In this post, we look at the Ingest Options in Adobe Prelude. Learn when to stay native, when to transcode and when to use concatenate.Adobe Prelude was added in Adobe Creative Suite 6 and took the place of OnLocation (an app designed for tapeless workflows and direct to disk recording). Think of Prelude as the front end application of the Adobe tapless post production workflow deisgned for today’s file-based cameras.Premiere Pro can only import media already on your computer, but Prelude can ingest (copy) media cards as well as log footage and create a rough cut. How YOU use Prelude varies depending on your workflow. Let’s dive in to the app and explore some of the ingest options in Prelude.Adobe Prelude: Native IngestNative ingesting is ingesting media using the same format that it is originally recorded to on the card or hard drive. If you are editing in Adobe Premiere Pro you may stay native as that app works well with a variety of formats. You have several options when ingesting media using Adobe Prelude. Press Cmd+ I (on Mac) or Ctrl + I (on PC) to open the Ingest Dialog.You can click “Check All” to quickly select all your video footage or select specific clips by clicking the check box below the clip.If you’d like to get a preview of the footage you can use standard video editing shortcuts to play the clips: Use the J, K and L keys to play, stop and pause. Hover scrubbing also works in Prelude, just as it does in Premiere Pro CS6.The next step is to select a destination for your media by checking the “Transfer Clips to Destination” box.Check “Verify” to make sure the media was ingested properly. There is also a an “info icon” at the bottom right of the interface. Click this to bring up the Event panel and check that the Ingest was successful. Click image for larger view:A good (and extra safe workflow) is to back up your video footage in multiple locations. Prelude let’s you backup your media to multiple locations at once by clicking “Add Destination”.Adobe Prelude: TranscodeWhen you transcode you are putting the footage into another codec. This is useful when you only want to use a small part of a long clip or your workflow uses another codec, like ProRes (FCP) or Cineform (GoPro).If you want to do a partial ingest in Prelude, select the clip in the Ingest dialog and press the I key to set the In and the O key to set the Out. Prelude hands the transcoding off to Adobe Media Encoder, so you can still work in Prelude. For more info check out my previous post on transcoding to ProRes.TIP: Make sure that when set you’ve set in and out points that “Transcode” is checked. Otherwise the in and out points are ignored and the complete clip is ingested.Adobe Prelude: ConcatenateConcatenate transcodes multiple clips as one. This is handy for combining multiple interviews or similar B Roll clips into one clip. In some ways it may simply your project and workflow, but it also may make your clips long and unmanageable. Just make sure that you have good purpose when using this option.Check multiple clips in the Ingest Workspace (set In/Out if needed), check “Transcode’ and “Concatenate”. Then pick the codec and destination and click “Ingest”.Note that you can only use Concatenate for your Primary destination.Now you know how to ingest footage in Adobe Prelude. For more info be sure to check out the Adobe help site and forum.Got Adobe Prelude tips to share?Let us know in the comments below!
A huge fire this weekend in the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences (INION) in Moscow has destroyed a substantial part of the library holdings of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). The fire broke out on Friday night and lasted more than 25 hours. Because it was the weekend, it took some time for the staff to notice the flames, so the fire was able to get a firm hold.The INION library holds an important collection of documents and books on social sciences, and researchers are describing the damage as catastrophic. Fortunately, fire brigades managed to confine the fire and save the main depository that contains 14 million documents, including some in ancient languages and rare editions dating back to as early as the 16th century. The library also holds the only collection of U.N. and UNESCO documents in Russia.Russia’s ministry for emergency situations has said the blaze was most probably started by an electrical short circuit. But INION Director Yuri Pivovarov thinks it could have been caused by a firework thrown inside by teenagers who often play in front of the building. “The ministry for emergency situations has approved the fire safety status of INION,” Pivovarov says, so it is unclear how the fire could have done so much damage.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)“About 20% of the unique scientific works that were kept in hard copies have been lost forever,” says RAS President Vladimir Fortov. Privately, library staff told ScienceInsider that they believe the damage is much more serious. Documents that escaped burning have probably been damaged by water. Firefighters stated that they did all they could to protect the documents from water.“It is a huge loss for science in Russia. It is one of the biggest depositories of its kind in the world, probably as important for Russian science as the Library of Congress is for Americans. It has documents which it is impossible to find anywhere else,” Pivovarov says. Nevertheless, Fortov believes that most of the library stock can be saved. Pivovarov cautions that recovery will take several years, however.The fire may also affect some European humanities research. The library building hosted the German Historical Institute Moscow. “The destruction of the institute brings serious loss to German-Russian scientific relationship and links,” Gleb Albert, a German historian from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, told the Russian online newspaper Gazeta.ru. The future of the surviving library stock remains uncertain. Fortov has proposed the construction of a new building for the library. “Since the library is federal property, together with the academy authorities I am going to ask the Russian president for help,” Pivovarov says.*Update, 3 February, 11:05 a.m.: This article has been updated to clarify RAS President Vladimir Fortov’s assessment of the damage.
Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Conor McGregor stands on stage during a weigh-in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing bout Saturday. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — British boxer Amir Khan fears Conor McGregor could face serious injury as the Irishman prepares to face Floyd Mayweather here Saturday.Former light-welterweight world champion Khan told the MMA Hour television show Friday he believed mixed martial arts star McGregor could be hurt in what he expects will be a one-sided meeting with Mayweather in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul With the bout expected to bring in more than $60 million at the gate, the commission could earn as much as $1.2 million.But Bob Bennett, the executive director of the commission, hit back at suggestions of a conflict of interest.“As a regulator, I take offense to the fact that we’re approving this fight for fiduciary reasons,” Bennett said. “That’s totally unfair, and it’s simply not true.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phoenix Suns guard Knight to miss season after knee op McGregor has never fought in a professional boxing contest and is a huge underdog against Mayweather, a 49-0 fighter regarded as one of the best boxers in history.“It’s like a tennis player trying to play badminton,” Khan said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“So he (McGregor) should not show too much too balls in this fight. If he starts getting a beating — step out man,” he added.“He needs to think about himself in this fight, because if he gets seriously injured, he might not ever be the same fighter or he might not even fight again.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Khan’s fears reflect wider misgivings by some in the boxing community who believe Saturday’s money-spinning superfight should never have been sanctioned on safety grounds.The head of the Association of Ringside Physicians, Larry Lovelace, is among those who believe Nevada should not have granted a licence to the fight.“We were very surprised this bout was even sanctioned and was going to be permitted to carry on,” Lovelace was quoted as saying by the New York Times.“The thing I really fear, truly fear, is that somebody’s going to get really hurt.”The Nevada State Athletic Commission, which sanctioned the fight, has a financial interest in the fight going ahead, earning a slice of the gross ticket receipts.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
The ICC World Twenty20 tournament is beginning tomorrow (March 8) and the cricket fever is already running high. Search engine giant Google has posted a doodle marking the start of the mega cricketing event.The doodle on Google’s India homepage shows a cricket stadium packed with spectators watching the action on the field.On the first day of the tournament, Zimbabwe will take on Hong Kong at 3.00 PM. Scotland will play Afghanistan at 7.30 PM. Both the matches will be played in Nagpur.India begin their campaign against New Zealand on March 15 against in Nagpur. The high-voltage encounter between India and Pakistan is on March 19 at Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamshala.Also Read:World T20: Pakistan cricket team’s arrival delayed until security clearance
Chandigarh, Dec 24 (PTI) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Monday released a book on former ruler Maharaja Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala, hailing him as an architect of modernisation of the erstwhile princely state.The book ‘Prince, Patron and Patriarch – Maharaja Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala’ was co-authored by the erstwhile ruler’s grandson, Brigadier (Retd) Sukhjit Singh and Cynthia Meera Frederick, a conservation architect, who met the former Army officer at an INTACH event. Besides the authors, Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore was also present on the occasion, which saw the chief minister describing the book as a candid tribute by a grandson to his grandfather.The occasion also saw the 76-year-old Amarinder Singh, born to the family of erstwhile Patiala Royals, recalling his own grandfather Bhupinder Singh along with Maharaja Jagatjit Singh, who, he said, together brought Patiala and Kapurthala on the world map through modernisation.During the launch of the book, the chief minister regaled the audience with anecdotes showcasing the far-sightedness of the Kapurthala Maharaja, whom he recalled meeting once as a six-year-old.Her described the book as a great source of knowledge and insight for the younger generation about the last ruler of the erstwhile princely state of Kapurthala, with whom the chief minister’s family shared historic links.Describing Maharaja Jagatjit Singh as a “progressive ruler”, Amarinder Singh said the 1920s and 1930s were Europe’s golden years, when some of the Indian rulers had visited the continent to see what they could bring back to Punjab for the state’s betterment.advertisement His family association with Maharaja Jagatjit Singh went back 12 generations, said the chief minister, adding the book went beyond a narration of historical facts to give a new perspective to the golden era.Amarinder Singh spoke highly about Brigadier (Retd) Sukhjit Singh too, and read out a para from the book recognising his valour during the 1971 Indo-Pak war for which he had been awarded the Maha Vir Chakra. Amarinder Singh also complemented both the authors for the extensive research by them to explore and bring out various dimensions of the most epochal events, both within India and abroad, which Maharaja Jagatjit Singh was witness to. He lauded Brig Sukhjit Singh for bringing alive the close relationship between him and his grandfather eloquently with his astute understanding and writing skills.Speaking on the occasion, Governor Badnore said he was honoured to stand between members of two royal families. He described the book as more than a coffee table book and said extensive research had gone into the book, set in the backdrop of the period between the first and second industrial revolutions, that saw many notable events and developments take place the world over.In India, this was the period that saw some of the most legendary rulers, such as Ganga Singh in Rajasthan, as well as Bhupinder Singh and Jagjit Singh in Punjab, he said. All these royals did great work for their states, he said, adding that eventually though the Rajasthan royal families turned their palaces into hotels, in Punjab, their benevolence led them to give up everything for the welfare of the people. The governor cited examples of a school being run in Kapurthala Palace and the Sports Institute in Moti Bagh in Patiala.Speaking on the occasion, Cynthia Meera Frederick, a conservation architect who was intrigued by the Maharaja’s love for French architecture, thanked the chief minister for launching the book. She said it was only befitting that the book was formally being launched in Chandigarh as Maharaja Jagatjit Singh was passionate about architecture and urban planning.Talking about the challenges faced in writing the book, Brigadier Sukhjit Singh said the book would go a long way in dispelling long-held notions about the rulers being generally labelled as feudal Thakurs and Nawabs.For a society which now believes in ostentatious display of wealth, the book on a Maharaja who stood for equality would stimulate thought in the right direction, Brig Sukjhit Singh added. PTI SUN RAXRAX
New Delhi: The Finance Ministry Tuesday assured trade and industry that input tax credit accrued on import of goods by paying GST in 2017-18 will not lapse even if the taxpayer has not claimed credit in the same financial year.Addressing concerns raised by trade and industry regarding filing of annual returns for the first year (2017-18) of Goods and Services Tax (GST) rollout, the ministry also advised taxpayers to file the correct data about tax payment and other details as reported in monthly sales returns in annual return GSTR-9 by omitting the auto-populated data. The ministry said that many taxpayers have raised concern that annual return form GSTR-9 does not allow a taxpayer to report details of IGST paid on imports made in 2017-18 but credit for the same was availed in 2018-19.
HALIFAX – A Halifax university is under fire for assigning a course about Canada’s residential schools to a non-Indigenous professor, something activists say undermines reconciliation efforts.Mount Saint Vincent University is expected to offer the course, Selected Topics in North American History: Residential Schools, this fall.The professor slated to teach the course has an expertise in Atlantic Canadian First Nations history, with a specialization in the historical experiences of 20th century Indigenous women, according to the school’s website.Yet the decision to assign a “settler scholar” to teach the course has been slammed on social media as a kind of historical appropriation and reinforcement of the systemic oppression of First Nations.Critics say only Indigenous people have the lived experience to understand the complex and cumulative ways they’ve been discriminated against, and that they should teach their own history.“Part of reconciliation is making space for Indigenous faculty members at universities and Indigenous knowledge perspectives,” Patti Doyle-Bedwell, a Mi’kmaq woman and Dalhousie University professor, said on Friday.“We’re talking about indigenizing the academy.”The university has called for a meeting next week between Indigenous faculty and staff and the professor assigned to the course to determine a way forward.“These are issues facing all universities in Canada,” said Elizabeth Church, the Mount’s vice-president academic.“What we’ve tried to do is listen to the different perspectives and really try to understand how to move forward in a way that is respectful and thoughtful.”The university has been actively recruiting Indigenous academics, she said, with a new faculty member recently hired and the search for another ongoing.“It’s a very complex issue and we’re really looking at what it means to have expertise in the topic and bringing in the perspectives that need to be there,” Church said.Martha Walls, the professor assigned to the course, said in an email that she takes the “important concerns aired over Facebook extremely seriously.”But despite the outcry on social media, Sherry Pictou, a professor at the university who is Mi’kmaq, is speaking out in support of Walls.Pictou said she has “full confidence” in her colleague both as a historian and an ally to the Indigenous community.She said the work of decolonizing “cannot fall just on the backs and labour of other Indigenous academics.”“I am proud to be working at the Mount and have had much support in ensuring that I am not overly tasked with all Indigenous related issues as so many Indigenous professors are,” Pictou said in an email.“Though I bring an Indigenous feminist lens to the courses I teach, they are not all Indigenous specific and I would be very concerned if I were prevented from teaching those courses.”She said the Mount is working on ways to offer Indigenous-specific courses as well as encouraging non-Indigenous faculty to responsibly implement Indigenous-related curriculum across the disciplines.Pictou added that as much as Indigenous faculty members can be subject to criticism for not living up to “privileged non-Indigenous academic standards,” this debate has shown her that Indigenous scholars can also come under fire for not living up to perceptions of “genuine indigeneity.”Professor Sandra Muse Isaacs, a Cherokee woman originally from the U.S. who teaches at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, said the idea of a non-Indigenous Canadian teaching a course on residential schools stifles Indigenous voices.“It’s unfair because it’s not allowing the voices of those people who are directly impacted by the residential school experience to be the one speaking,” she said. “They’ve already had their voices muted and taken away from them during their experience in those schools.”Rebecca Thomas, a Mi’kmaq community activist and former Halifax poet laureate, said part of reconciliation is allowing Indigenous Peoples a voice.“There is this perpetuation that non-Indigenous people have the right and expertise to speak on Indigenous topics when in reality the lived experience of what it’s like to be a product of these systems within Canada, there’s no voice better than first voice.”More than 150,000 First Nations, Metis, and Inuit children were taken from their families — often by force — to attend government residential schools, according to findings by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.The commission heard testimony from roughly 7,000 survivors, including graphic details of rampant sexual and physical abuse at the schools, and found at least 6,000 Indigenous children died from malnutrition, disease and widespread abuse.
Gayeshpur/ Ranaghat (Nadia): Coming down heavily on the Election Commission (EC), Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee alleged that it is changing the senior officials in Bengal at the behest of BJP. She was addressing two election rallies at Gayeshpur and Nadia on Sunday afternoon.”BJP cannot win the election by changing the senior officials and deploying Central Forces. Senior EC officials are coming to Bengal and criticising the state without any rhyme or reason. This is against the Constitution. They should remember that it is the people who cast their votes in favour of their candidate. In the 2016 Assembly election, the Central Forces were there as well but Trinamool got 211 seats,” Banerjee stated. Without naming Mukul Roy, she said: “There is a traitor whom we have driven out from the party and that traitor is misinforming BJP about Bengal.” Calling BJP a party of “liars who always try to create confusion among the people,” she said: “The leaders from Delhi are coming to the state. They have neither knowledge nor information about Bengal. They are like seasonal birds. They come before the election, criticise Bengal and utter unparliamentary words against the state and its leaders.” Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Trinamool supremo said: “I am amazed to see his audacity. Instead of replying to the questions raised by the people of the country on note ban, GST, his promises on creation of 10 crore jobs in five years and deposit of Rs 15 lakh in the accounts of all Indians, he is asking me what I have done for Bengal.” “The country has never seen such an arrogant and humbug Prime Minister since Independence. He is running after his own publicity. He has opened a shop to sell his coat, a film on his life and works has been made and he was busy shooting his film when 40 jawans were killed. This is a most worthless government that survives only on lies and spreading canard,” she maintained. Banerjee said that Modi should come up with a statement on the effect of note ban or hasty implementation of GST. “He should tell the electorate as to why 12,000 farmers committed suicide,” she said. She said that along with BJP, the RSS and VHP have become active in Bengal as well. “VHP leaders wear saffron to project themselves as saints, but in reality they are killing people and engineering riots,” she added. The Trinamool supremo said that in the past seven years, all-round development has been carried out in Nadia. The pro-people schemes taken up by the state government have enormously benefitted the people as well. “There is not a single house in Bengal which has not been covered by any of the schemes,” she remarked. She urged the voters not to cast their votes in favour of BJP as “they will ruin the country.” “There will be no Rabindranath, Netaji, Gandhiji or Ambedkar. There will be only hatred and those questioning the functions of the Centre will be crushed,” she added. Banerjee first attended the meeting at Gayeshpur and then went to Ranaghat. A stretch in Gayeshpur falls under the Bongaon Lok Sabha seat, where election will be held on May 6, whereas Ranaghat will go to polls on April 29.
7 January 2008United Nations agencies are providing emergency supplies, including heating, for some 3,000 people who were displaced in a New Year’s Day earthquake in southern Kyrgyzstan and are now living in summer tents under outside temperatures ranging from -15 to -20 degrees Celsius. In support of Government assistance to the victims, the agencies have offered over 200 mattresses, 200 sleeping bags, 400 blankets, nearly 500 kitchen sets, almost 2,000 pieces of soap, shoes for over 700 children, nearly 450 children’s winter sweaters and 20 bails of clothing, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today. As the country is short on winterized tents, heating oil and fuel, crucial for supporting the affected persons, OCHA offered over $30,000 for the purchase of additional heating devices as well as petrol to transport the relief items. Unfortunately, the heating devices might need to be brought from outside the country as those available in Kyrgyzstan are not suitable for distribution in the affected area near the city of Osh. OCHA has secured 120 winterized tents, donated by the Norwegian Government, and these should be dispatched shortly from the UN warehouse in Brindisi, Italy. Currently, winter tents and heaters still remain priority needs. The Kyrgyz Government has requested 500 winterised tents, 500 charcoal stoves, 2,500 warm jackets, 1,000 adult winter footwear, 22 tonnes flour, 3,000 litres of cooking oil, over 11,000 cans of meat, 4.5 tonnes of sugar, 2.25 tonnes of spaghetti, and 150 kilos each of rice and tea, OCHA said. The Government has also requested nearly 4 tonnes of construction materials such as cement, roofing slate, bricks and paint.
2 November 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged leaders of stock exchanges and financial institutions to better manage and integrate environmental, social and governance issues into their business practices. In a video message to a gathering at United Nations Headquarters of more than 60 top executives from around the world, Mr. Ban said that these so-called “ESG” issues are critical in creating a world economy that is more stable, inclusive and sustainable.“Stock exchanges and other financial bodies and institutions have a key role to play,” he told the group, which is meeting to explore ways in which stock exchanges can promote sustainable business practices and long-term approaches to investment.He welcomed the steps already undertaken by participants to incorporate ESG considerations into new stock indexes, listing rules and regulatory frameworks, and said he hoped the meeting will inspire even further efforts. The Secretary-General also highlighted the “unprecedented” partnerships forged between the UN and the business and financial communities in recent years. Among them is the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability and responsibility initiative, which currently involves over 5,000 companies across 130 countries.Another is the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment – a set of voluntary actions for incorporating ESG issues into mainstream investment decision-making and ownership practices that today includes more than 600 institutional investors with assets of over $18 trillion.A report released in July by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and a powerful group of asset managers controlling some $2 trillion in assets argued that if investment consultants and others do not incorporate ESG considerations into their services, they face “a very real risk that they will be sued for negligence.”It also stressed the central role that the world’s largest institutional investors – including pensions funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds and mutual funds – have in easing the transition to a low-carbon and resource-efficient green economy.Today’s meeting is co-hosted by the Global Compact, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment.
Ottawa has unveiled its plans intended to make Internet and television services less expensive for people in rural areas.Industry Minister James Moore said Tuesday the government aims to reduce regulatory fees charged to satellite companies that provide service to communities outside the reach of the large telecom networks in urban and suburban centres.The move would make Canada more competitive and attract new investments from companies that want to expand or improve their services, he said.Rural Canadians depend on satellite companies to deliver wireless, TV and Internet services through high-frequency spectrum, a valuable radio frequency that transmits large quantities of data quickly.“By putting in place the right market conditions that support greater investment in the satellite sector, our government is supporting Canadian consumers by providing them with more choice, lower prices and better service,” said Moore in a statement.Ottawa’s wireless spectrum auction won’t create fourth carrier because of ‘ridiculous’ rules, expert saysRogers Communications Inc, BCE Inc nearly shut out of wireless spectrum auction because of cap rulesThe lower fees are scheduled to come into effect by April 1, 2016.Access to the airwaves in rural communities has been an area of contention for operators for several years.In 2012, Chatham Internet Access in southwestern Ontario said it was struggling to provide enough bandwidth to its thousands of customers, while Xplornet Communications said the high cost of buying more spectrum meant more rural Canadians would be forced back onto dial-up connections.Industry Canada responded by making changes designed to simplify the process of acquiring spectrum and the way that providers could gain access to additional bandwidth.The federal government outlined plans in the 2014 budget that would set aside $305 million over five years specifically to expand rural and northern broadband Internet service.
“It is a great privilege to have Cesária Évora joining us,” the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), James T. Morris, who is currently in Portugal, said of Ms. Évora’s appointment as WFP Ambassador against hunger and in favour of school feeding.. “We believe that her voice will be a great contribution to our efforts to eliminate hunger from the face of the earth.” Every day nearly 24,000 people die of hunger or hunger-related causes and Africa is a top priority for WFP, which provides food assistance to more than 72 million people in 82 countries a year, mostly women and children. In Africa the food situation is exacerbated by armed conflicts, natural disasters and extreme poverty. Ms. Évora accepted her new role with WFP given the impact of the agency’s School Feeding Programme in her home country, Cape Verde, the agency said in a news release. “I saw with my own eyes how food attracted children to school,” she said. “We need to educate our children if we want our continent to prosper, but they can’t learn if they go to school hungry.” WFP’s School Feeding Programme provides a hot and nutritious meal to more than 15.6 million children in 62 countries, making the agency the biggest organizer of school feeding programmes in the developing world. In Cape Verde, more than 100,000 pupils receive a WFP meal during the school day on every single island, in every district.
Russia and Ukraine ended their way at the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 with defeats in the last round of the Preliminary Round. Poland beat Russia 29:26 and reached the Main Round in Debrecen, while Ukrainian girls lost tight match against Romania 22:23.In two derby matches, Spain beat Hungary 27:26 in Gyor (STATISTICS), while Norway broke resistance of Danish girls 27:21 in the second half (STATISTICS).RUSSIA – POLAND 26-29HUNGARY – SPAIN 26-27TABLE:1.SPAIN 62.HUNGARY 33.POLAND 24.RUSSIA 1– GROUP B –ROMANIA – UKRAINE 23-22NORWAY – DENMARK 27-21TABLE:1.NORWAY 62.DENMARK 33.ROMANIA 34.UKRAINE 0STANDINGS:Norway 4Spain 4Hungary 2Romania 1Denmark 1Poland 0 ← Previous Story CROATIAN DISASTER: Vladimir Canjuga resigns Next Story → LNH (Round 13): Montpellier extend Dunkerque’s nightmare
Raul Gonzales began EHF EURO 2018 campaign in style with Macedonian national team. Macedonians were on two days tour in neighborhood in Serbia, where they won two friendly tests before the start of tournament in Croatia on January 13 against Slovenia.Macedonia beat Saudi Arabia 37:21, but more important was win over home team Serbia 32:29 in front of 2.500 fans in Banjica hall. SERBIA – MACEDONIA 29:32 (13:14)SERBIA: Cupara (13 saves, 1 goal), Ivanišević (2 saves), Milosavljev – Obradović, Vujić 1, Crnoglavac, Đukić 3, Marković 2, Đorđić 6, N. Ilić 2, Ćirić, Jovanović, Nenadić 3, Zelenović 1, Marsenić 5, Stevanonvić, Radivojević 2, V. Ilić, Vujin 3MACEDONIA: Mitrevski (9 SAVES), Ristovski (7 SAVES) – Velkovski, Stoilov 5, K. Lazarov 3, Jonovski, Taleski 6, Mirkulovski 2, V. Markoski, N. Markoski 2, Kuzmanovski, Georgievski 8, F. Lazarov, Daskaloski, Ojleski 2, Popovski 1, Peševski 3 ← Previous Story Germans strong for Iceland Next Story → Czech Republic beat Austria twice in three days with +17 EHF EURO 2018Macedonian handball
AN IRISH TECHNOLOGY company has installed more than 250 kiosks around the country, via which house holders can pay their local property tax.Omnivend has made the service available in retail stores throughout Ireland, where payments can be lodged at any time.The vending machine operator is one of three approved payment service providers, as outlined in a response to a Parliamentary Question by Independent TD Mattie McGrath.Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said that those willing to pay in cash could use “one of three approved payment service providers, who are An Post TaxPay, Payzone and Omnivend.”“I am further advised by the Commissioners that it was not possible to include the names of the three payment service providers on the LPT Return or in the booklet, as negotiations with these service providers were still ongoing when these documents were being produced,” Noonan said.FeesPaying the LPT by cash does carry an additional charge, however.While An Post charges of a fee of €1 for each weekly LPT payment, Payzone charges 75 cent for the same transaction. Paying via a kiosk, however, results in an additional weekly charge of seven cent.Omnivend’s managing director Fiona Dowd said that the service allowed home owners to pay an amount that suited them, either weekly or monthly.“At the end of each transaction you receive a receipt for your payment which will also be your proof of payment,” she said.Read: Revealed: The 7 TDs who say they won’t pay the property tax >
NURSING HOME REPRESENTATIVES have called on the government to act now to prevent a future nursing home crisis.They argue that funding for long-term residential care has been ‘illogically cut’, despite the need to prepare for the requirements of an ageing population.The CSO has previously predicted that the number of people aged over 65 could double by the start of the 2030s.Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) met with TDs and Senators this afternoon during an Oireachtas Open Day to express their concerns.“It is imperative we plan now to meet ongoing and significant challenges and issues that are arising,” CEO Tadhg Daly said.“A key aspect of today’s event has been to explain to TDs and Senators the severe implications of reducing the Nursing Home Support Scheme (Fair Deal) annual budget by €107 million since 2012.Despite HSE warnings of a significant national deficit in nursing home beds by 2016 and under supply in urban centres, the resourcing to support people requiring nursing home care is illogically being cut.Minister of State Kathleen Lynch told the Dáil earlier last week that work on a review of the fair deal scheme is on-going, and is expected to be completed within the coming months.The group has been calling for a Forum on Long-Term Residential Care since last year.This will allow the sector and government to plan for the need for increased capacity and other future requirements.Daly also expressed concern that “the State, through the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) exerts significant control and influence over the rates currently paid for residential care in the private and voluntary sector”.“The reality is the State wishes to purchase care from the private and voluntary sector for an average fee that is up to 50% below that provided to public nursing homes,” Daly claimed, and that it is placing “undue pressure” on private and voluntary nursing homes.Read: Missing British pensioner turns up at D-Day events in France >Last year: Nursing home owners to start knocking on politicians’ doors over ‘crisis in care’ >
Bientôt une application Gmail sur iOS ?Google aurait mis au point une application native Gmail offrant la possibilité de consulter sa messagerie sur iOS. Que va décider Apple ?Google pourrait bien proposer aux utilisateurs d’iPhone et d’iPad une application native Gmail permettant la consultation et l’administration de leur messagerie. Cette application se trouverait au stade de la validation par Apple.Selon cette rumeur véhiculée par Mashable, Google attendrait un éventuel accord d’Apple pour communiquer davantage sur cette application et avancer une date de sortie. L’enjeu est crucial pour Google qui ne veut pas perdre les utilisateurs qui abandonnent peu à peu leur PC au profit d’une tablette ou d’un smartphone. Il reste à voir quelle sera la réaction d’Apple face à cette demande et il ne fait aucun oute que la firme à la Pomme pèsera le pour et contre de l’arrivée d’une telle application sur ses terminaux. Le 3 novembre 2011 à 09:54 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Dec 2015 – Digicel’s the More the Merrier Christmas promotion is in full swing now and according to marketing manager, Trina Adams, the options for mobile and home entertainment will make holidays happier for TCI families. In addition to trendy new handsets, including Digicel brands from just over a hundred dollars, there are $10,000 in cash and prizes. There are weekly prizes like smart TVs or a Caribbean cruise for four. Adams explained that: “All customers have to do to enter for a chance to win is sign up for an LTE prepaid or postpaid data plan, purchase a featured handset, pay their postpaid bill on time and in full, and top up $20 or more.” On launch day, Winston Parker was announced as the first winner. Parker walked away with $1,000. The Digicel the More the Merrier Christmas promotion ends December 22nd, 2015. TCI Govt meets with Digicel and Carnival Cruise Lines Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:digicel, More the Merrier Christmas, promotion, trina adams Digicel T&T Donates Supplies to Anguilla and British Virgin Islands Recommended for you Thousands without power in TCI
Chelsea’s coach Maurizio Sarri insists that his major plight right now is to improve his players and restore the winning style of The Blues.Chelsea has suffered defeats and struggled to remain in the PL. With Sarri’s style of play, there are doubts whether or not his style will help Chelsea improve. However, the former Napoli boss says he needs time to transform the team.“I don’t know. It’s not my problem. My problem is to improve my players, to solve the situation, to solve problems, to try to gain a lot of points. Then there is the club that will decide what is better for them,” Sarri said as quoted by ESPNMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“We need to work, we need to improve, we need to understand very well the style of playing,” he added.“We need to change the mentality, not because the old mentality was bad. But it’s not suitable with the new way of playing.”“Then, after all this, maybe you do need one player. But the market is really very important when you understand that you need only one player in one position for changing the team. But you cannot think that you can buy 11 new players without problems. If you do, the problems will be the same.”
Share your voice The story of K2-288Bb’s discovery is also interesting because it was spotted in large part with the help of volunteers looking at light-curve data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope with their own eyes, rather than just being picked up by software analyzing the data. The citizen scientists participating in a program called Exoplanet Explorers were able to spot a planet that the algorithms had missed. “It took the keen eyes of citizen scientists to make this extremely valuable find and point us to it,” Feinstein said. The find could help astronomers understand why there is a gap in the catalog of known exoplanets between so-called “super-Earths” and “mini-Neptunes.” It also demonstrates that though Kepler is no more and its successor, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is already making discoveries of its own, the pioneering spacecraft still lives on through its data. Tags NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers. List of planets most suitable for alien life grows by two More Earth-like exoplanets found hiding in Kepler data The weather looks fine on nearby Earth-like planet Ross 128 b 26 Photos Sci-Tech NASA’s hunting for exoplanets, and it’s got its eye on… Across the universe Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Now playing: Watch this: Best places in space to search for alien life 5:46 NASA set to launch exoplanet-hunting satellite The newfound planet is named K2-288Bb and, like the fictional planet of Tatooine from the Star Wars universe, it can be found in a binary star system. In other words, any alien life-forms on the surface of this world 226 light-years away are often bathed in the light of two suns.All that extra sunlight might not amount to the same level of sun and heat that make Tatooine a desert planet. That’s because K2-288Bb orbits the dimmer of the two, cool M-dwarf stars in the system.M-dwarfs also come along with a high incidence of potentially sterilizing solar flares. If the planet isn’t getting blasted by radiation, though, a new and unrelated paper co-authored by Harvard’s Abraham Loeb suggests it might receive just enough energy to support life. (You may remember Loeb made waves last year with a study suggesting interstellar object Oumuamua might actually be an alien-built probe.) NASA Space 4:47 The planet K2-288Bb illustrated here is slightly smaller than Neptune and located about 226 light-years away. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Francis Reddy Citizen scientists have discovered a new, rare type of planet beyond our solar system that’s about twice the size of Earth and located in the habitable, or “Goldilocks zone,” around its star where liquid water might exist on the exoplanet’s surface. “It’s a very exciting discovery due to how it was found, its temperate orbit and because planets of this size seem to be relatively uncommon,” Adina Feinstein, a University of Chicago graduate student and lead author on a paper describing the find, said in a news release. The announcement was officially made at the semi-annual meeting of the American Astronomy Society in Seattle on Monday. The paper will be published in The Astronomical Journal. 0 Loeb and postdoctoral researcher Mansavi Lingam conclude that low-mass M-dwarfs need to be at least one-fifth as massive as our sun to sustain photosynthesis, the buildup of oxygen and a life-supporting biosphere on any planets orbiting in their habitable zones. The paper is set to be published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. K2-288Bb’s star meets the threshold with a mass that equals about a third of our sun’s. Such a star is “theoretically capable of sustaining biospheres with the same productivity as the Earth,” according to Loeb and Lingam.It’s far too early to say for sure what the surface of the newfound planet might be like, however. It could be a relatively large rocky planet, or it might be a smallish, gassy Neptune-like world much different from our own. Only a few exoplanets of this unusual size range have been found so far.