Oz court gives Cardinal Pell 6year jail for child sex abuse

first_imgMelbourne: Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be convicted of sex abuse to date, has been sentenced to six years in prison by an Australian court for the “callous” assault of two choirboys in the late 1990s. A former senior adviser to Pope Francis, Pell, 77, was found guilty by a jury in December last year. The County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd, while delivering the sentence, described Pell’s abuse of two choirboys in the sacristy at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne as “a brazen and forcible sexual attack on the victims”. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”There was a clear relationship of trust with the victims and you breached that trust and abused your position to facilitate this offending,” the chief judge said. “The brazenness of your conduct is indicative of your sense of authority and power in relation to the victims,” he said. The chief judge said Pell’s abuse had had a “significant and long-lasting impact” on the wellbeing of one of his victims, whom he referred to as J. The chief judge said he did not have the benefit of a victim impact statement from his other victim, referred to as R, who died of a heroin overdose in 2014 and never reported the abuse. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang”However on the basis of J’s account at trial I am able to say your offending must have had an immediate and significant impact on R,” Kidd said. “Whilst it is not possible for me to quantify the harm caused, or articulate precisely how it impacted on R in the long run, I have no doubt that it did in some way.” Pell will serve a minimum of three years and eight months in jail before he will be eligible for parole. “I will impose a shorter non-parole period than I otherwise would have been inclined to impose in recognition in particular of your age, so as to increase the prospect of you living out the last part of your life in the community,” the chief judge said. Outside the court, survivors of Catholic sex abuse who had attended the hearing were divided on the sentence. Some felt it was too light, while others were happy to see justice being done. “I would have been happy with one month, one week,” one said. In a statement after the sentencing, the surviving victim said it was hard for him “to take comfort in this outcome.” “There is no rest for me,” he said through his lawyer, Vivian Waller. “I’m doing my best to hold myself and my family together.” Until last month Pell held the role of Vatican treasurer, considered by many to be the third most senior position within the Roman Catholic church. Pell’s legal team has previously announced it will appeal his conviction on three grounds, including that the jury’s verdict on all five charges was unreasonable, based on the evidence submitted. The Court of Appeal is due to hear submissions in early June. Reporting of the trial and verdict was suppressed by the court to avoid prejudicing a second trial, which crown prosecutors abandoned in February after the judge ruled some prosecution evidence couldn’t be submitted.last_img read more

SC instructs AG to examine statement made by Ranjan

The Deputy Minister had made the statement in Parliament recently. (Colombo Gazette) The Attorney General (AG) has been instructed by the Supreme Court to examine a statement made by Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake which was reportedly critical of the court.The Supreme Court wants the AG to see if the statement made by the Deputy Minister is one which can be charged for contempt of court.

UN health agency puts biomedical research on web for developing countries

The initiative, carried out by WHO and the world’s six biggest medical journal publishers, constitutes “perhaps the biggest step ever taken towards reducing the health information gap between rich and poor countries,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland. Called “Access to Research,” the effort enables accredited universities, medical schools, research centres and other public institutions in developing countries to gain access to the wealth of scientific information contained in more than 1,000 different biomedical journals produced by the six publishers.Until now, subscriptions to those journals, both electronic and print, have been priced uniformly, irrespective of geographical location. Many key titles cost more than $1,500 per year, while average rates ran to several hundred dollars – well beyond the reach of the poorest countries.Thanks to WHO and the six publishers – Blackwell, Elsevier Science, the Harcourt Worldwide STM Group, Wolters Kluwer International Health & Science, Springer Verlag and John Wiley – the journals are now online at www.healthinternetwork.net. Plans are also under way to expand the initiative in the future, according to the agency. read more

Leaders at UN summit take steps to ensure food security for 9

“I am glad to see action that will increase agricultural productivity, build resilience for farmers and reduce carbon emissions,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he opened the meeting. “These efforts will improve food and nutrition security for billions of people.”Nine billion people are expected to be living on the planet in 25 years and food production will need to spike in order to feed them. Today, at the biggest climate conference in history, more than 20 Governments, and 30 organizations and companies announced they would join the newly launched Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture, which aims to enable 500 million farmers worldwide to practice climate-smart agriculture. The countries joining represent millions of farmers, a quarter of the world cereal production, 43 million undernourished people and 16 per cent of total agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Civil society organizations also committed to take action on the ground that “protect the poorest and most vulnerable farmers from climate change,” according to a joint statement released today. While farmers, fishers, and foresters have already adapted to climate change through indigenous and scientific knowledge, they need investment and policy changes to better manage risk, forecast weather and better use natural resources. The Global Alliance strives to achieve increases in agricultural productivity and farmers’ incomes while simultaneously reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ensuring people have access to quality food and nutrition is also a priority. On a regional level, the Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance- set up by the African Union- brings governments and civil society together to help about 25 million farming households across the continent practice climate-savvy agriculture by 2025. “Africa is leading by example, and the Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance will help ensure that the agriculture sector can continue to be an engine of economic growth and social development for all our people, even in the face of climate change,” said Nkosana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair of the African Union Commission in a statement.A similar initiative in North-American will be launched in 2015 to help farmers adapt and improve resilience to climate change. Major corporations are committing to the cause as well. Walmart, McDonald’s and the Kellogg Company have committed to increase the amount of food in their supply chains that are produced with climate-smart approaches – an important step to curb carbon emissions. Walmart, the world’s largest grocery store, sells 70 million tonnes of food annually. McDonald’s buys two per cent of the world’s beef, a major source of agricultural greenhouse gas production. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank also announced today that 100 per cent of their agricultural investment portfolios – about $11 billion – would be climate-smart by 2018. And the World Food Programme (WFP) expanded its R4 Rural Resilience Initiative to empower food insecure rural households in Malawi and Zambia.These pledges come on the heels of the Secretary-General’s plea to keep global temperature increases to less than two degrees Celsius by reducing emissions, moving money, pricing pollution, and strengthening resilience. Agriculture is just one of eight action areas identified as critical during the Abu Dhabi Ascent, a two-day meeting held in the United Arab Emirates in May 2014. Others include sustainable urban public transport and investment in renewable energy. read more

Sweden win first match at WHC over Chile

After an impressive opening ceremony and after the “Golden generation” of Swedish old stars had met in an friendly match the current Swedish team started well in their home World Championship. Even as they had problems in the very beginning Sweden beat WCh debutant Chile 28:18 (15:8).Surprising to the more than 12.000 spectators in the Scandinavium in Gothenburg Chile led 4:2, before Sweden turned the page very fast. “We had some problems in attack and we can play much better,” right back Oscar Carlen said, who scored five minutes. His coach Staffan Olsson shared this opinion: “We have to discuss some basic things. But even when the result was close in the beginning, we remained patient. But we need more speed,” the Swedish coach said. ← Previous Story Uroš Zorman in Vive Targi Kielce! Next Story → Jicha and Neagu are the best in 2010! read more

Leo tells health lobby Stop attacking me and weakening me

first_imgWisdom of SolomonOn discretionary medical cards that have been restored to some 15,000 people in recent weeks, he said: “There is no question of them being revoked, no question whatsoever.“I am happy to reassure anyone who is worried about that that the medical cards that were withdrawn and given back will not now be revoked,” he insisted.Varadkar also said that an expert medical panel will have a “very difficult job” and are going to need “remarkable wisdom” to carry out a study of what criteria will apply to granting medical cards based on medical need“No decisions will be made until they make their report and certainly no promises or commitments could possibly be made until they produce their report.”The panel, made up of doctors and patient groups, is to make recommendations in the autumn setting out the conditions and criteria to be used in deciding who should be automatically entitled to a full medical card.This follows a change in government policy in May when the controversial review of discretionary medical cards was stopped and the coalition announced plans to grant cards on the basis of medical need for the first time.Varadkar has indicated such plans could be troublesome, but insisted earlier today that he will consider the proposals of the expert group if they are “fair and affordable”.He said: “You would need to have the wisdom of Solomon to decide which illnesses should entitle you automatically to medical cards and which ones should not but if the Expert Panel can come up with proposals that are fair and affordable I’ll consider them in depth.”Also speaking at the MacGill Summer School today, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said that the government should fully reinstate the discretionary medical card system as it had worked effectively since its inception in the 1970s.Follow @oconnellhugh for updates from the Highlands Hotel. First published 10.41am Read: Parents of sick children angry over Varadkar’s comments about medical cardsFF: Your position on medical cards is incoherent … Taoiseach: No it isn’t Updated 7.05pm HEALTH MINISTER LEO Varadkar has admitted you would need the “wisdom of Solomon” to decide which illnesses should automatically entitle a person to a medical card.Varadkar warned last week that plans to grant medical cards on the grounds of medical condition may be unworkable and result in nearly everyone qualifying for a card.This has drawn a concerned response from groups such as the Jack and Jill Foundation which says it has been inundated with complaints and worries from concerned parents following Vardkar’s comments.But a spokesperson for the minister insisted today that Varadkar’s sole priority is to ensure cards are allocated “in the fairest and most equitable manner possible”.Speaking at the MacGill Summer School this evening, Varadkar appealed to the health lobby groups to stop attacking him as he faces into “very difficult budget negotiations” in the coming months.He said: “I am going into very difficult budget negotiations in the next few months to try and secure the biggest budget possible for health and having health interest groups attack me and weaken me is not good for health or people who need to use our health services.”last_img read more

Rattaupe nu des spermatozoïdes paresseux par manque de concurrents sexuels

first_imgRat-taupe nu : des spermatozoïdes paresseux par manque de concurrents sexuelsDes chercheurs de l’Université du Cap en Afrique du Sud ont découvert pourquoi les spermatozoïdes des rats-taupes sont rachitiques et léthargiques. Selon leur conclusion, ceux-ci seraient le résultat d’un manque de concurrence sexuelle.
Pour les spermatozoïdes du rat-taupe nu, la course à l’ovule ne ressemble non pas à une frénétique épopée mais plus à une paisible ballade. Des tests menés sur le sperme de ces mammifères par des chercheurs de l’Université du Cap en Afrique du Sud révèlent que seulement 7% des gamètes se déplacent à une vitesse d’environ 35 micromètres par seconde. Un record de lenteur ! En outre, les cellules reproductrices observées au microscope présentent un aspect rachitique et ratatiné. À lire aussiL’étrange cri d’accouplement d’un koala mâle”La raison pour laquelle ils sont si moches et nagent très lentement est qu’il n’y a pas de compétition spermatique”, explique au NewScientist Liana Maree, co-auteur de l’étude. Les rats-taupes nus ont en effet la particularité de vivre selon une organisation sociale du même type que les fourmis ou les abeilles. Leurs colonies sont dominées par une unique reine qui assure à elle seule de perpétuer la descendance. Pour ce faire, elle choisit généralement un mâle pour s’accoupler avec et bloque l’instinct de reproduction des autres par un système de phéromones. L’heureux élu ayant les droits exclusifs d’accouplement et aucune concurrence, il peut se permettre de produire des spermatozoïdes léthargiques qui tarderont un peu à arriver jusqu’à l’ovule. “Les auteurs de cette étude ont fait un bon travail en faisant prévaloir que la consanguinité n’est pas la cause de la dégénérescence des spermatozoïdes”, commente Matthew Gage, chercheur à l’Université d’East Anglia au Royaume-Uni. Un modèle pour étudier la reproduction humaine  Selon les auteurs des travaux de recherche, le rat-taupe nu représente un très bon modèle pour rendre compte de ce qui se passe chez l’humain. Ces derniers relativement monogames, n’ont que peu à se soucier de la concurrence. Un fait qui serait à la source de nombreuses anomalies des gamètes. Sur l’ensemble de la population humaine, seuls 60 pour cent des spermatozoïdes sont mobiles, contre 95 pour cent pour des espèces vivant avec plus de promiscuité.Le 11 décembre 2011 à 14:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The New Backbone of Content and Marketing Data

first_imgData, for example, is the backbone of programmatic ad buying—the antithesis of native or more custom ad solutions that are becoming so popular lately, but growing rapidly nonetheless.  A recent report by eMarketer notes that 70 percent of marketers are already doing some form of programmatic buying.And while publishers worry that programmatic ad buying will eat into their ability to maintain premium CPM pricing and direct sales relationships, some have jumped feet-first into the game.Hearst, Condé Nast and, more recently, IDG have all launched private ad exchanges that offer RTB (real time bidding) ad models. And in every one of these cases, it should be noted, they’re also providing organized native advertising services on the other end of the spectrum.“That’s where you see media companies moving aggressively toward,” says Michael Friedenberg, president and CEO of IDG Enterprise. “Coupling premium data services with programmatic.”Linking Data ProductsBut in other areas of b-to-b publishing, companies are combining the data they collect from audience demographics, purchasing behavior and engagement with dedicated market research to form powerful connections between audience action and trend data.Summit Business Media, which serves the financial services, legal and insurance markets, has the usual media setup—print, digital, live events—for its various brands, but also has a data products group that conducts a large amount of research on the verticals it tracks.Key to Summit’s strategy is connecting the audience data from its media products with the data that comes out of the research division which, says chief audience officer Peter Westerman, can offer a powerful marketing platform for both Summit’s own product sales as well as lead-gen and marketing services for advertising customers.“We’re somewhat unique in that under one roof we have the data we collect from our media audience members, which we can combine with the data assets we have in our data products group,” he says.The trick has been to connect the audience database with the data products. “We’ve made an assumption in our architecture that our centralized audience database is always going to be bi-directionally communicating with the databases that have been purpose-built as products,” he adds.Going forward, Westerman says the plan is to continue to blend data to provide predictive marketing capabilities as well as integrate Marketo’s platform to enable trigger-based and continuity marketing.Investments on the Rise“Investment has steadily been increasing,” says Westerman. “It’s not just software and technology, but people too—reporting and analytics. We’re at the end now of the big first stage, which is to bring all the data together. The costs there were primarily homogenizing and cleaning it up and building the warehouse. We’re now moving into investments for analytics and predictive marketing.”The second stage will be to use the technology to drive more paid-for product sales and digital spin-offs, says Westerman.For other publishers, a particular data focus has been on marrying the largely unidentified digital audience with the known universe of controlled circ customers.Data to PersonalizeAt CFE Media, which serves the industrial engineering markets, the focus has been on leveraging a registration wall to link website visitors with existing subscribers.The company works with GCN, using its ONECount platform to link and identify audience engagement metrics across platforms. “It allows us to know when a good bunch of people are on the website, but we really want to work on ways to engage our audience and document that,”  says Rick Ellis, CFE’s director of audience management. “We’re in the process of getting more folks to log onto our website so we can correlate the data with what they’re doing.” Using the GCN platform, CFE has put its websites behind a registration wall, which collects basic reader data.Next year, like Summit, Ellis wants to link the data that’s collected from the website registrations to a trigger marketing platform. “It’s a slightly different model than Marketo, which is based on trying to make a sale. I want to feed people more of the content they like,” he says.Accordingly, the revenue focus will be on the reader. Ellis sees opportunities, once his digital customer universe becomes more clear, to introduce more paid content products. But the ability to connect a name to specific areas of engagement opens up many more sponsorship opportunities as well.Ellis foresees an ability to score customer behavior based on the content they engage with, enabling a more robust lead-gen operation. This may sound obvious, but data is now at the heart of just about every action publishers and advertisers make. There appears to be no end to the data sources and the appetite publishers and brands have for it. Data drives every decision, from the content we produce to the viability and subsequent success or failure of a marketing campaign. As a result, publishers are building out systems to house and organize that data, as well as their ability to act on it.Publishers are collecting and organizing data for two primary purposes: For their own customer research and marketing and that of their advertisers and sponsors. Indeed, brands themselves are continuing to expand their own data collection and analysis, which, among other trends, is fueling the whole content marketing boom.“Everything that drives integrated marketing starts with data,” said Bruce Biegel, a senior managing director at media and marketing consulting firm Winterberry Group, during a recent client summit for data information services provider Merit Direct.Biegel’s insight into the brand side of the data trends is revealing in that it highlights what brands value in terms of how they’re targeting their marketing.last_img read more

Armed Suspect Robs Anchorage Bank

first_imgPolice are looking for information on an armed suspect who allegedly robbed an Anchorage bank Wednesday morning. First National Bank Alaska on Northern Lights Boulevard was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money after a subject arrived to a teller station, displayed a gun and presented a note demanding money.The suspect attempted to disguise himself with a black shoulder-length wig and facial hair made of dirt or cosmetics, according to an FBI press release.An Anchorage bank was robbed Wednesday morning by an armed suspect. Photos are from First National Bank Alaska security cameras.Anyone with information on the subject pictured above is asked to contact the FBI at (907) 276-4441 or the Anchorage Police Department at (907) 786-8500.last_img read more

Slasher Fans Will Fall for Poser

first_imgStay on target Researchers Use Rats to Find Out Why Coffee Makes Us PoopStarbucks Will Test ‘Greener,’ Recyclable Cups in Stores Soon “Long thought to be an urban legend in the underground music scene of Redondo Beach, POSER is back to carve a gory slash through the heart of the Los Angeles South Bay!”POSER #1(W): Matt Miner (A): Clay McCormack (C): Doug Garbark (L): Taylor Esposito (CA): Clay McCormackIf there’s one thing everyone has to love on this planet (especially as a horror fan), it’s a good slasher flick. From dope movies like Scream, Valentine, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, we all love a good story that involves a little slicing and dicing every so often. From Waxwork Comics, we’re given a story that is a brilliant homage to the classic slashers with a punk twist. Poser #1 is something totally original that will slash your insides. It knocks you off your feet or stab you in the back, and you’ll be down for each other.via Waxwork ComicsMatt Miner writes a suspenseful and brutally energizing punk slasher with all the f*cked up kills you will ever dream of. Poser #1 feels like an 80s slasher of the best kind. Not just because of the fact that it starts in the 80’s. It has that vibe felt even in the present of the narrative. It has such a Jason-esque presence to the book as a whole. Something that Miner carves out within the slasher film genre and puts into this comic that is all his own.Matt Miner creates his version of the slasher’s urban legends. The geek guy that tries his hand at being one of the cool kids. He’s shut down and called a poser. Then, he takes revenge against them by ripping them to shreds and becoming an urban legend? Yes, please, give me some more. The urban legend that Miner writes cement the story. He gives readers that all too important slasher comeback story. (See what I mean by Jason-esque?) He then brings a whodunit, suspense-like vibe when he comes back for more.Another thing that Miner does so brilliantly is lay out the cast of characters for you to wonder what’s inside their heads. He does this while withholding the secret history and problems between them. There are so much tension and so much history that you don’t even mind being left in the dark. It’s honestly far more intriguing if you are with this crew. It keeps you guessing and makes you wonder. We’re left with such small clues about their relationship towards each other. We feel the pulls, the resentment and more. Miner grants us a little look inside the puzzle with these characters. He also gives us a mystery to unfold with who the Poser killer might be. He does an excellent job in building the suspense and the dynamics but immediately attacks them while leaving you wanting more.via Waxwork ComicsClay McCormack’s art is legit to die for. McCormack brings a sinister, yet disturbing and ominous amount of details to Poser #1 that drives you further into the story even when the guts are being spilled on the floor. (I am in my horror pun heaven right now.) McCormack’s pen and ink create so much chaos within his panels and immediately becomes one with Miner’s story. It’s so punk and in your face and that’s what McCormack’s art does so perfectly to match. It thrives off the chaos and becomes cinematic within the panels. Even the kills from Poser have their signature look to them. It’s one that, again, succeeds off chaos while being absolute overkill but McCormick’s art fits so well within that.Another thing that I dig about McCormack’s art is the diversity he gives within the characters. He gives them their own distinct look and persona with Miner to make them sound out. You never see the same person twice in Poser #1. The diversity of these punks set my heart on fire personally and McCormack nails every one of them and how different the scene is within.via Waxwork ComicsDoug Garbark’s color creates such a horrific yet strange neon mood. This works so well to set the tone for McCormack’s art, and Miner’s script creates that magnifies it tenfold. Remember when I said that McCormack’s art is chaotic? Garbark’s colors have a feeling of a Larry Smith film (cinematographer of Bronson, Only God Forgives, Tau), which is often as chaotic. He lays the colors in a way that progresses into that feeling. Garbark brings violet neon purples that give you the nostalgic feel in the beginning. He then melts into a real natural palette. In the end, the chaotic elements of blue, pink, violet and more. The panels there really stand out because it’s the sign that the killer is back, bringing back those neon palettes to the bar that amps more of the 80’s panels that stand out.There’s no mistaking what Taylor Esposito can do with his letters. He has a way of placing that brings everything to your attention, even if you didn’t mean it to. Poser #1 captured everything that you love about Esposito’s lettering in a nutshell. The way his balloon placements set up in every panel that completes them and doesn’t block the art. The way he varies in his setting and placement. Lastly, the way he brings everything together so smoothly, so your eyes travel from panel to panel with Miner’s script.via Waxwork ComicsIf you’re a fan of horror, especially of the slasher variety, you’re going to absolutely fall for Poser #1. Honestly, I’d be so disappointed if at some point this wasn’t made into a movie. It’s got everything that you want in your go-to slasher lovefest. Glorious gore, brilliant characters, and a killer story make Poser #1 a comic that you’ll come back for again and again. Poser #1 is now available at Waxwork Comics (with a badass 7” vinyl) and your local comic shop.Want to support great indie creators, we’ve got 5 Kickstarter campaigns to kick money to. Read our review on FHTAGN & Loathing #1. See what inspired Black Mask’s Devil Within. But as always stay on top of all things graphic novel here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Mamata remembers Tapashi Mallick on her death anniversary

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday remembered Tapashi Mallick, who was raped and then burnt alive by goons allegedly close to CPI(M), during the movement to resist acquisition of farmland in Singur in 2006.On Tapashi’s death anniversary, Banerjee tweeted: “Today is Tapashi Mallick’s death anniversary. She was raped and burnt alive during the farmer movement in 2006. I pay respect to the martyrs who had been killed during the 34 years of Left rule.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe brutal killing of Mallick had accelerated the farmer movement in Singur, which was organised to oppose acquisition of farmland by the former state government to set up an automobile factory. Intellectuals including poets, scholars and writers got united to support the movement led by Mamata Banerjee and the Singur movement became the Waterloo of Left Front rule in Bengal. Later, the then Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had confessed in an interview on a vernacular television channel that the decision to acquire farmland to set up the factory was wrong. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that a tomb is coming up in Singur, where the names of all those who had laid down their lives during the farmer movement will be engraved. The incident in Singur has been included in the history syllabus in schools. During the Left Front rule, hundreds of youths had been killed. In Netai, Nanur and Nandigram, helpless villagers were brutally killed by the goons appointed by Left Front, who had unleashed a reign of terror throughout Bengal.last_img read more

Control the volume of apps on Android

first_imgControl the volume of apps on Android by Martin Brinkmann on May 08, 2016 in Google Android – 5 commentsApp Volume Control is a free application for Android devices that enables you to control the volume when specific applications are started or exited individually.If you have encountered situations before when using your Android device where the sound was too loud, where notification sounds distracted you from watching a video, or where you did not want to be disturbed by your phone’s ring sound.Your Android device may ship with options to set the volume of media, the ringtone or alarm individually, but the same is usually not true when it comes to applications.If your phone does not even support these basic options, then you may want to check out Persist Volume Control which we reviewed back in 2014.App Volume ControlApp Volume Control is compatible with devices running Android 4.0.3 and up. The application does not require extra permissions — always good — but displays an ad at the bottom of the screen when it is run.First thing you need to do is allow it to function as a function to change the volume of applications automatically. Once that is out of the way, a list of installed and system apps is displayed on the screen.A slider indicates whether custom volumes are configured for apps. A tap opens the configuration screen where you set the desired volume levels.These are divided into on speaker, on headset and on Bluetooth with on speaker settings being used automatically unless you change that there.As far as settings are concerned, you can set the volume for media, ring, alarm, notification or system sounds individually (or keep the defaults).To do so simply toggle the option with a tap and use the volume slider to set the volume between 0% and 100%.App Volume Control let’s you do this separately for app start and app closing, and the reason behind this is that the volume would not change back otherwise if it would not ship with that feature.The on closing section is set to restore the old volume by default, but you can change that as well using the menu.A tap on the save icon saves the changes but you will receive a prompt as well if you leave without saving the changes first.App Volume Control displays a short onscreen message whenever you start an application on the device that you have configured a custom volume for. You may disable that notification in the app settings.The application lacks a search option which means that you will have to scroll the alphabetical list of installed and system apps to manage those you want to modify the volume for. An option to search, or one to filter out the system apps, would be useful to improve that process.Additionally, an option to set volume presets to reuse them might come in handy. Since there is no such feature currently, you need to set the volume for all apps individually even if you want them all to use the same volume settings.Closing WordsIf you want better control over the volume of installed or system applications on your Android device, then you may find App Volume Control useful as it provides you with that functionality.The app could use a couple of options like the aforementioned search or presets that would make it comfortable to use.Everything else is automated from that point onwardSummary12345 Author Rating0 based on 1 votes Software Name App Volume ControlOperating System AndroidSoftware Category AppsLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spycorp.appvolumecontrol&hl=en Advertisementlast_img read more

Chinese media take swipe at Clinton over Africa

first_imgChina has poured billions into Africa in recent years, emerging as the continent’s main trading partner and a major source of investment for infrastructure. But its presence has also sparked concerns about labor abuses and corruption.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates BEIJING (AP) – Chinese state media are taking a swipe at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying she is either ignorant of the facts in Africa or ignoring them.Clinton is on trip to Africa seen as boosting U.S. relations there and questioning China’s motives for its investments on the continent.The acerbic commentary Friday from Xinhua News Agency went on to say that Clinton’s “implication that China has been extracting Africa’s wealth for itself is utterly wide of the truth.” Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonacenter_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

Qantas and its engineers reach agreement

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Qantas and the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) have finally achieved a proposed agreement for around 1,600 of the airlines engineers.The proposal, which has been submitted to Fair Work Australia, forms part of a workplace determination that will remain in force until 31 December 2014. Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said he was satisfied an agreement had been reached and the airline had sustained the flexibility required to operate competitively in the international aviation industry. “After such a damaging industrial campaign, this is a positive outcome that will allow Qantas to move forward with certainty,” Mr Joyce said. The details of the proposed three-year determination includes a three percent pay increase per annum, new licensing arrangements, changes which ease restrictions on extended hours rosters and arrangements for the transition to retirement for licenced engineers.“Throughout the negotiation process, we have been willing to offer reasonable pay increases and conditions provided the union withdraw its attempts to influence how Qantas is run,” Mr Joyce added,” Mr Joyce said.“The proposal submitted to Fair Work Australia is a good deal for Qantas and its licenced engineers. However, it does not contain any of the restrictive demands that would have handed control of parts of the airline to the union.”Mr Joyce said customers can continue to fly with Qantas with “absolute confidence” and that irrespective of the Fair Work Australia process unions were unable to take industrial action for the period of the determination “which could be four years”. Qantas and its engineers finally reach agreementlast_img read more

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