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Strutts flexes leisure muscle

first_imgStrutt & Parker has bought hotel and leisure specialist William Hillary to beef up its leisure team.The new leisure and hotel department, headed up by Strutt & Parker’s Roger Pryor, will operate as a niche section of Strutt & Parker and will quadruple the size of its existing leisure team. Pryor said: ‘Until now we have been limited in our ability to give advice on leisure. This move will allow us to branch out and give the sector proper representation.’ William Hillary, established in 1982 has five surveyors, while Strutt & Parker employs more than 500.last_img read more

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MLB hot stove: Phillies reportedly in lead for Bryce Harper, Nationals a distant second

first_imgHarper remains a free agent as pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training this week, but his timeline has gone pretty much how J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer’s did last year. Those two players share an agent in Scott Boras with Harper and they both waited to sign until February.Hosmer signed Feb. 19 of last year and Martinez waited all the way until Feb. 28. “I keep hearing there’s a lot of momentum and traction here on him going and signing with the Philadelphia Phillies,” Bowden said on CBS Sportsline Saturday. “And he could be rounding third and heading to home shortly.”I’m hearing they’re pretty well down the process here.” Related News Phillies’ Gabe Kapler outlines how he would manage Bryce Harper, Manny Machado It looks like Bryce Harper is staying in the National League East.The Phillies are in the lead to land the superstar outfielder and the Nationals are a distant second, according to The Athletic’s Jim Bowden. Harper has no intention of signing a short-term deal, and according to The Athletic, he is going to get a deal north of 10 years and $300 million like he was asking for all along. The Nationals reportedly offered him that exact deal before the season came to an end last year, but he decided he wanted to test free agency.”Every indication I get is he’s going to get at least 10 years and he’s going to get more than $300 million,” Bowden said. “That has not changed and nor have my two favorite places for him, Philadelphia (No.) 1 clearly and a distant (No.) 2 Washington.”The White Sox and Padres have also shown interest in signing Harper to a big deal. The Giants and Dodgers were looking at giving him a short-term contract.last_img read more

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Botulinum Toxin Deactivated by One Slight Change

first_imgA researcher at Brookhaven National Laboratory mutated a botulinum enzyme by just one amino acid, and abolished its toxicity.  The mutation, a change from a glutamate to a glutamine at one position, increased the distance from a zinc atom to a water molecule by 0.6 angstrom, less than one tenth of a billionth of a meter.  This was enough to prevent the botulinum enzyme from cleaving its target protein, a neurotransmitter.  The modified enzyme could still bind to it, but not cleave it.This experiment points out the specificity of enzymes.  We are led to believe that evolution works by mutating things recklessly, but look how slight a change totally disarmed this enzyme.  A second observation is that toxins like botulinum might have originally had a beneficial function, but became toxic through degenerative mutations.  Though difficult to prove, it is an interesting suggestion that, just as with mentally ill humans, it doesn’t take much to turn a benign individual into a killer.  That isn’t evolution.  It’s a breakdown in quality control.  Another possibility is that botulinum’s function, cleaving a neurotransmitter, was originally beneficial.  As reported before, many deadly poisons actually follow a “hormesis” curve and only become harmful above certain levels (see 02/12/2003 headline).  Botox is now all the rage.  In minute amounts, it is proving versatile for everything from beauty treatments to tumor reduction; see for instance this report on EurekAlert about University of Pittsburgh scientists using to ease symptoms of enlarged prostate.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Editing With Canon C300 Footage – Tips For When It All Goes Wrong

first_imgEditing Canon C300 MXF footage? Follow our tips to make video editing with C300 MXF footage go as smoothly as possible.Working with Canon C300 footage – which is XDCAM 422 50/Mbs footage in a .MXF wrapper – should ordinarily be quite straight forward. MXF files will work natively in Adobe Premiere and ingest quite happily through a free plugin in Final Cut Pro 7 and FCPX.  You can also bring this footage in through AMA into Avid Media Composer 6. AbelCine has an excellent step by step guide to importing C300 footage in Adobe Premiere CS6, Final Cut Pro X, FCP 7 and Avid Media Composer 6. You can check it out here.Everything will work seamlessly, that is, if your cards have been copied correctly to the hard drive with their entire folder structure intact. Without that folder structure you are effectively locked out of accessing your footage and an editing application like FCP7 will give you an error message like this one:How to Copy MXF Files CorrectlySo how do you copy cards correctly?Well first, and this may go without saying, but if you’re going to get an intern or producer to do it make sure they know what they’re doing. Essentially you must copy the entire card structure (preferably not through dragging and dropping in the finder).Sony and Canon both have free browser apps that will let you back up your media. Or you could invest in something like Shotput Pro to duplicate your cards to multiple drives simultaneously. You are backing them up as you go, right?If that’s not enough detail, just watch this great tutorial on a correct tapeless media workflow from Shane Ross. Although the tutorial winds up in Final Cut Pro 7, the initial principles are the same for any system. If you want even more tips, check out this great video from Chase Jarvis on his complete tapeless workflow.What To Do If Your C300 Card Structure Is BrokenIf for whatever reason your card structure doesn’t come across intact, what can you do?Depending on your NLE you have various options. If you’re in Adobe Premiere it doesn’t matter, as it will read the MXF files just fine.First, you can try to ‘fake it’ out by recreating the C300 card structure (which should look like the example below). In the past I’m sure I’ve gotten lucky with it but its a pretty slim chance of actually working.  FCPX needs a correct card structure so if you have to, transcoding in a 3rd party app is a feasible workaround.Free App For Converting C300 MXF FilesMiro is a great free app (one of the few free apps I found) that actually works and works well. Miro Video Converter will allow you to grab the .MXF files and transcode them into Pro Res 422, DNxHD and AVC Intra 1080p and 720p. You can batch transcode as many of them as you like and it works pretty quickly. The files look great and were a higher quality than files I created using the demo of MXF Converter for Mac from Pavtube. But as Miro is a free app, there are a few catches.First, you cannot specify the output folder and it defaults to your MacHD > User > Movies folder. So you need to have enough space on your boot drive to transcode the footage too. This is also a problem if you have multiple files with the same name, (which I had on this edit with a two camera shoot) as this means you have to transcode one set at a time and move them out of the folder so as not to overwrite them with the next batch. Annoying.Also the original camera footage I was working with had two audio tracks in it where as Miro would only export a single mono track. This was not helpful either as I needed to be able to mix each track individually.Paid Apps for Working With C300 MXF FilesAs I was editing on an FCP7 system I had to find a way to get my C300 MXF files to play nice with Final Cut Pro 7, while getting around the broken file structure. A cry for help on Twitter led to this great recommendation from Andy Mees who saved the day by suggesting I check out both MXF Import from Calibrated {Q} or MXF4Mac from Hamburg Pro Media. Both plugins essentially do the same thing which is to allow Quicktime (and any apps that make use of the Quicktime architecture) to work with MXF files, just like any other file.Calibrated{Q} MXF Import for OSX is a QuickTime Import component for NATIVE Importing and Editing of MXF Files within Final Cut Pro 6, 7, and X without using Log and Transfer.And you’re not just limited to Final Cut Pro, you can also natively import and work with MXF files in CatDV, Compressor, Motion, Sound Track Pro, QuickTime Player and Shake.You can download a free demo of MXF Import from Calibrated {Q} to test that it will work on your system. The demos only restriction is that it only allows you to view the first 30 seconds of the clip, other than that it’s the same as the full app. After installing the plugin I could drop the C300 MXF files directly onto the timeline in FCP7 and get editing – and with the dual audio tracks in the original files! Huzzah.Hopefully these tips will save you some time, effort and frustration with broken MXF file structures.  And next time you’ll just copy the cards structure correctly…and get to editing!last_img read more

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Freddie Mac Updates Updated Home Possible Tool for Lenders

first_img August 9, 2016 596 Views Freddie Mac is offering an updated Home Possible Income & Property Eligibility Tool which allows lenders to determine if a borrower meets the income requirements for a low down payment mortgage on a specific property.The map-based Home Possible Income & Property Eligibility tool allows lenders to check for borrower eligibility for a high LTV loan for a property by simply entering that property’s address.Freddie Mac Home Possible mortgages, which allow down payments between 3 and 5 percent, are often attractive solutions for low- and moderate-income borrowers, first-time homebuyers, millennials, and past homeowners who are returning to the market, according to Freddie Mac.Borrowers can qualify for a Home Possible Mortgage if their income is up to 170 percent of the area’s median income (AMI). If the property is located in an underserved area, there are no income thresholds. The program also features a free online tutorial to meet the education requirement for first-time homebuyers.Freddie Mac’s Home Possible Mortgage Program offers the following:LTV:Maximum LTV and TLTV of 95 percent.Property Options:1-4 units, condos and planned-unit developments; manufactured homes are eligible with certain restrictions.Mortgage Flexibility:15- to 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, 5/1, 7/1 and 10/1 ARMs.Refinance Options:No cash-out refinancing option is available for borrowers who occupy the property.Freddie Mac’s Home Possible Advantage Mortgage Program offers the following:LTV:Maximum LTV of 97 percent; TLTV 105 percent.Property Options:1-unit properties, condos and planned unit developments; manufactured homes are not eligible.Stable Mortgages:Fixed-rate mortgages with a term of up to 30 years.Refinance Flexibility:Purchase and no cash-out refinancing options available.Primary Residence Only:All borrowers must occupy the property as their primary residence.Click here to check for eligibility for Freddie Mac’s Home Possible mortgage program or for more information about the program. in Headlines, News, Secondary Market Freddie Mac Updates Updated Home Possible Tool for Lenderscenter_img Freddie Mac Home Possible Mortgage Program 2016-08-09 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

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Rep Runestad introduces bills requiring refugee placement to become safer and more

first_img24Mar Rep. Runestad introduces bills requiring refugee placement to become safer and more transparent State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, today introduced legislation to make refugee placements in Michigan both safe and more transparent, while also giving local government a voice in the process as required by federal immigration law.House Bills 5528-5529 will protect both our communities and refugees entering our communities.Michigan receives more refugees per capita than any other state in the nation, but it lacks a framework for defining how many refugees and families our state is capable of serving.“There is currently no system involving state and local governments for oversight of refugees entering the state,” said Rep. Runestad. “This is not only a security risk to our state, but is wide open for human trafficking abuses.“As a parent, I have a duty to protect my children, and as a state lawmaker, I have a duty to protect the rights of our local governments and our rights under the U.S. Constitution and federal law.”Rep. Runestad said federal immigration law requires that local governments be notified prior to placement of refugees in their communities and that they be involved in the process of placement and defining their local capacity for refugee placements. “This is being totally ignored leaving counties, schools and the state in the dark until placements have been made,” said Rep. Runestad. “Moreover, placements are made without regard to the ability of the school district to provide services or employability opportunities for the individual refugee.“The bills I introduced today propose an outline for communication between state departments and local governments in order to maximize placement success and minimize security risks for the state and refugees as allowed under current immigration law.”HBs 5528-5529 are referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Ethics.###### Tags: #SB, HB 5528, HB 5529, Runestad center_img Categories: Featured news,News,Runestad Newslast_img read more

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