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After Effects Quick Tip: Creating Variables

first_imgLearn how variables can keep your expressions organized in this After Effects quick tip tutorial.When using expressions in After Effects one of the most important concepts to master is creating variables. Variables are a way to keep your expressions clean and organized. They also happen to be extremely easy to create. In the following quick tip tutorial we will take a look at what exactly variables can do and how to create them in After Effects.What Are Variables?In After Effects a variable can be thought of as a container that holds a value. Normally these values are numbers with data that can be used to manipulate number based effects and transform options to your layer, but sometimes they can hold information like layer names, text blocks, and color values.Typically variables are used to save the time of going in and writing out the entire expression over and over again. They also are a great way to keep your expressions organized and understandable. Variables can be found by looking for the “=” in an expression.How Do I Make Them?1. Choose a variable nameTry to choose the best name possible with the shortest amount of letters. If you must use more than one word it’s best advised to use ‘camel case’ with the first word being lowercase and the second being uppercase. So if you wanted to name your variable “My Variable” you would name it “myVariable”.2. Add an equal sign3. Add the line of expression that you are trying to condense followed by a semi-colon.You can type it out or even use the pick-whip to link your variable to another layer or effect in your project.Why Should I Use Them?With variables it’s all about organization. Sure you could get by without variables, but if you had a long expression it may become really confusing really quickly. For example, if we were trying to connect a layers opacity to a slider in another composition, your expression would look something like this:comp(“Controller”).layer(“Control Layer”).effect(“Slider Control”)(“Slider”)Now we want to add the opacity value of another layer named “Second Layer” to the current layer:(comp(“Controller”).layer(“Control Layer”).effect(“Slider Control”)(“Slider”)+ thisComp.layer(“Second Layer”).transform.opacity);And let’s divide both the numbers by 10:(((comp(“Controller”).layer(“Control Layer”).effect(“Slider Control”)(“Slider”)+ thisComp.layer(“Second Layer”).transform.opacity))/10)Confused yet? By adding more math and parameters you will quickly find your expressions getting convoluted, but by using variables you can make your expressions much easier to read. So let’s take a look at the same example using a variables. First lets make a variable for the opacity being linked to the slider control and name it “sldr”.sldr = comp(“Controller”).layer(“Control Layer”).effect(“Slider Control”)(“Slider”);Now let’s create a variable for the “Second Layer” opacity called “scnd”:scnd = thisComp.layer(“Second Layer”).transform.opacity;Now let’s add the two variables together:sldr+scndand divide by 10(sldr+scnd)/10;So altogether our final expression looks like thissldr = comp(“Controller”).layer(“Control Layer”).effect(“Slider Control”)(“Slider”);scnd = thisComp.layer(“Second Layer”).transform.opacity;(sldr+scnd)/10;instead of this:(((comp(“Controller”).layer(“Control Layer”).effect(“Slider Control”)(“Slider”)+ thisComp.layer(“Second Layer”).transform.opacity))/10)As you can see if you’re working with a lot different parameters it can be much more efficient to use variables to keep things organized.How do you use variables in your projects? Share in the comments below.Read More:After Effects Expression Basics – AdobeArrays and Variables – AEExpressionsAE Expressions Simplified – Creative Cowlast_img read more

Fresh clashes break out in Srinagar college

first_imgClashes broke out on Monday between protesting students and security forces at S P College here, police said. No casualties were reported in the incident.A group of students tried to take out a protest march from S P College on Maulana Azad Road in Srinagar but were prevented by the police, a police official said.He said some students indulged in stone-pelting following which the cops and other security forces used batons to chase them away.Colleges opened in Kashmir on Monday after a gap of five days as authorities shut higher educational institutions as a precautionary measure in the wake of valley-wide student protests last Monday against alleged highhandedness of security forces with students in Pulwama on April 15.last_img read more

Foxconn to Expand India Operations Next Year

first_imgFoxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, said that it will expand its operations locally next year, backing its $600 million investments already made in the country. Related Itemslast_img

BJP catches Congress off guard in Rajasthan’s Mandawa

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janta Party has caught the ruling Congress off guard in Rajasthan by fielding expelled Congress leader Sushila Sigra for the Mandawa Assembly byelection. Two rival groups in the Jhunjhunu district unit fighting for dominance in the Jat-dominated seat have added to the misery of the Congress.Mandawa, falling in the Shekhawati region, was earlier considered a stronghold of veteran Congress leader Ram Narayan Chaudhary, who died in 2012, while Ms. Sigra was known to be a supporter of the rival camp of Jhunjhunu MLA Brijendra Ola, who is the son of Congress stalwart, the late Sis Ram Ola. The BJP expects to make a significant dent in the Jat vote bank with Ms. Sigra joining the party with a large number of her supporters.Ms. Sigra, pradhan in the Jhunjhunu panchayat samiti, was expelled from the Congress after the 2018 Assembly election for alleged anti-party activities. She joined the BJP last month. BJP’s Narendra Khinchar, who had won the seat in 2018, vacated it after his election to the Lok Sabha this year.BJP MLA from Lunkaransar, Sumit Godara, camping in Mandawa, told The Hindu that Ms. Sigra was known for strengthening the panchayat bodies in the region and had won excellence awards at the national level. “Moreover, the BJP is willing to accommodate leaders from different political backgrounds if they have selflessly served the people,” he said.Congress candidate Rita Chaudhary, daughter of Mr. Ram Narayan Chaudhary, had lost to Mr. Khichar in the 2018 Assembly election by a margin of 2,346 votes, though she had earlier defeated him in 2008. In her campaign trail, she highlighted the development works and drinking water projects undertaken during her 2008-13 tenure as the MLA.Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot addressed a public meeting to mark Mr. Chaudhary’s death anniversary at Jhunjhunu district headquarters on Friday. Political analyst Ashfaq Kayamkhani said the senior Congress leaders were unwilling to come to Mandawa because of the Jat community’s perceived unhappiness with the present regime.Mandawa Block Congress president Naresh Soni said the voters would trust Ms. Chaudhary for taking forward her father’s legacy and affirmed that there was a “sympathy wave” in her favour because she had lost by a thin margin last time. “People remember her achievement of successful implementation of the ₹3,200 crore Kumbharam lift canal project, which brought Himalayan waters to the remote villages and hamlets here.”As the Assembly seat witnesses a neck-and-neck contest between the two women candidates, the voters expect the rival parties to focus on development of the largely desert region, also known for its fascinating ‘havelis’ (mansions), in order to improve the health, nutrition and education levels of the local populace.last_img read more

Naseeruddin Shah joins league of game-show hosts, to field questions on Super Selector

first_imgNaseeruddin ShahNaseeruddin Shah is a man of many parts. He has just joined the league of game-show hosts. By his own admission, Shah does not play cricket.Yet he will field questions on Super Selector, a cricket game show that will allow viewers to pick their own dream team. Tony GreigShah,Naseeruddin ShahNaseeruddin Shah is a man of many parts. He has just joined the league of game-show hosts. By his own admission, Shah does not play cricket.Yet he will field questions on Super Selector, a cricket game show that will allow viewers to pick their own dream team. Tony GreigShah is an unusual choice for the show that will also feature Navjot Sidhu, Geoffrey Boycott and Sunil Gavaskar. But the true sport that he is, he told the channel’s publicity agent he has practised all his life for the part.Shah & Co may have some tough competition coming from Tony Greig, who is hosting Bat Chat, a cricket talk show on Doordarshan with ex-cricketers Arjuna Ranatunga, Rameez Raja, Bishan Singh Bedi and Sanjay Manjrekar.The match has only just begun.last_img read more

Wizards’ Thomas Bryant has a game for the record books

first_imgWashington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) dunks over Phoenix Suns guard Jamal Crawford, right, during triple overtime of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Thomas Bryant’s perfect night was something the NBA hadn’t seen in nearly a quarter-century.Bryant’s 14 for 14 effort from the floor in Washington’s triple-overtime 149-146 win over Phoenix on Saturday night was the first such game in the NBA since Gary Payton had the same shooting numbers in Seattle’s win over Cleveland on Jan. 4, 1995.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue “It’s amazing,” Bryant said. “I had no idea throughout the game and I had no idea after the game until people started telling me about it.”They will be telling him about this one for a long time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefBryant became the fifth player to have a 14-for-14 game or better, joining Payton, Bailey Howell, Billy McKinney and Wilt Chamberlain. Howell was 14 for 14 for the Baltimore Bullets — the Wizards’ franchise — against San Francisco on Jan. 3, 1965, and McKinney was 14 for 14 for Kansas City against Boston on Dec. 27, 1978.Chamberlain had four such games — he was 15 for 15 against the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 20, 1967, an NBA-record 18 for 18 against Baltimore on Feb. 24, 1967 and 16 for 16 against Baltimore again on March 19, 1967, recording all of those for Philadelphia. He was 14 for 14 for the Lakers against Detroit on March 11, 1969. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss James Harden scores 39, leads Rockets past Spurs Bryant scored 31 points on Saturday, more than he had posted in any other two NBA games of his career. He easily exceeded his previous career-highs for points (was 16), field goals (was five) and field goals attempted (was eight).Bryant was 3 for 3 in the first quarter, 1 for 1 in the second quarter, 2 for 2 in the third quarter, didn’t take any shots in the fourth quarter, 4 for 4 in the first overtime, 3 for 3 in the second overtime and 1 for 1 in the third overtime.The previous high for shots made without a miss in a game this season was 12, by Indiana’s Domantas Sabonis against New York on Oct. 31.“I had no idea,” Bryant said. “I was just in the flow of the game. I just let the game come to me. Then as soon as I felt that I was in a rhythm, I just went out and took it.”Bryant was also 3 for 3 from the foul line — adding to his perfect night. Of the others to go 14 for 14 from the field or better in a game, only Payton also didn’t miss from the foul line, as well.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIEScenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “MVP, by far, by far,” Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who had a triple-double with 40 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists, said when seeing Bryant’s stat line from the night’. “That’s my boy. He plays his tail off every minute.”Going back to Washington’s game against Houston on Wednesday, Bryant is 19 for 20 from the field and has made his last 16 shot attempts.The Wizards play at Indiana on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

U Turn Movie Review: Samantha shines in rivetting thriller

first_imgThere is no time for fillers or songs in U Turn. The film starts as soon as the title cards end. Well, even the title cards have some relevance to the plot. A few minutes into the film, you are completely engrossed in the world of U Turn. Except for Rachana (Samantha), nobody gets a detailed introduction. All the characters hop onto the script and before you know, there is the interval block. You already know you won’t regret watching this film.Rachana lands a job as an intern with a newspaper. Her mom desperately wants her to get married. It is not like Rachana is not trying, but the guy she likes, her colleague Aditya (Rahul Ravindran), doesn’t seem to get the hints. As this cute office romance starts to bloom, Rachana gets involved in some activities that look shady. She tries to make a story out of the illegal U-turns that people take on the Velachery flyover. She tries to track down the miscreants for interviews. But everyone on her list somehow ends up commiting suicide. Rachana becomes the key suspect in these serial deaths, which are investigated by police officer Nayak (Aadhi).The film is not entirely unpredictable, nor does it constantly surprise you. But the way in which you get the big reveals are interesting. For example, you know for a fact that Rachana is innocent, though she seems to be the only link to all the suicides. But Pawan Kumar’s brilliance is in keeping you in the dark about why she is innocent.advertisementSamantha, who steps into the shoes of Shraddha Srinath from the original Kannada version, is convincing as the perennially stressed out intern. Without trying so hard to look and sound ‘cool’, Samantha could have actually sounded and looked cool. Aadhi, in spite of sporting a stern facade, somehow brings about a warmth to his character. He is the guy you can trust… and so does Rachana.The impeccable writing that shines in the first half loses its momentum post interval. Still, the short runtime (the film is just about 2 hours long) keeps the movie taut and interesting.The climax first looks contrived and pans out like a moral science story but in retrospect, you realise the director was walking to this end all along. The many ‘U’s and Poorna Chandra Tejaswi’s BGM that keeps echoing ‘karma’ are the hints that Pawan keeps dropping throughout the film. But it is only at the end that you realise you too were an Aditya.ALSO READ: Samantha dances to peppy U Turn song by Anirudh RavichanderALSO WATCH | I-T raids conducted at residences of Tamil actors Vijaya, Samantha, Nayantaralast_img read more

Por qué los estadounidenses deben apoyar a México durante Mundial?

first_imgMexico (Football) Share on Pinterest Me extrañó que la selección estadounidense no haya clasificado al Mundial, porque veo como su fútbol doméstico mejora y crece, al igual que la Liga MX. De todos modo, estamos viendo a los fanáticos Americanos empezando a interesarse en la liga Mexicana. Hace un par de semanas, ví un partido de la liga Mexicana. Cuando la cámara enfocó la porra del equipo, vi muchísimos estadounidenses luciendo los colores de Estados Unidos. Eso se ve porque los fanáticos estadounidenses sí aprecian el deporte hoy en día. Hace quince años no había muchos futboleros en EEUU.No sabíamos bien lo que era ‘the beautiful game’ hasta hace poco, pero hoy en día, la afición de la selección estadounidense tiene un concepto global del deporte. No se quedaron plantados hinchando por el USMNT. Abrieron bien los ojos y dijeron: “Que buena que es la selección mexicana. ¿Por qué no los alentamos?” A los fanáticos estadounidenses les gusta equipos habilidosos y fervorosos – y les encanta como juega el Tri. Share on WhatsApp Soy un atleta de descendencia Mexicana que ganó una medalla de oro olímpica representando a los Estados Unidos, y se bien que, como mínimo, existe cierta fricción entre México y los Estados Unidos.Si, entiendo que para algunos estadounidenses es complicado aceptar la idea de alentar a su mayor rival, México, en el Mundial – especialmente después de que su selección quedara afuera del torneo veraniego en Rusia. Pero lo veo posible. Déjenme explicarles. World Cup Share on Facebook World Cup 2018 Reuse this content También, la afición Americana de descendencia mexicana y latina es un elemento clave del fútbol estadounidense. Miren al club más nuevo de la MLS, LAFC. La mitad de sus fanáticos son de descendencia mexicana. Si me preguntan sí podría imaginarme los incondicionales American Outlaws vistiendo casacas mexicanas este verano, les digo que quizás todavía no, pero mientras México deje todo en la cancha, todo es posible. A los americanos les encanta los ganadores. Imagínense la reacción, el sentimiento de una victoria mundialista del Tri con hinchas alentando desde los dos lados de la frontera. Es una cuestión de respeto al deporte y apreciación de los jugadores que mejoran y crecen. Si la afición estadounidense llega a ver un a gran jugador, si llegamos a ver un gran equipo, si vemos a alguien ganar el mundial, vamos a hinchar por ellos. Aunque sea México! Mexico: North America’s team US sports Topics Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Mexico (World news) Share on Messenger Share on Twitter commentlast_img read more

Mexico to face Scotland in World Cup send-off

first_imgMexico Mexico to face Scotland at Azteca in World Cup send-off match Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 02:25 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Raul Jimenez Mexico Poland Mexico World Cup Scotland Friendlies El Tri are set to host the European side in Mexico City on June 2, two weeks before Juan Carlos Osorio’s men kick off in Russia Mexico is set to host Scotland in a World Cup send-off match June 2 at the Estadio Azteca, the Mexican Football Federation confirmed Sunday.The Scottish federation announced the match in Mexico City as part of the European side’s UEFA Nations League preparations, with the FMF later acknowledging the fixture is in the works.”The Mexican Football Federation has prepared a goodbye match for the fans, before going to Russia, with a top-level opponent: Scotland,” the Mexican federation said in a news release. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “The match against the Scots will be Saturday, June 2, on the field of the Estadio Azteca, the ground where the biggest feats of the greens have taken place and the home of our national group.”The agreement exists and there are just a few details to be arranged before the goodbye party for the Mexican national team is finalized.”Mexico will kick off 2018 with a friendly against Bosnia & Herzegovina on Jan. 31 at the Alamodome in San Antonio before facing Iceland on March 23 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.El Tri will then travel to Arlington, Texas, for a friendly March 27 at AT&T Stadium. While the Mexican federation has not confirmed the details of that match, Croatia has announced it will be the opponent.Mexico opens its World Cup campaign in Russia against Germany on June 17 before facing South Korea on June 23 and Sweden on June 27.last_img read more

7 days agoRatcliffe: How I can sign Barcelona star Messi for Nice

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ratcliffe: How I can sign Barcelona star Messi for Niceby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEnglish billionaire Jim Ratcliffe says he wants to sign Lionel Messi for Nice.With tongue in cheek, Ratcliffe says it would be a dream come true to sign the Barcelona star – no matter his age.He told L’Equipe: “The player I would like to see in Nice? For me, the best player in the world is Lionel Messi. “If I can buy him? Maybe when he turns 45, but he will continue to score! “Bobby Charlton retired at age 47. Oh no, it was Stanley Matthews … He always said that his biggest regret was to have stopped too early!” last_img read more

Urban Meyer’s Wife’s Tweet About His New Job Is Going Viral

first_imgUrban Meyer with his wife after an Ohio State football game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)A new tweet from Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley Meyer, about his new job at Ohio State is going viral on social media.Ohio State University cancelled classes today due to the extremely cold temperatures hitting the Midwest.The university said in a release that the campus was closed and only “essential” employees should show up to work.Urban Meyer, of course, has a new job at Ohio State. He’s an assistant athletic director for the Buckeyes.It seems like Urban’s wife, Shelley, is hoping that assistant athletic directors are “essential” so she can get some time alone in the house…“Wait…is an asst AD “essential”? I read that OSU is closed but ‘essential’ staff should report. #PleaseSayYes #WhatWillIDoWUrbsAllDay #RetirementWhatever,” she tweeted.Wait…is an asst AD “essential”? I read that OSU is closed but “essential” staff should report. ??#PleaseSayYes #WhatWillIDoWUrbsAllDay ?#RetirementWhatever— Shelley ❌eyer (@spinnershells) January 29, 2019That’s pretty funny.Seriously, though, Shelley Meyer is very happy that her husband is no longer coaching and can spend more time with the family.“It’s an end to something that we’ve been doing for a long, long, long time,” she said after the Rose Bowl. “I’m sad, but I’m really happy for him because this is what needed to happen right now.“He’s been fun again. He’s back to the Urban I knew when he wasn’t so stressed out and anxious and having headaches.”last_img read more

Some federal figures on marijuana pricing

first_imgOTTAWA – Public Safety Canada commissioned a study to help understand the cost of illegal cannabis. It found:— The price of illegal pot remained relatively stable between 2011 and 2015, dropping an average of one cent a month.— During these years the average price paid on the black market was $7.69 per gram for high-quality pot, $7.14 for medium-quality and $7.26 for low-quality.— On average medical cannabis cost nearly $2 per gram more than illicit pot.(Source: Public Safety Canada notes released through the Access to Information Act)last_img read more

New heritage minute on boat people highlights countrys inclusivity

first_imgTORONTO – The makers of Canada’s latest Heritage Minute say featuring the country’s acceptance of Vietnamese “boat people” in the short film was the ideal way to keep current events in perspective and usher in a landmark national birthday.The short clip, now among others highlighting key moments in Canadian History, was released by Historica Canada on Tuesday and shines a light on Canada’s admission of more than 100,000 refugees fleeing war-torn Vietnam in the 1970s.Crafted with the aid of neuroscience research and cast with “boat people” or their descendants, the video tells the story of a family jumping off a sinking vessel and being warmly welcomed as they begin a new life in Montreal.Historica Canada President Anthony Wilson-Smith says the clip encapsulates a period and a project that helped shape Canada.He says the country is a more diverse place than it was when it celebrated its centenary in 1967, adding the Heritage Minute acknowledges that increased diversity in the leadup to celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday.He says the video also serves as a reminder of the value of welcoming refugees at a time when those fleeing violence in Syria look to Canada for aid and support.The arrival of the Vietnamese “boat people” took place against a different cultural backdrop and exemplified Canada’s approach to welcoming newcomers, he said.“We were a different kind of country then. We were less diverse than we are now,” Wilson-Smith said in a telephone interview. “It was actually quite remarkable … given the context of the times, how welcoming people were, and what an advantage it’s turned out to be to have them all.”Canada’s history of welcoming immigrants spans most of its existence as a country, but its particular connection to refugees began nearly a decade after centennial celebrations came to a close.The federal government tabled a new Immigration Act in 1976 which, for the first time, recognized refugees as a special class of immigrants. It created a refugee determination system, provided for admission on humanitarian grounds of designated classes of people and enabled the private sponsorship of refugees.By mid-1979, the plight of Southeast Asian “boat people” fleeing Vietnam, which had fallen to communist control years before, had become a crisis driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. Many escaped in rickety fishing boats that became cesspools of illness and were easy prey for both pirates and the elements.That June, the Canadian government announced that 50,000 of those refugees would be resettled by the end of 1980. Historica said thousands more made it to Canada safely as a result of a successful private sponsorship effort dubbed Project Lifeline.The Heritage Minute tells the story of a typical family and depicts their terrified leap from a crowded, sinking boat into the ocean.It tracks their progress through a Malaysian refugee camp where the family shows anxiety as they’re interrogated by a visa officer. After considering their responses, the officer pauses before declaring “welcome to Canada” and clearing their way for arrival in Montreal, where scenes depict one of the newly arrived children being given a piece of Canadiana by one of her new peers.Wilson-Smith said Historica turned to science when crafting the latest Heritage Minute, which will be one of two exploring immigration themes in 2017.Brainsights, a company that analyses the way the brain responds to various forms of communication, screened two versions of the video to more than 600 people over several months.The company measured viewers’ brainwaves at two-millisecond intervals as they watched, and was able to develop quantitative measures of how effectively scenes were grabbing someone’s attention and forming an emotional connection.Brainsights Co-Founder Kevin Keane said current events drove his eagerness to partner with Historica and make sure the video’s message was communicated as effectively as possible.“The impetus to partner with them became stronger because we started seeing and worrying about broader macroeconomic developments — Brexit, the election of (U.S. President Donald) Trump,” he said. “We started asking ourselves, ‘if people had a greater understanding of history, would these things happen? How can we contribute in our limited way, in Canada, to improve that education and improve that shared understanding?”Keane said data from the viewings prompted Brainsights to recommend some tweaks to the finished clip, including adding a slight pause before the central “welcome to Canada” message for added impact.Wilson-Smith said Historica also tried to make the minute as authentic as possible by consulting people who worked as visa officers in refugee camps and casting only boat people or their children in the finished product.He said it was important to accurately document a moment that helped shift Canada in a more multicultural direction.“One of the great differences between Canada at 100 years in 1967 and Canada now is the diversity of the country,” he said. “(The Heritage Minute) is about people who came here who have made great contributions since, but it’s also about the welcoming attitude and atmosphere of the country.”____On the web:English – – read more

Unicredit 4Q profits soar best quarter in a decade

MILAN — Italian lender UniCredit says fourth-quarter profits more than doubled on accelerated positive tax effects under Italy’s new budget law.Italy’s largest bank by assets reported Thursday a 1.7 billion-euro ($1.9 billion) quarterly net profit, compared with 801 million euros in the same period last year. Net income rose by 5 per cent to 2.7 billion euros while fees and commissions shrank by 1.4 per cent to 1.65 billion euros.Without the positive tax impact of 887 million euros, quarterly profits rose by 20 per cent for the best fourth quarter in a decade.Adjusted full-year earnings were up 7.7 per cent to 3.8 billion euros.The bank confirmed a net profit target for 2019 of 4.7 billion euros and a Core Tier 1 ratio, a measure of the bank’s health, of 12-12.5 per cent.The Associated Press read more

Stocks slide as market seesaws amid trade worries

NEW YORK — Banks and retailers pushed the market broadly lower in morning trading on Wall Street Wednesday.Stocks have swung between gains and losses all week as investors keep a wary eye on the intensifying trade war between the U.S. and China. The latest developments came when the U.S. proposed restrictions on technology sales to Chinese companies and then granted a 90-day grace period.The restrictions could hurt U.S. chipmakers that rely on China for large portions of their revenue. Chip stocks have been the most volatile this week, with a decline of 4% Monday followed by a 2% gain Tuesday.Qualcomm and Apple drove declines in technology stocks. Qualcomm plunged following a federal judge’s ruling against the chipmaker in an antitrust case. Several other chipmakers, including Intel, Broadcom and Micron also fell. An S&P index that track chip stocks was down 1.2% early Wednesday.Financial stocks were pushed lower by declines in big banks such as JPMorgan, Citigroup and Bank of America.Home improvement retailer Lowe’s led consumer-related stocks lower after it slashed its forecast for the year following weak financial results. Its stock fell nearly 12%. Nordstrom fell 10.7% after reporting disappointing financial results. Target was the bright spot in the sector and rose 8.4% after toppling Wall Street’s profit forecasts.Utilities, real estate stocks and consumer staples eked out small gains as investors moved to less risky holdings.Looking ahead, investors are awaiting the release of the minutes to the Fed’s last policy meeting for hints on whether it is leaning more toward raising or cutting rates in the future.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 0.2% as of 10:10 a.m. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 58 points, or 0.2%, to 25,818. The Nasdaq composite index fell 0.2%.BULLSEYE: Target soared 8.7% after a surge in online sales pushed first quarter profit well beyond Wall Street forecasts.The retailer has been aggressively expanding its online shopping options, including same-day services and in-store pickups. A key sales measure jumped 4.8%, also beating analysts’ forecasts.The company has also been expanding its physical footprint with smaller stores in urban areas, along with launching its own exclusive clothing brands.LAID LOW: Home improvement retailer Lowe’s fell 11.5% after it slashed its outlook for the year following a weak first quarter.The company said it is dealing with rising costs and outdated pricing. The company said it will modernize its pricing process in an effort to improve margins. The latest results come a day after key rival Home Depot reported solid first quarter financial results.CHIPPED STOCK: Qualcomm tumbled 10% after a federal judge ruled that the company unlawfully stifled cellphone chip market competition and charged excessive licensing fees.The chipmaker was ordered to negotiate or renegotiate licensing deals with customers. It must also license its patents to rival chip makers at fair prices and can’t sign exclusive supply agreements with smartphone makers like Apple that block competitors from access to that market.Other chipmakers dropped. Skyworks Solutions and Nvidia fell about 1%.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Govt selects key recommendations

Weeratunga said that the government is unable to implement all the recommendations which have been identified by the end of this year, mostly owing to lack of funding.He said that while the important ones will be implemented this year the rest will be implemented next year. The President’s Secretary also said that some recommendations cannot be implemented for practical reasons.He drew an example to a recommendation calling on the authorities to change the mindset of government officials.The UN Human Rights Council had in March this year adopted a resolution by a majority vote, calling for the full implementation of the LLRC report. He said that cabinet will be briefed by the end of this month on the recommendations which will be implemented. Weeratunga is heading a committee appointed by the government to look at the recommendations to be implemented. However the government later said it has a duty to look at the repercussions that the full report may have on the country plus it also needs to form a consensus among its coalition partners. The government has identified some key recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) which will be implemented this year, President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga told media heads today.He said that of the 285 recommendations listed in the LLRC report 33 recommendations of national interest have been identified. The coalition partners had over the past few weeks submitted its opinions on the recommendations to the President.Weeratunga expressed confidence that there would be progress on implementing the key recommendations in time for the UN Human Rights Council session scheduled for March next year in Geneva. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Gas prices at record highs

Drivers are feeling more pain at the pump today than ever before.The price of gas climbed to a record-high across Ontario today. The price at most stations in Hamilton and the GTA is around $1.43-per litre. Energy analysts say the prices across Canada aren’t expected to dip until summer weather and clashes in Iraq cool off.Drivers could see these prices stick around until at least September. At this time last year, the price at the pump was around $1.28 per litre in Hamilton, Burlington and the Niagara Region. read more

Skateboarder hit in Hazel Dell suffered debilitating injuries

first_imgDoctors told 24-year-old Alexandrew Harner that the impact from the vehicle that struck him from behind caused his spine to “snap like a log,” family members said.Harner was skateboarding on Northwest 99th Street in front of Columbia River High School on Tuesday night when he was hit by a Pontiac minivan traveling 30 mph, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office has not identified Harner, but his family spoke with The Columbian on Friday partly because his recovery will be lengthy and will cause financial hardships for a growing family.Amanda Kessel — Harner’s girlfriend’s mother, who referred to herself as his mother-in-law as they’re close and the couple are engaged — said doctors relayed that chances are poor Harner will walk again.“(Social Security) is his only income, and he has 6-month-old boy to care for,” Amanda Kessel said.Clark County sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and medics responded about 9:30 p.m. to 800 N.W. 99th St. for a report of a vehicle-versus-pedestrian crash.last_img read more

Nara Brahmani son Devansh take Hyderabad metro ride

first_imgNara Brahmani, the daughter-in-law of former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu was spotted travelling in the metro along with her son Devansh on Sunday. She travelled from Jubilee Hills check post to Lakdikapool. On seeing her on the train, the public surrounded her for a selfie. Later, she got down at the Lakdikapool station and boarded a car to attend a private event. Also Read – Car mechanic held in Hyderabad for killing Class 10 girl in Jadcherla Advertise With Us It is already known that Chandrababu Naidu along with his family has come to Hyderabad five days ago. Nara Brahmani, son Devansh take Hyderabad metro ride00:11/01:06 LIVE00:00AdvertisementNext Video×Nara Brahmani, son Devansh take Hyderabad metro ride00:00/00:19 LIVE00:00Loading Ad Next Video×last_img read more

12 killed in Iraq IS suicide bombing

first_imgIraqis salvage vegetables from the site of an attack at Baghdad’s main vegetable market. Photo: AFPA suicide bomber targeted Baghdad’s main vegetable market Sunday, killing at least 12 people in the latest attack claimed by the Islamic State group as Iraqi forces battle the jihadists for Mosul.Iraqi forces have pushed IS out of much of the territory it once held, but this bombing and the many others that have preceded it highlight the danger the jihadists can pose to civilians even as they lose ground.“A soldier at the gate of Jamila market opened fire on a suicide car bomb after noticing a suspect vehicle but the terrorist blew up his car,” interior ministry spokesman Saad Maan said.A police colonel and a hospital official said at least 12 people were killed and 39 wounded. Maan said the soldier who opened fire on the attacker was among the wounded.Jamila is the main wholesale vegetable market in Baghdad and lies in Sadr City, a vast, mostly Shiite neighbourhood in the northeast of the capital which has been repeatedly targeted.IS issued an online statement claiming the attack, using a nom de guerre indicating the bomber was Iraqi and saying that he targeted members of Iraq’s Shiite Muslim majority, whom the jihadists consider heretics.IS claimed an attack on January 2 — also in Sadr City—when a suicide bomber blew up a vehicle packed with explosives among a crowd of day labourers waiting for work, killing 35 people.The jihadists overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in a swift 2014 offensive that swept through security forces unprepared for the assault.The number of bombings in the capital declined following the June 2014 offensive, apparently because the jihadists were occupied with holding territory they seized and later defending against Iraqi attacks.Federal forces and units from Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region have since pushed IS back in a series of battles over a period of more than two years.On October 17, Iraqi forces launched a massive operation to recapture Mosul, now the country’s last city in which IS holds significant ground.Iraqi forces punched into the city from the east, retook a series of neighbourhoods, and are now approaching the Tigris River, which divides the city into its eastern and western sides.The western side, which is the smaller but more densely populated of the two, remains entirely under IS control.Iraqi forces have also launched an operation to recapture IS-held towns near the Syrian border in Anbar province that along with Mosul and the northern town of Tal Afar are among the last populated areas under jihadist control.Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in late December that three months were needed to eliminate IS in the country.But even if the jihadists no longer openly hold territory, they can still strike at Iraqi civilians and security forces using bombings and hit-and-run attacks.last_img read more