first_imgSalem >> Former Red Bluff and Mercy high school golfers Peter Mitzel and Steven Rodriguez were named to the 1st Team All Conference golfing for Willamette University last season, based on points garnered in both fall and spring seasons.Mitzel finished second in the Northwest Conference spring tournament at Sunriver, Oregon in April, shooting a 71-72 for 143 gross. Rodriguez carded 75-74 for 149 gross and seventh overall. For the season, Mitzel and Rodriguez finished second and third …last_img

first_imgSome of Canada’s biggest names were at NBA Finals Game 5. The country was on the verge of getting its first NBA championship.It all starts with Drake, who wore a more subdued and less trollish outfit. Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky was also on hand. Two female sports stars golfer Michelle Wie and tennis player Eugenie Bouchard sat courtside. One of the most famous Raptors players Vince Carter represented his old team.During the breaks in the contest, Torey Lanez and Baka Not Nice performed for …last_img

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hot, dry weather prevailed last week creating good harvesting conditions, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending August 4. Topsoil moisture was getting very short and crops were showing signs of stress due to the lack of moisture. Corn and soybeans needed rain to improve condition and growth rate. Winter wheat harvest was nearly complete. Many producers were planting late cover crops. Oat harvest moved steadily and was only slightly behind the five-year average. Hay making continued last week with some producers able to get a third cutting where regrowth was more evident. Mowing, manure applications, and spraying activities continued last week. Weed control was more necessary in some fields.Click here to read the full report.last_img read more

first_imgMany smart grid details are still being worked outThe Supreme Court ruling enables the creation of new services, such as selling home battery power back to the grid. But the business models for many innovative smart grid technologies are still being worked out, and it still isn’t clear what a sustainable business model looks like. Prices in electricity markets, for example, have been in a slump for years thanks to cheap natural gas, which makes it more difficult to earn money selling electricity services.The ruling also does not mean the end of all tensions between state and federal regulations. States may still be able to prohibit or limit participation in demand response markets.Community solar, for example, may be able to sell into power markets in theory, but in practice much still depends on the rules governing how solar power is metered when connected to the grid. Those rules, still firmly in the hands of the states, have become more restrictive in some places in recent years.So by ruling for FERC, the Supreme Court did not kill the smart grid, as some people had feared. But it will take more than a single sweeping ruling to completely save it. Getting paid to save energyThe FERC rule allows homes and businesses to get paid for energy conservation when demand on the power grid is very high, a practice known in the electricity business as demand response. Demand response has been around for years even before the case was heard by the Supreme Court, and has been credited with keeping power costs down and even with avoiding blackouts. Microgrids and community solarWhile demand response has been controversial, it has (alongside the rest of the smart grid) undoubtedly paved the way for a burst of innovative technologies, practices and business models, the likes of which the electricity sector has not seen in many decades.Electric vehicles, the wi-fi connected thermostat, Tesla’s distributed battery system, and the automated response of household appliances in reaction to conditions on the grid are among the potentially game-changing solutions to the grid’s many challenges — and all have the potential to do the job better and more cheaply than large power plants or batteries.My home state of Pennsylvania is but one example. A number of companies that coordinate demand response have sprung up in southeastern Pennsylvania and neighboring New Jersey.For instance, the Philadelphia subway system is now capturing energy from braking and storing it in batteries for reuse or resale on the wholesale energy markets. The city’s electric utility, PECO, is looking into developing micro-grids for local power supply and distribution. (Full disclosure: I have been involved in a number of projects related to demand response, smart grids, and micro-grids through my university employer, Penn State, and the Microgrid Systems Laboratory.)So it would now seem to be all systems go for demand response, electric vehicles, rooftop solar, and Tesla’s home battery system. But the irony of the ruling is that it may actually have muddied the waters, even when the sweeping language in the ruling suggests the opposite. RELATED ARTICLES Will the Supreme Court Kill the Smart Grid?The New ‘Smart’ GridTesla Will Sell Home BatteriesThe Smart Meter: Friend or Foe?Older Americans and the Smart GridGet Ready for Smart AppliancesOntario to Yank Some Smart MetersIn Nevada, Calls for a Smart Meter ProbeWhen Customers Challenge the Wisdom of Smart MetersFinding the Smartest Use for Smart MetersSmart Meter SmackdownThe Smart Meter’s Contentious Opponents Awkward analogies in an effort to explainDuring oral arguments in October last year, the attorneys arguing on behalf of the FERC sometimes struggled to explain the workings of the power grid and the markets that have been created in the wake of electricity deregulation in the 1990s.A host of awkward analogies, from sports cars to hamburger stands, were used on all sides. At the end of arguments, it seemed that the FERC had won some points and opponents of demand response some others, but ultimately, that confusion had prevailed.Some months ago, I argued that this case has hugely broad implications for the electricity business, particularly for innovation, that go far beyond demand response. Indeed, the majority opinion, authored by Justice Kagan, seemed at times very sweeping.During arguments, power generators complained that FERC simply did not have the jurisdiction to set up a market for demand response. The Federal Power Act suggests that the portion of the grid that distributes power to homes and businesses, rather than high-voltage transmission lines that transport power long distances, is the jurisdiction of the states. On this point, the message from the court was pretty clear: FERC has the authority to make the rules for deregulated electricity markets, and it can be as permissive or restrictive as it sees fit in determining who gets to participate in those markets.As a result, the ruling seems to put the federal government in the driver’s seat over modernizing the power grid, at least in the 70 percent of the U.S. where deregulated regional electricity markets are now the norm and have been for nearly two decades.Get paid to reduce electricity demand? Use on-site generators to supplement the grid during hot summer days? Allow community solar and energy storage to earn the same market price as natural gas or nuclear power generators? The Supreme Court has now opened the door to all of this. A smarter grid, here we come!center_img Seth Blumsack is an associate professor at Pennsylvania State University. This post originally appeared at The Conversation. In a surprising 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court upheld a controversial energy conservation rule from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency that regulates interstate electricity sales.The rule was one of those arcane pieces of federal policy so complex that even attorneys arguing for and against had difficulty explaining it. Yet this particular decision by the court is one of the most important in the energy world for many years — not because it upheld a particular FERC rule but because the decision seems to tip the balance of power on electricity policy toward the federal government and away from the states.The breadth of this decision paves the way for a host of new technologies and business models that seem poised to disrupt the usually staid business of electric utilities and usher in a more technologically advanced power grid. At the same time, the ruling sidestepped a number of thorny questions at the heart of state versus federal control over the power grid. For example, on hot summer afternoons when the air conditioner load soars, consumers and businesses can sign up for utility programs to turn up thermostats for short periods and, in return, receive a rebate. By arranging to consume less power during those critical times, grid operators can avoid purchasing costly power from very polluting generators.Critics of the practice have complained that payments in the demand response market have been so lucrative as to amount to a major subsidy for electricity users, one that has eroded the profits of power plants to the point where (ironically) the reliability of the grid may eventually be threatened. The decision issued last month, and the margin by which FERC’s demand response rules were upheld, came therefore as something of a surprise.last_img read more

first_imgDaddy’s Home by Robert Couse-Baker , CC BY 2.0The MFLN Family Development Early Intervention team recently interviewed Christian, the 15 year old son of an Army soldier, for his thoughts on being a military child.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.What are some of your favorite memories as a military child? Some of my favorite memories are the places I visited when we moved and the people we met. I have been to more countries than most kids will see in their lives. I also have friends living all over the world.What, if anything, has been challenging?One thing that has been challenging is the fact that you have to move frequently. Whenever you move, you have to start all over and make new friends. Another challenging thing is that sometimes I don’t get to see my dad for long periods of time. Sometimes he has been gone for as little as 4 months and sometimes as much as 15 months at a time.Has your parent deployed while you were a child? How frequently?My dad has been deployed seven times. He was sometimes home for just a few months between deployments and sometimes home for a least a year.If so…What did your parent(s) tell you about their deployment? They told me that my dad was going to go away for a long time because of the Army. As I got older I began to understand that he would be far away with limited contact and that he was going to be away for a long time.How far in advance were you informed? I was informed around the same time that my dad found out he was deploying. My parents would tell my sisters and me well before he left.What would you suggest to other parents that need to prepare their children for an impending deployment? I would tell other parents that they should tell their kids about the deployment as soon as they know, and that they should tell them as much about it as their child can handle.How can parents support their children through all phases of a deployment (pre, during, and post)? Before my dad’s deployments he would spend a whole day with us. For example, he and I spent a whole day going to a hockey game. I would also say to parents that they should have a plan to incorporate little things during the deployment. When I was younger my mom and dad made Build-A-Bears for us with a message from my dad that he recorded before the deployment. We always go on family vacations after he gets home.  We went to Hilton Head after a deployment and to the North Carolina mountains after another deployment.  We are able to relax and enjoy time with just the five of us.Have you moved frequently? If so, what strategies do you use to get used to your new “home” and make new friends? What recommendations do you have for adults to help military children through these transitions?I have moved a total of seven times. To help me get used to a new home I always try to meet new neighbors and play outside with them as soon as possible.  I also get involved with sports and try to start team practices and camps soon after we move. This helps because then I have people I know when I start at a new school. One recommendation that I have is be open to meeting new people. Another is that sports can help you adjust to a new location. One of my favorite things to do is to play sports so I meet a lot of friends through the sports I play.What are some of the things your teachers have done for you at school that has helped you adjust/cope with military family life?My teachers have made sure to introduce me to the military family life counselor (MFLC) at our school. They made sure that I knew there was someone I could always talk to if I had concerns about my dad.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and YouTube.last_img read more

first_imgWhat do you do when you have so many camera angles that the multi-camera monitor is no longer a viable option? Make sure you’re always choosing the best shot possible with this unconventional workaround in Premiere Pro.When working with projects such as single-camera music videos with performance footage and a narrative element, it’s easy to suddenly be dealing with something like thirty camera angles. At that point using the traditional multi-camera monitor may not be a viable solution, either because your computer can’t handle that many streams without the need of very low-resolution proxies or simply because keeping track of that many thumbnails is very difficult. The process explained in the video below could be the solution you’re looking for. (If you’re following the step-by-step walkthrough below the video, click on the images to enlarge them in a new tab.)1. Synchronize your footage in a new sequence with a separate track for each angle in the video.Whether it’s performance footage or a narrative storyline, the first step is very similar to a common approach to creating a traditional multi-camera workflow. As you can see in the image above, there’s a huge number of angles to deal with in this particular example.2. Color code groups of tracks that relate to each other so it will be easy to identify them later in the process.Right-click on each clip in the timeline and select Label to change its color. See the image above for an example.3. Use the Target Track feature to use this particular approach.Turn off the V1 Target Track by clicking the highlighted V1 to the left of Video Track 1. Create a new track at the top of all of your clips and name it Print Track. To target this track, make sure that you click on the V32 (or whatever number coincides with your number of tracks).This means that anything you paste or insert will go directly to this track. Since your Print Track is at the top of the order in your timeline, anything that appears on that track will be seen in the Program window.4. Use the Toggle Track buttons to the left of each clip to temporarily make a track viewable in the Program Monitor.Remember that whatever track is highest in the stack of tracks in your timeline will be viewable as long as the Track Output is enabled. So to see Video Track 1, for example, you would need to turn off each Track Output above it.5. Now that you’ve targeted the Print Track, anything you paste will appear anywhere the playhead is located. By using the razor blade (Quick Key: C), arrow (Quick Key: V), and the rolling edit tool (Quick Key: N) in conjunction with the copy and paste commands (Quick Keys: Command+C and Command+V), you can now begin selecting segments from any of your tracks.Additionally, you can use the up and down arrows to quickly snap the playhead to the beginning or ending of any clip located on the Print Track. This will be very useful when you can’t see the Print Track when choosing content from the lower tracks in your sequence. Pushing the up-arrow key moves backwards in time while the down-arrow key moves you forward in time.6. Choose your opening shot and let it play until you’re ready to switch to a different angle. Once the shot is complete, make a cut using the razor blade tool, switch to the arrow tool to select the clip, and hit the up arrow to return to the start of the sequence. (If your clip has empty space between it and 00:00:00:00, then position the playhead at the clip start for this first clip.) Next, hit Command +C to copy and Command +V to paste.You should now see a copy of the clip in the same point in time on the targeted Print Track. Continue in this manner until you’ve completed your edit.Results: Everything on the Print Track will now reflect your edits and will play back with ease even on a modest system. This method is time-consuming, but it can be a great solution once you’re able to use the quick-key commands without thinking. I’ve used this method in several scenarios:1.  When there wasn’t disk space or time to make proxies of a very large project.2.  When there were too many camera angles, and flipping between multiple pages in the multi-camera monitor was affecting my edit decisions.3.  When my clients try to edit content for themselves on very modest systems that require so much compression in the proxies that they can no longer tell if the shot is in focus or generally useable.How do you go about editing multi-angle projects? Share your tips in the comments below!last_img read more

first_imgArgentina’s loss to Germany in the FIFA World Cup final on Monday had its effect on social media as well.While overwhelmed Germany supporters celebrated their team’s win, disappointed Argentine fans found solace in the fact that it was able to make it to the finals.Argentina isn’t rioting; cars there are pretending to be tipped over to draw a foul.; Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) July 14, 2014Argentina lost but we still partying.; pizza goddess (@rowseeyo) July 14, 2014Cutting these onions and crying like a 13 year old Argentinian boy at the World Cup. Peter Gilroy (@petergilroy) July 14, 2014Marking Argentina’s heartbreaking loss by watching equally grim TV shows.; Edmond Ortiz (@satscribe) July 14, 2014as consolation for their loss, argentina can have an extra hour in the ball pit aneesha (@ane3sha) July 13, 2014The best extra weight we’ve ever carried! (@lufthansa) July 13, 2014During the final World Cup match, more than 32.1 million tweets were sent out about the game between Germany and Argentina. Nearly 5.6 lakh tweets were sent out per minute as Germany’s Mario Gotze scored the winning goal.Lionel Messi had his own followers tweeting up a storm with nearly 4 lakh tweets when he was awarded the Golden Ball and declared Best player of the tournament.Here is a heat map of how fans reacted on twitter through the match:Mario Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to a few moments of individual skill.It was a goal that gave Germany its fourth World Cup title in its eighth final, and left Argentina star Lionel Messi still walking in the shadow of his compatriot Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 title.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBoston Market hosted an event last week at the company’s North Arlington, N.J., restaurant with professional skateboarder, television star and philanthropist Ryan Sheckler.Boston Market CEO George Michel (A.K.A. The Big Chicken) presents a $10,000 check to pro skateboarder Ryan Sheckler at Boston MarketCredit/Copyright: Charles Sykes/Invision for Boston Market/AP ImagesA loyalist of the home-style restaurant chain, Sheckler met with excited fans, signed autographs and accepted a $10,000 donation from Boston Market to The Sheckler Foundation, which helps enrich the lives of children and injured action sports athletes. Event attendees were treated to popular menu items and soft drinks, courtesy of Boston Market.Boston Market CEO George Michel (A.K.A. The Big Chicken) and pro skateboarder Ryan Sheckler enjoy lunch at Boston MarketCredit/Copyright: Charles Sykes/Invision for Boston Market/AP ImagesSince becoming the 2012 “Unofficial Sponsor of Summer” in June, Boston Market has placed an emphasis on living an active lifestyle through summer promotions that paid homage to major sporting events and the athlete in everyone. Last week’s event with Ryan Sheckler will serve as the culmination of Boston Market’s summer 2012 campaign.Ryan Sheckler meets with fans Jake Cooke, left, and Kyle Cooke at Boston MarketCredit/Copyright: Charles Sykes/Invision for Boston Market/AP ImagesSheckler’s appearance attracted hundreds of customers into the North Arlington location along with other well-known skateboarders. The event was packed full of fans and skateboarding enthusiasts alike who met with Sheckler and participated in fun guest giveaways. George “The Big Chicken” Michel, CEO of Boston Market, presented the donation to The Sheckler Foundation on behalf of his organization.“Ryan’s dedication to his charity and his passion for Boston Market made him the ideal host for today’s event,” said George Michel, CEO of Boston Market. “Not only is he a legend in the skateboarding world, but he has found the time to give back to those in need as well. Boston Market is proud to support Ryan’s organization and offer quality food with great service to our guests.”A Boston Market regular who was recently quoted in a national publication declaring his ideal last meal would be from Boston Market, Sheckler said, “Boston Market is one of my favorite places to sit back and enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family. Today was a huge step forward for my charity. With Boston Market’s donation, we hope to help the many injured action sports athletes on their road to recovery.”At the conclusion of the event, Ryan presented George Michel with a custom, autographed skateboard to thank Boston Market for its generous donation to The Sheckler Foundation.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A renowned Canadian pianist will be coming to play in the Peace Region this May.Piano Six – New Generation artist, Angela Park, will be making a stop in Fort St. John as part of a spring tour.Park will be making a stop in Fort St. John on May 13 and 14 playing four school concerts at Margaret Ma Murray, Robert Ogilvie, Duncan Cran, and at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Prior to the Fort St. John Concert, Daniel Wnukowski, will be playing in Fort Nelson on May 9 & 10 at the Phoenix Theatre.Originally founded in 1994, Piano Six creates live classical music events featuring six of Canada’s finest musical talent, bringing concerts to remote and rural parts of the country.For more information on the concerts, you can visit

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Engineers India Ltd (EIL) Wednesday said it has signed an agreement to provide project management consultancy for a new 1.5 million tonne refinery being set up in Mongolia. The pact was signed with Mongol Refinery State Owned LLC, the company said in a statement here. The contract was signed in the presence of D Sumyaabazar, Minister of Mining and Heavy Industry of Mongolia. India had extended a USD 1 billion (about Rs 7,000 crore) line of credit to Mongolia during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015. The Mongolian government is in the process to set up 1.5 million tonne per annum greenfield crude oil refinery in Sainshand province, under the line of credit extended by India. EIL had carried out a Detailed Feasibility Study for the project and was subsequently pre-qualified and shortlisted for providing project management consultancy services to Mongol Refinery for the project.last_img read more