AN32 crash Bad weather hampers operation to retrieve bodies

first_imgItanagar: A search operation to retrieve the mortal remains of six of the 13 people who were killed in the AN-32 crash on June 3 were hampered due to inclement weather in the area, the Indian Air Force (IAF) said on Saturday. The first seven bodies were recovered on Thursday. The IAF said that Cheetah and ALH helicopters have been put on stand-by to commence the operations once the weather improves. “At present, there are low clouds associated with rain in the area. The IAF is making all efforts to retrieve the mortal remains of the deceased air-warriors. IAF personnel are in constant contact with the families of these air-warriors and are being updated regularly. They are also being explained about the challenges about the weather,” Wing Commander Puneet Chadha said in a statement. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France On Friday, the search teams recovered the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and Flight Data Recorder (FDR) of the aircraft that crashed in Arunachal Pradesh. A team of 16 mountaineers from the IAF and the Indian Army along with five civilian mountaineers are combing the site of crash 16 km north of Lipo, northeast of Tato under West Siang district, at an approximate elevation of 12,000 feet. The AN-32 took off on June 3 from the Jorhat airbase for the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground in Arunachal’s Shi-Yomi district bordering China, but lost contact with the ground agencies within 35 minutes. After the disappearance of the aircraft, the IAF commenced extensive search operations under the direct supervision of the Eastern Air Command headquarters at Shillong.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral visits Chinese region devastated by massive quake

“My heart is filled with great sadness by what has happened to the Chinese people. It is a great natural tragedy,” Mr. Ban told reporters in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, after stopping in the town of Yingxiu. “At the same time I’m moved by such strong leadership [as] demonstrated by the Chinese Government leaders, President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, and all the people who have shown such a great spirit of self-help and cooperation and resilience to overcome this natural disaster.” During his four-hour visit to China, the Secretary-General met with the Premier in Yingxiu, near the epicenter of the 12 May earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale which, according to state media reports, has claimed more than 60,000 lives. “Natural disasters can come to any people, any country. What is important is your determined will to overcome,” he noted. “The United Nations has taken initial measures to donate the necessary funds; we have sent rescue experts and officers.” Upon his return to New York, Mr. Ban said that he will consult with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Member States on what further assistance the world body can provide. He also underscored the importance of a two-track approach that addressed both shorter-term relief and longer-term rehabilitation and reconstruction. In a statement earlier this week, the Secretary-General announced that the UN is contributing $8 million in relief grants from its Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), saying that the funds will be used by a variety of UN agencies, funds and programmes to help Chinese authorities meet the most urgent humanitarian needs. “The United Nations stands ready to provide further support, as required, to the Government of China in its efforts to respond to the humanitarian needs caused by the disaster,” the statement added. Prior to his visit to China, Mr. Ban saw first-hand the damage left in the wake of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and met with the nation’s top officials. Tomorrow, he will return to Yangon to attend an international pledging conference, which is co-sponsored by the UN and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), to raise funds for the Myanmar disaster. 24 May 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today visited one of the towns in China’s Sichuan province hit hardest by the recent earthquake, pledging the United Nations’ support for the East Asian nation and expressing his condolences to the Chinese people. read more

Consolidation of Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan accelerates – UN

In all, the camp closures could affect some 110,000 Afghan refugees in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border area, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says. The closures have continued in parallel with the repatriation operation that began in 2002 and has helped 2.4 million Afghans to go home, the agency’s largest such programme anywhere in the world. Some 400,000 are expected to return from Pakistan this year.The decision to close Jungle Pir Alizai by July 31 and Girdi Jungle by August 31 – with residents given the choice of returning under the UN voluntary repatriation programme or relocating to another existing camp elsewhere in Pakistan – is the latest in a series of moves prompted by more than three years of repatriation to Afghanistan.UNHCR says that the process is focusing first on closing camps where security problems have obstructed access and delivery of services. The Government announced earlier this month that all refugee camps in North Waziristan, a tribal area on the Afghan border where the army is battling militants, would close by the end of June.Last year, with more Afghans drawn home by improving conditions, all the “new” camps in Pakistan established to shelter Afghans fleeing the 2001 war in Afghanistan were closed.At the start of this year, there were nearly 150 refugee camps in Pakistan with some 1.1 million residents. Just over 3 million Afghans lived in Pakistan, including camps. More than 580,000 Afghans have gone home from camps since the voluntary repatriation programme began in 2002. read more

Security Council condemns weekend terrorist bombing in Egypt

“The Security Council reaffirms that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation, whenever and by whomever committed,” said Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis of Greece, which holds the Council’s Presidency for July.Reading out a statement in a formal meeting, Ambassador Vassilakis also expressed the Council’s deepest sympathies and condolences to the victims and their families and to the people and the Government of Egypt, as well as to all other countries whose citizens were killed or injured in the attack.

UN Human Rights Council should broaden its focus beyond Middle East –

Speaking to reporters at the UN’s European Headquarters in Geneva at the last news conference he is scheduled to give there as Secretary-General before stepping down after serving for 10 years at the helm of the UN, Mr. Annan was asked about the credibility of the Human Rights Council, which he had sought to replace the Human Rights Commission, widely perceived as both ineffective and over-politicized – specifically over the new body’s devoting three special sessions to the Middle East.The Council “was expected to look at the human rights record of all countries,” he replied “I myself suggested that one should look at the records, human rights records of the Council members; before they move on to look at records of others, they should start with themselves…“When you focus on the Palestinian-Israeli issue without even discussing Darfur and other issues, some wonder what is this Council doing, don’t they have a sense of fair play, why should they ignore other situations and focus on one area? I hope as we move forward, they will broaden their work and look at human rights situations of other countries and deal with it, because if they concentrate only on the Palestinian-Israeli issue, we will hear the comments that you have indicated.”Mr. Annan, who is expected to give one more news conference at UN Headquarters in New York, also discussed another major plank of his reform agenda: the stalled enlargement of the 15-member Security Council. He called on Member States to move forward and “not wait for another 10 years.”Among his greatest sources of pride during his 10 year tenure, he cited the adoption by the UN World Summit of 2000 of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which, among other targets, aim to halve extreme poverty and hunger, ensure universal primary education, slash child mortality by two-thirds and maternal mortality by three-quarters and halt and reverse the incidence of HIV/AIDS – all by 2015.Asked about his greatest regret, Mr. Annan said it was the fact that the Security Council was not able to stop the war in Iraq. “I firmly believe that the war could have been avoided, and that the [weapons of mass destruction] inspectors should have had a bit more time,” he said, referring the war that the United States-led coalition launched in March 2003, although chief UN inspector Hans Blix had requested a few more months to complete verifying whether Iraq still possessed any of the banned weapons.Mr. Annan in his reform proposals had recommended that the Council’s members be elected by a two-thirds majority in the General Assembly, which however opted for a simple majority.On the issue of Security Council reform he noted that that the behaviour of the five veto-wielding permanent members (P5) – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and United States – “has not always been helpful,” citing their successful demand for five automatic seats on the new Peacebuilding Commission and a similar but abortive demand for the Human Rights Council.“Of course the Member States reacted and they backed off that. And of course when this sort of thing happens, the smaller countries and the large number of non-aligned governments believe that the appetite for power amongst the P5 is insatiable and you have this sort of struggle,” he said.“So I would hope that the proposal on the table, that would expand the [Security] Council to 25, and either create six more permanent seats without veto, or six semi-permanent seats, will propel the Member States forward,” he added. On Iraq, Mr. Annan said: “The US in a way is trapped in Iraq, trapped in the sense that it cannot stay and it cannot leave… but the timing of its departure will have to be optimal in the sense that it should not lead to further deterioration of the situation but try and get it into a level that when it leaves, when it withdraws, the Iraqis themselves will be able to continue to maintain a situation that would ensure a reasonable secure environment.”He stressed that both Syria and Iran should be urged “to use their influence and to do whatever they can to help pacify Iraq,” noting that neighbours can either exacerbate or de-escalate critical situations. “One should not look at it in terms of whether it is helping the United States or (the) multinational force, it is their backyard too, and what is happening in Iraq does have a negative impact on them,” he said. And the future after the UN? Mr. Annan said he would want to work with African governments and others on the continent’s scourge of hunger to encourage them to take agriculture and agricultural productivity seriously. “Probably do some writing,” he added. “There will be plenty to do, I’m not worried about that, but I would want to devote some time to Africa as well.” read more

World debut for MG Rover Group sports car

On the door / In advance* Adult £15 / £12 Child/senior citizen £7.50 / £6 Daily Telegraph Preview Day £40 / £25 – Aston Martin Vanquish – Ford Thunderbird – Modified 400 bhp Jaguar XKR convertible 24 Oct 9.00 am to 7.00 pm Public Days 007 Cars: 23 Oct 9.00 am to 7.00 pm Daily Telegraph Preview Day MG Rover Group high performance sports car TVR T350C CoupéEuropean * Advance discounts end this Sunday, 13 October 2002. Tickets available via www.motorshow.co.uk or by calling the Motor Show hotline on 0870 906 2002Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Alfa Romeo 147 GTA Audi A8 Audi All road 4.2 Quattro Audi S4 Bentley Continental GT Coupé Caterham Superlight R300 Chrysler Crossfire Chrysler Jeep Renegade Citröen C Air Dream Concept Car Citröen C8 Citröen C3 Pluriel Citröen New Look Berlingo Citröen New Look Berlingo Multispace Daewoo Kalos Ferrari Enzo Fiat Ulysse Fiat Stilo MP Wagon Ford Fiesta New 3-door Ford Streetka Ford Sportka Ginetta G20 – WIN200 Honda Accord Jaguar XJ Series Lexus IS200 SportCross Mazda 6 MPS Concept Mazda RX-8 Mazda 2 Mercedes-Benz 367 hp CLK 55 AMG Coupé Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution Nissan Micra Nissan Almera Nissan Primastar LCV Peugeot 807 Peugeot 206 GTi 180 bhp Porsche Cayenne Porsche Boxster Renault Mégane Renault Espace Seat Cordoba Seat Salsa ‘Red’ Concept Skoda 1.2L Fabia Classic Skoda Octavia vRS Estate SMART Roadster Toyota Landcruiser Vauxhall Meriva Vauxhall Concept S – Eco-Speedster Vauxhall 3-door Astra 2L Turbo GSi Volkswagen Phaeton Volkswagen Touareg Volvo XC90 Volvo V70R Volvo S60RNotes to editors: Opening hours and dates for British International Motor Show 2002 Press Day Motor Show welcomes back KiaShow organiser the SMMT is delighted to learn that MG Rover Group has chosen the British International Motor Show, sponsored by The Daily Telegraph, for the world debut of its new ‘high performance sports car’. Also premiering, are a number of special edition models produced with the help of Atomic Kitten and fashion designer Mathew Williamson.Commenting on the news, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘We are thrilled that MG Rover Group has decided to launch its new sports model at this year’s event. As an international showcase for the industry, the event is the perfect place to show the strength of British design to the rest of the world. It’s great news that this British car will see its world debut on home soil.’Korean car company Kia has also announced it will be returning to the Show, the first motor show it has attended in the UK since 1997. Making its UK debut in Hall 2 will be its new prestige SUV, the Sorento.As the Show draws closer the public appetite for this year’s event shows no sign of waning. Advance ticket sales have now reached 58,000, enough people to fill the football grounds of Premiership sides Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion.With a list of world, European and UK debuts growing by the day, it’s no wonder the Show is generating so much interest:Confirmed Motor Show debuts – 11 October2002World 25 Oct – 2 Nov 9.30 am to 7.00 pm 3 Nov 9.30 am to 5.30 pm Prices: Daihatsu Copen Ford 4×4 RangerUK 22 Oct 8.00 am to 7.00 pm Business Day read more

Ohio State field hockey aims to end slide against Kent State

Senior midfielder Arielle Cowie plays the ball forward during a game against Missouri State Sept. 6 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won, 5-1.Credit: Courtesy of FacebookThe Ohio State field hockey team is set to face off against its second straight in-state opponent when it takes on Kent State Tuesday.OSU lost 4-2 to Miami (Ohio) Wednesday. The team had the weekend off from competition which allowed the players extra time to prepare for their upcoming opponents. Junior midfield Kaitlyn Wagner said the captains brought the team together Sunday to help them get back on track.“We had a captain’s practice (Sunday) and a captain’s meeting afterward,” Wagner said. “That really kind of got us back to normal where we needed to be.”Coach Anne Wilkinson said she hopes her players will be able to capitalize on scoring opportunities against Kent State.“One percent of it is getting it up into the circle, the other 99 percent of it has become our ability to finish,” Wilkinson said. “I think it’s all about having the composure to take advantage of our opportunities, I know I’ve said it before.”Junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux said in practice, the team has been focusing mainly on the offensive game.“We’ve been working on goal scoring a lot,” Lemieux said. “Defensively, like playing together as a better unit, but mostly goal scoring.”Wagner mentioned specific areas the team needed to work on to prepare for the Golden Flashes on the defensive end.“We’ve had struggles with marking, so we really worked on being aware of our marks,” Wagner said.Wilkinson said her team is ready mentally and physically for Kent State.“They’ll be ready,” Wilkinson said. “They are looking forward to this after our last disappointing loss to Miami. I think they understand that everyone is out to get us and you can’t sit back. You really have to show up every day.”Tuesday’s match is set for 2 p.m. in Kent. The Buckeyes are then slated to head to East Lansing, Mich., to play Big Ten rival Michigan State Saturday at 1 p.m. read more

Former soccer player Tyler Durbin raises eyebrows in first game with OSU

Walk-on senior kicker Tyler Durbin reflects on Saturday’s game against Bowling Green at a presser inside of Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. Credit: Nick McWilliams | Sports EditorEvery Ohio State football player has a different story about their journey to playing in Ohio Stadium, but few are as distinct as that of walk-on kicker Tyler Durbin. Durbin appeared in his first game for the Buckeyes last Saturday against Bowling Green and impressed OSU coach Urban Meyer.Listed as a senior, Durbin is in his second year with the team. Last season, the Burke, Virginia, native did not appear in a game, giving way to then-OSU kicker Jack Willoughby and current Buckeye junior Sean Nuernberger. In both 2012 and 2013, he was playing on the James Madison University soccer team.“I committed there my junior year of high school, not really knowing what I wanted to study,” Durbin said.Unfortunately for Durbin, who made the decision to study civil engineering after arriving on the Dukes’ campus, the program he seeked was not offered at the college he had signed with in high school.“They only had general engineering, they didn’t have any of the disciplines,” Durbin said. “After two years there, I decided to transfer.”During that same time, he also decided to pick up the art of kicking a football. He began practicing with his father at his former high school, trying to perfect the correct angles and motions to land him a chance to play with a top team in the nation.Durbin’s father recorded him doing kickoffs and field goals. During that time, Durbin said he worked with a man named Paul Woodside, who works for a kicking and punting training company called “Before U Kick.”Woodside is a former walk-on at West Virginia University, where he earned All-American status twice, as well as being inducted as a member of the West Virginia University Hall of Fame. Durbin learned to accurately and powerfully kick a football during his time with Woodside, and sent his tapes out to four colleges after leaving James Madison.Of the four universities Durbin sent tapes to — Virginia Tech, Virginia, Georgia Tech and Ohio State — only the Buckeyes replied to the former centerback and expressed interest in his abilities.Kristin, Durbin’s wife, has connections to OSU. Her parents are both alumni of OSU and fans of the Buckeyes. Durbin’s in-laws and his now wife were pulling for the Buckeyes to reach out and extend an offer.Former OSU Director of High School Relations Greg Gillum did reach out to Durbin, and the wheels were set in motion for the former all-region soccer player to don the Scarlet and Gray.“(Gillum) emailed me and said he liked what he saw on the tape, so we scheduled a meeting and I came to campus,” Durbin said. “I came to campus and he called me back, I wanna say a month or two after that, and said they had an open spot on the team. They needed a kicker.”The first day for Durbin at OSU was a memorable day for all Buckeyes fans.“My first day on campus was the day the team won the national championship,” Durbin said. “I started workouts with the team a week after that.”OSU coach Urban Meyer spoke about the performance of Durbin during a Monday press conference following the blowout win of Bowling Green. In all, Durbin was able to secure an open field tackle, chase the returner out-of-bounds twice and make 11 extra points.An ongoing joke with the Buckeyes is Meyer not remembering the name of Durbin, since the first time the OSU coach saw his new kicker, he had no idea who Durbin was. Continuing the long-running joke, Meyer kept up the act on Monday.“I don’t know where the hell (Durbin) came from,” Meyer said. “He is really good.”Meyer was disappointed on the kick coverage the Buckeyes showed against the Falcons, but was quick to note the plays of Durbin that stood out. After the returner for Bowling Green had beat the first wave of defenders, Durbin was able to chase the ball carrier to the sideline, preventing a long return.Although transitioning from a different sport may seem challenging, Durbin said his soccer background propelled him into the OSU starting lineup.“It’s not too different. There’s little differences in technique,” Durbin said. “But, as I mentioned before, Paul Woodside. I worked with him a lot, and it was a pretty easy transition for me from soccer to football for me. I’ve always had a big leg and it came pretty naturally to me.”The big leg Durbin claims to have has given him quite a lot to brag about on the team. According to the senior, he made a 70-yard field goal with a little wind support behind him in practice.With praise from his coaches and his teammates, Durbin is shaping up to handle the kicking duties for the Buckeyes for the foreseeable future. Along his long journey from Burke to Harrisonburg, Virginia, to Columbus, the former soccer defender is still trying to soak in the wild ride he has had in the last few years.“It’s crazy to me. None of this would have happened if God hadn’t put this opportunity in front of me,” Durbin said. “I’m really thankful for the opportunity I’ve gotten here. It’s been the best experience of my life.” read more

Police are giving criminals carte blanche to attack shopkeepers retail chief warns

James Lowman, the chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores, said retail staff were feeling increasingly isolated and often believed they had no choice but… Recent figures suggested there are now almost 10,000 assaults on retail staff every year, with attackers becoming increasingly violent, often arming themselves with deadly weapons. Criminals have been given “carte blanche” to rob and attack shopkeepers because the police no longer intervene and the courts no longer punish, a senior retail industry figure has warned. At the same time shoplifting offences have rocketed across the country, with many police forces no longer sending officers to investigate when crimes are reported.

Croke Park II will cut nurses wages by 111pc not 17pc INMO

first_imgTHE INMO HAVE said that nurses are to suffer a drop in pay of 11.1 per cent under the Croke Park agreement, and not the 1.7 per cent that government have said.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, the industrial relations officer with the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), Phil O’Shea, said that the figure, which had been mentioned by the assistant secretary at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Paul Reid, was “incorrect”.Based on a study by consulting actuaries Joseph Byrne and Sons, O’Shea said that the cut to staff psychiatric nurses, based on an average salary of €38,000, would be 11.1 per cent.She said that Croke Park II proposals, which would see an end of the twilight payment along with a reduced Sunday premium, would lead to a reduction of 6.3 per cent, and that the extra working hours which were also being proposed would increase it to 11.1 per cent.The study also found that garda pay would drop by five per cent, while the pay of a garda sergeant would drop by 3.5 per cent.Firefighers would see a drop of three per cent, while a higher executive officer in the civil service would see a drop of seven per cent.The INMO have called for the rejection of the Croke Park agreement.O’Shea said: The government may legislate, but this is not a financial emergency measure bill, we don’t  believe, as the last two pay cuts have been. When government cut pay three times in one term, that’s just unfair.Read: SIPTU encourages members to accept Croke Park agreement > The point we’re making is that Croke Park One is still in existence, and doesn’t expire until the middle of next year. If the proposals fail, as we hope they will, we still have Croke Park One.last_img read more

Booby trap bomb found under car in Belfast

first_imgA VIABLE DEVICE found under a car was rendered safe in Belfast today.Police said the the “under car booby trap type device” was discovered just before 8am this morning in the Blacks Road area.The road was closed and a number of nearby homes were evacuated while the bomb disposal unit examined the device. It was made safe and has been taken away for further forensic examination.Detectives investigating the incident are asking anyone who may have travelled along the street and who may recall anything suspicious or unusual lying on the road to contact them. The are also appealing for anyone to come forward who may have observed any unknown vehicles or persons acting suspiciously in the area of Blacks Road.Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detectives in Woodbourne Police Station on 0845 600 8000. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.Read: Two men injured in explosion in the back garden of a Coolock house>Read: 75-year-old man arrested over deadly UVF bomb at Belfast pub in 1971>last_img read more

Funding boost for Greek migrant centres

first_imgThe Interior Ministry last week committed to boost funding and recruitment at several migrant reception centres on the country’s land and sea borders with Turkey, where overcrowding has created serious tensions prompting protests and hunger strikes by detainees.Officials from the local authorities on the eastern Aegean islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos and from the northern prefecture of Evros were told that they would receive 4 million euros between them to cover outstanding operation costs and to hire additional staff.The pledge was made by the ministry’s general secretary, Patroklos Georgiadis, following a meeting between the local authority officials and other members of the Union of Prefectural Authorities of Greece (ENAE). Georgiadis noted that two of the country’s migrant reception centres – one at the Evros land border and the other on Samos – had been built to humanely accommodate large numbers of migrants. “But nevertheless, as the influx (of immigrants) continues, there are constant social and financial problems,” he said.The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and several human rights groups have expressed shock at overcrowding in some Greek reception centres, with the UNHCR last week calling for the closure of a centre on Lesvos that had held more than 900 people, including unaccompanied minors, in very cramped conditions. Local authorities on Lesvos said earlier this week that they had secured ferry tickets for hundreds of migrants to come to Piraeus. But it is unclear what the fate of the migrants will be when they arrive at the country’s main port, particularly in view of the ongoing police sweeps around Omonia, in central Athens, where most newly arrived migrants tend to end up. Meanwhile, the centres on the islands are reportedly refilling as quickly as they are being emptied, as fresh boatloads of migrants arriving from neighbouring Turkey are admitted to the facilities. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Trickortreaters steal package with Thanksgivingthemed rugs inside from porch

first_imgPEMBROKE PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Porch pirates struck a South Florida home while trick-or-treating, stealing a box from outside a home.A Ring video doorbell recorded one of two subjects stealing a package from the house near Southwest Fifth Court and 181st Way, Wednesday night.The pair hesitated for a moment before eventually snatching the box and taking off.The homeowners said it contained $25 worth of Thanksgiving-themed rugs.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Quarks App Studio Now Supported By HTML5

first_imgThrough a Web-based cloud environment, designers, authors, and extended teams are able to collaborate to create interactive content that can be delivered across multiple platforms. “There are built-in interactive features within HTML5, and it’s an open standard so publishers don’t need to worry about their content being locked into someone’s proprietary file format,” says Drake. “App Studio can be up and running on the latest hardware devices and operating systems without having to reinvent the wheel every time.”The new App Studio allows designers to create in a design format they are already familiar with. The program also affords designers the ability to upload and manage all of the content in the App Studio platform and, once satisfied with the content, designers can test it and then publish it to any device and sell the magazine via online stores.The publishing platform is enabled for sharing, tagging, bookmarking, comments, slideshows, 360 images, animations, responsive design and videos, among other things.“App Studio gives you the best of both worlds—it’s the same level of user experience that you would get from custom app development without the time and cost associated with it,” adds DrakeApp Studio comes complete with features to manage multiple layouts of the same publication—as you’re designing in horizontal mode an individual can simultaneously see how a layout would look vertically.“For every behavior there are number of additional configuration options because we want the user to be able to customize the behavior for their particular case—like whether or not full screen is allowed or if a reader has direct control over a slide show, pan and zoom affects,” says Dan Logan, QuarkXPress Product Manager for Quark. “We don’t want things to feel totally cookie cutter or the same in every publication.” Design software company Quark is edging further into the multiplatform universe with the introduction of a new version of App Studio, a digital production suite for designing tablet issues and apps. The new App Studio is a set of tools for designers looking to customize magazine content for different tablet devices—it functions as an online portal for managing apps and publications. By combining HTML5 technology from its recent acquisition of PressRun with Quark’s existing digital publishing technology, App Studio is now one of the only digital publishing solutions that allows users to create customized apps with HTML5, QuarkXPress, InDesign, and XML.“The new App Studio is about enabling everyone from individual designers to large enterprises to be able to create apps sufficiently and effectively to engage audiences,” says Gavin Drake, vice president of Marketing for Quark. “Designers can create apps via App Studio by using QuarkXPress, InDesign or with HTML5. They can also automate the delivery of content by XML into App Studio apps as well. Content gets deployed into the App Studio cloud and from there designers can preview, test, deploy and publish content onto multiple devices.”last_img read more

Catch The Waves TheWaveVRs Social Music In Virtual Reality

first_img Email https://twitter.com/TheWaveVR/status/980907566862651392 Meanwhile, the company has developed its own Wave Builder application to create virtual worlds. Its service has been tested extensively in Steam and the new investment will improve its compatibility with other platforms. TheWaveVR even raised its latest round of investment with venture capital pitches conducted inside virtual reality.”You need to incorporate co-presence with other people in VR itself into the pitch,” said Arrigo. “We held three separate VC sessions within a three-hour period.”Based in Austin, Texas, TheWaveVR is also expanding its presence in Los Angeles, where art director David Wexler aka Strangeloop is based. An artist on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label, Wexler is one of the founders of Strangeloop Studios, a group of visual show designers for artists including Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd. Wexler is encouraging his fellow visual artists to take advantage of Wave Builder’s use of Google’s Tilt Brush and Poly API to easily make and share 3-D designs, and his musical labelmates at Brainfeeder have been among the platform’s early adopters.”We spoke with a lot of people in music and other creative communities,” said George. “They were so excited about the opportunity to express their creative visions in a more complete way — to move from simply the linear, sequential album arrangement to creating an entirely new world from scratch, and sharing that with their fans.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Catch TheWaveVR: Social Virtual Reality catch-waves-thewavevrs-social-music-virtual-reality 2018 is an important year for internet music and virtual reality to discover what they can do together, and Wave Builder was made so you can DJ sets in your own DIY VR worldPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Apr 23, 2018 – 3:37 pm On April 19 TheWaveVR announced $6 million in new funding for its socially interactive virtual reality platform and the addition of investor Alice Lloyd George to the company’s board. Co-founder/CEO Adam Arrigo and George spoke with Billboard about the non-linear user engagement they believe makes their music-VR experience stand out from the competition. “We can literally meet up inside Tokimonsta’s new album right now and talk about it,” said Arrigo, “or we could build our own private, custom space to listen to the album.”At SXSW 2018, TheWaveVR’s technical level of performance was good enough to net a Steven Spielberg partnership, as Ready Player One’s Distracted Globe nightclub was virtually recreated for festivalgoers. A live Facebook set in November 2017 with Kill The Noise drew 32,000 views with a peak of 600 simultaneous users. Additional upcoming WaveVR community parties are posted on their website’s calendar. Twitter Facebook News Catch The Waves: TheWaveVR’s Social Music In Virtual Reality last_img read more

Mothers Day 2019 These are our 15 favorite gifts

first_img1:04 Services and subscriptions Read full review In addition to our picks below, know that Amazon is also offering some sales on key hardware items in its inventory:Kindle Paperwhite for $90 (save $30)Echo Dot for $30 (save $20)Echo (2nd gen) for $65 (save $35)Fire HD 8 tablet for $60 (save $20)Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See at Amazon Thoughtful gifts for every kind of mom Stitch Fix Gizmos and gadgets 1 Wine of the month subscription Read full review Read full review Every cook’s arsenal of kitchen gadgets needs an Instant Pot. This beloved pressure cooker has cultivated an obsessive, cultlike fanbase of chefs who have all but abandoned their slow cookers. It’s like a pressure cooker on steroids that can whip up a delicious meal incredibly fast. And this model, the $70 6-quart Instant Pot Lux 6-in-1 V3, is versatile: it can cook slow or fast, at a low or high temperature, and steam and saute.  Just what every mom needs: a micro wireless speaker to play her jams on. Not only does this fully waterproof Bluetooth model have solid battery life and sound quality, it’s quite durable, thanks to the integrated carabiner that acts as a bumper. It started out at $60 but now costs $40. Instant Pot Comment Sarah Tew/CNET Gadgets Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon Reese Witherspoon’s book club on Audible Apple Watch Tyler Lizenby/CNET See at Spotify Roku Streaming Stick Plus • A TaskRabbit gift card Jabra Active Elite 65t Read full review See at Rakuten See All Do you have one of those moms who’s into music, TV and movies? If so, she’ll surely appreciate this Spotify and Hulu bundle that includes access to both. And though Spotify normally costs $9.99 per month and Hulu usually costs $5.99, this discounted combo costs only $9.99 per month. You can sign up for the specially priced bundle now through June 10. Read full review What’s better than getting your mom a gift for Mother’s Day? Getting her a box chock full of gifts four times a year for Mother’s Day. Every three months, Fab Fit Fun will send your mom a box filled with up to 10 products (valued at over $200) related to beauty, fitness, wellness and home. Plus, the membership includes access to the company’s FabFitFunTV app, which features exclusive workouts and recipes. See at TaskRabbit Read full review May 24 • Best Father’s Day gifts under $250 Time is running out: Mother’s Day is this upcoming Sunday, May 12. And that means time is running out for you to get your gifts.Given that you’re here, I’m thinking: you still need ideas. But that’s OK, there’s still time. We’ve rounded up a super-solid selection of presents, ranging from the classic to the cutting edge, that we think many moms will appreciate. Buying clothes for anyone, let alone your mom, can be a dicey proposition. Stitch Fix — and its army of personal stylists — makes it a bit easier. After your mom selects her style preferences online, she’ll get handpicked clothes, shoes and accessories regularly delivered to her door. She can try them on, keep what she likes and send back the rest in a prepaid USPS envelope. Stitch Fix gift cards, which can be printed, emailed or snail-mailed, are available in denominations from $20 to $1,000. See at Amazon Gift ideas to make Mom’s life easier reading • Mother’s Day 2019: These are our 15 favorite gifts The Apple Watch will make a very nice Mother’s Day gift. The Series 4, which starts at around $385 on Amazon, features a large, crisp display, blazing-fast speed and a loud speaker. It also adds heart-rate detection, fall detection with an SOS trigger and an FDA-cleared ECG app for more detailed heart readings.That noted, there are plenty of older Apple Watches on the market that are considerably less expensive. You can pick up the Series 3 for $229 and a refurbished Series 2 — they’re hard to find brand-new these days — is even cheaper.  See at Stitch Fix Spotify and Hulu bundle In addition to a very successful career as an actor, producer and entrepreneur, Reese Witherspoon heads up a popular book club on Hello Sunshine. You can get your mom involved by hooking her up with an Audible subscription that will grant her access to one audiobook and two Audible Originals per month. There’s a 30-day free trial, after which the service costs $14.95 per month. Share your voice See at Amazon Now playing: Watch this: See at Amazon Google Home Hub See at Amazon And don’t forget the classic Mother’s Day gift: Flowers Enjoy Flowers See flowers at AmazonSee flowers at FTDSee flowers at 1800FlowersCNET’s Mother’s Day gift guideThese are our favorite gifts for Mother’s Day 2019Cool cheap gifts for Mother’s Day 2019Mother’s Day gifts under $50Best Mother’s Day gifts from $100 to $250Mother’s Day gifts to get her streaming with ease, starting at $30Mother’s Day gift ideas for health nuts and fitness buffsBest Mother’s Day gifts for foodie momsMother’s Day gifts for the Mom who’s got gameThoughtful gifts for every kind of momMother’s Day gifts for moms who love coffee (Chowhound)CNET’s Mother’s Day gift hubThis story was originally posted on April 25. Sarah Tew/CNET Every mom deserves a glass of wine once in a while. This subscription to the Wine of the Month Club includes two bottles delivered right to her doorstep every month. Every shipment includes the club’s 24-page newsletter. You can choose from among 10 different subscriptions, starting at $129, that feature varietals from different regions of France and California. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET Marla Aufmuth Fab Fit Fun See at Hello Sunshine Fab Fit Fun gift box Moms wearing Blueooth headphones look cool, without exception. The Jabra Active Elite 65t are fully sweat-resistant earphones that fit comfortably and securely. They’re not cheap, at $150, but they sound excellent — whether your mom is listening to tunes or making calls — and feature two microphones in each earpiece. Battery life is decent at five hours, and the included charging case delivers two extra charges.  Tile Mate See at Fab Fit Fun Stitch Fix gift card Sarah Tew/CNET Angela Lang/CNET Learn more Google’s Home Hub will blend into any room in your mom’s house. It’s a super-useful digital assistant that can lend a hand in the kitchen while doubling as a photo frame or smart home control panel. And right now, Rakuten is selling the Google Home Hub for $87. That’s a red-hot deal on a great digital assistant. (It’s also at Walmart for $99.) Target Google Hulu Roku Spotify Apple TaskRabbit connects people who need odd jobs and errands done with those who will do them. The same-day service platform features handymen, movers, yard workers and a legion of other task-doers. The company, now owned by Ikea, is available in nearly 50 US cities. You can buy a TaskRabbit gift card that will be delivered as a PDF to your mom via email.  Mother’s Day Tech Gift Guide Angela Lang/CNET Apple iPad Roku makes several excellent video streamers that turn any HDMI-equipped TV into a gateway to online entertainment bliss: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, HBO Now and literally hundreds of other streaming channels.The $60 Roku Streaming Stick Plus — an Editors’ Choice — delivers 4K and HDR video in a compact package for an affordable price. You get a dead simple user interface, tons of 4K HDR apps, great search functionality, lightning-fast speed and good video quality.   See at Amazon See at Wine of the Month Club May 17 • Best TVs and streaming boxes for Father’s Day May 15 • Best gifts for grads from $100 to $250 May 12 • Mothers Day 2019: How not to piss off your mom this year JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker Make sure your mom never loses anything again, at least not if it’s attached to the Tile — a small, Bluetooth-powered tag that can be paired with her phone. Once connected, she can use the Tile app to locate whatever it’s attached to, from her keys to her bag. And a double-press of the Tile itself will make her phone chirp, even if it’s set to silent. Target is currently selling a four-pack of the company’s new Tile Mate, which features a rechargeable battery, that comes with a free Google Home Mini (which normally costs $40) for $60. That’s a dynamite deal. Note that some older Tile models have nonrechargeable batteries and will last only for a year or so. Amazon is currently selling a bundle of four of those for $40.  Tags TaskRabbit Tile 31 Photos Read full review Mother’s Day Tech Gift Guide The iPad and its ecosystem of iOS apps could help a mom do a lot — surf the web, stream music, watch movies, even FaceTime the kids or perhaps grandchildren. Sure, at $280, it’s not as cheap as the Amazon Fire. But last year’s addition of Pencil support gave the iPad a considerable power-up, and it was already a top-notch tablet. last_img read more

Drilling for gold Inside the KSMs exploration project

first_imgBritish Columbia’s Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell mining project wrapped up its 2015 exploration season in late September. The KSM, about 30 miles east of the Alaska border, is the largest of 10 or so such projects near waterways that flow into Southeast.Download AudioA KSM drill rig perches above a deep valley about 80 miles east of Wrangell. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Its owner, Toronto-based Seabridge Gold, has already spent close to $200 million searching for ore. We take you there, during the previous season, to learn about the exploration process.A drill rig grinds into the bedrock of a high ridge, overlooking a wilderness of snow-capped mountains and lushly vegetated valleys. The bright blue rig juts up through the roof of a rough shack of sturdy tarps, sheets of plywood and heavy timber.Inside, Jeff Skinner is setting up the diesel-powered, hydraulic drill rig for its next run.“Well, we’re doing mineral exploration for these gentlemen. We’re drilling the hole, pulling the rock samples out of the ground and sending them down to the geologists and they take care of it from there,” he says.A glacier reflects in a naturally occurring pool of rusty, acidic water at the site of one of the KSM prospect’s planned open-pit mines. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/ CoastAlaska News).Long, brownish pipes are lined up outside the shack, waiting to be used.“They put the steel in a giant drill chuck like you’d have in a hand drill. And turn it at high speed with a diamond bit at the end,” says Bill Threlkeld, senior vice president for exploration for Seabridge Gold, which has drilled 383 holes at the KSM over the past 10 years.The pipes are sent deep into the ground and an inner sleeve brings back cylindrical samples, called cores. Threlkeld says they help pinpoint the location of the richest gold and copper deposits.“It was at roughly 700 meters depth, so 2,100 feet, more or less, down. Before the work on this hole is done, the drill will reach more than two-thirds of a mile into the Earth,” he says.“We have Mitchell 0-6, so it’s Mitchell, drilled in 2006, zero-one, first hole,” he says.He’s taken me to near the end of a valley that can only be described as “raw.” It’s bare rock, with no trees or bushes.At the valley’s upper end is what’s left of the glacier that once filled this U-shaped valley. Murphy says “once” wasn’t that long ago.“We’re walking to an area where six years ago, where we’re standing, the ice would have been 10 feet above our outstretched arms. So you can see how much it’s receded,” he says.The valley is splotched and streaked with rust, reddish-brown streams flowing down its sides. The color comes from exposed iron, which reacts with air and water.“This is oxidation. Natural oxidation. And this is what produces the acid, which everyone has concerns about for water contamination,” he says.Sulphurets Creek, which drains naturally occurring rusty water from the KSM prospect, enters the Unuk River. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Acidic water from mines and stored waste rock can hurt or kill fish, including those Alaskans depend on for food and jobs. KSM developers say it will be treated and stored properly at the site, about 80 miles east of Wrangell. Critics in Southeast cast strong doubts.Up one side of the valley is a much different color. It looks like someone spilled a very large can of paint while ascending the ridge.The blueish-green is just an indication that there’s copper in the system here. It gets exposed to the atmosphere and the copper comes out of solution. It’s an indication we’re in a mineral-rich area.A rusty pipe marks the first drilling site at the KSM Prospect. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/ CoastAlaska News)Because in this part of the world, where you find copper, you find gold.After the cores are drilled out of the bedrock, they’re flown by helicopter to the KSM’s analysis operation, farther down the valley.They’re cut into clearly labeled pieces for examination.Inside another wood-and-tarp building, Michelle Campbell points to the computer screen of what’s called a hyperspectral imaging device.“A regular camera just looks at three spectral bands. But this one looks at 214 different spectral bands, so it’s much more precise,” she says.The picture is electronically enhanced to show what’s on the surface of the rock core. She’s happy with what she sees, the presence of valuable metals.“So in this one it would be like the reds and some of these darker, like brownie, colors. [They’re] the good stuff,” she says.The cores and the enhanced images undergo further scrutiny before being shipped south for more detailed analysis by an independent lab. Those results determine whether and where the company will mine.But other factors come into play. Seabridge Gold has the main provincial and federal permits needed to turn its exploration project into a mine. But it’ll still need to raise more than $5 billion, U.S., from potential investors.Rock cores wait for analysis at the Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell project, one of the British Columbia mines planned for near the Southeast Alaska border. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)last_img read more

17 of Jammu and Kashmirs phone exchanges to be functional by

first_imgSrinagar, Aug 17 (IANS) On the 13th day of the clampdown in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into two union territories, the state government on Saturday said the restoration of telephone lines have started, with 17 exchanges to function from later in the day. “Restoration of communication in Jammu and Kashmir: 17 out of 96 telephone exchanges being made functional today. Half of them will be functioning by today night,” Jammu and Kashmir’s Department of Information and Public Relations tweeted. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us Barring a few, all landline exchanges will be functional by Sunday, it said. On Friday, Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam said that restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir placed after the axing of Article 370 will be lifted in a phased manner from Friday night. He also said that all schools in the valley will reopen after the weekend while government offices started functioning from Friday with high attendance. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us Subrahmanyam said telecommunication links will be restored gradually, and that certain curbs became necessary on August 14 and 15 in view of belligerent statements from “across the border”. According to government sources, restrictions were gradually being eased while security forces have been asked to remain on high alert in the valley.last_img read more

Brad Pitt dating Angelina Jolie just walked over Charlize Therons Walk of

first_imgAngelina JolieDia Dipasupil/Getty ImagesBrad Pitt’s dating life has always intrigued his millions of fans. He was recently linked with Charlize Theron and his name is constantly getting linked with Jennifer Aniston. The Seven movie star is not dating after his official split with Angelina Jolie.Talking about Angelina Jolie, the acclaimed actress recently stomped on Charlize Theron’s Hollywood Walk of Fame. While attending the Dumbo premiere with her kids, Jolie was photographed walking over Theron’s star. You can check those pictures here.Brad Pitt’s name is linked with Charlize Theron for quite some time. There were reports that Brad and Charlize are sharing a house and will soon announce their romance to the world. In addition to this, several alleged insiders revealed in the past that Pitt and Theron are more than friends. However, we have earlier reported that Brad Pitt has remained single and even if he has dated anyone, then there is no concrete proof of that.Ever since Brad Pitt’s official separation with Angelina Jolie, there have been several bogus claims about their dating lives. Earlier this week, there were absurd claims that Angelina is reportedly dating a billionaire and would be moving out of the United States very soon. As previously reported, these are nothing but fabricated news about Angelina Jolie’s personal life. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the premiere of ‘By the Sea’ in 2015MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty ImagesMeanwhile, Brad Pitt’s name is also dragged into the mud by several reports. After attending Jennifer Aniston’s 50th birthday party, it was reported that the couple will be reuniting for a movie and will soon start dating. As it turned out, Brad and Jennifer are not dating each other, despite multiple alleged reports.In professional endeavors, Brad Pitt has several amazing projects for 2019. After starring in Vice, he will be seen in a sci-fi movie, Ad Astra as Roy McBride. The movie is directed by James Gray and is slated to release on May 24. Following which, he will star alongside Margot Robbie and Leonardo DiCaprio in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie, Once Upon a time in Hollywood. In the forthcoming western movie, Brad will be playing the role of Cliff Booth and the film is slated to release on July 26, 2019.Angelina Jolie, on the other hand, is busy with her children and her humanitarian work. In 2019, she will be seen in the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. The movie is slated to release on October 18, 2019.last_img read more