H-DNL football: Ferndale thumps Arcata 27-6, secures share of Little 4 title

first_imgLandon Gomes delivered touchdown returns on special teams and defense and Colson Renner and Dominic Regli led a defensive line which spent most of the afternoon camped out in the Tigers’ backfield backfield as Ferndale High clinched its first share of a Little 4 championship since 2013 with a 27-6 win over last year’s conference champs, Arcata High, Saturday afternoon at Coach Carlson Wildcat Field.Ferndale (6-2, 4-0) can lock up its first outright conference title since 2012 with a win in …last_img read more

Energy centres to power rural SA

first_imgQunu in the OR Tambo District Municipality is one of the areas in South Africa with an electrification backlog and the IEC initiative makes sure the people of the district have a source of energy. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) An Integrated Energy Centre (IEC), recently established in Qunu in the Eastern Cape, will hopefully broaden access to power in the rural village and address poverty in the region. The centre is a one-stop energy hub owned and operated by the local community. It provides safe and sustainable sources of energy and gives villagers information on how to handle and utilise them.Launched on 14 January 2011 by Sasol and the Department of Energy, the IEC will supply locals with paraffin, diesel, petrol, gas burner stoves and solar-powered devices.With the centre close by, villagers will no longer have to walk vast distances to source their energy, mostly in the form of paraffin and candles. There are still parts of the region that lack access to electricity.The centre, which cost R8-million (US$1.2-million) to establish, forms part of Sasol’s R20-million (US$2.9-million) drive to set up energy hubs in disadvantaged areas. Similar plants have been built in Limpopo, Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and North West.At the Qunu launch, Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters said: “Last week the president stressed the need for us to focus very strongly on job creation. We believe that this IEC and the local enterprises that it could support will create the necessary jobs in this area.“The Qunu IEC is the first one to be linked to a library to ensure that information is accessible to local people. This would be enhanced by access to more information via the internet connected to the computers on site,” added Peters.The IEC also has an information centre and community room that can be used by people living in the area.Sasol media manager Nothemba Noruwana said: “The aim of these centres is also to inject profits back into the community by building schools, clinics and various other projects.”The IECs also have a village vendor network consisting of women and youngsters who go out and sell the energy products to people living further away from the centre so their travel costs are minimised.Mandela’s place of birthQunu is the birthplace of the first democratically elected president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. In his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela describes Qunu as the place in which he spent most of his happiest moments as a child.Peters said: “The department has embarked on a special intervention to try and accelerate the electrification programme in the area. Funds are being allocated directly to the municipality to undertake electrification in Eskom’s area of supply.”Eskom is South Africa’s national electricity utility.“In the Qunu area, 300 connections were completed in December 2010 and a further 300 households will be connected by the end of January 2011. There is a backlog of 179 318 houses without electricity … the challenge for the department will be to ensure that sufficient funding is allocated in the following years so that the universal access is achieved by 2014,” added Peters.Petroleum giantSasol is an energy and chemicals company which uses coal to produce petrol and gas.It was established in 1950 and today operates in more than 30 countries with about 35 000 employees.The company also sponsors various sporting teams and artistic and organisational events such as South Africa’s national rugby team, the Springboks; Banyana Banyana, South Africa’s national women’s football team; the annual Sasol Rally; the Sasol New Signatures art competition; the Black Tie Ensemble and the South African Youth orchestra.Sasol is listed on the Johannesburg and New York stock exchanges.The petrochemical company offers a bursary scheme which enables students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study engineering, science and commerce.last_img read more

Team SA’s Commonwealth Games medal hunt begins

first_img24 July 2014South Africa begins its medals hunt at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Thursday, with Richard Murray the country’s first serious medal contender in the individual triathlon taking place at Strathcylde Park in the afternoon.The 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run event is one of 57 events across nine sports in which Team South Africa athletes will compete in on day one.Hockey, badminton, and lawn bowls commence with their preliminary rounds, while there are medal competitions that will be finalised by the end of the day in judo, rhythmic gymnastics, weightlifting, cycling, swimming and triathlon.South African triathletesEngland’s Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee, the Olympic gold medallist, sandwich Murray in the triathlon’s starting line-up of 47 competitors that also includes South Africans Henri Schoeman and 21-year-old Wian Sullwald.Schoeman and Sullwald are strong swimmers and can be expected to go out with the lead bunch, but will be hoping also to pull Murray, in the weakest of his three disciplines, as close to the lead bunch as possible.‘A difficult call’“It’s a difficult call as to how much they assist,” Lindsey Parry, the coach and manager of the five-triathlete team, said in a statement on Wednesday.“Staying too far off pace risks us having no one in the lead bunch, but if they go on their own they could leave Richard too far behind to make the jump in the cycle.“It’s probably more about them not sharing the lead and slowing the race by what they don’t do,” Parry, who believes Murray is capable of beating the Browlee brothers in the run, reckoned.‘Murray’s a very good runner’The Englishmen know they have to leave Murray from the gun. “Murray’s a very good runner,” warned Jonathan. “He’s beaten me twice this year, and was a world duathlon champion as a junior.“He’s not the best swimmer, but he’s improved. But if he swims a minute down, which he may well do, you might not see him at the front of the race.”GoalMurray is motivated and focused on winning South Africa’s first medal. “If I’m off the podium, I’ll be disappointed,” said the Cape-based triathlete.“It’s a hard course. We are going to have to work hard on the cycle. With so many shall steep climbs, the legs will get a pounding, which will impact on the run. That could work for me.”SwimmingSwimming, which is expected to be a major medal earner for Team South Africa, begins on Thursday, with Myles Brown the first out of the blocks at 11:50 (South African time) in the 400m freestyle and one of around 10 medal potentials in the pool.Karin Prinsloo, Roland Schoeman, and Chad le Clos, who South Africa are relying on for medals, will also commence their campaigns and there is an outside chance of a medal in the women’s relays.Good form“The girls, in particular, have been swimming faster than expected with slick changeovers in the relay,” said coach Wayne Riddin, who feels nine to 10 medals is a fair ask of the team.“We have the experienced swimmers here and importantly they will help the youngsters, who really need to gain the experience [for the Rio Olympics],” Riddin said.“My biggest concern is that we focus too much on the medals and not on the times,” he added. “It’s normally better to focus on the time. The medals then come. We mustn’t get caught up in the pressure.”Olympic gold medallist Cameron van der Burgh will begin his bid for two individual breaststroke gold medals and some relay hardware on Friday.Women’s hockeyThe women’s hockey team is expected to score a comfortable victory in their preliminary match against Trinidad and Tobago, as Marsha Cox and her teammates work their way towards a place in the knockout section of the competition.“We should be able to get the points tomorrow (Thursday) against Trinidad, but New Zealand and Canada will be tough matches,” Cox reckoned.“We can never really be sure what’s coming when you play India, so that’s going to be a key match. We would hope to make it to at least the semi-finals. That’s realistic.”Medal targetIn June, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) President Gideon Sam set a target of 43 medals for Team South Africa. That would be an improvement of 10 medals over the team’s performance four years ago at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

AJ Baltes, July 9

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We had a few problems with test weight but it has only been a few guys. Wheat has been averaging around 60 bushels and mostly the test weight has been good. There was quite a bit of straw out there.We didn’t want the rain before, but now we need it. We are getting pretty dry. Last week some places got an inch to an inch and a half and we had some places that didn’t get any. There is a chance of rain tomorrow and another chance this weekend so hopefully we get some out of that. About two weeks ago it switched over to a dry pattern, right before it got really hot and humid. The shorter corn on top of the hills is starting to roll a little. The early-planted corn has not really been affected yet. I think it has a better root system on it.We are done with the first cutting of hay but we have a little bit of custom work to do. Some guys are done with second cutting if they have alfalfa out, but the guys with a lot of grass hay out will probably finish up their first cutting this week. I’ve baled first cutting before at the end of August.There are some bare spots in the corn fields where it just didn’t come up from the wet weather. One neighbor has some corn ready to tassel and then some that is knee high too. I feel like corn chopping season is going to be a long one this year because they will have the early corn to get off and then they’ll have to wait a while for the rest of it. There are some beans above knee high and starting to canopy and there are some beans three or four inches tall. There are some guys still putting their first bean crop in this week.We are getting the cover crop seeded into the corn right now. We go through with a three-point spreader on the back of the tractor. The last of the corn is still short enough that we can get over it with that. If we can’t inter-seed the corn we will just take the corn off a little wetter and seed rye in the fall.Today it is getting close to 90 and then it is supposed to cool back off a little bit in the middle of the week.last_img read more

Effectively Using Music to Enhance Corporate Videos

first_imgDiscover how and why royalty free music increases the engagement of your corporate and training video audience!Images via Shutterstock.Video is fast becoming the go-to way for training both employees and students. This method is becoming increasingly common due to the growing acceptance of distance learning and other non-traditional educational techniques in schools and the workplace. If you’re a video editor, producer, or educator that’s been tasked with creating such a project, you should know that the one factor that sets the best video training apart is the use of background music. This is true for the following reasons:1. Music Engages the Brain on Both Conscious and Subconscious LevelsThis is a truth that has long been recognized by advertisers, entertainers, and even politicians. Getting the trainee to engage the material in the video is the first and most essential step to an effective training experience.2. Music Sets the Tempo for the PresentationStudies show that students learn new material better when it is presented with a mildly upbeat, mid-tempo piece of music playing in the background. Classical music has been extensively studied in this regard. Other forms are effective as well, like softer forms of jazz.3. Music Signals Transition PointsIn order to convey any body of knowledge effectively, it must first be divided into categories or steps. Whenever this occurs, the mind of the learner must shift gears. Switching the video’s background music at those points facilitates this change without distracting the learner, guiding them through the learning process seamlessly and effectively.4. Music Both Relaxes and Focuses the BrainThis is, of course, highly dependent on the tracks used. Nobody is suggesting that Excel is best learned with heavy metal thundering over the instructor’s voice! However, studies have shown that properly selected musical pieces do have a conducive effect on the learning process.Royalty free music is a quick and inexpensive way to enhance your corporate and training videos. Check out PremiumBeat’s extensive library of royalty free corporate tracks and let us know if we can help you find the perfect track for your video project!last_img read more

How The Spurs Turned It Around

According to our projections, the San Antonio Spurs currently have an 87 percent chance to make their 22nd consecutive playoff appearance. But only two months ago, our projections gave them just a 4 percent chance of making the postseason while they were struggling with new players and a bad defense. In the video above, Chris Herring walks through what’s changed for San Antonio and where things stand for the franchise as we march toward the playoffs.

Former US Attorney Charles LaBella on the Hunter investigation

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter August 27, 2018 Posted: August 27, 2018 Steve Bosh 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Congressman Duncan D. Hunter has vowed to fight the criminal indictment charging he and his wife with violating campaign laws.What will be his defense at trial?Former US Attorney Charles LaBella spent 24 years in the Department of Justice, he says some key issues for the defense include the timing of the indictment, what campaign funds are personal, what are political, and is the US Attorney’s Office guilty of a conflict of interest.The timing is politically suspect. It’s often difficult to determine which funds are personal, which are political, and the case may be turned over to another US Attorney’s Office because of a potential conflict of interest after three prosecutors attended a Hillary Clinton fundraiser while pushing the investigation.KUSI’s Steve Bosh has the details: Former US Attorney Charles LaBella on the Hunter investigation Steve Bosh, last_img read more