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first_imgOAKLAND — How the Raiders graded in a 31-24 win over the Detroit Lions Sunday at the Coliseum:PASS OFFENSE: A-minusNot much to be critical of as Derek Carr completed 21 of 30 passes for 289 yards and touchdown passes of 3 yards to Foster Moreau and 9 yards to Hunter Renfrow. Carr completed passes to eight different receivers, and has demonstrated when teams roll coverages toward Darren Waller (two catches, 52 yards), he is capable of distributing the ball elsewhere. Carr’s game-winning …last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest African swine fever has been sweeping through various pockets of the world, threatening the pork market. While this disease has been around for many years, it’s only been in the last year that concern has ramped up about this highly contagious disease. Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Water Quality and Research Jordan Hoewischer discusses why this is the case during a recent Field Day podcast with insight from Dr. Paul Sundberg, executive director of the Swine Health Information Center, and Dr. Liz Wagstrom, chief veterinarian at the National Pork Producers Council.What is African swine fever? It’s a highly contagious viral disease with a high mortality rate and affects both domestic and wild pigs. Multiple strains exist with some more virulent than others.Is it in the United States? No. It’s been found in Africa, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and China where it infected the largest pig herd in the world. China has more than half the world’s pork production and markets 500-600 million pigs per year compared to 120 million in the United States.Is the disease a threat to human health? No. It can’t be transmitted from pigs to humans and is not a food safety issue.Is there a cure? No. Currently there is no treatment or vaccine available. The only way to stop the disease is to depopulate affected herds.What are the symptoms? The disease causes hemorrhaging throughout the organs, and symptoms include fever, discolored skin that is purplish in color, weakness, diarrhea and vomiting and coughing or difficulty breathing.What is being done to prevent it from infecting U.S. herds? The Swine Health Information Center has been collaborating with swine veterinary diagnostic labs across the United States to report endemic diseases and keep an eye out for possible cases. The center also has increased education efforts about African swine fever to pork producers and veterinarians. More intense border protection measures have been put in place with a proposal to add 600 more agricultural inspectors. Additionally, some states have joined forces on developing a response protocol if African swine fever is found there.Learn more about African swine fever and other emerging issues in agriculture by subscribing to the Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer podcasts.Full transcriptlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorWASHINGTON (DTN) — A group of Senate Democrats released a report Tuesday on the Trump administration’s agricultural trade aid program, charging USDA “is picking winners and losers in their attempt to aid farmers affected by President Trump’s turbulent trade agenda.”Led by Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the report stated Market Facilitation Program payments were unevenly distributed across the country.The report states USDA’s MFP “has treated farmers unfairly by, among other things, sending 95% of the top payment rates to Southern farmers, who have been harmed less than other regions, and helping farms owned by billionaires as well as foreign-owned companies, including awarding $90 million in purchase contracts to a Brazilian company.”The MFP was set up last year after the Trump administration vowed farmers would not be hurt by trade disputes with China and other countries that had sparked retaliatory tariffs.Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, spearheaded the report.FARMERS NEED HELP“Farmers need help to stay afloat as this administration’s erratic trade actions continue to harm our agricultural economy,” Stabenow said. “The problem is USDA’s flawed aid formula is a short-term solution that picks winners and losers, while failing to adequately help the farms hit the hardest.”In a letter delivering the report to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the senators wrote, “Instead of taking a careful approach like Congress did in the recent bipartisan 2018 farm bill, the USDA has replaced markets with short-term, inequitable payouts that lack transparency.”The senators urged Perdue “to improve its trade assistance program to better support small farmers and pursue a focused trade policy to rebuild the markets American farmers have lost.”The letter states farmers in the Midwest and Northern Plains were hit with lower national soybean prices and higher transportation costs to reach different markets after the Trump administration began its tariff disputes with trading partners, notably China.HIGH PAYMENTS TO COTTON AREASThe report states Southern crops such as cotton did not have a price decline, but they received much higher payment rates “and the top five states for 2019 MFP are in the South.”Senate Democrats questioned the high payments to cotton-producing areas, noting, “During 2018, cotton prices and exports did not exhibit the sharp declines one would assume based on cotton’s payment rate.”As of last week, USDA stated the MFP payments for the 2019 program had reached just under $6.7 billion to more than 564,000 farmers.In a statement to DTN, a USDA spokesperson defended how the MFP payments for 2019 were set up and were being distributed. Payments were based on trade damage, not region or farm size, a USDA spokesperson stated. Further, payments were more weighted to the Midwest and not the South, USDA stated.USDA RESPONSE“To date, the Midwest region has received more than 60% of the funds and the top five recipient states from the 2019 MFP program are Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota, which directly refutes the claims made in this report,” the USDA spokesperson stated. “While we appreciate feedback on this program, the fact of the matter is that USDA has provided necessary funding to help farmers who have been impacted by unjustified retaliatory tariffs. While criticism is easy to come up with, we welcome constructive feedback from any member of Congress with recommendations as to how the program could be better administered.”The Senate Democrats’ report points out that farmers in 2,901 counties have received MFP payments, but there are 193 counties with payment rates of $100 an acre or higher. The vast majority of those counties — 95% — are in Southern states, according to the report. Another 402 counties received the minimum $15 an acre.COUNTY DIFFERENCESThe Democrats’ report points out, “The disparities across county lines, even the Southern states, can be extreme.” Hancock County, Georgia, farmers, for example, received an average payment of $150 an acre, while farmers in neighboring Baldwin County got $15 an acre.Senate Democrats also called out “payments made to billionaires and foreign-owned companies,” which includes $90 million in pork sales for JBS, a Brazilian-owned packer with packing plants in several states. JBS was awarded those sales under a $1.2 billion food purchase program USDA created as part of its trade-aid package.Along with that, the report highlights USDA did not take steps to help smaller or beginning farmers, but instead doubled the payment limit from $125,000 per farmer to $250,000. Limits on millionaires getting farm payments were also ignored, Senate Democrats said, citing that “The family-owned farms of the billionaire governor of West Virginia even earned the maximum payment under the 2018 MFP.”The Senate Democrats’ report comes after House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., also wrote Perdue last week, raising some concerns about “inequities” in the MFP payments.Peterson’s letter stated, “The current (MFP) has created winners and losers among neighbors who find themselves facing the same market situations, meaning that some producers may remain viable while others may be forced out of business.”Peterson raised several issues with the payments. For instance, dairy farmers also question why MFP payments were based on established farm production history, while crop were based on actual production. The letter noted dairy farmers’ actual production is readily available via their milk checks.The Senate Democrats’ report can be viewed at https://www.agriculture.senate.gov/….Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Cache In Trash Out WeekendWe hear it all the time, “Geocachers are the nicest people!” It’s a wonderful compliment that good-hearted geocachers have earned for over a decade. Cache In Trash Out (CITO) weekend is just another example of geocachers giving back. Since 2002, tens of thousands of geocachers have cleaned up parks, trails and other geocaching-friendly destinations. Geocachers plan CITO events year round, but one weekend each year the global geocaching community unites to cleanup tons of trash together.CITO Event in TexasThe 11th Annual CITO weekend is scheduled for April 20, 21, and 22 2013. There will be hundreds of events to attend in dozens of countries, but if there’s not one in your area, it’s time to gather your friends and create your own CITO Event. Be sure to check the CITO Event calendar for gatherings near you.Those attending CITO Events on April 20, 21 or 22 (or all three!) will earn a 2013 CITO Souvenir for their Geocaching profile. Thanks for keeping the geocaching a community one of the nicest groups of people out there![Editor’s note: This video is spoken in German and Czech. Click the CC button for English, German or Czech subtitles.][vsw id=”HOqobTmkbbU” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”] SharePrint RelatedWill You CITO?March 24, 2013In “Cache In Trash Out”CITO 2013 – It Takes a VillageApril 22, 2013In “Cache In Trash Out”Join a Worldwide Geocaching MovementApril 8, 2013In “Cache In Trash Out”last_img read more

first_imgAfter Effects is a powerful program that can be fantastic as an online and finishing tool with a only few changes in your preparation and workflow.A few months ago, Oliver Peters did a fantastic post about the benefits of using After Effects as a finishing tool. He covered a lot of the benefits – significantly more powerful typography and design tools, larger library of effects, powerful nesting/precomping, and even glossed over others, like better keyframe control, 3D object abilities, easy motion blur, time remapping and frame interpolation – you get the idea.What he doesn’t cover is the specifics of an After Effects finishing workflow…but you’re in luck! I’ve been using this workflow for several years.I initially started doing it because I was creating videos for a specific non-standard aspect ratio being projected by a set of image blended projectors. All of my videos had to be cropped to 2048×768, and at the time I was editing in FCP7, so all of my videos had to be formatted for this aspect ratio in After Effects. I loved the power and flexibility of the workflow so much that I kept on doing it after we moved back to a standard 1920×1080. It became even easier when I moved to Premiere Pro as my primary NLE.There are a few things I’ve learned along the way with prepping a timeline in Premiere (or whatever NLE you use) for finishing in After Effects, and they might be good things to consider if you decide to try out this workflow. All of the following suggestions are built around using Premiere’s Dynamic Link to send to After Effects, but most of them still apply if you’re using an XML and After Effects’ built in “Pro Import” command.1. Use Placeholders for TextBelieve it or not, After Effects can’t actually read the actual content of titles from Premiere. It doesn’t just ignore font and formatting like Automatic Duck used to when coming from FCP; After Effects completely replaces the text with a black solid. No actual title data is carried over. What are carried over are effects, keyframes, changes to the motion parameters, and timings (in and out points). After Effects also carries over the name of the text layer. This is the best workaround for text content: Name your title in Premiere with the full content of the text you want at that spot and After Effects will make that the name of the black solid. Then you can just copy and paste the name to a new text layer, and use the black solid for timing the in and out points. Here’s a timeline that had a ton of overlay and full screen graphics. Every pink layer is a separate graphic (click image for larger view).In my workflow, I don’t even bother with the content of the title tool. With my first text layer, I make the title show the word “placeholder”, name the title layer what the content should be, and place it. This is what every layer in the above timeline said:Then, all I have to do for the next title is duplicate the first one (for speed, I’ve mapped this to the shortcut CMD+D in Premiere to match After Effects). When you duplicate a layer in Premiere it automatically selects the layer and puts you into rename mode. Just paste or type whatever the content of the new layer should be, drag or insert/overwrite it into your timeline, adjust the timing and transition needed and there you go. No more messing with Premiere’s clunky title tool: Instead you can use After Effect’s significantly more powerful typography tools!2. Keep Tracks to a Minimum and Stay Vertically Organized in PremiereWhen you send from Premiere, After Effects lines up your clips by tracks. The tracks stay in the correct order (top to bottom, not numerically), and each track staggers/stair-steps down before starting the next track. This is important to take note of because editors tend to group things together vertically, like B-roll on upper tracks or titles above the shot it should go over. When you make the move to After Effects, even though the layer order is technically correct, since After Effects doesn’t have tracks they won’t be grouped so closely together. You may have to manually re-order the layers to suit the groupings you prefer (I always do this because it helps me keep my comp organized in the long run). Keeping tracks to a minimum (similar to collapsing or using a minimum number of tracks before sending to a color grading application) keeps these groupings easier to find and makes for a more organized comp.Designating specific tracks for specific items helps with the move and organization in After Effects. I generally use V1 for my storyline (interviews, primary narrative, etc.), V2 for all of my b-roll, V3 for all of my titles/graphics (unless I need to stack them for one reason or another), and V4 for any overlays (film flashes and light leaks, film grain, alpha matte transitions, etc.). This is all subject to change depending on the needs of my edit, but it’s a good template to stick to for me. When I move to After Effects, all of these things stay grouped together vertically.3. Use Dynamic Link, But Don’t Trust ItDynamic Link is a fantastic way to get from Premiere to After Effects. Unfortunately, it can cause problems if used too frequently, if it’s been too long since the project was open, if some source files move, if you sneeze too hard – you get the idea. I’ve heard of and seen Premiere project files and sequences get corrupted or glitched. In small uses it works, but frequent large uses can be risky.Another issue specific to the After Effects offline workflow is changes. When you use Dynamic Link, your timeline in Premiere is replaced with a linked comp. What if you need to make some editing changes? You could do them in After Effects (maybe), but it would be a total pain.My suggestion? Do one of two things:Duplicate your timeline before you send to After Effects so that you have an un-replaced version you can use for any necessary changes, which has the added bonus of leaving the linked comp in Premiere.You can send to After Effects and after it’s all done transferring you go back to Premiere and “undo” the send to AE. The linked comp is deleted, which prevents project corruption, but After Effects keeps the timeline you sent. All you do is output from AE instead of rendering in Premiere. This is my preferred option.4. Export an Audio MixdownAfter Effects is obviously not focused on audio, so working with sound in AE can be frustrating.. So, instead of sending a bunch of audio layers to After Effects (and we all know the crazy amount of audio tracks you can end up with), do your audio mixing in Premiere or a dedicated audio program, then export a WAV file mixdown and bring that into After Effects. That way you’ve only got one audio track that’s already been mastered to deal with in After Effects. You’ll also have all of the pieces you need to do your final export from After Effects, which is the point of the workflow to begin with!I hope these tips help save you some headache as you move to After Effects for all of your finishing needs!last_img read more

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Tuesday reserved its order on the transit anticipatory bail plea of Honeypreet Insan, the adopted daughter of jailed Dera Sacha Dauda chief Ram Rahim, saying the “easiest way out” for her would be to surrender.Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, after hearing arguments on behalf of Honeypreet and the police of Delhi and Haryana, said she would pass an order on it.The order is likely to be pronounced later on Tuesday.“The easiest way out for you would be to surrender,” the court observed.Honeypreet has been on the run since the conviction of Ram Rahim in two rape cases. She is facing a case of sedition for allegedly inciting violence in Haryana after the Dera chief’s conviction.Transit anticipatory bail plea is meant to seek protection against arrest during transit. In this case, Honeypreet is seeking bail for her transit from Delhi to Haryana to join the investigation in the sedition case.“A ploy to do ‘forum shopping’.”During the hearing, the Haryana police opposed the filing of her plea in the Delhi High Court, saying it was “a ploy to do ‘forum shopping’.”The Delhi Police also alleged that Honeypreet should have approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court, rather moving the Delhi High Court.The police of Delhi and Haryana opposed her plea for anticipatory bail for three weeks on the ground that the court of competent jurisdiction would be in Haryana.Honeypreet’s lawyer contended that her life was in danger in Haryana and that is why she has moved Delhi High Court seeking protection from arrest till she moves a court in the neighbouring State. The lawyer said she would join the probe if she was protected.last_img read more

first_imgAn earthquake measuring 4 on the Richter scale was reported from Purulia in West Bengal on Monday at about 2.55 a.m. The epicentre of the earthquake was 22 km below the surface of earth at a latitude 23.1 degrees north and longitude of 86.5 degrees east.There have been no reports of any damage.last_img

first_imgFILE – This Wednesday, March 20, 2019, file photo shows a basketball with March Madness 2019 in a rack before Michigan practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Des Moines, Iowa. An Ohio man has made history with a March Madness bracket that’s perfect through 48 games on the NCAA.com’s “Bracket Challenge,” according to the NCAA. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio man has made history with a March Madness bracket that’s perfect through 48 games on the NCAA.com’s “Bracket Challenge,” according to the NCAA.Gregg Nigl of Columbus told The Columbus Dispatch he almost didn’t fill out his bracket last week, saying he was home sick just hours before the deadline. But he felt bad about not entering a bracket in his friend’s tournament group.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Google Philippines names new country director View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ In addition to his historic bracket, two of Nigl’s other three brackets are in first place in their groups, the Dispatch said.Nigl has been watching the games closely, stopping on a recent trip with his wife at a brewery in Erie, Pennsylvania, to watch Michigan beat Florida in the Round of 32. Nigl, who grew up in Michigan, is a lifelong Wolverines fan.In his perfect bracket, Nigl has No. 1 Gonzaga beating No. 2 Kentucky for the national title. Duke and Virginia round out his Final Four.While Nigl likes how he picked the remaining games, he isn’t counting on his bracket to stay perfect.“Seeing the odds of a perfect bracket up until this point, I’m not very confident that it will stay that way,” Nigl said. “But anything can happen.”ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Heat raise Chris Bosh’s No. 1 jersey to the rafters Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Instead, he correctly predicted every game through the first two rounds of the 2019 NCAA tournament.The NCAA bracket tracker says the bracket is the only perfect one remaining across all major online bracket games, including Yahoo, ESPN, CBS, Fox, Sports Illustrated and the NCAA’s own contest. It’s the longest streak of correct bracket picks, breaking the reported record of 39 games, which happened in 2017.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe NCAA says the odds of a perfect bracket are 1 in 9.2 quintillion — so bettors, take the under.Nigl, 40, said he researched his picks, doing his homework after the tournament field was unveiled, including watching some of the bracket shows on TV. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week.  In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting Prime Marketing Experts of Burlington.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”last_img read more

first_img Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Columbia University in New York has found that all of the Marshall Islands involved in nuclear tests by the U.S. are now habitable, except for Bikini Atoll. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes the reasoning for their testing, the methods they used, their results and what they believe should be done going forward. Rising seas swamp Marshall Islands As most everyone knows, the United States embarked on an ambitious nuclear arms program beginning during the closing days of World War II. Testing was done at various sites, one of which involved the northern Marshall Islands. In all the U.S. detonated 67 nuclear devices in the area between the years 1946 to 1958. To make the site ready for testing, inhabitants of the islands were moved to other islands—but now, as time has passed, those people and their descendants, wish to return. But before that can happen, the impacted islands must be deemed safe. But, the researchers with this new effort contend, the government of the Marshall Islands has been relying on outdated information. No on the ground survey of gamma radiation has been conducted over the past several decades. To remedy that situation, the team flew to the Marshal Islands and conducted gamma ray emission surveys on three of the atolls most impacted by the nuclear tests, and compared their readings with an island (Majuro Atoll) distant enough from the blast zone to be used as a control, it showed 13 millirems of radiation per year. For further illustration purposes, the team also took readings in New York’s Central Park, which showed 9 mrem/y.The researchers report that they found readings on Enewetak Atoll to be 7.6 mrem/y, and on Rongelap to be 19.8 mrem/y, both of which fall in the safe zone. Readings on Bikini Atoll, on the other hand were 184 mrem/y, which is not considered terribly dangerous, but it does exceed the minimum acceptable levels agreed upon by the U.S. and the government of Marshall Islands—also the researchers point out, more study needs to be done on Bikini Atoll to ascertain what sorts of exposure people living on the island might be exposed to, e.g. through the food they eat, before any talk of re-habitation can begin. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: Autumn S. Bordner et al. Measurement of background gamma radiation in the northern Marshall Islands, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1605535113AbstractWe report measurements of background gamma radiation levels on six islands in the northern Marshall Islands (Enewetak, Medren, and Runit onEnewetak Atoll; Bikini and Nam on Bikini Atoll; and Rongelap on Rongelap Atoll). Measurable excess radiation could be expected from the decay of 137Cs produced by the US nuclear testing program there from 1946 to 1958. These recordings are of relevance to safety of human habitation and resettlement. We find low levels of gamma radiation for the settled island of Enewetak [mean = 7.6 millirem/year (mrem/y) = 0.076 millisievert/year (mSv/y)], larger levels of gamma radiation for the island of Rongelap (mean = 19.8 mrem/y = 0.198 mSv/y), and relatively high gamma radiation on the island of Bikini (mean = 184 mrem/y = 1.84 mSv/y). Distributions of gamma radiation levels are provided, and hot spots are discussed. We provide interpolated maps for four islands (Enewetak, Medren, Bikini, and Rongelap), and make comparisons to control measurements performed on the island of Majuro in the southern Marshall Islands, measurements made in Central Park in New York City, and the standard agreed upon by the United States and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) governments (100 mrem/y = 1 mSv/y). External gamma radiation levels on Bikini Island significantly exceed this standard (P = <<0.01), and external gamma radiation levels on the other islands are below the standard. To determine conclusively whether these islands are safe for habitation, radiation exposure through additional pathways such as food ingestion must be considered.center_img © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Radiation levels on Bikini Atoll found to exceed safety standard (2016, June 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-bikini-atoll-safety-standard.html Bikini Island, 2015. Credit: Emlyn Hughes This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more