How To Get Your YouTube Videos Back From Google

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 4. Click ‘CREATE ARCHIVE’ Google’s Data Liberation Front keeps adding new ways for Google users to get their personal data out of Google’s services and back into their own hands. The latest addition to Google Takeout is YouTube videos. You can now download all of the original, full-quality videos you’ve uploaded to YouTube and take them elsewhere whenever you want. Here’s how.1. While logged in to your Google account, go to Click ‘Choose services’ in the navigation bar Related Posts 5. When it’s all done, you’ll get a link to download the videos just the way you uploaded them.Previously, you could download videos one at a time from your Video Manager on your YouTube account page. But Google Takeout lets you download the whole batch at once, even if it takes a (potentially long) while.Data portability is always good, and Google has always led the way. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#How To#web center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market jon mitchell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 3. Click ‘YouTube’Note: you can also go straight to the YouTube export page by going to it loads, you’ll see the estimated number and size of the files. This could take a while, so you can select ‘Email me when ready’ to get a notification.last_img read more

Shooting Stunning Timelapse With Industry Pro Martin Heck

first_imgWant more content on film techniques? Then check out these articles from PremiumBeat.Premiere Pro Tutorial: Compositing Live-Action and Timelapse FootageTimelapse Tips, Tricks, and Tools6 Tips for Filming OutdoorsAre you exploring timeplapse photography? Did this interview with Martin Heck help shed light on the process? Let us know in the comments below. 3. What are some of your favorite places that you’ve filmed? What made these places special to you?There have been a lot of amazing locations I’ve visited in the past few years. Talking about New Zealand and Patagonia: These places are widely considered as the most beautiful places on earth. But last year I had the chance to shoot in a glow-worm cave system in New Zealand. It’s was really a tough but incredible experience. Being in a cave for 36 hours, lit only by glow-worms and in absolute silence, really gives a feeling of being on another planet.Other amazing places are Fjordland (NZ), Torres-del-Paine (Chile), Fitz-Roy-nationalpark (Argentina) and the Dolimites in South Tyrol.Then there is of course the eruption of the Calbuco volcano in Chile in late April of this year. That was the most jaw-dropping thing I’ve ever experienced. It’s hard to describe but when you feel and hear the deep rumbling from 30KM (18 Miles) away it makes you feel very small.4. What techniques and advice could you give someone that is looking to get into timelapse photography. Are there things they should avoid?I always say timelapse is the art of predicting the future. Make sure you know as much as possible about your location before shooting. It is easy to get lost in the technical details, but avoid dealing too much with what gear to buy and so on. It’s really a thing of learning by doing. If you make mistakes you learn from it and will never do them again. I still learn things today that I never thought could have happen.When starting out keep everything simple. A tripod and a camera. Static exposure. Then you slowly get into more advanced techniques like exposure-ramping and motion control. Make sure you don’t underestimate the factor of post-processing. Always go for highest-quality route even if it takes much more effort. We spoke with filmmaker Martin Heck and asked him a few questions about the process of creating amazing timelapse videos. Here’s what he said.Images from Martin HeckIf you aren’t familiar with Martin Heck and his production company Timestorm Films, you soon will be. Martin is a freelance timelapse photographer from Germany who travels the world looking for that one composition. His work is stunningly beautiful and crisp, which doesn’t come from an ARRI or a RED but rather a Canon 6D and Sony A7S. We were lucky enough to catch Martin between productions and got his insight on how he creates these works of art.1. First and foremost, what made you want to get into time-lapse photography, and was this something that you were always interested in?My interest in timelapse-photography basically started with a very old 0.3mp webcam I found in our basement and discovered a basic intervalometer setting in the software. This was in 2008 when I was 15. In this time, timelapse wasn’t that common as it is today and really got my full attention as it was very cool for me to see all the time compressed in a little 15s video.Purchasing better cameras and figuring out how to edit those timelapses really taught me everything I know today. I began building my own motion-control equipment and shot timelapses every time I was on vacation.With the first inquiries for my stock footage coming in 2010 I began to realize that there might be a market for timelapse and I was slowly able to get into higher end tech from this income.Now I am a freelance timelapse photographer, shooting 8K and traveling the world for those shots.So to conclude this question: Time-lapse really was the reason to buy my very first camera. So I would say this was something I was always interested in.2. What is your process like for finding the right timelapse subject or space?I pick spots from seeing photos on the internet, Google Maps, or places I have been before but wasn’t able to timelapse them. The next thing I do is check the environmental situation over time: Where and at which time does the sun rise/set. Same thing for the moon rise/set. What the moon-phase is and where does the milkyway rise and set. Sometimes I check if there are nearby roads were headlights from passing cars can ruin the shot.Then there are weather conditions to be observed. When doing trips to foreign countries, I also consider which season is the best to capture the kind of shots I’m looking for. Even the the humidity sometimes plays an important role as it could condensate on the lens.Those are a lot of factors going into the decision of finding the right location and time. When on location I always try to frame my shots in the most interesting way possible, while keeping it “clean.” Meaning that if there is one thing in the scene I don’t like (sometimes a fence, a sign, lights, buildings etc.) I will move my camera until it’s right. I always ask myself how and why I do something. I also don’t like to use a slider every time just because I can. Often there’s no reason to have a moving camera, in fact keeping the camera still can make for some pretty epic shots. 7. How many cameras do you use to get the shots you’re after?In Patagonia we mostly used all of our three cameras we had with us. But, when hiking, I have to limit myself to what I can carry. Which is mostly two cameras, three lenses, slider and tripod.8. To get the smooth fluid motion in your shot,s do you use the eMotimo TB3 alone? Is there other gear?Beside the TB3, I customized my Dynamic Perception Stage One slider with very lightweight carbon rods and shaved of some weight to make it more backpacking-friendly. 5. What tools are in your toolbox? What does it take to get the amazing shots that you’re able to capture?I currently own a Canon 6D and Sony A7s. Those are my main workhorses, together with a bunch of lenses from Canon and Samyang. For motion control, I use an eMotimo TB3 Black and a customized Dynamic Perception Stage One slider.On our latest trip to Patagonia, I shot with the Pentax 645Z medium-format camera (25mm, 55mm and 120mm Pentax lenses) to get 8K resolution.That’s my “toolbox” and it helps to get the best quality possible, but it is far from mandatory for doing timelapses. I still shoot sometimes with my old Canon 550D/T2i. Still does a perfect job.But most important, in my opinion, is being dedicated about what you do. If you get up every 2 hours in the middle of the night when it’s 2°C to check if it’s started to rain or if condensation is building on the camera, you really know why you’re doing this. Those shots are most rewarding. It’s hard to get those shots and that can been seen in the footage.6. Could you give us a rundown of the your favorite cameras to use? Also, what have you used in the past?Currently, without doubt it’s the Pentax 645Z. With 51MP and an outstanding dynamic range, it’s a very powerful camera. It’s an expensive camera (That’s why I don’t own one) but clearly the best I’ve used so far. Besides this, I use a Canon 6D and Sony A7s. From the beginning, I used a Lumix TZ3, TZ7 and Canon 550D. New cameras appear almost on a daily basis these days, so my kit will change over the time.last_img read more

Pistons punish Kevin Love-less Cavaliers

first_imgLuke Kennard scored 26 points, Reggie Jackson added 24 and Detroit made sure it didn’t have a letdown against a depleted Cleveland team as the Pistons built a 33-point lead in the first half and rolled to a 129-93 win Saturday over the Cavaliers, who were without star forward Kevin Love.After coach Dwane Casey said he wanted his group to play “as a desperate team” while pushing toward the playoffs, Detroit came out flying.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Pistons, who entered holding the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference, scored 42 in the first quarter while taking a 71-38 halftime lead. The score could have been more lopsided, but the officials convened at halftime and took away a basket by Detroit. It may have been Cleveland’s best defensive stop of the night.“We put together a really solid game, offensively, defensively,” said Blake Griffin, who had 14 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in 26 minutes. “The ball was moving. We played the right brand of basketball. I know I keep saying that, but we’ve been on a much better streak regardless of wins or losses.” Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Andre Drummond had 13 points and 10 rebounds and got some extra rest for the Pistons, who play at Toronto on Sunday.Rookie Collin Sexton scored 14 for the Cavs. Cleveland was again missing Love, who was rested while he continues to build up strength following a foot surgery that sidelined him for 50 games earlier this season. Love isn’t ready to play in consecutive games, and with the Cavs hosting Orlando on Sunday, the team sat him.Even Love wouldn’t have helped much.His absence, along with big men Tristan Thompson (foot) and Ante Zizic (concussion) both being out, left Cleveland vulnerable inside and Detroit took advantage. The Pistons did whatever they pleased on offense, getting easy looks in the lane and behind the arc.“They came out and punched us in the mouth early,” Cavs forward Larry Nance said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Detroit Pistons’ Blake Griffin (23) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ Larry Nance Jr. (22) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Cleveland. Detroit won 129-93. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Due to an arena-wide computer glitch, there were still several seconds remaining on the scoreboard clock when the officials signaled the game was over.The Pistons ended it much earlier.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments MOST READ Barcelona wins at Bernabeu again to end Real Madrid title hopes Jackson scored 12 points in the first quarter on 5-of-5 shooting, making a pair of 3-pointers as the Pistons began pulling away.Kennard picked it up from there. He scored 14 in the second half, draining a 29-foot 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to put Detroit ahead 103-72.“The one was deep,” Kennard said. “I was kind of surprised it went in. It felt good.”Nearby, teammate Langston Galloway warned reporters to be careful around the hot-shooting Kennard.“Back up,” he joked. “You’ll catch on fire.”TIP-INSPistons: Drummond has reached double-digits in points and rebounds in 14 straight games. … Detroit has made at least 12 3-pointers in 11 straight, extending the franchise record. … Came in averaging 107 points, their highest average since 1987-88.Cavaliers: Sexton missed his first seven field-goal tries and finished 3 of 13. … Thompson has missed 18 straight games. … Zizic remains in concussion protocol. He was injured in Thursday’s win at New York. … Cleveland had won its previous four home games against Detroit by at least 17.STEP BACKThe Cavs have been without Love for much of the season, but Nance said that’s doesn’t excuse for selfishness. “Not pleased with it from top to bottom,” he said. “It’s easy to point fingers and blame one another. That’s certainly what I thought we did. There was whole lot of finger pointing. I thought we took a step back, even without Kev. That shouldn’t have been a 40-point game.“We gotta look in the mirror tonight and come back tomorrow with a better attitude.”FRYE’S GOODBYECavs forward Channing Frye said his decision to retire after this season was easy. Family first.“The straw that broke the camel’s back, I was on vacation,” explained Frye, who announced Friday on Twitter that he intends to stop playing after his 13th NBA season. “I went to Puerto Rico with my kids and I saw our best friends who live down there and their kids are 12, 11, 10. My son is eight now. I’m like, ‘I want to go his practice and not have to worry about my practice.’ I want to make time for them.”The 35-year-old Frye, who played on Cleveland’s title team in 2016, hopes to be remembered for his honesty.“By being real, whether it was goofy or rude or brash, whatever it is, just know that I was me all the time, I tried to be,” he said. … I met some amazing guys. Hopefully they say Channing was an amazing guy and send me a text once in a while.”UP NEXTPistons: At Toronto on Sunday.Cavaliers: Come right back and host Orlando on Sunday. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more

Donny Davies, the Guardian correspondent who died in the Munich air disaster

first_imgWhen the news of Davies’s death came through, the Guardian’s presses were stopped in salute. The son of an orphanage boy who became a mill manager, he made an early mark as a footballer with the renowned Northern Nomads and was on the brink of joining Stoke City – who had promised to cover the cost of his history degree course at Manchester University – when war broke out in 1914. After recovering his health he concentrated on cricket, playing as a batsman for Lancashire in the 1920s and serving on the committee at Old Trafford for 30 years.In 1957, a few months before the trip to Belgrade, he retired from his post at Mather and Platt, a manufacturing colossus of the industrial revolution. The company’s Newton Heath works, painted in 1943 by LS Lowry, covered a 50-acre site incorporating not just the school but a canteen that could take 1,000 workers at a sitting.Letters in the Guardian’s archive, written to the editor in the aftermath of the Munich disaster, attest to the admiration and affection in which Davies was held. Referring to his coverage of the United players who had perished with him, one reader wrote: “They will always be alive in our memories because he painted their movements so vividly.” His illustrious colleague Neville Cardus described him as “not only the best of the soccer writers; he was also something of a poet”. And in the words of a former Northern Nomads team-mate: “He was a grand companion and a great sportsman in the very best sense of the term. May the soil rest lightly on him …” Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Read more Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Topics Manchester United comment Presses stopped in Manchester as Guardian man confirmed dead Share via Emailcenter_img Newspapers Daniel Taylor Share on Facebook It was his habit to retreat to his study for three hours on a Sunday morning, left strictly undisturbed by his wife and two daughters, to compose his description of the previous day’s match. There was no such luxury that Wednesday afternoon in Belgrade – where, because floodlights had not yet been installed, the match kicked off at 2.45pm. Like his fellow reporters who had travelled from Manchester with United’s players and staff on a chartered BEA Elizabethan airliner, he transmitted his words in time to catch the first edition of the next morning’s paper.Less than 24 hours later, he and seven of those newspaper colleagues would be lying dead or dying in the wreckage of G-ALZU near the slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem airport.In those days, history had given the inhabitants of the press box a different set of life experiences. Davies had joined an infantry battalion at the outbreak of the first world war, transferring to the Royal Flying Corps for pilot training in 1917. On his second mission over the western front he was shot down near Douai and spent the rest of the war in a German POW camp, where he captained the inmates’ football team, studied languages, and read Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. He emerged in 1918 weighing six stones and given only a few months to live by a doctor evidently unaware of the strength of his character.Another survivor of that war was Henry Rose, the flamboyant, Jaguar-driving controversialist of the Daily Express’s sports pages, who had come close to death in the trenches. A younger man, Tom Jackson of the Manchester Evening News, served through the second world war in the Army Intelligence Corps, latterly unmasking concentration camp officials.Rose and Jackson were killed on Flight 609 along with  Davies. So were Alf Clarke of the Manchester Evening Chronicle, who had been on United’s books as an amateur, and Frank Swift of the News of the World, who had made 510 appearances for Manchester City and 33 for England, including wartime caps, and whom Matt Busby had tried to lure out of retirement. George Follows of the Daily Herald, Archie Ledbrooke of the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail’s Eric Thompson were the remaining journalists who did not survive the crash.Two other reporters had been scheduled to make the trip but were displaced at the last minute. Davies’s decision to join the party came at the expense of a disappointed John Arlott, who had been granted a request for more ambitious assignments. Arlott would find himself writing Davies’s obituary only a matter of hours after reading his colleague’s match report in that morning’s paper. Rose had pulled rank on a younger Express man, Tony Stratton-Smith, who later founded a record label and groomed the likes of Genesis and Lindisfarne for 1970s rock stardom. Newspapers & magazines Share on WhatsApp The afternoon light was fading and the crowd of 52,000 were dispersing as Donny Davies completed his match report. “At Belgrade today,” it began, “in warm sunshine and on a grass pitch where the last remnants of melting snow produced the effect of an English lawn flecked with daisies, Red Star Belgrade and Manchester United began a battle of wits and courage and rugged tackling.” The concluding sentences of the piece, which recorded a 3-3 draw and United’s 5-4 win on aggregate, were the last he would ever write.Davies was the Manchester Guardian’s chief football correspondent. A small figure in a flat cap and a muffler, he loved classical music, poetry, art, the theatre and the ballet, and read Goethe, Baudelaire and Cervantes in the original. For 25 years his job as headmaster of a school for apprentices run by Mather and Platt, a giant Manchester engineering firm, gave him time to cover league matches on Saturdays and in the holidays. His reports appeared under the byline “An Old International”, referring to his three amateur caps on the right wing for England on a tour of Austria, Hungary and Romania in 1914. Munich air disaster Read more The Munich disaster’s long shadow still falls on us all, 60 years onlast_img read more

VIDEO: NASSCO Launches Second LNG Boxship

first_imgzoom California-based shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO launched the second of two of the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered container ships built for TOTE at its San Diego shipyard on Saturday, August 29.The second 764-foot, Marlin Class boxship, named the Perla del Caribe, is a part of a two-ship contract NASSCO signed in December 2012 with TOTE.“To NASSCO shipbuilders, a launch signals the near completion of the construction of a ship; it’s when the ship enters the ocean for the very first time. It’s a moment of pride for the thousands of men and women who built the ship – piece by piece, block by block. For the Perla del Caribe, it’s no different, and when the ship is delivered, we will be very proud to say, ‘We Built That,’” said Kevin Graney, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics NASSCO.The Perla del Caribe’s sister ship – the Isla Bella – was launched in San Diego shipyard back in April. The two will be the largest dry cargo ships of their kind in the world powered by LNG.Upon delivery of the Isla Bella in late-2015, the Jones Act-qualified ships will operate between Jacksonville, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.These new eco container ships will reduce particulate matter by 98 percent and carbon dioxide emissions by 72 percent, the equivalent of removing more than 15,700 cars from the road, according to NASSCO.last_img read more

PCI knocks SC door on issues relating to communication blockade in JK

first_imgNew Delhi: The Press Council of India (PCI) has moved the Supreme Court supporting the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir government’s decision to impose restrictions on communication in the state following the abrogation of Article 370.The application filed by the PCI seeks intervention in the petition filed by Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor of Kashmir Times, in which she had sought the removal of restrictions on communication which she said were coming in the way of journalists’ right to exercise their profession. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe application on behalf of the PCI was filed by advocate Anshuman Ashok on Friday. In the application, the PCI has justified the communication blockade saying that due to the security concerns there can be reasonable restrictions on the media. The PCI said since Bhasin’s petition concerns the right of the journalists/media for free and fair reporting on the one hand and national interest of integrity and sovereignty on the other, the council is of the opinion that it should present its view before the Apex Court and assist in deciding her petition justly in the interest of freedom of the press as well as in the national interest. The PCI further stated that in Bhasin’s petition, there is no mention about abrogation of the most contentious provision of the Constitution by Parliament which has caused the restrictions on communication facilities and other facilities in the interest of the integrity and sovereignty of the nation.last_img read more

Govt hikes ethanol price to cut oil import bill by USD 1

first_imgNew Delhi: The government on Tuesday raised the price of sugarcane-extracted ethanol used for blending in petrol by up to Rs 1.84 per litre as it looked to cut oil import bill by USD 1 billion annually through its greater use in auto fuels. State-owned oil marketing companies will buy ethanol from sugar mills, for mixing in petrol, at enhanced rates for ethanol year beginning December 1, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said here. He was briefing reporters on the decisions taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The price of ethanol from ‘C-heavy molasses’ has been raised by 29 paise per litre to Rs 43.75 while the same from ‘B-heavy molasses’, also called as intermediary molasses, by Rs 1.84 to Rs 54.27 a litre. Ethanol is a by-product of molasses generated on crushing of sugarcane and the higher price is to encourage sugar mills to divert from sugar production. Cane-based ethanol can be produced three different ways directly from cane juice, from B-grade and C-grade molasses. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Pradhan said the higher price is expected to increase the procurement of ethanol to 260 crore litres between December 2019 and November 2020, up from 200 crore litres bought in the previous ethanol year. “Increased ethanol blending in petrol is expected to replace 2 million tonnes of oil annually, helping save USD 1 billion in import bill,” he said. The percentage of ethanol being doped in petrol will rise from about 6 per cent now to 7 per cent next year and to 10 per cent by 2021-22, he said. Price of ethanol was last revised in September last year when the CCEA had approved a 25 per cent hike in the price of ethanol produced directly from sugarcane juice to Rs 59.13. Now it has been hiked to Rs 59.48. At that time, the price of ethanol produced from B-heavy molasses was hiked from Rs 47.13 to Rs 52.43 but that from C-heavy molasses marginally reduced to Rs 43.46 from Rs 43.7. Commenting on the decision, Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) director general Abinash Verma said: “Government’s decision to increase ethanol price once again, with special emphasis and a higher increase for ethanol made from B-heavy molasses, confirms the government’s commitment towards encouraging more diversion of the surplus sugarcane/sugar into ethanol.” “The second very important decision of allowing a single premium price for the ethanol made from partial or 100% sugarcane juice is another big and positive step in this direction,” he said. “These decisions will help in further increasing the ethanol blend levels from the current 6% average levels across the country.” The sugar industry, he said, is responding very positively by hugely investing in new or expansion of ethanol production capacities, which will help achieve the government’s 10 per cent ethanol blend targets by 2022. The world’s third largest oil consumer is dependent on imports to meet 83 per cent of its needs and substituting some of the fuel with biofuels will help cut import dependence. India started blending ethanol, produced as a by-product during the process of making sugar from sugarcane, in petrol during the first NDA regime in 2002. But the programme slowed almost to a grinding halt in the 10-year rule of Congress-led UPA. It was revived again when the BJP first came to power in 2014. Ethanol blending in petrol increased from 38 crore litres in the ethanol supply year 2013-14 to an estimated 141 crore litres in the ethanol supply year 2017-18 and 200 crore litres in the following year. India spent USD 112 billion on import of 226 million tonnes of crude oil in 2018-19. Currently, petrol contains 6 per cent of ethanol. Pradhan said the price of ethanol from sugarcane juice/sugar/sugar syrup route has been fixed at Rs 59.48 per litre. “Additionally, GST and transportation charges will also be payable. OMCs have been advised to fix realistic transportation charges so that long distance transportation of ethanol is not disincentivised,” he said adding the use of alternative and environment friendly fuels will reduce import dependence and give boost to agriculture sector. This comes at a time when a surplus of sugar production is depressing sugar price. Consequently, sugarcane farmer’s dues have increased due to the lower capability of the sugar industry to pay the farmers.last_img read more

EOW registers cheating case against pvt firm

first_imgNew Delhi: The Economic and Offences Wing of Delhi Police had registered a case of cheating against a private company.The complainant in the case claimed that the suspects in the case have been involved in duping three Arab rupees and land grabbing. “Some bank officials also involved in the case who gave loans to the company,” the complainant told the police. According to investigating agency, it is submitted that the complaint against the private infrastructure company was subjected to enquiry. “Enquiry conducted has substantiated the allegations of the complainant that the alleged company executed allotment deed in favour of allottees and handed over the possession of concerned space or unit despite the fact that project was already mortgaged with banks,” police said. Police further added that from the contents of the complaint, enquiry so far prima facie cognizable offences under section 420,406,409,34,120-B of IPC.last_img read more

Postmedia reports fourthquarter profit as sale of Infomart boosts results

TORONTO — Postmedia Network Inc. reported a $40.3-million profit in its latest quarter, boosted by the sale of its Infomart business.The media company said Thursday the profit amounted to 43 cents per share for the quarter ended Aug. 31 compared with a loss of $99.4 million or 35 cents per share a year ago.Revenue for the company’s fourth quarter totalled $176.8 million, down from $194.6 million in the same quarter last year.Postmedia sold its Infomart business to Meltwater News Canada Inc. for $38.3 million.“This quarter we have continued to divest of non-core assets — including the sales of the Infomart business and the Islington, Ont., print facility — with the net proceeds applied to debt repayment,” Postmedia chief executive Paul Godfrey said in a statement.“On the revenue front, while traditional print revenues continue to be under significant pressure, this was our third quarter of continued digital advertising revenue growth — a positive sign that new customers are embracing our innovative solutions.”Print advertising revenue fell 15 per cent compared with a year ago, while print circulation revenue dropped 7.3 per cent. Digital revenue increased 15 per cent compared with the same quarter last year.For its financial year ended Aug. 31, Postmedia said it earned $44.8 million or 40 cents per share compared with a loss of $352.5 million or $1.25 per share in the previous financial year. Revenue totalled $754.3 million, down from $860.4 million.The results came as Postmedia announced that chief operating officer Andrew MacLeod has added the role of president to his job as part of the company’s succession plan.MacLeod takes over the title from Paul Godfrey who will remain the company’s chief executive, a position he has held since the company’s inception in 2010.Postmedia said the move formalizes a clear succession plan and acknowledges the collaborative executive structure already in place.MacLeod joined Postmedia in 2014 as chief commercial officer and was named chief operating officer in 2016.Postmedia (TSX:PNC.A, TSX:PNC.B) owns the National Post as well as several other major Canadian newspapers as well as digital platforms. read more

New resources available at the Library

The Sixties, a new library database, offers memorabilia and more from this important decade. This public domain image of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1961) is courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.The Library is introducing some new resources available to the Brock community.The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives (1960 – 1974)Featuring diaries, letters, memoirs, government documents, and memorabilia, this database offers scholars access to a wealth of resources from this important period in American history, culture, and politics.Sage Research Methods OnlineDesigned to help researchers, faculty, and students build research projects across a variety of disciplines, this database offers basic definitions and applications of research methods, as well as more advanced features such as the Methods Map, which visually represents the field of research methods and how they relate to one another.Conference Board of Canada e-library/e-dataThe e-library provides full-text access to the Conference Board of Canada’s reports, conference proceedings, and webinars on economics, public policy, and organizational performance. The in-depth reports typically receive a great deal of press coverage.The e-data service offers information on Canadian economic trends at the national, provincial, municipal, and industrial levels as well as selected US economic indicators. It also includes the Index of Consumer Confidence, the Index of Business Confidence, the Help Wanted Index, and Leading Indicators of Industry Profitability.The following new journal subscriptions have also been added:NeurologyAdvanced Synthesis & CatalysisAlzheimers disease and associated disordersNeuroreportClinical journal of sport medicineCurrent opinion in psychiatryInternational journal of sport nutrition and exercise metabolismJournal  of clinical psychiatryObesityVisit for more information. read more

Annan welcomes Bolivias attempts to resolve political differences constitutionally

Mr. Annan had been following developments in Bolivia, where Congress agreed yesterday that President Carlos Mesa, who had submitted his resignation, should remain in office and where agreement was reached on political, social and economic issues facing the country, a UN spokesperson told the daily briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.”The Secretary-General is pleased to see this result achieved through dialogue and respect for the constitution. He is encouraged that all forces and groups in Bolivia are seeking to overcome political differences peacefully,” Marie Okabe said.The UN was prepared to help the Government and people of Bolivia in addressing the challenges they face, she added.Bolivia, formerly rich in tin, was later found to be rich in natural gas, but it remains the poorest country in South America. read more

UN eyes election preparations in Côte dIvoire

The United Nations Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) is closely watching that country’s preparations for the upcoming national elections, which are considered vital for the success of the UN-led peace efforts, officials with the world body have said.The Mission has deployed its staff at seven different places chosen for “pilot” public hearings, Hamadoun Toure, the Mission’s spokesman told a news conference Thursday in Abidjan, the commercial centre. He said the UN staff would continue to support as well as observe these public hearings.Meanwhile, the International Working Group, which has been mandated to monitor progress in the Ivorian peace process, met in Sebroko to discuss the election preparations and other issues related to the UN-led peace building efforts. Among others, the meeting was also attended by Pierre Schori, the Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative in Cote d’Ivoire. read more

Alimentation CoucheTard keen on selling cannabis in convenience stores

Alimentation Couche-Tard keen on selling cannabis in convenience stores by Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 13, 2017 10:50 am MDT Last Updated Jun 14, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – If Quebec’s biggest chain of convenience stores has its way, customers will eventually be able to buy cannabis along with their chips, beer and cigarettes.Alimentation Couche-Tard has hired a lobbyist to work on ensuring it is involved in the cannabis-distribution system Quebec will eventually set up.The province’s official registry of lobbyists shows Marie-Eve Bedard has been authorized to work on behalf of Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) and can continue doing so until next May.Bedard, a former chief of staff to ex-Quebec health minister Yves Bolduc, has disclosed she will earn less than $10,000 for her work.Couche-Tard operates more than 2,000 stores in Canada but it is not clear whether it wants to sell cannabis outside of Quebec.A spokeswoman for the chain did not want to be interviewed Tuesday but said in an email the company would be an “ideal partner in implementing a responsible sales model for citizens.”“Alimentation Couche-Tard has a long history of selling tobacco and alcohol, products that minors are prohibited from buying and that raise public-health issues,” said Marie-Noelle Cano.In April, the federal government introduced legislation proposing that Canadians 18 and older be allowed to buy and cultivate small amounts of marijuana for personal use as of next summer.The bill has not yet become law.The government says it will help keep the drug out of the hands of young people while denying profits to criminal organizations.The Quebec government has announced the province will begin a series of consultations this month as it prepares to introduce its own cannabis-related legislation this fall.Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois said earlier this month everything will be on the table, adding the province is not starting with any preconceived ideas.But Charlebois indicated she shares Finance Minister Carlos Leitao’s view marijuana should not be distributed at Quebec Liquor Corp. outlets. A man passes by a Couche Tard convenience store in Montreal, on October 5, 2012. Alimentation Couche-Tard is expressing interest in selling cannabis in its Quebec convenience stores. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes. read more

New UN study identifies small fish with big role to play feeding

The UN agency is highlighting that water is an ephemeral resource in Africa’s dryland regions, with water bodies forming and disappearing in a relatively short period of time. Despite this, fish – some of which weigh as little as a few grams at maturity – can survive and thrive in these environments, meaning the continent’s dryland fisheries are in fact highly productive and resilient, the report says.Output from dryland fisheries fluctuates due to climate trends – mainly low and above all uncertain rainfall -but productive potential is reportedly very high in smaller water bodies, some of which appear only once a decade but can produce up to 150 kilograms of fish per hectare per year. Together, these small water bodies cover a much larger area than the sub-Saharan region’s lakes and reservoirs.Properly managed, these bodies in southern Africa alone could produce 1.25 million tonnes of fish – half the total recorded inland fisheries yield of the entire continent, the report found.FAO’s study further showed that while the small-scale fisheries sector is often neglected by policy makers, and even dismissed for its inability to generate wealth, it can be very efficient as a buffer resource. Mixing with crop and livestock activities allows for resilient and diversified livelihoods in an unpredictable environment, said the authors of Fisheries in the Drylands of Sub-Saharan Africa.The report also found higher fish consumption in dryland areas than reported in official figures, indicating an unexpectedly important role in local food security, leading the researchers to explore management improvements for an inherently boom-and-bust resource.Fish offer a nutritional punch, delivering the cheapest form of animal protein as well as amino acids, fats and micronutrients that are otherwise hard to obtain in the sub-Saharan drylands, where reported per capita fish consumption is much lower than the Africa-wide average of 10 kilograms per year.How can you get fish in a dryland?“Fish are incredibly productive when conditions are right,” according to lead author Jeppe Kolding, a professor of biology at the University of Bergen in Norway. Their egg-laying capacities made them “more like insects than other vertebrates,” he said.Half of sub-Saharan Africa consists of dryland areas, where surface water fluctuates widely and ecosystems are adapted to unpredictable precipitation.Indeed, Lake Ngami in Botswana and Lake Liambezi in Namibia were both dry for more than two decades while today they are characterized by outstanding fish yields. And dryland fisheries – by definition highly variable – can produce up to four times the amount of fish as a large tropical lake or reservoir, according to the report.Just how fish survive such daunting habitat changes – Sudan’s Khasm el-Girba reservoir is flushed dry every year but fish always rush back – is not fully understood. Clarias gariepinus – African catfish – can survive by burying themselves in mud, while other species evidently find refuge in small nearby streams, both strategies that, thanks to the roller-coaster demography allowed by fish fecundity, fit the common local claim that “fish come with the rains.”A practical path to increase the benefits of dryland fisheries FAO underlined that while fisheries cannot be a “magic bullet” for the 390 million people who live in Africa’s dryland areas, they have a key role delivering Blue Growth, because they can be leveraged to provide multiple benefits.The massive productive potential of dryland fisheries represents a critical asset – dietary protein and economic option – in a region where food and nutritional needs are unlikely to be satisfied by agricultural development alone, the report says, noting that exploiting it will require recognition of fisheries in dryland water management, food and nutrition policies.Meanwhile, further benefits could be had if adequate processing and storage facilities were introduced, as sun-dried fish caught in a boom year can last for years and could be tapped as a local supply for emergency food rations around the region. read more

Immigration advice available at Brock International Services

Good news for students looking for immigration advice at Brock University.Brock International Services is licensed to provide international student immigration advice and manager Arthur Chen recently passed the exam to become a Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor (RISIA).Chen can provide immigration advice in the area of study permits, work permits, temporary resident visas, and how these permits relate to other currently available Canadian immigration programs.This is a great on-campus support for Brock students, staff or faculty looking for immigration advice and support that could impact their participation at the University.For more information please contact Brock International Services: Arthur Chen or Sheila Young is regulated by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), the national regulatory body authorized by the government of Canada to safeguard consumers by regulating two professions – immigration consultants and international student advisors. read more

Horses are being sold cheaper than kittens RSPCA warns amid rise in

Adie is now back to full healthCredit:RSPCA A horse being rescued by the RSPCA Ms Garvey states that the charity have taken care of horses that have been “literally dumped down dirt tracks along with the rubbish”. “[The owners had] taken their rubbish out to fly-tip and at the same time taken a sick and injured horse along with it,” she explained.”And we’ve gone out to calls and not been able to see the horse until we’ve literally rifled through the rubbish.” The charity is currently looking after 850 rescued horses in their privately run stables, nursing them and helping them recover. One horse being treated is Adie, who was found collapsed and covered in mud on a footpath on New Year’s Eve. His owner had left him there after he became ill.Ms Garvey said: “It took five people to try and get him up.“It was very touch and go – often when a horse goes down it’s the end, so you have to put a lot of hard work and time and effort to get them back on their feet.” The RSPCA state the problem is that the horses are expensive to maintain especially if they needed veterinary care. They stated that owners who find their animals too expensive to take care of should seek professional advice, from either local instructors or charities. Adie being rescued by the RSPCACredit:RSCPA Adie is now back to full health Horses are being left to die by irresponsible owners who are regularly fly-tipping the animal says the RSPCA. Chief inspector at the charity, Sam Garvey has said she has seen horses being sold online for as cheap as £25 and some were even being sold for free, saying it was ‘buy the mare, get the foal for free’. She stated there were cases that horses were being sold for “less than kittens”. Nearly 1,000 horses were rescued in England and Wales by the RSPCA last year. This was the highest number for four years and the charity are calling it a “horse crisis” as some owners are opting to fly-tip their horses rather than pay for veterinary care or to put the animal to sleep. Prosecution cases involving horses have also risen by 25% since 2015.  read more

Volvo to buy Terex small mining trucks business including NHL stake

first_imgVolvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has announced that it has agreed with Terex to acquire the mining truck and ADT manufacturer Terex Equipment Ltd, including related assets and intellectual property. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, includes the main production facility in Motherwell, Scotland and two product ranges that offer both rigid and articulated haulers. It also includes the distribution of haulers in the US as well as a 25.2% holding in Inner Mongolia North Hauler Joint Stock Co (NHL), which manufactures and sells rigid mining trucks under the Terex brand in China. NHL is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.Commenting on the rationale of the deal Volvo CE’s president, Pat Olney said: “This is a strategic acquisition that offers Volvo CE considerable scope for growth. The addition of a well-respected range of rigid haulers extends the earthmoving options for customers involved in light mining applications.” In 2012, the businesses in the acquisition (excluding NHL) had net sales of approximately $370 million and an operating income of approximately $33 million. In the first nine months of 2013 net sales amounted to approximately $172 million and operating income was approximately $5.5 million.The acquisition includes five models of rigid haulers up to the TR100, with proven designs and payloads ranging from 32 to 91 t. Volvo said that the introduction of rigid haulers “will extend Volvo CE’s position in light mining; an industry area that is complementary to general construction, oil & gas, aggregates & quarrying and road building – segments that Volvo CE is already active in.” The deal also sees a further three models of ADT added to the Volvo portfolio, with payloads ranging from 25 to 38 t. These machines will support Volvo CE’s already established position in the articulated hauler segment and “offer an extensive field population and opportunities for considerable growth in emerging economies.”If approved, the acquisition adds some 500 employees to Volvo CE’s existing workforce. It also allows for the continued use of the Terex brand name on the relevant machines for a transitional period. The transaction is expected to be finalised during the second quarter of 2014. For implementation, approval is required from relevant authorities.last_img read more

Families may lose money by not vaccinating their kids

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Federal Government will withhold up to $2100 in tax benefits for families who do not have their children vaccinated, in a bid to boost children’s immunisation by the Gillard Government. By July 1, 2013, the government is asking that all children must be vaccinated against chicken pox, meningococcal C and pneumococcal. By 2013, a new combination vaccine will be added to the program to protect children against measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox and administered to children of 18-months-old instead of four-years-old, which is the age they receive their MMR jab. Health Minister Nicola Roxon said: “We know that immunisation is fundamental to a child’s lifelong health and that’s why we want to make sure that children are immunised at the right time.”last_img read more

Un zest de supernova retrouvé dans des fossiles de bactéries

first_imgUn zest de supernova retrouvé dans des fossiles de bactériesUn isotope de fer naturellement disparu sur terre a été retrouvé dans des fossiles de bactéries, préservé dans les cristaux de magnétite qu’elles produisent. Ce fer 60 proviendrait d’une supernova qui a eu lieu dans notre voisinage sidéral. Il a été détecté dans des sédiments vieux de 2,2 millions d’années. Une poussière de supernova dans une bactérie ? C’est l’incroyable découverte faite par une équipe allemande du Technische Universitaet Muenchen. La présence d’un isotope de fer qui n’est quasiment produit que dans les supernovæ, le fer 60, a ainsi été détectée dans des fossiles de bactéries. C’est la première fois qu’un tel isotope est retrouvé dans un organisme “vivant”, selon un article publié dans le numéro d’avril du Bulletin of the American Physical Society.Ces bactéries, dites magnétotactiques, vivent dans les sédiments océaniques. Il se forme à l’intérieur d’elles des cristaux de magnétites grâce à l’apport en fer de certaines poussières atmosphériques qui tombent dans l’océan. Lors de la fossilisation des bactéries, ces cristaux sont préservés.Un isotope disparuC’est en analysant ces fossiles que les chercheurs sont tombés sur le fer 60. La plupart des éléments chimiques sont formés dans les supernovae et sont éjectés à travers l’univers. Mais, à cause de leurs différences de stabilité, certains isotopes sont extrêmement rares, voire absents, sur Terre. Avec sa demi-vie de 2,62 millions d’années, le fer 60 s’est fait de plus en plus rare dans le fer terrestre depuis la formation de notre planète puis a finalement disparu. En retrouver signifie qu’il y a eu un apport récent.Comme les chercheurs disposaient d’échantillons de sédiments s’étalant de 1,7 à 3,3 millions d’années, ils les ont découpés par tranches de 100 000 ans. Ils ont ensuite dissout les fossiles de bactéries afin d’isoler leurs composition. C’est ensuite à Munich, à l’aide d’un puissant spectromètre de masse, qu’ils ont situé la source de fer 60 dans des segments vieux de 2,2 millions d’années. Reste à imaginer l’incroyable voyage de ces atomes à travers l’espace jusqu’au fond de nos océans. Le 9 mai 2013 à 15:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

ASA Urges EU Commission to Find Practical Solution for the Low Level

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) this week urged the European Commission to find a workable and commercially viable solution to the EU’s zero tolerance for the low level presence of EU-unapproved biotech events. European livestock and feed industries, along with U.S. growers, all have been advocating for a workable solution due to the EU’s slow and politically-influenced biotech approval process that results in European biotech reviews and approvals taking over twice as long as science-based reviews and approvals in the rest of the world, including the United States.The ASA and European feed and livestock industries believe a partial practical solution to this problem is for the EU to permit the low level presence of a biotech trait that has undergone regulatory review and received safety clearances in the country of export. The other part of the solution is for the EU to greatly improve the timeliness of its approval system and ensure that its approval process is wholly science-based. The EU is the fourth largest export market for U.S. soybeans, representing sales of more than $1 billion in 2007. To avoid disruption of trade and resulting negative impacts on EU livestock production, ASA is advocating practical and sensible tolerance level solutions be found to ensure that there are no unwarranted barriers to trade.Since 1994, ASA has carried out numerous missions to the EU on biotechnology issues. In the course of the past six months, ASA has held many meetings in the EU on the asynchronous approvals and zero tolerance issues. In almost all of these meetings, ASA has been asked about zero tolerances (and in particular very low-level tolerances such as 0.1 percent) by concerned EU industries from the feed and farming sectors.In a letter to Paola Testori Coggi, Deputy Director General, DG SANCO, European Commission, ASA President John Hoffman, a soybean producer from Waterloo, Iowa, said, “We have made it very clear that ASA views low level tolerances of 0.1 percent as wholly impractical for commodity soybean crop production and imports. Given the complex nature of commodity production and exportation involving millions of metric tons of soybeans grown by hundreds of thousands of growers on millions of acres/hectares, a tolerance of 5 percent should be a minimum starting point.”Hoffman also pointed out that the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development) standards for certified planting seed are set a 99 percent purity level. These rigorous OECD standards have been developed with the strong participation of EU Member State governments and industry to apply to planting seeds, not general commodity production. As such, the required purity standards for commodity imports should be lower (i.e., less than 99 percent purity) than that which the OECD, European governments, and industry have determined should apply to planting seeds.”U.S. soybean growers have exported soybeans to Europe for more than 50 years and want to continue to do so,” Hoffman said. However, both we and our European customers in the feed and farm sectors recognize the urgent need for a sensible solution to the wholly impractical zero tolerance law. This is especially crucial given the increasing number of biotech soybean events that have either gained authorization from functioning regulatory systems in many other countries or are very close to commercialization.”last_img read more