Thousands of endangered wild birds were wiped out following last weekend’s massive wildfire in Donegal, Birdwatch Ireland has confirmed.A number of species including the Meadow Pippet, Stone Chat and Linnet had breeding grounds among the hundreds of acres of wild gorse which caught fire.Up to seventeen sections of Donegal Fire Service, the Civil Defence, the Air Corps, the Army and hundreds of locals battled to stop the spread of the fire between the villages of Loughanure and Annagry. It took more than 12 hours to quell the fires which claimed at least one holiday-home and a number of vehicles.However, Birdwatch Ireland spokesman Niall Hatch told Donegal Daily that the environmental impact on the area has been devastating.“Unfortunately we are in the middle of the breeding season and thousands of birds would have been wiped out in that large area.“And the problem is that these birds are quite territorial which means that they simply cannot move into another area and breed again,” he said. He said it will be several years before wildlife in the area will return to normal.“It has been devastating not just for the bird life but for all natural life in the area. The intensity of the heat means that it will be several years before the area will return to normal.“What is left is just barren land which is completely destroyed and wildlife will stay away from it because it will be quite a while before vegetation providing any real cover will grow again,” he said.Mr Hatch said that as well as Meadow Pipits, Stone Chats and Linnets, other endangered birds such as Hen Harriers and Curlews which forage on such gorse land will suffer.The iconic Cuckoo will also have been impacted as Meadow Pipits are the most common ‘host’ bird for Cuckoos to put their eggs in. Mr Hatch added “It’s a disaster all ’round and fires like this cause such devastation that it takes several years for the natural landscape to get back to normal.”Meanwhile, hundreds of locals who bravely fought the fire are planning a clean-up of the scorched area in the coming days.Dozens of broken spades, as well as hundreds of water bottles and face masks, were left behind in the fire-fighting frenzy and they are all to be cleaned up.Thousands of endangered birds killed in wildfire, Birdwatch Ireland confirms was last modified: April 25th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)
A client contacted me about installing replacement double-hung windows because she said the old ones were leaky and difficult to operate. It turned out that the double-hung wood windows on her 1960s ranch were actually in good condition. The problem was with the storm windows, which were aluminum triple-track models that had corroded. Many of the spring-loaded sash locks had frozen up, so the sashes wouldn’t latch in position, and the gasketing had dried up, allowing the sashes to rattle and leak air.When considering window upgrades for operational or energy-efficiency purposes, many people think only of full replacement windows. But in many cases, installing or replacing storm windows can offer more bang for the buck. And they’re much easier and less intrusive to install. (You also can probably save $25 to $50 per window by installing them yourself.) Storm windows improve the overall energy efficiency of windows, help protect the painted surfaces, and often are the only option for upgrading in historic districts where removing and replacing the original windows is prohibited.After selecting the right style of storm window from the several common types available, I took measurements, placed the order, and installed the windows for my client. A CLOSER LOOK: CHOOSING NEW STORM WINDOWS When I began to research storm windows, I looked at the extrusions and coatings, the sash operation and hardware, the gasketing, and how the corners were fastened (screws only or corner inserts and screws) to assess their quality and function. Because I live near the Atlantic coast, wind resistance is a big consideration. I priced new, white, anodized-aluminum triple-track storms in “good-better-best” models for this article. The prices ranged from about $60 to a little over $100 each. The best was wind-load rated with an integral heavy-duty meeting rail, a low… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in
Save Rendering Time by Replacing Audio Tracks in Quicktime Pro 7It never fails that you’ve just spent good time exporting your film from your NLE, run it through a compression program to turn it into a client friendly H.264 file and a last minute audio tweak or music change comes through. Save time re-exporting and re-rendering with this simple method of replacing the audio in your quicktime file. This is particularly useful if you’re a composer or mixer appending new audio to a file for client review.Step 1 – Open Your FilesQuicktime Player Pro 7 may or may not be installed on your system but if you’re used to doing much post production you’ll probably already have it. If not visit this Apple site to learn how to install it in different OSX versions.Open your original audio & video file in QTPro7 by right (ctrl) clicking and pressing ‘open with…’ and then do the same with your new audio file.Step 2 – Remove Original AudioSelect the original audio & video file and press CMD+J to open up the movie properties for the file (or go to Window > Show Movie Properties) You should see a video track, audio track and timecode track listed in the top section and in the resources tab where that audio track, video track and timecode track are originating from. Select the audio track and delete it. You can either hit backspace on your keyboard or the delete button in the top left of the window.Step 3 – Copying and PastingSelect the new audio file and press CMD+A to select it all. Press CMD+C to copy it. Now select the original video file and press CMD+ALT+V to add it to the movie file (you can also do all that from the Edit menu if you prefer). Notice that the source for the Sound Track in the properties window of the video and new audio file is New Audio.aif. It is important that the ‘playhead’ in the video file is at the very start of the file as the audio will paste in from wherever it is placed.Step 4 – Save As…For the final step simply press Shift+CMD+S (File > Save As…) to save the file as a new audio and video file without having to re-render your H.264 video. Make sure you have ‘Save as self-contained movie’ checked so that Quicktime collects up the ‘external’ new audio you pasted in. Quicktime will quickly save and your file is updated with the new audio.
The Gary Sinise Foundation (GSF) is pleased to announce that it has formed a partnership with The Carrington Companies (Carrington) to provide donations and operational support for GSF’s R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence & Supporting Empowerment) program.LEFT: Bruce Rose, Carrington Holding Company CEO – CENTER: John Masson, Gary Sinise Foundation Ambassador – RIGHT: Gary SiniseAs part of the program, GSF is building Smart Homes for America’s most severely wounded service members and their families.“The Carrington Companies is the perfect partner to help the Gary Sinise Foundation build our Smart Homes and I’m very grateful for their support,” said Gary Sinise, founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation. “Each project is a tremendous undertaking involving custom construction and cutting edge technologies tailored to the needs of these wounded service members and with the excellent Carrington team, we’ll continue to restore independence and improve the lives of these American heroes and their families.”Carrington’s non-profit organization, Carrington Charitable Foundation (CCF), will be supporting the Gary Sinise Foundation and the R.I.S.E. program through its various fundraising endeavors, including its flagship event, the Annual Golf Classic, held at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, California on October 6, 2014. Along with benefitting the Veterans Airlift Command, CCF’s event will raise funds for GSF’s custom home projects.For more information visit: www.carringtoncf.org/golf.In addition to fundraising support from CCF, Carrington will be donating the expertise of its real estate development group, Carrington Development Company, LLC (CDC) and real estate services group, Carrington Home Solutions, L.P. (CHS). CDC will be managing all aspects of the custom, Smart Home development, including land selection and purchasing, design management, permitting and approval, construction management, home automation, budgeting and reporting, and the coordination of the many material donations from vendors.CHS will be providing renovation services on properties donated from major financial institutions that are then sold upon completion of the renovations. Funds from the sales are donated to the construction of Veteran’s homes.“We are honored to have the privilege of working with the Gary Sinise Foundation to support this important program,” said Carrington Holding Company CEO Bruce Rose. “The Carrington Companies will bring forth all of our capabilities in securing and developing these custom homes for our country’s veterans. We owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to America’s service members, and are thrilled to be able to contribute to such a worthy cause.”Source:PR Newswire
Michelle Vink was at the Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles, and filed this report of her experiences.Caley Versfelt with Michelle VinkWith the 6,500 athletes and 2,000 coaches from over 165 countries now all back in their homelands, I wanted to take a moment to share my incredible experience of the 2015 Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles. For anyone that doesn’t believe that one person can make a difference, I can show you that it can happen.A few weeks ago, I had the incredible opportunity to be part of one of the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere and the single largest event in LA since the 1984 Olympics. A long time friend and fellow philanthropist, Vicki Robles was asked to create a team of professionals that could step in and help coordinate the media, celebrities and volunteers for the Opening Ceremony reception.Special Olympics VolunteersCredit/Copyright: Michele DuganOur team had a dynamic group of volunteers from gold medal Olympians to industry professionals that all came together to lend their expertise to the cause and support some of the bravest, most inspirational athletes in this global event.David George of DLG productions was part of our team handling the celebrities and media for the VIP reception. “What an honor to volunteer and experience first hand the generosity of the celebrities and entertainment industry executives who were so giving of their time and talents.”But what was incredible is that it wasn’t just the celebrities and media that came out to support. People from all different backgrounds showed up to volunteer and be a part of this event, from fans in the stands to event support.“I’ve never been so inspired or surrounded by such contagious energy,” said Alex Powers, Entertainment Personality & Founder of I Can, I Will, I Do. “Every athlete was a winner, everyone was brave and every single person there made me want to be my absolute best me! I’m so very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Special Olympics magic. It reminded me, its a small world after all.”Because of people like Vicki that reached out to her networks to rally support and increase awareness, not only did all of the volunteers get to have an opportunity of a lifetime, but there was a ripple effect. Through this one small effort, along with all of the other incredible volunteers and teams that helped, the celebrity support, the inspirational words of the athletes and the spirit of the games would be experienced through the media and across the globe.“So many incredible experiences…from the sheer exuberance and pride on the faces of the thousands of athletes as they marched into the coliseum; as they competed in their sport and as they both humbly and enthusiastically received their well earned awards,” added Vicki Robles. “To the crowd’s unbridled support, generosity and compassion exemplified throughout the games. Having experienced these incredible moments with our amazing team of volunteers ensures me that these special memories will live on in all of our hearts forever. I will forever be changed by this extraordinary experience”.Video: Caley’s Celebrity Interviews – on the Blue CarpetFor more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, visit www.LA2015.org and on social with #ReachUpLA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Copyright ©2015Look to the Stars
For a 13-year stretch that ended with Wednesday’s trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chase Utley served as the Philadelphia Phillies’ gritty, hard-nosed, tone-setting leader.He grinded out at-bats and played through pain. He was in the starting lineup for the sixth-most victories in franchise history.1Franchise history going back to 1914, when Baseball-Reference.com’s database begins. But Utley has only modest traditional statistics — a mere .282 lifetime batting average, to go with only 1,623 hits and 233 home runs. So does he fall into the same category as other plucky middle infielders, such as David Eckstein, whose grittiness was often extolled by sportswriters and mocked by sabermetricians?As we saw with Ben Zobrist, sometimes the analytics adore the most unlikely of players. And Utley’s advanced statistics are great enough to propel him to borderline Hall of Fame status, despite that thin conventional résumé.The metric JAWS,2This stands for “Jaffe WAR Score,” after Sports Illustrated’s Jay Jaffe. for instance, considers Utley to be right on the border of Hall of Fame worthiness. JAWS attempts to put a sabermetric stamp on Hall voting by balancing the number of wins above replacement that a player generated at his peak3Specifically, his best seven seasons. with the amount of WAR he compiled over his entire career, synthesizing the two counts into a single figure. In JAWS creator Jay Jaffe’s conception, a player’s JAWS should then be compared to the average score for current HOF members at the same position, which will theoretically help maintain the existing standard for enshrinement going forward.And by virtue of his peak performance, which ranks eighth of any second baseman in major league history, Utley is only a few WAR shy of that standard. In fact, according to JAWS, Utley’s career has been of roughly the same quality as the great Jackie Robinson’s. It’s been superior to those of HOF second baseman Roberto Alomar and the recently inducted Craig Biggio.If such a lofty placement seems surprising, it’s because Utley is one of the biggest outliers in MLB history when it comes to disparities between JAWS and traditional numbers. When my colleague Harry Enten and I were researching the career of Adrian Beltre,4Another advanced-stat darling whose career might be sold short by the conventional numbers. we looked at the relationship between JAWS and a quartet of metrics5Namely, the Hall of Fame Standards and Monitor tests, as well as the Black Ink and Gray Ink tests. devised by Bill James to measure a player’s conventional HOF qualifications. For most players, the numbers are in sync, but Utley had the third-biggest differential of any qualified player between his real-life JAWS and the JAWS we would predict from James’s metrics.Among the many factors driving the discrepancy is Utley’s all-around excellence, which is sometimes difficult to appreciate without the nuance of advanced metrics. Even more than the versatile Zobrist, Utley has shined in every aspect of the game: hitting (for both power and contact), plate discipline, baserunning and defense. Among second basemen of his era, he’s been the majors’ second-best on offense and its best on defense. Aside from a proneness to injury as Utley entered his early to mid-30s, there were no weaknesses in his game.Even so, it’s extremely unlikely that Utley will ever get anything close to the votes required for the Hall of Fame. Early this season, I attended a Phillies game with a bunch of statisticians who uniformly scoffed when I pointed out Utley’s JAWS-based Hall qualification. If numberphiles like them can’t even get behind Utley’s case, it’s truly a hopeless cause. (Less anecdotally, Utley also falls woefully short of the average Hall of Famer in all of James’s HOF metrics.)But if they ever open a Hall of Fame for sabermetric darlings overlooked by Cooperstown, expect the newest member of the Dodgers to be one of the first players voted in.
The rate of long balls is up about 69 percent compared with the regular season, while the next largest bump is only 56 percent, achieved in 2009. According to a simple statistical test, the probability of witnessing so many home runs in the Series (considering the rate in the regular season) is about 1 in 80.1I used a binomial test, assuming that the rate of home runs per contact in the regular season is the true probability. That is a very fragile conclusion, however. Had we performed the same analysis after Saturday’s game, the result would be that the rate of home runs was not as elevated.2The probability of seeing as many home runs as we saw up through Game 4 is about 1 in 20. We ought to be no more certain today that the balls are more lively than we were a few nights ago.Despite the most recent round of allegations, there’s no compelling evidence that the baseballs are especially home-run prone this postseason — or any different than what we saw during the regular season. Since the middle of this year, evidence has been mounting that alterations to the baseball are to blame for the all-time high home-run rates. What we are seeing in this Series might be a result of the prior changes to the ball, rather than a whole new bout of modifications.You won’t find a bigger believer in the juiced ball hypothesis than me, but the evidence for a World Series change driving a home run explosion is much thinner than the broader case that Ben Lindbergh, Mitchel Lichtman and I assembled over the course of the past few years.For starters, the World Series spike is partially due to the fact that the Houston Astros are very good at hitting home runs. The team’s historically excellent offense is the source of many of the gaudy home-run totals already. So far, the Astros have hit 13 homers in five games, which sounds like it could be record-breaking on its own. But there were 103 five-game streaks in the regular season that saw a team drive 13 or more balls over the fence, including six such streaks by the Astros themselves.There’s another problem with the juiced ball hypothesis. Verducci’s article alleges that the balls are more slick than normal. But academic research suggests that a more slippery baseball actually travels less far than a rough one. Similar to the dimples on a golf ball, a little bit of surface texture acts to reduce air resistance instead of slowing the ball down. So while we might expect slick baseballs to mess with a pitcher’s grip, we wouldn’t necessarily expect them to get out of the park more often.There is some evidence to support the idea that the balls are more slippery. I used Statcast’s pitch tracking to compare the air resistance of playoff baseballs to those used in September and found a slight increase in drag in that time. The bump in drag coefficient of 0.023 is enough to reduce fly-ball distance by about 11.5 feet, which doesn’t explain at all why so many hitters are launching homers. Furthermore, this kind of fluctuation in air resistance happens all the time. (Drag coefficient dropped by a similar amount from August to September, for example.) As I detailed in an earlier article, whether because of manufacturing variations or intentional tampering, the drag on MLB baseballs often hops around from month to month, pulling home-run rates with it.One way in which a slicker baseball could be causing more homers is if it is harming a pitcher’s ability to hold the ball. Some pitch types — those that require a more forceful grip on the baseball’s surface, like a slider — are expected to be affected most. Yet the evidence for an effect on that offering is much more murky. The ESPN Stats & Information Group found that pitchers’ spin rates and called-strike percentages dropped dramatically in the World Series, suggesting that they were having trouble getting a grip. But other sabermetricians have found no effect — or contradictory impacts on different hurlers. The increase in home-run rate might be coming from pitchers trying (and failing) to adjust to a new surface texture, rather than the ball itself being more conducive to homers.Without more data — or a sudden wave of candidness from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred about any manufacturing changes to the ball — it’s hard to say for sure what’s happening to the ball. For now, we’re left with the possibility that this World Series is just business as usual in the home-run era — or that a new baseball is changing the game again. Just before the Houston Astros’ 13-12 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series, speculation was running rampant about juiced balls. Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci wrote an article detailing accusations from multiple pitchers that changes to the surfaces of the World Series baseballs were behind a spike of home runs in the Fall Classic.This passed the eye test of even the most casual fan. Sunday’s game featured seven long balls, which wasn’t even the most in a game in this series. Game 2 saw eight homers, including five in extra innings — something that hadn’t occurred in any game, let alone a Series game. With one or two games left, the Dodgers and Astros have already broken the all-time marks for home runs in a World Series and in an entire postseason. The current rate of at-bats per home run stands at 15.8, which would slot in between the career marks of Albert Pujols and Frank Thomas. The average World Series rate since 1995 (the beginning of the wild-card era) is a much more pedestrian 34.8 at-bats per homer.Examining the ratio of home runs per contact in all World Series since 1995, this year has the largest increase from the regular season to the Series.
Home invasion in Clairemont results in man in severe condition Updated: 9:20 PM April 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 58-year-old man who called his son this morning to say there had been a robbery or burglary at his Clairemont Mesa East home was later found injured and unconscious and has remained that way since, police said.The victim called his son, who was at work, about 11:45 a.m. from their home in the 4100 block of Ashford Street, according to San Diego Police Department Lt. Matt Dobbs.“The son called the police and began driving home,” Dobbs said. “When the son arrived at the home, he found his father inside suffering from apparent trauma to his upper body. ”“San Diego police officers arrived a short time later and discovered the man was not breathing. The officers began CPR, until being relieved by San Diego Fire-Rescue Personnel. The victim was transported to the hospital, where he remains in intensive care,” Dobbs said.Police have learned that a safe is missing from the home, but the victim, who had been alone in the home, has not regained consciousness, so investigators have little to go on, Dobbs said.“Due to the nature of the incident and the victim’s condition, the San Diego Police Homicide Unit was called to the scene and will be handling the investigation,” Dobbs said, adding that no suspect information was immediately available.The victim’s name was withheld.Anyone with information that could help investigators find out what happened to the man and who took the safe was urged to call the SDPD Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Posted: April 5, 2019