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Low birth weight and unhealthy adult lifestyle may increase type 2 diabetes risk

first_img Read Full Story People who are a low weight at birth and have unhealthy habits as adults, such as eating nutritionally poor diets or smoking, may have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people born at an average weight who live similar lifestyles, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In the first study to comprehensively assess how early development interacts with adult behavior to influence type 2 diabetes risk, the researchers found that 18% of cases were attributable to the combined effect of low birth weight and unhealthy adult lifestyles.“Most cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented by the adoption of a healthier lifestyle, but these findings suggest that efforts focused on early life development, such as improving nutrition for pregnant women, could prevent additional cases,” said Lu Qi, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard Chan School and Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the study’s senior author.Qi and colleagues studied health data collected from 149,794 healthy men and women tracked by three large ongoing trials (Health Professionals Follow-up Study, Nurses’ Health Study, and Nurses’ Health Study II) for 20-30 years. Participants were scored on five lifestyle factors: diet, smoking, physical activity, alcohol consumption, and body mass index. Those who did not provide their birth weight were excluded from this analysis.last_img read more

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Rusted Root to Make History at The Paramount [Preview]

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Pittsburgh-based jam band Rusted Root is slated to play their fourth show ever at The Paramount in Huntington on Dec. 27—earning them the distinction of most performances by a single act at the Huntington venue.The band, best known for their upbeat, catchy hit single “Send Me On My Way,” also just happened to be the first ever band to play at the venue during their soft opening in August 2012 that preceded the official first big show starring Elvis Costello.“We’re always trying to push the boundaries a little bit—in the way that we create music—but also the type of music that we’re playing and the different sounds we’re bringing to it,” Michael Glabicki, the band’s lead singer, founding member and songwriter, told The Aquarian Weekly. The band initially gained notice with their independently released album, Cruel Sun, in 1992. Their unique sound, a fusion of world, rock, and acoustic music, secured the band a spot on music-lover’s album shelves worldwide. The band’s major-label debut album, When I Woke, gave them their best-known single, “Send Me On My Way.” The song has been enjoyed internationally, due to its popularity in various films and television shows, including Ice Age, Matilda, and New Girl, as well as Enterprise Rent-a-Car commercials.The band has continued to generate exceptional albums and extended plays for decades. Well-regarded within the music industry, Rusted Root have toured with renowned artists such as Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.Their music has origins in traditional African, Latin American, and Native American sounds, but is never tied down to a specific genre. Choosing to not allowing past music choices pigeonhole them to one singular style, and always being willing to explore new territory, Rusted Root consistently produces music that is both exciting and different.Rusted Root never followed common expectations after their band went mainstream. Instead, they continued experimenting with music in ways that other bands in the spotlight simply weren’t. Their music draws inspiration from all over the world, and is endlessly uplifting.Band members prides themselves on fan interaction. They often communicate back and forth with devotees on Twitter and give free music downloads to their Facebook fans. Their upcoming, yet-to-be-titled album was partially funded through an Indiegogo campaign, using fans’ donations to write and create new music, with donators receiving perks as unbelievable as private concerts.It is nearly impossible to leave a Rusted Root show in anything but a good mood. The band’s concerts are a fun time for both fans that have followed them from their origins 25 years ago, to younger fans who are invited onstage to sing along.The band’s musical prowess, versatility and incredible stage presence will be on full display Saturday, Dec. 27th at The Paramount in Huntington, as will their infamous good vibes. Additionally, any participants in the 3rd Annual Paramount Holiday Blood Drive 2-8 p.m. on Dec. 23 will receive a free ticket to the show.The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$40 8 p.m. Dec. 27.last_img read more

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‘Stand out’ Spurs performer even better for eradicating big weakness in his game

first_imgWhen the former was sidelined with a knee problem – Alderweireld has made just 26 league starts on account of the problem sustained in the 1-1 draw with West Brom – the latter stepped up to lead the back line with consummate ease. Indeed, while Vertonghen has in the past been criticised for momentary lapses in concentration which have been capitalised upon – the sloppy back pass in the 4-0 loss at Chelsea during Tim Sherwood’s ill-fated spell springs to mind – he’s gone some way to eradicating this weakness to his game and both player and club are all the better for it.He ranks among the top 10 players for clearances (220) in the Premier League this season, with this knack for being in the right place at the right time allowing him to alleviate pressure on the Spurs goal. It’s evidently a boost for the north London outfit in their pursuit of glory, yet it’s vital that Vertonghen not be branded merely a no nonsense defender, with his continental approach ensuring his side can maintain dominance over opponents.Spurs are averaging the third most possession (57.1%) in England’s top tier this term and it’s of the utmost importance that Pochettino has defenders prepared to play the ball out from the back rather than aimlessly punt the ball upfield in the hope of catching opposition defences unawares.Vertonghen, then, is somewhat ideal at adhering to these possession-based demands of his manager having mustered a 85% success rate from 61.7 passes per game, the latter the most of all Spurs players in the Premier League this season.Whether he is in a three-man or a four-man defence, the Belgian has thrived in north London this season, with many suggesting he is possibly the top centre-back in the capital considering his excellent form under Pochettino this campaign. When the PFA Team of the Year was announced, the exclusion of Alderweireld raised eyebrows, but it’s his compatriot who was more than deserving of a spot in the XI.With the season now entering its final stretch, Spurs are still in with a shot at the title, even if it is just an outside one. That they are even in with a chance of domestic success is built on a solid defensive foundation, of which Vertonghen has been vital. Tottenham’s defence has been the best this season and a big reason is Jan Vertonghen, as Ben McAleer explains.Sunday was cause for celebration for Tottenham as they finally finished above Arsenal for the first time since 1995. A 17-point chasm between the two rivals makes it impossible for the latter to catch the former. While head coach Mauricio Pochettino insists his focus is on the Premier League title as they remain in the hunt for domestic glory, there is no denying the Argentine will have been pleased by the manner with which they secured victory in the final north London Derby at White Hart Lane.On his 200th appearance for Spurs, it was a man of the match showing from defender Jan Vertonghen, who was enthused at the win following the full time whistle. “It was a very good game from everyone, from start to finish. It was the perfect day to put on a performance and I’m very proud of it,” he told Spurs’ official website after the game.As Spurs on Wednesday announced that voting was now open for their player of the season award, there are a number of stand out candidates for the role, with Vertonghen rightly among them. The Belgian is enjoying arguably his best season for Spurs since his debut campaign following his 2012 arrival from Ajax, with his form at the heart of the defence deservedly earning him the plaudits. Tottenham have conceded fewer goals (22) than any other Premier League team this season, with the team shipping just 17 times in his 29 league starts.While much of the focus last season was on the impact of Toby Alderweireld at the back following his summer switch from Southampton, this term, Vertonghen has stepped up effectively as perhaps Spurs’ most important defender. 2 2 Jan Vertonghen is enjoying his best season at Spurs since his 2012 arrival last_img read more

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Mainz challenge Dortmund’s unbeaten start to the season

first_imgDortmund are still unbeaten in the Bundesliga this seasonOn Saturday Mainz becomes the latest team to challenge Borussia Dortmund’s unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season.The Reds enjoy a close working relationship with the Signal Iduna Park outfit, as they were the breeding ground for both Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel – two of the latter’s more successful coaches. But that will count for nothing as Sandro Schwarz’s battlers aim to upset the visitors.Lucien Favre’s revolution gathered steam when the Black and Yellows toppled preseason favourites Bayern Munich 3-2 just before the international break to open up a seven point advantage over the reigning champions.They have a perfect chance to gain a similar advantage over second placed Borussia Moenchengladbach, who are not in action until Sunday.Favre’s side have been banging in the goals regardless of who they field upfront. World Cup hero Mario Goetze started the victory over Bayern Munich along with Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus but he could make way for Maxmillian Phillips or super sub Paco Alcacer.The Munich club are in disarray by their own high standards but club president Karl Heinz Rummenigge has intimated they are sticking with new manager Robert Kovac.The Berlin born Croat will certainly be counting on his star studded line up to turn on the afterburners for the visit of newly promoted Fortuna Dusseldorf. Kovac will feel the key to success is spreading the goal scoring burden to augment Robert Lewandowski’s obvious threat.Surprise package Borussia Moenchengladbach are poised to continue with their unexpected title challenge when they welcome relegation threatened Hannover to Borussia Park.Dieter Heckin’s high flyers are heavily favoured to win the tie thanks to the red-hot form of striking pair Thorgan Hazard and Alassane Plea.Heikko Herrlich’s inconsistent Bayer Leverkusen get action underway on Friday at home to Stuttgart.  The visitors upended fellow strugglers Hannover a fortnight back but it is difficult to see them thriving at the Bay Arena. Karim Bellarabi, Kevin Holland, Leon Bailey and Julian Brandt will carry Leverkusen’s goal scoring burden.FRIDAY:Bayer Leverkusen v StuttgartSATURDAY:Bayern Munich v Fortuna DusseldorfMainz v Borussia DortmundSchalke v NurembergAugsburg v FrankfurtWolfsburg v Red Bull LeipzigHertha Berlin v HoffenheimSUNDAY:Freiburg v Werder BremenGladbach v HannoverBET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments Tags: German Bundesligatoplast_img read more

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South African television

first_imgSet of a television advert production inCape Town.(Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For morefree photos, visit the image library)South African television is broadcast in all 11 official languages, as well as in German, Hindi, Portuguese – and even in sign.The country’s first television broadcast took place in the major cities in 1975, before the first nation-wide broadcast on 6 January 1976.South Africa was therefore one of the last countries the world – and even one of the last in Africa – to access TV. This was because the apartheid government feared the effect television would have on the morals of its people – and feared more that it would dilute the state’s control over the press and radio. Indeed, television became an issue in apartheid-era whites-only elections, with the United Party campaigning under the slogan “Want TV? Vote UP!” (See Bernard Cros, Why South Africa’s Television is only Twenty Years Old: Debating Civilisation, 1958-1969)Today, South Africans now have access to a wide spectrum of local and international drama, comedy, sports and news through their televisions.Since its launch, South African television has been broadcast in colour, on the PAL system. The relatively late introduction of television to the country had its advantages, as the state-controlled South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) was able to skip the expensive transition between black-and-white and colour.The SABC’s broadcasting monopoly ended in 1986 when the subscription-based MNet was launched.Since the arrival of democracy in 1994, South Africans have seen a number of new television channels introduced by both the SABC and other private operators.South Africa’s four television providers are:The South African Broadcasting CorporationMultichoicee.tvTopTVThe SABC, e.tv and MNet all broadcast across Africa.A fifth television provider, Walking on Water Television, or WowTV, is scheduled to launch before March 2012 with a variety of Christian-based programming.South African Broadcasting CorporationSouth Africa’s public broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), receives funding through both licence fees and advertising. The SABC broadcasts on three domestic channels, with a mixed entertainment and public service mandate.SABC websiteSABC1 is the most watched television channel in South Africa. The channel broadcasts in a wide range of languages, carrying news, entertainment and sports.SABC1 websiteSABC2 also carries programming in a range of languages, including most of the SABC’s Afrikaans programming. The channel has a high proportion of locally produced programming.SABC2 websiteSABC3 runs most of the SABC’s English content, including many American and British comedies and dramas.SABC3 websiteSABCAfrica was the SABC’s news and entertainment channel, broadcast to the rest of the continent. The service ceased in 2008.MultichoiceMultichoice provides premium-service television to paying subscribers. Its main offerings are MNet, South Africa’s first pay-TV channel, and DStv, which offers a large number of channels available in different “bouquets”.Multichoice websiteMNet, started in 1986, is a subscription channel broadcast on an encoded signal that requires a decoder for viewing. The content is a mix of children’s entertainment, drama, sport and movies, most sourced from the US and, to a lesser extent, the UK. The channel does not carry any news programming, although it does run some current affairs programmes such as the well-regarded Carte Blanche.MNet websiteDStv is Multichoice’s digital satellite service, launched in 1995. The subscription-based service is available in South Africa and throughout Africa.DStv carries a wide variety of channels, ranging from South African produced content, to international syndicated content, sports and news. There are also various “bouquets”, a bundle of channels available for catering to some of South Africa’s expatriate communities.DStv has recently introduced high-definition and mobile television services, although subscribers wishing to view these will have to buy new hardware.DStv websiteDStv channels with South African or African content are:AfrikaMagic – an entertainment channel dedicated to African programmingChannel O – African popular music channelCNBC Africa – Africa’s first 24-hour international business channel, providing real-time information and analysis about African business and Africa’s financial marketsFin24 – an interactive service offering local and international financial news and indicatorsKyknet – entertainment programming in the Afrikaans languageMindset Learn – educational channel based on the South African curriculum and aimed at grades 10 to 12, covering the maths, science and English syllabusesMK – popular music in AfrikaansNews24 – local, regional and international news, sport, entertainment, science and technology, finance, health and weather coverageParliamentary Service – live and recorded sessions from South Africa’s parliamentWeather Channel – detailed weather information on 35 cities and towns in South Africa, as well as in Africa and elsewhereMultichoice had a Web TV service, Kuduclub, for South Africans living further afield. This ended in March 2011.Multichoice websiteE.tvLaunched in 1998, e.tv is South Africa’s only free-to-air television channel. The station carries a mix of news, sports and entertainment. E.tv broadcasts mainly in English, although it does carry some programming in other languages in order to comply with its licence requirements.E.tv websiteTopTVTopTV, run by On Digital Media, launched its pay-TV services in May 2010. Subscribers have a choice of seven bouquets, ranging from R99 to R249 per month. The equipment bundle was affordable, and has become significantly cheaper still in the months since.The introduction of competition in the pay market sparked a reaction from DStv, which wasted no time in launching a cheaper alternative, with fewer channels, to its premium package. It also offered new subscribers a cheaper equipment bundle, which has also dropped in price since its launch.TopTV websiteRelated articlesThe media in South AfricaSouth Africa onlineRadio in South AfricaSouth Africa’s commercial radio stationsSouth Africa’s public broadcasting radio stationsSouth Africa’s community radio stationslast_img read more

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Aon South Africa unveils BEE deal

first_img6 October 2011Financial services and insurance group Aon has unveiled a black economic empowerment (BEE) deal that will see the Vurhonga Consortium acquire a 25.1% shareholding in Aon’s South African business for an undisclosed sum.The consortium consists of BEE investment company Tamela Holdings and Precious Prospects, a women’s empowerment group.Aon South Africa chairman and CEO Anton Roux said the deal was an exceptionally positive move towards true broad-based empowerment, particularly with the strong female ownership within the consortium.“We are delighted to be joining hands with two partners who are very competent in the corporate business and public sectors and which have such a diverse group of women involved,” Roux said in a statement this week.Employee share ownership schemeDuring 2012, a portion of the shareholding held by Vurhonga Consortium, representing three percent of the common equity in Aon, will be allocated to an employee share ownership scheme including historically disadvantaged Aon employees, further enhancing the far-reaching nature of the transaction.Precious Prospects chairperson Namane Magau will resign from her position on the Santam board before joining the board of Aon South Africa, while Vurhonga Consortium chairman Vusi Mahlangu and Makole Maponya will serve as the empowerment grouping’s representatives on the board of Aon South Africa.“We are delighted to partner with such a reputable international company like Aon in South Africa to pursue new growth areas after a period of acquisitive growth in the country,” said Mahlangu. “Vurhonga comprise a team of remarkable professionals, including women professionals in the financial services sector.“We look forward to a successful long-term relationship.”South African growth strategyAon South Africa has engaged in a strong growth strategy in recent years, highlighted by the acquisitions of QED Actuaries & Consultants, Shield Financial Services, Heritage Insurance Brokers, Pennant and Pinion Insurance Brokers and, more recently, Glenrand MIB.“Transformation plays a pivotal part of our growth strategy in South Africa, and we are pleased to be engaging with partners who share the same values in terms of business development, community consciousness and social investment,” said Roux.The transaction is expected to be concluded by the end of October 2011.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Geocaching Etiquette 201: Cache Ownership

first_imgIn the first of this two-part series, we shared some guidance that Geocaching HQ and community volunteer reviewers provide when asked about finding and logging caches. In this second installment, we’ll cover the guidance we provide regarding cache owner etiquette.It should go without saying, but let’s say it anyway: It’s very important to read and understand the Geocache hiding guidelines before placing a cache. When you submit your cache for review, you check a box stating that you’ve read and agreed to those guidelines. The Geocaching Help Center is another valuable information source.Don’t damage the environment to place a cache, or place the cache in a way that finders will damage the environment to find it.This topic is addressed very clearly in the guidelines. Still, we sometimes receive complaints from property owners about caches that cause a geotrail through undergrowth, or caches nailed into trees, just to name a few examples.If property owner sentiments don’t convince you, “Does not harm the environment” ranked as the second most important factor to a high quality cache in our recent Cache Quality Survey. That means it’s important to your fellow cachers.If yours is an extremely rare situation where a property owner has given you permission to hide the cache in a way that might be seen as damaging the environment, include that explicit permission on your cache page. We still recommend against that kind of hide, because it could inspire someone to place a similar hide somewhere without permission. Proper use of the Owner Maintenance logPost an Owner Maintenance log every time you perform maintenance on your cache.Don’t use the log when you’re just planning to perform maintenance. Don’t use the Write Note log for owner maintenance. If the Needs Maintenance icon is on your cache page, only the Owner Maintenance log will make it go away.Vacation cache? Think long and hard about itThe guidelines strongly recommend against hiding caches far from home. Such caches are often not published because they’re difficult to maintain.If you insist on hiding a cache far from home, you need a maintenance plan, usually including a local person who can help you maintain the cache. This is something you need to take care of before submitting the cache for review.Proper use of attributesAttributes are intended to communicate what to expect at a cache location. Please use them for that purpose.Don’t intentionally add incorrect attributes to help people with challenge caches, or for a puzzle, or just to be funny. It defeats the purpose of preparing finders for the cache location.Be especially mindful of the Wheelchair accessible attribute. If you’re unsure if your cache location is wheelchair accessible, handicaching.com is an excellent resource to help you figure it out.Other things to consider about cache ownershipGive your cache accurate difficulty and terrain ratings so that finders know what they’re getting into.If you must delete a finder’s log, communicate with them about it. Most of the time, the reasons for log deletion (ex. including a spoiler in the log) are innocent mistakes. Don’t add content to your cache page after publication that doesn’t comply with the guidelines. If it is brought to a reviewer’s or Geocachging HQ’s attention, the cache may be archived.Don’t maintain an archived geocache. In many cases, a cache is archived because it caused a problem or a property owner didn’t want it there. By maintaining an archived cache, you could be unwittingly exacerbating a problem. Instead, submit a new cache page for review.Check out the Inside Geocaching HQ podcast for more discussion of the items in this post and in the Finding & Logging article!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Etiquette 201: Finding and LoggingJune 14, 2019In “Community”Updated Geocache Hiding GuidelinesSeptember 5, 2017In “Community”The Seanachai: Keeper of the Old Lore, Reviewer of the New CachesMay 6, 2015In “Community”last_img read more

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How Much is Flickr Worth to Yahoo? Not Very Much (Updated)

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img When an internal announcement leaked out of Yahoo last month that it was “sunsetting” popular social bookmarking service Delicious, that service’s users flew into a panic. Yahoo quickly backtracked on the plans and the service remains up and running, if minimally supported.Would Flickr survive the hemorrhaging at its parent company Yahoo? That was the next logical question. Today Flickr power user Thomas Hawk did a little investigation of how many $25/year paid Pro accounts and thus how much annual revenue he estimates Flickr contributes to Yahoo. Hawk’s methodology seems reasonable, if generous, and led to the conclusion that Flickr probably brings in around $50 million in annual revenue. Minus expenses, the profit it brings Yahoo is probably negligible. In other words, Yahoo has little economic incentive to support, maintain or grow one of the biggest photo sharing sites on the web and the place many of us pay to store our photos online. That’s cause for concern. Note:Former Flickr chief software architect Cal Henderson responds in comments below, saying that Hawk’s methodology is “deeply flawed” and that advertising makes up a large amount of Flickr’s revenue. So take the following with a grain of salt now that we’ve heard that from a former insider.Hawk’s methodology involved looking at Flickr’s last stated number of users from a year ago (40m) and decreasing that number by the 18% that the site’s publicly visible web traffic has since declined by. Then he did a search for two common names, John and Jane, and counted what percentage of the first 100 users with each name were listed as paying Pro members. This admittedly crude method led Hawk to conclude that an estimated 7% of Flickr users have paid accounts. That’s reasonable, if not high. (I’d perform a more extensive analysis right now, using the same method, if Flickr allowed for automated extraction of information from its site. It doesn’t though.) Put all the numbers together and you get about $50 million in annual revenue. “How profitable is Flickr?” Hawk asks after discussing hosting, office and staff costs, “Your guess is as good as mine. I suspect that after you back out all the costs on their revenue though that it’s not a meaningful or significant number for Yahoo.”As we wrote last April, when Flickr’s epic community manager Heather Champ left the company, Facebook has long been larger and now sees almost an entire Flickr’s-worth of photos (3 billion) uploaded to that social network every month.As we wrote yesterday when discussing Facebook’s crushing Google Reader in future of news reading, it’s clear though that Facebook has come up with a winning formula: emphasis on effective user experience, easy and meaningful social interaction, casual gaming and multi-media reading and writing, not just subscription like Google Reader offers. Facebook isn’t just photos like Flickr, it isn’t just newsfeeds like Google Reader. It isn’t just video like YouTube. It’s a whole lot of everything, with really easy publishing of updates and leveraging a big social graph holding it all together as glue.Should Flickr users be worried about their photos? In the short term, maybe not – but in the long term, something’s going to need to change. Either we all start storing our media in easy-to-use cloud systems, or we bend our knee to the mighty Facebook, or we come up with systems that make transfer of our digital assets between institutions as easy in the future as it is to move our financial assets between financial institutions today. (Look what Dave Winer made today, along these lines.)What’s wrong with the internet, though, if millions of people can pay $25 per year to store a visual catalog of the world and that’s not good enough, financially?Button photo posted on Flickr, under Creative Commons (one of the coolest things about Flickr), by user Poolie. marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Canadian High School is Called ‘Greenest on Earth’

first_imgThe school building was renovated over the last seven yearsDunbarton High School was built in the 1960s, and has undergone a “significant retrofit” over the last seven years. Upgrades included new energy-efficient windows, insulation, and a more efficient compressor for an air conditioner. A solar hot water system now serves half of the building.Hallway lights were replaced with lower-wattage bulbs and better reflectors, and some lights are now automatically dimmed when sunlight is bright. It has an outdoor classroom for 40 students, and a 500-square-meter pollinator garden.The school also won the 2014 Greenest School in Canada competition. The building is not certified under the USGBC’s LEED program.Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council, also cited the school’s engagement with the community and a curriculum that emphasizes “the value of protecting and restoring ecosystems.”The school was awarded a cash prize of $1,000, which it said would be used to develop a school garden and 10 more “bee condominiums” that would be shared with the community, the USGBC said. A high school in Pickering, Ontario, has been singled out by the Global Coalition for Green Schools as the 2015 Greenest School on Earth.The Coalition is an initiative of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, which made the announcement last month. Dunbarton High School has some 400 students in grades 9 through 12. Pickering is on the shores of Lake Ontario about 20 miles northeast of Toronto.Schools were judged on what the USBGC called the “three-pillar definition of a green school:” its efficient use of resources and reduced environmental impact; its enhanced health and learning among students, teachers and staff; and its emphasis on sustainability and resource-conservation.There were 40 applicants from around the globe this year, said USGBC spokeswoman Ali Peterson. “Dunbarton is not a net-zero or a net-zero ready building, but through the programming they have with the students and the community they are making significant progress toward having net-zero impact on their local environment, and the panel of judges deemed them the best example of a school working toward this ideal,” Peterson wrote in an email.Among the initiatives there is an organic waste collection service in which students collected organic waste from staff offices each week and took it to nearby homes where it’s picked up by the city. Next year, the program will expand to include a weekly collection of organic waste from the school cafeteria.last_img read more

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Canon Releases Two New Wide-Angle Lenses

first_imgCrop factor? What crop factor? Canon announces two new wide angle lenses.Building off of their recent  100 million EF lenses milestone, Canon has announced two new lenses that are to be added to the EF line in the very near future. While the lenses aren’t a game changer for the filmmaking world, photographers should definitely take notice. Both the Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM offer wide angles with zoomable focal lengths making them extremely dynamic.16-35mm f/4L IS USM Focal Length10-18mm Crop-Factor ComparisonBlackmagic Cinema Camera (24-43mm)BMPCC (28-51mm)ASP-C (16-28mm) AutofocusUltrasonic Motor F-Stop Range4 throughout Crop-Factor ComparisonBlackmagic Cinema Camera (38-84mm)BMPCC (46-100mm)ASP-C (25-56mm) F-Stop Range4.5-5.6 Focal Length16-35mm In line with the 16-35, the 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM was designed for for getting wide. But unlike the 16-35 the 10-18 was created with cropped APS-C sensors in mind. In fact, when taking a the crop factor into consideration the 10-18 will act very much like a 16-28mm in full-frame terms. The lens features STM technology which allows for quite and continuous focusing. This was designed with amateur videographers in mind as professional filmmakers will probably not be using an auto-focusing system.Pricing and AvailabilityThe Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM price will be set at $1,199 and the Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM price will be $299.99. Canon states that both lenses will be available in June.What do you think of the new line of Canon lenses? Share in the comments below. StabilizationIS The 16-35mm f/4L IS USM is definitely the most exciting lens to come from Canon’s announcement. Unlike lesser quality lenses, this lens offers a consistent f/4 throughout it’s entire focal spectrum allowing for consistent exposure throughout. The added Image Stabilizer (IS) allows photographers to get back up to 4 shutter speed steps, allowing for longer exposure and subsequently more light. Users can also expect to get a quick and quiet autofocus courtesy of the Ultrasonic Motor (USM).The lens also comes with two ultra-low dispersion elements, designed to minimize chromatic aberration and color blurring, and when you are getting wide minimizing chromatic aberration is extremely important. Fluorine coatings on the front and back of the lens prevent dust and water from sticking to the lens. While at the same time Special Spectra Coatings minimize ghosting and flare. Canon also promises increased background blur due to the 9-blade circular aperture.Canon stated that this lens was designed with wedding photographers in mind but we can definitely see potential for photographers who shoot landscapes, architecture or a lot of wide-angle portraits. This lens is not to be confused with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens which retails for about $1,699.EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM AutofocusStepper Motor (STM) StabilizationISlast_img read more