The Humboldt-Del Norte League announced its All-Conference volleyball selections Thursday morning. A pair of standouts on conference champion teams, Arcata High’s Maya Mircetich and St. Bernard’s Academy’s Lele Tanuvasa earned MVP honors for what were stellar seasons by both.Mircetich and the TigersMircetich, a senior, led Arcata to an outright Big 5 Conference title and an undefeated record against H-DNL competition. Arcata advanced to the quarterfinal-round of the North Coast Section …
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dan lyons Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Apple#earnings#Google Google’s annual sales have eked past $50 billion, thanks to a blow-out fourth quarter with sales far higher than what analysts had been expecting.Google’s fourth-quarter revenues were $14.4 billion, well above the $12.4 billion that analysts had been expecting. Sales were up 36% from the fourth quarter of 2011.Earnings also beat expectations, coming in at $10.65 per share versus the $10.52 that Wall Street was expecting.Sales for the full year hit $50.2 billion, up 32% from $37.9 billion last year.Looking AheadTo be sure, Google faces some long-term challenges as the world moves to mobile devices, where it’s more difficult to make money selling ads than on the desktop, where Google built its business.Nevertheless Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement that, “In today’s multi-screen world we face tremendous opportunities. It’s an incredibly exciting time to be at Google.”Some observers had become concerned that Google might fall short. A few days ago Google’s treasurer warned on the Google investor relations blog that some analysts were not correctly taking into account the sale of Motorola’s Home division. Some took the post as an indication of weakness in Google’s business.A Lot To LikeBut Google has much to feel good about these days. Its Android operating system now holds 75% share in smartphones, versus 15% for Apple. Android is also catching up in tablets.Google appears to be surviving the legal assault that Apple launched against Android back in 2010. And it recently managed to sidestep an investigation brought by the Federal Trade Commission by settling without making any huge concessions.As Page pointed out in comments during the analyst call, Google’s apps like Maps, Gmail and others have become among the most popular on Apple’s platform. The new version of Maps, he said, was downloaded 10 million times in its first 48 hours on the Apple App Store.In the past year Google has put a new emphasis on design, and “we’ve made real progress making more beautiful and intuitive products,” Page said.Image courtesy of Reuters. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Here’s a simple script that equals huge timesavings – paste multiple keyframes in Adobe After Effects.One way to be more efficient in After Effects is to become a keyframe wiz. Being adept at keyframing means a faster workflow and more dynamic projects. However, despite the powerful keyframe features in After Effects, some functionality still falls a bit short. The After Effects wizzes at AEScripts.com have created a really handy script to address one such function, copying and pasting multiple keyframes.The really awesome thing about this AE script is that you can copy and keyframe on multiple layers.There’s a multitude of uses for this simple After Effects script to speed up your video editing or motion design work. Very handy for duplicating the motion of several elements onto several NEW elements (images, graphics, etc). See the video below to see it in action.Maybe Adobe will catch wind and include this functionality in future AE versions. Until then, give this script a spin….you may catch yourself wondering what you ever did without it.“Name your own price” and download the Paste Multiple Keyframes script from AEScripts.comFor AE keyframing tips see our previous post: 5 After Effects Keyframe Tips
While using stock sound effects can yield great results and save crucial time, accurately and convincingly depicting the visuals may require foley work.Above image from SoundcrafterAs every professional filmmaker and videographer knows, even the most gorgeous footage and brilliant camera work can lose power when unaccompanied by sound. For maximum emotional impact, foley sound, like ADR, must match the actions in the video that was filmed. Here are some tips and tricks for recording foley and sound effects.Image from Pyramind StudiosSoundstage & AcousticsTo capture a good recording, it is essential that your sound has sonic depth, width, and height. These spatial attributes are the difference between hi-fi and lo-fi recordings.A typical room in an average sized home is going to be acoustically inferior to a larger room designed with acoustics in mind. Creating your own foley soundstage can aid you in squeezing that dimensional sound out of an average to smaller sized room. Additionally, the distortion of the depth, width, and height can be minimized by incorporating sound diffusion and sound absorption to nullify the room boundaries. The goal is to eliminate early reflections while maintaining a three-dimensional balance. That being said, constructing a soundstage is serious business. Let’s get to work!Check out this effective and affordable DIY tutorial for quadratic diffusion from Austin Community College – Music Business, Performance and Technology. Thanks guys!Foley ObjectsFoley artists use many objects to achieve accurate depiction of the visual. Depending on the genre of the film, anything and everything is fair game. Before recording however, the first step entails reviewing the film and compiling a list of sound effects in the order they are seen. Next, the foley artist must determine what objects are appropriate for each specific sound effect. There are a few tried-and-true objects and techniques Hollywood foley artists have used for decades including:Thin sticks and dowel rods produce excellent whooshing SFXOld chairs and stools are perfect for controlled creakingHeavy-duty stapleguns serve for excellent gun noisesRoll up a large phonebook for realistic body punchesTwist and snap sticks of celery for convincing bone breaksCorn starch inside a leather pouch makes the sound of snow crunchingCut a coconut in half and line them with a soft material for a horse walkingBall up and walk over old audio tape for the sound of grass footstepsLocate an old car door or fender to produce metal and car crash soundsFlap a pair of cleaning gloves for the sound of realistic bird wingsHere’s an excellent video featuring Emmy nominated Foley Artist Caoimhe Doyle demonstrating some of these techniques.Microphone Selection & PlacementMicrophone selection is crucial to making foley audio “fit” with audio recorded on location. For interior scenes, a Neumann KM185, Oktava mk-012, Audix SCX1/HC or any hyper-cardiod condenser mic will capture good audio. Sensitive microphones are great at picking up subtle nuances in certain sound effects.When matching foley for an outdoor scene, you may have better luck using a shotgun microphone similar to what is used on location shoots. There may even be some times where a large-diaphram condenser microphone is the way to go. By all means, use your ears to decide!Image from Dare to be DigitalProximity and placement of the microphone in relation to the source of sound greatly affects how the foley is recorded. Close-up shots may require closer microphone placement, or put distance between the mic and sound source if you desire more room sound. Always remember to experiment with different microphone positions and choose the placement and preamp levels that best represent the visual in the film.Recording & ExecutionFoley artists have a very specific job in audio post-production that requires much creativity and improvising. Great detail is given to the breakdown and structure of the action that is being recorded. Check out the following video of foley artist Leslie Bloome to witness some of the ins and outs of the job.Don’t have time to foley? We’ve got a broad selection of SFX at PremiumBeat. Give us a listen.Have any other foley tips and tricks? Make some noise in the comments below.
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES The Philippines and its naturalized player Andray Blatche will be on opposing sides with the former NBA veteran leading the way for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, which will carry the name China Kashgar, his mother ball club in the Chinese Basketball League.Blatche carried China in the 2016 edition of the tournament, featuring 10 club teams from Asia, averaging closing to 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAside from Blatche, China will also parade American guard Darius Adams, who was last year’s scoring leader norming 23.1 points a contest.National team coach Chot Reyes announced Gilas’ participation Tuesday. The team, which replaced Japan, will carry the Chooks To Go banner. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The last time a club team from the Philippines ruled the tournament was in 1996. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Philippines’ center Andray Blatche dunks the ball against Singapore. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas and Andray Blatche are likely to reunite in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup slated later in the month in Chenzhou, China.But it won’t be a typical reunion.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ PVL: San Sebastian recovers from opener loss, sweeps JRU Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments
SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Thunder: Westbrook picked up his fourth foul trying to get around Gobert’s pick with 7:33 left in the third, but the Thunder were actually outscored by 12 points when he was on the court. … Despite allowing several offensive rebounds down the stretch, the Thunder outrebounded the Jazz 51-44.Jazz: Even with a number of open looks, Utah didn’t make a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. … The Jazz hadn’t lost at home when getting more than 30 assists since Nov. 26, 2008. Utah had 35 assists.UP NEXTThunder: Host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.Jazz: Host the Portland Trail Blazers in the final Christmas Day game on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Westbrook was on the bench with four fouls when Rubio made a 3-pointer to give the Jazz a 79-70 lead midway through the third quarter. George scored 18 points in the last 6:04 of the period — on everything from driving dunks to spinning 3s — to forge a 93-81 advantage after three free throws with five seconds left.In all, the Thunder outscored the Jazz 23-2 when everything went through George. He flexed while facing the Utah crowd on the baseline, he talked trash with Joe Ingles and he demanded the ball, even while drawing double-teams at times.George didn’t do it just by shooting. In the fourth quarter, Mitchell looked as though he was headed for a breakaway dunk and George somehow took the ball from him. A couple of plays later, the Jazz overplayed him and he deftly dropped the ball off to Adams for a dunk.George took some time getting in a rhythm after offseason knee surgery and the Thunder lost four straight. Since then, George has become nearly unstoppable. In his last nine games, he has averaged more than 32 points on 47 percent 3-point shooting.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Adonis Stevenson regains consciousness from medically induced coma Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ Rudy Gobert had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz (16-18). Donovan Mitchell scored 20, Derrick Favors added 16 and Ricky Rubio had 12 points and 14 assists.Three nights after scoring 43 against Sacramento, George went 15 for 25 from the field and made five 3-pointers while dishing out six assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefGeorge hit a jumper to extend Oklahoma City’s lead to 106-97, but the Jazz fought back on the strength of their defense. After a miss by Westbrook, Mitchell drove for a layup to make it 107-105. After Mitchell and Dennis Schroder exchanged steals, Westbrook fouled out trying to block Mitchell on a potential tying dunk with 1.5 seconds remaining.Mitchell was slow to get up after hitting the floor hard, and his first free throw rimmed out. Mitchell launched the second free throw high, apparently attempting to generate a long rebound, but it swished through for the final margin. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) shoots as Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale (23) defends in the second half during an NBA basketball game Saturday Dec. 22, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Oklahoma City won, 107-106. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Paul George had 43 points and 14 rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder hold off the Utah Jazz for a 107-106 victory Saturday night.Jerami Grant and Steven Adams each scored 15 as the Thunder (21-10) won their fourth straight game and tied Denver for the best record in the Western Conference. Russell Westbrook had eight points on 3-for-17 shooting with 12 rebounds and nine assists.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
The lives of close to 400 pets from Los Angeles shelters and rescues were saved during the NKLA Adoption Weekend held at La Brea Tar Pits this past Saturday and Sunday.Charlotte Ross At NKLA Adoption EventCredit/Copyright: BestFriends.orgCherry, a one year old terrier Mix from Baldwin Park Shelter, was one of the first pets adopted over the weekend. “I wanted a small dog this age and literally 20 feet into the event, there she was,” said John Sherburn of Carson. “With hundreds of dogs at shelters, there’s no reason to buy a dog. It just doesn’t make sense. These are all good dogs.”NKLA Adoption – Fall 2013 – Miguel Ferrer poses with a fanCredit/Copyright: BestFriends.orgThe popular event was hosted by Best Friends Animal Society and featured more than 40 rescue groups and shelters supporting NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles), an initiative led by Best Friends Animal Society with a mission of turning L.A. into a No-Kill City by 2017. The NKLA Adoption Weekend is one of several Best Friends “Super Adoption” events held nationally throughout the year, with dozens of animal welfare organizations and thousands of adoptable dogs and cats participating in a festival-type atmosphere.NKLA Adoption – Fall 2013 – MobyCredit/Copyright: BestFriends.org“Watching shelter pets find a fantastic home is the best part of doing this work. It happens by the hundreds during the NKLA adoption weekend, so we all leave here exhausted but ecstatic,” said Marc Peralta, executive director of Best Friends Animal Society – Los Angeles and NKLA. “Adoption is a key component to ending the killing of shelter pets and it’s inspiring to see so many groups working together to turn LA into NKLA.”NKLA Fall Adoption 2013 – author Mieshelle NagelschneiderCredit/Copyright: BestFriends.orgPets at the NKLA Adoption Weekend came from a variety of local shelters and rescues, including LA Animal Services, Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Mission Hills, LA County Animal Care & Control, Angel City Pit Bulls, Border Collies in Need, Caring Friends Cat Rescue, Hanging with Friends Animal Rescue, K9 Connection, Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, Labs and Friends.org, Tails of the City Cats, Wags and Walks Rescue, and many more. Pets from both city and county shelters were available with adoption fees starting at $25 and all were spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped.A cheer went up in the crowd at the end of NKLA Adoption Weekend when it was announced that all Los Angeles City and County shelter trucks were returning empty, as every available shelter pet had either been adopted or rescued.“Los Angeles Animal Services staff and volunteers are thrilled that we placed so many dogs and cats in homes of their own,” said Brenda Barnette, general manager of LAAS. “A big thank you goes to Best Friends for all they do to help make a life-saving difference for Los Angeles animals and the people who love them.”Several animal-loving celebrity supporters of Best Friends Animal Society’s lifesaving work including Miguel Ferrer, Moby, Charlotte Ross, Maria Conchita Alonso, Maggie Q and author Mieshelle Nagelschneider entertained and volunteered at the free, family-friendly event, which also featured L.A.’s hottest food trucks and the latest pet-related products and services from sponsors PetSmart Charities, Natural Balance Pet Foods, Banfield Pet Hospital, Mammoth Pet, and Dog for Dog.“When I first heard about the NKLA mission, I thought it was a beautiful, but impossible dream. Right now more than 70 different NKLA coalition partners are working together to put a stop to the killing of dogs and cats in L.A. shelters, so that dream is becoming a reality,” said actor Miguel Ferrer (NCIS: Los Angeles and Robocop). “The NKLA Adoption event is a great way to be a part of things and hopefully meet a new family member.”Mieshelle Nagelschneider, pet behaviorist and author of The Cat Whisperer, was on hand for the entire weekend and thrilled to see so many felines find their forever families.“Many people don’t realize that shelter cats have a more difficult time of finding homes than dogs. The more cats and kittens get adopted at events like this or rescued through shelters, the closer we are to turning L.A. into NKLA,” Nagelschneider said.
By Jorge Barrera and Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsThe Nigerian network allegedly involved in the recent smuggling of a family of five through Akwesasne has also been linked by authorities to major drug trafficking and an international car theft ring, APTN National News has learned.The RCMP charged four people earlier this month after the Nigerian family was taken on June 18 by boat across the St. Lawrence River from New York State, through Akwesasne Mohawk territory, to Cornwall, Ont.Two Akwesasne men, Seth Lazore, 28, and Oren Lazore, 21, along with Brampton, Ont., residents Emmanuel Omoghan, 46, and his father, Felix Omoghan, 66, where charged with human smuggling in connection to the case.The Conservative government trumpeted arrests with Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney praising police for their work.APTN National News has learned that Emmanuel Omoghan is the brother of Solomon Omoghan, 32, who allegedly ran the main drug trafficking network in Kingston, Ont., until he was busted by police this past summer.Solomon Omoghan was arrested on June 21 in a Toronto hotel room as part of a wider operation that also saw police execute arrests in Odessa, Ont., and Kingston at the same time. Kingston police said Omoghan allegedly ran the city’s main drug network peddling cocaine, crack, marijuana and crystal meth.Omoghan was in regular contact with Emmanuel Omoghan and police believe both of the men’s activities were intertwined, according to a Kingston police source.The Kingston police investigation revealed the Omoghans were connected to a wider network also involved in human smuggling and a car theft ring that moved vehicles stolen in Toronto to Nigeria.Kingston police passed on the information to Toronto police and the RCMP.Based on Solomon Omoghan’s previous criminal history, it appears the network doesn’t shy away from using violence execute business. Omoghan went to jail for four years in 2000 after a violent home invasion where he burst into a drug dealer’s home and pointed a loaded gun at a woman and put a knife to her throat before binding her hands and ankles with duct tape and covering her eyes and mouth.Spending time in the Kingston penitentiary didn’t stem his criminal activity. While inside he managed to get his hands on marijuana and attempted to smuggle cash into the prison.The parole documents show Omoghan went straight back into the drug trade once he was released from prison and was suspected of involvement in a large trafficking operation as early as 2006.His brother, Emmanuel Omoghan, was out on bail when he was arrested earlier this month in connection with smuggling the Nigerian family into Canada. In February, Omoghan was charged, along with another man, with “aiding and abetting the illegal movement of people into Canada” after he was seen helping four foreign nationals disembark from a boat at the Cornwall Harbour Warf.Omoghan was also charged with possession and use of a fraudulent passport.The Mohawk territory of Akwesasne sits about 120 kilometres west of Montreal and straddles the Ontario, Quebec and Canada-U.S. borders, with Cornwall on the north shore and Massena, N.Y. on the south shore.Given its geography and the fierce nationalism of the Mohawks, the region has developed into a main corridor for smuggling for tobacco and guns going north and marijuana heading south.Canadian authorities have long contended that criminal networks have attempted to exploit the unique location of Akwesasne for illicit ends and it appears this particular network was using the area to smuggle people into Canada.Earlier this week, Seth Lazore told APTN National News that he believed the network had put a hit out on his life. While he was in custody at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, Lazore said he was told inmates in the jail were looking to kill him at the request of the network.Lazore said all he did was try to help a family seeking a better life travel through Mohawk territory.“I didn’t do nothing wrong in my eyes and I’m sure in a lot of other’s eyes, just helping a family out get into Canada,” said Lazore, in the backyard of the Akwesasne home where he’s been ordered to live. “I don’t even think there is a border there…This is our land, this is the Mohawks’ land…The way I look at it, there ain’t no boundaries and borders around here.”He said the family was trying to escape a miserable situation in Chicago and get into Canada where they hoped to reunite with extended family and start a new life.“They were living a horrible life in Chicago,” he said. “They were saying they were getting their paycheques taking from them and everything out there, they were working basically for free. They were living on…maybe $100 a week…they were talking about coming to Canada, starting a new life, they would get loans or whatever.”[email protected]@gmail.com