WESTERN BUREAU: Edwin Allen entered their opening ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup Group H football match against defending champions Clarendon College feeling pretty good about their chances. Their got one consolation – a successful penalty kick that was scored by Khimani Orr in the 26th minute. Joel Sterling left them travelling home feeling blue as he netted a hat-trick to lead Clarendon College to a 6-1 win. It began as expected. The champions were in a no-nonsense mood and quickly began to make their presence felt. In the sixth minute, Sterling fired home his first goal to give Clarendon College the lead. His second came in minute 69, and his third on the 77th-minute mark. Before then, Orr was asked to take a penalty awarded by the referee after a defender was adjudged to have committed a foul inside the area. He converted to make things a little more interesting. Thereafter, it was a matter of how many more goals the Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis-coached Clarendon College would score. That question was answered in emphatic style when forward Seigle Knight fired into the back of the net to make it 2-1 in the 27th minute, then at minute 35, as Roger Russell added his name to the scoresheet when his shot beat Edwin Allen’s Kajay Johnson in goal. Clarendon came out in the second half looking for more and they got it in the 63rd minute when Knight blasted home his second, and his team’s fourth, against an Edwin Allen team that looked dazed, due to the ease at which Clarendon carved through their defence. Thereafter, it was Sterling’s show. The sure-footed forward was dangerous in every attack and managed to close out his hat-trick with a lot of time left on the clock. “There is more to come from me this season,” said Sterling. “I am working hard. The team is working hard and we need to defend the title. “Scoring three goals in any match is a great feeling, so right now, I am enjoying it. But we will refocus for our next game against Kellits on Wednesday,” Sterling added. Davis was full of praise for his young striker, calling the result an outstanding one on which to build the season. “We won with a big margin, but it wasn’t as easy as it seemed. Every game in this group is like a derby, so it requires a special sort of attention from us. Today, the boys did well and now that we have bagged our first win, we are going to keep rolling,” said Davis. Sterling’s show
Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.I don’t know what Jon Gruden is doing.All I know is that it’s not working.Then again, anyone with a rudimentary understanding of the game of football and the ability to discern the differences in numbers could tell you that whatever Gruden is doing isn’t working. I feel remiss in saying this in a Bay Area publication, but for the sake of the franchise — for his own sake — Gruden needs to stop worrying …
We were blown away by “Skills” an impressive seamless design project. Learn some animation tips/tricks from the motion designer behind it.Seamless design (animated objects transitioning into one another without any visible cuts) can be as impressive visually as it is challenging to create. Due to complex projects, slow computers, and multiple artists, we aren’t always able to create an entire scene in just one composition, or at least not easily. As a result, we are forced to look at a project as small elements that make up a whole composition with actions and reactions woven together to make interesting design.Good designers know this and are able to blend small elements together to create a seamless design. The trick is in hiding the cuts. One such example is the demo reel/teaser trailer I recently came across online called Skills. If you haven’t seen it yet here it is:Skills is a great example of blending multiple elements together to create a seamless design. Motion designer Marc Urtasun used a wide variety of programs to achieve this awesome animation including Cinema4D, After Effects, and Vray. The thing that mesmerized me was the way in which objects seemed to “flow” together, playing off shared shapes.Now it’s one thing to recognize common shapes shared between say a spray can and a skateboard, it’s an entirely different thing to actually sit down and animate it. How would you even begin going about animating something like that? The following video created by Marc gives us some insight into how ‘Skills’ was created. Notice in the video, an extensive the research and development portion of the project is. Pre-production isn’t just for live-action projects. In fact, in a lot of ways pre-production is more important when doing motion graphics work.While this video provides great background into the process, we wanted a little more info about how Skills was created. We asked Marc a few questions and he was kind enough to hit us back with the answers:Q: How did you begin conceptualizing the design for “Skills”?I wanted to create something new with references to artists that I admire, and of course, learn new things. There’s a video from Plenty.tv that caught my attention that mixes different characters and I wanted to go further in this concept, but with a very different topic. Also, I wanted to mix motion graphics with a photorealistic render, because I really think that it transmits a powerful image.Q: Where did you learn how to use Cinema4D?I learned the basics in college. However, I learned the majority of Cinema 4D just on my own…and I am still learning everyday. I think the most important attribute for anyone looking to learn is interest and curiosity. There’s always something to learn or improve on, especially in 3D graphics and motion.Q: What other software programs did you use?I used Photoshop and Illustrator for designing, for video and postproduction I used Adobe Affects and some Final Cut.Q: What was the hardest part about creating “Skills”?The hardest part was the render and Vray. I never used Vray for C4D and I had had some technical problems which took me a while to solve. I had a ton of problems on this project and for that reason this project has helped me learn a lot. I found that the difficulties I encountered in this project actually helped me grow my skills! I also had difficulties with the microphone scene, namely the oscillatory motion.Q: How difficult was it to make the animation seamless?This depends a lot on the objects you are working with. You have to look at the shapes and similarities between objects. If you work with 3D I think it is much more difficult because the process becomes of the higher amount of detail. The kind of effect I incorporated is usually used with 2D or flat style, but the result when done in 3d is awesome. It was sometimes much easier than it seems because you can “cheat” the eyesight. Everything happens in only few seconds so the most important thing is that the design looks fluid. This method isn’t always the same so you have to adapt it to the object.Q: Do you have any tips for people looking to make seamless design?Morph static objects is more difficult than objects that are moving. Work on dynamic movements and take advantage of any move that can give fluidity. I based the project on the “Squash and stretch” principle of animation. With deforming and re-forming the object the animation becomes more fluid and it becomes easier replace the desired object. We have to take into account that each object is different, but a good way to practice is to try with basic objects.Q: Do you find it more difficult to create the animation or come up with the idea?In the case of Skills I have had total freedom for the creation process and I feel like I was able to express the concept I imagined. Because of that, I think I’ve had more difficulty with the animation process and placing all the objects one after another.You can check out more of Marc’s work on his Vimeo channel. Thanks for sharing your insight Marc!If you are interested in learning more about motion design check out the Premiumbeat Blog. We have hundreds of tutorials and articles dedicated to helping you become a better motion graphic designer.What did you think of skills? Have any questions for Marc? Have any seamless design you want to share? Share in the comments below.
As both the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the National Conference (NC) raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in meetings with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, he said on Monday that the Centre wouldl not go against people’s sentiments on Article 35A, which grants special rights to locals on property and jobs.“There are no issues left, which is why such issues are being raised,” he told a conference here.Article 35A has been challenged through three petitions in the Supreme Court, which will again hear them in November.‘Ready for talks with all’“The Centre is ready to hold talks with anyone. I am inviting everyone willing to help us in resolving the problems of Kashmir. We have never opposed talks. All stakeholders are welcome,” he said.The National Investigation Agency, which has detained a number of separatist leaders since June, “was acting according to the law of the land.” “This should not deter those who want to talk to the government.” Referring to a “permanent solution of Kashmir,” he said five Cs — compassion, communication, coexistence, confidence-building, and consistency — would be its basis.The situation in Kashmir was “improving but not completely normal. What I have seen during the last two, three days has convinced me that the trees of peace have not dried up. I can see green buds of peace on these trees…If I have to come 50 times to bring peace to J&K, I will do that.”Mr. Singh, who met around 55 delegations, asked the security agencies to ensure “no excesses are committed during operations” and “not to treat minors as criminals.”“Minors must be dealt with under the juvenile justice system and not be put in jails. They must be properly counselled,” he said.In Jammu, the Union Minister visited the BSF campus at Naushera and took stock of operational preparedness on the Line of Control and International Boundary.Mr. Singh said fewer people were injured in crowd control this year.“We introduced the PAVA gun to replace the pellet gun, but I was told it is not very effective,” he said. The Minister asked Pakistan “to stop infiltrating terrorists into J&K”.He appealed to tourists and tourist organisations to visit Kashmir. “The people of Kashmir are ready to welcome you. They want to turn it into heaven again,” he said.Former Chief Minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah welcomed Mr. Singh’s stand on Article 35A, while Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani called for a “final settlement.”“This is a very important statement from the Union Home Minister. His assurance will go a long way towards silencing the noises against 35A. The Union government must now file a counter-affidavit in the Supreme Court to defend 35A. That is the way to carry this assurance forward,” Mr. Abdullah said.Mr. Geelani called for “a peaceful resolution to Kashmir through the Indian Independence Act of 1947.”
An Uttarakhand Roadways bus rolled down a 250-metre deep gorge around 15 kilometre from Chamba in Tehri district early on Thursday killing 14 persons, including two women, and injuring seventeen others, officials said.The ill-fated bus was on its way to Haridwar from Bhatwari when it met with the accident, the second such tragedy in the hill state this month.The accident occurred near Kirgani on the Chamba-Uttarkashi highway at around 8.20 am today when the bus plunged into a 250-metre deep gorge, killing 13 persons on the spot and and leaving 18 injured, Tehri District Magistrate Sonika said.One of the injured died in hospital during treatment, she added.There were 31 passengers, mostly locals, in the bus when the accident took place, she said.Seventeen of the injured were under treatment at different hospitals, officials said.Eleven people who sustained serious injuries, were flown in choppers to AIIMS, Rishikesh, while the rest were under treatment at district hospital in Baurari and Masihi hospital, Chamba, they said.Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed deep grief at the loss of lives in the accident and announced a compensation of ₹2 lakh for the next of kin of those killed and ₹50,000 for those injured.Police and SDRF teams along with senior officials were rushed to the spot to conduct rescue operations.