NBA Draft 2019: Virginia star Ty Jerome to forgo senior season

first_imgJerome, 21, averaged 13.6 points, 5.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds last season.He averaged 16.5 points per game and connected on 40% of his 3-point attempts during the NCAA Tournament as he helped lead the Cavaliers to their first national championship following a 85-77 overtime win against Texas Tech.He is projected by many to be a first-round pick in June. Related News View this post on Instagram NBA Draft 2019: Duke freshman Cam Reddish declarescenter_img Ty Jerome is the latest college star to take his game to the next level.The Virginia junior guard took to Instagram on Monday to announce he will hire an agent and enter the NBA Draft. The last three years at Virginia have been everything I could have dreamed of in a college experience. When Coach Bennett recruited me he said he would never stop challenging me to improve, on and off the court – and he meant it. He did that every single day, and he made me a better basketball player and better man. I am eternally grateful to him and the entire coaching staff, and fans. I also want to give a special thank you to our strength coach, coach Curtis and our athletic trainer, Ethan Saliba; the best in the business! I came to Virginia to win a national championship and to be able to do that with my brothers is a dream come true. And to the best fans in college basketball – we would not have done it without you. Last but certainly not least, I want to thank my mom, dad, brother and entire family. The time, effort and love they have given me is truly a gift, and I would not have had this opportunity without them. I have had a ball in my hand basically since the day I was born. My dream has always been to play in the NBA. Therefore, after speaking with my family and coaches and giving it a lot of thought, I know it’s the right time to announce that I will be entering the NBA draft and signing with an agent. I will forever be a wahoo🧡 UVA, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!A post shared by Ty Jerome (@tyjerome_) on Apr 15, 2019 at 7:58am PDT”After talking to my family, coaching staff and thinking about it a lot, I’ve decided to forgo my senior year of college and declare for the 2019 NBA draft,” Jerome said in the video. “From Day 1, I always dreamed about playing at this level since I picked up a basketball, playing in the ACC, playing against Duke and [North] Carolina. This program was everything I could have possibly dreamed of.”While Jerome can still return to school next season under new rules for potential draftees, one source close to the program told ESPN  “he’s gone.”last_img read more

KCCA FC ready for tough Morocco challenge

first_imgThe KCCA team that flew to RabatSaturdayFUS Rabat vs KCCAKampala, Uganda| KCCAFC MEDIA|  Suspended from Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club’s opening game of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup Group Stages tie against FUS Rabat, skipper Dennis Okot has a message for his teammates.Okot wants to see KCCA FC players play their hearts out for the fans and the country at large, having faced a number of challenges before they qualified for this stage.“Not so many people thought we would go out there and do it, get this far, and that kept on driving us to give our best,” Okot told as the team left on Wednesday afternoon.Confederation Cup group fixtures :Matchday 1 (May 12-14)Gp A: FUS Rabat (MAR) v KCCA (UGA), Club Africain (TUN) v Rivers Utd (NGR)Gp B: CS Sfaxien (TUN) v Mbabane Swallows (SWZ), Platinum Stars (RSA) v Mouloudia Alger (ALG)Gp C: Zesco Utd (ZAM) v Smouha (EGY), Recreativo Libolo (ANG) v Al Hilal Obeid (SUD)Gp D: TP Mazembe (COD, holders) v CF Mounana (GAB), SuperSport Utd (RSA) v Horoya (GUI)Matchday 2 (May 23-24)Gp A: Rivers v FUS, KCCA v AfricainGp B: Mouloudia v Sfaxien, Swallows v PlatinumGp C: Hilal v Zesco, Smouha v LiboloGp D: Horoya v Mazembe, Mounana v SuperSportMatchday 3 (June 2-4)Gp A: KCCA v Rivers, FUS v AfricainGp B: Swallows v Mouloudia, Sfaxien v PlatinumGp C: Smouha v Hilal, Zesco v LiboloGp D: Mounana v Horoya, Mazembe v SuperSportMatchday 4 (June 20-21)Gp A: Rivers v KCCA, Africain v FUSGp B: Mouloudia v Swallows, Platinum v SfaxienGp C: Hilal v Smouha, Libolo v ZescoGp D: Horoya v Mounana, SuperSport v MazembeMatchday 5 (June 30-July 2)Gp A: KCCA v FUS, Rivers v AfricainGp B: Swallows v Sfaxien, Mouloudia v PlatinumGp C: Smouha v Zesco, Hilal v LiboloGp D: Mounana v Mazembe, Horoya v SuperSportMatchday 6 (July 7-9) Gp A: FUS v Rivers, Africain v KCCAGp B: Sfaxien v Mouloudia, Platinum v SwallowsGp C: Zesco v Hilal, Libolo v SmouhaGp D: Mazembe v Horoya, SuperSport v MounanaNote: group winners and runners-up qualify for quarter-finals ***Zesco can win CAF Cup, says star Ching’anduZesco United emerged as an African club force last season and believe they can become the first Zambian winners of the CAF Confederation Cup this year.“If we believe in each other we can lift the trophy,” said John Ching’andu ahead of their opening Group C game at home to Smouha of Egypt Saturday.The 23-year-old goal poacher bagged a brace as Zesco reached the mini-league phase by outplaying Enugu Rangers of Nigeria 3-0 at home.United had demonstrated an encouraging never-say-die spirit in the first leg, recovering from two goals behind to force a 2-2 draw.The convincing overall triumph against Enugu came after Ndola-based Zesco stunned Africa last year by reaching the CAF Champions League semi-finals.Serb coach Zlatko Krmpotic shares the optimism of Ching’andu while believing Smouha will pose a greater threat than Recreativo Libolo of Angola or Al Hilal Obeid of Sudan.“Smouha are a good team who I know from my days as assistant coach of TP Mazembe in the Democratic Republic of Congo.“We beat them 2-0 away and 1-0 at home in the CAF Champions League, but they were no pushovers and deserve respect.”While Zesco were eliminating Enugu with greater ease than anticipated, Smouha edged South African Premiership leaders Wits in a one-goal tie settled by a penalty.Zesco are among four seeded clubs with title-holders Mazembe and former Confederation Cup winners FUS Rabat of Morocco and CS Sfaxien of Tunisia.All launch their six-matchday group campaigns with home fixtures and should make winning starts in pursuit of top-two finishes and quarter-finals places.FUS host Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), the first Ugandan club to qualify for the group stage of a CAF competition.KCCA came close to shocking title-holders Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in the Champions League before being demoted to the Confederation Cup.Mazembe, the second most successful club in CAF competitions with 10 titles, tackle CF Mounana of Gabon in a clash between two other Champions League drop-outs.Mbabane Swallows, the first Swaziland club to make a CAF group stage, have a challenging start away to record three-time Confederation Cup winners Sfaxien.The Tunisians scored seven unanswered goals in two previous home victories and Karim Aouadhi and Senegalese Mohamed Ndoye score consistently.Like the CAF Champions League, the Confederation Cup group phase has been expanded this year for eight clubs to 16 and the prize money increased.***Additional reporting by AFPShare on: WhatsAppcenter_img READ FULL STORY HERE (click)last_img read more


first_imgBILL NEAL :10 Tim Stevens… Leonard Johnson…The Legendary Kenny Blake… and, and, and Sandy Greene—Pittsburgh’s No. 1 Female Vocalist and you didn’t come because it was raining for 20 minutes. Now that’s messed up! And it tells me how old you’ re getting. Rain didn’t stop you when you were young. And it didn’t stop the “100” real jazz lovers that filled up the 3 Lakes Banquet Room. So that you know Tim Stevens hasn’t lost a thing. He’s still “The Ultimate Showman.” And surprise guest vocalist Greg Lovelace put the “icing on the cake” with a duet with Sandy Greene…yep, you missed all that!!! Many thanks to Art Hawk, Meagan and Suzie’s staff and crew for all your help and support and a great summer run!:09 Now does everybody know who Sandy Greene is?:08 Can someone please tell me why the basketball court at Penn Hebron School (off Frankstown Road, across from McDonalds) has a fantastic surface…eight great hoops …and no nets…never, never, never ever has any nets!!! Could it be because of “Section 8”? I am just sayin!:07 A big attaboy to my man James Hurt. He’s about to be promoted to the top level position at UPMC, the first concierge in his department’s history. (For you East Hills folks a concierge is the HMIC, “Head Man In Charge.”) I changed it so nobody’s toes got stepped on. If you don’t know ask somebody over 40 they’ll tell you what it could have said.:06 You need an expert to explain this Original Dream Team vs This Olympic Team debate. I can’t get “Hawk” on the phone, Kevin Cameron …well you know, that Aliquippa problem and we all know Mike Booker doesn’t know as much about basketball as he pretends he does. So you got me. HHHEEERRRREEE We Go! Why the Dream Team wins.No. 1. The Dream Team of 1992 beats the 2012 team “8” out of “10” games. Of the two they win, one is at the buzzer, by the hands of Kobe (you know LeBron won’t shoot it…Neal will you let it go…oh, my bad again! But man them Refs!) The other is a win by ten because the law of average allows it.No. 2. The sheer greatness that is Michael Jordan sets the tone. He’s only the second greatest player of all time. (Wilt Chamberlain…I keep telling ya.)No. 3. Why do you think they called him Magic? C’mon man!No. 4. Bird, Pippen, Robinson…12 rings among them!No. 5. Ewing, Robinson, Laettner…total inside dominance! Laettner with “The Duke Effect.”No. 6. Barkley…unless you got a baseball bat and a gun you can’t stop him.No. 7. Stockton…all time assist leader, duh!No. 8. Magic, Bird, Jordan, Pippen, Ewing, Barkley, Robinson, Drexler, Malone…all part of the 50 greatest of all time. Hey, Drexler’s nickname is “Clyde the “Glide” people!No. 9. Ewing and Barkley still mad cause they didn’t win NBA rings.No. 10. Here’s your match ups and who wins. (Cause I said so) Magic vs. LeBron —Magic; Jordan vs. Kobe—Jordan; Bird vs. Durrant—Durrant (Bird’s bad back); Ewing vs. Chandler—Ewing; Robinson vs. Inquodala—Who?; Barkley vs. Carmelo—Come on ya’ll!; Stockton vs. Paul—Paul; Laettner vs. Davis—Call it even; Drexler vs. Harden—Drexler; Malone vs. Love—Malone (2nd All Time Leading Scorer); Pippen vs. Westbrook—Pippen; Mullen vs. Williams—Wil­liams. Now either shut-up or call me either one. I’m easy to get 412-628-4856!:05 Movie Review Time: “Savages” gets bumped up to 3 basketballs. I went back to see it again it got better the second time. “The Dark Knight Rises” …well no it didn’t. It kinda rised up 1/2 way (rised up…huh!) Anyway it was too long and slow. You can be one or the other but not both. Thanks to Anne Hathaway in the cat woman suit the Batman gets 2-1/2 basketballs. Oh, shut up. You know you went to see it!:04 It’s Steelers Time… proud of you Pirates and keep up the good work. But it’s Steelers time and yes I am ready for some damn football!!!:03 Speaking of movies, and I was. How many times can a person watch “Tombstone?” Well apparently 25 times cause I just did. It never gets old…and yes “I’ll be your Huckleberry”!:02 Mark your calendar for the No. 1 Reggae Band in the ’Burgh and the last summer blast at a location to be announced is coming at ya Aug. 25 starring The Flow Band. You know they never disappoint…and you also know… “They Shot The Sheriff …But They Did Not Shoot The Deputy! (Call 412-628-4856 for information).:01 Don’t worry, I got your Penn State stuff right here. It’s coming…And I am with Franco!!!:00 Double Overtime: Michael Phelps…Just say no!!!~ Game Over ~last_img read more

Kyrillos Announces He Will Not Seek Another Term

first_imgBy John BurtonOne of the most stalwart Republican forces in the state Legislature, Middletown’s Joseph Kyrillos, announced on Tuesday, he would not seek another term in the Senate.“It has been the greatest privilege of my life to serve the people of my district and the state of New Jersey in the Legislature,” said Kyrillos in a statement his office released this week.  “Ever since I was a kid growing up in Monmouth County, I’ve always believed that public service is an important and noble profession.  I am truly fortunate to have had the ability to serve for so many years in the state Senate, and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished on behalf of the people of New Jersey. And, of course, the frustrations of serving in the Minority and the current political process are obvious.”Kyrillos, 56, has been serving in Trenton for 27 years, first in the Assembly for two two-year terms and was sworn in for his first Senate term in 1992, where he will continue to serve until his current term expires in January 2018.Kyrillos represents the 13th Legislative District, made up of 13 Monmouth County communities, including the Bayshore area from Aberdeen to Highlands, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Marlboro, Oceanport, Rumson, Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright. According to his office, Kyrillos is the second youngest person elected to the Senate since the 1947 Constitutional Convention and the tenth youngest since 1844. He served as only the 29th Republican state chairman in the recorded history of the party since 1880 and one of only four to serve simultaneously in the legislature. When he unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012, Kyrillos’ office said he joined a small group of 135 individuals in the history of New Jersey who earned the privilege to have been nominated for governor or U.S. senator by the two major political parties.“When I leave the Senate in January 2018, I will have spent more than half my lifetime serving in public life,” Kyrillos said. “It’s time for some new challenges and opportunities and it’s also time to give others an opportunity to serve.”“He’s going out a winner,” observed John O. Bennett III, a fellow Monmouth County Republican who had served as senator, Senate president and acting governor during his tenure in Trenton. Bennett had worked closely with Kyrillos during their time together in the Legislature’s upper house. “Joe has always been recognized as a great legislator, a good guy, a nice guy, a team player,” Bennett said of his friend and former colleague. “He’ll be missed by his constituents.”By giving a lengthy notice, Kyrillos will give ample time to the county GOP organization to name a replacement for next year’s ballot, Bennett explained. Economic GrowthWhen Republicans held the legislative majority in the Statehouse, Kyrillos served as majority conference leader and chaired standing committees on economic development and natural resources. A ranking member of the Economic Growth, Judiciary and Legislative Oversight committees, he was the original sponsor of the state’s landmark Business Employment Incentive Program (BEIP), which has resulted in the creation of hundreds of thousands of New Jersey jobs. Kyrillos also sponsored the “Grow New Jersey” bill, which is the state’s current business incentive program. He voted more than 140 times to reduce taxes and fees. Environmental and Shore ProtectionA lifelong Monmouth County resident, Kyrillos worked to protect New Jersey’s coastline and help the shore region rebuild in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. He helped establish the state’s Shore Protection Fund in 1993, which provided the first stable source of funding for protecting New Jersey’s beaches. He also sponsored legislation to keep our oceans clean and close the CAFRA loophole to protect the shoreline from overdevelopment and decay. Kyrillos led the early fight for green acres and open space efforts and sponsored the state’s Environmental Infrastructure Trust. EducationKyrillos, an advocate for improving education, was the prime sponsor of the School Report Card legislation to hold public schools and teachers accountable. He also sponsored the current teacher tenure reform bill and has advocated for reforms to the state’s inequitable school funding formula. Government ReformWorking with legislators on both sides of the aisle, Kyrillos championed several bi-partisan reform measures to lower property taxes and fix systemic problems with the state budget. He was a prime sponsor of the 2-percent cap on property taxes that is helping to control excessive local spending. He worked with the governor and legislative leaders to begin to fix the state’s broken pension system. Recently, he helped forge the coalition to renew the Transportation Trust Fund, eliminate the estate tax and the income tax for most retirees. Along the way, he sponsored initiatives that created the NJ Cultural Trust, the NJ BEST vehicle for higher education savings, and the bill that created today’s NJTV.“Joe Kyrillos’s history of public service to Monmouth County and all of New Jersey is extraordinary,” said state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. (R-21), in a statement released on Wednesday. “He has been the voice of reason that members of both parties in the New Jersey Senate have looked to for leadership on key issues since 1992,” especially for such issues as shore protection and efforts to grow the state economy.Outside of his legislative responsibilities Kyrillos has worked in commercial real estate as senior managing director for the Newmark Grubb Night Frank firm and as a director for Newport Capital, a Red Bank investment advisory firm. In the political trenches over the years he had been a leader in the state and national Republican Party, serving as New Jersey Republican state chairman and member of the Republican National Committee from 2001 to 2004. Kyrillos was the New Jersey Chairman of Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2008, and in 2009, he served as the chairman of Gov. Chris Christie’s successful campaign and as a member of the transition team. He was the Republican nominee for the United States Senate in 2012 and served as a close advisor to former Florida governor Jeb Bush in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.Over the years he tried to move up and secure other elected positions but was unsuccessful. In 1992 he took on Democrat Frank Pallone for the U.S House of Representative. And in 2012 Kyrillos won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Frank Lautenberg until his death. Kyrillos, however, had the misfortune of competing with the juggernaut that was Super Storm Sandy, that had devastated so much of the shore area, Kyrillos’s base, displacing many voters; and had as his Democratic competition Newark Mayor Cory Booker and the national attention his campaign had attracted.In the Legislature he had developed a reputation of working with opposing sides to reach consensus as a leader of the minority party.Vin Gopal, chairman of the Monmouth County Democratic Committee, spoke of his appreciation for Kyrillos’ bipartisan efforts for the state’s betterment and their personal friendship.“I think he’s a great senator, a great guy,” Gopal said. “He’s one of the last remaining gentlemen in New Jersey politics who was able to work across the aisle.“He will be sorely missed.”“I love Joe and I’ll miss him,” offered Declan O’Scanlon, a Republican member of the Assembly who represents the 13th with Kyrillos. “He is one of the most outstanding public servants that New Jersey has seen in the last 30 years. And I don’t think I’m exaggerating.”Kyrillos hasn’t announced his future plans other than to say he hasn’t ruled out a possible return to the political arena sometime in the future.“He’s a young guy,” Bennett observed. “I don’t know that’s Joe’s taking a departure from public service forever.”Kyrillos and his wife, Susan and children will continue to reside in Middletown, according to office.last_img read more

Selkirk Saints pull off weekend exhibition sweep of UVic Vikes

first_imgThe Selkirk Saints tuned up for start of the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League by sweeping a pair of exhibition games against the University of Victoria Vikes this weekend at the NDCC Arena.The Saints opened with a 6-3 win Friday before closing out the two-game set by defeating the Vikes 5-3 Saturday.Dallas Calvin, of Beaver Valley Nitehawk fame, led the scoring for three-time defending BCIHL champs with goals in each of the two games.Three former members of the KIJHL Nelson Leafs are on the roster for UVic. Forwards Carsen Willans and Linden Horswill and defenceman Austin Seaman are entering their second season of BCIHL play with UVic, which opened the scoring in the two gamesSelkirk concludes the BCIHL exhibition season with a 3-3-1 record.The Saints open the 2015-16 BCIHL season Friday at the Castlegar Arena when Trinity Western University Spartans come to the Sunflower City.The teams play the second game of the weekend set Saturday in Castlegar. Puck drop for both days are at 7 p.m.The Saints will raise the 2015 Championship Banner during a special pre-game ceremony.UVic travels to Eastern Washington outside of Spokane to begin the regular season.The BCIHL was launched in 2006 and now includes five member teams: Eastern Washington University, Selkirk College, Simon Fraser University, Trinity Western University and the University of Victoria.last_img read more

Mourinho not thinking about possible emergency loan after Courtois injury

first_imgJose Mourinho has refused to be drawn on whether Chelsea would look to sign a goalkeeper on an emergency loan if the untested Jamal Blackman becomes the only fit number one.A “long-term” knee injury to first choice Thibaut Courtois means Asmir Begovic will get an extended run in the side, with 21-year old Blackman on the bench.Academy product Blackman has yet to play for the Blues, with his only first-team appearance coming for Middlesbrough against Liverpool in the League Cup during a loan spell last season.When asked if he would sign a new keeper should Begovic get injured, Mourinho said: “I would prefer not to think about that.“Our decision was the third choice would be a young English goalkeeper and we think it is a normal decision and a good decision.“Now Jamal becomes the second. He didn’t play one match in the Premier League or in the Championship but he has good potential.”Mourinho added: “The third goalkeeper is always a complicated situation.“You can be third and not sit on bench all season but you can play a big game. In my first spell Hilario played against Barcelona in the Champions League and he was the third goalkeeper.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Mobile doctor always on call

first_imgThe Afridoctor mobile application will allow smartphone owners quick access to medical information. (Image: NokiaConnectZA) MEDIA CONTACTS • Olga-Jean QueenFleishman-Hillard+27 11 548 2050RELATED ARTICLES • Rural health gets R9m boost • Universal healthcare for SA? • Mobile HIV testing in KZN • Barnard: surgeon with heartJanine ErasmusA South African-designed mobile application for smartphones is enabling people to diagnose ailments via mobile technology – with the help of a panel of doctors.Mobile developers 20FourLabs, a division of local internet portal, designed their Afridoctor application as an alternative information service for people who have limited access to healthcare, or who are out of range of a doctor at the time.While it will fill a large gap in terms of availability of basic health information, and will help to educate and improve the lives of many people, Afridoctor should never take the place of a visit to a health professional, if this is at all possible.The application, conceived by 20FourLabs’ Werner Erasmus, saw off competition from over 125 entries to take first prize in Nokia’s Calling All Innovators Africa 2009 competition at the end of last year, netting its developers R644 000 (US$85 000). The competition called for applications relevant to South African and African mobile users.The four other winning applications, which each took home R76 000 ($10 000), were The Roach Game: South Africa by Breakdesign; bird guide Sasol e.Birds by Coolideas; snake guide MrSNAKE by Simon Botes; and entertainment widget Thumbtribe by Thumtribe.Five more applications won 12 months’ membership to the Forum Nokia developer’s group and a Judge’s Choice award. They are LiveMobile by LiveMobile, Countdown 2010 by Christian Reeve; Surfing Safari by Aqua Online; Turn Left at the Barrel by Turn Left at the Giraffe; and Mall-Buddy by Paul Hinrichsen.Afridoctor is available as a free download from the Nokia Ovi store, as are several of the other prize-winning applications.More accessible to AfricansAlthough mobile use is increasing dramatically on the African continent, the developers have found, through data submitted during use of the application, that Afridoctor is more popular with users from elsewhere in the world.While the application is currently compatible only with the N-series of Nokia handsets, which run the Symbian S60 5th edition operating system, the team is working on making it more widely accessible in South Africa and the rest of the continent.They hope to make it available on other mobile platforms such as iPhone, Android and Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME). J2ME-compatible phones are favoured by African users, who generally cannot afford the more expensive smartphones – but they are the ones who most need the assistance.There is also talk of developing dedicated applications focusing on topical health and social issues such as HIV/Aids, cancer and asthma.Unique features“Afridoctor is Africa’s first personal mobile health clinic, turning your device into a powerful first aid information kit, a doctor-location service, and an emergency distress notifier,” says the developing team.Afridoctor, presented in association with, has a rich selection of functions and three outstanding features. The first is SnapDiagnosis, which allows patients to upload photos of health conditions and receive advice within 48 hours – via a phone call, text message or e-mail – from a professional medical panel.However, this feature is best suited to topical ailments such as rashes or stings, as the doctors will find it impossible to use a mere photo to diagnose a disease that presents no external symptoms.The mapping feature pinpoints the location of the user via Google Maps, and supplies them with information on clinics, hospitals, doctors and other related health services in their area, saving them time and effort.There is also an emergency feature which instantly sends a distress call to a predefined emergency mobile number. The friend or family member is immediately notified that the sender is in difficulty, and will be told where the sender is located. The Afridoctor team hope to include a panic button as a future Nokia home screen widget, allowing users to send the signal by pressing just one button without having to load the application first.Other features include useful first aid tips on a variety of topics ranging from dog bites, burns, and fever to seizures and kitchen safety. There are also a number of quizzes which help users determine their risk for conditions such as stroke, hypertension or cancer; encourage them to give up smoking or drinking; and establish a possible case of clinical depression.A series of calculators based on user input also help work out likely blood alcohol level, healthy weight and basal metabolic rate, among others./index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=886:mpilonhle-171208&catid=42:landnews&Itemid=110last_img read more

Photoshop Importing Workflows for Autodesk Smoke

first_imgDepending on your needs you can create an output for Action and output a matte and create a CFXalip .  You can also pipe that into the CFX result, which will create a CFXa clip on the timeline.This will allow you to have an animating PSD clip that you can key over other timeline clips. Just add an AXIS to perform the composite key.You can also import PSD files inside ConnectFX with the Read File Node which I talked about in a pervious blog post.So pick the best workflow that works for you, depending on what your edit requires. If you need to animate your layers, then import directly into Action, and if you need just a simple timeline graphic layer, then a direct import to the Media Library will work.  Smoke is very flexible with PSDs.One final note. Make sure that your PSD layers are flattened with their alpha layer so that Smoke will import it correctly.  Smoke can’t import Photoshop layer effects or masking layers. Type however, can be raw and will get rasterized on import. Smoke only imports RGB files and not CMYK. There are few options when working with PSD files in Autodesk Smoke. Check out these workflows for importing your Photoshop files.Working with Photoshop (.PSD) files in Smoke is very robust. You can import and work with multilayered files in the timeline and in Action via ConnectFX (CFX). Depending on what you need to accomplish, these unique workflows can offer some quick and easy ways to maintain the original PSD layout and use the layers independently. Click images below for larger image.Importing via the MediaHub:Using the MediaHub, navigate to your folder containing your PSD file. Multilayer Photoshop files will have a MULTI icon in the lower right of the proxy tile.If you simply import this file as is, you will get all of the layers and their alpha channels. If there are multiple layers, and a lot of them, this will result in the creation of a large number of clips. Here are few best practices that will help your organization of PSDs in Smoke.Import with the Create Matte Container OptionWith this option enabled each layer will get imported with it’s alpha channel as a single clip. The clip will be a matte container and will have a ‘film strip’ icon in the Media Library.If you didn’t activate this option, then you will get a clip for each image and a separate clip for the alpha as an RGB clip. This was fine in the previous versions of Smoke (2012), but now that effects are timeline centric, a combined image/alpha clip works better on the timeline and in ConnectFX.Create a New Folder or Library for the PSDIt would be nice if Smoke would create a new folder on it’s own, however you can drag and drop the file in to the empty area of the Media Library and it will create a new Library for your file.Since PSDs can have 10’s of layers, keeping them separated in their own folder or library will greatly help your organization.You will notice that when you import the files as layers, you also get a flattened version of the file with it’s combined alpha as well as the individual layers.If you just want the flattened file, because you don’t need every layer separately, then you can click the MUTLI icon in the MediaHub and the clip will open up and display all of the layers so you can import just what you want. See how flexible Smoke is?One other important option is that by default your PSD layers are imported to match the background or image size of your PSD file.If you adjust the Layer option in the Format Specific Options Tab for Photoshop, you can import the layers at their native layer size. This will lose the relative screen position, but can make the image more useful in repurposing layer elements.As great as the above workflow is, it isn’t very helpful if you need to maintain the composition of the PSD and keep the layers separate. In my opinion it’s better to import via CFX.Import via Action and ConnectFX:You can simply create a new sequence or find an empty GAP to create a ConnectFX on.Add a CFX effect and add an Action to the CFX output.Enter the Action Node Bin and double click the IMPORT Node.The Import Node is used to import Photoshop files as well as 3D models. Make sure that it is set to Photoshop as you navigate to the PSD file.Once you find your file, click LOAD and Action will import each layer with this alpha and layer blend mode. Each layer will be linked to an AXIS and there will be a master controlling AXIS to move the entire comp.Each Image layer has it’s offset positioning so that it matches the original file. You can use the axis for each layer to move it’s position and keyframe an animation. Now, these images/alphas are loaded directly into ACTION, you can see the clips in the Sources folder for your CFX Effect, but they are not a part of the Media Library, they exist only as media inside this CFX effect.This is both good and bad. It’s good in that Smoke is managing the clips so you don’t have to, and bad in that you aren’t managing the clips, so you can’t use them in the timeline.  You can simply copy the clips in the Sources folder into the Media Library if you do need the clips, to use on the timeline or inside other CFX effects.You will also notice that the clips aren’t accessible outside of Action. This can be easily addressed by selecting the layer or layers in the Media List and hitting the EXTRACT button. This will pop out the clip into your CFX schematic so that you can add other nodes to affect the image.last_img read more

Sol Mercado out for Game 5 of PBA Finals

first_imgMOST READ “Sol will not play Sunday, so it’s next man up for us,” bared Ginebra coach Tim Cone on Saturday.Mercado suffered a high grade left ankle sprain in the waning seconds of Ginebra’s 85-83 loss in Game 4 after landing awkwardly off his chasedown block on Jared Dillinger.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 shutoutHe was taken out of the venue in a wheelchair and was rushed to Cardinal Santos Medical Center.Still, Cone remains upbeat and believes his wards are well equipped to survive the absence of Mercado in the al-important Game 5. View comments Read Next LATEST STORIES Kia trades top pick to San Miguel Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 “It’s a best-of-3 now. Like in a game, we have lost our lead and now, we have to pick up our game. What’s done is done, we have to play from here. I have great faith in our players that we can regain control of the series. It should be an interesting game in Philippine Arena,” he said.center_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra will miss a key cog in Sol Mercado in Game 5 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals set on Sunday at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.The Gin Kings and the Meralco Bolts eye a pivotal 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more