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Boys’ sprint relay will be hot

first_imgPHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: THE high school boys sprint relay will be one of the highlights when the 122nd staging of the Penn Relays comes to an end today at the Franklin Field Stadium. Jamaica College led the qualifiers for today’s final, winning their heat in 40.87 seconds. They were followed by TC Williams out of Virginia with 40.91, Kingston College (41.05), St Jago (41.05), and Calabar (41.47). All the top qualifiers are expected to go below 40 seconds in the final, and Calabar’s one-year old mark of 39.63 could fall. Calabar and Kingston College looked quite easy in the heats, while TC Williams also looked smooth in posting the second-fastest time of the day. This final will get under way at 12 50 p.m. Jamaica time. Both St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) and St Jago High easily qualified for today’s final of the 4×800 metres. STETHS clocked 7:49.14 to take the first heat with St Jago second in 7:48.21. Bellefield High, Kingston College, and Jamaica College also advanced to the final scheduled for 3 p.m. (Ja time). Competition will begin at 8 a.m. (Ja time) time with the 400m hurdles. Six Jamaicans, led by number-one seed Timor Barrett of St Jago High, are down for the event. Earlier yesterday, Munro College’s Kino Dunkley won the high school boys’ discus with a throw of 57.89 metres. – R.G.last_img read more

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The Nightmare

first_imgHe awoke feeling nauseous, with his head pounding inside. In these days of the deadly Ebola outbreak, he knew the danger that surrounded on anyone who would vomit in public, and prayed silently that whatever were the cause of his headache and the feeling of vomiting was not due to the Ebola virus.   Fifteen minutes later, he was ready to journey to downtown Monrovia, as his usual routine indicated. He worried about causing panic, especially since he had had the urge to throw up. Earlier, he had rushed to the bathroom, locked the door, and forced himself to vomit, and because he had not eaten that morning, he could only throw out a little or nothing else could happen for him to worry about.  Reports of Ebola and the symptoms had been aired on every radio station, and newspapers had been doing a lot more. He wanted to tell someone about his discomfort, but who would not suggest the symptoms were not those of Ebola. What about going to any of the mushrooming quarantine places in Monrovia to tell them his situation? The best they could do would be to quarantine or isolate him while they treat the fever and then the vomiting. And maybe after some days, say nine or fourteen days, he would be issued with a certificate that he was Ebola free, as it was being done. He wondered if that was an honest declaration! Though the idea of being infected with the Ebola virus was a major fear, he had not done anything or not been involved with anyone who might have had the virus. And to always be on the safe side, he had washed his hands with chlorine water daily. With such an examination, he could not convince himself that he was infected, but just the ordinary experience of fever.  At the Duala Bus Station, he walked briskly to a Car Boy, and inquired about the destination. “How far you going?” “Waterside,” the Car Boy replied without interest, “but no space.” Joe looked around him and saw many more people gathering around, ostensibly waiting for the next available bus to town.  So far, things had been doing fine with him. He had not experienced any sign of vomiting or ‘throwing up’ and that was wonderful but there was an inner feeling of fear. He prayed he would not face any such embarrassment. He could not imagine what it would mean if he were to vomit among the crowd. He began to fantasize about what could happen:  He could see himself bent at the corner, vomiting and while he would expect someone with medical knowledge to come to his rescue, someone would shout Ebola and would point a finger at him. He could see people running helter-skelter for dear life since Ebola had become one of the stubborn killers in the country. Now, as people ran here and there, there would still be others watching him from a safe distance.  Somewhere, while his vomit increases, many in the crowd would pull out their mobile phones and call 4455, the main contact number of the Ebola Response Team, to come get him. With that done, he would realize that he would be on his way to somewhere beyond tomorrow. He was not aware about how many people had apparently vomited and removed to a quarantine area, but he would imagine people with white gowns and protective gears coming for him, after one more than six hours waiting for help. Normally, the Response Team would not come readily, that is as soon as the team is called. There are instances where Ebola Response Team had delayed its appearance, due to the fear that some ‘crazy’ people in the area would prevent their work, until it was after three days. With such fear, Joe knew after many calls, the team would eventually arrive on the third day, and the team would spray him from head to toe with chlorine water. He could see a large number of people watching the exercise like watching a movie.  Suddenly, Joe came out of his reverie when a blue bus came around and he saw people dashing to get a seat. As many of people rushed to the windows, others dashed to the main door, and he saw people rubbing their bodies against each other.  Someone behind him said, “See how they are on each other!” Joe turned with a rumble in his stomach, and managed to smile at the speaker with a nod. He was too much involved with his thoughts and in his own problems to be concerned about how others were rubbing themselves against each other in their desperate effort to secure a seat on a bus. Then a taxi also screeched to a stop and many people rushed towards it.  “Even taxis are not even better,” he murmured to himself. Then a voice that sounded like a woman’s replied to the first one, “What can we do?” Turning around, Joe saw her. She was about twenty six, with a light red blouse; hair weaved with an attachment and with attractive legs, smiling.  The man said, “If one can get Ebola by torching another, I can bet you that many of us would get the virus.” The woman kept her smile in place and swept her face behind with a blush.  She said, “I thank God that we don’t get simply by torching.” Joe did not feel too much concern to make a contribution and kept his eyes focus on his problems but he wondered about the difference between shaking hands and torching another. Joe was not feeling worse, but he was afraid that like it happened early in the morning when he was forced to dash into the bathroom to honor the pressure to throw up which nothing much happened. That was his trump card.  What had stabilized his condition was what he did last night. He had rushed to one of the many drug stores and told the attendant he wanted something to relief his fever. The attendant did not really had much to tell him and recommended ‘Sulfadoxine’ and ‘Pyrimethamine’ (Malafil), a three in one dose, along with Ibuprofen and Paracetamol tablets. Taken the tablets did not solve the problem immediately, as he struggled the entire night with fearful dreams. He woke up several times, sweating. Though by the morning, there was a level of stability but his headache lingered on.  He had been praying not to create any scene like he had fantasized earlier and so far everything seemed to have gone on well. But deep down his heart he had the fear that anything could happen. All he wanted to do was getting away from Point 4 Junction as quickly as he could but that was not possible since there were more commuters than cars and the bad road made it difficult for vehicles to get to their destinations quicker.  The next two hours went without any incident but Joe did not feel comfortable because he knew he was not completely well. He then remembered that he still had a couple of tablets in his breast pocket but he would have to reach in town, take in some food before taking them.  Two buses screeched to a stop, and he rushed to grab at the front door of one of the buses nearest to him, as the driver drove on. Many commuters jostled each other to enter the bus from the main door.  He made it.  He held a smaller bag with his computer inside in front of him, and remained calm, always praying that he would not throw up to create a scene. As the bus crawled towards downtown Monrovia, Joe kept himself focus. He knew many other Liberians would have to go through life with an experience such like his. He had been fortunate not to throw out or vomit, but he could not imagine any Liberian who had had the experience to vomit on a bus or in a taxi.    These were not normal times; he had long concluded. He knew it was not even the right time to die, if one could determine that. Why? Many, who had died in this period, were sent to a crematorium, somewhere in Boys Town with no one to cry for them. Joe felt a sense of revulsion about being cremated, or in a lay man’s terms, to be burned into ashes.  However, he was not concerned about it since he was still alive and kicking and convinced that he did not have the Ebola virus, just that he was suffering from fever and its attendant vomiting that he was determined to treat to the end.  It was a nightmare all right. “I don’t want any of the health workers to pronounce me of having the virus, simply because I am vomiting,” he said, when the bus arrived on Johnson Street parking, and he alighted.  Thirty minutes later, Joe felt more relief after he had taken a second dose of tablets. He knew that self medication was a dangerous exercise but with a community in which every symptom of headache or vomiting could be diagnosed as the deadly Ebola virus, he could not help but choose the course he took that brought him the much needed relief to wait and fight another day. 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Let’s begin: Reviews mixed on starting point, time

first_img“Koreatown was great,” said Tina Sarafa of Manhattan Beach. “Some kids gave me high fives and that was worth its weight in gold.” Others enjoyed the view. “I liked all the landmarks – the Hollywood Bowl, the Coliseum and coming over the bridge on Sixth Street, you really got a nice view of the skyline,” said Steve Olear of Lakewood after his 12th L.A. race was delayed when he helped a couple of friends get aid from the heat. “This was more interesting than previous courses.” It was an interesting day, too, for Will Campbell of Silver Lake. And a long one. He rode in the bike race at 6a.m. and then walked the marathon, but was disappointed that the shuttle bus that in year’s past had taken riders from the finish of the bike race in Exposition Park to the start of the marathon had been scrapped. He had to scramble to change, ran to the Red Line and got to the start about 20 minutes late. “It was like a marathon within a marathon,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And many appreciated being able to get back and forth on the Red Line. “I’m very happy,” said Lee Gluckman of Redondo Beach, who was able to follow his wife during the race by hoping on and off the subway, which followed the course for much of the way. “There’s no way I’d be able to do this driving.” Others, though, were not so thrilled. Several runners said they didn’t know the race started in the Valley until they arrived downtown Sunday morning, adding that if such a notice was in the runner’s packets it wasn’t noticeable enough. “I’ll never do L.A. again,” said Cory Coder of Hermosa Beach, who was running in his third LosAngeles race and 20th marathon. “There should be a shuttle. To have to get here two hours before the race is ridiculous.” Many complained about the heat and said the starting time should be moved from about 8:30 to at least 7:30, though the presence along the course of many fire trucks, whose firefighters used their hoses to cool off runners, drew praise. Another welcome sight were the people cheering the runners on, though there were few people lining the streets at the start or in East L.A., two of the new wrinkles to the route. center_img The decision to have the LosAngeles Marathon start and finish in different places for the first time in the race’s 22-year history drew mixed reviews from the masses. Some runners said they liked the convenience of being able to park close to the start near Universal Studios or spend the night at a downtown hotel near the finish. last_img read more

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New LAUSD reform team joins Brewer

first_imgThe appearance came a day after the group celebrated its Tuesday election victory with a high-profile gathering at Ninth Street Elementary School in downtown Los Angeles. Their colleagues, board President Marlene Canter, Marguerite LaMotte and Julie Kornstein, have only issued congratulatory statements. Canter said Thursday that recent controversy over district control might have overshadowed the fact that she was elected to the board in 2001 as a reformer. “There are no silver bullets, but we can move faster if we’re in alignment with the same goals and objectives,” Canter said. LaMotte, who was re-elected to the South L.A. board seat in March, released a statement alluding to the new members’ support from Villaraigosa. Escalating their show of solidarity and majority power, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s four allies on the LAUSD board united with Superintendent David Brewer III on Thursday and vowed to bring urgency to district reform. Newly elected board members Tamar Galatzan and Richard Vladovic and current members Yolie Flores Aguilar and Monica Garcia joined with Brewer at a membership meeting of the Central City Association and pledged to cut bureaucracy and partner with the business community to improve the schools and dismal graduation rates. Aguilar also foreshadowed a potential leadership change for the seven-member board. “Now we have a reform board with the great leadership of Monica Garcia, who has been pushing for many of these reforms – oftentimes a very lonely voice,” Aguilar said. “I am heartened by the fact that the new members of the board will also base their decisions not on allegiance to any one faction or any one constituent but rather on what is in the best interest of children,” she said. Talk of district reform came as a coalition of charter schools filed two lawsuits Thursday against the Los Angeles Unified School District. The suits allege the district has failed to fulfill provisions of Proposition 39, which requires all public schools – including charters – be given adequate facilities for learning. The suits say the LAUSD has turned away 57 of 59 petitions since 2005 and seek to get facilities immediately designated for more charters. “(The new school board is) definitely a sign of encouragement, but the fact is that right now, parents who want to have their kids attend these high-quality schools are left in limbo because they don’t know where these schools are going to be located next year,” said Gary Larson, spokesman for the California Charter Schools Association, one of the plaintiffs. “Los Angeles Unified continues to say they don’t have space available, but they’re sitting on $85 million in voter-approved bond funds specifically allocated to go to charter schools.” The new board members – who support the charter-school movement along with the mayor – said the district has to be more collaborative with charters. “It’s disappointing to me that the Charter Schools Association had to sue the district in order to get access to vacant classrooms, and I hope that going forward we can have a more collaborative approach,” said Galatzan, who unseated incumbent Jon Lauritzen to represent the San Fernando Valley. naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722160Want 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

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DDTV: FEAST YOUR EYES ON GREAT PIX FROM DONEGAL FOOD FEST

first_imgIF you were there last weekend at the Donegal Town ‘Taste of Donegal’ Food Festival, you will have seen – and tasted – the success.To celebrate another superb year, here’s a collection of images from the festival. Click to play.DDTV: FEAST YOUR EYES ON GREAT PIX FROM DONEGAL FOOD FEST was last modified: September 2nd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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TattooBarbie Discovers Geocaching

first_img SharePrint RelatedNovember Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentDecember 13, 2013In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”January Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsJanuary 9, 2013In “Community” Share with your Friends:More After attending Geocoinfest 2013: Las Vegas, Nevada, TattooBarbie and her friend cybercat completed the El Dorado series. They had so much fun they decided to also do the Route 66 series!This is the story of a woman with Asperger’s, who became a geocacher with Asperger’s. It’s not about conquering a disorder or beating an affliction. It’s about something more. It’s about the most human of all conditions: adaptation. It’s a condition geocachers are known to excel at, and Toni Brown first discovered that at work.In many ways, Toni (Username: TattooBarbie) is a geocacher like many others: adventurous, fun, and outgoing. But this has not always been the case.Long before she discovered geocaching, Toni was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.  She says, “With Asperger Syndrome, it’s sort of a problem with your social life. You just don’t fit in. You don’t understand people and people don’t understand you. That has led me to have a rather secluded life.” Like many others with Asperger’s, Toni found it difficult to meet new friends and to get outside.Then, one fateful work retreat, she found a way to do both. Toni works for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). TPWD uses geocaching as an educational tool for its Outdoor Family Program, and so the department decided that it would be a good idea for TPWD employees to test out geocaching during its annual retreat. For Toni, this activity turned out to be more than fun – it turned her life upside down (sometimes literally).“Geocaching changed my life…I finally fit in somewhere. I’ve even hosted events when I travel out of town just to meet other geocachers.  This activity is so much fun that no matter where you go you can meet perfect strangers and share a common bond.”  With nearly 10,000 finds and 200 hides, Toni now spends a lot of time outside exploring. Her geocaching dream is to travel to Brazil to find the last remaining Project APE geocache. She also would like to find the International Space Station geocache, but concedes that “Brazil is [more] doable.”Toni climbs out of her comfort zone (and ours!).TattooBarbie’s trackable treasure chest tattoo.Toni has been hooked on geocaching ever since that first experience at the TPWD retreat. Don’t believe us? Check out her rad trackable tattoo, featured in the video below. It’s in the shape of a treasure chest, which she thinks is the perfect representation of what geocaching is all about.We think that Toni herself is the perfect representation of what geocaching is all about. She has used geocaching as a tool to step outside her comfort zone, to explore new places, and to surround herself with a wonderful community of folks united by their shared love of this crazy thing we call…well…geocaching.Has geocaching helped you to overcome a challenge or step outside of your comfort zone? Tell us your story in the comments below.Watch the video below (created by TPWD) to learn more about how geocaching helped Toni overcome the challenges associated with Asperger Syndrome:last_img read more

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Variable Speed Changes in DaVinci Resolve 10 Lite

first_imgHere is a demo on Vimeo of the Optical Flow compared to an original speed clip and frame blending (from Walk/Humbly Films): To change the frame interpolation settings for the project, click on the gear icon. Set “Retime Process” to Optical Flow. Create or modify variable speed slow motion with the new features in Resolve 10 Lite. The ability to import speed changes or create them in Resolve is a big deal for video editors.center_img In this quick tutorial I assume a basic knowledge of Resolve 10 Lite. If you’re just starting out, I suggest reading “Getting Started” in the Resolve 10 Lite manual. We also have many DaVinci Resolve blog posts to get you up to speed here.Working with Variable Speed in Resolve 10 is fairly intuitive if you have worked with Variable Speed in NLE’s. Note: Resolve’s terminology for variable speed is “nonlinear speed ramp”. In fact it is very similar to working with variable speed in FCP X with the Range Selection tool.The fact you have this kind of power in a free app is kinda mind-blowing. This is an exciting time for those of us who wear a lot of hats and work with a variety of post production apps on a daily basis.Importing Speed changes via XMLYou can import speed changes into Resolve Lite via XML.Im my example I created Variable Speed changes (retiming) in FCP X, then exported that as an XML. First, create a new Resolve Project, and then import the XML (File > Import AFF, EDL, XML). Then, click on the Edit page to see the Timeline.Clip in Resolve’s Edit page (click image for larger view):Select your clip and press Cmd + R (Control on PC) to “Retime Clip”. This shows you the speed changes that were applied in FCPX. The variable speed segments show yellow arrows, and the freeze frame as red bars. Notice the closer the arrows are to each other, the faster the clip is. The further apart the arrows, the slower the clip.View after adding Retime Clip (click image for larger view):Notice that “Speed Point” handles were added between each clip. Dragging on a Speed Point” will change the speed for that segment, with the change rippling through to the other clips (just like a ripple edit in an NLE). Now that we can see our speed segments, lets make some changes.Speed Change OptionsThese speed change options work on imported XML or clips added into Resolve. This is helpful in situations where you may have not originally planned to use slow motion.Click on the pulldown (down facing triangle) on a speed segment to reveal the speed options.Select “Change Speed” to change the speed for that segment.  You have speed options from 10 to 800 percent. “Reset to 100” sets the speed to normal speed and the arrows change to blue.Speed Pulldown highlighted in red:“Reverse Segment’ will play the segment in Reverse. The arrows will now be facing left and the speed has a negative number in front of it.Add additional segments by positioning your playhead in the desired location, and then clicking “Add Speed Point” from the pulldown. You can also clear added speed points with “Clear Speed Point”.Similarly, “Add Freeze Frame” will add a freeze-frame at the playhead.“Rewind” adds 2 segments: a reverse speed that you specify and the previous speed. In my example that gives us a 25% segment, a reverse -50% segment and another 25% segment.Be careful with “Speed Ramp”. This will remove any current segments and replace them with ramp up or ramp down segments. I would use this where I had a clip that was normal speed and I wanted to create a speed ramp.“Reset Clip” will remove any segments, giving you a clip at 100 % with blue arrows.Smoothing Speed ChangesResolve 10 Lite can give you smooth speed changes by using Optical Flow. Optical Flow is available in motion graphics apps like After Effects & Motion. It is not available in all NLE’s, as most of them offer Frame Blending, which doesn’t look as smooth or natural.To get to the “Retime & Scaling” options for a clip, click on the “Effect Inspector” icon on the “Edit Page”. This sets the rtetiming options on a clip basis.Change the settings for “Retime Process” from Project to Optical Flow.Effect Inspector highlighted in red:last_img read more

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What Giriraj did is unacceptable, says Nitish

first_imgUnion Minister Giriraj Singh’s meeting with the families of jailed Bajrang Dal activists in Nawada is unacceptable, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Monday. “An open display of sympathy for those the administration has found guilty on some counts is improper… if someone appears to have been wrongly arrested, he should move the court,” Mr. Kumar told journalists on the sidelines of his weekly public interaction programme in Patna. His government would not tolerate any attempt to disturb communal harmony. However, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra disagreed with him. “What is wrong if Giriraj Singh as a public representative went to his constituency and met someone?… Law will take its own course and whoever is guilty will be punished,” he said. State BJP leader and party MLC Sanjay Paswan said: “Nitish Kumar is a highly respectable leader, but it has been problem with the socialists that they do not rise above the politics of appeasement,” he said.The Union Minister on Sunday met family members of Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists arrested last week on charges of inciting communal tension during the Ram Navami celebrations in Nawada district in March.last_img read more

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Behind Manning, Giants Beat Skins, 24-13

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants have found a real winner in rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr.Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes to Beckham and the Giants took advantage of an overturned touchdown at the end of the half to defeat Washington 24-13 on Dec. 14.Manning and Beckham combined 12 times for 143 yards, with touchdown passes covering 10, 35 and 6 yards. The win was the second straight for the Giants (5-9) after seven straight losses.The Redskins are finding all sorts of ways to lose, and this one was hard to believe. They blew a touchdown and command of the game on a fumble by Robert Griffin III as time expired at the end of the first half.Griffin scrambled for an apparent 8-yard touchdown as the half expired for a 17-7 lead, diving over the pylon and then running on to the field and spiking the ball with emphasis.It wasn’t to be. The video review by referee Jeff Triplette showed that Griffin lost control of the ball diving over the pylon and the play was ruled a touchback.The call incensed veteran Redskins receiver Santana Moss so much that he bumped an official while arguing and was ejected. Instead of a 10-point lead, the Redskins led 10-7 with the go-ahead points a 9-yard TD pass from Griffin to Chris Thompson midway through the second quarter.New York, however, controlled most of the second half.Moss was called for two 15-yard penalties for his argument and the Giants went with onside kick from the Washington 35 to start the second half. They recovered at the Redskins 17, setting up a tying 32-yard field goal by Josh Brown.The 35-yard TD by Beckham gave the Giants a 17-13 lead late in third quarter. The 6-yarder with 4:41 to go sent the Redskins (3-11) to their sixth consecutive loss.Washington’s only points in the second half came on a 38-yard field goal by Kai Forbath.Manning (23-of-34 for 250 yards) drove the Giants 81 yards on four plays on the ensuing series, combining for the final 35 on a crossing pattern to Beckham. The rookie’s catches were one shy of the Giants’ single-game record held by Tiki Barber.New York iced the game with a 76-yard drive that featured five catches by Beckham.Griffin, benched for Colt McCoy as the starting quarterback, finished 18-of-27 for 236 yards. He also ran five times for 46 yards in an impressive performance, but also was sacked seven times. There were moments late in the game when the oft-injured quarterback had trouble getting up.McCoy started and led the Redskins to a field goal before leaving after aggravating a neck injury on the opening series.Manning, who was listed on the Giants’ injury report with a back problem, got New York on the scoreboard late in the first quarter with a 10-yarder to Beckham.___(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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