Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN JOSE – Top defenseman Erik Karlsson couldn’t finish the game because of a recurring lower body injury, while captain Joe Pavelski and second-leading scorer Tomas Hertl didn’t return after high hits, and winger Joonas Donskoi had his day cut short after taking a puck to the mouth.As if the San Jose Sharks aren’t facing enough of a challenge after a 5-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues Sunday at the SAP Center, which put …
In recent years, companies have zeroed in on the problem, trying—if not to tame it—at least better forecast C.A.T. so pilots can avoid bumpy areas. The latest advance and most promising is a deal among The Weather Company (an IBM Business) and Gogo Business Aviation. The arrangement will speed the delivery of real-time, turbulence-avoidance information to airline dispatch operations and pilots alike.The companies are able to do this, according to The Weather Company’s President Mark Gildersleeve by, “collecting massive amounts of data very quickly, and then using that insight to provide guidance to all flights that will be traveling through impacted airspace.”The result could spare passengers and crew alike the uncomfortable bumps. Traditionally, flight operations, pilots and aviation meteorologists have received coded verbal reports—reports containing limited information on actual, real-time flight conditions—via pilot reports, or PIREPS. Now, the Weather Company and Gogo say their Turbulence Auto PIREP System (TAPS) can communicate critical en-route weather information far faster, affording pilots a chance at avoiding sometimes-dangerous conditions. The payoff among those who employ the WSI Total Turbulence set-up is, say the two partner companies, a full 50% reduction in turbulence-related injuries and unnecessary maintenance inspections.AirlineRatings will have more on this important story in the near future. Nothing sets passengers’ teeth on edge and induces a fear of flying quite like turbulence, be it the weather-induced variety or C.A.T—clear air turbulence. Each year the nerve-wracking phenomena cost airlines some US$100 million. Turbulence remains the number one cause of non-fatal injuries aloft.Watch this spectacular video of a thunderstorm over Guatemala and South of Mexico. It was taken from a Boeing 767-300 by Noe Castillo of Videos de Aviacion. The thunderstormn action starts at 1.5 minutes in and is amazing.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA, Partner at Holbrook & Manter, CPAsMost of us have heard the quote from Benjamin Franklin, “In this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.”It would be safe to say that no one enjoys paying taxes and not many really want to think about death either. But both require planning and thought.Thank back to the beginning of the year. Maybe you made some resolutions and then promptly forget them. The end of January rolled around and you received mail marked “Important Tax Document Enclosed” and realized that you needed to get some documents together for your taxes to be prepared — that’s worse than going to the dentist! And, while we should see our dentist regularly, we should also be proactive with our tax planning. It is always a good idea to follow up with your tax preparer if your tax situation changes; you have a move, a new baby, a different, job, an inheritance, or other life altering event.If none of the above situations apply to you, it is still a good idea to be organized and ready for the tax preparation. Don’t wait until early April each year to get your tax information together. Keep a file folder ready for any tax documents that arrive. It is a good idea to make up a folder at the beginning of a new year and put any tax related documents in that folder as you receive them. Did you make a donation to Goodwill? Put your receipt and the amount donated in the folder. Did you sell or buy a new home? Make copies of the settlement statements and put them in the folder. Simple things like that can make getting ready for the accountant so much simpler.Preparing for taxes is not usually greeted with warm, fuzzy feelings and neither is preparing for death. Hopefully, it will not happen for a very long time, but all of us still need to prepare for it — young or old, married or single. We do not want our families and loved ones to be overly burdened with our passing. It is difficult to deal with the loss and the gaping hole that is left, but to be completely unprepared compounds the grief and the loss for those left behind. Below are some suggestions to get started in the process of getting prepared.Write a last will and testament — it does not have to be fancy or minutely detailed, but at least get a basic will in place. There are templates that can be found online that can be used to prepare a legal will. It is a good idea to check on the legal requirements for a will in Ohio.Designate a power of attorney – choose someone you trust to be a power of attorney just in case you are unable to sign important documents. The POA does not have to be a family member or close friend. Sometimes a trusted advisor is a great option (notice the emphasis on trust)!Prepare a living will and designate a medical power of attorney — again, choose someone you trust to make decisions you would want to have made when you no longer can make them. Discuss with the MPOA your wishes and the decisions you would want to have made, too.Keep a master file of where important papers are located — insurance policies, mortgages, wills, trusts, Healthcare power of attorney, etc. Include in that list your bank accounts and safe deposit box if you have one, your broker and broker accounts, your CPA, your attorney, your financial planner, etc. Let your POA or relatives know where this file is located.Outline your funeral or memorial service — if there are certain things you want, make them known.Keep a list of your online presence — keep logins and passwords saved where a trusted family member or friend can find them.All of these items can be updated as needed. As your family grows, your last will and testament will most likely change. You may consider setting up a trust to see to the needs or your family. There are so many options. If you have questions on how to get started and what to do, contact our office. We would be happy to assist you. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.com
Audio syncing in Premiere Pro CC is an often-overlooked feature, but it can save you a lot of time when editing.Top image from LucasFilmAs professional filmmakers or videographers, we know that our time is money. The more we can streamline our workflow process, the better. One opportunity to do this is during the audio syncing phase. For many years I’ve used PluralEyes, which still works perfectly. Unfortunately, its $200 price tag can be a little much for some content producers. However, there is a solution found directly within Premiere Pro CC and its internal audio-syncing feature.The process of syncing audio in Premiere Pro CC is actually really simple to pull off. It’s also super flexible. In fact, the number of audio clips you can merge into video clips is quite impressive. Here’s the official count from Adobe:You may merge one or multiple audio clips to a single video or AV clip. The total number of audio tracks permissable in a merged clip is 16, including any combination of mono, stereo or surround 5.1 clips.Syncing Multicam FootageWe’re going to show you two ways of syncing your audio. First up is Dave Dugdale. Mr. Dugdale shows us how to take a multicam setup and sync that with higher-end audio. Dugdale drags and drops all of the needed footage and audio into the timeline and then highlights all of the tracks. Once this is done, he right clicks and selects synchronize.Video from Dave DugdaleSyncing Footage Merge ClipsI use RED cameras in my production workflow, which don’t natively capture audio with a built-in mic like DSLRs do. What I like to do is attach a small mic to the RED in order to pick up scratch-track audio, and then I get my final audio with a field recorder. In this video from Curtis Judd, we learn how to sync our footage/scratch-track audio with our field audio using the Merge Clips option in Premiere Pro.Again, the process is pretty simple. You just highlight your footage and audio tracks in the bin, then right click and select merge clips. If you’ve gone through and given yourself a night slate, clap or snap somewhere and the video and audio should sync up very quickly.Video from Curtis JuddHave you ever used this feature in your workflow? Are there any other features in Premiere Pro that you would like us to spotlight? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.Recently I dropped into a salesperson’s sales force automation to look at a couple of opportunities. What I found was disappointing.The first deal had five stakeholders attached to it. I was inspired. But other than names and contact information, there was nothing useful there. There was a record of the dates and times of meetings and phone conversation, but not a word regarding the content of those calls. The salesperson lost the opportunity the last time they competed for it, and what I found in the sales force automation was less than helpful in understanding what happened or why.The second opportunity was worse. There was only one stakeholder on the deal, and that one was from outside of the company. There wasn’t single note, but there was an attachment. That attachment was the pricing they emailed the prospective client. Uninspiring.You hate your sales force automation because you believe it only serves management and their forecasts, and you’re mostly right. You hate it because you think it is unnecessary data entry work, and you couldn’t be more wrong.How To Use Your Sales Force AutomationIn that first deal, I wanted to know what each of the stakeholders wanted or needed, what were their individual preferences, who was engaged, who had influence, who had authority, at what stage of the buying cycle they were in, what were their challenges, what would motivate them to buy, what would keep them from supporting us, the questions they asked in meetings, and any email correspondence (which could have easily been forwarded to the software).I would want to know who won the deal last time, why they won, and any communication that occurred with the company between the date the salesperson lost the deal and the day I popped in to look at it.Your sales force automation is a record of your relationships. As you sell, you gather tons of information, information that may later prove useful, information that may later help you appear as if you have command of the details, information that gives you context for future discussions.Don’t be lazy. Don’t be short-sighted. Use your sales force automation to help you sell better. You’ll soon discover that management buys it for the forecasts, you use it to help you manage your relationships and win deals.QuestionsDo you use your system like it belongs to you or your management?Who made the decision to use it that way? Is it serving you?What records would keep? Where should you keep them?No matter how good you believe your memory is, it’s not better than a computer.
The final investigation report of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation on a bird hit suffered by a Delhi-Mumbai GoAir flight on June 21, 2017, has revealed that the pilots turned off the wrong engine and flew the plane on the engine that had ingested the bird. The report, made public on Tuesday, stated that after about three minutes the crew realised the mistake and tried to restart the other engine mid-air. They then declared an emergency and returned to Delhi, managing to land on a single engine on the second attempt. There were 156 passengers on board at the time of the incident. “The incident was caused by incorrect identification of engine affected with high vibration followed by non-adherence to recommended procedures, lack of situational awareness, poor Cockpit Resource Management and poor handling of aircraft during emergency subsequent to bird strike,” the report prepared by the office of Director of Air Safety (Western Region) said. Mid-air scareAccording to the findings, during take-off roll at around 115 knots, the aircraft — an A320 — encountered a bird strike on engine number 2. “Both crew noticed abnormal sound and vibrations but the pilot in command decided to continue the take-off probably wanting to investigate the problem after getting airborne. After the take-off, the situation was incorrectly assessed and engine number 1 (unaffected engine) was shut down. The aircraft was climbing with the single engine — engine 2 (affected engine), for over three minutes,” the report said. It pinned the blame of the “incorrect assessment” on the First Officer. As the aircraft stopped climbing at around 3,330 feet altitude, the crew realised their mistake and attempted to start engine number 1 but encountered start valve fault. The investigation also revealed that another pilot flying as Staff On Duty entered the cockpit after pressing the cockpit buzzer several times. The pilot in command submitted that he allowed the SOD inside the cockpit because the buzzer was distracting. “The SOD was heard asking information on the problem to cockpit crew while they were performing their duties in-flight and after landing as well,” the report said. As per the pilot in command, there was no information by Air Traffic Control about bird activity but the Air Traffic Information Services reported bird activity in its broadcast. The report also mentioned that after the incident, while taxiing to the allocated stand for parking, the crew took a wrong turn and parked the aircraft in an incorrect orientation.