Easily Create Captions in Adobe Premiere Pro

first_imgStep 1: Create a New Caption FileClick the New Item button at the bottom of the Project Panel and select Captions. The new caption file will be a video file, and the settings will match with the current sequence you have open. You can manually adjust width and height, frame rate, and pixel aspect ratio before creating your new caption file.You have four choices of captions, including three options for closed captions. For the purpose of this tutorial, we’ll create a CEA-708 closed caption file. Be sure to Enable the Closed Captions Display in the Program Monitor and select the correct caption type. Drag the Caption video file onto the timeline.Step 2: Adding, Timing, and Formatting Your CaptionsSelect the Caption file and use the Caption Panel to add text, time, or to format your text. If you can’t see the Caption Panel, simply go to the window menu, and select Captions. Click the Plus button to add a new text box. Make sure your In and Out points match up with the spoken word.You can view the captions in the timeline by expanding the video track. You have a few formatting options, including the type of caption (pop-on, paint-on, 2-4 roll-up lines) and some simple positioning options. With open captions, you have a few extra options, such as additional fonts and size adjustments.Step 3: ExportIn the Export Settings dialog box, use the Caption tab to export the captions as Burn-in or as a Sidecar file. A Burn-in will naturally “burn” the captions into the video file, and viewers will not have the option to turn them off. When you export as a Sidecar file, you will be provided with an additional .scc file which you can upload or deliver with your video files.For more helpful walk-throughs and video tutorials, head on over to PremiumBeats YouTube channel! Creating captions can be a tedious process — but with Adobe Premiere Pro, you can easily create both open and closed captions, all from within the program.Top image via ShutterstockCaptions are simply text over video. You can create closed or open captions, the main difference being that viewers can turn off closed captions, while open captions are always on screen. Whichever option you go with, captions are always a good idea.Adobe’s latest update adds the ability to easily create open captions from within Premiere. Let’s take a look at how to add captions in Adobe Premiere Pro with a few simple steps. Watch the video tutorial directly below and then follow the step-by-step directions to add the technique to your skill set.last_img read more

Is What You Sell of Vital Importance?

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Is the conversation that you want to have with your dream client around something vital? Is it something so important, so necessary that it should command their attention?Not ProductIn some rare cases, your product may rise to the level of being vital, demanding your dream client’s time, attention, and resources. This may be true when they are struggling to obtain whatever it is you sell, but less likely if they are already getting what you sell from your competitor. When the latter is true, when they already have what they need, the tiny improvement your product might produce is not a critical issue.Not ServiceService issues and failures can disrupt a business, creating a strategic issue in an area where one would not exist if their current partner was executing well enough. Unless the day-to-day issues rise to the level that make it worth suffering through the switching costs, you aren’t like to displace your competitor by promising a better experience when your prospect has learned to live with the challenges that happen in the normal course of business.Not a Few PenniesYou might be able to produce a better turn on the investment your prospect makes, and you may be able to reduce their pricing and show them some savings. There are, believe it or not, some salespeople and sales organizations that still lead with a lower price as a way to reduce their prospect’s costs as a way to improve the ROI. Sophisticated, savvy business people aren’t easily lured into changing partners for a lower price because they know that they are taking money out of their solution. Because saving a few pennies doesn’t move the needle, it isn’t a vital issue (and when saving a few pennies is vital, your prospect may not be doing well).What makes something vital is how important it is to producing the necessary or critical outcomes your prospect needs. The things that rise to being vital tend to be the more strategic outcomes, things that contribute to the goals and the direction of the people who decide when—and if—they are going to entertain the idea of changing what they are doing.When you show someone your product in the first five minutes of a call, you have identified yourself as someone who wants to talk about something non-vital.last_img read more

‘Few believe the Government. But fewer, the sports administrators’

first_imgAs an idea, the Afro-Asian games is as outdated as Third World solidarity and South-South cooperation.It was mooted just after the success of the 1982 Asian Games, which changed Delhi’s geography and political economy. Salivating at the thought of a sequel, the Congress regime resolved to inaugurate the Afro-Asian Games on November 19, 1983, the anniversary of the Asiad.Now the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) plans to host the first Afro-Asian Games in November 2001, a mere 18 years too late. Nobody expects the Games to revolutionise Indian sport.The IOA’s president and vice-president – Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi and BJP MP Vijay Kumar Malhotra – are locked in a battle for the organising committee. By the IOA’s own calculations the Government will have to spend Rs 75 crore on the Games.Others treble the figure. The association was given numerous tax sops in the 2000-01 budget. If Kalmadi is so certain of success – and are demanding Rs 10 crore from Doordarshan for TV rights – why can’t they cock a snook at the state and mobilise adequate sponsorship? The IOA is not alone in its cussedness. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has made the dramatically fatuous announcement that it will withdraw from the next World Cup.It has decided to interpret the Sports Ministry’s directive that it avoid matches at “irregular” venues like Sharjah – a view the International Cricket Council shares – as lack of permission to take part in any multination tournament. That the BCCI faces a tax evasion inquiry is, of course, incidental. It is easy and often justifiable to criticise the government in this country. It says something for the IOA and the BCCI if they lack even the credibility to make their case believable.last_img read more

Law aspirant tops ICSE board exams with 99 per cent

first_imgTwo students of Shri Ram School in DLF Phase 3 have emerged as top rankers in Delhi NCR in the ISC examination by achieving a score of 99 per cent in the Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE).Humanity students Adya Joshi and Prithvir Bhalla stood second in Haryana. Sharing her thoughts with Mail Today, Adya said she had been preparing for four hours daily with the ambition to become a top lawyer. “My future goal is to appear in the Common Law Admission Test to become a lawyer. I have great interest in law, current affairs and political science,” she said.Adya, a resident of Sector 43, has achieved 100 per cent marks in history, political science and physiology. Besides, she also scored 99 per cent in economics and 96 per cent in English.Her mother Sanjana Joshi, a senior consultant in private firm, said as a parent she did not have too many expectations from her children. “I had expectations of a good result but I was not expecting she would get the top rank in NCR region.The principal of Shri Ram School, Manisha Malhotra said Adya and Prithvir were meritorious students of school. “They achieved success with hard work even while doing good in other extra-curricular activities like sports and dance.Meanwhile, chief executive officer of the council, Gerry Arathoon said, “The second and third positions have been bagged by Laksh Arora from St Mary’s Academy, Meerut and Arunima Shukla from Holy Child School, Ghaziabad with of 98.75 and 98.25 per cent respectively.advertisementA total of 1,872 students had appeared for the class XII examination this year and the overall pass percentage has been recorded as 96.10 per cent. Girls have done better than boys recording a pass percentage of 96.91 per cent as compared to 95.29 per cent for boys. The ISC examination was conducted in 50 written subjects of which 15 are Indian languages and 13 foreign languages and one classical language.last_img read more

OPS sworn in as TN deputy CM; to hold finance portfolio

first_imgChennai, Aug 21 (PTI) Former Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerslevam was today sworn-in as deputy to current incumbent K Palaniswami, hours after the merger of the two AIADMK factions.At a simple ceremony at the Raj Bhavan, Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office and secrecy to Panneerselvam.The former chief minister is back in his home turf finance, a portfolio he had held since 2011 when the J Jayalalithaa government was sworn-in.He held it till his resignation as chief minister in February to make way for jailed AIADMK chief V K Sasikala, who despite being appointed leader of the AIADMK Legislature party did not become the chief minister.This was following her conviction and subsequent imprisonment at the Bengaluru prison in the disproportionate assets case.Even when Panneerselvam stepped in for Jayalalithaa as a replacement following her conviction in the assets case in 2014 and even after her death in December 2016, he continued to hold the Finance portfolio.His close aide K Pandiarajan was sworn-in as minister for Tamil official language and Tamil culture.Since the former chief ministers rebellion against Sasikala, D Jayakumar had been entrusted with finance, besides fisheries.Besides finance, Panneerselvam was allocated housing, rural housing and housing development, Slum Clearance Board and Accommodation Control, Town Planning, urban development and Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority.Pandiarajan was earlier the School Education minister in late Jayalalithaa cabinet following a reshuffle in August 2016.He had later joined Panneerselvam post the latters revolt against Sasikala.Jayakumar will hold the fisheries portfolio.advertisementPandiarajan has also been given the portfolio of archaeology, hitherto held by Sevoor S Ramachandran and K A Sengottaiyan, respectively.Udumalai K Radhakrishnan has been allotted animal husbandry, hitherto held by P Balakrishna Reddy with the latter now being made the Minister for Youth Welfare and Sports Development, earlier held by Sengottaiyan.Further, Mines and Minerals hitherto held by Industries Minister MC Sampath was allotted to C Ve Shanmugam, who is the law minister.Panneerselvam was first made the finance minister by Jayalalithaa when the AIADMK came to power in 2011 though he has held other portfolios earlier.He was interim chief minister twice when Jayalalithaa stepped down due to cases against her, and then chief minister following her death on December 5, 2016. PTI SA VIJ VGN BN TVS ZMNlast_img read more

N.Y. Cosmos Beat Cuba, 4-1

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares HAVANA — The New York Cosmos have made history before, just not in this manner.The Cosmos defeated Cuba’s national team 4-1 on June 2 in a friendly that was the first visit to the island by a U.S. professional team since the two countries began their detente effort in December.A franchise that brought Brazilian superstar Pele to America in the 1970s was greeted warmly before the match as both national anthems were played. And even as the Cosmos dominated the action, the locals were, well, friendly.“I felt like the atmosphere from the fans was phenomenal,” said forward Lucky Mksona, who scored twice. “Everyone was just trying to support us wherever we went and I think that was big for us today.”The game was played in a persistent rain that prevented the 74-year-old Brazilian soccer legend from making the symbolic opening kick. But thousands filled the stands at Pedro Marrero stadium, cheering on the game with a series of soccer songs and chants.After the final whistle, Cosmos players saluted the audience, which responded with applause and cheers.Soccer’s popularity is growing on this baseball-crazy island, and officials held up the game as another important step in the moves by the U.S. and Cuba to normalize relations after decades of Cold War antagonism.The New York team was the first professional U.S. soccer team to play in Cuba since the now-defunct Chicago Sting visited in 1978.President Jimmy Carter made an attempt then to improve relations with Cuba and opened the U.S. interests section in Havana that both countries want to soon convert into a full embassy.Mksona scored in the seventh minute and again in the 41st, sandwiched around goals by teammates Sebastian Guenzatti in the 31st and Hagop Chirishian three minutes after that.“We were able to find good spaces wide, get good crosses in, and the guys were able to make runs inside the box and finish with quality,” Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese said. “We had a lot of patience. Sometimes the headers didn’t go to goal, and we pulled it back and found more open players to score.”Andy Vaquero scored for Cuba in the 50th minute.(ANNE-MARIE GARCIA)last_img read more

Luiz backs Salah for Ballon d’Or

first_imgMohamed Salah Salah can win Ballon d’Or with Champions League triumph, says Luiz Joe Wright 21:30 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Mohamed Salah Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool Chelsea UEFA Champions League David Luiz Videos The Brazilian defender thinks his former Chelsea team-mate is on track to challenge for the Ballon d’Or as he aims to fire Liverpool to European glory Mohamed Salah has a good chance of winning the Ballon d’Or if he helps Liverpool triumph in the Champions League final, according to Chelsea defender David Luiz.The Egypt international has scored 44 goals in a memorable first season under Jurgen Klopp and has been tipped to challenge Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s 10-year dominance of the game’s top individual award.Luiz sees no reason why Salah cannot stake a claim for the prize if he can get his hands on the Champions League trophy – Liverpool meet Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday – and produce the goods at the World Cup next month. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now When asked if he sees his old team-mate as a Ballon d’Or winner, he told Omnisport : “I don’t know, it depends on the year, depends on things.”He did an amazing year in England already. He has the opportunity to do amazing in Europe with the Champions League and he has the opportunity to play the World Cup, so why not? I think if he does well now in the Champions League and then also in the World Cup, why not?”Salah struggled to make an impact during his time at Chelsea and was sold to Roma in 2016 after successful loan spells with the Giallorossi and Fiorentina in Serie A.It was there that the 25-year-old began to develop into a top-class forward, prompting Liverpool to sign him last year for a fee that could rise to £37 million (€42m/$50m) , a club record before deals were struck for Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita.Luiz thinks highly of Salah as a professional and is confident his best years are yet to come.”He’s a fantastic person, fantastic professional,” he said. “He has top quality. Every year he was improving, improving, improving. He was working hard for that. I’m so happy for him because he deserves this moment.”It’s not the end, it’s just the beginning. The other day I had the opportunity to talk to him again, I said ‘just enjoy the opportunity’, because it’s just the beginning, he’s doing amazing and the right way. I’m happy for him because he deserves it.”Fastest speeds registered this season Kph33.8 MOHAMED SALAH 33.5 Marcus Rashford33.3 Kyle Walker33.3 Ousmane Dembélé33.1 Kostas Manolas #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/QtHD6FSORO — #UCLfinal (@ChampionsLeague) May 25, 2018 Luiz, a Champions League winner in 2012, is expecting an “amazing” final when Liverpool take on Madrid.”It was one of my highest moments in football,” he recalled. “It was great, especially in the condition I was playing in that final. I was injured for three or four weeks, thinking I was not going to play, then arrived the moment and we won.”It was hard to play against Bayern in Munich and then I had the pleasure to touch the trophy and be a winner of the Champions League, it was great.”[Roberto] Firmino is my great friend, also Salah and [Sadio] Mane, they are doing amazing. It’s going to be an amazing Champions League final, both teams deserve to be there and I just want to sit on the sofa and watch this game.”David Luiz was speaking at the unveiling of the Hublot Champions’ Advice campaign. Hublot are the Official Timekeeper of the FIFA World Cup 2018.last_img read more

A Major SEC Game Has Changed Kick-Off Time Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

first_imgA general view of the Georgia Bulldogs football stadium.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Georgia football’s game against Middle Tennessee was scheduled for a 7:15 p.m. ET kick-off on Saturday. That time is being bumped up.Numerous college football games have already be impacted by the coming Hurricane Florence.Coastal Carolina moved its game all the way up to yesterday, from Saturday, while other teams have changed kick-off times, locations, or have canceled games outright.The Bulldogs are the latest major college football team to make a change to this weekend’s game.Georgia football’s home game against Middle Tennessee will now be a noon kick-off.The SEC power made the decision moments ago. Via The Athletic’s Seth Emerson:“Georgia-Middle Tennessee State game moved to 12 noonStatement from University of Georgia Athletic Association:After extensive evaluation involving the uncertainty of weather conditions on the east coast, and consideration of all constituencies involved including fans, support staff, and law enforcement, the Saturday Georgia-Middle Tennessee State game has been moved from 7:15 p.m. to a 12 noon kickoff in Sanford Stadium.The game will be televised on ESPN News and will stream live on the ESPN app.”We hope everyone in the Southeast, especially those in the Carolinas, stay safe, and please evacuate if necessary, as the storm approaches.last_img read more

Photo Of Urban Meyer At The Super Bowl Is Going Viral

first_imgohio state head coach urban meyer after his final gamePASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is retired as the head coach of Ohio State’s football program, but the three-time national title-winning head coach is staying close to the sport.The former Buckeyes’ head coach has been down in Atlanta, Georgia for the New England Patriots-Los Angeles Rams’ Super Bowl matchup.A photo of Meyer at a Super Bowl party went viral on social media.Ohio State’s head coach was spotted with Snoop Dogg.Meyer posted the photo on social media, too.Wow pic.twitter.com/PXF7smvtl9— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) February 3, 2019Meyer seems to be enjoying the retirement life so far.The former Ohio State head coach’s wife, Shelley Meyer, has said that he’s at peace with his decision.“I would say 100 percent peace of mind,” Shelley Meyer told The Dispatch. “Actually, 99 percent peace of mind because what’s next is kind of still a gray area.“But his demeanor has changed completely since he made the decision and made the announcement. He just looks happier. He acts happier. Urban can be pretty jovial. I know you guys only get glimpses of it in press conferences. But he’s pretty funny and fun, and I just hadn’t seen that. He’s acting like that again.”Meyer is staying close to Ohio State, as he’ll be an assistant AD for the Buckeyes. He’ll also be teaching a class in the business school.last_img read more

Hyundai Kona: Charging options, range, price, features and other important details about the new electric SUV

first_imgHyundai Kona: Charging options, range, price, features and other important details about the new electric SUVHyundai Kona electric SUV comes with a very unique front grille having intaglio pattern with an integrated charging port. There are bi-function LED headlamps with LED DRLs. At the rear, one will come across LED tail lamps and skid plate.advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiJuly 10, 2019UPDATED: July 10, 2019 10:13 IST Hyundai Kona electric SUV has a 3-year/unlimited kms warranty.HIGHLIGHTSKona electric SUV gets a floating 17.77 cm touchscreen infotainment.Hyundai Kona has an ARAI-certified range of Kona is 452 kms per full charge.Kona can be charged up to 80 per cent in 57 minutes through the DC Quick Charger CCS Type 2 (50 kW).Hyundai Kona has finally been launched in India. The electric SUV comes with a price tag of Rs 25.30 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and will be available in the country through the CKD route.Being India’s first fully electric SUV, Hyundai Kona is a welcome addition to the green mobility options in the country. Till now, the EV choices were limited only to Mahindra e20 Plus, Mahindra eVerito and Tata Tigor EV.Hyundai Kona is powerful, yet efficient at the same time. It looks sporty and is loaded with features. Now that the electric SUV has been introduced in India, we list all the important details you need to know about it.Hyundai Kona ExteriorsThe electric SUV comes with a very unique front grille having intaglio pattern with an integrated charging port. There are bi-function LED headlamps with LED DRLs. At the rear, one will come across LED tail lamps and skid plate. Other features include 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails and rear spoiler.Kona gets monotone colour options like Marina Blue, Phantom Black, Polar White and Typhoon Silver. There is Polar White with Phantom Black roof dual-tone option as well and it comes at a premium of Rs 20,000.Hyundai Kona InteriorsThe electric SUV gets a premium cabin with leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and soft-touch dashboard. There is a multi-function steering wheel with audio & Bluetooth controls. The instrument cluster is fully digital and the floating 17.77 cm touchscreen infotainment is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.Adding to the luxury quotient of Hyundai Kona are features like electric sunroof, front ventilated and heated seats, 10-way power driver seat with lumbar support, electric parking brake with autohold and fully automatic temperature control (FATC).advertisementHyundai Kona MotorA permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor is available with Kona. It delivers 136 PS and 395 Nm of peak torque and is offered with a shift-by-wire automatic transmission. Powering the motor is a 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery with liquid-cooling technology. The SUV gets Eco+, Eco, Comfort and Sport driving modes and is capable of making 0-100 kmph in just 9.7 seconds. The company has provided paddle shifters for adjustable regenerative braking.Hyundai Kona RangeThis is one aspect that makes Kona a very interesting prospect. The electric SUV has an ARAI-certified range of Kona is 452 kms per full charge.Hyundai Kona WarrantyWhile the price of Kona is not less by any means, the carmaker has taken ample care to make sure that the buyers get a hassle-free ownership experience. The electric SUV has a 3-year/unlimited kms warranty along with 3 years of roadside assistance. There is an 8-year/1.60 lakh kms warranty on the battery. Besides, Hyundai is offering 24×7 emergency roadside assistance and service vehicle to vehicle charging support.Hyundai Kona Charging FacilitiesThe electric SUV can be charged up to 80 per cent in 57 minutes through the DC Quick Charger CCS Type 2 (50 kW). Hyundai will provide two chargers with Kona — a 7.2 kW AC Wall Box Charger and a 2.8 kW Portable Charger. The 7.2 kW AC Wall Box Charger will take around 6 hours and 10 minutes for a full charge, while the 2.8 kW Portable Charger will take 19 hours to completely juice up the battery.ALSO READ | Tata Motors wins order for supplying more than 200 units of Hexa SUV to Bangladesh ArmyALSO READ | Maserati Levante Trofeo India launch by 2019-end, to feature Twin Turbo V8 engineALSO READ | Renault Duster facelift launched in India at a starting price of Rs 7.99 lakhGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Hyundai KonaFollow Hyundai Kona featuresFollow Hyundai Kona price Nextlast_img read more

Farmers Encouraged to Engage in Climate Change Mitigation Plans

first_img “We remained flat in the periods that have passed recently because of the devastating rains, but we have a lot to be hopeful about,” he said. Chief Technical Director, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Courtney Cole, is calling on farmers and agricultural investors to engage in more climate change mitigation plans, in an effort to protect their investments. Story Highlights Mr. Cole said due to climate change, Jamaica has been experiencing inconsistent weather patterns, which have affected crops across the island in the last 12 months, thereby impacting the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). Chief Technical Director, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Courtney Cole, is calling on farmers and agricultural investors to engage in more climate change mitigation plans, in an effort to protect their investments.Mr. Cole said due to climate change, Jamaica has been experiencing inconsistent weather patterns, which have affected crops across the island in the last 12 months, thereby impacting the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP).Addressing a Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) Agricultural Information Forum on March 13 at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew, Mr. Cole pointed out that the sector, in 2016, contributed 7.3 per cent to the GDP, and that was 1.3 per cent over the year before.“We remained flat in the periods that have passed recently because of the devastating rains, but we have a lot to be hopeful about,” he said.“What we have is a situation where we’re operating on something looking like a pendulum or a continuum, where on one side you have extreme drought conditions, and then on the other we have extreme precipitation and flooding. It seems like that has become the new norm,” he added.Mr. Cole said that the seasonal patterns that could have been predicted years ago have now changed due to climate change, and, as such, farmers and investors need to invest more in mitigation plans to prepare for the unexpected.“We have to find ways of mitigating the drought situation by harvesting more of that water that floods us out. We must have mechanisms in place that will capture that water, so that we have it when the drought situation comes around again,” he suggested.Mr. Cole said the Government, through the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, has been making efforts to prevent the devastating impact that climate change can bring to the economy.“The Ministry, through RADA and other affiliated entities, has been engaging our farmers and training them,” he noted.JAMPRO hosted the forum with the aim of increasing local and international investment in the agricultural sector to support Jamaica’s economic growth programme and empower local farmers.It was used as a platform to highlight agriculture as an important business opportunity in Jamaica and to emphasise the Government’s commitment to supporting the growth of the sector.Some of the issues addressed were financing options for agricultural activities; traditional and non-traditional crop opportunities; land availability and suitability issues; marketing of agricultural products locally and overseas; and Government initiatives and programmes to support agriculture, such as agro parks and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) support to farmers.last_img read more

Whale movements giving officials hope for survival of wayward beluga

first_imgCACOUNA, Qc – Officials involved with the rescue of a wayward beluga whale earlier this month in northern New Brunswick are cautiously optimistic for its future.The beluga, which is about two metres long, was captured in the Nepisiquit River on June 15 — where it was alone — and transported to Quebec where it was released near Cacouna in the St. Lawrence Estuary.The whale was outfitted with a satellite tracking device so officials could monitor its movements.Marie-Eve Muller of the Quebec City-based Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals says that over the last few days the whale has been near Trois-Pistoles.The area is heavily frequented by belugas, giving hope to researchers that the beluga is in communication and perhaps even in physical contact with other members of its species.The population of the St. Lawrence belugas has been declining since the early 2000s and it’s believed there are fewer than 900 of them still in existence.They were placed on the endangered species list last fall.last_img read more

Arrest made in robbery of elderly woman at Ontario ATM

first_imgNEWMARKET, Ont. – Police in York Region north of Toronto have arrested a 35-year-old Sudbury, Ont., man in connection with the violent robbery of an elderly woman at an ATM machine on July 31.Video released by police shows the 81-year-old woman withdrawing cash from the machine in Aurora, Ont., and once the transaction is complete, a man tried to grab her money.The woman resisted, she was shoved to the floor, and the man grabbed her cash and ran away.The victim was taken to hospital suffering from non-life threatening injuries.Police say the they received a large number of tips from the public and made an arrest on Wednesday night at a residence in Aurora.Terrence Rocks is charged with robbery and is scheduled to appear in court in Newmarket, Ont., on August 8.last_img read more

Kobe Bryant Joins GamePlan4Me MultiPlatform Initiative

first_imgMobile app and interactive website GamePlan4Me.com has announced that Kobe Bryant, NBA champion, has added his personal story to those of other accomplished athletes on the site.Featuring videos from leading athletes sharing their strategies for success in competition and in life, GamePlan4Me encourages visitors to create their own plans that will prepare them for the expected and the unexpected in their careers, personal lives and health.Over the past two weeks, President Barack Obama applauded the success of GamePlan4Me on a national radio show, plus pro baseball player CC Sabathia and TV sports analyst and Super Bowl champion Keyshawn Johnson have brought the site to the attention of an ever-growing audience. In addition to the athletes’ videos, the online and mobile experience includes interactive games, facts on health topics and links to informational sites.Professional football players Will Allen, Stevie Brown, Jonathan Casillas, Kurt Coleman, Jermichael Finley, Paris Lenon and O’Brien Schofield have joined GamePlan4Me this week to share their personal stories. They added their insights to those of other Olympic and sports champions from track, golf, football and basketball including: Tamika Catchings, Victor Cruz, Mark Herzlich, Dikembe Mutombo, Sanya Richards-Ross, Bill Walton and Michelle Wie. Since its launch, participating athletes have been tweeting about GamePlan4Me and the social media campaign will continue.George Pyne, business leader and entrepreneur, David Kristal, founder and chief executive officer of Augeo, and Juan Sabater, Latino entrepreneur, are leading GamePlan4Me, a non-political, private initiative and collaboration among athletes, sports executives and industry leaders.“We are thrilled that more athletes are sharing their personal stories about how having a game plan has been vital in their lives, especially for their careers, health and wellness,” commented Kristal. “Our hope is to encourage young Americans to learn about and embrace the importance of health care planning and coverage. Participating athletes sharing their ‘game planning’ anecdotes greatly help us to advance our efforts.”GamePlan4Me is adding more athletes each week and will also soon add the ability for users to upload their own game plan videos. To view the personal video stories from these athletes about their game plans, visit www.GamePlan4Me.com.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Remembrance Day in pictures

first_imgAPTN National NewsMore than 50,000 people attended the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.Just down the street was another gathering of veterans.These were First Nation, Metis and Inuit men and women who fought for Canada in various wars.Here are some of the sights and sounds from both ceremonies.last_img

Odisha: HRD Ministry extends JEE-Advanced registration deadline for cyclone-hit state

first_imgNew Delhi: The HRD Ministry Tuesday announced an extension of deadline for JEE-Advanced registration by five days for students from cyclone-hit Odisha.The decision was taken following a request from Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The HRD Ministry has also directed IIT Bhubaneswar to help the aspirants from Odisha for online registration as it has fully functional internet connection. “I am happy to announce that students from #Odisha appearing for #JEE (Advanced) 2019 will get an extension of 5 days till May 14 for their registration. A decision to this effect was taken following the request of #Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik @Naveen_Odisha,” Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”@IITBhubaneswar will help the #JEE (Advanced) aspirants in #Odisha for online registration as it has fully functional internet connection. As declared earlier #JEE (Advanced) for all students across the country will be held on May 27, 2019,” he added. Mobile networks in Odisha remained affected following Cyclone Fani. In a letter to Javadekar, Patnaik had urged the Centre to extend the registration date for the JEE (Advanced) for admission to prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Last week, the HRD Ministry had postponed the medical entrance exam-NEET, in view of rehabilitation work in the state which has been affected by Cyclone Fani. While JEE-Mains is conducted for admission to engineering colleges across the country, JEE-Advanced is for the ones seeking admission to IITs. It is mandatory to clear the JEE-Mains to be eligible to appear for JEE-Advanced.last_img read more

Afghanistan Iran and Pakistan agree to strengthen counternarcotics efforts – UN

Senior officials from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan have agreed to work more closely to stop the threat of drug trafficking along their common borders, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which hosted their meeting, announced today.In a joint statement, the ministers of public security and counter-narcotics from the three countries expressed their intention to take action to reduce the threat posed by Afghanistan’s opium. “This transnational threat requires a cooperative solution,” they said.UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa hailed the meeting as a turning point in the fight against Afghanistan’s drug problem.“The very fact that these ministers and senior officials turned up and agreed [to] a joint statement is a strong political signal of their desire to work together to fight a common problem. This increases the chances of containing the problem at its epicentre,” Mr. Costa said. The three countries agreed to take steps to improve border management by building more physical barriers, boosting law enforcement capacity, launching joint counter-narcotic operations, improving communication, and increasing intelligence-sharing about trafficking routes, traffickers, suspicious shipments and other activities, UNODC said.The ministers and officials also agreed to focus not only on trafficking, but on all aspects of the drug economy, the agency said. This includes stopping the diversion and smuggling of precursor chemicals used to make drugs, locating and destroying drug labs, tackling corruption which facilitates the drug business, and halting the laundering of drug money.They also urged countries where opiates are consumed, particularly the European Union and the Russian Federation, to assume their share of responsibility by curbing the demand that is fuelling the opium trade.They called on States where precursor chemicals are produced to tighten their procedures to prevent diversion of substances that are essential for producing heroin from opium poppy. As the opium problem is best controlled at the source, chemical precursors should likewise be controlled first and foremost where they are produced.The senior delegates from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan agreed to hold policy-level coordination meetings at least every six months and technical-level exchanges every three months, UNODC said, predicting that this should improve operational contacts that can stem the flow of drug trafficking from Afghanistan.“UNODC is proud to have brokered this process which can help solve the world’s biggest drug control problem,” said Mr. Costa. He urged the three countries to build on the goodwill evident at the Vienna meeting and pledged his Office’s continued support for the process. 12 June 2007Senior officials from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan have agreed to work more closely to stop the threat of drug trafficking along their common borders, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which hosted their meeting, announced today. read more

Violence continues to claim lives in Somali capital UN says

Dozens more were wounded in the 2 to 3 March fighting between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and insurgents.Since 1 February, nearly 26,000 people have been forced to escape violence in the capital, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The agency continues to register new Somali refugees in neighbouring Kenya. Just this week, 900 Somalis were registered as they entered the country, on top of the more than 8,000 who have been registered since the start of the year.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that following six consecutive seasons of below-average rainfall in the Galgaduud region of central Somalia, pastoralists have lost their livestock and are travelling to urban areas in search of assistance. They have little food and cannot sell their remaining livestock, which are in no condition to be sold. Further, the Office reported, insecurity has thwarted access to those in need of humanitarian aid.On the health front, the second round of a UN-backed health campaign aiming to reach 430,000 children under the age of five and 480,000 women of child-bearing age began this week in southern Somalia.The start of the latest Child Health Days – which will also provide nutritional screenings and immunizations against measles and polio – was pushed back by three months due to funding shortages, and there are concerns that insecurity will prevent children from accessing the campaign.For its part, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners have distributed almost 500 metric tons of food to 61,000 people in the self-declared autonomous region of Somaliland. 5 March 2010The ongoing clashes in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, continue to spark the concern of the United Nations, which reported today that violence this week claimed some 35 lives. read more

Resolute to shut down Bowater paper mill in Nova Scotia

BROOKLYN, N.S. — Resolute Forest Products says a struggling paper mill on Nova Scotia’s south shore will be closed indefinitely.The company announced Friday that the Bowater Mersey facility in Brooklyn will be idled starting on Sunday because it is unable to compete as prices decline in export markets.About 320 workers at the mill and associated woodlands will be affected by the indefinite shut downIn December, Premier Darrell Dexter announced a $25-million forgivable loan to the firm in $5-million yearly portions. On Thursday, he said that money to the to keep the mill’s two paper machines operating and to help the company make efficiency improvements and upgrade a power plant hasn’t been spent yet.The company says about 320 workers at the mill and associated woodlands will be affected by the indefinite shut down.A sawmill owned by the company at nearby Oakill and the Brooklyn Power Corp. are also affected by the shut down.The company said it is looking at the feasibility of selling all of its assets in Nova Scotia, including the paper mill, sawmill and Brooklyn Power.[np-related]Company spokesman Seth Kursman acknowledged that workers made sacrifices to try and save the mill as they agreed to wage concessions as the province offered financial assistance.“Everything that was really in the direct control of the people here, of government, of stakeholders across the board, people did, they stepped up and it makes the situation that much more frustrating,” he said in an interview.The plant was initially scheduled to shut down Sunday for about two weeks. It was also idled last month, the latest in a series of scheduled down times for the mill since December.Late last year, unionized workers at the mill voted to cut 110 jobs in an effort to reduce labour costs and help save the operation.Dexter said a continued erosion of the pulp and paper market is not helping the forestry sector, which is being flooded by cheaper products from European mills.Don MacKenzie of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada said the indefinite closure is a blow to the area, which has relied heavily on jobs at the mill during its more than 70 years of operation.“It’s just got to be devastating to the members I represent, to the community,” he said. “It’s a sad day for the people of Liverpool and it will obviously have an impact to many spin-off jobs in the province, and it’s simply another reflection of the turbulent times in the pulp and paper industry.”The lifeline thrown to the company in December by the province was valued at a total of $50-million. In addition to the $25-million forgivable loan, the province also spent $23.75-million to buy about 10,120 hectares of woodland from the company.Another $1.5-million was offered over three years to train workers. So far, $605,000 has been spent on training to improve safety, efficiency and production, said a spokeswoman with the Department of Economic Development.Dexter defended the deal on Thursday, saying he wasn’t prepared to give up on the plant.“What would you do? You’re going to walk away from the jobs of thousands of people? I think that would just be wrong,” he said. read more