Top 5 After Effects Expressions for Better Designs

first_imgNew to using expressions in After Effects? These 5 AE expressions are a great start and will add power to your After Effects workflow.Expressions can seem really scary if you are new to After Effects. It took me a while to be comfortable with expressions to the point that I could write them on my own instead of copying from a Google search. They take time to learn, so have patience with them! There are many useful After Effects expressions that can automate processes and make your animations even better.According to motion designer and Premiumbeat blogger Sean Frangella, the following expressions are the top 5 to learn in After Effects. These provide a solid base for getting comfortable with AE expressions, but they only represent a small sample of what is possible. If you want to learn more about using expressions try checking out previous post:  How to Use Expressions in After EffectsFeel free to copy and paste these expressions into your own projects. Implement them into your AE workflow often and pretty soon you won’t need to copy them at all!In the following video tutorial, Sean Frangella shows us how to use all 5 of these expressions along with a few other great tips.This video was created by Sean Frangella. Along with having an awesome YouTube channel, Sean creates Cinema 4D tutorials here on the PremiumBeat blog. If you want to find some more insightful tutorials from Sean or chat with him, check out his facebook page.1. Wigglewiggle(1,15)The wiggle expression is by far the expression that I use the most in After Effects. Wiggle expressions do exactly what you might imagine, they wiggle an object across random values. This expression can be used to make your scene seem more organic and natural.The first number is the number of wiggles per second and the second number is the value of the wiggle. So, a position parameter with an expression of wiggle(2,30) will wiggle 2 times per second at up to 30 different expressions.2. Timetime*10The time expression is perfect for objects with perpetual motion. For example if you wanted to have an object rotate indefinitely you can simply add the word time as the rotation parameter and your object will rotate 1 degree for ever second. The time parameter also works with basic math equations, so if you wanted to have the previous object rotate 30 times faster, you can simply have the expression time*30.3. loopOut()loopOut()The loopOut() expression creates an infinite loop that will last forever. However, unlike the wiggle and time expression the loopOut() expression requires keyframes to be present. So if you had an object that rotates in a full circle in the span of 1 second you could add the loopOut() expression and the motion will be repeated forever.4. seedRandom()seedRandom(5)seedRandom() is just a hair more complicated than the previous keyframes, but it completely makes sense after you think about it for a few seconds.Random numbers aren’t completely random in After Effects. Sure, it may be called ‘random’, but in reality true random values cannot be achieved in javascript and subsequently After Effects. It’s for this reason that “random” numbers need to begin with some sort of base number. When After Effects draws this base number it uses the layer number that can be found on the far left side of the layer in the timeline. Each different iteration of “random” is called a seed so a random seed of 1 is different from a random seed of 2, but if you had similar wiggle expressions (i.e. wiggle(3,2)) with say a random seed of 5, they would actually wiggle in the exact same way.If you were to change a layer’s order in the timeline from slot 3 to slot 10 it’s random seed would change, thus your wiggle will now look completely different. This isn’t a huge problem, but sometimes a certain wiggle iteration looks absolutely perfect and you don’t want them to change if your project order changes. To fix this you can use the seedRandom() expression. This expression locks random seeds so that your expression doesn’t change if you add in new layers.5. Math.round()Math.round()Math.round() is an expression that rounds up decimal numbers to the nearest whole number. This is perfect for doing countdowns or numbers in the source text. Simply add your normal expression into the Math.round() expression parenthesis in your source text expression box and all your numbers will be rounded up.If you are really wanting to learn the ins-and-outs of expressions in After Effects, CodeAcademy offers an informative free JavaScript course that’s 100% free and worth checking out.Have any other expressions that you frequently use?Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Challenge increases for Sri Lanka ahead of India series

first_imgAn already tough year for the Sri Lankan cricket team is about to get more challenging as it hosts India for a three-Test series.The Sri Lankans were swept by South Africa in a three-Test series before slumping to their first ever Test defeat to Bangladesh.A week ago, the Sri Lankans struggled to beat lowly-ranked Zimbabwe by four wickets in a one-off Test after surrendering the five-match limited-overs series 3-2.That’s far from an ideal preparation for a series against top-ranked India beginning Wednesday.Both teams are below full strength, with newly-installed Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal ordered to rest after being discharged from a hospital on Sunday with a case of pneumonia. India opener Lokesh Rahul was left behind in Colombo to receive treatment for a viral flu and will miss the opening Test.Veteran spinner Rangana Herath will lead Sri Lanka in Chandimal’s absence while India were weighing up the options as to who will partner Abhinav Mukund in the absence of Rahul, who scored a pair of half-centuries in his last Test – the series-deciding win over Australia at Dharamsala in March.Left-handed Shikhar Dhawan is the reserve opener, but India could push Cheteshwar Pujara up to open batting in a bid to play an additional bowler.Chandimal’s absence for Sri Lanka could mean a Test debut for opener Danushka Gunatilleke, although Dhananjaya de Silva could be in for a recall.Allrounder Asela Gunaratne, who was receiving treatment for a hamstring injury is expected to play.advertisementASHWIN NEARS MILESTONEThe Galle match will mark India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s 50th Test, and he has fond memories of the venue after taking a 10-wicket haul the last time India played here two years ago. India won that series 2-1 and Ashwin was voted player of the series after finishing with 21 wickets.Ashwin goes into the series requiring 25 more wickets to reach 300 in Test cricket, a milestone achieved by only four other Indians. While the tourists will heavily reply on the off-spinner, Sri Lanka will look to 39-year-old left-arm spinner Herath for its inspiration.Herath, who is 16 wickets shy of reaching 400 in Tests, has bowled with great control but whether he has got the guile to deceive the Indian batsmen, who play spin well, remains to be seen.The traditional Galle wicket tends to help spin bowlers and very rarely does a game here go to the fifth day. But the track prepared for the game that starts on Wednesday has a nice layer of grass cover and a high-scoring game could be expected if it goes the distance.Despite their recent form, the Sri Lankans will take heart from their 3-0 win over Australia last year. The Aussies arrived in Sri Lanka in 2016 as the world’s No. 1-ranked team but struggled against the spin bowlers.”We have nothing to lose and we will look to the Australian series to gain inspiration,” Herath said. “In that series also we were in a similar situation whereas Australia were ranked No. 1.”India skipper Virat Kohli didn’t plan on taking rankings into account, either, particularly given Sri Lanka’s recent slide down the order.”We give equal respect to any opposition because you can be a strong or a weak side but this game is the same,” Kohli said.Lineups:Sri Lanka: Rangana Herath (captain), Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Malinda Pushpakumara and Nuwan Pradeep.India: Virat Kohli (captain), Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravi Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund and Shikhar Dhawan.Umpires: Bruce Oxenford, Australia, and Richard Illingworth, England.Television Umpire: Rod Tucker, Australia. Match Referee: Richie Richardson, West Indies.last_img read more

VadaTech announces new Compact MTCA.4 chassis

first_img Continue Reading Previous Cadence: Sigrity PowerDC supports open neutral file format for thermal interoperabilityNext Infineon: MIPAQ Pro intelligent power module for smart grids VadaTech announces the VT817 and VT819 chassis. The VT817 is a convenient low-cost MicroTCA.4 PCIe Gen3 Expansion solution, providing a flexible and effective method of incorporating MTCA.4 acquisition and control hardware into a PC processing environment. The shelf offers two AMC slots and an integrated MCH. The front panel ports accept PCIe Gen3 inputs from VadaTech’s PCI123 PCIe Gen3 board. In use with the PCI123, the VT817 can link x16 PCIe Gen3 to an Industrial PC. There are options for single PCIe input x16, dual PCIe inputs using x8 links or quad PCIe inputs using x4 links, supporting single-, dual- or quad-chassis expansion configuration.The VT819 is the ideal MTCA.4 Development Platform. This competitively priced unit offers two AMC slots and an integrated MCH. The double module AMCs meet the MTCA.4 specification for applications that require rear I/O and signal conditioning. The AC power is located in the rear of the chassis and is removable.  The AMCs connect directly over fabric (ports 4-11) and extended options region (ports 12-15 and 17-20) so supporting PCIe, XAUI, SRIO or very low latency protocols such as Aurora.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Neymar’s attitude causing a divide at PSG

first_imgPSG Is Neymar’s attitude towards Emery causing a divide at PSG? Sabrina Belalmi Last updated 2 years ago 03:33 11/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(80) Neymar Paris Saint-Germain Getty PSG Neymar Ligue 1 The 25-year-old has always had issues following orders, but his recent fall-out with PSG boss Unai Emery has caused friction at the Ligue 1 club Since his €222 million move from Barcelona, Neymar has proved a a divisive figure at Paris Saint-Germain.The Brazil international’s fall-out with team-mate Edinson Cavani over which of the two forwards took a penalty awarded in PSG’s 2-0 victory over Lyon earlier in the season caused tension at the capital club, and his relationship with manager Unai Emery is evidently strained. PSG 4-0 Nantes 13/2 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 It’s not the first time Neymar has found it difficult to bow to the demands of his higher-ups, and Emery’s decision to side with Cavani over the aforementioned penalty has caused strain behind the scenes at PSG.Neymar famously took on then-Santos manager Dorival Junior following a similar incident in which the coach refused to let the Brazilian take a spot-kick against Atletico GO, resulting in him losing his job.”I am not here to make excuses,” Neymar said following the incident. “But to apologise to everyone who enjoys football. The real Neymar is not the Neymar you saw yesterday. The real Neymar is a joyful player, always happy and with a smile on his face. I came home and saw what I did, and I was embarrassed.”Neymar may have eventually apologised for his reaction to the situation, but it only magnified his issues with following order. The 25-year-old has also held a public spat with Barcelona chiefs since his summer departure, though tension between Neymar and Barca backroom staff was reported before mention of a move away.Neymar Cavani penalty PSGNeymar Edinson Cavani PSG Paris Saint-Germain“He does not like any coach,” a source close to the player told Goal. “Ever since he has been in Santos, he has had problems with all his coaches, whether club or selection. He complained about Luis Enrique methods of work in general, his choices on the regular players and substitutes. “The highlight was the blood drive against Unzue, Enrique’s assistant, when he told him to be careful not to finish like Ronaldinho and focus more on his football.”Neymar has also taken issues with Emery’s pre-match preparation, and more specifically the Spaniard’s over-reliance on his video sessions. Emery’s set-up includes private instructions for Neymar in video form which the forward does not buy into.The personal issues draw attention to a wider problem; a disconnect between Emery’s team and the Brazilian contingent at the Ligue 1 club. Dani Alves is said to enjoy the former Sevilla manager’s style of coaching, though Thiago Silva and Lucas Moura, a close friend of Neymar who is yet to make a single league start this season, share the forward’s concerns.Silva in particular, who publicly backed Neymar over the penalty incident, is said to have turned on the management as a result of Cavani taking the following spot-kick after his comments. Is Neymar happy in Paris? It appears so. Will the Brazilian be able to repair his relationship with Emery? Only time will tell.last_img read more

Report: Nigeria 1 Burundi 0

first_imgNigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign got off to a winning start on Saturday as they edged out Burundi 1-0.Gernot Rohr’s side, who are 89 places above Burundi in FIFA’s world rankings, struggled for long periods in their Group B opener at the Alexandria Stadium but sealed all three points in the 77th minute.Odion Ighalo, introduced for Paul Onuachu just four minutes earlier, latched onto Ola Aina’s wonderful back-heeled pass and coolly whipped the ball past Jonathan Nahimana. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Nigeria will hope to put in a vastly improved performance against Guinea on Wednesday, while Burundi face Madagascar a day later.FULL TIME | Nigeria – Burundi 1-0 #TotalAFCON2019 #NGABDI pic.twitter.com/qJpEb2ezjt— CAF (@CAF_Online) June 22, 2019Nigeria struggled in the early stages and could have fallen behind after 14 minutes but Daniel Akpeyi pawed away Cedric Amissi’s powerful volley.At the other end, Samuel Chukwueze blazed over from Alex Iwobi’s pull-back shortly before the half-hour mark, while an unmarked John Obi Mikel headed wide from six yards soon after.Burundi ended the half strongly, with only a fingertip save from Akpeyi keeping out Frederic Nsabiyumva’s looping header.Kenneth Omeruo headed over shortly after the restart for the Super Eagles before Akpeyi pushed Fiston Abdul Razak’s long-range drive around the post.The stage was then set for Ighalo, the Shanghai Shenhua forward clinically lifting past Nahimana and in off the right-hand post to get his side up and running in the tournament.Key Opta facts:- Nigeria have won their opening game at the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 2006 (1-0 against Ghana).- Nigeria have won five of their six games against a debutant team at the Africa Cup of Nations (D1).- Nigeria are unbeaten in their last six AFCON group stage games (W4, D2).- Odion Ighalo scored just three minutes and 27 seconds after coming on. He scored his first goal during his first AFCON game, on his first shot.- Mohamed Amissi became the first player born in 2000 to play a game at the Africa Cup of Nations.last_img read more

OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro: What are likely differences and will it be worth spending extra for Pro

first_img Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiApril 26, 2019UPDATED: April 26, 2019 11:59 IST HIGHLIGHTSOnePlus 7 Pro is ideally supposed to be the next generation offering.OnePlus 7 will essentially be an update to last year’s OnePlus 6T.OnePlus 7 Pro will be truly a generation upgrade with major new features and design.There are only a few weeks left before OnePlus officially announces its next generation of smartphones. Yes, “smartphones” it is this time. For the first time since the OnePlus X, OnePlus is going back to releasing two devices together at the same time – OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. The OnePlus 7 Pro is ideally supposed to be the next generation offering while the OnePlus 7 will essentially be an update to last year’s model for the price conscious buyers.So far, the leaks have revealed a lot about the two variants. In short, the OnePlus 7 will be an updated OnePlus 6T with the new Snapdragon 855 chipset and some minor refinements. The OnePlus 7 Pro will be truly a generation upgrade with major new features and design. Here’s a brief is what we know about the phones.OnePlus 7 Pro specs and features– OnePlus 7 Pro will likely sport a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with curved edges and no notches. It has been almost confirmed that the phone will have a unique screen with 90Hz refresh rate, which should result in a very fluid and smooth user experience. An optical in-display fingerprint sensor is also expected to be there.– The front camera will sit in the pop-up module similar to what we saw in the Vivo Nex. This is not yet confirmed by OnePlus, but leaks suggest this too is a certainty.– There will be a triple rear camera setup – 48-megapixel primary camera + 16-megapixel wide-angle camera + 8-megapixel telephoto camera — on the rear.advertisement– OnePlus will surely use the Snapdragon 855 chipset. The device could come with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage.– There could be a 4000mAh battery that will come with support for 30W Warp Charging.– Leaks suggest OnePlus 7 Pro may get flagship territory pricing. The base version of the Pro with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage could come with a price above Rs 50,000, sitting against the Samsung Galaxy S10e and Apple iPhone XR.OnePlus 7 specs and possible features– OnePlus 7 is rumoured to come with a 6.2-inch display with a waterdrop notch on the top, similar to OnePlus 6T.– The design will be similar to the OnePlus 6T. The minor refinements are there in the form of the redesigned camera module and colours.– The OnePlus 7 will be using the Snapdragon 855 chipset and may come with at least 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.– The leaked renders suggest a dual rear camera instead of the Pro’s triple rear camera.– The OnePlus 7 may get the 20W fast charge system from the previous OnePlus 6T device.– The OnePlus 7 could come with a price similar to the prices of the OnePlus 6T.Will the OnePlus 7 Pro be worth the premium over OnePlus 7?This question cannot be answered until we get to review both the devices. However, on the basis of all that we know so far, we can draw possible conclusions.Should you spend a premium for the OnePlus 7 Pro? Possibly yes — if you care about the most premium smartphone experience from the Android universe. From what OnePlus has hinted so far, and along with the leaks, the OnePlus 7 Pro will be a true flagship phone. Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Apple iPhone XR, the OnePlus 7 Pro will hold an edge with its rumoured 90Hz Curved AMOLED display. Additionally, with the pop-up selfie camera design, the OnePlus 7 Pro will offer a true fullscreen display – a feature that no other flagship phone offers presently.OnePlus phones have also been known to be the fastest Android phones, often competing with Apple’s latest iPhone models in terms of fluid performance. On top of that, clean bloat-free user experience also draws consumers. Then there is the OnePlus community that also plays an important role in developing the Oxygen OS UI, hence it keeps getting many meaningful features.On the other hand, OnePlus 7 will still be a good deal for those who only prefer the fast OnePlus user experience and want a phone with a tried-and-tested form factor. In fact, for those want the no-nonsense premium Android phone with flagship-levels of performance, the OnePlus 7 could be the ideal choice for those people.That said, do keep an eye for review of the phones over here at the India Today Tech once they launch in India on May 14.ALSO READ | Samsung opens world’s largest Onyx Cinema LED screen in IndiaALSO READ | OnePlus officially confirms coming of OnePlus 7 Pro, reveals it will have triple rear camerasALSO READ | OnePlus 7 to launch on May 14, OnePlus offers Indian fans chance to be part of launch eventadvertisementGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow Oneplus Next OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro: What are likely differences and will it be worth spending extra for ProOnePlus CEO Pete Lau revealed in an interview to the India Today Tech that there will be two phones from the company this year. The OnePlus 7 Pro will be the premium flagship phone while the OnePlus 7 will be the usual “flagship killer”.advertisementlast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img QUEENS COUNTY: Danesville Danesville Loop, from the Queens-Lunenburg county line for 2.5 kilometres to Highway 103, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Monday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. John Arnold Avenue, from Harris Drive for about 300 metres to Owen Drive Harris Drive from John Arnold Avenue for 100 metres to Glendale Avenue Glendale Avenue (paved section only) for 600 metres. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 2 Sections of Trunk 2, from the south end of Acorn Drive, near Oakfield, to the Hants County line, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Shore Road Shore Road, from Trunk 3 for about nine kilometres to Ford Point Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from the Town of Yarmouth for about 6.9 kilometres to Exit 34 at Hebron, is reduced to one lane for road work until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Signs and traffic control people are on site. -30- HANTS COUNTY: Bog Road, Mount Denson The single lane bridge on Bog Road at Mount Denson is closed until further notice at the intersection of Old Post Road and Bog Road. Detour on Highway 1 and Highway 101. The closure is until Monday, July 10. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, near Whycocomagh, is reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. The lane reduction starts about four kilometres west of Exit 4 and continues for 8.4 kilometres west. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Traffic control people will be on site. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Lower Branch The following roads in Lower Branch have alternating lane closures until Monday, July 31, for repaving: LUNENBURG COUNTY: Kingsburg Hirtle Beach Road to the end of the parking lot at Hirtle Beach, in Kingsburg has alternating lane closures for repaving until Monday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Valley Mills Crowdis Bridge, in Valley Mills on Marble Mountain Road, is closed until further notice. Detour via Eden Road, Barren Road, Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road. Signs are in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Upper Branch Road Upper Branch Road, in Upper Branch, north of Bridgewater, has alternating lane closures for 4.6 kilometres for repaving until Monday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Asylum Bridge Asylum Bridge on West Mabou Road, Mabou, is closed for repairs until Friday June 30. A detour is on Hunters Road. NEW WORK Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Conquerall Mills Birch Hill Drive, in Conquerall Mills near Bridgewater, has alternating lane closures for about half a kilometre for repaving until Monday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset.last_img read more

Premiers Mission to France Germany England

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil will travel to France, Germany and England to help promote trade, tourism and investment opportunities, May 31 to June 9. Today, May 31, Premier McNeil will board WestJet’s inaugural direct flight from Halifax to Paris. This new route is an important transportation link for Nova Scotia to key European markets. “We have built successful trading relationships in Europe and want to continue to advance economic opportunities and investment, as well as encourage visitors to come to our beautiful province,” said Premier McNeil. “With the recent EU trade agreement and our ongoing, historic trading relationship with the U.K. it is an important time to look at enhancing export opportunities for Nova Scotia.” The mission includes: meetings with company officials in the energy, financial investment, transportation logistics and information and communication technology sectors promotion of Nova Scotia seafood and wine at culinary events in Paris and Hamburg, Germany laying wreaths at three war memorial sites in France –Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, the Thiepval Memorial and the Courcelette Canadian memorial a Nova Scotia-WestJet reception at the ambassador to France’s official residence in Paris to promote the new route meeting with Tourism Nova Scotia in-market representative in Cologne meeting and tour at the Cargojet facility in Cologne a celebration of Dalhousie University’s 200th anniversary at Canada House in London Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance Karen Casey will join the mission in Germany, which also includes stops in Munich and Cologne. Ms. Casey will also lead meetings in London with leaders in the financial investment industry. Officials from Intergovernmental Affairs, Tourism Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Business Inc., Department of Energy, Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and executives from Halifax International Airport Authority will participate in some activities. The EU is Nova Scotia’s third largest goods export market after United States and China. Exports have averaged $429 million over the last five years. The leading exports are seafood, paper and forestry products, and fruit.last_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks close higher led by technology

first_imgThe latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4 p.m.Stocks are capping a solid opening week of the year with big gains for technology, materials and energy companies.Tech stocks, which were the biggest stars of the market last year, continued in that role in the opening week of 2018. Cisco Systems rose 1.4 per cent Friday and Apple gained 1.1 per cent.For the week, tech stocks in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index are up 4.2 per cent.The four-day winning streak for the S&P 500 index this week marked the longest string of consecutives gains to start a year since 2010.On Friday the S&P 500 index rose 19 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 2,743.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 220 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 25,295. The Nasdaq composite climbed 58 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 7,136.___11:45 a.m.Technology companies are climbing as U.S. stocks rise for the fourth day in a row to start 2018.Cisco Systems rose 1.1 per cent in midday trading Friday, and Google’s parent company Alphabet rose 1.4 per cent.Stocks are continuing to push through record highs.The Dow Jones industrials closed above 25,000 points for the first time Thursday and the Nasdaq breached 7,000 points earlier in the week.The Dow increased 83 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 25,158.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 9 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,733.The Nasdaq composite climbed 49 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 7,122.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.47 per cent.___9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening slightly higher on Wall Street, carrying on momentum a day after the Dow Jones industrial average broke through 25,000 points.Technology and industrial companies were leading the way higher early Friday. Railroad operator Union Pacific gained 2.1 per cent and Cisco Systems rose 1.4 per cent.The Dow increased 49 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 25,122.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,728.The Nasdaq composite climbed 22 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 7,100.last_img read more

Northwestel reporting major network outage for landline customers in Northern BC

first_imgAt this time, there is no service for customers and an estimated time for when service will be restored is unknown.In the case of a fire emergency, affected customers in the Fort Nelson area are being asked to call 250-775-0796 or 250-321-0924.For police emergencies, affected customers are asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8100.For more information on this landline service outage, you can visit Northwestel’s website. UPDATE as of 1:20 p.m. – We have been advised that normal telephone service has been resumed.FORT NELSON, B.C. – As of Monday morning, August 12, phone service provider Northwestel is reporting of a temporary major network outage that is impacting landline service in Northern B.C. and Whitehorse.According to a post on the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality Facebook page, the company is working hard to locate and remedy the issue.last_img read more

TSX Wall Street slide into the red on oil and disappointing data

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed with a slight loss Tuesday amid further volatility in oil prices, but damage was limited by a strong run-up in gold stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 23.88 points to 14,640.04 on the second-last trading day of the year.The energy sector fell one per cent even as February crude in New York gained 51 cents to US$54.12 a barrel ahead of the release Wednesday of the latest U.S. inventory levels from the Department of Energy. Crude futures are down about 50% since their 2014 high of $107.26 in June amid rising production and lower demand as a result of slowing economies in Europe and China. The rout in prices has pushed the TSX energy sector down about 20% this year as traders try to gauge just how low prices can go.“It’s a gigantic game of chicken that is going on right now,” said Craig Jerusalim, a portfolio manager at CIBC Asset Management, adding that OPEC is trying to slow the trajectory of growth in North American supply.“The U.S. has gone from (production of) six million barrels to 10 million barrels in about four years and that pace has them scared.”He believes that oil touching $50 and then bouncing right back up is not going to be enough. Jerusalim thinks OPEC needs to keep pricing low for at least six months and he is looking for production, capital expenditures and rig counts to come down.Oilfield service companies have been a major casualty of the plunge in oil prices. Shares in Civeo Corp. (NYSE:CVEO), which provides accommodations for energy company workers mainly in the Canadian oilsands region and in Australia, cratered $4.35 or 52 per cent to US$3.92 as it announced that falling oil prices would negatively impact earnings in 2015. The company also suspended its dividend.The Canadian dollar rose 0.16 of a cent to 86.15 cents US.New York markets were in the red amid mixed data covering American house prices and consumer confidence.The Dow Jones industrials declined 55.16 points to 17,983.07, the Nasdaq was down 29.47 points to 4,777.44 and the S&P 500 index gave back 10.22 points to 2,080.35.The U.S. Case Schiller home price index rose by a greater than expected 0.76% on a seasonally adjusted basis in October. Economists had looked for a rise of 0.4%. The year-over-year rate eased to an almost on-consensus 4.5%.And the Conference Board’s U.S. consumer confidence index came in at 92.6 in December, up from a November read of 88.7. Economists figured confidence would improve due to plunging gasoline prices, faster job creation and higher stock prices and had expected a reading of 93.9.Elsewhere on the TSX, financials were also a drag, down 0.6% while industrials fell 0.55%.The gold sector was the leading advancer in Toronto, up about 3.7% as a weaker U.S. dollar helped push February bullion up $18.50 to US$1,200.40 an ounce.The base metals group climbed 1.45% as March copper edged up three cents to US$2.85 a pound. read more

Multinational force can help restore trust between Israelis and Palestinians UN envoy

“Providing a credible multinational force would help address that most vital and most vulnerable of the institutions of peace – trust,” Terje Roed-Larsen, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said in his opening remarks to a press conference in Jerusalem.Mr. Roed-Larsen said he shared the Secretary-General’s view that the introduction of a multinational force would change both the “political and operational dynamics” in such a way that could underpin a ceasefire.Such a move would also isolate and contain those on the Palestinian side who would use violence against Israeli civilians and a ceasefire, help restore the capacity of the Palestinian Authority security services to enforce their ceasefire orders, and enhance protection for both Israeli and Palestinian civilians, the Special Coordinator added.Commenting on the humanitarian situation of the Palestinians, particularly in the Jenin refugee camp, which he visited yesterday with Peter Hansen, the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Mr. Roed-Larsen said what he had seen was “truly appalling,” but noted that information on what had happened was as of yet incomplete.”Let me be very clear – I have not and am not accusing anyone of massacres; we do not have the full facts from Jenin,” the UN envoy stressed, adding that his primary criticism of the Israeli Government was that it did not act adequately to respond to the humanitarian situation in the camp.Mr. Roed-Larsen said that his primary focus was ensuring that everything possible was done to save the lives of civilians and reduce their suffering. “Civilians in the camp are in desperate need of water, food, shelter, medical supplies and treatment,” he said, calling for a lifting of the curfews and safe and unimpeded access for relief workers, as well as political and financial support to the humanitarian agencies working in the area.As for the affect of the current situation on the Palestinian economy, Mr. Roed-Larsen said that it had moved from a relentless economic depression into “economic paralysis.” At least 75 per cent of productive activities in the West Bank have come to a halt, and at least another three-fourths of the work force was now idle, resulting in dramatically reduced incomes, rising income losses and a sharply higher poverty rate. read more

Palestinian women adversely affected by restrictions UN agencies say

Calling on Israeli authorities and the Palestinian Authority to provide good basic services for women, seven United Nations institutions today said the health of Palestinian women, especially those who are pregnant, have been negatively affected by restrictions on their movements, military incursions and house demolitions.The UN institutions believed that both parties to the conflict, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, had obligations to and responsibilities for Palestinian women, they said in statement issued in Rafah, Gaza, to mark International Women’s Day.They urged the Israeli authorities to ensure that the women have safe and unconditional access to health services, education, employment, food and other basic supplies and they appealed to the Palestinian Authority to improve the quality of the services it provides.Nearly 40 per cent of Palestinian mothers reported that access to health services had become difficult due to the Israeli siege and curfew and a lack of money.Fifty-two pregnant women had given birth at military checkpoints since 2002 and 19 women and 29 newborn children died at such checkpoints between September 2000 and December 2002, the seven said.The seven institutions were the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). read more

Physics department remembers anniversary of its groundbreaking discovery

Bozidar Mitrovic, left, and Fereidoon Razavi joined forces with the late Frans Koffyberg to be the first in Canada to prove the existence of high-Tc superconductors.It was one of the biggest advancements in physics in years, and Brock was a part of it.The high-Tc superconductor – which is composed of a compound of the metals barium, lanthanum, copper andoxygen – meant that energy could be conducted in a faster, easier and less expensive way than it had previously. Twenty-five years ago, its existence was postulated in a paper published by Swiss researchers from IBM’s Zurich laboratory who went on to win the Nobel Prize in Physics.But Brock researchers were the first in Canada, and the second in the world, to prove that it worked.Mitrovic, Razavi and Koffyberg in 1986More than two decades later, Professors Fereidoon Razavi and Bozidar Mitrovic, who still work at Brock, remember the discovery well. They did it alongside Professor Frans Koffyberg, who had attracted the funding and equipment required to do the research. Razavi encountered the Swiss article in the James A. Gibson Library in early December. The trio knew that the rest of the physics world would be racing to produce a superconductor.They worked through the Christmas break of 1986-87, shivering in the closed university in a rush to produce and publish. They submitted their paper to the prestigious journal Physical Review hours after the IBM team. Their work was groundbreaking enough that it was not only published in the journal, but cited in the Nobel Prize lecture. It was a pivotal moment for the young Physics department of a 23-year-old university.High-Tc superconductors are widely used today, such as in the powerful magnets of Magnetic Resonance Imagers (MRIs), or in the electrical distribution systems inside nuclear-powered submarines. Such flexibility in application was difficult to achieve for traditional superconducting wires, made from brittle metal alloys that must be cooled to 20 degrees absolute (-253 degrees Centigrade or -423 degrees Fahrenheit) using helium, which is costly and difficult to handle. High-Tc superconductors solve this problem. In the Physics lab, the professors produced a metallic compound that put the Swiss theory into action.The professors look back fondly on the discovery and the rush of inspiration it brought. When Mitrovic, a Yugoslavian-born scientist, was a post-doctoral researcher at Stony Brook University on Long Island, a professor advised him “When someone shows you interesting results, be prepared to drop whatever you’re doing.” Mitrovic now dispenses the same advice.“If you have a feeling you can contribute,” Mitrovic said, “it’s important to set aside what you’re doing and do it.”The late Koffyberg, a Brock professor from to 1965 to 1993, felt the same way.“When you have something this hot, you drop everything,” he said in a 1987 media release.Mitrovic, who joined Brock in 1983, continues to research superconductivity and teaches astronomy and quantum mechanics. He won a Faculty Award for Excellence in teaching at the Spring 2011 Convocation. Razavi, a Tehran-born scientist, received government funding in 2010 for “The Physical Property Management System for research on electronic and magnetic properties of materials and thin films of compounds.” He teaches electromagnetism, experimental physics and condensed matter physics.Their contribution is worth commemorating, said Ed Sternin, chair of Physics. It was one of the first papers produced by Brock researchers that had a worldwide impact.“In the words of Professor Mitrovic, it is rare that one comes so close to the frontier of science,” he said. “I’m proud that it happened here.” read more

Two arrested for possession of cannabis at Bartica

Law enforcement officials in “F” Division (Interior Locations) have arrested two persons in Bartica, Region Seven, on Saturday afternoon after they were both found to be in possession of cannabis.A 36-year-old Durban Street, Georgetown resident and a young woman were reportedly at the Bartica Ferry Stelling when they were seen acting in a suspicious manner thus prompting police ranks to conduct a search on their person.The search on the male inbound passenger unearthed thirty-seven grams of cannabis concealed in a quantity of small sized transparent ziploc bags in his possession.A further search conducted on the female unearthed 10 grams cannabis.  The duo was immediately arrested and taken to the Bartica Police Station where they are assisting with investigations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related2 nabbed in Bartica with cannabisSeptember 16, 2018In “Crime”Clothes vendor remanded on cannabis possession chargeSeptember 18, 2018In “Court”Three arrested over illegal possession of firearm, cannabisNovember 29, 2017In “Court” read more

Australians rally behind Greek Australian presenter who was frogmarched out of Question

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “Ridiculous” and “scandalous” are among the most common adjectives being used to describe the incident that saw Australia’s reputation for conservatism, despite being such a young nation, reach new heights.On Monday ABC Radio National’s Patricia Karvelas was kicked out of Parliament House for showing “too much shoulder,” according to a speaker who deemed the Greek Australian had breached the dress standards.The ‘controversial’ outfit in question was a white “half-sleeve” pantsuit, which resulted in Karvelas being requested to leave the press gallery during Question Time by an attendant.Shocked by the incident, Ms Karvelas took to Twitter to post a photo of the outfit, tweeting: “I have just been kicked out of #QT because you can allegedly see too much skin. His insane #Auspol”.The general sentiment has been one of shock among politicians and the wider community, with Ms Karvelas’ tweet being liked over 3,000 times and shared by over 1,500 accounts, with an outpouring of support.Sky News political reporter Tom Connell said the rules were “crazy” when it came to both men and women through personal experience.“Also for blokes though — we are not allowed to go in without a jacket,” he tweeted. “Takes about 15 seconds for someone to tap you on the shoulder”.In true Australian style, many used humour to show their support, with a number of women tweeting photos of themselves wearing sleeveless shirts, among them Labor MP Emma Husar.Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek made light of the situation, tweeting “With the right to bare arms you can show your guns”. While fellow Greek Australia, founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Kon Karapanagiotidis said: “So you got kicked out simply for looking like a total boss #sexism #auspol”The following day, Ms Karvelas suggested “I should have worn my traditional Greek costume which I still own and was forced to wear as a child”.The standard of dress, according to the Australian Parliament House website “should involve good trousers, a jacket, collar and tie for men and a similar standard of formality for women” – but is up to the discretion of the speaker, which would explain the lack of consistency, with former foreign minister Julie Bishop having attended the House of Representatives in a pink, sleeveless dress just one week prior without anyone batting an eye.Julie Bishop in the House of Representatives on Monday 26 November, just one week prior to the incident with Ms Karvelas sans sleeves.The Greens’ Adam Bandt tweeted a formal letter from 2017, which revealed that he had in fact “tried to get this ridiculous ‘bare arms’ rule changed last year. Sadly, it didn’t succeed then. I hope this time things are different”.Though many would say 24 hours too late, it didn’t take long for the government to issue a formal apology to Ms Karvelas in parliament.“I would like to apologise on behalf of this side of the House to Ms Karvelas for being ejected yesterday from the press gallery,” Leader of the House Christopher Pyne said.Commenting on the apology, Ms Karvelas took to Twitter: “pleased that female journalists will be free to wear professional clothing that reflects what politicians wear”.last_img read more

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard calls for more discipline

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has called on his players to reduce their number of cautions after their 10-man win over St. Mirren.Rangers had a player sent off in their opening game against draw Aberdeen away from home, after striker Alfredo Morelos was sent off for a flick on defender Scott McKenna.The player’s dismissal was overturned and the decision reaped benefits as he opened the scoring for the Gers on Sunday against St. Mirren before defender Conor Goldson gave Rangers a comfortable 2-0 lead.Steven Gerrard saw his team reduced to ten men on the half-hour mark when Ross McCrorie was shown a straight red card.Gerrard who was pretty vocal about the sending off of Morelos in their first game decided against making any for the offense committed by McCrorie on Sunday.“I’m very happy with the result and performance in the circumstances. Again, we’ve got down to 10 men.” Gerrard said, according to Evening Times.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“I thought that was the correct decision. The referee got that one right.“The response from my team, every single one of them rolled their sleeves up and did what they had to do.“It was completely different to last week when we felt hard done by, said our piece and got justice in terms of the decision being overturned.“I thought the officials were really, really good today. They got the decision spot on and we’ve got no complaints.“I’ve spoken to the team and praised them for the result and clean sheet. But I’ve also spoken about discipline and composure out there.“It’s difficult enough with 11 men. We are picking up too many red and yellow cards for my liking. But we’ll learn, grow and keep going.”last_img read more

ASA Supports Renewal of Fast Track Negotiating Authority

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) President Mark Berg today expressed the full support of U.S. soybean producers for renewing the Administration’s Fast Track negotiating authority for future trade agreements. “One of ASA’s top priorities is to gain greater access to foreign markets,” Berg stated during a press conference at the National Press Club. “This cannot happen without renewal of Fast Track authority.””Fully 50 percent of every soybean crop produced in this country is exported as whole soybeans, as protein meal and vegetable oil, or in the form of poultry and pork products,” the ASA President continued. “As world food needs double over the next 30 years, U.S. soybean producers are prepared to supply this increased demand — provided we have access to these growing markets.”In granting Fast Track authority, Congress agrees in advance to consider trade agreements submitted by the Administration in their entirety, and without amendments. Other countries insist the U.S. operate on this Fast Track basis so that final agreements are not “renegotiated” by the U.S. Congress. Every significant trade agreement concluded in recent years has been negotiated under Fast Track authority.Berg, a soybean and corn farmer from Tripp, South Dakota, stated that “past trade agreements have been good for the U.S. soybean industry. Under NAFTA, sales of U.S. soybeans and soybean products soared from $474 million in 1993 to $869 million in 1996 – an increase of 83 percent.” The ASA President added that “expanding NAFTA offers potential to tap other markets in Latin America.”According to Berg, “for ASA, the Uruguay Round did not go far enough in liberalizing trade in the oilseed sector.” Among the deficiencies, Berg pointed out that “U.S. competitors are still allowed to indirectly subsidize vegetable oil and soybean meal exports,” and “import tariffs in countries with major market potential have not been adequately reduced.” Berg stated that “our industry supports complete elimination of all export incentives and import tariffs to create a global level playing for oilseed trade.”Another issue cited by the ASA President as a priority for future negotiations is trade in products of plant biotechnology. “In the past two years, U.S. farmers have become aware of both the benefits of new biotech soybean varieties and the challenges these crops face in gaining approval in some countries,” Berg said. “The development of global standards for biotech products in international trade must be a key objective of the next round of negotiations under the World Trade Organization.”The ASA President emphasized that “none of these trade priorities can be developed without renewal of Fast Track authority.”Soybeans accounted for 24% of all U.S. crop acres planted in 1996, and U.S. production represented 49 percent of the world’s soybean supply. U.S. soybeans had a farmgate value of more than $16.9 billion last year, while the value of U.S. soybean and soy product exports exceeded $9.1 billion. This made soybeans the highest value U.S. farm export in 1996.last_img read more