Lightworks for Windows: Your Next Video Editing App?

first_imgAfter months of anticipation, Lightworks is out of beta and sees it’s full Windows release.Although many new editors may not recognize the Lightworks name, they’ll surely be familiar with some of the popular films cut on this video editing application – Hugo, The Kings’s Speech, The Departed, Braveheart and Pulp Fiction to name a few.  Lightworks was originally created in 1989, during the dawn of digital non-linear editing, but when Avid and Final Cut Pro usage exploded, the hardware/software based Lightworks took a backseat.That may soon change though, with the recent release of Lightworks for Windows, an open-source video editing application “designed for editors, by editors.”  The new Lightworks is a full featured video editing application that includes the following features:Drag and drop timelineResolution and codec independent (mix and match formats)AutoSync trimmingMixed format multicam editingSupport for 3D / stereoscopic workflowsPowerful metadata and media management toolsAutosave projectsA dedicated editing console is one of the foundations of the Lightworks system.  All of the well-known feature films to date that were cut on Lightworks have utilized this editing console.  A paddle and hotkeys allow you to use the console to complete most common editing functions.  It can be purchased separately from the Lightworks store for $2,800.Lightworks seems to really excel in project sharing capabilities with the ability to share media, bins and edits with controlled permissions.   These realtime collaboration features work with any network storage, and make Lightworks a good solution for larger post production environments.Lightworks for Windows is free, but a pro version is also available for $60. Lightworks Pro offers additional features, format support and inclusion in the Lightworks Pro Community.  Be on the lookout for Mac and Linux versions…slated to be released later in 2012.  As many editors transition from Final Cut Pro 7 to other applications it will be interesting to see if Lightworks has what it takes to shake up the video editing market.Get more information and download Lightworks at lwks.comlast_img read more

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Filmmaking Tip – Shooting Night Exteriors on a Budget

first_imgThe nighttime exterior shot is one of the greatest challenges for filmmakers on a budget. This filmmaking tip will make lighting your scene a lot easier.Top image from Frank GlencairnNighttime exteriors typically require a ton of powerful lights (and generators) to illuminate your scene, which naturally poses a problem if your budget is limited. This is especially the case for wide shots where there is such an expansive area that needs to be lit. It doesn’t matter how fast your lenses are or how sensitive your low-light camera may be, there is no substitute for great lighting techniques when trying to capture a cinematic look.Image from Pinewood GroupThat said, one of the best and most effective tricks of the trade in this type of situation is very simple: water. For years filmmakers have been using water on streets, sidewalks, asphalts, etc. to create a more reflective surface. By evenly spraying the concrete surfaces in your shot, you’re able to brighten up your scene drastically.You might be wondering if this technique will make it seem as if it’s raining in your scene, however if done right, this will never be an issue. In fact, some of the biggest feature films use this very same method on set to do exactly what I’ve described above – Not because their budgets can’t accommodate proper lighting, but more so because they prefer the aesthetic of the shiny street at night.Image from ShutterstockIf you’re working on a tight budget, then it’s essential that you’re able to think outside the box. It can be a waste of time to think about how to get more lights on set or how to come up with the money for such a thing. Instead, you should think about how to make the lights you already have more effective. In situations like the one I’ve described in this article, the problem is not necessarily solved by shooting with the most light sensitive camera. You may just need a trick or two up your sleeve. What kind of tricks? The kind described in the following PremiumBeat articles!5 DIY Lighting Tips For Filmmakers on a BudgetLighting Tips to Consider Before Shooting Your Next FilmAdd Drama to Your Lighting Setup with Negative FillGot any other tips for lighting on the cheap? Share your knowledge in the comments below!last_img read more

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DAUGAARD SIGNS TWO ANTI-METH BILLS INTO LAW

first_imgSouth Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has signed two anti-meth measures into law.He says the bills will help address the meth epidemic by stopping the drug from coming into the state and helping those who are addicted:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/SDMETH.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….to do that. ;15SB 117 increases sanctions for drug use by probationers and parolees, incentivizes the successful completion of treatment, and focuses supervision resources on high risk offenders.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/SDMETH2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………for that treatment. ;10SB 43 appropriates more than $600,000 of funding to expand the state’s intensive meth treatment services.last_img read more

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Cahill warns Man City: Still a long way to go

first_imgPremier League Cahill warns Man City there is ‘still a long way to go’ in Premier League race Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:05 11/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gary Cahill Chelsea Getty Premier League Chelsea Manchester City The league leaders’ unbeaten start does not scare the centre-back, who is confident his side can reduce the points deficit over the campaign Gary Cahill does not expect Manchester City’s “full steam ahead” form to last the whole season, insisting Chelsea can still catch up as there is a “long way to go”.Still unbeaten after 12 games, City are eight points ahead of nearest rivals Manchester United, with reigning champions Chelsea a further point behind, and they are already being touted by many as favourites to win the title.Aguero 9/2 PL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Cahill believes such talk is premature, though, and is confident the Blues have enough time to catch up with City should their performances dip over the course of the campaign.”They’ve started off full steam ahead and that’s great for them, but we’re not even at Christmas yet, so let’s just hold fire and see how they get on,” the centre-back told Chelsea’s website.”They look fantastic at the moment and we have taken a fair bit of criticism at times this season, but we’ve had three clean sheets on the bounce in the league now, it was a great performance and we’ve got a long way still to go.”Chelsea celebrate vs West BromAntonio Conte’s team slipped up against City in September and lost to Crystal Palace the following week. They have recovered since then, though, as Saturday’s 4-0 at West Bromwich Albion stretched their current winning run to four games.And England international Cahill saw the latest victory as a good reward for a solid performance for his side.”I have to admit it was a superb performance from us, from every single player, and collectively we are very happy,” the 31-year-old said. “I felt we played some good football, we kept the ball when we needed to and we scored goals. We saw a bit of everything from us, so performance-wise it was very, very good.”We were away from home so we expected to be under a bit of pressure, especially early on, and they did come out of the traps pretty quick. We had five or 10 minutes where we had to get hold of the game, but I thought we dealt with that very quickly and once we had control of the game, we went from strength to strength.”I’m sure they found it very difficult to play against us, we always seemed to have an option to get out of trouble and there was a lot of composure on the ball, which allowed us to keep it for long periods.”So it was a great team performance, one we have kind of been waiting for, and the scoreline we have been kind of waiting for, so we’re delighted.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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New JFLL Head Aims to Increase Public Support for Programmes

first_img Communication with the public is key in ensuring that the programmes get support Creative ways will be used to improve outreach; increase enrolment; and increase learner retention Story Highlights Collaboration with stakeholder is a critical component in achieving the goals of the foundation Newly appointed Executive Director of the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL), Merris Murray says the entity will continue to provide educational opportunities for all Jamaicans, as part of efforts to advance the country’s human development capacity beyond the 21st century.“We have an awesome responsibility, a responsibility to lead the literacy renaissance. We know that literacy is the foundation on which higher order thinking skills are developed and we have to take this mandate quite seriously,” she said.Ms. Murray was speaking at a reception to formally introduce her appointment at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston on September 11.She noted that with the assistance of the “energetic” team already in place at the organisation, creative ways will be used to improve outreach; increase enrolment; and increase learner retention.“We need to explore strategies to pool and co-ordinate educational and other resources to improve efficiency and the overall effectiveness of the organisation. We need to ensure that there is indeed curricula improvement so that we can meaningfully engage and prepare persons for work, leisure, family and citizenship in a new technologically driven society,” she said.Pointing to areas, which will be improved, she noted that communication with the public is key in ensuring that “we can secure support for our programmes, we can support buy-ins and ultimately increase uptake for our programmes.”“We really need to explore the strategies to drive national productivity improvements through our workplace programmes and in advancing the general state of readiness of the Jamaican workforce. The prospects of establishing a logistics hub in Jamaica underscores the critical importance of the foundation’s work in being the driver for lifelong learning in this country,” she said.Mrs. Murray noted that collaboration with stakeholder is a critical component in achieving the goals of the foundation.“I am indeed confident that myself along with the team are ready to rise to the challenge, we are ready to listen to you, we are willing to talk with you, we are willing to have meaningful engagement in the coming years and months so that we can create lifelong opportunities for lifelong learning. Let us continue the conversation,” she added.The JFLL began as JAMAL Foundation in 1973. It operates 29 Adult Education Centres (AEC) with 100 volunteer AECs across Jamaica, and partners with other agencies and programmes to change lives by offering educational opportunities for all persons of all ages.The JFLL’s mission is to provide in partnership with other organisations, adult education programmes, which will establish a culture of lifelong learning that empowers individuals and contribute to national development. It offers programmes of study ranging from basic literacy and numeracy up to the level of CSEC subjects in a variety of disciplines and courses in computer applications usage.last_img read more

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Appearance on CNN Major Boost for Tourism – Bartlett

first_img “It was a momentous moment for Jamaica’s tourism product. We got an incredible platform to share that Jamaica is not only still open for business, but should be the destination of choice for all. I am so proud that I got to share our initiatives and the vision we have for the future of Jamaica’s tourism product,” the Minister noted. Story Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says his appearance on CNN on Monday, March 12, was not only a major boost for tourism, but “the best opportunity yet” to explain the enhanced security measures taking place in St. James.Mr. Bartlett, who was guest on the network’s international flagship business programme, ‘Quest Means Business’, hosted by popular British Anchor, Richard Quest, in London, told JIS News that he was indeed happy to have had a platform of that magnitude to tell the world that Jamaica’s tourism has never been better and that the product is the best and most diversified in the region.“It was a momentous moment for Jamaica’s tourism product. We got an incredible platform to share that Jamaica is not only still open for business, but should be the destination of choice for all. I am so proud that I got to share our initiatives and the vision we have for the future of Jamaica’s tourism product,” the Minister noted.“This is really for Jamaica and, by extension, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), which works tirelessly to promote our country to potential visitors around the word. Our tourism product is indeed booming, and we must utilise every platform to remind the world that Jamaica has a world-class product,” he added.Mr. Bartlett, who only last week was named Tourism Minister of the Year Worldwide by the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) at the ITB Berlin 2018 Travel Trade Show in Germany, added that the CNN interview was just the latest in the global interest being shown in Jamaica, noting that the best is still yet to come.“Over the past week or so, we have made visits to Greece, Italy, Germany and where we are now finishing up in Great Britain. Everywhere we went in Europe, people are just fascinated with the Jamaican mystique and are very interested in marketing our product,” he said.The Minister explained that while there was some initial confusion as it relates to the enhanced security measures taking place in the tourism capital of Montego Bay, there is every indication now that those concerns have been alleviated, and “the numbers in relation to bookings are looking pretty good”.Mr. Bartlett also noted that it was good that Jamaica had a presence at the ITB Berlin Travel Trade Show, describing it as the largest of its kind in the world, attracting around 109,000 visitors and 10,000 exhibitors to trade stands, talks and workshops.Director of Tourism, Donovan White, and European-based JTB officials were also a part of the delegation that accompanied the Tourism Minister.Mr. Bartlett said there were a number of major accomplishments during the European visit, citing the breakthrough arrangement where there will be additional non-stop flights between Europe and Jamaica, to start this summer, as well as the opening up of other markets in Europe.“We will also be seeing an increase in European cruise activities and heightened investor interest in the island,” he added.The Minister pointed out that the European market has the potential to be even bigger “than what we have previously been seeing”, noting that “we are also seeing where the Eastern bloc has been opening up more”.Jamaica welcomed a record 325,804 European tourists last year, approximately 31,000 more than in 2016. Mr. Bartlett, who only last week was named Tourism Minister of the Year Worldwide by the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) at the ITB Berlin 2018 Travel Trade Show in Germany, added that the CNN interview was just the latest in the global interest being shown in Jamaica, noting that the best is still yet to come. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says his appearance on CNN on Monday, March 12, was not only a major boost for tourism, but “the best opportunity yet” to explain the enhanced security measures taking place in St. James.last_img read more

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Stained glass residential school tribute unveiled

first_img(Image of a portion of stained glass window depicting residential school students and “awakening.”)APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan unveiled a stained glass window in honour of residential school survivors Monday, marking the June 11, 2008, anniversary of the prime minister’s apology for one of the darkest periods in Canadian history.The unveiling of the stained glass window, which was designed by Metis artist Christi Belcourt, comes as crisis swirls around the multibillion dollar residential school settlement that led to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s apology.The stained glass artwork, titled Giniigaaniimenaaning, which translated from Ojibway to English means Looking Ahead, was unveiled at the Chateau Laurier, a luxury hotel next to Parliament Hill. The artwork aims to tell the story of Aboriginal people journeying through the “darkness” of residential schools, through “awakening” and eventually reconciliation.“There will be people who will say, ‘Well what will a glass do when there are so many unresolved issues to deal with?’ Issues about land, about the environment, treaties, Metis rights,” said Belcourt, during the unveiling. “There will be 60,000 people walking through Parliament ever year…they will always be reminded.”Belcourt asked non-Aboriginal Canadians to remember that reconciliation takes two sides and urged them to stop writing “filled-with-hate comments” on news website in response to stories about Aboriginal issues.“Aboriginal people have contributed great things to this country and we have always done it in peaceful ways,” she said. “We have always given and given and given…We are going to be stronger if we come together, two sides.”Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan called Belcourt’s stained glass window a “magnificent work” and said it was a symbol of reconciliation.“The stained glass window will be a visible reminder of the residential school’s legacy,” said Duncan.   “It will be a beautiful l and powerful reminder of the lessons learned through the residential school experience. It will also be an enduring symbol of Canadian’s efforts to make amends and achieve reconciliation with Aboriginal people.”Architect Douglas Cardinal, who designed the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C., and the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Que., along the Ottawa River, said Belcourt’s artwork was chosen unanimously by the selection committee.“The selection committee sought artwork that among other things honoured the First Nations, Inuit and Metis children that attended Indian Residential Schools and that depicted the concept of reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians,” said Cardinal, who was on the committee.The unveiling of the artwork, which will be installed on Parliament Hill’s Centre Block, above the entrance reserved for MPs, comes a week after a British Columbia judge barred a Calgary lawyer and his firm from handling any more residential school files, leaving thousands of claims in limbo.The BC judge found that David Blott and his firm Blott & Company were using residential school settlements to enrich themselves by offering high interest loans to former students and doing little to help their clients through the process.Evidence has since surfaced that suggests other lawyers handling residential school claims across the country may be engaging in similar tactics.Duncan, however, dismissed concerns the Blott fiasco had tarnished the residential school settlement process.“Yes, the people who are victims of malfeasance on the part of the legal community certainly did not deserve that, but the process will address all of those people and so they will not be penalized in any form,” said Duncan. “It wasn’t the process that led to this circumstance. The process was designed to deal with people with fairness and respect.”Canada, the churches and Aboriginal organizations agreed to a $5 billion residential school settlement agreement on behalf of former residential school students. The apology followed the settlement agreement which was the largest of its kind in Canadian history.About 150,000 children were cycled through residential schools which lasted over 100 years. Hundreds, maybe thousands of children died at the schools and, in the majority of cases, parents were never informed. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was also created by the settlement, is currently involved in a project to find out who these children were and where they are buried.last_img read more

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Hydro One reports fourthquarter profit up from year ago tops expectations

first_imgTORONTO – Hydro One Ltd. topped expectations as it reported its fourth-quarter profit was up more than 20 per cent compared with a year ago.The parent company of Ontario’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility says it earned a profit attributable to common shareholders of $155 million or 26 cents per diluted share in the quarter ended Dec. 31.That compared with a profit of $128 million or 21 cents per diluted share in the last three months of 2016.On an adjusted basis, Hydro One says it earned $170 million or 28 cents per diluted share, up from $128 million or 21 cents per diluted share a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 25 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters.Revenue totalled $1.44 billion, down from $1.61 billion, while revenue net of purchased power amounted to $777 million, up from $756 million in the same quarter in 2016.Companies in this story: (TSX:H)last_img read more

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What Next EU gives UK an extension but impasse remains

LONDON — Following the decision early Thursday by the European Union to delay the U.K.’s departure for a second time, not much is clear about Brexit bar the certainty that the divisions in British society and in Parliament will remain.The so-called “flextension” until Oct. 31 given to Britain to approve a Brexit withdrawal agreement will require the country to hold elections for the European Parliament on May 23 — provided the withdrawal agreement hasn’t been passed by lawmakers.Few think that’s going to be likely after Prime Minister Theresa May saw the deal she agreed with the EU voted down by lawmakers on three occasions this year.The extension at least provides more time for May to break the logjam, though it could easily just prolong the national agony. European Council President Donald Tusk acknowledged as much when he delivered a message to Britain: “Please do not waste this time.”A look at what could happen next:MAY’S MARKETING CAMPAIGNFor two years, May pledged that Britain would leave the EU on March 29, 2019. But this is the second time she has been forced to agree to a delay.The prime minister addressed the House of Commons Thursday afternoon and urged members to use the upcoming Easter break to “reflect on the decisions that will have to be made” in search of compromise.She said that if talks with Labour do not lead to a plan both sides could back, then the government would ask Parliament to vote on a small number of options. She said the government would agree to accept the decisions and that the opposition would have to agree to that as well.May stressed that Britain can still leave the EU without taking part in the European Parliament elections if lawmakers approve her deal by May 22.May has in recent months failed to sway many hard-line Brexiteers in her party partly because of deep opposition to provision in the withdrawal agreement about making sure the border between EU member Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, remains seamless.It remains to be seen whether her pleas win anyone over. Many of them find the prospect of Britain participating in the European elections unpalatable, given that it will be almost three years since Britain voted to leave the EU.___CROSS-PARTY COMPROMISEHaving failed to win enough support from her own Conservative Party, May last week began negotiations with the opposition Labour Party.Labour favours a softer Brexit than the government’s plan and is seeking a close economic relationship with the bloc through a customs union. That’s anathema to many Conservatives, who say it would prevent Britain from striking its own trade deals with countries like the United States, China and India.Several days of talks have failed to produce a breakthrough. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says the government hasn’t been willing to compromise on its “red lines.”Still, the negotiations are set to continue.___LET PARLIAMENT DECIDEIf the talks fail, May says she will let Parliament vote on a variety of Brexit alternatives, including the government’s proposed deal, in hope something can command a majority.A so-called “soft Brexit” might get through Parliament and would be welcomed by the EU, allowing Britain an orderly departure before Oct. 31.But it could also blast open rifts within both the Conservative and Labour parties. Pro-Brexit government ministers could resign, increasing pressure on May to quit. The prime minister has already said she will resign if her Brexit deal is approved and Britain leaves the EU, but rivals are circling.Corbyn, meanwhile, would face rebellion from the large number of Labour lawmakers who want a new referendum on Britain’s departure from the EU.___NEW PRIME MINISTERThe pressure on May is increasing, with hard-line Brexit supporters criticizing the prime minister for twice begging the EU to delay Britain’s departure and many mainstream Conservatives suggesting she has failed to build consensus.If May were to resign, the Conservative Party would elect a new leader who would become prime minister. Front-runners include Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and his predecessor Boris Johnson, Environment Secretary Michael Gove and former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab.Labour is pushing for a general election that could bring it to power for the first time since 2010.Conservatives hope to avoid such an outcome amid fears the Brexit stalemate will lead to an electoral wipeout that would open the door for what they see as Corbyn’s damaging left-wing policies.___NO DEALAs it stands, the next Brexit cliff-edge is Oct. 31.Most politicians, economists and business groups think leaving the world’s largest trading bloc without an agreement would be damaging for the EU but disastrous for the U.K. It could lead to tariffs on trade between Britain and the EU, customs checks that could cause gridlock at ports and shortages of essential goods.Many pro-Brexit lawmakers dismiss such warnings and say Britain should be prepared to leave without a deal and then wring concessions from the EU. But Parliament has voted repeatedly to rule out “no-deal,” and even passed a law that forces the government to ask for delay rather than crash out.But a ‘no-deal’ Brexit is still the legal default and could happen if lawmakers fail to reach a compromise and the EU refuses to grant another extension. If that happens the only way to stop Britain crashing out would be for the government to choose the “nuclear option” and revoke the decision to leave.___NO BREXITAmong pro-EU Britons, there are rising hopes that Brexit can be stopped.With one Brexit day gone and another following, the government has lost control of the timetable.Support is growing for the idea that any Brexit deal agreed by Parliament should be put to the public in a “confirmatory referendum,” with the other option being to stay in the EU. The proposal is backed by many in Labour and other opposition parties, plus some of May’s Conservatives.The government has ruled out holding another referendum, saying voters made their decision in 2016. But with divisions in both Parliament and the Cabinet, handing the decision back to the people could be seen as the only way forward.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitDanica Kirka And Jill Lawless, The Associated Press read more

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Moroccos Mawazine Festival A Celebration of Openness and Respect

Rabat – Over the years, Morocco’s Mawazine music festival has included more and more musicians from around the globe – as its eighteenth edition nears it continues to foster tolerance and respect of other cultures.Even as the festival has evolved overtime, it holds true to its long-standing goal to “democratize culture.” The festival exposes as many people to different cultures as possible and, to nearly everyone, for free.The Mawazine Festival-Rhythms of the World began in 2001 under direction from King Mohammed VI to encourage cultural tolerance, openness, respect and dialogue. Read Also: Mawazine 2019: Aya Nakamura, Travis Scott, and Migos Added to LineupMaroc Cultures Association, also created in 2001, is a non-profit organization in charge of providing cultural experiences throughout Morocco – the Mawazine Festival and the youth music contest, Generation Mawazine are its main events.More than half of Mawazine’s lineup is dedicated to Moroccan artists and it has historically served as a “springboard” for Moroccan musicians, granting local artists a global platform to share their work.Mawazine also features music from throughout Africa, the MENA region, and around the globe.  Over time, the festival has become more international, hosting well-known artists from around the world like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and The Weekend.The popular international artists included in the lineup have served as ambassadors to Mawazine, drawing greater international attention to the event, Maroc Cultures Association president Abdeslam Ahizoune said in a written statement.Collaborations between international and local artists, like the 2011 Arabic re-release of American Quincy Jones “Tomorrow” co-directed with the Moroccan producer RedOne, adds to the cultural mixing pot that characterizes Mawazine.While the festival directly supports Morocco’s entertainment industry, it has also boosted Morocco’s economy, generating 22 percent growth in Rabat’s tourism throughout the nine days of music.The association is committed to making culture accessible to everyone and 90 percent of the festival’s 2.5 million attendees go for free.As Mawazine draws foreigners to Rabat to listen live, an additional 4 million people worldwide watch broadcast content from the nearly 600 national journalists and 160 international journalists in attendance.“The media popularity is also accompanied by a presence increasingly noticed on social networks, a sign that the festival brings together youth around an ideal that is common to us: growing together and overcoming differences,” Ahizoune said.This year’s festival will run from June 21st through the 29th and take place across six stages throughout Rabat and its neighboring regions. read more

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Global warming threatening icewine industry researcher says

If climate change persists, “we’ll be in a serious situation in terms of icewine,” Tony Shaw says.Right now, icewine is a popular delicacy – a sweet and easily available dessert wine made from grapes plucked from winter vines.But soon, Tony Shaw says, global warming could change all that.The Geography professor is studying the impact of climate change on agricultural crops, including icewine. His findings show that since the 1980s, ideal picking days in Ontario for the grapes that make icewine are on a steady decline, meaning the warmer it gets, the more innovative we may have to be to create one of Niagara’s most unique exports.“It’s not a drastic situation right now,” Shaw said. “But it’s the long term that we’re really concerned about. If those trends continue to persist, we’ll be in a serious situation in terms of icewine.”Icewine requires grapes to be exposed to temperatures below -8 C for an extended period of time. The ideal picking time for the grapes is mid December to the end of January. If the grapes aren’t harvested by early February, they’re exposed to elements such as rot, pests, birds.Not only have the number of picking days in December and January been gradually declining, but temperatures are also fluctuating more erratically, which means plants respond to milder periods only to be frozen again, he said.As climate change continues, Ontario’s icewine industry — which accounts for as much as 80 per cent of Canada’s icewine — could be in danger, Shaw said. Other countries, particularly Austria and Germany, face similar challenges.Shaw is studying Ontario’s three major wine areas — Lake Erie North Shore, Niagara and Prince Edward County. The latter still has very cold temperatures, he said. But the other two areas that are experiencing a marked downward trend.Shaw is using Environment Canada data to forecast the future of the wine industry. This information will help develop strategies to adapt to climate change, and determine which grape varieties will do better in the warmer climate. Without this information, he said, the wine industry will eventually be in jeopardy, as could the livelihoods of farmers who have devoted time, energy and land for it.“There’s a huge amount of investment that goes into putting in a vineyard or an orchard,” he said. “We have to look at what the climate can support on a regular basis.”Shaw is a fellow of the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute. He has been at Brock since 1983.Link:• Tony Shaw faculty pageGet The Brock News delivered to your email. read more

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Opinion Ohio State mens hockey a viable threat to win the Big

OSU junior goalkeeper Christian Frey (30) during a game against Michigan State on Jan 29. at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorOhio State men’s hockey coach Steve Rohlik and his Buckeyes are primed to make the trip up to St. Paul, Minnesota, for the third Big Ten hockey tournament, beginning on Thursday.The last time the tournament was hosted at the Xcel Energy Center was in 2014. All the Scarlet and Gray did that year was beat Michigan State 2-1 in overtime, stun No. 1 Minnesota in front of its home crowd in the semifinals and come 6:52 from an NCAA tournament berth, as they held a 4-2 lead before everything fell apart and they lost to No. 6 Wisconsin 5-4 in overtime in the title game.  With the way the second half of the season has gone, there’s plenty of reason to believe OSU has more than an outside chance to win the tournament and clinch its first NCAA bid since 2009. Why OSU can winOSU heads into St. Paul more confident than Kanye West and his 2020 presidential campaign. The Buckeyes haven’t lost in their last seven games (5-0-2) and have dumped their abysmal 0-7 start to the season into the Olentangy River. After entering the second half of the season 3-11, they have gone 10-6-2, with six of those wins coming against top 20 opponents: Boston College, Cornell, Michigan and Penn State. Looking at the rest of the fieldThe Buckeyes’ opponent on Thursday is scheduled to be Michigan State, who they went 2-1-1 against this season. You can bet that, like 26 of their 34 games this season, Thursday’s matchup will be decided by two goals or less. In fact, the series this year was so close that they scored just 11 goals apiece against each other.If they win they would be set to play No. 20 Minnesota, who beat them in all four games this year. But here’s the thing: OSU could’ve beaten them each time, as three of the games went to overtime, and the last game in Columbus ended up 4-3 favoring the Golden Gophers in regulation. On Dec. 4 in Minneapolis, OSU held a 2-0 lead before falling 3-2 in overtime. The next night, the Scarlet and Gray tied the game with less than a minute left, something they’ve excelled at this season, before falling again in the extra frame. On Feb. 12, OSU held a 3-2 lead at home before again losing in overtime.The only question remaining is if the Scarlet and Gray can finally break down the wall against these guys.As far as the other three teams go on the other half of the bracket, OSU split the season series with No. 19 Penn State, went 2-0-2 against Wisconsin and recently swept No. 7 Michigan over a weekend for the first time since 2011, taking the season series 2-1-1.Opposing goaltenders or six-foot slices of swiss cheese?During this seven-game unbeaten streak beginning on Feb. 20 with a 7-4 win at Penn State, the Buckeyes are averaging 5.2 goals per game. At the beginning of the year when they went 0-7, their offense averaged a paltry 1.7 goals per game and only got slightly better by the winter break when they averaged 2.7, helping them marginally improve their record to 3-11.Rohlik and the Buckeyes channeled their inner Undertaker immediately upon their return on Dec. 28, as his crew has lit the lamp an average of 4.2 times per game, making it currently the ninth-best offense in the nation.Junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey has been on an absolute tear lately. He has points in seven of the last eight games, compiling six goals and 10 assists in that span. He is fourth in the Big Ten in scoring with 41 points and leads the team in goals, as well, with 19.He was named an All-Big Ten second team member on Monday.His classmate in David Gust has had a breakout season to remember. He held a 15-game point streak at one point and has only been held pointless in seven games this season. All-Big Ten freshman team member Mason Jobst has been a great story, as well. Not only has he stayed healthy this year, but he has emerged as the Buckeyes’ top faceoff man, winning over 50 percent of his draws while putting up 28 points, which third among freshmen in the conference.They know the road to the promised landIt was the same place, almost two years ago. The Buckeyes had it locked up.Although it seems like yesterday and players have graduated since then, OSU still has 10 players from that 2013-14 team, including the guy who almost carried them to the NCAA tournament, junior goalie Christian Frey.   Drew Brevig, Gust, Anthony Greco, first-team All-Big Ten member Josh Healey, Tyler Lundey and Schilkey all played in that title game against Wisconsin. This season has been quite a learning experience for one of the youngest teams in college hockey. After that 0-7 start, this group has been playing for this weekend, and they have peaked at the right moment.Rohlik has found consistency in his top forward lines and his defensive pairings over the past few weeks, and there’s no reason to expect major changes come Thursday. OSU has beaten the best teams, hung around with other top teams like the defending national champion in Providence, and has lost to a much-less-talented Mercyhurst team across this season. Anything can happen with the Buckeyes.If they win this weekend, don’t be surprised.If they lose, you can bet they won’t go down without a fight.OSU’s tournament journey is set to begin Thursday against Michigan State. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. read more

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British mother smothered to death in front of son during robbery at

first_imgA British woman has been murdered in a robbery at her home in Mauritius while her young son was in the house.It is thought Janice Farman, 47, may have been smothered by the thieves, who stole jewellery and money and escaped in her car.Police were called to the property at Albion on the Indian Ocean island at about 1am on Friday and discovered Ms Farman’s body in bed.Officers also found her 10-year-old autistic son in the property and have passed him into the care of the child development unit. Police have launched an investigation and are hunting three suspects. The car has been found and will be examined by specialists.A police spokesman in Mauritius said: “At about 1am on Friday, police received a report that there had been a case of murder in Albion.”Police went to the property and found the woman lying in bed. The suspects drove away in the victim’s car. The car has been found. It will be examined and we hope we will get evidence from the vehicle.”Ms Farman, thought to originally be from Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, was managing director of PECS Data Services in Mauritius.Stephen Littlechild, group MD of PECS Data Services, said: “Last night our MD in Mauritius Janice Farman was brutally murdered in her own home. 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. She is the most kind-hearted lady I have met in my lifecolleague of Janice Farman “In view of these tragic events, we have decided to close our Mauritius office today, so we can make sure all our team have access to counsellors and as a mark of respect to a wonderful lady.”Our thoughts are with Janice’s family, friends and colleagues.”A colleague, who did not want to be named, said: “She is the most kind-hearted lady I have met in my life. She would never hesitate to offer her help as and when needed.”As a friend – she would help me every time I would be in distress.”She always knew when something was wrong with me, so she would do her utmost possible, so we could go out on lunch or something so we can discuss everything and try to sort things out.”last_img read more

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Alpha coal goahead progress with Cerro Moro Windimurra Ming and Batchelor in

first_imgThe latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports on 17 prefeasibility studies, 25 feasibility studies, 34 projects in development, nine new mines that have gone into production, nine existing mines that are expanding, five merger and acquisition announcements and many new appointments to new positions. The reports covers 37 gold projects, 14 copper and iron ore, eight nickel projects, seven coal, six tin projects, five zinc and silver, four projects on uranium, lithium and tungsten, three vanadium and molybdenum projects, two projects on rare earth elements, manganese, lead, cobalt and platinum group metals,one project each on barite, zircon, mineral sands, bismuth, titanium and potash, and one polymetallic project. The Queensland government has conditionally approved the development of the A$6.4-billion Alpha coal project in the Galilee basin. The project, being developed by Hancock Coal, is a 30 Mt/y open-pit mine and a 495 km railway line from the mine to Abbot Point port, near Bowen.Extorre Gold Mines provides details of a preliminary internal study for the staging of mine development contemplated in PEA-3 for the Cerro Moro gold-silver project announced on April 2, 2012. The study indicates potential mine development CAPEX of approximately $124 million in stage one of a two stage approach while maintaining initial production exceeding 170,000 oz/y gold equivalent in the first year of production.Going into production: Atlantic has made the first shipment of ferrovanadium from its wholly-owned Windimurra vanadium project in Western Australia. Rambler Metals and Mining has commenced copper concentrate production with ore from its 100% owned Ming copper-gold mine in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Baie Verte Peninsula, Canada. Metanor Resources has delivered its first gold dore bar to the Royal Canadian Mint from its ongoing 5,000  t bulk sample at the Bachelor project. Metanor is continuing its bulk sample and further gold dore bars are to be produced.Discovery Metals has begun commissioning the concentrator at its 100%-owned Boseto copper project in northwest Botswana, at the same time announcing an early start in the December 2013 quarter to Zeta underground operations. Ore crushing has begun and milling, flotation and production of copper-silver concentrate is expected this month. Boseto is designed to produce 36,000 t/y copper and 1.1 Moz/y gold in concentrate.Construction is starting at the Dugald River project, one of the world’s largest and highest grade known undeveloped lead-zinc-silver deposits with a resource of 53 Mt at 12.5% Zn, 1.9% Pb and 36 g/t Ag. Dugald River is located in northwest Queensland, approximately 65 km northwest of Cloncurry.A feasibility study is underway for development of the Ollachea gold mine in Peru, and important local community programs have been agreed. The commitments include a 5% equity participation for the Community of Ollachea, upon the commencement of commercial production.  A prefeasibility study completed in 2011, based upon an indicated resource of 1.4 Moz of gold, pointed to an average production rate of 117,000 oz/y.Minemakers has commenced a process to attract and select suitable parties interested in a joint venture arrangement on Wonarah in Northern Territory Australia. Potential JV partners are likely to be major players in the phosphate value chain from several different countries and the first task will be a bankable feasibility study. Wonarah is one of few major undeveloped rock phosphate deposits in the world and it is ideally located in a politically stable jurisdiction, has significant infrastructure already in place and is well located to access major regional markets.Mwana Africa’s 52.9% subsidiary, Bindura Nickel Corp (BNC), intends to carry out a rights issue to raise $21 million, proceeds of which will be used to fund the restart of BNC’s Trojan Nickel Mine in Zimbabwe.Malaysia Smelting Corp (MSC) has agreed to take a 40% stake in Africa Smelting Corp (ASC), which is currently controlled by Mining Mineral Resources (MMR). ASC is building a new 3,500 t/y tin smelter in Lubumbashi in the Katanga province of DR Congo. One electric furnace has already been installed and a second furnace is under construction. The plant is due to start production in November and will produce 98% crude tin ingots which will be sent for final refining at MSC’s Butterworth plant in Malaysia.This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads.last_img read more

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With support from grime artists and actors young voters turned out in

first_img 21 Comments Source: Sky Data/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/3434781 Jun 9th 2017, 8:36 AM One guess is that after overclaiming their turnout in 2015, this time young have done what they said they would – political weather changed— Ben Page, Ipsos MORI (@benatipsosmori) June 8, 2017 Vote by age group (Sky Data on the day poll)18-34Lab 63%Con 27%35-54 Lab 43%Con 43%55+Lab 23%Con 59%— Sky Data (@SkyData) June 8, 2017 ‘Knees weak, arms are heavy, May has Brexit on her conscience already’ #paxman #mayvscorbyn #battleforno10 #Corbyn #grime4corbyn 🔴 pic.twitter.com/cLb4PzYVIl— Shuaib ❄️ (@ShuaibKhan26) May 29, 2017 Source: Ian Jones/Twitter Source: Ben Page, Ipsos MORI/Twitter Share224 Tweet Email LABOUR MADE STRONG, and unexpected, gains in the UK general election and the oft-dismissed vote from 18- to 25-year-olds played a key role according to exit poll data.Turnout among younger people is often lower than other age groups. According to YouGov, only 43% of 18- to 24-year-olds voted in the 2015 general election.This time, however, reports of turnout among young people was strong across the UK, with a string of polls ahead of the election predicting that the younger generation would vote overwhelmingly for Labour.Queues were noted outside many university polling stations yesterday, as students turned out to vote. With just 27 seats left to declare, turnout is running at 68.6% – the highest for a UK general election since 1997. #GE2017— Ian Jones (@ian_a_jones) June 9, 2017 Read: ‘Theresa Dismay’: Here’s how the UK papers are reacting to the historic election resultRead: Sterling tumbles in wake of UK election Source: Heatheria/Twitter By Sean Murray Long queue outside @UniKent polling station 👍👍👍That’s what we like to see! pic.twitter.com/s7c0fD8Qgd— Heatheria (@Heatheria) June 8, 2017 In his speech after being re-elected in his London constituency of Islington, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that people were fed up with “austerity politics”.“Politics has changed,” he said. “Politics isn’t going back into the box where it was before. What’s happened is people have said they’ve had quite enough of austerity politics. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article According a YouGov exit poll, 63% of voters aged 34 and under said they would vote Labour, compared to only 27% for the Conservatives.This position is reversed for people over the age of 55, on the other hand, with 59% voting Conservative. 12,922 Views Short URL Source: Shuaib/Twitter CEO of pollsters Ipsos Mori, Ben Page, also said that the data showed that young people had voted in their droves. Source: SymeonBrown/Twitter The #grime4corbyn wave now offers real lessons in how to mobilise the youth vote which reports say rose this election. pic.twitter.com/OlKrHOXmwc— SymeonBrown (@symeonbrown) June 9, 2017 Image: Ben Birchall/PA Wire With support from grime artists and actors, young voters turned out in droves for Corbyn The youth vote appears to have been galvanised in this election, with a majority opting for Labour and Jeremy Corbyn. Turnout as a whole is the highest it’s been for a general election for 20 years at nearly 69%, according to Associated Press reporter Ian Jones. They’ve had quite enough of cuts in public expenditure, underfunding our health service, underfunding our schools, underfunding our education service and not giving our young people the chance they deserve in society.Relaxed and tie-less, he came across at lively rallies as an amiable underdog making a principled stand for society’s poorest and managed to appeal to many younger voters.“Jeremy Corbyn appears to have been vindicated,” said Mike Finn, politics researcher at the University of Warwick.“It seems now clear that his approach to Labour politics resonates with the public and he is undeniably strengthened,” he said.At a rally earlier this week, comedian and actor Steve Coogan hosted an event where Corbyn was speaking and urged the 1,000-strong young attendees to “rise like lions from the slumber”.Corbyn also had a groundswell of support from artists in the UK’s popular grime music scene with the hashtag #Grime4Corbyn trending on several occasions during the election.Grime star Jme instructed his 700,000 followers to vote for Corbyn, and Corbyn even retweeted his thanks. Source: Jeremy Corbyn/TwitterCorbyn also received an endorsement from Professor Green and rapper Akala, who tweeted a series of messages in support of “homie Jeremy Corbyn” and even wrote an op-ed in the Guardian.In a Channel 4 report on the support for Corbyn among grime artists, reporter Symeon Brown detailed how ethnic minorities were being encouraged to vote, and vote for Corbyn, by major players on the scene. Friday 9 Jun 2017, 8:36 AM Image: Ben Birchall/PA Wirelast_img read more

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Aperture 3 200 nouveautés pour le logiciel photo dApple

first_imgAperture 3 : 200 nouveautés pour le logiciel photo d’AppleAperture 3, la nouvelle mouture du logiciel phare de gestion de photos d’Apple, est enfin disponible. Cette version apporte quelque 200 nouveautés dont de nombreux outils innovants tels la reconnaissance faciale.Attendue depuis des mois, la nouvelle version d’Aperture, logiciel de retouche et de gestion de photos, vient d’être dévoilée par Apple. Si la firme de Cupertino n’a pas détaillé la liste des 200 nouveautés qu’elle se targue d’avoir ajoutées, elle met en avant une série d’innovations que l’on retrouve sous les options “Visages”, “Lieux” et “Pinceaux”.La première est basée sur la reconnaissance faciale et la détection des visages. Elle permet ainsi de trouver et classer les photos numériques en fonction des personnes reconnues. La seconde option, “Lieux”, permet d’exploiter les données de géolocalisation des photos pour naviguer parmi les clichés via une carte interactive et de les visualiser en fonction de l’endroit où elles ont été prises.Quant à l’outil “Pinceaux”, il propose désormais quinze fonctionnalités qui permettent d’éclaircir, d’assombrir ou de flouter une partie ou l’intégralité d’une photo. Elles sont également capables de détecter automatiquement les contours des images afin d’obtenir des corrections plus précises.Aperture 3 offre par ailleurs la possibilité de créer des diaporamas perfectionnés intégrant à la fois du texte, des images, des sons et des vidéos HD. Ces diaporamas pourront ensuite être exportés vers l’iPod Touch ou l’iPhone via la plateforme iTunes.La nouvelle mouture du logiciel vendue 199 euros en version complète et 99 euros en mise à jour, ne fonctionne que sous Mac OS X Snow Leopard 64 bits, sur les Mac équipés de processeurs Intel Core 2 Duo, précise Apple.Le 11 février 2010 à 10:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Suspected drunk driver crashes into tree in Hazel Dell remains in hospital

first_imgA suspected drunk driver remains in the hospital following a single-vehicle crash into a tree in Hazel Dell on Sunday evening. Andrew Davis, 22, of Vancouver was driving a 1988 Toyota Supra when he crashed into a tree at 918 N.W. 87th St. about 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Davis was pinned in the vehicle and extricated by personnel from Clark County Fire District 6. He was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where he remains in satisfactory condition. Clark County sheriff’s deputies arrested Davis on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device.last_img read more

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CIRCAC Studying Cook Inlet Pipeline Leaks

first_imgCIRCAC hopes to put a set of recommendations in place from both industry and government experts about ways to reduce the risk of future leaks. Many of the Cook Inlet oil and gas pipelines have been in place for more than half a century. According to a report released by Nuku, structural or mechanical failures caused 80 percent of the 88 spills in Cook Inlet since 2001. Seldovia-based environmental consult Nuka Research and Planning Group, was hired by  CIRCAC to initiate the studies. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) is preparing a pair of reports looking at the Cook Inlet’s aging pipelines and infrastructure. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-CIRCAC-review.mp3VmJennifer-on-CIRCAC-review.mp300:00RPd The reports were the result of the natural gas leak that occured in the Cook Inlet last year. They are surveying the regional pipelines and the state and federal authorities that oversee them. According to the report there are three phases to the study; an inventory and regulatory update of infrastructure that was conducted in summer/fall of 2017 (funded by CIRCAC and the Kenai Peninsula Borough), second is a pipeline integrity test, and lastly development of risk reduction and measures.last_img read more

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