Guyana’s economy has to “right” itself – Jordan

first_img…admits to shortfall in economyWhile the ordinary man may feel that the country’s economic standard is deteriorating, Finance Minister Winston Jordan has assured that the existing state of affairs is an indication that the economy is in fact “righting” itself.The Minister made the disclosure during an interview on a local radio program “Jumpstart” on Monday where he discussed exclusively the fiscal matters of the country.Finance Minister Winston JordanAccording to Jordan, it would seem that some five years ago, the economy was moving ahead, however, there has not been much sustainability, and that the sectors that once propelled the economy, have now lost their way.“The same things that was generating the growth, after 50 years they still remained. (Rice, sugar, gold, forestry, bauxite). A number of these sectors have collapsed…banks that loaned to these sectors will also have a difficult time doing business in the future because the resources are not there and their bad loan have gone up,” Jordan said.According to him, the economy has to right itself, but yet, cannot do so on its own.“For persons who went through the 80’s and 90’s of the restructuring of the economy by the IMF (International Monetary Fund) , if we don’t adjust the economy, we will have to hand it over to somebody to do it,” the Finance Minister said.Jordan related that during this period, the economy has to be prepared for what is called the “take off” because on the horizon, there is high inflow of foreigners to the country and “we have to prepare the economy for that”.The Minister said Government has to move ahead and get its $250 billion 2017 National Budget going. This, he said, is currently stymied by numerous factors including transparency and scrutiny.Meanwhile, Jordan said Guyana’s economy is not where it needs to be, it does not stand alone, especially when compared with neighboring countries.“We know of Suriname, Trinidad, and Barbados which recently had to fire its governor. They had to hire their former Prime Minister Owen Arthur as their chief economic adviser to help them come out of their troubles…Venezuela we know what is going on there and Brazil has its issues,” Jordan saidHe continued that in all of these “oceans of problems”, Guyana remains a light of progress. He reminded that last November Government had projected a 2.6 per cent growth but with the actual numbers coming in now, the economy saw a 3.2 per cent growth last year, which he said was better than 2015.“While this growth was led by gold, there was some good showing in the Agriculture Sector, other crops sector and a last push to the last half of the year through the implementation of the public sector program, gave a little bump over the edge,” he said.Foreign exchangeThe Finance Minister meanwhile admitted that there have been some issues with foreign exchange, however he maintained that there remains a reserve of over $600 million in the country’s central bank. He said the rates have been stabilized, although with a depreciation between $210 and $215.As it relates to the reports of shortages in foreign exchange here, Jordan reminded that it is gold that is generating the foreign exchange.“There is a couple of big gold dealers, and some of them do not declare the rightful amount they get from overseas and the BoG Governor is trying to work with them”. He said the law provides that all foreign exchange must be declared to a bank for exporters.Jordan lamented that sectors areas that had a huge hand in bringing in foreign exchange are not there. However, despite that, the holdings of Foreign exchange in the commercial banks have not reduced in any way significant, he assured.last_img read more

Snowfall warning issued for Peace Region

first_imgEnvironment Canada has issued another snowfall warning for Fort St. John and other parts of the Peace Region. Up to 5 cm of snowfall will be accumulated in the Energetic City by Wednesday morning. – Advertisement -It’s being caused by an Arctic front that will remain over the B.C. Peace region. Other snowfall warnings are in effect for Chetwynd and Dawson Creek. Those areas are expected to see up to 20 cm of snow by Wednesday morning. By stafflast_img


first_imgONE of Killybegs’ best known grocery shops has been forced to call a creditors’ meeting.John Cunningham & Co Limited, based on St Catherine’s Road in the port town, is the latest local business to be hit by the recession.A creditors’ meeting will take place at the Mill Park Hotel, Donegal Town at 9am on June 14th. SADNESS AS KILLYBEGS GROCER CALLS CREDITORS MEETING was last modified: May 26th, 2011 by gregShare 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:john cunningham and co limitedKillybegslast_img read more

“Dáil must seize opportunity to abolish water charges” – Doherty

first_imgPOLITICS: Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty is calling on all the TDs that were elected to the 32nd Dáil on an anti-water charges platform to support a Sinn Féin motion calling for the abolition of the charges this evening.Deputy Doherty said, “Since Fianna Fáil appears to have abandoned its long standing support for the domestic water tax, there is an opportunity this evening to force the government to introduce the necessary legislation which would abolish domestic charges once and for all.“The majority of Dáil Deputies now support the abolition of water charges, and there is absolutely no need to waste even more tax payer’s money on a so called expert commission on the matter nor for a special Oireachtas committee to consider its recommendations. “The grubby deal struck by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to return Enda Kenny to power deferred a decision on water charges for nine months, yet the message from the tens of thousands of people who took to the streets of the capital two weeks’ ago, clearly demonstrates that people do not simply want the suspension of water charges, but rather, they voted for the abolition of the charge.“The motion which Sinn Féin has put forward this evening, signed by other Right2Water TDs, is simple, it states that: ‘Dáil Éireann calls on the Government to abolish household water charges and fund investment in water and sanitation infrastructure through progressive taxation’.”“The lack of domestic water charges is not the reason why there has been historical under investment in our water services. For decades successive governments neglected to invest in our crumbling water infrastructure, even when there was plenty of exchequer funding available.“Fianna Fáil’s failure to support our motion will lead to more uncertainty about the future provision of water services in this state and shows that they cannot be trusted on this or indeed on any other issue. “Sinn Féin has a plan that provides for future capital investment in our water infrastructure that will also maintain Ireland’s zero water poverty rates and prevent future privatisation of water services. We need to scrap charges, bring water services fully into public ownership, and commit to a ten year capital investment programme funded through general taxation.”“Dáil must seize opportunity to abolish water charges” – Doherty was last modified: September 28th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more

Die Mannschaft: Paragons of efficiency

first_imgGermany head coach, Loew has come under criticism for his team selectionLeroy Sane’s omission from Germany’s World Cup 23 man squad was a stunner. Isn’t the reigning English Premier League young player of the year supposed to be the poster boy of German football? A wing wizard blessed with blistering pace, a wicked delivery and eye for goal should improve any team, even one that is blesses as Germany. Or maybe not?Sane is the reigning young player of the year in the Premier LeagueNo is the answer, according to Die Mannshaft coach Joachim Loew, the man that ensured Germany are crowned World champions for the fourth time in Brazail, four years ago .The mastermind of that famous 1-0 victory over Lionel Messi’s Argentina says Sane’s time hasn’t come caliming that players in direct competition with Sane for a place were Mario Gomez and Julian Brandt.Gomez, a 32 year old striker who will be making his third consecutive world cup finals’ appearance since debutizing in South Africa 2010. The lanky Stuttgart striker has scored 31 goals in 74 games for Germany but never found the net at a world cup tournament.For Brandt, he is the second youngest player amongst the 23 going to Russia and what he brings along with him, is 15 caps and a single goal scored.Brandt is one of the youngest members in Germany’s 23 man squadGomez and Brandt are going to Russia. He is staying. But why?First off, Germany never deploys out and out wingers like Sane. Take time to study their teams over a 30 year period. You will realise they never deploy players in Sane’s mold. Mario Gomez is strong in the air, and won a place because Germany has many predecessors like him.Gomez is the other player chosen a head of SaneRudi Voller, Jurgen Klinsmann, Oliver Bierhoff and World Cup record goal scorer Miroslav Klose, to mention but a few, are forwards who’ve put Germany on the map.There is no precedent of a winger making things happen for the four-time World Cup winners. Therefore, it’s Sane to adapt his game to Die Mannschaft, not the other way round.In the last few world cups, Germany has always deployed Lukas Podolski on the left side of attack knowing that the retired star was more of a striker than winger. Is Sane of the same style as Podolski, no?Germany is one of the most feared World Cup teams because they are paragons of consistency. You can wager your money with near certainty that Germany will reach the semifinals. For in addition to winning the global showpiece on four occasions, they’ve also been losing finalists and third the same number of times.Already the longest coach at the helm, of any of the 32 teams at Russia 2018, Loew is blessed to have a team that’s been playing together for over a decade. Manuel Neuer, Matt Hummels, Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos were part of Germany’s European Championship winning team almost ten years ago. Their on the field understanding is telepathic.World Cup winning managers like Loew, and Spain’s former coach Vicente de Bosque, are usually hesitant to let go of players who’ve done well for them. It cost both managers at Euro 2016, with Loew insisting on starting 2014 warrior Bastian Schweinsteiger despite his lack of playing time at Manchester United.Germany are the current World championsThere are no such problems this time round, with Mario Goetze, who scored an extra time winner in Brazil 2014 altogether omitted for lack of form. Young guns who helped Germany win the Confederation Cup in Russia last year are the beneficiaries of serving their manager well.Any of Leon Goretzka, Timo Werner and Julian Draxler are capable of stealing the show as the defending champions once again show their mettle. Don’t be surprised to see Die Mannschaft competing for top honours.Comments Tags: Allan SsekamateFIFA world Cup 2018toplast_img read more

Joburg’s king of muti museum

first_img8 April 2004The Museum of Man and Science is overflowing with illuminating exhibits and interactive displays – of a different kind. It’s actually a shop, and provides an explosion of strange sights and smells.The 66-year-old museum (why it was originally called a museum is lost in time) is a traditional muti or medicine shop in Diagonal Street in Johannesburg’s CBD, and is described on the board above the door as the “The King of Muti, Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies”.It offers “a face of Africa that has largely disappeared in the push of western civilization and the march of ‘progress’ across the traditional life and cultures of the continent”.Walking into the darkish interior, you’ll probably bump your head on the ceiling displays: hundreds of bits of dried skins, horns still attached to skins, bits of bones, ox hooves and tails, ostrich heads and feet, strings of beads, seed anklets, and straw hats. Very interactive.Third-generation owner Peter Naidoo says there’s a cultural reason for having the displays so low. “When people come in they have to bend. This is a sign of respect in African culture.”Naidoo says his shop “caters for all tribes who live in Gauteng and in Africa”.Your nose will start twitching with a smell that is hard to define. Although not unpleasant, it’s pungent and earthy and dry, a mix of dried herbs and mild cow dung. Don’t worry, it’s nothing to do with the animal products – all have been dipped in formalin, a preservation medium.Once you’ve had your fill of the ceiling display, you’ll become aware of a pillar piled with horns and several dried carcasses of monkeys, another one with black and white tyre sandals. Then you’ll notice the counters. One is filled with painted clay pots (used by traditional healers for storing their mixtures) interspersed with metal candelabras.The front of the counter is decorated with walking sticks and metal “church sticks” (used by priests of Zion veld churches); drums decorate the front of another.Walk further in and you’ll find spears, knobkerries and shields and, down one side, pigeon-holes jam-packed with dried roots, bits of bark, branches, dried plants and herbs.The main counter has more walking sticks and knobkerries decorating its front, and rows of intriguing bottles of mixtures behind the counter, on the wall.Over 1 900 herbsNaidoo says there are over 1 900 different herbs in the shop, collected from as far afield as central Africa.The shop’s biggest local selling item is its dried herbs. The walking sticks and drums and other similar items are for sale to tourists, who visit the shop in busloads.The shop has a constant flow of customers, buying items on the instructions of an inyanga – a traditional healer who uses herbal remedies. They’ll visit the inyanga with a complaint, and he or she will advise what herbs are needed. Once the customer has purchased the mix, wrapped in a sheet of newspaper in the shop, he’ll go back to the inyanga who will prepare the remedy and give it to the customer to take.According to Naidoo, traditional African belief says that all things – animal, vegetable or mineral – have power, and small pieces of the animal or vegetable will be used in muti or potions to “ward off evil, for personal protection and luck, or to ensure the faithfulness of a lover or the defeat of an enemy”.“There are in this shop the ingredients to create a muti for almost every malady,” says Naidoo.“The various barks, roots, twigs, and bulbs, as well as the animal parts, are used, either by themselves or mixed together, to create a paste, liquid or powder which will be effective against illnesses, from mild fevers to serious diseases.”Sometimes the patient will only drink the froth on the top of a brew. For other remedies the patient will crouch over a boiling brew, with a blanket over his head, and breath in the steam.Consulting the sangomaThe sangoma, or diviner, is more concerned with the ancestors and keeping them happy. Some illnesses are believed to be caused by unhappy ancestors, who haven’t been respected or acknowledged sufficiently. The sangoma will throw a set of bones, and give advice to the customer on actions to be taken to appease the ancestors.Some items in the shop are exclusively for use by inyangas and sangomas. Calabashes are used by them to store muti, jackal fur caps are worn by them, as are belts decorated with cowrie shells. The tails of cattle, buffalo and wildebeest are a symbol of power and used as whisks to flick muti onto people, or around a hut or village to ward off disease or evil.At the back of the shop is a hut, stacked with muti, with bones and mats on the floor. Customers and tourists can make an appointment with a sangoma, who will throw the bones in the hut and offer advice.Conserving ancient knowledgeNaidoo maintains that 60 percent of all medicines are based on herbs. “It would surprise most people to learn how, of the pharmaceutical products on the shelves of the world today, most have come from information handed down through the traditional healer.”He says that a lot of this knowledge is being lost, as people become more urbanised and move away from their traditional roots.“It is a function of the Museum of Man and Science to recover such valuable information, and to study the effects of the various influences now being superimposed upon the traditional societies of southern Africa,” he says.Naidoo, a Tamil Hindu, also worships the dead. He has a quiet corner of the shop where an incense candle is burning. He says he offers prayers to his late father, Kasavaloo Naidoo.The shop was established in 1938 by the owner’s grandfather, Moonsamy Naidoo. His son, a medical doctor and homeopath, took over the business. According to Kasavaloo Naidoo’s wife, Moonsamy Naidoo used to work with Raymond Dart, who discovered the skull of the Taung child in 1924 near a town called Taung in the far north of the North West Province.Wander around the shop, marvel at the items on display, enjoy the new smells, but be sure of your purchase, because as you hand over your money you’ll notice a sign at the counter which reads: “No Cash Refunds”.Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

Taking ballet to township kids

first_imgThe SAMB Development Programme runs ballet schools in Soweto, Tshwane, Braamfontein, Alexandra, Sophiatown, Mamelodi, Eersterus, Katlehong and Melville. Over the past four years, the Cuban ballet revolution has electrified the art in South Africa, re-energising dancers, teachers and audiences and taking ballet in South Africa to a new level.(Images: SAMB)MEDIA CONTACTS • Samantha Saevitzon PR, South African Mzansi Ballet+27 11 877 6893RELATED ARTICLES• ‘I only ever wanted to dance’• They come to dance…and grow• Major turnaround for SA ballet• Using theatre to educate• SA puppet company wins a TonyCadine PillayWhen it comes to the arts, Dirk Badenhorst, the chief executive of South African Mzansi Ballet (SAMB), does not believe in social barriers.Instead, he believes that talent is talent no matter where it comes from, which is why SAMB has set up a development programme in the townships of Gauteng. Through this initiative, it offers classes to underprivileged children.The SAMB Development Programme runs ballet schools in townships, where classes are attended by talented children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The children learn the art of ballet, at no cost to their parents, by professional dancers, who are paid a salary. There are schools in Soweto, Tshwane, Braamfontein, Alexandra, Sophiatown, Mamelodi, Eersterus, Katlehong and Melville. At these schools, more than 500 dancers, aged five to 16, are taught afternoon ballet classes.Exposing children to a new world“The programme provides a safe and well-adjusted environment for children to grow socially. It also introduces them to the joy of classical ballet while exposing them to a potential career in the performing arts,” says Badenhorst. “Another primary focus is to teach children from previously disadvantaged backgrounds valuable etiquette and leadership skills through the art of dance, as well as exposure to role models. Once in the programme, children are instilled with a feeling of pride and self-worth through artistic performances.”The school also selects youngsters to receive sponsorships to attend SAMB’s annual Winter School, where they are able to socialise with children from other studios. Students are also enrolled for annual examinations, through which they can get a formal Cecchetti Society qualification.In 2012, five children from the development schools successfully auditioned to study at the National School of Arts in Braamfontein, Johannesburg; others have joined the Johannesburg Youth Ballet.Cuban ballet school opensAlso in the ballet world, the South Africa Cuban Ballet School has started its new year and has opened its doors to the public for auditions. The school was initiated in 2012 following a partnership with Cuban ballet in 2008. The internationally respected Cuban ballet training system has produced many acclaimed dancers, such as Carlos Acosta, NorMaria Olaechea, Claudia Monja and Luis Bermudez de Castro.Over the past four years, the Cuban ballet revolution has electrified the art in South Africa, re-energising dancers, teachers and audiences and taking ballet in South Africa to a new level.“For many years, Cuban ballet dancers have infiltrated ballet in many parts of the world. That is why I wanted to bring it to this country,” says Badenhorst. “It has played an increasingly central role in ballet in South Africa.”Cuban training methodsTraining of dancers is done on a rotational basis by visiting ballet teachers from the National Ballet School of Cuba. “The activities of the new training project will not only benefit South African dance students but also South African teachers, who will have the opportunity to be trained in the Cuban teaching methods,” Badenhorst explains.Ballet training includes the Alicia Alonso method, which is Cuban, and Vaganova, which is Russian but used in Cuban teachings. Cuban ballet has a romantic feel and combines Russian extension with fancy Italian foot work. Vaganova emphasises dancing with the entire body, promoting the harmonious movement of arms, legs, and torso.“Overall, Cuban ballet appeals to audiences because it is sexy, passionate and full of prowess,” Badenhorst says. The guest teachers from the National Ballet School of Cuba this year are Ana Julia Bermudez de Castro, Elena Cangas and Martha Iris.The South Africa Cuban Ballet School is offering three levels of teaching, providing for the training of students in three age groups: eight to 10 (level one), 11 to 13 (level two), and 14 to 18 (level three). The school operates every weekday afternoon at the Dance Factory in Newtown from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.Each dancer trains four afternoons a week, leaving one weekday afternoon as well as Saturdays to work with teachers in other training methods and curriculums. The classes are 90 minutes and boys and girls are trained separately.Vocational school for job creationBadenhorst is largely supportive of entrepreneurship and creating jobs for his dancers, which is why it is envisaged that this training initiative with the Cuban teachers will develop into a vocational school, nurturing dancers into the professional company at SAMB.“My ultimate goal is to have a proper system that focuses on vocational training in preparing dancers for professional stages,” he adds. “I want these children and the rest of our dancers to be able to go out in five years and get jobs, either in South Africa or overseas, or start their own companies.”last_img read more

An early look at weather for the planting season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Winter so far has seen major swings in weather patterns but in the end we are close to normal temperatures and precipitation.For the remainder of January milder and wetter are the words. The attached graphic shows the NWS Ohio River Forecast Center’s 16-day precipitation outlook which is wet. Normal precipitation is near 2 inches with the mean forecast being 2-5 inches.Going forward for the remainder of winter it looks a little warmer and wetter than normal with still significant swings in weather patterns.The early outlook for spring planting season suggests a slightly warmer than normal season with precipitation normal or slightly above normal. Some planting delays would be possible. Historical data suggests a slightly later than normal last freeze date.The early outlook for the summer growing season suggests a warm to hot summer with rainfall potentially below normal.You can keep up-to-date on the outlooks at the NOAA/NWS Climate Prediction Center at: read more

CCB hires new Social Media Specialist!

first_imgThis is an exciting time in the Community Capacity Building (CCB) concentration area, as we are in our “sunset” year, the year we work to integrate Community Capacity building into all the MFLN concentration areas.  To do that, we recognized we needed a social media specialist that could devote a larger portion of their time to this effort, and someone with experience not only with the technological, but also with working among military families and communities. We needed someone who could build upon the excellent foundation our previous social media specialist laid (thank you Patti!) and help us create models of how the work of community capacity building for military families is  a “bullseye” for the cooperative extension system’s mission and capabilities.We are happy to announce that we have found that person! Please welcome Mitch McCormick as the new CCB Social Media Specialist!Mitch has worked for the Cornell Cooperative Extension system for six years, working with the community in Jefferson County, home of Fort Drum,  through many roles which include afterschool programming, youth entrepreneurship initiatives, makerspace development and connecting local students to Cornell University Research Projects.Mitch has been involved in several notable projects, most recently he worked with the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research to implement an intergenerational study, Building a Community Legacy Together. This study involved providing a training to high school students to improve their communication skills, then paired the students off with an elder from the community (age 65 or older) to allow the students to put their skills to the test. The study aims to “bridge the gap” between generations and allow youth to connect in a way that is meaningful and allows them the chance to learn how to live a more successful life.Mitch is also a graduate of the Jefferson Leadership Institute (JLI), a course in which local organizations and businesses allow their staff to attend for one year so that they may learn all the strengths and challenges of the community. In collaboration with his peers at JLI, Mitch worked to create a scholarship that awards $3000 annually to students that can demonstrate leadership qualities within the community. The scholarship is supported by donations from local business and manufacturers.As demonstrated by his impressive bio, Mitch understands how to dig in and build capacity locally to enhance the resilience of military families and communities, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Military Families Learning Network family!last_img read more

Our Favorite Video Plugins & Effects Under $100

first_imgIn this post we share our favorite video elements and plugins that will add polish to your project without breaking the bank.As a multitasking editor or motion designer you will need resources (elements, plugins) to help you create compelling content. There are some great free elements and plugins out there, but sometimes you need a library of elements, certain textures or a specific plugin to get the job done.The elements and plugins we’ve rounded up in this post will add polish to your project without breaking the bank.Several of the elements below use Cinema 4D Lite which is bundled for free with After Effects CC. If you’ve yet to break into Cinema 4D, check out these videos from Grayscale Gorilla, Motionworks, and Adobe that can help you quickly get up to speed with it.Lens DistortionsLens Distortions offers a variety of 30 lens distortions in their “Original 2K” package for $49. (They offer 4 packages from $49 to $99). These light leaks and streak effects are filmed through shards of crystal/glass to create the distortions.The elements were all shot on RED in ProRes format (23.97). As well, they come with After Effects templates. The templates include AE effects that you can tweak for a specific look.Lens Distortions also integrate well with composted 3D elements, which is demonstrated in the demo video. They have a helpful FAQ, and you can download samples before purchasing.Check out this demo video and workflow tutorial showing you how to get started with these products: MovieTypeMovieType ($79) has over 230 text presets that are designed to work in Cinema 4D Lite.You may be thinking, how can you use a text plugin to create a polished look? Well, the majority of TV commercials use a combination of After Effects and a 3D app. So if you want you projects to have that “look”, the ability to create good looking 3D text quickly is important.Even if you haven’t opened Cinema 4D Lite, it comes with 21 video tutorials to help you get started. Jump on over to Motionworks to check out a demo video and get more info.Material Pack for Cinema 4DThe PixelLab Material Pack is $50, and offers over 500 materials/textures for Cinema 4D (also works with Cinema 4D Lite).You can use them hand in hand with MovieType Lite to quickly create polished looking text. As an added bonus, PixelLab offers a bunch of free models for Cinema 4D that you can also apply the Material Pack to.FX Elements PacksFX Elements offers a variety of packs (glitter, air particles and flares) for $49.They are 2K Pro Res elements that you use in in “overlay” or “screen” blend mode (they don’t have alpha channels). Follow their blog to keep up with their new releases.Light Leak LoveLight Leak Love offers a collection of overlays and transitions for $35.99, including light organic, crystal and star trek.You have a choice of 29.97 (NTSC) or 25 (PAL) frame rates.Vegasaur – Organic Dust EffectsVegasaur offers 2 light leak bundles for $49.95 They have preview movies of their light leaks in action. They also have Particulas, which is a collection of 50 organic particle effects:Edit with LightEdit with Light  has recently released Lines ($9.99), a collection of animated  line overlays that come with an alpha for compositing:Rampant DesignRampant Design has a Style Matte Series ($59) that lets you elegantly transition your footage on and off the screen:Video CopilotVideo Copilot was one of the first sites to sell elements and affordable plugins. What I like about their stuff as tend to provide tutorials and presets and with their products so you can quickly up to speed with them.Riot Gear ($49) offers 150+ visual elements including paint, ink, grunge and TV noise. It provides a basic library of elements to get you started.last_img read more