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After Effects Tutorial: Push Button Animation

first_imgLearn how to create a dynamic “push button” animation in After Effects – useful for infographics and product demonstration videos.A push button animation can be created by simply modifying shape layers in After Effects – no third party plugins required. In the first half of the After Effects tutorial below we’ll go over how to create the overall shape of the button:Turn on the grid in After Effects to aid in alignmentEnable “Snap to Grid” to help with creating straight linesCreate simple shape layers to give the button shape + shadowsThen, in the last 5 minutes we’ll dig into how to give the button the effect that it’s being pushed or depressed. Both the shape layers for the button and the shadow will need to be modified to really sell the effect (with the shadow totally disappearing when the button is pushed flat).This After Effects tutorial is useful for a variety of motion graphics projects. Have a few titles on your screen? You can use the button as titles, with the animation drawing attention to each title when it’s featured.How would you use this push button animation? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!last_img read more

Two arrested for raping mentally challenged woman in West Bengal

first_imgA mentally-challenged tribal woman was gangraped in West Bengal’s South Dinajpur district and tortured by her tormentors, who inserted an iron rod into her private parts before escaping, police said on Tuesday. Two persons have been arrested from Itahar in neighbouring North Dinajpur district in connection with the crime.The 27-year-old survivor has been operated upon and is in the critical care unit in Malda Medical College Hospital.The two suspects, aged 45 years and 50 years, were produced before the Gangarampur sub-divisional court on Tuesday and remanded to police custody for 11 days.Police said the woman has no family as her parents are dead and she had been tortured and thrown out of her marital home in Bihar. She had gone to a fair at Patirajpur on the inter-district border on Saturday evening from where she was taken away by several persons and gangraped in an agricultural field under a bridge.The woman was tortured and an iron road was inserted into her private parts and left there, the police said. Locals sighted her on Sunday evening and called in the police, who rushed her to Raiganj district hospital where she was operated upon. She was later referred to the Malda Medical College Hospital.The police complaint was filed by one of her neighbours.Search is on for the others who were involved in the crime, Superintendent of Police, Prasun Bandopadhyay, said.last_img read more

Japan website offers anonymity for variety of grievances

first_imgTOKYO – A cartoon cat in a purple robe brandishes a tiny gavel as it comforts another cat yowling from abuse: The images welcoming visitors to Sorehara, a Japanese website for anonymous complaints about harassment and other grievances, are deceptively endearing.“You don’t have to suffer alone. Get help from the cat who seeks justice,” it says.Sorehara, an abbreviation of the Japanese for “That’s harassment,” was devised by a 21-year-old college student and, like many #MeToo apps and websites, is meant to help victims of abuse safely fight back against their tormentors.It allows users to send anonymous complaints by email, without registering any personal information and is gaining popularity in Japan, despite some concerns over the potential for its misuse.On-the-job harassment is gaining attention as the #MeToo movement slowly takes root here. Sexual harassment claims have brought on recent resignations of high-profile officials, pop stars and professors.But the website doesn’t focus just on sexual misbehaviour. Sorehara goes to very Japanese extremes in allowing users to register their disapproval electronically to those who offend them in all sorts of ways, including indulging in garlic, wearing excessive perfume or smelling too strongly of cigarette smoke.Victim blaming can be severe in highly conformist Japan so anonymity is essential for helping them feel safe, says Tatsuki Yoshida, 21, who developed Sorehara and founded his start-up Quaerere last year.“In Japan, companies don’t like to deal with harassment issues. People who raise their voices about harassment usually just get moved to a different department or maybe given a raise. Or they get fired,” he told The Associated Press in a recent interview in Fujisawa, southwest of Tokyo.A college sophomore, he is taking time off from his studies to work on Sorehara.Inappropriate behaviour and unwanted sexual advances, repugnant and dangerous as they can be, are just part of a universe of gripes people might have about their co-workers.So Sorehara offers users various options, including “power harassment,” bullying, alcohol harassment, sexual harassment and even “smell harassment.”Next, they chose the level of severity, ranging from mere annoyance to threatening legal action. They fill in the email and a name or nickname of the person accused of the misbehaviour, but not their own email or name. The Japanese-language site gives an option to delay sending the message for up to two months, to reduce the possibility of the accuser being recognized.Recipients get an email politely notifying them of the harassment claim, asking if they recognize it and giving a choice of responses such as: “I will reflect on my behaviour,” or “I have done nothing wrong.”An English version was released recently, and a Korean-language version is in the works.The #MeToo era has inspired companies, colleges and support groups to devise all sorts of apps and other online support for victims of sexual harassment and other abuses.Some, like Protibadi in Bangladesh, HarassMap in Egypt and bSafe use mapping and GPS technology to help protect people by identifying potentially unsafe locations or notifying a user’s friends if the person seems to be in trouble. AI-powered chatbots like Spot, developed in California, automate harassment reporting. Others focus on support and counselling for victims. Few combine anonymity with direct online complaints the way Sorehara does.Some worry that this anonymity could invite abuse because the claims can’t be verified, and because many Japanese tend to view simple annoyances like body odour as grievous social transgressions.“There’s a possibility that the person you say is a harasser is not really harassing,” said Yoko Iwasaki of Cuore C Cube Co., a business management consulting company in Tokyo that focuses on harassment and diversity issues.“That person who receives that email from Sorehara might feel very weird and attacked. Sending that kind of message can also be harassment,” she said.But Hiroaki Morio, a professor at Kansai University, says he just believes the website is meant to be “light-hearted.”“They’re trying to make harassment easier to deal with,” Morio said.Despite the wider recognition of sexual harassment as a problem, Japanese thinking has not changed much and as most people still feel unable to speak up, so anonymous outlets like Sorehara can help, says Mayumi Haruno, who became the first Japanese woman to sue alleging on-the-job sexual harassment after she was forced out of her job in the 1980s. She won 1.65 million yen ($15,000) in damages in a lawsuit that she filed in 1989.Social media that allow anonymity, like Line, Twitter and Mixi are popular in Japan and in neighbouring South Korea, where Blind, an anonymous message board app for employees, launched a #MeToo message board early this year.“I think people are still afraid to make things public because they’re afraid of a backlash,” said Kyum Kim, co-founder of TeamBlind, which started the Blind app in 2013 and has offices in San Francisco, Seoul and Tokyo. “I think that’s the culture right now in Japan and Korea.”Sorehara says it sends about 50 complaints a day. Most people who get them accept or at least acknowledge them, suggesting most claims are genuine, Yoshida said.He says Sorehara is meant more to open lines of communication and raise awareness than to provide a formal way to report or solve harassment cases. Different people draw social lines in different places, Yoshida says, so he wants Sorehara to help people educate each other.Several companies, including one with about 200 employees, are working with Sorehara to use the service internally, and Yoshida says he is also collaborating with counselling services.“I don’t think companies are really changing internally,” Yoshida said. “But they are scared about their image, so at least they are paying more attention.”___Follow Nicola Shannon on Twitter at https://twitter.com/nicolavshannonHer work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/Nicola%20Shannonlast_img read more

Canadas housing affordability has reached the worst level in 28 years RBC

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s housing affordability has reached its worst level in 28 years and is bound to deteriorate even further, say Royal Bank of Canada economists.The share of income a household would need to cover ownership costs hit 53.9 per cent in the second quarter of 2018, the economists said in a report released Friday.Based on their analysis, the cost of owning a home in the country hasn’t been this bad since 1990, when the share of income a household would need to cover ownership costs was 56 per cent.“After years of worrying about deteriorating affordability, this trend has continued and unfortunately, when you look at where interest rates are going ownership affordability will continue to deteriorate for at least the next little while,” said Robert Hogue, a senior economist at RBC.The lack of affordability can largely be blamed on rising interest and mortgage rates, he said.He also found the entire country’s affordability is being dragged down by the Vancouver, Toronto and Victoria markets, where affordability has hit 88.4, 75.9 and 65 per cent respectively.Vancouver’s rate is at a “never-seen-before level anywhere in Canada” and “calling it is a crisis is no exaggeration,” Hogue and his fellow economists noted in the report.They found that buying a single-detached home in the city is becoming something only the rich can afford because it would take almost 120 per cent of a typical household’s income to cover ownership costs. Settling for a condo is increasingly become a luxury for many, they added.In Toronto, they discovered that the relief buyers got around affordability late last year and early this year was “small and short-lived,” because the market continued its upwards trajectory.The Toronto Real Estate Board previously said the average selling price in the region in August was $765,270, while the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver said its composite benchmark price for the time period was $1,083,400.Both markets were coincidentally identified by the Union Bank of Switzerland on Friday as having some of the world’s biggest housing bubbles, with affordability risks that were on par with Hong Kong, Munich, London and Amsterdam.RBC’s economists are predicting that affordability levels will continue to deteriorate if interest rates keep rising, but they expect household income increases to soften the blow for buyers.The RBC report also revealed the share of income a household would need to cover ownership costs was 28.4 per cent in Edmonton, 38.6 per cent in Ottawa, 43.9 per cent in Calgary and 44.1 per cent in Montreal.“We have seen deterioration over the past year in affordability, but still in the vast majority of markets outside of Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria, we don’t see affordability being at an unmanageable level,” Hogue added.“Generally, affordability is okay.”last_img read more

Prison for NY developer in Buffalo Billion bid rigging case

first_imgNEW YORK — A Buffalo developer has been sentenced to 28 months in prison and ordered to pay a $500,000 fine in a bid-rigging scheme connected to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” economic redevelopment program.Louis Ciminelli (sih’-mih-NEHL’-ee) was sentenced Monday in federal court for a pay-to-play conspiracy in which his firm won a development job worth a half billion dollars.Ciminelli and three others were convicted over the summer. Prosecutors say the scheme involved state-funded contracts worth more than $850 million.Prosecutors say Ciminelli and others in his company contributed nearly $100,000 to Cuomo’s campaign. The Democratic governor was not accused of wrongdoing.A federal jury convicted two other developers and former president of the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute Alain Kaloyeros (kal-oh-YEHR’-ohs).Kaloyeros is scheduled for sentencing next week.Jim Mustian, The Associated Presslast_img read more

World Bank cuts forecast for world economic growth in 2019

first_imgWASHINGTON — The World Bank is downgrading its outlook for the global economy this year, citing rising trade tension, weakening manufacturing activity and growing financial stress in emerging-market countries.In a report titled “Darkening Skies,” the anti-poverty agency said Tuesday that it expects the world economy to grow 2.9 per cent in 2019, down from the 3 per cent it forecast back in June. It would be the second straight year of slowing growth: The global economy expanded 3 per cent last year and 3.1 per cent in 2017.“Global growth is slowing, and the risks are rising,” Ayhan Kose, the World Bank economist who oversees forecasts, said in an interview. “In 2017, the global economy was pretty much firing on all cylinders. In 2018, the engines started sputtering.”The bank left its forecast for the U.S. economy unchanged at 2.5 per cent this year, down from 2.9 per cent in 2018. It predicts 1.6 per cent growth for the 19 countries that use the euro currency, down from 1.9 per cent last year; and 6.2 per cent growth for China, the world’s second-biggest economy, versus 6.5 per cent in 2018.The bank upgraded expectations for the Japanese economy, lifting its growth forecast to 0.9 per cent, up from 0.8 per cent in 2018.President Donald Trump, declaring that years of U.S. support for free trade had cost America jobs, last year slapped import taxes on foreign dishwashers, solar panels, steel, aluminum and $250 billion in Chinese products. Other countries retaliated with tariffs of their own in disputes that have yet to be resolved.The exchange of tariffs is taking a toll on world trade. The bank predicts that the growth of world trade will slow to 3.6 per cent this year from 3.8 per cent in 2018 and 5.4 per cent in 2017. Slowing trade is hurting manufacturers around the world.Rising interest rates are also pinching emerging-market governments and companies that borrowed heavily when rates were ultra-low in the aftermath of the 2007-2009 Great Recession. As the debts roll over, those borrowers have to refinance at higher rates. A rising dollar is also making things harder for emerging-market borrowers who took out loans denominated in the U.S. currency.“Now debt service is eating into government revenues, making it more difficult (for governments) to fund essential social services,” said World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva, who will replace bank president Jim Yong Kim on an interim basis when he leaves at the end of January.The bank slashed its forecast for 2019 growth for Turkey, Argentina, Iran and Pakistan, among others.Paul Wiseman, The Associated Presslast_img read more

CPI releases manifesto, announces assured pension of Rs 9k per month

first_imgNew Delhi: The CPI on Friday announced that it would give a minimum pension of Rs 9,000 per month, grant full statehood to Delhi and Puducherry and a one-time comprehensive loan waiver for farmers as part of its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls.The Communist Party of India (CPI) also proposed a law for agricultural workers and a separate budget for agriculture. The party said it would increase the number of guaranteed employment days under the MNREGA scheme to 200 days per family and ensure wage payment within the period of guaranteed statute and at par with legal minimum wages for unskilled farm labour. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’CPI leader D Raja, who released the manifesto, came down hard on the RSS-BJP and said that they, along with its other allied right-wing extremist organisations, had become “aggressive in pushing their ideology and agenda” which are “divisive, secretarian, communal and fascist.” “There is a systematic attack on our constitutional bodies and institutions… Authoritarianism and demagogy are the characteristics of Prime Minister Modi… The RSS ideology always played the politics of polarisation and alienation of the Muslims…The foreign policy of the BJP Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&Kgovernment is even a larger mess of failures… “The use of armed forces for political mileage is condemnable and detrimental to morale of the forces,” he said. It also announced that it was for the implementation of the one rank one pension to all the retired defense personnel, universalisation of the PDS system, ensuring allocation of six per cent of GDP to health sector and the functional autonomy of the EC, CAG, RBI, CBI, CVC and other institutions of oversight.last_img read more

KKR not worried, Ganguly knows his duties well: Mysore

first_imgKolkata: Three cricket fans in Kolkata might have questions about Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Sourav Ganguly’s position as Delhi Capitals advisor when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on Friday, but KKR CEO Venky Mysore has batted for the former India skipper and said that Ganguly is a thorough professional and no question marks can be raised on him. Mysore said that Ganguly knows his duties and role well and there was no reason for KKR to be worried. “He is a thorough professional. He knows how to do his duties well. He’s fully supportive of what we are doing. We have no issues at all,” the KKR CEO said. Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Ombudsman and Ethics Officer D K Jain had received complaints from cricket fans in West Bengal that the CAB president will be ‘conflicted’ if he continues in his role as advisor to DC when they play KKR at Eden Gardens. With Jain asking Ganguly for his reply to the questions raised, the former India skipper sent in a mail which read: “At present I do not hold any post whatsoever or howsoever in the BCCI. I am neither a member of the Apex Council of the BCCI nor an office bearer nor a member of any of the Cricket Committees constituted by the BCCI under its Constitution. “I am also not connected with the administration, management or running of the IPL by being a member of any of the committees or other organisational units set up by the BCCI in connection with the IPL. Previously I had been a part of the BCCI Technical Committee; the IPL Technical Committee and the IPL Governing Council. I have resigned and/or withdrawn myself from all the said Committees,” he said.last_img read more

Shiv Sena advises BJP to ‘speak less’ on Rafale deal

first_imgMumbai: The Shiv Sena Friday advised its ally BJP to “speak less” on the Rafale deal, in which the Congress has alleged corruption, cautioning that unwanted statements may increase troubles for the national party.The Sena also said the ban on NaMo TV could have been avoided had the BJP been satisfied with the coverage being given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign rallies on electronic channels. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party sought to corner its senior ally over the recent clash between BJP workers in the presence of Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan at a public rally in Jalgaon, where the party has changed its Lok Sabha candidate. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”The shocking video (of the clash) was seen across the country. The BJP inducted goons in the party and turned them into ‘Valmikis’. However here, the experienced Valmikis turned into goons and indulged in violence. “This is not only a blot on the campaigning of `mahayuti’ (the BJP-Sena alliance), but the time has come for the BJP to clarify its stand,” the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’. The Sena said the BJP, which calls itself a party with a difference, cannot justify this violence and dismiss the incident as one reflecting diverse opinions. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”At least on the Rafale issue, one needs to shed arrogance and talk with patience. Right from the defence minister to other leaders, people (in the BJP) are speaking whatever they like. “This may increase troubles for the party, and therefore we advise that the lesser spoken, the better,” the Sena said. The Marathi daily noted the Supreme Court Wednesday rejected the government’s contention that sensitive documents accessed by the media on the Rafale deal can’t be treated as evidence and said it would examine the papers while reviewing its December 14 order giving a clean chit to the contract. The Sena said along with the ban on the release of a biopic on Modi; the Election Commission has also disallowed airing of political content on NaMo TV.last_img

Christian Benteke to be sold in the summer

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has reportedly decided to sell Christian Benteke for the upcoming summer transfer window, reports the Daily MailThe Belgium has struggled to make an impact at Selhurst Park this season with Benteke only having found the back of the net two times in his 27 appearances in all competitions.In light of these continued disappointing performances, Hodgson appears to have finally run out of patience with the 27 year-old and has decided to put him on the transfer list.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Benteke joined Palace in the summer of 2016 for a club record fee of £30m from Liverpool, but the club fear that they may face a struggle to get a deal worth anything close to what they paid if they are to be relegated at the end of the season.Another stumbling block for Palace could be Benteke’s wages with the forward earning £120,000-a-week.Currently Palace are 16th in the Premier League and are just six points clear of the bottom three.last_img read more