first_imgMatt Gilmore and Dawit Feyissa took fourth and fifth as they completed this ride in 27:54, and 28:00 respectively.Sixth spot went to Barb Polehoykie. She crossed the line in 28:14 and was followed by Heather McCracken in seventh as she finished in 28:44.Rounding out the top 10, in order, were Celeste Pakstas, Calvin McCracken and Colin Chadwick. They finished with times of 29:53, 30:02, and 33:41.- Advertisement -Riders from the Blizzard Bike Club will return to racing next week as they are off for the long weekend.last_img read more

first_img“I thought the \ gubernatorial debate was just an embarrassment,” Levine said. “We have a democracy that depends on citizens making informed decisions. If we’re not having full debates, citizens aren’t able to make informed decisions.” Levine insists his bill isn’t intended to give either party an advantage, saying that since the seat will be open, nobody knows who the nominees will be in 2010. He hopes his bill will be picked up in the spirit of reform as legislators consider bills on redistricting, term limits and campaign finance. Three debates open up the possibilities, experts say, for more insight into the character, personality and philosophies of the candidates. “It’s important because it’s one of the few opportunities where voters can decide for themselves,” said Barbara O’Connor, director of Sacramento State’s Institute for the Study of Politics and the Media. “They can watch someone answer questions without a script in front of them. They can frame how they feel about someone non-verbally. They view debates as more truthful because they know people can’t mask discomfort in a live setting.” Ned Wigglesworth, policy advocate for California Common Cause, said moving to three debates would send a clear message that the gubernatorial race is critical and that the issues are not so easily condensed into 30-second sound bites. “It would mean greater reflection among voters, greater investment in the elections,” he said. “A lot of voters want easy, clear choices, information in easily digestible forms. A lot of people would rather have information spoon-fed to them rather than take the time to do the research on candidates. Having three debates during the week at night makes it easier for them to take part.” Voters apparently want debates, even if dismal ratings might suggest otherwise. Typically, according to surveys since 1998 by the Public Policy Institute of California, nearly three-fourths of voters say debates are somewhat or very important in deciding their vote. But others see debates as a relic of a previous age, especially in this day of the ubiquitous remote control in the hands of an audience with an increasingly shortened attention span. By their nature, debates create a distance with viewers now accustomed to interactive media, said San Francisco State professor Melissa Camacho, an expert on mass media and culture. Candidates come off as well-coiffed, stage-managed, overly prepared mannequins, throwing out practiced one-liners that only appear rehearsed and manipulative, she said; they hew to stale talking points and policy positions that make little sense to the real lives of people. “We’re a public that demands more connection with our political leaders,” Camacho said. “Debates don’t do that, not in the way they’re structured. There have been efforts to make them more palatable, like the town-hall forums that Bill Clinton started, but they really haven’t been successful. The problem is that the only way you can get a lot of viewers’ interest in politics is through entertainment.” Stan Statham, who is president and CEO of the California Broadcasters Association, also isn’t sure voters would tune in to more debates. He also acknowledges that it would cost stations millions in advertising dollars to air more debates. Still, Statham is ready to support Levine’s legislation. “Anything that would inspire and/or force candidates to participate in debates, we’d love it,” said Statham, a former Republican legislator who moderated the 2006 debate. “The only problem is that by the second and third debates, people are watching the fifth reruns of `M*A*S*H*.’ They’ve made up their minds.” sharmon@cctimes.com (916) 441-2101 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Assemblyman Lloyd Levine has a plan to transform California’s apathetic masses into avid political consumers – or at least better informed ones. Levine, D-Van Nuys, is pushing a bill that would require not one, not two, but three general election debates between the two major candidates for governor. The bill, AB 970, which is scheduled for its first hearing later this month, would also create a debate commission that would tinker with various formats to generate greater interest. “It’s the marketplace of ideas,” said Levine, a third-term lawmaker who also has proposed banning less efficient light bulbs and mandating greater care of elephants, and is a co-author on a bill to allow assisted suicide. “Will it spur interest? I hope so. Some will see all three, but they’ll at least have more opportunities to see one. Those who do see all three will be more informed to make a decision.” But whether that comes to pass is subject to its own debate. Levine is bucking California’s history of limited debates, not to mention television viewers who are more inclined to watch sitcom reruns, a general hostility toward politicians, and everyday distractions. “Everyone’s busy. They’re all multi-tasking,” said Arthur Asa Berger, an author on numerous books on the media and culture. “There are so many distractions and news is so bad, people are tuned out. People find ways to keep their lives busy, so I don’t know if more debates will make that much difference.” Debates will continue to be useless, Levine said, if incumbent governors are able to dictate the terms, largely to insulate themselves from exposure that could hurt them in the polls. Since the 1970s, no incumbents have agreed to more than two debates, and no incumbents have been unseated in that time. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger continued the tradition last year, even refining the art of limiting his exposure by holding the sole debate on a Saturday night – typically the lowest night for viewership – up against playoff baseball and college football games. His campaign advisers also carefully set the rules, requiring both candidates to sit at a table with the interviewer, giving more the impression of a friendly conversation than a back-and-forth debate. His Democratic challenger, Phil Angelides, complained to no avail that it signaled to voters that it wasn’t a serious confrontation. last_img

first_imgLANCASTER – Mark Heyne remembers the days when going to JetHawks games was the thing to do in the Antelope Valley. Heyne, a local resident who works as an insurance broker, got season tickets during the franchise’s inaugural year in 1996 and held them for four years. Heyne said it was as much about the entertainment the team provided between innings as it was about the baseball. He recalls nostalgically the days when he’d bring his wife Colleen, his son John and daughter Marisa to games on a regular basis. “It was new and exciting, and people were interested,” he said. Heyne began to lose interest in the team as the years progressed, and did not renew his season-ticket package in advance of the 2000 season. He hasn’t been to a game in years. In the early days, he had four season tickets that he would frequently give away to friends or clients when his family couldn’t make it to the ballpark. “It went from everybody wanting them, to having a hard time giving them way,” he said. “It just seemed as if interest died down.” It is people such as Heyne that the JetHawks are aiming a new marketing campaign they’re calling: “Relaunch Your Inner JetHawk.” The JetHawks are under new ownership _ an Ohio-based family ownership group led by corporate lawyer Peter Carfagna, which bought the team during the offseason from Clutch Play Inc. The Carfagnas also own the Lake County (Eastlake, Ohio) Captains and the Everett (Wash.) AquaSox. The new owners are pulling out all the stops to rekindle interest in a community that a decade ago came to the stadium in big numbers in what Heyne said was essentially a celebration of an up-and-coming community. “We’re trying to talk to the folks that remember nine or 10 years ago when this was the place to be,” JetHawks general manager Brad Seymour said. “We feel like we’re bringing that back for the first time in a long time. We want people to remember those feelings when they come back to the ballpark.” The franchise has seen a precipitous decline in attendance. Average JetHawks attendance fell 61 percent from its 1996 inaugural season, when the team’s average attendance was 4,520 a game, to a 1,765 average in 2005. Now the team, which sits in the epicenter in one of the nation’s fastest growing regions, is targeting newcomers with a direct mail marketing campaign that is part of a major increase in the JetHawks marketing budget. They have started a reading program – rewarding elementary school students with free tickets for reading books – and are also establishing fund-raising efforts at local schools to help gain visibility. In addition to more aggressive marketing strategy, the new ownership group has partnered with Clear Channel – which early last year purchased the stadium’s naming rights – on a high-definition video board that team officials say will vastly improve the fan experience. The JetHawks will also get help from development of three hotels and two restaurants in adjacent parcels, city manager Bob LaSala said. Additional future development in what is designated an enterprise zone – meaning job-creating businesses receive tax credits – also is in the works, LaSala said. Former Dodgers star Brett Butler, who will manage the JetHawks, will appear in television ads during Dodgers games. “He is a quality individual and I think he’s going to help boost attendance,” said Darth Eliopulos, a Lancaster businessman who owns a share of a luxury box at the Hangar. “Everybody here knows his reputation as an exciting player and I think he’s going to create that excitement as a manager,” Eliopulos said. Blame for the attendance decline has been placed by some on the previous ownership group, led by team president Mike Ellis and his family, for being unimaginative and for not being attentive to the Lancaster market, instead turning their attention to a team the Ellises runs in Missoula, Mont. Seymour cites front-office turnover – the JetHawks had four general managers in a two-year stretch at one point – and the difficulty of tapping into a market heavily made up of people who commute hours to and from work. He bristles at the notion that the team owners didn’t give the Lancaster market their best effort. “I think people need to remember that the Ellis family brought baseball to the Antelope Valley,” Seymour said. “They are the reason we are here.” Seymour said the some of the efforts the Carfagnas have made – including increasing the JetHawks front-office staff from eight to 11 – are already paying off. He said season ticket sales are up about five percent. He believes averaging more than 2,000 fans this season is a realistic goal. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img Russia celebrates the second Russia goal scored by Denis Cheryshev Hosts Russia have a vastly superior goal difference, having plundered eight goals in their two games so far, and need just a point to finish first.When is Uruguay vs Russia?The match will take place on Monday, June 25 and will kick off at 3pm UK time.It will be at the Samara Arena, which has a capacity of just under 45,000. How can I stream live commentary?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT.Who are the key players?Luis Suarez is Uruguay’s all-time record goalscorer and marked his 100th international appearance with the winner against Saudi Arabia. The Barcelona striker will be hungry for more goals against Russia.For the hosts, Denis Cheryshev has been a surprise star for Russia so far, and is their current top scorer at the World Cup with three goals,.What is the team news?Uruguay are missing defender Jose Gimenez. The Atletico Madrid centre-back, who scored Uruguay’s late winner against Egypt in their opening game of the tournament, has been ruled out due to a thigh injury.  Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera wins his 100th cap for Uruguay.Russia are without midfielder Alan Dzagoev, after he suffered a hamstring injury in the opening 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia.URUGUAY XI: Muslera, Godin, Coates, Caceres, Bentancur, Nandez, Torreira, Vecino, Laxalt, Suarez, CavaniRUSSIA XI: Akinfeev, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Kudriashov, Smolinkov, Cheryshev, Galianskii, Zobnin, Al Miranchuk, Samedov, DzyubaWhat does Group A look like ahead of the match? 3 The Samara Arena will host Uruguay vs Russia 3 Uruguay and Russia will be fighting to secure top spot in Group A.Both sides have already booked their spots in the last 16, having won their respective matches against Egypt and Saudi Arabia. 3 talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Check back here throughout the next 24 hours to see how the 49ers are whittling their roster down to the 53-man limit by 1 p.m. Saturday:Before we get to those released, let’s update you on running back Jerick McKinnon, whose 49ers career has yet to truly start because of a knee injury last Sept. 1.He has not been released but the NFL Network reported what we’ve been speculating for weeks: McKinnon is a candidate for short-term injured reserve (he’d have to be on the initial …last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the last few weeks temperatures dropped significantly below freezing for many areas within the Seed Consultants’ sales footprint. Temps reached as low as the low 20s Fahrenheit in Kentucky and even down into the teens for more northern growing areas, causing concerns about damage to winter wheat. Extreme cold temp are especially a concern for wheat that has reached the jointing stage of growth (Feekes stage 6). In a recent article published by the University of Kentucky, Carrie Knott wrote: “For winter wheat that has reached the jointing (Feekes 6) growth stage, damage can occur to the developing wheat head, which is above the soil surface at jointing, when temperatures are 24 degrees F or below for at least two hours. For wheat that has not reached jointing, temperatures of 12 degrees F or below for two or more hours can cause damage. For wheat that is at the jointing growth stage in areas that temperatures dipped to or below 24 degrees F for at least two hours damage is likely.” Below are the University of Kentucky recommendations for assessing winter wheat damage according to Knott’s article:1. Wait until high temperatures are at least 40 degrees F for five to seven days. 2. Scout fields and look for yellow, chlorotic growing points and limp leaves. There will likely be yellow leaf tips, but as long as the growing point is not affected, there will likely be minimal to no damage. 3. Heaving is another concern this year for wheat stands and yield potential. The extreme temperature changes we are having this winter could push wheat plants out of the soil. This can result in reduced stands and ultimately affect yield if heaving occurs on a large percentage of the field.If you suspect or know your wheat was at jointing prior this weekend it will be important to assess for freeze damage even for areas that may not have been at or below 24 degrees F for two or more hours. In general, as long are there are 20 healthy plants per square foot 90-95% of your yield potential is achievable; 35 healthy plants per square foot will provide 100% yield potential. When stands are reduced to about 16, 13, or as low as 6 plants per square foot, yield potential will be reduced to only 75, 60, or 40%, respectively.As weather warms up, it will be important for wheat producers to assess damage to their crop in order to make management decisions this spring. To read the full UK article that includes pictures of damage and a temperature chart CLICK HERE. To read an article with pictures of a healthy wheat head at Feekes 6 CLICK HERE.last_img read more

first_imgAndy Mees, a video editor and post production tool maker, has just released three useful plugins for your favorite video editing application.There’s been a slew of new third party plugins and filters to hit the market since the launch of FCPX (due in part no doubt to the relative ease of building these in Apple Motion).  Although these effects are useful for adding style and pizazz to your video editing projects, it’s nice to see a unique set of new plugins that focus on editing utlity.  Andy Mees’ new plugins fit the bill.  Not only that, they’re free.Each of these FREE video editing plugins is now avaliable as a free download through FXFactory and can be used in Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.Andy is active on Twitter and blogs often about video editing related topics.  Follow him here.A bit about each of the free plugins…Andy’s Region ToolA simple masking tool that allows you to only effect a certain area in the video frame.  Useful for creating vignettes, spotlighting action or selectively sharpening.Andy’s Elastic AspectGot 4:3 footage (or another ‘odd’ aspect ratio) that you need to put in a 16:9 frame?  This plugin will do it without having to enlarge the entire clip to fit.  See it in action here:Andy’s Safe GuidesAn easy to use set of video editing safe guide overlays so you can see what part of your image will actually be seen when distributed.Thanks to FCP.co, a great FCPX online resource, for the tip on these free and useful plugins!last_img read more

first_imgBRUSSELS—Anne Glover’s mandate as chief scientific adviser (CSA) to the president of the European Commission ended last month, when the entire commission left office—and it is still unclear how and where the new administration will get scientific advice.Glover’s post doesn’t exist anymore, and her service’s website was archived on 1 November. She remains on the commission’s payroll until February and assured ScienceInsider she has no intention to stay at the commission after that date. Until then, however, Glover cannot speak publicly as CSA anymore, and she may not be able to attend the second meeting of the European science advisers’ forum—an informal group she helped create—at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam on 4 December.The new commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, who took office on 1 November, has been swift to propose changes to the commission’s overall structure, but has dodged specific questions about the adviser’s role. “President Juncker believes in independent scientific advice,” but has not yet decided how to “institutionalize” that function, says Mina Andreeva, a spokeswoman for the commission. “We simply cannot say what’s going to happen,” says Jan Marco Müller, Glover’s aide. 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Many scientists say the position should return in the new commission, however—including Glover herself. “I hope the role of CSA will be continued as we have made so much progress in just less than 3 years, and there is overwhelming support for the role,” she says, adding that she’s briefed Juncker about possible options for the future.Some observers say the delays don’t necessarily bode ill for the status of scientific advice. “I’m not surprised this [transition] is taking a bit of time,” given the long list of appointments and issues that Juncker’s dealt with in the past months, says James Wilsdon, a professor at the Science Policy Research Unit of the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.Alberto Alemanno, a professor of E.U. law at HEC Paris in France, adds that Juncker needs time to come up with a solid plan, after two recent controversies turned scientific advice into a “sensitive issue.”During the summer, Glover’s job prompted a heated debate, when several nongovernmental organizations urged Juncker to scrap the single-headed role, which they deem opaque and vulnerable to industry lobbying; in response, many scientists told him to save Glover’s post. Later, Juncker sparked outrage when he proposed shifting the oversight of drugs and medical devices from the health commissioner’s portfolio to the industry commissioner’s helm. Many scientists, consumer organizations, and members of the European Parliament opposed the plan, arguing that public health should take precedence over business concerns—and Juncker relented.Juncker did announce changes in the policy advice area: He abolished the Bureau of European Policy Advisers, the commission division that housed Glover’s office. Instead, he wants to set up a European Political Strategy Centre, starting 1 January 2015, that will focus on economic and social issues, sustainable development, foreign policy, institutional policy, and communications, with a particular emphasis on foresight studies, the president told reporters here on 5 November.The change of administration and the controversies provide an overdue opportunity to reflect about the design of the commission’s science advice system, Alemanno says. In a paper published last month in the European Journal of Risk Regulation, Alemanno writes that there was no public debate when Glover’s post was created in 2011 after an industry push. “We never really asked what it would bring, but the added value was very limited and the costs were very high in terms of reputational damage” to the commission, Alemanno tells ScienceInsider, adding that Glover’s job description was both vague and narrow, leaving her “in an institutional black hole.”Alemanno says the role could be filled by a committee instead of a single person. But Wilsdon, for one, says scrapping the CSA “would be a retrograde step,” because the role gives science a privileged, high-level voice.last_img read more

first_imgRelentless showers continued to pound Pune, Satara and Sangli districts in western Maharashtra, and Nashik in north Maharashtra throughout Sunday. District authorities evacuated more than 2,000 persons from inundated areas. Ten-year-old Kunal Ajay Dodke was killed and his younger sister injured after a wall of their house caved in on Sunday morning in Lonavala, around 70 km from Pune. The police said heavy rain might have triggered the wall collapse.In what is thought to be another rain-related accident, one person drowned while another was feared dead in Satara after their car plunged into a waterfall near Koyna dam late on Saturday. According to the Satara police, the two people were travelling to Kamargaon when the driver lost control of the car. The driver has been identified as Satara resident Nitin Shelar, while rescue teams are searching for the other occupant of the car.Schools closed todayPune city and district were battered by near-continuous rain since Saturday evening through the better part of Sunday.Pune Collector Nawal Kishore Ram declared a holiday for all schools in the district on Monday, taking into account the grim forecast for the next 48 hours, making use of powers recently bestowed by the State Education Department on district collectors to declare school holidays in case of a disaster or emergency.“Going by the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) forecast of heavy rain in the forthcoming days and in wake of the continuous rainfall that commenced since Saturday in the Maval, Mulshi, Bhor, Velha and Junnar talukas of Pune among other areas, we have decided to declare a holiday for school-going students to preclude any untoward incident,” Mr. Ram said. In Pune city, with over 41,000 cusecs (cubic foot per second) of water released from the Khadakwasla into Mutha river, the Bhide bridge was submerged and there were traffic snarls at several points in the city. The relentless downpour especially threw the commute awry in Pimpri-Chinchwad and Wakad areas, after over 35,000 cusecs discharged from Mulshi dam flooded Sanghvi and Wakad.Discharge from the Khadakwasla dam inundated low-lying areas in Balewadi, Baner, Aundh, Yerwada, Sinhgad Road and Bopodi.Rescue teams moved more than 300 families dwelling in low-lying of the city to safer zones owing to the discharge of massive quantities of water from the Khadakwasla, Pavana, Mulshi and other dams. Several people were trapped in residential areas in Pimpri and Sanghvi after their homes were flooded. More than 50 residents of old Sanghvi were successfully rescued by the fire department and local police in the morning. Following the discharge of water from Mulshi dam, the district administration issued stern warnings to deter monsoon picnickers. Seven members of a family stranded at a house in the water-logged Kamshet area were also rescued by a team of the NDRF, said authorities. Karad, Sangli on alertThe rain has led to the four major dams in Pune district — Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar — to fill up to more than 90% of their cumulative storage capacity of 29.15 TMC.With the Pavana dam swelling to capacity owing to continuous rain in the past week, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation scrapped the water rationing it had enforced throughout the summer.Pune and Satara are expected to receive heavy showers for the next 48 hours, IMD officials said. With the steep increase in the discharge of water (more than 50,000 cusecs) from the Koyna dam, a high alert has been sounded for Karad (in Satara) and Sangli cities.Discharge of 20,000 cusecs from the Chandoli dam in Sangli led to flooding in nearby villages, while in adjacent Kolhapur district, heavy rains disrupted communications between several villages in the district. Nashik inundated The Nashik District Collector, too, has declared a holiday for schools and colleges on Monday.With the Godavari river in spate and the continuing release of water from the Gangapur dam, parts of the district, including the holy spots of Trimbakeshwar and Panchavati, were completely deluged, making them out of bounds for tourists.River waters reached up to the neck of the Dutondya Maruti, a statue of Hanuman, in Panchavati, and even entered the Trimbakeshwar temple as showers continued to lash Nashik city and the talukas of Igatpuri, Trimbakeshwar, Peint, Surgana and Dindori.According to authorities, the Trimbakeshwar tehsil had received more than 300 mm rain till Sunday morning while Nashik city received 84 mm rain. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement center_img Mumbai: August 04, 2019: River Godavari is in full flow and flooded amny areas in Nashik on Sunday. Photo: Special Arrangementlast_img read more

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police have arrested three persons in connection with the attack on the Congress MLA from Raebareli, Aditi Singh.Ms. Singh was attacked in May while she was on her way to participate in a no-confidence motion against zilla panchayat head Awadesh Singh. Other panchayat members were also part of the convoy when unidentified persons attacked it.Ms. Singh had received injuries after her car overturned in the incident. Rebel MLC Mr. Awadesh is the brother of Dinesh Singh, a Congress MLC who rebelled and contested the Lok Sabha election from Raebareli against Sonia Gandhi on a BJP ticket in 2019. He, however, lost.The three accused who were arrested were identified as Awadesh Kumar, Rohit Singh and Jitendra Singh by the U.P. Special Task Force.Carrying a bounty each of ₹25,000, the three were arrested near Ambedkar Park in Lucknow, the STF said.last_img read more