first_imgLady luck abandoned Donegal champions Glenswilly as they were knocked out of the Ulster Club Championship – beaten by a single point by Monaghan champions Latton.The men from the Glen were hoping for a repeat of their earlier round game when they beat Cavan Gaels with a late penalty.But there was no such repeat as Latton came out on top 0-10 to 0-9 at MacCumhaill Park. Despite perfect conditions, a relatively small crowd turned up to see this Ulster Championship clash.On the day several of Glenswilly’s bigger names including Michael Murphy and Ciaran Bonner simply didn’t perform to their ability on the day.The sides went in level at four points a piece at half time.But the Monaghan men, inspired by their midfield master Lennon, who turned the screw from the restart. Latton seemed to score at ease but the same points cost Glenswilly a much greater deal of work and in the end that’s showed.Ironically Glenswilly could have stolen it late on but a close range rush on goal resulted in a point when a goal was in the offing.Overall however the Donegal champions could probably have very little to complain about and perhaps the better team on the day emerged victorious.BRAVE GLENSWILLY’S FAIRYTALE COMES TO AN END IN ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: November 13th, 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) Tags:glenswillyLATTONUlster Championshiplast_img read more

Ostrich chases cyclists in Cape Town

first_imgCyclists training for the prestigious Cape Town Cycle Tour were joined by a speeding ostrich. Oleksiy Mishchenko captured the precious footage on his head cam. The clip has gone viral globally and has received over a million views on YouTube already. Cyclists training on Cape Town’s roads are joined by an ostrich on 5 March 2016. (Image: Screengrab via Youtube, Oleksiy Mishchenko, Viralhog) • Tourists watch as buffalo burst tyre to chase lions away  • Crowdsourcing the Serengeti: citizen scientists classify millions of photos online  • When on an African safari, lock your doors  • Cyclists tour and train in South Africa’s green oasis • Sanlam Cape Town Marathon goes silver Priya PitamberWhen a group of cyclists took to the streets of the Mother City to train for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, held on 6 March, they saw more than they bargained for when an ostrich decided to join them.Filmed by cyclist Oleksiy Mishchenko on 5 March, equipped with a head cam, the footage has already gone viral and has racked up over a million views on YouTube.“The road by the ocean side was quiet and a little deserted,” described Mishchenko about the road conditions.He spotted the ostrich, which gave chase to his friends. He admitted he was scared at first, but then he thought he was going to fall off his bike with laughter.“The ostrich didn’t have any problem to keep up at 50km/h and apparently they do 70km/h with no sweat,” he wrote.“Luckily the creature decided to leave us alone, as we were running out of road.”Watch the hilarious clip:Canadian Cycling Magazine noted this was not the first time animals and cyclists had met on the road. “At last year’s Tour de France, Warren Barguil of Giant-Alpecin was one of several cyclists who threaded through the unanticipated obstacle of a herd of cows,” its website reads “Horses, too, have proven themselves avid followers of the pro peloton – literally, like at the Tour de Suisse or the 1997 Critérium International.”Amused viewers tweeted their comments:Ostrich thinks he’s a cyclist! He just wants to be one of the gang.. #ConfusedIdentity #OnlyInSA #LoveSouthAfrica— Riverlodge Cape Town (@CapeRiverlodge) March 7, 2016 The ostrich was angry because the cyclist cut it off a few kilometers back #TheProjectTV— #TheProjectTV (@theprojecttv) March 7, 2016 I just watched a video of an ostrich chasing a cyclist.. I cry laughed— Stacey (@_staceystewart) March 6, 2016 #Cyclist chased by #Ostrich! That would certainly make me pedal faster!— Lucy (@lil_lucy_d) March 5, 2016last_img read more

New York City Will Require More Efficient Buildings

first_imgNew York City has embarked on an ambitious program to lower the amount of energy consumed by city-owned buildings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050.One measure signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio will require most new city-owned buildings, and city-owned buildings undergoing major renovations, to meet the LEED Gold standard. This is a jump from the current requirement for LEED Silver. New buildings also would have to be designed to use half the energy they currently do, according to a statement from Urban Green Council, the local affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council. Energy use would be based on the median energy use for the building type, or on ASHRAE 90.1 2013, which becomes the city’s new energy code no later than 2017.The new law requires city-owned buildings to be designed and constructed as “low energy intensity” buildings.By 2030, the city must have a plan in place to limit energy use in new construction to no more than 38,000 Btu per square foot of floor area per year (Btu/sf/year) for new construction, and no more than 42,000 Btu/sf/year for buildings undergoing major renovations, Urban Green said.Those numbers correspond with Passivhaus Institut targets for new construction and retrofits, according to Ken Levenson, co-president of the North American Passive House Network.“The bill allows these Passive House targets to be an optional compliance pathway — so it is completely voluntary in the near term,” Levenson explained in an email. “But the law mandates the targets in 2030 — a long way off to be sure. From our perspective the law is good for two reasons: It completely shifts the frame of the discussion. It’s no longer about whether were going to Passive House but how fast. And we think that given the compliance options, when city agencies are looking at the feasibility, Passive House will actually be the economical option and we’ll get uptake completely voluntarily.”Planners also must consider the possibility of providing at least 10% of the energy the building uses from on-site renewable sources, while projects of three stories or more must consider the feasibility of net-zero energy design. The goal is to lower greenhouse gas emissionsIn April, de Blasio announced a number of measures designed to lower energy use and “put the city on a pathway” to an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.There are more than 1 million buildings in New York City, which collectively account for nearly 75% of the city’s total greenhouse gas emissions, according to a statement from the mayor’s office.De Blasio announced a program called “One City: Built to Last” in September 2014, a 10-year plan to retrofit both public and private buildings. Since then, his office said, the city has worked with a 50-member Buildings Technical Working Group on a “comprehensive analysis” of energy use.“The results of this analysis allowed the city to identify the best strategic measures to dramatically reduce buildings-based emissions, and will continue to inform integration of these measures into the City’s Energy Code,” the statement said. “The city will phase in the measures over the next 10 years, giving consideration to capital and replacement schedules, in order to minimize costs to building owners.”The combined efforts are designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings a total of 6.1 million metric tons by the year 2025.Plans announced in April would, according to the mayor’s office:Include the development of new measures to improve burner controls for boilers, cover open freezers and refrigerators in retail stores, seal roof vents in elevator shafts, and upgrade exterior lighting.Require the owners of large and mid-sized buildings to repair and improve heat distribution systems over the next 10 years with a focus on steam systems and radiators. More than 70% of all large buildings in the city use some form of steam heat.Require building owners to consider deep energy retrofits as part of a required energy audit. Urban Green predicts ripple effectThe edict directly affects a relatively small number of buildings, Urban Green noted, but should have a significant ripple effect on privately owned construction as well.“The impact of this legislation will extend far beyond the city’s vast municipal portfolio, which amounts to 5% of the city’s building stock,” Urban Green said. “New York’s designers and builders will need to create a new generation of hyper-efficient buildings that will ultimately advance building practice in the city’s private sector as well, and have worldwide implications given the international reach of many NYC firms.”A companion law covers capital projects on city-owned buildings valued at $2 million or more. It updates the LEED requirement from LEED version 3 to version 4, which has more stringent energy requirements, and requires most new projects to meet the LEED Gold standard rather than Silver.There are new requirements for schools and hospitals, industrial buildings, and factories.last_img read more

Enhance your Video Editing Projects with Light Leaks and Film Grain

first_imgTake your project to the next level by adding punch with film grain and light leaks.  These 5 sites offer 1080 to 4K footage that will work in your video editing app of choice.Media creators of all budgets (indie, corporate, commercial) are always looking to add pop and production value to their projects.  One increasingly popular way to do this is to use video clips of film grain and light leaks/flares.You can buy video editing plugins that perform a similar function, but what I like about using actual footage is that it works in any video editing, compositing or color correction app (FCP7/X, Premiere Pro, Media Composer, After Effects, DaVinci Resolve).The best way to integrate light leak and film grain clips into your projects is to add them to your timeline using blend and composite modes (screen, soft light).  Once a blending mode is chosen, lay the film grain or light leaks on the top layer of your video editing timeline.  If this seems confusing check out  a video tutorial here that will quickly get you up to speed using these elements.Some of the light leaks and film grain clips listed below are available in 4K, with the ability to resize and rotate them for flexibility with your HD & 2K projects.  For those looking for free light leaks and film grains, I have a list of those here.Rampant Design ToolsFilm FX  $100, Film FX 2 $150 – Rampant Design Tools offers a range of useful products including glitches, dust and film grain.  Their newest product Film FX 2 features 100 4K (4096×2304) elements including flashes, light leaks, scratches and  film grain. For video editors wanting to experiment with this type of footage, they offer a $.99 sample pack so you can check out their products for almost free. They have a training page with tutorials on using their products.Edit with LightGrain $9.99, 4K Leaks $39.99 – Edit with Light is an online marketplace of video editing light leaks, grain, flares, and sparks that range from 1080P to 4K resolution.  Their elements have been used in everything from wedding videos to a Bud Light Commercial. They have a blog featuring case studies of their products in use.CinegrainIndie Filmmaker Collection 125 clips hard drive $499 – Cinegrain is unique in that they offer their flash frames, grain, and light leaks on a portable hard drive. They are aimed at freelancers that want the ability to carry that their elements with them. They offer a range of packages and their Indie Filmmaker Collection is 125 clips at 4K/2K/1080 resolution. Tao of Color has a tutorial/review on working with Cinegrain in Da Vinci Resolve & FCPX. Lights Film School has a nice read on using Cinegrain in an indie film.CrumplePopCinegrain $199 – CrumplePop offers Grain35 and it works both as an effect inside of FCP X and as footage for other apps. They offer 16mm & 35mm film grain in 3 flavors (underexposed, normal and overexposed). Their blog offers interviews with filmmakers and filmmaking tips.Gorilla GrainGrain Super Pack $99, Luster Film Burns $99 – Gorilla Grain offers 35 & 16mm film grain and light leaks/burns in 1080. For video editors on a restrictive budget, they also offer a free film grain and burn that you can download.last_img read more