first_imgParentstop, a free and confidential parent support service in Donegal, is asking separated parents to put aside differences and work together to ensure this Christmas is a special time for their children. The group says Christmas can be challenging for separated parents and children often feel stuck in the middle.Arguments and hostility between parents can harm children, leaving them anxious, withdrawn or unhappy. Parentstop Manager, Patricia Lee, said: “Hard as it may be, try to put your child at the centre of your focus at all times. Put yourself in their shoes and see what it looks like and feels like from their perspective.“Picture yourself in one year time answering questions they might have about how you were as a parent. How would you like that to be? What memories would you like them to have? What is best for them?“Make arrangements that suit your child’s life as well as yours and above all deal with your differences as adults, away from the children”.Parentstop Support Staff at Parentstop have put together a number of tips on co-parenting during the holidays: -It is important for both parents to be involved in their children’s lives, and parents should work together to ensure this happens at Christmas. Try to put the pain of the separation aside so as to plan for a Christmas that allows both parents to show their love for their children.-Respect your children’s relationship with your former partner (and their new partner if they are in a relationship) and your in-laws. Avoid speaking negatively about them in front of your children, and do not use your child as a go-between or to find out about your former partner’s life.-Barnardos advises parents take a shared parenting approach, meaning “sharing the responsibility as equally as possible from the time of separation”. At Christmas, this might mean agreeing a plan to how each parent will spend time with the children over Christmas and how decisions will be made about presents and Christmas costs.-Don’t ask your children to make decisions that force them to choose between their parents.-Listen to any concerns your children have about Christmas and the shared parenting arrangement. Talk to your former partner about these concerns, and remind your children that both parents are there to support and care for them. -Avoid buying expensive presents as a treat for your children after the separation: spend quality time with them instead.-Remember grandparents and the wider family during the holidays. Because of a separation, they may not get to see their grandchildren (or nieces/ nephews) as often as they would like. Try to put differences aside and to ensure your children spend time with all their relatives.-When things go wrong: You might face unhappiness, anger or aggression from your children. You may not get to see your children as often as you like. One parent may miss visits or break the shared parenting agreement. If you are facing these problems, continue to offer your children support and love, and try to stay positive. If you want to talk, Parentstop can offer you free and confidential support.Further information and support: Barnardos has published a series of advice booklets for parents, children and teenagers dealing with separation. A lot of the information is available for free at is a free and confidential parent support service in Co. Donegal. Parentstop is here to help with any parenting challenges you are facing.If you want to ask a question, talk to someone in confidence, or see if you’re on the right track, then Parentstop is here to support you. There are no long waiting lists and the Parentstop team is available to talk to you once you make an appointment.With services in Donegal Town, Letterkenny and around Inishowen, one of our Parents Support Officers will meet you, listen to you and give you support and advice. Whatever your concern – let’s get it sorted together.If you have family concerns and would like to speak to someone from Parentstop please phone:074-9177249 for Letterkenny and surrounds074 9373493 for Inishowen areas086-8494038 for Donegal Town and surroundsParentstop is closed from Friday December 21st to January 7th 2013, however a call back can be arranged over this period if you leave a message. In addition parents are reminded about the national parent’s helpline Parentline on 1890927277.You can also email [email protected] for more information.DONEGAL SUPPORT GROUP ASKS PARENTS TO PUT ASIDE DIFFERENCES FOR CHILDREN THIS CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 12th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:arguingCHristmasParentstoplast_img read more


first_imgEXCLUSIVE: THE DONEGAL County Board is refusing to be drawn into a war of words with their Dublin counterparts over the Paddy McBrearty ‘biting’ incident.Dublin officials have been widely quoted in the Dublin press today, some of them appearing to cast doubt on the incident.But while Paddy is refusing to comment, sources insist he was bitten during the match between Donegal and Dublin in Ballybofey on Sunday. The Donegal County Board, in a statement to Donegal Daily, says the issue is a matter for the GAA HQ investigations committee.“The Donegal County Board’s position remains unchanged and we will be fully co-operating with the CCCC investigation into the alleged incident,” said a Donegal GAA County Board spokesman.However Dublin GAA chairman Andy Kettle has given a number of interviews today.“Our medic was taken in to see an injury but it was a bruise, not a laceration, a bruise,” said Kettle in one interview. We understand however that the bite on McBrearty’s shoulder broke the skin. He was later treated at Letterkenny hospital.Kettle had said: “I don’t accept that something did happen.“Until I am asked officially to investigate by the Donegal County Board I won’t be doing anything.” DONEGAL COUNTY BOARD: ‘WE ARE CO-OPERATING WITH GAA OVER ALLEGED BITE INCIDENT’ was last modified: April 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

World Cup background resources

first_imgAll you need to know about the 2010 Fifa World Cup in one place: media toolkit, host cities, stadiums, a history of the tournament, the lowdown on South Africa’s national squad, team statistics, photographs, information on Fan Fests, health, transport … 2010 Fifa World Cup journalist’s toolkit The journalist’s toolkit provides media professionals with comprehensive in-depth background information, statistics, facts, figures and more with over 60 detailed official documents on the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Read more …  2010 Fifa World Cup host cities Nine South African cities are host to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with the tournament’s 64 matches being played in 10 stadiums, two in Johannesburg and one in each of the other cities. Read more …   2010 Fifa World Cup stadiums Get facts, figures and photographs on the 10 stadiums hosting the 64 matches of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, five of which were built from scratch and one of them – Soccer City, the event’s showpiece – having undergone a massive upgrade to make it the largest stadium in Africa. Read more …   A brief history of the Fifa World Cup A lot happened in 1930. Constantinople was renamed Istanbul, the planet Pluto was discovered, and Agatha Christie’s first Miss Marple novel was published. And world football as we know it emerged with the first Fifa World Cup in Uruguay. Read more …   A brief history of Bafana Bafana South Africa’s national football team, Bafana Bafana (“The Boys”), has a relatively short international history, only playing its first match in 1992 – two years before the country’s first democratic elections. Read more …   Download the 2010 Fifa World Cup Fan Guide Download the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee’s comprehensive 92-page guide to the tournament, packed with information on stadiums, host cities, fan parks, transport, health, safety and much more. Read more …   2010 Fifa World Cup team statistics Get to know the 32 teams competing in South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup: the matches they’ll be playing, their past performances in the tournament, their countries as footballing nations and much more. Read more …   2010 Fifa World Cup final squads The final 23 players for the 32 squads competing in South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup were announced after the deadline for confirmed teams passed on 1 June. Get the low-down on the 736 footballers battling it out for sport’s biggest trophy. Read more …   2010 Fifa World Cup image library The 2010 Fifa World Cup section of the image library has been completely revamped, with hundreds of new, specially commissioned high-resolution photographs of the stadiums, fans, teams and celebrations. Read more …   25 questions on the 2010 Fifa World Cup Whether you plan to be watching the games in a stadium or fan park on the southern tip of Africa, or on the screen back home, here are the answers to 25 frequent questions about the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and the host country. Read more …   Football in South Africa Football is the most widely played sport in South Africa, and the quality of the local game keeps improving – as demonstrated by the increasing number of South African players-in-exile among the glamorous European clubs. Read more …   Sport in South Africa South Africa has a proud sporting history, and its people hold many world records and titles across a host of disciplines, on both an individual and team level. The country is also renowned for its successful hosting of major sporting events. Read more …   2010 Fifa World Cup Fan Fest guide Fan Fests – massive, open-air big-screen gatherings to watch Fifa World Cup matches – attracted more than 18-million people at the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany. Now it’s South Africa’s turn to throw its own world-sized football parties. Read more …  The vuvuzela: Bafana’s 12th man Some find it quite annoying, and others even want it banned from stadiums, but South Africans love it dearly: it spurs the crowds on and is the very best local way to show support for Bafana Bafana – it’s the vuvuzela, and it’s here to stay. Read more …  Flying the South African flagThe 2010 Fifa World Cup has hit South Africa, and the country’s striking six-colour national flag is everywhere – wrapped around buildings, on car windows and rear-view mirrors, lining the highways and flying outside homes from suburbs to townships. Read more …  80 pieces of World Cup triviaThe first Fifa World Cup was played in 1930 in Uruguay, where the winning home squad were awarded the Victory trophy. The 1950 Fifa World Cup had no official final match. Be the know-it-all in the stadium during 2010 with our guide to World Cup trivia. Read more …   2010 Fifa World Cup guide to transport Fans attending 2010 Fifa World Cup matches need to have a clear idea of how they are going to get to the stadium, and back. Find out all you need to know about transport arrangements for the World Cup. Read more …   2010 Fifa World Cup health facilities The South African government has assured fans that the country’s health facilities – both hospitals and clinics – are ready for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and will provide health services of an international standard. Read more …   Download the Traveller’s Guide to Customs The South African Revenue Service has released a handy guide to customs requirements when entering and leaving the country for the 300 000 international visitors expected for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Read more …  Galleries 2010 Fifa World Cup Stadiums Nelson Mandela meets Bafana Bafana Launch of the Gautrain Tight security for the 2010 Fifa World Cup 30 days to Fifa World Cup Soccer City workers 100 days to kickoff The People’s Bus Beetle mania Nelson Mandela Bay Stadiumlast_img read more

African army expected by year end

first_img17 June 2015The African Union (AU) believes Africa will have a united and functioning single military by the end of this year as leaders pledge to accelerate the African Standby Force (ASF).This was of the resolutions adopted at the 25th AU summit, which ended in Johannesburg on 15 June. The continent desperately needs a strong force for peace and security that will ensure Africa has the stability it needs for sustainable development to take root.Such a force is also crucial to counter terrorists groups such as Boko Haram and al- Shabaab that have killed thousands of people and displaced many in west Africa. The envisaged 25 000-strong ASF operating through five regional brigades is expected to be the backbone of the continent’s new peace and security architecture.AU chairperson, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, confirmed that the first training exercises for the force would be held in South Africa towards the end of October. It is hoped that by the end of the year, all regions will be ready to form part of the single force.Reading from the declaration of the summit, Mugabe noted that the “troubling” state of peace and security on the continent needed to be given attention. “We condemn the act of terrorisms committed by extremists across Africa and we resolved to confront terrorism collectively in order to defeat it,’ he said.Female empowermentThe summit, held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 7 to 15 June, had the theme “Year of women empowerment and development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”.After two days of intense deliberations on the future of the continent, Mugabe said the AU leaders resolved to adopt the plan to implement the first 10 years of Agenda 2063.Agenda 2063 is a blueprint adopted at the AU summit in Ethiopia in 2013. It deals with how the continent should learn from the lessons of the past and take advantage of the opportunities available in the short, medium and long term to achieve a prosperous Africa by 2063, a year that will mark 100 years of the formation of the Organisation of African Unity, the precursor of the AU.Leaders also backed initiatives aimed at the empowerment of women. They highlighted what they called “eradication of the hoe” and introducing modern equipment for women working in agriculture.The political crisis in Burundi and ways to fund AU operations were also discussed. The summit explored ways to end the dependence of the AU on foreign donors for its operations – 70% of the union’s budget comes from donors, a state many leaders are keen to change.Leaders resolved to intensify their efforts to address the migration issue. Thousands of African migrants lose their lives in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach greener pastures in Europe, and migration is evidently a worry for the AU. It also resolved to improve infrastructure and technology advancement on the continent.Al-BashirThe summit was, however, overshadowed by the participation of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes and genocide. The ICC on Sunday urged the South African government to arrest the Sudanese leader.But AU Commission Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma defended the continental body’s decision to invite al-Bashir to the gathering, saying the AU was not party to the Roman Statute; rather, member states were.“He has always attended our summits; this was not the first time. The AU is not a bilateral meeting; it is a multilateral meeting. When a country hosts an AU summit it sticks by the AU rules. President al-Bashir has always attended our summits and will continue to do so,” she said.Even though the South African government is a signatory to the ICC statute, to act on the court’s request to arrest al-Bashir would have gone against the AU’s decision to grant prosecution immunity for all sitting heads of state.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Get My Parking launches smart city pilot in India

first_imgStudies of traffic congestion regularly point much blame at cars circling for parking. To tackle this perennial problem, Get My Parking is joining a smart city initiative to launch a smart parking pilot in India.As reported in Firstpost, the Delhi-based startup’s technology is being tested in government smart city initiatives.“We are getting a lot of traction from various municipal corporations,” said Get My Parking CEO Chirag Jain. “We have started a pilot project in Jaipur.”See also: Greek startup Sammy guides boats to shore — and parkingJain describes his company as providing a technological solution that allows the smart location of free parking spots through a smartphone app. The technology was the brainchild of alumni from IIT Madras and FMS Delhi.He explained that the need for his company’s solution came from examination of how chaotic parking systems lead to many vehicles driving slower than the normal flow of traffic as they seek a spot to leave their cars.“Just imagine when hundreds of cars are doing that at the same time,” said Jain.Get My Parking received recent kudos from senior government figures including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The praise came from the successful use of the startup’s technology that helped ease traffic chaos during Kumbh Mela, the mass Hindu pilgrimage where members of the faith travel to bathe in a sacred river.Get My Parking attracting investor interestThe company is also attracting the attention of investors. Recently the startup drew a first funding round from Chennai Angles and is hoping to close its second round of financing soon.One of the areas that Jain says is of key importance is ensuring the parking technology integrates into smart city infrastructure in a secure way to keep citizens safe.“Security is of prime concern as we work with a lot of consumer data,” he said. “The security is taken care of accordance to utmost privacy for our consumers.”The interest in developing such smart city technology comes as India is expanding its internet infrastructure to facilitate growth in Internet of Things technology. Tags:#India#IoT#parking#Smart Cities#smart city#transport IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic …center_img Donal Power How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citieslast_img read more

Robocalypse? I Think Not.

first_imgRelated Posts Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Guido Jouret is the Chief Digital Officer at ABB. He leads the next level of development and deployment of ABB’s digital solutions for customers globally and across all businesses. Predictions of the Robocalypse are everywhere. “Robots Are Winning the Race for Jobs,” headlines The New York Times, which linked workplace automation to the rise of despotic rulers around the world. Elon Musk warns “Robots will do everything better than us.” On one hand, 72 percent of Americans are worried about an automated future (Pew ). On the other hand, 94 percent of American workers don’t think a robot will take their job (NPR).Denial, fear (rational or irrational), or just confusion, these unsettled attitudes are understandable. The 4th Industrial Revolution – the meshing of the physical and digital worlds – is far more disruptive than the previous three. They replaced human brawn with automation. The fourth is replacing human brain. Digital automation – artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics, smart hardware, and robotics – will soon be doing what we’ve always considered skilled human jobs.Should we be afraid of robots? In the near term, I agree with Ruchir Sharma, Chief Global Strategist of Morgan Stanley, who points out, “the robots are coming just in time.” Robots aren’t taking our jobs. There’s actually a massive shortage of talent converging with the aging of global workforces, and we need robots to do jobs there aren’t enough humans to do:The displacement of truck drivers by autonomous trucks – “robot” trucks – will supposedly create enough social dislocation to trigger “riots in the streets,” according to Andrew Yang, a New York technology executive and 2020 Democratic Party presidential hopeful. The reality? Right now there are more open U.S. truck driver jobs – 48,000 – than there are coal miners in the entire country (40,000).Japan, with its aging population, is short almost 400,000 caregivers for the elderly, and the government has a program to increase social acceptance of robotic caregiving to fill the gap.If the U.S. and other countries seal their borders, they’ll be short millions of people to work farms and meat-processing plants.There are 6 million U.S. jobs currently going unfilled for lack of proper skills.In the short term, not enough robots have shown up yet. (And 70 percent of the world’s robots, by value, are concentrated in one industry: automotive.)If we think of robots not as sci-fi monsters but simply the physical interfaces of digital automation, we can understand why many experts expect automation to create a better future, not just for wealthy elites but for multitudes.Right now, we’re in a disruptive early stage that simply doesn’t feel good to a lot of people. But over time, I agree with a recent predictionby the Progressive Policy Institute that intelligent automation can create a job-rich, “dynamic new economy every  bit as revolutionary as the advent of electricity.”Digital automation is not solely about increased efficiency, which would indeed be a job-killer. It’s about augmenting human talent to create entirely new levels of flexibility, agility, and customization in imagining and delivering new products and services – the exact capabilities that lead to more rewarding jobs and an enhanced quality of life for larger numbers of people.This moment – the early years of the 4th Industrial Revolution – is like the early years of the Age of Electricity, when fears of the unknown gave way to the steady renovation of the world. Just as everything was electrified then, today we’re in the process of adding digital intelligence to everything in our world. As Kevin Kelly of Wired put it, “Everything we formerly electrified, we will now cognitize.”And like electricity, intelligent automation will evolve from ominous mystery to a humdrum everyday enabler as it transforms the global economy and our entire civilization.How many jobs will intelligent automation destroy or create? Expert opinion varies widely, to say the least. The most commonly cited negative numbers come from three places: a 2013 Oxford study that said 47 percent of US jobs will be automated in the next few decades; an OECD study suggesting that 9 percent of jobs in the organization’s 21 member countries are automatable; and a 2017 McKinsey report saying 400 million to 800 million jobs worldwide could be automated by 2030.On the positive side, some experts, such as London School of Economics Labor Professor Alan Manning, believe intelligent automation will have zero impact on employment. The research firm Forrester foresees the net creation of nearly 15 million new American jobs in the next 10 years. The Center for the Future of Work predicts intelligent automation will replace 19 million U.S. workers while creating 21 million new jobs.I incline to the optimistic. Among other benefits, digital automation has the potential to solve the productivity conundrum that’s been holding back wages and prosperity throughout the 21st century. Take the U.S. example: For the last 10 years, physical industrie that represent 75 percent of American private sector employment  – manufacturing, energy, transportation, infrastructure, utilities – have grown at the feeble annual rate of 0.7 percent. By contrast, intelligently automated digital industries, which employ 25 percent of U.S. private workers, grew at an average annual rate of 2.7 percent in that period.Now here’s the good news: intelligent digital automation is coming to physical industries. I see it every day at work. Transformative automation could well raise economy-wide productivity and growth to digital-industry levels over the next few years, in the same way computer network­ing accelerated industrial productivity, growth, and prosperity in the 1990s.Automation’s acceleration of the broader U.S. economy to digital’s 2.7 percent annual growth rate would add $8.6 trillion in worker pay and $3.9 trillion in government revenues over the next 15 years, according to the Progressive Policy Institute.That economic surge would benefit not just the familiar coastal locations but extend to places like Kentucky, where rising e-commerce employment (warehousing, storage, fulfillment) is already enhancing the state’s economy.And the nearly $4 trillion in extra government revenue could be used for effective retraining and supportive social programs not only for those displaced by automation, but also for workers who need immediate education, reskilling, and placement services to fill those six million jobs currently going unfilled because people lack the skills to do them, or the awareness that the job openings even exist.What’s required to benefit the most from the automated 4th Industrial Revolution is preparedness in education and social policy on a nation-by-nation basis. Ominously, as I travel the world I see a universal lack of policy readiness, even in countries eager to prepare for the future of work. Every country needs broader planning engagement among leaders in government, industry, and education.Education for the automated future must go beyond the 3Rs and STEM to include skills that allow people to surf future changes and remain employable using uniquely human skills robots can’t replace – seeing the patterns around them, figuring out solutions, working in fluid teams, and adapting as situations change. It will be a long time before machines replace “HUMINT” – human intelligence.In social policy, countries must guard against painful – and politically explosive – human disruption by considering everything from a guaranteed income to all-encompassing approaches such as Denmark’s “flexicurity,” which combines portable health insurance, income support, and lifelong learning to move workers flexibly from obsolete old jobs to more rewarding new ones. (This is not as Scandinavia-utopia as it sounds: majorities of Americans support similar programs, according to Pew.)Our humane impulse – fight progress to “save jobs” – may seem compassionate, but it’s the wrong thing to do. Right now, we need robots to do jobs people aren’t available to do. In the longer term, artificially hampering or postponing innovation won’t save jobs, it will just delay automation’s benefits, including the development of more rewarding, better-paying work that’s not dirty, dangerous, or demeaning. Automation will allow humans to stop the struggle of adapting to technology as technology increasingly adapts to them.The fundamental issue is not the work digital automation will take from humans, but the better work – the better jobs – it will do with humans. Automation’s elements are merely tools empowering us to build a smarter, more humane, cleaner, more empathetic world of widespread innovation and greater abundance by augmenting human talents.Our major challenge now, globally, is to develop & implement national policies ASAP, so every country is ready to harvest the riches of the 4th Industrial Revolution, robots included. Robocalypse? I think not. Follow the Puck Guido Jouret Tags:#4th Industrial Revolution#ABB#automation#future of work#robots Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Learn to Create Your Own 8-Bit Art in Adobe After Effects

first_imgDownload the project fileThis project file is free to use in any personal or commercial projects. By downloading, you agree not to redistribute this project file.Now, let’s walk through — step-by-step — creating the 8-bit look in After Effects.1. PosterizeFirst, create an Adjustment layer above all of the other layers in your composition. (This can be above motion graphics, animation, footage, etc.) Then, apply the Posterize effect to the Adjustment layer. The Posterize effect will limit the number of color tones on your image. For a retro game look, I prefer to set the Level between 5 and 15. (15 if you are creating a full-color look, and closer to 5 if you are creating a monotone look, like an original Game Boy screen.)2. CC Block LoadNow, to create the blocky-pixel look on our image, we need to apply the CC Block Load effect to the Adjustment layer. Make sure the Completion setting is set to 0. Then, set the Scans value to 3 and uncheck the Start Cleared option. You should now see a pixelized version of your image. The great thing about the CC Block Load effect is that it always creates perfectly square pixels, regardless of the aspect ratio of the composition.3. TintNext, you can apply the Tint effect to the Adjustment layer if you want to limit the color-palette to something more black and white. This is an option for stylistic choice. Set the Map White To option to a dull green tone to replicate the original Game Boy Screen.4. GridNow, we need to add some grid spacing between each pixel. This helps create the illusion of a low-resolution screen. Apply the Grid effect to the Adjustment layer. Set the Blending Mode in the options to Normal, and set the color to a dark grey. Next, set the Border value to 2. Finally, set the Anchor values to 0,0 and set the Corner values to 8,8. This should now leave you with a perfect grid around each “pixel block” on screen. (When CC Block Load is set to a Scan value of 3, each pixel block it creates is 8px by 8px.)5. Posterize TimeFinally, I recommend limiting the frame rate to better emulate the appearance of a retro video game. An easy way to do this is with the Posterize Time effect. Apply Posterize Time to the Adjustment layer, then I recommend setting the frame rate between 6 and 15. This will add a little bit of stutter to the movement onscreen. (Using Posterize Time is optional, depending on the look you are going for, and may not be necessary for more modern 8-bit animations.)6. Video FootageWhen applying the 8-bit look to video footage, you may encounter a lot of pixel flickering. You can reduce this using blur effects. Apply the 8-bit look to an Adjustment layer above your footage. Now apply a Gaussian Blur to your video footage. I recommenced a blurriness value between 4 and 8. This will help reduce the flickering, but it will also reduce some contrast. Alternatively, you can substitute Smart Blur in place of Gaussian Blur. Smart Blur will preserve more contrast, but it will take a lot longer to render. I recommend setting the Smart Blur radius to a value between 3 and 6.7. Alpha Channel FootageIf you are going to apply the 8-bit game look to footage with an alpha channel, I recommend applying the effects (or preset) directly on the footage. Then, in order to not have the pixel grid appear on the alpha channel part of the footage, navigate to the Blending Mode option for the Grid effect. Set it to one of the following four blending modes: Darken, Lighten, Difference, or Exclusion. The blending mode you choose will depend on the final look you want. I recommend viewing each one, then selecting the one that looks best.8. Installing the After Effects 8-Bit Game PresetInstalling the 8-Bit Game preset is easy — on both Mac and PC. Just navigate to your Documents folder, then Adobe, and then the After Effects CC folder, for your version of After Effects (the preset works with After Effects CC 2018and up). In your After Effects CC version folder, you will see a User Presets folder. Just drag-and-drop the 8-Bit Game preset into that folder. Now when you use After Effects, just search for “8-Bit Game” in the Effects & Presets panel.Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Never Gonna Let You Go” by Luciano Music Co.“Anyone but Me” by Luciano Music Co.“Digital Groove Connection” by Mattijs Muller“Wonder Man” by LATG Music“Positive Day On” by Make MusicLooking for more post-production video tutorials? Check these out.How to Alter the Color of Your Video Using Lumetri CurvesVideo Tutorial: How to Use Premiere’s New Freeform View6 New Features in Premiere Pro’s Essential Graphics PanelTutorial: Getting Started with Content-Aware Fill in After EffectsHow to Create the Double Exposure Effect in Four Manageable Steps In this video tutorial, learn how to create an 8-bit video game look in Adobe After Effects for motion graphics or footage — with free preset and project file!With the Nintendo Game Boy turning 30 years old this year, there is no better time to create some 8-bit video game-inspired looks, right in After Effects. In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through how to create your own 8-bit look that you can apply to motion graphics or footage. This technique offers you a lot of easy customization, as well. (Be sure to download the project file that includes the free 8-Bit Game preset and some retro screen templates!)Ready to create some 8-bit video game art? Let’s get started!last_img read more

Nikola Jokic tows Nuggets past Mavericks with buzzer beater

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesDoncic led Dallas with 24 points. He had a go-ahead dunk with 5.8 seconds left and was fouled, but missed a free throw that would have put the Mavericks up by two.“I should have made that free throw,” Doncic said. “I feel like I let my team down.” Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Jalen Brunson had 20 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 for the well-traveled Mavericks.Dallas looked like the team with more energy, building an eight-point lead in the first half and ending the second quarter on a 13-2 run to take a six-point lead at the break.Denver came out strong in the third quarter, but the Mavericks responded with eight straight points and led by as many as 12.The Nuggets used a 12-2 run in the fourth to get to 93-91. Jokic, who was 0 for 4 from the floor in the first three quarters, hit a layup to get Denver within a basket. Millsap tied the game at 95, and a free throw by Jokic with 1:06 left gave the Nuggets a 98-97 lead.Brunson missed a baseline jumper, but a Denver turnover with 20.3 seconds left gave Dallas the ball and set up the final sequence.TIP-INSMavericks: F Kristaps Porzingis was with the team a day after taking part in his first 5-on-5 practice. Porzingis, acquired from New York on Jan. 31, has not played since tearing his ACL last season.Nuggets: Torrey Craig was out with a left shoulder sprain sustained Tuesday night. Craig was hurt in the last 20 seconds of mop-up time. … F Trey Lyles was active after missing nine games with a left hamstring strain.STRANGE DAYSCarlisle has spent more than three decades in the NBA as a coach or player, but the Mavericks’ flight being pushed back to Thursday morning because of the blizzard was a new one for him. “In the modern era of private planes or charters, I’ve never been with a team that this has happened,” he said.“It was a different kind of day, for sure. It’s a very unusual situation. Some people got some photos from the air of rows of cars slid out all over the place. It must have been a crazy day (Wednesday).”UP NEXTMavericks: Host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.Nuggets: Wrap up their three-game homestand against Indiana on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy The big man rescued Denver after the Nuggets trailed by 12 early in the fourth quarter. Jokic finished with 11 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists, hitting all four of his field goals in the fourth — including the game-winner.“That’s what we need him to do. He’s been doing it for us all year,” teammate Paul Millsap said. “He’s got my vote for MVP, for sure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Denver called a timeout and drew up a play for Jokic. He drove to the right of Dwight Powell, stopped and thought about a fadeaway, but the shot wasn’t there.“I felt like he was going to block it, so I just go to the right hand and throw it somehow. And the ball went in,” Jokic said. “Powell played really good defense. He was right there but I made a lucky shot.”It spoiled a gutty effort by the Mavericks. The team was scheduled to leave Dallas on Wednesday afternoon, but Denver International Airport canceled flights in and out due to poor weather, forcing the Mavericks to fly in on Thursday morning. The team left Dallas at 8 a.m., arrived in Denver at 9 a.m. and nearly pulled off the upset before Jokic’s clutch shot.“Luka made a great play to get the lead, and they hit as difficult a shot as you’re going to hit to win a game with no time left,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.Millsap finished with a season-high 33 points for the Nuggets (45-22), who strengthened their hold on the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference after holding Dallas to 10 points in the fourth quarter. They lead the surging Houston Rockets by 3½ games with 15 to go.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Donovan Mitchell, Jae Crowder help Jazz crush tired Timberwolves Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, is congratulated for his game-winning basket by guard Monte Morris during the team’s NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 100-99. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Luka Doncic’s emphatic dunk capped a great night for the Dallas Mavericks rookie. Nikola Jokic topped him and saved the game for the Denver Nuggets, earning him some support in the MVP race.Jokic hit a falling, one-handed shot as time expired to lift the Nuggets over the weary Mavericks 100-99 on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Venus Wins in Semis of WTA Elite

first_imgZHUHAI, China — Top-seeded Venus Williams overpowered Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday to advance to the final of the WTA Elite Trophy.Williams will face Karolina Pliskova in Sunday’s final after the third-seeded Czech beat eighth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-1.Williams broke serve six times to dispatch the fourth-seeded Italian in just 65 minutes.“Today wasn’t an easy match,” Williams said. “Every game was really well-contested and she never gave me any points. She’s had a great year; I felt like I really earned it today.”The tournament brings together 11 of the top players who did not qualify for last week’s WTA Finals in Singapore.Williams also beat Vinci in the semifinals of the Wuhan Open one month ago.“China’s been good to me this year,” Williams said. “I played well in Wuhan, and now another final here in Zhuhai, and I hope I can win one more match. It won’t be easy. I’m looking forward to it.”Vinci defeated Serena Williams in the semifinals of the U.S. Open, denying the younger Williams the chance for a calendar-year Grand Slam.Williams improved to 5-0 for her career against Vinci and recorded her 40th match win of the year — a milestone she hasn’t achieved since 2008.If Williams wins the title on Sunday she will return to the top 10 for the first time in more than four years. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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