first_imgGlenties Wind Farm Information Group, GWiG, has welcomed the recent statement by Independent General Election candidate, Niamh Kennedy to make the issues around wind farms and their further development in the county a primary focus of her campaign.The group has issued the following statement following Cllr Kennedy’s decision.“Ms. Kennedy makes reference in her statement to the feedback she received from members of the public in several posts on the issue on her Facebook page. “She has further undertaken to represent whatever issues are important to the people of the county. GWiG are delighted with the position taken by Ms. Kennedy in bringing forward to the debate on election issues in the county, the very contentious issue of wind farms. This is an important issue, for the whole County, and it is a debate that we must have.“The lack of informed understanding around the level and the range of impacts associated with unrestrained development of wind farms in the county is something that needs to be addressed urgently. Community groups in Glenties, Ardara, Killygordon & the Finn Valley, Laghey, Inishowen and many other places are tired out fighting repeat applications.“We are at one with Cllr Kennedy when she says “It’s time to say enough” and goes on to ponder the impacts of wind turbines. Tellingly she also points to the huge number of wind farms in this County and muse “One can only ask why?”“The concerns around zoning for wind farms in the county and how these were introduced is a question that needs answers. The RTE investigates programme recently heightened these concerns. That a councillor in the county was allegedly offering to fix zoning to facilitate a wind farm company highlights how those with money and influence can arrange to have policy amended to suit their own selfish needs. “Most particularly it is in direct contrast to how Councillors last year, after much debate, eventually voted to introduce modest changes to the County Development Plan with respect to wind turbines. It would have put turbines ten times their tip height away from homes and marked the six fresh water pearl mussel rivers in the County as unfavourable for wind farming. Lastly Cllrs rejected a motion brought forward by one of their members to allow turbines much closer to Glenveagh National Park. Subsequently Minister Alan Kelly’s overturned the decision of DCC but that will, on 22 January, be subjected to a High Court judicial review being taken by Cllr John Campbell.“There has been no account taken of how such large scale industrial developments impact on the host communities. The first time most people realise the significance of zoning and planning policy is when a wind farm application is made in their area. By then it is usually already too late, suddenly people realise that impacts of noise, shadow flicker and loss of amenities are not weighted in the criteria set out for assessment of such applications.“The most common refrain: people don’t matter – it looks like they do to Cllr Kennedy. In taking this courageous position, Ms. Kennedy has ensured that the blight of turbines will now feature in the general election campaign and we applaud her for doing so.”GLENTIES WIND FARM INFO GROUP BACK CLLR KENNEDY’S STANCE was last modified: January 3rd, 2016 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) Tags:donegalGlentiesNiamh Kennedywind farmlast_img read more

Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney out vs. Philadelphia

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!PHILADELPHIA — Amid the Warriors’ quest to minimize any ailments or fatigue their core players toward the end of the regular season, both Klay Thompson (right knee soreness) and Kevon Looney (right pelvic soreness) will sit out when the Warriors (43-19) visit the Philadelphia 76ers (40-22) in a nationally televised game on Saturday.Warriors coach Steve Kerr …last_img

Late goals sink exhausted Sharks in loss to Maple Leafs

first_imgTORONTO — Playing their third game in four nights and once again having to kill one penalty after another, the Sharks simply had nothing left for the third period of Friday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.The Sharks allowed three goals in the final 20 minutes, including the game-winner to Morgan Rielly with 5:29 left in regulation time in a 4-1 loss at Scotiabank Arena, putting a damper on Patrick Marleau’s return to Toronto in what was his 1,500th NHL game in a San Jose uniform.Marti …last_img

Darwin Dethroned by Geologist

first_imgGradual evolution seems synonymous with Charles Darwin, but a geologist at New York University disagrees.  According to an article on PhysOrg, Michael Rampino thinks Patrick Matthew deserves the credit for a different, more realistic view of evolution – a catastrophist view:“Matthew discovered and clearly stated the idea of natural selection, applied it to the origin of species, and placed it in the context of a geologic record marked by catastrophic mass extinctions followed by relatively rapid adaptations,” says Rampino, whose research on catastrophic events includes studies on volcano eruptions and asteroid impacts.  “In light of the recent acceptance of the importance of catastrophic mass extinctions in the history of life, it may be time to reconsider the evolutionary views of Patrick Matthew as much more in line with present ideas regarding biological evolution than the Darwin view.”By emphasizing catastrophic events, Rampino is also discrediting one of Darwin’s best friends – Charles Lyell, the uniformitarian geologist.  Rampino thinks Patrick Matthew was far ahead of its time but escaped the notice of the scientific community of the day.This is a startling announcement that could put Rampino in grave danger.  It’s not that he or Patrick Matthew have anything worthwhile to contribute to the understanding of how we got here.  Good grief, catastrophes do not manufacture wings and eyes and brains, or else they would spontaneously emerge on Mars and Titan.  What is startling is that Rampino would put his reputation and livelihood at stake.  Doesn’t he know the penalty for failing to pay homage to Charles Darwin?  PaV on Uncommon Descent fears, since not even Stephen Jay Gould could survive scorn with his catastrophist theory of punctuated equilibria, even though being an ardent evolutionist, that Rampino will be “gobbled up by the Darwinian thought police” in short order for giving aid and comfort to the enemy.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Condolences for Kabul victims’ families

first_img19 September 2012President Jacob Zuma has conveyed his condolences to the families of the eight South Africans killed in a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Tuesday.“On behalf of the government and the people of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma wishes to express his heartfelt and sincere condolences to the families, friends and communities of the eight South Africans who were victims of a suicide attack,” the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said in a statement.Zuma, who was in Brussels, Belgium for the 5th South Africa-European Union Summit when the attack took place, said he was “deeply saddened by the deaths of the South Africans, as well as the other lives that were lost during this tragic incident.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased.”A suicide bomber reportedly rammed her explosive-laden vehicle into a minibus carrying the eight, who were working for a local company, killing them along with a local driver.Three passers-by were also killed and two security officials were injured by the bombing that took place along the main road, leading to the airport in Kabul’s sub-district 15.Hizb-i-Islami, the second largest insurgent group in Afghanistan, has claimed responsibility for the attack.A spokesperson for the group told local media via phone that a woman suicide bomber of the group had carried out the attack in retaliation for an anti-Islam film made privately in the US and posted on the internet last week.The Department of International Relations said it was in possession of the list of names of the deceased, and that efforts to confirm their identities as well as to contact their next-of-kin were under way.“Government efforts to confirm their identities and to contact their next-of-kin are continuing, and families are receiving support through the consular,” the department said.Meanwhile, US Ambassador to South Africa Donald Gips has also offered condolences to the families of the South Africans who were killed.“As we mourn the death of colleagues at the US Consulate in Benghazi, we offer our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the South Africans who lost their lives in Kabul today,” Gips in a statement on Tuesday.“As [US Secretary of State, Hillary] Clinton has said, there is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.”Source: read more

Heat-Pump Clothes Dryers

first_imgHow heat-pump clothes dryers workA traditional dryer works by heating air, blowing it into the drum chamber (where it absorbs moisture from the clothes), and then exhausting the now moisture-laden hot air out of the dryer and out of the house.A condensing dryer, on the other hand, works by heating air, blowing it into the drum chamber and then pulling that warm moist air from the drum and cooling it to the point that the moisture condenses and drips into a collection tray. The cool dry air is then heated and recirculated back into the drum where it again picks up moisture and the cycle continues.The tricky thing with a condensing dryer is how to cool the air being pulled from the drum. Some condensing dryers use a metal plate that is air-cooled and some use a scheme that requires a steady supply of cold water. Neither of these systems results in a dryer that is any more energy-efficient than a traditional dryer, and the appliances are much slower. The market for condensing dryers has typically been for apartment buildings where running an exhaust vent isn’t feasible.A heat-pump dryer is a kind of condensing dryer. Like pretty much every heat pump device, the heat pump in a heat pump clothes dryer has a cold coil and a hot coil. This works out perfectly for a condensing dryer as the cold coil can be used to cool the warm moist air coming from the drum (and to provide a condensing surface for the moisture in the air) and the hot coil can be used to heat the air before sending it back.Heat pump clothes dryers use 40% to 50% as much electricity as a traditional electric dryer and dry clothes much faster than condensing dryers that don’t use heat pumps, while still being slower than a conventional gas or electric dryer. For a family that does five five loads of drying a week, that’s a savings of $1.90 per week during the winter and $1.00 per week during the summer for a heat-pump dryer vs. a traditional electric. Averaged out that comes to a savings of about $75 per year, which would bring the total lifetime cost of a heat pump dryer much closer to the cost of a traditional dryer. But unless you live in a very cold climate or dry an excessive amount of laundry, a heat-pump dryer, at today’s prices, is unlikely to save you a lot of money. If prices come down, or if the price of energy goes up, that could change.While the cost may or may not be an issue, one great feature of this dryer that could turn it into a mainstream product is how much gentler it is on your clothes. Because it’s not using heat alone to dry the clothes, it doesn’t heat the air as much as a traditional dryer. Not only will clothes last longer but it might make it possible to dry clothes that you would otherwise need to hang dry. RELATED ARTICLES Alternatives to Clothes DryersEnergy-Saving Clothes Dryers Hit U.S. MarketsDrying Clothes With Less EnergyEnergy Star Program to Include Clothes DryersAll About Washing Machines Joe Rice is a retired software engineer who recently moved into his energy-efficient house in eastern Massachusetts. His blog about the construction and performance of the house is called Pretty Good Lake House. Heat pump electric dryer17¢33¢ The real downside to the dryer is the cost. I got it from A. J. Madison for $1,399 with free shipping. That’s a lot for a dryer. Of course, I’ll save money every time I run a load, at least, compared to a traditional dryer, right? To figure out how much I created a spreadsheet. It takes into account the amount of energy each dryer requires to run, the amount of energy a minisplit heating system would use to heat/cool the makeup air (for a venting dryer) and the fact that all of the energy used to run a heat-pump dryer stays in the house. This latter effect is a significant savings in the heating season and a significant cost in the cooling season.According to these calculations, and based on prices for electricity and gas in Massachusetts, the costs per load are: Whirlpool announced it back in July; I was able to order it in October; and it wasn’t delivered until January 21st — but I now own a real live, made for the U.S. market, heat-pump clothes dryer. It’s officially the Whirlpool HybridCare Duet Dryer with Heat Pump Technology.Heat-pump clothes dryers have been available for many years in Europe, but this dryer and another recently announced model from LG are the first to hit the U.S. market. I chose the Whirlpool over the LG primarily because the LG, for some reason, still has a vent to the outdoors. One of the major advantages of incorporating a heat pump into a clothes dryer is that the dryer can be ventless. For a tight building enclosure that means one fewer penetration to be sealed. It also means that the dryer isn’t taking conditioned air from the living space and venting it to the outdoors.The dryer (see Image #1, above) looks pretty much like every other clothes dryer, doesn’t it? From this angle, the only difference you can really see between a standard dryer and this dryer is the panel at the bottom right which open to allow access to the secondary lint filter. Traditional gas dryer39¢38¢ But look at the washing machine outlet box at left. The two steel-braided hoses and the large black drain hose come from the washing machine. But that small copper tube attached to the small black hose is the drain from the dryer.I ran a medium-large load using the most efficient cycle and, well, it worked. It didn’t seem to take terribly long (although I didn’t time it) and the clothes came out not just dry but quite soft and with fewer wrinkles than the laundry from the last dryer I owned. In fact, the towels came out positively luxuriously soft. It is a bit louder than your typical dryer, though — something to keep in mind if your dryer isn’t located in an acoustically isolated area of your house. Winter Summer Traditional electric dryer55¢53¢last_img read more

Video Tutorial: 5 Ways to Use Markers in Premiere Pro

first_imgMake your video editing projects infinitely more manageable by utilizing markers in Premiere Pro. Here’s how to go about it.Markers in Premiere Pro are among the best tools available for video editors working in Adobe’s NLE. Versatile, easy to use, and exceptionally handy, markers are perfect for workflow optimization. In the video tutorial below, we’ll look at five ways to incorporate them today. (If you’re more of a reader, we’ve broken down the points after the clip.) 1. LabelUtilize both timeline and clip markers to add color, text, and descriptions to your timeline. Labeling with markers helps you quickly visualize what’s going on throughout the edit. It is especially useful if you’re passing along the project to another editor. A person taking over your edit can quickly see what’s going on with proper labeling throughout the timeline. You can even give them specific instructions through marker titles and descriptions.   2. NavigateQuickly make your way around the timeline by using the Markers Panel. To jump between markers, select a marker in the Markers Panel and press the up and down arrow keys. The playhead will move on the timeline to the selected markers. You can specify if you want to show all clip markers or just the timeline markers by making adjustments in the Markers Panel drop-down menu.3. Sort and FilterIf you use color schemes while adding markers throughout your timeline, you can quickly sort and filter your markers by color in the Markers Panel. You can use colors to mark good b-roll takes or interview sound bites and then quickly sort, filter, and jump between good selects all on one timeline in the Markers Panel.4. SynchronizeIf you’re having problems syncing up audio and video, try using markers. If you have audio and video where an interviewee clapped, simply add a marker to the audio hit and the visual clap. Then Synchronize with clip markers.5. Edit to the BeatAdding markers to a music track can help you quickly edit your video to the beat. To add markers, simply select the music track, play it back, and add markers on the fly by pressing the M key. I usually tap my foot or count out loud to add markers at distinct intervals. Once I have markers on my music track, I can quickly edit video to the beat by snapping my In and Out points to the audio markers. I can also match action by adding another marker at the point of action on the video clip and then snapping that to a marker in the music track.How do you use markers in your Premiere Pro workflow? Share your tips in the comments below.last_img read more