WHITTIER – The Whittier Public Library, 7344 Washington Ave., will feature a lecture on the history of fans at its monthly “Lunch at the Library” program from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch for the program. Beverages and cookies will be provided by the Friends of the Whittier Public Library. For more information, call (562) 464-3452. Free dental checks for kids available LA MIRADA – Free dental screenings for youngsters in La Mirada’s Positive Alternatives and Recreation for Kids program will be offered from 3 to 4 p.m., beginning June 1 at Gardenhill Park, 14435 Gardenhill Drive. The program will also be held on July 6 at Windemere Park, 15261 Cheshire St., and Aug. 3 at Frontier Park, 13212 Marquardt Ave. Youngsters will be evaluated for oral hygiene, obvious signs of decay, bite and tooth alignment. Parental consent forms are required and are located at the three sites. For more information, call (562) 902-3160, or visit www.cityoflamirada.org. Neighborhood picnic Saturday WHITTIER – The Arco store, 1400 E. Lambert Road, will host its third annual neighborhood picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday. There will be free burgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks, as well as music and the Coors Girls. City offering Dodgers tickets SANTA FE SPRINGS – Residents can purchase tickets through the city to the June 16 Los Angeles Dodgers game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Dodger Stadium. Tickets are $5 per person, which includes bus transportation and a lunch voucher redeemable for one Dodger Dog, a soft drink and chips. Game time is 12:55 p.m.; buses will leave at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at Town Center Hall, Los Nietos Park, Santa Fe Springs Park, Lakeview Park and Little Lake Park. Buses leave from those locations. For more information, call (562) 863-4896. Summer party for youths planned LA MIRADA – A summer beach party for sixth- to 12th-graders will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. June 8 in the Basement Youth Center in the La Mirada Resource Center, 13710 La Mirada Blvd. Music, food, movies and prizes will be included. There will be competitions in pool, karaoke and more. Cost is $3 for Basement members and $5 for non-members. For more information, call (562) 902-3155. Children’s health fair scheduled SANTA FE SPRINGS The city and the Intercommunity Child Guidance Center of Whittier will host a children’s health fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 at Heritage Park Sculpture Garden, 12100 Mora Drive. Members of Chivas USA will be on hand to demonstrate soccer techniques. There will also be a fun zone with a variety of games. Admission is free. For more information, call (562) 929-7431. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The California High School instrumental music program will hold a concert featuring the wind ensemble, the symphonic band and the orchestra at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Vic Lopez Auditorium at Whittier High School, 12417 Philadelphia St. Admission is $5. For more information, call (562) 698-8121, Ext. 3022. Library provides free lunch lectures
DES MOINES – The Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee announces the return of some premier track and field teams who have a history at America’s Athletic Classic. Back after a one year hiatus is the University of Minnesota. The throws crew performed well at the NCAA Indoor Championship, which included second team All-American honors for Kieran McKeag in the men’s weight throw, Johnathan Tharaldsen in the men’s shot put and Kiley Sabin in the women’s shot. The Golden Gophers will also be a threat in the distance events with Obsa Ali who placed 15th in the men’s 5000m at NCAA indoors and is the reigning NCAA champion in the steeplechase.Also returning with a stellar distance contingent will be Oklahoma State. The women’s team capped their indoor season with a third place finish in the distance medley relay at the NCAA Indoor Championship to earn All-American honors. The men’s team has two All-Americans from last fall’s NCAA Cross Country Championship in Isai Rodriguez, who finished fourth, and Ashenafi Hatte in 27th place. Both look to be threats in the distance events. The University of San Francisco women’s team makes the trek to America’a Athletic Classic this year with strength in the middle distance events. Senior Sadi Henderson is a four-time All American in the 800m from her undergrad career running at Boise State and fellow senior Dana Klein led the Dons in the indoor 3000m this season.An exciting team coming back to the Blue Oval this year is Kentucky, which returns for its first appearance since 2011 when Keenan Hall won the men’s triple jump. At the NCAA Indoor Championship, the Wildcats had All-American performances from Daniel Roberts claiming second in the men’s 60m hurdles, Marie-Josee Ebwea-Excel taking third in the women’s triple jump, Kianna Gray placing fourth in the 60m dash and the women’s 4x400m relay team finishing in eighth place. Kentucky head coach Lonnie Greene will have his teams ready to be strong contenders for the Hy-Vee Cup.All-Session tickets or single session reserved are now on sale at draketix.com/drakerelays or call 515-271-3647. For group ticket packages or more information, contact Dustin in the Drake Ticket Office at 515-271-4949. Print Friendly Version
Easy to use, limits water usage Cutting down infection risk “The dispenser releases enough water to enable hygienic hand-washing with soap,” Ngorima explains. “To get the water, place your hands under the device and lift the plunger. When you lower your hands, the device seals itself. Hand-washing with soap could cut these figures by half. However, water scarcity meant that many rural and peri-urban people in South Africa faced sanitation and hygiene challenges,” Ngorima said. While many people try using a bucket of water and a towel for hand-washing outside a toilet, the water evaporates from open buckets, and the continuous use of the same water leads to contamination. More than 110 000 of the CSIR’s hand-washing dispensers have already reached communities across South Africa. “This is mostly as part of municipalities’ sanitation drives and through non-governmental organisations in the water and sanitation sector,” Ngorima said. According to the CSIR’s Ester Ngorima, diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections caused the death of millions of children under the age of five in the developing world. Diarrhoea was estimated to kill around two to three million children annually. “The device limits water wastage, with around 30 hand washes per two litres of water. It has a soap dish and typically hangs upside down on a bracket fastened to a wall.” “Experts say one gram of faeces can contain 10 million viruses, one million bacteria, one thousand parasites and one hundred worm eggs,” says Ngorima. “This increases the risk of serious infection and contamination if one does not wash one’s hands properly with soap after using the toilet.” Commercialisation, sanitation drive The two Pretoria-based licencees, who cover all nine provinces in the country, are Zibako Trading Enterprises and Magnolia Ridge Properties. 20 October 2010 Unsupervised children and domestic animals tend to drink this water, which is also exposed to dust. The CSIR patented the device in 2006, and has set up a commercialisation agreement with two small black empowerment companies to sell the device in bulk directly to clients such as municipalities, contractors and non-governmental organisations. South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed an innovative, affordable hand-washing device to enable poor communities to combat life-threatening water-borne diseases with minimal water usage. The device is easy enough to use – you need an empty two-litre bottle filled with clean water; the hand-washing dispenser is then be screwed onto the opening of the bottle. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
The push for innovation is crucial for businesses wanting to keep up with the latest technological developments in the constantly changing and competitive global market place.Recognising this, the Gauteng provincial government set up a specialised unit for technological development in 2001. Known as the Innovation Hub, the centre was developed to create a unique space to bring hi-tech entrepreneurs, industry, academics, researchers and venture capitalists together.The Innovation Hub’s mission is to promote the socio-economic development and competitiveness of Gauteng through innovation.What is the Innovation Hub?PartnershipMaxHubSkills and leadership developmentGreen and sustainable development projectsMLabWhat is the Innovation Hub?It is Africa’s first accredited science and technology park and a full member of the International Association of Science Parks. It is a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA), which is an agency of the Gauteng Department of Economic Development.Taking its benchmark from the best such developments in the world, the creativity- driven centre houses technology-related businesses across a range of disciplines, including electronics, information and communication technology, bio-science, and advanced manufacturing sectors.The complex is strategically located in Tshwane, executive capital in the “smart” province of Gauteng. It lies between the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the University of Pretoria, two of the country’s leading research institutions.Read more: Gauteng province, South AfricaWebsite: www.theinnovationhub.comPartnershipThe Innovation Hub and the CSIR have entered into a partnership to support entrepreneurs and ensure they contribute to the growth of the economy.The two-year-long memorandum of understanding will provide start-ups with many opportunities: “We are providing a home for entrepreneurs, as well as value added services such as mentorship, intellectual property management support, networking, subsidised office space and free connectivity to the entrepreneurs in incubation,” McLean Sibanda, chief executive of the Innovation Hub, said at the time of the launch.MaxHubMaxum Business Incubator is the Innovation Hub’s flagship entrepreneurship programme aimed at accelerating the growth of knowledge-intensive enterprises.The programme comprises a pre-incubation phase, which lasts between six to 12 months and allows budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to refine their ideas into viable business cases; as well as a two- to three-year incubation phase.Further support to Maxum start-ups is also available from the CSIR’s Enterprise Creation for Development (ECD), which provide incubation support with business plan development, feasibility studies and business advisory services.Skills and leadership developmentTraining is a core focus at the Innovation Hub. The CoachLab™ postgraduate leadership programme in the fields of ICT and engineering aims to ease graduates’ transition from tertiary education into industry.Students work on projects supervised by industry experts. By 2013, almost 188 leaders had been through the programme.CoachLab™ is sponsored by Media Information and Communication Technology (MICT) Seta and industry partners who use the programme as an opportunity to train graduates to employ in their core businesses.Green and sustainable development projectsThis programme is responsible for identifying, stimulating and supporting green innovations that have strong socio-economic effects, with the ultimate aim of being absorbed into a green economy. It identifies, stimulates, supports R&D commercialisation and innovations in priority sectors of the green economy, to be incorporated into the Gauteng economy.MLabmLab Southern Africa (SA) is a mobile solutions laboratory and startup accelerator based at the Innovation Hub. It provides entrepreneurs and mobile developers with the support they need to develop innovative mobile applications and services.MLab’s goal is to help build sustainable technology businesses by helping their founders mobilize their services and products to take advantage of the rapid growing base of mobile consumers in Africa and around the world.Website: www.mlab.co.zaSAinfo reporterReviewed: 24 April 2013Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest New analysis finds that, despite significant value declines in Midwestern corn and soybean states, farmland values saw little to no change in the four-state area of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. In fact, Ohio saw an increase of 0.2% in land values, year over year.Values for the northwest quadrant of The Buckeye State realized a 1.6% gain, the northeast part of the state saw a 2% decline, the southeast gained close to 3% and the southwest quarter fell 1.7%.To put this into perspective, land values in Iowa fell 15% over 2014-15.“It was a little surprising to us because we expected the numbers for our area of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee to be close to break even or maybe a little bit of a pullback,” said Dennis Badger, the vice president of collateral risk management for Farm Credit Mid-America.The company researched and analyzed 4,000 land sales in 2015 and compared it to over 100,000 land sales in the organization’s historical database. Badger acknowledges that Farm Credit Mid-America’s territory hasn’t seen the large levels of increases in recent years that took place in other parts of the Corn Belt.“Usually those areas that go through periods of high growth and extreme rates of increase are the ones that suffer the most when there is a pullback,” Badger said. “Ohio did not see those massive gains, so the declines weren’t felt as much.”That means that as the markets look a lot different than they did three years ago, land values will remain at current levels, meaning cash will be a part of many farmland transactions. Badger sees this as a positive because borrowers will have a little more skin in the game and will take a more cautious approach to risky investments.“Most people purchase real estate on the anticipation principle,” Badger said. “While the short term one to five year outlook has some questions about rising values, I think the longer term 10 year outlook will historically show that the cost will be recouped.”The cash factor of the land value equation may continue to change the demographics of Ohio farms, as the larger, more established farms gain the upper hand, leaving the small farms out of the mix.That scenario also sets the stage for a very difficult starting position for newcomers to Ohio’s agriculture scene.“Beginning farmers will find it challenging to grow into this industry with current land values and commodity markets,” Badger said. “It might involve renting properties longer than what was planned or finding a farmer that will be stepping out of the market and looking for a young farmer to take over the operation. It will take some creativity and patience.”
Here’s how to protect your camera from dirt, dust, and sand with inexpensive items you’ve got sitting around the house.Images via ShutterstockDavid Fincher once said, “If I do my job right in prep, I always feel like the shooting should be boring.” It’s an excellent statement to embody. If every shoot could be ‘boring’ because it has been so well prepped, then a lot more fantastic films would be getting made every year. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for many filmmakers, and as you descend the ladder from professional budget to no-budget, you will have less chance of a dull shoot as more things are going to go wrong.Preparation in filmmaking is half the battle. The beauty of working on a soundstage or inside is that you will likely have control of everything. When filming outside, that isn’t always the case — especially when it comes to dealing with the wind in a dusty or sandy environment.A pinch of dust isn’t going to do much other than cause a smear on your images, and it will be an annoyance rather than a certified problem. Dust can quickly be removed in post-production, and physically with a lens pen and the sensor cleaning application found on most DSLRs. Sand and dirt, however, can have a much more detrimental and long-lasting effect on your camera. It can degrade the efficiency of the mechanics, it can scratch your lens, and worst of all, the sensor. A sensor clean isn’t going to rid you of a scratch. It will be back to the repair house if you encounter that dilemma.Six years ago I once had sand find its way into the middle of my variable ND filter, and to this day, I can still hear the sand grind against the filter.In the perfect circumstance, you would have housing to protect your gear, whether it be a designated cover or case or even underwater housing (underwater housing works perfectly in sandy conditions). Regrettably, you might be in a circumstance where you do not have professionally designed protective gear available to you, and will have to make do with what you have.If you ever find yourself in a situation where the sand is starting to blow, or you need to place the camera down into the dirt for a specific shot, this easy-to-follow DIY hack is an excellent way to protect your DSLR. The items needed are more than likely always going to be found on a set, whether it be a no-budget or professional shoot.You will need a sandwich bag or a plastic bag, a cable tie/elastic band/tape, and screw-on filter. There is no preference for the filter you use, as long as it is cheap and replaceable.Step 1Take the sandwich bag and place the camera inside. You want the zip or the tied end to be on top of your camera so you can see the LCD screen and control panel.Step 2Very carefully pinch a hole on the front side, and pull it apart just enough so the front of the lens can fit through. You want this gap to be snug. Using the cable tie (or tape), close the hole tight.Step 3Place a UV filter or protective filter onto the front to better protect the lens.Step 4Shoot away in the dirty/sandy location.An optional precaution to take: wrap electrical tape around the lens-to-camera connection.This useful tip cost next to nothing. Although it will limit your function at the control panel (and ultimately devalue all of the work of the camera designers), it will stop dirt and sand from entering your camera. It’s recommended to set your camera settings before placing it into the bag because of the limited functionality, especially with touchscreen LCDs. If you’re aware of a shoot taking place in a sandy location, perhaps look into acquiring professional housing. The above method does have drawbacks and should be used when you have nothing else available.Do you have any useful hacks that have saved the day? Let us know in the comments.
On Sunday, June 3, 2018, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Blair Garner will host the second Nashville “Dance Party to End Alz” to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.This year’s event will include Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Charles Esten, Lindsay Ell and more top country artists performing hits from the 1980’s. Tickets for the event will be available for pre-sale on Wednesday, April 18 at 11 a.m. CDT via www.alz.org/danceparty. Ticket sales will be open to the general public starting Friday, April 20 at 11 a.m. CDT via www.alz.org/danceparty.“We were thrilled by the success of last year’s Dance Party to End Alz, where we grooved to hits from the ‘70s. We’re excited to make this an annual event and bring the ’80s to Nashville this year,” said Kimberly Williams-Paisley. “It is so inspiring to see the country music community rally around the Alzheimer’s cause, which is very important to our family and millions across the country. We are more motivated than ever to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research that will ultimately change the course of this disease for so many.”The evening will also include a silent auction with exclusive packages available for online bidding open to guests in attendance and remote bidders.Where: Wildhorse Saloon, 120 2nd Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37201When: June 3, 2018 at 6 p.m. CDTTickets: General admission tickets: $50-$150 (Available via www.alz.org/danceparty)VIP Table Packages Available (Visit www.alz.org/danceparty for more information)Who: Actress and author Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Blair Garner of The Blair Garner Show, musicians Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Charles Esten, Lindsay Ell and additional artists to be announced.The Nashville “Dance Party to End Alz” benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association is led by a volunteer committee of Kimberly Williams-Paisley, John Shomby and Blair and Eric Garner. Funds raised through the Dance Party will directly support the Alzheimer’s Association research program. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.alz.org/danceparty.
May 22, 2002 The Arizona RegionalPoetry Slam Competion attracted teams from Flagstaff, Prescott, Mesa,Phoenix, Tuscon, & Arcosanti. The teams were scored by judges from theaudience. [Photo & text RL] >>left photo>> M.C. Dan Seaman hosted the Arcosanti “Slab City” Slam>>for the second year in a row. >>right photo>> All slam poets were>>lively and uncensored. [Photo & text: RL] Team Mesa wonbragging rights as Arizona Slam Poetry Champions.[Photo & text RL] The Poetry Slam wasfollowed by a night pour in the foundry where the Team Mesa recited animpromptu poem. [Photo & text RL] Arcosanti theatreproduction MUD was performed on Sunday to close this weekends list ofevents. [Photo & text RL]
South African communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane has pushed back against plans by public broadcaster SABC to engage in concerted cost-cutting to turn its fortunes around.Nomvula MokonyaneMokonyane said that SABC was continuing to insist on a programme of intensive cost cutting alone rather than a more comprehensive approach to deal with its precarious finances.She said she had raised her concerns about the SABC board’s approach, which ignores the advice of its main shareholder, the South African government.Mokonyane said that the turnaround plan presented by the broadcaster lacked details on how much the cost-cutting plan will save the company in the short, medium and long term and did not specify how the broadcaster s going to manage and balance out the short to medium term challenges in order to achieve its long-term vision set out in the turnaround plan.Mokonyane said that SABC had failed to make any proposals about increasing its revenues, including improving the collection of licence fees and disposal of non-core or underused assets.“As the shareholder, it is our considered view that any retrenchment exercise must be a last resort and an integral part of a holistic, well formulated and broadly canvassed turn-around plan aimed at steering the SABC towards future financial sustainability” said Mokonyane.“The SABC is a national asset and as a public broadcaster its well-being is not the exclusive domain of the Board and its management but that of all stakeholders with an interest in its sustainability and those include the government, as a shareholder, labour, civil-society and the broader public.”