first_img “I missed Monday and Tuesday, but my son Donnie ran practice and my wife (Linda) videotaped practice, so I didn’t miss a thing. “The kids seem pretty united. They’re trying hard and I think we’re doing better. Sometimes something like this shakes up a team.” Said district spokeswoman Katie Orloff: “The coach is back at school and will coach (Saturday) night. That’s all I can say about it. I’m not allowed to elaborate on the situation.” Cindy Beavers, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, said neither party wanted to press charges. “A school resource officer said no prosecution was desired by either party involved,” Beavers said. Bloomington plays at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ramona. The game was originally scheduled for Friday night, but was switched at the request of the Rams due to homecoming. Markham has a 291-99-1 record in 32 years of prep coaching, including winning five CIF-Southern Section titles (three at Bloomington). His 1994 team went 14-0 and set a single-season national scoring record (since broken) of 880 points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Don Markham is happy to be back coaching his Bloomington High School football team. “Things are going smoothly,” Markham said by telephone as he watched the junior varsity game late Thursday afternoon with athletic director Ron Taylor. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Markham was put on administrative leave for five days following a minor altercation with a player at a pre-game walk-through last Friday before the team played Riverside Norte Vista. Bloomington (3-3, 1-0) won 40-29. He returned to Bloomington on Wednesday. Neither Markham nor Taylor would speak about the incident. “They told us to shut up about it,” said Taylor, referring to the Colton Joint Unified School District. “We’re excited about the prospect of having a good chance to win league and want to put this incident behind us. We think it was blown out of proportion.” last_img read more

first_img26 February 2014Tabling his 2014 Budget in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced a massive expenditure plan that will be anchored by the country’s National Development Plan (NDP).Gordhan said that government spending would be R1.25-trillion for the 2014/15 financial year, with consolidated non-interest spending increasing to R1.3-trillion by 2016/17 – an increase of about 2% per year over the next three years.Here’s a quick look at where the money will be going.Education and training will get the lion’s share, with an estimated allocation of R254-billion, followed by health (R146-billion) and social protection (R144-billion). Some R143-billion will go towards housing and community amenities, while R57-billion will be spent on employment and social security programmes.  About R10.3-billion will go towards manufacturing development incentives, while R15.2-billion will be set aside for economic competitiveness and support packages for job-creating businesses. A further R3.6-billion has been allocated for job creation in the country’s special economic zones.  R11-billion will be spent improving the country’s rail infrastructure, including new rolling stock and signalling upgrades.  R77-billion will be spent on primary healthcare services and a further R240-billion on public hospitals.  A total of R600-million has been allocated for the roll-out of a new vaccine against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Young girls at primary schools will be vaccinated from next month in order to prevent future development of cancer of the cervix.  R1-billion will be added to the conditional grant for HIV/Aids prevention and treatment to sustain the roll-out of the state’s free antiretroviral treatment programme. A total of 2.5-million South Africans are currently under treatment, and 500 000 new patients are expected to join the programme each year.  R19.3-billion will be spent on refurbishing clinics and hospitals, while R1.2-billion will be set aside for contracts of general practitioners, ahead of the full implementation of the country’s National Health Insurance.  Six metro municipalities have been targeted for a new grant of R300-million a year to build their capacity to plan for integrated human settlements.  R899.2-million has been set aside for the provinces to upgrade their sanitation infrastructure. Over the next two years, R1.9-billion will be spent on eradicating the bucket system, while R15.4-billion will be spent on regional bulk infrastructure over the next three years. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It has been a very frustrating planting season for Adam Kirian and his brother on their Hancock County farm.The cool, moist conditions from March through mid-May were great for the wheat, but not for much of anything else on the corn, soybean, hay, fresh produce, and cattle operation.“I made a joke a couple of days ago and said that I wished we had planted everything to wheat because it looks excellent. We had a cool damp spring and it was favorable for the wheat. There is a lot of fungicide going on right now as we get closer to filling grain. I would say we are 40 or 45 days at least away from wheat harvest. It is starting to warm up right now,” said Adam Kirian on May 26. “We didn’t get any corn in the ground until May 20. We started working ground the day before on the well-drained stuff. As we have gotten some heat, things have really gotten nice. We finished up our own corn planting last night and we are doing some custom work now. Hopefully we should have some beans going in the ground this afternoon. By the middle of next week, with the looks of the forecast, we should have everything in the ground. There were times in April where the ground was dry and we planted some sweet corn. We had issues getting it to emerge, though, because of the cool temperatures. We had problems with too much moisture but the ground temperature was as big of a problem this spring.”While the cool and wet conditions kept planters out of the field, the wheat continued to thrive after a mild winter and good growing conditions the previous fall.“The wheat really looks good. As far as ground moisture, we have a fair amount to help fill the heads out with grain. The big thing is that we have gotten so warm and so humid so quickly after being so cool all spring that disease is going to be a bigger issue. You are seeing a lot of preventative maintenance spraying around here after all of the issues we have had the last couple of years,” Kirian said. “If you are cool and dry you don’t have a lot of issues. This year we are planning on spraying everything. Last year we decided to spray and we avoided a lot of the issues in terms of quality.”While the dry weather was a welcome and necessary change to get crops planted on the farm, the switch in weather patterns was a concern.“We have missed a couple of rains now and I start to get nervous when we start to get in that trend,” he said. “We have stuff to do, but things could get too dry too soon. Missing rains is good right now so we can finish up and get some hay made but after that I would welcome some rain.”Another major challenge for the early growing season for corn, soybeans and wheat was the very late frost in mid May. On May 16, air temperatures dropped into the upper 20s and low 30s causing some freeze injury to crops around Ohio, particularly in low parts of the fields. Though there was not widespread injury, there were some corn and soybean fields replanted due to frost injury in some areas and some wheat showed signs of damage as well.The May 31 USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service crop progress report showed that Ohio’s farmers were taking advantage of the warmer, drier conditions planting significant amounts of corn and soybeans. There were 6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 29, allowing corn and soybean planting to catch up to the five-year average, though emergence was still behind due to the previous planting delays.Some growers replanted corn that had been stunted by the cold temperatures after early planting. Some soybeans will also need to be replanted, due to frost damage and pythium incidence. There were reports of wheat rust that may lead to diverting fields to forage.In addition, producers were cutting and baling hay as the moisture surplus was no longer an issue. Some areas are even beginning to become too dry, particularly in the northern part of the state. Vegetable producers were also planting their crops. Other activities included sidedressing, hauling manure, and spraying, though high wind hampered spraying in some areas.Stay tuned to see how progress continued over the last week with a new Crop Progress report being released later today.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  By Olivia Hettinger, Zane Trace FFA ReporterThe Zane Trace FFA chapter will be recognized as a three star chapter at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis this fall. Only the top 10% of all FFA chapters in the nation are recognized for this honor each year. This will be the chapter’s 6th year receiving this award. There are many things the ZT FFA has done to be recognized for this award. Some examples are the annual sausage breakfast where a large percentage of the money is donated, Pioneer Pantry which is an in-school pantry filled with items that students who are in need of are allowed to take home. The chapter also recently built a blessing box outside of the school, along with Pioneer Pacers, a running club for grades three through five. Elementary lessons about agriculture are also taught by FFA members. The Zane Trace FFA also has a positive social media presence, and takes yearly trips to the National FFA Convention.last_img read more

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first_imgWith this helpful video tutorial on ISO, you’ll be turning that dial to manual in no time.ISO is a funny measurement that can certainly be confusing to new filmmakers and photographers. In its most basic form ISO is a measurement of the sensitivity of your image sensor; higher ISO being more sensitive and lower ISO being less. When an ISO number is high (3200+), you can expect to see an overall brighter/noisier image. On some video cameras this is measured as gain.The following video created by the camera experts at Adorama gives us some better insights into how ISO works. It covers:Reducing NoiseShooting in Low LightDisadvantages of High ISO NumbersISO is just one of the three big factors in what is known as the “exposure triangle”.This video was first shared on Adorama’s YouTube Channel. Thanks for sharing guys!As the video states increased ISO numbers have historically been associated with increased noise, but new cameras such as the Sony A7S offers incredible performance at high ISO numbers with minimal noise. So who knows, maybe in the future ISO is going to go the way of the dinosaurs, or the DV tape for that matter.If you want to be a real master at exposing your images be sure to read up on ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture, here on the Premiumbeat Blog.Have any tips for working with ISO? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

first_imgKitten Rescue will hold its 8th annual “Furball at the Skirball” fundraiser on Saturday, September 10th.Hosted by actor and activist Billy McNamara, Kitten Rescue will honor Gloria and Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) with their Advocacy Award. Celebrity guests include Tricia Helfer, Jackson Galaxy and Bonnie-Jill Laflin. The evening supports the organization’s efforts to rescue, rehabilitate and place homeless animals into loving homes, with a special focus on raising funds for their new Kitten Nursery.Tickets are priced at $150 and include an open bar, appetizers, an elegant plant-based dinner, live entertainment, a silent auction, awards and video presentations.“The main focus of this year’s event is to raise funds for the Kitten Rescue Nursery,’” said Sandra Harrison of Kitten Rescue “The Kitten Rescue Nursery is dedicated to saving the most helpless victims of the homeless cat cirsis- orphaned, unweaned kittens. While the Kitten Nursery has increased our lifesaving ability, it has also doubled our operating budget, making our need for funds greater than ever.”Now in its 8th year, “Furball at the Skirball” has become one of Los Angeles’ most prominent fundraisers for homeless animals. Last year’s event raised $55,000 to help Kitten Rescue launch their Journey Home Transport Program and pay for much needed medical care for rescued cats.The festivities take place at 6 p.m., Saturday, September 10th at the Skirball Center’s Ahmanson Hall. Tickets may be purchased here.Kitten Rescue is a non-profit, no kill, cat rescue organization based in Los Angeles, dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of homeless animals since 1997.For further information, please visit www.kittenrescue.org.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – Under fire for the worst privacy debacle in his company’s history, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg batted away often-aggressive questioning Tuesday from lawmakers who accused him of failing to protect the personal information of millions of Americans from Russians intent on upsetting the U.S. election.During some five hours of Senate questioning, Zuckerberg apologized several times for Facebook failures, disclosed that his company was “working with” special counsel Robert Mueller in the federal probe of Russian election interference and said it was working hard to change its own operations after the harvesting of users’ private data by a data-mining company affiliated with Donald Trump’s campaign.Seemingly unimpressed, Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota said Zuckerberg’s company had a 14-year history of apologizing for “ill-advised decisions” related to user privacy. “How is today’s apology different?” Thune asked.“We have made a lot of mistakes in running the company,” Zuckerberg conceded, and Facebook must work harder at ensuring the tools it creates are used in “good and healthy” ways.The controversy has brought a flood of bad publicity and sent the company’s stock value plunging, but Zuckerberg seemed to achieve a measure of success in countering that: Facebook shares surged 4.5 per cent for the day, the biggest gain in two years.In all, he skated largely unharmed through his first day of congressional testimony. He’ll face House questioners Wednesday.The 33-year-old founder of the world’s best-known social media giant appeared in a suit and tie, a departure from the T-shirt he’s famous for wearing in public as well as in private. Even so, his youth cast a sharp contrast with his often-elderly, grey-haired Senate inquisitors. And the enormous complexity of the social network he created at times defeated the attempts of legislators to hammer him on Facebook’s specific failures and how to fix them.The stakes are high for both Zuckerberg and his company. Facebook has been reeling from its worst-ever privacy failure following revelations last month that the political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which was affiliated with Trump’s 2016 campaign, improperly scooped up data on some 87 million users. Zuckerberg has been on an apology tour for most of the past two weeks, culminating in his congressional appearance Tuesday.Although shaky at times, Zuckerberg seemed to gain confidence as the day progressed. An iconic figure as a billionaire entrepreneur who changed the way people around the world relate to each other, he made a point of repeatedly referring back to the Harvard dorm room where he said Facebook was brought to life.At times, he showed plenty of steel. After a round of aggressive questioning about Facebook’s alleged political bias from Sen. Ted Cruz, for instance, Zuckerberg grinned and almost chuckled. “That was pretty good,” he said of the exchange with Cruz.For the most part, his careful but generally straightforward answers, steeped in the sometimes arcane details of Facebook’s underlying functions, often deflected aggressive questioning. When the going got tough, Zuckerberg was able to fall back on: “Our team should follow up with you on that, Senator.”As a result, he found it relatively easy to return to familiar talking points: Facebook made mistakes, he and his executives are very sorry, and they’re working very hard to correct the problems and safeguard the users’ data.As for the federal Russia probe that has occupied much of Washington’s attention for months, he said he had not been interviewed by special counsel Mueller’s team, but “I know we’re working with them.” He offered no details, citing a concern about confidentiality rules of the investigation.Earlier this year Mueller charged 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies in a plot to interfere in the 2016 presidential election through a social media propaganda effort that included online ad purchases using U.S. aliases and politicking on U.S. soil. A number of the Russian ads were on Facebook.Much of the effort was aimed at denigrating Democrat Hillary Clinton and thereby helping Republican Trump, or simply encouraging divisiveness and undercutting faith in the U.S. system.Zuckerberg said Facebook had been led to believe Cambridge Analytica had deleted the user data it had harvested and that had been “clearly a mistake.” He said Facebook had considered the data collection “a closed case” and had not alerted the Federal Trade Commission. He assured senators the company would handle the situation differently today.Separately, the company began alerting some of its users that their data was gathered by Cambridge Analytica. A notification that appeared on Facebook for some users Tuesday told them that “one of your friends” used Facebook to log into a now-banned personality quiz app called “This Is Your Digital Life.” The notice says the app misused the information, including public profiles, page likes, birthdays and current cities, by sharing it with Cambridge Analytica.In the hearings, Zuckerberg is trying to both restore public trust in his company and stave off federal regulations that some lawmakers have floated.Democrat Bill Nelson of Florida said he believes Zuckerberg was taking the congressional hearings seriously “because he knows there is going to be a hard look at regulation.”Republicans have yet to get behind any legislation, but that could change.Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked Zuckerberg if he would be willing to work with lawmakers to examine what “regulations you think are necessary in your industry.”Absolutely, Zuckerberg responded, saying later in an exchange with Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, that “I’m not the type of person who thinks that all regulation is bad.”Ahead of the hearing, John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said, “This is a serious matter, and I think people expect us to take action.”At the hearing, Zuckerberg said: “We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”He outlined steps the company has taken to restrict outsiders’ access to people’s personal information. He also said the company is investigating every app that had access to a large amount of information before the company moved to prevent such access in 2014 — actions that came too late in the Cambridge Analytica case.___Associated Press writers Richard Lardner and Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report. Ortutay reported from New York. Hamilton reported from San Francisco.___For complete coverage of the Facebook privacy scandal, visit https://apnews.com/tag/FacebookPrivacyScandallast_img read more

first_imgThe Rangers footballer believes the UEFA Europa League is the best tournament for a young player to showcase his talents21-year-old English winger Ryan Kent was loaned from English Premier League side Liverpool to Scottish Premiership club Rangers and the youngster is ready to prove himself.He signed his first professional contract with Liverpool in 2015, but he hasn’t appeared for The Reds, instead of getting loaned to five different teams already.But after four games with Rangers and one goal, he believes he is ready for the UEFA Europea League competition.“After putting four past Dundee today, we are going to Thursday’s game with a lot of confidence,” Kent told The Daily Star.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“We have warranted and deserved to get to where we are in the group stages, so we go there with a lot of confidence and we will enjoy the game.”“It is the perfect stage for a young player to really put himself up against top quality players across Europe,” he added.“It is a big stage and one I am really relishing and looking forward to.”“I think my performances have been getting gradually better, and it helped today getting my first goal for Rangers, so that was a bonus as well topped-off with a good result,” he continued.“The goal meant a lot to me as it is the first goal I have scored in a while. I have been knocking on the door and finally, I have broken through. Hopefully, I can kick on and get a few more.”last_img read more