EU must insist on press freedom at summit with Turkey

first_img Credit: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP to go further TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe April 2, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Turkey On the eve of a meeting between the leaders of Turkey and the European Union, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the EU to insist on Turkish respect for press freedom as a condition for progress in relations.Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is due to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk in the Bulgarian city of Varna on 26 March to discuss the state of bilateral relations two years after the EU/Turkey agreement on migration.In the following letter, RSF urges Europe’s leader to press firmly for the restoration of pluralism in Turkey, the lifting of the state of emergency and the release of all wrongfully imprisoned journalists.For the attention of:European Commission President Jean-Claude JunckerEuropean Council President Donald TuskHigh Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica MogheriniDear President Juncker, President Tusk and High Representative Mogherini, As you prepare to meet with President Erdoğan in Varna on 26 March, you must be aware of the unprecedented crackdown on journalists and media outlets in Turkey, which is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s latest World Press Freedom Index. The Turkish government’s witch hunt against critical media has climaxed since the July 2016 coup attempt.The state of emergency in effect since then has allowed the authorities to liquidate around 150 media outlets at the stroke of pen, reducing pluralism to a handful of low-circulation newspapers, including the dailies Cumhuriyet (recipient of the RSF Press Freedom Prize in 2015), Sözcü and BirGün, which are the targets of growing harassment. This week’s acquisition of the Doğan media group by the pro-government conglomerate Demirören completes the subjugation of the mainstream media. Government propaganda now dominates the media landscape.Turkey is again the world’s biggest prison for media professionals. Criticizing the authorities, working for a “suspect” media outlet, contacting a sensitive source or using an encrypted messaging service often suffices for a journalist to be imprisoned without the judicial system feeling the need to prove any individual involvement in criminal activity.The Turkish courts recently refused to heed several rulings by the constitutional court, the country’s highest court, ordering the immediate release of imprisoned journalists. Their refusal “runs counter to the fundamental principles of the rule of law and legal certainty,” the European Court of Human Rights said this week.After being held provisionally for more than a year, journalists are starting to be convicted. The first media figures to be accused of complicity with the coup attempt, the well-known journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan and Nazli Ilicak, were sentenced last month to life imprisonment with no possibility of a pardon. A few days later, 25 of their colleagues also received prison sentences. Verdicts are expected soon in the case of 31 former Zaman employees, who will appear in court on 5 April, and in the case of 17 Cumhuriyet employees, whose trial will resume on 24 April.Censorship of the Internet and social networks has also reached unprecedented levels. The chronic blocking of many news websites and the frequent social network slowdowns have now been compounded by frequent arrests of Internet users and the blocking of access to censorship circumvention tools (VPNs and the Tor Network). Hundreds of Internet users have been arrested since mid-January for criticizing Turkey’s offensive in Syria’s Afrin region.We cannot overstate the degree to which these policies are fraught with peril, including for the EU. Carried out in the name of combatting terrorism, they dangerously increase the country’s instability, which has already been exacerbated by the region’s geopolitical crisis. By raising the political climate to fever pitch and by preventing a democratic debate among the different sectors of the population, President Erdoğan is accentuating the deep divisions in a very polarized society. By undermining the foundations of Turkish democracy and shrinking the sources of independent news and information, he has turned his country into an unpredictable and unreliable partner for Europe.We ask you to make it clear to President Erdoğan that Turkey cannot expect any progress in its relations with the EU as long as the authorities continues to trample on press freedom and the rule of law. We fully understand the need to cooperate with Ankara on certain issues but a conditional approach must prevail more than ever in bilateral relations. Although the Turkish authorities claim, for example, to have satisfied all the criteria for Turkish citizens to enjoy visa-free travel within the EU, they still have not amended their terrorism legislation, which continues to be widely used to persecute critics.We count on you to firmly ask President Erdoğan to restore pluralism, lift the state of emergency and immediately free all journalists who have been imprisoned without evidence of individual involvement in a crime recognized by international law. The rulings of Turkey’s constitutional court and the European Court of Human Rights on Şahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan must be implemented without delay. We also ask you to increase EU support for Turkish civil society and independent journalists. They are resisting with determination but the battle is an unequal one. They need help more than ever.We thank you in advance for the attention you give to this letter and we are at your disposal should you need more detailed information.Sincerely,Christophe Deloire Reporters Without Borders secretary-general TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe News RSF_en Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information News Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit March 23, 2018 EU must insist on press freedom at summit with Turkeylast_img read more

Medical Relief and Disaster Preparedness Mission to Peru Builds Partnerships

first_img It’s a shame that contributions such as the ones of New Horizon volunteers aren’t valued, and that on the contrary, people jump with accusations as if they were “foreign invasion mission”. The most important thing is that these contributions from American and Peruvian doctors in areas devastated by the earthquake and that are vulnerable to poverty signify apprenticeship and a lot of solidarity. We hope that these contributions keep going to countries with a lot of necessities, especially in times of post-disaster. *Matt Pueschel – U.S. Department of Defense Force Health Protection & Readiness, International Health Division About 500 U.S. military health providers, engineers and support staff returned to these areas last June-August to provide medical relief and disaster response training. As part of an annual U.S. military humanitarian outreach mission to Latin America called “New Horizons” aimed at building enduring partnerships with different countries in the region, the U.S. Air Force, Army and Marines and the U.S.-based NGO Project Hope worked collaboratively with Peruvian military medics and engineers and local civilian doctors to provide primary, dental and minor surgical care to the local populations while rebuilding clinics and clean water lines. Within Ica, U.S. and Peruvian military engineers collaborated to construct a community center with a clinic, library, auditorium and playground in Tambo de Mora, and a clinic addition in Independencia that will offer OB/GYN services and a 24-hour ER to 15,000 citizens. Both areas were hit hard by the 2007 earthquake. Girao said thousands of people were displaced in Tambo de Mora, which was struck by an ensuing tsunami, and will benefit greatly from the new center. Rotating groups of U.S. Air Force medics and Project Hope medical volunteers also provided free health care at 11 locations in the Ica region for 2-4 weeks at a time. Medical treatment included general, pediatric, internal and family medicine, as well as orthopedic, gynecologic, eye and dental care. Announcements went out in advance to inform local residents interested in receiving care, and Peru health officials made final determinations on which patients were selected for surgeries. “(Peruvian) dentists are working with (the U.S.) Army and Air Force and they’ve been able to learn from each other’s experiences,” added Lt. Veronica Perez, U.S. Army Operations Officer for the 228th Combat Support Hospital. “They are providing the quality care that they need.” Perhaps the greatest impact of the mission was a disaster preparedness and health education exchange that included several joint training activities at various sites in Pisco from Aug. 1-10. The exchange was coordinated between INDECI, the U.S. Air Force, U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the U.S. embassy. It included a course on emergency communications systems, an exchange of lessons learned from previous natural disasters that had occurred in Peru and West Virginia, a basic light structural collapse search and rescue operation, and first responder, basic and intermediate first aid courses. The first aid course was so popular that a second one was held and U.S. Air Force medical personnel taught a train-the-trainer course in basic first aid to Peruvian military medics, who then taught two classes to 230 participants with U.S. medics just observing and assisting where needed. In addition, a 40-person U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Medical Support Health Response Team set up a mobile field hospital on a soccer field in Huancavelica to treat several thousand patients over a month. Working at 13,500 feet above sea level in the blustery winter air of the Andes mountains under a strong sun that turns locals’ cheeks bright red, U.S. and Peruvian soldiers unloaded pallets from trucks that had driven 11 hours up winding roads to reach the field. They worked tirelessly as a team, unpacking boxes and assembling their contents into a 22-room, 6,300-square foot linked network of medical tents. “For us, it was something amazing…the deployment of the containers and the rapid installation of the tents, and basically the immediate start of medical services,” said Dr. Jackson Sanchez Ponvalasa, a Peruvian surgeon and director of Huancavelica Hospital. By Dialogo January 10, 2013 Educational Exchange Strikes Chord The U.S. Department of Defense also played a supporting role in the immediate response to the August 15, 2007 earthquake, sending medical teams to provide health needs assessments and urgent care in coordination with Peru’s National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI), the State Department, USAID and international NGOs. Some of the rural and mostly poor areas heavily affected by the earthquake’s epicenter in Pisco and Ica on the coast, and populations that felt reverberations as far inland as Huancavelica in the Andes mountains, are still recovering to this day with reconstruction incomplete and people continuing to rebuild their lives. To see a video clip on this mission, please click here: Maj. Gen. Fermin Vera Flores, Sanitation Section Chief of the Peruvian Air Force, also praised the value of a two-day basic flight medicine course held on Pisco Air Base and hopes additional exchanges like it occur in the future to help Peru recruit and retain more flight medics. “The experience is very motivating,” he said. “It’s permitted us to learn about certain situations that (the U.S.) encounters that we’ll be able to utilize, too. We’ve learned about ophthalmology problems, spatial disorientation, which will serve us later on. The human factor is very important, and the pilot should be completely ready and in optimal condition to fly.” Dr. Ponvalasa said U.S. doctors likewise learned from the exchanges by seeing Peruvian patients at Huancavelica Hospital and offering opinions about treatment and follow-up care, while Peruvian doctors gathered knowledge about U.S. procedures for the same pathologies. For example, U.S. Air Force International Health Specialist Maj. Brian Neese watched a Peruvian doctor perform a surgery on a parasitic hydatid cyst, which is common in Peru but not in the U.S. Maj. Neese wrote in a local newspaper that he will remember his Peruvian colleague should he encounter such a cyst and will know how to treat it. Early in the mission, Dr. Ponvalasa said his perception was that it was going to be “external help,” but that quickly changed as the close collaborations developed. “The sharing of experiences have made us seen the U.S. not only as a country where there is technology, development and a lot of movement, but it is also a country that definitely shows humanity, support, and interest in exchanging knowledge,” he said. “The Peruvian doctors were very eager to learn the experiences from the U.S. doctors. People have made this not a services, donation or help campaign, but a knowledge exchange campaign. The U.S. and Peruvian doctors have both taken away very grateful experiences.” The training was a great success in partner nation capacity building and INDECI officials were excited about the turnout and interested in holding similar courses in other areas of Peru. Rolando Benavides, INDECI Disaster Risk Management Specialist, likened the training to a pebble thrown in a lake. “Ripples of preparedness will spread out wider through the region as people teach each other the skills they’ve learned,” he said. “Each time they pass on the information, they will expand the ripple until all of Peru’s first responders share in the knowledge and are more prepared to respond to future disasters. The people of Pisco were greatly affected by the 2007 earthquake and still feel the importance of staying prepared.” “This project is what people here have been praying for,” said José Pepe Girao, of the Chincha municipal government for a Peruvian village where a reconstruction project took place during the mission. “It will improve the lives of many who have been suffering and it will bring them together.” Five years after a devastating 8.0-earthquake shook the southeast coast of Peru, killing 540 people, injuring more than 15,000 and displacing over 40,000, U.S. military medics and civil engineers returned to the region this past summer to provide follow-on health care, civic assistance and disaster preparedness training. last_img read more

Webb joins Royal London in policy role

first_imgFormer UK pensions minister Steve Webb has joined Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) as its new head of policy.Webb, until the May election a Liberal Democrat MP and member of the junior coalition party, is the UK’s longest-serving pensions minister, having held the position for the entire five-year duration of prime minister David Cameron’s first term.The newly created role of director of policy and external communications will see him working on policy areas including long-term saving and consumer protection, both areas of focus as the 2014 pension freedoms – which allow savers over 55 to draw down the entirety of their pension pot – bed in.Webb said it was exciting to be taking on a role at RLAM “at a time of such dramatic change in the world of pensions”.  “Having been involved in designing policy in areas such as automatic enrolment, I am looking forward to seeing how it is implemented on the front line. “As someone who has always wanted a better deal for pension savers, the customer-focused ethos of Royal London is a perfect fit with my priorities and I am greatly looking forward to this opportunity.”Phil Loney, RLAM’s chief executive, praised Webb’s time in government and background in public policy.The former minister, who lost his seat at the election after the collapse of the Liberal Democrat vote, was a professor of social policy at Bath University before entering parliament in 1997, and spent nine years at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.During his time in government, he oversaw the introduction of the single-tier state pension and led the debate around defined ambition (DA), which culminated in the passage of the Pension Scheme Act allowing for the introduction of collective defined contribution in the UK. Since leaving office, he has sought to defend his legacy, arguing DA was more than an academic exercise. Webb’s move to the asset management industry follows Aberdeen Asset Management’s hiring Gregg McClymont, the former Labour shadow pensions minister, as its new head of retirement savings.last_img read more

Suspect in custody after shots reportedly fired near a Miami hotel

first_imgA suspect has been taken into custody after authorities were called to the Hilton hotel in Miami due to a report of shots fired.The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m at the hotel located in the area of 15th Street and Biscayne Boulevard.According to the report, when police arrived, the suspect  barricaded themselves inside of the hotel room.Authorities were able to evacuate certain areas of the hotel as hostage negotiation crews attempted to convince the suspect to exit the hotel.City of Miami Police have since confirmed that the suspect is now in police custody.Authorities are now working to reopen the hotel which was placed on lock down.No injuries have been reported at this time.This is a developing story.last_img

Bafana share 1-1 draw with Mali

first_img15 January 2014Group A leaders South Africa and second-placed Mali played to a 1-1 draw in the African Nations Championship (Chan) at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening, leaving the path to the quarterfinals of the tournament far from decided.It was an even clash, with Mali shading possession 52% to 48% and South Africa edging the shots on goal 16 to 14. In the end, though, the Eagles appeared to be happier with the result. They face Mozambique in their final group encounter, while Bafana Bafana take on Nigeria.ChangesCoach Gordon Igesund made four changes to the South African line-up from the team that beat Mozambique 3-1 on Saturday, bringing in Vuyo Mere for Bryce Moon at right back, Matty Pattison for Lerato Chabangu in midfield, Lindokuhle Mbatha for Sibusiso Vilakazi, and Edward Manqele for Katlego Mashego in an effort to counter the physical challenge posed by the Malians.Of the four, Pattison enjoyed the best game, although his efforts were heavily weighted towards his defensive contribution.The crowd was rather small, perhaps a result of the five o’clock start, and the pitch appeared somewhat slippery, judging by the number of players that lost their footing during the match.Ultimately, though, despite it being an even clash, Mali were somewhat unlucky not to take the points. They had what looked like a clear penalty disallowed and then saw South Africa awarded a penalty when replays showed Mbatha going down just outside the Eagles’ box.‘A very tough game’“I think it was a very tough game for both sides. I think both sides played reasonably well,” coach Gordon Igesund said in a post-match interview.“We could have scored one or two, I think. We just didn’t take our chances in certain areas, but we played against a good side and the guys worked hard out there today.” he added.“We had some very good moments in the game, but unfortunately we couldn’t hold onto a win. I think we made a mistake at the back [when they scored].“At the end of the day it’s a draw and we’ll look forward to our next game.”Penalty turned downAfter an untidy start to the match, with both teams failing to maintain possession and turning it over too easily, Mali came close to making a breakthrough in the ninth minute when Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was lucky not to be penalised for bringing down Abdoulaye Sissoko, who beat the goalkeeper to a through ball. For his trouble, Khune took a knee to the mouth.Lassana Diarra then came close to netting from the corner that followed, meeting the ball with a powerful side-footed shot, but it flew wide of Khune’s left-hand post.South Africa responded by forcing Eagles’ goalkeeper Soumaila Diakite to punch a teasing cross away and shortly after that Siphiwe Tshabalala was just off target with an attempted chip.Just when it seemed that Mali was enjoying the better of the contest and beginning to make more incursions into the Bafana Bafana half, Tshabalala picked up a ball in midfield, and fed Mbatha, who fired off a right footed shot, straight at the keeper. Hlompho Kekana, the scorer of a stunning goal against Mozambique then had a shot blocked on the edge of the box.Penalty to South AfricaIn the 23rd minute, out on the right, Mbatha split two defenders before being brought down by a third as he sped towards the Eagles’ box. The referee pointed to the spot. The Malians remonstrated with him, feeling hard done by and pointing out the disallowed penalty at the other end of the park, and Adama Traore was booked for his overzealous arguing. It was close, but replays showed Mbatha had been tackled just outside the area.Bernard Parker was entrusted with the spot kick and made no mistake. Diakite dived the correct way, to his right, but Parker’s shot was high and the goalie went low, giving the Kaizer Chiefs striker his 22nd goal for Bafana Bafana.Stung, Mali started to put South Africa under pressure, building up their attacks with more structure as they sought a way through the hosts’ defence. Bafana, though, stood firm.In two mindsTshabalala then caught the goalie in two minds with a lovely, curling cross, which found Mbatha on the right and in space. He struck his shot into the ground, but Mahamadou Traore threw himself in the way of the shot and knocked the ball behind for a South African corner, which Diakite dealt with comfortably.When Bafana’s defence hesitated when dealing with a throw-in, Sissoko latched onto the ball deep inside the South African box and let fly with a powerful shot. It struck the outside of Khune’s right hand upright and went behind for a corner as the home team breathed a sigh of relief.Just before the half-time break, a slip by Ousmane Keita in the Mali defence allowed Manqele to fire off a stinging left-footed drive, but Diakite managed to palm it upwards before claiming the ball with both hands.As time ran out, Khune almost caught Diakite off his line with a quickly taken free kick from inside his own half.Mali showed attacking intent after the restart and forced Bafana Bafana back into their half. While they set the tempo, they also left themselves open to the counter- attack, but South Africa struggled to make meaningful use of the opportunities that came their way.EqualiserThey were made to pay less than 10 minutes into the second stanza when Mali found an equaliser through Ibourahima Sidibe. Dit began when Diakite fired a long clearance down the field, which was headed on, then flicked to Sidibe, who blasted a rasping shot past Khune in the South African goal, leaving the Bafana Bafana skipper flat-footed.Substitute Asavela Mbekile, on for Manqele, had a shot blocked and but Kekana picked up the ball before releasing a snap shot from outside the box. At the other end, Traore tried a snap shot of his own, but his effort passed across the face of goal.Good chanceWith 20 minutes to play, Tshabalala picked out Parker with a neat pass to the striker’s feet from the left. Receiving the ball in the middle of the box, Parker spun and fired off a left-footed shot. Diakite, though, was able to drop swiftly to his left and prevent the Bafana marksman from taking his tally in the tournament to four goal in two outings.Buhle Mkhwanazi forced the Malian goalie to save with his feet after Tshabalala found him with a long pass across the Eagles’ defence, but Diakite had no problems dealing with the subsequent corner.Substitute Lamine Diawara was put through with a chip over the top, but Mkhwanazi pulled off a well-timed tackle at full stretch to prevent Diawara getting off a shot.In the last minute of regulation time, Sissoko made ground down the right flank before making his way into the South African penalty area. He lined up a shot, but as he got it off it was blocked.Additional timeThree minutes of additional time was signalled. Mali threatened with only a minute to play, but Adama Traore’s shot was poor and flashed across Khune’s goal and out for a throw-in on the far side.With mere seconds remaining Chabangu picked up a yellow card, giving the Eagles a chance to find a late winner from a free kick on their right-hand flank. Pattison cleared with his head, however, and the final whistle sounded moments later.last_img read more

Tariffs, trade and the battle between supply and demand

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileSupply bulls and demand bears, two terms you have heard much about the past two months. Earlier this summer it was most apparent a huge tug of war was taking place in regard to corn prices. Supply bulls felt they had the upper hand in prices due to huge unknown prevented planted corn acreage. It was most obvious corn planting had been delayed with each release of the Monday afternoon weekly crop progress report from late April into the first half of June. Prevented planting for corn acres grew with each rain event. The supply bulls were utterly disappointed with the June 28 USDA Acres Report. Corn acres were several million acres higher than expected, a bearish surprise. December CBOT corn closed that day at $4.315, down 19.5 cents.Demand bears could see corn planting was at a record slow pace this spring. Yet, they felt they could win the day, knowing demand was falling week after week. U.S. corn export sales and shipments were on the decline. It was evident Brazil was producing a record corn crop. Further demand reduction was apparent with a huge southeast U.S. pork producer securing cheaper corn from Brazil. Corn from Brazil was cheaper even with freight costs compared to rail from the Midwest. This purchase was for 19 million bushels or eight boats to be imported into North Carolina.At the end of July, old corn basis levels were decades strong across Ohio. Many locations were a plus basis with numbers anywhere from 20 to 50 over the September. Several locations in western Ohio had seen basis weakening ten cents or more compared to earlier in July. Expect lots of volatility for both old and new corn into harvest.Weak demand for corn, soybeans, and wheat with plentiful grain stocks around the world were negative for grain prices last month. Grains were all lower in July compared to June. Corn was down 24 cents for the month, soybeans and wheat down 40 cents for the month. Supply bulls were most frustrated as they expected prices to rally above $5 with corn prevented planted acres expected to be record high. Early August some are already suggesting it will take hot weather along with reduced yield to move December CBOT corn above its June 17 high of $4.73.Late last month President Trump announced a 10% tariff on $300 billion of China goods imported into the U.S. would be effective Sept. 1. This follows the disappointing U.S./China trade talks, which ended days earlier. Our U.S. trade officials had been in China desperately working to secure a trade deal. Those talks ended with zero announcements. The lack of a trade deal was not a surprise to the market. The announcement of another round of trade talks in September was a yawner with no price movement.U.S. Midwest weather was non-threatening for much of July with cooler than normal temperatures. Weather and weak demand combined for a powerful dynamo, leaving supply bulls gasping and sputtering for air, exclaiming, “What about acres?” It reminds us a bull needs to be fed every day. Bullish news has been lacking much of the summer. In an arena of growing world stocks for corn, soybeans, and wheat, a one-hit, one time wonder of prevented planted U.S. corn acres, supply has had monumental difficulty battling demand and weather.The August 12 Monthly Supply and Demand Report is awaited with much anticipation. The market has been starved for fresh news in the weeks following the bearish June 28 Acres Report. It will be October and later before the market has a stronger grasp on corn and soybean acres and yields. The long, drawn out planting season will result in a normal start to harvest for some while it will be delayed for others. Expect a longer and later harvest season than normal.last_img read more

Sailing into IoT and AR solutions with smart yachts and more

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#AR#Augmented Reality#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart homes#smart yachts#top Follow the Puck The Internet of Things (IoT) is now widely used in advanced business spheres, like vehicle manufacturing, machine maintenance, retail business, and more. According to the latest research data, the number of IoT connected devices, which made up ∼4.9 million things in 2015, reached ∼3.9 billion in 2016.See also: With some many choices, how do you pick an IoT platform?Concerning AR, Statista predicts at least three various scenarios of AR/VR growth, but they all forecast the economic impact amounting ∼$29.5 billion in 2020. Having reached the decision of developing your own IoT/AR software, you need to get heads up about the pitfalls of starting this new business solution development.What are the key development challenges?The obstacles that should be taken into account before engaging a developer should include:Unclear business benefitsInsufficient fundingHow complicated is the solutionSecurity concernsImplementation difficultiesPotential lack of supportNevertheless, the latest statistics on the number of the internet-connected devices and the AR technology in various spheres shows that a business owner is a targeted consumer for the outputs. This gives extra room for the IoT and AR initiatives.With reference to the latest Cisco’s survey, only 26% of IoT projects considered as successful by their developers, whereas more than 50% reach the jumping-off place at the strategy crafting stage. One of the key AR challenges is to correlate virtual data with the real environment, which can turn even a leading vendor to a mediocre player. For this very reason, it’s critically important to have an idea of technology development nuances. Two notable IoT/AR use casesIn the context of solving the task, below are the two living examples of successful solutions to take into account while initiating your own development project.One idea was to develop a highly customizable system allowing to manage numerous connected devices in smart buildings/yachts. The solution allowed for managing a chain of devices, including surveillance cameras — change the angles, zoom in/out, and so on — lighting, media systems, smart locks, and more via an Android-based mobile app. This led to essential energy and budget economy. The product is now being enhanced by integrating more smart devices into the system. A similar solution may be implemented in any smart home, hotel, or yacht to introduce automation and analysis to the existing infrastructure. The second idea was to develop a mobile app compatible with numerous platforms, which would let clients maintain complex industrial equipment single-handedly. Afterward, each of the required equipment part scenes is supplied with a step-by-step guide by means of animated, drag-and-drop 3D objects, such as a nut, a screwdriver, etc. The system also allows to include text information, as well as images and videos in the instructions. Finally, the app’s user gets the complete instructions by simply pointing the device’s camera at the equipment that needs repair. A similar solution may be applicable to any industrial enterprise, healthcare organization, or any other vertical which requires urgent fixes and updates. The bottom lineDespite the fact that IoT/AR software development demands sufficient material inputs and a well-thought-out plan for further implementation, there is more behind it. Industrial sensors, manufacturing machines connected to the internet, in-store analysis devices, workspace controlling devices are already in requisition.Often, each of the connected IoT devices uses its own protocol and needs to be competently and securely combined into a single net for analyzing and visualizing information. An IoT solution itself usually encompasses sensors, devices, gateways, databases, and end-user applications, and may be integrated with AR solutions for maximum efficiency. The quantity of IoT and AR applications is skyrocketing and the above examples are a living proof of the system’s effectiveness in different business spheres. Related Posts center_img Yuliya Gudkova Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Mind Blowing Photoshop Project

first_imgWatch the work process of a Photoshop wizard in this epic timelapse process video!So you think you’re good at Adobe Photoshop?  Well, prepare to be astounded in this timelapse video showing one artist’s Photoshop skills.Using a variety of matte painting, lighting, shading and colorization techniques, graphic designer Alexander Koshelkov creates a dramatic depiction of a commercial airliner crashing into an urban highway.  The final picture is composited together from tons of individuals images with stunning precision.  Koshelkov’s Photoshop skills are nothing short of incredible!For best effect watch full screen:Have you seen other amazing Photoshop work?  Share it in the comments!last_img

Premiere Pro CC: Must Know Video Editing Shortcuts

first_imgEdit Clip in Audition:No Default (I use Shift + A)You can right click on a clip to do this, but I use this a lot and this is quicker. This is a round-trip, in that you make your changes in Audition and they show up back in Premiere Pro. I have written on this in more detail here. Some things to know about Groups in Premiere Pro:– If you click on the edge of a clip, it trims just that clip.– If you select the group first, clocking on an edge trims the group– Grouping will let you swap edit multiple clips as one clip. Slide Clip in Sequence:Option + , (left) or Option +. (right)Add Shift to move 5 framesLooks at 3 clips, slides the middle clip left or right.  Thehe clips to the left/right adjust in length (the middle clip stays the same length). Toggle Trim Type:Control + T (Shift on PC)Toggles between standard trim (leaves a gap), ripple and roll. Slip Clip in Sequence:Option+ Command + left/right keysAdd Shift to move 5 framesChanges the in and out points of the clip in the Premiere Pro timeline.  Note, it doesn’t change the length of the clip. Nest:No Default (I use Option + C)Shift + T reveals clips in nestSelect the clips you want to Nest, then press Option + C. Name the Nest a specific, useful name. Do not use the defaults. If I then wanted to step into the Nest I created, Shift + T will show me the original clips. I previously covered Nesting here. Group Clips:Command + GSelect the clips you want to group and press Command + G. When you click on a clip in a group, they all turn grey (selected).  Grouping allows you to move multiple clips as one clip. Replace with Clip from Source:No Default (I use Shift + R)Replace Edits looks at where the playheads are in the Source & Sequence (ignoring the In and Out). I have a video tutorial on this here for more detail. Premiere Pro CC features additional helpful keyboard shortcuts. This is a list of Timeline Shortcuts that will speed up your video editing and let you work smarter.I previously looked at time saving tips in Premiere Pro CS 6 here and here. In addition, Adobe Premiere Pro CC has added a lot of shortcuts to the Default keyboard settings, which saves you the time of adding them individually.To clarify keyboard shortcuts: Mac users have Command & Option, PC users have Control & Alt.  The following shortcuts are written with Command & Option.  Simply sub these keys out for Control & Alt on a PC.All the Default Shortcuts for Premiere Pro CC are listed here.  Let’s dive into some of the must know timeline shortcuts for Premiere Pro CC:center_img Toggle Audio Scrub:Shift + SSometimes you want to hear audio when you scrub, sometimes you don’t. Turning off scrubbing increases processing power. Replace with After Effects Comp:No Default (I use Shift + E)You can also right click on a clip to this, but again I use this often and this Premiere Pro CC shortcut quicker. This is also a round-trip, in that you make your changes in After Effects and they show up back in Premiere Pro. Use this when you need to just send a clip to After Effects for something that cant be done in Premiere Pro (like Motion Tracking). If this is new to you, check the Adobe Help for more info. Add keyframes to Opacity/Volume:Command Click with Selection ToolThis is quicker than switching to the pen tool to add keyframes and then switching back to the selection tool. If you don’t see the white line for opacity/volume, go to the wrench (Timeline Display Settings) and select “Show Video Keyframes” or “Show Audio Keyframes”. Ripple Trim:Next Edit – W , Previous Edit – QLets you trim the head or tail of a clip, a quick way to work. Nudge (move a clip up or down):Up or Down ArrowsHold Alt/Option to select just video or audio (or click the linked selection button), then use the up or down arrow. This will add tracks if they don’t already exist (similar to the FCP behavior) Add Edit:Command + K  (for targeted tracks)Similar to using the Razor Tool, but it cuts tracks that are targeted (will cut all tracks that are targeted). To view your add edits in a Sequence, click the wrench icon and select “Show Through Edits”. Add Default Transitions to Selection:Shift + DThis will apply the default transition to all selected clips. This shortcut now applies the transition to all clips. It didn’t work on the first and last clip in Premiere Pro CS6.Do you have Premiere Pro shortcuts that you can’t live without?Share your favorite Premiere shortcuts in the comments below!last_img read more

How To Create Compelling Content

first_imgAt Dreamforce, a member of the audience asked:“How do you create content that cuts through the noise? How do you get attention now that there is a glut of content being created?” It’s an excellent question. How do you create compelling content? What do you do to bring attention to your company, your brand, or yourself now that the social web has gotten so crowded? How do you stand out in a world of content shock. Here’s a framework for thinking about content creation for sales and marketing.What Is Compelling?First, we have to deal with the idea of “compelling content,” and this is the difficult part. Compelling to whom? Compelling how? Here’s the thing, compelling is in the eye of the beholder. If you want to be compelling, you have to know what is already compelling to your prospective clients or customers–or what should be compelling to them.If you are going to create content as part of your “above the funnel” marketing or nurturing efforts, you need to decide who should be compelled and why. There is no better lens with which to answer this question than your buyer’s journey.“I Hate Everything Right Now”Most buyers beginning their buying journey are compelled by some recognized gap in their performance. They realize that the status quo is no longer serving them, and they are motivated to change. When they start typing their query into Google, they search for content that speaks to that dissatisfaction.The gap might be something as simple as not knowing where to eat dinner in a city you have never visited. It might something more personal, like how to lose weight or get back in shape. But it’s a little more complicated for sales organizations that sell business-to-business where the outcomes are more complicated. The best of your time and energy is spent thinking about the challenges your prospective clients face and how they talk about those challenges.What are the challenges your clients face right now? What are the areas where they struggle to perform as well as they need to? What words do they use to describe those challenges? Writing content that speaks to these challenges is compelling because it is aligned to what your buyers need right now. It serves them by helping them to understand their dissatisfaction, and it puts them on the path to finding answers.“I Don’t Know What I Don’t Know”Buyers need help uncovering their real needs. They have their own ideas about what needs to change and how they might need to do things differently. But they don’t know what they don’t know. When they search for help, they look for help discovering their real needs. They also search for people and companies that can help them understand their needs.One of the strongest benefits of creating compelling content is that you can give your prospective client some idea of how you view their challenges and how they might think about what they need.What do your prospective clients need to do to overcome their challenges? What do they need to change, why do they need to change it, and how does that change make a difference? Your answers here give your prospective buyers the insight as to how they might think about their needs while providing clues about what you believe and how you might help.“What Are My Options?”Once your prospective buyers understand what they need, they want to know what their choices are to effectively deal with that need. At this stage of their journey, you have a lot of great options for producing content.What are the range of choices available to your prospective clients? What can they do? What are the tradeoffs they may need to consider? Would you recommend one course of action over another?But there is a second set of questions here that can guide you towards compelling content. How are you different? And more importantly, why do you do what you do in a way that is different than your competitors? How does that difference make a difference for your clients?Some of the content you create should help you position yourself in your market. It should differentiate you by explaining what you believe makes a difference in producing the results your buyer needs.“Prove It”The final stage buyers march through on their journey is avoiding risk and ensuring execution. Stories are compelling, and so is data. What stories can you tell about where your clients were when you found each other, what you discovered together, and how you produced better results? What measurements can you use to speak about the impact of the changes you made?Content that tells the story of how you helped your client get to the better results they were seeking give your prospective clients the vision of what they can look forward to. It helps them to see their future results. That vision can be seriously compelling.Compelling How?You create content to help your prospective buyer through their journey, but you need to compel them to take some action. Your content needs to leave them with a call to action. If you can help them better understand the source of their dissatisfaction, your content needs to compel them to connect with you in whatever way best serves both of you in exploring ways you might help.How do you make it easy for your prospective buyer to connect with you? How do you assure them that by connecting you that you are going to be helpful instead of desperately trying to prematurely push them for a deal? What is the first commitment you need them to make and what is the value proposition for them when they agree to that commitment? Is it signing up for more information? Is it scheduling a call?A Final WarningThe biggest mistake you can make in designing a content strategy is to withhold. Your content will never be compelling if you don’t tell your prospective client the what, why, and the how. If you aren’t willing to share how they can improve what they are doing now, your content will fall short of the mark. It won’t be compelling because it doesn’t provide any answers and it leaves your prospective buyer even more dissatisfied. You can’t create content that leaves your prospective client in the same stage as where you found them.Many sales organizations are too fearful about sharing content that answers their buyer’s questions with actionable information. They believe that their answers are their intellectual property, and sharing deprives them of the ability to capture some of the value they create. There is some truth to this, and there is some risk. But the greatest risk for most sales organizations now is that they share content that isn’t compelling, doesn’t help their prospective client with their buying journey, and doesn’t give them the experience of what it might be like to work with them. The greater risk is irrelevance.Create compelling content by looking at what your prospective clients or buyers need as they work their way through their buying journey. The more helpful you are in serving their needs here, the more your content will be compelling. And the more likely you are to create new clients.last_img read more