Camera Gear to Help You Capture the Perfect Outdoor Moments

first_imgYears of experience and a pocket full of cash are no longer necessary for taking and sharing stellar photos and videos of your outdoor moments. For those looking to branch out a bit from the generic selfies and snapchats on smartphones, here are a few different ways to get quality images to commemorate  memories made outside.With smartphones being a widely owned product, cameras as well as their features have improved, making it possible to shoot sweet nature pictures and even action shots. There is much more that can be achieved with simple and inexpensive phone add ons.Cell phone tripods can secure your phone in one spot for an extended amount of time. Doing this in just the right spot could capture gorgeous time lapses from start to finish sunsets to inches of snow appearing to fall in just seconds. Beyond time lapses, certain mini tripods are made from a flexible material that gives you the versatility to attach it to hanging tree limbs and other non flat surfaces. This way, you can set it up in nearly any environment, set a timer, and get in position for a masterpiece. When hiking, biking, or doing any other recreational activity, there is no guarantee that you will have someone else passing through when the perfect photo op occurs. For just $5-10, you can take one of these lightweight, small to pack tripods along with you to ensure you have a way to capture any moment in any environment.External smartphone lenses are small, yet effective in advancing the capabilities of your tiny smartphone camera. Additional lenses come in a variety of effects such as wide angle, magna, and fish-eye lenses. With a small plastic clip-on, these lenses get positioned right on top of your existing camera lens to make your photos more dynamic, close up, or zoomed even farther out to perhaps get a photo of a larger landscape. Waterproof cameras are a great resource to have if you want to take underwater footage or if you plan on taking photos while out paddling and you don’t want to risk your cell phone getting wet. Waterproof cameras range from convenient store disposable ones around $10 to the more expensive options of a handheld digital camera or GoPro. GoPros can seem daunting to buy when you are looking at their retail price in-store and for the latest model. Luckily, there are plenty of apps and online avenues to buy used or older generations of the camera. With newest generations costing around $400, it is possible to find one for $100 or just under if you search for used options. Don’t be too intimidated by putting a little money into your photography experience as waterproof cameras will prove to be worth it as they take incredible shots in any type of environment or weather conditions, are lightweight, and like with GoPro, you have the ability to use mounts to attach it to the front of a SUP board, a whitewater kayak, on top of a snowboard, on helmets of climbers, and many more options.DSLR Cameras are on the pricier end of the photography spectrum, but yield some of the best results in the field. Made from well-known brands like Nikon, Cannon, and Sony these cameras are a bit heavier to cary, don’t have a waterproof capacity, but give photo enthusiasts a platform to line up the perfect shot from a variety of zoom lenses to snap quick and high definition photos on a wide variety of adventures. Experienced photographers tend to shoot with DSLRs as they have many different adjustments such lighting, focus, and shutter speed.From the lens of a smartphone to the twisting of a monster zoom lens, outdoor photography does not have to be complicated or past your price point to be better and more advanced. Next time you plan an adventure, think about the scenery and environment and what equipment could maximize the potential of your photography.last_img read more

5 social media tips for credit unions

first_img continue reading » Credit unions are no different from other businesses in that in order to achieve increased membership goals, a certain amount of marketing must be done. And social media is a great place to be engaged with existing members and potential members. Social media is everywhere, and your prospects and members are most likely on one form of social media – whether they are tweeting at a company for support help or part of a group on LinkedIn. But, really, who has time to tweet?Outside of our normal IT Compliance postings, we are continuing the discussion that our partner in Backup and Recovery, Datto, started about making time for social media.  It does not need to be difficult or a time consuming activity!  In the past, we shared 5 Guidelines for your social media use in your credit union when it comes to compliance and security.  Today we bring you 5 tips to guide your credit union’s social media strategy as it relates to promoting your CU:1. Set up your profiles – now!If your business is growing and you don’t have any type of social media presence, you’re missing an opportunity to interact with members and/or prospects. You don’t need to be everywhere… but pick the social media platform that makes sense for your credit union’s goals and get started. 48SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Split Decision on NYPD’s X-ray Vans

first_imgBy Michael Grabell, ProPublicaA state appeals court this month ordered the New York City Police Department to release information on the health risks of the unmarked X-ray vans that it uses to covertly detect explosives.But the panel overturned a lower court’s ruling that required the department to disclose records on when and where the vans had been used, its policies on van usage, or how much the vans cost, agreeing with the NYPD that concerns over terrorism outweighed the public interest.For the past four years, ProPublica has sought information about the secretive NYPD counterterrorism program that uses the vans equipped with X-ray machines. The vans can drive alongside vehicles or buildings to find organic materials such as drugs and explosives that may be hidden inside.But because the vans use backscatter X-rays, which bounce back from the target to create an image, they may also expose unknowing drivers, passengers and pedestrians to ionizing radiation, which can increase the risk of cancer. The X-ray vans are similar to the airport body scanners that were removed by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration over privacy concerns in 2013.The NYPD has refused to release any records about how it uses the vans and what it does to protect people who may be in the vicinity. Until ProPublica’s lawsuit, the police department had never said anything publicly about them other than to confirm their existence.In 2015, state Supreme Court Judge Doris Ling-Cohan said the NYPD’s argument amounted to “mere speculation” and was “patently insufficient” to outweigh the public’s right to know. But in its decision today, the appeals court largely agreed with the NYPD’s argument that releasing the information would “hamper NYPD’s counterterrorism operations and increase the likelihood of another terrorist attack.”Police reports about past uses of the vans, the NYPD said, would allow terrorists to infer the locations and times when they are not used and plot attacks accordingly. The department also argued that disclosing the total cost to taxpayers would reveal how many vans it had because the vehicles have been reported to cost between $729,000 and $825,000 each.The appeals court, however, said the NYPD had failed to explain how health and safety information, such as the potential radiation dose to passersby, could be exploited by terrorists — especially since such information has already been made public by the manufacturer and the federal government.It also reversed the lower court’s order that NYPD pay ProPublica’s attorneys fees and litigation costs, saying an award wasn’t justified.“We are pleased the court agreed that the police department acted appropriately in withholding information that, if disclosed, would compromise public safety and counterterrorism efforts,” the city’s law department said in a statement.ProPublica was represented in the case by Yale Law School’s Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic and David Schulz of Levin, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz.“We are disappointed that the Appellate Division took as specific the entirely conclusory affidavit submitted by the NYPD concerning the risk of terrorism from, for instance, possible disclosure of the aggregate cost of these vans to taxpayers,” ProPublica’s president Richard Tofel said.“On the other hand,” he added, “we’re gratified that the court ordered disclosure of any reports on the health and safety risks from the NYPD’s deployment of these vans around our city, and we look forward to the prompt disclosure of such documents.”More than 20 media outlets and nonprofits, including the New York Times, Bloomberg, Buzzfeed, AOL-Huffington Post and the New York Civil Liberties Union, filed briefs in support of releasing the records.“It’s a disappointing opinion,” said Mariko Hirose, senior staff attorney for the NYCLU. “There are lots of technologies that could be used for terrorist investigations. It can’t be that everything is going to be secret and kept away from the public because of that.”ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Whitney Point Friendship Tree helps parents with backpack giveaway

first_imgWHITNEY POINT (WBNG) — Whitney Point Friendship Tree held their annual backpack giveaway at Caryl E. Adams Primary School Saturday. This year the event took the form of a drive-through due to the coronavirus. Families who pre-registered were given a free backpack loaded with all of the supplies they’ll need to make it through what organizers say is bound to be an unusual school year. Director Eloise Wescott said it’s all part of the group’s mission. Lisle Community Garden was also on hand for a food giveaway, handing out fresh produce and non-perishables to anyone who came through the line. center_img “We like to do whatever will help the children of this community. We also like to do whatever will help our families. We like to be able to take the stress off,” she said. They also provided home learning kits for children in Pre-K through sixth grade.last_img read more

Denvale to build its largest park in Crawley

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COVID-19: Jokowi calls on NAM nations to boost solidarity in battle against ‘mutual enemy’

first_imgIn his address, Jokowi acknowledged that the pandemic was far from over and therefore he invited NAM member countries to act in a “prompt, careful and strategic” manner.He also delivered three key points that countries should prioritize during the handling of the crisis caused by the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 3 million people and killed more than 200,000 in 210 countries and territories.“First, we need to strengthen political solidarity among us because only by working together can we win this war,” Jokowi said.Read also: Indonesia rallies to keep COVID-19 vaccines, drugs affordable This year marks the 65th anniversary of the agreement of Dasasila Bandung (Bandung Principles), a 10-point statute resulting from the 1955 Asian-African Conference held in Bandung, West Java.Coinciding with the occasion, as well the upcoming 60th commemoration of NAM’s establishment — the manifestation of the principles — next year, Jokowi also asked countries in the grouping to channel their time and energy to fully focus on addressing challenges brought about by the pandemic.NAM comprises 120 members, mostly developing countries. The grouping was established in Belgrade in 1961 with only 25 members.“Let us translate [the idea of] political solidarity into concrete collaboration. We need to work hard to get fair and timely access to COVID-19 vaccines and medicine at an affordable price,” he said as he asserted the importance of strengthening cooperation to maintain the global supply chain of medical and food supplies.Jokowi went on to remind of the significance of partnerships among the developing countries, including to encourage the provision of debt relief, as well as humanitarian and development assistance. He also mentioned that the commitment from G-20 countries to provide suspension on debt payment to low-income countries needed to be implemented.Read also: COVID-19: Learning from other countriesAt the end of his address, Jokowi called for international communities to uphold multilateralism as the cornerstone of international cooperation.This year’s NAM Summit was hosted by Azerbaijan, with the main theme of “Unite to Fight COVID-19” and attended by leaders of member countries, including Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev as the chair of the forum, Afghanistan’s Ashraf Gani, Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz Canel, Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Iran’s Hassan Rouhani, Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari, Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi, Palestine’s Mahmoud Abbas, South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro,India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Malaysia’s Muhyiddin Yassin also attended the forum, as well as representatives from international and regional organizations.Topics : Indonesia called for leaders of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member countries to strengthen political solidarity amid the global fight against COVID-19 during the grouping’s summit on Monday.During the virtual forum, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recalled the purpose of the establishment of the forum – the second-largest grouping of states after the United Nations – which was to fight “mutual enemy” imperialism and neocolonialism.“Currently, our mutual enemy is the COVID-19 pandemic,” Jokowi said as quoted in a statement released by the State Secretariat.last_img read more

Arsenal consider swapping Alexandre Lacazette for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Lemar

first_imgThomas Lemar has struggled to make an impact at Atletico Madrid (Getty Images)AS claim that Arsenal would be open to a swap deal involving Lacazette and Lemar, whose value has signififcantly dropped after struggling to make an impact at Atletico.Arsenal have also been heavily linked with a move for Atletico’s defensive midfielder Thomas Partey.Speaking last month, Partey’s father claimed that the midfielder has held talks with the Gunners.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Alexandre Lacazette has been heavily linked with a move away from Arsenal (AFP via Getty Images)Meanwhile, Arsenal remain interested in Lemar after Arsene Wenger missed out on signing the France international in 2017.The 24-year-old has started just 11 games for Atletico this season, while Diego Simeone has even admitted that the midfielder ‘hasn’t been able to live up to expectations’ since his £52.7 million move from Monaco in 2018. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 20 May 2020 12:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link891Shares Commentcenter_img Arsenal consider swapping Alexandre Lacazette for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Lemar Advertisement Thomas Lemar could be on his way to Arsenal while Alexandre Lacazette moves to Atletico Madrid (Getty Images)Arsenal are considering a swap deal involving Alexandre Lacazette and Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Lemar, according to reports in Spain.Lacazette joined the Gunners in £46.5 million deal from Lyon in 2017, and has scored 44 goals in 112 appearances for the club.Reports have claimed that Lacazette has an agreement with Arsenal that he will be allowed to leave in the next transfer window if the team fail to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.According to AS, Arsenal have already indicated that they would listen to offers for Lacazette and the 28-year-old is at the top of Atletico’s shortlist.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe report claims that Lacazette is ‘very liked’ by Atletico’s coaching staff and the club are closely monitoring the French forward’s situation at Arsenal.last_img read more

Nelson Selects teams off to BC Provincial B Cup — Erickson powers U14 boys past Kootenay East

first_imgKeegan Carmichael and Linden Jones also scored for the Selects.”The entire team played well,” said the team spokesperson.”Defensive stand-outs were Quinn Tondu-MacDonald at centerback position and keeper Finnegan Megale, who earned the shutout.”Nelson advanced to the final by stopping Kootenay South of Trail/Castlegar/Fruitvale in a two-game total goals series.The Selects won the opener 2-1 before blasting Kootenay South 5-0 on the road in Trail.Also advancing to the BC Provincial B Cup were the U13 Boys, defeating Kootenay East of Cranbrook 5-0; U15 Boys; U16 Boys, edging Kootenay East 2-0; and U18 Boys, thumping Invermere 5-0.The U14 Girls got past Kootenay East 4-1 while the U16 Girls and U18 Girls received a bye into the provincial tournament. Matt Erickson scored three times to power the Nelson Selects past Kootenay East Friday in U14 Boy’s Kootenay Provincial B Soccer Playdowns Friday in Cranbrook.The Select represent the Kootenay Zone at the Les Sinnott Memorial Boys Provincial Cup July 7-10 in West Vancouver.After playing to a scoreless tie in the first half, Nelson picked up the pace as Erickson opened the scoring and Selects never looked back.last_img read more

Kootenay Youth Soccer campers meet Whitecaps Marco Bustos

first_imgPlayers at the Whitecaps Kootenay Youth Soccer Camp got to meet a rising star on the Major League Soccer Team when Marco Bustos paid a visit to the Nelson. The 20-year-old central attacking midfielder who was named ‘Caps 2013 Whitecaps FC Most Promising Player, joined Whitecaps FC Residency in September 2011 after last playing for FC Northwest in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba.”Kids were extremely excited,” said Brett Adams, Kootenay Regional Head coach with the Whitecaps.”It’s not every day that they get to meet a player that has played for their country.” More than 100 players attended the Whitecaps camp held at the Lakeside Soccer Pitch. “The main focus is to give all the player a fun experience of soccer,” Adams said when asked about the focus of the camp.”We look to teach them skills in the morning and then in the afternoon we play a World Cup were players are put into teams. “This seems to be a huge hit with the players.”Tim Parker, who now starts with the MLS club on defence, attended the camp in 2015.The Whitecaps move onto Cranbrook Monday for a camp before returning to the West Kootenay for a stop July 25-29 at Twin Rivers Fields in Castlegar.On July 19-22, the Whitecaps host a Prospects Camp in Nelson.For more information go to the Whitecaps Youth Camps link.last_img read more

Isaac hopes to see FEU connection thrive in Blackwater

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Raymar Jose was picked third by Blackwater in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWill Far Eastern University’s championship glitter rub off on Blackwater in the PBA?Coach Leo Isaac tabbed another FEU standout in the PBA Rookie Draft, picking Raymar Jose third overall on Sunday. ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Isaac shared that he’s very happy with the players he got and he’s positive that they will give Blackwater a fighting chance.“It’s hard to say where we’ll land, but one thing I can say is that we’ll be there fighting those top teams each game we play. We will compete,” he said. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fury offers Trump role in potential Joshua fight Isaac explained that with the league’s best teams loading up on frontcourt players, it’s just right for the Elite to also bolster their big man rotation.“We need to invest on our bigs. That’s how you compete in this day, to have capable big men so we also need to reinforce our frontcourt,” the coach said, as the 25-year-old bruiser will not only pair up with Belo, but also hungry slotmen like JP Erram, Dave Marcelo, and Chris Javier.Belo also welcomed the bigger responsibility, knowing that with the materials Blackwater has, it’s more than ready to compete with the league’s bests.“We know we can match up against everyone. Here in the PBA, you have no choice but to defend bigger foes. But we believe we have the right pieces to reach our goals and we’ll just follow everything coach tells us,” Belo said.Jose is not the lone haul for the Elite in the annual rookie selection as Blackwater also tapped Renz Palma, Biboy Enguio, Kyle Neypes, and JR Sumido.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The hardworking forward is set to pair up with former Tamaraw teammate Mac Belo, with the two expected to be the cornerstone for the Elite.“It’s great. As I call them, they’ll have that FEU connection. We’re looking forward to have a good tandem with Raymar and Mac,” Isaac said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBelo has also taken note of Jose sheer improvement from a hard-nosed garbageman to a capable two-way post threat.“Since I graduated, he has really improved a lot. He has taken FEU to the Final Four and gained experience everywhere. With that experience, he can really be a big contributor for us,” said the incoming sophomore. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ View commentslast_img read more