Unsolved mysteries: where’s the hair that Kadri ripped off Joe Thornton’s face

first_imgTORONTO — As the Sharks prepare for Wednesday’s showdown with the Toronto Maple Leafs in Canada, an unsolved mystery engulfs the team: what happened to the chunk of hair that Nazem Kadri ripped out of Joe Thornton’s beard?Is it being preserved in a fridge? Prepared for sale on eBay? Maintained for a future display at the Hockey Hall of Fame?After a full-scale probe, the whereabouts of the Thornton chunk continues to baffle investigators. Maybe Robert Mueller can look into it when he’s done …last_img

A’s phenom Luzardo faces new challenge in third appearance of camp

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — There were plenty of tools that young A’s pitcher Jesus Luzardo didn’t have on the mound Tuesday.In his third appearance and first start of the spring, the Oakland left-hander said he lacked a feel for his breaking ball. While he felt his overall command was improved from his first two appearances this camp, Luzardo still missed the zone plenty with his other pitches too, putting himself in 3-ball counts against half the hitters he faced. He plunked one batter and issued free …last_img

EPA Ignored OMB on Waivers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — The White House Office of Management and Budget showed EPA how to account for biofuel gallons lost to small-refinery waivers, but the EPA ignored the OMB’s suggestions, interagency review documents show.Documents posted to regulations.gov on the 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard volumes show reviewers of the rule suggested EPA reallocate waived volumes of biofuels in the 2020 proposal.In addition, the OMB provided a possible method for restoring 500 million gallons of blending obligations that were erroneously waived in 2016. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered the 2016 gallons to be accounted for in future rulemaking, but the agency declined to do so in its latest volumes proposal.President Donald Trump’s EPA has waived about 4.03 billion gallons of biofuels since 2016, as a result of granting 85 small-refinery waivers.“EPA put a zero in for projected volume of gasoline for exempt small refineries and projected volume of diesel for exempt small refineries, ensuring your projected totals are not met and all actual outcomes or resulting biofuel requirements are biased to one side, lower,” an OMB reviewer said in interagency comments.“This bias appears in outcomes for every requirement, including your cellulosic-volume requirement which the court directed to you to have a ‘neutral’ estimate. You also draw a conclusion about the ability to achieve certain volumes with respect to the blend wall, while simultaneously ensuring that your calculated total is not the actual requirement, thus your requirement relative to the blend wall is wrong.”EPA had not responded to DTN’s request for comment at the time this article was posted.OMB reviewers offered a possible solution for accounting for waived gallons in order to make sure the overall total RFS volumes were met.That included providing a projection of about 12.5 billion exempted gasoline and diesel gallons in the RFS formula — or close to the actual average exempted volume of 12.8 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel during the 2016-2018 period.In addition, OMB reviewers suggested EPA should adjust renewable volume obligation percentages to incorporate projected gasoline and diesel exempted through small-refinery waivers.EPA responded, “The approach taken in this proposal is consistent with the approach first laid out in 2011 and followed since, and we have not proposed to revisit it. Whether to revisit this issue is a matter already under review at agency leadership levels and we anticipate discussing it further while this action is under review.”The OMB was critical of EPA’s decision not to abide by the court decision saying, “You reject the ACE court remand because you conclude there is no ‘room’ to incorporate it, knowing that the stated RVO will not be achieved because of the issuance, and lack of incorporation of, small-refinery waivers.”EPA’s responded, “This issue and our response to the ACE remand are the subject of ongoing discussions.”Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper said in a news release on Monday that the interagency comments show the OMB was aware of repeated concerns made known by agriculture and biofuel interests and tried to do something about it.“The revelations in these documents will only exacerbate the outrage and anger in farm country over EPA’s abuse of the small-refinery waiver provision,” he said. “The documents clearly show that EPA knowingly ignored strong recommendations from within the administration to redistribute blending volumes that were exempted via small-refinery waivers. EPA also disregarded recommendations to address a court order to restore 500 million gallons of lost blending obligations from 2016.”OMB suggested the agency could remand the 500 million gallons in increments. That would include increasing the overall RFS volumes by 75 million gallons in 2020, 175 million in 2021 and 250 million in 2022.Cooper said the agency could change course in its newly proposed renewable volume obligations currently pending before the EPA.“The solution to the small-refinery waiver problem was right in front of EPA’s face the whole time, yet they chose to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory,” he said.“The only way to begin calming the anxiety and aggravation in rural America is for EPA to immediately announce that it will resolve these issues in the upcoming 2020 RVO final rule. EPA must adopt the prospective reallocation approach recommended during the interagency review process in the 2020 rule, as well as include the 500-million-gallon remand. Anything short of that will be viewed by farmers and biofuel producers as another sellout to the oil industry and another kick in the teeth to the hardworking families in the Heartland.”Read more of interagency review documents here: https://www.regulations.gov/…Todd Neeley can be reached at todd.neeley@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(AG/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

13 Fusion Tutorials Every Motion Designer Should Watch

first_img12. Normals Passes in After Effects and FusionCreated by: Kert GartnerWhen it comes to compositing, you want more than one pass of each 3D object. For example, you might have a depth pass, a color pass, a specular pass, etc. This gives you further control when you jump into your compositing software like After Effects or Fusion. In this video tutorial, we’ll look at how to work with multi-pass renders in both Fusion and After Effects. If you want to learn Fusion from scratch, the best resource I can recommend right now is Digital Tutors. While it does cost money to subscribe, they currently have nine different courses that cover the basics of Fusion. If you do decide to go this route, I recommend checking out the Artist’s Guide to Fusion course first. I went from knowing absolutely nothing about nodes to exporting finished video in less than an hour after using this course.Know of any other awesome Blackmagic Fusion tutorials? Share in the comments below! New to Blackmagic Fusion? Get inspired and level up your skills with these must-watch Fusion tutorials.With the recent release of the Fusion 8 beta, PC and Mac users alike can now use Fusion to create amazing VFX sequences. However, if you’re used to working with a layer-based software like After Effects, it can be incredibly daunting to try to figure out how to use a node-based software. That’s why we’ve created this list of must-watch Fusion tutorials for beginners.It’s a little strange at first, but once you get it down, Fusion can be a fantastic tool for compositing. Let’s begin!1-9. Fusion QuickStart GuideCreated By: eyeonsoftwareIf you’re looking to learn the basics of eyeon Fusion from the people that created it, I highly recommend checking out this QuickStart series from eyeon Blackmagic Fusion. The series covers everything you need to know to get started. The tutorials covered include the following topics in this order:The InterfaceConnecting ToolsLoading and SavingAnimatingTools IntroductionTools OverviewBasic 3DBasic ParticlesInstancing ToolsAfter you watch the first video, the player below will automatically skip to the next video. You can also navigate to a different video by selecting the menu icon in the top left of the player window. 11. Mocha to Blackmagic FusionCreated By: Imagineer SystemsDid you know that you can track footage in mocha and copy that tracking data into Fusion? In this video tutorial from VFX artist Steve Benjamin of Muse FX, we take a look at what a motion tracking workflow looks like in mocha and Fusion.center_img 10. Node-Based Compositing Tutorial with FusionCreated by: Kert GartnerIn this tutorial from Kert Gartner, we take a look at the cinematic potential of Fusion. In the video, Gartner breaks down how he created a cool sci-fi shot using some pretty basic green screen footage. If you’re new to Fusion, the first thing you’ll probably notice is the collection of squares with lines connecting them at the bottom. That is actually called a node tree and it’s made up of effects and files. Think of it as a layered timeline, but instead of being stacked on top of each other, layers can be placed anywhere. 13. Volume Mask ToolCreated by: Jeff KrebsAs you’ve probably already found out, Blackmagic Fusion is for serious VFX artists and compositors. In this tutorial from Jeff Krebs, we take a look at how to use a Volume Mask to isolate certain portions of your scene. In order to do this, you’ll need to export a world position pass in your 3D application.last_img read more