9 Informative Adobe Encore DVD Authoring Tutorials

first_imgOne product in the Adobe Production Suite that often gets overlooked is the powerful Encore DVD authoring application.  Here are 9 tutorials that will get you up to speed on Encore in no time!Creative Cow contributor and Premiumbeat blogger Andrew Devis recently completed a 9 video tutorial series on creating and authoring DVDs in Adobe Encore.  Although video pros are dealing less and less with DVDs, for many clients and consumers it’s still the medium of choice.  Knowing how to create and deliver quality (and often complex) DVDs is still essential for post production professionals.  In addition to standard DVDs, Encore provides the tools necessary to author Blu-Rays.In this 9 part video series for Creative Cow, Andrew walks you through all stages of Adobe Encore DVD creation, from importing video sequences to creating complex menus and buttons.  3 videos are dedicated to creating Slideshows using Encore – a robust use of that application.Naturally, the more complex the DVD project the more room there is for error.  Andrew walks you through how to check your DVD for quality and insure it’s free from common oversights and errors.  The last thing you want is to deliver a DVD to a client with tracks disconnected or playback errors – ouch!Adobe Encore is a good solution if you’re looking for a DVD solution in your post production pipeline, especially if you’re already an Adobe diehard or Premiere Pro editor.Check out the first few Adobe Encore tutorial videos below (the full series is on Creative Cow).What do YOU use for your DVD authoring?Are your clients still asking for DVDs?  Blu-Rays?Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

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A. Shankar Rao is new DGP of Sikkim

first_imgSenior IPS officer A. Shankar Rao has been appointed as Sikkim’s new Director General of Police, a government notification has said.Mr. Rao, a 1987-batch IPS officer of the Sikkim cadre, replaced S.D. Negi, who has been transferred to the Labour Department as Principal Secretary, it said.Mr. Rao is at present posted as the Officer on Special Duty at the State Tourism and Civil Aviation Department office in New Delhi. A. Shankar Rao will be the new DGP of Sikkim with immediate effect, the notification issued by Tenzing Gelek, Principal Secretary to the State government, said.last_img read more

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Rene Catalan sees long reign for ONE strawweight champ Joshua Pacio

first_imgLATEST STORIES Joshua Pacio and Rene Catalan show respect to each other after their strawweight world title fight in the main event of ONE: Masters of Fate. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Joshua Pacio retained his strawweight world title when he stopped fellow Filipino Rene Catalan in the second round in the main event of ONE: Masters of Fate Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena.It was Pacio’s first title defense since regaining the belt, which Catalan doesn’t see changing hands anytime soon as long as he stays healthy and determined.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Siakam, Raptors end Lakers’ 7-game winning streak Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight04:36Joshua Pacio is the new ONE Strawweight world champion01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue “He will reign long. He is still young, he’s just 23 and if he remains disciplined, he will reach even bigger heights,” Catalan said.“I just hope he stays injury free and he remains disciplined because I see him holding the belt for a long time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceCatalan has reason to believe Pacio will remain the king of the strawweight division for as long as he strives to after competing against him inside the ring.The 40-year-old Catalan nearly had Pacio into a submission in the first round but only to be a witness to the Team Lakay star’s resiliency.center_img MOST READ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Rice industry paralysis “I was really planning to get that heel hook and leg lock, that’s where I was trying to get the submission,” Catalan said.Tea“I heard his ankle snap three times, but he just stayed on it. He was really strong, that’s what surprised me. He was really determined, and his fighting spirit is really impressive.”Catalan, who saw his six-fight streak come to an end, hopes to get another crack at the world title against Pacio.“I know I still have a lot to learn when it comes to MMA,“ Catalan said. “I got motivated to train more. Pacio is the king of the division and I was there with him.”“I’m gonna come in even more confident the next time out because I feel like Pacio is the strongest in the division.”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more

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Bengaluru Hosts ‘Creative Minds 2018’ by Arena Animation

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with NewsVoir. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)Bengaluru, Karnataka, India (NewsVoir)Arena Animation, the leading animation institution in India recently organized the Creative Minds – Bengaluru 2018 – an opportunity for over 400 students to showcase their talent.Creative Minds is Arenas flagship student competition, where students produce and showcase some brilliant work. Students conceptualise and produce films under the guidance & mentorship of their faculty. These films and projects are judged by industry experts, who then guide and nurture them. This competition which happens across the country, judges students on various categories such as digital illustration, character design and animation, visual effects scene, 3D architectural visualization to name a few. It creates a platform for the students that provide them opportunity to learn teamwork and showcase their work within a strict timeframe, thus improving their capability, capacity and efficiency.Congratulating the winners, Mr. Pravir Arora, Group Chief Marketing Officer, Aptech Ltd. said, Creative Minds is an initiative that offers a holistic benefit to the students. On one hand they receive quality insight including tip and tricks while using software, and on the other, they receive quick and comprehensive feedback on their work. With such competitions we want to create a stage for students to network with the industry experts. I would like to heartily congratulate the winners of Creative Minds, Bengaluru 2018.The industry stalwarts consisted of leading studios in India. These industry experts lent their guidance to students and also provided them useful career tips, in order to nurture industry-ready individuals. In this way, students were exposed to the latest industry trends, while at the same time they learnt to apply the learnings to the work they had presented. Along with the competition, a masterclass was conducted by industry leaders such as: Mr. Pranay Agarwal, Head of Compositing, DNeg Studios, Mr. Sanjay Rajan, Animation supervisor at Xentrix Studios, Mr. Dijo Davis, Head of L&D at Technicolor Academy & Mr. Sachin A A. Learning Lead Compositing – Technicolour Academy by MPC Studios, Bengaluru.advertisementArena Animation believes that a better future for the Indian animation and VFX industry can only be fueled by skilling the youth and nurturing creative minds and make them industry-ready. Initiatives like Creative Minds by Arena Animation always aim towards creating a strong community of skilled animators.About Arena AnimationArena Animation is a Pioneer, Trendsetter and Global Leader in Animation education. Arena has an extensive network of centers and has trained over 4, 00,000 students globally since its inception in 1996.Arena offers industry relevant courses on Animation & Multimedia to students aspiring for global careers in this New Age industry. It trains students as well as professionals in the latest industry relevant courses backed by alliances with world leaders, a world-class faculty and the latest technical educational tools.Arenas students are placed as Graphic Designers, Web Designers, 2D/3D Animators, 2D/3D Designers, AV Editors, Technical Trainers, 3D Modelers, Multimedia Programmers, Compositors, Visualizers, Content Developers and Pre and Post Production executives in blue chip animation studios and entertainment companies like Prime Focus, Rhythm & Hues Studios, Crest Animation Studios, EFX, UTV Toons, Toonz Animation, Nipuna Services, Prasad Studio, Colour Chips, Ramoji Film City, Green Gold Animation, DQ Entertainment, Paprikaas Animation Studios, UshaKiron TV, Sony TV, Google India, NDTV, TOI, DD Sports, Discovery Channel, Divya Bhaskar, Asianet Satellite Communications, ETV, NDTV, Zee Sports and Zee TV to name a few.For Further Information, please visit www.arena-multimedia.com.Image 1: Creative Minds – Bengaluru 2018Image 2: Mr. Pranay Agarwal, Head of Compositing, DNeg Studios at Creative Minds 2018 BengaluruPWRPWRlast_img read more

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Bowlers need some protection: Ashok Dinda endorses Ashwin, Unadkat’s idea of face masks

first_imgBengal pacer Ashok Dinda has backed Ravichandran Ashwin and Jaydev Unadkat’s idea of bowlers wearing face masks to save themselves from getting injured on the follow-through.Ashwin and Unadkat floated the idea of face masks after the horrific incident involving Dinda went viral on social media and the cricket fraternity.Dinda escaped serious injury after he was struck on his forehead by a cricket ball while he was attempting for a caught-and-bowled chance during a practice T20 game at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday.Dinda continued bowling a few balls but complained of dizziness before being taken to a local hospital wherein he was cleared of anything alarming. Dinda was adviced two day’s of rest following CT scans to his injured forehead.Pacer @dindaashoke gets hit on forehead by a ball during #Bengal teams practice session at Eden Gardens. Pacer was rushed to hospital but doctors say nothing to worry. pic.twitter.com/4iCu5EB4NjIndrojit | (@iindrojit) February 11, 2019″By the grace of god, nothing much happened (following the injury). But it’s always good to be safe rather than being sorry. Cricket is evolving and the bowlers also need some protection. It will be good if we can have face masks or something similar,” Dinda told The Telegraph.”It could be because of the T20 effect No doubt that the batsmen are more aggressive in T20s and that has crept into other formats as well,” he added.Been saying it since 2011, these kind of incidences never used to happen in the pre T 20 Era. Something has surely changed , wonder what it is https://t.co/5xasN4IAbZadvertisementAshwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) February 14, 2019Safety measures in cricket has improved drastically since the tragic death of Australian batsman Phil Hughes in 2014. Batsman all over the world in international and domestic cricket are wearing modified helmets these days with more protection on the back while even the umpires have been seen wearing helmets and protective gear on their arms in some T20 matches.The bowlers are the only ones who don’t have any sort of protection but the incident involving Dinda might make the International Cricket Council (ICC) wonder about improving their safety in the future.last_img read more

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Texas Player Gets American Sniper Treatment, He’s Actually out 6-8 Weeks

first_imgI am confused. This Texas player is pretty clearly faking an injury (as the hilarious mashup above shows), but it’s also been announced that he’s out 6-8 weeks. Did he injure himself later on? Did he injure himself on the actual fall?I think the most likely scenario is that he hurt his shoulder the play before, was coming off and was told to use a real injury (albeit not to his legs) as an excuse to fall to the ground to stop Cal.Hey, at least Texas won’t have to worry about faking injuries to stop OSU’s speedy offense. If we’re hurrying, it’s either a draw or a screen to the sideline.LB Ed Freeman tells me he is out 6-8 weeks with shoulder injury. Will have X-ray today to decide if surgery needed.— Ryan Autullo (@AutulloAAS) September 21, 2015[Big Lead]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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a day agoHolloway: Leeds boss Bielsa right to hold back Nketiah

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Holloway: Leeds boss Bielsa right to hold back Nketiahby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer QPR boss Ian Holloway insists Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is right to hold back on-loan Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah.Holloway wrote for the Mirror: “Marcelo Bielsa is doing the right thing by keeping Eddie Nketiah on the bench – and bringing him on to score goals.”He’s not starting because he is inexperienced – but he is brilliant at what he does in the moment. In 90 minutes he might not give you what he is giving you as an impact off the bench. That’s clever management.”I’m very aware that being a manager you have to put people in the right position and that is part of your skill. So I would give Marcelo Bielsa credit that Nketiah is coming off the bench and scoring.”Some young players who start regularly lose their efficiency. They think they are ready for the 90 minutes but they aren’t quite.”I fully understand what Bielsa is doing and fully respect it – because he has been a manager for a long, long time.”At the minute – I wouldn’t change a successful situation. Nketiah is still a very, very young man and every time he comes on, he scores. So why change anything?” last_img read more

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China Goes ‘Black Mirror,’ Restricts Travelers Who Lack Proper ‘Social Credit’

first_img Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other Editors’ Recommendations Black Mirror has proven terrifyingly accurate in portraying the near-future of our digital world. The explosion of Big State government and the collapse of personal privacy seem to be colliding exactly as some have predicted for decades. Now, China is taking things to the next level by, among other things, restricting travel for citizens who lack the proper “social credit” score.Last week, China officially announced plans to curb travel plans for “misbehaving” citizens. So far, the country has been tight-lipped about what infractions qualify as bad behavior. However, the Orwellian-inspired National Development and Reform Commission indicated the range of potential misdeeds includes everything from reporting fake terrorist threats and being an unruly airline passenger down to smoking on trains and attempting to use expired rail tickets.However, the system also targets citizens guilty of financial wrongdoings. This might include anyone failing to pay a fine or employers who are past due on their mandatory social insurance. Or saying censored things and downloading too much porn could ding your credit. The entire scheme is inline with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ongoing social policy: “once untrustworthy, always restricted.”The government’s aim is to ensure that every Chinese citizen has a respective social “meta” file attached to their identity. Scores range from 350-950, but those who have higher ranked connections can see a boost in their own score. The “elite” within the system will be afforded access to more and better social privileges. Those who rank near the bottom (550 and below) will effectively be second-class citizens. They may, for example, be banned from travel, be required to put down large deposits on things like bike rentals, or be excluded altogether from certain classes of hotel. Other penalties could include more thorough examination for international travelers passing through customs or not being able to score a bed on an overnight train.The concept of a government-endorsed social credit score system is eerily similar to the Black Mirror episode “Nosedive.” In it, a creepy, Stepford Wife-esque character (Bryce Dallas Howard) lives in a world whose citizens are beholden to their social credit score. Every interpersonal interaction is logged and rated via a mobile social media app, and users are ranked according to their overall behavior. The lower their score, the worse their opportunities financially, socially, and career-wise.While the news out of China is just now garnering mainstream attention, it appears the travel restrictions may have been in effect for a while. Last year, Reuters cited the country’s Supreme People’s Court who claimed the Chinese government had already limited domestic travel for more than six million citizens due to “social misdeeds.”The end is nigh, folks. It starts — for now — in China on May 1, 2018. World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Ride Out the Apocalypse With the 1,000-Horsepower Rezvani Tank X SUV Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App last_img read more

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Rencontre prévue pour obtenir les commentaires du public en français

first_imgLe gouvernement souhaite connaître les points des Néo-Écossais sur la façon dont les gens peuvent rester en bonne santé et actifs tout en contribuant à leur communauté à mesure qu’ils vieillissent. Les gens qui préfèrent soumettre leurs commentaires en français pourront le faire grâce à l’ajout d’une rencontre en français le 6 juillet à 18 h. Les gens peuvent participer à la rencontre en se rendant à l’un des cinq campus de l’Université Sainte-Anne, soit à Pointe-de-l’Église, à Halifax, à Tusket, à Petit-de-Grat ou à Saint-Joseph-du-Moine. Le système de vidéoconférence de l’université permettra aux gens de participer à partir de tous les sites. La rencontre est organisée par le Nova Scotia Centre on Aging, avec l’aide d’un animateur francophone qui demandera aux participants de soumettre leurs idées. Le gouvernement tiendra compte des commentaires du public, des résultats de la recherche et de la contribution d’un comité consultatif afin d’élaborer un plan d’action pour une population vieillissante, dont la publication est prévue plus tard cette année. Des rencontres ont lieu avec le grand public, ainsi qu’avec certains groupes ciblés afin de mieux refléter la diversité de notre province. Les commentaires de tous les Néo-Écossais, y compris les membres de la famille, les entreprises, le secteur à but non lucratif et les groupes communautaires, en plus de ceux des aînés, sont les bienvenus. Les sujets de discussion seront le travail rémunéré, le bénévolat, le vieillissement chez soi et la vie saine. Les gens peuvent s’inscrire à une rencontre publique ou répondre au questionnaire en ligne au http://novascotia.ca/seniorstalk/fr. Le questionnaire est également disponible sur papier auprès du service 211. La date limite pour la soumission des commentaires est le 22 juillet.last_img read more

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WilsonRaybould Philpott to run as independents in federal election

first_imgREAD MORE: Trudeau broke law by kicking Liberal MPs out of caucus: PhilpottIt led to a political controversy that caused the Liberals to drop significantly in the polls ahead of the federal election in October.More to come. OTTAWA (1310 NEWS) – Former Liberal cabinet ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott will run for re-election as independent candidates.WIlson-Raybould made the announcement in her home riding of Vancouver-Granville, while Philpott followed suit in Markham, Ontario.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked Wilson-Raybould and Philpott out of caucus in April after both had publicly said they had lost confidence in the Trudeau government’s handling of the issue and both resigned from the federal cabinet.last_img read more

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Advocacy group Equal Voice faces fallout after firing three racialized staffers

first_imgOTTAWA — An organization aimed at getting more women into politics is facing fallout after firing three employees who have racialized backgrounds.The move by Equal Voice, which works with women from all political parties, has sparked a social media campaign calling its commitment to equality into question.Four members of the board of directors have also stepped down over the controversy.Executive director Eleanor Fast says she can’t comment on internal human resources matters, but denied the firings had anything to do with ethnicity, race or religion.The online conversation, taking place under a hashtag called “not-so-equal voice,” has included stories shared by young women who were delegates at the Daughters of the Vote conference, which brought 338 young women to Parliament Hill this spring.That event saw dozens of delegates turn their backs on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons, with others walking out as Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer began to speak.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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WFP chief arrives in Afghanistan to review food agencys aid operations

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) arrived in Kabul today for a three-day visit to Afghanistan to review the agency’s relief operations in a country devastated by years of war and drought. Executive Director Catherine Bertini was scheduled get a first-hand look at an orphanage and a popular project involving bakeries run by Afghan women. During her stay, Ms. Bertini is also expected to visit Herat and Jalalabad.Meanwhile, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that thousands of Afghans have crossed into Pakistan in recent days. The new Afghan refugees, most of whom are ethnic Pashtuns, began filtering across the border late last week from cities in northern Afghanistan, including Kunduz, Mazar-i-Sharif and Herat. While some blamed their flight on the lack of food aid, the majority of the new refugees cited security concerns as the main reason for leaving Afghanistan, the agency said. read more

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New UN website to track pledges for tsunami relief

Speaking to journalists, Jan Egeland said the new web page, accessible through www.reliefweb.int, would contain updated information on all tsunami-related pledges received and dispersed. He said he hoped that similar Internet-based real-time reporting would also be used to account for the large sums expected to be received for recovery and development efforts.”I said very early on,” recalling the generous response to the tsunami appeal, “that this unprecedented generosity should be met by unprecedented transparency in how the money is spent, when it is spent, where it is spent, so that those who contributed know where we spend our money.”The bad news, he continued, was that donations for some other crises had slowed. He pointed in particular to low responses to appeals for the Central African Republic, Djibouti and Somalia, which were suffering some of the highest child mortality rates in the world.Mr. Egeland also drew attention to the food security crisis in Niger, where a locust invasion had been followed by severe drought. Of the country’s 12 million inhabitants, 3.6 million were endangered. Calling Niger perhaps “the number one forgotten and neglected emergency,” he said that an appeal for $16.2 million last week drew absolutely no commitments.Concerned that 90 per cent of the world’s attention was focused on 10 per cent of the world’s disasters and wars, he noted that five times more money than had been requested for all the forgotten emergencies combined was spent annually in Europe on ice cream, and that an amount equal to the UN’s combined humanitarian appeals was spent each year in North America on chewing gum. read more

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UN urges collective action ahead of forum to fasttrack AIDS response over

“Ending the AIDS epidemic is a crucial part of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ahead of the 2016 High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, which will take place from 8 to 10 June in the UN General Assembly. “The 2016 United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS can help close the gap between needs and services and advance our efforts to leave no one behind,” he added. Participants at the forum will include Governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, and communities of people living with and affected by HIV. In 2015, the global community delivered on the AIDS targets of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6 – which included halting and reversing the AIDS epidemic – marking the first time a global health target has been met and exceeded. Indeed, data show that the number of people accessing antiretroviral therapy more than doubled to an estimated 17 million from 2010 to 2015, according to the Global AIDS Update 2016 recently released by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The lessons learned in responding to HIV will be crucial to achieving many of the SDGs – a universal set of targets adopted in 2015 that build on the MDGs and which are being used as a framework for the agendas of UN Member States over the next 15 years – and particularly SDG 3, which focuses on good health and well-being and calls for, in particular, ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. An integral part of achieving that target will require countries to take a fast-track approach during the next five years in order to ensure that global efforts are accelerated during that time, as highlighted in the Secretary-General’s report, On the fast track to ending the AIDs epidemic. “We are at a unique moment in history,” stressed UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. “Over the next five years we have a window of opportunity to shift gear and put the global HIV response firmly on the fast-track to end the AIDS epidemic. This meeting will be critical to harnessing the momentum we have built since 2011 and securing global commitment to break the epidemic for good,” he added. At the High-Level Meeting, UN Member States are expected to draft a new political declaration on Ending AIDS that will include a set of time-bound targets to scale up the pace of progress. They will use the zero draft of the political declaration as a basis of negotiations. Peer educator discusses HIV/AIDS prevention and other STDs in Barangay Don Carlos, a poor neighbourhood in Pasay City, Philippines. Photo: UNICEF The meeting will feature a series of four panels as well as a number of side events and round tables covering diverse topics. Participants will take into account analysis of global data showing that the world has a window of opportunity in which to deliver focused and effective action by fully funding and front-loading HIV investment. Countries and the private sector must come together to increase overall investment in HIV prevention and treatment from the $19 billion available in 2014 to $26 billion annually by 2020. At the same time, investment in outreach services that ensure that key populations have access to HIV prevention, care and treatment in low- and middle-income countries must increase to about seven per cent of total HIV investment in 2020. The UNAIDS Fast-Track approach to the AIDS response during the next five years will aim for achieving such targets as fewer than 500,000 people newly infected with HIV; fewer than 500,000 people dying from AIDS-related illnesses; and eliminating HIV-related discrimination. “I call on all United Nations Member States to unite at the high-level meeting on ending AIDS. Together we can fast-track the end of the AIDS epidemic by 2030,” said Mogens Lykketoft, President of the UN General Assembly, which is hosting the meeting. The meeting will be co-facilitated by Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN, and Patricia Mwaba Kasese-Bota, Permanent Representative of Zambia to the UN. Ahead of the high-level meeting, a global meeting of mayors on ending AIDS in cities by 2030 is being held at the New York Public Library today. The event, featuring Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, and about 30 other mayors from major cities, was convened in collaboration with UNAIDS and the Fast-Track cities partners, the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care. Tomorrow, 7 June, an event on HIV and Security: Past, Present and Future, will be held at UN Headquarters in New York, will focus on achieving the Fast-Track targets as well as gender-based violence prevention in humanitarian emergencies and conflict situations. On Wednesday, 8 June, an event on Delivering an AIDS-free generation, also to be held in New York, will highlight the achievements of the Global Plan towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections among Children by 2015 and Keeping their Mothers Alive and priority actions to fast-track that response and the goal of ending paediatric AIDS by 2020. Also on Wednesday, another event to be held in New York, on Breaking the silos: integrated services for adolescent girls and young women, will showcase examples of adolescent-centred policies and programmes and establish commitment to mobilize stakeholders and resources for responses, particularly towards adolescent girls. read more

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Top readers comments of the week

first_imgThe 5 most popular comments this week What an absolutely fantastic family. He cared enough to carry a donor card and here we have his mother in her darkest hour speaking out and trying to create massive positives from a horrible tragedy. These are people that make me proud to be Irish and have restored my faith in mankind.Get your donors card folks. I am making sure mine is always in my purse from today and just do rake care on the roads over the bank holiday and in fact every day. (Brian Lawless/PA Wire) 1. The most popular comment this week was one of the minor but universal things that drive EVERYONE crazy. Linda Nolan got 2,402 thumbs up for this anger-inducing suggestion: Packets of ham that have “peel here” you CANNOT peel here! Or resealable! No its NOT resealable2. Shane Hickey got 1,885 green thumbs for this comment as the story broke about the 7-year-old girl taken from a Roma family home in Tallaght over concerns about her identity: This is getting a bit worrying3. On the same article, Lesley Hennessy got 1,723 thumbs up for this comment: Why is it always madeleine? There are so many other missing children. That campaign has major publicity driving it but others don’t and are struggling to be heard.4. Lloyd Christmas got 1,475 thumbs up for this comment arguing in support of the 79-year-old Kilkenny man who had a birthday cake with a picture of Adolf Hitler on it and who made controversial comments about the Holocaust on local radioHe’s allowed have whatever cake he wants, why is it that I can’t find a hitler costume anywhere but there are loads for bin Laden5. Finally, Run amuck was unimpressed with the story about how an email with sensitive and confidential information about a teenage girl found in a distressed state outside the GPO in Dublin was accidentally sent to a member of the public. He got 1,315 thumbs up for this comment: Just delete the email you clown and don’t be running off to the press !!! FFS The cut in dole for people under 25 was still getting people exercised this week. Brian Ó Dálaigh was strongly critical of the cut:100 Euro per week is only enough for rent and food. Nothing else. The average electricity bill per person is roughly 15 per week. Telephone expenses (to keep in contact for emergency and job prospecting purposes) is roughly 5-10 per week. Internet access to allow for job hunting is another 5-10 per week. Clothing, replacing things such as kettles, dishes, etc. I know a few people on 100 per week. They spend a lot of the week in soup kitchens and eating at friends’ houses. If they didn’t have support networks I can imagine they’d turn to theft. Stealing is better than dying any day.Five hundred clowns at the Intenational Clown Convention have denied any involvement in the killing of a drug cartel leader in Mexico. No, seriously. From Eoghan Kelly:Did all 500 clowns show up to the convention in the same volkswagen beetle?A lot of commenters were criticial of the 3,800 people who became Irish citizens at a mass citizenship ceremony in Dublin’s Convention Centre this week. Celina Vieites got a lot of  thumbs up for this view from the other side:Some of the comments here make me really sad. I’m an immigrant, I’m married to an Irishman and have two wonderful children. I’m a teacher, I do not take advantage of the system, I’ve no medical card and pay all my taxes. My oldest speaks Irish and plays in the local GAA club. I love Ireland and naturalisation to me is a way of putting on paper the feeling of belonging that I have for this country, that is my home. Don’t put all immigrants in the same bag.It’s a tough time of year for Irish Rail: the train company apologised to passengers this week for leaves on the line, saying it’s their ‘least favourite season’. Jason Downes works on trains and he explains how difficult it can be: I worked for irish rail for years and its just a part of the gig. Its not the companies fault and there may indeed be things to fault them on but this isn’t one. I work for Amtrak now and its the same thing here. And they even cut away the trees near the tracks, the thing is the wind blows and the leaves ride on it and their going to end up there one way or another. Short of cutting down every tree there is in the vicinity it’s always going to be there every year. Even with the rail adhesion trains it is what it is.The mother of The Calvanists bassist Taidhg Burke who died after a car crash last weekend wrote a heartbreaking message to his friends and fans, describing how his “glorious heart was flown to Dublin” to be donated to someone who needed it. Catherine Sims was impressed by her bravery: EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we take a look at all the best comments left on the site by our readers over the past seven days.This week there was a lot of talk about Roma families and State authorities, pensioner protests, public transport fares, nuclear power, cannabis legalisation and citizenship in Ireland.So here, in no particular order, are the standout comments from the week that was.The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week1. DNA test proves girl taken from house in Tallaght is related to Roma family (429 comments)2. 6 things we learned from Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan’s Cannabis Regulation Bill (263 comments)3= 22 things Irish people hate (256 comments)3= Cannabis legalisation: Where do the parties stand? (256 comments)5. Poll: Should cannabis be legalised in Ireland? (252 comments)Some of the best comments left on the site this week(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland) In the middle of what was a particularly dark week for news, this exchange between Gordy Wilson and Michelle McLoughney was some light relief:A man in my area has got black hair, and his wife is blonde, but they’ve got a red headed child. Should I phone the guards or The daily star?center_img Random fact of the week comes from Hammy Ballinclea, who is presumably in Australia, on an article about a venemous spider found at a school in England, and concerns – shudder – wasps: Phone the postman. Houses in Perth are well populated with redbacks, white tails and other venomous spiders and no one really bats an eyelid. But if you find a European wasp in your garden you have to ring the council so they can destroy the nest and warn the neighbourhood.That’s right, folks, what really scares an Australian is an Irish wasp.last_img read more

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Kinect used to automate control of a cockroachs movement

first_imgRemote-controlled cockroaches have been a goal of North Carolina State University since last year, when a project was kicked off to mount a chip on a roach that allowed it to be steered. Since then we’ve also seen a Kickstarter launched that aims to give you everything you need to turn any cockroach into your iPhone-controlled slave.While the RoboRoach Kickstarter seems a little cruel, the students at NC State are moving along quickly with their research. They aren’t satisfied with just having control over a cockroach, they want to automate the process, too.The research team at the university has added a Microsoft Kinect motion controller into the mix to achieve such automation. It is pointed down on to the area where the cockroach will move and a path laid out. The cockroach is then made to walk along the path by the Kinect sending left and right instructions to it wirelessly. As you can see in the video above, the system works well and keeps the cockroach moving in the right direction with only small deviations.The ultimate goal of this project is to perfect the movement steering and make it as efficient and fast as possible. At that point these modified cockroaches could be used at disaster sites, mapping out areas that are inaccessible to humans either due to collapse or hazardous conditions.If we get to that point the cockroaches will be carrying much more than just a wireless steering device on their backs. The research team envisions a microphone and speakers also being included so as they can communicate with survivors. Talking to a cockroach is surely going to feel a little strange, but the relief of actually being found will soon replace that.last_img read more

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BAHAMAS PM unveils focus of Administrations new investment strategy

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 12, 2018 – Nassau – A major theme of the Minnis Administration’s newly-designed investment promotion strategy for the country is that The Bahamas is ‘an Archipelago of Possibilities,’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis told scores of the country’s key business leaders Thursday.Addressing the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation’s Power Breakfast Thursday at Baha Mar, Prime Minister Minis said the new theme is designed to promote the diversification of investment possibilities in The Bahamas – ranging from tourism, to financial services, to technology, aquaculture, to renewable energy, nanotechnology and other emerging industries.“Our aim is to promote a new Bahamas, open to investment, with joint partnerships with Bahamians and streamlined processes for investors, including potential investors from the Diaspora,” Prime Minister Minnis said.  “I am optimistic and confident that greater prosperity is on the way for our Bahamas.  Let us work together to make this a dynamic year of growth, investment and opportunity.”Prime Minister Minnis said there is growing confidence in The Bahamas despite the long road and challenges ahead.“There are positive prospects on the horizon. Recovery has begun.”Prime Minister Minnis told the business leaders that his Administration’s emphasis is on a dynamic blend of domestic and foreign investment.“We are determined in our vision to enhance economic opportunities for Bahamian businesses and entrepreneurs, including Bahamians in the Diaspora.  We intend to diversify with tourism and across various sectors as suggested in the Commercial Enterprise Act.”Prime Minister Minnis said it is his intention to undertake several investment promotion trips abroad to include Canada, the United States of America, Europe, East Asia and South America in order to boost investment opportunities in The Bahamas and growth in the Bahamian economy.“These travels are designed to attract high-quality investments to our country.  We look forward to the participation of the private sector in this initiative,” the Prime Minister added.Prime Minister Minnis said recognizing that economic growth requires improving the ease of doing business, the Administration appointed a committee to make recommendations to improve the ease of doing business in The Bahamas, soon after coming to office on May 10, 2017.  The Committee has since completed its assigned task and has made a number of recommendations to the Government, using ten categories established by the World Bank.“These categories and the rankings for The Bahamas can be reviewed at the World Bank’s website,” the Prime Minister added.  (The website address is www.worldbank.org)The Prime Minister said there are a number of issues involved in enhancing the ease of doing business in The Bahamas and to move the economy to a more productive and dynamic one.  These include streamlining the Business License process and improving the application process for various licenses and permits, including at the paper confirmation and certification levels, which Dr. Minnis says “consumes a significant amount of time and are often an inefficient burden for applicants as well as the government agencies that must sort through the volumes of documents created.”“This process is antiquated,” Prime Minister Minnis said.Prime Minister Minnis said the calculation of Business License Fees and the process of preparing Value Added Tax (VAT) Returns, also need to be addressed.“To streamline the business license process, the Department of Inland Revenue is launching an initiative to make the business license approval process faster and easier by creating a single point for submission of all applications related to the opening of a business,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“This will eliminate the need for visits to multiple agencies and will provide a source of information where all the requirements for opening a business are clearly outlined,” he added.The Department of Inland Revenue is currently conducting a Pilot Programme.  The new process is expected to be “rolled out” in the coming weeks.By: Matt Maura (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Hanley Wood Vice Chairman Frank Anton Named to Lead Folio CEO Summit

first_img Anton, who was CEO of Hanley Wood from 2005 to 2012, is universally recognized as one of the most accomplished and creative b2b media executives of the last 20 years. As CEO, he led a dynamic and strategic shift in how the construction-media company went to market with a network of magazines, websites, e-newsletters, trade shows and conferences, marketing solutions, and data services. He served as president for a decade before that, driving the strategies that produced unprecedented growth. Anton began his career at Hanley Wood as editor and publisher of BUILDER magazine, one of the company’s flagship titles.  “I couldn’t be happier to have Frank as part of this event,” said Folio: Vice President Tony Silber. “He’s a brilliant media strategist, a demanding day-to-day leader, and a charismatic leader. He’ll drive extraordinary value for our participants on October 19th.” “While chaos seems to reign in what used to be called publishing, the role of media really hasn’t changed,” says Anton. “Engage an audience, then connect it in a meaningful way to what used to be called advertisers. What has changed—and continues to change—is how to engage an audience, how to connect it, and how to make money doing so.” Folio: has named one of the most influential and respected thought leaders of the last two decades, Frank Anton, to serve as facilitator of its innovative CEO Summit, to be held in New York on October 19th. center_img The Summit is an extraordinary educational and networking event designed to bring together a select group of the top strategic leadership teams in magazine media to discuss how to innovate today, and how to plan for tomorrow.  The Summit will in effect be a think tank for the C-Suite about how to address opportunities and challenges around competition, growth and change in the fast-moving media universe. Anton’s role will be to direct the day’s activities, leading speakers and alike to dig deeper and find more sophisticated and realistic solutions, to serve as equal parts MC, provocateur, and idea provider. last_img read more

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Emperor goose harvest More than a memory for Kodiak subsistence hunter

first_imgDeines, F – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Accessed via Wikimedia Commons.Subsistence hunters want to eat the foods traditional to Kodiak Island, and that includes one bird that’s been off-limits since 1987 due to low numbers: the emperor goose. The Kodiak region of the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council has put in a request to the statewide council for hunting access to the white-headed, gray-bodied bird.Download AudioAccording the subsistence proposal, the Sun’aq Tribe and the Kodiak-Aleutians Regional Advisory Council are among two of the groups asking to harvest emperor geese for subsistence.One lifelong Kodiak resident, John Reft, has been both a commercial fisherman and a subsistence hunter, and remembers when he stopped seeing large flocks of geese.“Earlier there was emporer geese flying around and we’d be able to shoot ‘em, but then all of a sudden, the emperor geese kind of disappeared, and there was a flock of 13. And I’d see ‘em out there, on the outside of the Ardinger’s Island there on the rocks, just sitting up there and never bothered ‘em because there wasn’t any of ‘em.”Reft says later, the government enacted laws against hunting the emperor goose, but he says he’s seen more of them in the last five or so years around Womens Bay.Emporer geese at the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters/Flickr“You’d be waiting for ducks to come by and there would be no ducks and then all of a sudden here comes flocks and flocks of these emperor geese. I mean, they’d fly so low and so many – 75 and a 100 and a bunch – then you just wonder if you had a dipnet, you’d feel like you could just put it up there and grab a couple.”In fact, Reft says there’s been an influx of emperor geese and they’re chasing away the ducks.“We start talking and saying man ‘we’re getting overrun by these guys and they’re pushing the ducks out where we have to go get the skiffs to go find the ducks now because they’re feeding farther away from all these big emperor geese.’ So, I don’t know if they’re just eating up the food there or birds are afraid of them or what, but it’s hard to get ducks out there where you saw hundreds.”Reft says he hopes to gain subsistence access to the geese this year. That’s something that will come before the statewide AMBCC at its fall meeting at the end of this month in Fairbanks.last_img read more

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