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first_imgBill Day / Cagle CartoonsMaking Sense by Michael ReaganI didn’t watch CNN’s telecast of the Republican debate because I was there in person.For some reason — maybe it was my last name — I was able to score three second-row seats at the Reagan Library for the two debates.More than 20 million people around the world tuned in, apparently making the three-hour debate CNN’s highest rated show ever.It was a long night of politics and entertainment. I just hope my fellow conservative Republicans watching on TV saw the same political reality show I did — and learned some lessons.It’s pretty clear to everyone from Joe Scarborough to the New York Times editorial board that the three big winners Wednesday night were Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie and Marco Rubio.All three shined on stage when it came to substance, but Fiorina made herself a national household name overnight.She was smart, tough, passionate and quick on her feet, proving why she deserves to be on the main stage. She had several big “moments” and demonstrated a phenomenal grasp of the issues.Christie did well, connecting with voters, hitting several questions out of the park and reminding us why he was once a favorite in the 2016 race.Rubio still looks like he’s in grad school, but he showed he’s done his foreign policy homework and knows what makes America great.Meanwhile, the good doctor Ben Carson was a clear loser.He offered virtually no specifics, had no “moments” and showed that while he’s a nice guy and a great surgeon, the presidency is out of his league.The biggest loser of the night was Trump, who was as awful in person as he reportedly appeared on millions of split-screen TVs.He made crazy faces, offended people, refused to apologize when he should have, spoke in his usual platitudes and never said a substantive sentence.I heard more than a few groans and complaints from the Republicans sitting behind me.Most of the other candidates — the governors and others who were not there because of their celebrity — did OK. They didn’t hurt themselves but they didn’t stand out, either.Jeb Bush did better than last time, which isn’t saying much, but he’s in for the long haul. He’ll do better when there are fewer candidates left and the debates turn more serious.Scott Walker did better too, though he seemed to disappear sometime late in hour two. Last time I remember seeing him, he was staring at fiery Fiorina and nodding in agreement like a bobblehead.Ted Cruz was correct on all the issues, but he’s not as likable as Rubio, whose only flaw is he still looks like he’s in grad school.Mike Huckabee got in a lick or two, but he’s still beating the drum for his Fair Tax, which everyone except him knows will never go anywhere.Rand Paul was there, I think.  So was Gov. John Kasich. Kasich was Kasich — solid and substantive.He’s a winner who knows how to govern Ohio sensibly, but he probably should have been included in the preliminary debate with Rick Santorum, George Pataki, Bobby Jindal and Lindsey Graham.The opening debate, which Graham stole with his humor and GOP team spirit, was better in some ways because without the 2,000-pound celebrity in the room it was all substance.I’m concerned about Trump for a lot of reasons. Yet for all the trouble he’s causing the GOP, his celebrity presence is actually doing real conservatives a great favor.He’s already brought tens of millions of new eyeballs to the debate broadcasts that otherwise would never have been made aware of the existence of candidates like Fiorina or Kasich.I just hope those millions of viewers saw what I saw at the Reagan Library — that Emperor Trump had no clothes on and most of the other real Republican candidates were well dressed.Please take time and vote in today’s “Readers Poll”. Don’t miss reading today’s Feature articles because they are always an interesting read. Please scroll at the bottom of our paper so you can enjoy our creative political cartoons. Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without our permission.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Indonesia steers clear of COVID-19 resolution ‘politicization’

first_imgForeign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said that Indonesia had thrown its support behind the resolution based on the points that were highlighted, as well as others such as assistance for low and middle income countries and the participation of women.”Indonesia has been very consistent in reminding all members of the importance of cooperation among countries, to set aside differences and not to politicize the meeting and its issues,” Retno said during a virtual briefing in Jakarta on Wednesday.The resolution was first introduced by the European Union and had been negotiated since early April. It was coopted by critics of China later on, particularly by the United States and Australia, that sought to campaign for an independent inquiry that would hold Beijing accountable for the spread of the virus.The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which has spread around the world, infecting nearly 5 million people and killing more than 323,000, is believed to have emerged at a local market selling wild animal meat in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. As Australian officials hailed the unanimous support for the adoption of a resolution at Tuesday’s World Health Assembly (WHA), Indonesia insisted that its backing had nothing to do with the neighbor’s contentious agenda, steering clear of the “politicization” of the global health crisis.At least 135 countries backed the COVID-19 resolution on Tuesday, which, among other things, highlights the importance of strengthening global cooperation and universal, timely and equitable access to affordable health technologies.Read also: US savages WHO as it promises pandemic review, but China pledges $2 billion The move has prompted strong opposition from China and had led nations to distance themselves from the resolution, including Indonesia, according to people familiar with the situation.Read also: Australia and China spat over coronavirus inquiry deepensIn late April, Minister Retno said she had spoken with her Australian counterpart Marise Payne about the matter, but said that Indonesia was more concerned about mitigating the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.Acting ministry spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah also insisted it was wrong to mistake Indonesia’s support for the resolution as an indication that it was party to a “coalition” led by Australia that was calling for an independent investigation into the pandemic, as reported by Australian media.“Indonesia was actually a cosponsor of the resolution […] from the beginning. If we look at the resolution as a whole, there is no specific call for an independent investigation or inquiry, but a global effort to foster cooperation to respond to COVID-19,” he told the media in a separate briefing on Wednesday.Faizasyah said Indonesia did not want to politicize a resolution made with good intentions for international cooperation.He also pointed out that because China had also cosponsored the resolution, there were no longer any “contentious matters that could cause debate and politicization”.Leading up to the annual meeting of the WHA on Monday and Tuesday, member countries were knee-deep in negotiations to come up with a draft resolution acceptable to all.Along with dozens of other countries, Indonesia agreed over the weekend to endorse a version of the draft that proposed that an independent “evaluation” be carried out “at the earliest appropriate moment”, and “in consultation with member states” and “using existing mechanisms”.The text does not mention China by name.“This obviously is good enough for China,” said Anggia Valerisha, who teaches international relations at Parahyangan Catholic University.In a speech at the assembly on Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country supported a comprehensive evaluation of the global response to the pandemic, Reuters reports.The seven-page document was finally adopted by consensus on Tuesday.Hasan Kleib, Indonesia’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, said Indonesia appreciated the fact that some of its own views, such as ensuring equitable and affordable access to medical supplies, were accommodated in the resolution.Meanwhile, Australia’s Payne said the resolution was “an important part of the conversation we started,” and expressed her gratitude to all the drafters involved in the past few weeks.Read also: Australia welcomes growing support for COVID-19 inquiry at WHO meetingBut Reuters also reported that the Chinese Embassy in Canberra called out Australia’s vindication at the WHA as “a joke”, with a spokesman saying that the global resolution was different from what Australia had proposed. The WHA is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization.Anggia argued that Indonesia showed the most reluctance in echoing Australia’s earlier call because it put the blame on China, which in turn sent a strong message to Canberra.“I think Indonesia’s response at the time was reasonable because it was facing extraordinary COVID-19 problems and had no energy to get dragged into a ‘drama’ with China,” she said.“Indonesia is not equipped to be treated harshly by China, especially in the economic field, at a time when the domestic economy is sluggish.”Read also: World Bank warns pandemic could push 60 million into extreme povertyThe pandemic has proven detrimental to the global economy, with countries teetering at the edge of recession. Some have been emboldened enough to look for a scapegoat, experts say.“On whether Indonesia will openly criticize China, I don’t think [it will],” Anggia said.“Surely Indonesia will try to be very constructive when dealing with China, bearing in mind the two countries have strong economic ties and interests.”Topics :last_img read more

Selinsgrove checkers give Duke PASS weekend sweep

first_imgReinhardt and Prutzman held onto second and third.  Reinhardt, making only his second start of the year, led for most of the race although he was chal­lenged early by Kepner. By Frank Buhrman  “The track didn’t slick off quite as much as I thought it would for the feature,” Duke said in victory lane, “so we were a little tight at the beginning, but the longer we ran, the better we got. Those guys started coming back to me a little bit, and my eyes got a little bit bigger, and we went after them, and we were lucky enough to pull it off.”  SELINSGROVE, Pa. (July 27) – Ken Duke Jr. capped a perfect racing weekend with a late pass for the lead and his second straight hometown victory in Saturday’s 20-lap Pennsylvania Sprint Series feature at Selinsgrove Speedway. The Selinsgrove IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win followed Duke’s victory Friday at Clinton County Motor Speedway and was his seventh of the year in PASS competition; he also has won with the Laurel Highlands Sprint Series. center_img The remaining three contenders battled until lap 12, when Duke got around Prutzman for second on lap 12. Once Duke got by Reinhardt he never looked back, stretching his winning margin to 4.035 seconds by the checkered flag.  Feature results – 1. Ken Duke Jr.; 2. Tyler Reinhardt; 3. Keith Prutzman; 4. Devin Adams; 5. Doug Dodson; 6. Dave Brown; 7. Cale Reigle; 8. Dylan Proctor; 9. Larry McVay; 10. Landon Price; 11. Jake Frye; 12. Dylan Shatzer; 13. Dave Wickham; 14. Mike Alleman; 15. Jimmy White; 16. Kyle Keen; 17. Ian Cumens; 18. Dave Graber; 19. Erin Statler; 20. Domenic Melair; 21. Col­ton Hoover; 22. Will Brunson; 23. Dan Leaper; 24. Wally Eshenaur; 25. Josh Spicer; 26. Kruz Kep­ner Ken Duke Jr. completed a weekend sweep with the Saturday night Pennsylvania Sprint Series checkers at Selinsgrove Speedway. (Photo by Christi Baker) “Those guys” referred to in Duke’s comments were polesitter Tyler Reinhardt, Kruz Kepner and Keith Prutzman, who were all involved in the battle for the lead.last_img read more

Million-dollar prize on the line in India

first_imgTHERE’S more than just the Border-Gavaskar Trophy up for grabs when Australia meet India in a four-Test series next week.As if the Australian cricket team needed any more inspiration to overturn the weight of history and claim a series win in India, here’s some.US$1 MILLIONThe International Cricket Council hands out a US$1M prize, along with the Test championship mace, to the top-ranked Test nation annually on April 1.Australia currently trail India by 12 ratings points in the official ICC Test team rankings. Encouragingly for the Aussies, that it is not an unsurmountable lead.But it won’t be easy.Should Steve Smith’s men defy the odds, it would need to be by a considerable margin. A 3-0 series win – or better – would be required to overtake India and claim top spot on the Test tree.A 3-0 result for Australia would see them level with India on a rating of 114, but Darren Lehmann’s team would be ahead by a fraction of a point.At the current exchange rate, that’s roughly A$1.3M for the 16-man Australian squad, or $81,250 per player (not including support staff).Conversely, India need just one win from the four-Test series, which begins in Pune on February 23, to secure themselves top spot and the million-dollar payday.Such a result would be sweet revenge for India. Last year they were the No.1 Test nation after England dethroned South Africa from top spot until Australia beat New Zealand in the Black Caps’ backyard to leapfrog Virat Kohli’s side at the last minute.Australia then surrendered the Test No.1 ranking in Sri Lanka and, after an injection of fresh talent ahead of this summer’s Adelaide day-night Test, have returned to an upward trajectory they hope will end with the No.1 ranking.Should a 3-0 result prove beyond the Australians, the ICC also hands out cash prizes for teams ranked second through to fourth.And this is where defeat in India could get costs. Especially with New Zealand and South Africa’s Test series overlapping the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series.The ICC pays US$500 000 to the second-ranked team, US$200 000 to the third and US$100 000 to the fourth-placed side.Depending on results in the three-Test NZ-SA series, Australia could slip as low as third. Should South Africa win their series 3-0, Australia would need to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. A drawn series in India, even a 2-2 result, would still see the Proteas claim second spot.last_img read more

A life without sports

first_imgIn the world of sports, we are in a time without precedent and without a compass. We are lost in the woods, with no idea how to find our way out.The NBA was the first domino, canceling its season, followed by the NHL, the NCAA’s men’s and women’s March Madness tournaments, Major League Baseball spring training, scouting trips by the NFL, NASCAR, and everybody else. Across the world, India is shutting down cricket while UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) has postponed the 2020 European Football Championship until 2021 and England’s Premier League is closed.Now we prepare for a life without sports, a stunning development.Sports kept going during two world wars and the 1918 influenza pandemic. Sports have always helped keep up morale and some modicum of normalcy during times of crisis.During the first World War, Woodrow Wilson said, “I hope that sports will be continued as a real contribution to the national defense.” Franklin Roosevelt spoke similarly during World War II.The influenza pandemic of 1918 infected 500 million people, one-third of the world’s population at the time, and killed an estimated 50 million including 675,000 in the United States. Unlike the coronavirus, high mortality rates occurred in the twenty-to-forty-years-old age range, and officials became wildly concerned, with public gatherings strongly discouraged. While MLB’s season ended right before the pandemic erupted, the 1918 World Series saw the banning of the “spitball” due to health concerns.And yet, it wasn’t cancelled—despite multiple players dying after contracting the flu, and the famed Babe Ruth contracting it twice.Even 9/11 only delayed NFL games by one week. This is different because, instead of sports becoming a distraction from national calamity, sports teams could have become a traveling road show of disease clusters, a band of Patient Zeros, traveling from city to city, infecting fans along the way. This is why it took Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert testing positive for COVID-19, and spreading the disease to his All-Star teammate Donovan Mitchell, to wake the sports world up to the reality that it was not immune. In one day, the NBA went from merely saying that players should fist bump instead of high-fiving fans, to shutting the whole multibillion-dollar operation down.This was the correct decision when it comes to public safety, but it comes with its own set of costs, like the low-wage stadium and arena workers who now have no income at all. Several players have stepped up—including Zion Williamson, the nineteen-year-old rookie for the New Orleans Pelicans—and pledged to pay the stadium workers out of their own pockets.But it really should be the billionaire owners who step up and offer paid leave to all employees, as a smattering of franchise owners have done.Most of these teams play in publicly funded sports cathedrals that were built with promises of job creation. It was always a specious argument since the sports world offers mostly seasonal work. But now is the time for sports-team owners to make good on their assurances that stadiums would help working people, not leave them destitute. Tony Ressler, the majority owner of the Atlanta Hawks, announced in mid-March that he would guarantee the wages of arena staff. “We have a pretty clear set of priorities in this kind of remarkable time that we’re living through,” Ressler said.“Protecting our fans, protecting our employees, and protecting the reputation of our league, all of which is important. But let there be no confusion: that means taking care of all of our employees, our full-time, our part-time.”  What is truly remarkable and utterly unacceptable is that all franchise owners across sports have not followed suit. These billionaires need to show some sense of responsibility. They should not have to be shamed into doing so.For now, we do not know how long we will be a world without sports. The best we can do is stay healthy, follow the advice we are getting from trusted sources—that is, not from the President—and wait for the time when we can join together once again in collective joy.  That’s more than sports. That’s just being human. But to experience that once again, we first need to survive.last_img read more

James Ginter (with Craig Meeker and Colton Day) challenges Wellington FCA in Ice Bucket Challenge… Will they take the challenge?

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down none · 312 weeks ago So are people actualy raising money or just awareness? If they are raising money can you please keep us posted on the tally if possible. This is a good cause and if the community is working together for the common good of a cause it would be kinda interesting to see how much can be accomplished by Wellington when we work together. Report Reply 0 replies · active 312 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 312 weeks ago It’s a nice idea, but what people donate is personal. Report Reply 0 replies · active 312 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Christy · 312 weeks ago OK now that everyone is taking the challenge lets all go to Meadow Lanes bowling alley this weekend and support the Michael Day Benefit, its for a GREAT cause and alot of fun!! We as a town should be able to top last years amount if everyone would come out and bowl a game, just like they are doing the ice bucket challenge. Report Reply 0 replies · active 312 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. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply 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. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Craig Meeker, James Ginter and Colton Day of Wellington recently took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge the other day. As a result, in one of his challenges, Ginter has challenged members of the Wellington High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Let’s see if some in the WHS FCA members have followed through…Stay tuned.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Brand South Africa supports the Siyabangena Seminars in KwaMashu

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 21 September – Brand South Africa, through its flagship programme Play Your Part, supports the Siyabangena Seminars that aim to empower young entrepreneurs. The Siyabangena Seminars will take place on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September 2015 in KwaMashu, KwaZulu Natal.Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme is a nationwide initiative created to inspire, encourage and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. The Siyabangena Seminars are an example of how young people are playing their part in their communities by taking responsibility to address issues related to youth development. Brand South Africa stands behind this initiative because it demonstrates active citizenship.Following the successful 2015 launch of the Siyabangena Seminars earlier this year at Soweto Theatre in partnership with The City of Johannesburg, the seminars are now headed to KwaZulu-Natal in KwaMashu.This September, budding entrepreneurs can expect to engage with successful business leaders like Clive Manci, founding CEO of Oteo Investment Holdings and former president of the South African Chamber of Commerce as well as Jabulani Ngcobo entrepreneur and CEO of CashflowPro.Attendees will also engage with  Mpume Langa, Head ABSA Private Bank KZN and Chairperson of Businesswomen’s Association DBN; Brian Mpono, Project Director of 1Source Group; DJ Tira CEO of Afrotainment; Ramsay Daly, Marketing Director of iKhokha.com and many others.The Siyabangens Seminars were founded by two young entrepreneurs, CEO Sbusiso Hlongwane, and Director Sinenhlanhla Mkhize. The Siyabangena Seminars are held in townships and are aimed at empowering young black entrepreneurs by bringing high-end speakers and entrepreneurs into their hometowns.Topics will range from starting your business, marketing your business, building strategic partnerships, how women can conquer male-dominated environments, legal matters, building successful brands and how to persevere in the quest for successful entrepreneurship.Media is invited to attend as follows:Date:Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September 2015Time: 09h00Venue: Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre, K-CAP theatre in KwaMashu B SectionCost: R100 per day (pre-sale) and R150 at the door. Students enter free upon presentation of a student card.RSVP: Please confirm your attendance with Boitumelo Mpete on [email protected]last_img read more

Gallery: White Lions of Timbavati

first_imgWith the CITES CoP17 World Wildlife Conference taking place in Johannesburg from 24 September to 5 October 2016, we bring you a collection of images taken at the Global White Lion Protection Trust in Timbavati.Zukhara’s name is derived from the Egyptian sun god Ra. He is also named in honour of a tawny male that was trophy hunted in Timbavati. He has lived up to the name, becoming a confident and powerful apex predator.Images by Varuna Jina Words by Shamin ChibbaThe CITES CoP17 World Wildlife Conference is starting on Saturday, 24 September 2016 in Johannesburg and the fate of some of South Africa’s beloved animals will be decided during the 12-day event.South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia have submitted a joint proposal to lift the ban on ivory trade, which could change the lives of elephants. At the opposing end, 29 African countries are proposing an end to endemic poaching of elephants and to put a stop to the decline in their numbers.In another case are proposals to change the status of lions from endangered to a species not under threat.So while policymakers will be discussing the fate of wildlife in air-conditioned auditoriums at the Sandton Convention Centre, the animals will still go about their day in the warm South African sun.We present to you a collection of images from the Global White Lion Protection Trust in Timbavati, Limpopo. While the trust’s primary focus is on preserving the white lion, it cares for other animal and plant species in its vicinity too. The trust is proposing against changing the status of lions at CITES CoP17.To find out more on the white lions and CITES, read:Fate of white lions to be decided at CITES CoP17 Children roar to save white lionsThe sun rises over Timbavati. The Global White Lion Protection Trust is close to the Klasserie River, which founder trust lion ecologist Jason Turner says is the lifeblood of the area. Wildlife is suited to Timbavati, he explains. “So with nature restoring itself, the parks in the area are growing and the different species are all moving through as they should be.”Brothers Zukhara and Matsieng are inseparable, says Jason Turner, lion ecologist at the Global White Lion Protection Trust. Here, they were on the way to a hunt. They are marking scents along the way.Zebra form part of the ecology at the Global White Lion Protection Trust camp. Their presence, and the presence of other animals, is an indication that nature is slowly restoring the balance in Timbavati.Zukhara lounges in the morning sun after a night hunting for food.Zukhara and his brother, Matsieng, split up into what Jason Turner, the Global White Lion Protection Trust lion ecologist, calls a pincer formation. It is a hunting tactic that allows the brothers to envelope their prey, giving it little chance of escaping. The pair picks up the scent of a hunt about a kilometre away.Shangaan sangomas dance to appease the ancestors during a ceremony that called for the protection of white lions in Timbavati.At the elephant temple site at the Global White Lion Protection Trust, children wait to perform skits asking policymakers to make decisions that favour the lives of lions.Children stand in line to perform at the elephant temple. The Global White Lion Protection Trust is getting the Shangaan community, and particularly its children, to be the voice of the lions in hope of persuading policymakers to favour the lives of lions.The Global White Lion Protection Trust has created a wild environment suitable for white lions to thrive. This means introducing animals of other species into the reserve, such as this black-backed jackal.Jason Turner, the lion ecologist at the Global White Lion Protection Trust, uses radio telemetry to determine a lion’s proximity. When Turner and trust founder Linda Tucker introduced the white lions into the wild in 2002, scientists were sceptical they would adapt to hunt and be able to camouflage in the bushveld. Turner says the lions integrated quickly into the environment and are thriving.The skull of a blue wildebeest. The trust has numerous species of game, which are part of a holistic ecology that Linda Tucker is aiming for. Wildebeest are part of the white lions’ diet, which includes impala, wild hog and even porcupine.White lions are significant to Shangaan culture. The big cats are believed to be kings and queens of the past reborn.Linda Tucker, founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, roars for the crowd at one of the trust’s camps. Tucker has immersed herself in Shangaan culture, using their knowledge systems to communicate with lions.Founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust Linda Tucker established the trust as a way to return white lions to the area and bring them back for the Shangaan people. The trust now has six white lions and three tawny females within its boundaries.Matsieng is one of four male white lions at the Global White Lion Protection Trust. According to the trust, he is known to be curious, playful and has an affinity for new lionesses, strutting around to peak their interest. His name means star warrior in Sepedi.Sangomas are said to be able to communicate with the lions in Timbavati. A sangoma, Maria Khosa, saved Linda Tucker, founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, and her friends from being lion prey in 1991. When the lions surrounded the van of tourists, Khosa appeared from nowhere and calmly made her way to the van, walking among the lions. The big cats calmed down and backed off.A typical male lion paw print. Male lion paws are larger and their toes more splayed than lionesses. Measurements taken from a lion’s paw print can also help Linda Turner, founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, guess its age. Such tracks can also help determine the direction the lion is headed.This tiny construction is a remnant of what was a farm before Linda Turner, founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, bought the land for the trust. It was a house for Joseph, a farm worker at the time. Today, the little house is empty and Joseph has been hired by the trust and given more dignified lodging at the camp.last_img read more

Top videos of 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Here are the most viewed videos of 2017. Enjoy.1. Farmers helping farmers (from Ohio to Kansas)2. Crop Duster Full Field Ride-Along2017 Cab Cam: Crop Duster Edition3. 2017 Wheat Harvest Cab Cam – John Deere S700 Series Combine4. Ohio State Fair Governor’s Cup 5. Matt Reese is headed to Kansas! 7. 50th Sale of Champions live2017 Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions 50th Anniversary2017 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Champions ReflectionOhio State Fair Market Beef Final DriveOhio State Fair Market Barrow Final Drive8. Some farmers just need a drink — A #Plant17 Parody Song9. 2017 Corn Harvest Cab Cam – Farm Science Review10. 2017 Soybean Harvest Cab Cam – A 1967 John Deere 55 EBlast_img

The Teradek RT System: A Positive Change in Focus Pulling

first_imgThe Teradek RT is a Follow Focus System that lets filmmakers do more with easy-to-use tools and a more integrated camera system.On my Canon C200, I have 15 mm rails installed that hold a battery plate and a battery. In between the battery plate and the camera, I have the Teradek Bolt XT. This apparatus takes the SDI signal from the camera and broadcasts it to any receiver tuned to the same channel.The battery also feeds a unit on the side of the camera called a “receiver.” This, in turn, feeds power and a signal to a motor on the front of the 15 mm rails, which moves a gear that effects the lens. Depending on the receiver you get, it can be a single channel, which controls one motor (focus, for instance), or up to three channels, which can simultaneously control focus, iris, and zoom. Three channel receivers are more expansive, and are usually on crane or gimbal setups where the camera isn’t accessible. Some receivers can also trigger record on some cameras, and with RED cameras affects a variety of settings remotely.Because Teradek and SmallHD are owned by the same company, Teradek integrates controls and display into SmallHD monitors. The Focus 7 Bolt can receive the signal from the Teradek Bolt transmitter without the need to add a separate wireless receiver, as well as the new 1303 and 1703 production monitors.What is really interesting is a new feature called Teradek RT, which allows you to connect the follow focus to these monitors (via a USB cable) and see the corresponding focal distance of the lens on the screen. This means you no longer have to put marks on the focus ring while looking between the focus ring and the monitor as you pull focus. You get this wonderful, big, bright display on the screen itself.It doesn’t interfere with any other signals that the Bolt 500 is sending out. So, if you have the receiver, it can be on the director’s monitor, the video village, or on another Teradek SmallHD Focus 7 receiver. In fact, up to four devices can pick up this one transmitter, and only the focus puller needs these marks.It’s worth noting that this process doesn’t happen automatically. You have to calibrate each lens that you plan to use with its brand and focal distance. You can do this by entering the menu of the Teradek RT and specifying the brand and focal length of the lens. Then you designate all the different focus marks on the lens. It takes about two minutes per lens, and you can store over 100 lenses in the follow focus.Image via Teradek.When working on a film, most people only have a set of six lenses. By using this tool, you can essentially go in and predefine all of those. Also, once you change a lens, you simply go into the menu, specify which lens to put your focus on, and your marks will show up on the screen.This device is a game changer — not only is it compact and simple, it also gives you the image, focus marks, and ability to pull focus wirelessly. You don’t have to hover around on the camera and get in the operator’s way. Nor do you have to be fifty feet away next to the director’s monitor, or the video village, trying to work out where everything is, while being hidden from set. It allows the focus puller to be away from the camera — but still within reach — to see where the actors’ marks are. You also don’t have to look down at the focus ring. You can see exactly where your pointing focus is.Over time, we’re going to see larger camera groups and bigger film accessory groups combining different brands into the same products — granting us a more sophisticated camera system overall.Looking for more on video gear? Check out these articles.NLE Showdown: DaVinci Resolve vs. Adobe Premiere Pro — The CostCanon Announces an Affordable Full-Frame 24-240mm All-in-one Zoom LensProduction Tips: Getting Started with High-Output Lights on SetBuilding A Low Budget Handheld Rig For The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K3 Cheap, Underappreciated Cameras Filmmakers Should Considerlast_img read more