By John BurtonRED BANK – The decision this week by Pope Benedict XVI to tender his resignation had those exiting St. James Roman Catholic Church on Ash Wednesday reacting with surprise and a variety of opinions on his tenure and legacy.“It did take me by surprise,” said Barbara Zarrillo of Manalapan. “If his health is failing, it’s certainly understandable,” that he would be the first pope in 600 years to step down.Zarrillo hopes the College of Cardinals “can find someone who’s qualified” to assume the role as the church’s spiritual leader. Overall, she said, “I don’t think it’ll be a great disturbance to the Vatican or the Catholic nation.”Pope Benedict, in her estimation, is “very conservative” in terms of the church’s orthodoxy and has been “trying to keep the Catholic beliefs on the straight and narrow,” she said.Zarrillo noted that he also has embraced modern technology, keeping his papacy relevant. “He was the first pope to go viral, with tweeting. It’s a sign of the times.”Most interviewed spoke of Benedict’s conservatism on church matters, saying they were in agreement with that direction and hoped Benedict’s successor would continue.That was obvious to Rumson resident Mark Conley. “If they’re here in the church, they believe what he believes and in the teachings,” Conley observed.The Catholic faith is about “rites, rituals and traditions,” he said. “He’s been a traditional pope, following the truths of the Catholic Church,” which have remained constant for 2,000 years.“I believe he’s stayed with the traditions that I’ve always been taught,” Conley said. “Whether it’s been popular or unpopular, he’s stayed with the traditions.”Muriel DeFazio, Red Bank, applauded Benedict’s conservative stances, as well as his decision to step aside, if he feels he’s unable to continue in his work. DeFazio, 89, said the church has changed considerably over the course of her life – and not necessarily for the better. “Let’s face it, the church is slowly going downhill,” she said. “It’s not what it use to be.”Andrew Obosky, also from Red Bank, doesn’t think there has been any one thing that will be remembered as Benedict’s legacy during the course of his eight-year tenure. He conceded the pope doesn’t have the charisma of his predecessor, John Paul II, but said the reinforcement of traditional Catholic teachings – Obosky didn’t want to use the word “conservative” – will hopefully continue.“What you need is an anchor, a bastion of truth,” in a pope, upholding the two-millennia tradition. “I’m thankful for that,” he said.“I think he’ll be loved and appreciated as time goes by,” said Neil Fitzpatrick, a Matawan resident who is St. James’ music director.Fitzpatrick sees Benedict as a great theologian and thinker. And, while many would have liked to see the Roman Catholic Church take more progressive steps and changes, Fitzpatrick said that really isn’t the role for the pope. “You can’t change doctrine.’’ The pope is meant to reinforce and uphold it, he said.Fitzpatrick traveled to Rome about two years ago and attended a papal Mass at the Vatican. It lasted for about three hours; and, while Benedict moved quite slowly while serving Mass, Fitzpatrick was amazed he held up as well as he did.“I think he’s shown great humility and courage by stepping down,” Fitzpatrick said.Fred Link of Middletown said the pope “certainly won’t have the legacy” of his predecessor. “Intellectually he did a lot,” through his writings and public pronouncements, which will be his legacy, Link said.“It sure took me by surprise,” Link added. “I didn’t think it was an option. I thought you were there until you died.”
Preview Andy Rice at Butler 11/14/2015 – 12:00 PM Full Schedule Roster Andrew Yarwood Stats John Bloss Michael Roane Eric Saubert Next Game: Conley Wilkins John Hugunin MOREHEAD, Ky. – Morehead State outlasted the Drake University football team to come away with a 38-35 triple overtime victory on Saturday at Jayne Stadium.“It was a great football game. Both teams fought hard from beginning to end and I couldn’t be more proud of our guys today in the way they fought,” said head coach Rick Fox. “As we said after the game they had chances where they could have folded because there was a bunch of adversity but our guys kept fighting all the way through. That’s why we had a chance to get the win in the end and we came up short. We got to move forward from this and finish the season out right.”The Bulldogs were able to keep up with the high powered Morehead offense and outgained MSU 456-426. Junior running back Conley Wilkins led Drake with a career-high 205 rushing yards on 31 carries and had a rushing touchdown. His 205 yards was the most rushing yards by a Bulldog since Scott Phaydavong totaled 208 yards in 2007 against Jacksonville.Senior Andy Rice completed 22-of-28 passes for 220 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Rice’s favorite target was junior Keegan Gallery, who caught eight passes for 80 yards and a touchdown, while senior Eric Saubert added five receptions for 86 yards and two touchdowns.The Eagles’ starting quarterback Austin Gahafer threw for 229 yards with two tochdowns and completed 22-of-40 before being taken out of the game due to an injury with six minutes left of regulation. Jack Sherry came in off the bench and completed 6-of-9 for two touchdowns and 95 yards. Justin Cornwall led all receivers with 10 catches for 134 yards and three touchdowns.The offensive line and Wilkins led Drake to get the Bulldogs on the board first. The O-line created a huge hole for Wilkins to break out a 46-yard run on first play of the drive. One play later, the offensive line created a big enough hole for Wilkins to walk into the end zone from 12 yards out, putting Drake up 7-0 midway through the opening quarter.Drake had a chance to extend its lead after an interceptions by Caz Zyks, but the Bulldogs weren’t able to capitalize on the good field positions and turned it over on downs on MSU’s 36-yard line.The Eagles made the Bulldogs pay for not taking advantage of the good field position as they used nine-play 64-yard drive to tie it up at seven. Gahafer capped off the drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Cornwall, making it 7-7.Solid defense highlighted the second-quarter for both teams. The Bulldogs weren’t able to get into MSU’s territory in the second period, while the Eagles got into DU territory once. MSU’s Shavi Bash pushed a 41-yard field goal attempt right in the only scoring chance for either team.Another big run by Wilkins on Drake’s first possession of the second half set up the Bulldogs to go ahead 14-7. Wilkins recorded a 51-yard run and then used a pair of five-yard runs to put DU on MSU’s goal line. On fourth and inches from the goal line, Rice was stopped by his initial surge but spun off the pile to score on the quarterback sneak.Morehead didn’t waste any time to tie the game back up as it took MSU less than two minutes to score. A 30-yard reception by Cornwall set up a five-yard touchdown run for Ryan Watkins to tie it up at 14.Then with 1:37 left in the third-quarter, the Eagles took their first lead of the game, 21-14, on a 14-yard touchdown catch by Cornwall.The Bulldogs were able to tie it up at 21 on their first possession of the fourth-quarter. Drake got down to MSU’s 34-yard line and on fourth and one, Rice stepped up in the pocket to find an open Saubert, who broke a tackle to score a 34-yard touchdown. The Eagles retook the lead, 28-21, with 4:45 left in the game. Gahafer was injured during the drive and forced Sherry to come off the bench. Sherry missed his first pass, but then completed is next three attempts to put MSU on top.Rice then orchestrated a 14-play 78-yard game-tying drive with 38 seconds left in regulation. The Bulldogs marched all the way down to MSU’s 11-yard line and had to convert a fourth and four to keep their hopes alive. Rice found Andrew Yarwood to get the first down and put Drake down to the seven-yard line. On third and goal, Rice completed his fourth pass of the drive to Gallery for a six-yard touchdown.The Bulldogs lost the overtime coin toss and Morehead decided to defend first. The Eagles went on to intercept a tipped pass in the end zone to set up their offense to win the game. Drake’s defense kept MSU out of the end zone and then John Bloss blocked a 37-yard field goal attempt, forcing a second overtime.The Eagles only needed one play to score in the second overtime, as Sherry completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Cornwall. The Bulldogs had to convert another fourth-down play to extend the game. On fourth and five, Rice connected with Saubert for a 14-yard touchdown pass to force a third overtime.The Eagles forced another turnover to start the third overtime and then went on to make a 23-yard field goal to win the game, 38-35.Defensively, fifth-year senior John Hugunin recorded a game-high 15 tackles (8 solo) with three of them being for a loss, while senior Michael Roane added 10 tackles.The Bulldogs return to action on Nov. 14 with a trip to Bulter.Print Friendly Version Rick Fox Caz Zyks Story Links Keegan Gallery
Learn how to create amazing effects in these 10 Trapcode Particular video tutorials.Trapcode Particular is one of our favorite plug-ins for After Effects. Unlike the native particle generators in AE, Particular gives users much more control over the particles created. With a little creativity you can use Trapcode Particular to produce some pretty amazing effects. The following video tutorials are a testament to that.If you don’t have Trapcode Particular you can download a free trial from Red Giant’s website.1. Creating Realistic WaterCreating realistic water is a huge challenge for VFX artists, but in this short tutorial Dino Muhic shares his workflow for creating a realistic water effect in After Effects using Particular. This effect uses the particles in 3D space to create a really cool spiral effect. You can use this effect with a 3D camera to track around the water effect (useful for adding additional moving elements in the scene).2. Galaxy NebulaIn this tutorial VinhSon Nguyen shows us how using null objects and a few emitter keyframes can produce an incredible galaxy nebula effect. In the tutorial VinSon demonstrates how a glow effect can make your simple particles look like stars. Instead of using Trapcode Shine, try using the 3D light rays effect outlined in Video Copilot’s Advanced 3D Light Ray tutorial.3. Burning Fire LogoUsing a few native effects and Trapcode Particular you can create this really awesome burning fire logo in After Effects. Notice how the fire interacts with the text behind it. This tutorial will also covers how to use luma mattes to work as particle emitters.4. Creating Realistic FireIf you’re looking for what might be the absolute best fire tutorial in After Effects, the following tutorial is for you. Created by Red Giant, this tutorial shows us how to create photo realistic fire by emitting video from Particular instead of simply emitting particles. This is also a great example of how simple color grading can really help sell your effects.5. Text to ParticlesThis is a great example of how an alpha matte as an emitter can produce awesome results. This tutorial also covers how floors can be used to set boundaries for your particles.6. Underwater Bullet TrailsWhile this tutorial may be a little specific, it clearly demonstrates how Trapcode Particular can be used to simulate particles in water. It also dives into some basic compositing techniques. Notice how the particle’s gravity can be changed to travel backwards.7. WormholeIf you’ve ever wanted to create one a Star Wars/Star Trek wormhole effect then this is the tutorial for you. Using null objects in 3D space you can pull of a really cool stargate look. This tutorial also shows how particles can be stretched to simulate depth.8. LightningInstead of using some of the more cheesy lightning effect built into After Effects, you can use Trapcode Particular for more realistic results. Combined with a glow effect, the lightning produced using this technique may not look completely realistic, but we think it still looks really good.9. Particle DanceIn this video tutorial you will learn how to use Trapcode Particular to create an awesome dancing particle effect. Notice how the particles don’t look like particles, but rather a uniquely abstract form.10. Particle Dance 2The particle dance tutorial is a great example of Trapcode’s ability to change the color of the particles it generates. Unlike Particle World, Trapcode gives users the ability to render particles with multiple colors simultaneously.Know of any other great Trapcode Particular video tutorials?Share in the comments below.
Millions of people in Assam on Sunday lived through the “the stroke of midnight”, to use Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s immortal words, as the Assam government published the first draft of an updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) of the State. While the document is meant to establish the credentials of a bona fide citizen, there are several questions surrounding the NRC. Here is a brief list of FAQs on the NRC.Why was it necessary to bring out an NRC in Assam?The NRC is being updated in Assam to detect Bangladeshi nationals, who may have illegally entered the State after the midnight of March 24, 1971, the cut-off date. This date was originally agreed to in the 1985 Assam Accord, signed between the then Rajiv Gandhi government and the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU).However, successive State governments failed to achieve much progress in detecting and deporting foreigners as set out in the Assam Accord. In 2005, another agreement was signed between the Centre, the then Tarun Gogoi government in Assam and the AASU where it was decided to update the NRC that was first published after the Census data of 1951 in post-Partition India.Though the Gogoi government had started the NRC update as a pilot project in some districts, it was stopped after violence broke out in some parts of the State.In July 2009, Assam Public Works (APW), an NGO, petitioned the Supreme Court for identification of Bangladeshi foreigners in the State and deletion of their names from the voters’ list.What will happen to those persons who don’t find their names in the draft register published on Monday?The list published on Monday is the first draft of the updated NRC. Another list is expected by February-end or early March, with more names and details.However, if a citizen’s name is missing, he or she can file an objection and request that the name be included after submitting the requisite documents to the NRC centre or online on the website www.nrcassam. nic.inIs there a possibility of violence in the State if a large number of people don’t find their names in the register?The Assam government did fear violence and hence requisitioned over 20,000 paramilitary personnel and requested the Army to be on standby to deal with any law-and-order issue.However, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said people, irrespective of their caste or religion, had taken part in the process and expressed confidence that the NRC update will not result in violence.The security challenge, however, will emerge only when the process of updating the NRC gets completed and a large number of people are left out.Is the NRC a court-mandated exercise?Yes, the publication of the first draft of the NRC by December 31, 2017 was ordered by the Supreme Court.The top court has been hearing this case since July 2009 when Assam Public Works moved court to intervene in detecting and deporting Bangladeshis.Should persons of Assam living in other parts of the country also have their names in the register?NRC is a process by which a bona fide Indian citizen can be distinguished from a foreigner.If a person from Assam is living or working in another part of the country, it is advisable to get oneself registered and establish one’s legacy as an “inhabitant” of Assam.
The 2018/19 Financial Year officially begins today (April 1), with the Government projecting to spend $773.6 billion for the year.When former Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, tabled the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure in the House of Representatives in the afternoon on Thursday, February 15, the document outlined that the Government expects to spend $560 billion for Recurrent (house-keeping) expenses and $213.6 billion on Capital (development) projects for the year.Before the tabling of the Estimates, Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, delivered the Throne Speech, outlining the programmes and policies to be pursued by the Government during the year.The fight against crime remains a major national priority, with the Government committing additional resources and support to the security forces for the 2018/19 fiscal year.The Governor-General noted that organised crime, along with the violence and homicide it produces, is the biggest threat to citizens’ security and continues to stymie the growth and prosperity of the country.He said the Administration will be seeking approval for a number of legislative measures designed to improve crime-fighting efforts and better enable law-enforcement agencies to interdict criminals.These include the Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Act, Finger Prints(Amendment) Act, Firearms (Amendment) Act, Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act, Parole (Amendment) Act, and The Justice Protection(Amendment) Bill.In addition to the legislative measures, the Government will continue to focus on strengthening its administrative and technological capabilities, crime-prevention and community safety measures, and rehabilitation and redemption.The justice system will also be given special attention in order to reduce the backlog of cases and improve efficiency and effectiveness.The Governor-General said the Government has committed to enabling growth and national development through a sound and predictable macro-economic policy framework that maintains low inflation, a stable exchange rate and competitive interest rates; and improving revenue administration by creating a simple, equitable andcompetitive tax environment to enhance growth and ensure greater compliance.Other areas of focus highlighted in the Throne Speech include programmes to rehabilitate and make new investments in critical health infrastructure; accelerating construction of affordable housing and providing greater access to funding; construction and maintenance of water and irrigation systems; commencement and completion of road projects to ease congestion and improve road safety and security; and scaling up progammes to reach more unattached youth.Social programmes for protected groups will continue to receive priority with respect to the allocation of resources, to ensure that overall spending in these areas is not eroded by inflation.Included are programmes for youth employment, poor relief, children’s homes and places of safety, school feeding, the elderly, and pregnant and lactating women.Special attention will be placed on the Programme of Advancment Through Health and Education (PATH), which targets some of the most vulnerable segments of the population – children and students aged zero to 19 years; the adult poor, including the disabled, elderly, pregnant and lactating mothers and the destitute Measures to establish a National Identification System (NIDS) will be advanced with the National Identification and Registration Authority Regulations to be developed and tabled in the House by September 2018.Work will continue to digitise the records of the Registrar General’s Department (RGD); develop processes to link the records of births and deaths to prevent identity theft; commence transformation of the RGD into the National Identification and Registration Authority; and establish a National Address Database, which will indicatewhere all parcels of land are located within the island in order to support the enrolment of persons in the NIDS.The Government will embark on an aggressive legislative agenda to support its strategic priorities to ensure food security, sustainable use of agricultural land and fisheries resources, and facilitate an enabling local business environment.Fire stations will be constructed in Montego Bay, Port Maria and Yallahs, two drop-in centres in Trelawny and St. Thomas, and homes built for indigent persons.Additional garbage trucks will also be purchased.The Government will be putting measures in place to increase protection of women and girls with the tabling of the Sexual Harassment Bill this year.The proposed Gender Advisory Council is also to be established.Work will begin to build out entertainment zones in Fort Charles and Fort Rocky, Port Royal; Seville, St. Ann; and Westmoreland and St. Catherine.The necessary legislative work and amendments to the various laws regulating entertainment will alsobe done in parallel.As it relates to education, five new schools are to be constructed, while money is to be provided from the e-learning budget to assist in the sustainability of information and communications technology (ICT) in schools from the early-childhood to secondary levels.The support programme for children zero to three years will be given focus, and the Early Childhood Rationalisation programme continued.When Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, made his contribution to the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House on March 20, he emphasised that achieving economic growth and curbing crime remain national priorities.Mr. Holness said the Administration is taking positive action in securing the nation’s prosperity, through effective stewardship reflected in delivering jobs and housing and undertaking infrastructural development.The Prime Minister argued that if Jamaica is to grow and develop into the desired inclusive, nurturing and caring society, Government spending will have to be “reprioritised towards critical growth areas, infrastructure spending and poverty alleviation.”
Fathima Babu and Kamal Haasan.PR HandoutFathima Babu is rumoured to be the first contestant to be out of Bigg Boss Tamil 3. She has got lesser votes than the other contestants, who were in the danger zone in Kamal Haasan-hosted show this week.Rumours are doing rounds that Fathima Babu has ended her journey in the Bigg Boss Tamil 3 show. Apart from her, Saravanan, Meera Mitun, Sakshi Agarwal, Cheran, Jangiri Madhumitha and Kavin were facing the elimination this week. Earlier Story:Looking at the comments on social media sites, all seven contestants have failed to secure viewers’ love and respect. Saravanan and Fathima had remained mute spectators over the fights and other issues inside the house, which had not impressed the fans. Whereas Cheran seems to be playing a safe game.Despite being a victim of bullying, Meera had not garnered viewers’ sympathy, while Madhumitha’s Tamil card which she used this week to win over an argument, was apparently not reaping much benefits.Going by the comments online, netizens desperately wanted Sakshi Aggarwal to be out of Kamal Haasan-hosted show and she was followed by Kavin. However, they might found themselves safe as their stay promises a lot of entertainment in the days to come, feel a section of the audience.Fathima Babu, Losliya Mariyanesan, Sakshi Agarwal, Jangiri Madhumitha, Kavin, Abhirami Venkatachalam, Saravanan, Vanitha Vijayakumar, Cheran, Sherin Shringar, Mohan Vaidya, Tharshan Thiyagarajah, Sandy, Mugen Rao and Reshma Pasupuleti are the 15 contestants who entered the show on an opening day. Meera Mitun joined them a day later in Bigg Boss Tamil house.