Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio 4-H announced its award of $20,000 for participation in Raise Your Hand, a national 4-H initiative asking the millions of 4‑H alumni across the nation, including 4-H alums in Ohio, to “Raise Your Hand” and pay it forward in support of providing the hands-on learning that empowers youth across America.4-H, the largest youth development program in the nation, called on alumni to raise their hands to help bring 4-H to 10 million youth by 2025. Currently 4-H empowers nearly six million young people in every county across America, including 444,900 4-Hers in Ohio.“We are delighted that in the national campaign to connect with millions of 4-H alumni, our Ohio 4-H alums led the way to a first place finish,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. “When the hands were counted, the Buckeye State accounted for about one-fifth of the participants.“Best of all, raising your hand meant paying it forward for the next generation and our 4-H youth programs will benefit from the $20,000 award. Thanks to all our great alumni for, once again, making us 4-H and Buckeye proud!”With all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington D.C., participating, Ohio 4-H alumni took the lead with nearly 12,000 hands raised, with Indiana 4-H (10,600) and Texas 4-H (6,836) rounding out the top three.“Whether they’re running Fortune 100 companies, performing to sold-out crowds, leading community programs or volunteering to empower local youth, 4‑H alumni are the epitome of true leadership,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, National 4‑H Council. “Our remarkable alumni truly showed their support ensuring the next generation has the opportunity to benefit from the 4‑H experience.”
Get inspired by images from NASA and build a realistic 3D nebula in After Effects using both Trapcode and HitFilm.Have you ever gone through the amazing images on HubbleSite.org and wished you could move around in that area of space? Or maybe you’ve seen the Universe sequence in Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life and wished you could recreate something similar.Well, have no fear. Great tutorials abound on the web that can show you how to do just that using After Effects along with the Trapcode Mir and Form. We’ll also give you a glance at how to achieve this same effect in the all-in-one 3D & VFX software HitFilm. To get us started, let’s check out this tutorial from Peder Norrby. He’s released a great Nebula Construction Kit developed to go along with his fairly easy tutorial.Here are some of the examples of his work using the method from the tutorial above.As many of you know, an easy way to create such compositions would be to utilize the 2.5D or parallax effect. This is the process of taking 2D images, breaking them up into separate layers, and then animating them in 3D space through After Effects. If you’re unsure on how to achieve this, here is a great tutorial from Joe Fellows and The Creators Project.You can take the parallax effect one step further and develop a realistic moving shot of a person from a 2D image, which is done through a combination of Photoshop and After Effects. For that, here is a great tutorial from Vale Productions and the use of displacement maps.If you happen to be working in the 3D & VFX software HitFilm, you can create a realistic nebula scene using the same Hubble images from above and then mirror the construction steps in After Effects. For that, you’ll want to check out the tutorial from HitFilm below and make sure that you download the project files.Once you master these techniques, especially those in After Effects using the Trapcode suite, you can set your sights a little higher and maybe develop something like the Star Trek Into Darkness title sequence. For some inspiration, here is a video for this sequence by its creator Video Copilot’s Andrew Kramer.Want more After Effects tutorials? Then check out these articles from PremiumBeat.Remove Warp From Warp Stabilizer Using After EffectsUnderstanding Spatial and Temporal Interpolation in After EffectsCreate Realistic Muzzle Flashes in After EffectsAnd if you want to throw an incredible distortion effect over the top of your epic space imagery for that heading-through-a-worm-hole vibe, try this After Effects template from RocketStock!Free After Effects Template: Digital DistortionAre you feeling inspired? Have tried any of these methods to create your own space sequence? Share your experiences with us in the comments below.
The selection committee of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has raised questions regarding the fitness of three of the 14 track and field athletes who have qualified for the London Olympics.The athletes in question are triple jumpers Mayookha Johny and Renjith Maheshwary and marathoner Ram Singh Yadav.The AFI selection committee met on Monday, which was also the last day for qualification, to decide the team for the Olympics.AFI secretary general CK Valson said that the three athletes will have to undergo fitness tests to prove that they are in good enough condition to compete at the Olympics.The reason that the selection committee asked only three athletes to undergo fitness tests was because Mayookha, Renjith and Ram Singh have not competed in the recent past and hence, the selectors wanted to make sure they are fully fit.”Besides Ram Singh, Mayookha and Renjith have also been asked to prove their fitness. The fitness test will be trials so that the athletes can prove that they are fit to compete at the Olympics,” Valson told Mail Today.”The government observer pointed out that these athletes have not competed for quite some time and therefore, it was necessary that we do not send unfit athletes. Their form and fitness needs to be assessed and we have decided to conduct these trials,” he added.Ram Singh’s coach KS Mathew has given July 22 as the date for his ward’s trial that will be conducted in Bangalore, while Renjith and Mayookha and Renjith, both of whom are preparing for the Olympics abroad, have also been communicated about the trials.advertisementMayookha qualified for the Olympics in July last year with a national record effort of 14.11m. However, not much has been heard of her since then, although she did participate in a few competitions and has been confined to her base in Germany.Renjith is in Italy and not much has been heard of him either. His leap of 16.85m at the Federation Cup in June this year secured him an Olympic berth but the federation is not sure about his progress in the last few months.May was the last when he competed in Chonburi during the Asian Grand Prix in Thailand.Out of the three, only Ram Singh is in India and is undergoing high-altitude training in Ooty. However, on Tuesday, his coach KS Mathew received a couple of phone calls from the AFI top brass who asked them to decide on a date for the trial.”I was told that Ram Singh will have to undergo a fitness trial. We have agreed to undergo the trial on July 22 in Bangalore but that will surely affect our training programme,” Mathews told Mail Today.He added that Sports Authority of India (SAI) officials often visit his training camp and have never questioned Ram Singh’s fitness.In fact, SAI officials came as recently as July 1-2 to assess his training.”We have spoken to the coaches with whom they (Mayookha and Renjith) are training and we have figured out a mechanism to conduct their trials as well,” said Valson.The athletes are scheduled to reach London in batches as they are currently training in various countries at the moment.
A total of 185 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who have completed 18 years of continuous service in the Force and whose conduct and character have been exemplary, were recognised for their invaluable service.During the JCF Medal of Honour for Long Service and Good Conduct awards ceremony, held on the grounds of the Police Officers’ Club on November 29, medals were presented to recipients by Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson.In his remarks, Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang thanked the recipients for their unwavering service and hard work, noting that they “have proven their merit and mettle and have risen to the fore among their peers and superiors”.“You are examples today of the spirit of cooperation and growth that must prevail within this force, in order to effect the society we all wish to see,” he said.Dr. Chang reiterated the Government’s commitment to providing the resources that the JCF requires to properly execute its functions.“We will work with the JCF high command to determine how we will traverse the transformation that must occur in the force,” he said.The Security Minister also noted that the Ministry continues to pursue amendments to outdated legislation, as well as enact critical laws.“This will ensure that when solid, investigative work is carried out, that leads to arrests, the law will be commensurate to the crime – honouring the work of the officers who would have laboured to gather evidence,” he said.Dr. Chang stated that the transformation of the Jamaican society, is hinged in part to a transformation in policing.“We must now equip our security forces with the tools of the trade, the training suitable to the day, and the technology of the time,” he added.Dr. Chang said the reduction in murders by 21.6 per cent is testament to the fact that “we have within our rank and file, the skill, the intelligence, the agility to move our society toward peace and stability”.The Long Service Award is the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) premier award ceremony.It seeks to celebrate, highlight and encourage those who inspire others with their vision, leadership and service. The awards were initially sanctioned by the National Honours and Awards Act of 1969.The Medal of Honour for Long Service and Good Conduct may be awarded to members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force below the rank of Assistant Superintendent. The Security Minister also noted that the Ministry continues to pursue amendments to outdated legislation, as well as enact critical laws. A total of 185 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who have completed 18 years of continuous service in the Force and whose conduct and character have been exemplary, were recognised for their invaluable service. The Medal of Honour for Long Service and Good Conduct may be awarded to members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force below the rank of Assistant Superintendent. Story Highlights