A new open-access scientific journal hopes that paying peer reviewers a little hard cash will help strengthen efforts to make research results freely available to the public.Collabra, an online journal to be formally introduced tomorrow at a conference in the United Kingdom, plans to break with the research community’s long-standing tradition of reviewing journal submissions for free by paying small sums to the reviewers and editors who decide what gets published. In a further twist, the journal will give the payees a choice of what to do with their money. They can keep the cash, donate it to a fund that helps cash-strapped scientists pay the journal’s $875 publication fee, or contribute it to their own institution’s open-access activities.“Collabra is not just about paying reviewers, but also about directing some of the value generated back into the research community,” says Neil Blair Christensen, director of digital business development at the University of California Press (UC Press), the journal’s publisher.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)“Paying reviewers for editing papers has been a subject of discussion for quite some time, but it’s actually never been tried,” says Graham Steel, an open-access advocate and community manager at the ContentMine, a literature mining initiative.Most scientific journals rely on volunteer editors and peer reviewers to operate. But when it comes to business models, journals fall into two general camps: subscription journals, which charge readers and libraries to read content that is kept behind paywalls; and open-access journals, which charge authors an upfront fee to make their accepted papers immediately available to anyone with an Internet connection.The article processing charges (APCs) charged by open-access journals range from just a few hundred dollars to more than $3000. Collabra plans to charge $875, of which $250 will be placed into a “research community fund,” which will be used to pay reviewers and editors. Payments will be based on how much money the fund collects and on a point system, with editors and reviewers earning points based on their involvement in the publishing process. Senior editors will earn one point for each article that they handle, for instance, whereas handling editors and reviewers will be given three points per article. Periodically, journal leaders will write checks based on the total amount collected by the fund, divided by the number of points awarded. One point would be worth $25, for example, if the fund collected $10,000 and each of 40 submitted articles had two reviewers, one handling editor, and a senior editor, for a total of 400 points (10 points per article).Jon Tennant, an open-access advocate and a Ph.D. student at Imperial College London, likes the concept. “It recognises the work that editors and reviewers do, which to me are the most important parts of the postsubmission process, and usually goes completely unrewarded,” he says.The journal aims to pay reviewers and editors regardless of whether the articles are accepted or rejected. UC Press “considered adding a nonrefundable submission fee to contribute to rejection expenses,” Christensen says, but ultimately rejected that idea. The system also aims to eliminate any incentive to accept subpar papers simply to fill the payment fund. “We wanted to ensure that editors and reviewers generate value regardless of their decision to reject or accept,” Christensen says.He also expects many reviewers and editors will donate their checks back to the journal or other open-access efforts. “Our market research suggests that 50%-plus … may elect to pay forward,” he says. But Collabra isn’t counting on any donations to operate, he adds.The press will also watch closely to make sure the payment system isn’t unfair or abused. The payments will be “fairly low,” Christensen predicts. “It’s unlikely anyone will profit by reviewing papers … [or that] any editor would keep sending manuscripts to the same reviewer time and time again. Any reviewer generating subpar reviews, or exhibiting questionable motives for reviewing, is subject to the same editorial scrutiny as on any journal.”Collabra aims to publish papers from many different disciplines. Initially, it will focus on the life and biomedical sciences, ecology and environmental science, and the social and behavioral sciences. It ultimately aims to expand into biomedical science, the humanities, and computer and physical science.UC Press officials plan to unveil Collabra at the FORCE2015 Research Communications and e-Scholarship Conference in Oxford on 13 January. The journal aims to formally publish its first articles in March 2015.
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Designers of IoT sensors, environmental sensors, smartwatches, medical/preventive health wearables, and other size-constrained devices can now increase battery life and functionality using the ultra-low power MAX32660 and MAX32652 microcontrollers from Maxim Integrated Products.These microcontrollers are based on the Arm Cortex-M4 with FPU processor and provide designers the means to develop advanced applications under restrictive power constraints. Maxim’s family of DARWIN MCUs combine our wearable-grade power technology with the biggest embedded memories in their class and some of the most advanced embedded security in the world.Memory, size, power consumption, and processing power are critical features for engineers designing more complex algorithms for smarter IoT applications. Existing solutions today offer two extremes – they either have decent power consumption but limited processing and memory capabilities, or they have higher power consumption with more powerful processors and more memory. The MAX32660 offers designers a sweet spot, giving them access to enough memory to run some advanced algorithms and manage sensors (256KB flash and 96KB SRAM). They also offer excellent power performance (down to 50 µW/MHz), impressively small size (1.6mm x 1.6mm in WLP package), and a cost-effective price point. Engineers can now build more intelligent sensors and systems that are smaller and lower in cost, while also providing a longer battery life.As IoT devices become more intelligent, they start requiring more memory and additional embedded processors which can each be very expensive and power hungry. The MAX32652 offers an alternative for designers who can benefit from the low power consumption of an embedded microcontroller with the capabilities of a higher powered applications processor. With 3MB flash and 1MB SRAM integrated on-chip and running up to 120 MHz, the MAX32652 offers a highly-integrated solution for IoT devices that strive to do more processing and provide more intelligence. Integrated high-speed peripherals such as high-speed USB 2.0, secure digital (SD) card controller, a TFT display controller, and a complete security engine position the MAX32652 as the low-power brain for advanced IoT devices. With the added capability to run from external memories over HyperBus or XcellaBus, the MAX32652 can be designed to do even more tomorrow, providing designers a future-proof memory architecture and anticipating the increasing demands of smart devices.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Sensirion: air quality sensor for battery-driven applicationsNext ST: LDO voltage regulator packs big performance in tiny footprint
Last year, Nokia stunned the Indian budget smartphone market with the launch of the Nokia 5.1 Plus. The handset was priced at Rs 10,499 but offered a modern notched display, a premium glossy body and stock Android interface. Coupled with the MediaTek Helio P60 chip, it is one of the fastest smartphones in the budget category. As of now, Nokia only sold the 5.1 Plus in one variant that offered 3GB RAM and 32GB storage as standard. After so many months, the company has announced two new variants of the handset.HMD Global has announced two new variants of the Nokia 5.1 Plus in India. The company is offering the 5.1 Plus in two different RAM and storage variants – one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage while the other with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. Rest of the specifications remains the same. The new variants of the Nokia 5.1 Plus will still sport the MediaTek Helio P60 chipset and will run on Android 9 Pie with the latest Android security patch.With more RAM and storage, Nokia has obviously increased the prices, extending the 5.1 Plus range across a wider price bandwidth. The variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage will be priced at Rs 14,499 while the top-end variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage will be priced at Rs 16,499. Both the new variants will be available in Gloss Black, Gloss White and Gloss Midnight Blue. Nokia will put the new variants of the 5.1 Plus on sale from February 7, 2019 on Nokia.com. The company will also make the new variants available via offline retail partners from February 12, 2019.advertisementThe Nokia 5.1 Plus is one of the few smartphones under Rs 15,000 to get the Android 9 Pie update. The device belongs to the Android One program, which means it runs on a stock Android interface and gets the latest security updates as soon as they are released. Nokia has a reputation for releasing the latest updates before anyone else.To recall, the Nokia 5.1 Plus sports a 5.8-inch HD+ display with a big notch on top. The smartphone is made out of glossy polycarbonate body, which resembles premium glass bodied smartphones. There’s a pair of 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual rear camera setup while the front camera duty is sorted out by the 8-megapixel selfie camera. A 3060mAh battery powers the Nokia 5.1 Plus.ALSO READ | Nokia 5.1 Plus to get a Rs 400 price cut in India, will be available offlineALSO READ | Nokia 5.1 Plus gets Android 9 Pie update with Pro mode and hide notch featureALSO READ | Nokia 3.1 Plus gets a price cut in India, now available at 9,999: Should you buy it?
Arsenal suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at BATE Borisov on a night forward Alexandre Lacazette will want to forget after being sent off late on, while Chelsea, Inter Milan and Napoli all won away in Europa League last 32 first-leg ties on Thursday.Spanish sides Sevilla, Valencia and Villarreal also tasted victory on the road, while Benfica, Club Brugge and Plzen have the upper hand heading into next week’s second legs.Arsenal had scored 10 goals in two matches against BATE Borisov in the same competition in 2017 but never looked like being as prolific in the freezing temperatures of Belarus.BATE took the lead when Stanislav Dragun nodded a free kick past Arsenal goalkeeper Peter Cech seconds before halftime after Lacazette put a header wide midway through the first half.The Frenchman thought he had made up for his miss 10 minutes after the break but his effort was ruled out for offside.To compound his misery Lacazette was shown a red card five minutes from time for felling Aleksandar Filipovic with an elbow after the defender held him back and was also booked.Arsenal’s London neighbours Chelsea did much better in similar temperatures, overcoming Malmo 2-1 in Sweden.Ross Barkley gave the 2013 winners the lead when he stabbed home from close range on the half-hour and Olivier Giroud got his fifth goal in four Europa League matches with a slick back heel from a Willian cross 14 minutes into the second half.Malmo’s Anders Christiansen scored a lovely goal on the break to make it 2-1 but the Swedes could not level the tie.advertisementNapoli, Inter Milan clinch comfortable winsItalian clubs also enjoyed success with Napoli beating Zurich 3-1 in Switzerland, while Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez netted a 39th minute penalty for a 1-0 win at Rapid Vienna.Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne put the visitors ahead after 12 minutes as he capitalised on a dreadful mistake by keeper Yanick Brecher and Jose Callejon doubled their lead in the 21st when he slotted home from Kevin Malcuit’s low cross.Piotr Zielinski got the third 13 minutes from time before Benjamin Kololli grabbed a consolation from the penalty spot.In the only tie featuring two teams who dropped down from the Champions League, visitors Benfica beat Galatasaray 2-1 after taking the lead in the 27th minute when Salvio converted a penalty given for handball.Christian Luyindama equalised for the home side nine minutes into the second period but Benfica’s top scorer Haris Seferovic clinched the win with a fine solo goal 10 minutes later.Good night for Spanish clubsIt was also a good night for Spanish clubs, with Valencia, Sevilla and Villarreal winning away and Real Betis rescuing a last-gasp draw at Stade Rennes.In Glasgow, Denis Cheryshev gave Valencia the lead against Celtic three minutes before halftime when he finished off a fine counter attack by Ruben Sobrino.The roles were reversed in the second half when Sobrino tapped home after Cheryshev did the hard work on the break.Alfonso Pedraza’s goal after three minutes was enough to give Villarreal a 1-0 win over Sporting and maintain their unbeaten run in this year’s competition.Sevilla beat Lazio by the same scoreline in Rome thanks to Wissam Ben Yedder’s close-range strike in the 22nd minute.Real Betis were 2-0 down after 10 minutes at Rennes, a team making their first knockout round appearance in Europe.Also Read | La Liga issues complaint over Gareth Bale’s provocative celebration in Madrid derbyAlso Read | Former Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui open to Premier League switchAlso See:
Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn news Since you’re here… El Capitan, which looms 900 metres (3,000ft) above the floor of Yosemite valley, is one of the best-known landmarks in the national park.The incident occurred days after the climbers Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell set a new speed record for El Capitan’s Nose route, one of the world’s best known rock climbs, completing a climb that typically takes about six days in two hours and 10 minutes.Last month Hans Florine, who has held multiple speed records for climbs on the face, broke both of his legs while attempting a one-day ascent of the Nose. Another climber, Quinn Brett, fell more than 100ft on the Nose during a speed ascent, leaving her paralysed.“I’ve been worrying about this speed game for a while. The faster you go the more dangerous it is,” Ken Yager, the founder of the Yosemite Climbing Association, told Climbing magazine this weekend. “I understand the attraction of it, but [speed climbing is] a lot different than what we did here 30 or 40 years ago, and what we did then was plenty dangerous. With speed climbing you don’t have time to double-check your systems. It’s all fun and games until you lose a party like this. It’s horrible.” A British climber was killed and his wife was badly injured in September 2017 during a rockslide while on El Capitan. More than 100 climbing accidents occur in Yosemite each year, and 51 climbers died from traumatic injuries in the park between 1970 and 1990, according to the park service. Read more Using the technique, there is a far greater risk that if either climber falls then the other will also fall. The method is favoured for speed ascents, including informal speed records, as both climbers are moving together with neither needing to stop and belay the lead climber, but it requires expertise, confidence and often knowledge of the climb. Support The Guardian The edge of reason: the world’s boldest climb and the man who conquered it Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Topics Share on Twitter California Two US climbers reportedly training for a speed ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite national park, northern California, died in a fall at the weekend. Jason Wells, 46, and Tim Klein, 42, fell at about 8.15am on Saturday while scaling the so-called Freeblast route of the granite rock formation, the US National Park Service said. It is the third serious incident involving speed ascents of the granite monolith into the last year, prompting at least one local expert to question the practice.The pair, experienced climbers in their 40s, had climbed El Capitan many times before and were reported to have been training for a speed ascent of it.The two men were climbing using a system popular with speed climbers and some alpinists called “simul” – or simultaneous – climbing. Unlike conventional roped ascents where one climber is attached at regular interval points and anchors the lead climber as he places equipment to secure the rope against uncontrolled falls, in simul climbing both climbers move together at the same speed with the rope between them. Share via Email Rock climbing Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Brad Brechting had 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals to propel Oakland to a 77-69 victory over James Madison on Friday.Brechting buried half of his 10 shots, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range, for the Golden Grizzlies (3-3). Xavier Hill-Mais added 16 points and five boards, freshman Braden Norris contributed 12 points, five assists and three steals and Jordan Nobles pitched in with 10 points and five assists for Oakland, which picked up its second straight win after a three-game skid.Stuckey Mosley poured in 25 points for the Dukes (4-2) and Dwight Wilson finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Zach Jacobs came off the bench to score 14 with eight rebounds for James Madison.Oakland worked its way to a 38-31 lead at halftime. Jacobs layup pulled the Dukes within 42-37 early in the second half, but Brechting sank a 3-pointer to cap a 17-11 run and the Golden Grizzlies lead stayed above seven points the rest of the way.The Associated Press
James Wakim, Managing Director of Beirut Hellenic Bank (BHB) believes that despite the current sluggish economy, the future is looking bright for BHB which formed earlier this year.BHB was conceived when Bank of Beirut, which is listed on the Beirut Stock Exchange, bought over 90 per cent of Laiki Bank Australia .Wakim, who was born in Lebanon in 1955 and grew up in Melbourne, headed Arab Bank Australia for 12 years before heading up BHB. With Emirates Bank as a shareholder in Beirut Hellenic, Wakim believes the bank can emulate the reputation of Emirates Airlines in providing world-beating customer service. Competing on service and price has been key to the bank’s growth under Wakim’s management, and has claimed the best deposit rates since it opened.With $1.3bn on deposit, BHB operated ten Laiki Bank branches when ownership changed in February. Wakim’s vision is to have 50 branches nationally in the next three years, taking staff numbers from 120 to 300. Having recently opened new branches in Sydney’s Burwood and Brunswick in Melbourne, is looking to open a branch in Perth. Through an alliance with Australia Post, BHB customers can also access the bank’s services through the post office network. Whilst BHB’s funding comes from its retail deposits (for each dollar BHB lends, $1.30 comes in deposits), the bank is increasingly targeting Australian’s import-export sector to underpin its growth, says Wakim: “We see a huge opportunity there. There is $14bn in trade between Australia and the Middle East. It will be impacted by how the Australian dollar fares, but it’s a market that is relatively untapped by the Australian banks.” BHB’s clients are largely retail, and small to medium businesses, with an emphasis on the professions and trades: lawyers, accountants, builders and manufacturers. “Among our clients, the people who own restaurants and coffee shops, I don’t see any downturn,” Wakim says, adding that small business manufacturing that does not rely on exports is also stable. Currently around 10-15 per cent of deposits with BHB are from clients of non-Arab or non-Greek ethnic origin, but the bank’s Managing Director is committed to pushing the bank into the mainstream. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot is aiming to become a cult hero at the club as he hopes to feature at Old Trafford for a long time.Dalot, 19, joined United from Porto in the summer during Mourinho’s spell and has made 11 appearances this season after an injury-hit start to his time at Old Trafford.In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Dalot opened up on his first few months at the club, and why this has been a huge learning experience for the young lad.He told Sky Sports: “It’s a massive learning curve. I think the first part of the season was tough because I had injuries, and I only started playing and training with full fitness from December on.“This year was a learning year for me, and I will keep learning more until the end of the season. [I’ve learned] more mentally to be ready for this kind of situation, to get an injury, to not play, to start getting fit again. For me, to learn that was a big achievement, and I think I am doing pretty well.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.EXCLUSIVE Diogo Dalot is confident that he has a future at Manchester United. https://t.co/Hvvz5UPnMW #MUFC pic.twitter.com/E5gd6rueJf— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) February 25, 2019“I’m enjoying it. I came to this club and knew it would be difficult for me, I have good players in my position and I can learn a lot from them. I think I can have the opportunity to play many, many years here.”United are in action on Wednesday night against Crystal Palace after their barren draw with Liverpool on Sunday.
For many publishers, “e-commerce” means dabbling in sales of intellectual property, such as work plans (August Home Publishing, Hanley Wood). With the launch of a new auction site, Penton Media will be facilitating the sale of heavy machinery. Penton Online Auctions will start by auctioning off excess agriculture equipment and expand to transportation equipment and public infrastructure equipment by the end of the year. AssetNation, which creates private label marketplaces, provides the back-end of the site. Penton says customers are currently consigning equipment for the first agricultural equipment auction, which closes on March 8. “Penton’s strategy is to provide more vital services to users within our vertical communities,” said Warren Bimblick, Penton’s senior vice president of strategy and business development at Penton. “Our research concluded that our equipment-using communities had interest in an efficient online marketplace tool, and even with our soft launch, we are seeing a good deal of interest.”
South Korea on Sunday reported three more cases of MERS as health authorities remained vigilant about the spread of the virus whose pace had slowed down in recent days.The three new cases in the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, including two medical workers, put the total number of those infected at 169, the health ministry said. The number of deaths remained unchanged at 25.The two medical staff include a doctor who treated
How to edit PDF documents for free by Martin Brinkmann on March 06, 2017 in Tutorials – Last Update: March 06, 2017 – 7 commentsThe following guide provides you with information on how to edit PDF documents using tools that are available for free online or as desktop programs.The PDF file format, originally created by Adobe, is a popular format for a wide variety of documents from presentations and invoices over forms and legal documents, to comics and books.One of the main appeals of the format is that it preserves the original formatting, and that PDF documents can be loaded on desktop and mobile devices, as well as online easily.Other features of interest include that it is not super easy to edit PDF documents, and that restrictions may be set that prevent others from printing or copying documents.Edit PDF documents for freePDF files cannot be edited in the same way that Word or plain text documents can be edited. If you load a PDF in a viewer application, that is all you get. You can read the document, print it if it is allowed, and that is about it.While you can use commercial grade software like Adobe Acrobat for editing PDF documents, there are plenty of free solutions out there that may be sufficient for your tasks.It all depends primarily on what you want to edit. If you want to make complex edits, free tools may not be sufficient for that.We look at basic, advanced and specialized PDF editing tools in the sections that follow.Basic PDF editing: Online PDF EditorsOne of the main appeals of online editors is that you can use them from any device or browser, and that you don’t need to install any software — usually — to use them.One of the downsides is that you have to upload the PDF document to the service. If the PDF file is of importance, or even confidential, it is not recommended to use online editors as you leave a copy of the document on the service’s server.Online PDF editors offer basic functionality only usually. You can use them to add text or images to a document, remove bits of content from PDF files, fill out forms, use freehand tools, or add symbols such as checkmarks or circles to the document.Some allow you to add annotations, and to add, delete or rotate pages.Selection of free online PDF editorsPDFescape (limited to 100 pages, Pro version available)PDFProSejda OnlineAdvanced PDF Editing ToolsSometimes, you may want to edit text of a PDF file, remove elements without changing the layout, replace images, or do other operations that online editors cannot be used for.One option that you have is to load the PDF document into Microsoft Word, LibreOffice Writer, or any other program that supports the loading of text documents.Many of these programs support the exporting of the edited document to PDF as well, so that you retain the original format.The second type of programs that you may use for advanced editing jobs are free PDF editors. This includes PDF XChange Editor which you may use to edit text or inserting images among other things.The free PDF editor Ableword falls into that category as well. The developers state that editing PDF files is as simple as editing Word documents, and there is certainly some truth to that.Foxit Reader is a free PDF viewer that supports basic edit operations as well. You may use it to fill out forms, sign documents, and to add annotations.Inkspace is another program that you may want to consider. You can import PDF documents into the application, and use the program to move objects — text, images, tables, animations — around, or remove them.AblewordFoxit ReaderInkscapeLibreOfficeOpenOfficePDF XChange EditorSpecialized PDF toolsThe following editors are used for special purposes such as editing metadata or bookmarks. Some of these programs allow you to convert PDF files to Word documents.Doing so may make it easier to edit the document. Since most Word processing applications support the exporting of documents as PDF files, it is easy enough to turn them back into a PDF document after editing.BeCyPDFMetaEdit for Windows — Edit PDF metadata, bookmarks, viewer preferences and more.Nitro PDF to Word — An online converter that converts any PDF file to a Word file for easier editing.PDF Online — A PDF to Word converter. SummaryArticle NameHow to edit PDF documents for freeDescriptionThe following guide provides you with information on how to edit PDF documents using tools that are available for free online or as desktop programs.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Monday, November 26, 2018 Tags: MSC Cruises, New Ship MSC cuts first steel of MSC Seashore, coming in 2021 GENEVA — MSC Cruises cut the first steel of its new MSC Seashore today, kicking off the countdown until its spring 2021 launch.The cruise line hosted an official ceremony at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, where MSC’s Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago and Fincantieri’s Chief Executive Officer Giuseppe Bono launched the cutting of the first steel.The MSC Seashore is the first of two MSC Cruises Seaside EVO ships currently on order at Fincantieri. It will be the first in its kind, as an evolution of MSC’s Seaside Class of ships.“With the Seaside Class, we introduced to the market one of the more innovative cruise ship prototypes all-around – our fifth out of six to date – thus setting a new industry standard for others to follow,” said Vago. “Today, only one year after MSC Seaside entered into service, we are taking this award-winning concept to the next level by starting the construction of a further evolved and even richer ship.”More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionNew features onboard include an additional lounge at the aft of the ship, an enhanced MSC Yacht Club covering three forward decks, specialty restaurants at the promenade level on deck 8 for dining al fresco, and more whirlpools across the ship. Plus, there are 200 additional staterooms as well as the latest in environmental technology, including a selective catalytic reduction system, state-of-the-art waste management and recycling systems, and an advanced energy and heat recovery system.The MSC Seashore is part of the cruise line’s 10-year development plan for 17 additional new mega ships, with four new ships currently under construction at the same time. MSC Seashore is the seventh ship to be built under this plan, and will become the 19th ship MSC Cruises has built since its inception in 2003.MSC Cruises’ Seaside EVO ships will feature greater dimensions, more generous public spaces, more staterooms, a larger MSC Yacht Club and will be able to accommodate up to 5,632 guests (approximately 4,540 double occupancy).More news: Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoMSC Seashore will be joined by a second Seaside EVO ship in autumn 2022. << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share Posted by
The September quarter International Visitor Survey (IVS) results released today show another year of double digit growth for Australia’s tourism industry and reveal its enormous contribution to our national economy.“This is another great result for our industry, and the Australian economy, showing our export tourism industry is in a very positive place,” ATEC Managing Director, Peter Shelley said today.“There are few industries in our economy which are measuring such fantastic year on year results, with export tourism now contributing more than $34.8 billion to Australia’s export income, a growth of 13% on the previous year.“Clearly Australia’s export tourism industry is going from strength to strength and it is important we are not complacent, but recognise we are in a positive zone and it is time to work hard to maximise our success.”Mr Shelley said it was very important for the government and industry to work in partnership. Finding ways to do this is part of the agenda at today’s ATEC Meeting Place conference being held in Sydney.“Our focus today is on Raising the Stakes, because while international demand for Australia as a tourism destination grows, we must also continue to invest in our product offering and focus on delivering quality experiences for a broad range of international visitors.“There has never been a better time to invest in growing the number of international visitors to Australia, to maintain the momentum, and continue to build on the wonderful results we have seen today.“Our priority must be to work in partnership with government and remove the impediments that restrict our opportunities to compete which, I believe, is a challenge our industry is ready for.” ATECSource = Australian Tourism Export Council,
The travel industry loses a luminaryVirtuoso® sadly reports the February 26 passing of former Chairman Jesse Upchurch, the visionary leader who not only helped found one of luxury travel’s most successful organisations, but also left an indelible mark on the broader travel industry, changing the way many experience destinations from Mexico to Africa to India. Mr. Upchurch, 93, who co-founded Virtuoso in 1986 with his son, current Chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch, relished a career in travel that spanned more than 50 years.“My father was a pioneer in this business, and I am forever grateful that he introduced me to the world and this industry at such an early age,” said Matthew Upchurch. “He had a nose for knowing what the luxury traveler wanted, and it wasn’t necessarily the traditional refinement found in five-star hotels or transatlantic cruise liners. He knew the world offered more than that. His insatiable curiosity about the unknown, his passion for other people and their cultures, and his tendency to question conventional wisdom with a simple ‘why not?’ opened the door for others to experience countries that were not considered tourism-friendly yet. He left his mark on this industry that he loved so much.”The elder Upchurch’s entry into the travel industry began when he invested in Vagabond Cruises, a yacht-chartering company in the Caribbean’s West Indies islands. Realising a market existed for both adventure and luxury travel, he turned his attention to Mexico, building the first timeshare resort in Acapulco and purchasing Turismo Antonio Perez and Hoteles S.A. de S.V., a travel company and international hotel representation group.With the purchase of Percival Tours in 1962, Upchurch expanded operations into more exotic locales such as the South Pacific and Asia, quickly augmenting beyond more traditional European destinations. As chairman and CEO of Percival Tours, he opened up tourism in markets previously considered only for the most intrepid traveler, such as Africa and India. Understanding the luxury consumer’s mindset, he introduced the first air-conditioned motor coaches so that his upscale guests could tour the areas in comfort.A founding member of World Wildlife Fund’s 1001 Club, Upchurch was an ardent supporter of conservation. In an effort to help protect the endangered Rothschild giraffes, he bought land in Kenya and donated it to the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife for what is now known as the grounds surrounding Giraffe Manor.Upchurch also was a co-founder of the U.S. Tour Operators Association, where he served as chairman, CEO and president. He also held the chairmanship of the African Travel Association. Travel Weekly recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.Outside of travel he held the chairmanship of the Executive Committee of Tandy Corporation for decades and was inducted into the United States Polo Association’s Hall of Fame.In 2000, Matthew Upchurch was named CEO of Virtuoso and he assumed the role of chairman in 2010.The family will honour Jesse Upchurch’s memory privately, and celebrations of his life in various communities will take place in the months ahead. Details for in-memoriam gifts will follow soon.Source = Virtuoso®
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and scored three goals Sevilla 2-1 losers at Granada on Saturday are third in La Liga and head into their midweek encounter second in Group H one point adrift of Juventus and three points clear of Wednesday’s rivals who are their direct competitors for second and last qualifying place for the round of 16 The French side need to win and have a better goal difference than Sevilla to knock the Andalusian outfit into third place For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | London | Updated: August 21 2015 10:04 am Socialite Paris Hilton says her sister Nicky’s wedding was like a fairytale Paris Hilton thought her sister’s wedding was “perfect” (Source: Instagram) Related News Socialite Paris Hilton says her sister Nicky’s wedding was like a fairytale Paris Hilton thought her sister’s wedding was “perfect” The 34-year-old heiress was bridesmaid when Nicky and James Rothschild tied the knot in London’s Kensington Palace last month and she felt proud to be 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(DRI) has seized four containers of illegal Chinese firecrackers worth over Rs 7 crore at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Nhava Sheva According to sources the firecrackers were smuggled into the country through the sea “The fire-crackers were hidden inside the containers and bogus names and addresses were given No one came forward with licence for clearance of the goods and these were imported by misdeclaring them in the Import General Manifest as adhesive tapes and badminton rackets with the intention of removing them clandestinely” said a source Under the norms all fireworks fall under the category of restricted goods Firecrackers can be imported only against a licence issued by the Chief Controller of Explosives In 2014 the government banned import of Chinese fire-crackers in the country as they were deemed potentially dangerous At that time the Home Ministry had also issued an advisory to all chief secretaries of Indian states cautioning them about the illegal smuggling of Chinese firecrackers which contain high proportions of potassium chloride and the banned potassium chlorate which can lead to fire outbreaks “Most firecrackers are friction sensitive hence carriage of such goods without the knowledge of shipping lines in deep seas and port areas poses a great risk to the life of so many people involved in the import export business These goods are akin to explosives and once seized by DRI or Customs authorities should be safely and quickly disposed” said sources The DRI has also issued an alert circular to sensitise all field formations to gather intelligence on illegal imports and to carefully assess and examine consignments of consumer and miscellaneous goods imported by traders from China to rule out the possibility of illegal imports through misdeclaration and concealment For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top News where his co-actors including actress Taapsee Pannu, also bears the same cross — both are IOs of nearly 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Om Puri,Rahul Bagga and Ravi Kishan The film’s trailer earned praise on social media including from personalities such as Amitabh Bachchan and Raju Hirani Kapri considers the latter’s interaction another turning point in his filmmaking career “Four years ago he called to tell me that he liked a documentary I had made on Anna Hazare He encouraged me to take up filmmaking” Fittingly Kapri showed the first cut of MTHH to Hirani “He suggested a few edits including a song that was close to my heart that we have done away with now” he says Kapri has been making films for over 15 years now As the producer of a new TV show in 2000 Kapri started making documentaries on unusual subjects and people including films on gay and lesbian relationships on aghori sadhus as well as on the peoplewho visit Varanasi to attain mokshaKapri’s first independent documentary outside his TV journalism career Can’t Take This Shit Anymore won the National Award this year for the best film on social issues The film highlights the issue of open defecation of women in villages in India and revolves around six women who revolt and leave their husbands Kapri’s first independent documentary outside his TV journalism career Can’t Take This Shit Anymore won the National Award this year for the best film on social issues The film highlights the issue of open defecation of women in villages in India and revolves around six women who revolt and leave their husbands Five socio – political satires Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983): Two unassuming photographers start a new studio and stumble upon the shady side of real estate unearthing murder and corruption Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008): A young educated man takes up the job of writing letters for the illiterate people of his village Sajjanpur Phas Gaya Re Obama (2010): Set against the backdrop of global recession the story sees desperate gangsters kidnapping a near-bankrupt American Dekh Tamasha Dekh (2014): Both the Hindu and Muslim factions lay claim to the body of a man who is crushed to death after a politician’s hoarding falls on him Dharam Sankat Mein (2015): At the age of 55 a Hindu man discovers that he was born a Muslim For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Updated: November 18 2016 9:11 pm Lee Cattermole has been ever-present in the Sunderland first team since joining in 2009 (Source: Reuters) Top News Sunderland’s captain Lee Cattermole has been ruled out of action for at least four months after undergoing surgery on a hip injury the Premier League club confirmed The news is a huge blow to their chances of surviving another Premier League relegation scrap after a disastorus start to the season has left them bottom with five points from 11 games “Lee Cattermole has undergone hip surgery in the US due to torn cartilage and will be out for a minimum of four months” the club confirmed in a tweet The 28-year-old Cattermole has been ever-present in the Sunderland first team since joining in 2009 but injuries have restricted the industrious midfielder to just three appearances this season the last of which was in September Manager David Moyes will also be without the injured winger Fabio Borini and midfielder Jack Rodwell for Saturday’s league clash against 18th-placed Hull City Moyes hopes Sunderland’s victory at Bournemouth before the international break will provide a springboard and another win on Saturday could see them move above Swansea City “We’ve had a good couple of weeks and it felt good to win again We’ve had great support and we want to keep winning” Moyes told reporters on Friday “I’m hoping we’ve put all the injuries behind us The players are in good spirits and we want to do it again” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsMohali: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was lavish in his praise for the brilliant Virat Kohli but had a word of caution for the other batsmen who he thinks "need to step up" in the next two matches of the ICC World T20 India’s top-order has been woefully short of runs with none among Shikhar Dhawan Rohit Sharma Suresh Raina getting significant scores on a consistent basis "The others (batsmen) have to step up now We can’t keep relying on him I think the others are contributing but we need to step up our game barring Virat we have been 60-65 percent in terms of our batting" Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni Solaris Images Dhoni has praised Kohli’s temperament and match-winning prowess a million times and it was no different today also "It’s not the first time I’ve enjoyed it(from the other end) He is been playing brilliantly over the last few years He has kept improving his game He is very hungry to score runs for the team and evolving with each match" the skipper said The aspect of brilliant running between the wickets was also discussed and Dhoni said that it was their ability to target the best outfielders that made the difference "Running is a key aspect in modern cricket If you can take singles against the best fielders or make a single into the double the lesser fielders get under pressure More than endurance you need explosive power because there is ample time for rest" The skipper termed 161 as a tough target on a wicket where it was not easy to hit during the middle overs "It was a tough score They got 60 runs in the first six overs The middle overs were tough and it was difficult to hit the ball from back of a length especially against the spinners We felt if we run well in the middle overs we had a chance" said Dhoni Australian skipper Steve Smith conceded that they lost to Kohli’s individual brilliance as he felt that 160 was a par-score on this track "That was a pretty serious innings there under pressure He hit it right out of the middle and he’s done it for a long time Virat played an unbelievable knock I think 160 was around par it just took an unbelievable innings to get India over the line" PTI Macau: Top seed Saina Nehwal rallied to register another narrow victory over Indonesia’s Dinar Dyah Ayustine to reach the quarter-finals of the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament at Macau on Thursday File photo of Saina Nehwal Getty Images Former World No 1 Saina bounced back from a game down to see off Ayustine 17-21 21-18 21-12 in a match which lasted over an hour in the women’s singles competition London Olympics bronze medallist Saina will next take on China’s Zhang Yiman However it was curtains for P Kashyap and men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy Kashyap who is on a comeback trail put up a gallant fight before losing 13-21 20-22 to Lin Yu Hsien of Chinese Taipei in a 45-minute duel Third seeds Manu and Sumeeth also fought hard before going down 20-22 19-21 to Singapore’s Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Hendra Wijaya In the women’s singles match Saina blew a 11-7 lead in the opening game to see Ayustine move ahead and pocket the game However a determined Saina dished out a more dominating performance in the second game as she zoomed to a 11-3 lead at the break Ayustine slowly and steadily bridged the gap after interval and drew parity at 18-18 but the Indian ensured there was no hiccup as she bounced back into the contest In the decider it was the Indonesian shuttler who held a slender 4-2 lead early on but Saina turned the tables at 5-5 and moved ahead opening up a 11-8 lead at the interval Saina then reeled off four points to extend the lead and eventually sealed the match with another four-point burst New Delhi: In a step which may lead to widespread reforms in sports other than cricket Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a plea filed by several sportspersons seeking to make applicable several recommendations of the apex court-appointed Justice RM Lodha panel with regard to BCCI in other sporting bodies as well The Indian Supreme Court Getty Images A bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar issued notices to the Centre Sports Authority of India and Indian Olympic Association and tagged the plea with the ongoing case relating to sweeping reforms in the cash-rich Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) The plea has also sought a direction to the Centre to incorporate in the 2011 National Sports Development Code of India some recommendations of the Lodha panel with regard to structural reforms in the BCCI The plea said that to ensure that the National Sports Federations and their respective state entities function transparently the government should be directed to incorporate within the national sports code some of the recommendations made by the Lodha panel The Lodha Committee in its report had recommended sweeping reforms suggesting that ministers be barred from occupying positions a cap of 70 years on the age and nine years tenure of the office-bearers The petition filed by advocate Amit A Pai also sought a direction to the government to "include some of the salutary recommendations made by Supreme Court committee on cricket reforms in the report dated 4 January 2016 in the larger interest of sports administration and to bring about transparency and maintain institutional integrity of the National Sports Federations" The plea filed by 28 sportspersons from different fields including Ashok Kumar Bishen Singh Bedi Kirti Azad Ashwini Nachappa and Pravin Thipsay claimed that "sports administration in this country appears to have reached depths from where neither sporting bodies nor the State seem to care any longer for the successive generations’ sporting future" "Reform is to be introduced urgently by the State Sports administration appears to be mired in power play where money influence and chicanery play a dominant part and those who had participated in competitive sports at some stage are given token representation at best or mostly marginalised" the petition claimed Referring to the report of the Lodha panel the petition said several recommendations were made by the committee for infusing transparency accountability and good governance in the functioning of the BCCI "It is submitted that these recommendations are salutary in nature and fundamental in achieving the goal of transparency and good governance in the bodies which are the administrators of sports" the plea said We are making a short film and if that could run between entertaining films,I would like to blend the message with entertainment. but it’s the way the world works. 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