18 July 2013Brand South Africa staff and suppliers joined people from across the world in celebrating Nelson Mandela International Day on Thursday by bringing gifts and cheer to children at the Ebenezer Hannah Home in Walkerville, south of Johannesburg.South Africans, and people from around the world, were asked to set aside 67 minutes on Mandela Day to give back by making a positive social change in the communities where they live – to donate their time and resources to make it a day to remember for those who are less fortunate.Brand South Africa and its supplier companies went beyond 67 minutes on Thursday, spending the whole day with the children at the home.Apart from giving out various presents of toys, educational items and shoes, those present made it a day to cherish by playing with the children – some helping them with reading, others with singing, and others by turning up the music and dancing with the children.The Ebenezer Hannah Home is an NGO catering for the orphaned, elderly and destitute. It caters for people in the informal settlements of Thula Mtwana, Sweet Waters, Bheka Phambili and Majazane in the deep south of Johannesburg.Established in 1992, the home is run by founders Thomas and Shirley Merime, whose life story is the stuff movies are made off.The couple both grew up in orphanages as Thomas’s parents abandoned him, while Shirley’s mother died of cancer. After roaming the streets, Shirley ended up at the Roman Catholic Orphanage in Pofadder in the Northern Cape, where she met Thomas.Shirley, a qualified teacher and Thomas, a building contractor, married and had children years later after settling in Eldorado Park in the south of Johannesburg, but their struggle continued.Thomas had a violent streak and would victimise his family, which led to the couple divorcing and Shirley taking the children with her. Thomas said: “I lost everything and nobody wanted anything to do with me. I was in the gutter.”But Shirley said she never stopped praying for the man she had met as a 10-year-old at the orphanage, and this led to the down-and-out Thomas becoming a pastor.He said: “I not only got my family back, but also everything else I had lost and much more. Look at the size of my family at the moment.”Brand South Africa has been involved with the Ebenezer Hannah Home for a few years now, having helped repaint parts of the old age home on Mandela Day in 2012, and donating R20 000 to the institution on Mandela Day in 2011.Source: Play Your Part
Mute and DimThat’s pretty much all of the audio aspects that we’ve previously covered. Now, let’s take a look at what audio features we have here on the edit page. Underneath the video track area, is, of course, our audio timeline. If you right click on a track menu, you can change the audio track type from mono to stereo to 5.1 and so on. We can also mute and solo the track. I know this is a crash course covering just the basics, but I won’t tell you which buttons do what. I’ll leave that mystery up to you.However, if you ever want just to mute the entire timeline you can click the mute icon here. Likewise, you can simply lower the volume.The difference between muting or lowering the volume using this tool is that it only affects Resolve as a software operation. It’s a means of silencing the edit while you work or playback your material without having to mute Resolve from the OS volume bar. It doesn’t affect the audio levels on the timeline. So, if you render a video with the mute icon active, you still have audio on the given video.Next to the mute volume button, we have a dim button. This is useful when playing back your edit to someone. By hitting dim, the audio will slightly reduce in volume, allowing you to proceed with the edit at a more audible level. When clicked again, the audio will return to the normal levels. Again, this is non-destructive, and if you render your edit with this active, the audio will render at the levels set by the track mixer, not dimmed. In part 4 of our six-part video series The DaVinci Resolve 15 Crash Course, we take a look at what you can do with your audio on the edit page.Welcome to part four of the PremiumBeat Resolve Editing crash course. In this episode, we look at audio features on the edit page.Audio is often regarded as more important than visuals. An audio slip-up is easy to hear, whereas a visual slip-up can go unnoticed. After all, how often do we notice a crew member in the corner of the frame until someone points it out to us on YouTube.For a year or so, we’ve had the addition of the Fairlight audio page with a page dedicated to professional audio mixing. Not to be deceptive, but this isn’t going to be our primary focal point of the episode, and the same goes for the fusion and color pages. We’ll touch upon some features in our final chapter. Audio Feature RecapSo, there are a few audio features on the edit page that we haven’t covered. We’ll look at those but first, in episodes 1-3, we touched upon a few audio-related elements. Let’s quickly recap:If you want the audio element from a video clip currently in the source viewer, you just hover over the lower third of the video. Then, click and drag the audio waveform icon onto an audio track.On the timeline clips themselves, you can create a fade-in or -out by dragging the white handles inward. Then you can increase or decrease the audio level by moving this bar up or down. Or, if you open the inspector, you can adjust the volume with more control.If you find that your audio clips aren’t showing audio waveforms, don’t worry. You may have turned off the waveform display. To turn that back on, you just hit the timeline view options and make sure the audio waveform icon is highlighted white. Track MixerNow let’s have a look at how the track mixer functions on the edit page. As I mentioned in the initial tour of the edit page, you open the mixer by hitting the audio mixer button.If you initially only see a set of audio meters, click the ellipses and select mixer. If you’ve used an older version of Resolve, you may remember that we also used to have a clip mixer here. But, that feature has been removed.Here you’ll have an array of track mixers, and they’ll correspond to how many tracks you have on the timeline. However, there will be an extra mixer called main. You can use it to increase or decrease the levels of the overall mix.There’s no wizardry about using the levels. Merely push the fader knob up or down to increase or decrease them. On the Premiumbeat blog, we have a handy guide on what levels you should have your audio set to, so be sure to check that out if you get lost. Meanwhile, you’ll see that the audio levels are color coded to give you a visual indication of where your levels sit. Green is low, yellow is high, and red is very high, with probable clipping.Clipping is essentially when your audio is too loud to be properly audible. The audio waveform on the clips will give you a visual indication of when part of a clip is too high by changing the peaks to a lighter shade of the clip’s color.Pan MixerAbove the level mixer, we also have a basic pan mixer. Here you can pan the audio so it appears to be coming from a different direction.There are two ways you can use this tool. First, you click inside the box and then drag the blue square in the direction you want. So, if I want my audio to appear as if it were coming from the rear left, I drag the blue square to the bottom left of the square. Of course, to hear this exact pan, you need a monitor setup or headphones that can adequately hear the positioning of the audio. Otherwise, it sounds like it’s just coming from the left.If you double click the pan square, you are greeted with a pop-out pan display. This will offer further settings to fine-tune the effect. You can pan a specific clip by clicking on the audio clip, opening the inspector, activating the pan keyframe, and then animating as you see fit.EQ FunctionFinally, we have an EQ function on the mixer panel. However, this specific button was rendered useless in the latest update and to use it we need to head to the Fairlight audio page. But, we do have a basic EQ and pitch tools in the inspector.On the edit page, the effects and transitions for audio are on the effects panel. Now realistically, there are only a few ways to transition audio, such as a crossfade. To bring one onto the audio clip, drag and drop the transition onto an audio clip. As the name states, the only area you can position a transition is at the start or end of an audio clip. You can also press control T to have the default transition apply to the selected edit point. This shortcut works for the default video transition too. To make a transition the default, right-click and choose save as default.The audio effects work similarly. Find the needed effect in the effect’s library, then drag it onto the audio clip. You will be greeted with a pop-out user interface unique to the effect. For example, when we use reverb, we have a visualization of the reverbs effect on the frequencies of the audio signal.If you close the audio effects user interface but later want to adjust the parameters of the effect, you select the clip, open the inspector, and you’ll find the effects adjustable properties at the bottom. If you want to open the interface again, just hit this button.This pretty much covers the audio elements of the edit page. It’s pretty simple, right?Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Relaxing in Vermont” by Chill Study“Brooklyn Drive” by Chill StudyLooking for more on DaVinci Resolve? Check out these tutorials.How To Create A Sub Mix In DaVinci Resolve 14 – Video TutorialVideo Tutorial: How to Configure The ADR Panel In Resolve 15DaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Media PageDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Edit PageDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Edit Tools
UK’s fund management company Tufton Oceanic Assets Limited has further expanded its fleet with two general cargo vessels.The company reached an agreement to invest USD 13.1 million into the two units, which will be bareboat chartered to an unnamed general cargo shipping operator.These are Tufton Oceanic’s first investments made from the proceeds of the placing announced on March 11, 2019. The additions will take the company’s fleet to fourteen vessels.According to Tufton Oceanic, the average tenor is 5.5 years. The yield on these vessels exceeds the targets expressed in the company’s prospectus dated September 25, 2018.
Wes Morgan has no longer been the most important defender in Leicester City’s squad but Claude Puel insisted that they want to extend his contract anyway it is going to expire in 2019.Harry Maguire and Aleksandar Dragović have played more this season than Wes Morgan but Claude Puel believes that this experienced centre-back is still a valuable part of the squad and it will be great if he would decide to stay.The French coach spoke about his side’s defender as he said, according to Leicester Mercury:“Wes is our captain and a valuable player for us.”Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He has a contract for next season and then we will see.”“I cannot say he can have six or seven years more of contract but I am happy with Wes, he’s a good professional with a good relationship with his team-mates.”“He is a valuable player for us and for the team. He’s very important and I am happy with him with everything.”
Posted: August 28, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Tuesday were investigating a panga boat that washed ashore at Windansea Beach in La Jolla.Dispatchers received reports of an empty vessel near Neptune Place around 6:30 a.m., San Diego Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.It was unclear how many people may have originally been on the small boat.San Diego police and lifeguards were called to the scene to assist with the investigation.A small fishing boat carrying 17 suspected undocumented immigrants and two suspected smugglers was intercepted about 3:45 a.m. Monday around 15 miles west of Point Loma. Updated: 11:06 AM CBP Agents investigate washed-up panga boat in La Jolla August 28, 2018 KUSI Newsroom,
A cockroach mom shelters her newborn babies. Credit: by Allen Moore Citation: Cockroaches Control Their Breathing to Save Water (2009, September 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-cockroaches.html Explore further Cockroaches can hold their breath for up to seven minutes. Their respiratory system is highly efficient but there are no lungs. Instead, the insects draw in air through external valves called spiracles and transport the air directly to the cells via tubes called trachea. To stop breathing, they simply close the spiracles.The new study, reported in the Journal of Experimental Biology tested the major hypotheses put forward to explain the practice of holding the breath for long periods. One hypothesis is that the insects are trying to build up the carbon dioxide produced during respiration, which makes it easier to expel from the body. Another idea is that they stop breathing to protect themselves from high oxygen concentrations (which can be toxic). The third hypothesis is that the practice aims to regulate water loss.One of the scientists, Dr Craig White, an animal physiologist at the University of Queensland, explained that the trachea do not just carry air inwards to the cells, they also carry water out of the cells. The hypothesis is that when they are resting and have a lower oxygen requirement, they close the spiracles to conserve water.The Australian team of scientists tested the hypotheses by monitoring the breathing of cockroaches over four weeks and under different conditions of humidity, and oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, so some cockroaches spent the four weeks in high humidity, others in low humidity, some with humidity constant but oxygen levels low or high, and so on.The study found that in low humidity the cockroaches held their breath longer, which confirms these insects adapt to dry environments by adjusting their behavior. This ability to adapt to the conditions may be one reason why cockroaches are such a successful group, and why they have survived for so long.More information: Cockroaches breathe discontinuously to reduce respiratory water loss, Journal of Experimental Biology 212, 2773-2780 (2009); doi: 10.1242/jeb.031310© 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Many insects have been known for decades to hold their breath when resting, but the reasons have not been well understood. A new study on cockroaches suggests the insects reduce their breathing to conserve moisture. Breathing easy: When it comes to oxygen, a bug’s life is full of it This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
11Jun Rep. Afendoulis spearheads plan to improve campaign finance accountability Legislator: Small fines aren’t enough to discourage bad actorsState Rep. Lynn Afendoulis today introduced a plan to add more accountability to Michigan’s campaign finance laws.Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids Township, said fines imposed for violations of Michigan’s campaign finance laws in the past have been insignificant and ineffective. Her plan adds teeth to the law by establishing a minimum penalty.“We can’t let people who disregard our campaign finance laws get off with nothing but a slap on the wrist,” Afendoulis said. “We will help restore faith in government by creating real accountability and increasing transparency.”Afendoulis said a perfect example took place earlier this year, after a political nonprofit violated the Campaign Finance Act by using an issue advocacy ad to endorse a candidate during the last statewide election cycle.“The Secretary of State – who had the discretion to fine the organization up to 300 percent of the total amount spent on the ad – chose to impose a fine of less than 2 percent,” Afendoulis said. “The group paid a meager $37,500 fine on a spend of approximately $2 million. That is hardly a deterrent to repeat behavior. In fact, at that rate, it might make sense to build a fine into one’s budget.”Afendoulis’ solution would require the Secretary of State to impose a fine of no less than 25 percent of the total amount spent on a campaign ad that violates the law.The plan, House Bill 4703, has been referred to the House Elections and Ethics Committee for consideration.### Categories: Lynn Afendoulis News
Swiss service provider Sunrise is making TV, internet and call services available on the fibre optic data network in Fribourg starting today. Sunrise is cooperating with ftth fr AG, which promotes the development of a fibre optic network in the territory of the Canton of Fribourg and is a joint venture of Groupe E, Gruyère Energie, IB-Murten and the Canton of Fribourg.“In Fribourg, Sunrise now offers the entire product range of Sunrise Home for calling, internet and TV services over the fast fibre optic network. Sunrise customers in Fribourg can thus benefit from bandwidths of up to 100 Mbit/s for data uploads and downloads,” said Sunrise.