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Egypt Secures $345 Million For Electric Railway Project

The ambitious new project will link Ain Sokhna on the Red Sea to Marsa Matrouh and Alexandria on the Mediterranean.



egypt secures $345 million for electric railway project

Over the past few years, Egypt has been investing in multiple road, river, and rail projects in a bid to reduce its environmental impact. The Islamic Development Bank recently approved $344.5 million of funding to finance Phase I of the Electric Express Train Project. The massive civil engineering construction will benefit 25 million people annually and decrease CO2 emissions by approximately 250,000 tons per year.

According to a press release, Ain Sokhna on the Red Sea, Marsa Matrouh and Alexandria on the Mediterranean will be linked by a 660 km track.

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“The transformative projects approved in this board meeting will have a significant impact on improving transportation, education, and energy, as well as promoting regional economic integration and addressing emergencies,” says Muhammad Al-Jasser, president and board chairman of IsDB.

The electric train will connect all of Egypt’s governorates and comprise three lines, each with 60 stations and a total of 2,000 km of track. The first line will stop at 22 locations from Ain Sukhna to Hadayek October, Alexandria, El Alamein, and Marsa Matrouh.


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Adobe Teases New AI Editing Tools And Updates In Premiere Pro

The video editing app will be enhanced with a generative extend tool, text-to-video, improved timeline waveforms, and more.



adobe teases new ai editing tools and updates in premiere pro

After launching the generative AI model Firefly last year, Adobe is now showcasing how the technology will be used in upcoming versions of the editing app Premiere Pro. In an early sneak peek, the company demonstrated several new features, including Object Addition and Removal, Generative Extend, and Text to Video.

The first new feature, Generative Extend, targets a common video editing problem by using AI to “Seamlessly add frames to make clips longer, so it’s easier to perfectly time edits and add smooth transitions”.

Meanwhile, Premiere Pro’s Object Addition & Removal tool will leverage Firefly’s generative AI to “Simply select and track objects, then replace them. Remove unwanted items, change an actor’s wardrobe or quickly add set dressings such as a painting or photorealistic flowers on a desk,” Adobe states.

Adobe also showcased another new feature that can automatically generate new film clips using a text prompt. To use the content creation tool, editors can “Simply type text into a prompt or upload reference images. These clips can be used to ideate and create storyboards, or to create B-roll for augmenting live action footage,” Adobe explained. The company seems to be commercializing this particular feature extremely quickly, considering generative AI video only appeared a few months ago.

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The new additions to Premiere Pro will be added later this year, but Adobe is also introducing smaller improvements to the editing app in May. The changes include interactive fade handles to enable easier transitions, an Essential Sound badge that uses AI to “automatically tag audio clips as dialogue, music, sound effects or ambience, and add a new icon so editors get one-click, instant access to the right controls for the job”, along with effect badges and a new look for waveforms in the timeline.

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