The wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has revealed his life-long ambition is to bring his family to Co Donegal.Tony Blair wants to bring family to Donegal.Cherie Blair revealed the former Labour party leader’s plan is to one day is to revisit Ballyshannon and Rossnowlagh where he holidayed as a child.In his autobiography Mr Blair remembers fondly spending many summers at the Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh. Mrs Blair said herself and her husband have enjoyed several trips to Ireland.“I have brought my children here, absolutely,” she said.“My husband’s real ambition is to take the kids back to Ballyshannon, where he used to go as a boy.” BLAIR’S AMBITION IS TO BRING FAMILY TO DONEGAL was last modified: October 8th, 2013 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)
The Jacks, who will also host four games next … A home stand in softball and the Green and Gold Scrimmage in football highlight a busy weekend for Humboldt State sports.On Saturday at the Redwood Bowl, the Jacks will close out three weeks of spring football with the annual intra-squad scrimmage open to the public.The game gets under way at 1 p.m.In softball, meanwhile, HSU will host conference leaders Chico State, with the series getting under way with a doubleheader today at 1 p.m.
Dylan Kile dropped 17 points, Aidan Atkins-Salazar added 15 more and the Arcata High junior varsity boys basketball team knocked off its fiercest rival, McKinleyville, 54-42 Tuesday night at McKinleyville High.Tuesday’s game was the first meeting of the year between the two teams and McKinleyville head coach Mark Sundberg said at this point in the season, it’s all about finding out what he has.“At this time every year, we’re looking to see what we have as a team,” Sundberg said. ” It’s about …
29 February 2012The British High Commission has launched a £1-million (R11.9-million) fund for 2012/13 to support projects in South Africa that are linked to prosperity, trade and low carbon growth.According to the high commission, the money is part of a global fund which seeks to build prosperity “by increasing exports and investments, opening markets, ensuring access to resources and energy security, and promoting sustainable global growth, including avoiding climate change”.“Global security is underpinned by sustainable growth, higher levels of employment, rising standards of living, and greater regional/international trade,” the commission said, adding that climate change constituted one the biggest threats to global security.It was therefore in the UK’s interest to promote open and stable markets and economies, tackle barriers to economic development, and support a global transition to a low carbon economy, the commission said.The commission invited organisations to submit project proposals that met the criteria outlined in its Prosperity Fund strategy (see “related documents”).Concept bids should be sent to [email protected] no later than 2 March 2012. Those seeking more information can contact the same e-mail address or telephone 012 421 7504/7604.SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Producers, marketers and aficionados gathered in Fort Worth, Texas in late January for the 25th National Biodiesel Conference & Expo.Attendees got to learn about the latest policy developments related to biodiesel, see a hot-off-the-line B20 ready diesel Ford F-150 pickup truck, visit a Vehicle Showcase featuring offerings from General Motors, John Deere, Caterpillar and Optimus Technologie, learn about a semi-truck that runs on 100% biodiesel, and enjoy the Biodiesel Ride & Drive that allowed attendees to take a spin in new diesel vehicles around Fort Worth.Though the focus of the conference was on fuel, it has very agricultural roots. Soybean farmers were instrumental in the initial push for biodiesel and the start of the conference 25 years ago.“We need to remember that we have a tremendous product that can produce meal, oil and we are very competitive around the world,” said Dave Dotterer an Ohio Soybean Council board member from Wayne County who attended the conference. “With biodiesel we have a product that reduces carbon in the atmosphere and we can replace fuel without cutting performance. It is renewable — we can grow it every year. We are consistent in our production and there is a stable supply. The people who produce biodiesel do not have to wonder if we will have a supply next year. They can depend on it and they know it is always going to be there.”Roughly half of the biodiesel used in the U.S. is made from soybean oil. The other half is produced from sources like used cooking oil, animal fats, and other fats and oils.Soybeans are grown primarily to produce protein meal for livestock feed. So, the first processing step after soybeans leave the farm is to a soybean crush facility where 80% of every soybean is used to produce livestock feed. The volume of oil that remains after protein extraction exceeds demand for feed or food uses including salad dressing, frying and baking, so a portion of that oil not used for food or export is used to produce biodiesel.“Every soybean is approximately 80% protein meal and 20% oil. You can see slight variation in that but it is a fundamental ratio. That is something the plant has developed. It is storing energy in that seed to grow a new plant,” said Don Scott, director of sustainability for the National Biodiesel Board. “The biodiesel industry began with soybean oil because when we grow protein for food, soy is one of the best sources. It produces more protein per acre than any other crop, but it also produces a lot of oil. When we grow soy for protein we produce more fat than we can possibly eat. We have more oil than we can consume. We needed a product we could make out of this oil and it makes great fuel.”Biodiesel production offers numerous benefits for farmers and consumers.“We can blend it with petroleum, it has great performance on-road and reduces emissions,” Scott said. “It is around a 63-cent increase per bushel for farmers and it is also good for livestock producers because it decreases the price they have to pay for feed.”Much of the conference looked into addressing the myths and real challenges of biodiesel.“When you get in sub-zero temperatures you have to pay attention to the diesel fuel you use. The same is true for petroleum and for biodiesel. You have to have a blend that will perform at low temperatures,” Scott said. “You can achieve that with biodiesel, but just like diesel you have to pay attention to those cloud points and make sure you are using the proper fuel and good quality fuel.”These types of quality biodiesel blends are the focus of Wade Thorson, with Benchmark Biodiesel, Inc. in Columbus.“About 15 years ago I was working for a small bank that got into the ethanol business and I saw an opportunity with biodiesel. I put together a business plan to become a producer and found a site in Columbus that was an old Texaco fuel terminal. I was all set to begin production and crude oil prices started declining, so instead of building a production facility, we started blending biodiesel and diesel off the pipeline that is now the Benchmark Biodiesel Fuel Terminal in Columbus,” Thorson said. “Biodiesel is now more readily available, but the end customer still doesn’t understand that they can get biodiesel from people like us. Unless they seek it out they don’t know about it. Then they hear things like biodiesel will void their warranty, choke the engine up and if anything goes wrong — even a flat tire — it is because of biodiesel. That is just not the case.”Benchmark Biodiesel, along with a sustained industry-wide effort, has been taking extensive measures to improve quality and reliability of the biodiesel blends being offered.“When we renovated our facility we insulated and heated all our tanks. Our diesel comes off a pipeline at 50 or 60 degrees and we keep it heated to 70 degrees so when we blend we are assured that the blend will be terrific, as opposed to splash diesel that may be blended cold and the biodiesel may sit in there for awhile and gel up,” Thorson said. “We blend specifically for our customer right at the fuel rack. We have the most sophisticated blending system in the state. It is fabulous and we have not had problems even with the zero degree weather in Ohio this year. Any time there is any cold weather you want to get the blended biodiesel at the rack.”The fuel and the biodiesel industry as a whole have accomplished much in the last 25 years. Following a University of Missouri study that demonstrated biodiesel had potential as a diesel fuel replacement, the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council created the National SoyDiesel Development Board in 1992. With the opportunity to use the surplus of soybean oil collected each year, while also expanding energy security and environmental benefits, other state soybean associations quickly joined the effort. The new association changed its name to the National Biodiesel Board in 1994 to reflect the diversity of fats and oils that can be made into biodiesel.In the early days, NBB spearheaded diesel engine research and emissions testing to demonstrate biodiesel’s environmental benefits, leading to official specifications for the fuel used in diesel cars and trucks and earning the reputation as America’s first commercially produced advanced biofuel. The producers then were primarily a collection of small businesses serving their communities, distributing a few hundred million gallons of biodiesel by the turn of the century.Today, through implementation of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard and a tax incentive to spur growth, the advanced biofuel has blossomed into a nearly 3 billion gallon per year industry. The biodiesel industry supports more than 64,000 jobs and, to be called biodiesel, the fuel must meet the strict quality specifications of ASTM D6751.“Biodiesel is an American success story,” said Donnell Rehagen, NBB CEO. “We have overcome countless challenges, and we will undoubtedly face many more as we continue to grow the industry. But for everyone who has pulled together for the past 25 years to make our success a reality, this conference is a great time to celebrate.”
We’ve all been there: staring at the timeline with no idea what to do next in an edit. Here are three ways to get things moving again when you’re stuck.We’ve all been horribly stuck on an edit at some point or another. There are many different types of edits, and they all have their own challenges. Movie trailers, music videos, documentaries, narrative films, etc. — they can all cause “editor’s block” in their own special and frustrating ways.First, I’m going to get something out of the way, without counting it as an actual “tip” in this list: the best way to get unstuck when you’re editing is to take a break. Just coming at it with fresh eyes, after a snack or a walk outside, is the best way to get some perspective on what to do next. So, the following tips are, in my opinion, for after you’ve already tried taking a break and you still can’t see a clear route ahead.1. Skip to The EndOne of my favorite things to do when I’m stuck on an edit is to skip to the end and work backward for a bit. This is particularly helpful when you’re working on a short piece, like a hype reel or trailer, because you can get the end laid out and start to figure out how the edit will eventually get there.This is especially useful for hype reels or trailers because they usually culminate in some sort of exciting finale. That ending swell montage with intensifying music and flashing images will almost always be that jolt of editing fun that reminds you why you like editing in the first place.For a longer project, you can always just jump ahead to the next section or scene for a while. I guarantee that doing this will give you that little bit of clarity and energy that you need to finish the previous segment.2. Work on Your Sound Bed for a BitOne aspect of editing that has almost always been a weakness for me (but every now and then is actually a source of strength) is that I love editing to sound that’s already in place.Nothing helps me visualize an edit more than listening to perfect sound for it beforehand. Sometimes, when you’re stuck on an edit, it’s likely that you might have started trying to edit with the wrong track — or you haven’t picked a track at all.In cases like this, I’ll spend a good chunk of time just laying down a sound edit with swells, sound effects, stingers, and anything else that helps conjure the visuals for me. You can begin to think to yourself “Ok, here’s where that one slo-mo shot will go, then I can ramp it up into this next track . . .” etc. Just browse the music you have available or spend some time looking at the reliable PremiumBeat music catalog (guess I’m a company man after all), and find a track that makes you want to finish your edit.3. Revisit The MaterialStop. Stop trying to move your mashed potatoes around on the plate.One thing I find myself doing often is just using the same 4-5 media clips and trying to make the scene work even if it won’t. Sometimes, it won’t. So, you need to go and find new clips.While it may seem obvious, when you get caught in these loops, you have to break the cycle. You’ll sit there for an hour, moving clips around, hitting CTRL+Z, moving around, CTRL+Z, and repeat. What’s so funny about these horribly vicious cycles is that the solution is almost always already in your media bin.When I get stuck, sometimes I’ll just go through my footage one more time — whether that means watching every clip I have (usually in a selects sequence), or just spending some time revisiting a few moments. Almost every time, I’ll find something I didn’t see before.Image via Kornburut Woradee.In my opinion, there will never be an edit that simply won’t work, no matter what you do. In all my years working in this industry, I’ve never come across a task in the editing room that I couldn’t solve somehow. The finished product might not be the result that I originally envisioned, but there is always a way to make something work.The infinite nature of the possible solutions has always fascinated me. The answer might be removing the sound, or adding more sound; it might be fading to black or cross cutting; it might even be removing elements of a story altogether. It’s your job as an editor to take the footage and make the best, most watchable piece of content you can. Sometimes it’s more difficult than others. Sometimes you have to give yourself a chance to calm down and find that needle-in-a-haystack solution that makes it all work.So, please, just go take a walk every once in a while.Cover image via Altitude Visual.Looking for more video editing tips and tricks? Check these out.Improve Your Masks with Hue, Saturation, and Luminance QualifiersSaving Noisy Footage: The Easy Way and the Hard WayVideo Tutorial: Introducing Premiere’s New Lumetri CurvesDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Edit PageProduction Tip: How to Edit a Fight Scene for Rhythm and Pacing
Star marksman Prakash Nanjappa secured a silver medal to extend India’s tally of medals at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games on Saturday.The Indian shooter scored 198.2 points finishing at the second point behind Australia’s Daniel Repacholli who clinched the top spot with a score of 199.5 points.Nanjappa shot a series of 97, 96, 95, 99, 97, 96 to top the qualification round with 580 points.However, Om Prakash missed out by a point after shooting series of 93, 97, 92, 95, 95, 96 to total 568.England’s Stewart Nangle (578) came second while Daniel Repacholi (574) of Australia took the third spot in the qualification round.