Step 5: Customize DesignIn addition to fine-tuning the animation, I can adjust a plethora of stroke attributes to customize the design, including color and width. Changing the stroke cap and joints can give me a smoother and curvier look. I can even change the stroke to dashes and keyframe the offset property of the dashes to bring them to life. Be careful here, though, as the multitude of choices can lead to way too much fun in After Effects . . . Step 4: AnimateIt’s time to bring the stroke to life. The new stroke attribute contains a number of keyframable properties, including color, opacity, width, and a handful of others. However, I just want to animate the path of the stroke in and out. To do this, I’ll add a Trim Paths attribute via the Add button in the Timeline panel. This is a powerful tool that provides me with a keyframable range selector. Once applied, I can animate the Start, End, and Offset properties of the stroke path for some cool results. Looking for more After Effects Tutorials? Check out these articles.Create Your Own Sci-Fi HUD VFX in After EffectsCreate an ‘X-Men’ Inspired Eye Replacement in After EffectsCreate ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Inspired Titles in After EffectsCreate a Fighter Jet Attack Scene in After EffectsLearn After Effects in Under 2 Hours Step 3: Add the StrokeMy new shape layer contains every letter as an individual shape element, each with its own path, stroke, fill, and transform properties. While all of the letters have their own stroke attribute, I want to control all of them at the same time. To do this, I need to add a new stroke attribute. I’ll go to the Add button and select Stroke. This adds a new stroke that applies to the entire word. Since I’m just creating an isolated animated stroke, I’ll turn off the fill property for each letter. Step 1: Create the Text LayerFor the first step, I will create some text. I can use the Type tool and start typing, or I can highlight the Timeline panel and select Layer > New > Text. An After Effects text layer is a simple vector file, meaning the layer will continuously rasterize as I change the scale or font size. This will preserve the sharp edges of my text no matter how many adjustments I make. In this video tutorial, learn how to create a customized animated stroke effect in After Effects for your next video production project.When it comes to working with text, the stroke can be a powerful design element. Adobe After Effects has a number of tools that allow you to quickly add and modify a text stroke. These tools, however, are often lacking something. The Character panel gives you color, width, and positioning options, but not much else. Animating attributes of a stroke can be a bit more complex, so let’s take a closer look at a unique method that will bring a text stroke to life in just a few simple steps. Step 2: Convert to ShapesNext, I will convert my text to shapes. While After Effects has a lot of tools for text, shape layers provide a bit more versatility. By converting my text to shape layers, I’ll open up a number of animation features that weren’t previously available. To create my shapes, I’ll grab the text layer and select Layer > Create Shapes from Text. You can tell the difference between Shapes and Text layers via the symbol next to the layer’s name in the Timeline panel. Shapes have a star, while text layers have a T.
Manny Pacquiao enters the ring before fighting Adrien Broner in the WBA welterweight championship at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPLAS VEGAS — A rematch with Floyd Mayweather isn’t necessarily a slam dunk.That’s if you heard how Mayweather’s camp quickly snuffed questions about him coming back from retirement.ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather, who went out of his way to wish Manny Pacquiao inside his MGM Grand locker room, didn’t react about the possibility of repeating boxing’s most lucrative fight in 2015.Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said Mayweather is enjoying his retirement and has enough money to want another go at it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsREAD: Manny Pacquiao gets visit from Floyd Mayweather in locker roomBut Pacquiao chose to be open about it. View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “If he (Mayweather) wants to go back to the ring, then go announce it and challenge me. Am active. I have the belt. If he’s willing I will fight him again,” said Pacquiao.Ellerbe said there are a few names for Pacquiao’s next fight including Keith Thurman the WBA super championship belt which is another version of what the Filipino icon just retained.Former WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia was also mentioned as a possible next foe.“I don’t pick my opponents, I let my promoter do that job,” said Pacquiao referring to Premier Boxing Champions which is aligned with Mayweather.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Manny Pacquiao: I have no plans to run for president PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting
TORONTO – Updated opioid-prescribing guidelines released Monday encourage doctors to avoid giving the powerful narcotics as a first-line treatment to patients with chronic, non-cancer pain and instead try other medications or non-pharmaceutical therapies to prevent a host of potential harms associated with the widely used drugs.Those harms include physical dependence or addiction, as well as the increasingly common risk of fatal overdoses. An estimated 2,000 Canadians died of opioid overdoses in 2015 alone, and initial 2016 data still being tallied suggest the number of fatalities linked to the drugs — both prescription and illicit — could far exceed that figure.“It really comes down to the paradox of trying to provide important relief for patients dealing with unrelenting chronic pain while at the same time balancing the risks associated with the medications,” said Dr. Jason Busse, a researcher at the National Pain Centre at McMaster University and lead author of the 10-recommendation document.For patients whose chronic pain is not controlled with non-opioid therapy, the panel of experts that developed the guidelines says dosages of opioids like oxycodone, hydromorphone and the fentanyl patch should be restricted to less than the equivalent of 90 milligrams of morphine per day, and ideally to less than 50 mg.Physicians treating patients already taking the equivalent of 90 mg of morphine or more should consider incrementally tapering their daily intake to the lowest effective dose, and possibly even discontinuing the potent medications, the panel recommends.“Estimates are somewhere between half a million and a million Canadian adults are currently on long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain, often at very high doses,” Busse said from Hamilton.“And when you go on long-term opioid therapy, you will inevitably develop physical dependence. And opioids also become less effective the longer that you take them,” leading many patients to seek higher and higher doses to achieve relief so they can function in their daily lives, he said.The new guideline document, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, provides much stronger and more detailed advice than a previous version released in 2010, which suggested doctors could use a “watchful dose” of the equivalent of 200 mg of morphine daily.“After 2010, there was not the kind of impact on opioid prescribing that I think people were hoping for,” Busse said.“There was a little bit of a downtick, but maximum doses of opioid prescribing went up, admissions for hospital-related opioid toxicity went up, and death rates have continued to climb as well.”Moreover, 40 per cent of recipients of long-acting opioids were receiving the equivalent of more than 200 mg of morphine daily, while 20 per cent were getting more than 400 mg.Dr. Irfan Dhalla, a practising Toronto physician and vice-president of evidence development and standards for Health Quality Ontario, called the new guidelines a “huge improvement.”Doctors must consider the possibility that patients have become addicted to their medication, or are continuing use of the drugs to avoid the often-debilitating symptoms of withdrawal.“Many patients being prescribed high-dose opioids in fact have an opioid-use disorder, or an addiction to opioids, and physicians need to be aware of that and work with colleagues to diagnose and treat opioid-use disorder in an evidence-based way,” said Dhalla, who was not involved in developing the guidelines.But he also said that when it comes to the recommendation to taper the amount of opioids for patients already taking them — especially long-time users — it’s vital that doctors don’t suddenly discontinue the painkillers or rapidly drop the daily dosage for those who truly need the drugs.Busse agreed there is a danger of an “overcorrection” in prescribing practices, because doctors recognize there’s been a massive increase in cases of opioid toxicity and fatal overdoses over the last 20 years.He acknowledged there is a subpopulation of Canadians with chronic pain that derive an important benefit from the medications — relief they have been unable to achieve with non-opioid therapies.“If we attempt to take them off their opioids right away or aggressively taper, many of those patients are going to go into opioid withdrawal and some of those patients if they are denied opioids, if they’re struggling with symptoms of withdrawal, they may feel compelled to seek out opioids from other sources.“In other words, they go to the street, and in particular on the West Coast, we just have a proliferation of illicit fentanyl and even more dangerous agents such as carfentanil.“So in an effort to try to reduce harms in patients that are using high-dose opioids, we may end up putting them in a situation of greater harm — and that’s something we have to be very careful about.”In a related CMAJ commentary, Dr. Andrea Furlan of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and Dr. Owen Williamson of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, say the updated guidelines must be supported by a national pain strategy and “evidence-based alternative treatments for the one in five Canadians currently living with chronic pain” from such conditions as back problems, fibromyalgia and arthritis.“Until we have a national pain strategy, physicians will continue using the only tool they have: their prescription pad,” they wrote.– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.
“FORTUNATE SON is about espionage, political activism and love, loyalty and healing. The world seemed on the brink of cataclysm in 1968. Divisions between races, generations and sexes seemed irreparable,” says showrunner Andrew Wreggitt. “But there was also a sense of optimism, a belief that change was possible and everyone had a role to play. The world is still plagued by many of the same issues of 1968, but we see that same growing activism and drive for change today.”FORTUNATE SON is filming in Calgary and the surrounding areas including Drumheller, Tsuu T’ina First Nation Reserve, and High River in Alberta, Canada.Executive Producers are Andrew Wreggitt, Tom Cox, Jordy Randall and Erin Haskett. The series is produced by Brian Dennis. Stefan Schwartz is Co-Executive Producer, while Jessalyn Dennis is a Consulting Producer. Stefan Schwartz (The Americans, Dexter) and Ken Girotti (Vikings, Orphan Black) are the show’s directors.A CBC original series, FORTUNATE SON is produced by SEVEN24 Films and Lark Productions in association with CBC and NBCUniversal International Studios with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund, Government of Alberta – Alberta Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the British Columbia Production Services Credit. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Trish Williams is Executive Director, Scripted Content; Helen Asimakis is Senior Director, Scripted Content; and Deborah Nathan is Executive in Charge of Production.ABOUT CBC/RADIO-CANADA:CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world..ABOUT NBCUNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL STUDIOS:NBCUniversal International Studios delivers award-winning international content to millions across the globe. Based in London, the business’ in-house production labels include: Carnival Films, creator of worldwide phenomenon Downton Abbey and Sky 1’s most-watched drama, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man; Monkey, producer of BAFTA-winning Made in Chelsea and reality ITVBe hit, The Real Housewives of Cheshire; and Australian-based Matchbox Pictures, SPA’s Media Super Production Business of the Year and maker of critically-acclaimed drama series The Nowhere Boys, Glitch, The Slapand Seven Types of Ambiguity. International Studios has also produced a television remake of Hanna for Amazon Prime Video, which was recently recommissioned for season two.Additionally, NBCUniversal International Studios operates a joint production venture with Working Title Television (London Spy and Birdsong) and Heyday Television (The InBetween, The Capture and The Long Song), owns an equity stake in LARK Productions Canada (First Responders and Motive), and has a first-look deal with Hardy Son & Baker. It also operates a prolific International Formats business, which licenses and produces content in over 70 territories worldwide, with key brands including World of Dance, Top Chef, Suits and House.Complementing its content, in 2017, International Studios extended the legacy of award-winning title, Downton Abbey, by launching Downton Abbey: The Exhibition in New York. It recently completed a run in West Palm Beach, Florida and is currently in Boston. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CALGARY, AB / TORONTO, ON – With production now underway in Calgary, SEVEN24 Films and Lark Productions today revealed casting for new CBC original drama FORTUNATE SON, set to premiere in winter 2020 on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service. NBCUniversal has international distribution rights. Inspired by a true story and created by showrunner Andrew Wreggitt (Pure, Borealis), FORTUNATE SON is a spy drama set in the social and political chaos of the late 1960s.Kari Matchett (Covert Affairs, 2 Hearts) plays Ruby Howard, an American who fled to Canada as a fugitive from the law. Set in the chaos of the late 1960s, the Vietnam War and the anti-war protest movement, Ruby helps smuggle Vietnam War deserters and draft dodgers across the Canadian border. What she doesn’t know is how these actions will unfold and who is watching her. Rising star Darren Mann plays Travis Hunter, a Vietnam war deserter whose troubled past follows him into Canada and the lives of the Howard family. Mann is known for the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series and the critically acclaimed film Giant Little Ones. Stephen Moyer stars as Vern Lang, a CIA agent. Moyer is well-known for his roles in True Blood and most recently, The Gifted. Additional lead cast includes Kacey Rohl (Arrow, Hannibal), Rick Roberts (This Life, Designated Survivor), Patrick Gallagher (Night at the Museum, Glee), Ty Olsson (War for the Planet of the Apes, Supernatural), Alex Nachi (1991, Clash) and Zoé de Grand’Maison (Riverdale, Orphan Black).“FORTUNATE SON takes us back to a period in Canadian history that we haven’t yet seen reflected dramatically on CBC, and given today’s sense of political and social unrest, now is the time to tell this story,” said Sally Catto, General Manager, Programming, CBC. “The series feels relevant and relatable to Canadians, and we look forward to watching the cast bring this gripping drama to life.” ABOUT SEVEN24 FILMS:SEVEN24 Films is an independent film and television production company whose work has spanned over two decades. Executive Producers Tom Cox and Jordy Randall have produced dramatic series, mini-series, television movies and feature films garnering over one hundred industry awards and nominations. In addition to the People’s Choice Award winning series, Wynonna Earp, current projects include Fortunate Son, a political thriller for CBC and NBCU International, Dark Cargo, a noir thriller for YouTube Premium, JANN, the #1 new Comedy on CTV, and the hit family series Heartland, the longest running one-hour series in Canadian history, now in production on its thirteenth season for CBC and UPtv. Previous projects include Young Drunk Punk for Rogers and CBC, the Canadian Screen Award winner Borealis, the Gemini Award winning movie Mayerthorpe and Gemini Award winning Mini-Series Burn Up.Tom Cox and Jordy Randall were also co-producers on numerous high-profile feature films including the Academy Award nominated Brokeback Mountain, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Resurrecting the Champ. ABOUT LARK PRODUCTIONS:Lark Productions is an award-winning television production company that creates exceptional programming that partners and travels internationally. Lark develops and produces both scripted & unscripted content and enjoys a distribution and development deal with NBCUniversal International.Established in Vancouver in 2010, Lark’s productions include Canadian Screen Award nominated Motive (CTV, USA Network), the hit formats The Real Housewives of Toronto (Slice) and The Real Housewives of Vancouver (Slice), Crash Gallery (CBC), Paramedics: Life on the Line (Knowledge Network), Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH (Knowledge Network, Discovery Fit), and High Moon (SYFY). Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter
WASHINGTON – U.S. consumers spent less at auto dealers, gas stations and department stores in February, causing overall retail sales to slip 0.1 per cent despite signs elsewhere of a robust economy and the tax cuts signed into law by President Donald Trump starting to take effect.It was the third consecutive month of declining retail sales, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, though they’re still 4 per cent higher from a year ago. Shoppers have opened 2018 with a cold spell after robust spending gains in the months leading up to the holidays. The core retail sales that economists monitor — which exclude autos, building materials, gasoline and restaurants — improved a mere 0.1 per cent in February after essentially being flat in January.So far, the promise of higher take-home pay from Trump’s tax cuts appears to have had little influence on spending for big ticket items such as autos. But many economists expect to see gathering momentum for consumer spending given that the unemployment rate is at a low 4.1 per cent and the benefits from the tax cuts start to filter through the broader economy.“This lull is temporary,” said Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC Financial Services.Michael Dolega, a senior economist at TD Bank, said he anticipates stronger retail sales in March. He noted that much of the decline was at auto dealers, which had been booking sales growth as people replaced vehicles damaged last year by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. He also noted that federal income tax filing season for 2017 had a relatively late start, so people may be spending any refunds later in the year.Still, there may be limits to how much retail sales can rise. Consumers have continued migrating to online outlets such as Amazon and away from traditional department stores, dampening overall sales as the competition to charge the lowest price has increased. Retail sales are increasingly influenced by the aging of the baby boomer generation, who tend to spend less after retirement.Auto sales fell 0.9 per cent last month, while purchases at gas stations tumbled 1.2 per cent. Sales at department stores declined 0.9 per cent.But spending at online and catalogue retailers climbed, as did spending at building materials stores, restaurants and clothiers to offset much of the decline elsewhere.Retailers remain optimistic about a sales rebound. They added a healthy 50,300 jobs in February, according to the Labor Department’s jobs report.
The likely momentum gained from back-to-back wins against Wisconsin and Minnesota wasn’t enough to help spark Iowa to an upset win against Ohio State men’s basketball Saturday.The No. 6-ranked Buckeyes (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, and ended the host’s two-game winning streak, defeating the Hawkeyes, 76-47. Sophomore forwards led the way for OSU as Jared Sullinger poured in a season-high 28 points while Deshaun Thomas contributed 10 points as well.In the Buckeyes’ first road test since a Dec. 31 loss to Indiana, OSU also improved their record away from the Schottenstein Center to 2-2.Iowa’s leading scorer, junior guard Eric May, managed only nine points. For the game, the Hawkeyes shot 32 percent and committed 20 turnovers.OSU continues conference play Tuesday at Illinois. Tip off is scheduled for 9 p.m. and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.Milestone winSaturday’s win against Iowa was also senior guard William’s Buford 100th career OSU victory. Buford scored eight points and tallied 11 rebounds and five assists in the win against the Hawkeyes.
Borussia Mönchengladbach were beaten 2-1 away from home by Hamburger SV and Christopher Kramer admitted that he wanted his side to do a lot better on the final day of the season.It was a crucial battle for the home side as they could possibly avoid the direct relegation by taking all three points but in the end, even the win wasn’t enough and both of the teams were disappointed today.The Mönchengladbach midfielder spoke about his side’s performance as he said, according to borussia.de:Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It was not a good performance. We did not play to the best of our ability. I did not expect such a strong performance from Hamburg, but of course, there was a lot riding on the match for them.”“We were often second to the ball after straying out of position. The match calmed down a little after we were told about the result in Munich.”“And like I have said numerous times recently: It is a compliment to the club that we are not satisfied with our achievements this season even though we finished ninth. Our expectations are higher after all the hard work we have put in over the last few seasons.”
With only 20 years of age, the England under-21 forward will remain at Everton, coach Marco Silva said on MondayAfter spending the first semester of 2018 in the German Bundesliga, playing with RB Leipzig in eleven matches and scoring five times, Ademola Lookman seems to be “locked” in Everton.The Toffees’ boss told The Guardian today about the future of many players, and he said “he is our player and he stays,” about Lookman.The attacker has played with the English National Team in the U19, U20 and U21 divisions, scoring four goals.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Meanwhile, he has defended the jerseys of Charlton Athletic and Everton in England, while he just played in Germany with Leipzig before the summer.But Marco Silva has said he will not sell or re-loan Lookman this season, even after the German side is asking for his return.“It is not easy for us as a club to sign some players because in normal situations they ask a lot of money and also we have to make the right decisions,” he said about the team looking for additions only.
Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he surprised after getting his marching orders during the game against Milan.Ancelotti confirmed that he was sent into the stands during Napoli’s 0-0 draw with AC Milan for swearing, but says he did not direct his swearing at the match referee.The former Milan manager was dismissed from the sideline in second-half injury time, shortly after Fabian Ruiz was shown a harsh second yellow card for handling the ball.Napoli posted a picture of Ruiz’s leg on social media after the goalless draw away from home at the San Siro showing where the player had been struck by the ball on the leg, along with the caption: “This is the handball from Fabian Ruiz that caused the second yellow.”Ancelotti admitted to swearing when talking about the incident, but he remains surprised as to why it warranted him being shown a red card.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I said a swear word, although it wasn’t aimed at the referee,” he said, according to FourFourTwo.“I’m not even sure it’s still considered swearing!”The draw with Milan leaves Napoli second on the Serie A standings, eight points behind first placed Juventus, who have a game in hand.
Share According to a statement from the Houston Independent School District (HISD), officers with its police department arrested Dennis Rivera-Sarmiento, a 19 year-old Honduran national, in late January after responding to a “reported assault of a female student across the street from the Austin High School campus.”The HISD statement added that “a verbal exchange” between Rivera-Sarmiento and a female student “led to a physical confrontation” that caused the female student being taken to the hospital.The HISD Police transferred custody of Rivera-Sarmiento to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) and, according to Leticia Zamarripa, a spokeswoman with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), ICE agents lodged a detainer request with the HCSO on January 31st and the Sheriff’s Office transferred custody to the federal agency that same day.Zamarripa detailed that charges of assault causing bodily injury had been filed against Rivera-Sarmiento, who entered the United States illegally in March 2013.The ICE spokeswoman added that Rivera-Sarmiento had been released on an order of supervision and was supposed to depart the country on or before March 5, 2014.The rally, which was in part coordinated by members of United We Dream (UWD) –the country’s largest ‘dreamer’ organization—, took place around noon with the crowd gathering outside of the school and marching around it, partly watched by Houston ISD Police officers.They carried banners with slogans such as “Free Dennis”, “Education Not Deportations” and “Black Latino Unity”, and chanted slogans with words such as “undocumented, unafraid”, and also criticized President Donald Trump.Some of the students that participated in the “action,” as defined by UWD, demanded that schools create “safe spaces” for students.UWD is sponsoring an online petition that at this point has over 9,000 supporters asking for the release of Rivera-Sarmiento and arguing that he was defending himself the day he was arrested “after he was repeatedly bullied by his classmates” for being undocumented. Photo: Travis Bubenik | Houston Public MediaA large group of people, many of them students from Austin High School, rallied on February 14, 2018 in Houston demanding the release by immigration authorities of Dennis Rivera-Sarmiento, a peer who was recently arrested and is at risk of deportation.A large group of people, many of them students from Austin High School, rallied Wednesday in Houston demanding the release by immigration authorities of a peer who was recently arrested and is now at risk of deportation.