Smith Woosley is a time-lapse photographer and engineering student in North Carolina. The video posted below is an example of his work, and it showcases some stunning views captured along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We caught up with Smith to find out more about the making of this video and to pick his brain about all things time-lapse.Blue Ridge Mountains – North Carolina from Smith Woosley on Vimeo.BRO: This video is great! How long did it take you to shoot it?SMITH: Thanks! The photos were shot last Autumn over the course of long weekend getaway trip. In total, I stayed four nights in different locations around Western North Carolina and took a few hours to shoot some photos at each stop along the way.BRO: Can you tell us the locations that you shot from for this video?SMITH: The trip started with a day in Asheville, where I took the cityscapes. From there I drove south and set up camp at Lake Powhatan where I got the lake and pier shot. Next was Hot Springs, NC and the French Broad River. And last was a beautiful drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway to the top of Mount Mitchell.BRO: Technically speaking, is time-lapse considered videography or is it photography?SMITH: It’s definitely a video, but it’s a video made out of thousands of pictures. A time-lapse works by taking photos at regular intervals, then compiling all of the photos to play smoothly at a sped up pace. Each second of this video is thirty photos, and can be the result of anywhere between one to 45 minutes of photographing.BRO: How long have you been shooting time-lapse photography?SMITH: I’ve been playing with time-lapse photography since I got my first digital camera for my 18th birthday, so about eight years. One of the first accessories I got for that camera was a custom piece that I could use to hold down the shutter button and continuously take photos. I made a couple rudimentary films that way, but the issue then was my lack of knowledge on the editing side. It was only recently that I took the time to learn new software and different editing techniques to make more professional looking videos, hence why this is my first published timelapse film.BRO: What is your favorite subject?SMITH: Landscapes. Beautiful outdoor scenery with morphing clouds, flowing water, and spinning stars is aesthetically pleasing and gives the viewer a sense of how much the Earth changes over time. It surprises me how little we notice these changes in our day to day lives, and timelapse videos provide a way visualize it. Landscape photography is also a great incentive to get outdoors and travel the world.BRO: What led you to time-lapse?SMITH: I’ve had an interest in still photography for as long as I can remember, and I honestly can’t remember what led me to time-lapse. I probably just saw a time-lapse film online and decided to order that custom piece for my new camera and see what was possible. I’m glad I did.
NAFCU witness Rick Stafford, president and CEO of Tower Federal Credit Union (Laurel, Md.), today will share during a House Financial Services Committee hearing credit unions’ views on housing finance reform and the importance of maintaining secondary market access for the industry.This will be NAFCU’s 12th overall time testifying during the 115th Congress. Stafford also testified in October 2017 during a hearing on housing finance reform priorities before a House Financial Services subcommittee.The hearing, rescheduled from a prior date, is set to begin at 9 a.m. Eastern today and will focus on draft legislation from House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas. The proposal would preserve a NAFCU-sought explicit government guarantee on mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and seeks to protect lending opportunities for small lenders. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) drops the sixth football that he tried to catch while holding the first five he caught in a punt catching drill during NFL football training camp in Latrobe, Pa., on Thursday, July 31, 2014 . (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)The Steelers appear to be loaded with depth at the pass catching positions as they currently hold six tight ends and eleven wide receivers on their roster.As the team progresses through camp and the pre-season; those numbers will dwindle and the dust will settle on who’s going to be ranked where. In the meantime; there are some very interesting battles going on for various spots amongst both units and how they play out will be determined on the field.Tight end is always a very important position in the Todd Haley offense and the number one tight end is of course Heath Miller. Miller looks as healthy as ever and has a great opportunity to go back to the 2012 form that saw him grab over 70 balls for a career high 816 yards and eight touchdowns. Miller can do it all and is still one of the best tight ends in all of football.Heath Miller (AP Photo/File)The number two spot will be more interesting as it looks to be a battle between Matt Spaeth and David Paulson. Spaeth missed last season but if he can remain healthy, he should win the number two job. He’s tall, can catch the ball well and is a decent pass and run blocker. His experience gives him the edge.That leaves David Paulson as the number three tight end which should see him play a role more as a blocking end with the occasional reception. Paulson does have talent and played in all 16 games for the black and gold last season. He certainly has an outside chance of grabbing that second spot.The fourth and in all likelihood final tight end spot will come down to a battle between rookies Rob Blanchflower and Eric Waters and veteran Michael Palmer.Palmer was on the team last season and has 22 career receptions but I believe he’s the first man eliminated from this list and will be part of the teams’ first round of cuts.The two rookies will battle for that final spot and the edge will ultimately go to Blanchflower. The team drafted him in round seven this past May and I believe they look at him as a good developmental player. There is potential the team could keep Waters in that same vain but more likely that he’ll be put on the practice squad.Members of the media are reflected in the side of a van as Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown arrives for NFL football training camp at the team training facility in Latrobe, Pa., Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo)Like tight end, wide receiver has their clear number one guy and that’s Antonio Brown. Brown is the team’s best and most athletic receiver and will be Big Ben’s number one target.Brown, now entering his fifth season is coming off an historic year in which he set career bests with 110 catches, 1,499 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.It would be shocking if he didn’t have a year similar to 2013 and there is certainly potential for him to go beyond last years’ performance as well. He has the ability to go across the middle, stretch the field and most certainly grab a ball in the bubble screen. He made everyone forget about Mike Wallace and he’s fast approaching Hines Ward level numbers.The second wide receiver spot is going to be a battle between second year man Markus Wheaton, rookie Martavis Bryant and newly signed veterans Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward Bey.All indications are the team wants the job to go to Markus Wheaton so it’s certainly his to lose. He didn’t show us anything in 2013 so he’s essentially starting fresh in 2014. Wheaton has good hands, he’s a burner and he can stretch the field but I don’t think he’s going to land the job. He seems too inconsistent and injury prone to be a second option for Roethlisberger.My money is on rookie Martavis Bryant. He’s the tallest receiver on the team outside of Derek Moye, he’s got very good hands and it’s not as hard for rookie wide receivers to learn an offensive system. They simply need to know how to run their routes and he can do that.Bryant reminds me of a young Plaxico Burress and it makes far more sense to have that tall, possession receiver as the number two vs. having another burner across from Antonio Brown.Heyward Bey and Moore absolutely have the potential to grab that second spot and certainly have more experience than anyone else on the team but I don’t think they were necessarily brought in to be the second option for Big Ben but rather to lend depth to the unit as well as help lead the group of young guys.The three through five spots will be between Wheaton, Heyward Bey and Moore and I think they may even interchange based on matchups. Wheaton and Heyward Bey are the speed guys and Moore is the possession guy so it will all be situational between these three.From a depth chart perspective the rankings will probably shake out with Wheaton being the third guy, Moore the four and Heyward Bey the five. Each one of them will play a significant role in the offense however.The biggest question left is whether or not the team will keep a sixth guy?Typically based on other position needs; the team only keeps five receivers so it looks like it might be tough luck for Derek Moye, Danny Coale, Justin Brown, CJ Goodwin, Kashif Moore and Lanear Sampson.A few of these guys may get a practice squad spot and maybe one of them will surprise everyone and steal away the fifth receiver spot from one of the vets but it seems very unlikely.Never the less, keep your eye on Justin Brown and CJ Goodwin as they have the best chance of unseating one of the guys in front of them for that fifth job. They too are the most likely to be retained on the practice squad, if nothing else.While both tight end and wide receiver have clear number one players, the rest of the depth chart must be played out throughout camp and into the pre-season. Jobs are won and lost in “the trenches” as Mike Tomlin says; so by the third pre-season game, we’ll know exactly how this depth chart will shake out and who’s “in” and who’s “out”.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]
However, that suspension has been removed from the KIJHL website.Nelson is already without forward Nicholas Ketola, serving the third-game of a three-game suspension for receiving a match penalty for match penalty for hit-to-the-head during agame January 16 against Kimberley.To help fill the roster for the weekend, Nelson is calling up a few players from the Kootenay Ice of the BC Major Midget League.Nelson, entering the contest Friday with four straight losses, plays in Spokane Saturday and Beaver Valley Tuesday before a home-and-home weekend against the Rebels, February 12-13.The Leafs, 17-240-0-2, trail Grand Forks Border Bruins by eight points in the race for third in the Murdoch Division.Nelson and District Credit Union Puck Toss FinalsNelson & District Credit Union (NDCU) is hosting Member Appreciation night during the Friday against Castlegar Rebels.Credit Union members are invited to present their NDCU MEMBER CARD debit card for a discounted admission for the game.NDCU members of all ages will be able to enter the draw for some great prizes during the third period, and the lucky season winners of the NDCU Puck-4-Bucks puck toss will toss one puck for a chance to win one $1000 NDCU term deposit. Already playing with a reduced roster, the Nelson Leafs begin the stretch run in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season — nine games in 17 days — starting Friday at home against Castlegar Rebels.The last time the teams met a week ago, the teams combined for more than 100 minutes in penalties following a second-period donnybrook that saw a handful of player ejected for fighting.And it was the Leafs that came out on the short end of the stick in regarding to discipline as team captain Rayce Miller and Matthew Sokol were suspended for two and five games, respectively.Nelson is currently appealing Sokol’s sentence.Levi Hulston, the original combatant in the melee, was suspended for five games by the KIJHL.
Donegal TD Pearse Doherty has called on all parties to support Sinn Féin’s Consumer Insurance Contracts Bill, which reaches Report and Final Stages in the Dáil this afternoon (Weds). This legislation would reform insurance contracts, increase transparency and tilt the balance in favour of the consumer – according to the Sinn Fein Deputy.Speaking ahead of today’s bill, Deputy Doherty said: “Rip-off insurance costs are squeezing incomes and closing down businesses across the State. “People are wondering how their premiums can go up every year even though they haven’t even made a claim. The insurance market isn’t working for policyholders. For the past three years, the Government have done nothing to reduce insurance costs.“At the same time, companies are making massive profits while we are charged rip-off premiums. Despite the cost and number of claims going down, premiums continue to rise.“Sinn Féin wants to stamp out fraud, ban unfair pricing by insurance companies, reduce premiums and increase protections for consumers in insurance contracts.“Our Consumer Insurance Contracts Bill, which reaches Report and Final Stages of the Dáil on Wednesday, would do just that, tilting the balance in favour of the consumer. “By increasing transparency and strengthening the hand of the policyholder before, during and after the terms of their insurance contract.“This legislation would go further than the Central Bank’s new regulations this month. They required companies to provide only the last year’s premium for customers renewing their motor insurance.“This bill would require companies to inform the customer of the past 3 years of premiums paid and claims received for all non-life insurance contracts. This would increase transparency and strengthen our hands when we look for a better deal each year.“Any company that cancels a policy would have to pay the customer the outstanding balance of the premium paid and make it easier for the customer to withdraw from a contract.“It would also require a company to inform customers of any claim made against their policy, allowing them to submit their own evidence and informing them of the cost of any claim against their policy that has been settled. “The legislation would also make it harder for an insurer to wriggle out of paying valid claims on grounds that have nothing to do with the accident or loss incurred by the policyholder.“In short, this would bring huge benefits to policyholders, and I am urging all parties to stop talking about insurance and start helping policyholders by voting for this Bill.“Sinn Féin wants to take on the insurance industry and ending the rip-off. By stamping out fraud, protecting consumers, banning dual pricing and bringing down premiums. Today’s legislation is a part of that work.”Donegal TD calls for support on bill to cut “rip off” insurance costs was last modified: November 13th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:car insurancePearse DohertySinn Fein
Arcata >> The location of the Humboldt State football team’s first practice of the preseason didn’t take place at its usual venue. There’s still business to take care of when it comes to the Redwood Bowl’s new track and its final stamp of approval.Just because the Jacks were at College Creek Field and there were no football lines on the field turf didn’t damper the mood of a new season officially getting underway.And with a new year brings the same expectations that head coach Rob Smith has …
Sanparks officials open the GranthamEnvironmental Education Centre in theKaroo National Park.(Image: Sanparks) MEDIA CONTACTS • Reynold Thakhuli Sanparks GM Media; Events and Stakeholder Relations +27 12 426 5203 or +27 73 373 4999 RELATED ARTICLES • Lions return to Great Karoo • SA scholar named a Charlotte Fellow • SA marks year of biodiversity • Leading the way in eco-tourism • SA safaris tops at 2011 awardsLyndon JafthaNestled in the Waterberg Mountains in Limpopo province, the 76 000ha Marakele National Park, near the mining town of Thabazimbi, is a haven for wildlife species such as the Cape vulture, reedbuck, elephant, Jackal buzzard, kudu and the critically endangered black rhino.The park, which is also home to threatened plants such as South Africa’s national tree, the yellowwood, and the Waterberg cycad, now boasts a new educational facility. The Thutong Environmental Educational Centre was officially opened on 20 June 2011.Thutong is a public-private initiative of the South African National Parks (Sanparks) authority, with the generous help – to the tune of R7.9-million (US$1.1-million) – of the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund and the Sishen Iron Ore Company Community Development Trust, which was established in 2006.Anglo America’s Kumba Iron Ore, which operates one of the world’s largest open-pit mines in the area, was also a partner in the project.Speaking at the opening ceremony, Sanparks CEO David Mabunda expressed his expectation that Thutong would play a role in mitigating climate change in the region.Established with the aim of getting young people together to discuss and share ideas on challenges facing the environment, the centre “… comes at a time when the global community grapples with the effects of climate change and global warming due to the greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere,” said Mabunda.He believes that poverty is a factor in the degradation of the environment, and deems it essential that pupils and teachers learn more about the environment. In this way they can effectively contribute to minimising the negative impact on nature caused by human activities.Environmental educationThe centre is one of nine Sanparks educational facilities in parks around the country. Others include the Grantham Environmental Education Centre in the Karoo National Park, the Predator Information Centre in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the Wilgenhof Environmental Education Centre in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, and the Kruger National Park’s Goldfields Centre.These facilities host youngsters and their teachers from local communities and visiting school groups, including those participating in Sanparks’ Kids in Parks educational initiative. Here they learn about the natural and cultural heritage associated with the area, and the importance of conserving these treasures.Thutong consists of 22 rooms, six of them en-suite, and an auditorium which accommodates up to 140 people for workshops and functions.Because the county’s ever-popular national parks and their centres provide outstanding opportunities to educate visitors about environment-related issues, Sanparks plans to build more such facilities.The organisation is also currently involved in the environmental and conservation education of children in poor communities surrounding the Marakele National Park. The project has started in the communities around Thabazimbi and is to expand to neighbouring districts.Sanparks welcomes any assistance to transport these children into the park, where the young visitors will sit through an introductory lecture, enjoy refreshments, and experience a game drive. A sum of R20 ($2.9) per child is needed and the goal is to raise the funds to give 50 children this opportunity every week. This project is expected to run for one year. Those willing to help can email [email protected]il.com.Protecting natural heritageSanParks came into existence in 1926, when the National Parks Bill was passed in Parliament. The bill, which was originally rejected in 1923, allowed game reserves to become national parks, promoting conversation and contributing to social and economic development. Since 1994, the total size of the parks has increased by 385 404ha.Activities within the parks include research on wildlife diseases, reintroduction of populations into protected areas, inventories of biodiversity, the identification of threats to the biodiversity, and the creation and implantation of conservation plans for endangered species, to name a few.Parks management are also kept busy ensuring that alien plants do not invade and kill off indigenous flora.In addition, these parks and centres, as well as camping sites and conference venues, create employment opportunities for local residents. During its construction, the Thutong centre provided employment for about 50 people from surrounding communities.There are overnight facilities in most parks, and each park has its own highlights, such as game drives, hikes and visits to local heritage sites or places of interest.With the parks located in different regions, tourists can enjoy coastal, bushveld, mountain and arid surroundings. The parks and their activities allow tourists to view nature at its most unspoilt, and to appreciate the expansive beauty that is found in South Africa. Reynold Thakhuli: General Manager Media; Events and Stakeholder Relations, South African National Parks, Tel: (012) 426-5203 or 073-373 4999, E-mail: [email protected]
The scandal-prone Pakistan cricket team on Saturday sent shockwaves through world cricket after it was disclosed that the scoring patterns in its innings during Friday’s ODI match against England were fixed, prompting the ICC to launch an immediate probe.The ICC action followed diclosures by British tabloid The Sun that an individual in the Pakistani team camp is believed to be the ringleader who was taking money from bookies in India and Dubai and ensuring their orders were carried out.”The Sun is withholding details of the alleged fix while the investigation continues – but we can reveal that horrified ICC chiefs launched their investigation before the Pakistan innings had even finished.”The probe centers on an individual within the team camp who is believed to be the ringleader, taking money from bookies and ensuring their orders are carried out,” the paper said.The paper reported that bookies knew details of Pakistan’s innings before the match even began and it had given the evidence to the game’s governing body ahead of the game.Immediately after the news came out, the ICC said in a statement that the investigation is warranted as information about a certain scoring pattern appeared to be “correct”.”The ICC has launched an investigation into activities that took place during the third One-Day International between England and Pakistan at The Oval, London, on September 17,” the governing body said.”Following information received by the ICC from a British newspaper and its source, the ICC now believes a full investigation is warranted,” it added.advertisementPakistan won the match by 23 runs to keep their hopes alive in the five-match series after losing the first two games.According to the newspaper, the scoring patterns of the game matched with the “target that bookies had been told in advance by a fixer.””Illegal bookies in India and Dubai apparently knew in advance what would happen so they could launch a betting coup. But The Sun’s undercover team was able to pass details to ICC inspectors before the match began,” the report said.ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat thanked the tabloid for providing the information and said the evidence on table demands an inquiry.”A source informed The Sun newspaper that a certain scoring pattern would emerge during certain stages of the match and, broadly speaking, that information appeared to be correct,” Lorgat said.”We therefore feel it is incumbent upon us to launch a full inquiry into this particular game although it is worth pointing out at this stage that we are not stating as fact that anything untoward has occurred. Only in the fullness of the investigation can that be established.”We thank The Sun newspaper for its information and cooperation in this regard and we will work with its staff and sources to ensure the full truth surrounding this match is ascertained,” he added.Lorgat reiterated that the ICC maintains a zero tolerance policy towards corruption in the game.”Any player or official found guilty of an offence will face the full rigour of our robust Anti-Corruption Code so that we can ensure the integrity of the sport is maintained,” he said.”There will be no further comment from the ICC at this stage.”The Pakistan Cricket Board, which has been in denial right from the beginning of the match fixing scandal that broke out three weeks ago, continued to be in the same mode.”These are meaningless allegations without any proof. I haven’t read the report so I can’t comment any further,” PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said.”The ICC has not got in touch with us on any such accusation. That is total imagination. There is no truth in it,” he added.The latest report comes close on the heels of the spot-fixing scandal that led to the suspension of Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and the pace duo of Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif.The tabloid had claimed it “received details of calls between a notorious Dubai-based match fixer and a Delhi bookie.””We alerted ICC corruption busters led by ex-police chief Sir Ronnie Flanagan. After a frantic round of calls the ICC decided to issue a general warning to Pakistan’s players, but by then the game had started,” it said.It said the ICC is also “investigating whether the same cartel rigged a Test between Pakistan and Australia in July after allegedly paying players 700,000 pounds.”
Inter Milan prepare two-year deal for Man Utd veteran Youngby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan are prepared to sign Manchester United veteran Ashley Young on a two-year deal.Young, 33, is out of contract with United at the end of the season and negotiations over an extension have stalled.The Englishman is holding out for a longer contract than the one-year deal put on the table by United.He could get that longer deal from Inter Milan, according to The Sun.Inter’s Serie A rivals Roma are also interested in the fullback, with Young free to negotiate with foreign clubs this month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
BARCELONA, Spain — The Latest on Spanish Cabinet meeting being held in Barcelona (all times local):10:30 a.m.Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Spanish Cabinet members have arrived in a central Barcelona palace for a weekly Cabinet meeting that has been moved to the Catalan capital despite separatists’ protests against it.Sanchez’s Socialist administration planned the meeting to convey an image of normalcy, but tension remains high in Catalonia despite progress in talks on Thursday with the pro-secession president of the northeastern region.Some scuffles have broken out on Friday in central Barcelona between pro-independence protesters trying to reach the venue of the Cabinet meeting and police trying to stop them.The regional Mossos d’Esquadra police force says that one protester has been arrested for public disorder near the headquarters of Spain’s National Police in a downtown avenue.The meeting normally takes place in Madrid, but Sanchez has vowed to take it to other Spanish cities as a gesture of commitment to decentralization.___7:40 a.m.Catalan authorities say protesters angry about Spain’s Cabinet holding a meeting in Barcelona have blocked a major highway and dozens of roads, disrupting traffic to and from the city.Pro-independence protesters called the protests to show their disgust at Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s decision to lead the weekly Cabinet meeting in Barcelona.Security in the prosperous northeastern region, normally in the hands of the Catalan police, has been reinforced with hundreds of anti-riot officers from Spain’s national police force.Sanchez has agreed with the pro-secession leader of the region, Quim Torra, to work on finding a solution to the political crisis that has festered since Catalonia’s failed secession attempt last year. Their meeting on Thursday was only the second since both took power earlier this year.The Associated Press