Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Pliskova improved her record in Brisbane to 13-2 and joined Victoria Azarenka (2009, 2016) and Serena Williams (2013-14) as the third woman to win the tournament twice. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kei Nishikori of Japan reacts after missing a shot during his finals match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)BRISBANE, Australia — Kei Nishikori won his first ATP title since Memphis in 2016 with a dominating final set to beat Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in the Brisbane International final on Sunday.The 2014 U.S. Open finalist served for the match at 5-1 in the third set, but Medvedev earned a temporary reprieve when he broke the Japanese player’s serve to extend the match.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 But Nishikori, who had lost nine consecutive ATP finals over 52 tournaments in nearly three years, broke the Russian player’s serve on four consecutive points in the final game to clinch the match in just 2 hours, 6 minutes, at Pat Rafter Arena.Earlier, Karolina Pliskova won her second Brisbane title, beating Lesia Tsurenko 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 after coming within just two points of defeat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissServing for the title at 5-4 Sunday, Tsurenko lost 13 straight points. It came after Tsurenko rolled her ankle in the second game of the deciding set.Tsurenko was 4-0 in her previous WTA finals. Pliskova won her first Brisbane title two years ago. Dwyane Wade hits 500th 3, joins Michael Jordan, LeBron James on elite list Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ
Venezuelan migrantsBy Leah HernandezAs the number of Venezuelan migrants continuously increases, with some 5123 documented in Guyana, Indigenous leaders from Amerindian communities are calling for stricter security in border communities as the influx of migrants has resulted in an increase in health and security issues in their villages.APA President Mario HastingsSome of the alarming issues have been identified as the prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and increase in criminal activities and were raised at Monday’s commencement of the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) 10th Annual General Assembly.These concerns were voiced by APA’s unit representatives particularly for Arau and Kaikan Villages, in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), who pleaded for the situation to be taken under control immediately by the Government.APA’s representative in Arau Village, Devroy Thomas, related to Guyana Times that while the village leaders understand the need to render support, the issue has become very complicated, since the migrants were bringing with them bad practices which could corrupt the communities.“Well, the situation is very complicated now because of the influx of the migrants into our village’s areas … in the mines that is around Arau Village. There are hundreds of them, but there’s no one to try to help them … it has been reported by the community health workers that there is spread of STDs and some of the youths in the village have been affected and there are no drugs available … the crime rate is high and alarming and is making the villagers afraid,” he explained.Residents of Kaikan Village are experiencing similar problems, since many have complained about their homes being broken into and mainly clothing being stolen.They are growing worried about their lifestyle being negatively impacted by the migrants, especially if they are left unsupervised.A section of the gathering at the opening ceremony of the Amerindian Peoples Association 10th General AssemblyThus, desperate calls are being made to the Government of Guyana to have greater and effective measures in place to curb these issues being faced by Indigenous people and communities.Meanwhile, this year’s 10th General Assembly event is being held at Camp Kuyuka, along the Linden-Soesdyke Highway and will conclude on Wednesday. To commence the event, cultural items were showcased in the form of songs, dances, and Indigenous languages.APA President Mario Hastings, in opening remarks, underscored the organisation’s support for the promotion of transparency and accountability, adding that the APA has undertaken new initiatives which include the origination of its Youth Media programme, revision of the Amerindian People’s Act, and its Sustainable Livelihood Programme.According to Hastings, these programmes are geared towards support of village councils, as well as to resolve and publicise community-based issues Amerindian communities face, including water contamination and land disputes, which have so far been one of the greatest challenges.“Some of the activities the organisation has been involved in are youth media, where we have youths making short videos highlighting problems or issues from the villages, and sustainable livelihood where persons were trained in proposal writing and book keepings … we have trained persons from different regions to work along with the village councils, because as an organisation we have seen that these were some issues coming from the villages and so they are there to give support,” he stated.Nevertheless, Hastings reassured attendees that the APA will continue advocating until these problems are resolved.The event saw the attendance of APA executives, Toshaos and regional representatives, who organised the three-day activity to discuss the affairs of both the Indigenous communities and the nongovernmental organisation.
He also stressed that if the meters are removed it would only be a pilot project and if parking spaces are misused, the meters can be reinstalled.The current fine for a parking meter violation is $10 and does not increase even if it is not paid within a certain amount of time.Lantz said the most recent figures he has show that the City receives approximately $100,000, of which approximately $52,000 goes towards associated costs, including by-law enforcement officers’ salaries. Thus, the City makes approximately $48,000 a year from parking meter infractions.Although there is no indication as to when the meters would be removed, last month, more than 50 parking meters were damaged by vandals and have not yet been replaced.Advertisement Parking meters may soon go missing from city streets after Fort St. John City Council passed a motion to look into their removal.Mayor Bruce Lantz brought forward a motion at Tuesday’s meeting to have city staff draft a report on the practicability of removing parking meters from the downtown core for six months.- Advertisement -The motion was then amended to include all parking meters in the city after Councillor Larry Evans said there would be no point to keeping the additional two blocks of parking meters if the ones in the core were being removed.Lantz said he understands there would be a loss of revenue for the City from the parking meters, but that there are other considerations for removing them that should also be taken into account.[asset|aid=3548|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=7807c6c4081279692285163ce647ee96-Lantz meters 1_1_Pub.mp3] Lantz said there are other ways the City can generate revenue from parking infractions, including issuing fines to drivers who park for longer than two hours in certain areas.Advertisement
8. Darren Bent (£24m – Sunderland to Aston Villa) – Initial fee of £18, rising with add ons – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the most expensive English players ever – The then 26-year-old became Villa’s record signing when he swapped Sunderland for the West Midlands back in 2011. It was difficult to argue with such a fee given that the England international had been banging in the goals for the Black Cats after recovering from his far more prolific stint with Spurs, but the deal proved to be an ill fated one. Bent was frozen out by Paul Lambert last year and it’s safe to say the club didn’t recoup much of his fee when Bent joined Derby County earlier this summer. 10 10. Shaun Wright-Phillips (£21m) – The midfielder swapped Manchester City for Chelsea in 2005 and comfortably broke the £20 million barrier, but didn’t fulfil his potential at Stamford Bridge. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the full list of the most expensive English players ever – The west Londoners have splashed Roman Abramovich’s cash on several English players in recent years, but most of them haven’t been a success. Wright-Phillips certainly fits into such a category after struggling for regular game time at Stamford Bridge before opting to return to Manchester City, with his stock significantly reduced. 10 9. Joleon Lescott (£22m – Everton to Man City) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the most expensive English players ever – A long-running transfer battle between Manchester City and Everton eventually saw the central defender join the Etihad outfit in 2009. The Toffees had been desperate to retain Lescoty’s services and, after David Moyes dug his heels in, squeezed every penny out of City, which didn’t help the player himself as he simply couldn’t justify such a lofty price tag. 5. James Milner (£26m – Aston Villa to Man City) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the top five most expensive English players ever Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the most expensive English players ever – Manchester City have never been scared to part with vast sums of money to secure the players that they desire. Sheikh Mansour’s millions have transformed the club and it’s pretty obvious that had Milner signed for another member of the Premier League’s top clubs in 2010 he would not have cost such a substantial fee. However, he gave City several years of dedicated service before agreeing to join Liverpool on a free transfer earlier this summer. 6. Adam Lallana (£25m – Southampton to Liverpool) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the top five most expensive English players ever – It’s hard to believe that a man who makes it on to our list so easily was once plying his trade in the lower reaches of English football. The midfielder was a stalwart at Southampton for several years but, once he shone in the Premier League with the Saints, was destined for bigger things. Lallana led an exodus out of St. Mary’s last summer, but is yet to rediscover his best form on Merseyside. Time is on his side. 4. Wayne Rooney (£27m – Everton to Man United) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the top three most expensive English players ever – Next up is a striker that has certainly proved his worth throughout the years. Rooney once declared he would be a ‘Blue’ forever, but changed his stripes and joined the Red Devils for a fee that looked a bargain as soon as he scored a stunning hat trick on his Manchester United debut in the Champions League. Not a bad start. Sure, he still has an army of critics, but he is likely to retire as United and England’s all time top goalscorer. You can’t argue with that. 2. Rio Ferdinand (£30m – Leeds United to Man United) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the most expensive English player ever – Leeds United initially demanded £35 million for the centre back, but dropped their asking price and allowed Ferdinand to become the most expensive defender in world football for the second time in his career in the summer of 2002. The then 23-year-old had enjoyed a superb World Cup with England and Leeds decided they couldn’t reject an opportunity to make a significant profit on the £18 million they paid for Ferdinand just two years earlier. The defender went on to win an abundance of honours at Old Trafford. 10 10 English players don’t come cheap.Well, players born on these shores usually cost an arm and a leg is a more fitting statement.As the Premier League elite is now required to abide by a ‘homegrown’ criteria, those that are able to represent the Three Lions attract huge transfer fees.But are they actually worth such substantial sums of money? Or, as Rio Ferdinand suggests, are Englishman overpriced in the modern market?Raheem Sterling could find himself at the top of our list of the most expensive English players ever but you can click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the current rankings… 10 10 10 10 10 3. Luke Shaw (£30m – Southampton to Man United) – Initial fee of £27m, rising with add ons – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the most expensive English players ever – One of the brightest talents in Southampton’s outstanding youth academy was never destined to spend the best years of his career on the South Coast. Despite the club’s success under former manager Mauricio Pochettino, the lure of Old Trafford could not be ignored last summer, especially given the sum of money that the Red Devils tabled for the left back. Shaw became the world’s most expensive teenager once the move had ben agreed, but he has endured a nightmare debut season at the Theatre of Dreams, which was plagued with fitness issues and poor form. 7. David Beckham (£24.5m – Man United to Real Madrid) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the most expensive English players ever – We think this one’s unanimous, he was worth every penny. The nation’s golden boy had had enough of life under Sir Alex Ferguson and joined Real Madrid to become a Galactico in 2003. Such a glamorous move was fitting of Beckham’s superstar status and he thrived in the Spanish capital and secured his legendary status by playing abroad, which is a route so few Englishmen take in their football careers. 10 1. Andy Carroll (£35m – Newcastle United to Liverpool) – The fee that Liverpool paid Newcastle United for the striker’s services in 2011 certainly raised a few eyebrows throughout the footballing world – Carroll was the talk of deadline day in January 2011 after his £35m move to Liverpool
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A coffee morning will take place at The Old Tech in Milford in aid of Donegal Hospice.It will run from 10:30am to 12:30pm on Tuesday.Everyone is welcome to pop down and have a cuppa! Coffee morning in Milford in aid of Donegal Hospice was last modified: October 23rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:charitycoffee morningdonegal hospiceMilford
Dejan Lovren has explained why he and Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah have a close friendship, while also aiming a subtle dig at Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.The Croatian has hit it off with Salah since the Egyptian joined from Roma in June 2017. 4 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 4 “Definitely Varane is better, this season and previous seasons. He won the Champions League and the World Cup. He should be the best defender in the world and they chose Ramos.“I always consider Thiago Silva. He is really a good experienced player, he isn’t that tall but can jump quite high. He is strong.”“If you look, Ramos has many more mistakes than me.“But he plays for Real Madrid, when you do a mistake you win 5-1 or 5-2, nobody cares about the mistake.“I’m quite unlucky in that when I make a mistake it’s 1-0 and the game is finished! gameday cracker Lovren embraces Salah during Liverpool’s victory over Huddersfield last month Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Lovren believes he makes fewer mistakes than Ramos shining The 29-year-old was then asked who he felt were the best defenders around at present and Lovren made a big claim regarding Ramos – who injured Salah during Liverpool’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in May.Lovren said: “Virgil (Van Dijk) I would say (is among the best).“We had a great season last season, me and him, we reached the final of the Champions League.“I would say (Raphael) Varane. I like Varane, he deserves a lot of credit, he doesn’t get it as much as Ramos gets. I don’t agree with that. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The pair had similarly tough backgrounds growing up huge blow The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 4 Latest Liverpool FC News Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 4 “And then with his normality, how he can talk to you and when you see how he thinks… we are good friends, coffee, jokes!”Lovren received a great deal of criticism for describing himself as “one of the best centre-backs in the world” during the World Cup and also took the opportunity to address his “haters”.He added: “I said one of the best, I never said I was the best and I don’t think I said anything wrong!”“Of course, my haters will always say that.” Lovren had plenty to say on Ramos, who injured team-mate Salah in the Champions League final REVEALED latest “But without mistakes, you cannot be where you are. Everyone is a human being, sometimes people have a bad week at home, nobody cares about that.“Every player is their biggest critic. When I make a mistake, I don’t talk to my wife for a week, for a year, I don’t know, I don’t care!“You want to punch somebody but you have to stay calm inside and be professional.” Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update REVEALED REVEALED They regularly appear on each other’s social media and are often photographed together during training sessions at Melwood.In an interview with Copa90’s FIFA and Chill series, Lovren said: “From day one, we felt this connection.“We have been talking a lot, we were talking about private things and we have a similar background, a tough life from the beginning.“It wasn’t easy to grow up where he was in Egypt without anything, and I had a similar thing in Croatia with the war and going back to Germany.
LETTERKENNY’S men and Finn Valley’s women took the team titles in the Senior Cross Country Championships today.Letterkenny AC’s Chris Johnston took the individual title in the home event, while FVAC’s Theresa McGloin took the women’s title.All the results are below: Senior Men Cross CountryLetterkenny 2012Pos.No.First NameSurnameClubTime1812ChrisJohnstonLetterkenny A.C.30.502814CiaranDohertyLetterkenny A.C.31.023367PauricMc KinneyInishowen A.C.31.504340JamesSpeightFinn Valley A.C.31.565811DarrenMc BreartyLetterkenny A.C.32.106342PaulLeckFinn Valley A.C.32.117338GerardGallagherFinn Valley A.C.32.458345DermotBrennanFinn Valley A.C.33.069813DanKingLetterkenny A.C.33.3610339MarkHoeyFinn Valley A.C.33.5911368JoeMc KinneyInishowen A.C.34.0312816IvanTonerLetterkenny A.C.34.1013819DannyMooneyLetterkenny A.C.34.2614349MartinErwinFinn Valley A.C.34.3915818PaulMc GlincheyLetterkenny A.C.34.4016821JohnnyPattonLetterkenny A.C.35.1317343DominicBonnerFinn Valley A.C.35.2218347ColinMc NultyFinn Valley A.C.35.3119344ShaneMc NultyFinn Valley A.C.36.0120817SeanMc FaddenLetterkenny A.C.36.1521371MartinMooneyInishowen A.C.36.4522370DwaineRobbInishowen A.C.36.5523350MichaelPenroseFinn Valley A.C.36.5724341PatrickHynes FoyFinn Valley A.C.37.1825806JamieCrawfordLifford A.C.37.2426802ChristianMc GinleyInishowen A.C.37.2927372MalcolmMcGeeInishowen A.C.37.5828820MartinGormleyLetterkenny A.C.38.2429399GerardDohertyInishowen A.C.38.5230807ConorGallagherLifford A.C.39.1631822GlenDuncanLetterkenny A.C.39.3332398ShaneDohertyInishowen A.C.39.5833808DarraghCrossanLifford A.C.39.5834803PaulKellyLifford A.C.41.3835374PhilipCallaghanInishowen A.C.42.4236805KevinMc MenimanLifford A.C.42.4937809DonimicCarlinLifford A.C.45.4938369OwnieMc KinneyInishowen A.C.46.27 Advertisement Senior Women Cross CountryLetterkenny 2012Pos.No.First NameSurnameClubTime1746TeresaMc GloinnFinn Valley A.C.17.312764FionnuallaDiverLetterkenny A.C.17.523757AnnmarieLarkin Mc GlynnLifford A.C.18.134756SaraMooreOmagh Harriers18.525759NathasaAdamsLifford A.C.19.016748AngelaSpeightFinn Valley A.C.19.047747CatroinaDevineFinn Valley A.C.19.268750NoleenPorterFinn Valley A.C.19.429758ClaireMc GuiganLifford A.C.19.4910752KathleenDooherFinn Valley A.C.20.0311749Kelly AnnSpeightFinn Valley A.C.20.2412751MaryConnollyFinn Valley A.C.20.3913763SheilaDohertyInishowen A.C.21.4814755Marie TeresaSpeightFinn Valley A.C.22.2915753GloiraDonagheyFinn Valley A.C.22.5316754MaryHiplesyFinn Valley A.C.23.1417761AileenBoggsLifford A.C.24.5118760IsabellBreslinLifford A.C.25.44Donegal Athletic BoardCross Country 2012 Senior Women TeamVenueLetterkennyDate04/11/2012PositionTeam1st2nd3rd4thTotal1Finn Valley A.C.1678222Lifford A.C.3591734000Donegal Athletic BoardCross Country 2012 Senior Men TeamVenueLetterkennyDate04/11/2012PositionTeam1st2nd3rd4th5th6thTotal1Letterkenny A.C.12591213422Finn Valley A.C.46781014493Inishowen A.C.311212226271104Lifford A.C.253033343637195 Advertisement RESULTS: LETTERKENNY AND FINN VALLEY TAKE CROSS COUNTRY TITLES was last modified: November 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:RESULTS: LETTERKENNY AND FINN VALLEY TAKE CROSS COUNTRY TITLES
Ardara man Ronan Whyte has proudly flown the Donegal flag while visiting the Great Wall of China.Ronan travelled to Beijing last week to take part in the World U18 and U21 Snooker Championship.Bowing out of the U18 category last weekend, Ronan has now went on to play in the U21 section. On the first day of the U21 section, he took on Brian Cini from Malta, and played a great match but was beaten four frames to two, with the Malta man making a top break of 77.According to the official website of the tournament, 17-year-old Ronan’s competition break is 117; practice break 113.The Chinese Billiards and Snooker Association (CBSA) have been hosting a series of events in Beijing which began on the 7th; lasting until the 16th of July, with the best snooker players from across the globe making the trip to China to compete.Five of Ireland’s best young snooker players have made the trip to China, with Ronan being joined by fellow Irish men Noel Landers and Darragh Cusack in the under 18 section, and Shane Bates and Aarron Holland in the under 21 section. Independent Councillor Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig says; “What a great achievement to get there and he has done his family, Ardara, and Donegal proud. This will be of great experience for the future and will stand him well.”Dún na nGall abú – or 向上 多尼戈尔!Snooker star Ronan Whyte proudly flies county colours on Great Wall of China was last modified: July 14th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:ronan whyteSnooker
Speed up your rendering times in After Effects with these quick tips.Rendering is an annoying (but unavoidable) aspect of the motion graphics process. However there are a few steps you can take to make your After Effects renders as fast as possible.1. Use the Right Graphics CardAfter Effects is an incredibly intense program for your graphics card (no surprise, right?) And while there may be hundreds of graphics cards available for your computer, only a few are recommended by Adobe to run After Effects. Adobe specifically recommends certain GeForce, Quadro, and Tesla cards. You can find the full list on the system requirements page on Adobe’s website. If you’re using a sub-par card, you’ll likely see an instant render speed increase when you switch.2. Upgrade Your RAMIf you work day in and day out in After Effects then upgrading your RAM is the way to go. Adobe recommends at least 4GB of RAM to run After Effects, but you’ll benefit from much more than that. It’s not uncommon for professional AE users to have 32GB of RAM or more.3. Use a Solid-State DriveA solid state drive is a quick way to increase not only rendering speed in After Effects, but also the overall speed of your computer in general. If you purchased your internal or external hard drive for less than $100 it’s time for an upgrade. With a solid state drive After Effects will be able to load assets, reference the cache, and load effects much faster….all leading to reduced render times.4. Use Two Hard DrivesWhen you render your footage to the same hard-drive your project is saved on, you are forcing that hard-drive to perform two operations simultaneously: read and write. While this doesn’t lead to render times that are twice as slow, it does lead to reduced render times. Instead, try using one hard drive to run the program with assets and another hard drive to render the finished video.5. Turn On MultiprocessingAfter Effects has the hand ability to render out multiple frames at the same time using multiple processing cores. By default, multiprocessing isn’t turned on in After Effects, you have to do it by hand. To do so navigate to After Effects>Preferences>Memory & Multiprocessing. A screen that looks like this will pop up:Simply click the check box next to ‘Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously’ and adjust the settings to your liking.6. Reduce Pre-CompsPre-comps are a funny business inside of After Effects. When it comes to creating an organized and convenient workflow in After Effects, pre-comps are a extremely efficient. However, pre-comps aren’t always best when it comes to creating fast render times. This is because pre-comps require pixel information to pass through multiple compositions before rendering to your hard drive.7. Clean up your CompositionsJust because you can’t see a layer inside your composition doesn’t mean it isn’t being rendered by your CPU. So before you send your composition to the render queue make sure you delete/trim any unused layers inside your composition.8. Trim Layers Off-ScreenFiles that are actually out of the video frame will still take a toll on the rendering time, especially if you are using 3D cameras. If your goal is to optimize render times you need to use the trim feature (option + [ or ]) to trim your layers up to the exact frame that they will be used in your composition.9. Turn off Ray-Traced 3DRay-Traced 3D layers was one of the coolest features introduced into After Effects in CS6 – finally a way to create 3D models directly in After Effects! This excitement was short-lived though, as Ray tracing takes way to long to be practical for everyday use. Make sure your composition is set to Classic 3D instead of Ray-Traced 3D before you render. If you don’t you will see your render time increase by at least double.10. Close Other ProgramsIt can be easy to forget, especially when using the Adobe Dynamic Link, but before you render a composition in After Effects you need close out all the unused programs running on your computer. This will free up space for your CPU to run After Effects.11. Choose the Right CodecLess compressed codecs like MOV take longer to render in After Effects than smaller codecs like H.264 or ProRes. It’s important to ask yourself what your video will be used for once it’s done. Will it be on TV or simply embedded on the web? If it’s going online, chances are it’s going to be incredibly compressed anyways. So maybe you don’t need to export your video as lossless?12. Turn Off Motion Blur, Depth of Field, & 3D if UnnecessaryWhen it comes down to increasing your render speed in After Effects you need to ask yourself, “will this feature be used in my video?” Often you can toggle unused features off to make your render times much faster. For example, if you don’t need your layers to have motion blur you can toggle the motion graphics button to off. If you have a 3D camera do you really need to have depth of field or are you trying to get a 2D flat look? If your layers are set to 3D is it for a good reason? Could you simulate 3D by scaling down your objects and moving them in 2D space?13. Be Selective with EffectsNot all effects are created equal. Some take more time than others to render. To speed up render times you need to become very selective about the effects you use. Most effects have been optimized to render across multiple threads on your CPU, but there are a few that will only allow After Effects to use one thread at a time. If an effect only uses one thread it will take much more time to render. These effects are: Auto Color Auto Contrast Auto Levels Cartoon Lens Blur Particle Playground Shadow/HighlightThis list of effects was created by Edward Korcheg from Template Monster.14. Newest Version of AEWhile each update to After Effects may not seem revolutionary, Adobe is constantly trying to make After Effects faster and more optimized for users. It is important to install the latest version of After Effects available to you. Sure, back in the day it was a large financial commitment to purchase each Creative Suite update as they would be released, but now that the Creative Cloud is prevalent you should always have the latest update.Bonus: Use Media Encoder to Export CompositionsOne of the biggest problems with using the render queue in After Effects is the fact that you can’t do anything else while rendering. However, this is a “hack” that you can use to render AE compositions and still work on another project, using Adobe Media Encoder. Simply import your AE project into Media Encoder and you will be able to select which composition you wish to export. Because this doesn’t go directly through After Effects you will be able to work on other projects during this process.Know of any other ways to improve render speeds in After Effects? Share in the comments below.