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first_imgExperienced campaigner Richard ‘Spoon’ McCallum has retired as goalkeeper of Red Stripe Premier League club Waterhouse FC. He is now acting general secretary at the Drewsland-based club. “I have retired because of personal reasons, to pursue a bachelors degree in production and operation,” said McCallum, who stood between the sticks at Waterhouse for 12 years, during an interview with The Gleaner yesterday. “The club was notified two months ago, and it is effective as at December 31, 2015,” he added. McCallum was approached to take up a position as general secretary, at the club because Felix Porter has vacated the post due to health reasons. “The club (Waterhouse) approached me to be acting general secretary, and I duly accepted the post,” McCallum informed. He said the players in the senior team at the club expressed regrets with him leaving at this time. “I spoke to the players, and some have expressed regrets and want me to delay the decision, but I have to think about life after football. I can’t continue to focus on goalkeeping and school at the same time,” McCallum said. McCallum also represented Invaders FC for one year and Seba (now Montego Bay United) for three years, before journeying from St James to St Andrew. He made his international debut for Jamaica in 2006, and also represented the country at the Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 levels.last_img read more

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first_imgA WELL-KNOWN Donegal company is supporting the call for funding to be restored to a programme which helps get unemployed people back into work.Hugh & Grace Ann Downey of Sharp Design are currently work-placing a group of 15 unemployed highly qualified design, multi media & marketing graduates who for most of them have spent the last 1-2 years trying to enter the work place.Said Grace Ann Downey: “The idea came about to approach ‘Begin Again’ after years of frustration on our behalf interviewing designers & web designers. “At interview stage we can immediately identify if they are work ready & unfortunately we have been very unfortunate in getting quality and creative work ready designers.“We identified that there was still a huge gap between graduating from university or college and entering the workplace.“We designed a smart working module that we thought would bridge this gap and we approached ICBE Begin Again, a labour market activation programme funded through the Department of Education & Skills.“Over the past six months the programme has registered over a thousand job-seekers and potential employers. A careful matching process has enabled over 300 work-placements to be established. “Together with intensive and relevant training & mentoring, this has facilitated the return to employment of a large proportion of participants. Of 77% of people who have completed the training and directed work placement to date, 60% have so far been returned to work, commenced self-employment or commenced a career change course of study.”A number of variations of the programme are taking place in the North West involving some 90 participants. But as we revealed on Tuesday, funding has been cut. Director John Buckley (pictured) said he was ‘gutted’.This includes general groups as well as specialised cohorts (GAA Youth Coaches, Forestry Trainees and a Creative Design, Web, Multi Media & E-Marketing Group of Internships).Hugh added: “The programme consists of 12 weeks work placement in a business environment. Their social welfare was not affected during these weeks. They attended positivity & self confidence building training days. They were coached on interview skills, portfolio presentation, communication & commercial sales training on being employed or being self employed.“At the end of our particular programme they received accredited certification in leadership (Fetac Level 5) a European Accredited Certification in Leadership, a complete new CV with work experience and last but not least the confidence to get up & go!” BEGIN AGAIN FUNDING OUTRAGE: DONEGAL COMPANY SAYS SCHEME IS ‘BEST EVER’ was last modified: February 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

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first_imgLetterkenny will once again wow the rest of the country when the all new Voodoo lounge and Tessie’s Bar opens its doors this Friday evening 8th March from 6pm.An extensive renovation has seen the whole venue stripped back to the bare walls and completely transformed into something that wouldn’t feel out of place in the luxurious surroundings of Dubai or the entertainment capital of Las Vegas.No expense has been spared, extravagance has been promised – and it’s extravagance in abundance customers will definitely get. All New Voodoo Lounge & Tessie’s Bar Re Opening This Friday 8th March 6pmWayne Martin Design, the design company behind this very unique space, wanted to bring together all the aspects needed to create the perfect hospitality package under one roof, and it has certainly paid off.Certain key factors have been kept, the emphasis on quality entertainment remains firmly intact.A brand new acoustically designed stage has been created in an area that will maximize the customer experience, plus there a state of art Harmonic Design Sound System and a lighting concept that will again leave you speechless – live music will be taken to a whole new level.Not one, but two purposely built and meticulously designed cocktail bars will offer a huge range of fresh, handmade craft cocktails put together by nationally trained mixologists, there is something to match every taste on offer. All New Voodoo Lounge & Tessie’s Bar Re Opening This Friday 8th March 6pmThe injection of sport is a whole new angle for Voodoo, not previously known for its sports viewing. This has been completely flipped on its head with the investment of 3 state of the art 85in HD4k televisions and a total of 11 screens in total. Sport has now become extremely serious at Voodoo.All live sporting events will be shown on some of the largest screens in Donegal. With cutting edge technology and a red hot atmosphere, Voodoo lounge will become the top spot to experience all live sporting events.All New Voodoo Lounge & Tessie’s Bar Re Opening This Friday 8th March 6pmDue to the overwhelming success of House Wine and Tap Room’s gourmet rustic stone baked pizza service, the all-new Voodoo lounge will be providing a large range of gourmet pizzas throughout the evening. These can be sampled 7 days per week – Keep an eye out for the all new party package pizza deals and match day meal deals, guaranteed to not only fill you also impress you.No stone has been left unturned within this extra special venue, the attention to detail is breathtaking – The new Voodoo Lounge and Tessie’s Bar has been said to be a true testament to the already mind blowing standard of hospitality offered in Letterkenny.Yet again Letterkenny has raised the bar to a whole new level. All New Voodoo Lounge & Tessie’s Bar Re Opening This Friday 8th March 6pmVoodoo Lounge opens up this Friday evening from 7pm, we are all formally invited to experience the next chapter in entertainment, nightlife and luxury. Want to win a €50 voucher for Voodoo Venue? Click here to enter our Donegal Daily Facebook giveaway: www.facebook.com/donegaldailyFirst Look: See inside new Voodoo Lounge re-opening this Friday was last modified: March 7th, 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:reopeningtessie’s barVOODOOlast_img read more

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first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. — The game lived up to the hype.Two Stanley Cup favorites, the Sharks (5-3-1) and the Nashville Predators (7-2), slugging it out for 60 minutes in a see-saw game decided in the late stages of the third period.With the likes of Erik Karlsson, P.K. Subban and Brent Burns on the ice, Brenden Dillon scored the pivotal goal, going end-to-end on the penalty kill, triggering flashbacks of another No. 4 — Bobby Orr — as he jumpstarted the Sharks come-from-behind victory.Here’s what …last_img

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first_img(Visited 113 times, 1 visits today)Facebook Researchers just published findings on a decade-long study of one of the biggest dinosaur trackways on earth, located on the west coast of Australia.The BBC News calls it “Australia’s ‘Jurassic Park.’” First brought to the attention of scientists in 2008 by local aboriginal tribespeople who have known about them for centuries, the Kimberley track site covers some 80 kilometers of coastline along northwest Australia, and includes thousands of tracks from 21 species of dinosaurs. These include stegosaurs (never before seen in Australia) and sauropods with tracks 1.5 meters long—big enough for a man to recline in (see the photo in the article). Lead researcher Steven Salisbury says on Australia’s SBS news site,“There were five different types of predatory dinosaur tracks, at least six types of tracks from long-necked herbivorous sauropods, four types of tracks from two-legged herbivorous ornithopods, and six types of tracks from armoured dinosaurs.”Most of Australia’s dinosaur fossils have previously come from the eastern side of the vast country.The articles claim that dinosaurs roamed this area for over 10 million Darwin Years, but something’s wrong with this picture. The tracks are right on the coastline, often covered up at high tide. Photos show that many of them have crisp, sharp edges. It seems inconceivable that they could look so fresh after so much time passed. Indeed, Tas Walker, associated with Creation Ministries International, pointed out numerous problems with the evolutionary slow-and-gradual picture in his October 2012 CMI article on the tracks:One clue that we are looking at an unprecedented geological catastrophe is the enormous extent of the sedimentary deposits. Host Mark Horstman explains that the footprints are preserved in the Broome Sandstone, which extends for 200 km along the coastline and is up to 280 metres thick. He says, “At the time this was a vast river plain of muddy swamps and sandbars.” Actually, there was not a lot of mud. Mostly it was fine to very coarse sand with areas of gravel. The Broome Sandstone is known to cover the whole of the Dampier Peninsula. A river plain of such an enormous extent is monstrous compared with the rivers on the earth today. The Broome Sandstone points to an exceptionally large depositional system.To Walker, the evidence points to dinosaurs running to escape rising flood waters. And this was no ordinary flood; as he describes, the extent of the trackway deposits cannot accommodate a slow, gradual deposition over millions of years. So why wouldn’t scientists follow the evidence where it clearly leads?There are so many clues in the rocks at that point to the catastrophe of Noah’s Flood, yet Steve Salisbury and his team did not make the connection. They have been trained for years to think in one particular way, and Noah’s Flood is not on their radar. Worse still, if they ever did seriously float that possibility they would almost certainly lose their jobs (see Expelled).Salisbury’s results are published as the 2016 Memoir of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. The open-access paper includes a comparison with other major dinosaur trackways around the world:Globally, there is also no other discrete dinosaurian ichnofauna pertaining to a single geological formation that contains as many track types as the Broome Sandstone in the Yanijarri–Lurujarri section of the Dampier Peninsula. Although there are many areas that contain an abundance of tracks and trackways, as best as we have been able to ascertain, none appears to be equal to the Broome Sandstone in terms of the overall diversity of track types that are represented.The paper makes no mention of evolution, but neither does it mention how the tracks were buried (which must have happened quickly, otherwise they would have degraded). Were these tracks made casually along a broad river plain? Remarkably, the sandstone deposit contains no vertebrate fossils—only some tracks left by some of the largest land vertebrates that ever lived. Salisbury’s team believes the tracks are largely ‘coeval’ (i.e., deposited around the same general time). It would seem challenging to incorporate this evidence into Darwin’s lazy, slow-and-gradual scheme of things.Update 3/29/17: In other dinosaur news, Science Daily reports that assumptions about how to tell male/female differences in dinosaur bones has been called into question. And in a feature about ichthyosaurs, Nature admits there are no fossil ancestors of these large, successful marine reptiles that “terrorized the ancient seas.” Whatever it was, it had to be a land animal in the evolutionary view. “They totally changed their bodies, biologies and behaviours in order to live in the water,” remarked Stephen Brusatte, which is exactly the problem with whale evolution, too.Breathes there an evolutionist who can look at evidence like this with an open mind, and conclude that there is something big-league wrong with the consensus view of earth history? Probably not. That’s why creation scientists, accustomed to looking at things fairly from both sides, provide a valuable check on the dogmatism of evolutionists.last_img read more

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first_img15 December 2013 Nelson Mandela was laid to rest alongside his father, Mphakanyiswa Gadla Henry, his mother Noqaphi Nosekeni and his son Magkatho Lewanika Mandela at the Mandela family farm in rural Qunu in the Eastern Cape shortly before 1pm on Sunday. Mandela’s burial was part of a private ceremony at the family gravesite witnessed by about 400 invited guests, and accompanied by a South African Air Force fly-past, the sounding of the Last Post, and the performance of traditional rituals to ensure that the Father of the Nation was received by his ancestors. This followed a moving funeral service at a specially erected giant marquee where over 4 000 mourners gathered earlier to pray and pay tribute to the man described by US President Barack Obama, in his speech at a memorial service in Johannesburg on Tuesday, as “the last great liberator of the twentieth century”. Present at the service were royalty – among them Britain’s Prince Charles and Monaco’s Prince Albert – current and former heads of state, and dignitaries including the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sinn Fein leader Jerry Adams, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson and US media personality Oprah Winfrey. Famous actors were also in attendance, including Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker and Idris Elba, who has been nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. “Today marks an end of an extraordinary journey that began 95 years ago,” President Jacob Zuma said in his eulogy to Mandela. “Whilst your long walk to freedom in a physical sense ends, our own journey continues. We will not say goodbye. In our hearts, you will continue to live forever.” Other speakers at the service included Mandela’s long-time friend Ahmed Kathrada, Chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima, representing the Mandela family, Malawi President Joyce Banda, representing the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, representing former African liberation movements. Mandela’s burial brought to a close a 10-day official mourning period which will be remembered for a massive outpouring of love from ordinary people across the country. Mandela passed away in the company of his family at around 8.50pm on 5 December, 2013 at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg An unprecedented number of tributes poured in from all corners of the world and thousands of mourners gathered at his house in Johannesburg to pay their last respects. Mourners held night vigils, laying flowers and lighting candles, while Madiba’s body was prepared at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria for lying in state. On Tuesday, a massive memorial service was held at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium. Over 100 current and former heads of state, kings, sheiks, dignitaries and government representatives attended, as well as tens of thousands of South Africans who danced and sang in celebration of an extraordinary life. Every morning and afternoon for three days starting on Wednesday, Mandela’s body was transported in procession, down streets lined with singing, cheering, weeping people, to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where he lay in state under a specially erected structure at the newly renamed Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre. In scenes reminiscent of South Africa’s first democratic elections nearly 20 years ago, people queued up for free bus rides to the Union Buildings, where they filed past Mandela’s open casket. According to the government, about 100 000 members of the public were able to say their final goodbyes to Madiba in this way. On Saturday, following a moving service by the African National Congress, Madiba left the capital city for the last time. His body was flown from Waterkloof Air Force Base to Mthatha Airport, finally making its way in procession to his home in Qunu. Ahmed Kathrada, in his address at the funeral service, gave perhaps the most heart-rending tribute for his close friend and fellow Robben Island prisoner, saying, “My life is in a void and I do not know who to turn to,” but also adding: “Today, mingled with our grief is the enormous pride that one of us has, during his lifetime and now, in death, united the people of South Africa and the entire world on a scale never seen in history.” SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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first_img31 July 2014 The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform has processed close to 5 000 new applications since President Jacob Zuma signed a law re-opening South Africa’s land claims lodgement process. Zuma signed the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act of 2014 at the end of last month, allowing people who were removed from their land under apartheid rule, but who missed an earlier deadline for lodging claims for compensation, to do within the next five years. It is estimated that at least 3.5-million South Africans were forcibly removed from their land as a result of the Native Land Act of 1913, which effectively reserved 87 percent of land in the country for the white minority. To date, an estimated 1.7-million people have benefitted from the country’s restitution programme. Briefing members of Parliament’s portfolio committee on rural development and land reform at the department’s regional office in Mowbray, Cape Town on Wednesday, Chief Land Claims Commissioner Nomfundo Gobodo said the process had gone smoothly since re-opening. “As at 25 July 2014, the claims captured over the past four weeks increased to 4 917. The electronic lodgement system has been stable and all 14 lodgement sites are fully operational.” Gobodo said it was difficult to anticipate how many claimants would lodge new claims going forward, but that her office had the capacity to facilitate all claims. Most new claims are expected to come from individuals and communities who were left out of the previous claims round – between 1994 and 1998 – but have since become aware of their rights. Claims that could not be finalised during the pre-1998 round would be prioritised, Gobodo said. The department will deploy mobile offices to rural areas to help people who might not be able to afford transport to prepare their claims. The offices will ensure that claimants have everything they need to lodge a valid claim – including information on the people on whose behalf they may be claiming – to insure their claims are not disqualified for technical reasons. Phumzile Ngwenya-Mabila, the chairperson of the portfolio committee, said the MPs’ had decided to visit the Mowbray centre in order assess the lodgement process and the progress made since the second phase was opened. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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first_img“When you hammer the shingles onto it, it doesn’t create a wave that you’ll often see with some of the other compressible products,” Smith said. “When you stand at the end of the wall, you won’t get that wave. Plus if you have multiple people shingling the same wall, you won’t have issues with guys nailing heavier than other guys. It doesn’t matter how hard you nail it, it doesn’t compress so you can’t over-nail it. Likewise with roofs, after you put it on you can easily walk all over it without the compressibility causing any shifting or cracking of the shingles.”Ventgrid comes in 4-foot by 8-foot sheets that weigh 8 pounds each. The sheets can be cut much like gypsum wallboard: score the sheet along the intended cut and snap it. Smith says Ventgrid is light enough that a carpenter can cut a panel on the ground, take it up a ladder, and adjust the size if the cut is off without coming back down.Panels are shipped flat, like plywood, although Smith said they have enough flexibility to be rolled or folded to get around a corner when working in a tight space.To keep ventilation spaces behind siding or roofing free from insects and other pests, Ventgrid recommends the use of a companion product called Ventrim, which also can be used with rain screens made from 3/4-inch wood furring.Ventgrid costs US $32-$36 per sheet, depending on the retailer. Distribution is limited to the eastern U.S. and Canada, although Smith said he hopes the company will find ways of pushing that farther west. Taking the wave out of wallsOne advantage over existing products used to create air gaps beneath cedar shingles, Smith said, is that Ventgrid won’t compress. Builders who like to include a vented rainscreen in exterior walls can nail up wood or plastic furring strips before installing the siding, or use a plastic mesh such as Benjamin Obdyke’s Cedar Breather under wood shingles on walls or the roof.Now they have another choice, a plastic grid called Ventgrid that can be used to create a gap under siding, roofing and flooring. First introduced in eastern Canada four years ago, it’s become available in the U.S. within the last couple of months.Ventgrid is a 1/2-inch-thick panel made from high-density polyethylene that, according to the manufacturer, won’t support the growth of mold, is easy to work with, and has several advantages over competing products already on the market. Ventgrid, made from post-consumer recycled plastic, was developed in Nova Scotia after a builder there grew frustrated with products already on the market.“One of the local builders wasn’t satisfied with what he had available to him for creating an air space behind shingles,” said Anthony Smith, one of several partners that own the company. “He conceived what would become Ventgrid, and years later we teamed up with him to actually bring it into development.”Panels are manufactured with a 2-inch square grid pattern and 1/4-inch stand-off dimples that hold the panel away from the wall, roof or slab. Ventgrid will compete in what’s becoming a crowded market.It’s not affected by UV, meaning it can be left to the weather for extended periods of time without degrading, and is unaffected by low temperatures, Smith said. As to strength, Smith said the non-compressible grid can handle compressive loads of 20,000 pounds per square foot before failing. When used under siding, each sheet has a rated vertical load capacity of 8,000 pounds, according to the manufacturer. All About RainscreensWhat’s the Best Approach for a Rainscreen?All About Wall RotA Reference Guide of Typical Rainscreen Wall and Window Details RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

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first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Politics and business can be a capricious combination, and one pawn in a recent game of international brinksmanship, Chinese telecom vendor ZTE Corporation, is looking for a little fairness when judging the merits of its products and services.It would be folly to suggest that the United States and China were anything like best buds. At best (and this could be a stretch), they’re “frenemies” in their political and business relationships. The nations circle warily around each other’s interests – while simultaneously depending heavily on the other side for trade and commerce.In the midst of this friction between the two nations lie companies that claim a desire to just do business, but still find themselves cast in the role of villain based on the winds of political change. That’s what happend to telecommunications vendor ZTE last fall, when the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Intelligence fingered ZTE, Huawei and a number of other unnamed Chinese companies as creators of potentially dangerous technology.Deconstructing And Rebuilding TrustThe October report drafted by the Committee, recommended “…[t]he United States should view with suspicion the continued penetration of the U.S. telecommunications market by Chinese telecommunications companies” as a backdrop to dealing with all Chinese firms in that sector, specifically calling out ZTE and Huawei.Naturally, ZTE and Huawei denied the allegations at the time, and ZTE is now making further moves to clear its name. The Shenzhen-based firm is proposing a concrete plan to assure both private and governmental U.S.buyers that the components it sells and delivers are free of any code that might “phone home” to ZTE and its alleged connections to government intelligence agencies within the People’s Republic of China.The plan is known as a trusted delivery mechanism, an industry euphemism for pulling in a trusted third-party to check and monitor hardware and software delivered to a customer. In this case, ZTE wants to use Virginia-based Electronic Warfare Associates (EWA), a defense and logistics contractor that performs services such as transportation of toxic materials, electronic signal intelligence and incident response. Think “spook-shop” for hire, and you get the idea.Most importantly for ZTE, EWA is a known quantity for U.S. companies and could be enough to give ZTE the extra trust factor it needs to get past the accusations of the House Committee.How It Would WorkPeter Ruffoo, Director of Government Relations for ZTE USA, explained how the trusted delivery mechanism would work, when used with a hypothetical customer, such as a telecommunications carrier in the U.S.ZTE would ship the materials or code to the carrier, which would then get the products to EWA. Next, EWA would examine the components and source code within the product (be it hardware or software), reporting to the U.S. government, the customer and ZTE of any anomalous code or other problems it might find. Once cleared, the product would be shipped back to the carrier for deployment.The process Ruffo described would be used for new equipment as well as updates to software.Ruffo hopes that this solution will be enough to ease the concerns of the Committee as well as any potential customers that might have been alarmed by the recommendations of the Committee.Uphill Battle AheadIt will be an uphill battle for the company. According to Ruffo, when ZTE worked with members of the Committee throughout 2012 as the House was working on this report, ZTE offered a briefing to the Committee by EWA, which was declined.In a broader sense, the company is facing a U.S. industrial and political environment that has grown increasingly cold to Chinese incursions in the U.S. marketplace. This chilling effect, which Ruffo likened to a similar reaction to Japan’s strengthening within U.S. markets in the ’80s and early ’90s, has put a lot of Chinese companies in the position of having to defend themselves as being something other than puppets of the Chinese government.“There’s an assumption that all Chinese companies are the same,” Ruffo said, maintaining that is not the case.In reality, Ruffo emphasized, while some companies in China do have close ties to the PRC government, that is not necessarily true for all private entities in mainland China. Ruffo, as one would expect, firmly defended ZTE as an independent private organization, and pointed to the company’s efforts to be transparent and work with U.S. partners to create opportunities for profit and jobs in both companies.Tip Of The Iceberg?Ruffo also reiterated a point made by his boss Zhu Jinyun, senior vice president for North America and Europe, when he testified before the Committee in September. Zhu said that if the Committee was worried about espionage from Chinese companies, picking out just ZTE and a few other vendors was short-sighted.“As the Committee undoubtedly understands, virtually all of the telecom equipment now sold in the United States and throughout the world contains components made, in whole or in part, in China. That includes the equipment manufactured and sold by every Western vendor, much of which is made by Chinese joint-venture partners and suppliers,” Zhu testified. “We respectfully suggest that the Committee’s focus on ZTE, to the exclusion of the Western telecom vendors, addresses the overall issue of risk so narrowly that it omits from the Committee’s inquiry the suppliers of the vast majority of equipment used in the U.S. market.”It was a point Ruffo made this week too. If you ask me, the wisdom of pointing out that the potential for spying exists within virtually every electronic component sold in the U.S. today could be questioned in a political atmosphere that seems to like nothing more than use China as a convenient punching bag, but that seems to be one of ZTE’s main defenses.Overall, ZTE is hoping that the power of the marketplace will get China’s companies to be more accepted in the U.S., just as Japan was eventually accepted decades ago. But it recognizes it that’s a tough sell in the U.S. these days.“Right now, we’d like it to be more Tom Friedman and less Tom Clancy,” Ruffo lamented, comparing the very different approaches by the authors of The World Is Flat and Red Storm Rising. Image courtesy of BartlomiejMagierowski / Shutterstock. Tags:#China brian proffitt Related Posts center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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first_imgLooking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Roundup: Back to Basics with Essential Camera MovementsTips for Directing and Acting (At the Same Time)Learning How to Edit While You Shoot9 Things You Should Check Before Recording Audio7 Things All Video Professionals Should Share with Clients Fading to black is the smoothest dissolve transition there is. But it’s good for more than just endings. Let’s take a look at what this classic move can do.Cover image via #000000.If you read any editing textbook, you’ll learn that editing should be invisible. If an editor has done their job correctly, the work will go unnoticed. It’s only when we see jarring cuts that we lose the sense of immersion. The moment the audience becomes aware of the cut is the moment you’ve failed.In the book In The Blink of an Eye, Walter Murch argues that editing should proceed with natural human reaction. For example, if an action takes place offscreen, and the character looks at the noise, we should cut to the action just like we would turn our heads. If a character slides a hidden note to our protagonist, we should cut to a close-up of the note. Yet, fading out to black (or white) is seemingly unnatural. Other than falling asleep (or passing out), when else do we see something fade to black?. By fading a scene to black, we are pulling the audience out of the film, so why does it work so well?In an interview with FilmSound.Org, Kiran Ganti asks veteran editor Walter Murch if, during a transition, editors are trying to make the audience aware that it’s happening?Yes. At the level of a cut from shot to shot, the transition is either below consciousness, as in the classic American School of editing which tries to hide the cut, or it is made conscious, as in the Soviet School. In that sense, Soviet-style cuts are mini-transitions, American-style cuts are not. My tendency, as I think is the case with most editors today, is to fall somewhere in the middle. We realize that there are moments when it is better to emphasize the cut. And then there are moments in the same film where we want to make the cut almost imperceptible like butter as the phrase goes.When To Fade OutImage via Kozlik.In part, the fade to black, or dissolve to black (since it’s technically a dissolve to a black matte) also works so well because it’s an unequivocal theater throwback. In theater, a fade-out/fade-down (which, again, is also called a fade-to-black), occurs when the lights gradually fade until the stage is in complete darkness. In a practical sense, this is when the crew changes the set and the actors change costumes. But in a metaphorical and narrative sense, the fade-to-black concludes the entire scene. And in essence, that’s what this classic move is in filmmaking: the visual conclusion of a chapter.As with most aspects of filmmaking, there’s no set way to do one thing. However, the fade-to-black transition tends to work best in the following circumstances:Fading from the end of a theme to the beginning of another.Fading from one character’s narrative to another.Fading into a later date.If you were to fade out from a family dinner scene, which lacks a definitive thematic ending, to a scene later on in the night (in the same location), the transition wouldn’t feel natural.We can see these principles in action in any blockbuster trailer, such as the following.We see two dozen fade-ins and -outs during the trailer — quite often from clip to clip. However, each fade-out or fade-in adheres to the principles we discusssed above. Scenes that look chronologically close to one another are cut together, yet scenes that take place at different times or in different locations get a fade-out. These are recognized cinematic traits; they tell us that we are transitioning to a later moment in the story — either thematically, temporally, or geographically.Since this article is addressing the basics of the fade-to-black transition, let’s touch on a few ways to include them using popular NLEs. There are many ways to do this, but here are a couple of examples.Premiere ProExpand the thumbnail height, use the Pen Tool (P) to create two opacity keyframes, and lower the further keyframe to 0% opacity.OrOpen the effects panel, and drag the Dip to Black transition to the end of your clip.Note: if you use the transition preset, it will also affect the adjacent clip by fading it from black. To only affect one clip, you must make sure there is at least a 1-frame space.DaVinci ResolveDrag the white handles at the beginning and end of every clip. This will create a fade-in or -out, with a duration determined by how far you’ve brought the handles in.OrUse the Dip to Color video transition. However, this transition requires the user to fully implement the parameters of the transition in the inspector panel. This is great for further customization but not so great for a fast-and-easy fade-to-black.last_img read more

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