Gavina laments team’s selfish play in loss to Phoenix

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gavina may have singled out his team’s lack of ball movement, but there was more to the loss than the assist tallies.Phoenix bullied Kia in the paint to the tune of 66 inside points and with the Fuel Masters outrebounding the Picanto 53-39, and 17-9 in the offensive glass.For Gavina, though, the new season is just on its first steps and he remains confident they can turn their 0-2 start around.ADVERTISEMENT Kia’s second game in the PBA Philippine Cup ended in a 125-102 disappointment to Phoenix Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo, and Gavina pinpointed one thing that saw them go through a downward spiral.“Ugly—that’s really one word to describe it all today, a lot of ‘me ball’ again,” said Gavina. “Our guys had the deer in the headlights [look] again in trying to feel as if statistics were more important than team effort to win this game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Not one person is going to deliver us the win, it has to be total team effort. It showed today, our level of selfishness on the court.”The Picanto registered just 18 assists in the game, seven less than what the Fuel Masters tallied, and shot 36-of-81 from the field. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Hot Shot proves size no issue for Harlem Globetrotters Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Tis the season of giving, but Kia head coach Chris Gavina felt his team got a little bit selfish.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conelast_img read more

Stanton homers twice in debut as Yankees beat Blue Jays

first_imgMOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka is 9-4 with a 2.95 ERA in 15 starts against Toronto.Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez had an AL-best 3.00 ERA in 2016 but made just eight starts last season because of persistent blister issues. He’s 2-2 with a a 2.40 ERA in 13 career games against New York, including three starts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “My mom sent me a lot of emojis this morning,” Boone said before the game. “A lot of hearts, prayers, the whole bit.”ALARM OVER DONALDSON’S ARMGibbons said 3B Josh Donaldson is dealing with deadness in his throwing arm. Donaldson’s throws to first base were noticeably weak.“He was definitely a little off so we may need to DH him a little bit more,” Gibbons said. “We don’t think it’s a big deal, it’s just dead.”REMEMBERING ROYThe Blue Jays retired the number of late pitcher Roy Halladay in a pregame tribute, and added his name to their Level of Excellence. In lieu of a first pitch, Halladay’s teenage sons Braden and Ryan, placed a ball on the mound, which was covered in a black cloth with Halladay’s 32 in white. Halladay died when his two-seater plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico last Nov. 7.EMOJI TIMEDid Gregorius used a face screaming in fear emoji for Stanton in his postgame recap and wrote “i feel bad for the balls.” Gregorius credited him with only three RBIs.STERLING’S CALLYankees radio broadcaster John Sterling’s first home run calls for Stanton were in Italian: “Giancarlo, non si puo de stoparlo!” That translates to “Giancarlo, you cannot stop it!”GOING YARD IN OPENERSOther Yankees to homer twice on opening day were Babe Ruth and Samuel Byrd (1932), Russ Derry (1945) and Roger Maris (1956).TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: 1B Greg Bird (right ankle) and OF Jacoby Ellsbury (strained right oblique) were placed on the 10-day DL, retroactive to March 26. … OF Clint Frazier was placed on the seven-day concussion DL, retroactive to March 26. … INF/OF Tyler Austin was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.Blue Jays: SS Troy Tulowitzki (right heel) was placed on the 60-day DL, guaranteeing he will miss at least 30 games for a seventh consecutive season. The move is retroactive to March 28. Tulowitzki sustained a season-ending ankle injury last July 28 and was not able to participate in Toronto’s exhibition schedule. … OF Anthony Alford (right hamstring) and OF Dalton Pompey (right wrist) were placed on the 10-day DL, retroactive to March 26.UP NEXT LATEST STORIES View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rare Air: LeBron on cusp of passing Jordan’s scoring mark Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “Every pitch, it just seemed like he was in a really good place,” Boone said.Stanton took a strike from J.A. Happ (0-1) in the first inning, then hit a 426-foot, two-run drive to right measured at 117.3 mph.“It’s an interesting feeling, man,” Stanton said. “It was similar to my first one ever.”Stanton led the major leagues with 59 home runs last year and won the NL MVP, then was acquired from Derek Jeter’s payroll-paring Miami Marlins to join AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge on the resurgent Bronx Bombers, who fell one win shy of reaching the World Series last year. Stanton became the first player to homer in his first Yankees plate appearance since Judge two years ago.“We’ve got it in us,” Stanton said. “Top to bottom, we’re going to be tough.”ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, right, and catcher Gary Sanchez, left, celebrate with teammates after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game in Toronto, Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO— Giancarlo Stanton felt like a rookie again.Stanton began his Yankees career in style , hitting the hardest-hit opposite-field home run since Major League Baseball began tracking exit velocity in 2015, adding an RBI double and a second homer into the center-field party deck in the ninth. Stanton’s four RBIs led the Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 Thursday and gave Aaron Boone in a win in his first game as a professional manager.ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Stanton doubled off John Axford in the fifth and hit a 434-foot home run off Tyler Clippard in the ninth.“All day long, I thought he was winning pitches,” Boone said.Luis Severino (1-0) pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings for the Yankees, who won their opener for the first time since 2011.“The key to the game was Severino,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “He shut us down pretty good.”Brett Gardner hit a leadoff home run off Danny Barnes in the seventh. Judge singled, doubled and walked for New York, which opened the season with a road win for the first time since 2006 at Oakland.“It’s definitely fun to do it for real and get off on a good note,” Boone said.Boone had been a television analyst since retiring as a player after the 2009 season. New York fired Joe Girardi after the Game 7 loss to Houston in the AL Championship Series, deciding it needed a new approach.Severino got a visit from pitching coach Larry Rothschild after issuing consecutive walks in the first, but escaped the jam by striking out Kendrys Morales.Happ (0-1) allowed three runs — two earned — and four hits in 4 2/3 innings. Kevin Pillar homered on Dellin Betances’ first pitch in the eighth. Betances and Aroldis Chapman retired the final six batters in order.The Blue Jays have lost seven straight home openers, the longest slump in franchise history. Toronto’s two hits were its low for an opener.MESSAGE FROM MOM Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims “My biggest challenge, I told myself, was going to be to be calm,” Stanton said. “You want to get the first one out of the way and then you can relax.”Stanton was given the silent treatment by the Yankees , except for head athletic trainer Steven Donohue, when he returned to the dugout after the second home run. So Stanton high-fived imaginary hands.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I had to get it late,” he said. “But I got some air high-5s.”Stanton became the seventh Yankee to hit multiple home runs on opening day, the first since Joe Pepitone in 1963.last_img read more

Guyana, Russia look to deepen ties in “common interests”

first_imgGuyana and the Russian Federation are looking forward to deepening cooperation, committing to build on the 48-year-old diplomatic relationship.This commitment was made on Friday evening during a reception hosted to celebrate Russia Day, which will be observed on June 12.The day commemorates the establishment of Russia as an independent country after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, officially recognising the day that the Declaration of the Sovereignty of the Russian Federation was signed.In congratulating Russia and its people on this significant day, President David Granger posited Guyana and Russia have enjoyed cordial relations for decades, from which Guyana has benefited in several fields. Guyana and Russia formally forge diplomatic ties in 1970.(from left) State Minister Joseph Harmon, Russian Ambassador Alexander Kurmaz, President David Granger and Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Dr. Ralph Gonsalves at the Russia Day reception“Guyana and Russia have enjoyed cordial relations and have collaborated in the fields of culture, education, economics, security and science. Guyana take opportunity to reiterate appreciation of Russians support for debt and disaster relief… We share common concerns about threats of terrorism and other transnational crimes. Our common abhorrence of the negative effects of these threats forms the basis of continuation of cooperation within the global multi-lateral system. Guyana looks forward to strengthening its friendship with Russia through the pursuit of our common interests in the years ahead,” he noted.According to the Head of State added that the excellent formal and in formal relations that the two countries enjoyed for over 50 years are predicated on mutual respect for each other’s’ territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual non-interference in each other’s’ internal affairs, cooperation for mutual benefits, respect for treaties and international laws, and the maintenance of peace and security.Meanwhile, Russian Ambassador to Guyana, Alexander Kurmaz, told those gathered at the reception that despite the challenges over the past four years, the bond between the two countries has not broken. He pointed out that like Guyana, Russia too is comprised of many different ethnicities, traditions and cultures.“History has shown that Guyana shares this stance of foreign policy and is willing to forge durable alliances without prejudice to its interest and security to other states… We hope that common sense and desire to cooperate will gain the upper hand against ideological bias, geopolitical zero-sum games and financial egocentrism. However, open door policy is an essential part of our foreign relations as long as they are based on fair treatment, mutual understanding and respect,” the Russian Diplomat said.Ambassador Kurmaz went on to call for more engagements and visits between two countries.“We are working very hard with the members of the Guyanese Government in order to establish a durable agenda for boosting the inter-ministerial and inter-governmental context to come back, first of all, to the practice of regular visits between the two countries,” he said.The reception, which was held at the Russian House in Kitty, Georgetown, saw the attendance of Minister of State Joseph Harmon, who is currently performing the functions of Foreign Affairs Minister, and former President Donald Ramotar. Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, was a special guest at last night’s event.Guyana and St Vincent and the Grenadines share the same Russian envoy.last_img read more

DeVry bows to change and plans move to mall

first_imgDeVry sold the land in West Hills for $36 million in September to the real estate investment firm Multi-Employer Property Trust, according to MEPT’s Web site. Now DeVry leases 35,000 square feet at the mall, and has as neighbors The Cheesecake Factory, Pacific Theaters Galleria 16, and DSW. The school charges between $250 and $280 per credit and has three semesters spread throughout the calendar year. Its online classes allow students to read lectures and complete assignments at any time. Like the changing student population at DeVry, schools nationwide are enrolling more students in distance learning classes. Four years ago there were 1.5 million students on-line, according the Sloan Consortium, an organization committed to quality online education based at Babson College in Massachusetts. Now there are almost 3.5 million students online out of 17 million higher education students. WEST HILLS – Enrollment is strong at the DeVry University campus here, but many of its classrooms are only partly full. Over the past few years, the student population has shifted from on campus to online, diminishing the need for classroom space. In response, DeVry is leaving its 108,000-square-foot campus in West Hills next month for a smaller space in the Sherman Oaks Galleria mall. “The physical presence of students on site has shrunk,” said Iraj Borbor, who has been dean of the West Hills campus since it opened in 1999. “We found that we were not really utilizing our space efficiently.” In 2002, one in 12 students took classes online across the 84 DeVry campuses nationwide, according to the school. Now, four out of five do at DeVry, a public for-profit university based in Illinois. “We don’t see it plateauing any time soon,” said Elaine Allen, a statistics professor and researcher at the Consortium. “All we see is the trajectory going up in double digits.” About half of all public institutions offer some form of online education. Internet classes have helped the University of Phoenix become the largest institution of higher learning in the country with campuses far from its namesake. Some schools, like Capella University, do not offer any courses on campus. In the Valley, Pierce College, Los Angeles Mission College and California State University, Northridge all offer online classes. “We hear from our mid-career professionals that this is the way they want to learn,” said Marcella Tyler, spokeswoman at the Tseng College of Extended Learning at CSUN. As on-line schooling grows, concerns over the level of academic integrity persist. At the Web site, a clearinghouse for information about online education, chat room posts address cheating. “Personally, I can see how someone with enough money and not enough time might be tempted to fall into such a trap and offer to pay another individual to take the classes for them,” writes a user called Steve. Another post, from a user called Trchaj, said he thought “online schools have the same issues as traditional schools.” Michael Heberling, president of the Center for Graduate Studies at Baker College in Michigan, would agree. Heberling researched the issue for his paper, “Maintaining Academic Integrity in Online Education,” which was published in the spring 2002 edition of the Online Journal of Distance Learning. “Sure it’s easier to cheat online, but it’s also much easier to detect than in a traditional class,” Heberling said. Teachers are more familiar with students’ writing style because pupils submit written questions and comments, instead of asking them aloud. This familiarity makes it easier for instructors to recognize fraudulent work, he said. Having electronic copies of papers also makes it easier for teachers to compare large sections of text to essays purchased online. Web sites like and allow teachers to “search in reverse.” Tina Peters, who teaches an on-line class at DeVry and researches user experiences for the school, attacked another myth about distance learning. “I think the conception with taking a class online is that’s is easy,” she said. “But a lot of students are surprised by the rigor.” (818) 713-3735 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Yaya Toure’s agent teases London medical, rules out Palace and West Ham

first_img possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Toure is looking for a new club after leaving City at the end of the season Toure, a three-time Premier League winner with City, has made it clear he has no plans to retire.Now he is close to joining a new club, Seluk has teased on Twitter.He posted: “Toure has passed a medical in London. Yaya is close to signing a new contract.” How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures huge blow Yaya Toure’s agent, Dimitry Seluk, says the midfielder has completed a medical in London.The 35-year-old is a free agent having ended his eight-year spell at Manchester City at the end of last season. smart causal 1 silverware REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT no dice Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener center_img 🔥🔥🔥 Toure @YayaToure has passed a medical in London. Yaya is close to signing a new contract.— Dimitry Seluk (@dmitriseluk) August 28, 2018Toure has been linked with West Ham, who are managed by his former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.But Seluk ruled out the prospect of the Ivory Coast star linking up with Pellegrini at the London Stadium in another Twitter post, and took a pop at the Hammers in the process.“It’s not West Ham, 100%,” wrote Seluk. “Yaya is a champion. The last place is not for him.”West Ham are currently rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table having lost all three of their opening games under Pellegrini. REVEALED gameday It’s not Crystal Palace, 100%. Roy Hodgson said he doesn’t know when his players’ birthdays are ( Yaya go there? 😂😂😂— Dimitry Seluk (@dmitriseluk) August 28, 2018In 2014, Seluk accused City of not showing Toure sufficient respect by failing to celebrate his 31st birthday appropriately. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars gameday cracker shining Seluk also went on to rule out Crystal Palace as a destination for his client.Referencing a story in which Palace boss Roy Hodgson said he doesn’t care when his players’ birthdays are, Seluk said: “It’s not Crystal Palace, 100%. Roy Hodgson said he doesn’t know when his players’ birthdays are.” Latest Premier League Newslast_img read more


first_imgA man who went on a burglary spree was caught after the car he was driving crashed into another car on a bridge.Lee Rowan was caught by Gardai after a car he was in crashed at the bridge at Ballybofey/Stranorlar on July 12th, 2011.When Gardai searched Rowan, 20, and two other men, they discovered a catalogue of stolen goods including a handbag, three wristwatches, a phone and money. The car in which the men had been travelling, a black Honda Civic, had also been stolen hours earlier.Rowan, 20, who has a number of previous convictions, committed the burglaries while out on bail for other charges.He pleaded guilty to the burglaries when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court today.Rowan and two other men had broken into the houses at Drumboe Avenue, Glenfin Road and Beechwood Avenue.Solicitor for the defendant Kieran Dillon said his client had been trying to go down the right road since committing the burgalries.He said that on the day his client had been drinking and taking tablets and did not remember robbing the houses.He said Rowan had endured a tough upbringing, his parents had split and he had witnessed events at a young age which no young person should.He said his client had undertaken to do a course in kerbing and paving with FAS and was trying to turn his life around.However Judge Paul Kelly said he noted the burglaries were carried out while Rowan was on bail for other offences.He adjourned the case until July 25th and said he will take an offer of compensation and also a probation report into consideration.“I am making no promises,” said Judge Kelly.MAN WHO WENT ON BURGLARY SPREE CAUGHT AFTER HE CRASHED STOLEN CAR was last modified: April 23rd, 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:burglaryLee RowanLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

Rose Parade gets makeover

first_imgPASADENA – In the land of perennial youth and movie-star beauty, most centenarians just can’t compete. That’s why the Rose Parade is getting a major makeover – for the first time in 117 years. With CBS having quietly decided after 45 years to drop its coverage, parade organizers, hoping to keep TV viewers and the remaining broadcasting outlets happy, have ratcheted up the rolling flowerfest’s entertainment quotient. So the annual Tournament of Roses on Monday – a day later than usual because of a “never on Sunday” policy – will kick off with a splashy performance by Grammy-winning singer LeAnn Rimes – complete with dancers and aerial performers. “These are all audiences that companies want to reach (by joining the parade), and reach in a festive manner like this,” Flinn said. When companies such as Ivory and American Honda pay $6,250 to enter their flower-covered creations in the annual procession, they’re guaranteed worldwide exposure. Not that CBS’ absence won’t be felt. Wayne Curley, a technician who has coordinated television transmission of the Rose Parade for 25 years, said the CBS pullout is the “biggest change” he’s seen in his time with the parade. As other outlets came and went, “you could just about count on CBS” to provide coverage, he said. “This was strictly a business decision,” said CBS spokesman Chris Ender. “With so many outlets covering it, we weren’t giving the viewers anything unique.” The network’s ratings for Rose Parade programming have steadily declined since 1988. Instead of showing the parade Monday, CBS will air its regular morning news program, “The Early Show,” followed by “a soap opera or ‘The Price is Right,’ depending on the market,” Ender said. Still, there’ll be no shortage of cameras along the parade route. Despite the declining ratings, nine cable and network channels will offer live parade coverage, starting at 8 a.m. “The (ratings) numbers have gone down, primarily because the number of outlets covering it have increased,” said Curt Sharp, NBC’s vice president of alternative programs and specials. “It will be interesting to see if having fewer broadcasters in the space increases our rating.” NBC has televised the parade annually since 1954. The Tournament of Roses Association does not charge TV outlets for the right to televise the event, but each pays a fee to a local property owner for camera positions. Tournament of Roses President Libby Evans Wright insists that plans to include entertainment elements in the 2006 parade were in place before CBS opted out. The additions were based on years of market research that found viewers wanting more entertainment from the petal-pumped procession, Wright said. “When you’re looking at yourself as a brand or a product or a business, you always want to keep renewing yourself,” she said. “You want to keep yourself vibrant and interesting to your market.” The parade’s new opening and other featured performances will be held at the intersection of Orange Grove and Colorado boulevards, known as “TV corner,” Wright said. Fans situated there can behold the performances live. Others will have to catch them on TV. Parade regulars don’t seem to mind. Star power isn’t what brings them to the event. “People come to see it live so they can smell the flowers,” said annual attendee Harvey Carey, 56. “It’s the sense of being here; that’s the attraction of the Rose Parade.” Albert Lee, who works at a restaurant along the parade route, said sidewalk watchers are “hard-core fans” who focus on the floats. “I don’t think they care if they see celebrities,” he said. “They’re here for the free show.” It’s still smart for the Tournament of Roses to freshen up the festivities with made-for-TV elements, said NBC’s Sharp. “They need to continue to make it entertaining and relevant to today’s audiences,” he said. The association plans to explore Internet and telephone broadcast opportunities in the future, Flinn said. Cheryl Ceccetto, producer of this year’s Academy Awards Governors Ball and other Hollywood events, is behind the 2-minute opening. She was invited to “give the parade a kick-start and take it to a new level,” she said. “The parade is always fantastic,” she said. “But jewels on any outfit always add.” The jewels might need an umbrella, however. On Wednesday, weather forecasters predicted a 50 percent chance of precipitation Monday. If they’re correct, it’ll be the first rain on parade day in 51 years. No matter: Rain or shine, the parade will go on, Tournament of Roses officials said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The extravaganza will be jazzed up further by mid-parade performances – yes, the whole parade will roll to a pause – by singer Toni Braxton and magician Lance Burton. The fans along the parade route, however, aren’t likely to see the entertaining new additions, which have been designed primarily for the TV audience. “We look at it as, we’re putting on a parade for television,” said Caryn Eaves, spokeswoman for the Tournament of Roses Association. “There are a million people on the parade route every year. Really, we don’t need any more.” What the parade does need is television exposure. Broadcast coverage is a longtime tradition and a means of massive international outreach, said Bill Flinn, chief operating officer of the Tournament of Roses Association. “TV is the way of taking this small-town festival in California and sharing it with the world,” he said, noting the “tremendous marketing opportunities” associated with the parade, which, even without CBS’ participation, will be broadcast to 120 countries. In the U.S., where it will be seen on ABC, NBC and a slew of other outlets, it is expected to be viewed in some part by about 50 million viewers. last_img read more

Audio Workflows in Autodesk Smoke

first_imgSmoke is best known for powerful video and visual effects tools, but what about audio editing? Check out these tips and trick for getting the most out of the audio workflows in Smoke.The workflows explained here apply to the Extension 1 Release of Smoke (2013.2.53). This release is now available in the Free 30 Day Trial and via new 36 month Educational License.Stereo vs Mono Tracks in SmokeSmoke works with both Stereo and Mono tracks of audio…but there are some caveats.  If you drag and drop your clips, from the source to the record timeline, then the audio will drop on the timeline regardless of whether it is Stereo or Mono.However, if you like to actually edit audio and use the insert or overwrite commands, then you can only edit stereo tracks to stereo tracks and mono to mono. So, just be aware of your track assignments, as you can’t ever route mix matched audio on to tracks that aren’t equal.There are some functions that can help you deal with this slightly annoying issue. Under the GEAR Menu in the timeline controls for either the Source or the Record Sequence, there is a STEREO adjustment that allows you to split or merge tracks.Performing this action on source clips is quite handy. This way you can keep your record sequence track assignments organized the way you like. The only catch is that in order to merge mono tracks to stereo, they need to be in sync. Each audio clip must be the same length as the other, so that they can merge together.Audio Gain and Level Adjustments in SmokeIn order to adjust the sound level of a clip in the timeline you must add a Gain Effect to it. You can call up all of the audio effects in the same way that you call up video effects, via the FX Ribbon.When you have an audio clip selected, you get the audio effects when you hit the FX button or  shortcut Shift+Tab to call up the FX Ribbon in place.Once the Gain effect is applied you can simply adjust the db level via the numeric slider.  But as with most things in Smoke, there is often more than one way to do something.Just adjusting the numeric slider doesn’t give you the amount of control you might need to adjust a clip if the levels vary within it, or in the case of a music track, where you would need to lower the level and raise the audio as it mixes with a voiceover track. Smoke gives you a few options in clip adjustment:After the Gain Effect is applied, you can activate the AutoKey button in the effects tool bar.Now you can move the Positioner along the clip and stop at various points in which you would like to make a level adjustment. By changing the db values in the numeric slider, a keyframe will be placed and a blue indicator mark will be seen in the clip.But what if you need to adjust these keyframes?  There are 2 ways to do that. Fire, you can go into the Editor for the Gain Effect. This will bring you to the Animation Channel editor and show you your keyframes and the waveform in the graph.Now this is ok, but you can’t see the audio in relation to your other clips in the timeline.  But don’t worry, there is another way.In the effects toolbar, activate the EDIT button. Now you can add and move keyframes on the clip itself and see everything in context.You can use the same hotkeys to control the points that you use for other operations like in Action or Gmask.Move [Shift+M]Add [Shift+A]Delete [Shift+D]When you are done editing your keyframes, you can turn the edit button off. You will see the waveform in the clip being adjusted, but no other indication that there is a change in level.  Extension 1 has a new option to help that.In Extension 1, you now have the option to Show Gain Animation on a clip basis in the timeline.When you have keyframes created and you activate this option, you will see that there is now a black line that shows you the ups and downs of your adjustments.You can also use this option in a different way:If you just have the Show Gain Animation active, you will see a black line and black square on your clip as you select it.You can grab this black square you can raise and lower the db level, and in doing so a Gain Effect will be instantly applied.  So you can use this for quick adjustments to add Gain effects that you can tweak later.It is also possible, to play a clip and adjust the numeric sliders or the black box, with Keyframe enabled, enabling you to do a real-time mix.You can also choose to simply make a cut in your audio and adjust the ramp up or down to another clip or even the same clip. You can add audio cross fades in between your clips by selecting a transition point and simply adding a dissolve, just like on video tracks.More Smoke Audio EffectsThe other effects available in the Audio FX Ribbon, are fairly useful for manipulating and stylizing your clips.Timewarp is great for speeding up or slowing down audio as it does automatic pitch correction. There are 5 processing algorithms depending on if you applying it to Voice or Music.EQ is a 5 Band graphical equalizer that you can adjust in a visual way, perfect for video editors who aren’t audiophiles. You can loop your clip or selection as you adjust the EQ to dial it in perfectly. Reverb Send is a quick and easy way to add a bit of echo to your audio.The other effects like Gate, Compression, Delay and Modulation, allow you more advanced audio tweaking.Smoke is a video and effects editor first. Smoke’s audio tools don’t make it  Pro Tools or Adobe Audition, but for adjusting audio in your video edit Smoke has some very useful features. You can also choose to export out an AAF for Pro Tools, if you need to expand your audio editing capabilities.last_img read more

How to spend summer vacations productively

first_imgSummer vacations have just begun and so do the endless process of getting lost in the million things students plan to do. Other than studying and finishing your homework, there are tonnes of productive ways you can spend your summer holidays on.These can be fun, relaxing and super helpful later in life as well. And sometimes, you never know if you love and explore these fields enough, you might be able to make a lucrative career out of these:1) Learn a new language: There is no best or worst time to learn a new language. Learning a new language will help you in your job interviews, learning a new culture, travelling and sometimes at unexpected places. Being multi-lingual will also help you be more confident in life.2) Redo your room and space: Your room is your creative space. You will not be able to study/or perform better if your space is a mess. It also gets very bland and boring after a while, so why not utilise your free time in summer vacations and go crazy on some DIYs, DIYs are super fun to do with friends or even alone and you’ll end up saving so much money on home decor.3) Take an online course: Internet is full of online courses now, a skill, a professional training, paid, free, all kinds of courses are now available on the internet. Depending on your interest and requirement, summer vacations are a perfect excuse to learn a new skill that you always wanted to do in life. It is way better than wasting your time on social media and will add up to to your CV later.advertisement4) Go planting It goes without saying that Earth needs a lot of plants right now at the moment, and in our day to day life, no one really thinks about it or goes planting on a regular basis. So, how does a picnic with friends or cousins sound where you take some food, a bed sheet and tonnes of seeds to plant trees in parks? Try it sometime and you’ll never look back.5) Volunteer: Volunteering at an orphanage or old age home or even rescued animal shelters will make you more compassionate, considerate and self-aware about life. It will also make you more humble and teach you more in life than schools ever will. Earn credits as most of these NGOs also give certificates and work experience certificates. 6) Travel: According to a two year long study, travelling as a student encourages your willingness to know, learn and explore, increases students’ confidence and independence, more collaborative and sensible behavior, provides time out of the classroom and learning in a hands-on environment, pushes them to adapt to new situations, encourages their classroom participation, increases their test scores, improves their self-esteemAlso read: How to travel more on a student budget7) Exercise: Students just got rid of the exams which makes their physical activity decrease exponentially because, hours of studying. Summer vacations are the best times to play some sports, exercise or just improve your stamina and physical strength.8) Tutor students younger than you:Tutoring other younger students will not only help you retain your own past study concepts but will also help you earn extra pocket money which you can use to buy anything on your list. Look for the younger children near you who are looking for a tutor and go on teaching your strong subject. 9) Improve your writing:Reading and writing are skills that are better when engraved early in students. It helps in increasing their knowledge about the world, increase their vocabulary, language and make them overall smart.10) Participate in contests: Offline and onlineA lot of big celebrities paved their way through contests/reality shows as kids. If you’re passionate about something, look for any local contests or contests online and register. It can be a beauty pageant, a reality show or even a debate. There are a lot of competitions being held in local fairs, newspapers and organisations, it will also make you move out of your comfort zone, that is much needed.Also, read World Book Day: Here’s how books shaped me emotionallyAlso read: Dr Sakshi Arora reveals the secret to a successful career in cosmetologylast_img read more