Use the liquify tool in After Effects as a cunning way to give characters realistic emotions.Giving human-like emotions to 2D characters is a unique challenge. It has to be executed skillfully to feel ‘natural’. Unfortunately, for many motion designers this is too difficult or time consuming.We recently came across the following tutorial which offers up a unique approach for creating realistic character emotions in After Effects. The tutorial uses the liquify tool to animate create facial expressions in AE. Fundamentals covered include:Liquify ToolExpressionsRigging HairUsing the Puppet ToolAll of the techniques in this tutorial are applied to a still picture, but the liquify tool still works on live action footage and moving objects as well. If you have any uses for this technique let us know in the comments below!This tutorial was first shared by Daniel Gies on his Vimeo Page. Thanks for sharing Daniel!Have any tips for using this technique? Share in the comments below.
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LATEST STORIES Klay Thompson shook off a shooting slump to score 22 points and the Warriors pulled away late for another lopsided win.“They play well at home,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “They won their first two games like they’re supposed to. Coming to a tough environment, we knew it was going to be tough, but they won the first two games. We get a chance to go home now to our home crowd where we play well, also.”The Cavs began to turn things around last year after being outscored by 48 points in the first two losses in Oakland — seven more than this year. They split the two games at home before reeling off three straight wins to become the fourth team to win the title after losing the first two games.“They’re going keep to coming, man,” Curry said. “There is a lot of work for us left to do. And you got to expect them to play, obviously, better at home. And we’re going to need to play better to win on the road.”What was so discouraging for the Cavs is that they played better in Game 2 but the result didn’t really change. They went to a smaller lineup that contributed to Golden State committing 20 turnovers a game after tying a Finals record with four.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV The offense picked up thanks to 27 points from Kevin Love and the Cavs scored 22 more points than in the opener in a faster-paced game, but that also helped the Warriors improve their shooting from 43 percent to 52 percent as Cleveland had a weaker defensive on the floor.“We definitely have a sense of what they’re capable of, and we felt like a lot of times tonight we played better basketball,” Love said. “But they’re a team you cannot — you can’t let them go on runs.”The key one came late in the third quarter after Cleveland cut the deficit to four points. The Warriors followed with a 16-4 run that included 3-pointers from Curry and Thompson, a three-point play from Durant in transition and four points from Shaun Livingston.“That’s what they do,” James said. “That’s what Golden State does. If you make a mistake — like I said, we had a turnover, it came from me, and then we had a miscue and the floods opened again.”The first two games have shown a stark difference in depth. While James has thrived so far and had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to tie Magic Johnson’s record with his eighth career Finals triple-double Sunday, he hasn’t gotten nearly enough help.Kyrie Irving scored 24 points in the opener and Love had a big day in Game 2, but starters Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith have been nearly invisible and the bench has offered little help.The Warriors, on the other hand, have gotten key contributions from their four All-Stars: Curry, Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, as well as from players like Livingston, Andre Iguodala and Zaza Pachulia at times to set an NBA record with 14 straight postseason wins.But after being so close last year and falling short, the Warriors know how difficult the next two will be.“It’s human nature to let your guard down, human nature, 2-0, everybody in the world ‘It’s over, it’s over,’” Livingston said. “No, it’s not over. We saw what happened last year. We’ve been here. The guys that were here last year understand it’s the hardest thing to do is to try to close out a series and we’ve got two more games to go. We need to take that mentality to Cleveland.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving, seated from left, LeBron James, Richard Jefferson, Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith sit on the bench during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, California. APOAKLAND, California — LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are headed home in a familiar spot after the first two games of the NBA Finals.Rather than reach back to last year’s championship comeback for a confidence boost, James’ focus is on figuring out what Cleveland must do to change its fortunes against a Warriors team that is fresher and far more dangerous this year, thanks to the addition of Kevin Durant.ADVERTISEMENT “They’re a different team,” James said following a 132-113 loss in Game 2 on Sunday (Monday Manila time) that put Cleveland in an 0-2 hole.That’s been quite evident through two games. Durant leads all players with 71 points the first two games — six more than the player he replaced in the lineup, Harrison Barnes, scored in seven games a year ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDurant’s scoring has taken pressure off Stephen Curry and allowed the Warriors to withstand Cleveland runs so well that they haven’t trailed after the first quarter in either game.A healthy Curry followed up a 28-point Game 1 with his first postseason triple-double on Sunday with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. He looks more like a two-time MVP than the hobbled player he was in last year’s Finals. View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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WASHINGTON — New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot found himself in a difficult spot, facing a 5-on-3 power play with two of the NHL’s top three scorers on the ice for the Washington Capitals.With a flick of the wrist March 11, Talbot came through with a tough-as-can-be stop, helping the Rangers move atop the Metropolitan Division with a 3-1 victory over Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and the rest of the Capitals.Ovechkin scored his 45th goal and 21st on a power play — both best in the NHL — but otherwise was quieted by the Rangers.Of Talbot’s 28 saves, the most spectacular was his glove grab early in the second period of a close-in shot from Backstrom during a scoreless two-man advantage for Washington that lasted 78 seconds. Talbot snatched the puck right at the goal line. The play was reviewed and the original ruling of no-goal stood.“I just kind of instinctively reached back, and luckily, it ended up in my glove,” said Talbot, who is 4-0-1 in his past five games and 12-2-3 since No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist went out with a neck injury. “To take away their momentum on their power play, which they feed off so much, was a big momentum boost for us, that’s for sure.”Capitals coach Barry Trotz agreed.“Anytime you’re 5-on-3 for a minute-plus, and you don’t score, and (they) get a big save from (their) goaltender,” Trotz said, “it lifts their bench.”Martin St. Louis, Carl Hagelin and J.T. Miller each scored for New York. Backstrom, who entered the day tied with Ovechkin for No. 2 in the league in points, was held scoreless.Most of the postgame chatter was about Talbot.“He made four brilliant saves that were Grade-A and kept us right there,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said, “and we were able to pull it off.”A night after a 2-1 victory at the New York Islanders, the Rangers moved a point ahead of their city rivals to take over first place with exactly a month left in the regular season.No club in the NHL has more points than the Rangers’ 91. “They’ve got the ‘mojo’ going right now,” Washington’s Matt Niskanen said.The Rangers were on the second half of a back-to-back during a season-long five-game road trip and the Capitals have been resting since March 7 during a season-long five-game homestand. Still, the visitors looked much more active and fresh.New York outshot Washington 24-13 through the first two periods, including 12-4 in the second.“I felt pretty good, actually,” Talbot said. “It took a little bit for my legs to get into it there. Once I made a few saves, I was able to settle down and just tried to not do too much and try to save my energy.”The Capitals were without two of their top five defensemen, Brooks Orpik (who missed his first game all season with a lower-body injury) and Mike Green (upper-body injury). They were forced to use youngsters Nate Schmidt and Cameron Schilling, instead.“I don’t think anyone looked out of place,” Washington defenseman Karl Alzner said.But the Capitals made a couple of mistakes — including defenseman John Carlson’s intercepted pass that set up St. Louis’ clincher with 2 1/2 minutes remaining — and that was enough to make the difference.Well, that — and Talbot’s “massive save,” as New York’s Marc Staal called it.(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
Antenova is now shipping its latest positioning antenna – Raptor, which achieves an extraordinary level of accuracy in the GNSS bands – pinpointing location to within centimetres.The Raptor is an embedded antenna for all positioning applications that require a greater level of accuracy. In particular it is ideal for emerging applications with autonomous vehicles, drones and other mobile devices where its enhanced positioning capability can, for example, indicate which side of the road a vehicle is on – which has not generally been possible with previous GNSS devices.The antenna will also be useful for applications in tracking, surveying and mapping. It requires a corresponding high precision GNSS receiver module – these are also newly available on the market to connect the Raptor antenna in a complete RF system. The Raptor antenna operates in the 1200MHz and 1600MHz GNSS satellite bands and is suitable for all global public constellations: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and Beidou. It supports the L2 1200MHz band in addition to the existing L1 and L5 bands.It is a single feed antenna in compact SMD form, measuring just 16.0 x 8.0 x 1.7mm, making this exciting antenna a practical choice for small electronic designs such as wearables and portable devices where space on the PCB may be restricted.The addition of the L2 frequency band combines multi-band satellite signal reception and GNSS correction data. This helps to mitigate position errors, greatly improving accuracy, especially in urban areas.Like Antenova’s other SMD antennas, the Raptor antenna is designed according to the company’s philosophy of Design for Integration (DFI) – meaning that the antenna has been designed to fit easily into a PCB, alongside other components. Antenova specialises in the design of SMD antennas and also provides expert integration and testing services for its customers. The Raptor antenna, part no SR4G053, is supplied in Tape and Reel.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Key requirements for AI fairnessNext Apacer: CV110-SD and CV110-MSD cards launched worldwide
Actor Barun Sobti is currently in Russia to attend an Indian film Festival. There, the actor met his young fan Elina Smile who was all excited to meet her favourite star. Elina isn’t just Barun’s fan but also a popular blogger who loves Indian TV shows and movies.As soon as Elina saw Barun, she rushed to him and gave him a tight hug. While her elder sister talked to Barun Sobti about her fondness for Barun, she kept holding him. She also danced to a song that Khushi (Sanaya Irani) sang in Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon and cutely pulled Barun’s cheeks.Elina Smile posted the video with an adorable note for Barun. It read, “Oh guys! It’s just not to describe in words how delighted I am! Yesterday was one of the best days in my life. I saw the actor, whose series I watched the very first in my life !!! Is Pyaar ko kya naam doon was my very first TV show! And he still remains my favorite It was awesome. Barun is so nice and kind !!! Just look at it! ?? @barunsobtisays #barunsobti Thank u so much! And special thanks @indianfilmsrussia.”View this post on InstagramOh guys! It’s just not to describe in words how delighted I am! Yesterday was one of the best days in my life I saw the actor, whose series I watched the very first in my life !!! Is Pyaar ko kya naam doon was my very first TV show! And he still remains my favorite It was awesome. Barun is so nice and kind !!! Just look at it! @barunsobtisays #barunsobti Thank u so much! and special thanks @indianfilmsrussia You are! what you do is amazing _____________ #ispyarkokyanaamdoon #ispyaarkokyanaamdoon # # # #sanayairani @sanayairaniadvertisementA post shared by (@elina_smile_official) on Jan 31, 2019 at 6:09am PSTBarun Sobti was last seen on TV in Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 3. Recently, the actor appeared in Alt Balaji’s The Great Indian Dysfunctional Family. Barun will soon be seen as a sports agent in movie 22 Yards. The film is all set to release on February 22.View this post on Instagram#Repost @elina_smile_live with @get_repost ! @barunsobtisays @sanayairani « » ____ @elina_smile_official !!!A post shared by (@indianfilmsrussia) on Jan 27, 2019 at 8:35am PSTAlso read | This actress will miss being married to Barun SobtiAlso read | Barun Sobti and Sanaya Irani starrer Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon is all set make a comeback
Transfers Pique wishes Griezmann the best following Barcelona snub Patric Ridge 05:44 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Atlético Madrid Barcelona Primera División Antoine Griezmann The France star has confirmed his decision to stay with the Europa League champions, but Barcelona defender has wished the forward well Gerard Pique has wished Antoine Griezmann success despite the Atletico Madrid star’s decision to snub Barcelona and remain at the Wanda Metropolitano beyond the World Cup.Griezmann made the announcement during a documentary aired on Thursday, with the film produced by Pique’s investment company Kosmos.France star Griezmann has long been linked with a move away from Atleti, with Barca holding talks with the 27-year-old’s representatives in the latter stages of the 2017-18 season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move However, Griezmann – whose brace against Marseille secured a Europa League triumph for Diego Simeone’s side in May – has elected to stay put, committing his future to Atleti as they look to secure a Champions League title.Writing on Twitter, Pique – likely to start in Spain’s World Cup opener against Portugal on Friday – thanked Griezmann for letting the documentary team witness his decision.”Another way to see the footballer’s life and his doubts to make the most important decision of his career,” Pique tweeted.”Thanks to the team at Kosmos Studios and especially to Griezmann for these last few weeks.”You decided to stay at Atleti and I hope you go great this season!”Otra manera de ver la vida del futbolista y sus dudas para tomar la decisión más importante de su carrera. Gracias al equipo de @Kosmos_Studios y en especial a @AntoGriezmann por estas últimas semanas. Decidiste quedarte en el @Atleti y espero que te vaya genial esta temporada!— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) June 14, 2018His “decision” behind him, Griezmann can now focus on the World Cup with France.Les Blues begin play in Group C against Australia on June 16.
Story Highlights The Government continues to place significant emphasis on reforming the sector in an effort to promote entrepreneurship and remove barriers hindering the establishment of small businesses. The Minister was speaking at the Magna Rewards 10th Anniversary celebration dinner on October 15 at the Terra Nova Hotel, St. Andrew. The Security of Interest in Personal Property Act will increase access to credit by allowing businesses to use assets such as intellectual property for collateral. Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says the sustained growth and development of the local economy lies in the strength of the Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (MSME) sector.He notes that, as such, the Government continues to place significant emphasis on reforming the sector in an effort to promote entrepreneurship and remove barriers hindering the establishment of small businesses.The Minister, who was speaking at the Magna Rewards 10th Anniversary celebration dinner on October 15 at the Terra Nova Hotel, St. Andrew, said the recently passed MSME and Entrepreneurship Policy aims to establish the framework for addressing some of the impediments to small enterprise development.“Entrepreneurship and innovation will play a critical role in transforming the local economy into one that is significantly more dynamic and robust, and one which offers growth opportunities for business enterprises,” he stated.Other key policies, as part of the Government’s support for the sector, include the Security of Interest in Personal Property Act, which will increase access to credit by allowing businesses to use assets such as intellectual property for collateral.Other notable improvements scheduled to come on stream include: the Insolvency Act, which will result in a reduction in the cost of failure in business, by absorbing much of the start-up risk; and the Trade Marks Act, geared at improving the business and commercial environments for the growth of creative industries.In the meantime, the Minister congratulated Magna Rewards on its 10th anniversary, noting that “10 years in business and 10 years of providing service to the Jamaican consumer is a solid and noteworthy milestone”.“(I commend you for being) Jamaica’s first loyalty programme, for being a trailblazer on the Jamaican business landscape and for adding value to the (spending power) of the Jamaican consumer,” he stated.Executive Vice President at the Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Limited., Wayne Powell, said while he was a “doubting Thomas” when Magna first approached the bank 10 years ago, he must now admit that the partnership “is the greatest thing to happen to Scotia Bank for many years”.“When we examine the benefits that Magna has passed on to our customers, we are extremely proud of our relations with Magna,” he stated.Chief Operating Officer, Bashco Trading Company, Elias Azan, also added to the praises, noting that collaboration with Magna was a good decision for his company. “Our customers absolutely love it, as it makes such a big difference to them, especially in today’s economy,” he said.General Manager, Magna Rewards Caribbean, Trevor Clarke, said over the years, he has seen many loyalty programmes come and go, but the sustained success of Magna “is a testament to the strong team and partners that we have on the programme”.He noted that the company started in Jamaica in 2003, with only a handful of partners, but 10 years later, that number has grown to over 70 partners with more than 200 locations islandwide.“Today, Magna has over 500,000 customers and card holders in Jamaica, who annually swipe their Magna cards five million times, and that equates to sales of over $20 billion here in Jamaica, every year,” he informed.He said the company issued over $227 million in vouchers to card holders in 2012 and, as it looks forward to the next 10 years, the team will continue to look for ways to improve the programme, to enhance the value to its customers and merchants.Magna Rewards is a Barbadian-based electronic loyalty programme designed to reward loyal customers for shopping at partnering companies. The programme enlists retail partners from a number of industries, including finance, insurance, supermarkets, pharmacies, security and services, and motor vehicle services.
lancer la candidature internationale du Canada aux Jeux du Commonwealth de 2014 à Halifax; présenter Halifax au plus grand nombre possible de délégués de la Fédération des Jeux du Commonwealth et de l’Association des Jeux du Commonwealth (AJC); apprendre le plus possible dans le cadre du programme des observateurs de Melbourne 2006. Les délégués aux Jeux de Melbourne de 2006 ont rencontré de nombreux représentants de l’Association des Jeux du Commonwealth, de la Fédération des Jeux du Commonwealth, de nombreux organismes sportifs nationaux et internationaux du Commonwealth, ainsi que des officiels d’équipe et des athlètes, dans un but commun, c’est-à-dire celui de leur présenter Halifax ainsi que les aspects positifs de la candidature d’Halifax aux Jeux du Commonwealth de 2014. « La présence du comité Halifax 2014 aux Jeux du Commonwealth de 2006 a grandement contribué à nous faire connaître. Avant ces Jeux, les gens de la communauté sportive internationale connaissaient très peu Halifax », a souligné M. Logan. « Tout le monde sait où se situent les villes de Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria et Vancouver parce que ces villes ont accueilli les Jeux du Commonwealth et les Jeux Olympiques. » Le comité Halifax 2014 a effectué des présentations formelles à la fois au Bureau exécutif de la Fédération des Jeux du Commonwealth et à l’Assemblée générale de l’AJC. Les délégués de l’AJC sont les délégués votants des 71 nations et territoires du Commonwealth. Les délégués qui ont participé au programme des observateurs de Melbourne 2004 ont assisté à des séances d’information sur une variété de sujets couvrant chacun des aspects de la planification et de la réalisation de jeux internationaux multisports, par exemple le côté technique des installations sportives, les services des médias, les transports, les cérémonies, la diffusion, les programmes éducatifs, la restauration et même la gestion des déchets. Les délégués d’Halifax ont obtenu des renseignements utiles qui aideront le comité Halifax 2014 à présenter le meilleur dossier de candidature possible en 2007. Au moment du voyage, l’équipe Halifax 2014 était en phase de formation. Sans budget complet pour la candidature internationale et sans plan stratégique complet, l’équipe de mise en candidature s’est engagée à traiter ce voyage comme un événement distinct. Tout investissement futur du comité Halifax 2014 sera considéré comme faisant partie de son plan stratégique et de son budget pour la candidature internationale. Les Jeux du Commonwealth sont un événement sportif et culturel d’envergure internationale qui se déroule tous les quatre ans avec des athlètes en provenance des 71 pays et territoires du Commonwealth. En décembre 2005, la ville d’Halifax a été retenue comme ville candidate du Canada aux Jeux du Commonwealth de 2014. Le comité Halifax 2014 est en compétition avec la ville de Glasgow, en Écosse, et la ville d’Abuja, au Nigeria. Il se concentre à l’heure actuelle sur ses efforts pour préparer et remporter la candidature internationale, qui sera décernée par la Fédération de Jeux du Commonwealth le 9 novembre 2007 au Sri Lanka. Le budget du voyage du comité de mise en candidature Halifax 2014 à Melbourne, en Australie, dans le cadre des Jeux du Commonwealth de 2006 (du 15 au 26 mars) a bien été respecté. « En mars, nous nous sommes engagés à publier les chiffres définitifs relatifs à la participation de la délégation du comité Halifax 2014 aux Jeux de Melbourne, et je suis heureux de constater que ces coûts sont de 47 372 $ de moins que prévu, soit un total de 454 228 $ », a affirmé le directeur général, Scott Logan. « L’équipe Halifax 2014 s’engage à être financièrement responsable et nous avons démontré encore une fois nous pouvons l’être tout en atteignant nos objectifs. » Le budget du voyage aux Jeux de Melbourne comprend quatre catégories principales : le déplacement et l’hébergement à 164 816 $; la promotion, les présentations, le divertissement et l’hospitalité à 242 161 $; la location de bureaux et d’équipement, ainsi que les opérations à 21 836 $; et le programme des observateurs à 25 415 $. Il s’agit de la deuxième fois que le comité Halifax 2014 respecte son budget. La phase de mise en candidature au niveau national avait été prévue à 750 000 $, mais a seulement coûté 733 000 $. Les trois principaux objectifs de la participation aux Jeux de Melbourne étaient les suivants :
Rabat – Morocco’s foreign affairs minister Nasser Bourita met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Thursday. The officials’ bilateral talks took part on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, which opened on September 18.The meeting was held on the eve of the Security Council meeting on Western Sahara. The Security Council is due to hold a number of meetings next month as it prepares to renew the mandate of the United Nations mission in Western Sahara, known as MINURSO. Morocco strives to secure Russia’s support for its strategy to include Algeria fully in the UN-led political process aimed at finding a mutually acceptable political solution to the Western Sahara dispute.Morocco stresses that the Polisario- the breakaway movement that claims to represent the Saharawis and wants to establish an independent state in Western Sahara- is not master of its destiny and the only way to achieve a political solution to the conflict if for the United Nations to admit and includes Algeria in the negotiations.Nothing has filtered so far about the topics discussed during the meeting.Bourita also met with the foreign ministers of several countries present the UN, including Denmark, Chile, Cyprus, Vietnam, Indonesia and Poland.During his participation in the UN General Assembly, the Moroccan diplomat also held talks with Under-Secretary-General and the Head of the United Nations Office for Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), Vladimir Voronkov.Morocco has mobilized a delegation of several high-level officials to reinforce diplomatic ties with several capitals.The Moroccan delegations was headed by Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani also represented King Mohammed VI on Tuesday at the General Assembly. Also The delegation includes Mohcine Jazouli, deputy Minister of African Affairs and Morocco’s permanent representative at the UN, Omar Hilale.Yesterday, the Moroccan minister met with Trump. Morocco’s delegation participated in several sideline symposiums, including a high-level meeting to promote and commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
29 April 2009The number of Mauritanian refugees that have returned home from years of exile in Senegal under a programme launched by the United Nations refugee agency last year has now topped 10,000. Amath Thioye was named the 10,000th returnee and was part of a convoy carrying 360 Mauritanians that arrived in the town of Boghé in southwest Brakna province last week, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).“I am deeply grateful to everyone who made it possible for me and my family to return home today,” said the emotional 55-year-old, who had spent more than two decades as a refugee in Senegal.Tens of thousands of Mauritanians fled to Senegal and Mali following ethnic violence that erupted in 1989 amid a long-standing dispute between Mauritania and Senegal over the location of their common border.Most of the refugees from Mauritania live in makeshift settlements along a 600-kilometre stretch of the Senegal River Valley, bordering Mauritania. In Mali, most of the refugees are settled in areas close to the border with Mauritania.Last week’s convoy was the 44th organized by UNHCR since it launched its repatriation programme for thousands of Mauritanians in January 2008. The agency is also assisting with reintegration programmes for the returnees, including income-generation and water projects.
The TNA MP said that there are some 7000 people registered as displaced voters and of that there are issues concerning 2000 of them.He said that another meeting has been scheduled with the Elections Commissioner for next Friday to further discuss the issues. (Colombo Gazette) He said that the Elections Commissioner is expected to call for nominations for the elections on July 11 and then announce the date for the polls. Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya had discussions today with a few political parties including the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) regarding the upcoming elections in the North.TNA Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said that the talks focused among other issues on the displaced voters. “The nominations may be called around the third week or fourth week of this month. During the latter part of September the elections will be held. The exact date will be announced most probably on the 11th,” he said. CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO
In a statement, the UN chief expressed hope that recent positive developments, in particular the important summits between the leaders of North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and South Korea (officially the Republic of Korea), and between North Korea and the United States, will contribute to “an atmosphere conducive to advancing sustainable peace and complete and verifiable denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula in accordance with relevant Security Council resolutions.”The conversation with Ri Yong Ho took place the day after the US Secretary of State chaired a ministerial level Security Council meeting on North Korea.During that meeting, Mike Pompeo said that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump “share a common, personal understanding of what must take place” to transform relations between the two countries.The Secretary-General pledged his “commitment and readiness of the United Nations system to further assist the parties in any way they deem appropriate.”
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Vancouver’s day center has a new name to go with its new look. The day-use facility for homeless, located in the former Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife building, will be known as the Vancouver Navigation Center.“Navigation Center is a more up-and-coming way to help folks who are homeless, it helps them navigate from the streets to housing services,” said Peggy Sheehan, Vancouver’s community and economic development programs manager.The day center will use 5,000 square feet of the 26,578-square-foot building at 2018 Grand Blvd., purchased by the city for $4.3 million last year.Construction got underway three weeks ago, and things are progressing unusually quickly for a project of this size.Michael Parshall, principal with Woodblock Architecture, attributes the speed to unwavering support from community partners. The Portland-based firm began drawing plans earlier this summer and has donated about $50,000 in services so far.Now, most of the plumbing and stud work is completed for six new showers and bathrooms, as well as a laundry facility that will feature six sets of washers and dryers.“Most of our work is actually in this area,” said Kris Simensen, director of construction for James E. John, which is providing pro bono construction services.
Jose Mourinho used an old metaphor of Cristiano Ronaldo’s in describing Romelu Lukaku‘s current struggles in front of goal for Manchester UnitedThe Belgian striker has found the net only four times in 13 appearances for United and was benched by Mourinho in their latest Premier League encounter against his old club Everton.Following his 25-minute cameo in Sunday’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford, Lukaku has now failed to score in his last nine matches for United.But Mourinho remains unconcerned and reckons that the goals will soon come flooding out for Lukaku – just like shaking a ketchup bottle.“I think one of the best scorers in football had funny words about it,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.“It was when Cristiano Ronaldo was speaking about the ketchup bottle and when you [shake it]. The goals are coming and coming and coming.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I believe with Lukaku that this will happen, but the reality is that, at this moment, it’s not happening.“There have been lots of matches in which he’s not scored a goal, and not just scoring but also the performances, the happiness in the performances, I think is the problem.“But he’s a good player, a good boy, and I think the best way to do it is to just keep working and the moment will arrive.”Ronaldo once used the ketchup bottle metaphor in 2010, where he was going through his own goal drought ahead of that summer’s World Cup in South Africa.The Portuguese star explained at the time that goals are like “ketchup – when it comes out (of the bottle) it all comes out at once”.
Share Eric Thayer/Getty ImagesSenate Judiciary Committee member Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., questions FBI Director James Comey during an oversight hearing on May 3. Leahy said on Tuesday that Comey’s firing was “nothing less than NixonianUpdated at 11:00 p.m. ETFor months, Democrats in Congress have criticized and questioned FBI Director James Comey about his handling of last year’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.Still, they’ve met President Trump’s surprising Tuesday evening decision to fire Comey with near-universal outrage.The White House and the Justice Department cited Comey’s ineffective leadership, but the general gist of Democratic reaction: Trump’s decision should be viewed not in light of Comey’s past missteps but instead in the context of the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election and the Trump transition team’s possible ties to Russia.“The first question the administration has to answer is, why now?” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer at a hastily arranged Capitol press conference. “If the administration had objections to the way Director Comey handled the Clinton investigation, they had those objections the minute the president got into office. But they didn’t fire him then. Why did it happen today?”Late on Tuesday, Trump replied on Twitter, noting that Schumer himself had questioned Comey’s fitness for the job in comments just prior to the election.Pointing to the ongoing House and Senate Intelligence committees’ Russia investigations, as well as the FBI’s probe, Schumer asked, “Were these investigations getting too close to home for the president?”In near-unanimity, Democrats are calling for a special prosecutor to take charge of the FBI’s investigation, which Comey made public earlier this year when testifying in front of the House Intelligence Committee.“If Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein does not appoint an independent special prosecutor, every American will rightly suspect that the decision to fire Director Comey was part of a cover-up,” said Schumer.(Rosenstein is in charge of the Department of Justice’s Russia probe, since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation.)“This is nothing less than Nixonian,” said Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, a longtime senior Judiciary Committee member, in a statement. “The president’s action, and the way it has been handled, is shocking. No one should accept President Trump’s absurd justification that he is now concerned that FBI Director Comey treated Secretary Clinton unfairly.“Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein now has no choice but to appoint a Special Counsel. His integrity, and the integrity of the entire Justice Department, are at stake,” said Leahy. “There simply is no avoiding the compelling fact that this cascading situation demands the prompt appointment of an independent Special Counsel to pick up the pieces of these investigations.”One key Republican is voicing concerns as well. North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement, “I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination. I have found Director Comey to be a public servant of the highest order, and his dismissal further confuses an already difficult investigation by the Committee.“Director Comey has been more forthcoming with information than any FBI Director I can recall in my tenure on the congressional intelligence committees,” Burr added.Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, who chairs the Judiciary Committee’s Oversight Subcommittee, also said in a statement that “the timing of this firing is very troubling” and that “the loss of an honorable public servant is a loss for the nation.”But other high-profile Republicans are backing Trump.Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, says Comey’s actions “have prompted concern from across the political spectrum and from career law enforcement experts.”“The handling of the Clinton email investigation is a clear example of how Comey’s decisions have called into question the trust and political independence of the FBI,” Grassley said in a statement. “In my efforts to get answers, the FBI, under Comey’s leadership, has been slow or failed to provide information that Comey himself pledged to provide.”Earlier Tuesday, Comey sent a letter to the Judiciary Committee correcting testimony he gave last week, in which he misstated key details about the emails discovered on former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner’s personal computer, which prompted Comey to send his October letter.California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who blasted Comey during that hearing, was notably much more muted than her fellow Democrats Tuesday night. “President Trump called me at 5:30 p.m. and indicated he would be removing Director Comey, saying the FBI needed a change,” Feinstein said in a statement. “The next FBI director must be strong and independent and will receive a fair hearing in the Judiciary Committee.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Madati, who is responsible for developing partnerships with content publishers and media owners to help them market and monetize their content across Twitter, speaks on Oct. 15 with a keynote titled “The Past, Present and Future of Twitter’s Content Partnerships.” Madati will be joined by top media executives and talent to discuss some of Twitter’s most successful partnerships to date. Massoudi and Lewinson will put the spotlight on the rapid growth of AVOD in their keynote “AVOD: The Rise of Free” on Oct. 14. Massoudi and Lewinson will be joined by a panel of guests to look at AVOD’s impact on the global content marketplace and what lies ahead. In an era when linear viewership is in decline and “subscriber fatigue” is threatening the growth of subscription VOD services, AVOD is expanding rapidly.Tubi, founded in 2014, has more than 15,000 movies and television shows from more than 200 content partners, and more than 20 million monthly active users. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Hackers Take Over Account of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Tweet Racial Slurs & Bomb Threat Farrell oversees the development and production of all original series and feature films under the Amazon Studios banner outside the U.S. He will be joined in his keynote on Oct. 14 by other international programming and development executives from Amazon Studios to discuss the company’s global ambitions, with a special focus on Europe and Amazon Studios’ growing slate of local originals in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and its increased local production around the world. Related Executives from Amazon Studios, Twitter and Tubi, the world’s largest ad-supported video-on-demand service, head the lineup of keynote speakers at content market and conference Mipcom, the event’s organizer Reed Midem announced Wednesday. Mipcom, which takes place in Cannes, France from Oct. 14 to 17, will adopt as its overarching theme “The Streaming Offensive.” According to Reed Midem, this theme reflects “the seismic changes in global distribution models, their impact on content production and licensing, and the global response to the direct-to-consumer challenge.” Among Mipcom’s keynote speakers will be James Farrell, head of international originals for Amazon Studios, Twitter’s Kay M. Madati, global VP and head of content partnership, Farhad Massoudi, Tubi’s CEO and founder, and Adam Lewinson, the AVOD platform’s chief content officer. Sacha Baron Cohen Says Trump Wouldn’t Be President Without Twitter
A well-heeled living room symbolises its owner’s personality; giving everyone an insight into their interests and passions through their taste of décor. Monika Kamal, well-renowned interior designer and founder of Siddharth by MKC, luxury brand into furnishings shares a few tips on how to perk up your living room.Curtains to the rescueThings like curtains and carpets are highly noticeable and influential. Curtains are not just for privacy and cooling; they enliven your living room, set the ambience and convey the story behind your home. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCurtains alone can make the décor styling or fusion. Paints, Wallpapers and panelling don’t match the finishing touch and elegance brought on by curtains. Rags to RugsRugs and carpets are very impactful when it comes to tying your floor space together. Ditch the centuries old wall-to-wall carpet style and go for the trending area floor coverings.Pair the colour of your carpet and curtains and use the two together in a secondary colour as a foolproof way to unite and stimulate your living room. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveScented surroundingAdding a home fragrance to your living room adds a whole new sensory dimension. Home fragrances are a lot more than a simple finishing touch, they add an invisible layer of ambience that connects and transforms the composition. Elegant AdditionsMatch the colour of your home accessories with other pieces in the room to create a living masterpiece.
The Rust team has announced a new version of their popular programming language. Mozilla’s Rust system programming language has always been focused on safety, speed, and concurrency. This release adds more power to these features. Rust 1.28 provides more flexibility and ease to memory allocation with global allocators and NonZero types. Global allocators Global allocators allow a developer to define the memory allocation system used by a Rust program. Previously, Rust did not allow changing the way memory is obtained, which prevented some use cases. With Rust 1.28, the #[global_allocator] attribute is stable. This attribute will allow Rust programs to set their allocator to the system allocator, as well as define new allocators by implementing the GlobalAlloc trait. Better error message formatting Rust’s compiler has traditionally provided verbose and explicit error messages, along with suggestions for how to fix the problem. Rust 1.28 introduces more detailed notes about why some error conditions arise. The entire list of formatting changes is available on Github. Library stabilizations NonZero types are now a stable addition to the language. NonZero number types are wrappers around the standard unsigned integer types: NonZeroU8, NonZeroU16, NonZeroU32, NonZeroU64, NonZeroU128, and NonZeroUsize. This provides easier to anticipate memory allocations and optimize program data placement. A number of other libraries have also been stabilized; you can see the more detailed release notes for full details. Cargo features Rust’s cargo utility no longer lets users publish crates with build scripts that modify the src directory for an application. This eliminates bugs during the compilation process. For more detailed release notes along with code snippets, you can read the Rust Language blog. Read Next Will Rust Replace C++?Say hello to Sequoia: a new Rust based OpenPGP library to secure your appsEclipse IDE’s Photon release will support Rust