New Zealand prime minister to receive 2020 Gleitsman International Activist Award

first_imgNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will receive Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership Gleitsman International Activist Award during a virtual ceremony on Dec. 1, 2020. The award honors Ardern for her leadership, decisive action, and commitment to reformative and inclusive policies that have served her country and the health of our planet. The prime minister has asked that this year’s $150,000 prize money go to a scholarship for a student from New Zealand enrolled at Harvard Kennedy School.“We are thrilled that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will accept this year’s award,” said Wendy R. Sherman, professor of the practice of public leadership and director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. “The Prime Minister exemplifies principled, effective and just leadership, exactly the kind of leadership our students aspire to uphold. She has wielded a steady and swift hand, an open mind, and a keen reflection of her entire community in meeting challenges of terror, earthquakes and now Covid-19. The prime minister reminds all of us that strength, compassion, science, clear communications, humility and activism go hand in hand to create positive results.”New Zealand was the first country where women won the right to vote and Ardern is its third female leader. A self-described “pragmatic idealist,” Ardern implemented stringent measures to combat climate change, with the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.She moved quickly and with compassionate resolve in the days following the March 15, 2019 terrorist shooting attack, leading her government to ban military style semi-automatics and assault rifles within weeks.Working with France’s President Emmanuel Macron, Ardern ushered tech companies and global government leaders toward collective commitment to countering terrorist and extremist content through the Christchurch Call.Most recently, in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ardern led New Zealand to record low rates of disease transmission and death through clear, science-based mandates and responsive supports for citizens and the medical community.In October 2020, Ardern was elected to a second term.The Gleitsman Award and $150,000 prize are given annually by the Center for Public Leadership to an individual or team whose leadership in social action has improved the quality of life in the United States and across the globe. Previous Gleitsman recipients include Malala Yousafzai, Tarana Burke, Nelson Mandela, Gloria Steinem, and U.S. Representative John Lewis.Register for Harvard Kennedy School’s public virtual ceremony honoring Prime Minister Ardern here.last_img read more

Pols: Brookhaven National Lab Possible Victim of Trump Budget Cuts

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island’s premier scientific research center could lose millions in federal aid under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, lawmakers warned Friday.U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer held a press conference at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton in which he raised concern over the potential loss of funds as part of Trump’s proposed $900 million cut to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The lab, which falls under the purview of the Energy Department, employs close to 3,000 people, many of them decorated scientists. BNL in recent years has received more than $540 million in federal funds from the various agencies that support scientific research, including the Energy Department’s Office of Science. “This major Department of Energy budget cut is a cut to our future, a cut to our knowledge, a cut to our research and a cut to good-paying Long Island jobs,” Schumer said. “Brookhaven National Lab is home to some of the world’s brightest minds and most cutting-edge innovations, which both advance human knowledge and spur our economy.” Trump released the first budget proposal of his presidency this week, and it features more robust spending for defense and significant cuts to the State Department and environmental initiatives. A bipartisan group of lawmakers from Long Island and Connecticut have already called on new Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, a climate change skeptic, to ensure funding for Long Island Sound protection projects remains in place. Among the signatories to the letter to Pruitt was Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) who on Friday said he “strongly” opposes potential cuts to BNL and other research centers in his district, including Stony Brook University. “Throughout the years, we have seen some of the world’s greatest science research conducted at these facilities,” said Zeldin, adding that he supported more funding for national security and veterans care. Federal funding for BNL helps the lab conduct cutting-edge research to improve the country’s energy security and is an important economic engine and job creator, Schumer argued. Loss of federal aid could put a strain on projects like X-ray imaging and the lab’s highly touted Relativistic Ion Collider, which allows scientists from around the world to study the universe’s makeup as it was shortly after its creation. The president’s budget still needs to go through the legislative process, and it’s possible the budget could take on a different form once Congress has an opportunity to scrutinize the package offered by the administration. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday came out in vehement opposition to Trump’s budget, criticizing certain cuts as anathema to American values. “Enacting this bill would mark a fundamental transformation in what America stands for, and what role our country plays in the world,” Cuomo said. “We have always maintained a strong military, but we have always offered the world more than arms. The Lady in the Harbor does not brandish her fist at the world; she raises a light.”last_img read more

Olympics: Minister inaugurates committee on preparations for Tokyo 2020

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Friday inaugurated a 12-member committee to ensure adequate preparation and participation of Team Nigeria at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.The minister, while inaugurating the committee in his office in Abuja, urged members to ensure a hitchfree participation at the games.“This committee is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring adequate preparations for Team Nigeria at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games,” he said.Dare also tasked the committee to work closely with relevant stakeholders to ensure Team Nigeria not only prepare well, but win medals at the games.In his response, the Chairman of the Committee, Olusade Adesola, who is also the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, said the committee would work round-the-clock to ensure success.He called on the media and other stakeholders to support the committee in the task ahead.Tags: Olusade AdesolaolympicsSunday DareTokyo 2020last_img read more

College football week 10 previews and predictions

first_imgThe first week of the the College Football Playoff Rankings left 3 SEC teams in the Top 4 (No.1 Mississippi State, No. 3 Auburn, and No. 4 Ole Miss), and plenty of other one-loss teams looking to break in. With another exciting weekend ahead of college football, headlined by a battle between two top-4 programs, we’ll take a look at this weekend’s slate of games.#3 Auburn (6-1, 3-1 SEC) at #4 Ole Miss (7-1, 4-1 SEC)The biggest game of the weekend pits two teams looking to not only keep their spot in the playoff rankings, but also maintain ground in the SEC West. Both teams are coming off fairly disappointing performances from a week ago, with Auburn barely holding on to beat South Carolina 42-35, while Ole Miss was upset in Death Valley 10-7.The big test will be whether or not Rebel quarterback Bo Wallace (2075 yards, 18 TDs, 7 INTs) can lead the offense to enough points to put less pressure on Ole Miss’s #1 scoring defense (10.5 points per game). The Tigers, led by quarterback Nick Marshall (1684 total yards, 18 total TDs, 3 INTs), are a much more dangerous offense than LSU (they also beat LSU 41-7 earlier in the season), and mental errors from Wallace could doom the Rebels to a second straight loss. It’ll be a tough, primetime matchup, but I’m going to go with Auburn and the more consistent Nick Marshall.Prediction: Auburn 21, Ole Miss 17#7 TCU (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) at #20 West Virginia (6-2, 4-1 Big 12)Quarterbacks will take center-stage in Morgantown, as Trevone Boykin (2680 total yards, 24 TDs, 3 INTs) and the Horned Frogs will take on Clint Trickett (2763 yards, 17 TDs, 5 INTs) and the Mountaineers. Both have established themselves as comeback players of the year, and have given their teams a chance in the Big 12, which is normally dominated by Oklahoma and Texas.TCU leads the nation with 50.4 points per game, and is coming off scoring 82 against Texas Tech last weekend. I expect the Mountaineers to do a better job than the Red Raiders at stopping the TCU offense, but not well enough to pull off the upset in what should be a shootout.Prediction: TCU 49, West Virginia 42#12 Arizona (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) at #22 UCLA (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12)The Bruins have been one of the more disappointing teams of the season, starting the season ranked #7 in the polls, but suffering a pair of losses against Utah and Oregon, as well as allowing their opponents to stay close until the end, including Colorado. Their offensive line has had trouble all year, leading to Brett Hundley (2471 total yards, 19 total TDs, 4 INTs) being sacked 24 times (8th in FBS), but has put up enough big plays to keep them barely in the playoff mix.Meanwhile, Arizona brings their high-powered offense, with the 8th-best passing attack in the nation (348.4 yards per game) and 13th-best offense (40.6 points per game), which will test the Bruins’ defense. That being said, UCLA will look to pounce back from their concerning performance last week, and they should be able to pull off the win in the Rose Bowl, setting themselves back on track in the South.Prediction: UCLA 38, Arizona 35#17 Utah (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) at #14 Arizona State (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12)The Utes will look to build on their momentum of their 24-21 win over USC as they head to Tempe to take on the Pac-12 South-leading Sun Devils. Both teams have risen to the top off of tough defenses, strong running games, and dual-threat quarterbacks. Travis Wilson (1132 total yards, 9 total TDs, 0 INTs) and Taylor Kelly (980 total yards, 10 total TDs, 1 INTs) have largely avoided mistakes this season, and both were able to come away with wins last weekend.The game should come down to whether Devontae Booker (939 total yards, 8 TDs) or D.J. Foster (1072 total yards, 8 total TDs) can wear down the opposing defense faster, as well as which quarterback makes a mistake first. It’ll be a very evenly-matched contest, but the Utes’ advantages on both defense and special teams with kicker Andy Phillips and kick returner Kaelin Clay should give them the slight edge.Prediction: Utah 28, Arizona State 24Stanford (5-3, 3-2 Pac-12) at #5 Oregon (7-1, 4-1 Pac-12)With a spot opening up in the Top 4 after Saturday’s games conclude, Oregon will be the odds-on favorite to nab the No. 4 ranking in the College Football Playoff. Since their 31-24 loss at home to then-unranked Arizona, the Ducks have looked more like the team that beat #7 Michigan State by 19 earlier in the year. Their offensive line has returned some key players, while the combination of quarterback Marcus Mariota (2608 total yards, 29 total TDs, 1 INT) and running back Royce Freeman (748 yards, 13 TDs) continues to be too much to handle for opposing defenses.That being said, Stanford has kept Mariota in check throughout his career, as the Cardinal are the only Pac-12 team Mariota has not beaten yet. Despite having three losses and two in-conference, the Cardinal have the 2nd best defense in the nation, giving up 12.5 points per game, and look to continue that trend against Mariota and the Ducks. However, Mariota is simply looking better and better as his career goes on, and, despite their defense, Oregon is always a threat to put up big numbers. In addition, it remains to be seen how well Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan (1814 yards, 13 TDs, 6 INTs) will do if the game becomes a shootout. Unfortunately for Stanford, Mariota is going to make sure his offense is firing on all cylinders for this one, so it could be a shootout in Autzen.Prediction: Oregon 42, Stanford 27USC (5-3, 4-2 Pac-12) at Washington State (2-6, 1-4 Pac-12)After suffering another heartbreaking loss against Utah last weekend, the Trojans will have to regroup to face the best passing-attack in college football (489.9 yards per game) in Washington State. Connor Halliday (3833 yards, 32 TDs, 10 INTs) has already set the single-game records for pass attempts and passing yards this season, and will be facing a USC secondary that has been very hit-or-miss against the pass.The Trojans will also be looking to avenge their 10-7 to the Cougars in the Coliseum last year, a game that did not have as many points as was expected. I expect the exact opposite here, with both offenses looking to make up for last season. The balance of USC’s offense with Cody Kessler (2148 yards, 20 TDs, 2 INTs) behind center and Buck Allen (1326 total yards, 9 total TDs) in the backfield, along with the play-making ability of the USC secondary with Su’a Cravens and Adoree Jackson, should help the Trojans rebound from another tough loss.Prediction: USC 45, Washington State 35College Football Playoff Top 4#1 Mississippi State vs #4 Oregon#2 Florida State vs #3 AuburnThe Bulldogs should be able to best an Arkansas squad that’s winless in the SEC to keep their spot at the top of college football. Florida State, behind some more superb play from quarterback Jameis Winston, was able to avoid an upset with a 42-31 win over #25 Louisville on Thursday and continue their quest for another undefeated regular season. The match between Auburn and Ole Miss will kick out one of the other two teams (I have Auburn winning that game), and Oregon should be able to pounce on the open spot with a win at home against Stanford.last_img read more

Strange Animals and Stranger Facts About Them

first_img(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The world is decorated with an astonishing diversity of animals.  Here are some new discoveries about a few of them.Squid rangefinder:  Why are portions of the squid eyeball out of focus?  Scientists noticed the squid bobbing their heads, and deduced that the “defect” has a purpose.  In the low-contrast deep waters of their hunting grounds, the retina and behavior provides them a kind of rangefinder, allowing them to “catch prey with remarkable speed and precision,” a new paper in Current Biology says.Mantis shrimp eyes :  The weirdly-patterned eyes of the mantis shrimp, moving atop stalks, look like something out of science fiction.  What are the vertical bands and spots in the centers of the eyes?  Nature News and Live Science talked about a new paper in Science Magazine that analyzes how the physiology and 12 kinds of photoreceptors gives the crustaceans “extraordinary color vision” (see also the Perspective article in the same issue that says these eyes that see “color in a fundamentally different way” are “unique in the animal kingdom“).  The vertical bands are designed for detecting circularly polarized light and ultraviolet, as well as sharpening color spectrum in 12 spectral channels.  “The upper and lower halves of each eye also have overlapping visual fields, so that each eye can act as a stereoscopic rangefinder, at least for close distances.”  Live Science posted a gallery of different species of clown-colored mantis shrimp with their “googly eyes.”  Nature News included a video clip that shows the mantis shrimp rotating and moving its eyes on the stalks.Under the sea ice:  Add this to the list of unexpected places to find life.  A robotic submersible measuring ocean currents under the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.  When its camera looked under the sea ice, it made “a startling discovery,” reported Live Science.  “Clinging upside-down from crannies in the ice shelf with their tentacles dangling into the icy water were thousands and thousands of tiny sea anemones.”  They must feed on nutrients upwelling in currents.  How they live without freezing is not known; Live Science added a video from the NSF that shows the creatures.  That’s not all they found: “fish that swim upside down, marine worms that live in the icy melt, crustaceans called amphipods and a strange creature resembling a sea cucumber, which they nicknamed ‘the eggroll.’”Hookworm genes:  The hookworm parasite undergoes a “fantastic voyage” once inside the body, Live Science relates.  “These parasites start their lives in soil, and enter the human body through the foot, where they embark on a fantastic voyage through the blood vessels, to the heart, then into the lungs and trachea before being coughed up and swallowed and carried to their final home in the small intestine.” There, they feed on blood, causing host symptoms including anemia and lassitude.  The genome of the hookworm has just been published, providing hope for understanding their lifestyles to reduce infections in poor countries with inadequate sanitation.  The infections are not all bad: usually not deadly, they give the victim’s immune system a “vigorous workout,” reducing risk of allergies and autoimmune diseases.  In fact, some medical researchers are finding good success with “helminth therapy” for treating these diseases (7/13/04, 2/04/12).Spots & stripes:  Scientists may just be beginning to get a grip on how animal patterns arise.  Science Magazine has a video clip that shows two types of skin cells, dark melanophores and light xanthophores, having a kind of race in the embryos of zebrafish.  When they make contact, one type moves and the other follows in “hot pursuit.”  This may lead to the colored bands in the adult.Dinosaur gigantism:  Imagine the problems of being an animal weighing 80 tons.  Scientists are trying to figure out how the big sauropods regulated their body temperature, Science Daily says.  “The gigantism of these vertebrates, unique in the history of Earth, raises many questions, such as why no other land creatures have ever achieved this size and what their bauplan, physiology, and life cycle would have been like.”  The story includes links to three open-access papers in PLoS ONE exploring the physiology of dinosaur gigantism.Sloth-fulness:  The sloth truly deserves its name, PhysOrgs says.  It nibbles on its own fur when too lazy to hunt, and only comes down out of the tree once a week to defecate on the ground.  The animal almost acts like a hanging terrarium.  Cracks in its hair catch rainwater, providing a microhabitat for algae growth.  Moths lay their eggs in its fur to live off the algae.  “This complex (symbiosis)… reinforces fundamental aspects of the sloth’s behaviour and life history, and may reinforce the slothfulness of sloths,” scientists said.Bat olympics:  The BBC reported on a bat that crossed the English Channel – an “incredible journey” for a bat.  It’s the first time the crossing has been documented.  The little creature is the size of a human thumb.  One scientist remarked, “it’s incredible to think that this little bat has flown a distance of at least 600km, avoiding hazards like roads and wind turbines, and for it to safely cross the sea is remarkable.”Dog paddle:  What could be more common than the dog paddle?  Yet Live Science called it a “mystery” that scientists are diving into.  Frank Fish at West Chester University (Pennsylvania) is taking underwater videos (see sample in the article) of various breeds swimming to understand this instinctive behavior of dogs, armadillos, and some humans.  It’s kind of like an underwater trot, he found; “Despite all these different dogs having different terrestrial gaits, they all basically focus in on one gait when they’re swimming.”  Then came an evolution commercial:Fish says he’s trying to understand what natural selection factors were in play for animals that were just beginning to swim. Although dogs aren’t direct predecessors of cetaceans — the category that includes dolphins, whales and porpoises — aquatic mammals did evolve from longed-legged quadrupeds that moved into the water, and over time dropped their paws in favor of fins.Scientists estimate that the first aquatic mammals probably flopped into the water around 60 million years ago, and it took 20 million years for them to evolve flukes and flippers like modern-day whales and dolphins.In between factual observations with tanks and flumes, Fish says “I still want to know what animals have to give up as they’re going along evolutionarily from terrestrial to aquatic.”  He’s even pondering what it would take for a dolphin to evolve the ability to move on land.The strangest creature of all is the human evolutionary scientist.  He can look at design all around and attribute it to blind, unguided processes.  From there he turns his  imagination into overdrive and wanders into mythical worlds with walking dolphins.  This is called “going along evolutionarily.”  It’s like stumbling in the dark.last_img read more

Consumer help: post, parcels, mail

first_imgYou can report postal complaints, postal crime, track- and trace missing letters or parcels online, and give customer service-related inquiries to the following postal service providers:You can make use of the South African Post Office or Postnet to send or receive parcels or mail. (Image: savemoney.co.za)SA Post OfficeThe South African Post Office is the national postal service provider. Its services include local and international mail, courier services, stamps, paying bills, and third- party payments.You can also do various transactions via the website, such as tracking your parcel, renewing your post box, and buy stamps. You can locate a branch or search the online postal code directory.If you wish to complain about the service you have received, first contact the manager of the branch. If that fails to resolve the problem, call the national call centre or fill in the feedback form on the website.Website: www.postoffice.co.zaNational call centre: 0860 111 502PostNetPostNet is South Africa’s largest privately owned counter network in the document and parcel industry, with owner-managed retail stores. It is best to complain directly to the store’s manager if you are disatisfied. There is also a online contact form on the website.Website: www.postnet.co.zaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Hands-On with Google Docs for iPad and iPhone

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… john paul titlow 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Tags:#biz#Reviews#Software Guides Isn’t living in the future awesome? Right now, I’m writing this blog post on my phone while using an elliptical machine at my local gym. When I get back to my desk, this draft will be waiting for me in Google Docs, where I can edit it, add links and get it ready to publish. If I want to grab coffee later, I could bring my iPad with me and make some last minute fixes from the cafe. Everything will be saved automatically in the cloud.As we reported in November, the ability edit, save and delete Google Docs was recently made available to iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users. While third parties have already developed mobile apps for managing Google Docs, this marks the first time Google itself has enabled mobile editing in the Web app for its popular cloud-based office suite.So how does it stack up? In a nutshell, the experience of editing and managing Google Docs from iOS devices is pretty good. But like many brand new features, it could go further, and hopefully we’ll see improvements over time.What It Does Well Since late November, the mobile-optimized Web version of Google Docs has enabled users to create, edit and delete documents on the go, which can really come in handy for business users, especially those who might travel or work remotely. Being able to edit documents from a variety of devices without worrying about keeping track of the latest version is priceless.For some users, it may take some getting used to the fact that there’s no “save” button. Instead, the document auto-saves every few seconds as you type. Well, technically there is a “save” button, but it only displays when the document hasn’t been auto-saved but it saves so frequently that you almost never see the option to save manually.Typing on the iPad is pretty effective in general, but it can get clumsy if you type fast. If you’re a professional writer or prefer to type very quickly, your best bet would be to use an external keyboard and turning off auto-correct so as to avoid introducing any unnecessary changes that you might not notice when reviewing the document later. Apple’s wireless keyboard for desktops works great with the iPad, or there are a number of iPad-specific keyboards.iPhone users already know how tedious typing on the device can be and using Google Docs on it is no different. That said, it’s no worse than typing an email or a long text message. You just have to take your time and keep an eye out for unintentionally hilarious auto-corrections.What if you lose your data or WiFi connection? Do you lose all of your precious work? Nope. Thankfully, the Google Docs mobile Web app makes smart use of HTML5’s offline storage feature. If you’re without a signal, the application still works; it just can’t save your work. Thus you can continue to type away and make changes, and the app will sync and save your document the next time the device is online. Just be careful about trying to load any other new pages or data in Safari in the meantime, as there’s a chance doing so could cause you to lose your changes.Some Room For ImprovementThe user interface is extremely simple, and that’s typically a good thing. However, in this case, it feels like there are missing features. And there are. You can’t format text, add links or align paragraphs. There are no document-sharing options enabled. You can literally just type and edit text. Users who rely on a real-time spellchecker to keep their spelling ability in check might be disappointed by the fact that there are no red, squiggly lines under the words they most ruthlessly butcher. The native iOS spellchecker and auto-correction will have to suffice, at least until one can get back to the desktop version of Google Docs, where these stripped-out features are available. Or if you just can’t wait, you can access the desktop version of a document from the iPad by clicking the “Desktop” link at the bottom of the page. There does appear to be at least one bug on the iPad version. In my testing, anytime a suggested spelling popped up, I was unable to tap it to X it out as one normally can. Instead, the Web app interprets the tap as if it’s intended to select a line in the document itself. For now, the mobile version of Google Docs only supports the creation of text documents and spreadsheets, whereas the desktop version allows for PowerPoint-style presentations, Web forms and drawings.Despite these limitations, Google Docs for mobile is overall an effective and easy-to-use experience. We’ll be excited to see it improved moving forward, especially on the iPad, which offers greater opportunities for a more robust, feature-rich interface. Related Posts last_img read more

Video Tutorial: Harness the Power of Presets in Adobe After Effects

first_imgStop wasting your time recreating assets in Adobe After Effects. In this video tutorial, we’ll cover some tips for working with presets.Animation presets allow After Effects users to quickly bring an element to life with a simple double-click. They’re especially useful when you need to create many similar-looking graphics. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to apply existing animation presets, customize them, and then save out your own. I’ll use this method to quickly create custom lower thirds.  Apply Existing PresetsOpening up the Window > Effects & Presets panel will reveal a number of tools, with the Animation Presets folder right at the top. After Effects has presets to help you create backgrounds, behaviors, transitions, shapes, sound effects, and a host of other options. As I mentioned before, in this example, I’m going to create a few simple lower third graphics promoting social media handles. Each graphic will consist of a text layer and a logo. For the first step, I’ll position a Twitter logo and a text element in the lower third of the screen. Once it’s in position, I’ll go to Animation Presets > Text > Animate In and apply the Fade Up Character preset to the text layer. It’s important to understand that animations will begin wherever your playhead is when you apply the preset. For the logo, I’ll go to Animation Presets > Transitions – Wipes and select the Linear Wipe preset.Customize the AnimationsThe animations are now in place, but I’m not entirely happy with how they look. With both layers selected, I’ll press the U shortcut key to view all of the properties with a keyframe applied. The text layer is using an animator to bring the transition to life, while the logo is using an effect. To smooth out the transitions I’ll add some Easy Ease and then adjust the corresponding speed graph of each layer using the Graph Editor. Finally I’ll retime the animations by speeding them up to around one second. To make both layers animate out just how they animated in, I’ll copy the intro keyframes and then paste them at the end. I can quickly flip the keyframes around by grabbing each set and selecting Animation > Keyframe Assistant > Time-Reverse Keyframes. Now each layer will animate out just as it animated in. Once I’m happy with the animations, it’s time to create some presets of my own.Save New PresetsCreating a preset will allow me to save all of the property configurations and animations of a specific layer to reuse it later. For the Twitter logo, I’ll select both the Effects and Transform property groups and go to Animation > Save Animation Preset. For the the text, I’ll grab both the Text and Transform property groups and then repeat the same step as before. Once saved, both presets will now show up in a new User Presets folder. Now I can quickly create another lower third using these new presets. I’ll create a new comp and bring in a YouTube logo icon. Applying the new preset will automatically resize the logo, situate it in the lower third of the screen, and apply both the fade-in and -out animations. It’s important to note that the transform properties are working perfectly on the YouTube logo because it’s the exact same size as the Twitter logo. For the text graphic, all I need to do is simply double-click the preset. This will automatically create a new text layer and apply the corresponding attributes, including the font and character properties.As you can see, animation presets can not only kickstart your creative process, they can also drastically speed up your workflow.Cover image via guteksk7.Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Creativity and Innovation” by Ulas Pakkan“Chillhop Tripping” by Mattijs Muller“Mellow Mallets” by Origami Pigeon“Lo Fi Waves” by Origami Pigeon“Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G (1st Movement)” by Wilfred Symphony OrchestraLooking for more After Effects tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: How to Create Karaoke Graphics in After EffectsVideo Tutorial: Create a Callout Graphic in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Create Anime Speed Lines in After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Fine-Tune Keyframes in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Morph Graphics Using Adobe After Effectslast_img read more

Tom Hiddleston Lives Below The Line

first_imgEarlier this month, actor Tom Hiddleston spent several days living £1 per day in support of Live Below The Line, which raises money for charities including UNICEF UK. Here are some of Tom’s thoughts about the challenge.I took on the challenge of living on £1 a day out of compassion and a desire to understand the constraints and conditions of those less fortunate, who don’t have a choice. For me it was about voluntarily experiencing even the smallest fraction of the hunger, as well as the discipline required, to subsist on such a small amount. The world’s poorest families, all over the world, face such malnutrition that their growth and development is held back.Here’s the thing. I haven’t really ever lived below the line – not below the poverty line. I still live in a nice house in London, with running water and a roof over my head, with gas and electricity. Clean drinking water comes rushing out of the kitchen tap. My surroundings are still comfortable. But the children who live below the poverty line have none of these things.Conversely, I live a very active, very blessed life. It wasn’t always thus: everyone starts at the bottom. I have worked hard since I left school to get to where I am now. But even that statement alone is a declaration of good fortune. My parents had sufficient income, not only to feed me regularly and to feed me well, but also to send me to good schools. To state the obvious: education is power. It always has been; it always will be. I’ve been very, very lucky. It has given me an emotional and physical strength, which anyone who has lived below the line, for a long time, doesn’t have.Most of us are physically active. I am propelled through my life by an unceasing supply of energy: three square meals of nutritious food (eggs, oats, meat, fish), but also coffee, tea, bananas, smoothies, organic vegetables, fresh fruit, chocolate, biscuits. If ever I feel drained there is always energy within easy reach. Like most people, I rush about. I dash in and out of town for meetings. I’m on the move all the time. When I am working as an actor, it is first and foremost a physical act, on stage or on set. I was lucky, that when I took this challenge on, I wasn’t doing physical action, stunts and battle sequences.Live Below The Line made me think about food in an entirely different way. I had to plan better, to budget better. I didn’t waste a penny, or a crumb. It was a test of mind and will power. It was a test, simply because I am unused to being hungry. In order to stay within my budget I had to think carefully, and pay more attention when cooking my own meals. I had to cook my own meals and not buy food on the go. When you only have a 1 kg bag of rice, you take care not to burn it. When you only have two eggs per day, you take care to cook them right.I enjoyed cooking during my Live Below The Line week more than I ever have. I enjoyed the meals I made for myself, more than I enjoy the food I would normally buy on the go – a coffee, a sandwich, lunch at a café, or a take-away.Through this challenge I learned the importance of preparing food carefully. I learned to be grateful for every single mouthful. I understood how wasteful I used to be.I’ve seen the difference UNICEF can do first-hand, at every level of care for malnourished children, in Guinea in West Africa. I undertook the Live Below The Line challenge to raise awareness and support UNICEF in their commitment to save the lives of the poorest children in the world.Ultimately Live Below The Line has taught me gratitude, on a level far beyond the intellectual. This week, if you have done the same, you have my greatest respect.Please visit Live Below the Line to pledge your support.To read the full blog, click here.last_img read more