Raiders’ Antonio Brown on a different level of importance than Incognito, Burfict

first_imgALAMEDA — It’s an easy Twitter hot take to connect the Richie Incognito dot to the Vontaze Burfict dot to the Antonio Brown dot. A bad boy trifecta guaranteed to poison the Raiders locker room.Only real life is a bit more complex and those three aren’t in the same realm when it comes to the 2019 Raiders and beyond.The Raiders made a massive commitment to Brown in the form of a three-year contract extension with more than $30 million guaranteed.They weren’t ready to commit to a deal with …last_img read more

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Ask government for help: Motlanthe

first_img27 February 2012Members of households with no income, students seeking bursaries, job-seekers looking to be re-skilled … Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has called on South Africans who need help from the government to come forward so they can be assisted.“We are keen to help those who need help,” Motlanthe said during a visit to government War on Poverty projects in Krugersdorp, Gauteng province on Friday.Motlanthe encouraged those who needed assistance to seek help at their local municipal offices.“When people are assisted, they must make a meaningful contribution to the economy,” he added, emphasising that the government was willing to help by re-skilling individuals who had the potential to steer their households out of poverty – calling such individuals “change agents”.The government’s War on Poverty campaign, launched in August 2008, targets the most deprived communities in the country, seeking to reach people with limited or no access to any of the services or programmes offered by the government.Motlanthe was visiting one of these projects, in the form of a food bank set up by the Gauteng provincial government to provide relief to households in distress. The food bank currently supplies food and other essentials to around 60 000 individuals.Motlanthe also visited a small-scale farm in Dunkod which produces herbs and a range of vegetables and supplies to various retailers. The Gauteng government handed over a pack house to the farm as part of government’s programme to assist emerging and small-scale farmers.Motlanthe noted that one of the best ways to win the war on poverty was for people to start growing their own vegetables.Motlanthe was accompanied on his Krugersdorp visit by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Collins Chabane, MECs and senior provincial government officials.Other dignitaries included Energy Minister Dipuo Peters, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti, and Deputy Human Settlements Minister Zou Kota-Frederics.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Japan hails South African space tech successes

first_imgThe infrared survey facility (IRSF) became operational in November 2000, and since then has played a key role in the advancement of our space knowledge.(Image: Tetsuya Nagata, Nagoya University) The Large Magellanic Cloud is a nearby irregular dwarf galaxy that was the subject of the IRSF’s first research mission.(Image: Wikipedia) An aerial view of the site, with the Southern African Large Telescope (Salt) on the left and the IRSF on the far right.(Image: Tetsuya Nagata, Nagoya University) The Salt is the largest such instrument in the entire southern hemisphere.(Image: Flickr)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Anacletta Koloko  Science communication unit, South  African Agency for Science and  Technology Advancement  +27 12 392 9338 RELATED ARTICLES • Eye in the sky benefits society • Space science thriving in SA • SA’s space capabilities set to grow • SKA: who gets whatJanine Erasmus Scientists from Japan, South Africa and other African countries came together in early October at the Space Science Colloquium to share the latest developments in the fields of astronomy, space science and satellite applications. The event was co-hosted by the national Department of Science and Technology, with the Japanese Embassy in South Africa. Dr Takahiro Nagayama of Nagoya University filled attendees in on the infrared survey facility (IRSF), a joint Japan-South Africa project located in Sutherland, Northern Cape province, at an altitude of 1 761 metres. Nagayama is the manager of the facility and has been involved with it since its inception in 1998. The IRSF is situated on the same site as the Southern African Large Telescope (Salt) – the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere – and a number of other instruments including the Alan Cousins telescope, the Elizabeth telescope, and the Korean Yonsei telescope. This makes the site one of the best places in the world to conduct advanced astronomy, according to Nagayama. The IRSF is a 1.4m telescope with an infrared (IR) camera. It was developed by scientists at Nagoya, with the help of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. It’s Japan’s first southern hemisphere IR telescope. The country decided on South Africa as a host for several reasons. “We knew we had to build a telescope in the southern hemisphere, because there are many important celestial objects that are only visible in the southern sky,” explained Nagayama. South Africa was chosen from an initial group of three candidates, with Chile and Australia. It was selected as the best of the three because it had excellent weather as well as an extremely competent astronomical community, and there was no language barrier, as there was in South America. “The South African people are also very friendly and good to work with. South Africa was the best site for us at that time, and I believe it still is now.” Japan entered into the agreement with the SAAO in 1998 and soon afterwards, the project received a grant from the Japanese ministry of science and technology, to the tune of some US$7-million. “The SAAO has provided the infrastructure, including power, water, internet, and the site itself,” said Nagayama. “The local astronomical community built the dome and building.” Nagoya provided the telescope and near-IR camera known as Sirius, which was developed by graduate students. “You won’t find any big names – Sony, Nikon – in this project,” said Nagayama.Surveying our skies Initially, the main function of IRSF was to conduct a thorough study of the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds – small irregular galaxies that lie close to the Milky Way – using a tri-wavelength observation technique.The Magellanic Cloud survey was completed in 2007 and then the Indian Department of Space used the telescope to survey the central region of the Milky Way. There are other research projects ongoing. The presence of the IRSF in South Africa has brought the world’s best astronomers to the country and helped to develop its scientific talent. In the 12 years since the telescope came into operation, 142 observers, of whom 81 were Japanese and 61 foreign, have visited from 31 institutes – 13 from Japan, six from South Africa and 12 from other countries including Korea, the UK and US. Also, studies have resulted in 87 refereed papers, 11 of them with South Africans as the first author. Finally, 19 PhDs have been awarded for research carried out at IRSF, to 16 Japanese scholars and three from the University of Cape Town. “We hope the collaboration will continue,” said Nagayama. “The IRSF is so far the most successful science collaboration between South Africa and Japan.”Uncovering the secrets of the universe Nagayama explained the reasons for choosing to work in infrared instead of visible light. “Astronomers are interested in concepts such as the possibility of a second earth beyond our solar system, dark energy, black holes, and the dawn and end of the universe,” he said. “Traditionally we have observed these things with visible light, but today we can use the whole electromagnetic spectrum, from gamma rays to radio.” Probably the most well-known example of this technology, he said, is the Hubble telescope, which has a 2.4m primary mirror and captures images in the near-ultraviolet to near-infrared bands. The Hubble is in a low earth orbit and because it is not subjected to atmospheric turbulence, said Nagayama, its images are sharp. However, when taking images of objects that are very far away, visible light does not produce the best pictures. Interstellar dust results in a phenomenon known as scattering of visible light, and the picture that is finally received is degraded, but this doesn’t affect IR as much. “Also, visible light can’t penetrate the interstellar dust to see into and behind the Milky Way, but IR can,” said Nagayama. “The centre of our galaxy is hidden to visible light, but we can see it clearly in IR because the dust is invisible at these wavelengths.” Sirius can take simultaneous images in three different bands – wavelengths of 1.2µ (micron), 1.6µ and 2.1µ respectively – because of its special mirrors. The optics are cooled by a closed-cycle refrigerator to about 100 kelvin, or -173 degrees Celsius. “We can also create a false-colour composite image by colouring the three bands blue, green and red respectively.”Complementing each other Nagayama described another major Japanese astronomical project, the Subaru telescope, which is an 8.4m single mirror telescope built on the summit of the volcanic Mount Mauna Kea in Hawaii. “Although Subaru has a bigger mirror than Hubble and takes good pictures, Hubble is better because it is in space,” said Nagayama. Other Japanese large projects include the Akari (IR), Suzaku (x-ray) and the Alma radio telescope, while South Africa has the Salt, whose aperture is larger than Subaru, and the KAT-7, MeerKAT and Square Kilometre Array, all of which are projects involving radio telescopes. Altogether, said Nagayama, this means that the Japanese and South African projects have an observation range from gamma or y-ray, through x-ray, UV, visible light, IR, and radio. “These projects complement each other,” he said, “meaning that the coverage between Japan and South Africa is effective across the full spectrum of electromagnetic waves.”last_img read more

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Audio Checklist for Video Editors

first_imgImplement these audio tips for success and raise the quality of your video editing projects!Nothing screams “amateur!” like bad audio. Even if your project has stunning visual images, your project will suffer if proper attention isn’t paid to creating a quality, complimentary audio track.  We’ve put together the following tips for the video editor looking to improve the sound mix of their projects!Only use high-res audio in your projectsMP3s may be useful for web applications, but in video WAVs or AIFFs are better choices. These file types are less compressed and will sound cleaner and crisper. MP3s can also prove to be finicky in some video editing applications, like Final Cut Pro. An additional step you can take to avoid complications in post is ensuring that all the audio elements in your project have the same sample rate – the standard for digital video is 48 kHz. Check out our previous post on the best audio formats for video editing for additional information.Let music drive the videoYour goal is to use music to enhance the feeling of your video, not work against it. Pull a handful of songs that you think will work for a particular scene or project. Then, VERY roughly lay out the video track and audition each of these songs underneath it to see how they work together. Once you’ve decided on an audio track, then use that music as a guide for editing the video (in most cases cutting to the tempo and beats).Keep your audio tracks organizedAssign different audio tracks in your project to different audio types. For instance, keep all dialogue on tracks 1-4, all music on tracks 5-8 and all sound effects on tracks 9-10. Think to yourself, “if another editor had to sit down at this project would they be able to quickly identify each audio clip?” It’s best practice to keep the project organized as you go, but it’s ESSENTIAL to clean it up before archiving.  Keeping an organized timeline will likely save you time and a bit of sanity.Use sound effects to enhance actionSound effects are often one of the last things to get added to a mix, so it likely falls off when you’re up against a deadline. Instead, think of sound effects early in the post process. When you’re reviewing footage take notes of instances where sound effects may add value to a scene. If you’re working with a sound designer, discuss opportunities for incorporating sound effects in the mix. The right sound effects can help set the tone and add pacing to your project. Check out our previous post for other tips on using sound effects to improve your videos.Don’t skimp on the room toneConnect with the on-location audio person before the shoot to ensure they’re recording room tone every time the scene or environment changes. Anytime the on-camera sound drops off (this can often happen between cuts) make sure you’re using room tone to cover this audio dead space. This will keep the mix sounding most consistent and be less jarring to the listener.Test your mixOn what device will your project be seen? With the wide variety of digital video devices it’s important to listen to your mix just as the intended viewer would.  Get a strong baseline mix in you audio or video editing application, and then refine it to fit the final delivery format. For instance, you may want to consider adding extra bass to an audio track that will primarily be heard through treble heavy low-grade computer speakers. Keep the final output in mind when doing your final mix.Utilize meters when setting levelsYour ears will fool you. It’s impossible to keep a consistent mix when adjusting from your own hearing alone. If you’re making adjustments by ear you’ll likely find that the overall mix will get louder and louder through the timeline. As you become accustomed to the audio level you’ll unknowingly raise the audio little by little, so that the end of the project sounds significantly louder than the start.  Avoid this editing mistake by utilizing the audio meters within your video editing application.  A standard in digital video is to keep most audio around -12 db with audio spikes not exceed 0db (12 db of headroom).  If you’re outputting for web it’s likely you’ll want to run the mix a bit hotter to account for computer speakers (around -6db).  Everyone’s hearing is different so use the audio meters to get a consistent result.Have audio tips to share?  Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

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From Pre to Post: Watch the Creative Process Unfold

first_imgThe creative process can be an absolute grind when trying to develop a film or video project. Let these production videos stoke your creative fires!Top image: Quentin Tarantino via HypeBeastThe production process, no matter if it’s film or video, starts with development and pre-production then ends with post-production and distribution. However, getting from A to Z is an incredibly involved process and it can test your patience and resolve. Because of this there may be times where your creativity is stymied and your inspiration is low. Well, never fear. There’s plenty of inspiration out there for you — if you know where to look.We’ve rounded up our favorite inspirational spots on the web for each phase of production. Sit back and relax and watch the creative process come to life.DevelopmentDeveloping your idea is the most important step of the process. You’ve got to get your idea locked down, or as an intellectual property lawyer would say, get it fixed in a tangible medium of expression. During this early development process, you’ll write a treatment and then write a script. You’ll also want to file your work with the USPTO, then develop your proposal for your pitch.Let’s start with Quentin Tarantino as he discusses below that you always start with the script and the individual pages of that script. Then we’ll listen to great advice from Martin Scorsese, J.J. Abrams and Dax Shepard.Quentin Tarantino on Focusing on the PageVideo via Script MailerMartin Scorsese on Plot vs StoryVideo via SigmaEchoJJ Abrams on the Mystery of StoryVideo via TED Dax Shepard on the Art of the PitchVideo via American ExpressPre-ProductionOnce you have a well-developed story, you’ll want to start the planning and design process, which is the art of pre-production. This is where you’ll build your film before you ever call “action” on set. Elements of this process include storyboarding, concept design, scouting, and set design. This part of the process can be incredibly fun, as you can really be creative and discover exactly how your film or video will look when it’s done.Storyboarding the Pixar WayVideo via Daniel GarciaWish I Was Here Concept ArtVideo via WishIWasHereMovieThe Live of a Location ScoutVideo via CBS NewsTop 10 Movie Sets Ever BuiltVideo via CineFixProductionWhen you’ve developed the script and planned your shots, you’re ready to go right into production. Just remember, filmmaking is an incredible process. You wont master it overnight. It’ll take years to find your way — and that’s okay. The process of actually capturing your film or video project can be daunting. It can feel like an uphill climb. With this in mind, let’s get inspired by a few master filmmakers.Martin ScorseseVideo via BAFTA GuruJoss WhedonVideo via BAFTA GuruRon HowardVideo via BAFTA GuruJ.J. AbramsVideo via BAFTA GuruPost-ProductionSo you’ve shot your film or video and now you’re ready to actually put the project together. The act of post-production entails editing the project, color grading the project, adding music to the project, as well as visual effects.This process can take as long or longer than the other sections of the entire process combined. During post-production your resolve may begin to wane. You’ll need to remain positive and enthusiastic in order to push yourself toward the finish line, as the following videos will show.Editing the AvengersVideo via AvidIndustrial Light & Magic Animation Magic of Pirates of the Caribbean 3Video via ILMVisualFXColor Grading O Brother, Where Art Thou?Video via Chris FrancisAre you pumped? Are you inspired? Are you ready to rule the world? Got any additional sources of video inspiration? Share them with us in the comments below.last_img read more

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UFC strips Jones, reinstates Cormier as 205-pound champion

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 3, 2015, file photo, Jon Jones, right, kicks Daniel Cormier during their light heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 182 in Las Vegas. Jones has threatened to show up at WWE’s SummerSlam event and scout potential rival Brock Lesnar. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LOS ANGELES— The UFC has stripped its light heavyweight title from Jon Jones for a third time and reinstated Daniel Cormier as the 205-pound champion after Jones’ latest failed doping test.The mixed martial arts promotion announced its decision Wednesday after the California State Athletic Commission changed the result of Jones’ victory over Cormier on July 29 to a no-contest.ADVERTISEMENT Jones has a lengthy history of misbehavior. After avoiding serious punishment in previous incidents involving cocaine use and a drunk-driving conviction, he was stripped of his title in 2015 after his involvement in a hit-and-run accident that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm.He returned to the octagon several months later and reclaimed an interim title while Cormier was injured, but Jones’ belt was stripped again in November 2016, four months after he was pulled from a rematch with Cormier at UFC 200 for failing a pre-fight doping test.Jones served a one-year suspension before returning in July, pronouncing himself wiser and more mature.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Cormier lost the belt to Jones in a third-round stoppage at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California. Last month, USADA announced Jones had violated the UFC’s doping policy with a second positive test.The California commission made its no-contest ruling after Jones’ backup sample also failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency test for the same substance, the banned steroid Turinabol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCormier (19-1) has never lost to any opponent except Jones (22-1), the troubled UFC star. Cormier held the light heavyweight title for most of the previous two years while Jones was largely sidelined by disciplinary issues.The 30-year-old Jones could face a four-year suspension from the California commission for his second failed test, but his representatives have indicated he is expected to appeal the result by arguing that it resulted from a contaminated nutritional supplement, a defense that has worked in previous MMA doping cases. Hontiveros wants NBP doctor stripped of license for giving hospital passes PLAY LIST 01:19Hontiveros wants NBP doctor stripped of license for giving hospital passes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  40-year-old Stephon Marbury ‘working on’ return to NBA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

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