Green Run

first_imgCalifornia-based Arbor Collective uses sustainably sourced bamboo, natural wood veneer and poplar, respectively, in its three snowboard lines. Protective top layers are made from a 30 percent castor bean-based bioplastic and the edges are made of 60 percent recycled steel. Dear EarthTalk: I’m in the market for a new pair of skis. Are there skis being made today that are made with materials and processes that are kinder to the environment?— Scott Paxton, Rutland, VTYes, in fact ski (and snowboard) manufacturers may be among the greenest sporting goods industries out there today, given the importance to practitioners of keeping our carbon emissions down—global warming is bad for skiing and boarding—and our alpine backcountry preserved.Perhaps the biggest green change in the industry is the adoption of bamboo as a core material for both skis and snowboards. Bamboo is fast growing and doesn’t require much if any fertilizers or pesticides, so it can be produced sustainably. It is also rigid and hard to break. While most skis and snowboards on the market today still use more traditional hardwoods like beech, birch or aspen in their cores, bamboo is definitely coming on strong. Some of the leading ski makers leading the bamboo charge include K2, Salomon, Kingswood, High Society, Boomtown, Obsidian, Locomotiv, Liberty, and Blue House.Bamboo isn’t the only green innovation in skis today. Switzerland-based Movement Skis uses wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). And Germany’s Grown Skis will recycle your old skis to make furniture and use remaining wood scraps in making new pairs of sustainably-sourced wood skis.Another German manufacturer, Völkl, eschews fiberglass entirely in its Amaruq Eco skis. The wood core is wrapped instead with wood sidewalls and topsheet. And instead of using epoxy to bind things together, Völkl uses all-organic wood resin and then protects the skis’ wood surfaces with an application of linseed oil. The metal edges employ 60 percent recycled steel.Sustainability is also the new normal in snowboards. California-based Arbor Collective uses sustainably sourced bamboo, natural wood veneer and poplar, respectively, in its three lines. Protective top layers are made from a 30 percent castor bean-based bioplastic and the edges are made of 60 percent recycled steel.Salomon, one of the industry’s leaders, has pioneered using bamboo in its snowboard cores as part of its Green Initiatives for Tomorrow program. The company’s embrace of bamboo has helped it cut down significantly on toxic fiberglass resins while reducing the plastic content of its boards by some 25 percent.Burton’s Eco Nico snowboard uses FSC-certified wood for its core, a lacquer-free top sheet, 90 percent recycled steel edges, 100 percent recycled sidewalls and a 50 percent recycled base. K2 Sports Fastplant snowboard uses bamboo for its core, and is deemed virtually unbreakable by the company. Another manufacturer, Washington-based Gnu, uses sustainably harvested Aspen trees for their snowboard cores.Many other ski and snowboard makers have jumped on the green bandwagon as well. Indeed, there’s never been a better time to do the right thing by your snowsports equipment purchasing.CONTACTS: Grown Skis, www.grownskis.com; Movement Skis, www.movementskis.com; Lucky Snowboards, www.luckysnowboards.com; Gnu Snowboards, www.gnu.com; Burton Snowboards, www.burton.com; K2 Sports, www.k2.com; Arbor Collective, www.arborcollective.com; Salomon, www.salomon.com.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine ( www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

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German protesters demonstrate against EU migrant policy in Berlin

first_imgMigrant crisis: Rescued migrant delivers baby on Warship Uganda University Students Demonstrate Against Terrorism Activists stand around symbolic graves of immigrants and a wooden cross reading ‘Borders Kill’ German protestors dig migrant ‘graves’ in BerlinA German activist group on Sunday staged a mock funeral outside the Chancellor’s Office in Berlin, in protest against the European Union’s migrant policy. Several thousand demonstrators marched through downtown Berlin, carrying crosses and flowers.Activists in rallied in front of Reichstag and dug at least one hundred graves to express their solidarity with asylum seekers, who have died trying to reach Europe after fleeing war and persecution in their home countries.They say the move, which they have named “The Dead are Coming”, is a protest against the European migrant policies which they say continues to be the cause for the continuing migrant casualties, often deadly, taking place in the Mediterranean.The protest, which took place a day after UN World Refugee Day, gathered at least 5,000 people, according to police estimates.Relatedcenter_img Thousands in Durban rally against Xenophobialast_img read more

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DUP MAN FROM DONEGAL TO LEAVE NORTH’S ASSEMBLY

first_imgLong-serving DUP MLA William “Willie” Hay is to stand down from the Assembly in the North.Born near Milford in County Donegal, the 63-year-old is the current Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.After attending Faughan Valley High School in Drumahoe, he was elected to Derry City Council in 1981 for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), serving as Mayor in 1993 and Deputy Mayor in 1992. He was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly as an MLA for Foyle in 1998 and was elected Speaker on 8 May 2007.He is a member of the Northern Ireland Housing Council, Derry Port and Harbour Commission and in 2001 became a member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board.He also is a prominent member of the Orange Order and Apprentice Boys of Derry.It is understood he will leave the Assembly in June next year. Hay has always spoken fondly of his Donegal roots – and carries an Irish passport. DUP MAN FROM DONEGAL TO LEAVE NORTH’S ASSEMBLY was last modified: November 18th, 2013 by John2Share 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:DUP MAN FROM DONEGAL TO LEAVE NORTH’S ASSEMBLYlast_img read more

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SA, Vietnam strengthen relations

first_img8 October 2010 Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe reiterated South Africa’s commitment to strengthening cooperation with Vietnam as he ended a two-day visit to that country on Thursday. In meetings with Vietnamese Vice-President Nguyen Thi Doan and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Motlanthe emphasised there was vast potential to expand trade and investment between the two countries. During the talks, both countries committed to increasing the volumes of trade to reach a target of US$1-billion over the next few years. Motlanthe said there was a need to create awareness among South African and Vietnamese business communities regarding the business opportunities that existed in both countries. The leaders also signed an agreement in the field of tourism and a memorandum of understanding in the field of water resources. Motlanthe expressed his appreciation for Vietnam’s support for South Africa’s bid to be elected as a non-permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council for the period 2011/12. “We have noted that Vietnam is bidding for this position for the period 2020-2021, for which elections are to be held in 2019, and that Vietnam has requested South Africa’s support. We are considering this.” South Africa will also explore ways of cooperating with Vietnam to fight illegal trade in rhino horn, Motlanthe said. “We have already submitted a request that a technical delegation from South Africa be received in Vietnam later in October 2010 to discuss the issue. The objective of the visit is cooperation, and the Vietnamese counterparts would be invited to pay a reciprocal visit to South Africa to share experiences.” Vietnam is a developing market economy, and the country continues to achieve rapid growth in agriculture and industrial production, construction and housing. A second meeting of the two countries will be held in South Africa in the course of next year. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Ohio Corn and Wheat backing DeWine’s 18-cent gas tax increase

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Board of Directors for the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association recently voted to unanimously support Governor Mike DeWine’s original proposal calling for an increase to Ohio’s Fuel User Fee.Gov. DeWine proposed an 18-cent increase in the state’s gas tax which, if approved by lawmakers, would take Ohio’s tax to 46 cents a gallon. The governor’s tax proposal is estimated to generate an additional $1.2 billion annually for road and bridge projects, the bare minimum, he claims, the state can spend to ensure its transportation infrastructure remains safe. In addition, the plan also calls for revenue sharing with Ohio municipalities, counties and townships.“The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association Board has reviewed the various plans that have been announced and we back the proposal from the governor and the Advisory Committee on Transportation Infrastructure. Money the state receives through the fee on motor fuel hasn’t kept pace with maintenance and construction needs to keep Ohio roadways in good condition. These roadways are the lifeblood for farmers to get grain to the marketplace,” said Jon Miller, president of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. “As the Ohio General Assembly reviews the budget plan unveiled by Gov. DeWine, we urge them to fully consider the ramifications that continuing to delay maintenance and upgrades of our transportation system will have on the public and on commerce. The advisory committee and the governor have laid out a case, and it shows, that there is a need for additional revenue in order to maintain investment that we made in highways across Ohio.”last_img read more

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Saving Noisy Footage: The Easy Way and the Hard Way

first_imgNoisy shot? No problem. Here are two ways you can clean it up in post-production.We’ve covered noisy footage in-depth before, but what can we do to save our footage when we’re out of options, and we’re dealing with severe noise?In this article, we will briefly go through the main ways popular programs and plugins reduce distracting noise before taking a look at two powerful ways to reduce noise in your footage.Noise ReductionHere’s a shot that I underexposed pretty severely on a documentary shoot a few years back.To get this closer to a deliverable image, we’re going to need to boost the levels on the image a little bit.After bringing the image up by about four or five stops, it’s looking much better, but we’ve introduced a lot of noise. We’ll need to clean that up before we deliver it to the client. Let’s look at a few workflows for reducing this noise. Adobe Production SuiteSo, the easy way to rid your footage of unwanted noise is by using the dynamic link between Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects.Shutterstock contributor Robbie Janney made a killer two-minute video breakdown on using dynamic link between AE and Premiere for noise reduction. Check it out, and give it a try; it could save you some time compared to the more involved method below.Neat VideoIf dynamic link doesn’t work for you, let me introduce you to one of the most commonly used noise reduction plugins on the market today: Neat Video. It offers some pretty outstanding results without much hassle.You can break down the workflow in the Neat Video User Guide to a few basic steps:Add effect.Prepare noise profile.Adjust filter settings.1. Add EffectTo apply Neat Video to your clip, navigate to the effects panel in your editing program, search for “reduce noise,” and then drop the Neat Video effect onto the clip you want to adjust. After that, simply click the “setup” button next to the effect, and the Neat Video plugin will launch in a new window.Let’s set our viewer windows to YCrCb. This will help us to preview each of the component “image channels” in the recorded footage.For readers new to image channels, every video or still is actually a composite of three distinct image channel feeds blended together to form recognizable shapes and colors.The Luminance ChannelThe luminance channel often gets shortened to “Luma” or “Y,” and it contains all of the illumination and contrast data of the image. Viewing the luma channel on its own just looks like a black-and-white version of your clip.The Chrominance ChannelsAll of the color information in your shot is stored in one of two “Chrominance” channels. The chrominance channels often get shortened to “Chroma” or “C.” The chroma channels are subdivided into Red color information and Blue color information. These channels are most often labelled “Cr” and “Cb.”The chroma channels are a bit harder to get to and interact with. We will need to know how to view and interpret them, however, as the majority of distracting noise in any type of footage usually lives in one of these two chroma channels, as illustrated in the gif above. This is especially important as we begin noise reduction.You will see these three image channels grouped together under the shorthand “YCbCr.”Once we have applied the “Reduce Noise” filter to our clip and have our viewers set to YCbCr, it’s time to begin working on our footage.2. Preparing a Noise ProfileNeat Video reduces noise by building a noise profile for the specific camera or shot. While pre-made camera profiles are available online, you will always get better results by manually reducing noise.Building a Noise Profile with the Calibration TargetThe most common way to build a noise profile in Neat Video is using the built-in “calibration target.” During this process, Neat Video is sampling regions of the frame that contain little to no important detail in an effort to determine the structure and type of noise in the shot.To begin profiling your shot, simply click the auto-profile button. You will see a square appear over your footage. This square will be blue, yellow, or green. The colors represent small, medium, and ideal sample regions to profile the noise in the shot. You always want to aim for a green square over an appropriate region of consistent noise.Sometimes Neat Video doesn’t select the best area.In this case, you will need to select a new area in your frame. When selecting regions, look for featureless areas of the frame that also contain noise. When profiling, try to keep the quality of your sampled region above 60 percent. I wasn’t able to hit 60 percent for this shot, but got it close enough.Once you’re happy with your targeted region, click “Auto Fine-Tune” and then “Noise Filter Settings.”3. Adjust Filter SettingsNow that we’re in the filter settings, let’s take a quick look at each of the panels and what they’re controlling.Manual noise reduction in Neat Video is done in three panels: “Noise Levels,” “Noise Reduction,” and “Sharpening.”Both the Noise Levels and Reduction panels contain two types of controls: noise frequency and noise color.The noise frequency controls are divided into high, medium, and low frequencies. High-frequency noise usually looks sharper and more grain-like than the blocky and blotchy medium and low frequencies.The YCrCb controls allow users to specify the image channels suffering from noise and apply necessary reduction without affecting the fidelity of the others.Noise LevelsThink of the noise levels panel as Neat Video asking you what type of noise is in your shot. Take a moment to analyze your footage — is the noise in high, medium, or low frequencies? Is it luma or chroma noise?Once you’ve established the noise structure in the shot you want to save, tweak the sliders representatively.Noise ReductionThe workflow for the Noise Reduction panel is very similar to the Noise Level’s workflow. Adjust the controls to be roughly in line with your Noise Levels settings, and then tweak and preview until you’re pleased with the results.SharpeningThe sharpening panel changes the control scheme up a little bit. To enable sharpening controls, select a channel to sharpen. From here, simply tweak the sharpening frequency controls until you’ve brought a little life back to your footage after noise reduction.All that’s left now is to apply the effect and return to your editing program to double-check the results in context.And rendering. Lots of rendering.Looking for more post-production tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Video Tutorial: Introducing Premiere’s New Lumetri CurvesDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Edit Page191 Free Motion Graphics, Sound Effects, Action Elements, and MoreHow to Create an Animated Circle Burst in Adobe After EffectsTake a Video Tour of Adobe’s New Premiere Rush CClast_img read more

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Tennys Sandgren blasts media in final shot at Aussie Open

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting But in Melbourne, Sandgren came out of nowhere to stun two top-10 players — Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem — en route to being just the second man in the last 20 years to reach the quarterfinals on his Australian Open debut.What started off as a fairytale story, though, began to change tenor when Sandgren’s social media activity came to light.Before he scrubbed his Twitter history on Tuesday, Sandgren’s tweets had included one saying the unfounded “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory linking Democrats to a child-sex ring at a Washington pizzeria was “sickening and the collective evidence is too much to ignore.”Among his recent retweets was a video by Nicholas Fuentes, former host of a podcast called “America First” who attended last year’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.And he apparently targeted Serena Williams, calling a video of her yelling at Roberta Vinci during their U.S. Open semifinal in 2015 “disgusting.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments #KicksStalker: George dedicates 2nd shoe to up-and-comers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ “With a handful of follows and some likes on Twitter, my fate has been sealed in your minds,” Sandgren said, reading from his mobile phone. “To write an edgy story, to create sensationalist coverage, there are a few lengths you wouldn’t go to to mark me as the man you desperately want me to be.”Sandgren refused to answer questions about his statement, saying that the focus around him “has gone very far away from the tennis.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIf one thing is clear after the past few days, it certainly has.Given what he’s accomplished on the courts at Melbourne Park, Sandgren’s story was initially focused on his tennis. The 26-year-old Tennessee native has never come close to experiencing this type of success before. Prior to coming to Melbourne, Sandgren was a mainstay on the second-tier Challenger Tour — the minor leagues of tennis. He had only won two matches at the ATP Tour level — and never played in a Grand Slam. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH United States’ Tennys Sandgren leaves Rod Laver Arena after losing his quarterfinal to South Korea’s Chung Hyeon at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)MELBOURNE, Australia — After losing in the Australian Open quarterfinals on Wednesday, Tennys Sandgren saved his final shot of the tournament for the media.Sandgren opened his news conference following a 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-3 loss to Hyeon Chung by reading a prepared statement directed at the media that has scrutinized his Twitter feed during his unexpected run at Melbourne Park.ADVERTISEMENT Williams had apparently taken notice, sending her own tweet during Sandgren’s match, saying “Turns channel” — a message her followers interpreted as a response.Sandgren has defended his social media activity this week, denying being a supporter of the far right while saying he finds “some of the content interesting.”“Who you follow on Twitter I feel doesn’t matter even a little bit,” he said following his win over Thiem. “To say, well, he’s following X person, so he believes all the things that this person believes, I think it’s ridiculous.”He explained in an interview with ESPN that he deleted all of his tweets not because it’s “something that I’m really necessary embarrassed about,” but because he thought that “creating a version of a cleaner start is not a bad call.”With his prepared statement on Wednesday, though, Sandgren made clear he’s done explaining his tweets.“You seek to put people in these little boxes so that you can order the world in your already assumed preconceived ideas,” he said, addressing reporters at his news conference. “You strip away any individuality for the sake of demonizing by way of the collective.”Refusing to take any more questions about social media, Sandgren then shifted gears and offered praise for his quarterfinal opponent, Chung.Later, though, he did return to the subject briefly to offer perspective on the storm of attention he’s received in the past week and a half, saying he was going to go home, turn his phone off and reflect on everything that’s happened.“I constantly try to be introspective as to what’s going on in my life,” he said. “This has been a lot of information to digest in the last few weeks. So I need to take ample time to do so, so I can move forward correctly.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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23 year old April Carpenter identified as woman pulled from Winnipegs Red River

first_imgAPTN NewsWinnipeg police pulled the body of 23-year-old April Carpenter from the Red River in Winnipeg Thursday.Police say it’s not clear how the woman died and an autopsy has been scheduled.They say no further information is available and the investigation is continuing.Member of the legislature Nahanni Fontaine confirmed Carpenter’s identity who has been missing since April 26.Fontaine says Carpenter’s mother wanted people to know her daughter’s body was found.“We encourage anyone with any information to come forward so we can find justice for April,” she posted Thursday on [email protected]@aptnnews-with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

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