ALICE IS THE NEW YORK ‘MARY FROM DUNGLOE’

first_imgTHEY take the Mary From Dungloe festival very seriously in foreign fields.And perhaps nowhere more so than in the United States.The Donegal ex-pat community gathered in New York to pick their ‘Mary’ for this year’s festival. Hundreds of people were at the Most Precious Blood Church Auditorium, Astoria, Queens, for the annual Dungloe Irish Gala Dance.And the organising committee picked their New York ‘Mary’ –  Alice Ann Robinson pictured above.Alice Ann is also pictured below with Niamh Fitzpatrick and Aileen Moore. They are students at the Deirdre O’Mara School of Irish Dance.With 1,655,000 page views last month, get your story seen on Donegal Daily.Send your stories and pictures to [email protected] us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily ALICE IS THE NEW YORK ‘MARY FROM DUNGLOE’ was last modified: May 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ALICE IS THE NEW YORK ‘MARY FROM DUNGLOE’last_img read more

49ers-Falcons pregame report: Playoff scenarios, Goodwin surgery

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The 49ers’ five-year playoff drought could be over by sunset, the most controllable path being a victory over the Atlanta Falcons.What about other scenarios for them and the rest of the burgeoning NFC field, outside of the New Orleans Saints already winning the NFC South (and falling behind the 49ers in the NFC No. 1-seed race after last Sunday’s result)?Let’s break it down, because we pretty much know the 49ers’ inactives ahead of their noon post time):For the NFC-leading …last_img

Adult Stem Cells Outpace Embryonics

first_img(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Some still play with embryos, but there seems little reason for it when adult stem cells perform so well.Researchers learn how to grow old brain cells (Science Daily): Good news from the Salk Institute. “For the first time, scientists can use skin samples from older patients to create brain cells without rolling back the youthfulness clock in the cells first. The new technique, which yields cells resembling those found in older people’s brains, will be a boon to scientists studying age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.”Mesenchymal stem cells use extracellular vesicles to outsource mitophagy and shuttle microRNAs (Nature Communications): Basic research at Scripps is helping understand why mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) show promise in animal studies and human clinical trials. “Collectively, these studies mechanistically link mitophagy and MSC survival with macrophage function, thereby providing a physiologically relevant context for the innate immunomodulatory activity of MSCs.”Transplantation of unique, newly discovered stems cells may lead to promising stroke therapy (Science Daily): Preventing viral invasions is essential to keeping one’s adult stem cells healthy and ready for their functions. This article pits adult stem cells against embryonic stem cells by discussing “Muse cells” found in a variety of tissues, including bone marrow, fat tissues and skin. “Muse cells are unique stem cells that are able to self-renew and also display high efficiency for differentiating into neuron-like cells,” a researcher from U of South Florida says.  But can they beat embryos?According to the researchers, fetal stem cells may appear to be better candidates for replacing lost neural circuitry, considering that they preferentially differentiate toward being neuronal cells. However, fetal stem cell accessibility is limited and, like embryonic stem cells, their immaturity may present safety issues, such as tumor development. Also, the use of fetal and embryonic stem cells has been the topic of many ethical debates. Since Muse cells can be derived from adult tissue rather than fetal or embryonic tissue, the ethical quandaries associated with stem cell therapy may be considerably allayed with their use.Not only do Muse cells also have the practical advantage of being non-tumorigenic, they are readily accessed commercially and can also be easily collected from patient skin biopsies. Once more, Muse cells do not have to be “induced,” or genetically manipulated, to be pluripotent as required with some other cell varieties — they already display inherent stem cell properties after isolation and, with their acquired neuronal properties, Muse cells spontaneously home toward the stroke-damaged sites.Adult stem cells vs embryos in treatment of macular degeneration: Medical Xpress reports optimistically on Canadians using embryonic stem cells (ESCs) to treat age-related macular degeneration, a common cause of blindness in the elderly. Researchers in Montreal got most of the ESCs to differentiate into pure cones, at least in a dish. But David Levin in another article on Medical Xpress points out that stem cells from adult dental pulp can also be used to treat macular degeneration. Researchers from Tufts University are finding that these cells from a patient’s own teeth can be reprogrammed into the same retinal tissue the Canadians are making from ESCs. In fact, traits of dental pulp stem cells avoid some of the complications and safety concerns of other induced pluripotent stem cells. Both techniques are in the early stages, but why not focus on the adult stem cells and avoid the ethical quandaries of using embryonic stem cells?Scientists reveal how stem cells defend against viruses (PhysOrg): The only article in recent news describing scientific progress in the use of human embryos for stem cells is this study from Singapore. It’s about basic research into how stem cells protect themselves from viruses.  No treatments are described for any health conditions, and nothing about the research suggests that similar processes protect adult stem cells.  Is there any reason, then, to use embryos for this research instead of adult stem cells or induced pluripotent stem cells?Many researchers were delighted to find that induced pluripotent stem cells from adult tissues work just as well as embryonic stem cells. Most of them saw the new gold rush in adult cells, and were relieved to avoid the ethical quandaries. But there are still holdouts who want to tinker with the unborn. Pressure needs to be kept on them about the evil of using embryos and fetal tissues.  Those unethical practices feed the market for abortions (9/20/15, 8/02/15, 7/18/15). These news items undercut the claim that scientists “need” embryos to “help” people.  A multi-pronged attack might dry up that market: (1) embryos are not needed, (2) the smart money is on adult stem cells, and (3) cutting up human embryos at any stage is unethical and immoral.  Secular materialists who won’t be impressed by #3 may listen to #1 and #2.last_img read more

Are you speculating or hedging?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest CornThere was another USDA report last week estimating usage and carryout. It had few surprises; corn carryout raised slightly (this was projected in the March 31st stock reports), which means there is more corn stored on the farm than the trade previously estimated.Expect little corn excitement in the next two months. With plenty of old crop corn, the U.S is not competitive in the world markets as prices approach $4.00. On the other hand, farmers won’t sell below $3.75. A large weather event in May or June would probably be the only reason this trading range would change in the short-term. BeansIt’s hard to be bullish beans. The U.S. and the world for that matter has a mountain of beans in storage and plans to plant record acreage this year are forecasted. The only potential is that it’s a long time to August and making the crop is still open to weather issues. Are you speculating or hedging?Many grain marketing analysts have been predicting futures prices will rally from current levels, advocating farmers should buy calls on any grain they already have sold for new crop. I cringe slightly with this advice, because its effectively telling farmers to become speculators. Why is the strategy to “buy a call” speculating?Buying calls means farmers are buying the right to “re-own” grain at a set price in the future. Or, the farmer is choosing the right to own more grain. But, farmers have no inherent reason to buy grain. Farmers are always producing more grain. Maybe not tomorrow, but they will eventually and continually. The average 500- to 600-acre corn farmer raises 100,000 bushels per year, or 500,000 over the next five years. Therefore, I rarely recommend farmers buy calls. Instead, I suggest rallies in the market should be met with more selling.Making it even more speculative, many farmers have unpriced old crop left to sell and very little new crop sold. Farmers in this type of position need to realize their increased risk exposure with buying calls. What if the market does not rally? How much worse will their financial position be? Betting on the marketFarmers should think about the market this way — the market can move in three different directions at any time: up, down or sideways. So, there is essentially a 33% chance that one of these directions can happen. Market analysts can do their best to predict prices, but they can be wrong and no one really knows where the market is going to go. Assuming the market will rally, and therefore buying calls, should on average lose money 66% of the time. Because, prices could stay stagnant, as they have the last three months and the farmer would lose all of the premium paid for the call. Or prices could decrease further, and obviously the farmer would lose the whole value of the call. Yes a call has limited risk, but it’s still risk of loss. The details on why I don’t recommend buying a callOne analyst made the above recommendation when July corn was trading around $3.85 and Dec corn was trading at $4. Looking at an example, the cost to a farmer would be 20 cents for either the July $4 call or the Dec 4.50 call. While I might agree with the analysts that the corn board could increase, in my opinion betting that the price increase will be above the breakeven points after buying the calls is unlikely and has limited risk of a loss of 20 cents.Buying one of these call means prices need to hit $4.20 before late June for the July call or $4.70 by late November on the Dec call. Is it possible? Yes. Is it probable? I don’t know. Right now many think it’s more probable that old crop stocks will hold the July market back and thus less likely to happen. It would take a weather event for Dec to rally, but no one knows if that will happen or not.Farmers should ask themselves when buying calls, “would I buy Dec $4.70 corn (or $4.20 July) or sell at $4.70 on the Dec (or $4.20 July) if we reach those price levels?” My farm exampleI always tell farmers to take the cost of the call into account before deciding to put it on. I have our 2015 crop sold at $4.71 Dec futures. I could buy a $4.50 call this week for 20 cents, making my selling price guaranteed at $4.51 ($4.71- 20 cents for the call). This means I would have all the upside potential in the market (assuming a weather event occurs) because I bought a $4.50 call and my guarantee is basically the same price. BUT, do I really want to take 20 cents less if the market DOESN’T rally? Straight odds say the market only has a 33% chance of going up. So you never recommend buying calls?No, there are times when it makes sense. Even the example above for my farm looks tempting on a few bushels. I tend to recommend them with part of the crop that is not covered by insurance or if I fear a production issue. I also tend to use them more for soybeans than corn, but the principals are the same for both. It depends on my market strategy and goals during the year.Buying calls like this is similar to “trying to hit the home run.” I understand the mentality of wanting to “hit the home run.” Who doesn’t? But, realistically the chances are low you can hit it (especially every time). And, the risk to the farmer hitting the bottom increases. In marketing grain for our farm and advising my clients, I rarely take the “hitting for the fences” strategy. I prefer to win the game with small single hits every time. While boring to some, a strategy that probably will not hit the top, but avoids hitting the bottom, is a proven winner year after year.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE.  Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process.  After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits.  A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations. Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons.  All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit.  Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction.  The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions.  Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs.  All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision.  The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative.  The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions.  Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. 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A proactive approach to the legalities of safety can pay dividends

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Thoughts of legal issues can make just about everyone cringe, especially when discussing safety regulations for agricultural operations. In times of tight budgets and ample regulations, the legalities of work site safety may not be a favorite topic but are well worth the time required to take proactive measures, starting with a suitable insurance policy, said Amanda Stacy Hartman, an attorney with Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham and Eselgroth, LLP.“Obviously, everybody should have their property insurance, liability insurance, all of that in line and make sure the limits to your coverage are going to cover any kind of accident that may happen,” Stacy Hartman said. “And employers, if your employees do get hurt on the job you should be paying workers comp insurance to take care of any needs they would have while they are out of work because of those injuries.”Amanda Stacy Hartman is an attorney with Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham and Eselgroth, LLC.It is also important to note that workers’ compensation does not cover intentional acts that result in a workplace injury — intentional torts. An intentional tort occurs because of a deliberate action prohibiting safety by the employer.“If one of your employees gets injured on the job because of an intentional tort, liability can fall on the employer. Maybe the boss was trying to play a practical joke on somebody but they ended up falling and breaking their leg — workers compensation wouldn’t cover that for an intentional tort, that liability would likely be on the company themselves,” Stacy Hartman said. “General liability insurance coverage is also important for customers that you may have at your facility. Workers Comp doesn’t cover customers — that is just for your employees. You need to make sure that you have that insurance policy in place. Make sure that it’s up to date, covering everything you have on site, all your facilities, and all the equipment that you have just to make sure nothing gets missed. Just make sure you are covered. If it’s just a couple dollars more to get that next level of coverage, do it.”Though costly, investing in insurance policies and the costs associated with prioritizing safety are cheaper and more effective options than ongoing shortcomings in the eyes of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The primary means of enforcement for OSHA is through workplace inspections, conducted without advance notice.“OSHA is that word nobody wants to hear,” Stacy Hartman said. “It’s terrifying to think about, but if OSHA inspectors do come to your facility, they do an inspection, and, hypothetically, let’s say you do end up getting a citation from OSHA because something was wrong. Maybe you didn’t have the right fall protection in place. The citations come in different forms. They can be ‘Serious,’ ‘Other than Serious,’ ‘Willful,’ and ‘Repeat’ based on that violation. You don’t want to be a ‘Repeat Violator’ and you also don’t want to be a ‘Severe Violator’ of the OSHA standards, because the penalities can be very large.”For those who do receive a citation, Stacy Hartman said the best way to move forward is not simply just paying the fine, but analyzing the cause of the error and making a continued effort to improve the operation’s safety.“When those citations come, you have 15 days to request an informal conference with the OSHA area director to discuss those violations. So it’s possible to work with them to come up with a timeframe to get this issue fixed if you’re not able to fix it within a matter of minutes after you realize it’s a problem, and also to work with OSHA to try to take care of that citation,” Stacy Hartman said. “For example, if you were to receive a citation from OSHA for having a ‘Serious’ violation or even an ‘Other Than Serious’ violation, which is related to job safety and health, that citation would likely say that you are required to pay around $7,000. Some companies may say let’s just pay this and move on with our lives. I would suggest that you instead talk to an attorney or someone more familiar with these OSHA issues, and have the informal conference with OSHA. Maybe you end up still paying the fine, but negotiating so you aren’t listed as having this ‘Serious’ citation or ‘Other Than Serious’ citation on your record would be ideal. If OSHA does come back within five years to any of your facilities — not just the facility that received a citation — and they find another violation or they issue another citation that is similar to the one you already received, your fines go up significantly because that original citation was already on your record and then you would be a repeat offender. You could be looking at paying $70,000 to $80,000 dollars per citation when these issues come up again.”A business does have the right to contest OSHA citations. It may be that the inspector incorrectly interpreted or applied an OSHA rule. Sometimes citations are withdrawn after an informal conference, while others may require more formal proceedings to resolve.Some of the most common violations given by OSHA include those related to dust and fall protection.“It’s easy to think, ‘Well let’s just climb up on this ladder and fix this one thing real quick,’ but you really need to have the harness in place to make sure you aren’t going to fall off the ladder,” Stacy Hartman said. “Growing up, we all probably climbed up and down ladders without a harness all the time, but in the workplace that’s not how we want to do things, and that is certainly not how OSHA wants things to get done.”To be proactive about OSHA regulations, Hartman suggests considering an informal audit of facilities from an independent third party. Although OSHA may be willing to visit your facility, this could pose a risk of a return visit and potential citations, especially if numerous problems were exposed.“There are individuals and companies available that can go out and do informal audits of facilities to make sure they are in compliance,” she said. “I would recommend those independent individuals and companies to come out and walk you through the audit. You can definitely learn a lot from them, I know I have learned a lot from them. They can help you along the way if you do have any questions as to what kind of safety precautions you need to have in place.”And then, in the instance of an accident, especially when someone gets injured, the media is often onsite wanting information, and asking questions. It is important to have a strategy planned on how such situations will be handled.“I would strongly recommend before any accidents like that happen, to have a game plan in place,” she said. “We’ve seen in the past when these accidents happen the media comes in and they want stories, they want to ask questions, they want to know what’s going on to fill everybody else in. Who is going to be talking to the media when they ask questions? Who is going to be getting all your other employees together to make sure they aren’t panicking? How will you control the situation? How will you keep everybody together and make sure everybody is up to speed on all the information? How will you relay that information to your employees, or to the media, the fire department, whoever may be there? You obviously want to be truthful and tell them what you know. Don’t be that guy that just says ‘no comment’ and walks away. You’ve got to keep people informed as to what is going on or there is going to be more panic or more speculation that people are coming up with as to what is actually going on at your facility.”Stacy Hartman suggests when communicating with media to work with a lawyer in preparing statements and preparing for interviews. In addition, anticipate questions and your response, particularly with difficult questions. Identify three to five key messages to deliver that can be stated in 20 seconds or less. Then be prepared to talk clearly and concisely. Expressing empathy, while not admitting liability, are important tools when talking with the media, Stacy Hartman said.A proactive approach to potential legal issues associated with safety can have tremendous long-term benefits for farms and Ohio’s agribusinesses alike.This is the second story in a series of safety related articles in cooperation with the Ohio AgriBusiness Association and its members.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, June 10, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Showers will be moving across Ohio today and will try to exit the east later this afternoon. Rain totals will be from .1″-.7″. Clouds will break up late this afternoon and evening, and we should see better sunshine potential tomorrow.  Our next chance of rain arrives Wednesday night with scattered showers that linger through Thursday. We actually end up getting two separate lines or bands of moisture, one front-running the cold front where we can see some thunderstorms in central Ohio, and the second with wrap around moisture that works through more on Thursday. Thunderstorms will be most likely in central and south central Ohio out of that first batch. Rain totals end up from .25″-1.25″ with coverage at 80%.  We dry down for Friday in all parts of the state but may see clouds trying to come across Lake Erie late Friday afternoon and evening.  Saturday has a Great Lakes frontal boundary slowly sagging south. This will bring rain to the entire state through the day Saturday and we end up with rain totals from .25”-75” with coverage at 100%. Everything should be done by Sunday morning.  We put together our next multi-day dry stretch starting next Sunday. We see full sunshine for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at the very least. There should be good drying associated with this period. We even start next Wednesday with sunshine but are seeing some moisture wanting to lift up out of the southwest that may bring showers by next Wednesday afternoon. This will be another good weather window for field work, especially if we can get by with rains at the lower end of the range out of the Friday night-Saturday event. The map at right shows 10 day rain totals from today through midweek next week. We should note that the bulk of this moisture comes from Wednesday night through Saturday night. However, temperatures continue to be on the cool side through the entire forecast period, so heat units will be harder to come by than we would like.  For the extended period, Thursday looks dry, but showers and thunderstorms arrive for Friday and Saturday, the 21st and 22nd. Rain totals can be from .5”-2” with 90% coverage. A wet pattern continues with a chance of scattered showers for the Sunday through Tuesday, the 23rd through the 25th. Rain totals can be from .25”-1” with 70% coverage.last_img read more

Big Changes at Twitterfeed; Real-Time Publishing Rolling Out Now

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Real-Time Web#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting What does your blog have in common with CNN, the Wall St. Journal and the White House? You probably publish your updates to Twitter using Twitterfeed, just like those organizations do. Starting today if you publish on Blogger, Typepad or another publishing system that offers PubSubHubbub feeds Twitterfeed will subscribe and push your new posts to Twitter in a matter of moments.That’s not the only change going live, either. Publishing to Facebook? Check. An improved queue management system for greater reliability? Check. Integration with Google Analytics? Check!Earlier this afternoon Twitterfeed launched a new version of the service used by nearly 350,000 publishers. We caught up with the company at today’s ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit and got the low-down on the changes rolling out to all users over the next few days.Twitterfeed believes it will now be the biggest subscriber to PubSubHubbub feeds and aims to test the system’s latency performance. No more 20 to 30 minute delays in publishing to Twitter if you’re on a Pubsubhubbub-enabled publishing system.Publishing to Facebook will be a huge win for many of those publishers and integration with both Bit.ly and Google Analytics through the integration of UTM tags will allow publishers to compare audience response in Facebook and Twitter (among other things). Real-time, cross-network publishing and analytics as a service? That’s pretty hot. With almost 350,000 publishers, Twitterfeed is approaching the number of publishers that FeedBurner had (430,000) when it was acquired by Google for a rumored $100 million. Like FeedBurner for the real-time web? That and more is what Twitterfeed could become if these kinds of technical developements could succeed.center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

How to Improve Energy-Efficiency Programs

first_imgThe need to be objectiveThird, both communities need to be fair and objective when they conduct studies, and not seek to bias the results or report valid results in a biased manner.Study designs that implicitly tilt the playing field in one direction are more rhetoric than useful investigation of what is happening. Examples of tilting the field include studies that look at only costs but not benefits (see here for an example); include extra costs unrelated to energy efficiency (e.g. home repair costs); leave important costs out, such as changes in maintenance; or are based on a simple cost-benefit framework without considering other goals that the programs might have.Likewise, each program is different and one problematic program should not cast doubt on all of the others, particularly dissimilar programs. Conclusions can only be generalized to similar programs. RELATED ARTICLES Is Weatherization Cost-Effective?A Second Look at a Surprising Study on EnergyHard Truths of Home PerformanceIndiana Cancels Energy-Efficiency EffortWeatherization Funding Has Been SlashedWeatherization’s Home-Stretch RecoveryLawmaker Targets DOE’s Weatherization ProgramWeatherization’s Political Fallout Combining skills to create the best research possibleSo how can we better work together? First, rather than each community conducting separate studies, perhaps economists and energy-efficiency practitioners can jointly work together on some studies, as each profession brings useful skills, perspectives and information.Economists tend to be good at research methods and statistics but they don’t always understand the markets they are evaluating. By coupling economists with knowledgeable practitioners, many of these problems can be avoided. Likewise, it would be useful to have the other community review studies before they are published, allowing problems to be identified and corrected before publication. Similarly, the two communities can work together to identify good programs that are worth studying, rather than marginal programs that are not typical.Finally, when results are obtained, it can be useful to look not only at the results but why the results happened. In this way, studies can achieve what perhaps we can all agree is the intended purpose: to understand what works, and to improve what falls short. Getting beyond paradigms to discover the truthSecond, there is a tendency, in both the economics and energy-efficiency communities, to work from established paradigms and work with colleagues who share similar views. When the two communities meet they often talk past each other.There is a need for both sides to better understand where the other side is coming from, and to explore opportunities to find a middle ground. For example, many economists look for rigorous evaluation, preferring what they call the “gold standard”: randomized control trials in which a large group of potential participants is randomly assigned to either a study or control group.But randomized control trials can be very difficult to implement, as the recent recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics has discussed. This is particularly a problem for full-scale programs in which everyone is eligible and random assignment to a control is not possible. On the other hand, the energy-efficiency community in recent years has increased use of “deemed savings estimates,” since these are easier to use and provide certainty for program implementers.Deemed savings estimates are supposed to be based on prior evaluations, but these evaluations are not always as rigorous or frequent as would be ideal. Perhaps the two sides could agree on more frequent “quasi-experimental” studies that carefully select a control group that is not randomized. There is much to learnFirst, we admit that not all energy-efficiency programs are stellar. It’s critical to have good evaluation to help tell what is working well and what needs improving.For example, one of the useful findings from the recent but controversial Fowlie et al. evaluation of the low-income weatherization program in several Michigan communities is that the energy audits in this program were overestimating the energy savings that can be achieved. Fortunately, as my colleague Jennifer Amann recently wrote, other research has found that calibrating audits to actual energy bills can do much to address this problem. This is an example of how identifying a problem can help lead to solutions. Steven Nadel is the executive director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. This post originally appeared on the ACEEE Blog. In the past year, a growing number of papers from economists have questioned the effectiveness of energy-efficiency programs and policies. We have reviewed many of these studies and blogged about several of them (see here, here, here, and here).In general, we have found that some of these studies have useful lessons, but too often they miss the mark because they miss some key issues in the programs they are evaluating, or they seek to over-generalize their findings to programs very different from the ones they evaluated. But rather than continuing a tit-for-tat debate, I want to go past some of these details and look more broadly at how economists and energy-efficiency practitioners can better avoid these past problems, better understand each other, and better work together.last_img read more

The Top Premiere Pro Issues and Updates for Fall 2015

first_imgLet’s wrap our heads around the good, the bad and the ugly of this season’s Premiere Pro updates and issues.Since the release of Premiere Pro 2015, many users have reported all kinds of bugs and issues with the NLE. Many of these users are hoping that the current version’s issues will be resolved in the next release.Luckily for many users, Adobe has released two major updates so far this year: versions 9.0.1 and 9.0.2, with 9.0.3 coming soon. Let’s look at some of the issues users are still having and take a sneak peek at what’s coming up with the next update.The GoodAdobe UpdatesAdobe has done a pretty good job of rolling out major updates for Premiere Pro 2015, especially when you consider that it was only released in June. The first of these updates, Version 9.0.1, came just a month after release, with Version 9.0.2 landing in September. This latest version did add some pretty amazing things, like support for DNxHD and H.265, Audio Remix, and Optical Flow Interpolation, which you can see below.Video from Adobe Creative CloudThe BadEl Capitan and Premiere ProSince the release of El Capitan, new issues have appeared. They range from glitching video playback, Premiere Pro not opening, and problems with exporting a project. Obviously these manner of hiccups aren’t unheard of when mentioned in the same breath as newly released operating systems.Perhaps a good suggestion to Premiere Pro users would to hold off on the El Capitan update and just roll with Yosemite for now. As we move into a new year and more updates arrive for both OSX and CC, we should finally get to the point where things are running smoothly. Until then, let’s see how we can downgrade from El Capitan to Yosemite.Video from Christian FigueroaAnd the UglyPlayback and Scrubbing LagThis particular issue has been going on since Premiere Pro 2014, and it’s one that many Premiere Pro users hope Adobe will find a solution for soon. If you haven’t experienced this, most users report that during playback while editing, Premiere Pro will freeze and become unresponsive.The unfortunate thing is this issue seems to be occurring due to different circumstances with each user. This makes it hard to pinpoint the exact cause of this issue. Some have reported getting audio drops followed by a “A low-level exception occurred” error. Others mention the issue happening when working with R3D RAW files. Others say the issue takes place after switching from one sequence to another.Hopefully 2015 will be the end of the issue. In the meantime, try turning off the hardware acceleration located in the preferences. You can also try this solution from Urban Video Inc.Video from Urban Video Inc.We love Premiere Pro, so we’d love to see Adobe get it back to a place where it runs smoothly — but it will likely take a little time. It’s hard to get a handle on everything during development when the user base just isn’t there. So, sometimes you have to go to market and rely on the users to bring issues to light. Hopefully we’ve done this.What are your thoughts on the latest version of Premiere Pro? Share your experience with us in the comments below.last_img read more

Profit on Every Deal

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now “We are losing money on every transaction, but we’re going to make it up in volume.”There are a lot of ways to rationalize taking business that isn’t profitable.Maybe you take unprofitable business in a new vertical where you believe you need a client to develop your offering as well as a reference.Perhaps you believe that taking one really bad order where you can’t make money will unlock the better, more profitable business.Maybe you believe that all business is good business; that it’s revenue, and any revenue is better than nothing.These are all rationalizations. No matter how good it feels to capture revenue, there isn’t a single reason to take business at break even, or worse, at a loss.Empty CaloriesRevenue without profit is “junk food” business. You’re consuming calories, but there is no nutritional value. Profit is what allows you to invest in your business.You need profit to grow and expand. You need profit to hire more people. Profit is what allows you to innovate, to create, to develop new offerings that allow you to create even greater value.And it is profit that allows you to differentiate. It is that money that you invest into doing things differently be it better products, better service, or greater caring. It’s profit that fuels these things.Selling Isn’t Supposed to Be EasyThe reason some sales organizations take business at a loss is because selling isn’t easy. They try to make selling easier by removing price from the equation–even when they create value worth paying for.Unprofitable business makes everything more difficult. Without profit, business is a cold, transactional, desperate endeavor, a grind in the older, negative sense of the word. Profit allows you to do purposeful, meaningful work that makes a difference. It also allows you to hire people to help you do the same.last_img read more