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Sane pulls out of Germany squad ‘for private reasons’

first_imgSane, 22, was controversially left out of the Germany squad for their disastrous World Cup campaign in Russia.However, he was brought back by Loew into his first squad since the tournament, and came off the bench towards the end of Thursday’s 0-0 draw with France in Munich in their first game in the inaugural UEFA Nations League.Germany play Peru on Sunday in Sinsheim, at the home of Bundesliga club Hoffenheim.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Leroy Sane hurdles a challenge from N’Golo Kante during Germany’s draw with France on Thursday © AFP / Christof STACHEMUNICH, Germany, Sep 7 – Manchester City winger Leroy Sane withdrew from the Germany squad “for private reasons” on Friday following a meeting with coach Joachim Loew, the German FA (DFB) confirmed.“Following discussions with head coach Joachim Loew, @LeroySane19 has left the team hotel in Munich for private reasons and will not be available” for Sunday’s friendly against Peru, the DFB’s English language Twitter feed said.last_img read more

Marseille man in demand as Arsenal and Liverpool joined in transfer chase

first_img Andre-Pierre Gignac 1 Dynamo Moscow have joined the race to sign Arsenal and Liverpool target Andre-Pierre Gignac.The two Premier League clubs are keeping a close eye on the free-scoring Gignac, who is out of contract at Marseille in the summer.But his form in front of goal, which has so far yielded 10 goals in 13 Ligue 1 appearances, has also attracted the interest of a number of other clubs around Europe.And, according to sources in France, Dynamo Moscow are the latest side to consider a move.The Russian heavyweights landed the striker’s former team-mate Mathieu Valbuena in August despite strong interest from the Premier League and now they want to pair him with Gignac once more.It is not out of the question that the 28-year-old will sign a new deal in Marseille but it appears he is currently considering his options.last_img read more

talkSPORT Drivetime special with Gary Neville

first_imgLISTEN TO GARY NEVILLE CO-HOST TALKSPORT’S DRIVETIME SHOW BETWEEN 4-7PM GMT TODAYTune in to talkSPORT as one of the biggest names in football get stuck in to the game’s biggest talking points; Gary Neville joins Adrian Durham to co-host a special edition of talkSPORT’s Drivetime show, on Tuesday 24 February, between 4pm-7pm UK time.With 602 appearances for Manchester United, 16 major club honours and 85 England caps, few English footballers can match Neville’s top level experience, which he is now applying as a national team coach and respected commentator on the game.Now he is bringing his forthright, insightful views to talkSPORT’s Drivetime, answering your questions and addressing the big talking points of the day.Don’t miss Gary Neville going head-to-head with Adrian Durham, only on talkSPORT.last_img read more


first_imgFINN Valley AC’s Gerard Gallagher was first home in Friday night’s Brockage 6k road race.Almost 180 runners took partAll the results are below: Brockagh 6k 2013Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club1 217 20.04 Gerard Gallagher SM Finn Valley A C2 275 20.18 Ivan Toner SM Letterkenny A C 3 345 20.51 Shane Mc Nulty SM Finn Valley A C4 184 21.02 Sean Mc Gettigan SM Finn Valley A C5 285 21.45 Kieran Carlin M40 Finn Valley A C6 276 21.49 Ciaran Toner SM Letterkenny A C7 357 22.00 Oisin Gallen JM Finn Valley A C 8 167 22.11 Jude O’ Donnell M40 Individual9 307 22.28 Patrick Penrose JM Finn Valley A C10 359 22.43 Paul Murray SM Finn Valley A C11 174 22.46 Tom Thomspon M40 Finn Valley A C 12 199 23.10 Dominic Bonner M50 Finn Valley A C13 192 23.15 Catherine Whoriskey SW City Of Derry14 191 23.21 Peter Lilburn M50 City Of Derry15 329 23.25 Jack Mc Bride JM Castlefinn Running16 361 23.30 Patrick Mc Glynn SM Individual17 165 24.09 Michael Penrose M50 Finn Valley A C18 197 24.11 Noleen Porter W40 Finn Valley A C19 264 24.26 Eugene Gallen M40 Individual20 170 24.36 Tony Gallagher M40 Finn Valley A C21 259 24.41 Stewart Mc Gee SM Individual22 278 24.45 Kay Byrne W50 Finn Valley A C23 284 24.55 Sean Paul Byrne M40 Finn Valley A C24 282 25.11 Gerry O’ Doherty M50 Essex25 295 25.26 Alan Catterson M40 Finn Valley A C26 169 25.38 Martin Anderson M40 Finn Valley A C27 218 25.40 Tony Murray M60 Individual28 173 25.48 Sean O’ Leary M50 Finn Valley A C29 291 25.49 Paul Mc Gee SM Rosses A.C.30 292 26.04 P.J. Friel SM Individual31 333 26.10 Andy Scanlon M40 Finn Valley A C32 279 26.14 Martina Hegarty SW Individual33 274 26.17 Patrick Gallagher M40 Individual34 190 26.20 Noreen Bonner W50 Finn Valley A C35 198 26.25 Miriam Bonner W40 Finn Valley A C36 344 26.28 Sharon Black SW Letterkenny A C37 277 26.46 James Mc Guire M50 Finn Valley A C38 277 26.46 Paddy Hannigan M50 Individual39 304 27.01 Marie Harper SW Finn Valley A C40 175 27.10 Pat Mc Crudden M60 Finn Valley A C41 172 27.18 Mary Hipsley W40 Finn Valley A C42 303 27.23 Eugene Mc Ginley M40 Individual43 309 27.35 Gerard Mc Glynn SM Individual44 223 27.37 Owen Coyle M50 Rosses A.C.45 300 27.39 Michael Mc Keown SM Individual46 225 27.49 Sarah Byrne SW Finn Valley A C47 254 27.49 Conor Mc Gonagle M40 Finn Valley A C48 152 28.20 Ashlean Mc Geehin SW Finn Valley A C49 196 28.21 Noel Duffy M40 Individual50 193 28.26 Jackie Harvey W50 Tír Chonaill A C51 146 28.29 Kathleen Gallen W40 Finn Valley A C52 280 28.31 Gloria Donaghey W50 Finn Valley A C53 315 28.37 Stephan Ward SM Individual54 341 28.43 Gerry Marley M40 Individual55 188 28.43 Sharon Hamilton SW Finn Valley A C56 224 29.01 Vera Haughey W50 Tír Chonaill A C57 168 29.08 Paul Whelan SM Individual58 302 29.25 Sean O’ Donnell M50 Individual59 356 29.37 Seamus Gallen M40 Individual60 153 29.49 Evelyn Mc Geehin W40 Finn Valley A C61 150 29.59 Maria Boyle W40 Finn Valley A C62 308 30.23 Lisa Mc Glynn SW Castlefinn Running63 331 30.38 Packie Bonner M40 Individual64 255 30.58 Marie Mc Gonagle SW Finn Valley A C65 348 30.58 Francesca Patton SW Individual66 158 31.01 Gretta Marley W40 Finn Valley A C67 339 31.01 Karl Houston M40 Castlefinn Running68 363 31.11 Courtney Mc Glynn Walker Individual69 200 31.34 Marcela Mc Crea W40 Castlefinn Running70 321 31.37 Charlie Mc Monagle M40 Individual71 160 31.38 Kevin Gibbons M40 Individual72 154 32.03 Elaine Grant SW Finn Valley A C73 227 32.27 Martin Mc Cormack Walker Individual74 189 32.27 Sean Bonner M50 Convoy Running Club75 30 32.47 Mary Martin W60 Finn Valley A C76 281 32.49 Grace O’ Donnell SW Convoy Running Club77 185 33.08 Laura Duncan SW Castlefinn Running78 186 33.08 Richard Duncan SM Castlefinn Running79 145 33.26 Helena Mc Menamin W40 Finn Valley A C80 143 33.26 Jennifer Pearson SW Finn Valley A C81 148 33.27 Dympna Mc Ginty SW Finn Valley A C82 43 33.52 Paula Jansen SW Finn Valley A C83 159 34.06 Ann Marie Gibbons SW Finn Valley A C84 296 34.24 Ronnie Mc Bride M40 Castlefinn Running85 373 34.28 Barry Duffy M40 Finn Valley A C86 204 35.09 Valerie Mc Guire W50 Finn Valley A C87 316 35.09 Cathy Ward Walker Individual88 163 35.09 May Ward JW Individual89 164 35.14 Aíne Ward JW Individual90 283 35.17 Margaret O’ Doherty W50 Essex91 187 35.28 Ann Marie Reylonds W40 Individual92 310 35.28 Catriona Gilligan SW Finn Valley A C93 149 35.42 Tina Mc Glynn SW Finn Valley A C94 360 35.44 Paula O’ Donnell SW Finn Valley A C95 330 35.46 Dympna Bonner W40 Individual96 195 35.49 James Boyle M60 Finn Valley A C97 177 35.50 Jessica Martin JW Glenfinn98 332 35.52 Marie Gallagher SW Finn Valley A C99 288 35.54 Catherine Browne JW Individual100 68 36.17 Nicola Kee W40 Finn Valley A C101 342 36.43 Shaun Marley Walker Individual102 144 36.50 Hilary Pearson W50 Finn Valley A C103 226 37.01 Kevin Mc Hugh M60 Finn Valley A C104 358 37.52 Eireann Gallen JM Finn Valley A C105 299 38.05 Mary Byrne W40 Finn Valley A C106 294 38.05 Audrey Crawford W40 Finn Valley A C107 293 38.06 Annmarie Lynch SW Finn Valley A C108 374 38.33 Mary Penrose W40 Finn Valley A C109 147 38.48 Frances Wilson SW Finn Valley A C110 340 38.51 Patrica Houston SW Castlefinn Running111 287 38.56 Reece Furey JM Individual112 222 39.26 Ciara Molloy Walker Individual113 343 39.28 Drren Marley Walker Individual114 250 39.29 Daniel Furey Walker Individual115 162 39.39 Matthew Gibbons JM Individual116 253 39.54 Fionnualla Mc Bride W40 Castlefinn Running117 328 39.54 Fionnualla Mc Bride W40 Castlefinn Running118 349 40.03 Karina Mc Meniman SW Individual119 362 40.37 Oisin Mc Glynn JM Individual120 151 40.47 Sharon Scanlon SW Finn Valley A C121 166 41.46 Rosemary Connolly W50 Finn Valley A C122 305 42.44 Siobhan Morrow JW Individual123 161 42.57 Amy Gibbons JW Individual124 265 43.39 Finian Gallen Walker Individual125 179 43.56 Lauren Martin Walker Glenfinn126 334 43.56 Ann Griffin W50 Individual127 251 44.46 Rachel Furey Walker Individual128 269 44.47 Marty Martin Walker Glenfinn129 289 44.55 James Browne Walker Individual130 262 44.59 Bridín Gallen W40 Individual131 372 45.52 Amanda Duffy W40 Finn Valley A C132 263 46.13 Erin Gallen Walker Individual133 181 48.06 Yvonne Boyle JW Finn Valley A C134 182 48.06 Janine Boyle JW Finn Valley A C135 286 48.16 Mary Furey W50 Individual136 313 49.47 Shaun Ward Walker Individual137 312 49.50 Odhran Ward Walker Individual138 252 50.43 Fionnualla Woolton W40 Individual139 178 50.47 Emma Martin Walker Glenfinn140 318 50.50 Nadia Mc Monagle Walker Individual141 228 50.53 A Furey Walker Individual142 354 51.22 Deirdre Moy SW Finn Valley A C143 322 51.39 Michelle O’ Connor SW Individual144 256 51.39 Josephine Gallagher SW Individual145 347 51.39 Margaret Bonner W40 Individual146 306 52.29 Rosaleen Mc Gonagle W60 Finn Valley A C147 258 52.29 Eugene Drumm M50 Individual148 221 52.31 Mairead Molloy W40 Individual149 320 52.31 Marie Mc Monagle W40 Individual150 220 53.21 Michaela Gl;ackin Walker Individual151 176 53.22 Kathleen Martin Walker Glenfinn152 210 53.23 Noreen Mc Ginty SW Individual153 317 53.25 Deirdre Ward W40 Individual154 376 53.35 Hannah Mc Gowan JW Finn Valley A C155 375 53.35 Andrea Mc Gowan SW Finn Valley A C156 207 53.49 Mickey Moy M60 Individual157 171 53.50 Breid Coyle W40 Individual158 298 53.50 Mary Mc Granaghan SW Finn Valley A C159 194 54.20 Grace Boyle W50 Finn Valley A C160 371 54.20 Bridgeen Doherty W50 Finn Valley A C161 314 54.38 Rosemary Ward Walker Individual162 271 54.38 Jackie O’ Meara Walker Glenfinn163 268 55.33 Síle Martin Walker Glenfinn164 219 55.33 Michael Glacken M40 Individual165 261 55.44 Roisin Glackin W40 Individual166 180 58.49 Alicia Boyle SW Finn Valley A C167 183 58.49 Justin Boyle JM Finn Valley A C168 257 59.16 Donna Gallagher Walker Individual169 353 59.23 Liam Kelly SM Individual170 270 60.07 Kathleen Martin Walker Glenfinn171 290 60.07 Eimear Browne Walker Individual172 355 60.07 Ciara Moy JW Finn Valley A C173 352 60.07 Grace Kelly Walker Individual174 350 60.37 Carmel Kelly Walker Individual175 267 60.59 Eddie Moy Walker Glenfinn176 319 61.00 Margaret Mc Monagle W50 Individual177 260 61.00 Mary Harkin W50 Individual178 301 61.00 Charlie Mc Elwee Walker Individual179 266 81.20 Graham Mc Ginty Walker GlenfinnTotal Runners: 17923 August Page 6 of 6 RESULTS: FINN VALLEY’S GALLAGHER WINS BROCKAGH 6K was last modified: August 23rd, 2013 by John2Share 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 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first_imgNatasha Adams and Adam Speer battle it out during today’s North West 10K. ALL PICS BY NORTHWEST NEWSPIX.This man will run on the streets or for the Dail! Good man Charlie McConalogue. To see many more of today’s race pictures see……….https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.880522662014541.1073741884.416520665081412&type=1  NORTH WEST 10K PICTURE SPECIAL – ARE YOU IN THE PICTURE? was last modified: May 3rd, 2015 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) Tags:donegalletterkennyNorth West 10kpictures speciallast_img read more

Multimedia: South Africa, the United Nations and apartheid

first_img22 June 1990: Nelson Mandela, newly freed from jail and then the deputy president of the African National Congress, addresses the Special Committee Against Apartheid in the UN General Assembly Hall. It was the first time Mandela spoke at the UN. (UN Photo/P Sudhakaran) • A freedom timeline: 20 years of democracy • Saluting Sharpeville’s heroes, and South Africa’s human rights • Robert Sobukwe: South Africa’s non-racial Africanist • Gallery: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid • Places to visit on Madiba’s JourneyMary AlexanderIt is now 20 years since South Africa rejoined the global community when it resumed its place in the United Nations after the end of apartheid. On 23 June 1994, following the country’s first democratic elections in April, the General Assembly approved the credentials of the South African delegation and removed “apartheid” from its agenda.Almost 20 years before that, in November 1974, the assembly suspended South Africa from all UN activities – “so long as it continues to practice apartheid”.South Africa was one of the original 51 founding members of the UN, established on 24 October 1945 after the end of the Second World War. Indeed, the South African statesman Jan Smuts was instrumental in setting up the UN’s predecessor, the League of Nations.Watch a montage of Nelson Mandela’s speeches at the United Nations:But almost from the start the policies of racial segregation, later codified into apartheid, made South Africa an uneasy fit in the UN. In 1948 the white electorate chose the National Party as its new government, and apartheid was on its way. Also in 1948, the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 1 of the declaration reads: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” Article 2 makes this explicit: “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”When the vote on the declaration was taken, the then Union of South Africa abstained – as did the Soviet countries, and Saudi Arabia. Things were not going to go well.It didn’t take long. Just two years later, on 2 December 1950, the General Assembly officially took the position that apartheid was racism, with the declaration that “a policy of ‘racial segregation’ (apartheid) is necessarily based on doctrines of racial discrimination”.The Sharpeville massacre and beyondBut it took another decade for the UN to start putting real pressure on the apartheid state. On 21 March 1960, in the small town of Sharpeville south of Johannesburg. South African police opened fire on a peaceful crowd demonstrating against the hated pass laws. In what became known as the Sharpeville massacre, 69 unarmed protestors were killed and at least 180 injured.Watch historical footage of the aftermath of the Sharpeville massacre:International condemnation was swift. Just nine days later, on 1 April 1960, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 134 after a complaint by 29 member states regarding “the large-scale killings of unarmed and peaceful demonstrators against racial discrimination and segregation in the Union of South Africa”. The resolution voiced the council’s anger at the policies and actions of the South African government, and called on it to abandon apartheid. With world authority behind it, UN Resolution 134 became a powerful weapon for the international anti-apartheid movement. 8 July 1963: Patrick Duncan, a spokesperson for the banned Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania, addresses a meeting of the UN Special Committee on the Policies of Apartheid, in which he suggests an oil embargo against South Africa. (UN Photo/TC)Over the next three decades the UN ramped up its pressure on apartheid South Africa, with a number of committees, resolutions, hearings, seminars and international agreements and conventions.In November 1962 the UN General Assembly Resolution 1761 declared apartheid to be a violation of South Africa’s obligations under the UN Charter and a threat to international peace and security. It also asked UN members to break off diplomatic relations with South Africa, stop trading with the country, and deny passage to South African ships and aircraft. Finally, it established the UN Special Committee against Apartheid. 9 March 1964: Exiled South African singer Miriam Makeba appears as a petitioner before the UN’s Special Committee on the Policies of Apartheid. (UN Photo/Teddy Chen)August 1963 saw the beginning of the international arms embargo, when Security Council Resolution 181 called on all UN states to stop the sale and shipment of arms, ammunition and military vehicles to South Africa. The embargo was eventually made mandatory in 1977. 4 August 1967: Simon Kapwepwe, Zambian foreign minister, addressing a UN Seminar on Apartheid, Racial Discrimination and Colonialism in Southern Africa in Kitwe, Zambia. (UN Photo)Oil sanctions were the next weapon, starting in November 1963 when General Assembly Resolution 1899 urged all states to stop supplying petrol to South Africa – the first of many similar efforts over the years. 15 June 1968: Swedish writer Per Wasteberg with exiled ANC leader Oliver Tambo at a UN Apartheid Committee meeting in Stockholm, Sweden. (UN Photo)Sport and the arts followed. On 22 December 1968 the General Assembly requested all UN states and organisations “to suspend cultural, educational, sporting and other exchanges with the racist regime and with organisations or institutions in South Africa which practice apartheid”. 1 May 1969: “The segregated stands of a sports arena in Bloemfontein, South Africa, are a reflection of an entire nation divided by the issue of race,” the contemporary UN caption to this photo reads. (UN Photo/H Vassal)On 30 November 1973 members of the General Assembly agreed to the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid. The convention came into force on 18 July 1976. 20 May 1964: A UN Special Committee on Apartheid meeting in Dublin, Ireland, celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement. (UN Photo/J Riedel)South Africa’s final suspension from the UN came in 1974, when the Tunisian representative, as head of the African Group at the UN, asked the Security Council to review the UN’s relationship with South Africa. He stated that “the political and social system practised in South Africa was in total violation of, and in flagrant contradiction with, the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”. In his declaration, he asked that the UN invoke Article 6 of its Charter and expel South Africa from the UN. 26 March 1981: A minute of silence is observed in memory of the victims of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre during a UN special meeting discussing the plight of women and workers under apartheid. (UN Photo/Yutaka Nagata)Many member states – mostly African, but also Australia, the USSR, Iraq and others – supported the call for expulsion. But opposition from powerful countries such as the US, UK and France resulted, after the final vote, in South Africa merely being suspended from UN activities, until it put an end to the policies of apartheid. 22 June 1990: During his first visit to UN headquarters in New York, Mandela meets US boxers who contributed to the fight to end apartheid. From left, Mike Tyson, Jose Sulaiman, Mandela, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mayor David Dinkins of New York City, and Joe Frazier. (UN Photo/Milton Grant)The UN’s work in increasing pressure on South Africa continued for the next 15 years, culminating in the General Assembly adopting the Declaration on Apartheid and its Destructive Consequences in Southern Africa on 14 December 1989, which called for negotiations to end apartheid and establish a non-racial democracy. 24 September 1993: Mandela addresses a press conference at UN headquarters in New York, flanked by Ibrahim Gambari (right), chair of the Special Committee against Apartheid, and David Dinkins, mayor of New York. (UN Photo/John Isaac)Then, in 1990, it all started to change: liberation movements such as the African National Congress were unbanned, and political prisoners – including Nelson Mandela – freed. Four difficult and often violent years followed, but finally, in April 1994, South Africans voted in their first democratic, inclusive election. 27 April 1994: Mandela votes at Ohlange High School near Durban during South Africa’s first democratic elections. (UN Photo/Chris Sattlberger)last_img read more

New planetarium opens in South Africa

first_imgCelestial bodies, planets, stars, moons, comets, asteroids – these wonders of space have become more accessible to children. The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Joburg has opened a new planetarium, a result of a co-operation agreement between the Department of Basic Education and China.“We want them [students] to learn as much as they can from this planetarium,” said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. “The importance of learning about these is mainly how they affect our own planet and its inhabitants currently, and how they could affect it in future.”She opened the planetarium on 7 March.Official opening &visit to the #Planetarium #SciBono #SAChina @Lesufi @DBE_SA @ElijahMhlanga pic.twitter.com/gmtWaPslxF— Gauteng Education (@EducationGP) March 7, 2016The agreement between the department and China covers curriculum development and implementation; science, technology and mathematics education; teacher training and development; vocational education and training; and research and development to improve training.Learning MandarinThe minister also said the process of formalising policy to teach Mandarin at South African schools was advanced.“I am happy to announce that 2 000 textbooks will be donated by the Chinese government to assist in teaching Mandarin in schools until a South African textbook is developed,” she said. “We are also looking at establishing e-learning classrooms for the pilot schools teaching Mandarin.”There are currently 14 schools teaching the language.See South Africa school children sing in Mandarin:Listen 2 PTA School 4Girls sing in Chinese #Planetarium #SciBono #SAChina @Lesufi @DBE_SA @ElijahMhlanga @BodibeOupa pic.twitter.com/R4SVb9q7p8— Gauteng Education (@EducationGP) March 7, 2016Official hand over of 2000 Chinese textbooks @Lesufi @DBE_SA @ElijahMhlanga #Planetarium #education pic.twitter.com/AGUapQYneq— Gauteng Education (@EducationGP) March 7, 2016Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

Trade Aid Could Reach $20B

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry HagstromDTN Political CorrespondentWASHINGTON (DTN) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said late Wednesday that a second trade aid package for farmers may total $15 billion to $20 billion, the latter figure $5 billion higher than President Donald Trump has suggested.In a call to reporters from South Korea, Perdue said that the $15 billion to $20 billion is the “early estimate” that USDA has made regarding lost export sales since China imposed tariffs on U.S. farm products in retaliation for tariffs that the Trump administration imposed on Chinese products.Perdue said that USDA would calculate “the legally defensible trade damage done to our producers,” give that estimate to Trump and would be “prepared to defend those amounts” to the World Trade Organization, where the United States could face charges that it has violated rules on subsidies.Perdue said he could not comment on whether the formula for providing payments to farmers would be different from the last package, in which soybean growers got $1.65 per bushel, corn growers got one cent per bushel and wheat growers got 14 cents.USDA said at the time that the level for each commodity was based on export losses and calculated with an eye toward not violating WTO rules. Corn and wheat growers complained, however, and are lobbying the administration for a different formula in the second package.Perdue said USDA is “operating conceptually” at Trump’s direction. He said he believes the last package “went well” but realizes that some farmers were not happy and said the administration would try to learn from that experience and improve on it.Perdue also said that, although Trump has talked about using a portion of tariff receipts to pay for the aid, he believes that the money will come from the Commodity Credit Corporation, as it did last time.Perdue said he is keeping Congress informed about the development of the package. He said the administration is “studying the text” of the supplemental disaster aid bill moving through Congress “to see if there is an opportunity to address trade mitigation,” but was not clear about whether the administration would need funding from Congress to make the payments.The CCC can spend $30 billion per year, and it is not known whether the CCC is bumping up against its spending cap this late in the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Perdue said that, in any case, he should keep Congress informed because members are the “pursekeepers.”The secretary also hinted that one reason the talks with China broke down last week was that China had reneged on previous agreements to buy certain levels of U.S. commodities. Perdue said that one of the purposes of the farm trade aid package is to make it clear to Beijing that Chinese negotiators cannot use “the impact” on U.S. farmers in the negotiations.Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at jhagstrom@njdc.comFollow him on Twitter @hagstromreport(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Solar Decathlon 2011: New Zealand Vacation Cabins Inspire Designers

first_imgFollow First Light FACEBOOK TWITTER FLICKR YOUTUBE Get the New Zealand Solar Decathlon: The State of Solar widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox! Not seeing a widget? (More info) Functionally, the Victoria team says, First Light is inspired in part by the “Kiwi bach” – a typical New Zealand vacation home whose modest size and appointments are intended to make operating and maintaining the building relatively simple. With its glass-enclosed central area – which connects the two side buildings, includes the kitchen area, and opens to the outside – First Light is also designed to be convenient and comfortable for socializing. Connecting inside and outside During an interview at the International Builders’ Show, Ben Jagersma, one of the team’s building performance specialists, told Fine Homebuilding’s Justin Fink that the two canopied, flanking buildings are “unique to our design, bringing your eye into the central space, which is the really important feature of the house.” “Life at the bach takes place as much outside, on large decks and patios, as it does inside,” the team explains on the First Light website. “Our house brings these ideals of bach life into a contemporary setting, providing a permanent residence where recreation and social activities are united with environmentally sound technologies.” The 813-sq.-ft. house, whose flat roofs underneath the canopies serve as the main sites for water collection, is being built with material from all over New Zealand, including a lot of indigenous wood (an abundant resource in that country). Construction on the project began in January – a good time to build, since it is summer in the Southern Hemisphere. For transport to the United States, Jagersma said, the two side buildings are designed to break up into a total of five modules, while the central section of the house will be flat-packed, assembled in an off-site location once it’s in the U.S., then transported to the competition site and installed between the side buildings. Asked if he thought the project would meet the $250,000 construction-cost target set for the “affordability” contest, one of 10 Decathlon competitions, Jagersma replied that his team, which includes about 40 students, believes it is “an achievable mark,” adding: “We’ve got a tradition of building quite cheaply in New Zealand.” For an overview of the Solar Decathlon teams, see GBA’s 2011 Solar Decathlon Resource Guide For many New Zealanders, forging a close connection between one’s home and its environment is more than an afterthought. While that is partly because the island nation is such a beautiful place, it’s also because the New Zealand climate is generally mild and sunny. But as noted by the Solar Decathlon team representing Victoria University, Wellington, in a blog posted on the website devoted to First Light, the team’s Decathlon entry, photovoltaic (PV) systems are notably more expensive in New Zealand compared to those available in the rest of the developed world. The country has one advantage in the solar department, however: an average of 2,000 hours of sunshine each year. Although domestic hot water accounts for about a third of New Zealand’s residential energy use, only about 1.6% of homes in the country have solar hot water systems. Nevertheless, each year about 3,400 New Zealand homeowners purchase a new solar hot water system. Live at the International Builder’s ShowThe Victoria University team hopes to shed light, as it were, on the practicality of PV power by incorporating it creatively into First Light, whose open central area is flanked by two large side buildings, each of which is shaded by a louvered canopy equipped with PV panels and solar hot water collectors. Where today is tomorrow First Light takes its name not only from solar energy’s obvious role in the Decathlon, but also from the fact that New Zealand is just west of the International Date Line, which puts it among the locations on the planet that see the first light of each new calendar day – 17 to 20 hours ahead of the four time zones in the continental United States.last_img read more

What You Need to Know About High Key vs. Low Key Lighting

first_imgHigh key and low key lighting can create drastic differences in the final look of your film. Let’s take a look at which is best for your next shoot.Cover image via Shutterstock.Two primary lighting styles that you will consistently find in cinematography are high key and low key lighting. Each style offers its own advantages, so let’s break down the uses for each.High Key LightingHigh key lighting is a method often used in beauty and makeup commercials and in comedies. A high key look gives you fewer shadows and makes your talent look flawless and elegant. It produces an even amount of light that spreads across an entire scene. It’s also useful for producing food or product imagery when you need the light to be even across the entire scene.A high key lighting style often involves a soft key light directly above the camera — and not too close to the talent. Positioning the light directly in front of the talent creates less shadow, making the skin look softer and smoother. Usually, these lights will be large — at least a 6×6 butterfly. High key lighting also produces a beautiful catch light in the talent’s eyes.Another reason high key is useful in the beauty industry is because the light is further away. As a result there is less light falloff, making the transition from highlight to shadow much smoother and less abrupt. This makes the lighting much more consistent from five feet and also ten feet away. A high key situation is ideal for shots with two subjects in frame because it ensures that each subject gets lit evenly and casts fewer shadows. Low Key LightingAs opposed to high key lighting, low key lighting is much more dramatic. Low key lighting typically involves lots of contrast and creates an entirely different mood than high key lighting. Low key’s transition from highlight to shadow is much quicker and more dramatic — and harsh. Usually low key lighting is very close to a subject, and the light source is typically dimmer to accommodate this. In fact, in some cases, you can light someone on a white backdrop, but it will appear black because of how close the light is to a subject. By placing the light closer to the subject, the transition from highlight to shadow occurs much faster, creating a much more dramatic scene.The lighting style you choose for your film can create a unique look. A high key style may help the humor in your comedy thrive. A low key lighting style may convey your drama’s story by putting the audience in the right mood. Essentially, lighting styles should help move the story along, so they should work with your story, not against it.Looking for more on lighting? Check out these articles.Learn How to Enhance Your Film with Ambient LightThree Ways To Light A Tent Scene On a Low BudgetThree Ways To Light A Tent Scene On a Low BudgetHow to Shoot Interior Locations with Limited LightingLighting Different Times of Daylast_img read more