Stock futures flat after Nasdaq’s comeback session

first_img– Advertisement – The rally earlier in the week for stocks dependent on an economic recovery was sparked by an announcement from Pfizer and BioNTech that the companies’ Covid-19 vaccine candidate appeared to be more than 90% effective in its phase three trial.More positive news on the vaccine front could come soon, as Moderna announced on Wednesday evening that its phase-three trial had accrued enough cases of the coronavirus to submit the preliminary results to an independent safety monitoring board.The positive news for vaccines comes amid a worrying rise in Covid-19 cases across the country. The United States has now confirmed more than 10 million cases of the virus and some areas, including New York City and San Francisco, have announced new economic restrictions in an attempt to slow the spread.- Advertisement – U.S. stock futures were mostly flat on Wednesday evening following a strong session for tech stocks.Futures contracts tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 30 points, or 0.1%, and those for the S&P 500 saw a similar gain. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 were flat.The move in futures after the market bucked its recent trend on Wednesday, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite leading while cyclicals and small caps lagged. The Dow slipped 23 points after adding nearly 1,100 in the two previous sessions.- Advertisement – Investors will also be looking at new data on the economic recovery on Thursday morning. The Labor Department is slated to release jobless claims data for last week before the opening bell, and economists surveyed by Dow Jones expect 740,000 claims. New inflation data will also be released before the markets open in New York. – Advertisement – Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.NYSE The rally for equities after the Pfizer news followed a strong election week for stocks, which saw the S&P 500 rise more than 7%. Rick Rieder, head of the global allocation team at BlackRock, said on “Closing Bell” that he expected stocks to continue to rise through the end of the year, though he expected trading to be choppy.He also said he expected the economic recovery to continue despite the rise in Covid-19 cases.“The Fed is going to stay in this accommodative mode for a period of time,” Rieder said. “When you put that much stimulus in, you put that much liquidity in, and then you add fiscal stimulus … the economy will actually do pretty well.”last_img read more

Ronaldo breaks new ground as Madrid edge out Dormund

first_imgRonaldo took his tally to nine goals in six Europan appearances this season with a spectacular long-range effort into the top corner after Borja Mayoral’s opener to give Real a 2-0 lead inside 12 minutes.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued his excellent record against Madrid with a quickfire double either side of half-time to bring Dortmund level.But despite Vazquez’s late strike, the Germans drop into the Europa League with a record low two points thanks to their better goal difference over APOEL Nicosia, who were defeated 3-0 at Spurs.Real were, though, hit by a fresh injury blow as French international defender Raphael Varane limped off just before half-time holding his left leg.Zinedine Zidane now faces a defensive crisis ahead of the visit of Sevilla on Saturday with captain Sergio Ramos, right-back Dani Carvajal and holding midfielder Casemiro all suspended.“With Rafa he has done some damage to himself, but we will see tomorrow when we do the scans as always,” said Zidane.“He won’t be there Saturday that is for sure. We have to look for solutions.” And just four minutes after the break Dortmund were level as Aubameyang dinked a lovely finish over Keylor Navas after his initial effort had been saved by the Madrid goalkeeper for his fifth goal in his last four appearances against Real.“He is great player and with his speed he is always a dangerous player,” said Dortmund boss Peter Bosz. “I hope he stays a long time with us.”Ronaldo was wrongly denied his second of the night by the offside flag as he prodded home from close range.But moments later Madrid did grab the winner when Vazquez’s effort trundled past Burki, who was slow to react as the ball nestled in the bottom corner.Dortmund should still have earned a share of the points, but Kagawa blasted a glorious chance over the bar as the German giants’ run without a win in the Champions League or Bundesliga stretched to 11 games.“The performances have to improve,” admitted former Ajax coach Bosz, whose job is under serious threat.“We started very badly, but after we showed how well we can play and the return of some injured players in December gives us hope for the future.”Share on: WhatsApp Zidane made six changes from the side that started Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Athletic Bilbao, but the hosts still made a flying start.Ronaldo’s fine through ball just evaded Isco, but fell perfectly into the path of Mayoral and the 20-year-old kept his cool to chip the onrushing Roman Burki for his first Champions League goal.By contrast, Ronaldo had his 114th in the competition moments later as he lined up a sumptuous strike from 25 yards.However, the warning signs of a Dortmund recovery were in evidence as the first half wore on as Varane had to make last-ditch challenges to deny Aubameyang and Shinji Kagawa.Aubameyang has spoken openly of his desire to play for Madrid one day and did his case of a dream move no harm with two classy finishes either side of half-time.Once Varane limped off, Aubameyang was left free inside the box to plant a diving header inside the far corner two minutes before half-time. – Real’s flying start – Madrid, Spain | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to ever score in all six Champions League group games in one season as Real Madrid edged out a dispirited Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on Wednesday.Lucas Vazquez grabbed the winner nine minutes from time for the European champions, who were already guaranteed to go through to the last 16 as runners-up in Group H to Tottenham Hotspur.last_img read more

Ozanam benefit recognizes its achievers

first_imgby Malik VincentPeople gathered on May 21 to recognize the contributions of both current and former Ozanam alumni, coaches, volunteers, and sponsors at its benefit dinner at Damon’s Grill and Sports Bar, Downtown.Vince Sims of WPXI-TV served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies and conducted the silent auction. Some of the items sold included a ‘legends’ basketball signed by several greats, or what they refer to as “legendary alumni” that have participated in the program over the years. Another was a wood-burned art rendering by OZ’s executive director Curtis Cureton. There was also a raffle that included an autographed football signed by Robin Cole, Mike Meriwether, Mel Blount, and Craig Bingham—to name a few, as well as other sports-related items. OZANAM STAFF AND ALUMNI—Front row, from left: OZ Executive Assistant Darelle Porter, Alumna Dr. Mary Myers, Girls’ Program Director Karen Hall, and Executive Director Curtis Cureton. Back row, from left: Alumnus Chuck Crummie, Dwight “Ice Man” Clay, Jennifer Bruce-Scott, Chuck Franklin, Kirk Bruce, and acclaimed actor Lamman Rucker, who served as the event’s keynote speaker. “Until Ozanam gets the proper funding, it’s going to be a struggle,” program alumni Dwight Clay said. “Now, you can see that they’re on the right track to developing that type of leadership and following but they still need the funding.”Referred to as, ‘the Iceman’, Clay hit the game-winning shot to end UCLA’s NCAA Division I men’s record-longest 88 game winning streak back in January, 1974—a mark that still stands today.“As a young man, Ozanam prepared us intellectually, worldly, and skillfully in sports to take that beyond the Hill District boundaries,” Clay said. “It was just another vehicle presented to young men such as myself to utilize to continue my growth.”Dr. Mary Myers, who is now coordinator of Student Organizations at Cleveland State University, was one of the first female players in Ozanam to play with boys in the mid- ‘70s. Her Archerettes played together in the OZ summer league and then met later on in the regular-season at Fifth Avenue High School.From there, she took her talents to star at the University of Kansas.“We didn’t lose much, in fact, I don’t’ think we lost at all,” Myers said. “The time I spent with Ozanam earned me a scholarship. It provided me with an opportunity for exposure and an environment to cultivate. “Myers, who refers to the late Ozanam founder Karl Kohlman as ‘Daddy Kohlman’, said he was a “disciplinarian” who enjoyed girls basketball and who applied the idea that she called the “each one, teach one rule.”Cureton mentioned that the organization plans to continue Kohlman’s vision, financially, pursuing opportunities for funding by continuing to conduct community events and by obtaining more corporate sponsorship.“Back during the Kohlman era of Ozanam, many of its ventures were funded by his own organization. The Catholic Diocese (who was a key supporter, during that time) assisted with things such as the maintenance of the Community Center.”He feels one long-term solution to any financial difficulties is to build its alumni base and for it to campaign for more such gateways to gain such funding.Native son Lamman Rucker, an Ozanam alumnus, served as the event’s keynote speaker. In his address, he made several references to his pride in hailing from Pittsburgh and how he’s applied his experiences with the OZ program to his life.“Ozanam has been a pillar in the community, and in particular to the Hill District, for many years,” Rucker said. “It was a big part of my childhood. It’s as if your own family asked you to come back and asked you to tell what they mean to you. The fact that I’m here right now is a similar thing.”The famed actor moved to New York after earning his masters from Duquesne to fulfill his stage and screen aspirations. After performing in the theatre, he obtained work in television series, such as: “All of Us,” “House of Payne” and “Meet the Browns.” His major movie credits, to date, are Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married?” and “Why Did I Get Married Too?”“I can look around and see some of the results of that work we put in back in the OZ days,” Rucker said. “The other guys are here doing great things, whether it’s teaching, coaching, active in business, politics, (etc.). We’re all peers, so it’s no surprise that they’re thriving. I know them and that’s the way it’s always been. It’s good to see that they’re the same people that they were back then… (Their success) is no surprise.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected])last_img read more

Hard Times Behind Suicide In Red Bank

first_imgRED BANK — Mark Gibson’s family has lots of questions about what went wrong.Gibson had lived in Red Bank for more than 15 years, had worked at a good job. But over the course of time, things had spiraled out of control, to the point that two weeks ago, Gibson made the terrible decision to end his life.According to Red Bank Police Lieutenant Eliot Ramos, Gibson’s body was discovered in his West Front Street apartment at approximately 1:05 p.m. on Jan. 27. And while the county medical examiner’s report is not yet completed, Ramos characterized his death as “non-suspicious.”Shocked and grieving family members last week acknowledged that Gibson, 50, had committed suicide.His father, Ron Gibson, speaking from his San Francisco, California, home this week, said Jan. 27 was the last day his son could be in his Red Bank apartment, as a sheriff’s officer was scheduled to arrive and serve Mark with his final eviction notice.“He was going through distress,” said his sister Kathy Gibson-Swing, of her brother’s last few months of life.Gibson, 50, had seen his life take a downward trend, most severely in the last few months, family members explained. His sister Connie D’Aura said Gibson over the years had grown somewhat distant from family members. But in the last few months he began contacting them asking for assistance, as he faced challenges in paying his rent and buying groceries.Family members wondered and worried about him, his sisters said last week, when they came to Red Bank to clean out his apartment and get his affairs in order.Gibson grew up in the Bay Area and had joined the Navy out of high school. Following his enlistment, he eventually made his way east working for AT&T at the telecommunications firm’s Staten Island location, and settling in in Red Bank, according to family members.“He was making six-figures, paying taxes,” the elder Gibson remembered.However, it appears he hadn’t worked on a regular basis for a number of years. He suffered a serious injury as a passenger on a motorcycle, which caused him to remain out from work on disability for quite a while, his sisters said. And when he returned to work, it was in another slot that was eventually earmarked for elimination as the company underwent downsizing and reorganization.Gibson, they said, didn’t file for unemployment after losing his job; instead he lived off his severance package, retirement money, an insurance settlement from the accident and the dividends from investments. But Gibson’s investments, his father said, took a hit in the 2008 financial meltdown, contributing to his son’s financial and emotional distress.“It was his lowest point to have to ask for money,” Gibson-Swing.“He was very independent,” sister Carol Rogers added.“There are a lot of people who don’t understand what it’s like to not have a job and be alone,” Gibson-Swing observed as she recalled her brother, who never married or had kids.Gibson’s difficulties extended beyond his inability to pay rent, and he began going most days to Lunch Break soup kitchen and food pantry, 121 Drs. James Parker Boulevard. There he would get a meal, some groceries and talk with some of the clients.“He seemed like such a nice person,” remembered Pam Elam, Asbury Park, who sat at Lunch Break, working on her word puzzles. “It’s so sad, so sad.”Medhat Michail, who goes by “M&M,” a Bank Street resident, said Gibson would often help him navigate on the facility’s computer, while Gibson would use it to actively search for a job.“He was depressed,” Michail said, recalling Gibson telling him the only thing he owned was his car, though it was rundown, and he couldn’t afford gas or insurance. “I asked him why didn’t he sell it,” Michail said. “He said it was the last thing he had and he didn’t want to give it up.”“I think he felt trapped,” Michail said.“I thought he was quiet, very respectful,” said Lunch Break’s executive director Gwendolyn Love.Lunch Break recently put a couple of computers in the main area, creating an Internet café to allow clients to look for work. “He was helping a lot of clients, helping with the computers,” which he seemed to enjoy,” Love said, remembering that she had asked him about working as a computer counselor. That idea seemed to appeal to him, Love said, but he declined, telling her he planned on moving in with his sister.After his final court appearance on the eviction notice, Rogers said, her husband planned to help Gibson move to their Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, home, where he could get things together and start fresh.At that point he began to search out social services but appeared to have become frustrated with the bureaucracy. His attempt to file for unemployment years after losing his job got him nowhere, with Gibson being told it was too late for benefits, according to his sister.It appeared that everything came crashing down with the final eviction notice. “It was almost like he got some shocking, horrible news that pushed him over the edge,” Gibson-Swing said.Her brother spoke three languages, loved art and music, wrote poetry. “You see how beautiful somebody is on the inside when they write something like this,” Gibson-Swing said of her brother’s poetry.Gibson had been treated for depression years earlier while still living in San Francisco, the elder Gibson said. And Mark had made an appointment to meet with someone from the Veterans Administration for possible treatment, the elder Gibson only recently found out. “So, he knew he was hurting,” he said.“I read somewhere that people who are very bright are able to mask depression,” he said. “And I think that was what it was in this case.”His phone had been cut off, his car was in no condition to make the trip to Harrisburg and it seemed there were only dead ends. “I just wish we would have been able to help him,” Gibson-Swing said.“Some people are just too proud to let people know their circumstances,” Love said. But there was help available, which Love said she finds really distressing.“You feel like you let him down, some how,” she said. “Because it should have not happened.”last_img read more

Cats grab bronze by stopping Elkford, Immaculata continues to shine with KVC title

first_imgLocal teams took it on the chin at the Kootenay Volleyball Classic Saturday at the Mount Sentinel High School gymnasium.Host Wildcats captured the bronze medal for the best finish for the three West Kootenay entrants.“As I mentioned before (tournament) the challenge with our team is to find ways to play beyond our ages (Grade 11’s and Grade 9”s),” Wildcats coach Joe Moreira told The Nelson Daily.“For some inexplicable reason we played most of our seven matches with a maturity and confidence . . . (which) caught me by surprise.”After dropping a semi final match to Kootenay rival Fernie Falcons, the Cats defeated Elkford in the consolation game to capture third place in the eight-team tournament.Immaculata of Kelowna, ranked second overall in the recent B.C. High School Girl’s A poll, won the tournament defeating the Falcons in the final.The other two West Kootenay schools, Trail’s J. Lloyd Crowe and L.V. Rogers Bombers of Nelson finished sixth and seventh, respectively.Prince Charles Comets of Creston took fifth with Enderby’s A.L. Fortune finishing in the basement.The Wildcats hosted a German touring team Tuesday before returning to the practice court in preparation for the prestigious UBC-O Invitational Tournament Friday and Saturday in Kelowna.Moreira is hoping to build on the recent improvements in Kelowna.“Hopefully this weekend instilled a measure of confidence that we will need for the balance of the season,” Moreira said.“Looking ahead, our zone tournament is really deep. Teams that have traditionally been AA are now A and are pretty strong this year.”Hawks get better with ageThe J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks played like champions, but didn’t get the results at the Kootenay Volleyball Classic at Mount Sentinel.The Hawks took silver medal winner Fernie Falcons to a deciding game — Crowe actually led the contest by early in the third game — before losing the round robin match in three games.The Hawks, however, did improve in the overall standings, nosing ahead of West Kootenay rival LVR into sixth spot.In the opening tournament of the season in the Silver City for both LVR and Crowe, the Bombers finished ahead of Trail in the overall [email protected]last_img read more

SANTA ANITA STABLE AREA TO REOPEN SEPT. 4, TRAINING TRACK & MAIN TRACK WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR TRAINING SEPT. 5 & 6 AS GREAT RACE PLACE READIES FOR 2015 AUTUMN MEET OPENER ON SEPT. 26

first_img19-DAY AUTUMN MEET TO OFFER FIVE GRADE I BREEDERS’ CUP PREPS ON SEPT. 26 AND WILL RUN THROUGH OCT. 25; POPULAR CLOCKERS’ CORNER VENUE REOPENS ON FRIDAY AT 5 A.M.                 ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 3, 2015)–Santa Anita’s stable area, which has been closed for renovations since mid-July, will reopen on Friday, Sept. 4, with the training track and main track available to horsemen beginning Saturday and Sunday in advance of the track’s 2015 Autumn Meet, which opens on Sept. 26. Additionally, Santa Anita’s popular coffee and breakfast destination, Clockers’ Corner, will be open for business on a seven day-a-week basis beginning Friday morning from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.The 19-day Autumn Meet will open with a bang as a total of five Grade I Breeders’ Cup Challenge, “Win and You’re In” prep stakes will be carded on opening day, with first post time for an 11-race program scheduled for 12:30 p.m. (First post time for the remainder of the Autumn Meet will be at 1 p.m.) Santa Anita will offer a total of six Grade I Breeders’ Cup Challenge races and a total of 21 overall added money events–12 of which are graded, throughout the meet.Santa Anita’s stable area, which is home to some 2,000 Thoroughbreds when occupied, has undergone routine repairs and scheduled maintenance. Returning horsemen will see fresh paint, repaired stalls, and improved drainage and access throughout the roughly 40 acres that comprise the stable area.For more information on Santa Anita’s 2015 Autumn Meeting, please visit santaanita.com, or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Rosberg edges Hamilton as Mercedes dominates in Bahrain

first_imgSAKHIR, Bahrain (AP):Nico Rosberg kept the upper hand on his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by setting the fastest time in yesterday’s practice sessions for the Bahrain Grand Prix, as Formula One’s top team dominated again.Rosberg, who won the season-opening race in Australia and the final three races of last season, set a best time of 1 minute, 31.001 seconds at the Sakhir circuit, a quarter of a second faster than Hamilton.”We were very quick on one lap and also on the longer runs, so I’m really looking forward to qualifying and the race,” Rosberg said.Mercedes was in a league of its own, with third-place Jenson Button of McLaren 1.3 seconds off Rosberg’s time. That was an encouraging performance for McLaren, which has been on a slow development path with engine partner Honda since last season.Ferrari, which appears to be Mercedes’ main challenger this season, was further off the pace. Kimi Raikkonen was fifth, followed in sixth by Sebastian Vettel, who was forced to park the car trackside due to a loose nut on his left rear wheel late in the evening session.Ferrari believes it has better pace over longer runs than the brief bursts in practice and qualifying, and also demonstrated much better acceleration from the standing start than Mercedes in the season opener, yet Vettel recognised his rival’s strength.THE BENCHMARK”Mercedes are the benchmark. They have looked really competitive this afternoon and this evening, but hopefully, we can be a bit closer,” Vettel said. “The car feels all right. There’s bits and bobs we can improve.”Max Verstappen was fourth fastest for Toro Rosso, the Red Bull pair Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo was seventh and ninth, respectively, and Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa eight and 10th. Williams is set to use a redesigned front wing today.The heavily criticised rolling elimination format for qualifying will be used again today. The format resulted in an embarrassing anticlimax in the final Q3 session in Melbourne as teams sought to preserve tires rather than attempt to improve times. The teams met on race day in Australia and resolved to revert to last year’s qualifying system but could not unanimously agree at the F1 Commission on how to alter it, so rolling elimination remains.Renault driver Kevin Magnussen is facing a grid penalty after failing to stop and have his car weighed when directed to do so during yesterday’s evening practice session.last_img read more

Scott Metzger, Nov. 27

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We finished everything up last Friday night. We got the double-crop beans done to get harvest wrapped up. That is always a good feeling but you’d always like another 500 acres of corn.I think the double-crop beans were around 42 or 43 bushels per acre for an average.  I think the highest we had for a field average was maybe 47 bushels and maybe the low was 40 — they were good. In 2011 we had some that were pretty similar to that in the 40s. We just had the right growing season for them this year. Having a late frost and rains at the right time really helped. They look like the quality of the first crop beans. It was still wet, but most of our double-crops were on tiled ground so that helped.This was the best corn crop we have ever had. The beans were above trend line but not a record for us. Overall, 2017 was a challenging year but it all really panned out weather wise.We are contemplating whether we put on a shot of insecticide and a low rate of herbicide on the wheat this fall to get a little more protection out there. We haven’t pulled that trigger yet and I don’t know with the price of wheat if that will pay. A couple of neighbors have tried and had quite a bit of success with it.We also wanted to get a cover crop on all of bean stubble so we are going to get the drills out today and run hard this week to see how much we can get done. We may try to get some corn stalks fall sprayed too.last_img read more

Dan Uetrecht, Aug. 24

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’ve continued to get rain. The corn I think is wrapped up. My two big questions now are: how good will the yield be and will the amount of diseases I have in my corn affect standability? I think without a doubt this corn crop is going to be big.Everybody has been talking about how widespread the gray leaf spot and even the northern corn leaf blight is in this area. I talked with CPS and they have sprayed more acres than they ever have and the disease is still out there. We are deciding what we want to do about spraying our double-crop beans. Even our first soybean fields that were sprayed are still heavy with disease and the fields we chose not to spray where we did not have much pressure, disease has come on heavy in them too. It is just a year where we have tremendous disease pressure.The last time we had a lot of Gibberella and Diplodia was a year with a lot of moisture late in the season when the ear was still upright. That is another concern moving forward with the corn crop. What kind of grain quality are we going to have after all of this rain?We did not spray insecticide and there is a lot of bean leaf beetle out there. I am concerned about them getting into the pods and seeing some bean quality issues. Our first planted beans are starting to turn and that means we should be running in three to four weeks.I still haven’t gotten third cutting hay made because there haven’t been four days of good sunshine. It is ready and we are hoping maybe after the Saturday rain this week we can get it cut. With all of the rain, we seeded some alfalfa and timothy hay. It is up and it looks great. The cover crops we planted after the wheat also look great.I am sure pleased with everything. Other than the disease pressure we couldn’t have asked for a better summer than what we have gotten. And, from what I’ve seen, there are a lot of good crops in Ohio.last_img read more

10 Time Saving Tips in Adobe After Effects

first_img2. Improve Your Performance By Changing the Disk Cache LocationTo improve performance in After Effects you should move your disk cache off of your system drive.  In Preferences > Media & Disk Cache > Disk Cache, change this from the default to a fast drive (SSD if possible).Here is a handy link to Adobe’s white paper on Hardware Performance for more tips.3. Changing Mask Behavior So Each Mask is a Different ColorAlthough the AE default is to have all masks the same color, having all masks the same color can get confusing quickly when you have many in your composition.  Make each mask a separate color by checking “Cycle Mask Colors” in Preferences > Appearance.Example of “Cycle Mask Colors” Checked4. Use After Effects Auto Save to Give You Backups in Case of Crash/Client ChangesUnlike in Adobe Premiere Pro, Auto-Save is not turned on by default in After Effects.  I tend to save every 5-10 minutes and increase “maximum project versions”.  The Auto Save files are in the Auto-Save folder, which is saved in the same location as the project.In Preferences > Auto-Save check “Automatically Save Projects”. Looking to optimize your After Effects skills?  These 10 After Effects tips will save you time and let you work more efficiently.Whether you’re an Adobe After Effects newbie or a seasoned pro, knowing the tricks for speeding up your AE workflow will save you time…and ultimately money.  In this post, we share After Effects tips that will let you avoid common roadblocks and optimze your AE workflow for peak performance.1. Improve the Quality of Your PreviewsIf your magnification in the composition is not an even value (ex. 39.1%), you get rough edges in your previews. Instead of losing time by changing your magnification every time this happens, change the preference setting instead.You can improve the preview quality (better aliasing) by setting “Viewer Quality to More Accurate”.  This is set in Preferences > General.Faster PreviewsMore Accurate Previews 6. Improve After Effects Performance Using ProxiesProxies use a low resolution movie or still to speed up previews.  This is handy if you are working with large footage files and want to use a smaller file in their place.Right click on a clip in the Project and select “Create Proxy > Movie/Still.The Render Que opens. This where you set your Render Settings & Output Module. By default the Render Settings are draft (half size), and I changed the my Output Settings to Photo-JPEG (quick render, decent enough quality).After the Proxy renders, you will see a square beside the footage. This indicates the proxy is being used. To stop using a Proxy, click the square which changes to an outline and turns off the proxy.Proxy Turned OnProxy Turned Off7. Add a Clip to a Composition & Replace a Clip with ShortcutsOne common After Effects process is adding footage or swapping out footage in a composition.  Here are are 2 handy shortcuts to make this easier/faster.Instead of dragging footage from the project to a composition, use the shortcut CMD + / (on a Mac) or CTRL + / (on a PC).To replace a layer in a composition with different footage, select the layer in the comp, then select the footage in the project and press CMD + OPTION + / (on a Mac) or CTRL + ALT + /  (on a PC).  For more After Effects shortcuts check out this comprehensive list. 9. Interpret FootageInterpret Footage in After Effects lets you perform several handy functions with your media.Select any piece of  footage in the Project panel and click the icon in the bottom left that looks like 2 cassette tapes (very old school).In the Interpret Footage dialog window you can change the frame rate of a clip, which is handy for footage filmed in slow motion.  If you have a 60 FPS clip that you want to play at at 24 FPS, click ‘conform to frame rate” and change the frame rate to 24.Want to loop your clip in After Effects?  Have a short clip contentiously loop in the composition without having to copy and paste it like you would in a Premiere Pro or FCP. Enter the number of times you want the footage to loop.  Then, in the composition, click on the edge (you will see a highlighted area) of the footage and drag out to loop the clip. 10. Allow Scripts to Write Files & Access NetworkAfter Effects scripts are handy time savers for looping layers, controlling cameras and keyframe assistance (just to name a few of their functions).  To use scripts in AE you’ll need to go to Preferences > General and check the box that allows you to use scripts.  Note: this preference has to be checked or you won’t be able to use scripts.You can find After Effects scripts at aescripts, ae enhancers, BatchFrame and Adobe Exchange.  If scripts are new to you, learn more here.Got useful After Effects tips to share?We want to hear from you in the comments below! 8. Use Guide Layers to Use a Layer as a Non-Rendering GuideYou can make any layer a non-rendering guide layer to aid in layout and positioning.  This way you don’t accidentally render a layer that you just want to use as a guide.  In my example I made the video a guide layer, as I just want to use it to align my text, but I don’t want the video to render.To make any layer a guide layer in After Effects select the footage, right click and select “Guide Layer”. A blue grid appears beside the layer and now it won’t render. 5. Use the Shy Guy to Reduce Clutter in the TimelineThis is handy when you have a lot of layers in the timeline and want to hide layers you don’t need to see (especially useful when working with small monitors).  Enable the Shy Guy for the comp (see red highlights below) and the selected layers will hide in the timeline. Shy Guy Enabled for Composition and the Layerlast_img read more