AgTube: Moving a 100-foot, 240 ton silo

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On May 27, the tallest grain silo ever moved was transported approximately 300 yards on Kreider Farms in Manheim, Pa. From its new location, the 100-ft.-tall, 480,000-lb. silo will serve as an observation tower overlooking the Lancaster County countryside. The ribbon cutting for the tower is scheduled for fall 2015.last_img

Olympus Announces OM-D E-M5 Mark II Camera, 5-Axis Stabilization with 60p Video

first_img  Sensitivity Range  200-3200, High Sensitivity Mode up to 25600   Crop Factor  x2   Battery  BLN-1 Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Product TourOlympus has created the following product tour showing off a few of the cameras new features.Cinematic ExamplesOlympus has created a few example videos showing the E-M5 Mark II in-action.In this first example Olympus shows us how the Mark II can be used to get cinematic looks. It’s hard to get a great understanding of the video quality due to the harsh color grade, but we would be wrong to say that the footage doesn’t look cinematic.Director of Photography John Brawley has created a beautiful lifestyle video showing the Mark II’s video potential. The majority of this film was shot handheld.Here is a behind-the-scenes video of that shoot. If you’re short on time skip to the end of the video where John shows us what the ungraded video looks like, and how much of a difference the 5-axis stabilizer makes on shooting video.This video shot by Markus Kontiainen and Janne Amunét features the Mark II in cold weather. The footage is pretty darn impressive all around.Perhaps the most facinating example of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II in action is this film shot by Edmond Terakopian. The film is a documentary featuring a London Taxi driver. It’s also a great example of the 5-axis stabilizer in action. Some of the shots in this film were shot handheld in a car, but from the smooth stabilization you would have thought they were shot using a track dolly.Pricing and AvailabilityThe Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II will be available in March for a price of $1,099.What do you think of this new camera? Will it be a revolutionary product for 2015?Share in the comments below.   Burst Shooting  10 fps   Storage Media  SD, SDHC, SDXC   Display Screen  3.0″ OLED Flip-Out Touch-Screen Olympus’s latest camera announcement might be a game-changer for video professionals and photographers alike.Every spring camera companies announce new products in the run up to April’s National Association of Broadcasters Show (NAB). We’re in the middle of this wonderful season and Olympus is kicking it off with their latest camera announcement….The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark IIThere are a number of cool features to get excited about with this camera, but by far the most exciting is 5-axis sensor stabilization. Unlike optical stabilization, sensor stabilization takes place on the inside of the lens. The sensor will move to compensate for any camera sake.This isn’t the first time we’ve seen 5-axis stabilization. This revolutionary technology was first unveiled by Sony with their A7II, but the difference with this Olympus announcement is that the E-M5 uses a Micro Four-Third lens mount. As you may already know, Micro Four Thirds mounts can be adapted to accept a lot of different lenses, many more than a traditional DSLR. So instead of having to purchase really expensive lenses, users can use lens adapters with older lenses on a Micro Four-Thirds mount.The 5-axis sensor stabilization will add 5 stops of stabilization to the image.The E-M5 Mark II is equipped to shoot photos and video. Avaliable frame rates include  60, 50, 30, 25, and 24 frames per second. This is due to the improved IPM and AII-I compression formats.The camera also comes with a focus peaking function, meaning the camera will tell you if the image is in focus or not. However, it should be noted that when using the HDMI 4:2:2 output the focus peaking will be disabled.This camera can accept 1/8” microphone inputs which can be used with hotshoe microphones, like the Rode video mic. Users can change the audio levels during the middle of recording for both the on-camera mic and an external mic. However, there is not audio monitoring output on this camera. If you want to monitor sound on the E-M5 Mark II you will have to buy a separate hotshoe adapter or simply use an external recorder.Video aside, the Mark II is a very impressive camera when it comes to photography. The 16 megapixel sensor can actually process an ‘image’ up to 40MP. You read that right, a 16MP camera can shoot a 40MP image. In short, this process works by shooting a series of images across a one second span of time. The camera then stitches the images together to create a larger image.Other notable features include 10 fps burst shooting mode, built-in WiFi, and a 3.0” flip-out touch screen OLED monitor. The E-M5 Mark II is also the first Olympus camera to feature timecode information.Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Specs   Shutter Speed  1/8000 to 60 Seconds   Lens Mount  Micro 4/3   Image Stabilization  5-Axis Stabilization   Video  1080p: 60, 50, 30, 25, & 24 fps   Flash  None   Viewfinder  Electronic, 2360k-Dot   Sensor  16MP Live MOS Sensor   Video Output  4:2:2 1080p HDMI Output   Autofocus  Yeslast_img read more

Record Olive Ridley nesting baffles wildlife experts

first_imgA record-breaking mass nesting by 3.8 lakh endangered olive ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) took place at the Rushikulya rookery coast in Ganjam district of Odisha in February 2017. Interestingly, no mass nesting had taken place at the site a year ago.It was then suspected that several environmental factors, including chemical factors like salinity of the beach and the sea near the coast, may have prompted these marine reptiles to give the coast a miss in 2016.Mass nestingAccording to experts, most mass nesting sites of olive ridley turtles in the world are located near river mouths, where salinity is low. However, a lot still needs to be explored with regard to the influence of the salinity factor as not much is known about the relation between mass nesting by these endangered turtles and coastline salinity.This behaviour, however, has prompted experts to study turtle sensing superpowers.Explaining what may have prompted the mass nesting, Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Ashis Kumar Behera said a sandbar emerged at the mouth of Rushikulya river near Purunabandha this year. This, he added, prevented fresh water from the river from entering the sea directly.“So the fresh water started flowing northward. This must’ve decreased the salinity of sea water near the coast towards north of the river mouth,” said Mr. Behera. Usually, the DFO added, mass nesting takes place between Gokharkuda and new Podampeta, where the effect of fresh river water diverted by the sandbar may be high.Low salinity also means more small fish and insects, which are food for the turtles near the coast during mating and mass nesting seasons. The corrosive effect of salinity on eggshells cannot be ignored either.“Olive ridley turtles bury their eggs on the beach. These eggs incubate with the help of sand heat for 45 to 50 days. High sand salinity may damage eggshells, while low salinity will minimise the corrosive effect,” said Mr. Behera.It’s possible the olive ridleys took the salinity factor into account while nesting at Rushikulya rookery coast this year, but what remains unanswered is how they sensed it.Many questionsAccording to Bivash Pandav, a scientist with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), several mysteries related to the life, migration and mass nesting of olive ridleys are yet to be unravelled.Dr. Pandav, who has been studying olive ridleys since decades, said a proper study of sea salinity levels near the coast in relation to the extent of mass nesting during past years will have to be taken up to understand the relation between salinity and nesting behaviour.last_img read more

City of Victoria joins campaign seeking climate costs from fossil fuel industry

first_imgVICTORIA – The City of Victoria is about to become the third Vancouver Island municipality to send what it calls a climate accountability letter to 20 of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies.A majority of Victoria councillors have approved sending the letter, which asks the companies, including Exxon, Chevron and Shell, to pay their share of the city’s climate costs.The motion to send the letter also includes a call for other local governments across Canada to make similar requests.More than 55 British Columbia-based legal and environmental groups joined forces in January to urge B.C.’s local governments to send climate accountability letters to the fossil fuel industry.Since then, the districts of Saanich and Highlands have contacted companies demanding payment for the costs of climate change.Organizations such as West Coast Environmental Law have also asked municipalities to consider a lawsuit against oil companies for a portion of local climate costs, similar to those filed recently by California municipalities, including San Francisco and Oakland.West Coast Environmental Law climate campaigner Anjali Appadurai says Victoria’s decision to forward the letter sends a powerful legal and symbolic message to the industry.“It sets the stage for other municipalities to take this type of action, to demand a fair share of the costs they are already incurring due to climate change,” she says.last_img read more

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for August by Canadian city

first_imgOTTAWA – The national unemployment rate was 6.0 per cent in August. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L. 9.5 per cent (9.0)— Halifax 6.8 (6.5)— Moncton, N.B. 6.7 (6.4)— Saint John, N.B. 5.5 (5.4)— Saguenay, Que. 6.7 (6.8)— Quebec 3.7 (3.9)— Sherbrooke, Que. 4.5 (4.4)— Trois-Rivieres, Que. 4.7 (4.8)— Montreal 6.0 (6.1)— Gatineau, Que. 4.8 (4.9)— Ottawa 4.6 (4.3)— Kingston, Ont. 6.0 (5.9)— Peterborough, Ont. 4.8 (3.3)— Oshawa, Ont. 4.9 (4.4)— Toronto 6.1 (6.1)— Hamilton, Ont. 5.0 (4.7)— St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 7.4 (7.0)— Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.5 (5.7)— Brantford, Ont. 5.0 (5.3)— Guelph, Ont. 4.1 (4.3)— London, Ont. 5.2 (5.4)— Windsor, Ont. 6.6 (6.0)— Barrie, Ont. 6.7 (7.0)— Sudbury, Ont. 6.7 (6.6)— Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.3 (5.0)— Winnipeg 6.5 (6.7)— Regina 6.3 (6.5)— Saskatoon 7.2 (7.1)— Calgary 8.2 (7.9)— Edmonton 6.4 (6.5)— Kelowna, B.C. 6.0 (5.7)— Abbotsford, B.C. 5.0 (4.8)— Vancouver 4.7 (4.4)— Victoria 4.3 (4.2)last_img read more

City of Fort St John wins award for work with partner municipality

first_img“The diversity of experiences this week and the quality of experiences that the City of Fort St. John has forged with local stakeholders and the community demonstrates true leadership,” stated Christopher Yeomans, CISAL Program Director. “The numerous missions that Mayor Ackerman and city staff have undertaken to Peru to support their peers and communities in Chumbivilcas helping them to strengthen their capacity to build better, more economically viable and inclusive communities is a testament to their empathy and commitment to share their wisdom and leadership.”“From the beginning, we realized the CISAL program had tremendous value. We were not only able to share the experience of our community, we saw how fragile community could be,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. “Through various agreements, including the Community Measures Agreement with BC Hydro, and dedicated efforts to foster relationships with local industry and community partners we continue to strive toward a sustainable and inclusive community.”When you have one of only three @UNESCO Global Geoparks in Canada, it is a MUST see, @TumblerRidgeGeo ! While in Tumbler Ridge the @CISAL_FCM delegation will be visiting the @ConumaCoal mine to discuss community and industry working together.— City of Fort St John (@fortstjohn) May 8, 2018The Federation of Canadian Municipalities program helps build more sustainable and inclusive communities in resource-based regions of Columbia and Peru through partnerships and learning opportunities from their Canadian counterparts. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has awarded the City of Fort St. John the 2018 Award for Outstanding Institutional Contribution to FCM’s international programs.This award recognizes the work of staff and elected officials in support of partner municipalities in Peru through FCM’s Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America (CISAL).  A delegation of women from Peru and Columbia have been touring local resource extraction facilities and visit non-profit organizations this week. They also met with local First Nation, business, and community leaders to discuss inclusivity and issues of women empowerment and gender equality.The @CISAL_FCM delegation spent the day at the South View Hutterite Colony learning about food security and communal living.— City of Fort St John (@fortstjohn) May 13, 2018last_img read more

VAR makes history as Paul Pogba decides World Cup Group C

first_imgHistory has been made in the France vs. Australia World Cup game on Saturday as an intervention by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) led to Les Bleus being awarded a penalty.VAR assisted to override referee’s original decision for a challenge on Antoine Griezmann by Josh Risdon inside the area, from which Griezmann fired home. But Samuel Umtiti powerfully handled inside the area and Mile Jedinak converted from the penalty spot to level the scores.This is the first time video technology is being used in the World Cup to directly influence a referee to change his decision. And it led to the opening goal of the game as Antoine Griezmann scored from the spot.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…Also, Aziz Behich’s challenge of Pogba was great and well-timed but the ball looped over Ryan and narrowly crossed the line having bounced down off the underside of the crossbar.France stuttered to a 2-1 win over Australia in their opening Group C World Cup clashlast_img read more

Warnock Cardiff wont park bus against Chelsea

first_imgCardiff City manager Neil Warnock says he won’t deploy defensive tactics when they travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Saturday.Warnock is preparing his team for the game at Stamford Bridge, as Cardiff are yet to record a win after four Premier League matches. In contrast, Chelsea have won all four matches.“If you shut shop at Stamford Bridge you’re going to get picked off and lose by two or three anyway,” Warnock told BBC Sport.“So you may as well have a go, you just have to hope you don’t leave yourself wide open to a pasting.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We are looking forward to the test and with Manchester City to follow it doesn’t get much tougher than that.”Warnock also spoke of their 3-2 home defeat to Arsenal.“All the goals we conceded (against Arsenal) could have been prevented and we are working on that, it has probably been our strength this season.“Although we went forward better it was disappointing to concede goals like we did because we have not conceded goals like that over the last 12 months.”last_img read more

Lulic hails improved Lazio

first_imgSenad Lulic praised Lazio’s fighting spirit after recording a narrow 1-0 victory over Fiorentina in a keenly contested affair.Lulic went on to suggest that hard-fought wins are often the most enjoyable.“Today we saw the real Lazio, the team with heart that battles hard, that wins duels and games,” Lulic told Football Italia“If we play like this, then we can beat anyone. You could see today how hungry we were for the three points. In a way, these hard-fought wins are often the most enjoyable.”It was decided by a Ciro Immobile tap-in on a corner, his first ever goal against Fiorentina.Fonseca hints Smalling could debut tomorrow Manuel R. Medina – August 31, 2019 AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has hinted Chris Smalling could debut in tomorrow’s Derby Della Capitale between his team and Lazio.“Everyone knows Ciro has quality and fortunately he plays for us and not against us. There are others who do the dirty work around him, though, and put him in the position to score goals.”Assistant manager Massimiliano Farris hailed the team’s “character”“This victory is wonderful because it showed character, playing the way we had prepared every aspect of the game. In the second half, we started to struggle with Thursday’s effort felt in the legs, so Fiorentina kept more possession.“However, if you look at the scoring opportunities over the full 90 minutes, we deserved to win.”last_img read more

Sarri admits Zaha struggle

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted his team struggled to cope with Wilfred Zaha during the team’s win against Crystal Palace on Sunday.The Blues defeated Roy Hodgson’s side 3-1 thanks to two goals from Alvaro Morata and one from Pedro Rodriguez, as Chelsea moved up to the second position on the Premier League table.Although the Côte d’Ivoire international failed to carry on with his penchant for scoring against the Blues, the winger was a constant source of worry for the Blues’ backline in the encounter.Sarri expressed his concern about his team leaving him space to attack, he was quick to point that playing against the former Manchester United winger is not an easy task.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“Because Zaha is very fast. Sometimes, I have to say that, especially in the first 20 minutes in the first half and the first 15 minutes of the second half, we were not in good positions under the ball line in the offensive phase,” Sarri admitted after the game, according to Goal.“We were in trouble because we gave them, and especially him, spaces to attack. So it’s not easy to run with Zaha in a long race.”Chelsea travel to Belarus on Thursday to face Bate Borisov in their fourth game of the UEFA Europa League, looking to maintain their perfect record in the competition this season.last_img read more