Learn to Create Your Own 8-Bit Art in Adobe After Effects

first_imgDownload the project fileThis project file is free to use in any personal or commercial projects. By downloading, you agree not to redistribute this project file.Now, let’s walk through — step-by-step — creating the 8-bit look in After Effects.1. PosterizeFirst, create an Adjustment layer above all of the other layers in your composition. (This can be above motion graphics, animation, footage, etc.) Then, apply the Posterize effect to the Adjustment layer. The Posterize effect will limit the number of color tones on your image. For a retro game look, I prefer to set the Level between 5 and 15. (15 if you are creating a full-color look, and closer to 5 if you are creating a monotone look, like an original Game Boy screen.)2. CC Block LoadNow, to create the blocky-pixel look on our image, we need to apply the CC Block Load effect to the Adjustment layer. Make sure the Completion setting is set to 0. Then, set the Scans value to 3 and uncheck the Start Cleared option. You should now see a pixelized version of your image. The great thing about the CC Block Load effect is that it always creates perfectly square pixels, regardless of the aspect ratio of the composition.3. TintNext, you can apply the Tint effect to the Adjustment layer if you want to limit the color-palette to something more black and white. This is an option for stylistic choice. Set the Map White To option to a dull green tone to replicate the original Game Boy Screen.4. GridNow, we need to add some grid spacing between each pixel. This helps create the illusion of a low-resolution screen. Apply the Grid effect to the Adjustment layer. Set the Blending Mode in the options to Normal, and set the color to a dark grey. Next, set the Border value to 2. Finally, set the Anchor values to 0,0 and set the Corner values to 8,8. This should now leave you with a perfect grid around each “pixel block” on screen. (When CC Block Load is set to a Scan value of 3, each pixel block it creates is 8px by 8px.)5. Posterize TimeFinally, I recommend limiting the frame rate to better emulate the appearance of a retro video game. An easy way to do this is with the Posterize Time effect. Apply Posterize Time to the Adjustment layer, then I recommend setting the frame rate between 6 and 15. This will add a little bit of stutter to the movement onscreen. (Using Posterize Time is optional, depending on the look you are going for, and may not be necessary for more modern 8-bit animations.)6. Video FootageWhen applying the 8-bit look to video footage, you may encounter a lot of pixel flickering. You can reduce this using blur effects. Apply the 8-bit look to an Adjustment layer above your footage. Now apply a Gaussian Blur to your video footage. I recommenced a blurriness value between 4 and 8. This will help reduce the flickering, but it will also reduce some contrast. Alternatively, you can substitute Smart Blur in place of Gaussian Blur. Smart Blur will preserve more contrast, but it will take a lot longer to render. I recommend setting the Smart Blur radius to a value between 3 and 6.7. Alpha Channel FootageIf you are going to apply the 8-bit game look to footage with an alpha channel, I recommend applying the effects (or preset) directly on the footage. Then, in order to not have the pixel grid appear on the alpha channel part of the footage, navigate to the Blending Mode option for the Grid effect. Set it to one of the following four blending modes: Darken, Lighten, Difference, or Exclusion. The blending mode you choose will depend on the final look you want. I recommend viewing each one, then selecting the one that looks best.8. Installing the After Effects 8-Bit Game PresetInstalling the 8-Bit Game preset is easy — on both Mac and PC. Just navigate to your Documents folder, then Adobe, and then the After Effects CC folder, for your version of After Effects (the preset works with After Effects CC 2018and up). In your After Effects CC version folder, you will see a User Presets folder. Just drag-and-drop the 8-Bit Game preset into that folder. Now when you use After Effects, just search for “8-Bit Game” in the Effects & Presets panel.Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Never Gonna Let You Go” by Luciano Music Co.“Anyone but Me” by Luciano Music Co.“Digital Groove Connection” by Mattijs Muller“Wonder Man” by LATG Music“Positive Day On” by Make MusicLooking for more post-production video tutorials? Check these out.How to Alter the Color of Your Video Using Lumetri CurvesVideo Tutorial: How to Use Premiere’s New Freeform View6 New Features in Premiere Pro’s Essential Graphics PanelTutorial: Getting Started with Content-Aware Fill in After EffectsHow to Create the Double Exposure Effect in Four Manageable Steps In this video tutorial, learn how to create an 8-bit video game look in Adobe After Effects for motion graphics or footage — with free preset and project file!With the Nintendo Game Boy turning 30 years old this year, there is no better time to create some 8-bit video game-inspired looks, right in After Effects. In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through how to create your own 8-bit look that you can apply to motion graphics or footage. This technique offers you a lot of easy customization, as well. (Be sure to download the project file that includes the free 8-Bit Game preset and some retro screen templates!)Ready to create some 8-bit video game art? Let’s get started!last_img read more

Parties gear up for Gurdaspur

first_imgEven as the date for the by-election to the Gurdaspur parliamentary seat is yet to be announced, preparations for the next electoral battle among key political parties including the BJP, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party have begun. Senior AAP leader H.S. Phoolka on Sunday told The Hindu that the party would be contesting the by-election for the seat, which has fallen vacant following the death of four-time MP and veteran actor Vinod Khanna. Meanwhile, sources said aspirants in the BJP have already started visiting the party office and meeting leaders in New Delhi. Dinesh Singh Babbu, MLA from Sujanpur, and former MLA from Pathankot, Ashwani Sharma, are being mentioned as possible contenders. In the Congress, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa MLA from Dera Baba Nanak is said to be in contention for the ticket.last_img read more

The American Dream Is Landing Several Indians From Punjab In US Jails

first_imgChasing the American dream, Bunty Singh (name changed) illegally entered the US after crisscrossing several countries, but landed in an immigration detention centre in New Mexico where he has been languishing for the last 16 months.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

CPI, PMK urge Centre to bring in amendments for jallikattu

first_imgChennai, Nov 16 (PTI) With the Supreme Court rejecting Tamil Nadu governments plea to review its 2014 ban against jallikattu, CPI and PMK today urged the Centre to bring in legal amendments to ensure that the bull-taming sport is conducted in January, 2017 in the state.CPI state secretary R Mutharasan said that in the history of Tamils, bulls were treated as a part of the family besides being worshipped and that “they are an integral part of the Tamil culture”.”Instead of banning it citing cruelty, Centre should bring in due legal arrangements to ensure the bulls are not ill-treated in any manner,” he said in a statement.The Tamil sentiments must be respected and it should be ensured that jallikattu was held during the Tamil month of Thai which coincides with January.PMK founder S Ramadoss claimed that bulls were not forced to undergo any cruelty during the sport and that jallikattu was integral to Tamil culture for long.”Only humans have suffered injuries but not bulls and there is no ground to the arguments by NGOs that the animals are fed with liquor or that chilly powder is strewn on their eyes. Further, jallikattu was being held since 2008 under Supreme Court supervision and therefore there is no chance of any cruelty to the bulls,” he said.The animals were reared like children, he said and urged the Centre to bring in necessary legal amendments in the ongoing Parliamentary session to hold the sport in January. PTI SA BN SAIlast_img read more

Robben: Joining Bayern ‘best decision in my career’

first_imgArjen Robben didn’t think he’d be with Bayern Munich for a decade, but as he nears another season with the Bundesliga champions, the star believes joining the club was the best decision of his career.Robben came up with Eredivisie side Groningen as a teenager before moving to PSV in 2002. That was followed by a transfer to Chelsea in 2004, where he won a pair of Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups with the Blues.The retired Netherlands international then moved to Real Madrid, winning a La Liga title in his two seasons with the capital club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Robben went on to join the Bundesliga club in 2009 and not only has it resulted in a stay longer than he imagined, his time in Bavaria has won him over after an admittedly skeptical beginning.“No, I don’t think so – but then again, yes,” Robben told Bayern Munich’s official website when asked if he thought he’d remain with the club this long. “I’m always a realist, and I know the world of football is fast-moving. It could have been different.”However, as he recounted his journey, Robben deemed the decision to be the best one he’s made in his long footballing career.“After my debut as a pro for Groningen I was at Eindhoven for two years. It was a big step for me in the Netherlands: to leave home at the age of 18. I went abroad when I was 20, three years at Chelsea, a big club. Then two years at Madrid.“Then Bayern approached me and I made the decision. I was skeptical at the beginning, I didn’t know whether it was the right decision. I can now say: it was the best decision in my career.”Arjen Robben Bayern MunichRobben, who signed on for another season with the Bundesliga champions in May after speculation he would depart the club, and will be looking to build on a resume that has six straight Bundesliga titles and seven overall, four DFB Pokals and a Champions League crown.And Robben says he and his team-mates are ready to go, with match practice the only thing lacking for them at the moment.“We’re on a good path but of course there’s room for improvement,” he said. “We haven’t been working with the full squad for a long time, a big part only joined at the Tegernsee Lake.“There’s room for improvement, now we need match practice. But we’re still ready for the Bundesliga restart.”Robben also is setting the sights high, hoping to take home every piece of silverware available to Bayern.When asked what he’d like the headline to be at the end of the season, Robben replied: “It was a superb season from Bayern. They won everything there was to win. The played outstanding football, beating everyone.”last_img read more

India need to be mentally stronger to win overseas: Adam Gilchrist

first_imgFormer Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist feels Virat Kohli and co need to be mentally stronger to win a Test series overseas.India are battling to save the fifth Test against England at The Oval, having already conceded an unassailable 3-1 lead to England in the five-match series.Gilchrist said that the Indian team posses an impressive bowling attack and also have some quality batsman, but the constant failure overseas could be a result of a mental issue.”It is challenging playing overseas. I do believe India have a strong bowling unit and some quality batsmen, including the best batsmen in the world, Virat Kohli. They have the potential to win overseas, perhaps it is just mind more than the body,” he told PTI in an interaction here.India vs England 5th Test Day 3: Live ScoreAsked about Kohli’s captaincy in the ongoing Test series against England, Gilchrist said he would not make any comment but admired the Indian captain’s positive attitude.”What I admire about Virat’s captaincy is his tenacity and the way he drags his team with him just by being positive. Tactically, I cannot comment because I have not watched enough content, except the highlights,” he said.Gilchrist also said he admires Kohli’s aggression, though some people say he goes overboard sometimes.”Virat is that guy who is passionate about leading his team and the nation forward. I see positive things about his captaincy and leadership,” he said.Asked about Kohli’s soured relationship with Australian spectators, Gilchrist said the Indian captain has matured since the last tour where they went under the skin of the Indian players, especially Kohli.advertisement”The Aussie crowd always want to go under the skin of opposition players. Virat has matured to a great deal since that last tour,” he said.India is touring Australia between November and January next, where they will play four Test matches, three T20s and as many ODIs.Perhaps, it would not be advisable for Australians to upset him because it may boomerang against them as he is world’s best batsmen at the moment, Gilchrist said.”He (Kohli) looks to me a guy who likes challenges when the chips are down. Perhaps, we don’t want to upset him because he is the best player in the world,” he said.From Australia’s point of view, they do not want him to score heavily as he is currently doing in England, Gilchrist added.Asked about ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England, Gilchrist said the hosts, Australia, India and Pakistan, are potential teams to reach semifinals.”England has one of the strongest white ball team. They will be playing in home conditions. Australia too also have good chance, and India has won a tournament there before. And, Pakistan are always the dark horse. they can spring a surprise or two,” he said.last_img read more

Delhi air pollution in severe category for second time in a week

first_imgDelhi’s air quality plunged into the most dangerous category on Monday, two days before Diwali when bursting of firecrackers, however limited, is likely to worsen the situation dramatically.Pollution was “severe” – the sixth and the last stage on the air quality index (AQI). This has happened for a second time in a week, due to a change in wind direction and rampant crop stubble burning in neighbouring states, authorities said.Wind blew from the northwestern region towards Delhi, bringing with it dust and smoke. A thick haze engulfed the city and experts warned the air quality is likely to worsen further due to local factors.The overall AQI reading was 418, a drastic decline from a day before when it was “moderate” at 171. On Sunday, Delhi had breathed the cleanest air in three weeks. The air quality turned “severe” for the first time this season on October 30.On Monday, morning walkers, joggers, cyclists and fitness and sports enthusiasts, who regularly visit India Gate, wore pollution masks and complained about a burning sensation in the throat and chest.”We have been coming to India Gate lawns to run for a decade. If this is the level of pollution before Diwali, then what is the government doing?” asked Sameer Singh Aulakh. Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit expressed concern.”This is a tragedy. We are concerned about the health of citizens of Delhi. The situation is frightening for us. This blamegame will not help anyone. Action needs to be taken,” she said, referring to quarrels between the Centre and Delhi’s AAP government over the issue.advertisement”What steps were taken by the Delhi government? They should tell us what steps they have taken. Immediate steps should be taken to address the crisis. Governments should take note of the situation and take emergency steps,” Dikshit said.Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan said the Central government was taking necessary steps to control the situation.Also read: Delhi environment minister orders municipal corporations to undertake water sprinklingAlso read: Delhi struggles to breathe as smog smothers NCRWatch: Delhi struggles to breathe before Diwalilast_img read more

Steve Smith equals Sachin Tendulkar’s record in World Cup knockouts

first_imgSteve Smith once again proved why he is called a big-match player as he top-scored for Australia in the ongoing match against England at Edgbaston on Thursday to lead the defending champions to a strong total of 223 in the second semi-final of the World Cup 2019.Smith scored 85 off 119 balls with the help of six boundaries and waged a lone battle for his team when wickets kept falling at the other end. (Australia vs England Live Score, WC 2019 2nd Semi Final)Smith, who made a comeback in the Australia national team in this tournament after a gap of a year following his ball-tampering ban, batted superbly throughout the innings after coming to the crease in the second over itself.A battling fifty from Steve Smith he’s delivered when his side needed him to. #AUSvENG | #CWC19 | #CmonAussie pic.twitter.com/7rTe6Sb3ETCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 11, 2019Australia were reduced to 14 for 3 in the first powerplay but that is when Smith took control of the innings and along with vice-captain Alex Carey, bailed the team out of trouble with a 103-run partnership for the fourth wicket.Smith then added 39 runs with Glenn Maxwell and 51 with tail-ender Mitchell Starc before he was run out in the 48th over while trying to scamper through for a quick single, thanks to Jos Buttler’s direct hit at the non-striker’s end.Nutmeg!Jos Buttler’s throw found its way through the legs of Steve Smith to remove the Australia batsman for 85Watch the dismissal on the #CWC19 appAPPLE https://t.co/whJQyCahHrANDROID https://t.co/Lsp1fBwBKR pic.twitter.com/tr9UOMN6KsadvertisementCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 11, 2019Smith’s contribution in a low-scoring match has once again highlighted the importance of a batsman, who is often compared with India captain Virat Kohli. Both batsmen are considered the best in the business across all formats with Kohli even holding the No. 1 rank in Tests and ODIs.Kohli though, is not even near Smith when it comes to performances in crunch games like the World Cup knockouts. While it is indeed unfair to criticise the world’s best batsman when his team has crashed out, but we also cannot ignore the sheer facts that is in front of us – in 3 50-over World Cup semi-finals, Virat Kohli has scored only 11 runs.The tension is high in Manchester!Head to our match centre to follow #INDvNZ live, watch highlights, and listen to radio commentary https://t.co/FdH7XRQ3po#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/69MwWOJrKXCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 10, 2019In the 2017 Champions Trophy final as well, chasing 339, Kohli flopped with just 5 runs. That’s 4 low scores in 4 high-pressure World Cup matches. He was captain in 2 of those.Smith on the other hand, takes his game to another level in big matches. His 85 against England on Thursday was his fourth 50-plus score in four innings in the World Cup knockouts, drawing him level with Sachin Tendulkar’s record. The Indian batting legend managed the feat in 7 knockout games across three editions while Smith did it in four successive matches across two editions.Also Read | Virat Kohli got everything he wanted but where is the World Cup?Also Read | Rohit Sharma still ahead of David Warner in list of most runs in World Cup 2019Also Read | Alex Carey bats with bandaged jaw after getting hit by Jofra Archer bouncerlast_img read more

Where to Drink Coffee: Insiders Share the Tastiest Places to Grab a Cup

first_img The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Have you ever found yourself in a random city, craving a good cup of coffee that’s served in a well-designed place where neat people hang out? We’ve constantly stumbled into these situations, and we often end up with a cup of watered down brew in a paper cup from some random café.Luckily for us, the search is over. One-hundred and fifty baristas and other java authorities from around the world did the footwork and highlighted best places in the Phaidon book, Where to Drink Coffee, by Liz Clayton and Avidon Ross.“It was hard to know where to find a wonderful cup of coffee. It was difficult, sleuthing work, cobbled together by rumor, visual cues, and, if you had your feet on the ground already, word of mouth,” writes Clayton in the book.Clayton and Ross spoke to 150 coffee experts, who discovered 600 spots in 50 countries that range from cafés to bakeries to restaurants to more unconventional places. Whether you like it black, cold brewed, topped with foam, or served with milk and two squirts of caramel syrup, these guys have you covered. Not only do they list the go-to spots, they also include recommendations, complete reviews, important information, and special maps, so you know exactly where to go and what to order.The suggestions even go towards the unconventional; Klaus Thomsen points to Scandinavian Embassy (the shop, not the actual embassy) in Amsterdam for “the best filter coffee” and “the most innovative food pairing,” while Drew Johnson describes Habit Coffee in Victoria, Canada, as “a coffeehouse in the true sense. A hub for the community. Good music in a comfortable space that isn’t kitschy. And it isn’t distracted by navel gazing.”There’s also glossary in the 348-page guide that teaches you all the coffee culture terms and history you need to know, like cortado (“an espresso-based drink made with textured milk or foam, a little smaller than a cappuccino and with a higher ratio of espresso to milk”) and flat white (“a style of coffee similar to the cappuccino … but first popularized in the Southern Hemisphere, particularly New Zealand and Australia.”)Coffee enthusiasts will love this book. It will come in handy next time you’re in the search of that perfect cup of joe.If you’re taking that joe to-go, check out our favorite travel mugs. And if coffee liqueur is more your style, we’ve got you covered. The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Editors’ Recommendations 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Golast_img read more

Nova Scotias New Business Immigration Streams Launched

first_imgGovernment officially launched its two new business immigration streams Jan. 1. The streams will attract international entrepreneurs and retain international graduates of provincial post-secondary institutions. The Entrepreneur Stream aims to attract those who want to start or buy, and actively manage, a business in Nova Scotia. The International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream provides an immigration opportunity for students who have graduated from a Nova Scotia university or community college and have started their own business. Both streams use a temporary to permanent residence model, considered a best practice in immigration. For the Entrepreneur Stream, the applicant initially receives a work permit allowing them to enter Nova Scotia to start and run their business for at least one year. Candidates sign an agreement that sets out the business plan outcomes to be met before nomination for permanent residence. For the International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream, students are required to have studied for a minimum of two years and then spend a year running their business on a federal post-graduation work permit. Once the new streams are fully operational, Nova Scotia expects to nominate 40-50 applicants per year as permanent residents.last_img read more

After war peace Judge says he knew Tolstoy book was classic

first_imgMumbai: The confusion, it seems, was over Roy and Tolstoy. The Bombay High Court on Thursday said it knew that Leo Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ was a literary classic and that it didn’t mean to suggest that all the books seized by police in the Elgar Parishad-Koregaon Bhima case were incriminating. The clarification by Justice Sarang Kotwal came a day after he asked accused Vernon Gonsalves to explain why he kept “objectionable material” like a copy of “War and Peace” at his home. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The counsel for a co-accused told the court that the ‘War and Peace’ that the court had referred to on Wednesday was a collection of essays edited by Biswajit Roy, titled War and Peace in Junglemahal: People, State and Maoists. That book (according to its publishers), is a “collection of essays by well-known activists and academics including mediators and examines the failed peace initiatives in context of the governments’ elitist developmental policies, doublespeak of parliamentary parties and Maoists’ follies.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The judge’s purported remarks had stirred up thousands of reactions on Twitter. The hashtag #WarAndPeace was trending on the social media platform during the day. The court’s comments on Thursday came after the counsel for Gonsalves informed it that none of the books seized from the activist’s residence last year were banned by the government in accordance with CrPC provisions. Justice Kotwal said, “I knew that Tolstoy’s War and Peace was a literary classic.I was reading the whole list from the panchnama attached to the chargesheet. It was written in such poor handwriting. I know War and Peace. And thereI was making a query (on why Gonsalves had copies of these books) but did not want to suggest that everything was incriminating.” The counsel for co-accused Sudha Bahrdwaj, Yug Chaudhary, said that on Wednesday, the court was referring to the book by Roy (and not the one by Tolstoy). The judge then said, “There were so many references to war and other titles. Before I went to ‘War and Peace’, I made a reference to Rajya Daman (another book) too. Can a judge not ask any questions in court?” Gonsalves told the court that he owned 2,000 books and none of these books, including the ones seized from his home by the Pune police, were banned. Gonsalves’ counsel Mihir Desai informed the court that police were in possession of these allegedly incriminating books for a year now but had done nothing about it. “These books that the police call incriminating are not banned under section 95 of the Criminal Procedure Code. In fact, they are all available on (online retailer) Amazon. It is possible that the government did not know about these books until they seized them from me (Gonsalves),” Desai said. “So, having these books will not show that I am in anyway associated with any banned organisation,” he said. The court said Desai had “made his point” on the seizure of these books and CDs by arguing that they were not banned material. The arguments are likely to continue on Friday. On Wednesday, the court had asked Gonsalves, “War and Peace is about war in another country. Why were you keeping these books at your house.” The judge had also referred to a CD titled “Rajya Dhaman Virodhi” and said the title “clearly suggested” it is material against the state. “Why were you keeping this in your house,” he had asked Gonsalves. Tolstoy’s classic novel about Russia during Napoleonic wars became a point of contention during Wednesday’s hearing after the Pune Police probing the case claimed that the book was part of the “highly incriminating evidence” it had seized from Gonsalves’ house in Mumbai during raids conducted last year. Police had also read out the titles of several other books and CDs allegedly recovered from Gonsalves’ house which included CDs titled ‘Rajya Daman Virodhi’ released by Kabir Kala Manch, ‘Marxist Archives’ and ‘Jai Bhima Comrade’; books ‘War and Peace’, ‘Understanding Maoists’ and ‘RCP Review’, and copies of a circular issued by the National Study Circle. “The title of the CD ‘Rajya Daman Virodhi’ itself suggests it has something against the State while ‘War and Peace’ is about a war in another country. Why did you (Gonsalves) keep objectionable material such as books like ‘War and Peace’, books and CDs at home? You will have to explain this to the court,” Justice Kotwal had said. Gonsalves was arrested by the Pune police under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act after raids at residences and offices of several activists in connection with the Elgar Parishad case. The police had claimed provocative speeches made at the Parishad on December 31, 2017 were responsible for the caste violence around Koregaon Bhima village in Pune district the next day during an event to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon Bhima. Dalits celebrate the anniversary of the Koregaon Bhima battle every year as they believe that the Army of the British comprising ‘Mahars’ or scheduled caste soldiers had defeated the forces of the Brahmin Peshwas.last_img read more

Scheer warns of unaffordable tax increases if Liberals reelected

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Andrew Scheer says Canadians can’t afford four more years of Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.That’s the Conservative leader’s rallying cry as he revs up his troops for the last sitting of Parliament before an election this fall.In a speech to his caucus and nominated candidates, Scheer warns that Canadians will wind up paying more taxes if they re-elect Trudeau’s government.He points to the carbon tax of $20 per tonne of carbon emissions that went into effect this year and is slated to rise by $10 a year until it reaches $50 per tonne by 2022.But beyond that, Scheer says Trudeau’s “never-ending deficits” will force a re-elected Liberal government to raise other taxes.The focus on what Conservatives consider the Liberals’ fiscal failures is to be front and centre Monday when Parliament resumes business after a lengthy Christmas break.last_img read more

Woman in Winnipeg says she may never take a taxi again

first_imgAPTN National NewsHailey McKay says she siimply wanted to go home.But that the person driving the cab she got into had other ideas.APTN’s Dennis Ward reports.dward@aptn.calast_img

UNs top human rights official calls for end to abuses in western

Speaking at a press conference in Abidjan, at the headquarters of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) at the end of a three-day visit to the country, Louise Arbour expressed her strong concern about the gradual deterioration of the human rights situation countrywide.Ms. Arbour appealed to the Ivorian president, the members of the Government of National Reconciliation, the Forces Nouvelles, political parties and all Ivorian political actors to immediately apply and respect international guarantees related to the protection of human rights.She urged the country’s political and military officials not to lose sight of their responsibilities as wielders of power, particularly with regard to the protection of populations living under their authority. In this connection, she asked UNOCI to continue documenting cases of human rights violations. She also stressed that Ivorian political and military leaders must be made aware of their obligations under international humanitarian law, and underscored the need to be particularly vigilant about media that disseminate hateful propaganda.During her stay in Côte d’Ivoire, where she arrived on Wednesday night, Ms. Arbour had meetings with the President, Prime Minister, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, ministers of justice, human rights and foreign affairs, leaders of the Forces Nouvelles, and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) active in the area of human rights.Mentioning the various discussions she had with these officials, she expressed concern about the gradual militarization of administration in the area under governmental control and about the lawlessness in the north of the country. Referring to a brief visit she paid on Friday to the western locations of Fengolo, Guitrozon, Duekoué and Guiglo, Ms. Arbour recalled that the attacks by armed men against Guitrozon and Petit-Duekoué in early June took place just a few hundred metres from an outpost of the Ivorian security forces. She stressed that the responsibility for protecting populations in that zone, which is under Governmental control, lay first and foremost with the Ivorian State.Asked about the existence of a confidential UNOCI report on the events in Guitrozon and Petit-Duékoué, Ms. Arbour reiterated that there was no official report, as had already been stated by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire, Pierre Schori. She recalled that UNOCI had asked the Ivorian authorities to investigate the attacks and she called on the press to avoid disseminating unverified information. In this connection, she disclosed that the Ivorian president had informed her during their meeting that he had asked the Gendarmerie, which is in charge of the investigation into the attacks, to contact UNOCI on the matter shortly. read more

World must address disparities in access to HIVAIDS treatment – UN official

While recognizing that remarkable progress has been made in the response against the epidemic, the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Michel Sidibé, said much remains to be done, especially in poor countries where many are unable to access the life-saving drugs needed for treatment.“HIV continues to shine a harsh light on the inequalities of this world,” he told the Human Rights Council in Geneva. “It is outrageous that in 2013, when we have all the tools we need to beat this epidemic, 1.7 million people still die each year because they cannot access treatment.”Mr. Sidibé underlined that governments must still fight the prejudice, discrimination, exclusion and criminalization that people with HIV/AIDS face in homes, communities, hospitals, police stations and courtrooms.“The AIDS response has been and continues to be an instrument for attacking social injustice,” he said. “It has led us to address punitive approaches to and exclusion of the most marginalized – sex workers, people who use drugs, men who have sex with men and transgender people. They are our brothers, sisters, children and friends. They too have human rights.”To be fully successful, the HIV/AIDS response requires countries to protect their citizens’ rights to life, health, non-discrimination and security. In the same way, development will not be able to be sustainable without acknowledging and addressing existing inequalities, Mr. Sidibé said.“The post-2015 development agenda has a lot to learn from AIDS,” he said. “These lessons urge that the post-2015 development framework should explicitly embrace the human rights framework, as well as a rights-based approach to development.”He also emphasized that it is not just governments but citizens who should be active agents of change to achieve social justice by being fully aware of their rights and mobilizing around them. “Our triumph against AIDS will inspire civil society, government and development partners to tackle other complex 21st century challenges that we share, through a participatory, inclusive and rights-based approach – the kind that works, that is sustainable,” he added. read more

Conflictaffected rural families in Iraq to benefit from mobile cashtransfer technology –

“The use of mobile technology will streamline the safe delivery of cash transfers to participants, who are some of the most vulnerable people in the country,” said Fadel El-Zubi, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Representative in Iraq. Participants, who are from households with no other income source, include women – often the sole breadwinners for their families – and people with a disability. The workers and their families are people who either remained in their villages during conflict or returned home after being displaced by the fighting. “Providing income opportunities is critical in rural areas affected by conflict, where competition for employment is high, jobs are scarce and people are struggling to support their families,” he elaborated. The programme, which is funded by the Belgian Government, will support 12,000 conflict-affected people in 30 villages in Kirkuk, Anbar, Salah al-Din and Ninewa governorates. It will benefit local farmers by enabling them to restart or expand farming activities with rehabilitated infrastructure and provides agricultural livelihoods opportunities for displaced people returning home. The nuts and boltsTo facilitate payments, FAO has partnered with Zain, a mobile and data services operator with a commercial footprint in eight Middle Eastern and African countries. Participant names and identity numbers are pre-registered with the company, and they receive a free SIM card. Once each person completes a certain number of days of work, they receive a text message containing a personalised security code. They can then collect their wages from any certified money mobile transfer agent, provided their code and identity number match those registered. “As well as providing much-needed income for participants, the programme will improve agricultural production in the surrounding communities, through activities including rehabilitating canals for irrigation to grow crops and preparing farmland for planting,” said Mr. El-Zubi. “This, in turn, will encourage community members still displaced by conflict to return home and begin farming again. FAO’s aim is to support people to get back on their feet as quickly as possible, and reduce their reliance on food assistance,” he added. Around 12 million Iraqis reside in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Years of conflict have destroyed or damaged harvests, equipment, infrastructure, livestock, seeds, crops and stored food – and left 3.2 million Iraqis food insecure.As of 15 July, more than 3.3 million people remained displaced within Iraq, while about 2 million had returned home. Support needed for scaled-up effortsWhile the FAO cash-for-work programme encourages displaced people to return home, a major effort is needed to rehabilitate critical infrastructure so that agricultural production can resume and livelihoods can be restored. FAO is seeking urgent funding of $74.5 million to assist 1.39 million people this year, through rehabilitating damaged agricultural infrastructure, supporting farmers to vaccinate and feed their livestock, and expanding cash-for-work and other income-generating opportunities. In coordination with the Iraqi government, FAO’s work supports returning and internally displaced families, host communities and Syrian refugees. read more

Shocker LSU Dismisses Honey Badger Tryann Mathieu

In a move that shakes up the college football landscape, LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu – perhaps the most dynamic player in college football – has been dismissed from the preseason No. 1-ranked team for violating school and team rules.“We extended ourselves personally and professionally to him,” LSU coach Les Miles said at a news conference Friday. “He has really improved and has a chance to take some steps as a person.“We extended ourselves to the full length of the policy.”Miles would not specify the reason Mathieu, who was suspended for a game last year for failing a drug test, was kicked off the team.“We’ll miss the guy,” Miles said. “The football team’s got to go on. We’ll have to fill the void.”A source told ESPN that Mathieu has been looking for a new school to play for this season. Mathieu has two years of eligibility left and could transfer, but he would have to sit out this season if he went to another school in major college football. If he moved down a level, to FCS, he could play right away.“I can’t imagine he would be here and not want to transfer and go play football,” Miles said. “We will help him in every way we can.”Last season Mathieu was a finalist for the Heisman and won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation’s best defensive player.The junior defensive back nicknamed “Honey Badger” was the surprising Heisman Trophy candidate last season as the Tigers won the Southeastern Conference championship and reached the BCS title game. LSU lost the championship 21-0 to Alabama.LSU enters this season ranked No. 1 in the USA Today coaches’ poll.The AP college football poll will be released Aug. 18. The Tigers opened preseason camp last week as one of the favorites to reach the national championship game again.Mathieu was the team’s big-play machine at cornerback and on special teams. The All-American scored four touchdowns — two on punt returns and two on fumble returns — intercepted two passes and caused six fumbles and recovered four. read more

Cardboard Flash Drives Let You Throw Away Your Data

first_imgMost people don’t use USB flash drives for disposable information: after all, there’s e-mail for that – but if you’re looking for a cheap alternative to giving out traditional plastic flash drives, the designers at Art Lebedev (you know, makers of the now famous Optimus Maximus Keyboard) have an idea: what if you could buy a sheet of cardboard flash drives, rip one off, drop some data on it, and then hand it out or get rid of it when you’re finished? Thus, the cardboard flash drive was born. They’re still a design, but Art Lebedev has mockups of 8GB and 16GB versions of the things, that come in neat little rows connected with perforated cardboard for easy separation and a blank space on the top you can use to print the name of your company or a reference to the data you have on the drive. Presumably using cardboard creates less waste in the long run, because the cardboard is recyclable and breaks down naturally, while thick plastic housings will be around for thousands of years. Still, it would be difficult to resist the urge to hang on to a 16GB flash drive, even if it were made out of cardboard. There’s no timeline for whether these will ever be a real product or how much it would cost if it were, but it’s not hard to see people who would want to use these to replace press kits or business cards at trade shows.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Official iOS Gmail app arrives without push notifications gets pulled

first_imgThe official Gmail app for iOS that we told you about was released by Google today. It was an attractive, functional, and complete Gmail experience, aside from one major hole that made for an embarrassing initial launch. The otherwise nice Gmail app was released with broken notifications, and has already been pulled from the App Store:At an initial glance of the (former) App Store listing, you might have been led to believe that it would deliver full iOS notifications. The listing read “receive notification badges for new messages,” but it’s worth noting that this isn’t the same as full iOS 5 Notifications. That means, even when the bugs are fixed, there will be no notification banners or lock screen alerts. The only notice you’ll get is a badge on the icon for new messages. As these weren’t working in the botched launch, there was no way of testing whether they appeared instantly or not.In addition to the lack of push, the app also spurns any multiple account capabilities. On launching the app, you sign in with your Google account, and are given no options of adding a second. This could be seen as just as big of a drawback as the lack of push for some.Otherwise, the app is almost exactly like the Gmail web app (the Gmail that you get when accessed from a tablet user agent), with a little bit of a Facebook for iPad aesthetic thrown in. Both the “new Gmail” design and all of the expected functions (priority inbox, threaded conversations, starring, archiving, etc.) are here. You can even attach files, though it (unsurprisingly) appears to be limited to photos. The menu can be accessed by (obviously) pressing the Menu button, or by simply swiping the screen  over to the right.Some may not have too big of a problem with the lack of full iOS 5 notifications, but it’s a glaring omission nonetheless. The icon badge that Gmail will eventually offer is an improvement over Google’s web app. But even after Google’s app returns, users are probably best sticking to the tried and true Exchange method, which enables push in Apple’s Mail app.The following notification error was what prompted Google to pull the plug on the app after only an hour or so in the App Store. On logging in for the first time, a blue box box popped up, saying “no valid ‘aps-environment’ entitlement string found for application”:How could such a blatant error make it through Apple’s stringent app review process? Conspiracy theorists will say that Apple may have intentionally released it to make their rival look bad. That could very well be the case, but of course we have no specific evidence of that.We’re also left with the question of why full iOS 5 notifications got the shaft in the first place. This was almost certainly a decision on Apple’s part. I can’t imagine why Google would want to handicap their own app. Perhaps Apple only decided to allow a third-party email client on the condition that it didn’t have great notifications or multiple logins.When it returns, Gmail will be a universal iOS app, optimized for both iPhone (and iPod touch) and iPad. The iPad version doesn’t add anything that the iPhone version doesn’t, but it does take up the 9.7 inch screen nicely. You can check out a screenshot of the iPad version below, and try the app for yourself here after it returns to the App Store.last_img read more

Homeless family secure temporary injunction preventing Wicklow council from moving their caravan

first_img No Comments Image: Shutterstock/www.BillionPhotos.com Jun 8th 2017, 8:03 PM Image: Shutterstock/www.BillionPhotos.com Short URL 16,342 Views Thursday 8 Jun 2017, 8:03 PM Share12 Tweet Email Homeless family secure temporary injunction preventing Wicklow council from moving their caravan Mrs Moorehouse, who is expecting the couple’s third child, said somebody let off gunshots shortly after they arrived which they believe was a warning to leave. http://jrnl.ie/3434383 By Aodhan O Faolain Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A HOMELESS FAMILY has secured a temporary High Court order preventing Wicklow Co Council from moving their caravan from a site they have been staying at for several weeks.The action was brought by John Paul Moorehouse and his wife Barbara who along with their two young children have been staying in a small caravan at a site at Priests Newtown, Kilcoole, Co Wicklow since early May.Late last month the council issued a notice directing the family to quit the site.However the family, who are members of the Irish Traveller Community and have been homeless since April, say they have nowhere else to go.In their High Court proceedings against the Council the family say the notice is flawed as it does not provide details of an alternative site where they can move their caravan.Their barrister Siobhan Phelan SC said the family had come to court over fears of becoming “roofless as well as homeless”.Their caravan could be impounded and the family prosecuted if they did not move from the site at Priests Newtown, counsel added.At the High Court today the family secured a temporary injunction preventing the council from impounding their caravan on foot of the notice to quit, which has been issued under the section 10 of the 1992 Housing Act.In addition the court placed a stay on the council prosecuting the family on foot of the notice to quit pending further order.The Moorehouse family also gave an undertaking to the court that they would co-operate with the council by moving their caravan to a site offered by the local authority.The injunction was granted on an ex parte basis, where only one side was present in court, by Mr Justice Richard Humphreys. The judge made the matter returnable to a date later this month.After granting the order the judge said he hoped that something could be worked out between the parties.Gunshots In a sworn statement to the court Mrs Moorehouse, who is expecting the couple’s third child, said she understood some people in the locality were unhappy the site at Priests Newtown has been occupied by members of the Traveller Community.She said that shortly after they arrived somebody let off gunshots which they believe was a warning to them to leave the lands.The gardai, she said, called to them and gave them a number to call if there were any further acts of intimidation.Moorehouse said she and her husband, who are both from Wicklow, are very concerned about their family.Seeking the injunction Ms Phelan SC, instructed by solicitors for the Free Legal Advice Centre said the family have been on the housing list for several years, and the local authority is well aware of the Moorehouse’s situation.Since becoming homeless they have been unable to secure alternative accommodation for either the council or in the private rental market.The family had been living in private rented accommodation, but had to leave after it was deemed unfit for human habitation mainly due to damp by Wicklow Co Council.Counsel said since they became homeless all the council have been able to offer the mother and children were “three nights” emergency accommodation in a hotel while Mr Moorehouse slept in his van.The family then borrowed money to pay for a small touring caravan.Before arriving at their current location they have spent short periods of time at various locations in Wicklow before being moved on.On one occasion they stayed at a small halting site in Delgany, Co Wicklow for two days but the caravan was removed and impounded by the gardai.After negotiating with the gardai the caravan was returned to them.Read: Elderly couple found dead at their Portadown home laid to rest>last_img read more