Bale or Ronaldo to score first? Wales to reach Euro 2016 final? Coral D

first_imgCoral’s Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Wales will bid to reach the final of Euro 2016 when they take on Portugal on Wednesday night and the Dragons are 3/1 to win the last-four showdown in Lyon.Gareth Bale is 5/1 to score first, while his Real Madrid teammate Cristian Ronaldo is favourite to open the scoring at 100/30.Wales are priced at 8/1 to go on and win the tournament, Portugal are 100/30, while hosts France are 2/1 and world champions Germany are 13/8 favourites to lift the trophy.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Chinese Firm to Launch Glass Solar Roofing Tiles

first_imgA Chinese firm has developed a glass-topped solar roofing tile that should go on sale later this year, a potential challenger for Tesla’s Solar Roof in the upscale solar market.Hanergy, which is based in Beijing, announced last month it would introduce a new generation of its HanTiles in the U.S. The tiles, which combine thin-film photovoltaics with high-transmittance glass, can replace conventional roofing.The company has opened a sales office in Burlingame, California, and says it plans on national distribution once the tiles have been certified by Underwriters Laboratories. That process should be complete by June, sales and marketing director Jeff Shubert said in a telephone call.For now, the company is staying mum about most of the details. The announcement posted on the website PR Newswire says each tile weighs about 11 1/2 pounds, and Shubert adds that each tile could generate up to 35 watts of electricity. But no pricing information has been released, and even the physical dimensions of a tile are under wraps. Tesla Begins Solar Roof ProductionTesla’s Solar Roof Has a CompetitorGAF Dives Into the Residential Solar MarketGreen Basics: Photovoltaic Systems Shubert said Hanergy was waiting for UL certification before saying too much.Like Tesla solar tiles, HanTiles come in two versions — one that produces electricity and one that doesn’t. Solar and non-solar tiles look exactly the same, Shubert said, so the electrical output of the roof can be adjusted without any obvious visual clues. The single layer of glass on top of the thin-film collector is in a wavy pattern with three distinct arches.Shubert said the tiles can be installed as a new roof, or installed over an existing roof. Asked whether the tiles were a walkable surface, Shubert said they were but the company wouldn’t encourage it.Prices weren’t announced, but Shubert said HanTiles would cost more than a conventional roof. “These are for an upscale homeowner who wants a beautiful system,” he said. “The aesthetics are what we’re selling.”The tiles will carry a 25-year warranty.Hanergy has been in business for 10 years and is now the largest thin-film solar manufacturer in the world, Shubert said.center_img RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

The Future for Cooperative Extension and What it Means for Military Families

first_imgUnder the Health and Science section of the Washington post is where you can find an article about the future of the Cooperative Extension system titled Cooperative Extension adapts to a less agricultural America.Upon reading it, a statement stood out:I sense the need for Cooperative Extension is stronger than ever,” says Thompson, who previously chaired the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.”Why is this statement and the future of Cooperative Extension system important to Military Families? There is reassurance that the Cooperative Extension system has been successful in the past (and will continue to be) a force multiplier in Military Family Readiness and Capacity Building based off history.In 2014, the Cooperative Extension system reached a milestone when celebrating their 100 year anniversary. The centennial was reassurance that  the organization’s mission areas were meeting the needs of communities and military families nationwide.Cooperative Extension Involvement in Military ProgramsThere are many levels of involvement by the Cooperative Extension Service when it comes to their educational programming, both on and off military installations:Local Community ProgramsConsultationSharing Resource MaterialsDelivering Special ProgramsOpportunities for CollaborationInitial collaboration between the military and Cooperative Extension began when the Navy Family Support Program Branch formalized family service programs in the Navy. “Cooperative efforts between the Navy and the Extension Service were critical to establishing effective family programs. By working with Extension, the Navy could quickly and efficiently reach out and address the needs of families. Building on this initial success, numerous military/Extension collaborations have developed.” (A Guide to Cooperative Extension System and Military Collaboration in Family Support)The FutureThe Cooperative Extension system will continue to make every effort to better leverage itself as a force multiplier in Military Family Readiness and Capacity Building.last_img read more

Adobe After Effects: Stylized Text Using Layer Styles

first_imgPut another copy of the same video on the bottom , and turn off the eye icon for that layer so we can see what we are doing.Right-click on the middle layer (the video playing through the text) and select “Apply Layer Styles>All”.Turn on the eye for Drop Shadow and Bevel and Emboss (adjust the settings to taste).Now turn back on the eye icon for the background layer to see the final result.Experiment with different layer styles in AE to get varied and creative looks.  To learn more about layer styles check out the Adobe help page.What tricks do you use to stylize your text in AE?Let us know in the comments! Use layer styles to spice up text in Adobe After Effects.  After Effects gives you tons of creative options for making stylized looks.If you’re looking to make the text in your video project ‘pop’ here’s a must-know tips for using the layer styles in Adobe After Effects.  In this post, we’ll take a look at the basics of using layer styles in After Effects and then go over a quick technique that uses layer styles to add flair to your text.AE Layer Style BasicsLayer styles let you apply drop shadows, bevels, etc. to video, stills, and text…adding style and pizazz to your project.  With text, you can also use layer styles to improve on-screen readability.  Layer styles first appeared in Adobe Photoshop but now they are also available in Adobe After Effects.If you go to use layer styles in your AE project, you might initially have a hard time finding them.  They do not live in the Effect Menu like standard effects, but rather are under the Layer Menu (or you can right click on a layer in the Timeline Panel and apply them there.)You can apply all AE layer styles at once by selecting ” Show All”, and then turn on the eyeball for each property to see the effect. You can also select just one property which turns on the eyeball for the selected layer.Click the “collapsed property” triangle beside a property to “uncollapse” it and reveal the property options.In After Effects you can create looks and then reuse them by saving them as an “Animation Preset” (this is similar to saving favorites in FCP 7).Select the Layer Styles and from the Animation Menu select “Save Animation Preset”. You can also apply presets from the Animation Menu or the Effects & Presets Panel.Using Layer Styles for a Stylized LookNow that we’ve covered the basics, lets create a stylized text look. This After Effects technique requires 3 layers (a text layer, a video layer to play through the text and a background video layer).  In this example I am using the same footage for the the matte and the background to create a bevel emboss look. Note: video playing through a text layer is called a track matte or traveling matte.First, create a text layer (thick fonts tend to work better).Put the video underneath the text layer.On the Video layer select “alpha matte” in the TrkMat pulldown. Track Mattes look at the layer above them, so the text has has to be above the video layer for this to work (press F4 if you don’t see Mode & TrkMat).The video now plays inside the text.last_img read more

Ravi Shastri expects India to export home dominance overseas

first_imgIndia will approach 2018 as the year to shed their “poor travellers” tag, head coach Ravi Shastri said ahead of the team’s tour of South Africa.India top the Test rankings having sealed their record-equalling ninth consecutive series on Wednesday, six of which came at home and only one — against West Indies in the Caribbean — outside Asia.Sterner tests await Virat Kohli’s men next year when they also travel to England and Australia, where conditions will not be as conducive to their spinners as it is at home, and the moving ball will probe their batting technique.”This team is looking good and they have their priorities in place. They’re hungry to prove themselves home and away,” Shastri told a leading daily.”It’s often been argued that India are poor travellers. We want to be the team that helped change this perception and this is the year to do it.””Frankly, we’re not too hooked on to this ‘home and away’ thing, where a lot of chatter goes on about conditions that aren’t too familiar,” the former Test player added.”For instance, once you’ve played a Test match in Kolkata, how long does it take before you play another Test there? Two years? Sometimes three? It’s the same as an overseas tour.”So that mindset is quite passe. In this day and age, wherever you go, it’s home. You just got to walk in there and perform.”Starting on January 5, India play three Tests in South Africa — as well as six one-day and three Twenty20 internationals — and, for a change, they will be relying more on pace than spin to succeed against the world second-ranked side.advertisementIndia have named five frontline pacemen in their 17-man squad, handing a maiden call-up to Jasprit Bumrah, whose unorthodox action and ability to bowl yorkers have made him a limited-overs asset.”He has just worked his way to the top so well. He’s young, hard working, and has a unique action with which he can whip up quite some pace,” Shastri said of the 24-year-old.”Bumrah adds a lot of value to this attack. We have to earn those 20 wickets if we have to make any impact in a Test match and we need all the arsenal possible because it’s going to be quite a testing tour.”last_img read more

Barbara Ivy was born 6 pounds 24 ounces and 185

first_imgBarbara Ivy was born 6 pounds 2.4 ounces and 18.5 inches long at 11:31 pm. [Photo: Stacy Bilby & text: lm] Fletcher Levi was born 6 pounds 9 ounces and 19 inches long at 11:54 pm. [Photo: Stacy Bilby & text: lm] Barbara Ivy was born 6 pounds 2.4 ounces and 18.5 inches long at 11:31 pm. [Photo: Stacy Bilby & text: lm]Many congratulations to Arcosanti residents Kelli and Jim Huth on the birth of their beautiful, healthy twins! The babies were born the night of April 5th. [Photo: Stacy Bilby & text: lm] April 8, 2005Many congratulations to Arcosanti residents Kelli and Jim Huth on the birth of their beautiful, healthy twins! The babies were born the night of April 5th. [Photo: Stacy Bilby & text: lm] Welcome to Ivy and Fletcher. [Photo: Huth Family & text: sa]last_img read more

August 10 2016Arcosanti Information System AIS

first_imgAugust 10, 2016Arcosanti Information System (AIS) is a part of Arcosanti Information Office that deals with graphics, publication, website, network and communication technology in general. It was originally established by Ivan Fritz, who still works as an administrator remotely assisting our needs at Arcosanti.AIS is currently managed by Rob Jameson and his staff (intern and volunteers) has beenlast_img