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first_img The Brazilian Military delegation invaded the streets of Lima, Peru, with their green and yellow spirit to celebrate their record-breaking three gold medals from the XXI South American Cadets Sports Festival, which ended on October 28. The Brazilian athletes became champions in the military pentathlon and shooting, aside from achieving good results in other disciplines. The event gathered 646 athletes from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, and Uruguay. The Brazilian Armed Forces were represented by 68 athletes, of whom 13 were Naval School contenders, 22 Cadets from the Military Academy of Agulhas Negras (AMAN), and 33 Cadets from the Air Force Academy (AFA) – 21 of them members of the women’s team. The gold won by the swim team came from the excellent performance by Marcelo Fábio de Araújo Lopes (AMAN), who won the 100-meter freestyle competition, and candidate Rafael Godofredo do Norte (Naval Academy), who achieved first place in the 50-meter freestyle. These results were critical for the group to win the championship. In total, they won three gold medals, two silver and one bronze for swimming. In the military pentathlon, a competition that includes five different contests, Brazil also rose to the podium. They received five gold medals, two silver, and four bronze. Two AMAN athletes stood out: Thiago Rezende matched the South American record at shooting, and Thiago Dias became the overall individual champion in the modality. The men’s team came in first place overall, and Mayara Soares da Silva (AFA) won the bronze medal. The athletes set new records in shooting, and won gold in both the male and female categories. Ary Batista Rocha Neto, from the AFA, set a new individual mark in the rifle prone. In the team competition, the women’s team stood out at the pistol shooting, and the men’s team in the rifle prone shooting and the rifle three positions. The total sum of these results represented a new South American record. Brazil also won five gold medals for track-and-field in disciplines like the 100-meter hurdles, shot put, and siscus, 4 × 100m, triple jump and long jump. The South American champion in this competition was Brazilian Cadet Alexandre Junior, also from AMAN. He won first place in the long jump and triple jump events. The cadets took third place as a team in fencing, a traditional military sport, with two gold medals, one silver, and two bronze. In this discipline, Gabriel Dondeo Lima (AMAN) won the foil championship, while Cadet Ribeiro (AFA won the sword fencing championship. The goal of the South American Cadets Sports Festival is to establish bonds of unity and brotherhood between the military institutions in countries linked to the South American Military Sports Union. This edition of the sports event was hosted by the Peruvian Armed Forces. The next cadet military sports event will be the 2nd CISM World Cadet Games. The competition will take place in 2014, in Quito, Ecuador. By Dialogo November 02, 2012last_img read more


first_img Having come through the Old Trafford academy, the full-back refused to sign a long-term contract with the club, allowing Spurs to step in. However, having failed to agree a compensation package, the anticipated deal failed to materialise and Fryers, free to sign for any club in Europe for no fee, subsequently joined Belgian outfit Standard Liege on a two-year deal in August 2012. Press Association Many say the only way is down after leaving Manchester United, but Tottenham left-back Zeki Fryers believes his departure was a step in the right direction. Just four months later, though, the 21-year-old moved on to Spurs, leading Sir Alex Ferguson to call for the Premier League to block Fryers’ move and launch a full investigation into his departure from Standard Liege. It is an incident Fryers was keen to avoid ahead of potentially trotting out at Old Trafford on New Year’s Day, preferring instead to focus on the future. “I wanted a new adventure, really,” he said. “There were certain things there that didn’t fall my way and I thought it was time to move on. “I left some friends there, some of them are doing well now. That’s football, really. “I wanted to go abroad to further my career because most foreign players come to England to play, but it’s rare that English people go abroad to play. “So I thought I was going to go and try something new, for me. I enjoyed it, it was a great experience. “And then come January there were a few options. Spurs were one of the best teams to go to so I thought I could further my career here, working with the coaches. “A lot of people say that when you do leave Man U you go down, but for me, personally, I feel like I’ve gone up, in terms of development.” Asked about upsetting Ferguson, he said: “There were always going to be accusations, obviously. “But with me finishing in Belgium, I spoke with my agent, we looked at the teams, and Spurs was the best for my improvement and development because of the staff there, like Tim Sherwood, Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand.” The aforementioned trio are now in charge of first-team affairs at Spurs, who they led to runners-up spot in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League final last season. Fryers was part of that side but has become an increasingly important member of the first-team squad this term, making his full Premier League debut in Sunday’s 3-0 defeat of Stoke. The full-back heaped praise on Sherwood after his debut, especially highlighting the new boss’ man management skills, and hopes to make his second top-flight start at Old Trafford, where he could start 2014 by proving a point to the naysayers. “Obviously that would cross your mind, that you want to start, especially against big teams like Man United,” Fryers added. “With Danny Rose being number one, anything can happen, but I’d love to start against my old club.” last_img read more


first_imgContrary to rumors about the death of South Africa’s ailing first black President, Nelson Mandela, his daughter has announced that her dad  is putting up a courageous fight from his “deathbed.”Ms. Makaziwe Mandela told national broadcaster SABC that the anti-apartheid icon was “still with us, strong, courageous”.”Even for a lack of a better word… on his deathbed he is teaching us lessons – lessons in patience, in love, lessons of tolerance,” she added.Ninety-five-year Mandela, who once carried a Liberian passport during the Apartheid era in South Africa, is receiving home-based medical care.He was discharged from hospital in September after being treated for nearly three months for a recurring lung infection.There are times where I have to pinch myself that I come from this man who is a fighter,” Makaziwe said.Mr Mandela is widely respected for his role in fighting racism in South Africa, and for forgiving his former white captors after his release from prison in 1990.He spent 27 years in jail and was elected South Africa’s first black president in 1994. He stepped down after five years in office.”Every moment I get with him I’m amazed,” Ms Mandela told SABC.”There are times where I have to pinch myself that I come from this man who is a fighter even though you can see he is struggling, but the fighting spirit is still there with him.”Mr Mandela’s grandson, Ndaba Mandela, told SABC that the ex-president was “not doing well in bed”.Last month, Mr Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said he was no longer talking “because of all the tubes that are in his mouth to clear [fluid from] the lungs”.The South African presidency has repeatedly described Mr Mandela’s condition as critical but stable.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgSecular astronomers are experts in telling the public about things that are observed but should not exist.Astronomers have discovered a “monster planet” that challenges planet formation theories. Science Daily reports,A giant planet, which should not exist according to planet formation theory, has been discovered around a distant star. The new research is presented in a paper recently accepted for publication in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.The existence of the ‘monster’ planet, ‘NGTS-1b’, challenges theories of planet formation which state that a planet of this size could not be formed around such a small star. According to these theories, small stars can readily form rocky planets but do not gather enough material together to form Jupiter-sized planets.Astrobiology Magazine also reprinted the press release from the Royal Astronomical Society. And National Geographic headlined its post, “Bizarrely Huge Planet Discovered Orbiting Tiny Star.” The subhead reads, “The size mismatch is the largest ever seen and challenges theories of how planets form.”Artist rendition of NGTS-1b. Credit: University of Warwick/Mark GarlickThe reports go on to say that this case may not be rare. Professor Peter Wheatley (U of Warwick) remarked, “small stars like this red M-dwarf are actually the most common in the Universe, so it is possible that there are many of these giant planets waiting to found.” He wasn’t alone in his surprise:Dr Daniel Bayliss, lead author of the study, also from the University of Warwick, commented “The discovery of NGTS-1b was a complete surprise to us – such massive planets were not thought to exist around such small stars – importantly, our challenge now is to find out how common these types of planets are in the Galaxy, and with the new Next-Generation Transit Survey facility we are well-placed to do just that.”There isn’t supposed to be enough dust around small red stars to form large planets. According to current thinking, large stars have enough dust to produce gas giants, but small stars do not. So are astronomers hanging their heads in shame at having their theories of planet formation falsified? No; they are “excited” about it:Professor Peter Wheatley leads NGTS, and was pleased to see these exciting results: “Having worked for almost a decade to develop the NGTS telescope array, it is thrilling to see it picking out new and unexpected types of planets. I’m looking forward to seeing what other kinds of exciting new planets we can turn up.”How can this be? Aren’t scientists supposed to meekly retract models that don’t work? National Geographic explains what comes next: “The new planetary system breaks that idea, though it’s not clear whether it’s time to completely rewrite the story of planet formation, or just add an addendum.”While they’re at it, they could ‘add addenda’ to their theories about these other objects that shouldn’t exist:Our freakish galaxy shouldn’t exist (New Scientist) — the Milky Way “has cosmologists seriously worried”A giant ring of galaxies that shouldn’t exist (8/11/15) — “we still don’t quite understand how it came to exist at all”A dusty galaxy that shouldn’t exist (3/11/15) — Astronomers were “taken aback” by what they sawThe lava planet that shouldn’t exist (10/31/13) — “We don’t know how it formed or how it got to where it is today”A gravitational lens arc that shouldn’t exist (6/26/12) — “When I first saw it, I kept staring at it, thinking it would go away”A ‘freakish star’ that never should have existed (9/01/11) — “If stars did not exist, it would be easy to prove that this is what we expect”A tightly-orbiting triple star with a planet that should not exist (7/15/05) — “according to the orbital migration theory, this planet should not exist”And, of course, our universe that shouldn’t exist (10/23/17) — “the universe should not actually exist”One thing that most certainly exists, however, is the requirement that only secular materialists have the right to explain existence.In his book Science’s Blind Spot, Cornelius Hunter lays out the history that led to modern naturalism. It all started with theological assumptions, he shows with quotes from philosophers, theologians and scientists. At first, Bernoulli and Laplace rejected Newton’s appeals to God as Creator and Sustainer, because these scientists assumed that God would have created planets in random orbits, not all so close to the ecliptic. Since ‘God wouldn’t have done it that way,’ they reasoned that there must have been natural causes at work. Additionally, they imposed theological arguments by reasoning that only a weak God would have to ‘intervene’ to keep things running. In their visions, a ‘strong’ God would have set up natural laws to do all the work via secondary causes. This line of theological reasoning was reinforced by Immanuel Kant, David Hume and others—all the way up to Darwin, who imposed this thinking on biology. Some of them felt they were ‘rescuing’ God from the errors of natural theologians who tended to assume God must have made a perfect universe. Critics who saw abundant ‘natural evil’ wanted to distance God from things in nature they found unpalatable. Darwin frequently used theological arguments for his theory — not because he had strong empirical evidence for his mechanism, but because he felt ‘God wouldn’t have done it that way.’ Hunter shares numerous quotes to illustrate Darwin’s inability to believe in a Creator who would have made animals and plants with the patterns and behaviors he observed: parasites that lay their eggs inside a host, cats that play with mice, patterns in biogeography, etc. This was actually the strongest argument he employed in The Origin of Species.So why do naturalistic scientists continue to face daunting anomalies, to the point where they claim things they see in their telescopes cannot exist? Hunter argues that the theological arguments continue to be so strong in their minds, naturalism must be right. Even atheists today, like Jerry Coyne, wield that argument. Naturalism is true by default, because ‘God wouldn’t do things this way.’ They fail to recognize they are using theological arguments, not evidence.This line of reasoning is very evident in biology, but it continues in astronomy as well. Naturalistic explanations can never be falsified, because naturalism has priority over observation. No matter the anomaly, naturalism must be true. That’s why they get excited when falsified. It just keeps them employed in their naturalistic theory-making. They don’t have to worry about reconsidering a Creator God who intervenes, because He has been ruled out of court.Of course, the god they had erected is a false god—an idol—that they have created in their own image. They make a straw god they can knock down, so that they can pursue naturalistic causes at all costs, even when their models are falsified, even when anomalies pile up that militate against naturalism. Naturalism endures, because it must be true. God wouldn’t do things this way!How about considering the true God of Scripture? He is a God who does intervene. He is a personal God who made beings in His image with free will. This God judges sin, and cursed the creation because of it. He is a God who allows evil to exist, but not forever. He flooded the Earth after sufficient opportunity for the sinners to repent, and He will burn up the present heavens and Earth in judgment after sufficient time for the nations to hear the message to repent and believe the gospel. This is the kind of Creator that explains the observations, such as the fine-tuning of the Universe and the Earth and the complexity of life, and provides the necessary and sufficient causation for them. Oh, but they hate that God! They can’t knock Him down.(Visited 472 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgThe stars of “Gugu and Andile” LungeloDhladhla (red blouse) and Litha Booiwere both recognised for their outstandingperformance at the recent AMAA awards.(Image:TVSA) Litha Booi having a light moment on set.(Image: Fireworx Media) A scene from the film,  gun peddlersselling firearms to some of the residentsduring the violent era in the Thokozatownship.(Image: Fireworx Media)Khanyi MagubaneOne of Africa’s most prestigious film awards, The African Movie Academy Awards, recently honoured two young South African actors.Litha Booi and Lungelo Dhladhla, both leading actors in the  film Gugu and Andile, were lauded for their outstanding performances.Booi and Dhladhla walked away with the Most Promising Actor and Most Promising Actress awards at the ceremony, held in Nigeria in early April 2009.Gugu and Andile was nominated for eight awards and scooped an impressive three.The local production’s young actors wowed the industry with their portrayal as a modern day Romeo and Juliet. The film’s director, Minky Schlesinger, was also recognised for her work. She accepted the award for the Best Picture in an African Language.The Department of Arts and Culture congratulated the winners via a statement released to the media, “There is no doubt that this is a giant leap for African filmmakers to tell the African story to the international community and South African filmmakers are making their mark as important contributors to this continental effort.”The film was part of the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) six-part mini series, Shakespeare in Mzansi.Classic Shakespearean tales were used tell South African stories, with Gugu and Andile as the modern adaptation of the touching love story, Romeo and Juliet.The local adaptation of William Shakespeare’s famous book tells the story of two star-crossed lovers who find themselves in the middle of a volatile political environment set in 1993.It’s the year before the historic 1994 democratic elections but politically motivated violence is tearing up the Thokoza township, as a result of a bitter divide between the Zulu and Xhosa tribes.Gugu Dlamini (Dhladhla) is a 16-year-old girl who hails from a Zulu family while 18-year-old Andile Mcilongo, comes from a loving, attentive Xhosa family. The community sees their love as the ultimate insult to tribal loyalty and are vehemently against their relationship.While violence and politics tear through their community, both teenagers remain loyal to their own love. Their respective families ban them from having a relationship, a decision which only fuels the two lovers.As in the classical tragic tale of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, the two teenagers end up taking their lives, as they cannot bear the separation.Reacting to the news of the three awards, the film’s producer Bridget Pickering said it was well worth the sweat put into the project, “This is an incredible recognition for the years of hard work that the team put into developing the script.”Pickering said the awards were a testament to the team’s united spirit during filming, “Despite the challenge of a limited budget, the production crew and director Minky Schlesinger pulled out all the stops under testing shooting conditions in the Thokoza township in the middle of the rainy season to bring the film in on budget and still focus on creating a compelling story with strong visuals.”The Kenyan film From a Whisper proved to be another big winner, walking away with overall Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Soundtrack and Best Editing.Recognising African filmThe African Movie Academy Awards, or popularly known as the AMAA’s is currently in its fifth year.The 2009 awards were the biggest to date, with Hollywood stars including 2007 Academy Award winner Forest Whittaker, who won an Oscar for his portrayal as the notorious Ugandan leader Idi Amin in the film, The last King of Scotland.A-listers Danny Glover and Angela Basset attended the ceremony as honoured guests.The awards were conceptualised out of a need to recognise not only the stars of the film industry, but technical practitioners who work behind the scenes.According to the organisation, the AMAA’s are an “annual celebration of the brightest and the best in African movies. [The awards are about] class and style, blitz, glitz and razzmatazz.“It is the biggest gathering of movie makers across the African continent and the Diaspora.”Co-producer of the film Andile and Gugu Niel Brandt, expressed their appreciation for the awards, “The AMAA’s was a truly fascinating experience, with the selection of films exceptional, and of course the opportunity to engage with fellow filmmakers from across the continent is an opportunity not to be missed.“I strongly recommend that more South Africans submit their films to the AMAA’s in future years. We at Fireworx are certainly going to be using this opportunity to explore future co-production opportunities with filmmakers in Nigeria.”Do you have any comments or queries about this article: e-mail Khanyi Magubane at: [email protected] Useful linksAmma AwardsFire worxmediaNational Film and Video FoundationDepartment of Arts and cultureThe South African School of motion picture medium and live performancelast_img read more


first_imgMangoes and passion fruit produced bysmall-scale farmers in Kenya andUganda will now be used to makefruit juice for Coca-Cola. MEDIA CONTACTS • Norah OdwessoThe Coca-Cola CompanyEast & Central Africa Business Unit+00 254 207 3390 0350Bongani NkosiSmall-scale fruit farmers in Uganda and Kenya will soon be able to start making good money from their produce, thanks to a multimillion-dollar deal that will see them supply Coca-Cola.The beverage giant has joined NGO TechnoServe and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to form a partnership that will help more than 50 000 small farmers in Uganda and Kenya increase their output and generate a sizeable income.The three organisations have invested a combined amount of R87.5-million (US$11.5-million) to sustain the initiative over the next four years. The new partnership was launched in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, on 20 January.Coca-Cola will use mango and passion fruit from the two East African countries to make new fruit juice products for local markets. “This partnership is a great example of sustainability,” Coca-Cola’s East and Central Africa business unit president Nathan Kalumbu said in a statement.“By partnering with tens of thousands of local farmers we can help increase their incomes while meeting our needs for locally sourced fruit, benefiting both the community and our business,” Kalumbu added.Coca-Cola plans to replicate the project in other parts of the world to grow its fruit juice range. One such product in the range, Minute Maid, has already become a global hit. The company, together with one of its bottling partners, invested about R30.4-million ($4-million) in the scheme.Growing fruit juice demandThe beverage company said there’s an increasing demand for fruit juice both in East Africa and across the world, and therefore a critical need to increase production. As part of the deal the small farmers will be supplied with tools to help them increase their productivity.TechnoServe, one of the leading NGOs that help communities grow their own enterprises, will work closely with the governments of Kenya and Uganda as a hands-on partner in the implementation phase.It will also teach the farmers how to increase yields and improve quality, and help them gain access to the donor funds.“We are honoured to be a part of this innovative collaboration as it represents a significant step forward for private sector development in Africa,” said TechnoServe president and CEO Bruce McNamer.“This investment will drive momentum toward reducing poverty across Africa by helping entrepreneurial farmers connect to markets and get the support they need.”The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which donated R57-million ($7.5-million), said the initiative is very important in the global drive to reduce poverty among poor communities.“Empowering small farmers to increase productivity, improve crop quality and access reliable markets is critical to addressing global hunger and poverty,” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the foundation’s Global Development Program.“Partnerships like this provide farmers with the tools and resources that can help revitalise African agriculture and increase opportunities for small farmers so they build better lives for themselves and their families,” Burwell said.The foundation, formed by Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, has channelled more than R10.6-billion ($1.4-billion) into to agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, Burwell said. The grants are aimed at strengthening the entire agricultural value chain – from seeds and soil to farm management and market access – to sustain long-term hunger and poverty initiatives.last_img read more


first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces It is a common perception around the world that Americans, by and large, have problems relaxing. We don’t take what little vacations we do get and increasingly use technology to blur the line between work and home life. But a new study shows that we’re not the only ones blurring that line — emerging markets may be better practitioners of bring your own device (BYOD) than mature markets.According to two multi-market BYOD surveys released by Ovum, the real BYOD action is in — countries like Brazil, Russia, India and China (the so-called BRIC nations) — where 75% of survey respondents demonstrated a much higher likelihood to use their own devices for work, compared to 44% in more mature markets. Mature markets include nations like the United States, U.K., Japan and Germany, as displayed in the graphic below.“Employees in high-growth, emerging economies are demonstrating a more flexible attitude to working hours, and are happy to use their own devices for work. However, in mature markets, employees have settled into comfortable patterns of working behavior and are more precious about the separation of their work and personal domains,” explained Richard Absalom, consumer impact IT analyst at Ovum.Advantage: Smaller MarketsNot only does this seem to run counter to perceptions of how workers in the U.S. deal with the work/home balance, but if this trend is real, it points to a big advantage for companies in emerging economies over their richer counterparts.“This bifurcation in behavior will shape not just future patterns of enterprise mobility in high-growth markets compared to mature markets, but also dictate which markets, structurally, are going to benefit most from this revolution in how and where we work,” Absalom added.Translation: Emerging-market companies may know better how to implement BYOD policies becuae they’ve had more practice. The question is, will companies in the more -developed nations pay attention to what’s going on in BRIC-like countries or will they ignore these trends and essentially give the field to the smaller-market corporations?The reason up-and-coming nations are getting behind BYOD so much? To get ahead, of course. 79% believe that constant connectivity to work applications enables them to do their jobs better, compared to 53.5% in mature markets. And this is a purely economic driver, too. Spain, which is regarded as a mature economy, is nonetheless suffering enough economic woes that 62.8% of its workers are bringing their own devices to work.“This could have something to do with the struggling economy: People are willing to use any and all means necessary to get ahead in their jobs, as losing them could be disastrous given the high rates of unemployment,” suggested Absalom.Economic Drivers Of BYODThat observation may help explain a broader global trend of BYOD and its rapid rise: Are the recent economic crises in the United States and Europe actually fueling the adoption of BYOD practices by workers who are insecure about their jobs that they want to be perceived as “always on” and therefore a more-valuable company asset?This is not so far-fetched. A Harris Interactive study commissioned by JetBlue last spring revealed about 57% of working Americans had unused vacation time at the end of last year. About 9% of the same respondents indicated they were afraid to take time off in an unstable job market — again, trying to project the perception they were of more value to their employers.While correlation is not proven between these two trends, they do seem like parts of a broader idea that BYOD is not just a matter of being familiar with a mobile device or having the latest cool toy, but a symptom of a larger need to stay connected to work no matter what. If that’s the case, perhaps the solution to a company’s BYOD headaches might be to get their employees less concerned about 24/7 connectivity and encourage richer downtime experiences. Tags:#Pause What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology brian proffittlast_img read more


first_imgWant the look of professional editing plugins without the cost? These alternatives may do the trick.The professional plug-in community has really expanded in the last few years, with amazingly powerful effects being created by small and independent software companies. The capabilities of these plugins is largely impressive, but unfortunately, the price is often out of reach for those that are learning or simply need the plugin for one project.We scoured the ‘net for some free alternatives to popular video editing plugins. They don’t have quite the feature set of their paid counterparts, but they’ll get you buy when you’re in a pinch.1. Alternative to Magic Bullet Looks: Download Free PresetsImage from ExitEditorialWhen it comes to applying color grades in your video editing app, you can’t go wrong with the Magic Bullet Suite. Using MB you can apply almost 200 preset looks to your footage in After Effects, Premiere Pro, and more. The presets are fantastic and provide unique looks, fast.  The Magic Bullet Suite can be purchased for $399 from RedGiant’s website.That said, there are a number of free color grading presets on the ‘net that can look just as good as the Magic Bullet Suite. Sites with free color grading presets include PremierePro.net, Studio 1, or Fenchel-Janisch. Even if you don’t love the end result you can tweak the presets in your favorite editing software, then save the changes as your very own preset.All of these preset options (including Magic Bullet) are only quick solutions. If you really want to get amazing color on your films you should try color grading from scratch. Resources like Color Grading Central, Tao of Color Grading, and TheBeat all great online resources to learn color grading.2. Alternative to Optical Flares: Create Your Own Lens FlaresVideo Copilot’s Optical Flares is arguably the best lens flare plug-in for After Effects and Nuke. With Optical Flares users can create custom lens flares while controling parameters like intensity, color, and shape. Optical Flares also comes with dozens of high-end presets that allow users to quickly add professional lens flares into their compositions. It retails for $125 on Video Copilot’s website.Using a combination of shape layers, blending modes, and expressions you can make your very own lens flares without Optical Flares. The following video tutorial by YouTuber Ch-Ch-Check It shows us how it’s done. The techniques outlined in this video tutorial can also be applied to simulate other light based effects like light leaks or colored lens distortions:3. Alternative to Trapcode Particular: Research the Effect Another great tool from Red Giant Software, Trapcode Particular is the industry standard particle generator for After Effects and Nuke. Trapcode Particular gives users added functionality beyond that of built-in particle generators. It can be purchased for $399 from Red Giant’s website.While Trapcode Particular can certainly save you a lot of time, it isn’t always necessary to get your desired look. Do a quick Google search to see if your effect can be accomplished using built-in effects and particle generators in After Effects (like Particle World). More often than not, you will be able to get a similar effect without needing to buy Particular – it’ll just take more time to create it.For example, on the Trapcode Particular homepage Red Giant states that Particular can be used to simulate realistic smoke. The tutorial below (created by Vox Lab) shows us how to create smoke using only native After Effects plugins and effects.4. Alternative to Element 3D: An Opportunity to Learn ‘Real’ 3DWhen Element 3D hit the market two years ago it was a game-changer for After Effects users. In short, Element 3D allows users to easily import and manipulate 3D objects in After Effects. Gone were the days of layering 2D objects in 3D space to simulate depth. Other features, like the ability to add textures and keyframe movement, make Element 3D a powerful tool that every serious AE designer should own. Element 3D can be purchased for $199 from Video Copilot.However, using other professional design programs – like Maya, Cinema 4D, or Blender – you can create anything that you could create with Element 3D…and more. If you don’t own Maya or Cinema 4D, try Blender. It’s completely free and updated regularly. While the learning curve is steep with these programs it is certainly worth it. With the Cinema 4D ‘integreation’ into After Effects, it’s more important than ever to be comfortable in that application. Additionally, it makes you a catch for potential clients and employers.5. Alternative to Twitch: Create Your Own Glitch Effect Twitch is an After Effects plugin that was designed to add glitch effects to your video. Using Twitch, editors can adjust various glitch operators like blur, light, and scale. Twitch can be purchased from Video Copilot’s website for $45.Every single glitch effect found in Twitch can be created with a little time and effort in After Effects. Using the wiggle expression, combined with various effects and free video assets, you can quickly create professional glitch effects without third party plugins. The following tutorial created by Georgiiou illustrates how it can be done:Know of any other good alternatives to popular video editing plugins?Share in the comments below.last_img read more


first_imgMizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Saturday told the Union Home Minister Amit Shah that the people of the State are against the proposed amendment to the Citizenship Act, 1955, an official statement said. “The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 could open a floodgate of illegal immigrants in Mizoram”, an official statement said. CM Zoramthanga met Union Home Minister Amit Shah at the Raj Bhavan in Aizawl and the two leaders discussed several other issues. This was Mr. Shah’s first visit to Mizoram after assuming office.last_img


first_imgAn MRI exam confirmed the extent of the injury and the need for surgery for the 2016 Rio Olympic gold medalist.Paired with fellow big man Anthony Davis, Cousins had helped push the Pelicans toward their first playoff appearance since 2015 and what would have been the first post-season trip of his eight-season NBA career, six of those campaigns with Sacramento.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCousins is averaging 25.2 points and 1.6 blocked shots a game as well as career highs of 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists a game.He ranked third in the league in rebounds and eighth in scoring. Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Also announcing a season-ending surgery on Saturday were the Memphis Grizzlies, who declared the campaign over for guard Mike Conley.Conley, who had been sidelined since November, will undergo surgery to smooth a small bone protrusion in his left heel that continues to cause pain. He is expected to recover in time for the 20-18-19 season.The 30-year-old son of 1992 Olympic triple jump champion Mike Conley Snr has played 11 NBA seasons, all for the Grizzlies.In 12 games this season, Conley averaged 17.1 points, 4.1 assists and 2.3 rebounds a game. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Jaja makes her final stand Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Smoothie King Center on December 13, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana. AFPWASHINGTON, United States — New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins, set for a starting appearance in the NBA All-Star Game next month, will instead miss the remainder of the season, the club announced Saturday.Cousins will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon suffered when he was going for a rebound late in the Pelicans’ 115-113 victory over Houston on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View commentslast_img read more