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PSL: Petron grounds F2, earns outright semis spotPSL: Petron grounds F2, earns outright semis spot

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ara Galang and Mich Morente had 12 and 10 points, respectively to lead the Cargo Movers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Charcos embraces starting role for Perpetual Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?center_img Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Petron relied on the right mixture of sheer athletic ability and pure luck to take down F2 Logistics, 25-16, 21-25, 25-20, 26-24, and earn an outright semifinals berth in the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference Saturday at Muntinlupa Sports Center.Both the Blaze Spikers and the Cargo Movers finished the group stages with 3-1 records but Petron moved to the next round due to a better quotient.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Bernadeth Pons had 16 points to lead the charge for Petron while Mika Reyes had 13.Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos said that with the semifinals bye, they should play harder once the playoffs start.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“They have to play with more heart and act with more eagerness,” said Delos Santos in Filipino. “Because everything’s on a level playing field, the difference is always the heart.”Cherry Rondina, who played for just two sets, finished with 11 points to add to Petron’s cause while Aiza Maizo-Pontillad had 10. View commentslast_img read more

Rehabilitation of Soesdyke- Linden Highway discussed with Region 10 administrationRehabilitation of Soesdyke- Linden Highway discussed with Region 10 administration

first_imgPlans for the major rehabilitation of the Soesdyke- Linden Highway, upgrade to the Linden- Mabura Hill road and the construction of a river/bridge crossing at Karupukari are currently moving apace.Project Director attached to SRKN Stuart Hughes presenting the project to region 10 Administration on ThursdayOn Thursday, a team attached to the Public Infrastructure Ministry visited the office of the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Democratic Council (RDC) along with a design team from Beston/SRKN’gineering, which has been contracted by the ministry to conduct feasibility studies and detailed designs for the projects. During the visit, the team presented various aspects of the projects to Regional Chairman Renis Morian and Councillors.These included an overview of the project, scope of work, initial activities and findings. The Council also had the opportunity to voice concerns and give suggestions for the projects. The projects are presently at the introductory phase of the designs. Project Manager attached to the ministry, Dionne Amsterdam said the aim was to incorporate concerns and suggestions into the designs. Project Director and team leader attached to SRKN Stuart Hughes in the presentation of the projects said the team will return to present proposals for design solutions which is expected to include technical details. He explained that the basic objective of the consultancy is to produce detailed designs, feasibility studies and bidding documents for the rehabilitation of the Soesdyke- Linden Highway. Included in the scope is the rehabilitation of the highway from Soesdyke (intersection of Soesdyke and East Bank road) to the end of the Mackenzie- Wismar Bridge in Linden. Hughes noted that the team will examine the 9 bridges and 6 culverts along the corridor to determine if they are structurally fit and conduct a road safety audit.“…essentially a specialist who is a qualified road safety auditor…will travel the entire length of the roadway…highlighting all of the sort of unsafe features of this roadway”, he said noting that this will be independent of the design team as the auditor will work independently. Hughes continued that the auditor will then make recommendations, as he pointed out that the team will also conduct an environmental and social impact assessment. Social and Gender Specialist Vanda Radzick highlighted that the projects are all in preparation for the Guyana- Brazil link and the Linden- Lethem road. She said so far the company has met with a number of stakeholders along the highway, including the Kuru Kururu Neighbourhood Democratic Council.Radzick pointed out that stakeholders have expressed deep concerns about safety and security, and the non-lighting of the highway and logging trucks. She noted that the team was assured by the ministry however that lights will be installed prior to the completion of the design.The Preliminary design is expected to be presented by the end of August.last_img read more

June 18 “Hey Man, What’s Under Your Hat?” contest winnerJune 18 “Hey Man, What’s Under Your Hat?” contest winner

first_img                                                                                                                         Picture: Amber DavyCongratulations to Delorus Cooper, (front center) who won June 18th’s “Hey Man, What’s Under Your Hat?” contest at Centennial Park. She will be taking home a $2,500 car stereo, courtesy of City Furniture. If you would like a chance to play “Hey Man”, you can see Amber at Surerus Park Ball Diamonds on Wednesday, June 24 between 5pm and 6pm. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Mother gets 20 years jail for killing 8-year-old sonMother gets 20 years jail for killing 8-year-old son

first_imgJustice Navindra Singh on Tuesday imposed a sentence of 20 years, on the mother of eight year-old Emmanuel King, who died at the hands of the said woman that was expected to protect him.Jailed: Sonia KingIn a heartless act, Sonia King placed a bed sheet over her son’s head and strangled him to death while he was asleep. The mother formerly of Lot 565 Parfait Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD), confessed to the lesser count of manslaughter at her first court appearance. During this matter, the convicted woman was represented by Attorney Mark Conway, while the state’s case was presented by prosecutor’s Teriq Mohammed, Tuanna Hardy, and Sarah Martin.King was slapped with the charge that detailed hat on February 21, 2016, in the county of Demerara, she killed Emmanuel King.After a probation report was presented in court, Attorney Conway in an effort to provide mitigating factors on behalf of his client, informed the court that King been involved in hairdressing at the prison. He further stated that she expresses deep regrets for her actions.Meanwhile, prosecutor Hardy told the court that King’s actions had caused much distraught to the child’s father and other family members, and thus the sentence should reflect that such senseless behaviors are not tolerated in society. Hardy further highlighted that now dead child was very brave as he represented his country at a singing competition in another Caribbean country.When asked why she committed the crime, King responded to Justice Singh saying, “It’s hurting me, I don’t really know what came over me at that moment”. Nevertheless, Justice Singh pointed out that there is no excuse for her actions since this was her child.As Justice Singh handed down the 20 years sentence, the younger King’s father, broke down in tears witnessing the woman he once shared a relationship with, facing the consequences for her actions.The prison authorities was ordered to deduct the years spent on remand from the given sentence.Reports are that King initially claimed that the child fell from a guava tree during the afternoon of February 21 after which he retired to bed. At about 22:00h, the mother had claimed that she went to check on the child but found him in a motionless state.He was taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. However, she later confessed that she killed the child due to frustration, saying that she took a bed sheet and choked the child to death while he was sleeping.After the incident, King reportedly confessed to her husband to killing the child. She was arrested after confessing to investigators.last_img read more

Alvaro Negredo on the brink of joining Middlesbrough on loanAlvaro Negredo on the brink of joining Middlesbrough on loan

first_imgMiddlesbrough are on the verge of completing the signing of Alvaro Negredo on loan from Valencia after the striker flew in for a medical on Monday.talkSPORT reported earlier this month that the newly-promoted Premier League club were in talks with Valencia over a deal and now it appears terms have been agreed.Negredo could be unveiled later on Monday, with the Spaniard joining Victor Valdes, Marten de Roon and Viktor Fischer as the club’s summer recruits so far.According to AS, Boro have agreed to pay a large chunk of Negredo’s salary and have inserted a clause which could see him move to the Riverside on a permanent deal next summer.The former Manchester City frontman will be looking to make amends in the Premier League following his short-lived spell at the Etihad, despite scoring nine goals in his debut season. Alvaro Negredo has arrived on Teeside for his medical ahead of a loan move to Boro 1last_img read more

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in PeaceDonegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Friday, February 2.Ruby LYTTLEThe death has occurred of Ruby Lyttle, Mullingar, Killygordon, Donegal. Reposing at her home. Removal on Saturday, 3rd February, at 2pm for Service in Donoughmore Presbyterian Church at 2:30pm followed by burial in the family plot. Family time from 11pm to 11am. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Donegal Hospice.Dennis HEWITSONThe death has occurred of Dennis Hewitson, Kildarragh, Dunfanaghy, Donegal.Reposing at his late residence. Funeral Mass in St Michael’s Church, Creeslough on Saturday at 11am. Burial afterwards in Doe Cemetery. Family time please from 11pm until 10am. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to the Donegal Hospice. Ellen HELFERTYThe death has occurred of Ellen Helferty, Main Street, Convoy, Donegal, formerly Moyle Hill, Milford.Removal took place today, Friday, at 10.30am to St. Columba’s Church, Kilmacrennan for Requiem Mass at 12 noon followed by burial in The Old Abbey Cemetery, Kilmacrennan. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Medical 2 Letterkenny University Hospital.Síun GALLAGHERThe death has occurred of Síun Gallagher, Chapel Road, Brinlack, Donegal.Reposing at her late residence. Funeral Mass on Saturday 3rd February at 11am in St Colmcille’s Church, Knockfola followed by burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to Donegal Hospice. Rosary both nights at 9pm. Family time from 10pm to 11am.Barney DOHERTYThe death has occurred of Barney Doherty, Glebe, Linsfort, Buncrana, Donegal.Reposing at his residence. Funeral on Saturday morning, 3rd February at 11am in the Star of The Sea Church, Desertegney, Buncrana. Family flowers only. House private from 11pm to 10am.Michael MCGRATHThe death has taken place on 1st February 2018 at the Donegal Hospice of Michael McGrath, 11 Churchwell Avenue, Belmayne, Dublin 13. Michael’s remains will be reposing at his parents Pat and Mary McGraths’ residence at Listillion, Letterkenny from 5pm today Friday 2nd February 2018. Funeral from there on Monday 5th February 2018 at 10.15am going to the Church of the Irish Martyrs for 11am Funeral Mass. Interment after to Conwal Cemetery. Family time please from 10pm – 11am and on the morning of the funeral. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu if desired to Relay for Life or The Donegal Hospice c/o any family member.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: February 2nd, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:obituarieslast_img read more

World Cup: 500 days and countingWorld Cup: 500 days and counting

first_img26 January 2008The world is watching in anticipation as stadiums go up, roads and highways are built or upgraded, and a country once faced with overwhelming odds draws closer to hosting the biggest sporting spectacle on the planet.In exactly 500 days, about three billion eyes will watch in anticipation as the coveted event touches down in Africa for the first time in history.While such a spectacle will always draw its sceptics and share of pessimists, it is the responsibility of the public, private and business sectors, as well as the public at large, to cast aside blanket views of failure for the country.One of the most positive spin-offs for the country will be the massive influx of foreigners destined for South Africa’s sunny shores, and the investment they will bring with them.Among those industries set to boom in a massive way over at least the next five years are the hotel, tourism, transport, restaurant and catering industries and, of course, what is referred to as South Africa’s “second economy” – small-scale entrepreneurs and artisans.South Africa’s challenges include ensuring that public transport is efficient, that tourists and South Africans are safe – and that World Cup matches kick off without hindrance.Local Organising Committee (LOC) Chief Executive Officer Danny Jordaan maintains that preparations are coming along well, with the stadiums between 60% and 90% complete already.The government’s 2010 unit said on Sunday that Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban is sitting at 69% complete, Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane at 55% complete, Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg at 64% complete and Cape Town’s Green Point Stadium at 38% complete.Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium is currently about 61% complete, with Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Stadium slightly further along at 70% completion.Airport infrastructure, another vital part of ensuring a smooth and co-ordinated event, is also up to speed, with upgrades taking place at OR Tambo International, Cape Town and Durban International Airports as well as the building of La Mercy Airport.The South African government has made more than R31-billion available to support preparations for the tournament, and these funds are being spent to deliver on the 17 guarantees the government made to Fifa.Jordaan said the World Cup alone would create about 450 000 jobs, helping to alleviate poverty and stimulate the local economy at a time when much of the developed world heads into economic recession.The government’s 2010 unit reports that the Department of Minerals and Energy has allocated more than R136-million to the nine host cities for upgrading their electricity networks.“All upgrades will be completed in the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup host cities and other 2010 Fifa World Cup host cities by April/May 2009,” the unit says.As a Fifa requirement, all stadiums being used during the World Cup have to run primarily off generators, with grid electricity as a secondary power source. All generators will arrive February 2009 and be installed and commissioned by March.Accommodation and the number of available rooms, as specified by Fifa-appointed hospitality and accommodation company MATCH, is a concern to the organisers, but plans are in place and thousands of non-hotel rooms are being graded for the World Cup.“To date, more than 4 673 non-hotel rooms and 25 602 hotel rooms have been signed up, and the grading process continues,” the government reports. “Base camp hotels have now been identified by MATCH and are waiting final approval from Fifa.”Although South Africa is only 500 days from hosting the most watched sporting event on the planet, the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, featuring the six continental giants, the current world champions and the World Cup host nation, is a mere four and a half months away, with palpable excitement growing.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

TRICARE Reforms in 2018 | Participant QuestionsTRICARE Reforms in 2018 | Participant Questions

first_imgIn one of our recent webinars, TRICARE Reforms in 2018, there were many participant questions that were unanswered due to time restraints. Our presenter, Mark Ellis, has provided answers to these questions below. Parents of children diagnosed with ASD have a great deal of stress and need support. Thus, respite care is an important component of a supportive ABA Program.  DHA currently offers 16 hours of respite care per month for active duty families under Extended Care Health Option (ECHO).  Expansion of respite care to all families with a child who has a diagnosis ASD was recommended as it can provide needed relief and enhance parental involvement by means of resilience in the family members. Is US Family Health Plan available to widows/widowers? Is information about this option communicated to beneficiaries if they move into an area covered by that plan?RESPONSE:  Widows/Widowers may enroll in a Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP) if they are eligible military beneficiary under age 65 and live in a designated USFHP service area.  There is no notification to beneficiaries when they move into an area as to the availability of TRICARE health plans.  We encourage you to use the TRICARE Plan Finder function on the tricare.mil website to find out what health plans are available in your area. Several solutions to utilization management have introduced decision support for ASD and it is recommended DHA explore such solutions as part of a way forward. DHA will implement evidence-based utilization management solutions that consistently review impairments, level of functioning, and treatment goals and protocols (treatment plan) to ensure the needs of the beneficiary and family are being met. Can we describe Prime as HMO and Select as PPO?RESPONSE:  Generally speaking, yes. Can people communicate their preferences prior to the open enrollment period, or will every beneficiary be reaching out to TRICARE during that one-month window?RESPONSE:  Yes. Calendar year 2018 is designated as a TRICARE enrollment grace period so you can elect to enroll in or change your TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select health plan coverage at any time during 2018 if you want the coverage to start the date of your request or the date of your qualifying life event. Otherwise, requests to enroll in or change your TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select coverage to take effect on January 1, 2018 can be accepted by your regional TRICARE contractor as early as October 1, 2018 (90 days prior to the effective start date), during the annual open enrollment period from November 12, to December 10, 2018, or due to the 2018 enrollment grace period, through December 31, 2018. Can you elaborate on the enhancements TRICARE is providing regarding special needs and autism? RESPONSE:Enhancements TRICARE is considering include:Specialized case management and/or care coordination teams assigned to each family are essential to the comprehensive management of this unique population. Care coordination teams will allow a centralized focus around the special needs of military families including continuity of care as families’ transition from region to region due to permanent change of station or retirement from active duty. Families should have a single point-of-contact who guides them through the system related to their child’s care. Discharge planning is another critical component of a comprehensive ABA Benefit Program and discharge criteria must be implemented through modifications to the current MCSC and TOP contracts. Such criteria should be included in the initial assessment and treatment plan/goals in measurable terms to ensure the beneficiary is progressing. Parental involvement and support is imperative to a beneficiary’s success. Per available research, outcomes are better when parents are actively involved.   Requiring their participation in the process and commitment to their child’s ABA TP with reinforcements or consequences, also enables the managed benefit to move from an external dependency to a family competence for long term care.  If families cannot support intensive ABA services, then family issues should be addressed first. Is the enrollment fee a one-time fee? RESPONSE:  By law, enrollment fees for TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select are an annual amount that may be adjusted each year if there is an increase in the military retiree cost of living allowance (COLA). Who can we contact beyond the assigned PERS rep? RESPONSE:  You should ask for their supervisor. If the issue cannot be resolved, please email dha.acd@mail.mil. Medical records, as determined necessary by the contractor or TOP contractor which demonstrate that the Active Duty Family Member (ADFM) has a qualifying condition in accordance with Sections 2.2 through 2.4, and who otherwise meets all applicable ECHO requirements. What is the expected timeframe from when a newborn of ADSM is registered in DEERS to the time they auto-enroll in Prime?RESPONSE: Per the Defense Manpower Data Center, automatic enrollment transactions for newly eligible family members of active duty service members (ADSMs) added to DEERS may take up to 24 hours to post to DEERS. Are you able to provide additional guidance with enrollment into TRICARE ECHO?RESPONSE:  The active duty sponsor (or other authorized individual acting on behalf of the beneficiary) will submit the following to the contractor or TRICARE Overseas Program (TOP) contractor responsible for administering the Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) in the geographic area where the beneficiary resides:center_img How is that being assessed for access to care, and needs in those areas? Is there any pressure or recommendation being made to MTFs that have a high referral rate to Emergency Services?RESPONSE:  DHA-PI 6025.03 “Standard Processes and Criteria for Establishing Urgent Care (UC) Services and Expanded Hours and Appointment Availability in Primary Care in Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs) to Support an Integrated Health Care System (IHCS)” dated January 2018, identifies the criteria and standard data sources used to make decisions on establishing a MTF or market urgent care clinic/ER fast track clinic or for expanding hours in Primary Care.The criteria identified in DHA-PI 6025.03 includes:CostsDemand and UtilizationDistance, Geography and Local CompetitionSpaceSingle Service or eMSM resourcesReadiness requirementsNetwork UC Clinic adequacyEmergency Services utilization is included in criteria b above; however, only low acuity E&M codes 99281/99282 are considered when evaluating the need for MTF UC or expanded hours in primary care. The Tri-Service Emergency Medicine consultants reviewed the data and consider only care coded as 99281 and 99282 to be recapturable to primary care or urgent care.  Relatedly, these same low-acuity ER visits are the only ER visits included in the Primary Care Leakage Core Measure on the MHS Dashboard on Carepoint.  The ER is considered to be the clinically appropriate venue for care for all other ER visits, per the Services’ Emergency Medicine Consultants. What about when a family has guardianship over their adult child due to limited capacity. What then? RESPONSE:  If your question relates to how a Uniformed Service sponsor can request military health care benefits for an incapacitated adult child, please contact your local military personnel or RAPIDS office or call the DEERS Support Office at 1-800-538-9552 for assistance.    Eligibility for military medical benefits is the responsibility of each Uniformed Service, not TRICARE. As a reminder, if you’re happy with your current TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select coverage and desire it to continue starting on January 1, 2019 for the rest of 2019, then do nothing.  Your TRICARE health plan coverage on December 31, 2018 will be automatically renewed by DEERS for calendar year 2019. To avoid delaying receipt of ECHO services while completing the ECHO registration process, in particular awaiting completion of enrollment in the EFMP of the sponsor’s service, the contractor or TAO Director may grant otherwise ECHO-eligible beneficiaries a provisional eligibility status for a period of not more than 90 days during which ECHO benefits will be authorized and payable. This provisional status is portable across managed care support contract regions and, except for the ECHO Home Health Care (EHHC) benefit, it applies to the TRICARE Overseas Program (TOP). Evidence that the sponsor is a Service member in one of the Uniformed Services. Are there still Tricare ECHO Case Managers on the West?RESPONSE:  This is an issue that TRICARE is currently addressing with the contractor. Service access leads are:Army: Mr. Joseph Kozakiewicz at m.kozakiewicz.civ@mail.milNavy: LCDR Eugene Smith at smith17.mil@mail.milAir Force: Maj David Abbott at p.abbott2.mil@mail.milNCR MD: Mr. Shane Chung at o.chung2.civ@mail.mil How does a person call the Nurse Advice Line? What is the number? RESPONSE:  Beneficiaries located in the 50 United States access the NAL by calling 1-800-TRICARE, option 1.Beneficiaries who are enrolled to overseas MTFs located outside the 50 United States access the NAL by calling a “country-specific number” listed on the NAL beneficiary website at:  https://mhsnurseadviceline.com/homeThe NAL beneficiary website at https://mhsnurseadviceline.com/home also allows beneficiaries to access the NAL via text chat or virtual video chat.DHA distributed a full publicity package for MTFs through the Service Public Affairs Offices.Where are those expanded hours being implemented? Will the expanded hours include additional staff? RESPONSE:  Each Service and the National Capital Region Medical Directorate (NCR MD) evaluated each MTF’s individual demand signal to determine the feasibility of expanded hours based on the criteria in DHA-PI 6025.03 “Standard Processes and Criteria for Establishing Urgent Care (UC) Services and Expanded Hours and Appointment Availability in Primary Care in Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs) to Support an Integrated Health Care System (IHCS)” dated January 2018.  The full DHA-PI is available at:  https://health.mil under the “Policies” tab.  Please reach out to your Service access lead if you have questions on your MTF’s expanded hours plan.  As of February 2018, 90 percent of MTFs were already in compliance with Service MTF expanded hours plans.  Full compliance is required by 1 August 2018. Evidence, as provided by the sponsor’s branch of service, that the family, or family member seeking ECHO registration, is enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) provided by the sponsor’s branch of service. Can be waived. What about Soldiers who need to add a parent due to parent being dependent on them for support/unable to support themselves?RESPONSE:  Eligibility for military medical benefits is the responsibility of each Uniformed Service, not TRICARE.  Please contact your local Army personnel or RAPIDS office for assistance or call the DEERS Support Office at 1-800-538-9552. How does a Young Adult prime patient access Mental health care, do they need a referral from their PCM?RESPONSE:  If enrolled in TRICARE Young Adult Prime coverage, a Primary Care Manager (PCM) referral is not required for outpatient, office-based mental health or substance use disorder (SUD) visits; however, all other outpatient mental health and SUD services require a referral from the PCM or other network TRICARE authorized institutional or individual professional mental health or SUD provider. Be sure to join MFLN Military Caregiving on June 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET for our webinar entitled, Mental Health Care in TRICARE: Recent Enhancements to a Great Benefit. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on June 1, 2018.last_img read more

Character Animation Fundamentals for After EffectsCharacter Animation Fundamentals for After Effects

first_imgLearn the best techniques to give characters cartoon-like movement in After Effects. In this tutorial, we’ll cover the AE puppet tool and everything you need to get started with character animation.Character animation can be intimidating – but with After Effects you can actually give your characters realistic movements quite easily. In the following tutorial I’ll walk you through the fundamentals of character animation and the puppet tool. I’ve included the After Effects project file below so you can try it alongside the tutorial on your own.Using Photoshop, I first created a 2D character that we’ll be animating in AE  (I’m calling this character “Baldy”) . Grab the After Effects project file and Baldy’s corresponding Photoshop file here:[maxbutton id=”6″]By breaking your character into individual layers in Photoshop, you can apply the animation to each layer individually in After Effects. So, when importing the PSD into After Effects make sure the layers are retained:Apply the AE puppet tool, and then pins, to each layer of your character (the pins will be used to control the character movement). In the tutorial I show you how to tweak the pin positions to create unique movement for each layer.Once you’ve got the body movement animated over time, you can continuously loop it with a simple time remap expression.We’ll finish up by modifying the overall position of the character so that he appears to walk across the frame, and by adding a shadow to give the animation more depth.Using the puppet tool and simple keyframing techniques, this tutorial is perfect for anyone looking to dip their toes into the world of character animation in After Effects. It’s not nearly as intimidating as you might be making it out to be!Got questions about this After Effects tutorial or character animation?Share in the comments below!last_img read more