Students turn creative to raise funds for design project

Reshaping spaces: The architecture students plan to create a vertical garden under the bridge on TTK Road.   | Photo Credit: R_Ragu

Hold painting exhibition under TTK Road bridge

The aspiration of a group of architecture students to compete in a contest has turned the space below the bridge on TTK Road colourful.

When 20-year-old Shruti Mohan and 20 other students of Mohamed Sathak AJ Academy of Architecture wanted to participate in the annual NASA Design Competition conducted by the National Association of Students of Architecture, which requires them to effectively utilise public space, they struggled to mobilise the necessary money.

Quickly, they put together some pocket money and decided to put on a painting exhibition on Sunday under the bridge itself.

“This painting exhibition is like a fund-raiser for implementing the project of creating a vertical garden on the pillars of the bridge. We have used insulation and used tyres, made them colourful and turned them into seats. Then, we approached some artists, who promised to give us about 50% of the sale money from their paintings to us,” she said.

They have about 100 paintings of many noted artists with the price ranging from ₹1,000 to ₹3 lakh. This project, they say, will cost them ₹6 lakh.

Dhanya M, another student, said, “We have been able to raise about ₹10,000 so far. We are hopeful of getting funds somehow.”

[“Source-thehindu”]

Brazil artists turn former government building into creative centre

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Creativity is blooming in one of the least likely of places in Brazil.

The 13-storey Ouvidor building in the heart of Sao Paulo used to be a local government building before it fell out of use.

Empty and derelict, the site was wasted until 300 painters, sculptors, circus performers and musicians moved in, transforming it into an artistic hub.

Now, they want the house officially declared a creative centre.

Al Jazeera’s Daniel Schweimler reports from Sao Paulo.

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Unions urge parents to turn education cuts into election battleground

Kevin Courtney, NUT general secretary.

Kevin Courtney, NUT general secretary: ‘We want to put pressure on every candidate … to pledge to oppose school cuts in their constituency and elsewhere.’ Photograph: Getty

Teaching unions say they will carry the fight against budget cuts affecting schools directly to parents and voters, with the National Union of Teachers’ general secretary vowing to make education funding a key election issue.

Kevin Courtney told the union’s annual conference the snap election was an opportunity to challenge the funding shortages in England.

“In the run-up to this election, parents must demand of all politicians: will they invest in our country, will they invest in our children?” he told delegates in Cardiff.

“I don’t believe there’s a parent anywhere in this country who voted for their child’s class size to go up, or voted for their child to lose the opportunity to do art or dance or music.

“So parents must now demand clarity from candidates seeking office. We want to put pressure on every candidate in every constituency to pledge to oppose school cuts in their constituency and elsewhere.

“We can reach parents with this and we can make a difference in the general election.”

Courtney, in his first union address since his election as general secretary, demanded that the government publish its consultation on the controversial national funding formula planned for schools in England.

“It would be an absolute disgrace if they did not publish their response to this before the general election. Parents need to know what they are voting for, they need to know what the parties are saying about the funding of their children’s schools,” he said.

But if the Conservative party attempted to appease unhappy MPs “by taking more money from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham, then I’m saying to Theresa May: expect industrial action from this union, and expect it soon”, he added.

Courtney accused the Tories of breaking their previous election manifesto pledge on school funding. “Because that Conservative manifesto promise was broken, across the country we’re seeing class sizes going up, we are seeing arts, dance, drama, music taken off the curriculum. We’re seeing thousands of teaching assistants made redundant or not replaced,” he said.

The NUT’s call on funding was joined by other unions, including those representing headteachers.

Geoff Barton, the general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “Our top message is that there is insufficient funding in the education system. We call on all political parties to commit to investing in education as part of a long-term economic plan.”

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said his union would also campaign over the school funding cuts. “There are crises, like teacher recruitment and the £3bn of cuts the government expects schools to make, that should not be forgotten during the election campaign,” he said.

“We will lobby every party to make sure that their policies on education are based on evidence and are at the forefront of their campaigns.”

The NUT had previously passed a motion rejecting the government’s plans to revive selective schools in England.

“This union is clear. Justine Greening and Theresa May’s ‘grammar schools for everyone’ is just an oxymoron,” Courtney said. “We believe Theresa May has been very nervous of using a legislative route. She has no electoral mandate for it but she is now seeking one. So this debate is now very public.”

[“Source-theguardian”]

This App Claims to Turn Your Phone into a Tiny Scanner but Does it Measure Up?

The Tiny Scanner Mobile App Claims to Turn Your Phone into a Well, Tiny Scanner, but Does it Measure Up?

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Functionality
Price

Summary


The Tiny Scanner mobile app turns Android and iOS devices into portable document scanners. It scans everything as images or PDFs.

The Tiny Scanner mobile app turns your phone into a scanner and saves documents as either a photo or a PDF.

With it you can now easily scan documents, receipts, reports, photos or just about anything. The scanner app is lightning fast and is available for both iOS and Android devices.

How the Tiny Scanner Mobile App Works

The app only requires a few permissions to access your camera, in-app purchases, wi-Fi connection information and media/photos/files. It’s really easy to use and you can operate it in two ways. You can either scan using the camera or by selecting an image already stored on the device.

Using the camera, you will be asked to choose whether you want to have the flash on or off and you can as well change the page size format.

You also have full control over the output. You have a number of (black, white and grayscale) output to choose from. You can also adjust the contrast using the options displayed on the same page.

Once you are done, click save. You will be provided with a sharing button.

The application supports a number of cloud hosting platforms like OneDrive, Evernote and Dropbox. They are, however, only available to Pro users. 

All PDF documents created by the app are available on the program’s interface. You can also find them under TinyScan > Documents or open them directly using a file explorer.

Settings

The settings allow you to make the changes to the default preferences. You may change the process (black and white, color, grayscale, photo, last filter) and the default page size, for instance.

The app allows you to add a passcode that protects against unauthorized access. Enable Wi-Fi access to be able to access your documents from other devices, a laptop or PC, for instance.

Conclusion

Tiny Scanner is an excellent portable scanner for both iOS and Android users. The app is loaded with functional features that make document scanning and sharing a breeze. The free version is perfect for both personal and business use.

The Pro version (available for $4.99 on Google Play Store) offers a number of extra features, such as the ability to customize page sizes for PDF export. There are different paper sizes available in the app including A4, Legal (8.5×14), Letter (8.5×11) and many more.

Another great feature available on the Pro version is an intuitive folder system that organizes digital files. The app allows you to also create multiple files where you can save scanned documents. You can use its powerful search features to quickly find any document too.

Image: TinyScanner

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