OAKLAND — The Athletics acquired another arm to compete in their rotation, bringing in Reds starter Tanner Roark just hours before MLB’s trade deadline.Wondering how beloved Roark is as a teammate? Reds pitcher and former Athletic Sonny Gray called manager Bob Melvin the minute after news broke to sing his praises.“You’re getting a lot of positive input from guys that have played with him,” Melvin said.Blake Treinen called him “the best” teammate. The pair came up through the Nationals …
FREE NUKE TRAINING SERIES from The Foundry Want to jump into Nuke, The Foundry’s professional compositing and visual effects app? Check out this series of quick video tutorials to get started!The Foundry’s NUKE is one of the post production industry’s leading compositing, rotoscoping and tracking applications. The biggest studios in the biz have used Nuke (Digital Domain, Weta Digital and Industrial Light & Magic, to name a few) and Nuke has created the visual effects in such films as Avatar, The Curious Case of Benajmin Button and Black Swan.As the price continues to drop for high end compositing applications (Smoke & Nuke being two big ones), they’re now more accessible than ever. However, professional node based compositing apps can be a bit intimidating to folks who previously have only worked with the traditional layout and workflow of non-linear video editing applications. So how do you get started with a node based compositing app like Nuke?Be intimidated no more. In the following 11 part Nuke training series from The Foundry, you’ll discover how to use Nuke for your post production needs. Among the topics covered are creating and applying effects with nodes, keyframing elements, rotoscoping, keying, tracking and working in stereoscopic 3D.To get started, check out the first video in the 11 part series: the Nuke Interface Overview. Once you’ve got a handle on the workspace, click on the links below to view the more targeted tutorials in this Nuke training series.Are you using Nuke? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now No profit margin wouldn’t be an error; it would be a disaster. This is a different margin.It never fails that type-A personalities try to fill every block on the calendar. They try to cram as much as they possibly can onto the calendar because, in their minds anyway, they believe it’s necessary to achieving. And to some extent they’re right. A-type personalities do tend to be action-oriented, and they do tend to work hard.But filling every block on the calendar isn’t really a good plan. No matter how good your intentions, things are going to go wrong. You have existing clients that are going to have problems or challenges that require your attention. You’re going to have peers and teammates within your company that need your help to solve a particular problem or challenge. You have prospects that are going to need your time and attention when you have nothing scheduled because they need your help. And, life is going to require that you pay attention the things like your sick child, a dance recital in another city, and all kinds of other important tasks that require your attention.White SpaceYour calendar should be the place you keep the commitments you make to yourself. It should be the place where you block time for certain activities, like prospecting, follow up, or updating your salesforce automation. It’s important to block time for these activities.But you also need empty space, white space. You need time to catch up on the urgent and important tasks that show up on your desk. You need margin so that you can have the ad hoc conversations with clients, prospects, and teammates that pop up from time to time.Uncommitted Blocks Protect the Committed BlocksThese unplanned, uncommitted blocks of time are actually the buffer that allows you to better protect the blocks of time containing those commitments you make to yourself. They provide some psychological protection by giving you the security of knowing you will have time to effectively deal with the urgent and important tasks that pop up. Because you are confident that you have that time, you can commit the one and a half hour blocks to prospecting without too much concern that something is sitting in your email or voicemail unattended.Block time on your calendar for the most important activities you need to do each and everyday. And protect those blocks with margins so that you can do the work you need to do to and stay clean with all the other people and priorities that also need your attention.
PSG coach Tuchel: We can’t underestimate Man Utdby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG coach Thomas Tuchel insists they won’t be underestimating Champions League opponents PSG.The two teams have been drawn for the round of 16 clash.Tuchel said: “I don’t think we are favourites.“It’s a challenge yet I have confidence in my side. We need to show respect to United — but we believe in ourselves.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say
Wolves goalscorer Matt Doherty happy beating Watfordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves defender Matt Doherty felt they deserved their first victory of the Premier League season for the 2-0 win against Watford at Molineux.The wing-back broke the deadlock with 18 minutes on the clock.Doherty said, “It was a good win. I felt they had a lot of possession at times but didn’t really penetrate us that much, we defended really well and then went ahead.“The back three were immense today, all of them, especially Boly aside me, he just wins absolutely everything and takes it off people one-v-ones, nobody can get round him. It’s good that we were able to keep the clean sheet.“It was great to get the first league win, especially at home in front of another packed out crowd. It’s nice to get the first win on the board, even though it’s taken a bit longer than we would have expected.“This result has brought us a bit of relief, obviously we would’ve wanted it to come earlier than it has, because the longer that it doesn’t happen you start to get itchy. But I felt we played well today and thoroughly deserved to win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ex-mentor: I urged Gueye to stay calm at Evertonby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveA former mentor of PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye says he was in contact when Everton blocked his move in January.Jimmy Adjovi-Boco, the founder of the Diambars Institute in Senegal, was one of Gueye’s junior mentors.He recalled: “I was often in touch with him at that moment – because I felt the big disappointment coming, I had to be there to discuss with him, to advise him, to reassure him that it was only part of the process. “It is said that the train never runs twice, but I was convinced that he was doing too well so that it would not happen one day or another. What happened this winter has reinforced the desire to work together on both sides.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Penarol youth coach Goncalves delighted for Valverde over Real Madrid breakthroughby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePenarol youth coach Nestor Goncalves is delighted seeing Fede Valverde make an impact at Real Madrid.Goncalves is the son of Uruguayan great Tito Goncalves and coached Valverde at Penarol.He told AS: “A while ago I sent his mother a message from three years ago, where on that day I predicted her son’s present. He has no roof. “For some it will be a surprise, but for me it is not. What I expect from him I know is going to happen because that’s how it was.”His mother Doris always tells me that I was important to him and that fills me with enthusiasm. There is nothing more rewarding than continuing to maintain a friendship of so many years. They have sent me (Real coach Zinedine) Zidane’s statements about Fede and they are very happy.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Tom Herman Haters Gonna HateTom Herman may now the head coach at Houston, but he certainly hasn’t forgotten his roots with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Friday night, Herman, who coached at OSU under Urban Meyer from 2012 to 2014, came to the defense of his former colleague Zach Smith, who was portrayed negatively in a recent Michigan recruiting pamphlet. He wasn’t messing around either.In the pamphlet, which you can check out here, Michigan lists a number of statistics meant to prove that its assistant coach, Jedd Fisch, is a better alternative to Smith when it comes to player development. Smith responded on Twitter with a number of tweets, trashing the Wolverines program. Herman chimed in with some tweets trashing Fisch. Check this out:Gloves are off. I’d be proud to have @CoachZachSmith coach TD or Maverick. How many Gold Pants does that guy have? https://t.co/5cnV2mLV9H— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, [email protected] #TheChampIsHere pic.twitter.com/YbIRjQHfKN— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, [email protected] pic.twitter.com/hlrLQyGHOl— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, [email protected], 5 yrs full-time=52-14. TTUN guy, 6 yrs=41-60. I want my son to play 4 a winner & Nat. Champ #Facts pic.twitter.com/o8n2YrJamA— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015If you’re wondering, Fisch’s 41-60 record is a combination of the years he’s put in with the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Hurricanes and Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s an odd stat.Forget Ohio State vs. Michigan. Can we get a Houston vs. Michigan game sometime soon?
Chinese entity, Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO), plans to invest more than US$3 billion to develop the Gansu Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone in Nain, St. Elizabeth, where it operates the Alpart alumina refinery. The park, which is expected to generate approximately 60,000 jobs, is pivotal to Jamaica’s Logistics Hub Initiative (LHI), development of which is being spearheaded by the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA). Chinese entity, Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO), plans to invest more than US$3 billion to develop the Gansu Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone in Nain, St. Elizabeth, where it operates the Alpart alumina refinery.The park, which is expected to generate approximately 60,000 jobs, is pivotal to Jamaica’s Logistics Hub Initiative (LHI), development of which is being spearheaded by the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA).It is one of the three largest being developed by the Authority. The others are the Caymanas Special Economic Zone in St. Catherine, and Vernamfield Aerotropolis in Clarendon.Work on the park’s development is expected to get under way by year end.Chairman of the JSEZA, Metry Seaga, provided details during a media briefing at the Authority, Waterloo Road, St. Andrew, on Wednesday (June 20).Mr. Seaga said the park’s phased development will involve the establishment of a bauxite/alumina refinery and an electricity plant to power this and other businesses that are set up; and a smelter that will underpin JISCO’s focus on manufacturing aluminium and its by-products locally.“I think it is important that we, as Jamaicans, understand the game changer that this is going to be. It is going to transform, not only St. Elizabeth, but all the towns around it. Most importantly, this has the backing of the Government of the People’s Republic of China. This is real and we are going to make it happen,” the Chairman said.Meanwhile, Mr. Seaga, who indicated that this is part of a wider project targeting housing developments, said JISCO has given an undertaking that liquefied natural gas (LNG) will be utilised to generate power.“(They) made it very clear that this is not going to be a concrete jungle… and that they are going to make sure that this is ecologically friendly… with lots of green space. So, that’s encouraging,” he added.Meanwhile, JSEZA Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Eric Deans, said the key summary findings of the Logistics Hub Initiative Master Plan, which was recently endorsed by Cabinet, articulate the creation of three new towns around these SEZs that will impact 75,000 households and 220,000 residents, “but, more importantly, a market reach of 80 million persons”. It is one of the three largest being developed by the Authority. The others are the Caymanas Special Economic Zone in St. Catherine, and Vernamfield Aerotropolis in Clarendon. Story Highlights
Click to enlargeThrough the first six months of 2014, the Ohio State football program self-reported six NCAA or Big Ten rules violations. In the following two months and 20 days, it reported none.In fact — through at least Sept. 20 — the football team hasn’t had a self-reported violation since April 22, or a span of nearly five months.Within that time span, junior defensive lineman Noah Spence reportedly failed a drug test — resulting in a violation of OSU and Big Ten rules — and was declared ineligible by the university for the Buckeyes’ Sept. 13 game against Kent State. Spence — who had not played this season because of a three-game suspension after a separate failed drug test — practiced once after the Kent State game, coach Urban Meyer said, but no further update on his status has been released.Since the most recent football violation, all of OSU athletics has self-reported 18 different violations, just one of which involved the men’s basketball program. In total, OSU has self-reported 30 NCAA or Big Ten rules violations this year up until Sept. 20.This information is the result of two separate public records requests submitted by The Lantern. The first was submitted July 8 and filled Aug. 11, while the second was requested Sept. 23 and filled Tuesday evening. The requests span the dates of Jan. 1 through Sept. 20.Despite lower numbers in recent months, the football program still has the most self-reported rules violations so far in 2014 with six. In total, 18 different athletic programs at OSU had self-reported violations listed among the records, with the institution being listed on a pair of violations.Seven of the teams had multiple violations listed, but only football and women’s rowing had more than two. The rowing team was named on four of the violations, two of which came on the more recent records request that spanned from July 1 through Sept. 20.Women’s rowing is the only OSU program to have self-reported multiple violations since July.Responses to the violations from OSU included issuing letters of education to the coaching staff for teams involved with the incidents, a restriction to one program’s financial aid capacity for the 2014-15 academic year and the repayment of $28 worth of “impermissible per diem” for multiple student-athletes.Regardless of punishment, the 30 violations all count as minor NCAA or Big Ten violations. But those 30 infractions still put OSU on track to hit about 40 for the year.OSU athletic director Gene Smith — who is know also the school’s vice president — said the athletics department usually has about 40 self-reported rules violations every year during an interview with The Lantern on May 15, 2012.“On an annual basis, we have about 40,” Smith said in the interview. “It ranges in that area we’re sitting at. In that 40 range is where we always hang.”Smith added that a lower number wouldn’t necessarily be a good thing for OSU.“Our whole thing is if we have 10 (violations), I’d have a problem,” he said. “I mean, I really would because people are going to make mistakes. And that means if I only have 10 out of 350 employees, 1,000 athletes — something’s not right.”While OSU does have one of the largest athletic departments in the nation, its number of violations comes in higher than some other programs. In the second half of 2013, the school self-reported around double the number of NCAA or Big Ten violations than five other schools in the conference.OSU has already self-reported more than double the violations that at least one other school with a major college football program reported during the 2013-14 year. According an Aug. 5 The Oregonian article, University of Oregon athletics self-reported just 14 violations in that academic year.