Two Limerick Museums to receive €16,000 funding boost

first_imgSenator Maria ByrneLimerick Museum and The Hunt Museum are to benefit from a funding boost of €16,000, a Fine Gael Senator has confirmed.Senator Maria Byrne said, “My colleague, the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, has confirmed additional funding for a number of local and regional museums around the country under the Regional Museum Exhibitions Scheme 2019.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Limerick is to benefit from this funding boost with The Hunt Museum to receive €8,000 for an exhibition commemorating the work of Sir John Lavery and  Walter Fredrick Osbourne and Limerick Museum to receive €8,000 for an exhibition to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Limerick Soviet.“This funding will help to protect and promote our cultural heritage.”Minister Madigan said, “I am very pleased to offer this support to an important part of our culture and heritage. These cultural bodies are often run on relatively modest budgets and to be in a position to offer support is a very positive thing.“These bodies are often central focus points within the community and it is vital that they are supported in their role as guardians and narrators of our cultural heritage.“The funding provided under this scheme over the past few years has allowed these cultural entities to continue to enhance the presentation of their exhibitions which, in turn, improves the cultural offering of the communities they serve.” Print WhatsApp Limerick on Covid watch list Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Advertisement Previous articlePolitical row over crucial Limerick projectsNext articleSpecial invitation to the library for Limerick’s young literary stars Staff Reporter Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! center_img Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook TAGSFundingheritageLimerick City and Countylocal news Email NewsLocal NewsPoliticsTwo Limerick Museums to receive €16,000 funding boostBy Staff Reporter – June 25, 2019 131 Twitterlast_img read more

New sentencing set for ‘The Bachelor’ star in Iowa crash

first_imgINDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — A new sentencing date has been set for former “The Bachelor” star Chris Soules for leaving the scene of a fatal 2017 accident.The Des Moines Register reports Soules will be sentenced on Aug. 27 at the Buchanan County Courthouse in Independence, Iowa.A judge last week delayed sentencing after striking letters written by the deceased driver’s family. The judge agreed that family members couldn’t be considered victims because Soules wasn’t convicted of causing the death of 66-year-old Kenny Mosher.Soules was arrested after he rear-ended a tractor in April 2017. Soules called 911, performed CPR on Mosher and waited for first responders, but he left the scene before officers arrived.The 37-year-old former reality TV star pleaded guilty on Nov. 13 to a reduced charge of leaving the scene of a serious injury accident.Soules appeared on “The Bachelor” and “Dancing With The Stars” in 2015.last_img read more

More Water Shortages Hit Monrovia

first_imgFor the fifth time in less than three months, users of pipe-borne water connected to the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation’s (LWSC) lines must once again contend with the inconvenience of water shortages in Monrovia and its environs.During a weekend tour of some densely populated areas of Monrovia, hundreds of people were seen desperately searching for water.Officials of the LWSC are yet to provide any explanation as to why the people of Monrovia continue to encounter hardships in securing safe drinking water even when they are paying for it.The management of the LWSC has said on many occasions that pipe-borne water has been restored to several parts of greater Monrovia and its environs. In spite of these claims, access to water still remains an issue in these same areas.LWCS’s customers continue to argue that the provision of the water on a sustained basis cannot be over-emphasized.Despite many assurances from the LWSC’s managers and engineers that they are ready to meet consumers’ needs, the water corporation’s customers and other Liberians continue to experience water shortages on a regular basis.The affected residents told the Daily Observer that their hardship has continued with no practical solution from the LWSC’s management in sight.“As the Rainy Season is here, we need a reliable water source, so we can avoid water-borne diseases,” one business owner pleaded.As a result of the recurrent water shortages, the presence of wheelbarrow water carriers to various homes and businesses is on the rise again. In some cases, not all of these water carriers have access to the LWSC’s various water pumps.This creates a situation where people are forced to use water from unhygienic sources due to their desperate need.The water carriers often expose the water to unhealthy elements as they transport the water from its source to their customers across the city center.In encounters with some private water carriers during the weekend, they pointed out that getting safe drinking water from the LWSC’s hand pumps is a huge challenge due to the long distances of some of their locations in and around the city.One water carrier, Milton Bear Sackie of Slipway, said some of the kiosks containing these pumps are situated in crime-prone communities.He said going to these areas often poses a threat to their safety.Another water carrier, Mary B. Norton, told the Daily Observer the situations at the various kiosks could be described as a ‘real nightmare,’ owing to the number of carriers that turn out daily in search of safe drinking water.She said upgrading of the LWSC’s pipelines is critical to the provision of pipe-borne water to the people of Monrovia and other communities outside of the nation’s capital.During the weekend tour, several isolated communities in Duala, Brewerville and Waterside sounded urgent appeals to the LWSC management to establish water pumps in their areas.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Deep Dive on USDA Grain Stocks

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Alan BruglerDTN Contributing AnalystUSDA graced us with a number of reports on Friday, Feb. 8, including final Crop Production, Grain Stocks and updated World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE). The WASDE report put the stocks-to-use ratio at only 11.7%. If realized, that would be the tightest since 2013-14, when it was 9.16%. The cash average price for corn that year was $4.46.Before you get too bulled up, remember that five months of that 12-month weighted average are already in the books. It will be tough, statistically, to get corn to rally high enough and fast enough to reach that kind of average price for the entire year. That said, stocks are tightening and supply-to-demand economics says that should be friendly to either cash or futures prices.The Grain Stocks report says U.S. corn stocks on December 1 were 615 million bushels (mb) smaller than they were a year ago.How did we get there?Beginning stocks were down 153 mb from year ago. Production was 184 mb smaller after NASS cut the estimated national average yield to 176.4 bushels per acre (bpa) (taking it below year-ago levels by 0.2 bpa). The 2.5 bpa cut from November to final was the largest downward revision in bushel terms for that period in our data set, although not in percentage terms. The third leg of the bullish stool was exports. Census exports for the first quarter were 632 mb versus only 349 mb a year ago. Corn industrial use was down, but exports were a whole lot better.The tightening of stocks is not uniform across the country. The five states we identify as the Western Corn Belt (IA, NE, MN, MO, KS) were holding 549.5 million fewer bushels on December 1 than they were a year ago. They typically represent about 49% of all U.S. corn supplies, but are down to 47.6% this year. The formula is the same as for the national numbers. September 1 stocks were 107 mb smaller and production was 237 mb smaller after the revisions. Those account for 344 mb of the decline. The other 205 mb represents increased regional disappearance. We don’t have enough detail yet to determine if that was feed use, ethanol use or export use. We suspect a large percentage of it was due to the stronger exports, as some ethanol plants in the region have been mothballed.East of the Mississippi River, things look totally different. The three Eastern Corn Belt states (IL, IN, OH) had 8 million more bushels on hand September 1 than the previous year, with most of it in Illinois. The 2018 production was 183.9 mb larger than last year. December 1 stocks were up 157.4 mb year over year. That’s a whole lot different than the 549.5 mb deficit in the Western Corn Belt.These eight states accounted for 76.5% of the U.S. corn inventory on Dec. 1. Others had some significant swings (for them), such as North Dakota dropping from 419 mb a year ago to 331 mb this December. South Dakota dropped from 663 mb to 650 mb. Those two states have roughly an extra hundred million bushels of soybeans on hand, but they are in OK shape on corn.What’s the bottom line?We should expect corn basis nationally to be stronger than last year, with stocks and stocks-to-use ratios tighter. Bids west of the Mississippi River, in particular, should be firmer than a year ago, with the exception of some local drawing areas where ethanol plants are currently out of the market. The eastern U.S. should benefit from the overall national tightness, but has more inventory that needs to be moved. It would seem like a good setup for more of the Gulf barge market to be fed from the Eastern Corn Belt states, subject to water conditions on the Ohio and Illinois Rivers. Eastern livestock feeders will still be somewhat hostage to rail rates, but should have a touch more leverage on the Midwest back end. National basis, as measured by the DTN National Corn Index, is currently 3 cents stronger than last year.Alan Brugler may be reached at [email protected](BE/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

A Detailed Review of the DaVinci Resolve Keyboard

first_imgIn this hands-on review, we take a look at Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve keyboard and how it can increase your editing efficiency.I’ve never used an editing keyboard. I’ll get that out the way before we begin. I won’t be comparing it to the editing keyboards of yesterday, or how it stacks up against other keyboards engineered for rival NLEs. I’ll be coming at this review from the following perspectives:Does this keyboard improve my DaVinci Resolve editing?Would I recommend this keyboard to those who have never used one before.So, let’s discuss design, construction, and what’s in the box.As with all Blackmagic peripherals, this unit is robust. It’s made from premium metal and weighs just under 2.5KG. This is a significant increase compared to a plastic Logic keyboard. And, while I wouldn’t suggest dropping it, it does feel like it could take a few dings. Regarding size, this is no small keyboard (58.5 x 23.5cm). In fact, I can’t fit the Resolve keyboard in my keyboard desk holder without removing the mouse. Keyboards usually lay flat and only offer a tilted profile when you extend the keyboard legs. However, the Resolve keyboard is already raised, providing a further extension when accessing the keyboard legs.This keyboard features three ports – two USB-A and one USB-C.On the rear of the unit are three ports — two USB-A and one USB-C — allowing you to connect a mouse if you’re using the keyboard away from your workspace, or even the Resolve studio dongle. The keyboard doesn’t come with a Resolve studio license like a camera. However, one could argue that, well, if you’re buying a $1000 editing keyboard, it’s likely that you already own the premium version of the software. There’s one USB-C to USB-C cable included, but if your PC only has USB ports, you’ll need to use a USB-C to USB-A cable, which isn’t included.Using the KeyboardWhen you move to any new keyboard, there’s a sense of unfamiliarity. The keyboard, for many, is a daily extension, and the slight difference in key placement, key size, or just the feel of the key can provoke a sense of the unknown. If, like me, you use an ergonomic keyboard, anything remotely different feels like learning to type all over again. Therefore, during two-week period when I used the keyboard, I was unable to take full advantage of how the keyboard would increase your proficiency, but its effectiveness was undoubtedly prevalent.Quite like Resolve’s interface, you could say the keyboard divides into working areas that correspond to the various panels.The various panels provide work areas with multiple sections and arrangements.Editorial tools, trimming tools, and transition tools are on the left.Function keys, as usual, are on the top of the keyboard.Labeled character keys are in the center.Data control are to the right.And the selling point of the keyboard on the far-right — the search dial.Let’s get the character keys out of the way, as there’s not a lot regarding the functionality of the area. It is, after all, a set of standard keys with labels.The color-coded identifying labels help delineate individual functions.However, the identifying labels are easy to spot and color-coded for specific operations — for example, green for clip and timeline movement. Unlike the Blackmagic Micro Panel, none of the keys are backlit (the CAPS LOCK button does have a red LED indication). The keys themselves, as noted by Blackmagic, are “The same type used by eSports keyboards and each key is certified for over a million operations.”Which means you don’t have to fully press the key all the way down for the action to register.The main selling points, and where the keyboard really comes into its own, are the utility buttons that surround the typing area — the keys that reduce a few mouse clicks into a single button press.On the left-hand side of the keyboard, we have the editorial tools, trimming tools, and transition tools. These keys are primarily for use in conjunction with the search dial. For example, you’d find your in-point with the search dial, select the IN key, use the search dial to jog or scroll right, press the OUT key, then insert or append the footage to your timeline.Or …By making use of intuitive trimming controls, you could hit TRIM IN (keeping the key pressed), this jumps you to the nearest edit point. You can, then, use the dial to trim your clip. It’s these highlights that really make the keyboard shine, drastically improving your edit speed. I cannot count how many times I’ve had to turn off the snap function because my mouse is increasing the trim too far, and I need that precise frame by frame.The keyboard wants to move away from the use of the mouse and instead adopt a two-hand workflow. Think Minority Report. There’s an argument that “you could just assign these functions to a key on your keyboard.” But, the likelihood is that most of the keys have already been assigned a task, and then you move into the territory of creating customized shortcuts that consist of Shift+Ctrl+Letter, and at that level, it’s a lot easier to have a designated button. I’m a regular user of the smooth cut (see what that does here), and having a button that expedites that effect is beautiful. Perhaps the principal selling point of the Resolve keyboard is the search dial. Found on the right side of the unit, the search dial is a machined metal, high-precision, rotary dial that can operate under three functions — Shuttle, Job, and Scroll.One of the most prominent features is the search dial.As each function will drastically change how the dial operates, the activation key will illuminate with a red LED to indicate what process is currently active.The shuttle control will shift the dial into a clutch mode where you can rotate the dial in increments to move forward and reverse down the timeline. You can increase the speed from x0.5-x64 (with every multiplication in between), and the process remains in operation, even when you’ve moved your hand away from the dial.The jog control will allow pinpoint precision positioning of a frame-by-frame playback, whereas the scroll control will allow you to glide up and down the timeline smoothly.Use jog for precise frame findingUse scroll to navigate quicklyUse shuttle to skim through long media files at a user-defined speedAbove the control selection, you can also choose what the search dial affects, either the source or timeline. When combined with the edit tools on the far left, you’ll begin to see how powerful and efficient the keyboard will be.The function keys have beneficial features such as the freeze frame.The function keys (F1-F12) have acquired some beneficial features, which aren’t initially present on a standard keyboard, such as insert black and (more specifically) F3 to freeze frame. You can currently press Shift+R to freeze frame, but that freezes the entire clip. When you press the dedicated freeze button, it only freezes the clip forward from the play head. You, of course, have the standard functions such as insert and overwrite — present on any keyboard — but then we see features such as Pic in Pic and Transitions.However, upon pressing them, nothing happened. I switched to trim mode, and again, nothing happened. I went through two trains of thought: “Oh no, I hope I haven’t received a busted unit.” And then: “Oh no, it’s for the cut page.” I proceeded to restore the cut page’s visibility, selected it, and hit one of the non-functional buttons to see that it was now functioning.If you’ve followed any of my Resolve coverage here at PremiumBeat, you know I’m not a fan of the cut page. I think it’s okay for new editors and those looking to reduce Resolve’s steep learning curve, but I don’t think it’s a page as advertised — for editors on-the-go and to remove the bustling layout of the edit page. However, I honestly don’t find it practical. And here’s the thing, the initial overview of the live cut page announcement mentioned that editors could use the cut page in their hotel room making dailies on a compact laptop, as the cut page accommodates smaller screens. But, if you’re on the move and using the cut page to minimize the busy Resolve edit page, then why would you be carrying around a hefty keyboard?Between the search dial and the character keys is also a timecode numerical keypad and four buttons, which will alter the sort order of the media pool. While I understand their use, outside of testing their functions when the keyboard arrived, I’ve yet to use them again. Although, I can see the ease-of-use of quickly pressing a key to reorganize your media pool when it becomes messy.ConclusionI try to endorse a minimalist approach when it comes to equipment and technology — especially equipment that’ll reside on my workspace, as space isn’t plentiful. Likewise, I think it’s too easy to fall into the trap of buying every accessory that a company produces because you feel it’ll benefit you when, in reality, the standard process was never tedious.That said, I do believe the Resolve keyboard is an excellent addition to a Resolve editor’s arsenal. And, as advertised, it increases your editing efficiency. I had hoped to use the keyboard to cut my next short film, but complications have pushed that back. So, while I only used the keyboard to edit Shutterstock Tutorials content, I can acknowledge how quickly it increased some editing tasks. I can imagine after a month or two of straight editing with the keyboard, you’d be fully versed in its operation and become a more accelerated Resolve editor.Cover image via Blackmagic Design.Looking for more on DaVinci Resolve? Check out these articles.DaVinci Resolve’s Boring Detector – Offensive or Misunderstood?Editing Pocket 6K Files in Resolve with a Low-Performing ComputerGlowing Results: Grading Skin Tones in DaVinci ResolveWorking with Super Slow Motion in DaVinci ResolveHow to Make an Object Disappear Using DaVinci Resolvelast_img read more