NORWF to hear 9/11 Memorial update

first_img TAGSChristian LamphereNorthwest Orange Republican Women FederatedNORWFPatty Redlich Previous articleAPD Officer a SWAT team member during Pulse shootingsNext articleNew Solar Co-op Hopes to Shine in Orange County Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear The Northwest Orange Republican Women Federated Club (NORWF), will meet Thursday August 18, 2016, at Errol Estate, is excited to announce and present three guest speakers for their meeting program.Christian Lamphere, local Scout and candidate for Eagle Scout, will give an update of his Eagle Scout Project, the building of a 9/11 Memorial for the City of Apopka.Patty Redlich, Orange County’s State Committeewoman for the RPOF, will present an update of State Republican activities and possible locations sites of the Local RPOF Headquarters. Mrs. Redlich, a past president of NORWF and long-time Republican activist, will also be discussing the duties of a State Committeewoman.Finally, Dirk Vanderpool from RPOF, will be on hand to discuss Republican Elections activities like Get Out the Vote and building quality volunteer groups throughout Florida. RPOF is a statewide organization and the official one for Republicans in Florida. Mr. Vanderpool, a native Floridian , graduated from Seminole State College and is currently pursuing his degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida. A life-long conservative, Mr. Vanderpool has worked on the campaigns of Congressman John Mica and Florida’s District 7 State Representative Bob Cortes.The NORWF Lunch meeting is scheduled for Thursday August 18th 2016, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. At the Errol Estate Golf and Country Club, 1355 Errol Parkway, Apopka, FL 32712. Cost is $20.00 (includes lunch) with reservation and $25.00 without a reservation. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is limited seating so please make your reservation now. Deadline for reservations is Tuesday August 16. For more information and reservations, please contact Joyce Hayward at 407-884-7889, or [email protected] Reservations can also be made on NORWF’s website. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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More first home buyers are investing in this community

first_imgGrishma, her mother, and Pradeep Kharel. Photo: SuppliedYoung couples and families looking to buy their first home have their eyes set on Brentwood Forest at Bellbird Park.With property prices in Brisbane predicted to increase again by more than 5 per cent in 2020 the affordability of housing in the central suburbs of Brisbane may become harder to achieve for first home buyers looking to invest in property.Some buyers have found the solution in the outlying suburbs of Greater Brisbane, where the average home price is currently sitting at $528,000 – around $147,000 less than the median price in the Brisbane Local Government Area.AVID Property Group senior development manager Peter MacLeod said the master-planned community had received more inquiries from couples and families looking to buy their first home.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago“We are seeing more couples coming to Brentwood Forest in search of the stability that comes with home ownership – they are looking for a place to start and grow their family,” Mr MacLeod said.Grishma and Pradeep Kharel were renting in inner-city Brisbane when they decided the time was right to invest in their own home. They soon realised an inner-city home was not achievable with their budget and started looking into opportunities further away from the Brisbane CBD. “Before buying our home we had been renting less than 15 minutes from the city, but we couldn’t afford to buy a home there,” Ms Kharel said. “We had been looking at several different areas in the area, but Brentwood Forest in Bellbird Park stood out to us.“Brentwood Forest had great utilities and we actually loved the location – it was only half an hour from the city and close to schools, shopping centres and only a seven-minute drive to Springfield Central.”last_img read more

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Sunday Blog: The most important decision the Wellington City Council will make

first_imgCommentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The six Wellington City Council members and the Mayor just got busy in what most likely will be the most important decision in their elected tenure — finding a new Wellington City Manager.The whole idea of getting a new city manager for Wellington is a bit nerve wracking. I’ve come to observe as a news reporter it is arguably the most important job in Wellington. The city manager not only has to be a CEO of a $28 million a year corporation locally owned by stockholders known as city taxpayers, but he/she has to be an ambassador for Wellington, oversee several department heads, work closely with the county and schools, keep a budget, proceed with economic development, keep abreast of important issues down the pike and be held under a microscope of public scrutiny.He/she is Wellington’s Barack Obama, or George W. Bush for those staunch Republicans out there.I find myself amused with a couple of comments on this website. One suggested we should just hire within or merge two jobs into one like the city manager and the finance manger. Someone else suggested we should hire only a hometown boy, who understands Wellington. I’m thinking we should look under every rock, over every bridge, and even take trips to the no-longer-planet Pluto to find the best candidate for the job.A good city manager is everything to Wellington.A poor city manager is a disaster.If the right person happens to be a hometown boy or someone within the current city of Wellington, I say fine. If it happens to be outside the perimeters of south-central Kansas or even Pluto, I’m fine with that too.Just hire the right guy or gal, council. The town needs it.The City of Wellington is not an easy gig. An abundance of tax revenue is always elusive. There is never enough money for the crumbling roads, a decaying sewer line underneath, or sustainable manpower and equipment to keep up with Mother Nature and her hubby Father Time. Sustainable economic growth that adds to the tax revenue base, rarely comes easy if not at all. While Oak Tree Inn is expanding its lodging because of an influx of railroad business, there is still a desperate need to land a motel/hotel for transient traffic. There is always a need to attract events and sustain those events we currently have so other people can come to the community to spend money.There are the utility rates, and Wellington’s relationship with mammoth utility companies so we can get the best rates possible.There is always that unanswerable question of what the oil industry will do next, whether indeed there are oil reservoirs underneath to tap into. And what position will the city of Wellington take if the oil boys come knocking saying there is?And at the root of everything is water. Do we have enough of it to sustain ourselves and possible future growth? How do we balance business potential, with the need to keep our water supply replenished and safe?Let’s not forget a city manager spends a lot of time trying to keep the electorate happy – especially the city council member who are responsible in your hiring.City managers attend lots of meetings – and meetings not considered meetings.Yep, the city manager job is a daunting job indeed.On the other side, they are corporate CEOS, but paid less. We are basically asking someone to step in to run our $28 million a year operation, who may be paid much, much, MUCH more in the private sector.The pool of good candidates for a city manager position, as it is for any community, is limited. It’s imperative Wellington has a competitive wage to at least compete with other towns of similar size when we do our job search.Then there is the question of philosophy to consider. What type of city manager do we want? In my lifespan at the 67152 address, Wellington has had two city managers with two very different styles.Carl Myers was a conservative by-the-book type in the 1990s and early 2000s, who held the finances in order and was a stickler for detail and conforming to the rules. While Myers was instrumental in getting such city projects completed as downtown renovation, a new aquatic center, etc.; he wasn’t always conducive for progressive business growth. And he was a bit thin skinned.On the other hand, Gus Collins was definitely more business friendly and seemed not to care what you and I thought. I liked that he never carried a grudge when he didn’t like one of my articles. But his gun-slinging ways, occasionally raised more than a few eyebrows from time-to-time. Collins greatest gift was getting people to move forward on projects, building relationships throughout the community, being a city ambassador, and being well spoken. From an economic development standpoint he most certainly will be missed.It will be interesting what transpires over the next six months with this search.I personally like the current condition of the city of Wellington. The city has a firm five year capital improvement plan in place. The city departments appear to be stable and have good working relationships with one another and the public at large.I have never seen a time where the various governmental entities worked more in harmony than at this moment. It was horrible when I first moved here.Best of all, the city has not gotten itself caught up in too many side-tracking controversies as of late other than your usual complaining about taxes, bad roads, roundabout intersections, etc.But periods of peace don’t last long. It takes just one scandal, one setback, one bad argument, one economic collapse to veer a community off course.If I was a going to bet on what will be the most important issue of the next city manager’s tenure, I’m guessing it will be the survival of Sumner Regional Medical Center.It will be up to the new city manager along with SRMC Administrator Leonard Hernandez, the hospital board, the city council and the community at large to figure out a way to make that happen.That new city manager, whomever that may be, has a huge task in front of him/her.Let’s hope the next city manager is the right city manager.Good luck, Wellington City Council. It’s not like I’m putting any pressure on you.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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It would have been nice to have a crystal ball as the committee sorted thru the stack of resumes to pick out candidates to interview. It’s like sitting on a jury, all trying to agree on one outcome. I feel we did a good job with the selection, and wish the new committee all the best. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 328 weeks ago Integrity and character are everything. Good luck to all in this matter of import. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Life is good · 328 weeks ago As with any company the CEO is responcible to the stockholders which is the taxpayers in this case. If we don’t like what he is doing we will fire him. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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Defiant Pochettino proud of Spurs despite Juve collapse

first_imgGonzalo Higuain punished poor Tottenham marking to steer in Juventus’s equaliser and Paulo Dybala bagged the winner three minutes later with a cool finish after splitting the hosts’ poorly-executed offside trap.It was a bitter blow for Tottenham and the loss raised fresh questions about their ability to win major trophies under Pochettino.But, yet to land any silverware with the north Londoners, Pochettino bristled at suggestions Tottenham aren’t mentally strong enough to win on the big occasions.“All this talk is rubbish. At the end it is win or lose. When you assess the game, I think only Tottenham was better for more than 70 minutes,” he said.“If Harry (Kane) scored at the end or we scored twice in the first half, maybe we are talking differently.“I’m happy with my players. We did everything to try to win. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Mauricio Pochettino insisted Tottenham had nothing to be ashamed of after three minutes of madness ended their Champions League challenge in a painful 2-1 defeat against Juventus.Tottenham were on course to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2011 when Son Heung-Min rewarded their first-half dominance with the opening goal at Wembley on Wednesday.After the first leg finished 2-2, Son’s strike put Pochettino’s side ahead on aggregate, but Juventus completely flipped the script in the second leg of the last-16 tie with a stirring second-half fightback. “It was not a lack of experience, not a lack of concentration. How many chances did we concede?“We conceded three chances and they scored twice. We had a lot of chances and only scored one.“We can talk about a lot of situations, but sometimes you need some luck to win.”– Pochettino ‘still ‘a dreamer’ –Pochettino had spoken passionately this week about his dream of making Tottenham one of the best sides in England and Europe.And even surrendering the lead against the Italian champions couldn’t dissuade the Argentine from his belief Tottenham are on the brink of joining Europe’s superpowers.“I feel very proud, we dominated overall against a very good team like Juventus,” he said.center_img “In the two games we were much better, but at this level the tie went to Juventus in three minutes.“I’m disappointed of course but the quality of the team was very good. We showed massive maturity. I’m relaxed and happy.“I’m still a dreamer. When you compete in the Champions League with these clubs you can win or lose. Football is not a nightmare for me.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

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Inside Conditions…Mean-spirited

first_imgAUBREY BRUCE Former University of Pittsburgh basketball star Carl Krauser had encountered some difficulties outside of a Strip District nightclub a few years ago after a night out on the town. A disagreement ensued and Krauser was tasered by police and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and other related charges.The next season, I covered the game between Pitt and Duquesne at the A.J. Palombo Center in Pittsburgh. When Krauser was introduced the student body began to chant taser, taser, and continued to chant and direct this word and other wretched phrases (some too graphic for this old salty dog to write here) at Krauser. Their faces were red with glee. Now this was supposed to be a student body from a Catholic university that generally aspires to create and maintain a higher standard of morals and values.Krauser, who is a native New Yorker, was and is usually thick-skinned when it comes to normal criticism but I saw through his tough inner city façade on that night. I knew that he was in emotional pain. I could see it in his face.Now what makes these ill-advised displays of team loyalty ironic is that most of these students would not “bust a grape” if they were forced to compete on the field or on the court. The majority of these video game, play station playing, fantasy football “standouts” are thoroughbred knuckleheads, spineless and heartless, probably not even possessing one cell of athletic ability. Plus, Terrelle Pryor and the rest of young athletes sanctioned to compete in the NCAA are playing for free so that the profits made by the universities as a result of athletic competition may provide better research labs, computers and other amenities for the percentage of students who are non-athletes. If you think that the tuition to attend college is daunting, imagine what the price of admission would be to walk the halls of the academia at the major universities of America without the cash cow of athletics and the guidance of the “farming overseers” from the NCAA.So the next time any of you zealots want to get low down and dirty when it comes to supporting the home team, think about all of the heads that would be hung down low especially in these perilous economic times without the profits made by nonprofit institutions from the blood, sweat and tears of the young men and women good enough and brave enough to enter and participate in athletic competition.* * *On Monday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Denver Broncos 28-10 at Invesco field in Denver. Don’t be fooled by the score, this was more about Pittsburgh being able to make adjustments.In the first half the Steelers offense amassed just 54 total yards. Their first lead of the game was 7-3 because of a Tyrone Carter interception that he returned for six. But this competition was a statement about who wanted it more. Oh, we heard about how the high altitude was going to weigh heavily against any chance of the Steelers winning. How the absence of defensive backfield starter Ryan Clark was going to be blood in the water for the short passing game of the Broncos against the oxygen deprived defense of Pittsburgh, coupled with the Broncos seeking redemption for the miserable showing at Baltimore last week. When Pittsburgh deferred the opening kickoff, I scratched my head, especially after the Broncos drove down the field and kicked a field goal to begin the game but the Steelers are again appearing as if they one of the teams to beat in the AFC.Is it possible to have three teams from one division make the playoffs, one as division champion and two as wildcards? Who knows, but I am now checking for the lowest hotel rates in Miami in February. As I watched one of the many pre-game shows profiling the Penn State vs. Ohio State matchup last Saturday at Happy Valley, I was disturbed by the mean-spirited display of a few members of the Penn State student body. Some of them actually had shirts with the photo of Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor with his head hung low after Penn State defeated Ohio State at home in 2008.center_img It is okay to show your loyalty to your school. You can boo, even call a few names because that is the spirit of the 12th man but to profile and attempt to kill the spirit of any young man or woman for the sake of a game is uncalled for and unacceptable. For me, and I am only speaking for myself, I became afraid. I had flashbacks of young Black men, heads hung in shame, just prior to being brutalized in days gone by.There is no room for displays like that in college football or anywhere else. Penn State not only lost the football game a but a piece of its dignity.last_img read more

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Razor Clam Digs Open Daily Through May 4

first_imgFacebook55Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeState shellfish managers today approved a series of razor clam digs beginning Sunday, April 27, at Twin Harbors and Long Beach.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved digs at those two beaches each morning through May 4. Mocrocks beach also is open to razor clam digging May 2 through May 4.WDFW gave the OK for the series of digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed on any beach after noon.Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, noted that more razor clam digs could be announced for mid-May.“We’ll look at harvest levels after these upcoming digs are finished and determine whether we have enough clams to offer more opportunities in May,” he said.The upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:Apr. 27, Sunday, 5:53 a.m., -0.3 feet, Twin Harbors, Long BeachApr. 28, Monday, 6:39 a.m., -0.8 feet, Twin Harbors, Long BeachApr. 29, Tuesday,  7:22 a.m., -1.1 feet, Twin Harbors, Long BeachApr. 30, Wednesday, 8:03 a.m., -1.2 feet, Twin Harbors, Long BeachMay 01, Thursday, 8:43 a.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors, Long BeachMay 02, Friday, 9:23 a.m., -0.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, MocrocksMay 03, Saturday, 10:04 a.m., -0.3 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, MocrocksMay 04, Sunday, 10:47 a.m., 0.1 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, MocrocksUnder state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. Diggers may not harvest any part of another person’s daily limit, unless they possess a designated harvester card.Clam diggers and other beachgoers should avoid disturbing western snowy plovers, said Brock Hoenes, WDFW wildlife biologist. The small white birds, which nest on the state’s coastal beaches from April through August, are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act as threatened and by the state as endangered.last_img read more

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Rob Rice Homes Experts: Tips to Winterize Your Home

first_imgTip #3 – Fertilize in the fall “If you are looking to fertilize one time a year, fall is the time to do it,” says Ernie Unroe, co-owner of Pacific West Landscaping that does all the lawns and expansive landscaping for Rob Rice Homes. “You want to find something that is lower in nitrogen, a fertilizer that promotes root growth for your lawn.” Glen says that Rob Rice uses an architectural 30-year shingle that will last on a home 25 to 30 years with proper maintenance. Glen recommends cleaning off the roof in the spring and fall. Here are the top tips to winterize your home from the folks that partner with the area’s Best of South Sound builder to build Rob Rice Homes. The tips require little more than walking around and observing your roof, paint and landscaping. The fixes are simple, affordable and can prevent serious damage. “People try to wash their cars in the spring and the water runs down their walls and they wonder why,” says Eric. “We ask them if they left their hose connected and it is always “yes”. Tip #2 – Inspect your roof “When you change your clocks, inspect and clean your roof, blow it off and clean your gutters,” says Glen Paine, co-owner of Legends Roofing Company that sets the roof on each Rob Rice Home. “Look for damage or clogs in the roof valleys or around skylights. Check your protrusions—your vents and your plumbing pipe flashings for any problems.” “Nitrogen produces the top growth. If there is too much top growth and you get a hard freeze, it is destroyed. When you strengthen the root system to be heartier through the winter, it will give the lawn a much bigger boost for the spring.” Ernie says late October or early November is a good time for fall fertilizer.Have your heating system checked once a year.Tip #4 – Protect your heating system “Keep your heating system operating at its peak performance through regular maintenance—once a year—by a qualified and factory trained company,” says Matt Jones,  construction project manager for Sunset Air, the local company that installs energy efficient HVAC systems in Rob Rice Homes. Matt says that there are simple things homeowners can do themselves that are vitally important to the overall health of their system. Rob Rice is Thurston County’s largest local home builder and was voted the Best of South Sound for 2013 and 2014. He has built more than 3000 homes over the last 30 years. He and his wife Helena live in Olympia with their two sons; Alex Michael and Carson. Rob is a graduate of Washington State University with degrees in construction management and architecture. “Scrape the paint off, caulk the cracks and fix the paint. If water gets in cracks and the wood gets wet from behind, the wood can curl up.” “If you are cleaning off your roof regularly with a hose—and please don’t use a pressure washer—it keeps moss from growing. My house is 12 years old and I clean it off once a year and I have no signs of moss. After a heavy rain and wind storm I look it over and check my gutters.” Larry explains the simple process to correct any problems before they cause more damage.center_img “You also need to wash the dirt off of the house once or twice a year. People never wash their houses. Dirt eats away at the paint because the dust and the air move over them. A dirty home can develop mildew too.” “The simplest way to help your system operate efficiently is to regularly change or clean the filters (if washable). The build up of dust particulate in the filter can be harmful to a system. The clogged filter restricts airflow, which makes the furnace work harder to move the air throughout the house. The stress on the furnace can lead to failures of mechanical parts down the road. Not only does it hinder the performance and longevity of the equipment, but it also hinders the indoor air quality and potential comfort in the home.” Submitted by Rob Rice HomesWalk around your home and use these simple tips to protect your investment.Each Rob Rice Home is built with superior construction and products, but maintaining that high quality over the years requires regular home maintenance. Ernie explains that of the three numbers that represent fertilizers, the first number is nitrogen. “The second two numbers should be higher in your fall fertilizer.”The fall, he explains, is not the time to promote top growth. Eric explains that when homeowners leave their hoses connected, the water can freeze and break the hose bib and that leaves the potential for freezing back in the water line. “If there is water in the line it is the only way the freeze plug – a safety feature inside of the hose – can break.” If moss becomes a problem, Glen recommends Lily Miller’s “Moss Off” with a pump sprayer. Keep the paint on your home looking new by washing your home every year.Tip #5 – Check your paint & wash your house“Make sure there is no peeling or cracking paint on your home because if water gets in there and freezes it makes it worse,” Larry Hanson Imperial Printing LLC who has been using superior paint products on Rob Rice Homes for more than 30 years. “It can even make the wood crack. The longer you wait, the worse it gets.” Facebook55Tweet0Pin0 Tip #1 – Disconnect your hosesThe number one thing Eric Davis tells homeowners is to disconnect their hoses before winter hits. He should know as he is the building superintendent at our communities of Kensington in Lacey and The Villages at South Hill in Puyallup.Be sure your hose is disconnected to protect against damage from freezing.It is so important, that Eric reminds everyone in the final ‘walk out’ of their home to disconnect their hoses for winter. “But, every year people still forget to do it and we get calls in the spring.” Larry provides another simple tip to protect your home’s paint job.last_img read more

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John Kani showcases Xhosa in

first_img17 May 2016NATIONAL NEWS: John Kani appears in Captain America: Civil War> https://t.co/[email protected] pic.twitter.com/cBUwMwSaBP— Pretoria Rekord (@RekordNewspaper) May 6, 2016In the Hollywood blockbuster movie, Captain America: Civil War, South African star John Kani portrays the king of the Wakanda nation, a fictional African country. To give the role greater authenticity, Kani used Xhosa as the indigenous language of Wakanda during a scene with US actor Chadwick Boseman, who plays T’Challa, his son, heir, and the Black Panther.Kani recently spoke to the South African Sunday Times newspaper about the role and how he convinced directors Joe and Anthony Russo to give the characters a true African feel, as opposed to how the continent and its people have been portrayed on film in the past.“I asked the directors ‘why am I speaking English to my son?’ We are supposed to be from Africa.”The Russo brothers enthusiastically agreed. Kani taught Boseman a few phrases and how to get the unique Xhosa click perfect. Kani said the directors enjoyed the clicks because it gave the dialogue a sense of realism.Since opening at cinemas at the end of April, proud and pleasantly surprised South Africans took to Twitter to celebrate this small slice of Mzansi in Hollywood.Bravo @chadwickboseman & Dr. John Kani! The interaction between T’Challa & T’Chaka was Epic #CaptainAmericaCivilWar pic.twitter.com/QiXwumhzaC— Team Black Panther (@JerrellZod) May 16, 2016I didn’t know that John Kani is also in Captain America Civil War. I am so proud of him— Era Baloyi (@EraBaloyi) May 15, 2016That scene when John Kani speaks isiXhosa on the #CaptainAmerica movie, priceless #thisflag— #7XPSLchampsSundowns (@hector_mbatha) May 14, 2016Respect to John Kani for getting the producers to put isiXhosa into Captain America. — Sweeterman (@DuziNyosi) May 14, 2016Got so excited when I heard the legendary SA actor(John Kani) speaking isiXhosa on Captain America.— Liga Champion (@LulamaFCB_RCB) May 8, 2016Hear the rest of the interview with Kani on the making of Captain America: Civil War. He shares unique insights on the Hollywood blockbuster from the perspective of one of Africa’s most accomplished actors.John KaniKani has been acting for over 50 years, first finding widespread fame performing and writing with playwright Athol Fugard in Sizwe Bansi is Dead in the early 1970s. He performed the play on both the West End and Broadway. He also won a Tony award for his performance in 1975.He became the first black South Africa to perform as Shakespeare’s Othello in apartheid South Africa in 1987.During the 1970s, 80s and 90s, Kani appeared in a number of local and international films, including A Dry White Season, The Ghost In The Darkness and End Game, which dealt with the ANC-National Party negotiations during the final days of apartheid. Kani played Oliver Tambo to British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Thabo Mbeki.The Black PantherCreated in 1966, the Black Panther character is the first black superhero in American mainstream comic culture and the first to have an African origin story.He is the son of the King of Wakanda, where a meteorite imbued superpowers to the royal and his descendants to protect the country’s people and fight against evil threatening the continent.The Black Panther began as a supporting character in the X-Men, the Avengers, Spider Man and Daredevil. Soon the character had his own comic book title, where some of the best and most outspoken African-American and African writers and artists have built on the Black Panther’s mythology.A Black Panther standalone film is currently in pre-production, with award- winning director Ryan Coogler. Boseman will reprise his role. The film will be shot in Africa and feature actors and crew from the continent, including South Africa. The film will be released in 2018.Source: Sunday Timeslast_img read more

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Final estimates in from 2019 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour unveiled the stresses the corn and soybean crops faced following an excessively wet spring and record slow planting pace this year. Scouts on Crop Tour sampled around 3,000 fields across the Corn Belt in seven of the nation’s most important corn and soybean states.Pro Farmer estimates the 2019 U.S. corn crop at 13.358 billion bushels, based on an average yield of 163.3 bu. per acre. That compares to USDA’s Aug. 1 estimate of 169.5 bu. per acre. For soybeans, the Pro Farmer production estimate is 3.497 billion bushels, with a national average yield of 46.1 bu. per acre, down from the 48.5 bu. per acre USDA estimated in August.“Ear counts were lower than last year in all of the Crop Tour states as a result of the rough spring conditions,” said Brian Grete, Pro Farmer editor. “We also found a corn crop that was, in many cases, multiple weeks behind in maturity due to the record-slow planting.”Jeff Wilson, Pro Farmer’s senior market analyst, said, “Soybean pod counts in a 3-foot by 3-foot square were down sharply across the seven Crop Tour states. That means the yield ’factory‘ is limited, especially in the eastern Corn Belt and South Dakota, where the spring conditions were worst and plantings were most severely delayed.More than 125 scouts, including farmers, agribusiness experts, media, government and financial firm representatives from 12 countries participated in the 2019 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. Field scouts gathered crop samples across portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio and South Dakota. Collectively, these states account for 70% of U.S. corn production.last_img read more

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Video Tutorial: How to Make a News Ticker in After Effects

first_imgCreate a broadcast news style ticker in After Effects using shape layers and expressions!  This video tutorial will show you how.Great for a news or magazine style program (or a parody of these shows!), this tutorial will show you all you need to create a news ticker in After Effects.  This particular example is created with only shape layers and text, but you can expand on the principles of this technique by adding your own gradient and graphics for a custom look.Motion is added to the news ticker animation using After Effects expressions – so those not familar with using expressions in your AE projects may want to check out our previous post “How to Use Expressions in After Effects“.We’ll also cover exporting the file with an alpha channel, so you can easily layer the After Effects news ticker over footage in any video editing application.Give your project the official look you see on popular stations like BBC and CNN – check out this quick tutorial for making a custom news ticker in After Effects:Full Video Transcript:[color-box color=”gray”]This is Evan Abrams for Premiumbeat.com, and today we’re going to make this falling photo montage in After  Effects you can use to display vacation photos or really any kind of photos, like they’re falling Polaroids. So let’s open up After Effects and get into it.The first thing to do is make a new composition. You can it make whatever you’d like, but we’re going to go with the HGTV1080 preset, 1 minute in length. First we’re going to make the actual photo template that we’re going to use. That’s done by making a new shape layer.Then we add to that shape layer a rectangle, and we want it to be as accurate to the size of Polaroids as we can. We know that it’sapproximately 350 x 425. Make sure that it has a fill and set that fill to white. Okay, now we’re going to duplicate that to create a new rectangle, and this will serve as the alpha channel for the photo parts. I’m going to change its size down to be 300 x 312.5. Then we will change its color to be red and just adjust it up slightly to be in the correct spot. And then we will just rename these appropriate to what they stand for, so that we don’t get confused.Now we’ll create some text using the text tool to make some labels. We’ll just label this, “Vacation?” and then use a font that looks kind of like a marker. I believe I have a font that has marker in the title. So we’ll use that and set the color to be black, but not quite totally black. Just as a pro tip, you don’t want to be absolute in your color values all time.Then we’ll just position this right there, and we’ll use the rotation and scale to get it just to the right size and shape that we would like. Thatlooks good, and now we are ready to add a photo into this.So go ahead and import a photo. Any photo will do. We’re going to use some tropical beach stuff. Just drag that below the red rectangle, and then scale it down to fit appropriately around it. Toggle switches and modes, and then set it to alpha mat of that red rectangle. We’ll go to positioning and you have created your Polaroid.Now we’re going to set all the boxes to be 3D for these layers, and we’ll just edit the position of that photo layer to be slightly higher, which is important to prevent tearing that happens in the 3D rendering process.As well just to hit AA on the bottom layer, and set it to cast shadows, which will be also important later. Select all of those, and then pre-compose them, calling that new composition, “Photo 1”. Click the Collapse Transformation button, so that all of the attributes inside thatcomposition will function out in the main composition. Create a new solid that will serve as our background. Make it a light greycolor, just to differentiate it from the white of the photos, and then set it below that photo layer. Make both of the layers, three dimensional by clicking their 3D switch boxes.Create a new camera and set its blurriness to 200, and its aperture to 1.4. Make sure that its depth of field is on.As well, make a new light. Make it a point light. Make it at least 100% intensity, so that we have some light in our scene. Now open up theposition of the light in the camera, and copy the camera’s position onto the light, which will put the light at where the camera is.We’re going to just push the background back a little bit. Open up its position and move that Z position back just so we can see the shadow coming around the photos. We don’t want no shadows for all of our hard work. So set that to a positive one, some low number. Then you can see the shadows in there. Just make sure that maybe the shadow darkness is at about 50% perhaps. It doesn’t need to be that dark.Now we are ready to actually animate on the photo. So let’s begin.We’re going to open up its transform properties and go into the position. We’re going to separate its dimensions by going through the menus and separating them. What we’re going to do is we’re going to key frame the Z position, which is the depth position, so how close or far away it is, by setting a key frame at about 3 seconds and 5 frames in, and then going back to the start and putting it at -2700, which puts it behind where the camera is. So it will seem to fall past the camera.Then we will easy ease that first frame, go into it’s graph editor, zoom in, and then pull the handle forward. So it seems to slow and then speed up as it gets away, coming to an abrupt rest. That’s pretty much it for keyframes. Most of the motion is actually going to be governed by expressions, and to use that effectively we’re going to need to make a control layer.So go ahead and make a new adjustment layer and call this Control. We’re going to add to it a slider control, and just drag that out onto thecontrol layer. Then twirl open the properties Alt, click on the Z rotation, and then open up the effects slider control slider, and we are going towrite in some expressions so that one can influence the other.The expression we’re going to use is:seedRandom(thisComp.layer(“Control”).effect(“Slider Control”)(“Slider),true); and then random();Make sure there’s a semicolon at the end of the top line as well, and that should do it.You can see it has offset the image, rotating it slightly. You’re probably going to want to multiply that result down there by some kind of higher value, perhaps 10 or something like that. That’s one way to influence the random number that it’s generating.You can see that by wiggling the slider around, it changes that, and if you go into the brackets of Random, and you say “-45, 45”, it’s going to generate a random number between there, and it will change what random number it is by changing the Random seed, which is the slider, and now we can reuse this on the other properties.Just go ahead and select that expression, copy it, and now we’re going to paste it onto other properties. So copy that. Hold and go to the P, hit Position, Alt click on the stopwatch, and paste it into the X position, and instead of using the random number, we’re going to use the wiggle. We’re going to say “wiggle(0,thisComp.width*.5)” to make half of the Comp width, so it will wiggle no times a second, up to a maximum units of half the width. Copy that, paste it onto the height position, and then we’re going to change it from saying width to height, so it’s doing basically the same thing, but up and down instead of left and right.Now we also want them to fall on top of each other, so Alt click on the Z position. Value-index , so you’re going to subtract the index value, in this case 4, from the value of the layers position. So it will always be 4 less, or when you duplicate it, will be 3 less or 5 less or whatever ,depending upon what the layer is, but this causes them all to stack on top of each other. Duplicate as many copies as you need, and that should be enough.Now you just need to offset their animation as they come on. So we’re going to trim all of the layers to be 30 frames long. So advance your play head 30 frames from the start, hit Alt and then close square bracket to trim them.Then select all of the layers and go Animation, Keyframe Assistant, Sequence, hit OK, and then set your play head at the end of thecomposition, and then hit Alt square bracket again to extend the layers.Now you can see they all animate on 30 frames apart, and they’re falling down quite nicely. If you’re ever unhappy with how they’re arranged, just change that slider value, and it will jumble them around into a new orientation.If you’re ever unhappy with where you’re looking at them, use the camera tool to reposition. Just remember your background is in fact 3D, so you’re going to have to go down to your background layer and just scale it slightly to make up the difference. In fact, you can scale it up as much as you’d like, because it’s a solid and you’ll never notice it.So you can reposition the camera, and everything looks totally fine. Just hit C to cycle through your camera tools.And it doesn’t do you any good to have a bunch of photos that are the same, so duplicate Photo 1, double click on Photo 2, and we’re going to go in here and we’re going to swap out this picture for a new one. Just import a new photo. This one of me hugging a bear is nice. Hold down Alt, and then drag it onto the selected layer. As you can see, it replaces it, and then just scale it up to fit, or scale it down to fit, or however you’ll need to scale it. Because when you replace something, it retains the replaced thing’s attributes, so scale position and all that stuff.Make sure you selected the thing you’re going to replace. Hold down Alt, drag on top of it, and then of course maybe change this to be a more appropriate title for the photo or not. It’s not really a question. It’s definitely me hugging a bear. But then go back to the first Comp, and then select the photo you wish to swap out, and do the same swapping maneuver where you selected. Hold down Alt, select Comp 2, and then drag it on top, and then it replaces it.Well, that should be enough to get it done for you, I’m Evan Abrams for PremiumBeat.com. Thank you so much for watching this tutorial. Check out our channels and stop by the blog at PremiumBeat.com for more great tips and tricks in not only After Effects, but a lot of other applications as well. So thanks a lot for watching, and we’ll see you around the Internet.[/color-box]last_img read more

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