Florida Solar Energy Center offers a 12-week Webinar designed to help building professionals and homebuyers sort through details of zero-energy constructionBeginning next month, the Florida Solar Energy Center, a research and training department of the University of Central Florida, will present a 12-session online course designed to help builders, contractors, designers, educators, energy auditors, energy raters, engineers, prospective homebuyers, and utility representatives familiarize themselves with strategies for constructing and operating zero-energy homes.The series of sessions, which begins June 3 with a course titled “Defining a Zero Energy Green Home,” is spread out over 22 weeks and covers subjects such as design fundamentals, highly efficient water heating systems, key characteristics of NZEH windows and walls, HVAC systems, PV system strategies, selecting appliances, and monitoring and operating techniques.The sessions are presented by FSEC staff and include video case studies. The cost of each course is $69. Click here for the registration page; click here for a PDF of the course brochure.
These versatile lenses continue to be high-performing video production assets.Cover image via ZEISS.The Zeiss Otus line of lenses have been on the market for a few years; however, I recently rediscovered them as I was looking for a quality lens option for a project that needed something more affordable than traditional cinema lenses. After reading numerous reviews, watching comparison videos, looking at stills, and seeing multiple charts, I believe these lenses will benefit any project.Image via ZEISS.SharpnessSimply put, these lenses are sharp. Each of the three lenses in the lineup features an F/1.4 aperture, and they are surprisingly sharp, even wide open. Most other lenses I was considering were very soft when wide open. Since I had night scenes coming up, I knew I would want a lens I could run wide open, if needed. After looking through numerous charts, the Otus line simply blew me away. You can view some charts here at The Digital Picture to exactly see just how well these lenses perform at F/1.4 compared to a Canon still lens option.Cinema Lens-Like Qualities and FeaturesA huge advantage these lenses have over other still lens options is a 0.8 gear, 32 pitch, and 300-degree barrel rotation. These lenses will feel and function like a traditional cinema lens, so you or your AC wont have difficulty pulling critical focus. Also featured are hard stops, which makes these lenses feel even more like a true cinema option. You can also attach a Cool-Lux LuxGear focus ring so you can easily attach the lens to any follow focus, making this even better for cinematic applications.ConsistencyMuch like the Arri Master Primes, these lenses feature a consistent aperture across the entire family. This is extremely useful when switching lenses because you do not have to adjust exposure for a lower focal length. Also notable is that these lenses perform extremely well across the entire image. Many lenses will lose their sharpness around the edges. However, the Otus line maintains great sharpness across the entire picture. You can view examples of this in the video below.ConclusionThese still lenses, crafted for video, should be strong contenders for your next shoot. They feature exceptional sharpness and cinema lens-like features, and they capture beautiful images. My only hope is that they’ll make more focal lengths.Have you used the Zeiss Otus line of lenses before? Let us know in the comments.
The Tamil Nadu police has informed the Madras High Court that they cannot book cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar, tennis player Sania Mirza and TV host Mandira Bedi in a national flag insult case filed against them in the state.The state police department could not take action against the personalities without the central government’s permission, police told the Madras High Court Bench here.Police submitted that neither the accused belonged to Tamil Nadu nor were they available on the date of the complaint or on subsequent dates.Police filed the counter affidavit on Tuesday in response to a petition by an advocate, B Stalin, seeking a direction to a police inspector to register criminal cases against them under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 and Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper use) Act, 1950.When an offence was committed outside India, no prosecution under the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper use) Act could be instituted without central government’s sanction, the affidavit said.The lawyer should have approached the central government for proper sanction for prosecution, it said.According to the petitioner, while celebrating his birthday Sachin Tendulkar cut a cake which was in the national flag design at Jamaica On March 10,2010.Similarly on May 19,2010, Sania Mirza was resting her feet on a guitar painted in the tricolour while posing as a model for an International company.In Mandira’s case, she was wearing a sari with the national flag on its border,touching her feet, the petitioner said.- With inputs from PTIadvertisement
Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,213.45, lost 153.84 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 23 cents, or 2.47 per cent, to $9.07 on 9.7 million shares.Prometic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX:PLI). Biotechnology. Down 14 cents, or 15.91 per cent, to 74 cents on 7.4 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down nine cents, or 2.40 per cent, to $3.66 on 5.7 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Down 24 cents, or 2.09 per cent, to $11.25 on 5.4 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Down $1.65, or 4.90 per cent, to $32.01 on 5.3 million shares.BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Wireless communications. Down $1.01, or 6.82 per cent, to $13.80 on 3.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Loyalty programs. Down five cents, or 2.89 per cent, to $1.68 on 518,276 shares. Aeroplan’s parent company is apologizing for a politically charged survey it circulated that it says “offended” customers. In a statement made to the Canadian Press, Aimia spokesperson Christa Poole says the questions had not been properly reviewed internally and didn’t meet the company’s data-gathering standards.CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:CMED). Healthcare. Down $2.07, or 5.72 per cent, to $34.15 on 20,118 shares. CEO Brent Zettl has resigned, effective immediately, as Aurora Cannabis nears completion of its $1.1 billion acquisition of the medical marijuana company.Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B) – Media company. Down three cents, or 1.68 per cent, to $1.76 on 6,500 shares. The media company says it is hiring 20 new reporters in Western Canada and will rebrand and upgrade the digital offerings of its five free daily Metro urban newspapers across Canada. As of April 10, the Metros will be called StarMetro Vancouver, StarMetro Calgary, StarMetro Edmonton, StarMetro Toronto and StarMetro Halifax.Transcontinental Inc. (TSX:TCL.A) – Printer and publisher. Up $2.47, or 9.71 per cent, to $27.92 on 538,309 shares. Transcontinental is taking a big leap in its strategic shift towards flexible packaging with the company’s largest ever deal that would diminish the role of commercial printing that has been the cornerstone of the company since its founding 42 years ago. The C$1.72 billion purchase of Coveris Americas will make it North America’s seventh-largest packaging company.
RICHMOND, Va. – Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in northern Virginia, according to a person familiar with the plans.The official decision expected later Tuesday will end an intense competition between North American cities to win the Amazon bid and its promise of 50,000 new jobs — and dash Toronto’s hopes of securing one of the locations.Toronto Mayor John Tory said in September that the city — the only Canadian contender to make the short list — was uniquely positioned to host the company because of its diversity and comparatively lower business costs.Tory had said that Toronto submitted a bid that highlighted “the fact that the Toronto Region has emerged as a global centre of innovation and technology because of our talented, diverse and inclusive workforce.”“There is no other region in North America that can boast the same talent, the same quality of life, the same vibrancy and economic strength. We made that point to Amazon in our pitch and in person when they visited us here,” he said in a statement to The Canadian Press in September.Some locations tried to stand out with stunts, but Amazon made clear that it really wanted incentives, like tax breaks and grants. Amazon also had sought to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people, among other criteria.The company received 238 proposals before narrowing the list to 20 in January.Amazon had stipulated that it wanted to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have direct access to mass transit; and have room to expand. It also wanted to able to attract top technical talent and be able to expand the headquarters to as much as eight million square feet in the next decade.Set within eyeshot of the nation’s capital, Crystal City is a thicket of 1980s-era office towers trying to plug into new economic energy after thousands of federal jobs moved elsewhere.Rapidly growing Long Island City, in the borough of Queens, is an old manufacturing area already being reinvented as a hub for 21st-century industry, creativity and urbane living.In setting off the flurry of interest, Amazon said it could spend more than US$5 billion to build its second headquarters over the next 17 years. The two locations combined would be about the same size as the company’s current home in Seattle, which has 33 buildings, 23 restaurants and houses 40,000 employees.The company isn’t leaving Seattle, and Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has said the new headquarters will be “a full equal” to its current home.The extra space will help the rapidly growing company.Launched in 1995 as a site that mostly sells books, Amazon now produces movies, makes voice-activated Echo devices, runs the Whole Foods grocery chain, offers online services to businesses and designs its own brands of furniture, clothing and diapers. Its ambitions are wide: It launched a company to lower health care costs for its employees and Amazon’s corporate partners in the venture, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway.Amazon’s employee total has ballooned to more than 600,000 worldwide, and that’s expected to increase as it builds more warehouses across the country to keep up with online orders. The company recently announced that it would pay all its workers at least $15 an hour, but the employees at its second headquarters will be paid a lot more — Amazon says they’ll make an average of more than $100,000 a year.___Pisani reported from New York.With files from The Canadian Press.
Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the ball during OSU’s 38-10 win over Penn State on Oct. 17 at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorAfter eight wins in as many tries to begin the 2015 college football season, Ohio State is the third-best team in the country.That at least comes in the mind of the College Football Playoff selection committee, which released its first rankings of the 2015 season on Tuesday night.The Buckeyes opened the season as the unanimous No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll and have held that spot throughout the season, though their number of votes has dwindled from the start.OSU is joined by four Big Ten counterparts in the top 25: No. 7 Michigan State, No. 9 Iowa, No. 17 Michigan and No. 21 Northwestern.Alongside the Scarlet and Gray, the other three teams rounding out the current four-team playoff are No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 LSU and No. 4 Alabama.Last season, OSU appeared at No. 16 in the first CFP Poll after a 6-1 start to the season, including a second-week loss at home against Virginia Tech.The Buckeyes ended up winning their next six games to earn the fourth seed and went on to win the national championship after playoff wins against Alabama and Oregon.The College Football Playoff selection committee is made up of 12 members and is currently in its second season. New rankings are released each Tuesday until the end of regular season, followed by the final rankings on Dec. 6, the day after the end of the conference championship games.The complete top 25 of the first iteration of the rankings can be found below:1. Clemson2. LSU3. Ohio State4. Alabama5. Notre Dame6. Baylor7. Michigan State8. TCU9. Iowa10. Florida11. Stanford12. Utah13. Memphis14. Oklahoma State15. Oklahoma16. Florida State17. Michigan18. Mississippi19. Texas A&M20. Mississippi State21. Northwestern22. Temple23. UCLA24. Toledo25. Houston
After a phenomenal season for the Egyptian in Liverpool, Klopp recently claimed the fact that Salah won the PFA Player of the Year award is a nice boost for his career.Despite winning POTY, Klopp claimed Salah is well aware of the fact that the season is far from over yet as the first leg of their semi-final clash with Roma is on Tuesday.Salah has definitely put in effort, which eventually resulted in this award, as he has been able to score 41 goals in 46 appearances across all competitions this season.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I’m really happy for him,” Klopp said at a news conference. “He can be really proud of that. It’s a fantastic achievement. I think if all the other players vote for you, [then] that means the most to all players,” Klopp claimed, according to ESPN.“I didn’t speak to him after because he was obviously in London yesterday, but he will be back today and I can tell him what I want to tell him face to face.”“It’s great but he knows the season is not finished so far. [There are] a lot of things to come. I’m sure it’s a nice boost for him. I really have to say in a season like this when Kevin De Bruyne plays a season like he played, it makes it even more special,” Klopp went on to add.
Juventus have launched their third-kit design for the 2018-19 season, which has been made entirely out of recycled plastic waste from the oceanThe latest kit was made by Adidas in a collaboration with a non-profit organisation called Parley for the Oceans.Cristiano Ronaldo and his new teammates will be wearing gear made from a 100% recycled polyester interlock material that incorporates ocean plastic for this season as Juventus look to win an eight successive Serie A title.The official colours of the kit will be “carbon” and “‘shock yellow”.Adidas designer Francesca Venturini, who worked closely with Parley for the Oceans during the making of the jersey, revealed the inspiration behind the design.He told the club website: “The new Juve third kit has eco-innovation and longevity at its very heart,”Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Through our partnership with Parley for the Oceans we’ve been able to create this beautiful jersey made from Ocean Plastic ®. The dark grey shade with yellow accents makes it the perfect jersey to be worn either on pitch or on the streets.”The Serie A champions join the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid as the latest high-profile club to support Parley Ocean Plastic’s aims to stop plastic pollution by wearing their kits.Juventus’s eco-friendly 2018/19 third kit has landed! pic.twitter.com/iizhNxE5Sm— B/R Football (@brfootball) July 18, 2018
Related Items:five cays, Pdm, premier rufus ewing, sean astwood TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Dec 2014 – The Premier is not being proactive enough about the so called, ‘sluggish processing’of the Crown Land Unit application of the resort development project touted for Five Cays. It was during the PDM Party’s mid-term report card press Conference, that shadow minister for business in the Opposition Party and Member for Five Cays, Hon Sean Astwood explained the problems and the TC Weekly news quotes him saying: “I do know that government departments that have responsibility of facilitating this development need to get their act together.” As for what the Member feels is at stake here, everything. “I am afraid that if that doesn’t happen soon the developers might look somewhere else to do their project.” Cabinet has already approved and bragged about the development; five months later the eco-adventure, low density, spa resort project remains in limbo because of bureaucracy. Recommended for you TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp