Welsh wonders

first_imgWith 15 bread classes among the 88 classes to be decided, the judges at this year’s National Baking Exhibition in Wales lost no time in trawling the tables, knives at the ready, to reveal the inner secrets of every variety, from bloomers and tins to currant loaves and French sticks.A strong entry in the wholemeal classes confirmed that the current market trend for low-GI products is increasing. Class three section judge Gilbert Curtis explained: “Wholemeal and Granary are becoming more popular, now that people are more aware of how their diet affects them. For the baker, it’s no more difficult to produce and it makes sense to cater to your customers’ requirements.”Winning waysHe said that when comparing the loaves he looks for softness and strength, a good quality of crumb and even structure. Volume and shape are also important. “The winner had all this going for it,” he said. “It stood out from the rest and made my job a bit easier for a change.”Heading up the confectionery judges, chairman Huw Weeks said he was disappointed with the number of entries this year, but still deemed the event a great success. “It’s always a joy and a privilege to be invited to this exhibition,” he said, “and although entries are down, it has been a great success for the Welsh Federation.”There was a good representation of craft and quality among the cake exhibits, he added, and the floral displays were outstanding, as were the sponges and Chelsea buns. He added: “Neath and Port Talbot College have proved their worth again, with the students excelling in producing work of the highest standards. Younger students in the schools classes also did well and should be commended for their efforts.” Judging the Culpitt Challenge trophy for a floral spray, Barbara Grainger and Pat Bell found one exhibit they considered outstanding. “We are really pleased with the standard of the sugar flowers this year,” said Ms Bell, “particularly the winning display, which is stunning and very well put together. All the cakes are well decorated, with some good designs and ideas and very skilful workmanship. You can see the attention to detail in the finished products.”Ms Bell also noted a decline in the number of entries. “That’s a reflection of changes in the industry,” she said. “The colleges are not getting the students in and there’s nowhere for them to go once they are trained.”Some might get into research and development or health and safety, she said. “But students today will never know some of the things we are able to do and, when these skills are lost, they will never return.” Beginner’s luckHousewife Saoia Iqbal of Cardiff was surprised to carry off the Culpitt Challenge Trophy and the Stuart Howells Trophy for best confectionery item in the show, as this was her first ever entry in a competition. “I am amazed to have won, especially on my first attempt. I’m delighted – it makes up for all the time I spent making my display,” said Ms Iqbal. Neath and Port Talbot student Rachel Thomas took four of the student class trophies home but credited her win to her tutors. “We were all encouraged to enter by our tutors. They gave us a lot of help with new skills, such as modelling, for example,” she said. “Working on the exhibits was hard, but I learned a great deal and I really enjoyed it. I’d like to get a job in cake decorating when I finish college. I know there aren’t that many jobs out there, but that’s what I love doing.”Clutching the Joe Horspool trophy, among others, for best bread in show, was seasoned competitor Roger Hants of Kathleens Kitchen, Colchester. Exhibition veteran and joint secretary Ollie Long has been involved with the Welsh National Baking Exhibition for 41 years. “It’s a lot smaller than it was 41 years ago – back then we were talking about around 2,000 entries, while this year we are down to around 700,” he said. “In those days we had so many local entries, as well as competitors from further afield. There used to be 125 bakers in Cardiff alone and now you can’t count 10. But you can see by the entries that trade skills are surviving”Mr Long is as enthusiastic about organising next year’s show as he was his first. “Some people say that if we can’t attract more entries, we should pack it in, but I tell them not to be so daft,” he said.“I’ve already booked the venue for next year. I think we’ve helped people achieve higher standards and new ideas, as well as creating long-standing friendships.”last_img read more

Apple Motion Video Tutorial: ‘The Walking Dead’ Inspired Titles

first_imgLearn how to create ‘Walking Dead’ inspired titles in this Apple Motion video tutorial.If you’ve ever seen the AMC series The Walking Dead than you’ve probably had these two questions: “Why are the zombies so easy to kill” and “How can I create those awesome intro titles!?”Well, in the following video presented by FinalCutKing we will get the answer to at least one of these questions! The video tutorial shows us how to create “Walking Dead” inspired intro titles in Apple Motion. It covers a wide range of techniques, including:Using Blend ModesUsing TexturesWorking with TextWorking with KeyframesYou can download the project file from the Walking Dead post on FinalCutKing’s website.This video was first shared by FinalCutKing on his YouTube Channel. Thanks for sharing!Want to watch more about Motion & FCPX? Check out more tutorials on the PremiumBeat blog.Have any tips for selling this effect? Anything you’d like to add? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Is HFR The Future of Travel Videos?

first_imgHigh frame rates don’t always work well on the big screen, but they’re transforming the field of travel videography.Cover Image via Jacob + Katie Schwarz.When The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey premiered several years ago, many cinemagoers noted that the film felt “different”: “It’s like being on a film set in person: all of the magic is lost. You get to see behind the curtain, and you’re no longer under a spell,…”  “It looked too real,” and so on. These reactions are due to The Hobbit‘s frame rate of 48fps instead of the industry standard of 24fps. Filming at a high fps is also known as a high frame rate or HFR for short.The reason HFR looks more real comes down to motion blur — more precisely, the lack of it. The images, especially those with fast movement, look a lot sharper. Peter Jackson noted that he wanted an immersive experience, and many found the experience too immersive. It was almost as if the film disallowed suspension of disbelief. As James Cameron said, “3D shows you a window into reality; the higher frame rate takes the glass out of the window.”Despite all the reasons for using 48fps, the choice drew criticism, and in the industry, talk about how cinema could move forward with 48fps died down significantly (save for James Cameron and Peter Jackson). There are some aesthetics, like the motion blur that comes with 24fps, that are irreplaceable.However, while it looks like cinema will abandon HFR, for the time being at least, there is one genre of filmmaking that I believe benefits from HFR: travel videos.A travel video or travel vlog takes the viewer to the other side of the world for a glimpse at what life is like over the horizon. The video above from Jacob + Katie Schwarz could very well be one of the best examples of this notion.Watching the video at only 1080p on a 26-inch monitor was enough to project a sense of realism that I haven’t felt before. Let’s not overlook the fact the filmmakers used the Red Helium sensor and 8k resolution. The dynamic range coupled with the clarity of 8k attributes creates the beautiful imagery. The crisp detail, the vibrant color, and the fantastic cinematography all make this video an excellent example of travel videography. However, the feel of the footage derives directly from the 60fps frame rate. As one YouTube commentator has said, “HD 60 FPS is Amazing, 8k 60 FPS is like real life!”  This leads us to wonder: has HFR found its place in travel videos? There are plenty of beautiful travel videos that crowd YouTube, but many have been shot like a film: 24fps, letterboxed, creative color grading. The results are a far cry from reality. If HFR removes “the window,” then it is the next best thing to actually being on location.What are your thoughts? Do you think the 60fps ruins the beauty of the short segment, or do you think that it helps bring you one step closer to the location? Let us know in the comments.For further reading on the science of HFR, I recommend these articles.The Science of High Frame Rates, Or: Why ‘The Hobbit’ Looks Bad At 48 FPS48 FPS and Beyond: How High Frame Rates Affect PerceptionWhy movies look weird at 48fps, and games are better at 60fpslast_img read more

DNV GL LNG Trade Undergoes Changes

first_imgzoom The LNG trade is undergoing a transformation driven by new players, a growing tanker fleet and changing patterns, which emerged amid an increase in the number of LNG importing nations, according to DNV GL.Until recently, the LNG seaborne trade represented only eight per cent of the total gas trade and was limited to a few large importers such as Japan and South Korea. Oil-linked gas prices prevailed and almost all contracts were signed as long-term charters with very few ships involved in spot activities.However, a substantial increase of gas production, combined with significant additions to both liquefaction and regasification capacity have changed the market fundamentals.After years of stagnation, the seaborne trade grew by seven per cent, adding 17 million tonnes of new cargo. The demand growth was driven predominantly by China and India, but also by newcomers such as Pakistan, Egypt and Jordan. These countries will continue to drive demand, however other countries such as Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore are also expected to play an increasing role as importers.“On the one hand, a growing number of importers are generating a steadily increasing demand while, on the other hand, forcing suppliers to demonstrate more flexibility,” DNV GL said.According to IEA, more and more contracts are being signed for shorter durations and smaller quantities, without fixed destinations, and decoupled from oil prices. For the shipping industry this translates to more spot trading and more diversified trade patterns.DNV Gl informed that it may still take a while for LNG carriers to experience higher earnings. The order book is still over 120 ships strong, with deliveries in 2017 and in 2018 set to reach an estimated growth of 10 per cent and 7 per cent, respectively.“In light of the plans for major export terminal expansions in 2018 and 2019 (unless delayed), freight rates are likely to remain low throughout 2017. Nevertheless, the current remodelling of the market creates new opportunities in the longer perspective,” DNV GL said.last_img read more

Montreal isnt properly following Quebecs flag protocol complainants

first_imgMONTREAL – There’s a flap in Montreal over the Quebec flag.Two Montrealers are accusing the city of violating rules set out in provincial legislation that state the Fleur-de-lis should have “precedence over any other flag or emblem” and be displayed in certain designated places.A lawyer for the two retired Montreal journalists championing the cause says legal action could ensue if the city fails to act.Lawyer Hugo Vaillancourt said he and his clients looked further into the matter after they approached him.“We did an analysis to know whether Montreal was respecting the laws,” said Vaillancourt. “What we found was that there were numerous infractions in the city.”Vaillancourt said one obvious violation was the absence of the Quebec flag from Montreal’s council chamber.He says the Fleur-de-lis was also missing from several recent official events involving dignitaries and that the order of the three flags that fly in front of city hall is incorrect.“According to our interpretation (of the law), that means for Montreal’s city hall, when there are three flags displayed, the Quebec one must be in the middle,” Vaillancourt said.On Thursday, the Canadian flag was flying in the middle with the Quebec and City of Montreal flags flanking it. In contrast, the Quebec flag is on the middle pole outside city hall in Quebec City.The provincial Justice Department confirmed it sent a letter to Montreal’s director general last January outlining the fact that rules weren’t being followed.A letter provided by the department written by deputy justice minister France Lynch noted the flag wasn’t displayed during official events.“Allow me to remind you of the importance of complying with the protocol,” Lynch wrote.A city spokesman said it has taken note of the government’s correspondence and that the policy is under review.“We are currently analyzing the different historical and legal elements related to flag etiquette,” Gonzalo Nunez said in an email. “The city’s flag policy dates back to 1996, so the current administration has pursued the policy of previous administrations.”Vaillancourt said other municipalities might also be flouting the rules, but it would require further investigation.In the case of Montreal, a formal notice letter has been drafted and will be fired off if nothing changes.“It’s a reminder that Montreal is in the province of Quebec and it must respect the Quebec law,” said Vaillancourt. “It’s not up to a municipal official to make distinctions to the law where there aren’t any.”last_img read more

Alberta First Nations look to make history mobilizing vote in upcoming federal

first_img(Attendees listen to candidate pitches at Maskwacis First Nation forum Wednesday. Brandi Morin/APTN photo.)Brandi MorinAPTN National News For the first time in its history an Alberta First Nation is going to take part in a federal election.The Tsuu T’ina Nation near Calgary established its first ever polling station at the Grey Eagle Resort.Tsuu T’ina spokesperson Kevin Littlelight said the momentum started to build when they decided to get engaged during the last provincial election. The motivating factor, he said, was because the previous Progressive Conservative government in Alberta was what he described as not very Aboriginal friendly.“We could smell change in the air,” said Littlelight. “The provincial election was the biggest turnout of Aboriginal voters ever. The push was for change for Aboriginal people and for Albertans, and we were a part of that change.”Across Alberta it appears First Nations are becoming more involved than ever and plan to show it on Monday before polls close.Maskwacis First Nation in central Alberta held its first ever federal candidates open forum at Samson Cree Nation’s Howard Buffalo Memorial Center earlier this week.Throughout the evening approximately 100 people showed up to listen to pitches from the Liberal and NDP candidates, the Conservative and Green candidates didn’t attend.Tara Cutarm, one of the event organizers, said she was impressed by the turnout and noticed a significant number of youth in attendance.“It made me feel hopeful,” said Cutarm. “And grateful seeing the youth be so interested in attending the forum. It gave me pride in the fact that there are youth caring at that young age not only for themselves, but for all of us…I am hoping First Nation’s youth storm the polls and take this country back because it’s their future that’s going to be impacted.”In Enoch Cree Nation, directly west of Edmonton, elder Irene Morin said they are also working hard to ensure high voter turnout there. Morin said she took the initiative to make arrangements with the nation’s transportation coordinator to use the local school buses to transport voters to the polling station at the local arena and is using a specialized bus for elders. The organizing of transporting community members to vote during an election is also a first for Enoch. “This time we want to make sure that the voters get out and vote,” said Morin who added that she’s never seen a push like this for Aboriginal engagement in a federal election before. “I think the main reason is that First Nations want to lend their support to a party other than the Conservatives…I think that’s the feel all over.”Morin plans to spend most of Monday volunteering at the polling station. Ermineskin Cree Nation Chief Randy Ermineskin said getting people to polling stations has been a problem in the past. This election has encouraged Ermineskin to be more innovative in finding ways around those kinds of challenges. Council unanimously agreed for the band to organize rides to and from the polling station with the community’s passenger van to those without transportation. This kind of action to help usher people to the polls is unparalleled.“If we want to engage them (community members) we need to provide access to transportation,” said Ermineskin. “It’s going to be a busy day for everybody that’s going to be involved and we’re working on the logistics of what that’s going to look like.”Ermineskin said he’s noticing something stirring in the community in regards to Monday’s election and there’s a sense of urgency being felt to participate in choosing Canada’s leadership.“I think because talk of our issues are falling on deaf ears,” said Ermineskin who will be encouraging other Maskwacis leadership to rally their members to vote in the coming days. “It’s time we start to rise up and let people know we need to participate.” [email protected]last_img read more

Crime Stoppers using Cree language to help solve historical missing persons cases

first_imgPriscilla WolfAPTN NewsIt’s a project that has been three years in the making but on Monday, Crime Stoppers sent out a video letter in the Cree “th” dialect through social media to help reach more people who can help solve cases now labelled as historical missing persons cases.The video in Woodlands Cree is part of the Historical Missing Persons Project launched by Crime Stoppers.Constable Ryan Ehalt is with the Saskatoon Police Service and is the coordinator for Saskatoon Crime Stoppers.“We came up with the idea to write social media letters called to those who took the missing,” he said. “There’s going to be a series of letters going out we already released our initial one.”Donna Merasty is a translator – and wrote out the letter in Cree.“With reconciliation it is important that we communicate in a way where people feel more comfortable especially in their own language,” she said.“If they want to speak to somebody in Cree they can phone the police and ask for a Cree translator.”The overall message is powerful and asks Cree speakers if they can help by coming forward with any information that will help solve these historical missing persons cases.“We are hoping we can find a Dene speaking individual who would like to volunteer their time to help with the translation of this letter as will and other languages,” said Ehalt.“We know out of those 131 historical missing persons half of them are Indigenous. We know not all of them have been taken.”[email protected]last_img read more

Commentary Buckeyes in NBA playoffs a testament to Thad Matta

The NBA playoffs are in full swing and Ohio State fans looking for a reason to watch the games need look no further than the four former Buckeyes playing in them. Former OSU basketball players Evan Turner, Mike Conley, Daequan Cook and Kosta Koufos are all playing in this season’s NBA playoffs. Turner plays in the Eastern Conference as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, while Conley, Cook and Koufos are in the Western Conference playing for the Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets, respectively. All four players were recruited by and played for OSU basketball coach Thad Matta. The fact that they’re all vying for the NBA title in the same season speaks loudly of Matta and the OSU basketball program. Conley and Cook were members of the “Thad Five” 2007 NCAA runner-up team. Koufos was named the National Invitation Tournament MVP when the Buckeyes won the tournament in 2008, and Turner became the first OSU player to win the John R. Wooden Award in 2010. Since taking over the basketball program for the 2004-2005 season, Matta has turned the Buckeyes into perennial NCAA championship contenders and brought some of the best basketball talent to Columbus that the program has ever seen. Taking OSU to two Final Fours (2007, 2012), Matta has won five Big Ten championships (2006, 2007 and 2010-2012) and seen seven of his players drafted into the NBA: Greg Oden (2007), Conley (2007), Cook (2007), Koufos (2008), B.J. Mullens (2009), Turner (2010) and Jon Diebler (2011). That number will likely grow to nine after this season’s NBA draft where it’s expected that former Buckeyes Jared Sullinger and William Buford will be selected. Not including Sullinger, projected as a first-rounder in the 2012 Draft, Matta has produced six first-round draft picks, including the only top two picks in program history with Oden (No. 1 overall) and Turner (No. 2 overall) in their respective drafts. Matta has produced more NBA draft talent in a five-year span from 2007-2011 than Duke’s NCAA men’s all-time winningest coach Mike Krzyzewski (five draft picks), Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim (five), Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun (four), Michigan State’s Tom Izzo (one) and as much as North Carolina’s Roy Williams (seven). The skill level of the players that Matta has recruited to OSU to play basketball should not be taken lightly and the NBA playoffs are simply a microcosm of the talent Matta is responsible for. In each of the last four NBA seasons, at least two of Matta’s former Buckeyes have played on basketball’s biggest stage, and lately they’ve been making their presence felt. In 2011, Conley helped Memphis upset the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs, becoming only the fourth No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in the NBA playoffs. He averaged 15.2 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game and 6.4 assists per game in the 2011 playoffs with the Grizzlies. This season, Conley and Memphis are back in postseason play and as of Tuesday night, he’s averaging 17.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists through four games in a series with the Los Angeles Clippers. Turner is attempting to match Conley’s and the Grizzlies’ feat from a season ago. Through the first four games of the series between the Sixers and the Chicago Bulls the former OSU Wooden Award winner is averaging 14.0 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game and 3.8 assists per game. From 1996 to 2005, there were just four Buckeyes to play in an NBA playoff game, Jim Jackson, Lawrence Funderburke, Herb Williams, and Michael Redd. OSU has four former players, all products of Matta, in this season’s playoffs alone. If Sullinger and Buford are selected in the 2012 NBA Draft, nine Buckeyes under Matta will have been drafted in the span of six seasons. To put that into perspective, the previous nine OSU basketball players selected into the NBA draft span across the course of 19 drafts from 1983-2001, with only four first-round selections. As long as Matta continues to roam the sidelines in Columbus, Buckeye fans should expect to have a rooting interest in May and June when the NBA playoffs come around. read more

Baseball Three Ohio State players selected in MLB draft two recruits also

Ohio State redshirt senior outfielder Shea Murray stands in the box against Purdue on April 1, 2017 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterIt was a down year for the Ohio State baseball team, but three players managed to find success this season as graduates starting pitcher Shea Murray and catcher Jalen Washington, along with junior Tre’ Gantt were selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.The Buckeyes also heard the name of their top two recruits — left-handed starting pitcher Seth Lonsway and right-handed starting pitcher Xavier Moore — called on Wednesday.Though Murray had made the transition from the mound to the outfield this past season, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him in the 18th round, 538th overall as a pitcher. This marks the second time Murray has been drafted by a MLB team, as he was drafted as a pitcher in the 39th round (1,158th overall) by the Texas Rangers in 2015.On the mound, Murray owns a career 10.95 ERA over 12.1 innings of work. He struck out 17 batters, though 12 walks and overall control issues led to the decision for him to switch to the outfield. In his only season as a hitter, Murray posted a .252/.329/.449 slash line with three home runs and a pair of stolen bases. His three triples on the season were tied for the most on the team, and his .449 slugging percentage was the fourth-best on the team. Ohio State’s starting shortstop this past season, Washington, was chosen by the San Diego Padres in the 29th round with the 858th overall pick. But like Murray, it was not for the position he played in 2017.Washington was drafted by the Padres as a catcher, the position he manned in the 2016 season during the Buckeyes’ Big Ten tournament title run. That year, he caught 59 games and was placed on the Johnny Bench Award watch list on May 18, 2016. However, the team opted to shift him over to shortstop for the 2017 season, in an effort to make the most of his athleticism.Over his career, he has a .254/.357/.393 slash line with 10 home runs and 32 stolen bases. At the plate, 2017 was a career year for Washington as he posted career-highs in doubles (14), triples (five), home runs (seven), batting average (.266) and slugging percentage (.468), while tying a career-high in stolen bases (14).Gantt was the third and final Buckeye drafted on Wednesday after he was selected in the 29th round, 882nd by the Cleveland Indians. He still has one remaining year of eligibility, and could return to the team if he and the Indians do not agree to terms on a contract.In his first year as a regular starter, Gantt maximized every opportunity and spent the bulk of the season batting atop the Buckeyes’ lineup and playing center field.Though he did start in 38 games and appear in 47 games two seasons ago, it was not until the second half of the year when now-Colorado Rockies’ minor league first baseman Jacob Bosiokovic made the switch from right field to first base to free up the position for Gantt to play.Gantt enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2017, posting career-highs in every major statistical category, including a team-leading .426 on-base percentage. He was also tied for the team lead with 14 stolen bases with Washington. His overall slash line of .314/.426/.426 proved valuable for the Buckeye offense as he served as the catalyst for the team’s offense batting out of the leadoff spot in 41 of the team’s 56 games.The Buckeyes also saw a pair of recruits drafted on Wednesday.The first pitcher selected was Xavier Moore, a recruit from Lorain, Ohio, who was drafted in the 16th round with the 494th overall selection by the Texas Rangers. The graduate of Amherst High School is expected to sign with the Rangers.Ohio State’s top recruit, Seth Lonsway, was selected in the 19th round with the 557th overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds.The southpaw out of Celina High School in Celina, Ohio, was ranked as the 148th best draft prospect by MLB Pipeline. He was projected to be a third-round pick in the draft by MLB.com and Baseball America. Prior to the draft, he told The Daily Standard’s Colin Foster that he would determine the strength of his commitment based on where he was selected in the draft. The amount of days he has remaining until he can reach an agreement with the Reds is still unknown. read more