How to Migrate Timelines Between Video Editing Applications

first_imgIn Resolve go to Session and click Render.Under the Easy Setup tab select Avid AAF Round Trip (this will still work in Premiere).After selecting your desired export codec you can simply hit “Render”.Once completed you can jump into premiere and import the AAF file which will pop up as a single sequence.If you have multiple timelines you will need to export multiple AAF files. The clips should automatically pop up in Premiere. If a clip pops up the “media offline” error box you can relink the file by simply right clicking and selecting Relink. This technique also works with XML files out of Resolve as well.FCPX to PremiereTo export from FCPX to Premiere you have to use Resolve Lite.In Final Cut Pro X go to File > Export XML where you will be asked to name and save a new .fcpxml file format. The new .fcpxml file can be imported into Resolve.In Resolve click Load and select your FCPXML file.A dialogue box will pop up, click Ok. You will now be able to see your clips in the timeline.Inside of Resolve go to Session and Click Render.Under the Easy Setup tab select Avid AAF Round Trip (this works for Premiere, don’t worry).After selecting your desired export codec you can simply hit render. Your clips will now render.Once completed you can jump into Premiere and import the AAF file which will pop up as a single sequence.If you have multiple timelines you will need to export multiple AAF files. The clips should automatically pop up in Premiere.Migrating Timelines To FCPXPremiere to FCPXTo import Premiere Timelines into FCPX you must convert your Premiere project to a .fcpxml file format. The best way to use this is via DaVinci Resolve Lite which is free.In Premiere go to File>Export>AAF, choose a name, and click save.You can now import the .aaf file into Resolve Lite.Once inside Resolve go to Session>Export.In the dropdown menu Select Final Cut Pro XML Round Trip.Now select all the clips you want to send to Final Cut Pro and hit “start render”.Now jump back into FCPX and go to File>Import>XML.Avid to FCPX Move your video editing sequences from one application to another using these quick workflows.In an ideal world you would be able to open any video editing project file in any program, but it’s not that simple. Each video editing application has it’s own set of tools, workflow and effects, so the round tripping process is somewhat convoluted. This is where AAF and XML files come into play.AAF and XML files are designed to help migrate sequences between video editing apps. They make it possible to go from FCPX to Resolve to Avid to Premiere and anything in-between. However, there is a specific workflow that should be followed for each migration to ensure success. In the following post we will take a step-by-step look at the migration process between the big 4 editing softwares: Avid, Premiere, Resolve, and FCPX.For some of these workflows you will have to use DaVinci Resolve Lite as a bridge program. Thankfully Resolve Lite is free from BlackmagicDesign’s site.Migrating Timelines To PremiereAvid to PremiereImporting Avid sequences into Premiere is easy.In Avid, with your sequence or master clip selected in the bin, right click and hit “export.When the box pops up select “Untitled” from the dropdown menu and click the box that says “Options”.Under the “Export As” dropdown you can select AAF, click save.You will now be able to import the AAF file into Premiere. You can find out more information about this workflow by going to Avid’s site.Resolve to Premiere Migrating Timelines To ResolveFCPX to Resolve In Avid, with your sequence or master clip selected in the bin, right-click and hit “export.When the box pops up select “Untitled” from the dropdown menu and click the box that says options.Under the Export As dropdown you can select AAF and click save.You will now be able to import the AAF file into Resolve.In Resolve click the “Load” button.Select your AAF file and click Open.A dialogue box will pop up, click “Ok”. You should now see your Avid sequence in the timeline. Migrating Timelines To AvidResolve to Avid With your clips selected in Premiere go to File>Export>AAF.You will be asked to name the AAF file.You can now click import the file directly into Avid. Your sequence should auto populate the clips inside of Avid.FCPX to AvidTo export from FCPX to Avid you have to use Resolve Lite. Unfortunately this is the best workflow for going from FCPX to Avid.In Final Cut Pro X go to File > Export XML where you will be asked to name and save a new .fcpxml file format. The new .fcpxml file can be imported into Resolve.In Resolve click Load and select your FCPXML file.A dialogue box will pop up, click Ok.You will now be able to see your clips in the timeline.Inside of Resolve go to Session and Click Render.Under the Easy Setup tab select Avid AAF Round Trip.After selecting your desired export codec you can simply hit render. Your clips will now render.Once completed you can jump into Avid and import the AAF file which will pop up as a single sequence.If you have multiple timelines you will need to export multiple AAF files. The clips should automatically pop up in Avid. It’s a long process but it works.Have any other tips for migrating sequences between editing software? Share in the comments below.Resources:FCP X: Transfer Projects to Premiere Pro CC – Larry JordanExporting Projects for Other Applications – Adobe PremiereRound-Tripping with Avid Media Composer – Video 2 Brain In Final Cut Pro X go to File > Export XML where you will be asked to name and save a new .fcpxml file format.The new .fcpxml file can be imported into Resolve.In Resolve click Load and select your FCPXML file.A dialogue box will pop up, click “Ok”. You will now be able to see your clips in the timeline.Premiere to ResolveThe workflow from Premiere to Resolve is incredibly easy. Because Premiere has the ability to save AAF files or XML files you have options because Resolve accepts both AAF and XML files.In Premiere go to File>Export> AAF or XML.Save your file in the pop-up box.Jump to Resolve and click the Load button.You can now select either your AAF or XML file, select “Open”.A box will pop up, click Ok. You should now see your Premiere sequence in the timeline.Avid to Resolve Inside of Resolve go to Session and Click Render.Under the Easy Setup tab select Avid AAF Round Trip.After selecting your desired export codec you can simply hit render. Your clips will now render.Once completed you can jump into Avid and import the AAF file which will pop up as a single sequence.If you have multiple timelines you will need to export multiple AAF files. The clips should pop up in Avid.Premiere to Avid With your sequence or master clip selected in the bin right-click and hit “export”.When the box pops up select “Untitled” from the dropdown menu and click the box that says options.Under the ‘Export As’ dropdown you can select AAF and click save.FCPX can’t read AAF files so you will have to use DaVinci Resolve Lite, but don’t worry it’s free. You will now be able to import the AAF file into Resolve.In Resolve go to Session>Export.In the dropdown menu Select “Final Cut Pro XML Round Trip”.Now select all the clips you want to send to Final Cut Pro and hit “Start Render”. Your new .fcpxml file should be made.Now jump back into FCPX and go to File>Import>XML. You can now import the .fcpxml file in FCPX.Resolve to FCPXExporting to FCPX is easy in Resolve.Go to Session>Export.In the render settings dropdown menu labeled “Easy Setup” select “Final Cut Pro XML Round-Trip”.Now select all your clips in the timeline and hit “Start Render”.Resolve will create a .fcpxml file that you can now import into Final Cut Pro X.To do this in FCPX go to File>Import>XML and select your new .fcpxml file. You should now see your video clips in the timeline.last_img read more

7 killed in Shimla bus accident, 21 injured

first_imgAt least seven people have been killed and 21 others injured when a State Transport Corporation bus veered off the road at Gajehri near Theog in anterior Shimla on Friday morning. The bus was on its way from Shimla to Sharontha village at Tikker in Rohru tehsil. Those who were seriously injured have been referred to Indira Gandhi Medical College Hospital in Shimla. The rescue operation is still on and the police along with local villagers are transferring the injured to the hospitals at Theog and Shimla. All the bodies and the injured have been identified, said the police. The cause of accident is yet to be ascertained. The driver suddenly lost control when the bus rolled down on the steep downhill drive from Theog to Chaila, said locals.last_img read more

LaVar Ball on Lonzo’s Debut: ‘His Worst Game Ever’

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares LAS VEGAS (AP) — It took Lonzo Ball 20 seconds to get a near-capacity crowd off its feet in his first summer league game. Just like LaVar taught him.Ball’s highly anticipated Los Angeles Lakers debut on Friday night started with a flourish on a perfectly timed lob pass to Brandon Ingram. But that was one of the few bright spots for a player Magic Johnson has dubbed as the new face of the Lakers in a 96-93 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.The No. 2 overall pick scored just five points and missed 13 of his 15 shots, to the disappointment of a near-capacity crowd that came out to see him. Leave it to his father to sum up the night with some of his trademark straight talk.“He don’t be discouraged because that’s the worst he can do,” LaVar Ball said. “He can’t go but up. And he still kept them in the game playing his worst game ever. That’s what I like about it.”Lonzo Ball was 1 for 11 from 3-point range, including a bad miss from well beyond the line — the kind of daring pull-up the Ball family is known for — with 1:16 to play in regulation.He was also a little slow to react on defense, including when Brice Johnson made a quick spin past him for a dunk. The Clippers posted the highlight on their Twitter account, calling it a “pretty baller move.”That’s the kind of target that LaVar’s antics have painted on his son’s back. And it’s much bigger than the purple No. 2 under his name.“Tough game. We didn’t get the job done,” Lonzo Ball said. “I need to be better.”Scouts do wonder how that unorthodox shooting stroke will translate to the NBA game. What is not up for debate is the Lakers’ return to must-see status with the pass-first point guard on the trigger and his carnival barker father on the mic.While LaVar Ball has dropped hints that he could tone down the bombastic comments and unending marketing of his Big Baller Brand apparel that turned him into an internet villain of sorts during Lonzo’s lone season at UCLA, he was totally in character for his son’s debut.“The Lakers fans are coming and my boy is gonna bring ’em out,” LaVar Ball crowed at halftime. “Because there’s excitement for the game. It’s entertainment. That boy is going to entertain. He’s been doing it all his life.”LaVar Ball entered the Thomas & Mack Center to a raucous ovation, flanked by more than a dozen family members. They watched the game from a raised stage behind one baseline, and as he ascended the stairs for the first time, he raised his hands and pumped his fist to the crowd.Lonzo Ball got off the bus wearing a black Big Baller t-shirt, red shorts and black Big Baller ZO2 shoes — yes, the ones with the $495 price tag — and did two television interviews before he even changed into his Laker uniform. A bedazzled, patent leather backpack draped over his shoulders and established NBA players including DeMar DeRozan, D’Angelo Russell and Isaiah Thomas were all in attendance for the game, while Johnson, the new Lakers president of basketball operations, sat courtside.Lakers games have always been well-attended here in Vegas, just a four-hour drive from Los Angeles. But this one reached another level, with fans piling into the arena three hours before game time and sitting through a Bucks-Cavaliers game before finally getting to the main attraction. And when Lonzo found Ingram for the alley-oop on his first possession, it looked like things were going to come easy.“I always said get ’em out their chairs on the first play,” LaVar Ball said. “That’s how we used to play with his brothers. Either hit a long 3-pointer from halfcourt or a dunk.”But it became clear very quickly that things wouldn’t always go smoothly. The sophomore Ingram shined with 26 points in 31 minutes, playing with more assertiveness than his celebrated rookie teammate. Lonzo finished with five assists, four rebounds and two steals.“It’s got nothing to do with him,” LaVar Ball said. “He’s going to make this team come up and make everybody start passing the ball. And that’s when that chemistry comes in and that’s when that winning comes in. That’s when the winning comes in. Once you start winning, everybody starts feeling good.”In that way, LaVar is right on the money.Lonzo’s clothes are flashy, and the first play was quite a highlight. But the rest of his game was decidedly understated, much like his personality. Magic may have dubbed him the new face of the NBA’s marquee franchise and his father says the rookie is on the Lakers because he spoke it into existence. But there is nothing “look-at-me” about him.He speaks quietly and with a straight face, nothing like the mega-watt smile Johnson brought to Hollywood from Michigan State. Surrounded by cameras after the game, he couldn’t wait to move on.“The only way to go now is up,” Lonzo said. “That’ll probably be the worst game I’ll have all week so hopefully I keep getting better.”By JON KRAWCZYNSKIlast_img read more

The future of security is in the hands of developers

first_img Log in to Reply Continue Reading Previous Using DSPs for audio AI at the edgeNext Top IoT concerns: security, connectivity, and data Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Supply Chain Companies often don’t build security into their products from the start. Instead, they add on cryptographic algorithms and primitives to achieve confidentiality and authenticity properties, but this add-on approach makes the product a target of possible attacks.Attacks might include exploitable software bugs, the most common vulnerability, or hardware leaks, physical attacks, logical attacks and remote and localized attacks. Newly identified vulnerabilities such as Spectre, Meltdown, Foreshadow and Spoiler have shown that problems such as side-channel attacks also exist in hardware designs, and that there are likely many more vulnerabilities in current solutions from hardware vendors.Secure hardware needs to become an industry mandate. All too often companies take shortcuts in design assurance and secure design, trying to meet certain performance, area, speed and cost requirements.Without secure hardware, design flaws will continue to be discovered and exploited, risking serious data breaches and other serious consequences. It’s time for the industry to move away from the principle of security by obscurity and embrace open architectures like RISC-V which enable anyone to inspect and analyze the instruction set architecture (ISA) to assess its security.A few years ago, DARPA created its System Security Integration Through Hardware and Firmware (SSITH) program to break the cycle of vulnerability exploitation. The goal of SSITH is to develop new hardware security architectures and associated design tools that provide security against hardware vulnerabilities that are exploited through software.RISC-V Foundation member Galois is one of the companies participating in the SSITH program, developing tools and techniques for quantitatively measuring and reasoning for system security, particularly for hardware. As part of this program, Galois is working to develop baseline processors from which security improvements will be measured, port and support baseline operating systems and compilers for those CPUs and develop a demonstration application for secure hardware.DARPA recently announced that Galois will be developing a voting system as the demonstration vehicle for this secure system, built with fully open source hardware and software. While the voting system is not intended for production, it serves as an important demonstration of how DARPA technology can be used for a critical infrastructure system.The voting system will be built on open source RISC-V CPUs and will incorporate auditable software components, enabling the public to review both the software and the hardware since the RISC-V ISA is public and standardized. The purpose of this system is to spur continued research and innovation to develop more secure hardware and software solutions for the benefit of everyone.The voting system will be publicly “red teamed” in the voting village at DEF CON 2019 and DEF CON 2020 so attendees can examine it and conduct penetration tests to gauge its security. The demonstration will include both an end-to-end verifiable and a traditional non-verifiable voting system.In 2019 there will be a smart ballot box on SSITH hardware, while the 2020 event will feature all components on SSITH hardware, including both the ballot marking device and optical scan systems. A scaled down, low cost version of the system will be made available via Crowd Supply so anyone can buy it, experiment with it and use it to run even informal elections such as for school clubs or sports teams. University teams also will be participating in this program to enhance their own security research efforts.The RISC-V Foundation expects this project will yield significant learnings for universities and researchers, and we look forward to seeing more industry traction as more companies move to open source hardware. Over the past few years there has been an uptick in companies working on RISC-V based secure processors, and a number of such solutions are already commercially available.We believe industry collaboration is essential for tackling security challenges. Last year we formed a Security Standing Committee to bring together industry leaders to develop consensus around best security practices and identify potential security improvements for RISC-V implementations.The Foundation also supports a group working on a trusted execution environment for microcontroller-class processors. It is developing a specification that will serve as an extension of a privilege specification. A cryptography extensions group is building on early proposals for ISA extensions for the standardized and secure execution of popular cryptography algorithms.The future of security is in the hands of developers. We strongly encourage everyone to get involved and work together to tackle the dynamic security demands of this new era of innovation.–Helena Handschuh is chair of the RISC-V Foundation’s security standing committee and a Fellow at Rambus. >> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times: “RISC-V, DARPA Advance Security.” Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. April 30, 2019 at 2:38 am “We have seen countless news articles on various organisations losing the battle to cyber attackers in recent times. The situation is highly worrying as the more advanced technology becomes, the more advanced the hacking game progresses. Without consistent UdyRegan says: 1 thought on “The future of security is in the hands of developers” last_img read more

Brisbane International: Naomi Osaka crashes out in semis, Kei Nishikori reaches final

first_imgShe’s ranked No. 5 in the world, will enter the season-opening major as a reigning Grand Slam champion, and is trying not to sulk.A lot has happened for Naomi Osaka since she beat Serena Williams in the US Open final last September, and she’s still coming to terms with it. Mostly, it’s the expectations.She has reached the semifinals or better at four of her last five tournaments but hasn’t added another title.A 6-2, 6-4 loss to No. 27-ranked Lesia Tsurenko on Saturday cost second-seeded Osaka a place in the Brisbane International final and a move up to the No. 3 world ranking – which would be a record high for a player from Japan.”If I’m being really frank, I just feel like I had like the worst attitude today,” the 21-year-old Osaka said. “I feel like I didn’t really know how to cope with not playing well.”Honest and reflective, @Naomi_Osaka_ in her own words.#BrisbaneTennis pic.twitter.com/ZQHFtFUH5NWTA (@WTA) January 5, 2019Thoughts on a first Premier final, @LTsurenko?#BrisbaneTennis pic.twitter.com/KZo1HCPLTtWTA (@WTA) January 5, 2019She dropped two service games in the first and went down an early break in the second but had chances to get even in the sixth game, when she had two break points but committed a string of unforced errors and Tsurenko held for 4-2.Osaka kicked the air at one point and dropped her racket to the court after missing another, before visibly questioning how she could be getting it so wrong when her forehand skewed wide on game point.advertisement”I was sulking a little bit, and like there are moments that I tried not to do that. But then the ball wouldn’t go in, and then I would go back to being like childish and stuff,” Osaka said. “So I think like that was sort of my main problem today.”I feel like last year I did a lot of that, and I’m trying to change it more, and I think I have – like toward the end of last year. Hopefully this isn’t like a recurring thing.”Thank you @BrisbaneTennis for a great week regardless last time I was here I was a qualifier. I feel pretty good about the improvement. pic.twitter.com/A64fU4QCLYNaomiOsaka (@Naomi_Osaka_) January 5, 2019NISHIKORI IN FINALJapanese flags were still waving in the crowd at Pat Rafter Arena for the next match, when No. 2-seeded Kei Nishikori defeated Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-2 in 66 minutes.”Felt very good physically and, tennis-wise, I think it was perfect,” Nishikori said.He’ll play either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s final, where he’s hoping to claim his first title since Memphis in 2016.Tsurenko is 4-0 in finals, and is hoping to extend that streak when she takes on No. 5-seeded Karolina Pliskova, who beat Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-4 in the night semifinal.Tsurenko had lost both previous encounters to Osaka, including their U.S. Open quarterfinal.From 15-40 down in the ninth, Osaka saved two match points with aces, got the advantage with an audacious drop shot and then held with an ace to ensure Tsurenko had to serve out.Tsurenko went on the attack, earned another two match points with a volley winner and clinched it with the second of those.She has grown in confidence since her trip to the U.S. Open quarterfinals, and is playing with more aggression.”I don’t want to say that this was my best tennis, but it was quite a high level,” Tsurenko said. “I feel I can kind of handle every kind of pressure on court now, even when someone like Naomi is playing really strong.”Osaka is having to deal with different expectations now.”Before, I would just be nervous to be there in a way, and now I feel nervous because I think I should win … and I feel like people expect me to win,” she said. “So that’s like an added amount of nerves. But, I mean, I feel like I’m getting used to it.”Osaka will continue her preparations for the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 14 in Melbourne, with an emphasis on trying to not to sulk when things are going wrong.”In a way this experience for me is better than winning the tournament, because like this helpless feeling I have, I think today I learned sort of what I … I can do to like improve the situation,” she said. “There aren’t many moments that I feel like that. But, yeah, I feel like today was a very valuable lesson.”advertisementAlso Watch:last_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Manchester United to swap Juan Mata for João Mário?

first_imgManchester United want to tempt João Mário away from Internazionale and are so keen on the Portuguese midfielder that they will offer his Italian employers Juan Mata in exchange. According to the Corriere dello Sport, however, “the Spaniard isn’t particularly keen”, while Inter “would absolutely be ready to take a seat at the negotiating table if Henrikh Mkhitaryan was part of the discussions”. Apparently Inter feel Mário’s performances have not justified the €40m (plus potential €5m in assorted bonuses and add-ons) they spent to lure him away from Sporting in 2016 but they also feel it would be a bit embarrassing to sell him at a significant loss. Therefore they have hit upon the cunning ruse of swapping him for someone else, thereby putting no particular monetary value on the deal whatsoever. Paris Saint-Germain are apparently also interested, with Javier Pastore potentially making the reverse move.Jonny Evans has some decisions to make. West Bromwich Albion want their 29-year-old centre-back to sign a new contract and stay at the Hawthorns but Manchester City plan to recommence their pursuit of the former Manchester United man in January while a couple of other clubs – Everton and West Ham, to be precise – hope to pip Pep should the defender become available. West Brom, meanwhile, are also thinking about their forward line and have sent scouts to Belgrade for the Europa League match between Red Star and Koln, to cast their eyes over Richmond Boakye, who has scored 10 goals in 11 league games this season and has already caught the attention of Chelsea. Share via Email Manchester City’s winning run ends as makeshift side fall to Shakhtar features A group of Real Madrid players including Marco Asensio and Isco have a WhatsApp group where they discuss matters football, and according to Diario Gol have been remarking in particular upon Cristiano Ronaldo’s selfishness and laziness. “In this group they complain that Cristiano only runs when it benefits him, that he does not give his all on the field and that he is focused only on his own interests, not those of the team,” they report. Perhaps uncoincidentally, they report elsewhere that the Portuguese star’s position in the squad is “no longer untouchable” and that the club are readying a move for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, who was phoned by Zinedine Zidane last week for an entirely-coincidental-honest-guv friendly chat.Could Celtic finally be ready to sell Moussa Dembélé? Brighton certainly hope so, and are “considering testing the water with an offer of £20m” for the French forward in January, writes the Mail. Meanwhile, the Sun reports that “Arda Turan has been snapped in London as serious doubts remain over his Barcelona future”, though this was not exactly a clandestine mission, the snaps having been uploaded to Twitter by Turan himself. Still, it might mean something. Meanwhile, Sunderland want Bolton’s Gary Madine and in the first drips of what may become a deluge of Everton-based rumour Sam Allardyce apparently wants to sign Steven Nzonzi from Sevilla and, more ambitiously, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.Arsène Wenger has ruled out the possibility of allowing significant departures in January, even though players such as Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere are all liable to be feeling a bit miffed about the number of matches they are not starting and wondering if someone somewhere might show them a little more love. “I want to keep the squad,” Wenger said. “We do not want to become weaker. I have to consider the interest of the player but [more important] will be the interests of the club.” Spoilsport. Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Juan Mata Reuse this content Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Share on Twitter Read more Share on Pinterest Transfer window Football Internazionale Rumour mill Topics Manchester Unitedlast_img read more

Court gives no relief to rebel AAP MLAs

first_imgNew Delhi: Granting no relief to rebel AAP MLAs, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed their petition challenging a single bench order against the anti-defection proceedings initiated against them by the Delhi Assembly Speaker. A Division Bench presided by Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice C. Harishankar refused to entertain the petition filed by rebel AAP MLAs Devendra Sehrawat and Anil Bajpai. “The court observed that the prerogative power of the Speaker to evolve his own procedure to conduct the proceedings in the house,” the court observed. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “We see no reason to entertain this plea as we find that no error has been committed by the single judge,” the bench said. “We see no reason to impose a mathematical formulae on the Speaker about what to decide first.” The court observed that it was on the wisdom and expertise of the Speaker to decide whether it will hear the preliminary objection by the rebel MLAs or the defection complaint first. Earlier, a single judge bench of the High Court presided by Justice Vibhu Bakhru declined a plea filed by the two politicians challenging the decision to initiate the proceedings of disqualification. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The petition had sought direction to the Speaker to constitute an appropriate committee to adjudicate the anti-defection proceedings initiated against him by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Rebel MLAs Bajpai and Sehrawat also accused Speaker Ram Niwas Goel of being a politically active person who had recently joined a protest called by AAP at Rajghat. On June 20, AAP MLA Saurav Bhardwaj moved an anti-defection petition in the Assembly against the two MLAs for joining the BJP before the Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

Conservatives halt allnight voting marathon vow to resume fight next week

first_imgOTTAWA – The Conservatives vowed Friday to employ new tactics next week to force testimony from Justin Trudeau’s national security adviser over the prime minister’s recent trip to India.The Tories made the pledge after ending a marathon overnight voting session that began Thursday and kept members of Parliament answering roll calls in the House of Commons for nearly 21 hours.Conservative House leader Candice Bergen called a halt to the procedural stunt after MPs had voted on hundreds of motions deemed confidence measures. After she did, the calendar on the clerk’s desk finally flipped over to Friday and the sitting wrapped up.Bergen thanked parliamentary staff, from the Speaker to security guards to cafeteria workers, for hanging on through the prolonged sitting.Soon afterwards, the bleary MPs — some clad in sweats and clutching pillows and blankets — emerged from the chamber pumping their fists in the air in a victory gesture.At issue was the Liberal government’s refusal to support a Conservative demand that national security adviser Daniel Jean be called to testify before a Commons committee about a briefing he gave journalists during the prime minister’s ill-starred visit to India.Jean suggested to reporters covering Trudeau’s trip last month that rogue factions in the Indian government had sabotaged the visit. Since then, Opposition MPs demanded that Jean explain his reasoning about how one-time Canadian Sikh separatist and convicted attempted murderer Jaspal Atwal was invited to a Trudeau event in India.Atwal’s appearance, and Jean’s statements about the Indian government, have harmed Canada-India relations, said Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole.“We’ve already seen the Indian government express outrage, raise tariffs,” said O’Toole.“We’ve angered a major Commonwealth partner … and the prime minister clings to this conspiracy theory that directly contradicts his own MP, Randeep Sarai.”While Trudeau has defended Jean as a professional, non-partisan, veteran public servant who only says what he knows to be true, Sarai took responsibility for getting Atwal on the guest lists for Trudeau events in India after Atwal said he requested an invitation.Only one of those two scenarios can be true, said O’Toole: either Atwal was invited by a Liberal MP or he was an Indian government plant and Jean should be allowed to testify so he can clear the air over the controversy.But Liberal House Leader Bardish Chagger said it was entirely up to MPs on the national security committee — the majority of whom are Liberals — to decide whether Jean should be called to testify.“The committee should be able to choose if they would like him to come and testify or not,” said Chagger. “And that’s a choice for committee members to make.”NDP members, however, noted that the committee had not voted on a motion to compel Jean to testify. Instead, committee members adjourned debate before a vote could be called.Either way, it’s up to Trudeau to “come clean with Canadians about his trip to India,” Bergen said in a statement.“Canadians deserve to know the truth about what happened during the Atwal Affair,” she said. “Justin Trudeau is trying to hide the one person who can set the record straight. That’s not right.”O’Toole insisted the fight will carry on next week, although he wouldn’t say what new tactics his party might use.“We’re going to bring this back in a new way,” said O’Toole.last_img read more

Parole hearing for Calgary man who strangled wife buried body in basement

first_imgBOWDEN, Alta. — A man who strangled his wife and concealed her body in a wall of their home after enduring what he described as years of domestic abuse is scheduled for his first parole hearing today.Allan Shyback was convicted of manslaughter and indignity to a body in the 2012 death of Lisa Mitchell.He was originally sentenced to seven years in prison, but the Alberta Court of Appeal increased it to 10 years.Shyback testified at his trial that he killed Mitchell in defence as she attacked him with a knife.He said he panicked, put her body inside a plastic bin and cemented it into a basement wall of the Calgary home they shared with their children.Last fall, the Appeal Court, in adding more time to his sentence, noted the severity of Shyback’s crimes“For two years, the respondent led the deceased’s family to believe that she was alive and there was some hope of her returning. He maintained this deception until the Mr. Big operation revealed the truth,” Justice Jack Watson wrote on behalf of the three-member panel.“It was particularly cruel for the respondent to suggest to the children that their mother had abandoned them but might return one day, even though he knew she was entombed in the basement of the house in which they were all living.”An undercover police operation began in 2013 and ended with Shyback’s confession and arrest in Winnipeg.The parole hearing at Bowden Institution, south of Red Deer, Alta., will assess any risk he may present to the community if he is released. In most cases, board members give their decision and reasons the day of the hearing.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter Bill Graveland, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Toronto stock index ends down despite commodity gains US markets mixed

first_imgCanada’s main stock index gave up early gains to close lower Tuesday, while U.S. stocks were mixed and the loonie remained flat.The Toronto Stock Exchange ended lower despite strong gains in commodities, which showed strength after copper rose from a price floor, said Dominique Barker, Portfolio Manager, CIBC Asset Management.“One thing that has been consistent all day has been commodities, so we’ve had commodity prices up off the bottom, particularly copper.”The September copper contract closed up six cents at US$2.81 a pound. Efforts by the Chinese government to spur economic activity is probably a key contributor to the rise, said Barker.“I think that’s driven by some news out of China yesterday with their announcement to reduce taxes and increase infrastructure spending. So we’re seeing a read-through on to the energy stocks, equities in Canada, as well as copper stocks in Canada.”The S&P/TSX global base metals index was up 3.62 per cent as big copper names like Souther Copper, Lundin Mining, First Quantum Minerals all saw substantial gains.Overall, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index closed down 30.71 points at 16,390.13 as losses in health, industrials and consumer staples weighed on the market.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 197.65 points at 25,241.94. The S&P 500 index closed up 13.42 points at 2,820.40 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 1.11 points at 7,840.77.Gains in some U.S. markets came as many big-name companies showed strong earnings, said Barker.“Some of the reports that came out today were very supportive of a strong economy. There were beats and raises by Eli Lilly, Lockheed Martin, 3M, Google and Verizon. All announced earnings that beat expectations.”The Canadian dollar averaged 76.01 cents US, unchanged from Monday.The September crude contract closed up 63 cents at US$68.52 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up two cents at US$2.72 per mmBTU. The August gold contract ended down 10 cents at US$1,225.50 an ounce.Canadian National Railway Co. announced after market close that it had increased its earnings outlook and capital program for the year, following a quarter that saw its net income increase 27 per cent in the last quarter compared with last year.The railway closed down 61 cents or 0.54 per cent at $112 after the company said earlier in the day that it had made interim CEO Jean-Jacques Ruest its permanent chief executive.last_img read more

Wildfire Service downgrades status of three wildfires in Northeast BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service has downgraded the status of three wildfires burning in Northeast B.C.Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds says that while the activity of the Tommy Lake Fire remains intense, fire activity on three other large fires has diminished to the point where the Service no longer considers them wildfires of note. According to Reynolds, the wildfire burning southeast of the Muskwa River near Fort Nelson has not experienced much fire activity in the past week. That fire currently sits at 4,793 hectares, and is not currently threatening any properties since it is located roughly 80 kilometres southwest of Fort Nelson. However, Reynolds said that crews may be looking at a modified response to that fire if it starts to see more fire activity. Closer to Fort St. John, both the Milligan Hills and Kahta Creek Fires have also been downgraded from wildfires of note. The Kahta Creek Fire, which has burned roughly 1,700 hectares near Buckinghorse River, has seen dramatically reduced fire activity over the weekend, especially after the fire saw 10 mm of rain fall late last week. There are currently 55 firefighters and 3 helicopters battling that fire, and Reynolds said that firefighters have been patrolling the fire’s perimeter to ensure that it doesn’t scorch a larger area. The fire is currently being held, meaning it does not appear to be spreading.Fire crews have also increased containment on the Milligan Hills Fire, which is 700 hectares in area. The 60 firefighters, 2 helicopters, and 3 pieces of heavy machinery have managed to build a fire guard and contain 35 percent of the fire, which is 10 kilometres from Milligan Hills Provincial Park. Reynolds said that the fire’s status has also been updated to “Being Held” which indicates that sufficient suppression action has been taken that the fire is not likely to spread beyond existing or predetermined boundaries.Despite this, Reynolds said that crews will continue to monitor these fires to try and ensure they don’t flare up once again.last_img read more

Jumia Sees Growth in MCommerce in Morocco

Rabat – As smartphone usage continues to spread through Morocco, the potential for mobile commerce in the country grows, says e-commerce leader Jumia in its latest report.The company presented its “White Paper Morocco Mobile 2017” during a press lunch hosted by Bastien Moreau Director General of Jumia Morocco and Benoît De Vigne, Marketing Manager of Jumia Morocco on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.credit to: Aujourd’huiL le MarocThe white paper outlined how the electronic market has democratized mobile internet use. With more consumers adopting electronic technology, smartphone culture, and various mobile brands, the role of mobile commerce (m-commerce) is increasing in the market.  The report was part of the company’s 2017  Mobile Africa Study, which was carried out in 15 African countries, namely Morocco, Algeria, Nigeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Mozambique, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Senegal.Together, these countries generate more than 80% of Africa’s GDP.Smartphone penetration and usage rate is increasing rapidlyJumia highlighted that the mobile sector continues to flourish in the Kingdom. Out of 35.06 million citizens, the sector recorded 43.31 million mobile subscribers at the end of 2016, with a penetration rate of 124%, compared with an overall rate of 80% in Africa. With 8.1 million Moroccan mobile internet users, making up 23% of the population, “m-commerce is growing as fast as the mobile sector.” In Africa, the number of mobile internet users was at 28% by the end of 2016. These figures are expected to increase to around 55% by 2020, thanks to the diversity of services and prices offered by smartphone manufacturers and mobile operators.The decline in the average price of smartphones, geared the growth rate of penetration, allowed Smart phones to become an increasingly popular technology among Moroccan consumers with different incomes. Smartphones continue to be be Jumia’s most popular product in Morocco, both in number of items sold and in income generated. The sales of smartphones jumped by 108% between 2013 and 2016, driven by an increasing range of smartphone prices and the wide number choices in the market.M-commerce: Morocco’s Commerce FutureM-commerce has gained an important place in the world of e-commerce according to Jumia, proving that it is not a passing trend among Moroccan consumers.Jumia highlighted that 73 percent of its clients visit Jumia through their phones, with a successful purchase rate of 70 percent. The company added that 15 percent of mobile users use the Jumia app, while 58 percent% use the mobile version of the site.Jumia, in partnership with Orange, one of three licensed telecommunications operators in Morocco, promised to raise the standards of e-commerce in the country by using ever more innovative approaches. In addition, Jumia Morocco and the Interbank Money Center (IMC) have announced the launch of a new offer to promote online payment by credit card, intending to raise the share of online card payments on merchant sites and develop  mobile payment in Morocco by offering a 10% reduction for each customer paying by an online credit card. read more

SPTSX composite closes above 16000 mark for the first time loonie up

TORONTO — Canada’s largest stock index marched further into record territory Monday, closing above the 16,000 mark for the first time, despite modest declines on Wall Street.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 49.27 points to 16,002.78, led primarily by strengthening oil and gas shares, with some additional lift coming from health-care stocks.The energy sector was 1.76 per cent firmer as the December crude contract plumbed six month highs, advancing 25 cents to US$54.15 per barrel.“The broader take-away from today is that we’ve seen a bit of strength certainly coming from the energy sector, which is an area that has plagued the index for much of this year,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“So in terms of the supply side we’ve seen a little bit of a bump to oil prices and that’s clearly helping the TSX today broadly.”Fehr pegged the rising price of crude on expectations that OPEC production cuts or freezes could be extended following news that Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil producer, supports extending an agreement by other major producers to limit output beyond next March. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is expected to take up the agreement at its next meeting on Nov. 30.Energy gains also came on the back of better U.S. third-quarter GDP data reported last Friday, which boosted demand prospects for oil.On the health-care front, an announcement by alcoholic beverage company Constellation Brands that it’s buying a 9.9 per cent stake in medical marijuana producer Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) helped boost that sector by 3.66 per cent, with shares of the company surging 19 per cent to $15.22.Meanwhile, U.S. stocks pulled back from their record-setting run on Monday, and indexes elsewhere around the world took a pause ahead of a frenetic week for markets.Investors are waiting to see who will be President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Federal Reserve, what several of the world’s biggest central banks will decide on interest rates, and whether Apple and other big U.S. companies can keep piling their profits higher.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 85.45 points to 23,348.74. The S&P 500 index was down 8.24 points to 2,572.83 and the Nasdaq composite index edged back 2.30 points to 6,698.96.In currency markets the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 77.90 cents US, up 0.22 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, The December gold contract was up US$5.90 to US$1,277.70 an ounce. The December natural gas contract was unchanged at US$2.97 per mmBTU and the December copper contract added a penny at US$3.11 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter read more

Sri Lanka says will firmly pursue One China policy

During their three-day visit, Penba Tashi also on several occasions advocated the system of the NPC, the national legislature of China, clarified China’s principled stance on Tibet-related issues and expressed hope that Sri Lanka would, as always, support China’s principled stance on Tibet-related issues. He also said Sri Lanka would further deepen exchanges in economy, trade, culture and other fields with China. Sri Lanka will continue its support for One China policy and push forward greater development of relations with China, a parliament leader and government officials have said, the Xinhua news agency reported.Sri Lanka appreciates the great achievements Tibet has made in various fields, Thilanga Sumathipala, Deputy Speaker of Sri Lanka’s parliament, said as he met with visiting delegation of Tibetan Deputies of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of China on Wednesday. Penba Tashi, Head of the delegation and Vice-Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region, briefed the hosts on the achievements in Tibet in the areas of political democracy, economic development, social undertakings, ecological protection and freedom of religious belief since the peaceful liberation of Tibet.He stressed that without the wise leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, the people of Tibet would not have had their happy life now and an even brighter future. The Chinese delegation also met with Wijayadasa Rajapaksha, minister of Buddha Sasana, famous Buddhist figures of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary Friendship Group and a number of Sri Lankan and Chinese friendly groups. read more

UN conference to review progress of least developed countries during past five

Called the Midterm Review conference for the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries, it will take place in Antalya, in the south of Turkey, from 27 to 29 May.Adopted in 2011, the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) is a plan that charts out the international community’s vision and strategy for the sustainable development of LDCs for the next decade.“[The conference] is important as it is taking place at a midpoint of the decade long Programme of Action, in the first year of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the other global development frameworks,” Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, told reporters at a press briefing.“We are taking stock of the successes but also challenges and lessons learned. It is also an opportunity to capitalize on the shared will of the international community to redouble efforts in accelerating support for the LDCs based on a strong national leadership and ownership,” added the UN official, who is also the High Representative for Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.According to studies undertaken by the United Nations, the general economic growth of LDCs has been positive since 2011, rising by about 4 per cent in 2012 and by 5.3 per cent in 2014.“The challenge is that it is not shared equally by all,” stressed Mr. Acharya, adding that almost a quarter of the LDCs have a growth rate of more than 7 per cent, which is quite substantial.The senior UN official noted that progress can especially be seen in the area of human development, access to the internet and telephone networks, infrastructure expansion, access to energy, reduction of child and maternal mortality rates, access to primary education, and women’s representation in parliament. “But there are also many challenges. Incidence of poverty is still very high in these countries – almost half of the population is still below the poverty line,” he warned, underlining that many of the LDCs see their growth rates rise, but over time aren’t sustainable as many face conflict.“Looking ahead in the next five years, what we’re really trying to discuss in the conference is what are the challenges that [the LDCs] face, for which they require strong national leadership and ownership, but also what can the international community do about it, in terms of raising resources, in terms of strengthening their institutions, but also in terms of helping them accelerate progress and building reliance.”Participation is expected at the highest possible political level and will bring together various stakeholders, including representatives from governments, the private sector, multilateral organizations, civil society, and academia. The conference will result in an inter-governmentally negotiated and agreed outcome in the form of a political declaration.According to Mr. Acharya’s Office (OHRLLS), the LDCs represent the poorest and weakest segment of the international community. They comprise more than 880 million people.Their low level of socio-economic development is characterized by weak human and institutional capacities, low and unequally distributed income and scarcity of domestic financial resources. They often suffer from governance crisis, political instability and, in some cases, internal and external conflicts. Their largely agrarian economies are affected by a vicious cycle of low productivity and low investment. Only a handful has been able to diversify into the manufacturing sector, though with a limited range of products in labour-intensive industries, i.e. textiles and clothing. The category of LDCs was officially established in 1971 by the UN General Assembly with a view to attracting special international support for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the UN family.The current list of LDCs includes 48 countries (the newest member being South Sudan); 34 in Africa, 13 in Asia and the Pacific and 1 in Latin America. For LDC country profiles, click here. read more

Save Idlib from transforming into a blood bath UN chief Guterres urges

Speaking to the press at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday afternoon, Secretary-General António Guterres said that the situation in Idlib is not sustainable and underscored that the presence of terrorist groups sheltering in the enclave cannot be tolerated. “But fighting terrorism does not absolve warring parties of their core obligations under international law.”He called on all parties, and in particular Iran, Russia and Turkey – the three guarantors of the “de-escalation zones”, of which Idlib is the last – to “spare no effort” in protecting civilians.[Idlib] must not be transformed into a blood bath – UN chief Guterres“Preserve basic services and hospitals. Ensure full respect for international humanitarian law,” he urged.The UN chief also cautioned against any use of chemical weapons, warning that, beyond the immediate human toll, such use would lead to the situation “spiralling out of control.”Mr. Guterres also highlighted the urgent need for greater progress in the Geneva process, and the creation of a constitutional committee as part of the overall political package.“There is no military solution to the conflict. The solution must be political,” he said.We as humanitarian advocates must raise our voice – UN aid agenciesEarlier in the day, UN relief agencies warned the situation in Idlib risks creating the worst humanitarian tragedy of the 21st century, amid concerns that a severe funding shortfall threatens the “most vulnerable” victims of the conflict.“We as humanitarian advocates must raise our voice,” said Jens Laerke from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “We are saying that this has the potential to be the worst crisis – humanitarian crisis – in the 21st century, because that is frankly what it looks like, if it goes ahead with a full-scale military operation.”Since 4 September, an uptick in violence has killed scores of civilians and displaced more than 30,000 people, Mr Laerke said.Reading a statement from Panos Moumtzis, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, the OCHA spokesperson noted that aerial and ground-based bombardment had struck northern rural Hama governorate and southern rural Idlib, and had been accompanied by an increase in retaliatory rocket and mortar attacks.The resulting impact on civilians has been “dramatic”, Mr. Laerke said, his concerns echoing those of UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock, who a day earlier had issued a warning about a military escalation in Idlib, after a recent meeting with Syria government officials in the country’s capital.Our fear as humanitarians is that the worst may be ahead of us – Panos Moumtzis, OCHA, Syria“As the Emergency Relief Coordinator mentioned, he was recently in Damascus”, noted Mr. Laerke, adding that the Syrian Government had indicated it would pursue a military solution “which is very, very scary from a humanitarian perspective.” “They have this capacity to kill and destroy,” Mr Laerke said. “We have seen it in use before, and we strongly advise that it does not happen in this enclosed area, where the population has, I think, almost doubled by the influx of evacuees and IDPs from other parts of the country.”In the space of less than a week, four hospitals have been hit in southern Idlib and neighbouring Hama governorate.This is contrary to international humanitarian law, the OCHA spokesperson said, adding that one of the hospitals was also in a protected “deconfliction zone”, whose coordinates had been given to the warring parties to spare it from attack.“Our fear as humanitarians is that the worst may be ahead of us,” the statement from Panos Moumtzis read. “The safety and protection of some 2.9 million civilians residing in Idlib and surrounding areas is at risk.”As UN agencies and their partners prepare to help those fleeing a full-scale military attack, UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, warned that $270 million is urgently needed to help Syria’s most vulnerable people inside and outside the war-torn country.Of more than 5.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, 2.6 million are children.UNHCR’s total funding needs for the Syria crisis amount to nearly $2 billion. So far, only 31 per cent of this has been provided. read more

The Electric Mine conference charges ahead Seven worldclass speakers already confirmed

first_imgIM and IM Events have great pleasure in updating our readers and the wider world on progress with our new conference The Electric Mine. This will be the first global, commercial conference on electrification in mining. Mine electrification, in open pits and underground, is inevitable. Whether the rationale is tied to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving employee health, cutting ventilation costs or increasing productivity, future operations will all be using a form of electricity to power machinery. And while much of the technology to go all-electric remains in its infancy, a number of mines are already using or factoring in the use of electric equipment for the reasons above.The event is being held in the Radisson Admiral hotel on the Toronto Harbourfront in Canada on April 4-5, 2019, and will feature high quality presentations from miners, OEMs, engineering companies and think-tank institutions, highlighting technology advances, new designs and case studies from real mine trials or applications. Canada was the obvious choice given the work being done at mines like Borden and Macassa. The list below is only the start, we have a number of other world class presenters in the pipeline, and will also soon be announcing progress with sponsorship for the event. A limited number of exhibition booths will also be available. For sponsor and exhibitor information, and for any general enquiries about attending, please contact Paul Moore at paul@im-mining.com or Dan Gleeson at daniel@im-mining.com. We are also still open to any offers of presentationsSpeakers confirmed so far! The Electric Mine conferenceRadisson Admiral Hotel, Toronto Harbourfront in Canada on April 4-5, 2019Ali G. Madiseh, Canada Research Chair in Advanced Mine Energy Systems, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, University of British ColumbiaThe Electric Mine; a new norm in mine energy systemsHeather Ednie, Managing Director, Global Mining Guidelines GroupThe second edition of the Battery Electric Vehicle guideline – an overview of the available standards around BEV implementation undergroundMathieu Bouffard, Project Manager, Adria ManufactureBattery charging and power management of BEV in mining applicationsErik Isokangas, Program Director, Mining3Autonomous electric haulage – the value propositionJustin Bain, Chief Executive Officer, Energetique (Energy/Mobility)The death of diesel Down Under: an Australian storyChristian Dirscherl, Vice President for Mining, Excavation & Transport, SiemensThe highs and lows of extreme electrification: an exploration from underground to high altitudeDavid Willick, VP & Segment Leader for the Mining, Minerals & Metals segment, Schneider Electric North AmericaFrom batch to continuous process: will digital twin visibility and electric underground mining equipment be able to deliver continuous operation?last_img read more

Motion passed for the Battle of Crete

first_imgCalls for the national recognition of the Battle of Crete were made in Federal Parliament this week by Calwell MP Maria Vamvakinou and Hindmarsh MP Steve Georganas. The motion made in the House of Representatives by Mr Georganas and seconded by Ms Vamvakinou aimed to elevate the significance of the Battle of Crete among the wider Australian community was passed unanimously. The motion coincided with the 69th anniversary of The Battle of Crete which began on 20 May, 1941. Ms Vamvakinou said the loss endured by the local population and the gallantry of the soldiers is something that has forged an eternal bond between Australia and Greece and needs to be honoured. “We need to look at raising awareness about the Battle of Crete particularly among the younger Australian generations. “As a community, and as Australians of Greek background we need to consider ways to commemorate the Battle at Crete . “Perhaps we need to look at a campaign to include The Battle of Crete in school curricula, or have a commemorative stamp or coin issued.” Mr Georganas said: “When you think of all the significant battles Australian troops have participated in, you cannot go past the fact the Battle of Crete was among one of the most heroic tribulations. “Although the Battle of Crete has been mentioned in parliament before, this is the first time a formal motion was tabled, and agreed to by all sides of politics. “The motion is an opportunity to ensure we elevate the status of the Battle of Crete to ensure it is commemorated on an ongoing basis. “This is also an opportunity to remind people of the struggle and role that Australian and Greek soldiers played in World War II. I will continue to speak about the Battle of Crete as long as I am in Parliament.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Envol vert invite les Parisiens à une chasse aux papillons

first_imgEnvol vert invite les Parisiens à une chasse aux papillons Pour faire parler d’elle, l’ONG Envol Vert a mis en place une initiative originale : la chasse aux papillons… virtuels. Du 20 juin au 10 juillet, Parisiens et touristes armés de leur smartphone sont invités à chercher, capturer et partager sur Facebook les photos des logos peints aux quatre coins de la capitale. Si vous croisez au détour d’une ballade dans Paris l’image d’un papillon accompagnée du nom “Envol Vert” ne passez pas votre chemin ! L’ONG, impliquée dans la défense des forêts tropicale, a composé à l’aide de pochoirs et de peintures bio et lavables, pas moins d’une centaine de ces logos dispersés dans toute la capitale.À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauL’initiative, baptisée “la chasse aux papillons” consiste à proposer aux Parisiens et touristes, de retrouver, photographier et partager sur la page Facebook (lien non disponible) de Envol Vert l’une de ces images à l’aide de leur smartphone. Les auteurs des images qui remporteront le plus de “Like” se verront récompensés de nombreux lots prévus par l’ONG, comme une nuit pour deux dans une cabane en haut d’un arbre. L’objectif de la chasse aux papillons est évidemment avant tout de faire parler d’Envol Vert à travers les réseaux sociaux, tout en proposant au public de s’amuser. “Nous voulons créer la surprise et éveiller le public, au travers du plaisir, du jeu et du divertissement” explique l’ONG sur son site. Elle précise également : “Le but n’est pas de culpabiliser les gens sur leurs actions, mais de leur proposer de jouer, pour qu’ils viennent avec plaisir et bonne humeur voir ce que nous faisons, et qu’ils en parlent autour d’eux”. Alors avis aux amateurs, la chasse est lancée ! Le 20 juin 2012 à 16:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Finally Someone Made a Beer That Tastes Like Lucky Charms

first_imgStay on target You can’t have an IPA without a healthy dose of hops. Balancing out the Lucky Charms sweetness are Galaxy and Calypso hops. Both are widely-used in IPAs, with Galaxy noted for its punch of citrus/peach/passionfruit and Calypso for apple/pear/lemon-lime notes.The resulting brew, Smartmouth says, “is sure to set you back with nostalgia, on the couch, turning on the best cartoons for a Saturday morning.”Now that you know what it’s all about you might be wondering where you can try it. Smartmouth doesn’t ship its brews and they only distribute within their home state of Virginia.If you’re going to head on out to sample Saturday Morning you might want to schedule your trip for this weekend. On March 2nd Smartmouth is hosting “Saturday Morning All Day,” with a Super Smash Bros. tournament, board games galore, live music, and a cosplay contest. Sounds like a helluva good time to us!More on Geek.com:A Brewery Is Making Beer From Rejected Corn FlakesThis Italian City Gives You Free Beer For Riding Your BikeBud Light to Debut Nutritional Label on Packaging Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer center_img It’s an amazing time to be a beer drinker. There are thousands of craft breweries in the U.S. alone and there’s no end the the creative (and downright bizarre) beers they’re dreaming up.Beers like Saturday Morning Marshmallow IPA. Yes Geek.com readers, there’s finally a beer that lets you satisfy your grown-up craving for a tasty beer with your nostalgic side that yearns for a sugary bowl of Lucky Charms at the same time!Saturday Morning wasn’t just inspired by the cereal’s trademark marshmallows. The adventurous crew at  Smartmouth Brewing actually infused their “magically ridiculous” brew with a whole whack of them straight out of the boxes. Presumably they gave the boring old cereal to their younger siblings, because that’s how it works with Lucky Charms.Rather risk the marshmallowy taste coming through in the final product Smartmouth doubled down. To make sure you know it’s there they also added a heaping helping of toasted marshmallow.last_img read more