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Diocese of San Diego will equip all its churches with…

first_img Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Martinsville, VA Diocese of San Diego will equip all its churches with solar panels Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Events Rector Bath, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Belleville, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Washington, DC [Diocese of San Diego] The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego and its partners, the Episcopal Church Building Fund and Fellowship Energy Finance, are excited to announce the first diocese-wide program to equip all its churches with solar panels.With 13 churches currently enrolled in the program, Bishop Susan Brown Snook is excited about bringing the diocese and its churches into the green movement. “I am so glad for our diocese to use the abundant resource we are blessed with here in Southern California and Arizona – sunlight – to meet our needs for energy,” said Brown Snook.“Helping our Earth remain sustainable is our way of caring for God’s creation and conserving resources for future generations. We are blessed to have this technology available to us, and I look forward to our diocese and congregations entering into this initiative,” said Brown Snook.Fellowship Energy Finance, a lead partner in the endeavor, is focused on providing churches with the financing options for solar-powered energy solutions. It is providing zero-down financing so that churches can start saving on their energy costs.“Bringing solar panels to our churches serves a dual purpose: reducing utility costs to the congregations and being good stewards of God’s creation,” said the Rev. Kirby Smith, chief financial officer of the diocese. “We are all called to be responsible for maintaining our environment so it may be a healthy and safe place for those who come after us. We are temporary custodians of all that God has provided. Money that congregations spend on electricity can’t be spent on mission and ministry. In light of that, it is incumbent for congregations to seek ways of using power more efficiently,” said Smith.The Episcopal Church Building Fund, a partner in the solar program, is helping churches thrive through the investigation of strategic, resourceful and creative uses of church buildings. ECBF loans are available to Episcopal congregations for building and renovation projects for churches, schools, rectories and expansions of ministry projects.The steps associated with participating in the initiative – going solar – are low-contact activities. Local church solar teams can meet virtually. Even when church campuses are closed due to COVID-19, this program can still move forward. 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Standardized test results gloomy

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook EducationECISDLocal News Standardized test results gloomy Facebook WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – December 15, 2020 center_img TAGS  Presenting results from MAP and NAEP tests, Ector County ISD Superintendent Scott Muri said the results are grim. MAP stands for Measure of Academic Progress and NAEP stands for National Assessment of Educational Progress. This is the first year ECISD students have taken the MAP and Muri focused on reading and math for both MAP and NAEP. Muri detailed how COVID has impacted students and teachers. “When we talk about the COVID slide, it’s real and you can see that especially in the area of mathematics,” Muri told the board of trustees during their meeting Tuesday. “It’s a real phenomenon. These data indicate that fourth grade and eighth grade, in fact when we look at it even at every grade level, you can see that it has impacted our students. We also talked about our most fragile population as the most the most significantly impacted and we see that’s true in these data as well.” As the district moves forward, Muri said as they think about funding at the state level, “we clearly have a crisis that continues to happen in ECISD, as well as across the state.” “Today, 2.8 million children are physically attending school out of the 5.4 million children in our state, so we’ll have almost half the children in our state that haven’t been to school this year; actually haven’t been to school since March. The slide continues. In ECISD, we hover around 65 percent face-to-face; 35 percent virtual. We continue to see some of those declines happening, and then some of them continue even in the classroom,” Muri said. He noted that as he goes around the district, teachers are wearing masks and shields and keep their distance. The students can’t share manipulatives. “… in the classroom, our teachers have a hard time being at their prior best. I think they’re being at their best today, but they’re hindered by the continued presence of this virus and that’s going to continue into the second semester,” Muri said. “I’m very thankful that we are going to have 30 additional days for our elementary kids next summer. That’s going to make a difference. We’ll invest in those kids and create a different experience for them, but this type of learning loss isn’t repaired in a summer or even a semester. This is a multi-year repair opportunity for our kids.” In August 2021 when school starts, Muri said, they will be serving a different type of child. “I think about our pre-k kids that have never seen the faces of their teachers, and for the first time next year, they may, if things are different or better, they may get to see their teacher’s face for the very first time,” Muri said. “Those kids have been shaped by a school experience that is very different from what it should be, so we have some work to do academically as a school system to meet these needs of our most fragile children (who) need extra attention, as they always have, but right now the learning loss is just magnified because they’re already fragile so we see that in these data.” He said that when the Texas Legislature returns in January that the district makes sure dollars are not taken away over the next several years. Districts lost a lot of money in 2011 that Muri said should have been used to educate kids. “You can see the results of that. We can’t allow that to happen again, so even though our state is certainly struggling right now we have to make sure that education is the priority when it comes to investing in the well-being of our community,” Muri said. Muri said this is the first year for the MAP assessment and not all students took it. “So the data are a little skewed because in some school districts in Texas when this was administered, their students were completely virtual so they chose not to administer the assessment in a virtual environment,” Muri said. “In our system, the principals and teachers did a great job of not only administering face-to-face, but virtual as well. This year’s data from a MAP perspective doesn’t represent the whole of the story because some students in a virtual environment simply did not take it this year.” STAAR and End of Course exams will be administered this year, but the high stakes such as district and campus accountability won’t be tied to them. Muri said the data will be seen by teachers, families and students, but also the public. Asked by trustee Donna Smith if standards will be adjusted, Muri said that was the million dollar question. “The question right now is what does school in 21-22 have to look like because the kids are not going to be the same type of students. A third grader in 2021 is not going to look like any third grader that has ever entered the third grade. They’re going to be different. This virus has affected children. It has affected them academically; it has affected them socially and emotionally, so our job is to create a learning environment that receives those children as they are in August of 2021 and takes them on their academic journey. We will fail as a public school system if we do not change and if we pretend that that third grader is exactly like a third grader has always been. That’s what these people in the room are working on is what must school be in 2021 and beyond to meet the needs of kids … because these data really indicate they’re not going to be the same,” Muri said. Unfortunately for some children, the slide continues, Muri added. “It hasn’t been stopped. They’re not having the kind of experience they need; nor are kids. They’re not growing as quickly as we would like them to in an optimal environment. Again, teachers are challenged right now because of the barriers that COVID puts in our way so kids are having the best experiences that they can, but they’re not the kind of experiences that we would be able to provide if we didn’t have to deal with the restrictions,” he said. While this scenario can appear doom and gloom, Muri said there is a silver lining. “It represents a pretty incredible opportunity that we have to design around the challenges that we see our kids facing. We cannot have 8 percent of our economically disadvantaged fourth graders be proficient at the end of the year. That just can’t happen,” Muri said. Twitter Pinterest Twitter Previous articleOAT121620_RunoffNext articleJavier Joven Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Make Your Project Stand Out With 3D Titles in Final Cut Pro X

first_imgCreating 3D Titles in Final Cut Pro XStep 1: Drag the Text to Your TimelineTo get started, drag the Tumble 3D text effect into your timeline. You’ll find this effect under the Titles tab — it’s the one with the large “T” icon. When you drag the file into your timeline, you’ll be prompted to name the resolution and frame rate of your timeline. Choose whatever is appropriate for your project. In our example, we’re using 1080p HD at 23.98 frames per second.Step 2: Stylize the TextWith your text selected in the timeline, navigate to the Text tab in the Inspector window at the top right of the Final Cut Pro window. From this tab you can adjust all the various parameters that are going to make your text awesome. Pick a font that looks great on screen.For our example we’ll use the font called Marion. Perform the following steps to make your titles look exactly like our example:Increase the DepthRound the Depth to 40Change the Bevel Edge type to RoundIncrease the Edge Size to 3.3Change the Lighting Style to Diagonal RightTurn the Lighting Intensity Down to 20%Change the Custom Environment Map to ‘Soft Box Above’Increase the Intensity of the Lighting to 190%Change Your Material to Metal>Brushed CircularSelect Multiple from the Materials MenuChange the Side Material to Metal>Old SteelStep 3: Keyframe a DriftUnder the Video tab, add a scale keyframe by hitting the plus icon on the first frame. Move forward about five seconds and scale down the footage to create a drifting effect.Step 4: Add the BackgroundNow it’s time to add your background. You can do this by simply dragging your background video element down from your Clips panel.Step 5: Add the Flare ElementDrag your flare element into your composition. In our example, we had our flare over the text for a few frames, then below for the remainder of its duration. Change the Blending Mode to Add.Step 6: Apply Some Quick Color CorrectionTo make your text blend better with your background, apply the Color Correction effect to your text and change the levels as needed.This is, of course, one of the many ways to stylize 3D titles in Final Cut Pro X. For additional Final Cut Pro tutorials, check out our Final Cut Pro X page here on PremiumBeat.What’s your favorite way to create 3D text in Final Cut Pro? Share your advice in the comments below. Learn the trick to creating monumental 3D titles in Final Cut Pro X. Master the technique with FREE stock footage and music from Shutterstock and PremiumBeat.Thanks to an amazing set of textures and presets, it’s a breeze to create 3D titles in Final Cut Pro X. Using various video tools, users can create a wide assortment of 3D text without needing to first master a complex 3D application. Let’s look at how to create 3D titles in Final Cut Pro. This video tutorial will show you exactly how to make your 3D text stand out.But don’t just watch the clip… fire up Final Cut Pro X and make your own eye-catching 3D text! We’ve teamed up with Shutterstock to give you free assets so you can follow along.You can download the free footage, sound effects, and assets from the Final Cut Pro X page here on PremiumBeat.Download Free 3D Title Assetslast_img read more

World Curling Tour plans to review policy after Red Deer ejection

first_imgFrosty brews are as common a sight in a curling club as rocks in the rings.Knocking back a few pints after a game is enmeshed in the social fabric of the sport, especially at the club level. Sometimes you’ll even see elite curlers head to the bar once play is complete, with winners typically buying the first round.What was different about last weekend’s team ejection at the Red Deer Curling Classic was the drinking was done before the game and unsportsmanlike behaviour followed. It was such an uncommon occurrence — curling prides itself on gentlemanly play — that the World Curling Tour doesn’t have anything on the books to deal with what went down. “We don’t currently have a code of conduct specific to this kind of issue,” said WCT operations chief Gerry Geurts. “But we’re reviewing that policy in the wake of this incident and working with other Tour stakeholders to consider the next course of action.” On Saturday, the team of Jamie Koe, Ryan Fry, Chris Schille and DJ Kidby were kicked out of the $35,000 competition. Fry, who was playing as a substitute, won a Tim Hortons Brier title in 2013 and won Olympic gold with skip Brad Jacobs at the 2014 Sochi Games.Organizers said that after drinking in the venue’s bar area, three of the four curlers — Koe sat out — played an afternoon game that led to their disqualification. Red Deer Curling Centre manager Wade Thurber said that Fry broke three brooms, the team used foul language and there was some minor damage in the locker room.The team members left the premises afterwards without issue, forfeited a Sunday game, and issued statements Monday apologizing for their actions. Fry, who normally plays with Jacobs, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden, offered to pay for any damages, Thurber said.Fry, who has yet to comment publicly, added a separate apology on Twitter, saying he’ll “be taking every step needed to guarantee this never happens again.” His post included the quote: “The best version of yourself comes after the worst journey you could take yourself on.”The Red Deer competition is a level below the Slams. The field boasted a few big names but is generally filled with up-and-coming players and regional competitors.Thurber said it was the first disqualification in the event’s 20-year history, while Geurts called it a “very rare” situation for a Tour event.“Most of the time curlers generally deal with issues amongst themselves,” Geurts said from London, Ont. “It’s even the case at a lot of these Tour events in Canada, we don’t even have officials on the ice. It’s the way the game has always been managed. It’s sort of that gentleman’s game in that situation.“You usually have someone around the facility who can be a voice of reason in case there’s any kind of rule issue or anything like that. But for the most part, the players have always solved these issues themselves. That’s one of the great things about the sport.”Thurber said that spectators and some other teams who were playing at the 12-sheet facility complained about the Koe team’s behaviour.  “Usually what happens, the players that are in a bonspiel, they’re not drinking until they’re done for the day,” Thurber said from Red Deer. “That’s normal. But these guys were drinking before their game.”Team Jacobs, which recently won the Grand Slam of Curling’s Tour Challenge, is next scheduled to compete at the Dec. 11-16 National in Conception Bay South, N.L. Fry is expected to play at that event.The curling scene has changed significantly over the years, with many competitors more likely to reach for a protein shake at the end of play rather than a beer stein. Some veteran players will regale others with stories from the old days, when curlers played a couple games, hit the bar, stayed up until the wee hours and were back out on the ice in the morning — hangover and all.Some international media outlets that picked up the story played on that old-school stereotype that curlers like a drink.However, the reality in Olympic-era curling is that many elite players are more concerned about ranking points and getting a good night’s sleep than they are about heading to the bar for a cold one.  “For the work that they put in, the time at the gym, drinking just doesn’t really fit in to that whole gameplan of becoming a high-performance athlete,” Geurts said. “So you do tend to see teams not partake much at all.”———Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter.Gregory Strong, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Bid On Kellie Picklers Truck For Charity

first_imgThe Ram Truck brand continues its successful “Road to the Ram Jam” all-star country music series with the first of five charity auctions where each participating artist will auction off their 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn truck to benefit a charity of their choice.Starting at 1 p.m. EST Tuesday, Jan. 22, fans can bid for Kellie Pickler’s Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn truck with all the proceeds from the auction benefiting the USO Warrior and Family Care program, a comprehensive long-term effort designed to help the nation’s wounded, ill and injured troops, their families and caregivers navigate through the challenges of recovery. To get more information on the charity auction hosted on eBay Giving Works and to bid on Pickler’s truck, visit www.ebay.com/roadtoramjam.As part of the Road to the Ram Jam series, all five participating artists – Kellie Pickler , Brantley Gilbert, Billy Currington, Zac Brown Band, and Easton Corbin – received a one-year lease on a 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn truck. Those trucks will be auctioned off in the next three months with all proceeds benefiting a charity of each artist’s choice. Fans will have two weeks to bid on each artist’s truck.Gilbert’s truck will go up for auction Feb. 5 with all proceeds benefiting Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). Currington follows Gilbert on Feb. 19 with proceeds benefiting Team Rubicon, Zac Brown Band on March 5 with proceeds benefiting Camp Southern Ground, and Corbin on March 18 with proceeds benefiting the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund.“Ram was proud to partner with these five great country music artists on the ‘Road to Ram Jam’,” said Fred Diaz -President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico. “It is nice to know how much they each loved driving their trucks and now we wholeheartedly encourage Ram truck and country music fans to support the auctions and the wonderful charities they benefit.”“I love everything there is to love about my Ram Truck,” Pickler said. “And I have to be honest I am a little sad about giving it up, but it’s for a great cause and we really want to raise a lot of money for the USO, so please log on and bid.”“USO Warrior and Family Care provides services that help our heroes heal with honor,” added Kelli Pendleton, programs manager for USO Fort Campbell. “We are so grateful to Kellie for thinking of the USO and the work we do to support our nation’s wounded, ill and injured as well as to Ram and everyone who casts their bids in support of such a worthwhile initiative.”To learn more about USO Warrior and Family Care, click here.The Road to the Ram Jam series was the ultimate country music fan experience. It helped bring fans closer to some of their favorite artists with exclusive video content, the opportunity to win prizes, free music downloads, as well as a chance to enter to win trips for two to the exclusive Ram Jam concert. The invitation-only 2012 Ram Jam concert event, held on Dec. 29 in Nashville, Tenn., was a huge success with performances by all five participating artists. Those who missed the live stream of the concert event on Ram Country on Yahoo! Music can click here and check out some of the highlights from the night.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Serena Williams Rolls In Second Round of Wimbledon

Serena Williams looks strong and confident, and it showed in her dominating performance today in the second round at Wimbledon. With ease, she backhanded Melinda Czink, 6-1, 6-4.The four-time champion Williams won 27 of 28 points on her first serve, including 10 aces, and never faced a break point. Czink twice whiffed on returns.“I love my serve,” Williams said, “and I love feeling good when I serve.”The sixth-seeded Williams could meet No. 1-seed Maria Sharapova in the final next week.  Sharapova overcame troubles with her serve to dismiss Tsvetana Pironkova, 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 6-0.While Sharapova battled an erratic serve, with eight aces and 10 double-faults. She saved five set points in the first set and led the second set 3-1 when play was halted Tuesday because of darkness. She lost the first two games when the match resumed, and double-faulted on her first three service points in the tiebreaker.“It felt like two matches in a way,” Sharapova said. “Today I wanted to start off really well because I knew I was up a break. Didn’t go according to plan. Really served sloppy.” read more