VIDEO: Real Madrid stars gatecrash Zidane’s press conference – to CELEBRATE

first_imgNot content with celebrating their Super Cup win over Sevilla on the pitch and in private, the stars of Real Madrid decided to take their party public – in the most boisterous style possible.Whilst head coach Zinedine Zidane was addressing the media after the game, a group of players lead by Marcelo came into the press room in loud voice and showing off their dance moves.They proceeded to march behind their boss to get him involved in the celebrations – which included throwing water over the legendary Frenchman.Naturally staying as suave as ever, Zidane played his part in the party, before sitting down and continuing to talk to the press.You can watch the video above…last_img read more

What’s at stake

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2This is hardly an election to sit out. Of course, that’s what the professional politicians and their spinners would like you to do. They bank on the assumption that too few voters care enough to vote. It lets them happily do their special interests’ bidding. So don’t be fooled into thinking this election doesn’t mean much. It means a lot, and one way or the other, we will feel its repercussions for years. At first glance, it may seem like there’s not much at stake in today’s election. But there is. In the Democratic gubernatorial primary, voters will choose between moderate Steve Westly and partisan Phil Angelides. The outcome will have a profound effect on this fall’s campaign, as well as the next four years in California. Gerrymandering makes today’s legislative races critical. Because the parties own their respective districts, partisan primaries ultimately choose our legislators. Also on the ballot are two propositions that, together, could cost Californians billions, reshape our public-education system, affect our public libraries and increase our tax bills. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Woman swung her shoe and shouted abuse at Gardai

first_imgA woman who swung her shoe and shouted abuse after Gardai were called to an accident has been fined.Kerrie O’Farrell appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with intoxication and engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour. The court heard how the 20-year-old, of Glenpatrick Park, Ballybofey, was on heavy doses of medication and had been mixing them with alcohol.Garda Inspector Sean Grant said Ms O’Farrell had lost control and the situation became inflamed.The court heard she was swinging her shoes and calling Gardai a “shower of bas*****.”Judge Paul Kelly ordered Ms O’Farrell to pay €150 to Planet Youth in Ballybofey and he would strike out the charges.Woman swung her shoe and shouted abuse at Gardai was last modified: September 20th, 2017 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

Twin Valley South Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA chapter attended 92nd National FFA Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Maddox Rigel, Twin Valley South-MVCTC FFA ReporterOn Nov. 2 the Twin Valley South Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA chapter attended the 92nd National FFA Convention. This year marks the 50th anniversary since women were allowed in the FFA organization. Members attended several sessions and got to walk around the expo center. They had the opportunity to hear author and speaker Bob Goff. The chapter also got to see country artist Brett Young and attend Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo. Members Haley Back, Chyann Kendel and Kayla Stiver received their Amercian degree award Saturday morning.We’d also like to congratulate member Chyann Kendel for being top four in the Nation for her Diversified Livestock proficiency. This is the first National finalist our chapter has had in our 55 year history.last_img read more

How to Make Your Dumb Heat Pump Defrost Intelligent

first_imgHeat pumps can get frosty when they run in heating mode. It doesn’t happen all that often, but it’s a fact of life when you’re trying to extract heat from cold, outdoor air.Sometimes the outdoor coil goes below the dew point, and frost results. There’s nothing wrong with that. Every heat pump comes with a built-in defrost system so it will keep running smoothly.Unfortunately, the defrost system in most heat pumps is just plain dumb. And fortunately, I have a smart friend named Mike MacFarland who’s come up with a way to overcome that liability. What’s so dumb about heat pump defrost systems?Let me ask you a question. If you were to design a defrost system with sensors and controls to determine when the defrost cycle ran, how would you design it? Would your heat pump defrost system activate when it detects there’s a small chance of frost forming on the coil? Or would it instead turn on the defrost cycle when it actually measures that frost has formed? The results are inMacFarland recently put his heat pump with the Energy Docs Intelligent Defrost System to the test, logging the data of its performance over a 62 day period in December 2013 and January 2014. The graph above is one small part of what he’s learned. Here’s what’s even better: Energy saved per heating season compared to 2 hr interval~150 kWh Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. What’s wrong with a dumb defrost system?When a heat pump goes into the defrost mode, the reversing valve activates and runs the refrigerant backwards. Instead of extracting heat from the outdoor air and dumping it into the house, it extracts heat from the house and dumps it into the cold outdoor air. That heats up the outdoor coil and melts any frost that might be on it.What do you think happens to the indoors when the heat pump is in defrost mode? You guessed it. The heat pump, absent the effects of supplemental heat, would be cooling the house. In winter. On a very cold night.For most homes with heat pumps, that’s when the supplemental heat kicks in. You can’t have the system blowing cold air inside when people want heat, right? That just wouldn’t do. So, the supplemental heat fires up, and for most people, that means electric resistance heat (a.k.a. strip heat). It’s 100% efficient… but that’s only about a third as efficient as your heat pump.If you have a dual-fuel system, the backup heat is usually a furnace. There will often be a delay before it comes on, though, so you might get a blast of cold air from your heat pump running in air-conditioning mode before the furnace gets going. (Did that just explain a mystery for you?)So, either you’ll be paying for expensive strip heat for a while or you’ll get a chill in the house. Neither is ideal. If there’s no actual frost on the outdoor unit, that’s just a slap in the face.Oh, and that defrost cycle puts a lot of extra wear and tear on the equipment. As my friend Mike MacFarland explained it, going into defrost cycle is like driving down the freeway at full speed and every once in a while suddenly having to drop it into reverse.Another problem is noise. When the heat pump changes the direction of refrigerant flow, it’s something you’ll notice if you happen to be in earshot of the outdoor unit. If you don’t know what’s going on, you might think something is wrong and put in a service call. Energy saved per heating season compared to 1/2 hr interval~400 kWh As you can see, the EDIDS cut the number of defrost cycles way down. It got rid of 76% of the unnecessary defrost cycles that would have occurred without the EDIDS and with the timer set to the 2-hour interval and eliminated 94% of the unnecessary defrost cycles with the timer set to 1/2-hour intervals.The energy savings aren’t huge, but, as he told me recently, his primary reasons for doing this were comfort, noise, and wear-and-tear on the equipment. Also, he doesn’t have supplemental heat set up on his heat pump. If you factor in the energy used by strip heat on a typical heat pump, the savings are greater than shown above.The takeaway here is that most heat pumps implement defrost in a really dumb way. Now you have a choice, though. An intelligent defrost system exists: the Energy Docs Intelligent Defrost System. If you’re interested, you can find MacFarland’s contact info on the Energy Docs website.In case you’re wondering: No, I don’t make anything by promoting his product here. I just like good stuff that makes sense. Mike is a shining star in the home performance/HVAC industry. You could probably learn a lot by hanging out with him for a while. If you can’t do that in person, you should definitely go hit the Energy Docs Like button if you’re on Facebook. How else are going to find out that this guy is so nutty with his single-minded focus on measuring things that he’s got a datalogger hanging in his shower?! Just go do it.center_img # of defrost cycles at 2 hr interval111 As it turns out, the defrost system on most heat pumps does the former. The image below (Image #2) shows the text from the product literature for a common heat pump, and it explains what happens. The outdoor coil has a temperature sensor mounted on it. When the temperature it reads hits 31°F, it starts a timer, which on this piece of equipment will be set to 30, 60, or 90 minutes. If the temperature is still 31°F or below at the end of the timer cycle, the defrost cycle begins.Maybe there’s frost. Maybe not. This system is based only on temperature and time. Apparently, heat pump manufacturers forgot that frost forming on a surface also depends on the amount of moisture in the air and this thing called the dew point.OK. We both know they didn’t forget that. They made a choice to reduce their manufacturing cost at the expense of the homeowner’s comfort, peace of mind, and energy costs. And the equipment may not last as long either. But hey, who’s gonna notice? Actual # of defrost cycles27 # of defrost cycles at 1/2 hr interval443 Mike MacFarland makes heat pumps intelligent!So how do you design a defrost system that operates only when the outdoor unit actually has frost on it? Well, you don’t have to because Mike MacFarland, owner of Energy Docs in Redding, California, has already done it. He calls it the Energy Docs Intelligent Defrost System (EDIDS). His system uses the temperature sensor and timer but adds another key component: a pressure sensor.In the photo of his kit below (Image #3), the pressure sensor is the part with “Dwyer” on the label. That gets mounted under the service panel and measures the pressure difference between the inside and outside of the unit. With a clean coil that has no frost on it, that pressure difference won’t be much. As the coil loads up with frost, the pressure difference increases.MacFarland has configured the kit so that the defrost cycle doesn’t start until the pressure difference climbs to about 0.35 inches of water column. With frost on the unit creating that much pressure drop, he’s measured a performance drop of about 24%. He’s OK taking that much of a hit from frost, because sometimes the ambient conditions change, and there’s no need to go into defrost mode. If not, the heat pump switches into reverse, melts the frost, and then goes back into heating mode.A typical heat pump will go into defrost every 30, 60, or 90 minutes if the outdoor coil temperature stays below setpoint (~31° F). MacFarland’s system goes into defrost mode only when necessary. The graph below (Image #4) shows how the pressure builds during a long runtime, eventually kicking off the defrost cycle when it hits 0.35 i.w.c. RELATED ARTICLES Does a Heat Pump Condenser Need to Go Outdoors?Heat Pumps: The BasicsChoosing HVAC Equipment for an Energy-Efficient Homelast_img read more

Video Tutorials: Sin City & Pleasantville Effect in FCPX

first_imgWant to isolate one color in your Final Cut Pro X project?  FCPX makes it easy! In these quick video tutorials you’ll see how.Like it or hate it, the isolated color grade is one that’s often requested by clients….just ask a wedding videographer. Often called the Pleasantville or Sin City effect (after the two popular films that have used the effect significantly), this look is quite easy to achieve in the Final Cut Pro X video editing app.Shot from Pleasantville (1998)By applying a color mask to your footage you can quickly select one color in the video frame, and then tweak the color range to include more or less colors in the selection.  Once you’ve got your color range defined, jump over to the FCPX color adjustment window and drop down the saturation outside the mask.  Super simple.We’ve rounded up 3 video tutorials will show you how to achieve the Pleasantville effect in Final Cut Pro X.  They cannot however, prevent you from using the FCPX color technique to make your video super cheesy.  That’s completely up to you!Final Cut King: Pleasantville Effect in FCPXGeniusDV: Final Cut Pro X Pleasantville EffectFCPEffects: Color Saturation Tutoriallast_img read more

Blackmagic Announces The Pocket Cinema Camera 6K – EF Mount

first_imgThat was my original intro, for this article, and I didn’t expect to actually use it, but here we are. Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty first apologized for the delay in shipping the Pocket 4K and then announced a new version of the pocket camera. Feedback from tradeshows and filmmakers revealed that users wanted a native EF mount, and that’s something we have covered ourselves for those who purchased the 4K camera to pair with the Ursa (which can natively be EF). It’s interesting to hear this announcement just days after Metabones released their EF to MFT Speed Booster specifically designed for the Pocket 4K.The new 6K camera, which is titled the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, has a 6144 x 3456 Super 35 sensor and EF lens mount. It has exactly the same design as the Pocket 4K, but there’s a slight difference in aesthetics on the front of the camera. With the larger EF mount, the camera protrudes outward slightly.However, the rear of the camera is exactly the same as the Pocket 4K, and it also houses the same Blackmagic OS. Therefore, if you’re shooting with the Pocket 4K and Pocket 6K, you wouldn’t get mixed up with the menu system when hopping between the two cameras. However, we do have a few new operating settings.Of course, there’s the choice of the 6K resolution, but you can also film up to 120fps windowed at 2K. With the Pocket 4K, you can only film 120fps at 1080p windowed.Another new addition to the Pocket format is that you can work in true anamorphic 6:5 using anamorphic lenses in 3.7K 60 fps at 3624 x 3020. Inside, the camera has the exact same color science as the Pocket 4K, so you can cut and match footage from the pocket 4K with no notable difference. With the larger sensor, users can get a shallower depth of field. A feature that isn’t as apparent with MFT sensors.Notably, we recently covered the topic on taking photographs with the Pocket 4K and how it wasn’t ideal because of the 8.8-megapixel sensor. Since the Pocket 6K has a 21.2-megapixel sensor, this cinema camera now has a significant still function which may rival some professional mirrorless cameras with an adequate video mode.The camera is out today, and it costs $2,495. It will be intriguing to see those who order the 6K today receive their camera before those still waiting for their 4K.  As always, we’ll keep you updated with tricks and tips over the next few weeks. Stay put for our review.Images via Blackmagic.Looking for more on video gear? Check out these articles.Building A Low Budget Handheld Rig For The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4KViltrox vs. Metabones: Speed Booster for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema CameraBlackmagic RAW Added to BMPCC4K with Blackmagic Camera Update 6.2New Filmmaker Tips For Using The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4kEverything You Need to Know About the Blackmagic RAW Codec Still waiting for your Pocket Cinema Camera 4K? Well, today, Blackmagic released the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K. Here’s what we know so far.In keeping with their typical cryptic style, this week, Blackmagic announced that come Thursday at 12 PDT, we would be receiving news about new developments in cameras and post-production. Typically, the filmmaking community has a solid idea about what to expect, but comments and ideas have been oddly quiet this time around. If anything, given the delay Pocket 4K owners experienced, users were worried that Blackmagic was going to pull an “Apple” and outdate a camera many have only just received.last_img read more

Told to quit, Benedicto finishes race despite adversities

first_imgNBA: Shaq blames ‘the man upstairs’ for his poor free throw shooting Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant It wasn’t the result the multi-time winner had in mind, but it’s a performance he can live with.“I can say that I’m still successful. I’m proud of myself that I was able to finish the race,” he said.Another source of Benedicto’s pride are his fellow competitors like winner Banjo Norte, who are showing that there are more Filipino triathletes capable of competing with the world’s best.“I’m glad that they’re there and are all targeting me. I’m proud that they get a chance to win. I’m happy that they want to beat me and that inspires the younger crop of triathletes who also wants to beat them. We all get stronger and who knows, we’ll be able to compete among the elites in the future,” he said.But Benedicto made it clear that he has a lot of gas left in his tank, and his failure in the Cebu tilt just motivates him to strive harder in the next races.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View comments LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img MOST READ “People are telling me to no longer finish the race, to give up. But in my mind, I’m number one in the Asian elite so the pressure is different. All I wanted was to finish the race,” he said in Filipino.The 33-year-old Benedicto felt a slight pain, which was later ruled as spasms, midway through the bike course when he almost hit a competitor who suddenly changed his path.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“That was when I felt the fatigue,” he shared. “Later on, I felt that my ribs were hurting. I was struggling to breathe. I put ice on my chest but people are telling me to no longer finish this.”August Benedicto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDespite the chest pains, Benedicto willed on and ended up eighth in his category, joyously crossing the finish line before falling to the arms of Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo August Benedicto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Though August Benedicto failed to make it to the podium in the Asian elite category of the 2017 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Sunday, the four-time winner still considers his run as a success.After all, Benedicto had to fight through chest pains midway through the swim-bike-run course just to finish the race.ADVERTISEMENT “They also become my motivation because I want to get back at them next time. It drives me harder. It makes me double or triple my effort to beat them the next time out,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Deocha Pachami gets Centres nod after 3 yrs

first_imgKolkata: The state government is now all set to start the mining works at Deocha Pachami, a coal block in Birbhum after the Centre has given its clearance.While inaugurating various projects at the newly unveiled Integrated Leather Complex at Bantala, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday that clearance has been given to the state government to initiate extraction at Deocha Pachami, which is one of the largest coal reserves in Asia. “We have a big announcement for you. The Centre has issued clearance for mining works at Deocha Pachami. It will create a total employment of one lakh. The Bengal government will invest Rs 12,000 crore at the biggest coal block,” Banerjee said while addressing a gathering at Bantala. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIt may be mentioned here that Deocha Pachami, which had been awaiting a no-objection from the Centre for a long time, finally received the Centre’s nod allowing the state government to begin the mining work. It has become possible due to relentless efforts by the Mamata Banerjee government. The Chief Minister herself had written to the Centre for issuing the no-objection in this regard. The Power department officials had also urged the Centre repeatedly in this regard. The Centre will soon sign an official MoU with Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujathe Bengal government over the formal allotment of the world’s second-largest coal block situated in Birbhum. Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay had raised a question regarding the prolonged deadlock between the state and Centre on this issue, on Wednesday. A delegation of senior Trinamool members had also met the Union Coal minister Prahlad Joshi at his office in the Parliament on Tuesday. The state government is set to get the allocation after a long wait of three years. The project will not only fulfill the coal demand of the state, but other adjacent states as well. This coal block is the largest in India, covering an area of 12.31 sq km and having a reserve of 2,102 million tonnes of coal.last_img read more