Media storage in FPCX has never been so easy.The newest 10.1 update of Final Cut Pro X makes managing media more customizable than ever before. The update combines Adobe Premiere’s ability to point libraries to media and Avid’s option to use external media referencing.In the following video tutorial, media storage options in Final Cut Pro 10.1 are presented by the guys from MacBreak Studio. The video covers:The updated unified camera import windowImporting footage into new eventsChoosing media storage locationsManaged Libraries vs. External Media ReferencingThe leave file in place optionThe external media referencing is especially helpful for editors who work with a team…and is giving a unique advantage to using FCPX over other similar editing software. A good understanding of media storage will insure that your next project is well organized (and of course, better organization equals more efficient editing).This tutorial was created by MacBreak Studio. MacBreak Studio features training across many Apple programs. Thanks for sharing MacBreak guys!
Distancing itself from coalition partner Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) recent approach in Kashmir, ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday said it “will work towards holding a dialogue with Hurriyat and Pakistan.”“Resolution of the Kashmir issue is an article of faith with the PDP. It forms the core of late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s vision as he believed neither war nor any machinations were substitute to dialogue and reconciliation,” said PDP vice-president Mohammad Sartaj Madani.He warned that the “people of Kashmir were agonised by the confrontationist politics and provocative voices”.“There are many who spoil [the atmosphere]. In such a situation, the crisis will only worsen. There will be endless violence wounding the paradise beyond healing,” he said.Referring to the statements made by the BJP leadership on Kashmir, including Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Mr. Madani said: “Mr. Singh’s statement that ‘the government was making efforts to resolve the Kashmir issue at the earliest’ assumes significance. The PDP has forged an alliance with the BJP to see that the State comes out of instability and will ensure this objective is accomplished.”The PDP leader said there was an urgency “to give the suffering people much-needed relief by setting the stage for reconciliation and dialogue with all stakeholders, including Hurriyat and Pakistan.”The PDP’s push for dialogue comes as senior BJP leaders, including Amit Shah, Ram Madhav and Jitendra Singh, ruled out any dialogue with the Hurriyat in their recent statements.Admitting that Kashmir was again in a crisis, Mr. Madani, considered very close to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, called for “clarity on both the approach as well as the objective” of the Centre in J&K.The PDP made it clear that “any delay in implementation of the agenda of alliance will have the region back to the vicious cycle of violence.”“The PDP is in alliance with the BJP on a clear agenda of peace and dialogue on Kashmir. It was agreed upon by both [the parties] as part of the agenda. Our party will follow this with fidelity and against all odds,” said Mr. Madani.Claiming that the voices in favour of a solution “are bound to become louder”, he said, “Honesty demands that people’s sufferings end and their genuine aspirations are met, which is not possible without a sincere desire for gaining the trust of all stakeholders.”He said a spell of reconciliation from 2002 to 2005 between India and Pakistan “showed the way.”“Mr. Sayeed earned goodwill across the borders for his ideas and agendas,” said the PDP leader.
Ahead of elections for urban bodies, State Assembly and Lok Sabha, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has started building up direct social media links with party workers in his home district Ganjam.The think tank of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is using social media platform WhatsApp for the purpose. To educate grassroot-level workers about use of social media to remain in regular touch with their party high command, the BJD used professional trainers to train party workers about it. Training camps were held in all the 13 Assembly constituencies of Ganjam district from May 20 to 23.According to sources, the target is to link around 5,000 BJD workers from each of these Assembly segments with a WhatsApp number of the BJD chief completely dedicated for Ganjam district. All the 13 Assembly constituencies in Ganjam district are represented by BJD MLAs and the CM. Feedback receivedSpeaking to The Hindu, former State Minister and Ganjam district president of the BJD Pradeep Kumar Panigrahy said, “Within a few days we have started to receive feedback related to satisfaction of party workers regarding this direct link with our party head. He hoped that this will motivate party workers to strengthen the party organisation in Ganjam district further.” Because of it party workers are able to send messages to the CM and BJD chief directly and are also able to get his messages immediately, he added.
The inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) held in February in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) fetched the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) an overall profit of $2.6 million.Although the total profit dwindled as the PCB had promised to distribute around $1.9 million among the five franchises to cover their losses from the inaugural edition of the T20 tournament, PSL chairman Najam Sethi asserted on Tuesday that the tournament has been a success.”But we have managed to make an overall profit of $2.6 million from the country’s first ever Twenty20 league which is a healthy and encouraging sign for us,” Sethi told the media here.”Overall, the PSL was a bigger success than we initially expected and the profit is a welcome sign,” Sethi added.He said that around $6 million were earned from television rights and gate money.Sethi said the success of the tournament also helped in increasing the brand value of the franchises. He referred to the Quetta Gladiators, which was brought for an annual sum of just $1.1 million but was now valued at around $2 millionThe PSL czar also said that the PSL would soon be registered as a company with the PCB as its owners. He said it was his dream to have some matches of the PSL’s second edition in Pakistan.The inaugural edition of the tournament was won by the Islamabad United franchise led by Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq and coached by Dean Jones and Wasim Akram.
Next Exclusion from T20Is is an opportunity for me to do well in Tests: Kuldeep YadavWrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who was not selected in the Indian squad for the twin T20I series vs West Indies and South Africa, has clarified that he isn’t bothered about his exclusion by looking at it as an opportunity to perform with the red-ball.advertisement Press Trust of India MysuruSeptember 20, 2019UPDATED: September 20, 2019 18:01 IST Kuldeep Yadav has been selected in the Indian Test squad for the upcoming South Africa series (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia are currently playing a 3-match T20I series vs South Africa at home but Kuldeep Yadav is not part of the squadKuldeep has been part of the India A squad for the 2-Test series vs South Africa AKuldeep picked up 4 wickets in the 2nd Test which ended in a drawOmission from T20 International squads for India’s last two series hasn’t bothered Kuldeep Yadav too much as the chinaman bowler feels it is an opportunity for him to do well in five-day cricket.Kuldeep was dropped from India’s T20I squads for the West Indies tour and home series against South Africa but that hasn’t dented his confidence.”So far, I have done a good job in the limited-overs format. I feel very comfortable with the white ball,” Kuldeep told reporters here.”I am not worried about not being picked for the last two T20I series. Maybe the selectors felt I needed a break. Maybe the team thinks some changes are required. I respect that, and I have no complaints. I see this as an opportunity to do well in Tests.”Kuldeep was part of the India A side for the second unofficial Test against South Africa A, which ended in a draw in Mysore on Friday.The wrist-spinner had a decent outing in the game, scalping 4 for 121 in 29 overs in the only innings India bowled in the match.In 68 T20 matches since that 2016 T20 World Cup, Kuldeep has taken 81 wickets at an average of 22.97 (ninth-best in the world, second among Indians), and an economy rate of 7.60 (fifth among Indians).And, he feels wrist spinners are in demand currently.”There is no doubt that wrist spinners are dominating the world,” Kuldeep said.”But sometimes, when you try to stop runs, you actually turn out to be expensive. We need to work on our accuracy. You need to accept that you do get hit for runs and work on being economical.”advertisementKuldeep, however, feels it is very difficult to adjust to red-ball cricket after consistently featuring in the limited-overs formats.”It’s hard to play red-ball cricket when you aren’t consistently playing that format,” he said.”If you aren’t a regular in this format, it takes time to get into your rhythm. When you are consistently playing limited-overs and suddenly switch to Tests without much preparation, it will be tough to excel.”You need to bowl long spells, play practice games, to understand field placements and to know how to pick wickets. It was important for me to come here (in the India A game) and bowl as many overs as possible. There is still plenty of work to do,” Kuldeep added.He said with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in fray for Tests, he will have to utilize the limited chances he gets.”When three spinners like Ashwin, Jaddu and I are in the squad, it’s challenging to pick the right combination. You need to be ready to grab your chance. Of course, there is pressure because you only get a few chances, and you have to make full use of them,” Kuldeep said.Also Read | In T20s, pressure is on batsmen as people come for entertainment: SA spinner Tabraiz ShamsiAlso Read | He will be on his toes to hold on to No. 4 slot: Sourav Ganguly on KL Rahul’s strugglesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow Kuldeep Yadav
OTTAWA – A “hellish” week of hard-fought negotiations sealed a deal to financially compensate members of the military and other federal agencies who were investigated and sanctioned because of their sexual orientation, says the lawyer representing them.The agreement in principle with the government to provide reparations for decades of discrimination is a “fair and reasonable settlement” for the lead plaintiffs and thousands of people who stand to benefit as part of the class-action suit, counsel Doug Elliott said Sunday in an interview.“It’s not perfect, of course, but any settlement is a compromise,” Elliott said. “And one of the things that we were obviously concerned about in this case is that we know some of our class members are in poor health. Some of them are quite elderly, and some of them are living in desperate poverty.”The Federal Court action that paved the way for the deal involved federal employees who were “investigated, discharged, terminated, sanctioned or faced threat of sanction” by the government after June 27, 1969 — when homosexual acts were decriminalized — because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.The Liberal government’s plan to deliver a formal apology this Tuesday for wrongs perpetrated on the LGBTQ community put a lot of pressure on both sides to settle the lawsuit, Elliott said.“I thought we were going to go off the cliff earlier this week.”Elliott got the impression someone in the federal government thought his clients would be “willing to take anything” because the apology had been scheduled and might not happen without resolution of the lawsuit.“Personally, I was prepared to walk away from the apology if they were going to give us a bad deal,” he said. “That didn’t happen, thankfully.”Elliott declined to discuss details of the settlement until a news conference following the apology on Tuesday.The two sides will soon sit down to flesh out the framework agreement.“There’s a lot of details that are missing because we just didn’t have time to work them out,” he said. “And we’re satisfied that we have an understanding on both sides of what the framework means, that we will be able to come up with language that will spell out the details in coming weeks.”The Federal Court will then examine the settlement to determine whether it considers the deal to be fair. This will be accompanied by a notice program, to be approved by the court, to all of those who might join the class action.“That will give them an opportunity to know what’s involved and make a decision about whether they want to participate in the settlement or whether want to opt out,” Elliott said.“Personally, I would like to see this wrapped up before Pride season next year, which gets started in June. For lawyers, that’s a pretty ambitious time-frame.”It is anticipated that the overall scope of the government apology, to be delivered by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, will surpass what other countries have done to make amends to LGBTQ communities.Trudeau’s announcement on Tuesday is expected to include a commitment to help paint a fuller picture of what many have come to call the gay purge. While some records about federal policies have trickled out over the years, many documents remain shrouded in official secrecy.Several other cabinet members will be involved, including Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, Treasury Board President Scott Brison and Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly.Joly is expected to outline additional steps the government will take in coming weeks to publicly recognize the historical wrongs.The government is also set to introduce legislation to expunge the criminal records of people convicted of consensual sexual activity with same-sex partners, whether in civilian or military courts.The move follows similar efforts by governments in Australia, Germany and New Zealand.Elliott said he’s pleased Canada is moving to wipe out the criminal records rather than issue criminal pardons.“A pardon is when the Queen forgives you for doing something wrong,” he said. “I think was a situation where the Queen should be asking for our forgiveness for having wronged our community.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter
CALGARY – A long-running dispute over a well completion technology that helped usher in the shale oil and gas boom in North America has resulted in a Canadian court decision declaring invalid a patent held by Packers Plus Energy Services Inc.In the decision released this week, the Federal Court of Canada says that the Calgary fracking company’s patent isn’t valid because it was an “obvious” improvement on existing techniques and had been publicly disclosed before the patent application was filed.The decision has sweeping implications for the oil and gas industry because variations of the technology are used to free oil and gas from tight underground shale rock formations in resource plays from Texas to northeastern B.C. and around the world.Judge James O’Reilly struck down patent infringement lawsuits filed by Packers Plus against defendants including Houston-based Weatherford International and Baker Hughes, along with producer Harvest Operations Corp. and service firms Essential Energy Services and Resource Well Completion Technologies Inc. of Calgary.“A patentee merits a monopoly only when the claimed invention is truly new, useful and unobvious,” the judge wrote in his decision.“Packers claims that the claimed invention … was not obvious because it represented a notable advance both over the common general knowledge of skilled persons and the relevant prior art. I disagree with Packers. The claimed method of fracturing … would have been obvious to skilled persons.”Packers’ system, patented in Canada in November 2002, is used to control and separate high-pressure injections of liquids and sand used to break up tight underground rock and free the oil and gas to be produced from horizontal wells, a process called hydraulic fracturing or fracking.Packers CEO Dan Themig did not immediately respond to a request for comment.In an interview two years ago, he said his company had pioneered the system and invested tens of millions of dollars in the technology.Lawyer David Madsen, a partner with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP who acted for Weatherford and Harvest in the case, said the decision will help oil and gas producers control costs in the field.“Everyone has their own version of this … fracking technology so I guess the significance is it is still an open, competitive market and Packers Plus does not have a monopoly on it,” he said. “So that keeps prices down, of course.”Packers will have 30 days to file an appeal of the decision, he said.The judgment awards costs to the defendants.Madsen said those costs will likely be in the millions of dollars after two years of litigation and a five-week trial.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
An investigation has been launched into a Japanese beer advertisement which uses Sigiriya as the backdrop.National Heritage Minister Jagath Balasuriya said that approval had initially been sought to film Sigiriya for an energy drink. The Sihala Ravaya meanwhile said it will stage a protest outside the Japanese Embassy in Colombo tomorrow against the advertisement.The monks said they will demand that the Japanese government take action on the advertisement. (Colombo Gazette)CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO The Japanese company had taken footage from the air using a hired helicopter, the Minister said. He said that provisions are there for legal action to be taken against the company for violating its agreement with the relevant authorities.The Minister said that the advice of the Attorney General’s Department has also been sought in this regard. He said that while approval had been granted to use the Sigiriya backdrop for the energy drink, the company which had obtained the approval used the footage for a beer brand.
At the 2019 Global Appeal of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) held in Geneva today, Sri Lanka expressed its earnest desire that the commitments made by the international community to the recently adopted Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) would remain on course, emphasizing “transforming the Compact into meaningful, practical measures would help address the protection needs of millions of people who remain helpless and in need”.Addressing the Conference, Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka in Geneva echoed optimism that, at a time when “the principles and values of international cooperation have come under immense pressure”, “the GCR has emerged as a rallying point for multilateralism and solidarity”, as reiterated in the UNHCR’s Global Appeal Update, and highlighted the more pronounced role of UNHCR in this context. At this Global Appeal, Sri Lanka pledged a modest financial contribution to the UNHCR’s 2019 programmes, in continued appreciation of the role and contribution of UNHCR and in earnest expectation that the UN Refugee Agency would be ‘empowered’ to deliver more strengthened assistance and protection as part of its mandate. In his address, Ambassador Azeez also conveyed Sri Lanka’s appreciation for the support extended by UNHCR under national resettlement programmes in partnership with stakeholders, as well as for the UNHCR’s important role with regard to assistance for returnees.
Dedicated vs. Shared Cloud Voice Services Darin Ward October 03, 2019 When moving voice to the cloud, many service providers tout their dedicated solutions. But is “dedicated” all that it’s cracked up to be? The partnership also gives Mitel deeper access to Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) tools and analytics. By running in GCP, Mitel can apply state-of-the-art AI to its cloud services, enabling it to provide valuable insights for customers. Being a relatively small company, Mitel would have had a difficult time hiring enough AI talent to keep pace with the industry. Now it doesn’t have to. This builds off the existing relationship between Google and Mitel in the area of contact center, announced a year ago at Google Cloud Next. Goes Deeper with GoogleMitel, like many other UC and contact center vendors, has an existing partnership with Google, but it’s now taking that to the next level. Indeed, the first of this week’s announcements involves Mitel improving its cloud reliability and security by broadening its relationship with Google Cloud. As I’ve said, having a relationship with Google isn’t unusual in this market, but Mitel’s is differentiated. The majority of providers choose to run their solutions in their own data centers. Mitel will now be laser-focused on advancing its communications and collaboration solutions instead of worrying about how to run a global cloud. With strategic relationships, Google often compensates its salespeople to sell those solutions. This will be the case with Mitel, which will be receiving co-marketing funds from Google for a number of joint activities. I don’t believe that any other UC or contact center vendor has this level of relationship with GCP. 5 Steps for A Seamless Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 09, 2019 Ensuring that IT and business teams are on the same page before, during, and after the process is key to a successful migration. Log in or register to post comments For Talkdesk, a small vendor in a sea of many larger ones, partnering with Mitel provides instant credibility, particularly outside the U.S. where it has limited reach. Also, Mitel has more than 4,000 partners globally that will now be selling its contact center solution. For years Mitel has been trying to shift its business model to cloud but as a public company, had to do so in baby steps. Now that the company is private, it’s able to do a hard pivot. Mitel is committed to enabling its customers adopt cloud in the SaaS model or in private cloud. The expanded relationship with Google and new partnership with Talkdesk gives the company more cloud arrows in its quiver to deliver cloud any way the customer wants.Tags:News & Viewsvendor newsUCaaSTalkdeskMitelGoogle Cloud PlatformCloud CommunicationsCCaaSContact Center & Customer ExperienceDeployment ModelsPartner Ecosystem Articles You Might Like 5 Ways Cloud UCC Changed the Workforce Mark Roberts September 16, 2019 The UCC digital renaissance has come and stayed. Now, enterprises are fine tuning their networks to better engage employees and customers. This partnership will unfold in the following phases. First, Mitel will sell a Talkdesk-branded service as an over-the- top solution. Mitel will then white-label the Talkdesk solution for sale as part of its UC portfolio. Lastly, Mitel will offer a fully integrated UC and Talkdesk-based contact center solution. Are We Heading for Cloud in a Box? Tom Nolle September 26, 2019 As the cloud craze continues, enterprises are looking for simplified “in a box” cloud solutions to address their communication and collaboration needs. hockey.jpg This is a bold move — the right one for Mitel. Building out a global cloud platform is an expensive, long undertaking that wouldn’t make sense for Mitel to do since it would provide no strategic advantage. GCP, which is built on the same infrastructure that Google uses for Search, YouTube, and other products, has six-nines of reliability and a world-class network supporting it. GCP is also compliant with HIPAA and SOC II, giving Mitel a platform that addresses the needs of healthcare, government, finance, and other regulated verticals. Neither Mitel or Talkdesk gave specifics on the timing of each phase, but said all three are expected to be completed by the end of 2019. Opening Up on OmnichannelA third announcement is the introduction of MiContact Center Business for the MiVoice Connect system, which brings omnichannel management to the platform. MiContact Center Business now gives MiVoice Connect customers open media and REST APIs for broader integration, visual IVR, workflow programming, speech IVR, and SMS support. There are thousands of MiVoice Connect systems and in an era driven by customer experience, these customers now have a platform to compete effectively in the future. Since Mitel has Canadian roots and the National Hockey League playoffs are just starting, I’ll use a hockey analogy. Moving its services to GCP enables Mitel to “skate its lane,” driving UC and contact center innovations while letting Google do what it does best — and that’s running a best-in-class cloud. See All in Cloud Communications » The expanded partnership will see Mitel move its public and private cloud solutions to Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The first phase will involve MiCloud Connect and MiCloud Flex running on GCP. Also, new MiVoice Business customers will have the option to run in GCP. Although Mitel hasn’t given any more details on the roadmap, I would expect all Mitel products eventually will come with the option to run in GCP. Mitel is well known as a UC provider, but its success in contact center has flown under the radar. While it doesn’t have the same number of total seats as some of the larger vendors, Mitel is number two in total contact center systems shipped, according to MZA. In the Talkdesk partnership, Mitel will benefit from the ability to sell a best-in-class, innovative CCaaS solution, complete with 500+ features, into its installed base. Now that Mitel has struck this partnership with Talkdesk, it throws its relationship with Serenova into question. Mitel will continue to support all customers it has on the Serenova solution, but any new contact center installations will use the Talkdesk solution. This is the right decision for Mitel, as Talkdesk is a better platform that’s easier to deploy and faster to turn up. Hyping Up Hybrid: Making the Case Ryan Daily September 05, 2019 With the race to the cloud heating up, some enterprises aren’t dashing to the finish line with the same intensity – opting instead for a “hybrid” pace. As part of its activities coming out of Google Cloud Next 2019 and the Channel Partners events, each taking place this week, Mitel announced cloud strategy updates that significantly bolster its position in the UCaaS and CCaaS markets. Ties a Knot with TalkdeskThe second announcement is a strategic partnership with CCaaS provider, Talkdesk (see related No Jitter post, Mitel & Talkdesk — Next Big Thing in UCaaS/CCaaS). Many UCaaS- CCaaS partnerships today involve one vendor reselling the other vendor’s service. The Mitel-Talkdesk relationship goes much deeper, however, since the arrangement calls for Talkdesk to integrate Mitel call control – i.e., MiCloud Connect CX — into its contact center product for Mitel customers.
The Liberal Party has apologized to a journalist who was booted from one of Justin Trudeau’s public rallies in Thunder Bay, Ont., on Wednesday.Andrew Lawton, a conservative broadcaster who has worked in journalism since 2013, says despite the apology he’s still fighting to get access to the kind of media events the party has barred him from this week, and he’s at a loss to explain why he’s been targeted.“I actually take a great deal of pride in my career, that I have the relationships I do with people of all parties. I’m not someone who does stunts, I’m not someone who disrupts events. I’m not someone who protests. I like to have an honest dialogue,” said Lawton.For five years, he hosted the Andrew Lawton show in London, Ont., ending in 2018 and was a columnist for Global News.To summarize: I’m still fighting for access to press conferences and media events. The difference now is that I’m not at risk of being arrested for attending public rallies.— Andrew Lawton (@AndrewLawton) September 26, 2019Lawton says the True North Centre, a right-leaning think tank and journalism outlet where he is a fellow, even raised thousands of dollars for him to join the Liberal campaign on the media bus, but the party turned him away on Sunday when he tried to join the tour.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.On Monday, he was unable to get details of a Trudeau press event in Niagara Falls, so he tried to follow the bus to the venue. He was soon pulled over by a police officer who questioned him for about 15 minutes and who said he didn’t think Lawton was doing anything illegal, Lawton said.On Tuesday, he was barred from a Trudeau policy announcement in Burnaby, B.C. and told that he was not an “accredited” journalist. After being turned away from Trudeau’s event, Lawton said the New Democratic Party happily admitted him to their party’s event nearby, where he was able to quiz leader Jagmeet Singh.Lawton then hopped on a plane to Thunder Bay where he planned to cover Trudeau’s public rally on Wednesday night. He filled in an RSVP form and stood in line for about an hour before a campaign worker approached him, took his photograph and then showed it to the police officers in attendance. The officers promptly asked him to leave the venue. Lawton asked the officers why he was being removed and they said they didn’t know. The Liberals also gave him no answers.“They wouldn’t even recognize me as a Canadian citizen wanting to hear a prime minister speak at an event,” said Lawton. “They didn’t say, ‘We’re worried you’re going to disrupt it.’ They didn’t say there’s a security concern. They just said, ‘You’ve got to go’.”This has nothing to do with media credentials or accreditation. This was an ejection from a public rally. Not even a townhall where there was a risk I could *gasp* ask a question. What do the Liberals find so scary about me?— Andrew Lawton (@AndrewLawton) September 25, 2019Lawton said he wasn’t sure whether he was personally being targeted or if the Liberal Party had a problem with the True North Centre.The think tank and news outlet, which is a registered charity, has been described by founder Candice Malcolm as “a cross between the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and the Fraser Institute but for national security and immigration.” It’s designed to bring a right wing perspective to those issues and Lawton identifies himself as a conservative. He emphasizes that he’s “small c conservative,” not a partisan, although he did run for the Ontario Progressive Conservatives in the 2018 election. During that race, Lawton had to apologize for offensive comments he had made in the past.Lawton has been barred from three Liberal news conferences, in Burnaby, Brampton and Hamilton, with little explanation other than he wasn’t “accredited.” Lawton says he watched two people approach a campaign worker and get admitted on the spot in Burnaby and he’s struggled to get an explanation of what “accredited” means, when there’s no formal process for Canadian journalists.Many journalists who cover the government in Ottawa are part of the parliamentary press gallery, but that’s not required for election campaign events and local media and foreign media have covered events featuring all the major parties.From his discussions with Liberal campaign staff, Lawton said he think “they don’t really have a working definition” for media accreditation.“So my position is that they’re making it up on the spot,” he said.Related Chris Selley: The Liberal campaign trail is a place for absurdities, but not much else Lawton acknowledges that the Liberal Party has the right to remove anyone they like for the events, but the idea that they would remove a journalist and bar him from press conferences worries him.“There is a leadership by example question here, specifically with this government, who, back during Stephen Harper’s time was priding itself on being the party that would be open to the press, and would allow all reporters to come and ask the tough questions,” said Lawton.“And it’s also the party that was thumping its chest years ago, and saying that it doesn’t kick people out of rallies for not being supporters. And, you know, there’s a hypocrisy in what they’ve done,” he said.Perhaps the most baffling thing to Lawton is that he’s asked Trudeau questions at a press conference before. On Wednesday, he posted a two-year-old photo of himself and Trudeau posing for a photo together after a media event.• Email: email@example.com | Twitter:
In a message to a UN-hosted ministerial meeting in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Mr. Annan urged all the parties represented in the DRC’s Transitional Government to stay fully engaged in the effort to consolidate peace and to refrain from any action that could threaten the unity of the administration.The Secretary-General also underscored other worrying developments, including the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan as well as political strife in the Republic of the Congo, and urged intensified efforts to restore stability.”Be assured that the UN will continue to provide you with all necessary support to help you assume your responsibilities in the areas of peace, stability and economic and social development,” he said in the message, which was delivered by Lamine Cissé, Head of the UN Peace-building Office in the Central African Republic (BONUCA).In a separate message to a meeting in Mozambique of leaders of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group, the Secretary-General said trade agreements being negotiated with the European Union should stimulate a range of policy and institutional changes.”Many of your countries are heavily dependent on income from tariffs for government revenue,” he noted in the message, which was delivered by K.Y. Amoako, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).”The prospect of falling government revenue, combined with falling commodity prices and huge external indebtedness, imposes a heavy burden on your countries and threatens to further hinder your ability to achieve the Millennium Development Goals,” he added, referring to a series of anti-poverty targets adopted at a UN summit meeting in 2000.To address that vulnerability, the Secretary-General emphasized the need for the countries of those regions to move away from their dependence on primary commodities. “That is why we look to the international community to help you diversify your exports,” he said, pledging the UN’s support in that endeavour.
There’s a segment of Android users that take pride in their ability to tweak and adjust every part of the operating system on their smartphone until it performs at optimal levels. Unfortunately, a recently released app took advantage of that group by promising a quick fix to a laggy mobile experience.Many Android users who root their phones also install a custom version of Android. Many of these custom ROMs offer more functionality and try to improve on things like battery life. One of the more common ways to improve battery life is the use of a CPU governor, which handles the scaling of the processor. If your CPU scales down quickly when not in use, and only scales up when absolutely necessary, there stands a good chance that there will be some rewards in the battery department. On occasion, scaling your battery down as far as possible can cause a slight delay when you expect it to scale back up instantly. The result is a slight performance lag as the phone struggles to jump when you ask it to. This is a fairly common problem with ROMs that have improperly implemented CPU governors.One developer thought that he had found the solution to all the lag problems he and so many other were experiencing by adjusting the entropy pool in Android. Most users have no idea what the entropy pool is for or how it is used. The Seeder app is an attempt to make sure the entropy pool is never empty by feeding /dev/urandom to /dev/random. In general this is a bad practice, but what the developer noticed was that his phone saw immediate performance gains, and shared his app with the world. Within hours, there were hundreds of users claiming that Seeder was the cure-all to lag problems on Android.Unfortunately, shortly after this, reality set in. Google employees quickly responded to the bug report on the Android forums and explained that the effect being seen was purely placebo. It seems that /dev/random is only used for cryptography operations, so the only way you would possibly see a difference would be if you had a massive number of separate SSL instances running. Since most users don’t use their phone this way, it was now time to address why some users felt their phones were faster. Arcee of the CyanogenMod project explained that the app is forcing the CPU to stick to higher clock frequencies due to the constant I/O use. For many users, the processor running faster offers a smoother experience at the cost of your battery. As many users began to notice, Seeder was causing otherwise full day smartphones to die in four hours.This is a mostly harmless situation, and the users who purchased the app from the Play Store are only out $1.49 if the developer doesn’t opt to refund everyone for the app. As Android power users continue their search for that precious oasis in between the deserts of battery life and user experience, situations like this are a perfect example of why root access is not for everyone.Read more at the Android Google Group
The months following a new PC platform launch yields us some of the best deals we’ll see all year. Today’s example is a 17-inch laptop that is loaded to the gills with the best of 2012, but priced like a budget 2013 model.This Dell Inspiron 17R Special Edition sports a 17.3-inch screen serving up Full HD 1080p resolution. All those pixels are pushed by a quad-core 3rd gen Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics card. You also get 1 terabyte of storage and premium goodies like a backlit keyboard and upgraded Skullcandy speakers with subwoofer. Even the chassis is done up in a slick black anodized aluminum with silver accents.A plethora of standard features will keep you happily connected thanks to four USB 3.0 ports, ethernet, HDMI, VGA, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, HD webcam, media card reader, and more. Don’t let the fact that these are the “last gen” parts fool you; even the 2012 parts from Intel and Nvidia have plenty of performance for even the demanding users. A comparable Haswell system would run you over $1000.As a Dell model, you still get the standard one year warranty that includes on-site service and 90 days of 24×7 tech support at no extra cost. If you’ve got an itch for a big-screened beauty like this 17R, this is going to be one of the best deals we expect to see all year. Soon all the Ivy Bridge laptops will dry up and we won’t see anything like this on a Haswell version until Black Friday!Dell Inspiron 17R Special Edition laptop with GeForce GT 650M for $729.99 + free shipping (reg. $1,119.99 | use coupon QTWX865?GK0V1K) Our other top deals:Today only: Refurbished Kindle Fire HD 16GB 8.9-inch 1920×1200 Tablet for $179 + free shipping (reg. $239)Seiki SE50UY04 50-inch Ultra High Definition 4K2K LED HDTV for $899.99 + free shipping (reg. $1,499.99)Microsoft Store Sale: Xbox 360 Games starting at $7.99 + Free Shipping
Le moniteur ViewSonic VX2460h-LED bientôt en venteViewSonic vendra très prochainement en France un écran confortable pour la vision, Full HD et fin. Il présente également un design réussi !Le fabricant ViewSonic a annoncé la vente prochaine d’un nouvel écran LED, présentant une diagonale de 24 pouces. Le VX2460H-LED sera équipé d’une dalle TN à rétroéclairage et d’un design alléchant. De plus, l’épaisseur de ce moniteur sera inférieure à 6,8 mm aux extrémités de celui-ci.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ce moniteur pourra afficher en format 16/9ème, en résolution Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels. Grâce à la technologie de dalle TN, cet écran sera doté d’un taux de contraste de 1000:1, d’une luminosité maximale de 250 cd/m², d’un temps de réponse de 2 ms et d’angles de vision de 160 et 170°. En attendant un test complet du produit, afin de pouvoir conclure au sujet du profil d’utilisateur idéal, Clubic précise que le menu de réglages du moniteur est navigable grâce à des touches tactiles. Cet écran sera vendu en France dès la mi-mai au tarif de 200 euros.Le 3 mai 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambert
Clark County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking the public’s help in locating a man who was last seen the morning of Sept. 12.Craig Spydell is 43 years old, 6 foot 2 inches, and 210 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He is not listed as endangered, a sheriff’s office release said.His car, a blue, four-door Jeep Liberty, was found at the Salmon Creek Trailhead, in the 13800 block of Northwest 36th Avenue.People with information are asked to call Detective Rick Buck-ner, 360-397-2024 or 877-274-6311.
DID YOU KNOW?The Blazers played the first of 18 games this month, tying the most played by them in any month in team history.LOS ANGELES — In the closing seconds with his team ahead by two points, Chris Paul showed why the Los Angeles Clippers wanted him so badly.Paul scored on a driving layup, won a crucial jump ball against Jamal Crawford and then came up with a steal to help his new team open the new year with a 93-88 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night that snapped a two-game skid.“I take a lot of pride in controlling the game,” said Paul, who scored 17 points. “When you’re down to the last 2, 3 minutes, it’s all about managing the game, time and score.”Blake Griffin had 20 points and 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double, Caron Butler added 19 points and Mo Williams 13 off the bench to send the Blazers to their first loss of the season.“We were all over the place, diving for loose balls, scrapping, getting steals and getting out on the break,” Griffin said. “With two not-so-solid defensive games, it’s good to come out and play like this.”
Hundreds of demonstrators are expected to turn out by land and water in Vancouver on Saturday to protest plans to send large amounts of coal and oil through the Pacific Northwest on its way to be burned elsewhere.The protest, part of a national series of actions against the fossil fuel industry organized by the group 350.org, launches at 10 a.m. at Vancouver Landing, west of 100 Columbia St. The demonstration will last through 4 p.m. It will feature workshops on the health impacts of coal, speakers from across the region, boats assembled under the Interstate 5 bridge in what the group calls a peaceful, symbolic blocking of fossil-fuel exports and a march on the I-5 bridge.The protest comes after Port of Vancouver commissioners on Tuesday approved a lease for what would be the largest oil terminal in the Pacific Northwest. Coal terminals have been proposed elsewhere in the Northwest.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Congresswoman Frederica Wilson announced that she will personally visit the 82 girls recently released by Boko Haram.Celebrations broke out among the South Florida Nigerian community after the Nigerian government announced the release of 82 Chibok girls who were kidnapped three years ago by the extremist group Boko Haram.Wilson gathered with the local Nigerian community at the World of Life Bible Ministry church in Miami Gardens to celebrate. Wilson, along with several other lawmakers, brought awareness to the kidnappings through the Bring Back Our Girls social media campaign.During the celebrations, Wilson said she will take the initiative to see the girls. “By Thursday, I will be in Nigeria,” Wilson said. “I will be in Nigeria to greet the parents, to greet the girls who have been released and to be there and let them know the United States Congress is standing with them.”About 300 girls were kidnapped from a boarding school in 2014 by Boko Haram, an extremist group with ties to the Islamic State.Last year, 21 Chibok girls were freed and have been in government care. Despite those that have been released, there are still 113 girls that are unaccounted for.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.