Gardai investigate damage to solar panels at student apartments

first_imgVandals have damaged six solar panels on a block of student accommodation in Letterkenny.The damage to the student block on the Port Road close to the Polestar Roundabout was caused before August 22nd.The block is currently being renovated and is due to house a number of students for the new college year. Gardai have appealed for anybody who knows about the incident or who may have seen anybody acting suspiciously near the accommodation to contact Letterkenny Gardai.Gardai investigate damage to solar panels at student apartments was last modified: August 27th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

49ers players on suspended Tim Ryan: ‘We’ve got your back’

first_imgBRADENTON, Fla. — Several 49ers players came to Tim Ryan’s defense Thursday, a day after the radio analyst was suspended for Sunday’s game after referring to Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson’s “dark skin.”Ryan personally apologized to players at the team’s nearby hotel, and while they vouched for his upstanding character, they also acknowledged his sensitive choice of words.Cornerback Richard Sherman said Ryan made “valid” points that weren’t personally offensive to him or the locker room. …last_img read more

Rayne Moses lives a Nebula skate of mind

first_imgRayne Moses has introduced skateboarding to the lives of many Gugulethu youngsters while also mentoring them. (Image: Nebula)A dream to own a skateboard company became an aspiration to help disadvantaged people through skateboarding.Rayne Moses, the founder of Nebula, a non-profit skateboard company, dreamt about owning a skateboard company while walking home from the basketball courts at the Observatory Community Centre. Watching kids in the skate parks was the seed that grew into Nebula, a company built to help others using skateboarding.Moses told Redbull Amaphiko: “In my final year of studying, we had to do a practical. When I went to study, I already had a plan. I went there with a mission. For my practical’s, I started a Nebula.”A nebula is a cloud of interstellar cloud and dust.“I guess I was thinking so hard that my thoughts went out there, went to outer-space. Some people say that that’s where stars are born, and I guess that is what I want to do with Nebula. I want to create stars, to unlock the potential of young people. I’d like to teach people to use skateboarding as way of developing new ways of thinking,” said Moses.NebulaLaunched in 2012 Nebula has already hosted 4 skateboarding events and launched its Youth Development Programme in Gugulethu in Cape Town where the youngsters are taught to skate while also helping them with their school work.According to Moses as much as Nebula’s project in Gugulethu is its primary focus, the organisation intends to build a skateboarding brand that is rooted in social change and designed to inspire youth to discover and use their highest potential to realise their dreams.The ethos for “The Nebula Skate of Mind” is summed up in three points:Having a dream that you are passionate about,Self-belief that you can achieve the dream, andCommitment to achieving that dream.Moses said: “Nebula started out by hosting a skate competition, Nebula’s Game of SK8, at skate parks around Cape Town, and selling branded merchandise to raise awareness. This expanded into an after-school programme in Gugulethu that was one hour of tutoring sessions, to help kids with their homework and an hour of skateboarding. It has evolved to include a development programme.“The programme focuses on the history and basics of skateboarding, personal development and self-awareness, career development, leadership and emotional intelligence, and skateboarding as a form of physical self-expression.”A ROCKY STARTMoses was able to get money to start the project, but Nebula is a threadbare operationHe explained: “We started out with twelve kids in 2013, but we were down to three by the end of the year. The kids dropped out for different, complex reasons. Some of them didn’t like the homework part, they just wanted to skate. And we were unwilling to waive that.“We believe that education is very important, especially when you come from where I come from. We can’t run a programme where the kids just come to have fun and we ignore the education part of it.”GOING BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARDAlthough his dream has had obstacles thrown at it from the beginning, Moses has went back to the drawing board to refine his dream.He said: “The plan with Nebula’s Game of SK8 is to award the winners with either a bursary, payment of school fees or a fund directed at realising a dream or passion. Expanding from the single venue in Gugulethu, an additional location has been secured in Valhalla Park for Nebula Youth, working with twenty young people in each township.“The skate facility dream still exists though. Ideally, it would contain a skate park, a store and workshop space. It’s a long way away.”last_img read more

Bearish report for corn, soybeans, and wheat

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Markets were shocked at both the higher than expected corn and soybean yields and production. Corn and soybeans fell quickly on the bearish news. Shortly after the report corn is down 10 cents, soybeans down 24 cents, and wheat is down 10 cents.Finally, report day! The August USDA Supply and Demand Report has been anticipated for weeks. Weather across the Midwest this summer has been extremely variable and certainly volatile with too much or too little often taking place. Ohio, Indiana, and other areas have seen numerous, heavy rain this summer as some Ohio areas received over 10 inches in just the month of July alone. Other areas, especially in the Dakotas and the plains have been hampered with persistent drought conditions for several months.U.S. corn production was estimated at 14.153 billion bushels, a yield of 169.5 bushels per acre, and ending stocks of 2.273 billion bushels. Traders had estimated corn production at an average of 13.855 billion bushels with a range of 13.59 to 14.07 billion bushels. The average yield estimate was 166.2 with a range of 162.8 to 168.6. U.S. soybean production was estimated at    4.381 billion bushels, a yield of 49.4 bushels per acre, and ending stocks at 475 million bushels. The average trader estimate for soybeans was 4.212 billion bushels with a range of 4.165 to 4.307 billion bushels. The average soybean yield estimate was 47.7 with a range of 46.9 to 48.A soybean yield above 48 BPA will be bearish while a yield under 47 BPA will be bullish. Some are already suggesting that the August report will be the high production number for both corn and soybeans. Lots of weather extremes have taken place all over the Midwest which makes yield projections difficult to pin down. Ohio producers point to lots of replanted corn acres at several stages of development. Don’t look for an early corn harvest in much of Ohio this year.The August report can see volatile price action upon its release. Past history shows corn can be up or down 10 cents with soybeans up or down 20 cents. A sharp decline in soybeans today could move end users off the sidelines as they have limited new crop coverage in place. U.S. soybean acres are at an all-time high and within spitting distance of overtaking U.S. corn acres. End users have been reluctant to put heavy coverage in place as they expected soybean prices to fall below $9 on the November CBOT contract. November soybeans were low this summer in late June at $9.07 and high at $10.47 mid-July.USDA in the August report details state by state as well as a U.S. nationwide yield for corn and lsoybeans. It marks the first time they have gone out into fields to get yield estimates in addition to compiling estimates from producers as well. Watch for any details NASS and USDA provide of surveys returned from producers. It was noted for the March 31 USDA Planting Intentions Report the return percentage of producer surveys of expected plantings was the lowest in several decades.While it is weeks early to talk about frost and the effects it could have on yields, it will be become market chatter again later this month. The reality of seeing recent temperatures in some Midwest areas 5 to 10 degrees below normal will potentially become a part of the equation in determining yields.Key will be the close today. Will corn and soybeans grind lower and will they find support?last_img read more

We Calculated How Much Trees Save for Your City

first_imgIs It Time to Move Our Cities?Healthy People Live With TreesDenver’s Green Roof Ordinance Kicks In Theodore Endreny is a professor in the Department of Environmental Resources Engineering at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. This post originally appeared at The Conversation. RELATED ARTICLES Megacities are on the rise. There are currently 47 such areas around the globe, each housing more than 10 million residents.More than half the global population now lives in urban areas, comprising about 3% of the Earth. The ecological footprint of this growth is vast and there’s far more that can be done to improve life for urban residents around the world.When it comes to natural spaces, trees are keystone species in the urban ecosystem, providing a number of services that benefit people. My research team has calculated just how much a tree matters for many urban areas, particularly megacities. Trees clean the air and water, reduce stormwater floods, improve building energy use and mitigate climate change, among other things.For every dollar invested in planting, cities see an average $2.25 return on their investment each year. How tree density affects a city We looked in detail at 10 megacities around the world, including Beijing, Cairo, Mexico City, Los Angeles, and London. These megacities are distributed across five continents and represent different natural habitats. Cairo was the smallest, at 1,173 square kilometers, while Tokyo measured in at a whopping 18,720.For most cities, we looked at Google Maps aerial imagery, randomly selecting 500 points and classifying each as tree canopy, grass, shrub, and so on.We calculated that tree cover was linked to significant cost savings. Each square kilometer saved about $0.93 million in air pollution health care costs, $20,000 by capturing water runoff, and $478,000 in building energy heating and cooling savings.What’s more, the median annual value of carbon dioxide sequestered by megacity tree cover was $7.9 million. That comes out to about $17,000 per square kilometer. The total CO2 stored was valued at $242 million, using a measure called the social cost of carbon.The sum of all annual services provided by the megacity trees had a median annual value of $505 million. That provides a median value of $967,000 per square kilometer of tree cover.center_img These tools simulate the relationship between trees and ecosystem services they provide. These services can include food, clean air and water, climate and flood control, pollination, recreation, and noise damping. We currently don’t simulate many services, so our calculations actually underestimate the value of urban trees.Our software can simulate how a tree’s structure — such as height, canopy size, and leaf area — affects the services it provides. It can estimate how trees will reduce water flooding; or explore how trees will affect air quality, building energy use, and air pollution levels in their community. It can also allow users to inventory trees in their own area.Our systematic aerial surveys of 35 megacities suggest that 20% of the average megacity’s urban core is covered by forest canopy. But this can vary greatly. Trees cover just 1% of Lima, Peru, versus 36% in New York City.We wanted to determine how much trees contribute to human well-being in the places where humans are most concentrated, and nature perhaps most distant. In addition, we wanted to calculate how many additional trees could be planted in each megacity to improve the quality of life. Trees in your cityAn entire urban forest can provide services for a good life.All of the cities we studied had the potential to add additional trees, with about 18 percent of the metropolitan area on average available. Potential spots included areas with sidewalks, parking lots and plaza areas. The tree’s canopy could extend above the human-occupied area, with the trunk positioned to allow for pedestrian passage or parking.Want to conserve forests and plant more trees in your area? Everyone can take action. City and regional planners can continue to incorporate the planning for urban forests. Those who are elected to office can continue to share a vision that the urban forest is an important part of the community, and they can advocate and support groups that are looking to increase it.Individuals who cannot plant a tree might add a potted shrub, which is smaller than a tree but has a leafy canopy that can contribute similar benefits. For the property owner wanting to take charge, our i-Tree software can assist with selecting a tree type and location. A local arborist or urban forester could also help. Measuring treesOur team, led by Dr. David Nowak of the USDA Forest Service and Scott Maco of Davey Institute, develops the tree benefits software i-Tree Tools.last_img read more

DP7 Field Monitors Now Have Real Time Color Grading

first_imgSmallHD’s DP7 Field Monitors allow for real time color grading using 3D LUT’s.The latest firmware update for SmallHD’s DP7 line of field monitors allows for ‘real time’ color grading. This feature is really handy if you are trying to show your director, producer or client what a finished product will look like. No more on-set complaints about footage looking ‘muddy’.Using the feature is super easy. Simply load a 3D LUT onto your SD card from your favorite color correction/color grading software. After the LUT is loaded on the card place it in the DP7 monitor. The monitor will automatically recognize the card. Now all you have to do is scroll to the LUT tab in the menu and select any LUT on your card. Even though as DP’s we are accustomed to seeing ungraded footage when shooting, it is still super helpful to be able to see a more accurate representation of what the video will look like in post.This video by SmallHD shows us how to use the new LUT feature:Pricing & AvailabilityThe DP7 comes in three different varieties:DP7-PRO Field Monitor – $1,3997-inch 1280×800 HD DisplayHigh Resolution Scopes and WaveformSignal ConversionCustom 3D LUT SoftwareDP7-PRO OLED – $2,299Perfect Rec.709 Color Gamut via 3D LUTTrue black levels – infinite contrast ratio1280×800 high definition display resolutionHigh-res full-screen waveform & scopes8 proximity-sensing Smart Keys“X-Port” expandability portDP7-PRO High Bright – $2,999Daylight-viewable IPS LCD (1500 nits)1280×800 high definition display resolutionEasily replaceable integrated screen protectorHigh-res full-screen waveform & scopes8 proximity-sensing Smart Keys“X-Port” expandability portYou can buy all three DP7 models on the SmallHD website.What do you think of the new DP7 update? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Understanding Lenses: Image Stabilization

first_imgImage stabilization is an easy concept to grasp, but the implications of having a more stable image goes far beyond sharp photos.At its core, image stabilization (abbreviated ‘IS’) does exactly what you’d imagine, it compensates for the movement of your camera or lens to produce a more sharp image. There are two very different types of image stabilization offered in modern cameras: lens stabilization and sensor stabilization. While sensor stabilization may be a little easier to understand, the majority of this article will cover lens stabilization, as it is most common in professional camera equipment.Lens StabilizationLens stabilization occurs deep within your camera lens using a system of electromagnets to move internal glass elements. When image stabilization is engaged, your camera will activate these electromagnets and create a “spring-like” suspension system where the glass can absorb camera shake, thus making your still images more sharp and your video more smooth.The internal glass is suspended by electromagnets that act like a spring.While the stabilization concept is exactly the same across every lens brand. Different names for Optical Stabilization include:Canon – Image Stabilization (IS)Nikon – Vibration Reduction (VR)Sigma – Optical Stabilization (OS)Tamron – Vibration Compensation (VC)Leica – MegaOISPentax – Shake Reduction (SR)While the names may be different, all the image stabilization mentioned above all stand for the exact same lens stabilization method.Sensor StabilizationIn Sensor Stabilization the sensor moves to compensate for shake, not the lens.In contrast to lens-based stabilization, sensor stabilization doesn’t rely on moving parts inside the lens. Instead, as the name implies, the physical camera sensor moves to compensate for the shift in movement. Because sensor stabilizers require more room to shift the output image, the lens output (the light projected on the sensor) must be much larger than the sensor itself, meaning this type of stabilization is virtually impossible with full-frame sensors. Olympus and Sony cameras often use sensor stabilization in their cameras. The biggest downside to using sensor based stabilization is that stabilization needs to be adjusted for different lenses. Why is it Important?Image stabilizers are important because they make your image sharper, even at slower shutter speeds. As you may know, an image shot at 1/125 of a second will be more sharp than an image shot at 1/8 of a second. The downside being an image shot at 1/125 of a second it will be 4 stops darker than an image shot at 1/8. However, most lens stabilizers allow users to have the “sharpness equivalent” of a shutter speed 3-4 times slower. For example, a lens with a 4-stop stabilizer shot at 1/8 shutter speed should have the same sharpness as in image shot at 1/125 without image stabilization, but with 16x more light!However, not all lenses allow for 3-4 stops of stabilization. Before you buy your lens check how many stops the stabilizer guarantees, it makes a huge difference.With and without Image Stabilization, Courtesy of B&HHaving the ability to shoot at slower shutter speeds is really important for any photographer. If you were to switch from a lens without image stabilization to a lens with 4-stop image stabilization it would be like going from an f/5.6 lens to an f/1.4!Problems with StabilizersNo matter how steady your hands are there will always be a little camera shake if your holding the camera with your hands, making image stabilizers very useful. But if you were to take your camera, place it on a tripod or table, and leave the image stabilizer on, the stabilizer will still try to stabilize the image even if there is no camera shake. It may result in the lens perpetually stabilizing itself in an endless “feedback loop” which can break the stabilization features in your lens. So be sure you turn off IS if your camera is on a tripod (newer stabilized lenses will automatically shut IS off if they detect the camera is on a tripod).Stay Alert! Anti-Shake vs Image StabilizationAnti-Shake is NOT the same as Image StabilzationSome lower-end camera manufacturers will try to fool their customers into thinking the camera has built-in image stabilization by saying it has “anti-shake” technology or an “ant-blur” mode. In reality these “features” do nothing more than reduce the shutter speed or increase the ISO. While this isn’t a feature in professional cameras, it is more common in lower-end cameras. Always check the detailed feature specs before making a purchase!Mode 1 & Mode 2Mode 2 allows users to blur the background while keeping the subject sharp.While older lenses with stabilizers usually stabilize for panning(left, right) and tilting(up, down), newer lenses are increasingly giving photographers the option to turn off panning stabilization with “mode 2”. In mode 2 the lens will still feature vertical stabilization, but it will allow for panning motion blurring to occur. This is important for photographers that like to shoot shoot pictures of moving objects with a burred background to insinuate speed.Is Image Stabilization Worth It?Having the ability to shoot at a lower shutter speed is extremely important for you as a photographer, but with more stops comes an increased price. In fact, a lens with image stabilization is likely to be almost double the cost of a lens without it. In the end it all comes down to what you are looking for…If you are looking for the most light possible than image stabilization will definitely get you a bigger bang for you buck compared to purchasing a lens with a lower f-stop number. However, if you are wanting a lens that can get you more bokeh or a blurrier background than you might want to purchase a lens with a larger aperture instead. In my personal experience I prefer more light to a blurry background, but it all depends on your shooting style.ConclusionImage stabilization is a extremely important….arguably more important than a low f-stop number. Before you purchase your next lens check and see how many stops of stabilization the lens will offer.If you need a crash course in Aperture or Focal Length check out our other posts in the Understanding Lenses series.ResourcesImage Stabilization – WikipediaImage Stabilization: When to Turn it Off – B&HImage Stabilization – Ken RockwellDid we leave anything out? Have any questions? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI 200 find place in Times magazine

first_imgIconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s record-breaking one-day International double century has found a place in the Times magazine’s top 10 sports moments of the year.”Certain sports milestones seem simply unreachable: In cricket, it’s the one-day double-hundred: no man had ever produced 200 runs for his team during a one-day international match,” ‘The Times’ said.”In February, however, India’s Sachin Tendulkar, the greatest run scorer of all-time, hit the magic milestone against a powerful South African squad.”Tendulkar smacked three “sixes” the cricket equivalent of a home run during his epic performance, and the build up to 200 was exhilarating.”When he reached 199, the home crowd in Gwalior waved Indian flags, and roared, knowing they were about to witness history. The diminutive Tendulkar, dubbed “The Little Master,” slapped a single past the South African fielders. The world’s 1.5 billion cricket fans had a moment they’d never forget,” it said.last_img read more

a month agoLampard: Why it didn’t work at Chelsea for Salah

first_imgLampard: Why it didn’t work at Chelsea for Salahby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard admits he knew Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah was destined for bigger things when they played together.Salah moved to Stamford Bridge in 2014 but struggled for game time under Jose Mourinho and made just 19 appearances for the club before joining Roma.Lampard was a team-mate of the Egyptian for six months before his own Chelsea career came to an end that summer.”Unfortunately for Mo, it didn’t work out here but it is great credit to him. He went to Italy and then came back and now he’s a superstar,” said Lampard.”As for his path, it’s hard to compare what might have been. The talent was obviously there.”At the time, I think we had a lot of options in attacking areas. Number 10s, wingers, and he didn’t get as many opportunities for whatever reason, but yes, you could see the talent was there.”But the player that he is now, or that came back to Liverpool, I think you have to say huge credit is due. You don’t have to search for anything more than look at Mo himself.”You have to say what professionalism and work ethic, to leave a club like Chelsea is not easy.”People then cast you aside and say you won’t make it there. He went on to be the superstar he is now. It is completely credit to Mo himself.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

13 days agoMan Utd defender Maguire fears dodgy club form hurting England

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Maguire fears dodgy club form hurting Englandby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Harry Maguire fears club issues are having a negative effect on England’s beleaguered defenders.Maguire concedes that club struggles may be hurting international form.He said: “Maybe it is a confidence thing because we bring our club football to the international level.“It was a difficult game. We started sloppy and we took the lead in the game when we probably didn’t deserve to.“In the second half, we controlled the game a lot more but we gave them a sloppy goal to win the game.“So we do need to improve on that. It’s hard to lose any football game, but we were not at our best and got punished.” last_img read more