Facebook156Tweet0Pin0Submitted by SideWalkToday, SideWalk volunteers helped their 1,500th participant escape homelessness and move into a safe place to call home.“This is a big thing,” said Phil Owen, Executive Director of SideWalk. “People on the streets rely on SideWalk as the fastest path to leave homelessness behind, and we’re proud to have served so many people. We did this because of our committed team of volunteers and strong community support, and I want to thank them for keeping us going.”SideWalk’s Rapid Re-Housing program, started in 2012, helps on average about 300 people per year move into a new home. It offers advocacy, support, and small amounts of short-term rental assistance to help people experiencing homelessness overcome financial barriers to moving in to a safe place to call home. Roughly 80% of the people served via SideWalk’s Rapid Re-Housing program are still off the streets one year after placement. Currently, accounting for all costs such as direct cash assistance and overhead, it costs SideWalk on average $1,047 to help one person experiencing homelessness escape the streets – period.Indicating its continued improvement, SideWalk volunteers helped their 500th person escape homelessness in September 2015, after 3 years of operations. 4 years later, SideWalk volunteers helped another 1000 people.“We won’t rest on our laurels, though,” Phil Owen said. “While we’re proud of our accomplishments, we know the need for our work will continue. If you’re experiencing homelessness, SideWalk volunteers are here to help.” People experiencing homelessness can visit http://walkthurston.org/gethelp to learn more about SideWalk’s work and how their volunteers help.
By Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily SportsNo doubt after the New Year’s Eve debacle, the Nelson Leafs will be eager to get a positive start to 2012 when the club plays host to the Princeton Posse Friday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the NDCC Arena.The Leafs completed 2011 with a stinker even the players had a difficult time stomaching, losing 3-2 to the Spokane Braves — the same team Nelson trashed 7-1 the night before, on the road no less.”It’s a new season and we’ve got to get ready for the stretch run,” Leaf coach Frank Maida told The Nelson Daily. “The players know for us to make a run we can’t take any games off and must come prepared to every game.”In the Posse, the Leaf face a big team ready to push the Leafs around. However, Maida said the Green and White must use their speed in the larger NDCC Arena to its advantage.”(Princeton) is a bigger team that play in a smaller arena, so we’ve got to use our speed to our advantage and wear them down,” he said.During the only meeting of the season between the two clubs, a 4-2 win by the Posse, the hosts jumped to a 2-0 lead four minutes into the first period — a lead the Leafs could not overcome despite out shooting Princeton 39-22.Princeton, 20-13-1, enter the game tops in the Okanagan Division with a one-point lead over Osoyoos Coyotes.In contrast the Leafs, are tied with the Posse in points but sit third in the Murdoch 15 points behind division leading Beaver Valley. Saturday, hosts the 1-34 Grand Forks Border Bruins.Both games have a 7 p.m. puck drop.ICE CHIPS: Leaf defenceman Julian Davis has decided to leave the team and return to his home in the Lower Mainland. In 13 games since joining the Leafs the 5’11”, 183-pound Davis had one goal. . . .Nelson will see a familiar foe when team sees Castlegar after the Rebels acquired Riley Henderson from the Golden Rockets in exchange for future considerations. In 27 games this season, 17 with Nelson, Henderson had 22 points, including five goals. . . .Leaf coach Frank Maida is working the phones trying to bolster his club before the January 10 B.C. Hockey roster deadline. However, Maida, with two open cards, is not thinking there will be too much action as Junior A and Junior B clubs have most rosters in [email protected]
Sarah Jessica Parker has admitted that a lack of restaurants near her Donegal holiday home inspires her to get cooking in the kitchen.Rural Donegal is far from the cosmopolitan world of New York City, where eateries are on every block. But when in Kilcar, Sex and the City star Sarah says she finds herself going back to basics, doing groceries and cooking.Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband Matthew Broderick recently added a large extension to their holiday cottage in Kilcar, where they spent their first Christmas in Ireland last year. Speaking to the Daily Mail following the launch of her own wine, SJP Sauvignon Blanc, Sarah said that the idea for her new venture with the Invivo wine company actually originated in Killybegs.She said: “My husband and I had been buying Invivo wines in Ireland.“Our local SuperValu has a really nice selection of wine and we had been purchasing Invivo wines and we loved them.”Sarah added that she enjoys wining and dining with friends in her Donegal retreat: “We can only cook when we’re in Ireland because there aren’t really restaurants where we are, so if people are at our home then we cook for them and serve them wine.”Sarah, Matthew and their children are often spotted out and about in Donegal during their Irish breaks. Sarah is a keen promoter of Donegal designers and has given Kilcar company Studio Donegal some top endorsements this year.Her praise for the Killybegs Supervalu’s wine selection could bring another local store a welcome boost.Sarah is also listed as an ambassador for Donegal Connect, the 10-day project running from 27 September – 6 October to link the diaspora and showcase all that Donegal has to offer.SJP reveals that Donegal is the only place where she cooks at home was last modified: September 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:kilcarmatthew brodericksarah jessica parkerwine
Tag: 上海楼凤 More Fossil Forests Found in Antarctica
The extent of fossil forests buried in the coldest continent on earth continues to grow and astound explorers.Last November 17, 2017, we relayed findings about fossil forests discovered by Erik Gulbransen’s team in Antarctica, with wood “so well-preserved in rock that some of the amino acid building blocks that made up the trees’ proteins can still be extracted.” Now, National Geographic reports that five new fossil forests have been found. The article is part discovery and part adventure story, as the team endured incredible hardships in “one of the harshest environments on the planet.”The team is wedded to the view that these fossil forests date to the time of one of evolutionary science’s mythoids, the Permian Extinction. (It’s one of many beliefs that is taken for granted based on the geologic column and belief in slow, gradual, progressive, Darwinian evolution.) By looking past the adventure parts, questioning the evolutionary parts, and doubting the dates, a perceptive reader can detect some anomalies with the evolutionary story:“Gondwana was humid and carpeted with a network of hardy plants. As the turbulent climate shifted from hot to cold on a sometimes monthly basis, the streamlined foliage would have needed to withstand extremes.” Clearly this part of the world, now frozen in ice, was capable of supporting large plants, even though nothing can grow there now.“But then, a massive extinction event pulsed through the land. It catapulted nearly all life to an end, obliterating more than 90 percent of the world’s species at the time.” In science, it’s not proper to invoke ad hoc scenarios to keep your world view from being falsified. Evolution is supposed to be about progress, not extinction.“What caused this die-off, called the Permian extinction or the Great Dying, is still shrouded in mystery. Clues to the massacre come to us in the form of fossilized trees, but much of the reasons behind this extinction remain unsolved.” In other words, this fossil evidence does not support the mythoid of the Permian extinction. Why believe in a mythoid if it is “shrouded in mystery” and has no known cause?“What we know about the Permian extinction we know through marine fossils of animals that once lived in the oceans. Many scientists agree that during this period about 299 to 251 million years ago, a volcanic event triggered a crisis that exterminated about 90 percent of all species on the planet. It eradicated more than 95 percent of marine species and more than 70 percent of all land species.” Now they propose a mechanism—a volcanic eruption—after having just said the cause is unknown. They say it eradicated 70 percent of all land species, but just said what they know about the Permian extinction comes from marine fossils.“But beyond the broad outlines, a number of the details are unclear. Some geologists and paleontologists say the Permian extinction occurred over 15 million years, but others say it lasted 20,000 years—a blink of an eye in the scheme of geologic time.” They know less than their triumphal claims suggest. Broad outlines can be wrong. The devil can be in the details.“The fossilized trees look a lot like the petrified forests of Yellowstone National Park. Before this expedition, science wasn’t sure if the Permian interval was preserved in sedimentary rocks in Antarctica, but the expedition members think the sedimentary succession they discovered happened at the same time as the extinction interval.” As we reported before, the Yellowstone fossil forests were buried in mudflows, contrary to what evolutionists had taught for decades. (28 Sept 2015).“‘I’m trying to put a puzzle together, but I have no reference picture to do it,’ Ryberg says.” What’s wrong with the reference picture from Yellowstone?“Permian-era plants are like nothing alive today, Ryberg says. She studies a group of foliage in the genus Glossopteris, which is characterized by woody plants dated roughly 300 to 200 million years ago.” This observational fact does not imply evolution. Many “weird” plants are extinct, and many weird plants remain with us today.Issues with the dates should still bother evolutionists. The last report in November said that they could still extract amino acids from the proteins. This is from plants said to have perished “299 to 251 million” Darwin years ago.So let’s see here now. They have a name for a mythoid (“The Permian Extinction”) without an identifiable cause, that lasted they don’t know how long, dated to a time with 50 million year error bars, known from seashells but implied for trees, that is still shrouded in mystery after a century of treating it as a fact. The fossil forest looks like the Yellowstone case, but they don’t make the connection as to the mechanism, which certainly did not require 20,000 years or more (the trees in Yellowstone were buried probably in a day). The observational fact that should be screaming for attention is the preservation of the amino acids and possibly other original material. Last November they said, “What’s more, fossil microorganisms and fungi have been preserved inside the wood.” How can they possibly believe that this wood is at least 251 million Darwin years old? Is there anyone in the Darwin Party who could take an unbiased look at this belief and admit it’s crazy?But you know what they are focused on instead? Climate change. They’re studying the mythoid of the Permian extinction because they think humans might be causing another extinction event by burning fossil fuels. “Whereas other extinction events have been triggered by natural causes, the one we may be in is likely driven by habitat destruction, climate change, and pollution, among other factors” – all human-caused, you see. Aren’t you ashamed of yourself.That’s evolutionary science. A string of mythoids held together by faith, occasionally interrupted by anomalous facts, used to lecture everyone else on global warming. (Visited 894 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Johannesburg, Thursday 10 November 2016 – Brand South Africa heads to the Western Cape for its national programmes and media is invited to participate from Tuesday 15 November and Wednesday 16 November 2016.Please find more information hereunder:Play Your Part ProgrammeThe Play Your Part activation and its interactive PYP Cube makes its fourth stop in the Western Cape in partnership with The College of Cape Town and SABC’s One Day Leader. The activation aims to engage with citizens to “start doing” in order to contribute actively and positively to the development of their communities.Through education, a theme driving the Play Your Part agenda this year, the activation provides a platform for graduates and community members to share their positive contributions towards shaping and enhancing the reputation of their province and country.Follow the conversation on social media #PYP #PYPGETINVOLVEDDate : Tuesday 15 November 2016Time : 09h00 -13h00Venue : College of Cape Town,334 Albert Rd, Salt River, Cape TownRSVPS/Enquiries : Ntombi NtanziEmail [email protected] number 081 7041488Provincial Workshop ProgrammeStakeholders in the Western Cape will have the opportunity to participate in conversations on the Nation Brand through Brand South Africa’s national workshop. The programme aims to build awareness amongst stakeholders on the importance of a positive Nation Brand for the country’s value proposition.These conversations allow stakeholders to assess how existing efforts to build a cohesive nation brand can be strengthened by the country’s citizens. These conversations will be led by Brand South Africa, The Department of Trade and Industry as well as The Department of the Premier. Topics that will be covered will include the importance of building a sustainable brand and international trade and investment.Participants will also participate in the Nation Brand Masterclass during the workshop.Follow the conversation on social media #SANationBrandDate : Wednesday 16 November 2016Time : 09h00 -13h00Venue : Cape TownRSVPS/Enquiries : Ntombi NtanziEmail [email protected] number 081 7041488Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.
Nuclear power is dead. Long live nuclear power. Nuclear power is the only way forward. Nuclear power is a red herring. Nuclear power is too dangerous. Nuclear power is the safest power source around. Nuclear is nothing. Nuclear is everything.It is now generally agreed that the world must rapidly reduce carbon emissions in order to fight off dangerous climate change, but the “how” of that process remains up for debate. And within that debate, nothing seems to produce such starkly opposing viewpoints as nuclear energy. Some experts and advocates argue that carbon-free nuclear power represents the only real hope of keeping the planet’s temperature in check. Others claim that nuclear is risky, unnecessary and far too expensive to make a dent.The same basic data set — nuclear plants currently in existence, those under construction, the status of new technologies, the history of costs and delays, and a few striking accidents — produces those totally contradictory opinions and predictions. Nuclear power is a Rorschach test: You see what you want to see — a rosy nuclear future or an old-world dinosaur in a slow death spiral — reflecting your own views on the energy present and future. In all likelihood, no one will be proven right or wrong for decades. The Fukushima shadowAlong with price hikes, the specter of major accidents hovers over every discussion of a nuclear scale-up. By most measures nuclear power is among the safest forms of energy ever devised. But when it does go wrong, it goes wrong in spectacular and terrifying fashion.The accident at Fukushima Daiichi in Japan in 2011 led to a shutdown of all the plants in that country (with very limited reactor restarts coming only last year), and it has convinced Germany and Belgium to phase out the energy source entirely. Though those phase-outs will account for only a handful of total reactors, they put a damper on the idea of a revolutionary nuclear scale-up.Many argue the fearful reactions and phase-outs are not entirely logical in the context of climate change. Fukushima clearly did result in a drop in global support for nuclear energy, but public opinion continues to vary sharply by country.In the U.S., a Gallup poll on nuclear favorability has shown a decline since Fukushima, but not a dramatic one. In 2015 public support for the use of nuclear energy hovered at 51%, down from a peak of 62% in 2010. The same poll, though, found that only 35% percent think the government should place “more emphasis” on nuclear; for comparison, 79% want more focus on solar power.Cousins to the fear of a massive meltdown are both the worry over nuclear weapons proliferation and concerns over waste disposal. Spent nuclear fuel is currently stored on the site of nuclear plants in pools of water or sealed in dry cask storage, and decades-old arguments over geologic repositories are unlikely to be resolved any time soon.With regard to weapons, nuclear plants produce plutonium during the course of their reactions, which can be made into bombs if enough is accumulated; terrorism and theft are thus constant worries. Both of these issues work to extend the shadow of risk stretching out behind nuclear power, and both lack immediate solutions. Will nuclear have to be part of the mix?The heart of Hansen’s and Oreskes’ disagreement regards the necessity for nuclear and the technical feasibility of scaling up renewables: Are other energy sources sufficient to wean us from fossil fuels? Or is the reliable, large-scale (a single new reactor can reach 1,600 megawatts capacity, three times the size of the world’s largest solar plants) baseload power that nuclear provides a necessary component of the low-carbon future?The anti-nuclear side of the argument focuses on several studies that have illustrated a renewables-only way to the goal, which could be cheaper and free of the risks associated with nuclear. Mark Jacobson, director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program at Stanford University, has published state-specific plans showing how 100-percent renewables penetration would be achievable. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, part of the U.S. Department of Energy, published its “Renewable Electricity Futures Study” in 2012 and explained a clear path to 80 percent penetration in the U.S. Others have shown similar routes forward.When it comes to any energy source, it is cost that sits at the root of the discussion. Nuclear proponents argue that there are impediments to having a grid entirely run on renewables. Buongiorno, for example, says that the intermittency of solar and wind can realistically only be addressed by adding large amounts of electricity storage (in the form of large batteries or other newer tech such as compressed air) to the grid, and that would change the ongoing “renewable prices are plummeting” narrative.“When I hear people say ‘Oh, the costs are coming down,’ the costs for generation may be coming down, but if installing that capacity forces me to have energy storage, you have to add those costs,” he says. Think of it like buying a car: The baseline price sounds okay, but it’s all the options and add-ons that’ll get you. Buongiorno says he expects the costs of nuclear construction will come down, and that when storage costs for renewables are factored in, nuclear — with its reliable, 24/7 output — starts to look much more attractive as an alternative. RELATED ARTICLES Costs are a key considerationAdding more nuclear to the grid could reduce some of the burden on renewables and storage, but the economics of nuclear itself could prove an insurmountable roadblock.In general, the more experience accumulated with a given technology, the less it costs to build. This has been dramatically illustrated with the falling costs of wind and solar power. Nuclear, however has bucked the trend, instead demonstrating a sort of “negative learning curve” over time.Construction of a new reactor at Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant in Eurajoki, Finland, is nine years behind schedule and more than $US5 billion over budget. [Photo courtesy of Foro Nuclear.]According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, the actual costs of 75 of the first nuclear reactors built in the U.S. ran over initial estimates by more than 200%. More recently, costs have continued to balloon. Again according to UCS, the price tag for a new nuclear power plant jumped from between $2 billion and $4 billion in 2002 all the way $9 billion in 2008. Put another way, the price shot from below $2,000 per kilowatt in the early 2000s up to as high as $8,000 per kilowatt by 2008.Steve Clemmer, the director of energy research and analysis at UCS, doesn’t see this trend changing. “I’m not seeing much evidence that we’ll see the types of cost reductions [proponents are] talking about. I’m very skeptical about it — great if it happens, but I’m not seeing it,” he says.Some projects in the U.S. seem to face delays and overruns at every turn. In September 2015, a South Carolina effort to build two new reactors at an existing plant was delayed for three years. In Georgia, a January 2015 filing by plant owner Southern Co. said that its additional two reactors would jump by $700 million in cost and take an extra 18 months to build. These problems have a number of root causes, from licensing delays to simple construction errors, and no simple solution to the issue is likely to be found.In Europe the situation is similar, with a couple of particularly egregious examples casting a pall over the industry. Construction began for a new reactor at the Finnish Olkiluoto 3 plant in 2005 but won’t finish until 2018, nine years late and more than US$5 billion over budget. A reactor in France, where nuclear is the primary source of power, is six years behind schedule and more than twice as expensive as projected.“The history of 60 years or more of reactor building offers no evidence that costs will come down,” Ramana says. “As nuclear technology has matured costs have increased, and all the present indications are that this trend will continue.” Changing perspectivesIn the coming years, it may come down to just how dramatic the effects of climate change become to force the Rorschach muddle to resolve into a clear image.“As time goes on, and the impacts of climate change become more and more real — droughts and heat waves and sea-level rise and storm surge, coastal flooding issues, more powerful hurricanes and devastating storms and things like that are also a wake-up call to people,” says Clemmer. “Hopefully at some point it will be enough of a wake-up call that we’ll be demanding action to address climate change and reduce emissions. In that world, maybe there’s more of a positive light that would be shed on nuclear.”Macfarlane also suggests that the changing perspectives on energy requirements could shift nuclear fortunes. “We go through these different transitions as a society,” she says. In the past, these transitions have replaced wood with coal to help cities grow, and added oil to feed a boom in transportation.“Nuclear never fulfilled one of those kinds of needs,” she says. “We’re going through another transition where we need to decarbonize our energy sources, and maybe it will fill more of a natural need now. We’ll see.” In the run-up to that agreement, a group of the most prominent nuclear proponents — climate scientist James Hansen, Stanford’s Ken Caldeira and others — wrote in the Guardian that “nuclear will make the difference between the world missing crucial climate targets or achieving them.”This was met with particularly harsh disdain from Naomi Oreskes, Harvard science historian and co-author of Merchants of Doubt, who wrote a response at the Guardian branding this “a new, strange form of denial.” Today and tomorrowNuclear power today accounts for around 10% of the total electricity generation around the world. This varies sharply by country — in the U.S. the rate is about 20%, in Russia and Germany it is a bit lower than that, while some other European countries get 40% and 50% from nuclear reactors. France has long led the way proportionally, at more than 75% percent. (It has the second most total reactors, behind the U.S.) China, though building rapidly, drew less than 3% of its power from nuclear in 2014.There are 442 reactors currently in operation globally, and the International Atomic Energy Agency says 66 are currently under construction. Twenty-four of those are in China; no other country is currently building more than eight.That’s the nuclear landscape now. The question is, how will it change in the coming years? And equally important, how should it change? The answers to both of these depend on whom you ask. Nuclear power capacity varies widely from one country to another, with the U.S. leading in installed capacity and China in capacity under construction.The International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2014, which includes a close analysis of nuclear power, projects a 60% leap in global installed capacity by 2040, with almost half of that growth coming from China.“I think we definitely need it in the battle against climate change. This is broadly recognized,” says Jacopo Buongiorno, a professor of nuclear science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Because now there is such an overwhelming concern about climate change, it’s like a tide that lifts all boats. Anything that is perceived as clean is going up. I think it is absolutely necessary.”That type of take on nuclear isn’t particularly hard to find, but neither is this one: “I don’t think nuclear power is a necessary component at all,” says M. V. Ramana, a research scholar at Princeton’s Nuclear Futures Lab. “Nuclear power as a share of electricity generation is only likely to decline in the foreseeable future. If we hold that up as a means of emission reductions, then we will not be successful with meeting any of the ambitious climate goals set” in the recent Paris agreement, in which 195 countries agreed to reduce emissions sharply. Cost declines are rareSome experts, however, dispute the idea that the “negative learning curve” is intrinsic to the nuclear industry. In a recent paper Ted Nordhaus of the energy think tank The Breakthrough Institute pointed out that the history of nuclear plant construction costs varies dramatically by country. South Korea, for example, has demonstrated a fairly consistent drop in costs over time; it imported its first designs from foreign companies with more experience before homegrown designs took hold, and all the country’s plants are built and owned by a single utility. Nordhaus wrote, “with the right policies and institutions, nuclear plants can be built quickly, safely, and cheaply.”Still, most countries have seen costs increase. As it stands, only China’s non-free market may allow for a truly rapid build-out of nuclear plants; the country’s current domination of the nuclear construction world reflects this idea, and the 2016 Five-Year Plan includes provisions to approve and build six to eight new plants each year.The industry, for its part, argues that the benefits of nuclear are worth the price tag. The Nuclear Energy Institute, which represents plant owners, builders, designers, suppliers and related companies, notes that in the U.S. nuclear power generates as much as $50 billion each year from electricity sales and revenue, and provides around 100,000 jobs. The lack of carbon emissions, of course, only adds to the benefits. Technological breakthroughs?Supporters of nuclear power hold out hope that new technologies will improve the economics and reduce the fear factor. There are ongoing efforts to develop small modular reactors, which produce about a third or less of a full-size reactor’s output and can theoretically be built faster and cheaper.Allison Macfarlane, director of George Washington University’s Center for International Science and Technology Policy and the former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, notes that of the various companies working on these, only one (NuScale Power) is currently expected to actually submit application materials to regulators in 2016 — a step that is still years removed from actual functioning reactors.Long-term storage of spent fuel remains a problem. This is a fuel storage pool at the decommissioned BarsebÃ¤ck nuclear power station near Copenhagen, Sweden. [Photo courtesy of Foro Nuclear.]Other technological unicorns, though in many cases on the drawing board for decades, still remain off in the distance: different fuel sources such as thorium, molten salt-cooled reactors, even building plants on floating platforms like those used for oil drilling (a project that Buongiorno at MIT is heavily involved in) are all on the table.These have varying potential advantages: A floating plant could use seawater as a cheap and easy way to cool the reactor and would alleviate some of the safety fears by keeping the plant away from people and near a coolant should an accident occur; thorium could reduce waste and produce power more efficiently, though a U.K. government report in 2013 called the benefits “overstated” and experts have warned it could increase proliferation risks; and molten salts can operate at lower pressures than standard water-cooled reactors, offering some safety benefit.Nuclear research and development, though, moves at a snail’s pace, largely for safety reasons. If the goal is rapid emissions reduction, it is unclear if any of this new tech can play a role.“I think we need to do some work on it, see if we can develop some new technologies, but they are not going to be a solution in the near term at all,” Macfarlane says about the small modular reactors. “Some of these other things that just exist on paper right now? I think they’re much further out.”Clemmer, of UCS, agrees that the next 15 years or so are unlikely to feature much of a nuclear revolution. He says the 2030 to 2050 period, though, will be a crucial time for nuclear, with many existing plants in the U.S. and elsewhere due to retire — the IEA projects almost 200 reactor retirements by 2040. In that time frame, perhaps some of the new technology could make it to market. The Case for Nuclear Power — Despite the RisksSafe Storage of Nuclear WasteOn the Closure of Vermont YankeeThoughts on Nuclear PowerThoughts on Nuclear Power — Part 2Fukushima and Vermont YankeeFukushima’s No-Entry ZoneNuclear Meltdown in Japan and Our Energy FutureBuilding Resilience for a ‘Close Encounter’ with DisasterReport Gauges Future of Untapped Renewable EnergySolar Potential Is Far Greater Than Earlier Estimates Dave Levitan is a freelance science journalist. This post originally appeared at the website Ensia.
Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck David Curry Tags:#Android#Android Wear 2.0#Google#Internet of Things#IoT#smartwatch#wearable Google has started notifying developers of the release date for Android Wear 2.0, which has been delayed since September last year. The new release date for the smartwatch operating system is February, although the company hasn’t provided a fixed date.Android Wear 2.0, which was originally unveiled at Google I/O in May 2016, added a variety of new features aimed at making smartwatches more accessible, functional, and independent. One of the features removes the need for a connected smartphone.See also: Is consumer AR dead? Nope, says ODG, showcasing new glasses at CESWhen September hit, Google revealed that it would be delaying the update to fix some of the bugs that had arisen in developer builds. Some took this as Google refocusing efforts away from the wearables market, which firmly rejected Android Wear.Google ready to hit the release buttonIt appears that is not the case and Google is ready to release the second version of its OS, which will come alongside two Nexus-like smartwatches. Google has said it will be working with a previous collaborator to build the devices, and according to The Verge these will not be Pixel or Google branded.The first few months of Wear 2.0’s launch will be an interesting time, to see if manufacturers approve or reject the new software. LG, Motorola, and a few other collaborators have launched several Wear devices, but none have made huge inroads in the market.Samsung, the largest Android phone manufacturer, even started using Tizen OS, its own operating system, instead of Wear in 2015. It continued this in 2016 with the Gear S2 and Gear Fit 2, which both run Tizen OS. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…
The new Apple MacBook Pro (featuring a new Final Cut Pro) and Microsoft Surface Studio compete for the creative market. Filmmakers, video editors, motion designers, and animators rejoice!Top image via AppleWe aren’t too far removed from Apple changing the Mac Pro from a must-have post-production tool into a bizarre trash can that didn’t work nearly as well as its predecessor. Without the ability to easily upgrade the machine, creatives were left at a crossroads. Plenty of post houses and VFX houses moved to PCs for NUKE and Maya workflows, with some departments switching to iMacs for design work and editing in the Adobe Creative Cloud.Independent video editors seemed to split into PC workflows and the ever-growing mobile video editing laptops like the MacBook Pro. Now Microsoft has announced their new Surface Studio, a 28″ tablet PC, just in time to compete with Apple’s new MacBook Pro. The new MacBook Pro features a multi-touch panel that allows you to do a variety of tasks, like editing video in a new version of Final Cut Pro. Here’s a glance at the future of the creative workflow.Microsoft Surface StudioImage via MicrosoftThis one goes out to the motion graphics designers and animators, the Microsoft Surface Studio is seriously one of the coolest and most innovative pieces of tech that has come out in quite some time. Microsoft has been developing this tech for decades. No joke, I saw one of the first Microsoft interactive tablets on a field trip in grade school in the 90s.The final product is straight out of Minority Report or Tony Stark’s workshop. The 28-inch PixelSense display reacts to touch, and the Surface Dial is a hockey puck style device that allows you to fine tune adjustments or even pull up a color wheel. It also runs like a traditional PC on Windows 10 using a mouse and keyboard.In the past, the Surface has been used in production by director Jorge R. Gutiérrez on the animated film The Book of Life. The Moho 12 app for the Surface Studio works with the Surface Dial to allow animators to move in the timeline, click to play, add new frames, and rotate or zoom the canvas.Images via MicrosoftFor designers using the Sketchable app, the Surface Dial allows you to make color adjustments, rotate or scale the canvas, and quickly access the brush settings.Image via MicrosoftFor video editors, photographers, motion designers, and filmmakers — the Surface Dial also has a variety of tools that let you work in the Adobe Creative Cloud. Microsoft Surface Studio Specs:28″ DisplayResolution: 4500 x 3000 (192 PPI)Color: Adobe sRGB, DCI-P3, Vivid Color ProfilesAspect Ratio: 3:210 point multi-touch Up to 32GB RAMUp to 4GB GPUWindows 10 Pro1TB or 2TB Rapid Hybrid Drive4 USB 3.0 portsSD card readerMini DisplayPort3.5mm audio jack1GB Ethernet portWi-Fi, Bluetooth, Xbox wirelessThe Surface Studio starts at $2,999 and ships December 15, 2016. For more specs and to pre-order, visit the Microsoft store.Apple MacBook ProFor those MacBook Pro users looking for an upgrade, the new laptop offers a retina display multi-touch Touch Bar that replaces the function keys. You can pull up the same keys you have now, but the Touch Bar also becomes an application specific tool. There is also a massive Force Track trackpad, twice as large as previous versions.Image via AppleThe interactive Touch Pad can show a timeline for video editors working in the new Final Cut Pro. The Touch Bar has video player features like play buttons and the ability to scrub through video. The Touch Bar is customizable to user preferences, and allows you to add your favorite controls — like an instant screenshot button.The new Final Cut Pro uses the Touch Bar to show a condensed version of the entire timeline. You can even use it to adjust features like audio levels. Apple didn’t reveal much more about Final Cut Pro, so look for more to come in the near future. They did however claim that the MacBook Pro allows 76% faster video editing. Image via AppleThe four Thunderbolt 3 ports allow you to plug in up to two 5K Retina professional displays and two RAID systems — all running off of the MacBook Pro. For colorists, look for all new Touch Pad controls for DaVinci Resolve. MacBook Pro Specs:13″ or 15″Displayi5/i7macOS Sierra4 Thunderbolt 3 ports8GB memory256GB SSDTouch Bar with Touch ID3.5mm headphone jack (!)The 13″ MacBook Pro with Touch Pad starts at $1799 and 15″ at $1999. You can order now and they will ship in 2-3 weeks.
3. Consolidate RevisionsImage via debasige.However, reviewing in real time doesn’t completely streamlines the process. Unless your videographer or editor is on a retainer, running with revision requests off the top of your head can really hold up a project. Instead, many video professionals will push for a consolidated list of revisions to knock out in one batch edit. This is especially true when working with a middle man or agency. To save the most time (and the most unnecessary rendering time), the onus falls to the client to make sure all stakeholders have had a chance to view a draft before sending over consolidated revisions.4. Download Final Videos (and Assets)Image via GaudiLab.Another concern that may seem obvious to video professionals is transferring videos and assets. While working with cloud services and video-hosting platforms may seem simple on the upload, for those unfamiliar with these services, knowing to download all the assets, view them properly, and then store them isn’t a given. For many in the profession, sites like Vimeo are standard for sharing videos (clients can download directly from the site), while sites like DropBox make sharing project folders with RAW files and assets easier (read about it here). It’s also worth noting that professional services like these are often monthly or annual expenses that video professionals have to cover just to ensure they can work with clients when projects arise.5. Upload to Their SitesImage via Leif Eliasson.Similarly, when clients do successfully download their final video, it’s not always immediately clear what they should do with it. Ideally, the video’s purpose and distribution is something videographers and clients will discuss early on, so the crew can keep these things in mind during production. A video for a television broadcast requires a much different shoot than one intended for Facebook and Twitter. When a project is complete and delivered, the client might still need some hand-holding during the uploads to platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram.Here are some resources for uploading best practices.Everything You Need to Know About Putting Your Videos OnlineHow to Properly Export Video for VimeoEverything You Need to Know Before Posting Your Videos on Reddit 6. The Cost of ArchivingImage via AH Images.Once final videos are delivered, many clients assume that the videographer saves all RAW video files and assets forever. It’s not uncommon to get an email a year later from a client asking for the files for some other video project — or for an updated version. However, archiving footage and assets is no small task. When done correctly, archiving is an involved process that takes up both time and hard drive (or cloud) space. Discuss archiving with the client during the initial conversation about the scope of work, and then account for a few hours (or even a few days) to archive, back up, and store the project properly.Here are some tips and tricks to refine the archiving process.Archive Your Project With the Premiere Pro Project ManagerThe Best External Hard Drives for Video EditorsPremiumBeat Backup Archives Before you start your next corporate or commercial project, share these points (or this article) with your favorite clients.Cover image via Monkey Business Images.There are many things you might take for granted in the film and video industry. This might include things like filmmaking terms and lingo, intrinsic costs and values — even just a basic understanding of how long it takes to plan, shoot, and edit a video from start to finish.However, for those outside the field (i.e. your video production clients), all the aspects and moving parts of video production can be confusing.To streamline the relationships and expectations between both parties, here are seven helpful things video professionals can share with their favorite clients before jumping into a project.1. The Importance of ContractsImage via Gajus.For clients unaccustomed to working with video professionals (or any creative services, really), the importance of contracts or “statements of work” can seem a little unnecessary. I mean, if you agree to a project, shouldn’t it be easy to see it through then simply invoice for it later?Well, for film and video folks, it’s really not that simple. Often, there are expenses we have to pay upfront to even get started on a project. Whether that’s renting cameras or gear, modifying or performing upkeep to existing gear, hiring other shooters or crew members — it can add up quickly.Film and video projects can also often be difficult to define in terms of scope of work. If your upfront agreement doesn’t take changes, delays, or setbacks into account, then you can end up with disparities between an agreed-upon price and the final amount of work.Sitting down together and building out a solid contract for a project, which defines everything start to finish, benefits both parties. It eliminates unnecessary back-and-forth on revisions, and it provides stability for video professionals so they can make the necessary arrangements to dive right into the work.2. Access to Drafts and Review ProcessImage via GaudiLab.Technology has truly revolutionized what used to be perhaps the most arduous part of any film or video project. Sharing drafts and revisions between clients and video professionals has never been easier — and it’s still just as important as ever.Some clients like to keep tabs on projects throughout the entire process. This gets tricky, especially during editing. But if you use one of the collaborative sharing services below, clients can review drafts in real time.Screenlight.tvWipsterFrame.ioVimeo Review 7. Maximizing Their InvestmentImage via DisobeyArt.Finally, once everything is said and done, clients need to feel confident that they’re doing everything they can to maximize their investment. It’s just as frustrating for video professionals to send something off and see it misused or underutilized as it is for clients to fail to see the return on the investment they’d hoped for. Social videos, for example, need optimization for the best return. If you discuss the nature of the project early (one-off or campaign?), you can deliver evergreen content rather than something that will really only perform well once. There’s a lot to read up on, but here are some good resources to keep in mind.Facebook Hack: How to Optimize Your Video PostsGetting Flagged on YouTube or Vimeo? Here’s Why5 Quick Tips to Boost Your Video’s YouTube Rank3 Things You can Learn about Video Marketing from Wipster’s CEOMust-Know Filmmaking and Music Trends for 2018
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A comedian must reinvent himselfSunil Grover aka Gutthi of Comedy Nights with Kapil fame tells SimplyPunjabi that making people laugh is no joke.As a young child in the village of Dabwali in Punjab, he would say things in his peculiar tone and people would be in splits. In school and,A comedian must reinvent himselfSunil Grover aka Gutthi of Comedy Nights with Kapil fame tells SimplyPunjabi that making people laugh is no joke.As a young child in the village of Dabwali in Punjab, he would say things in his peculiar tone and people would be in splits. In school and college, he would mimic others and invite a fantastic response. But this boy from the countryside had no idea that he would one day go on to become one of the most popular comedians on the small screen. Sunil Grover aka Gutthi, who mesmerised audiences with his perfect comic timing on Comedy Nights with Kapil, is all set to make a comeback on the popular TV show in a different avatar. “I have signed another contract with Kapil. Let’s hope the audiences appreciate me as much as they did during my last stint,? he says.Grover attributes his success to his mentor-the late Jaspal Bhatti-under whose guidance he trained for a long time at the MAD Arts film school in Mohali. “The man had the knack of laughing at himself, something which is very rare,? he says. He adds, “He never used to act, he was all about realism. The best part is that he never forced his students to be like him.? Grover feels that doing comedy requires a balanced mix of preparation and improvisation and that it is very important for a comedian to keep himself updated on important issues that are being talked about. “This makes people relate to you effortlessly. You cannot be an island in yourself.?advertisementAll set to mark his presence on the big screen in Gabbar alongside Akshay Kumar, Grover says he cannot elaborate on the project yet. “It’s too early to talk about it. Let’s just say you will see me playing a very different character.?Ask Grover if he would like to branch out and portray characters which arent comical, and he insists that he has always wanted to experiment with different roles. “Frankly, I am waiting to be approached for roles that are demanding and promise a completely different experience. It’s important to reinvent oneself as an artist and seek new challenges. And yes, I am not averse to Punjabi cinema. I am just waiting for the right script,? he says. n by Sukant DeepakStore OpeningFit For SaleThere are those who chalk out exercise routines for you, and others who plan diet charts, prescribe health drinks and supplements. The two often lackcoordination, putting your health in jeopardy.Enter O2 Nutrition, a one-stop nutrition solution for fitness freaks, bodybuilders and sports persons. The store is the brainchild of 35-year-old Puneet Sandhu, a Mr India 2014 finalist, Mr Punjab 2014 and Mr North India 2013; and 42-year-old Prince Bhatia.Talking about how the idea of the store came about, Sandhu, a qualified engineer from PEC University of Technology, says he was always passionate about body building.”For a long time, people have been coming to me to seek advice on nutritional supplements. I noticed that there were so many misconceptions regarding them. This sometimes stops them from taking beneficial nutritional supplements altogether,? says Sandhi. He believes it’s a misconception that supplements are harmful. “They are not steroids that can cause havoc to the system.?The other half of this team is a skilled professional in the field of body building. Prince Bhatia, also a gym owner, has trained celebrities like actor Kuljinder Sidhu.The duo has an experience of more than 20 years in body building and insist that they have sourced quality products after extensive research that will surely help clients attain desired fitness goals. “A number of gyms have mushroomed around claiming to train people to keep fit. We felt there was a serious need for professional guidance to make gymming a safe experience. It is an authentic store bringing the best brands from across the world to your doorstep at reasonable rates,? Bhatia promises.The owners have also noticed an increase in the number of fitness-conscious women, they say the store also has a wide variety of products for them as well.At First Floor, SCF 66, SAS Nagar n By Sukant DeepakFrench ConnectionTucked away in the chock-a-block Sector 16 market of Chandigarh, the French Press Caf breaks the monotony of the surroundings. Its striking fluorescent orange board stands out in the chaos. Walk into the the bright, neat and uncluttered cafe andtake a seat on one of the comfortable, no-fuss tables. A wooden wall adds to the charmingadvertisementambience, and there’s a space for comments, on a board displaying the specials of the day. The menu begins with a range of coffees and shakes, served hot or chilled. If you’re looking for a quick cuppa to get you moving, the Espresso Italiano, a traditional shot of black coffee with a layer of cream on top will do the trick. And in case its some sinful indulgence you fancy, the trio ofchocolate shakes is your best bet. A blend ofchocolate ice-cream and chocolate brownie served with a garnish of Choco chips and brownie, it is sinful. According to the owners, the menu is inspired by their travelsaround the world, and eating at cafes in both big and small cities, with the focus being authentic and fresh food. In the starters section, Breaded Pencils is a complete meal, with a minced lamb stuffed phyllo case served with chili and garlic aioli and a side salad. The lamb is well-flavoured and the pastry flaky and fresh. Olive Crispies gives regular olives a twist, with breaded olive stuffed with cheese and served with zesty lemon and tomato dip. The USP of the place are the Croques, a traditionally French oven roasted sandwich, served with French fries and house salad. Our favourite remains the Grilled Chicken baked sandwich with pesto marinated grilled chicken and yellow cheddar cheese. A huge portion, this one melts in the mouth and is best had with country style tomato soup. End the meal with a Fruit and Pistachio Parfait which is a rich and creamy fruit and pistachio frozen delicacy.At The Ashok, 50-B, Kautilya Margn By Sukant DeepakKebab TrailSeptember 19 to 28Ludhiana residents, get ready for succulent kebabs, tempting meats, cottage cheese and vegetable delights grilled to melt in your mouth. While kings would need to travel to Afghanistan to experience the food of the great Pashtun region food (pic right), you don’t have to go that far.At Kitchen at Tannur, Hyatt Regency, LudhianaTel 01614071234Happy FeetSeptember 10Interface 2014 promises to be a rich melting pot of artistes and artistic disciplines from across the world. Considering artistes from USA, UK, Singapore, Spain and India will showcase their dance, dance theatre and music, get ready to witness a gamut of interesting shows, workshops, panels and seminars.At Tagore TheatreTel 0172 272 4278Sweet addictionSeptember 5 to 30Got a sweet tooth? Treat your taste buds to some delicious German desserts like Prinzergentort-thin layers of sponge cake interlaid with delicate chocolate buttercream. Revel in the complex flavour of Frankfruter Kranz, also known as the Crown Cake. Other German Classics such as Streuselkuchen and other afternoon cake will also be available.At The Pastry Shop, Hyatt AmritsarTel 01832871234Fusion FlavoursSeptember 3 to 27A Western Australian fusion food festival awaits you at Collage with a buffet dinner every Wednesday and Saturday. Indulge in scrumptious jacket spuds with peanut sour cream, fish in beer and butter potato sauce, lamb and vegetable stew and other gastronomical delights.advertisementAt Collage, Hyatt AmritsarTel 01832871234MusicListen UpCreative, innovative and experimental-the Gandharva Choir will be performing at the Tagore Theatre this September. A pioneer in choral music in India, the Gandharva Choir’s efforts and achievements have been successful in setting a trend of choral music in the country.At Tagore TheatreTel 0172272 4278Timings 7 pm onwards