7 Tutorials for Better Titles, Text, and Motion Graphics

first_imgGive your bland titles and text graphics a kick! Here are 7 in-depth tutorials to help take your titles, text, and motion graphics to the next level.Going back to the earliest days of black-and-white silent films, text and titles on screen have always been an integral part of film and video. We still see text used in a wide variety of video formats today. From your biggest motion pictures to your shortest social media videos, text can convey information, speed up exposition, or simply identify people and places.While adding text isn’t that difficult, if you really want your videos to shine, there’s no excuse for at least trying to go the extra mile. Really working on positioning, adding motion, and/or other effects can be a great way to make your titles and text much more dynamic and enjoyable to viewers.Perfect PositioningIn Jason Boone’s tutorial above, we get some insights into one of the smallest (but perhaps most powerful) new features in the latest update to Adobe Premiere Pro — the use of rulers and guides.If you’ve used After Effects or Photoshop heavily in the past, these might be familiar to you. They’re super helpful in allowing you to create and add custom overlays and guides for working with different types of video exports.You can read the full step-by-step instructions here.Easy Title Motion GraphicsIf you’re comfortable with working in Adobe After Effects, here’s an easy motion graphics tutorial from the folks at SonduckFilm on how to create some effective title techniques. Follow their suggestions for adding shapes, reveals, and masking to your typography.Create Call-out TitlesAnother more in-depth After Effects tutorial for a very specific skill set — great for travel or informational videos — a “call-out” graphic can help illustrate stats and figures for all types of projects using simple keyframing and tracking.Follow the full article write-up here.Smooth Text AnimationMoving back to Adobe Premiere Pro, here’s a solid tutorial from Ignace Aleya on how to master the art of creating smooth text animations. This is a perfect tutorial for anyone looking to add that extra layer of sleekness to some basic lower-thirds or text on screen. Adding some motion, blur, and the right timing for your keyframing can make all the difference.Anime Speed LinesOkay, so while this technique might evoke a look you’ve seen primarily in Japanese animation over the years, it’s actually a pretty cool trick to add action and emphasis.In this After Effects tutorial, you can pick up the basics of these speed lines and find creative ways to add them into your anime and non-anime projects. Read more on the process here.Basic Logo AnimationsIn a very cool, very in-depth tutorial put together on Broken, we get a great primer on creating some basic (and complex) logo animations. This is not just great for client work — if you’re lucky enough to be working with some big names like they have in these examples — but also for your own projects if you have a logo you’d like to spice up.Free Animated Text TypefaceAnd finally, because it’s always nice to end things with a perk. We have some completely free animated text presents you can download and add to your videos right away. These pre-rendered text elements are ready to go for Premiere Pro, and they’re fully customizable in After Effects.You can download the FREE assets here!For more text and motion graphic resources, check out these articles.5 Things You Should Consider When Adding Text to VideoAnimate Your Text with Handwriting Motion GraphicsHow to Shoot Practical Floating Text in Your VideoVideo Tutorial: How to Loop an Animation in Adobe After EffectsHow to Animate a Text Stroke in Adobe After Effectslast_img read more

Roger Federer comeback halted by Tommy Haas in Stuttgart

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Federer claimed his last grass-court title in 2015 in Halle, where he is an eight-time champion.Also Wednesday, Philipp Kohlschreiber upset fifth-seeded Steve Johnson of the United States 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-6 (6), while sixth-seeded Mischa Zverev, another German, defeated qualifier Yannick Hanfmann 7-6 (1), 6-2 to secure his place in the quarterfinals, where he next faces Haas.No. 4 Lucas Pouille of France came back to eventually beat Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8) for a quarterfinal against Kohlschreiber.Pouille, like top-seeded Federer, had been given a bye to the second round. View comments ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “I’ve even shocked myself a bit,” said Haas, who is ranked 302nd and was given a wild card for the grass-court tournament. “I’m a bit speechless. It’s hard to find words.”Haas, who hadn’t beaten his good friend since the 2012 final in Halle, improved to 4-13 against Federer, who hadn’t played since winning the Miami Open in early April.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“If you don’t take your chances like I didn’t, leading a set and a break, you really only have yourself to blame at the end,” Federer said. “You’ve got to acknowledge the fact that he was a bit better. It’s quite frustrating, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.”The 35-year-old Swiss had skipped the clay-court season to recuperate from a busy start to the year that saw him capture his 18th Grand Slam at the Australian Open. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Germany’s Tommy Haas during their match at the Mercedes Cup tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany. APSTUTTGART, Germany — Roger Federer was beaten on his return from a two-month break, losing 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4 to German veteran Tommy Haas in the second round of the Stuttgart Open on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).The 39-year-old Haas, who is playing his last season before retirement, saved nine of the 12 break points he faced and converted two of his three chances to deal the Swiss great just his second defeat of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Mayweather, McGregor agree to August super fightlast_img read more

Wimbledon: Roger Federer fights his way to record Wimbledon semis

first_imgRoger Federer put his global army of “Fed-Head” fans through the wringer for four nerve-shredding sets before he kept alive his pursuit of a record eighth Wimbledon title with a 6-7(4) 4-6 6-3 7-6(9) 6-3 win over Marin Cilic the quarter-finals on Wednesday.Novak Djokovic’s shock third round exit had raised hopes that this could be the week when the Swiss finally ends his four-year hunt for an 18th grand slam title, as the Serb had been the only man to beat him at the majors over the past year.However, all those expectations appeared to be heading for the dustbin as Cilic stood one point away from victory — not once, not twice but three times in a pulsating fourth set that had everyone on the edge of their seats. (Also read: Roger Federer chasing record semifinal appearance at Wimbledon)Three huge serves kept Federer alive — just — and he then produced the kind of form, and outrageous shots, that has made him the most successful man in tennis by stealing the tiebreak 11-9.An ace on his first match point finished off the job and carried him into an 11th Wimbledon semi-final, and 40th overall in the majors.He will face another big-server, Canadian Milos Raonic, for a place in Sunday’s final. (Also read: Milos Raonic beats Sam Querrey in four sets to reach Wimbledon semifinals)last_img read more

India look to finish overseas journey on a high in T20I series vs New Zealand

first_imgSouth Africa. England. Australia and finally New Zealand. India’s overseas journey is in its final stage and they would want to finish on a high after an unhappy start in South Africa. India had crashed to heartbreaking defeats in Cape Town and Centurion before that remarkable victory in Johannesburg.The ODIs in South Africa showed the world what India were really capable of. Driven by Virat Kohli’s hundreds and the guile of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal helped India trounce South Africa 5-1 for a historic ODI series triumph. They followed that up with a T20I series win in South Africa. Back-to-back series wins in South Africa and the Indian team was on a high.England would always be a much stiffer challenge but India warmed up nicely with T20I series wins in Ireland and England. India were given a reality check in the ODIs but the 1-2 defeat was perhaps understandable because they played without their first-choice bowling attack. MS Dhoni endured the worst year of his international career and there were no hundreds from Virat Kohli.Let the T20Is begin #TeamIndia all set to take on the Kiwis for the 1st T20I tomorrow at Westpac Stadium #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/iHzeIL7390BCCI (@BCCI) February 5, 2019What was not understandable was India’s shambolic performance in the Test series. They failed to take advantage of strong positions and Virat Kohli’s team selection raised several questions. However, Kohli continued his domination with the bat and scored nearly 600 runs in 5 Tests to show he was by far the most outstanding batsman in modern cricket.advertisementBy the time India flew down to Australia, Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri were under pressure. Both men had claimed this was the best Indian team over the last 15 years and it was time to prove it. Without Steve Smith and David Warner, Australia were considerably weaker but they were still a force to reckon with in their own conditions. Starc. Hazlewood. Cummins. Lyon.Cheteshwar Pujara blunted arguably the most balanced Test bowling attack in the world and India’s pacers rocked the Aussies. India welcomed New Year with a historic 2-1 Test series triumph. A few weeks later, India won their first ever bilateral ODI series in Australia.New Zealand was going to be a short stop on India’s way back home. But the five ODIs were going to be crucial in the build-up to the World Cup. Virat Kohli did not score a hundred – no one did – but India finally found answers to their middle-order woes. MS Dhoni had found form in Australia and Ambati Rayudu finally cemented his place with a cultured 90 after India had collapsed to 18 for 4 in the final ODI in Wellington. A 4-1 series win over the Black Caps gave India the confidence of staging a strong challenge in the World Cup.And now, there is another opportunity for the likes of Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant and Vijay Shankar to impress the selectors and the team management. Pant is certainly a lock for the World Cup but Gill, who replaced KL Rahul in the ODI and T20I side in New Zealand, will hope to make a mark any way he can.Welcome to the T20 format. What would you call this shot from @RishabPant777 #TeamIndia #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/R5QTJNFtQIBCCI (@BCCI) February 5, 2019India have played 37 internationals across South Africa, England, Australia and New Zealand since the start of 2018. They have won 6 series in those countries. Can India add another series win to their kitty and show the world why they are the best travellers in the world?Also Read | India, England hot favourites for 2019 World Cup: Shane WarneAlso Read | Pant should play 2019 World Cup, New Zealand T20Is great opportunity for him: HarbhajanAlso Read | This Indian team has shoved the word overseas into a bin: Ravi ShastriAlso See:last_img read more

AnTuTu picks up fastest Android phones in June: Nubia Red Magic 3 leads again

first_imgEvery month, AnTuTu picks up the fastest performing Android phones and ranks them according to their individual scores. Nubia has been dominating the list with its Red Magic phones for a while now and for the month of June, the list doesn’t surprise as Nubia’s latest Red Magic 3 has bagged the top accolades once again. The top 10 performing smartphones list by AnTuTu crowns the Red Magic 3 victorious once again.The Red Magic 3, which was launched a few weeks ago in India, has managed to gain the top spot in AnTuTu’s top performing smartphones list. For those who don’t know, the Red Magic 3 is a purpose-built gaming smartphone with special hardware enhancements to improve gaming performance. This is the only phone in the world right now to use a fan-based cooling system along with a liquid cooling system to keep the temperatures under control. It is powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset.Although AnTuTu scores give us a fair idea of a phone’s performance, they don’t matter much in the real world. AnTuTu scores are dependent on perfect scenarios where the hardware is only running the benchmark test and not anything else. In the real world, phones have to do the “phone stuff” as well as the computing stuff, and manage a perfect balance between them.Nonetheless, if AnTuTu scores still matter, the Red Magic 3 is the fastest. The second spot in the list is dominated by the Blackshark 2 gaming phone which was also launched in India a few months ago. Xiaomi’s Mi 9 Explorer Edition and Mi 9 take up the third and fourth sport respectively. The OnePlus 7 Pro, that’s also selling in India at a starting price of Rs 48,999, comes in at fifth position while the OnePlus 7 slots in at the seventh spot.advertisementXiaomi’s upcoming budget flagship phone the Redmi K20 Pro comes in at eighth with a score of 367003 whereas the Galaxy S10 duo rounds up the top 10 list. All the phones present in the top 10 list are powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset. The OnePlus 7 Pro has the fastest read/write speeds on its onboard storage with its UFS 3.0 storage.It is interesting to note that the top two spots are dominated by gaming smartphones but the scores aren’t that high when compared to the conventional flagship phones.ALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 review: A new benchmark for gaming smartphonesALSO READ | OnePlus 7 Pro review: The OnePlus phone that is near perfectALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10+ review: Close to perfectionlast_img read more

Stuart Broad is David Warner’s nemesis yet again in Ashes duel

first_imgCricket Steve Smith and the rain frustrate England on first day at Old Trafford Sportblog Some Test series are defined by a single match-up. With the 2005 Ashes being used to fill every gap in the broadcast schedule during this year’s edition, there have been plenty of chances to see the full suite of performances but the duel that decided the result surely has to be Andrew Flintoff taking down Adam Gilchrist.However powerful Australia’s batting from the late 1990s through the first decade of the 2000s, there were plenty of times when the team was saved by Gilchrist. Until his arrival Australian wicketkeepers had averages in the 20s and chipped in with a few runs. A No 7 who averaged over 50 for most of his career and finished with 17 centuries completely changed the game. That is what England had to neutralise and Flintoff was able to do it. Skip forward to 2019 and there are some parallels to be drawn: another Australian batsman with the proven ability to devastate bowlers; a right-arm English seamer coming round the wicket to the left-hander, using that angle to move the ball and create discomfort; and a growing sequence of dismissals, during which the batsman begins to look unsettled and tentative, the pattern feeding itself.In other ways Stuart Broad’s working over of David Warner has been entirely unlike its antecedent: Flintoff operated at much higher pace and often used reverse swing to target a No 7 by hooping the ball into his stumps while Broad is bowling to an opener with the new ball and using seam away to take his edge, with the odd in-ducker to find pads or timber.The duel may not prove decisive either, if Warner’s teammate and suspension partner Steve Smith keeps churning out runs the way he has every time he’s been allowed to bat since their joint return to the side. But if Smith had even half of Warner’s usual output backing him up, Australia’s position in the series would not be in any question.Instead Broad has been able almost to neutralise Warner’s influence entirely. So far he has knocked the Australian over for 2, 8, 3, 0 and added another 0 on Wednesday in Manchester.Warner’s other two dismissals have been to Jofra Archer for five and 61. That lone score in double figures came in the first innings at Leeds, surviving a fearsome working over from both bowlers with the ball at times hooping and jagging too much to take a wicket. Warner battled through for a score that should have been match-winning, only for a miracle finish to take that away. But it did show the influence he could have even while struggling. Stuart Broad rejoices after striking in the first over of the match to remove David Warner. Photograph: Jon Super/Shutterstock David Warner Facebook It was Broad who snuffed out any optimism from that innings, getting his man with a second-ball duck in the second innings at Headingley, and another second-baller here. Before the match Australia’s coach, Justin Langer, said that one could respond to senior players being short of runs with “a smile on your face, because you know they’re not far off”. But a sequence extending into its fourth Test may be outpacing his capacity to stay sanguine.Warner’s long-term quality is not in question. Players with 21 Test hundreds are not found in every dressing room. But on his third tour of England the attacking opener has never yet been influential in winning a match, let alone a series, and at 32 years of age he is unlikely to be back for another shot. He has come back into the side after the ball-tampering scandal because of how good he is but he would not want to give administrators too much opportunity to start thinking about moving him on. Ashes: Overton says wind hit run-up rhythm and helped Smith weather storm The slump has been a surprise. Warner was one run away from topping the World Cup list in England only a few weeks ago, racking up 647 with three centuries. He even played his one-day cricket in what felt closer to his Test match mode, taking his time to build big innings. He seemed set for a substantial Ashes. There is no way to quantify whether the difference has been in fields or in bowlers or in facing the red Dukes ball versus the white Kookaburra; or whether it is something less technical, less tangible, like the lasting scrutiny of an Ashes series settling in the way that a manic global tournament might not.Perhaps it is the cumulative effect of “getting a couple of good balls”, as he brushed off the issue earlier in the series, but then growing in concern as a couple becomes a bushel.All one can see is that Test-match Warner right now is not himself, caught in two minds and then caught in the cordon. For his duck on Wednesday he left his bat out like shopping that he had forgotten on the front step, scolding himself for absent-mindedness when the consequences became known. He has done similar things a couple of times, as well as being jagged on the pads and also losing his leg stump. The ways to get out are multiplying, the ways off strike are not. With every innings that Broad holds Warner, England’s chance to hold Australia grows. Since you’re here… England cricket team Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn features Read more Reuse this content Share on Facebook Share via Email Pinterest Read more Twitter The Ashes Share on Messenger Stuart Broad Ashes 2019 Australia cricket team Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img read more

11 days agoChelsea whizkid ​Mount content with different England role

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea whizkid ​Mount content with different England roleby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea star Mason Mount was content with his position in the team for his first full England international start.Mount played in the 2-1 loss to the Czech Republic on Friday in Prague, admitting that he found it a little difficult playing in a central role, as he is used to playing off the left flank for Chelsea.But the 20-year-old knows that he must adapt to different positions to be successful.He told reporters: “Obviously, I am more used to playing off the left and coming in. It was not too much different – but obviously I was a bit more central.”A couple of days before the game we were working on shape and how we wanted to play – me being central but Jadon coming in as well off the line and trying to combine. But the Czechs made it difficult for us.”It is something you learn from. We will look back on the game and take a lot of negatives which we can improve on, but we will also take some positives. We can improve on that.” last_img read more

IMF Deal Close

first_imgThe Government is close to reaching a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), with Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. Peter Phillips, stating that discussions with the technical team “are virtually at an end”. Dr. Phillips, in a statement issued on Saturday, said that talks have intensified over the last two months, with the visit of senior officials to Washington, and the negotiating team worked throughout the Christmas period, with e-mail and telephone exchanges with Fund staff as recently as December 28. The Minister said that while his objective at the outset was to have brought the negotiations to a satisfactory conclusion by the end of December, the Government remains committed to arriving at an arrangement that is mutually satisfactory to Jamaica and the IMF board. He said that the agreement reached must be in the best interest of Jamaica and provide protection for the most vulnerable. Dr. Phillips pointed out that the time that is being taken to reach an agreement is not unusual, as there are “complex and weighty issues at stake, which will determine the future prospects of our country”. These include measures to halt the debt; raising economic efficiency in both the private and public sectors; and creating the conditions for self-sustaining growth. There has also been extensive exploration of the size, range and scope of the public sector and all the elements that contribute to the persistent fiscal deficits including the  tax policy, staff costs, interest costs, procurement and cash management, capital expenditure, and how best to protect the most vulnerable. Dr. Phillips said that even where there is agreement in principle about what has to be achieved by the end of the first year of a programme, there is an instinctive insistence on the part of the IMF that as much as possible should be done up front. “The Government has therefore invested great effort in advancing pension reform, wage negotiations, reducing the effective size of the public sector establishment, tax administration, introduction of a centralised treasury management system and various pieces of enabling legislation such as the Public Debt Management Act and regulations governing the Fiscal Responsibility Framework,” he informed. He said that while the discussions with the Fund’s technical staff are almost concluded, there are still some remaining issues that have to be settled. These are: the approach and timetable for a comprehensive policy on tax waivers and incentives; and safeguards against fiscal slippage in this fiscal year and the examination of even higher primary surpluses, in the medium-term, to underpin targets for debt reduction. Dr. Phillips said that following conclusion of the negotiations, there will be prior actions to be undertaken subject to the approval the Cabinet and the necessary consultations with local stakeholders. The completion of these will determine the timing of the IMF Board’s approval. The Finance Minister, in his statement, placed the country on notice that the continued implementation of economic reform is going to require commitment and sacrifice by all Jamaicans.  “Progress along this pathway will require fundamental changes in our normal operational patterns. We will have to be more efficient and more diligent in how the state operates and how we facilitate investors in order to create the better jobs and higher levels of economic growth, which together promise a better future for Jamaica and its people,” he said.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Highway 101

first_imgANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 There will be periods of one-lane closures on Highway 101 fromExit 22 (Trunk 8), extending 6.2 kilometres easterly untilFriday, Oct. 22, while the highway is repaved. Traffic controlwill consist of a pilot vehicle. Motorists may experience short delays and may use an alternateroute by exiting Highway 101 at Exit 20 (Bridgetown) andreturning to Highway 101 at Exit 22 via Trunk 1 and Trunk 8. -30- Local Area Office: 902-638-3150 Fax: 902-638-3356last_img read more

The job paradox

first_imgA paradox is a situation when a mathematician proves a thing true which is otherwise untrue. The latest CII report on net job creation in the MSME sector probably falls in this category of paradox as against all gloom over joblessness in the country. The report was a surprise because only a few weeks ago NSSO’s leaked survey said the unemployment rate was worst in 45 years. The chairman of PM’s Economic Advisory Council had said, “We will have a new round of the NSS which will… show …substantial employment and substantiated job creation”. Now CII has come up with a survey that proves his claim. Everything seems to have a pattern in this election season. The CII report claimed that MSME sector in India has shown a 13.9 per cent net increase in jobs in the last four years, ie a 3.3 per cent growth per year. It was the result of surveying 1.05 lakh selected MSME firms based in 350 industrial centres across 28 states of the country. CII research scholars, let us assume they are bonafide, seem to have forgotten to verify the survey results they landed at with other tools available. A little common sense will convince that the level of growth in job creation should have been reflected in the growth pattern of everything of or related to MSMEs, such as investment, credits, production, electricity consumption, deployment of machineries, and the status of their being operational or closure etc on the one hand, and savings, consumption, and well-being of the employees on the other on the other. Since MSME is the second largest sector in providing employment in the country giving employment to about 12 crore people, such level of net job creation should have not been gone unnoticed by common people as well as experts. One cannot understand as to why there is no explanation on the fact that out of about 63.4 million registered units few millions remained non-starter, and another few millions shut down. As per a report published by SIDBI in association with TransUnion Cibil only 51 million MSME units were operational at the end of the period under consideration. Shutting down or closure of about 12.4 million units does not reflect the growth. Every document, the government’s and the institutions’ mentioned the adverse impact of demonetisation and implementation of GST, from which the MSMEs are now recovering, albeit slowly. Even RBI mentioned the dual economic disruption for the corresponding period in connection with the credit off-take by MSMEs which remained very poor along with overall NPA rate for the sector hovering around 8 to 11 per cent. One of the SIDBI-Cibil report mentioned that default rate among the MSME borrowers taking multiple loans for a period of 60 days have increased from 2.5 per cent to 4 per cent during September 2015 to September 2018. Even Industry people claim that MSMEs are in crisis and therefore, they are not able to earn even enough to pay their debt. Had there been growth in jobs, it would have been translated into earning of the MSMEs with less number of defaulters. One cannot also ignore the fact that the growth of MSME GVA has been sharply declining since 2012-13 when it was 15.27 per cent. The latest data available with the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows that the growth rate declined to 7.62 per cent at the end of March 2016 per cent of the GDP. When we consider it in the backdrop of the widening of the domain of this sector across sectors of the economy producing a diverse range of products and services the relative growth of each individual sector, it is clear that all of them are declining. The trend aggravated more sharply after demonetisation and introduction of GST. In the backdrop of the recent controversy over ‘jobs’ and ‘joblessness’ in India, the CII survey itself has become a suspect. First, because the report lauds certain Union Government’s programmes such as a beneficiary does. Secondly, the pragmatics of language reveals that its language is not that much neutral as a research work or survey requires. Thirdly, it has its limitation too obvious, because the data on which the report is compiled is provided by the government’s Labour Bureaus. Fourthly, it has a very small fresh empirical data set that cannot be treated as conclusive and quality of sampling and analysing data is questionable. The sample is from the operating MSMEs while the job losses in about 12.4 million shutdown or closed units are not taken into consideration while calculating the net job creation. Moreover, the claim contradicts all available data provided by the government and other national and international institutions. In the fag-end of January this year, the leaked NSSO’s report said that joblessness in India touched 6.1 per cent, the worst since 1972-73, in July 2017-June 2018. The government was not ready to publish this report though it was scheduled to be released in December last year. Two of the senior members had to resign in protest. NITI Aayog clarified that the report was being processed, but not contradicted or approved the content. Aayog merely called it a draft report and promised to share it by March, which is yet to happen. NITI Aayog CEO, however, had accepted lack of good quality jobs and the crisis of the large informal and MSME sector. The Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, a leading independent think-tank, said the country lost as many as 11 million jobs last year. Though the Govt of India claimed that MSMEs have created 11.10 crore jobs during 2014-18, we find discrepancies in the data. How such level of job creation is possible when even skilled persons are not getting jobs? For example, MSME technology centres skilled 6.42 lakh people but provided only 91.6 thousand jobs in four years. Under ATI, 2.07 lakh people were trained but only 43.7 thousand got wage employment, and 21.7 thousand could be self-employed. A recent RBI report said that the core problem of MSMEs of lack of access to formal finance remains which means the sector is still suffering from financial crisis. How can they have contributed to job creation up to such an extent while struggling for their own survival? Most probably the CII survey has landed at wrong conclusion. There is no reason to believe it to be true and all other directly or indirectly contradicting official and non-official reports false.(The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Bring on the clowns UN agency finds new ally in helping Iraqi

28 December 2007The United Nations refugee agency has enlisted a new ally – red-nosed clowns – to help put Iraqi children traumatized by the violence of their homeland at ease while they register for school in neighbouring Syria. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) first learnt about the positive benefits of clowns when a local troupe was hired on World Refugee Day in June to perform in the tense and unhappy waiting room at its main registration centre in Damascus, the Syrian capital, making the children more relaxed. “We know that one in five refugees that register with UNHCR are victims of violence or torture in Iraq,” UNHCR Representative Laurens Jolles said. “This means that many families, particularly children, are traumatized when they come to us. The clowns offer a rare opportunity for parents and children to smile during the otherwise very difficult experience of registering with UNHCR.” Three people came forward when the agency put out a message that it was looking for Iraqi clowns to perform a regular show at the registration centre as part of its “Back to School” campaign. They became UNHCR’s first outreach volunteers from the Iraqi community. There are more than 1.4 million Iraqi refugees in Syria. UNHCR asked the independent international group, Clowns Without Borders, to review the first show, which focused on informing parents and children that all Iraqi children have the right to attend school. Clowns Without Borders returned in November to offer further training to the clowns, and welcome laughter therapy for UNHCR, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and UNICEF staff. At a community centre in Seida Zeinab, one of the main Iraqi refugee areas in Damascus, a crowd of children burst out laughing as two clowns squirted each other with water and made flowers out of balloons. “It was beautiful,” said Rodeen, a beaming smile covering her face during the show. After the show the young girl returned to her place hiding behind her aunt’s legs. For the three Iraqi clowns, members of the multi-ethnic, multi-religious Baghdad-based Happy Family Group, the main goal is to make children laugh. Their members are now spread across the region, living as refugees. One colleague was killed in Iraq. “We’re doing this to make the children happy in order to remove the fears and memories of bombs and bad days,” one of the clowns, Rahman Eidi, said. “We also want to teach children about the importance of school.” The clowns perform a daily show at the UNHCR Registration Centre, then spend a couple of hours supporting the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Syrian Arab Red Crescent colleagues who staff the child-friendly space at the centre. Several times a week they perform at community centres, offering a rare diversion for many refugee families. This also helps to bring families into the centres to learn about other services offered by UNHCR. read more

Zynga stock tumbles afterhours following weakerthanexpected 2nd quarter

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Zynga’s stock is tanking after the online game maker reported a loss in the second quarter, with adjusted earnings and revenue below Wall Street’s already-low expectations.The company behind games such as “CityVille” and “FarmVille” also lowered its outlook for the year because of delayed games, reduced expectations for its “Draw Something” game and what it called a “more challenging environment on the Facebook Web platform.”Zynga derives nearly all of its revenue from games played on Facebook, and a growing number of Facebook users are accessing the social network using mobile devices rather than computers. That hurts Web-based games such as Zynga’s.Zynga Inc. said Wednesday that it lost US$22.8 million, or 3 cents per share, in the April-June quarter. That’s down from earnings of $1.4 million a year ago when it was still privately held. Its per-share results last year were at breakeven.Adjusted earnings in the latest quarter were a penny per share, below expectations of 5 cents per share.Zynga’s revenue grew 19 per cent to $332 million. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had expected $342.8 million.Zynga had a lot riding on this quarter. Investors had been punishing its stock because of worries about declining user numbers.But the results provided no relief. Zynga’s stock sank $2.09, or 41 per cent, to $2.99 in after-hours trading after the results came out. The stock had closed up 16 cents at $5.08 during the regular session.Facebook’s stock also declined after Zynga’s announcement. The bad news from Zynga could hurt Facebook, which reports its earnings on Thursday. Facebook’s stock fell $2.54, or 8.7 per cent, to $26.80 in after-hours trading.Zynga also said Wednesday that its chairman and CEO, Mark Pincus, became the beneficial owner of more than 50 per cent of the company’s voting power through stock he owns. by News Staff Posted Jul 25, 2012 5:15 pm MDT Zynga stock tumbles after-hours following weaker-than-expected 2nd quarter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ebola no longer localized emergency UN health officials tell regional summit in

Speaking on behalf of the Secretary-General at the Summit of Heads of State of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our Americas (ALBA) on Ebola,Dr. David Nabarro, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Ebola, said cooperation and solidarity are essential, and Cuba and Venezuela, with their contributions, have already demonstrated this. “I urge countries in the region and around the world to follow the lead of Cuba and Venezuela, who have set a commendable example with their rapid response in support of efforts to contain Ebola,” he said. Saying that Cuba’s solidarity with other developing countries is well established, Dr. Nabarro commended the Government of the Caribbean island for dispatching a team of 165 medical aid workers to West Africa in early October.“Cuba’s proud tradition of training doctors from developing countries has also helped improve medical care around the world,” Dr. Nabarro said. Cuba plans to send more medical workers soon. Over the years, Cuba has sent thousands of medical workers abroad, including to 39 African countries. Venezuela has also joined efforts to combat Ebola by contributing $5 million to the UN Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund, which supports the needs and requirements of UN agencies, funds and partners working to eliminate Ebola in West Africa. “[Ebola] has wide and profound economic, humanitarian, political and security dimensions. We must act decisively to relieve the burden on the people and Governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and stop the spread of Ebola to other countries,” said Dr. Nabarro. “By convening this timely summit, ALBA member States can substantially assist in attaining these objectives. I wish you a productive meeting,” he added. Joining the forum via video, Dr. Margaret Chan, the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO), told participants that “you are absolutely doing the right thing. You want to step up your level of preparedness.” “Last month, the Ebola virus moved to your region…to the United States…any country with an international airport is theoretically at risk of an imported cased of Ebola,” she said. She thanked Cuba for contributing the much-needed nurses and doctors to affected countries. The staff in their “sparkling white lab jackets brings a most welcomed face of hope to what is otherwise a horrific outbreak,” Dr. Chan added. The virus is deadly. The disease is dreadful. People are afraid. At the same time, a well-prepared country can defeat Ebola. Countries in the Bolivarian alliance need to train their staff, use drills to test performance, get protocols written quickly, get your public and media behind you, engage the community early to fight fear with facts. On its own, protective gear is not fool proof, she said. Also today, WHO officially declared Nigeria free of Ebola virus transmission, after 42 days without a single case. In a statement, the WHO called it a spectacular success story that shows that Ebola can be contained. Such a story can help the many other developing countries that are deeply worried by the prospect of an imported Ebola case and eager to improve their preparedness plans. This announcement comes only a few days after Senegal was also declared to be Ebola-free.Strong public awareness campaigns, teamed with early engagement of traditional, religious and community leaders, has played a key role in successful containment of this outbreak.On the funding front, the Trust Fund set up by the Secretary-General for the EbolaResponse, now has $8.8 million in deposits and $5 million in commitments. In total, $43.5 million has been pledged and the Secretary-General continues to urge countries to turn these pledges into action as soon as possible. All numbers are available on the Ebola Multi-Partner Trust Fund’s website.In other news, a UN Women staff member in Sierra Leone passed away this weekend from Ebola, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson said as he briefed journalists in New York. The deceased staff member’s spouse is currently receiving treatment. All measures to protect staff at the duty station in Sierra Leone are being taken as best as possible under the current circumstances. This includes decontamination of the UN clinic, and disposal of the isolation facility and contact tracing. read more

Secondary School students purchasing snacks robbed by armed bandits

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedStudent robbed by armed bandits on Kaikan Street, North RuimveldtJanuary 31, 2018In “Crime”NA money-changer robbed by armed men dressed as school childrenMarch 17, 2019In “Crime”Labourer robbed by knife wielding bandits in South RuimveldtSeptember 1, 2018In “Crime” Seven students fell victim to robbery under arms on Friday last, resulting in a quantity of cash and valuables being stolen, while in the vicinity of Macaw Lane, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown.The traumatised youngsters are said to be between the ages of 15 and 16 and are attached to the South Ruimveldt Secondary School.According to information received, the incident occurred at around 14:30hrs.INews understands that the children left school, at the said time, to visit a shop nearby to purchase snacks nearby.However, two unmasked males rode up from the western side of the street on two bicycles, with one of the men reportedly brandishing a handgun.The suspects allegedly entered the shop where the teenagers were and held the victims at gunpoint, before relieving them of a total of $5,000 in cash, 3 mobile phones, and one Nintendo 3Ds game.The bandits then fled the scene in a western direction.Police confirmed that CCTV footage in the area will be checked as investigations continue. read more

Horse owners should get financial help to tackle unwanted equine problems

first_imgTHE GROWING PROBLEM of unwanted horses should be tackled by the government introducing a scheme to provide financial assistance to horse owners, Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has said.She made her comments the same day that it emerged that over 50 horses – and three horse carcasses  – were removed from a site in the Hollyhill area of Cork.Senator Healy Eames also said that she has been looking into the cost of local authorities of disposing abandoned or badly treated animals. In 2011, the cost was €2,704,630.88, while it was €2,199,118.62 in 2012.The Senator said that there has been a huge increase in horse numbers in the country in the past few years, and that “many families who bought horses in the boom no longer have the financial means to feed and groom them”.As one farmer said to me ‘this is a huge issue, the country is flooded with horses. Everyone had a horse during the Celtic tiger’. As it stands owners have to pay €70 to get a passport to sell a horse so the animal is identifiable. If the horse is over five months old the passport is automatically stamped ‘not fit for human consumption’.She said that because some horses who are destined for slaughter are ‘not fit for human consumption’ due to fears they were previously treated with antibiotics or bute, “the effect of this approach is that owners are abandoning and allowing their horses to become an animal welfare issue”.Because it costs councils so much money to deal with the horses, Senator Healy Eames said that testing horse meat in meat factories “is the sensible solution to this growing problem”.She said this would involve the horse carcass being sampled and laboratory analysed as was done during the BSE crisis with cattle.The cost of the sampling should be borne by the owner and on receipt of an ‘all clear result’ the owner should then be paid for his animal by the factory. If the animal is antibiotic free then he is of value to the economy in the form of our horse meat export industry.The Senator believes her proposed measure will incentivise farmers to pay for the animal passport and laboratory sampling “as there is a good chance the farmer/owner will get paid for his animal”.Read: Over 50 horses seized from Cork site>last_img read more

Naked Password encourages strong pwords with promise of nudity

first_imgNo matter what services you sign up for, chances are they require a password. No password is completely secure, but you can go a long way towards keeping it as secure as possible by choosing a strong password.The problem with strong passwords is they turn out to be quite difficult or even impossible to remember. A strong password requires use of non-english words, must be as long as possible, and contains special characters to form a nonsensical sequence. Without a password manager or sheet of paper you could find yourself a bit lost recalling that 24-digit strong password you created.Naked Password wants you to choose a strong password regardless, and aims to encourage you to do so with the promise of nudity. It’s just a bit of fun, but may turn out to be surprisingly effective.On the Naked Password website you can try out a demo. You are asked to enter a password and the beautiful model Sally “tastefully removes items of clothing as the password grows stronger”.Sally is a little pixelated character, so she really won’t offend anyone with her promise of graphic nudity. We do feel the service would encourage more experimental and secure passwords with a higher resolution set of images and multiple girls, however.Head on over to Naked Password to see how you could easily use Sally on your own website for free.via Business Insiderlast_img read more

Large great white shark spotted in waters near Daytona Beach

first_imgNEAR DAYTONA BEACH (WSVN) — A large great white shark was recorded swimming in the waters near Daytona Beach.A fisherman said he and a friend were casting their lines about 26 miles off the coast, Saturday, when they noticed the shark in the water.As the shark circled their boat, the pair grabbed their phones and began recording.The fisherman believe the shark was between 12 to 15 feet long.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Joint Chiefs Chairman Confirmation Hearing Scheduled July 11

first_imgThe Senate Armed Services Committee announced Friday it will hold its confirmation hearing for Army Gen. Mark Milley to become the next Joint Chiefs chairman on July 11, after the panel’s return from the July 4 congressional recess.Gen. Milley, who has served as the Army’s chief of staff since 2015, would replace Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford who finishes his term at the end of September.The rotation in the Pentagon’s military leadership comes as DOD has been navigating recent transition in the agency’s senior civilian leadership.Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who previously served as Secretary of the Army, became DOD’s chief when the White House appointed him to the post after former Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan unexpectedly resigned in June.Esper’s selection to lead DOD has been received with positive reviews from both sides of the aisle, according to The Hill.The Senate’s Armed Services Chair James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has lauded Esper as having a very good relationship with the troops and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) has been pleased with Esper’s selection to lead DOD.Though the White House has announced it intends to nominate Esper to become the Pentagon’s permanent chief, it has yet to send the formal paperwork to the Senate.Army photo by Spc. Dana Clarke ADC AUTHORlast_img read more