Washington State Library to host Eclipse Event August 21

first_imgFacebook210Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State LibraryFor those who aren’t headed south for a total view of the solar eclipse on August 21, the Washington State Library is offering an alternative to watch the rarely seen astronomical phenomenon much closer to home.The State Library is hosting an Eclipse Event at its Tumwater location from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Aug. 21. The event, which is free to the public, will be held on the south side of the library building, located at 6880 Capitol Blvd. SE in Tumwater.“We invite everyone throughout the Olympia area to join us at our Eclipse Event on the 21st,” said State Librarian Cindy Aden. “This is a rare, amazing natural occurrence that the South Sound area won’t experience again until 2044, so we hope others will join us to observe and celebrate this incredible moment.”The State Library will hand out 200 pairs of eclipse glasses on a first-come, first-served basis. A reflective projection area will be set up outside so that those who don’t receive the safety glasses can still watch and enjoy the eclipse. Because parking is very limited, people are asked to use public transportation to reach the library. Intercity Transit’s Bus #13 drops off passengers right outside the main library entrance.A speaker from the Tacoma Astronomical Society will be on hand to talk about the science behind the eclipse and answer questions.  People can use the special hashtag, #WSL_Eclipse, on social media posts to get in on the fun!The Olympia area will experience about a 94 percent eclipse starting around 9:07 a.m. as the moon moves east. The optimal viewing time will be at 10:19 a.m. as the moon blocks nearly all of the sun. The eclipse will end around 11:38 a.m.The State Library has distributed nearly 4,000 eclipse glasses to 44 libraries across the state for safe viewing of the eclipse. The list of libraries is here. Each library location will host programs filled with safety information, fun facts and learning opportunities for families.last_img read more

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Wales captain Jones set to miss summer Tests

first_imgWales face the Proteas in a one-off Test in the United States before coming up against the Pumas twice, but Jones looks set to be given a rest.”I don’t think he will go on tour in the summer,” Wales head coach Gatland said after his side’s Six Nations win over France.”It is about us managing him over the next 18 months.”We have got a plan in place for him over the next year or so in terms of the amount of games he plays for the Ospreys and for us.”He is very important for us and we need to keep him fresh.”Jones may not be the only member of the Wales team that toured New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions last year to stay at home.Gatland added: “We will look at those players who went on the Lions tour last year and whether we take them.”Also we will look at some of the older players who potentially have not had much of an off-season and give them a rest.”We will start thinking about it in the next six weeks about which players we expect to take.”A 14-13 win over Les Bleus in Cardiff sealed second place for Wales in the Six Nations table behind Grand Slam winners Ireland. Photo Getty Images. Caption: Wales captain Alun Wyn Joneslast_img read more

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Ferdinand backs Liverpool’s Sterling over his England omission

first_imgRio Ferdinand has taken to Twitter to back Raheem Sterling after the Liverpool youngster was left out of the side for England’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Estonia after telling manager Roy Hodgson he was tired.Sterling has been criticised but QPR’s former Manchester United and England centre-back insisted the teenager did the right thing.And Ferdinand believes the likes of his former United team-mate Wayne Rooney and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard should have done the same during their careers.With more rest at the right times throughout seasons Rooney would have gone into tournaments for England fresher 100%…. Too proud again.— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) October 13, 2014Ferdinand tweeted: “Sterling – tired, fair play to him. English players are normally too proud to do that unlike our foreign friends. #FreshWhenItMattersMost“For instance, Tevez would come in some days and sit on the massage bed while the team trained…”I’m tired”..match day – firing & energised.”After some unsympathetic responses, he added: “Either some real dumb heads on here or they just missed the point totally. Doing what’s better for the team & yourself long term….“With more rest at the right times throughout seasons Rooney would have gone into tournaments for England fresher 100%…. Too proud again“Same could be said of Gerard, Lampard, JT, A.Cole myself etc-all too proud to sit out of training or a match with the bigger picture in mind“Going by many of the responses on here – because players earn a fortune they cannot get tired leave off!!”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Photo library: Business and industry 6

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Business & Industry contact sheet (1.8MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Cape Town, Western Cape province: Inside the Cape Town International Convention Centre, in the city centre. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Cape Town International Convention Centre in the heart of the commercial district.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Cape Town International Convention Centre in the heart of the commercial district.Photo: Rodger BoschPhoto: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Cape Town International Convention Centre in the heart of the commercial district.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Cape Town International Convention Centre in the heart of the commercial district.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The University of Cape Town’s business school has been voted one of the best in the world. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The commercialDistrict.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Deep-sea drilling rigs in the Cape Town harbour. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: A ship docked in the harbour for bunkering and resupply. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageBUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 6: {loadposition business}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email info@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

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South Africa can be a technology leader

first_imgThe country – and the rest of the continent – has the potential to be a disruptor, by using ICT and the size of the African market. To do so, it needs to be innovative and produce its own technology.ICT has the potential to build Africa’s innovation economy. (Image: ITU)Sulaiman PhilipOver the next 20 years the working population of Africa will increase to more than a billion. By 2025, Africa’s internet related services economy could be worth be worth $315-billion (R4.3-trillion) and be a major employer of Africa’s young population if the continent worked to create the technology rather than simply was a passive user.For this reason South Africa again attended the annual ITU (International Telecomunications Union) Telecom World convention in Busan, South Korea. Governments and industry players attend the event, which showcases innovations and best practice. The sector, in the words of Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele, allowed the world to connect.“That is why it is so vitally important for us to come together at an event like this to discuss how we can innovate, disrupt and transform our industry to better serve an increasingly digital African population while still protecting our most vulnerable.”While the ITU Telecom World is an industry initiative, there is a strong focus on soci-economic development using information and communications technology. Among the sessions that attracted large audiences were Internet for all: financing models for ICT connectivity infrastructure, and AI in smart cities: power, potential, ethics and education.ITU (International Telecomunications Union) Telecom World convention was a place for the world to connect. (Image: ITU)The former, organised by the World Economic Forum, covered challenges faced by governments, civil society and business in financing ICT infrastructure projects. This session held special interest for South African officials who are in the middle of the country’s Internet For All rollout. Officals could agree with the assertion that funding for “last mile connections”, which often showed no profitability but guaranteed universal connectivity, remained the most important challenge.Cwele said that the fast-developing ICT sector presented South Africa, and Africa, with an opportunity to leapfrog developed economies and design the technology and set the standards that best work for the continent.The size of the African market could, if leveraged properly, change the sector into one that put African needs ahead of other economies. This could be hastened if Africa produced its own technology and took it to other parts of the world.In making this happen, Africa faced one major challenge: a shortage of skills. The minister has said that building a skilled workforce, including re-skilling employees, was an important project for the government. A sustainable future would be built on research, technological development and the adoption of digital tools.“ICTs have the power to help reduce borders and to help enable business and human interaction from anywhere to everywhere. By engaging in the digital economy we can show the rest of the world the wealth of knowledge and innovation in South Africa.”The ICT sector has the power to help remove borders. (Image: ITU)Emerging marketsThis year’s convention had a strong focus on emerging markets and the vibrant technology sectors that existed in countries such as South Africa, Nigeria, Azerbijan and the Republic of Korea. Houlin Zhao, ITU secretary-general, said it offered governments and industry leaders the best environment to discuss challenges and explore the potential benefits of telecom technologies. “Smart technology is the future, interconnecting all industry sectors and societies, changing how we live, work and do business, and it’s a future brimming with potential.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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New app helps farmers know when to spray or spread

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A new app from The Ohio State University could help farmers save both money and the environment.The Field Application Resource Monitor (FARM) uses advanced weather forecasting to advise farmers on when to apply fertilizers and pesticides so that they aren’t washed away by rain.According to Aaron Wilson, climate specialist for Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and project manager of FARM, it is much more than just a fancy weather app.“The app allows you to specify the location of your field in high resolution,” Wilson said. This means that the app can actually give specific forecasts for an area as small as 1.5 miles wide—allowing for incredibly accurate and detailed forecasts.“It then provides guidance on the best time to apply fertilizers and manures based on the precipitation forecast” Wilson said.Beyond the high resolution forecasts, FARM has another unique feature: historic forecasts. According to Elizabeth Hawkins, an OSU Extension agronomist based in Clinton County, FARM’s database of forecasts for specific locations is “its most unique feature.”“This feature gives farmers the ability to look back at the forecasts that were available when they applied the fertilizer,” Hawkins said. “That information is usually quite hard to find.”In the event that a forecast is wrong, historical forecasts may provide documentation that farmers were operating under proper procedures and working in accordance with forecasts that were accurate at the time.For example, the Western Lake Erie Basin Partnership sets laws that prohibit farmers from applying fertilizers or pesticides if the forecast calls for over a 50% chance of rain.If the forecast calls for a 20% chance of rain and a farmer decides to apply fertilizer only for the rain to fall, the farmer can cite the app conditions for the day.FARM users can also set up accounts and receive detailed emails notifying them of real-time precipitation alerts and forecasts. As the app expands, Wilson anticipates adding phone alerts that will further streamline the process of keeping farmers in the know.“This equips farmers with the tools to help them make decisions,” Wilson said.The app can be viewed on most computers and mobile devices. “It’s very accessible. It’s very easy for anyone to use, and it’s very intuitive,” said Hawkins.The app provides both economic and environmental advantages.When warned about precipitation that exceeds good management practices, farmers can avoid using fertilizer and pesticides that are doomed to wash away, saving both time and money. Washed-away fertilizer also makes it difficult for farmers to anticipate how much more fertilizer needs to be added.“If the fertilizer is washed away, that is one input they have lost,” Hawkins said. If farmers don’t know how much fertilizer and pesticide is actually acting upon their crops, then it’s difficult to predict growth.The app offers a significant environmental benefit as well by helping prevent fertilizers and pesticides from washing into Ohio waterways.“If you have too much phosphorus washing into rivers and eventually Lake Erie, you have a greater potential for harmful algal blooms,” Wilson said. “This is detrimental to the waterways farmers depend on.”It’s no secret that farmers and the environment have a mutual codependence on each other. FARM gives farmers a distinct opportunity to look after the environment in a way that also saves them time and money.For more information about FARM, visit farm.bpcrc.osu.edu.last_img read more

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Production Tips: Working With a Color Checker on Your Next Shoot

first_imgColor grading your videos? Consider using a color checker or color chart to get that perfect color grade every filmmaker is after.Achieving that perfect color grade — and color correction — is something that filmmakers yearn for. There’s just something so refreshing about a perfectly colored video. Most of the time, we consider our color tools to be those that we use in our editors, or within Resolve. However, there’s one tool you can utilize on set that will make managing perfect color much easier. That tool is a color checker — or color chart.I have to admit that until not too long ago, I’d never used a color checker on anything. Obviously, I had seen them around, but I wasn’t sure how they’d work for me as a filmmaker. Frankly, when I got one, I had to pore over videos online to figure out just how this tool would make me a better cinematographer. After much effort, I’ve discovered just how powerful a color checker can be. Let’s take a look at how this little tool can help you get better video. Perfect ColorThere’s so much that goes into making sure you have perfect colors in your video — from proper CRI balance in your lighting to setting the best white balance temperature in your camera. All of these factors play a vital role in getting perfect color from your images. The role of the color checker, or color chart, is to help keep color constant and consistent throughout the entire process. Through lens changes, camera changes, lighting changes, etc., color charts keep everything running smoothly. Now, how in the world does it do this? Essentially, the color palettes in your color checkers are perfect swabs of cyan, green, magenta, yellow, red, and blue. Once captured within the frame of your camera, this image is then brought into your NLE. Once in your NLE, or color correction software, you can harness this to correct for the picture perfect color. Check out this video below for a more comprehensive tutorial on how to incorporate this in your next project. Perfect ExposureOne added benefit of grabbing a color checker is that (most often) it comes with a middle grey card. A middle grey card sits perfectly at 50 on your IRE scale. That means you can use this with two tools: zebras and false color. If you set your zebras to show at 50%, once your zebras appear on your grey card, you’ll know you have a properly exposed image. The same can be said of false color. Whichever color you have allocated to represent 50 IRE, once proper exposure is set, then that color will appear on the middle grey card, thus yielding a properly exposed image.  Overall, snagging a color checker for your next production is always a great choice. Is it the most fun thing you could buy right now for your filmmaking kit? Let’s be honest, probably not. However, it could be the perfect addition on your journey to better videos. Cover image via Gecko Studio.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Add Flavor to Your Footage by Implementing Color ScienceHow to Properly Film Windows for Daytime Interior ScenesAdd Atmospheric Texture to Your Production with Haze or FogUsing Foreground Elements to Elevate your Next ProductionHow to Get The Best Results When Filming In Natural Foglast_img read more

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Gay Math Genius Receives Royal Pardon

first_imgAlan Turing, the British mathematician whose code-breaking is believed to have shortened World War II, was granted a royal pardon today, more than 60 years after being convicted for homosexual behavior and undergoing chemical castration. “Dr Turing deserves to be remembered and recognised for his fantastic contribution to the war effort and his legacy to science,” U.K. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said in a statement issued today. “A pardon from the Queen is a fitting tribute to an exceptional man.”Turing, widely seen as the father of modern computing, was working at the United Kingdom’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) at Bletchley Park when he cracked the Enigma code, used by Germany to encrypt its military communications. Turing was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 after admitting to a homosexual relationship and was forced to take female hormones as an alternative to jail. He committed suicide in 1954 by ingesting cyanide.The U.K. government had apologized for the conviction in 2009, calling Turing’s treatment “appalling.” But it had previously resisted granting a pardon, despite an e-petition signed by more than 37,000 people, including high-profile scientists like Stephen Hawking. 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S. Barry Cooper, a professor of mathematical logic at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom and chair of the Turing Centenary Advisory Committee, is quoted as calling the pardon “fantastic.” But Andrew Hodges, a mathematician at the University of Oxford’s Wadham College in the United Kingdom who wrote a biography of Turing, points out that many others convicted of similar crimes will never be pardoned.”Unfortunately, I cannot feel that such a ‘pardon’ embodies any good legal principle. If anything, it suggests that a sufficiently valuable individual should be above the law which applies to everyone else,” the paper quotes Hodges as saying. “A more substantial action would be the release of files on Turing’s secret work for GCHQ in the cold war. Loss of security clearance, state distrust and surveillance may have been crucial factors in the two years leading up to his death in 1954.”last_img read more

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Police use water cannons on BJP march

first_imgThe Kolkata police on Wednesday used water cannons, lobbed tear gas shells and baton-charged to disperse supporters of the youth wing of the BJP who tried to march to the headquarters of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. The BJP had organised a siege to the KMC headquarters protesting against a host of issues, including its failure to control the outbreak of dengue in the city.last_img

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