20 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 15 February 2013 | News The small grants round from the Ireland Funds is now open for applications.The grants is designed to support a wide range of organisations working across the 32 counties of Ireland. The maximum amount is €20,000/£16,000 with the average award around €5,000/£4,000.Under what the Ireland Funds calls ‘four pillars’ funding will be allocated to projects in Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education and Peace & Reconciliation. With these four areas the Ireland Funds has identified 7 priorities: Advertisement Ireland Funds open for applications Tagged with: Funding Ireland Northern Ireland Promoting Culture and HeritageInvesting in Ireland’s CommunitiesAssisting Disadvantaged YouthPromoting Philanthropy in IrelandAssisting the Elderly or Forgotten IrishProviding Access to EducationSupporting a Shared Future for Northern IrelandApplications can be made online. The closing date for applications is 28 March 2013. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 21, 2015 at 11:16 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Syracuse and Duke will tip off at 7 p.m. next Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina, according to the schedule on Duke’s website. The tipoff time has not been announced elsewhere.SU’s (17-10, 8-6 Atlantic Coast) meeting with No. 4 Duke (24-3, 11-3) will be broadcast on ESPN. It’ll be the Orange’s first time at Cameron Indoor Stadium since its six-point loss last February, which was highlighted by Jim Boeheim’s tirade that led to his ejection following a controversial charge called on former forward C.J. Fair.The Orange lost to the Blue Devils, 80-72, in the Carrier Dome last Saturday and most recently fell to Pittsburgh at home on Saturday afternoon, 65-61. Prior to their rematch, Syracuse will travel to No. 10 Notre Dame for a Tuesday night matchup and Duke will face Virginia Tech on the road Wednesday night. Comments
Iowa Democratic Party chairman Mark Smith traveled to Cedar Rapids and Davenport Friday to critique Republican Senator Joni Ernst’s health care record.“In this election, the easiest question that voters can ask themselves is: After Senator Ernst’s half decade in Washington, is my health care any better?” Smith said during a statehouse news conference Thursday.Smith predicts health care will be the number one issue for voters.Ernst is seeking a second term in the U.S. Senate. A spokeman for the Republican Party of Iowa says the five Democrats who’ve lined up to challenge Ernst are embracing socialized medicine, while Ernst is working to make health care more accessible.
Simulations: climate change to accelerateWigley’s computer simulations indicate that a worldwide, partial shift from coal to natural gas would slightly accelerate climate change through at least 2050, even if no methane leaked from natural gas operations, and through as late as 2140 if there were substantial leaks. After that, the greater reliance on natural gas would begin to slow down the increase in global average temperature, but only by a few tenths of a degree.“Relying more on natural gas would reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, but it would do little to help solve the climate problem,” says Wigley, who is also an adjunct professor at the University of Adelaide in Australia. “It would be many decades before it would slow down global warming at all, and even then it would just be making a difference around the edges.” Switching to natural gas won’t slow climate changeNext month, new peer-reviewed research is being published that will conclude that although the burning of natural gas emits far less carbon dioxide than coal, a greater reliance on natural gas would fail to significantly slow down climate change. The study by Tom Wigley, who is a senior research associate at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, examines how coal use causes warming through emission of heat-trapping carbon dioxide, but also releases comparatively large amounts of sulfates and other particles. Those particles, while causing acid rain and other environmental problems, help to cool the planet by blocking incoming sunlight.The situation is further complicated by uncertainty over the amount of methane that leaks from natural gas operations. Methane is an especially potent greenhouse gas. Submetering of major energy systemsSouth Mountain installed equipment to allow submetering of all the major energy systems in the homes, providing an unprecedented window into exactly how the families use energy. A report by South Mountain engineer Marc Rosenbaum highlights key insights from this experiment — among them the importance of collecting data monthly.Though variations from the estimated energy use will be greater on a monthly basis than on an annual basis, it allows users to catch meaningful anomalies more quickly. In the case of one family, the data helped reveal that a child had turned off an exterior AC disconnect from the PV system during the first month, allowing that family to generate only 279 kWh instead of the 630 kWh that the other seven homes averaged. Saturday found me helping a friend install new batteries for another friend’s off-the-grid solar power system. We had fun getting the system back up and running and watching the solar-powered watts come in on a beautiful September day.At one point my friend asked me to use his multimeter to read the voltage of the batteries. No problem: I put the two testing probes in place on the batteries and got the desired reading. He then asked me to reverse the probes to see if the reading also reversed, as expected.However, I switched the probes back and forth several times — or at least, I thought I did — while the reading unexpectedly remained the same. After a minute he said, “Wait, you’re just moving your hands back and forth between the probes — you’re not actually moving the probes.” He was right, and we had a good laugh about that. Some changes make a real difference, and some changes amount to nothing more than hand-waving. Eight net-zero-ready homes, eight familiesIn the category of changes that actually make a difference, eight families on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts recently were able to demonstrate how important energy conservation is in reducing our need for carbon.As reported in the Environmental Building News article Want a Net-Zero Home? Be a Net-Zero Family, the families moved into nearly identical, superinsulated homes last June. South Mountain Company designed and built the LEED Platinum homes for the Island Housing Trust with the goal of allowing the residents to operate them at net-zero energy, using the 5 kW photovoltaic arrays on the roofs for power. In case the energy cost savings didn’t provide enough incentive, South Mountain offered a reward to any household that came in at net-zero energy for the first year. Two families achieved this goal, and won their choice of a $400 dollar gift certificate at a local fish market or a one-year membership at the local CSA. Two families operate at net-zero or belowIn a testament to the efficient construction, water-heating energy use exceeded space-heating energy use in all but one of the homes. Rosenbaum suggests that a good further investment would be for solar hot water or heat-pump water heaters. The submetering also showed that the biggest loads were the two uses of electric resistance heat: the radiant ceiling panels and the water heaters.In the end, two families were able to operate below net-zero energy, while two others were close. On the other end of the spectrum, one family used a measured 11,635 kWh in one year, nearly twice the 6,873 kWh provided by the solar panels. In all cases, lights and plug loads accounted for about half of total energy use. With that in mind, the report quotes energy consultant Andy Shapiro: “There are no zero-energy houses, only zero-energy families.”Tristan Roberts is Editorial Director at BuildingGreen, Inc., in Brattleboro, Vermont, which publishes information on green building solutions.
FunctionsAnnotationsQuite possibly my favorite new feature on the edit page is the Annotations mode. This feature allows you to draw directly on your footage to highlight errors or to bring attention to a specific area of the frame. You can draw freehand, or you can use the arrow tool to create a straight line.You can change the stroke width and the color of the annotation, and by creating an annotation on the viewer, you create a marker on the timeline that you can open to add additional detail. To get to the annotation tool, simply open the Timeline Viewer pop-up (lower left of the timeline viewer), and select “Annotation.” From here on out, you just draw on the viewer like you would with Photoshop’s brush tool.If you need to adjust the color, move the note, or delete an annotation, click on the annotation and adjust as needed. Active annotations are only slightly more bold than inactive ones, so you may need to zoom in to confirm your selections.(Note: if you create several annotations without moving the play head, the annotations will only correlate with the one marker it created. If you want the annotation to appear throughout the entire clip, you will have to adjust the duration inside of the marker pop-up box. You can also create annotations within the source monitor, but the marker attaches to the clip itself, not the timeline.)Add Shortcut Markers and Flags with Different ColorsIn Resolve 15, you can change the default markers and flags shortcut function colors. If you hit M, it will add a marker (or G to flag a clip), which defaults to blue. If you want to adjust the color to highlight a specific issue (say cyan markers will be for sound issues), you can open the marker properties and adjust the color (as you can see in the marker box above). In Resolve 15, you can give a colored marker a shortcut, which eliminates the need to open the marker box.You can do this by opening the keyboard shortcuts, searching for the desired color, and inputting a new shortcut.It’s not a feature that’s going to change the world, but if you color-code markers, it’s going to save you a lot of time in the long run.A New Way To Create SubclipsWhen I first transitioned to Resolve, one of my favorite features was the ability to create a subclip from a lengthy media file. You could do this by creating in and out points on a clip from your media browser on the Media Page, and right-clicking within the marked range to select “Create Subclip.” Resolve would then import that media file only at the marked length — great for lengthy interviews. In 15, that process is gone. Now, you create an in and out point and drag the clip from the source monitor into your media pool. That’s it. You can also do this on the Edit Page within the source monitor.If you later think “Maybe I shouldn’t have created that subclip — now I need the contents outside of the in and out points,” then simply right-click on the clip, select “Edit Subclip,” and then check “Use Full Clip Extents.” You’ll then have access to the media before and after the marked range.Tabbed TimelinesIf I’m ever working in Premiere Pro, I make sure I only have one tab open, as I’m prone to accidentally opening another timeline when all I wanted to do was select a media clip. That said, I’m surprised it’s taken this long to implement this feature into Resolve. To open a tabbed timeline view, open the “Timeline View Options,” and select “Stacked Timeline.”A tabbed view area should then open above the video timeline. To add another timeline, just hit the + icon and then use the drop-down menu to select which timeline you want to add.Stacked TimelinesAnother timeline feature is the ability to stack multiple timelines to edit across them all (a sentence worthy of a science fiction flick). To activate this feature, you need to hit the “Add Timeline” button (circled in red).Adding a stacked timeline is similar to adding a timeline to your tabbed view. Hit the + icon, and choose from the available timelines. You may notice in my example above that sequences 1 and 2 are both grayed out — that’s because they are open in the timeline above as tabs. I first have to close a sequence before I can stack them.With two timelines stacked, I can now edit clips between sequences.Grade bypassAnother tool you might have expected to see earlier (but didn’t) is the Grade Bypass. In the top right corner of the viewer is a small color wheel icon.When you click it, all applied grades and color effects from the color page will be bypassed.This is great when you need to return to your edit to make some changes but find the grade is slowing your playback.Lewis McGregor is a certified DaVinci Resolve trainer.Looking for more information on DaVinci Resolve? Check out these articles.Get To Know DaVinci Resolve 15’s Super Scale FeatureHow to Add Sound Effects to a Sound Library in DaVinci Resolve 15Revamped Text Features in the New DaVinci Resolve 15Everything You Need to Know About the LUT Browser in DaVinci Resolve 15 DaVinci Resolve 15 is making its way into editing bays everywhere. Let’s review a few of the Edit Page features that you need to know about.When a new version of a popular piece of software comes out, it’s easy to talk only about the most significant and latest features. (I certainly do this.) After all, these new features tend to be things that users have been anticipating for a while. However, there are always dozens, if not hundreds, of smaller updates and new features that will improve your workflow. Resolve 15 is no different — there are countless new features and functions. However, let’s take a look at a select few Edit Page features that editors of all skill levels will appreciate.AppearancePage IconsIn previous versions of Resolve, the page icons were larger and displayed the names of each page. In 15, we see only the icons. Personally (as a Windows user with a locked taskbar), I find the height of the icons slightly too small; as a result, I end up accidentally opening programs from the taskbar underneath.Thankfully, by right-clicking the page icon area, you can display the name of the icons, which returns the tabs back to their previous height.Cleaner Contextual MenusThere’s nothing more frustrating than spending several seconds working your way up and down a menu trying to find a task, only to realize it was at the very bottom and was one of the first things you read. In Resolve 15, the contextual menus are now significantly smaller. Any tasks that were previously greyed out have now been removed, allowing you to find the required task or setting much more quickly.Image via Blackmagic Design.Larger ThumbnailsThe maximum thumbnail size has also increased. If you have Live Media Preview activated — a setting that allows you to hover over a media clip and make it appear in the source monitor — then this may make little difference to you. But if you want to remove any processes that can slow down your computer, increasing the size of the thumbnail is a great way to find the shot you need quickly without bringing it into the source monitor.Display Audio WaveformsAnother new addition to the Media Pool is the option to display audio waveforms. This is a useful tool if you are looking for a specific audio file and can recognize the contents of the waveform itself (a particular skill, to be sure). If you have the Live Media View turned on, you will also be able to quickly scrub the contents of the audio clip for concise clarification.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say De Laurentiis: Chelsea manager Sarri shirked Napoli transfer responsibilityby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has admitted that he struggled to get the input of Maurizio Sarri on transfers.De Laurentiis has claimed that Sarri preferred to worry about coaching and improving his players.And it was tough for the owner to sit down with Sarri and figure out the ideal players to buy in transfer windows.”Sarri seemed timid and I discovered he was so dissatisfied with his past [working in finance],” he said during a panel run by Corriere di Mezzogiorno.”For a Communist to base his profession on the evils of money brought him to suffer from a syndrome of dissatisfaction. “I found Sarri to be very highly-strung. His wife couldn’t even come to the stadium. “I used to say to Sarri, who shall we buy? He’d reply that he didn’t want to know anything about it.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer: Man Utd players have clean slate – to a pointby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the players have a clean slate – to a point.Predecessor Jose Mourinho fell out with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba, but Solskjaer says he is prepared to take a fresh look at every player.He told MUTV in his first interview: “Playing games is the best time of your life!”The more games you get, the better it is. For me as a manager now it’s great because you have to rotate, so you’ll get to see many players; they’ll get that chance and everyone in”Everybody in the squad knows ‘I’ve got a chance now’ because whatever’s gone, whatever’s happened has happened.”Now it’s just about from here everybody starts with a clean slate and we want players to perform and to give them a chance.”Asked whether that meant everybody in the squad had a ‘blank piece of paper’ going forward, Solskjaer said: “Well you’ve got to start somewhere.”Of course you look at a couple of performances I’ve seen the last few games, but you look at the merits, you look at the team, you pick a team now and you move on; they’ll all get chances.”
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Germany-based ferry company TT-Line has placed an order for a dual fuel vessel with China’s shipbuilder Jiangsu Jinling.Under the deal, which includes an option for one further unit, the company’s new ferry would be delivered during 2022. Following delivery, the vessel would be used within TT-Line’s route network in the Baltic Sea.The shipping firm said that the 230-meter-long vessel would be optimized for efficiency and flexibility. Compared to the previous generation of RoPax vessels, the latest vessel will reduce more than 50% of emissions while still maintaining the speed, the company explained.The dual fuel ship would be able to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), leading to very low emissions of particulate matter.“TT-Line will set a new standard in terms of cutting harmful emissions by choosing LNG as a fuel for the innovative TT-Line Green Ship. This innovative and future-oriented TT-Line Green Ship will be the most environmentally friendly RoPax ship in our trading area,” Bernhard J. Termühlen, Managing Director of TT-Line, said.The new TT-Line vessel builds on the company’s Green Ship concept and is designed to carry 800 passengers and more than 200 trucks and trailers. While designing the vessel, a particular emphasize was put on flexibility and fast turnarounds in ports.