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MARICOPA, Ariz. — Arizona authorities say a woman has been arrested on allegations of using pepper spray to discipline her seven adopted children and locking them inside a closet for days.A police report says Machelle Hackney’s adopted children had no food, water or access to a bathroom for days while inside the closet at her home in the small city of Maricopa south of Phoenix.The report says that officers who went to the house last week reported that six of the children appeared malnourished and underweight.Hackney was being held at the Pinal County Jail on suspicion of two counts of molestation of a child, seven counts of child abuse and five counts of unlawful imprisonment and child neglect.It was unclear Tuesday whether 48-year-old Hackney had a lawyer.The Associated Press

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The latest update of UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) barometer, released yesterday, show that international tourist arrivals grew by almost 5 per cent to more than 124 million in January and February this year compared to the same period in 2010.South America and South Asia were the best performers, with international visitor numbers leaping by 15 per cent in both regions, while sub-Saharan Africa (13 per cent) and Central and Eastern Europe (12 per cent) also posted strong gains.Europe overall performed better than expected, partly because of travel redirected to Southern and Mediterranean Europe following the unrest in many nations in North Africa and the Middle East, where visitor numbers slumped by 9 per cent and 10 per cent respectively.Taleb Rifai, the Secretary-General of the UNWTO, said the latest data indicates that the tourism sector is consolidating the recovery begun last year.“News is especially positive for emerging economies and developing countries, particularly for Africa, where tourism is increasingly recognized as a driver of development, exports and jobs,” he said.Mr. Rifai said the fall in visitor demand in Tunisia and Egypt after the recent unrest there, and a similar slump in Japan following the March earthquake and tsunami, is now “expected to have bottomed out and the recovery of these important destinations will surely be consolidated during the year.”The Secretary-General took part earlier this week in a special event in Istanbul, Turkey, linking tourism with sustainable development and poverty reduction. This was held on the sidelines of the UN conference on the world’s least developed countries (LDCs).He said it was surprising that the development agenda has given such a low priority so far to tourism, despite the industry’s “proven contribution to foreign exchange generation, job creation and socio-economic development.”The gathering brought together 15 tourism ministers from LDCs as well as senior UN officials and representatives of donor countries to discuss ways to integrate tourism into development plans.Receipts from international tourism are estimated to have topped $919 billion last year, up from $851 billion a year earlier. 12 May 2011International tourism continues to recover from the global financial crisis and downturn of 2008-09, rising in every region of the world except the Middle East and North Africa during the first two months of this year, according to new United Nations figures. read more

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The Toronto stock market registered a solid gain Tuesday as investors continued to pick up beaten-down mining stocks and took in two disappointing earnings reports from the retail sector.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 66.51 points to 12,275.38.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.22 of a cent at 94.92 cents US amid data showing that Canadian housing starts came in at an annualized rate of 199,586 units in June, a decrease from 204,616 in May. That was much better than the reading of 190,000 starts that analysts had been expecting.U.S. indexes also advanced as Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA), the first Dow component to report its second-quarter results, failed to benefit from quarterly earnings which beat revenue and profit expectations. Alcoa said after the close of markets Monday that it earned seven cents a share, a penny better than forecast. Revenue came in at $5.85 billion, surpassing expectations of $5.8 billion. However, its stock lost early momentum and slipped four cents to US$7.87.“Does anyone really care about an aluminum company?” said Gareth Watson, vice-president at Richardson GMP Ltd. “Right now the market’s attention is not on base metal stocks. So even if it has a good report, I think people are putting their money into interest sensitive and dividend yielding stocks and if they are getting cyclical, they’re doing it in other areas such as industrials.”The Dow Jones industrials advanced 80.26 points 15,304.95, the Nasdaq gained 18.87 points to 3,503.7 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 12.01 points at 1,652.47.Meanwhile, executives at smartphone maker BlackBerry (TSX:BB) were in investor crosshairs as the company held its annual meeting.BlackBerry reported a loss for its most recent quarter, when most analysts had expected it to turn a profit. At the meeting, chief executive Thorsten Heins encouraged shareholders to remain patient as the company pushes ahead with a plan to become profitable again. Heins says it’s going to take time, and just how long is unpredictable due to the volatile smartphone industry. Its stock was up 14 cents to $10.24, well off its 52-week high of $18.49.Shares in Jean Coutu Group (TSX:PJC.A) fell 67 cents to $17.14 after the pharmacy retailer said it earned $108.6 million or 51 cents per share, down from $397.3 million or $1.81 per share a year ago, mainly due to much smaller gains from the sale of shares in U.S. pharmacy chain Rite Aid.Excluding one-time items, earnings were $54.2 million or 26 cents per share, which matched expectations. Revenue was almost unchanged from a year ago at $681.6 million, which missed forecasts for more than $702 million.Shares of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX:ATD.B) were also lower after it reported a large year-over-year increase in net earnings in the fourth quarter, but fell short of analyst estimates on adjusted profit.Excluding one-time items, the convenience store and gas station operator said it earned 61 cents US per share, well below expectations of 77 cents per share. Its shares were down $3.72 or 6.06 per cent at $57.67.Mining stocks benefited from bargain hunting for a second day. Falling demand for resources has pushed the TSX base metals sector down 32 per cent so far this year. The gold sector has fared much worse, down 47 per cent year to date as the Federal Reserve signalled it could start tapering its economic stimulus program of bond purchases later in the year while inflationary pressures remain tame.But Watson said “those factors aren’t there anymore so longer term as an investment there is no reason for people to get into the sector. “And for those who want to do short term trading on the actual bullion and equities, go right ahead. But there is still a significant risk gold prices will move lower here.”On Tuesday, the base metals sector was ahead 2.4 per cent even as copper prices fell further on demand concerns, with the September contract down three cents to US$3.06 a pound. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) climbed 16 cents to C$6.80 and Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) advanced 93 cents to $22.11.Railway stocks advanced alongside mining stocks after losing some ground Monday amid questions about the transport of crude oil in the wake of a derailment over the weekend in Lac-Megantic, Que., killing at least 13 people and leaving nearly 40 more missing. Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) rose 90 cents to $103.63 while Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) climbed $1.61 to $128.30.The gold sector rose 0.7 per cent as gold prices rose slightly with the August bullion contract in New York ahead $11 to US$1,245.90. Eldorado Gold (TSX:ELD) gained 17 cents to C$6.40 while Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) ran ahead 42 cents to $25.33.The August crude oil contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange shook off early losses to advance 29 cents to US$103.43 a barrel and the energy sector swung from negative ground to advance 0.7.Canadian Oil Sands (TSX:COS) fell 89 cents to C$19.88 while Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) improved by 64 cents to $42.42.In other economic news, the International Monetary Fund upgraded Canada’s growth expectations for this year to 1.7 per cent from 1.5 per cent, but warned that overall global conditions remain uneven, weak and perilous.The IMF expects growth around the world will barely top three per cent this year, moderately lower than previously thought, and only start showing signs of life at 3.8 per cent in 2014. read more

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TORONTO — Ontario is building nearly 500 electric vehicle charging stations across the province with hopes they will encourage more residents to use electric vehicles.The provincial government says the network of public stations will help address “range anxiety” among electric car drivers who may be concerned about the distance their vehicles can travel compared to traditional vehicles.The full network of stations will allow electric vehicles to travel from Windsor, Ont., to Ottawa, or from Toronto to North Bay, Ont., as well as in and around major urban centres.The stations — which will be placed at more than 250 locations including highways, workplaces and public spaces — are all expected to be in service by the end of March next year.Tesla Motors Inc’s top secret masterplan may not be about cars at all, but rather public transportPeter Tertzakian: Are electric-vehicle sales running out of gas?The government says the $20 million investment in the charging stations comes from Ontario’s $325 million Green Investment Fund, which supports projects that fight climate change.The province provides up to $14,000 in incentives for electric vehicle buyers as it aims for electric cars to make up five per cent of new vehicle sales by 2020. It says there are nearly 7,000 electric vehicles currently on the roads in Ontario.“By investing in charging infrastructure that is fast, reliable and affordable, we will encourage more Ontarians to purchase electric vehicles, reducing greenhouse gas pollution and keeping our air clean,” said Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s minister of transportation.Ontario’s announcement on Wednesday comes after Quebec announced last month that it will greatly increase the number of fast-charge stations for electric vehicles along one of the province’s busiest highways.Electric cars are still a niche market, with less than one per cent of global auto sales. More than 21,000 plug-in electric vehicles have been sold in Canada since 2011.The plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt leads, followed by the all-electric Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf. Together they account for almost 70 per cent of sales.Widespread adoption of electric vehicles has been hampered by consumer concern over the availability of charging stations, the time required to charge electric vehicle batteries and the distance that can be travelled between charging sessions.The typical Canadian urban commute, however, is far shorter than the travelling range of many of today’s plug-in vehicles. read more

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A Brampton man is nearing his goal of cycling across Canada’s 10 provinces to raise money for Alzheimer’s.Skyler Roberts says he is doing this for his grandfather,  who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s several years ago and died in January.The 21-year-old and his best friend kicked off an 8,000 kilometre ride in Victoria three months ago.They cycle during the day, and at night, they either set up camp or stay with people in the towns they’re travelling through.The pair recently arrived in Halifax.They plan to bike up to Cape Breton and hop on a ferry to Port aux Basques, N.L., before making their way to St. John’s, N.L.They’ll finish their journey there by dipping their feet in the Atlantic Ocean.He has already raised around $2,000 for the Alzheimer Society of Canada.Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia.According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, there are currently 564,000 Canadians are currently living with dementia.That number is expected to increase to 937,000 in 15 years. read more

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 3, 2014 7:34 am MDT OTTAWA – Weaker exports of cars and crude oil unexpectedly shifted Canada’s merchandise trade balance with the rest of the world from a surplus of $2.2 billion in July to a deficit of $610 million in August, Statistics Canada said Friday.The federal agency — which also reduced July’s surplus from a previously reported $2.6 billion — says Canada’s merchandise imports rose 3.9 per cent in August while exports fell 2.5 per cent.It says imports — led by metal and non-metallic mineral products as well as energy products — hit a record high $44.8 billion.Exports, however, fell by $44.2 billion after nine of 11 sections declined. Fewer exports of cars and light trucks, as well as crude oil and crude bitumen, were responsible for much of the drop.Imports from the United States rose 1.4 per cent to $29.7 billion, while exports fell 2.5 per cent to $33.3 billion, shrinking the trade surplus with that country to $3.5 billion in August from $4.8 billion in July.Exports to other countries fell 2.5 per cent to $10.9 billion and imports rose 9.3 per cent to $15.1 billion, widening that trade deficit to $4.1 billion in August from $2.6 billion in July.Export Development Canada chief economist Peter Hall says the August trade numbers were “a bit of a cold shower,” but the situation compared to a year ago remains positive.“Even though we’ve taken a one-month hit here, it certainly is a pause in a very strong trend,” he said in an interview.“So I look at the overall number and I think, ‘OK, a two-and-a-half per cent downward hit for this month is stiff, that’s a big drop.’ But I look at how we’ve been doing thus far in the year, compared to the same period last year, and a 10.5-per cent increase is very strong.”However, BMO Capital Markets economist Robert Kavcic wrote that “there’s no sugar coating” the negative August numbers but added that seasonal distortions have resulted in wide month-month swings for Canada’s trade numbers.“This clouds the net export picture for all of Q3 a bit after a very strong start to the quarter. Assuming a modest improvement in the real trade balance in September, trade could still add modestly to growth, but not nearly as much as previously thought,” Kavcic wrote.He added that the “one scrap of good news” in the August report is that all 11 major export sectors showed higher volumes compared with a year earlier. Canada posts trade deficit with the world in August: Statistics Canada read more

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Victim Carole Knopp, right, prepares to speak to reporters about the sentencing of Gary Sorenson and Milowe Brost, found guilty of bilking more than 2,000 investors of between $100 million and $200 million, outside the court complex in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, July 28, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh by Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 28, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 29, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘They were dishonest and they were greedy;’ Calgary men jailed in Ponzi scheme CALGARY – A judge who sentenced two men in one of the largest Ponzi schemes in Canadian history on Tuesday said they were motivated by pure greed with little thought to their thousands of victims.Gary Sorenson, 71, and Milowe Brost, 61, were given 12 years in prison for an elaborate, multimillion-dollar fraud in which investors were promised unrealistic returns. The two received eight months of credit for time spent in custody.Brost was also found guilty of money laundering and received a separate, but concurrent, sentence.“The crimes committed by these two offenders are two of the biggest frauds in Canadian history,” Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Hall said in a Calgary courtroom.“They were motivated in my mind by greed with no regard to the effect on the many, many investors they defrauded,” he added.“The loss of these large sums of money has had a devastating impact on the victims.”The court said more than 2,400 investors from around the world lost up to $200 million. Police have estimated the figure could be as high as $400 million. Many people lost their life savings.Court received 600 victim impact statements before a sentencing hearing last month.Hall said some of the victims were left homeless, contemplated suicide and “suffered shame, embarrassment and rejection by friends and family.“Some now view the world through a lens of suspicion and mistrust.”Aggravating factors included the length and complexity of the fraud, the impact on the victims, the amount of money involved and what Hall called pure greed.Hall did not order any restitution. He said victims could make claims in civil court.Ponzi schemes involve taking funds from new investors and using them to pay old ones.Carole Knopp, 69, of Enderby, B.C., lost about $130,000 and was in court for the sentencing.“I was a little disappointed because I was hoping it would be at least 14 (years) and maybe more,” she said.“I don’t feel so much anger. They look like hollow, empty people and they are sociopaths or psychopaths, obviously, to be able to not have any emotional response.”Neither man addressed the court.Crown prosecutor Brian Holtby had requested a 14-year sentence but was happy with the judge’s decision.“It was pure greed. There was really no legitimate business purpose behind this. Everything was a sham virtually from Day 1,” said Holtby.“To find their moral culpability was this high was satisfying. They were dishonest and they were greedy.”Both men are prohibited for the next 20 years from working or volunteering in any capacity that involves real property, money or valuable security of another person.Lawyers for Brost said they may appeal.Investors were promised a 34 per cent annual return on a “low-risk” investment of $99,000, which was supposed to grow to just over $1 million within eight years. They were told the business involved selling gold for refining.One set of fraud and theft offences took place between 1999 and 2008. They involved companies named Syndicated Gold Depository SA, Base Metals Corp. LLC, Bahama Resource Alliance Ltd. and Merendon Mining Corp. Ltd.More wrongdoing took place between 2004 and 2005 with a company called Strategic Metals Corp.Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter read more

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Loose Pucks-Junior defenseman Blake Doerring (upper-body), senior defenseman Craig Dalrymple (upper-body) and freshman forward Nick Jones (upper-body) will all be out this weekend, Rohlik said.-Dalrymple skated after Wednesday’s practice, but Rohlik said he’s still “a ways away” from returning to the lineup Senior forward Tanner Fritz (16) controls the puck during a game against Miami (OH) Oct. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 5-1.Credit: Michael Griggs / For The LanternChristian Lampasso’s former teammates used to laugh at him, but now they’re probably wishing they hadn’t.The freshman forward who once took flack for taking lessons from a figure skating coach has established himself as a speedy winger on the Ohio State men’s hockey roster. This week, Lampasso has more energy than usual. The Buckeyes (1-3-0) will travel less than 30 minutes from his childhood home to play Canisius College (4-2-0, 3-1-0) in Buffalo, N.Y.“I recruited pretty much the whole team’s tickets,” Lampasso said. “I’ve got 32 people coming for each game. I told them they all have to wear scarlet or they can’t come.”Lampasso’s homecoming series is long overdue. Since he moved away from New York as a freshman in high school, he’s called six states home. “I was pretty much living on my own at 15,” Lampasso said. “I had to grow up fast, but a lot of hockey players do.”As Lampasso moved through junior hockey, he did it with the speed that has come to characterize his game. His short, choppy strides followed him the whole way, he said. Former coaches’ attempts to change Lampasso’s skating style have been met with rejection, he said. The lessons from his figure skating coach Sarah Potter, who gave him instruction until age 12, have stuck the most, he said.Potter recalled working with Lampasso’s posture and leg extensions during 6:30 a.m. lessons. Dedication and natural ability drove Lampasso’s progression, Potter said.“The first time i saw him skate I thought, ‘this kid’s got it’,” Potter said. “There was no question in my mind.”This weekend, OSU coach Steve Rohlik is tasked with slowing down the winger who’s defined his game with speed.“Its funny because that’s his M.O., is his energy,” Rohlik said. “He just doesn’t need to go up and do too much. Just go up and play like he always does with great energy.”The energetic play is not foreign to the Buckeyes’ roster. Lampasso’s line mate and senior forward Chad Niddery has made his career playing in a similar fashion.As a result, Niddery said he offers Lampasso advice with regard to patience in the corners or placement of pucks on dump-ins. “He reminds me a lot of my  freshman year,” Niddery said. “Good forechecker, good hitting, good speed. He’s pretty close to me, that’s for sure.”Niddery, who began his career as a winger but has transitioned to center, said he depends upon Lampasso for his own success as well. Coming off a bye week, the line mates have had plenty of time to develop additional chemistry.Rohlik said OSU’s bye week came at a good time, as it allowed the team to readdress fitness and recover from injuries.After sustaining an injury in OSU’s first game of the season, sophomore forward Nick Schilkey is expected to make his return to the lineup on Friday, Rohlik said.  Canisius enters this weekend following a road series sweep against American International in an Atlantic Hockey Association matchup. The Golden Griffins are set to open their new rink, HARBORCENTER, located in downtown Buffalo on Friday.The Buckeyes traveled to HARBORCENTER on Thursday to get accustomed to the new rink, Rohlik said. “There’s only one opening night and for us to be a part of that is certainly pretty special,” Rohlik said. “We’re going to have to play our best hockey.”  read more

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first_imgHowever, Mr Humphrys maintained that fashion models are “thin as rakes” and that it is a bad example for young women.Listeners did not appear to enjoy the segment, with one saying the presenter appeared “painfully out of his depth” and another sarcastically referring to him as a “renowned fashion expert”.The veteran presenter informed Ms Shulman: “60 years ago, the hourglass figure was desirable, now you want to be skinny as a rake.” Oh *please* @BBCr4today can we not have John Humphrys discussing women’s body shapes at 7.30am?— Heather Stewart (@GuardianHeather) August 31, 2017 BBC Radio 4 presenter John Humphrys made his listeners cringe when he aired his views about women’s fashion to former Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman.In Thursday’s Today Programme, he argued that one doesn’t see many “cosy, comfortable bodies” on Vogue and accused the magazine and the fashion industry of encouraging women to wear “excruciating stilettos”.Ms Shulman, who until recently edited British Vogue, attempted to explain the rise of the curvy Kardashian body and the fact that many fashionistas wear flats. She disagreed, pointing to Rihanna, Beyonce and the Kardashians as examples of desirable and curvy bodies.The former Vogue editor said: “No, not sure that’s entirely true actually…Rihanna, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, they’re not that skinny. Skinny is not necessarily what people want to be now. There has been a change in the last decade about that.” Did John Humphrys just describe women’s body shape as ‘cosy and comfortable’? What shape is ‘powerful and strong’ I wonder? #r4today— Amy (@amykurry) August 31, 2017 He pressed on, saying: “You don’t see that shape on the catwalk…all the models are as skinny as a rake. And they promote the size zero. Do Vogue do that as well? You don’t see reasonable cozy and comfortable people on the front of Vogue.” John Humphrys is painfully out of depth in this fashion segment with Alexandra Shulman, it’s embarrassing #r4today #bbcr4today— Stanners (@cheesecakebase) August 31, 2017center_img How dare the ex editor of Vogue come on #r4today and constantly contradict renowned fashion expert John Humphrys.— Gary Pepworth (@garypepworth) August 31, 2017 She replied: “I don’t know if that’s necessarily true…we had quiet a range…we had Adele, Vogue has a couple of not particularly skinny people coming up soon I think.” Ewww……I got a horrible image of John Humphrys drooling 🤤as he talked about stilettos, leather trousers and bikinis #bbcr4today— JillyCL ☮️ (@JillyCL) August 31, 2017 Mr Humphrys then moved on to the issue of stilettos, saying: “The other way in which fashion is cruel is shoes, stilettos, you make women feel they have to wear very high heels and they must be excruciating.”Ms Shulman joked: “Heavens John, you are very clued up on fashion this morning, no I do not agree with that at all, women do not have to wear high heels…wearing a heel gives you a completely different feel about your body…in my case it makes me feel in control rather than slopping around in a pair of slippers.” 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.last_img read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGDF ranks implicated in crimes to face full brunt of the law- Chief of Staff (ag)November 1, 2018In “Crime”Ex-GDF rank freed of illegal gun, ammo chargesNovember 9, 2018In “Court”Miner facing 3 counts of robbery under arms remandedJanuary 16, 2018In “Court” Jamal Hazel, the 21-year-old soldier who along with an accomplice was arrested on January 13, 2018, in connection with a $5.5M robbery, was today charged for that robbery in addition to two others.Jamal HazelHazel, of Middle Road LaPenitence, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ court before Magistrate Judy Latchman on three counts of robbery under arms committed on Boodram Hemraj at North Road on January 10, 2018, Marica Adams at Peters Hall, on January 6, 2018 and Andrea Purdessy at Pike Street Kitty, on January 11, 2018.He was also charged with possession of a firearm and  ammunition without a licence.He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was refused bail and remanded to prison until January 30, 2018.Hazel, a Lance Corporal attached to the Guyana Defence Force  was on Tuesday implicated in the two other robberies.According to police, the soldier was “picked out during an identification parade by two victims as the suspect who robbed them of their valuables on North Road, Georgetown, on January 10, 2018 and Peters Hall, East Bank Demerara, on January 6, 2018.” read more

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first_imgThe South African mining industry has in recent times been experiencing serious safety challenges. Vodacom has announced its intention to join forces with the Mining Precinct@Carlow Road and mining sector in general to make use of its technology in order to help solve some of the critical challenges identified by the mining sector.Speaking at the Vodacom Mining Engagement event held at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Nkululeko Magadla, Managing Executive for Vodacom Business Large Enterprise Segment said: “As a leader in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Vodacom intends to partner and collaborate with the mining sector in finding possible solutions that can best help respond to some of the challenges faced by the mining sector.”“Vodacom has capability beyond fixed and mobile services that could be applied in the mining sector in order to help address some of the challenges affecting the mining sector across the country,” says Magadla.Explaining on how Vodacom Business intends to partner with the mining sector, Magadla said that some of the capabilities include Internet of Things (IoT) platform for aggregation and analytics, digital health capability to help support health screening at the edge and Big Data as a service.“Vodacom has strong generic IoT capabilities and would like to work with the mining sector in order to define industry specific solutions that can help address specific problems amongst these health and safety, mining efficiency and productivity. In order for us to be able to provide suitable solutions, we will collaborate with the Mining Precinct in several areas to research solutions across a range of technology interventions, said Magadla.The Mining Precinct@Carlow Road, Programme Manager for Real-time Information Systems (RTIMS), IIoT, and Digitalisation, Jean-Jacques says: “With the valuable support and guidance of many of our collaborators, such as the Chamber of Mines, the DST, the DTI, MEMSA, the CSIR, and our major SA mining houses, we will be able to complete our industrial and applied research work for RTIMS in its 1st year of execution (March 2018).”Jacques said: “We have made good progress in our efforts of identifying viable, and coherent components for a mining IIoT framework, which is holistic in its approach. Much work still lies ahead and key to the success of solving SA’s mining challenges within an ever-evolving digitalisation and industry 4.0 environment, will require active and sincere collaboration among many Industry-reliant participants.”Jacques adds “that it is a collaboration of the willing and so is pleased that Vodacom is willing to engage and be involved this collaboration with the Mining Precinct@Carlow Road. We look forward to continued interactions in this regard”. Digitalisation and real-time information systems will undeniably change the health and safety dynamics in mining, and the many challenges.“One fatality or one injury is one too many, and so aspirations are high that as we progress from modernised mines to digitalised mines, to eventually intelligent mines, every stakeholder needs to re-think positioning, products, solutions, and participation, to jointly deliver on this aspiration for South Africa’s mines”.last_img read more

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first_img[Image: Spacegroup.ie]NURSES AND MIDWIVES’ UNION the INMO are planning to develop the former Richmond Hospital in Dublin 7 as an education and events centre, after acquiring the property for €2.9 million in a deal handled by estate agents Allsop Space.The distinctive red brick structure, built at the turn of the 20th century, adjoins their existing offices at the former Whitworth Hospital on North Brunswick Street. It was modernised as part of a multi-million euro investment in 1996, after the OPW leased the former hospital for use by the courts service.INMO Deputy General Secretary David Hughes said the union had secured a “real bargain” in the deal, and described the Richmond as one of the “best buildings in Dublin”.He said it would be used to run educational courses for members, as the union expands its programme of classes in line with the Nurses and Midwives Act of 2011, which stipulates that all nurses must have a portfolio showing they’ve undertaken a certain number of courses in a given five year period. [Image: Spacegroup.ie]The building will also be let out to local and other groups to hold meetings and smaller conferences, and Hughes said the additional space would also give the union the ability to bid for European and international nursing conferences.“Part of the attraction is that it’s almost ready to open straight away following the OPW modernisation — all the wiring is completely computerised, for instance, and the rooms are all very suitable”.A number of minor works are to be undertaken over the next few months (including the installation of more ladies’ toilets) and it’s planned the centre will open its doors this summer, with courses beginning in September.Originally part of a complex of three hospitals (the Richmond, the Whitworth and the Hardwick) the building as it stands today was built between 1899 and 1901.According to the estate agents:“At the time of construction the hospital was praised for modern features, including warmed filtered air for the theatres, modern ventilation, and the building being raised above the ground by arches.”last_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Most scenarios facing Greece are bleak. The country could default, introduce capital controls, forcibly convert savers’ deposits into bank capital, quit the euro and so forth. But there is still a chance things might not end too badly. All those who care about Greece, starting with its prime minister Alexis Tsipras, need to work hard on the least bad path forward.This will require Tsipras not only to eat his words, but also to call a new election. The timing is tough, given a series of payments Athens needs to make to both the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank in the next three months, but just doable.The essential first step is for Greece to agree a short-term deal with its creditors: to unlock 7.2 billion euros of loans and avoid a bankruptcy that will probably otherwise occur next month. Given that the two sides are still far apart, this won’t be easy. On the other hand, Tsipras says he is hopeful of a deal – so maybe that indicates he is finally ready to make concessions.The most important one Athens needs to make is on pensions. The Greek system is unsustainable, largely because of a large number of exemptions that allow people to take pensions long before the official retirement age. The creditors must not give ground on this point.On the other hand, the euro zone and the IMF should be prepared to compromise on labour reform. While they are right to insist on Greece not rolling back changes that have improved competitiveness, there is no need to dismantle yet more protection for workers.Assuming such a short-term deal can be done, there would still be three questions. Will Tsipras be able to get his radical left Syriza party to support the deal? How will Athens be financed while it works through the summer on a longer-term agreement with its creditors? And will Greece and its creditors be prepared to agree a multi-year deal that will require yet more reforms and probably over 50 billion euros in new loans?Calling a second election will be the best way of answering these questions. It would be a way for Tsipras to kick out the hardliners in his party. By securing a mandate from the Greek people to negotiate a new long-term bailout programme, it would also give the creditors more confidence that Athens would follow through on its commitments. That would, in turn, make it easier to get money flowing both now and in the future.Unless Tsipras goes back to the Greek people, it will be hard for the creditors to trust anything he promises. After the last four months of dispiriting talks, they will worry that he will just take the money and fail to implement the programme.Euro zone governments, led by Germany, will struggle to persuade their parliaments to authorise another 50 billion euro plus bailout for Greece, feeling they will be pouring good money after bad. The IMF will also be reluctant to play a role; but, if it doesn’t, it certainly won’t be possible to get the German parliament on board.A second election, in which Tsipras told the Greek people that they would have to make compromises to save the nation, would change all that. Given that they want to stay in the euro and that the opposition is in disarray, the prime minister would be well placed to win a majority.The best timing for a second election would probably be in July – after a short-term deal is secured but before negotiation on the long-term programme begins in earnest.Under this scenario, Tsipras would agree some unpopular measures now and push them through parliament. Some of his hardliners are likely to rebel, meaning that he might need the support of the opposition to carry the day. The creditors would release the 7.2 billion euros left in the current bailout programme. Because this isn’t quite enough to see Greece through the summer, the ECB would also let the country’s banks buy more treasury bills from the government.Tsipras can then call the election. Because less than a year has passed since January’s election, under Greek law he would be allowed to pick which candidates should run from his own party. He could therefore kick out the rebels, presumably leaving them to form their own far-left party.This is why a second election is a preferable to a referendum, which has been advocated by Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, as a way of securing a new mandate from the people. After such a plebiscite, Tsipras would be stuck with the same parliamentarians.Following the second election, negotiations on the new bailout programme could be completed. With Tsipras backed by a more moderate group of parliamentarians, the creditors should be willing not only to lend more money in return for reforms, but also agree some relief on the country’s massive debts, probably by extending the current interest rate holiday and the period over which loans must be repaid.Such a scenario may seem like a fairy-tale. But it is one of the few without a deeply unhappy ending.[Reuters]last_img read more

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first_imgIn a shocking incident, a man was dead and his wife and son are in critical condition after a snake bite in Mahbubabad on Friday. The family reported the snake bite when they were sleeping at their home in Kommulavancha in Narsimhulapadu mandal. Ravi’s death was instant. His wife and son were shifted to Mahbubabad government hospital. Their health condition is said to be critical.last_img

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first_imgForeign minister AK Abdul Momen. File photoBangladesh has come up with a new proposal for India regarding the Rohingya crisis.The proposal states that a safe haven can be created in Myanmar’s Rakhine state where the driven-out Rohingyas can be rehabilitated.And countries who are friends of Myanmar can take responsibility of ensuring that the Rohingyas can live there free of fear, in safety, with a sustainable livelihood. These countries can include India, China and ASEAN members.Bangladesh’s foreign minister AK Abdul Momen placed this proposal before the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and foreign minister Sushma Swaraj during his recent visit to India, adding that India should include this in talks with Myanmar.Abdul Momen was speaking to the media after a dinner hosted in his honour by the Bangladesh High Commission in Delhi on Friday.The foreign minister said, Myanmar may agree to its friendly states taking responsibility of overseeing the Rohingya and monitoring their welfare upon their return. He said Modi responded by saying it was an ‘innovative proposal.’Abdul Momen chose India for his first overseas visit after becoming foreign minister. During the three-day trip, he attended that Bangladesh-India Joint Consultant Commission (JCC) meeting.Speaking to the media, he said that he had also placed the proposal before Sushma Swaraj. She wanted to know if he had given the proposal to prime minister Modi and he assured her he had, albeit in brief.Sushma then asked that why he hadn’t proposed this to the Myanmar foreign minister who was his friend. He said that Myanmar would given the proposal more importance if it came from India.During the JCC meet, Abdul Momen stressed the need for sharing the waters of common rivers including Teesta. Some of these flow in from China. He said that the experts of the Bangladesh-India Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) would decide whether the issue of water sharing would be sorted out bilaterally or multilaterally.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more

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first_img Popular on Variety As CTO of Disney Direct-To-Consumer and International, LaBerge will lead a technology team comprised of thousands of technologists, engineers, designers, developers and other staffers. The DTCI Technology organization was formed by combining technology teams from across the Walt Disney Co. and will be responsible for linear and digital media distribution technology, ad technology, consumer data platforms, international broadcast operations, and the development, engineering, and deployment of all consumer-facing digital products for the company globally.“As a champion of innovation and growth, Aaron will work across our segment and the larger company to develop an industry-leading technology infrastructure to meet future demands,” Mayer said in a statement. “Recognizing that the needs of our consumers and clients are constantly changing, he brings a wealth of skill and experience to lead an organization of talented and dedicated individuals in order to strategically respond to an increasingly complex media landscape.”Disney also outlined the structure of the DTCI Technology organization, which will comprise nine core teams: Business Platforms, Data Platforms, Information Security, Media Engineering, Media Services, Product Engineering, Product and Design, Technology Operations, and Office of the CTO.The DTCI Technology leadership team — reporting to LaBerge — will include Mike Andrews, SVP of product engineering; Michael Cupo, VP, office of the CTO; John Heerdt, SVP, media engineering; Chris Lawson, SVP, technology operations; and Mike Napodano, SVP, business platforms. Disney said it will announce additional leadership roles in the coming weeks.LaBerge and the DTCI Technology team will collaborate closely with Disney Streaming Services, the group previously known as BAMTech, which remains responsible for DTCI’s direct-to-consumer subscription streaming platforms. Specifically, LaBerge will work directly with Joe Inzerillo, EVP and CTO of Disney Streaming Services.Disney said LaBerge also will work with other senior technology leaders at the company, including Tilak Mandadi, EVP and CTO of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products, and Susan O’Day, Disney’s EVP of enterprise technology and CIO. LaBerge, in a statement, said, “We are in the most dynamic and exciting period in the history of media and entertainment. How we dream up, create and utilize technology to power content, unleash creativity and drive business matters more than ever.”From 2007 until his return to Disney in 2013 (via ESPN), LaBerge was CEO of Fanzter, a venture-backed consumer software and digital product development company he co-founded.LaBerge first joined Disney in 1997, through Disney’s acquisition of Starwave Ventures, the company that produced some of the company’s earliest internet products, including ESPN.com and ABCNews.com. Before Starwave, LaBerge worked as a senior software engineer at Renaissance Interactive, an early internet development and consulting firm specializing in publishing and content management systems.A native of Charleston, S.C., LaBerge holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of South Carolina. Based in Bristol, Conn., he spends significant time working in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere. Aaron LaBerge, previously ESPN’s chief technology officer, is taking on a new role as EVP and CTO of Disney’s recently formed Direct-To-Consumer and International segment.LaBerge will be the first CTO of Direct-To-Consumer and International segment, reporting to chairman Kevin Mayer. The DTCI business, created in a March 2018 reorg, encompasses Disney’s media and direct-to-consumer businesses globally, including all Disney networks outside of the U.S.; the ESPN+ streaming service; the Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service slated for 2019 launch; and the company’s ownership stake in Hulu.Since 2015, LaBerge served as EVP and CTO at ESPN, leading the design and development of the sports programmer’s next-generation data, video and audio platforms. He also served on the Disney Research Advisory Board. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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first_imgStay on target 11 Groundbreaking Female Comic Book ArtistsGifts for the ‘Archie’ Comics Fan in Your Life “Join Archie, Betty and Veronica, Jughead and Reggie as they team up to form the soon-to-be legendary rock group, The Archies, in the never-before-told origin story of the band from co-writers Alex Segura and Matthew Rosenberg and artist Joe Eisma. Get to know the town’s biggest jock, BIG MOOSE, and learn that there’s more to the varsity star than you’d think, courtesy of writers Sean Ryan, Ryan Cady and Gorf and artists Cory Smith, Thomas Pitilli and Ryan Jampole. Shudder at the sight of everyone’s favorite burger-chompin’ smart-aleck as he undergoes a terrifying and bloodthirsty transformation in Jughead: The Hunger! When a murderous menace is on the prowl, taking the lives of some of the most well-known and esteemed inhabitants of Riverdale, Jughead, and his dark legacy comes to light from the twisted, macabre mind of writer Frank Tieri and artist Michael Walsh.”I’m a huge Archie Comics nerd. I can’t watch Riverdale, but I can (and will) read all of the Archie Comics from past to present. Archie Comics Presents gives the readers stories that both fly and fall, but delightful and authentic to the beloved characters.ARCHIE COMICS PRESENT… THE ARCHIES AND OTHER STORIES(W): Alex Segura, Matthew Rosenberg, Sean Ryan, Ryan Cady, Gorf, and Frank Tieri (A): Joe Eisma, Cory Smith, Thomas Pitilli, Ryan Jampole, and Michael Walsh. (C): Matt Herms, Glenn Whitmore, Kelly Fitzpatrick (L): Jim Campbell, Jack MorelliArchie Comics have taken a slight sharp left turn with their epic reboot of the classic series. From their new bold brand of comics to Riverdale, Archie Comics is making those classic known stories into something hip and fresh for new generations of comic readers to enjoy. Archie Comics Presents does just that. It takes a band, a character, and a new angle and launches it out for the world to see. However, some of those stories can fly or falter. In Archie Comics Presents, I found myself falling in love with some and leaving others in the dust.via Archie ComicsTHE ARCHIES, written by Alex Segura and Matthew Rosenberg with art by Joe Eisma, colors by Matt Herms and letters by Jack Morelli, go back to the band’s humble beginnings. Archie dreams of being a musician. It’s one of his purest of passions, and he wants to make something out of it. When he and Jughead secure a spot to perform at The Jackpot via Jughead’s cousin Bingo. The dynamic duo must race against the clock to form a band so they can actually play the live performance. Betty and Veronica join soon after, but Archie’s big head starts to show, leaving the group in question as the band figures out their next steps with or without him.Segura and Rosenberg make me care a lot more about The Archies than I originally did. Witnessing a little bit of The Archies beginning was a new start for the character. We knew of his love for music, but we finally get to see them play out. The writing duo gives The Archies some much-needed heart, but while reading, I did wish there was more. It felt like a story that needed telling but didn’t know which way it truly wanted to go.I wish there were more of seeing Archie’s real passion for music. Where did it come from? We’re usually plopped down in the middle of Archie’s misadventures. It would nice to go back and see more of where that passion truly came from. Luckily, there will be an ongoing The Archies series is coming to Archie Comics October 4th. Hopefully, we learn more about the backstory of Archie’s love of music and the writing duo will be able to shoot this group into superstardom like Josie and the Pussycats.via Archie ComicsJoe Eisma’s art captures the spirit of The Archies. Eisma’s art is playful and expressive which shines so brightly on these characters. You’ll find your eyes moving from panel to panel just to engage with Eisma’s art because of the lively feel he brings to the band’s story. Matt Herm’s colors are just as playful as Eisma’s art. He brings these panels alive with a pleasant mixture of cool and warm tones that perk you up. Herm’s invites you into the world of The Archies and lets you feel like you’re invited to stay._____Next up, BIG MOOSE! Moose is one of the most underrated characters in Archie Comics. Most would just dismiss the lovable football player as “dumb, ” but there’s so much more to Moose that we don’t get to see. In this double-sized one-shot, we read three different sides to Marmaduke Mason or Moose Mason. He becomes the personification of that wise old saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover.”“Moose Vs. The Vending Machine”, written by Sean Ryan, art by Cory Smith and colors by Matt Herms, is the characterization of Moose that screams Gentle Giant. “Have It All,” written by Ryan Cady, art by Thomas Pitilli and colors by Glenn Whitmore, tells the story of Moose trying to please everyone but results in him being stressed and overwhelmed. “The Big Difference,” written by Gorf, art by Ryan Jampole and colors by Kelly Fitzpatrick, focus on the relationship between Moose and freshmen named Colin. He looks up to Moose in every way and wishes to be an athlete like him.via Archie ComicsAll of the stories in Big Moose are very different sides to the big guy. Gorf writes him as a guy who doesn’t see the differences in people and doesn’t understand why we see them. He treats everyone equally no matter what, but when Jughead calls him out, he very much sees it. It’s the opposite of how Ryan Cady writes him in “Have It All.” We see Moose as a teen who is trying to please everyone else but puts himself on the backburner. Though these stories are diverse in their re-telling of Moose, none of them accomplish that good ol’ fashion nostalgia like Sean Ryan does in “Moose Vs. The Vending Machine.”Sean Ryan tells the most classic Moose story for the new age. The other stories are great, and they show different sides of him, but Ryan’s portrayal of the lovable giant hits home and align with the classic stories. It gives the “dumb” Moose, but it doesn’t lean against it. Moose is naive, childish, but also funny and has a type of b-movie flair to it. Ryan also laces in his relationship with his best gal, Midge and his friendship with trickster Jughead that brings you into the story without getting left behind.via Archie ComicsCory Smith’s art fits well with Moose. He takes the character design of him being a giant and gives the image over to Moose. A great thing with these one-shots are the expressive faces that the artist nail to wonderfully. Smith’s art makes you smile, worry and laugh along with Moose because one thing about his character that never falters is how his face can express two hands full of emotions. Smith’s art is accompanied by Matt Herms on colors that drive that b-movie vibe home. Herms’ colors are vibrant and lighthearted, leaving us in a lively and humorous mood when reading. Herm’s colors with Jack Morelli’s letter go hand in hand, especially when it comes to the SPX. Archie Comics, PLEASE give Sean Ryan, Cory Smith and Matt Herms more Moose power. I beg of you._____Last, but not least, JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER has got to be my favorite part of this small collection of one-shots since Jughead: Volume One. Written by Frank Tieri and art by Michael Walsh, focuses on a string of unsolved murders committed by the Riverdale Ripper. No one knows who’s doing it and every full moon, another person is found dead. One night, the gang starts their journey home when Jughead encounters Dilton, and he discovers he’s a little bit more than human. He’s a werewolf. The three of them must find a way to calm Jughead’s savage beast before it spins out of control. Or Betty will have to put him down… for good.via Archie ComicsJughead: The Hunger is such a simple concept. I mean, Jughead with his mega appetite, actually turns into one of the hungriest creatures of the night. Spectacular. This comic is just what the Archie Horror needs to push that imprint forward and expand their diverse storytelling.Frank Tieri tells an intense narrative, revolved around friendship and supernatural history that feels so natural, but not at all predictable. You want to know what happens next within Jughead: The Hunger. The tense atmosphere surrounding the characters and the history keep you holding your breath. Within the comics, Tieri’s writing of Betty and Jughead blew me away. As two sides of an opposite ongoing family war, the friendship of the pair is almost instantly shattered and comes straight for your heartstrings. Archie tries to put the pieces together, but it’s up to Jughead and Betty to mend that family war. Tieri’s writing keeps you hanging on, and you kill to know what happens next.via Archie ComicsIf Tieri’s writing wasn’t enough to sell you on Jughead: The Hunger, Walsh’s art is the key to the entire tale. Michael Walsh’s art is your best gothic nightmares come to life. He slays (all pun intended) these pages and matches flawlessly with Tieri’s narrative. The use of his shadowed inks is extraordinary, creating a mysterious sullen, moody vibe that seizes your attention. Walsh works with Dee Cunniffe to round up this work with their savage colors. Walsh and Cunniffe work in those rustic oranges, reds, and browns. They amp up Jughead’s hunger, but then they make their panels bloody, it’s a sight to behold. It’s not all out gory, but it’s just the right amount of blood to drive the story and tell you what Jughead has become.Like The Archies, Jughead: The Hunger will soon make its debut as an ongoing series in Fall 2017. Frank Tieri will be back as the writer with art by Pat and Ted Kennedy. I can’t wait to see where this story ends up. It’s going to be a wild ride.Archie Comics Presents carries some hits and misses but bring multiple visions and voices to helm these characters. It’s an exciting time to be an Archie Comics fan. Our favorite characters are coming back in strong direction with different creators at the helm. Some for good, some for the bad, but all of them are giving something that you could never possibly imagine, and that’s the best part. Archie Comics Presents… The Archies and Other Stories is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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first_imgBook lovers in the Capital now have reason to rejoice. The biannual event has just been converted into an annual event. World Book Fair 2013 began in the Capital on Monday with book-lovers thronging the exhibition. The fair was inaugurated by the Minister of State for HRD, Dr Shashi Tharoor. MP Karan Singh and French Ambassador Francois Richier were also present at the inaugural ceremony. The week-long fair being held at the Pragati Maidan displays books of all kinds and genres in both national and international category. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The fair has nearly 1,100 exhibitors from 28 countries exhibiting books in about 2,100 stalls. Stalls have been set up by foreign publishers from countries like the US, Nepal, Turkey, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the UK, Singapore, Sri Lanka and South Korea. The book fair is organised by the National Book Trust (NBT) and co-organised by India Trade Promotion Organisation.It has around 200 participants and the theme of the fair this year is Indigenous Voices: Mapping India’s Folk and Tribal Literature where France is the guest country. Keeping the theme in mind, the fair has a special exhibition of books on various aspects of folk and tribal literature, culture, exhibits of art and crafts, workshops and panel discussions. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘France is the guest country of honour with focus on its publishing industry and its contemporary literature through a large contingent of publishers, authors and scholars,’ said MA Sikander, director, National Book Trust. ‘The main aim of the organisers is to captivate children. We wish to sensitise and improve the reading habits of youngsters. To keep them interested and involved, the organisers have made a children and youth pavilion,’ he further said. There are discussions and special sections for youth and children. Many NGOs, colleges, schools and government institutions are participating and organising various activities for youngsters and children to promote book culture among them.A special inclusion for e-books has also been made where the developers, publishers, and content providers are displaying their e-books. For the first time, NBT has set up four author corners in the fair where more than 75 eminent authors in English, Hindi and other Indian languages will hold reading sessions and interact with readers.DETAILAt: Pragati MaidanOn Till: 10 FebruaryTimings: 10 am- 7 pmlast_img read more

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first_imgTimbre: edit audio and video on Android by Martin Brinkmann on May 23, 2017 in Google Android – 5 commentsTimbre is a free application for Google Android devices that enables you to edit audio or video directly on the device it is running on.While all Android devices come with options to record video, editing tools to edit these captured videos or audio files are either super basic, or not available at all.You should not expect desktop-like editing capabilities on Android, but basic operations such as merging, cutting or trimming are often all that you require.The Google Play store is home to hundreds, if not thousands, of applications that let you edit video or audio on Android devices. While that is good, many are either too basic, filled with ads, or not working at all.Timbre reviewTimbre’s interface is clean and well designed. You find the two main sections audio and video displayed in the interface right on start, and may pick one of the available editing tools.The first five tools are the same for audio and video:Join allows you to join multiple audio and video files. This concatenates the media files in order that you select them on the device.Cut provides you with the means to cut part of a media file, and save it to the device.Convert lets you convert media files to different formats. For video, supported formats are mp4, avi, mkv, flv and mov. For audio, they are mp3, wav, flac, m4a, aac and ogg.Omit removes part of a video or audio, and saves the remaining parts to the device. It is basically a reverse version of cut.Split lets you split an audio or video file into two parts.Then there are the bitrate, remove audio and video to audio tools which are only available to audio (bitrate) or video (remove audio and video to audio).Bitrate may be used to change the original bitrate of the selected audio file. You may reduce the bitrate only using the tool.Remove Audio finally may simply remove the audio source of video files.Video to Audio simply converts the video file to an audio file, so that you end up with the audio only.The process itself is always the same: you pick one of the available tools, and are either taken to the file browser right away, or are prompted to pick files using one of the available browsers, for instance the gallery.The tools are easy to use, and it is often just a matter of seconds before you have made the desired changes. Output options allow you to select a folder for the new file that is created in the process, and a file name.The processing time depends largely on the video or audio file, the operation, and the performance of the device. Timbre processes media files in the background, so that you may navigate away and use other apps or functions of the device while the conversion runs in the background.Keep in mind that conversions are resource intensive, and that you may experience a lower performance when you run demanding apps or games during that time.The app displays a notification when the conversion ended, so that you can check out the new file right away.Timbre ships with two additional options listed under more. The first provides you with text to speech capabilities. This did not work properly when I tested it. The option to enter text was provided, but there was no button or option to proceed with the conversion.The second option is to run console commands. Timbre uses ffmpeg for all the background work, and you can run ffmpeg commands directly as well. This is an advanced feature that most users probably don’t require. Still, great to have if you know your way around running ffmpeg from the command line.Closing WordsTimbre is a useful application for Android. It is well designed and all of the tools are easy to use. If you need to process audio or video directly on your Android device at times, this is one application that you should definitely check out for that purpose.Now You: Do you edit media on your mobile devices, or desktop devices?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 3 votes Software Name Timbre: Cut, Join, Convert mp3Operating System AndroidSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=xeus.timbre Advertisementlast_img read more

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