Charlton Athletic’s SA connection

first_img15 October 2004English Premier League club Charlton Athletic is home to two of South African football’s most loved exports, Mark Fish and Shaun Bartlett. The club’s South African connection goes further than that, though, extending all the way to Alexandra township in Johannesburg.Members of the Charlton Football in the Community scheme and the club’s community liaison department jetted into South Africa this week to follow up on work that began in the township in 2003.One of three projects initiated by the club was the training of 18 youth workers, police officers and teachers to be qualified football coaches – the first time the English Football Association’s Level One coaching course had ever been carried out outside England.According to Matt Wright, writing on Charlton Athletic’s website, those new coaches have been holding football sessions in Alexandra schools and youth clubs over the past 12 months.During the club’s latest trip, a further 20 students will complete the coaching course under the guidance of community scheme officers. Once they have qualified, they will be able to start and run community-based football clubs and leagues.Then there is a youth development programme that sees the Metropolitan Police teaming up with the South African Police Service and Bristol’s John Cabot Technical College from Bristol in bringing it to Alexandra. The course focuses on citizenship, health education and information technology.John Cabot looks after the third part of the programme. The college, as part of its ongoing charity work in conjunction with British Airways and Unicef, is working to empower township dwellers in literacy, computer technology, sewing and textiles.Charlton Athletic chairman Martin Simons, speaking from South Africa on Tuesday, said: “It’s another week of extremely hard work. We have got the first lot of 200 kids coming this afternoon, and in total we expect to see 1 000 youngsters this week.“When we left last year we were really hoping that things would take off in this township , and that’s exactly what has happened”, Simons said. “The coaches that we trained have seen more than 4 000 kids since we were last there, and it’s important to remember that they’re carrying out all of this work voluntarily – they’re not getting paid.“One of the big considerations in everything we do is whether or not the work is sustainable”, Simons said. “It seems so so far, and we want to be able to come back in five years’ time and discover that hundreds of thousands of children have received football coaching.”British Bank Barclays, whose chairman, Matt Barrett, is also visiting the country this week, is to host a special presentation event on Friday. According to Charlton’s website, “discussions are taking place to see if the company wants to become involved with the project, possibly as a sponsor”.Barclays is bidding to buy a majority stake in SA banking group Absa.Charlton Athletic’s Alexandra connection is part of the club’s “Red, White and Black” campaign that is into its second decade and targets racism.On 8 November 2003, Charlton celebrated its South African connection when the club tackled Fulham at The Valley on a day the club called South Africa Day.Speaking on the day, former Bafana Bafana player Mark Fish said that since joining Charlton, “I have been amazed at the extent of the club’s work in its community, and I am proud to support that work, both locally and back in my homeland.“It’s something that is very important to me because of the historical links between the club and South Africa and the community work that the club’s been doing over there.” reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

VC Series A Web Tech Deals in August

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… bernard lunn Today is the anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse, which triggered the financial meltdown. That was when ReadWriteWeb started tracking Series A deals in Web technology. Thanks to our partner ChubbyBrain, we can now do this reliably and easily. Executive summary for August: down from July, with seed deals very weak. Analysis: decadent Europeans are not the only ones who take holidays in August. Read on for details.All That Beach Time Is Bad for BusinessAugust clocked in at $78.6 million, well below the blistering months of May and July, but on par with April and June’s $77.1 million, and more than double that of dismal January.Here are the month-to-month growth numbers for seed and Series A deals in the Web and mobile space in the US:January: $30.3 millionFebruary: $45.5 millionMarch: $55.7 millionApril: $73.7 millionMay: $103.2 millionJune: $77.1 millionJuly: $93.5 millionAugust: $78.6 millionGet back to work VCs!Trend-SpottingSeed activity was pathetic, with only two deals, totaling $1.75 million. This could possibly have been a tracking issue, because seed deals often aren’t reported. That is the next frontier of innovation financing transparency.Which Ventures Received Money?AkademosBL HealthcareContinuity EngineDealBaseDecision Maker MediaFanbaseFashion PlaytesFwixIsocketJanRainKeisenseMagnify.netMogMyWebGrocerNetProspexOpenRoad Integrated MediaQueplixRadioTimeRightsFlowRobloxSCVNGRShowClixSkyBloxSocialwareUrgent CareerUstream.TVWanovaWorkfaceZ2LiveZumboxWhich VCs Wired the Money?Co-investors are shown on a single line.Altos Ventures, First Round CapitalArt Bilger, Rick Braddock, Michael Eisner, Bill Guthy, Donn RappaportArthur VenturesBay Area Equity FundBenchmark CapitalBlueRun VenturesConnecticut InnovationsDFJ FrontierDraper Fisher Jurvetson, Blumberg Capital, Plug and Play Ventures, SoftTech Venture Capital, Founders Fund, TechStars, Metamorphic Ventures, Accelerator Ventures, Quest Venture Partners, GSD&M IdeaCity, undisclosed angel investorsFirst Round CapitalGreylock Partners, Carmel Ventures, Opus CapitalHighland Capital PartnersICCP Venture Partners, Startup Capital Ventures, ICCP Venture partnersiNovia CapitalJavelin Venture PartnersKohlberg VenturesMadrona Venture GroupMenlo Ventures, Simon Equity Partners, Scott JonesMueller Media, Undisclosed Angel InvestorsNew Atlantic Ventures, LaunchCapitalNextStage Capital, New York Angels, Rose Tech Ventures, Chris Anderson, Undisclosed Angel InvestorsOriginate VenturesPittsburgh Equity PartnersRichard Tahta, Undisclosed InvestorsRoss Siegelman, Bob Zipp, Josh Hannah, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Amicus Capital, Matrix PartnersSGIO LLCSilverton PartnersStripes GroupThe Three Biggest DealsWanova: $13 millionBased in: San Jose, California.Investors: Greylock Partners, Carmel Ventures, Opus Capital.“Wanova provides Distributed Desktop Virtualization solutions that transform how companies manage, support and protect their desktops and laptops.”MyWebGrocer: $13 millionBased in: Colchester, Vermont.Investor: Stripes Group.MyWebGrocer runs websites on behalf of grocery chains and sells advertising to consumer packaged goods companies across all of the sites, which collectively have a reach of 4 million shoppers.Zumbox: $8 millionBased in: Westlake Village, California.Investors: Art Bilger, Rick Braddock, Michael Eisner, Bill Guthy, Donn Rappaport.Zumbox delivers paperless mail online, from street address to street address.It is interesting that the investors for the third largest deal are individuals and not a company. $8 million is a lot for individuals. Is this a threat to institutional VC?Also, the second largest deal comes from a relatively unknown fund (Stripes Group) and a location not normally regarded as a white-hot den of technology (Vermont).center_img Tags:#start#startups Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Nice Guys of OK Cupid Latest Fodder for Online Shaming

first_imgfruzsina eordogh A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#social media The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The latest target for our collective online ridicule:  lonely, sometimes pudgy, men who can’t get dates due to their misogynistic tendencies.Men who have labeled themselves (not ironically) as “nice guys” on an online dating site have unscrupulously been gathered together in a new Tumblr called the “Nice Guys of OK Cupid.” These unsuspecting rejects from the online dating site have become the modern day face of sexism and rape-culture, or at the very least, homophobes and men who hate being “friend-zoned,”  – basically, men who are not so nice after all.  Besides wondering why they can’t get dates after writing most girls they know are “shallow bitches” or “whores” who always fall for “jerks,” “douches” and “assholes” instead of them, quite a few of the men answered the OK Cupid question about sexual obligations with “No is really a yes in disguise.”And their sexism is an Internet hit! Well, more like the Tumblr itself, which besides getting thousands of notes on each post has now been covered by everyone from New York Magazine, Huffington Post, Gawker’s Jezebel, and even the New Statesman. As Laurie Penny postulated on New Statesman, these men’s “worst nightmares have come true: all over the world, ladies who don’t even know him are laughing at him.”Nicely Shaming Nice GuysAs far as public shaming goes – a trend that has become quite fashionable these days – Nice Guys of OK Cupid is pretty tame: the real names of the men are not listed, nor are their addresses. (So no one is harassing them on their Twitter or Facebook or prank calling them – yet.)Unlike other instances of public shaming, the aim of this project is not clear either;  people upset by Lindsey Stone’s middle-finger photo wanted her fired (and set on fire), Gawker wanted school officials to know about teens racist online postings, and Hello There, Racists! wanted racists to be humiliated –  but what does Nice Guys of OK Cupid want?To humiliate these men, or warn women browsing OK Cupid to stay away from them? While the former seems more likely, humiliating these men will not help them change their behavior, or even help them understand why their behavior needs to be changed in the first place.“There has to be an answer to these guys that isn’t just pointing and laughing… Are we ever going to be able to have a conversation about consent, about respect, about fucking, and maybe even about love, that doesn’t descend into bullying and invective?,” Penny wrote. Probably not.The Old Internet StoryThe Internet has been harassing people for various reasons since its first public inception, and making the leap that Internet has enabled bullying through pseudonyms is not a far-fetched claim.  Cyberbullying, or public shaming, can sometimes be referred to as Internet vigilantism, which gained considerable momentum on 4chan’s /b/, the same message board that spawning the online activist collective Anonymous. This form of online ridicule has moved beyond the confines of 4chan’s /b/ – sometimes referred to as “the asshole of the Internet” – and is now mainstream with writers like Buzzfeed’s Matt Buchanan who argue public shaming is okay so we can exact “moral rectitude” – whatever that means –  on sexists and racists. We are all qualified to be judge, jury and executioner, apparently. If the Internet is indeed getting nicer as Nathan Heller theorized last month in New York Magazine, why is public shaming now so mainstream? In a prior interview, the online troll and writer Jon Hendren speculated the rising trend of outlets shaming online deviants has legitimized the practice for readers and casual Internet users. Think: If the media is going after sexists, racists, and sexual deviants, we can too.The coverage Nice Guys of OK Cupid received – a Tumblr which we can all agree makes fun of low-hanging Internet fruit without offering much context – would certainly make its author feel validated.  But how many cycles of shame will it take before we all get the clue about glass houses?last_img read more

Video Tutorial: Rolling Over Text

first_img14Set the top layer to screen. 1Create a new composition and a new grey text layer. 6Create a new solid for the background. 15Duplicate and offset the time of the text. 13Add a fill to both of the duplicated layers and make them black. Add a fast blur to both and make both layers more opaque using opacity. 3Go into the graph editor and ease the text. 11Duplicate the pre-comp layer and set the x-rotation to 90. 2Turn on 3D and set keyframes for a full rotation over the X axis over the course of 2 seconds. 12Duplicate again and set the x-rotation to -90. 16Stylize using alpha bevel.center_img Create an awesome 3D rolling text effect in Adobe After Effects.In this Premiumbeat exclusive video tutorial you’ll learn how to create a 3D rolling text effect in After Effects – perfect for titles and project openers. The tutorial covers many upper level After Effects techniques including:Using conditional expressions to set brightness and rotational values.Stylizing comps using the Noise HLS effect.Simulating 3d using offset rotation layers.This tutorial requires using a few expressions that might be confusing if you are not used to them. But have no fear, in our previous tutorial we cover expressions and explain their importance.Prefer reading to watching? Check out the After Effects how-to below. 7Add a brightness and contrast to the text and set the parameters to 0. 10Precompose and turn on collapse transformations. 4Set an expression to the X rotation.r=(pick whip to X rotation value)if(r > 90)(0)else if (r < 90)(0)else(100) 5Create a new camera. 9Turn the motion blur on for the text and the comp. 8Set an expression for the brightness expression.r=(pick whip to the x rotation);if (r>=0)(y=-1;)else(y=1;)r*y*2 If you have any questions regarding this tutorial or if you have any quick tips for using expressions in After Effects please comment below!last_img read more

How to Create Text Effects and Animations in Premiere Pro

first_imgWhen you’re getting into text effects and animations, workspace is important. Master your motion graphics workflow in Adobe Premiere Pro with these tips.In 2017, Adobe added the Essential Graphics panel to Premiere Pro. This gave users a vastly different workflow from the previous handful of title panels. Now, everything is in one panel where you can design, animate, and apply presets with ease. Let’s have a closer look.Creating Text Animations from ScratchTo show you around the Essential Graphics panel, I’ll give you a step-by-step look at how to recreate this motion graphic from scratch.This particular graphic will consist of four elements — a line of text, two colored rectangles, and a mask. The background rectangles and the text will animate on, with each element slightly offset in time.Step 1 — Add TextFirst, I’ll go to Window > Essential Graphics. I’ll create my title using the Text Tool (T). Once typed out, I’ll have a new text layer in the panel under the Edit tab. To view all of the corresponding properties and tools, I’ll simply select the Text layer.To center my text, I’ll use the tools in the Align and Transform section. I can change the font and style in the Text section. Under Appearance, I can adjust the color, add a responsive background, drop shadow, and even multiple strokes.Step 2 — Create a BackgroundFor the background elements, I’ll create two new Rectangle layers. The New Layer button is located at the top of the panel, just next to the existing layers. I’ll make these slightly large, as I’ll be adding a mask to crop everything. I’ll change the color of each shape via the Fill in the Appearance section, making one white and one red. Finally, I’ll rearrange the layers, placing the white background at the bottom, the red above it, and the text at the top.Step 3 — Mask the GraphicOne of the latest features in the Essential Graphics panel is masking. To add a mask, I’ll first add a new rectangle shape layer. After I adjust the size and position, I’ll select the Mask with Shape option in the Appearance section. The mask will apply to any layers beneath it, so I’ll need to position my layers accordingly. If I’m working on a complex project, I can also group the layers.Next, let’s animate these elements.Step 4 — Animate Text and BackgroundsWith all of the assets in place, I’m now ready to bring the title to life. As you can see in the animation, both the text and the backgrounds animate in via a simple Y Position shift.I want my animation to take place over the course of the first two seconds. The white background will appear first, followed soon after by the red, then finally the text element. Let’s begin by animating the text layer.To animate the Y Position, I’ll first move my Playhead to the two-second mark, where I want the animation to end. Next, I’ll select the Text layer, then press the Position symbol in the Align and Transform section. This will toggle animation on for the attribute, adding a keyframe at the current time indicator’s location. I can tell animation is toggled on because the symbol will turn blue.Now, I’ll drag the Playhead to the one-second mark and adjust the Y attribute to place the text in its start position. As I change the attribute, a keyframe will automatically add to the location. Next, I’ll animate both background rectangles using the same steps, offsetting the time of each asset.Step 5 — Fine-Tune the Text EffectsI can further fine-tune the timing of the animation by slightly adjusting each keyframe in the Effect Controls panel.To view the keyframes of my animation, I’ll go to Window > Effect Controls. With this panel, I can see all of the effects I adjusted via the Essential Graphics panel. Clicking on a graphic layer in the Essential Graphics panel will immediately reflect and highlight in the Effect Controls panel, and vice versa.To smooth the animation out for each element, I’ll add an Ease Out to all of the first keyframes and an Ease In on all of the last keyframes. You can find Easing via a simple right- or control-click on a keyframe, under Temporal Interpolation.I can further finesse the timing of each animation by adjusting the Speed Curve. To access the curve, select the dropdown arrow to the left of the Position attribute. Manipulate each keyframe via a Bézier handle.Voilà, my animated title is ready to go.Using Motion Graphics TemplatesIf you’d like to seriously streamline your workflow, you’ll want to tap into the power of MOGRT files. MOGRT stands for Motion Graphics Template, and you create them in Adobe After Effects. What’s great, however, is that you don’t even have to open up After Effects to use them.To get started using MOGRTs, download our free pack of twenty-one MOGRTs here. You can get up and running using them in just three simple steps:Step 1 — Install the FontsWe designed these templates with specific font families in mind, all of which are in the pack. Be sure to install them prior to using the MOGRTs.Step 2 — Install the MOGRT FilesTo install, navigate to the Browse tab of the Essential Graphics panel. Click on the button at the bottom right-hand corner of the panel.Step 3 — CustomizeThe beauty of MOGRTs is the ease of use. Not only will you save time when creating your graphic, but you’ll also have a very intuitive interface — much nicer than the default tools in Premiere’s Essential Graphics panel. Check out this graphic from our free pack, and compare this editing layout to the cluttered mess of the default tools. Once again, these are custom layouts in Adobe After Effects, specifically designed for use in Premiere Pro. With MOGRTs, it’s as simple as drag, drop, and customize. What’re you waiting for? Download the pack now and go make something.Looking for more Premiere Pro tips and tricks? Check out these articles.7 Essential Tips and Tricks for Mastering Adobe Premiere ProNLE Showdown: DaVinci Resolve vs. Adobe Premiere Pro — Text EffectsNLE Showdown: DaVinci Resolve vs. Adobe Premiere Pro — Processing PowerNLE Showdown: DaVinci Resolve vs. Adobe Premiere Pro — The CostCreating Beautiful Slow Motion in Adobe Premiere Prolast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Chorley v Fleetwood Town

first_imgBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]A[/dropcap]nother week of international action/disruption (* delete as appropriate) and tonight lowly Chorley really do have centre stage in the world of football for their BT Sport televised clash with Fleetwood Town – AKA The Cod Army.If that match doesn’t appeal, then Glentoran v Ballymena from the Northern Irish League is the SKY alternative for the diehards and if neither float your boat you’ll have a long wait this week.  There’s NO televised action on Tuesday and just one match on Wednesday – Chester v Wrexham in the National League.Chorley and Fleetwood have never met in the Cup.  The hosts sit three leagues below Fleetwood in the football pyramid so it’s understandable to see why Fleetwood are around 8/13 with Star Sports.Whilst we have little collateral form to go on, it’s always interesting to look at current recent form to examine whether there are chances of an upset. Shame it’s not Chorley v Sunderland as I’d be ‘all in’ on Chorley Chorley made a poor start to the season but have certainly turned the corner to lie seventh in the National League North and have lost just two of their last 13 league games. They have twice netted four, against Darlington in the league and beating Boston United 4-3 in the qualifying round for the FA Cup to set up tonight’s tie.Chorley’s manager Matt Jansen said: “I can guarantee that we will more than match them for endeavor, teamwork, togetherness, effort. You name it, we will more than match them for that.“They should have more ability than us, they are three leagues above us in League One.“It’ll be an exciting night.”Fleetwood are eighth in League One and have already been knocked out of the League Cup by Carlisle. They do have a good record in the FA Cup though and have lost just one of their last six ties.Chorley v Fleetwood TownFA Cup 1st Round19:45 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)No previous FA Cup formOver 3.5 goals looks fair enough value at around 21/10 with Star Sports. Surely Fleetwood will knock in a couple and being a Cup match the game could easily get stretched allowing later goals to flow with relative ease.There certainly were plenty of goals about over the weekend in the FA Cup. 107 goals in 36 matches (Sat/Sun) for an average of 2.97.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK OVER 3.5 GOALS 5 points at 21/10 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 38.23 pointslast_img read more