October 15, 2019
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One of the themes of the meeting with Irene Khan was Amnesty’s ‘Demand Dignity’ campaign, which highlights the importance of fighting poverty using human rights perspectives.Ms. Khan has called poverty “the world’s worst human rights crisis,” and in the run-up to the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October, Amnesty is urging world leaders and policy-makers to shift the debate on poverty from economics to addressing the human rights problems that impoverish and keep people poor.Mr. Ban stressed that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the eight global targets to reduce hunger, poverty and a host of others social ills by 2015 – represent not only a significant political commitment for development, but also stand as important milestones for often neglected human rights. Human rights values and principles permeate, underpin and are supported by all eight Goals, he said. 15 October 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed global development and human rights in a meeting today at United Nations Headquarters with the head of the non-governmental organization (NGO) Amnesty International. read more


UN officials in Bunia reported that the Force has been deploying in an increasing number of neighbourhoods in the town. In the Yambi area, members of the Hema-UPC militia withdrew when elements of the force arrived there.The Force has set up checkpoints in various areas in town. While it is deploying in the south, it has also set up a checkpoint at the northern entrance of Bunia to prevent the entry of armed elements.Last week, the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) reported that the Force would begin informing all armed groups of the “weapons-free town of Bunia” plan, which kicked off Monday.In London, where he had talks with top British officials, Secretary-General Kofi Annan stressed the need for the neighbouring countries to cooperate fully in ensuring that there is effective cooperation along their border with the DRC. He added that the main players – the Presidents of Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC must also work with the international community to ensure that the fighting in the region is stopped.Meanwhile, in his final press conference as the head of MONUC, Amos Namanga Ngongi said in Kinshasa today that his experience had been “largely positive.” He welcomed the breakthrough in the DRC peace process since he took up MONUC’s leadership in 2001, particularly the recent launching of the first commercial convoy between the capital and Kisangani, and the reunification of the country through radio broadcasts that span the entire Congolese territory.He also welcomed the withdrawal of foreign troops from the DRC, the frontline ceasefire, and the reinforcement of MONUC’s presence in the Ituri district. Still, he deplored the continued mistrust among the Congolese parties and the killing of civilians throughout the eastern part of the country. He hoped that soon, all the Congolese parties would respect the various agreements that had been signed and that, possibly, by as early as 3 July, a transitional government could be installed.Mr. Ngongi’s successor will be William Lacy Swing, former United States Ambassador to the DRC and currently Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Western Sahara. Mr. Swing is expected to arrive in Kinshasa in about 10 days to take up his duties as MONUC chief. read more


The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Angolan Ministry of Health are targeting 3 million children between birth and five-years old for immunization, Vitamin A supplementation and de-worming medicine, as well as 350,000 girls and women between 15- and 45-years old for anti-tetanus inoculations and information on hygiene and health care, UNICEF said.”This initiative is a critical stepping-stone towards reducing child mortality in post-war Angola. Such days also show that Angola’s health system is shifting from rather emergency-oriented services to serving the long-term health needs of the population,” said Mario Ferrari, UNICEF representative in the oil-rich country emerging from the devastation of nearly 30 years of civil war.According to UN figures, 260 children out of every 1,000 children die before reaching the age of 5. That compares with 121 deaths per 1,000 in low-income countries, 40 per 1,000 in lower-middle-income countries, 22 in upper-middle-income countries and seven in high-income countries.The “dramatic mortality rate” is a consequence of insufficient access to and the poor quality of health services, as well as inadequate family care practices among both urban and rural communities, UNICEF said.”Parents need to be trained in early detection of symptoms to seek timely care for their children and understand that hygiene practices in the homes can often change the fate of children,” said UNICEF’s Guy Clarysse, a health officer in Angola.The Angolan Government and UNICEF previously trained 10,000 health workers in 2003 to undertake a national vaccination campaign for 7 million children against measles, the biggest vaccine-preventable killer of Angolan children. The outreach re-established the infrastructure for immunization in the country.In 2005 and 2006 the annual health weeks will spotlight polio and measles and the campaigns will take place every six months from 2007, UNICEF said. read more


“The lesson we must learn from her tragic death is that we need to work even harder to spread enlightenment and tolerance, and to overcome extremism and intolerance,” Mr. Annan said in the Nadia Younes Memorial Lecture at the American University in Cairo.The attack which killed Ms. Younes, a 33-year veteran of UN service, along with the top UN envoy in Iraq Sergio Vieira de Mello and 20 others, was not resistance to foreign occupation but murder and terrorism, he declared.”If anything can make such murders even worse, it is the fact that they appear to be part of a deliberate strategy to foster division and hatred, both within Iraq and in the wider world. The objective, it seems, is to turn Muslims not only against the west but against each other,” he said.”We must break free from these cycles of violence and exclusion, which are stifling the human spirit. But we cannot do so by replying in kind. If we respond blindly to violence with violence, to anathema with anathema, to exclusion with exclusion, we will be accepting the logic of the very people we seek to defeat, and thereby helping them win new converts to their ideas,” he added.”On the contrary, we must respond to their logic with our own logic – the logic of peace, of reconciliation, of inclusion and mutual respect. We must resolve, even more firmly, to build nations within which people of different communities can coexist, and enjoy equal rights.”Such resolve entails making the Middle East “a region where all nations, including Israelis and Palestinians, can live side by side in peace and justice, each in their own state, within secure and recognized boundaries, free from threats or acts of force,” Mr. Annan said.It entails, too, building a world in which no nation or community will be punished collectively for the crimes of some of its members, in which no religion will be demonized for the aberrations of some of its adherents, in which there will be no ‘clash of civilizations,’ because people will strive to discover the best in each other’s traditions and cultures, and to learn from it, he said.”That is the kind of world that Nadia Younes stood for,” he continued. “If we lose the battle against poverty, disease, injustice and environmental degradation, we will all lose. If we allow conflict to persist between nations, or within them, we will all lose. If we allow the continued proliferation of nuclear, radiological, chemical and biological weapons, we will all lose. If we lose the battle against terrorism, we will all lose…”But if we win the battle for justice – which means balanced and sustainable development, collective security, and universal human rights, underpinned by the rule of law both among nations and within them – then we will all win,” Mr. Annan declared.”Those are not separate battles, but one – because, in the long run, we will not enjoy development without security, we will not enjoy security without development, and we will enjoy neither without respect for human rights.”To justice in that broad sense, comprising those three essential aspects of the UN’s mission, Nadia Younes devoted, and in the end, sacrificed her life. The best way for us to commemorate her is to work even harder to achieve that goal,” he concluded. read more


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two prominent members of Adelaide’s Greek community will face each other in court this month over comments made four years ago about the future of local churches.Former president of the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (GOCSA), property developer Theo Maras, is suing former Industrial Commissioner John Lesses over what Mr Maras describes as “defamatory” statements made to GOCSA members in June 2011.The statements, made in a newsletter and email to GOCSA members, described Mr Maras and other leaders of the organisation as “blatantly treating GOCSA members with contempt” and acting in a way that would abandon GOCSA’s independent status and align the organisation with the Holy Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.Last week the Adelaide Advertiser reported that GOCSA members feared that churches would be forced to close if GOCSA relinquished its independence. Mr Lesses claims that Mr Maras said he “did not care if three churches closed”.Mr Lesses is understood to have corresponded with members asking them to hold Mr Maras and others “accountable for this travesty of process” and described an annual general meeting of GOCSA as a “monumental fiasco”.In his statement of claim, Mr Maras said as the founder of the Maras Group, “a high profile, respected and successful property investment and development group”, the statements by Mr Lesses left him “injured in his reputation and profession” and that he had “been brought into ridicule, odium and contempt”. Court documents are reported to claim Mr Maras’ damages were aggravated by the “improper, unjustifiable and deliberate conduct of [Mr Less] … with the intention of embarrassing [Mr Maras] within the Greek community”.Mr Maras claims the statements were defamatory and had the meaning that he was “untrustworthy” and “does not care about GOCSA churches”.The Maras Group chief further claims that Mr Lesses edited a photograph of him shaking hands with an Archdiocese of Australia Bishop in order to convey the impression he was aligned with the national body.“[The image] was altered to obscure the fact that the occasion was a reception at Parliament House hosted by (former) Premier [Mike] Rann in honour of the Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece,” court documents state.In his statement of defence, Mr Lesses denies defaming Mr Maras, arguing he believed the statements to be true.Mr Lesses has been president of GOCSA since July 2013 and claims the independence of the organisation was of “paramount” importance and that he had acted in the best interests of members.Mr Lesses also says the statements were made under “qualified privilege at Common Law” and denied they had damaged the reputation of Mr Maras.The case is listed for a five-day trial in the District Court starting on May 18.Mr Maras has been an active community leader in Adelaide for many years and has numerous awards including being a Member of the Order of Australia.Mr Lesses is a former commissioner in the South Australian and Australian Industrial Relations Commissions and is a former secretary of the United Trades and Labour Council of SA.Source: Adelaide Advertiserlast_img read more


first_imgMauricio Pochettino has revealed that Barcelona great Lionel Messi almost joined him at Espanyol in 2005 ahead of their Champions League tie on Wednesday.Pochettino is preparing his side to face Barcelona in an intriguing Champions League showdown at Wembley on Wednesday.The North Londoners lost their first Champions League group game to Inter Milan, and they are bidding to return to winning ways against the Spanish Champions.Pochettino revealed to Sky Sports: “I started to hear about him when I was a player at Espanyol.“A small guy, playing in the academy in Barcelona.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Then I heard he was so close to signing for Espanyol – very close – in the season Barcelona played against Juventus in the Joan Gamper (an annual pre-season tournament).“I remember that summer.“But, because he was so fantastic in the Joan Gamper, they changed their minds. They kept Messi at Barcelona.“So, if you look back in history, maybe if he did not play in the Joan Gamper in that summer, maybe today he could have been the biggest star in Espanyol.“Maybe I would still be at Espanyol managing him!”last_img read more


first_imgInter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti claims his team must be at their best if they’re to overcome Lazio in the quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia.The Nerazzurri host Lazio at the San Siro on Thursday looking to secure a place in the semis, and Spalletti insists they have no margin for error if they’re to defeat Simone Inzaghi’s men.“Tomorrow’s match is an important and difficult one: winning it would mean progressing to the semi-finals of the competition, so we know what it’s all about,” he said, according to the club’s official website.“It is going to be a game where we’ll be faced with difficult situations, but we know what the solution is: being Inter. If we play like Inter we’ll have a good chance of getting into the next round. There is no need to evaluate whether what we put into the previous game was enough. We have to put everything we’ve got into matches.”Fonseca hints Smalling could debut tomorrow Manuel R. Medina – August 31, 2019 AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has hinted Chris Smalling could debut in tomorrow’s Derby Della Capitale between his team and Lazio.“In recent games, we haven’t been able to do this. We have to remember who we are every time we take to the pitch and put everything we’ve got into it.”The Nerazzurri produced one of their best performances of the campaign when they faced Lazio in October, and Spalletti said: “We managed the game well that evening, having more possession than them despite Lazio being a technical side. Defensively we were compact when they looked to counter, while we also managed to score goals.”“A bit of everything is needed. There is a need to fully demonstrate all of these qualities in matches every time we play. If we can get all these ingredients back then there are more possibilities.”last_img read more


first_img Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Related Items:#magneticmedianews, andrew holness, jamaica, UWi Honour Park Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness has told students aspiring to university in his country not to let lack of funding stop them.Holness made the remarks yesterday during a ceremony for his induction to the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Honour Park at the University’s Mona campus in St. Andrew, Jamaica. “Students who want to pursue higher education should never make the financing an obstacle,” said Holness after sharing he began his university career with little to no money.Holness said governments had a role in assisting those students who could not readily afford tertiary education. As Prime Minister, Andrew Holness has been lauded as an advocate for education. He is also a former Minister of Education and responsible for many programs towards making higher education more affordable and accessible. He added that UWI was critical to the growth of the Jamaican economy. Economic growth, according to Holness, is the key to eradicating poverty and inequality in Jamaica.#MagneticMediaNews#UWIHonourPark#HolnessInduction Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgMyanmar’s army-controlled home ministry is investigating a cover-up by the country’s border force of the deaths in custody of two Rohingya Muslims in troubled Rakhine State, according to a police report reviewed by Reuters and interviews with two senior security officials.The internal document is the first official admission of serious wrongdoing by security forces in their crackdown against insurgents in northwestern Myanmar that has sent more than 70,000 people fleeing across the border to Bangladesh.When contacted by Reuters, the Home Affairs Ministry denied an investigation was under way, but the commander of the Border Guard Police (BGP) in the area where the incident took place and a senior home ministry security official confirmed the authenticity of the document and said it was not the only such case that was being looked into.The home ministry oversees the national police force, which includes the BGP. The ministry is headed by an army general.Myanmar is under growing international pressure to take action against those who are alleged to have committed atrocities in Rakhine. The United Nations has documented mass killings and rapes it says may amount to crimes against humanity.About 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims live in apartheid-like conditions in northwestern Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship. Many in Buddhist-majority Myanmar regard them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.The civilian government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has repeatedly denied almost all allegations against the country’s still-powerful armed forces during what it has said was a lawful counterinsurgency campaign that began in October.”NOT TELLING THE TRUTH”The undated document reviewed by Reuters, titled “A cover-up of two deaths by Border Guard Police”, was compiled by a BGP unit in northern Rakhine and focuses on two men who were arrested on Oct. 18 and questioned on suspicion of aiding insurgents.The men died in custody, the document says, without specifying a cause of death. Instead of reporting the deaths, it says BGP officers in the village of Nga Khu Ya, in Maungdaw township, recorded that they had been transferred, with eight others, to another police detention centre.Thura San Lwin, BGP chief in Maungdaw township, near the border with Bangladesh, said the document outlining the findings of the investigation had been submitted to police headquarters in the capital, Naypyitaw.”We are taking actions to punish those who lied in their reports. We won’t forgive them. We are also taking actions to punish those who did not follow the rule of law,” he said.He said two other incidents of BGP officers on the ground “not telling the truth” in reports on the security crackdown were also being investigated by the home ministry.He declined to provide further details about the nature of those other two incidents, or about the probe into the Nga Khu Ya case.Contradicting the local commander, Home Ministry spokesman Police Colonel Myo Thu Soe denied that any BGP officers had lied to conceal the deaths of the two detainees. He said the pair, who were father and son, died from asthma on the way to a hospital on Oct. 18.Presidential spokesman Zaw Htay said the government “has instructed the police to look into unreliable reports” during their operation in Rakhine. He declined to elaborate.BLAME GAMEPhil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division, said cover-ups of abuses by security forces were common in Myanmar.”There are many other cases of abuse that still need to be exposed,” he said, adding that abuses committed by the army were “serious and widespread, and probably dwarf what the BGP committed”.The army has been in direct control of northern Rakhine since early October and drove the sweeping operation there.The military press bureau did not respond to several requests for comment.Northwestern Myanmar has been cut off to aid workers and other independent observers since October.The military campaign there began after nine BGP officers were killed in attacks on security posts near the Bangladesh border on Oct. 9. It has renewed international criticism that Myanmar leader Suu Kyi has done too little to help the Rohingya Muslim minority.In a report published earlier this month based on accounts from Rohingyas who had escaped or been released, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights described “inhumane conditions and ill-treatment” including rape, torture and deprivation of food and water in various detention centres across northern Rakhine.Myanmar’s presidential office, military and police forces have each set up teams to investigate alleged crimes in Rakhine after Suu Kyi promised to probe UN allegations of atrocities.That has set the scene for a behind-the-scenes tussle over who will be held accountable, according to the senior home ministry official and another source with close ties to senior figures in the military.The person with close military ties said the army and police were “trying to blame each other” for alleged atrocities.”The military did not expect such a strong response from the international community,” said the source, who is familiar with the thinking of some top generals. “It is now under pressure to investigate.”last_img read more


first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comTwo fires in southern Maryland left over 60 people displaced and three firefighters injured last weekend in the vicinity of National Harbor.  While there were no fatalities, at least one of them was due to negligence on the part of residents who didn’t dispose of charcoal properly. Early Saturday evening, Prince George’s County firefighters were called to a massive blaze at an apartment building in the 5500 block of Livingston Terrace, near National Harbor in Oxon Hill.  When they arrived the three-story complex was engulfed in flames sending smoke into the air that could reportedly be seenFires in Oxon Hill and Fort Washington displaced about 60 people over the weekend, according to Prince George’s County Fire Department. (Courtesy Photo)10 miles away into Northwest, D.C.The intensity of the fire required the assistance of first responders from three other departments around the metro area. District of Columbia, Alexandria and Fairfax County firefighters collaborated with Prince George’s County Fire Department (PGCFD) in their attempts to contain the destructive inferno. Residents were forced to watch helplessly as flames engulfed all three floors of the building’s interior leaving the space unliveable.  Three firefighters were injured and over 60 people were forced to leave their homes indefinitely. According to Prince George’s County Fire Department spokesman Mike Yourishin, all three floors sustained heavy damage and a portion of the building’s roof collapsed. The fire took approximately two hours to contain.  After it was finally brought under control around 8:30 p.m. rescue crews remained on the scene to check for additional hot spots. Three firefighters who were injured sustained minor burns and received treatment at an area hospital. There were no confirmed reports of  any injuries to residents.A total of 61 residents are now displaced and receiving temporary assistance from the capital region American Red Cross and Prince George County resources.  The residents who were displaced include 39 adults and 22 kids and are receiving lodging, financial assistance, a small cash grant and toiletry kit.Sunday afternoon, Prince George’s County Fire Department crews were once again dispatched to a single family home after a fire started on the 1300 block of Gun Powder Court in Fort Washington, MD around lunchtime.  A fire that broke out Sunday in Fort Washington was caused by charcoal briquettes that were not properly disposed of, according to fire officials in Prince George’s County.No injuries were reported in the fire, but officials estimate that there is at least $100,000 worth of damage to the home. Firefighters were able to successfully extinguish the blaze and all occupants of the home were safe.However, it has underscored the need for safety as the Fourth of July holiday and the summer’s cookout season begins to intensify over the next few weeks.  According to PGCFD officials, July is the most dangerous month of the year for fire accidents caused by mistakes by those who mishandle grilling equipment, charcoal and lighter fluid.On average, more than 10,000 home fires are started by grills each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. That leads to  approximately 19,000 emergency room hospital visits because of injuries including 9,300 thermal burns. Children and pets should be at least three feet away from the grill area.While this incident was due to apparent negligence when using conventional charcoal grills, gas grills are more dangerous and cause more injuries.  However, when disposing of charcoal the coals should be completely cool before placing them in a metal container.  All grills should be placed away from the home, deck railings and away from leaves and overhanging branches.  Gas and propane units should be used outdoors only.Only charcoal starter fluid should be used when lighting and never add charcoal fluid or other flammable liquids to the fire once coals are lit.last_img read more


first_imgMicrotransactions. Do you know anybody who likes them in games? I certainly don’t, in fact, it acts as a deterrent to actually purchasing a console game at launch for me. You really don’t know the full impact of microtransactions until you play the game, and finding out a developer has gone too far after spending $60 is more than a little frustrating.So it’s very frustrating and annoying to discover that Konami has decided to inject optional microtransactions into Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. There’s no detail yet on what these transactions will be (which is pretty typical pre-launch), but they are listed on the PlayStation Store pre-order page for the game as a single line stating “In-game purchases optional.” That’s long-hand for microtransactions.Clearly Konami is not satisfied with just collecting the guaranteed profit from what will be a game that sells millions. They want more, and they have tweaked the gameplay to allow for microtransactions to exist. Unfortunately, the majority of gamers won’t realize they form part of the experience until after purchase, and therefore Konami will likely count the addition as a success, especially if people start buying the in-game purchases in the thousands.Previews of The Phantom Pain have suggested microtransactions before. In particular, the use of the in-game currency Gross Military Product (GMP) to build your base. Building takes time and money, so it seems likely Konami will allow you to speed up this process by purchasing reduced build times as well as buying more GMP to spend. We may also see in-game items offered for sale, for example, shields, cardboard box designs, and Metal Gear Online XP boost packs. Yes, they are all optional, but they only exist to generate more profit.Konami really has imploded recently, what with the Kojima split, Silent Hills being canceled, and future focus on mobile games. It seems The Phantom Pain could be the last big console game from the publisher anyone cares about. Let’s just hope it doesn’t leave a bad taste in gamer’s mouths because of microtransactions.[H/T to All Games Beta for PlayStation Store image]last_img read more


first_imgSons of older fathers are more intelligent, more focused on their interests and less concerned about fitting in, all characteristics typically seen in ‘geeks’, suggests new research.While previous research linked older paternal age to risk of autism and schizophrenia, this study published in Translational Psychiatry suggests that children of older fathers may also have certain advantages over their peers in educational and career settings.”We have known for a while about the negative consequences of advanced paternal age, but now we have shown that these children may also go on to have better educational and career prospects,” said Magdalena Janecka from King’s College London. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe researchers collected behavioural and cognitive data from Britain’s 15,000 twin pairs in the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS).When the twins were 12 years old, they completed online tests that measured ‘geek-like’ traits.Using this information, the researchers computed a ‘geek index’ for every child in the study and higher geek index scores were reported in the sons of older fathers. In addition, they found that ‘geekier’ children do better in school exams, particularly in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.These results also have implications for understanding links between higher paternal age, autism and characteristics typically seen in ‘geeks’. The researchers think that some of the genes for ‘geekiness’ and for autism are overlapping, and that those genes are more likely to be present in older fathers.last_img read more


first_imgExtract audio tracks from video files with Pazera Free Audio Extractor by Martin Brinkmann on May 12, 2017 in Software – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 10 commentsPazera Free Audio Extractor is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices to extract audio tracks from video files and save them to local system.The extraction of audio tracks from video files can be useful in a number of situations. One primary purpose is that you may want to play the audio track on your smartphone or mobile device, and don’t want the added weight that the video brings along with it on the device.While most devices can play videos just fine, even if you are just interested in the audio, having only the audio and playing it reduces the size on the storage device, and is more resource friendly as well.Another is that you may like a song, speech, or other audio that much that you want to extract it to reuse it in another way, or play it on your device.We have reviewed other programs for the purpose in the past, Video 2Mp3 for instance, or Audio Extractor.Pazera Free Audio ExtractorPazera Free Audio Extractor is provided as a free portable version for all 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.The program is easy to use but ships with plenty of options to customize the whole process. In best case, all you do is add video files to the program, click on convert, and that is that.You can add video files using drag and drop, or by adding individual files or files in folders. The program supports batch conversions, so add as many media files as you like to it to have Free Audio Extractor process them one after the other.You are not limited to adding video files, as you can add audio files as well. These will be converted to the selected format — the default is mp3.The left side of the interface lists all media files that you have added to the program. Each file is listed with its name, path, duration, and other information.You may click on the file info button in the main toolbar of the program to display extensive information on the selected file similarly to other audio and video information programs on Windows. The number of audio tracks is revealed on the page among other things.The right part of the interface defines the output settings. You may select the following options there:Set the output directory, select prefix and suffix for the output file name, and define what happens if the output file exists already.Select a profile, e.g. original quality mp3, or high quality m4a, or the profile you used in the last session.Set the output audio format. The default is mp3, but you can switch that to ogg, flac, aac, m4a and several other audio formats.Set audio bitrate, sampling frequentcy, channels, volume and other parameters.Select which audio track you want to extract.Set start and end time offsets.Add additional FFmpeg command-line parameters to the process.It takes little time to extract the audio and convert it to the selected format.Closing WordsPazera Free Audio Extractor ships with all the tools that are required to extract audio from video files, and to convert audio to the selected format. It works well for individual media files, but also for a collection of video files as it will process them all one after the other.Now You: Have you ever extracted audio tracks before from videos?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 5 votes Software Name Pazera Free Audio ExtractorOperating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page http://www.pazera-software.com/products/audio-extractor/ Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day He alleged that the sole motive of the defendants was “obscene profit and human greed.” But the defendants claimed they were not guilty, arguing that the donors came to Kosovo voluntarily and that the surgeries saved lives.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) – A court in Kosovo found two citizens guilty of human trafficking and organized crime Monday in a major trial against seven people suspected of running an international organ trafficking ring that took kidneys from poor donors lured by financial promises.A panel of two European Union judges and one Kosovo judge sentenced urologist Lutfi Dervishi to eight years in prison and his son Arban Dervishi to seven years and three months. Both also received fines, while Lutfi Dervishi was barred from practicing urology for two years. Sponsored Stories Top Stories center_img ErrorOK ErrorOKA third defendant, Sokol Hajdini, was sentenced to three years in jail for causing grievous bodily harm. Two others received suspended sentences, while two were freed. The defendants can appeal the verdicts and they are not kept in custody.Organ transplantation is illegal in Kosovo’s private clinics. It is also rare in public health facilities because of poor conditions.The trial began in December 2011 and included more than 100 witnesses. All the donors and recipients were foreign nationals.Seven donors who testified were from Israel, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Turkey. They described how they were flown into Kosovo from Istanbul and then quickly wheeled into surgery in a medical facility named “Medicus” on the outskirts of Kosovo’s capital, Pristina.The victims were promised $10,000 to $12,000 in return for their kidneys, but many said they were never paid.“At least two were cheated out of the entire amount and went home with no money and only one kidney,” the court said in its reasoning.The donors’ kidneys were removed for transplantation into people who paid up to 130,000 euros for the procedure. The recipients were mostly wealthy patients from places such as Israel, Poland, Canada, the U.S. and Germany. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help The court ordered that Lutfi and Arban Dervishi pay partial compensation of 15,000 euros to each of the seven victims who testified during the proceedings. The victims may later seek additional compensation in court, the panel said in its reasoning.At least 24 kidney transplants, involving 48 donors and recipients, were carried out between 2008 and 2009, the period the case covered.The donors “were alone, did not speak the language, uncertain of what they were doing and had no one to protect their interest,” the court’s reasoning read. “Some donors had severe second thoughts at the clinic, but were given no opportunity to back out and were psychologically pressured into going forward with the surgery.”Most of the names of donors and recipients were traced through documents seized during a police raid into the clinic in 2008 acting to verify a statement by a Turkish man that his kidney was removed. The man caught police’s attention when he collapsed at the Pristina airport.The defendants are believed to have profited $1 million from the transplants. It’s unclear how many total donors and recipients there were.“In every sense this was the cruel harvest of the poor and weak in our society,” Jonathan Ratel, a Canadian prosecutor who brought the charges as part of European Union’s rule of law mission in Kosovo, said after the verdicts.last_img read more


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