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Cape May County’s Bridge and Road Expert is Retiring

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first_imgPiles of paper on his desk reflect Dale Foster’s extensive duties as Cape May County engineer. By Donald WittkowskiSomewhere underneath a mountainous stack of papers about two feet high is Dale Foster’s desk. His desk and office have been buried in an avalanche of transportation studies, blueprints, architectural renderings, memos and myriad other documents.The massive clutter reflects his extensive duties as the Cape May County engineer, a position that he has held since 1994 and regularly produces 12-hour work days overseeing roads, bridges and construction projects.“There just isn’t enough time to finish everything. You have to jump into one thing after another,” he said, explaining the mess of papers.But there is one thing that Foster is about to finish. His lengthy career in Cape May County government is coming to an end. He promises that by the time Aug. 31 rolls around, his last official day before he retires, even the imposing pile of papers in his office will be cleaned up.“I have been working on getting it done,” he said, smiling.Although the 61-year-old Foster is retiring from the county, he will continue his career in the private sector as a senior project manager and vice president for Greenman-Pedersen Inc., a major engineering firm headquartered in New York.Post-employment ethics restrictions will prevent Foster from working on public projects in Cape May County for the next six months for Greenman-Pedersen, which serves as a county consulting firm for transportation and construction projects. However, he will be free to begin working immediately on public projects outside of Cape May County.Foster first came to Cape May County in 1979 while working as an engineer for HNTB Corp., a private construction and engineering company. His job with the company was to inspect county bridges.He humorously recalled how his boss at that time assured him that even in winter, the shore would be relatively warm. Needless to say, he was bundled up in big “puffy coats” while out on a boat to inspect the bridges in winter.In honor of his lengthy public service, Dale Foster receives a plaque from Cape May County Bridge Commission Executive Director Karen Coughlin.Foster began working for Cape May County in 1990 as an engineer for the Cape May County Bridge Commission, the agency that oversees a network of five bridges connecting the seashore towns along the scenic Ocean Drive.In 1991, he became Cape May County’s assistant engineer. He was promoted to engineer in 1994, a position that put him in charge of the county’s 212 miles of roads and 23 bridges. He is also involved with the engineering and maintenance of the bridges owned by the Cape May County Bridge Commission.All of his duties as county engineer mean that Foster is routinely working 12-hour days in the office and “many more hours” at his Seaville home, said Karen Coughlin, executive director of the bridge commission.During its Aug. 16 board meeting, the bridge commission honored Foster by presenting him with a plaque and a resolution. Coughlin noted Foster kept the bridges safe by completing numerous inspections and was instrumental in securing millions of dollars in grant money for county construction projects.“I wish I could do more, but I did the best I could,” Foster told the commission members while thanking them for the honors.Lately, Foster has been helping the bridge commission and county supervise the planned $8.6 million overhaul of the Townsends Inlet Bridge linking Sea Isle City and Avalon. Starting Sept 17, the bridge will close down for eight months to allow contractors to replace seven deteriorated spans on the Avalon side.Foster’s crowning achievement as county engineer was overseeing the construction of the approximately $60 million Ocean City-Longport Bridge, which opened in 2002, he said in an interview.The opening of the new Ocean City-Longport Bridge in 2002 was a highlight of Foster’s county career.Reflecting Foster’s prowess in securing grants, the county was able to obtain about $57 million in state and federal funding for the Ocean City-Longport Bridge. The county’s share of the project was only about $3 million, he said.In 1996, Foster pushed for federal grants for the Ocean City-Longport Bridge during testimony before the House Infrastructure and Transportation Committee. Foster gave expert testimony at the invitation of Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, R-2nd, a member of the Infrastructure and Transportation Committee whose congressional district includes Cape May County.Now, all these years later, as he prepares to retire as county engineer, Foster said he has just one regret – not being able to complete all of the projects that he started.“You just never have the time to finish them,” he said.After Foster retires, Robert Church will become the new county engineer and Nancy Mauro will take charge as head of the engineering department. Lewis Donofrio was named engineer of the Cape May County Bridge Commission at the Aug. 16 board meeting.last_img read more

Karim Adeyemi :Die Mannschaft in His Mind

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first_imgKarim Adeyemi remains one of the hottest teenagers in world football. No wonder Spanish giant, Barcelona, has been on his trail for a while. For soccer loving Nigerians hoping that he would one day play for his fatherland, they’ve got a shocker coming, as the prodigy says he wants to star for GermanyIn a recent interview, Barcelona-linked striker Karim Adeyemi has revealed the senior national team he wants to represent in future.Born in Munich to a Nigerian father and Romanian mother, the Red Bull Salzburg starlet qualifies to represent the Super Eagles, The Tricolours and Die Mannschaft. Germany are ahead of Nigeria and Romania in the race for Adeyemi’s services after he became provisionally cap-tied to his country of birth in a European U-17 Championship qualifier against Belarus on March 20, 2019.He was awarded the Fritz Walter Gold Medal for the most promising talent in his age group by the DFB, following in the footsteps of Germany stars Timo Werner, Leon Goretzka, Emre Can and Mario Götze who have all won the prestigious award in the past.“That’s right. Many successful footballers who play in the national team today have also received this award. One day I want to play for the national team,” Adeyemi said.“I want to achieve what these players have already achieved. That is why this award makes me very proud and is also a great motivation to continue on my path.”The 17-year-old added: “Playing for the national team is always a great honour. It is always special for my family to see me play in the national team jersey. It motivates me enormously when I am invited to the national team and can play for Germany.”With age no longer on the side of Barcelona striker, Luis Surez which had made the Uruguayan slow down considerably, Barca is looking for a long standing replacement for the former Pichichi winner and their search light had turned to the direction of German-born Nigerian youth prodigyWith the La Masia not producing the players for Barcelona as before, the Catalan giants have now resorted to investing on young players in Europe and other parts of the globe where they can get promising players.Barcelona are prepared to splash out €8m to sign Germany Under-17 international striker Karim Adeyemi. The 17-year-old joined Red Bull Salzburg in the summer of 2018 and is currently playing for their feeder club FC Liefering in the second tier of Austrian football.Adeyemi has also been prolific at youth international level for Germany – he impressed for Die Mannshaft’s Under-16 team and then netted three goals in seven caps for the Under-17 side.He is said by the report to be the ‘bet’ of Barcelona director of youth football Patrick Kluivert and they are said to view his potential to being similar to that of 16-year-old rising star Ansu Fati.Adeyemi, who has a Nigerian father and Romanian mother began his youth career at Bayern Munich and went on to spend six years at SpVgg Unterhaching.Barcelona are trying to replenish their young attacking options after seeing the success of Fati this season, but Salzburg who signed him for €3.5 million in 2018 are not ready to make the signing of Adeyemi easy on Barcelona.His contract at Salzburg runs until the end of the 2020-21 season, although for the price he is rumoured to go for, that contract won’t matter. The goal for Barcelona appears to be to grab a few U-20 strikers and a few strikers in their 20s, creating a diversity of play styles in different age groups.The former Bayern Munich star, Adeyemi has been reportedly named among the most experienced young players in Europe, having made the cut after being picked by CIES Football Observatory from 22 European competitions per year of birth.The rankings were compiled using what is said to be exclusive methodology weighting domestic league minutes played by footballers during the last two years according to the sporting strength of employer teams.For players born in or after 2001, Red Bull Salzburg striker Adeyemi ranked eighteenth and he was the only player of Nigerian descent that made the list as none made the cut for the 1998, 1999 and 2000 age groups.In eight outings for Germany’s U-16 and U-17 national teams, the centre forward has found the net twice.Adeyemi started his career at Bayern Munich before moving to SpVgg Unterhaching and was snapped by Red Bull Salzburg in the summer of 2018.According to the report on El Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are said to be ready to pay eight million euros for the signing of Adeyemi. And should the Catalan giants go on to pay this amount, then Karim Adeyemi will become the most expensive U-18 player of Nigerian descent in history.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Clayton Kershaw climbs up Dodgers’ leaderboard with dominant outing against Mariners

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first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “Your stuff sometimes comes and goes,” Kershaw said of looking rejuvenated in 2020. “But your ability to compete and your ability to manipulate your way through games and figure out different ways to get outs, ultimately that’s what wins games. I’m thankful that my stuff has ticked up this year and I’m going to pitch as long as I’m having fun. I’m having a ton of fun and I don’t see that stopping anytime soon.”Thursday in Seattle must have been fun indeed.It was the 63rd time in his career that Kershaw has struck out 10 or more. The Mariners swung and missed at 19 of his season-high 96 pitches — the most empty air he has induced since a complete-game, 13-strikeout start against the Kansas City Royals on July 9, 2017.Over his past two starts, Kershaw has allowed just two runs on five hits while striking out 17 in 14 innings.“That was vintage Kershaw,” said Cody Bellinger, who was also a seventh-grader during Kershaw’s debut season. “It was cool watching from center field. I got to see how he was working and honestly just standing out there for the most part. … He was on his ‘A’ game today.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error When Clayton Kershaw got Skip Schumaker to swing and miss for the first strikeout of the young left-hander’s career on May 25, 2008, Shed Long Jr. was finishing up seventh grade in Alabama.Schumaker is on the San Diego Padres’ coaching staff now and Long is a big-leaguer with the Seattle Mariners — and Kershaw is still striking guys out.Long became the 2,487th strikeout of Kershaw’s career when he swung and missed at an 0-and-2 slider in the fifth inning at T-Mobile Park on Thursday. That moved Kershaw past Don Drysdale on the Dodgers’ all-time strikeout list. Only Don Sutton (2,696) struck out more batters in a Dodgers uniform.PreviousSeattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager, right, runs past third base coach Manny Acta after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Dodgers outfielders A.J. Pollock (11), Cody Bellinger (35) and Mookie Betts (50) celebrate after the team beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1 in a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Beaty, right, drives in a run on a double as Seattle Mariners catcher Joseph Odom looks on in the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts scores against the Seattle Mariners on a wild pitch in the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers scores off a passed ball by Joseph Odom #54 of the Seattle Mariners in the third inning at T-Mobile Park on August 20, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Seattle Mariners’ Braden Bishop swings and misses as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes reaches for the ball to end the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Seattle Mariners in the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi wipes his face after giving up a run to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, top, throws against Seattle Mariners’ Dylan Moore in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)The Los Angeles Dodgers’, from left, Julio Urias #7, Dennis Santana #77 and Victor Gonzalez #81 look on before their game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on August 20, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Joseph Odom #54 and Yusei Kikuchi #18 of the Seattle Mariners have a meeting on the mound after getting into a jam in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at T-Mobile Park on August 20, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Yusei Kikuchi #18 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning at T-Mobile Park on August 20, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers closing pitcher Adam Kolarek, right, and catcher Austin Barnes celebrate after the team beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1 in a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers warms up in the bullpen before their game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on August 20, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes (15) scores from third base on a passed ball as Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi looks on in the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Seattle Mariners’ Braden Bishop swings and misses as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes reaches for the ball to end the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw catches a ball against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager, right, runs past third base coach Manny Acta after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Dodgers outfielders A.J. Pollock (11), Cody Bellinger (35) and Mookie Betts (50) celebrate after the team beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1 in a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)NextShow Caption1 of 18Los Angeles Dodgers outfielders A.J. Pollock (11), Cody Bellinger (35) and Mookie Betts (50) celebrate after the team beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1 in a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)ExpandLong had plenty of company Thursday as well. Kershaw struck out 11 while allowing just four hits in seven dominant innings as the Dodgers beat the Mariners 6-1. The Mariners’ only damage against Kershaw was a solo home run by Kyle Seager in the fourth inning. Kershaw has allowed just six runs in 24 innings this season. Five have come on solo home runs.“In certain situations, I’m not going to say a walk is worse than a home run, but walks can lead to big innings,” Kershaw said. “Obviously you’re not trying to give up home runs. But you fall behind guys or keep attacking guys with fastballs early in the counts, sometimes those solo home runs will get you. I feel like I’ve been doing that a lot recently.“It’s not a great thing. I’m going to try and stop. But it definitely won’t beat you and I feel that sometimes walks and stuff like that can lead to big innings and that’s what ultimately can get you.”The strikeout of Long came to start the next inning and Kershaw retired seven of the final 11 batters he faced on strikeouts, relying on his breaking pitches but also showing the livelier fastball that has characterized his starts this season.“Today it took a few innings to get my slider going,” Kershaw said. “Really after Seager hit that homer, I tried to do some different things with it, finish it better. It definitely got better as the game went on. The curveball was pretty good throughout the whole day, which I was thankful for, being able to throw strikes with it early. A lot of guys were taking it so it was kind of a free strike. Then I was able to bury a few at the end for some strikeouts. All in all, it was a good day and I feel good about it.”The Dodgers have to feel good about what they see from a 32-year-old Kershaw who appears to be throwing freer and easier than he has in recent years while also being wiser for his years.“It’s a more dynamic Clayton,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.The Dodgers backed him with ample offense but the game might have turned on a call by home plate umpire Adrian Johnson in the third inning.With two runners on to start the inning, Matt Beaty appeared to take a third strike but Johnson called it a ball to even the count, 2-and-2. The next pitch, Beaty appeared to swing and miss at a pitch in the dirt. Johnson signaled Beaty had foul tipped the pitch — which came as a surprise to Beaty who had started to walk toward the dugout.Given new life, Beaty bounced a ground-rule double over the wall in the right-field corner to drive in the game’s first run. Three more runs scored on a passed ball and RBI singles by A.J. Pollock and Bellinger.Bellinger kept creeping out of his slow start with a solo home run later in the game, giving him home runs in back-to-back games. Over the past week, Bellinger is 7 for 25 with four home runs.“It’s more sticking with the process, analyzing every at-bat but not results, just going by feel, and if the feel is off talk with the hitting coaches and discuss it,” Bellinger said. “It’s a tough game. It’s best not to get too up or too down.“In this instance, where the team is so good, it definitely makes it a little easier. Obviously I don’t want to be hitting like this. But the team is going to have your back.”Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more

HOW PACKIE BONNER IS HELPING DONEGAL TOURISM THROUGH ‘THE GATHERING’ FILM

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first_imgCELTIC and Ireland goalkeeping legend Packie Bonner was back on home turf today – to help boost tourism in Donegal.Packie was filiming at Finn Park today as part of The Gathering.“Donegal is my home county and is a very special place in my heart and no matter where I go I always think about home,” said Packie. “I’m delighted that I can support The Gathering. This year is going to be a great year for people to come home to Donegal.”Said Finn Harps secretary John Campbell: “Harps are delighted that Packie was here we look forward to seeing the film he is making.“Packie was superb. He took time to meet both the Harps and Waterford Under 19 teams who were playing in the Elite Under 19 National League.”It was a good day for Harps – they beat Waterford 2-1. HOW PACKIE BONNER IS HELPING DONEGAL TOURISM THROUGH ‘THE GATHERING’ FILM was last modified: January 13th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsHOW PACKIE BONNER IS HELPING DONEGAL TOURISM THROUGH ‘THE GATHERING’ FILMlast_img read more

DeVries Named CollegeInsider.com Hugh Durham Coach of the Year

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first_imgThe honor comes following DeVries first season at the helm of the program in which he led the Bulldogs to a Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship and 24 wins, the third most in program history. Drake University men’s basketball head coach Darian DeVries has been named the CollegeInsider.com Hugh Durham Coach of the Year, the website announced Friday, April 5. The award is presented annually to the top mid-major coach in Division I college basketball by CollegeInsider.com and named Hugh Durham, who built winning programs at three different universities. In eight seasons as the head coach at Jacksonville University, Durham became the Dolphins’ all-time winningest Division I coach (106 wins), making him the only coach in NCAA history to be the winningest coach (pct. or wins) at three different Division I schools.center_img DeVries’ latest honor adds to his impressive season that also saw him earn MVC Coach of the Year honors while leading the Bulldogs to the program’s 12th postseason appearance in school history. The first-year coach accomplished this feat despite inheriting a roster with just one returning starter and three returning lettermen. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

No suspension for Blues forward as status of injured Sharks remains in question

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first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SAN JOSE — The availability of Joe Pavelski, Tomas Hertl and Erik Karlsson for Game 6 of the Western Conference Final remains in question as Sharks coach Pete DeBoer did not provide injury updates on the three players Monday or divulge whether any of them would travel to St. Louis.The three players did not finish Game 5 against St. Louis, a 5-0 Sharks loss that put them on the brink of elimination, as the Blues …last_img

How to Zoom in Premiere Pro for Simple Transitions

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first_imgUsing zoom makes static subjects come to life, and helps smooth transitions. Throw a little “Ken Burns” flavor into your video with the help of the zoom.The zoom effect could be argued as one of the most used effects within Premiere. I’m constantly using the zoom to either crop into a clip, or to add a little motion to an otherwise stationary clip. Today, we are going to do a little guided tour around creating the zoom effect in Premiere, and then I’ll show you how to incorporate that zoom into a transition. Let’s get started!Step 1: Add Your Clip to the TimelineTo create a zoom effect in Premiere Pro, we’ll be using keyframes for the zoom and position parameters.First, let’s start by adding our image or footage to the Premiere Pro timeline.Step 2: Adding Keyframes to Scale and PositionNext, with the clip selected, we’ll navigate to the very FIRST frame of the clip. This will be where our FIRST keyframe is placed. In our effects controls window, click the stopwatch icon next to the SCALE and POSITION parameters. You just added your first keyframe for the scale and position of the clip.Step 3: Creating & Polishing the ZoomAfter you click and enable the stopwatch for a parameter, Premiere will automatically add keyframes when a parameter is adjusted. So, all we have to do now is navigate to the LAST frame of the clip and adjust our scale and position parameters.As soon as you adjust the parameter, a new keyframe is automatically added at the current time. Make sure that you create the position to where you want the final shot to be, as Premiere will automatically interpret the motion into a zoom between the two keyframes.I usually scale up just a little bit and adjust my position to zoom into the main subject of the image.If you want to smooth out the ending of the zoom, you can always add the Ease in or Ease Out tool to give the ending of the clip a little bit more slide.To do this, right click the end keyframe and select either Ease in or Ease Out, depending on if you are going in or out of a clip.Step 4: Saving the Zoom as a PresetFor bonus points, you can save this zoom effect as a preset to use quickly later on any other clip.In the “Effect Controls” window, with “Motion” selected, click on the panel menu at the top right. Click “Save Preset.” Make sure that you choose “Scale” as the type of preset. This will rove the animation for the entire duration of the clip. Name the preset something relative, like “Ken Burns effect” or “scale up 100-120%.Click the panel menu in your “Effect Controls” window, click “Save Preset” and then name your preset.Now, whenever you need to throw the zoom effect onto a clip in a hurry again, just look in your presets folder in your effects window.Keep in mind, you can also reverse the effect we just did, and have the image zoom out. This is good for revealing certain things in the image over time. You can also add keyframes for other things to make it more interesting, such as rotation. In Premiere Pro, like most video editing applications, you can even get really creative and add keyframes to things like color effects, blurs, etc.The Zoom TransitionOne really popular use of the zoom within Premiere is creating a transition between two clips by utilizing the zoom tool. It’s used all over vlogs and social media as a way to show off your latest vacation footage. Creative Ryan has a really simple tutorial on this subject that we are going to use as our example.All you have to do is take the two clips that you want to transition between, and add the Transform effect to both of them. On the first clip, set a key frame at both the end of the clip, and about three or four frames before the ending. On the very end keyframe, scale up your Transform effect, and increase the shutter angle to 360. Make sure to also unclick “Use Composition’s Shutter Angle,” which will add the motion blur that you are looking for in this type of transition.To match the first clip’s zoom, do the same thing to the second clip, but in reverse. Add the zoom to the beginning of the clip, and have it return to normal settings after a few keyframes. Bam! You’ve got yourself a neat little zoom transition to use on your next killer vacation video.Want more tips on using Premiere Pro? Check these out.How to Create Text Effects and Animations in Premiere ProMaster Premiere Pro’s Timeline with Source PatchingHow to Speed Up or Reverse a Clip in Premiere ProVideo Editing 101: How to Stabilize Footage in Premiere ProThe Many Different Ways to Use the Crop Effect in Premiere Prolast_img read more

Lies You Want to Believe

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first_imgEvery day I watch the social media advertisements roll by on Facebook and LinkedIn. They are all designed to capture your attention with a hyperbolic headline aimed at reminding you of something that makes you unhappy (remember dissatisfaction?).Today I saw no less than three advertisements on LinkedIn, all of which began with the headline: “Cold Calling Is Dead.” If you have learned to hate cold calling, this advertisement is aimed directly at you. I clicked on all three because I suspected that they were placed by three different companies. I was correct. Three different companies all using the same headline.All of these marketers know what an easy mark you are when it comes to cold calling (unless, of course, you are here reading this blog, or Mike Weinberg’s, or Jeb Blount’s, or Tibor Shanto’s). Any of us can teach you how to cold call, and each of us laughs when we read these ads because we all have clients running up their numbers strictly by using the phone.I saw another ad that proclaimed: The Death of Outside Salespeople. This one wasn’t aimed at salespeople. Instead, this advertisement preys on sales managers and sales leaders who don’t know how to produce the results they want from their sales force and who wish there was a cheaper sales force they could employ. This ad speaks to their dissatisfaction like the cold calling ad speaks to salespeople.Outside salespeople aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, at least not those who know how to create value. Inside salespeople can also create value, but it’s more difficult to create and capture some larger, more complex opportunities without the relationships that are more easily developed face-to-face.If you want to produce better results, you are better off facing the thing that you fear or struggle with than avoiding it. If you don’t like the phone, learning to be effective making your calls is a better plan than trying to find a way not to have to make your calls. If you don’t like a big, expensive sales force, learn to lead it and teach it to succeed and it will be the cheapest sales force money can buy.Stop believing the lies that you want to believe. Avoidance isn’t a growth strategy.last_img read more

Alex Trebek posts new video on his cancer therapy Im feeling good

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first_img“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says he’s feeling good as he continues cancer therapy and is already working on the next season of the hit quiz show.In a new video posted on the “Jeopardy!” YouTube page, the Sudbury, Ont.,-born TV personality is seen on the show’s set, where he notes it’s the last day of taping for the 35th anniversary season.He thanks fans for their messages of encouragement and support, particularly the cards he’s received from young people, adding he’s touched beyond words.In his trademark unflappable delivery style and signature suited attire, Trebek says he’s continuing with his therapy.He says he’s already working on the 36th year of “Jeopardy!” with the staff and is looking forward to seeing viewers again in September.Trebek announced in a YouTube video on March 6 that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.RELATED: ‘Jeopardy!’ contestants rally around host Alex Trebek, ‘the consummate pro’He vowed to keep working and beat the low survival rate statistics for the disease.“I’ve always tried to be straight with you and I’m not going to stop now,” Trebek said Wednesday.“So despite what you may have heard, I’m feeling good, I’m continuing with my therapy and we — by ‘we,’ the staff — is already working on our next season, the 36th year of ‘Jeopardy!’ So I look forward to seeing you once again in September with all kinds of good stuff.”last_img read more

Gov Newsom appoints high school student to State Board of Education

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first_img March 29, 2019 Gov. Newsom appoints high school student to State Board of Education Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Gov. Gavin Newsom today announced the appointment today of a 16-year-old San Diego County high school student to the state’s Board of Education. Newsom appointed San Diego resident Brenna Pangelinan to the board.Once confirmed, she will take over the board’s lone sitting student representative, replacing Oakland high school student Gema Cardenas.Pangelinan’s term on the board will last one year, taking over for Cardenas when her term ends July 31.The governor’s press office did not respond to a request for comment Friday afternoon, but Pangelinan will serve as a voting member of the policy-making body in her role as a student board member.Last year, Pangelinan was a student member on the Sweetwater Union High School District school board and also served as the athletics commissioner on the Eastlake High School Associated Student Body. She is also the founder of Eastlake High School’s Mental Health Task Force.Newsom also reappointed Carlsbad resident Brian Anderson, 55, to the state Mining and Geology Board. Anderson has served on the board since 2014.Anderson currently is the principal geologist for Sespe Consulting Inc. and also has held several positions at the Vulcan Materials Company and Brown and Caldwell Inc. He is a state-registered geologist.The appointments of Anderson and Pangelinan will require state senate confirmation and both will be paid $100 per diem should the Senate confirm them.Anderson is a registered Republican. Pangelinan is unregistered due to her age. last_img read more