LNG plant vote looms

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Despite continuing opposition from environmentalists, a $1 billion liquefied natural gas facility proposed for off the Malibu coast could win key state approvals as early as next week. To be built by Australian energy giant BHP Billiton and anchored about 14 miles offshore, the floating facility would become California’s first such plant. The 214-foot-high terminal would accept liquefied natural gas from tankers, convert it into natural gas and pipe it to a facility in Oxnard. “The facility we’re proposing is absolutely the most environmental facility out there,” said Renee Klimczak, president of BHP’s liquefied natural gas division. “That’s why we’re proposing it for California. It’s been specifically designed to meet all of the standards.” Despite BHP’s assurances, the proposal has drawn adamant objections from activists who fear that the facility and the tankers that supply it would pollute the water and endanger marine life. “I don’t like this project because I think they’ve chosen a design that is not suitable for installation along the California coast,” said Susan Jordan, director of the California Coastal Protection Network. “If the government is committed to importing LNG into California, there are other alternatives, technologies, designs and locations that could be more appropriate, that could carry fewer public safety risks and a smaller environmental footprint.” Votes next week The California Coastal Commission and the California State Lands Commission are scheduled to hold final hearings and vote on the project next week. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would have until mid-May to make a final decision. While Schwarzenegger has previously supported more LNG supplies in the state, spokesman Bill Maile said he has not yet taken a position on the Malibu project. BHP and energy industry officials note natural gas is a cleaner-burning source of energy than traditional fossil fuels such as coal. And Klimczak said the facility will produce roughly 800 million cubic feet of natural gas every day – enough to supply at least 10 percent of California’s overall demand. The company has received letters from 18 utilities and natural-gas consumers – including Los Angeles’ Department of Water and Power – interested in purchasing the gas, she said. BHP has already agreed to a number of mitigation measures in response to concerns by environmentalists and state officials, Klimczak said. All LNG tankers would use natural-gas fuel when in California coastal waters, and support vessels such as tugboats will be fitted with catalytic reduction systems. State Controller John Chiang, one of three members of the State Lands Commission, said he has not yet reached a decision on the LNG project but has questions and concerns. “I’m concerned about emissions mitigation,” Chiang said. “The appearance, at least from the land, doesn’t appear all that great. I’m trying to get a better sense of water travel and water usage and public safety. There are strong disagreements.” The Lands Commission staff issued a report raising some concerns about the project but ultimately recommending its approval. A report from the Coastal Commission’s staff, however, recommended rejection on environmental grounds. BHP Billiton has used its political leverage to push the project, spending nearly $3 million on lobbying. The company and its lobbyists also are closely connected to a number of former members of the Schwarzenegger administration. The governor’s former communications director, Rob Stutzman, now works for a political consulting firm that has worked for the LNG industry. And the governor’s former legislative secretary, Richard Costigan, now works for the firm that lobbies for BHP Billiton. Maile said politics will play no role in the governor’s decision. “As with any major decision, the governor will look at all sides of the issue and make a decision based on the merits and what’s in the best interest of California,” Maile said. But environmental opponents have been joined by officials from Oxnard and Malibu, state lawmakers representing the coast and celebrities including actor Pierce Brosnan and anthropologist Jane Goodall. Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky also opposes the project. “I don’t believe it’s appropriate in an environmentally sensitive area,” Yaroslavsky said. “Of all the places I would site an LNG terminal, it wouldn’t be next to a national park. It’s like putting a coal-fired power plant in Yosemite Valley.” The plant would be near Channel Islands National Park. On Capitol Hill, federal lawmakers are starting to question the EPA, which ruled three years ago that the LNG facility must meet the strictest smog regulations. A year later, it reversed that decision. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has sent letters to the agency demanding proof of the further analysis EPA officials said they relied upon for the reversal. Waxman aides said they have not received any new studies or analyses from the EPA. Aides said they did, however, find contacts between a Bush administration political appointee and BHP Billiton. Reversal investigated In a letter to EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson in March, Waxman said he is concerned about possible “intervention” by Jeffrey Holmstead, former assistant administrator of the EPA for air and radiation. Aides said documents show Holmstead met with BHP Billiton in March 2005 and contacted the EPA unit responsible for California shortly after that. An EPA conference call was scheduled for April 27. The agency’s reversal came June 29. Holmstead, who now is a partner with the firm Bracewell & Giuliani, did not return a call seeking comment. Waxman aides said they have asked the EPA to submit to interviews and expect to conduct those in the coming weeks. In the meantime, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, are objecting to the Cabrillo Port project and requesting a long list of documents. “With Democratic control (in Congress), there’s more of an opportunity for us to put pressure on the administration to explain their decisions,” said Capps spokeswoman Emily Kryder. Staff Writer Kerry Cavanaugh contributed to this report. harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Everton keeper expects tough K’Ogalo test

first_img0Shares0000The Dutch keeper who started in goal last year during the first meeting between the two sides in Dar es Salaam Tanzania last December expects a much improved GorLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Nov 6 – Everton FC shot stopper Maarten Stekelenburg says he expects a tougher challenge from Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia when the two sides clash for the SportPesa Trophy on Tuesday night under the Goodison Park floodlights.The Dutch keeper who started in goal last year during the first meeting between the two sides in Dar es Salaam Tanzania last December expects a much improved Gor and has warned his teammates not to underrate the Kenyan giants. “African football in general has made improvement especially tactically over the past few years. I don’t think it will be an easy game for us. They are a good team and I know they can cause us problems,” the keeper told Capital Sport.He added; “Last year in Tanzania it wasn’t easy. They ran us very close and I know it will be tougher this year. The only thing is that I heard they are out of competition for a month now and I hope they didn’t have too many parties, but nonetheless, it will be a difficult game,” he further stated.Gor Mahia forward Jacques Tuyisenge scores against Everton keeper Maarten Stekelenburg in a friendly match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluStekelenburg is expected to start in goal ahead of England international Jordan Pickford in some of the changes head coach Marco Silva is expected to make for the game putting in mind they played on Saturday against Brighton and have a massive game against Chelsea over the weekend.“Of course the timing is not great for us because it comes very close to the busiest period of the season. But again it’s Tuesday and we will have plenty of time to recover before the Sunday game. The coach will put out a strong team I know because it will be a tough test for us,” he noted.“It is an opportunity for other players to gather some much needed playing time because everyone has to be ready in case anything happens to one of the starters. We need to have good depth,” further stated the six-foot keeper.The teams will be contesting for the SportPesa Trophy and Stekelenburg says that will be motivation for his teammates to put in the hard yards of work and win.“There’s a trophy to win and everyone wants to win a trophy. We will give it the best shot,” he noted.The match will be played at 7pm UK time, which is 10pm back at home and shown on all the major television stations.-Timothy Olobulu is reporting from Liverpool, United Kingdom- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chelsea team news: Key duo both in contention for Arsenal clash

first_img1 Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are in contention to play for Chelsea at Arsenal after returning to training following injury.Playmaker Hazard has missed the last three matches with a groin injury sustained at Crystal Palace, while striker Costa sustained a bruised shin in last Saturday’s last-gasp draw with Everton.Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink said: “The last two days he [Hazard] was in full commitment with first-team training, so he is available.“We have to be careful, because he has fallen into some injuries recently.“I’m not sure whether he can play a full 90 minutes yet. We have to consider whether it’s best (for him) to start or to come in.”Costa had scans immediately after the draw with Everton, with the results showing no fracture and just bruising.The Brazil-born Spain striker returned to training on Thursday.Hiddink added: “He [Costa] was in yesterday. He was in today. So he will be available as well.” Diego Costa and Eden Hazard last_img read more

Man with litany of traffic charges is lucky to escape jail

first_imgA judge has told a Buncrana man he was ‘extremely fortunate’ not to be going to jail.Ricky Fagan (25) was before Buncrana District Court where he was convicted on a series of road traffic and public order offences, all relating to separate incidents in 2016 and 2017. Solicitor, Mr Rory O’Brien said his client was pleading to all charges before the court, other than a number of matters that he had discussed with Superintendent Eugene McGovern.Amongst the charges before the court were six for driving without insurance, but Fagan argued that he was insured on the days of these incidents.Mr O’Brien told the court that the insurance had been cancelled retrospectively by the insurance company, but argued that this did not invalidate it.Judge Paul Kelly noted that he had heard details in the majority of the eleven dates in total before the court at previous sittings.The judge heard new details of an incident involving three counts of alleged dangerous driving in Carndonagh on October 16, 2016.Garda Conor Mulkerrins told the court that on the morning in question he was on patrol as an observer in a marked patrol vehicle outside the Tul na Rí Nightclub.Judge Kelly heard the garda’s attention was drawn to a black Audi A4 ‘shadowing’ a minibus, causing annoyance and preventing it from leaving the club’s car park.Garda Mulkerrings told the judge that his colleague Garda James Lyons pulled the patrol car behind the Audi and flashed the lights.“The driver side window was open and the driver looked back and I recognised him as Ricky Fagan. I also recognised the vehicle as belonging to the defendant.”When the Audi exited the club’s car park the driver spun the wheels as it drove onto the main road and pulled up at a nearby junction. Garda Mulkerrins said until this manoeuvre he had no reason to speak to the driver.The patrol car followed the Audi to the next junction where it was parked. When Garda Mulkerrins got out and approached the vehicle, the driver ‘put the foot down’ accelerated and sped away from the garda.Judge Kelly heard that the gardaí followed the Audi over a 3km distance, observing the vehicle driving at a speed of up to 150kmh in an 80kmh zone.The garda said due to the speed and manner of driving involved in the pursuit, they made the decision to disengage with the vehicle. “At that stage I was happy that I had recognised the driver and the vehicle.”Garda Mulkerrins said he made two attempts to speak to the defendant, but to no avail and summonses were subsequently issued.Taking to the witness stand, Fagan told the court that it was not him driving and that he was, in fact, sitting in the back seat, on the driver’s side of the Audi.Fagan told the judge that as he was drinking a friend of his girlfriend’s, Shannon Doherty, drove his Audi on the night in question. He said, when the gardaí approached the vehicle Ms Doherty ‘panicked and took off’.Supt McGovern that this was the first time that the defendant had brought it to their attention that he was not driving on the night.Sergeant Maurice Doyle also gave evidence in court relating to another incident. He told the court that on November 27, 2016 he was called to the scene of a road traffic collision at 11.49pm involving a garda car and another vehicle.The court heard that while operating a speed check at Carnamaddy, Burt a vehicle was detected driving at a speed of 175kmh in a 100 zone.The vehicle overtook a number of vehicles on a continuous white line on a bend, forcing a VW Jetta to take evasive action into the hard shoulder.Judge Kelly heard the Jetta hit something that forced it go onto the other side, subsequently hitting the garda vehicle.The vehicle registration led Sgt Doyle to Fagan who met the garda by appointment at Buncrana Garda Station on March 5, 2017 and said on his advice of his solicitor he was not going to answer questions in relation to the vehicle.Judge Kelly noted that Fagan had kept the Probation Service busy for the last couple of years and acknowledged that the defendant’s engagement with the service had been ‘reasonably good’ in recent times.“Mr Fagan, you’re extremely fortunate not to be leaving in custody. Taking into consideration what the Probation Service and your solicitor have said on your behalf, and your involvement in a fatality, I hope it shows you the danger to yourself and others driving in this manner can be.“If you’re before me again, there will be a lengthy custodial sentence involved.This is the one chance you’ll get from me,” Judge Kelly said.Supt McGovern said Fagan had previous convictions, the most recent being a conviction for obstruction for which he spent three months in prison.Mr O’Brien told Judge Kelly that his client was familiar to the court and had gone through a ‘difficult upbringing’.The solicitor said Fagan was left to fend for himself for a long time and ‘his lifestyle choices got in the way’.Judge Kelly heard the defendant was now working full-time as a ‘chippie’ in Dublin and recently also taken over a convenience shop in Letterkenny, now known as Fagan’s, employing three people and was very hopeful to ‘make it work’.The defendant was fined €500 and disqualified from driving for two years for having no insurance and his false declaration to obtain insurance on August 19, 2016.For driving without insurance at An Pairc Mór, Buncrana on August 21, 2016 Judge Kelly sentenced Fagan to 60 hours community service in lieu of two months imprisonment and a mandatory four-year driving disqualification.Fagan received a four-month sentence, suspended for two years, and a four-year driving disqualification, to run concurrently, for driving without insurance at Cockhill Road, Buncrana on September 11, 2016.For Fagan’s dangerous driving at Magherad, Churchlandquarters, Carndonagh on October 16, 2016 Judge Kelly made a separate order of 60 hours community service in lieu of a two-month prison sentence.He also imposed another four-year driving disqualification to run concurrently. The other two dangerous driving charges were taken into consideration.He also received a separate order of 40 hours community service in lieu of a one-month sentence, to run concurrently, for his threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour on a date in December, 2016.For failing to give information to a Sergeant Doyle on March 5, 2017 in relation to the incident at Burt in November, 2016, Fagan received a €250 fine.Other charges of failing to produce an NCT certificate and insurance, disorderly conduct, intoxication in a public place, threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour and criminal damage were either struck out or taken into consideration.Man with litany of traffic charges is lucky to escape jail was last modified: October 5th, 2018 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:courtGardaiJUDGERicky Fagantrafficlast_img read more


first_imgKyle Merber in actionInternational athletics will be returning to Letterkenny again this year, with the Letterkenny AC Sub 4 Minute Mile Challenge Event set for Sunday 13th July.This event follows on from last year’s success where we witnessed exceptional performances from a host of world class athletes at the official opening of the Danny McDaid Athletics Track.The field already assembled for the track and field programme are showing signs that this will be one of the highlights on the Irish athletics calendar for 2014, and the organisers will be hoping for the first sub 4 minute mile to be run on Donegal soil. Olympic and World finallists, Commonwealth medallists, European champions will all be on show in Letterkenny. The feature event is the Arena 7 Mens Mile. This race will include seven sub 4 minute milers, along with a host of athletes who are on the cusp of the magical 4 minute barrier.USA’s Craig Miller, Tommy Schmitz, Matt Elliott, Eric Finan, Kyle Merber and Jon Peterson will be taking on Kenya’s Vincent Mutai, Mexico’s Juan Luis Barrios, New Zealand’s Hamish Carson, Belgium’s Ali Hamdi and Gibraltar’s Harvey Dixon. Ireland’s challenge will be led by Letterkenny’s own and Commonwealth Games bound Danny Mooney, who will be looking to upset the odds with a hometown victory. The Tobin’s Mens 800m will feature European Junior champion from 2013, Patrick Zwicker of Germany with a personal best of 1:46, who will go up against Kenya’s Reuben Bett with a personal best of 1:44, along with Letterkenny’s Ruairi Finnegan.The Voodoo Lounge Womens 800m is shaping up to be one of the races of the day with three Commonwealth Games bound athletes set to feature: Northern Ireland’s Katie Kirk and Scotland’s Emily Dudgeon will be challenged by double Commonwealth Games silver medallist from 2010, New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin, who comes with a personal best of 1:59. USA’s Emily Lipari, Canada’s Celia Peters and Scotland’s Hannah Tarver will also be looking to break the sub 2 minute barrier, and will ensure that the pace will be fast for this exciting two lap event.The Hickey, Clarke and Langan 3000m will feature USA’s Addie Bracy and Clerc Simpson, and the local challenge will come from Lifford’s Anne Marie McGlynn, fresh from representing Ireland at the European Team championships last week. The Donnelly Foley Men’s 100m will have American Philip Redrick and Kenya’s sprint sensation Carvin Nkanata, who will also double up in the Letterkenny Credit Union Mens 400m. He will be challenged by 18 year old Machel Cedenio of Trinidad & Tobago who has a personal best of 45.23, and Scotland’s Patrick Swan. Craig Lynch will lead the Irish charge in the 100m and 400m. A host of up and coming Irish sprinters will feature in the Spar Glencar Womens 200m.The track and field programme will also feature the Donegal Daily/County Seat Womens Long Jump, the 4 Lanterns Mens Javelin, and the Letterkenny Glass/McGee Memorials Mens Shot Putt.The action gets underway at the Danny McDaid track at the Aura Leisure Centre at 2pm, and it will be a day of world class athletics not to be missed. WORLD’S TOP MILERS JET IN FOR LETTERKENNY AC 4 MINUTE MILE CHALLENGE was last modified: July 6th, 2014 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:4 minute mileauraDanny McDaid TrackdonegalLetterkenny AClast_img read more


first_imgJason Quigley with Sugar Shane Mosley and Shane Mosley Jr.It has been one year since Jason Quigley signed for Golden Boy Promotions.BOXING: Jason Quigley capped an incredible year with Golden Boy Promotions by sparring with former World Champion Sugar Shane Mosley.It’s one year to the day since Quigley was snapped up by one of the biggest promoters in the industry which is spearheaded by Oscar De La Hoya.Quigley has just finished another camp in preparation for his next bout and got the opportunity to get into the ring with the former World Champion. Mosley defeated Oscar De La Hoya twice during his illustrious career and also went toe-to-toe with boxing legends Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.Mosley retired in 2013 but is still heavily involved in the fighting industry and also recently sparred with another Irish boxing star in the form of Carl Frampton.Quigley uploaded a snap of him and one of his boxing idols Mosley after their spar and said, “No better way to finish up sparring in camp than to go a few rounds with former world champion & legend – Sugar Shane Mosley & Shane Mosley Jr.“Feeling good & Ready for fight April 30th @FantasySprings. Quigley then uploaded a picture of himself and Oscar De La Hoya on his Facebook timeline and spoke about the incredible year he’s had under his tutelage.Quigley posted, ” One year ago today I signed to @oscardelahoya @goldenboyboxing. What a year it’s been, amazing.“I’ve loved every minute of it! So grateful and thankful for the opportunity.“I couldn’t have better people behind me, have to thank @goldenboyboxing and of course my management team SheersportsMGMT for everything they do for me!“Looking forward to makin this next year as good & as successful as my first! ‪#‎Goldenboy‬ ‪#‎SheersportsMGMT‬ ‪#‎TeamQuigley SWEET FOR GOLDEN BOY JASON QUIGLEY AS HE SPARS WITH SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY was last modified: April 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:boxingGolden Boy PromotionsJason QuigleynewsOne Year AnniversarySportSugar Shane Mosleylast_img read more

Tourism glitters more than gold

first_img12 October 2004It’s official: South Africa’s booming tourism sector brings more dollars into the country than gold.The yellow metal was once the bedrock of the country’s economy, but recent research by Standard Bank shows that foreign exchange proceeds from tourism are significantly higher than those from gold exports.In 2003, forex from tourism totalled R53.9-billion, compared to the R35.3-billion from net gold exports.According to the research, tourism contributes about 7% to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) and adds more to domestic economic growth than the mining sector, which contributes 5% to GDP, Business Day reports.Business tourism key to growthSouth African Tourism says business tourism – a category which includes conference tourism – is the key to further growth in the sector, and already injects some R20-billion annually into the South Africa’s economy.Business tourism sustains almost 260 000 jobs in SA, and pays out R6-billion in salaries and R4-billion in taxes every year.Despite a global slump, South Africa has continued to defy world tourism trends, and in 2003 achieved a 4.2% increase in overseas arrivals (not including arrivals from Africa) compared to 2002.This in the face of a 1.3% fall-off in global travel attributed to the conflict in Iraq, fears over the Sars virus and a weak global economy.The country’s exponential tourism growth has coincided with the its first decade of democracy: arrivals have grown tenfold since 1994, from 640 000 to 6.5-million in 2003.The Standard Bank research shows that in 2003, more than half of South Africa’s tourists came from other African countries – many of them on “shopping safaris” – with visitors from Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia, whose currencies are pegged to the rand, spending R7.6-billion in the country.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Why are we hog wild over bacon?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While growing up my brothers and I had a running joke that, when asked how much bacon we wanted, we would answer, “Yes.” The idea was that whatever amount of bacon that was available is the amount that we wanted. The Reese brothers (and our father) REALLY enjoyed bacon growing up, and still do. Apparently, we had cutting edge culinary tastes, because bacon has since become quite trendy.“Bacon is hip. It’s cool. It is kind of the Band-Aid of the kitchen. If you burn a roast, you wrap it in bacon and you’re good to go. Bacon just works. It is a super food in terms of how it can be utilized,” said Quinton Keeran, bacon fan extraordinaire. “I’m a backyard BBQ warrior kind of a guy and I have yet to make one thing that I couldn’t improve vastly by wrapping it in bacon.”Keeran has, to some degree, built a fair portion of his professional career in Ohio agriculture around bacon.“I’ve got a unique experience being a professional in social media in agricultural and I spend a good bit of my time talking with consumers and learning and connecting to build online relationships. I spent about six years at the Ohio Pork Council where we built a Facebook following of about 300,000 people based on the premise of building relationships and having conversations about food and where it comes from. Bacon was an integral part of that. We wanted to talk to people about what they really enjoy and bacon was a key,” Keeran said. “I have since moved on and work with clients in agriculture around the country with FLM+ telling the story of how food is grown and raised. Bacon has certainly been at the forefront of several initiatives and campaigns. It is all about connecting with people and talking about what they care about. People have such a nostalgic, emotional connection with bacon. We can all remember waking up and smelling bacon in the frying pan and that is how you start your day. It is going to be a good day after that because bacon is the fuel for positive energy in my opinion.”Bacon’s meteoric rise as a food juggernaut has not gone unnoticed by Nick Dekker, a.k.a. “Dr. Breakfast.” Dekker authors the popular blog “Breakfast with Nick,” primarily focuses on breakfast haunts in and around Columbus.“There are always multiple trends happening all at once. Bacon seems like it is a long-running trend but in the past five or seven years it became really trendy. Every generation looks to have fun with certain foods or dishes and bacon is something you can do all sorts of fun and crafty things with,” Dekker said. “From what I’ve seen, bacon is showing up on all sorts of menus, so clearly restaurants are seeing a demand and catering to it. You still see fun, trendy things like crumbled bacon on doughnuts. One of the best sellers at Buckeye Doughnuts in Columbus is the maple bacon. People still go nuts for that. People will whip out their cameras take a picture and buy a dozen of them.”Dekker speculates that there are several reasons behind the incredible popularity of bacon. First, there has been an increase in the popularity of dining out early in the day, which boosts bacon sales.“Breakfast, and in particular brunch, is becoming more popular and bacon is a mainstay,” Dekker said.But, it seems the popularity of bacon cannot be contained to just the a.m. hours, after all, Dr. Breakfast cannot live on just one meal day. Fortunately, he can find one of his favorite breakfast staples in dishes better suited for later in the day.“One of my personal favorites is at Katalina’s — a trendy quirky place in Columbus with really good food. One of their features is a sweet and spicy bacon, which they rub with brown sugar and something spicy, maybe Cayenne or Jalapeno. It is a sweet sticky mess, but it is great with nice thick slices of bacon,” Dekker said. “I have had a couple of bacon ice creams, some really bad. There is one that is really good, though, at a Jewish-style food truck in Columbus called Challah. They have lamb bacon that is really good and bacon ice cream that is just fantastic. It is sweet ice cream that is a little bit salty from the little pieces of crumbled bacon. You think, ‘Oh I don’t know if that works,’ but then you taste it and ‘Yep.’”Bacon also fits into a larger trend of broad protein popularity.“We’re all protein crazy right now, and that includes bacon. Kale is another one of those things that is high in protein and has a very specific flavor that you can do a lot of stuff with. You can throw it on burgers, you can add it to a salad you can blend it in smoothies,” Dekker said. “Quinoa is another one right now that is popular.”Another reason for the bacon boom is that, when compared to fellow breakfast meat sausage, bacon has some inherent advantages.“Bacon is a distinctly pork product while sausage can be a combination of meats and it can be made different ways. You could get three different kinds of sausage or you can get bacon. You never know what you’ll get with sausage but typically you know what you’re getting with bacon,” Dekker said. “No matter what they do to it, it is still going to be awesome bacon.”In addition, bacon is highly adaptable to changing consumer trends.“Consumers have really changed in the past 10 years or so. Food culture has changed. Think about how many restaurants this generation of consumers goes to compared to previous generations. Now we have the Food Network and the Travel Channel that have made food into entertainment. And we have phones that we can take out to take a picture of every meal,” Dekker said. “Bacon is fun to look at and fun to feature.”The other day, like generations of Reeses before me, I was whipping up some delicious breakfast. I asked my son how much bacon he wanted. His reply: “Do we have any sausage?”I nearly dropped my spatula. I guess the times may be changing. “Oh, well,” I thought to myself while browning some sausage links, “at least he didn’t ask for kale.”last_img read more

Product Review: Frame.io Solves Your Video Review Frustrations

first_imgFrame.io could save you hours on your next project and become an indispensable tool in your post-production pipeline. Let’s take a hands-on look.Normally when you’re working with clients or a team on a video project, the workflow goes something like this:Upload the video to Vimeo (or another video hosting platform)Email the video link to collaboratorsReceive critiques via emailRepeatIt’s a headache. It’s often difficult to understand your client’s notes…”Did they mean fix the color in this frame or that one?” Additionally, you’ve got a sea of links floating around, leading to disorganization and confusion…”Wait, which is the latest version of the project?”Up to this point there hasn’t been a good alternative. Enter: Frame.io.Frame.io is an online collaboration tool that streamlines the video review process by organizing comments, video assets, and file versions all in one place. The app has been making waves over the last few months with love from TechCrunch, NoFilmSchool and FXGuide. In the words of the Frame.io founders:We replace the hodgepodge of Dropbox for file sharing, Vimeo for video review and email for communication, but that’s just a start…When I initially created an account and dove in, I was surprised at how easy Frame.io was to use. Simply create a project then upload your files. The app allows you to add comments via text or outline certain areas of any frame by ‘drawing’ on the video. In this regard, Frame.io beats the heck out of marker comments in NLEs. This overview video from Frame.io gives a quick look into how the software works.Frame.io currently supports hundreds of file formats including video, audio, images, and PDFs.What I Like Most About Frame.ioTop of the list, Frame.io is easy to use. Unlike other convoluted file sharing platforms, the app approaches video collaboration with a minimalist user interface, but is packed with the features you need for collaboration and video review. The app’s modern design puts the review process first. If you’re asking a client to jump into an app to review work, it’s important that the learning curve is nonexistent. They nailed it there.It’s the first app that makes video review feel like you’re watching and discussing the video in the same room… even if you’re a world away. I love the fact that comments show up real time, as they are added, similar in fashion to Google Docs.Additionally, the app utlizes keyboard shortcuts. For example, you can playback the video using the J,K,L keys on your computer. Double-tap them to double the speed. In a similar fashion to the rating system found in Adobe Bridge or Lightroom, users can give files a star rating to highlight their favorite shots. This is especially useful when uploading dailies and picking selects. Speaking of dailies…Frame.io FCPX IntegrationFrame.io recently launched an integration directly with Apple’s Final Cut Pro X editing app. Send all the clips in your project (dailies), selected clips, or your entire timeline to Frame.io with one click inside FCPX. The integration is free from the App Store, so this is a no-brainer for any video editors that use FCPX as their primary NLE. Take a peek:Is Frame.io Right for You?Frame.io is an app that every video professional needs, even if they may not know it… yet. Professionals have long needed a solution for seamless collaboration – both with other editors and clients.Surprisingly, getting started with Frame.io doesn’t have to cost you a penny. The free version, which allows you to work on a single project, offers uploads of up to 2GB of video files and collaboration with 5 users. Of course, this won’t cut it if you’re wanting to work on multiple projects or use Frame.io as a large-file storage service, but it’s certainly enough to get your feet wet with the app before moving into one of their paid plans.What do you think of Frame.io? Have you had a chance to try it out? Share your experiences in the comments below.last_img read more

Free Animated Icon Set for Video Editors

first_imgThese moving icons are perfect for informative videos… and the best part is they’re free!If you edit a lot of work for businesses, then chances are you use animated icons from time to time. Icons can be a great way to make boring information fun… or at the very least, more entertaining. In order to help you with your motion graphics projects, we’ve created 20 free motion icons.20 Free IconsThis free pack includes 20 hand-made icons, designed to be easily dragged and dropped into your video. Here’s a quick demo of the icons in action:Demo music “Trap to the Future” available for license on PremiumBeat.The icons are all pre-rendered footage, meaning they’ll work in any video editing or motion graphic software. The icons were all created in After Effects and you’ll see the project file included in the download.Using the Free Icon SetTo use the icons, simply drag and drop them into your NLE of choice. The icons all include alpha channels, meaning their background will be transparent. Depending on the duration needed for your video, you can change the speed by simply time remapping or cutting out the clips. All of the clips are white by default, but their color can be easily changed if you simply use a quick fill effect.Here’s a link to download the video editing assets. Simply click the button below and unzip the file. Inside you’ll see a folder with the icons footage, the After Effects project file, and a ‘Read Me’ document.DOWNLOAD FREE ANIMATED ICON SETYou’re free to use the icons on any project, we just ask that you don’t distribute the icons in any way.  If you want even more icons, I recommend checking out the ‘Free Circle Bursts’ freebie over on RocketStock.Have any tips for using icons on projects? Share in the comments below!last_img read more