Video Tutorial: 3D Folder in After Effects

first_img6Add a new point light to add shadows. 8Turn on cast shadows to the front layer. 10Precompose the front and back layers. Turn on the 3Dd button and the collapse transformations button. Have any tips for making 3D folders in After Effects?Share in the comments below. 3Pre-compose duplicated solid and name it “Front”. 14Create some text and stylize however you want in the pre-comp. 15Precompose the text and move the anchor point to the bottom of the text. Keyframe the position of the text to come out when the folder opens and go back in when before the folder closes. Rotate the paper forward and set motion blur on. In this Premiumbeat exclusive tutorial we show you how to create a 3D folder in Adobe After Effects.A 3D file folder could make a fitting addition to your next corporate video or presentation. In the following video tutorial we’ll show you how to create such a folder in After Effects. Tweak the settings and customize to give it your own look.The After Effects video tutorial covers:Using 3D layersUsing lights and shadowsLayer stylesPrecomposing 1Create a new composition and new brown solid. 7Rotate the back layer across the x axis just a few degrees.center_img Pay close attention to the way lights work with 3D objects. If you can’t see any shadows make sure your 3D layer has ‘accept shadows’ selected in the drop-down menu.Don’t want to watch the video? Follow along with the step-by-step tutorial below. Click any image for larger view.  12Keyframe a 5 frame rotation transitions. Have the folder rotate for 3 seconds and rotate back for 5 frames. 11Duplicate the light and parent one light to the front of the folder. Rotate 180 degrees and parent the other light to the folder. 9Make a new solid for the background. 5Add a white sticker label using a shaper layer, then add a hand written font on the tab. 4Mask out a folder tab using the pen tool. 13Go into the pre comp and set the x rotation of the front to 3 degrees, move forward 5 frames and set the rotation to 45 degrees. Set keyframes to simulate a “bounce”. 2Place the anchor point on the bottom of the solid and name it back. Duplicate.last_img read more

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‘Don’t leave TMC for a few greedy leaders’

first_imgAdmitting that a few local leaders of the party may be “greedy”, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Sunday urged people not to turn their anger against them into voting against the TMC, claiming that its central leadership is above such vices. The West Bengal Chief Minister said her government has showered the impoverished Jangalmahal area, which had once become a den of Maoists, with many benefits and schemes to lift their standard of life. The Jangalmahal area comprises forested areas of West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura districts. “I cannot say 100% workers of my party are good, may be 2% are bad and we take action against them,” Ms. Banerjee said addressing public rallies in three places of Jangalmahal region. She said a few local leaders in the region have become greedy but they have been identified and thrown out. Ms. Banerjee urged people not to leave the TMC and go to the BJP, the Congress or the CPI(M) for the fault of a few. “Whatever happens, it is the TMC which will remain at your feet and be with you in all your needs and problems,” she said, in a bid to pacify anger among some sections of the people over the phenomenal rise of wealth of a few local TMC leaders. The Chief Minister said her nephew Abhishek Banerjee, who is the TMC youth wing president, is in the party because of his concern for her. “Abhishek was a child when I was badly injured in an attack many years ago. Pained by my sufferings, he would roam about the house shouting slogans against the then Chief Minister Jyoti Basu seeking an answer on why I was attacked,” the TMC supremo said. Defending Abhishek’s rise in the party, she said the new generation should come forward and join politics to give a cleaner political environment. She said the TMC has ushered in a better life for the impoverished people of Jangalmahal, many of whom could not afford one square meal a day and would eat ants to quell their hunger.Welfare schemes Ms.Banerjee said her government is running many welfare schemes – from rice for ₹2 per kg to ‘Kanyashree’ for girl students and ‘Utkarsha Bangla’ for skill development for the benefit of the people. Claiming that Narendra Modi is the biggest “calamity for the country”, she said the country will be saved if he goes.last_img read more

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US swimmer says Ryan Lochte played key role in Rio ‘robbery’ incident

first_imgA U.S. Olympic swimmer has accused his team mate, Ryan Lochte, of playing a key role in an incident that has tainted South America’s first Games, saying he tore a poster off a wall and argued with armed security guards at a Rio gas station. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage)In his first account of last week’s incident, the youngest of the four swimmers involved, Gunnar Bentz, 20, said the guards confronted them after they had urinated behind some bushes and Lochte tore a metal-framed advertising poster from a wall. (Ryan Lochte apologises for behaviour in Rio)It is the first time any of Lochte’s companions has spoken publicly of the 32-year-old’s role in the incident, and it contradicts Lochte, one of America’s most decorated swimmers, who told U.S. television that he and his team mates were robbed at gunpoint.Brazilian police have denounced Lochte’s account as a fabrication designed to cover up for the group’s bad behavior after a night spent partying until dawn, prompting apologies from both Lochte and the U.S. Olympic Committee this week.Bentz said he, Lochte and two other swimmers – all gold medalists at the Rio Games – had been in a taxi when they stopped at the gas station to use the bathroom, contradicting Lochte’s initial account of being pulled over by gunmen posing as police.”There was no restroom inside, so we foolishly relieved ourselves on the backside of the building behind some bushes,” Bentz said in a statement issued via the University of Georgia, where he attends college.advertisement”I am unsure why, but while we were in that area, Ryan pulled to the ground a framed metal advertisement that was loosely anchored to the brick wall.”Armed security guards then challenged the swimmers and one of them drew a gun and demanded they sit down, but Lochte then stood up and yelled at one of the guards, Bentz said, adding that he and team mate Jack Conger had tried to restrain him.”After Jack and I both tugged at him in an attempt to get him to sit back down, Ryan and the security guards had a heated verbal exchange, but no physical contact was made,” Bentz said.’THE UGLY AMERICAN’The U.S. Olympic team has sought to draw a line under the scandal which has embarrassed the host city and angered ordinary Brazilians who jeered Bentz and Conger, calling them “liars” and “fakes” as they made their way out of Brazil on Thursday.Bentz, who said he never gave a false account to police, and Conger arrived in Miami on Friday on an American Airlines flight. They sat in curtained-off seats for much of the journey.The fourth member of the group, Jimmy Feigen, was set to leave the country on Friday night after agreeing with a judge to donate $11,000 to a sporting charity, a condition of police returning his passport.Lochte returned to the United States on Monday, a day after the incident and before police denounced his version.In his apology, Lochte said he should have been more careful and candid in his account but it had been traumatic to have a man point a gun at him in a foreign country and demand money.”I want to apologize for my behavior of last weekend,” Lochte said as a social media storm gathered over him at home and in Brazil. He did not say why he embellished details of the encounter, nor why the act of vandalism occurred.”Regardless of the behavior of anyone else that night, I should have been much more responsible in how I handled myself and for that I am sorry to my team mates, my fans, my fellow competitors, my sponsors and the hosts of this great event.”U.S. tabloid press dubbed him “The Ugly American” and “The Lochte Mess Monster”, turning on the once-beloved champion and saying his behavior fed the worst stereotypes of Americans abroad.The incident followed a series of muggings and armed robberies of high-profile athletes and visitors in Rio, including two government ministers – security scares that detracted from the image Games organizers hoped to portray.The International Olympic Committee said on Friday it had set up a disciplinary commission to investigate the incident and could sanction the swimmers if they considered their behavior violated the Olympic charter in some way.The U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Swimming have said they will consider whether to take action against the swimmers. Lochte has said that he hopes to represent the United States at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.advertisementlast_img read more

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Aizawl threaten fast unto death if denied entry in top tier

first_imgNew Delhi, May 3 (PTI) Newly-crowned I-League champions Aizawl FC have threatened to go on a “fast unto death” if they are not allowed to play in the top-tier of domestic club structure next season. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is mulling restructuring of domestic football into three tiers from next season. According to the plan, the top-tier will be played among the existing eight teams of the Indian Super League and two-three clubs from the I-League. The second tier is likely to be made up of the current I-League clubs sans those which make it to the top-tier. Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Bengaluru FC are tipped top be among clubs which may get to play in the top league along with the existing eight ISL teams. There will be no promotion to the top league from the lower tiers at least for another seven years. Fearing that they will be consigned to the second tier for many years even after winning the I-League, Aizwal FC has written to the AIFF to allow them to remain in the top league in any scenario. “Aizwal FC has submitted its formal claim to AIFF to continue in the top league even after the proposed merger of the existing top league with the ISL,” the Mizoram club wrote on its official Twitter handle. “If no positive response is received from AIFF, the club will approach central sports minister, prime minister of India and also president of AFC. “If all these steps are failed, the club will have no other choice but to resort to world-wide protests, sitting demonstration near AFC/Fifa offices, picketing of AIFF office, mass hunger strike/fast unto death protest,” the club said. Aizawl FC, a hitherto little-known club from a remote corner of the country with a shoe-string budget, were crowned I-League champions on April 30 in one of the most remarkable achievements in Indian football history. It was, in fact, the Leicester moment of Indian football as the Aizawl side turned their fortunes around in just a matter of a year after they were on the verge of relegation from the I-League last season. Aizawl were to be relegated from the I-League after they finished eighth last year but after a few Goan sides pulled out of the countrys top-flight league, they got a lifeline to stay afloat. A club whose budget is just around Rs 2 crore (Mohun Bagan spent the same amount in buying Sony Norde), its an achievement of enormous proportion. PTI PDS AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

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Belships Fixes Newbuilding Duo

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed dry bulk shipping operator, Belships, has chartered two of its Supramax newbuilding dry bulk carriers, currently under construction at Japan’s Imabari Shipbuilding.The 61,000 dwt Belforest will be delivered from Imabari Shipbuilding on or around September 25.Cargill, Geneva, will charter the Belforest for 10 to 14 months, which is expected to generate an EBITDA of USD 1.15 million over the average period.Belforest’s sister ship – Belisland – will be delivered from Imabari around March 15, 2016, and will be chartered to Canpotex for 5 years.Belships currently operates a fleet of three Supramax bulk carriers.Besides Belforest and Belisland, the company has one more 63,000 dwt vessel under construction at Imabari, scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2017.last_img read more

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KOTUG Becomes Majority Owner of Australian Towage Provider

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: KOTUG Towage company KOTUG has become the majority owner of KT Maritime Services Australia after acquiring Teekay’s stake in KTM.Specifically, KOTUG Australia and Teekay Shipping Australia have concluded a deal in order to re-shape KTM from a 50/50 joint venture to a full subsidiary of the KOTUG group.The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of both parent companies and was executed in the first week of April 2018. The transition is scheduled to be finalized on July 1, 2018.As explained, Teekay has decided to exit KTM to focus on its core Australian ship management, crewing and consultancy businesses.By acquiring Teekay’s stake, KOTUG said it aims to optimize its existing operations and to provide room for growth.Established in 2012, KTM provides all towage operations for Shell’s Prelude FLNG, as well as towage assistance at ConocoPhillips’ Bayu Undan FSO, for which it employs four Infield Support Vessels (ISVs). All vessels are owned by the KOTUG group.“With our existing Australian port towage business and the Emergency Towing Vessel chartered out to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, we are capable to drive the business to the next level,” Ard-Jan Kooren, KOTUG’s CEO, commented.“The transition to full ownership by KOTUG will simplify KTM’s governance and operating structure. With the start-up of KTM’s contracts with Shell and ConocoPhillips, we believe this is the right time for Teekay to refocus on our core Australian business,” William Hung, Teekay’s Executive Vice President, Strategic Development, said.last_img read more

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Anie Lennox Visits Family Counselling Centre And Shelter For Women In South

first_imgIn a recent blog, Annie Lennox shares her most recent visit to Nonceba, a family counselling centre and shelter for women supported by The Circle.Nonceba is located in Khayelitsha, a township in Western Cape, South Africa.“The range of services Nonceba offers is comprehensive and holistic. Social workers are available to help women seek and receive the support they are entitled to, and counsellors help women and children deal with the traumas they are faced with. There are play spaces and simple bedrooms in the safe houses, where mothers can stay together with their children. Child care is provided. A crèche is run, so mothers have a safe and caring place to leave their children whilst they are at work, and the community hall is a place where past and current service users, as well as staff, can come together for support, encouragement and laughs. Once the women do eventually leave Nonceba, continued support is available after their stay.”To read the full blog, click here.last_img read more

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Ban Kimoon condemns recent violence in Turkey

The attacks include two bomb blasts in Izmir today which reportedly left one person dead and 10 people wounded, as well as an attack on a bus on 29 September in south-eastern Turkey near the town of Beytüssebab in the Sirnak province, which reportedly killed 13 people. “The Secretary-General reiterates in the strongest terms his condemnation of violence in all its forms,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson. 2 October 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke out against recent attacks in Turkey which have killed over a dozen people and injured at least 10. read more

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New members of Liberian Government must be corruptionfree UN emphasizes

Those appointed or elected to the new government must be “individuals of high moral character and integrity, with untainted past records,” the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) said in a statement released in Monrovia.At the current critical juncture, “every effort should be made to ensure that all members of the new government are appointed or elected based upon their professional abilities, and are those who will place the interests of the people of Liberia ahead of any personal interests,” UNMIL stressed.The statement also pointed out that the UN Security Council as well as international donors are closely following developments in Liberia with a view to reinforcing support for its peace and reconstruction efforts. “Any setbacks at this early stage could adversely affect international commitment and future support,” the Mission warned. read more

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South African appointed new UN force commander in Burundi

General Mgwebi, the first South African named to lead a UN peacekeeping force, headed the African Union’s (AU) mission in Burundi before it was re-hatted with the UN’s Blue Helmets on 1 June, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at the daily press briefing.The AU deployed its forces, the African Mission in Burundi (AMIB), in April of last year for an initial period of one year. The mandate was extended by two months to give the UN time to establish its own peace mission.

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Overflights aerial attacks stoke safety fears in South Sudan – UN refugee

“[We are] concerned about the safety of refugees from Sudan and aid workers in Yida, after unidentified aircraft circled over the settlement several times on 9 April,” said Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Speaking to the press in Geneva, Ms. Fleming said that Yida is located in the north of Unity state, close to the highly militarized Jau corridor, and that the plane sighting raised fears that the refugee settlement might soon come under direct or indirect military attack. Further, the overflights came just two days after the aerial bombardment of Neem, a community 26 kilometres north of Yida, and close to the disputed border area of Jau.Ms. Fleming said that local authorities reported that on 7 April, a suspected military aircraft had dropped more than five bombs over Neem, which is along the road used by refugees fleeing the war-torn Nuba Mountains in Sudan. “According to UNHCR information, refugees had not been directly affected in this week’s attack,” she added.She explained that Yida, a spontaneous settlement sheltering 70,000 Sudanese refugees, has come under aerial attack before. In November 2011, two bombs fell inside the camp, including one close to a school for refugee children. With the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, Pariang County, in which Yida is located, has seen increased militarization by regular and irregular armed groups. Shifting conflict lines have left refugees exposed to serious protection risks, including gender-based violence, she said.Asked to identify the aircraft and whether the attack came from the Sudanese or the South Sudanese, Ms. Fleming responded that she could not speculate on the issue. As to whether there were any people injured in the attack, she said that there was no bombing this time and hence no injuries.“The previous overflights led to attacks, which is why the people were terrified this time. Nonetheless, they still have a certain feeling of security living in the border areas and are reluctant to move,” she said, explaining that UNHCR is trying to show the refugees that conditions in another camp are better, but the agency could only transfer refugees on a voluntary basis. Ms. Fleming noted that for more than two years, UNHCR and the South Sudan Commission for Refugee Affairs has been advocating for the relocation of refugees to safer areas inside South Sudan. “National authorities are aware of the protection concerns, and agreed with UNHCR and NGOs [non-governmental organizations] that the civilian character of the camp could be maintained in Yida,” she said, but added that refugee leaders had nonetheless been reluctant to move, citing proximity to their homeland, as well as similarity in soil composition, vegetation and other topographical features. She recalled that in March 2013, a model refugee settlement had been established in Aujong Thok, further from the disputed border zone, and the Government of South Sudan had decreed that no new arrivals should be registered in Yida. Donor support had enabled the construction of primary and secondary schools as an incentive for refugees to relocate voluntarily. “Refugees in Yida, however, were slow to accept that offer,” she said.Ms. Fleming told reporters that she had just returned from a visit to South Sudan and Ethiopia, where she witnessed “a very grave situation,” with more than one million people uprooted over several months. “What is very frightening is the large food crisis because people have not been able to plant their crops, and are fleeing to areas where there is absolutely nothing,” she said, adding that UNHCR and the World Food Programme (WFP) are having problems transporting aid to remote areas via road because the ceasefire was not being respected. WFP has had to resort to very costly airdrops. She went on to spotlight the “very dramatic situation” in Ethiopia, where the conditions of the people arriving there were “terrible.” Some had been walking, mostly barefoot, for more than 25 days; 37 per cent of them were malnourished. “It is a very desperate situation for people on the run, and hunger is a huge concern.” read more

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As migration continues to accelerate in southeast Asia UN health agency calls

“Disease is universal and transcends borders. As health leaders we must tackle the health problems that affect migrant populations,” the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for the South-East Asia Region, Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, said in a news release today. “We need to construct better information systems to collect data on the health issues of migrants; institute policy and legal frameworks that facilitate greater health care access; and create inclusive health systems sensitive to the needs of migrants,” she added. According to the news release, health and migration are key concerns of WHO member countries across the region – with Thailand, India, Bangladesh and Indonesia named among the top ten countries witnessing large movements of people in Asia. In addition, WHO notes that migration poses greater risk and vulnerability to infectious diseases, mental health disorders, maternal and neonatal mortality, substance use, alcoholism, malnutrition, violence and non-communicable diseases. “As migration continues to accelerate at unprecedented levels, we are presented with an opportunity to come together as a region to ensure that migrants are able to access adequate health coverage,” Dr Khetrapal Singh said. Noting that mobile populations pose additional challenges in countries that are already struggling to cope with day-to-day demands on their health care systems, the UN health agency stated that migrant persons also encounter obstacles to accessing quality health care as provision of health services is contingent on their legal and administrative status. The news release further added that WHO’s regional member countries, meeting at the 69th session of the agency’s Regional Committee for South-East Asia also discussed ways to address regional health issues, including countering the spread of infectious diseases as well as spread of antimicrobial resistance. The Regional Committee is made up of 11 member countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste – and has been holding its meeting in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. read more

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The Beano relaunches prankfilled fan club for 80th birthday

There is even one diabolical suggestion to offer friends “cupcakes” made with an unpleasant egg mayonnaise topping masquerading as frosting.Created by publisher DC Thomson in Dundee, The Beano sold almost two million copies weekly in the 1950s. The much-loved fan club has been relaunched as a password-protected section of the Beano smartphone app The much-loved fan club has been relaunched as a password-protected section of the Beano smartphone app Very few first issues of the Beano remain in existence, with one selling for more than £17,000 at auction in 2015. The first edition was fronted by Big Eggo The Ostrich  The Beano has relaunched the “Dennis and Gnasher Fan Club” as a smartphone app in celebration of its 80th birthday.The comic first hit the shelves on July 30, 1938 as a companion to The Dandy which was first published eight months earlier.Home to Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx and the Bash Street Kids, The Beano has enjoyed a renaissance in the last few years with a digital strategy which has reinvigorated its popularity among the latest generation of readers.It boasts that its online hub Beano.com is the fastest-growing children’s website in the country.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––In addition to a guest editorship by comedian and children’s author David Walliams and a museum exhibition in its native Dundee, its birthday celebrations include the relaunch of its infamous Fan Club, closed to new members in 2010, as an app. Very few first issues of the Beano remain in existence, with one selling for more than £17,000 at auction in 2015. The first edition was fronted by Big Eggo The Ostrich Credit:Beano Studios/DC Thomson/PS Most of its best-known characters were introduced to the comic in the years after its launch.The longest-running and most famous, Dennis The Menace, made his Beano debut on March 17, 1951, but the “World’s Wildest Boy” had to wait until May 5 of that year to be given his trademark black-and-red striped jumper.In his editor’s letter, Walliams said: “What I always loved about the Beano was that it felt naughty.”It was a comic that you should read under the duvet with a torchlight. I don’t think I’d have got into writing my books without Beano.”  Membership is now free, and provides printable club badges and membership certificates.But once members use their secret code to access a password-protected area of the Beano smartphone app, the comic’s traditional world of pranks is open to them.Suggestions for pranking school friends, parents and teachers range from the benign – make a bowl of cereal and freeze it, before offering it to your parents for hilarity to ensue – to the potentially troublesome – hide your teachers’ pens and pour food in their desk drawers. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Body of missing Crabwood Creek man found on Corentyne shore

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCrabwood Creek man ‘disappears’ during fishing expeditionAugust 7, 2017In “Local News”78-yr-old Crabwood Creek farmer killed – found dead in hammock with wounds to head and ‘plastic cuff’ around neck, shotgun missingMarch 23, 2016In “latest news”Decomposed body of missing Fisherman foundJuly 28, 2014In “Crime” Two days after a labourer of Crabwood Creek, Upper Corentyne was feared dead following a fishing trip, police have confirmed that his washed up body was found on the Corentyne shore on Tuesday.The body of  Karamchand Parbudyal was found on the the Corentyne shoreAccording to Police “B” Division Commander, Paul Williams, information was divulged to ranks regarding the discovery of a male body, and as such, police headed to the scene.The body was subsequently confirmed to be that of 52-year-old Karamchand Parbudyal.On Sunday last, Karamchand, a father of two, of Grant 1651 Crabwood Creek went on a fishing expedition with three other friends at Calabash Creek situated along the Corentyne River, but never returned.His wife, Nagwattee Parbhudyal, 56, had recalled that he left home at about 9:00hrs to go and have a drink with friends and at about 13:00hrs, the three men came and told the family that they were out fishing and they could not give an account for him.Nagwattee explained that she was called out of her house by the three men whose names she provided to this online publication, and told that as they were putting down their fishing hooks at Calabash Creek, her husband stayed about one hundred feet behind and when the others looked around he was nowhere to be seen.The men reported that they searched for a while and then decided to report the incident to the family.Meanwhile, the man’s daughter, Tanuja Parbudyal also called ‘Vidya’ told media operatives that the three men reported to her mother that they searched for about thirty minutes before leaving to report to the missing man’s family. “But when they talk to me they tell me that they search about three-hours.”Following the visit to the home a search party which included the three suspects, several family members and Tanuja went to Calabash Creek.According to her, from her observations at the time, the tide would have been low and the water would have been at her father’s waist. “My father is a good swimmer and he can’t drown in that water…,” she contended.Police arrested the Parbudyal’s three friends after the daughter reported the incident on Saturday evening.Investigations are ongoing. read more

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Donegal man 36 gets 12 months for sexually exploiting teenage girl after

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 17th 2017, 5:43 PM http://jrnl.ie/3245717 Short URL Share Tweet Email1 Image: Shutterstock/sergign Donegal man (36) gets 12 months for sexually exploiting teenage girl after watching Frozen with her The girl, who was in court for the sentence hearing, said she found it hard to cope after the incident. 24,573 Views A DONEGAL MAN who sexually exploited a 15-year-old girl he met on a youth mental health website has been jailed for 12 months.Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Donnchadh McGinley, then aged 34, watched the victim’s favourite film, Frozen, with her before trying to have sex with her.McGinley, described by the defence as a “vulnerable” artist with few social skills, viewed the teenager as his girlfriend, the court heard previously.McGinley (36) with an address in Iona Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, pleaded guilty to one count of sexually exploiting a child in a Dublin apartment between 3 and 4 January 2015. Another count of meeting a child for the purpose of child exploitation was taken into account. This is a child grooming offence, the court heard.Sentencing him today, Judge Melanie Greally said the court was dealing with consensual but wholly age-inappropriate sexual activity. She said it did not appear McGinley had set out with predatory intentions.She took into account several factors including his guilty plea, his good character and testimonials, remorse, personal difficulties and the fact that he was at a particularly low point in his life at the time.Garda Maria Cox told Eilis Brennan BL, prosecuting, that McGinley was living in Dublin in late 2014 when he got chatting to the teenager on Talklife, a messaging app for young people struggling with mental health issues.The Talklife website describes it as a peer-to-peer support network.It states it is: “A safe environment for you to talk about life’s ups and downs plus all those little bits in-between”.The pair told each other their real ages and continued messaging, before meeting in a park in Kildare. They met a few more times in the park and once in the cinema, occasionally “kissing and cuddling”, the court heard. McGinley also sent a photograph of his erect penis to the girl.In January 2015, he invited the girl to come to his friend’s apartment in Dublin, as his friend was away. The pair met at 9am on 3 January, went to the apartment, drank tea and watched the film, Frozen. “It was her favourite film at that stage,” Ms Brennan said.They then went into the bedroom, where McGinley helped the girl get undressed. They engaged in some sexual acts and he tried to have sex with her but she was “too tense and afraid”, the court heard.“He told her he didn’t want to cause her pain,” Ms Brennan said. The pair then got up and got dressed. “He asked her if she wanted tea,” Ms Brennan said.The pair later fell asleep in the apartment and when the girl woke up the next morning and turned on her phone, she discovered her family and friends were looking for her. Gardaí had also been informed.The girl’s parents picked her up at a bus stop close to the apartment and she told them what had happened. All contact between the pair ceased and McGinley was later arrested and charged.In a victim impact statement read out in court by Ms Brennan, the girl, who was in court for the sentence hearing, said she found it hard to cope after the incident.“In some way, I feel I lost part of my childhood,” she said. “I never had any dealings with the gardaí before and I was overwhelmed and anxious…I don’t trust people as easily as I used to.”McGinley, who has no previous convictions, told gardaí that he had bonded with the girl as they both suffered from depression.Defence barrister, Tara Burns SC, said McGinley wished to apologise to the victim, whom he viewed as his girlfriend. She submitted that he felt it was a “serious relationship”.“He never even considered that this would have an effect on her,” Burns said.He saw it as a relationship where each person benefited, where clearly this was not the case. It has had a significant effect on her life and how she sees the world.Burns said McGinley, an artist, was a “vulnerable person with few social skills”, who was isolated at the time of the incident. He suffered from a depressive illness and anxiety.A psychological report was handed up in court along with a number of testimonials. Several family members were in court to support him.Read: Trump considering mobilising 100,000 troops to ’round up’ illegal immigrants> 27 Comments By Isabel Hayes Image: Shutterstock/sergign Friday 17 Feb 2017, 5:43 PMlast_img read more

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Survival Kit Deal Tactical Flashlight Keychain MultiTool and More

first_imgPlazmatic VEO Flameless USB Lighter – $36.99See Deal Like these deals? Check out Vault, the best way to secure your online data for just $9.99. Plazmatic VEO Flameless USB LighterMSRP: $59.00   |   Price Drop: $36.99   |   Pay only $31.44 with codeLight candles, start campfires, and more with the eco-friendly and weatherproof Plazmatic VEO Flameless USB Lighter. Unlike other lighters, this one doesn’t run on butane. Just charge it up via USB and you’ll have access to fire whenever you need. It’s small and lightweight, you get up to 100 lights per charge, and it’s windproof too. 5-in-1 Survival Flint Fire Starter Bracelet: 2-Pack – $15.99See Deal B-2 BLITZ Tactical Pocket Knife – $35See Deal B-2 BLITZ Tactical Pocket KnifeMSRP: $75.00   |   Sale: $35.00   |   Pay only $29.75 with codeInspired by the stealth bomber, the B-2 BLITZ is a crowd designed tactical pocket knife that’s a must have for any survivalist. Its razor sharp blade can cut, saw, and slice practically anything that might get it your way. Even large tree branches! It features an assisted opening mechanism, a durable construction, and is small and lightweight so you can easily carry it around. EverRatchet Ratcheting Keychain Multi-ToolMSRP: $27.99   |   Sale: $24.99   |   Pay only $21.24 with codeWhen disaster strikes, chances are good you’ll need tools. But the average survival kit doesn’t have room for all you’ll need, which is a problem. That’s why the EverRatchet is a must have item. It’s a small, lightweight tool that has everything you could ever need, including screwdrivers, wrenches, wire strippers, a scraper, box cutter, and much more. Stay on target This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves EverRatchet Ratcheting Keychain Multi-Tool – $24.99See Deal 5-in-1 Survival Flint Fire Starter Bracelet: 2-PackMSRP: $30.00   |   Sale: $15.99   |   Pay only $13.59 with codeEvery nature enthusiast needs this handy survival bracelet. It features a built-in fire starter, compass, whistle, knife, and a paracord string that could help to save your life in an emergency. Just fit it comfortably on your wrist and it’ll always be there when you need it. UltraBright 500-Lumen Tactical Military Flashlight: 2-Pack – $14.99See Deal You’re likely familiar with the motto of the Boy Scouts. But ‘be prepared’ applies to each and every one of us. Are you ready to weather any storm? If not, now’s the perfect time to start putting together your survival kit. Use the code MADNESS15 to save an extra 15 percent off these five tools that could make all the difference.UltraBright 500-Lumen Tactical Military Flashlight: 2-PackMSRP: $100.00   |   Price Drop: $14.99   |   Pay only $12.74 with codeYou never know when you’ll need a light, which is why this package includes two super bright tactical military flashlights. Keep one at home for power outages and one in the car for emergencies. They’re constructed using only the most durable materials, they’re lightweight, and come with a handy carry case.last_img read more

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Car crashes into Dunkin Donuts in Hialeah

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A car crashed into a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee shop in Hialeah.Hialeah Fire Rescue responded to the scene near West 68th Street and 23rd Avenue on Wednesday morning to find a car inside of the business.7SkyForce HD flew over the scene where a tow truck could be seen removing the vehicle.Officials said there were no reported injuries from the crash.Building inspectors were also on scene checking the structural damage to the building. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Minister inaugurates adventure sports in Adilabad

first_imgAdilabad: Forest and Endowment Minister A Indrakaran Reddy inaugurated adventure sports zip-line and sky cycling in Haritha Vanam near Mavala village in Adilabad district on Friday.Speaking on the occasion, Minister Reddy said Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is striving to conserve forests and afforestation to develop green cover across the State. As part of that, the government has taken up 129 urban parks in the State, of which 18 parks were successfully completed and the remaining are under progress, he said. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The Minister assured that Adilabad Haritha Vanam park, which sprawled over 1,000 acres now, will be developed in another 3,000 acres of forest land to increase the green cover with an estimation cost of Rs 3.05 crore with the Central government’s Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (Campa) funds. Minister Indrakaran Reddy assured to develop Haritha Hotel for the tourists in order to develop tourism spots Kuntala near Neredigonda mandal and Pochera near Nirmal Waterfalls. He also assured to construct idle project after completion of Kupti project at Neredigonda mandal on it. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Later Minister Reddy planted saplings in Smruthi Vanam under Haritha Haram drive. He called upon the people to plant saplings and to protect them to develop into forests to give fresh oxygen to future generations. Zilla Parishad chief Rathod Janardhan, PCCF Shobha, Adilabad MLA Jogu Ramanna, Boath MLA Soyam Bapu Rao, Zilla Parishad vice-chairman Rajanna, Chief Conservator of Forest Vinod, TRS Mavala mandal president Nalla Rajeshwar,ZPTC Nalla Vanitha, FDO and others were present.last_img read more

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Trump holds fate of 800000 young immigrants in hands

first_imgDonald TrumpUS president Donald Trump was to announce Tuesday whether he plans to end an amnesty for hundreds of thousands of people brought to the United States illegally as minors and who are largely integrated into US society.But Trump, in an early morning tweet, indicated that he may delay moves to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA.“Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!” the president wrote on Twitter.The tweet suggested that the White House, rather than ending the program outright, plans to give Congress time to find a solution for the approximately 800,000 “Dreamers,” most of them from Latin American countries.Barack Obama implemented the DACA program five years ago to help bring the children of undocumented immigrants out of the shadows of illegality, permitting them to study and work without fear.The debate over DACA has been intense, and for days White House officials have insisted that numerous options are under consideration.Attorney General Jeff Sessions is to make the announcement on the fate of DACA at 11:00 am (1500 GMT) but will apparently not be taking questions.According to The New York Times, Trump will delay a decision on whether to end the program for six months and hand the thorny issue over to Congress.Several Republican lawmakers have warned Trump, who ran for president on a pledge to be tough on illegal immigration, against cancelling the popular program.“We as Americans do not hold children legally accountable for the actions of their parents,” said Republican Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma, summing up the concern of many people.But chances of a badly divided Congress reaching a solution on immigration reform in months—a task that has eluded them for years—appear dim.Trump, despite his inflammatory campaign-trail diatribes against immigration, has publicly agonized and wavered over the fate of the young immigrants since arriving in the White House.Many could face deportation if DACA is rolled back.Calling his decision one of the most difficult facing him, he has promised to deal with DACA with “great heart.”“We love the Dreamers,” he said Friday during a brief exchange with reporters in the Oval Office.He added, “We love everybody.”Silicon Valley headwinds -Trump advisers indicated over the weekend that the president’s decision would be guided as well by economic considerations.The president “wants to do what’s fair to the American worker, what’s fair to people in this country who are competing for jobs,” Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News.Much of the business world, especially the high-tech firms of California’s Silicon Valley, stands firmly against a DACA repeal. The program offers the equivalent of a residence permit—renewable every two years—to young people who were under the age of 16 when they arrived and have no criminal record.Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg changed his profile on the social network on Saturday, adding a simple message to his photo: “#Here to Stay—I support DACA.”CEO Tim Cook similarly offered strong backing for the 250 of his colleagues at Apple who are Dreamers. “I stand with them,” he said. “They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values.”Trump’s decision might also prompt Obama to speak out.During his final White House news conference on January 18, Obama said he wanted to stay out of the spotlight, but he also listed the conditions that might cause him to break his silence if the country’s “fundamental values” were under threat.“I would put in that category efforts to round up kids who have grown up here and for all practical purposes are American kids and send them someplace else,” Obama said.He noted that many were attending college or serving in the military.“The notion that we would just arbitrarily, or because of politics, punish those kids when they didn’t do anything wrong themselves, I think, would be something that would merit me speaking out,” Obama said.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has threatened to sue the Trump administration if the DACA program is revoked.last_img read more

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