News in brief

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article News in briefOn 1 May 2002 in Personnel Today This month’s news in brief – The eLearning Network (ELN) and the Forum for Technology in Training,professional bodies for users and developers of learning technologies, are inmerger talks. “With an increase in e-learning usage forecast over the nextfew years, it is essential that the UK has a single, powerful body to representthe needs of users,” said Karen Velasco of Centrica and chairman of theForum.– Click2learn, Docent, Knowledge Planet, Pathlore, Saba, SmartForce andThinq are among those named as leading providers of enterprise learningtechnology to Global 2000 organisations in a recent survey by the IT researchfirm the META Group.– Research by e-learning consultancy Wide Learning reveals that one in threeCity workers have not received compliance training as regulated by theFinancial Services Authority. Six out of 10 of those questioned have not beenformally tested on their awareness of key compliance issues, says WideLearning, and one in three were not able to name their Money LaunderingReporting Officer. read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, April 30

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Pledge allegiance  to the ConstitutionDear NeverTrump followers: It’s been two years of going after this duly elected president since the losing party lost.Let’s go over the list: Russian collusion, none found. Obstruction, none found to be able to prosecute.The money and resources wasted on trying to tear down this president is astronomical. Other side notes: immigration separating families.Nope, sorry. That was Barack. Funny, where were the screaming liberals then? President Trump was elected because he is not a career politician like the Clintons, Bushes, Pelosi, Schumer, Gillibrand; you know the list.We have a Constitution and if we just follow the guidelines as a nation, we would thrive.I would like to ask all parties and politicians new and old: You swear an oath when you take office. Maybe you should understand the gravity of your oath — a constitutional allegiance, to protect and defend our country from enemies foreign and domestic. Think about it.Robert SponableSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDems need platform, not Trump bashingThe vitriolic Democratic Party leadership appears to be fixated on finding some impeachable offense against President Trump and will not stop until some special investigator sees things their way.Unfortunately, this obsession, and the media’s acquiescence to this preoccupation, masks both parties’ inability to work together to generate and debate workable solutions to other major issues affecting our country, e.g. appropriate immigration reform, global terrorism, skyrocketing college tuition, crumbling infrastructures and fixing Obamacare, among others.The Democratic Party now has less than 18 months to remove President Trump electorally.But in order to do that, they have to come up with a candidate and a platform that appeals to the voters in all 50 states.If not, they will have caused another four years of Donald Trump. Hillary badly misplayed the Electoral College game and never gave me a reason to vote for her other than she was Hillary and a woman.Come on, Democratic Party and candidates, give me a reason to vote for you and your platform this time. Bashing Donald Trump does not get it for me.I’m tired of it.Ken MooreSchenectadylast_img read more

Dynamic Solar System Illuminated in Stunning New Images

first_imgImages both striking and beautiful continue to arrive on Earth from remote corners of the solar system.  Arriving as streams of binary digits with energies mere quadrillionths of a watt, received by giant radio dishes then amplified and processed, the results are nothing short of amazing.  Here’s a glimpse of what turned up this week:Volcanic fury:  Imagine a volcano going off in Texas and covering the entire state with ash.  That’s what happens often on a moon of Jupiter, Io, not much bigger than our moon.  The New Horizons spacecraft is approaching Jupiter on its express ticket to Pluto.  Seven years ago, the Galileo spacecraft snapped amazing pictures of one of Io’s active volcanoes, Tvashtar Catena (see Planetary Photojournal), with fire fountains, lava lakes up to 2400 °F, and plumes a mile high.  Not much has changed.  New Horizons snapped these images (see BBC News) of the plume still spouting 150 miles above the surface.  The caption states, “The volcano … is surrounded by a dark patch the size of Texas consisting of the fallout from the eruption.”Glory rings:  The Cassini spacecraft assembled its data bits into some of the most stunning images of Saturn’s rings yet seen since its arrival in 2004.  Now riding high over Saturn during its “180 Transfer” maneuver, it looked up at the dark side of the rings, capturing the entire ring system in a mosaic of 36 images.  The primary mosaic exposed for the dark rings makes the planet blindingly bright, so image processors digitally removed Saturn for this ring composite of 27 images, taken from a million miles above Saturn at 60° inclination.  Browsing the image at high resolution reveals the clumpy F ring beyond the bright main rings.  Studies have shown the “shepherd moons” Pandora and Prometheus stealing material from the rings as they move nearer then farther from the band of orbiting ice.  Saturn’s rings are turning out to be much more dynamic and complex than previously realized.  A movie of Cassini’s ring plane crossing was posted to add a bit of a thrill ride to visitors.  It really gives a sense of how thin the rings are compared to their breadth.Titan dune buggy:  The latest radar images from Titan (T25, Feb 22) clarified some previously-known wonders.  Image no. PIA09181 shows some of the icy sand dunes in stark relief.  A newly released slide presentation by Ralph Lorenz (Johns Hopkins U) explains current thinking about these dunes, what they are made of, and how they form and move.  About 20% of Titan’s surface is covered in these dunes.  They exist primarily at equatorial latitudes and rise up to 100 meters high.  The presentation shows analogies with Earth sand dunes and says Titan’s dunes can form in about 1,000 years.  Material from methane rain runoff or from particles drifting down from the atmosphere are most likely candidates for the “sand” grains.  The estimated energy of Titan’s winds sets constraints on the size and mass of the particles.  One scientist counted 10,000 individual dunes on Titan—don’t ask her how or why.  You might ask her, though, “watch a dune?”Titan great lakes:  Investors might want to snatch up the prime lakefront property in Titan’s northern latitudes, as seen in this stunning radar image from the T25 flyby on Feb. 22.  The island shown (see this zoom image) is estimated to be the size of the big island of Hawaii.  If the dark area is indeed liquid methane or ethane, it appears to be deepest in the upper part and shallower near the island.  Finding possible lakes on Titan was exciting, but the amount falls far short of pre-Cassini predictions.Saturn gallery:  For more ooh-ahh pictures of Saturn taken recently by Cassini’s cameras, visit the Imaging Science album.Ol’ Sol has soul:  A new twin mission called STEREO is taking awe-inspiring new images of the sun (see National Geographic News).  The top image needs no drum roll.  Images like this can help scientists predict solar radiation risks for future astronauts on missions to the moon and Mars (see ICR article on space hazards).In other space news, Rosetta just passed Mars (see Astronomy Picture of the Day) on its way to a comet 7 more years from now.  The European Space Agency’s Mars Express and Venus Express are still in operation, and the USA’s Messenger is on the way to Mercury (ESA just approved a Mercury mission, also).  JPL’s Mars program is still in high gear with two rovers and two orbiters hard at work.  And Cassini has over a year of its prime mission left with a probable two- or three-year extended mission – maybe even longer, if all continues to function.  In short, lots of great space science still ahead.Aren’t these great days to be alive?  Each data bit coming into the giant dishes of the Deep Space Network is a treasure that scientists in earlier times would have died for.  Let’s gather it safely and not let our gold get molded into graven images for idols.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ryan Lee, Nov. 9

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are trying to get caught up on a lot of fronts. You kind of put everything aside when you get caught up in the heat of battle during harvest. I am working on some finances today. We are all guilty of shoving paperwork aside because we’d much rather be outside working. We are working on the year-end financials to make decisions about the year ahead.We still have some beautiful weather to get stuff cleaned up and put everything away and we are still working on that as well. Guys around here really took advantage of the good weather to hammer the rest of their acres out. I have seen a corn field out here or there but harvest is pretty well wrapped up with just a few exceptions.The corn was below trend line, which is what we thought all along, but the beans were a pleasant surprise. It is not all that uncommon to have a good bean year and not have a great corn year. They have two different types of reproduction cycles and they can perform very differently in the same environment.last_img read more

Tips on Lighting Day for Night Interiors

first_imgDay for night interiors can be tough. However, with the right approach, you can sell the effect by controlling, shaping, and cutting out the daylight.Cover image via Indie Cinema Academy.Understand Your Light SourceWe always hear about day for night exteriors but hardly ever day for night interiors. The first thing to understand when lighting any type of night scene is your main light source — in this case, it’s the moon. You’ll also have many practical sources in the room. However, to give a little lift to the scene, you’ll still want to push some moonlight through a window.Many people think that the moon is a soft source because it is dim. However, the moon is actually a hard source and casts a hard shadow. You can see this illustrated in photos by David Mullen, ASC. He took these photos at night at a high ISO to demonstrate the light quality of moonlight.When lighting a night scene, interior or exterior, it’s always wise to rely on your harder light sources like your pars or spotted fresnels. Using these sources, you can easily imitate the quality of light of the moon and create those harsh shadows.Controlling the Ambient DaylightOnce you control the ambient daylight spilling into a room, it almost becomes a studio-like setting. You have complete control of the lighting in a room.When filming a day for night interior, ambient daylight spilling through the windows can be a problem. It’s wise to control it by knocking out all ambient light that’s spilling through windows, doorways, etc. You really want to get this room as dark as you possibly can. The best way to do this is to wrap a window using duvetyne or as many solid black flags as you have.If you’re going to push moonlight through a window, you can easily make a tent in that area with your duvetyne and allow room to place a light.The video below by Indie Cinema Academy is shot at night. However, once you flag off all ambient daylight, the same principles will apply.Also, be sure to avoid rooms with white walls. Once you start pushing in your moonlight, the white walls will behave like giant reflectors and start pushing your light in all sorts of directions. From that point, it will be difficult to sell the night effect.ExposureExposure is a key component when filming any night scene. To really sell the effect, it is wise to underexpose your subject by 2-3 stops. Creating this darkness for the subject will create an evening effect. In this situation, be sure to keep an eye on your shadows so they don’t fall into complete black. You’ll still want detail in there.Color TemperatureColor temperature plays a huge role in selling the effect of moonlight in a night scene. Moonlight is a very blue light source. This is much different than the 3200K practicals in most interiors, and this actually works out to your advantage. If you’re using an HMI light, which are roughly 5600K, you can achieve this moonlight effect by placing your HMI through a window and changing the white balance on your camera to 3200K. You can then use 1/2 CTO on the light to warm it up slightly but still maintain a blue color. This white balance will make the light blue, creating a moonlight effect. Then, if you have a practical source in the interior, like a lamp, you can keep a warm tungsten bulb in and base all of your interior lighting on a 3200K source.Have you shot any day for night interior scenes? Let us know in the comments.Looking for more information on day for night shooting? Check out these resources.Low-Budget Solutions for Shooting Nighttime Car Scenes5 Reasons Your Day For Night Footage Doesn’t Look RightCinematography Tip: Why ‘Day for Night’ Is a Horrible Idea7 Indie Filmmaking Tips for Shooting Day for Nightlast_img read more

You Become What You Think About

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now It was a few weeks after my brain surgeries, and I was sitting in my neurologist’s office filling out paperwork. Before the surgeries I was living in Los Angeles, where I was mandated by the state to pay for disability insurance. This was something I would not have done voluntarily at 22 years old, my age when I arrived in California.The application I was filling out had two boxes. The first box allowed me to collect short term disability payments. If I selected that box, I would make some portion of my regular salary while I was recovering from my surgeries. The second box would allow me to collect permanent disability, where I would collect some portion of my salary forever.I asked my neurologist, “Am I disabled? I mean, do I have some permanent disability?” He said, “You are if you think you are.” I said, “I don’t think I am disabled.” And that was the end of the discussion, and I collected short term disability for 90 days.You are what you believe you are. Or, as the great Earl Nightingale put it, “We become what we think about.” There is no way to underestimate the importance of this idea. It is the foundation of all of the results you produce in life.Your beliefs precede your actions, and your actions precede your results. If you believe there is something you must do to succeed, your actions will fall in line with that belief. Certain results inevitably follow.But a lot of people don’t believe that they “must” do something to succeed. Instead, they believe they “should” do something, and so they lower their standard, never taking the necessary actions, never producing the great results they are capable of, and never reaching their full potential.What is it that you believe? What is it that you spend your time thinking about? Those beliefs, those thoughts, have produced the results you are experiencing now.What beliefs do you need to transform from “shoulds” to “musts?” What do you need to spend your time thinking about for you to reach your full potential?There is nothing more powerful than your beliefs.last_img read more

Fast bowler Tinu Yohannan to represent Kerala in Indian cricket team

first_imgThe Indian Cricket team has not had a representative from Kerala. It will now.Kerala’s dubious record was broken last week when pace bowler Tinu Yohannan, 22, made it to the squad in the first Test against England at Mohali.The 6’3” lad, trained at Chennai’s MRF Pace Foundation, has sports running,The Indian Cricket team has not had a representative from Kerala. It will now.Kerala’s dubious record was broken last week when pace bowler Tinu Yohannan, 22, made it to the squad in the first Test against England at Mohali.The 6’3” lad, trained at Chennai’s MRF Pace Foundation, has sports running in his veins. Son of the legendary T.C. Yohannan, the first Asian long jumper to cross 8 m, Tinu started early.But what drew him to cricket? “When I saw legends like my father forgotten by the public, I looked at cricket with passion.”Can Kerala forget its first cricket hero?last_img read more

Kontron COMe-bCL6 now with 9th Gen Intel processors and up to 128GB RAM

first_imgKontron is now providing the Kontron COMe-bCL6 Computer-on-Module in the COM Express basic Type 6 form factor (125×95 mm) equipped with Intel 9th Gen processors. With up to four memory sockets it enables a maximum memory expansion of up to 128GB. The COMe-bCL6 offers highest industrial quality and flexible application possibilities.The COMe-bCL6 is available in different processor versions. All versions can be equipped with up to 128GB non-ECC/ECC DDR4 memory. The Intel Optane system accelerator ensures fast data transfer from and to high-capacity mass storage devices. NVMe SSD also supports what is currently the fastest storage technology in a very compact package. Thanks to USB 3.1 support with up to 10Gbps and USB Type-C support, twice the bandwidth (compared to USB 3.0) can be achieved for fast data transfers.The COMe-bCL6 is ideally suited as a powerful successor for existing solutions, as it takes over their pin out and feature implementation. Typical applications include communication, digital signage, professional gaming and entertainment, medical imaging, surveillance and security, industrial edge or server applications, as well as industrial plant, machine and robot control, both at shop floor level and from the control room. The rugged variants of the COMe-bCL6 meet the particular demands of the defense, transportation and avionics sectors by offering an extended feature set and industrial temperature range from -40 to +85°C. With the processors of the 9th Gen Intel offers 25W CPUs for the first time.The COMe-bCL6 supports the Kontron APPROTECT security solution based on Wibu-Systems CodeMeter. In addition, Kontron APPROTECT Licensing enables the realization of new business models such as pay-per-use or time-based test versions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Axiomtek: new Intel Smart Display Module Large with latest Intel Core processorNext Employing energy harvesting in wearable medical device designslast_img read more

300 Eagle Scouts commemorated for reaching highest rank

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 1, 2018 300 Eagle Scouts commemorated for reaching highest rank May 1, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThey earned the highest rank they can in their program and Tuesday night, these young men received their recognition.300 Eagle Scouts were showcased to commemorate their achievement.KUSI’s very own Carlos Amezcua served as the emcee of the event. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more