Fulham duo set to miss Stoke game

first_imgJamie O’Hara will sit out Fulham’s League Cup clash with Stoke and Tom Cairney is also likely to miss tonight’s game. A hip injury meant O’Hara missed training on Monday, while Cairney picked up a knock during the session and is being assessed.Neither injury is serious but Whites boss Kit Symons wants to make sure the pair are available to face QPR so is reluctant to risk them ahead of Friday’s derby.Both players scored in Fulham’s 3-2 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.Fulham will also be without recent signings Ryan Fredericks and James Husband against Stoke as both players are cup-tied.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Lawmaker Targets DOE’s Weatherization Program

first_img RELATED ARTICLES California Increases Funding For Low-Income Weatherization U.S. House Proposes Huge Increase In Weatherization SpendingGet a Green Grip on Stimulus CashBeyond Weatherization: More Stimulus Money Coming Sorting the Nuts and Bolts of a State’s Weatherization Program Some States Customize Weatherization Plans, but Will DOE Approve?Weatherization Funding’s Hot State/Cold State BalanceMinnesota Gears Up for Weatherization Onslaught As Weatherization, SEP Funds Roll Out, Spending and Scrutiny BeginIn Some Areas, Weatherization Struggles Out of the GateFor Indiana, Weatherization Funds Are Still on HoldNevada Wrestles with Its Weatherization Plan When Spending Weatherization Money Is Harder Than Getting It Transforming Stimulus-Funded Weatherization into a National Industry Weatherization Training Center Doubles in Size, Triples in Training Capacity Still a Slow Dance for Weatherization Funding in Some StatesWeatherization in Texas Inches Along CautiouslyInspections: Crucial Links in the Weatherization ChainGauging the Stimulus Effect in Georgia, MinnesotaRattling California’s Weatherization CageOnce Again, Weatherization Cited as a Stimulus Laggard Stimulus-Funded Weatherization Begins to Find Its FootingDOE Targets Innovation in Its Weatherization Program Pondering the Evolution of Weatherization and Retrofit Snapshots from Tennessee DOE Announces Home Efficiency Scoring System and Weatherization GuidelinesIn New Jersey, Weatherization’s Bureaucratic MeltdownCalifornia’s Ongoing Weatherization OdysseyWeatherization’s Political FalloutWeatherization’s Home-Stretch Recovery Things have been so busy on Capitol Hill lately that hardly anything is getting done. After toiling to near exhaustion since October 25, the 12 members of the bipartisan deficit supercommittee this week tumbled out of the Congressional clown car without a deal. The committee’s six Democrats and six Republicans, it turns out, couldn’t quite agree on a key point or two, particularly when it came to raising revenue by increasing taxes on wealthy citizens.So, after a well-deserved Thanksgiving recess, some of the lawmakers will pack themselves back into the little car and head for a number of legislative safe houses, where they’ll try to repeal the automatic budget cuts – about half targeting military spending and half targeting domestic programs – that have been triggered by the deficit committee’s failure. No surprises here. By now, most people have grown accustomed to watching lawmakers use ideology to position themselves for reelection rather than for serving the public. Until the 2012 elections are behind us, much of what will be presented as “lawmaking” will actually be little more than grandstanding.A relatively small program with big notorietyElected officials, though, do have ways of at least trying to appear productive, much like a hamster on a hamster wheel appears to be going nowhere fast. A case in point is the Stop Green Initiative Abuse Act of 2011, introduced by Representative Chuck Fleischmann, a Republican representing the Third Congressional District in Tennessee. The purpose of the measure is to eliminate the Weatherization Assistance Program, which provides free weatherization services for low-income households.The WAP, which is administered by the Department of Energy, has historically been ignored by politicians as a cost-cutting target because its annual budget was, at a few million dollars, relatively small. But the program became a favorite piñata of conservatives after its budget ballooned dramatically – to about $5 billion over three years, under the $787 billion economic stimulus program – and program administrators struggled to synchronize and implement its regulations and rollout.Even though the WAP allotment was about 0.6% of the total stimulus budget, the program has been so successfully demonized that it ranks high on tallies compiled by YouCut, a Republican program that allows voters to vote online for the government programs they want cut. “I am also glad the American people directly had a say in this process through the YouCut program. Together we can get our fiscal house in order and get our country back on the right track,” Fleischmann said in a press release about the legislation, which was announced on November 16.A LIHEAP of faithThe congressman says the Weatherization Assistance Program is dispensable because other federal programs, such as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), “are already in place.” In fact, WAP was created in 1976, five years before the launch of LIHEAP, which provides one-time funding to low-income households to help them cover their utility bills. In many states, WAP and LIHEAP services are administered by the same state agency and offered in tandem. Weatherization improvements, however, provide ongoing energy savings rather than one-time assistance with energy bills.Fleischmann points to a December 2010 review by the Tennessee Comptroller General’s office that noted that “weatherization contractors had, in nearly half of the cases studied, failed to implement critically recommended measures to properly weatherize homes” and had misused WAP funds. The press release also cites a January 2010 report by the DOE’s Inspector General that called the expanded program “poorly administered.” The main concern identified in the Inspector General’s report was the sluggish rollout of services in many states, due to confusion over wage and other implementation requirements.Other WAP snafus have emerged since then, including, in California’s case, computer-training deficiencies among support staffers. But for all its rollout delays, audit headaches, complexity, and management difficulties, the expanded WAP is finally seeing success in most states and, long term, will deliver energy savings benefits to occupants of retrofitted homes. The goal of the expanded program was to weatherize 600,000 homes; some 484,000 (just over 80% of the goal) had been retrofitted by the end of the second quarter of this year, according to DOE estimates.Unlikely bipartisan supportBut as we’ve noted, most elected officials at least try to appear responsive to their constituents, and Fleischmann’s decision to target the already vilified WAP gave him an easy, symbolic, conservative twofer, even if the amount of money the government would save by eliminating the program – $2.1 billion over the next 10 years, by Fleischmann’s estimate, or an average of $210 million annually – is relatively small.There’s no indication that the measure has any chance of becoming law, although if Rick Perry gets elected president and doesn’t forget to eliminate the Department of Energy, as he promised, it won’t matter.last_img read more

How to Use a Third Camera on Interview Shoots

first_imgWhen shooting professional interviews, a one or two camera setup is usually the norm. However, if you have the resources, a third camera can bring an extra dynamic to your productions. Here’s how.Cover image via Brian LevinMost filmmakers are familiar with standard A-cam and B-cam setups for interviews. If you’ve shot an interview with only one camera, you know how tricky it can be to work with the footage without having a different shot or angle to cut between. While it requires additional resources and management, a second camera opens lots of additional coverage opportunities.Here’s an example of a two-camera set-up.However, if you have the resources to use a third camera (and have an additional shooter to utilize), a third camera can be a huge help. Assuming you tripod the A-cam and B-cam, you can have the C-cam on a shoulder mount or move between setups (tripods, sliders, etc…) with an eye for creative filler shots. Here’s a diagram of the setup.From your third angle, you can get a handful of other creative shots to use in your edit that you normally wouldn’t be able to try or risk. Feel free to get creative or use some of your own go-tos, but here are a few suggestions.Rack In and Out of FocusIf you’re operating solo, you may need to conduct the interview with your whole focus. However, if you have a producer or interviewer to help, but need to manage the cameras yourself, you can set the A-cam and B-cams on tripods for steady shots. (Be sure to allow for enough depth of field in case the subject moves forward and backward while talking.)This should free you up to operate a third free-motion camera where you can take liberties like working with some in and out of focus tricks. When done at the right times, a nice focus rack can add emphasis to your edit.Extreme Wide ShotsImage via Allied VideoI’m a fan of including production elements (lights, other cameras, crew, green screen edges, etc…), but a wide shot that is significantly different from your A-cam or B-cam shots is a great way to add depth and impress magnitude. Unless you have the room to physically move much further away, you should be able to make do with a wide-angle or fisheye lens to get all the space you’d like into the shot.Extreme Close-UpsImage via SWSLConversely from an extreme wide-angle shot, a third camera can also be used to get those extreme close-ups you would never risk shooting with an A-cam or B-cam position. Again, if your space is limited because you don’t want to encroach on your other shots, using a telephoto lens is a good way to get a nice close-up to help emphasize points in the interview. From the close-up, you have lots of options to shoot depending on what the story of the video dictates. A few suggestions:FacesEyesMouth talkingHandsLegsClothingJewelryProfile ShotImage via ShutterstockWhile not a practical shot for a two-camera setup, a profile shot of the subject against a flat background can be a great insert in your edit that you don’t usually get to capture. Set at a 90-degree angle against your A-cam, a profile angle can vary from a full-body wide shot to a close-up on your subject. The flat angle can help build a theme by framing the subject squarely against a background — which will bring us to our next point.Use the BackgroundLike the points above state, using a third camera gives you a chance to be a little more thematic and objective in how you shoot your interview. You even have the option of setting up a shot where the subject is no longer the sole focus. If the background of the interview plays thematically into your story, you can frame up your subject to be overshadowed by what is behind him or her. This can be done in several ways to pull the viewer’s attention away through focus, light levels, exposure, or creating a silhouette.What’s your take on using a third camera for interviews? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Government Committed to Peaceful and Orderly Society – Holness

first_img Mr. Holness said that in order to reduce the level of criminal activity, the Government “has passed a groundbreaking piece of legislation, which, with others to come and other initiatives to be announced, will, for the first time since our independence, empower the Government to confront the breakdown in law and order and public safety, and return Jamaica to a safe and secure place of choice”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is committed to transforming the nation into a peaceful and orderly society, with access to world-class education and training, and high-quality healthcare.He also emphasised that this would include sustained and inclusive economic growth, job and wealth creation, and an end to poverty, particularly inter-generational poverty.Addressing a Jamaica 55 Independence Gala at the New York Hilton in Manhattan on August 26, the Prime Minister noted that a major challenge to Jamaica’s development and job creation remains citizen security.Mr. Holness said that in order to reduce the level of criminal activity, the Government “has passed a groundbreaking piece of legislation, which, with others to come and other initiatives to be announced, will, for the first time since our independence, empower the Government to confront the breakdown in law and order and public safety, and return Jamaica to a safe and secure place of choice”.The Prime Minister was referring to the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act.Passed in Parliament recently, the legislation seeks to contain crime while safeguarding the human rights of residents and promoting community development through social-intervention initiatives.The Prime Minister can only declare an area a zone of special operations after the Chief of Defence Staff and the Commissioner of Police, as members of the National Security Council, have advised him so to do in writing.Mr. Holness said the Government will continue to engage members of the diaspora in the effort to secure sustained growth and development.“I am very cognisant of the fact that you, our diaspora members, are amongst our best assets, and are indeed our national treasures,” the Prime Minister said.The Prime Minister commended members of the diaspora for their overwhelming support of the recently held Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference in Kingston.He noted that some 60 per cent of the attendees were first-time conference participants, which indicated that the Government’s reach continues to expand.At the function, the Prime Minister received the 2017 Award for Distinguished Leadership from the diaspora.Also receiving awards were former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, for his service to nation building; and former NBA player, Patrick Ewing, who received the ‘Son of the Soil’ Legacy award. Addressing a Jamaica 55 Independence Gala at the New York Hilton in Manhattan on August 26, the Prime Minister noted that a major challenge to Jamaica’s development and job creation remains citizen security. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is committed to transforming the nation into a peaceful and orderly society, with access to world-class education and training, and high-quality healthcare. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Campaign 2015 is all but over parties now work to get out

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA – The longest and most expensive election campaign in modern Canadian history will be decided tonight when the last of the ballots are counted, concluding under threat of frost what began in the sweltering heat of an August long weekend.All that remains for exhausted party workers is to get out the vote in what appears to be an epic battle fought over gut-level values as much as election platforms.Many questions will be answered.Can Stephen Harper become the first prime minister since Sir Wilfrid Laurier in 1908 to win four consecutive mandates? And if he doesn’t win another majority – meaning 170 seats in the newly expanded House of Commons – will he survive as Conservative party leader?Can NDP Leader Tom Mulcair miraculously lift New Democrats to their first national government in Canada’s history? Can the party maintain its hard-won 2011 grip on official Opposition status?Can the Liberals under Justin Trudeau become the first third-place party in federal history to leap straight into government in a single election? Is Canada ready for another Trudeau as prime minister?When parliament was dissolved for the election on Aug. 2, the Conservatives held 159 seats in the 308-seat House of Commons, the NDP had 95 and the Liberals 36, with another 18 seats either vacant, held by Independents or shared between the Green party (two seats) and the Bloc Quebecois and a splinter group.Due to population growth, 30 new seats have been added this election, including 15 in Ontario, six each for Alberta and British Columbia and three more for Quebec.But the new ridings mean most old riding boundaries also had to be redrawn, literally reconfiguring the electoral map and making seat projections all the more difficult to predict. Combine that with some spectacular polling embarrassments in recent provincial elections and today’s outcome remains very much up in the air.“There’s a whole pile of new (riding) configurations, 30 new seats,” pollster Frank Graves of Ekos Research said last week as the campaign wound down.“There’s some complex vote-splitting that we don’t know how it will work in those new ridings. We certainly don’t know who’s going to turn out to vote. That’s always critical.”Some 3.6 million Canadians have already cast ballots during the four-day advance polling period on the Thanksgiving long weekend – an increase of 71 per cent over the 2011 election, when only three days of advance polls were held.Whether that increased voter turnout carries into the main event is another question that will be answered today. Just 61.4 per cent of eligible electors cast a ballot in 2011, up marginally from the 58.8 per cent in 2008 – the lowest ever in a federal election.That’s why all parties will be working hard today to get their identified voters to the polls. When the public is apathetic, party ground games count for more.There’s not anything particularly complex about getting out the vote on “e-day,” as the campaign workers call it. The parties make hundreds of calls, checking on whether people have voted or need a ride to a polling station. They knock on doors and put little pamphlets on the knobs reminding supporters it’s voting day.“The methodology has changed, more emails, text and calls,” said NDP Spadina-Fort York candidate Olivia Chow. “It’s slightly more advanced in the technology, but it’s the same principle _ getting people out, talking to the neighbours, being at the lobby, reminding at the streetcar stops.”Kitchener Centre Conservative candidate Stephen Woodworth said it really matters when a race is this tight.“I know the traditional wisdom is that the local candidate will affect something in the range of five to seven per cent at best, and it might be even less…,” Woodworth said in a recent interview.“It’s our job to influence that margin, and a close vote is exactly where that will make the difference.”Election observers will be watching closely as another new wrinkle unfolds this evening. For the first time ever, it is legal to transmit election results across time zones into areas of the country where polls have not yet closed _ ending an old blackout policy that was becoming all but impossible to police in the era of social media.The change was among the least controversial elements of last year’s Conservative “Fair Elections Act.”last_img read more

The NHL MVPs Big Bearded Snub

At the NHL’s annual awards show tonight in Las Vegas, the shiniest piece of hardware that will be given out is the Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the player deemed to be the most valuable to his team by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. The shortlist of nominees includes Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby, Oilers’ phenom Connor McDavid, and Blue Jackets’ goalie Sergei Bobrovsky — all of whom had terrific seasons. But no matter who wins, there’s an argument to be made that it will be the wrong choice. This is because the league’s most outstanding performance came from someone who wasn’t nominated.San Jose Sharks’ defenseman Brent Burns turned heads all season, and often for reasons other than his toothless smile, man bun and ZZ Top beard. His production was everything you could ask of someone on the blue line, notching 76 points, tied for the fourth-highest point total by a defenseman since the lockout of 2004-05. Of those 76 points, 29 were goals, which was 70 percent more than the second-best defenseman and the most by anyone at the position since 2008-09. Burns isn’t only a goal-producing machine—he also led the league in point shares, 1Point shares roughly translate to the amount of a team’s points one player is responsible for. A decent analog is Bill James’ win shares, a complicated formula popular among baseball statheads. accounting for more of his team’s success in the standings than any of the three (still very worthy) MVP candidates nominated above him. He’s also the only player in the NHL to finish in the top five in both offensive and defensive point shares. That’s pretty impressive stuff, but not impressive enough to be a finalist for the Hart, apparently.Despite Burns’s gaudy scoring numbers and clear impact on his team’s success, it shouldn’t come as a shock that the PHWA left Burns off its list: Defensemen, despite representing one third of the players on ice, have a long history of being overlooked. The last time a defenseman was nominated for the Hart trophy, we were all basking in relief that Y2K hadn’t destroyed civilization. Chris Pronger won the award after his brilliant 1999-00 season with the St. Louis Blues. In his MVP-winning campaign, Pronger notched 62 points and led the NHL with 14.2 point shares, both of which fall short of Burns’s numbers from 2016-17. On their own, Burns’s numbers are impressive. But when you compare them to those of his peers, they look downright heroic. Since the lockout — and excluding 2012-13, which was a half-season — the top-10 defensemen in the league each season2Ranked by points scored have scored an average of 58 points. This year, Burns scored 18 more points than that. The entire blue line corps of five teams failed to notch more goals than Burns, including the Washington Capitals, who had the best record in hockey. Other blue liners have been snubbed since Pronger’s Hart win. Most notably, Nicklas Lidstrom won seven Norris trophies as the league’s top defenseman, but he was never even named as a finalist for the Hart trophy.3Burns will likely win his first Norris tonight. It’s true that Lidstrom’s reign of dominance coincided with the rise of generational talents like Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, but it’s difficult to believe one of the five best defensemen to ever play hockey wasn’t good enough to at least be considered as one of the three best players in the NHL during that stretch.And if the dearth of defensemen nominated for the Hart since Pronger’s win in ‘99-00 looks suspicious, all you’ve got to do is look at the three decades preceding his win to understand it’s been something of an enduring trend: before Pronger, the last defenseman to win the Hart trophy was Bobby Orr in 1971-72.4Orr won the award three times consecutively between 1969-70 and 1971-72, scoring 376 points over that stretch. It’s the second-best three year span for a defenseman in NHL history. And before Orr? It was Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Babe Pratt, who won the Hart in 1943-44. Hockey writers—apparently—don’t have much love for defensemen.Although it ostensibly honors the best player on the ice, the Hart trophy is basically an award given to the top forward — and really just the top center 5Since Orr last won the Hart in 1971-72, 28 of the 45 winners have been center icemen. That Wayne Gretzky played in that span helped. — and every once in awhile the top goalie in the NHL. Until the Hart’s description reads, “Given to the league’s best centerman (and sometimes it’s best goalie, too),” it’s due time the PHWA begins taking the candidacy of the league’s top defensemen for the league’s top honors seriously. read more

Da Vinci surgical robot makes a tiny paper airplane

first_img In the video below, Porter shows how the precise movements of the robotic grippers can be used to fold the tiny creases on a very basic paper airplane, which is about the size of a penny. Porter controls the robotic grippers with joystick-like hand controllers while looking at a 3D image on a viewfinder. The system translates the surgeon’s movements into more precise micro-movements while reducing any shaking. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Dr. James Porter folds a paper airplane using the da Vinci surgical robot. Currently, 1,000 of the $1.3-million da Vinci robots are being used worldwide to perform surgeries. Among the advantages of the system are that many procedures that traditionally require large incisions can now be made minimally invasive, and many patients have shorter recovery times. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Da Vinci surgical robot makes a tiny paper airplane (2011, April 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-da-vinci-surgical-robot-tiny.html (PhysOrg.com) — The da Vinci surgical robot may be best known for performing prostate, gynecological, and heart valve surgeries. But in its spare moments, as Dr. James Porter of the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle has recently demonstrated, the da Vinci robot can also make and fly paper airplanes. This image taken from the video below shows da Vinci’s robotic grippers making a paper airplane. Image credit: Swedish Medical Center. More information: via: IEEE Spectrum Robots help surgeons transcend human limitslast_img read more