After Effects Quick Tip: Depixelating Vector Files

first_imgAre your vector files pixelated in After Effects? Enable ‘Continuously Raster’.Adobe Illustrator is vector based, meaning you can adjust the scale of Illustrator files without a loss in quality (it uses a system of equations to calculate the shapes of your object rather than pixels).Both of these blocks are imported into After Effects, but the one on the right has “Continuously Rasterize” selected. However, if you’ve ever tried importing illustrator files into After Effects you may have realized that they remain pixelated when you scale them up in your composition. The enable/disable feature called “Continuously Raster” is unknown by many AE noobs, but is needed to get your vector files to scale smoothly in AE. In this quick tutorial we’ll show you how to use it.1. Import an .ai, .eps, or .pdf fileAfter Effects accepts all four of these vector formats.2. Move the vector file to your composition.Simply drag and drop.3. Select ‘Continuously Rasterize’.It’s the box that looks like a sun. If you can’t see it select the “Toggle Switches / Modes” button at the bottom of your comp layer. It should pop up now.If you follow these steps your vector files will be smooth when scaled up rather than pixelated. This technique also works with pre-comps, so if you happen to have something like text inside of a pre-comp but need to scale it up you can hit the “continuously rasterize” button and you will now be able to scale it up without it being pixelated.Have any other tips for using vector files in After Effects? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Goa court seeks police reply in dowry case

first_imgPANAJI: The Panaji Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) on Friday issued a notice to the Women’s Police Station, directing it to file a reply to a petition in a high profile domestic violence and dowry harassment case, on July 18.Suchitra Shirodkar, the mother of BJP Goa vice-president Anil Hoble’s daughter-in-law, has filed the petition seeking a court-monitored investigation into the criminal case registered against Mr. Hoble, his wife, Sandhya, and son, Milind. Ms. Shirodkar’s petition to the JMFC claimed investigating officer sub-inspector Sandhya Gupta has been derailing the investigation because the Mr. Hoble is politically well-connected. It said that based on her complaint, an FIR was registered on Wednesday against the three. Ms. Shirodkar says that she fears the police may not serious offences of unlawful restraint, illegal confinement and extortion against the accused. She has sought directions to the police to investigate the case properly, and that the court monitor the probe. Meanwhile, the Goa BJP on Thursday said Mr. Hoble was being targeted. “The BJP strongly condemns the attitude of the vested elements and the opposition Congress, who are trying to make capital out of a family matter to malign the name of the party and its vice-president Anil Hoble, who is a reputed leader of the bahujan samaj (masses) with a number of years of dedicated social service to his credit,” State BJP president Vinay Tendulkar said in a statement.last_img read more

Sadabhau Khot expelled for ‘anti-party’ activities

first_imgMaharashtra Minister of State for Agriculture and Marketing Sadabhau Khot was formally expelled on Monday from the Raju Shetti-led Swabhimani Paksha for allegedly indulging in anti-party activities. Mr. Khot, who was the tallest leader in the party after Mr. Shetti, is expected to join the Bharatiya Janata Party. The announcement was made by Swabhimani Paksha leader Dashrath Sawant who headed a four-member inquiry panel against Mr. Khot. Mr. Sawant said, “His actions have tarnished the party’s image. Besides, his activities have discredited the party’s standing among farmers.” Under the scannerLast month, Mr. Khot had been grilled by the core committee members of his party for allegedly indulging in anti-party activities. He then said he would never again appear in front of such ‘inquisitions’. The Minister was reportedly asked to clarify his stance on a number of thorny issues including alleged soft-pedalling on part of the BJP government to resolve the farmers’ agitation.The ouster marks the end of an eight-month-long rift between Mr. Shetti and Mr. Khot who have been comrades since 2004. Both of them are noted leaders in the farmers’ movement in the State and Mr. Khot has been associated with the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana since the 1990s. The rift came out in the open after Mr. Shetti censured Mr. Khot for failing to actively agitate with farmers and remaining conspicuously absent from the Swabhimani Paksha’s protest against the BJP government on the tur dal issue. Mr. Khot also reportedly failed to attend Mr. Shetti’s Atmaklesh Yatra (introspection rally), which was targeted at the State government.Mr. Khot was the only representative of the Swabhimani Paksha in the Fadnavis cabinet. Mr. Shetti joined hands with the BJP before the 2014 Lok Sabha election and has since publicly repented being part of the alliance. Mr. Khot gravitated towards the BJP following his spat with Mr. Shetti. Observers say with Mr. Khot’s expulsion, Mr. Shetti may consider pulling out of the BJP.Last month, there appeared to be a signal of cooling ties after Mr. Shetti, while speaking in Solapur, expressed confidence that Mr. Khot would not leave the Swabhimani Paksha. Ties hit rock bottomThe two have been at loggerheads following the Kolhapur Zilla Parishad elections. Mr. Khot was said to be disgruntled after Mr. Shetti objected to nominating his son, Sagar Khot, to contest the polls. In June, their relations hit rock bottom after Mr. Khot returned a sum of money that Mr. Shetti had once lent to help his family.last_img read more

Olympic Bound US Tops Brazil 89-73, Gains World Cup Quarters (Video)

first_imgSHENZHEN, China (AP) — The first mission for the U.S. is complete: The Americans are going to the Tokyo Olympics.And now the World Cup quarterfinals await.Kemba Walker and Myles Turner each scored 16 points, and the Americans earned a top seed for the quarterfinals by beating Brazil 89-73 on Monday in the final second-round game of the tournament.The U.S., bidding to become the first nation to win three consecutive World Cups, will face France on Wednesday — and won’t have to go through any extra qualifying tournament next summer for the Olympics.“We’re thrilled that we’ve qualified for the Olympics,” said U.S. coach Gregg Popovich, who will lead the Americans in Tokyo next summer as well. “With this new situation in qualifying, you don’t want to do that every year. That’s a pretty big grind.”It was a win three nations could celebrate: The U.S. victory not only resulted in an Olympic berth but also clinched an Olympic spot for Argentina and a quarterfinal spot for the Czech Republic. The Czechs moved on despite losing earlier Monday to NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greece.Brazil’s Anderson Varejao fights for the ball against United States’ Derrick White at left and United States’ Jaylen Brown at right during a match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)The Czech Republic grabbed the last place in the round of eight via a three-team, points-differential tiebreaker over Greece and Brazil after they all went 3-2 in group play.“It’s already been a dream,” Czech guard Tomas Satoransky said.Greece defeated the Czech Republic 84-77 in Shenzhen, an outcome that meant the U.S. went into the Brazil game assured a spot in the quarters. All that was at stake was seeding and where it was going, either to nearby Dongguan by bus or back on a plane to Shanghai.Get the bus ready. France, a 100-98 loser to Australia on Monday, awaits the U.S. on Wednesday in the quarterfinals. Other quarterfinal matchups: Spain vs. Poland and Serbia vs. Argentina on Tuesday, and Australia vs. the Czech Republic on Wednesday.The only way to stay in the mix for gold now is to keep winning. That’s the approach the Americans — likening the World Cup feel to an NBA Finals feel — have carried throughout the tournament anyway.“Pop talked about how this is June, this is June basketball,” U.S. guard Joe Harris said. “That’s what our mentality has got to be like.”United States’ Jaylen Brown keeps the ball from Brazil’s Anderson Varejao during a match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)Jaylen Brown scored 11 and Harrison Barnes added 10 for the U.S. (5-0).The U.S. opened on a 14-7 run, then led by as many as eight late in the half — yet went into the break with only a 43-39 lead, unable to shake Brazil despite shooting 55 percent in the opening 20 minutes thanks largely to Walker and Turner. They were 9 for 11 in the half from the floor combined, while their teammates were 9 for 22.Eventually, the Americans pulled away.Marcus Smart’s buzzer-beating, hand-in-his-face 3-pointer to beat the third quarter horn put the U.S. up 11, and a 15-6 run to start the fourth — mostly by getting to the rim, including back-to-back scores by Barnes, and capped by a 3-pointer from Walker — put the game away and gave the Americans an 83-62 lead with 5:50 left.“For most of the game we played them tough,” Brazil forward Anderson Varejao said. “But in the end, we couldn’t keep up.”TIP-INSU.S.: The U.S. pushed its winning streak in major international tournaments — Olympics, World Cup and FIBA Americas — with NBA players to 58 straight games. … Walker, who missed the morning shootaround with an illness, was in the starting lineup. … The Olympic berth was clinched because automatic spots go to the top two World Cup finishers from the Americas region, and the U.S. and Argentina are the lone quarterfinalists out of that group. … Smart, who has twice battled leg issues this summer, limped to the bench in the fourth quarter in obvious discomfort. He was walking normally not long afterward.Brazil: Vitor Benite led Brazil with 21, and well-known NBA names Anderson Varejao and Leandro Barbosa each had 14. … Brazil has lost seven consecutive meetings with the Americans now, but always seems to be a thorny opponent for the U.S. in the World Cup. The teams’ last meeting in 2010, a 70-68 U.S. win, went down to the final second and a missed shot by Barbosa. And Brazil topped the U.S. in four consecutive meetings at worlds from 1959 through 1970.TOKYO-BOUNDThe U.S. men will be in the Olympics for the 19th time next summer, extending their record. The only Olympic basketball tournament that didn’t have the Americans was at Moscow in 1980, when the U.S. boycotted. The U.S. is 18 for 18 in earning medals — 15 gold, one silver and two bronze.Brazil’s fans cheer during a match against the United States for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)PETROVIC EJECTEDBrazil coach Aleksandar Petrovic was ejected in the second quarter after picking up his second technical foul. His first came midway through the first quarter after arguing a kicked-ball call, then waving his hand dismissively at a referee’s warning to calm down. The second came when Varejao had a clear lane to the basket, got cut off by Turner and no foul got called — so he went off, and was sent off.UP NEXTU.S.: Face France in quarterfinals Wednesday at Dongguan, China.Brazil: Tournament complete.___By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Premier League: Harry Kane’s 200th goal in vain as Southampton stun Tottenham Hotspur

first_imgPremier League: Harry Kane’s 200th goal in vain as Southampton stun Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur were humbled to a 2-1 by Southampton despite Harry Kane scoring a personal milestone of 200 career goals. Jamie Vardy too scored his 100th goal for Leicester City in their 3-1 home win over Fulham.advertisement Reuters LondonMarch 10, 2019UPDATED: March 10, 2019 09:27 IST Harry Kane scores his 200th goal for club and country by Spurs lost 1-2 to Southampton (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTottenham Hotspur were humbled to a 1-2 defeat by Southampton awayHarry Kane recorded a personal milestone of 200 career goals – for club and countryJamie Vardy too scored his 100th goal for Leicester City as they beat Fulham 3-1England captain Harry Kane scored the 200th goal of his career but his milestone was eclipsed as Tottenham Hotspur squandered a lead in a game they were dominating before suffering a 2-1 Premier League defeat at Southampton on Saturday.On a day when Jamie Vardy scored his 100th goal for Leicester City in their 3-1 home win over Fulham, Kane enjoyed his own landmark moment at St Mary’s – his 200th in all matches for clubs and country – to put Spurs ahead.Yet it was to prove an unhappy return to his old St Mary’s stamping ground for Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino who, serving the first of a two-match touchline ban, saw his side capitulate to two late goals in five minutes from Yan Valery and James Ward-Prowse.Ward-Prowse’s stunning free kick winner left Spurs third on 61 points, still 10 behind leaders Manchester City, who were hosting Watford later on Saturday, and nine behind Liverpool, who entertain Burnley on Sunday.The win also dented Spurs’ hopes in an ever-tighter top-four battle for Champions League places as they remain just three points ahead of their nearest pursuers Manchester United, who play at fifth-placed Arsenal on Sunday.Southampton’s late turnaround, though, earned them crucial points in the fight to avoid relegation, just as Cardiff City were able to celebrate an equally important 2-0 win over West Ham United thanks to goals from Junior Hoilett and Victor Camarasa.Crystal Palace 1-2 BrightonThe Seagulls completed a first #PL double over their rivals on Saturday #CRYBHA pic.twitter.com/u2O8XFlgzuadvertisementPremier League (@premierleague) March 9, 2019Fellow strugglers Brighton & Hove Albion also had reason to cheer as a dazzling individual goal from Anthony Knockaert sealed their 2-1 win at fierce rivals Crystal Palace.Cardiff 2-0 West HamThe Bluebirds earned a first-ever #PL win against West Ham and are just two points from safety#CARWHU pic.twitter.com/2ZtA4t1LdtPremier League (@premierleague) March 9, 2019Cardiff’s win was not enough to take the 18th-placed side out of the bottom three but they are just two points behind Burnley and Southampton (30 points) while Brighton joined Palace on 33.Newcastle 3-2 EvertonThe Magpies became only the 2nd team to overhaul a 2-0 deficit against Everton at home – matching the achievement of Spurs in September 2000#NEWEVE pic.twitter.com/dIkxDb60RTPremier League (@premierleague) March 9, 2019Newcastle United pushed clear of the struggling pack into 13th place with an astonishing comeback from two down at halftime to beat Everton 3-2, with a goal from Salomon Rondon and a late double from Ayoze Perez, that earned them a fifth straight league win at St James’ Park.Leicester 3-1 FulhamJamie Vardy netted his 100th goal in all competitions for the Foxes as Brendan Rodgers won his 1st home match in charge#LEIFUL pic.twitter.com/ybx5G43CnWPremier League (@premierleague) March 9, 2019There seems, however, no hope now for Fulham, under their caretaker manager Scott Parker, after their defeat at Leicester, whose own new boss Brendan Rodgers was grateful for Vardy’s late double.The brace ensured the England striker became the first player to achieve a three-figure tally of goals for the Foxes since Gary Lineker.Fulham are in 19th place on 17 points with their plight only topped by Huddersfield Town’s after the Terriers remained three points further adrift following their 2-0 home defeat by Bournemouth.Read More | Raheem Sterling hat-trick sends Manchester City four clear of LiverpoolFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 Tags :Follow Premier leagueFollow Harry KaneFollow 200 goalsFollow SouthamptonFollow Tottenham HotspurFollow Jamie VardyFollow 100 goalsFollow Leicester CityFollow FulhamFollow Brighton & Hove AlbionFollow Crystal PalaceFollow Newcastle UnitedFollow EvertonFollow Huddersfield TownFollow Bournemouth Nextlast_img read more

North Korea Threatens Action Over Freighter Held by Mexico

first_imgA North Korea-flagged general cargo ship Mu Du Bong and its crew have been illegally detained in Mexico since July 2014, and North Korea will undertake ”necessary measures” to release it, the country’s Deputy UN Ambassador An Myong Hun was reported by Reuters as saying. The 6,700-ton freighter ran aground and damaged a reef 7.5 miles northeast off the Port of Tuxpan on July 14, while sailing from Havana, Cuba. The ship and its 50 crew have been detained in Tuxpan after the vessel was linked to a UN-blacklisted Ocean Maritime Management Company.An Myong said that North Korea compensated Mexico for the damages to the reef, and that Mu Du Bong is not owned and operated by the blacklisted Ocean Maritime Management Company. Therefore, the sanctions imposed on the company by the UN do not apply to the vessel, according to An Myong.Describing the detention as a ”rampant violation of the dignified sovereignty” of North Korea, An Myong said Mu Du Bong was a ”peaceful and legitimate” commercial ship.However, the UN’s sanctions violation panel coordinator Hugh Griffiths described the case as a ”slam dunk,” saying that there was ample evidence to link the vessel to the Ocean Maritime Management Company.The Ocean Maritime Management Company was blacklisted by the UN last July after one of its ships, the Chong Chon Gang, was arrested in Panama carrying arms hidden under tons of Cuban sugar.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Changing Lives Through Learning

first_img “Anytime there is an opportunity to highlight what a great resource we have in our libraries and partner within our communities is important,” said Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “It’s great that there is a week designated to adult learning. Our regional libraries are available year-round, offering a wide range of programs and activities that support literacy for everyone.” For more information on adult learning in Nova Scotia, go to http://careers.novascotia.ca or call 1-877-go-NSSAL (1-877-466-7725). Books2Eat, a reading and eating cake event held at McConnell Library in Sydney a keynote address by Writer-in-Residence author Sheree Fitch at the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library a book club gathering of the Hantsport Library Book Club to discuss Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan. Four adult learners are being recognized for sharing their powerful stories about how learning has changed their lives. Stephanie Paul, from Eskasoni First Nation; Mamawa Kamara of Halifax; Scott Vaughan, of Bridgewater; and Linda Larade, from Dingwall, were recognized at a Literacy Nova Scotia event today, April 4, in Halifax. More than 50 students submitted essays as part of a contest to celebrate adult learning. “My family looks at me in a more positive way because I am doing something to better my life,” said Ms. Paul. “I have received many positive comments and am seen as a role model. I have a new appreciation of life and all it has to offer.” Learners talked about gaining confidence by returning to school and experiencing success. Ms. Kamara has learned to read and write, is able to tutor her children, find employment and send money home to her family in Africa. “I have the confidence to further my education, to become independent and be a better mother,” said Ms. Kamara. Mr. Vaughan continues to learn every day. His poem told of the different ways people learn and of having pride in successes. Ms. Larade has become a much stronger, independent woman who believes there are no boundaries with learning. “These individuals have proven to themselves and others the positive impact that learning can have at any age,” said Kelly Regan, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “They now have the tools to access new learning and career opportunities, and the confidence of knowing they can achieve whatever they set their minds to.” “Literacy Nova Scotia supports learning wherever it happens, in workplaces, communities, classrooms and within families,” said Jayne Hunter, executive director, Literacy Nova Scotia. “Our contest winners are ambassadors of adult learning, their submissions speak of change and optimism, and are an inspiration to us all.” International Adult Learner’s Week, which runs through Sunday, celebrates the achievements of adult learners, the organizations that support them and the value and rewards of life-long learning. The province’s regional libraries have been hosting Adult Learning Week activities all week, including:last_img read more

Chief Medical Officer Addresses National Summit on Opioid Use

first_imgThe recent national summit into the opioid crisis in Canada emphasized two distinct, but related, issues unfolding here in our province and across the country. We have an increase of opioid overdoses and overdose deaths related to the arrival in Canada of illicit fentanyl in street drug supplies. But we also have a problem with the significant increase in prescriptions of opioids for pain treatment. Part of our response to this serious public health problem is accepting that people struggling with drug addictions and abuse must be treated with dignity and respect – the same as any other person dealing with a health issue. These are our young people, our neighbours and our most vulnerable, and they live beside us in our communities. The prescription of opioids within the health care system over the past 20 years has created large numbers of people who are dependent on opioids, many of whom shifted to prescription and/or illicit fentanyl when changes were made to the formulation of Oxycontin. The current situation highlights the complexity of the issues we are dealing with and the need to move carefully to change opioid prescribing and pain management practices to avoid having more people accessing illicit opioids. Nova Scotia has begun developing a coordinated response. A joint statement of action to address the opioid crisis was agreed upon at the national summit, and Nova Scotia is a key part of that plan. At the summit, Health Minister Leo Glavine committed to advancing our existing opioid misuse and overdose response, while supporting a national response. Nova Scotia doesn’t have the number of overdoses and overdose deaths being experienced in British Columbia and Alberta, but we have had 49 overdose deaths so far this year. Those are 49 families and communities forever changed. It is also a tremendous strain on an already taxed health-care system. Opioid overdoses are overwhelming emergency services and departments, and needlessly taking lives. This is most acute in the western provinces, but it is moving east. The response requires international police and border security efforts to cut off the supply of illicit fentanyl from China. It requires widespread implementation of safer consumption sites, ready access to naloxone, better access to evidence-based opioid addiction treatment, and enhanced monitoring to track progress across the country. Our response also requires fundamental changes in how pain, mental health and addiction issues are handled in the health-care system, and how primary care is structured to allow treatment of the whole individual by collaborative teams and practices. A key component is going back to basics with a greater focus on creating healthy and supportive families and communities as the backbone of improving our collective health. Fundamental changes in these areas will lead to substantive improvements in our health-care system and are part of the overall transformation currently underway. -30-last_img read more

First Construction Tender Issued for Expansion of Dartmouth General Hospital

first_imgThe first tender for construction services at the Dartmouth General Hospital was issued today, March 14. This expansion and renovation is part of the QEII redevelopment project. The tender is for site services, excavation, underground services, foundations and structural concrete for the new addition and a new emergency generator building. It also includes renovation of the loading dock area, elevators for the new addition and relocation of the bulk oxygen storage tanks. The expansion and renovations at the Dartmouth General will result in space for 48 beds on the fifth floor plus eight new operating rooms to replace four existing operating rooms and extensive upgrades to outpatient and diagnostic imaging areas. This is in addition to work already underway on the third and fourth floors. The deadline for submissions is April 13. Details of the tender are available at http://novascotia.ca/tenders/tenders/ns-tenders.aspx. Additional tenders for construction services are expected to be released later this year. This construction is expected to begin in May but work is already taking place in preparation for the expansion and renovation project. Ongoing work can be viewed online at https://youtu.be/NVCRMbbXyI0. The cost estimate for the entire Dartmouth General Hospital project remains between $132 million and $138 million. The QEII redevelopment includes projects at the Halifax Infirmary, Dartmouth General Hospital, Hants Community Hospital and other sites that will support the eventual closure of the Centennial and Victoria buildings in Halifax. For updates on the QEII redevelopment project, go to http://QE2redevelopment.ca.last_img read more

China ups tariff on US wine pianos condoms

first_imgBeijing: Condoms, perfume, wine and pianos are among a cocktail of American products that will be hit by a steep increase in Chinese tariffs on Saturday as Beijing retaliates in an escalating trade war. The move will cap a week that was marked by a heated war of words and Chinese threats to curb exports of rare earths, which are key to US tech industries, after President Donald Trump blacklisted telecom giant Huawei. Washington and Beijing resumed their tariffs battle earlier this month after trade talks in Washington ended without a deal, with the US side accusing Chinese negotiators of reneging on previous commitments. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe countries have exchanged tariffs on $360 billion in two-way trade so far. Trump more than doubled punitive tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods to 25 per cent, and launched the process to hit nearly all remaining imports from the Asian country. China responded by announcing that it would increase tariffs on $60 billion in American products on June 1, giving some room for a potential resolution which has not materialised. Since then, China has warned that the US must show “sincerity” if negotiations are to resume and angry officials accused Washington this week of engaging in “naked economic terrorism.” The US tariffs appear to have already had an impact on Chinese manufacturing activity, which contracted more than expected this month, official data showed on Friday. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefNow China is hitting back Saturday with tariffs ranging from five per cent to 25 per cent on 5,410 products. Those facing the 25 per cent hike include: Beauty products such as perfume, eye makeup and lipstick. Kitchenware such as ovens, microwaves and coffee machines. Sports equipment including tennis table balls, badminton rackets and footballs. Pianos and string instruments. Liquor including gin, wine and tequila. Other items include condoms, diamonds, industrial robots, tires, fabric, wood and toys.last_img read more

North American stock indexes stumble as loonie hits 6week high

first_imgTORONTO – Mining stocks and financials weighed on Canada’s main stock index Tuesday as U.S. markets also fell into the red, while the Canadian dollar gained ground.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 53.35 points to 15,915.68 in a broad-based decline that included the materials, gold and base metals sectors.In commodities, the February gold contract fell US$12.80 to US$1,264.90 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 14 cents to US$2.95 a pound.It was also a negative day for financial institutions, as the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) wrapped up the big banks’ earnings season Tuesday with a drop in profits, which were hit by reinsurance claims related to hurricanes Irma, Maria and Harvey during the quarter ended Oct. 31. The Canadian lender’s net income slipped to $1.23 billion, down from $1.35 billion during the same period a year earlier.Canada’s other big banks also saw losses, including Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD), which was down 1.32 per cent, and Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS), which was down 0.59 per cent.“The banks are all a little weak today but if you look at the operating results the banks have reported we have seen fairly strong results from the vast majority of the banks,” said Colum McKinley, vice-president and portfolio manager of Canadian equities at CIBC Asset Management Inc.“And despite some concerns people have had about the Canadian economy and about housing and the effect that would have on the Canadian banks, we’ve seen fairly good results out of their underlying businesses so we continue to be encouraged by the results that we see being reported.”The energy sector was the lone bright spot among major sectors on the TSX, as the price of oil recovered modestly after a sharp drop on Monday. The January crude contract advanced 15 cents to US$57.62 per barrel.Elsewhere in commodities, the January natural gas contract retreated seven cents to US$2.91 per mmBTU.“There is a bit of a divergence in the energy space,” McKinley noted. “There continues to be a near-term challenge on getting gas to markets effectively and concerns about growing oversupply. And so we’re likely to see that weigh on these stocks in the coming months and quarters.”South of the border, Wall Street fell into the red after a recovery for technology stocks lost ground. Telecom stocks, utilities and industrial companies had the market’s sharpest losses.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 109.41 points to 24,180.64. The S&P 500 index edged down 9.87 points to 2,629.57 and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 13.16 points to 6,762.21.Tech stocks began stumbling last week as expectations ramped up for Washington to push through an overhaul of the tax system. Technology companies already pay some of the lowest effective tax rates of companies in the S&P 500, so they have less to gain from the proposal.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 78.86 cents US, up 0.09 of a U.S. cent, ahead of Wednesday’s Bank of Canada interest rate announcement.That’s the highest level for the loonie in six weeks when it closed at an average trading price of $78.95 cents US on Oct. 24.– With a file from The Associated Press.Note to readers: CORRECTS TSX closing numberslast_img read more

Metis taking Manitoba government to court in hydro spat after talks break

first_imgWINNIPEG – The Manitoba Metis Federation says it is taking the province to court in a dispute over planned hydro projects.Metis federation president David Chartrand met Tuesday with Crown Services Minister Cliff Cullen and Manitoba Hydro to discuss a deal between the federation and the Crown utility.In March, Premier Brian Pallister quashed a $67-million deal that had been negotiated between the federation and Manitoba Hydro to help support a transmission line to Minnesota. The premier called it “persuasion money.”The federation said at the time it would file for a judicial review to overturn the decision because, it argued, the agreement was legally binding.“We were hoping that the province would have come forward with a position of an olive branch, given that we believe strongly that the agreement was negotiated between ourselves and Hydro,” said Chartrand.“They are not willing to sit down and they are going to overrule Hydro, which we believe they don’t have the legal right to do.”He said the federation has given its lawyers the green light to go ahead with court action, probably within the next week.Cullen said the two sides have agreed to disagree on the matter.“They feel it was an agreement,” he said. “Our understanding is that it’s really a proposal.”Cullen said the ball is in the Metis federation’s court.“It’s really up to them on how they want to proceed,” he said. “We’ll wait and see what their undertaking is.”Despite the disagreement on the transmission line, Cullen said the government is committed to consulting with the Metis federation.Nine of 10 Hydro board members resigned in March over what they said was Pallister’s refusal to meet with them to discuss important issues, including Indigenous rights.last_img read more

FTC moves to halt Staples purchase of Office Depot office suppliers plan

by The Associated Press Posted Dec 7, 2015 11:49 am MDT Last Updated Dec 7, 2015 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Federal Trade Commission said Monday that it is seeking to block the proposed combination of Staples and Office Depot because the deal would reduce competition in the office supplies market. The companies said they plan to fight to preserve the deal.Shares of the two office supply retailers fell sharply.The FTC said corporations rely on Staples and Office Depot to buy pens, paper clips and other supplies at low prices. A deal between Staples and Office Depot would cut competition and lead to higher prices, the FTC said. The decision comes 10 months after Staples offered to buy rival Office Depot for $6.3 billion.Staples and Office Depot said they plan to show that the FTC’s decision is based on “a flawed analysis and misunderstanding” of the competitive landscape the companies deal with.The pair argue that competition has become even tougher since Office Depot and OfficeMax merged in 2013 and that the FTC is contradicting itself because it said that the office supply market was highly competitive two years ago.Office Depot Chairman and CEO Roland Smith said Staples and Office Depot plan to pursue legal options in order to complete the deal.Staples is based in Framingham, Massachusetts, while Office Depot is based in Boca Raton, Florida.Shares of Staples Inc. fell $1.70, or 14 per cent, to close at $10.66 Monday. Shares of Office Depot Inc. fell $1.05, or 16 per cent, to close at $5.59. FTC moves to halt Staples’ purchase of Office Depot, office suppliers plan to fight for deal FILE – This combination made with 2009 file photos shows signage for a Staples store in Springfield, Ill., top, and an Office Depot store in Miami Springs, Fla. The Federal Trade Commission said Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, that it is seeking to block the proposed combination of Staples and Office Depot because the deal would reduce competition in the office supplies market. The companies say they plan to fight to preserve the deal. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, Alan Diaz, File) read more

Kootenay Silver considers SILVOX process for La Cigarra silver deposit

first_imgKootenay Silver reports additional leach testing of oxide and sulphide silver mineralization has begun on bulk samples from its La Cigarra silver deposit in Chihuahua State, Mexico, applying the proprietary SILVOX Technologies process. The purpose of the Phase II Program is to determine if silver mineralization at La Cigarra is amenable to low cost heap leach processing using the SILVOX process, which could have a positive impact on potential capital requirements and operating costs. Previous metallurgical work was focused on silver recovery through production of a concentrate via conventional floatation. This work was very positive achieving recoveries up to 88% silver producing a high grade lead-silver concentrate that graded 34% Pb and 23,000 g/t Ag for every tonne of concentrate.The Phase II Program was initiated based on positive results from preliminary metallurgical testing of the oxide mineralization hosted within the La Cigarra deposit that showed a significant improvement in silver recoveries when using standard leaching with the SILVOX process, versus industry standard leaching without the SILVOX process.The metallurgical test work is part of a larger comprehensive approach to the La Cigarra property aimed at maximizing the project’s near and long-term economic viability through resource expansion and optimization of the existing silver deposit. Silvox Technologies is a Canadian private company providing a proprietary process (SILVOX) that enhances silver recoveries by simply augmenting standard heap leach technology and conventional milling methods. The process requires minimal capital investment and has been confirmed with certified lab testing and associated fieldwork on several deposits over the past two years. Test results show additional silver recoveries of up to 30% with potential attractive profit margins for increased recovery over processing costs. Successful introduction of SILVOX could make an economic project more robust or mean the difference between a sub-economic project and one that is economically viable. Kootenay Silver Inc. is an exploration company actively engaged in the discovery and development of mineral projects in the Sierra Madre Region of Mexico and in British Columbia, Canada. It is supported by one of the largest portfolios of silver assets in Mexico.last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Friday

first_imgEACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you hit the road.1. #ROCK THE VOTE: Polling stations opened bright and early around the country and voting is underway. Turnout so far is above 10 per cent according to RTÉ but there are still five hours left to vote if you haven’t already.2. #SCHOOL’S OUT: Around 80 staff will lose their jobs and 450 students will be affected by today’s announcement that All Hallows College will close with immediate effect.3. #ENSLAVED: One of the women who was held captive by Ariel Castro for over a decade said she was “the punching bag, the sex toy, the maid” and described a day in the basement as “pure hell”.4. #ABUSE: The case of a woman convicted of “chronic neglect and other abuse” of her children is a reminder that child abuse takes place all across the country, the ISPCC said today.5. #DIGNITY: A coroner in Cork praised a woman who lost her entire family, as a result of a car crash involving a suicidal driver, for her work in the area of suicide risk assessment since the tragedy occurred RTÉ reports.last_img read more

Record labels join forces against Grooveshark

first_imgGrooveshark has the biggest and best library of any music streaming service. This statement could easily be made with more than a hint of sarcasm; unlike licensed services Spotify, Rdio, and Mog, Grooveshark operates on shaky legal ground, dancing around the blurry edges of the DMCA. Universal has been trying to sue the pants off of the service for some time now, but it has now been joined in the lawsuit by fellow labels Sony and Warner Music Group.Grooveshark’s unspoken strategy has been to gain popularity through unlicensed content, and then use that to buy its way into legitimacy. The approach has shown signs of working, as the company signed a deal with EMI in 2009. Universal, however, launched a copyright infringement lawsuit in early 2010, and another last month. The more recent lawsuit is asking for $150,000 per alleged infringement — $17 billion total — from Grooveshark; this is the suit that the other labels have piled onto.Why the sudden piling on? Music streaming services has exploded in popularity this year, and the labels want to make sure customers’ only options are the ones that are paying up. But the biggest reason for the lawsuit surge relates to alleged leaked emails. They supposedly document Grooveshark employees uploading music themselves and intentionally taking their old sweet time with DMCA takedown requests. The labels have always hated Grooveshark, but now they think their case against them is stronger.Will this be the end of our favorite quasi-legal subscription service? Not necessarily. There are parallels to Viacom’s 2007 lawsuit against YouTube, which was ultimately thrown out. That judge ruled that Google’s service was protected by the “safe harbor” provision of the DMCA. This allows services like YouTube to host potentially-infringing content, as long as the company responds to copyright holders’ takedown requests. Grooveshark’s biggest problem might be the alleged email leaks: evidence of a company deliberately flipping the bird to copyright holders could spell trouble.No matter the end result, the legal battles aren’t likely to end anytime soon. Grooveshark is still here, and will probably still be here months from now. If you’re a subscriber, enjoy; just don’t be shocked if you have to find a new service a year or two from now.via ReadWriteWeblast_img read more

LiPad pèse lourd dans les ventes de tablettes en France

first_imgL’iPad pèse lourd dans les ventes de tablettes en FranceLa tablette tactile d’Apple se taille la part du lion des ventes de ce type de terminaux dans l’Hexagone.Jusque-là difficiles à estimer, les ventes de tablettes tactiles en France ont été pour la première fois comptabilisées par le très sérieux cabinet d’études GfK. Depuis mars 2010 et le lancement de l’iPad, pas moins de 435.000 tablettes se seraient écoulées dans l’Hexagone. Et comme on pouvait s’en douter, le produit de la marque à la pomme est numéro 1 sur ce marché.Ainsi, GfK estime que sur les 435.000 appareils ayant trouvé preneur, 370.000 sont des iPads, soit 85% des ventes. A titre de comparaison, la Galaxy Tab de Samsung, deuxième au classement des ventes et principale concurrente de l’iPad, ne pèse que 50.000 unités. Autre information à tirer de cette étude, les ventes de tablettes nuisent surtout à celles des netbooks et des ordinateurs portables.Le 27 janvier 2011 à 11:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Houston School Board To Start Interviews With Superintendent Candidates

first_imgThe Houston Independent School District has been hunting for a new superintendent for months. This weekend trustees will start to interview candidates.They are scheduled to gather Friday and Saturday to talk with candidates to lead the state’s largest school district, according to the board’s publicly announced meetings.But the interviews and the candidates themselves won’t be made public. They’ll meet at a business office away from HISD headquarters.To guide the search, HISD hired a firm to ask community members what they wanted and develop a leadership profile.That wish list includes someone who’s focused on the community, who is culturally competent and racially sensitive and someone has experience working in a large school system.HISD is looking to replace longtime superintendent Terry Grier, who retired in February. The district’s chief financial officer Ken Huewitt has stepped in as interim schools chief since then. Sharelast_img read more

Fed Chair Visits Houstons Fifth Ward To Show Support For HarveyRavaged Communities

first_img 00:00 /00:48 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listencenter_img Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell’s visit to Houston’s Fifth Ward on Thursday was meant to be a “listening tour.”He stopped by an affordable housing site, a college prep school and the historic DeLuxe Theater on Lyons Avenue.He then listened to community leaders and asked them questions about the recovery from Harvey.Powell said part of the Fed’s responsibility is defined in the Community Reinvestment Act, which encourages banks to meet the credit needs of lower-income communities.“And we’re only looking to make it more effective,” Powell said. “I know there’s a lot of concern and discomfort in some communities about that, but just know that’s where the Federal Reserve is.”Interest rates are a big concern for many of those who are still rebuilding after Harvey and took out loans. The Fed is expected to raise rates for the fourth time this year – a move for which President Donald Trump has criticized Powell. Abner Fletcher/Houston Public MediaFederal Reserve Bank Chairman Jerome Powell, center, visits with community leaders in the Fifth Ward Thursday, Nov. 15. 2018. last_img read more