The A’s Chris Herrmann catches on quick with new team

first_imgOAKLAND — It crossed Chris Herrmann’s mind some time this April: there was a chance, at least, that the catcher wouldn’t return to the show.Pain still ached through his surgically repaired right knee and reality hit. Herrmann hadn’t had a serious injury since a freak tubing accident on a lake left him with a torn labrum back in high school. He hadn’t had surgery since he broke his hand with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016.“But things like that, you know you’re gonna come back,” Herrmann said …last_img

More Ohio highlights from the 2019 National FFA Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Reese and Kolt BuchenrothHeading into the 2019 National FFA Convention, the organization announced a record-high student membership of 700,170 and, in the next year, Kolesen McCoy will be representing each of those members as only the third National FFA President from Ohio.“It has been a mix of emotions and a roller coaster of a ride for sure. It is a very humbling experience. As soon as a heard my name called, I was shocked and overwhelmed with the excitement I had to go on this journey for the next 365 days with five amazing people at my side to be able to serve the 700,000 members across the country,” said McCoy from the Global Impact Stem Academy in Clark County. “And I can say that when I look at the five people around me there is a consistent message. They are not here for themselves, if that makes sense. That is very clear. They are very grounded in their faith and they are incredibly motivated to serve those around them.”The other National FFA presidents from Ohio were Bobby Jones in in 1933-1934 and Mark Sanborn in 1978-1979. McCoy is looking forward to building upon that heritage.“The role of a national officer varies from year-to-year and person-to-person. What makes this organization this organization is the people,” McCoy said. “I hope to be able to walk out of this year content with the impact I’ve had and that my five teammates can say that too.”McCoy did not grow up on a farm, but has grown to love the agricultural industry through his involvement in FFA locally, then as the Ohio FFA president and now at the national level.“I didn’t grow up in production agriculture, but I can genuinely say the reasons I pursued this industry are the people who believed in it in the beginning and they saw the potential in me. I have seen how much agriculture is involved with everything we do. Thanks to the people who are involved in this industry. It is very easy to fall in love with the people of agriculture. I want to thank all of them and I look forward to being an authentic advocate for all of them,” McCoy said. “I believe in agriculture and agricultural education students in all parts of the world who believe in what we do. I hope to be able to leave an impact on those students, be a voice for our students on the National Board and Foundation Board of Trustees and ultimately thank the people who help make all this happen — our sponsors and donors. I am who I am today because of the people who encouraged me on that journey. The people around me have invested so much in me and I look forward to investing that into the people around me as I go and serve during this year. It is going to be a great year.”Ohio’s rich heritage of excellence at the national level of the FFA continued well beyond the national officer team with extensive Ohio representation at the 2019 Convention. Ohio had an incredibly impressive 27 proficiency finalists and six national proficiency winners.Andy Holscher of the Upper Valley Career Center FFA Chapter won in the area of Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance — Placement. Holscher works at his family’s business, servicing and repairing lawnmowers and yard equipment. He started helping around the shop by doing simple jobs, like testing equipment for quality. Now he works on a large John Deere riding lawnmower, using a small leaf blower, assisting customers or anything in between. Holscher is supported by his parents, Teresa and Marvin, and his FFA advisors, Michelle Brunson, Daniel Schmiesing, Deborah Stanfield, James Metz, Michaella Quinter and John Kreitze.Rachel Sherman of the Big Walnut-DACC FFA Chapter won in the area of Dairy Production — Entrepreneurship. Sherman began her herd with a gift of one heifer from her parents. That one heifer grew to nine lactating cows and four heifers. She has grown her herd to be representative of all six main breeds of dairy cattle and has focused on strengthening her enterprise through the use of good management practices and continued use of genetic selection. Sherman is supported by her parents, Rose and Ken, and her FFA advisor, Jeffrey Stimmell.Joanna Frankenberg of the New Bremen FFA Chapter won in the area of Dairy Production — Placement. Frankenberg works on her family’s dairy farm, assisting in the management of a 120-Holstein cow herd and an additional 120 heifers. They also farm 480 acres of land, cultivating corn, grass hay, soybeans and wheat — all of which goes directly into feeding and caring for the herd. Frankenberg started helping on the farm at the age of five. She’s learned much about emerging technology related to the farm, including robotic management, no-till and more. She is supported by her parents, Kathryn and Steven, and her FFA advisor, Maria Homan.Jacob Wuebker of the Versailles FFA Chapter won in the area of Agricultural Production — Entrepreneurship/Placement. Wuebker is the fourth generation to work on his family farm. The operation produces 1,000 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa hay in addition to raising 2,000 sows from farrow to wean and 200 dairy steers on a feedlot. His tasks vary, ranging from feeding and breeding sows to servicing equipment and spreading and applying manure. Wuebker is supported by his parents, Dena and Jeff, and his FFA advisors, Dena Wuebker and Taylor Bergman.Justin Scott of the Indian Valley FFA Chapter won in the area of Diversified Crop Production — Placement. Scott works on his cousin’s 1,200-acre farm. The operation is a 50-50 rotation between yellow dent corn and soybeans. His cousin has slowly empowered him to take on more responsibilities, beginning with cleaning equipment and operating tillage implements and working to maintaining and repairing equipment, transporting grain and making management decisions. Scott is supported by his parents, Sommer and Tim, and his FFA advisor, David Stiles.Austin Dotterer of the Smithville FFA Chapter won in the area ofFruit Production — Entrepreneurship/Placement. Dotterer began his supervised agricultural experience (SAE) because he wanted to help his aunt and uncle who own a blackberry farm of about 2,400 plants. When he began, his only responsibilities were picking, cutting out old growth and lateral training. He has since learned most aspects of raising the fruit, including wedding, equipment care and primocane training. Dotterer is supported by his parents, Amy and Steve, and his FFA advisor, Stephen Heppe.Another big Ohio winner at National FFA Convention was the Covington-UVCC FFA Chapter that was named the Model of Excellence winner. Covington-UVCC FFA members identified a need to lower stress in their student body, promote production agriculture and improve the future lives of students. Their “De-Stressalizer” program offered four events — including tai chi and a movie night —throughout the school year that allowed students to unwind. The chapter’s Harvest Day included activities about harvesting and plant germination as well as kiddie tractor races. The chapter also highlighted former members during National FFA Week to showcase post-high school opportunities.“It is a big deal for us even to be up for this award,” said Brenna Miller, Covington UVCC FFA member. “We were so excited to win.”Ohio had an impressive three Star finalists — American Star in Agribusiness finalist Luke Scott (Wynford), American Star in Agriscience finalist Olivia Pflaumer (Zane Trace), and American Star Farmer finalist Todd Peterson (Miami Trace) — in the four national categories, though none were selected as the national winner. In addition, the team of Elly Schipfer, Taylor Ayars, and Colin Hartley, of Mechanicsburg FFA, finished third overall in the Meats Evaluation and Technology Career Development Event and the team of Colby Hoover, Spencer Flick, Kaitlin Miller, and Madeline Flick, of Margaretta FFA finished fifth overall in the Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event. Matt Reese talked to Auston Dotterer after he won his proficiency award. Kolt Buchenroth talks to Olivia Pflaumer, Zane Trace. Kolt Buchenroth interviewed Luke Scott from Wynford. Brayden Sponcil, Felicity-Franklin, rocks the drums. The Felicity-Franklin FFA Chapter rocked the talent show. Kolesen McCoy was the candidate for National Officers from Ohio. Jackson Reppart Ridgemont sang in the National FFA Chorus. Fruit Production – Austin Dotterer, Smithville Dairy Production-Entrepreneurship – Rachel Sherman, Big Walnut-DACC Diversified Crop Production-Placement – Justin Scott, Indian Valley Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Placement – Andy Holscher, Upper Valley CC Dairy Production-Placement – Joanna Frankenberg, New Bremen Jacob Zajkowski, Anthony Wayne, won Plant Systems Division 3.   Diversified Agricultural Production – Jacob Wuebker, Versailles Matt Reese talked to some of the State FFA officers. The Covington Chapter won the Model of Excellence award. The Covington Chapter won the Model of Excellence award.last_img read more

How to Give Your Video a Vintage Look

first_imgBring Down the White LevelsYou’ll also want to bring down the white levels in your video. I recommend mapping the bright whites down to a light gray. Just like when working with the black levels mentioned in the step above, you can use either the curves effect or the levels effect to achieve this look. Warm up the HighlightsNow it’s time to adjust the overall color of your project. In order to do this, I recommend using the curves effect. In the curves effect, navigate to the blue curve and bring down the highlights, but keep the shadows about the same. This will warm up the highlights in your image and give your footage just a slight sepia look. You don’t want to take this too far — you can quickly begin to make your film look a little too western. Just remember, warming up your highlights just a touch can go a long way. Turn Down SaturationOne thing that’s easy to see in vintage video is the lack of bright colors. This is simply due to the fact that vintage film degrades with time.  All you need to do to simulate this look is simply turn down the saturation of your final video. You can easily do this in most video editing applications by adding a saturation effect. You don’t want to go too crazy — a saturation decrease of 20 to 30% should be perfect. Decrease ContrastNow it’s time to start color grading. In order to make your footage look vintage, you’ll want to turn down the contrast just a little. Vintage footage doesn’t hold black or white levels as well as modern video. In most video editing applications, you can simply add a contrast effect and dial it down by about 20%. Bring up the Black LevelsModern Hollywood films typically have very dark black points in their video. This has become synonymous with theatrical color grading, and it’s a very popular approach in the indie filmmaking community — but it’s not a very good approach to creating a vintage look.The best thing you can do when working on a vintage color grade is bring up your black levels just a little bit. You want your blacks to map to a dark gray instead of deep black. You can get this look by using either the curves effect or the levels effect. It really just depends on your favorite color grading tools.center_img Film OverlaysYou’ve probably noticed how grainy vintage footage is. In order to simulate this on your own, you need to download a free grain pack online. Fortunately, there are quite a few out there. Check out our 10 FREE Film Grains for Video Editors post here on PremiumBeat and pick your favorite.After you’ve downloaded your free grain pack, it’s time to overlay it onto your footage. For most circumstances, you’ll probably want to use a soft light overlay blending mode. I personally recommend turning down the opacity on an overlay blending mode until your grain looks perfect. From lenses to post-production tweaks, there are lots of ways to give your footage a vintage look. Capture some old school vibes with these video tips.All photos via ShutterstockHipster trends come and go, but it seems vintage color grading is here to stay — and rightfully so. Vintage color grading can be a fun way to give your projects a unique vibe. So, if you’re looking for a new approach to stylizing your footage (or you’re simply interested in how to create a vintage look), follow the quick steps below.Vintage LensesOne of the best things you can do to give your project a vintage look is shoot on a vintage lens. Unlike modern lenses, vintage lenses tend to distort colors around the edge of the frame, a phenomenon called chromatic aberration. Typically you’ll find lots of chromatic aberration in older or cheaper lenses. This isn’t ideal for modern video projects, but it’s perfect for creating a vintage look. You can usually pick up a vintage lens on eBay for around $50 and buy an adapter to fit whatever mount your camera uses.Keep It (Slightly) SoftOne of the key differences between modern video and vintage video is the sharpness of the final image. Typically on vintage film, images degrade over time. This leads to an overall soft video or images. To simulate this on your camera, you can turn down the sharpness in your camera menu settings or simply add a slight blur to your final video. If you’re using a program like Adobe After Effects to stylize your footage, simply add a 3 to 4 point fast blur. Light LeaksIf you want to take your vintage video a step further, one of my favorite things to do is add a light leak. If you’re not familiar, a light leak is essentially a pre-rendered video asset that simulates light spillage on old film. One of the best online resources for light leaks is the Illuminate pack over at RocketStock. Their pack has 120 4K light leaks that are super-easy to drag and drop into any video project.If you like this post and want to learn more about getting vintage video looks or creating a hipster-style grade, check out our Dissecting the Hipster Look post here on PremiumBeat.Have any tips for creating a vintage look for your video project? Please share in the comments below.last_img read more

Preliminary report says thousands of birds died due to botulism near Jaipur

first_imgA preliminary forensic report has indicated that the mysterious death of more than 4,800 migratory birds at the country’s largest inland water saltwater lake near Jaipur was caused by botulism, a serious and fatal illness that affects the nerves, officials said on Friday.A 70-member disaster management team is at Sambhar Lake, a key wintering area for tens of thousands of migratory birds, to dispose the carcasses so that botulism does not spread to other birds. Also, a dozen teams from the Animal Husbandry Department are closely monitoring the situation.Initially, it was suspected that the birds died due to avian flu but the report from a laboratory in Bhopal has ruled this out.“Veterinary experts from Rajasthan University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Bikaner, have indicated that the deaths occurred due to botulism,” principal secretary (forest) Sreya Guha told PTI.Jaipur District Collector Jagroop Singh Yadav said another report on the heavy metal toxicity in the lake is awaited from a laboratory in Coimbatore.Mr. Yadav said Bikaner university experts have said the birds died to botulism.  “The birds died due to infection spread after feeding on maggots-infested carcasses. This causes paralysis in birds. The symptoms indicate that the cause of death was botulism,” he said.On Wednesday, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the death of birds near the lake was worrying and protecting the flora and fauna remains one of the priorities of his government.On Sunday, thousands of birds, including Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Shelduck, Plovers, Avocets, were found were found dead in the 5-7 km area around Sambhar Lake.This was the second such incident in the state within a week.On November 7, 37 demoiselle cranes were found dead in Jodhpur’s Khinchan area. An investigation is on in that case as well. Watch | Botulism kills migratory birds at Sambhar lakecenter_img Botulism kills migratory birds at Sambhar lakeVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:1401:14  last_img read more

Report: Hudd Town 1 West Ham 4

first_imgHuddersfield Town 1 West Ham 4: Arnautovic runs riot to secure Moyes’ 200th PL win Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 00:51 1/14/18 markoarnautovic - cropped Getty Images West Ham extended their unbeaten league run to four games with a 4-1 victory over Huddersfield Town, a win inspired by Marko Arnautovic. Marko Arnautovic created three and scored the other as West Ham lifted themselves away from the Premier League relegation zone with a 4-1 victory over Huddersfield Town.For the third successive away game, Arnautovic found the back of the net for the Hammers, his latest strike coming 11 seconds into the second half at the John Smith’s Stadium.The Austria international created the opener for Mark Noble midway through the first half, only for Joe Lolley to level things up with his first league goal of the campaign.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Huddersfield were not level for long, though, as Arnautovic stunned the home crowd with his sixth of the season, a powerful drive beyond Jonas Lossl.He then turned provider for Manuel Lanzini, his strike partner netting twice in five minutes to take the game away from their hosts.Victory lifts the Hammers into 11th place in the table, above Huddersfield, while also giving David Moyes his 200th Premier League victory.This guy pic.twitter.com/9JpXuRBuZJ— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 13, 2018Huddersfield had the better of a competitive start with attacking trio Rajiv van La Parra, Tom Ince and Lolley leading the charge.However, it was West Ham who broke the deadlock just before the half hour after a mistake by Lolley from Lossl’s short goal kick.Town’s attempts to play the ball out backfired dramatically as Arnautovic and Noble applied pressure, the pair dispossessing Lolley before the latter slotted home.Making such a mistake on his first home Premier League start could have easily affected the 25-year-old, but he responded in the perfect fashion by levelling things up before the break.A neat Huddersfield move on the right ended up at Lolley’s feet, he cut inside and was given plenty of time to curl a sumptuous shot out of Adrian’s reach.David Wagner’s hopes of Huddersfield maintaining momentum in the early stages of the second half were quickly extinguished by a sensational Arnautovic strike from the kick-off.A long ball from Angelo Ogbonna was flicked onto the Austrian by Cheikhou Kouyate, he lifted it over Tommy Smith and lashed beyond Lossl to restore West Ham’s lead.11 – 69% of Huddersfield’s home goals conceded in the Premier League this season have been against London clubs (11/16). Smoked. #HUDWHU— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 13, 2018With the wind in their sails, West Ham pushed for a third and came within inches as Aaron Mooy cleared off the line after Lossl had failed to deal with an Aaron Cresswell corner.And there was no respite as Lanzini put the game to bed with two strikes in quick succession.His first came after a neat passing move that finished with Arnautovic slipping the Argentine in, Lanzini making no mistake from 15 yards.As the clock ticked past the hour he had his second, this time profiting from Arnautovic’s rapid counter attack to lift the ball beyond Lossl.The introduction of new signing Alex Pritchard gave Huddersfield renewed hope, but there was nothing the former Norwich City man could do as Moyes celebrated his milestone win. Key Opta stats: – This was David Moyes’ 200th win as a manager in the Premier League, becoming the fourth person to achieve this feat after Alex Ferguson (528), Arsene Wenger (468) and Harry Redknapp (236).- Huddersfield have conceded seven goals in their last two Premier League games, this after conceding six across their previous six.- Marko Arnautovic had a hand in three goals in a single Premier League game for the first time in his career (one goal, two assists).- No Huddersfield player has scored or assisted more Premier League goals than Aaron Mooy (6 – 4 goals, 2 assists).- Mark Noble has now scored (35) or assisted (27) 62 Premier League goals for West Ham – only Paolo Di Canio (78) has had a hand in more for the club. read morelast_img read more

In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Dianna Russini

first_imgAn ESPN sign hanging that's very old Twitter/RussiniTwitter/RussiniIn just a few short weeks, Dianna Russini, a 32-year-old former sports anchor for NBC Washington, will be making her debut for ESPN. The news was announced back in mid-May, and Russini recently finished up her last day with her former employer. She’s expected to be an anchor for the Worldwide Leader’s SportsCenter program. How often she’ll be featured is still a mystery.Where is she from? How did she get her career started? Is she single? We’ve got all of those answers and more, along with a few photos of the rising star. In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Dianna Russini >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7last_img

Stars Join ONE Campaign For Ebola Video

first_imgIn a new multi-media campaign launched today by The ONE Campaign, more than a dozen international artists are teaming up with healthcare workers from Liberia to demand world leaders do more – and quickly – to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and strengthen health systems so that future outbreaks can be quickly contained.ONE is releasing the video alongside an interactive Ebola Response Tracker, which shows how much money countries have pledged, how much has actually been disbursed, and how many health workers and other contributions have been sent to affected countries.The video features an international array of artists, including: African musicians Fally Ipupa, Angélique Kidjo, Femi Kuti, and Ice Prince; Irish rocker and ONE co-founder Bono; American and British stars Akon, Ben Affleck, Connie Britton, Matt Damon, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Ellie Goulding, Danai Gurira, and Thandie Newton; German soccer star Per Mertesacker; French actor Vincent Cassel. Also appearing in the video are Liberian healthcare workers Dr. J Soka Moses and Louise Gaye.The world’s initial response to the Ebola outbreak was a failure — global leaders waited too long to act, and thousands have paid with their lives. The video, which is completely silent, highlights how the world waited for action to stamp out Ebola in West Africa, and how we cannot wait to invest in the health sector to prevent similar tragedies in the future.The video ends with a call to action for citizens to sign ONE’s petition demanding global leaders do what’s necessary to end the outbreak and strengthen basic health care systems in developing countries. Ebola is a global crisis and defeating it will take the combined efforts of government, business, relief groups and health care workers to bring it under control. ONE’s campaign is focused on ensuring governments do their part.Michael Elliott, President and CEO of ONE, said: “The initial response to the Ebola outbreak was too slow and too uncoordinated. Some countries have now stepped up to lead in a big way –with traditional donors like the US, UK, France and Germany all making meaningful contributions– but this is a global crisis and it demands a global response. While our first priority needs to be containing this outbreak, it is equally important that the world take steps now to invest in strengthening health systems so that future tragedies of this kind will be stopped in their tracks.”Angélique Kidjo, Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter and activist from Benin, said: “When you don’t have enough doctors, nurses or hospital beds, it’s tough to stop a crisis like this Ebola outbreak. We need our friends around the world to come forward with all the help they can right now, so patients can be treated in a dignified way, and we can end this nightmare. Then we need to work together to rebuild and strengthen West Africa’s heath care systems to stop another crisis like this from happening again.”ONE’s “Ebola Response Tracker” has four main findings: 1. There is a significant discrepancy between money pledged and money disbursed on the ground. 2. No major donors have attached timelines to their contributions. Many are also unclear whether cash for the Ebola response is new money or simply funds repurposed from other foreign aid programs. 3. Accurate data on health care workers – the most critical part of the response – is very difficult to obtain. It’s also challenging to determine what kinds of personnel (i.e. epidemiologists, first responders, nurses) are required, pledged, or deployed in the field. 4. We can’t assess countries’ contributions based only on money or personnel. Countries such as the US are also contributing to the Ebola response with significant in-kind contributions such as military field hospitals, personnel, and equipment.The devastation caused by Ebola has begun to erase much of the recent progress Liberia Sierra Leone, and Guinea have made in lifting people out of extreme poverty. Nobody wants to see the clock turned back. We need every government to deliver the funding, resources and expertise needed to bring Ebola under control.You can watch the video here.Source:One.orglast_img read more

New restroom facility opens along Alaska Highway at Mile 202

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has opened a new restroom facility at Mile 202 of the Alaska Highway.As part of the ‘Gotta Go’ pilot project, Electoral Area B Director Karen Goodings says this project is an important part of developing the Region’s transportation infrastructure, adding that this new restroom is a vital addition for those travelling through the area.“The ‘Gotta Go’ pilot project is an important part of developing our transportation infrastructure. Providing a rest area, increasing cell coverage, and providing information on our Alaska Highway will be a benefit to our important economic drivers, including tourism. Those of us who live and travel in our region know how vital the addition of this new rest area is and appreciate the cooperation of all involved to make it happen.” According to the District, more plans are underway to transform the area into a fully functioning rest stop, including picnic tables, a cellphone booster tower, and informational signage about the area and highway.The new facility was developed under the ‘Gotta Go’ pilot project in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, along with Northern B.C. Tourism and other various partners.last_img read more

Three tourists killed in Indonesia earthquake

first_imgJakarta: Three tourists were killed and dozens others injured on Monday after an earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale struck Indonesia’s Lombok island, causing subsequent landslides. The incident took place in Tiu Kelep waterfall in Senaru village near Mount Rinjani, reports Xinhua news agency. Two victims were Malaysian nationals who were visiting the coutry along with 38 other travellers. The third victim was an Indonesian tourist. The landslides trapped a total of 38 visitors, of which 35 were rescued. Twenty visitors were badly injured and dozens of others sustained minor wounds, a disaster management official said. Some 32 buildings collapsed and 500 were affected with moderate damage. More than 80 people, 22 of them Malaysians, had to be evacuated from Mount Rinjani.last_img read more