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PPP/C expresses concern about fraud, poor ink quality – Jagdeo

January 12, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_img…GECOM admits ink used was “leftovers” from 2016By Lakhram BhagiratAs Guyana had its second consecutive Local Government Elections (LGE) on Monday, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has raised a number of concerns ranging from possible voter fraud to the quality of ink being used by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo casting his ballotAfter casting his ballot at St John’s College, in Georgetown about 10:20h, the Party’s General Secretary and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo relayed the concerns to members of the media. Jagdeo said that according to reports the process was going fairly smooth, but the glaring issue was the fact that some of the Proportional Representation (PR) candidates were not accredited to act as polling agents. This, he attributed, to either a lack of comprehensive training on the part of GECOM or “capricious partisan action on the part of some Presiding Officers”.“We have about one per cent of the total ballot stations without polling agents, because of one or another problem this morning. We are trying to get people in there now, but we have asked our leaders in those areas to pay particular attention to those boxes when we see the results to see if it departs from the national averages where we don’t have the one per cent with problems,” Jagdeo explained.Poor qualityAdditionally, the former President related that they have received numerous complaints about the quality of ink being used by GECOM. He said that the ink was easily washed off, which is a cause for concern.Minister of State Joseph Harmon shortly after casting his vote“I have had numerous reports that it could be easily removed, so what we have asked our polling agents now is to pay particular attention to people who have voted before may attempt to come back in and vote so that is one safeguard against ink being removed, so we asked our polling agents to look at this,” he said.GECOMMeanwhile, GECOM Public Relations Officer (PRO) Yolanda Ward told reporters that the quality of ink used was up to standard, adding that it was hard to wash off.“We are talking about indelible ink here …When you put your finger in that ink, it comes out very light purple and within minutes it gets dark. I am confident that the quality of ink we have is of the highest standard,” she noted.When asked where the ink was procured from, Ward said she would not be able to give the exact location, but explained that the Elections Commission would have had ink leftover from the 2016 LGE. Concerns had also been raised about the ink quality in the 2016 LGE.On the issue of the snubbing of some polling agents, the PRO noted that there were statutory timelines in which the names had to be submitted and once approved by the Returning Officer (RO), those persons would have been issued with their identification badges. She reminded that an election was ongoing and that politics, as well as the setting of agendas, would occur; hence, the reason for issues surrounding the snubbing of those polling agents.“For a request to be made to an RO on an elections morning to have an agent issued with a badge, I think with all fairness for the RO, who is on the ground dealing with the conduct of poll, is something we should be extremely fair in our judgement about. And these have statutory timelines and our Returning Officers met the statutory timelines to ensure that once your list has been submitted that they are issued with badges …. I am confident at GECOM we have the highest level of Returning Officers,” Ward stated.GECOM Public Relations Officer Yolanda WardPersons with disabilitiesThere have been several reports that persons with disabilities were disenfranchised because no provisions were made for their votes, especially those with limited mobility. On this note, Ward said that it was a rather unfortunate situation, adding that it would serve as a teaching moment for the Elections Commission. She went on to explain that because of the set of LGE, there has to be a polling station in every constituency and that GECOM would have had issues accessing suitable sites resulting in them occupying a number of private residences as well as shops, which do not necessarily have the provisions for differently-abled people.IntimidationAccording to information reaching Guyana Times it was indicated that a number of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) supporters were in Sophia, Greater Georgetown attempting to intimidate persons about to vote.But, according to GECOM, they did not receive any information about such disturbances. “We have Police on site and I hope the RO was informed. The law is clear on the amount of feet/yards where the poll should be uninterrupted and if that happened, I hope the situation was remedied,” Ward said.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and his wife, Sita, cast their ballot at the National Aquatic Centre in Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown. He said that they have received reports of a smooth process throughout the country, adding that voter turnout has been reported as low.The acting President also expressed regret that President David Granger and First Lady Sandra Granger could not have voted, owing to the fact that Granger is yet to be given the go-ahead to travel from his doctors in Cuba.Voting processThis publication visited a number of polling stations within the Georgetown municipality, and observed the common theme of low voter turnout. Some of the polling stations were virtually void of voters for long periods and, according to GECOM, this is mainly owing to the fact that many of the eligible voters were at work.“My observation is while we have voters turning up at the various polling stations, it seems to be very slow and I hope as the day progresses that it would pick up. You would appreciate that today is not a holiday, it wasn’t GECOM call for a holiday, we do not declare national holidays that is for the Executive and, therefore, we have a lot of the voting population at work at this time. I hope that they will be allowed the time to vote and make it before the poll closes,” PRO Ward said.At the opening of polls at 06:00h, as expected, a few persons were seen casting their votes – most middle-aged and above. Speaking with Guyana Times a number of residents in the Sophia area placed emphasis on the elections as they hoped that once their desired party was elected into office they could bring about changes necessary in Sophia such as new roads, better security, accountability for funds, and cleaner and greener areas.Unlike the knocking of pots and pans that are usually used to awaken voters on election morning, one could hear a pin drop in the Guyhoc Park and Tucville areas as the polling stations were opened. When the clocks struck 06:00h, a handful of elderly persons could be seen lined up at Howard’s Residence, Guyhoc Park to cast their votes at the earliest possible time. The same occurred at Tucville Primary and Secondary.Minutes after the polling station at Howard’s Residence opened, Minister of State Joseph Harmon showed up to exercise his democratic right. Speaking to the media after casting his ballot, Harmon stressed the importance of such an election and pleaded with employers to allow their employees time to vote.“This is a very important election: it deals with the democratic renewal of your communities and, therefore, you are the persons who will benefit from the quality of leadership that you require at the local level,” he said.A little while after the State Minister, Citizenship Minister Winston Felix also cast his vote at the same location, and he too stressed the need for citizens to vote.Meanwhile, voters at Tucville Primary and Secondary Schools had a bit of trouble in identifying their respective polling stations. The school compound housed six polling stations which proved to be confusing for voters. Several persons turned up at the school in hopes to cast their ballot, but could not identify their exact polling station; this caused them to walk to every one to check to find their names on the respective list for each station.Many are blaming the low turnout on the fact that GECOM ran a poor education campaign and there was only so much that the political parties could have done. One of the glaring issues was the inability of persons to identify their respective Polling Stations. (Additional reporting by Jemima Holmes and Timothy Jaikarran)>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>PhotosWardeCaption:Jagdeo 1Caption: RamotarCaption: Poll1Caption:last_img read more

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Nurses hope to be out of work someday

January 11, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_imgTheir dream is to wake up one morning and find they’re out of work, that no one needs them anymore. They want to hear that no child has been abused or assaulted in the San Fernando or Santa Clarita valleys, so there’s no need for nurses Maryann Lague, Marilyn Stotts and Kathy Adams to go to work. That’s the dream, anyway. The reality is that 720 young victims of abuse and assault were examined and treated last year by the staff of Children’s Assault Treatment Services at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. The reality is these CATS nurses have solid job security because there are sick people out there who beat or sexually abuse children. Lague and Stotts started at CATS soon after it opened in 1997, offering young abuse victims a haven where they could undergo a medical exam and talk with police. Before then, children were taken to the nearest hospital emergency room, where they often had to wait five or six hours in hectic surroundings because doctors were so busy with critical-care cases. With the trauma these kids had just suffered, it was an inhumane way to treat them, the nurses say. In the past 10 years, the CATS team has helped provide medical treatment, forensic-evidence collection and crisis-intervention counseling for nearly 6,000 young victims of abuse. Its track record for accuracy is so solid that more sexual-assault defendants are opting to plead guilty rather than go to trial in the San Fernando Valley, officials say. “But it’s not always about convicting someone,” Lague said. “We’ve proven people innocent, as well. “Our job is to find the truth and take care of those kids – help them feel safe again.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The reality is that, without CATS, the police officers, prosecutors and defense attorneys trying to sort through the evidence to determine guilt or innocence could never be as thorough. “I don’t even know where to start to tell you how important they are to us in gathering evidence and taking care of the victims,” said Detective Nancy Nelson of the Los Angeles Police Department, who specializes in these cases. “Without CATS, we couldn’t do our jobs nearly as thoroughly. If you’ve been falsely accused, you definitely want them on your case. If you’re guilty, you don’t. “I guess the clearest way to say it is these nurses are highly trained at finding the truth,” Nelson said. Los Angeles County prosecutor Carolyn McNary, who runs the Victims Impact Unit at San Fernando Superior Court, agrees. “CATS is a haven for the victims of assault and indispensable to us in collecting the evidence,” she said. “They’re unbiased and have no agenda except finding the truth and making these kids feel safe and cared for.” last_img read more

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Fort St. John looks to make roads safer with new advanced turn signals

January 11, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_imgThese intersections include 86 Street and 93 Avenue; 93 Avenue and 100 Street; 96 Street and 93 Avenue; as well as 96 Street and 100 Avenue.City road superintendent Jeremy Garner says these intersections were identified as high risk with the help of ICBC.“We get information from ICBC every year and we look at the number of incidents that happen at that particular intersection, and they get identified as higher risk than other intersections, and then we look at plans to improve that,” explains Garner. “So whether that’s installation of additional lights or extra lanes – there are all sorts of things that can be done.”- Advertisement -He says these improvements are only the beginning as locals can expect more advanced lights and pedestrian crosswalks in the near-future.Garner says as the warm weather approaches, drivers should be exercising extra caution to do their part in keeping the streets safe.“You’ll see a lot more cyclists this time of the year and motorcyclists – that sort of stuff, and pedestrians will be out,” Garner goes on to say. “It’s a young town, there’s lots of baby and strollers so keep that in mind too when you’re out and about.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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Legendary test pilot Scott Crossfield, 84

December 28, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: dywkshhfy.
first_img“We keep talking about test pilots, but there is no such thing as a `test pilot,”‘ he said in a 1988 interview with Aviation Week & Space Technology. “They are all just people who incidentally do flight tests. … We should divest ourselves of this idea of special people (being) heroes, if you please, because really they do not exist.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe Cessna 210A in which Crossfield died was a puny flying machine compared with the rocket-powered aircraft he flew as a test pilot. In his heyday, he routinely climbed into some of the most powerful, most dangerous and most complex pieces of machinery of his time, took them to or beyond expected performance limits – “pushed the envelope,” as test pilots worded it – and brought them back to Earth intact. “He’s really one of the major figures,” said Peter Jakab, aerospace chairman at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. “He was not only the great cutting-edge research pilot, … but after that he continued to be a great adviser and participant in all aspects of aerospace.” Crossfield, who lived in Herndon, Va., and still flew regularly in his 80s, was one of a group of civilian pilots assembled by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the forerunner of NASA, in the California desert at what became Edwards Air Force Base. Crossfield flew Mach 2 on Nov. 20, 1953, when he hit 1,300 mph in NACA’s Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket. The plane reached an altitude of 72,000 feet. After leaving NACA, he had a major role in the development of the X-15 rocket plane and piloted it on several of its test flights in the early 1960s. RANGER, Ga. – Scott Crossfield, the hotshot test pilot and aircraft designer who in 1953 became the first man to fly at twice the speed of sound, was killed in the crash of his small plane, authorities said Thursday. He was 84. Crossfield’s body was found in the wreckage in the mountains about 50 miles northwest of Atlanta on Thursday, a day after the single-engine plane he was flying dropped off radar screens on a flight from Alabama to Virginia. There were thunderstorms in the area at the time. Crossfield was believed to have been the only person aboard. In the 1950s, Crossfield embodied what came to be called “the right stuff,” dueling the better-known Chuck Yeager for supremacy among America’s Cold War test pilots. Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947. Only weeks after Crossfield reached Mach 2, or twice the speed of sound, Yeager outdid him. last_img

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DD Gardening: Sorting out the moss in the lawn

December 28, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_imgThere’s barely a day goes past which doesn’t involve someone asking me about moss in their lawn – it seems there is little attraction in following the current fashion of having moss lawns which is sweeping gardens in cities.Although moss has a role, and indeed is attractive, in the wider landscape in our lawns we definitely don’t love it.The visual manifestation of moss is the end of a long chain of neglect (sorry!), and simply killing the moss is the same as painting over a damp wall – the conditions still exist for the dampness, you’ve just temporary hid the problem. Advertisement Killing moss is easy. An application of Sulphate of Iron will kill the moss, but then you’ll have to scarify or rake out the dead moss.If all the raking doesn’t float your boat then look out for the Mo Bacter product in the garden centres, this product will kill the moss but instead of leaving it all black this product dries the moss out and then this is digested by the bacteria contained in Mo Bacter and in turn consumed by the lawn, giving the lawn a lush colour.By killing the moss in either of these two ways you’ll temporary improve the situation, but to keep the lawn moss-free you will have to apply these products each and every year, which can be timely and expensive.So after using any of the products mentioned it’s then best to treat the cause of the moss problem, the compaction and the acidity of the soil. Advertisement Apply some lime to the lawn now (preferably Calcium Carbonate or Ground Limestone) to ‘sweeten’ the soil and remove one of the conditions moss needs to do well.In addition to this sweetening of the soil the removal of compaction in the top soil layer will further discourage moss from re-appearing and will improve grass growth without the need to apply any fertiliser.Lawns become compacted simply as a result of the years of you walking up and down it with the lawnmower and the pounding the soil gets from the rain here in Donegal. So the process of relieving compaction should be something you perform every few years (depending on levels of wear this could be as little as every 5 years).Hire a hollow-tine aerator from your local tool hire shop:> Drive this over the lawn and this will remove small cores of soil form the grass layer> Gather these up with the lawn mower> Spread some shard sand over the lawn> Brush this over to try to get as much sand into the core space as possible> After all this apply some lawn feed to thicken the lawn. This topdressing makes a great job of the lawn, and really encourages the grass to thicken and grow better AND will make your lawn more usable in the Spring and Autumn period.DD Gardening: Sorting out the moss in the lawn was last modified: April 8th, 2017 by Gareth AustinShare 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:dd gardeningGareth Austinlawnmosslast_img read more

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VIDEO LINK TO BE INSTALLED AT COURT

December 28, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_imgThe Donegal Courts system is to be further propelled into the 21st century with the installation of video links for giving evidence.The new system, which will be up and running at Letterkenny Circuit Court shortly, will enable prisoners to give evidence from Castlerea Prison in Roscommon.Currently prisoners have to be taken the 230 mile round trip accompanied by two prison officers for court appearances which can last only a matter of minutes. The new link will mean a saving to the tax-payer as well as valuable time for Gardai and Prison officers.The courthouse in Letterkenny is already equipped with flat screen television screens which will be able to display the video-link.At present the television are used when CCTV footage needs to be shown relating to criminal cases.EndsVIDEO LINK TO BE INSTALLED AT COURT was last modified: May 12th, 2011 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)last_img read more

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MAN BEHIND SPATE OF THEFTS FROM CARS IS BANNED FROM DONEGAL

December 28, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_imgLydon arriving in courtA MAN behind a spate of thefts from cars has today been banned from County Donegal.Karl Lydon, with an address in Co Tipperary, pleaded guilty at a court today to a  string of theft charges. – overnight from Sligo. The 24-year-old was arrested by Gardai in Ballybofey on Saturday, Letterkenny District Court heard.Judge Paul Kelly heard Lydon plead guilty to breaking into a number of cars in The Beeches, Ballybofey.He stole a Black laptop, a USB dongle a black iPhone 4, two personal diaries and architectural drawings from one vehicle, the items valued at more than €2,400.From three other cars he took social services cards, a driving license, an AIB debit card, holy water, holy relics and prayer books.Judge Kelly agreed to bail conditions which included him being banned from County Donegal except for a future court appearance on March 10.He must also observe a curfew between 9am and 9pm and sign on at Thurles Garda Station three days per week.Garda John O’Sullivan asked for an order releasing the recovered items so that they can be returned to their owners.There was no objection from defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher.Lydon was remanded on bail, subject to his bail conditions, on a surety of €500.He will appear at Letterkenny District Court again in March 10.MAN BEHIND SPATE OF THEFTS FROM CARS IS BANNED FROM DONEGAL was last modified: January 28th, 2014 by John2Share 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:BallybofeydonegalKarl LydonLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

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DONEGAL’S ICONIC DOE CASTLE TO OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

December 22, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_imgDoe Castle in all its splendour.Donegal’s famous Doe Castle is to open to the public from Sunday next, July 12th, 2015.Local group Mevagh Moving Forward, in conjunction with Donegal Local Development Company, have arranged for guided tours of the grounds and the Castle, where visitors will be able to explore and be given a historic tour of this wonderful building.Following restoration works at the end of the last century, the Castle has been closed to members of the public ever since.Following discussions between Moving Mevagh Forward and DLDC with Minister Joe McHugh, the Minister raised the matter with the Minister for the Office of Public Works, Simon Harris TD, who was strongly supportive of the initiative.A proposal by MMF and DLDC to set up a TÚS initiative in order to facilitate greater public access at Doe Castle was submitted and accepted by the Department, subject to certain Health and Safety issues which are being addressed.Doe Castle plays a very important historic and heritage role in the area; its walls have seen many famous figures from throughout Irish history, such as Red Hugh O’Donnell, Owen Roe O’Neill and the infamous Maolmhuire an Bhata Bhuí.The location of Doe Castle, so near to the Wild Atlantic Way, has a history of attracting tourists to the area and with the addition of the very popular WAW, this will only help enhance greater visitor numbers to the Castle and help the community reap the benefits of this positive brand and initiative. Its proximity to Fanad Lighthouse, a Signature Point along the WAW, is yet another strongpoint and will also encourage visitors to the area.The grounds are presently being opened by Jean Moore, Doe each day and this arrangement will continue. The keep (fortified tower within the Castle) will be open on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays throughout the summer with guided tours starting at 11am and as requested during the day. There will be no charge.The official opening will take place on Friday, July 10th at 7.30pm in the Castle grounds by Minister of State, Joe McHugh TD.DONEGAL’S ICONIC DOE CASTLE TO OPEN TO THE PUBLIC was last modified: July 7th, 2015 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)last_img read more

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Keeping Cool

December 16, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_imgTurn off the lightsLights, appliances, televisions, stereo equipment, and anything else using electricity generates waste heat. Turn these devices off when you’re not using them. With lighting, replacing incandescent light bulbs (which convert 90% of the electricity into heat and only 10% into light) with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or LED lights can dramatically reduce that waste heat, but turning lights off is even better.In hot weather we try to cook outdoors as much as possible, so we’re not heating up the kitchen, and we run our dishwasher at night or avoid using it in the summer. And turn that CD player or TV off when you’re not actively listening or watching. Dress for the conditionsLight, loose-fitting clothes — and as few of them as possible — will help keep you cool in hot weather. Shorts, loose-fitting shirts, blouses, and dresses allow more air circulation next to your skin and will keep you cooler.Engineers actually have a measure for the insulating value of clothing and it’s impact on comfort — the “Clo” rating — that they use for modeling interior comfort conditions in buildings (a Clo of 0 corresponds to no clothing, and Clo of 1.0 for a business suit, with Clo values of different items of clothing additive). In a work environment, convince management to relax dress standards during hot weather and keep the air conditioning set point higher. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also coauthored BuildingGreen’s special report on windows that just came out. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Welcome to summer. Burlington, Vermont hit a record 97°F the other day, and my place in West Dummerston reached 93°, with high humidity. What’s the best way to stay comfortable in weather like this — assuming that you’re not using mechanical air conditioning?First, it’s important to understand that the goal isn’t really about temperature; it’s about comfort. Some very simple strategies can help you remain comfortable even with high air temperatures. A ceiling fan or oscillating desk fan can easily raise your “comfort zone” by five to seven degrees. If you’re normally comfortable with an air temperature of 75°, you might be able to be comfortable at 80-82°F with a fan operating. Note that the fan doesn’t have any cooling benefit when you aren’t right there, however, so turn it off when you leave the room. Other cooling strategiesThere are lots of other strategies for controlling heat gain and maintaining comfort in our houses — from installing reflective roofing to replacing windows with low-solar-heat-gain windows and adding more insulation to your attic and walls, but most of these strategies are more expensive. You can do a lot with the simple, free or inexpensive strategies I’ve covered here.Next week I’ll cover air conditioning.center_img Close up the houseThe simple strategy of closing up the house during the day and opening it up at night works well as long as the air temperature drops low enough at night and the outdoor humidity level isn’t too high. I often use this strategy — and, in fact, just closed our windows as the outdoor temperature rose above the indoor temperature.Closing windows is a psychologically difficult strategy; it just seems wrong to close up the house on a hot day. But it makes a lot of sense in certain conditions. If you’re going to be out of the house during the day it’s a no-brainer. RELATED ARTICLES GBA Encyclopedia: Fans and natural coolingKeeping Cool in Hot Weather – August 2009Keeping Cool – July 2008Using Ceiling Fans To Keep Cool Without AC Move the airFans use relatively little electricity and by circulating air past your skin they provide evaporative cooling. They don’t lower the temperature (in fact, fans raise the air temperature slightly from the waste heat given off by the motors), but by generating air flow they raise the temperature at which you will be comfortable. Keep sunlight outWindows introduce a tremendous amount of heat into homes, so the simplest strategy for controlling heat gain is to shade windows. Overhangs above windows do a pretty good job with this on the south side of a house (they block the summer sun, which rises high overhead, while allowing the lower winter sun to reach the windows).Shading east- and west-facing windows is more challenging. Awnings can work reasonably well, as can shade trees, vines, and annuals. A less common but highly effective shading strategy for these windows is to install exterior shade screens. These provide reasonably good visibility even when closed, yet block up to 90% of the solar gain.It’s much better to block sunlight before it gets through your windows. Interior blinds provide shade and prevent glare, but once that sunlight gets into the house much of its heat will remain trapped indoors. Shading on the exterior is always preferable.last_img read more

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10 Motion Graphics and Visual Effects Resources for Editors

December 12, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_imgIn today’s world, video editors are often expected to have Motion Graphics/VFX Skills. The following resources are beneficial for extending your graphics skill set. Check out the useful VFX freebies as well!The days of ‘just being an editor’ are over. Most editors are now required to wear multiple hats and juggle various video editing, motion design, encoding and color grading applications on a daily basis. On most freelance jobs I am often using Adobe Photoshop and After Effects for graphics tasks, Maxon Cinema 4D for 3D work, along with Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer for video editing.With the recent free addition of Cinema 4D Lite into After Effects Creative Cloud, more video editors will now be integrating 3D into their work. In this post, we’ve rounded up 10 resources will help you strengthen your After Effects and Cinema 4D skills – free After Effects templates, motion graphics plugins and loads of free training and tutorials!If you’re new to working with motion graphics, start with my previous post on “10 Free After Effects Training Resources” and check out the After Effects section on the Premiumbeat blog. MographMograph is a collection of forums for working in motion graphics.The site covers the art and business of the industry along with forums on resources, jobs, and tutorials.  There’s also a reels and portfolio page where the best motion designers share their work – great for inspiration.  Mograph is a good place to network to and learn more about the industry.VfxerVfxer is a Cinema 4D & After Effects resource run by a husband and wife team (Simon & Claire). Besides useful AE and Cinema 4D tutorials, they have sections on visual effects news, inspiration and free stuff (weekly mailing list).Be sure to check out their collection of 10 free pre-fractured 3D models that can be used in Element 3D or Cinema 4D.Greyscale GorillaGreyscale Gorilla is the brainchild of VFX guru Nick Campbell.  Over the last few years Greyscale Gorilla has become a leading motion design and visual effects force online, with frequently updated tutorials, news and their own 3D and visual effects products.aescripts + aepluginsaescripts + aeplugins offers quality scripts and plugins for a variety of video editing and motion design applications (After Effects, Cinema 4D, NLEs). These are particularly helpful when you are looking to extend what you can do in an app.  For instance, need to animate characters mouths in After Effects without losing your sanity? No problem, there is Auto Lip-Sync ($39.99)The scripts are affordable, with some even being ‘name your own price’.ToolFarm/AE FreemartMotion Graphics artist Michele Yamazaki runs/writes for both of these sites. AE Freemart covers cool resources for After Effects, including free After Effects templates and plugins. Toolfarm sells plugins but has evolved into a resource for editors/artists. They cover the latest motion design and visual effects news, as well as having a blog and free After Effects tutorials.LesterbanksLester Banks round ups the best of After Effects & 3D tutorials from the web. Most of these are intermediate to advanced and are aimed at the working editor/artist.  This is a ‘must bookmark’ site for anyone that works in motion graphics and video editing on a daily basis.Imagineer Mocha TutorialsWhen tracking motion in your video footage, you can generally get better tracks quicker using Mocha AE (bundled with After Effects), rather than simply tracking inside of After Effects. It is a powerful app but can be a bit overwhelming at first for some editors. Check out these free tutorials for getting started with Mocha AE, as well as more advanced tutorials for their flagship app Mocha Pro (used for the face replacement in the popular TV show Grimm). School of MotionNew to Motion Graphics/VFX? Joey Korenman is a Creative Director who shares his knowledge of creating motion graphics on his website,  School of Motion.  The tutorials and articles cover most all the software tools of the trade (Photoshop, After Effects, Cinema 4D, & Nuke.)School of Motion is a good resource for those starting to learn After Effects & Cinema 4D.  See our earlier post sharing School of Motion’s tutorial on using expressions in After Effects.   Motion Graphics ExchangeMotion Graphics Exchange is a motion design resource with free After Effects templates, tips, presets, expressions, and scripts.You can search the site by category or topic – a helpful time saver.  Say your looking for a wiggle script. Simply type in ‘wiggle’ and you’ll get a list of wiggle expressions and tips.HelloluxxTim Clapman is an expert on Cinema 4D and teaches classes at FXPHD. He offers advanced tutorials on Cinema 4D for those taking their skills to the next level. His work is high end and really inventive, so a bit of C4D experience is probably suggested before jumping into these terrific tutorials!MotionworksMotionworks combines free After Effects and Cinema 4D tutorials, with industry news and showcase of great examples of motion design projects.  Aside from free training on the site, be sure to check out the in-depth paid training and tutorials for AE and C4D.Do you have a go-to Motion Graphics/VFX Resource?Be sure to add it in the comments below!last_img read more

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