Harvard students present findings after visit to North West

first_imgA high profile panel of experts from across the island of Ireland will visit Ulster University’s Magee Campus today as part of the ‘Atlas for a City Region’ Harvard Studio Pin-Up with students of the Ivy League US university. The panel, which will include Irish Planning Institute President Joe Corr as well as Catherine McEvoy Principal Planning Officer with the Department for Infrastructure NI, will critique proposals and ideas presented by students from Harvard University who are currently visiting the North West Region as part of the project looking at future scenarios for the city region in a post Brexit scenario. The Atlas for a City Region is a project being undertaken by Harvard Graduate School of Design jointly commissioned by Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council under the auspices of the North West Strategic Growth Partnership. This project has been borne out of the unique cross border collaborative approach adopted by both Councils with a view to driving growth and prosperity in the region. 12 Harvard students of landscape architecture, urban design and planning are currently visiting the region to engage with its landscapes and future challenges after Brexit, and considering long term challenges such as climate change. They are accompanied by Professors Niall Kirkwood and Gareth Doherty. Through site visits, meetings with key stakeholders, and their own experiences on the ground, these students will be addressing a myriad of topics dealing with borders and identity, agriculture, mobility, housing, not to mention Brexit and climate change. The event, which is being supported by the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD) will see students pitching their proposals to the panel of experts who will critique with a view to strengthening the proposals.Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council believes that having this expert panel contributing to the Project and critiquing the proposals and ideas being developed by the students is extremely valuable saying “we have an opportunity to bring a fresh and creative perspective and new thinking to the future development of this region. Having this calibre of experts visiting the region and engaging in a meaningful way to help shape how we maximize the potential of future opportunities and respond to emerging challenges is positive not just for the students but for the entire region”.Cllr John Boyle Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council said “despite the uncertainty currently surrounding Brexit, we in the North West City Region are determined to continue to work collectively to build resilience, drive growth and carve out a prosperous future for the betterment of everyone in our community.  Engaging with experts from both sides of the border and bringing in the fresh thinking and unique perspectives of the Harvard students is an important step forward in helping us shape the future of this cross border region”.  The students will also engage with their peers from Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) and Ulster University and other young people from across the region at a student-led workshop in Letterkenny Institute of Technology early in the day.Later this evening a joint reception will be hosted by both the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council and the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council in the Guildhall in Derry where students will also have an opportunity to engage with a range of key stakeholders from both Councils and supporting organisations including LYIT and Ulster University.The Harvard students are using Brooke Park Gate Lodge as their studio for their stay in Derry.Harvard students present findings after visit to North West was last modified: March 27th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Brexitharvard universitynorth west city regionlast_img read more

Mardi Gras pickleball tournament held in Red Bluff

first_imgRed Bluff >> Betsy Palubeski hosted the first Mardi Gras Pickleball Tournament Feb. 11 at the Lincoln Street tennis courts. Sixteen players participated and LeRoy Weighall was the tournament director.The winning team was made up of Cathy D’Ulisse, Diane Tucci, Kateland Weighall and Rita Weighall.Other players included Jody Johnson, Nora Sabhlok, Carmel Growney, Missy Dominick, Chelsea Kingston, Kathleen Farren, Betsy Palubeski, Mary Jacobson, Betty Lasley, Sherrie Weigle, Michele Gunsauls …last_img

5 Tips For Capturing Better Low Light Footage

first_imgFull frame DSLRs unlocked the potential of shooting in extremely low light situations by delivering great results at high ISOs. However, the vast majority of DPs today are not shooting full frame and need to think outside of the box when it comes to capturing images in low light.Over the last few years DSLRs and other digital cinema cameras have improved by leaps and bounds. The average camera today offers better codecs, more video functionality, higher frame rates, and other essential improvements that have proved to be invaluable for so many shooters out there. One area that hasn’t improved as dramatically across the board however, is low light performance.While it might be true that cameras like the Sony A7S or the Canon C300 have given us remarkable low light performance, the fact of the matter is that these cameras are the exception not the rule. The average DSLR or cinema camera today will not perform well in extremely low light situations, and in fact many cameras today don’t necessarily offer any better low light performance than their predecessors. For instance my Lumix GH4 (which is a fantastic camera), is not great in low light and would undoubtably be outperformed in a low light shooting situation by even a first generation Canon 5D MK II.Take better low light shots! Follow these 5 tips for success…1. Always Shoot at ISO 800 or BelowEvery camera is different and will inevitably have variances when it comes to ISO performance, but as a general rule of thumb I always recommend aiming to shoot at a maximum ISO of 800. The truth of the matter is that even cameras that can shoot cleanly at ISO 1600 or 3200 will still never perform as well in terms of image quality, color depth, and dynamic range as they would at a lower ISO.In an ideal world, you always want to shoot at your base ISO (which is your cameras native sensitivity level), but some cameras have a very low base ISO (let’s say 200 or 400) which wouldn’t be practical for shooting in low light. Most cameras today will produce nice results up to ISO 800 or so, even if they have a base ISO that is significantly lower, so no matter which camera you’re shooting on try to avoid bumping up your ISO too high. Yes, your image is going to be darker than you might like in some circumstances, but the other tips on this list will help you overcome those issues.2. Invest in Extremely Fast LensesThis one should be a no brainer, but it needs to be stated here because so many shooters to this day will attempt to shoot in extreme low light situations with slow glass. If you want to keep your ISO at 800 or below, and don’t have any additional lighting to help with your exposure, you absolutely need to let in as much light as possible so that your sensor has something to read.If you don’t already have lenses that are at least an F1.4 (or preferably even lower), then you will need to go out and get at least one or two so that you are covered in extreme situations. This is especially true if you are shooting on a smaller sensor camera like the Blackmagic Pocket camera (with it’s super 16mm sized sensor), since the sensor size of your camera is directly related to low light performance. There are relatively affordable lenses today that can shoot at F0.95 (like the Voigtlander lenses), so make sure to do some research and pick up the best glass that you can so you are covered.3. Shoot from Farther AwayOne of the issues with shooting in low light is that you will often encounter focusing issues since you are likely going to be shooting wide open on very fast lenses. For example if you are shooting on a 7D which has a relatively large sensor (APS-C) and are using a 50mm F1.2 lens with it, your depth of field is going to be razor thin. This means that if one of your actors moves even an inch or two in the wrong direction, your shot will be out of focus.One of the biggest giveaways of a low budget production is when all the night footage drifts in and out of focus as it is obvious that the filmmakers were shooting so wide open that they had trouble following the action. The best way to remedy this is by shooting from farther away so that your actors fall closer to the infinity focus range. Once you hit infinity focus, everything from that point on will be perfectly sharp, so if you can step back far enough while still keeping your framing looking right, you will have a much easier time with focus as you may not need to pull it at all. Alternatively you could use a wider lens, since wide lenses hit infinity at a closer distance than long lenses.4. Choose the Right LocationImage from Diego Torres Silvestre on Flickr.I always say that when you are shooting without lighting (whether during day or night), you need to spend extra time scouting your locations and prepping for the shoot. You don’t want to just assume that you will have enough ambient street light in a specific location to give you the results that you need, because until you actually go out there with your camera and see how the light reads you will just be guessing.When you take the time to do a proper location scout/tech test and see what you are working with, you will know right then and there whether or not your results will be useable. And if the light isn’t registering on camera the way that you thought that it would, be thankful that you caught the issue early and find another location. I’ve been able to shoot guerrilla style in urban areas with no problem at all using just street light and fast lenses, but I was very specific about where I shot. Certain streets/blocks are going to be better lit than others, so do your homework and make sure you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into.5. De-Noise in PostIf you followed all of these steps and your footage is still a little bit noisy or grainy, take your best shot at improving the shot in post. There are an abundance of post-production tools out there that are designed to clean up your footage and reduce grain – many of which are truly remarkable. Neat Video is my favorite plugin for noise reduction as I have been able to salvage some pretty awful, noisy footage by using it. Other software like Adobe After Effects or DaVinci Resolve will have noise reduction tools built right in, but I would recommend Neat Video above all else if you are serious about getting the best results. Also – don’t sweat it if you need to denoise your footage, it doesn’t mean that you didn’t shoot properly. Some cameras just don’t pick up certain luminance levels as well as others, so even if you follow all the right steps you may wind up with some grain. I doubt that there has been a major feature film made in the last 5- 10 years that didn’t use noise reduction one some of their shots, so there is no reason not to use it yourself.last_img read more

California seeks to bring hightech to state government

first_img SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom is looking for a leader interested in “breaking things, and making them better,” who prioritizes “openness” and “simplicity” and can “feed and sustain team energy and enthusiasm.”“While you think long-term, your bias for action ensures you gain traction quickly,” reads the job description for the head of California’s new Office of Digital Innovation.It sounds more like a job advertisement for a Silicon Valley startup than state government — and that’s the point. Newsom wants the $26 million, 50-person office to throw away the old playbook and find ways to be more user-friendly for the state’s 40 million residents when they do such things as seek benefits, start a business or renew a driver’s license.California government has tried to infuse innovation before.The state’s technology department runs a digital innovation academy and an innovation lab, and it issued guidelines to make state websites more usable last year. The Government Operations Agency, which will oversee the new office, already has a director of innovation and accountability. The health and human services agency has its own innovation office.“Only Sacramento can take innovation and make it more bureaucratic,” said Assemblyman Vince Fong, R-Bakersfield, who noted problems persist with the state’s technology, from the Department of Motor Vehicles to a new state accounting system.Even the DMV, which has been plagued by hours-long lines and other hang ups, already has a Newsom-appointed “strike team” focused on improving its operations. The agency is closing its offices statewide for a half-day in July for employee training.Members of the Newsom administration said the new office can bring a fresh perspective to state operations, ideally helping the state run more like a business. They want people to access state services with the ease of ordering a ride, a meal or nearly anything else with the tap of a smartphone.“In your everyday life you have these great interactions with business,” said Mike Wilkening, the governor’s special adviser on innovation and digital services. “They make it as seamless as possible for you to conduct business with them — and the state does not.”While there’s broad agreement that improvement is needed, some critics and supporters alike see potential for the new office to become just another layer of bureaucracy.“It’s going to be interesting to see how they organize those 50 people, how they ensure that they are not being redundant with what the other organizations are doing and how they integrate,” said Teri Takai, a former chief information officer for California who now runs the Center for Digital Government, a 20-year-old national research and advisory organization for best practices in state and local government. She was an adviser to Newsom’s transition team and advocated for the creation of the office.She said other states are initiating similar efforts, though not all with a full department like California is doing. Alaska and New Jersey, for example, recently hired chief innovation officers.Administration officials say the office would complement, not duplicate, existing state programs. An agency could, for example, bring a problem for the office to tackle, or the Newsom administration could request the office look into something specific.“The governor would have no lack of ideas on ways we can improve services to Californians,” said Brian Ferguson, a Newsom spokesman.Once it comes up with an idea, the office would kick back some of the work of making it happen to the state agency that brought the problem or to the California Department of Technology if the solution is one that could improve service statewide, said Amy Tong, the state’s chief information officer.“It’s complementary in the sense that the Department of Technology is still going to be very much focusing on statewide technology initiatives,” Tong said. “Digital innovation would focus more on the front-end planning and discovery work.”Brian Metzker studied the proposal for the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office and said the work the new office will do appears different from other state programs. But he noted its duties will evolve once a director is hired and the office gets up and running.“It will be important for lawmakers to keep an eye on the office to make sure it’s not offering competing or duplicative services as it gets to work,” he said.Fong, the Republican lawmaker, agreed government needs an overhaul, even as he questioned Newsom’s approach.“Tech has changed for the better everything in our daily lives, whether it’s from travel, from booking services that we use in our daily lives or buying groceries,” he said. But, “state government has lagged behind because all they do is create more red tape and bureaucracy.”Beyond the director, Newsom will appoint 19 other employees who will be exempt from civil service. Thirty others will be hired through the normal government process.Of the new office’s $26 million budget, $10 million would go into a fund it could tap to complete its work. The budget in following years would be $14 million. June 26, 2019 AP AP, Posted: June 26, 2019 California seeks to bring high-tech to state government Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday March 6 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, March 6, 2019:#1) Kindergaten & PreK Registration SessionRegistration for Kindergarten and PreK is open at the Boutwell Early Childhood Center from 8:30am to 10:30am and 12:30pm to 2pm. Registration for Kindergarten and PreK is open at the Wildwood Early Childhood Center from 9am to 11am and 12:45pm to 2:15pm. Learn more HERE.#2) WHS Class Of 2021 Fundraiser At Panera BreadWilmington High School Class of 2021 is holding a Fundraiser at Wilmington’s Panera Bread (228 Main Street, Wilmington Plaza) from 4pm to 8pm. Bring this flyer or show it on your phone to the cashier when you place your order. Panera Gift Cards and catering orders are excluded from the event.#3) Wilmington Conservation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Conservation Commission meets sat 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Car Seat Installs At Public Safety BuildingThe Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, 10am-2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.#5) Tech Help At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding its weekly tech help drop-in hours from 2pm to 3pm. Have a tech question that’s been bugging you? Drop in the library to see if Technology Librarian, Brad McKenna, can help.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, September 4, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 7, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Google Assistant launches first celebrity cameo with John Legend

first_imgGoogle also hinted that more celebrity cameos could be on the way thanks to the company’s WaveNet tech — a speech synthesis program that helped bring John Legend to your countertop smart speaker. In the meantime, here is Google’s list of questions you can ask to hear a reply from John Legend: Easter eggs: “Serenade me.” “Sing me a song.” “Are you John Legend?” “Do you know Chrissy Teigen?” “How are you?” “Sing Happy Birthday.” “Tell me a joke.” “Who’s your celebrity crush?” “What’s your favorite song?” “What’s your best pickup line?” “Compliment me.” Ordinary questions: “What’s the weather?” “How far away is the moon?” “What are jazz hands?” “How do you cook bacon in the oven?” “Is there an atmosphere on the moon?” “Is Venus the same size as the Earth?” “Why is the sky blue?” “What’s the temperature outside?” “Do I need an umbrella today?” $99 Smart Home Culture Share your voice Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot Google Assistant is everywhere at CES 2019: Here’s everything announced so far 6:59 See it Walmart Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Google Home News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today CNET Smart Home Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house $79 reading • Google Assistant launches first celebrity cameo with John Legend CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Google Almost a year ago, Google announced a bunch of new voice options for the company’s digital helper, simply known as Google Assistant. Singer and songwriter John Legend headlined the group of voices, which were otherwise of the AI-generated variety. The rest launched shortly after the May announcement, and finally, starting Wednesday, Google’s first celebrity cameo for Google Assistant goes live. John Legend’s voice will be available in English in the US on any device with Google Assistant — smart speakers like the Google Home, smart displays like the  Google Home Hub and smartphones. You can enable it in the settings of the Google Assistant app or by telling your device to “Talk like a Legend.” (Here’s more detail on how to give Google Assistant John Legend’s voice.) Note that your default Google Assistant will still respond to most of your queries. John Legend’s voice will respond only to certain relevant questions like, “What’s your favorite music?” as well as some more general ones like, “What’s the weather?” And apparently, John Legend’s voice will be available only for a limited amount of time. $69 Now playing: Watch this: • See It Mentioned Above Google Home Comment Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now See It Google Assistant makes your Android texts smarter Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected How To • Make Google Home get your groceries CNET Smart Home Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it 1 24 Photos Tags Crutchfield See All Google Assistant Googlelast_img read more

Reports Rick Perry Lands Spot In Trumps Cabinet As Energy Secretary

first_imgMarjorie Kamys CoteraGov. Rick Perry addresses media at a press conference following the unveiling of his official portrait at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2016President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly selected erstwhile rival and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to serve as his energy secretary.If confirmed, Perry will oversee American energy policy and its ramifications on the economy, environment and national security.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016CBS News and other outlets reported the news late Monday night, hours after Perry met with the president-elect in New York. It was the second time Perry had made the trip to Trump Tower. Yet Perry has previously supported abolishing the Department of Energy entirely. Famously, during a presidential debate in November 2011, Energy was the third federal agency that Perry couldn’t name while trying to list the three he wanted to eliminate.“It’s three agencies of government when I get there that are gone — Commerce, Education and the, um, what’s the third one there? Let’s see,” Perry said, before finally giving up with his now-infamous “oops.”The appointment marks a full repair in Perry’s relationship with Trump. Perry called Trump “a cancer on conservatism” last year while the two men were in a crowded field for the Republican presidential nomination. But Perry was one of the first members of the Republican establishment to back Trump, once it became clear in May that the real estate mogul had secured the party’s nomination.Perry’s background as governor of Texas, a state rife with natural resources, is a key qualifying credential for the post. But this Cabinet role can go well beyond oil and natural gas. The outgoing secretary of energy, Ernest Moniz, had a physics background and played a central role in President Obama’s Iranian nuclear deal.If confirmed, Perry will be the third Texan to serve as secretary of energy. Previously, Houstonian Charles Duncan served in this role under President Jimmy Carter, as did Laredo native Frederico Peña in the Clinton administration.Perry will face Senate confirmation once Trump takes office. Republicans control the Senate, making that process all the easier for the president-elect’s nominees. Read related Tribune coverage:Throughout his campaign, Trump cultivated a number of loyal allies in Texas, making for no shortage of options as his transition team looks to staff the incoming administration.Trump passed over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas for U.S. attorney general, opting instead for U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama.Patrick Svitek contributed to this report.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2016/12/12/rick-perry-lands-spot-trumps-cabinet/. Sharelast_img read more

What to Do During the Government Shutdown

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan AFRO, Staff WriterThe devastation of the 24 day old (at this reporting) government shutdown is growing and resources are dwindling for many D.C. residents. Fortune reported that the shutdown is costing the country about $3.7 billion. More than 800,000 people are affected personally with no income coming in to date.And with no funds coming in, it makes finding a little distraction even more crucial to survival. However, one of the the District’s best features was the National Mall and their pletera of free museums and events, which are closed until the shutdown ends.Thankfully there are a few places that offer a temporary, free or low cost respite for Washingtonians looking for an outing.Library Of Congress 101 Independence Ave, S.E.Washington, D.C. 20540-1600Remarkably one of the oldest buildings in D.C. is federal, and is still open to the public. It has a list of events and exhibitions available to the public. For instance, there are hour-long walking tours, and gallery talks like the “Pan-African Congress of 1919” a discussion led from 11 a.m. to noon by Ryan Reft about this unique Congress led by NAACP founder W.E.B Du Bois. There are a ton of online and in person events to keep audiences engaged.DC Public LibrariesSpeaking of Libraries, they are still open and offer up a smorgasbord of events. The AFRO covered the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. events. For more information please go to the libraries website https://www.dclibrary.org.The US CapitolYes, we understand the irony of visiting this building. But there is a lot of history, and opportunities to witness democracy at work. There are individual and family tours available where you can write letters to soldiers currently serving in the army and learn about Veterans Day. Also there is a current exhibition about Congress and the separation of powers running through March 2019.United States Botanic Garden100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001Thankfully for the public, the US Botanic Gardens are funded for the year so it’s business as usual for the space which is normally open 7 days a week.  If you are looking for something for the kids try the Garden’s Night Adventure at the US Gardens. This event is intended for children between 9-12 years of age. You can take flashlight tours and do science experiments.Politics and ProseThankfully not run by the government, Politics and Prose has a few locations and several events and book signings to keep you and your children occupied. There are some costs associated with the events, however there is no cost to browse.Phillips Collection1600 21st Street NW Washington DCThough it is a private museum this space offers a suggested donation admission Tuesday – Friday. The Museum has a variety of exhibitions on display as well as tours available. Currently on display is Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series. The exhibit is a collection of 60 painting, showcasing the migration of African Americans from the south to Northern states. Lawrence was one of the first Black artists to be displayed in a major gallery in New York.last_img read more

Princess Cruises private island completes renos adds WiFi

first_img Friday, February 16, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> SANTA CLARITA — Princess Cruises’ exclusive island destination, Princess Cays, has gotten an upgrade, complete with a new marina, more shore excursions and MedallionNet Wi-Fi, making it the only cruise industry private island to offer connectivity ashore.Ranked among the ‘Top Cruise Line Private Island Destinations’ by Cruise Critic for 2017, the island is located on the southern tip of Eleuthera in the outer Bahamas and has been welcoming guests since 1992. It’s situated on approximately 40 acres and is a featured call on Princess’ Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.“For more than 25 years, Princess guests have lauded Princess Cays as one of their favourite spots on their Caribbean cruise,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “With new and improved island offerings and the addition of MedallionNet Wi-Fi ashore, guests enjoy a memorable beach experience and can easily share their adventures with friends and family back home, or stream their favourite show or sports event while relaxing beachside.”More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAdditional enhancements include:Shore excursions: A new ‘Lagoon Clear-Bottom Kayaking Adventure’ was introduced on Feb. 17 as a guided paddle through the island’s lagoon. Plus, the new ‘Stingray Beach Encounter’ allows guests to feed, touch and hold live stingrays.Shopping: Guests can visit the new nautical-themed and ‘pick-a-pearl’ jewelry section within the Bahama Treasure store.Marina: The newly completed marina expansion includes a new channel and turning basin depth, which can accommodate larger tenders and smoother disembarkation and embarkation of guests.Guest experience: There’s a new information booth with shaded waiting lounge area, as well as a new public announcement and music system. Extensive landscaping has been done in all guest areas, including newly planted palm trees.For more information go to princess.com. Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Princess Cruises’ private island completes renos, adds Wi-Fi Share Tags: Princess Cruiseslast_img read more