Warriors Report: Steve Kerr doesn’t expect any trades at deadline

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors finished practice Monday afternoon in anticipation for Wednesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.Here’s everything you need to know from the session. Kerr doesn’t anticipate any trades at the deadlineWhile NBA executives around the league prep for an entertaining trade deadline Thursday (noon, Pacific), coach Steve Kerr doesn’t expect his team to make any moves. “I think the chances of us making a trade is highly unlikely,” Kerr said Monday.For the …last_img

A Battle Plan for Supporting Military Families

first_imgIn 2019, the MFLN Community Capacity Building concentration area will be focused on how the Cooperative Extension Service serves as a force multiplier in military family readiness and resilience, as it relates to Total Force Fitness. For our first Friday Field Notes of 2019 we are featuring our land grant partner Purdue University  and their Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) as it relates to the Social component of the Total Force Fitness hub.An extensive review of the literature establishes that the most common operationalization of the concept of “social fitness”  is the concept of social cohesion. Social cohesion is, in the language of military sociology, a “strength multiplier”: the military strengthening and psychologically protective effect of stable, socially cohesive units is not scientifically speculative, ambiguous, or uncertain  (for more on this, see here).In 2015, MFRI convened diverse, high-ranking individuals to discuss and distill lessons learned about serving military families after 9/11. Participants included top U.S. policymakers, representatives of Congress and Department of Defense leaders. Leaders in the fields of corporate, philanthropy, behavioral health, higher education and research also attended. The result?  “A Battle Plan for Supporting Military Families” (Hughes-Kirchubel, MacDermid Wadsworth & Riggs, 2018),  now available at Springer publishing.This is the fourth book in MFRI’s “Risk and Resilience in Military and Veteran Families” series. It offers key insights that focus on how organizations can produce powerful support for military families during war. Furthermore, contributors integrated knowledge gained during their work with families after 9/11 and distilled recommendations into practical, experience-based chapters. For additional information about “Battle Plan,” please download the fact sheet.In addition, “Battle Plan” acts as a roadmap for support of military and veteran families by addressing how to:Integrate family support systems into defense strategy.Anticipate issues and challenges that are likely to affect military families.Adopt policies that help, not hinder, military families during times of conflict.Ensure that military families have a voice in the conversation.Identify urgent gaps in support systems.Navigate the rapidly changing world of service organizations.Plan more effectively for medical and caregiving needs.Provide the resources military and veteran families need after military conflicts wind down.Most importantly, service members need to know that their families are taken care of during deployment. When they do, they can focus on their military mission. “Battle Plan” provides an action plan for future leaders and organizations committed to supporting these families.For media inquiries and other questions, contact Linda Hughes-Kirchubel, MFRI’s director of external relations.last_img read more

Production Tip: 5 Simple Ways to Fix Out-of-Focus Footage

first_imgFollow these simple post-production tips to help save those out-of-focus (and soft-focus) shots in your film and video projects.Cover image by View Apart.Whether your focus slipped while shooting, or another videographer handed you some soft-focus footage to deal with, working with out-of-focus footage can be a post-production nightmare. However, if your footage isn’t too far gone, you do have some tools at your disposal. Let’s take a look at five tips for fixing out-of-focus or soft-focus footage.Set Back to NeutralOut-of-focus with contrast and saturation.Out-of-focus set back to neutral.The first step in working with your out-of-focus footage is to get your palette ready for tinkering. As you’ll see below, you’re going to want to add sharper lines and contrasts, but to clean your slate, removing contrast and pushing closer to neutral will help you better evaluate and work with your footage. If you have already overlaid any effects or corrections, take them off until after you’ve saved as much of your footage as possible.Sharpen EffectExample of footage at 50% “sharpen.”Example of footage at 100% “sharpen.”It may seem simple, but the greatest tool at your disposal in Premiere Pro is the “Sharpen” effect. Similar to what you might have seen using Instagram, sharpening your image will degrade your footage but make your lines tighter and help the image pop. Sometimes even a 10% increase can pull some soft-focus shots clearly into focus. For your more out-of-focus shots, see how far you can push the effect without deteriorating your footage too much. Depending on what you plan to do with your finished product, you can check some sample exports to see how the footage will look on YouTube or Vimeo.Unsharp Mask FilterIn this tutorial by Casey Faris, you can see how to use the “unsharp mask” tool in Adobe After Effects (note: you can use this tool in Premiere Pro, too) to work without segments or parts of your footage that might be out-of-focus without adding the blanket Premiere Pro sharpen effect to your whole shot. This is particularly helpful for giving your soft-focus footage a boost by simply correcting some of the aberrations around the edges — or to help draw attention to more information in the frame.Make Black and WhiteExample of image set to black and white.While this is cheating a bit, one option to consider when all else fails is to make your footage black and white. Depending on where your shot stands in your project, you may consider making the whole video black-and-white as a stylistic choice. The black-and-white format will give you some more leeway in defining those edges and lines to get your footage a little more in-focus.Use DaVinci ResolveIf you’re looking for even more control, dropping your footage (or your whole edit) into DaVinci Resolve may be your best bet to finely tune all elements of your focus and eventual color correction. In this great article by Lewis McGregor, you can learn some powerful techniques in Resolve using a circular power window to work on things like eyes and faces — and adjusting radius, H/V ratio, and scaling settings.For more editing tips and tricks, check out some of these resources below too!Video Tutorial: Better, Faster, Stronger Editing TipsLearning How to Edit While You ShootVideo Editing Tips and Tricks from Oscar-Nominated Editor Joe WalkerEditing Tips: 8 Ways You Can Save a Shot in Post-ProductionWhy You Should Master the Under-Appreciated Art of a Good Pre-Editlast_img read more

Arellano coach braces for ‘tough’ stretch vs contenders

first_imgRead Next MOST READ Up ahead in the latter part of their schedule are four of the top five teams last season—San Sebastian, San Beda, College of St. Benilde, and University of Perpetual Help.“These are four tough teams so we know that we have to prepare well for them,” said Javier in Filipino Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn what served as a tune-up match for Arellano before its tough stretch, the Lady Chiefs dominated the Lyceum Lady Pirates in three sets, 25-16, 25-17, 25-11, to extend their perfect run to 5-0.READ: Arellano blasts Lyceum for 5th straight win But Javier added that for Arellano to sweep its remaining games, it has to play even better than how it performed against the Lyceum.“We’re still starting slow and that’s not a good sign for any team especially if you’re playing against these next ones,” said Javier. “We have to show them, or show ourselves at least, that we can immediately get it going.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sonnen outlasts Rampage, advances in Bellator heavyweight tournament Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Arellano coach Obet Javier. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University head coach Obet Javier is bracing for a gauntlet of games to end the elimination round.The Lady Chiefs are gunning for their third title in four years and Javier knows achieving the feat won’t be easy.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more