How does Wes Welker plan to maximize Dante Pettis’ potential?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Wes Welker, ex-NFL receiver and returner extraordinaire for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, has just the plan to make Dante Pettis flourish like that for Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers.“I want him to just have that mentality like, ‘You’re going to make every damn play out there,’ ” said Welker, who’s been commissioned this year to coach the 49ers young and mostly unaccomplished wide receivers.Pettis wasn’t taken aback when relayed Welker’s words.“That’s something I …last_img read more

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Video Tutorial: Swirling Text in After Effects

first_imgIn this After Effects tutorial you’ll create a 3D swirling text animation – perfect for making dynamic titles.Adding a cartoon-style swirling text animation is a great way to add life to your text in After Effects. In the video tutorial below we show you how to create this AE animation without the need for any third party effects or plugins!First, create the basic text in AE using the default text generator and a solid shape layer. We’ll add wiggle to the text using the Animator (Wiggly Selector and Range Selector). Next, we’ll add extrusion to the text and a point light to help better sell the 3D effect.  Add a bit of motion blur and voila!The swirling text effect is perfect for creating engaging titles for for opening sequences or film trailers. Tweak the timing, font and colors to create your own custom look!This is a beginner-intermediate video tutorial that requires basic knowledge of working in AE. The effect is created without the need for expressions.Best viewed full screen:[color-box color=”gray”]Video Transcript:This is Evan Abrams for Premiumbeat.com, and today in After Effects, we’re going to be creating this swirling text that you see playing over and over. It’s pretty good. We’re going to bring some text together, blow it apart, and all you need is Adobe After Effects CS6 or Adobe CC.So create whirling text, the first thing you do is create a new composition, and we’re going to be using the HDTV 1080P preset, but none of that is really important for your work. So first we’re going to create a new solid that will serve as our background. We’re going to go with a light solid, somewhere around 90 percent brightness. Hit OK. Now we’re going to create a new text layer, and we can just put down whatever we want on that text layer. This will be what gets animated by our actions. So go ahead and make the font as large as you like. We’re going with 200. We’re using Source Sans Pro Black, and we’re using the color, just a nice a blue, but you can really use any hue in this range to get a similar effect. Maybe we’ll go with a red or a green, so just increase its saturation perhaps, and we’ll use this.So we have a text layer. We want to make it 3D, and when we start making things 3D, since we’re going to be extruding this using Adobe CC’s ray trace 3D, you want to make sure that in your composition settings you are using the ray trace 3D instead of the classic 3D, and that will enable our new options. So just make sure that is switched on. Now, in the text layer, we’re going to go AA, so the things we’re going to edit about its extrusions will all be done on these materials, but to save you some rendering time, if you do most of the animation before that, then you can save a lot of processing.We’re first going to go into the layer’s contents, go to the text, and say animate, and it will (?) character 3D, so this will make each of the characters three dimensional. Then we’re going to go animate position, and then we’re going to go into this animator. We are going to add a property. That property is going to be rotation. We’re going to add a selector, and it’s going to be the wiggly. Basically the wiggly selector is what causes the random motion to be all over the place.We are going to go ahead and set up some things here. So first, with the position, we are going to type 540 into each of those, and it will, using the wiggly selector, go plus and minus 100 percent of that transform and push these all over the place. So now we’re going to go into the X, Y, and Z, and we’re going to put one full rotation in for each of those. Now, we’re going to go ahead about 30 frames, and then we’re going to have the range selector start begin animating. We’ll be going ahead as many frames as you like. We’re going ahead to about three seconds, and the start will animate all the way across, so that will gather all of the layers into this line.Now we’re going to zoom in on those key frames, because as these things are gathering, we would like the strength of their distribution to be going down, as well. So set key frames for all of the values that you’ve changed, and then at the end, we’re going to set all of those values to be zero. So they all will come to rest, meaning things are getting less intense overall as the entire piece is coming together. We’ll be going into the range selector one advanced options, changing its ease low to 100%, so it eases into those transformations, and as well for the entire layer, we would like for it to be rotating, so we’re going to pull up the entire layer’s rotation. Using its orientation, we are going to pivot it from roughly 45 degrees at the start, calling up all of its properties, and then going to the end and resting it at -45 degrees so it is facing in the opposite direction. Take both of those key frames and easy ease [SP] them by selecting them and hitting F9.Now, since we have all of the layers coming together, we are going to need them now to explode apart. So what we’ll be doing is animating from these position rotation values all the way up to their total values, something like 1920, across all position markers, and the rotation values will all be one complete rotation. With the start value, basically what we’ll be doing is we’ll go in here, we’ll offset this key frame by one, and then we’ll just set the start here to be zero so that the range selector is no longer affecting the wiggle selector, and this thing can blow apart.We’ll also want to go into the wiggly selector, and at this point, we need to change the random seed. So the random seed one frame before is at zero, and then we’ll just increase that value to one so it has a new random set of values to work off of. As well, we’ll be changing the wiggles per second here. One frame ago it was at two, and now it is at zero, so it no longer wiggles. It just shoots straight apart. Now you’ll probably want to push these in to increase that explosion, or you can easy ease these, go into their key frames, and then alter them to have a graph more like this so they shoot apart further sooner and then ease into their drifting. These other key frames at the beginning don’t need to be anything other than flat, and that is essentially how everything comes together.So to add the extrude, what we’re going to do is we’ll go to the text layer, hit AA to call up its properties. We are going to give it a bevel style of convex, and then we’re going to give it an extrusion depth of 50. So to give this more definition, we’re going to create a new light, make it a point light, and that will add shading and shadow to all of these surfaces so it’s easier to see. Now, you don’t have to create a camera if you don’t want to, but if you’d like to, you can go right ahead, but for our purposes, we’ll just be putting on the motion blur for both of these, which will take a considerable amount of rendering to make happen. But, all in, this is completed. So from zero to five seconds, set the beginning and ending of this, and then we render it out, and enjoy it.This is a quick way to create text for trailers and for all sorts of things, and creates a lovely, swirling, cartoony effect, and hopefully it’s useful in your projects. So I’m Evan Abrams for Premiumbeat.com. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the swirling text. Stop by the blog at Premiumbeat.com for tips and tutorials in After Effects and other applications, and, of course, come to Premiumbeat.com for all of your royalty free music and sound effects needs, because this could probably use some swooshing and whooshing noises, quite frankly. Anyway, I’m Evan Abrams. Thank you so much for watching, and I’ll see you around the Internet. [/color-box]last_img read more

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Growth – A Key Measurement on and off the Field

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) as part of its Strategic Plan 2011-2015, has been reviewing requirements related to the registration of individual participants. TFA has particular strategic objectives to: 1. Substantially increase participation 2. Provide quality experiences 3. Substantially raise the profile of the game 4. Provide Best Practice administration at all levels As a result of new changes in technology and societal pressure, TFA has been in the process of transitioning to a national online registration system. 2014 has seen TFA continue its strategic partnership with FOX SPORTS PULSE, with continued development and the release of the Touch Football Online (TFO) system for Affiliated Associations (Competition), Clubs, Members and Participants. TFA CEO, Colm Maguire, said that TFA set a target in 2012 to have all affiliates transition from paper registration processes to the new online system (TFO), by Season 1 2015 (1st January, 2015) and is pleased with the results so far. “As mentioned at the recent AGM it is incredible what can be achieved when the organisation unifies behind collective goals. The improvement of our organisational data is one such example with incredible growth achieved over the 2014 year. To look at the statistical growth either as an individual, location or system utilisation it is clear we have had success on all fronts.” TFO helps affiliates maintain their organisation’s competitions and payment/financial details, but also capture and track member data. In 2012 the TFA Database was almost non-existent with individual associations capturing basic competition and participant data and limited use towards any clear strategic objectives and communication strategies. The continual hard work and efforts of affiliates and personnel to improve this and the strategies associated with the benefits of data has seen Touch Football Online grow from 56 databases to 260, with best practice data capture methods being utilised by 235 of those active online databases. An increase in data captured shows an increase from 82,360 in 2011-2012 to 118,000 participants reported in Season 2, 2014 alone thus far and the TFA Newsletter audience growing from 50,000 to 132,000 in the last year. “To have approximately 69 percent transition to our new TFO System is again a positive outcome but we must continue to work toward the magical 100 percent. When we have a clear view on the participants we have our ability to change the game in terms of fees or value is one step closer,” Maguire said. The above figures are just some of the key metrics that the sport has been able to achieve. These efforts have helped the sport achieve those key strategic objectives of recognising 500,000 registered and contactable participants, establishing a better value proposition and satisfaction level that has resulted in continued participation of the sport from the park to elite, as well as creating a Touch Football brand that is easily identifiable. However there is still room for improvement. “The collective work of the team at large will assist the organisation to act differently in the future including evidence based decision making around our participants, commercial decisions made by potential partners and indeed the opportunity to add value directly to the member. All sports are now focussed on the importance of data & it is something we clearly identified as a key metric of our Strategic Plan through to 2015.” The recent partnerships with the NRL and Harvey Norman is just one of the goals the organisation has achieved from the recognised efforts and increased data growth described above and will provide added reward and continued benefits to affiliates, their members and participants in the New Year. “In 2015 and as we look toward 2020 we will now be able to commence the implementation of initiatives that add value to our customers – the participants of this great sport.”  Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for some exciting initiatives such as the; X-Blades Promotions, Harvey Norman Affiliate Packs, Sports Protect Risk Management App and SportsPass Touch Football Member Rewards Cards in 2015!Related Filesnews_story__growth_-_a_key_measurement_on_and_off_the_field-pdfaffiliate_benefits__members_and_participants-pdfRelated LinksGrowth a key measurementlast_img read more

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14 days agoEx-Liverpool goalkeeper James: Pickford still England’s best

first_imgEx-Liverpool goalkeeper James: Pickford still England’s bestby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool goalkeeper David James says Jordan Pickford is the “best” English goalkeeper ahead of their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.Everton keeper Pickford is set to add to his 21 caps for the national side this week as England take on Czech Republic and Bulgaria on away soil.”I’m a fan of Jordan,” James said. “Looking at the Premier League clubs now I think there’s quite a few young English goalkeepers coming through but I still think he is the best about at the moment.”I like him, he’s confident. It will be interesting to see how his development goes.”Having had such a meteoric rise to the England position and shoring up that no.1 spot, there’s going to be a lull at some point. But he’s decent and he’s a good lad. When I’ve spoken to him he’s very focused, which is obviously very important.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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2 days agoMan City boss Guardiola worried about Rodri injury

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola worried about Rodri injuryby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City manager Pep Guardiola was unsure of the severity of Rodri’s injury sustained in Tuesday’s win over Atalanta.The Spaniard did confirm that it was a hamstring injury that caused his countrymen to be withdrawn in the first-half.He told BT Sport: “No. Not yet. I think tomorrow we will know and hopefully it will be between 10 days if it is not broken. If it is broken, it will be three weeks or one month.””Yes, looks like [a hamstring]. I didn’t speak with him or the doctor just yet but looks like – when one guy runs and puts their hand in the hamstring position, it is hamstring. It looks like.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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UNC Honored Coach K’s 1,000 Wins Before Tonight’s Rivalry Game

first_imgCoach K honored before game against UNC.UNC and Duke just tipped off in the latest installment of their classic rivalry. The first game between the two teams back on Feb 18 was an overtime thriller, before which the two schools joined together to honor legendary former UNC coach Dean Smith, who had just passed away.Tonight, UNC returned the favor, presenting Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski with a plaque to commemorate him reaching the 1,000-win plateau. The public address announcer at the Dean Dome also thanked Krzyzewski for the respect he showed Smith after his passing.Great moment by @GoHeels players and Coach Roy Williams to honor Mike Krzyzewski’s 1,000 wins. #UNCvsDUKE pic.twitter.com/v67UFaeJvu— Durham Magazine (@durhammag) March 8, 2015Cool gesture on UNC’s part, and a great show of admiration and respect within the confines of a heated rivalry.last_img read more

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EIB Provides Funding for New SwedenFinland RoPax

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Kvarken Link/Rauma Marine Constructions The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a EUR 70 million (USD 78.9 million) loan with the Finnish-Swedish consortium Kvarken Link Oy with the aim of improving the ferry connection between the two countries.With the funding, Kvarken Link Oy finance a new ferry to transport passengers and vehicles between the ports of Umeå in Sweden and Vaasa in Finland.The new ice-class RoPax ferry, to transport up to 800 passengers, would be built by Rauma Marine Constructions in Finland to high environmentally friendly specifications with hybrid propulsion. With a length of 150 metres, the passenger/car ferry is scheduled for delivery in 2021, and will operate under the Finnish flag.“Vaasa and Umeå have been connected by ferry since 1958. When the original service went bankrupt in 2011, the municipalities took it upon them to continue the service – and with success. The growing demand in both passengers and freight now warrants a modern ship to keep both cities connected,” Alexander Stubb, EIB Vice-President, said.The vessel will be equipped with a hybrid propulsion system with a combination of a dual-fuel engine (LNG/LBG and diesel) and batteries, as well as an electrically driven azimuth propeller system.The project also involves port upgrade works required for the reception of the new vessel at the ferry terminals in the cities of Vaasa and Umeå.last_img read more

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Companies to appear before panel today in public inquiry into BC gas

first_imgVANCOUVER — Four oil and gas companies are expected to answer questions today about how they use the Trans Mountain pipeline, how refinery closures affect their prices and other factors that could contribute to British Columbia’s volatile prices at the pump.A three-member panel, chaired by B.C. Utilities Commission CEO David Morton, will listen to up to four days of oral hearings in Vancouver as part of a public inquiry into the high price of gasoline and diesel in the province.Parkland Fuels, Shell, Imperial Oil and Suncor are scheduled to give opening remarks and answer questions from the panel this afternoon.In the morning, those firms and other interveners will have an opportunity to question Deetken Group, a consulting firm that prepared a report for the inquiry identifying possible reasons for the fuel price spikes.Deetken found land values and credit card fees have likely contributed to higher retail margins, while transportation and regulatory costs could be part of the reason wholesale gasoline margins are higher in British Columbia but they don’t tell the whole story.Premier John Horgan called the public inquiry in May as gasoline prices at the pump reached a record-breaking $1.70 per litre.At the time, the B.C. Liberals and Alberta government bought advertising blaming Horgan and linking his government’s resistance to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion for the surging costs.The National Energy Board will also appear before the panel.The inquiry will conclude with a final report by the panel due Aug. 30.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Business Highlights

first_img___The stock market starts off 2019 with more turbulenceNEW YORK (AP) — Stocks finish the first trading day of 2019 with small gains as a roller-coaster ride continues for the market. Indexes fell sharply in early trading following more disappointing economic news from China, then recovered in the afternoon. The market is coming off its worst annual drop in a decade as investors worry about slowing global economic growth and a trade fight between the U.S. and China. Energy companies rose as oil prices climbed, but health care companies fell.___Why slowing economies could prod US and China to reach dealWASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration and China are facing growing pressure to blink in their six-month stare-down over trade because of jittery markets and portents of economic weakness. The import taxes the two sides have imposed on hundreds of billions of each other’s goods — and the threat of more to come — have heightened anxiety on each side of the Pacific. The longer their trade war lasts, the longer companies and consumers will feel the pain of higher-priced imports and exports.___Apple sees further weakness in iPhone salesSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple warns that disappointing iPhone sales will cause a significant drop in its revenue over the crucial holiday season compared to earlier projections. CEO Tim Cook made the announcement after the market closed Wednesday. Investors have been dumping Apple shares amid signs that the latest iPhone models weren’t living up to expectations. Apple now expects revenue of $84 billion for its past quarter, down from its projected range of $89 billion to $93 billion.___Tesla cuts prices as 4Q deliveries miss analysts’ estimatesDETROIT (AP) — Shares of electric car and solar panel maker Tesla Inc. tumbled Wednesday after the company cut vehicle prices by $2,000 and announced fourth-quarter sales figures that fell short of Wall Street estimates. The company delivered over 245,000 electric cars and SUVs last year, nearly as many as all previous years combined. But fourth-quarter deliveries of 90,700 were below analyst estimates.___Netflix’s ‘Bird Box’ success gets Hollywood cluckingSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix has provided the movie industry with an unprecedented peek at how a newly released film is faring on its service as competition for creative talent intensifies and its once-soaring stock sinks. The company lifted the tightly sealed lid on its viewership numbers in a recent tweet that disclosed 45 million subscriber accounts had watched the thriller “Bird Box” during its first seven days on the service. That is Netflix’s biggest first-week success in movies.___Expect 2019 to be quiet in Congress — for small businessNEW YORK (AP) — Small business issues often win bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, but given the divisions in the incoming 116th Congress, advocates for companies have low expectations. A newly Democratic House, a Senate that remains in Republican hands and ongoing investigations of the Trump White House and campaign are expected to be obstacles to much small business-related work getting done. Some advocates say business owners will see more activity on their behalf in their state governments.___Plunge in oil prices threatens Iraq’s postwar recoveryBAGHDAD (AP) — The latest plunge in oil prices has dealt a heavy blow to Iraq’s stagnating economy, threatening the new government’s ability to rebuild after the devastating war with the Islamic State group and provide basic services to areas roiled by recent protests. Brent crude oil briefly rose above $85 a barrel in October but has since plummeted to less than $55 a barrel — a nightmare for a country like Iraq that derives 95 per cent of its revenue from oil exports.___Netflix criticized for yanking comedian’s episode in SaudiNEW YORK (AP) — Netflix is facing criticism for pulling an episode from viewing in Saudi Arabia of American comedian Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” that criticized the kingdom’s crown prince. Minhaj used his second episode to lambast the prince over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi-led war in Yemen. But Netflix says the episode was removed from the kingdom as a result of a legal request from authorities and not due to its content.___Department store executive Blake Nordstrom dies at 58NEW YORK (AP) — Blake Nordstrom, who led the upscale department store chain Nordstrom as co-president with his brothers Erik and Peter, has died. He was 58. The Seattle-based company did not disclose the cause of death, saying Nordstrom passed away early Wednesday unexpectedly. Last month, Nordstrom said that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma, but that his cancer was treatable.___The S&P 500 index finished with a gain of 3.18 points, or 0.1 per cent, at 2,510.03, while the Dow industrials rose 18.78 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 23,346.24. The Nasdaq composite climbed 30.66 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 6,665.94. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks rose 7.35 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 1,355.91.Benchmark U.S. crude jumped 2.5 per cent to $46.54 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 2.1 per cent to $54.91 per barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline rose 1.8 per cent to $1.33 a gallon. Heating oil gained 1.3 per cent to $1.70 a gallon. Natural gas rose 0.6 per cent to $2.96 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Liu to direct series on women heroes

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor-director Lucy Liu is working on an anthology series which will champion real-life female heroes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ‘Elementary’ star will also executive produce and direct the first episode of the series. Titled ‘Unsung Heroes’, the upcoming show is already in the works at ABC Studios International, which Liu will back via her Moonvision Entertainment. ‘Unsung Heroes’ will profile women who were highly accomplished in their fields but did not receive acknowledgment for their achievements and how their stories have impacted history. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe sources revealed that the first episode will focus on Anna May Wong, a star of Hollywood’s silent era. It has also been revealed that Liu’s longtime manager Maryellen Mulcahy and Ruthanne Secunda are also attached as executive producers. With regard to her future projects, the actor will next be seen in the final season of ‘Elementary’, which is all set to premiere on CBS in the later half of this year.last_img read more

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