every child that shows up at the schoolhouse door and give them the best educational opportunities we can provide. After all, that is the reason we are here.Zeka — School consolidation has occurred in the past and with the current state of affairs it looks like we may see more of it.  If the state mandates it there won’t be a choice but I would hope before entire schools merge leaving a community without their school all other options are considered.  The final decision would hopefully be made with a wide sampling of community members from both districts and only after extensive research.Block scheduling was abolished a couple of years ago. Do you think the transition to a traditional form of scheduling has been a good idea? White — I was a proponent of block scheduling early on. The district has given block scheduling a good long try. It did not deliver what was promised. It did not raise test scores or ACT scores; some classes need the daily repetition, it limited class offerings and it produced too much idle time. I think the move back to a traditional schedule has been beneficial.Zeka — There are good arguments for both types of scheduling.  I was on the board when we went to block scheduling and I was against it then because I didn’t feel enough research went in to the decision and I felt that teachers would not receive the retraining that would be needed to go from a 50 minute class to a 90 minute class period.I do not know why the decision was made to back to the hr. schedule but I think even it needs to be reworked adding at least an encore period or something similar to an activity period as it was called years ago.Classes like the sciences and arts I believe could use the longer class time.  There might be a way to rework the scheduling of those kinds of classes. What do you feel should be done with the old Wellington Junior High building? White — Sell it.Zeka — I think we should actively seek a buyer for the building.   This would bring in income without cutting anything! It seems like a certainty school budget cuts are coming down the pike due to falling state revenue. Briefly, how is this going to affect USD 353 and what cuts do you anticipate making as a school board member? White — The state’s present budget problems are a self-inflicted crisis. At some point, the leadership in Topeka has decided to view public education as a wasteful runaway entitlement program, instead of the investment in our future which it is. Having served on the USD 353 Board of Education for 16 years, I can say there is little fat left to cut. Any new cuts will greatly impact the classroom negatively. Any further cuts should have the least impact on the classroom.Zeka — Without knowing the exact budget and what cuts the current board is proposing it is hard to say what the affect will be but there will be negative affects.Unfortunately by the time those elected to the board take office in July decisions about cuts affecting the upcoming school year will already have been made.  USD 353 is currently advertising to fill the assistant superintendent position and the curriculum director position that are open due to the recent resignations that will take effect at the end of this school year.  I would look closer at consolidating those positions as a way to save money.I feel that when cuts have to be made that ultimately affect not only the quality of education but also our entire community we need to reach out into the community for help.  Our school site councils, when used the way the state meant them to be used when they were mandated can be invaluable.  By embracing site councils as an extension of the board we would also be keeping communication open and things more transparent within our community.last_img read more

Karl Bonner to be first Donegal man to escape from Alcatraz

first_imgDungloe’s Karl Bonner may not be an outlaw, but he’s intent on escaping from one of the world’s most notorious prisons this June!Last December while flicking through a men’s triathlon magazine, Karl came across an article on a bucket list of triathlons to do before you die. One event stood out for him, the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon that takes place in San Francisco on June 9th 2019.  Now in its 39th year this iconic race is listed in the top 10-triathlon races in the world.  Karl’s choice was obvious, a great friend Elizabeth Clarke living in San Francisco had recently experienced the untimely loss of her beloved husband Damon. Karl had plans to visit Elizabeth and her daughter Quinn. He said should be successful on securing a place that he would dedicate this challenge and race to the memory of Damon Clarke. Fortunately he was successful via a lottery draw. The lottery came with T&Cs. Karl was tasked with affiliating with a charity and raise a considerable amount of monies in advance. Karl’s chosen charity is Save the Children.  This global charity is a non-profit organization. They provide children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. 50 million children in a 120 countries have been positively impacted and directly helped, transforming their lives and future. Alcatraz IslandAlcatraz Island was turned into a State Federal Prison in 1934 and housed some of the world’s most notorious villains including Al Capone, George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly and Bumpy Johnson. The famous ‘Rock’, was once believed impossible to ‘Escape’ given the islands high security and location within the treacherous, shark infested, chilly waters of San Francisco Bay. On June 1962 3 inmates, Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin successfully escaped from Alcatraz prison, although today it is still a mystery what happened the 3 men when they entered the waters of San Francisco Bay. Escape from Alcatraz TriathlonOn June 9th, Karl and 2000 elite triathletes from around the world will take over the streets and waters of San Francisco for the 2019 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on a course showcasing the beauty of the city. Triathletes will hit the water at 7:30 a.m. to embark on a grueling 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the shoreline of Marina Green, an 18-mile challenging bike ride through the Presidio, and an 8-mile trail run out to Baker Beach and up the infamous 400-plus step Sand Ladder. To finish the race, triathletes will follow a path back under the Golden Gate Bridge, pass Crissy Field and finish on the grass at Marina Green. Fans can experience the excitement at Marina Green, where the swim exit, athlete transition area and finish line are easily visible.Karl Bonner training for the Escape from Alcatraz TriathlonIn order to make this trip possible Karl reached out to a number of businesses and was fortunate to secure sponsorship allowing him to take up his position. Karl has teamed up with Irish Fish Canners (IFC), Irelands only fish canning facility, manufacturing premium quality canned fish for domestic and global markets, The Waterfront Hotel Dungloe, Donegal’s finest 4 star hotel located on the Wild Atlantic Way and Arranmore Red Ferry, servicing the islands including Arranmore and Tory Island.In addition, Karl Bonner secured sponsorship from other businesses including, Premier Fish Products, Atlantic Treasures and Goatbridge Trout Farm, not to mention a host of family and friends. In preparation Karl has engaged the professional support of Jack Wilson (PT) and participated in many local and international adventure races, cycles, swims and runs, all part of his training regime, while enjoying his training and improving his overall fitness. Karl will proudly promote all businesses who have generously donated and assisted him take up his position. In advance Karl would like to thank all who have helped make this journey possible and would ask that you support your local businesses.Please Donate via the following link:http://support.savethechildren.org/goto/karlbonner Karl Bonner to be first Donegal man to escape from Alcatraz was last modified: May 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:escape from alcatrazkarl bonnerTriathlonlast_img read more

Ballyshannon men brighten up hospital campus with bird box donations

first_imgMembers of the Ballyshannon Men’s Shed have kindly donated bird boxes to Sligo University Hospital for the enjoyment of both patients and staff.The men built and donated the colourful boxes to help the hospital in their work on An Taisce’s Green-Campus Programme.One of the areas the hospital has been looking at as part of the sustainability and biodiversity theme, is attracting birds and other wildlife to some of the green areas around the hospital. Domhnall McLoughlin, Assistant General Manager at the hospital said, “The Ballyshannon Men’s Shed members have been very generous in building and donating the bird boxes to the hospital and we hope these will attract a number of species of birds into the green areas of the hospital by providing places for them to nest.“The quality of the bird boxes is testament to the workmanship of the Ballyshannon Men’s Shed Group. The men have been very supportive of the hospital and we are grateful to them for assisting our efforts towards a Green Campus.”Ballyshannon Men’s Shed donated bird boxes to Sligo University Hospital as part of the hospital’s Green-Campus Programme, from left: Domhnall McLoughlin, Assistant General Manager, SUH; Robert Lawn, Ballyshannon Men’s Shed; Patricia Lee, Service Manager, SUH; Mike Lynch, Ballyshannon Men’s Shed; Michael O’Brien, Energy Officer, HSE Estates; and Paddy Donagher, Ballyshannon Men’s Shed.Ballyshannon men brighten up hospital campus with bird box donations was last modified: August 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballyshannon Men’s Shedsligo university hospitallast_img read more

How To Create A Stunning Custom Title Sequence + Free Ink Splashes

first_imgWhether it’s for a trailer or the opening sequence of a film, these assets can help you create attention-grabbing text slates or character introductions.Any filmmaker or editor needs the proper skill-set and assets to create engaging graphics. You can use slate-style graphics for a number of different things, whether it’s to introduce a character, display some text on screen for a trailer-style edit, or reveal photos or elements of a story (like a documentary subject) in an interesting way.One of the easiest ways to create motion graphics like this quickly (and, frankly, have a lot more fun doing it) is to use some practically and organically pre-shot elements to enhance the design. Rather than spending time painstakingly masking objects and adding textures to achieve a certain look, with a little bit of know-how, you can drag and drop some stock assets and make them work for you.In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use some elements from RocketStock’s new Hisan Ink Splash Elements pack to create some really cool and iconic motion graphics similar to ones you’ve seen in Guy Ritchie movies, movie trailers, and commercials.Hisan — 50+ Ink Splash TransitionsThe Hisan Ink Splash Transition pack is a great library of over 50 ink elements organically captured in 6k with a RED Epic (and finished out and released in 4k). There are a lot of different styles to choose from, including ink splats, ink spills, and some really stylish mirrored-style ink transitions. These elements will give your graphics and videos a visceral and unforgettable look.If you want to give these elements a try and follow along with the tutorial, the download link below includes the necessary assets from the Hisan pack as well as a project file and the footage from the video.Download the Free AE Project and Ink Splash AssetsClick the button below to download the free After Effects project file, footage, and ink splashes.DOWNLOAD NOWYou can check out the whole pack in this video from RocketStock.Setting Up Your After Effects CompositionTo get started, you need to set up your sequence with a still shot where you want to freeze your character. To do this, you’ll navigate to the part of your shot where you want to add the graphic, make a cut, and then scroll back one frame and select the export frame button. Select the .jpeg option, and make sure that “import into project” is selected. Next add that jpeg frame in the space that you created between the end of the shot and the front where you made your cut.Next, you need to add a mask around your character so that you can isolate them from the background and start adding textures and elements behind them. While this part can sometimes take a while, it’s worth it to make sure that your mask is razor sharp around the character in order to properly sell the effect. Make sure to mask out any areas inside the main mask that should also have transparency (such as the areas around the character’s arm in the example above).Start Adding Elements And ColorsNow is the fun part. This is where you can start taking your elements and adding them behind your character to customize your look. You can use the ink elements to reveal your texture of choice by putting the ink element layer above your texture and, in the track matte drop-down menu, selecting Luma Matte Inverted. This will take the luminance values of your ink layer and apply them as a track matte or alpha channel on your texture layer.Once you have your elements revealing appropriately, you can start to add color. The easiest way is to add a Hue/Saturation effect to your texture layer — and make sure to select Colorize. This allows you to alter the hue, saturation, and lightness options to dial in the colors that you want to use.Adding Text And FinalizingThe thing that’s great about using pre-shot elements to create graphics is that you can really enhance normal things like text and shape objects by using them for your reveals. In this case, we used some big bold text and allowed one of the ink spill transition elements to reveal the entire thing. In most cases, once you have created your text element, you’re just a few clicks away from making a really interesting text animation. Just add the ink element above your text, and again, select Luma Matte Inverted for your track matte option in the dropdown.To finish out your graphic, you may choose to add a grow animation to the whole thing. To do this, you’ll need to make a new Null Object layer and parent every layer (aside from any grain overlays or adjustment layers) to it, and using the Scale property and some keyframes at the start and end, scale up by about 10% over the course of the animation. You can also add some flashes using solid layers, or add some new color correction to tie everything together using an adjustment layer. How you finish it out is mostly up to you.Once you’re done getting everything how you like it in After Effects, if you’ve done everything properly, once you go back to Premiere, you can keep editing, and your graphics work should appear in your timeline just as you left it in After Effects. Now you can move on the next character introduction or graphic.Thanks for our friends at RocketStock for providing the free ink splashes. Be sure to check out their site for incredible video assets and more AE tutorials.last_img read more

Bottom placed Swansea appoint Carlos Carvalhal as manager

first_imgPremier League side Swansea City have appointed the much-traveled Carlos Carvalhal as their manager until the end of the season.The bottom placed club has also added an option to extend the contract beyond his six-month plan, the Welsh club confirmed on Thursday.The Portuguese manager Carvalhal parted ways with second-tier Sheffield Wednesday on December 24 after a two and a half years at Hillsborough, leading them to Championship play-offs in successive seasons.However, his side failed to move into the top flight.The 52-year-old replaces Paul Clement, who left the Welsh club earlier this month.Clement had taken the reins in January after Swansea had struggled under Italian Francesco Guidolin and American Bob Bradley, and succeeded in keeping the Swans in the top flight.But this year the South Wales team have struggled again and are currently five points from safety and favourites to go down.Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said after landing Carvalhal: “We are very pleased with the appointment.”We felt we needed to get the managerial situation resolved as soon as possible and while the timing is not always perfect, we can look forward to the second half of the campaign with renewed optimism,” he said.”He has built up a lot of experience over the years which will ensure the team is structured and organised. He is driven and ambitious and while he has a big challenge ahead of him, I know he will tackle it without fear.”Carvalhal has managed 15 teams in four countries. He began his managerial career in 1998 at Espinho, the Portuguese club where he finished his playing career.advertisementHaving also managed Sporting Lisbon, he worked at Turkish clubs Besiktas and Istanbul Basaksehir before moving to Sheffield Wednesday. (With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Former Cincinnati Star Kenyon Martin Posts “Xavier Sucks” Graphic Ahead Of Tonight’s Rivalry Game

first_imgCincinnati's mascot standing on a board being held by cheerleaders.CINCINNATI, OH – FEBRUARY 04: The Cincinnati Bearcats mascot performs during the game against the Connecticut Huskies at Fifth Third Arena on February 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Before NBA star Kenyon Martin was lighting it up in the professional ranks, he played his collegiate ball at Cincinnati, leading the Bearcats to the nation’s No. 1 ranking for 12 weeks in 1999-2000. Naturally, that means that he isn’t a huge fan of the team’s major rival, Xavier.But just how much does he dislike the Musketeers? Martin posted the below graphic just hours before the two teams tip off in Cincinnati.It’s going down tonight. #bearcatnationstandup. UC Basketball where greatness happens. #letsgoA photo posted by Straightjacketcrazy. (@kenyonmartinsr) on Feb 18, 2015 at 9:14am PST Both Xavier and Cincinnati could use a win tonight to bolster their NCAA Tournament resumes. It should be another fantastic game between these two.last_img read more

Which Players Will Be Most Affected by the Hall of Fames New

As Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas celebrated their inductions in Cooperstown this weekend, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced a change that will make it harder for others to join them. Instead of having 15 years of eligibility for consideration by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), players will now be limited to 10.1A player becomes eligible five years after retirement. If he doesn’t receive at least 5 percent of the votes the first year, he’s excluded from future ballots.One theory is that the change is designed to exclude players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, who are known or suspected to have used performance-enhancing drugs.2Retired players such as Alan Trammell who have already appeared on at least 10 ballots will be exempt from the rule. But Bonds and Clemens, who joined the ballot in 2013, won’t be. But an attempt to target Bonds and Clemens could produce collateral damage. Players such as Curt Schilling, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina and Larry Walker — who are not strongly associated with PED use — could also be less likely to get in.Take the case of Mussina, who received 20 percent of the vote on this year’s ballot, his first year of eligibility. He might seem like a hopeless case — players need 75 percent of the vote to be elected to the Hall of Fame. But players generally gain ground the longer they remain on the ballot. Sometimes they need the full 15 years to get there.Consider other players who received somewhere between 15 and 25 percent of the vote in their first eligible season. There were 16 such players between 1966, when the Hall of Fame began holding elections every year instead of every other one, and 2000, the most recent class of players to have exhausted their 15-year eligibility window:Two of these players, Don Drysdale and Billy Williams, gained ground quickly enough to be elected to the Hall of Fame within their first 10 eligible seasons.Another three — Bruce Sutter, Bert Blyleven and Duke Snider — were elected by the BBWAA at some point between their 11th and 15th eligible seasons.One player, Red Schoendienst, was elected later by the Veterans Committee.The 10 remaining players — Gil Hodges, Jack Morris, Roger Maris, Tommy John, Mickey Lolich, Jim Kaat, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Thurmon Munson and Tony Oliva — have not yet made the Hall of Fame, though some are plausible candidates for election by the Veterans Committee at a later date.So by a quick-and-dirty rendering, Mussina’s chances of getting elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA have been sliced from 5 in 16 (representing the five players who made it within 15 seasons) to 2 in 16 (only Drysdale and Williams made it within their first 10 seasons). He might also have some chances with the Veterans Committee. But the Veterans Committee has been stingy about electing players in recent years. The point is that players like Mussina need all the chances they can get.We can formalize this analysis by running a set of logistic regressions that estimate a player’s likelihood of eventually making the Hall of Fame based on his performance in his first year on the BBWAA ballot. First, I ran a regression to consider whether players were selected by the BBWAA within 15 seasons.3As in the Mussina example, this regression considered all players who first appeared on the ballot between 1966 and 2000. I excluded players who were elected in their first year, or who received less than 5 percent of the vote in the first year, as these players have been automatically dropped from the ballot since 1985. Then I ran another regression to evaluate whether players made it within their first 10 eligible seasons. (Among players who first appeared on the ballot in 1966 or later, those who were elected by the BBWAA somewhere between their 11th and 15th seasons were Snider, Sutter, Blyleven and Jim Rice.)4For this regression, I included players who first appeared on the ballot from 2001 through 2005, in addition to those between 1966 and 2000, since they’ve had 10 years to be elected. Finally, I considered whether players made the Hall of Fame at all — whether through the BBWAA or the Veterans Committee.5In this case, I included all players who first appeared on the ballot from 1966 through 1995 — players who began appearing on the ballot after 1995 have not yet been eligible for consideration by the Veterans Committee, as best I can tell. For this regression only, I also included players who received less than 5 percent of the vote in their first year on the ballot — a few of these players (Richie Ashburn, Larry Doby and Ron Santo) were eventually elected by the Veterans Committee. The results are represented in the chart below.To read the chart, scan across until you find a player’s vote share in his first year of eligibility — then scan up to see where the various curves intersect it. For instance, for a player like Mussina who got 20 percent of the vote in his first year:There is a 10 percent chance he gets elected within his first 10 years of BBWAA eligibility, according to the regression analysis. (This is the yellow curve.)There is a 23 percent chance he gets elected within the 15-year eligibility window. (The red curve.)There is a 34 percent chance he gets elected by either the BBWAA or eventually by the Veterans Committee. (The blue curve.)These answers aren’t too far from the quick-and-dirty numbers that I came up with before. They suggest that Mussina is an underdog to make the Hall of Fame — but more of an underdog now that he’ll have only 10 years of eligibility to do so.What about a player — such as Bonds — who got 36 percent of the vote in his first season of eligibility?He’d have a 53 percent chance of being elected by the BBWAA within 10 years.His odds of being elected within 15 years are higher — 69 percent.He has an 89 percent chance of being elected by some means — either the BBWAA or the Veterans Committee.So a player like this will also see his chances of being elected by the BBWAA decrease with the rule change. But he has a much better backstop: The Veterans Committee has usually elected players like this even when they were bypassed by the writers. That hasn’t been true for players like Mussina.Of course, Bonds and Clemens are no ordinary cases — and this method may not do a very good job of describing their chances. There are a couple of other objections that we need to consider first, however.One is that the change in rules could affect voter behavior. Players sometimes receive a boost in their vote share in their 15th and final year of eligibility. Now, knowing that it’s their last chance, the writers could rally around a player in his 10th year instead.That might protect a few players — Snider, for instance, got 71 percent of the vote in his 10th year of eligibility and might have made it then if a few more writers thought it was their last opportunity to elect him. But Blyleven had only 48 percent of the vote in his 10th year. His case, which was pushed by stat-savvy baseball fans for years, needed some extra time to marinate.Another consideration is that rotating players off the ballot sooner could clear slots for more recently retired players. BBWAA voters are limited to naming 10 players on their ballots. A few of them might have run out of room for Mussina this year, for instance, because they were reserving space for Alan Trammell, Jack Morris, or other players between their 11th and 15th years of eligibility.Indeed, this could be of some help to players like Mussina. But there would be a more direct means of providing relief — by liberalizing or eliminating the 10-player limit. Players from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s are badly underrepresented in the Hall of Fame relative to players who had the good fortune to be born earlier.The rule change, in other words, seems designed to make the Hall of Fame more exclusive, not less so. But how might it affect Bonds and Clemens in particular?As I mentioned, they aren’t ordinary cases. For a player like Mussina, a large fraction of the BBWAA electorate might be thought of as “swing voters” — they could live with him in the Hall of Fame or without. Given how strong feelings are on the issue of performance-enhancing drugs, the choice is likely to be much more binary for Bonds and Clemens. For that reason, their vote shares might not increase as much in future seasons. (Another PED user, Mark McGwire, has been on the ballot for eight seasons and has seen his vote share decrease in almost every one.) Personally, I’d wager a fair amount of money against Bonds or Clemens ever being elected to the Hall of Fame by the writers, whether in 10 years or 15.Nevertheless, baseball’s hive mind could change its stance on PED use with the benefit of hindsight. It’s not that hard to conceive of alternate realities. NFL players who were suspended for PED use, like the former San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman, barely seem to suffer any lasting damage to their reputations. (Merriman made the Pro Bowl in 2006, the same year he was suspended for four games.)One scenario could involve a known PED user who is otherwise a more sympathetic case than Bonds or Clemens making the Hall of Fame.6Or a player who is already in the Hall of Fame could disclose his PED use. For instance, Andy Pettitte, who admitted to using human growth hormone, is due to become eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019. Pettitte’s case is not clear-cut on the statistical merits, but suppose he made it in 2023, his fifth year on the ballot. Under the old rules, Bonds and Clemens would have had a few years left on the ballot with that precedent in place. Now, they’ll already have exhausted their eligibility.Bonds and Clemens would still be eligible for consideration by the Veterans Committee. But whatever misgivings you might have about the BBWAA, the Veterans Committee has been far more problematic. Its rules are constantly changing, its process is not very transparent, and it has oscillated from being far too liberal to being very stingy about letting in players. Depending on the rules it drew up, the Hall of Fame could design a Veterans Committee that was relatively sympathetic to Bonds or Clemens — or firmly opposed to their election.Another theory is that the Hall of Fame doesn’t have strong feelings about Bonds and Clemens per se, but implemented the rule change in the hopes of putting the PED issue behind it sooner. It’s certainly not good advertising for Cooperstown when discussions are dominated every year by arguments over steroids.But these cases won’t go away anytime soon. Pettitte will become eligible in a few years — and a few years after him, Alex Rodriguez. Ryan Braun, another known PED user who could eventually build Hall of Fame statistics, is many years from retirement. In the meantime, players like Mussina could be caught in the crossfire. read more