How to Clean up Audio in Premiere Pro in 30 Seconds

first_imgNeed to get good audio fast? Just follow these quick steps in Premiere Pro and Audition.A video is only as strong as the audio supporting it. But if you’re in a pinch, you may not have the time to perfectly finesse your audio. Let’s take a look at how to quickly fix your audio in Premiere Pro — with a little help from Adobe Audition. 1. Send to AuditionNo matter your individual circumstances, if you have unneeded background noise in your audio, the best tool to clean it up is the Noise Print feature in Adobe Audition.Luckily for you, if you’re editing with Premiere Pro, you should have Audition already installed on your computer. To send an audio clip to Audition, simply right click on the track and select Edit Clip in Adobe Audition.2. Capture Noise PrintThe first thing you need to do before you apply the Noise Print effect is capture your background noise without the vocal parts. You can do this by selecting a voiceless area in your track with the Time Selection Tool. Play your track to make sure you’ve selected only background noise and no voice.Now it’s time to capture the background noise. To do so, simply navigate to Effects>Noise Reduction>Capture Noise Print or hit Shift+P. Your background noise is now saved into Audition.3. Apply Noise PrintAfter you’ve captured the Noise Print, it’s time to take the noise print out of your original audio clip. First you will need to deselect your noise print area. To do this, click anywhere in your timeline with the Time Selection Tool selected. Now navigate to Effects>Noise Reduction>Noise Reduction. A window will pop up that looks like this:You’ll see two important effects:Noise Reduction — the amount of noise that will be reduced.Reduce By — the number of decibels that the noise will be reduced.The best way to ensure that your audio will sound the best is to adjust each parameter by hand. But if you’re in a hurry, just set Noise Reduction to 50% and Reduce By to 15db. After you’ve set your noise print levels select Apply.4. Send to PremiereNow it’s time to go back to Premiere, but first you will need to save your audio out of Audition. Simply hit Command+S and your audio will be automatically saved and replaced in your Premiere Pro timeline.5. Vocal EnhancerNow that you’ve taken out most of your background noise, it’s time to enhance the vocals. Grab the Vocal Enhancer effect in your effects panel and drag it onto your audio clip. You will need to adjust the vocal enhancer for your subject.Navigate to the Effects Control panel and select the dropdown arrow under Vocal Enhancer until you see the custom setup option. Click the Edit button. You will see a box that pops up. Select Male or Female, depending on your subject.6. Set All PeaksNow that your audio is sounding great, it’s time to level it for your individual production. To do this, simply right click on the audio and select Audio Gain. Select Normalize All Peaks and set the level to -6db. You should now have decent audio that’s perfect for corporate videos, quick commercials, or news packages.Have any tips for quickly adjusting audio? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Totally focused

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Fernandez was promoted to chief trainer when Pacquiao clashed with Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse last year, but the rehiring of Roach for the Broner bout has obviously put his best buddy in the back seat again.Pacquiao, though, was quick to dismiss this, saying that his team is stronger than ever.“We know each other very well. Team Pacquiao is strong,” said Pacquiao when somebody asked why he rehired Roach for the Jan. 19 fight despite dropping him following a disastrous loss to Jeff Horn in 2017.Pacquiao said he wanted to give Fernandez a chance to become the head trainer for the fight against Matthysse. And Fernandez passed with flying colors as Pacquiao scored his first knockout win in nine years to revive his career.Roach said he was willing to yield the reins to Fernandez, who was his lieutenant in so many triumphs.ADVERTISEMENT Even his rumored bid for the Philippine presidency is far from his mind at the moment.Buboy Fernandez, Pacquiao’s best friend, sat in the far corner of the crowded Wild Card Gym while Freddie Roach held the mitts for the world’s one and only eight-division champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsClearly, something is wrong.And when Pacquiao noticed this, he asked Fernandez to join them in the ring, although the Hall-of-Fame trainer Roach continued holding the mitts. PH Azkals, China Dragons coaches put friendship aside MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “Manny told me ‘I want him (Fernandez) to be better known as a trainer and when he (Pacquiao) retires, he will have a future in boxing,” said Roach. “So I said I have no problem with that. We will work on that, we have worked together as a team.”Meanwhile, Pacquiao played down reports linking him to a bid for the presidency, insisting he remained solely focused on the twilight of his boxing career.The 40-year-old, already a member of the Philippine Senate, has been repeatedly linked to a future run for the presidency in his homeland where he remains a national hero.However, Pacquiao told reporters on Wednesday he had put any future political aspirations on hold as he prepares to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) regular welterweight title against Broner at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.“A lot of people are saying that I can be the next president,” Pacquiao told Agence France-Presse.“But I’m not thinking about that. Whatever path that God gives to me, I will fulfill it.”“I haven’t spoken to him about running for president but he wants to help the people and the best way to help people is to be the boss,” Roach told reporters.For the time being though, Pacquiao insists he is not looking past Broner.Broner on Wednesday put a touch of drama to his upcoming fight with Pacquiao by not showing up for media workout day.Broner, the 29-year-old nicknamed “The Problem,” flew over from South Beach, Florida, where he had his training camp. —WITH A REPORT FROM AFP SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Manny Pacquiao, right, works out with trainer Freddie Roach at a boxing club in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Pacquiao is scheduled to defend his WBA welterweight title against Adrien Broner on Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)HOLLYWOOD—Manny Pacquiao doesn’t want to be distracted by the antics of Adrien Broner.Neither is he paying much attention to a seeming animosity brewing in his corner.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more

Even at 38, I’m Looking for Ways to Improve: Roger Federer

first_imgBuenos Aires: Switzerland’s Roger Federer, regarded by many as the greatest men’s tennis player of all time, said Monday ahead of an exhibition match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the Argentine capital that he is always striving to improve and believes that it is still possible even at age 38.”I didn’t know if I was still going to be playing. I predicted that I wasn’t going to be playing anymore at 38, 39, and here I am,” Federer said at a joint press conference with Zverev at a hotel in Buenos Aires’s Puerto Madero neighbourhood. “I’m really actually happy that I feel the way I am. I’ve had two great years physically also in the last two years.”Federer has long been part of a remarkable triumvirate — along with Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic — that have pushed one another to greater heights while winning a combined total of 55 Grand Slam titles and keeping Zverev and other talented young players titleless at tennis’ four most prestigious events, reports Efe news.”Every generation brings something new to the table, maybe in power, maybe in movement, maybe in tactical elements, and I’m still feeling I can … always improve. You can always learn and that’s what I’m doing,” the Swiss world No. 3 said.Federer, who has won a record 20 men’s singles Grand Slam titles, but now is only one ahead of the 33-year-old Nadal, said he also will use Wednesday’s exhibition match at Buenos Aires’s Parque Roca Stadium as an opportunity to experiment with his game.”I’m not just going to go out there and play a little bit of tennis. I’m actually going to go in there, enjoy myself, but also maybe try out a few things.”Referring to his eventual retirement from the sport, Federer said he will play it by year.”There’s no rules to it. You go by feel, and I actually don’t know if I’m going to announce it early, late, all of a sudden. I think it all depends on my health, on my family, on my results also a little bit, obviously.”The 22-year-old Zverev, for his part, said the exhibition match will be an emotional one for him, Federer and the Argentine fans.”All of us players, you know, most of the time we lose to him, but we still hope he doesn’t retire. We still want him around as much as possible,” the world No. 7 said.Federer was originally slated to play Juan Martin del Potro, but the popular Argentine had to pull out of the exhibition event due an injury setback.Before the press conference got under way, Federer greeted nearly 100 fans who had gathered outside the hotel and signed autographs and posed for photos.Federer and Zverev are playing the exhibition match instead of competing in this week’s revamped Davis Cup Finals.Switzerland did not qualify for that event (being played in Madrid) mainly due to Federer’s lack of participation in the qualifying phase in February, while both he and Zverev have been critical of the drastic overhaul of that 119-year-old competition. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Buenos Airesexhibition matchNovak Djokovicrafael nadal First Published: November 19, 2019, 3:14 PM ISTlast_img read more

Hector Bellerin out for a month, Alexis Sanchez in doubt for Manchester United game

first_imgArsenal will be without full back Hector Bellerin for the Premier League game against Manchester United on Saturday and manager Arsene Wenger will make a late decision over forward Alexis Sanchez.Bellerin will be out for four weeks with an ankle problem while Sanchez played for Chile against Uruguay on Tuesday despite concerns over a hamstring injury.”We didn’t know whether or not he would play 24 hours before the Uruguay game. In the end they decided to play him. He text us saying he was in good shape after the game but we have to wait,” Wenger told reporters on Thursday. (Also read: EPL: Arsene Wenger eyes golden chance to put one over Jose Mourinho)”I will see him tomorrow morning and if he can be involved in the squad or not. What I will consider is basically the risk of injury.”Bellerin’s injury will rule him out of key games, including Wednesday’s Champions League clash against French champions Paris St Germain and a London derby against West Ham United next month.Arsenal will also still be without midfielder Santi Cazorla, who last featured in the Champions League win over Ludogorets in October.Wenger has yet to beat Mourinho in 13 competitive matches since the Portuguese moved to England with Chelsea in 2004 andthe pair have been involved in a number of acrimonious incidents.”I don’t think I have to describe our relationship. He will fight for his team and I will fight for mine and that is normal. Of course, I will shake his hand,” Wenger said.”I will respect the ritual in the Premier League… It’s not the controversy that makes the audience, it’s the quality of the game.”Arsenal are fourth in the table with 24 points, six ahead of sixth-placed United after 11 games.last_img read more

‘I’m not ready’ – Vieira denies interest in USMNT job

first_imgUnited States ‘I’m not ready’ – Vieira denies interest in USMNT job Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 2 years ago 02:30 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Patrick Vieira NYCFC 091617 Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today United States New York City MLS WC Qualification CONCACAF World Cup The NYCFC head coach and World Cup winner warned U.S. Soccer should not “throw everything out” and said he isn’t ready for the position Patrick Vieira is flattered to have been suggested as a possible candidate to head the United States men’s national team but believes he is not ready for the position.The New York City FC coach has plenty of international experience, winning a World Cup with France in 1998 and going to a final against Italy in 2006.NYCFC 13/2 to win MLS Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Since moving into the coaching ranks, Vieira had success with the Manchester City youth side before moving onto NYCFC in MLS, where he’s led the team to back-to-back postseason appearances.Meanwhile, the U.S. suffered a disastrous loss to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday, leading to the country’s elimination from the 2018 World Cup. It is the first World Cup the nation has missed since it failed to qualify for the 1986 tournament.U.S. boss Bruce Arena resigned Friday and with his recent success in the domestic league, plus his experience with young players and the U.S. expecting to field a much younger roster going forward, there has been talk Vieira might be a good choice to take over the role.Previously, Vieira had called the prospect of managing the U.S. “exciting” but now has thrown cold water on his candidacy for the position for the time being.“It’s always flattering, but I’m not ready,” Vieira said in quotes published on MLSsoccer.com. “I think when you go to the national team, it’s important to know the league, to know the players, to understand the system and how it works and you need experience. There’s a lot better candidates than myself.“I really don’t know what people are talking or what people are thinking. But something I can tell you is that I’m not the right person at all.”Patrick Vieira quote gfxVieira has seen the massive disappointment in World Cup qualification before. In 1994 France was among one of the big nations to miss out on the tournament in the United States, but made a quick turnaround to win the 1998 edition, which it hosted.And Vieira, who was a member of the 1998 team, believes U.S. Soccer would be wise to follow France’s lead and make changes, but not completely overhaul the system.“I don’t think the U.S. should throw everything [out] and start from nothing,” Vieira said. “They’ve been working for the last few years. It’s just about taking the good and the bad and just try to reflect about what went wrong. I don’t think they should throw everything away because that’s not their answer.”Vieira cited France going with Gerard Houllier’s assistant Aime Jacquet rather than going in a completely different direction as evidence drastic change is not always needed to see an uptick in results.“[France] didn’t throw everything out. Aime Jacquet came on and he worked in Euros ’96 in England and this is where he found the leaders he needed to build around for the World Cup in ’98.”last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool legend Dalglish hails Klopp’s market work: They’re all successful

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Dalglish hails Klopp’s market work: They’re all successfulby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has hailed the work in the transfer market of Jurgen Klopp.Klopp brought in four new players in the summer transfer window, spending over £150million.“Virgil came in at a very important time, stamped his authority on it,” Dalglish said on Sky Sports. “He’s a great presence and he’s really produced the goods since he’s come in in January.“It might have been a lot of money but they got £140m for [Philippe] Coutinho.“They went out and spent some on Virgil, some on the goalkeeper – by the way, two great signings.“I think it’s important also that it’s Virgil’s first full season, the goalkeeper’s first full season.”Fabinho’s kicking on and starting to get his feet, starting to play well.“Keita the same, Shaqiri comes on and scores two against Manchester United.“When you sign players, it’s great to see them be successful.” last_img read more

Teens Get Information on Where to Find Help

first_imgThe province is helping teenagers across Nova Scotia get information directly on where to turn for help if they face a crisis. The province is distributing the information sheet beginning today to all students in grades 7 to 12. It gives young people phone numbers to call and other resources if they, or someone they know, needs help, said Marilyn More, minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, today, April 15. Ms. More is co-ordinating Nova Scotia’s response to recent tragic events. “I want all of our young people to know that there are places to turn if they need help,” Ms. More said. “Please, reach out if you are going through a traumatic event or crisis, or if you are aware of a friend or family member in need of help. Talk to someone you trust, such as a family member, relative, friend or teacher, or call a helpline. “I hope this resource opens the door for parents to have conversations with their children about the resources and tools that are available.” Young people can call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 and anyone can access emergency mental health services by calling the crisis line at 1-888-429-8167. People can also get help by calling 211, 811, or by visiting an emergency room or family doctor These and other helplines and websites can be found at novascotia.ca/help/. The province has also launched a television and online public awareness campaign, If You Need Help, to make Nova Scotians aware of the resources that are available.last_img read more

BC Wildfire Service implements category two burning ban in northeast BC

first_imgthe open burning of any material (piled or unpiled) smaller than two metres high and three metres wideburning barrelsfireworksstubble or grass fires over an area smaller than 2,000 square metresThe prohibition does not apply to category three fires or campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, or to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.The BC Wildfire Service has upgraded the fire danger rating in the Fort St. John and Dawson Creek areas. As of Wednesday, the fire danger rating has been upgraded to from low to medium in the two communities, though it is still low across the rest of the B.C. Peace Region.This map shows the areas affected by the burning ban.Anyone lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from around the campfire area, and they must have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish the fire.These prohibitions cover all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but do not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department. Please check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Effective noon on Saturday, category two open fires and the use of fireworks will be prohibited within the Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Fort Nelson fire zones.The BC Wildfire Service is implementing these prohibitions to help prevent wildfires sparked by Category 2 burns, due to dry and windy conditions in the forecast. These prohibitions will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.The prohibitions will apply to Category 2 fires: Report a wildfire or unattended campfire by calling 1 800 663-5555 toll-free, or *5555 on a cell phone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.caThis poster shows what is covered under the open fire regulations in B.C. Photo by B.C. Wildfire Service.last_img read more

Feds reinstate leases for Twin Metals mine in NE Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — The federal Bureau of Land Management has reinstated mineral rights leases for a proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.Department of Interior Assistant Secretary for Land and Mineral Management Joe Balash announced the renewal Wednesday.Balash says mining on public lands balances conservation policies with the “need to produce minerals that add value to the lives of all Americans.”The leases cover land 9 miles (14 kilometres) southeast of Ely that encompasses vast reserves of copper, nickel and precious metals. The land is part of the Superior National Forest.Environmental groups are fighting the project, fearing mining would spoil the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness.Twin Metals Minnesota CEO Kelly Osborne calls the lease renewal “a critical step” for the company to present its proposal for an underground mine.Jeff Baenen, The Associated Press read more

Business Highlights

___Mexican officials try to stave off tariffs at White HouseWASHINGTON (AP) — Mexican and U.S. officials met late into the day Tuesday at the White House trying to stave off President Donald Trump’s threatened tariffs on all Mexican goods flowing into the United States. The first tariffs — 5% taxes on imports from Mexico — are to go into effect next Monday, and Trump has said that is “more likely” than not to occur despite stiff and vocal opposition from many fellow Republicans in Congress.___US tariffs looming, many in Mexico back president’s approachMEXICO CITY (AP) — Many Mexicans say their president is right to take a calm approach in dealing with the Trump administration, which has set a Monday deadline to either do something about the flow of migrants into the US or be hit with a minimum 5% tariff. But Mexican political scientist Isidro Morales is calling for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to be more firm, saying trade threats should not be used as leverage to force Mexico on the unrelated issue of migration.___Is there finally more help in the fight against robocalls?NEW YORK (AP) — Is the world getting safer from robocalls? It’s not clear. The Federal Communications Commission plans to vote Thursday on giving wireless carriers permission to do more against them, but they aren’t requiring it — yet. A bill passed by the Senate would mandate next steps carriers must take — but it’s not a cure-all. There are already concerns that scammers can outwit the latest moves in the arms race.___YouTube updates hate speech guidelines to prohibit videosSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — YouTube is updating its hate speech policies to prohibit videos with white supremacist and neo-Nazi content. The video streaming company says it has already made it more difficult to find such videos, but it’s now removing them outright.___Cuba restrictions hit cruise lines at the start of summerMIAMI (AP) — The Trump administration’s new restrictions on travel to Cuba will hit hardest at the cruise industry. The rules announced Tuesday will take away an increasingly popular destination at the start of the critical summer vacation season. Major cruise lines immediately dropped stops in Cuba from their itineraries and hastily rerouted ships to other destinations including Mexico. At docks in Florida and aboard ships at sea, frustrated travellers vented over wrecked vacation plans.___Rebranded Koch network shifts spotlight to non-profit workSEATTLE (AP) — Charles Koch’s latest initiative tackling poverty through philanthropy shifts the focus away from his powerful political work. The Stand Together Foundation instead supports innocuous charity work by leaning deeper into the traditional philanthropy model of giving grants to benefit local community groups. But while the foundation spent $30 million to help private nonprofits last year, Koch’s network of wealthy donors and political groups pledged to spend $400 million on politics and policy.___Amazon says drones will be making deliveries ‘in months’LAS VEGAS (AP) — Amazon says it expects to be delivering orders to shoppers’ homes by drones in the coming months. The online shopping giant did not give exact timing or say which locations the self-driving drones will be making deliveries. The company says the new drones are able to detect and avoid people, pets and laundry clothes lines in customer’s backyards when landing.___EU wary on budget impact of Greece’s new benefits, tax cutsATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Commission has voiced concern at the impact new benefits and sales tax cuts will have on Greece’s austerity commitments. Athens has promised bailout creditors high budget surpluses for years to come, so it can continue servicing its debts.___Online Rx startups offer convenience but also raise concernsWASHINGTON (AP) — A wave of online startups are using viral marketing and glitzy packaging to push decades-old prescription pills for hair loss, sexual problems and other sensitive health issues. Driving the trend is consumer demand for convenience and millions in venture funding. But some experts worry the on-demand services are cutting medical corners at the expense of quality care.___Tech companies lead US stocks broadly higher; oil slumpsNEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed higher on Wall Street for the second straight day Wednesday, extending the market’s strong gains from the previous day. Technology, industrial and health care companies accounted for much of the broad gains. A slide in energy stocks following a 3.4% plunge in the price of U.S. crude oil tempered the market’s gains. Signs that the Federal Reserve is willing to cut interest rates to reinforce economic growth are encouraging investors to bid up stocks after a tough start to the week.___The S&P 500 index gained 22.88 points, or 0.8%, to 2,826.15. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 207.39 points, or 0.8%, to 25,539.57. The Nasdaq composite rose 48.36 points, or 0.6%, to 7,575.48. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies slipped 1.77 points, or 0.1%, to 1,506.79.The Associated Press read more

New Zealand cuts benchmark interest rate to lowestever 1

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s central bank has cut its benchmark interest rate to an all-time low of 1% as it forecasts tougher economic conditions ahead.The cut of half a percentage point by the Reserve Bank was a surprise with most economists forecasting a rate cut of 0.25%.The Reserve Bank said employment was near the maximum sustainable level while inflation remained below the midpoint of its target range.Bank Governor Adrian Orr said in a statement Wednesday that economic growth had slowed over the past year while economic headwinds were rising. He said that employment and inflation would likely fall without additional monetary stimulus.The New Zealand dollar fell by about 2% on the news and was trading at a little over 64 cents.The Associated Press read more

Peter Hitchens accuses university of censorship after talk cancelled for LGBT History

A newspaper columnist has accused a university of censorship after they cancelled his talk because it clashed with LGBT+ events.Peter Hitchens, who writes for The Mail on Sunday, was due to speak at the University of Portsmouth on 12 February but was told yesterday his invitation had been withdrawn because his views clashed with LGBT History Month – an annual celebration of the lives and achievements of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.Announcing the decision on the Students’ Union website, the university said that the opinions of the 67-year-old, who is opposed to same-sex marriage, “are not necessarily aligned with the Students’ Union’s vibrant celebration of the LGBT+ community this month”.  Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Hitchens said: “What does it matter whether there’s an LGBT+ week? If somebody has been invited to speak there is no excuse – especially in an institution devoted to freedom of thought and speech and education – for telling them not to come and for stopping a meeting from taking place.”That is thought policing and it is undoubtedly censorship. There is no way out of it.”He added: “There is a group of people who don’t want my views to be heard because they have been taught for many years in schools what to think rather than how to think, and they’re afraid of opposing opinions so they want to silence them.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Charlotte Beaney, from Portsmouth’s Students’ Union, said on the programme that the university had contacted Mr Hitchens to rearrange a new date for him to come to campus. read more

Advisian Whittle Consulting form alliance agreement for Sub Sahara Africa

first_imgAdvisian, the consulting division of Worley Parsons, and Whittle Consulting have signed an agreement to cooperate on the delivery of Integrated Strategic Planning for the Sub Sahara Region. The relationship will be managed by Steve Burks, previously MD of Whittle Consulting Africa but now Managing Principal – Process and Operational Improvement at Advisian in Johannesburg.Steve has personally managed over 30 Whittle Consulting Enterprise Optimisation studies for a range of mining projects and operations in and around Africa in the last seven years. The statement said: “With Advisian and Worley Parsons’ depth of expertise it ensures sound inputs to Enterprise Optimisation studies, and that there is full support for the implementation and realisation of the outcomes.” Based in Johannesburg, Steve will be helping mining companies access the education, services and software provided by Whittle Consulting and the required support of Advisian and Worley Parsonslast_img read more

Body of young horse that was used for sulky racing dumped on

first_img The horse was found on Peamount Road on Monday (car belongs to My Lovely Horse volunteer). Image: My Lovely Horse Short URL 62 Comments Wednesday 20 Mar 2019, 6:00 AM 43,927 Views A HORSE WHOSE body was found dumped in a skip bag on the side of a Dublin road was likely used in sulky racing, a charity has said.A woman who was out walking her dog on Monday came across the horse’s body on Peamount Road in south county Dublin. She contacted the My Lovely Horse charity and co-founder Martina Kenny went to the scene this morning. She told TheJournal.ie that the horse, which she estimated was under the age of two when it died, looks as if it had been used for sulky racing.“She was shaved like they do for sulkies, her mane was shaved. And she was wearing shoes which she shouldn’t have been at that age. Her feet were still growing, she must have been in so much pain.“She was a small little pony, she shouldn’t have even been in a sulky trap. They don’t have the strength.”The charity regularly comes across abandoned horses, both alive and dead, who have been used in sulky racing. The ones who are alive are often so weak they do not survive long after they are saved. “Every single week we get a call of either a dying horse or a dead horse. All around Dublin we’ve had to put horses down, it’s happening everywhere,” Kenny said.  https://jrnl.ie/4549849 Some are injured, others are starving and have been left with absolutely nothing.One horse in a northside Dublin area was so emaciated they had to get a vet to come put her down. And there was another near Dunsink in Finglas, we had to put her down. There was the body of another horse beside that one. Kenny said this was all in the space of three weeks. “It’s just crazy, people are dumping animals like rubbish.”Volunteers from the charity were out again last night attempting to rescue abandoned horses in the same area this body was found. RegulationThere were calls last year for tighter regulations in relation so sulky racing after a number of instances including one where a horse was found collapsed in a housing estate in Cork. Just days before this incident a video had emerged of an exhausted pony being dragged by two youths on a public road after collapsing as it carried a cart.An inquest in January last year into the death of a 12-year-old who was thrown from a sulky car on a public road recommended specific by-laws to regulate their use.Independent TD Mattie McGrath soon after introduced a bill to the Dáil which would prohibit sulky racing, but there has been little movement from the government to put specific legislation in place.Last year Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, whose remit is animal welfare, told McGrath that the use of sulkies or any other horse-drawn vehicles on the roads is a “legitimate activity provided it is done in a safe manner giving due care and consideration to other road users and the animal’s well being”.He said illegal racing activities taking place on roads, involving any type of vehicle, was a matter for An Garda Síochána and the Department of Transport.His department did roll out a number of courses to promote good horse welfare among sulky owners in Dublin, Cork and Tipperary last year.He said the course encouraged participants to move away from “the road racing practices to racing on tracks and to engage with the regulated sport of harness racing on tracks as operated by the Irish Harness Racing Association”.“The course provider has a clear understanding of the cultural sensitivities surrounding participation in road-racing.” By Michelle Hennessy Share1196 Tweet Email3 The horse was found on Peamount Road on Monday (car belongs to My Lovely Horse volunteer). Image: My Lovely Horse Mar 20th 2019, 6:01 AM Body of young horse that was used for sulky racing dumped on Dublin road A woman found the horse’s body while she was out walking with her dog. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Les oméga3 du poisson une piste pour prévenir la maladie dAlzheimer

first_imgLes oméga-3 du poisson, une piste pour prévenir la maladie d’Alzheimer ?D’après une récente étude néo-zélandaise, le DHA, un acide gras contenu dans certains poissons serait capable de nettement booster nos capacités de mémoire. Un bénéfice qui pourrait permettre de réduire le risque de développer certaines formes de démence. A l’heure où la maladie d’Alzheimer est devenu un véritable enjeu de santé publique, ces recherches fournissent une nouvelle piste pour tenter de réduire l’incidence de la maladie. En effet, des chercheurs de l’université Massey en Nouvelle-Zélande ont découvert que les acides contenus dans le poisson et les fruits de mer étaient capables de booster les fonctions de la mémoire, et ainsi de prévenir l’apparition de certaines formes de démence. Or, si le poisson et ses composants avaient déjà la réputation d’améliorer la mémoire, c’est la première fois qu’une étude solide démontre que des compléments d’oméga-3 suffisent à présenter un tel bénéfice.À lire aussiMini-cerveaux, “gène homosexuel” et allergie, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 31 aoûtPour arriver à cette conclusion, les chercheurs ont suivi pendant six mois 176 adultes en bonne santé à qui ils ont donné des compléments alimentaires contenant du DHA (acide docosahexanoïque), un acide gras oméga-3 présent dans les poissons gras tels que le saumon, le maquereau, la sardine, la truite, la crevette ou encore les moules. Dans le cerveau, cette substance est très abondante mais l’organisme ne peut pas la produire efficacement. L’alimentation reste donc la principale source de DHA. Durant les six mois, les chercheurs ont ainsi évalué les fonctions cognitives et de mémoire des sujets, avant de les comparer à celles d’un groupe placebo. Au final, ils se sont aperçus que la mémoire, la mémoire de travail et la vitesse de la mémoire de travail montraient des améliorations significatives chez les sujets qui avaient pris les compléments. Plus précisément, ceux-ci ont présenté une vitesse de mémorisation supérieure de 15%. “Les fonctions cognitives qui ont été affectées par l’huile de poisson riche en DNA, à savoir la mémoire et la mémoire de travail, font partie des fonctions les plus importantes de notre cerveau pour une grande variété d’activité, telles que travailler, conduire, faire du shopping, étudier, faire du sport, etc.”, précise le professeur Welma Stonehouse, principal chercheur impliqué dans l’étude et cité par le Daily Mail.Du poisson au minimum deux fois par semaine Au vu des résultats, les chercheurs rappellent que des travaux ont déjà suggéré que le DHA pourrait jouer un rôle clé dans la prévention de la maladie d’Alzheimer, l’une des formes les plus communes de démence. “Ces découvertes apportent des éléments supplémentaires aux recherches qui montrent que les oméga-3 jouent un rôle très important dans les fonctions cérébrales tout au long du cycle de la vie, même chez les individus intacts d’un point de vue cognitif”, commente le Pr Stonehouse.  Tandis que les médecins recommandent une alimentation saine incluant du poisson au moins deux fois par semaine, la spécialiste ajoute : “Maintenir la santé de son cerveau et lui permettre de fonctionner à une capacité optimale est juste aussi vitale que de maintenir un bien-être physique et une bonne santé”. Le 30 novembre 2011 à 11:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Iceland Will Use More Power Mining Bitcoin than Powering Homes This Year

first_imgStay on target Sooooo, bitcoins. Big thing, rapidly losing value, possibly a scam. Also, it seems that Iceland — a whole country, I’ll remind you — might well use more power making Bitcoins in 2018 than is used for actually lighting and running homes. So that’s… definitely something.There have been some indications that the power use of cryptocurrency miners has gown dramatically. And anyone who has lived with a coin miner (insert long, sustained, agonized groan) knows that these people and their mining set-ups tend to sap a whole bunch of juice. Some articles have even suggested that miners consume more power than whole countries. While that sounded a bit farfetched before, new data says that might be an exceptionally low estimate.To that end, HS Orka, an Icelandic power company, believes that cryptocurrency miners will eclipse the total power draw of the 340,000 people who live in Iceland.“What we’re seeing now is…you can almost call it exponential growth, I think, in the [energy] consumption of data centers,” Johann Snorri Sigurbergsson, a spokesperson for the firm, told the BBC.Given that all residential usage typically hits about 700 GWh of electricity each year, this doesn’t seem like it would be a big issue. Iceland generates more than 20 times each year, with the bulk going to industry. Still, if you reframe that a little as a 5% spike in power consumption practically over night, that could lead to big problems.“If all these projects are realized, we won’t have enough energy for it,” Sigurbergsson said, commenting on the construction of new crypto-mining data centers. The problem, of course, is that while it’s rather simple to buy a bunch of computers, it’s much, much, MUCH harder to build power plants. In some cases, new power facilities can take upwards of ten years to construct. They are massive building, for one, that can have a major impact on the environment, need to be wired into the grid, and contain many miles of sensitive electronics, circuits, wires, etc. That doesn’t just crop up over night..Complicating that matter further is the degree to which Iceland is powered by green energy. Nearly 100% of all of Iceland’s energy comes from renewables. That’s great, especially compared to carbon-cranking nations like China or the US, but it’s also not without its own consequences.“Hydro plants change aquatic ecosystems. Geothermal plants cool surrounding ground. Small negatives compared to, say, coal, but still not neutral,” Pirate Party representative Smári McCarthy wrote. “Cryptocurrency mining requires almost no staff, very little in capital investments, and mostly leaves no taxes either. The value to Iceland…is virtually zero.” Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Cops Raid Suspected Pot House, Find Cryptomining Operation InsteadBitcoin Bomb Threat Scam Disrupts Businesses Across US, Canada last_img read more

ASA Supports Presidents Commitment to Exports Biofuels

first_imgState of the Union includes remarks on ASA prioritiesThe American Soybean Association (ASA) appreciated President Barack Obama’s remarks on several of ASA’s top legislative priorities during his 2011 State of the Union address. President Obama encouraged job creation by doubling exports, passing the pending Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), expanding the use of renewable energy, and improving America’s infrastructure.”The American Soybean Association noted President Obama’s commitment to supporting the U.S. economy and job creation through increasing exports, expanding the use of renewable energy and increasing funding for infrastructure improvements,” said ASA President Alan Kemper, a soybean farmer from Lafayette, Ind. “These issues are top priorities for ASA, and we will continue to work with both parties in Congress as well as the Administration to achieve them.”President Obama reaffirmed his National Export Initiative goal of doubling exports in the next five years, saying, “Last month, we finalized a trade agreement with South Korea that will support at least 70,000 American jobs… and I ask this Congress to pass it as soon as possible.”ASA believes that efforts to achieve the goal of creating more U.S. jobs and the doubling of exports will require Congressional approval of the pending FTAs with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, and renewal of Presidential Trade Promotion Authority to enable the negotiation of new FTAs with key importing countries.”U.S. soybeans and soy product exports had a total value of more than $21 billion for the 2009-10 marketing year, making the U.S. soybean industry the largest positive commodity contributor to the national trade balance,” Kemper said. “Just last week a visiting delegation of companies from China signed contracts to purchase $6.68 billion worth of U.S. soybeans in 2011.”President Obama also talked about investing in and increasing research on clean energy technology and biofuels, saying, “With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels.”ASA registered a significant victory on behalf of U.S. soybean farmers with last month’s passage of the retroactive biodiesel tax incentive extension through the end of 2011. The one-dollar-per-gallon tax credit is structured in a manner that makes biodiesel more competitive with petroleum diesel fuel in the market place.”The biodiesel tax credit has a direct impact on jobs and is critical to supporting the biodiesel industry, a major market for U.S. soybean oil and a key factor in supporting domestic soybean prices in recent years,” Kemper said. “Biodiesel reduces our dependence on imported petroleum, it’s good for the environment, and it’s the only commercially available advanced biofuel in the market today.”President Obama also spoke about improving infrastructure, saying, “We’ll put more Americans to work repairing crumbling roads and bridges,” and noting that engineers gave U.S. infrastructure a low grade.”ASA supports increased funding for the nation’s transportation infrastructure for road, rail and waterway improvements that will benefit U.S. soybean farmers by helping them move their product across the U.S. and to ports that will ship soybeans and soybean products to our trading partners around the world,” Kemper said. “Over 75 percent of U.S. soybean exports move to world ports via the upper Mississippi and Illinois River systems, but the locks, dams and channels on these river systems are crumbling and in desperate need of modernization.”last_img read more

Finally Someone Made a Beer That Tastes Like Lucky Charms

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

Best of Last Week Acoustic phonons have magnetic properties universe to collapse

first_img © 2015 Phys.org In space news, a team of researchers at the University of Nottingham announced that the universe may be on the brink of collapse—in cosmological terms, of course. Meanwhile, another team suggested that a wandering Jupiter may account for our unusual solar system. They believe the planets’ early inward-outward migration might have impacted the way the other planets developed. Also new research suggests Europa’s elusive water plume paints a grim picture for life—that plume spotted two years ago appears to have been caused by a meteorite impact, rather than an emission from the surface, dashing hopes that it might have been a good indicator of life on one of Jupiter’s largest moons.In other news a team of mathematicians has solved a 60-year-old problem—a neat explanation for the Fermi-Pasta-Ulam problem. Also a team of researchers has found that using high-definition scans can reveal the effects of pregnant mothers’ smoking on unborn babies—in their facial expressions, no less. And a team at Harvard announced that they had taken another step in bringing back a wooly mammoth—they are not trying to clone it, instead they are replicating parts of its DNA.And finally, if you have been worried that stress induced insomnia might be hurting your brain, a team of researchers has found that a disrupted biological clock has a link to Alzheimer’s disease—so, you may be right and now you have something else to worry about. Landmark study proves that magnets can control heat and sound Explore further It was another good week for physics as researchers at Ohio State University conducted a landmark study that proved that magnets can control heat and sound—they demonstrated a magnetic field reducing the amount of heat flowing through a semiconductor, proving that acoustic phonons have magnetic properties. In another study, a combined team of researchers from the University of Belgrade and MIT revealed a technique they had developed that allowed for entangling 3,000 atoms using a single photon, representing a new milestone in the number of particles that have been entangled at one time. Also a team of researchers at Griffith University ran an experiment that demonstrated entanglement of a single particle—showing that the collapse of the wave is a real effect.center_img Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered that heat can be controlled with a magnetic field. Here, study leader Joseph Heremans, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Nanotechnology, holds the material used in the experiment: a piece of indium antimonide semiconductor shaped into a lopsided tuning fork. The wider arm of the fork (left) measures 4 mm wide, and the narrower one (right) measures 1 mm. The researchers were able to slow the movement of heat through the wider arm of the fork using a magnetic field. Credit: Photo by Kevin Fitzsimons, courtesy of The Ohio State University. Citation: Best of Last Week: Acoustic phonons have magnetic properties, universe to collapse and bioclock disruption problem (2015, March 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-03-week-acoustic-phonons-magnetic-properties.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more