Have you seen Scruffy?

first_imgScruffy disappeared from his home last night around 11pm from Ard O Donnell in Letterkenny. He’s just over a year and a half old with a new army green coloured collar.His owner Emma Hayley is very worried, saying; “He’s a house cat who’s never been out of the house before so I’m really worried about him. I haven’t even had the chance to put our address on the collar yet.” “Anyone in the Letterkenny area who could have spotted him or has found him please contact me and let me know, I just want him home.”If you have seen Scruffy please don’t hesitate to contact Emma on Facebook, or alternatively you can contact Donegal Daily on Facebook or email [email protected] you seen Scruffy? was last modified: September 19th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:found catletterkennymissing catscruffylast_img read more

U.S. Wind Energy Prices Hit an All-Time Low

first_imgDeclining costs for utility-scale wind turbines are one factor that has helped drive the price of wind-generated electricity to its lowest point ever, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory says in its annual Wind Technologies Report.The report said that utility purchasers were offered an average price of less than 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour in contract negotiations in 2014, a year in which wind installations reached 4.9 gigawatts of new capacity. New projects were valued at a total of $8.3 billion.“Wind energy prices — particularly in the central United States — have hit new lows, with utilities selecting wind as the low-cost option,” Berkeley Lab Senior Scientist Ryan Wiser said in a written statement. “Moreover, enabled by technology advancements, wind projects are economically viable in a growing number of locations throughout the U.S.”Wind energy has equaled 33% of all new energy additions in the U.S. since 2007, and now meets almost 5% of the country’s total electricity demand, the report says. In nine states, wind accounts for more than 12% of total generation; in three states it’s more than 20% of demand. Better turbines, better pricingThe U.S. Department of Energy said there were several key findings:Wind turbines are getting bigger and more powerful. The average capacity of wind turbines has increased by 172% since 1998-1999, to 1.9 megawatts, and the average turbine hub height has gone to 83 meters (272 feet), an increase of 48%. The average rotor-tip diameter is now 99 meters (325 feet), more than double what it was just six years ago. These increases have allowed developers to build projects economically on sites with lower wind speeds.Wind turbines cost less than they used to. Prices for turbines have fallen by as much as 40% from their peak in 2008, and that means lower costs for wind farms. Projects constructed in 2014 had an average installed cost of $1,710/kW, a decline of nearly $600/kW from their peaks in 2009 and 2010.Wind energy is more competitive in cost. With prices falling for turbines and wind installations, the average levelized long-term costs of the power they generate has come down, too. Prices dropped to an average of 2.35 cents/kWh in power sales agreements signed in 2014. That’s the lowest it’s ever been, but the report notes that’s based on a sample of projects chiefly in the central part of the country where costs are less (see the chart below). Wind energy contracts signed in 2014 also “compare very favorably” to cost projections for gas-fired plants extending through 2040.Wind keeps a lot of people employed. Jobs in the wind sector increased sharply between 2013 and 2014, from 50,500 to 73,000, while the number of companies that supply turbines also has reversed years of declines and also is on the rise. U.S. manufacturers produced 90% of the nacelle assemblies (the box-like structure that sits on top of the tower), between 70% and 80% of the towers and as much as 65% of the blades and hubs. But only about 20% of the components inside the nacelle were manufactured in the U.S. Exports of wind-power components hit $488 million in 2014, up from just $16 million in 2007.Uncertainty lies ahead. “Far more” domestic manufacturing facilities closed their doors in 2014 than opened. An uncertain domestic market because of changes in U.S. tax law after 2016 has made some manufacturers uneasy and hesitant to commit long-term resources to the U.S. market.last_img read more

Color Grading Tips: The Ins and Outs of Correcting for a Pink Sky

first_imgThere are many elements that you can change in post-production with a little forethought. In this case, the color of the sky.A pink sky has become a predominant feature in many music videos. Is it a symbol of teenage freedom, late evening adventures, innocence of youth? I’m sure there are experts out there who could spend hours decoding the meaning and popularity behind the rise of pink skies in rap and alternative music videos. But perhaps it just comes down to Instagram influencers. Who knows?Whatever the case, there’s no denying that a pink sky looks beautiful. However, due to the circumstances of capturing one, since setting up at golden hour doesn’t exactly guarantee that the sky will turn pink, many filmmakers will opt to recreate a pink sky digitally. Before continuing, if you were wondering why sometimes the sky turns red, orange, or pink at sunset, here’s a snippet from my Golden Hour tutorial.When the sun is high in the sky from midday to late afternoon, there is very little interference from our atmosphere; the light is bright and the shadows are harsh. However, just after sunset or just before sunrise, the sun is just about level to the horizon, and the light has to travel through many miles of dense atmosphere before illuminating what we can see, which decreases the intensity of direct sunlight. The blue light emitting from the sun is caught up in the atmosphere leaving more red, yellow and orange to pass through, which gives the sun a nice warm golden glow. Very simply, golden hour is a short period just after sunrise and just before sunset.This article isn’t necessarily a tutorial because, quite frankly, all you do is push the highlights slightly into the magenta region, but there are a few factors to consider. As with converting day-for-night, there are requirements to help you pull off the grade, and this is what I’ll be covering.A Few Things First1. You still need to still film at Golden Hour.The scattering of the light will leave you with either a golden sky or a desaturated blue sky. Converting a saturated blue to pink will leave you with a very stylized result.For example, in the following music video for “Bounce Back” by Big Sean, the grade is very stylized.Based on the content of the music video, it’s evident that the filmmakers and the artist want you to notice the colors, as the video itself is very abstract. But we can see from the shots that they recorded a blue sky, and the pink grade appears unnatural. Again, in the context of this specific music video, it works, as that’s the intended result. But when aiming for a natural style, you want to film during the late evening.2. You want to use soft light if filming with actors.Subconsciously, we link a pink sky to a setting sun, which gives off soft light, and shadows are stretched. If your shot has a high contrast ratio, the pink sky may look slightly out of place. An excellent example of this is in Jaden Smith’s music video for “Icon.”You can see the pink sky isn’t natural as there’s some color bleed in Jaden’s jewelry — I had to zoom in 200 percent to spot this — but the look is a lot more believable. A big part of this is that the filmmakers shot the video in the evening with soft light, and I can’t be certain, but I would even go so far as to guess that they shot this with natural evening light, due to the lack of light hotspots in the reflection of the car and Smith’s jewelry.3. Not everything needs the pink cast.Yes, there should be a subtle pink cast across all highlights, but you don’t want the same intensity as the correction for the sky. Using the three tips above, we’ll walk through the steps of converting an evening sky into a pink sky. This is my shot; it’s of a musician climbing over a country fence, and for this specific shot, we’re focusing on the clouds in the background and dropping the musician out of focus.First, we’re going to add a second node along with a layer node. Select “node 01,” and for the time being, disable it (Ctrl+D). Your node tree should look like this. (Node 01 is for any base corrections I need to make after I have graded the sky.)On node 02, we’ll introduce our pink sky. There are numerous ways you can do this and achieve similar results. You could ramp the magenta tint up to 100, apply a gradient to create a CSI Miami-inspired gradient sky, use the Hue vs. Hue curve, and so on. They will all yield similar results, but we’re just going to push the gain/highlights color wheel toward magenta.The further you drive toward the edge of the color circle, the more defined the effect will be. But like a lot of things, less is more. And since I followed tips 1 and 2, introducing magenta into the highlights will, for the most part, only affect the areas of the image I want to adjust.The sky looks great; we have a warm fall-off onto the grass, which is what you would expect with a Golden Hour cast. However, the musician’s white shirt looks like it has gone through the washing machine with a red sock.We would expect his skin tones to become warmer and pinker, but we don’t want his top to become this colorized. To fix this, I will drop to the node underneath (04), and using the Custom Power Window Stencil, I’m going to draw around the short and give it a softness of 3.5. Of course, since the person in the frame is moving, I would then need to track this window too.Then, using the gain wheel, I’m going to introduce the smallest amount of magenta, just so the vest isn’t wholly bypassing the new natural light.This is the before:And this is the after:If necessary, you could also mask the grass and reduce the tint:However, I do like the overall pinkness from the first finished grade, but ultimately these creative choices would be up to you.Are you an Adobe Premiere Pro CC user? Then filmmaker and YouTuber Justin Odisho has you covered with a similar tutorial for that platform. Cover image via wayfarerlife.Looking for more on color grading? Check out these articles.Color Grading: Working with the Hue vs. Curves in DaVinci ResolveQuick Tip: Adjust the Color of Water in After EffectsVideo Editing Techniques for Color Correcting Skin TonesWhy Do Filmmakers Color Grade Moonlight to Be Blue?Color Grading: How to Change the Seasons in Premiere Prolast_img read more

Philadelphians take to the streets to celebrate Super Bowl

first_imgRead Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH It was time for a celebration 58 years in the making.On Sunday evening, just as Nick Foles led the Philadelphia Eagles to a surprise Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots in Minneapolis, the scene more than 1,000 miles away in Philly was jubilation and pandemonium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFireworks were set off. Car horns blared. And Philadelphians young and old descended on Broad Street, the iconic thoroughfare that will soon host a parade to commemorate the city’s first major pro sports championship since the Phillies won the 2008 World Series. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC A Philadelphia Eagles fan celebrates the team’s victory in the NFL Super Bowl 52 between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in downtown Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The rain and hail that pelted Philadelphia for much of the day dissipated just as people across the city spilled out of sports bars, apartments and houses.They all had one destination: Broad Street.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Binibining Pilipinas winners, groups, celebrate World Smile Day with children PLAY LIST 01:16Binibining Pilipinas winners, groups, celebrate World Smile Day with children01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum Patriots defense pushed around in Super Bowl loss to Eagles View commentslast_img read more

Fearless Prithvi Shaw reminds Courtney Walsh of Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgPrithvi Shaw lived up to the hype around him leading up to the Test match with a fantastic 134 off 154 balls as India dominated proceedings on Day 1 of the Rajkot Test versus West Indies.The moment it was announced that the 18-year-old will make his Test debut on Thursday, everyone from the media to the social media was abuzz with Shaw and how he has come through so far in his short cricketing career.And on Thursday, when the moment came, he showed why he deserved all the attention he was getting.Watch: Sunil Gavaskar on Prithvi ShawFrom back-foot punches to cover-drives, Shaw played every shot in his repertoire to woo the audience and show everyone around the world, why he is compared to Sachin Tendulkar on a regular basis.Also Read – Prithvi Shaw slams debut Test hundred: A look at all 15 debut centurions for IndiaAnother legend of the game threw his weight behind the astounding resemblance between Shaw and two of Mumbai’s and India’s finest batsmen ever.West Indies legend Courtney Walsh lauded the 18-year-old for his fearless brand of cricket and how he played his innings without being bogged down under pressure.Also Read – Prithvi Shaw: 1st man to hit hundreds on Ranji, Duleep Trophy and Test debut”I am sure the West Indies would be happy to see the back of him, but he played a tremendous innings, that knock was special. It reminded me of a few other Indian guys I have seen like Sunil [Gavaskar] and Sachin [Tendulkar] when they were young, probably because of his height and stature. He’s down there and he plays the cut shots pretty well,” Walsh told on ESPNCricinfo on Thursday.advertisementAlso Read – This one is for my dad: Prithvi Shaw dedicates debut hundred to his hero”Shaw has got good potential. He has shown that he is not afraid of playing his shots or his natural game which is good to see. You want to see more of that. Once he got off the mark, he felt comfortable and that he belonged to Test cricket. He showed that composure. He played some wonderful shots. He played and missed a couple of times, you going to get that, but at the end of the day, I think it was an innings he was very satisfied with,” Walsh added.Twitter applauds, @PrithviShaw reacts!Watch the youngster react to tweets from the legends of the game – by @28anandFull video https://t.co/3FHoYbabB6 pic.twitter.com/DFkU8D1DR8BCCI (@BCCI) October 4, 2018Not only Walsh, Tendulkar and Gavaskar also praised the youngster for his extremely impressive show at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Thursday.”Lovely to see such an attacking knock in your first innings, Prithvi Shaw! Continue batting fearlessly,” Tendulkar tweeted.Lovely to see such an attacking knock in your first innings, @prithvishaw! Continue batting fearlessly. #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/IIM2IifRAdSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 4, 2018″He (Shaw) showed he belonged to the Test level and the West Indies bowlers gave him some loose deliveries to get him going. It was a very good pitch to bat on but having said that, you still have to get runs and he did that in style,” Gavaskar told India Today.”His confidence level is very high. Rahul was at the other end… he had got a hundred in his previous Test at The Oval but Shaw took strike. He did not know how the pitch would behave or see how the bowlers were bowling. His confidence stood out,” Gavaskar added.Team India coach Ravi Shastri, who also happens to be from Mumbai, lauded the youngster for his fantastic show on his debut game.”Well played young man @PrithviShaw for a free and fearless performance on debut. A bit of Viru and the Master there,” Shastri tweeted.Take a bow, @PrithviShaw #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/3ttCamlAclBCCI (@BCCI) October 4, 2018Shaw’s attacking display earned plaudits from everyone and definitely put him right up there in the probables for the four-match Test series against Australia, which starts on December 6 at Adelaide.The immediate challenge for the young man however, will be to pile on as many runs in as many opportunity he gets against a West Indies team that struggled to hurt the Indian batsman after the initial half hour of play on the first day of the series opener.last_img read more